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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 50, August 8, 1853

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Identifier: DX04076171

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 50, August 8, 1853

Description: Describes his last evening spent with Lotty Kidder Whytal before going on his trip to the Great Lakes.

Transcription:

to live in, among asses and libertines had made her [Charlotte Kidder Whytal] what she was, and must keep her so, did she not leap out of’t.

All of this I did without any thought of my fine-resolves of never sympathizing any more — so bravely put down only a night ago!

I did more. The dialogue was an animated one, not unmixed with individual matters. She wanted my daguerreotype, “I must” give her one. I refused, telling her jestingly earnest how little ‘twould be held. It was enough to have [Dan] Dod’s. I didn’t want the time to come when I might be ranked amid such. Then I must write, long letters, and she’d respond. I told her to look in “The [New York] Times.” So it went on. We were close together, she in white, beautiful as ever. I kissed her. She defied me, and we talked on. Time sped on, the rain came down in raging storm without, and a lightning flash glared now and then. She went to sofa, lay down, I sat on chair by the head of it, bent over her he face and we talked on. Another kiss. — Mrs Kent came home, joined us, rallied me, like a widow as she was, not about Lotty but on my presumed indifference to women. I replied. They were on the sofa together. And on the rounded beauty of Lotty’s plump leg and above the pretty kissable, brown-booted foot! Time wore on. Rain left off, I must go. After a rallying scene in the front parlor, in which I set forth many reasons why Mrs Kent should kiss me, with discursive remarks on the philosophy and pleasures of kissing, I put on hat to go. “I’ll kiss you before you go away!” said Lotty. And she did — a close, sweet, passionate kiss, — which was repaid her in the hall. It’s remembrance is with me yet. “You will write then, Tom?” I replied I know not what, and dashed forth

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1853-08-08

Type(s): Diary
Page

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries
Women
Daguerreotype
Thunderstorms
Boardinghouses
19th century

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