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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 212, December 3-5, 1853

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Identifier: DX03933011

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 212, December 3-5, 1853

Description: Comments on similarities between Lotty Kidder and her mother Rebecca Kidder.


her infant’s [Frederick Whytal’s] sake” &c. And Lotty [Kidder] eloquently and pathetically asks, / in pen and ink. “Is not my fate a hard one, dearest Mother [Rebecca Kidder]? A daughter, without father [William Kidder] or mother; a wife without a husband [John Whytal]; a mother without a child?” And withal Lotty knows her mother to be living in adultery; that that mother has called her “a rotten b__ !” And she herself loves not her own child. / A terrible similarity betwixt mother and daughter. A terrible couple of portraits, which I will do justice to, if ever pen and brain work well, some day; unsoftening aught. What a wretched old woman that girl will be, no good life to look back upon, no one to love her! God pardon her, and all of us.

How dully wicked [Moses] Morse and Mrs K must feel, the long evenings they pass together. They have few visitors now. I think he is a little overbearing, autocratic, Tilton like. Sensual gratification must soon have palled with them, to become a slavish, shameful need. She talks endless platitudes, he must be weary, she still parades approaching marriage with him, even talking of “engagement.” Well! it might be. But I don’t think it.

Sin is a miserable business in this world. [Emanuel] Swedenborg’s hell is the most terrible I know of.

4. Sunday. [Charles] Damoreau came up and stayed an hour. I to Mr [Joseph] Greatbatch’s [174 Mulberry St.] and there dined with them [Mary Ann Greatbatch, Edward Greatbatch, and Fred Greatbatch], and stayed till 6 in the evening. I always feel homelike, in some degree there. They are good people. To Vesey Street, and had a pleasant, chatty evening with Damoreau and his wife [Beatrice Damoreau].

5. Monday. Up town to [William] Levisons, a slight snow storm falling. Down by the third Avenue Cars, called at the Picayune Office, (where sat silly-faced [Thad] Glover, looking cold, and reading a

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-12-03

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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