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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, pge 173, March 27, 1853

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Identifier: DX09111082

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, pge 173, March 27, 1853

Description: Describes a visit to Rebecca. Kidder's residence, including kissing Lotty Kidder.


unsuccessful call at [James P.] Neagle & [Charles F.] Brigg’s, then to [E.H.] Chapin’s Church. Very crowded was it, and deservedly so. ‘Twas one of a Series of Sermon-Lectures, repeated. Missing [Alfred] Waud at the conclusion, I walked to Beach Street, where Lotty [Kidder] opened the door to me. Within, I found her mother [Rebecca Kidder], husband [John Whytal], some two men visitors. Discursive talk, candid egotisms, and then the production of Lotty’s baby [Frederick Whytal]. Whereupon I vented speculation on babies, and there was much talk and more laughter. Then Lotty sang divers songs. two visitors leaving, Lotty & her husband going to street door, anon she returned, wearing my sombrero stuck on one side of her curls, and her dainty little paws hidden in my huge hairy gauntlet gloves. Laughingly coming forward towards the sofa whereon I sat, beside the mother, she mocked and moved awhile, and I, taking advantage of a dim privilege [word crossed out], (the which I believe her mother first enlightened me with;) pulled her beside me, and kissed that sweet upturned mouth of hers, again, and yet again. Certes as penalty I had to do the like, once to the mama, as she incontinently donned the hat afterwards. Sate between ‘em and talked. Whytal came in. He’s a decent enow little fellow, I think, fond of her, — and they may live, now, quietly enough together. Or they may not, which is full as likely. Whytal lit a cigar, and despite a mild protest on his part Lotty did the same, and smoked it with all the gusto of a Mexican donna.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-03-27

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Clothing and dress


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