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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 209, June 2, 1853

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Identifier: DX01281310

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 209, June 2, 1853

Description: Describes going to the theater with Lotty Kidder, Rebecca Kidder, and Moses Morse.


at the Rainbow & then to Warren St. [Alfred] Waud not there. Found him at [Alfred] Swintons, and at his request to [Matthew] Brady’s, there to have divers large picturesque daguerrotypes of myself ta’en, en sombrero, and a la Harry the 8th; Brady wanting ‘em as show pictures. Waud had been ta’en before. Both of us taken together. Six o’clock and Waud off for Staten Island, I to Beach Street, and from thence to the theatre with Lotty [Kidder], her Mother [Rebecca Kidder] & [Moses] Morse. Twas a good entertainment, & pleasant evening. On quitting, it was past 12, and we walked on, Lotty & I preceeding the other twain, when [John] Whytal suddenly appeared in the other side of Lotty. He looked angry and agitated, — Lotty would not take his arm, talked to her mother, I said little, feeling in false position, and so we reached the house together. Then I drew Whytal back, told him how the impromptu theatre expedition had chanced. (He had suspected Lotty of knowing it yester night, and keeping it hid from him.) He told me again and again he thought no ill of her going with me, & — shook hands. I went back to the house, stayed five minutes, while Lotty sung a song, and then bade them good night. She came to the door to see me out.

“What did you have to say to John?” said she. I told her. “I wish you had not!” “The man is unhappy,

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-06-02

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Daguerreotype


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