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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 212, June 5, 1853

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Identifier: DX01282829

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 212, June 5, 1853

Description: Describes a conversation with Lotty Kidder.


unhappy girl [Charlotte Kidder]. She had her child [Frederick Whytal] brought to her, at, I half think, a strong suggestion of mine. It cried to [word crossed out] be restored to arms of its Irish nurse; — she put it back with a phrase of hate! ‘Tis almost a stranger to her, and I am sure loves its nurse more than its mother. Poor child, and wretched mother! Now [John] Whytal does love his child, little ill-looking, common place-speaking well meaning clay as he is. But she — how can woman’s heart and feelings be stirred within her, — how one sincere thought produced? ‘Tis writing on the sand, the next wave of circumstance blurs and swamps all. By turns impressive, flippant, reckless, — every thing wrong by turns, and naught lasting. She told me of [Dan] Dod, the small Dod, whom I fancied dozed by her face. She shared the moonshine — fancied she — pah — “loved him!” — till he proved unworthy, would have been feebly dishonorable, or somewhat; — that she’d seen him that night somewhere with his arm round a girls waist, — that she’d seek her out —tell what he was — pah!

I told her what all this was worth, as gently as I could. But ‘twas of little use. “She was so!” “It was her nature, she couldn’t help it!” [words crossed out] She’ll go her own road, self tormenting, despite

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-06-05

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Babies


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