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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 185, September 21, 1851

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Identifier: DX01047228

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 185, September 21, 1851

Description: Comments on Lotty Kidder's departure for the South.

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Then they talk about Mount, her [Margaret Brown’s] elderly admirer & turn him inside out; [Thomas] Picton grinning at the phrase I applied to him “elaborately complimentary.” (If [word crossed out] I negatived, on my own part all equivocalities about Mrs K &c throughout. “Doctor” left. Out with Picton. Kentucky hall imbibition; stayed a few minutes at Varick Street, while he spake with his mistress, — good looking woman as far as I could see; — he says he’s three children by her. Then to Broadway & at his proposal called at Mrs [Rebecca] Kidders [368 Broadway]. Masculine visitor there. General talk. Picton shows well in conversation. / Learnt of Mrs K of Lotty [Kidder]’s departure. Some twenty or more to see her off — the Wards, the Stewarts, the Coppers &c; — [Arthur] Mason was the only one she manifested emotion at parting with. Quaint little roue he must have some good in him, to produce feeling in her [Jane Gibson]! Perchance though ‘tis in her own bestowal of imaginary something in him. Well she’s off Cape Hatteras by this, — queer little female Gil Blas as she is, setting forth to push her way in the world; Southern admirers in plenty &c all in perspective; money &c; — yet unless her mind & impulses are brought under control she Can Not be happy. Farewell, you bright eyed, black haired, white shouldered, wilful, pettish frank, earnest, unfilial, beautiful Lotty Kidder! I wonder when you’ll come on the stage again, and if so, When and in what part? Somehow though I loved to hear you sing, and to look at you, I’m not sorry you are gone. It grieved and worried me (— what the devil had I to do with it though!) to see the drove of asses about you, to mark your’e inconsistencies, & to know you liked to listen to the bray of these same asses. May you be happier than I fear you ever will be! / Talk, general & particular, Mrs K & Picton on the “Mary Campbell” book of poems. / Picton a man peculiar to this age and (I think) country. His creed is to fight the world on one’s own hook, and be utterly sans veneration or belief. Home feelings or affections he would profess not to believe in. He likes the unpleasantly shown, rude freedom of manners manifested by children here; —

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1851-09-21

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Women

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