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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 3, page 36, December 4, 1851

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Identifier: DX01067449

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 3, page 36, December 4, 1851

Description: Describes hearing news of Lotty Kidder and her new husband John Whytal.

Transcription:

brisk walk through the icy, frosty streets into Smith’s Hotel, Perry Street, there to see if that the “Masheene” Picture &c were, as yet raffled. Not so. Anticipated this month. Called at [Thomas] Picton’s. Not in. Back & called at Mrs [Rebecca] Kidders. There I found her; (and [Arthur] Mason just about to go out), so sate and talked with her. First about Lotty [Kidder]’s marriage. Two of her letters, read to me. How she had been wooed by Southerners, presents sent to her — one a negro-girl worth I know not how many dollars; jewels &c (which she returned.) Then of her marriage with Mr [John] Whytal, a Bostonian, scenic artist “who adores her.” The news of the ceremony she told with great flippancy, bidding her mother get a glass of water, “Dick” on one side, and Jenny “on the other,” ere reading it. She still designs following the stage as a profession. / Of Whytal, I the other day inquired of Mrs Leave. He boarded here, — she says he was an ugly man, and never opened his mouth. The latter may tell in his favour. I hope he’ll disappoint all, and prove a fine good fellow. [words crossed out]

Talk of other subjects followed, and ere long the Bloomer Costume. Mrs K leaving me for a short time attired herself a la Bloomer. [words crossed out]

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1851-12-04

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Clothing and dress
Diaries
Marriage
Women
Slaves
Courtship

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