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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 97, November 11, 1860

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Identifier: DX01343780

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 97, November 11, 1860

Description: Describes Rebecca Kidder's sister Margaret Winchester and the traits of her family.

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Mrs. [Rebecca] Kidder-Morse

phosphates are renumerative enough, Winchester a decent average man, only they must needs anticipate an income they may arrive at. Her married daughter, the beauty, turns up an aristocratic nose at the wife of his son; the husband of said daughter disliking, if not detesting his mother-in-law [Margaret Winchester]; who in return, laments that the girl should have been thrown away upon him. Withal, knowing what they do of each other, they affect an immense opinion of each their superiority; which characteristic I have remarked in Lotty [Kidder] and her abominable mother. I dare say this woman, Winchester, is physically faithful to her husband, as Mrs. Morse is, but what ugly, nasty, equivocal antecedents they both — all of them — have! Always men about them, always a taint of unspeakable, inevitable unchastities. Was “Mrs.” Bartholomew the mistress or wife of that man? [Thomas] Picton used to assert the former. Mrs. Kidder was making a dead set at George Brown, when her sister came on the scene and cut her out. She did it characteristically, with all sorts of two-penny ha’penny melodramatic dashes of mystery; of absorbing passion for him; writing poetry at him. He was completely humbugged by her pretensions; I laugh now to recollect how he spoke of them. She had

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1860-11-11

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Poetry
Women

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