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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 4, page 151, June 27-28, 1852

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Identifier: DX01146912

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 4, page 151, June 27-28, 1852

Description: Describes hearing the tale of Lotty Kidder's separation from John Whytal from her mother, Rebecca Kidder.


ten or eleven, supping with them, and on quitting all walked with us to the Ferry, embarking & leaving us on the other side. [William] Barth to my room [290 Broadway], smoked a pipe or so, then left, at midnight.

28. Monday. Lantern work &c. Evening at Mrs [Rebecca] Kidders. In a walk with Mrs K round Saint John’s Park heard the story of Lottys [Charlotte Kidder’s] separation from her husband [John Whytal]. After the ill-advised hasty wedding she had discovered by some letters, portrait, nicknackery or like trash how he had lain with some harlot actress of the crew, — squabbles ensued — fellows making love to her, he jealous, she imperious, — wouldn’t see his “friends” — (they being like all of the [words crossed out] actor craft) — he wild with Jealousy about some particular man who’d have bought her, — Whytal accusing her, she saying in rage she’d deserve his suspicion — he taking her by the throat to strangle her — domestic hell and Separation. Afterwards, and of late he came to New York — the house

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1852-06-27

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Wife abuse


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