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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 205, May 29-30, 1853

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Identifier: DX01279287

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 205, May 29-30, 1853

Description: Comments on the troubled marriage of Lotty and John Whytal.


an hours delay we got dinner. Sundry drinks, then as the sun was declining westwards, we started with intent to go to the old Fort. But we overshot the mark, and clambering from thicket and copse to a hill top, saw we had over passed it. Back briskly and by boat again to New York. At Woodburgs for a drink, met [Thomas] Picton. [Charles Bailey] Seymour off, [Alfred] Waud and I parted at about 9, and each to his bed.

30. Monday. “Picayune” drawings &c. Lotty [Kidder] came. She and her husband [John Whytal] are again passionately struggling at each end of that ill forged marriage chain. He doubts, distrusts and rages, — she defies and torments him. A coarse commonplace good-sort-of-mortal, using oaths and foul words when angered. She wedded him unloving and uncaring for him, a wrong done in that. He after his fashion cares for her, enough to be mad and jealous. And she — says she hates him. Even as she has sown, does she reap. [words crossed out] A bitter harvest! Withal, and worst of all she has learnt nothing, changed in nothing, and is wilfully determined in going her own wild road, lead where it will.

I see no help for it, they must jangle on, or snap the ring inhooping them. It might have been hoped that the child [Frederick Whytal] would draw them [word crossed out] closer to each other, but no! “No disparity in marriage like that of [word crossed out] unsuit-

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-05-29

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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