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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 206, May 30-31, 1853

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Identifier: DX01279793

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 206, May 30-31, 1853

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

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ability of mind and purpose.” Spake as earnestly as I felt on the matter, sorrowfully withal, for hearing her [Charlotte Kidder’s] voice and looking at her face how could it be otherwise, and she after [word crossed out] nigh upon two hours stay left, and went home. Down town during the afternoon, at [Thomas W.] Strongs [word crossed out], met and talked with [John] Mc Lenan. Evening through rain drops to Gymnasium and there exercised till 10, few there, a storm of rain outside, and as I returned to my room.

31. Tuesday. Lotty came again — more scenes have occurred. Coming down, dressed for a walk to the dinner table, [John] Whytal asks her curtly where he intends going. “To the Hippodrome!” “Who with?” “A Gentleman!” (It was her grandfather.) He unknowing, raging, suspecting he knew not what, forbids her harshly & rudely, sits mad and wretched for two hours in the parlour with intent to follow or prevent her leaving the house, which she does not do, and so that Scene passes. Last night witnessed a crueler one. At such time when I walking swiftly though musingly through deserted Broadway and driving rain did it occur. Whytal coming home, and seeing their chamber at the house top, maddened either by her silence or hard words uttered, (it might be either,) [words crossed out] accused her in coarse brothel phrase of dishonor, threatened to take the child [Frederick Whytal] and leave

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1853-05-30

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Marriage
Women
Gymnasiums

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