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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 207, May 31, 1853

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Identifier: DX01280299

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 207, May 31, 1853

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


her [Charlotte Kidder], all with oaths and approbrium. She attempted to leave the room, he [John Whytal] locked the door. Then came the charge of impurity, and she maddened by it leap’t out on to the parapet and there sate in night attire in the driving rain and midnight till — the child [Frederick Whytal] cried, and Whytal’s entreaties added, she came down to that most wretched marriage room. So stands it, no word having passed since. She says, and meaningly enough, with these great dark eyes that she Hates him! And more terrible still, owned as it was with shame and tears — O unhappy girl! That his love is more dreadful than his hate. The tie between them, and the damned marital rights he coarsely enow wills to have — O horrible! Oh Lotty, little bright eyed, sweet voiced, wilfully childish Lotty that you should live to this! What chance is there, separation with a lonely life [words crossed out] and stigma clinging to her name, or to jar and hate on; — or, but no — there’s scarce hope she will, she can change, and so each wear the chain more easily. / Much I said to her, more true strong, earnest sorrowful words than perchance she ever heard in her life. Me, at least she shall not have to think of as one of the crowd of inanities and trashinesses which have warped and stifled her true nature. [words crossed out]

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-05-31

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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