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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 37, August 10, 1856

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Identifier: A0632-00008

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 37, August 10, 1856

Description: Describes a conversation with William Kidder about his daughter, Lotty Kidder, and her mother, Rebecca Morse.


to find out [John] Whytal, and seemed to think he and Lotty [Kidder] might come together again. Whytal wasn’t a gentleman, perhaps, but he was a very good fellow and very fond of her. That is as fond as a man of his sort could be. He had his faults, of course, who hadn’t. He used to get drunk. Well to be sure some persons thought a great deal of that but he didn’t. He [William Kidder]’d been drunk himself — sometimes in John’s company. He thought highly of John. Lotty’s mother [Rebecca Morse] set her against him. She, Mrs Kidder, was one of these progressive women. He didn’t think her a licentious woman. He always defended and spoke highly of her. She had odd notions of platonic affection, and Lotty was influenced by them, in her organization, that was his opinion. He’d seen his wife since her marriage with [Moses] Morse. It was very odd. Lotty I didn’t make him a confidant, or only partially so. She coaxed him, and laughed. She hadn’t written to him during her absence. He thought Charley Brown [Damoreau] a very honorable fellow, but Lotty broke the match off from pride or something of the kind. She’d been engaged to be married before, and broke that off for Charley. Mrs K had borne him 8 children. Mrs Lawton had been somebody’s mistress. He loved his child (Lotty.) Often thought he should commit suicide, but everything was so uncertain hereafter. Lotty had been there that

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1856-08-10

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Marriage


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