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Dutton, Dollie


[T]he last dwarf is the remarkable and very interesting child, little Dollie Dutton, now on exhibition at Assembly Building, Chestnut street. She is beyond doubt, the smallest human creature of whom any certain account exists—smaller, even, than Borowlaski, who was thirty-nine inches tall at the age of nine; being ten inches higher than Miss Dutton at the same age. “Tom Thumb,” at nine, was considerably over two feet high, or more than Dollie’s stature at the corresponding period of life. She can walk under the General’s outstretched arm, without touching it. She is symmetrically formed, with a pleasant, pretty face, graceful movements, and a clear, ringing voice. To this day, “Tom Thumb,” though he has matured into manhood, has the same shrill, childish treble which he had when first exhibited, seventeen years ago. The personal appearance of this child is attractive; whereas “Tom Thumb’s” stumpy figure and apology for a nose made him not quite a pleasant being to contemplate. This child sings, no only with a good voice, but with taste and judgement. Her manner of giving the song of an old Woman of Sixty—with her amusing and natural by-play—is very good, even down to the pinch of snuff with which she rewards herself when the song is over. Her taste for music is good, and out to be cultivated, and her imitative powers are considerable. Yet she is a very child, with her mind not overworked. Her intelligence is great—much above that of children her own age. She had a sister nearly as small as herself, and has a living brother as remarkably large as she is surprisingly small.

Lastly, this little Dollie Dutton is extremely quick and intelligent. These examples are all against Lavater’s theory.—Forney’s Philadelphia Daily Press.

Cleveland Morning Leader 11/22/1860. Print.

Dutton, Cleveland Morning Leader, 11/22/1860