The General Takes a Wife
There lived in the town of Westminster, Vermont, during the winter of 1783-84, a beautiful young widow described as both daring and dashing. Her name was Fanny Montresor Buchanan, and she lived with her mother and second stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Wall. Fanny's first stepfather had been the celebrated Crean Brush, Irish lawyer and adventurer, who once acquired some sixty thousand acres of Vermont land.* Mother and daughter, aided by mother's third husband, were in Westminster for the purpose of getting some cash out of their lands.
Westminster was perhaps the best town in Vermont for____________________