Mr. W. & I: Being the Authentic Diary of Caroline Le Roy Webster, during a Famous Journey with the Honble Daniel Webster to Great Britain and the Continent in the Year 1839

Mr. W. & I: Being the Authentic Diary of Caroline Le Roy Webster, during a Famous Journey with the Honble Daniel Webster to Great Britain and the Continent in the Year 1839

Mr. W. & I: Being the Authentic Diary of Caroline Le Roy Webster, during a Famous Journey with the Honble Daniel Webster to Great Britain and the Continent in the Year 1839

Mr. W. & I: Being the Authentic Diary of Caroline Le Roy Webster, during a Famous Journey with the Honble Daniel Webster to Great Britain and the Continent in the Year 1839

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In the 1870's, in New Rochelle, New York, there lived in the house of Mrs. Robert W. Edgar an old lady known in the family as "Aunty" Webster. She was, to say the least, peculiar, -- rather over-dressed for her age and that community, excessively garrulous even with strangers, and full of interminable reminiscences of her past. To her grandnieces and grandnephews she seemed at times to be light-headed. Indeed she was once found by one of them watering his pet green, red-crested parrot from a large pitcher; and when he remonstrated with her, she testily told him not to be impertinent, -- that it was a red geranium which needed sprinkling badly. The children regarded her with amused toleration, unaware that as Caroline Le Roy Webster, second wife of the "God-like Dan'l" Webster, she had once moved securely among the great and the near great, at the courts of queens and kings. She must have been a pathetic figure in those days as she wandered about in a world of her own memories, a world of which the people around her knew little or nothing. One of the grandnieces has said that, as a child, it never occurred to her that Daniel Webster was not a humorous character because of his . . .

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