I HAVE often wondered why a maiden aunt is more worldly- minded than one's mother, but it is usually the case; I was pleased to read in Alice James Journal under date of 1 December 1889, 'Prof. Farlow asking at the club table one night "Why is every man's aunt so entirely different from his mother?"'
The Reverend James H. Linsley, whom I mentioned, had only two children, Elizabeth Lyon Linsley, born 1821, and my mother, born 1823. Elizabeth was never married, refusing many offers, for after her father died in 1843 and my mother was married in 1847, she stayed home and took care of her mother, who lived until 1865. We children never called her anything but Libbie; she would not have allowed us to call her Auntie. Libbie had certain peculiarities and oddities, as nearly all people have who live alone; and after 1865 she lived alone in the great house in Stratford, Conn., where she and my mother were born. She paid us frequent visits and some of the happiest days of my life were spent at her house, when my brothers and I went there for weekends.
Her influence on me (and on my brothers) was wholly beneficial, for she supplied everything I did not get at home; and if she had been permitted would have accomplished much more. Although she lived from 1821 to 1896, she belonged in her mind and tastes to the eighteenth century. At heart she was a rationalist, thoroughly disliked evangelicanism, thought revivals vulgar, and although she