The Weston Legacy

  • Clare Taylor
Part of the Studies in Gender History book series (SGH)


Maria was living in Weymouth when the Civil War broke out in 1861, her home filled with the works of French philosophers, for she now showed less respect for her Anglo-Saxon heritage. Her son married Eleanor Jay of New York, and Maria spent several months of the year with them, remembering her own badly behaved children when she praised their ‘fabulously good babes’. Her elder daughter returned briefly to America during the war bringing her husband and two children. Auguste Laugel augmented his income by writing for the Revue des Deux Mondes and he was keenly interested in affairs in America, publishing The United States During the Civil War (Paris, 1866).


Male Friend American Revolution Landless Peasant Emancipation Proclamation Slave Power 
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    A. Laugel, The United States during the Civil War, ed. Allan Nevins (Bloomington, Ind., 1961).Google Scholar
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    Her daughter Anne’s marriage gave Maria pleasure, as she wrote when announcing the marriage: ‘as I have one daughter a French maman it pleases my cosmopolitan soul to have another an English woman. My son says ‘I am your only bird of freedom … Little Anne, as we call her still, as the beloved one who should have lived to see this day is not dead in our daily remembrance … Edward Dicey is of anti-slavery lineage too, his mother being a Stephen’: M.W. Chapman to M. Estlin, 1867, Estlin Papers; Sir George Stephen, Anti-Slavery Recollections (London, 1854).Google Scholar
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    E. Dicey, Spectator of America ed. H. Mitgang, (London, 1972).Google Scholar
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    Only M.A. de Wolfe Howe, John Hay Chapman and his Letters (Boston 1937) mentions that Chapman paid a volunteer to fight in his place during the war.Google Scholar

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