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E. P. Whipple described the social leaders of Boston at this time, in a conversation with the Author, as fixed and limited in their ideas.—in politics, Whig; in faith, Unitarian and Episcopalian.
Its members were closely connected by intermarriage; and a personal difficulty with one was quickly taken up by the related families,—so that through connections by kin or friendship nearly all the society was likely to take a part.
For instance, the Ticknor, Eliot, Dwight, Guild, and Norton families were connected by marriage; and Mr. Eliot was a near kinsman of the Curtis family.
Similar ties by blood and marriage united the Sears, Mason, Warren, Parker, and Amory families, and also the Shaw, Sturgis, Parkman, and Perkins families.
Another group was the Sturgis, Perkins, Cabot, Forbes, Cary, Gardiner, and Cushing families.
The different groups were often connected by kin or close friendship. Sumner was for a time, at an earlier period, shut out from one house on Beacon Stre