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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature, Chapter 2: the secular writers (search)
courteously. Told her she had enter'd the 4th year of her widowhood. I had given her the News-Letter before: I did not bid her draw off her glove as sometime I had done. Her dress was not so clean as sometime it had been. Jehovah jireh! [ The Lord will provide. ] Midweek, 9r. 9. Dine at Bror. Stoddard's: were so kind as to enquire of me if they should invite Mm. Winthrop; I answer'd No. About the middle of Decr. Madam Winthrop made a treat for her children; Mr. Sewall, Prince, Willoughby: I knew nothing of it; but the same day abode in the Council Chamber for fear of the rain, and din'd alone upon Kilby's pies and good beer. In less than a year later, he called on Madam Ruggles, another widow, and says in his diary, I showed my willingness to renew my old acquaintance [as a suitor]; she expressed her inability to be serviceable. Gave me cider to drink. I came home. Eight months later he married Mrs. Mary Gibbs, still another widow, and himself made the prayer at th