ing her home with her brother, William Cutter Gowen.
By his death, a few years later, she came into possession of considerable property, and was able to devote herself to literary pursuits and to travel.
She passed the years 1826-7-8 and 9 mainly in Cuba.
In 1829 she was in Hanover, N. H., interested in fitting her son Horace for Dartmouth.
In a letter to Mrs. Gustafson, in answer to inquiries concerning his mother,
Maria Gowen Brooks, by Zadel Barnes Gustafson.—Harper's Monthly, January, 1879. he writes: My mother's special characteristic was individuality.
She generally succeeded in her endeavors.
For instance, she applied to have me sent to West Point, and sent me to Washington, in 1829, with letters, etc. The appointment was promised, but by some influence was overruled.
She then took me to Hanover, N. H., with a view to my entering Dartmouth College.
In the meantime she went with her brother Hammond, of Quebec, to Europe, 1830, where she visited Southey, and by his ad