under the care of her judicious sister, whose husband, the Hon. Warren Preston, was a lawyer of standing in Norridgewock, the shire town of Somerset county.
The Kennebec region, as it was called, was largely settled by members of cultivated Massachusetts families, graduates of Harvard and other universities, and professional men seeking new fields of occupation and interest.
The court convened in Norridgewock.
This brought judges and lawyers with their families to the town, from various pars courtly in his manners; but with all these desirable qualities was one most undesirable—a genius for experiments, without counting the cost.
He was a lawyer in Boston, and a member of the Legislature, but gave up his profession to edit the Massachusetts Journal, soon after their marriage, which took place in Watertown, at eight o'clock Sunday evening, Oct. 19, 1828.
Maria's letter to her sister, concerning the preparations for this event, is characteristic of herself and of the simple liv