lived but a short time, and four years after his death the twenty-year-old widow married Benjamin Clarke Cutler
, then a widower, Sheriff
of Norfolk County, Massachusetts
, and third in descent from John Demesmaker
before mentioned, sometime physician and surgeon.
Our mother was much attached to “Grandma Cutler
,” and speaks thus of her in a sketch entitled “The Elegant literature of sixty years ago” : “Grandma will read Owen Feltham
's ‘Resolves,’ albeit the print is too small for her eyes.
She knows Pope
by heart, admires Shenstone
, and tells me which scenes are considered finest in this or that of Scott
Calling one day upon a compeer of her own age, she was scandalized to find her occupied with a silly story called ‘Jimmy Jessamy.’
had known General Washington
, and was fond of telling how at a ball the Commander-in-Chief
crossed the room to speak to her. Many of her letters have been preserved, and show a sprightliness which is well borne out by her portrait, that of a charming old lady in a turban, with bright eyes and a humorous mouth.
A word remains to be said about General Francis Marion
This hero of history, song, and romance was childless; our mother could claim as near relationship to him as could any of her generation.
She was extremely proud of this kinship, and no one who