whole family, from the adoring father down to the loving youngest sister, felt that she must be shielded from every sordid care or anxiety; she was tended like an orchid, lest any rough wind check her perfect blossoming.
Her father left a large fortune, much of which was invested in blocks of real estate
in what is now the heart of New York.
Uncle John, best and kindest of men, had no knowledge of real estate
and none of the foresight which characterized his elder brother.
After Mr. Ward
's death, he made the mistake of selling out the Manhattan real estate
, and investing the proceeds in stocks and bonds.
Later, realizing his grave error, he resolved to mitigate the loss to his three nieces by dividing among them the bulk of his property.
This failing, the disappointment could not but be a sensible one, even to the least money-loving of women.
's salary was never a large one: the children must be given every possible advantage of education and society; no door that was open to her own youth should be closed to them; again, to entertain their friends (albeit in simple fashion), to respond to every call of need or distress, was matter of necessity to both our parents: small wonder that they were often pressed for money.
All through the Journals we find this note of financial anxiety: not for herself, but for her children, and later for her grandchildren.
She accepted the restricted means; she triumphed over them, and taught us to hold such matters of little account compared with the real things of life; but they never ceased to bewilder her.