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[p. 153] English reviews, that we had a flower of genius among us, and in our stupidity knew it not.’

Miss Eunice Hall also describes her as ‘a very handsome lady of winning manners, purest blonde complexion, blue eyes, abundant pale golden hair, who wrote poetry and sang very sweetly.’

And her son, Capt. Horace Brooks, writes: ‘Whatever charm there may be in “Zophiel,” and whatever talent it may portray, much, undoubtedly is due to the miniature temple1 where the poem was imagined, and its verse constructed, by a nature as passionate as the name of the flower would indicate, which she always wore in her hair,—the only simple adornment of naturally thick and beautiful tresses. A lady of position recently visited this fort, and spoke to me of recollecting my mother's peculiarity of dressing always in white, even to white silk stockings and slippers.’

Captain Brooks also pays a tribute to his mother's scholarship, especially rare in a woman at that time:

My mother was quite a linguist. She read and wrote fluently in French, Spanish, and Italian; she also sang many songs in these tongues. She was a hard student and a woman of much research, and very particular to obtain her authority from the original; and often attempted, with the assistance of some friend, the translation of obscure languages. I remember how she kept by her a Persian grammar, and often referred to it. She was also quite an artist, and several pieces painted by her in water-colors were hanging up about her rooms.

She was a constant attendant at church, and always carried with her an English edition of the services of the Church; but she detested all cant and hypocrisy. She was very particular about her own language, disliked all interpolations, and always referred to Johnson

1 The Greek temple of limestone, with four white Doric columns, built for her by her brother, William Cutter Gowen, at the San Patricio coffee estate at Limonal.

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