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Reminiscences of Great Men and Great Events
n.p. 1890 - 250p. Typescript -- most if not all of this appears to be carbon copies rather than the original typed copy. Recent red quarterbinding. 28cm. Contents generally sound and clean. Hyatt came from a prominent family and lived her life among wealth and privilege. According to her account, her paternal grandfather was Israel Townsend, a British loyalist who purchased 1000 acres of land and erected a large home known as "The Castle" somewhere in the rural wilds (now in the towns of either North Castle or New Castle) of Westchester County after his home on Long Island was commandeered by General Cornwallis for use as winter headquarters and he was arrested by the British and almost shot as a spy. Hyatt mentions many famous men -- Horace Greeley, various Presidents, Charles Dickens, Washington Irving (who caused her to cry on her wedding day) and a host of others. Her account, combining family history, personal reminiscence and gossip, provides interesting reading. The Table of Contents is useful in revisiting text in Hyatt's loosely organized memoir. She reports that her husband was one of the founders of the New York Historical Society. We don't know whether other copies of this apparently unpublished memoir exist. OCLC lists nothing by Ms. Hyatt. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: McBlain Books, ABAA]
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