Excerpted from a lengthy diary written between 1844 and 1904, this fascinating volume reveals the private life, daily routine, and social rituals of an upper-class Boston woman. A wealthy matron, Cabot numbered prosperous Beacon Hill and Brookline families among her friends. Now this diary, which served as her confidante, is an important resource for social historians. The editor, a professor at the University of Hull, England, provides an excellent general introduction and explanatory notes to the text. The journal, containing only rare expressions of political opinion, is valuable for its glimpses into courtship patterns, rules of etiquette, and the medical perils of 19th-century life. Recommended for specialists and general readers.-- Marie Marmo Mullaney, Caldwell Coll., N.J.
Diary entries begin in 1843 when the author, the daughter of a prosperous Boston family, is nine years old, and end in 1906 when she is 72. During these years the diarist is married, raises five children, loses a brother in the Civil War, and witnesses the death of her husband. Includes an introduction by editor P.A.M. Taylor. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)