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Great and Good Women L.H. Sigourney

Great and Good Women

L.H. Sigourney

Published September 12th 2013
ISBN : 9781230405209
Paperback
44 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1866 edition. Excerpt: ... EjaWBARGARET MERCER,MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1866 edition. Excerpt: ... EjaWBARGARET MERCER, deserving a place among nrfA I the most distinguished of her sex, for her _ jffwLv noble philanthropy and efforts in the cause of female education, was born at Annapolis, Maryland, in 1791. The family of Mercer, descended from an ancient English stock, and transplanted to New England soon after its colonisation, has, in its new location, done honour to the source from whence it was derived. The father of Margaret was, at the time of her birth, governor of Maryland, a man of excellent education, refined taste, and large wealth. Retiring from public life, Governor Mercer withdrew to his estate at Cedar Fork, and devoted himself to agricultural pursuits and the training of his children. Margaret was his only daughter, and her education was conducted under his immediate care, with little assistance from other teachers: she often remarked that she had been brought up at her fathers feet. Margaret Mercer is another example of the beneficial influence which thorough mental training exercises on womans character, by enabling her to make her moral power more respected and more effective. Scarcely an instance can be found where a father has aided and encouraged the mental im provement of his daughter, but that she has done honour to his care and kindness, and been the brightest jewel in his intellectual crown. Such was Margaret Mercer: proud as the family might well be of the name they bore, she has added its holiest lustre. Her character, says her biographer,0 in his excellent Memoir of this noble woman, comprised elements apparently very diverse, and yet all combined into a perfect whole, as the varied colours of a ray of light. Gentle, and full of affection for all, and ready to sympathise with sorrow wherever met...