These letters document the timeless elements of domestic life - family relationships, childbirth, illness, household chores - but they offer far more than the familiar fare of the plantation mistress. A richer reflection of life in early 19th century Maryland and the Washington environs cannot be found. These superb letters are enhanced by able editing, both in footnotes and excellent essays at the beginning and the end. Callcott has exhaustively researched every aspect of Calvert's life, and her introductory and concluding essays, including an account of George Calvert's relationship with a slave woman, which produced five children, contain much information of interest. The life of Maryland plantation society, as well as that of the capital city, come alive in Rosalie Stier Calvert's letters...
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