of the late Mrs. Sarah Breese Walker
In glancing over
various journalistic notes which appear amongst the papers of the late
Thomas R. Walker Breese there are detached pages devoted to brief
sketches of her family, as well as to people I have met, a reminiscence
or many years; all or which are so replete with interest, that I have
been induced to collect them for private circulation among her
relatives, and for the benefit of those who enjoyed the privilege of her
friendship. It is, however,
only just to the memory of this highly gifted woman to observe that
these notes were recorded hastily, only in moments of leisure, and with
no view whatever to their publication, and yet they are so simply and
pleasantly written, - -reflecting in no slight degree the charming
conversational style and powers of the writer. -- that. apart from their
value as personal souvenirs of certain salient scenes in a life
extending over a period of three score years and ten, they are
especially worthy of preservation as heirlooms in her her family, which
succeeding generations must
prize more and more highly as time
advances and they become tinged with the charm which ever casts a
glamour over life most trivial scenes and incidents of days long gone
Mrs. Walker youthful days and early-married life were spent in an atmosphere possessing peculiar charms for persons of culture. In addition to this, she lived in and through a period when our country was in the full progress of development; when the old spirit of chivalry had not ceased to be a ruling feature in social intercourse and when education and refinement, rather than wealth, were the passports to cultivated circles. She thus enjoyed opportunities for conveying pen photographs of people as they appeared to her, which would have been valuable contributions to the social history of the times. Limited as her reminiscences are, they, they, not only by her immediate family, but by mutual friends of those to whom she specially alludes.
Many additions have been made to Mrs.
Walker’s record of the family, by including contemporary generations
of collateral branches, having equal claim to descent form the parent
stem. In the completion of this extended genealogy, I desire to
express my indebtedness to Mrs. Catharine Breese Griswold; Mrs. Nathan
F. Graves; Prof. Edward E. Salisbury, of New-Haven; Mr. Stanley W.
Dexter, of New York; and Mr. William Carpender, of New Brunswick, for
the information given and for the encouraging interest they manifested
in its compilation.
J. E M.
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