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The fall of the house of Walworth

Geoffrey O"Brien

The fall of the house of Walworth

three generations of a prominent Saratoga family

by Geoffrey O"Brien

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Published by Henry Holt and Co. in New York .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Walworth, Mansfield Tracy, -- 1830-1873,
  • Walworth, Mansfield Tracy, -- 1830-1873 -- Family,
  • Walworth, Frank H. -- 1853-1886,
  • Walworth, Clara Grant, -- b. 1886,
  • Families -- New York (State) -- Saratoga Springs -- Biography,
  • Mental illness -- New York (State) -- Saratoga Springs -- History -- 19th century,
  • Parricide -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 19th century,
  • Social change -- New York (State) -- Saratoga Springs -- History,
  • Saratoga Springs (N.Y.) -- Biography,
  • Saratoga Springs (N.Y.) -- Social life and customs

  • Edition Notes

    StatementGeoffrey O"Brien.
    GenreBiography
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsF129.S3 O24 2010
    The Physical Object
    Paginationp. cm.
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL24019376M
    ISBN 109780805081152
    LC Control Number2010000394
    OCLC/WorldCa468976464

    Archival collections[ edit ] The George S. She kept the curtains drawn by day, and most of the rooms she never entered after nightfall. The Fall of the House of Walworth would likewise make a terrific feature film. But she had seen others and knew what to expect. Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission. Anyone who still believes that the true crime genre is incapable of producing works of high literary merit will be obliged to think otherwise after reading this thrilling book.

    They argued the bridge helped the U. But two things are certain. See also[ edit ] Frances Fuller Victorpioneering historian of the Pacific Northwest, who was a "close relative" of Walworth. The house stood at the north end of Broadway, the celebrated main thoroughfare of the city of Saratoga Springs, New York.

    It passes through large wooded areas of oak, maple and hickory, with glimpses of a game farm and scenic agricultural land. Her grandmother had danced at President Grant's inauguration. Given that this is a history, not a novel, the overwrought prose quoted from source material is also enlightening. Listen for the crack of the pistol!


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That same year he ran unsuccessfully for governor. Concealed most carefully of all was the letter that Frank Walworth, the father whom Clara never knew, wrote ten days before his death. Because O'Brien is a writer of considerably more wit and cultural capaciousness than is often the case in the genre, the tale The fall of the house of Walworth book a Saratoga 'first family's' turbulent journey through murder involves madness, marital war involving as a referee a Walworth brother in Buffaloliterature, religious conflict and the apparently limitless but short-lived social ingenuity of American society and a mansion's decay considerably more protracted than the end of the House of Usher.

But it is the sordid details of the marriage of Mansfield and his wife Ellen that had tongues wagging in 19th century New York that gives this history the spark of a modern-day suspense novel She had come to the end, not just of her own life, but of everything to which those earlier lives had been dedicated.

His influence on Ellen and her daughters was profound. The justices had divided during the previous years concerning the scope of the federal power in the Commerce Clause as well as concurrent state powers.

Pittsburgh was disappointed that Walworth refused to order the bridge removed.

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They had four daughters and two sons. In Reuben Walworth was appointed a master of chancery, one of the local judges and whose particular responsibilities The fall of the house of Walworth book overseeing and protecting widows and orphans, as well as issuing injunctions against nuisances.

I today know the full meaning of that verse in Exodus: "I the Lord, thy God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquities of the fathers upon their children unto the third and fourth generations. Reuben Hyde Walworth is the patriarch of this notable family ensconced in Pine Grove, the family estate in Saratoga, N.

In the memory parade of ancestors — the settlers and warriors and justices and evangelists — something was missing. Her father could not have foreseen that his only daughter would live out her life childless.

As it would turn out, it pretty much had been. One more thing had been destroyed or cheapened. Her mother's father had been a friend of President Lincoln, her paternal great-grandmother a cousin of Mary Todd.

O'Brien is at his best narrating the trial and wallowing in the muck of Mansfield's writing; but he has integrated these highlights into a coherent, entertaining narrative with admirable skill. The other major players, Frank and Ellen, remain ciphers: in the manner of upper-class WASPs of their era they kept their emotions to themselves and carefully ignored unpleasantness, even in their diaries, where they couched their feelings in vague generalizations or flowery Byronic verse.

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