Books: Lost Journal

MR. W. AND I — Caroline Le Roy Websfer—lves Washburn ($2.75).

One day last year Helena Hall, a vacationing Bennington girl, found a yellowed manuscript in the family attic. The manuscript was Caroline Le Roy Webster's diary of her trip to Europe (1839) with her husband, Senator Daniel Webster of Massachusetts, and his daughter Julia. Published for the first time, as Mr. W. and I, this long-lost journal has the stylistic simplicity of a 19th-Century My Day.

In later years Caroline Webster sometimes watered a redheaded parrot in the belief that it was a...

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