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The Beecher Sisters$
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Barbara A. White

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300099270

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300099270.001.0001

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The Gilded Age, 1865–1868

The Gilded Age, 1865–1868

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(p.101) 5 The Gilded Age, 1865–1868
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The Beecher Sisters
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Barbara A. White

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300099270.003.0005

This chapter elaborates on the economies of the Beecher sisters. Isabella mentioned their debts in her journal and gradually reduced her wardrobe. She sought financial advice from the wealthy Jervis Langdon, who suggested selling real estate and buying government securities. The Hookers started to keep a covered sleigh instead of a more expensive carriage, although the sleigh was perfectly respectable in Isabella's view. Harriet seems to have thought she had to maintain standards of expensive comfort as part of her position as a famous author. Harriet and Calvin thought the opportunity to work outdoors away from Hartford and the responsibility of managing a plantation might turn their son around, and they thus agreed to finance the operation in Florida and put Fred in charge.

Keywords:   Beecher sisters, gilded age, Isabella Beecher, expensive comfort, journal, financial advice

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