LEGACY OF LOVE by Julia Davis


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Julia Davis is the daughter of the late John W. Davis, who was American Ambassador to the Court of St. James, Democratic candidate for the Presidency in 1924, and, towards the end of his life, a partner in the New York law firm of Davis-Polk. Her mother died of puerperal fever as a result of her birth, and she was brought up by her two sets of grandparents: the Davises of Clarksburg, West Virginia, (an individualistic, intellectual family) and the McDonalds of Media, a farm in the Shenandoah Valley which was always over-run with children and guests. This is a memoir of Julia Davis' life with her family: of the grandparents, aunts, and uncles who cherished her as a child in their different ways, of the heartbroken young father who embarked on a political career and found happiness again with a dashing young second wife, of the delights and tribulations of being the college-age daughter of an American Ambassador in London, and of her growing friendship with her father after he had given up political ambition and relaxed into the legal life he loved so well. This varied background is lovingly and charmingly recreated, in a well-written, quietly intriguing book about interesting and admirable people.

Pub Date: Sept. 13th, 1961
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace & World