THAT EATON WOMAN by Leon Phillips


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A hop, skip and more than one snub through the life of Peggy, nee O'Neale, circa 1799 who from her tavern beginnings where she attracted everyone and held her own created a furor through the Washington social seasons and political world of Old Hickory. First grass-widowed, then widowed wife of a navy purser (he did not commit suicide) she was courted by Secretary of War Eaton who married her but could not silence the abusive slander -- particularly that of the Calhouns. After Eaton's resignation -- they enjoyed some years together in Florida and Spain but at his death she incurred her worst disaster -- the 19-year-old instructor who ran through her money and ran off when she was in her sixties. Phillips does not overwrite his raw materials or overplay his hand -- this is quite satisfactory and then there's that young adult suitability. (Phillips has done earlier books on juvenile lists.)

Pub Date: Nov. 12th, 1974
Publisher: Crown/Barre-Westover