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Nathalie Sedgwick, in books and magazine articles, Rachel Field in
ALL THIS AND HEAVEN TOO, and many others have written of
that period of Stockbridge and of the Sedgwicks.
Dr. James Jackson Minot of Boston points out in his book ANCESTORS AND DESCENDANTS OF GEORGE RICHARDS MINOT, 1758-1802, that Miss Catharine Sedgwick lived at the home of William Minot, 1817-1894, at Woodbourne, Mass., and was known as "Aunt Kitty".
Miss Sedgwick was the last surviving child of Judge Theodore Sedgwick of Stockbridge.
Note: Mrs. Katharine Mary Channing (B4A,131) points out that Miss Sedgwick spelled her first name as "Catharine". This is attested by her letters, which were edited by Miss Dewey, yet Charles, Catharine's brother, spelled the name "Catherine" consistently. Her brother Robert uses the spelling "Catharine," which has been accepted by most encyclopedias. (HMS)
Mr. Sedgwick, like his father and brothers, was a lawyer but after a brief career at the bar he was appointed Clerk of the Courts in Berkshire County, Mass., the duties of which he continued to fulfill until within a year of his death, when ill health compelled him to resign. He was a man of more than common intellectual power. The brilliance, versatility and vivacity of his mind were signally displayed in conversation and were the theme of universal admiration among his friends. The singular loveliness of his disposition and manners almost eclipsed his mental endowments and in the charm of his society led one to forget the vigor of his nature. After his death his widow said of him: "No one could be long with him, so radiant were his manners and face with good feeling, without the conviction that he was his friend."
Living on one of the noble hills of Berkshire which looks down