Friday, May 13, 2011

The Washingtonians - by Pauline Bradford Mackie

The Washingtonians
by Pauline Bradford Mackie
Boston: L. C. Page and Company, 1902

The Washingtonians presents a fictional portrait of Kate Chase Sprague, daughter of Salmon P. Chase, Secretary of the Treasury during the administration of Abraham Lincoln. The story begins in the fall of 1864 and focuses on Kate, aka Portia Matthews, and her efforts to help her father secure the Republican nomination for president in the upcoming election.

The novel is well written and is very interesting to all who are familiar with the history of the time and the dynamics of the members of the Lincoln administration. Kate Chase was a fascinating woman, and this novel provides a glimpse of her private life.

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