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Contents  List of Illustrations ix Preface xi Abbreviations xvi Acknowledgments xvii McQuesten-Baker Family Tree xviii Photographs xix Mary Baker’s Wedding Trousseau and Itemized Bill xx Part 1 Mary Baker McQuesten’s Biography 1 Mary Jane Baker’s Childhood 3 Mary Baker’s Marriage to Isaac B. McQuesten 7 Mary Baker McQuesten’s Widowhood and Matriarchy: Six Children and Lives of Genteel Poverty 10 The Restoration of the Family 14 Part 2 Mary Baker McQuesten’s Work with the Presbyterian Missionary Societies 21 Postcolonial Considerations 30 Selections from Mary B. McQuesten’s Missionary Society Addresses 33 vii Part 3 The Victorian Narrative 49 Mary Baker McQuesten’s Letters as Literature: A Victorian Narrative 51 Personal Letters as Life Writing 60 The McQuestens and Their Victorian World 64 Photographs 68 Part 4 Mary Baker McQuesten’s Letters 73 Letters 1873-1903 75 Letters 1904-1908 120 Letters 1909-1934 177 Eulogy by Rev. Beverley Ketchen 232 Photographs 235 Notes 239 Bibliography 319 Index 325 viii ...

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