Excerpt from Harriet and the Piper
Richard carter had called the place Crownlands, not to please himself, or even his wife. But it was to his mother's newly born family pride that the idea of being the Carters of Crownlands made its appeal. The estate, when he bought it, had belonged to a Carter, and the tradition was that two hundred years before it had been a grant of the first George to the first of the name in America. Madame Carter, as the old lady liked to be called, immediately adopted the unknown owner into a vague cousinship, spoke of him as a kins man of ours, and proceeded to tell old friends that Crownlands had always been in the family.
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