ID# 700:
H.B. Webster letter to L.F. Barker, about two Maine families
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American Philosophical Society, ERO, MSC77,SerVIII,Box2

H.B. Webster letter to L.F. Barker, about two Maine families

[stamped on letter] H. B. Webster V. C. II Jan 7 1916 [end of stamp] [page number]3 [end page number] The [obscured] There are several families of [obscured] in this same region, but their origin is probably quite distinct. The family here considered belong to a small group who pronounce their name "[obscured]" the other [obscured] highly resenting this pronunciation. Physical Traits. They are generally large and strong, but have a bestial look, and tend to extreme obesity in middle age. Many are subject to chronic tonsilitis [sic]. [strikeout] They are gourmands and drunkards, and frequently sex offenders of perverted, and violent types. [end strikeout] Mental Traits. They are dull and tend to sullenness, and rarely get far in school. They are gourmands, drunkards, and frequently sex offenders of perverted and violent types. They are more conspicuously vicious than the [obscured] and more prone to the grosser and more flagrant forms of offense. They are stolid and unimaginative and consequently free from the neuroses and psychoses of the [obscured]. They endure sickness with a stoic rather apathetic attitude, and I have not yet been called upon to treat one for any disease [strikeout] of [end strikeout] without some gross and obvious physical lesion.

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