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Pyncheons Went For Him

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From the Galveston News: When Hawthorne was wristing "The House of the Seven Gables" he selected Pyncheon as tfce name of one of his characters. It suited his purpose, and whether he created it or remembered it, it seemed to him to make no difference, for he conceived It to be as much his property for the purpose imtended as Smith or Jones or Brown. He soon learned better. Whether he knew it at the time or not, New England was full of Pyncheons, and the book had hardly been placed on sale when one of them wrote him a very bitter letter complaining grievously of the injustice done his worthy ancester, Judtge Pyncheon. Hawthorne immediately sat down and wrote Mr. Pyncheon a letter expressing regret, and assuring htm most positively that no disrespect to the late lamented Judge had been intended. The letter was hardly posted when a missive arrived from another of the Pyncheons even more wrathful than the firsf. This, too, was politely answerod, and Hawthorne had begun to hope that his troubles with the Pyncheons were at an end. But, in fact, they were only beginning, for the first two Pynaueons were residents of almost the same neighborhood. When the circiüatïon of the book increased the back counties began to be heard from, and a host of Pyncheons, great and small, oild and young, prominent and obscure, assailed the unfortunate writer for defaming their ancestor. In all Hawthorne is said to have answered letters from forty-seven of the Pyncheons, and had serious thoughts of publishing the correspondence in book form.


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