SOURCE: "Memoir of Anna Cora Mowatt," in Howitt's Journal, Vol. III, No. 63, March 11, 1848, pp. 167-70.
[In the following excerpt, Howitt offers an appreciative memoir of the start of Mowatt's writing career and of the public reception of Fashion.]
Partly in consequence of Mr. Mowatt's residence in Europe, and partly from an affection of the eyes, he gave up his profession of barrister, and was subsequently induced to embark to a large extent in commercial speculations, when unfortunately one of those terrible crises occurring which convulse the whole mercantile world, he, together with thousands of others, found himself on the brink of ruin.
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