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Mackenzie, Margaret

A tired, unattractive spinster, who, after spending her youth in nursing a complaining father and later a selfish brother, came into a small fortune. Her money made her the recipient of various offers of marriage: from the Rev. Mr. Maguire, who wished to establish himself in an independent church; from Samuel Rubb, whose business was in need of capital; and from her elderly cousin John, who needed money to maintain his family of nine children. She refused them all, but when John was proven to be the rightful heir of the fortune, he persuaded her to marry him.