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Latimer, Elizabeth Wormeley (26 July 1822–04 January 1904), novelist, translator, and historian, was born Mary Elizabeth Wormeley in London, England, the daughter of Rear Admiral Ralph Randolph Wormeley of the English Royal Navy and Caroline Preble of Boston, Massachusetts. Her father was born in Virginia, but as a boy he was taken to England, where he received his education and enlisted in the navy. Elizabeth spent her childhood in England, Boston, Virginia, and France. She was educated mostly by tutors, although she spent a brief time at a boarding school. When she was fourteen, the family moved to London, where she attended the funeral of King William IV and the coronation of Queen Victoria. In Paris she became acquainted with William Makepeace Thackeray and his mother, Mrs. Carmichael Smythe. She witnessed the second funeral of Napoleon and made her debut at the balls of Louis Philippe. In 1842 she traveled to America to visit at the home of friends. Here she met the historian ...

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Wright, Mary Clabaugh (25 September 1917–18 June 1970), sinologist and historian, was born Mary Oliver Clabaugh in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the daughter of Samuel F. Clabaugh, a businessman and the publisher of the Tuscaloosa News, and Mary Duncan. Mary received an A.B. in languages from Vassar College in 1938. She then studied European history and Chinese civilization at Radcliffe, receiving her M.A. in 1939....