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The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America - Part 3, Chapter 7 The Peirces, Section 5 Summary & Analysis

Louis Menand
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Part 3, Chapter 7 The Peirces, Section 5 Summary

The estate won on a technicality, so the testimonies of the Peirces were moot. However, they had proved that the signature was not real. It had been forged. They had used statistics to prove this point.

Hetty had married Edward Green and moved to London before the case was finished. Many believe she left to avoid being convicted of fraud. When she and Edward finally returned to New York City, they took the money that had been slowly accumulating in Hetty's account and invested it in Wall Street. Hetty died in 1916 at the age of eighty-two. She was worth approximately 200 million dollars at that time. The remainder of Sylvia Ann Howland's money reverted to the heirs of Gideon Howland upon her death.

The testimonies of Benjamin and Charles scared the next generation of people in...

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