Rosary bead box and beads belonging to Ann Mattingly. Photographs by John Holloway. Collection of Georgetown Visitation Monastery Archives.
Nancy Lusignan Schultz is chairperson and professor of English, Salem State University, Salem, MA, and the author of three previous books, including Fire & Roses: The Burning of the Charlestown Convent, 1834.

The Prince, the Widow, and the Cure That Shocked Washington City

In the spring of 1824 in the young capital city of Washington, D.C., Ann Carbery Mattingly, widowed sister of the city's mayor, was miraculously cured of a ravaging cancer. Just days, or perhaps even hours, from her predicted demise, she arose from her sickbed freed from agonizing pain and able to enjoy an additional thirty-one years of life.