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Lydia Maria Child Letters

Lydia Maria Child Letters

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LYDIA MARIA CHILD (1802-1880) LETTERS, 1837, 1861

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Processing of this collection was funded by a grant from the NHPRC (National Historical Publications and Records Commission).





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Child, Lydia Maria, 1802-1880
Title:Lydia Maria Child Letters
Dates:1837, 1861
Quantity:.10 linear feet (1 envelope)
Abstract:The Lydia Maria Child Letters include two letters written by Lydia Maria Child.
Identification:MSS 91

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Scope and Content Note

The Lydia Maria Child Letters include two letters written by Lydia Maria Child. The first letter, written in 1837, is addressed to Emily E. Poor and concerns an opportunity as governess with the Hildreth family of Boston. The second letter, written in 1861, is addressed to a Mr. A. F. Green, thanking him for his interest in Child's writing. Additional letters written by Lydia Maria Child can be found in the related collections listed below.


Biographical Sketch

Lydia Maria Child (1802-1880) was born in Medford, Massachusetts on February 11, 1802 to Susannah Rand Francis and Convers Francis. She was educated in Maine and trained to be a teacher. She taught school in Massachusetts until 1828, when she married Boston lawyer David Lee Child. Child was an abolitionist, women's rights activist, novelist, and journalist. She is best known for her poem Over the River and Through the Woods. She also published Juvenile Miscellany, a children's periodical, and was editor of the magazine from 1826 to 1834. Her first novels, Hobomok: A Tale of Early Times and The Rebels, or Boston before the Revolution were published in 1824 and 1825. In 1833 she published An Appeal in Favor of That Class of Americans Called Africans, one of the first published works advocating for the emancipation of slaves without compensation for slaveholders. She was a strong supporter, fundraiser, and organizer in anti-slavery societies, such as the American Anti-Slavery Society, of which she was an elected member of the Executive Committee in 1839. She was also editor of the society's National Anti-Slavery Standard in 1840, and used her own literary career to explore the issue of slavery in fiction. She died on October 20, 1880 in Wayland, Massachusetts.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Child, Lydia Maria, 1802-1880
Applications for positions--South Natick (Mass.)
Governesses--South Natick (Mass.)
Letters

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Request for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

Lydia Maria Child Letters, MSS 91, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

The 1837 letter was acquired from Robert W. Lull on August 18, 1947. The 1861 letter was acquired from Paul C. Richards on February 12, 1986 (acc 86045).

Processing Information

Collection processed and cataloged by Halley Grogan, November 2012.


Related Material

Bowditch Family Papers, 1712-1927, MSS 3


John Greenleaf Whittier Papers, 1781-1922, MSS 106


Story Family Papers, 1832-1899, Fam. Mss. 979


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