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Life of Harriet Beecher Stowe Compiled From Her Letters and Journals by Her Son Charles Edward Stowe   By: (1811-1896)

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LIFE OF HARRIET BEECHER STOWE

Compiled From

Her Letters and Journals

BY HER SON

CHARLES EDWARD STOWE

[Illustration: Handwritten Preface

It seems but fitting, that I should preface this story of my life, with a few words of introduction.

The desire to leave behind me some reflection of my life, has been cherished by me, for many years past; but failing strength and increasing infirmities have prevented its accomplishment.

At my suggestion and with what assistance I have been able to render my son Revd. Charles Edward Stow, has compiled from my letters and journals, this biography. It is this true story of my own words, and has therefore all the force of an autobiography.

It is perhaps much more accurate as to detail & impression than is possible with any autobiography, written later in life.

If these pages, shall lead those who read them to a firmer trust in God and a deeper sense of this fatherly goodness throughout the days of our Earthly pilgrimage I can stay with Valient for Faith in the Pilgrim's Progress.

I am going to my Father's & this with great difficulty. I am got hither, yet now I do not repent me of all the troubles I have been at, to arrive where I am.

My sword I give to him that shall succeed me in my pilgrimage & my courages & skills to him that can get it.

Hartford Sept. 30 1889

(Signed) Harriet Beecher Stowe]

INTRODUCTORY STATEMENT.

I desire to express my thanks here to Harper & Brothers, of New York, for permission to use letters already published in the "Autobiography and Correspondence of Lyman Beecher." I have availed myself freely of this permission in chapters i. and iii. In chapter xx. I have given letters already published in the "Life of George Eliot," by Mr. Cross; but in every instance I have copied from the original MSS. and not from the published work. In conclusion, I desire to express my indebtedness to Mr. Kirk Munroe, who has been my co laborer in the work of compilation.

CHARLES E. STOWE.

HARTFORD, September 30, 1889.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I.

CHILDHOOD 1811 1824.

DEATH OF HER MOTHER. FIRST JOURNEY FROM HOME. LIFE AT NUT PLAINS. SCHOOL DAYS AND HOURS WITH FAVORITE AUTHORS. THE NEW MOTHER. LITCHFIELD ACADEMY AND ITS INFLUENCE. FIRST LITERARY EFFORTS. A REMARKABLE COMPOSITION. GOES TO HARTFORD.

CHAPTER II.

SCHOOL DAYS IN HARTFORD, 1824 1832.

MISS CATHERINE BEECHER. PROFESSOR FISHER. THE WRECK OF THE ALBION AND DEATH OF PROFESSOR FISHER. "THE MINISTER'S WOOING." MISS CATHERINE BEECHER'S SPIRITUAL HISTORY. MRS. STOWE'S RECOLLECTIONS OF HER SCHOOL DAYS IN HARTFORD. HER CONVERSION. UNITES WITH THE FIRST CHURCH IN HARTFORD. HER DOUBTS AND SUBSEQUENT RELIGIOUS DEVELOPMENT. HER FINAL PEACE.

CHAPTER III.

CINCINNATI, 1832 1836.

DR. BEECHER CALLED TO CINCINNATI. THE WESTWARD JOURNEY. FIRST LETTER FROM HOME. DESCRIPTION OF WALNUT HILLS. STARTING A NEW SCHOOL. INWARD GLIMPSES. THE SEMI COLON CLUB. EARLY IMPRESSIONS OF SLAVERY. A JOURNEY TO THE EAST. THOUGHTS AROUSED BY FIRST VISIT TO NIAGARA. MARRIAGE TO PROFESSOR STOWE.

CHAPTER IV.

EARLY MARRIED LIFE, 1836 1840.

PROFESSOR STOWE'S INTEREST IN POPULAR EDUCATION. HIS DEPARTURE FOR EUROPE. SLAVERY RIOTS IN CINCINNATI. BIRTH OF TWIN DAUGHTERS. PROFESSOR STOWE'S RETURN AND VISIT TO COLUMBUS. DOMESTIC TRIALS. AIDING A FUGITIVE SLAVE. AUTHORSHIP UNDER DIFFICULTIES. A BEECHER ROUND ROBIN.

CHAPTER V.

POVERTY AND SICKNESS, 1840 1850.

FAMINE IN CINCINNATI. SUMMER AT THE EAST. PLANS FOR LITERARY WORK. EXPERIENCE ON A RAILROAD. DEATH OF HER BROTHER GEORGE. SICKNESS AND DESPAIR. A JOURNEY IN SEARCH OF HEALTH. GOES TO BRATTLEBORO' WATER CURE. TROUBLES AT LANE SEMINARY. CHOLERA IN CINCINNATI. DEATH OF YOUNGEST CHILD. DETERMINED TO LEAVE THE WEST.

CHAPTER VI.

REMOVAL TO BRUNSWICK, 1850 1852.

MRS. STOWE'S REMARKS ON WRITING AND UNDERSTANDING BIOGRAPHY. THEIR APPROPRIATENESS TO HER OWN BIOGRAPHY. REASONS FOR PROFESSOR STOWE'S LEAVING CINCINNATI. MRS. STOWE'S JOURNEY TO BROOKLYN... Continue reading book >>




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