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Memories and Anecdotes   By: (1839-1917)

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MEMORIES AND ANECDOTES

By

KATE SANBORN

AUTHOR OF "ADOPTING AN ABANDONED FARM," "ABANDONING AN ADOPTED FARM," "OLD TIME WALL PAPERS," ETC.

WITH SIXTEEN ILLUSTRATIONS

G. P. PUTNAM'S SONS NEW YORK LONDON The Knickerbocker Press 1915

[Illustration, Frontispiece : GREETINGS AND WELCOME TO EVERY READER (KATE SANBORN)]

To

ALL MY FRIENDS EVERYWHERE

ESPECIALLY TO MY BELOVED "NEW HAMPSHIRE DAUGHTERS" IN MASSACHUSETTS, MY PUPILS IN SMITH COLLEGE, ALSO AT PACKER INSTITUTE, BROOKLYN, AND ALL THOSE WHO HAD THE PATIENCE TO LISTEN TO MY LECTURES,

WITH GRATEFUL REGARDS TO THOSE DARTMOUTH GRADUATES WHO, LIKING MY FATHER, WERE ALWAYS GIVING HIS AMBITIOUS DAUGHTER A HELPING HAND

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I

My Early Days Odd Characters in our Village Distinguished Visitors to Dartmouth Two Story Tellers of Hanover A "Beacon Light" and a Master of Synonyms A Day with Bryant in his Country Home A Wedding Trip to the White Mountains in 1826 in "A One Hoss Shay" A Great Career which Began in a Country Store

CHAPTER II

A Friend at Andover, Mass. Hezekiah Butterworth A Few of my Own Folks Professor Putnam of Dartmouth One Year at Packer Institute, Brooklyn Beecher's Face in Prayer The Poet Saxe as I Saw him Offered the Use of a Rare Library Miss Edna Dean Proctor New Stories of Greeley Experiences at St. Louis

CHAPTER III

Happy Days with Mrs. Botta My Busy Life in New York President Barnard of Columbia College A Surprise from Bierstadt Professor Doremus, a Universal Genius Charles H. Webb, a truly funny "Funny Man" Mrs. Esther Herman, a Modest Giver

CHAPTER IV

Three Years at Smith College Appreciation of Its Founder A Successful Lecture Tour My Trip to Alaska

CHAPTER V

Frances E. Willard Walt Whitman Lady Henry Somerset Mrs. Hannah Whitehall Smith A Teetotaler for Ten Minutes Olive Thorn Miller Hearty Praise for Mrs. Lippincott (Grace Greenwood.)

CHAPTER VI

In and near Boston Edward Everett Hale Thomas Wentworth Higginson Julia Ward Howe Mary A. Livermore A Day at the Concord School Harriet G. Hosmer "Dora Distria," our Illustrious Visitor

CHAPTER VII

Elected to be the First President of New Hampshire's Daughters in Massachusetts. Now Honorary President Kind Words which I Highly Value Three, but not "of a Kind" A Strictly Family Affair Two Favorite Poems Breezy Meadows

ILLUSTRATIONS

GREETINGS AND WELCOME TO EVERY READER (KATE SANBORN) Frontispiece

THE STREET FRONTING THE SANBORN HOME AT HANOVER, N.H.

MRS. ANNE C. LYNCH BOTTA

PRESIDENT BARNARD OF COLUMBIA COLLEGE

PROFESSOR R. OGDEN DOREMUS

SOPHIA SMITH

PETER MacQUEEN

SAM WALTER FOSS

PINES AND SILVER BIRCHES

PADDLING IN CHICKEN BROOK

THE ISLAND WHICH WE MADE

TAKA'S TEA HOUSE AT LILY POND

THE LOOKOUT

THE SWITCH

HOW VINES GROW AT BREEZY MEADOWS

GRAND ELM (OVER TWO HUNDRED YEARS OLD)

MEMORIES AND ANECDOTES

CHAPTER I

My Early Days Odd Characters in our Village Distinguished Visitors to Dartmouth Two Story Tellers of Hanover A "Beacon Light" and a Master of Synonyms A Day with Bryant in his Country Home A Wedding Trip to the White Mountains in 1826 in "A One Hoss Shay" A Great Career which Began in a Country Store.

I make no excuse for publishing these memories. Realizing that I have been so fortunate as to know an unusual number of distinguished men and women, it gives me pleasure to share this privilege with others.

One summer morning, "long, long ago," a newspaper was sent by my grandmother, Mrs. Ezekiel Webster, to a sister at Concord, New Hampshire, with this item of news pencilled on the margin:

"Born Thursday morning, July 11, 1839, 4.30 A.M., a fine little girl, seven pounds."

I was born in my father's library, and first opened my eyes upon a scenic wall paper depicting the Bay of Naples; in fact I was born just under Vesuvius which may account for my occasional eruptions of temper and life long interest in "Old Time Wall papers... Continue reading book >>




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