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Village Life in America 1852-1872 Including the period of the American Civil War as told in the diary of a school-girl   By:

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[Illustration: Caroline Cowles Richards (From a daguerreotype taken in 1860)]

VILLAGE LIFE IN AMERICA

1852 1872

INCLUDING THE PERIOD OF THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR

AS TOLD IN THE DIARY OF A SCHOOL GIRL

By

CAROLINE COWLES RICHARDS

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY

MARGARET E. SANGSTER

NEW AND ENLARGED EDITION

NEW YORK

HENRY HOLT AND COMPANY

1913

Copyright, 1908, by CAROLINE RICHARDS CLARKE

Copyright, 1913, by HENRY HOLT AND COMPANY

THE QUINN & BODEN CO. PRESS

RAHWAY, N. J.

To My dear brothers, JAMES AND JOHN, who, by precept and example, have encouraged me, and to my beloved sister, ANNA, whose faith and affection have been my chief inspiration, this little volume is lovingly inscribed.

Naples, N. Y.

CONTENTS

PAGE Introduction, by Mrs. Margaret E. Sangster ix The Villages xiii The Villagers xiv 1852. Family Notes Famous School Girls Hoop Skirts 1 1853. Runaways Bible Study Essays Catechism 10 1854. Lake Picnic Pyramid of Beauty Governor Clark 20 1855. Preachers James and John Votes for Women 43 1856. the Fire Sleighing and Prayer Father's Advice 52 1857. Truants and Pickles Candle Stories the Snuffers 77 1858. Tableaux and Charades Spiritual Seance 95 1859. E. M. Morse Letter from the North Pole 106 1860. Gymnastics Troublesome Comforts 118 1861. President Lincoln's Inauguration Civil War School Enthusiasm 130 1862. Gough Lectures President's Call for Three Hundred Thousand Men Mission Zeal 138 1863. A Soldier's Death General M'Clellan's Letter President Lincoln's Address at Gettysburg 148 1864. Grandfather Beals' Death Anna Graduates 162 1865. President Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address Fall of Richmond Murder of Lincoln 176 1866. Freedman's Fair General Grant and Admiral Farragut Visit Canandaigua 200 1867. Brother John and Wife Go to London Lecture by Charles Dickens 208 1871. Hon. George H. Stuart Speaks in Canandaigua A Large Collection 210 1872. Grandmother Beals' Death Biography 211 1880. Anna's Marriage 225

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

Caroline Cowles Richards Frontispiece FACING PAGE Grandfather Beals 8 Grandmother Beals 8 Mr. Noah T. Clarke 30 Miss Upham 30 First Congregational Church 38 Rev. Oliver E. Daggett, D.D. 54 Judge Henry W. Taylor 54 Miss Zilpha Clark 54 "Frankie Richardson" 54 Horace Finley 54 Tom Eddy and Eugene Stone 66 "Uncle David Dudley Field" 66 Grandmother's Rocking Chair 88 The Grandfather Clock 88 Hon... Continue reading book >>




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