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Daughters of the Puritans

A Group of Brief Biographies

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Published: 1905
Language: English
Wordcount: 56,485 / 167 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 63.4
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 1,497
Added to site: 2008.05.25 21000

Catharine Maria Sedgwick, 1789-1867 -- Mary Lovell Ware, 1798-1849 -- Lydia Maria Child, 1802-1880 -- Dorothea Lynde Dix, 1802-1887 -- Sarah Margaret Fuller Ossoli, 1810-1850 -- Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1811-1896 -- Louisa May Alcott, 1832-1888.

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ths of knowledge into which we were led;" to which accomplishments she adds as an after-thought, grammar and arithmetic.

Nevertheless, when in 1838, six of the Sedgwick family travelled together through France and Italy, doing much of those sunny lands on foot, Miss Sedgwick was interpreter for the party in both countries, apparently easy mistress of their respective languages. It is remarkable what fine culture seems to have been attainable by a New England child born more than a hundred years ago, when Harvard and Yale were, as we are told, mere High Schools, and Radcliffe and Wellesley were not even dreamed of. Instead of Radcliffe or Wellesley, Miss Sedgwick attended a boarding school in Albany, at the age of thirteen and, at the age of fifteen, another in Boston, the latter for six months, and the former could not have been more than two years. Both, according to her, gave her great social advantages, and did little for her scholarship. Miss Bell, the head of the Albany school, "rose late, was hal



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