Guide to the Lydia Maria Child letters, 1863-1873
Lydia Maria Child was a prominent American abolitionist. The Lydia Maria Child letters consist of two letters written by Child, the first to artist William Tolman Carlton, and the second to a Miss. Howland. The first letter concerns Carlton's well-known painting "Waiting for the Hour," and references the writer and fellow abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier. The second letter replies to a query about the German writer Bettina Von Arnim.
- Collection Number
- Lydia Maria Child letters
- 0.1 Linear Feet, 2 items
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Materials in English
Collection contains two letters written by Lydia Maria Child, the first to artist William Tolman Carlton, and the second to Miss. Howland. The first letter, dated September 15th, 1863, concerns Carlton's painting "Waiting for the Hour", which currently hangs at the White House. Child thanks Carlton for a photograph of the painting that had been delivered to her nephew, George L. Stearns. Child's friend, John Greenleaf Whittier, wanted the painting presented to fellow abolitionist Charles Sumner. The second letter is a reply to Miss Howland, who inquired if Child had ever seen correspondence from the German writer Bettina Von Arnim. Child replies in the negative.
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[Identification of item], Lydia Maria Child letters, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
Lydia Maria Child was a well-known American abolitionist, writer, and activist in the women's rights and Native American rights movements.
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- Child, Lydia Maria, 1802-1880
- Carlton, W. T. (William Tolman), 1816-1888. -- Waiting for the Hour
- Lisa Unger Baskin Collection (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
- Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874.
- Stearns, Geo. L. (George Luther), 1809-1867
- Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture
- Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892
- von Arnim, Bettina, 1785-1859
The Lydia Maria Child letters were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2015.
Processed by Megan Lewis, February, 2017
Accessions described in this collection guide: 2015-0050