A further list of her books are Philothea, 1836; A Brief History of the Condition of Women in Various Ages and Nations, two volumes, 1854; Fact and Fiction; Aspirations of the Spirit; The Freedmen's Book, 1865; Progress of Religious Ideals Through Successive Ages, three volumes, 1869; Romance of the Republic, 1867; Autumnal Leaves, 1857; Looking Toward Sunset, 1865; Biographies of Good Wives; and Letters, collected after her death.
Maria Gowen Brooks was born in Medford in 1794.
She went abroad, met many famous people, and achieved an international reputation for her poetry—Judith, Esther, and Other Poems, 1820; Zophiel, 1825; and an Ode to the Departed.
Robert Southey was said to have given her the name Maria del Occidente, which she used as a nom de plume. She wrote a novel in 1843 called Idomen, supposed to have been autobiographical.
Many believed her to have been the original of the Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins.
Dr. John Brooks, one of Medford's most
e memoranda below.
Thinking it may be of a little interest to your Society (he being a minute man as I have explained), I send it to you. Benjamin Floyd, 2d, was the writer and is the one buried in the old Salem street burying ground at the left front corner.
My father Benj. Floyd (1st), husband of Ruth Floyd, died at sea Jan., 1762.
My mother Ruth Floyd died Feb., 1813.
Medford April 1729, Ruth Floyd was born.
Benj. Floyd Jr. or 2nd was born Jan. 5, 1755.
Martha Savels wife of Benj. Floyd was born Sept. 1756.
Benj. Floyd 3rdBorn 1780, lost at sea.
Patty or Martha F.Born 1782, died 1861.
Sally F.Born 1785, lost at sea.
Sukey F.Born 1787, died 1795.
Rebecca Thompson F.Born 1790.
George Hinchman F.Born 1792, died 1794.
Abel Butterfield F.Born 1793, died 1797.
Thomas FloydBorn 1795.
Abel Butterfield 2ndBorn 1798.
[No race suicide here.]
On the back cover is written
Benjamin Floyd His Book & Property 1819 1756. —Harriett A. Jordan Rowe.