ading for the Young, 1890.
One of the most renowned people, and certainly the most prolific writer of Medford was Lydia Maria (Francis) Child, a sister of Rev. Converse Francis.
Her first novel, Hobomok, published in 1824, when she was only twenty-three years of age, was a great success, and was soon followed by the Rebels in 1825.
She edited a periodical for children called Juvenile Miscellany, afterwards published as Flowers for Children.
The Frugal Housewife; Evenings in New England, 1826; First Settlers of New England, 1829; The Girl's Own Book; The Coronal; The Mother's Book, 1831; and the Ladies' Family Library, four volumes of short biographies, followed in quick succession.
Some of her books reached twenty-five editions and were translated and printed abroad.
In 1833 she wrote a pamphlet, An Appeal for that Class of Americans Called Africans, which cost her her popularity as woman and writer.
She never faltered in her work for the anti-slavery cause, however, but lef