edford's daughters have given us accounts of Lafayette's visit and the reception attending it, either in Boston or here, though their descriptions are brief.
Lydia Francis was then a charming young girl of twentytwo, having the entree of the best society in Boston and Cambridge.
She was already known as a writer, and in 1825 issued her Evenings in New England, which mentions Lafayette's entry into Boston and the reception given him, of which she was an eye-witness.
We know her better as Mrs. Child, her married name, which she assumed in 1828.
Miss Lucy Osgood, who was personally unknown to me, but whom I recall as one of the celebrities of Medford, was then over thirty years of age, and we have her story of the day, in a letter in her vigorous style, which was published in the Register, October, 1907, page 90.
Mrs. Harriet (Jordan) Rowe, whose reminiscences in the Register, July, 1912, page 73, were written at my request, had the story from the lips of her mother, who was then
the time of the first publication.
Relative to the explanation the following is quoted from a correspondent:—
The idea was fine and some of the verses remarkably excellent, but it seemed not complete and some of the lines defective, and supposing it to be his friend's, he (Whittier) re-wrote and amplified it and signed it as anonymous.
Only after printing it had he learned it was not his friend's.
He was very glad to hear of the true author and as he was to issue a new edition of Child life he would give the credit of the poem to Miss Smith if she would accept the additions and alterations.
The second edition was printed, but by some typographical error the author's name was given as Clara instead of Carrie Smith.
Here is her poem, and beside it is the poem as accredited to Whittier, appearing in 1871.
Jack-in-the-pulpit. Jack, in his pulpit, Preaches today, Under the green trees, Just over the way, Close by the mossy Stone wall; on the air Ringeth the Lily-bells