uiet and thoughtful girl, it was not surprising that some of her thoughts should seek expression even at sixteen years, at which age this poem was written.
The verses were read one day by a friend, Mrs. E. P. Marvin, the wife of the Orthodox minister in Medford, who asked the privilege of showing them to her husband.
He also admired them, and after some persuasion Miss Smith allowed him to publish the poem anonymously in the Boston Recorder. This was in 1856.
Later they were printed in Gleason's Monthly Companion, a magazine published during the years between 1850 and the ‘60s. As Carrie Smith was very retiring in nature, the poem appeared always without her signature.
Other papers copied the verses, and the poem became almost a household friend.
Some years after, the poem, greatly changed, appeared in the little volume named Child Life, edited by the poet, John G. Whittier.
Friends immediately recognized it, however, as the thoughts of Carrie Smith, as she was familiarly
later issue of the Register (Vol.
VIII, page 100) appeared the address of Mr. Hall Gleason before the Historical Society prior to the erection of this memorial by th
On page 100, Vol VIII, of the Historical Register, appears an article by Mr. Hall Gleason on
Capt. Isaac Hall
He is described as a son of Andrew and Abigaimislaid and forgotten and has but recently come to light.
It conflicts with Mr. Gleason's statement in but one particular, that of the date of Captain Hall's death,f death November 24, 1789.
The above work was shown us by Mrs. Annie (Hall) Gleason and is doubtless the basis of Mr. Hall Gleason's statement.
By the courtesy, Mr. Hall Gleason's statement.
By the courtesy, also, of Mrs. Gleason, we have examined the old family Bible in which are recorded the marriage of Andrew Hall and Abigail Walker, and the births and deaths of their Mrs. Gleason, we have examined the old family Bible in which are recorded the marriage of Andrew Hall and Abigail Walker, and the births and deaths of their large family.
This Bible record is, Isaac Hall born January 24, 1739 died November 24, 1805.
Just what reason Mr. Stimpson may have had for assigning the 13th as th