his purpose, and these writers include some of the most distinguished in the land. ... The editor has interspersed some trifles of her own, which she hopes may be leniently regarded.
The volume is intended as an agreeable and instructive Miscellany, for presentation, free from all sectarian prejudices, and such an one as may contribute to the moral and intellectual progress of Young America.
The title of the book is The Little Republic Original Articles by Various Hands, edited by Mrs. T. P. Smith, from the press of Wiley & Putnam, New York, and is dedicated, on a special page, to her father.
The initial article is an ode of one hundred and twenty lines, entitled Justice, by John Quincy Adams, former President of the United States. Mrs. Sigourney, Ex-Governor Briggs, Bayard Taylor, Elihu Burritt, and eminent clergymen (including Dr. S. F. Smith, author of America), are among the twenty-one contributors.
The trifles mentioned number thirteen, the first being fifteen pages of pro
page is bordered with wavy ruled lines, and each of the articles begins with ornamental capitals and have head and tail pieces of intricate geometrical design.
The author and editor was the daughter of Ebenezer Smith, and became the wife of Thomas P. Smith, who in 1852 erected the Mystic Hall building at West Medford, and whose death soon after was a loss to Medford.
Mr. Smith contributed two articles, one A Word to Mothers, to the book. For her educative work in Medford, the reader is refeMr. Smith contributed two articles, one A Word to Mothers, to the book. For her educative work in Medford, the reader is referred to Regis-Ter, Vol.
XI, p. 49. In Literary Medford, Register, Vol.
XV, p. 4, is a mention of the seminary and studies, but the name of its preceptress does not there appear, nor direct mention of her as an author, nor is this book under consideration in Medford's Public Library, which has a special case for Medford authors.
Well worthy of perusal in the present days, it is a recent accession to the library of the Medford Historical Society.