Lydia Maria Child papers  1835-1894
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List of Correspondence:

  • David Child to George Kimball (January 1835): Mexico project and new laws in the South.
  • Maria to Louisa L. (May 1836): Acquisition of Texas and Arkansas.
  • Maria to Louisa L. (April 1839): Business problems; Irish girl; "lost pleasure" in Anti-Slavery; Lewis Tappan.
  • Maria to Anna L. (Jun. 1840): Pleasures of countryside; gender divisions.
  • Maria to Anna L. (August 1840): Irish girl's language and upbringing.
  • Maria to Anna L. (December 1840): English politics; "our colored man" & Thanksgiving.
  • Maria to Anna L. (January 1841): "the spirit land"
  • Maria to Ellis L. (May 1841): Editing paper and salary; about "N. Organization."
  • Maria to Ellis L. (Jun. 1841): Dislikes job; Criticizes Democrats: Approves of Garrison vs. "New Organization."
  • Maria to Louisa L. (December 1841): Liberty Bell; Anti-Slavery Scrapbook.
  • Maria to Anna L. (December 1841).
  • Maria to Anna L. (February 1842): Excursion to Staten Island & John's charity.
  • Maria to Ellis L. (May 1842): Garrison's article & New York mobs; dislikes Boston "perpetual agitation" & Philadelphia "milk & water abolitionists"; Standard subscriptions.
  • Maria to Louisa L. (December 1842): Avoids large gatherings; meeting Samuel Colt.
  • Maria to Louisa L. (January 1843): Finds position for niece in a Community; Avoids associations of men; Mr. Page.
  • Maria to Louisa L. (February 1843): Not follow David; Give up Standard; Emerson.
  • Maria to Louisa L. (May 1843): John rescues girl from Tombs; New York Letters; Angelina Grimké.
  • Maria to Anna L. (August 1843): Beauty of city; Quaker girl.
  • Maria to James Munroe & Co. (May 1843): Publishing New York Letters.
  • Maria to Louisa L. (August 1843): Housework complaints; likes New York; dislikes Calvinists.
  • Maria to Louisa L. (October 1843): Annon flowers; New World; Letters selling well.
  • Maria to Anna L. (December 1843): Rescue boy from Tombs for Christmas.
  • Maria to Anna L. (January 1844): Rejects beach vacation.
  • Maria to Louisa L. (June 1844): Ole Bull & Friend Hopper; Anna Parson.
  • Maria to Anna L. (September 1844): Favors soul & New York over machine & Boston.
  • Maria to Anna L. (October 1844): Promenading Broadway; Ole Bull concerts; free nature.
  • Maria to Louisa L. (October 1844): Refuses travel and conventions; visits Singsing.
  • Maria to Anna L. (December 1844): Christ Child selling; seeing Ole Bull & Margaret Fuller.
  • Maria to Anna L. (January 1845): Broadway Journal; Ole Bull.
  • Maria to Anna L. (February 1845): Description Fuller's house; equates death with marriage.
  • Maria to Anna L.(August 1845): Columbian Magazine; volumes for children; composing.
  • Maria to Louisa L.(December 1845): Die of science, correctness, wealth & show of Boston.
  • Maria to Anna L. (December 1845): Fuller's literary set; John agent of Prison Association.
  • Maria to Louisa L. (September 1846): Fan mail; hermitage; prefers Catholicism and freedom.
  • Maria to Anna L. (September 1846): Fashion; artlessness "above" popular taste.
  • Maria to Anna L. (January 1847): Jewelry.
  • Maria to Ellis & Louisa L. (May 1849): Limited view from rich; Astor Place Riots.
  • Maria to Ellis L. (June 1849): French out of Italy; riot presence; Mendelssohn (Jew) & Margaret Fuller as Pope.
  • Maria to Louisa L. (June 1849): Right to be damned; Befriends Dolores who sells scarves.
  • Maria to Louisa L. (November 1849): "Dread... reformers"; Property and sex laws; Dolores.
  • Maria to Louisa L. (December 1849): Storm.
  • Maria to Ellis L. (February 1850): Girls Book; "small female minds both sexes"; husband's creditors and her rights.
  • Maria to Ellis L. (February 1850): Money as priority; dislike "respectable Puritanical".
  • Maria to Ellis L. (March 1850): Spirits' education; Melodrama and Mendelssohn.
  • Maria to Ellis L. (May 1850): Searching for peaceful place; Pages to Liverpool.
  • Anna & Ellis L. to Louisa L. (July 1850): Complain about Calvinist preaching; travels.
  • Maria to Anna L. (November 1850): Visit.
  • Maria to Ellis L. (December 1852): Charles Sumner; Catherine Beecher; Garrison; Lord Henry Stuart.
  • Maria to Ellis L. (August 1853): Reject Jewett's offer to republish.
  • David & Maria to Ellis L. (November 1854): Crichtlow as rogue; Buddhist tracts.
  • Maria to Ellis L. (January 1855): Crichtlow; against writing for periodicals.
  • Maria to Ellis L. (May 1855): Spirits speaking; Swedenborg & Dr. Chandler.
  • Maria to Ellis L. (June 1855): Mrs. Martineau in Paris; Mrs. Shaw in Europe.
  • Maria to Ellis L. (November 1855): Engages in phrenology of reactionary woman (& man).
  • David & Maria to L. (December 1855): Crichtlow; Spirits & Evangelists; Opponants attack her as woman.
  • Maria to Ellis L. (July 1856): Women's suffrage; rails against men; problems in Missouri.
  • Maria to Louisa L. (October 1856): Activism for Kansas; Buchanan or Frémont; urgency.
  • Maria to Ellis L. (November 1856): Father dying.
  • Maria to Ellis L. (November 1856): On death father.
  • Maria to Ellis L. (December 1856): On father's will.
  • Maria to Ellis L. (January 1857): Enjoys music, perfume, and being tipsy.
  • Maria to Ellis L. (July 1857):
  • Maria to Ellis L. (September 1857): Short magazine story.
  • Maria to Ellis L. (November 1857).
  • Maria to Ellis L. (November 1857): Niece & "all the progressive movts of the day"; Plato & socialism; Ellis as "benigted modern".
  • Maria to Ellis L. (November 1857): Louisa ill.
  • Maria to Ellis L. (December 1857): Wants Florida; Baby girl asserts her wits vs. baby boy.
  • Maria to unidentified recipient (January 1859): Complains "modern affectation" & intellect over moral sentiments.
  • Maria to Oliver Johnson ASS (December 1859): John Brown's execution and burial.
  • Maria to William Cutler (July, 1862): Public Enemy; higher law than slavery; free institutions/labor; problem of masters; laissez faire on social equality; English and Hindoos.
  • Maria to Anna L. (July 1871): European feminists; Suffrage as efficient & educational; Harmony of sexes; Prussian ambition, Communism, and Versailles Jesuits.
  • Maria to Anna L? (October 1871?): Chicago fire & KKK; Grant & South; Tweed Ring; German feminists; free labor.
  • Maria to Anna L. (November 1877): Birthday.
  • Lorings? (August 1894).
  • Maria to Anna L. (May, n.y.; NY): Hopper's Quaker conscience.
  • Maria to Louisa L. n.d. [July 1843]: "I become... bigotted Swedenborgian"
  • Maria to Louisa L. (July, n.y.; NY): Religious book; ackn. her depravity.
  • Maria to Anna L. (August, n.y.; NY): City people on vacation.
  • Maria to Anna L. (December, n.y.; NY): on a "citizen of the world" as "spirit of the age".
  • Maria to Anna L. n.d. (NY): Never come to Boston again.
  • Maria to Anna L. n.d. (NY): Giving New Year presents to poor.
  • Maria to Louisa L. (July 4, n.y.; NY): Dolores giving Spanish lessons in city; attacks statutes.
  • Maria to Louisa L. (September Newton): Work for poor; Dolores likes Ellis & learns English.
  • Maria to Louisa L. n.d.
  • Maria to Louisa L. n.d.: Distrusts David in California.
  • Maria to Ellis L. (Wayland).
  • Maria to Ellis L. (August n.y.): Biography on Mr. Hopper.
  • Maria to Louisa L. (July, NY): "I shall be glad when independence is over"
  • Maria to unidentified recipient n.d. [April, 1831]: School uniform and worship.
  • Maria (scraps): Christmas boy "obtained a good place in the city".
Related Materials

The following list contains published materials at the William L. Clements Library with content written or edited by Lydia Maria Child:

Bibliography

Clifford, Deborah Pickman. Crusader for Freedom: A Life of Lydia Maria Child Boston: Beacon Press, 1992.

Partial Subject Index
Finance, Personal
  • 1839 April
  • 1850 February
Frémont, John Charles, 1813-1890
  • 1856 October
Fuller, Margaret, 1810-1850
  • 1844 December
  • 1845 February
  • 1845 December
  • 1849 June
Garrison, William Lloyd, 1805-1879
  • 1841 June
  • 1842 May
  • 1852 December
Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885
  • 1871 October
Great Britain--Politics and government
  • 1840 December
Grimké, Angelina Emily, 1805-1879
  • 1843 May
Hinduism
  • 1862 July
Hopper, Isaac Tatem, 1771-1852
  • 1844 June
  • n.d. (May)
  • n.d. (August)
Husband and wife
  • See also Child, David Lee, 1794-1874
  • 1843 February
  • 1850 February
Irish--United States
  • 1840 August
Jewelry
  • 1847 January
Jews
  • 1849 June
Kansas--History--1854-1861
  • 1856 July
  • 1856 October
Ku-Klux Klan
  • 1871 October
Labor and laboring classes
  • 1862 July
  • 1871 October
Liberty Bell
  • 1841 December
Love
  • 1859 January
Marriage
  • 1845 February
Martineau, Harriet, 1802-1876
  • 1855 June
Men
  • 1843 January
  • 1855 November
  • 1856 July
  • 1857 December
Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix, 1809-1847
  • 1849 June
  • 1850 March
Mobs--New York (State)--New York
  • See also Astor Place Riot, New York, N.Y., 1849
  • 1842 May
National Anti-Slavery Standard
  • 1842 May
  • 1843 February
New York (N.Y.)--Description and travel
  • 1843 August
  • 1844 October
  • 1844 September
Pacifism
  • 1842 December
Parson, Anna
  • 1844 June
Phrenology
  • 1855 November
Plato
  • 1857 November
Poor
  • 1871 October
  • n.d.
  • n.d. (July 4)
  • n.d. (September)
Presidents--United States--Election--1856
  • 1856 October
Prisoners
  • 1843 December
Quakers
  • 1843 August
Reconstruction
  • 1871 October
Sing Sing Prison
  • 1844 October
Slavery
  • 1862 July
Slavery--Anti-slavery movements
  • 1835 January
  • 1839 April
  • 1841 May
  • 1841 June
  • 1841 December
  • 1842 May
  • 1843 May
  • 1852 December
  • 1859 December
  • 1862 July
Slavery--Extension to the territories
  • 1836 May
Social reformers
  • 1849 November
Socialism
  • 1857 November
Spiritualism
  • 1841 January
  • 1850 March
  • 1855 May
  • 1855 December
Staten Island (N.Y.)--Description and travel
  • 1842 February
Stuart, Henry
  • 1852 December
Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874
  • 1852 December
Swedenborg, Emanuel, 1688-1772
  • 1855 May
  • n.d. [July 1843]
Tappan, Lewis, 1788-1873
  • 1839 April
Texas--History
  • 1836 May
Tweed Ring
  • 1871 October
Vacations
  • 1844 January
Women authors
  • 1841 May
  • 1841 December
  • 1842 May
  • 1843 February
  • 1843 May
  • 1843 October
  • 1844 December
  • 1845 August
  • 1845 December
  • 1853 August
  • 1855 January
  • 1857 September
Women--Social conditions
  • 1840 June
  • 1843 January
  • 1849 November
  • 1850 February
  • 1855 November
  • 1855 December
  • 1856 July
  • 1857 December
  • 1871 July
Women--Suffrage
  • 1856 July
  • 1871 July