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Title: Mother.
Description: No place, No publisher, [c. 1893]. FIRST AND ONLY EDITION. 8vo, 198 x 147 mms., pp. [2] 3 - 26 [28 - 32 blank], stitched within cream cardboard covers, with gilt lettering, "H. S. A. / 1813-1892." on front cover. The author is given as simply "Father" at the foot of p. 25, then as "A. C. A." at the foot of the last page of text, p. 26. A clue to the topic of the book is found, however, on p. 24, where the subject of the memoir is said to have been buried "on the southern slope of Wethersfield cemetery". From the context, it is clear that Wethersfield in Connecticut is meant. A consultation of the records of this cemetery, which are available online, show only one possible match at http//wethersfieldhistory.org/services/burying_ground/map: that being Harriet Sargent Adams (1813-1892, who married to a man who bore the initials A. C. A. This is the Congregational minister and writer Aaron Chester Adams (1815-1905). They are buried in the same plot. Aaron Chester Adams is perhaps best known today for his Historic Sketch of the First Church of Christ in Wethersfield (1877). WorldCat attributes a half-dozen publications to him in total. This book, Mother, is Aaron Chester Adam's biography of his wife, Harriet Sargent Adams. At the foot of p. 25, he notes that he wrote his account from "Wethersfield, Conn." in "February, 1893". The book is not merely personal, however, as the reader gets a vivid picture of historical life in nineteenth-century Connecticut, with some earlier scenes set in Maine and Massachusetts. Not in WorldCat, COPAC, KVK, British Library, or Library of Congress.

Keywords: biography Americana literature

Price: GBP 275.00 = appr. US$ 392.70 Seller: John Price Antiquarian Books
- Book number: 9140

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