Queer Little People; With Illustrations

Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1867. First Edition. 185 pages. 19.5 x 15.5 cm. Presentation copy from Harriet Beecher Stowe to her cousin Lilly Gillete Foote. Also signed in pencil by Stowe's husband, Calvin E. Stowe. "Miss Lilly Foote, A New Years Present from H.B. Stowe." Lilly Gillete Foote (1860 -1932) was the daughter of Andrew Ward Foote, Harriet's first cousin. Lilly Gillete Foote, a recent graduate of Cambridge, was one of five Hartford women who in October 1880 founded the Connecticut Indian Association, a female native rights advocacy organization. Lilly became part of the Nook Farm neighborhood on Hartford, CT's western edge; the neighborhood whose residents were known for scholarship, progressive thought and efforts for social reform. Samuel Clemens and his family put roots down in the Nook and in time Lilly became the governess to Clemens' daughters Susy and Clara. In the Autobiography of Mark Twain it is noted that "Clemens was not above learning something from his daughter and her governess" [SMITH 580]. This pertains to Miss Foote's encouragement of Susy to think of God in a different light, one that includes the God's of Native Americans. Item #2916

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