by A Lady of "Louise Home" Washington ; [Lucy Burwell Page Saunders]
Baltimore: Charles Harvey & Co.. Very Good. 1872. First Edition. Hardcover. 83 pages; Former owner's name in pencil on ffep; tiny bookseller's label on fep - "J. & W.J. Entwisle Booksellers / 102 King Street / Alexandria" Clean and secure in original brown cloth binding with a blindstamped decorative border to both boards, gilt lettering at spine (rubbed). OCLC: 10945268 A very scarce juvenile book by a lady of the Old South; the story recollects life in Williamsburg in the very early 19th century during the Madison presidency. Dora, the little girl of the title receives a beautiful doll from her mother's friend Dolly Madison and there follows a visit to the Madison home Montpelier. The author Lucy Burwell Page Saunders (1808-1885) was the youngest daughter of Virginia Governor John Page and the poet, Margaret Lowther Page (1759-1835). Governor Page was a good friend of Thomas Jefferson from their college days and was also friends with the Madisons. The story is likely inspired by the Page family's visits to Montpelier. Lucy B. Page was married to Robert Saunders of Williamsburg, Virginia, a Professor of Mathematics at the College of William and Mary from 1833 until 1847 when he was appointed President of the College. During the Civil War the Saunders retreated from their Williamsburg mansion which was then occupied and plundered by McClellan's forces. Robert Saunders died in 1868. After her husband's death, Mrs. Saunders moved to Washington, D.C. where she resided in the Louise Home for Women, established by W.W. Corcoran for ladies who have seen better days. She was also the author of Leonora and the Ghost: A True Christmas Tale for Youth (OCLC: 20609293), published 4 years after this work. . (Inventory #: 40005)
You can be confident that when you make a purchase through ABAA.org, the item is sold by an ABAA member in full compliance with our Code of Ethics. Our sellers guarantee your order will be shipped promptly and that all items are as described. Buy with confidence through ABAA.org.