The Female Prose Writers of America: With Portraits, Biographical Notices, and Specimens of their Writings/Jane Elizabeth Larcombe

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Miss Larcombe has, within the last three years, won an honourable place among the magazinists of the country. Her tales are sprightly and piquant, and show a degree of originality and a fertility of invention, which augur well for her future and more elaborate efforts. Her stories thus far have appeared in Neal’s Gazette, Godey, Peterson, Sartain, as well as in the Annuals, and all under the assumed name of “Kate Campbell.” She is at present engaged as a regular contributor to some of the religious periodicals of the church to which she belongs—the Baptist.

Miss Larcombe was born January 13, 1829, at Colebrook, Connecticut. The family removed in 1831 to Danbury, Connecticut; in 1834, to Saugerties, New York; and in 1835, to Philadelphia, where they still reside. She is descended, on the mother’s side, of a Scottish family, staunch covenanters. Her father, who was a clergyman, and who, in the latter part of his life, was chaplain to the Eastern Penitentiary of Pennsylvania, was of French descent, from the Waldenses of Piedmont. The family left France at the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, and settled in Bristol, England, and thence emigrated to Hartford, Connecticut.