Woman of the Century/Lydia Huntley Sigourney

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SIGOURNEY, Mrs. Lydia Huntley, author, born in Norwich, Conn., 1st September, 1791, and died in Hartford, Conn., 10th June, 1865. She was the daughter of Ezekiel Huntley, a soldier of the Revolution. She was a very precocious child. At the age of three years she read fluently, and at seven she wrote verses. She was educated in Norwich and Hartford, and she taught a private girls' school in Hartford for five years. In 1815 she published her first volume, "Moral Pieces in Prose and Verse" In 1819 she became the wife of Charles Sigourney, a literary and artistic man, of Hartford. She then devoted herself to literature. Her books became very popular. In her posthumous "Letters of Life," published in 1866, she names forty-six separate works from her pen, besides two-thousand articles contributed to three-hundred periodicals. Some of her books found a wide sale in England and France. Her poetry is refined, delicate and graceful. Her prose is elegant. All her work is of the purest moral stripe. Her literary labor was only a part of her work. She was active in charity and philanthropy, and she had many pensioners. In 1840 she visited Europe, and in 1842 she described her journey in "Pleasant Memories of Pleasant Lands." While in London, Eng. she published two volumes of poetry. Her best works are: "Traits of the Aborigines of America." a poem (1822); "Sketch of Connecticut Forty Years Since" (1824); "Letters to Young Ladies" (1833. twentieth American and fifth English edition in 1853); "Letters to Mothers" (1838, with several English editions); "Pocahontas, and other Poems" (1841); "Scenes in My Native Land" (1844); "Voice of Flowers" (1845), "Weeping Willow" (1846); "Water Drops" (1847); "Whisper to a Bride" (1849); "Letters to My Pupils" (1850); "Olive Leaves" (1851}; "The Faded Hope," a memorial of her only son, who died at the age of nineteen years (1852); "Past Meridian" (1854); "Lucy Howard's Journal" (1857); "The Daily Counselor" (1858); "Gleanings, poetry (1860), and "The Man of Uz, and other Poems" (1862). Her whole married life, with the exception of the time she spent in Europe, was passed in Hartford.