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His Life And Background In Cincinnati 1846 - 1850 by Raymond Walters

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The Queen City of the West          47
haps, advise us whether their faces are as beautiful as their verses.
The Cary girls24 were the daughters of a transplanted Yankee, Robert Cary, who in 1803 came to the Northwest Territory and later took up a farm in the outskirts of Cin­cinnati.
Of New England ancestry and tradition also was the third celebrity, the daughter of the Reverend Lyman Beecher25 who in 1832 moved from Boston to Cincinnati to become president of the Lane Theological Seminary. Harriet taught school in Cincinnati, and in 1836 married a young professor in the semi­nary, Calvin Ellis Stowe. Encouraged by E. D. Mansfield, she wrote stories to sup­plement the family income, absorbing all the while, in visits to Kentucky across the river, the background material which later was to appear in Uncle Torns Cabin.
That the young bookkeeper of Irwin & Foster knew personally the Carys and the Beechers and the Stowes would seem doubt­ful. However, with his own poetic aspirations, Stephen would surely read with eager interest the poems of the Cary sisters accepted by the Eastern magazines and reprinted in the local newspapers with due credit. As to Harriet Beecher Stowe, whether he was acquainted with her or not, he was surely more than ac­quainted with her Uncle "Toms Cabin, the novel which, as set forth elsewhere in this







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