The Heavenly Guest and other unpublished writings with reprints of essays by friends and contemporaries.
Amherst, Mass., Smith & Couits Co. Printers, (1935). G HB. "I remember, long ago, Rev. James De Normandie gave a lecture on Celia Thaxter in the Music Room of the Appledore House. He. said Celia Thaxter stands alone pre-eminent, among the gifted singers of New England, for the charm and sweetness of her songs. We do not find she belonged to any church, yet through her verse there breathes the fragrancee of a divine faith. "She studied all that was fine in every Creed, finding something beautiful even in the Koran and teachings of Confucius". I have thought that in my sister's last days she was leaniing toward Uniterianism; being fond of Mr. De Normandie she attended his church, when in Portsmouth, finding great interest in what that beloved gentleman said to his congregation.Many years ago Celia Thaxter wrote a poem adapted from one of the short stories of Count Tolstoy, she called it "The Heavenly Guest" To my delight, it has been found by her granddaughter, Rosamond Thaxter, in aportfolio which had been loaned to the late Sara Orne Jewett, which was returned after her death. Also were found many unpublished manuscripts of Celia Thaxter's. The reader must remember it is near fifty years ago Celia wrote "The Heavenly guest"; when she found the verse I was so moved by its charm, its pathos and sweetness. I found my eyes wet with tears. I recall my sister's delight and has only just come into possession of her granddaughter, Rosamond Thaxter. Celia was born in 1835, making this years the centennial of her birth. With my niece Rosamond I have bound for greater safety, these last leaves of the writing of Celia Thaxter" "Oscar Leighton, Spine and edge wear to cover, page 9-10 has been removed. Slight water damate to top edge.
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