Estelle F. Tayloe commonplace book
A manuscript commonplace book. The first section appears to be lessons, perhaps in writing. Each essay begins with topic themes in which the author articulates her thoughts, usually a page or two. Estelle Tayoe attended Mrs. Okills Boarding School in New York, considered one of the best private schools at the time. In one essay title "Intimate Friends," she talks of her admiration for a girl to whom she had written a letter in a previous lesson. The next essay is about Christmas holiday in 1850, her homesickness. Brief notations by 'M.O.' (Mary Okills) as to writing praise or criticism. Essays include: Nature favorable to contemplation -- The love of glory -- Ingratitude -- Flowers -- Sympathy -- Reminiscences of the holidays 1850-1851 -- Women's mission -- Adams and Jefferson. The rest of the book is made up of pomes in the usual manner of a commonplace book.
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