Margaret Sidney was the pseudonym of Harriett Mulford Stone (June 22, 1844–August 2, 1924). She was an American author, born in New Haven, Connecticut. In 1878, at the age of 34, she began sending short stories to Wide Awake, a children's magazine in Boston. Two of her stories, "Polly Pepper's Chicken Pie" and "Phronsie Pepper's New Shoes", proved to be very popular with readers. Daniel Lothrop, the editor of the magazine, requested that Stone write more. The success of Harriett's short stories prompted her to write the now-famous Five Little Peppers series. This series was first published in 1881, the year that Stone married Daniel Lothrop. Daniel had founded the D. Lothrop Company of Boston, who published Harriett's books under her pseudonym, Margaret Sidney. Harriett and Daniel may have both had an interest in history and in famous authors. In 1883, they purchased the house in which both Louisa May Alcott and Nathaniel Hawthorne lived. Nicknamed The Wayside, the house is located in Concord, Massachusetts. The year after Harriett and Daniel moved into the house, Harriett gave birth to their daughter, Margaret, at the age of 40. Daniel Lothrop died on Friday, March 18, 1892, when Harriett was 48 and their daughter was just 9 years old. There was a gap in the release of the Five Little Peppers books from 1892 to 1897, while Harriett continued to run the publishing company Daniel founded. Eventually, she sold the company, which later became Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Co. It continued to publish Harriett's books under the Margaret Sidney name when Harriett resumed writing the Five Little Peppers series. Harriett eventually wrote over 30 books; in addition to the Five Little Peppers series she wrote a number of books on patriotic themes, including A Little Maid of Concord Town and A Little Maid of Boston. She died at the age of 80. Harriett was involved with Daughters of the American Revolution. In 1895, Harriett formed a children's group of a similar vein called Children of the American Revolution. This group is still around today, and was organized "for the training of young people in true patriotism and love of country". She loved travelling overseas, but spent many winters in California where the climate was more agreeable. Alongside her writing career, Stone had a deep interest in historical homes and buildings and worked hard to preserve them. These include: In later years, Stone's daughter Margaret Lothrop championed to have her childhood home, The Wayside, declared a National Historic Landmark. It was made so in 1963.
The Five Little Peppers is a chain of stories narrating about the life of the Peppers during seventeen years who are not very rich and who have to work a lot but they have a wonderful spirit and a good attitude to the life. This is very special in the book. Many events take place in Five Little Peppers Abroad to the main characters Mamsie and her five children – Ben, Polly, Joel, Davie and Phronsie. Everyone in the family takes care of the other members making surprises for them. The children go to school, school, travel abroad, but no matter where they are they have a big heart and look at the life with a big smile.
A charming story of the life of five children of a poor widowed mother with the surname Pepper. This is one of the books of the“Five Little Peppers” series. By an American author Harriett Mulford Stone, who used to write under pseudonym Margaret Sidney.
A charming story of the life of five children of a poor widowed mother with the surname Pepper began with the book “Five Little Peppers and How They Grew” (1881). This volume (1904) is the ninth of the series, telling the stories of Ben, Polly, Joel, Davie and Phronsie. By Margaret Sidney - the pseudonym of American author Harriett Mulford Stone.
This book is one of the stories in the series of stories which belong to the pen of Margaret Sidney and were written from 1881 to 1916. These series are called The Five Little Peppers book. Here readers will meet one of the five children of Mamsie and the late Mister Pepper named Davie. He is the youngest son in the family and can be definitely called the smartest. He is the center of the family and everybody in the family cares for him. Davie studies very hard, he is nice and charming. This story would be interesting both for children and their parents who will read the story to their children aloud.
PREFACE. SOME dozen years or so ago, the author of this volullle planned to write an historic story of Old Concord, dealing with the months and the years prior to 177 j. to show the natural sequence of e ents that g 1ve to the old to vn her opportunity to fire the shot heard round the vorld, and nude her so large a factor in shaping the destiny of the American Republic. It was no mere chance that set apart the Old North Bridge at Concord as the arena . here vns enacted the opening scene of that struggle for independence that 1n lde the Colonies n free nation. Old Concord had long been 1 reparing for . hat God in his providence was preparing for her and the brilliant episode on the 19th of , April, I77j, as but the natural result of that long and faithful prelilni nary work. hfarvellous indeed in the eyes turned backward to that . April morning, is the outcorne In the words of the late President L vight, In 3 gratitude impossible to individually acknowledge or repay. For numberless courtesies that greatly as sisted the development of this book, for valuable information not to be obtained in the ordinary channels, or that proved and strengthened that already found, the author would here tender her most grateful and appreciative acknowleclgn ent to the citizens of the old town, who have thus aided her in her arduous but most congenial task. A list of books on another page is cited as partial authority for the historic basis of this volume, which has aimed in every line to be true to the letter and the spirit of the period of which it treats. WAYSIDE, Concord, Massach uset fs, May, 1898. CONTENTS . CttAFTER IAGB I . THE LITTLE JIAIII . . . . . . . . . . . 9 I1 . TORYL EI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 111 . YITIIIS TIIE LEE JIASSIOS . . . . . . . . 41 I. OSE I. lTrl. l C R IR11 E . . . . . . . . . 5 3 1. TIIE 0 1.1 TO VS IS GRITIS G I E. .. I S 1-. s1 . . . 7 7 I . A Cn1s1s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 4 I1 . I SHALL GO O. EK TO TIIE SII . I 01 . I . E I I 1 0 9 V111 . YHERE IS I ERUY . . . . . . . . . . . 121 IS . . AT TIIE RLTTERFIELL, FAKM . . . . . . . . 1 3 5 X . AS VsvSL. I. C SFEKESC . E . . . . . . . 1 4 8 XI . YE ARE EI. I. I TCIIET . . . . . . . . 162 XI1 . ABSER ACCOMI I. ISIIES HIS JIISSIOS . . . . . I 7 9 XI11 . LE .. l I ISC E v s . .. 1 S . . . . . . . . . . . 1 91 XIV . IN . 1 . 1 1 I I K I . I S C I O FFEE-IIOCTSE . . . . . . 2 0 2 XV . PREP, R I SG AS . R . E l S A . . . 2 1 7 XVI . THE SECRET M UST HE I ISCLOSEI Sn v . . 2 3 1 XVII . RAPIDP REI AK. ATIO . S . S . . . . . . . . 2 4 2 XYIII . COSCOKI i v1 1.1. SKVI . R HK COSQL EKEI . . . . . 2 6 3 7 8 CONTENTS. CHAPTER PACE XIX. USHERING IN THE YEAR OF LIBERTY . . . . 276 XX. A SEARCH TH ROUGH BOSTONT OWN . . . . . 291 XXI. HOME T O CONCORD TO WN . . . . . . . . 30s XXII. I Aar A TRAITOR D S A UGHTER . . . . . 323 XXIII. L THE R EGLARS A RE COMING . . . . . . 336 XXIV. SEARCHIN FO G R THE STORES . . . . . . 355 XXV. THE SHOT HEARD ROUND THE WORI. D . . . 371 XXVI. IIILL S HE BE A GREAT LADY I N TIIE COI OSIES 3 8 6 A LITTLE MAID OF CONCORD TOWN. THE LITTLE MAID. D EBBY
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