Letter from Lydia Maria Child (re. Edmonia Lewis)

February 19, 1864

Commenting on the Thirtieth National Anti-Slavery Subscription Anniversary, Child mentions her excitement at seeing Whittier, “who rarely makes his appearance in public”, and Theodore Weld, whose “hair and beard are whitened”.  She tells of meeting Edmonia Lewis, and going with her to her room, where she saw Lewis’ first bust, “copied from a head of Voltaire”… “Whether she will prove to have any portion of creative genius time will show; but she seems to possess a native talent, which is capable of being developed fairly by industry and perseverance.”