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Compositions of Mary B. Griggs
Manuscript Collection Number: 99 Folder #577
Accessioned: Gift of Wilson R.G. Bender, 1956.
Extent: 10 items.
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: November 1997 by Arthur Siegel.
Special Collections, University of Delaware Library
Newark, Delaware 19717-5267
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According to donor information (see "Biographical Note, 1956"), Mary Griggs attended Vassar College, and married the Rev. James Zernold of Philadelphia. Wilson R. G. Bender of Wilmington, Delaware (d. 1985), was the grandson of Mary's brother, George Henry Griggs, to whom she makes reference in, "How I do wish my schooldays were over!"
Sources:R.L. Polk & Co. Wilmington City Directory. Richmond, VA: R.L. Polk & Co., 1918-86.
Note: Biographical information derived from the letters and from the collection folder.
The Mary B. Griggs Compositions form part of the Miscellaneous Literary and History Manuscripts Collection (Mss 99). 99 577 Mary B. Griggs Compositions Written between 1858-1864, these compositions are holograph manuscripts by Mary B. Griggs. Several of the works have no formal title, so the first line is provided in substitution for these. Also included is a brief biographical note, typed in December 1956, in which some of the information is incorrect -- such as the claim that the letters were written at Vassar. Biographical Note, December 1956 (1 p.) "Sunshine And a Sunbeam," July 1858 (2 pp.) "Night," February 20, 1861 (3 pp.) "Imagining the Last Day of School," June 8, 1861 (3 pp.) "What a magic power has Eloquence!," May 2, 1863 (2 pp.) "Our Sail Down the Hudson," November 9, 1863 (3 pp.) Written during the Fall term, it is noted as the "5th Composition" "One beautiful summer morning," January 27, 1864 (3 pp.) "I love solitude," February 1864 (2 pp.) "How I do wish my schooldays were over!," n.d. (2 pp.) "A Story," n.d. (3 pp.) "Old and New," n.d. (3 pp.)
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