Vineland's First Poetess: A Sketch
By the Editor
Mrs. Anna Marie Spaulding, Vineland's first poetess, voices the following sentiment in her poem on Vineland.
"Brothers and sisters we become On touching Vineland sod,
Members of one expansive home, Children of one true God."
Mrs. Spaulding was born in Northumberland Co., Pa., November 20, 1835. In 1843 her parents moved to Looking Glass Prairie, Ill, where in 1846 she became a pupil of Lucy Larcom who taught the district school. Later, at Summerfield, she continued her studies with Miss Larcom and was associated with her at the Montecello Female Seminary.
Who can estimate or measure the influence of the gifted New England poetess upon the sensitive and plastic mind of her pupil? May we not trace in Mrs. Spaulding's writings some of the ideals and aspirations formed from that association?
Mrs. Spaulding married Henry S. Spaulding June 10, 1855. They settled in Vineland June, 1862. Mr. Spaulding became an officer in the Civil War and Mrs. Spaulding wrote patriotic poems to cheer the soldier and his friends.
Her book of poems dedicated to Charles K. Landis, Esq. in 1864, bears the date of 1865, but made its appearance too late for her to see in print as she was an invalid and a sufferer, dying November 16, 1865.
"Dying in the November haze,"
"Going like all the early dead
Away from the woes the living dread."
Not yet thirty years of age.