Abby’s entries from April/May 1867 continue.
Tues. 23 The night of the Seniors’ lecture. I went down for Hattie to go but as we intend to go to Boston tomorrow concluded not to go. The Seniors are waging quite a war with the middlers about the posters.
Wed. 24 H. and I went to Boston today. It rained hard but we enjoyed ourselves. Called on Willie Donald. He met us again at Childs and Jenks.
Thurs. April 25 Took a music lesson. W. and L. Marland called but I did not come down. My new sacque [came] today – quite pretty.
Fri. 26 Father started for Philadelphia to day. Went to walk a little way with Clara after tea. Met Mr. Barker and ever so many boys.
Sat. 27 Mr. Frye came up in the evening. Louise received a letter from Rosa Franks. She is engaged to a gentleman in Arkansas.
Sun. 28 Did not go to church all day. Was afflicted with a horrid cold in the head. Mother’s birthday. Gave her a [pack] of stamped paper and envelopes.
Mon. 29 Willie Marland came up in the evening and was quite entertaining more so than usual. Did not go to school in the afternoon.
Tues. 30 Went to walk a little way before school with Hattie Baker. Met ever so many boys.
Wed. May 1 Maytie’s birthday, [her] fifth. Flossie made her the funniest looking [doll] and made it out of (?) cotton. She was delighted with it.
Thurs. 2 As I was coming home at noon, I met E. Raymond walking out with Miss F. Abbot. He looks very pale and sick I think. He got home yesterday. She has been in Boston with him nearly all the time.
The fashionable art gallery of Childs & Jenks was located at 127 Tremont Street in Boston in 1867, facing the Boston Common and the Massachusetts State House, among a neighborhood of similar businesses. Before the opening of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 1870, this promenade was “the favorite resort of our art-loving community,” according to the city’s Evening Journal. Public displays of new paintings, sculpture and even “large photographic portraits”, by both American and European artists, drew large crowds during and after the War.
The author Lydia Maria Child wrote about a work she saw at the gallery (1867 c.). “Among the beautiful works of art always on exhibition at the store of Childs & Jenks, my attention was soon attracted by Bellows’ fine picture called ‘The Echo.’ One returning soldier is wakening echo with his bugle, while in another part of the boat a pale and wounded comrade is lying down with his head in his mother’s lap.” At the stern, [a freed slave] is taking care of the ample folds of a U.S. flag.” This painting, by Massachusetts painter Albert Fitch Bellows (1829-1883) has been lost – perhaps when the artist’s studio burned in Boston’s 1872 fire.
We don’t know if Abby saw Bellows’ painting, but a week later she saw a returned veteran, “very pale and sick” in the person of Edward Greenleaf Raymond, the older brother of her friend and classmate Edith (or Edie) Raymond. The Raymond’s family story is one of Andover’s saddest. Edward Raymond had enlisted in the Massachusetts Forty-fourth Regiment at the age of 19, and was joined soon after by his 16 year old brother Walter. Both brothers were discharged in July 1863, but the younger Walter reenlisted in a cavalry regiment, was captured by the enemy, and died of starvation and neglect in a Confederate prison on Christmas Day in 1864. The family’s bereavement became well-known. Christ Church’s rector, Benjamin Babbitt, published his 1865 sermon on the occasion of the boy’s death, and Harriet Beecher Stowe included “an account of the martyrdom of a Christian boy of our town of Andover” in her 1868 collection “The Chimney Corner.” There is no record that Edward Raymond was wounded, but his 1867 debility was probably a recurrence of the malaria that afflicted many veterans of the Forty-fourth. Edward Raymond married Frances Abbott in 1870 — three years after Abby meets them “walking out.”