ABBIE FARWELL BROWN AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED, "Abbie Farwell Brown", 2 pg, 6 x7, on her personal letterhead, July 16, by American author of children's books and children's poetry, who also co-wrote the official song of the Girl Scouts of the USA, asking about plans for the new poetry academy and extending an invitation to come see her garden. In part: "...I am enclosing the requested letter of introduction to Dale Warren. May it bring you both pleasure. Why don't you come out to see me here and talk over the poetry Academy plans - come before our glorious rose arbor fades...If you come by trolley get off just before Framingham Center, at Main St. corner...I want you to see the...romantic garden...." In fine condition, with letter fold and small crease in lower right corner.
Her first children's book, The Book of Saints and Friendly Beasts (1900) was inspired by her first trip abroad, specifically by the carved choir stalls in Chester Cathedral depicting the life of Saint Werburgh. The book retells Christian stories of the animal encounters of various saints. Brown would write other collections retelling old tales for a contemporary child audience. Her In the Days of Giants (1902) featured stories from Norse mythology, and remained a standard text in libraries for several generations. Tales of the Red Children (1909), co-written with James Macintosh Bell, featured Canadian Indian folklore.
Original stories by Brown include The Lonesomest Doll (1901), The Flower Princess (1904), John of the Woods (1909), and The Lucky Stone (1914). She also wrote several volumes of children's poetry, including A Pocketful of Posies (1901) and Fresh Posies (1908).
She and composer Mabel Wheeler Daniels wrote the song "On the Trail", which became the official song of the Girl Scouts of the USA.