ABBIE FARWELL BROWN (1871-1927) AUTOGRAPH LTR SIGNED, "Abbie Farwell Brown", 5 pgs., 6 x 7, on her personal letterhead, Boston, Massachusetts, by American children's author and poet, and co-author of the official song of the Girl Scout of USA, here she is writing a long letter about the necessary preparations for her several upcoming readings: date selection, costs of renting hall, list of women to invite, a discussion of her summer vacation and her health. In fine condition.
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.