Susanna Strickland Moodie

(1803 - 1885 / Canada)

Susanna Strickland Moodie
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Susanna Moodie (nee` Susanna Strickland) was born on December 6, 1803. She was a British author who wrote about her experiences as a settler in Canada. She was the younger sister of Catherine Parr Traill, and both were educated by their parents. She wrote her first children's book in 1822, and published other children's stories in London, including books about Spartacus and Jugurtha. In London she was also involved in the anti-slavery movement. On April 4, 1831, she married John Moodie, a retired officer who had served in the Napoleonic Wars. With her husband, daughter, and sister, she emigrated to Canada into 1832, to a farm near Peterborough, Upper Canada, where her brother Samuel worked ... more »

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The Step Mother

Well I recall my Father's wife,
The day he brought her home.
His children looked for years of strife,
And troubles sure to come --
Ungraciously we welcomed her,
A thing to scorn and blame;
And swore we never would confer
On her, a Mother's name

I see her yet -- a girl in years,
With eyes so blue and mild;
She greeted us with smiles and tears,
How sweetly too she smiled --
She bent to kiss my sullen brow,
With woman's gentle ...

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