Litchfield: 1816–1824

Joan D. Hedrick

in Harriet Beecher Stowe

Published in print July 1995 | ISBN: 9780195096392
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854288 | DOI:
Litchfield: 1816–1824

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A prosperous professional elite made Litchfield appealing to people of taste and intellect. Judge Tapping Reeve, a leading Litchfield citizen and intimate of Lyman Beecher, and other like-minded men of vision put up the subscription that enabled Sarah Pierce to build her female academy. John Brace had a significant influence both on the school and on the education of Harriet Beecher. The inclusion of moral philosophy in the curriculum of the Litchfield Female Academy is evidence of the high intellectual aspirations of this pioneering school. The difference between Sarah Pierce and John Brace is illustrated in the topics they assigned for composition. The completion of Harriet's Litchfield education came in the summer of 1825, when she reported to her father that Christ had taken her for his own. Her imaginative temperament spared her the paralyzing doubts that posed an obstacle to more strict and legalistic minds.

Keywords: Litchfield; Tapping Reeve; Lyman Beecher; Sarah Pierce; Harriet Beecher; Litchfield Female Academy; John Brace; moral philosophy

Chapter.  7154 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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