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OSGOOD, Frances Sargent, author, born in Boston, glass., 18 June, 1811; died in Hingham, Massachusetts, 12 May, 1850. She was the daughter of Joseph Locke, a merchant of Boston, but most of her childhood was passed in the village of Hingham At an early age she displayed a talent for writing verses, and several of her poems, under the signature of "Florence, that were published in the "Juvenile Miscellany," gave her a reputation During this early period of her life she wrote also for " The Ladies' Companion " which she subsequently edited for a short time. In 1835 she married Samuel Stillman Osgood, a portrait-painter, and soon afterward accompanied him to London England, where, in addition to other literary work, she wrote for the English magazines. She returned with her husband to Boston in 1840, and soon afterward removed to New York, where she resided, with occasional intervals of absence, during the remainder of her life. She published, among other works, " The Casket of Fate" (London)" "A Wreath of Wild Flowers from New England" (1839); " The Happy Release, or the Triumph of Love," a play written at the request of Sheridan Knowles: " Poetry of Flowers, and Flowers of Poetry" (New York, 1841); "Poems" (1846); "The Floral Offering" (Philadelphia, 1847); and " Poems," illustrated (1849). A complete edition of her poems has been published (New York, 1850). Soon after her death a " Memorial" by her friends, with a "Life " by Rufus W. Griswold, appeared.
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