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DODGE, Mary Abigail, author, born in Hamilton, Massachusetts, about 1830. She was instructor in physical science in the Hartford, Connecticut, high school in 1851, and for several years thereafter, and was subsequently a governess in the family of Dr. Gamaliel Bailey, of Washington, D. C., to whose paper, the "National Era," she became a contributor. In 1865'7 she was one of the editors of " Our Young Folks," a magazine for children, published in Boston. Since 1876 she has resided much of the time in Washington. She has been a frequent contributor to prominent magazines, under the pen name of "Gail Hamilton," and her published works, written in a witty and aggressive style, consist largely of selections from her contributions. They include "Country Living and Country Thinking" (Boston, 1862); "Gala Days" (1863); "A New Atmosphere" and "Stumbling Blocks" (1864); "Skirmishes and Sketches" (1865); "RedLetter Days in Applethorpe" and "Summer Rest" (1866); "WoolGathering" (1867)" "Woman's Wrongs, a Counterirritant" (1868); "Battle of the Books" (New York, 1870); " Woman's Worth and Worthlessness" (1871); "Little Folk Life" (1872); "Child World" (2 vols., Boston, 1872'3), "Twelve Miles from a Lemon " (New York. 1873); " Nursery Noonings " (1874); "Sermons to the Clergy" and "First Love is Best" (Boston, 1875); " What Think Ye of Christ ?" (1.876); "Our Common School System" (1880); "Divine Guidance, Memorial of Allen W. Dodge" (New York, 1881); and "The Insuppressible Book " (Boston, 1885). In 1877 she wrote for the New York "Tribune" a series of vigorous letters on civil service reform.
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