Anna Maria Mead Chalmers was a
writer and educator. She authored numerous children's books in the 1830s, later wrote
short works of fiction and devotion, and contributed to the Boston Home Journal, the New York Churchman, the New York Tribune, and the
Southern Literary Messenger. In 1841, she opened a Richmond boarding and day school for girls, called Mrs. Mead's School, and
served as principal for twelve years. The rigorous curriculum was comparable to the
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