Family: Elizabeth Goodrich and Rev. Noah Coe
Rev. Noah Coe1
Family: Rev. Noah Coe and Elizabeth Goodrich
Family: Abigail Goodrich and Rev. Samuel Whittlesey
Rev. Samuel Whittlesey1
Family: Rev. Samuel Whittlesey and Abigail Goodrich
Charles Augustus Goodrich1
Children of Charles Augustus Goodrich and Sarah Upson
Family: Catharine Goodrich and Daniel Dunbar Esq.
Daniel Dunbar Esq.1
Family: Daniel Dunbar Esq. and Catharine Goodrich
Samuel Griswold Goodrich1
Transcribed from Case: "at an early age he was very fond of study, and eagerly read every book within his reach. At 15 years of age he left home to earn his living in Danbury, Conn; and, while faithful to duty, pursued his studies as best he could, and with such zeal that midnight study told upon his health and impaired his sight for life. In 1811, he worked in Hartford, where he joined a literary society and enjoyed the helpful friendship of Miss Huntley, afterward Mrs. Sigourney. In 1812, he had a taste of war, his company of artillery being ordered to New London, where some British ships lay in the offing; but he saw no real fighting. At the time of the famous Hartford Convention he lived with his uncle, Gov. Chauncey Goodrich, then mayor, and knew and studied that brilliant circle of men. In 1818, he married, and settled in Hartford as a publisher, where he saw the dawn of American literature. At this time, few works were issued in this country save reprints of English books. He published "Trumbull's Poems," paying the author $1000 and one hundred copies of the printed book. He now began to write short stories for children.
In 1823, he went to Europe for the benefit of his health. On his return he settled in Boston, where he wrote his first Parley book, "Tales of the Sea," the success of which may be said to have been equalled only by that of the volumes which followed it. He often wrote fourteen hours a day, much of this by dictation to his wife, she seated in the light, he behind a screen, in constant fear of blindness. This labor brought on heart trouble, and in 1832 he again visited Europe for advice. He consulted many specialists, who, although they contradicted each other on some points, gave him some reason to hope that he might live to the age of sixty. He carried very flattering letters of introduction on this journey. Oliver Wolcott, governor of Connecticut, spoke of him as "a gentleman of good habits and perfect integrity," and again a "possessing accomplished manners and address"; John Quincy Adams sent him three letters; Dewitt Clinton presented him to John Jacob Astor; Timothy Pitkin to Richard Rust; and later, Daniel Webster to Lord Derby. He speedily became a favorite in English society, and received much attention from Sir Walter Scott, the Lockharts, Mary Howitt, Lady Blessington, and others.
About 1829, he commenced, in Boston, the publication of an annual, entitled "The Token, or Atlantic Souvenir." To this, which continued for twelve or fourteen years, many authors then famous, or who have since become so, contributed. There is one episode connected with "The Token" which is worth telling in this connection: Among the papers submitted to Mr. Goodrich for admission to the columns of the annual were several anonymous ones, which seemed to him to indicate extraordinary powers in their author. A correspondence ensued between him and this writer, the latter's letters being signed N. Hawthorne. This was at first supposed to be a disguise, but Mr. Goodrich soon met and made arrangements with the writer, destined to be afterward so famous and Nathaniel Hawthorne. The articles called "Sights from a Steeple," "The Voices of the Dead," "Sketches Beneath an Umbrella," "The Prophetic Pictures," etc. etc., appeared successively in "The Token." Now and then an astute critic seemed to see through them, but they generally passed without notice.
In 1837, Mr. Goodrich recommended to Mr. Hawthorne to publish a volume comprising all that he had contributed to the annual. Mr Hawthorne consented, but Mr. Goodrich had now ceased to be a publisher, and it was difficlut to find anyone who would undertake the responsibility and incur the risk of loss. The agent of the American Stationers' Company consented to bring out the work if he could be insured against the results of failure. Mr. Goodrich then abandoned his copyright upon the tales, which were, of course, his property, as he had bought and paid for them, and Mr. Horatio Bridge, a classmate of Hawthorne's, afterward paymaster in the navy, agreed to indemnify the compnay against loss. The book, which Mr. Hawthorne intended to publish under the title of "Provincial Tales," appeared under that of "Twice-Told Tales," and though seemingly a failure for a year or so, began soon afterward to attract notice, and may be said to have been the author's first step on the ladder of fame.
It would be impossible to give here a list of Mr. Goodrich's various works. The earlier volumes of the "Parley Series" were the "Tales about America," "Parley's Tales about Europe," "Parley's Winter-Evening Tales," "Parley's Asia," "Parley's Sun, Moon, and Stars," and many others. In a little volume-we quote from a late biography-entitled "Peter Parley's Geography for Children," was a picture representing the author sitting ina chair, with his foot bound up and a crutch at his side, while he is saying to the boys about him, "Take care, don't touch my gouty toe. If you do, I won't tell you any more stories." Of course "Peter Parley" and his crutch were pretty generally associated in the minds of children.
To show what an impression this picture produced on the minds of young people, it will be well to give "Peter Parley's" own words: "On another occasion," he says, "I think at Savannah, a gentleman called on me, introducing two children, who were anxious to see 'Peter Parley.' The girl reached up to me and gave me a ringing kiss at once. We were immediately the best friends in the world. The boy, on the contrary, held himself aloof, and ran his eye over me, up and down, from top to toe. He then walked round me, surveying me with the most scrutinizing gaze. After this he sat down, and took no further notice of me. At parting, he gave me a keen look, but said not a word. The next day the gentleman called, and said that his grandson, on their way home, remarked to him, 'Grandfather, I wouldn't have anything to do with that man; He aint "Peter Parley".' 'How do you know that?' asked the grandfather. 'Because,' said the boy, 'he hasn't got his foot bound up and he doesn't walk with a crutch.'"
In his "Recollections of a Lifetime," Mr. Goodrich states that he had been the author or editor of one hundred and seventy volumes. The "Parley Books" were all wholly original, while amny of the school-books were compilations in which he had the assictance of other hands. The "Tales" were translated into many languages, even into Persian and modern Greek. There is today a Japanese edition of the "Universal History," a book for young people, published in Tokio, and, singularly enough, not in Japanese but in English. Charles Sumner once said that at the bottom of a Cornish mine he saw two book; one was the Bible and the other "Peter Parley's Tales of the Sea." Several blind asylums in America publish editions in raised type of the school histories. At the time of Mr. Goodrich's death, some eight million copies of his books had been sold, and since that time probably a million more have been printed.
Mr. Goodrich was a good public speaker and debater. He delivered his lecture "Ireland and the Irish" forty times, which in those early days was deemed a goodly number. He represented his district in the Massachusetts legislature in 1836, and took a prominent part in the presidential campaign of 1840. He was a strong advocate of temperance, and a pamphlet by him on the "Fifteen-Gallon Jug" created a great deal of excitement. He was made U.-S. consul to PAris, in 1851, by president Fillmore, and his house was for some years a favorite resort of Americans. He was superseded in his office, in 1853, by President Pierce, in spite of a petition for his retention, signed by the best-known members of the American colony. The latter, upon his departure, presented him with a sliver-gilt medallion likeness of himself, the work of Adam Salomon.
Mr. Goodrich suffered severly from the frauds of imitators, and some persons even took his anme of "Peter Parley" and used it, defending themselves on the ground that it was not his, and that they has as much right to it as he. Some two hundred "Parley Books," more or less fraudulent, have been published in this country and in England. The principal offender in this respect was Thos. Tegg, as publisher, and as author, one George Mogridge. An edition of one of these works in sheets was even sent from London to New York, where it was intended to bind them and throw them upon the market. They were seized, however, at the custom-house, and the English pirates were compelled to pay a round sum to get their property back.
Poems by Mr. Goodrich may be found in the various collections of American verse. In one of these, Mr. Rufus W. Griswold writes: "All of Mr. Goodrich's productions inculcate pure morality and cheerful views of life. his style is simple and unaffected; the flow of his verse is melodious; and his subjects generally are those which he is capable of treating most effectively."
Mr. Goodrich returned from Europe in 1855, and purchased a house in New York, where he lived for several years, spending his summers in a quaint old red-brick mansion in Southbury, Conn. His last publication was a large "History of the Animal Kingdom," in two volumes, illustrated and dedicated, by permission, to Agassiz. He had hardly completed this work when he died, suddenly, after a few hours' illness, at his home in Ninth Street, May 9, 1860, at the age of sixty-seven. His remains were buried at Southbury on the following Sunday. It would be difficult to find in this country, among persons of advanced years or even in middle life, any one who had not in his youth read "Peter Parley." In Jamaica Plain, near Boston, is a country-house and grounds known to this generation as Parleyvale. This place, now shrunk to small dimensions, once extended over a hundred acres, and was made out of a forest by Mr. Goodrich, and by him was called Rockland."4
Child of Samuel Griswold Goodrich and Adeline Gratia Bradley
Children of Samuel Griswold Goodrich and Mary Booth
- [S2] Lafayette Wallace Case M.D., The Goodrich Family in America, page 129.
- [S2] Lafayette Wallace Case M.D., The Goodrich Family in America, page 221.
- [S2] Lafayette Wallace Case M.D., The Goodrich Family in America, page 226.
- [S2] Lafayette Wallace Case M.D., The Goodrich Family in America, pages 221-226.
Mary A. W. Goodrich1
Family: Mary A. W. Goodrich and Hon. Nathaniel B. Smith
Hon. Nathaniel B. Smith1
Family: Hon. Nathaniel B. Smith and Mary A. W. Goodrich
Elihu Chauncey Goodrich1
Emily Chauncey Goodrich1
Emily Chauncey Goodrich1
Family: Emily Chauncey Goodrich and Rev. Darius Mead
Rev. Darius Mead1
Family: Rev. Darius Mead and Emily Chauncey Goodrich
Family: Jemima Tryon and Jeremiah Goodrich
Family: Grace Brooks and Jeremiah Goodrich
Mary Ann Goodrich1
Children of Mary Ann Goodrich and Silas Goodrich
- Jemima Augusta Goodrich2 b. 26 Jan 1829
- Sarah Ann Goodrich2 b. 11 Apr 1831
- James Jeremiah Goodrich2 b. 19 Oct 1833, d. 11 Nov 1868
- Rachel Tyron Goodrich2 b. 27 Aug 1836, d. 30 Dec 1852
- Ralph Leland Goodrich+2 b. 9 Jun 1838
- Mary Clarissa Goodrich2 b. 20 Feb 1839
- Stephen Silas Goodrich+2 b. 16 Jun 1842