CHAPTER THE FIRST.
An open door.
I think I was as nearly mad as I could be; nearer
madness, I believe, than I shall ever be again, thank
God! Three weeks of it had driven me to the very
Hesba Stretton's children's story Jessica's First Prayer (1867) was popular with Victorian readers of all ages, and it influenced a generation of Victorian writers. Stretton (the pseudonym used by Sar...
In 1911 The Sunday at Home eulogized Sarah Smith, who had used the name Hesba Stretton, for much of her "long, happy, useful and noble life." It was fitting that this tribute appeared in the periodica...