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with gum-arabic and sea-weed

and the next morning, while she was puttering with gum-arabic and sea-weed, took some sewing and went to her room.

ex Elizabeth Stoddard, Two Men : A Novel (1865) : 93

Two Men was republished in 2008, edited and with an introduction by Jennifer Putzi (University of Nebraska)

Stoddard (1823-1902, wikipedia) is evidently better known for her The Morgesons (New York City, 1862) : at hathitrust, which is discussed by Ashley Reed in her Heaven’s Interpreters : Women Writers and Religious Agency in Nineteenth-Century America (2020), available via open access

9 March 2022