New York: Phinney, Blakeman & Mason, [1859?]. 8vo. 190 x 130 mm. (7 1/2 x 5 inches). 356 pp. Striking frontispiece engraving of a female child, her face in sharp focus with looser detail moving away from the focal point. Contemporary blind-stamped cloth binding. Toned. Corners rubbed and frayed. Some spotting on cover. Binding shaken.
Samuel Byram Halliday (1812-1897) was a social reformer in New York City. He wrote this book about his work as a missionary with the American Female Guardian Society and Home for the Friendless, discussing poverty and crime in the city. He went on to work as Henry Ward Beecher's assistant at Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims in Brooklyn Heights. The book was later published as The little street sweeper; or, Life among the poor.
Julie Miller, Abandoned: Foundlings in Nineteenth-century New York City. New York: New York University Press, 2008, pp. 96. See Halliday, American Antiquarian Society Online Catalogue. Sabin 29903. Item #443