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Julia Fletcher Carney (1823-1908) was a writer, primary school educator, feminist, Universalist, and Boston-area resident. She achieved world fame for her poem "Little Things," written in 1845. Born in Lancaster, Massachusetts, and educated at Lancaster Academy, she became a teacher at the age of 21. In 1849, she married Universalist minister Thomas J. Carney, and the couple had nine children, four of whom died in infancy. Julia wrote many articles and poems for the religious periodicals of her denomination and the various periodicals of her day. She also wrote a series of Sabbath school instruction books which were used for many years in the liberal churches. A number of her verses were also set to music and used in worship services.
- Litvin, Martin. Papers on Julia Fletcher Carney, 1843-1988: A Finding Aid.
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