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Frances Freeling (Hood) Broderip

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Broderip, Frances Freeling (Hood) I Mrs. Broderip l, 1830-1878, writer; daughter of Thomas Hood the poet. In 1849 married the Rev. John Somerville Broderip. Early began writing verses, some of which she set to music. Her first book, Way-Side Fancies, 1857, dedicated to her father. Wrote stories and verse for children, e.g., Funny Fables for Little Folks, Mamma's Morning Gossips, Wild Roses, Merry Songs for Little Voices, The Whispers of a Shell; some of her children's books written jointly with her brother, Tom Hood; others illustrated by him. Collaborated with her brother on Memorials of Thomas Hood, 1860, and on two editions of Hood's Works. Also edited, 1869, a collection of Hood's Early Poems and Sketches

     Dickens had been a friend of Hood and had known his children from their childhood. Mrs. S. C. Hall ("Frances Freeling Broderip," Social Notes, Dec. 21, 1878) recorded her recollection of Frances Hood at one of the Dickenses' birthday parties for their eldest son, to which the two Hood children had been invited despite the illness of their father. Dickens had told the parents, said the little girl, that "we must come, it would do us good!" 
     In the Office Book, Mrs. MacIntosh is recorded as author of "A Daisy on a Grave" [XV, 60-61. Jan. 17, 1857]; the "MacIntosh" is marked out and substituted by "Broderip." 

Author: Anne Lohrli; © University of Toronto Press, 1971. 

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 

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