From The Critic Vol. 25 No. 778 (Jan 16, 1897)
Dr. Nicoll saw Miss Mary E. Wilkins when he was over here, and describes her as “trim and dainty in appearance.” We also learn from him that “in Brattleboro Miss Wilkins did some of her first literary work, but on the death of her father and mother she found a home with her Randolph friends, and has remained there. She frequently goes to Boston, where she enjoys everything, from the cultured society of the place down to the popular entertainments. She also diversifies her life by long journeys in America. But she has not yet visited England, although she very nearly came to us last year, and thinks she may possibly do so next summer. Miss Wilkins has no affectations about her literary work. She can write anywhere and at any time.”
Miss Wilkins is engaged in writing a series of sketches of New England neighborhood life for The Ladies' Home Journal. They will deal with a small community's social indulgences, including the old-fashioned quilting-party, the time-worn singing-school and an apple-paring bee.