Elizabeth Sewall Alcott, 1835 - 1858
Elizabeth Sewall was the third daughter of Amos Bronson Alcott
and Abigail May Alcott
. Beginning when she was born, Bronson made careful observations of Lizzie's behavior as an infant and upon these based his unpublished manuscript Psyche
. Sometimes he even referred to her by the name Psyche. He described her as gentle and serene, blessed with deep contentment. In 1843, Lizzie's birthday was celebrated outdoors at Fruitlands
, among the trees, with little gifts, notes, songs, odes, and each participant offering a symbolic flower fit for the occasion. She participated in family theatricals, kept up the house, and in 1853 remarked on the power of hardship to bond her loving family together: "I love my home and family better for every struggle and trial I share with them, and my joys are always sweeter when I have them to rejoice with me." She enjoyed playing music and mastered the piano. Never of robust health, in 1856 she contracted a fatal case of scarlet fever.