He took her hand in his—O, God! 'Twas cold and hard as stone,
He tore the mantle from her face, cold stars upon it shone;
Then quickly to the glowing hall, her lifeless form he bore,
Fair Charlotte's eyes were closed in death, her voice was heard no more.
From this tale, several other poems and ballads emerged. Little girls played with Frozen Charlotte dolls, and in 1896, Fannie Farmer’s Boston Cooking-School Cook Book published the recipe for Frozen Charlotte. Even today Martha Stewart has recipes for this popular dessert.
Frozen Charlottes made their way to Montana. On the flat plateau of First People’s Buffalo Jump, where one family tried unsuccessfully to make a go of homesteading, a Frozen Charlotte doll was discovered in the ruins.
You can read Seba Smith’s entire poem, “Young Charlotte,” here.