Arthur, T. S. All for the Best; or, The Old Peppermint Man. A Moral Tale. Boston: Crosby and Nichols, 1863. Fifth Edition. 
Faded black blindstamped cloth, spine in gilt, 4 3/4 x 6 inches, 130 pp., tight, foxing/smudges throughout. Good. Hardcover.
One of the Uncle Sam's Library for Boys & Girls series.
The story of a hermit, a miser known as "The Peppermint Man" because he sold herbs and essences that he made himself. He breaks his leg, and his subsequent change of heart leads him to take care of his granddaughter.
Timothy Shay Arthur (1809-1885), American author and editor, born near Newburgh, NY, his family moved to Baltimore in 1817, and about 1840 he took up his permanent home in Philadelphia. Arthur wrote hundreds of stories, moral tales of respectability, and was best-known for his wildly successful Temperance tale, Ten Nights in a Bar Room and What I Saw There. His stories were published in several of the popular magazines of the time, and he began his own Arthur’s Home Magazine in 1852. His periodical Children’s Hours merged with St. Nicholas.
“In the princely mansions of the Atlantic merchants and in the rude log cabins of the backwoodsman the name of Arthur is equally known and cherished as a friend of virtue.” – Graham’s Magazine.
“The most popular of all our American authors on domestic subjects.” – Godey’s Lady’s Book.