The Early Modern Commons

In the Words of Women

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“mutually engaged in the same agreeable employment”

15 February 2018

Sometimes writing a letter to someone seems like communing with the intended recipient. When it turns out that the recipient had been writing to you at the same time, the question of...

“great severities from the Frigidness”

12 February 2018

John Jay, having been named minister plenipotentiary to Spain, sailed for Europe on October 20, 1779, accompanied by his wife Sarah. Their ship Confederacy met with severe weather and...

“I put your letter into his hands . . . “

2 February 2018

For this post I am opting out of my mission of bringing readers the words of women from the American Revolution and the early national period. Instead I am posting a letter that Alexander...

“a fine woman . . . with most accomplished manners”

26 January 2018

More on “LADY” KITTY ALEXANDER (see previous post). Kitty was married to Colonel William Duer on July 17, 1779, at the family home in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, with George...