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“command the attention of the mother and the wife”

A few days late with this post in honor of Women’s History Month (March). It is important to note that many women were politically active during the formation of this nation. HANNAH FAYERWEATHER WINTHROP and MERCY OTIS WARREN were but two. Both...
From: In the Words of Women on 3 Apr 2018

“we are struggling for our liberties”

In a letter to her brother dated 28 October 1775, Esther De Berdt Reed, back in Philadelphia, expanded on the mood of the times. It is with particular pleasure I now sit down to write to my dear Dennis, as I am free from the fear of any prying intruder;...
From: In the Words of Women on 22 Oct 2015

“Nothing is heard now . . . but the trumpet and drum”

When I was a student at Barnard in the 50s, I had the opportunity of attending lectures at Columbia by Henry Steele Commager. I was thrilled because the two-volume work The Growth of the American Republic by Commager and Samuel Eliot Morison was my favorite...
From: In the Words of Women on 14 Sep 2015

“where Virtue reigns”

Charity Clarke (1747-1838) was the daughter of Thomas Clarke and Mary Stillwell of New York City. See posts herehref> and herehref>. Her father was a retired major in the British army who had served in the French and Indian War. He had an estate...
From: In the Words of Women on 21 May 2015

“Woman’s Trifling Needs”

For the last week of April here are two more poems, these by Mercy Otis Warren (1728-1814), one today and the other on Thursday. Warren was a patriot, poet, dramatist and historian. See previous posts here, here, here, here, and here. She came from a...
From: In the Words of Women on 27 Apr 2015

“How shall we be governd so as to retain our Liberties?”

In the aftermath of the Boston Tea Party in 1773, Parliament had passed the Coercive Acts or, as they were referred to by Americans, the Intolerable Acts, by which the British closed the port of Boston, dissolved the provincial assembly, and sent additional...
From: In the Words of Women on 27 Nov 2014

“Enimys to their Country”

Two orphaned sisters, Ame and Elizabeth “Betsy” Cuming, had been helped by Elizabeth Murray Campbell Smith to set up a small shop in Boston where they gave sewing lessons and sold goods imported from Britain. When Smith went to Scotland, Christian...
From: In the Words of Women on 4 Aug 2014

“the first martyr for the common good”

Black poet Phillis Wheatley wrote a poem about the four men killed by British soldiers in the Boston Massacre—a fifth died the next day— (see previous post). These men are considered to be the first martyrs to the American cause. But Wheatley wrote...
From: In the Words of Women on 10 Jul 2014

“A Lady’s Adieu to her Tea Table”

Despite the fact that the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party has passed (December 16, see “A Pernicious Article of Commerce”), I could not resist posting this poem “A Lady’s Adieu to her Tea Table” that appeared in the Virginia Gazette,...
From: In the Words of Women on 2 Jan 2014

“the destruction of the detestable weed”

Hannah Fayerweather Winthrop was the wife of Harvard Professor John Winthrop. In a letter to her friend Mercy Otis Warren, dated January 1, 1774, she commented on the Boston Tea Party which occurred on December 16, 1773. I particularly like the last...
From: In the Words of Women on 19 Dec 2013

“a pernicious article of commerce”

December 16th is the 240th anniversary of the famed Boston Tea Party in which Massachusetts patriots, disguised as Indians, boarded three ships and threw their cargo—341 tea chests—into the harbor. The purveyor of the tea was the financially troubled...
From: In the Words of Women on 16 Dec 2013

“my heart bleeding”

At the time of his death in the battle of Breed’s Hill (June 17, 1775), Dr. Joseph Warren was engaged to Mercy Scollay. His wife, Elizabeth Hooten, had died in 1772, leaving him with four children who were now orphans. After the British evacuation...
From: In the Words of Women on 26 Sep 2013

“my Blood boils with resentment”

Hannah Fayerweather Winthrop’s ancestors came to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630. Hannah’s second husband was John Winthrop, a noted astronomer and professor of mathematics and natural history at Harvard College. Hannah frequently wrote...
From: In the Words of Women on 23 Sep 2013

“I cannot forbear to drop a tear”

Joseph Warren, a medical doctor, was a prominent leader of the American resistance to the British in Boston. As president of the Massachusetts Provincial Congress he dispatched Paul Revere and William Dawes on their famous ride (April 18, 1775) to warn...
From: In the Words of Women on 19 Sep 2013

“the distress it has ocationed is Past my discription”

Jane Mecom kept up a correspondence with her brother Benjamin Franklin throughout her life. In the following excerpt she describes for Franklin, recently returned from Britain, the situation in Boston after the battles of Lexington and Concord. She was...
From: In the Words of Women on 16 Sep 2013

“the crisis, the very crisis”

Sarah Winslow Deming, the aunt of Anna Green Winslow (see post), was living in Boston in April 1775, with her husband Captain John Deming, his niece Sally, and her slave Lucinda. It was a time of confusion: the British had occupied Boston and, after Lexington...
From: In the Words of Women on 9 Sep 2013

“warm Whigs”

As with all memoirs, written as they are in later life, one cannot assume they represent an accurate picture of the events described. Bearing this in mind, Eliza Morton Quincy’s recollections written in 1821 are nevertheless revealing. (See her...
From: In the Words of Women on 25 Jul 2013

“The British will know who we are.”

While women were limited in the ways in which they could express their resistance to British treatment of the colonies compared to men, they could, through the purchases they made or did not make, send an economic message to British merchants. Fifty-one...
From: In the Words of Women on 9 May 2013

“I … Was snatch’d from Afric’s fancy’d happy seat “

When William Legge, Earl of Dartmouth, was appointed Secretary of State for the American Department by King George III in 1772, many hoped he would be sympathetic to America’s grievances and that war could be averted. Phillis Wheatley had met him...
From: In the Words of Women on 29 Apr 2013

” … an empty Cannister”

Continuing with poems for National Poetry Month with another by Hannah Griffitts, also included in the Commonplace Book of Milcah Martha Moore. The poem reflects Griffitts’s familiarity with the poetry of John Milton, even spoofing the older poet’s...
From: In the Words of Women on 4 Apr 2013

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