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The Independent Chronicle, and the Universal Advertiser, 7 August 1777. “Queries, by a LADY”

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"Queries, by a LADY," 1777

This second attack on Elizabeth (Murray) Inman's interactions with prisoners-of-war was even more pointed. The author, an anonymous "Lady," identified her by name, suggesting she corresponded with the enemy. The second query referred to Elizabeth (Murray) Inman's efforts to preserve the family property in Cambridge and to her movement across enemy lines during the siege of April 1775-March 1776, while her husband Ralph was in Boston. Links between gender roles and political actions come to the fore in this piece.

For more, see Patricia Cleary, Elizabeth Murray: A Woman's Pursuit of Independence in Eighteenth-century America, (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2000), 198-203

seealsoThe previous week's newspaper also carried a report on Murray's activities.