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Papers of Jeremy Belknap, III, Collections of the MHS, LIV (Boston, 1891) as cited in Mary Beth Norton,Liberty’s Daughters: The Revolutionary Experience of American Women, 1750-1800 (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1996), 260.

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“[W]e don’t pretend to teach ye female part of ye town anything more than dancing, or a little music perhaps…I will venture to say that a lady is a rarity among us who can write a page of commonplace sentiment, the words being well spelt, & ye style & language kept up with purity & elegance.”

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