"This book will be attractive to scholars and non-scholars alike, as it allows readers a glimpse of the hopes, fears, beliefs, and the lived life of an extraordinary eighteenth-century American woman. It gives readers a lens through which they can gain an appreciation of the way that so many women of Warren's status survived the Revolutionary age. These are private letters, but they have a public face. Always politically engaged, Warren seldom failed to link her own concerns to the issues that faced the new nation."
—Sheila L. Skemp, author of First Lady of Letters: Judith Sargent Murray and the Struggle for Female Independence
"One of the collection's charms is the wide span of Warren's recipients, ranging from family members, both well-known (James Otis Jr., James Warren) and not (her son Winslow), to obscure female friends (Sarah Hesilrige, Hannah Lincoln) and famous personalities such as Abigail and John Adams, Catharine Macaulay, and George Washington. The result is a useful window on many aspects of the 18th-century US."
Until now, Warren's letters have been published sporadically, in small numbers, and mainly to help complete the collected correspondence of some of the famous men to whom she wrote. This volume addresses that imbalance by focusing on Warren's letters to her family members and other women. As they flesh out our view of Warren and correct some misconceptions about her, the letters offer a wealth of insights into eighteenth-century American culture, including social customs, women's concerns, political and economic conditions, medical issues, and attitudes on child rearing.
Letters Warren sent to other women who had lost family members (Warren herself lost three children) reveal her sympathies; letters to a favorite son, Winslow, show her sharing her ambitions with a child who resisted her advice. What readers of other Warren letters may have only sensed about her is now revealed more fully: she was a woman of considerable intellect, religious faith, compassion, literary intelligence, and acute sensitivity to the historical moment of even everyday events in the new American republic.
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