the dust quickening into life.
In the same year Mrs. Rowson published by subscription, and under the patronage of her grace, the duchess of Devonshire, then one of the most beautiful and accomplished ladies of England, her first work, entitled Victoria.
The work is dedicated to her grace, the duchess of Devonshire, and among the subscribers' names are those of Samuel Adams, General John Burgoyne, Mrs. Sarah Siddons, and other celebrities of that day. On the appearance of Victoria, the duchessVictoria, the duchess introduced her protege to the Prince of Wales, known afterwards as George IV., and who was so well pleased with the young author and her book as to bestow a pension on her father.
Writing, now observes Mrs. Rowson, was her most pleasurable amusement; and she gave to the world in rapid succession the following books: Mary, or, The Test of Honor, A Trip to Parnassus, The Inquisitor.
Nason says of them these works exhibit alike fertility of imagination, simplicity of style, and purity of heart.