Patriot; born in Philadelphia, Pa.
, in 1739; daughter of Dr. Graeme
, of Graeme Park
, near Philadelphia
; became famous during the Revolution by a futile mission which she goodnaturedly undertook.
She was a cultivated woman, and enjoyed the personal friendship of many eminent persons.
Her husband was in the British
army, yet she possessed the esteem and confidence of both Whigs and Tories.
, one of the peace commissioners sent over here in 1778, finding they could do nothing with the Congress
, employed Mrs. Ferguson
to sound Gen. Joseph Reed
as to his disposition to aid the royal government in bringing about a reconciliation between it and the revolted colonies.
She was patriotic and judicious.
instructed her as to what she should say to Reed
, and she performed the errand without losing the esteem of any one.
Her husband never joined her after the war. His estate was confiscated, but the State of Pennsylvania
returned a part of it to her in 1781.
After the war she applied herself to literature and philanthropy.
She died in Montgomery county, Pa.
, Feb. 23, 1801.