Historian; born in Medfield, Mass.
, in 1755.
By an early fondness for study, which was promoted by her father, a man of literary tastes, she obtained a knowledge of Latin and Greek
from some divinity students broading at her father's house before she had arrived at full womanhood.
Her father, a shopkeeper, failed in business when she was seventeen years of age, and his children were compelled to help themselves.
During the war for independence she supported herself by teaching and lace-making.
wrote a History of the Jews
, in which she was assisted by the Abbe Gregoire
, with whom she corresponded.
She also wrote a History of New England
, published in 1799.
She also wrote hooks on religious subjects; and, in 1814, published a Controversy with Dr. Morse
). Her autobiography, continued by Mrs. G. G. Lee
, was published in 1832.
was small in stature, very deaf in her old age, fond of strong tea, and an inveterate snuff-taker.
She derived very little pecuniary gains from her writings; but her friends established a comfortable annuity for her. She was one of the pioneer literary women of the United States
, possessing rare modesty and great purity of character.
She died in Brookline, Mass.
, Nov. 15, 1831.
Her remains were the first interred in Mount Auburn Cemetery.