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[p. 28] see the graves opening and 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 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.’

In 1790, Mrs. Rowson, then in her twenty-eighth year, published in London that well-known work, ‘Charlotte Temple, or, A Tale of Truth,’ which at once engaged the attention of the public and established her reputation as one of the ablest female writers in the department of literature she had chosen. ‘Charlotte Temple’ is a literary curiosity; twenty-five thousand copies were sold within a few years after its publication, and editions almost innumerable appeared both in England and America. Joseph T. Buckingham says of the book, ‘thousands have sighed and wept, sighed and wept, and sighed again.’ Her biographer, Mr. Nason, in rather flowery language thus refers to it: ‘It has stolen its way alike into the study of the divine, and into the workshop of the mechanic; into the parlor of the accomplished lady and the bed chamber of her waiting maid; into the log hut on the extreme border of modern civilization, and into the forecastle of the whale ship on the ’

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