Noble Deeds of American Women; with Biographical Sketches of Some of the More Prominent. Introduction by L.H. Sigourney.
Clement, [Jesse, editor].

Buffalo: Geo. H. Derby and Co., 1851. First edition. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Martha Washington with tissue guard. Cloth faded. Binding extremities rubbed. Intermittent foxing and offsetting, as usual. A near fine copy. Original green cloth decoratively stamped in blind. Gilt lettered spine. Octavo. xxiii, 24-480, +[24, pub (Item ID: 16110)


Jesse Clement's (1815-1883) Noble Deeds of American Women features biographical writings about noteworthy female personages, including Mary and Martha Washington, Mother Bailey, Theodosia Burr (daughter of Aaron Burr), the Patriotic Women of Old Middlesex and over one hundred others. The publisher's catalogue at the back of the book notes that J. Clement, Esq. is "the popular editor of the Western Literary Messenger." Clement's Noble Deeds contains some anecdotes of early American womanhood that are not easily found elsewhere. He also wrote poems and hymns, several of which appeared in Songs of Delight (1875), edited some volumes of The United States Biographical Dictionary, and published Life of Adoniram Judson (1851). Lydia Huntley Sigourney (1791-1865) was a poet and educator. She encouraged powerful members of society to act beneficially on the behalf of slaves, Native Americans, and others. Some of Sigourney's works include Traits of the Aborigines of America (1822) and Zinzendorff and Other Poems (1833), which focused on the plight of the Indian. With the publication of Poems (1834), she was hailed as "the female Milton." Sigourney traveled to Europe and was able to meet Wordsworth, Carlyle, and Maria Edgeworth. She published a record of her trips, Pleasant Memories of Pleasant Lands, in 1842.

BAL 17871.

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