Milcah Martha Moore (1740-1829) lived and flourished in the Philadelphia area during its peak, when it was the center of commerce, politics, social life, and culture in the young republic. A well-educated woman, disowned by her Quaker Meeting for an unauthorized marriage, Moore knew and corresponded with many of the leading lights of her day. From her network of acquaintances, she created this commonplace book, which contains 126 works of prose and poetry by at least sixteen different authors, mostly women. Included in Moore's Book are two of the most avidly sought-after bodies of writing from British America: sixteen new poems (twenty-four in all) by the Quaker polymath Susanna Wright and a previously lost portion of the journal kept by Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson during her trip to England. There is also a remarkable selection of pieces by Hannah Griffitts, the Quaker moralist and wit who commented on politics, society, and domesticity during the Revolution. Moore also included writings by Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry, and Samuel Fothergill.
Reflecting the multi-faceted culture of Philadelphia culture in the late 18th century, Moore collected the writings of her elite Quaker family, mostly women friends, and poetry and letters by prominent intellectuals on both sides of the political debate over the Revolutionary War. The editors place such personal-use commonplace books in the context of the development of American print literature. Paper edition (unseen), $14.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.