Judith Sargent Murray Society
JSM's dates: 1751-1820

Samples of Judith Sargent Murray's letters

Brief Biography of Judith Sargent Murray (ebook)

The Letters I Left Behind, Letter Book 10

Letters of Loss & Love, Letter Book 3

From Gloucester to Philadelphia in 1790
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On female politicians, written to Sally Sayward Barrell Keating Wood in 1802

Account of July 4, 1790 celebration in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

• Account of July 4, 1795 laying of the cornerstone of Boston's new State House

On meeting George and Martha Washington for the first time in New York, 1790

• On Dr. Benjamin Franklin, written from Philadelphia shortly after his death in 1790 (Letter 763 and Letter 765)

Description of the Bethlehem Academy in Pennsylvania run by the Moravian Community.

These letters, and many others, may be found in Bonnie Hurd Smith's book From Gloucester to Philadelphia in 1790.


On Abigail Adams as President, 1798

This letter, and many others, may be found in Bonnie Hurd Smith's book The Letters I Left Behind: Judith Sargent Murray Papers, Letter Book 10.


• On George Washington's travels through the New England states in 1789


Short quotes from more letters



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Independent scholar, author, and public speaker Bonnie Hurd Smith is the president and CEO of History Smiths, a marketing company that works with businesses to incorporate history -- their own and their community's -- into their branding, marketing, and community outreach to attract customers, boost customer loyalty, and secure a high status reputation in the communities they serve.