Judith Sargent Murray Society
JSM's dates: 1751-1820
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In 2003, Bonnie Hurd Smith initiated a multi-year project to transcribe, index, and publish Judith Sargent Murray's letter books—twenty volumes in all. As of June 2009, she has published two letter books in their entirety and two theme-based collections of the letters. Her transcriptions of letters from all of the letter books appear in her biographical introduction of Judith Sargent Murray. Bonnie's transcriptions have also appeared in works by David McCullough, Cokie Roberts, Susan Branson, Carol Berkin, and Joseph Garland, and they have been used by Historic New England to help interpret two of their properties, the Governor John Langdon House in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and the Sayward-Wheeler House in York, Maine.
Letters of Loss and Love: Letter Book 3Publishing

Letter Book 3 is now available! You may also purchase Letter Book 10, and two theme-based collections of Judith Sargent Murray's letters, Mingling Souls Upon Paper: An Eighteenth-century Love Story, and From Gloucester to Philadelphia in 1790.

All of these titles are available through Bonnie Hurd Smith's company, History Smiths.

It is our goal to publish all 20 of Judith Sargent Murray's letter books.

Bonnie Hurd Smith by Susan WilsonSpeaking, collaborating, providing research assistance

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