Publisher: Boston: Printed by Manning & Loring for the Author, 1797.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: BAL 14558; Evans 32512; Stoddard & Whitesell 581.
Condition: Spine of the wrappers gone and wrappers detached and somewhat worn at the edges, but otherwise a very good, clean, large copy.
Book ID: 28071
Description4to, original blue wrappers, stitched, untrimmed, 56 pages. Half-title present.
Comments¶ The first and only published part of an ambitious verse history of the American Revolution, dedicated to "the Citizen-Soldiers who fought, conquered, and retired, under the banners of Washington and Freedom.” Sarah Wentworth Apthorp Morton (1759-1846), who was called by her contemporaries "the American Sappho," is considered one of the finest American women poets of the 18th century. Her first poems appeared in the Massachusetts Magazine under the pseudonyms "Constania" and "Philenia, A Lady of Boston." The only evidence of authorship of Beacon Hill are the initials "S.M." at the conclusion of the preface, which she entitled "Apology for the Poem." Following the poem are several pages of notes on the events of the Revolution referred to in the poem.