By Claudia L. Bushman
A sensible observer of 19th-century the USA, Harriet Hanson Robinson's participation in vital occasions and her salty reviews, preserved and recorded within the poetry and books she wrote in the course of her lifetime, supply a dramatic account of the way one strong-minded girl, who first labored as a fabric employee within the commercial city of Lowell, MA, grew to become to writing and politics to maintain her family members after her husband's early loss of life. Harriet's own papers make clear such issues as exertions heritage, country politics, and the mechanics of writing and ebook. Her best-known guides, Loom and Spindle, which offers with early manufacturing unit lifestyles, and Massachusetts within the lady Suffrage circulation, are usually quoted this present day.
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Her presence may have been of some comfort to the bereft children. Seth Ingersoll Browne died of consumption in Charlestown in 1809, at the age of fifty-nine. On his last day he was so much worse that his daughter Harriet was sent to get the doctor. The March streets were slippery, and she was obliged to climb one of Charlestown's steep hills on her hands and knees in order to reach the doctor's house. She did not get back in time to see her father alive again. Seth Ingersoll Brownea genuine patriot, but a poor onewas buried in someone else's tomb in Boston's Granary Burial Ground, resting place for Revolutionary heroes.
Presumably he still lies there in anonymous glory. His participation in the Tea Party was later proclaimed on a marble monument in the Mt. Page 8 Hope Cemetery in Worcester, Massachusetts. After his death his and Sarah's children were dispersed and sent to live among strangers. 13 Harriet knew less about her father's family, but the brief records show similar mobility and disruption. At least two generations of Hanson men fathered families and died young. 14 Not much is known of those men beyond their repeated given namesWilliam, John, John, John, Thomas, Thomasstretching back over the generations.
His first wife, Deborah, bore six children, five of whom are recorded as marrying. The children came at two-year intervals except for a four-year period when William was away at war. The last was born sometime in 171718. Much later, after Deborah's death, William married Mary Bailey, on October 13, 1744. He then produced his second family, consisting of nine children, the last born in 1768, the year William died, at eighty-six. All fifteen of the children were mentioned in his will, evidence against there being any mistake in the record of births.
'A good poor man's wife'': being a chronicle of Harriet Hanson Robinson and her family in nineteenth-century New England by Claudia L. Bushman