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Annis Boudinot Stockton
Annis Boudinot Stockton, prolific and
well-known New Jersey poet, circulated her verse mainly among friends and other
women poets. She was well known to the cultural elite of her day, and she wrote
several poems to her friend George Washington, among other statesmen. From
childhood, Stockton was a close friend of Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson, and, like
Fergusson, she held literary salons for an elite Princeton circle. Publications
of her pastoral and sentimental verse appeared under her pseudonym, “Amelia” (or
Emelia), while other publications, twenty-one in number, appeared under her
initials, “A. S.,” or anonymously.
In the Heath Anthology
Epistle, To Lucius
A Poetical Epistle, Addressed by a Lady of New Jersey, to Her Niece, upon Her Marriage
The Vision, an Ode to Washington
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"Sleep, balmy sleep"
A beautiful scan of Stockton's poem as it was published in 1758.
The Papers of George Washington
A letter from Washington to Annis Boudinot Stockton, 31 August 1788.