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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor

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
To Laura (1757)
Epistle, To Lucius (1766)
A Poetical Epistle, Addressed by a Lady of New Jersey, to Her Niece, upon Her Marriage (1786)
The Vision, an Ode to Washington (1789)

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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.

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