Diary of Sally Ripley, 1799-1801 and 1805-1809

Diary of Sally Ripley, 1799-1801 and 1805-1809

(Alexandria, VA: Alexander Street, 2011), 240 page(s)

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Sarah "Sally" Ripley (1785- ) was the daughter of Jerome Ripley and Sarah (Franklin) Ripley. Jerome Ripley was a merchant as well as a civic and social leader in the town of Greenfield, Massachusetts. In 1812, Sally married Charles Stearns (1781-1818), a merchant from Shelburne, Massachusetts. They had four children.

In her diary, which covers the years 1799 to 1801 and 1805 to 1809, Sally made daily entries recording her activities, particularly visits made and visitors received. In the 1799 to 1801 portion, she also included school recitations in subjects such as history, geography and astronomy; scripts for several school skits in which she had performed; a description of the memorial services held in Deerfield, Massachusetts, following the death of George Washington; and descriptions of trips to Boston to visit relatives. From 1805 to 1808, she copied into her diary numerous poems and extracts on various topics (mostly spiritual) taken from books and newspapers.

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Letters and Diaries
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Alexander Street
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Alexandria, VA
Letters and Diaries, History, Daily Life

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