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Sarah Savage, a religious diarist and letter-writer of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, offers insight into women's roles in family and community and into the part played by writing and reading in those roles.
7 August 1664 Sarah Henry (later SS) was born at Broad Oak in Flintshire, the eldest daughter in her parents' family of six.  Bibliographic Citation link.
August 1686 Some months before her marriage, Sarah Henry (later Savage) began writing that part of her "Spiritual Diary" which has survived. The extant sections run from now to 1 December 1688 and from 1714 to 1723. Bibliographic Citation link.
25 October 1687 SS, suspecting that God might "delay or totally deny ye mercy of children to me," admitted that she could "scarce quiet my spirit as I would." Yet the resolution to "love him not one jot the less" Bibliographic Citation link. occupies the same diary sentence. Bibliographic Citation link.
After 18 December 1688 When her first-born child died at a few days old, SS wrote: "I could not keep my passions in bounds. . . . yet my judgment is quiet. I had not one repining thought against God as if he dealt hardly with me." Bibliographic Citation link.
After 25 February 1721 After her only surviving son ("Once all our joy—now all our tears") Bibliographic Citation link. died at twenty-one in a smallpox epidemic, SS wrote: "with what difficulty can I part with him! O this wicked heart!" Bibliographic Citation link.
1734 Looking back on her life after five years as a widow, SS wrote: "I think I may say I had my roots watered with wine." Bibliographic Citation link.
27 February 1752 SS died suddenly, aged eighty-seven, at her home in West Bromwich, Staffordshire, where she was buried. Bibliographic Citation link.
After February 1818 John Bickerton Williams, who was related to Savage's birth family, the Henrys, published at Shrewsbury Memoirs of the Life and Character of Mrs. Sarah Savage, with excerpts of her diary. Bibliographic Citation link.
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