, early American poet and woman of letters, was writing throughout the middle years of the eighteenth century. She did not preserve her letters or poems, and comparatively few have survived, though the known number has been mounting as scholarly interest has increased. Some poems may have been published in magazines, but if so they have not been identified. Her oeuvre probably deserves a poetic standing equal to that of several of her female contemporaries. The work that she did publish was largely practical, such as her well-known treatise on raising silkworms.