On Thursday, May 1, 1828, in Troy, New York, schoolmistress Emma Willard, author of the soon-to-be best-sellingHistory of the United States, dedicated the work in verse to her mother, Lydia Hinsdale Hart:
Accept this offering of a daughter’s love …
Mother, few are left,
Like thee, who felt the fire of freedom’s holy time
Pervade and purify the patriot breast.
Thou wert within thy country’s shattered bark,
When, trusting Heaven, she rode the raging seas,
And braved with dauntless death-defying front
The storm of war. With me retrace the scene,
Then view her peace, her wealth, her liberty and...