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date: 14 November 2019

Hale, Sarah Josepha Buelllocked

(24 October 1788–30 April 1879)
  • Joyce W. Warren

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Hale, Sarah Josepha Buell (24 October 1788–30 April 1879), magazine editor, was born in Newport, New Hampshire, the daughter of Gordon Buell and Martha Whittlesey, farmers. She was educated at home, first by her mother and then by her brother, Horatio, who during his years at Dartmouth College outlined a course of study for his sister that paralleled his own. She taught school from 1806 until 1813. In 1813 she married David Hale, a lawyer, who continued her education. He died of pneumonia in 1822, leaving her with little money and the fear that their five children would be “deprived of the advantages of education.” She subsequently began writing, she later said, “in the hope of gaining the means for [their] support and education.” Friends of her husband helped establish her and her sister-in-law in a millinery business, but Hale did not succeed in the venture. In 1823 the same friends backed the publication of a book of her poetry, ...

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