In Priscilla’s life the 1790s seems to be a defining decade.  It began with the surprise marriage of her son Edward and ended with the marriage of her daughter Isabella (1773-1841), known as Bell, to Joshua Head.  She became a grandmother and began her writing career. She produced four children’s books and her only book for an adult audience.  In the year 1796 the death of her younger sister Lucy seems to have affected her deeply. She wrote in her Journal ‘drew up a sketch of the manner in which I wish that property I call mine to be disposed of when I have done with it’.  In her mid 40s was this a time of personal crisis when she fully faced the financial inadequacies of Edward and decided to apply her energy and talents and make her way in the world on her own terms.

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