NY: Stringer & Townsend, 1853. First Edition. 12mo, pp. 65. Bound in original wraps (front separate, rear lacking), tattered, creased little soiled). On the verso of the cover is an errate slip with the note that the play will be produced by actress Anna Cora Mowatt who will also play the character "Elizabeth." Scarce. Item #59132
Smith (1806-1893) was born in Maine and is remembered as a novelist, lyceum lecturer, woman's right's reformer and contributor to popular periodicals of her day. She was married to newspaper editor Seba Smith and began to write following the reversal of his financial affairs. A minor fixture in the New York literary scene, she became friendly with Poe, Bryant, Margaret Fuller and others. After hearing Frances Wright lecture, she became active in the woman's rights movement, wrote for Horace Greely and published her "Woman and Her Needs" in 1851. She was one of the earliest women to join the lyceum circuit and made annual speaking tours. She contributed to Paulina Wright Davis' "Una" and wrote pamphlets in dress reform and marriage. This play is a dramatization of Leisler's Rebellion and adds the element that Jacob Leisler's wife is still secretly married to her first husband, William Sloughter, who signs Leisler's death warrant. Leisler's Rebellion was an uprising in late-17th century colonial New York in which German American merchant and militia captain Jacob Leisler seized control of the colony's south and ruled it from 1689 to 1691.