Judith Sargent Murray 1751-1820.
John Singleton Copley (1738-1815)Portrait of Mrs. John Stevens (Judith Sargent Murray)1770-72Oil on canvas50 x 40 inchesPhotograph courtesy of the Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Acquisition Endowment Fund, Chicago, Illinois.[Judith Sargent Murray Society; http://www.hurdsmith.com/judith/caption.htm
Essay is addressed as follows: Murray gave birth to her first child, George, who died a few days later
TO THE EDITORS OF THE MASSACHUSETTS MAGAZINE,GENTLEMEN,
The following ESSAY is yielded to the patronage of Candour.—If it hath been anticipated, the testimony of many respectable persons, who saw it in manuscripts as early as the year 1779, can obviate the imputation of plagiarism.