Cover

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pp. cover-cover

Title Page

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pp. iii-iii

Copyright Page

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pp. iv-iv

Table of Contents

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pp. vii-viii

List of Illustrations

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pp. ix-x

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Preface

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pp. xi-xii

I first worked with Mary Marshall Dyer’s story as a graduate student in american and new england studies at Boston university. Seeking a paper topic for a course on women and nineteenth-century law and at the behest of my husband, a rare book dealer, I began to read and to take seriously the published works of a woman whose fifty-year campaign ...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-28

In August 1819, a desperate woman left a hurriedly scrawled note in attorney Mills Olcott’s kitchen. “If you should hear of my being confined among the Shakers,” Mary Dyer wrote, “I desire you would favor an afflicted female.” Mary had been troubled since 1815, when she abandoned the Shaker sect her entire family had joined just two years earlier....

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A Brief Statement of the sufferings of Mary Dyer, occasioned by the society called Shakers (1818)

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pp. 29-62

I, Mary Dyer, was lawfully married to Joseph Dyer, in the year 1799; We resided in Stewartstown, in the county of Coos, and State of New-Hampshire. We lived quietly together eleven years, though there had been some disagreeables by my husband’s being unsteady, and given sometimes to intoxication....

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A Compendious Narrative, elucidating the character, disposition and conduct of Mary Dyer, from the time of her marriage, in 1799, till she left the society called Shakers, in 1815 (1819)

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pp. 63-142

It is with reluctance and deep regret that I now undertake to disclose to the public that refractory and imperious disposition which MARY, my wife, retains; and that extraordinary inclination which she has ever mani-fested to rule and govern those with whom she had any concern; which is already sufficiently manifest to the candid, who have become personally....

Notes

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pp. 143-156

Index

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pp. 157-160

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