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Title: Frances Wright

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: Around 1857

Source: Trent Collection of Whitmaniana, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University. Transcribed from digital images of the original item.

Whitman Archive ID: duk.00180

Contributors to digital file: Lauren Grewe, Nicole Gray, Ty Alyea, and Matt Cohen



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Frances Wright


 Madame D'Arus[illegible]mont                                                                                        (talk with Mrs. Rose Feb. 9th, '57

Frances Wright was born in Scotland, of gentle lineage—parents died early—educated by uncles,—noblemen; was talented early—of free enquiring disposition—republican—wrote "A few Days in Athens" when 20 years old—
—Came to America—lectured—had to do with the "Free Enquirer," an atheistical weekly—
—was a noble, (but much scorned) woman
—married D'Arusmont—the great error of her life—he coveted her property— thwarted her—kept exclusive possession of her child, a daughter; Frances had great wealth (Mrs. Rose says $150,000)
—D'A. obtained all—even a second bequest left to Frances by a Scotch aunt—Frances had even to sue for a maintenance out of her own property.— Judge allowed her $1000 a year
—Frances died somewhere about 1853— a heart‑broken, harassed woman— all her philanthropic schemes and ideas, coming to nought—(I like much her portrait-engraving—where she is represented seated—)


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