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  • "Hannah Griffitts supported the early protests but balked at war. As a loyalist, she lambasted Tom Paine and defended tory womanhood against his aspersions:

    Of female Manners never scribble,
    Nor with thy Rudeness wound our Ear,
    Howe'er thy trimming Pen may quibble,
    The Delicate—is not thy Sphere.

    —Susan E. Klepp, Revolutionary Conceptions: Women, Fertility, and Family Limitation in America, 1760–1820 (Chapel Hill, N.C.: The University of North Carolina Press, for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, 2009), 92

    June 18, 2010