P R E F A C E.
T H E following PO E M S were written originally for the Amusement
of the Author, as they were the Products of her leisure Moments. She had no
Intention ever to have published them; nor would they now have made their
Appearance, but at the Importunity of many of her best, and most generous
Friends; to whom she considers herself, as under the greatest Obligations. 1.
As her Attempts in Poetry are now sent into the World, it is hoped
the Critic will not severely censure their Defects; and we presume they have
too much Merit to be cast aside with Contempt, as worthless and trifling
As to the Disadvantages she has laboured under, with Regard to
Learning, nothing needs to be offered, as her Master’s Letter in the following
Page will sufficiently shew the Difficulties in this Respect she had to
With all their Imperfections, the Poems are now humbly submitted
to the Perusal of the Public.4.