Our American Independence was fought hard by our men. Those men were supported by women. Women did not have the same independence that we do now, but they still knew how to support and quietly guide their men to victory. The Diary of the American Revolution mentions some of those Patriot Women on pages 296-297.
Happy Independence Day to All
Taken from the Diary of the American Revolution
JULY 4. — The ladies of Trenton, in New Jersey, emuolating
the noble example of their patriotic sisters of Pennsylvania,
and being desirous of manifesting their zeal in
the glorious cause of Aillerican liberty, having
assembled this day for the purpose of promoting a subscrip-
tion for the relief and encouragement of those brave men in
the Continental army, who, stimulated by example, and re-
gardless of danger, have so repeatedly suffered, fought, and
bled in the cause of virtue and their oppressed country; and
taking into consideration the scattered situation of the well
disposed through the State, who would wish to contribute to
so laudable an undertaking, have, for the convenience of such,
and the more effectually to carry their scheme into execution,
miaitiniously appointed Mrs. Cox, Mrs. Dickinson, Mrs. Fur-
nian, and Miss Cadwallader a committee, whose duty it shall
be immediately to open subscriptions, and to correspond with
the ladies hereafter named, of the different counties through-
out the State, requesting their aid and influence in the several
districts. And in order the more expeditiously to carry their
scheme into execution, the ladies now met have taken the liberty
to solicit the interest of the following ladies, in promoting
the said subscriptions, viz. : For the County of Hunterdon, Mrs.
( Vice-President) Stevens, Mrs. ( Judge) Smith, Mrs. (Charles)
Coxe, Mrs. R. Stevens, Mrs. Hanna, Mrs. T. Lowrey, Mrs. J.
Sexton, Mrs. B. Van Cleve, Mrs. ( Colonel) Berry, Mrs. ( Doc-
tor) Burnet; County of Sussex, Mrs. ( Counsellor) Ogden, Mrs.
( Colonel) Thomson, Mrs. ( Major) Hoops, Mrs. T. Anderson;
County of Bergen, Mrs. ( Colonel) Dey, Mrs. Fell, Mrs. Kuy-
per, Mrs. Erskine, Mrs. ( Major) Dey; County of Morris, Mrs.
( Counsellor) Condict, Mrs. ( Parson) Jones, Mrs. ( Colonel) Rein-
sen, Mrs. Vanzant, Mrs. Carmichael, Mrs. ( Colonel) Cook, Mrs.
Faesch; County of Essex, Mrs. ( Governor) Livingston, Mrs.
C. Camp, Mrs. ( Doctor) Burnet, Mrs. ( Elisha) Boudinot, Mrs.
Hornblower; County of Middlesex, Mrs. Neilson, Mrs. ( Coun-
sellor) Deare, Mrs. (George) Morgan, Mrs. ( Colonel) Neilson,
Mrs. Neilson, Mrs. (Daniel) Marsh; County of Monmouth,
Mrs. ( General) Forman, Mrs. ( Colonel) Scudder, Mrs. Newell,
Mrs. (Peter) Foreman, Mrs. (Jacob) Wickoff, Mrs. (Peter)
Covenhoven; County of Burlington, Mrs. ( Colonel) Cox, Mrs.
( Counsellor) Tallman, Mrs. ( Colonel) Borden, [Mrs. ( Secretary)
Reed, Mrs. ( Captain) Reed; County of Somerset, Lady Stir-
ling, Mrs. ( General) Morris, Mrs. ( Colonel) Martin, Mrs. ( At-
torney-Genneral) Pattison, Mrs. R. Stockton; County of Glou-
cester, Mrs. ( Colonel) Clark, Mrs. ( Colonel) Wescott, Mrs. ( Col-
onol) Ellis, Mrs. ( Colonel) Hugg, Mrs. Bloomfield; County of
Salem, Mrs. ( Colonel) Dick, Mrs. Mayhew, Mrs. Taggart; Coun-
ty of Cumberland, Mrs. ( Counsellor) Buck, Mrs. Harris, Mrs.
Elmer, Mrs. Bowen, Mrs. Fitman; County of Cape Alay, Mrs.
( Counsellor) Hand, Mrs. Whilden, Mrs. Tomisend, Mrs. Hil-
dreth, whose well-known patriotism leaves no room to doubt
of their best exertions in the promotion of an undertaking so
humane and praiseworthy; and that they will be happy in
forwarding the amount of their several collections, either with
or without the names of the donors, which will be immediately
transmitted by [Mrs. (Moore) Furman, who is hereby appointed
Treasuress, to be disposed of by the commander-in-chief, agree-
able to the general plan.
As the ladies here would wish to expedite the good work
as much as possible, they have appointed Miss Dagwortlly of
Trenton, their Secretary, who will receive and answer all letters
that the ladies of the different counties may think proper to
favor her with on the occasion, and to furnish them proper
subscription papers as soon as possible. 1
- Diary of the American Revolution: From Newspapers and Original Documents. Volume: 2. Contributors: Frank Moore – author. Publisher: Charles Scribner. Place of Publication:New York. Publication Year: 1860. Page Number: 296-298.