(1769–1854), born in Maryland, after the loss of property inherited from her wealthy Virginian husband (1824) supported herself by traveling through the U.S. and writing accounts of her shrewd observations. Among the ten books of this nature, describing the society of virtually every important settlement in the U.S., are Sketches of History, Life, and Manners in the United States (1826), The Black Book … (3 vols., 1828–29), and Letters from Alabama (1830). She also published two newspapers, Paul Pry (1831–36) and The Huntress (1836–54), in which she vigorously set forth her own ideas on contemporary matters of government and religion, and bitterly attacked what she considered to be corrupt. She published a novel, The Tennessean (1827), a romantic tale of adventures in Boston and New Orleans.
From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.