Bowne, Eliza Southgate (1783–1809)

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Bowne, Eliza Southgate (1783–1809)

American letter writer. Born 1783 in Maine; died Feb 20, 1809, from lingering complications from childbirth; dau. of Robert Southgate and Mary King; attended Susanna Rowson's boarding school; m. Walter Bowne, 1803; children: 2.

Letters, which were collected in A Girl's Life Eighty Years Ago (1888), detail the daily life of an upper-class woman and frequently address the topic of marriage.