Although her writing was never published in her lifetime, Grace Seixas Nathan’s poetry and letters showed her passion for her country, her family, and her religion. Nathan was born into a literary family, and her brothers—Gershom, Benjamin, and Abraham—were all accomplished men and ardent patriots during the American Revolution. She began writing poetry at an early age, particularly on Jewish themes, including “Reflections on Passing Our New Burial Ground,” written on the occasion of her synagogue, New York’s Congregation Shearith Israel, consecrating a new cemetery. In 1780 she married Simon Nathan, a merchant and like-minded patriot, and five years later they had a son, Isaac. Throughout her life, she corresponded with various friends and relations, writing of her experiences in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, her mourning for her beloved brother Gershom (cantor at Shearith Israel), and vivid details of her daily life. Her letters blend eloquence and emotion with a fierce wit that bring her era to life.
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