Nancy Shippen, Her Journal Book: The International Romance of a Young Lady of Fashion of Colonial Philadelphia with Letters to Her and about Her

Nancy Shippen, Her Journal Book: The International Romance of a Young Lady of Fashion of Colonial Philadelphia with Letters to Her and about Her

Nancy Shippen, Her Journal Book: The International Romance of a Young Lady of Fashion of Colonial Philadelphia with Letters to Her and about Her

Nancy Shippen, Her Journal Book: The International Romance of a Young Lady of Fashion of Colonial Philadelphia with Letters to Her and about Her

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Nancy Shippen was a belle and beauty of Philadelphia during the closing years of the American Revolution, when William Penn's "greene country towne" was the capital of the United Colonies. Her lovely Georgian home at Locust Street and South Fourth was then within the heart of this treeembowered Court End of the little colonial city.

Through Nancy's mother, who was Alice Lee of Stratford Hall, the Shippen family were allied with the Colony of Virginia and devoted to their friends and kinsmen there. When Nancy was a little girl, she addressed a letter to her cousin Matilda Lee, Miss Lee in dear Virginia. When she was grown up, -- that is, as old as fifteen years! -- her father was gratified and more than proud when she would "behave like a Virginian" as he expressed it, "like her mother."

In later years when her brother Thomas Lee Shippen was in London studying law at the Inner Temple, his thoughts ever turned towards Virginia . . . "Have you been since your return on a visit to James River?" he wrote his father. "When you go, say to the houses of Westover, Shirley, Hundred & Meade -- How do ye in my name . . ."

The Shippen home is still standing, aloof and aristocratic in a neighborhood long since grown shabby and forlorn. It is quite as it was originally, with the exception of an annex put up in the first part of the nineteenth century in what was once the garden.

It is a three and one-half story corner house, built of red . . .

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