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Mrs. Sigourney of Hartford
Poems and Prose on the Early American Deaf Community

Edna Edith Sayers and
Diana Moore, Editors

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Acknowledgments    ix
Introduction     1
Timeline   37
About the Texts   49
Part 1. Alice   51
    �For Alice� (1815)   51
    �To Alice� (1826)   53
    Excerpt on Alice from Letters of Life (1866), including
       �Les Sourds Muets se trouvent-ils malheureux?� (1827)
    Untitled poem beginning �You ask �how music melts away��
    �Funeral of Dr. Mason F. Coggswell� (1835)   61
    Excerpt on Alice from Letters to My Pupils(1851), including
       �Excuse for not Fulfilling an Engagement� (1815) and
       �Alice� (1831)
Part 2. Deaf Hartford   76
    Excerpt on the American Asylum from Scenes in My Native
       Land (1845)
    �To Fanny� (n.d.)   81
    �Opinions of the Uneducated Deaf and Dumb�(1827)   82
    �Prayers of the Deaf and Dumb� (1828)   90
    Memoir of Phebe P. Hammond, a Pupil at the American
       Asylum at Hartford (1833), including an untitled poem
       about Phebe Hammond in heaven
    �Marriage of the Deaf and Dumb� (1834) 108
    �The Mute Boy� (1835) 110
    �La Petite Sourde-Muette� (1848) 113
    Excerpts from Sayings of the Little Ones (1855) 116
Part 3. The Deaf-Blind Girls: Julia Brace and Laura Bridgman 118
    �The Deaf, Dumb, and Blind Girl� (1828) 120
    �On Seeing the Deaf, Dumb, and Blind Girl of the American
       Asylum, Hartford, at a Festival� (1827)
    �On Seeing the Deaf, Dumb, and Blind Girl, Sitting for Her
       Portrait� (1834)
    �Meeting of the Blind with the Deaf, Dumb, and Blind� (1834) 136
    �Laura Bridgman, the Deaf, Dumb, and Blind Girl, at the
       Institution for the Blind in Boston� (1838)
Part 4. Gallaudet 142
    Excerpt on school rewards from Letters of Life (1866)  
    �A Little Girl to her Friend� (1834) 142
    �Hymn� (1851)  
    Notes 145
    Works Cited 149
    Index of First Lines 161

Edna Edith Sayers, former professor of English at Gallaudet University, lives on Seneca Lake, NY, where she writes on Deaf history, Old Icelandic literature, and disability studies.

Diana Moore is a Deaf Collection and Instructional Librarian at Gallaudet University, Washington, DC.

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