1840 · Philadelphia
Sarah Hayhurst was born in Upper Makefield, Pennsylvania, to Benajah Hayhurst (1773-1849) and Martha Kinsey Hayhurst (1774-1853) both of Pennsylvania. Sarah was one of 10 children. Little is known of her life, save that she was a member of Green Street Monthly Meeting (Friends' Intelligencer 1885, Vol. 41, p. 426) and that she died unmarried in Philadelphia. In 1840, at the time when the present Commonplace album was written, she would have been a 44 year-old spinster. That she included so many patriotic poems and writings is of interest.
Her first entry in the present album is "A tribute for the dead: And, sweetly blending, hence shall flow the tears of gratitude and woe!" This is followed by Invocation to Hope; To the Evening Star; Caroline, To A beautiful Quaker by Lord Byron; Moonlight; The Exiles Farewell; Carolan's Grave; Lines from a Friend; Friendship; O'Connor's Child, or the Flower of Love lies Bleeding; Our Aborigines; The Hour of Death; O love is like the summer rose; The Star of Eve; Napoleon at Rest; A Thought of Home at Sea; On the Inauguration of Washington; A Farewell Song; A Home in the Heart; There's a Star in the West (from the London Weekly); The Homeward Bound; The Reaper and the Flowers; To My Sister; I May not Wholly Die; The Joyless Mariner; The World is Bright Before Thee; Lines from Thomas Campbell against the Star Spangled Banner; Washington's Coffin; Democracy; Good Bye; The Tomb of Burrows; Lines Written on Visiting Argyleshire; Charity; Early Death; Adversity; Man; To the Autumn Forest; Kindred Hearts; Past Year Farewell (by Park Benjamin); Dreaming Hours (by Willis Gaylord Clark); The Strength of Tyranny (by Charles E Cole); The Eagle (by Henry Hirst); Tribute to Valor (by John Burrows Aitken); Learning (by Philip Snyder); Monody (by Morton McMichael); The First Man (by Rev Thomas Stockton "of this City"); Declaration of Independence; Character of Washington; Letter from the Senate to the President of the United States 23 Dec 1799; The President's Answer 23 Dec 1799(by John Adams); General Washington's Address to Congress on resigning his Commission December 1783; The President's Answer. (Inventory #: 2885)