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ROYALL, Anne, editor, born in Virginia, 11 June, 1769; died in Washington, D.C., 1 October, 1854. She was stolen by the Indians in early life, and remained with them for fifteen years. Afterward she mar-tied a Captain Royall and settled in Alabama, where she learned to read and write. Subsequently she removed to Washington, D. C., where she secured an old Ramage printing-press and a font of battered type, and with the aid of journeymen printers published on Capitol hill a small weekly sheet called the " Washington Paul Pry," and afterward the " Huntress." John Quincy Adams described her as going about " like a virago-errant in enchanted armor, redeeming herself from the cramps of indigence by the notoriety of her eccentricities and the forced currency they gave to her publications." She was a prominent character during the succeeding administrations, and John W. Forney says: " She was the terror of politicians, and especially of congressmen. I can see her now tramping through the halls of the old capitol, umbrella in hand. seizing upon every passer-by and offering her book for sale. Any public man who refused to buy was certain of a severe philippic in her newspaper. She was a woman of great industry and astonishing memory, but at last she seemed to tire of a vocation which crew more and more unprofitable with better times and milder manners." At last she became so unendurable that she was formally indicted by the grand jury as a common scold, and was tried in the circuit court before Judge William Cranch, and sentenced to be ducked, according to the English law in force in the District of Columbia ; but she was released with a fine. Mrs. Royall was the author of " Sketches of History, Life, and Manners in the United States by a Traveller" (New Haven, 1826) ; "The Tennessean, a Novel founded on Pacts" (1827) ; "The Black Book, or a Continuation of Travels in the United States" (Washington, 1828); "The Black Book, or Sketches of History, Life, and Manners in the United States" (3 vols., 1829); "A Southern Tour, era Second Series of the Black Book" (2 vols., 1830-'1); and " Letters from Alabama" (1830).
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