Esther De Berdt Reed, by Charles Wilson Peale.
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A lovely oil on canvas portrait of Esther De Berdt Reed wearing a soft peach color silky dress trimmed in lace.

Credit: Courtesy of the Reed Family

Arriving in Philadelphia from London as a young bride, Esther De Berdt Reed (1747-1780) had by 1774 become a zealous "Daughter of Liberty". The women's committee that Reed organized raised $300,000 for the American cause, undertook the manufacture of linen shirts, and became for the model for similar drives in Maryland, New Jersey, and Virginia.

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