Annis Boudinot Stockton was the wife of Richard Stockton, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. She lived in Morven, the historic estate that is just a stone’s throw from my house in Princeton. In her time, she was a rara avis, an outspoken and independent woman with an intense passion for the written word and poetry. She corresponded and flirted with George Washington and other heroes of the American Revolution. Her modern ideas about gender and politics were ahead of their time in a period when expressing strong opinions was a privilege reserved mostly for men, as well as the writing of literature.