Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Sally (Sarah) Rogers

I was able to find a bit more about Rogers.

Annals of the New York Stage 1798-1821, George Odell 1927

Meantime I go back to that hall of Phantasmagoria — the Museum of E. Savage, noble predecessor of Barnum. In mid-April he was calling attention, by friendly Post, to Miss Sally Rogers, who "being deprived of the use of hands and feet," yet cutteth paper, cloth, etc., writes, paints, and what not — all "with her mouth alone." She remained for some weeks, long enough, indeed, to allow of changing her name from the informal Sally to a staid, dignified Sarah. The Phantasmagoria, or Visions of the Night, still excited surprise and wonder; but no more, probably, than the capable-mouthed Sally. The "young lady whose performance on the piano-forte has attracted the notice and gained the applause of visitors to the Phantasmagoria," had a benefit on May 11, 1807; a "gentleman" also sang. This young lady was set down about this time as Miss R —. I leave the Phantasmagoria, on July 18th, safely housed (by the Post) in the Shakespeare Gallery of D. Longworth, the bookseller, whose name collectors of American plays of that period revere; hither, among Longworth's books, or adjacent thereto were to be seen the strange phantasmagoric visions of the dead. And Miss Riley supplied "appropriate music." Were Miss R — and Miss Riley the same person; and were they (or was she) related?

History of Philadelphia 1609-1884, John Thomas Scharf 1884

An astonishing female artist was on exhibition in the year 1809, at the Shakespeare Hotel, corner of Chestnut and Sixth Streets. This unfortunate creature, otherwise as perfectly formed as any woman, was born without any arms or legs, and it was announced that "Nature has deprived this young lady of the use of nil her limbs, to make amends as it were in the exercise of other faculties surpassing all human belief. She will paint elegant flowers and landscapes, mix colors, write, thread a needle, cut cloth or paper with the scissors held in her mouth, etc., etc."
This lady was Miss Sarah Rogers, the wonder of the time. Respectable and poor, she had no other means of livelihood than the exhibition of herself and her extraordinary performances, a means repugnant to the modest female mind. She accepted this hard necessity with courage, and succeeded in earning a comfortable support, while enlisting the sympathy of all who saw her.

The Literary Magazine, and American Register 1808

A drawing of flowers, executed by miss Sarah Rogers, of New York, who from her birth has not had the use of her hands, holding the pencil, pen, brush, or scissors, in her mouth, presented by William Hamilton, Esq., Woodlands.

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