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The text positions Miss Ellwood, the seminary's preceptress, as an independent model whose orbit moves largely outside of the Colonel's patriarchal pull and influence.
30) Hannah Webster Foster, The Boarding School; or, Lessons of a Preceptress to her Pupils (Boston, 1798), pp.
Delaney was actively involved in the Daughters by at least the mid-1880s: on 13 October 1887, she was elected the Chief Grand Preceptress (head) of the state temple, and she was re-elected in 1888.