Duel of the Heart
by Rose Tomlin
Theodosia Burr Alston was born the daughter of political figure Aaron Burr when the United States was in its infancy. She was a prodigious child, living a privileged life in Manhattan during a captivating period in U.S. history, and acquiring, at her father’s insistence, “a most perfect education.”
Theodosia Burr Alston was born the daughter of political figure Aaron Burr when the United States was in its infancy. She was a prodigious child, living a privileged life in Manhattan during a captivating period in U.S. history, and acquiring, at her father’s insistence, "a most perfect education."
As the young country wrestled with conflict and strife, Theodosia’s life often seemed to mirror its turbulence. Her unexpected marriage startled the political world. Her struggle to adjust to the difficult and unaccustomed responsibilities as mistress of a rice plantation in South Carolina was monumental. She was the centerpiece in the lives of two very powerful men, which resulted in a painful stretch of her loyalties and caused her great inner turmoil and pain.
Theodosia’s story is fascinating in its complexity. An impressive woman in her own right, she was destined for greatness through her personal and political connections. The unexpected conclusion of Theodosia’s story will inspire readers to learn more about this intriguing woman.
About the Author
Rose Tomlin’s published work includes Two Seasons, Poetry by a Mother and Daughter. Her personal essays have appeared in the Dallas Morning News-Herald, the Wilmington Star, the Charleston Post & Courier and many northeastern newspapers in the Gannett Chain.
Her screenplay, Theodosia, won the Grand Jury Award, Best Screenplay, at the Worldfest International Film Festival and First Place in the annual Southeastern Creative Media Competition.
Her poem, Crossing the Cooper, was a winner in a statewide contest to choose poems to be framed and hung in the Ashley River Tower at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Her career writing radio, television and print advertising copy in New York and South Carolina spanned over 12 years in which she was a radio and TV scriptwriter in the Product Publicity Department of Young & Rubicam Advertising Agency in New York City and later was Copy Chief at WCSC-TV in Charleston SC. She was the editor of Gateway Magazine, a publication of the South Carolina tourist industry based in Greenville, SC, while managing the Copy Department at Meyers-Arnold Department Store, also in Greenville.
She lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband.