In 1807, Rebecca Gratz wrote a poem about lost love, and it dovetails with what we already know. She begins by stating that it had been two years since she had received a marriage proposal. In her letter of August 11, 1805, she had implied that Samuel Ewing's proposal had taken place a week or two before; the poem is dated July 23, 1807, which must have been very close to the second anniversary of the event. She also says in the course of the poem that she had loved him for five years which coincides with the 1800-1805 span when Ewing was the man she most often mentioned in her letters.
[Our souls united shall be blest
Oh blissful promise!]
Rebecca survived her ordeal and went on to live a useful and satisfying life. To see how she presented herself a quarter of a century after her love affair, go to the post, "The Rosenbach Acquires Sully Portrait of Rebecca Gratz."
(The poem is in the Gratz Family Collection at the American Philosophical Society. It is now in two pieces (the birch bark is very fragile) and a conservator used the faded pink ribbon, with which Rebecca had tied up the poem originally, to bind together some sheets of protective paper into a booklet in which the pieces of the poem now reside.)