Charles Montgomery Skinner was an American writer, editor, dramatic and art critic, mostly known as a collector and rewriter of North American folklore. He published collections of myths, legends, histories and oral narrative found inside the United States and across the world. The writer’s task Skinner identified in saving the folk traditions endangered by the age of America’s progress. “Old Esther Dudley” is a short story, entered in the collection “Myth and legend of our own land”. The narration is about old woman named Esther Dudley, who refuses to leave the Province House when the British retreats during the American Revolution, sure that a Royal Governor will return. The story based on historical events is about faith and true patriotism. Start your familiar with American history and culture through the Skinner’ collection “Myth and legends of our own land”!