The daughter of an affluent banker of Piercefield Park near Chepstow, Elizabeth Smith was a child prodigy and later a scholar of oriental languages, in which she was self-taught. After the family fell upon hard times she lived in Suffolk, Bath, and the Lake District. Smith was a friend of Henrietta Maria Bowdler, Hannah More, and Elizabeth Hamilton. Her writings went through many editions in the decade after her death.
Fragments in prose and verse by a young lady, lately deceased. 1806; 2 vols, 1810.
Memoirs of Frederick and Margaret Klopstock, translated. 1808.
The Book of Job, translated from the Hebrew. 1810.
A vocabulary, Hebrew, Arabic, and Persian. 1814.