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MS Eng 1778

Hamilton, Mary, 1756-1816, recipient. Elizabeth Carter and Hannah More letters to Mary Hamilton, 1778-1815: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Eng 1778
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Hamilton, Mary, 1756-1816, recipient.
Title: Elizabeth Carter and Hannah More letters to Mary Hamilton
Date(s): 1778-1815
Quantity: .5 linear feet (2 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters from the "Bluestocking Circle" including letters from Elizabeth Carter and Hannah More to Mary Hamilton.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2005M-28. Purchase with the Hyde fund; received: 2006 January 6 and 2007 January 30.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
See curatorial file for extensive dealer's notes on content of letters.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Elizabeth Carter and Hannah More Letters to Mary Hamilton, 1778-1815 (MS Eng 1778). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Elizabeth Carter (1717-1806) was an English poet, classicist, writer and translator, and a member of the Bluestocking Circle. Hannah More (1745-1833) was an English religious writer and philanthropist. Mary Hamilton Dickenson (1756-1816), was a courtier and diarist and the wife of John Dickenson (d.1842).


Arranged into the following series:

Scope and Contents

Primarily autograph manuscript signed letters and notes from Elizabeth Carter and Hannah More to Mary Hamilton Dickenson, including a few letters from the Mores to John Dickenson and a couple of letters from More's sister Martha More ("Patty"). Additionally there are 2 autograph manuscript and manuscript (copy) poem compositions by More: Le bas bleu or The progress of conversation an epistle and An heroic epistle. To Miss Sally Horne aged three years.
Topics include London society, friendship between women, literary interests, public affairs, and many others.

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