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Letters of Hannah More mostly to Marianne Thornton

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.7951

Scope and Contents

Letters written by the aged Hannah More to Marianne, eldest child of the Evangelical banker and MP Henry Thornton and his wife Marianne (née Sykes), both of whom died in 1815, the year in which the correspondence begins. The collection also includes an incomplete letter of slightly earlier date from Miss More to Mrs. Thornton (presumably the elder Marianne); and a poem by Miss More accompanying a gift of garters to Sir T.D. Acland. The letters were all written at Barley Wood, the house at Wrington in Somerset that Hannah More and her sisters had bought in 1801.


  • Creation: 1809-1826 (circa)


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14 item(s) (14 letters)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The letters descended to E.M. Forster, great-nephew of Marianne Thornton, and were purchased by Cambridge University Library at Sotheby's, 9 October 1973, lot 364.

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