HANNAH MORE - AUTOGRAPH ENVELOPE UNSIGNED - HFSID 73127
Sale Price $81.00
The British playwright and religious writer addresses an envelope for her friend in Bristol in black ink
Autograph envelope unsigned. 4½x2¼ clipped envelope, affixed to 6½x3¼ piece of paper. In full: "Miss Mannie/ Frenchay/ Bristol" in faded black ink. Hannah More (1745-1833) was an English religious writer and philanthropist; her career is said to consist of three reputations, a poet and playwright in the Blue Stocking Society crowd of Dr. Samuel Johnson, Joshua Reynolds, and David Garrick, a writer of religious and moral subjects, and as a practical philanthropist. More, alongside her father and sisters, opened a boarding school when she was in her teens, and she taught there as a young women. After More suffered a heartbreaking end to an engagement, she focused on her literary career, staging the play The Inflexible Captive (1774) before her most successful work Percy: a Tradgedy in 1777, eventually quitting playwriting after the failure of her last work The Fatal Falsehood (1779). In the 1790s More became involved with a group of evangelical Christians known as the Clapham Sect, who were firm opposes to slavery, and More began writing and editing religious tracts (ballads, moral stories, and readings), composing such works as "Slavery, A Poem" (1788). More, furthermore, worked alongside her sister Martha More to campaign for the education of the poor, even opening more than a dozen Sunday schools. Irregularly cut. Toned. Worn and soiled. Ink notes on affixed paper in unknown hand. Otherwise, fine condition.
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