Hannah More to William Wilberforce

But I must not indulge myself with thus running on, but proceed to remind You of your kind promise to set out with an Act of humility and bring your bride to visit my Cottage and my poor. The Plan I wou’d chalk out for you is to be here on Saturday either at dinner or tea, the former I shall like best, and then you may have your quiet evening walk. We can contrive to lodge an humble footman, tho not a fine Valet de Chambre and then he will be ready to dress you, and you shall have one of the Parlours for your Dressing Room. As to the Lady, I will be handmaid myself to her, “I’ll weave her Garlands & I’ll pleat her hair On Sunday Morn You shall sally forth at half past eight Patty and I attending you in another Chaise – we go first to Shipham, then to Axbridge – then get to Cheddar, about Eleven Miles you know there to cut your cold Meat, a good seasonable penance for your I trow. The Church, School, and evening devotions will keep us there till about seven; then we call in on another little Society at Axbridge and get home after Nine. Cheddar is eight Miles from Wells; but it will not do for you to sleep at Wells on the Saturday and meet us at Cheddar on Sunday as you once thought; because in that case you can go but to one School, as they lie in a contrary direction. But if your time runs short so that you cannot indulge us by coming back hither on the Sunday Night you might in that case go from Cheddar to Wells to sleep if you find you can’t /do/ any thing /more for us./ It is very generous in me to suggest this as I hope you will not adopt it, as I shoud greatly wish to have you both here on the Sunday Night. Patty has one great trouble, half Cheddar is under inoculation and her troops for about three Sundays will be very thin. Be so good as give me a line au plutot with your plan as we shall probably perform our pilgrimage towards another point of the Compass next Sunday if we are disappointed of your Company.

Hannah More to Marianne Sykes Thornton, 28 November 1814

Thank you for noticing my young friend Leeves. He writes with much gratitude at the kindness he has received, and the honour of being admitted to the Society of so much piety and talent. How did he come off at Clapham in preeching? Much condideration [sic] is due to him as he never before was in any /truly/ religious Society. Does Bowdler’s health stand this Winter?

To Lady Olivia Sparrow, 23 June [1819]

I am going to do a most impudent thing. But if you will, by your generosity, spoil people you must abide the consequences. Your Ladyship gave me 4 Volumes of Clarke’s Travels, which I have had handsomely bound. I hear there is a fifth. Perhaps you will have the goodness to compleat my set* – Any time will do, for at present I have little time for reader – and now I will proceed to tell you why

To Lady Olivia Sparrow, March 18 1813

I know not what to say to D. Baillie for what I must call his elegant kindness. Do you think he would take it rightly [if] [tear] I sent him Christian Morals *? – has he [tear]ren? – they at least might read it – If you think it right, perhaps you would have the goodness to order Hatchard to get /ready/ a copy of the 4th. Edition elegantly bound, but not to send it till I write to you again. Take care of your health my dearest Lady – Remember that the constant excitement of your sensibility, and the exertions of your mind, with people of the right /stamp/ , is more wearing than the uninteresting insipidity of the frivolous.

To Lady Olivia Sparrow, March 18 1813

A young divine, a great friend of mine the Revd.. Henry Leeves , being lately brought to a very serious sense of religion has just entered the Church, and having preached only 4 Sermons of truly serious piety caught cold and is supposed to be consumptive – The Physicians immediately sent him abroad He is now at Gibraltar, is going to Malta, Sicily &c – He has letters to Lord W. Bentinck, should he chance to see him, but it just occurs to me that you would perhaps have the goodness to name him to Lady Wm.. – He is a very elegant young Man modest, well manner'd, &c –

To Lady Olivia Sparrow, January 16 1815

I have not heard from you of an age. Do give me a line to say when you go to Town, that I may know where to send Saint Paul to wait on you. The printing will be finished to morrow I hope and it will probably be out in [deletion] ten days. I have sent your name to Cadell to send Your copy; with that of your neighbour Bishop to Huntingdon, but if you are moving you woud perhaps like it better to meet you in Town. I am also going to order [to] Hatchard to send You the new Edition of the Dramas with the Additional Scene in Moses .* Pray speak of this to your friends to prevent their encouraging the pirated Editions – The genuine is only printed by Cadell and Davies.

To Lady Olivia Sparrow, 16 March [1815]

I have just got a long letter from dear Mary Gisborne replete with sorrow, affection and the deepest piety. How stupid, in Bowdler’s prejudiced bigoted father* to obstruct the very desirable plans of Ld. Calthorpe and Mr. Inglis to write a Memoir of the dear departed! I have written to Harriet Bowdler to try to soften her brother Bartlett’s-Buildings heart. * Poor Mrs. Thornton I hear looks sadly, has a pain in her chest and drinks Asses Milk. I tremble for her life. Her letters rather increase in sadness, but it is a sanctified sadness. – I forgot to say that Mr. H. and I agreed that nothing would so much contribute to give Mr. S. a habit of application as to give him a slight tincture of Fractions, and Algebra; not to make him a Mathematician but to tie down his attention – I know of no person likely to suit Lady Gosford’s friend as a Governess. You ask how I like W. Scott’s new Poem.* I have not seen it, but do not hear it thought equal to its predecessors. A friend has sent me Eustace’s Tour thro Italy .* It is classical & elegant in a high degree – but has too much Republicanism too little of the Manners of the people, and I think a disposition to overrate their Virtues – God be praised for the peace!* – but what Peace so long as the Witchcrafts of Bonaparte are so many. P. is in very poor health. We all join in kind remembrances to Yr. Ladyship and Miss S.

To Lady Olivia Sparrow, 25 March [1815]

I feel a little ashamed of my own impetuosity and selfishness, that in the first burst of sorrow for our lamented friend H. Thornton * I should /mix/ any regret for my petty concerns, as they regarded my poor, with the sorrow of heart which I shared with hundreds. It has however given occasion to the exercise of your generous and Christian liberality, and I thank you most cordially in the name of hundreds for your kind and seasonable bounty.

To Lady Olivia Sparrow, 27 April [1815]

I enter heartily into your concern about your Clergyman. It is of such importance! I hope I am furnishing Mr. Dunn with a young Tutor for his little boy of the highest value. But it is only in trial, as my young friend is not yet in orders I trust it will be a mutual benefit

Hannah More to William Hayley, 15 June 1815

Many thanks for the trouble you took on [unclear] Mr. Cottrall’s Prayer *. Should he accomplish his Object, perhaps you will allow me to send your name as a Subscriber. It would strengthen his hand I dont know him. He is the faithful Porter of 6000 Souls. His Living £100 Pr Ann:

Hannah More to Marianne Sykes Thornton, February 1815 [copy, presented to EM Forster by his great aunt, Marianne Thornton]

But Gods Ways are not as our Ways. Poor dear Mary Gisborne * may He comfort her – no one else can What an effort my dear friend did you make to write me those few kind lines. Mr. Melville – Whom I take to be a son of Lord Leven’s*, finished the letter in a way that has made him Stand high in my opinion. It was written in a fine spirit, & will you thank him for me It would give you a sort of sad consolation to see how every one who writes to me expresses themselves on the Subject of your beloved Husband . Sorrow makes even Lord Gambier eloquent. Mr. Dunn who has been staying with us is always sublime . From men like these who could judge & feel his Merit one expected it but I was pleased with an expression of the General feelings in more ordinary Men living in the turmoil of trade which is apt to blunt the feelings, but whose Shop is crowded with the first sort of Men. I mean my bookseller, Cadell, who writes thus ‘The death of your distinguished friend has excited a sensation of grief, more general & distressing than we remember to have witnessed’ This was said of the feelings of the world at large – my other letters being from religious men. Said no more than was expected of them. I am truly anxious about your health. Grace may enable you to subdue your mind but I fear Your body will not be so submissive. Every time you look on your sweet children, this duty will be pressed homeward to you – in a way you will not be able or willing to resist. I know not yet whether you have returned to Clapham. The events of these last three Weeks form the Chief Subject of our conversation. I think much of you – at a time when I hope you are not thinking of yourself – in the dead of night – for my nights are in general bad. We have paid to our departed friend the tribute of wearing mourning – it is nothing to the dead, but may testify to the living who are about us, our reverence for exalted piety & virtue. Though our friends have been very kind, they are naturally so full of their own sorrows that it is some time since I have heard especially of you.

To Lady Olivia Sparrow, 13 December [1815]

We have got a new Neighbour Mr. C. Maude a Son of Lady Haywarden ,* who is curate of Blagdon, Lady Lifford &c wrote to recommend him strongly to me. He is but just three and twenty, very amiable with much naiveté and good nature, takes advice kindly, and allows me to say any thing to him, and I try to give my opinions in a fine cheerful way not to frighten him. He has of course much to learn, being but just escaped from Christ Church ;* he is very kind to the poor and already much liked by them, he seems humble, has no high notions, but talks of his little self denials and frugal management with much openness. I let him come when he likes and hope to be in some little degree useful to him as I know the people. He is about to marry a very young Girl, much will depend on her turn of Mind.

To Lady Olivia Sparrow, 13 December [1815]

I have had a very interesting visit from my old friend /Revd/ Mr. Stewart , Son to Lord Galloway. You know I believe that this excellent young Man near ten years ago, quitted not only the luxuries of his Station and the enjoyments of Society /but the common comforts of life, / and with his Bishop’s consent left his church preferment to go on a Mission to Canada.* There he has been living obscurely but not uselessly, for the Protestants of that place, Montreal &c are at length so awakened by his labours that they have agreed at their own expence to build four Churches and he is come to Europe for the sole purpose of procuring right sort of Ministers, and to claim the Stipend allowed by Government and the Society for Propagating the Gospel for those parts. I shall be looking out for pious prudent Men for him

To Lady Olivia Sparrow, 23 April [1816]

I am very uneasy about Mr. Wilberforce /he is ill/ . Much as he has done, he has not compleated his work, and I am base enough to fear his being called to his rest and his reward, from a world which still wants him. * I think I never was so delighted as at his present call of Providence. King Henry the first of Hayti, late Christolphe, has sent to him to send him out teachers in Natural and Experimental Philosophy, a Surgeon, School Masters &&c Is it not marvellous? But what most delights me in said King Henry is, that as he has shaken off the French /Tyranny/ he wishes also to abolish the French language. Accordingly W– has obtained of the Bible Society to send him out 5000 Testaments printed in French and English in Columns!! Is not this delightful. The new King wants to make an improved population, Wilbe. to make a Christianized one.* He writes to me about books Teachers &c. The latter it will be rather difficult to procure as they should know something of French.* I am charmed with the energy of poor infirm Sir Joseph Bankes, who says if he were not so old he would go himself.* I wish we could see more of this Missionary Spirit in our young Church Ministers. By the way the Missry. Meeting lately held in Bristol raised, in these distressing times above £800 besides Jewels to a considerable amount.*

Hannah More to Sarah (Sally) Horne Hole, 8 January 1816

Do you know that the Heroic Epistle to Little Sally Horne, is just republished together with the Search After Happiness, Bas bleu Florio &c in a little Lilliputian Volume price only half a Crown. It is printed to match the little Sacred Dramas published last year. You must know that I sold the Copy of these works many years ago to Cadell and Davies ; and this year some poor Needy Booksellers have published new Editions of these Works, this is downright piracy, and is robbing Cadell and Davies of their lawful property. In order to counteract these pirates Cadell has published these small editions at this low price and I shall be obliged to you to mention it to your friends not to buy anything of mine (except the Tracts) which has not the name of Cadell & D to it. I wish [tear] you would be so good as mention it [tear] any booksellers you may call upon. These small Editions sell rapidly in Bristol and London, I suppose they are got to Bath. Many are glad to get these Poems at so easy a rate as they were before sunk in the Mass of 18 Volumes*. I can the better recommend these tiny Volumes as I have no interest in them, but I only wish to have justice done to my Booksellers . You will excuse this long story. I congratulate You on your Son’s progress. God bless them both! My Sisters , who are poorly , join in most affectionate regards to You. Mine to Miss Horne and the young Ones

To Lady Olivia Sparrow, 27 March [1817]

I should regret your absence too, but that Mr. Wilkes told me yesterday what great good you were doing where you are. Of that indeed I was persuaded bef[ore] [tear] A propos of Wilkes. Have you seen his 'Christi[an] [tear] Essays'.* They only reached me last night, so that I have had only time to read the last Essay in the first Volume which is an excellent Review of the character and death of my dear old friend Dr. Johnson .* If you approve the work after reading it, I hope you will recommend it. I hear Lord C– goes abroad next week, and that he has been again much indisposed – I am truly sorry, but cannot help feeling nhow on this, as on all other occasions, all things work together for good to them that love God.

To Lady Olivia Sparrow, 2 October [1817]

You have doubtless heard of Mr. Cowan ’s Eccentricities. He has formally renounced the Church, and is setting up a religion of his own, if it can be called his own which is so identified with the doctrines of Baring & Co .* He has published his ‘Reasons for quitting the Church,’ in an ill written inconsistent Antonomian Pamphlet.* I am glad at any rate to get such doctrines out of the Church, but I am sorry for this misguided Man. His principal friends have forsaken him. His inferior Adherents are getting Subscriptions for building him a Chapel, but are not so successful as they expected.* They came to me and I had an hour’s conflict in justifying my refusal to subscribe. I assured them it was not to save a few Guineas for I had a personal kindness for Cowan, but I could not answer it to my Conscience to give any support to a plan which was intended to be subversive of the Establishment, and to propagate doctrines hostile to her principles.

Hannah More to Sarah (Sally) Horne Hole, 15 February 1817

In the intervals of sickness and other engagements I have been called upon to write a number of little papers and Tracts with a view to furnish some little antidote to the poison of disaffection and Sedition with which too many of the lower class are infected.* I did not at first acknowledge myself the Author but I was found out. Seeing it could not be concealed I have now called them Cheap Repository Tracts. I have given them to Hatchard who will be glad to serve you with as much of these penny wares as you chuse; and pray recommend them to your friends for dispersion among the common people, the Songs are only three Shillings a hundred. New Tracts a penny /each/

Hannah More to Marianne Thornton, October 11th 1819

I have received about a hundred letters full of kindness and condolence, and many of them, of piety – but I have felt myself utterly unable to answer them – You will be so kind as make this true apology to any friends who may think themselves neglected. My health has been very bad, and neither body or mind has yet made much progress, the former I hope is most in fault, for I bless God my mind is I trust unrepining and submissive, but it is still very weak. I am forbid by my Doctor to see company, for which I am thankful as I have no heart to see any but two or three particular friends in my own room – for talking brings back the complaint in my chest. Your excellent Mr. Dealtry kindly promises to come to see me from BathI hope it will not be till I am much better, as I should be sorry to see him only for an hour in my chamber which is all I can yet do. It is grievous too that Lord and Lady Teignmouth should be at Clifton at this time – It is many years that we both looked forward to seeing those dear friends for a few days, and [deletion] now I can so little profit by their neighbourhood is painful to me.

Hannah More to Marianne Thornton, October 11th 1819

I hope to hear from you at your leisure especially till Mrs. I. is better . Mrs. Macaulay and Selina kindly promise to come to relieve my Solitude soon My complaint in my eyes must apologize for this scrawl – This complaint is doubtless sent as a fresh weaning and warning. The sight is not affected, thank God. – We can pray for each other, and prayer is one of the last Offices of friendship – Dear Patty had long been much in prayer, and thought (tho she never owned it to me) that her summons was at no great distance. May we all be united to her and your beloved parents in God’s own time

Hannah More to Marianne Thornton, December 4th 1819

Take notice I write upon your information for I have not yet seen the Sermon in question. I have had much anxiety on the subject of Mrs. Inglis . Her life is so valuable that one cannot think without deep concern of any thing likely to affect it. I beg my kind regards to them both, and tell Mr. Inglis how much I felt the sympathizing kindness of his affectionate letter . I am now beginning to answer with my own pen a few of the overflowing number I have received. I have deeply felt the affectionate kindness of many though I have not been able to acknowledge it. My eyes are better, but I am not yet able to use them by candle light, which now fills a large portion of ones time. Mrs. Macaulay and her daughter* who have been with me near a Month have most kindly supplied my lack of sight. Alas! it is Newspapers that now fill too much of ones time and thoughts. I tremble for our country politically and morally. I do not know my own nation we certainly are not that England I once knew, and must always love. I look to the death of the king as the completion of our calamities . Rivington has asked leave to collect into a [tear]le cheap book the Tracts and ballads agai[nst] [tear] Se[dition] [tear] and blasphemy I wrote in the last year or two, as they will now come from the Organ of Orthodoxy, I hope they may make their way, you must recommend the dispersion of them to all who come in your way I shall order one to be sent to Mr. Inglis .*

To Lady Olivia Sparrow, [March 1820]

A kind, agreeable, long and interesting letter from dear Miss Sparrow should be answered directly but that I am in deep arrears to your Ladyship. Nothing can be more obliging than her little details, than which nothing makes letters so pleasant. Public events are just now of so complicated & overwhelming a nature that even to touch upon /them/ would fill my paper and occupy your time to little purpose. I truly pity the K–* How surely does God at one time or other visit our errors and bring our sins to remembrance! How he will get extricated the wisest seem not to know. I have just got a letter from a friend whose habits lay open much information to him. He tells me that a Gentleman of his acquaintance on whom the firmest reliance may be placed is lately come from the Continent. Passing through a small town in Italy he stopped at an Inn and desired to see a good bed. On being shown one, he said it was not large enough for him and his Wife –"Not large enough," said the Mistress of the Inn, "why the Princess of Wales and the Baron her Chamberlain Slept in it last week, and so they have done twenty times before and they never complained that it was too small." You don’t mean that they slept together said the gentleman? Yes replied the woman I do, as they have always done." One or two such testimonies woud be proof positive. But then in what a distracted state would it place this poor country.* – I fear we are emulating France in all its parricidal horrors! What a Providential escape of the Ministers I grieve to think what a flood of drunkenness, idleness and perjury this premature Parliamentary election will introduce, – A propos. I am desired to request your vote and interest for Lord John Russel who is canvassing your county. I know nothing of him, but that I fear he is what I call, on the wrong side. They speak well of his talents*

To Lady Olivia Sparrow, [March 1820]

Our admirable friend at K. Gore* wrote on his Son’s marriage desiring me to invite them both to Barley Wood, as he said he and his wife had come hither immediately after their wedding 22 years ago.* I could refuse nothing to such a petitioner So they came from Bath and staid a day and night. He is gentlemanly and agreeable in his manners, mais, voila tout. She is handsome but I thought her vapid and uninteresting. It is /all/ very well now that they are visiting about, and the days are all halcyon; but what is to become of them I cannot guess, nor can their dear father. Il faut manger dans ce pauvre Monde. And how that father is to provide a separate Establishment for one, /who/ neither can, nor probably will do nothing I cannot guess.* It goes to my heart as I know he has nothing to spare, and even the youth’s education is not finished. I shall be agreeably disappointed if he ever takes to business. When he returns to town too he will meet with his old associates, Alas!!

Hannah More to Thomas Cadell Junior, November 1823

I am thankful to say that my health is greatly improved . If I were a disciple of Prince Hohenloe * it would be called a Miracle. I do not go out, but am able to see my friends. Indeed my excellent Physician finds fault that I see too much company, but I cannot well avoid it, tho I suffer upon it . I hope you will recommend my friend Cottle’s ‘Plymouth Antinomians’*. It ably exposes the worst heresy that ever infected the Church.

To Lady Olivia Sparrow, 28 May 1823

I have been above a year and half confined to my room. I bless God I do not feel any impatience to quit it, which they will not allow me to do till the warm weather is confirmed. I am generally able to see my friends two or three hours in the middle of the day. They are very kind, but my Physician complains that I see too much company. This is sometimes the case, but when they come from a distance, I cannot refuse seeing them; I have /had/ no one to dinner or sleep. The Bp of Gloucester indeed is a privileged person. If any do come My friend entertains them below. I am rather more than usually unwell to day, but I would no longer delay to intreat you my dear Lady to think no more of my little begging petition. If any apology were necessary your immense building expences would be more than sufficient, but none is necessary. I have just received my little legacy from Mrs. Garrick* which will carry me thro’ the exigencies of the present season sufficiently, and I may not live to another. Your charities are too extensive to excuse any one from proposing new ones to you; Even in my little way I find five applications for one I used to have, what then must yours be!

To Lady Olivia Sparrow, 18 October 1825

How shall I sufficiently thank you for your very great kindness in sending me such a bountiful supply. I had not reckoned on so large a Sum, and it will set me at ease as to some excesses into which I have been almost irresistibly drawn. I must /have/ contracted some of my concerns if I were younger; but never reckoning upon another year I do not think it right to distrust Providence by abridging my little Schemes – Little indeed compared to the ample extent of Yours. Only think of the graciousness of God to give you the heart as well as the means to educate, and thus rescue from ignorance, and as far as human exertion can go, from Sin, every child in your Parish! under your own immediate /Eye/ too! Oh The Magnitude of the good cannot be estimated. But oh to anticipate those cheering words Well done good and faithful Servant, enter Thou into the joy of the Lord!* If I were not on the very verge of Eternity, I should earnestly request (what I dare not now give you the trouble) for a copy of your plans, as I know all yours are will digested; but I shall never again visit my schools (which are unfortunately at a distance) * Yet my young /Friend/ does what she can, and visits them when the weather permits, and I should be gratified to furnish her with any instructions of yours. Her heart is much in the business. She has a cultivated & pious Mind

To Lady Olivia Sparrow, 2 Nov 1827

You will see by the inclosed that I have embarked in another of my adventurous Sallies. Will you /will/ have the goodness to circulate it It pleases my heavenly Father to have spared me to a great age, to give me more time for repentance and preparation. Thro the piety and kindness of an excellent young Lady, a Niece to Lord Exmouth who almost lives with me, I am enabled to carry on my numerous distant Schools, Female friendly Societies &c. She is hands and eyes to me.

Hannah More to Thomas Dyke Acland, unknown date

I feel it a sort of shame to take charity Money from a County Member*, whose unbounded liberality I well know is not shut up within the limits of that County. – My Man Charles is out from four in the morning to endeavour to buy 100 sacks of Potatoes. On hearing it the Farmers raised the price!! I am turned Merchant They ask me for bread and give me a Stone*. I am purchasing their Ore* at half price which I trust will sell hereafter. Be so good as speak to the King, and desire him with my Compliments to use brass Harness, it would become the fashion and my Miners would become Gentlemen – all the Geology /I know/ is that Lapis Calaminaris makes brass, so you see I am not /one/ those Scientific people who do not turn their knowledge to account. Present me most affectionately to dear Lady AclandIn great haste

Hannah More to Thomas Dyke Ackand, after 1828

I return you a hundred thanks for your nice benison to me, and a thousand thanks for your kind present to my dear kind Physician . He was so delighted and so proud, and got together a grand party who dined most luxurious. You really conferred a great obligation on me by /it./ He has been attending me daily Six weeks sometimes /twice/, and he will never take a Fee

Hannah More to Thomas Babington Macaulay, 14 October [no year]

I must write one line to thank for your two letters , which I do with the more pleasure because they were written in so good a hand, so neat and free from blots. By this obvious improvement you have intitled yourself to another book. You must go to Hatchard’s and chuse. I think we have nearly exhausted the Epics. What think you of a little good prose? – Johnson’s Hebrides* or Walton’s Lives* – unless you would like a neat Edition of Cowper’s Poems * or of Paradise Lost* for your own eating* – In any case chuse something which you do not possess. – I want you to become a complete Frenchman that I may give you Racine the only Dramatic Poet I know in any modern language that is perfectly pure and good.* On second thoughts what say you to Potter’s Eschylus * on attendant that you are a complete Grecian? – It is very finely done and as heroic as any of your Epics. If you prefer it Send for this to Hatchard’s neatly bound. I think you have hit off the Ode very well, I am much obliged to you for the Dedication . I shall reserve your translation to see how progressive your improvement is. Next Summer if it please God I hope We shall talk over some of these things. Remember me kindly to Your Pappa and tell him I cannot say how much I am obliged to him for his kindness to poor Shepherd*. He has made the Widow’s heart to sing for joy* – O Tom! that is better, and will be found so in the long /run/ to have written as good an Ode as Horace himself*.

To Lady Olivia Sparrow, [No date, but likely March/April 1817]

I write a hasty line to take advantage of Mr. Addington ’s Patent Frank * to send you a Specimen of my learned labours. I was earnestly desired by some high persons to do something towards an Antidote for the evil Spirit of insurrection which is at work more busily perhaps than you are aware. The Tract inclosed I have adapted to the present times , and it is widely circulated.* Perhaps you would like to order some copies from Hatchard, and recommend Your Friends to do the same.

Hannah More to Henry Thornton, September 12th 1799

I own I do not feel disposed to make Hazard any compensation for what I know has been a gainful business to him. He thinks there is a deal of money and he may get a share. I will give you an instance of his covetousness. He has just recommd. to me his Nephew as Master of my new School at Wedmore with a high character. His /Man/ has been in trade and faild for want of Capital. As usual I found I must pay his debts before I coud get him, but he and his wife seemd such superior people I thought it right to put up with this /loss./ It was 30 or 40£ – I proposed to Hazd. to advance £15 only which he was to be repaid but he refused for so near a relation and has thrown the debt in my hands. I must pay £25 or lose the Man To help out this /Expence/ I assure you I refused to have any medical Assistance after my Accident for being so far from Bristol I know it wou’d cost a great deal.

Hannah More to Marianne Thornton, 1816

Will you forgive my troubling You to let some friend or Servant who goes to Town pay for my Book Cases, as you were so kind to bespeak them I thought it best the Money should go thro’ you. Pray let the Maker know I like them exceedingly With the Six Shillings that will remain will you buy Maise [unclear] a handkerchief as a little remembrance.