BARBAULD, Anna Letitia (1743-1825). Poet and essayist.
Long Autograph Letter Signed to Hannah More, 4 pages 4to with address ('Mrs H More') and remains of seal, small piece removed from foot of first leaf, Palgrave, 22 May no year. A rather sycophantic epistle, expressing regret that the two did not correspond, praising Hannah More's 'Sacred Dramas' , and discursing at length on the essays of Mr Soame Jennings [sic Jenyns (1704-1787).
'If any one were to ask me whether Miss More & Mrs Barbauld correspond I should say, We correspond I hope in sentiments, in inclinations, in affection, but with the pen I really cannot say we do. ...A note at the head of the letter in another hand reads 'This Church Woman was alas! a Socinian!!', which would appear to be a reference to Hannah More.
Provenance: from a collection formed by A.M. Broadley in 1903.
The image is of the first page only.