To Lady Olivia Sparrow, August 1814
Address: Brampton Park/ Huntingdon
Seal: Red Wax
Such a nice, long and truly interesting letter as you sent me had a claim to earlier
notice. But even now I must rather be contented to thank you for it than to answer
I long to know how your
he] does he talk of accomplishing his plan at
Are you not delighted with the
Your little Anecdotes of Emperors and he[r]oes [sic] were delectable. Yesterday I
able to receive Mr. Addington in my bed
chamber who had a Volume of information of the same kind to pour out. But Wellington is his hero. Whose is he not? I had not heard
till he told me, that the Duke had the magnanimity as soon as he landed – after five
Years of labours and fatigues and difficulties unparalled [sic], after 'hair breadth
'Scapes in the imminent deadly breach' – to offer to embark instantly for
Dr. Whalley, Sir
A. Elton our two principle neighbours are going to
Mr. Cunningham writes me a good account of the
female Methuens - and gives me some hope of seeing him here. –
A novel by the prominent evangelical clergyman John William Cunningham (1780-1861), subtitled 'an historical account of divisions within the Church of England since the Reformation', published anonymously in 1814. The novel was popular, with a tenth edition published in 1816. Cunningham was active in several evangelical societies, including the Church Missionary Society.
More had previously published many of her religious works anonymously in order to avoid any potential scandal at her sometimes controversial beliefs. Several of her letters mention the confusion this caused amongst her friends about whether she was, or was not, author of various religious texts published during her lifetime.
From Shakespeare's Othello, 1:3.
John James Waldegrave, 6th Earl Waldegrave (1785-1835), second son of Lady Elizabeth Waldegrave and her husband, George Waldegrave, and lieutenant-colonel of the 54th Foot. Rumours were circulating at this time about Waldegrave’s liaison with the daughter of an army chaplain; a secret marriage was suspected (the couple already had at least one illegitimate child), which attracted considerable comment about the imprudence and impropriety of Waldegrave’s alleged conduct.