To Lady Olivia Sparrow [incomplete]
Seal: Red Wax
[Three lines of deletion on the address leaf]
Poor Sir E. Hartopp is settled at
The dating of this letter was arrived at using the contextual information relating to the loss of Sir Edmund Cradock-Hartopp's daughters. It is possible that the letter was written between 4 December 1814 and 29 March 1815 (the loss of two daughters would certainly have been an 'afflicting trial'), but the strength of More's language in describing the extent of the loss is suggestive that a rare calamity had befallen the family.
Sir Edmund Craddock-Hartopp and his wife, Anne, had seven daughters. They had lost five of them by this time, with three daughters dying within three years of each other: Matilda, on 8 July 1812; Eliza Banks, on 4 December 1814; and Frances, who died on 29 March 1815.