Hester Lynch Piozzi Letters to Dr. William Makepeace Thackeray
Scope and Contents
The letters cover Mrs. Piozzi's life with her second husband, the musician Gabriel Piozzi, his illness and eventual death in March 1809 from gout, and the subsequent years of widowhood. The letters are chiefly written from Brynbella, Mrs. Piozzi's villa in the Vale of Clwyd. The correspondence includes news of family matters and a detailed record of her husband's lengthy illness, the latter often accompanied by requests for medical advice or professional visits from Thackeray.
The letters are frequently interspersed with literary and other allusions and anecdotes, political gossip, and bon mots. They include references to many friends and associates of Mrs. Piozzi, including Dr. Johnson ("Dear Dr. Johnson was not difficult to be imposed on where the heart came in question, but he would not have believed this story about Shakespeare"), David Garrick ("Is not it curious to reflect that the year MY old friend burst upon mankind in the same way, - was marked by contagion: & people called it the Garrick Fever") and Mrs. Siddons, as well as comments on the Napoleonic Wars ("All is gathering fast to a head; Buonaparte has pledged himself to effect our ruin, & they spare us 200,000 men").
Two of the letters consist of original verse: item 82, a poem of 24 lines entitled "A song made in time of the mutiny by desire of some loyalists who dined at the Crown & Anchor Tavern Tune Nancy Dawson"; and item 80, a poem of 7 lines, untitled.
Most of the letters are signed either in full or with the initials HLP, but a few are either unsigned or bear the signature "Brynbella," the name of Mrs. Piozzi's villa. Also included in the collection is a letter announcing the death of Mr. Piozzi, written on behalf of Mrs. Piozzi by her friend Mrs. Moore.
The letters in the present volume are not included in The Piozzi letters : correspondence of Hester Lynch Piozzi, 1784-1821 (formerly Mrs. Thrale), edited by Edward A. Bloom and Lillian D. Bloom (1989-1993).
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Dr. William Makepeace Thackeray (1770-1849) was a notable physician at Chester (in the county of Cheshire) and uncle of the famous novelist of the same name.
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- Piozzi, Hester Lynch. The Piozzi letters : correspondence of Hester Lynch Piozzi, 1784-1821 (formerly Mrs. Thrale), edited by Edward A. Bloom and Lillian D. Bloom. Newark : University of Delaware Press, c1989-1993.
- Abercorn, James Hamilton, Duke of, 1811-1885
- Authors, English -- 18th century -- Correspondence
- Broster, John, -1816
- Chappelow, William
- Dore, Maria
- First Coalition, War of the, 1792-1797
- Garrick, David, 1717-1779
- Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1789-1820
- Hoare, Henry Merrick, 1770-1856
- Hoare, Sophia Thrale, 1771-1824
- Hodgkins, Samuel
- Johnson, Samuel, 1709-1784
- Keith, Hester Maria Elphinstone, Viscountess, 1764-1857
- Leak, Alexander, 1776-1816
- Medicine -- Great Britain
- Moore, John, 1752-1820
- Mostyn, Cecilia Margaretta Thrale, 1777-1857
- Mostyn, John, 1775-1807
- Napoleon, Emperor of the French, I, 1769-1821
- Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815
- Parry, Caleb Hillier, 1755-1822
- Pepys, Lucas, Sir, 1742-1830
- Physicians -- Great Britain
- Piozzi, Gabriele Mario, 1740-1809
- Piozzi, Hester Lynch, 1741-1821 ($t: Correspondence)
- Piozzi, John Salusbury
- Siddons, Sarah, 1755-1831
- Streatham Park (London, England)
- Thackeray, Elizabeth, approximately 1780-
- Thackeray, Martin, 1783-1864
- Thackeray, Selina Martha, 1806-1835
- Thackeray, William Makepeace, 1770-1849 -- Correspondence
- Hester Lynch Piozzi Letters to Dr. William Makepeace Thackeray
- compiled by Darcy Tuttle ; edited by Francis Lapka
- April, 2013
- Language of description
- Finding aid written in English.
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