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Anson [née Yorke], Elizabeth, Lady Anson (1725–1760), political correspondent and political manager, was born in August 1725, the sixth child and eldest daughter of Philip Yorke, subsequently first Baron and first earl of Hardwicke (1690–1764), lord chancellor, and his wife, Margaret Lygon (...

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Bridgeman [née Weld-Forester], Selina Louisa, countess of Bradford (1819–1894), correspondent of Benjamin Disraeli, was born in London on 17 February 1819, the seventh and youngest child of Cecil, first Baron Forester (1767–1828), MP and landowner, and his wife, née Lady Katherine Manners (1779–1829)...

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Carleton, Dudley, Viscount Dorchester (1574–1632), diplomat and letter writer, was born on 10 March 1574, the second son of Antony Carleton of Brightwell Baldwin, Oxfordshire, and his second wife, Jocosa, daughter of John Goodwin of Winchendon, Buckinghamshire. Educated first at Westminster School under ...

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Cowper, William (1731–1800), poet and letter-writer, was born on 15 November 1731 at the rectory, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, the fourth child of the Revd John Cowper (pronounced Cooper; 1694–1756), and his first wife, Ann (1703–1737), daughter of Roger Donne of Ludham Hall, Norfolk. His father, who held the rectory of ...

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Fermor [née Jeffreys], Henrietta Louisa, countess of Pomfret (1698–1761), letter writer and diarist, was born on 15 November 1698 at Lisle Street, Leicester Square, London, the only surviving child of John Jeffreys, second Baron Jeffreys (bap. 1673, d. 1702) [see under...

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Oldenburg, Henry [Heinrich] (c. 1619–1677), scientific correspondent and secretary of the Royal Society, was born in the free city of Bremen, Germany, one of two children of Heinrich Oldenburg (d. 1634), a teacher at the Bremen Paedegogium and later a professor at ...

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Osborne, Dorothy [married name Dorothy Temple, Lady Temple] (1627–1695), letter writer, was the youngest daughter and tenth child of Sir Peter Osborne (1584/5–1653) [see under Osborne, Peter (1521-1592)], royalist lieutenant-governor of Guernsey, and Dorothy, née Danvers (1590–1650/51) of Dauntsey, Wiltshire...

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Paston [née Knyvett], Katherine, Lady Paston (bap. 1578, d. 1629), estate manager and letter writer, was baptized on 22 June 1578 at Ashwellthorpe in north Norfolk, one of six surviving children of Sir Thomas Knyvett (d. 1618) and his wife, Muriel (...

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Seward, Anna [called the Swan of Lichfield] (1742–1809), poet and correspondent, was born on 12 December 1742 in Eyam, Derbyshire, the first of two surviving children of Thomas Seward (1708–1790), rector of Eyam, Derbyshire, later canon residentiary of Lichfield, Staffordshire, and his wife, ...

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Stanley [née Holroyd], Lady Maria Josepha (1771–1863), letter writer and liberal advocate, was born on 3 January 1771, the second of the three children of John Baker Holroyd, first earl of Sheffield (1735–1821), politician, and his first wife, Abigail (1746–1793), the daughter of ...

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Williams, George James [Gilly] (1719–1805), wit and letter writer, was born at Denton, Lincolnshire, the youngest of the four sons of William Peere Williams (1664/5–1736), law reporter, and Anne (d. 1724), the second daughter of Sir George Hutchins, a king's sergeant and commissioner of the great seal. He was educated at ...

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Wynn, Charlotte Williams- (1807–1869), letter-writer and diarist, was born on 16 January 1807, the eldest of the five daughters and two sons of the politician and public servant Charles Watkin Williams-Wynn (1775–1850) and his wife, Mary (d. 1838), eldest daughter of Sir Foster Cunliffe bt...

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Yorke [née Campbell], Jemima, suo jure Marchioness Grey (1722–1797), letter writer, was born on 10 October 1722 in Copenhagen, Denmark, the second child of John Campbell, Lord Glenorchy, later third earl of Breadalbane and Holland (bap. 1696, d. 1782), who at that time was British envoy to the Danish court, and his wife, ...