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Maria Edgeworth (1768–1849) by Richard Beard, 1841 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Edgeworth, Maria (1768–1849), novelist and educationist, was born on 1 January 1768 at Black Bourton, Oxfordshire, the eldest daughter and third child of Richard Lovell Edgeworth (1744–1817), inventor and educationist, and his first wife, Anna Maria Elers (1743–1773). The year of her birth was long given as 1767, but the revised date has been generally accepted. Her place of birth was the home of her maternal grandfather, ...

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Wells [married name Whitford], Helena (1761?–1824), novelist and educationist, was born in South Carolina, America, the daughter of Robert Wells (1727/8–1794) and his wife, Mary. She had a sister and an elder brother, the physician William Charles Wells. Her parents were Scottish and had settled in ...