Life And Letters Of Maria Edgeworth/Summary of Volume I

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SUMMARY OF VOLUME I

1767-1787

Childhood of Maria Edgeworth—Death of her mother and marriage of her father to Miss Honora Sneyd—Death of Mrs. Honora Edgeworth and marriage of Mr. Edgeworth to Miss Elizabeth Sneyd—Life at Edgeworthstown.

1787-1793

Letters from Maria Edgeworth from Edgeworthstown, Clifton, and London to Miss Charlotte Sneyd, Mr. and Mrs. Ruxton, and Miss Sophy Ruxton.

Journey to Clifton—Dr. Darwin, Mrs. Yearsly, and Hannah More—Visit to Mrs. Charles Hoare—Dr. Beddoes—Return to Ireland.

1793-1795

Letters from Edgeworthstown to Miss Sophy Ruxton, Mrs. Ruxton, Mrs. Elizabeth Edgeworth.

Literary occupations of Maria Edgeworth: Letters for Literary Ladies, Practical Education—Disturbances in Ireland: Lord Granard, the "White Tooths," General Crosby's adventure.

1795-1798

Letters from Edgeworthstown to Mrs. Ruxton, Miss S. Ruxton, Miss Beaufort.

Publication of Letters for Literary Ladies and The Parent's Assistant—Mr. Edgeworth's election to the Irish Parliament—Literary work and study: Moral Tales, Irish Bulls—Madame Roland's Memoirs—Death of Mrs. Edgeworth, and marriage of Mr. Edgeworth to Miss Beaufort.

1798-1799

Letters from Edgeworthstown, Longford, and Dublin to Miss Sophy Ruxton, Mrs. Ruxton, Miss Charlotte Sneyd.

The Irish Rebellion: Lord Cornwallis, Lady Anne Fox—Flight from Edgeworthstown to Longford—Return to Edgeworthstown—Publication of Practical Education—Theatricals: Whim for Whim—At Dublin.

1799-1802

Letters from Clifton, Edgeworthstown, and Loughborough to Mrs. Ruxton, Miss Ruxton.

At Clifton: Sir Humphry Davy, Dr. Beddoes, Mrs. Barbauld—Death of Dr. Darwin—Literary work at Edgeworthstown: Castle Rackrent, Belinda, Early Lessons, Moral Tales, Essay on Irish Bulls—Visits of Mr. Chenevix and Professor Pictet—Journey to London.

1802-1803

Letters from London, Brussels, Chantilly, Paris, Calais, Edinburgh to Miss Sneyd, Miss Sophy Ruxton, Mrs. Mary Sneyd, Mrs. Ruxton, C.S. Edgeworth.

A visit to Miss Watts at Leicester—Journey to Paris: Calais, Dunkirk, Bruges, Ghent—Madame Talma in Andromaque at Brussels—Palace of Chantilly—Paris: Madame Delessert, Madame Gautier, Madame de Pastoret, M. Dumont, Abbé Morellet, M. Suard, Marquis of Lansdowne, M. Degerando, M. Camille Jordan, Madame Campan, Madame Recamier, Baron de Prony, Rogers, M. Pictet, Kosciusko—Monsieur Edelcrantz proposes to Maria Edgeworth; her feelings towards him—Buonaparte—Madame d'Ouditot and Rousseau—Rumours of war—The Edgeworths return to England—Account of a visit to Madame de Genlis.

1803-1809

Letters from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Black Castle, Edgeworthstown, Rosstrevor, Allenstown, Pakenham Hall to Mrs. Ruxton, Miss Honora Edgeworth, Miss Charlotte Sneyd, Miss Ruxton, Henry Edgeworth, C. Sneyd Edgeworth, Mrs. Edgeworth.

Visit to Lindley Murray at Newcastle—Dugald Stewart at Edinburgh—Return to Edgeworthstown—Literary work: Popular Tales, Leonora, Griselda—Marriage of Miss Pakenham to Sir Arthur Wellesley (Duke of Wellington)—Death of Dr. Beddoes.

1809-1813

Letters from Edgeworthstown, Black Castle, Bangor Ferry, Liverpool, Derby, Cambridge, London to Miss Ruxton, Miss Honora Edgeworth, Mrs. Ruxton, C. Sneyd Edgeworth, Miss Sneyd, Mrs. Edgeworth.

Publication of Tales of Fashionable Life: Madame de Staël, Lord Dudley, Lord Jeffrey upon—Life at Edgeworthstown: Mr. Chenevix, Miss Lydia White, Sir Henry Holland, Mrs. Inchbald, Mrs. Barbauld, Hannah More, Lady Wellington—Marriage of Sir Humphry Davy—Literary pursuits: Byron's English Bards, Scott's Lady of the Lake and Rokeby, Campbell: Patronage, Tales of Fashionable Life (second series), The Absentee—Balloon ascent of Sadler—Journey to London: Roscoe, Dr. Ferrier, Sir Henry Holland—Visit to Cambridge and to Dr. Clarke at Trumpington.

1813-1817

Letters from London, Malvern Links, Ross, Edgeworthstown, Dublin, Black Castle to Miss Ruxton, Mrs. Ruxton, Sir Walter Scott, C.S. Edgeworth.

Visit to London: Madame de Staël, Davy, Byron, Miss Berry's, Lord Lansdowne, Lady Wellington, Mrs. Siddons, the Prince Regent, Lady Elizabeth Monk, Dukes of Kent and Sussex, Sir James Macintosh, Dumont, Sir Samuel Romilly, Dr. Parr, Malthus, Madame d'Arblay, Rogers—Return to, and life at Edgeworthstown: Early Lessons, Popular Plays, Harrington, Ormond—Waverley—Illness and Death of Mr. Edgeworth.

1817-1820

Letters from Edgeworthstown, Mount Kennedy, Bowood, Epping, Hampstead, Byrkely Lodge, Tetsworth, London, Dublin, Heathfield, Canterbury to Mrs. Ruxton, Mrs. Stark, Mrs. Edgeworth, Miss Ruxton, Miss Waller, Miss Lucy Edgeworth, Miss Honora Edgeworth.

Literary pursuits at Edgeworthstown: Miss Austen—Visits to Bowood: Lord Lansdowne, Dumont, Lord Grenville, Mr. Hare, Dugald Stewart—Death of Sir Samuel Romilly—Joanna Baillie, Watt, Campbell—London: Mill, Wilberforce, Duke and Duchess of Wellington, Lord Palmerston—Visit to Ireland—Journey to Paris.

1820

Letters from Paris, La Celle, Passy, Geneva, Pregny, Berne to Mrs. Edgeworth, Mrs. Ruxton, Miss Ruxton, Miss Lucy Edgeworth, Miss Honora Edgeworth.

Paris: Duchesse de Broglie, Madame Recamier, Camille Jordan, Cuvier—Prony's anecdotes of Buonaparte—Visit to M. de Vindé's country-house—A visit to the Duke of Orleans at Neuilly—Duchesse d'Angoulême, Casimir Périer, Duchesse d'Uzès, Humboldt, Malthus—Journey through Switzerland: Dumont, M. de Staël.