Collection RC0674 - Charlotte Turner Smith collection

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Charlotte Turner Smith collection

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  • 1801-1803 (Creation)

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4 letters
1 print : mezzotint portrait of Smith

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Charlotte Turner, poet and novelist, was born in London on 4 May 1749. On 23 February 1765 she married Benjamin Smith. She turned to publishing her poetry after she and her husband were imprisoned for his debts. In 1788 he published her first novel, Emmeline, in four volumes. She was a mother of twelve; eight of her children were still alive when Charlotte Smith died on 28 October 1806 in Tilford, near Farnham, Surrey.

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The fonds consists of letters and a print portrait. Only one letter in the collection has an identified recipient, Samuel Rose.

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Three of the letters were purchased as a group at an unknown time. The fourth letter (07-1991) was purchased from Bernard Quaritch Ltd. in January 1991.


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