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Penelope Pennington Collection

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Pennington, Penelope

Penelope Pennington was a friend and correspondent of Hester Lynch Thrale Piozzi, Mrs. Siddons, and Anna Seward.

The collection consists of thirty-one letters by Mrs. Pennington, mostly to her younger friend Maria Brown, whose relationship to Mrs. Pennington somewhat paralleled that of Mrs. Pennington to Mrs. Piozzi (Hester Lynch Thrale Piozzi); the autograph manuscript of Mrs. Pennington's poem "The Copper Farthing"; and over 200 pages of material, mostly in Mrs. Pennington's hand, largely copies of poems by her friends and literary quotations which apparently served the purpose of a commonplace book. The gossipy letters comment on politics, criticize books just read, and complain about bad health--not unlike letters of Mrs. Piozzi. Specific topics include the deaths of Maria Siddons and Mrs. Piozzi, Byron's poetry, and the peace of 1814.

Three gifts: two from Robert F. Metzdorf in 1958 and 1961 and one from Mrs. Knight Woolley in 1958. Additional purchase in 1969.

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This collection was processed by Lauren Hoffman in May 2012. Finding aid written by Lauren Hoffman in May 2012.

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Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Author
Lauren Hoffman
Finding Aid Date
2008
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Collection Inventory

Letters to Maria Brown and Others, 1798-1814, 1798-1814. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Contains 5 AMs letters.

Physical Description

1 folder

Letters to Maria Brown and Others, 1817-1821, 1817-1821. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Contains 14 AMs letters.

Physical Description

1 folder

Letters to Maria Brown and Others, 1822-1827, 1822-1827. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Contains 12 AMs letters.

Physical Description

1 folder

AMs, "The Copper Farthing," a poem, 7 p., undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

AMs from Commonplace Books, 1744-1789, 1744-1789. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

AMs from Commonplace Books, Undated (1), undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

AMs from Commonplace Books, Undated (2), undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

AMs from Commonplace Books, Undated (3), undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

AMs from Commonplace Books, Undated (4), undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Thorpe, James: Writings about Penelope Pennington, 1960. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Essay about Pennington is from The Princeton University Library Chronicle.

Physical Description

1 folder

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