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Margaret Hazlitt (1770-1841) was the daughter of the Rev. William Hazlitt and Grace Loftus Hazlitt. She was sister and middle sibling to her brothers, essayist William Hazlitt and artist John Hazlitt.

The Reverend William Hazlitt attended the University of Glasgow, but departed from the Presbyterian ministry to become a Unitarian minister. In 1783 Hazlitt took his family and sailed for America to begin a three-year stint of preaching Unitarianism from Maryland to Maine. Reverend Hazlitt founded the First Unitarian Church at Boston, but by 1786, Hazlitt returned to England to seek a home for his family. His eldest son, John Hazlitt, began painting portraits in miniature in Boston and became an accomplished artist upon return to England. Son William Hazlitt attended New College at Hackney to study divinity, but withdrew after a spell, feeling unfit for the ministry. He became well known as an English literary and social critic.

Moyne, Ernest J., ed.The Journal of Margaret Hazlitt: Recollections of England, Ireland, and America. Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 1967."William Hazlitt." Encyclopedia of World Biography, 2nd ed. reproduced in Biography Resource Center. (accessed October 2008).

Margaret Hazlitt's "Recollections" of her literary family, written for the instruction of her nephew William Hazlitt (1811-1893), cover the period 1737 to approximately 1812. She compiled information about her father William Hazlitt (1737-1820), and her brothers William Hazlitt (1778-1830) and John Hazlitt (1767-1837) from family papers and her own recollections, as well as those of her mother. The diary is of interest for its account of the origins and history of the Hazlitt family and its detailed description of the visit of the Reverend William Hazlitt and his family to North America from 1783 to 1787. Margaret Hazlitt's journal is the sole source of biographical material on the early years of her brother, the essayist and critic William Hazlitt, and a valuable record of conditions in the United States immediately after the American Revolution, particularly near Boston, where the family lived for a period.

This single bound volume is paginated irregularly: Margaret Hazlitt filled 185 pages of the volume, writing on the rectos of 141 pages. She then turned the book and wrote on the versos of 45 pages, but pages are mis-numbered throughout. Ernest J. Moyne transcribed and published this journal in its entirety in 1967.

Moyne, Ernest J., ed.

The Journal of Margaret Hazlitt: Recollections of England, Ireland, and America. Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 1967. University of Delaware. Library. Self works : diaries, scrapbooks, and other autobiographical efforts : catalog of an exhibition, August 19, 1997-December 18, 1997 : guide to selected sources. Newark, Del. : Special Collections, Hugh M. Morris Library, University of Delaware Library, 1997.

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2008 October 21
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Recollections, 1835 April 18-1838 October 27.
Box Item 0034
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1 volume

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