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57 Hester Lynch Salusbury Thrale Piozzi 1741-1821
Diaries
Manuscript, 4 volumes, 1789, 1815, 1816, 1820
Best known by the name Mrs. Thrale, Hester Piozzi was a close friend of Samuel Johnson, who lived and traveled with the Thrales much of the time in his later years. Mrs. Piozzi, a prolific bluestocking writer whose works include Anecdotes of the late Samuel Johnson...(1786), kept diaries over many years. Four of these, along with three written by her second husband, Gabriel Piozzi, are in the James Clifford Collection and are the only Piozzi diaries known to be in the United States. The entries for the week of July 3, 1815, are a typical reflection of Mrs. Piozzi's wide-ranging interests, including theater and world events: Edmund Kean's performance as Shylock and Napoleon's final abdication both appear in the entry on July 8; Monday's entry refers not to the weather but to Mrs. Piozzi's regular weekly analysis of her finances; "Laura" in the Sunday entry is the Laura Chapel in Bath, where Mrs. Piozzi regularly attended services.
Gift of James L. and Virginia Clifford

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