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Laetitia Matilda Hawkins (1759–1835)

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Laetitia Matilda Hawkins was born in London, England, the daughter of Sir John Hawkins, a lawyer and acquaintance and biographer of Samuel Johnson. He married Sidney Storer in 1753 and retired from the law to devote himself to writing and music after his wife received a large inheritance in the year of Laetitia's birth. When Laetitia was a baby, the family moved to Twickenham. Her father supervised her education and her reading as a child. She acted as her father's amanuensis and wrote her first novel, Constance (4 volumes, 1785), while still in her twenties. After a long hiatus, at age 53 she resumed writing novels, publishing at least four more, including The Count de Hoensdern; a German Tale and The Countess and Gertrude; Or, Modes of Discipline (1811). She never married and lived with her younger brother Harry, also a lawyer, in Twickenham for many years. She also wrote the two-volume Memoirs, Anecdotes, Facts, and Opinions, much of which was reprinted by Percy A. Scholes in his biography of her father.
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