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Hannah More (1745–1833)

Author of Grace to the Humble

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About the Author

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Works by Hannah More

Grace to the Humble (2005) 39 copies
Two Wealthy Farmers (1996) 35 copies
Coelebs in Search of a Wife (1810) 33 copies
Religion of the Heart (1993) 12 copies
Tom White the Postboy (1983) 12 copies
Practical Piety (1811) 9 copies
Harvest Home (1996) 6 copies
The Fatal Falsehood (2011) 5 copies
Slavery, a Poem (2012) 3 copies
Percy A Tragedy (2010) 3 copies
Sacred dramas (1973) 3 copies
Works 1 copy
Poems 1 copy

Associated Works

Eighteenth Century Women Poets: An Oxford Anthology (1989) — Contributor — 118 copies
Poetry of Witness: The Tradition in English, 1500-2001 (2014) — Contributor — 41 copies
Eighteenth Century Women: An Anthology (1984) — Contributor — 23 copies
Nineteenth-Century Women Poets: An Oxford Anthology (1996) — Contributor — 22 copies


Common Knowledge

Other names
Chip, Will
Date of death
Burial location
All Saints' Church, Wrington, North Somerset, England
Stapleton, Gloucestershire, England, UK
Place of death
Clifton, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England, UK
Places of residence
London, England, UK
Wrington, Somerset, England
at home
Charlotte Elizabeth (friend)
Bluestocking Society
Short biography
Hannah More was educated by her father Jacob More, a teacher, and was noted for her knowledge of mathematics and several languages, including French, Italian, Spanish, and Latin. In 1773-74, she moved to London, where she wrote several extremely successful plays. She was a member of the literary and intellectual circle of women known as the bluestockings, and her works were much admired by Horace Walpole. Her best known poem "Bas Bleu" (1786) concerned her literary coterie. Hannah More later became a religious Evangelical and an abolitionist, and turned to producing moral tracts such as Village Politics by Will Chip (1793) and the series Cheap Repository Tracts (1795–1798).



R M McCheyne on “personal reformation“ I am persuaded that I shall obtain the highest amount of present happiness, I shall do most for God’s glory and the good of man, and I shall have the fullest reward in eternity, by maintaining a conscience always washed in Christ blood, by being filled with the Holy Spirit at all times, and by attaining the most entire likeness to Christ in mind, will, and heart, that it is possible for redeemed sinner to attain to in this world… Page 180ff
During the summer of 1842, he was exposed to several attacks of illness, experienced some severe personal trials, and felt the assaults of sore temptation. “I am myself much tempted, and have no hope, but as a worm on the arm of Jesus.“ Two weeks later he writes “I am now much better in body and mind, having a little of the presence of my beloved, who’s absence is death to me.“ Later, “I’ve been carried through deep waters, bodily and spiritual, since last we met.“ It was his own persuasion that few had more to struggle with in the inner man [than he?]. Who can tell what wars go on within? [He was invited to go preach somewhere, and he didn’t think he could, but a dear friend helped him, writing,] “I have a fellow feeling with you in your present infirmity, and you know for your consolation that another has, who is a brother indeed. In all our reflections, he is afflicted.… It is blessed to be like him in everything, even in suffering. There is a great want about all Christians who have not suffered.” [Robert agreed to go. He wrote back,] “Remember me especially, who am heavy laden often times. My heart is all of sin; but Jesus lives.”… “ I earnestly long for more grace and personal holiness, and more usefulness.“ 180-2 Spiritual warfare

301 Remember you are flesh—you will soon hear your last sermon. I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing, therefore choose life, that thou and thy seed may live. Deuteronomy 30: 19. Just think for a moment if God where to remove your teachers one by one—if he were to suffer the church of our covenanted fathers to fall before the hands of her enemies—if he were to suffer Popery again to spread its dark and deadly shade over the land, where would you be? You that despise the Sabbath, that care little for the preached word—you that have no prayer in your families, and seldom in your closets—you that are lovers of pleasure—you that wallow in sin? You would have your wish then—you would have your silent sabbaths indeed—no warning voice to cry after you—no praying people to pray for you—none to check you in your career of wickedness—none to beseech you not to perish. Learn from so small a circumstance as the absence of your stated minister what may be in store for you, and flee now from the wrath to come. “It may be, ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord's anger.” Zephaniah 2:3.
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keithhamblen | Jul 30, 2021 |
Contents of Vol 2:
Hints for forming the character of a young princess: p1-115
Christian Morals: p116-216
An Essay on the character and writings of St Paul p216-304
Celebs in search of a wife: p304-434
Moral Sketches or prevailing opinions and manners p434-512
The Spirit of Prayer p512-550 16 chapters
Essays on various subjects: p550-587
(The contents listing in the book is incomplete.)
Mapguy314 | Jan 27, 2021 |
I read this book as part of my research toward writing a YA novel set in Regency England. "Coelebs" was a big seller in its time -- Austen certainly read it -- but there's a reason it's more read about than read these days. I give it three stars because it did what it set out to do and I'm not sorry I read it. That said, if you've already read everything Austen wrote and you want something else authentically Regency, I would recommend grabbing something by Fanny Burney rather than Hannah More.

Technically, it's a novel. Really, it's Hannah More using characters to explain her beliefs about women's education and Christianity. I'm interested in both those topics, but even I felt my eyes glazing over now and then. I did like the bits that debated the importance of whether human souls are saved by grace or deeds. More thinks both are necessary. As someone raised Catholic and now a hopeless heathen, I had no problem with this, but apparently it was a rather shocking idea in 18th-century England.

Hannah More was a fascinating woman -- if there isn't a full-length biography of her yet, I'd love to write it someday. She was one of five daughters, and learned Latin and mathematics as part of her thorough education. This was unusual for girls at the time. They might learn French or Italian in order to sound elegant at parties (or to have under their belts in case they needed to become governesses), but Latin and Greek were generally reserved for boys. Hannah's father was a schoolmaster, and had no sons. He educated his daughters, and they all became educators as well.

Hannah taught for a time and from a young age, but she loved writing. She also fell very much in love with a man who eventually jilted her. Perhaps he was worried about her family pressing suit for breach of contract -- this really could happen in 18th-century England if a man broke off an engagement -- or perhaps he felt guilty about the nervous breakdown she had as a result of his being such a cad. At any rate, he gave her an annuity of 200 pounds a year, which was enough to allow her to give up teaching and dedicate herself to literary pursuits. (Which sounds like a good deal to *me.*)

Hannah More was a playwright, novelist, and moralist (I don't know how else to describe the fact that she wrote lots of books about how to be pious and good). She also felt strongly about educating women and the poor, and gave money and time to both pursuits. She lived a long and apparently happy life, and there's still at least one school named after her in England.
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Deborah_Markus | 1 other review | Aug 8, 2015 |

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