Handwritten Letter from Hannah More to John Hatchard

By: Hannah More

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Ink on Paper


8.1 × 7.4 in. (20.8 × 18.8 cm)

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Not on View

Hannah More (1745–1833) was an English poet, playwright, religious writer, social reformer, and anti-slavery activist. More wrote poetry, plays, and tracts, which in her later years became more evangelical. In this letter, More writes to Mr. Hatchard, informing him that she “made it a point with Mr. Cadell to insert your name in the Title page of my little poem.” She states that she “thought it her duty . . . to do what little [she] could in honor of the holy scriptures.” Hatchard was a publisher, anti-slavery campaigner, and founder of Hatchard’s bookshop. Hatchard published some of More’s works, and his shop became a meeting place for the Clapham Sect. More’s letter states the Irish Secretary, Charles Grant, is in town, dating the letter to between 1818 and 1821.

Created on March 29 between the years 1818 and 1821 by Hannah More, England; Ownership assumed by John Hatchard, 187 Piccadilly, England.[1] Acquired by 2010 by Gene Albert (Christian Heritage Museum), Hagerstown, Maryland; Privately purchased in 2010 by Green Collection, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Donated in 2017 to National Christian Foundation (later The Signatry), under the curatorial care of Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

Notes: [1] Mr. Hatchard’s name and address appear on the letter.

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