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Guide to the Helen Maria Williams Letters, 1820 and undated

Summary

Helen Maria Williams was a British novelist, poet, and translator of French-language works. Collection comprises four letters written by Helen Maria Williams, two to her nephew, Athanase Laurent Charles Coquerel, one to Mrs. [Joel?]Barlow, and one to an unidentified recipient. One letter contains the date 1820; the other letters are undated. Topics in the letters include Coquerel's position, her income, the health and situation of friends and family members, an unnamed woman she wishes to avoid, along with the imprisonment of James Wol[l]stonecraft and Thomas Payne's [Paine's] efforts on his behalf. Three letters are accompanied by partial or full transcription.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11571
Title
Helen Maria Williams letters
Extent
0.1 Linear Feet, 7 items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Collection comprises four letters written by Helen Maria Williams, two to her nephew, Athanase Laurent Charles Coquerel, one to Mrs. [Joel?]Barlow, and one to an unidentified recipient. One letter contains the date 1820; the other letters are undated. Topics in the letters include Coquerel's position, her income, the health and situation of friends and family members, an unnamed woman she wishes to avoid, along with the imprisonment of James Wol[l]stonecraft and Thomas Payne's [Paine's] efforts on his behalf. Three letters are accompanied by partial or full transcription.

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[Identification of item], Helen Maria Williams Letters, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Helen Maria Williams to Athanase Laurent Charles Coquerel, 1820 July 8

Letter topics include Coquerel's family and position, and the health and situation of other family members. Partial transcript included.

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Helen Maria Williams to Athanase Laurent Charles Coquerel, March 16, undated

Topics of letter include Coquerel's position, the possibility of her coming to live with him, her income, and the health of other family members.

Folder 1
Helen Maria Williams to Mrs. [Joel] Barlow, undated

Topic is mainly the the imprisonment of James Wol[l]stonecraft and Thomas Payne's [Paine's] efforts on his behalf. Full transcript provided.

Folder 1
Helen Maria Williams to unidentified recipient, undated

Topics include the health of the recipient, and Williams' desire to meet with her, except for the possibility of also meeting an unnamed woman she wishes to avoid. Partial transcription included.

Folder 1
 

Historical Note

Helen Maria Williams was a British novelist, poet, and translator of French-language works. A religious dissenter, she was a supporter of abolitionism and of the ideals of the French Revolution; she was imprisoned in Paris during the Reign of Terror, but nonetheless spent much of the rest of her life in France.


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Provenance

The Helen Maria Williams Letters were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by Alice L. Poffinberger, January, 2018

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2015-0050-LUBMSS511, 2015-0050-LUBMSS512, 2015-0050-LUBMSS513, 2015-0050-LUBMSS514