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Aaron HillThe Muses' Projector, 1685-1750$
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Christine Gerrard

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198183884

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183884.001.0001

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‘Essex Man’: Richardson and the Hill Family, 1738–1750

‘Essex Man’: Richardson and the Hill Family, 1738–1750

(p.194) 9 ‘Essex Man’: Richardson and the Hill Family, 1738–1750
Aaron Hill


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This chapter discusses Aaron Hill's years as an Essex man from 1738 to 1750. By the end of 1738, he had found a cheaper, rural property which he considered suitable for himself and his two younger daughters, Astrea and Minerva. Plaistow, now an unleafy London suburb, was in Hill's time a rural village, a day's coach journey to Westminster along rough and muddy roads. Hill presumably chose Plaistow through his in-laws associations with the region. He and his daughters initially relished the peace and quiet of Hyde House, but later were faced with the negative impact of the place on their health, as they were struck down with ague. The social isolation the Hills had to cope with may have been almost worse than the illness. All of Hill's relationships during the Plaistow years were overshadowed by his friendship with Richardson.

Keywords:   Aaron Hill, Astrea, Minerva, Plaistow, Westminster, Richardson

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