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Hannah MoreThe First Victorian$
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Anne Stott

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199274888

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199274888.001.0001

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The Greeks and the Barbarians 1794–1798

The Greeks and the Barbarians 1794–1798

(p.152) Chapter 7 The Greeks and the Barbarians 1794–1798
Hannah More

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Hannah More believed that she had a mission to both the highest and lowest strata of society: the people she described as ‘the Greeks and the Barbarians’. She was friendly with the family of Elizabeth, duchess of Beaufort of Stoke Park near Bristol. In the mid-1790s she became friends with Horace Walpole's niece, Maria, duchess of Gloucester and her daughter, Laura, Lady Waldegrave, one of the ‘three Ladies Waldegrave’ painted by Joshua Reynolds. She played a substantial role in bringing the family to share her Evangelical faith. At the same time she continued to work among the Mendip poor. She gave particular encouragement to two groups of Sunday school teachers. Talented women were seen as ‘mothers in Israel’, with divine permission to exercise leadership roles. Some of the miners of Nailsea also became dedicated teachers, making Hannah More an unlikely agent of social mobility.

Keywords:   duchess of Beaufort, Stoke Park, duchess of Gloucester, Lady Waldegrave, three Ladies Waldegrave, mothers in Israel, miners, Nailsea

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