“My friend Mr. H. Walpole”: Mary Hamilton, Horace Walpole and the art of conversation.

Nataliia Voloshkova

Abstract


This article explores Horace Walpole’s connections with the Bluestocking community in the 1780s, focusing on his long-standing friendship with second-generation Bluestocking Mary Hamilton. Via a close examination of Hamilton’s diaries, correspondence, and manuscript volumes an attempt is made to reconstruct their friendship and to look at it through the eyes of a young woman. The manuscript material produced by Hamilton provides a glimpse into their interaction, communication network, shared interests, and activities. It is argued that Mary Hamilton’s friendship with Walpole formed within the metropolitan Bluestocking salons, and conversation was its driving force.


Keywords


Horace Walpole; Mary Hamilton; Elizabeth Vesey; Bluestockings; Strawberry Hill; manuscripts; conversation

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Online Magazine of the Visual Narrative - ISSN 1780-678X