BirthGloucestershire; schoolmaster's daughter
VocationFirst play, The Search for Happiness
OrdealLast play written for stage; subsequently abandons playwriting
VocationFirst publication of The Cheap Repository
- by 1800
VocationEstablished twelve schools around Somerset area
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Hannah More was the fourth daughter of Jacob More, village schoolmaster of Lord Bottelourt’s foundation-school at Stapleton, and his wife; but this same daughter was destined to become world-famous, and to bring countless visitors into the neighbourhood of Bristol, both during her life and after her death. At eight years old we see little Hannah the happy possessor of a long-coveted "whole quire of writing-paper," which it had not needed much coaxing for her to obtain from her observant mother. Mrs Jacob More was one of Nature's gentlewomen, and though only a farmer's daughter, she was a person of vigorous intellect, who fully appreciated the value of education, and had made the most of her own rather narrow possibilities. Bearing in mind the efforts of her later years, it is interesting to notice that Hannah More's first attempts in religious literature were letters to imaginary people of depraved character and their replies thereto, full of contrition and promises of amendment!