Hester Chapone

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Hester Chapone (Mulso) (27 October 1727, Twywell, Northamptonshire – 1801), writer of conduct books for women, was the daughter of a gentleman of Northamptonshire. She was married to a solicitor and quickly widowed, after which she took up a career as a writer. Self-educated, she was one of the learned ladies or Bluestockings who gathered around Elizabeth Montagu, and was the author of Letters on the Improvement of the Mind and Miscellanies.


  • If you consider that the constant tenor of the gospel precepts is to promote love, peace, and good-will amongst men, you will not doubt that the cultivation of an amiable disposition is a great part of your religious duty; since nothing leads more directly to the breach of charity, and to the injury and molestation of our fellow-creatures than the indulgence of an ill- temper.
    • Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 363.

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