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


in Aaron Hill

Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780198183884
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191714122 | DOI:
‘Essex Man’: Richardson and the Hill Family, 1738–1750

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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

Chapter.  17436 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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