Martha Blount

(1690—1762) Roman Catholic gentlewoman

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(1690–1762), and her sister Teresa (b.1688), were close friends of Pope, who met them c. 1705. Later he addressed his attentions more to Martha, who was rumoured to be his mistress. He dedicated his Epistle…on the Characters of Women (Moral Essays) to Martha, and (almost certainly) ‘To a Young Lady with the Works of Voiture’; ‘To the Same on her Leaving the Town after the Coronation’ was probably addressed to Teresa.

From The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature in Oxford Reference.

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