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Living an upper-class life in the eighteenth century, Frances Seymour, Countess of Hertford did not publish; her patronage activity was as important as her writing. But as well as letters, a fragmentary political journal, and commonplace-books, she wrote poems, some of which, circulating in manuscript, drifted into print in her lifetime, while a few achieved some notoriety. She claimed that she wrote for her own pleasure and found it easy to suppress any stirrings of ambition. Bibliographic Citation link.
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10 May 1699 Frances Thynne (later Countess of Hertford) was born, the elder of two daughters, most probably at her paternal grandfather's estate, Longleat in Wiltshire. Bibliographic Citation link.
1725 Two poems by Frances, Countess of Hertford, about Yarico, a native American woman brutally betrayed by her white English lover, appeared anonymously in A New Miscellany: Being a Collection of Pieces of Poetry. Bibliographic Citation link.
May 1738 Frances, Countess of Hertford's The Story of Inkle and Yarrico was handsomely published, with its companion piece, as "Attempted in Ver[s]es by The Right Hon. the Countess of ****." Bibliographic Citation link.
1742 An unperformed tragedy, Inkle and Yarico by the obscure Mrs Weddell (apparently based on Frances, Lady Hertford's poem of this title), was published in London. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
7 July 1754 Frances Seymour (formerly Countess of Hertford, now dowager Duchess of Somerset) died. Bibliographic Citation link.
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