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During the last quarter of the eighteenth century Ann Jebb was an intellectual journalist and controversialist, publishing on both theological and political topics. Most of her printed writing is epistolary, and she also wrote letters then and early in the next century on political topics to various Reform-minded male friends.
9 November 1735 Ann Torkington (later AJ) was born at King's Rippon in Huntingdonshire, the eldest daughter in her family. Bibliographic Citation link.
24 March 1772 Addressing Samuel Hallifax in the London Chronicle, AJ (as 'Priscilla') told him, "invectives may harden the heart, but can never enlighten the understanding; no difficulty was ever solved by abuse." Bibliographic Citation link.
21 December 1783-24 March 1784 AJ's personal correspondence with John Cartwright (author of the Wilkesite Give us our Rights!, 1782) expresses her views on the party struggles and constitutional crisis of this period. Bibliographic Citation link.
2 November 1811 The latest letter of AJ's that Meadley printed, written ten weeks before her death, expresses continuing anguish over "this detestable war". Bibliographic Citation link.
20 January 1812 AJ died at her house in Half Moon Street, Piccadilly, London, after twenty years as an invalid. Bibliographic Citation link.
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