She was capable of equally strong feeling in other contexts, such as her passionate desire for success as a poet. Having written about this ambition to the literary historian Isaac D'Israeli
and the philosopher Dugald Stewart
In Edinburgh she met Professor Dugald Stewart
, his wife Helen
, and the writer Elizabeth Hamilton
, with whom she developed a friendship continued by correspondence.
Butler, Marilyn. Maria Edgeworth: A Literary Biography. Clarendon, 1972.