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By Sarah Hutton

Sarah Hutton units Anne Conway in her old and philosophical context during this highbrow biography of 1 of the first actual English girls philosophers. Hutton strains Conway's highbrow improvement with regards to acquaintances and co-workers, and files her curiosity in religion--which prolonged past Christian orthodoxy to Quakerism, Judaism and Islam. Her publication deals perception into the private lifetime of a really deepest lady, and the richness of seventeenth-century highbrow tradition.

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P. 71). The house at Portmore was demolished in the eighteenth century: all that remains are the ruined outer walls. 69 Anne Conway pursued philosophy in the privacy of her own home. The space she made for philosophy in her life was very much a private space. ’72 Her letters cover a range of subjects, including domestic matters. But household and even estate management are topics reserved for letters to her husband and Irish relatives. In two unpublished letters she writes of the difficulties of obtaining a lady’s maid who can speak French and do her hair.

69 70 71 On Margaret Cavendish, see chapter 5 below. Also Harris (1997) and Hutton (1997b and 1997d). Conway Letters, p. 53. By ‘secret’ she did not mean that others in her immediate circle should not know about it: for example, More often sends salutations to Lord Conway, and messages to others. 72 Ward, Life, p. 124. , p. 191. 73 At all times she exhibits modesty to the point of self-deprecation. 74 The Anne Conway described by both herself and her correspondent conforms to the stereotype of the good woman: modest, pious, self-effacing, self-censoring, eschewing the public domain in favour of the private.

Instead, she insists she cannot do that, even if this has to be interpreted as the weak woman’s excuse. Her reply to More highlights the limitations of formal comforting. It bespeaks the reaches of experience that social categories and rational discourse do not penetrate: an inarticulate realm of immediate emotion (‘unreasonable and unmeasurable affection’ in More’s phrase, ‘thoughts so undigested and confused’ in Lady Conway’s) that cannot be easily tidied into a rational moral order; the reactions of a mother which a childless bachelor don, for all his good intentions, cannot share.

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