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Pennington, Penelope
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Penelope Pennington Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box
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  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


Consists of selected letters and manuscripts of Penelope Pennington, who was part of the social and literary women's group that was centered around the English diarist and patron of the arts Hester Lynch Thrale Piozzii (1741-1821).

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of thirty-one letters by Mrs. Pennington, mostly to her younger friend Maria Brown, whose relationship to Mrs. Pennington somewhat paralleled that of Mrs. Pennington to Mrs. Piozzi (Hester Lynch Thrale Piozzi); the autograph manuscript of Mrs. Pennington's poem "The Copper Farthing"; and over 200 pages of material, mostly in Mrs. Pennington's hand, largely copies of poems by her friends and literary quotations which apparently served the purpose of a commonplace book. The gossipy letters comment on politics, criticize books just read, and complain about bad health--not unlike letters of Mrs. Piozzi. Specific topics include the deaths of Maria Siddons and Mrs. Piozzi, Byron's poetry, and the peace of 1814.

Collection Creator Biography:

Pennington, Penelope

Penelope Pennington was a friend and correspondent of Hester Lynch Thrale Piozzi, Mrs. Siddons, and Anna Seward.

Collection History


Three gifts: two from Robert F. Metzdorf in 1958 and 1961 and one from Mrs. Knight Woolley in 1958. Additional purchase in 1969.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Lauren Hoffman in May 2012. Finding aid written by Lauren Hoffman in May 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Penelope Pennington Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1