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Hannah Underdown

(b. Unknown, Kent, England – d. Dec. 2, 1783, Shepherdswell, Dover, Kent )

Gender: F

Hannah Underdown (née Smith) was a friend of Elizabeth Carter’s mother and became one of Carter’s closest friends. She lived in Shepherdswell in Kent, about ten miles from Deal, and Carter often visited her. Her husband, John Underdown, on his death left as his sole heiress their daughter Frances, who in 1755 married Carter’s eldest brother John, but died at the age of 23 in July 1758. Hannah Underdown died in November or December 1783. Fifty-eight letters from Carter to Mrs Underdown, dated from March 1738 to April 1742, still exist in a private collection, and a selection of these has been published (Gwen Hampshire, ed., Elizabeth Carter, 1717-1806, An Edition of Some Unpublished Letters, Newark, University of Delaware Press, 2005).

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