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 when it comes to buddies and colleagues, and records her curiosity in religion--which prolonged past Christian orthodoxy to Quakerism, Judaism and Islam. Her publication deals perception into the non-public lifetime of a truly inner most girl, and the richness of seventeenth-century highbrow tradition.
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28 As a result, the Conways appear to have survived the interregnum with their English and Irish estates more or less intact. At the time of Edward’s marriage to Anne Finch, however, their financial future was still far from secure. Viscount Conway certainly had strong financial and political motives when negotiating the match: for the marriage alliance with the Finch clan linked the Conways to a family with good credentials in the House of Commons. 31 Although settling debts was a major concern for the Conways, there seems to have been more to the match than money.
On the contrary, her contact with them was very much an interchange. Not only was the impact each made on Anne Conway reciprocated by hers on each of them, but More’s letters make it clear that dialogue was at the centre of their philosophical activities. Letter writing, while a necessity given the geographical distances between them, was a written form of dialogue. Indeed their epistolary exchanges were conducted as a surrogate form of dialogue. In the ensuing chapters, I shall trace the course of Anne Conway’s intellectual life through these friendships.
36 Whatever his father’s intentions or his own ambitions might have been, the exigencies of the Civil War dictated that he became a soldier – of fate rather than of fortune. The deteriorating political situation at home resulted in his being abruptly recalled from France in 1642. He was despatched to Ulster to defend the family estates at Portmore during the Irish rebellion. , HA 14363. His father was educated at Queen’s College, Oxford, but there is no record of his son going there. This library was a casualty of the Irish rebellion of 1641.