MARY HAYS CORRESPONDENCE, 

1820-1829



Eliza Fenwick's correspondence continues until near the end of this decade, at which time she was living and operating a rooming house in New York City prior to her removal to Upper Canada (what would soon become Toronto) and finally to Providence, Rhode Island, where she died in 1840. Hays's friendship with Smyth continued, as did her more important friendship with Crabb Robinson, though contact with Fenwick ends in 1828, most likely by Fenwick's own choice, for Hays and others would make efforts to find her into the mid-1830s but to no avail. Hays's life after 1820 was dominated by her family, including her sister, Elizabeth, who died in 1825, as well as Hays's numerous nieces and nephews and their large families. When not living with other women, she generally lived with her brothers, but always near her favorite nieces, Sarah Dunkin Wedd, Marianna Dunkin Bennett, Joanna Dunkin Palmer, and Elizabeth Dunkin Francis.  During her long residence in Vanbrugh Castle, Greenwich, a large residence which at that time housed a school run by a Mrs and Mrs Brown, her closest neighbors were her three favorite nieces, Sarah, Marianna, and Elizabeth, all of whom she had tutored in her home in Islington c. 1807-08. There are no letters from 1827 or 1829.


To view complete transcriptions of the letters from this decade, click on the appropriate year below:


1820                            1824


1821                            1825


1822                            1826


1823                            1828


               


Eliza Fenwick, Barbados, to Miss Hays, 1 Upper Cumming Street, Pentonville, 1 February 1820 [Fenwick’s birthday].

A. Smyth, 3 Montpeilier, Bath, to Mary Hays, 1 Upper Cumming St., Pentonville, 21 February 1820.

M. A. Starling, Marlborough Square, to Mary Hays, Upper Cumming Street, Pentonville, 24 April 1820.

Eliza Fenwick, Barbados, to Miss Hays, 1 Upper Cumming Street, Pentonville, 12 May 1820.

M. A. Hookham, Marlborough Square, to Mary Hays, Upper Cumming Street, Pentonville, 6 October [1820].

Eliza Fenwick, Barbados, to Mrs. M. Hays, 41 Cross Street, Islington, Sunday, 15 April 1821.

Eliza Fenwick, Barbados, to Miss Hays, ‘Favord by Lieunt Johnstone 21st Regiment’, 41 Cross Street, Islington, 31 July 1821.

Eliza Fenwick, Barbados, to Miss Hays, 11 [sic] Cross Street, Islington, 10 December 1821.

John Dunkin, Taplow Hall, Buckinghamshire, to Mary Hays, at Mrs. Hills, [Islington], 12 April 1822.

Mary Hays, 41 Cross Street, Islington, to a Miss Lydiard, Air Street, Piccadilly, London, Tuesday Noon [postmarked 7 oclock, 25 June 1822].

Eliza Fenwick, New Haven, Connecticut, to Mrs. M. Hays, 11 Cross Street, Islington, London, 2 September 1822.

Eliza Fenwick, State Street, New Haven, Connecticut, to Mrs. M. Hays, 11 Cross Street Vanburgh [sic] Castle, Blackheath, near London, 1 August 1823.

Eliza Fenwick, State Street, New Haven, Connecticut, to Mrs. M. Hays, Vanbrugh Castle, Maze Hill, Blackheath, near London, 24 March 1824.

Eliza Fenwick, State Street, New Haven, Connecticut, to Mrs. M. Hays, Vanbrugh Castle, Maze Hill, Greenwich, near London, 1 March 1825.

Eliza Fenwick, 663 Broadway, New York, to Mary Hays, Vanbrugh Castle, Maize Hill, Blackheath, 7 August 1825.

Eliza Fenwick, 643 Broadway, New York, to Mrs M. Hays, Vanburg [sic] Castle, Maze Hill, Blackheath, [no date, but note says letter arrived on Saturday, 15 July 1826].

Eliza Fenwick, 643 Broadway, New York, to Mrs M. Hays, Vanburg [sic] Castle, Maze Hill, Blackheath, 15 October 1826.

Eliza Fenwick, 11 Bond Street, New York, to Mrs. M. Hays, Vanburg Castle, Maze Hill, Blackheath, 15 April 1828.