The World of Mary O'Connell: 1778-1836

The World of Mary O'Connell: 1778-1836

by Erin I. Bishop
     
 

In 1800 Daniel O'Connell, a young Kerry barrister who had just made his first forays into national politics, began a clandestine correspondence with his distant cousin Mary O'Connell of Tralee. Two years later Daniel secretly married the dowerless Mary in Dublin, jeopardizing his inheritance and forging a bond that would last until Mary's death in 1836. Husband and… See more details below

Overview

In 1800 Daniel O'Connell, a young Kerry barrister who had just made his first forays into national politics, began a clandestine correspondence with his distant cousin Mary O'Connell of Tralee. Two years later Daniel secretly married the dowerless Mary in Dublin, jeopardizing his inheritance and forging a bond that would last until Mary's death in 1836. Husband and wife corresponded voluminously from the beginning of their courtship until Mary's death, and over a thousand letters between them have survived.. "The World of Mary O'Connell, based on close examination of these letters and of Mary's correspondence with other family members and friends, is more than a portrait of the Liberator's wife. Through the life and letters of Mary O'Connell, Erin Bishop has produced a study of social and domestic life in Ireland in the early nineteenth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781901866193
Publisher:
Lilliput Press, Limited, The
Publication date:
10/15/1999
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.17(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Mary O'Connell9
2'partner of my soul': Love and Marriage31
3'angel mother': Motherhood58
4'regulating matters': Domesticity88
5'all our friends': Correspondence and Kin108
6'a most treacherous complaint': Sickness and Health127
7'a pattern of piety': Religion148
Afterword169
Notes171
Bibliography201
Index209

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