Let Her Speak for Herself: Nineteenth-Century Women Writing on the Women of Genesis

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§63 Mary Cornwallis
(1758–1836)

Mary Cornwallis was married to Rev. William Cornwallis, who served as the Anglican priest to the parish of Elham and Wittersham in Kent, England for more than fifty years.17 The Cornwallises had two daughters. The elder married James Trimmer, the son of author and educator Sarah Trimmer,18 but she died in 1803, shortly after giving birth to a son, James Cornwallis Trimmer, who died at the age of twelve. The younger daughter, Caroline Frances Cornwallis (1786–1858), became a well-known writer, scholar, feminist, and social advocate.19

Cornwallis wrote a four-volume commentary on the Bible, entitled Observations, Critical, Explanatory, and Practical on the Canonical Scriptures. This work was first published in 1817, and a second edition was published in

17 A sketch of Cornwallis's life is found in the introduction to her Observations, Critical,
Explanatory, and Practical on the Canonical Scriptures
(London: Baldwin, Cradock, & Joy,
1820).

18 See Trimmer's biography in part 2, "Sarah—The First Mother of Israel."

19 See the entry on Caroline Frances Cornwallis in The Oxford Dictionary of National
Biography.

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