‘The Lady of Longueville Clarke’: Maria Hart Myers (1794-1868) and her family

The occasion of my research into the life and connections of Maria Longueville Clarke, granddaughter of Naphtali Hart Myers, is the appear? ance of the latter’s son Dr Joseph Hart Myers (1758-1823) as the dedicatee of Haim Bolaffey’s ‘Easy Grammar’ of 1820,1 and from this the fact that Dr Myers’s daughter Maria appears also as a subscriber to this work in a list (of more than two hundred names) that includes the name of her future husband Loftus Longueville Tottenham Clarke, MA, FRS, Barrister of Lincoln’s Inn (1795?1863). This was published as my presidential lecture to the Jewish Historical Society of England (JHSE) in 2005.2 I have since delivered a further interim lecture to the JHSE on this subject whose content is extensive and still in progress, encompassing as it does the careers of her father-in-law, the Reverend Dr Thomas Brooke Clarke (i757?-i833) and of his son, her husband Longueville

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