Hannah More and Ann Cromartie Yearsley

After battling destitution in the winter of 1783-84—her family salvaged from veritable starvation—Yearsley came to the attention of the affluent Hannah More and other members of the ’Bluestocking’ circle, who enabled Poems on Several Occasions to be published by subscription. A public wrangle over control and income bore a permanent rift in Yearsley’s relationship with her patron. Hereafter, Yearsley would produce her subsequent works independently.