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6451 “Mrs. Elizabeth Robinson, daughter of [Matthew] Robinson, Esq. of Horton in Kent, (and of West Layton in the county of York, whose eldest son Matthew Robinson Morris succeeded to his English baronetage and Irish peerage of his cousin the late Lord Primate Rokeby) and wife of Edward Montagu, Esq. of Denton Hall, Northumberland, and Sandleford Priory, Berks, [son of Charles, fifth son of Edward, the first Earl of Sandwich.) Inheriting from nature a genius for literature, she had the good fortune to meet with an able director of her early studies in the celebrated Conyers Middleton, D. D. who was married to her grandmother [Sarah, daughter of Thomas Morris, Esq. and widow of Robert Drakes, Esq. of Cambridge,] with whom she lived. Under his tuition she acquired that learning, and formed that taste, which was so conspicuous throughout the whole of her subsequent life. Mrs. Montagu had early distinguished herself as an author, first, by three Dialogues of the Dead, published along with Lord Lyttleton’s; afterward by her classical and elegant “Essay on the Genius and Writings of Shakespeare;” in which she amply vindicated our great National Dramatist from the gross, illiberal, and ignorant abuse, thrown out against him by Voltaire. The elegance of her manners, the brilliancy of her wit, and the sprightliness of her conversation, attracted to her house those who were most distinguished by their learning, their taste, and reputation as literary characters.
This society of eminent friends, who met frequently at Mrs. Montagu’s for the sole purpose of conversation, differed in no respect from other parties, but that the company did not play at cards. It consisted originally of Mrs. M., Mrs. Vesey, Mrs. Boscawen, and Mrs. Carter, Lord Lyttleton, the Earl of Bath (better known as Mr. Pulteney), the Hon. Horace Walpole, the classical owner of Strawberry Hill, afterward Earl of Oxford, and Mr. Stillingfleet. The society came at last to contain a numerous assemblage of those most eminent for literature in London, of who visited it. Of these distinguished friends, Mrs. Vesey, though less known than Mrs. M. was also another centre of pleasing and rational society. Without attempting to shine herself, she had the happy secret of bringing forward talents of every kind, and of diffusing over the society the gentleness of her own character. She was the daughter of [Sir Thomas Vesey, Bart. Bishop of Ossory, father of Lord Knapton, and grandfather of Lord Viscount De Vesey,] and wife of Agmendesham Vesey, Esq. a gentleman of Ireland, who in his earlier years had been the friend of Swift. Mrs. Boscawen was the [daughter of Evelyn Glanville, Esq. and ] widow of the gallant admiral of that name, a woman of great talents, and, though unknown to the literary world, acceptable to every society by the strength of her understanding, the poignancy of her humour, and the brilliancy of her wit. She died [25 Feb.] 1805, at the advanced age of 86. Mrs. Carter, the learned translator of Epictetus, and the author of a volume of poems of very considerable merit, is now the only original surviving member, at the age of nearly 90. But the gentleman to whom this constellation of talents owed that whimsical appellation, the “Bas bleu,” was Mr. Stillingfleet, a man of great piety and worth, the author of some works in natural history, and some poetical pieces in “Dodsley’s Collection.” Mr. Stillingfleet, being somewhat of a humourist in his habits and manners, and a little negligent in his dress, literally wore grey stockings, from which circumstance Admiral Boscawen used, by way of pleasantry, to call them the ‘Blue Stocking Society;” as if to indicate that, when these brilliant friends met, it was not for the purpose of forming a dressed assembly. A foreigner of distinction hearing the expression, translated it literally “Bas bleu,” by which these meetings came to be afterward distinguished 
Robinson, Elizabeth (I16883)
 
6452 •Name: Beverly Ann OWENS
•Sex: F
•Birth: 11 JUL 1947
•Death: 6 AUG 2007 in Jefferson City, Cole, Missouri
•Burial: Cremated
•Note: NICHOLS Beverly Ann Nichols, 60, of Jefferson City, passed away August 6, 2007, at Capital Region Medical Center. Beverly was born July 11, 1947, to Wilfred and Dorothy (Peanick) Owens.Beverly is survived by her mother of Ellington, Mo.; three sons, Scott Owens of Jefferson City, Albert Meidel of Oklahoma, and Joseph Meidel of Texas; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A memorial gathering of friends and family will be held at the Portland Community Center, Portland, Mo., from 1p.m. - 4 p.m. August 18, 2007.[Jefferson City News Tribune; 16 Aug 2007] 
Owens, Beverly Ann (I27289)
 

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