Stephenie Woolterton

About me

I’m currently researching and writing my first book on the private life of William Pitt the Younger. My other work in progress is an historical fiction novel about Pitt’s tragic love affair with Eleanor Eden.

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Reverend Wilson's Seminary at Cheam School, Surrey

A c. 1780s pen and wash sketch (unknown artist) of Cheam School in SurreyA late 18th century sketch of Cheam School in Surrey records that Reverend Edward Wilson's famous pupil - The Right Hon. William Pitt (the younger) - was educated there. This is incorrect. Pitt was educated at home…

A (belated) 1774 Merry-Christmas message from William Pitt

William Pitt was not known for writing letters on time. Although not a regular correspondent, his letters are delightful, amusing, and self-deprecating. His belated 1774 Christmas message to his former tutor Edward Wilson is no exception. William's older sister Lady Hester had married Lord Mahon earlier in December 1774, and she…

'A Captivated Sailor': James Charles Pitt's childhood love poem

At the age of ten, James Charles Pitt (1761-1780), the youngest son of the Earl of Chatham, addressed a love poem to Lady Elizabeth Pratt (c. 1752-1826). She was a daughter of the first Lord Camden, and the two families were well-acquainted with one another. James was 10 at the…

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