Selections from the Diary of

Jane Attwater (1753-1843)

The primary remains of Jane Attwater’s diary can be found in the Attwater Papers, acc. 76, I.A.1-29, Angus Library, Regent's Park College, Oxford; one important section of her diary from 1809 (this appears to have been a separate part of her diay and deliberately kept separate) can be found in the Reeves Collection, Box 19/1, Bodleian Library, Oxford. For a biographical summary of Attwater's life, click here. For selections from her poetry, click here; for her hymns, click here; for her letters, click here; for selections from her diary, click here and here; for selections from her prose meditations and reflections, click here and here; for two of her informal religious discourses, click here and here.

For a more complete account of her life, along with an annotated text of her surviving letters, poetry, prose writings, and a substantial selection from her diary, fully annotated, see Timothy Whelan, Nonconformist Women Writers, 1720-1840 (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2011), vol. 4, pp. 191-213; vol. 8, pp. 117-306. For a critical assessment of her life and work, see the chapter on Attwater in Timothy Whelan, Other British Voices: Women, Poetry, and Religion, 1766-1840 (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), pp. 127-53. Non-annotated selections from 1773 can be found in Attwater Papers, Angus Library, acc. 76, I.A.2; 1774 in I.A.3; 1775 in I.A.4; 1776 in I.A.6; and the 1809 selection in the Reeves Collection, Bodleian Library, Box 19.1. These selections can also be found in Whelan, Nonconformist Women Writers, vol. 8, pp. 204-30; 266-302.

For an overview of Attwater's diary during the course of her long life and a discussion of its primary characteristics, see Eloise Quinn-Valentine's essay below, “The Diaries of Jane Attwater [Blatch] (1753–1843).”