2022 Launch of Volume and Lecture: The Literary Papers of the Reverend Jermyn Pratt (1723-1791)

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The Reverend Jermyn Pratt was a close friend of the poet Christopher Smart (1722-1771), who mentions Pratt and his sister Harriot in several of his poems, including the poem for which he is most famous, Jubilate Agno (1759-1763). But Jermyn Pratt was himself a highly idiosyncratic writer of comic and satirical literature. His often hilarious writings provide new insights into the distinctive literary culture in Norfolk and the ways the Anglican clergy participated in church and national politics. Pratt’s dramatic, poetic, and essayistic writings also complement the diary of James Woodforde (1740-1803), painting a vivid picture of the pressures and pleasures of parish life in rural Norfolk.

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Visit to Ryston Hall

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On Saturday 22 October, around 20 members and guests of the society visited Ryston Hall, near Downham Market, Norfolk, by kind invitation of Mrs Sarah Pratt the current custodian of the hall and estate. The visit was organised by the society in connection to our 2022 publication The Literary Papers…

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