Martha Blount

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Martha Blount, the friend of Pope, is said to have died in a house in the Square in 1762. If this is true, which is somewhat doubtful, it is strange that the poet himself should have formerly lived within a stone's throw - as he, possibly in 1715, resided at No. 9 Berkeley Street on the eve of his departure for his better known residence at Twickenham. Here Jesse believed he may probably have penned his Farewell to London.

However, it is perhaps more likely that it was not in Berkeley Square, but in Berkeley Row, Hanover Square, that the friend of the poet breathed her last.

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