Melasina Trench

Life
1768-1837, b. Dublin; née Chenevix; her son Richard [q.v.] edited her travel journals and letters as Remains (1862), compared to Walpole’s Letters. [DIW] PI DIB DIW ODNB

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Criticism
See Michael McCraith, ‘The Saga of James MacPherson’s Ossian’, in Linen Hall Review (Sept 1991), pp.5-9.

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References
D. J. O’Donoghue, Poets of Ireland (Dublin: Hodges Figgis 1912) , notes that her travel journals were edited by her son R. C. T., Archbishop of Dublin, as Remains (1862); also [anon.,] Campaspe and other poems (Southampton 1815), and [anon.,] Laura’s Dream (London 1816).

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Notes
Young Werther [of Goethe]: Michael McCraith quotes a letter from Melasine Trench in Paris to her husband in Ireland, 1804, ‘I regret the sensibility I wasted on Werther, as a girl, and shall never let it appear in my house now that I am the mother of a family ... [During youth I] shed torrents of tears over it, adopted its opinions, and laid the first stone of that false taste by which I was for many years subjugated.’

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