Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Francis, Anne

FRANCIS, ANNE (1738–1800), authoress, daughter of the Rev. Daniel Gittins, rector of South Stoke, near Arundel, Sussex, was educated by her father in the classics and Hebrew, and became a competent scholar. She married the Rev. Robert Bransby Francis, rector of Edgefield, near Holt, Norfolk. She died on 7 Nov. 1800. She published: 1. ‘A Poetical Translation of the Song of Solomon from the original Hebrew, with a preliminary Discourse and Notes, historical and explanatory,’ 1781, 4to. 2. ‘The Obsequies of Demetrius Poliorcetes: a Poem,’ 1785, 4to. 3. ‘A Poetical Epistle from Charlotte to Werther,’ 1788, 4to. 4. ‘Miscellaneous Poems,’ 1790, 12mo.

[Dallaway's Western Sussex, ii. 193.]

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