13 June 1752 – 6 January 1840
British diarist, novelist and playwright, who survived a mastectomy without anaesthetic and left a graphic account of it.
O, we all acknowledge our faults now; 'tis the mode of the day; but the acknowledgement passes for current payment; and therefore we never amend them.
O! how short a time does it take to put an end to a woman's liberty!
Diary, 20 July 1768