Emilia Tennyson

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Not to be confused with Emily Tennyson.

Emilia Tennyson (1811–1887), known simply as Emily within her family, was a younger sister of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and the fiancée of Arthur Henry Hallam, for whom Tennyson's great poem, In Memoriam A.H.H., was written. Emilia met Hallam through her brother, and they were engaged in 1832. They were never to marry, as he died suddenly while traveling abroad in 1833. There was considerable concern for her wellbeing on the death of Arthur.

She later married Richard Jesse, then a Midshipman in the British Royal Navy; he rose to at least Captain. Their marriage came as a considerable shock to Jane Elton, Arthur's cousin. He probably died two years after her, in 1889.[1] Their eldest son was given the forenames Arthur Henry Hallam.

Tennyson is featured as a character in the story "Conjugial Angel" by A. S. Byatt in the book Angels and Insects.


  • Christopher Ricks, "Tennyson, Alfred, first Baron Tennyson (1809–1892)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [1]. Retrieved 19 December 2005.
  • Angels and Insects, by A. S. Byatt.
  1. ^ "Appendix" (PDF). Complete Letters. ohiostatepress.org. Retrieved 18 January 2010.