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Written by JulieW
(12/2/2006 11:48 a.m.)
My journey was safe and not unplesant;-I spent an hour in Andover of which Messers Painter and Redding had the larger part;-twenty minutes however fell to the lot of Mrs Poore and her mother,whom I was glad to see in good looks and spirits-The latter asked me more questions than I ahd very well time to asnwer; the former I believe is very big, but I am by no means certain;- she is either very big, or not at all big, I forgot to be accurate in my observation at the time 7 tho' my thouhgs are now more about me on the subject, the power of exercising them to any effect is much diminished.
The two youngest boys were only at home ; I mounted the highly extolled Staircase & went into the elegant Drawing Room, which I fancy is now Mrs Harrisons apartment- and in short did everything that extraordinary Abilities can be suppoded to compass in so short a space of time.
It seems JA while travellling to Ibthorpe via Andover( on her own it would appear-horrors!) she stopped of shop at Thomas Painters shop- a haberdashery, and at Grace Reddings shop-a linen drapers, and then to pay a visit of courtesy at the Poores in Andover.
Here is a picture of the house JA visited which was owned by the Poore family: it is now the Andover Museum.
Mr Poore seems to have been an interesting character. Philip-Henry poore ws a suregoen, apothecary and nman-midwife.he was Littleton eanr Winchester,but moved to Andover and in addittion to having his medical practise, also became a Capital burgess of the Coproration of Andover. This meant he was a member of the ruling corproation of the town; so eh ws a fellow of soem standing.
Interestingly, JA's courtesy visit was limited to the regulation 20 minutes...and she seemed very rushed in all the courtesies, running up and downstaris taht she ahd to gfit in during that time! LOL
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