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Written by JulieW
(9/17/2007 5:24 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Letter 30: Bones bleaching in the Sun, penned by Line
The Laurel familywere neighbours of JA's cousin ,Mrs Cooke,who lived at Great Bookham in Surrey. Mrs Lauel is going to marry a Mr Hinchman.
As Le Fayes states in the notes to this letter:
JA goes on to joke delibreately confusing this Mr H with a maternal couisn of Mary Lloys' a Mr John Hinx-, Hinch- or Henchman who lived in Glouscestershire
JA could have maent that he may have been feared missing on Wantage Downs( hills) or alternatively, he was left swinging on a gibet as a convicted criminal. Gibbets, a type of gallows with one arm,where criminals were hung and left after death without burial,to serve as a warnign to the rest of the populace,and for the birds to pick the flesh from their bones, which then presumably bleached in the sun,were a common sight in Georgian England.
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