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|Letter 73 (Brabourne 58)
Written by Myretta
(8/23/2011 9:37 a.m.)
Le Faye states that there are letters missing between #72 (April 30) and #73 (May 29). This makes sense. I can't see these sisters being separated for a month with no ocrrespondence.
Hamstall = Hamstall Ridware, home of the Coopers.
Gloucester House – probably in Weymouth Not sure if this Aunt and Uncle are the Leigh Perrots who, of course, lived in Bath.
Margaret Beckford and Col. Orde. Apparently an elopement. LeFaye says that Chapman was not able to trace newspaper scandal mentioned.
Some garden stuff:
Husband & Wife at Cowes are Francis & Mary Austen
Distress of the family mentioned in relation to Poor John Bridges: Marianne Bridges died April 12, 1811 and John Bridges was probably now seriously ill as he died on July 3 1812 after a 'most lingering illness.'
Ht B=Harriet Benn
Keeping Anna away from the Terrys. Anna Austen had engaged herself to Michael Terry during the winter of 1809-1810; the engagement and its termination had caused embarrassment to both Austens and Terrys
Mrs Harding and Mrs Toke sisters
"My name is Diana" presumably quoting Mrs. Harding
From LeFaye: The grounds of the house still known as 'Prowtings' adjoin those of the Cottage, but the approach road has been diverted in recent years. A rough hillock close to the old entrance gateway is probably the remains of this gravel-working.
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