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|Letter 74 (Brabourne 59)
Written by Myretta
(8/24/2011 9:42 a.m.)
The "Gaieties of Tuesday" which they plan to attend on Selbourne Common are Celebrations of George III's birthday (1738) on June 4
Very sorry for Mary (Cooke) who seems to be thwarted in love. The two curates with whom she may fall in love are Revd George Hanway Standert, Curate Little Bookham; Revd John Collinson Bissett, curate of Great Bookham>
"So many people killed": The Hampshire Telegraph of Monday May 27 reported a battle at Almeida a few days previously, with some casualties given; then on Monday, June 3 carried a special supplement 'London Gazette Extraordinary' with a full account of the battle, named Albuera by the Duke of Wellingion.
Mrs. H(annah). More's new publication is Practical Piety
A quickset hedge is a type of hedge created by planting live hazel or whitethorn (common hawthorn) cuttings directly into the earth. Once planted, these cuttings root and form new plants, creating a dense barrier. The technique is ancient, and the term quickset hedge is first recorded in 1484. The word quick in the name refers to the fact that the cuttings are living (as in "the quick and the dead"), and not to the speed at which the hedge grows, although it will establish quite rapidly. An alternative meaning of quickset hedging is any hedge formed of living plants or of living plants combined with a fence. The technique of quicksetting can also be used for vines, and many other shrubs and trees. (Wikipedia) This one was planted in Jan 28 1811 according to Edward Austen Knight's Chawton Estate Account Book.
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