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|Bath Newspaper for 1798 and 1799
Written by Jan
(4/11/2006 7:47 a.m.)
You can search transcripts of the Bath Chronicle for 1798 and 1799 and see what was actually happening in Bath at that time (no pics I'm afraid). If you go by Ellen Moody's calendar then you'll need to look at February and March 1798 for what was happening when Catherine was there.
In addition, you could look at June 1799 and see what was actually happening when Jane Austen was visiting and this visit may have set some of the background to NA as she was still writing the book during 1799. If you look at May 1799 under 'visitors' - you'll see on 23rd May, Mr and Mrs E Austen. This was Jane's brother Edward and Jane and her mother stayed with them in lodgings in Queen Square throughout June. Some letters to Cassandra are in the letters pages on this site.
My favourites are:
'nothing new in dress at court yesterday. Yellow dresses prevailed so much among the females they were nicknamed the Court Canaries.'
'magistrates crack down on illegal gambling of ladies of high rank & shameful practice of Sunday card parties - shameful effects on their domestics'
'artificial teeth & gum made of mineral paste, new discovery - price 2s & 2s 6d with coloured plates, made by M. Dubois de Chemant. Beware artificial teeth made of human teeth or animal substance.'
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