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Written by Elizabeth K
(4/21/2010 8:11 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, and the convenient distance  from London, penned by Stephanie
I think you are right, Stephanie. Mrs. Bennet appears to be referring solely to the distance. York was certainly not a horrible place or a place of punishment. It was a very pleasant place (and still is! I visit frequently) in Georgian times when it became known as "the social centre of the north" (from this link: Georgian history of York)
According to the online Regency Encyclopedia, the distance from Longbourn to York using a private coach is 140 miles and would take 4 days. So a visit from Longbourn to York and back would take 8 days in total!
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