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Written by JulieW
(10/26/2008 7:55 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, (L&T) Ch.17: Anne's old governess?, penned by Line
Anne had a governess who taught her (and the others ) at home before she went away to school, after her mother's death in 1800, when she was 13 years old . She was only at school three years, so must surely have been educated at home prior to this.
Anne is the type of girl who would IMHO keep in contact with her former governess by a correspondence, and would have done so even while she was at school , no doubt telling her of the kind Miss Hamilton , the older girl who helped her survive at boarding school while grieving.
I suppose an old governess might not be in the highest echelons of society in Bath, and may have met Ms Smith while taking treatments or via Nurse Rooke (who seems to have had a finger in many pies ).
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