Please do! :-)
Posted by Caroline on June 03, 1998 at 11:52:31:
In response to Regency Companion, written by P. Bingham on June 01, 1998 at 04:08:12
Patricia, when you have the time, I'd love to see that info, especially since that particular book is very hard for me to track down,and I refuse to try anfd buy it wothout at least giving it the once-over first!
It also brings me to another point, which you have brought up. Historical accounts in diaries and letters, although very idiosyncratic, can be the the best source of information on this kind of thing. For example, when Gilbert White comments on the severity of temperatures and the amount of snow of December 1775, it gives a very good picture of the state of Hampshire at Austen's birth. All the scietific analysis, modeling and mapping of various weather phenomena back up his description, making it believeable (as if we wouldn't believe him anyway), but it rarely adds any extra information, I find. It's nice to know that the science backs up the history, but no-one should go away thinking that because this conversation is veering towards the technical(and that's partly my fault)that the diaries and notes and newspapaer comments of the times are a lesser source of information.
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