Harland: Where Ghosts Walk

II

THE LADIES OF LLANGOLLEN

In a locked drawer of my library is an old manuscript book bound in soft calfskin, the hall-mark of the “Edition de Luxe” of the eighteenth century. The pages, sallowed by the century-and-a-quarter that have made them tender to the touch, are covered with characters, small, but as clear as copperplate and distinct, although faded to a leaf-brown. One hundred and fifty letters, carefully numbered, were here transcribed by the man who wrote the originals to a woman whom he knew from her girlhood. He married her sister. Through the stilted platonics of the numbered epistles, it is plain to this one of his correspondent’s descendants that he should have wedded the younger of the two girls. …
 
So begins the “history” of the Ladies as written by Marion Harland. To read the entire entry, click here
 
 

THE LADIES OF LLANGOLLEN IN THEIR LIBRARY
From a photograph by Valentine 

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