Anne Lister of Shibden Hall

Just a short post to alert readers to another short post on Anne Lister:

http://smithandgosling.wordpress.com/2012/01/24/revealing-anne-lister-shibden-hall/

This was just a few thoughts after watching the BBC special Revealing Anne Lister.

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Visitors to Plas Newydd, Part II

Today we meet the visitors LOUIS SIMOND, ROBERT SOUTHEY, and MELESINA TRENCH.

Readers who look up the Hampshire Record Office’s cataloge to find “Melesina Trench” will find an AUSTEN connection…

Monsieur Simond tried to gain entry to Plas Newydd; I find the published account *fun* to read.

Mr Southey got the opposite treatment: a welcome!

Readers also get a peek at a letter, penned by the delightful Sarah Ponsonby, which was once for sale online. (See Melesina Trench’s “visit”, for she once spoke of Sarah’s “fairy penmanship”!)

Visitors to Plas Newydd, Part I

The Ladies of Llangollen were such an attraction that people visited from near and far. And even those who did not visit knew about them, wrote about them.

Here, in Part I, their early visitors {see side links} are introduced:

Lord Edward FitzGerald and Mr. William Ogilvie, Mr. Twining, the Countess of Upper Ossory. Anna Seward’s letters will have to be a later surprise, but her “page” is up. Then there is Thomas de Quincey, and Lord Byron.

More coming… Just wait for the knock at the door, then enter into the realm of the Ladies of Llangollen.

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