2013: Two Poems @ Bonhams

poem Lady Eleanor

A mystery ‘CH’ affirms that the poem was written by Lady Eleanor Butler of Llangollen. This, one of two poems (the other showing Sarah Ponsonby’s handwriting, though not of her composition), was sold at auction in 2013.

Here’s the catalogue description:

TWO AUTOGRAPH POEMS, one by Eleanor Charlotte Butler (1739-1829), the other written but apparently not composed by Sarah Ponsonby (1755-1832), both identified as being in their respective handwritings by ‘CH’, both being on very small, delicate and neat hands; Lady Butler’s poem ‘On the New Year’, 12 lines, beginning ‘Thus oft, when Youth has fled, when health decays…’, 1 page, small folio; Sarah Ponsonby’s poem, addressed to Diana, 36 lines in five stanzas, beginning ‘Since thou and the stars, my dear Goddess desire…’, inscribed ‘Written but no[t] composed by Miss Ponsonby of Llangollen’, 2 pages, small folio, the paper from the same stock, formerly pinned together

If anyone has information about what happened to these after the sale, or who “CH” turned out to be – do say!


An interesting, more recent, auction concerned articles in the library of Elizabeth Greenly (1771-1839) [see page 83 of the PDF]. She kept DIARIES from 1784  until before her death – though evidently “edited” them during her lifetime. Two volumes once owned by her came from the library of SARAH and ELEANOR!

Happy 2016!

It is New Year’s Day, 2016. Best wishes to all Ladies of Llangollen readers!

Looking for something totally different, I came across Michael Freeman’s site about Wales & Welsh Travellers. It’s a Wordpress blog (called sublimewales)!

early tourists_wales

I was especially happy to find the page entitled Women Tourists, which made me look up the book Fragments in Prose & Verse by Miss Elizabeth Smith [no relation to the Smiths of Suttons; at least I doubt it…]

elizabeth smith

Miss Smith, at the very least, documented a visit with the Ladies of Llangollen in 1796 (she was in the Llangollen neighborhood in 1798, but they did not stop there). I’ve quickly put in the two quotes on the PLAS NEWYDD TIMELINE(s) for those years.

One early volume (1809), in inimitable books.google fashion, had pages missing; but of an 1811 volume – in TWO volumes, I find copies of volume I (different version; 1824 edition) and will link the 1809 Memoir of Klopstock (vol. II), which I hope is intact. Henrietta Maria Bowdler is the editor. She gives a TANTALIZING picture of “letters that used to be” when writing that Miss Smith had written a letter about her visit to the Ladies (in 1796) which was destroyed. A great loss, indeed!

For readers interested in “historical” travel to Wales, your New Year’s Resolution MUST include some of the books and/or manuscripts noted on Michael’s website.

 

Brideoake discusses Ladies of Llangollen

her campus_brideoake

“Her Campus” an online newsletter of American University, where Fiona Brideoake is a professor of literature, features an interview about her work on the Ladies of Llangollen. She expects her book, “The Ladies of Llangollen: Desire, Interdetermacy, and the Legacies of Criticism“, to hit shelves in the spring of 2016.

butler-and-ponsonbyreview of her 2011 NYU talk

A Glimpse of Things to Come

A blog-reader has promised us an enticing new feature: a bit of a travelogue experience about moving in the steps of Sarah Ponsonby and Eleanor Butler, The Ladies of Llangollen. I wouldn’t at all be surprised if the “Lollies and Trollies” turn up too…

Steps in Plas Newydd grounds

 

Happy Day for Women’s History

Through the ‘about’ page I received a WONDERFUL email from Lisa Unger Baskin, regarding her collection — including a sizable amount of Ladies of Llangollen-related material! — going to Duke University’s David M. Rubinstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

The news (press release) can be read online at Duke Today (April 2015).

woolf desk

As one who uses primary materials, I find it exceptionally heartwarming to read a private collector’s feelings about “being delighted” over the prospect of “students, scholars, and the community” being enriched by access to these treasures.

I am hoping that Lisa herself will tell us about the *treasures* specific to the Ladies of Llangollen – in the meantime, you can read the Lisa Unger Baskin Collection overview here; and a short “teaser” about items relating to the Ladies. (You can explore the collection further by following the links on the right side, for instance – read about May Morris or Maria Sibylla Merian by clicking on the “artists” link.)

Women’s history, in general, is under Duke University’s Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History & Culture.  “The Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture in Duke’s Rubenstein Library acquires, preserves and makes available to a large population of researchers published and unpublished materials that reflect the public and private lives of women, past and present.”

NB: The Rubinstein Library is currently closed, 1 July through 23 August (2015). They open (August 24) in a newly-renovated space!

Further reasons for visiting Duke, since the Rubinstein also houses the travel diary of my Mary Gosling (one of Two Teens in the Time of Austen).

Thank you, Lisa Unger Baskin, for “sharing” your invaluable collection!

No Searching?!

Apologies for the seemingly inactive SEARCH bar – it is part of the theme (Koi); I’ve put up another search bar in the sidebar area. Unfortunately, that gives the appearance of TWO searches (UGLY!)

Will look into activating the original, or deleting it.

Patience! It works in Explorer – but not in Chrome. Most annoying…

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Oh, dear…

I’ve been VERY preocuppied lately, and see what happens: no new posts in MONTHS. But, rest assured, that doesn’t mean I’m not around!

Will get around to posting some further incidents in Michael’s wonderful “diggings” for anything and everything Ladies of Llangollen — which I have posted as “A Plas Newydd Timeline“.  We’ve comments about and “sightings” of Eleanor & Sarah from the 1780s through the late 1820s.

The BIBLIOGRAPHY has some links – most of which are working – to useful and unusual articles, book chapters, and such like. Links for some of the *major* pieces, like Harland, Hamilton, and Blackburne are most easily found by “hovering’ over the word bibliography in the menu at the top of the blog, or choosing from among the “pages” on the right side of the screen.

I’ve still a way to go with the Anna Seward Letters. Truly terrible, because I’ve got them all typed up, from when I had a website (before moving over to WordPress). It’s just a case of cutting/pasting/proofing (the last is where I really get bogged down).

There’s a LOT of information here – more to come – and more from anyone who cares to contribute is welcome!

When people are reading — and stats are showing me there IS an audience eager to read about The Ladies of Llangollen — and commenting, then I have to take the time to add more, don’t I. Keep me on my toes!

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