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)!

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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…]

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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.

 

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Brideoake discusses Ladies of Llangollen

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“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

Where GHOSTS Walk

On the heels of a visit in the footsteps of the Ladies of Llangollen, and in honor of TODAY being HALLOWEEN, I invite readers to take ten minutes and read the chapter entitled

Where Ghosts Walk

which is part of Marion Hartand’s series “The Haunts of Familiar Characters in History and Literature“. The chapter included on this site, of course, is her take on Sarah Ponsonby and Eleanor Butler and Mary Carryl.

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Harland’s piece is one of many culled from various books. Click on any of the list (at right, or also above), but also check out the whole BIBLIOGRAPHY. This includes not only biographical items, but also has a section on TRAVEL. Enjoy!

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).

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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!

New Year Greetings

Michael in Wales spurred on some long-put-off updates on this site. So a BIG thank you, to him, for continuing to add to The Ladies of Llangollen.

Most years of A Plas Newydd Timeline have experienced some addition(s). The link will bring you to the main page; use the navigation along the top, to access the “years” — which now has a new page added: 1830s & Beyond.

1899-18384Michael pulled information from a book I found long ago and never did much with: The Early Married Life of Maria Josepha Lady Stanley. Yet, again, I find that books which were once found on books.google now have “late” reprint dates and are often inaccessible. For me, this book was one of the first that, seen in person at a library, I was thrilled to find online! So, now things come around: 8 or 9 years ago (!!) you could find certain books online which are now vanishing.

A favorite site, if less easily searched, is Archive.org – which seems to KEEP books once they have them. It’s there that you will find the two books which cover Lady Stanley’s girlhood and marriage.

Enough comments were pulled that I’ve created a “visitors” page for the family, though comments are usually from Lady Stanley (with one exception).

Best Wishes to ALL READERS for 2015!

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NB: _I_ still experience problems with the search – using Chrome (rather forced into it by WordPress NOT working properly in IE) the original “search,” part of the “theme” (ie, I cannot delete it), doesn’t work. Thus the TWO search windows. One or the other should work for you.

 

Ghostly “Knockings” at Plas Newydd

Reader LIZ, who is counting down the days until she’s standing on Llangollen terra firma, mentioned a YouTube video on paranormal sightings at Plas Newydd.

As any good investigator would do, I searched for the link myself!

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I must agree with Liz, as to the comical repetition in a show where the line “Did you hear that?’ occurs over and again (and, I must confess, with a new roof going on the house the day I watched, frankly, NO! I didn’t hear that…). But I also agree that it’s nice to be brought inside Plas Newydd!

Just in case links cause videos to get taken down, I won’t post a link to any one video (today I see two users offering the full 44-minute episode). but the photo (above) will start off those wishing to see more.

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