Exciting Times

A short post today to mention some new material: A PLAS NEWYDD TIMELINE is now up to 1804. Michael has sent much more, so MORE TO COME.

anna-sewardThe Anna Seward Letters now has 1799 reposted. I’ve many more files from the ‘Swan’ as well. I don’t lack the will to post, only the time to do so.

Have been in email correspondence with Liz, who’s very interested in “The Lollies and the Trollies“, AKA Amelia Lolley and Charlotte Andrew. If readers can help with info, post here or contact me on the gmail account. Liz has news about Sarah Ponsonby’s school. Stay tuned…


Anna Seward, writing some letters

Anna Seward’s letters were published in the early 19th century; therefore, who knows what might have been removed…, edited out…, changed or otherwise lost.

I can’t say that I’ve come across the original letters — but then I’ve also never really looked for them! Are they destroyed? or in some university archive?? If you know, do let me know.

The first in the series, to the Rev Henry White of Lichfield, dated 7 Sept 1795, is found on Seward’s “visitor” page at present; the others from 1795 — totaling five letters, about or to the Ladies — are found under the new category: Correspondence & Correspondents.

Here is a nice write-up of Seward, at the Poetry Foundation’s website; they include some of her sonnets and poems. A lengthier biography is found at Chawton House Library’s website. Chawton House Library has become a depository for early Women’s Writings; they are worth exploring for writers other than Seward, too.

Lucas: A Swan and her Friends


Gotta love people whose expenses include the likes of the following caustic comments alongside the payments:

Carline’s man with cart full of disappointment


“[To] Old, dirty, ungrateful Lloyd


Halston gardener, with horrid melon


Ale from ‘Hand,’ not fit to be drank

In 1907 E.V. Lucas published a biography of The Lichfield Swan, Miss Seward — a great friend to the Ladies of Llangollen. (I will be posting letters to and from Miss Seward at a later date.) Towards the end of the book is this lengthy chapter on Sarah and Eleanor, copied here in full.

The Ladies had rather a love/hate relationship with the Hand Hotel — which is still extant in Llangollen.

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