In Mary’s Footsteps

October 22, 2009 at 11:28 pm (a day in the life, estates) (, , , )

Have spent the evening looking up various things: the Currie family, the doll house of Bertram Wodehouse Currie’s boys (more on that later!), the Seymours of Kinwarton, and always trying to find something new on the Goslings…

I keep looking for new pictures – remembering some early photographs of GROVE HOUSE that Roehampton University used to have online and are now long gone. (Makes you learn to SAVE pictures to your hard drive!) I found these, which put me quite ‘in the picture’.

Visiting The Vyne (in Hampshire), I could imagine Eliza Gosling (Mary’s mother) arm-in-arm with Eliza Chute, or my two girls — Mary and Emma — running up the stairs. But Roehampton Grove was Mary’s home – she went there when she was ill in the months before her death; her girlhood diaries always have the family leaving on trips from Roehampton, for this is how I first met her: “We left Roehampton on Monday the 27th of August, at eleven o’clock our party consisting of Papa, Mamma, my Sister, and myself: we went with our own horses to Salt hill, a distance of 19 miles.” GroveHouse_room3b

<<< Mary seems especially alive in such an evocative setting








And surely this was the domain of William, her father >>>


There is a Wedding ‘show’ being held at the estate on 22 November 2009 — oh, to be able to go there! It’s free! If anyone goes and has eyes for something OTHER than wedding bits and pieces, do tell me about it (or better yet send pictures!).

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Portland AGM

October 20, 2009 at 8:18 pm (entertainment) ()

logoFor the *few* who might be interested: I enclose here my proposal for the next Annual General Meeting of JASNA. Never thought to stress the *mayhem* of a young girl’s first “season”…

Augusta deserves to have her tale told, but I’m not holding my breath that it gets accepted. (AGM2010_McDonald)

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A Swiss Journey

October 17, 2009 at 12:28 pm (books) (, , , )

Having attended the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) last weekend, Thursday through Sunday, I came home with some fresh perspectives on Austen, a few new acquaintances, and a bag of books!

jas brotherOne of those I have been enjoying on this grey-with-sunny-intervals Saturday morning: Jane Austen’s Brother Abroad: The Grand Tour Journals of Edward Austen, edited by Jon Spence. Thanks to the AGM ’boutique’, Austen Books appeared as a vendor – and offered many books I knew of but was always too lazy to mail order (all that additional cost). That goes doubly for this book, which was published by JASA – the Jane Austen Society of Australia.

There was an excerpt online, but JASA’s website seems to be having some problems: I can’t manage to get off their homepage!

Few who study Jane Austen solely for herself or her novels will be intrigued about this slim volume; but those with an interest in diaries — especially travel diaries, will be enchanted by the pictures drawn of two parts of a grand Grand Tour; Edward Austen Knight spent nearly four years on the Continent! One journal is owned by the Hampshire Record Office; the other by Yale University. I will have more to say of this book at a later date — and maybe by then I can find or scan a copy of the cover.

[next day] Scanned in this lovely cover and here it is…

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