Plumptre of the Foundling Hospital

February 4, 2012 at 11:20 am (books, diaries, history, jane austen, people, research) (, , , , , , , , )

While reading Richard Seymour’s diaries this week, I couldn’t help but wonder about a certain “Mr Plumtree” whom he mentions on Sunday, the 19th of January 1834.

Such a familiar name — for Fanny Knight wrote Aunt Jane about her undecidedness about marrying (should he ask) a Mr Plumptre.¬† (This was also the story behind the TV show Miss Austen Regrets.) Was Richard’s spelling more phonetic than accurate?

Indeed! the two men are related! And even related to Sir Brooke Bridges. A Small World.

A search *finally* procured an essay on the Rev Henry-Scawen¬†Plumptre, minister of St Mary’s, Lambeth; and also evening preacher at the Foundling Hospital. The book — The Living Preachers’ Portrait Gallery — even had this illustrating his essay!

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