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Two Teens in the Time of Austen · 1W ago

Dining with Jane Austen

A few evenings ago, I attended a “delicious” lecture, sponsored by the Vermont Chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA). Julienne Gehrer has created, in photos and text, “...
Two Teens in the Time of Austen · 2W ago

Garden Rescue: Westbury Court

This morning I was “waxing nostalgic”: I had pulled out some original Smith & Gosling documents. One *find* was “the last letter” Mrs. Eliza Colchester wrote to Aunt (Judith Smith of The Gro...
Two Teens in the Time of Austen · 4W ago

Jane Austen’s Transatlantic Sister

I just ordered a book I’ve waited several months for its publication (see what it is), and tonight I find another that “I can’t wait to read!” We all will have to wait until OCTOBER – by whi...
Two Teens in the Time of Austen · 1M ago

James Crump, Butler to Mr. Gosling

Yesterday I found a small “treasure” – a letter, written by James Crump, in which he claims the position of BUTLER in the Roehampton Grove household of Mr. William Gosling! The letter is dat...
Two Teens in the Time of Austen · 1M ago

Victoria & Thomas Sully

Yesterday I watched two episodes of the recent series VICTORIA, with Jenna Coleman in the title role. Episode 2 had a session of the Queen sitting to the portraitist Sir James Hayter (Guy Ol...
Two Teens in the Time of Austen · 1M ago

Eton Schoolboy writes home

Today may be the 4th of July, 2017 – but I have spent time at ETON in the early 1800s, reading letters home to Mamma. The writer is young RICHARD GOSLING, a cousin to my diarist Mary Gosling...
Two Teens in the Time of Austen · 1M ago

Goslings’ Bank Ledgers

Notice of a mid-May blog post by Barclays, the bank which (after an 1896 amalgamation with Goslings & Sharpe and several other banks) today is still doing business at the Fleet Street, Londo...
Two Teens in the Time of Austen · 1M ago

Mrs. Leigh Perrot’s Scarlets for Sale

You, too, could inhabit the world of Jane Austen: her aunt’s house is For Sale: This is how the house looks on SAVILLS’ website.  Note that the property includes: 4 reception rooms master be...
Two Teens in the Time of Austen · 2M ago

Lucy Worsley’s Jane Austen

Jane Austen (Gwendolen Chatfield) invites visitors “Behind Closed Doors” in a charming presentation by Lucy Worsley. Nice to step through the door at places like Godmersham Park or envision ...
Two Teens in the Time of Austen · 2M ago

1853: Enclosures & Chobham Park

“Enclosures” – a word embedded with thoughts of public access vs private ownership; “the people” vs “the wealthy”; court cases and even Jane Austen novels come into play. But to see a recent...