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9.30.2016

First Line Friday - Cecilia by Frances Burney

On this rainy Friday and was thinking about how I would like to stay curled up with my tea and a book. This got me thinking about how Jane might have spent a rainy afternoon. I found this article from the BBC that lists some of the books that Jane would have been reading. I decided on Cecilia by Frances Burney.

About the book from Wikipedia:
Cecilia, subtitled Memoirs of an Heiress, is the second novel by English author Frances Burney, set in 1779 and published in 1782. The novel, about the trials and tribulations of a young upper class woman who must negotiate London society for the first time and who falls in love with a social superior, belongs to the genre of the novel of manners. A panoramic novel of eighteenth-century London, Cecilia was highly successful with at least 51 editions.

The first line:
"Peace to the spirits of my honoured parents, respected be their remains, and immortalized their virtues! may time, while it moulders their frail relicks to dust, commit to tradition the record of their goodness; and Oh, may their orphan-descendant be influenced through life by the remembrance of their purity, and be solaced in death, that by her it was unsullied!"

Project Gutenberg has the novel for you in a few formats for your reading pleasure. -
Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3

9.26.2016

Regency Man Monday - George Campbell, 6th Duke of Argyll

George William Campbell, 6th Duke of Argyll GCH, PC (22 September 1768 – 22 October 1839), styled Earl of Campbell from 1768 to 1770 and Marquess of Lorne from 1770 to 1806, was a Scottish Whig politician and nobleman.

I could find little about his work during the Regency but he's listed as being part of Priny's Set. So it could very well be that he did very little worth noting until his friend became king. But I did find one mention that he was a Counciler to the Prince of Wales from 1812-1820.

Further Reading:
George Campbell, 6th Duke of Argyll - Wikipedia
The London Gazette Publication date: 13 September 1833 Issue: 19084 Page: 1675
CAMPBELL, George William, Mq. of Lorne (1768-1839), of Inveraray Castle, Argyll. - History of Parliament Online

9.16.2016