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In Love on May 15, 2012 at 3:38 pm

It is always a pleasure to read new stories about Miss.Ponsonby and Miss.Butler

The Ladies of Llangollen

At the end of last week I received a wonderful biography (2007) of William Smith MP called Progress by Persuasion: the Life of William Smith, 1756-1835. HIGHLY recommended for its blend of the political, social and familial. The authors are Jenny Handley and Hazel Lake; I’ve been lucky to be in correspondence with Hazel recently. So I hope to talk more of this book.

William Smith knew oh-so-many familiar names; but the one I of course write about here are Sarah Ponsonby and Eleanor Butler!

Jenny and Hazel have included the diaries (few as there are in existence, alas) of Smith’s wife, Frances Coape. And it is during their travels that we catch glimpses of Eleanor & Sarah:

1784, September:

“Mon Set off to visit Llangollen at half past 8 – …

The vale of Llangollen  dined at Inn called the Hand patronised by Miss Butler and Miss…

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