Posted by: Kirk | January 24, 2022

1/24 Week in review….

Diana ShandJane Austen daily

20h  · Martha Lloyd who was born in 1765, died #OTD in 1843, 24 January.She was Jane Austen’s dearest friend after her sister Cassandra, and is now known also as a collector of recipes.The Lloyd family had much in common with the Austens and from an early time, visits between the two families were frequent. Though no one knows quite how they met, the Austens and Lloyds shared many mutual friends and when the Reverend Lloyd died in 1789, his widow and her two oldest, single daughters were happy to move into the unused Deane parsonage, a mile and a half from Steventon, offered by Reverend Austen.After three years (1792), when Jane Austen’s brother, James, married and assumed the parish of Deane, it was necessary for the Lloyds to move, this time to a home in Hurstbourne, called Ibthorpe. Though only 15 miles (24 km) from Steventon, this separation must have seemed cruel to Jane, who had few friends nearby and no mode of transportation. It is clear from Jane Austen’s correspondence that her friend Martha was privy to her great secret—her writing.In 1805 changes abounded for the Austen and Lloyd families. Many years had now passed since James Austen’s first wife had died and he had remarried again, choosing the younger Miss Mary Lloyd to be his second wife.It was while they were living in Bath, Somerset that Mr. Austen finally succumbed to his long illness and not too many months later that Mrs. Lloyd also died. The women, being in a delicate financial state, decided to combine housekeeping and all four (Mrs. Austen, Cassandra, Jane and Martha Lloyd) moved to Southampton to be with Jane’s older brother Frank and his wife, Mary. As an officer in the Navy, Frank was often away from home and this joining of households not only helped him look after his widowed mother, but provided constant companionship for his soon pregnant wife. It seems to have been, by all accounts, an excellent arrangement.On 7 July 1809, Jane Austen moved to a cottage in Chawton, together with her mother, her sister Cassandra, and their friend Martha Lloyd, at the invitation of her brother Edward Austen Knight, on whose estate it lay. The Austen family remained at Chawton Cottage, even after Jane Austen’s death in 1817. Martha Lloyd took on many duties as housekeeper for the family, though the work was divided among the three surviving women. Info source:…/martha-and…Martha was buried in the Churchyard of St. Peter and St. Paul at Wymering.Images: Many thanks for letting me use your excellent pictures Hazel Mills

One of Jane Austen’s means of enhancing probability is the extraordinary care-or perhaps the spontaneous insight-with which she manages a family relationship. This is one of the rarest attributes among novelists, but she has it in perfection. The Bennet family provide an excellent example of her skill in this respect; JANE BENNET(caps by AiB) inherits the mother’s beauty and the mother’s disposition towards good humor, which in Mrs. Bennet had been soured by her having no strength of mind to act as a preservative; but Jane combines this good humor with the father’s strong cast of mind, though that particular mind in Mr. Bennet had deteriorated into selfishness and cynicism”. pg 346-347, Elizabeth Jenkins “Jane Austen”


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