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LLOYD’S EVENING POST Sept 3-6 1802. Pp8, disbound. A complete and original issue of this newspaper in Very Good plus condition. Some small holes at spine from sewing. The paper carries a good piece ( about six column inches of very small type) about a young woman Miss Phoebe Bown “well proportioned , round- faced and ruddy, a dark penetrating eye…her step is more manly than a man’s and can easily cover forty miles in a day.” She dresses as a man but the writer “believes she is a stranger to breeches”. She is renowned for her strength and can “lift a hundredweight in each hand, and carry fourteen score”. She can also sew, knit, cook, and spin “but hates then all and every accompaniment to female character except that of modesty” The article goes on to describe her willingness to fight, the depth of her voice her excellent sense and judgement, and fondness to manual labour. She is judged to be the best judge of livestock locally, is fond of Milton, Pope and Shakespear and performs on several instruments ,including playing the bass viol in Matlock Church. A formidable woman, deemed remarkable for her time.
condition: Very good
binding: Disbound


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