G. Beaufoy : Leaves from a beech tree. Oxford:Blackwell, 1930
Barbara Kerr : The dispossessed. London : John Baker,1974
Administrative / biographical background:
(The writer is the orphan of Robert & Mary Thornhill, both of whom were killed during the Indian Mutiny in the uprising at Cawnpore in 1857. In 1864, the 17 yrs old Henrietta is living at Liston Hall, the home of her grandmother, Henriette Philippine Thornhill, (referred to throughout as "Grandmama", or "Dearest"), on the Essex/Suffolk border: she has as companions a number of cousins & her brother Edward who have also found a home with their grandmother: the household is large, with ample servants, & subject to many visits from friends, relatives & neighbours: prayers are said daily & services are attended at Foxearth, (Rev. John Foster), & at Liston, (Rev. Thomas Fisher). Daily life, the weather, birthdays, etc., are all carefully recorded. Many of the people and events are not included in the following notes).
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