Guide to the Gossip Society manuscript volume, 1803-1804 MS 218
Gloucester, England is a town of approximately 123,000 people in the southwestern part of England. The town lies in the county of Gloucestershire, close to the Welsh border.
The volume contains the productions of the Sisterhood of the Gossip Society of Gloucester, England. The author is unknown, but goes by the nom de plume “Penelope Placid.” The entire work is purportedly a product of these women’s meetings; more likely, it is the work of one woman satirizing the situation of elderly spinsters whom society considered to be gossips in nineteenth century England.
Among the daily entries are moral lessons, small observations, anecdotes, and tales all told by members of the society.
This material is open for research.
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Gossip Society manuscript volume, 1803-1804, MS 218, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.
This volume was purchased in 1953 through the Friends’ Fund (gift of Mr. and Mrs. Perry Olcott). See Scherling Catalogue no. 49 (1953) item no. 80 MOF W 25396.
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