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Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Gossip Society manuscript volume, 1803-1804 MS 218



creator Placid, Penelope
Title: Gossip Society manuscript volume
Dates: 1803-1804
Abstract: 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.
Identification: MS 218
Quantity: 0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Historical Sketch

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.

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Scope and Contents

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.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via woodson@rice.edu or call 713-348-2586.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Gossip Society manuscript volume must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center.

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Index Terms

corrrespondence
Nicholson, Max
Placid, Penelope
Huxley, Julian

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Gossip Society manuscript volume, 1803-1804, MS 218, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Acquisition Information

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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Detailed Description of the Collection

Volume

Box Folder
1 1 Gossip Society Manuscript, Vol. I 1803-1804

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