If you are a lover of all things Jane Austen, as I am, then you will surely appreciate this post from the Jane Austen World blog (here on WordPress) – an obituary of Charlotte Collins (best friend of Elizabeth Bennett in “Pride And Prejudice”).
Inquiring readers: Not often does news of great import come our way, such as this item unearthed from the depths of Andrew Capes’s crashed computer. His having retrieved it is nothing short of miraculous, for now he can share the rest of Charlotte Collins’ story with the world. If you found this news item as intriguing as I did, please let him know what you think of it in the comment section below! Article copyright (c) Andrew Capes.
Extract from the Hertfordshire Gazette, June 1876
Mrs Charlotte Collins of Longbourn Hall
We have been saddened recently to receive
notiﬁcation of the death at the end of May, at
the advanced age of 92 years, of Mrs Charlotte
Collins, née Lucas, widow of the late Reverend
William Collins, of Longbourn Hall, near
Meryton. Mrs Collins is survived by her only
son, Thomas Collins, his wife Mary (née
Bennet), and her…
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