The Diary of a Farmer's Wife 1796-1797
The original document, a journal kept by Anne Hughes at the end of the 18th century, is thought to have passed down to Jeanne Preston, who transcribed, edited or restored it so that it took on its current form.
- Paperback | 176 pages
- 135 x 215 x 14mm | 225g
- 29 Oct 1992
- Penguin Books Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
Table of contents
Anne Hughes and mistress Ellis; Anne makes the bacon; Anne entertains; Anne - district nurse; the secret of Gunn's cot; Anne loses a good friend; lady Susan's necklace; harvest home; outcry about sheep-stealing; mistress Jones asks a few questions; a young parson visits the Hughes; the countryside goes to a wedding; alarums for Anne while John is away; Anne falls ill and John's mother is invited to pay a visit; a welcome for mistress Hughes; Carter's lad in mischief again; merrymaking in the Hughes household; a dish for cross husbands; the guests arrive for Anne's party; vanishment of a black cow; disturbances in the larder; mistress Ellis sells her farm; cousin Ned visits the Hughes; John takes umbrage; a "flighty bit" at the Ellises; John's mother opens her pansy wine; two betrothels at one party; Jack the pack-man pays a visit; Anne and Sarah gather a swarn of bees; a judgement on the Joneses; Anne makes ready for a journey; Sarah tries on her wedding veil; great preparation for Sarah's wedding; the wedding and Anne says good-bye to her book.