Philobiblon: Elizabeth Love, pensioner and centenarian

Friday, November 05, 2004

Elizabeth Love, pensioner and centenarian

elizabeth, originally uploaded by natalieben.

This is from the front cover of The Friendly Almshouses; Elizabeth died, aged 110, in 1838.
No details are given of her life, but some other examples of the society's many deserving cases of 1830 are.
For example: "Sarah Bunny, widow, aged 83 ... a very respectable woman, who has seen better days; in her husband's life they kept a public-house in St James's, but giving too much credit to the soldiers, they failed; he then had a situation in the docks, but his trouble broke his spirits and his health, and he did not long survive, leaving her in poverty; she has now only 1s per week from the parish, and some sacrament money allowed her by the chaplain of the London Hospital." (p. 16)


Blogger boo boo said...

she has ugly eyes...and she looks mean, that Elizabeth.

11/05/2004 05:09:00 am  
Blogger Natalie Bennett said...

I confess that I thought that too. I tried to blame the artist, but I suspect he was just painting what he saw. She looks like the kind of person who'd live as long as possible to make as many people's lives as miserable as possible. (Yes, I know someone like that.)

11/06/2004 12:22:00 am  

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