Fanny Burney: (Madame D'Arblay)

Fanny Burney: (Madame D'Arblay)

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Fanny Burney: (Madame D'Arblay)

Fanny Burney: (Madame D'Arblay)

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In the second half of the seventeenth century, there lived at the village of Great Hanwood, four miles from Shrewsbury, a country gentleman of a good estate, named James Macburney. In later life, he was landsteward to the Earl of Ashburnham; and he rented or possessed a house in the Privy Garden at Whitehall. Tradition traces his family to Scotland, whence it was said to have arrived with James I. However this may be, -- and the point was not regarded as of much importance by his descendants, -- James Macburney married his Shropshire rector's daughter; begat a son; and in due time, became a widower. The son -- also James Macburney -- was educated at Westminster School under the redoubtable Dr. Busby. Then, taking to art, he worked as a pupil of the "eminent Face Painter," Michael Dahl. About 1697, at the age of nineteen, he ran away with Rebecca Ellis, an actress in Giffard's Company, and younger than himself. Thereupon his irate father disinherited him, and in further token of his displeasure, took to wife his own cook, by whom he had another son called Joseph, who, as soon . . .

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