John Stanbridge Goes to Sea

John Stanbridge (1819-1892) was my great-great-great grandfather. This small book tells one short episode from his life.

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Rhymes for Sleepy People

The scholars Iona and Peter Opie credit a young woman named Sarah Catherine Martin for introducing the idea of  nursery rhymes as printed literature. In 1805, she put together an illustrated booklet called The Comic Adventures of Old Mother Hubbard and her Dog. Adults and children have been enjoying the genre ever since.

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Maggie and the Bishops

Margaret Benson (1865-1916) came from an extraordinary family. Her father was the Archbishop of Canterbury and her mother was a strikingly independent woman. The six younger Bensons distinguished themselves in many different fields. All were scholars and authors. None ever married. Maggie was one of the first women to study at Oxford University and the first to receive official permission to excavate in Egypt. This letter to her partner Janet Gourlay was written from the archbishop’s palace in London, England, while Maggie was between archaeological digs.

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