Threads of Feeling

I think I’m going soft in my old age. Today in my lecture for Patriarchy, Sex, and Gender in Early Modern Europe we discussed parenthood and family life. Of course, while we have a whole host of happy beloved babies, history isn’t always so rosy. My professor showed us this website, Threads of Feeling, which is a document of the textile markers and notes left with abandoned babies in the London Foundling Hospital in the 18th century.

Here’s the one that really got to me:

Florella Burney, Born june the 19: 1758: In The Parish off St Anns Sa Ho. not Baptize'd, pray Let particulare care be take'en off this child, As it will be call'd for Again;

Florella Burney, Born june the 19: 1758: In The Parish off St Anns Sa Ho. not Baptize’d, pray Let particulare care be take’en off this child, As it will be call’d for Again;

No, I’m not crying, that’s just history in my eye.

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About Mary Rose

A student blogger with a passion for travel, tea, and the art world. I’m also a published short fiction and poetry writer, an amateur photographer, and a burgeoning wine snob.
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