Book, 'The Runaway: A Story for the Young'; 'Mrs Jerningham's Journal' - Elizabe...


Book, 'The Runaway: A Story for the Young'


'Mrs Jerningham's Journal' - Elizabeth Anna Hart

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About this object

This book was given to Margaret Edith Lush on 6th July 1873. According to 'The Spectator' the book is about “the daughter of a London merchant, who lives with her father and a governess at an easy distance by rail from the City, and has a passionate longing for something romantic. While she muses over the uneventful nature of her life, she is surprised by a strange girl who has run away from a school in Yorkshire, and who insists on being hidden. With the hiding of this odd little girl all kinds of adventures begin. First, the servants hear unaccountable noises, then they see a ghost, then the police begin to make inquiries, and at length a magistrate has to be called in.” (1)

Books, like this one, were an important part of Victorian life in an era where there was no television, computers or radio. Books were a vital source of entertainment and provided hours of enjoyment.

Tragically, Margaret Edith died from scarlet fever later that year at the age of 16. While the death of a child was not unusual during the Victorian era, this does not mean that the loss was not felt greatly by parents and family members. In the Lush family archives held at Ewelme Cottage, there are a number of mementoes which serve as poignant reminders of the family’s tragic loss, including photographs of her gravestones, memorium cards, and inscriptions in books.

(1) 'The Spectator: A weekly review of politics, literature, theology and art,' vol. 46, 1873, p. 30

For more information about the Lush family and Ewelme Cottage, which is cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, visit our website.

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17 x 12 x 3cm

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London, England


MacMillan and Co. (estab. 1843)

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London, England

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Collection of Ewelme Cottage, Heritage New Zealand Historic Pouhere Taonga

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