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They wrote it this week: The day the Queen Mother was very bitchy indeed

Extracts from diaries and letters written between April 27 and May 3

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April 27

1693, London

My daughter Susanna was married to William Draper, Esq., in the chapel of Ely House, by Dr Tenison, Bishop of Lincoln. I gave her in portion £4,000, her jointure is £500 per annum. I pray Almighty God give His blessing on this marriage! She is a good child, religious, discreet, ingenious, and qualified with all the ornaments of her sex. She has a peculiar talent in design, as in painting oil and miniature, and an extraordinary genius for whatever hands can do with a needle. She has the French tongue, has read most of the Greek and Roman authors and poets, using her talents with great modesty; exquisitely shaped, and of an agreeable countenance. This character is due to her, though coming from her father...

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