Fashion Victim: High Society, Sociability and Suicide in Georgiana Cavendish’s The Sylph

Wetherall Dickson, Leigh (2016) Fashion Victim: High Society, Sociability and Suicide in Georgiana Cavendish’s The Sylph. In: Disease and Death in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture. Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine . Springer, pp. 207-224. ISBN 978-1-137-59717-5

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On Tuesday 15 September 1789 a son of the French chancellor shot himself on arrival in Brighton. When efforts were made to repatriate his remains it was preferred that he stay ‘in the fatal soil of England’. It would appear that the soil of England was indeed fateful as the unfortunate Monsieur de Maupean had been in the country for less than 24 hours before he committed suicide. On his person was found a packet of papers including two credit notes, one for 6000 livres and one for ‘whatever sum he might have occasion’, and at the New Ship Inn his personal effects consisted of ‘two valuable watches, one of them set with diamonds; two diamond crosses of the Order of Knights of Malta; three miniatures of a Lady, set in gold; a pair of diamond shirt sleeve buttons’, a considerable amount of hard cash in varying currencies including 91 shillings, and a cryptic note that declared ‘“Je meurs innocent; J’en atteste de Ciel” I call Heaven to attest that I die innocent.’

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fatigue, vortex, arena, Kelly, dispatch
Subjects: Q900 Others in Linguistics, Classics and related subjects
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2018 08:38
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2018 08:38

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