PORTER, Anna Maria. Village of Mariendorpt, The (1821)
Letter from Sarah Harriet Burney to Charlotte Francis Barrett.
27 Feb 1821.
Miss Porter (Anna Maria) has published a new Novel, The Village of Mariendorpt,
full of the most touching passages, but, as a whole, it drags. Her knowledge
of military details appears to me marvellous; the period at which she
makes her people act and talk, is during the Protestant War in Germany;
she carries you to the dreadful siege of Magdebourg, & takes you into
the camp and tent of Forstenson, Konigsmark, and I cannot tell you how
many others, & seems to know more of warriors and warfare than, as
a woman myself, I can at all account for.
Source: The Letters of Sarah Harriet Burney, ed. by Lorna
J. Clark (Athens and London: University of Georgia Press, 1997), p. 201.
Notes: Charlotte was Burney’s niece; she married Henry Barrett
in 1807. The letter is addressed to her at Richmond, Surrey.
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