In the twelfth and final volume of The Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney, Joyce Hemlow published, for the first time, a transcription of the will of Frances Burney d'Arblay (1752 – 1840), dated 6 March 1839 and proved on 17 February 1840, six weeks after her death.1 The will provides much valuable information on Burney's final intentions for the disposal of her effects, including her vast horde of manuscripts, as well as on the state of her finances. Unknown to Hemlow or to subsequent scholars, however, another key document in the National Archives throws new light on these matters: “Burney's Legacy Duty Account,” dated 19 October 1840, thanks to which we now have complete information about her finances at the time of her death.2 Of particular interest are its valuations of Burney's literary manuscripts and correspondence, as well those of her father, the music historian and...
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Research Article| September 01 2022
“Frances Burney's Legacy Duty Account” (1840)
Eighteenth-Century Life (2022) 46 (3): 1–9.
John Avery Jones, Peter Sabor; “Frances Burney's Legacy Duty Account” (1840). Eighteenth-Century Life 1 September 2022; 46 (3): 1–9. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00982601-9955285
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