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Last, but definitely not least! Freeform: Agzy shares with us her favorite Armitage paper doll Ana Cris examines Lucas North’s tattoos through Maori tattoo culture Jas Rangoon premieres her new John Bateman fanvid In fandom, jazzbaby1 thinks RA fandom is just groovy! C.S. Winchester asks “naughty or nice?” in a picspam Mrs. E.B. Darcy thinks about Armitage’s future after TH to wrap up the Hobbit chain  Jo Ann offers the last King Richard Armitage post, on Richard III and the Tudors In fanfic, Maria Grazia reviews and compares works by the authors she’s interviewed Gratiana Lovelace wraps up the event with a guest post by Melissa the Mouse! Links to all FanstRA 3 posts appear here at the end of each day.

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Fitzg concludes Fanstravaganza 3 with a special letter from a lady.

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Last, but definitely not least! Freeform: Agzy shares with us her favorite Armitage paper doll  Ana Cris examines Lucas North’s tattoos through Maori tattoo culture  Jas Rangoon premieres her new John Bateman fanvid  In fandomjazzbaby1 thinks RA fandom is just groovy!  C.S. Winchester asks “naughty or nice?” in a picspam  Mrs. E.B. Darcy thinks about Armitage’s future after TH to wrap up the Hobbit chain   Jo Ann offers the last King Richard Armitage post, on Richard III and the Tudors  In fanficMaria Grazia reviews and compares works by the authors she’s interviewed  Gratiana Lovelace wraps up the event with a guest post by Melissa the Mouse!  Links to all FanstRA 3 posts appear here at the end of each day.

Don’t forget the core bloggers! And don’t forget the core blogggers!  Mulubinba- An RA Viewer’s Perspective, Frenz- RA Frenzy, Fanny-Distracted Musings of One ReAlity, Bccmee- Bccmee’s Fanvids & Graphics, CDoart- RA History & Spooks, Traxy- The Squee, Servetus- Me + Richard Armitage, Jonia- Jonia’s Cut 

 

 

17 Responses to “Fanstravaganza 3 – Fitzg’s Journeys: A Letter from A Lady”

  1. Jael says:

    How did the war affect the American cotton production?

    • Servetus says:

      It wasn’t affected much at first, as most of the labor that cultivated it was enslaved. There was a large problem, however, with sales. Britain was the largest customer and the Union blockaded Confederate shipping. IIRC British gov’t policy accepted / supported the blockade, not least b/c Britain had gone abolitionist about two decades earlier. The result was a shock to the British trade, which had to rely on cotton from elsewhere, which had a different staple (fiber length), so that machines had to be recalibrated. Later, as the war went on, production was less — both because it was impossible to come up with money (crops not sold) to plant, and because of increasing disruptions of labor (including men not home to plant / supervise).

    • fitzg says:

      Jael, this is a sketchy answer, see servetus below. Between 1861 and 1865, apparently the high-grade American cotton was no longer available. The lower grades required new equpment, and bigger mills. One effect for Manchester (Milton) was that the mills moved further and further from the city. Much expense for the mill-owner!  The city had, however, become an establish banking/financial centre. Perhaps Thornton had to turn to some measure of speculation.

  2. Servetus says:

    Hope he stayed out of the Confederacy!

  3. […] interests, and what they suggest to women • fitzg guests at Confessions of a Watcher with a letter from a lady of Manchester regarding new technological developments in the cotton industry • RAFrenzy on the growth and development of the Armitage blogosphere • and Natalie with a new […]

  4. fitzg says:

    Maybe he imported from India? More capital costs!

  5. Gratiana says:

    Hi Fitzg,
    Poor Margaret.  Ah, our men to like to wander–and sometimes place themselves in harms way.  Would that we could place a rip cord on them and reel them back in by pushing button.  Ha!   Great letter!
    Cheers!   Grati  ;->

  6. bccmee says:

    This is a lovely letter!  It was quite interesting to catch up with all the latest news in the Thornton universe.  😀

    • fitzg says:

      Many thanks, bcc mee. I did want to get one of them to North America for a visit. No cotton is produced here, so that wouldn’t do. 😀  Others have had a desire to explore their lives past the book and series, and there are  a couple of other posts in F3, as well as lovely fanfic.

  7. mulubinba says:

    Thankyou Fitzg! I always wondered how Margaret and Mrs Thornton got along. What must she have thought when Margaret came back wth John that day in the train. I hope JT gets home safely.

  8. fitzg says:

    Mulubinba, no doubt someone would have seen them together, and Margaret without her hat and gloves! Thornton probably had his jacket and cravat back on, before Milton. I’m afraid it took many years for Margaret to achieve a tolerable relationship with her mother-in-law.

  9. Jane says:

    I always thought that Margaret and Mrs. T might get long better than we think. I remember it says in the book that Mrs. T  despised Fanny’s weakness and admired Margaret’s strength and would have been proud of her had she been her daughter. It was only that she resented Margaret that she looked down on her son and made him unhappy. I would think, after seeing she makes him happy, she may well change her mind.

    BTW wasn’t the problem of steady cotton supply mentioned either in the book or the mini series? I seem to remember that careful JT had a source that was more expensive but also more reliable than the other mill owners.

     

  10. Joanna says:

    Lovely letter,Fitzg!:)

    @Jane: Agree, I like Hanna Thornton  too .  She kinda reminds me my mother in law, she is strong and serious women but I like her. Well,maybe the case is that we live in big distance from one another. 😉

  11. fitzg says:

    Jane, thanks for bringing up the detail about Thornton Mills having a more reliable, but expensive source. Back to the book to track that! 😀 Which would make sense that Thornton was so overdrawn at the bank. I did find it interesting that Manchester was becoming, and became about this time, a major financial centre. Which makes it appear that the speculators won out. And the mills had to move from the city.

  12. fitzg says:

    Joanna, it was a lovely portrayal of Hannah. Be kind to mothers-in-law of sons – I’m one of them!  😀

    • Joanna says:

      @Fitzg:  I will be mother in law,hopefully.:) My hubby reiterates:”I did not met him,don’t know him yet but I already didn’t like him” .        Poor boy!  🙂