This is the first year that we can hear Priscilla’s own words through her journal and it seems to be a defining one in her life. The death of her sister Lucy seems to have affected her deeply but on the positive side the success of her books was encouraging. On 24 June she wrote ‘received every encouragement relative to my writings that I can wish. Let me guard against the vanity that naturally follows success’.  She was busy with her charity work and in March 1796 Susan and Edward had a second child, a son called Edward Gibbon. In this year she published An Introduction to Botany, a book that would introduce elements that would define her particular style.

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