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Sentiment and SelfRichard Blechynden's Calcutta Diaries, 1791-1822$
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Peter Robb

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780198075127

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198075127.001.0001

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Brides and Prejudice

Brides and Prejudice

(p.149) 7 Brides and Prejudice
Sentiment and Self

Peter Robb

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents the details of Sarah Blechynden's life. Her father, Richard Blechynden, was displeased when she did not meet him in 1812 and 1813. He declared that she would ‘bitterly regret this undutifulness’. Sarah eventually moved to India in 1815. However, she rebelled more openly at her situation and her father's attitude. By late 1818, she had a new suitor, Lieutenant Foster Fyans. It was not obvious whether Richard Blechynden's prejudice against Fyans was rational or that the pain it produced was worthwhile, given its effect on the Blechynden family and quite possibly on Fyans himself. For her part, after her father's death, Sarah returned to England and married Robert Graham on 4 June 1828. After Richard Blechynden's death, the Blechynden line was ‘re-legitimized’ and ‘re-Anglicized’.

Keywords:   Sarah Blechynden, Richard Blechynden, arranged marriage, Robert Graham, Lieutenant Foster Fyans

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