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Marjorie Fleming

  • Miss Potune a Lady of my acquaintance praises me dreadfully. I repeated something out of Deen Swift and she said I was fit for the stage, and you may think I was primmed up with majestick Pride ...

    • Marjorie Fleming,
    • age 5 (1808), in L. MacBean, Marjorie Fleming's Book ()
  • Let them who are temted to do wrong consider what they are about and turn away filled with horror dread and affright.

    • Marjorie Fleming,
    • age 8 (1811), in L. MacBean, Marjorie Fleming's Book ()
  • I am very strong & robust & not of the delicate sex nor of the fair but of the deficent in look ...

    • Marjorie Fleming,
    • age 7 (1810), in Frank Sidgwick, The Complete Marjory Fleming ()
  • I love to walk in lonely solitude & leave the bustel of the nosey town behind me & while I look on nothing but what strikes the eye with sights of bliss & then I think myself tronsported far beyond the reach of the wicked sons of men where their is nothing but strife & envying pilefring & murder where neither contentment nor retirement dweels but there dwels drunkenness.

    • Marjorie Fleming,
    • age 7 (1810), in Frank Sidgwick, The Complete Marjory Fleming ()
  • I like to here my own sex praised but not the other.

    • Marjorie Fleming,
    • age 7 (1810), in Frank Sidgwick, The Complete Marjory Fleming ()
  • I confess that I have been more like a little young Devil than a creature for when Isabella went up the stairs to teach me religion and my multiplication and to be good and all my other lessons I stamped with my feet and threw my new hat which she made on the ground and was sulky and was dreadfuly passionate but she never whiped me but gently said Marjory go into another room and think what a great crime you are committing letting your temper git the better of you ...

    • Marjorie Fleming,
    • age 7 (1810), in Frank Sidgwick, The Complete Marjory Fleming ()
  • I am now going to tell you about the horible and wretched plaege that my multiplication gives me you cant concieve it — the most Devilish thing is 8 times 8 & 7 times 7 it is what nature itselfe cant endure ...

    • Marjorie Fleming,
    • age 7 (1810), in Frank Sidgwick, The Complete Marjory Fleming ()
  • I am going to tell you of a malancholy story A young Turkie of 2 or 3 month Old would you believe it the father broak its leg & he kiled another I think he should be transported or hanged ...

    • Marjorie Fleming,
    • age 7 (1810), in Frank Sidgwick, The Complete Marjory Fleming ()
  • Remorse is the worst thing to bear & I am afraid that I will fall a marter to it ... I will tell you why it is that I have thrown away many advantages that athers have not ...

    • Marjorie Fleming,
    • age 7 (1810), in Frank Sidgwick, The Complete Marjory Fleming ()
  • The hedges are spruting like chicks from the eggs when they are newly hatched or as the vulgar says clacked.

    • Marjorie Fleming,
    • age 8 (1811), in Frank Sidgwick, The Complete Marjory Fleming ()

Marjorie Fleming, Scottish child-diarist

(1803 - 1811)