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Access options available:. Domingo and Laura. By Leonora Sansay. Edited by Michael Drexler. Toronto: Broadview Press, In this splendid edition, Michael Drexler republishes two strange and important narratives by the Philadelphia-based author Leonora Sansay.

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Leonora Sansay December 11, — was an American novelist. She was born Honora Davern in Philadelphia on December 11, to Rosa and William Davern, the latter of whom died at sea a few weeks after her birth, probably in January On Valentine's Day , her mother married a Philadelphia innkeeper named William Hassel sometimes Hassal ; Sansay's stepfather maintained Hassal's Tavern or The Half Moon — a generic name for an English pub , which was located across from the State House Independence Hall , where local politicians and members of Congress often met informally.

Rosa and William Hassel had two children of their own, Sansay's half-siblings, Mary born November 12, and William born December 24, Incidentally, it was Mary who has often been mistakenly credited with the authorship of Secret History and Laura the mistake derives from the name of the author-character of Secret History, also named Mary. At some point in the mid- to late s she shows up in the Philadelphia City Directory for as "Eleonora Hassel, Gentlewoman " , Sansay met Aaron Burr , who became her confidant and patron.

Some scholars believe Burr and Sansay were lovers, but this is contested by Van Bergen. Burr continued to play an important role in Sansay's life until she disappeared from the historical record. In early , Louis Sansay made plans to return to Haiti to reclaim his property. He sent Leonora to visit Burr in Washington to obtain letters of recommendation and a passport for Louis. Madame Sansay will sail with her husband for St. Domingo I believe the Cape in a few Days -- She is the Lady of whom you may have heard me speak under the Name of Leonora, married about two years ago to Mr.

Sansay a reputable french Merch[an]t. In these letters, Louis asked that, "considering the affection and the attachment that you always have attested for [Leonora]", Burr would "employ yourself for us Each subsequent letter after Louis' first one manifested increasing anxiety on his part about Leonora. Finally, on April 2, Louis wrote Burr with "horrible anxiety" about Leonora, saying it had been nine days and he had received only one letter from her, claiming he feared she was ill, but contradicting himself by charging her with "flightineses and fickleness" and claiming "I tremble that her intention is to abandon me.

Leonora returned to Louis and the couple embarked for Haiti in late May or early June. They describe the final days of French rule on the island. After departing Haiti, Leonora and Louis lived for a time in Cuba. Eventually Sansay made her way to Jamaica and back to Philadelphia.

She next played a part in Burr's alleged —07 conspiracy , for which he was indicted and acquitted for high misdemeanor and treason in Sansay appears in a March 1, news item in The Richmond Enquirer under one of her pseudonyms, Madame D'Auvergne , an apparent francisation of her birth name Davern. See Thomas Abernethy, Burr Conspiracy , p. Van Horne and Lee W. Formwalt, eds. D'Avergne [sic], say every thing that the sincerest respect would prompt.

She set up a flower manufacturing business with the help of Eric Bollman. Sansay makes periodic appearances in Burr's correspondence, though the vast majority of these letters have been lost. Burr shared her letters with Jeremy Bentham while in exile in Europe after his acquittal.

Further references to Leonora may be found under the names " Clara " and "Mme. More references are in M. Davis Memoirs of AB : [Mrs.

Drexler's edition of Secret History and Laura, pp. Interesting apochrypha: A notation on the flyleaf of an original edition of Secret History in the Library Company of Philadelphia , reads partly accurate, partly inaccurate : "[T]his book was written by Miss Hassal[. Both were published in London, but indicate that they were transmitted from America. The flyleaf for "Zelica, the Crole" advertises the author's other works as follows: "In the press, by the same author, The Scarlet Handkerchief, 3 vols.

The Stranger in Mexico, 3 vols. The third novel, A Stranger in Mexico , is promoted, though no copies have been found. It is unknown why or when Sansay traveled to England, but she appears to have died there. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Society - NHi Davis, Memoirs of Aaron Burr, Davis, ed. Categories : births deaths 19th-century American novelists 19th-century American women writers American letter writers Women letter writers American women novelists Female travelers People of the Haitian Revolution Women travel writers Writers from Philadelphia American travel writers Women of the Haitian Revolution Novelists from Pennsylvania American women non-fiction writers.

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This Broadview edition offers a rich selection of contextual materials, including selections from periodical literature about Haiti, engravings, letters written by Sansay to her friend Aaron Burr, historical material related to the Burr trial for treason, and excerpts from literature referenced in the novels. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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Leonora Sansay December 11, — was an American novelist. She was born Honora Davern in Philadelphia on December 11, to Rosa and William Davern, the latter of whom died at sea a few weeks after her birth, probably in January On Valentine's Day , her mother married a Philadelphia innkeeper named William Hassel sometimes Hassal ; Sansay's stepfather maintained Hassal's Tavern or The Half Moon — a generic name for an English pub , which was located across from the State House Independence Hall , where local politicians and members of Congress often met informally. Rosa and William Hassel had two children of their own, Sansay's half-siblings, Mary born November 12, and William born December 24, Incidentally, it was Mary who has often been mistakenly credited with the authorship of Secret History and Laura the mistake derives from the name of the author-character of Secret History, also named Mary. At some point in the mid- to late s she shows up in the Philadelphia City Directory for as "Eleonora Hassel, Gentlewoman " , Sansay met Aaron Burr , who became her confidant and patron.

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