There's no doubt that the Landon family was in financial difficulties, when Letitia began her writing career. Her personal letters reveal an on-going drive to keep herself economically solvent throughout the next eighteen years.
Yet she was one of the most highly paid poets of the period, at a time when they were the foremost major celebrities. So what on Earth was happening to all of the money?
It's been estimated that L.E.L. earned around £2585 throughout her career.
That doesn't seem a lot for nearly two decades of churning out words in ceaseless working. But that's because it's not adjusted for the Georgian period.
In order to reach the equivalent amount in today's money, the figure needs to be multiplied by 250. Which means that L.E.L. actually earned approximately £646,250, or roughly £36,000 a year.
Suddenly not too shabby, is it? Though please do note that it's notoriously difficult to compare wages and living costs across the centuries. The above should be considered approximate figures.
L.E.L. was in the perfect position to be independently wealthy. A Georgian woman able to keep her own house, providing for all of her own needs without resource to male relatives. To some extent, this was true.
Following her father's death in 1824, she moved out of her parents' home to live with her maternal Grandmother Bishop. That could well have been a comfortable situation, as Letitia Bishop lived on independent means of her own. (William Jerdan suspected that the Welsh lady was the 'natural' - i.e. illegitimate - daughter of an aristocrat, though that was never confirmed to him or anyone.) Letitia and her namesake were extremely close, but the older lady could never quite get her head around the fact that L.E.L. shouldn't be disturbed while working.
In 1827, Letitia Landon returned once more to 22 Hans Square - now sadly devoid of Mrs Rowden, who'd gone to France to be Fanny Kemble's governess. This time, Lettie was not a student, but a boarder. She rented her old bedroom, on the top floor, for the next decade.
But beyond that perceived - and by contemporary standards, scandalous - extravagance, L.E.L. seemed constantly impoverished.