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01May1855, The Queen’s Ball – With the Queen were the Prince of Wales, Prince Alfred, the Princess Royal, Princess Alice, Princess Helena, and Princess Louise…Duchess of Kent, and a number more of fat duchesses
20Dec1855, Papa’s Lecture on Shakespeare – There were Papa, of course, Mamma, Uncle Billy, Aunt Emmy, Charles, Albert, Nevy, Meriel, Johnny Talbot, Mr. and Mrs. Oxley, Mademoiselle, Mr. Johnstone, and me
02Jan1857, Echoing With Children – Willy and Stephy, Meriel presiding. Round the two tables are little Mademoiselle, Albert, Nevy, Spencer, Winny, May, Agnes, Stephy, Mary and Lena.
15Jun1859, A Torrent of People – Very lovely day. A torrent of people came to luncheon : Sir J. Lacaita, Mrs. and E. Talbot, C. Jane Wortley, Annie and Mary Gladstone, the latter of whom is strikingly handsome..We daundered over Ly. Hermione Graham’s lovely little children : Margaret-Frances, Violet-Hermione, Helen, Sybil, Hilda-Georgina, and Richard-James..We played at At. Sally with the Speaker (Mr. Dennison) and Lord Stratford de Redcliffe. I have a conviction I took Mr. G. Dundas for Mr. Rolle.
26Jun1862, A Full Day – a pompous little dinner, for the entertainment of the Viceroy of Egypt; D. and Dss. of Argyll, Lord Brougham, Lord Sydney, Lord and Ly. De Tabley, Sir John Lawrence, Col. Murray, and Mr. Cobden
25Jun1863, Stage Stories from Charles Kean – The Duchesses of Sutherland and Argyll, the Duke of Argyll, Charles Kean, the Cambridge Public Orator, Dr. Stanley, Papa, etc., came to the clever breakfast
02Jul1863, A Northern Yankee – sat Papa, Mr. Monckton Milnes, Mr. Herbert of Muckross, Miss Stanley, Count Struzlecki (there is no spelling his name), and a Northern Yankee, Mr. Cyrus Field.
10Sep1863, First Day as Maid-of-Honour – Miss Stopford, Miss Kerr, Miss Cathcart, Lady Ely, Ly. Caroline Barrington, Lady Augusta Bruce, Lord Caithness, General Seymour, Colonel Liddell, Major Cowell, M. Buff, Major Elphinstone
12Sep1863, Beginning to Like Court Life – D. of Newcastle, looking ill, Ld. Granville, Sir George Grey, Sir Andrew Buchanan, Sir Thomas Biddulph, Ly. Augusta Bruce
26Oct1863, Mrs. Gladstone in Mama’s Room – Lord George Quin married Lady Georgiana Spencer, Richard Quin, Atie. P. and Agnes, Uncles Stephen and Henry and the 5 boys came
27Oct1863, Charles Turns 21 – Wenlocks, Braybrookes, Neville Grenvilles, Mrs. Charles Robartes, and, to sleep in the village, Lord John Manners, Ld. John Hervey, Messrs. C. and H. Wynne, Ld. Dudley, Ross (the gt rifle shot), Stopford Selfe and Stewart. Also C. Robartes slept out
28Oct1863, More Celebrations – The labourers’ dinner, 250 men, all went to the park for games, the poor women’s tea, Fire balloons and red and blue lights came off at night
03Nov1863, The Servants’ Ball – dear old Elly, Gielen, Herbert ; Lavinia, Rowe ; May, Robson ; Edward, Shirtliffe ; Alfred, Jane Brown ; Johnny Mooreman ; Miss Merlet, Stephens ! Newmany
30Nov1863, A Weary Evening – Witley – Find here Ld. Dudley, Mrs. Ward, her two very pretty daughters, Major Anson, and other gentlemen
04Dec1863, An Argument with Ld. Frederic – Chatsworth -There are here the Duke and Ly. Louisa, Ld. F. and Ld. Edward, Mr. and Ly. Fanny Howard and their 2 daughters, Ld. and Ly. George Cavendish, and their daughter, lately married to Mr. A. Egerton, Ly. Caroline Lascelles and her 3 daughters
09Dec1863, A Capital Little Dance – Hawarden – Arrived Ly. De Tabley and her 2 daughters, Ly. Louisa and the Miss Pennants, Ly. and Miss Seymour, Ld. Brabazon, Messrs. Tracy, L’Estrange, Stopford, Ross, Finch (the last 3 caught at Hagley by Atie. Pussy !), and then 2 Robertson Gladstone eldest sons. We had a capital little dance : I was asked by Messrs. Tollemache, L’Estrange, Hugh Gladstone, Ross, Stopford, Lds. F. Cavendish and Brabazon
10Dec1863, A Most Delightful Ball – Asked to dance by Lds. Brabazon and F. Cavendish, Messrs. Tollemache, L’Estrange, Finch, Tracy, Ross, Stopford, Charles Robarts, Hugh Gladstone : and Aggie and I did Sir Roger.
09Jan1864, Second Waiting Begins – There were at dinner Miss Bowater, Ly. Caroline, Countess Blucher, and Col. Ponsonby ; and we dined with Princess Louise and Prss. Hohenlohe
13Jan1864, Queen Causes General Acceleration – Household dinner, whereat were Ly. Churchill (the Lady-in-Waiting), Mrs. Bruce, the Biddulphs, M. Holtzmann, and those already in the house, except Countess Blucher
14Jan1864, Die Or Go Out of Her Mind – The Household dinner consisted of the Dean and Mrs. Wellesley, Ly. Churchill, Col. Ponsonby, M. Holtzmann, and Mrs. Bruce
16Jan1864, Parkhurst Women Convicts – Whist in the evening, with Sir Th. Biddulph, Mr. Holtzmann, and Col. Ponsonby ; Dr. Jenner dined, and horrified me with his ugliness
19Mar1864, Sibyl Grant’s Wedding – 1st Court acquaintances, in the shape of Col. Liddell, Gen. Grey, and Ly. Ely…Ly. C. Lascelles and her daughter Beatrice, Ly. Meath, Mrs. Malcolm, Helen Baring, Ly. Clifden (looking ill and unhappy), Ly. Holmesdale, Mrs. Welby (late Victoria Wortley), Ly. A. Stanley, also a bride ; the Archbp. of Canterbury.
04Apr1864, Three Pummelled – we called on Amelia Anson who looked very well. Claughtons out.
06Apr1864, Dinner and a Party – At dinner were Sir Robert and Ly. Emily Peel, Mr. [FN: Afterwards Lord Selborne and Lord Chancellor.] and Ly. Laura Palmer, Ld. Frederic Cavendish, Mr. Stansfield, Herbert the painter, Baron Rothschild.
09Apr1864, Viewing Herbert’s Painting with Lord F. – luncheon, to which came Ld. Frederic and Ld. Richard Cavendish, and Uncle Henry
18Apr1864, Luxuries of Royal Travelling – to London with the Princesses (Ly. Caroline, Ld. Caithness, and Mr. West also in attendance)
24Apr1864, Visiting the Duke – also saw Ly. Fanny and Margaret Howard, Ld. Hartington, Ld. Edward ; and Ly. Louisa gave me a photogr. of the Duke, and one of Lady Burlington, …I went with him and Ly. Louisa to Ly. Caroline Lascelles’s, where I saw her daughter May, Lord and Ly. Chesham, and Ly. George Cavendish, who were all most kind.
13May1864, Good-byes are Sad Matters – party at Devonshire House, to which I went with Papa: Gladstones and Talbots, and Grauntecoque [FN: I.e. "Granny" and "Aunt Coque," who lived together.]
21Jun1864, And So Ends Our Honeymoon – To dinner came Grauntcoque and then J. G. T.’s,[FN: I.e. the J. G. Talbots, her sister and brother-in-law.] then afterwards Atie. P. and Agnes. Which was very nice. The Duke, sons and daughters, and Ld. Richard also dined.
04Aug1864, Fred Doing the Agreeable – Dinner party of Rogerses, Walriges, Mr. Stayner, Mr. Gambier Parry : too mad Papa hooking me in to dinner, Albert presiding at the head of the table, Granny making the “moving bow” to me
04Nov1864, Sir Joseph Paxton Dined – Mr. Frank Smith, Frank and Beatrice [FN: Afterwards wife of Archbishop Temple.] Lascelles came. Sir Joseph and Lady Paxton dined.
09Dec1864, Another Lovely Morning – Fred rode with the Duke and Ld. George to Hartington. Ly. G. and Susan went. Cavendish came.
17Feb1865, We Dined at Lord Russell’s – Met Sir Edwin Landseer, Ld. Lyons, Mr. Barrett Browning, [FN: Probably the poet Robert Browning, not his son Barrett who was only a boy at this time.] Cap. Egerton, the Stanleys of Alderley.
20Feb1865, Furniture Shopping – dined very pleasantly at Ld. Granville’s, meeting the Argylls, the Bruces, Messrs. M. Arnold, Leveson, H. Cowper, Ld. Lyons, and Sir D. Dundas.
24Feb1865, From Euston Square to Hyde Park in 17 Minutes – in a very pretty house, with Gladstones, Emma and B. Lascelles, Miss Campbell (a sister of Mrs. Wyndham), Messrs. Evelyn Ashley, Cowper, Hugh Smith ; and the Bishop of Oxford
21Mar1865, No Ball: Fred Gloveless – An exceedingly smart dinner at Mr. Oswald’s ; we met Sidneys, Spencers, Castlerosses, Prince and Princess Edward of Saxe-Weimar, Ly. Ely and daughter, Ld. Claud Hamilton, etc.
20Apr1865, Wonderfully Few Casualties – Divers neighbours dined, including old Dr. Fogarty, the R. C. priest, who spat on the carpet.
20May1865, Dined at Lord Wharncliffe’s – We dined at Lord Wharncliffe’s, meeting the Wenlocks and Carry, Colonel and Lady Louisa Feilding, Captain Egerton, Lord Claud Hamilton (a pleasant, simple-mannered, good-looking little youth), the Burys, Cissy Wortley, etc.
24May1865, Sunday Jackets but Rather Bored – dined at the Star and Garter with Mr. C. Clifford, meeting Mr. and Mrs. Leo Ellis, Mr. and Lady Augusta Bromley, Mr. and Mrs. Millais (the great pre-Raphaelite), Mr. and Lady E. St. Aubyn, and the Delameres.
20Jun1865, Our First Real Dinner – To dinner came M., John, and Edward, the Aglys, Agnes, Albert, and Mr. E. Ashley. All went very well ; but I began with a good fit of nervousness, which, however, I craftily concealed.
21Jun1865, Encountered Great Swells – Dined at Lady de Grey’s…The Ailesburys (she has grand remains of beauty), the Skelmersdales, Lord Sefton, Sir R. and Lady Emily Peel, Mr. and Ly. Augusta Sturt, Ly. Molesworth, and one of the Ladies Cowper.
23Sep1865, Lou’s Wedding Gifts – Arrived the two Ladies Ellesmere, Lord Ellesmere, Ly. Blanche, the Enfields, and Uncle Richard ; and we are 27 in the house.
29Sep1865, New Bessemer Process of Making Steel – Eddy and Emma, Freddy and I, May, Walter, Lord Richard, and Mr. Grey went to Barrow and saw the new Bessemer process of making steel
31Oct1865, Snap-dragon and Salt – The Cawdors and two daughters, Aunt Fanny, husband and daughters, and Mr. Philips came.
07Mar1866, Meeting Lowe and Carlyle – We dined at Ly. Cowper’s, meeting her sons and daughters, Lord Houghton, Mr. Trevelyan, Mr. Barrett Browning , Mr. Stanhope , and Froude the historian who looks very clever and great
12Jun1866, Prince Alfred Very Short – We dined at the Gladstones’, meeting Falmouths, Wharncliffes, Amberleys, Count Strilezecki, the Duke, and Uncle Dick. Afterwards a little tail
02Jul1866, Prince of Wales Knocked Over – We dined at Ly. Newburgh’s (?) meeting the Duke, the Cokes, a little Prince Borghese, Ld. Clanwilliam, Count Pahlen, and the Duchess of Buccleuch . It was too swell! and rather silent. Afterwards to Ly. Welby-Gregory.
10Aug1866, At York For the Show – whither everybody went except us, Lord Macclesfield, Sir Watkin, Sir John Trollope, blind Mr. Foljambe, and one or two other gentlemen whose talk was of fox-hounds.
21Feb1867, Visiting the Very Poor – We successfully entertained at dinner the Eddies, the Forsters, Agnes, Mr. Charles Howard , Mr. Tom Hughes. There was some discussion about the volunteers, who were called out illegally to, defend Chester from the Fenians the other day
23Mar1867, Dined at the Argylls’ – London – meeting a rugged, clever old Scotch Lord Colonsay, Mr. C. Howard, and George [FN: Afterwards 9th Earl of Carlisle.], Edith Campbel ; beautiful Evy ; Elizabeth, who is less pretty;Lorne and Archie very pleasant
03Apr1867, A Very Busy Day – A very busy day… went with Auntie P. and Mrs. Hampton shopping for the Convalescent Home…to call on Mrs. Martineau ; found Mrs. Monsell (the Great) with her; visited Aunt Caroline and Lady Albemarle whose daughter sang most delightfully, sagged to Paddington to meet Mazy… And finally we dined at Lady Estcourt’s, meeting Robartes’s
17May1867, Out Visiting and a Ball – We dined at Mr. Leveson’s, meeting Henry Scotts [FN: Lord Henry Scott, afterwards 1st Lord Montagu.], quaint Mary Boyle [FN: I suppose the Mary Boyle of Tennyson's well-known poem.], Cawdor, etc.
29May1867, Three Great Orators – Small tea-party at Auntie P.’s. Dinner there, meeting the Bp. of Oxford, Dean Stanley and Ly. Augusta, the Spencers, Mrs. Norton, Mr. Glyn, Ld. Cowper and — Bright!!! Notable to have the 3 greatest English orators present
17Jul1867, The Review for the Sultan – Where these naval people put us all, it would be difficult to say. There are here, we two, Lady Ellesmere, Lady Enfield, Ld. Ellesmere, Mr. Egerton, the Duke, Mr. Jervoise Smith, and to-night come a Mr. Hope and Cavendish.
12May1868, The Girls Not Presented – spent most of the rest of the day struggling thro’ the Drawing-room, which took us 4 hours… M., the Gladstones, and everybody else in the world, was there : Ly. Dudley, Ly. Craven, Ly. Bath, the greatest beauties.
19May1868, An Afternoon With the Prince – Beauty was contributed from Templenewsam in the shape of Duchess Sibyl of S. Albans, Constance [FN: No doubt Lady Grosvenor, afterwards Duchess of Westminster : first cousin of Lord Frederick.], the Fitzwilliam girls, and one of the Lumleys (Ly. Ida [FN: Now Dowager Countess of Bradford]). Ly. Scarborough looks like a girl herself. Also Ly. Dudley and Ly. Milton looked lovely.
12Jun1868, Fred to the Yeomanry – Dined at D. House, meeting Howards, Charles, and Lord Georges. Lou and Frank out.
16Apr1869, Back at Windsor – The company was the Christians, Ly. Gainsborough (in waiting), Lady Churchill, as engaging as ever, Ld. Normanby, and Gen. Seymour (not my friend). Col. Ponsonby, Sir J. Cowell, Gen. Grey, Ly. Bridport, and Lady Susan Melville were in the drawing-room
24Apr1869, Newly-Arranged National Gallery – Dined at the Clarendons’ ; meeting Seftons (0 dear ! he nearly drives me wild with his wonderful noise and bad style), Brunnows, Sir H. and Ly. Howard, Lord and Ly. Grey, Miss Lister, etc. The Clarendons in high delight at Lord Hyde’s victory at Brecon over young Lord Claud Hamilton ; both had been beaten before. Drum at Ly. de Grey’s with Lavinia.
22Nov1869, A Migihty Brigade Arrives – Chatsworth – A mighty brigade of folk arrived (13 of them at once), viz., Aunt Caroline, May and B., the American Minister, Mrs. and 2 Miss Motleys, Mr. Montgomery and daughter, the St. Albans’, Messrs. Cowper, W. Coke, etc.
23Jun1870, Opening Ceremony for Keble College – we all went to Keble College and enthusiastic friends kept turning up. I saw Uncle B., Uncle H., the James’s, Mr. Wood, Sir W. Farquhar, Mr. Hunt, etc., and was shown Miss Yonge the Great ! a striking-looking grey-haired woman, with beautiful eyes and an expressive face.
12Jul1870, Discussing Papal Infallibility – We dined at Mr. Leveson’s, meeting Ld. Castlerosse, Ly. Airlie and a daughter just out, Ly. Alwyne and Lord William Compton, etc. Lord Castlerosse, an old-fashioned, Liberal R. Catholic, talked to me about the Infallibility dogma in a most astonishing way.
10Dec1870, A Gathering at Hawarden – We came to dear Hawarden with May, who goes to the Rectory. Are here Ly. Meath and daughter, Ld. E. Fitzmaurice, K. and C. Gladstone, Messrs. Balfour,[FN: Now the Earl of Balfour.] Strutt (Rayleigh), Wade, Max Müller, Uncles W. and Stephen, the girls and Willy. Willy and Kathleen both ill in bed with cold.
20Jun1871, Unmitigated Boys and Girls Don’t Do! – We had a portentously dull dinner party, F. not arriving till afterwards and Sissy Ashley coming minus husband. Unmitigated boys and girls don’t do ! and we had no couple. Even Gertrude was struck with sotto-voce shyness ; Mary Howard, Messrs. Strutt, Sturgis, and Willy held their tongues ; Beilby Lawley made fitful conversation with me, Edith asked questions and I prosed.
25Jul1871, Rather She Than I – To Wrest this evening ; find Lady Cowper, Florence, and Annabel ; Florence engaged to Auberon Herbert (rather she than I !)..Mr. Dicky Doyle ; Lord Ralph Kerr ; the Cowper-Temples ; Mr. Newton of the British Museum ; Mr. W. Harcourt, as disagreeable and sardonic as usual.
06Sep1871, Forty-five Shorthorns Sold for £10,000 – amongst others in the “ring” were Lds. Bective, Feversham, Skelmersdale , and Dunmore, The Speaker (who came here last night) bid with great solemnity, and got two creatures.
04Mar1872, The Course of Events Like a Drama – Dinner at Dow. Ly. Cowper’s. Dufferins, young Cowpers, Evelyn Ashley (his wife at Menton for her health), Mr. Leveson [FN: Hon. Frederick Leveson-Gower, brother of Lord Granville.], hearing with great philosophy the arrival of Ld. Granville’s son and heir, just announced, cutting out Mr. Leveson’s boy…There were also Ly. Gertrude Talbot, Mr. H. Cowper, etc.
02Jul1872, A Smart Dinner at Dev. House – London – Very hot and delightful. Dudley House concert in aid of Woodford and Hawarden Orphanage. Ly. Augusta Stanley’s window-gardening show. Smart dinner at Dev. H. in the big square room. Very splendid and stately : Lornes, Tecks, Granvilles, Brownlows, Tallee, Spencers. Tail.
05Jun1873, This Noble Place – Hatfield – Parted with F. on the railway; he going to Kirby Lonsdale for more speechifying; I (chaperoned by a clever little Cambridge oddity named Stuart as far as Hitchin) came to this noble place. Find host and hostess, 2 Miss Aldersons and Mrs. Cocks, Ld. Edmund Fitzmaurice, Uncle Dick, Mr. Balfour, and Richmond père [FN: George Richmond, the artist.] : very pleasant.
07Jun18873, Riding Through the Green – The Cowpers and Mr. Leveson came over to luncheon, and we went back with them to Panshanger, Blosset Alderson, Ld. Edmund, and I riding through the green Hagley-like lanes. Pictures beyond at Panshanger.
12Jul1873, Professional Billiards – Came to Wimbledon to dine under canvas with the Ducies, very pleasant and pretty. Met the Tecks, Selbornes, Ripons, L. Lindsays, Ld. Ossulstone, etc. Aftds saw some tip-top professional billiards (Cook and Bennett), to my delight ; a wonderful break of 117.
01Sep1873, A Monster Expedition to Wrekin – Papa headed a monster expedition to the top of the Wrekin. It consisted of himself and Sybella, his 8 sons, 3 of his daughters, 2 sons-in-law, a grandson, 3 cousins (Pole Carews), a niece (G. G.), and Mr. Balfour…
11Feb1874, Pollingday – We should be delightfully confident, if it were not for the general rout of the Liberal party which is taking place all over the country, the causes of which are not every easy to determine.Frank, Cavendish, Willy, Mr. Leveson are in, but Uncle W. himself is but a miserable 2nd at Greenwich and Eddy is beaten with Sir J. Shuttleworth in N.E. Lancashire. He turned up to dinner here last night.
19Oct1874, Deep But Cheerful Mourning – Raby, where we found the Duchess of Cleveland entertaining Foresters, Carpenters (Talbots), and Miss Mundy, a Mr. Crofton and Mr. Williamson. Whist with the gracious old Duke.
15Nov1875, Everything Vanishes Away – Found the Cokes, Sir J. Lacaita, B., the Howards. In the course of the week came Ld. Laverton, Mr. Doyle, Mr. Henry Cowper. Emma, B., Di, and I read Dante with Lacaita, and I began at 6 “David Copperfield” in Aunt Fanny’s room.
08May1877, The Wortley-Talbot Wedding – Seldom were seen more tall and beautiful people assembled together: bride and bridegroom, Lady Brownlow, Lady Pembroke, the Shrewsbury daughters (all unmarried), etc.: not to speak of the three 6 feet 2 in. Clergy who officiated, Stephen Lawley, Mr. Arthur Talbot, and Edwarden [FN: Edward, Warden of Keble.].
25May1878, A Death at Home – We only invited our Duke, the Gladstones, Uncle B., and Nevy, and met in F.’s study to save her the stairs…I could see the Duke hoped dinner would do her good, but she tried vainly to eat or drink; and we then saw too plainly that another stroke was upon her. Little Mary Campbell wrote…Edith Percy assured me…The poor children were all sent for and came but the Walter Campbells, Frances, Colin, Victoria and little Constance, who were not in London.
16Sep1878, Beasts and Boys – A wonderful sale of shorthorns came off on Wednesday, which has been absorbing Mr. Drewry for many a month. Lds. Calthorpe, Moreton, Skelmersdale, and Ellesmere, Sir W. Lawson, Sir Curtis Lampson, Col. Kingscote, “Peck” Hamilton, etc., all turned up for it.
19Oct1878, Charles Gets Married – Charles’s wedding-day a golden day within and without! All the rest of us, with Uncle W., At. Coque, Stephy, Uncle B., arrived early on Saturday in a great army. Very plucky of old Meriel under the circumstances. She and I, Bob, Edward, Spencer, etc., drove up together in a bus and had ridiculous jokes…
18Nov1878, A Reading List – At Chatsworth we find Lansdownes, Powerscourts, Gerald Howard, a son of Col. Cavendish’s, Mr. Ross, Mr. Doyle, etc., and last, not least, the G. Pennants.
08Dec1879, Gladstone a Little Elated – besides which Lavinia is here with her little May and Neville, and “William of Wickham” [FN: Son of Dr. and Mrs. Wickham.] and my godchild Christian and brother Edward; so that one is wishing oneself in 4 places at once and possessed of 10 pairs of ears every minute. Packt in much church-going, one long sit with Stephy, another with Albert, another with Gerty,
19Jul1880, Bare Shoulders and Short Sleeves – Dinner again in Downing Street meeting [FN: I,e, Maria Marchioness of Ailesbury.] Also met Ly. Ossington, old gossip Hayward, the Dean of Westminster, Ld. Enfield.
26Jul1880, Gladstone falls ill – The evening was chilly, and he seems to have been struck with a chill on his way. The J. G. T.’s, Nevy, Arthur, Edward, and Alfred dined with us, and M. told me his hand was clammy cold. He took me down to dinner, however, and said a cheery word or two, but he had no appetite
28Oct1880, Suspension of Habeas Corpus – Baths, Mr. MacColl, Mr. Leveson , and George [FN: Gladstone's private secretray] came. Lord Bath went off upon Ld. Salisbury’s crookedness with the same zeal and fervour as at Longleat and Highclere.
24Nov1880, The Fine March from Candahar – Hugh Smiths, Mr. Birch, Governor of the Bank, and wife (he the vainest man I ever met), Sir John Ros, [FN: ? Ross] Johnny and Childers dined.
23Feb1881, Courage to Tackle the Queen – she was to have had tea in Downing St., but didn’t. A very pleasant little party there enjoyed themselves nevertheless: Ly. Bath, Freddy Leveson, Mr. Lowell the American Minister, Charlotte Spencer. Uncle W.
03Apr1882, Preparing a Peggy for Confirmation – The music far greater than the S. John, tho’ the S. John has special beauty of its own. Mazy , Nevy, and Arthur came with me, A. and Kath. being up for a bit.

 

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Aberdare, barony of, see Bruce

 

Aberdeen and Temair, marquessate of, see Hamilton-Gordon

 

Acland, Thomas Dyke Acland, 11th Baronet
22Jul1879, Comments Around Gladstone Portrait – A Tory lady was looking at it, and said, “Why, it makes the old scoundrel look quite respectable!” when a voice behind her said, “Madam, I heard you call Mr. G. a scoundrel. Allow me to tell you I have known him from boyhood—at school, at college, and up to the present time: and I can only assure you that there is no one of more thorough religious principle and conduct.” The speaker is said to have been Sir Thos. Acland.
03Nov1879, Long Talk With Cardinal Newman – One evening we had Dr. Acland and Dr. Liddon and Miss Wordsworth to dinner. Very pleasant, tho’ Dr. Acland rather monopolized the talk; but it was interesting, as he is just back from the United States.

 

Adams, Charles Francis, Lincoln’s ambassador to Britain
12Feb1866, Ambassador Charles Adams – We had luncheon at the Speaker’s, meeting the Adams (American Minister) and Dr. Vaughan. Mrs. Adams tickled me by saying “va-ga-ries” and “de-co-rous.”

 

Afghanistan
20Oct1878, A War With Afghanistan – Much politics prevail, and Dizzy’s left ear ought to burn continuously! Ld. Bath and Ld. Carnarvon are desperately down upon him. We are on the verge of a war with Afghanistan, upon a squabble with the Ameer for which we have ourselves to thank; it would be a horrid calamity, and the jingo notion that our Indian frontier wants advancing is shown by Lord Lawrence to be utterly wrong: it could only weaken us.
18Nov1878, A Reading List – Sunday. I had rather have spent in Bath! It poured, no, it was chiefly raw fog. War is declared.
26Apr1880, Filling Up Of Offices – Everyone steps into a hash of difficulties; but I should think there was nothing to equal India, with the Afghan war dragging on and costing mountains of money every month, the country taxed to death and deeply discontented, and to crown all, a monstrous miscalculation of ______ millions in the Estimates, which will have to be made up somehow.
24Nov1880, The Fine March from Candahar – we dined at the Admiralty, and went on to a party at the Childers’, where I had the pride of talking to Sir Frederick Roberts,[FN Afterwards Earl Roberts.] the hero of the fine march from Candahar and the victory just afterwards. He is an ugly little man, with pleasant, unaffected manner; his face burnt red and without an oz. of flesh.
05Jan1881, All This a Dead Secret – H.M. took a sudden (not a new) quirk against the promise to give up Candahar in the Royal Speech, and kept the unhappy Ministers hours at Osborne, bringing her round — Uncle W. having to telegraph argumentative messages in cipher! All this is a dead secret, but everyone knew the delayed departure of the Ministers
04Nov1881, Gladstone’s Thoughts on Resignation – All the special reasons which justified his taking office were at an end or nearly so: the Berlin treaty carried out, Afghanistan evacuated, Transvaal settled, finance put on a satisfactory footing. Two matters that had since arisen no doubt still required his care—the state of Ireland, and Parliamentary Obstruction; but these were, he trusted, in a hopeful way of being settled.

 

Agar, Agar-Robartes,see Robartes

 

Agar-Ellis, Harriet (née Stonor) (m: Leopold George Frederick Agar-Ellis, 5th Viscount Clifden of Gowran)
28Mar1881, The Russian Tragedy – Drawing Room distressing from the age and wizziness or blowsiness of my friends! Ly. Clifden, with her fairly nice-looking daughter to present, has grown huge and almost ugly. Saw my old flames, once so lovely, Ly. Feversham and Nelly Baring (each with daughters), sadly worsified both.

 

Ailesbury, marquessate of, see Brudenell-Bruce

 

Airlie, earldom of, see Ogilvy

 

Alabama Claims, The
01Jun1872, The Alabama Question – The unlucky American treaty is doomed
12Nov1872, Sumner a Mighty Talker – Politics we avoided, as we were told he took an odious Yankee line about the Alabama claims

 

Al-Aziz, Abd, His Imperial Majesty the Sultan
15Jul1867, The Sultan and Viceroy of Egypt – Big swell drum at Stafford House in honour of the Viceroy of Egypt ; for, by the bye, all London is turned out of window to welcome him and the Sultan.
16Jul1867, Last Visit to the Victory – We came for a last visit to the Victory, for the naval review in honour of the Sultan to-morrow.
17Jul1867, The Review for the Sultan – and saw the potentates arrive ; the Sultan, a thin-faced, fat-bodied, shrewd-looking creature…and the Queen, in spite of the weather, came from the Isle of Wight to meet him in the Victoria and Albert, took him on board, and invested him with the ribbon of the Garter there and then

 

Albani, Emma, a singer
30May1872, The New Singer, Emma Albani – London – I went to see Dev. House; and M. had the treat of going to the Opera (Royal Box) with Emma, and hearing the new singer Albani. A nice-looking but rather skinny and school-girly creature with a lovely voice.

 

Albert, Prince Consort to Queen Victoria
01May1855, The Queen’s Ball – every time we went close up to the Queen and Prince ; so near that I verily believe Willy would twice have “punched” Prince Albert, if I hadn’t drawn his arm back
18Dec1861, Prince Albert Has Died – and then the missing of his name, and the Prince of Wales’ coming alone, reminding one of his altered and responsible position now
19Dec1861, The Queen weeps for Albert – The Queen threw herself on the Prince with one fervent kiss, and then let herself be led quietly away, with such a look of despair on her face
30Dec1861, He taught me how to reign – Granny heard from Mrs. Talbot a most characteristic and touching saying of the Queen’s
31Dec1861, Saddened Year is Past – The Future is most dark, great troubles seem coming, and much of the wisdom and strength that would have faced and overcome it is lost to the country for ever
12Feb1862, Tennyson on the Prince – Tennyson has written some beautiful lines on the Prince
10Mar1863, The Wedding of the Prince of Wales – A beautiful solemn chorale of the Prince Consort’s was sung, Jenny Lind’s glorious notes ringing above all
14Dec1863, Something of a Dream – This day 2 years ago the Prince Consort died. A Times leading article takes the opportunity to give the poor Queen another of its numerous lectures
11Jan1864, Pitying the Royals – he said once to the Queen : “I shall never see my trees grow up.” “0, why not ?” said the Queen. “You wd only be 60″…”No,” he repeated, “I shall never see them grow up.”
17Jan1864, Dining With the Queen – Mr. Prothero preacht on death. The Dean preacht, with a beautiful allusion to the little Prince’s birth close to his grandfather’s tomb.
19Oct1865, Lord Palmerston Has Died – It is hoped that the Queen will send for Lord Russell ; but there is no one now to advise her, and how terribly she must want the Prince!
24Oct1865, Old Accounts of Wellington’s Death – This death of Lord Palmerston’s makes nothing like the same impression that that (Duke of Wellington’s funeral) did, or the Prince’s.
01Jan1872, News of the Prince of Wales – On Board the ‘Arno’ – England has just passed (as we trust) safely through a great and touching crisis. The English packet, the Nile, brought us letters and papers up to the 16th ; all are full of the P. of Wales ; the feeling most deep and universal. There was a superstitious fear about the 14th proving the fatal day, it being the anniversary of the P. Consort’s death 10 years ago ; and the poor P. of Wales passed it in a struggle between life and death
04Mar1872, The Course of Events Like a Dramathe illness of the Prince…the turn for the better on the anniversary of his father’s death
17Nov1872, Memoirs of Baron Stockmar “…sinks the Prince Consort into a second place”
02May1873, The Albert Memorial Cross – Had a little junket with my Fred to choose him a library table and then to examine the Albert Memorial Cross in Hyde Park. It really is a beautiful thing, but, placed where it is, it will look like a gingerbread ornament just taken off the top of that Twelfth cake, the Albert Hall!

 

Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence (son: Prince/Princess of Wales) (Prince Eddy or Prince Edward)
09Jan1864, Second Waiting Begins – the Queen sent a telegraph saying all was well, but the poor wee Prince very small, and no wonder
11Jan1864, Pitying the Royals – the Princess of Wales delights in her baby. Poor tiny infant, how little it guesses of its great future, supposing it is to live !
13Jan1864, Queen Causes General Acceleration – It is wrapped up in cotton-wool, but thrives and is perfectly formed ; wd have been a very big child if it had waited the proper time…Albert-Victor, I believe, Both names much too foreign
17Jan1864, Dining With the Queen – Mr. Prothero preacht on death. The Dean preacht, with a beautiful allusion to the little Prince’s birth close to his grandfather’s tomb.
11May1864, The Queen’s Second Court – I had the honour of seeing the tiny Prince… A nice thriving-looking plump baby, with bright blue eyes, delicate features and pointed chin ; a nose that will be aquiline, I shd think
18Apr1869, All the Wales Children – the eldest is generally called “Prince Eddy,” which gives one hopes of having a King Edward again some day. He is like the Princess and very pretty ; all have the most dazzling fair complexions.
09Jul1877, Ugly Nice Little Prince George – Smart garden-party at Marlborough House, the Queen present. I shook hands with her, to my joy; and shot that she is quite grey at last. Poor Prince Edward ill with continuing fever; ugly nice little Prince George in his cadet uniform; for they have both just passed the Naval Cadet Examination.
17Mar1879, The Queen at a Wedding – Prince Eddy is a beautiful boy, nearly as tall as Princess Beatrice, beside whom he walked, supporting the Queen, who took her full part in the ceremonial, and walked as grandly as ever,
12Jul1880, An Ugly Waggish Mug – Prince Edward of Wales very fair, noble-looking and handsome, and of tolerable height, but he doesn’t look as well in a regular grown-up get-up, and has rather a weak face. Prince George a little fellow, with an ugly waggish mug. I believe he is a good deal the sharpest.

 

Alboni, Marietta, contralto
02Jul1863, A Northern Yankee – Beautiful select concert at the Aumales’, Mario, Grisi, Alboni and Delle Sedie sang, and Thalberg played

 

Alderson, Baron, the judge
19Jul1856, Matthew Arnold – The baron, very amusing, his son very like a small yellow rabbit

 

al-Din, Nasser Shah Qajar, King and Shah of Persia
18Jun1873, The Shah of Persia – The Shah of Persia arrived in London and everything is turned inside-out in consequence. We saw him arrive in a thunder pelt by the Mall and go to Buck. Palace.
19Jun1873, A Fine To-Do – London had the Shah-ums; streets in horrid state. We went in full fig to the Guildhall for a fine to-do; he is a small brown man, with a handsome cruel face: diamonds wonderful to behold.
28Jun1873, Meeting Young Nicholas II – Smart garden party for the Shah at Chiswick; the Queen came and looked very cheerful with a little white about her. The Czarevitch and Cesarevna are here
07Jun1873, Shah Goes to France – The Shah went off to France on Saturday, having pretty well tired out King, Lords, and Commons. Even the Prince of Wales is said to be dead beat. The French are going to make the best splash they can, but how poor, with no National Anthem, no flag, and nothing but a mushroom President.

 

Alexander, see Romanova family of Russia

 

Alexandra of Denmark, see Wales, Princess of

 

Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Duke of Edinburgh (son: Queen Victoria)
24Jan1874, The Duke of Edinburgh Marries – Yesterday the Duke of Edinburgh married the Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna of Russia with all the gorgeous Eastern ceremonial, and the English Service besides; the Duke, by the account in the paper, received the Sacrament (at least the Cup) which I can hardly believe..
07Feb1811, Ugly, Undeniably – I ought to have mentioned a smart little drum at Downing St. last Wednesday when we met the D. and Duchess of Edinburgh. Mazy said Uncle W. had been delighted with the Duchess all thro’ dinner, she was so lively and intelligent. Ugly, undeniably ! but it’s no wonder our long-nosed Princes should look out for pug-nosed wives.
28Mar1881, The Russian Tragedy – The Royalties looked sadly grim, in blackest black; how ghastly it must be to be undergoing a Court mummery with their poor hearts all full of the Russian tragedy! The D. and Dss. of Edinburgh went off to S. Petersb. the very day of the murder,[FN: The assassination of the Emperor Alexander II.] and the P. and Prss. of Wales have gone to the Funeral. Most plucky, when there can be no sort of security against their being blown up all together.

 

Alford, Henry (Dean of Canterbury)
16Feb1867, Macleod and Canterbury – The Dean of Canterbury (Alford) was talking to him ; such a contrast, with his spare figure and thin, sensitive features.

 

Alford, vicountancy of, see Egerton

 

Prince Alfred Ernest Albert, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Duke of Edinburgh (son of Queen Victoria)
22Feb1866, Funds for Princess Helena – and to Prince Alfred on his coming-of-age. Princess Helena is to have £6,000 a year, and £30,000 down, Prince Alfred £15,000 a year.
12Jun1866, Prince Alfred Very Short – Ball at Lady Blantyre’s. Prince Alfred (who has just been created Duke of Edinburgh—a funny title) was there, looking somewhat handsome, but very short.
25Apr1868, Duke Shot by Fenian – Dined at the D. of Cleveland’s. A horrible thing has happened : the Duke of Edinburgh while at a charity picnic at Sydney in Austr. was shot in the back by a Fenian scoundrel, but is mercifully not dangerously hurt.

 

Princess Alice (dau: Queen Victoria) (m: Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse)
25Apr1856, A Royal Ball – A ball in honour of her birthday
28Jan1859, Princess Royal Has a Son – wrote the news to Granny : “My dear dear Laddle”
29Jun1859, Our First Queen’s Ball – The brother and sister valsed together with marvellous grace and dignity, considering that neither is tall
18Dec1861, Prince Albert Has Died – whose “life was bound up in her father’s,” is an Angel in the house
18Jun1867, Lecky and Rationalism – Concert at the Palace ; Princess Alice did the honours ; is very thin, but looks nice.
15Jul1878, Parliament and Princesses – Edith and I in the evening to the new chapel of ease close to Compton Place, where were a whole bevy of Princesses, the number being swelled by 3 Hesse girls [FN: One of these girls became the unfortunate Empress of Russia, murdered by the Bolshevists.], who are pretty, slim, and distinguished-looking. Should have liked to have talked to them of their mother and Uncle Billy, who have made tremendous friends at Darmstadt: she is in England now.

 

Alington, barony of, see Sturt

 

Allendale, barony of, see Beaumont

 

Althorp, see Spencer, John Poyntz, 5th Earl Spencer

 

Amberly, Lord, see Russell, John, Viscount Amberley

 

Princess Amelia, Aunt of Queen Victoria
14Jun1871, Talking With Lord Russell – No less (and no bigger) a person than Lord Russell took me in to dinner, and was delightful, with his dry humourous anecdotes. Said his 1st political recollection…He remembers Princess Amelia whom he used to be very fond of when he was 7 years old ; told me, what I never knew, that she married a Col. Fitzroy.

 

Arbuthnot, Alice (née Pitt-Rivers)
22Jun1865, Alice Arbuthnot Killed by Lightening – Lord Granville, who had been expected, wrote to say that he had that moment heard of the death of his niece Alice Arbuthnot — killed by lightning ; at Interlachen, as they were coming home from their wedding tour.

 

Argyll, duchy of, see Campbell

 

Arnold, Matthew, poet and critic
19Jul1856, Matthew Arnold – “I do not like you , Dr. Fell; The reason why, I cannot tell”
20Jul1856, Mr. Arnold Again – did not kneel in church
23Feb1880, Burne-Jones and Matthew Arnold – After d. much talk with Matthew Arnold, who was interested about Alfred, whom he has lately met. He talked of his coming as Marshal to Hagley with his father-in-law Judge [Wightman.] and old Baron Alderson: I vividly remember it, and the dislike I took to him!
16Feb1881, Still Dislikes Matthew Arnold – Dined with the Trevelyans, met Matt. Arnolds (oh ! still I feel of him as I did 25 years ago—” I do not like you, Dr. Fell “). He was agreeable enough and there was good literary talk about Carlyle and George Eliot; but his chin was always in the air…Drum at Ly. Reay’s, where I saw Alfred who said such a warm, loving word of thanks for my letter.

 

Prince Arthur (son: Queen Victoria)
01May1855, The Queen’s Ball – Prince Albert came forward alone, holding by the hand the loveliest little being I ever saw. It was Prince Arthur, in honour of whose birthday the ball took place.
25Apr1856, A Royal Ball – had a good look at the Royalties. There was my own darling Prince Arthur, grown much
11Sep1863, Poor Peggies – is very handsome, if only he looked more like 13 years old ; but he is wonderfully small
17Mar1879, The Queen at a Wedding – Mrs. Byng bore me off with her to see the Duke of Connaught’s marriage…Martial music, trumpets, grand organ marches—all stately. We saw them drive off to Claremont.
07May1872, A Tiring Tea at Buckingham Palace – sadly small mannikins

 

Ashburton, barony of, see Baring

 

Ashby, Mr.
05Dec1863, Viewing Hardwicke – Dinner pleasant, my neighbours being Lord Frederic and Mr. Ashby who are both nice.

 

Ashley, (Anthony) Evelyn Melbourne
04Mar1872, The Course of Events Like a Drama – Dinner at Dow. Ly. Cowper’s. Dufferins, young Cowpers, Evelyn Ashley (his wife at Menton for her health)
05Sep1881, A Yankee Miss Who Knew F. – who turned out to be no other than “Philadelphia,” so called because he never could remember her name, but about whom I used to chaff him. They were acquainted when he was in America with Evelyn Ashley and Dick Grosvenor, 22 years ago; the fair creature tried to make out that it was 20 years ago and that she was then only 14…

 

Ashley, Sybella Charlotte (née Farquhar) (Sissy) (m: Evelyn Ashley)
04Jul1866, Big Party at D. House – Big party at D. House: I chaperoned Mary Wortley and Charlotte Farquhar! We dined there; Cavendish pretended to weep over his fall: I am very cross at it ; for he was doing his duty famously, as all sides say more or less.
31Jul1868, A Jolly Evening – We had a jolly evening, supping with the Ashleys ; Ly. Louisa Charteris was too delightful, becoming an asthmatic old Norfolk man and woman, besides crowing, purring, bleating, and gobbling to perfection. We laughed till exhaustion supervened
07Dec1872, Little Wilfrid Ashley – London – Visited Sissy Ashley. Little Wilfrid [FN: Now the Rt. Hon. Wilfrid Ashley, Minister of Transport.] Ashley, a beautiful boykin, with great violet eyes.

 

Ashley, Lionel
31Aug1864, The Poor People Were Charming – Mr. Lionel Ashley came, and made my hair stand on end at dinner by announcing that he had just heard for the 1st time of Keble and the “Xtian Year”!!!

 

Ashley-Cooper, Anthony, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury
17May1862, Amusing Squash – saw Ld. Shaftesbury [FN: The philanthropist] sporting his new Garter

 

Atlantic Cable, see Telegraph

 

Augusta of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, Empress of Germany
07May1872, A Tiring Tea at Buckingham Palace – 5 o’clock tea at Buck. Palace — rather hind-leggy and tiring. The old “Empress of Germany,” horridly painted and curled as she was, pleased me by her long, civil, and feeling speech to the Loyd Lindsays abt the Sick and Wounded Fund. He stood bowing his tall flaxen head, without a word to say of course ! in answer to the flow of compliments.
20May1879, Empress of Germany – Party at Ly. Salisbury’s to meet the Empress of Germany, a wizzy old lady, who was just curtseying and complimenting herself out of the house when we arrived.

 

Aumale, see d’Aumale

 

Aunt Caroline, see Lascelles, Caroline
Aunt Coque, see Lyttelton, Hon. Caroline Lavinia
Aunt Henrietta, see Lyttelton, Henrietta
Aunt Fanny, see Howard, Fanny
Aunt Pussy, See Gladstone, Catherine
Aunt Yaddy, See Spencer, Adelaide Horatia Elizabeth

 

Austria, Archduchess Marie Henriette Anne of Austria (m: Leopold II, King of the Belgians)
02Jul1866, Prince of Wales Knocked Over – A runaway man and horse, we heard, came full tilt against the Prince of Wales, who was riding with the Princess and the Queen of the Belgians, and knocked him clean over, horse and all.

 

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Bailey, Sarah (née Lyttelton) (Sal, Salkins) (m: editor John Bailey)
12May1870, Another Baby for Papa – A little half-sister was born to the poor old dozen at Cavendish Sq. this morning — Sybella was frightfully ill, and the poor little thing suffered much in the birth, but all went well, and she is comfortable. It is rather a pretty little baby. [FN: Sarah Kathleen, now Mrs. John Bailey. (editor of the diary)]
09Aug1872, With Sybella and Salkins – Drove with Sybella and Salkins [FN: Ie. the two-year-old Sarah Lyttelton]
30Jul1873, Jubilee Singers – We went yesty to breakfast at No. 11, along with the “Jubilee Singers”— emancipated slaves, every one of them from the Southern States. They sang quite gloriously..Little Sarah was brought in and listened entranced, instead of screaming at the black faces as was to be expected.
19Oct1878, Charles Gets Married – Charles’s wedding-day a golden day within and without! …Went to Syb.’s room late, and heard the extraordinary Sal read French with perfect fluency and no end of spirit and emphasis, and sing a German song, her Fräulein having only been with her 2 or 3 months.

 

Baines
13Jul1865, Up to the Ears in Electionums – Arrived in Leeds which we found inundated by triumphant Blues, the Conservative candidate Beecroft having come in at the head of the poll ; Baines (proposer of a £6 franchise) next,

 

Baker, Samuel, explorer
11Jun1866, The Bakers of Africa – I went to Ly. Amberly’s, and saw the famous Bakers who have been in the depths of Africa.

 

Balfour, Arthur James, 1st Earl of Balfour, Prime Minister July 1902 to December 1905
12Dec1870, A Very Pleasant Party – The party here is very pleasant. Mr. Balfour is a very pretty quaint tall boy, clever and funny ; Mr. Strutt [FN: Afterwards Lord Rayleigh, the great man of science. He married Mr. Balfour's sister.], a senior Wrangler, very taking and gentlemanlike
05Jun1873, This Noble Place – I came to this noble place. Find host and hostess, 2 Miss Aldersons and Mrs. Cocks, Ld. Edmund Fitzmaurice, Uncle Dick, Mr. Balfour, and Richmond père [FN: George Richmond, the artist.] : very pleasant.
01Sep1873, A Monster Expedition to Wrekin – Papa headed a monster expedition to the top of the Wrekin. It consisted of himself and Sybella, his 8 sons, 3 of his daughters, 2 sons-in-law, a grandson, 3 cousins (Pole Carews), a niece (G. G.), and Mr. Balfour…
21Mar1874, Beautiful Quartet Fiddling – After dinner had the great treat of beautiful quartet fiddling at Mr. Balfour’s, along with a select circle almost entirely composed of Lytteltons and Gladstones.
10Jul1875, The Last Lyttelton Half at Eton – Six brothers and 8 sisters and their husbands, Mazy, Helen, and G. G., all at Lord’s for the rest of King Alfred’s innings—his last match against Harrow, and this the last Lyttelton half at Eton. This, and the immense blank left by darling May, always such an element during these cricket times, made the day sadly unlike itself. Most of us stayed all day.
26Jul1875, Spencer on World Tour – One of these days we bade dear old Spencer good-bye, as he is going to Hagley, en route for Liverpool, New York, California, Australia, New Zealand, and India with Balfour. Oh dear !
30Apr1877, War Between Russia and Turkey – Went to see Alice Egerton and Gertrude Pennant. Gertrude and I talked politics… Dined with Mr. Balfour, Ly. Rayleigh entertaining.
28May1877, Praise for Gladstone – At Hagley a very odd party received us, viz., Auntie P., Mr. Balfour, Albert, and Mr. Otley the young Keble man lately started as Curate at Hawarden. He was one of the happy Abendberg party, and Albert said was deeply interested in seeing Hagley because of May. Albert had taken him to see the graves and the painted window. Charles turned up after a long day’s farm inspection.
19Oct1878, Charles Gets Married – Charles’s wedding-day a golden day within and without! …At dinner we still mustered strong: Gladstones and Sybella, Spencer, and Bob, Nevy, Georgiana Leicester, Lena, Mr. Balfour, the Compton Cavendishes, and Ly. Susan Byng.
09Dec1878, Little Mary Talbot and the E.Q. – We did not, however, go much into the matter—the thing is rather too serious with Mr. Balfour, viewing the imputations, from which we cannot think his uncle Ld. Salisbury has cleared himself, of want of truth. Mr. Balfour, meanwhile, is as delightful as usual.
15Mar1880, H. Gladstone Contests Middlesex – We went on Palm Sunday with Alfred, who came to breakfast, to great S. Paul’s for the glorious full service. Mr. Balfour came to luncheon and tea. Evensong at S. Margaret’s. Canon Farrar preacht a fine sermon on Jonah.

 

Balfour, Eustace James Anthony (m: Lady Frances Campbell)
21Apr1879, Campbell Engagments – The 2 engaged couples were in the drawing-room — Frances (Campbell) and Eustace Balfour, and George and his pretty little lady, Sybil; the Duchess knew and liked both Eustace and Sybil.

 

Balfour, Lady G.
21Jun1859, Swallow Dizzy – I went alone with Aunt Pussy to a little ball at Ly. G. Balfour’s

 

Banting, William
19Aug1864, The Fat World and a Pamphlet by Banting – All the fat world are dieting themselves with wonderful thinning effect after a plan recommended in a pamphlet by Mr. Banting, whose name is already shining in the firmament of fame.

 

Baring, Mr.
13Jun1862, Wretched Blondin on the Tight Rope – a sort of breakfast held by Mr. Baring at the Crystal Palace, which did look lovely compared with the monotonous Exhibition. [FN: That of 1862]

 

Baring, Louisa Caroline (née Mackenzie) (m: William Bingham Baring, 2nd Baron Ashburton)
09Jul1878, Ireland and its Improvement – Dined at Louisa Lady Ashburton’s who had miscounted her guests so that poor Ly. Belper was puss in the corner for a time. Sat between Ld. Melgund [FN: Afterwards 4th Earl of Minto and Viceroy of India.] and a very pleasant old Bishop of Limerick who stuck up for Ireland and its improvement,…

 

Barrington, Lady Caroline
27Dec1861, Talk With Old Nevy – Ly. C. Barrington wrote from Osborne with good accounts of the Queen
20Sep1862, Prince of Wales engaged to Alexandra – accounts of the Queen’s pleasure in the engagement, have come to Granny from Ly. Caroline Barrington
10Sep1863, First Day as Maid-of-Honour – told me the doctors hardly expect Prince Leopold to live — poor darling!
11Jan1864, Pitying the Royals – Ly. Caroline said that he always knew, if he had a fever, that he shd never recover from it.

 

Barrow-in-Furness, the county of Cumbria
21Sep1864, To Furness Abbey – Thence, after a sumptuous luncheon, to lionize the iron and steel works (the latter F. is concerned with), the new dock, etc., of Barrow
27Oct1864, Fred Goes to London – My first separation from my Fred, who went up to London (with the Duke and John) for 1 night for a Furness railway meeting.
29Sep1865, New Bessemer Process of Making Steel – went to Barrow and saw the new Bessemer process of making steel…The town is spreading out and springing up vigorously, and gathers population tolerably fast. The great docks making strides.
31Jul1866, Slate Quarries – We all 3 went to the slate quarries…The factotum Mr. Eddy made all the quarrying details quite clear to me. I could have wished he had not been pleased to call me Lady Fred!!
02Nov1868, Holker in the Glow of Autumn – F. to Barrow, but came home to luncheon and rode with me quite late in a stormy afternoon to Grange
07Sep1871, Shipbuilding at Barrow – The Eddies, the Duke, and we went to pay our respects to Barrow and show it off to the Hugh Smiths, whom we pickt up at Furness Abbey. The jute mills are roofed and 60 machines are already up in the weaving shed, to be at work next month. We went on to Barrow Island, where shipbuilding sheds are getting up, and a keel is actually laid down…
09Oct1873, Lauching the Duke of Buccleuch – to Barrow for the launch of the Duke of Buccleuch, one of the new E. Indian “Ducal Line.” I named her and made a splendid smash of the champagne bottle, to the joy of all beholders. Having never seen a launch before, I was delighted and rather throat-lumpy at the fine rush and plunge into the sea of the poor brave ship, little knowing what may be before her !

 

Bartle, see Frere

 

Bartley, Mr.
21Apr1877, Figure of Papa by Forsyth – Our golden day. A prosaic treat for it, going together to hear Mr. Bartley lecture a roomful of P.M.W. [FN: Parochial Mission Women] and their ladies on Provident Knowledge.

 

Bath, marquessate of, see Thynne

 

Bathurst, William Lennox, 5th Earl Bathurst
10Jul1871, Dressed a la George IV – Dined at the Arkwrights’ and played a rubber with old Lord Bathurst dressed a la George IV.

 

Bazaine, François Achille
03Sep1870, The Last of Napoleonism Forever – the astounding news that the Emperor has capitulated with all that is left of MacMahon’s army, viz. 80,000 men ; giving himself up to the King of Prussia. The skirmish at Saarbrück which began the war was on August 3rd…Poor Bazaine has been making furious and repeated attempts to break away northwards and join MacMahon, but has invariably been driven back upon Metz, which is surrounded. In one night repulse the Germans fell upon him with the bayonet and the butt-end of their rifles.

 

Princess Beatrice
19Dec1861, The Queen weeps for Albert – the Queen took little Princess Beatrice to her own room
11Sep1863, Poor Peggies – I kissed her tiny hand. She is not pretty, but has a dear little intelligent face
27Feb1872, Thanksgiving for the Prince’s Recovery – The Queen and Prince sat in one carriage, with the Prss. of Wales, Princess Beatrice, and little Prince Edward bodkin
15Dec1880, At Windsor With the Queen – Princess Beatrice a nice creature, pretty from her gentle brightness of expression, and bloom: talked a good deal to me. Gave rather a dismal account of poor Princess Louise who has never recovered from her ghastly sleigh-accident in Canada.

 

Beauclerk, Sybil Mary (née Grey) (m: 10th Duke of St Albans)
16Mar1867, A Visit to Chiswick – Snug home dinner, after which a drum at the Speaker’s. The Duke of St. Albans is to marry Sybil Grey.
10Sep1871, Duchess Dies After Childbirth – A terrible tragedy has happened, the death of the young Duchess of S. Albans of fever a fortnight after her confinement. The brightest and most winning of creatures in the full tide of earthly happiness. She was everything to poor Mrs. Grey [FN: The Duchess was the daughter of General Grey, Private Secretary to Queen Victoria. She was a first cousin of Sybella Lady Lyttelton, their mothers having both been daughters of Sir Thomas Farquhar, Bart.]

 

Beauclerk, William Amelius Aubrey de Vere, 10th Duke of St Albans
16Mar1867, A Visit to Chiswick – Snug home dinner, after which a drum at the Speaker’s. The Duke of St. Albans is to marry Sybil Grey.
10Sep1871, Duchess Dies After Childbirth – A terrible tragedy has happened, the death of the young Duchess of S. Albans of fever a fortnight after her confinement. The brightest and most winning of creatures in the full tide of earthly happiness. She was everything to poor Mrs. Grey.. and her young sisters — herself only 22. And that poor little Duke left with 3 tiny children.

 

Beaumont, Wentworth Blackett, 1st Baron Allendale (in 1906)
02Mar1869, People Rave of the Speech – Smart dinner at Mr. and Ly. Margaret Beaumont’s

 

Beaumont, Margaret Anne (née de Burgh) (m: 1st Baron Allendale) (dau: 1st Marquess of Clanricarde)
02Mar1869, People Rave of the Speech – Smart dinner at Mr. and Ly. Margaret Beaumont’s ; sat between Lord Clarendon and Mr. Trevelyan, and was too well off. I was dying to hear what was going on between Ly. M., Ld. Salisbury and Ld. Clarendon.

 

Beccadelli, Mlle
07Feb1862, Hair amazingly done up – who made a little attempt (which failed) to convert me!

 

Beecroft
13Jul1865, Up to the Ears in Electionums – Arrived in Leeds which we found inundated by triumphant Blues, the Conservative candidate Beecroft having come in at the head of the poll ; Baines (proposer of a £6 franchise) next,

 

Belgians, King of the, see Leopold II

 

Belgrave, Lord, see Grosvenor, Victor, Earl Grosvenor

 

Belmore, Lord, see Lowry-Corry, Lord Somerset Richard, 4th Earl Belmore

 

Belper, barony of, see Strutt

 

Bentinck, member of Parliament
11Mar1873, Gladstone’s Finest Speech – a pack of wild Irish were to begin the debate [FN: On the Irish University Bill]. up sprung Uncle W. and made “the finest speech” of his life..He ran splendid tilts against Ld. Edmund Fitzmaurice,.. against Dr. Playfair, ..and against one or two others ; with a delightful quizzing of “Big Bentinck” as a “repentant rebel.”

 

Beresford, Louisa Anne, Marchioness of Waterford (née Stuart)
06Apr1867, A Fine Dinner – We dined at the Cardwells’, meeting Ly. Waterford, no longer young, whose looks grievously disappointed me, till she rose up and walked across the room — a very Queen!

 

Bernhardt, Sarah, actress
30Jun1879, Sarah Bernhardt — Outrageous Scandal! – London has gone mad over the principal actress in the Comédic Française who are here: Sarah Bernhardt — a woman of notorious, shameless character…. Not content with being run after on the stage, this woman is asked to respectable people’s houses to act, and even to luncheon and dinner; and all the world goes. It is an outrageous scandal!
08Jul1879, Without the Notorious Woman – Had the delight of my one and only Comédie Française at the Gaiety; N.B. without the notorious woman. It was Molière’s “Etourdi,” and “Philiberte”; and profoundly Mrs. Byng and I enjoyed it.

 

Biddulph, Lady Mary Frederica (née Seymour)
20Jan1864, Dining With the Queen Again, So Sad – and after waiting in vain for the Princesses as long as I dared, I had to march down all alone, when to my relief I found Ly. Biddulph sitting in the drawing-room
09May1864, I Like Royal Travelling Excedingly! – Ly. Biddulph dined, and chaffed me very unmercifully, but I didn’t mind one bit. Dear Ly. Caroline congratulated me.

 

Biddulph, Sir Thomas
16Apr1864, My Brothers Visit Windsor – I having begged of Sir Thomas Biddulph unlimited eggs, etc., for them.

 

Biggar, Joseph Gillis, Irish nationalist politician
31Jan1881, Parliament and the Irish – Biggar, one of the most offensive of the Irish, like a hunched-back toad to look at, who was comfortably expecting to resume his speech (interrupted by Playfair’s leaving the Chair), was thus left high and dry ! and, before any of them could say Jack Robinson, the division was taken and leave given to bring in the Coercion Bill…

 

Blackburn, Judge
08Jun1868, Governor Eyre Acquitted – Governor Eyre has been acquitted before Judge Blackburn, the jury refusing to find a true bill. “Society” won’t hear of Eyre being to blame, because the rebels were coloured whom he had to deal with ; but, tho’ he was a high-minded man and acted for the best, it does seem shocking that he should have sanctioned hanging and flogging after announcing that the revolt was over.

 

Blantyre, barony of, see Stuart

 

Blondin, Charles, tightrope walker
13Jun1862, Wretched Blondin on the Tight Rope – It was marvellous: he hung himself head downwards by one leg! walked backwards briskly; stood on his head, made somersaults, etc.

 

Blucher, Countess Madeline (née Dallas) (m: Count Gustavus Blucher)
14Jan1864, Die Or Go Out of Her Mind – “No orders,” till tea, after which kind, nice Countess Blucher took me to her room, where we had pleasant talk till 6¼.

 

Bonaparte, Louis-Napoléon, Napoleon III
03Sep1870, The Last of Napoleonism Forever – A telegram was sent to Cavendish, which was taken up to Thorpe Fell, with the astounding news that the Emperor has capitulated with all that is left of MacMahon’s army, viz. 80,000 men ; giving himself up to the King of Prussia. So falls the Empire, and surely with it the last of Napoleonism for ever. The skirmish at Saarbrück which began the war was on August 3rd

 

Booth, Edwin, actor
08Jan1881, New Actor Edwin Booth – To the “Fool’s Revenge,” with the good new actor Edwin Booth. Very good, and I wept sore!

 

Boston Fire, 1872
11Nov1872, Sumner Describes Great Boston Fire – is said to have desolated 100 acres of ground in a fine, well-built quarter of the city

 

Bourke, Mr.
02Jun1863, America and Heaven – Mr. Bourke said the American people were quite as hateful as books describe them

 

Bowater, Miss
09Jan1864, Second Waiting Begins – Miss Bowater (I don’t exactly know in what capacity, but she is an intimate friend of Prince Leopold—I was glad to see somebody under 40 !)
11Jan1864, Pitying the Royals – Miss Bowater and I rode very pleasantly with Prss. Louise, I on a nice little horse called Claudio.
14Jan1864, Die Or Go Out of Her Mind – Poor Miss Bowater heard of her cousin’s death, and went away in great trouble, thus interrupting the early growth between us of a very promising friendship

 

Bowdler, Thomas
08Nov1855, Bowdler’s Shakespeare – uninteresting plot, rather coarse, no poetry, half prose
29Apr1859, Adam Bede Bowdlered – Granny reads “Adam Bede”, to be duly bowdlered for our young minds

 

Boycott, Charles Cunningham
12Dec1880, The First Boycott – The Irish matters are going from bad to worse. A certain agent named Boycott having affronted the “Land League,” no one would work for him or cut his crops (this was some time ago). Troops had to be ordered to protect some labourers from the N. who housed the crops, and unhappy Boycott has had to flee the country.

 

Boyle, Henry Bentinck, 5th Earl of Shannon (Lord Boyle until 1868)
01Oct1858, Lord Boyle – we sat up till nearly 12 with a round game, whereat I won four shillings
07Oct1858, A Pleasant Day – two comic songs and the most capital jig performed by Lord Boyle
09Oct1858, Amazing Fun – put in irresistible Irish… he kept us dying with his brogue for some time : amazing fun
15Jun1859, A Torrent of People – Lord Seymour looked very dismal, Ly. Blanche Lascelles, whom his parents wouldn’t let him marry, being engaged to Ld. Boyle
10Nov1865, Lord Boyle and Heart Ache – Poor Lord Boyle poured out to me some of his terrible trials, and made my heart ache. His home miserable, from the unkindness and extravagance of his parents — himself with no occupation, and with the light of his eyes gone…
23Aug1870, The Tiny Boys and the Gentlemen – The tiny boys assist at the departure of the gentlemen every morning with triumphant shouts and hat-wavings. William screams, “Good-bye, Gappa — Good-bye, Bobo” (Grandpapa and Bogle—for that name sticks to Lord Shannon).
04Jan1873, The Chatsworth Party at Royal Week – It’s rather absurd that I have never given a list of the Chatsworth party during the Royal week ; here they all are

 

Bradford, Selina Countess of, see Newport, Viscountess Lady Selina

 

Bradlaugh, Charles, political activist
05Jan1878, The State of Religion in France – looking into a church at Lyons, it was dreadful to see the apparently unmixed Mariolatry, amid frippery dolls and tawdry decorations. One sees and hears and reads nothing of Protestantism. If the newspapers speak of sacred things, it is with outrageous levity such as I should hope no one but Bradlaugh would venture on in England, however sceptical.
25Feb1878, A Ducking in the Serpentine – On getting back to London we heard how the “Peace meeting” in Hyde Park, a very foolish, hot-headed performance of Auberon Herbert’s and Bradlaugh’s, called together on a Sunday as if on purpose to exclude all the respectable mass of working-men, had turned out the failure that might have been expected.
02May1881, Gladstone Eulogizes Disraeli – A bill for rendering the Parliamentary oath permissive has been proposed by Government. There is no other way of getting rid of the wretched Bradlaugh mess…lately made Uncle W. ill. It is sadly clear that he cannot stand wear and tear as he used. Bradlaugh has begun a course of presenting himself at the bar to swear, and getting handed out.
08Aug1881, Bradlaugh’s Oath – I think it was last week that Bradlaugh made a horrid scene at the House. His line is to insist on trying to take his seat by force; so he had to be stopped in the lobby and hustled downstairs by main force, fighting hard…
21Feb1882, Bradlaugh’s Oath Sprung – Wretched Bradlaugh “sprung” his “oath” on the House, producing a Testament out of his pocket and going thro’ the form before anyone knew what to be at.

 

Bradley, George Granville
14Aug1881, Suspense About Westminster – The Coppice – Great suspense about the Deanery of Westminster. I believe it is hanging between Edwin Palmer, Dr. Bradley, Dr. Hornby, and Dr. Barry. The 1st would be excellent, tho’ he is so little known.

 

Brand, Henry Bouverie William, Speaker of the House from 1872 to 1884, 1st Viscount Hampden
27Feb1872, Thanksgiving for the Prince’s Recovery – There were nine other carriages, including the new Speaker (Mr. Brand) in a gorgeous coach
11Mar1873, Gladstone’s Finest Speech – debate [FN: On the Irish University Bill]. up sprung Uncle W. and made “the finest speech” of his life..Mr. Forster came to the Speaker’s box and said, “I don’t care for anything after that speech” — touching, as I know he is wretched at the prospect of going out before carrying through his Education Act.
28Aug1876, A Shooting Machine – N.B. Speaker and Harry Brands and Ld. De Grey came this week. Ld. de Grey [FN: The last Marquess of Ripon, a very famous shot.] a curious mixture of both parents to look at. He can be pretty nearly summed up as a shooting machine; kills double anybody else.
02Jul1877, Garden Party with Poor People – St. George’s Hill – Smart Chiswick garden-party, went off beautifully, but the garden, alas ! doesn’t look half as pretty with all the vistas crowded up as with just 100 poor people. To Speaker’s drum after dinner.

 

Brand, Henry Robert, 2nd Viscount Hampden (Speaker 1872–1884)
28Aug1876, A Shooting Machine – N.B. Speaker and Harry Brands and Ld. De Grey came this week. Ld. de Grey [FN: The last Marquess of Ripon, a very famous shot.] a curious mixture of both parents to look at. He can be pretty nearly summed up as a shooting machine; kills double anybody else.
31Jan1881, Parliament and the Irish – A very notable week of Parliamentary events. The “debate” on leave to bring in the Coercion Bill began afresh on Monday, and the House sat for 41 1/2 hours. The Speaker and Dep. Speaker (Dr. Playfair) relieved each other, and the House divided itself as before into relays.

 

Brand, Susan (née Cavendish) (dau: Lord F’s Uncle George) (m: 2nd Viscount Hampden of Glynde)
18Mar1867, Household Suffrage – Susan and I went to the House of C. before prayers (with which I was not edified : such an inaudible mumble, and nobody pretending to follow)

 

Braithwaite, Margaret Masterson (dau: Lucy Blanche Lyttelton and grdau: of Lucy’s brother Neville) cofounder of Lucy Cavendish College

 

Brett, William Baliol, 1st Viscount Esher
23Feb1882, A Marred Portrait of Gladstone – Dined with Justice Brett [FN: Afterwards Lord Esher.] and sat by Ld. Derby who made himself mighty agreeable.

 

Brewster, Mr.
07Jul1859, The King’s Bottle-Holder – while I think of it, Mr. Brewster has got a baby, and A Living ! !

 

Bridgeman, Lady Charlotte
01Dec1858, A Problem Visit – Two young ladies Bridgeman have been frightfully burnt, Lady Charlotte died

 

Bridgeman, Selina Countess of Bradford, see Newport, Viscountess Lady Selina

 

Briggs, of Farley Hill
31May1870, Briggs From West Indies – The excellent Briggs, F.’s W. Indian friend…He and his wife dined with us, likewise the P.M. and Grande Dame, Willy and Charles.
02Aug1871, Visiting the Needy – Yesterday the faithful Briggs drove Atie. P. and me to see the Clapham Incurable Hospital (British Home for Incurables).
20Nov1871, Elbe: Voyage to the West Indies – On Board the “Elbe” – I did pretty well, though still unhappy dressing, and finding food a bitter necessity. Poor F. worse than me, Sir Thos. wusserer, Ly. B. wusserest.
04Jan1872, Impressions of Barbados – Governor’s House Barbados – …Sir Graham Briggs, with all his blushing honours fresh upon him, came here with us, and was beyond kind in seeing after our luggage and ourselves ; we drove with him in evening along the coast, and very refreshing and enjoyable I found it
05Jan1872, Sir Briggs Shows Off Farley Hill – Odd to say, we were treated to an impromptu and highly regal reception : triumphal arches, all the population turning out, and general excitement

 

Bright, John
30Apr1859, Bright Beats Acland – has made a magnificent speech, the wretch
13May1864, Good-byes are Sad Matters – Uncle W. has kicked up a gt dust by declaring in the House in favour of universal suffrage!!! out-Brighting Bright.
13Apr1866, J.S. Mill and the Claims of the People – those “dumb” thousands, as Bright called them, among whom there must be so many feeling, as none of us can feel, for all this degradation; and voiceless in the nation whom they might help to rouse to the most noble of battles.
31May1866, Treason in the Liberal Camp – Bright is not such a Radical ! his ideal being household suffrage ; and he made a conservative speech opposing this. I suppose Uncle Wm. is wanting in tact ;
14Jun1866, That Person… Bright!! – Dined with the Amberleys, meeting only one person, and that person . . . Bright!! (Oh that one could become a Boswell now and then!)
19Nov1866, Admired by Mr. Bright – Bright, on the strength of our meeting, announced to Mr. Trevelyan that he admired me much, and contrasted me favourably with Mrs. Lowe, a compliment that doesn’t turn one’s head.
15Jan1867, Female Suffrage: Odious – The subject of female suffrage (odious and ridiculous notion as it is) is actually beginning to be spoken of without laughter, and as if it was an open question. Bright and certain of his vilifiers have been throwing mud at each other in the papers, in a most objectionable fashion,
12Apr1867, Breakup of the Liberal Party – The debate [FN: On Mr. Gladstone's Amendment to Disraeli's Reform Bill.] lasted till 2. The speeches on both sides were most of them disappointing. Bright, even, was rather laboured and constrained till the end of his speech when he made a fine appeal to the honest feeling of the House.
29May1867, Three Great Orators – Dinner there, meeting the Bp. of Oxford, Dean Stanley… and — Bright!!! Notable to have the 3 greatest English orators present…Bright said he well remembered learning a speech by heart, and being in such an agony of nervousness that he vowed he would never learn a speech again
01Aug1867, Kick-up in the H. of Lords – There is a strong party in the Lords’ in favour of cumulative voting. Uncle W. is against it, F. for it. Bright violent against it.
19Mar1869, Bright Spoke Like Isaiah – Bright spoke grandly, rather like Isaiah! His voice is painfully hoarse, and he is astonishingly aged ; but it doesn’t mar the effect much.
27May1873, Harcourt Cynical and Unprincipled – Mr. W. Harcourt was there, as cynical and unprincipled in talk as may be! The most pleasing thing he had to say was that Cavendish was the only member of the Govt. who had common sense : “He’s the leader for me.” Informed us that he sat near Bright during Uncle W.’s fine anti-Miall speech the other day (on Church disestablishment) and that Bright was in a fury therewith.
05Aug1873, Thickening of Ministerial Plot – The interesting event took place of Mr. Bright and Uncle W. dining with us (a dead secret!) ; said Mr. B. having consented to take office. He was very pleasant and downright ; during a few minutes that I had him alone said he would never have done it for anyone but Uncle W.; spoke of him in the warmest way;
29Apr1878, A “Jingo” Speech – Mr. Hardy has made a blustering “jingo” speech. (N.B. this elegant expression is derived from a war-song of period…) Bright has retorted upon him at a great Manchester peace-meeting in a fine speech full of fire; but too much from the Quaker point of view.
27Jan1879, Arthur to be First Master at Selwyn – On Wednesday came Bright and his daughter, and we did want a Boswell. Endless and delightful was the talk; chiefly on religious matters about which the stout old fellow seems specially alive—perhaps the more from the recent death of his wife. An uncompromising old nonconformist puritan is he.
05Feb1879, Bright Reads Whittier – I forgot to mention how Bright one evening read aloud some very striking poetry by Whittier, an American poet: it was wonderfully moving from the great beauty of his voice, absolute simplicity of style, and perfect enunciation.
29Jul1879, Choate Over the Moon – Had a famous successful dinner last week, of W. E. G.’s, Eddys, Mr. Herschell [FN: Afterwards Lord Chancellor Herschell.], Bright and his daughter, to meet certain agreeable Yankee Choates,[FN: No doubt the same Mr. Choate who was afterwards American Ambassador.] who were over the moon.
26Nov1880, Bright Talks Froudism – We dined at Spencer House. I sat by Mr. Bright, who was very pleasant. To my surprise he talked Froudism — i.e., how nations that could not win independence were better under somebody’s thumb. I don’t suppose he had the Balkan nationalities in his eye ! they have not yet had time to prove their capabilities.
31Jan1881, Parliament and the Irish – The Front Opposition bench all stalked out of the House, and rest took to shouting. Only poor Mr. Childers was on the Government bench at the time; but after a bit Bright came in and made a good speech which quieted them.

 

Bristol, Lady
08May1872, Dinner, Drum and Ball – lovely ball with G. G. at Ly. Bristol’s—all gorgeous with flowers and plants

 

Brookfiled, Mr.
05Jun1866, Rather Bored at the Ball – to hear Mr. Brookfield read “Hamlet,” which he did very well, especially the comedy parts.

 

Brougham, Lord
09Jun1862, Red Letter Day at Cambridge – He is 83. When his degree was conferred the roar of cheers was immense.
27Oct1862, Lord Brougham makes me shy – Lord Brougham [FN: The Lord Chancellor of 1830. He was 84.] took me in, and made me shy and deaf
30Oct1862, Lord Brougham seems altered – he is silent and seems out of spirits and we see little of him. Papa thinks him altered

 

Browning, Robert, poet
17Feb1865, We Dined at Lord Russell’s – Met Sir Edwin Landseer, Ld. Lyons, Mr. Barrett Browning, [FN: Probably the poet Robert Browning, not his son Barrett who was only a boy at this time.] Cap. Egerton, the Stanleys of Alderley.

 

Brownlow, earldom of, see Cust

 

Bruce, barony of Aberdare

Bruce, Lady Augusta (m: 1st Baron Aberdare)
19Jun1863, A Maid-of-Honour!!!!!!! – Ly. Augusta Bruce has written to Granny to ask whether, on a vacancy occurring, and the Queen being graciously pleased to offer it, there wd be any objection to my accepting the post of Maid-of-Honour!!!!!!!
25Apr1864, First Letter to Fred – Mrs. Bruce and I dined with the Queen, the Princesses, and Prince Alfred ; Prince Leopold and Prss. Beatrice appearing in honour of Prss. Alice’s birthday.
02May1864, Springtide in My Heart – Mrs. Bruce, Gen. Grey, and I had a delightful drive to Carisbrooke Castle amid bright early verdure and blossoming fruit trees.
04May1864, A Golden Day – He came to the Household dinner, after which Mrs. Bruce, Ld. Granville, a German maukin, and I were marched off to the Queen’s drawing-room.
05May1864, Sweet Converse – then he came to church with Mrs. Bruce and me: then again we had “sweet converse” till he had to go

 

Bruce, Henry Austin, 1st Baron Aberdare
08Dec1868, Postmaster Cavendish – the upshot was that he was offered the Home Office. But Mr. Bruce has evidently a higher claim to that, and Cavendish said that he would not stand in his way. Then the Post Office was settled.
20Mar1869, Another Subject – Dined with the Bruces ; I was luckily placed between him and Sir G. Grey. Mr. B.[FN: Afterwards 1st Lord Aberdare.] said there was only 1 subject on which Uncle W. did not seem well up and interested, viz., National Education!! A large one.
06Aug1873, Government Positions – A notable day, F. being offered a Lordship of the Treasury and thus entering upon official life. Uncle W. takes the Chancellorship of the Exchequer on himself… Mr. Lowe is bowed off the Exchequer of which he has made a grand muddle, and becomes Home Secretary, Mr. Bruce getting a peerage and Presidency of the Council.

 

Brudenell-Bruce, Maria Elizabeth (née Tollemache) (Maria Marchioness of Ailesbury) (m: Sir Charles Brudenell-Bruce, 1st Marquess of Ailesbury)
26Jun1859, A Boring Sermon – dropped her parasol all the way from the imposing eminence of the Peeresses’ Gallery
21Jun1865, Encountered Great Swells – Dined at Lady de Grey’s…The Ailesburys (she has grand remains of beauty)
16Dec1872, When is That Woman Going Away? – Chatsworth – …re Ly. Ailesbury (Maria)
04Jan1873, The Chatsworth Party at Royal Week – It’s rather absurd that I have never given a list of the Chatsworth party during the Royal week ; here they all are
19Jul1880, Bare Shoulders and Short Sleeves – Dinner again in Downing Street meeting Maria Marchss., [FN: I,e, Maria Marchioness of Ailesbury.] who is a real miracle in being still able to carry on her evening gown with bare shoulders and short sleeves a la jeune fille, and the crop of canary-hued curls. A rather ghastly and bony sight, but still it passes muster.

 

Buccleuch and Queensberry, duchy of, see Montagu-Douglas-Scott

 

Buller brothers
10Dec1874, The Hunting Proved Fragment – It froze sharp, in spite of which Spencer, like his uncle before him (“Uncle Jack”), arose before the dawn on the chance of hunting being possible in S. Derbyshire, and departed with the hapless Mr. Coke and brothers Buller, all en route for various destinations.

 

Buller, Anne (née Coke)
23Jan1876, Wonders About Wine and Childbirth – Another tragedy. The death of Lady Anne Buller, née Coke, in her 2nd confinement; only 30 years old. I wish doctors would investigate the causes of the terrible delicacy of “upper 10,000″ women in childbirth: my own small list of experience makes me wonder if wine-drinking, which I don’t think used to be so regular a thing among women formerly as it is now, has to do with it.

 

Bulwer-Lytton, Edward George Earle Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton
26Feb1857, The House of Commons We also heard Sir Bulwer Lytton, but lost his speech, which we hear was excellent, for he spoke so loud that we heard nothing but ringing echoes.
13Apr1866, J.S. Mill and the Claims of the People – This is my never-to-be-forgotten day… the immense luck of hearing the famous Mr. J. S. Mill make a most perfect speech…The Opposition held their tongues as if bewitched! He followed Sir Bulwer Lytton, who made a slashing, clever speech.
09Jan1881, Bulwer-Lytton Defends Afghanistan Policy – I went to the H. of Lords, where Ld. Lytton was ill-advised enough to attempt a defence of the Afghanistan policy. His speech was fluent and clever, but he had not a leg to stand on…He was followed by the D. of Argyll, who, with perhaps unnecessary fire, demolished and scattered him to the winds in a most brilliant, condensed, and perfect little speech of only of an hour.

 

Bunsen, M.
17Jul1872, M. Bunsen and World Events – Dined with the Forsters : a M. Bunsen was there and was interesting : said the Germans wd prevent an Italian Jesuit succeeding the Pope ; talked in a creepy, confident way of the impending war between Prussia and Austria on the one hand, Russia and France and Turkey on the other.

 

Burdett-Coutts, Angela Georgina, 1st Baroness Burdett-Coutts
07May1861, Scampishness – Poor Miss Coutts sat on thorns, not anticipating the scampishness, and a Bishop or two stalked out!
11Jun1863, Only Two Dances – a ball at Miss Coutts’s ; there was at first not a partner to be seen!
04Jul1869, Speak Above One’s Breath – Church. At Miss Coutts’s new church in the morning. Bishop Harris of Gibraltar preacht well. Responses and singing spiritless and sleepy…I believe there is a wretched prim notion among “respectable” people that it is improper to speak above one’s breath.
08May1873, A Gamboge-ey Green Gown – Why did I go to this May Drawing-room? Endless dismal business, too late to see the Queen, squeeze, and dead tire…Baroness Burdett…thought fit to wear a befurbelowed gamboge-ey green gown… Ly. Airlie’s fine big girls looked well in a sort of new-ink colour, with white, and Ly. Brownlow was a radiant sight.
13May1873, Delightful and Intensely English – No one so much as answered him and the whole thing was over before dinner. Smart drum at Lansdowne House, stifling crush at Baroness Coutts’s.
16Aug1880, An Utterly Shocking Engagement – London very full this last week or so of the utterly disgusting fact, which I have only just been driven to believe, of old Lady Burdett Coutts’s (66 or so) intended marriage with a young Mr. Ashmead Bartlett.

 

Burke, Thomas Henry, Permanent Under Secretary at the Irish Office, also murdered in Phoenix Park
Final Entries – Spencer said it had been ascertained that men had been lying in wait for Mr. Burke some days before, and that “he knew too much of Fenianism.” …no one could possibly guess that (Lord F.) wd have set off alone to walk from the Castle to the Viceregal Lodge (just what I slid have fully expected him to do – he loved a quiet walk in a fine evening after hard work), still less that Mr. Burke would have caught him up, jumped off his car, and joined him (which was of course a mere chance). One of the Secs. went to offer Fred a lift, but he had left the Castle.

 

Burne-Jones, Edward Coley, painter
23Feb1880, Burne-Jones and Matthew Arnold – D. at Ly. Stanley of Alderley’s, and had a P.B. [FN: I.e. Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.] neighbour in the shape of Burne-Jones the painter. He was interesting, but desperately self-conscious. Rather maundered about Mazy, of whom he has made a marvellously clever, idealized sketch.

 

Burrell, Lady
01Jul1870, My Little Limehouse Girl – Drove with Lady Burrell to see Elizabeth Hall, my little Limehouse girl, at Chelsea, and my door-step boy, whom we have just set up, and who had to be lectured on the art of whitening.

 

Butler, Elizabeth Harriet (née Grosvenor) (dau. of 1st Duke Westminster) (m: 3rd Marquess of Ormonde)
27Apr1863, Princess’s wedding gifts – and Lady Elizabeth, a most lovely angel-faced little thing of six, like the Duchess of Argyll. She came softly in in her tiny riding-habit.
07Jul1863, A Dance with Fred Cavendish – We were immense audience to the darling little Grosvenor children
01Nov1875, Grosvenor / Ormonde Engagement – Another marriage—lovely Lilah Grosvenor to Lord Ormonde a case of falling headlong in love on both sides. It sounds very nice and promising; but the poor D. of Westminster was away at the time, and complains much of his daughter of 19 getting engaged in a week’s time to an Irishman behind his back! He ought, however, to be glad of her marrying happily, for she has been beset by lovers all the season; and poor young Stafford, her cousin over and over again, wanted to marry her, which would be a dreadful pity.

 

Buxton, Charles, philanthropist
19May1868, An Afternoon With the Prince – The Prince danced with me, and I liked him much… Also he expressed himself as much disgusted with Mr. Ch. Buxton for pushing the prosecution of unlucky ex-Governor Eyre : “Why can’t they let the poor fellow alone?”
24Jul1870, Mr. Forster Excellent Company – Fox Warren – The house of Mr. Charles Buxton. We find here the Forsters, the Russell Gurneys, and Baron Macai: very pleasant little party. Mr. Forster, rugged odd bear as he is, is excellent company and one likes and respects him. He was deciding to shirk Church along with Mr. Bruce ; but Mrs. F. [FN: Mrs. Forster was daughter of Thomas, and sister of Matthew, Arnold.] came it over him !

 

Byng, Alice Harriet Frederica (née Egerton) (m: George Henry Charles Byng, 3rd Earl of Strafford, Lord Enfield)
06Mar1882, Discussing Lord F. – London – sat by Lady Enfield who was mighty civil and said many interesting things about F.—how some bitter anti-Forster man said all would have been well in Ireland if F. had been Chief Sec.! I said, “Heaven forbid!” but Lord Enfield agreed with the man. Bet me 2s. 6d., which I took, that F. would be Chancellor of the Exchequer the end of this session.

 

Byng, Frederick Gerald, (“Poodle Byng”) (son of 5th Viscount Torrington)
04Dec1865, Poodle Byng’s 81st Birthday Dinner – He remembers dancing at Devinshire House 72 years ago, when the late Duke was 3 or 4 years old. He was born long before the great Fr. Revolution was even thought of.

 

Byng, George Henry Charles, 3rd Earl of Strafford (Viscount Enfield 1860-1886)
06Mar1882, Discussing Lord F. – London – sat by Lady Enfield who was mighty civil and said many interesting things about F.—how some bitter anti-Forster man said all would have been well in Ireland if F. had been Chief Sec.! I said, “Heaven forbid!” but Lord Enfield agreed with the man. Bet me 2s. 6d., which I took, that F. would be Chancellor of the Exchequer the end of this session.

 

Byng, Harriett Elizabeth (née Cavendish) (m: George Stevens Byng, 2nd Earl of Strafford)
17Jun1869, Irish Church Bill Second Reading – On Tuesday afternoon I had what was a huge treat in spite of other thoughts : a place with Mrs. Byng at the H. of Lords. They are debating upon the second reading of the Irish Church Bill…
17Mar1879, The Queen at a Wedding – Mrs. Byng bore me off with her to see the Duke of Connaught’s marriage, in the nave of S. George’s, Windsor…
08Jul1879, Without the Notorious Woman – Had the delight of my one and only Comédie Française at the Gaiety; N.B. without the notorious woman. It was Molière’s “Etourdi,” and “Philiberte”; and profoundly Mrs. Byng and I enjoyed it.

 

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Calthorpe, barony of, see Gough

 

Calvert
02Jul1867, A Monster Cavalcade of Swells – we dined at the Calverts’, meeting dear dear “Mr. Claughton,” [FN: Bishop of Rochester.] whom I laboriously and elaborately called My Lord about 3 times.

 

Cambridge, Alexander Augustus Frederick William Alfred George, 1st Earl of Athlone (Prince Alexander of Teck)
12Jul1880, An Ugly Waggish Mug – The little Princesses are less scraggy than last year and are pretty chicks. Three good-looking Teck boys, the youngest a very jolly dark fellow: the only Royal creature not fair and blue-eyed.

 

Cambridge, Duchess of (aka. Mrs FitzGeorge?)
19Mar1864, Sibyl Grant’s Wedding – I being in waiting, failing 2 absent ones, stood on the steps of the Throne, just behind the fat backs of the Dss. of Cambridge and Prss. Mary

 

Cambridge, duchy of, see Prince George

 

Camden, Lord
18Jun1859, An Attenuated Baboon – dined with Papa at Ld. Camden’s, expected surpassing dulness

 

Campbell, Amelia Maria (née Claughton) (widow of Archibald Henry Augustus Anson) (m: 8th Duke of Argyll)
21Apr1879, Campbell Engagments – Went to Campden Hill to see the D. of Argyll, who has just come back from Cannes. Curious strong friendship and affection has sprung up between him and Amelia Anson…The 2 engaged couples were in the drawing-room…

 

Campbell, Archibald
23Mar1867, Dined at the Argylls’ – Lorne and Archie very pleasant, taking, gentlemanlike fellows,

 

Campbell, Colin, 1st Baron Clyde
15Jan1858, Relief of Lucknow – Still more magnificent Sir C. Campbell’s Relief of Lucknow, the whole population of which, garrison, women, children, wounded, and sick, he brought out, unhurt every one.
09Sep1878, Colin Campbell for Argyleshire – I have not mentioned a pleasant event—the return of Colin Campbell for Argyleshire, Lorne having been appointed Gov.-Gen. of Canadaan excellent coup of Dizzy’s. It is as good as a gain of a seat, Lorne having pursued a tolerably consistent course of voting against his party.

 

Campbell, Elizabeth Georgiana, 8th Duchess of Argyll (née Leveson-Gower)
27Apr1863, Princess’s wedding gifts – Lady Elizabeth Grosvenor is so like the Duchess of Argyll
14Jun1863, Paradise and Heaven – her wonderful cleverness is delightful to listen to ; and most gracefully it sits upon her
15Apr1864, I Am in a New Life – At bedtime the dear kind little Duchess took me to her room, and kissed me, and said how good he was. 0 that I may deserve it all!
22Apr1864, Telling Mamma About It – The Dss. of Argyll came this morning ; and I believe now everybody knows it. Ly. Chesham sent me a beautiful ring.
12May1865, Constance Kent Confesses – The Duchess of Argyll was getting signatures to an address of condolence to be sent to Mrs. Lincoln. Lou and I signed it
15Mar1873, Uncle W. Gives an Ivory Madonna – We came to Cliveden, with the W. E. G.’s (he walking to Paddington), Mazy, the Dss. of Argyll, and Mr. Leveson. Uncle W. has given me a little ivory Madonna he picked up on his way to the station, in a shop! I told him it was highly compromising and Ultramontane.
21Sep1874, Driving With the Duchess and Edith Percy – Inverary – I drove with the Duchess and Edith, and darling Lord Warkworth who loves my catspaw seal being stamped on his little white arm.
25May1878, A Death at Home – I could see the Duke hoped dinner would do her good, but she tried vainly to eat or drink; and we then saw too plainly that another stroke was upon her. He went to her and with Auntie P.’s and F.’s help supported her back to the study; we got a mattress laid on the floor…
27May1878, Coffin Moved to the Abbey – London – On Monday evening the Coffin was moved to a chapel at the Abbey; and F.’s room put back into its usual state; it felt strange and half wrong after the hours when it seemed like a consecrated spot.
21Apr1879, Campbell Engagments – …the Duchess knew and liked both Eustace and Sybil. Strange to see the new blossoming happiness in that house so full of a haunting memory.

 

Campbell, George Granville (m: Sybil Lascelles Alexander)
21Apr1879, Campbell Engagments – The 2 engaged couples were in the drawing-room — Frances (Campbell) and Eustace Balfour, and George and his pretty little lady, Sybil; the Duchess knew and liked both Eustace and Sybil.

 

Campbell, George John Douglas, 8th Duke of Argyll
07Jul1859, The King’s Bottle-Holder – There also came Duke and Duchess of Argyle, Bp. of Oxford, Mrs. Norton, and the King’s “bottle-holder”
02May1861, Painful Sotto Voce – The Duke and Duchess of Argyll dined here and I at once fell into a fit of Cliveden shyness
14Jun1862, The Queen’s Duty to Her Subjects – The Duke said the Queen in a letter to him expressed her intention of never again taking part in court gaieties
26Jun1862, A Full Day – a pompous little dinner, for the entertainment of the Viceroy of Egypt; D. and Dss. of Argyll, Lord Brougham, Lord Sydney, Lord and Ly. De Tabley, Sir John Lawrence, Col. Murray, and Mr. Cobden
13Jun1863, America: North vs South – During dinner America was the topic : the Duke and Duchess are Northern ! in their sympathies
25Jun1863, Stage Stories from Charles Kean – The Duchesses of Sutherland and Argyll, the Duke of Argyll, Charles Kean, the Cambridge Public Orator, Dr. Stanley, Papa, etc., came to the clever breakfast
11May1864, The Queen’s Second Court – shook hands with me, saying very kindly, “I am so glad to have you for a cousin.”
13Oct1870, Princess Louise Engaged to Lord Lorne! – The astonishing news came … of Lorne’s engagement to Princess Louise!! … they had better have chosen somebody with fewer belongings and more money…They are said to be much in love, specially he, and we must hope for the best. The Duke and Duchess are pleased, which is wonderful. [FN: Lord Frederick was 1st cousin to the Duchess of Argyll, the mother of Lord Lorne.]
16Mar1873, A Cabinet Council on Holyday – As the D. of Argyll and Uncle W. put their noses together on the sofa over the box, the faithful Willy and Fred hovering near, I thought it was a fine thing to assist at a Cabinet Council. No one can regret his being obliged to take up office again, but it has its keen disappointment to him, loving the prospect of a holyday as he had been doing, and having ticklish business to carry through in a rather dislocated House.
19Sep1874, Touring Scotland, Visting the Argylls – Warm and kind and comfortable within, however: Duke and Duchess, Edith Percy and her 5 children, Colin, a very beautiful youth, Libbie, Victoria, Evelyn, Mary, and lovely little Constance. [FN: are children of the Duke of Argyll, not of his daughter Lady Percy.]
25May1878, A Death at Home – I could see the Duke hoped dinner would do her good, but she tried vainly to eat or drink; and we then saw too plainly that another stroke was upon her. He went to her and with Auntie P.’s and F.’s help supported her back to the study; we got a mattress laid on the floor…
21Apr1879, Campbell Engagments – Went to Campden Hill to see the D. of Argyll, who has just come back from Cannes. Curious strong friendship and affection has sprung up between him and Amelia Anson…The 2 engaged couples were in the drawing-room…
10Nov1879, Crack Went Some Small Tendon – F. went to Leeds to hear a fine onslaught of the D. of Argyll’s at a monster Liberal meeting. Friday and Saturday bright sharp frosts. Saturday we had a good lawn-t. campaign on the new concrete ground, at the end of which, without any provocation, crack went some small tendon in the calf of my left leg, and I shall hobble for days to come.
09Jan1881, Bulwer-Lytton Defends Afghanistan Policy – London – I went to the H. of Lords, where Ld. Lytton was ill-advised enough to attempt a defence of the Afghanistan policy. His speech was fluent and clever, but he had not a leg to stand on…He was followed by the D. of Argyll, who, with perhaps unnecessary fire, demolished and scattered him to the winds in a most brilliant, condensed, and perfect little speech of only of an hour.

 

Campbell, John Frederick Vaughan, 2nd Earl Cawdor
31Oct1865, Snap-dragon and Salt – Lord Cawdor, his daughters told me, is so colour-blind that they have to hide the red sealing-wax when they are in mourning for fear of his using it; and he sees no difference between people’s ordinary complexion and that which snap-dragon and salt gives them!

 

Campbell, John George Edward Henry Douglas Sutherland, 9th Duke of Argyll (Lord Lorne) (m: Princess Louise)
11Jul1862, Last London Day – Saw Lord Lorne and Lord Archibald Campbell, pretty fair boys on ponies
23Mar1867, Dined at the Argylls’ – Lorne and Archie very pleasant, taking, gentlemanlike fellows, Lorne seeming very clever; has just written a book about Travels in America and Jamaica.
13Oct1870, Princess Louise Engaged to Lord Lorne! – The astonishing news came to Emma from her sister May of Lorne’s engagement to Princess Louise!! It is a really good precedent, I do believe ; but, as a first experiment, they had better have chosen somebody with fewer belongings and more money. Fancy Princess Louise with such a tribe of brothers-in-law, one of them a Liverpool merchant! …They are said to be much in love, specially he
10Nov1870, What Is To Be Done With Rank – Endless are the gossips and conjectures about the future of “Prince and Princess Lorne” : what is to be done with her rank and his ; will she have a “lady” ; will he have a peerage ; will she go after Royal Duchesses ; will he be allowed to go on with politics ? etc., etc.
22Mar18871, Reading at Hospital – the Guardian accounts of the wrecked suburbs and wasted lands round Paris ; winding up with the description of “Prince and Princess Lorne’s” marriage in S. George’s Chapel yesterday.
29Jun1872, A Golden Day – Dined at No. 11, to meet the Pr. and Prss. of Wales and the Lornes ; pleasant dinner. I was well off between Lorne and Bp. of Winchester
02Jul1872, A Smart Dinner at Dev. House – in the big square room. Very splendid and stately : Lornes, Tecks, Granvilles, Brownlows, Tallee, Spencers. Tail.
21Sep1874, Driving With the Duchess and Edith Percy – We drove in the woods amid magnificent trees, and ended along the loch to see the yacht appear, which brought home the Lornes and Ld. Percy. Princess Louise very pleasant and easy; seems comfortable with them all.
09Sep1878, Colin Campbell for Argyleshire – I have not mentioned a pleasant event—the return of Colin Campbell for Argyleshire, Lorne having been appointed Gov.-Gen. of Canadaan excellent coup of Dizzy’s. It is as good as a gain of a seat, Lorne having pursued a tolerably consistent course of voting against his party.
26Nov1878, Guests at Chatsworth – Very pleasant week; arrived …old Richmond, excellent company always. He and “Dicky Doyle” very good fun going over the Sketches together…Dufferins: a great break to see them…The Lorries have just arrived in Canada, after a hideous passage. They seem to have consulted the Dufferins much, as well they might, for the Dufferin reign has been a grand success.

 

Camoys, barony of, see Stonor

 

Canning, Stratford, 1st Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe
14Jul1871, Brothers at Cricket – Went to Lord’s for the Eton and Harrow, and had the delightful excitement of seeing Bob get 29 in a very masterly manner…Dined at the Stratford de Redcliffe’s: I sat by him, and he was as agreeable as ever. Heard both Pitt and Fox speak when he was a boy.
02Jul1877, Garden Party with Poor People – Went to see Ld. Stratford de Redcliffe, who was sitting in a warm dressing-gown in his arm-chair, with a fine tabby-cat to keep him company; he was very cheerful and clear-headed; hardly even deaf, at 90.

 

Canning, Lady Charlotte
31Dec1861, Saddened Year is Past – the death of Lady Canning, and finally of the Prince—all these have darkened this year

 

Capell, Arthur Algernon, 6th Earl of Essex
24May1873, Junket to Cassiobury – Had the junket of going to Cassiobury [FN: The house of Lord Essex.]. So seldom do we see new places, that I do enjoy it. Lovely warm day ; birds clamorous, foliage tender green. The house, in spite of much ginger-breading outside, very delightful and with a Gloire-de-Dijon rose in bloom growing up it.

 

Capell, Louisa Caroline Elizabeth (née Boyle) (Lady Essex)
25May18873, Lady Essex’s Children – …tea out of doors at a bewitching dairy. Ly. Essex, in a bright green silk and yellow hair, looked like an emerald pin. Her little boy of 8 is nice-looking, though terribly blind ; but the creature to enslave all hearts is Lady Betty Capel, aged 2 1/2.

 

Cardigan, Lord
18May1855, Crimean Heroes – The Duke of C. has large white whiskers, and Lord Cardigan large yellow ones

 

Cardwell, Edward, 1st Viscount Cardwell
06Apr1867, A Fine Dinner – We dined at the Cardwells’…he took me down and was delightful, and in great force. We amused him largely with what I heard the other day ; that he and Dean Stanley, who were at a private school together, were reported to their respective fathers as dolts in the matter of arithmetic!!

 

Carew, see Pole-Carew

 

Carlingford, barony of, see Parkinson-Fortescue

 

Carlisle, earldom of, see Howard

 

Carnavon, earldom of, see Herbert

 

Carlyle, Thomas, essayist
07Mar1866, Meeting Lowe and Carlyle – Afterwards for a little while to Ly. Russell’s drum, against my grain; but it was a necessary civility. Was introduced to Carlyle who launched into a broad Scotch troll on Reform to F. An odd, shrewd, rough, weatherbeaten face, and an astonishing choker!

 

Carriages, see Houses, Carriages, Buildings, House Guests and Sleeping Arrangements

 

Castlerosse, Lord
12Jul1870, Discussing Papal Infallibility – Lord Castlerosse, an old-fashioned, Liberal R. Catholic, talked to me about the Infallibility dogma in a most astonishing way. He, in common with most of his sort, dislikes the definition, and thinks it different to what has hitherto been held ; but he says that it will be defined, and that all the gallant minority, who have hitherto been so fearlessly opposing, will of course submit! The question whether the thing is true or not does not appear to be the point at all!

 

Castlereagh, vicountency of , see Stewart, Robert

 

Cathcart, Miss Emily Sarah
10Sep1863, First Day as Maid-of-Honour – Miss Stopford has won my heart, and I wish she was to be my colleague (Miss Cathcart, a dread being, is to be)
19Mar1864, Sibyl Grant’s Wedding – Made acquaintance with my colleague Miss Cathcart, a pretty, attractive person whom I think I shall get on with
15Apr1864, I Am in a New Life – Walked and drove with Miss Cathcart. Ly. Jocelyn is Ly.-in-Waiting.
25Apr1864, First Letter to Fred – I just saw Ly. Jocelyn and Emily Cathcart on the landing-place.
09May1864, I Like Royal Travelling Excedingly! – The sight of Miss Cathcart! who’s who and what’s what! She had to rig me out for the evening, one of my boxes hanging fire.
11May1864, The Queen’s Second Court – back to B. Palace for dinner with Prss. Helena, Ly. Carolina, and Emily. Then a grand concert, held by the Prince and Prss. of Wales.

 

Cattle Plague
08Oct1865, A Prayer for the Cattle-Plague – A prayer was used by authority, for deliverance from the cattle-plague, and from the threatened cholera. God grant it !
06Jan1866, Cattle Plague – The cattle-plague is fearful, more than 7,600 attacked a week, by the last return. Many places are forbidding all transfer of cattle.
01Feb1866, The Great Man Gives Fred a Speech – The hope about vaccination is pretty nearly at an end. More than 10,000 beasts were attacked by the last week’s return. Farmers and even gentry are ruined or 1/2 ruined. Cheshire is the worst county. Joints of beef are 1s. a lb.
12Feb1866, Ambassador Charles Adams – Workhouse. Went to the House to hear Cattle-plague debate. We dined snug together,
16Feb1866, Cattle Plague Rages – Cattle-plague rages in the House : a very stringent Bill is being passed, forbidding all movement of cattle along railways, and ordering the immediate slaughter of all diseased beasts. plausible remedy up just now, discovered by a Mr. Worms ; a mixture of onions and asafoetida
22Feb1866, Funds for Princess Helena – Lord Palmerston, proposing a monument to him in the Abbey. He did it very well. Then came Jamaica and Cattle-plague ; dull enough.

 

Cavendish, Beatrice Constance (née Grosvenor) (m: Maj.-Gen. Charles Compton William Cavendish, 3rd Baron Chesham)
06Nov1881, The Comfort of his Life – Sibell Grosvenor and Bibi Cavendish did the honours; the Duke we only saw for a minute.

 

Cavendish, Lady Catherine Susan (née Gordon) (m: Charles Compton Cavendish, 1st Baron Chesham)
20Dec1866, Some Mourning Things – Ly. Halifax and I drove to Doncaster, where I got some mourning things for old Lady Chesham who has just died.

 

Cavendish, Edward (Eddy) (m: Emma)
20Apr1864, Third Waiting Ends – Garibaldi dinner and party here. The Duke of Devonshire, Ly. Louisa, Lord Frederic, and Ld. Edward were here. Such a happy evening.
26May1864, Did a Shy Thing – dined all by myself at Devn. House, meeting only the Duke, Ly. Louisa, F., and Ld. Edward. Lord E. very taking and pleasant.
10Apr1865, Travelling to Lismore – Lou and Eddy met us some little way off ; he nearly independent of sticks. Nobody else here but the Duke.
20Apr1865, Wonderfully Few Casualties – boated to Glencairn, Eddy and Hal rowing up the river, Lou and I down. Wonderfully few casualties occurred, and it was charming
25Apr1865, Making Talk and Receiving Butter – Lou, Eddy, Hal, and Claude tried to fish soon after breakfast ; about 12 I went to join her, and falling in with the Duke, walked tête-à-tête with him down the river-side
30May1865, Eddy and Emma Engaged – He squeezed my hands, and said, “Do you think (fink) I shall make a good husband? and that we shall be as happy as you are?”
02Jun1865, We Shut Them Up Together – We went to Lady Caroline’s and told Eddy and Emmy to come to luncheon with us… We shut them up together in the empty drawing-room, where I think they were tolerably happy.
06Jun1865, Eddy Visits the Queen – Eddy came, looking very bright and dear: says the Queen and Princess Helena have been very kind and cordial; but the poor Queen says, as soon as anyone thoroughly suits and pleases her, she marries!
05Jul1865, First Catch Your Hare – We dined at D. House, where was a family dinner, with a tail, in honour of Eddy and Emma ; as last year of us, when I remember undergoing much in the way of introductions.
17Jul1865, This Horrible Interloper – Sat very tight all the evening for news of Eddy and Sussex, but none came. And now in about 2 hours I am hoping and longing to see Fred,
18Jul1865, Uncle William Not Returned – Eddy has won by nearly 200, therefore the 3 brethren are now all county M.P.s, and will all 3 distinguish themselves I trust.
22Jul1865, Constance Kent Pled Guilty – Drove one of a new pair of ponies, to be dubbed Sussex and Success in honour of Eddy ;
03Aug1865, Eddy and Emma are Married – Dear Eddy and Emma’s wedding-day, Emma looked nicer than I have ever seen her. There was very little crying, and all went well but the weather
29Jan1866, A Merry Servants’ Ball – A most merry, successful servants’ ball came off in the corridor downstairs…For the 1st time in my life, indulged in polkas and other whisks, with Frank and Eddy,
06Oct1866, Arrived Safely – He and Eddy rode with the hounds (it was only pottering after cubs) and afterwards shot
25Nov1868, Eddy Defeated – We heard just before dinner last night the wretched news of Eddy’s defeat by 120 ; and we do feel small and miserable. The counties are outrageously Tory.
23Jan1876, Wonders About Wine and Childbirth – Eddies went to Althorp, Wednesday. I have Victor in their absence after Prayers for a little Catechism etc., and to say over any difficult lesson before he goes with Wm. and Fritz to Mr. Perowne, their odd little old-fashioned tutor
16Sep1878, Beasts and Boys – Eddy went off with Victor to school, Thurs. night. Frank with his two Friday morning. A black Friday !—poor little boys crying bitterly, and their elders not much better; didn’t I see the Duke hastily wiping his eyes as he turned back into the house! William is a regular little chum to him!
12Jul1880, An Ugly Waggish Mug – The unlucky Irish Bill staggering thro’ the Committee; to-day’s incident was that villain Eddy, not content with not voting at the outset, spoke in favour of dropping it ! Et tu, Brute !

 

Cavendish, Hon. Emma Elizabeth, (née Lascelles) (m: Eddy) (Eddy & Lord F.’s cousin)
04Dec1863, An Argument with Ld. Frederic – Emma is a new Maid-of-Honour like me, with her 1st waiting, however, still to come
24May1864, Luncheon at Devonshire House – At luncheon were Mrs. Coke, Emma and May Lascelles.
30May1865, Eddy and Emma Engaged – It has been sad to see her, poor dear, for a long time past, looking thoroughly out of spirits, but behaving quite beautifully, under the doubt whether it was going to be
03Aug1865, Eddy and Emma are Married – Dear Eddy and Emma’s wedding-day, Emma looked nicer than I have ever seen her. There was very little crying, and all went well but the weather
25Sep1865, Honour to the Grim Last Evening – Emma and I appeared in all our diamonds, to show the Duke, and to do honour to this grim last evening.
04Dec1865, Poodle Byng’s 81st Birthday Dinner – Lou, Emma, and I presented him with a photograph stand containing our 3 selves.
01Jan1866, One Thing Wanting to Us – God grant us another year of peaceful happiness, if it be His Will, and the one thing wanting to us. Emma has that precious hope for which I long sadly.
18Jan1866, Eddy and Emma visit – Eddy and Emma came from London, having done a good spell of Sussex civilities. Emma very well and prosperous. Her baby is expected early in August.
05Jul1866, Some Civilities for the King of the Belgians – I drove with Emma. Atie. P. begged for a lift to M. Van de Weyer’s, wishing to set some civilities on foot for the King of the Belgians,
20Jul1866, Lou is Perching ! – We dined at D. House, and went thence with Lou (who is perching!), Emma! (very spirited of her), and Cavendish (F. and Eddy hansoming) in barouche to Chiswick
23Jul1866, We Might As Well Be French – Then to see Emma, who was yesterday not at all well, but is all right to-day.
06Oct1866, Arrived Safely – The hounds met at the back of the house, and Emma and I drove about there. Emma and I visited 2 or 3 folk at Rowthorne.
03Dec1866, I Do Hope and Hope – Poor Emma [FN: Lady Edward had had a stillborn baby.] goes to see tiny children whenever she can. She is really only just beginning to regain spring and liveliness
16Mar1867, A Visit to Chiswick – Emma and I drove to Chiswick. I can never go there (especially without a load of people) without our golden days all coming back upon me.
04May1867, Paxton’s Chatsworth – Emma came in the morning, with lovely Chatsworth flowers, and went to the workhouse with me. She saw an old man who had been a smart gardener, and knew all the flowers’ Latin names, and said “Oh, Paxton’s place!” when she mentioned Chatsworth.
28May1867, Very Mad Did I Feel – Emma and I went together alone to Lady Vane’s ball ; and very mad did I feel when I found myself dancing, vis-à-vis to Emma, with young Mr. Cecil Parker.
01Jun1868, Eddie and Emma’s Little Boy – Thank God, dear Emma’s troubles are all over, and a fine little boy was born yesterday at 9 o’clock. It is nice to have this to enter in the same Vol. of journal which has the account of the sad disappointment 2 years ago. Now she has everything in the world. I feel rather heart-pinched in the lessening of our own hopes
26Aug1868, Electioneering – Emma and I drove to Grange Hotel to call on the Wilson Pattens, and saw Col. P. himself. He was quite moved at the notion of our calling upon them, apparently thinking his coalition with Captain Stanley against Cavendish would make bitter enemies of us all.
13Oct1870, Princess Louise Engaged to Lord Lorne! – The astonishing news came to Emma from her sister May of Lorne’s engagement to Princess Louise!! It is a really good precedent, I do believe ; but, as a first experiment, they had better have chosen somebody with fewer belongings and more money. Fancy Princess Louise with such a tribe of brothers-in-law, one of them a Liverpool merchant! …They are said to be much in love, specially he
30May1872, The New Singer, Emma Albani – I went to see Dev. House; and M. had the treat of going to the Opera (Royal Box) with Emma, and hearing the new singer Albani. A nice-looking but rather skinny and school-girly creature with a lovely voice.
14Oct1873, A Bit of Spitting by Dizzy – Very lovely with glorious views; walked with Emma up Byland Scarr, and to see Mesdames Telfer and Mackreth. The Howards came late; it is 4 years since they were here and must be very sad to poor At. Fanny.
15Oct1873, Visiting in Raike – Emma and the girls and I went to Raike to see Mesd. Abbotson and Kelly; Mr. Jodrell came.
05Apr1880, Our Most Triumphant Campaign – Emma and I and the boys drove and rode into Bakewell for the declaration of the poll: triumphant return of both Eddy and his colleague, and warm enthusiasm. Eddy made a perfect little speech. Next came news of Cavendish and his colleague’s victory. Such a tide of triumphs never was!

 

Cavendish, Lord Frederick (her husband, Fred, F., selected entries only)
20Nov1862, First Meeting With Future Husband – We find the Duke of Devonshire, Ly. Louisa, and Ld. Frederic Cavendish, Ld. and Ly. George Cavendish, Ld. and Ly. Fanny Howard, Mr. Charles Clifford, Mr. Vyner, etc., all family I fancy
18Dec1862, One of the very best balls I ever was at – My partners Ld. F. Cavendish, Mr. Astley, oh I cannot remember them, but I danced everything
07Jul1863, A Dance with Fred Cavendish – I was asked to dance by Lords Amberley, Fred. Cavendish, George Lennox, Mr. Lascelles and an innominato
14Jul1863, A Good Recherché Ball – I was asked to dance by Lords George Lennox, Frederic Cavendish, Amberley, and Messrs. Lascelles and Stanley
16Jul1863, Last Clever Breakfast – Last clever breakfast, to which came the Dss. of Sutherland and Ly. Herbert, Dr. Acland, Dean Trench, “Garibaldi’s Englishman,” Ld. Frederic Cavendish, and a china dealer
04Dec1863, An Argument with Ld. Frederic – At dinner I got into an argument with Ld. Frederic Cavendish on the Church, which excited and interested me
08Dec1863, A Visit from Ld. Frederic – Drove in the rain for an hour with Mrs. and Emily Mildmay and Agnes. Ld. Frederic came. Pleasant evening of whist.
14Dec1863, Something of a Dream – I feel in something of a dream.
31Dec1863, Looking Forward with Awe – There is much in my heart to make me thoughtful, and to give me a sort of awe, in looking forward
09Apr1864, Viewing Herbert’s Painting with Lord F. – Atie. P. went with Ld. F. and me to see a fine fresco of Moses showing the Tables of the Law, which Herbert is painting in one of the chambers of the Houses of Parliament
11Apr1864, Garibaldi Arrives – in a window of the Privy Council Office ; Atie. P., Agnes, and I, with Ld. Frederic and Mr. Palgrave, waiting to see Garibaldi pass, on his way to Stafford House
12Apr1864, Luncheon with Garibaldi – a very happy afternoon. Ld. Frederic (who was at Chiswick) came to high tea with us, and thence with us to the Adelphi, where “Leah” was acted.
14Apr1864, Foolish and Bewildered – I seem frightened, in spite of the strange happiness. God make it right for me! God guide me in my decision! I am so foolish and bewildered.
17Apr1864, Fears Melt Away – To-day my doubts and fears (which have been many) began to melt away.
20Apr1864, Third Waiting Ends – Garibaldi dinner and party here. The Duke of Devonshire, Ly. Louisa, Lord Frederic, and Ld. Edward were here. Such a happy evening.
21Apr1864, We Are Engaged – We are engaged, and my doubts and fears have been all absorbed in the wonderful happiness and peace.
04May1864, A Golden Day – Ld. Granville brought Fred (who is his private secretary: have I ever said so?) with him.
11May1864, The Queen’s Second Court – peering about for me in vain for a long time. But at last I caught his eye; and it was so very pleasant to see his dear face light up when that happened!
18May1864, His Funny Inability – Fred read aloud to me, with fervour and feeling enough to counteract the slight disadvantage of his funny inability to pronounce either “r” or “th,”
20Jul1872, Fred Becomes Private Sect. to Gladstone – a post wanting the Cavendish caution
30May1864, Riding the Donkey-cart – some hitch in fly-orders resulted in a necessity for some couple or other to go to the station in the donkey-cart! It was decided that F. and I were the least likely to mind
07Jun1864, Our Wedding Day – Our wedding day. I cannot write about it. I can only look backwards with loving regret, and forward with bright but trembling hope.
10Jun1864, Spouting Literature – We sat out, spouted “In Memoriam” ; and he, to me, Canning’s “Letter from Lord Russell to Lord Cavendish,” which was after F.’s own heart, with its liberty and patriotism-ums.
14Jun1864, Honeymoon Books – We have at last tackled to at some books F. chose for the honeymoon : rather an odd trio ! Carlyle’s “Fr. Revolution,” Butler’s “Analogy,” and “Westward Ho!”
17Jun1864, His American Life – F. told me about his American life, and how he killed 2 buffaloes, which made me proud of him!
01Jul1864, Travel Plans Get Complicated – 2 tiny unpainted garrets at the top of the house, which we are now occupying, F. conjuring up horrible visions of fleas, and imagining scores running over his legs already.
02Jul1864, Through Alpine Snow – I was enough tired by the exertion, and thirsty withal, actually to enjoy and be refreshed by some of F.’s nasty kirchwasser mixed with snow!
07Jul1864, Walked, Ridden, Driven, and Railwayd – but as long as this wonderful sunshine is poured round me — I mean the great, new sunshine of our love for each other
20Jul1864, A Fairy-land Dream – will change the subject, and end with the fact which is the real culminating point of all our delight in this perfect place: No Fleas!
26Oct1864, Return to Chatsworth – It was when I was here the first time with Aunt Yaddy that the thought first struck him, and I think it was while I was here last year that I began really to like him.
16Nov1864, Fred Away Again – He has gone to preside at a Female Education meeting at Bradford, and at a Mechanic’s Institute at Halifax.
21Mar1865, No Ball: Fred Gloveless – ordering the prettiest, most comfortable brougham in the world…We discovered that a ball was to follow but shrunk off, I being in velvet, and F. gloveless!
21Apr1865, I am Still Happier Now – I spent a good deal of time thinking over my last 21st of April : F. coming to the clever breakfast, but not sitting by me, and looking a little white and odd
04May1865, Reform Bill and Pre-Raphaeliteism – Mr. Lowe made me agree with him, which is sad, as wicked Radical Fred is all for the £6 franchise. But if Uncle William, as is expected, makes a good rattling speech on the other side, I shall probably go comfortably round.
23May1865, Proportional Representation Just a Dream – All the political talk nowadays is of extended franchise ; and F. is rather full of an astonishing brand-new plan of Hare’s [FN: The original scheme of Proportional Representation.]
22Jun1865, Alice Arbuthnot Killed by Lightening – into the drawing-room where we sat together on the sofa in the deep summer stillness that June evening; and all was dreamlike to me, and fairyland.
09Jul1865, Very Honeylunar – We sat much in the dear little stone court before the house; also on the terrace; and walked to the Strid. Very honeylunar! Read Goulburn, Keble, Thomas à Kempis; all 3 with my Fred.
12Jul1865, Mill and Hughes Return – We had one delightful sit on the heather, which is beginning to blossom, when I lay back looking straight up into the lovely sky, conscious of the breezy, undulating expanse all round, and of my own happiness, so that my heart rather overflowed!
15Jul1865, Fred is Elected, Lou is Engaged – Perhaps he won’t turn out eloquent: his style is too stern, and his voice, especially his curious “th” and “r,” against him; he expresses himself sometimes abruptly, and sometimes his ideas come too fast for his words and make him confused; but at all events he is original, and eager, and to the point; and by every tone and word shows that he means and feels what he says.
18Jul1865, Uncle William Not Returned – I build Castles in the air of Uncle W. Prime Minister, with Cavendish Secretary of War, Freddy Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Eddy Home Secretary [FN: This bold prophecy was nearly fulfilled.
03Aug1865, Eddy and Emma are Married - Dear Eddy and Emma's wedding-day, Oh, how I hope and pray for them that they may be as happy as we are !
05Sep1865, My Old Birthday - but perhaps mostly from the blessed satisfied sense of dependence on one who is as my own self to me, and without whom I should feel lost.
26Sep1865, Lou and Frank are Married - I realized fully for the first time how terribly we shall all miss her, and Freddy and I went upstairs and cried frightfully. The three kept much with their father
30Nov1865, Fred's Birthday - My darling Fred 29 to-day : it seems a little old to me, alack ! I gave him a pair of muffatees, which have cost me gigantic efforts ! God grant us our heart's desire, if it is His Will, to make a new sunshine over Fred's next birthday.
14Jan1866, A Tiff With Morgan - I verily believe I have never mentioned F.'s having got the oppressive honour of moving the Address before him !
01Feb1866, The Great Man Gives Fred a Speech - F. went to a meeting about improving poor people's houses in Westminster, and to the House for the 1st time as M.P. to help re-elect the Speaker.
05Feb1866, Arnt Suverland is ill - They are all uneasy about the Dow. Duchess of Sutherland's [FN: Wife of the 2nd Duke : sister of Lord Frederick's mother.] health. Instead of the unwieldy title I might perhaps adopt Freddy’s “Arnt Suverland.
06Feb1866, The Queen Opens Parliament – My great excitement of hearing F. move the Address came off about 5. He was nervous, but got through it very well ; his voice much better and clearer than I expected, and plenty in his speech, which has received enough compliments to turn my head
13Mar1866, To Marlborough House – F. shirked Marlborough House ball in the coolest way, not to miss the debate; but I went, and curtseyed to the Princess of Wales and Princess Helena
15Mar1866, Ly. Augusta and Dean Stanley – We had luncheon in the very room where I sat waiting in my veil on my marriage-day, with my Fred beside me, and everybody else looking like a dream.
26Mar1866, A Lonely Day – I have not spent such a lonely day for a long while. F. went off at 8¼ to Leeds, high gee a meeting precursory of a big Reform meeting, and was only back for 8½ dinner.
28Apr1866, Speeches on the Reform Bill – Fred came to bed at ¼ to 5 in the morning, announcing a majority of 5 for the 2nd reading. F. had tea at No. 11, and said he seemed strung up and excited, and indignant with Dizzy, who had sent Uncle W. word he meant to speak 1 hour and then spoke 3.
27May1866, Remembering 1st Communion – my 1st Communion… grieve to think how fresh and pure and strong my feelings were then to what they are now, on the greatest things. The happiness of my married life is such an absorbing happiness ! I fear it binds me round more closely than it ought ; it is difficult in heart and mind to ascend, when I have such great treasure on earth.
15Jul1866, Meriel Talbot, A Stalwart Child – the christening of darling “Meriel Lucy Talbot,” Fred gave her a fine Bible and Prayer Book in one, which, if she is a stalwart child, she may be able to lift in 10 years’ time.
28Sep1866, Yeoman Fred – One of my black days, my Fred going off to do yeomanry at Lancaster for a week. Such a long day as it felt !
05Oct1866, He’s Coming Home – At last, at last, the day is come! But he won’t be here till past 1 at night; leaving Lancaster this morning, going to a public dinner at Knaresborough, and riding from Chesterfield.
03Mar1867, School and Workhouse – School and workhouse. The old bodies made a great joke of F.’s bringing me to the door of the workhouse.
12Apr1867, Breakup of the Liberal Party – We had all been deceived, and had no notion that defeat was probable… But it is a heart-break. We came home hardly knowing what we were about. When I saw Freddy I had a regular cry ; and he was even more cut-up than I was, knowing more fully the rotten state of things it reveals, and the greatness of the defeat.
30Jun1867, Wedding Ring Off for First Time – Have just been much put about by discovering I had unbeknown pulled off my wedding-ring for the very first time. Made my Fred put it on again, as I remember Mamma used to make Papa.
06Jul1867, Flung in the Mud by a Riderless Horse – I was flung clear off on the near side, flat on my back in the mud, It is a serious thought to me, how close I cling to all my happiness. The thankfulness, when I thought of Freddy, rushed over me like a flood.
19Jul1867, Like Babies to the Zoo – My Fred’s holyday : we went like a couple of babies to the Zoological Gardens, to my great enjoyment, and topped up with a really capital play, “The Lady of Lyons.” N.B. It brought two tears down Freddy’s iron cheek.
01Aug1867, Kick-up in the H. of Lords – F. had thought of a similar proposal, but would have put it : “that all votes should be given in writing.” However the notion is snuffed out. There is a strong party in the Lords’ in favour of cumulative voting. Uncle W. is against it, F. for it. Bright violent against it.
13Jan1868, Notions About Ireland – (Fred) has always been for the disestablishing of the Church, on the simplest ground of justice to the large majority. The other great grievance being the land tenures, and the thing to be aimed at being the giving the Irish an interest in the soil and some security of tenure,
12Jun1868, Fred to the Yeomanry – My horrid week of all the year began : my Fred going to Lancaster for the Yeomanry : a playing at soldiers which I cannot away with ! Went with him to D. House early, and rode with him at 12½. Very lonely and unked without him. . .
20Nov1868, Nominated at Bradford – about 2,000 people collected in front of the hustings. They were rather dull and silent during Sir F. Crossley’s speech, but it was delightful to see them warm up into great enthusiasm during F.’s speech, which was the best I ever heard him make, vigorous, earnest, pointed, and with the sort of eloquence which comes out of deep conviction. He was trembling, not with nervousness, but enthusiasm. I nearly burst!
15Apr1869, Invitation to Windsor – An invitation to Windsor for 3 nights ! ! the dear Queen hasn’t seen me since I married. She won’t have Fred ; I feel sure she has never forgiven him for standing on one leg and forgetting his manners that courting time at Osborne.
27Jul1869, Every Shade of Bad Complexion – Everything very Emslike ; crowds of creaky people with every shade of bad complexion…We met Lord Walter Scott, and F. shot [FN: see Glossary] a German Jew from Bradford, one of his constituents, a wonderful, round old fellow with no neck, in a velvet coat.
04Jul1870, Parenthetic Dinner – Went to the House to hear F. move his amendment. Parenthetic dinner at J.G.T.’s, where were Sir Walter and Sarina James. I scolded F. for his speech which he thought fit to gallop through as if somebody was behind him with a pitchfork
30Sep1870, The First Post-cards – came here with the Duke for the opening of the splendid new Mechanics’ Institute at Keighley. have hardly ever heard the Duke before. My Fred spoke capitally—if only he could learn less ungainliness and fierceness of manner ! He ran a-tilt against an old endowed “charity” which distributes nearly £800 in small doles…
12Dec1870, A Very Pleasant Party – The King of Prussia has proclaimed himself (or some such ceremony) Emperor of Germany at Versailles. All very fine, but F. thinks that if Paris continues to hold out, and forces him, after all the expenditure of men and money, to raise the siege, the German States (other than Prussia), which don’t care about the Hohenzollerns, will overthrow him and go in for a republic.
11Mar1871, Fire Disaster at Holker – My precious Fred sent me a full account [FN: There had been a fire at Holker.]. Something in his dressing-room chimney did the mischief, but he suspected nothing till he was woke about 5 by a loud crash, and looking into the dressing-room, was driven back by suffocating hot smoke. He groped as fast as he could (no possibility of putting any clothes on !) to the other wing, alarmed the house, and set everyone to work saving pictures and books from the rooms below.
16Mar1873, A Cabinet Council on Holyday – As the D. of Argyll and Uncle W. put their noses together on the sofa over the box, the faithful Willy and Fred hovering near, I thought it was a fine thing to assist at a Cabinet Council. No one can regret his being obliged to take up office again, but it has its keen disappointment to him, loving the prospect of a holyday as he had been doing, and having ticklish business to carry through in a rather dislocated House.
08Aug1873, I Shall Have Him With Me – …But by some unaccountable blundering the cat came out of the bag in the paper this morning, and he is in for it. It will be a horrid business if he has a contest, Greenwich and East Staffordshire having just been won by the Tories…I saw Uncle W. at his window when we got home; he called me in and was delightful about F., calling him “such a compound of gallantry and good sense” and saying “I shall have him with me” with great pleasure and affection.
02Feb1874, Like Tragedy and Comedy – the people listened famously well, and I enjoyed the sight of their keen, shrewd faces… My proudest time was during the questions, in which my old Fred does certainly excel…What with F.’s profound earnestness and his humorous hitting, they are a good deal like Tragedy and Comedy.
30Apr1877, War Between Russia and Turkey – The upshot is that Uncle W., after much discussion with Lord Granville, and finding that Hartington can’t conscientiously support him, is going to move certain Resolutions…F. is nearly wild. How can he leave Cavendish in the lurch, and yet to be driven to vote against Uncle W. seems almost inconceivable to him.
20May1877, Sunshine Bits of Time – Called on Mrs. Cottingham Sat.; she showed me a Sheffield paper in which F.’s part in bringing about the arrangement on the Resolutions was sniffed out, and he patted on the back as a person of highly agreeable and conciliatory manners and very popular.
18Nov1878, A Reading List – we left it on Saturday, and came nothing loth to Chatsworth—a great rise in life from our lodging. F. less lame and much better and stronger, but his arm much the same: he has clapt an Alcock’s Porous Plaster on the shoulder. Our reading has been tolerably extensive…
24Nov1879, Short Supply of Young Ladies – My Fred 43 on the 30th; he is very well and up to things; but alas ! still given to aches in the back…
05Apr1880, Our Most Triumphant Campaign – Declaration of the Poll at Bradford : F.’s majority 3,700 — rather more than the highest expectations; and the total poll 100 more than the utmost stretch of imagination.
28Oct1880, Suspension of Habeas Corpus – F. put the black view strongly before Uncle W. that he might know the worst; but F. is as strong as Uncle W. against extra-legal measures being resorted to except as a last resource. “What?” he said, “are we to lock up 500 people in gaol?”
31Jan1881, Parliament and the Irish – On Tues. night F. was to sit up, and to go to bed at 8 on Wednesday morning the 2nd Feb. Instead of which, when he turned up at that hour, he announced that after some breakfast and a tub he was to go back again, as a coup d’état was decided on.
04Jun1881, Deliciously Together – he has only four nights to spare, poor wretch, as evil fate has put Supply down first thing on Thursday…. Then came the joyful moment of meeting my Fred at the station about 3. Drove off deliciously together after he had had some supper, to Godesberg: it’s rather a cockney drive, but he loved the sweet air.
10Jul1881, 50,000 Volunteers – To make it more provoking, we were in the close neighbourhood, having accepted an invitation to “Peck” Hamilton’s, close to Sunninghill. F., of course, ran the one train so fine that we missed it…Left servants and luggage to twirl their thumbs till 8 p.m. and set out walking….
05Sep1881, A Yankee Miss Who Knew F. – The event of the day, however, was the meeting between F. and a certain Yankee Miss _____, a showy old-young lady much painted, who turned out to be no other than “Philadelphia,” so called because he never could remember her name, but about whom I used to chaff him…
04Nov1881, Gladstone’s Thoughts on Resignation – F. had talks with Uncle W. about his resignation, which he is very seriously contemplating about Easter, on the strength of having carried out all the great foreign matters of policy that he took office to do. The conversation as I have it from F. was pretty much as follows…
06Mar1882, Discussing Lord F. – sat by Lady Enfield who was mighty civil and said many interesting things about F.—how some bitter anti-Forster man said all would have been well in Ireland if F. had been Chief Sec.! I said, “Heaven forbid!” but Lord Enfield agreed with the man. Bet me 2s. 6d., which I took, that F. would be Chancellor of the Exchequer the end of this session.
19Mar1882, A Darby and Joan Afternoon – F. and I had a Darby and Joan afternoon walk and pickt primroses and white violets; wild strawberry blossom and daffodils are out. We suspected nothing (who would have thought such a thing likely!), but heard afterwards that the Duke and Katie Cavendish settled after morning Church to marry each other.
Final Entries – Then came our good-bye-our last kiss. There were no particular last words. I had not a feeling but that he was coming back on Sunday night: I called to him, “Mind and send me word of yr train, that I may send to meet you.” I heard aftds he all but missed the train. This was my last sight of my own darling.

 

Cavendish, Katherine Caroline
19Oct1878, Charles Gets Married – Charles’s wedding-day a golden day within and without! Katie Cavendish [FN: Sister of the bride, afterwards 2nd wife of the 1st Duke of Westminster.] and Ly. Susan Byng, Lena Grenfell and Mazy, Mary Talbot and little Sal were bridesmaids.

 

Cavendish, Lady Louisa Caroline, see Egerton, Lady Louisa

 

Cavendish, Lady Louisa, (née Lascelles) (Aunt Lou) (m: George H. Cavendish)
06Jul1867, Flung in the Mud by a Riderless Horse – I was a perfect mud plaster, horrible to behold, my head and face, however, all right. What to be done with me would have been a question if dear Aunt Lou had not dropped from the clouds in her open carriage, and taken me home from the midst of an admiring circle.

 

Cavendish, Louise Friederike Auguste (née von Alten, also Montagu, Duchess of Manchester) (m: 8th Duke in 1892)
26May1859, The Old Race of French Kings – I was introduced to Lord Clarendon, Lady Manchester, crazy Lord Crewe, Ly. Constance Grosvenor, Duchess of Sutherland, etc., etc.
21Jun1865, Encountered Great Swells – encountered great swells, viz. the Duke and Duchess [FN: Afterwards Duchess of Devonshire.] of Manchester, she looking brilliantly beautiful and attractive as usual; he certainly a foil!
12Jun1866, Prince Alfred Very Short – Ball at Lady Blantyre’s. The Duchess of Manchester there, looking rather ill and more middle-aged.
04Dec1866, Duchess of Manchester, Too Beautiful – The Duke and Duchess of Manchester came. [FN: The Duchess of Manchester became subsequently Duchess of Devonshire. In the next day's entry she is described as "too beautiful and winning, with the most perfect manners—-high-bred, gentle, and intelligent."]

 

Cavendish, George Henry (brother of 7th Duke) (Uncle G.)
07Feb1866, Cavendish to the War Office – The Duke dined with us, and looked over the moon and very proud ; also Uncle G.and Eddy dined, and we were very snug.

 

Cavendish, Georgiana (née Spencer) (m: 5th Duke) (grandmother of Lord F’s mother, sister of Lucy’s Granny’s father)
14Oct1871, Remembering The Beautiful Duchess, Georgiana – among others, one from the Beautiful Duchess of Dev. to her parents, written soon after her marriage, from Hardwick, speaking in a childlike way of her enjoyment of the place, and how there was no fear but that she would be happy in a simple country life. Poor creature!

 

Cavendish, Henrietta Frances (Netty) (née Lascelles) (m: Willliam, 2nd Baron Chesham) (dau: Lord F’s Aunt Caroline)
06Mar1867, Sermon by Dr. Pusey – We had luncheon at Devonshire House where was Netty. I went to see Kate Amberley, and Granny who got down her Bible and entered the lists with Dr. Pusey so well!
19Oct1878, Charles Gets Married – Charles’s wedding-day a golden day within and without! …They drove off to Cliveden in the glowing afternoon, and Netty took me a walk by the river and warmed my heart with her love and appreciation of Charles and indeed of all the brothers.

 

Cavendish, John Spencer (son: Emma and Eddy)
20Oct1879, Five Children Playing Whist – The 5 children all insist upon playing whist!! Dick and Blanche have a very good notion of it, and John can preside over a hand and follow suit with great accuracy, looking like Solomon. Christian seats herself by one of the players and shouts “Tump it!” on all occasions.

 

Cavendish, Richard Frederick (son: Emma and Eddy)
20Oct1879, Five Children Playing Whist – The 5 children all insist upon playing whist!! Dick and Blanche have a very good notion of it, and John can preside over a hand and follow suit with great accuracy, looking like Solomon. Christian seats herself by one of the players and shouts “Tump it!” on all occasions.

 

Cavendish, Richard (brother of 7th Duke) (Uncle Dick)
13Jun1863, America: North vs South – There are here the Argylls, Ld. Richard Cavendish, the Wm. Cowpers, Ly. C. Grosvenor, and poor Mr. William Harcourt
03May1865, An Old Prosaic Couple – Lord Richard came. We went (and I chaperoned Lou! at which I died) to a concert
13Jun1865, Fields Cleared of Hay – Hotter again. We saw field after field cleared of hay on our journey up. Lord Richard came to breakfast, and brought us lovely pinks and roses from Chislehurst.
14Jun1865, Busy Day in London – hanging Lord Richard’s beautiful engravings in the drawing-room (which also Lou and I decked out with wedding-presents), and the Smithian water-colours and “The Happy Valley” in the study
17Jun1865, Visiting Lord Richard – At ½ past 4 we set off for Chislehurst which it interests me to see. Uncle Richard and his dog Maida (descended from Sir W. Scott’s) received us very kindly.
18Jun1865, No Afternoon Sermon – afternoon walk to Lord Sydney’s fine park. The church close by Lord Richard’s garden (N.B. I am to say Uncle Richard, says he!), pretty and carefully arranged.
24Jun1865, Be Civil to the Constituents – Had luncheon at D. House, and told the Duke all about Thompson : didn’t find it blowing.
29Dec1865, Xmas Charities – Got into the p. carriage in an interval of fine weather with Lord Rd. and drove to call on Mrs. Hubberty, but we were well wetted with driving rain.
25Jan1866, Never Ending Shooting is a Tax – Uncle Rd. and I walked by the park and fields to Flookburgh, where I hooked on to Lou, and we did a selection of poor folk
18Apr1866, Whigs and Tories Inter-marry? – We had luncheon at Devinshire House where Ld. Richard had turned up.
18Mar1872, Gladstone Not a Jesuit in Disguise – A cosy scratch dinner of Uncle Dick, Prime Minister and Mrs., Mesd. Talbot and Johnny
29Jun1872, A Golden Day – Afterwards we went about the glorious place with the Talbots and Uncle Dick, etc., and my Fred enjoyed it, and I was very happy
04Jan1873, The Chatsworth Party at Royal Week – It’s rather absurd that I have never given a list of the Chatsworth party during the Royal week ; here they all are
16Oct1873, Teaching the Dear Boykins – Had a fine galloping ride on Republic, with F., on the sands. Grey mild day. Uncle Dick came. I do Bible and hymns, and reading, and am beginning a little adding and counting, with the dear three eldest boykins before breakfast. Only Victor reads.
15Nov1875, Everything Vanishes Away – As people arrive, and the long dinners and smart clothes begin again, my heart grows heavy with thoughts of May, who came here just this time last year, full of her last happy Keble visit; and of dear Uncle Richard, whom this place always brings back to my mind. The changes and losses seem to thicken round one, and there is something strangely sad and pathetic in the sort of diligent way one closes up the ranks and goes on and on with the old ways…

 

Cavendish, Spencer, 8th Duke of Devonshire (Lord Hartington from 1858 to 1891, ‘Cavendish’ to family)
10Jun1862, Three Days Rolled Into One – Partners, Messrs. Meller (twice), Hofman, Howard (a friend of Albert’s), Roberts (a substitute for Lord Hartington, who engaged me, but fell through), Ld. John Hervey, Gaskell
24May1864, Luncheon at Devonshire House – luncheon at Devonshire House, I am hardly shy at all with Ly. Louisa now ; my chief awe centres round Lord Hartington, who is very kind to me, however.
04Aug1864, Fred Doing the Agreeable – I put on my dear Queen’s necklace and Cavendish’s beautiful bracelet [FN: She underlines this: presumably because it is the first time she calls her formidable brother-in-law, Lord Hartington, by his family name...]
12Aug1864, First Day’s Grouse Shooting – my Fred having shot the most birds, viz. 35½ brace : Cavendish looked dejected, having only killed 20 brace.
31Aug1864, The Poor People Were Charming – One old woman bade Lou and me tell “Markis he mun dance in a peck,” as his younger brother has married first!
19Oct1864, Selling at a Bazaar – everything likely to turn out successful. It was opened with a splash by Cavendish’s making a speech.
22Dec1864, A Begging Errand – I wrote to Cavendish!!! on a small begging errand of Mrs. Otley’s. Played billiards with Aunt E. and beat her.
25Dec1864, Cavendish Answers – Cavendish answered my letter, to my infinite pride and satisfaction.
16Mar1865, Cavendish Up on His Facts – To the House, where after an hour and a quarter of dreadful dulness I heard Cavendish speak on Army Estimates. He seemed a little nervous, but grew more fluent as he went on,
07Jul1865, A Good Drawing in Punch – Cavendish dined, to my great satisfaction ; Auntie P. and Mary came in afterwards.
18Jul1865, Uncle William Not Returned – I build Castles in the air of Uncle W. Prime Minister, with Cavendish Secretary of War, Freddy Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Eddy Home Secretary [FN: This bold prophecy was nearly fulfilled.
20July1865, No-poperyums - Late in the evening came Cavendish, with hopeful accounts of U. Wm.'s S. Lancashire prospects.
07Sep1865, Cavendish Sees Our Room - I poked up Cavendish, and we took him to see our dear little room after tea ; he had not seen it before. Was struck. We had a pleasant brotherly little dinner.
23Sep1865, Lou's Wedding Gifts - and a diamond and ruby necklace from Chatsworth!
26Sep1865, Lou and Frank are Married - Cavendish's face, too, struck me and moved me exceedingly—full of deep feeling which I had never seen called forth in him before...especially when Cavendish went to her room before, and was much overcome himself.
29Dec1865, Xmas Charities - We had a snug little tea in our room, and entertained Cavendish, to my pride.
07Feb1866, Cavendish to the War Office - Cavendish got a mysterious scrap from Ld. Granville yesterday or the day before, containing the words : "Of course I congratulate you." Not being aware that he was going to be married, the Markiss was puzzled...
12Apr1866, Speeches at the House - Cavendish spoke after dinner : his 1st speech not upon Armyums: he hesitated a good deal, and seemed nervous : no wonder, for the Opposition chose to hoot and howl and roar with laughter in a way rather peculiar to after-dinner occasions and thoroughly disgraceful.
19Jun1866, The Fate of the Bill - It was got up partly as a proper civility for the Secretary of War [FN: Lord Hartington had just entered the Cabinet as Secretary at War.]; and under the circumstances felt rather like inviting people to see Cinderella after 12 had struck !
04Jul1866, Big Party at D. House – Big party at D. House: I chaperoned Mary Wortley and Charlotte Farquhar! We dined there; Cavendish pretended to weep over his fall: I am very cross at it ; for he was doing his duty famously, as all sides say more or less.
20Jul1866, Lou is Perching ! – We dined at D. House, and went thence with Lou (who is perching!), Emma! (very spirited of her), and Cavendish (F. and Eddy hansoming) in barouche to Chiswick
30Jan1867, A Plot Among the Whigs – There are dismal indications of a plot among the Whigs against Uncle William’s leadership of the Opposition, and some have dragged up Cavendish’s name to take his place. He has heard nothing of it directly
07Feb1867, Tea wth the Stanleys – Later, had the honour of a visit from Cavendish who stopped till Freddy came home.
29Apr1867, Cavendish Donates – Lonodon – I had the intense break of an answer from Cavendish to a begging letter of mine, sending me a cheque for £100 ; £50 donation to the C. H., £25 annual to P.M.W. [FN: I.e. Parochial Mission Women.], £25 for me to dispose of. Wrote him an intoxicated thank you.
23Jul1867, Birthdays – Birthday of little Edward and of Cavendish [FN: Her brother Edward and her brother-in-law, Lord Harlington]. I wrote to the former, and sent the latter a little gift of Hymns Ancient and Modern for his pocket.
14Apr1868, Scoundrel Fish – Cavendish hooked a fine fish, but, grievous to say, it got off after an hour’s playing. The Duke was by, and came home very much aggravated—more so than the philosophical Markiss! —kept breaking out with “That scoundrel of a fish!”
11Aug1868, Back to Dear England – Find Lou, the Duke, Cavendish, and the D. of Buccleuch. All of course have the electionums ; there is great fear for Cavendish’s seat ; Frank’s is pretty secure ; we as yet have no opposition.
26Aug1868, Electioneering – Cavendish and all his gentlemen went off electioneering ; F. to Bradford to do the civil to his constituents.
02Sep1868, Heart of the Enemy’s Country – My Fred came home to dinner, quite excited over Cavendish’s success at his meetings near Preston (the heart of the enemy’s country)… I had the treat of telling this to the Duke, who was much delighted.
14Nov1868, A Stump Speech – Enjoyed myself much, going with Cavendish to Ulverston, for his last meeting before the nomination. He spoke better than ever, said everybody, and indeed it was an excellent speech, exhaustive, well-argued, straightforward, spirited, and only just short of eloquent in parts
21Nov1868, Cavendish Beaten – A grievous disaster ! Cavendish beaten yesterday by 1,400 after all his hard work and F.’s canvassing and the indefatigable labours of friends and agents. We had not much hope, but didn’t expect anything so hollow.
27Nov1868, Lies About Popery – The two beaten brethren, Cavendish and Eddy, came home; both cheery about it, but it was a great blow to both. “No Popery” has served Dizzy well in the counties; the discoveries are remarkable anent it; Mr. Gladstone and his wife are papists, one of his daughters is an abbess, and the Cavendishes for years past have been the tools of the Pope!!!
06Dec1868, Offer Far From Suitable – Cavendish got a private letter from Uncle W. offering him the Lord-Lieutenancy of Ireland, regretting that his being out of Parliament prevents his entering the Cabinet. The letter kind and cordial, but it is a considerable blow, as Cavendish’s successful and steady work at the War Office in ’66, and the Duke’s 4 great contests just now, seemed to give him a claim.
07Dec1868, Another Proposed – He telegraphed “Ireland over ; another proposed.” This is exciting. I rode with Lord George, Louey, and Mr. Strutt. Empress chose to kick.
08Dec1868, Postmaster Cavendish – Cavendish telegraphed that he has accepted the Postmastership-General, with a seat in the Cabinet ; and he also wrote by post that Uncle W. had been very cordial, not pressing him to take Ireland, tho’ saying that he thought it an important post just now, and showing that the want of a seat in Parliament was the only thing that made a difficulty about the Cabinet.
17Apr1869, Getting the Queen Out of Isolation – Who should be there but Cavendish ! It was great fun meeting him for the 1st time on his good behaviour. He enlivened the dinner a good deal. Whist.
19Apr1869, Another Day at Windsor – She told Cavendish, “Mr. Gladstone and I do not agree about the Irish Church, and he does not talk much to me about it.” Nevertheless I know he has been pleased and struck with her conduct to him.
20Apr1869, Windsor Visit Ends – Princess Louise saw me to say good-bye, and so ends my new experience of Court life. Got back before 12. Went to see Lou. ; Cavendish came to dinner, and was a little cross and disloyal, I think on purpose to aggravate me.
03Sep1870, The Last of Napoleonism Forever – A telegram was sent to Cavendish, which was taken up to Thorpe Fell, with the astounding news that the Emperor has capitulated with all that is left of MacMahon’s army, viz. 80,000 men ; giving himself up to the King of Prussia. So falls the Empire, and surely with it the last of Napoleonism for ever. The skirmish at Saarbrück which began the war was on August 3rd
05Jan1871, Cavendish Violently Sat Upon – Cavendish has been violently sat upon (sent for to Hawarden for the purpose) by Uncle W. to take the Irish Secretaryship, and has consented, very unwillingly.
27Feb1871, Special Secret Committe – Ireland is improved and on the whole satisfactory, but there is a regular Riband conspiracy rampant in Westmeath, which has reached such a point that universal terrorism prevails, and murders may be (and many have been) committed with impunity, nobody daring to bear witness. Government decided that this was “intolerable,” and (I think I may confide the dead secret to my faithful journal) Cavendish was desirous of an immediate suspension of Habeas Corpus. Uncle Wm., however, greatly hates this extreme measure
30Aug1871, Shooting at Bolton – Bolton – Dear old Charles went, having killed 1,000 birds all but 4…August 30th, 1871.—Poor Cavendish is not in good shooting trim after his endless grind in London and Ireland, and left off after luncheon.
27Jul1872, We Cleverly Missed the Train – Christina Nillson was married in W. Abbey to a man said to be a bankrupt Parisian stockbroker. We cleverly missed the train, so filled up the time with a ride, meeting Cavendish on a lovely quondam racer which broke a blood-vessel and had to retire from the profession.
17Dec1872, A Royal Visit to Chatsworth The Prince and Princess of Wales visit Chatsworth
27May1873, Harcourt Cynical and Unprincipled – Dined with Sir Harcourt Johnstone, meeting Wenlocks and various folk ; Mr. W. Harcourt was there, as cynical and unprincipled in talk as may be! The most pleasing thing he had to say was that Cavendish was the only member of the Govt. who had common sense : “He’s the leader for me.”
31Oct1873, Lay of the Last Minstrel – William and Fritz actually love the “Lay of the Last Minstrel”!!! ….Cavsh. went late.
07Mar8174, Gladstone: No Active Lead in House – Grim news of Uncle W.’s determination, on deliberate grounds of what he thinks right, to take no active lead in the House this year. It will have to be Cavendish.
23Jul1874, Fancy Dress Ball at Marlborough House – Conversation turned much on the fancy ball at Marlboro’ House, which came off t’other night, and for which I saw Cavendish arrayed in Tudor costume. He looked famously well and handsome…Among the ladies Ly. Hardwick seems to have been preeminent; Ly. Granville very striking in Vandyck dress, with great shady hat.
24Nov1874, Cavendish and Flo? – Florence [FN: Lady Florence Leveson-Gower, daughter of the Duke of Sutherland.] is a most winning creature, and we can’t help a little exciting hope that Cavendish thinks of her. He certainly likes her better than other girls; and at his age one almost feels it is now or never…
08Dec1874, The Chatsworth Magic Lantern – We are come to the last slide of the Chatsworth magic lantern: the Duke of Cambridge and his equerry, a funny little man called Tyrwhitt, of no particular age, in a grey wig; Lord Carlingford and Ly. Waldegrave, the Spencers, Mr. Leveson, Cavendish.
11Feb1875, Cavendish Elected to Liberal Leadership – Oh dear, not a word have I said of the public and private event of Cavendish’s unanimous election to the Liberal Leadership a week or so ago. There would have been great conflict of opinion between him and Mr. Forster, if Mr. F. had not generously refused to be put forward…the worst of him is that I can’t imagine him ever strongly zealous or earnest about anything;
23Aug1875, The Duke’s Leg is Unwell – if the Duke’s leg would only get well, but it is the slowest job…By dint of Cavendish offering to drive him, the Duke was at last induced to get into the Laycock phaeton with a dowdy slow pony, and go off on a toodle. It was so ridiculously unlike the manners of both Duke and Markiss as to be very funny; next day he let F. and me take him round by Storiths.
16Oct1876, Cavendish Meets with the Turks – Cavendish writes from Constantinople to the Duke, full of contempt for Turkish truth or capacity for reform, yet speaking of the impossibility of securing other good government for the Provinces (which, left to themselves, would fall into civil war or anarchy) without foreign occupation agreed on by all the Powers—which agreement he sees little hope of securing…
30Oct1876, Cavendish and the Eastern Question – Cavendish came, and on Friday he and F. went off to Keighley for the opening of a Liberal Club, and Cavendish made an excellent straightforward speech on the Eastern Question, which must do good: it was the more weighty against Government for its sober moderation of tone.
30Apr1877, War Between Russia and Turkey – The upshot is that Uncle W., after much discussion with Lord Granville, and finding that Hartington can’t conscientiously support him, is going to move certain Resolutions…F. is nearly wild. How can he leave Cavendish in the lurch, and yet to be driven to vote against Uncle W. seems almost inconceivable to him.
14May1877, Dissatisfaction With Turkey – Cavendish made a perfectly admirable speech, leaving nothing to be desired: he is come on enormously in readiness and delivery, and not only argued excellently but did good cut-and-thrust work and was effective and humorous.
11Jun1877, Women’s Party at Chiswick – we had a most successful afternoon at Chiswick, which the Duke let us have for a Limehouse party — Ishbel Marjoribanks’s first supplemental work. She and I and Helen and two Talbot girls drove down, and the intense enjoyment of the mothers was delightful to see-100 of them in the lovely garden.
11Feb1878, Gladstone and Cavendish – Barrow business every day prevented F. resting as he ought; he is rather ill with all the worry and tension of the past fortnight. Especially he is harassed by the excessive difficulty of Hartington’s and Uncle W.’s footing together. They are 2 men so utterly unlike in disposition and mode of viewing things
25May1878, A Death at Home – A great debate this week, on a motion of Hartington’s condemning the Indian troops’ move on constitutional grounds…Cavendish ended the debate with the best speech I ever heard him make, fluent and energetic.
16Sep1878, Beasts and Boys – Eddy went off with Victor to school, Thurs. night. Frank with his two Friday morning. A black Friday !—poor little boys crying bitterly, and their elders not much better; didn’t I see the Duke hastily wiping his eyes as he turned back into the house! William is a regular little chum to him!
10Mar1879, Fire at Granville’s – Wednesday. Cavendish’s 2nd drum.
27Oct1879, Special Train to Hardwick – We all broke up into a vast déménagement. Special train with all and sundry. Children and Co. went to Chatsworth. Duke, F., and I parted with them at Chesterfield and came to Hardwick…Our host [FN: Lord Hartington, to whom the Duke had made over Hardwick.] only arrived from London on Thursday with a bad cold
08Mar1880, Owdacious Flings at the Opposition – F. turned up from the House in the small hours, with the thunderclap news of a DISSOLUTION!…We dined Wednesday at D. House, where were Frank and Lou, and Cavendish looking rather ill and tired with a cold. His address to N. E. Lancashire, which he is going to fight, quite excellent..
19Apr1880, Gladstone Prime Minister Again – On Thursday Hartington was sent for. He and Ld. Granville and Uncle William have, of course, come to an understanding about the leadership among themselves, but Uncle W. had to be dragged up by force on Monday the 12th from Hawarden for the purpose by a letter from Ld. Granville.
26Apr1880, Filling Up Of Offices – Of course Lord Granville and Hartington had their choice of the leading places; and it is excellent Ld. G. being at the F.O. and Cavendish Indian Secretary…and Spencer is one of Ld. G.’s under-secretaries — he was getting very sick of his dilettante life, and it is a capital thing!
31Jan1881, Parliament and the Irish – Meanwhile F. went off in a cab to Devonshire House and pulled unlucky Hartn. out of bed at 1 when he had just got there and was sound asleep. The rest of the night passed peacefully. Very few even of the Government knew what was planned between the Speaker, Uncle W., and Sir Stafford;…Sir Bow-wow saying that it was the 1st time in history that Cavendish had been known to be in bed at 1, and then he was pulled out of it!
04Nov1881, Gladstone’s Thoughts on Resignation – In the 3rd place he said it was only fair to Lord Granville and Hartn., who had led the party thro’ difficult and disagreeable times. F. acknowledged the force of all this, but represented the practical impossibility.
21Feb1882, Bradlaugh’s Oath Sprung – The division was very odd: Uncle W. and some other Ministers not voting at all; Cavendish voting with Sir Staffd., and the Liberals generally dividing their favours; it was a big majority.

 

Cavendish, Victor Christian William, 9th Duke of Devonshire
01Jun1868, Eddie and Emma’s Little Boy – Thank God, dear Emma’s troubles are all over, and a fine little boy was born yesterday at 9 o’clock. It is nice to have this to enter in the same Vol. of journal which has the account of the sad disappointment 2 years ago. Now she has everything in the world.
12Jun1868, Fred to the Yeomanry – The unlucky little Eddy [FN: The present Duke of Devonshire.] is doomed to be called Victor Christian William: Duke says he would like Abraham better than Victor.
27Nov1868, Lies About Popery – The Eddies delighted with their baby, who is indeed charming, always crowing and chirping with fun, and smiling all over his face like Eddy ; while his kicks are untiring.
10Nov1869, Little William and Little Victor – William and Victor are increasing in charms…Victor fat and meditative, hardly ever seizes the point of one’s remarks to him at the moment, but by and bye one catches him doing the thing he was told ; waddles with feet wide apart and is still bigger than Wm. sometimes very merry with jolly jokes of his own, but never hurries himself.
28Jan1870, William and Victor Meet Again – William and Victor met downstairs for the 1st time for a fortnight, and it was the prettiest sight in the world. William was quite crazy with delight…He would never leave him, and all his tyrannical ways disappeared as he evidently thought him a tender little invalid who must be petted..Meanwhile Victor received all demonstrations with dignity, slowly thawed into smiles, and finally they trotted about the room together.
14Aug1870, Little Field of the Cloth of Gold – early shouts are heard from Victor’s apartment over the back entrance, and he and William trot opposite ways round the flower-beds, and meet and embrace like Henry VIII and Francis I at the Field of the Cloth of Gold.
23Aug1870, The Tiny Boys and the Gentlemen – The tiny boys assist at the departure of the gentlemen every morning with triumphant shouts and hat-wavings. As soon as the ponies come round, both little fellows go and look up everybody, saying “Gee-gees ‘eady,”
23Jan1876, Wonders About Wine and Childbirth – Eddies went to Althorp, Wednesday. I have Victor in their absence after Prayers for a little Catechism etc., and to say over any difficult lesson before he goes with Wm. and Fritz to Mr. Perowne, their odd little old-fashioned tutor. Victor is the most docile and painstaking and accurate little fellow I ever came across; I should think likely to turn out exactly like the Duke in character (tho’ he does not yet show signs of as much ability). This is a real blessing with the increasing probability of his being the heir of all the enormous responsibilities, poor boy.
16Sep1878, Beasts and Boys – Eddy went off with Victor to school, Thurs. night. Frank with his two Friday morning. A black Friday !—poor little boys crying bitterly, and their elders not much better; didn’t I see the Duke hastily wiping his eyes as he turned back into the house! William is a regular little chum to him!
19Dec1881, All the Schoolboys at Home – All the schoolboys at home: Wm. frightfully big, with the dawn of a moustache and a gruff voice!! Fritz, tho’ quite a little boy still, has launched in life…Victor, poor dear, a very strong development of the family “mouton qui rêve” countenance; but he may be a comely man yet, as he will be tall and long-legged, if he acquires a good big beard.

 

Cavendish, William, 7th Duke of Devonshire (the Duke) (her father-in-law)
09Jun1862, Red Letter Day at Cambridge – The Chancellor when he took his seat, looked very stately, and did his part with gt dignity
05Dec1863, Viewing Hardwicke – Papa and I drove with the Duke and Ly. Louisa to Hardwicke where we spent 2 hours going over the wonderful old house
20Apr1864, Third Waiting Ends – Garibaldi dinner and party here. The Duke of Devonshire, Ly. Louisa, Lord Frederic, and Ld. Edward were here. Such a happy evening.
24Apr1864, Visiting the Duke – we went to Devonshire House, where even the being taken to the Duke’s study didn’t much frighten me
26May1864, Did a Shy Thing – Did a shy thing in the evening : dined all by myself at Devn. House, meeting only the Duke, Ly. Louisa, F., and Ld. Edward. They were kind and nice
11Jun1864, Smashing the Ice – drove back to London. We went first to Devonshire House, where we saw the Duke, Lou and Eddy (I may as well smash the ice at once !)
10Jul1864, No Dissolution! – Behold ! a telegram from the Duke, with the news that there will be no dissolution, Government having a majority of 18.
08Aug1864, Home to Fred’s Home – The Duke and Lou met us in the hall, and the Duke kissed me. We had tea in the conservatory
13Sep1864, Jarring Civilities in a Church – to Ulverston with the Duke and Lou, for the laying of the 1st stone (which he did) of an aisle to be tacked on to a most mean and scrubby churc
05Oct1864, A Good Deal of Reading – The Duke and Lou came for dinner.
21Oct1864, A Visit from Meriel and a Ball – I wore some of the Duke’s diamonds on my head and round my neck for the first time.
10Apr1865, Travelling to Lismore – Lou and Eddy met us some little way off ; he nearly independent of sticks. Nobody else here but the Duke.
22Apr1865, We All Rowed, Even the Duke – We all rowed at one time or another ; the Duke and all
25Apr1865, Making Talk and Receiving Butter – It was wonderfully good of the Duke to undergo what of all things he hates most : a long series of making talk, and receiving butter of the most fulsome description
19May1865, Walking Unchaperoned – The excitement came off of the Duke and Lou dining with us: it was very nice and wonderful.
02Jun1865, We Shut Them Up Together – At 6 we joined the D. and Lou and came here : even in the dark, how delicious the country is, with its deep stillness and fragrant smell !
16Jun1865, Another Fall from a Horse – It is my 3rd tumble…Dear Lou came at 10 to see how I did, and said the Duke was very near coming!
15Jul1865, Fred is Elected, Lou is Engaged – But all this is eclipsed by the news that greeted us here. Captain Egerton has written to the Duke asking to be allowed to ask Lou to marry him
16Jul1865, The Duke Invites the Captain – I came down first to breakfast, and, the Duke arriving next, I had the courage to speak of the great news, and to say something of what the loss to him must be.
17Jul1865, This Horrible Interloper – Duke, May, and I disappeared, and left the two with nobody but Fiz en tiers, at the Granville Corner. And so it is all settled, and I have had a cry, and mean to be — am — very happy at it.
20July1865, No-poperyums – I walked about the kitchen-garden with the Duke, Fred, and the scientific Mr. Taplin ; and ate a good deal of fruit.
27Jul1865, Back Home to Hagley – The Duke, Lou, and Frank arrived by the same train as we did. Oh, how entirely mad and inside-out I felt! half receiving them at Hagley, and half being a guest like them
08Aug1865, No Longer Terrified of the Duke – I think the Duke is a little fond of me now, and at all events I have ceased to be terrified at him! I am sure it is a break to him when F. and I turn up.
10Aug1865, Investing in Haematite – F. and the Duke off again, upon Haematite steel business in which big sums are being invested.
28Aug1865, Cattle Epidemic, Nevy at Sea – The Duke had to go to a Skipton meeting, with a view to taking steps about the frightful new cattle epidemic which is spreading over the country.
25Sep1865, Honour to the Grim Last Evening – Emma and I appeared in all our diamonds, to show the Duke, and to do honour to this grim last evening.
26Sep1865, Lou and Frank are Married – dear Lou came up the choir with the poor Duke…I came upon him standing alone in the corridor, if you had shot me I couldn’t have helped it, I went up and kissed him and squeezed his hand…The Duke could not trust himself to go, so Cavendish returned thanks for him, his voice trembling, and his face quite white.
28Sep1865, Letters from Lou – The letter quite overcame him. He gave me a dear one from Lou to him to read, which was full of happiness (“I am very, very happy”), but also full of loving sorrow at leaving her father.
25Nov1865, My Wisest Advice – Evening whist, with the Houghtons and Mr. Howard, while the rest of the world, except the Duke, Ly. Newburgh, Aunt Fanny, and old slowcoach Fred, played billiard-battle: even Lord Stanley.
07Feb1866, Cavendish to the War Office – The Duke dined with us, and looked over the moon and very proud ; also Uncle G.and Eddy dined, and we were very snug.
26Mar1866, A Lonely Day – I went through breakfast and luncheon tête-à-tête with my Papa-in-law in a state of great trepidation ; and feel sure he wished me at the bottom of the Baltic.
02Apr1866, Dreading the Duke – My Fred away all day, doing a monster Reform Meeting at Leeds, Got very successfully through my tête-à-tête meals with my Papa-in-law, which I dreaded considerably.
12May1866, Lou Lives on the Victory – H.M.S. Victory – We had the fun of coming with the D. to see Lou and Frank on board their harbour ship—the old original Victory, with the brass plate marking where Nelson fell; but not much of the actual old ship left. She has never made a voyage since Trafalgar.
04Apr1867, Home from Ireland – The Duke dined with us ; he got home to-day from Ireland, where he has received a very hearty and loyal deputation of tenantry
01Feb1868, Reluctant Sons – The energetic Duke carried off his rather reluctant sons to brave storms, shooting Ellerside.
13Apr1868, Riding with the Duke – A wonderful thing happened to me, viz., I rode with my papa-in-law, and was horribly shy ; have such a painful conviction that he must think me a fool and a bore.
14Apr1868, Scoundrel Fish – Cavendish hooked a fine fish, but, grievous to say, it got off after an hour’s playing. The Duke was by, and came home very much aggravated—more so than the philosophical Markiss! —kept breaking out with “That scoundrel of a fish!”
12Jun1868, Fred to the Yeomanry – The unlucky little Eddy [FN: The present Duke of Devonshire.] is doomed to be called Victor Christian William: Duke says he would like Abraham better than Victor.
27Jun1868, The Duke is Painted – The Duke’s picture is well painted and a gentlemanlike likeness, but it does not do justice to his expression, and there is something to wrongs with the right foot.
02Sep1868, Heart of the Enemy’s Country – My Fred came home to dinner, quite excited over Cavendish’s success at his meetings near Preston (the heart of the enemy’s country)… I had the treat of telling this to the Duke, who was much delighted.
23Aug1870, The Tiny Boys and the Gentlemen – The tiny boys assist at the departure of the gentlemen every morning with triumphant shouts and hat-wavings. William screams, “Good-bye, Gappa — Good-bye, Bobo” One wonders if the Duke will ever inspire the awe into these creatures that he does into other folk ! at present they make no bones of poking him up in the midst of letters, grouse-book, etc., and ordering him about generally.
30Sep1870, The First Post-cards – came here with the Duke for the opening of the splendid new Mechanics’ Institute at Keighley. have hardly ever heard the Duke before. He hesitates and repeats, but the matter is excellent and reads well.
11Mar1871, Fire Disaster at Holker – The Duke and Uncle Richard worked hard, but when F. came down again from an expedition (commanded by the Duke in the advancing dawn !) to get on some borrowed clothes, the drawing-room and library were ungetatable, and alas some good pictures were lostengines came one after another and were efficacious in preventing the fire spreading to the old wing, which however was hardly to be averted except by the providential change of wind at the critical moment when the very doors of communication between the 2 wings were burnt. All is utter ruin of the new wing.
07Sep1871, Shipbuilding at Barrow – The Eddies, the Duke, and we went to pay our respects to Barrow and show it off to the Hugh Smiths, whom we pickt up at Furness Abbey. The jute mills are roofed and 60 machines are already up in the weaving shed, to be at work next month. We went on to Barrow Island, where shipbuilding sheds are getting up, and a keel is actually laid down…
30Oct1871, Hunting in the Rain – Old Nevy 26 to-day. Rained steadily and nastily with little cessation. The Dauntless Duke and his faithful few went up manfully to the moors nevertheless ; but first Eddy, then Frank and Mr. Strutt, sneaked home! — Grand total, 14,273 head. We got to Chatsworth at dinner.
21Oct1872, Year’s Total is 14,475 Head – They did not go out till 10.30, but then, as the rain slackened a little, the untiring Duke announced it wd be milksoppy to wait any longer, and off rode the luckless party. They came home drowned, but not till dark, the Duke having had no notion of giving up, tho’ it never stopped raining all day, and poured after luncheon. Bag sadly small. This year’s total, 14,475 head.
08Jun1873, How I Have Enjoyed Myself – a pleasant evening ; folks telling each other what their earliest recollections were. No one cd cap the Duke’s, which I told of—viz., the Battle of Leipzig ; imprinted on his infant ears by hearing it spoken of thus, “Boney has been well licked,” and taking the verb literally.
06Aug1873, Government Positions – A notable day, F. being offered a Lordship of the Treasury and thus entering upon official life…F., of course, can’t accept without asking the Duke, so went off to Holker this evening. Atie. P. and I to The Coppice.
03Sep1874, Potentate Impressed With the Duke – A very funny Belgian potentate named d’Andrimont is here, and makes himself agreeable to us on their return after dinner: he is greatly impressed with “l’activité du Duc”, (looks like a young man of 17 years: he jumps, he dances like a deer) Not quite one’s idea of His Grace!
23Aug1875, The Duke’s Leg is Unwell – if the Duke’s leg would only get well, but it is the slowest job…By dint of Cavendish offering to drive him, the Duke was at last induced to get into the Laycock phaeton with a dowdy slow pony, and go off on a toodle. It was so ridiculously unlike the manners of both Duke and Markiss as to be very funny; next day he let F. and me take him round by Storiths.
27Oct1879, Special Train to Hardwick – We all broke up into a vast déménagement. Special train with all and sundry. Children and Co. went to Chatsworth. Duke, F., and I parted with them at Chesterfield and came to Hardwick…Our host [FN: Lord Hartington, to whom the Duke had made over Hardwick.] only arrived from London on Thursday with a bad cold
03Apr1882, Preparing a Peggy for Confirmation – Nevy and I to St. Paul’s again, for Mattins at 10. Came home afterwards for a final lesson with my peggy [FN: I.e maid-servant] whom I am preparing for Confirmation. We got to Holker at 9. Found the Duke alone, but Eddy’s and boys come Thursday.
Final Entries – CHATSWORTH, Monday, May 8th, 1882.-Lou and I, Nevy and Alfred, went down to Chatsworth together and I went straight to the Duke’s room. He had written me a few words of heartbroken sorrow. Eddy had had to tell him, and said that he fell on his knees. He looked piteously shattered and stricken…

 

Cavendish, William George, 2nd Baron Chesham
19Mar1882, A Darby and Joan Afternoon – Poor Ld. Chesham in very precarious health, but pretty well and very cheerful.

 

Cavour
10JUN1861, Cavour Has Died – has died of typhus or some such thing, because the doctors wd do nothing but bleed
31Dec1861, Saddened Year is Past – Then the death of the Duchess of Kent, the great fire, the deaths of Lord Herbert, Sir J. Graham, Cavour ; the Indian famine

 

Cawdor, earldom of, see Campbell

 

Cecil, Edward Herbert (Gascoyne-)Cecil
09Jun18873, Back Into the Collar – Went off a little with the feeling of putting one’s head back into the collar. The unlucky Alexandra Palace, opened only t’other day after two former collapses, was being burnt to the ground as we came along the line. I stayed at Hatfield till 2… got a basket of rhodos, etc., with the help of Fish (Rupert) and Nigs (Edward), left it behind, and dear Jim (the eldest) [FN: Present Ld. Salisbury.] tore down to the station, hatless in the heat, to catch me!

 

Cecil, Georgina Charlotte Gascoyne-Cecil, Marchioness of Salisbury (née Alderson)
24Jul1872, Eight Lyttelton Brothers and a Pack of Small Cecils – Little Downing St. garden tea : a pack of small Cecils with Ly. Salisbury : very ugly, clever children
08Jun1873, How I Have Enjoyed Myself – Then a little walk with Ly. Salisbury and a sister and F., among the abundant rhododendrons and pines, and a pleasant evening ; folks telling each other what their earliest recollections were.
20May1879, Empress of Germany – Party at Ly. Salisbury’s to meet the Empress of Germany, a wizzy old lady, who was just curtseying and complimenting herself out of the house when we arrived.

 

Cecil, James Edward Hubert Gascoyne-Cecil, 4th Marquess of Salisbury
09Jun18873, Back Into the Collar – Went off a little with the feeling of putting one’s head back into the collar. The unlucky Alexandra Palace, opened only t’other day after two former collapses, was being burnt to the ground as we came along the line. I stayed at Hatfield till 2… got a basket of rhodos, etc., with the help of Fish (Rupert) and Nigs (Edward), left it behind, and dear Jim (the eldest) [FN: Present Ld. Salisbury.] tore down to the station, hatless in the heat, to catch me!

 

Cecil, Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury
02May1863, The Prince of Wales Bows – I saw Lord Robt. Cecil,[FN: Afterwards Lord Salisbury, the Prime Minister.] who is supposed to have written a keen, clever, and cutting article abt this governt. in the Quarterly some time ago ; “Four Years of a Reforming Administration.”
02Mar1869, People Rave of the Speech – Smart dinner at Mr. and Ly. Margaret Beaumont’s ; sat between Lord Clarendon and Mr. Trevelyan, and was too well off. I was dying to hear what was going on between Ly. M., Ld. Salisbury and Ld. Clarendon.
20Jul1869, Speeches Against Compromise – There was an odious reckless debate in the Lords, Lord Cairns, Lord Grey, and Lord Salisbury (which was unexpected) all making violent speeches against concession or compromise, and a majority of over 70 decided on sticking to their own preamble, which cuts out the words by which the surplus is excluded from religious uses.
22Jun1870, Story of a Tragic Romance – for Commemoration at Oxford…The new Chancellor, Lord Salisbury, did his part beautifully well ; looked dignified, spoke with a fine clear utterance, and is said to have paid the most graceful and varied compliments to the successive D.C.L.s in Latin. Lord Salisbury’s 2 little boys held up his train, arrayed as pages in black velvet.
06Aug1874, Floods of Butter Over Dizzy – To make his speech still nicer, Sir W. poured floods of butter over Dizzy, while Dizzy, on his part, made savage tho’ sly cuts at Lord Salisbury; so it was a surprising and peculiar scene altogether.
25Mar1878, A General Mad Hatter’s Tea-party – Ld. Salisbury succeeds Ld. Derby, Mr. Hardy goes to the Lords, and is succeeded at the War Office by Col. Stanley (very skilful of Dizzy, to keep on good terms with the Stanleys!), and there is a general Mad Hatter’s Tea-party — everybody moving up (or down) one.
15Jul1878, Parliament and Princesses – Dizzy has returned high-gee his horrid Anglo-Turkish Convention which he has signed and ratified without the knowledge, much less the consent of Parliament. Dizzy returned, with colours flying, from Berlin, Ld. Salisbury with him (the captive, says the Spectator, of his sword and of his bow)..
23Jul1878, More Derby-Salisbury Business – We talked of the horrid Derby-Salisbury business; Ld. Derby has found his mem. written at the time of his resignation, and fully bearing out what he has said, and has shown it to Ld. Granville. Whether he would have re-opened the personal matter, and crushed Lord Salisbury with the mem, I don’t know; but he has been requested by the Queen to let the subject alone.

 

Cecil, Rupert Ernest William Gascoyne-Cecil, Bishop of Exeter
09Jun18873, Back Into the Collar – Went off a little with the feeling of putting one’s head back into the collar. The unlucky Alexandra Palace, opened only t’other day after two former collapses, was being burnt to the ground as we came along the line. I stayed at Hatfield till 2… got a basket of rhodos, etc., with the help of Fish (Rupert) and Nigs (Edward), left it behind, and dear Jim (the eldest) [FN: Present Ld. Salisbury.] tore down to the station, hatless in the heat, to catch me!

 

Celebrations
22Dec1856, We worked like Trojans – evergreens in the billiard-room
01Jan1857, Eighteen Children – eighteen children under 17
04Jan1857, Whirlpool of Excitement – All these are getting up their parts in different ways ; rehearsals are ceaseless, lessons droop, disorder prevails
07Jan1857, A Last Grand Rehearsal – Behold ! the excitement becomes dangerous and boundless
18Sep1863, Sankoo – Busy most of the morning going over the rooms with Elly : we shall be 30 in the house, besides servants, for Charles’ 21st birthday
15Oct1863, Getting Ready – The billiard-room was transformed into an elegant Louis XV “salon,” with the drawing-room furniture, china, etc.
27Oct1863, Charles Turns 21 – We received in the hall and the billiard-room : danced in the gallery and drawing-room : supper in the dining-room, tea in the library, Papa’s two rooms cloakrooms
14Dec1872, Everything in Place Cavendish Style – Chatsworth – …from the Duke to the scullery-maid
20Jun1865, Our First Real Dinner – I fussed and fidgeted a good deal all day under the anticipation of our First Real Dinner Party ; arranged flowers, mused over the bill of fare, contemplated the table, displayed china, likewise did books..

 

Chamberlain, Joseph, businessman, politician
28May1877, Praise for Gladstone – Sat. came Uncle W. from Birmingham, as hoarse as a crow…He confined himself entirely to the E.Q., but Mr. Chamberlain (whom he stayed with) is getting up some big Liberal organization for political purposes and I only hope won’t involve Uncle W. in it before he is aware! Birmingham politics, all Secularism and that figment “Religious Equality,” aggravate me!…
26Apr1880, Filling Up Of Offices – Sir Charles Dilke everybody thought would be the best man, but (a dead secret) the Queen drew the line there !… The alternative is the Birmingham demagogue, Mr. Chamberlain, a conceited man, but clever and honest, I believe; and just the sort who will have his teeth drawn by office and position.

 

Chandos, Lord
21Jun1859, Swallow Dizzy – undergo for his Oxford University seat, his opponent being Lord Chandos

 

Chaplin, Florence (née Leveson-Gower)
09Oct1874, Walked With Florence – I walked with Florence, whom I greatly like. She is very pretty, without real beauty; very high-bred and with a delightful figure: coming in from tennis in a big Rubens hat, she looked enchanting.
24Nov1874, Cavendish and Flo? – Florence [FN: Lady Florence Leveson-Gower, daughter of the Duke of Sutherland.] is a most winning creature, and we can’t help a little exciting hope that Cavendish thinks of her. He certainly likes her better than other girls; and at his age one almost feels it is now or never…

 

Chaplin, Henry, 1st Viscount Chaplin
19Mar1874, Gladstone House To Let – To the great relief of all his unfortunate party, Uncle W. has consented to lead when he is wanted! and sure enough yesterday he spoke very well upon the Address, and to-day as brilliantly as ever in explanation of his late course, demolishing the impertinent “Harry Chaplin,” who thought fit to give him a blowing-up for his past Irish policy.
14May1877, Dissatisfaction With Turkey – Mr. Chaplin was one of those who badgered Uncle W. on the 7th, but the great speech absolutely overcame him (he, a regular man of the world), and he was heard to say, “Certainly this is a marvellous man!” And in a fine elaborate speech last Monday, tho’ of course taking the strong Government line, he paid a famous tribute to Uncle W., especially to his earnest convictions.

 

Charge of the Light Brigade
Nov.1854, The Charge of the Light Brigade – The glorious fellows! On they rushed to certain, or almost certain, death, and flinched no more than if they were exercising in Hyde Park!

 

Charity Work, the Poor, Labourers, Workers
12Nov1854,Honeymoon at Althorp – The postboy was much astonished at having his horses taken out of the carriage, which was done by the members of the Working Men’s Club, who then placed themselves in their place and drew them through two triumphal arches, to the door of the Rectory
25Sep, 1856, A Nice Drive – Hagley – a nice drive into Clent in the afternoon to give some pudding to the boy Cowper: found him and his eyes nearly well.
25Feb1859, Parish Matters – disgraced father, mad mother, and no money
02Apr1859, Exit Snow, Exit Frost – adventurously took pudding and barley-water to the Pratt child
14May1859, Led Into Evil – One of the village girls has been led into evil
08Jan1861, Distress at Coventry – stole meat from a butcher’s and was found with his family tearing it to pieces like wild beasts
15Jan1861, Hard Times – The poor people at the club and everywhere speak of the hard times
18Jan1861, A Cry of Distress – £80,000 to go to Coventry! I shd think anything cd be done with that
22Jan1861, Hungry Bedworth People – kept alive by diligent care from day to day ; and, as far as one can see, nothing else before them.
01Feb1861, Hard Work at Coventry – daily feeding and clothing amongst misery, cheating, and starvation goes on
13Feb1861, Distress at Bedworth – one poor old woman tried to kill herself, from “clamming”
16Mar1861, Stolid Country Poor – some good coming of working amongst them. One hardly ever sees any results in stolid country poor
16Apr1861, St. Mary’s Home – poor pretty little fellow, hopelessly ill with abscesses, knitting in his crib
30Aug1861, Brown & Tomkins vs. Marquis & Viscount – O if they were profligate Brown and Tomkins instead of profligate Marquis and Viscount, how loud wd be the horror and disdain of the world !
31Dec1861, Saddened Year is Past – including the famine at Coventry
21Jan1862, Colliery Accident at Shields – There is little hope for the poor colliers
23Jan1862, 200 Hartley Colliers Found Dead – 200 dead, the Queen had sent a telegram, which said “her heart bled for them”
29Jan1862, House Party at Lord Denbigh’s – Working men standing about idle, and empty factory windows,
25May1862, In a Hansom – the man was pleased to go all down Piccadilly and round by Park Lane into Oxford St.
26Jun1862, A Full Day – he was almost overcome when describing the poor people who come to the House when at the last extreme of distress
01Nov1862, The Cotton Famine – “famine fever” has broken out, and everywhere thousands of fresh paupers come upon the parish weekly
07Nov1862, Riot in Blackburn – and it was reduced to 3s. because he got one week’s work. The poor wife fainted 2ce in one morng from hunger
10Nov1862, Soup kitchen in Blackburn – for the papers say if the people are not fed now, before the great cold begins, it will kill them
14Nov1862, Half-starved constitutions – that they may lay in some stock of strength to resist the bitter weather and the almost inevitable fever
19Nov1862, Clothes for Lancashire – found At. E. up to the ears in old and new clothes which have been sent for Lancashire
28Nov1862, Ticket-of-leave men – Garotting and ticket-of-leave men are great subjects ; they are rife enough to make even the principal London streets unsafe
30Nov1862, Kitchen feeds 1,000 daily – they are collecting to give the poor people a Christmas dinner
07Dec1862, Lancashire distress – Uncle B. on the Lancash. distress, for which the collection was made ; viz. £1.
21Dec1862, Lancashire distress widens – more mills stop every week, the population is losing wages at the rate of £8,000,000 annually
10Feb1863, Pottering about Althorp – the white-haired wizzy woman of 50, who had a fat 17th baby of 16 months old!
16Jul1863, Last Clever Breakfast – A detachment from S. Martin’s school came for tea, games, and little gifts, and enjoyed themselves hugely
30Jul1863, Boy Thrown from Horse – A horse ran away with a boy of 16, Atie. P. flew off to nurse him
05Aug8163, Visiting the Thrown Boy – Walked with Ats P. and C. and the 2 Marks to see the poor thrown boy at Mancot : he seems recovering
18Sep1863, Sankoo – Took a partridge to Mrs. Stringer, who held up her hands in speechless bliss before bursting into gratitude
26Sep1863, Mobs and Riots – recollecting something about the Chartist riots in ’48 ; especially how we were sent into the Green Park as likely to be a quiet place
13Oct1863, Step-carpetums and ball-chairums – Girls, Miss M., and I took pudding to Mrs. Burford, and visited the Stringers’ new house
28Oct1863, More Celebrations – The labourers’ dinner, which included all, in and out of the parish, who work for tenants, 250 men
30Oct1863, The Tenants’ Dinner – Charles wisely took the facetious line, as it was plain enough the stolid party wd have been entirely unmoved by any expressions of feeling
25Nov1863, The Homeless Poor – Papers talk about the homeless poor, but nothing effectual is ever done : a poor man died of sheer starvation the other day
16Dec1863, Spade Makers Strike – Did district, where I found distress, owing to a strike among the spade makers. Sum-total I have collected there in the yr, mostly monthly pennies, 18s. 11½d.
16Jan1864, Parkhurst Women Convicts – the poor women convicts found out it was the Queen and numbers fell on their knees begging for mercy and pardon, so as quite to upset those who heard them, and the Queen said she was sure, if one had managed to fall down at her feet, she must have forgiven her
17Jan1864, Dining With the Queen – Then came a good deal about the poor of the great towns ; and how I should have liked to have brought the Mission Women on the tapis! But brazen as I was, I hadn’t quite that courage.
11Feb1864, Reading The Birthday – I went with Lavinia to Stakenbridge, where we gave broth to the Wm. Smiths, pudding to Mrs. Billingham, and an egg to Betty Poole. I have been reading the chapter on Self-denial to the little boys
26Feb1864, Made Southerners of Us All – Went on trying to thaw. I did district.
11Apr1864, Garibaldi Arrives – a long procession of Working Men’s Clubs and societies, with banners, had passed, the great man appeared in a carriage-and-six, wearing a blue-and-red cloak and wideawake
18May1864, His Funny Inability – I went to see poor, poor Sophy Price, and was shockd and upset at the change in her, and her terrible sufferings.
20May1864, I Did District for the Last Time – went with Fred at 10 to see old Mary Page, Charlotte Rogers, and Mrs. Reid (only taking him in to see old Mary). Mrs. Reid said she “wished she cd flog the mon off!”
24Jun1864, Honeymoon Part 2 Continues – making one feeble effort to get an ice at a café which was too insufferable with smoke and too low altogether for us to stop in it.
08Aug1864, Home to Fred’s Home – a knot of men took the horses out and drew us fast up to the house, cheering. I could enjoy this, as it was for F. and not for me
09Aug1864, A Day Without Fred – I made great strides in sisterly intimacy with dear Lou who took me before luncheon round the park… Also she took me to a consumptive son of Mrs. Abbotson.
31Aug1864, The Poor People Were Charming – The poor people we saw were charming… I announced that I cd not bake oatcake. “Ay, ye’re nobbut a young wife.”
19Oct1864, Selling at a Bazaar – I got a doll for little Mary, and 3 sets of poor children’s clothes, methinks for Hagley.
19Jan1865, Dear Old Bodies – In the afternoon Lav., Lou, and I went to see Aggy, Hannah, and Betty (their surnames will not stay in my head!); dear old bodies.
28Jan1865, Advanced to the Stage of Clumsy – A young man of three-and-twenty has just died of drink, his grandfather and all his paternal uncles having done the same. It is frightfully common about here.
27Feb1865, Ladies’ Diocesan Association Inaugural Meeting – I hope to undertake small things ; one is to be what they call a “supplemental lady” for the Parochial Mission Women Institution
08Mar1865, More Work with Parochial Mission – to St. Anne’s, Limehouse, where we attended one of the “Mothers’ Meetings” of the Parochial Mission there ; and I was introduced to Miss Lilby, the Lady Superintendent who is to have me to apply to
10Mar1865, St. Anne’s Mission and Diamonds on My Head – Mr. Rousel mentioned a terrible case of a struggling curate, so poor at best that he could not have a fire in his house, or eat meat, for days together ; and now with his large family in the scarlet fever
12Mar1865, To the Sick Ward – The look of the ward certainly takes away all romantic notions of ministration ; everything most uncomely and meagre, and some of the poor old folk repulsive enough
17Mar1865, Lady Manageress Pounces on Countess Spencer – Miss Twining, who has the workhouseums, shut herself up with Auntie P. and others, and burst forth into schemes for improving pauper sick arrangements.
05Apr1865, Doing a Stakenbridge – “And how’s Mr. Scavendish? I should say, Lord Scavendish,” said old Mrs. Poole.
10Apr1865, Travelling to Lismore – Lou and I fished or rather toddled up the river, throwing lines with no result, encouraged by a dear enthusiastic Paddy and enjoying the delightful day.
15Apr1865, Five Shillings a Week – Horrid accounts of the poverty of the people : some families live on five shillings a week.
17Apr1865, American War to be Ended – Lou and I paid a long visit, immensely appreciated, to the Convent, where a band of very merry, brisk Paddy nuns received us with 3 cheers
22Apr1865, We All Rowed, Even the Duke – Drove home most of the way, distributing remains of provisions to the different little tatterdemalions on the road.
24Apr1865, Delighted With the Girls Reading – At the school I was greatly delighted with the girls’ reading, which was far better than the best at Hagley ; the brogue rather bewitches me
21May1865, Sunday Shopping – Workhouse… One poor dying woman entreated me to send her a few biscuits, the only thing she could fancy eating; so I did a little Sunday shopping for the 1st time in my life.
03Jun1865, Chatsworth in June – Fiz delighted to see us. Gipsy and Moy in good health. We had tea with them in the Granville corner.
12Jun1865, Flowers for the Workhouse Bodies – We picked a good load of daisies and clover for my poor old workhouse bodies ; and I bore off besides a lovely nosegay of other flowers.
13Jun1865, Fields Cleared of Hay – I took some, with my daisies and clover, to the workhouse : old folk charmed. Cut my way through my mountain of notes.
22Jun1865, Alice Arbuthnot Killed by Lightening – I went on the strength of being Supplemental Lady to Limehouse, and saw its 2 mission women, Mrs. Bush and Sarah Darrington: also Miss Lilley the Superintendent; and heard a good account of the mission.
16Aug1865, Unpolished Ways Preferred to Semi-Gentility – paid visits to 10 cottages : the folk at Halton most pleasant, attractive people, their nice unpolished ways a good deal more to my taste than Worcestersh. propriety and semi-gentility.
20Aug1865, Cake in our Pockets – Drove to call on Mrs. Holmes and Mrs. Benson, the latter of whom treated us to gooseberry wine and sponge cake. We disposed of most of the cake into our pockets surreptitiously.
28Aug1865, Cattle Epidemic, Nevy at Sea – À propos of that, there is also much fear of cholera, which has been making one of its marches over Europe ; and the harvest is in danger from the late rain, so there are breakers ahead ; and the prayer against plague, pestilence, and famine has terrible meaning.
30Aug1865, Bleak Stories in the News – There have been other murders, too heart-sickening to comment on….
26Sep1865, Lou and Frank are Married – Most of us went to the tenants’ dinner which I would not have missed for anything. The Duke could not trust himself to go, so Cavendish returned thanks for him, his voice trembling, and his face quite white.
02Oct1865, Sixteen Flookburghers – I went with Mr. Rigg to about 16 Flookburghers ; liked many of them. Old Geoffrey Thompson, who is over 90, said he could remember the time of Sir William Lowther, but I fear it is a delusion
07Dec1865, A Meeting at Idle – We came here (the Fairbairns) for a Mechanics’ Institute meeting at Idle. I was much delighted with the warmth and heartiness of the audience, all apparently working folk.
29Dec1865, Xmas Charities – I took Lou’s place in giving away Xmas charities of sheeting, blankets, flannel, etc., to divers poor folk, under the excellent Mrs. Birkett’s eye.
31Dec1865, Nice Little Boys – I had a class (before morning church) at the school, of nice little boys, 2 or 3 very intelligent
04Jan1866, Deserve to be Destroyed – Fearful accounts in the Times of the state of London houses for the poor. If something is not done, the country will deserve to be destroyed.
25Jan1866, Never Ending Shooting is a Tax – The never-ending, still-beginning shooting, which becomes a serious tax to pay for the necessity of ducal preserves. I hooked on to Lou, and we did a selection of poor folk
26Jan1866, Flookburgh Remains – After luncheon, Flookburgh remains, viz. dear doting Betty Moore, late washerwoman, and dreadfully dirty Agnes Haddath, bedridden.
13Feb1866, The Lower Class and the Upper Class – successful “mission tea-party” was held, I poured out for one table. Had to go off directly after tea: but as it was, in spite of getting home by superhuman exertions in 35 minutes, I arrived after 8, with His Grace the Duke of Devonshire, the Secretary of War, the Lord-Lieutenant of Worcestershire, and Mr. Charles Howard, M.P., to entertain at dinner. I was a little jeered. But would not have missed the tea-party.
18Feb1866, Cockney Damsels – I was a good deal taken off my legs by the coolness and talkativeness of my pale-faced cockney damsels who were very ready to put me in the right way. The row was great, and my numbers unmanageable, so I did not make a satisfactory start.
22Feb1866, Funds for Princess Helena – London House. I have undertaken to go once a fortnight to St. George’s-in-the-East workhouse.
27Feb1866, Refreshed by One’s Comforts – I hope it is not wrongly selfish to feel refreshed by one’s comforts and pleasant refined things after going a little into the depths. One knows the poor people do not crave for these things, and one has been trying to cheer them; still, it feels selfish.
02Mar1866, Glimpses of the Deep, Wide Misery – but it is terrible to know that I only see glimpses of the deep, wide misery all round us, and can hardly do any good.
03Mar1866, A Party During Lent – Had to go to a party at Lady de Grey’s…Dinners feel much less frivolous to me: connected quiet talk, saving of trouble (and expense!) at home, and early getting away, and no squash or roar, or crowd of footmen, linkmen, and unwashed, gaping and shouting outside.
20Mar1866, Distributed Peppermints – I did St. Martin’s workhouse in the morning, S. George’s with Mrs. Spiers in the afternoon. Read 2 P.M. [FN: I.e. Parochial Mission.] stories to some women at work with great success. Distributed peppermints.
26Mar1866, A Lonely Day – Went to see Mrs. Pollard, also Mrs. Mackreth the woodman’s wife, and Mrs. Telfer the huntsman’s; Aggy Hastings, Hannah Hewitson, John Brookes, and Mrs. Wilson in the cottages near Mr. Drewry’s ; and Jenny Wilman at the lodge. All very cordial and nice to me.
13Apr1866, J.S. Mill and the Claims of the People – I found myself a good deal struck and moved, coming straight out of one of the depths of misery and pauperism, to hear the claims of the people so grandly brought forward: those “dumb” thousands, as Bright called them
15May1866, Lord Overstone Against All Charities – We dined at the Loyd Lindsays. I sat next Ld. Overstone, who put me into a rage by crowing over his sagacity in snubbing begging-letters. He is choked up with money, and has a monomania against all charities.
01Jul1866, Fred Visits the Paupers – I took Fred to see the poor old paupers, to their great delight.
08Jul1866, Equally Bad For All – terribly dull and inefficient, preaching a sermon that would have done for Dukes, or undergraduates, or labourers, or anybody ; and been equally bad for all.
12Jul1866, Picnicky Little Business – driving to Pembroke Lodge ith my Fred (in a ducal brougham too, so as to relieve our minds of our much put-upon horse)
23Jul1866, We Might As Well Be French – The “populace,” poor souls, having been goaded all the summer for not making any demonstration in favour of Reform, wished to hold a big meeting in Hyde Park to-day to express such an opinion. In a most un-English fashion the meeting was forbidden, the gates of the park shut at 5, and all the police had to come out to guard them. There was not the smallest pretext for believing there would have been any riot ; but naturally this tyranny produced one among the roughs
26Jul1866, Hyde Park Riots – All London talks about the Hyde Park riots ; and I am put into a violent rage by people’s unfairness… but the present occasion was one of all others for granting the people’s wish as a favour.
Michaelmas Day, 1866, Visiting the Locals – Visited Sarah Carter and Alice Haddatty (the most fearfully dirty, witch-like old woman), Sarah Bradby, Widow Dickinson, at Flookburgh; Sarah Newby at Cark ; Mrs. Walker, and another Dickinson (Mrs. Birkett’s sister) at Quarry Flat.
20Jan1867, Thames Population Unemployed – The distress in London is terrible ; all the Thames population being badly off for work, owing to the losses of the employers of dock-labourers last year in the Bank failures.
22Jan1867, Lady Herbert’s Impressions of Spain – Bitter grey cold : snow again to-night. A poor postman near Compton Place was found frozen to death in his cart holding the reins, when the horse stopped at the post-office. And there have been several other deaths from the same cause. . . .
27Jan1867, Bread Riots – Afternoon school. There is terrible distress in London. . . . There have been actually bread-riots in the E.; bakers’ and butchers’ shops rifled : the Poor Law as usual at a dead-lock.
20Feb1867, Poor People’s Dinner – Yesterday and to-day I have been to preside at a poor people’s dinner just set going in this parish…. to the district school in Bedfordbury, where were over 100 little creatures, the lowest of the low, in a nice airy room at the top of the building, which has a chapel for its basement
21Feb1867, Visiting the Very Poor – At the poor dinner was a pretty, bright-eyed little pussy-girl of five, whose remains of dinner I carried home for her, for fear she should come to grief with the plate. She showed me the way, trotting fearlessly along down a squalid street and court, up to the top of a wretched house…I felt ashamed of myself, coming back to this big house, where there is not even one little baby to take up room.
03Mar1867, School and Workhouse – School and workhouse. The old bodies made a great joke of F.’s bringing me to the door of the workhouse.
10Mar1867, Obstreperous Ragamuffins – School, where I was driven nearly wild by 8 obstreperous ragamuffin boys.
17Mar1867, Withering, Shivering Blast – … a keen frost. I never could feel, with Dr. Watts, the pleasure of reflecting upon the “starving wretches,” in contrast with my comfortable self on a night like this…and oh ! I wish it would rain seal-skins !
27Mar1867, Labourers on Strike – The engine-drivers on the Brighton line and elsewhere, and the wretched starved Buckinghamshire labourers, are on strike ; the latter only demanding 12s. a week.
17May1867, Out Visiting and a Ball – First to the cholera orphanage at Clapton. We went upstairs, and a door being opened, out tumbled a swarm of tiny 5 and 3 and 2 year-old boys, as fresh and clean as pinks, all with outstretched arms to be taken up and hugged…The Convalescent Home very flourishing, with 10 charming recovering men in it
02Jul1867, A Monster Cavalcade of Swells – about 30 picked swells, was actually induced to travel all through N.E. London to Snaresbrook, where the many-coloured party dispread themselves about the garden of the Home, and inspected our 19 convalescents.
13Jul1867, The Housekeeper Drinks – Miserable catastrophe again in our household ; the housekeeper drinks, and has wretched health. Kind Dr. Clark came to see her for me. I gave her warning. My life feels shortened by these things.
05Aug1867, Good-bye to My Poor Old Men – I said good-bye to my poor old men. Some I shall never see again. One, who suffers terribly and patiently, liked hearing me read the beautiful bits in Revelation to him, and said at the end: “Light—always light! —no sorrow—no pain,”
08Oct1867, Comments on New Vestments – I went to see poor Joshua Dutch in the All Saints’ Home : he won’t die after all. Went into the church to have a few quiet minutes, and found the Holy Communion being administered. The priest was consecrating the elements. It was my first sight of “the vestments,”
17Mar1868, Auntie P’s Orphanage – Auntie P.’s orphanage… : I had hardly realised before what a gallant good work it was. She took over 150 poor tinies straight to her arms ; all orphans and many weak after cholera themselves ; all friendless and without even clothes on their poor little bodies.
18Mar1868, A Workhouse and a Drum – then conducted to the workhouse by a dirty little boy who was enchanted with a bit of bread and butter out of my basket in payment.
01Mar1869, The Great Irish Church Bill – Workhouse. It is very wrong and shocking, how they allow poor people to die in the midst of a crowded ward, without even a curtain to draw round the bed.
21Jun1869, Generally With the Poor – I tried to talk to a miserable girl who knew absolutely nothing of religion, but it was bewilderingly difficult, having nothing in common to start from… Generally with the poor you feel an intense sympathy in common: indeed they leave one far behind in strong personal faith
26Feb1870, Clothes for a Poor Dressmaker – A poor dressmaker to whom I gave some old clothes on Tuesday, having reason to believe her story true, came overcome with gratitude to-night to say she had got work the very day after. Such a contrast, in the decent clothes and with a brightened face, to the poor, ragged, starved tramp who tottered into the room on Tuesday
26Jun1870, The Doubtfullest Legends – At 7 we went to a most striking service at S. Mary’s, Crown Street, Soho : congregation of really poor, crowded; the rough people outside coming to the open door to listen ; and a preposterous sermon by a very young man who told the doubtfullest legends as if they were Gospel.
01Jul1870, My Little Limehouse Girl – Drove with Lady Burrell to see Elizabeth Hall, my little Limehouse girl, at Chelsea, and my door-step boy, whom we have just set up, and who had to be lectured on the art of whitening.
22Jul18871, Visiting Limehouse – I went with Miss Oldfield to Limehouse, where we visited good Miss Lilley, who took us to see Sarah Dorrington, a young woman who was once a mission woman in the parish, now dying of internal disease.
02Aug1871, Visiting the Needy – Our last tête-à-tête dinner. Eye Infirmary : farewell reading. Abbey. Drove with Atie. P. to Ld. Townshend’s school at Chelsea, where I have a Limehouse girl ; thence to an Infant School treat of Stephy’s in Lambeth : 200 children to tea at a total cost of abt. 30s.!!
21Aug1871, Cheerful Old Couple – Saw the dear old Jenkinson couple, who always remind me of the “Hampshire Cottage”—the old man bent stiff and double, the old woman entirely crippled and helpless with rheumatism, but both cheerful and wrapt up in each other.
03Jul1872, Entertaining the Hospital Nurses – Atie. P. and I spent the day at Seymour Court near Marlow, where Mrs. Helbert and her darling children helped us to entertain 25 of the L. Hospital nurses. The day much spoilt by our sad anxiety over poor Mrs. H. herself, who was in terrible danger of joining the Ch. of Rome
11Sep1872, The Times are Grim – meat and coals frightfully dear and bread threatening to be ; potato rot very general
22Jul1872, Paupers in the East End – Heavy and thundery air. Left kind, nice Bettesh. and went from Cannon St. with Agnes to E. End. Paupers very smelly and hot, poor things.
05Aug1872, Interview with a Drunken Woman – who has been in prison for a fortnight and come out with a wish to reform
30Aug1872, Cheerful Patience – Lou. and I paid visits at Halton ; the dear old rheumatic man Jenkinson lost his wife in the winter
07Jan1873, Visiting a Widow – We drove to see Mrs. Huby and the poor little dowdy old widow of the Rev. —-—. I was dumbfounded at her dowdiness !—of the small farmer type. And he was the son of a day-labourer ! The poor goody rejoiced Lou’s heart by giving her various pretty bits of old china, which we bore home in triumph.
24Feb1873, The Horrible Price of Coal – a Poplar tea-party: very successful. The poor women talked of the horrible price of coal, …has gone up to 40s. and even 50s. a ton. The poor people buy a ¼ of hundredweight. A sack costs 3s. and only lasts, for two fires, 10 days.
25Feb1873, Shot Albert’s Quondam Tutor – to a special Committee at the House.. Afterwds to my Chelsea School Council: felt like a strong-minded woman altogether. We have started a Beautiful Being named Henderson as butler.
06Oct1873, Mrs. Polly’s Horrible Ordeal – Cd not talk to my poor Mrs. Polly, as she was brought in all wretched and senseless with chloroform from one of her innumerable hideous operations and aftds fell asleep. She is a dear, tidy, nice-minded woman, wife of a respectable country gardener. It is a horrible ordeal for her.
18Oct1875, Willy Gladstone Brings New Wife Home – ..in good time for the arrival of Mr. and Hon. Mrs. W. H. Gladstone! The carriage, drawn by men from the top of the village, and surrounded and pursued by cheers, came opposite us in due course, and it would be hard to say which of the two beaming faces were most good to look at!
02Oct1876, Gladstone and the Eastern Matter – we became gradually aware of cheers, and at last took it into our heads to guess what was up; rushed to the N. front, and sure enough, there was the omnibus containing the W.E.G.s being dragged up to the door by a multitude of men; with Aunt Lizzy and dear old Bob (kindly asked over from Escrick) sharing the honours, and no doubt sadly conscious of their extra weight.
02Jul1877, Garden Party with Poor People – Smart Chiswick garden-party, went off beautifully, but the garden, alas ! doesn’t look half as pretty with all the vistas crowded up as with just 100 poor people. Last P.M.W. meeting this season….
23Jul1878, More Derby-Salisbury Business – Went on Tues. “by sea” to S. George’s E. Workhouse to see my poor paralysed lad Stephen Perkins: found he had died in the spring: such a blessed instance of “Loose him, and let him go.”
30Sep1878, A Visit to Saltaire – Next day, in spite of pitiless rain, Titus took us and Ld. Carnavon over the magnificent Saltaire schools. She had mighty difficulty at first in getting the rough factory boys into order; but now the beautiful gentleness, discipline, and tone strikes one at once, and the happy faces. The recitals of poetry, even by the infants, a miracle of refinement and intelligence.
18Nov1878, A Reading List – Last Friday we had the High School mistress to dinner and this Friday I gave away certificates and School of Art prizes at the School. It flourishes well….
17Mar1879, The Queen at a Wedding – Thence I drove off to Brompton Consumption Hospital to see a young widow in whom Tallee is interested, quite dying, and aware of it, but very cheerful. Such are the magic-lantern slides of one’s London life.
12Jul1880, An Ugly Waggish Mug – He told me the Sun. Sch. Centenary splash at Lambeth was splendidly managed, and would have been a mighty success but for an hour’s downpour, which drove 1,500 children home, and prevented the poor little creatures from sitting down. Also about 1,000 missed seeing the Royalties, who would not stay it out. But not a single accident or misadventure in getting the 20,000 children in and out of the gardens and home has been reported.
26Sep1881, Crape on Their Whips – The feeling throughout England for Garfield very strong; Monday was his funeral, and in London the Exchange and many shops were closed, and all the ‘bus men had crape on their whips.

 

Princess Charlotte
30Jan1873, George IV, An Abominable Man – old Sir Henry Holland… let fly upon George IV, saying he had attended his two wives, and his mistress Ly. Conyngham, the latter of whom had told him awful things of him…He also talked of Prss. Charlotte, and the lamentable job perpetrated…who bled the poor flabby-habit-ed Princess 2 or 3 times before her confinement, so that she died of exhaustion.

 

Charteris, Louisa (Wemyss-Charteris) (m: Captain William Wells)
31Jul1868, A Jolly Evening – We had a jolly evening, supping with the Ashleys; Ly. Louisa Charteris was too delightful, becoming an asthmatic old Norfolk man and woman, besides crowing, purring, bleating, and gobbling to perfection. We laughed till exhaustion supervened

 

Chelmsford, barony of, see Thesiger

 

Chetwynd-Talbot, Margaret (née Wortley) (m: Sir Reginald Arthur James Chetwynd-Talbot)
21Apr1877, Figure of Papa by Forsyth – To tea with the Wortleys, high gee Margaret’s engagement to Reginald Talbot; a handsome couple; also Constance Lawley’s to Eustace Vesey, after some years’ attachment, he in India, lately returned.
08May1877, The Wortley-Talbot Wedding – Regd. Talbot married Margaret Wortley in St. James’s Church: her 4 sisters the only bridesmaids. Seldom were seen more tall and beautiful people assembled together..

 

Chetwynd-Talbot, Reginald Arthur James
08May1877, The Wortley-Talbot Wedding – Regd. Talbot married Margaret Wortley in St. James’s Church: her 4 sisters the only bridesmaids. Seldom were seen more tall and beautiful people assembled together..

 

Childers, Hugh Culling Eardley
15Aug1872, First Ballot Election – Mr. Childers having vacated his seat by taking the Chancellorship of the Duchy
26Apr1880, Filling Up Of Offices – Mr. Childers (War Secretary) has appointed Nevy his private 1st secretary — a really perfect thing for him, and he for it, methinks;
18Oct1880, Beginning the Final Book – but an effective screw was found in Uncle W.’s plan of seizing upon the Custom-house of Smyrna and stopping all its trade. (I believe this was Uncle W.’s own notion, but Mr. Childers seems to have hit upon it too, with collusion!)
31Jan1881, Parliament and the Irish – The Front Opposition bench all stalked out of the House, and rest took to shouting. Only poor Mr. Childers was on the Government bench at the time; but after a bit Bright came in and made a good speech which quieted them.

 

Choate, Joseph Hodges, American Ambassador
29Jul1879, Choate Over the Moon – Had a famous successful dinner last week, of W. E. G.’s, Eddys, Mr. Herschell [FN: Afterwards Lord Chancellor Herschell.], Bright and his daughter, to meet certain agreeable Yankee Choates,[FN: No doubt the same Mr. Choate who was afterwards American Ambassador.] who were over the moon.

 

Cholera
28Aug1854,Cholera – the black flag hung over the worst places in London
06Sep1854, Cholera widow – A poor clergyman caught the typhus fever from one of his sons, and his wife was confined with an eighth baby while he was so ill
30Aug1865, Bleak Stories in the News – There have been fearful cholera ravages at Constantinople.
08Oct1865, A Prayer for the Cattle-Plague – A prayer was used by authority, for deliverance from the cattle-plague, and from the threatened cholera. God grant it !
23Jul1866, We Might As Well Be French – Auntie P. went to the London Hospital to-day, and was dismayed at the number of cholera patients. She went down their ward. A ton of ice a week is used for them. God help them !

 

Cholmondeley, Marcia Emma Georgiana (née Arbuthnot) (Lady Newburgh until 1870, then Marchioness of Cholmondeley)
25Nov1865, My Wisest Advice – Evening whist, with the Houghtons and Mr. Howard, while the rest of the world, except the Duke, Ly. Newburgh, Aunt Fanny, and old slowcoach Fred, played billiard-battle: even Lord Stanley.

 

Prince Christian Schleswig-Holstein (m: Princess Helena)
26Jun1881, A Favoured and Petted Prince – Wellington College – Heard about Prince Chrstian’s eldest boy, who is here; seems a nice, well-disposed, lively fellow, but having been favoured and petted at his 1st school is terribly ill-grounded and inattentive. He is on just the same footing as the others, except that he must not be flogged and this greatly bothers his tutor.

 

Prince Christian Victory of Schleswig-Holstein (son: Princess Helena)
26Jun1881, A Favoured and Petted Prince – Wellington College – Heard about Prince Chrstian’s eldest boy, who is here; seems a nice, well-disposed, lively fellow, but having been favoured and petted at his 1st school is terribly ill-grounded and inattentive. He is on just the same footing as the others, except that he must not be flogged and this greatly bothers his tutor.

 

Church, Richard William, Dean of St. Paul’s
01Dec1872, At St. Paul’s With Dean Church – whence we went under the wing of the Dean and Mrs. Church into the Cathedral

 

Churchill, Lady, see Spencer, Lady Jane, Baroness Churchill

 

Civil War in America, Yankees
29Nov1861, Yankees Stop the Trent – Those precious Yankees have stopped a merchant ship of ours, the Trent
31Dec1861, Saddened Year is Past – all these have darkened this year, besides the American war, and the almost certain prospect of ourselves being dragged into it
07Apr1862, Monstrous Mechanism on the Sea – horrible little iron battery of the Americans has been destroying a beautiful great man-of-war
19Jul1862, Canada Must Look Out – Wonderful but probably false report that the whole northern army in America has capitulated. If so, Canada must look out!
21Jul1862, Federals Have Not Capitulated – but are in the last extremity, their general (McClellan) bragging to the last, and lying most tremendously
12Jan1863, American War may possibly end – There is a real steady increase of work in the N., thank God, and a notion that the American War may possibly end
13Jun1863, America: North vs South – During dinner America was the topic : the Duke and Duchess are Northern ! in their sympathies
02Jul1863, A Northern Yankee – said the whole war might have been crushed in the bud, if President Buchanan had not been thinking of the Southern votes
26Feb1864, Made Southerners of Us All – A Southern American called Harrington gave a very interesting lecture on the secession and its causes, and made Southerners of us all
18May1864, His Funny Inability – At an American anti-slavery bit in his speech, he trembled with excitement.
11Mar1865, North and Sourth Discussion – Major Anson and Fred had a furious N. and S. [FN: I.e. North and South : the American War.] discussion ; F. got the best of it !
13Mar1865, North and South Against Us – there is a notion that the American War must shortly end (the South being exhausted, and having just lost Charleston and Wilmington) and that then both parties will unite against us.
17Apr1865, American War to be Ended – Richmond has just been taken by the Federals, and the war is supposed to be ended.
26Apr1865, President Lincoln is Murdered – Were shocked and aghast beyond measure, Fred especially, at the terrible news of the murder of President Lincoln, placarded in the streets.
03May1865, An Old Prosaic Couple – Letter from Mrs. Otley scolding me for becoming Northern. But I know more about it than she does.
02Jan1866, The Downfall of Slavery – the great event of 1865: the American war ending with the downfall of Slavery. Of course there is awful perplexity and misery connected with the coloured people ; but one may trust that God, Who has worked one miracle for them, will make a way for bringing good and blessing upon their future.
06Feb1866, The Queen Opens Parliament – old Yankee Freddy entirely forgot to allude to the American peace and the abolition of slavery ! after carefully preparing his say on that point
29Oct1867, Sight-seeing in Venice – the table d’hôte, more lively than usual, with Yankees discussing their politics, the nomination of General Grant to succeed President Johnson, etc.
24Apr1868, The Quondam Slave – I went to Kate Amberley, who had a quondam slave to trot out : a poor, respectable-looking mulatto woman, with a handsome, ladylike white daughter, and a book with the heartbreaking story of her life. Such things to hear about make one go on one’s knees, and thank the Mighty Hand that has scorched up for ever, by means of that tremendous war, the iniquity of generations.
18Jan1873, In a Rage Over the Burials Bill and Slavery – But one strong element of insufferability is a malevolent lie, clothed in religious cant, which I detect in such things, and which to my mind the Burials Bill has in great perfection…The defending of slavery on religious grounds must now, I should think, be an atrocious blasphemy to the eyes of everyone ; but when one recalls the network of self-interest, conservatism, and national pride that kept the “institution” going..
30Jul1873, Jubilee Singers – We went yesty to breakfast at No. 11, along with the “Jubilee Singers”— emancipated slaves, every one of them from the Southern States. They sang quite gloriously.

 

Clarendon, earldom of , see Villiers

 

Claughton, Amelia
23Feb1859, Soft Weather – up lovely hill and dale, with Mr. and Amelia Claughton, and Arthur who fell flump on his back once

 

Claughton, Thomas Legh, academic, poet and clergyman
02Jul1867, A Monster Cavalcade of Swells – we dined at the Calverts’, meeting dear dear “Mr. Claughton,” [FN: Bishop of Rochester.] whom I laboriously and elaborately called My Lord about 3 times.

 

Cleveland, duchy of, see Powlett

 

Clifden, vicountancy of , see Agar-Ellis

 

Clifford, Charles Cavendish
22Jun1870, Story of a Tragic Romance – Mr. C. Clifford came with us, and is so good as hospitably (and surreptitiously) to lodge F. and me in his bachelor rooms at All Souls’, by dint of sleeping on a sort of shakedown himself.
Note from Editor John Bailey: Mr. Clifford was Charles Cavendish Clifford, M.P. for Newport. He succeeded to a Baronetcy late in life and was Senior Fellow of All Souls when he died in the nineties. The Warden of All Souls, who remembers him, writes to me that he was a “tall bent old gentleman of imposing appearance and fine old-fashioned manners: terribly gouty about the finger-joints, but always kindly to us young men.” The Warden adds that he must have kept his own counsel about the enormity of letting Lady Frederick sleep in his room, or the story would have had a place among College legends of pre-1877 days; and the Warden “would have heard of it from some one on the old Foundation.”

 

Clifford, Sir Augustus
24Nov1866, Byegone Stories of Chatsworth – I sat by Sir Augustus Clifford at dinner, and, tho’ he seems to be an empty-headed old gentleman, he entertained me much by his byegone stories of old Chatsworth and Althorp days.

 

Clive, see also Windsor-Clive

 

Clive, Charles Meysey Bolton
16Nov1869, The Kitty Clives – Chatsworth – The Kitty Clives [FN: Meysey Clive of Whitfield and Lady Katherine , daughter of the 7th Earl of Denbigh.]came yesterday, and I walked with her. She is in raptures over the place, house, pictures, sketches, etc.

 

Clive, Katherine Elizabeth Mary Julia (née Feilding) (dau: 7th Earl of Denbigh)
31Jan1862, First Fox Hunt – I had a long sit with nice little Ly. Katharine, who spoke of their great grief, the conversion of Ld. Feilding, who is an enthusiastic Romanist; 0 how awful a trial it must be!
30Jan1862, A Paper Hunt – lovely singing by Ladies Mary, Ida, and Adelaide Feilding, and Capt. Palisser
22Jun1865, Alice Arbuthnot Killed by Lightening – The Howards, and Kitty Feilding with her sister Lady Adelaide Murray came to luncheon with us.
16Nov1869, The Kitty Clives – Chatsworth – The Kitty Clives [FN: Meysey Clive of Whitfield and Lady Katherine , daughter of the 7th Earl of Denbigh.]came yesterday, and I walked with her. She is in raptures over the place, house, pictures, sketches, etc.
18Nov1869, Kitty Delighted – Chatsworth – Kitty delighted ; also she sketches things, and pounces upon books, “Liber Veritatis,” [FN: Claude's " Liber Veritatis," one of the treasures of Chatsworth.] etc., all over the house.

 

Clothing, Hair, Jewelry
01May1855, The Queen’s Ball – our dresses were something magnificent. A beautiful muslin frock trimmed with ruches and daisies. White silk stockings, white satin shoes with white bows, white kid gloves trimmed with white daisies and a wreath of two rows of daisies on polls
25Apr1856, A Royal Ball – tarlatane frocks, trimmed the three skirts with white ruches, twined round with some pretty pink trimmings. Wreaths of pink roses. White kid gloves, white satin shoes, and white silk stockings
07Jan1857, A Last Grand Rehearsal – They looked most aery in their short standing-out transparent skirtlets and spangled wings
13Jun1859, A Concert – having “nothing to wear”, they alter some bonnets
15Jun1859, A Torrent of People – Cousin Jane (Wortley) gave us beautiful parasols and sashes, and dear Mrs. Talbot such muslin gowns
04Jul1859, Two Balls – in virtue of her intricate relationship … gave us lovely muslin gowns
07Feb1862, Hair amazingly done up – practised many experiments on my hair ending in turning me out amazingly done up, with it twined back over a rouleau on each side. They say powder days are coming back.
08Feb1862, Spencer’s Fairy Queen – Tallee and I, all in powdered hair twined back over a high “pelote,” with lace handkerchief at top
27May1862, John Talbot is Beaten for Kidderminster – Gay ball at Ly. Caroline Kerrison’s, where, in spite of a new gown, I danced Once ; with Mr. Lefevre
21Jun1862, Fantastic Hair Dressing – the fantastic hair dressing which is come into fashion: odd rolls and curls; and it all seems to have a pyramidal tendency
28Jun1862, Three Day Cricket Match – At. Wenlock has given me a ball-gown!
01Jul1862, Powdered Hair – had white powder in her hair! …had an approximation to it; only her powder was brown, which simply looks dirty
25Sep1862, Horrid Knickerbockers – Charles went out shooting, in horrid knickerbockers.
10Mar1863, The Wedding of the Prince of Wales – Archbishop of Canterbury, and all the officiating Bishops and clergy, of whom the Bishop of Oxford and the Dean of Windsor were in robes of the Order of the Garter
24Apr1863, New Hats – hats of the high-crowned fashion … suggestive of something between a bandit and a Tyrolese
27Apr1863, Princess’s wedding gifts – Lady Elizabeth Grosvenor, age 6, came softly in in her tiny riding-habit.
16May1863, The Drawing Room – saw old M. looking her very best, in blue and silver
17May1863, Dirty Gloves – as painfully conscious of a pair of dirty gloves as if I had been at a concert
08Jun1863, A Page-of-Honour – he looked bewitching, in his red George II coat faced with gold, his white silk tights and stockings, his red-heeled, buckled shoes…
16Jun1863, Cheers for the Prince – 0 how one hates one’s unavoidable smartness in weather when a short print petticoat and waterproof cloak and hood wd be the only comfortable garments !
07Jul1863, A Dance with Fred Cavendish – wore a hat which didn’t quite suit her as it hid her lovely brow
16Jul1863, Last Clever Breakfast – went with Atie. P. to Heath’s for a chimney-pot riding hat (the height of the fashion)
08Sep1863, Summoned to Windsor – must trust to London when I go up for bonnet, flowers, and so on. The wretched Gielen must go blind and mad with work
09Sep1863, A Bewitching Linsey – falling in love with a bewitching linsey, bought it against winter for 33s. ; 12 yds
13Sep1863, Going to Chapel Bonnetless – it is startling to one’s feelings to go to a Sunday service in a chapel bonnetless, as the household have to do here
18Sep1863, Sankoo – tiny maidens under 5 in their little white sun-bonnets, out of which they look at one with shining open eyes
19Oct1863, More Preparations – I went to Birmingham, after oilcloth, satin shoes, blotting-books, winter jackets for the girls, and a print for Nevy
07Nov1863, Sounds Distsurb Unprotected Females – I called up Newmany, and she called up Shirtliffe, and both called up Jane Brown, who was attired in the most astonishing huge frilled mob-cap
08Jan1864, Shopping for the Second Waiting – velvet and cloth cloaks, a hat, flowers, a bonnet, boots and shoes, gloves, collars and cuffs, a canezon, a sealskin muff, a linsey petticoat, a set of jet, a buckle, a set of studs, a fan, a new gown, etc., etc.
11Jan1864, Pitying the Royals – I was got up regardless of expense in a splendid new Wehnerhausen habit, with the horrid fashionable swallow-tail, and a chimney-pot! which was so good as to fly off.
19Mar1864, Sibyl Grant’s Wedding – To the which I went, in a magnificent made out get-up of lilac train over white net, and in a Royal carriage
06Apr1864, Dinner and a Party – Got here only just in time to scramble into a pink silk gown for a dinner and party
08Apr1864, Garibaldi and Red Shirts – For Garibaldi is in England, which fact makes everyone stand on their heads ; and I suppose all young ladies will shortly appear in red shirts, which, to my disgust, have come into fashion
11Apr1864, Garibaldi Arrives – a long procession of Working Men’s Clubs and societies, with banners, had passed, the great man appeared in a carriage-and-six, wearing a blue-and-red cloak and wideawake
21Apr1864, We Are Engaged – I have got my 1st present: he brought it me this afternoon: a locket with diamonds and pearls, to have his hair in it.
22Apr1864, Telling Mamma About It – The Dss. of Argyll came this morning ; and I believe now everybody knows it. Ly. Chesham sent me a beautiful ring.
04May1864, A Golden Day – He brought me loads of kind letters to Papa, from dear Hagley neighbours, etc. Likewise a diamond betrothal ring.
09May1864, I Like Royal Travelling Excedingly! – Miss Cathcart had to rig me out for the evening, one of my boxes hanging fire.
10May1864, Shoppums Finds Lockets for the Bridesmaids – I chose an onyx signet-ring for him, to come on Saty; and gave him to-day a crystal locket with a scratchy bit of my hair in it, with which he was certainly pleased
10May1864, Shoppums Finds Lockets for the Bridesmaids – after gt cogitation, we chose lockets for the bridesmaids, six with small pearl crosses, six with small turquoise ditto
11May1864, The Queen’s Second Court – gown was trimmed deeply on the skirt with crape, but was cut square, with white up to the throat ; long hanging sleeves. Her cap was Marie Stuart, showing her hair turned back, and with a row of pearls round the border ; broad white lappets reaching to the feet
02Jul1864, Through Alpine Snow – To-night we have anointed our sun-burnt phizzes with milk and lemon. We are in a fix, a bag with clean things from Lucerne not having turned up.
30Jul1864, Return to Hagley – interviews with my 2 new brothers, and with the Mesdames Talbot, who turned up unbeknown as I was sitting exhausted in my petticoat waiting to be robed in smart array for going home
10Nov1864, Came Down Plump After Running – I thought proper to have a run down one of the gravel walks, and catching my foot in my crinoline, came down plump, and broke both my knees!
10Mar1865, St. Anne’s Mission and Diamonds on My Head – I wore all the diamonds on my head for the 1st time. Headdresses are becoming remarkable. The young Lady Wharncliffe had her hair in a frizzled mop ; and many were tending in the same direction.
21Mar1865, No Ball: Fred Gloveless – We discovered that a ball was to follow but shrunk off, I being in velvet, and F. gloveless!
10May1865, Underservants Minus Crinoline – I am triumphant at starting the underservants minus crinoline during their work!
17May1865, Maid Troubles – We went to Lady Waldegrave’s and Lady de Grey’s ; where we were well squashed… Was very smart in trailing white satin.
18May1865, Princess Helena Holds a Drawing-room – I went in gorgeous array of white lace (my wdding lace) and white moiré train, with my beautiful diamond tiara on my head, and felt every inch a married woman.
20May1865, Dined at Lord Wharncliffe’s – Papa and F. went in red and gold to the Levée.
19Jun1865, Getting Mourning Clothes – Drove about getting mourning (4th since my marriage) for a great-uncle-in-law, Lord Charles Fitzroy.
30Jun1865, “Israel in Egypt” at the Crystal Palace – I had to skurry into evening things after we had got home (taking a 3rd class carriage by storm), and dine at Aunt Wenlock’s
03Aug1865, Eddy and Emma are Married – Dear Eddy and Emma’s wedding-day ; reminding me much of mine, especially as I wore for the 1st time since, the lovely gown and cloak I went away in !
19Sep1865, Lou’s Trousseau Arrives – Lou’s trousseau has arrived, and causes great excitement : she showed off to us a specially charming plush gown, in colour very like a mouse-coloured Scotch bullock.
25Sep1865, Honour to the Grim Last Evening – Emma and I appeared in all our diamonds, to show the Duke, and to do honour to this grim last evening.
17Oct1865, She Dresses Madly, Unbecrinolined – Rosalind is only 20 : she is an original little person, and half attracts and half repels one with her ways and words ; she dresses madly in odd-coloured gowns with long trains, which cling around her unbecrinolined.
06Feb1866, The Queen Opens Parliament – According to his report, the Queen wore pale lilac (qu. grey ?) silk, but according to Papa, it was black, and according to others it was to have been purple velvet
07Mar1866, Meeting Lowe and Carlyle – Was introduced to Carlyle who launched into a broad Scotch troll on Reform to F. An odd, shrewd, rough, weatherbeaten face, and an astonishing choker!
12Jul1866, Picnicky Little Business – Ld. Russell appeared, much hidden by an enormous white beaver hat : he looked extremely placid and light-hearted,
16Dec1866, Made One a Ritualist by Rebound – Dank. Church an 80-year-old meeting-house, too dreadful, and the clergyman’s attire, which was simply that of a particularly dirty chorister, made one a ritualist by force of rebound!
17Mar1867, Withering, Shivering Blast – … a keen frost. I never could feel, with Dr. Watts, the pleasure of reflecting upon the “starving wretches,” in contrast with my comfortable self on a night like this…and oh ! I wish it would rain seal-skins !
25Jun1867, A Smart Gown of High Fashion – I with Papa to the Royal Ball, where I danced with Althorp ! Wore a smart yellow gown of high fashion ; clinging to one’s hips, perfectly flat in front and magnificently tailed behind.
08Oct1867, Comments on New Vestments – The priest was consecrating the elements. It was my first sight of “the vestments,” and it is honest truth that at first sight of the figure in green cope and long surplice I took it for a woman in a shawl, in the dim light. The “raiment clean and white” will, I think, always look more solemn and priestlike to m
24Dec1867, Unbonneting of the Pope – …at 3 to the Papal Vespers in the Sistine Chapel, very unimpressive and wardrobey, with the perpetual bonneting and unbonneting of the Pope, and mutual bowings and curtseyings
25Dec1867, High Mass – The ceremonial is certainly impressive, but would be much more so, I think, if they would only do away with the ward¬robe part of it, and leave the Pope and Cardinals in gorgeous vestments if they please, but in statu quo.
11Jun1868, Service at St. Barnabas – But it was interesting to see the vestments for the first time, the 3 officiating clergy all wearing them. I hardly thought I should like them, but I do, personally. Certainly I find I learn gradually to like much of the “advanced” ritual which I formerly should have been impatient at.
10Apr1869, New Fashions – I wore a square-cut blue silk trimmed with lace, with full hanging sleeves and a little lace and blue topknot ; a new fashion for London and destined, I hope, to cut out low gowns! But alas! at Lady de Grey’s afterwards I was the only person minus shoulders.
28Jun1869, The Queen’s Garden Party – The Queen held a breakfast [FN: I.e. a Garden Party.] in Buckingham Palace Gardens, so brilliant and pretty it was ; gowns of every colour of the rainbow ; canary from head to foot amongst others !
07Jul1869, Not Smart Enough – Drove with Lou to a breakfast at Holland House. Wasn’t smart enough and so felt rather unhappy, such is human weakness.
26Feb1870, Clothes for a Poor Dressmaker – A poor dressmaker to whom I gave some old clothes on Tuesday, having reason to believe her story true, came overcome with gratitude to-night to say she had got work the very day after. Such a contrast, in the decent clothes and with a brightened face, to the poor, ragged, starved tramp who tottered into the room on Tuesday
22Jun1870, Story of a Tragic Romance – for Commemoration at Oxford…The new Chancellor, Lord Salisbury, did his part beautifully well. Lord Salisbury’s 2 little boys held up his train, arrayed as pages in black velvet.
23Jun1870, Opening Ceremony for Keble College – we all went to Keble College..Towards 11 the procession formed.. flew to the door to see it streaming round the quad. Beautiful it was, with its white clergy and choir, its scarlet Doctors and Bishops, its golden-robed Chancellor.
24Mar1871, Ly. Dufferin at Ly. Cowper’s – Took my old May to Lady Cowper’s , which it was nice to do : Ly. Dufferin was there, a lovely sight, in a gown of old chocolate and gold brocade over a blue quilted petticoat.
08Jul1871, Lord Tennyson: Rat-Taily Hair – At Downing Street I was introduced to Tennyson, a dirty man with opium-glazed eyes and rat-taily hair hanging down his back…
10Jul1871, Dressed a la George IV – Dined at the Arkwrights’ and played a rubber with old Lord Bathurst dressed a la George IV.
11Mar1872, Monstrous Clothes – Drawingroom, to which I went with Lou, diverging to the common herd in the Palace and joining M. I thought the dear Queen looked rayonnante : she spoke to me. A large assortment of monstrous clothes was to be seen ; in particular one yellow train over a pink gown.
07May1872, A Tiring Tea at Buckingham Palace – 5 o’clock tea at Buck. Palace — rather hind-leggy and tiring. The old “Empress of Germany,” horridly painted and curled as she was, pleased me by her long, civil, and feeling speech to the Loyd Lindsays abt the Sick and Wounded Fund. He stood bowing his tall flaxen head, without a word to say of course ! in answer to the flow of compliments.
25Jun1872, Maude Herbert Marries Hubert Parry – the cloudy white of the bride and bridesmaids’ garments
16Dec1872, When is That Woman Going Away? …a suit composed chiefly of a large chess-board check…
08May1873, A Gamboge-ey Green Gown – Why did I go to this May Drawing-room? Endless dismal business…Baroness Burdett…thought fit to wear a befurbelowed gamboge-ey green gown… Ly. Airlie’s fine big girls looked well in a sort of new-ink colour, with white, and Ly. Brownlow was a radiant sight.
25May18873, Lady Essex’s Children – …tea out of doors at a bewitching dairy. Ly. Essex, in a bright green silk and yellow hair, looked like an emerald pin.
11Jun1873, Smart Evening-looking Skirts – Garden party with Mazy and Helen at Ly. Airlie’s: I was enraged at people’s appearing in smart evening-looking skirts.
28Jun1873, Meeting Young Nicholas II – Smart garden party for the Shah at Chiswick; the Queen came and looked very cheerful with a little white about her… The public in rainbow hues, “only more so.” The sister Princesses dress alike and seem immensely happy together.
10Jul1873, Variegated Bonbons Or Christians – Beautiful garden party at Montagu H. Tho’ individually people are apt nowadays to look more like variegated bonbons than Christians, yet en masse the effect of the gay colours is very bright and successful.
09Oct1874, Walked With Florence – I walked with Florence, whom I greatly like. She is very pretty, without real beauty; very high-bred and with a delightful figure: coming in from tennis in a big Rubens hat, she looked enchanting.
06Mar1876, The Queen Opens a Grocers’ Wing – With Ly. Robartes and At. Coque to L. Hospital to see the Queen open the “Grocers’ Co. wing.” … The Q. very punctual : stood rather grim and glum on her platform, but at the right moments, when she did bow and smile and make those incomparable curtseys of hers, was, in spite of her little dowdy black bonnet, as Queen-like and gracious as ever.
17Mar1879, The Queen at a Wedding – and the 3 pretty little Princesses marching in front of her. They are at a trying age for the skimp fashionable smart frocks, out of which their poor thin little elbows and legs peeped rather disconsolately, and their noses are too long!
19Jul1880, Bare Shoulders and Short Sleeves – Dinner again in Downing Street meeting Maria Marchss., [FN: I,e, Maria Marchioness of Ailesbury.] who is a real miracle in being still able to carry on her evening gown with bare shoulders and short sleeves a la jeune fille, and the crop of canary-hued curls. A rather ghastly and bony sight, but still it passes muster.

 

Clough, Anne Jemima, Principal of Newnham College
18Mar1877, Visiting Alfred at Cambridge – After this, we went straightway to Newnham Coll., where they left me and I had a delightful troll with the nice old Principal (Miss Clough) and sight of the girls’ rooms. It seems doing admirably; and the tone of the girls feminine and unaffected. They attend lectures in Cambridge and hear some in their College. Some go in for the whole University course, but the most part are content with the Higher Local Examination. Mazy, who was here last week (staying with the Sidgwicks), is hot upon the brilliant idea of Helen going up there for a few years.

 

Cluseret, Gustave Paul
02May1871, Miserable Parisians – The miserable Parisians seem to carry on their rebellion, tho’ they arrest one after another of their own leaders ; as worms wriggle when they have lost their heads. Cluseret and Dombrowski (neither of them French) have been at the top of the tree lately ; but they have just tumbled Cluseret down !

 

Clyde, Lord
21Jun1862, Fantastic Hair Dressing – attention to his lovely star of India, insisted on pulling it off, and got quite red and a little furious, tugging at it

 

Cockburn, Alexander James Edmund, 12th Baronet
06Feb1874, The Tichborne Trial – All this while the Lord Chief Justice Cockburn has been summing up in the Tichborne trial…The Claimant is being clearly tho’ gradually unravelled, and an unspeakably mean monster of fraud, lying, perjury, and all uncleanness he must be.
02Mar1874, The Tichborne Verdict – The magnificent summing-up of Lord Chief Justice Cockburn ended on Saturday, and the jury in half an hour’s time brought in a verdict of Guilty on both counts ; and miserable Arthur Orton stands at last stripped of all his shams and masks, in native baseness….

 

Coke, Hon. Diana (née Ellis) (Di, Lord F.’s cousin) (m: Edward Keppel Coke)
30May1865, Eddy and Emma Engaged – Lady Caroline’s face did look good to see I paid happy May a long visit : Di and Lucy came in, and we all jabbered in a mad way.
29May1872, Talking with Di, Taciturn Husbands – Di and I talked with little cessation, to the silent admiration of our taciturn husbands.

 

Coke, Edward Keppel (m: Diana Ellis)
04Jan1873, The Chatsworth Party at Royal Week – It’s rather absurd that I have never given a list of the Chatsworth party during the Royal week ; here they all are
06Sep1870, A Cheese Factory – Longford – [FN: The house of the Hon. Edward Coke, who married the Hon. Diana Agar Ellis, Lord F's cousin] Di took me about her delightsome, lovely garden ; and we went to the cheese factory, which Mr. Coke is much agog about. It is the first opened in England on the American plan, and they have an American manager, Schemmerhorn.
10Dec1874, The Hunting Proved Fragment – It froze sharp, in spite of which Spencer, like his uncle before him (“Uncle Jack”), arose before the dawn on the chance of hunting being possible in S. Derbyshire, and departed with the hapless Mr. Coke and brothers Buller, all en route for various destinations.

 

Colenso, John William, Bishop of Natal
03Dec1862, Uncle William, King of Greece – Bp. Colenso has written a foolish and shallow little set of arithmetical doubts about the Pentateuch
20Mar1865, Bishop Gray and Bishop Colenso – most bewildering facts : viz. that the colonial Bishops (except in Crown Colonies) are not in legal possession of their sees, the Queen having arbitrarily granted them patents

 

Coleridge, Mr.
25Mar1857, Eton – … who received us most affably, and told us several mournful particulars about the health of his wife, whose brain is in some melancholy state of dilapidation : not softening like that of his friend Miss Hawtrey, but something analogous.

 

Comets
12Sep1858, A Comet – We saw a comet and a meteor
04Oct1858, A Drive and a Comet – (Comet Donati) with its sweep of pale light, curving high upwards, like a great white plume, all one line of beauty
02Jul1861, Cricket and a Comet – A comet was visible. Meanwhile the great fire goes on

 

Compton, Lady A.
22Feb1872, Handsome and Love-lorn Hubert Parry – meeting Ly. A. Compton, Helen Gladstone, Mr. Strutt, the handsome and love-lorn Hubert Parry

 

Comte de Paris, see Philippe, Prince, Comte de Paris

 

Conner, Miss
16Jun1859, Worth Coming to London – Miss Connor with her glorious ringing, clear, and flexible voice

 

Cotton, George Edward Lynch, Bishop of Calcutta
13May1858, Bishop Cotton Consecrated – The service lasted 5 hours, for there was a somewhat tedious sermon

 

Coutts, see Burdett-Coutts, Angela Georgina, 1st Baroness Burdett-Coutts

 

Cowper, Anne Florence, (née de Grey) (m: 6th Earl Cowper) (Lady Cowper, also 6th Baroness Lucas)
07Mar1866, Meeting Lowe and Carlyle – We dined at Ly. Cowper’s, meeting her sons and daughters, Lord Houghton, Mr. Trevelyan, Mr. Barrett Browning , Mr. Stanhope , and Froude the historian
17Mar1871, Seated Matrons and Subdued Peers – Little awful drum of seated matrons and subdued peers at Ly. Cowper’s.
24Mar1871, Ly. Dufferin at Ly. Cowper’s – Took my old May to Lady Cowper’s , which it was nice to do : Ly. Dufferin was there, a lovely sight, in a gown of old chocolate and gold brocade over a blue quilted petticoat.
25Jul1871, Rather She Than I – To Wrest this evening ; find Lady Cowper, Florence, and Annabel
04Mar1872, The Course of Events Like a Drama – Dinner at Dow. Ly. Cowper’s. Dufferins, young Cowpers, Evelyn Ashley (his wife at Menton for her health)

 

Cowper, Francis, 7th Earl Cowper (m: Ly. Katrine Compton)
25May1862, In a Hansom – who shd we get out in the very eye of but Lord Cowper, who was probably shocked at the sight
04Mar1872, The Course of Events Like a Drama – Dinner at Dow. Ly. Cowper’s. Dufferins, young Cowpers, Evelyn Ashley (his wife at Menton for her health)
04Jan1873, The Chatsworth Party at Royal Week – It’s rather absurd that I have never given a list of the Chatsworth party during the Royal week ; here they all are
23Jul1874, Fancy Dress Ball at Marlborough House – London – Conversation turned much on the fancy ball at Marlboro’ House, which came off t’other night, and for which I saw Cavendish arrayed in Tudor costume. Lord Cowper was in Venetian dress, and, quoth Ly. Cowper, “looked beautiful,” as I can believe.

 

Cowper, Henry Frederick
07Mar1866, Meeting Lowe and Carlyle – I stayed on into a small party that dropped in, and talked to Mr. Cowper, Froude himself, and a Yankee called Lockwood, of agreeable manners.

 

Cowper, William, poet
26Nov1872, The Life of Cowper by Southey – Lately I have been reading for anything but the 1st time that pathetic thing, the Life of Cowper by Southey

 

Conyngham, Elizabeth (née Denison), Marchioness Conyngham
30Jan1873, George IV, An Abominable Man – old Sir Henry Holland… let fly upon George IV, saying he had attended his two wives, and his mistress Ly. Conyngham, the latter of whom had told him awful things of him.”He was an abominable man from the beginning of his life to the end,” quoth Sir Henry — “far worse than any of his brothers,” all of whom Sir H. knew.

 

Crossley, Francis, 1st Baronet, of Halifax
20Nov1868, Nominated at Bradford – about 2,000 people collected in front of the hustings. They were rather dull and silent during Sir F. Crossley’s speech, but it was delightful to see them warm up into great enthusiasm during F.’s speech, which was the best I ever heard him make

 

Curzon, Alfred Nathaniel Holden, 4th Baron Scarsdale
10Dec1874, The Hunting Proved Fragment – The hunting proved fragment, as was to be expected. Scarsdales came.

 

Cust, Adelaide (née Chetwynd-Talbot) (Lady Brownlow) (m: Adelbert Wellington Brownlow Cust, 3rd Earl Brownlow)
08May1872, Dinner, Drum and Ball – Dinner with the tall and handsome and noble-looking couple, Ld, and Ly. Brownlow
02Jul1872, A Smart Dinner at Dev. House – Dudley House concert in aid of Woodford and Hawarden Orphanage. Ly. Augusta Stanley’s window-gardening show. Smart dinner at Dev. H. in the big square room. Very splendid and stately : Lornes, Tecks, Granvilles, Brownlows, Tallee, Spencers. Tail.
08May1873, A Gamboge-ey Green Gown – Why did I go to this May Drawing-room? Endless dismal business, too late to see the Queen, squeeze, and dead tire…Baroness Burdett…thought fit to wear a befurbelowed gamboge-ey green gown… Ly. Airlie’s fine big girls looked well in a sort of new-ink colour, with white, and Ly. Brownlow was a radiant sight.

 

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d’Andrimont, Jules
03Sep1874, Potentate Impressed With the Duke – A very funny Belgian potentate named d’Andrimont is here, and makes himself agreeable to us on their return after dinner: he is greatly impressed with “l’activité du Duc”, (looks like a young man of 17 years: he jumps, he dances like a deer) Not quite one’s idea of His Grace!

 

d’Aumale
Duc – Henri Eugène Philippe Louis d’Orléans
Duchesse – Princess Maria Carolina Augusta of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
elder son – Louis Philippe Marie Léopold of Orléans, Prince de Condé (1845–1866)
younger son – François Louis of Orléans, Duc de Guise (also Duc de Chartres?) (1854–1872)
26May1859, The Old Race of French Kings – introduced to the Duc d’Aumale, low was my curtsey, most gracious was his bow
06Jun1859, A Pleasant Home Ball – honoured with the presence of the young Prince de Conde, a gentle, grave, and most courteous boy of fourteen, with whom I danced twice
06Jul1859, Wimbledon – The Duc and Duchesse d’Aumale were there
21Jun1862, Fantastic Hair Dressing – The Duchesse d’Aumale was there ; looked much pinched and aged
04Jul1862, Scrubby Napoleon – Prince de Conde is short and not handsome, but with a very pleasing countenance; the little Duc de Guise is a tiny fellow of 8, pretty and exceedingly fair
02Jul1863, A Northern Yankee – Beautiful select concert at the Aumales’, Mario, Grisi, Alboni and Delle Sedie sang, and Thalberg played
02Jul1863, A Northern Yankee – The Duc de Chartres was there with his nice young bride: also the Comte de Paris; it was nice to see the two brothers’ evident affection for each other.
27Oct1863, Charles Turns 21 – Prince de Conde announced that he was quite an Englishman, except as to politics
26Jun1866, The Liberal Ministry Has Resigned – The nice young Prince de Condé, who danced with me at Charles’ coming of age, has died in Australia of typhus.

 

Davidson, Randall Thomas, 1st Baron Davidson of Lambeth, Archbishop of Canterbury
12Jul1880, An Ugly Waggish Mug – Dined in Great George St., meeting Farrars and Davidsons. He told me the Sun. Sch. Centenary splash at Lambeth was splendidly managed, and would have been a mighty success but for an hour’s downpour, which drove 1,500 children home…

 

Davitt, Michael, Irish republican
31Jan1881, Parliament and the Irish – The most mischievous agitator who has been stumping Ireland is one Mich. Davitt, a ticket-of-leave man. His last speech was so outrageous, that he has now been arrested, as forfeiting his ticket-of-leave. One of the Irishmen asked Sir Bow-wow if this was true, and they were all rendered frantic by his short answer, “Yes, sir,” and by the rather bad taste of cheering which followed.

 

Dawnay, Maj.-Gen. Hugh Richard, 8th Viscount Downe
10Aug1866, At York For the Show – Young Lord Downe is here, a very handsome, agreeable youth. I should think clever but rather head-turned by his position. Also nice little Lord Ellesmere.

 

Dean of Windsor, see Wellesley, Gerald Valerian

 

de Burgh, Ulick John, 1st Marquess of Clanricarde
22Jun1867, Dining Without F – Wretched me had to dine alone at the D. of Cleveland’s. Lord Clanricarde took me in ! Afterwards together (not Lord C. and I !) to Ly. M. Beaumont’s.

 

De Dunstanville, Lady
12Jul1863, Last London Sunday – old, old Lady De Dunstanville, who still enjoys London gaieties, tho’ looking as if a pinch wd crumble her

 

de Grey of Wrest, earldom of, see Robinson

 

de Lesseps, Ferdinand Marie, Vicomte de Lesseps
11Jul1870, Breakfast wtih Princess Louise – Princess Louise and Comte de Paris came to breakfast with the Gladstones ; also the famous M. de Lesseps. I went and heard Mrs. Weldon sing beautifully. Sat by Princess Louise who looked very pretty and was charming and well-mannered as usual.

 

Delle Sedie, Enrico, baritone
02Jul1863, A Northern Yankee – Beautiful select concert at the Aumales’, Mario, Grisi, Alboni and Delle Sedie sang, and Thalberg played

 

De Mauley, Lady
24Jun1859, Those Old Times – We took Winny to a little child’s concern at Ly. De Mauley’s

 

Denbigh, earldom of, see Feilding

 

Denison, Edward
17Jun1869, Irish Church Bill Second Reading – Oh dear, dear ! political life has quite dropt out amid this excitement! [FN: I.e. of her sister Lavinia's engagement to Edward Talbot : and her younger sister May's very brief engagement to Edward Denison. The latter had to be broken off, as his uncle, Speaker Denison, would not consent.]
22Jun1870, Story of a Tragic Romance – question of a marriage between the Speaker’s nephew and May Lyttelton, and the Speaker had refused to allow it
From father’s bio: He fell ill the following year and was encouraged to take a long sea voyage as a cure. The proposal also served to separate Denison from Mary Lyttelton, as his uncle would not consent to their proposed marriage. Interested in emigration and colonization to support the British Empire, he embarked on a journey to Melbourne, Australia, in October 1869. He died soon after disembarking on 26 January 1870.

 

Denison, Evelyn, 1st Viscount Ossington, Speaker of the House of Commons
15Jun1859, A Torrent of People – We played at Aunt Sally with the Speaker and Lord Stratford de Redcliffe
12Feb1866, Ambassador Charles Adams – We had luncheon at the Speaker’s, meeting the Adams (American Minister) and Dr. Vaughan. Mrs. Adams tickled me by saying “va-ga-ries” and “de-co-rous.”
14Dec1866, Galloping on a Glorious Horse – Delightful mild day. Spent most of it galloping on a glorious horse, with F. and the Speaker, amid the wide glades and grand trees of Welbeck and Thoresby.
16Mar1867, A Visit to Chiswick – Snug home dinner, after which a drum at the Speaker’s. The Duke of St. Albans is to marry Sybil Grey.
17Jun1869, Irish Church Bill Second Reading – Oh dear, dear ! political life has quite dropt out amid this excitement! [FN: I.e. of her sister Lavinia's engagement to Edward Talbot : and her younger sister May's very brief engagement to Edward Denison. The latter had to be broken off, as his uncle, Speaker Denison, would not consent.]
22Jun1870, Story of a Tragic Romance – Papa was received very well, considering he is Cambridge; the Speaker (odd to say) came next him in the procession and they sat together and made friends, after the long estrangement. [FN: There had been question of a marriage between the Speaker's nephew and May Lyttelton.]..asked to speak to May; to whom he just said, “I wished to shake your hand.” It deeply touched and pleased the poor child..The poor Speaker! one can never feel anything but grief and pity for him now.
06Sep1871, Forty-five Shorthorns Sold for £10,000 – A great Holker day indeed !—the thought of which must long have haunted Mr. Drewry’s dreams by night as it has absorbed his [thoughts] every day — a great sale of shorthorns. The Speaker (who came here last night) bid with great solemnity, and got two creatures.

 

Dennett, Miss
04Jul1865, Duke of Newcastle and His Miserable Daughter – Also saw dear Miss Dennett, now a little old lady, with traces in her worn face of the wretched life she must have had, striving to make peace between the poor Duke of Newcastle in his fatal anger and mismanagement, and his miserable daughter, when her whole self-will was set upon that tragical marriage.

 

de Persigny, see Persigny

 

Derby, earldom of, see Smith-Stanley or Stanley

 

Des Vœux, Sir George William, 10th Gov. of Hong Kong (Dismal Jemmy)
05Jan1872, Sir Briggs Shows Off Farley Hill – Sir G. B. bore us off, and Dismal [FN: Mr., afterwards Sir William, Des Voeux, Governor of Hongkong, whom she always called "Dismal Jemmy."], in the early morning
06Feb1872, A Storm at Sea – At breakfast a grand country dance of everything on the table took place… Poor D. J. [FN: Dismal Jemmy] disappeared from sight
24Mar1872, Mr. Wilkinson and Dismal Jemmy at Church – London – It was D. J. [FN: "Dismal Jemmy" (Sir George William Des Vœux)] (a cousin-in-law of Mr. W.) who got us places : he is himself “under the wand of the enchanter,” and in a strange state of suppressed excitement. Mr. W. set him to work to bring round a sceptical communistic publican ! So D. J. paid the man a visit ; offered him a cigar, and had a good political talk

 

De Vesci, Lord and Lady
08May1872, Dinner, Drum and Ball – Dinner with the tall and handsome and noble-looking couple, Ld, and Ly. Brownlow. Met beautiful Ly. de Vesci, Ld. and daughter

 

Devonshire, duchy of, see Cavendish

 

d’Henin, Adéle
20May1865, Dined at Lord Wharncliffe’s – Papa and F. went in red and gold to the Levée. Afterwards I drove to Mrs. Milbank’s and some card deeds : tried to go to All Saints’, but was too late ; saw Meriel who was dressed and downstairs, and looking very nice and well ; had tea and bonbons at Adéle’s. We dined at Lord Wharncliffe’s, Afterwards to Apsley House,
14Jun1865, Busy Day in London – Lou and Adéle d’Henin came to luncheon ; the Gladstone girls, Granny, Julia Robartes, and the Arthur Ellisons called, and all were great audience.

 

Dickens, Charles
29Jan1864, Dinner at Ld. Russell’s With Dickens – We dined at Ld. Russell’s, which was very pleasant. There were there Dickens and Landseer ; neither very pleasant to look at, though one saw wit and genius in Dickens’ odd eyes. Ld. Amberley took me in
08Mar1870, Hearing Dickens Read – We went to hear Dickens read “Boots at the Holly Tree Inn,” a bit from “Oliver Twist” and from “Pickwick” : the first was much the best, tho’ Fagin was wonderful. (He died very soon after.)
09Jun1870, Critique on Dickens – Dickens has died suddenly of apoplexy, which struck him down yesterday evening after a day of literary work. (He was in the midst of a new novel : “Edwin Drood.”) He never recovered consciousness, and died early this morning. I have been reading “Little Dorrit” here, and enjoying the humour and observation of it, tho’ it is one of his least good books. One feels a great blank in the world ; in some ways I should think he was an unsurpassed and unsurpassable novelist…

 

Dilke, Charles Wentworth, 2nd Baronet
26Apr1880, Filling Up Of Offices – Sir Charles Dilke everybody thought would be the best man, but (a dead secret) the Queen drew the line there ! and one can’t wonder at her, as some years ago he publicly made an onslaught on the Monarchy. The alternative is the Birmingham demagogue, Mr. Chamberlain, a conceited man, but clever and honest, I believe; and just the sort who will have his teeth drawn by office and position. Sir Charles is Under-Secretary of Foreign Affairs and will probably be very useful: not much fear of his Republican principles being ever heard of again!

 

Dillwyn, Lewis Llewelyn
25May1878, A Death at Home – Many weighty speeches on our side. Old Roebuck made a vicious onslaught on the Opposition like the venerable and venomous mosquito that he is, and then hobbled out of the House. When he returned, Mr. Dillwyn, who hitherto has always made room for him on the front bench below the gangway, only edged away a little, and Roebuck, after trying for a minute to balance himself bodkin, was hirpling off again…
05May1879, Queen Called Over the Coals – A horrid debate in the H. of Commons brought on by Mr. Dillwyn, who gave notice of a motion blaming the Queen herself for certain letters and telegrams she has sent…but if she has, who is to blame? Dizzy and nobody else; for so long giving her her head and coaxing up in her ideas of prerogative which she would never have dreamt of but for him. …

 

Dismal Jemmy, See Des Vœux, Sir George William

 

21Jun1859, Swallow Dizzy – why couldn’t he swallow Dizzy, and in spite of him go in under Lord Derby?
29Apr1861, Dizzy Against the Budget – Uncle W. spoke quite admirably in defence of the Budget, and Dizzy admirably against it ; so I am left in the wood.
08Apr1864, Garibaldi and Red Shirts – All the papers smile upon the Budget, even the Standard saying nothing more snubbing than that it was a réchauffé of one of Dizzy’s 2 years back!
01May1865, Commons and Lords Discuss the Murder – heard Sir George Grey move, and Dizzy second, both in very good, suitable speeches, a resolution of sympathy with the United States.
28Apr1866, Speeches on the Reform Bill – F. had tea at No. 11, and said he seemed strung up and excited, and indignant with Dizzy, who had sent Uncle W. word he meant to speak 1 hour and then spoke 3. Uncle W. said (N.B. not in the House!) that Dizzy had generosity and temper, but was hopelessly false.
12Feb1867, Uncle W. Much Disgusted – Uncle W. looks blooming after his holyday. He is as much disgusted and bothered by the course of the Government as it’s possible to be : He has the profoundest faithlessness in Dizzy
18Mar1867, Household Suffrage – Dizzy made a painful, laboured speech, bringing forward his badissimus bill : Household Suffrage, with actual personal, as distinguished from compounded, rate-paying
05Apr1867, Uncle Wm. on Suffrage – It is refreshing to hear that the good country Tories are enraged with Dizzy, and don’t take kindly to their new war-cry of Household Suffrage.
12Apr1867, Breakup of the Liberal Party – The debate [FN: On Mr. Gladstone's Amendment to Disraeli's Reform Bill.] lasted till 2. Dizzy I thought most inconclusive, though cunning enough.
25Feb1868, Dizzy: Lord High Conjuror – Great news! Lord Derby has resigned, owing to broken health; and the Lord High Conjuror has got to the top of the ladder, viz., Dizzy is Prime Minister!! His party take it with a bad grace. I wonder how the Queen likes it.
18Mar1868, A Workhouse and a Drum – Dined at the Gladstones’; drum, to which came Lord Dizzy !—he will be that next, I suppose. It was a sight to see him chaffing Agnes!
25Mar1868, Dizzy’s Party for the Shaky Liberals – Dizzy gives a grand party tonight for the Prince and Princess; is said to ask only such Liberals as are shaky! N.B. We are not asked.
27Nov1868, Lies About Popery – The two beaten brethren, Cavendish and Eddy, came home; both cheery about it, but it was a great blow to both. “No Popery” has served Dizzy well in the counties; the discoveries are remarkable anent it; Mr. Gladstone and his wife are papists, one of his daughters is an abbess, and the Cavendishes for years past have been the tools of the Pope!!!
23Feb1872, A Strange Will and Gov. Eyre – Dizzy maliciously seizing the opportunity for tickling up Uncle W. with a straw
11Mar1873, Gladstone’s Finest Speech – a pack of wild Irish were to begin the debate [FN: On the Irish University Bill]. Heard the main part of Dizzy’s speech, which was wild-hitting and weak. He cast “longing lingering looks behind” on concurrent endowment! an unearthly sort of card for Tories to depend on. As the clock struck 12 down he sat after a strained bit of declamation, and up sprung Uncle W. ..
16Mar1873, A Cabinet Council on Holyday – After dinner came despatches from Windsor, including a long letter from Dizzy to H.M. definitely backing out. As the D. of Argyll and Uncle W. put their noses together on the sofa over the box, the faithful Willy and Fred hovering near, I thought it was a fine thing to assist at a Cabinet Council.
26Mar1873, Burials Bill Carried by 63 – The precious Burials Bill (2nd reading) carried by 63, in spite of a capital, I shd say unanswerable speech, unluckily of Dizzy’s. ..But in this proposal, as in the sister-in-law one, consistency and principle are utterly scouted. And to think that my perverse Fred shd support them both! It isn’t for want of many a talking to.
14Oct1873, A Bit of Spitting by Dizzy – Another Govt. victory at Taunton; this little turn of the tide is perhaps to be attributed to an extraordinary bit of spitting on the part of Dizzy, who has written a letter (for publication) to Ld. Grey de Wilton savagely calling the Govt. names…
06Aug1874, Floods of Butter Over Dizzy – To make his speech still nicer, Sir W. poured floods of butter over Dizzy, while Dizzy, on his part, made savage tho’ sly cuts at Lord Salisbury; so it was a surprising and peculiar scene altogether.
02Oct1876, Gladstone and the Eastern Matter – He has the most absolute disbelief in the Government upon the Eastern matter, considering Dizzy to be Dizzy, and Ld. Derby, from his hatred of responsibility, Dizzy’s mere tool. Much of the press is open-mouthed against. Uncle W. for impatient and factious action; but he thinks that he gave Government all imaginable rope…
30Apr1877, War Between Russia and Turkey – He justifies this by the serious danger we are in of Ld. Beaconsfield entangling us, or letting some diplomatic turn of the wheel entangle us, in war on behalf of Turkey. Dizzy’s real heart (for once!) seems to be in the matter; at all events for months past the Government tone has been steadily growing milder towards Turkey…
18Jun1877, “The Priest in Absolution” Scandal – Had a talk with Mr. Majendie about an unspeakably shocking book called “The Priest in Absolution,” which has somehow got out, tho’ it must be said it was only intended for the use of certain clergy…I shot Dizzy in a brougham, looking more horribly like a fiend than ever; poor old wretch—green, with a glare in his eye.
25Mar1878, A General Mad Hatter’s Tea-party – Ld. Salisbury succeeds Ld. Derby, Mr. Hardy goes to the Lords, and is succeeded at the War Office by Col. Stanley (very skilful of Dizzy, to keep on good terms with the Stanleys!), and there is a general Mad Hatter’s Tea-party — everybody moving up (or down) one.
15Jul1878, Parliament and Princesses – Dizzy has returned high-gee his horrid Anglo-Turkish Convention which he has signed and ratified without the knowledge, much less the consent of Parliament. Dizzy returned, with colours flying, from Berlin, Ld. Salisbury with him (the captive, says the Spectator, of his sword and of his bow)..
23Jul1878, More Derby-Salisbury Business – We talked of the horrid Derby-Salisbury business; Ld. Derby has found his mem. written at the time of his resignation, and fully bearing out what he has said, and has shown it to Ld. Granville. Whether he would have re-opened the personal matter, and crushed Lord Salisbury with the mem, I don’t know; but he has been requested by the Queen to let the subject alone.
09Sep1878, Colin Campbell for Argyleshire – I have not mentioned a pleasant event—the return of Colin Campbell for Argyleshire, Lorne having been appointed Gov.-Gen. of Canadaan excellent coup of Dizzy’s. It is as good as a gain of a seat, Lorne having pursued a tolerably consistent course of voting against his party.
20Oct1878, A War With Afghanistan – Much politics prevail, and Dizzy’s left ear ought to burn continuously! Ld. Bath and Ld. Carnarvon are desperately down upon him. We are on the verge of a war with Afghanistan, upon a squabble with the Ameer for which we have ourselves to thank; it would be a horrid calamity, and the jingo notion that our Indian frontier wants advancing is shown by Lord Lawrence to be utterly wrong: it could only weaken us.
28Oct1878, Tales of Learning – F. has absolutely almost had enough of tirades against Dizzy !
17Mar1879, The Queen at a Wedding – F. and I walked behind Dizzy on his way to the House; it was curious to see how every passer-by turned to look at him. A grisly sight he is, with his blue-grey colour and sham old black curls; he was drest like a well-to-do Old Clo’ man, in a long light grey coat and loud trousers, and walked very infirmly.
05May1879, Queen Called Over the Coals – A horrid debate in the H. of Commons brought on by Mr. Dillwyn, who gave notice of a motion blaming the Queen herself for certain letters and telegrams she has sent…but if she has, who is to blame? Dizzy and nobody else; for so long giving her her head and coaxing up in her ideas of prerogative which she would never have dreamt of but for him. …
08Mar1880, Owdacious Flings at the Opposition – His address to N. E. Lancashire, which he is going to fight, quite excellent, and a famous contrast to a sort of Peer’s Address which Dizzy has put forth in the shape of a letter to the D. of Marlboro’. It’s such a piece of bombast and Owdacious yet mysterious flings at the Opposition, that it will be worth thousands of pounds to the Liberals as a bone to be gnawed.
12Apr1880, Queen Angry at Dizzy – The Queen didn’t return from Baden till Saturday evening: the grub is that she is very angry with Dizzy for having misled her as to the result of the dissolution and has been wigging poor innocent Sir Hicks Beach, who has been in attendance on her! Sunday morning Dizzy went down to Windsor; it is presumed to resign.
19Apr1880, Gladstone Prime Minister Again – the knowledge that the Queen would far prefer either of the existing leaders to Uncle W., whom Dizzy has bamboozled her into dreading above all things.
09Jan1881, Bulwer-Lytton Defends Afghanistan Policy – London – I went to the H. of Lords, where Ld. Lytton was ill-advised enough to attempt a defence of the Afghanistan policy. His speech was fluent and clever, but he had not a leg to stand on…He was followed by the D. of Argyll, who, with perhaps unnecessary fire, demolished and scattered him to the winds in a most brilliant, condensed, and perfect little speech of only of an hour. (This was the last time I saw Dizzy.)
30Mar1881, Another Adventure With Horses – Poor old Dizzy is very ill with gouty bronchial asthma.
30Apr1881, Comparing Gladstone and Disraeli – Mr. Cowper and I drove up from the station together yesterday and tried to analyse Uncle W. and Dizzy. He has always been rather fond of Dizzy; said he was more affectionate and made and kept more friends than Uncle W.
02May1881, Gladstone Eulogizes Disraeli – Uncle W. made a most faultless speech, moving for a monument to Dizzy in Westminster Abbey—generous, appreciative, unreserved, and yet scrupulously true and with no blinking of their long antagonism.

 

Dodson, John George, 1st Baron Monk Bretton
30Apr1877, War Between Russia and Turkey – Poor distracted F. has taken up a notion (of Mr. Dodson’s) as to altering the Resolutions, which gives a ray of hope. He was busy scribbling down an amended 2nd Resolution all breakfast time, being off afterwards to breakfast at Grillion’s…

 

Dolby, Charlotte Helen Sainton-Dolby
30Jun1865, “Israel in Egypt” at the Crystal Palace – Patti sang, but her voice isn’t strong enough : it should have been Titians. Mme Rudersdorf has immense power, but little sweetness ; and Mme Sainton Dolby ought to leave off as her voice is cracked ; but Sims Reeves and Schmidt were grand, and the choruses magnificent.

 

Dorrington, Sarah
13Feb1866, The Lower Class and the Upper Class – successful “mission tea-party” was held, under the auspices of my dear Miss Lilley, and the other good folk. Was glad to see Sarah Dorrington the 2nd mission woman looking busy and bright, but, alas! not well.

 

Douglas, George Sholto, 17th Earl of Morton

 

Douglas-Pennant, George Sholto Gordon, 2nd Baron Penrhyn (m: Gertrude Glynn)

 

Douglas-Pennant, Gertrude Jessy (née Glynn) (G. G.) (dau: Aunt Lavinia)
20Jun1871, Unmitigated Boys and Girls Don’t Do! – We had a portentously dull dinner party, F. not arriving till afterwards and Sissy Ashley coming minus husband. Unmitigated boys and girls don’t do ! and we had no couple. Even Gertrude was struck with sotto-voce shyness ; Mary Howard, Messrs. Strutt, Sturgis, and Willy held their tongues ; Beilby Lawley made fitful conversation with me, Edith asked questions and I prosed.
08May1872, Dinner, Drum and Ball – Dinner with the tall and handsome and noble-looking couple, Ld, and Ly. Brownlow. Met beautiful Ly. de Vesci, Ld. and daughter, Holfords, etc. Drum at Ly. L. Mills’ ; lovely ball with G. G. at Ly. Bristol’s—all gorgeous with flowers and plants
01Sep1873, A Monster Expedition to Wrekin – Papa headed a monster expedition to the top of the Wrekin. It consisted of himself and Sybella, his 8 sons, 3 of his daughters, 2 sons-in-law, a grandson, 3 cousins (Pole Carews), a niece (G. G.), and Mr. Balfour…
11Nov1874, Gladstone Pamphlet on Catholocism – The whole pamphlet is in better and clearer style than anything of his I ever read, has some eloquent passages, and ends with all the fire and dignity of one of his great speech perorations. G. G. and I rode.
15May1875, Wales Children Like Anybody Else – Saturday the 15th I came to Chatsworth with Papa and Sybella; F. having gone down Friday, when I stayed on to go with M., Mrs. T., Gertrude, and Willy to hear “S. Paul” at Exeter Hall, which was glorious. Endless dawdling journey.
28Jun1875, King Alfred Got 102 – On Friday G. G., Mazy, and I went to Eton with Papa, Spencer, Charles, Bob, and Arthur for the Winchester match. Darling King Alfred got 102, but it was not very exciting owing to poor bowling; he made one fine straight drive for 5.
10Jul1875, The Last Lyttelton Half at Eton – Six brothers and 8 sisters and their husbands, Mazy, Helen, and G. G., all at Lord’s for the rest of King Alfred’s innings—his last match against Harrow, and this the last Lyttelton half at Eton. This, and the immense blank left by darling May, always such an element during these cricket times, made the day sadly unlike itself. Most of us stayed all day.
30Apr1877, War Between Russia and Turkey – Went to see Alice Egerton and Gertrude Pennant. Gertrude and I talked politics, my only wish about her in that line being to keep up her faith in Uncle W. being an honest man, for the Toryissimus Toryism in the midst of which she now lives has a bitter hatred of him and disbelief in his public, and private ! ! morality, as its centre.
06May1877, Gladstone Speech after Pandemonium – For once Auntie P. and I sacrificed L. Hospital bodily, having places at the House for the Great Speech. I was with Gerty in the Ballot box. After the altered mode of procedure was announced there were 2 hours of pandemonium.
18Nov1878, A Reading List – and last, not least, the G. Pennants. She very thin and in small health, but most bright and prosperous.

 

Douglas-Scott-Montagu, Henry, (Lord Henry Scott) 1st Lord Montagu of Beaulieu
29May1865, A Visit to Stafford House – What should happen this very night but a proposal! Lord Henry Scott [FN: Afterwards 1st Lord Montagu.] to Cissy Wortley . He has loved her for 10 years

 

Douglas-Scott-Montagu, Cecily Susan (née Stuart-Wortley-Mackenzie) (Cissy Wortley, Lady Henry Scott) (dau: 2nd Baron Wharncliffe)
18May1865, Princess Helena Holds a Drawing-room – Carry Lawley [FN: Daughter of Lord Wenlock.] and Mary Wortley [FN: Afterwards wife of the 2nd Earl of Lovelace. The two girls were cousins of each other and of Lady Frederick] were brought out: Carry is very handsome, towering above her jenny-wren of a mother.
20May1865, Dined at Lord Wharncliffe’s – We dined at Lord Wharncliffe’s, meeting the Wenlocks and Carry, Colonel and Lady Louisa Feilding, Captain Egerton, Lord Claud Hamilton, the Burys, Cissy Wortley, etc.
29May1865, A Visit to Stafford House – What should happen this very night but a proposal! Lord Henry Scott [FN: Afterwards 1st Lord Montagu.] to Cissy Wortley . He has loved her for 10 years
17Jan1866, All Expecting, Ah Dear Me – Ly. Henry Scott, Ly. Granville, and Ly. Dudley are all said to be expecting babies. Ah, dear me !

 

Doyle, Richard, illustrator “Dicky Doyle”
26Nov1878, Guests at Chatsworth – Very pleasant week; arrived Georgy Grenfell, and daughters: Lina is a dear little chum of mine, and Constance, just grown up…Mintos with their very taking son Arthur…old Richmond, excellent company always. He and “Dicky Doyle” very good fun going over the Sketches together…Dufferins: a great break to see them…

 

Drewry
01Jan1875, The Skating Was Grand – Nevertheless we set out stoutly for Windermere along with Drewry sons and daughter. Began to snow halfway there, and went on till dark with hail, sleet, and rain modifications at last. The skating, however, was grand,..

 

Dudley, earldom of, see Ward

 

Dufferin, marquessate of, see Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood

 

Duncombe, Mabel Violet (née Graham) (m: William Ernest Duncombe, 1st Earl Feversham of Ryedale)
28Mar1881, The Russian Tragedy – Drawing Room distressing from the age and wizziness or blowsiness of my friends! Ly. Clifden, with her fairly nice-looking daughter to present, has grown huge and almost ugly. Saw my old flames, once so lovely, Ly. Feversham and Nelly Baring (each with daughters), sadly worsified both.

 

Dundas, Lawrence, 1st Marquess of Zetland (Mr. Dundas in 1866)
10Aug1866, At York For the Show – escorted Miss Foljambe and me to York and back in his clarence. He is smitten with Carry, and wants his nephew Mr. Dundas (also here) to make up to her. But the youth looks shyissimus.

 

Dundas, Thomas, 2nd Earl of Zetland (Lord Dundas in 1866)
10Aug1866, At York For the Show – Lord Zetland (who is here) escorted Miss Foljambe and me to York and back in his clarence. He is smitten with Carry, and wants his nephew Mr. Dundas (also here) to make up to her.

 

Dupanloup, Félix Antoine Philibert
08Dec1869, Personal Infallibility of the Pope – At Rome the Bishops of the Roman Church are mustering for the so-called Œcumenical Council. The Ultramontane Italian party are said to be firmly resolved on decreeing the “personal infallibility of the Pope”—a monstrous new dogma..but lately Dupanloup, Bishop of Orleans, a strong Catholic, has written an earnest appeal against such a decree being passed ; and they can hardly ignore him,

 

Durnford, Rt Rev Richard Durnford, Bishop of Chichester
12May1873, Bishop’s Palace of Chichester – Here I am at the Palace of Chichester. … I cd not resist an invitation from Mrs. Durnford. A dream of delight to my Cockney eyes was the Palace: the tall glorious cathedral, spire-towering above, the green gardens, the quaint old house….The Bp. a dear, kind, very episcopal old man, wife nice and homely, daughter lively.

 

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Ebbett (Cousin Ebbett), see Lawley, Lady Elizabeth

 

Edwardes, Hon. Alice Eleanora (née Brougham)
29Oct1862, 10 years waiting for a living – eldest Miss Brougham, poor thing, poured out to me all the griefs of her 9 years’ attachment and 1 year’s recognized engagement to their clergyman

 

Egerton, Lady, of Tatton
28Jun1859, The King of France – We went to the most beautiful ball conceivable at Ly. Egerton of Tatton’s, a horrid woman ; but such a room, such lighting, and such delightful space.
23Apr1861, A First Rate Ball – A first-rate ball at Ly. Egerton of Tatton’s, where we both danced plentifully

 

Egerton, Lady Blanche (sister of Francis Egerton)
04Jul1865, Duke of Newcastle and His Miserable Daughter – a lovely heathy place, all fragrant with bracken and honeysuckle and firs, where Ly. Blanche Egerton and her brothers picnicked us

 

Egerton, Blanche Harriet (dau: Lou)
20Oct1879, Five Children Playing Whist – The 5 children all insist upon playing whist!! Dick and Blanche have a very good notion of it, and John can preside over a hand and follow suit with great accuracy, looking like Solomon. Christian seats herself by one of the players and shouts “Tump it!” on all occasions.

 

Egerton, Christian Mary (dau: Lou)
20Oct1879, Five Children Playing Whist – The 5 children all insist upon playing whist!! Dick and Blanche have a very good notion of it, and John can preside over a hand and follow suit with great accuracy, looking like Solomon. Christian seats herself by one of the players and shouts “Tump it!” on all occasions.

 

Egerton, Admiral Francis (known as Francis Leveson-Gower until 1833) (Frank) (m: Louisa, Lou)
17Feb1865, We Dined at Lord Russell’s – Met Sir Edwin Landseer, Ld. Lyons, Mr. Barrett Browning, [FN: Probably the poet Robert Browning, not his son Barrett who was only a boy at this time.] Cap. Egerton, the Stanleys of Alderley.
04Jul1865, Duke of Newcastle and His Miserable Daughter – a lovely heathy place, all fragrant with bracken and honeysuckle and firs, where Ly. Blanche Egerton and her brothers picnicked us
15Jul1865, Fred is Elected, Lou is Engaged – Captain Egerton has written to the Duke…He cannot be good enough for her! but I do hope and believe will make her very happy
16Jul1865, The Duke Invites the Captain – The Duke wrote to the Captain recommending him to come here ; so we may expect a very interesting week.
17Jul1865, This Horrible Interloper – Captain Egerton turning up this afternoon and spending an incomprehensibly long time with Lou in the stately garden. Oh, dear me ! I could fancy the statues looking out of spirits at the sight of this horrible interloper! but it is all right and good and happy.
18Jul1865, Uncle William Not Returned – This naval person has brought rain and clouds in his train; nevertheless he and Lou managed to find the weather fine enough for divers tête-à-têtes in the garden.
19Jul1865, On Terms of Great Intimacy – We three drove to Eyam, tucking a big R.N. Captain into the little dicky of the p. carriage beside Lou; the said man and I are already on terms of great intimacy and mutual quizzing.
20July1865, No-poperyums – The Royal Navy went away, Lou driving him to the station ; a very improper proceeding.
27Jul1865, Back Home to Hagley – The Duke, Lou, and Frank arrived by the same train as we did. Oh, how entirely mad and inside-out I felt! half receiving them at Hagley, and half being a guest like them
26Sep1865, Lou and Frank are Married – It was a pretty compliment to Frank, the sticking up in the arches divers little ships, full rig—but he was rather distressed at one being a merchantman.
28Sep1865, Letters from Lou – I had a great treat of a nice, dear, warm letter from Frank, in answer to a bit to Lou that I went and wrote as soon as her back was turned.
09Oct1865, Blessings and Sunshine are Outpoured – A little before 6 took place the exciting arrival of Frank and Lou from Chatsworth. Two little arches greeted them, and they were dragged up to the house door, and famously cheered.
29Jan1866, A Merry Servants’ Ball – A most merry, successful servants’ ball came off in the corridor downstairs…For the 1st time in my life, indulged in polkas and other whisks, with Frank and Eddy,
20Nov1868, Nominated at Bradford – Afterwards came a big luncheon, when he was very warmly cheered. We got home for dinner, and were met by the capital news of Frank’s and Mr. Strutt’s victory.
21Aug1876, Lady of the House – Frank and Lou and their little company came on Tues. to my great refreshment; the having to be lady of the house and bother my head over muffins and bedrooms is quite absurdly trying to me now I am so down on the springs; but besides, Lou is the greatest dear to me and rests my spirit.
16Sep1878, Beasts and Boys – Eddy went off with Victor to school, Thurs. night. Frank with his two Friday morning. A black Friday !—poor little boys crying bitterly, and their elders not much better; didn’t I see the Duke hastily wiping his eyes as he turned back into the house! William is a regular little chum to him!

 

Egerton, Frederick Greville (son: Lou, Lord F’s sister)
15Apr1869, Invitation to Windsor – Went to see the babe [FN: Lady Louisa Egerton's second son, Frederick ; he died of wounds received at Ladysmith in 1899.] nevertheless.
19Dec1881, All the Schoolboys at Home – All the schoolboys at home: Wm. frightfully big, with the dawn of a moustache and a gruff voice!! Fritz, tho’ quite a little boy still, has launched in life…Victor, poor dear, a very strong development of the family “mouton qui rêve” countenance; but he may be a comely man yet, as he will be tall and long-legged, if he acquires a good big beard.

 

Egerton, George Granville Francis, 2nd Earl of Ellesmere (brother of Francis Egerton)
04Jul1865, Duke of Newcastle and His Miserable Daughter – Old Ly. Ellesmere also was there and young Ld. Ellesmere ; and a very pretty, noble-looking, open-faced fair boy of 16.
10Aug1866, At York For the Show – Young Lord Downe is here, a very handsome, agreeable youth. Also nice little Lord Ellesmere.

 

Egerton, Harriet Catherine (née Greville) (Old Ly. Ellesmere) (mother of Francis Egerton)
04Jul1865, Duke of Newcastle and His Miserable Daughter – Old Ly. Ellesmere also was there and young Ld. Ellesmere ; and a very pretty, noble-looking, open-faced fair boy of 16.
24Sep1865, We Were a Vast Army – Escorted old Lady Ellesmere to Flookburgh, in the afternoon ; was a little afraid of her, but found her a kind, decided, pretty old lady.

 

Egerton, Lady Louisa (née Cavendish) (Lou) (m: Frank)
07Jun1862, Volume 7 of the Diary Begins – We dined with the Latimers at Trinity, meeting Sir E. and Ly. Head, D. and Dss. of Argyll, Ly. L. Cavendish, Ld. Bristol, and Ld. J. Hervey, etc.
22Nov1862, Exploring Chatsworth – Drove behind the p. carriage with Ly. Louisa and Ly. Constance (not behind!) to beautiful Haddon Hall
24Nov1862, Bidding a round of good-byes – I was immensely flattered and a little astonished at receiving a kiss from both Ly. Louisa and the Duchess of Argyll!!
18Dec1862, One of the very best balls I ever was at – where we find Ly. Louisa and Ld. Frederic Cavendish, Lascelles and Wilbrahams, Mr. F. Wortley, Hugh and Arthur Gladstone, Ly. L. Cotes, and some others
05Dec1863, Viewing Hardwicke – Papa and I drove with the Duke and Ly. Louisa to Hardwicke where we spent 2 hours going over the wonderful old house
14Apr1864, Foolish and Bewildered – Darling Meriel came to Carlton Terrace, saw Ly. Louisa, and took me to the station.
20Apr1864, Third Waiting Ends – Garibaldi dinner and party here. The Duke of Devonshire, Ly. Louisa, Lord Frederic, and Ld. Edward were here. Such a happy evening.
23Apr1864, Deepest Feeling of Happiness – He came to breakfast with Ly. Louisa ; after which he stayed with me till nearly one, again talking on serious subjects.
10May1864, Shoppums Finds Lockets for the Bridesmaids – Ly. Louisa came after luncheon, and took us both in the carriage to Mimpriss’s, where, after gt cogitation, we chose lockets for the bridesmaids
24May1864, Luncheon at Devonshire House – luncheon at Devonshire House, I am hardly shy at all with Ly. Louisa now ; my chief awe centres round Lord Hartington, who is very kind to me, however.
09Aug1864, A Day Without Fred – I made great strides in sisterly intimacy with dear Lou who took me before luncheon round the park, and afterwards driving to Old Park, Holker Bank and Beale, and on the sands
19Oct1864, Selling at a Bazaar – I don’t think it distinctly wrong, and would not put up my back, beyond having a few little kicks about it in private ; and I sold to help Lou.
19Jan1865, Dear Old Bodies – Lou gave to 3 old ladies a charming shawl apiece, which she has crocheted.
10Apr1865, Travelling to Lismore – Lou and Eddy met us some little way off ; he nearly independent of sticks. Nobody else here but the Duke.
21Apr1865, I am Still Happier Now – Lou coming to see me with Fred; luncheon in St. St. and all the excitement and crying there; happy, happy bits with Fred afterwards
24Apr1865, Delighted With the Girls Reading – Nearly all the female inhabitants of Botany turned out in front of their houses, and fervently blessed Lou as we passed.
03May1865, An Old Prosaic Couple – We went (and I chaperoned Lou! at which I died) to a concert at Auntie P’s. Carry Lawley was there, just out, and very good-looking.
04May1865, Reform Bill and Pre-Raphaeliteism – Went with Lou to the Royal Academy ; where were many pretty children, and cottage interiors…
10May1865, Underservants Minus Crinoline – Did shopping for the drawing-rooms with Lou; but only decided on two blue-velveted tables at Howards.
03Jun1865, Chatsworth in June – Drove with Lou and the ponies Friar and Nun to the stand and the Warren. It all was.
16Jun1865, Another Fall from a Horse – At 6 we picked up Lou, and went off riding together. I was on Revolver, and the ill-behaved old fellow chose to come flop down on his knees at the end of a foolish gambol
04Jul1865, Duke of Newcastle and His Miserable Daughter – Lou picked me up at 2, and we went (with 40 or 50 other folk) to St. George’s Hill [FN: St. George's Hill, near Weybridge, later Lady Louisa's own home, after her marriage.]
15Jul1865, Fred is Elected, Lou is Engaged – But all this is eclipsed by the news that greeted us here. Captain Egerton has written to the Duke asking to be allowed to ask Lou to marry him; and darling Lou is as happy as happy can be.
18Jul1865, Uncle William Not Returned – This naval person has brought rain and clouds in his train; nevertheless he and Lou managed to find the weather fine enough for divers tête-à-têtes in the garden.
27Jul1865, Back Home to Hagley – The Duke, Lou, and Frank arrived by the same train as we did. Oh, how entirely mad and inside-out I felt! half receiving them at Hagley, and half being a guest like them
28Jul1865, Idle But Moving Thoughts – I am very happy in the thought of Lou associating Hagley with all her own deep happiness now ; and have a feeling the old place, which has seen such a long sunny day of married blessedness in the past
16Aug1865, Unpolished Ways Preferred to Semi-Gentility – Lou and I did not go up to the moors, but gfpaid visits to 10 cottages : the folk at Halton most pleasant, attractive people, their nice unpolished ways a good deal more to my taste than Worcestersh. propriety and semi-gentility.
08Sep1865, Lord Granville Engaged, Rather Awful – Lou put out her wedding presents ; the upper servants have given her a pretty silver inkstand, the under ones here a charming wooden blotting-book cornered with silver.
19Sep1865, Lou’s Trousseau Arrives – Lou’s trousseau has arrived, and causes great excitement : she showed off to us a specially charming plush gown, in colour very like a mouse-coloured Scotch bullock.
23Sep1865, Lou’s Wedding Gifts – Presents of the kind that sink deepest into one’s heart came in : a beautiful quaint little gold tea-service and a silver tray from Keighley and other places, an ivory Prayer Book from the Flookburgh school, and a diamond and ruby necklace from Chatsworth!
24Sep1865, We Were a Vast Army – Lou paid me a little visit in my room. We were a vast army streaming in to prayers from 2 ends of the passage.
26Sep1865, Lou and Frank are Married – dear Lou came up the choir with the poor Duke, to the sound of a beautiful wedding-hymn, and one looked at her dear, tall, bending figure standing by her father, to whom she has been all the world !
28Sep1865, Letters from Lou – He said she was so overtired and excited as to be almost hysterical yesterday, poor dear ; but he had made her lie down on the sofa, where she had gone sound asleep.
09Oct1865, Blessings and Sunshine are Outpoured – exciting arrival of Frank and Lou from Chatsworth. Nothing could look happier and brighter than dear Lou, and it is too nice and refreshing to see her just like herself and falling back into her old ways, with only the difference of so much new happiness.
15Oct1865, A Peal in Honour of Lou – They sang a wedding hymn and rang a peal in honour of Lou.
04Dec1865, Poodle Byng’s 81st Birthday Dinner – Lou, Emma, and I presented him with a photograph stand containing our 3 selves.
29Dec1865, Xmas Charities – I took Lou’s place in giving away Xmas charities of sheeting, blankets, flannel, etc., to divers poor folk, under the excellent Mrs. Birkett’s eye.
18Jan1866, Eddy and Emma visit – Emma very well and prosperous. Her baby is expected early in August. Oh, how I hope it may be a good omen for Lou and me!
25Jan1866, Never Ending Shooting is a Tax – Uncle Rd. and I walked by the park and fields to Flookburgh, where I hooked on to Lou, and we did a selection of poor folk
12May1866, Lou Lives on the Victory – H.M.S. Victory – We had the fun of coming with the D. to see Lou and Frank on board their harbour ship—the old original Victory, with the brass plate marking where Nelson fell; but not much of the actual old ship left. She has never made a voyage since Trafalgar.
06Jul1866, On Board the Victory – H.M.S. VICTORY – [FN: Where she was the guest of her sister-in-law Lady Louisa Egerton, wife of Captain Egerton.] The 4 a.m. gun is a startling event, and made me jump.
20Jul1866, Lou is Perching ! – We dined at D. House, and went thence with Lou (who is perching!), Emma! (very spirited of her), and Cavendish (F. and Eddy hansoming) in barouche to Chiswick
23Nov1866, Discussing Lavinia, Lady Spencer – We walked, she and I and Lou, and talked, amongst other things, of the lady who was grandmother to Tallee, great-great-aunt to Lou, and great-grandmother to me
08Mar1868, Lou’s Baby – Lou was promoted to a sofa, and was “at home” to F. and me. The baby came in to see her while we were there, and it gave me a tiny pang of envy to see its darling little head cuddled up to her
20Apr1869, Windsor Visit Ends – Princess Louise saw me to say good-bye, and so ends my new experience of Court life. Got back before 12. Went to see Lou. ; Cavendish came to dinner, and was a little cross and disloyal, I think on purpose to aggravate me.
07Jul1869, Not Smart Enough – Drove with Lou to a breakfast at Holland House. Wasn’t smart enough and so felt rather unhappy, such is human weakness.
24Jun1870, Return to Chiswick – I drove with Lou to poor, silent, altered Chiswick (after the death of the Dow. Duchess Sutherland). The Prince of Wales has it for the present, and is going to give a big breakfast there to-morrow ; but all was deserted to-day. His children come and play here constantly
11Mar1872, Monstrous Clothes – Drawingroom, to which I went with Lou, diverging to the common herd in the Palace and joining M.
30Aug1872, Cheerful Patience – Lou. and I paid visits at Halton ; the dear old rheumatic man Jenkinson lost his wife in the winter
01Nov1875, Grosvenor / Ormonde Engagement – Drove one day with Lou to call at a very nice new house near Longstone (the Cravens) full of splendid Coxes and other water-colours; also some Rossettis…Another marriage—lovely Lilah Grosvenor to Lord Ormonde…
21Aug1876, Lady of the House – Frank and Lou and their little company came on Tues. to my great refreshment; the having to be lady of the house and bother my head over muffins and bedrooms is quite absurdly trying to me now I am so down on the springs; but besides, Lou is the greatest dear to me and rests my spirit.
08Mar1880, Owdacious Flings at the Opposition – F. turned up from the House in the small hours, with the thunderclap news of a DISSOLUTION!…We dined Wednesday at D. House, where were Frank and Lou, and Cavendish looking rather ill and tired with a cold. His address to N. E. Lancashire, which he is going to fight, quite excellent..
Final Entries – Lou was going on to the party at Ld. Northbrook’s. I had forgotten it and was not dressed (the card had somehow got mixed up with things on my table). I said to Lou, “Oh, if you are going, shall I come too?” but she demurred, saying, “But you are not asked” – and it was to this mere chance that I owed the not having the dreadful thing to go thro’ of hearing it all at the Admiralty, as poor Lou and Cavsh. and Atie. P. had to do…and I only thought that on her way home from the Admiralty she had looked in so as to find me alone. But as soon as I saw her face, the terror seized me, and I knew something must have happened to my darling. She had the dreadful telegram in her hand…

 

Egerton, Marianne Margaret (née Compton) (m: John Hume Egerton, Viscount Alford) (Lady Marion Alford)
09Jul1859, Dancing with the Comte de Paris – and then we went by the 4 o’clock train to Ly. Marion Alford’s beautiful breakfast, arrived at 7pm, 800 people were there in the course of the day
20May1874, A Meeting of Supplemental Ladies – Went with Lady Granville to a little meeting of Supplemental ladies at the Oldfields’, to discuss a little “Steppingstone” Home for little would-be servant gals of low degree. Charlotte Spencer, Mrs. Loyd Lindsay, Ly. Marion Alford, Aunt Yaddy, and other great dames were there.

 

Egerton, Mary Louisa (née Campbell) (m: George Granville Francis Egerton, 2nd Earl of Ellesmere)
16Sep1878, Beasts and Boys – etc., all turned up for it. Ly. Ellesmere was the only lady: a very good-natured little plump lady is she. Thirty beasts were sold for £19,922 14s. —a glorious result

 

Egerton, William Francis (son: Lou, Lord F’s sister)
08Mar1868, Lou’s Baby – Lou was promoted to a sofa, and was “at home” to F. and me. The baby came in to see her while we were there, and it gave me a tiny pang of envy to see its darling little head cuddled up to her
25Jan1869, Reading List – No outing. Little William began to crawl !
10Nov1869, Little William and Little Victor – William and Victor are increasing in charms…William as quick and sharp as a needle, impetuous, eager, and imitative, his little person wiry and long-legged, and his small trotting feet always in a hurry..Both are very fond of each other, and have taken to dancing together, holding hands—spasmodic little jumps delightful to see.
28Jan1870, William and Victor Meet Again – William and Victor met downstairs for the 1st time for a fortnight, and it was the prettiest sight in the world. William was quite crazy with delight…He would never leave him, and all his tyrannical ways disappeared as he evidently thought him a tender little invalid who must be petted : called his name over and over again in a darling little soft voice, peering up into his face ; showed him pictures
14Aug1870, Little Field of the Cloth of Gold – early shouts are heard from Victor’s apartment over the back entrance, and he and William trot opposite ways round the flower-beds, and meet and embrace like Henry VIII and Francis I at the Field of the Cloth of Gold.
23Aug1870, The Tiny Boys and the Gentlemen – The tiny boys assist at the departure of the gentlemen every morning with triumphant shouts and hat-wavings. William screams, “Good-bye, Gappa — Good-bye, Bobo” (Grandpapa and Bogle—for that name sticks to Lord Shannon). As soon as the ponies come round, both little fellows go and look up everybody, saying “Gee-gees ‘eady,” and William is to be seen taking Charles round the leg to hurry him (sanguine !)
16Oct1873, Teaching the Dear Boykins – Had a fine galloping ride on Republic, with F., on the sands. Grey mild day. Uncle Dick came. I do Bible and hymns, and reading, and am beginning a little adding and counting, with the dear three eldest boykins before breakfast. Only Victor reads.
31Oct1873, Lay of the Last Minstrel – William and Fritz actually love the “Lay of the Last Minstrel”!!! The illustrations first attracting them: they make me read bits of it, and can spout..
16Sep1878, Beasts and Boys – Eddy went off with Victor to school, Thurs. night. Frank with his two Friday morning. A black Friday !—poor little boys crying bitterly, and their elders not much better; didn’t I see the Duke hastily wiping his eyes as he turned back into the house! William is a regular little chum to him!
19Dec1881, All the Schoolboys at Home – All the schoolboys at home: Wm. frightfully big, with the dawn of a moustache and a gruff voice!! Fritz, tho’ quite a little boy still, has launched in life…Victor, poor dear, a very strong development of the family “mouton qui rêve” countenance; but he may be a comely man yet, as he will be tall and long-legged, if he acquires a good big beard.

 

Ellesmere, Earldom of, see Egerton

 

Elliot, Arthur Ralph Douglas (son: 4th Earl of Minto)
26Nov1878, Guests at Chatsworth – Very pleasant week; arrived Georgy Grenfell, and daughters: Lina is a dear little chum of mine, and Constance, just grown up…Mintos with their very taking son Arthur…old Richmond, excellent company always. He and “Dicky Doyle” very good fun going over the Sketches together…Dufferins: a great break to see them…

 

Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, Gilbert John, 4th Earl of Minto (Ld. Melgund until 1891)
09Jul1878, Ireland and its Improvement – Wellington College – Dined at Louisa Lady Ashburton’s who had miscounted her guests so that poor Ly. Belper was puss in the corner for a time. Sat between Ld. Melgund [FN: Afterwards 4th Earl of Minto and Viceroy of India.] and a very pleasant old Bishop of Limerick who stuck up for Ireland and its improvement,…
26Nov1878, Guests at Chatsworth – Very pleasant week; arrived Georgy Grenfell, and daughters: Lina is a dear little chum of mine, and Constance, just grown up…Mintos with their very taking son Arthur…old Richmond, excellent company always. He and “Dicky Doyle” very good fun going over the Sketches together…Dufferins: a great break to see them…

 

Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, William Hugh, 3rd Earl of Minto
18Feb1878, A New Craze Called a Telephone – she descended upon F. and me in our snug partie carree with the Duke and Ld. Carnarvon, and was bearing off the hapless Freddy to a most inane round game, had I not thrown myself into the breach and so rescued him. Poor Ld. Minto making to wild shots in an addle-pated state, hardly knowing clubs from spades, was a sight to move pity.

 

Ellis, Hon. Diana Mary Blanche Georgiana Agar-Ellis, see Coke, Hon. Diana

 

Ellison, Mr.
12Sep1863, Beginning to Like Court Life – Windsor – Mr. Ellison preacht in the noon-day half of the Chapel service, on Hades and death

 

Elton, Juila, singer
26Dec1863, Hallelujah Chorus – the “Messiah,” which was performed admirably, the solo singers being Sims Reeves, Winn, Mme Rudersdorf, and Julia Elton.

 

Ely, Lady
08Sep1863, Summoned to Windsor – There came a letter from Ly. Ely (which lost a post by going to London), summoning me to Windsor
11Sep1863, Poor Peggies – Ly. Ely took me to the kennels (mem. 16 puppies), the lovely dairy, and to Frogmore
12Sep1863, Beginning to Like Court Life – she sent a cold chill through me by saying I shd very likely dine with the Queen to-morrow
19Mar1864, Sibyl Grant’s Wedding – not on duty as she had a daughter to present

 

Enfield, vicountancy of, see Byng

 

Essex, earldom of, see Capell

 

Estcourt, Lady Caroline (née Pole-Carew) (m: Maj.Gen. James Bucknall Bucknall-Estcourt) (dau. of Caroline Anne Pole-Carew)
30Oct1863, The Tenants’ Dinner – A great melting away of guests took place, none being left but Lady Estcourt
01Nov1863, Mad Hypotheses – the following singular remark: “If my mother had been a boy, and if I had been a boy, I shd have been Lord Lyttelton!”

 

Eton
25Mar1857, Eton – the flood of boys looked very striking, especially when they all stood up, with a sort of rushing sound

 

Evans-Freke, William Charles , 8th Baron Carbery
26Nov1866, Engagements – Lady V. Cecil, one of the best and nicest of girls, is engaged, after 2 years of ardent attachment on her part, to a little Mr. ________, a widower 30 years older than herself.

 

Evans-Freke, Lady Victoria (née Cecil)
26Nov1866, Engagements – Lady V. Cecil, one of the best and nicest of girls, is engaged, after 2 years of ardent attachment on her part, to a little Mr. ________, a widower 30 years older than herself.

 

Eyre, Gov. Edward
29Nov1866, Gov. Eyre, Ritualists, One Church – The papers go on fighting over Gov. Eyre, whom one party is going to try for murder, which I can’t think right, as he was a high-minded man, wishing to act for the best, and carried away by the panic around him ; and the other party getting up a Defence Fund, and defending him thro’ thick and thin, which is a shame and disgrace to English people, who would not bear the wholesale vengeance if it had been upon whites, but cannot see the harm of unlimited killing and flogging when negroes are in question
19May1868, An Afternoon With the Prince – The Prince danced with me, and I liked him much… Also he expressed himself as much disgusted with Mr. Ch. Buxton for pushing the prosecution of unlucky ex-Governor Eyre : “Why can’t they let the poor fellow alone?”
23Feb1872, A Strange Will and Gov. Eyre – The Gov. Eyre topic came up, and it was interesting to see Uncle W.’s intense feeling against the panic style of putting down black risings
08Jun1868, Governor Eyre Acquitted – Governor Eyre has been acquitted before Judge Blackburn, the jury refusing to find a true bill. “Society” won’t hear of Eyre being to blame, because the rebels were coloured whom he had to deal with ; but, tho’ he was a high-minded man and acted for the best, it does seem shocking that he should have sanctioned hanging and flogging after announcing that the revolt was over.
16Dec1871, Discussing Gov. Eyre – Orange Valley – Mr. Kerr broke into some excitement and much perspiration abt. Gov. Eyre : all the planters strongly side with him as far as we have seen ; Mr. Royes alone allowing with any candour that the violent measures went on too long. Mr. K. cd. say nothing to the query why 400 blacks were to be put to death in return for 20 whites and after the Govr.’s own official declaration that the rising was quelled : a pause ensued…

 

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Frere, Sir Henry Bartle Edward Frere, 1st Baronet
05May1879, Queen Called Over the Coals – London – A horrid debate in the H. of Commons brought on by Mr. Dillwyn, who gave notice of a motion blaming the Queen herself for certain letters and telegrams she has sent…It is much believed that she has used undue influence in support of Sir Bartle and Ld. Chelmsford; but if she has, who is to blame?

 

Farquhar, Walter Rockliffe, 3rd Baronet
16Apr1866, Terrified Toryism – I went in lonely dignity to Ly. Taunton’s ball; Sir Walter Farquhar poured terrified Toryism into my ear.

 

Farrar, Frederic William
18Mar1877, Visiting Alfred at Cambridge – He and we thence to S. Mary’s, where F. and I had to stand all thro’ a gorgeous rhetorical sermon by Dr. Farrar in aid of schools: there was not much in it, however; but what there was, good. A mighty mass of undergraduates. He caused a good deal of stir last Sunday by a great onslaught on Drink.
03Nov1879, Socially Disappointing – Canon Farrar is socially disappointing: not conversible on any subject except Temperance which he has hotly taken up. When I spoke of school-mastering being exhausting work, he wouldn’t agree, and said his work at Marlboro’ was “child’s play” ..
15Mar1880, H. Gladstone Contests Middlesex – We went on Palm Sunday with Alfred, who came to breakfast, to great S. Paul’s for the glorious full service. Mr. Balfour came to luncheon and tea. Evensong at S. Margaret’s. Canon Farrar preacht a fine sermon on Jonah.

 

Fawcett, Henry
15Aug1865, Reading ‘Policial Economy’ and ‘Arabia’ – I have begun Fawcett a 2nd time, meaning really to give my mind to as much as it is up to of Political Economy. Also we read together Palgrave’s “Arabia.”
16May1866, Milman, Fawcett, Ecce Homo – We dined at Ld. Taunton’s, meeting Dean Milman and Mr. Fawcett. The latter very agreeable, only rather too talkative for a young M.P. He seems to take his blindness very cheerfully.
10May1867, Mr. Fawcett’s Little Bride – Visited Mr. Fawcett’s little bride [FN: Dame Millicent Fawcett.], her pretty fresh face rather a waste for a blind man!
15Feb1871, Princess Louise’s Dowry – Dined at the George Howards… various M.P.s failed, being kept at the House to hear Mr. Cardwell’s Army Estimates and vote for Princess L.’s dowry… tiresome, obnoxious Mr. Fawcett, who has long since fallen from the peg of esteem we used to hang him on, by making it a rule to hamper the Government and get up cross divisions whenever he has a chance.
21Feb1871, Abolition of the University Tests – We dined at No. 11 ; found Uncle W. agog about another piece of Fawcettism : cross division anent University Tests, the abolition whereof was going smoothly thro’ the House ; viz., for the sweeping away of clerical fellowships. Uncle W. very Conservative in heart on the subject ; rather more than I am !

 

Fechter, actor
07May1861, Scampishness – hear the tragedian Fechter (whom everyone raves of) read a particularly scampish French play
08Jul1861, Hamlet by Fechter – acting throughout being perfect, and an entirely new delight to me in these days of no good tragic actors
09Jul1863, Charles Fechter – To breakfast came the Comte de Paris and no less a man than Fechter, who was very agreeable

 

Feilding, William Basil Percy, 7th Earl of Denbigh
30Jan1862, A Paper Hunt – Arrived at this stately mansion abt 4, find swarms of people
31Jan1862, First Fox Hunt – Ld. Denbigh and his sons and 2 daughters went and offered to mount me, and supply me with habit

 

Feilding, General Hon. William Henry Adelbert, (Col. Feilding)
30Jan1862, A Paper Hunt – Col. Feilding and I being hares, we baffled the hounds
31Jan1862, First Fox Hunt – Col. Feilding’s wonderfully good acting of an old Frenchman
05Feb1862, Fox Hunting at Althorp – Saw Lord Fending and Col. (W.) Feilding, the latter of whom had a tremendous tumble
14May1862, One Was Amused – Col. Feilding (the hare) shook hands with me: his brother, the other Col., has just married Ly. L. Thynne
11Jun1863, Only Two Dances – Consequently my two dances were with an innominato and Ld. Feilding

 

Fell, Mr.
14Nov1868, A Stump Speech – I got highly excited, and so did the meeting. The energetic Mr. Fell entertained us at luncheon ; his little girls of 3 and 4 were over the moon, expecting to see a coach with bright-red flunkies ; I fear they were sadly disappointed.

 

Feversham, earldom of , see Duncombe

 

Field, Mr. Charles, a Northern Yankee
02Jul1863, A Northern Yankee – free from twang properly speaking, tho’ his accent and pronunciation were curious

 

Field, Cyrus
28Jul1866, Transatlantic Telegraph – After 2 failures last year and in ’58, the Transatlantic telegraph cable has been successfully laid, and had its shore end landed in America yesterday. Cyrus Field is the man who has accomplished this.

 

Fisher, Mrs., (In Jamaica)
18Mar1872, Gladstone Not a Jesuit in Disguise – I had to spend a vast deal of eloquence in Jamaica upon Mrs. Fisher, to get her out of this notion, and doubt if I succeeded

 

Fitzmaurice, Edmond George Petty-Fitzmaurice, 1st Baron Fitzmaurice
11Mar1873, Gladstone’s Finest Speech – a pack of wild Irish were to begin the debate [FN: On the Irish University Bill]. up sprung Uncle W. and made “the finest speech” of his life..He ran splendid tilts against Ld. Edmund Fitzmaurice for reversing the ancient custom of elders castigating the young, against Dr. Playfair for being misled by his professorial position into thinking nothing cd be done without lectures,

 

Fitzroy, Charles, Rt. Hon. Lt.-Col. Lord
19Jun1865, Getting Mourning Clothes – Drove about getting mourning (4th since my marriage) for a great-uncle-in-law, Lord Charles Fitzroy.

 

FitzWilliam, William, Viscount Milton (Lord Milton) (m: Lady Laura Maria Theresa Beauclerk
26Nov1866, Engagements – Poor squinny dwarfish little Lord Milton is desperately in love with Lady Mary, daughter of Lady Ormonde, who won’t have him.
19May1868, An Afternoon With the Prince – The Prince danced with me, and I liked him much. He chaffed me about F.’s Radicalism, said he wouldn’t dare to be a Radical if he were an eldest son, and appealed to Lord Fitzwilliam, but was rather in the wrong box there, as poor little Lord Milton pins on a little to F.!

 

FitzWilliam, William Henry (m: Lady Mary Grace Louisa Butler)

 

FitzWilliam, William Thomas Spencer, 6th Earl FitzWilliam (Lord FitzWilliam)
19May1868, An Afternoon With the Prince – The Prince danced with me, and I liked him much. He chaffed me about F.’s Radicalism, said he wouldn’t dare to be a Radical if he were an eldest son, and appealed to Lord Fitzwilliam, but was rather in the wrong box there, as poor little Lord Milton pins on a little to F.!

 

FitzWilliam, Laura Maria Theresa (née Beauclerk) (Lady Milton) (m: William FitzWilliam, Viscount Milton)
02Jun1869, Dined Dullissimus Major – went together at 5 to the R. Academy in its fine new rooms. Some good Millais and Landseers. Dined (dullissimus major]) at Ly. Milton’s ; I was lucky enough to sit by Aunt Fanny, or I should have gone to sleep.

 

FitzWilliam, Lady Mary Grace Louisa (née Butler) (dau: 2nd Marquess of Ormonde) (m: Hon. William Henry FitzWilliam)
26Nov1866, Engagements – Poor squinny dwarfish little Lord Milton is desperately in love with Lady Mary, daughter of Lady Ormonde, who won’t have him.

 

Flahault, Count de Flahault
03Sep1870, The Last of Napoleonism Forever – A telegram was sent to Cavendish, which was taken up to Thorpe Fell, with the astounding news that the Emperor has capitulated with all that is left of MacMahon’s army, The skirmish at Saarbrück which began the war was on August 3rd ; the capitulation on September 1st. On this same day old Count de Flahault died, having thus just seen the rise and fall of both Napoleons.

 

Fletcher, Sheila, author
22Dec1855, An Enchanting House – Reproduction of diary pages from “Victorian Girls – Lord Lyttleton’s Daughters”, Sheila Fletcher, Hambledon and London, 1997, p. 40-41.

 

Foljambe, Caroline Frederica (m: Arthur Francis Gresham Leveson-Gower)
10Aug1866, At York For the Show – He is smitten with Carry, and wants his nephew Mr. Dundas (also here) to make up to her. But the youth looks shyissimus.

 

Foljambe, Cecil George Saville, 1st Earl of Liverpool
22Sep1869, A Baby Expected – There is actually a baby expected—stupid of me to feel this a pang, but 0 dear ! if it could but be me instead ! for it is an anxious thing for poor little Louey. [FN: Her husband's cousin Louisa Howard, married to Hon. Cecil Foljambe, afterwards 1st Earl of Liverpool.]

 

Foljambe, Louisa Blanche (née Howard) (m: 1st Earl of Liverpool)
22Sep1869, A Baby Expected – There is actually a baby expected—stupid of me to feel this a pang, but 0 dear ! if it could but be me instead ! for it is an anxious thing for poor little Louey. [FN: Her husband's cousin Louisa Howard, married to Hon. Cecil Foljambe, afterwards 1st Earl of Liverpool.]

 

Forster, William Edward, British industrialist, philanthropist
12Apr1867, Breakup of the Liberal Party – The debate [FN: On Mr. Gladstone's Amendment to Disraeli's Reform Bill.] lasted till 2. Mr. Hardy spoke vigorously and appeared in earnest, but it is in a sense entirely new to him. Mr. Forster was striking, downright and manly, which did one good.
17Jul1872, M. Bunsen and World Events – Dined with the Forsters : a M. Bunsen was there and was interesting : said the Germans wd prevent an Italian Jesuit succeeding the Pope ; talked in a creepy, confident way of the impending war between Prussia and Austria on the one hand, Russia and France and Turkey on the other.
24Jul1870, Mr. Forster Excellent Company – Fox Warren – The house of Mr. Charles Buxton. We find here the Forsters, the Russell Gurneys, and Baron Macai: very pleasant little party. Mr. Forster, rugged odd bear as he is, is excellent company and one likes and respects him. He was deciding to shirk Church along with Mr. Bruce ; but Mrs. F. [FN: Mrs. Forster was daughter of Thomas, and sister of Matthew, Arnold.] came it over him !
11Mar1873, Gladstone’s Finest Speech – debate [FN: On the Irish University Bill]. up sprung Uncle W. and made “the finest speech” of his life..Mr. Forster came to the Speaker’s box and said, “I don’t care for anything after that speech” — touching, as I know he is wretched at the prospect of going out before carrying through his Education Act.
27Jan1874, Mr. Forster’s Election – We came to Bradford, F. having left London at 6, I at 12. Good staunch friends (albeit Independent), the Laws, put us up. The town is wild over Mr. Forster’s election, and we shan’t be much thought of till that’s over. The miserable 25th clause of the Education Act is made the battle-ground by the frantic section of the Dissenters..
11Feb1875, Cavendish Elected to Liberal Leadership – Oh dear, not a word have I said of the public and private event of Cavendish’s unanimous election to the Liberal Leadership a week or so ago. There would have been great conflict of opinion between him and Mr. Forster, if Mr. F. had not generously refused to be put forward…the worst of him is that I can’t imagine him ever strongly zealous or earnest about anything;
28Oct1880, Suspension of Habeas Corpus – Mr. Forster very patient and stout-hearted in his trying isolation. No one but Government supporting him or agreeing with him as to non-coercion for the present, while the Land Leaguers are equally down upon him. Parnell has nicknamed him “Buckshot Forster,” with the base intention of gibbeting him as cruel

 

Forster, Jane Martha (née Arnold)
24Jul1870, Mr. Forster Excellent Company – Fox Warren – The house of Mr. Charles Buxton. We find here the Forsters, the Russell Gurneys, and Baron Macai: very pleasant little party. Mr. Forster, rugged odd bear as he is, is excellent company and one likes and respects him. He was deciding to shirk Church along with Mr. Bruce ; but Mrs. F. [FN: Mrs. Forster was daughter of Thomas, and sister of Matthew, Arnold.] came it over him !

 

Forsyth, James, Sculptor
21Apr1877, Figure of Papa by Forsyth – Afterwards we both with M. went to see the recumbent figure of Papa by Forsyth for Worcester Cathedral. It is a fine thing, and has much likeness, tho’ Forsyth never saw him.

 

Fortescue, Georgiana Augusta Charlotte Caroline (née Dawson-Damer)
11Dec1866, Lady Fortescue Dies – A terribly sad thing has happend : the death of Lady Fortescue in her confinement, leaving 13 children, the eldest only 18. It takes me back to ’57, and awakes in me afresh the sense of what a piteous thing it is—so many orphaned.

 

Fortescue, Miss, Miss and Miss
09May1858, The Miss Fortescues – all alike : sallow, long-nosed, brown-eyed individuals

 

Franco-Prussian War
04Aug1870, Skirmish at Saarbrück – There has been a skirmish at Saarbrück [FN: The Franco-Prussian War had just begun.] in which the French had the better of it. The Emperor and the Prince Imperial had joined the army just before. The newspapers are studded with panic-stricken letters…
03Sep1870, The Last of Napoleonism Forever – A telegram was sent to Cavendish, which was taken up to Thorpe Fell, with the astounding news that the Emperor has capitulated with all that is left of MacMahon’s army, viz. 80,000 men ; giving himself up to the King of Prussia. So falls the Empire, and surely with it the last of Napoleonism for ever. The skirmish at Saarbrück which began the war was on August 3rd…Strasburg is being battered to pieces ; the inhabitants taking refuge in cellars and sewers. Paris as yet has been told nothing of this final catastrophe.
23Sep1870, The Capture of Rome – The great war so absorbs one that an event probably far more enduring in its effects hardly excites talk. The King of Italy and his army, after some fighting, have taken possession of Rome as the capital of Italy : the Pope being of course no longer defended by French soldiers. Can this really be the Fall of the Temporal power ?
06Oct1870, How French the French Are! – The only communication with Paris is by balloons. The citizens are said to be orderly ; but 0 how French the French are ! The papers say that Jules is always hugging Jacques, and all the talk and jabber and martial struts and “manifestations” and offerings of bouquets to the Strasburg statue sound unearthly and babyish.
03Dec1870, A Feeling Against the Prussians – There is a strong feeling now against the Prussians who, if they had ceased offensive measures after Sedan, with the full glory of that splendid campaign in which the French pride was humbled for ever—Germany united, and an absolutely unsullied cause—how grand would have been their position ! Now they are fighting for blood-thirst and ambition
25Jan1871, The Surrender of ParisThe Times announces the surrender of Paris, after a very gallantly-borne siege of over 4 months. The news reaching them of the utter defeat of all the “relieving” armies, under Chanzy, Faidherbe, and Bourbaki, must have brought them to it.
30Jan1871,The Starvation Point in Paris – The surrender of Paris is finally accomplished ; the Germans occupy the forts ; the garrison to be disarmed, and a heavy “requisition” made. The starvation point must have been all but reached, for the very bread that was doled out was made of nasty odds and ends, and fuel was very scarce. The cold has been the cause of terrible sufferings thro’ out the country.
09Feb1871, Paris: Privation and Suffering – It seems to me the strangest thing about this war, that the French have done worst in what they generally do best, viz., fighting, and have excelled in what one supposed them least capable of, viz., long endurance of monotonous privation and suffering, with hardly a complaint or a riot until extremity of famine. In the city, not only were the people quiet, but ordinary vice and crime had nearly ceased. It has been a noble example.
01Mar1871, Peace at Varsailles – Peace is signed at Versailles ; the terms are indeed the “pound of flesh,” blood and all ! and it is hard to foresee anything but inextinguishable thirst for vengeance on the part of the French, until they struggle back into a position to fight again.
22Mar18871, Reading at Hospital – the Guardian accounts of the wrecked suburbs and wasted lands round Paris ; winding up with the description of “Prince and Princess Lorne’s” marriage in S. George’s Chapel yesterday.
02May1871, Miserable Parisians – The miserable Parisians seem to carry on their rebellion, tho’ they arrest one after another of their own leaders ; as worms wriggle when they have lost their heads. Cluseret and Dombrowski (neither of them French) have been at the top of the tree lately ; but they have just tumbled Cluseret down !

 

Prince Friedrich Karl of Prussia
17Mar1879, The Queen at a Wedding – Mrs. Byng bore me off with her to see the Duke of Connaught’s marriage…The historical sights were her father the redoubtable “Red Prince,” a commanding-looking man (they say a ruffian in his home), and a much more noble and great man, the Crown Prince of Germany in his white uniform.

 

Freeman, E.A. , historian
22Jul1862, Butterer and Butteree – of Pershore Abbey by Mr. Freeman; also on little historical and antiquital points by Mr. Something. Sleepiness a little assailed me

 

Froude, James Anthony, historian
07Mar1866, Meeting Lowe and Carlyle – We dined at Ly. Cowper’s, meeting her sons and daughters, Lord Houghton, Mr. Trevelyan, Mr. Barrett Browning , Mr. Stanhope , and Froude the historian who looks very clever and great, and is young and handsome, which I shouldn’t have expected.
15Mar1882, Defending Gladstone – …He stuck to his assertion that there was nothing else about him which was not commonplace; and I was that disgusted, that I took refuge with my other neighbour, Lord Something, tho’ a sad goose I found him.

 

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Games, Hunting, Riding, Athletics
20Sep1856, New Game: Croquet – An Irish game introduced by Miss Smith
10Mar1858, Played at Battledore – at battledore and shuttlecock
30Sep1858, A Pleasant Dinner – with a round game, in which for the first time in my life I played for money
01Oct1858, Lord Boyle – we sat up till nearly 12 with a round game, whereat I won four shillings
12Oct1858, New Cards for Whist – a new pack of green-backed cards with a gold ivy pattern
04Dec1858, Silence Was Appalling – blew soap-bubbles, played draughts, whist, and backgammon
04Mar1859, Drive to Obelisk Hill – an exciting game of Commerce and Fright
04Jun1859, A Day at Eton – cricket will look up under Charles’s captaincy, and not be everlastingly beaten by Harrow
15Jun1859, A Torrent of People – We played at Aunt Sally with Speaker Denison and Lord Stratford de Redcliffe
09Jul1859, Dancing with the Comte de Paris – out third ball, by a brilliant shooter, lightning swift, middle stump
30Jan1862, A Paper Hunt – Col. Feilding and I being hares, we baffled the hounds
31Jan1862, First Fox Hunt – really I think it was the most glorious exciting enjoyment I have ever had ; and that says a good deal
05Feb1862, Fox Hunting at Althorp – enjoying the glorious start, and seeing many leaps, and more than one tumble, there must have been nearly 300
08Jun1862, To Trinity With Papa – Also the splendid rifle shot, Mr. Ross, came in: a magnificent-looking man
23Jun1862, Charles Bowled Out – we were doomed to see Charles bowled out for a “duck” after a few overs. The first time it has happened
28Jun1862, Three Day Cricket Match – a splendid match between Gentlemen and Players has been going on at Kennington Oval for the last 3 days
11Jul1862, Last London Day – Scores: Eton 1st innings 96. Harrow 1st inn. 56. Eton 2nd inn. 170, with 2 wickets to go down
19Aug1862, Shooting the Pea Rifle – I never fail to hit the target (at 70 yds.), and grazed the bull’s-eye once
27Aug1862, A Perverted Game of Croquet – We played a portentously long and frightfully perverted game of croquet, which was amusing nevertheless
23Sep1862, Billiards – Played a game of billiards with At. E.
24Sep1862, Charles bags 12 stags – safe and sound, thank God, in a most splendid state of health and vigour, and having killed 12 stags, more than anybody else
25Sep1862, Horrid Knickerbockers – Charles went out shooting, in horrid knickerbockers.
01Aug1863, Arrow Into the Blue – I got an arrow into the blue at 60 yards, shooting with Uncle Henry’s prize bow, weight 55
11Sep1863, Poor Peggies – In the evening, Gen. Grey and I, Ly. C. and Gen. Seymour played at whist ! which made the time go pleasantly
12Sep1863, Beginning to Like Court Life – The evening was lightened by ivory letters. [FN: I.e. I (John Baily, editor) suppose a game played with ivory letters.]
18Sep1863, Sankoo – Played at billiards with At. E. and afterwards walked parochially with her
21Nov1863, Billiards – At. E. turned up at 1 for an inauguration game of billiards on the newly cloth’d table in the hall
10Jan1864, Missed Second Service – Had tea with Prss. Louise and Pr. Leopold. Evening diversified with ivory letters, as at Windsor.
13Mar1864, Good Shooting – Did myself good by going out shooting with Charles, the dogs, and the little boys
04Apr1864, Three Pummelled – fell off a horse…expect to feel well pummelled to-morrow. Perhaps, had I been 3 pummelled at the time I shd have stuck on! but I won’t stoop to that
08May1864, No Chaperon, Heathenish – Prss. Helena sent for me to play battledore and shuttlecock and we walked abt the house together.
09May1864, I Like Royal Travelling Excedingly! – capping verses with the Princesses and poor little Prince Leopold, who made great play with “To be or not to be.”
12Aug1864, First Day’s Grouse Shooting – receiving with Lou a visit from the Robinsons, she and I drove in the pony-carriage to Brass Castle and had luncheon with the shooters, prostrate grouse at our feet
16Jan1865, Hare Hunting – F. went hare hunting on foot : a most Holkerish proceeding !
27Jan1865, Skating with Great Enjoyment – Unable to stand looking at the skating any longer without feeling of envy, I put on the articles, and staggered and floundered about with great enjoyment
22Apr1865, We All Rowed, Even the Duke – I am growing a little complacent over my feathering, albeit divers crabs were the result.
24Apr1865, Delighted With the Girls Reading – We spent some of the afternoon in again sanguinely flogging the river (in vain) for salmon.
19Aug1865, The Great Crook Rise Day – The sport was glorious, and the total the biggest ever known here : viz. 2502 brace. Fred’s was the 3rd best bag : 37½ brace. We did not dine till 9.
25Aug1865, More Birds Killed – It was Crook Rise again to-day, and still more birds were killed : about 508. F. the 2nd biggest bag : 68.
04Sep1865, More News on the Atlantic Cable – Shooting not out of the common : Charles did well at Nelly Park, killing right and left, twice running. Total bag, 120 brace.
25Nov1865, My Wisest Advice – Evening whist… played billiard-battle: even Lord Stanley [FN: not a person much given to the lighter side of life.].
02Dec1865, Too Much of a Massacre – I went with Claud and Fr. Howd. to see the cover shooting which was too much of a massacre to be quite pleasing.
20Aug1866, Swarms of Grouse Killed – saw two drives. The swarms of grouse killed become a perplexity in the disposing of them : 400 brace to-day.
06Oct1866, Arrived Safely – The hounds met at the back of the house. He and Eddy rode with the hounds (it was only pottering after cubs) and afterwards shot
15Nov1866, Indoor Tennis-Battledore – Rained nearly all day. Womankind staid at home, and some of us had three furious games of tennis-battledore in the banqueting room.
02Jul1867, A Monster Cavalcade of Swells – We saw the 5th Oxford wicket go down (2nd innings) for 124, and shook in our shoes ; but the remaining wickets went down fast, and Cambridge went in with 110 to get. This was done with 5 wickets to go down, Spencer taking his bat for 20.
06Jul1867, Flung in the Mud by a Riderless Horse – a riderless, runaway horse came full gallop against my poor horse’s off side. Over we went a regular “culbute.” I was flung clear off on the near side, flat on my back in the mud, and poor Ossa rolled completely over on to her back, but, somehow, mercifully she did not touch me
24Aug1867, Playing Cricket Scientifically -Hot and lovely. Another thrilling cricket match ! The H. Meynells came over and I had the honour and gratification of bowling him out twice with a scientific, slow shooter ! !
26Aug1867, Famous Lyttelton Cricket – Papa in flannels taking immense pains, fielding (I think) at short slip [FN: This was one of the matches played by eleven Lytteltons.]. Uncle Spencer, in magenta flannels, sitting on a bench as a distant long-stop, did two balls the honour of fielding them.
02Nov1868, Holker in the Glow of Autumn – F. to Barrow, but came home to luncheon and rode with me quite late in a stormy afternoon to Grange ; it was very nice ! and I enjoyed a tremendous spatter of rain when we were full go.
03Jun1870, Heavenly Delicious Weather – Heavenly delicious weather…. F. and I had an enchanting ride by the Stand Wood to Bunker’s Hill. In the afternoon we all devoted ourselves to infant pheasants.
23Aug1870, The Tiny Boys and the Gentlemen – Pleasant Brass Castle day, with one drive to see : I went with Charles and saw him kill 20 birds out of 22 shots : never firing his 2nd barrel once at the same bird.
26Aug1870, He Killed Them As He Sat – Bolton – Luncheon at the gate before you quite get to the Roggan House. I saw Charles shoot 37 birds in one drive. He got 2 out of a pack that flew at him, as he was comfortably sitting with his back to the wall. He killed them as he sat.
12Aug1871, Great Crookrise Day – Bolton Abbey – Great Crookrise day : marvellous shooting. Frank had 102 birds at luncheon time : total bag, 948 birds.
22Aug1871, A Hideous Adventure – Bolton – We all went up to luncheon at Lords Stoup, but cd. not come in for a drive. Had a hideous adventure coming home with an unfortunate wounded grouse whom in Christian charity we were forced to kill, and which had more lives than a cat and more blood than an ox.
30Aug1871, Shooting at Bolton – Bolton – Dear old Charles went, having killed 1,000 birds all but 4…August 30th, 1871.—Poor Cavendish is not in good shooting trim after his endless grind in London and Ireland, and left off after luncheon.
13Jul1872, Eton Beating Harrow at Cricket – All 8 Lyttelton brothers were on the ground
30Oct1871, Hunting in the Rain – Old Nevy 26 to-day. Rained steadily and nastily with little cessation. The Dauntless Duke and his faithful few went up manfully to the moors nevertheless ; but first Eddy, then Frank and Mr. Strutt, sneaked home! — Grand total, 14,273 head. We got to Chatsworth at dinner.
12Jul1873, Professional Billiards – Came to Wimbledon to dine under canvas with the Ducies, very pleasant and pretty. Met the Tecks, Selbornes, Ripons, L. Lindsays, Ld. Ossulstone, etc. Aftds saw some tip-top professional billiards (Cook and Bennett), to my delight ; a wonderful break of 117.
06Aug1874, Floods of Butter Over Dizzy – Holker – We stuck up lawn-tennis just outside the garden-gate, on a bit of grass Eddy had been cutting and rolling….
17Sep1874, Lawn-Tennis Prevailed – Lawn-tennis prevailed.
10Dec1874, The Hunting Proved Fragment – Fairly fine again. L. tennis; Charlotte very eager. It froze sharp, in spite of which Spencer, like his uncle before him (“Uncle Jack”), arose before the dawn on the chance of hunting being possible in S. Derbyshire, and departed with the hapless Mr. Coke and brothers Buller, all en route for various destinations.
01Jan1875, The Skating Was Grand – Began to snow halfway there, and went on till dark with hail, sleet, and rain modifications at last. The skating, however, was grand, the wind blowing much of the snow off the ice, which was splendid, black, and hard, the lake frozen quite round, right across, and nearly up to Bowness.
10Jul1875, The Last Lyttelton Half at Eton – Six brothers and 8 sisters and their husbands, Mazy, Helen, and G. G., all at Lord’s for the rest of King Alfred’s innings—his last match against Harrow, and this the last Lyttelton half at Eton. This, and the immense blank left by darling May, always such an element during these cricket times, made the day sadly unlike itself. Most of us stayed all day.
13Sep1875, Another Fall From a Horse – Rode with my Fred on Monday. Hawthorne put her foot into a hidden hole as we were cantering across the field to the Level Crossing, and came down on her nose, so as to send me over her head. It was a very mild tumble, yet it shook me. I think I have now been off in every possible way: having been kicked off, come off at a jump, come down with, and knocked over!
31Jul1876, Improvements to Althorp Estate – with Papa, in 1863, when he hunted with great enjoyment on a famous hunter of Spencer’s called Pale-Ale, and affronted Spencer by blaming the horse for refusing a brook. “My dear George, you rode him at it with a loose rein—you never put his head at it!” “Well, all I know is, my old hunter would have gone over it if I had put his tail at it!
20May1877, Sunshine Bits of Time – Rides every day, nice readings with F. and with Mazy likewise (she has brought fine sermons by Mr. Illingworth, and “Through Nature to Christ” by Abbott), famous spirited l. tennis.
20Oct1879, Five Children Playing Whist – The 5 children all insist upon playing whist!! Dick and Blanche have a very good notion of it, and John can preside over a hand and follow suit with great accuracy, looking like Solomon. Christian seats herself by one of the players and shouts “Tump it!” on all occasions.
10Nov1879, Crack Went Some Small Tendon – Saturday we had a good lawn-t. campaign on the new concrete ground, at the end of which, without any provocation, crack went some small tendon in the calf of my left leg, and I shall hobble for days to come.

 

Garibaldi, Giuseppe
03Dec1862, Uncle William, King of Greece – Garibaldi’s ball has been got out!
08Apr1864, Garibaldi and Red Shirts – For Garibaldi is in England, which fact makes everyone stand on their heads ; and I suppose all young ladies will shortly appear in red shirts, which, to my disgust, have come into fashion
11Apr1864, Garibaldi Arrives – a long procession of Working Men’s Clubs and societies, with banners, had passed, the great man appeared in a carriage-and-six, wearing a blue-and-red cloak and wideawake
12Apr1864, Luncheon with Garibaldi – So I saw the great man close ; and was immensely struck by his simple dignity of manner during the trying process of being introduced to different people
13Apr1864, A Memorable Evening – Stafford House, to meet Garibaldi : We went there in the evening. And it was to be a never-to-be-forgotten evening to me.
20Apr1864, Third Waiting Ends – Garibaldi dinner and party here. The Duke of Devonshire, Ly. Louisa, Lord Frederic, and Ld. Edward were here. Such a happy evening.

 

Garfield, James Abram, President of the U.S.
19Sep1881, President Garfield Dies – On the 19th President Garfield died, after a marvellous struggle for life of — weeks. A few days ago he was moved from Washington to fresher and purer air, the great heat having tried him…the bullet was in quite a different place from what the doctors thought, and there were frightful signs of blood-poisoning….
26Sep1881, Crape on Their Whips – The feeling throughout England for Garfield very strong; Monday was his funeral, and in London the Exchange and many shops were closed, and all the ‘bus men had crape on their whips.

 

Garrick, David, actor
25Jun1863, Stage Stories from Charles Kean – he caught the eye of the bewigged dog ; and went into such hysterics of laughing that he had to go off the stage

 

King George
30Jan1873, George IV, An Abominable Man – old Sir Henry Holland… let fly upon George IV, saying he had attended his two wives, and his mistress Ly. Conyngham, the latter of whom had told him awful things of him.”He was an abominable man from the beginning of his life to the end,” quoth Sir Henry — “far worse than any of his brothers,” all of whom Sir H. knew.

 

Prince George, Duke of Cambridge (cousin of Queen Victoria)
18May1855, Crimean Heroes – The Duke of C. has large white whiskers, and Lord Cardigan large yellow ones
25Apr1856, A Royal Ball – Princess Royal principally dances with the Duke of Cambridge
04May1863, A Speech by Uncle William – an enormous deputation waited upon him this afternoon, headed by the D. of Cambridge and the 2 Archbishops
16May1863, The Drawing Room – 5 curtseys to be made, as, besides those, there were there Pr. of Wales, and the Cambridges
22Mar1873, The Duke of Cambridge – Dined at the Staffd. Northcotes’ to meet the D. of Cambridge whom I have never talked to before : I liked his simple, jolly, straightforward way and famous laugh. He broke the ice and our courtly silence on arriving, by shouting out to someone at the top of his voice, “COLD to-day.”
08Dec1874, The Chatsworth Magic Lantern – We are come to the last slide of the Chatsworth magic lantern: the Duke of Cambridge and his equerry, a funny little man called Tyrwhitt, of no particular age, in a grey wig; Lord Carlingford and Ly. Waldegrave, the Spencers, Mr. Leveson, Cavendish.
09Dec1874, Prince George and the Greville Memoirs – H.R.H. is very good-natured and jovial, nudging and patting his neighbours, and putting his nose in their ears: he looks 70, which is a pity, at 55. He declaims about Bismarck and the Pope, and lets fly at the “Greville Memoirs” which are just out. No wonder!

 

Prince George (son: Prince/Princess of Wales) King George V
18Apr1869, All the Wales Children – “Prince Eddy” is like the Princess and very pretty; all have the most dazzling fair complexions. Prince George, however, is hardly pretty, but looks a wag.
27Feb1872, Thanksgiving for the Prince’s Recovery – on the Queen’s left was the Princess leading Prince George : the others followed
09Jul1877, Ugly Nice Little Prince George – Smart garden-party at Marlborough House, the Queen present. I shook hands with her, to my joy; and shot that she is quite grey at last. Poor Prince Edward ill with continuing fever; ugly nice little Prince George in his cadet uniform; for they have both just passed the Naval Cadet Examination.
17Mar1879, The Queen at a Wedding – Mrs. Byng bore me off with her to see the Duke of Connaught’s marriage…The Princess of Wales looked lovely, Prince George at her side with his waggish round face, and the 3 pretty little Princesses marching in front of her.
12Jul1880, An Ugly Waggish Mug – Prince Edward of Wales very fair, noble-looking and handsome, and of tolerable height, but he doesn’t look as well in a regular grown-up get-up, and has rather a weak face. Prince George a little fellow, with an ugly waggish mug. I believe he is a good deal the sharpest.

 

Gibbs, William of Tyntesfield
09Dec1872, Plans for Keble College Chapel – the plans of the Chapel, which are excellent. Mr. Gibbs is going to build out of his own pocket-£30,000

 

Girdlestone, Mr.
11Aug1858, Mr. Girdlestone – a pleasant evening, combining words, poets, concertina, whist, reading, and conversation.

 

Gladstone, Agnes, see Wickham

 

Gladstone, Catherine (née Glynne) (Aunt Pussy)
25Apr1856, A Royal Ball – Auntie Pussy, Aggy, Lena, and Willy and Stephy who both came from Eton in the morning, dressed at Carlton Terrace
01Jan1857, Eighteen Children – The whole tribe of Gladstones poured into the house to-day, and we make up the goodly number of eighteen children under 17. Willy and Stephy, at least, did not come to-day.
07Feb1857, A New Baby – When at last we went downstairs (it was now about 9 o’clock) we found Auntie P. and Mrs. Talbot in Papa’s room, and had a quiet cry together, with a gushing overpowering sense of thankfulness and relief that made the tears grateful. By and bye, Uncle William came to the house door. I let him in, and he and Auntie P. had a confabulation in a low voice. He had heard : how I don’t quite know, for Locock had declared that no one must be told till more time had passed. He seemed hardly to imagine that she could be so well, with good reason as we heard afterwards.
11Jun1859, Presented at Court – Queen to Auntie Pussy : “You have brought yr nieces to me”
13Jun1859, A Concert – Atie Pussy had bought us bonnets from Brighton
24Jun1859, Those Old Times – we drove over to Downing St., but she probably won’t move there this year
29Jun1859, Our First Queen’s Ball – all the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t make Atie Pussy sit down again from dancing
09Jul1859, Dancing with the Comte de Paris – Atie. Pussy, flying into activity, plunged after him
23Apr1861, A First Rate Ball – came to Downing Street where Atie. P. and Aggie were looking well
19Dec1861, The Queen weeps for AlbertGranny heard from Atie. P. ; she quoted from the Dean of Windsor (who was present) the most interesting and pathetic account there has yet been. He says he cannot speak of the last scene without tears…
10May1862, Gread London Exhibition – went to the Exhibition, treated by Atie. P. with her young couple
21Jun1862, Fantastic Hair Dressing – when Atie. P. called our attention to his lovely star of India
26Jun1862, A Full Day – laying of the 1st stone of the Chapel, which Atie. P. did very successfully
30Nov1862, Kitchen feeds 1,000 daily – Letter : from Atie. Pussy, who gave many Blackburn and other Lancashire details
18Dec1862, One of the very best balls I ever was at – and a reel ! Not that I danced that, except a hop or two to relieve Atie. P.
10Mar1863, The Wedding of the Prince of Wales – Atie. Pussy, Miss Gladstone, Mrs. Talbot, John, Edward, and I, were struggling through the mighty crowds, seeing the illuminations
09May1863, Dining at the Gladstones – Agnes and I dined with the P. Gladstones en famille, uncle and aunt dined at Marlborough House
18Jun1863, Shaking Hands with the Princess – Atie. P. had the presence of mind to present me to the Princess !
07Jul1863, A Dance with Fred Cavendish – We walked home, Atie P. with Willy, Agnes, Ld. Adare, and I, like a convict
30Jul1863, Boy Thrown from Horse – A horse ran away with a boy of 16, Atie. P. flew off to nurse him
05Aug8163, Visiting the Thrown Boy – Walked with Ats P. and C. and the 2 Marks to see the poor thrown boy at Mancot : he seems recovering
26Oct1863, Mrs. Gladstone in Mama’s Room – Atie. Pussy is in the dear room, never used till now since the night when Mamma rested there in her arms
18Mar1864, Mrs. Gladstone Very Busy – Atie. P. has undertaken to visit a hospital in S. George’s in the E., besides 3 other things. And how is she to do that, and all her own innumerable kind deeds
09Apr1864, Viewing Herbert’s Painting with Lord F. – Atie. P. whisked off to the H. of Charity, then to be photographed
14May1864, Back Home at Hagley – We had high tea at ¼5, F. coming ; and soon after 6, he and I, Atie. P. and Papa left London
24May1864, Luncheon at Devonshire House – went to Garrard’s and got a pretty crystal locket with an emerald cross on it, for Atie. P. to have our hair in.
05Jun1864, Gifts from Papa – It was at the Temple, whither I walked with At. C., joining Papa and Lavinia, and coming back with Papa, which was very nice.
09Jun1864, My Pretty New Name – I have received my first letters with my pretty new name, from Atie. P., M., Agnes, and At. C. We have begun “Westward Ho!”
03May1865, An Old Prosaic Couple – We went (and I chaperoned Lou! at which I died) to a concert at Auntie P’s. Carry Lawley was there, just out, and very good-looking.
10May1865, Underservants Minus Crinoline – Dined at No. 11 where the old well-known manners prevailed: no particular moment for going in to dinner; Auntie P. in bed and asleep instead of dining, and appearing late bedecked for a ball
24May1865, Sunday Jackets but Rather Bored – Auntie P. flew across to see us, her clothes tumbling about her; sat down on the floor, and poured out Willy’s electionums,
01Feb1866, The Great Man Gives Fred a Speech – I drove with Auntie P. and Mary (the great man with us part of the way, in high force) in the well-known old park, with a handful of riders adorning it already.
10Feb1866, Religion-that-will-suit-all-creeds – I sponged a dinner at the G.’s, where were Glynne uncles ; the Rev. one high gee Convocation, as is his wont!
12Feb1866, Ambassador Charles Adams – and I to Dudley House ball with the Gladstones, which felt rather mad. Ly. Dudley too lovely.
13Feb1866, The Lower Class and the Upper Class – May Lascelles came to see me about 4, after which I smiled for a few minutes upon a little tea-business at Auntie P.’s, and then drove off to S. Ann’s National Schools, Limehouse
27Feb1866, Refreshed by One’s Comforts – I drove with Auntie P. and a Miss Smith in an excellent Greek Madame Ralli’s carriage, she coming too. I am to have a ward of decrepit old men, who enjoyed some peppermints I brought.
19Mar1866, Fast-day for Cattle Plague – Auntie P. popped in before dinner, with the news that the House had actually divided upon Uncle Wm.’s motion that the committee and petition business should be put off till 2 to-morrow
13Apr1866, J.S. Mill and the Claims of the People – This is my never-to-be-forgotten day. Auntie P. and I did St. G. in the E., taking flowers there. I read to a roomful of oakum-picking women. We went to the House afterwards
26Jun1866, The Liberal Ministry Has Resigned – Poor Auntie P. came to see me this morning, more miserable and taken out of than I have often seen her. Freddy and a good luncheon set her up a little again!
27Jun1866, Uncle W. and Auntie P. are Cheered – a continuous roar of cheers, beginning at Trafalgar Square, culminating in front of No. 11, where a good crowd collected to cheer Uncle W., Auntie P. came out on the balcony, with the girls, and bowed to the crowd.
29Jun1866, The Times Makes A Rumpus – The Times makes a rumpus about the cheers and groans of “the mob” and Auntie P. coming out to them on the balcony the other night.
05Jul1866, Some Civilities for the King of the Belgians – I drove with Emma. Atie. P. begged for a lift to M. Van de Weyer’s, wishing to set some civilities on foot for the King of the Belgians,
23Jul1866, We Might As Well Be French – Auntie P. went to the London Hospital to-day, and was dismayed at the number of cholera patients. She went down their ward. A ton of ice a week is used for them. God help them !
10Aug1866, At York For the Show – I am glad to hear the Gladstones have left London ; for brave Auntie P. was straining her nerves and strength to the utmost, going almost daily to the London Hospital.
03Apr1867, A Very Busy Day – A very busy day. At 10½ I paid a flying visit to the workhouse. Soon after 11 went with Auntie P. and Mrs. Hampton shopping for the Convalescent Home…
12Apr1867, Breakup of the Liberal Party – We had all been deceived, and had no notion that defeat was probable, dreading only a small majority ; but as the members were pouring out of the House and back again, something made our hearts fail. Poor Auntie Pussy turned white to her very lips as the tellers came in, or even a little before.
29May1867, Three Great Orators – Small tea-party at Auntie P.’s. Dinner there, meeting the Bp. of Oxford, Dean Stanley and Ly. Augusta, the Spencers, Mrs. Norton, Mr. Glyn, Ld. Cowper and — Bright!!! Notable to have the 3 greatest English orators present
02Jul1867, A Monster Cavalcade of Swells – A monster cavalcade, got up by Auntie P. (who but she !), consisting of 9 carriages, containing about 30 picked swells, was actually induced to travel all through N.E. London to Snaresbrook
17Mar1868, Auntie P’s Orphanage – Auntie P.’s orphanage… : I had hardly realised before what a gallant good work it was. She took over 150 poor tinies straight to her arms ; all orphans and many weak after cholera themselves ; all friendless and without even clothes on their poor little bodies.
01Jul1868, Beautiful Garden Colours – Eastward and westward with Atie. P. With her and her girls at 5 to Holland House, the beautiful gardens very gay with all sorts of wonderful garments…Longfellow was there, I believe, but I didn’t make him out.
15Apr1869, Invitation to Windsor – Drove with dignity, dropping cards with Auntie P., in the ducal barouche.
24May1869, Auntie P Overworked – I wrote a solemn appeal to Uncle Wm. to talk to Auntie P. about her overwork.
24Feb1870, Dinner With the Prince, a Scandal – London – Last night we dined at No. 11 to meet the Wales’ : it was horrid for poor Auntie P. ; was all settled before the scandal got into the papers. However, to everyone’s relief, the Prince appeared voluntarily to-day as a witness, [FN: In the Mordaunt divorce case] gave very straightforward evidence, solemnly denied being guilty, and is generally believed to be quite cleared.
10Dec1870, A Gathering at Hawarden – We came to dear Hawarden with May, who goes to the Rectory. Find, alas, that Auntie P. has been summoned off to-day to poor little Herbert at Eton, who has a serious attack of peritonitis.
08Jul1871, Lord Tennyson: Rat-Taily Hair – I partook of no less than 3 teas : Sir J. Lefevre’s, Auntie P.’s at Downing Street, and Charlotte Spencer’s to Ly. Superintendents. At Downing Street I was introduced to Tennyson, a dirty man with opium-glazed eyes and rat-taily hair hanging down his back. He asked if Papa still translated…
02Jul1872, A Smart Dinner at Dev. House – concert in aid of Woodford and Hawarden Orphanage
03Jul1872, Entertaining the Hospital Nurses – Atie. P. and I spent the day at Seymour Court near Marlow, where Mrs. Helbert and her darling children helped us to entertain 25 of the L. Hospital nurses. The day much spoilt by our sad anxiety over poor Mrs. H. herself, who was in terrible danger of joining the Ch. of Rome
11Mar1873, Gladstone’s Finest Speech – a pack of wild Irish were to begin the debate [FN: On the Irish University Bill]. up sprung Uncle W. and made “the finest speech” of his life..I cdn’t help thinking such a speech wd turn the tide, but Atie. P., an older hand than me, did not let herself hope..
16Mar1873, A Cabinet Council on Holyday – As the D. of Argyll and Uncle W. put their noses together on the sofa over the box, the faithful Willy and Fred hovering near, I thought it was a fine thing to assist at a Cabinet Council. No one can regret his being obliged to take up office again, but it has its keen disappointment to him, loving the prospect of a holyday as he had been doing, and having ticklish business to carry through in a rather dislocated House.
16Jul1873, “Marie Antoinette” by Ristori – F. and I, May and Atie. P, went to see “Marie Antoinette” done by Ristori at Drury Lane. It was grand tragic acting—the only thing of the sort I have ever seen…The awful truth and recentness of the events made it almost intolerably painful and pathetic to a degree that set many off crying, me to a frightful extent!
21Jul1873, Bp. of Winchester Dies From Fall – A letter from Atie P. at Holmbury came to me this morning with the appalling news of the death of the Bp. of Winchester…dislocated his neck and was killed on the spot…We came home. Went E. with poor Atie. P., who is dreadfully taken out of: they were at Holmbury to meet the Bishop, and were just expecting his arrival when the groom brought word of a “bad accident,”
19Mar1874, Gladstone House To Let – Poor old Auntie more composed and cheery, tho’ hating the thought of No. 11 being let for the season. To the great relief of all his unfortunate party, Uncle W. has consented to lead when he is wanted!
23Mar1874, As Jolly as a Sand-boy – At 5.30 tea turned up Uncle W., as jolly as a sand-boy at having shirked the House; and made himself highly agreeable to Lady Ripon who also turned up.
21Mar1875, Her Sister Mary Dies – She lay a little propped up, breathing gently; her look was a little troubled. Auntie P. was on the bed at her right side, stroking the wavy hair; Newmany holding her left hand, close to me; poor Edward also near me, watching her earnestly. Auntie P. said, “It’s all right, darling; God is taking such care of you,” and she told me to say some verses.
02Oct1876, Gladstone and the Eastern Matter – we became gradually aware of cheers, and at last took it into our heads to guess what was up; rushed to the N. front, and sure enough, there was the omnibus containing the W.E.G.s being dragged up to the door by a multitude of men…
30Apr1877, War Between Russia and Turkey – To Harley St. after dinner; poor Auntie P. looked worried to death, and F. is nearly wild…Agnes went to the drawing-room with Auntie P. and they looked a beautiful couple.
06May1877, Gladstone Speech after Pandemonium – For once Auntie P. and I sacrificed L. Hospital bodily, having places at the House for the Great Speech. I was with Gerty in the Ballot box. After the altered mode of procedure was announced there were 2 hours of pandemonium.
28May1877, Praise for Gladstone – Crowds of artisans, etc., from the Black Country to see Uncle W….”Curiosity, sir! it wasn’t curiosity; it was love of the man, sir.” A great break this for Auntie P.
19Oct1878, Charles Gets Married – Charles’s wedding-day a golden day within and without! …At dinner we still mustered strong: Gladstones and Sybella, Spencer, and Bob, Nevy, Georgiana Leicester, Lena, Mr. Balfour, the Compton Cavendishes, and Ly. Susan Byng.
17Mar1879, The Queen at a Wedding – Thurs., 20th. P.M.W. at No. 21. Dined with Ly. James, meeting W. E. G.s.
19Apr1880, Gladstone Prime Minister Again – She is proud and happy, of course, but by no means tête-montée; on the contrary, grave and rather awestruck. When the Queen sent for him and he told Auntie P., she said, as he was setting out, “Is there anything I can do for you?” “Pray for me,” he answered.
26Jul1880, Gladstone falls ill – he got quite into spirits, tho’ keeping still on the sofa and speaking low: Auntie P., who came about 9 from a prize-giving, ordered the carriage round in an hour, he enjoyed some tea and toast, had another nap, and went home…But about noon shivering fits seized him while Ld. Rd. Grosvenor was with him. As soon as Auntie P. heard of this, she went off and brought back Dr. Clark, who came just in time to prevent him attending a Cabinet and put him to bed.
15Feb1881, Training Boys to Honour Women – to hear that wonderful woman, Miss Ellice Hopkins, speak…The main principle (never to be forgotten) that she urged, was the training boys from their very childhood to honour all women and, as they grow up, to loathe any thought of bringing any woman to shame, or helping to keep her there.

 

Gladstone, Helen
22Feb1872, Handsome and Love-lorn Hubert Parry – Dined at Portl. Pl. [FN: Her father's house.], meeting Ly. A. Compton, Helen Gladstone, Mr. Strutt, the handsome and love-lorn Hubert Parry
11Jun1873, Smart Evening-looking Skirts – Garden party with Mazy and Helen at Ly. Airlie’s: I was enraged at people’s appearing in smart evening-looking skirts.
02Jun1873, Squirming Duke of Wellington – Lovely concert at Mrs. Ralli’s ; took Agnes and Helen to Apsley House ball and left them there. Never noticed the D. of Wellington before! Why does the poor little squirming man look as old as his father?
10Jul1875, The Last Lyttelton Half at Eton – Six brothers and 8 sisters and their husbands, Mazy, Helen, and G. G., all at Lord’s for the rest of King Alfred’s innings—his last match against Harrow, and this the last Lyttelton half at Eton. This, and the immense blank left by darling May, always such an element during these cricket times, made the day sadly unlike itself. Most of us stayed all day.
11Jun1877, Women’s Party at Chiswick – London – we had a most successful afternoon at Chiswick, which the Duke let us have for a Limehouse party — Ishbel Marjoribanks’s first supplemental work. She and I and Helen and two Talbot girls drove down, and the intense enjoyment of the mothers was delightful to see-100 of them in the lovely garden.

 

Gladstone, Henry Neville
02Nov1854, Rides with Uncle William – who wouldn’t enjoy long rides over a country new to us, with Agnes, and sometimes Uncle William! or Henry, the former being able to answer any question you may ask him

 

Gladstone, Herbert
15Mar1880, H. Gladstone Contests Middlesex – Herbert Gladstone has been pounced upon to contest Middlesex !—all his expenses paid. It is a bold thing, Ld. Geo. Hamilton and Mr. Coope being supposed to be as strong as may be; but the Liberal spirit seems growing every day.
26Apr1880, Filling Up Of Offices – Oh dear! I have never mentioned how excellently Herbert Gladstone fought thro’ his Middlesex campaign, speaking capitally and winning all hearts, notably Mr. Lowe’s ! ! who fell regularly in love with him.
02May1881, Gladstone Eulogizes Disraeli – many Conservatives were moved to tears, and Sir Stafford followed in an excellent speech in which he said Mr. G.’s words had already supplied Ld. B. with a noble monument. Certain Radicals who had intended to oppose refrained from voting, and some votes were given in support which would have gone the other way but for the speech. One of these converts was Herbert Gladstone!…
08Oct1881, Leeds: They Roared Like Many Waters – Nice to see the intense affection for “Herbert,” as everyone calls him (“‘towd mon and Herbert”). He made an excellent, perfectly-expressed little speech; his voice a beautiful flexible tenor, almost equal to his father’s, tho’ very different.

 

Gladstone, John (father of William)
23Feb1872, A Strange Will and Gov. Eyre – told us of his father’s odd will leaving his sugar estates, when they were at the lowest ebb of value, to be divided inalienably among his four daughters-in-law! His sons desired only to sell these shares to their brother Robertson; but could not do so legally ; and Uncle W. was advised that his only dodge was to put a clause into his own will disinheriting anybody who should dispute the sale!

 

Gladstone, Mary (Mazy)
08Jun1865, Family at Hawarden – We find here Uncle Stephen, Auntie P , and Mazy [FN: Mary Gladstone, afterwards Mrs. Drew.]
18Feb1866, Cockney Damsels – Mazy and I fired away a class at one of the S. Martin’s schools ; I was a good deal taken off my legs by the coolness and talkativeness of my pale-faced cockney damsels who were very ready to put me in the right way.
02Nov1868, Holker in the Glow of Autumn – Mary and I went to Humphrey Head, and had a grand fight with the wind ; the sea quite uppish ; we went down to the extreme point and were such babies as to do a little paddling barefooted in the waves.
24Feb1873, The Horrible Price of Coal – I went with Mazy to represent Aggy at a Poplar tea-party: very successful. The poor women talked of the horrible price of coal, which, owing to strikes in Wales and other labour hitches, has gone up to 40s. and even 50s. a ton.
11Mar1873, Gladstone’s Finest Speech – a pack of wild Irish were to begin the debate [FN: On the Irish University Bill]. up sprung Uncle W. and made “the finest speech” of his life..Uncle W., finding us waiting at the Ladies’ Gallery door, mornes et mélancoli-ques, for the carriage, gave me a kind little kiss. Mary was there: it was the 1st time she had heard him.
15Mar1873, Uncle W. Gives an Ivory Madonna – We came to Cliveden, with the W. E. G.’s (he walking to Paddington), Mazy, the Dss. of Argyll, and Mr. Leveson. Uncle W. has given me a little ivory Madonna he picked up on his way to the station, in a shop! I told him it was highly compromising and Ultramontane.
11Jun1873, Smart Evening-looking Skirts – Garden party with Mazy and Helen at Ly. Airlie’s: I was enraged at people’s appearing in smart evening-looking skirts.
28Jun1875, King Alfred Got 102 – On Friday G. G., Mazy, and I went to Eton with Papa, Spencer, Charles, Bob, and Arthur for the Winchester match. Darling King Alfred got 102, but it was not very exciting owing to poor bowling; he made one fine straight drive for 5.
10Jul1875, The Last Lyttelton Half at Eton – Six brothers and 8 sisters and their husbands, Mazy, Helen, and G. G., all at Lord’s for the rest of King Alfred’s innings—his last match against Harrow, and this the last Lyttelton half at Eton. This, and the immense blank left by darling May, always such an element during these cricket times, made the day sadly unlike itself. Most of us stayed all day.
18Mar1877, Visiting Alfred at Cambridge – After this, we went straightway to Newnham Coll., where they left me and I had a delightful troll with the nice old Principal (Miss Clough) and sight of the girls’ rooms. It seems doing admirably; and the tone of the girls feminine and unaffected. They attend lectures in Cambridge and hear some in their College. Some go in for the whole University course, but the most part are content with the Higher Local Examination. Mazy, who was here last week (staying with the Sidgwicks), is hot upon the brilliant idea of Helen going up there for a few years.
20May1877, Sunshine Bits of Time – Rides every day, nice readings with F. and with Mazy likewise (she has brought fine sermons by Mr. Illingworth, and “Through Nature to Christ” by Abbott), famous spirited l. tennis.
28May1877, Praise for Gladstone – Tues. F. and I escorted Mazy and Spencer to Hardwick, driving with ducal horses to Chesterfield and posting thence. Very glorious day, in spite of many showers. Hardwick inside and out, and on its roof, enchanting.
28Aug1878, Little Mary Cavendish – Mazy wrote me a dear letter full of littleMary Cavendish’s excellencies. [FN: Her eldest brother Lord Lyttelton, who became 8th Viscount Cobham in 1889, had just become engaged to Mary Cavendish, daughter of the 2nd Baron Chesham.]
07Apr1879, Litany at S. Paul’s – Went East straight from Cannon St., joined Mazy in S. Paul’s Cathedral, and attended the solemn 1 o’clock Litany, hymn and sermon. Edward Talbot’s Mr. Holland preached—a great, original, fervent sermon;
03Aug1881, A Concert For Me – The remarkable day of my first (and last) concert: got up for me by Mazy and Spencer. Free Forester quartetts and quintettes (Spencer, Edward, Messrs. Ratliff, Bray, and Muir Mackenzie), a little violin and p.f. pair of Polish sisters called Bulewski, an American Miss Bube: brothers also each sang a solo and Mazy played. Company rather dowdy, but delighted.
04Nov1881, Gladstone’s Thoughts on Resignation – When he spoke of Ld. Granville, F. said he had heard on good authority (which he did not quote—it was a letter from Lord Acton to Mazy) that Ld. G. meant to retire whenever Uncle W. did. At this he was greatly surprised; but said he did fear Ld. G.’s life was not a good one.

 

Gladstone, Robertson
23Feb1872, A Strange Will and Gov. Eyre – Uncle W. plunged con amore into Jamaican politics and told us of his father’s odd will leaving his sugar estates, when they were at the lowest ebb of value, to be divided inalienably among his four daughters-in-law ! His sons desired only to sell these shares to their brother Robertson ; but could not do so legally ; and Uncle W. was advised that his only dodge was to put a clause into his own will disinheriting anybody who should dispute the sale !

 

Gladstone, Stephen (Stephy)
25Apr1856, A Royal Ball – Auntie Pussy, Aggy, Lena, and Willy and Stephy who both came from Eton in the morning, dressed at Carlton Terrace
08Jun1865, Family at Hawarden – after dinner Willy and Stephy turned up from Chester, where Willy has been hard at work canvassing. He seems thoroughly to have warmed up to the work
02Aug1871, Visiting the Needy – Our last tête-à-tête dinner. Eye Infirmary : farewell reading. Abbey. Drove with Atie. P. to Ld. Townshend’s school at Chelsea, where I have a Limehouse girl ; thence to an Infant School treat of Stephy’s in Lambeth : 200 children to tea at a total cost of abt. 30s.!!
04Jun1877, Uncle W. in Famous Force – Pleasant dinner in Harley Street, meeting Sybella, Stephy, Dr. Clark, Sir James Lacaita. Uncle W. in famous force; held forth like a brilliant book upon a notion he laid down that persecution was never taken up by the Church as such until the Papal pretensions arose. Sir J. and Dr. Clark demurred a little, but we badly wanted some one to stand up to him, and so make a good argument of it.

 

Gladstone, Thomas, 2nd Baronet
28Oct1880, Suspension of Habeas Corpus – Sir Th. [FN: Mr. Gladstone's eldest brother, who was a strong Conservative.] and Ly. Gladstone and their Mary are here—so kind, and nice and pleasant, in spite of politics, which are of course rather avoided.

 

Gladstone, William Ewart, Prime Minister (Uncle William)

02Nov1854, Rides with Uncle William – Meriel has taken wonderfully to that mode of exercise ; indeed who wouldn’t enjoy long rides over a country new to us, with Agnes, and sometimes Uncle William!!! or Henry
10Nov1858, The Ionian Isles – I wrote to Agnes, who is going with her parents to the Ionian Isles, he [FN: Mr. Gladstone was sent on a mission to the Ionian Islands in 1858.] as Lord High Commissioner on some knotty point. Very delightful, but they will miss Willy’s first Oxford vacation, and be away for Xmas, which is a pity.
26Jan1859, We Shall Not Be Able To Come Out – fear that Gladstone will stay indefinitely at Corfu
21Jun1859, Swallow Dizzy – U. William has taken office under Ld. Palmerston, and is Ch. of the Exchequer, thereby raising an uproar in the midst of which we are simmering, view* his well-known antipathy to the Premier…however : why, if he can swallow Palmn., couldn’t he swallow Dizzy, and in spite of him go in under Lord Derby ?
30Apr1861, Gladstone in Rollicking Spirits – Uncle W. in rollicking spirits over his Budget, and very kind to me.
02May1861, Painful Sotto Voce – Uncle W. was hoarse after another great speech, Atie. P. silent
09Jun1862, Red Letter Day at Cambridge – Uncle W. got mingled cheers and hisses, Ld. Derby more cheers than Ld. Palmerston,
03Dec1862, Uncle William, King of Greece – The Greeks want to elect as their king either Prince Alfred or — Uncle William!
04May1863, A Speech by Uncle William – He bore down all before him while he spoke ; defending himself, as none but he can do
09May1863, Dining at the Gladstones – uncle and aunt dined at Marlborough House, and came away raving of the Princess of course !
13May1863, Alone in a Cab – had the honour of going to a wonderfully select ball at Pam’s, to meet the Prince and Princess
16May1863, The Drawing Room – we happy entrée people [FN: The Gladstones, of course, had the entrée.]
28Oct1863, More Celebrations – Then Uncle Wm. got up to give Papa’s health, which he did most beautifully, speaking of the one terrible shadow
18Mar1864, Mrs. Gladstone Very Busy – looks terribly fagged… having been badgered in the House in re his excellent Government Annuities speech
08Apr1864, Garibaldi and Red Shirts – something that made him feel ready to cry in his Budget! viz. the description he gave of the gigantic power and prosperity of England
13Apr1864, A Memorable Evening – W.E.G.’s dined at Stafford House, to meet Garibaldi : We went there in the evening.
13May1864, Good-byes are Sad Matters – Uncle W. has kicked up a gt dust by declaring in the House in favour of universal suffrage!!! out-Brighting Bright.
18May1864, His Funny Inability – Uncle Wm.’s startling speech in favour of extended suffrage
29Mar1865, Gladstone Supports Dillwyn on Irish Church – F. read me in the evening a clever speech of Uncle W. supporting a motion of Mr. Dillwyn’s that the state of the Irish Church is unsatisfactory.
04May1865, Reform Bill and Pre-Raphaeliteism – Mr. Lowe made me agree with him, which is sad, as wicked Radical Fred is all for the £6 franchise. But if Uncle William, as is expected, makes a good rattling speech on the other side, I shall probably go comfortably round.
23May1865, Proportional Representation Just a Dream – We dined at home, entertaining the W.E.G.’s, which was a great treat. He was in great force; and didn’t I enjoy hearing him in his swing of brilliant talk,
22Jun1865, Alice Arbuthnot Killed by Lightening – We went to one of Uncle William’s man breakfasts, where we met the Duke and Duchess of Argyll, the Duke of Brabant, Mr. Goschen (a young M.P. whose abilities are much thought of), M. Van de Weyer, etc.,
05Jul1865, First Catch Your Hare – first catch your hare—they can’t find anybody to undertake the inevitable beating ! Oxford, Chester, and Malmesbury are all frightfully doubtful : I had all but rather Fred was beaten than Uncle W. ; he will feel it deeply, and so will she.
14Jul1865, Polling for Oxford – The Oxford polling has begun ; Uncle W. a little below Hardy, but only a few hundred votes are yet polled. It is frightfully close. My poor Fred had the speechums a little.
18Jul1865, Uncle William Not Returned – meanwhile, the unworthy University has driven out Uncle William by 186 votes, after his 18 years’ representation of it ; revealing that it is not worthy of the greatest statesman in England. Oh, it is disgraceful and pitiable !
19Jul1865, On Terms of Great Intimacy – My Fred spouted to me a grand speech Uncle W. has made at a Liverpool meeting ; having gone to stand for S. Lancashire. He is late in the field ; but the enthusiasm was glorious.
20July1865, No-poperyums – Late in the evening came Cavendish, with hopeful accounts of U. Wm.’s S. Lancashire prospects.
01Feb1866, The Great Man Gives Fred a Speech – We went across the way, and F. had a sit with Uncle Wm. who gave him the heads of the Queen’s Speech ; which are ticklish enough to handle, what with Fenianism, Jamaica, Cattle-plague, and Reform Bill.
22Feb1866, Funds for Princess Helena – I got smuggled into the House, and heard Uncle Wm. speak upon the Queen’s messages about granting money to Princess Helena on her marriage, and to Prince Alfred on his coming-of-age.
19Mar1866, Fast-day for Cattle Plague – the House had actually divided upon Uncle Wm.’s motion that the committee and petition business should be put off till 2 to-morrow, viewing it is the fast-day for the cattle-plague in this diocese.
12Apr1866, Speeches at the House – I spent a good deal of time at the House, where Uncle W. moved the 2nd reading of the Bill, in a spirited, eloquent speech.
28Apr1866, Speeches on the Reform Bill – Fred came to bed at ¼ to 5 in the morning, announcing a majority of 5 for the 2nd reading. F. had tea at No. 11, and said he seemed strung up and excited, and indignant with Dizzy, who had sent Uncle W. word he meant to speak 1 hour and then spoke 3.
31May1866, Treason in the Liberal Camp – I suppose Uncle Wm. is wanting in tact ; for there is treason through the camp ; and the oddest fermentations and combinations of parties against him.
14Jun1866, That Person… Bright!! – Afterwards I went to the House and saw a riotous but very victorious division upon a concession of Uncle W.’s. A letter telling Bright of this concession came to him at dinner and made him angry.
26Jun1866, The Liberal Ministry Has Resigned – and then to-night, when the House was up, Uncle William was well cheered by a crowd in Palace Yard.
27Jun1866, Uncle W. and Auntie P. are Cheered – We had a great excitement, hearing a continuous roar of cheers, beginning at Trafalgar Square, where a meeting has been going on, culminating in front of No. 11, where a good crowd collected to cheer Uncle W.,
12Feb1867, Uncle W. Much Disgusted – Uncle W. looks blooming after his holyday. He is as much disgusted and bothered by the course of the Government as it’s possible to be : He has the profoundest faithlessness in Dizzy
18Mar1867, Household Suffrage – Never shall I forget the fire and scorn and vehemence of Uncle W.’s speech : he glared from one side to the other, gesticulated with both arms, often spoke with a kind of bitter laugh, stumbled over the formal phraseology of the House, in his violent feeling ; but the whole gave such an overwhelming notion of righteous indignation
05Apr1867, Uncle Wm. on Suffrage – “The Liberals have a deal of hypocrisy, ultra-Toryism, and self-seeking among them,” said Uncle W., “or they wouldn’t be such faint friends to their cause, such cowards upon the question, and so taken up with little personal alarms and affronts.”
06Apr1867, A Fine Dinner – were reported to their respective fathers as dolts in the matter of arithmetic!! Uncle W. said himself he never took to it till he had worked hard at mathematics, to which also he had a dislike at first, but which his father urged him into.
12Apr1867, Breakup of the Liberal Party – He was very striking throughout his speech, and contrasted more forcibly than I can say, in his strong, earnest conviction, with the wiles of his foe whom he followed. We had all been deceived, and had no notion that defeat was probable, dreading only a small majority ; but as the members were pouring out of the House and back again, something made our hearts fail.
13Apr1867, The Last of the Whigs – We went to No. 11. She told us she had never seen him so knocked down : that he could hardly speak when he got home. The so-called Liberals whose desertion was the cause of the defeat are 43 ; but only 2 or 3 are good, thorough Liberals. The others are Whigs and Adullamites,
29May1867, Three Great Orators – …spoke of the Government Bill as being extremely democratic, and said it would plunge us into the Ballot. “I hope not,” said Mr. Gladstone. ” You’ll think differently,” said (Bright), “when you have studied it as much as you have studied Homer !”
01Aug1867, Kick-up in the H. of Lords – There is a strong party in the Lords’ in favour of cumulative voting. Uncle W. is against it, F. for it. Bright violent against it.
22Dec1867, An Audience with Pope Pius IX – The Pope gave us the honour of a private interview…. He said, “Lord Gladstone est . . . Pooseyite, n’est-ce pas ?” to which I said, “Oui, S. Pere, et moi aussi !” at which he was much amused
27Mar1868, The Irish Establishment – Uncle W. has given notice of Resolutions, of which one distinctly condemns the Irish Establishment. That such a grand act of justice and right should be on the horizon seems too good to be true ; but there is to be a fair fight, and there is great hope.
01Oct1868, Uncle W. Cuts Down a Tree – Uncle W. in shirtsleeves and stick-up collar cutting down a tree was a pleasing sight this afternoon. He has an axe with W. E. G. on the haft, and is like a schoolboy over it.
05Oct1868, A Good-natured Lion – Uncle W. has now written his address : a very dignified and downright one.
06Dec1868, Offer Far From Suitable – Cavendish got a private letter from Uncle W. offering him the Lord-Lieutenancy of Ireland, regretting that his being out of Parliament prevents his entering the Cabinet. The letter kind and cordial, but it is a considerable blow, as Cavendish’s successful and steady work at the War Office in ’66, and the Duke’s 4 great contests just now, seemed to give him a claim.
01Mar1869, The Great Irish Church Bill – …then to the House, where Uncle William brought in the great Irish Church Bill, in a grand, elaborate, beautifully arranged and digested, speech of 3 hours
12Mar1869, A Mug from Leveson – Dined at No. 11 with the Great Man and his daughters (Auntie P. and Mazy in bed ! resting) ; he was high-gee a little old Dresden mug given him by Ronald Leveson [FN: Lord Ronald Leveson-Gower, the author and dilettante.], sending for it at dinner to show off, and saying it was the fulfilment of the “dream of his life” to have such a shaped cup
20Mar1869, Another Subject – Dined with the Bruces ; I was luckily placed between him and Sir G. Grey. Mr. B.[FN: Afterwards 1st Lord Aberdare.] said there was only 1 subject on which Uncle W. did not seem well up and interested, viz., National Education!! A large one.
19Apr1869, Another Day at Windsor – She told Cavendish, “Mr. Gladstone and I do not agree about the Irish Church, and he does not talk much to me about it.”
24May1869, Auntie P Overworked – I wrote a solemn appeal to Uncle Wm. to talk to Auntie P. about her overwork.
20Jul1869, Speeches Against Compromise – There was an odious reckless debate in the Lords…Uncle W. dined…. He was very unhappy, dreading worse terms being imposed on the Church hereafter, and foreboding danger to the H. of Lords.
22Jul1869, Matters are All Arranged – The political thunderstorm has entirely cleared the air! Matters are all arranged by certain small concessions…Uncle W. came home absolutely overcome. He said he wished to go straight to church! The Archbishop of Canterbury has been the moving spring of influence
31May1870, Briggs From West Indies – The excellent Briggs, F.’s W. Indian friend…He and his wife dined with us, likewise the P.M. and Grande Dame [FN: I.e., of course, Mr. and Mrs. Gladstone, who was often called the Grande Dame by her intimates ; I suppose as a sort of feminine of the "Great Man."], Willy and Charles. It was necessary to “make a house” at the unpleasant hour of 9, accordingly the P.M. poked the 3 youthful M.P.’s into his brougham, got up himself on the box, and so exeunt.
17Jun1870, The Education Bill – Mrs. Talbot came to see me, and we went across to see Lavinia’s [FN: Her sister Lavinia was about to be married to Edward Talbot, afterwards Bishop of Winchester.] presents at No. 11. Hearing my voice in the hall, who should call me into his study but the Prime Minister! to ask me what I thought of the Government proceedings last night about the Education Bill.
11Jul1870, Breakfast wtih Princess Louise – Princess Louise and Comte de Paris came to breakfast with the Gladstones ; also the famous M. de Lesseps. I went and heard Mrs. Weldon sing beautifully. Sat by Princess Louise who looked very pretty and was charming and well-mannered as usual.
05Jan1871, Cavendish Violently Sat Upon – Cavendish has been violently sat upon (sent for to Hawarden for the purpose) by Uncle W. to take the Irish Secretaryship, and has consented, very unwillingly.
21Feb1871, Abolition of the University Tests – We dined at No. 11 ; found Uncle W. agog about another piece of Fawcettism : cross division anent University Tests, the abolition whereof was going smoothly thro’ the House ; viz., for the sweeping away of clerical fellowships. Uncle W. very Conservative in heart on the subject ; rather more than I am !
27Feb1871, Special Secret Committe – Ireland is improved and on the whole satisfactory, but there is a regular Riband conspiracy rampant in Westmeath, which has reached such a point that universal terrorism prevails, and murders may be (and many have been) committed with impunity, nobody daring to bear witness. Government decided that this was “intolerable,” and (I think I may confide the dead secret to my faithful journal) Cavendish was desirous of an immediate suspension of Habeas Corpus. Uncle Wm., however, greatly hates this extreme measure
10Jun1871, Church Matters – Uncles twain [FN: I.e. Mr. Gladstone and the Rev. the Hon. William Lyttelton.] had an interesting argument upon whether the admission into English Orders ought not to be allowed under less stringent terms of subscription. Uncle W., true to his old Church colours, strong against further relaxation…
23Feb1872, A Strange Will and Gov. Eyre – Uncle W. plunged con amore into Jamaican politics and told us of his father’s odd will leaving his sugar estates, when they were at the lowest ebb of value, to be divided inalienably among his four daughters-in-law ! His sons desired only to sell these shares to their brother Robertson ; but could not do so legally ; and Uncle W. was advised that his only dodge was to put a clause into his own will disinheriting anybody who should dispute the sale ! The Gov. Eyre topic came up, and it was interesting to see Uncle W.’s intense feeling..
18Mar1872, Gladstone Not a Jesuit in Disguise – A cosy scratch dinner of Uncle Dick, Prime Minister and Mrs., Mesd. Talbot and Johnny. Talked Churchums a good deal —it amused me to think, as I listened to Uncle W.’s regular old-fashioned, rather Conservative, and strongly anti-Roman High Churchism, how many Whalley-Newdigateites put him down as a Jesuit in disguise.
20Jul1872, Fred Becomes Private Sect. to Gladstone – a post wanting the Cavendish caution
11Mar1873, Gladstone’s Finest Speech – a pack of wild Irish were to begin the debate [FN: On the Irish University Bill]. Heard the main part of Dizzy’s speech, which was wild-hitting and weak…Uncle W. and made “the finest speech” of his life—so say many folks. It took exactly 2 hrs…It will be hard to look upon Uncle W. after this vigorous feat of arms as an old man in great want of rest, which he rather tries to make himself out! He drank nothing but water, despising his usual egg-flip, as it was after dinner.
15Mar1873, Uncle W. Gives an Ivory Madonna – We came to Cliveden, with the W. E. G.’s (he walking to Paddington), Mazy, the Dss. of Argyll, and Mr. Leveson. Uncle W. has given me a little ivory Madonna he picked up on his way to the station, in a shop! I told him it was highly compromising and Ultramontane.
16Mar1873, A Cabinet Council on Holyday – As the D. of Argyll and Uncle W. put their noses together on the sofa over the box, the faithful Willy and Fred hovering near, I thought it was a fine thing to assist at a Cabinet Council. No one can regret his being obliged to take up office again, but it has its keen disappointment to him, loving the prospect of a holyday as he had been doing, and having ticklish business to carry through in a rather dislocated House.
13May1873, Delightful and Intensely English – Uncle W. made such a brilliant overthrow of Miall and his Disestablishment as the cause ought to take long in recovering from. No one so much as answered him and the whole thing was over before dinner. Smart drum at Lansdowne House, stifling crush at Baroness Coutts’s.
30May1873, Uncle W. Don’t Believe – Uncle W. don’t a bit believe in Mr. Harcourt’s Bright story.
08Jun1873, How I Have Enjoyed Myself – recalling a long-past happy visit to Summerhill, where he read the same hymns to M. and me. Also some good and very devout verses on the H. Communion by Uncle W. written in 1838, which I showed him.
07Jun1873, Shah Goes to France – One of these days the Gladstones had the Shah to tea, and little Mary and Agnes Talbot were fetched upstairs to look at him. What shd he do but pat them on the cheeks and say, “Tres jolies,” to their infinite excitement. “He patted me twice,” quoth Agnes, “because I’m fair; so he is sure to ask for me as his 4th wife.”
05Aug1873, Thickening of Ministerial Plot – The interesting event took place of Mr. Bright and Uncle W. dining with us (a dead secret!) ; said Mr. B. having consented to take office. He was very pleasant and downright ; during a few minutes that I had him alone said he would never have done it for anyone but Uncle W.; spoke of him in the warmest way;
06Aug1873, Government Positions – A notable day, F. being offered a Lordship of the Treasury and thus entering upon official life. Uncle W. takes the Chancellorship of the Exchequer on himself, and F. will be an extra Lord, owing to the double work this will give Uncle W…
08Aug1873, I Shall Have Him With Me – …But by some unaccountable blundering the cat came out of the bag in the paper this morning, and he is in for it. It will be a horrid business if he has a contest, Greenwich and East Staffordshire having just been won by the Tories…I saw Uncle W. at his window when we got home; he called me in and was delightful about F., calling him “such a compound of gallantry and good sense” and saying “I shall have him with me” with great pleasure and affection.
05Oct1873, Edward’s Vision: An Eton Master – Got home to dinner, and entertained Uncle W. and Willy; Uncle W. agog upon perversions;
24Jan1874, The Duke of Edinburgh Marries – By some mysterious process the Tory newspapers have the news, Uncle W.’s address and all! tho’ it was only sent late last evening to the Times. The address is more a manifesto and mighty long, but excellent and forcible, with the grand plum of abolition of the Income Tax, on the strength of a great surplus of £5,000,000 and promised reduction of indirect taxation. General stir and bewilderment…
17Feb1874, Disembodied Spirits – To London. Saw the Gladstones before dinner. He had just come from the Queen, and was looking upset and sad; he had no expectation of anything like such a crash, and, with all his longing for rest, the mighty defeat cannot but be heavy to bear. She, poor dear, is very wretched about it.7
20Feb1874, A Great Five Years – Uncle W. picking up his spirits already;..Declaimed about it all a good deal; but after all Mr. Leveson was right t’other day when he said no Government ever went out with cleaner hands and a more glorious past..
07Mar8174, Gladstone: No Active Lead in House – Grim news of Uncle W.’s determination, on deliberate grounds of what he thinks right, to take no active lead in the House this year. It will have to be Cavendish.
19Mar1874, Gladstone House To Let – Poor old Auntie more composed and cheery, tho’ hating the thought of No. 11 being let for the season. To the great relief of all his unfortunate party, Uncle W. has consented to lead when he is wanted!
07Jun1874, Old Sir Anthony Panizzi – We dined with Uncle W. at old Sir Anthony Panizzi’s..Flew at Uncle W. for having too much to say to “priests”; and would not be pacified by his rejoinder of “How comes it, then, that no man is so hated as I am by the Roman Curia?” or by his announcement that it was orders from Rome that shipwrecked the Irish Universities Bill.
06Aug1874, Floods of Butter Over Dizzy – It is a triumph for Uncle W. to have gained this point about the Archbishop appeal, in spite of his small and disorganized party…Sir W. Harcourt was so insufferably insolent to his late chief, that he, at last, after long patience on the part of Uncle W., caught it uncommonly hot from him! and the House seems to have been delighted thereat.
11Nov1874, Gladstone Pamphlet on Catholocism – Uncle William has sent F. a pamphlet just brought out on the Vatican decrees. It is a “Remonstrance,” elicited by an outcry which has been raised by one sentence in his article on Ritualism. This is the sentence: “Rome has substituted for the proud boast of ‘semper eadem’ a policy of violence and change in faith; she has refurbished and paraded anew every rusty tool she was fondly thought to have disused;…
01Dec1874, Pope Calls Uncle W. a Viper – Manning has thundered out a circular letter, informing the world that whoever does not accept and believe Immaculate Conception and Papal Infallibility is no Catholic. The Pope has made a funny metaphor in an angry speech calling Uncle W.. a viper attacking the bark of S. Peter!!
18Jan1875, Gladstone May Retire – To-day the blow that has so long been dreaded falls on the unhappy divided Liberal party. Uncle W. writes to Ld. Granville resigning the Leadership, in a short letter. He says he feels he may fairly retire, after 40 years of public life and at the age of 65, …
18Oct1875, Willy Gladstone Brings New Wife Home – ..in good time for the arrival of Mr. and Hon. Mrs. W. H. Gladstone! to receive them at the S. terrace wall, where they got out and mounted up it by temporary red-cloth’d steps. Uncle W. and Auntie P. met them at the big Lodge gates, and thence managed to get to the old Castle bridge to see them drive under
02Oct1876, Gladstone and the Eastern Matter – I said something of the Pall Mall and the World’s supreme contempt for the national indignation, warning statesmen against “mob rule,” and this set him off upon a grand burst of “When did the Upper Ten Thousand ever lead the attack in the cause of humanity? Their heads are always full of class interests and the main chance”; or words to that effect.
16Oct1876, Cavendish Meets with the Turks – Meanwhile Uncle W. is aghast at Cavendish having dined with certain representative Turks, and wrote to F. that they were “symbols of iniquity”; but how was he to have any intercourse with them, such as seemed necessary for forming opinions about the future, and yet refuse hospitality? especially in the East.
11Dec1876, Comments on Gladstone – Uncle W., in spite of hankering after his tree-cutting, was inveigled into walks. He goes at his old pace and is as well as possible. I don’t know anyone who strikes one as happier; sorrows don’t take the spring out of him, and he finds constant delight in all his work and interests;
19Mar1877, Uncle Wm. Wouldn’t Rise – Uncle W. did not put his best leg forward; I wanted him either to talk over his sons and the Cape; or Cambridge with me; or Eastern Question; or Newnham College and Helen: but he wouldn’t rise much to anything, and went off into trolls about wine (than which! — all men are subject to attacks of it) and old jokes. After dinner I believe he was eloquent about the Montenegrins and their wonderful courage.
30Apr1877, War Between Russia and Turkey – A frightful crisis in politics is gathering up. Hitherto the Liberal leaders, though they have from time to time made speeches more or less hostile to the Government’s Eastern policy, have never come to a direct vote upon it. The outbreak of war, coupled with the increased and ever-increasing pro-Turkism of Government utterances, has poked up Uncle W. to a conviction…
06May1877, Gladstone Speech after Pandemonium – After the 2 hours’ baiting, at 7 o’clock, members pouring out to dinner, and when one would have supposed him exhausted in spirits and strength, up he got and delivered a magnificent 3 hrs’ speech, admirable in argument, in irony, in frank explanation, in uncompromising principle, in detail; but perhaps unequalled by any of his former great speeches in intense feeling and force of conviction..
14May1877, Dissatisfaction With Turkey – I didn’t quite approve of Uncle W.’s concluding speech: thought he trotted out the dear departed Resolutions unnecessarily (having made it already as clear as day that his own opinion of them is unchanged)..
28May1877, Praise for Gladstone – Sat. came Uncle W. from Birmingham, as hoarse as a crow, having made an hour’s speech on Thurs., in an enormous hall quite unfit for the purpose, to 25,000 people…Crowds of artisans, etc., from the Black Country to see Uncle W… “Curiosity, sir! it wasn’t curiosity; it was love of the man, sir.”
04Jun1877, Uncle W. in Famous Force – Pleasant dinner in Harley Street, meeting Sybella, Stephy, Dr. Clark, Sir James Lacaita. Uncle W. in famous force; held forth like a brilliant book upon a notion he laid down that persecution was never taken up by the Church as such until the Papal pretensions arose. Sir J. and Dr. Clark demurred a little, but we badly wanted some one to stand up to him, and so make a good argument of it.
11Feb1878, Gladstone and Cavendish – I am come round to the conviction (which Papa always held strongly) that he should either have continued to lead the party, or withdrawn from Parliament altogether, or taken a Peerage. It is immensely to the credit of both him and Cavendish that they have pulled together at all, and is due to the perfect honesty and sense of duty of both.
25Feb1878, A Ducking in the Serpentine – A counter war mob was got up which swept off the other, and Mr. Herbert narrowly escaped a ducking in the Serpentine, and a squad of roughs went off on their own account, and smashed 2 of Uncle W.’s windows.
25May1878, A Death at Home – Many weighty speeches on our side. A very fine one from Uncle W. on Tuesday. He had meant to be dry and didactic, but the Attorney-Gen. (Holker) preceded him, and displayed such joints in his armour that Uncle W. changed his attack there and then (as who but he could do?)
27Jan1879, Arthur to be First Master at Selwyn – they have raised much less money, and propose to begin building with £20,000…Uncle W. looked grubous major at the prospect! thinking the Keble success most unique…I believe (Bright) generally monopolizes talk, but that can’t be done with Uncle W. by!
28Apr1879, The Monster Wingless Bird – We visited old Pro. Owen and his pretty, older sister: he delighted me with an account of the monster N.Z. wingless antediluvian bird, whose leg-bone made Owen’s fame. Heard a fine speech of Uncle W.’s on the Budget, making mince-meat of it.
22Jul1879, Comments Around Gladstone Portrait – A Tory lady was looking at it, and said, “Why, it makes the old scoundrel look quite respectable!” when a voice behind her said, “Madam, I heard you call Mr. G. a scoundrel. Allow me to tell you I have known him from boyhood—at school, at college, and up to the present time: and I can only assure you that there is no one of more thorough religious principle and conduct.” The speaker is said to have been Sir Thos. Acland.
24Nov1879, Short Supply of Young Ladies – Uncle W. is on his Midlothian campaign, making one grand speech after another, the finest, most brilliant, and most unanswerable one on Saturday, pitching into the Government finance.
08Dec1879, Gladstone a Little Elated – the Great Man all the while interesting and delightful beyond. For the 1st time, I deliberately believe, in my recollection, he seems a little personally elated! It has always hitherto been the cause, or the moment, or the circumstances, or something, that he thinks he is the mere mouthpiece of; but this unheard-of enthusiasm for his name, in his own country (for he is a pure-bred Scotchman), and after the long time of abuse and loss of influence, has deeply moved him.
23Feb1880, Transvaal and Sister Dora – Uncle W. had hardly breath to bestow on politics, being clean possessed by a wonderful “Life” just published, “Sister Dora.” [FN: "Sister Dora" was a sister of Mark Pattison, the famous Rector of Lincoln, who was not much pleased at the fuss made about her.] He sent a copy to the D. of Argyll, and they both talked of it 19 to the dozen. When Southwark was lost, he wrote to somebody, “I should be very unhappy about Southwark, if it wasn’t for Sister Dora!”

29Mar1880, Borough Elections – The greatest events have been Leeds, which puts Uncle W. at the head of the poll, majority 10,000, and a 2nd Liberal who polls _____ more than the Tory next in order. Bradford, Halifax, Manchester, and many more are great victories too
19Apr1880, Gladstone Prime Minister Again – the knowledge that the Queen would far prefer either of the existing leaders to Uncle W., whom Dizzy has bamboozled her into dreading above all things. But the arguments on the other side could not, when it came to the point, be gainsaid; and after the last few days of intense anxiety (there being one awful moment of difficulty with H.M.), our grand old ship of State has, as always, swung safely and soundly round to the wind.
26Apr1880, Filling Up Of Offices – Filling up of offices and trying to fit square men into round holes went on thro’ the week; and Uncle W. looks as if a little more of it would send him into his grave!
03May1880, Gladstone’s Austria Attack – The new Government has certainly had an awkward throw-off. There has been a general kick-up over a letter Uncle W. has just published to Count Karolyi, the Austrian Ambassador. In one of his Midlothian speeches he attacked Austria for having never done any good in the world, and for intriguing after part of the Christian provinces in the Balkan peninsula…
28Jun1880, Gladstone Rests at a Villa – Saturday the 3rd the House sat till Sunday morning, but Uncle W. got off in the evening, and drove down with Auntie P. to a villa Ld. Aberdeen has taken for the summer — Littleburys, Mill Hill, beyond Barnet. F. and I joined them there, driving down deliciously to church on Sunday morning…
26Jul1880, Gladstone falls ill – He took me down to dinner, however, and said a cheery word or two, but he had no appetite; ate a little soup, and drank a glass of port; leant back in his chair with his eyes shut and looked horribly ill. By and bye he said, “Don’t mind me, but I think I had better go upstairs and lie down.”
02Aug1880, Gladstone Convalescent – The streams of inquiries, cards, and letters have been marvellous, Queen, Lords and Commons, Opposition and Government, friends and foes, high and low, men, women, and children, Europe, Asia, Africa, and America. He dressed and came down Saturday—convalescent. T
18Oct1880, Beginning the Final Book – Uncle W. at his very best, and in buoyant spirits. Heard from Auntie P. and Mazy much that was most interesting about the late Dulcigno business. Uncle W. was in London straining every nerve to keep all the Powers up to the scratch. The Sultan appears to have reckoned on their splitting, and thus risked his intensely impudent refusal and defiance some little time ago.
28Oct1880, Suspension of Habeas Corpus – F. put the black view strongly before Uncle W. that he might know the worst; but F. is as strong as Uncle W. against extra-legal measures being resorted to except as a last resource. “What?” he said, “are we to lock up 500 people in gaol?”
15Dec1880, At Windsor With the Queen – The Queen was grave for the most part, and no wonder. Ireland is a great distress to her. She had a long talk with Uncle W. before dinner. Ly. Ely told Auntie P. that H.M. thought Uncle W. “very kind” to her, and was struck by his serious view of the state of things and by his great loyalty to all his colleagues.
31Dec1880, A Year of Many Clouds – Poor Uncle W. looked ill and harassed and dead tired on Thursday and had a touch of lumbago. Fri. he was much brighter and quite well! Having the Cabinet off his mind was a great thing. Marvellous to say, the principle of the Land Bill was agreed to, tho’ Uncle W. (little as it is suspected) more Conservative than most upon the question
05Jan1881, All This a Dead Secret – H.M. took a sudden (not a new) quirk against the promise to give up Candahar in the Royal Speech, and kept the unhappy Ministers hours at Osborne, bringing her round — Uncle W. having to telegraph argumentative messages in cipher! All this is a dead secret, but everyone knew the delayed departure of the Ministers
17Jan1881, London in Snow – Uncle W. reappeared in the House on Monday and made a thundering fine energetic speech against a monstrous Irish amendment to the Address.
31Jan1881, Parliament and the Irish – Before the whole batch, singly and collectively, had been disposed of, poor Uncle W. had had to make 6 abortive starts on his speech, and had had too, after each “naming,” to act as executioner. Punch said he had to be up and down between his seat and the table like a hen on a hot gridiron. Who but he, after such a couple of hours, at 1/4 to 9, without his dinner, could have finished up…
24Feb1881, Gladstone Hits His Head – Consternation of F. and me at breakfast, getting an official notice of Uncle W. having slipped in the half-melted snow at the garden-door coming home from Marlboro’ House last night, and cut the back of his head open on the edge of the doorstep…
03Apr1881, Gladstone Hard at Work – Algy West came to tea high-gee Budget details; had seen Uncle W. hard at work with Mr. Welby in the middle of the day, and poked fun about his Sabbath keeping. But I said I would answer for his having been to church…
30Apr1881, Comparing Gladstone and Disraeli – He thought Uncle W. had few devoted friends out of the circle of his belongings; but I think he has quite as many as Dizzy had: his past and present secretaries, Freddy, Algy West, Eddy Hamilton, Lord Wolverton, and (I think) Ld. Acton and Ld. Rosebery, all love him.
02May1881, Gladstone Eulogizes Disraeli – Uncle W. made a most faultless speech, moving for a monument to Dizzy in Westminster Abbey—generous, appreciative, unreserved, and yet scrupulously true and with no blinking of their long antagonism.
13Jun1881, Comments on the Revised Version – One of these days Uncle W. dined with us: we kept off politics and went high-gee into the Revised Version. When he was last ill from overwork and worry a little while ago, he went at it as he lay in bed. He doesn’t like it—objects to the pedantry of abjuring all synonyms and quasi-synonyms
05Oct1881, Middlesbrough Jubilee – Marton Hall – Wednesday, F. and I went off on notable jaunt. First for 2 nights to Middlesbrough, to celebrate its jubilee and the inauguration of a statue to the late Bolckow; then to Leeds, where Uncle W. had a magnificent reception.
08Oct1881, Leeds: They Roared Like Many Waters – Marton Hall – The 25,000 cheers that uprose were something never-to-be-forgotten ! followed by “Kentish fire” and then by roars of “He’s a jolly good fellow.” At last came silence, and he began “Mr. Chairman.” Hearing his clear voice throughout the hall started them afresh ! and they roared like many waters for several more seconds. The speech went into points of Foreign Policy chiefly…
03Oct1881, New Marvel: A Telephone – That enchanting new marvel, a telephone, has been put up, whereby Castle and Rectory converse ad libitum. Uncle W., who is in some respects the greatest Tory out, will have nothing to say to it.
04Nov1881, Gladstone’s Thoughts on Resignation – F. had talks with Uncle W. about his resignation, which he is very seriously contemplating about Easter, on the strength of having carried out all the great foreign matters of policy that he took office to do. The conversation as I have it from F. was pretty much as follows…
21Feb1882, Bradlaugh’s Oath Sprung – sticking to his original view that the House had exceeded its legal powers in preventing his taking the oath in due course; and therefore not choosing to take the responsibility of censuring him for taking the oath irregularly.
23Feb1882, A Marred Portrait of Gladstone – Went with Mazy to young Richmond’s and saw his wonderful new picture of Uncle W. It has a sort of “Vision of Ezekiel” look about it…But he has cruelly marred the effect by a perverse rendering of the skin, making it coarse and weatherbeaten to the greatest degree, as if he had been a Scotch shepherd..
15Mar1882, Defending Gladstone – We dined with Ly. Ashburton. I sat by Mr. Froude, and tho’ I can’t bear him (his writing proving to me that he doesn’t know right from wrong), I expected to find him agreeable. But we unluckily got upon Uncle W., and speaking of his oratory…
Final Entries – But then Uncle W. himself came in with Atie. Pussy – I saw his face, pale, sorrow-stricken, but like a prophet’s in its look of faith and strength. He came up and almost took me in his arms, and his first words were, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Then he said to me, “Be assured it will not be in vain,” and across all my agony there fell a bright ray of hope, and I saw in a vision Ireland at peace…

 

Gladstone, William Henry (Willy)
01May1855, The Queen’s Ball – every time we went close up to the Queen and Prince ; so near that I verily believe Willy would twice have “punched” Prince Albert, if I hadn’t drawn his arm back
08Jul1859, Have Enjoyed This Ball More Than Any Other – flew at Willy, and dragged him up to act vis-à-vis (for the Comte de Paris) ourselves
26Dec1861, There Will Be War – Willy Gladstone has heard from the Prince of Wales, who says “the Queen is sadly shattered.”
18Dec1862, One of the very best balls I ever was at – who, poor fellow, has only taken a 3rd in Law and Modern History ; but hardly expected to do better, as he had to begin late
13May1863, Alone in a Cab – was presented in his brand new Deputy Lieutenant’s uniform
25Jun1863, Stage Stories from Charles Kean – At 6 we rode with Willy and saw the Prince riding with Althorp and Col. Keppel. Mr. Baird joined us — I broke my stirrup strap but can luckily manage without: so we put it into Willy’s pocket, and went on unheeding.
22May1865, Charles and Willy Might Stand – There is great prospect of Willy standing as a Liberal for Chester, but it is a pity, for he is exceedingly unwilling, and has shown some signs of being at heart Conservative! But Time will show.
03Jun1865, Chatsworth in June – Willy has made a good, spirited modest speech at Chester : and is patted on the back by the Spectator. Uncle W. went there to back him.
08Jun1865, Family at Hawarden – after dinner Willy and Stephy turned up from Chester, where Willy has been hard at work canvassing. He seems thoroughly to have warmed up to the work
07Jul1865, A Good Drawing in Punch – There has been an exceedingly good drawing in Punch of “Mamma Russell and Mamma Gladstone” (the statesmen, in bonnets) teaching their respective babies to walk, alluding to Lord Amberley and Willy standing for Leeds and Chester.
13Jul1865, Up to the Ears in Electionums – Alas ! alas ! poor old John is beaten hollow at Malmesbury. Willy has come in for Chester, which I am glad of.
29May1868, Charles Reelected – Willy and Mr. Heathcote came at 5, with cheery accounts, and Uncle Spencer came at 8, announcing VICTORY. Charles and F. followed shortly in a waggonette, pursued by 2 costermongers’ carts at full speed, and a rout of dirty little boys, ooray, singing, tin kettles
31May1870, Briggs From West Indies – It was necessary to “make a house” at the unpleasant hour of 9, accordingly the P.M. poked the 3 youthful M.P.’s into his brougham (thereby obliging poor Willy to leave behind half his help of cherry-pie which he was deliberately discussing), got up himself on the box, and so exeunt. All came back to dessert.
05Oct1873, Edward’s Vision: An Eton Master – Got home to dinner, and entertained Uncle W. and Willy; Uncle W. agog upon perversions;
18Oct1875, Willy Gladstone Brings New Wife Home – ..in good time for the arrival of Mr. and Hon. Mrs. W. H. Gladstone! The carriage, drawn by men from the top of the village, and surrounded and pursued by cheers, came opposite us in due course, and it would be hard to say which of the two beaming faces were most good to look at! I always did think Willy’s face beautiful, especially with his bright embellishing smile; and she! she’s a fair noble creature that all Hawarden will be proud of.
06May1877, Gladstone Speech after Pandemonium – The House filling by degrees—the half-hearted cheers warming up—the silent and disgusted Radicals gradually joining—and at last, united enthusiasm. The Willy’s, Charles, F., and I went home straight to dinner (at 10!)
28Oct1880, Suspension of Habeas Corpus – they talk no end over old recollections, and Sir T. is also great audience to the trees and walks, which Uncle W. is particularly high gee over just now, having delightful new walks, laid out by Willy in the park, and Boobery wood to show off.

 

Glyn, George Grenfell, 2nd Baron Wolverton
05Aug1873, Thickening of Ministerial Plot – Thank goodness F. was able de refuser l’offre d’être “fouet” en place de G. G. G. [FM: George Grenfell Glyn, the then Whip ; afterwards 2nd Baron Wolverton.], chose qui lui serait insupportable et pour moi un supplice.
08Dec1879, Gladstone a Little Elated – One evening (Gladstone) begged F. and Ld. Wolverton to come and have a talk about commercial matters, a propos of the vamped-up “protection” craze that is on just now

 

Glynn, Reverend Henry (Uncle Henry)
14May1862, One Was Amused – a pleasant ride with Agnes and Uncle Henry at 12 1/2, when Rotten Row is at its fullest
10Feb1866, Religion-that-will-suit-all-creeds – I sponged a dinner at the G.’s, where were Glynne uncles ; the Rev. one high gee Convocation, as is his wont!

 

Glynn, Lavinia (née Lyttelton) (sister of George, 4th Baron)
16Oct1865, A Visit to Castle Howard – Castle Howard of which I have heard so much especially since Lord Carlisle’s death… His life seems to have been one of those that gilds all the lives among which it is cast, as Mamma’s and Aunt Lavinia’s did.

 

Glynn, Mary (née Neville) (dau: 2nd Baron Braybrooke) (her mother’s mother)
Grandmamma – memories of both of her grandmothers

 

Glynn, Sir Stephen Richard, 9th Baronet Glynne (Uncle Stephen)
01Apr1862, Odd party at dinner – Uncle Stephen seems very well, has been making out a list of all the old churches he has seen in England : 250 in Kent alone!
09Mar1864, Jowett’s Greek Professorship – Uncle Stephen went to Oxford yesterday, to vote in favour of Jowett’s Greek Professorship having its salary raised, as has been done with all the others
29May1868, Charles Reelected – Blue placards and “Lyttelton for ever” stuck about ; and a polling-booth at the signpost…About 4 turned up Uncle Stephen, who had been voting all straight at Droitwich.

 

Godley, John Arthur, 1st Baron Kilbracken
19Apr1880, Gladstone Prime Minister Again – We were dining with the Henry Grenfells on Friday, and Arthur Godley was there, to whom arrived in the middle of dinner the most graceful little letter in the world from Ld. Granville, releasing him from his secretary duties, and setting him free for his old post as Uncle W.’s secretary. Arthur Godley much moved. The announcement was what first announced to us who was Prime Minister.
26Jul1880, Gladstone falls ill – Arthur Godley saw him and he said, “0, I am quite right again — I have slept 10 hrs.” But about noon shivering fits seized him while Ld. Rd. Grosvenor was with him.
02Aug1880, Gladstone Convalescent – Wednesday morning he insisted on seeing A. Godley and dictating a letter to Ld. Granville on the Irish Disturbance Bill (which was thrown out by the Lords on Tues. by an unheard-of majority, including 60 Liberals ! 51 was the minority).

 

Godley, John Robert
16Nov1863, Godley’s Letters From America – I am reading Mr. Godley’s letters to Mr. Adderley with gt interest

 

Godley, Lady Sarina (née James)
26May1863, Smiling Loveliness – Sarina [FN: Sarina James, daughter of 1st Lord Northbourne : afterwards wife of Sir Arthur Godley, created Lord Kilbracken in 1909.] and I with the little boys had a charming walk thro’ Wickberry wood and over the obelisk hill
25Aug1871, Sarina James Engaged to A. Godley – Bolton – Sarina James is engaged to be married to Arthur Godley [FN: Afterwards Mr. Gladstone's private secretary ; and now Lord Kilbracken.], son of Papa’s dear old friend, and a brilliantly clever, delightful fellow.

 

Goschen, George, 1st Viscount Goschen
22Jun1865, Alice Arbuthnot Killed by Lightening – We went to one of Uncle William’s man breakfasts, where we met the Duke and Duchess of Argyll, the Duke of Brabant, Mr. Goschen (a young M.P. whose abilities are much thought of)
11Jan1866, Goschen and Peel Promoted – There is good deal of talk about Mr. Goschen being made something of the Duchy of Lancaster, unbeknown to Lord Russell’s colleagues, and not having had time to do much to deserve it.
16Feb1870, The Poverty of London – I talked a little to Mr. Goschen. Johnny had asked him a question about the poverty of London in the House, “if his attention had been called to it,” and poor Mr. Goschen answered that you might as well ask a man engaged in a terrible struggle whether his attention had been called to the fact that he had an enemy in front of him.

 

Gough, Frederick, 4th Baron Calthorpe

 

Governess, see Servants, Governesses, Schooling

 

Gower, Lord Ronald (son of 2nd Duke of Sutherland)
04Jun1862, Kensington Museum – a handsome, fair, pleasant-mannered boy of 15 [FN: afterwards a well-known social figure and dilettante of art and letters]

 

Graham, Lady Hermione
15Jun1859, A Torrent of People – We daundered over her lovely little children

 

Graham, Misses (daughters of Sir James)
24Jun1859, Those Old Times – dear pretty little Miss Graham, of happy Escrick memory
29Jun1859, Our First Queen’s Ball – was extremely pleasant, as we are getting to like them both very much

 

Graham, James Robert George, 2nd Baronet
31Dec1861, Saddened Year is Past – Then the death of the Duchess of Kent, the great fire, the deaths of Lord Herbert, Sir J. Graham, Cavour; the Indian famine; the death of Lady Canning, and finally of the Prince

 

Graham, William, Liberal MP for Glasgow
06Feb1866, The Queen Opens Parliament – Mr. Graham, the seconder, was very successful, and a good deal the most fluent.

 

Grant, Sir John Peterk, Governor of Jamaica
08Dec1871, A Coffee Plantation – Craigton – Capt. L. rode with us to Middleton, a coffee plantation of the Duke of Buckingham’s, and we saw the clean, pleasant process of preparing the berry. The Governor is very fond of his garden, and showed off an Amherstia with great pride ; the only one he has got to grow here.
12Dec1871, A Day at the Races – Came down with the Governor to Kingston for the races ; rather funny my seeing my 1st race in Jamaica !..Good old Capt. Cooper and his sister gave us a handsome luncheon. We were surprised at the absence of anything like state ; but Sir J. can’t abide it ; he drove into the town in the usual rattletrap, buggy-like carriage and there was no reception ; only the band struck up “God save the Queen” as he walked out of the stand.

 

Grant, Sibylla Sophia (dau. of Sir Robert Grant, m: Granville Richard Ryder)
19Mar1864, Sibyl Grant’s Wedding – I being in waiting, failing 2 absent ones, stood on the steps of the Throne, just behind the fat backs of the Dss. of Cambridge and Prss. Mary

 

Granville, Earldom of, Leveson-Gower

 

Granny, see Lyttelton, Lady Sarah Spencer

 

Gray, Robert, Bishop of Cape Town
20Mar1865, Bishop Gray and Bishop Colenso – most bewildering facts : viz. that the colonial Bishops (except in Crown Colonies) are not in legal possession of their sees, the Queen having arbitrarily granted them patents

 

Grenfell, Constance Isabella
26Nov1878, Guests at Chatsworth – Very pleasant week; arrived Georgy Grenfell, and daughters: Lina is a dear little chum of mine, and Constance, just grown up…Mintos with their very taking son Arthur…old Richmond, excellent company always. He and “Dicky Doyle” very good fun going over the Sketches together…Dufferins: a great break to see them…

 

Grenfell, Caroline Georgiana (Lena)
16Mar1873, A Cabinet Council on Holyday – Georgey Grenfell came to dinner with Lena, who sang delightfully. After dinner came despatches from Windsor, including a long letter from Dizzy to H.M. definitely backing out.
26Nov1878, Guests at Chatsworth – Very pleasant week; arrived Georgy Grenfell, and daughters: Lina is a dear little chum of mine, and Constance, just grown up…Mintos with their very taking son Arthur…old Richmond, excellent company always. He and “Dicky Doyle” very good fun going over the Sketches together…Dufferins: a great break to see them…

 

Grenfell, Ethel (née Fane) (m: William Henry Grenfell, 1st and last Baron Desborough)
18Jun1881, Dear Little Ethel Fane – Made great acquaintance with the dear little body Ethel Fane,[FN: Now Lady Desborough] aged 14, Henry Cowper’s orphan niece. She has her mother’s pretty dark eyes. We had no end of topics in common, being equal lovers of Miss Yonge, and I did enjoy the little body’s intense enthusiasm and great discernment, coupled with very pretty modesty.

 

Grenfell, Georgiana Caroline (Georgey) (née Lascelles)
16Mar1873, A Cabinet Council on Holyday – Georgey Grenfell came to dinner with Lena, who sang delightfully. After dinner came despatches from Windsor, including a long letter from Dizzy to H.M. definitely backing out.
26Nov1878, Guests at Chatsworth – Very pleasant week; arrived Georgy Grenfell, and daughters: Lina is a dear little chum of mine, and Constance, just grown up…Mintos with their very taking son Arthur…old Richmond, excellent company always. He and “Dicky Doyle” very good fun going over the Sketches together…Dufferins: a great break to see them…

 

Grenfell, William Henry, 1st and last Baron Desborough
10Mar1879, Fire at Granville’s – Mary and I went off to luncheon with Willy Grenfell [FN: Now Lord Desborough.]. Poor fellow, he has overstrained his heart rowing, and has had to give up both it and reading for honours. How one would grudge the latter! especially as he is clever….

 

Greville Memoirs
09Dec1874, Prince George and the Greville Memoirs – H.R.H. is very good-natured and jovial, nudging and patting his neighbours, and putting his nose in their ears: he looks 70, which is a pity, at 55. He declaims about Bismarck and the Pope, and lets fly at the “Greville Memoirs” which are just out. No wonder!

 

Grey, Elizabeth Dorothy Anne Georgiana (née Howard) (sister to Lord F’s mother)
02Oct1876, Gladstone and the Eastern Matter – we became gradually aware of cheers, and at last took it into our heads to guess what was up; rushed to the N. front, and sure enough, there was the omnibus containing the W.E.G.s being dragged up to the door by a multitude of men; with Aunt Lizzy and dear old Bob (kindly asked over from Escrick) sharing the honours, and no doubt sadly conscious of their extra weight.

 

Grey, George, 2nd Baronet of Fallondon
01May1865, Commons and Lords Discuss the Murder – heard Sir George Grey move, and Dizzy second, both in very good, suitable speeches, a resolution of sympathy with the United States.
26Jul1866, Hyde Park Riots – All London talks about the Hyde Park riots… and the last Government (in the person of Sir G. Grey) having declared they would not allow the meeting in Hyde Park is a fact that ought to have made the Conservatives take the opposite course.
20Mar1869, Another Subject – Dined with the Bruces ; I was luckily placed between him and Sir G. Grey. Mr. B.[FN: Afterwards 1st Lord Aberdare.] said there was only 1 subject on which Uncle W. did not seem well up and interested, viz., National Education!! A large one.

 

Grey, Henry, 3rd Earl Grey
17Jun1869, Irish Church Bill Second Reading – They are debating upon the second reading of the Irish Church Bill, and we heard the Bp. of Peterborough (Magee) speak splendidly…We also heard Ld. Grey ; it was good but difficult to hear ; he is a “leveller-up.”
22Jul1869, Matters are All Arranged – The political thunderstorm has entirely cleared the air ! Matters are all arranged by certain small concessions on the part of the Govt. and much repentance on the part of the Lords ; Lord Cairns amenable, Lord Grey apologetic!!! And so the great measure of justice is passed.

 

Grey de Wilton, Lord
14Oct1873, A Bit of Spitting by Dizzy – ..Another Govt. victory at Taunton; this little turn of the tide is perhaps to be attributed to an extraordinary bit of spitting on the part of Dizzy, who has written a letter (for publication) to Ld. Grey de Wilton savagely calling the Govt. names..

 

Grisi, Giulia, soprano
02Jul1863, A Northern Yankee – Beautiful select concert at the Aumales’… tho’ Grisi’s voice is much gone, and Mario’s high notes a little strained sometimes, it was glorious.

 

Grosvenor, Constance Gertrude (née Leveson-Gower) (m: 1st Duke of Westminster)
15Dec1880, At Windsor With the Queen – The Queen was full of interest and affectionate sympathy about Constance Westminster, [FN: Daughter of the 2nd Duke of Sutherland and 1st wife of the 1st Duke of Westminster. She was a first cousin of Lord Frederick Cavendish. She died a few days later.] who is dying. Sent down to Ly. Waterpark Thursday morning a very hopeless account from Sibell Grosvenor.

 

Grosvenor, Hugh Lupus, 1st Duke of Westminster (Lord Grosvenor until 1874)
27Apr1863, Princess’s wedding gifts – such luxurious splendour their house is full of ; it looked like fairy-land
16Jul1863, Last Clever Breakfast – Mary and Maud Herbert came to see. Gladstones to a tiny dance at the Grosvenors’
12Apr1866, Speeches at the House – Lord Grosvenor moved his amendment, and was seconded by Lord Stanley. I could hear little of either as Ld. G.’s voice is weak and low, and Lord S. tumbles over his tongue in an odd way ; but I believe Lord S.’s speech was very effective.
18Apr1866, Whigs and Tories Inter-marry? – Who should come to luncheon but Ld. Grosvenor? He told us his boy Belgrave (14 or 15 years old) asked him, “Do Whigs and Tories ever inter-marry?”
17Nov1869, Westminster Leaves the Oddest Will – Old Lord Westminster is dead (some time ago), leaving the oddest will : one place to the Shaw-Stewarts, another to Lord Dicky, after his mother’s death, who has besides the whole of the personalty. Lord Grosvenor is immeasurably rich, but probably short of ready money.
28Oct1872, Building Eaton Hall – F. and I rode to Eaton [FN: The Duke of Westminster was then building Eaton Hall.] to see the Westminsters who took us all over the house and grounds, still in chaos of scaffolding
15Mar1873, Uncle W. Gives an Ivory Madonna – We came to Cliveden, with the W. E. G.’s (he walking to Paddington), Mazy, the Dss. of Argyll, and Mr. Leveson. Uncle W. has given me a little ivory Madonna he picked up on his way to the station, in a shop! I told him it was highly compromising and Ultramontane.
06Nov1881, The Comfort of his Life – Sibell Grosvenor and Bibi Cavendish did the honours; the Duke we only saw for a minute. Sibell a most engaging creature, and the comfort of his life: her poor husband gets worse rather than better. She has 2 blooming pretty little girls; but the poor tiny boy is a sad sight; so inanimate and waxen, tho’ nothing ostensibly wrong.
19Mar1882, A Darby and Joan Afternoon – We suspected nothing (who would have thought such a thing likely!), but heard afterwards that the Duke and Katie Cavendish settled after morning Church to marry each other. 32 years between them!… But he is so delightful, that I don’t wonder at Katie. I set my cap at him myself and altogether showed marked want of tact.

 

Grosvenor, Richard, 2nd Marquess of Westminster (Old Lord Westminster)
17Nov1869, Westminster Leaves the Oddest Will – Old Lord Westminster is dead (some time ago), leaving the oddest will : one place to the Shaw-Stewarts, another to Lord Dicky, after his mother’s death, who has besides the whole of the personalty. Lord Grosvenor is immeasurably rich, but probably short of ready money.

 

Grosvenor, Richard de Aquila, 1st Baron Stalbridge (Lord Dicky, brother of Lord Grosvenor and Octavia Shaw-Stewart)
17Nov1869, Westminster Leaves the Oddest Will – Old Lord Westminster is dead (some time ago), leaving the oddest will : one place to the Shaw-Stewarts, another to Lord Dicky, after his mother’s death, who has besides the whole of the personalty. Lord Grosvenor is immeasurably rich, but probably short of ready money.
26Jul1880, Gladstone falls ill – Arthur Godley saw him and he said, “0, I am quite right again — I have slept 10 hrs.” But about noon shivering fits seized him while Ld. Rd. Grosvenor was with him.
31Jan1881, Parliament and the Irish – and the rebellious M.P. finally to be marched off, we should have probably spent the next fortnight at the job of getting rid of the whole brigade. But luckily, after the 4th performance, the whole lot were demented enough to refuse to leave the House en masse for the division, upon which Dick Grosvenor solemnly reported to the Speaker that he was unable to clear the House.

 

Grosvenor, Sibell Mary (née Lumley) (m: Victor Alexander Grosvenor, Earl Grosvenor)
06Nov1881, The Comfort of his Life – Sibell Grosvenor and Bibi Cavendish did the honours; the Duke we only saw for a minute. Sibell a most engaging creature, and the comfort of his life: her poor husband gets worse rather than better. She has 2 blooming pretty little girls; but the poor tiny boy is a sad sight; so inanimate and waxen, tho’ nothing ostensibly wrong.

 

Grosvenor, Victor, Earl Grosvenor (Lord Belgrave) (son of 1st Duke Wesminster, father of 2nd)
27Apr1863, Princess’s wedding gifts – Saw their eldest children, Lord Belgrave, a fine fellow of ten, very tall, and a little like Cousin Ebbett!
18Apr1866, Whigs and Tories Inter-marry? – Who should come to luncheon but Ld. Grosvenor? He told us his boy Belgrave (14 or 15 years old) asked him, “Do Whigs and Tories ever inter-marry?”

 

Gustaf V of Sweden
08Jul1879, Without the Notorious Woman – We dined at the Archbishop of York’s, meeting a very pleasing young Crown Prince of Sweden. Curious to see a Bernadotte still firm in Royal position, when the Napoleons are so overthrown…

 

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Haden, Francis Seymour
24Nov1879, Short Supply of Young Ladies – Seymour Hadens [FN: Sir Seymour Haden, the etcher, advocated a particular method of burial.] and daughter—he the great etcher and wicker-coffin man, and very agreeable, girl clever.

 

Hair, see Clothing and Hair

 

Halifax, barony of, see Crossley

 

Halifax, viscountency of, see Wood

 

Hamilton, George Francis
28Jul1877, Ld. and Ly. George Hamilton – St. George’s Hill – To St. George’s Hill, where we met Ld. and Ly. George Hamilton. Ld. G. looks like a pretty boy about 20, with very bright eyes and plenty to say; he is, however, a good deal more than that, does uncommonly well in his office, and I daresay will get to the top of the tree. She is pleasing; and they are both most agreeable when away from each other, as their take E is to refer to each other incessantly, being regular married lovers.

 

Hamilton, Maud Caroline (née Lascelles) (m: Rt. Hon. Lord Sir George Francis Hamilton)
28Jul1877, Ld. and Ly. George Hamilton – St. George’s Hill – To St. George’s Hill, where we met Ld. and Ly. George Hamilton. Ld. G. looks like a pretty boy about 20, with very bright eyes and plenty to say; he is, however, a good deal more than that, does uncommonly well in his office, and I daresay will get to the top of the tree. She is pleasing; and they are both most agreeable when away from each other, as their take E is to refer to each other incessantly, being regular married lovers.
16Feb1881, Still Dislikes Matthew Arnold – Thurs., 17th. P.M.W. at Ly. Geo. Hamilton’s. Drum in Gt. Geo. St. Drum at Ly. Reay’s, where I saw Alfred who said such a warm, loving word of thanks for my letter.

 

Hamilton, Walter Kerr
25Feb1864, A Decision by the Privy Council – 2 writers in the “Essays and Reviews,” whom the Bp. of Salisbury and another indicted before it. Some think the decision of terrible consequence

 

Hamilton, William Alexander Archibald, 11th Duke of Hamilton and 8th Duke of Brandon
17Jun1863, Sleeping on the Floor – the Christ Ch. ball. I was asked to dance by Lords Hamilton and Adair, Messrs. Parker, Warren, Wood, innom
16Jul1863, Last Clever Breakfast – The Duke of Hamilton has died of congestion of the brain from a fall downstairs

 

Hamilton-Gordon, Ishbel Maria (née Marjoribanks), Marchioness of Aberdeen and Temair
11Jun1877, Women’s Party at Chiswick – we had a most successful afternoon at Chiswick, which the Duke let us have for a Limehouse party — Ishbel Marjoribanks’s first supplemental work. She and I and Helen and two Talbot girls drove down, and the intense enjoyment of the mothers was delightful to see-100 of them in the lovely garden.

 

Hamilton-Gordon, John Campbell, 1st Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair
28Jun1880, Gladstone Rests at a Villa – Saturday the 3rd the House sat till Sunday morning, but Uncle W. got off in the evening, and drove down with Auntie P. to a villa Ld. Aberdeen has taken for the summer — Littleburys, Mill Hill, beyond Barnet. F. and I joined them there, driving down deliciously to church on Sunday morning…

 

Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, Frederick Temple, 1st Marquess of Dufferin and Ava (Lord Dufferin)
07Feb1862, Hair amazingly done up – Ld. Dufferin’s speech moving the Address, beautiful and overpowering, as far of it as related to the Prince
30May1862, House of Lords – hardly any quite young man, except the D. of St. Albans and Lord Dufferin — the latter isn’t quite young
04Mar1872, The Course of Events Like a Drama – Dinner at Dow. Ly. Cowper’s. Dufferins, young Cowpers, Evelyn Ashley (his wife at Menton for her health)
07Feb1866, Cavendish to the War Office – Cavendish has gained a well-deserved character for hard work and knowledge of his business as Under Secretary. Lord Dufferin succeeds him.
26Nov1878, Guests at Chatsworth – Very pleasant week; arrived Georgy Grenfell, and daughters: Lina is a dear little chum of mine, and Constance, just grown up…Mintos with their very taking son Arthur…old Richmond, excellent company always. He and “Dicky Doyle” very good fun going over the Sketches together…Dufferins: a great break to see them…

 

Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, Hariot Georgina (née Rowan-Hamilton) Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava (Lady Dufferin)
15Jun1863, Meeting Howard and Jowett – Ly. Dufferin has a gentle, winning countenance and manner, but is not pretty
07Dec1865, A Meeting at Idle – I am in love with Ly. Dalkeith, and bewitched with Ly. Dufferin. We came here (the Fairbairns) for a Mechanics’ Institute meeting at Idle
24Mar1871, Ly. Dufferin at Ly. Cowper’s – Took my old May to Lady Cowper’s , which it was nice to do : Ly. Dufferin was there, a lovely sight, in a gown of old chocolate and gold brocade over a blue quilted petticoat.
26Nov1878, Guests at Chatsworth – Very pleasant week; arrived Georgy Grenfell, and daughters: Lina is a dear little chum of mine, and Constance, just grown up…Mintos with their very taking son Arthur…old Richmond, excellent company always. He and “Dicky Doyle” very good fun going over the Sketches together…Dufferins: a great break to see them…

 

Hampden, vicountancy of, see Brand

 

Hankey, Thomson, merchant, banker, politician
01Dec1879, No End of Luxury – To Wentworth, where we met Thompson Hankeys, agreeable old birds, Ly. Gwendolen Ramsden, a die-away dull woman, like an old Indian, and her very handsome niece Hilda Graham.

 

Harcourt, William George Granville Venables Vernon
13Jun1863, America: North vs South – who 4 months ago lost his young wife in her 2nd confinement
23Feb1872, A Strange Will and Gov. Eyre – Mr. Harcourt “posing as tribune of the roughs,” and the lot amongst them getting sad rises out of the Prime Minister, who never will learn
25Jul1871, Rather She Than I – To Wrest this evening ; find Lady Cowper, Florence, and Annabel ; Florence engaged to Auberon Herbert (rather she than I !). Mr. Newton of the British Museum ; Mr. W. Harcourt, as disagreeable and sardonic as usual.
27May1873, Harcourt Cynical and Unprincipled – Dined with Sir Harcourt Johnstone, meeting Wenlocks and various folk ; Mr. W. Harcourt was there, as cynical and unprincipled in talk as may be! The most pleasing thing he had to say was that Cavendish was the only member of the Govt. who had common sense : “He’s the leader for me.”
06Aug1874, Floods of Butter Over Dizzy – Sir W. Harcourt was so insufferably insolent to his late chief, that he, at last, after long patience on the part of Uncle W., caught it uncommonly hot from him! and the House seems to have been delighted thereat…To make his speech still nicer, Sir W. poured floods of butter over Dizzy,
13Jan1879, A Brilliant Attack – Sir W. Harcourt has made a brilliant attack on the Government’s Eastern policy at Oxford; the pity is one can’t believe in him: he has neither principles nor convictions.
03May1880, Gladstone’s Austria Attack – Sir W. Harcourt (Home Secretary) defeated at Oxford on his taking office! It looks bad, but is, I believe, purely a personal matter; his overbearing ways are not popular there, the Church party owe him a well-deserved grudge for his doings anent the effete “Public Worship Bill” when he came the glorious Protestant over everybody.
31Jan1881, Parliament and the Irish – We came across Sir Bow-wow Harcourt and Cavendish by Westminster Hall in high feather, Sir Bow-wow saying that it was the 1st time in history that Cavendish had been known to be in bed at 1, and then he was pulled out of it! F. went to bed, but had to be back by 12.
03Oct1881, New Marvel: A Telephone – Also came Mr. Goldwin Smith, and later in the week, Sir Bow-wow Harcourt (fresh from good big bow-wow speeches at Carlisle), wife and son; and Sir Ralph Lingen, whom F. brought with him from Ireland, whither he flew on Wednesday for 2 nights.

 

Hardwicke, Lady
16Jun1859, Worth Coming to London – Ly. Agneta Yorke and Ly. Hardwicke, who sung together with a power and pathos beyond description

 

Hardy, Gathorne Gathorne-Hardy, 1st Earl of Cranbrook
14Jul1865, Polling for Oxford – The Oxford polling has begun; Uncle W. a little below Hardy, but only a few hundred votes are yet polled. It is frightfully close. My poor Fred had the speechums a little.
18Jul1865, Uncle William Not Returned – Gathorne Hardy, a good, respectable, slow-coach Conservative, comes in with Sir W. Heathcote, who heads the poll by a great deal.
12Apr1867, Breakup of the Liberal Party – The debate [FN: On Mr. Gladstone's Amendment to Disraeli's Reform Bill.] lasted till 2. Mr. Hardy spoke vigorously and appeared in earnest, but it is in a sense entirely new to him. Mr. Forster was striking, downright and manly, which did one good.
23Feb1872, A Strange Will and Gov. Eyre – Mr. Hardy rather inexcusably leading off with sharp party accusations
25Mar1878, A General Mad Hatter’s Tea-party – Ld. Salisbury succeeds Ld. Derby, Mr. Hardy goes to the Lords, and is succeeded at the War Office by Col. Stanley (very skilful of Dizzy, to keep on good terms with the Stanleys!), and there is a general Mad Hatter’s Tea-party — everybody moving up (or down) one.
29Apr1878, A “Jingo” Speech – Mr. Hardy has made a blustering “jingo” speech. (N.B. this elegant expression is derived from a war-song of period…) Bright has retorted upon him at a great Manchester peace-meeting in a fine speech full of fire; but too much from the Quaker point of view.
15Jul1878, Parliament and Princesses – Hereupon Ld. Cranbrook was heard to exclaim, “That’s the biggest lie I ever heard”; and Lord Salisbury deliberately (for Ld. Derby’s speech lasted a good while after this statement) denies the fact;

 

Hatherton, Lady
08May1862, Lack of Young Men – Teddesley – Ly. Hatherton has been particularly kind to me, and everybody so much more agreeable than young men generally, for the lack of whom host and hostess have been anxiously apologising to me.

 

Harrington, a Southern American
26Feb1864, Made Southerners of Us All – Though he has been a slaveholder himself, he wd not defend the institution of slavery, and said he believed the war wd do good in leading to gradual emancipation

 

Harrington, Lady
14May1862, One Was Amused – Dull concert at Ly. Harrington’s, I mean the music was dull : one was amused somehow

 

Hartington, Lord, See Cavendish, Spencer

 

Haweis, Mr.
17Nov1872, Memoirs of Baron Stockmar …a clever preacher beginning to be famous

 

Heathcote, Sir William, 5th Baronet
18Jul1865, Uncle William Not Returned – Gathorne Hardy, a good, respectable, slow-coach Conservative, comes in with Sir W. Heathcote, who heads the poll by a great deal.
18Mar1867, Household Suffrage – Sir W. Heathcote and others spoke against the Bill, and it is supposed not to have a chance. Never shall I forget the fire and scorn and vehemence of Uncle W.’s speech

 

Heathcote, Mr.
29May1868, Charles Reelected – Willy and Mr. Heathcote came at 5, with cheery accounts, and Uncle Spencer came at 8, announcing VICTORY. Charles and F. followed shortly in a waggonette, pursued by 2 costermongers’ carts at full speed, and a rout of dirty little boys, ooray, singing, tin kettles

 

Helbert, Mrs.
03Jul1872, Entertaining the Hospital Nurses – London – Atie. P. and I spent the day at Seymour Court near Marlow, where Mrs. Helbert and her darling children helped us to entertain 25 of the L. Hospital nurses. The day much spoilt by our sad anxiety over poor Mrs. H. herself, who was in terrible danger of joining the Ch. of Rome

 

Princess Helena (dau: Queen Victoria)
13Jan1864, Queen Causes General Acceleration – unknown men cropping up in the corridor, and all the blazing liveries bursting out. I saw Prss. Helena, but no one else.
14Jan1864, Die Or Go Out of Her Mind – Her manner is like one who has thought and done too much for her age, and been a comforter when others are only thinking of being merry-makers.
07May1864, Poor Princess Helena – I am much distressed about poor Prss. Helena who is cruelly overworked, the Queen having no notion how her mind and body are strained, and indeed having no one to take her place.
08May1864, No Chaperon, Heathenish – Prss. Helena sent for me to play battledore and shuttlecock and we walked abt the house together.
10May1864, Shoppums Finds Lockets for the Bridesmaids – I went off to London by the 9.10 train; got Miss Sewell’s “Preparation for the Holy Communion” for Princess Helena
11May1864, The Queen’s Second Court – Slept at Buckingham Palace, attending on Princess Helena.
12May1864, My Last Regal Journey – Breakfasted with Prss. Helena and Co. and then got leave to go to Carlton Terrace.
13May1864, Good-byes are Sad Matters – Then came good-byes to the Princesses, with whom was the Prss. of Wales playing a duet with Prss. Helena.
10Mar1865, St. Anne’s Mission and Diamonds on My Head – to a ball at Marlborough House, where the Princess of Wales looked lovely. I saw my dear Princess Helena, but not to speak to, also Princess Louise and many Court friends.
18May1865, Princess Helena Holds a Drawing-room – Princess Helena held the Drawing-room for the Queen, who has held 5 “Courts” this year, but is a little perverse (I must use the word) in refusing to hold Drawing-rooms, which are much less exertion.
06Jun1865, Eddy Visits the Queen – Eddy came, looking very bright and dear: says the Queen and Princess Helena have been very kind and cordial; but the poor Queen says, as soon as anyone thoroughly suits and pleases her, she marries!
22Feb1866, Funds for Princess Helena – He did it well, speaking of what Princess Helena had been to the Queen, which I know something of. She is to have £6,000 a year, and £30,000 down, which is rather stingy, considering how poor her marriage is
13Mar1866, To Marlborough House – F. shirked Marlborough House ball in the coolest way, not to miss the debate; but I went, and curtseyed to the Princess of Wales and Princess Helena: the latter looks as happy as a queen.
05Jul1866, Some Civilities for the King of the Belgians – to M. Van de Weyer’s, wishing to set some civilities on foot for the King of the Belgians, who has come for Pss. Helena’s marriage, and is not only quartered at an hotel, which is the poor Queen’s way now, but left without even a Royal carriage.
27May1867, Royal Babies – I believe I have never mentioned Princess Helena’s son, who is just christened Christian Victor : it sounds like “Pilgrim’s Progress”
17Apr1869, Getting the Queen Out of Isolation – I had a long sit, first with Princess Helena, then with both her and her husband. She sent for her two children : the little 2-year-old a very pretty, attractive dot, the baby magnificent, but plain. It’s nice to see such complete Darby and Joan happiness. I screwed up my courage, and when the Princess began upon the subject, I talked about the great desirability of the Queen’s being near London during as much as may be of the session…Princess Helena said she believed it was a thing the Prime Minister could speak to the Queen about, but that he had far better put it plainly upon her duty as head of affairs, and, above all, not use the “People say” argument, which, she said, “exasperates Mamma.”
26Jun1881, A Favoured and Petted Prince – Wellington College – Heard about Prince Chrstian’s eldest boy, who is here; seems a nice, well-disposed, lively fellow, but having been favoured and petted at his 1st school is terribly ill-grounded and inattentive. He is on just the same footing as the others, except that he must not be flogged and this greatly bothers his tutor.

 

Herbert, Auberon Edward William Molyneux
25Jul1871, Rather She Than I – To Wrest this evening ; find Lady Cowper, Florence, and Annabel ; Florence engaged to Auberon Herbert (rather she than I !).
25Feb1878, A Ducking in the Serpentine – On getting back to London we heard how the “Peace meeting” in Hyde Park, a very foolish, hot-headed performance of Auberon Herbert’s and Bradlaugh’s, called together on a Sunday as if on purpose to exclude all the respectable mass of working-men, had turned out the failure that might have been expected.
18Jun1881, Dear Little Ethel Fane – The odd couple, Auberon Herbert and his wife, are here, with 3 very taking children and a baby. Auberon less of a bore than as I remember him 100 years ago buttonholing Uncle W. at Hawarden

 

Herbert, Elizabeth Herbert, (née Ashe à Court-Repington) Baroness Herbert of Lea
17Apr1865, American War to be Ended – Neville knows Lord Pembroke a little, and thinks him clever, and likely to be firm ; but he is hardly 15.
22Jan1867, Lady Herbert’s Impressions of Spain – Finished a silly book upon Spain by Lady Herbert, chiefly filled with eulogies upon the state of religion there, which I suppose is about the most degraded in Christendom, Romanism having overlaid nearly all pure Catholicism.

 

Herbert, Evelyn (née Stanhope) (m: 4th Earl of Carnarvon)
20Oct1878, A War With Afghanistan – At Highclere found Ld. Carnavon… the youngest, at whose birth Ly. Carnarvon died, only 31/2…Morning church at the nice little new church, with a beautiful memorial window to Lady Carnarvon.

 

Herbert, Florence Amabell (née Cowper)
25Jul1871, Rather She Than I – To Wrest this evening ; find Lady Cowper, Florence, and Annabel ; Florence engaged to Auberon Herbert (rather she than I !).

 

Herbert, George, 13th Earl of Pembroke (son of Lord Sidney Herbert)
17Apr1865, American War to be Ended – the bad bit of news that Lady Herbert has gone over to the Church of Rome ; announcing it at last after more than a year of sham

 

Herbert, Henry Howard Molyneux, 4th Earl of Carnarvon
17May1862, Amusing Squash – saw Ld. and Ly. Carnarvon. Oh dear! why do I begin going thro’ the names?
30May1862, House of Lords – heard Ld. Carnarvon in a brilliant sort of speech “pitch into” Uncle W.’s financial policy
18Feb1878, A New Craze Called a Telephone – Ld. Carnarvon was most agreeable. He said not a word of his personal concerns, and I don’t think even mentioned any of his late colleagues; but spoke very frankly upon the E.Q., speaking strongly against the war-cries of the moment…”Surely (the Queen) might be allowed to give her own opinion to her Ministers,” all he would say was, in his little cat-voice, “I think the less she does the better” !
30Sep1878, A Visit to Saltaire – Next day, in spite of pitiless rain, Titus took us and Ld. Carnavon over the magnificent Saltaire schools. I never dreamt of anything on such a scale. He is especially proud of the Board Schools, which consist of Kindergarten and a great Mixed School…
20Oct1878, A War With Afghanistan – At Highclere found Ld. Carnavon and a little sickly, gentle, faded, old-maid sister, Ly. Gwendolen, Ld. Bath, Mr. Watson, and Mr. Rowsell of the Admiralty. A nice little daughter [FN: Now Lady Burghclere] of 15, with intelligent brown eyes and arched eyebrows, came down shyly to pour out the tea.
28Oct1878, Tales of Learning – At breakfast Lord Carnavon told us his brother Alan in his young days, wishing to learn to swim, was dropped overboard in deep water; went to the bottom, was fished up, and immediately said he would try again; and so proceeded till he learnt to swim.

 

Herbert, Margaret
28Oct1878, Tales of Learning – Went early on Mon. morning to hear Miss Graves teach little Margaret Herbert arithmetic by the new “Sonnenschein” system. It wonderfully familiarizes a child with all the simple rules, including fractions, at once !…At breakfast Lord Carnavon told us his brother Alan in his young days, wishing to learn to swim, was dropped overboard in deep water; went to the bottom, was fished up, and immediately said he would try again

 

Herbert, Sidney, 1st Baron Herbert of Lea (second son of 11th Earl of Pembroke)
31Dec1861, Saddened Year is Past – the deaths of Lord Herbert, Sir J. Graham, Cavour ; the Indian famine ; the death of Lady Canning, and finally of the Prince
22Jan1867, Lady Herbert’s Impressions of Spain – It aggravates me much ; for one who spent 40 years of her life in communion with our own Church, with Sidney Herbert for her husband, and the Bishop of Salisbury for her friend, and who, if she isn’t quite a fool (which she isn’t) must know something of the devotion and piety and zeal

 

Herbert, Maude, See Parry, Maude

 

Herbert, the painter
09Apr1864, Viewing Herbert’s Painting with Lord F. – Atie. P. went with Ld. F. and me to see a fine fresco of Moses showing the Tables of the Law, which Herbert is painting in one of the chambers of the Houses of Parliament
09May1872, Breakfast with the King of the Belgians – We bkfasted one of these days at No. 11 to meet the King of the Belgians. Herbert the painter, the most affected of men, rhapsodized in his ridiculous sham broken English abt the King’s likeness to S. Louis and Francis I. He certainly is exactly like the pictures of the latter.

 

Herbert, Winifred Anne Henrietta Christiana (m: 1st and last Baron Burghclere of Walden)
20Oct1878, A War With Afghanistan – At Highclere found Ld. Carnavon and a little sickly, gentle, faded, old-maid sister, Ly. Gwendolen, Ld. Bath, Mr. Watson, and Mr. Rowsell of the Admiralty. A nice little daughter [FN: Now Lady Burghclere] of 15, with intelligent brown eyes and arched eyebrows, came down shyly to pour out the tea.

 

Hereford, barony of see James

 

Herschel, Sir John Frederick William
25Jul1863, Willow Leaves on the Sun – is inclined to suspect may be living creatures. They are 2,000 miles long and 90 broad ; if they are beings they must be mighty dazzling Archangels indeed

 

Herschell, Farrer, 1st Baron Herschell
29Jul1879, Choate Over the Moon – Had a famous successful dinner last week, of W. E. G.’s, Eddys, Mr. Herschell [FN: Afterwards Lord Chancellor Herschell.], Bright and his daughter, to meet certain agreeable Yankee Choates,[FN: No doubt the same Mr. Choate who was afterwards American Ambassador.] who were over the moon.

 

Hervey, Lord John
28Dec1860, Capital Sliding and Skating – everyone tumbled over except Ld. Jermyn, Willy, Mr. Ryan and me ; Ld. Clarence [FN: Lord Clarence Paget] fell on his head, Mr. Layton on his cheekbone, Agnes on all-fours, Atie. P. and Selina Lascelles on their knees, the children in all directions, and Ld. John Hervey promiscuous.

 

Hervey, Lord Arthur
28Feb1868, The Flirting of Married Women – St. James’s, where Lord Arthur Hervey preached, making a lashing attack upon the state of society, the fastness and extravagance and absence of modesty in dress and manner ; the flirting of married women and all the mass of self-indulgence and pleasure-seeking.

 

Hibbert, Mrs. Washington
04Jul1859, Two Balls – Mrs. Hibbert’s was the most lovely thing I have ever seen in its way…at the top of which you could stand and see the dancing like a magic picture. A smother of flowers

 

Hicks Beach, Michael Edward, 1st Earl St Aldwyn
25Feb1873, Shot Albert’s Quondam Tutor – Went with old M. to a special Committee at the House in hopes of hearing Papa examined about Endowed Schools…

 

Hildyard, Miss
18Dec1861, Prince Albert Has Died – None knew Prince Albert better than she and Granny…

 

Hill, Octavia
04Oct18875, Jodrell, Lacaita, Doyle, Hill, Huxley, Cowper-Temple – We dined with Mr. Jodrell, meeting Sir Jas. Lacaita, Sir F. Doyle, and that excellent wonderful woman, Miss Octavia Hill, who told us much about her poor London tenants…. We dined again at Jodrells’, meeting the Huxleys; interesting. I fought the battle anti-Cowper-Temple clause:..

 

Hoare, Lady Mary
04Jul1859, Two Balls – there were not 5 people I knew ; nevertheless I danced once, with Mr. Dundas

 

Hogg, James Macnaghten McGarel Hogg, 1st Baron Magheramorne
31Jan1881, Parliament and the Irish – The effect on the House seems to have been beyond, old Tories cheering themselves purple, and Sir J. Hogg (a bitter Conservative of the Pennant type) coming up to F. and saying, “Gladstone has met us most fairly, and we will do our best to meet him.”

 

Princess Hohenlohe, Princess Feodora of Leiningen, Princess consort of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (the Queen’s half-sister)
10Jan1864, Missed Second Service – To my satisfaction, we all attended the whole service at Whippingham (except Prss. Hohenlohe) in the morning.
14Jan1864, Die Or Go Out of Her Mind – “One of two things must happen to my sister : I know her. She must either die of this, or go out of her mind.”
16Jan1864, Parkhurst Women Convicts – I rode with Prss. Louise, on Sampson. Prss. Hohenlohe is ill with a feverish cold.
20Jan1864, Dining With the Queen Again, So Sad – And she, Pr. Leiningen, and I got on cheerfully till the Queen appeared abt ¼ 9. She goes straight into the dining-room now without entering the dr. room.

 

Hohenzollern, Wilhelm Friedrich Ludwig, King of Prussia (1861 – 1888), first German Emperor (1871 – 1888)
14Jul1868, Meeting the King of Prussia – I had the privilege of seeing the King [FN: The King of Prussia] at the spring in the Curhaus ; an ugly red-nosed old gentleman.
03Sep1870, The Last of Napoleonism Forever – A telegram was sent to Cavendish, which was taken up to Thorpe Fell, with the astounding news that the Emperor has capitulated with all that is left of MacMahon’s army, viz. 80,000 men ; giving himself up to the King of Prussia. So falls the Empire, and surely with it the last of Napoleonism for ever. The skirmish at Saarbrück which began the war was on August 3rd
12Dec1870, A Very Pleasant Party – The King of Prussia has proclaimed himself (or some such ceremony) Emperor of Germany at Versailles. All very fine, but F. thinks that if Paris continues to hold out, and forces him, after all the expenditure of men and money, to raise the siege, the German States (other than Prussia), which don’t care about the Hohenzollerns, will overthrow him and go in for a republic.

 

Holden, Isaac, 1st Baronet
29Mar1880, Borough Elections – Likewise to a Confirmation on April 1st, after which we drove to call on Mrs. Craven and at Oakworth, Mr. Holden’s gorgeous house, with miles of hot-house, and a most homely body of a Missus to do the honours. Said Isaac Holden a frantic anti-Church man, but now working tooth and nail for us!

 

Holker, John
25May1878, A Death at Home – Many weighty speeches on our side. A very fine one from Uncle W. on Tuesday. He had meant to be dry and didactic, but the Attorney-Gen. (Holker) preceded him, and displayed such joints in his armour that Uncle W. changed his attack there and then (as who but he could do?)

 

Holland,Sir Henry
30Jan1873, George IV, An Abominable Man – old Sir Henry Holland… let fly upon George IV, saying he had attended his two wives, and his mistress Ly. Conyngham, the latter of whom had told him awful things of him…He also talked of Prss. Charlotte, and the lamentable job perpetrated…who bled the poor flabby-habit-ed Princess 2 or 3 times before her confinement, so that she died of exhaustion.

 

Holtzman, M.
14Jan1864, Die Or Go Out of Her Mind – I was interested all thro’ dinner talking of languages with M. Holtzmann

 

Hopkins, Ellice
01Mar1880, Ellice Hopkins and Friendless Girls – London – Went to a small meeting at the Stuart Wortleys of married ladies, to hear that wonderful woman Miss Ellice Hopkins speak of a most dreadful state of things hitherto ignored by the land—little girls from 10 to 13 years old entrapped into bad houses and sent upon the streets…
15Feb1881, Training Boys to Honour Women – to hear that wonderful woman, Miss Ellice Hopkins, speak…The main principle (never to be forgotten) that she urged, was the training boys from their very childhood to honour all women and, as they grow up, to loathe any thought of bringing any woman to shame, or helping to keep her there.

 

Hook, Walter Farquhar, Dean of Chichester
12May1873, Bishop’s Palace of Chichester – A dream of delight to my Cockney eyes was the Palace: …The Bp. a dear, kind, very episcopal old man, wife nice and homely, daughter lively. The Bp. a dear, kind, very episcopal old man, wife nice and homely, daughter lively. Poor old Dean Hook dined ; he is terribly unwieldy and infirm, and can’t sit upright. On collapsing into his chair after a prodigious business—”sic a-getting up stair”—he puffed and panted most desperately, and then broke out in a funny laugh at himself.

 

Houghton, barony of, see Milnes

 

Houses, Carriages, Buildings, House Guests, Sleeping Arrangements, Exhibitions see also Celebrations
22Dec1855, An Enchanting House – St. Leonard’s – We have an enchanting house, into which we are packed delightfully tight, as follows
17Dec1856, Plans for the Church – Hagley – the vestry and organ-room to adjoin the chancel, which is to be perfectly restored, with encaustic pave­ment, stained glass, seven steps, sedilia, and straight altar-rail
02Jan1857, Echoing With Children – Hagley – dear old house is echoing with children, the meals are the fun
07Jan1857, A Last Grand Rehearsal – in the gallery, behind the pillars, between which hangs the splendid dark red curtain, which draws not vulgarly aside, but right up
16May1857, Falconhurst, Kent – Falconhurst – a long description of the house and grounds
29Oct1857, A Fire – Hawarden – the fire-engine fizzing, roaring, rushing, spouting, drenching, a line of schoolboys passing buckets
29May1858, The Crystal Palace, Edmund Kean – London – We came in for the playing of the fountains…had delicious strawberry cream ice
29Jun1858, The Filthy Thames – Parliament sticks chloride of lime in its windows, and has stomach-aches nevertheless
28Aug1858, Arley Castle – Arley was in our family, but was given away by naughty Tom (The 2nd Lord Lyttelton)
04Nov1858, Old Saxon Architecture – Lanhydrock – Tintagel, among the scanty ruins of the Castle, old beyond all date
01Dec1858, A Problem Visit – we concluded that our invitation to Hewell would have been blown up, five reasons to wonder
06Jul1859, Wimbledon – before Granny’s eldest brother sold it to get rid of the debts on the estate
07Jul1859, The King’s Bottle-Holder – thro’ the door of the private, or, as it is called, jimmy staircase
11Jul1859, Big Ben – Big Ben began striking the hours in a deep melodious tone, with an endless echo.
02Mar1861, Russian Serfs to be Free Men – Part of the Crystal Palace was blown down
10May1862, Gread London Exhibition – We did the nave, the French court, the British court of pictures, the Italian court, etc.
07Jun1862, Volume 7 of the Diary Begins – In Bishopsgate we passed the smoking ruins of a house, with firemen still busy about it
20Nov1862, First Meeting With Future Husband – Chatsworth – I can’t judge of the house yet, only it seems immeasurable.
21Nov1862, My form of shyness – Chatsworth – We walked in the grounds, and saw the glorious conservatory, and the Emperor [FN: A fountain.] playing
23Nov1862, The church is something dreadful – Chatsworth – sitting upon the E. window, which it entirely hides, is a hideous and purely heathen monument of two brothers (one a skeleton)
24Nov1862, Returning to threadbare home – after Chatsworth the house looks a little scrubby and threadbare!
14Jun1863, Paradise and Heaven – Cliveden – When one lives in Paradise, how hard it must be to ascend in heart and mind to Heaven!
15Jun1863, Meeting Howard and Jowett – Oxford – These kind people have packed unheard-of numbers into their ingenious little house
17Jun1863, Sleeping on the Floor – Oxford – the garret where we were put being rather close, the bed bumpy, hard, and too small, the floor made me ache all over, and the chair was little better
05Sep1863, Hereford Cathedral – Hereford Cathedral – beautiful deep mouldings, and many details, as the early Decorated 2-light windows 50 feet high, the lovely tiling, and the splendid screen
12Sep1863, Beginning to Like Court Life – Windsor – no exception to my reflection made at Cliveden, that magnificent places have shocking Church arrangements
18Sep1863, Sankoo – Busy most of the morning going over the rooms with Elly : we shall be 30 in the house, besides servants, for Charles’ 21st birthday
27Oct1863, Charles Turns 21 – We received in the hall and the billiard-room : danced in the gallery and drawing-room : supper in the dining-room, tea in the library, Papa’s two rooms cloakrooms
05Dec1863, Viewing Hardwicke – Hardwicke – where we spent 2 hours going over the wonderful old house : I wished for Tallee with her antiquarian tastes
10Jan1864, Missed Second Service – Osborne – The church is fantastic and of no definable style, but rather attractive ; music bad.
24Apr1864, Visiting the Duke – Papa and he came after breakfast, and I went with them to Tennyson’s Chapel, [FN: Was this at Archbishop Tenison's School in Leicester Square?]
12May1864, My Last Regal Journey – Windsor – I am glad to have slept here [FN: I.e. Buckingham Palace.] once. Have managed a good deal of Court experience since my apptmt.
20Jul1864, A Fairy-land Dream – Stresa – This hotel (des Iles Borromées) is in keeping with everything else here, by being unlike anything I have yet come across ; deliciously cool, with its stone floors, high rooms, and spotless cleanliness
30Jul1864, Return to Hagley – Hagley – for going home. For so you still are, and so in one sense you ever will be, through whatever changed eyes I see you, dear, dear old Hagley!
09Aug1864, A Day Without Fred – Holker – She took me about the house, and I made acquaintance with Fred’s old room, her sitting-room, the Duke’s, etc., and looked at the pictures of them all done when they were children
14Oct1864, Sniffing After Houses – the other a beautiful bran-new one nearly opposite the Gladstone one in Carlton House Terrace. This is somewhat too large, and only to be bought ; and is therefore very expensive….
15Oct1864, Above and Below the Mark – The melancholy result is the condemnation of both houses, Curzon Street as not being up to the mark, C. H. T. as being above it.
26Oct1864, Return to Chatsworth – Chatsworth – Our room is an Indian-papered one, looking east up the hill. We dined in the Stag parlour
02Dec1864, The House is Ours – Chatsworth – The C. H. T. house is ours !
21Mar1865, No Ball: Fred Gloveless – London – ordering the prettiest, most comfortable brougham in the world, to be our “very own”: a thing I am baby enough to like immensely, when a carriage is in question.
26Mar1865, Selecting a Parish Church – London – for I feel that the frightful glaring kaleidoscope of an E. window without a single reminder of Christianity in it will be a real trial.
04May1865, Reform Bill and Pre-Raphaeliteism – Pre-Raphaeliteism seems, like homeopathy, to be becoming less a school apart and more infused into schools than it was. Not but what there are still some tinny, papier-mâché, gaudy skies, solid green seas, ugly red-haired, pink-faced women in all colours of the rainbow
08May1865, Our Own New Home – Tea came up in the lovely tea-pots and cups we chose, and was our first meal. Our rooms are too pretty. This is likely to be the last of many wonderful bewildering days that I’ve had since my marriage :
20May1865, Dined at Lord Wharncliffe’s – Afterwards to Apsley House (Number One, London), which I never was in before, and which struck me very much.
03Jun1865, Chatsworth in June – Chatsworth – This place in autumn, beautiful as I thought it in 3 successive Novembers, gave me no notion of what it would be in June.
21Jun1865, Encountered Great Swells – London – We drove about paying some of the monster bills incident to setting up house. We much fear the total of the furnishing, including linen, crockery, and kitchen apparatus, will be quite £3,000.
05Jul1865, First Catch Your Hare – London – Had the accountums in the morning ; find we have spent £121 (inclusive of a good many small extras) on housekeeping since we set up. This I must cut down !
16Jul1865, The Duke Invites the Captain – Chatsworth – One can’t manage aft. church, it being at the cruel hour of 2½, and the walk a 2 hour’s one.
28Jul1865, Idle But Moving Thoughts – Hagley – From all sorts of points of view, it comes in beautifully (the spire, not the scaffolding !), and what a thing it is to see the dear church complete !
07Sep1865, Cavendish Sees Our Room – Holker – I poked up Cavendish, and we took him to see our dear little room after tea ; he had not seen it before. Was struck. We had a pleasant brotherly little dinner.
23Sep1865, Lou’s Wedding Gifts – Holker – and we are 27 in the house…The table at dinner had to be put with one end in the bow-window.
24Sep1865, We Were a Vast Army – Holker – Our big numbers divided themselves between Cartmel and Flookburgh : I walked to Cartmel.
26Sep1865, Lou and Frank are Married – Holker – The church was carpeted with red-cloth and looked its best.
17Oct1865, She Dresses Madly, Unbecrinolined – Castle Howard – The inside of the house disappointed me, as the hall and gallery seem to be the only fine rooms ; but the pictures are something. The outside I thought very handsome, and more graceful and ornamental than Chatsworth.
22Oct1865, Unsatisfactory Church Arrangements – Castle Howard – We went in the morning to an awful little apartment which calls itself Coneysthorpe Chapel, and which certainly adds another to my list of unsatisfactory church arrangements at great places.
Lady Day, 1866, Warmer Out Than In – Holker – The very walk to the poor little hideous chapel along the muddy road was pleasant !
09Apr1866, Left Dear Holker – London – I went out at 12, picked daisies in the garden, and a lot more primroses in Watham : Fred rode on the sands, where he said it was beautiful. Left dear Holker, which made me sad at heart, at 2. Got home about 10½.
19Apr1866, The Longleys at Lambeth – London – I drove with old M. to Campden Hill, and to call on the Longleys at glorious old Lambeth which I never saw before.
16Dec1866, Made One a Ritualist by Rebound – Dank. Church an 80-year-old meeting-house, too dreadful, and the clergyman’s attire, which was simply that of a particularly dirty chorister, made one a ritualist by force of rebound!
24Mar1867, Sermon by Magee – Went off in a hansom to St. Paul’s Cathedral, inside which neither of us had ever been : grand and stately it is, but crying out for splendid rich decoration. Thousands of people.
20Apr1867, Easter at Hagley – Hagley – This peaceful day is always a little spoilt here by the necessity of working pretty hard at decorations.
04May1867, Paxton’s Chatsworth – Lonodon – Emma came in the morning, with lovely Chatsworth flowers, and went to the workhouse with me. She saw an old man who had been a smart gardener, and knew all the flowers’ Latin names, and said “Oh, Paxton’s place!” when she mentioned Chatsworth.
18May1868, Antidisestablishmentarianism – Templenewsam – We left London about 2 and came thro’ vile dust to this fine house, sadly spoilt by Leeds smoke, for the opening of the Leeds exhibition. Big dinner; then lovely little concert conducted by Hallé; then a ball in the long picture-gallery.
14Jun1868, For the Sake of Coolness – Abbey at 3 for the sake of coolness, but oh ! it took near 2 hours.
01Jul1868, Beautiful Garden Colours – Eastward and westward with Atie. P. With her and her girls at 5 to Holland House, the beautiful gardens very gay with all sorts of wonderful garments…Longfellow was there, I believe, but I didn’t make him out.
09Aug1868, Not a Sunday – Aachen – We fitted in a fragment of our service in a horrible chapel, which had the pulpit jutting out of the wall above the altar, like the centre and object of worship.
25May1869, The White May is Coming Out – China went on merrily, specially the clearing out of a wonderful ménagerie of odds and ends, knick-knacks and gimcracks, from the cabinet in the 1st state-room. [FN: This was china brought from Chiswick and now being placed at Chatsworth. Chiswick was not inhabited by any of the Duke's relations after the Duchess of Southerland's death.]
02Aug1869, The Stupid Gas Bath – Kissingen – We are destined to make a “fiasco” of the stupid gas bath. I took my seat in one with great pomp this afternoon, and was shut up in it for a quarter of an hour, sitting tight for the gas to arrive. I looked like the old woman who lived in a shoe, and can only hope the resemblance may go further ! but as to the gas it never came at all !
24Aug1869, Würzburg Cathedral – Würzburg – The cathedral, though of the 11th century, looks like 1700 personified, having been done up with frightful white plaster—cherubs and sprawling figures all over the roof ; the monuments and altars out-Herod Westminster Abbey. There was one charming monstrosity : a woman with an air unveiling a bust of a quizzical James I style of Bishop in a curly wig, who looks up complacently at finding himself unbonneted ; close by he appears again heaving himself out of his grave.
16Nov1869, The Kitty Clives – Chatsworth – The Kitty Clives [FN: Meysey Clive of Whitfield and Lady Katherine , daughter of the 7th Earl of Denbigh.]came yesterday, and I walked with her. She is in raptures over the place, house, pictures, sketches, etc.
18Nov1869, Kitty Delighted – Chatsworth – Kitty delighted ; also she sketches things, and pounces upon books, “Liber Veritatis,” [FN: Claude's " Liber Veritatis," one of the treasures of Chatsworth.] etc., all over the house.
23Nov1869, Touring Chatsworth – Chatsworth – We took the folk over the state-rooms. The arrangement of Chiswick china in the little ante-state-room, which has been hung with red-lining paper and turned into a regular china-closet, is generally admired.
07Dec1869, Treassures Found in a Corner – Chatsworth – The quaintest little old children’s carriages have been found in a corner, which must have been made for the late Duke and his sisters, or for his left-handed brethren, the Cliffords : one is shaped like a cockle-shell ; mounted on high green and gold wheels, and fitted with single and double harness for dogs!
14Jan1871, Saltaire Settlement by Sir Titus Salt – Bradford – We went to see the famous “Saltaire,” a complete settlement built by Sir Titus Salt for the work-people employed in his mighty factory (woollen and mixed fabrics). There are numbers of pretty almshouses, beautiful schools and cottages, a great self-supporting dining-hall, an infirmary, a splendid Mechanics’ Institute in course of building, and a big heathen temple in the midst, serving as Independent Chapel.
11Mar1871, Fire Disaster at Holker – The Duke and Uncle Richard worked hard, but when F. came down again from an expedition (commanded by the Duke in the advancing dawn !) to get on some borrowed clothes, the drawing-room and library were ungetatable, and alas some good pictures were lostengines came one after another and were efficacious in preventing the fire spreading to the old wing, which however was hardly to be averted except by the providential change of wind at the critical moment when the very doors of communication between the 2 wings were burnt. All is utter ruin of the new wing.
05Jun1871, Farewell Glorious Place! – Chatsworth – Farewell ! glorious place ! The last evening or two I have sat in the little state-room about 7, rejoicing in the perfection of things seen from the window. The lovely stretch of lawn, the stately trees on either side of the Emperor pond, the park sloping steeply up ; and the grand crown of woods, all in “various green.”
06Sep1871, Forty-five Shorthorns Sold for £10,000 – A great Holker day indeed !—the thought of which must long have haunted Mr. Drewry’s dreams by night as it has absorbed his [thoughts] every day — a great sale of shorthorns… The poor ghost of the burnt wing has vanished into heaps of rubbish, which the workmen are sorting.
24Sep1871, Thoughts on the National Church – Lismore – The meagre be-stuccoed Cathedral, with its frightful pews placed all sorts of ways, but principally so as to turn people’s backs on the altar, the pulpit elevated like an object of worship at the end ; the scattered genteel congregation, the ranting clergyman with his two insufferably bad extempore prayers, and the dumb and dead service : all this was very painful. Thank God, the Prayer Book is the Prayer Book, however !
25Jun1872, Maude Herbert Marries Hubert Parry – something very beautiful in the sight from the W. door : the light concentrating in the fine open lofty choir, with its flower-decked altar
15Sep1872, The Horrible Chapel – Holker – teaches disunion and solitariness in prayer each in his own selfish corner, while the only thing elevated as the centre of their devotion is the pulpit
28Oct1872, Building Eaton Hall – F. and I rode to Eaton [FN: The Duke of Westminster was then building Eaton Hall.] to see the Westminsters who took us all over the house and grounds, still in chaos of scaffolding
09Dec1872, Plans for Keble College Chapel – The plans are too odd (Butterfield) for me to be sure I altogether like them
18Dec1872, Dinner in the Sculpture Gallery – Chatsworth – ..In the evening came off the rather ponderous and oppressive big County ball..and after supper, which was a lovely and peculiar sight in the Sculpture Gallery, carpeted with red cloth and adorned with great bananas, ferns, palms, etc. The great granite basin filled with green, a slender palm in the middle, and stiff white hyacinths blooming round the palm..orangery lit with coloured lamps very pretty.
20Dec1872, High Jinks and Thoughts on the Prince – Chatsworth – bed-time high jinks with all the ladies in the corridors
22Dec1872, We Were All a Little Comatose – Chatsworth – peace when the swarm of guests, string of flies, and mountains of luggage filed away.
29Apr1873, A New Carriage – London – Had the immense break of going out for the first time in My Victoria —an elegant little equipage with a good-looking black horse, and all ship-shape. Inaugurated it by taking F. to Downing St. (a good omen, I hope!)
02May1873, The Albert Memorial Cross – London – Had a little junket with my Fred to choose him a library table and then to examine the Albert Memorial Cross in Hyde Park. It really is a beautiful thing, but, placed where it is, it will look like a gingerbread ornament just taken off the top of that Twelfth cake, the Albert Hall!
12May1873, Bishop’s Palace of Chichester – Chichester – Here I am at the Palace of Chichester. Having been put, rather willy-nilly, on the Bishop Otter College Committee, I cd not resist an invitation from Mrs. Durnford to attend a meeting to-morrow. A dream of delight to my Cockney eyes was the Palace as I drove up to it under a “sunbright” sky: the tall glorious cathedral, spire-towering above, the green gardens, the quaint old house….
20May1873, Doomed Northumberland House – London – Drum at poor doomed Northumberland House at which we all took a sad farewell.
24May1873, Junket to Cassiobury – Cassiobury – Had the junket of going to Cassiobury [FN: The house of Lord Essex.]. So seldom do we see new places, that I do enjoy it. Lovely warm day ; birds clamorous, foliage tender green. The house, in spite of much ginger-breading outside, very delightful and with a Gloire-de-Dijon rose in bloom growing up it.
02Jul1877, Garden Party with Poor People – Lateish we went off to Brocket; joined at the station by Ly. Ripon and finding Mr. Leveson here. Intensely still place, looking like a clearing in an old forest; too much betreed, but with some glades stretching away, with bracken and rabbits.
18Feb1878, A New Craze Called a Telephone – Battle Abbey – Battle Abbey disappointed me as Raby did, and for the same reason; the disfiguring of a grand old building.
20Oct1878, A War With Afghanistan – Highclere – The hall is fine and makes a pleasant reception-room when one arrives; but the castle disappoints me, having gone through the usual fate of castles, gingerbreading and gimcracking; with a late outbreak of Morris. The view from the S. windows enchanting.
04Nov1878, Sunday Out to Longleat – Bath – Saturday we had the break of going to Longleat for a “Sunday out.” .. I delight in the noble hall…Morning service in a most gaunt and hideous chapel in the house..
10Mar1879, Fire at Granville’s – London – Heard on Monday that the poor Lord Granvilles, while out driving to see Ly. Russell with their children Sunday, had the attic floor of their house burnt! 15 fire-engines put it out and sadly ruined the walls and the rest of the house, but everything moveable was saved, except poor Ly. G.’s best gowns and lace…
28Jun1880, Gladstone Rests at a Villa – Uncle W. casting care to the wind in the excitement of finding it was a villa built by Charles II for Nell Gwynne! A most elegant little white-and-gold drawing-room has Charles and Nell’s medallions in plaster-work set round the cornice; and there is a quaint little succession of grassy terraces, one below the other, ending in a gazebo summer-house, also most prettily decorated with medallions, 2 different ladies occurring here!
06Nov1881, The Comfort of his Life – Eaton meanwhile beautiful but bewildering; no end of rich and good detail; and the little semi-detached “living-house” very snug. But it’s too great a conglomeration.

 

Howard, Alfred (son: Lady Fanny Howard)
30Sep1873, Irving in “Richelieu” – We went with Alfred Howard and Spencer to see “Richelieu” with Irving; he was excellent, tho’ too like a swearing cat at times.

 

Howard, Cecilia Maude (m: Charles Henry Roberts)
24Dec1877, Visiting in Italy, Jane Morris – Dined with the Howards, who we thought must be dead; we had seen George in San Remo and he said they would be home about 5. Not till past 7 did they appear, after a long spell of New Year shopping. F. and I meanwhile sat in the drawing-room and made acquaintance with a pleasing Miss Brook (sister of Rev. Stopford) and with jolly little Charlie the eldest boy, who, in spite of some likeness to Lyulph Stanley, won my heart.

 

Howard, Charles James Stanley, 10th Earl of Carlisle
24Dec1877, Visiting in Italy, Jane Morris – Dined with the Howards, who we thought must be dead; we had seen George in San Remo and he said they would be home about 5. Not till past 7 did they appear, after a long spell of New Year shopping. F. and I meanwhile sat in the drawing-room and made acquaintance with a pleasing Miss Brook (sister of Rev. Stopford) and with jolly little Charlie the eldest boy, who, in spite of some likeness to Lyulph Stanley, won my heart.

 

Howard, Charles Wentworth George (brother of Lord F’s mother)
21Apr1879, Campbell Engagments – Went to Campden Hill to see the D. of Argyll, who has just come back from Cannes. Curious strong friendship and affection has sprung up between him and Amelia Anson…He talked of little else; except inquiries about Uncle Charles

 

Howard, Edith (dau: Lady Fanny Howard)
24Nov1879, Short Supply of Young Ladies – A very lively, pleasant week; its only weak point a short supply of young ladies: poor Edith Howard, a daughter of Sir John and Ly. Elizabeth St. Aubyn, and Lena Grenfell formed the staple.

 

Howard, Edward Granville George, Admiral, 1st and Last Baron Lanerton (brother of Lord F’s mother)
13Sep1864, Jarring Civilities in a Church – Then arrived the Edward Howards, and I was scandalized by these undutiful nephews calling their uncle Peter !
17Oct1865, She Dresses Madly, Unbecrinolined – Nevertheless I could take in a good deal of the beauty of the place, as the Admiral, Fred, and I walked about the gardens in the afternoon.

 

Howard, Lady Fanny, (née Cavendish) (Aunt Fanny, sister of Lord F’s father) (m: Frederick John Howard, grandson of 5th Earl of Carlisle)
18May1865, Princess Helena Holds a Drawing-room – The next thing is the Drawing-room whereat Aunt Fanny presented me on my marriage. I went in gorgeous array of white lace
25Nov1865, My Wisest Advice – Evening whist, with the Houghtons and Mr. Howard, while the rest of the world, except the Duke, Ly. Newburgh, Aunt Fanny, and old slowcoach Fred, played billiard-battle: even Lord Stanley.
02Jun1869, Dined Dullissimus Major – went together at 5 to the R. Academy in its fine new rooms. Some good Millais and Landseers. Dined (dullissimus major]) at Ly. Milton’s ; I was lucky enough to sit by Aunt Fanny, or I should have gone to sleep.
14Oct1873, A Bit of Spitting by Dizzy – Very lovely with glorious views; walked with Emma up Byland Scarr, and to see Mesdames Telfer and Mackreth. The Howards came late; it is 4 years since they were here and must be very sad to poor At. Fanny.

 

Howard, Frederick Compton (Freddie) (son: Lady Fanny Howard)
25Nov1865, My Wisest Advice – Freddy Howard has much touched my heart by an outpour of his fervent attachment to a Miss Horrocks…I gave him my wisest advice : specially to wait till he was two-and-twenty before considering himself of a certain age.
04Jan1873, The Chatsworth Party at Royal Week – It’s rather absurd that I have never given a list of the Chatsworth party during the Royal week ; here they all are
02Dec1865, Too Much of a Massacre – I went with Claud and Fr. Howd. to see the cover shooting which was too much of a massacre to be quite pleasing.

 

Howard, George James, 9th Earl of Carlisle
15Jun1863, Meeting Howard and Jowett – Mr. Howard, [FN: No doubt George Howard, afterwards 9th Earl of Carlisle, a great lover of art.] who can talk to any degree about drawing !
24Dec1877, Visiting in Italy, Jane Morris – Went to Oneglia to see the George Howards, who have a fine but rather cold and ramshackle villa (Bianchi)…. Dined with the Howards, who we thought must be dead; we had seen George in San Remo and he said they would be home about 5. Not till past 7 did they appear, after a long spell of New Year shopping.

 

Howard, George William Frederick, 7th Earl of Carlisle (brother of Lord F’s mother)
16Oct1865, A Visit to Castle Howard – Castle Howard of which I have heard so much especially since Lord Carlisle’s death… His life seems to have been one of those that gilds all the lives among which it is cast, as Mamma’s and Aunt Lavinia’s did.

 

Howard, Louisa Blanche (dau: Lady Fanny Howard)
22Nov1862, Exploring Chatsworth – The poor little nervous Miss Howard who comes meekly up to one as if for protection, touches me. She has ill health

 

Howard, Margaret Fanny (dau: Lady Fanny Howard)
04Jan1873, The Chatsworth Party at Royal Week – It’s rather absurd that I have never given a list of the Chatsworth party during the Royal week ; here they all are

 

Howard, Mary Henrietta (m: George Gilbert Aimé Murray)
24Dec1877, Visiting in Italy, Jane Morris – Dined with the Howards, who we thought must be dead; we had seen George in San Remo and he said they would be home about 5. Not till past 7 did they appear, after a long spell of New Year shopping. F. and I meanwhile sat in the drawing-room and made acquaintance with a pleasing Miss Brook (sister of Rev. Stopford) and with jolly little Charlie the eldest boy, who, in spite of some likeness to Lyulph Stanley, won my heart.

 

Howard, Rosalind Frances, Countess of Carlisle (née Stanley of Alderley) (m: 9th Earl of Carlisle)
21Sep1864, Former Beaux Engaged – Had a glowing letter of happiness from Rosalind Stanley, who is to be married on the 4th, and who announces her sister Kate’s engagement to Lord Amberley.
17Oct1865, She Dresses Madly, Unbecrinolined – Rosalind is only 20 : she is an original little person, and half attracts and half repels one with her ways and words ; she dresses madly in odd-coloured gowns with long trains, which cling around her unbecrinolined.
23Mar1867, Dined at the Argylls’ – (who gave a better account of Rosalind, and said his baby (Charles James Stanley Howard) was like the Stanleys, which is rather sad, if it ever lives to be Lord Carlisle)
10Apr1867, Countess Carlisle’s Children – Went to see Rosalind, who is still very weak ; her little Mary [FN: Now Lady Mary Murray, wife of Professor Gilbert Murray.] the prettiest darling ; the baby an ugly fellow, but very thriving.
24Dec1877, Visiting in Italy, Jane Morris – Rosalind… talked the whole way, and made me rather miserable with her wild views on religion: immortality “an open question,” etc., etc. Yet I do think she is good, truthful, and desperately in earnest; and she somehow manages to consider herself a Churchwoman.
03Mar1879, Algernon Howard’s Secession to Rome – In the middle of dinner in marched Rosalind Howard to see me, in excellent looks and high force; she rubbed me up the wrong way by talking in a cheerful airy way about her brother Algernon’s secession to Rome, which has been a grief to me.
27Nov1880, Gentle, Humble, and Considerate – The descriptions of Rosalind’s [FN: Wife of the 9th Earl of Carlisle.] manners and customs at Castle Howard make one despair of her ever knowing how to be gentle, humble, or considerate; and yet she is kind and affectionate.

 

Howard of Glossop, Edward George Fitzalan-Howard, 1st Baron Howard of Glossop
16Nov1870, The Sandwiches Went – Ld. and Ly. Howard of Glossop came. The Sandwiches and Mr. Cheney went.
04Jan1873, The Chatsworth Party at Royal Week – It’s rather absurd that I have never given a list of the Chatsworth party during the Royal week ; here they all are

 

Howard of Glossop, Winefreda Mary Lisle March (née Phillipps) (m:1st Baron Howard of Glossop)
17Nov1870, A Liberal Roman Catholic – I drove Ly. Howard round the Stand wood : she is a most striking example of what I have never before met with—a Liberal Rom. Cath. Told me she approved of the occupation of Rome by the Italians ; that she totally rejected the “Infallibility notion” as false and against reason…She is an acute little lady.

 

Hughes, Thomas
12Jul1865, Mill and Hughes Return – F. is over the moon at divers Liberals having been returned in London ; especially Mill the philosopher and Hughes the author of “Tom Brown.” Mill’s return notable from his having refused either to solicit votes or to spend a farthing himself. .
21Feb1867, Visiting the Very Poor – The question is, whether it ought to be legal to arm them in cases of civil riots. Mr. Hughes was against it, saying they were and ought to be perfectly free to choose either side!! and so it might be awkward.
09May1873, Huges and Manning – Meeting of the “Provident Knowledge Society,” …Mr. Th. Hughes, [FN: The author of "Tom Brown."] Manning, etc., spoke. The contrast between the ascetic, skeleton, spiritual face of Manning and the florid, well-fed, pink face of Mr. Hughes, as they sat side by side, was very funny.

 

Hume, David, philosopher
03Feb1865, Reading Hume and Lingard – read the memoir of Hume to-day : it was flesh-creepy to discern the soullessness and irreligion of the man, and his ghastly cheerfulness and indifference up to his dying moment.

 

Humphry, Mr., preaching at S. Martin’s
24Mar1872, Mr. Wilkinson and Dismal Jemmy at Church – Mr. Humphry’s good and sensible, but dry, stiff preaching

 

Hunt, Mr., vicar of Falconhurst
05Jun1857, Mr. Hunt – Agnes and I went through the Communion Service with him

 

Hunting, see Games, Hunting

 

Huxley, Thomas Henry, biologist
04Oct18875, Jodrell, Lacaita, Doyle, Hill, Huxley, Cowper-Temple – We dined with Mr. Jodrell, meeting Sir Jas. Lacaita, Sir F. Doyle, and that excellent wonderful woman, Miss Octavia Hill, who told us much about her poor London tenants…. We dined again at Jodrells’, meeting the Huxleys; interesting. I fought the battle anti-Cowper-Temple clause:..

 

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Illustrations
22Dec1855, An Enchanting House – Reproduction of diary pages from “Victorian Girls – Lord Lyttleton’s Daughters”, Sheila Fletcher, Hambledon and London, 1997, p. 40-41.
My Portrait at Holker Hall – Colour portrait in the library
No. 21 Carlton House Terrace – The view from the front door.
30May1865, Eddy and Emma Engaged – He squeezed my hands, and said, “Do you think (fink) I shall make a good husband? and that we shall be as happy as you are?”

 

Ince, Mrs.
27Dec1861, Talk With Old Nevy – Walked parochially and pleasantly with Win and May visiting Mrs. Ince and her new-born baby girl

 

Indian Famine
31Dec1861, Saddened Year is Past – the deaths of Lord Herbert, Sir J. Graham, Cavour ; the Indian famine ; the death of Lady Canning, and finally of the Prince

 

Ireland, Fenianism, Irish Church
01Feb1866, The Great Man Gives Fred a Speech – Fenianism, though apparently aimless and frantic as to organisation and object, is a terrible symptom of the miserable cankers of Ireland.
21Feb1867, Visiting the Very Poor – There was some discussion about the volunteers, who were called out illegally to, defend Chester from the Fenians the other day, and are really supposed to have saved the town from attack.
04Apr1867, Home from Ireland – The Duke … received a very hearty and loyal deputation of tenantry. Fenianism is in the neighbourhood, however. Two soldiers were said to have been fighting each other viciously, about which should have somebody else’s land!!
27May1867, Royal Babies – Certain Fenian ringleaders have been tried and condemned for high treason, with the old hurdle and quartering sentence : there is much feeling in the country that they should be let off with penal servitude for life, and the Queen is against hanging them.
27Nov1867, News from Home – The wretched Fenians who attacked a prisoners’ van at Manchester and let out a fellow-Fenian, shooting the policeman in charge dead, have been condemned to death ; and out of the 5, 3 have been executed. It is very sad and terrible, as they are the 1st who have been executed for a political offence ; but it seemed inevitable.
13Jan1868, Notions About Ireland – some notions of his about Ireland. This miserable Fenianism makes one think much of its rights and wrongs, though of course it is the outbreak of only the worst and most reckless people. He has always been for the disestablishing of the Church, on the simplest ground of justice to the large majority.
25Apr1868, Duke Shot by Fenian – Dined at the D. of Cleveland’s. A horrible thing has happened : the Duke of Edinburgh while at a charity picnic at Sydney in Austr. was shot in the back by a Fenian scoundrel, but is mercifully not dangerously hurt.
13May1868, The Queen Outshines the Princess – with M. to see the Queen lay the 1st stone of S. Thomas’ Hospital on the S. bank of the river, which she did with great state, driving slowly in an open carriage and four… They say she had some fear of being shot at by a Fenian, but drove all the slower !
18May1868, Antidisestablishmentarianism – Lord Dudley danced with me, and I tried to coax him round about Charles, but he is in horror about Disestablishment, and I fear can only be expected not to oppose actively. The clergy are against it as one man nearly, and will take up the perilous, suicidal ground of making the English and Irish Establishments stand or fall together.
20Feb1869, Charlotte is called Spencer’s Fairy Queen – Tallee came; ’tis a huge treat to see her ; she is going shortly to Ireland, where Althorp is getting on famously ; Charlotte is called Spencer’s, Fairy Queen.
09Jul1869, Making A Hash of the Bill – The Lords are making a dreadful hash of the Bill, such as permitting the present Irish Bishops to sit on in the House of Lords after the disestablishment, like ghosts.
27Feb1871, Special Secret Committe – Ireland is improved and on the whole satisfactory, but there is a regular Riband conspiracy rampant in Westmeath, which has reached such a point that universal terrorism prevails, and murders may be (and many have been) committed with impunity, nobody daring to bear witness. Government decided that this was “intolerable,” and (I think I may confide the dead secret to my faithful journal) Cavendish was desirous of an immediate suspension of Habeas Corpus. Uncle Wm., however, greatly hates this extreme measure
21Aug1872, A Heavy Blow at Home Rule – horrid Orange and Popish riots going on in Belfast, both parties tearing each other to pieces
11Mar1873, Gladstone’s Finest Speech – a pack of wild Irish were to begin the debate [FN: On the Irish University Bill]. Heard the main part of Dizzy’s speech, which was wild-hitting and weak. I foresaw defeat; and so it was, by a majority of 3, showing a coalition between the Irish Ultramontanes and the Conservatives..
14May1877, Dissatisfaction With Turkey – The debate ended in a division on the 1st resolution, which merely expressed dissatisfaction with Turkey’s disregard of Ld. Derby’s first despatch…The Liberals all voted together, except the Irish, who have the Pope to please, and whose support is no compliment…
03Nov1879, Long Talk With Cardinal Newman – One evening we had Dr. Acland and Dr. Liddon and Miss Wordsworth to dinner…Dr. L. said he was in favour of a sensible “Home Rule,” viz., one applying to England and Scotland as well as Ireland, and merely providing that each of the 3 kingdoms should have special Committees for the settling of their own matters. A mighty comfort it would be, for instance, not to have Scotch Presbyterians and Irish Romanists legislating on Church concerns!
12Jul1880, An Ugly Waggish Mug – The unlucky Irish Bill staggering thro’ the Committee; to-day’s incident was that villain Eddy, not content with not voting at the outset, spoke in favour of dropping it ! Et tu, Brute !
28Oct1880, Suspension of Habeas Corpus – Hawarden -He says the panic is very great, and all the people he spoke to unanimous as to the suspension of the Habeas Corpus, on the ground that it has never been known to fail in putting down sedition. Certain landlords are said to be in danger because they are good ones; Parnell and Co. considering they stand in the way of their revolutionary schemes.
12Dec1880, The First Boycott – The Irish matters are going from bad to worse. A certain agent named Boycott having affronted the “Land League,” no one would work for him or cut his crops (this was some time ago). Troops had to be ordered to protect some labourers from the N. who housed the crops, and unhappy Boycott has had to flee the country.
17Dec1880, Tenants Refuse Pay Rent – I went to see Lord George Quin (88) and Ly. Newburgh. Lord George said his Irish tenants had one and all refused to pay rent, against the grain however.
31Dec1880, A Year of Many Clouds – Poor Uncle W. looked ill and harassed and dead tired on Thursday and had a touch of lumbago. Fri. he was much brighter and quite well! Having the Cabinet off his mind was a great thing. Marvellous to say, the principle of the Land Bill was agreed to, tho’ Uncle W. (little as it is suspected) more Conservative than most upon the question
17Jan1881, London in Snow – Uncle W. reappeared in the House on Monday and made a thundering fine energetic speech against a monstrous Irish amendment to the Address.
Final Entries – But then Uncle W. himself came in with Atie. Pussy – I saw his face, pale, sorrow-stricken, but like a prophet’s in its look of faith and strength. He came up and almost took me in his arms, and his first words were, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Then he said to me, “Be assured it will not be in vain,” and across all my agony there fell a bright ray of hope, and I saw in a vision Ireland at peace…

 

Irving, Henry, actor
27Nov1872, Playgoing Dinner-Party – Henry Irving in “Charles I” at the Lyceum

 

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Jack-in-the-Green
01May1865, Commons and Lords Discuss the Murder – I saw two Jacks-in-the-green, which I thought were nearly obsolete.

 

Jamaica and the West Indies
09Dec1865, The Jamaica Massacre – The Jamaica massacre, in which it seems 2,000 blacks have been killed to revenge the deaths of 18 whites, was much talked of.
22Feb1866, Funds for Princess Helena – Lord Palmerston, proposing a monument to him in the Abbey. He did it very well. Then came Jamaica and Cattle-plague ; dull enough.
05Dec1871, First Day in Kingston – Kingston – the beauty was indescribable. The first thing that struck one all of a heap was the common roadside hedges being made of huge cacti!…a delightful A.D.C. turned up of the name of Capt. Lanyon [FN: Afterwards Sir Owen Lanyon.] took possession of us, and carried us off to see the Lunatic Asylum and Penitentiary.
08Dec1871, A Coffee Plantation – Craigton – Capt. L. rode with us to Middleton, a coffee plantation of the Duke of Buckingham’s, and we saw the clean, pleasant process of preparing the berry. Strings of ladies with attendant gentlemen were going goose-file down the precipitous bridle-paths in correct Rotten Row get-up, chimney-pots and all, on their way to a ball.
11Dec1871, Too English – Our only quarrel with the life in this lovely fairyland is that they treat one in too English a fashion : English hours and English food and English dinner parties at 8 ! We were 12 at dinner to-night ; however, one is glad to see people and pick their brains. Mr. Brooks took us to see the school, a nice little building..
15Dec1871, Market Day – Mohogany Hall – We met large numbers of well-to-do well-dressed black people streaming down the mountain with loads of fruit, yams, plantains, bananas, etc., on their heads or on mules, it being market day ; all of them, I believe, small freeholders. What I like in the people is their cheerful, friendly civility : “Good marnin’, missis Good marnin’, Squire !” (to Mr. F. [FN: A Mr. Fisher, their host.]) on all occasions.

 

James, Henry 1st Baron James of Hereford
25May1878, A Death at Home – Conservatives affably came forward and handed him to their front bench below the gangway, where he was received by his next neighbour with a warm shake of the hand. Loud ironical cheers burst forth from the Liberals. It was particularly funny because Sir H. James had just before quoted from an ancient pamphlet of Roebuck’s a most spiteful bit of abuse of the whole Tory party.

 

James, Lady
22Feb1866, Funds for Princess Helena – Lord Palmerston, proposing a monument to him in the Abbey. He did it very well. Then came Jamaica and Cattle-plague ; dull enough.

 

Jenner, Dr.
16Jan1864, Parkhurst Women Convicts – Dr. Jenner dined, and horrified me with his ugliness which is something suggestive to me of Voltaire.

 

Jocelyn, Viscountess Lady Frances Elizabeth
26Feb1864, Made Southerners of Us All – a most disquieting letter from Ly. Jocelyn, announcing the Queen’s wish that I shd take the 1st half of an absent M. of H.’s waiting, begg. on Mar. 17, unless it is very inconvenient
15Apr1864, I Am in a New Life – Walked and drove with Miss Cathcart. Ly. Jocelyn is Ly.-in-Waiting.

 

Jodrell, founder of Jodrell Lectureships at University College, London
04Oct18875, Jodrell, Lacaita, Doyle, Hill, Huxley, Cowper-Temple – London – We dined with Mr. Jodrell, meeting Sir Jas. Lacaita, Sir F. Doyle, and that excellent wonderful woman, Miss Octavia Hill, who told us much about her poor London tenants…. We dined again at Jodrells’, meeting the Huxleys; interesting. I fought the battle anti-Cowper-Temple clause:..

 

Johnson, Andrew, U.S. president
26Apr1865, President Lincoln is Murdered – the wretched man who perforce succeeds him : Andrew Johnson, “a mean white,” who, on his election to the vice-presidency the other day, made an incoherent drunken speech
01May1865, Commons and Lords Discuss the Murder – Seward is likely to recover. Johnson has made remarkable and powerful but dangerous and vindictive speeches.

 

Johnstone
27May1873, Harcourt Cynical and Unprincipled – Dined with Sir Harcourt Johnstone, meeting Wenlocks and various folk ; Mr. W. Harcourt was there, as cynical and unprincipled in talk as may be! The most pleasing thing he had to say was that Cavendish was the only member of the Govt. who had common sense : “He’s the leader for me.”

 

Joscelyn, Lord (elder)
28Aug1854, Cholera – Cholera in Stourbridge, and the black flag hung over the worst places in London. Lord Joscelin died of it a few days ago

 

Joscelyn, Lord (younger)
25Apr1868, Duke Shot by Fenian – I sat at dinner between young Lord Joscelyn (a nice, handsome creature) and Lord Clarendon, who was immensely entertaining

 

Jowett, Mr.
15Jun1863, Meeting Howard and Jowett – too-famous Mr. Jowett, whose mild intellectual face wd not lead one to suspect him to be one of the tamperers with the Faith
09Mar1864, Jowett’s Greek Professorship – vote to raise his salary… furious clergy, frightened by the Privy Council judgment…throws his whole heart into his professorship and is now only paid £40

 

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Károlyi, Count Alajos Károlyi de Nagykároly, Austrian Ambassador
03May1880, Gladstone’s Austria Attack – The new Government has certainly had an awkward throw-off. There has been a general kick-up over a letter Uncle W. has just published to Count Karolyi, the Austrian Ambassador. In one of his Midlothian speeches he attacked Austria for having never done any good in the world, and for intriguing after part of the Christian provinces in the Balkan peninsula…

 

Kean, Charles, actor
23May1856, The Winter’s Tale – there were Mr. and Mrs. Kean, but it all seems to me so very vulgar, accent, gesture and all
29May1858, The Crystal Palace, Edmund Kean – acting ought to aim at being natural, not perpetual forced gestures and voice, affected and ranting
25Jun1863, Stage Stories from Charles Kean – Agnes and I had Kean to ourselves, and he was very entertaining with stage anecdotes and experiences

 

Keble, John, churchman
12Oct1865, Palgrave and Pusey – I am reading with immense interest a book by Dr. Pusey, just out, written to Keble in answer to an attack of Manning’s
17Jan1867, Discontent with Keble – A great discontent has arisen (in which I share) at an alteration having been determined on in the next edition of the “Xtian Year,” because of an expressed wish of Keble’s, which however he never lived to carry out.
03Nov1879, Long Talk With Cardinal Newman – The most notable event of the week was the arrival on a morning call of no less a personage than Cardinal Newman! …His business was to bring Edwarden some letters of Keble, which he didn’t like to trust thro’ the post; and he had to explain certain erasures he had made in them. This he did by word of mouth, Edward being at home; but there was also a most touching and interesting mem. to the same effect in his hand-writing along with the letters. He said the erasures were only of passages expressing such vehement self-depreciation as would certainly be misunderstood, and which Newman said he “could not” leave standing. He called him his “dearly, deeply beloved friend,”…

 

Kemble, Fanny, actress
14May1856, Fanny Kemble – we all went to Fanny Kemble’s reading of ” King Lear ” : it fully has answered my highest expectation, has grown on me since. The most wonderful variation and power of expression, every single character with a different voice and look, the most astonishing change in the voices of each man
01May1863, May Day and King Lear – I had the immense treat of going with Mrs. Watson and Miss Boyle to hear F. Kemble read “King Lear,” as I did once before, in ’56, I think. I cried horribly.

 

Kenealy, Edward Vaughan Hyde
02Mar1874, The Tichborne Verdict – and miserable Arthur Orton stands at last stripped of all his shams and masks, in native baseness. He is sentenced to penal servitude for 14 years. His counsel Kenealy is gibbeted by judges and jury for abominable slanders and false accusations: and people say he must be disbarred. It is some comfort to perceive that the very mob have lost faith in their hero and he was taken off to Newgate without disturbance.
17Apr1877, The Unfortunate Nobleman at Dartmoor – The idiotic lovers of the “Unfortunate Nobleman at Dartmoor” (i.e., Orton the swindler) tried to get up a “Demonstration” to besiege the H. of Commons with some crazy petition. It ended, in true British style, by policemen preventing more than the orthodox ten men marching into the lobby, Mr. Cross receiving a deputation and snubbing them all round with perfect civility…

 

Kent, Constance
12May1865, Constance Kent Confesses – The papers are pretty full of Constance Kent’s confession of the Road murder…a girl of sixteen stifling, stabbing and cutting the throat of her little half-brother of 4
22Jul1865, Constance Kent Pled Guilty – Constance Kent has pled Guilty, and been condemned to death, but will, I believe, certainly not be hung.
30Aug1865, Bleak Stories in the News – Constance Kent has made a detailed confession of her cool, well-planned, and most devilish murder of her baby-brother

 

Kent, Duchess of, see Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld

 

Kerr, Lady Cecil Chetwynd (née Chetwynd-Talbot) (m: John William Robert Kerr, 7th Marquess of Lothian)
14May1877, Dissatisfaction With Turkey – Old Ly. Lothian is dead in Rome, of a pleurisy caught while entertaining pilgrims at a reception (such a funny view of pilgrims !)….

 

Kerr, Schomberg Henry, 9th Marquess of Lothian
08Jul1862, A Ball at Devonshire House – for an ideal country dance, Ld. Schomberg Kerr. Never was country dance more delightful!

 

Kerrison, Ly. Caroline
27May1862, John Talbot is Beaten for Kidderminster – Gay ball at Ly. Caroline Kerrison’s, where, in spite of a new gown, I danced Once ; with Mr. Lefevre

 

King, Mary Caroline (née Wortley) (m: 2nd Earl of Lovelace)
18May1865, Princess Helena Holds a Drawing-room – Carry Lawley and Mary Wortley were brought out : Carry is very handsome, towering above her jenny-wren of a mother.
04Jul1866, Big Party at D. House – Big party at D. House: I chaperoned Mary Wortley and Charlotte Farquhar! We dined there; Cavendish pretended to weep over his fall: I am very cross at it ; for he was doing his duty famously, as all sides say more or less.

 

Kingsley, Charles, author, clergyman
30Jan1865, Kingsley’s The Water Babies – read to them the beginning to Kingsley’s mad book “The Water Babies”: the only comprehensible part; the rest being an entangled jumble of allegory, fairy-tale, and natural history—very dream-like and crazy.
21Mar1869, A Sermon at Whitehall – Whitehall [FN: The Chapel Royal at Whitehall, now the United Service Museum], where Mr. Kingsley preached almost the most interesting sermon I ever heard, riveting one, in spite of ungainly delivery and harsh voice.

 

Kinnaird, Miss
21Oct1865, A Walk to the Pheasantry – Miss Kinnaird is here, a pleasant, agreeable old lady, of an old-fashioned depth of Low-Churchism which amuses me.