A.R. Heath (His journal)
Having received this beautiful book as a Christmas present I must go on with my journal which I have sadly neglected of late.
25th December 1872
Christmas day but very unseasonal weather, it rained so that we were not able to go to church which, however, made no difference to me as my leg would have prevented my going under any circumstance. We had a very uproarious Christmas dinner and at the end everybody had to sing and make speeches. Just as May was beginning 'Oh what a shame, Mr Wickham,' & etc [PW?] appeared and each [had?] a mince pie out of the window this stopt the festivities and we adjourned to the drawing room. Then all the party but self and Mamma went to Kitlands and returned with Uncle D . I in the meantime reading Frende's Essays which I like very much. At tea Denson brought us some Elder wine which we had took with ghost stories.
Captain [Carunie?] and Sir Peter Parker, The Murdered Page (Viviennes Cornwall) The Baker.
After this came songs and [T ronde?] Gerard
today favoured The Witch with all the songs in our
Thursday 26th December 1872
Papa and Fred went out shooting. I greatly envied them but of course was prevented from going by my leg. They got two cocks and 4 bunnies. They missed about 10 of the latter between them. I worked for Matric in my own room which was very comfortable. In the afternoon went for a long walk (for me) down to the White Gate. A carriage of vulgar tourists, drunk I think, came by going at a great pace. On coming back found the others having a battle royal in the barn which consisted in shoving each other of a ten foot heap of straw. Then came in and did some work. Perused the papers, sat, did not dress for dinner as I felt lazy.
Tasted the new ports and the new sherry, the last very nasty. Then beat b at chess.
Friday 27th December 1872
Papa went to
Saturday 28th December 1872
In the morning succeeded in shooting a covey, as did F. I sat on a sit and made F and B walk through the stuff to my corner. Then went in, worked and the doctor appeared and said I might do exactly what I liked. Girls and Mamma came home late from the dancing. After dinner papers, looking out pictures for tableaux vivants, work and dinner. Then I talked with Aunt P while the others danced. I forget to say that in the morning Lady MacDonald sent us a basket of Christmas presents. Mine was a purse into which Aunt P kindly put 1 Sov.
Sunday 29th December 1872
Aunt P stayed
with me instead of going to church, which was very charitable of her. We had
service, then to the farm and a talk with Bax [loosed Gem?] we had Wasp and back
round the garden. After lunch Papa,
Monday 30th December 1872
Work in the morning. Boys went to Kitlands to play football. Them I went out with the girls and just missed seeing the hounds who were in spring copse. Then lunch. After that went out again and found the stag had been taken in the [shire?]. Came in, read the papers until Emma Whatman came, talked, dinner, bed.
Tuesday 31st December 1872
In the morning,
to my great disgust, I found that the [Cayalets?] could not come. It is a horrid
pity as it would have been very pleasant to have her in the house. In the
afternoon Fred went to meet his friend Brotherton at Dorking but as B. had come
on to Holmwood Fred missed him and arrived back at about half pat six. This was
the night of Mr Mortimer's hop. I didn't want to go at all as I couldn't dance,
yet for May's sake did. When we arrived the
Wednesday 1st January 1873
New years day. Went out shooting in the morning. 5 bunnies and a rat. In the afternoon Hookey with whom I did a lot of work. As usual went to bed early in consequence of my leg's dissipation the night before.
Thursday 2nd January 1873
Rain as usual in the morning. In the afternoon went to Dorking with Mamma and Aunt P. Got hair cut, also P.O.O. for Willis and Southeron. On our way back passed by our mailbus with a post horn. On arriving home sent off the P.O.O.
Friday 3rd January 1873
Fred went beagling after breakfast. Soon after he had gone it began to pour. I did work till ¼ to one when Bertha Broadwood came with a note asking us to dine on the 5th. She was, of course, wet and put on one of Mamma's dresses which fitted her very well. Some time after lunch she departed. Today was the dinner party night. The people arrived, in I taking L. Wickham we talked about spiritualism mostly. Also about sundry “dear little children” in whom I did not take much interest. After dinner talked with Margaret and Emma and there was music. Mrs Wickham asked self, Hoare and May to dine on Monday 13th. I hope H will like it.
Saturday 4th January 1873
work in the morning. In the afternoon
Sunday 5th January 1873
I had determined to go to church but was persuaded not to do so which was no doubt the wisest plan. After dinner we drove to Kitlands. F., Campbell, I and Gerard then driving on to Cooper’s cottage. On the way we met Bax who told us Cooper was not at home so we returned. In the evening Campbell and I did Greek Testament and had another talk.
Monday 6th January 1873
Tuesday 7th January 1873
Ratting in the morning. No rats. Saw a pair of partridges in the Capper Grove. Tried to get at them but could not get near enough. Then work, lunch, work. Times work we decided not to go to the Fullers ball as I was rather tired.
Wednesday 8th January 1873
Work in the morning. Then shooting. We saw two rabbits but the dogs were so close that we didn’t get a shot. Hooky in the afternoon. Mr Hoare came dancing after dinner, then talk.
Thursday 9th January 1873
Raining. However I took Hoare out round the place. After dinner cleared out the drawing room in preparation for the evenings dance. At 7 arranged a special flirting place with ['Margaret' crossed out] under the stair with two armchairs and a table. The people arrived all right. Whatmans first. We had a quadrille, magic music, then other dances. I retired under the stairs with Margaret which we both agreed was highly improper. The Broadwoods arrived while we were there so as soon as they had gone upstairs we skedadled. I waltzed several times. Emma was the best looking girl, then next to her Miss Shoot (ten) with whom Hoare carried on an ardent flirtation. The whole thing went off very successfully, breaking up about ½ past 12.
Friday 10th January 1873
Rain in the morning. In the afternoon Hoare and the girls went up to Leith Hill. In the evening Mrs Nicholss ball. Arrived there at 10. Just at the right time. I danced every square dance, of course not being able to do round ones there. Hoare was shy and would not dance. Old Sim was there and greeted me affectionately. Took Miss Treverick in to supper. Departed at 1.
Saturday 11th January 1873
Shooting in the morning. Get three coveys of which I contributed 2. Aunt P departed. In the afternoon H and the others played Hide and Seek. Hooky came and I did work for him. In the evening Tommy Dodd from from Gerard and dancing.
Sunday 11th January 1873
Hoare was kind
and stayed home from church for my sake. We strayed to
Monday 13th January 1873
Rain as usual. In the afternoon we all went upstairs to cut up garments for the play which Hoare did most successfully. Dr Jardine came and said that I must not go to the Wickhams and also to my horror that I must not go to Marlboro’, my only consolation is that now at any rate, I cannot get expelled and also I shall see the boat race, not to speak of the theatre. Hoare wanted very much not to go to the Wickhams but however, he had to. He arrived back at ½ past ten. I having had a violent discussion with Papa on the theory that everything has a selfish motive. I find it does not do to argue with parents. One cannot be rude or contradict them in this instance. I am sure I had the best of it and he is sure he had on his side, that he won and I couldn’t quite say I don’t see your argument. Hoare said while in my room that this was the pleasantest week he had ever spent which was satisfactory.
Tuesday 14th January 1873
Had singing in
the schoolroom all the morning. Then Hoare to our great sorrow, departed. While
we were at lunch Aunt Charlotte arrived. I can’t say I like her very much. She
always smiles when she says anything, which I hate. It reminds me of Basilishs.
I retired to the schoolroom with May and
Wednesday 15th January 1873
In the morning
ratting and work. After dinner rehearsal. Hooky, a hurried dinner, then dressing
for our play. We all looked very magnificent, especially
Thursday 16th January 1873
In the morning Bax came again to the wall. I went out but as usual there were no rats. In the afternoon Dr Jardine came and poked the [hole?] about with his [finds?] and told me I must keep to the sofa and walk about on crutches again which is a nuisance and he says the result of dancing in the evening two little bits of bone came out.
Friday 17th January 1873
A [pura?] not from
Saturday 18th January 1873
Sofa all day. Hooky in the afternoon.
Sunday 19th January 1873
Rain and church at home. Fire in the afternoon. George and B. Fuller walked over. The former and his wife are to come here after the baby’s appearance. And G., not the baby, has taken to hunting. They wanted a meet of their harriers in Spring Copse but Papa didn’t quite see it. Willie commissioned G to get him a case of oranges instead of a [cat?, cattle?]
Monday 20th January 1873
Leg much better. Jardine in the afternoon. He
said that I must go to
Tuesday 21st January 1873
Nothing all day. Lay on the sofa and had breakfast in bed in preparation for the fatigues of the morrow.
Wednesday 22nd January 1873
Started at one amidst the good wishes of the
assembled multitudes, got with Persons aid to
Thursday 23rd January 1873
Papa breakfasted with Jebb. I and Corbett
therefore had a tête a tête breakfast. I then had a walk in seard of [rooms,
needs?] Then exam, it was a very easy paper (subject). After that talk and
dinner. I had met Hunter in the morning and Campbell and Booth called at my
rooms. Then dinner with Corbett, tea and bed.
Friday 24th January 1873
Exam, Mathematics at 9. Marlboro did not shine I
Saturday 25th January 1873
I forgot to mention that I wrote to A.G. S. while
Sunday 26th January 1873
Nobody stayed at home so I had a service to myself. In the afternoon went out a little but found it very cold. George came with B. Fuller but they were too dirty to come in.
Monday 27th. January 1873
Began work and Trigonometry which does not seem
so dreadfully hard as I expected. In the afternoon got a letter from Margaret
[N?] thought at first it was from A.G.S. or
Tuesday 28th January 1873
Hard frost. Work all the morning. Went out in the afternoon and had a long gaze with Bax on diverse subjects, dogs Mr Lawson etc etc. Mrs Broadwood came and informed us that Jimmy had passed. I had heard that I had done so in the morning. The conversation turned on smoking when it came out that Jim had begun. In the evening work and singing.
Wednesday 29th January 1873
Papa went to
Hooky arrived as per usual and congratulated me on my success. Papa arrived and Mary and Mrs D sang after dinner.
Thursday still slight frost. Wrote to Hoare about
Friday 31st January 1873
Received a note from Mrs Hollins that my case was
in route, also a visit from Mrs Heathcote who was very amusing on the troubles
of her son in
Saturday 1st February 1873
Papa went to shoot at [Bethnall?] 11 hares, 20 [Bade?] pheasants, 13 bunnies. D and Gerard came and proscribed patience.
Sunday 2nd February 1873
Snow, no church.
Monday 3rd February 1873
Usual work, my leg twist again and looks much better.
Tuesday 4th February 1873
Mrs Dobson and Miss D called. She is a nice bright woman as is the girl but the latter not very pretty. Cold weather, leg better still.
Wednesday 5th February 1873
Took a half holiday and spent it in etching. Contrast a seagull’s and wren’s egg for the T.D.C. Very cold indeed.
Thursday 6th February 1873
Thaw has set it and out of doors the slosh is awful. In the afternoon Mrs Hawkins and Mrs Eden called but only stopped about ten minutes. Tread “thrown together” all the evening. It is a very nice book, rather affecting but I don’t like it as well as I did “Misunderstood.”
Friday 7th February 1873
Work in the morning and [Tinivall?] came to call
in the morning of all times, he taked about Tinevalle and sadly interrupted my
work. I fear I shocked him much by humbly suggesting that Socialanism (Unitarian
as I have since found out) must be better than [Brettaninism?]. He thought on
Saturday 8th February 1873
Walking in the morning or afternoon. Usual work and sofa.
Sunday 9th February 1873
Gerard stayed at home on account as he said of
chilblains. Anyone who had watched him in his toboggan would have put it down to
sham. We had a short service then I etched out of ‘
Monday 10th February 1873
I forgot to mention Nothing, the most important fact.
Tuesday 11th February 1873
Of all at breakfast Papa announced the fact of his having retired. It was certainly best as had he not, it was not at all probable he would get on the vice-admiral’s list and even to do so he must have gone to sea for a year throwing up all city work thereby.
Tuesday 11th February 1873
Went out in the morning with Wasp. Work in the
afternoon. Mamma rather low about Papa’s retirement. In the evening
Wednesday 12th February 1873
Went out for a crutch in the morning, in the evening directing [la lentines?].
Thursday 13th February 1873
Went out a walk in the morning on crutches with
Jim and Wasp. In the afternoon went off a valentine to L.C. It was about her
name sake flower.
Friday 14th February 1873
Beagles came. I went down in the morning to the
farm to see them. There were Turner, Cooper, Bax and another man. The discussed
Wasp and dogs in general. Then work for the rest of the morning. In the
afternoon the beagles ran right across the lawn. It was amusing to see Cooper
performing the same feat. I wrote to A.G.S. I wonder whether he received my
first. In my note I took it for granted he had not. I in the evening I read the
Times on the transit of Venus which I did not understand and heard Papa’s
explanation which I did. He always explains so clearly.
Saturday 15th February 1873
In the afternoon Fred came looking very well as usual. In the evening played chess with Gerard and Papa licking Gerard of course, and arrange to see Papa also.
Sunday 16th February 1873
Fred stayed at home with me. We searched for rats and found none however we set both the hutch and the cage trap. In the afternoon they went to see the fields that Hawkins proposes to change for Becharts Green. Papa asked me whether I would like this exchange or no. Of course I left in his hands. It will be a good thing in some way and greatly increase the value of Trouts though of course diminishing that of Anstie.
Monday 17th February 1873
Letter from A.G.S. very satisfactory indeed,
with apologies for not having written before. One story in it about young
Taddles, too good not to be preserved. A valentine was sent him underneath a bag
of flannels, above a blue cloud from which hung a [gocap?]. the whole
representing a dream, the head made to nod by means of a string. A rat was
caught in the hutch trap which was of course turned out and killed by Wasp. Then
Fred went away to
Tuesday 18th February 1873
Last day of crutches. Work all morning. In the afternoon a long gossip with Bax. Among other, thinks sheep a fat [bearts?] Bax argued very harredly for fat bearts and as I found out afterwards repeated word for word what Papa had said to him on the same subject. I told him of the latter’s retirement. He supposed “he would soon jump into something else.” Bax is very amusing to gossip with but I am sorry to say never likes to spoil a good story.
In the evening chess with G., work and then I walked from Mamma’s bedroom to mine.
Wednesday 19th February 1873
Put on n ordinary boot on the broken leg for the
first time. After breakfast went out for a little walk. Then up to the studio
where I drew and did prose. I drew the nymph but was not so successful as I
might have been. After dinner out again for a little. A letter came from Mrs
Thursday 20th February 1873
Went out for a little. Then work. Afternoon work paper. Out for a little then work again.
Friday 21st February 1873
Went out, then work. May ran down to the white
gate and came back in a white heat, a state of very seldom occurrence with her,
poor thing. She suffers very much from the cold. In the afternoon I received a
note from Grand Mamma with an invitation to
L.W. Also the Marlburnian. The Girls and Mamma went to see young George at
the Rockery and brought back some oranges and crumpets. Papa being away at
Saturday 22nd February 1873
Dr Jardine arrived in the afternoon while I was on the terrace. He said my leg was going on well and that I might walk up and down hill.
Sunday 23rd February 1873
Went out in the morning. Wasp went down a rabbit
hole. I put my hand after him and did not improve my coat sleeve [realy?] After
dinner went up to draw instead of which
Monday 24th. February 1873
Snow. I went out in the afternoon with
Tuesday 25th February 1873
Snow all night, 5 inches deep in the morning. By
breakfast time it was raining. I went out with
By the evening the snow was almost all gone. In the afternoon the peacock came to be fed. I never saw such a wretched draggled looked creature in my life as he looked.
Wednesday 26th February 1873
After breakfast went to Kitlands to fetch Hallam. It was rather wet but very mild. Arrived at Kitlands and found a fire lighted in Uncle D’s study. It came on to rain so I brewed on his books till one when I returned hopping most of the way. In the evening chess with Papa and Mamma. I got shamefully beaten.
Thursday 27th February 1873
Work. The girls did their work in the dining
room with me on account of the sweep. In the afternoon went in our carriage (or
rather Parkhursts) to call on Kennydys and Broadwoods. Both at home. Mrs B in
the drawing room. She went to shut the window and caught herself in it and
laughed thereat for five minutes. Evelyn and Lucy came in also, not the fair
Amy. They, to
Friday 28th February 1873
Girls, Papa and Mamma went to see the Old [Marshes, markers?] I went to Kitlands in the poney chaise. Mrs Farrand was very polite and made me a fire. At eleven, however, I had to return to entertain Uncle J and Aunt G who were expected. They did not come but Mr Caralit did. He wanted to see Papa and made an appointment for the next day. He was arrayed in a sealskin coat which looked rather comfortable.
Saturday1st March 1873.
Snow, the largest flakes I have ever seen, as large as half crown, I think. Went out a little in the afternoon.
Sunday 2nd March 1873
Went to Church for the first time. Drove with
Monday 3rd March 1873
Rain, work in the morning. In the afternoon [Ltd?] Wickham called to my disgust he summoned me away from my work to say [howdy?] He said that Sherbourne is selling the bit of land bought at 300 for 1000 an acre. Old N’s wicked conscience must surely have smited him while doing this. I then went and talked to Bax. In the evening to my disgust found my leg had broken out again. A rat was caught in the morning and killed by Wasp. I composed a sonnet to his memory of which I transcribe the last two lines for the benefit of posterity.
“Footsteps approach the treach’rous door in [raines?]
On rush one squeak, one crunch and all is done.”
Tuesday 4th March 1873
Papa went to
Wednesday 5th March 1873
Papa again to
Thursday 6th March 1873
Rain as usual. Nothing else particular.
Friday 7th March 1873
We were all in a great state of excitement to know what sort of a creature James Heath would turn out to be. I have not seen him for 9 years, indeed not since the time when he disgusted me by playing cricket with a stick in his hand. I drove Louis to fetch him from the station. Mr Lawson appeared from the train and made kind enquiries. Then appeared a coy looking young man with a large amount of whiskers, rather large that is. He turned out to be the looked for James. He put his impedimenta into the chaise and as he was about to enter himself Louis made one of his accustomed maneuvers running round the wretch. James was nearly run over, however at last all was accomplished and we set out for home. James appears to be really a decent sort of fellow but utterly spoilt by always being kept at home and having no views above croquet. It’s a case of -
“Croquet croquet every where.
And of nothing else to think.”
Or almost nothing else.
Saturday 8th March 1873
Rats in the morning, the youthful young appeared
with rather a nice dog, a retriever. We bolted[?] two rats from the wall. Youngs
dog cleverly killing one of them. In the afternoon James and
Mrs H Mortimer called with two [Kerruches?] soon after. Mr, Mrs, Miss Beneche. I had to entertain Miss B and K which I did. Then came Uncle and Aunt J, then Mrs Wickham. In the evening Uncle J could talk of nothing but Easter Island and the track of civilization across the Pacific as shewn by big ears and tradition.
Sunday 9th March 1873
Rain so I was not to go as it cleared up the
rest all but Uncle J went. I had a dose of
Monday 10th March 1873
A walk to the farm with J, 11 [o’clock?] where wasp chased the cat . After dinner he, not Wasp, beat the other creature, went he was afraid to drive himself at three Uncle and Aunt J departed and we were again in comparative solitude. I nearly finished Eustace Diamonds and [gents?] Freeman N Conquest Vol.1
Tuesday 11th March 1873
Wednesday 12th March 1873
Papa and Mamma to
After breakfast went to try a drive. Louis and B, G in a tandem in Bax’s cart. They were harnessed part mien que mal by the aid of old rope [set?] and the drive began. At first they didn’t go at all well and an upset very nearly occurred at the turning into the wood. The traces were now too long and Louis kicked over them. We therefore shortened these and proceeded very successfully to Kitlands where I remained until 2 o’clock, totally forgetting the dinner hour. And thereby I am sorry to say missing Dr Jardine. After dinner work, a talk with Hookie and tea, then singing from Miss Dunn and chess with May, I of course winning in a canter.
Thursday 13th March 1873
After breakfast tandem again. Gerard went with
me. We went round by Minniewood and home by the Anstie Cottages, very nearly
coming to grief down the Anstie hill. However “a miss is as good as a mile.”
Then work, in the afternoon pottered about with May and
Friday 14th March 1873
Letter from Pap in the morning. [Cookie?] not coming if Fred does. Nothing in particular happened all day.
Saturday 15th March 1873
In the morning after going out, came in and had
my head washed. Just as that was finished came a ring at the bell which proved
to be Cookie [Cootie?] for Fred had not come after all. I went down and first in
deference to Ellen changed my garments. Then went into the school room where I
found an elegantly attired young lady. Miss Cookie [Cootie?]. I entered into
conversation and after was trotted her out to view the gardens. I flirted with
her for practice all day. She is very lively and amusing though not near so
pretty as her elder sister. In the afternoon drove her and
Sunday 16th March 1873
Drove down to church with
After dinner we the younger members of the party talked over the fire. Then adjourned to the school room, then tea, singing and stars. I think I shall transfer my allegiance from L to C. the latter is I think, a very jolly girl and takes and is very passably pretty. She does not make poetry either which is a great advantage. We are to drive down to the station tomorrow, the tandem however, is forbidden alas. In the evening wrote to S.B.B., heard that Agonies had expressed an interest in Gerard’s religious education, the latter does not however, appreciate her kindness as he ought.
Monday 17th March 1873
Got up tolerably early to drive C. down to the
station, did so also
Tuesday 18th. March 1873
Nothing particular all day except a little walk
about the garden.
Wednesday 19th March 1873
Wanted to drive the tandem in the afternoon. Gerard very eager to do so too, however, Mamma was too frightened and we did not.
Thursday 20th March 1873
In the morning after breakfast Wasp very eager
about a hole in the shrubs in the front. Send Ada to fetch the ferrets, they
arrived but we stupidly missed the rat, thinking however, that he was in the
furze back on the carriage drive, turned in there, heard a squeak and on digging
found the ferret had killed a half grown rabbit. The girls, or rather
Friday 21st March 1873
I had determined to go to
Saturday 22nd March 1873
Letter from Aunt P thanking me in terms my
modesty wont allow me to repeat for the letter explanatory of the [Horresonian?]
Sunday 23rd March 1873
Walked to church for the first time since October 2nd. Sermon from Tincivally, not particularly good. In the afternoon a little stroll round the place.
Monday 24th March 1873
Tuesday 25th March 1873
At breakfast Mamma and Papa suddenly determined
to go to
Wednesday 26th March 1873
Papa to [T.M.C., J.M.C.?] as usual, I went with
Thursday 27th March 1873
Friday 28th. March 1873
This, I am sorry to say, is written a week
afterwards. Therefore I don’t remember what happened except that it was fine
weather. I drove tandem with
Saturday 29th March 1873
Boat Race day.
Fred arrived in the morning and in the evening
Greville arrived, very little changed from the time when I saw him at Marlboro’.
We had a long talk in his room at night over M.C.,
Sunday 30th March 1873
Walked to church but before that I and Greville went down to the farm where we saw Bax airing his ferrets. We thought there was a rat in the stack and turned in but it was a false alarm. I, in the afternoon I went with the others as far as Redlands where we met Mr Hawkins who walked back part of the way with me. He is going to make a croquet ground but is not certain where. Hot, fine.
Monday 31st March 1873
Greville went away with Fred. He is a very nice fellow, quiet very and a little shy. It rained which was what the farmers wished for. Fine in the evening.
Tuesday 1st April 1873 [This was 1st April]
Hot, fine. My leg worse. Had breakfast in bed. Dr Jardine came and shewed me a bone he had cut out of a woman (femur). It had been broken, nothing else.
Wednesday 1st April. 1873 [2nd April]
April Fools Day.
Made several people fools including Gerard and Mamma. In the afternoon the G. Whatmans and Peter arrived. I went out for a stroll with George and in the evening got beater by him. Bezique. Fine and hot.
Thursday 3rd April 1873
In the morning after some work drove the tandem
to the Kerricks. Gerard took a note in, in most disreputable attire. We were
very successful as Louis didn't kick over the traces once. In the afternoon went
out for a little with
Friday 4th April 1873
Papa was yesterday elected as one of the
directors of the Central Bank of
Saturday 5h April 1873
I was as usual late for prayer in the morning. Ditto George.
In the afternoon the Kerricks and Wedgwoods arrived to see Peter. Walked to Rofsy's to countermand the unfortunate Parrots food. Nothing has been heard of them since they got out. Played chess with Papa in the evening, beat him once with George’s help. He beat me once. He also beat George. Dr Jardine came to see my toe which he pronounced better. Showery, rather warm.
Sunday 6th April 1873
Didn’t go to church for fear of being trodden on
and because my cat boot looked so funny.
Monday 7th April 1873
Nothing particular. In the evening chess with Papa and George. I beat and was beaten. Boys came.
Tuesday 8th April 1873
The Whatmans go. In the morning I went to
Kitlands with George. Willie went with Mr and Mrs Farrer to
Wednesday 9th April 1873
Fred arrived just after breakfast. There greater part of the day was spent in rigging Berties boat which is a very fine schooner. In the afternoon it was sailed and found to go very well.
Thursday 10th April 1873
Papa went to
Church in the morning. I and G didn’t go. He had
a bad side. I my toe. In the afternoon went down to sail the boats.
Cold, no rain.
Saturday 12th April. 1873
Mamma, Fred and B went to Linley Wood. The rest of us made decorations for the church. I asked Skilton if he would like a book. He said he would. I presented him with Ivanhoe 2nd edition.
In the afternoon drove tandem to the parsonage to take the wreaths. Saw Agnes, she is getting old and ugly fart I see. In the evening was beaten at chess by Papa.
Sunday 13th April 1873
Went to church, stayed communion. Agnes had a new bonnet, not pretty. Young Cathryn flirted all the time with Miss Gough. In the afternoon the others went a walk. I stopt in on account of my leg. By the bye Dr Jardine came on Saturday and said I might leave off the bandage.
Monday 14th April 1873
I got up early, that is at 10 minutes to 8. Had just settled down to work when a note came from Mr Lawson saying he was going to rat. I went down and we half let out the pond but only killed rats all the time. Had lunch there. I don’t think much of him but Mrs is rather nice though she does say ‘will you assist yourself to some sherry.’ After lunch came home and found L.C. upstairs. Went down again and Mrs Halson and Mrs C called with Mr Waltham. He isn’t a bad sort of fellow, I think. After that work, then tea and flirtation. After dinner, dancing commenced and ditto to before dinner. I am afraid I am very fickle for I have certainly returned to my allegiance and now think L.C. nicer than C.C., she not quite so noisy. Hot, fine. Heard sad news from Mamma that Grandmamma has had a stroke. I am so sorry, she is so kind and dear. Shot a rat out of G’s window.
Tuesday 15th April 1873
Got up at ½ past seven, went out with the girls at breakfast. Picnic decided on to Friday 1st. I wrote to Parkhurst to order a waggonette. He, however, had none so we determined to go to Anstiebury which we did. I almost upsetting the poney chaise on the way. We had tea and great fun, then back home. Tea, dancing, music and flirtation passed the evening quickly away. Hot, two showers.
Wednesday 16th April 1873
Rose early again, went out for a little walk before breakfast. After breakfast read journal to the girls. Then work. L and Herbert went out for a ride. I should like to have been Herbert. After dinner lay on grass doing work and reading Times with a little croquet. Then tea and flirtation. The latter however, went on pretty well all day. Then dinner and a very amusing and noisy game of vingt-et-un. Then letters to G. Whatman by Heath and Dr Jardine. L. is certainly nicer than C. Hot, fine.
Thursday 17th April 1873
Papa would let us go in the tandem so L. and
Friday 18th April 1873
L, May and self had to go to Dorking. Rain and
work all the morning. At dinner Miss Dunn went on about Italian music in French
with such fearful pronunciation that L could not restrain her laughter. Miss
Dunn [maked?] horrid. As it cleared up in the afternoon we went to Dorking.
Saturday 19th April 1873
George Heath arrived in the morning and went for
a ride with Gerard. In the afternoon marked trees in Betcherts Green. Then
Sunday 20th April 1873
Papa thought it would be good for my toe to rest so I didn't go to church which I was sorry not to do as I thought she would be there. Mamma stopped with me. Saw two tourists who had the cheek to come into our path. On seeing me they turned off to the public one. The others returned from church when I found that the [Coselets?] had not gone after all which made me cease to regret not having gone myself. Read all the afternoon. Fine, hot, East wind.
Monday 21st April 1873
May went to school. She bore the parting with us very well but once at parting with Mamma at Southsea I went after breakfast with George to Kitlands to get the last volume of Freeman. Then watched the pond running out (the little one) which is being done by the garden hose. After dinner the water having almost all run out Gerard, Fred and Bert went in without shoes or stockings. They found 6 boats and an anchor. Fred and I in the evening tried hard to shoot rabbits from the corner of the lawn but they wouldn’t let us get near enough. Then rats from Gerard’s window with the same luck. I had a fire in my room.
Tuesday 22nd April 1873
Went with Papa to
Wednesday 23rd April 1873
Work in the morning.
In the afternoon tandem to the Wickhams to ask if Archie would take back my
Saw Agonie who answered graciously on her brothers behalf. No accident with the tandem. Cold, windy. Rats in the evening.
Thursday 24th April 1873
Archery in the morning. In the evening rats. Very cold with some snow.
Friday 25th April 1873
Rats in the hall in the morning, only one was killed unfortunately. In the afternoon Archery. In the evening chess. Snow, cold with frost.
Saturday 26th April 1873
Nash [Flash?] found rats in the shrubs in front
of the house. Sent
In the afternoon floating boats in the Moorhurst pond. The [Yawl, Gant?] which Gerard and had rigged was very successful floating Bert’s big schooner. In the evening chess as usual.
Sunday 27th April 1873
I didn’t go to church on account of my toe. Mamma stopped with me. We had service and I read revue des deux Mondes in Dr [Shucas?]. I like it very much and intend to recommend it to Hoare. In the evening [Mars?] for the last time.
Monday 28th April 1873
In the morning tried to shoot starlings but failed. Marked trees, then went in tandem to the Wickhams and on to Pledge taking my cup to the former and Herberts [lab?] to the latter. After dinner starlings again, then H and B [Herbert and Bertie] went back to school. The latter not having any key for his box. In the evening I beat Fred at chess and resolved myself to cure my cold. Alas I have not written anything for over a week which is sad. I will therefore leave out Tuesday when Fred went back to school and Wednesday morning when I packed.
I went to
Friday 2nd May 1873
Saturday 3rd May 1873
In the morning went to the Petres. Thence with Mr P to Mr Ferrier’s with whom we went to look at Pensions. The first was beastly, dirty and nothing but water to drink. The 2nd was not at home. The 3rd very nice and there I am now. In the evening we went to dine with the Petres which was very nice. I like them both very much, especially Mrs.
Sunday 4th May 1873
Went to the English church in the morning. There we met Mrs Petre and went into her pew. Lunches with her and then drove with them to Berenstein and walked through the [Whilmina?] which is very pretty. Drove back through Cannstadt and dined and spent a very pleasant evening with the Edens, the Petres were there as also a Madame St Purr[?].
Monday 5th May 1873
Papa left me at an early hour in the morning. I breakfasted at the Movigradt then came to Gehrdan's and went about with Mrs to buy a bath. Then dinner at G’s, the fellows seem rather a nice lot on the whole. One English, Sichel, who thinks a good deal of himself. A Spanish [Gord?], an Italian, two Swiss, two Germans, a Frenchman and an Italian. Walk with Sichel, tea and bezique followed.
Tuesday. 6th May 1873
Got up not very early, called on the Petres. Mrs
not up at 12am. Went to see Cab, met him by tramway, went to hear the band,
dinner and greasy soup for which I was late. C. Eden came to see the place and I
went out and walk with him through the park and back. We ran the queen, also the
Mrs P. Dinner with the
Wednesday 7th May 1873
Got up about 8.1/4, went to the German lesson, called on Petres. They asked me to take a drive after dinner which I did. We went to Constadt to the Karsaal and up the hill behind which was very pretty, then back and to dinner with them.
Thursday 8th May 1873
Got up at eight, lesson at 11. After dinner to call on the Edens with Milligarry, then a little walk, came in and found an invitation from the Petres to their box at the opera where I went and which I liked very much. There I was introduced to Count Sinden.
Friday 9th May 1873
Work and band in the morning, in the afternoon went with Milligarri and a friend of his to call on the Austrian ambassadress and on Count Linden. Had some beer at the Margradt. In the evening learnt the famous game of Faroche at which I lost two kreutzers.
Saturday 10th May 1873
Work in the morning, in the afternoon work and call on Petres. They not at home. In the evening Bezique.
Sunday 11th May 1873
Very fine day. In the morning church, in the
afternoon went to call on the
Monday 12th May 1873
Work and bank in the morning. Went to call on the Petres, found them preparing for their party. I was invited, then home and work.
Tuesday 13th May 1873
Work and bank in the morning. In the afternoon
Graff Stadion called. Also card from Peter saying that the party is put off
until Wednesday. Went with the
Wednesday 14th May 1873
Work and band in the morning. Found that Benecke had come back in the afternoon. Therefore went to see him at seven. Then dressed (Count Sinden called in the afternoon) and went to Petres soiree. It looked very dingey, all in black but the rooms were very pretty. I made the acquaintance of Fraulein [N?] Stadion, Todd and somebody else whose name I forget. I enjoyed it very much, and saw royalty in the shape of princess [Wimar?] and her husband, she cannot be called lovely, nor can he.
Thursday 15th May 1873
Work, band where I met Benecke and Matthews. Walk with Todd in the afternoon. In my return a message from the Petres to invite me to the opera to their box. I couldn’t understand the servants so had to go and ask the Petres what the message was. I had already bought a ticket so had to sell it at a loss of 12 [brent?] however that was better than at loss of one Gulden. I liked the opera very much but more especially the actress. The opera was Tannhauser. I came into my new room.
Friday. 16th May 1873
Work, band. Professor. Walk with Beneke, nothing else particular.
Saturday 17th May 1873
Morning as usual. Then went with Miligarri to
his [tolaccoren?] I didn't buy anything. At dinner got a note from Beneke asking
me to meet him and Matthews at the [Kondgo-baum?] I did so, we had coffee there
and then hired a droshky to take us to Berg where we had a mineral bath. Then
beer and bread and cheese, then to the theatre at Berg where we saw the Marquis
di Villimer. Then home whence we went to call on the
Sunday 18th May 1873
Church with Cab in the morning. Met Mrs P there. Rained in the afternoon. I however, went to the Margradt and read the papers.
Monday 19th May 1873
Work and band in the morning. Agreed to go with B and M to the theatre on Tuesday. Went in the afternoon to call on Miss Minder but couldn’t find their house.
Tuesday 20th May 1873
The idiotical Cat never got my ticket so I
couldn't go as at 3 when I went to try for a ticket there were no spaarritz
left. I therefore went in the evening to the
Wednesday 21st May 1873
Got the places. In the morning work and band. In
the afternoon work again, then a call on the Petres, not at home or neither not
dressed yet. Then at 5 on the
Thursday 22nd May 1873
The Professor wouldn't give me a lesson today as it was Ascension day, a general holidy in these parts. In the afternoon I went a drive with Benecke, Resman, H Benecke and two little boy friends of Benecke’s or at least whose parents are friends of Beneches. We went to a place called the solitude, a most lovely drive through wooded hills. When we arrived there we had coffee and Baachen, then went over the place and watched the young ladies of the conservatorie playing port. There were some specimens among the men, one with short hair who thought himself the very deuce of a swell. After this we feasted on Nechar wine, then drove back. Went to the fair and had a lot of shots and I had a shot. I the evening whist at which I won 15 kr.
Friday 23rd May 1873
In the morning went with B to call on Madame Breidenbach. In the evening Mrs P's soiree. I enjoyed this one much better than the last. I was introduced to several people.
Saturday 24th May 1873
In the afternoon called on Salm’s and Mrs Wickham. It rained and was very horrid in every way.
Sunday 25th May 1873
Church, saw Mrs P. After dinner Melligarri came
in, in an excited state with a printed paper, the telegram that Thars[?] had
resigned and Macmahon taken his place. I went to call on the Peters and found it
('just as Melli told me') only Petre had not seen it in print. After stopping
there some time I went to the
Monday 26th May 1873
In the after went to the park, saw Matthews
there, also saw Prince [
Wednesday 28th May 1873
Was persuaded by Benecke to go with himself and his cousin to view to see [?] the stud, there we went, it was a very pretty drive there though not so pretty as that to the Solitude. We got there and saw a lot of yearlings, two and three year olds. They were very pretty but the peculiar thing was that the stallions, they were all so, were not a bit [pera?] as they are in England but allowed one to go among them, pat them etc as if they were so many sheep. We then went on to [Matanlan?] where we saw over the place, it is an agricultural college. We had dinner at the table d’Hote and talked German with some farmers who were there. Then saw some more stables and came back.
Thursday 29th May 1873
Nothing all day, rainy. Count Salm call. Went in
the evening to the
Friday 30th May 1873
Rainy and cold. Went in the evening to Benecke's to fetch the [Field?] Mme Acher invited me to stop to tea. I did so and afterwards played Whist, winning 45.kr.
Saturday 31st May 1873
Going to the platz, me Mr and Mrs Petre. She asked me to dinner which I condescended to accept, kind of me, was it not.
In the evening went to the
Sunday 1st June 1873
Went to church. There was Sacrament to which,
however, I didn’t stop. In the afternoon went for a walk with the
Monday 2nd June 1873
Very hot. [‘had appointed to go with Bene'
crossed out] Went in the morning with Benecke[?] to M. and Roman to Berg, it is
a pretty walk. I in the afternoon was to meet Benecke to call on the Wickhams,
however, he didn’t come so came back in the evening. He came and I went down to
the station to see him off to
Tuesday 3rd June 1873
Got a place for the opera. Il [plan?] Majico in the first row in the evening went there. It was very pretty, I liked it much better than I did Tannhauser. I found somebody had bagged my place so I did the same good turn for somebody else, however, that somebody else never came so it did not matter.
Wednesday 4th June 1873
In the morning invitation from the
Thursday 5th June 1873
Rain. Took my family over to the
Friday 6th June 1873
My foot has not yet recovered from the effects
of its stamp. I think, however, the said stamp has actually done it good by
letting out the matter and blood, it does not look half so swollen now as it
did. I therefore did nothing but in the afternoon go to the
Sunday 15th June 1873
Alas I have not written journal for a long time, however, Mrs Petre had on Saturday kindly promised to take me to church with her in her carriage. I went at the appointed hour and she was naturally late. We arrived in church in good time for the Te Deum. On the way back Mrs Petre kept complaining of Mrs Eden sending Painter into the legation pew which I must say seems rather a cool thing to do. In the afternoon went to Benecke’s rooms where I was introduced to Rothwald. Then with the Gordan’s to the Stadtgarten which was very stupid. Then to dinner with the Petres to meet the Edens and Todd.
Monday 16th June 1873
At 11 in Dr arrived and pulled out my toenail.
It hurt horridly. I lay on my bed all day. Benecke came to see me. In the
evening I went over and took up my abode with the
Tuesday 17th June 1873
Wednesday 16th June 1873
Nothing particular in the morning, in the afternoon went with Benecke to the Berg theatre. It was rather French but very well acted.
Thursday 19th June 1873
In the morning accompanied Mrs Eden and the children to the station and bid them adieu. Nothing particular in the day, in the evening went to the Petres at ½ past 8, found Dr McIntyre there who was rather amusing.
Friday 20th June 1873
Went with Benecke to the Berg theatre in the evening first having called on Mrs Wickham and Pritchard. Came home and enjoyed Miss G J’s society.
Saturday 21st June 1873
In the morning went a very pleasant
tête a tête walk with Miss J to see a friend who is at a girls school. I was not
allowed even to enter its sacred precincts and had therefore to make the best I
could of some bricks that lay outside. After that we went a little in the park.
Came back, Grove asked me to go to the Cannstadt theatre with him. I went there,
to my horror, Franzoe went too and when we got there another Spaniard was
introduced to me, he had been at
Sunday 22nd June 1873
Church, drive with Mrs Petre, dinner with the Ferriers, soiree at the Petres.
Monday 23rd June 1873
In the afternoon walk in the park, saw Mrs P and her photos which had just come. Then in the evening over to Benecke’s where I lost 15 Kr at Whist and 30 Kr at tossing.
Tuesday 24th June 1873
Hurrah. Miss G comes back today “Hail happy morn!” I went down to meet them but could not see them though they must have been there. I did however, see the Ferriers off. Did nothing particular the rest of the day.
Wednesday 25th June 1873
Went a walk with Gertrude in the morning in the Anlagen which was very pleasant. Then ami and in the afternoon loafing.
Thursday 26th June 1873
Miss G went away with her paternal relative. I went to see the Petres, found Mrs just going away to the King of Hanover. Bid her a tender farewell. Afterwards met Benecke with a Mr Woodman, a very nice man, went home with them in the evening. Lost 15 K as usual.
Friday 27th June 1873
Bought a bouquet for Miss Gertrude, price 1.20, rather extravagant perhaps. It was graciously received. Afterwards a walk. Spent the evening at home as the Petres were out.
Saturday 28th June 1873
Work all the morning. In the afternoon went to see the Natwialien Sam—[?] it would have perhaps been better worth seeing had there been a little light. Then went to the library but it is closed I found on Saturdays. Then came home, did some work and went to call on the Pritchards who were out. In the evening Theatre, met Petre there. Walked back with him through the park.
Sunday 29th June 1873
In the morning church. Benecke was wicked enough but afterwards met the Pritchards. Got invited to a water party, then in the afternoon went to the Stadt Garten where met the two May’s and Monroe and Elkin.
Monday 30th July 1873
In the morning walk with Gertrude. In the afternoon nothing particular. In the evening went up to the Petres where I remained to a late hour talking with Mr.
Tuesday 1st July 1873
Damn the Studgardten for a set of idiotic gossiping fools. Just imagine because of these three walks with Gertrude we have been talked about so that I am not to walk alone with her any more which is melancholy, damn d-n d-n d-n d-n d-n the gossips of Studgardt.
At five in the afternoon I went to meet the
Pritchards and Ackland. We went to Berg in the Pferd Bafn where we met Dellar
and Dugdale, Mr and Mrs Darcy. Then we walked to the river and took boats and
rowed up to Unter Turkheim where we drank beer and coffee and told the
hellner[?] to bring [brnard and lutter?] until we told him to stop the man had
begun to tremble before he brought the last plate. Then we rowed back and walked
home over the hill by the villa. Just as we came out onto the
Wednesday 2nd July 1873
In the evening went to see FrenBen[?] in German.
It was very good, one old men especially so though in the audience amused me
very much by his tears. The acting however, was of course not equal to what we
Thursday 3rd July 1873
Went in the afternoon with the Gordans to the Sillebeurg[?] after some time with them went down to the Pritchards, promised to meet them at the ball in the evening. Went home with the Gordans to get a little tea. Then back to the ball at which I danced all night. Two of my partners were German or French, and the next English.
Friday 4th July 1873
In the afternoon call on the Pritchards, then dinner at the Petres which Count Linden came in. I got Mrs Petres photo which is very good.
Saturday 5th July 1873
In the afternoon theatre zehr Maachen sind kuren Mann which was very amusing. It was 'The Faschers' benefit. She must have got a pretty good haul as the theatre was very full. We were May, Benecke, Gilbertson and self. We, the latter 3, afterwards had supper at Marguardts, Gilbertson had no key and so kept the wretched Lene up till 12.
Sunday 6thJuly 1873
Church with Gilbertson in the morning, Benecke to lazy to come. We went into the same pew as Cab who, however, was very anxious that we should go to another one for fear we should be turned out, the cause of his anxiety was soon apparent as the Winslows, including of course, Sally, came in and he had the delight of sitting in the same pew as the adored one. Afternoon, met Cab in the Anlagen. Also gave Gertrude a second bouquet. I don’t think I shall give many more.
Monday 7th July 1873
Arose at six in the preparation for the toils of the day. Arrived at Gordans and found them all ready started and met the cousins and Miss Boon at the [FernerSee?]. Miss B is as ugly as the person who was once painted green, but thinks herself lovely. Well we walked as far as the Huish park. I at any rate and I think most of the others in a state of “nage.” I did the agreeable to Miss Shatz and Gertrude. I rather like Miss S. Arrived at the lake. In the middle we partook of a cold collation, a very slight one and then played at various more or less stupid games. Then went to see the deer of which were many and fine. Then turned back and arrived home dead done with nothing to be had by way of dinner but bread, cherries and beer. I went to bed early after incurring the rustic anger of hitting a dog that barked at me very loudly.
Thursday 8th July 1873
O, except walk in the park with Gilbertson where we met Benecke, two Mays and Cab.
Wednesday 9th July 1873
Took my first ride on Katty. She is a very nice horse indeed her only defect being a blind eye. I went round the Anlagen.
Thursday 10th July 1873
Went to the Pritchards with Benecke. After waiting a little time Sellar and Dugdale came. There was also a Miss Ellit there. We then set out and walked and flirted as far as a village of which I forget the name. At about 8 I will put in here what I forget of Tuesday, in the evening was a Soiree at the Ferriers. I went there, discovered a lot of English people. Old Ferriers announced all the names as the people came in. He was dressed in a black coat and waistcoat, white trousers and - spurs. I talked away to a fellow called Pennefather. I was introduced to and then he went to Miss Ferrier. I knew no other ladies. Mrs Ferrier was engaged. I saw several very nice young ladies so I went up to a fierce looking Mamma whose name I knew and whose daughter was there. I made myself very agreeable for some and then said boldly “I wish I could get introduced to some young ladies.” She took the hint and I was happy for the rest of the evening. Old Ferrier sang two comic songs.
Friday 11th July 1873
Ride to Unterturkheim asi was coming back the road was very bad and I rode on the footpath, appear four rustics, one of them hit the horse. I hit him, he breaks into bad language, hits the horse again but behind and out of reach of my hand and retires shooting back Parthian of oaths which being in German, do not offend even my ears.
Saturday 12th July 1873
Rain in the afternoon when I was to have gone with the Ferriers to the solitude so we went instead into the Anlagen where I was [asked?].
Sunday 13th July 1873
Church for a wonder Benecke was there. Saw Miss
Pritchard. After church arranged for the theater Monday. In the afternoon called
on the Petres, met
Monday 14th July 1873
Parade, met Benecke at five, got some gloves, then to the Pritchards. We had got tickets. I took Miss Campbell, Benecke Miss Pritchard and flirted with them hard the whole time. Coming home it rained hard so I had to hold the umbrella over her. Holding an umbrella over a lady makes one’s head come very near hers I find. Coming home, at the turning Mrs Davy made a very rude remark, of course Miss P said good-bye to her, there she replied 'I daresay you would like me to go but I think I had better come on with you to the end.' After this Benecke and I went to Margradts. Met throngs but by drinking brandy avoided all ill effect. We waited there until about twelve when we adjourned to the station to see Mrs Petre off. There we found Count Linden with a lovely bouquet. The Petres soon came preceded by the two children. We bid her a tender farewell and then drove up home. On arriving at his place Benecke found it locked up so had to come back to me. We made a bed on the floor of my room with a mattress and one sheet and passed the night in tolerable comfort.
Tuesday 15th July 1873
Went a ride with Benecke in the afternoon. We went to the Solitude which, as I have said before, is very pretty indeed. PS. This happened on Wednesday, not Tuesday. In the evening went over to Benecke’s. Roman has now quite disgusted Benecke, he plays the blackguard a great deal to much. Comes home drunk and at [?].
Wednesday 16th July 1873
Ride as I said before. Went with the Mays and
Pennefather to Berg, saw 'Gin Fluttnburssf?' [?] which was very good indeed.
Came home, supper at Marguardts with Pennefather, met Benecke there. He got
leave from the band and was supposed to be in the
Thursday 17th July 1873
In the afternoon went with Benecke to call on
the Pritchards to see if they would come to the Silberburg. Benecke was afraid
to come up as he had taken a [tender parendt?] the day before. I told the
Pritchards, they laughed a great deal. In the evening we went to Silberburg and
danced. I danced nearly all the time with German girls, one very good looking, a
Miss Xayer, I intend to cultivate. Benecke treated us to
Friday 18th July 1873
Expedition to Rothberger, the usual lot,
Benecke, Sellar, Dugdale and Pennefather. He took to Miss Ellitall the time. I
was with Misses Campbell and Pritchard. The view is very fine and in the chapel
there are some very old pictures which came from
Saturday 19th July 1873
I had carried off Miss Pritchard’s parasol and gloves, so of course had to call to give them back. They asked me about sending off their luggage by goods train. I found out then went in the afternoon to tell them about it, had tea there and afterwards a walk in the park with them.
Sunday 20th July 1873
Church, in the afternoon to the Pritchards to take them to the Stadtgarten. Helped Miss P to pack at her request. Went to church with them, then to the stadtgarten, the elders would not come in so we three, Miss P, C., and self, saw the Gordans there, then home.
Monday 21st July 1873
Went to bathe in the afternoon with May and Maccaroni. Then had the first fencing lesson which I found very hard work. In the morning went and saw the Prichards[?] luggage off, coming back met Baron di Boch.
Tuesday 22nd July 1873
Work all the morning. In the afternoon went to the Prichards party, found there Dr and Miss Scott, Grimshaws, Miss Ellet and Campbell. There was music, singing. I performed 10 niggers, tea and was with flirtation to fill in the gaps. Afterwards I went home with Mr Darcy and had tea and discussion with him. Then arrived home found they had retired to rest, all the fellows had gone to Hohnheim.
Wednesday 23rd July 1873
Took a tender farewell of Gertrude, went down to the band, accompanied Miss and Mrs Pritchard home, thereby was late for dinner, so had it at Marguardts.
Went to Fritz’s and found
Thursday 24th July 1873
Was today she goes away, she the only bright point in Stuttgardt, that’s all very poetical but not all true.
In the morning went down to the station and saw
Miss Campbell off. Walked back with Miss Pritchard, then to the market where I
purchased a bouquet for Miss P and gooseberries for myself. At parade saw the
Pritchards again, walked home with them. They asked me to come and help them
down to the station. After dinner I went therefore, bouquet in hand, it was
received graciously and we proceeded to the station where we had to loaf for
half an hour. However, it was very pleasant loafing. Then the train came. After
some trouble I got them into a carriage or rather put their handgepacke in, then
appeared a man who said we had moved his packages and who swore and was
altogether in a fearful state. However, he subsided at last and if he understood
English must have passed rather a mauvais quart d’heure until the train went
off. Handkerchiefs were waved right to the end of the curve and until we could
see the train no longer. Those who remained behind then went sadly homewards.
They were the Scotts, Darcys and self. I then came home and in the evening went
to the Silberbourg, danced with Miss Xayer who is a very nice girl. It was
however, rather stupid on the whole owing to the rain. There were very few
ladies and they were of course, pretty well absorbed by the gentlemen whom they
knew. Pennefather and the two Mays were there and behaved more madly on the way
home, dancing and singing and kicking up a general row all the way.
Friday 25th July 1873
In the afternoon went to call on Pennefather, not at home. Then fencing lesson which was very nice but warm. It is a splendid exercise for the arms and shoulders but makes one most awfully stiff at first. In the evening retired early to rest being somewhat tired.
Saturday 26th July 1873
Ordered Ovid for my little go, it is to be bound in red half calf and will, I think, be very nice. It is too very cheap. Then fencing practice. We were both rather wild but that was excusable as we had only as yet had two lessons. In the evening after beer Gilbertson and I went for a little walk talking German all the time. Had a conversation with Mr Petre across the balconies at eleven.
Sunday 27th July 1873
Went to church with Pennefather in the morning. In the afternoon he behaved very badly there. After church saw Miss Ellet, she blushed awfully, I don’t know why. Then to his house where we drank beer. Then to the Stadtgarten after dinner (tea?). [‘Up to see Mr Petre in the garden’ crossed out]
Monday. 28th July 1873
Practice in the morning parade. Accompanied Gilbertson to the tailor where he got himself measured for a new suit. Then as ti came on to rain we took refuge in a pastry cooks shop and ate till it was over. Then G came to my rooms and played and sang till 6 when our lesson took place. Went in the evening up to Mr Petres.
Tuesday 29th July 1873
In the afternoon went to call on the Darcy’s. They were out. Then went to see if the Prichards piano had gone. It had. I went up to see the place again but oh how different, are the new occupants from the old ones, fat, greasy Germans instead of its former beautiful inhabitants.
Wednesday 30th July 1873
Went with Pennefather to call on the Grimshaws,
not for their sake but for that of their visitor. What was our horror at being
received only by the eldest and younger ugliest Miss G and to be told that Miss
Ellet had that day departed for
Thursday 31st July 1873
In the afternoon Silberburg but alas no dancing. I spoke to Miss Tolpey and bowed to Miss Xayer.
Friday 1st August 1873
Went with Gilbertson to the top of the old church tower, there is a good bird’s eye view of Stuttgardt but the stairs smell and the guardian of the tower is very dirty. All his water etc has to be hauled up. The effects of such a troublesome process are visible.
Saturday 2nd August 1873
Went to bathe at the Berg baths which was very enjoyable. Then to the market where I invested in ‘Greengages.’ In the afternoon fencing and decided to go to the Schwarz Wald with Pennefather. Passed the evening at gardens.
Sunday 3rd August 1873
Church in the morning. Stopped to Communion.
Spoke to the Darcys. Parade, dinner, answered
Monday 4th August 1873
Met Pennefather at the station at 6 3/4, went by train to [Coln?] from there walked first to Hershan and there saw a ruined monastery said to have been founded in 1050 by a man who had his sight restored. There were some vaulted cellars about which Pennefather told me a probably [phoney?] story of his own adventure with a German lady, Mrs G Pennefather however, I am afraid, like all [‘Germans’ crossed out] Irishmen is apt to draw the long bow. At Hirshon we dined Table d’Hote, the company not aristocratic by any means. One man, the schoolmaster, had an enormous red nose and a wig. From Hirshon to Wildbad, a very pretty walk, part of it through the forest, part along the [reaches?] road, all between steep dark wooded hills. At Wildbad we, after arranging our rooms, walked through the town and met Ackland whose presence at W I had forgotten. Then we retired to rest after Pennefather’s having so far forgotten himself as to kiss the barmaid.
Tuesday 5th August 1873
We set off at ½ past ten and walked on through
finer scenery than the day before. The hills were much higher and the valleys
wider though still nowhere no more than half a mile across. We met a Woldshuz in
the road and discoursed with him, we saw a deer and he left us to [by?] and
shoot it. He made the call and the deer came quite close to us and did not
notice us for some time. However, now was shot and we, after treating the keeper
to beer, went on through Dolb and Herenalb to Hohennau where meant to dine,
however, there was no beer in the whole place, much less any eatables, so we
went on to Gernsbach where we fed and then made a forced march on to Baden
through a wood were Pennefather, who is, I think, very imaginative, got quite
frightened. He kept looking behind him and held his dagger in his hand all the
time. We arrived at
Wednesday 6th August 1873
After breakfast went out to look round the town. Saw the frescoes on the drinking hall which would look much better were they kept cleaner. Then to the now empty gaming rooms, the man who shewed us over them seemed naturally to regret the old times (so did I). We then met Todd and after that had dinner. Then a walk down the Lichtenthal after which we met Todd again and after strolling about a little went to hear the music and drink beer. After this, supper. Pennefather, I am sorry to say, got rather light. The next day (Thursday) we came home by train. In it were a French man and his wife with a German and his wife. The two men had both been in the war but neither of them could speak a word of the other language so we had to translate every word which amused the little German woman very much. On arriving at Stuttgardt I went to the Silberburg and enjoyed the dance very much though it was very hot.
Friday 8th August 1873
Parade in the afternoon, fencing, than at tea we, I and Gilbertson, 2 Mays and Pennefather went down to the station to meet Benecke. However, he did not arrive so we went to [Texlorb?] had some beer and home again.
Saturday 9th August 1873
There was no music at parade in the afternoon. G
and I went to Lipps to see about the Prichards piano. I forgot to mention that I
had found a letter from her in answer to mine on my return from
Sunday 10th August 1873
Church in the morning with Gilbertson. In the afternoon went over to the Mays. Then with them as far as the middle of the Anlagen, then on with B and G to Hermanns in [Comasaht?] where we had dinner and a very nice dinner too. Then home quickly.
Monday 11th August 1873
In the afternoon met Mr Petre. He asked me to
dinner which I did. After a little fencing then Schone Helen at Berg. With
Benecke it was as good as could be expected under the circumstances. Coming
back, there were two ladies (???) who have just arrived in Stuttgardt from
Tuesday 12th August 1873
In the afternoon as I was quietly writing in my room at [Gordans?] in rushed May and Benecke, they of course made a great noise and then we went up to G’s room and made more noise still to the horror of the Frau Professor in the stairs. I knocked Benecke’s hat off and that made still more noise than was edifying for the [Wickhers?] who had a christening going on underneath. In the evening Gilbertson and I went over to Miss Fines and won 30Kr. Then round to Marguardts for some beer and then bed.
Wednesday 13th August 1873
Nothing particular all day except circus in the evening and beer[?]
Thursday 14th August 1873
In the morning fencing with Pennefather. I got a good long line this time as P had to go away to his lesson with Darcy. In the afternoon went with Gilbertson on to the hills for a breath of air. In the evening Silberbourg. I went in first and met Miss Xayer or as she is commonly called, the buff girl, in the cloak room. They have only one cloak room for both sexes (German). Got two dances out of her and in the first one some flowers too. Gilbertson very jealous. He was not early enough and only got one dance. By the last dance a Mazurka, she was tired so we sat that out and then I got the two last which we also sat out. That is four altogether. I enjoyed the evening very much. The Abbots were there and I got introduced to Mrs Abbot.
Friday 15th August 1873
[‘Fencing in the morning’ crossed out] then my first Gymnasium lesson which was amusing. The lecturer began to week in the middle of his lecture and at intervals spat into the corner of the room. I imagine such a thing at Malboro'. Beishac[?] of all people sat just in front of me. In the evening fencing with Gilbertson. After that over to Miss Fines.
Saturday 16th August 1873
Fencing in the morning, in the evening Berg theatre, 'Camelier Dame' which was very good but rather too melancholy. After Bathwald and Benecke were there. I forget to put in that on Wednesday we went to the Circus in a large body, 2 Mays, self, Gilbertson, Ben, Matt, Penne, and two others that I don’t know. It was very stupid.
Sunday 17th August 1873
Went to the Catholic church in the morning, had a long discussion with old May on religious subjects. He seems to be a very bigoted catholic indeed.
In the evening Stadtgarten, met Petre there.
Monday 18th August 1873
Parade in the afternoon, fencing, [lyique? Bezique?] in the evening. Milligarry showed us the cards given him by two members of the Shah’s suite.
Tuesday 19th August 1873
Gymnasium. I astonished the natives by running out directly the clock struck as I wanted to get a ticket. I got the ticket and went with the Mays to the fencing place where I fenced with young May. In the afternoon after Duchess[?] wrote a German letter to the Frau Professor and stared at Tony over the way. She grinned in return. In the evening theatre Prziosa. I did not care for it much, somehow there was so little singing and it was in fact neither opera nor play, nor even burlesque. After that we met Sellar, Dugdale, Bothewald and two Jameses and Bash and adjourned to Risicks, then home.
Wednesday 20th August 1873
In the evening to Miss Fines where Benecke was away. We therefore played [dumsing, dumsory?] which I lost the dummy and won a guilder.
Thursday 21st August 1873
Silberbourg in the evening, danced with the buff girl as usual. Benecke came in at about 11 having been out to dinner. Gilbertson didn’t come at all.
Friday 22nd August 1873
At dinner appeared Little and a fellow named Phillips who is at Trinity Hall. After dinner and [Dachas?] we went to Cannstadt to bathe. Then I came home in time for a fencing. In the evening after tea over to Miss Fienes where I won 30 Krent.
Saturday 23rd August 1873
Started on our way to Hohzolleren and
Lichtenstien by the 7.50 from St (company Gilbertson, Benecke, self) went to
Sunday. 24th August 1873
Walked to Lichtenstein after having been
horribly cheated by our host. We had no card so had to go in with some other
people, a party of tourists, the inevitable funny man was there of course, being
Monday 25th August 1873
Went to the Fines in the evening.
Tuesday 26th August 1873
Went to Norma at the theatre with B and G. I
liked it very much indeed. Afterwards supper at Marguardts. Dined out for
Wednesday 27th August 1873
Went to Berg theatre, saw a pretty little operetta with pretty little [ganuchosski?] in it. Then home.
Thursday 28th August 1873
Nothing all day. Spent the evening at home.
Friday 29th August 1873
Saturday 30th August 1873
Sunday 31st August 1873
Got up very late, breakfasted at
Monday, 1st September 1873
In the morning calls with Benecke. I received a
letter from home to say that I was to stay up to the fifteenth so I shall not be
able to go home with B which is a great pity. However, it can’t be helped.. In
the evening fencing. It is the eve of the anniversary of
Tuesday 2nd September 1873
These confounded idiots began firing at ½ 6 in
the morning and went on more or less all day. The streets are all hung with
flags, processions etc go on all the time. In the afternoon went to Beronstein
and Wilhelma. There are some very fine pictures there. Then home to
Saturday 13th September. 1873
At 12 started from the delightful town of
Sunday 14th September 1873
Monday 15th September 1873
I went to
In the evening to the Follie Berger where we saw some Gymnastics, pantomime, etc.
Tuesday 16th September 1873
Missed the hotel[?] train through the hotel people’s stupidity, caught the next one however, and had a pretty good passage. I was however, slightly sick, very slightly, I am happy to say and arrived home early on Wednesday morning.
I am sorry to say no journal has been written since this up till
Sunday 12th October 1873
Established in my rooms. Booth called in the morning, early and stopped till chapel time when we went to chapel which was a very fine service. The organ splendid. Then saw Uncle Douglas and went to lunch with Booth. Then came back and received a visit from Uncle Douglas and from Walter Heath.
Alas I have left this journal unwritten until
29th February and must put in the principle weeks
though without any remarkable event diversified by [tubbing, concoing,
sheffing?] where I was twice upset, Booth once. Card lunch and breakfast parties
on the 11th December I went to a ball and
Friday 30th February 1874 [?]
While up in the studio got a letter from Broadwood to ask to dine, sleep and shoot on Saturday. Went there and had a very pleasant evening enlivened by songs, ‘The Darkie with the Golden Hair' etc etc. Also a game in which you have to draw something with your eyes shut and then everybody puts their comments on it.
Broadwoods having been very particular as to our beginning early I and Lyall were down at 8 ¼ B., however, didn't appear before 9. We had a very decent day, about 80 rabbits. In the evening found May had come back. Bills from Tutor came in, they were much more than I had expected.
Sunday, 1st March 1874
Church, Mr Wickham took to reading
Monday 2nd March 1874
Tuesday 3rd March 1874
Election day, walked about most of the day
watching the free and independent going to the poll which was rather amusing.
Went to lunch with Booth and Corbett at Booths rooms. After lunch work and then
Hall. After Hall went to the Union, heard a pretty good speech supporting
Wednesday 4th March 1874
[atwin, Yelb. Bacon?] reading. Booth came to
lunch, then we adjourned to the boat, go down the river, then back to the
Sunday, 19th April 1874
Didn’t go to chapel but to breakfast with Booth. Afterwards a walk, then lunched at my place, nothing else particular.
Monday 20th April 1874
In the morning went in a Funny for the first time to my great delight, did not upset, it isn't at all bad fun. In the afternoon up the river with McPherson whom I like very much. We went up in a [tub?]. In the evening Loo with Prior, I won five shillings for a wonder.
Tuesday 21st April 1874
Lectures in the morning, Gelb and Maxon[?]
[Maxon, Monon?] only a quarter of an hour. In the afternoon funny again. I ran
into the varsity pair but it was not my fault. Then work in the evening. I went
a walk with Gilbert, afterwards Broadwood dropped in, then went out with him to
his rooms and here I stayed until eleven, then home and bed.
Wednesday 22nd April 1874
In the morning went to [Maxon?] to arrange about private [tutor?] I have from 1-2 on three days in the week, the loafed looking up some men, the Hall, after which I went to get my gown back from Lawson who bagged it the other day. Then came tom my room and read [Williams, Wilkins?] on real property which is not half so bad as I expected it to be, rather interesting than otherwise, only it is rather provoking after reading five or six pages to see but all this is now prevented by the Act passed in 1870 and this is now ..
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