Diary and notes of Lady Mary Anne Meek nee Grant (1830-1831 & 1841-1845)

1838 from Naples, very comprehensive

(Note at start of Diary)

Lady Meek Letters. Milbourne Marsh Diary when a boy living with his Aunt [above], going to office. Dec 1838

 

1830 January,

 

3rd January 1830

Went to the Music at Cavocato Catatano's, very fair serouded 

 

7th January 1830

 Went to M.[Balmont's, Falionet's?] grand ball

 

10th January 1830

 Went to the Music at Catatano's 

 

17th January 1830

Went to the Music at Catatano's

 

27th January 1830

David at Mr Townly Parker's, party. Prince Batirs Lady Sykes, Miss Wilbraham, Captain and Mrs Shiffner and several others, 18 in number, dinner at up & served a la Rup, very handsome

 

31st January 1830

[meant for December]

Very cold. - Mr Close sent his Box for the Fiorentini and an invitation to pass the last  evening of the old year after the performance at the Theatre, pass'd a very pleasant evening & up.

 

Feb'y

 

1st February 1830

Left Palas Regnlitte & took up our residence in Palazzo [Esterhazy?] the weather cold but dry. A little fatigued with moving.

 

25th February 1830

This should be March

Went to Suizuoli & Baid with a large party, the weather beautiful, a delightful day on the whole.

 

1st August 1830, Sunday - Naples ?

Intensely Hot. 

In the evening Prince Ruffano and General Saluzzo called. 

 

2nd August 1830, Monday

Went in the evening to St.Carlo, in Prince Ruffano's Box. The Queen had ordered an act of the "Straniera" and the Ballet of "Il.Corsario" to hear the new singer Signora [blank]. She is a fine woman and good actress, extremely graceful but not a finished singer some of her upper tones are harsh, the middle and lower ones sweet. She appears young, it is said is not 18, but I shou'd think her 20. Italian beauty however soon comes to maturity. Mrs Beyon went with us, at the earnest entreaty of Prince Ruffano, he being in attendance on the Queen (he is one of the King's Chamberlains) could only come for a few minutes between the play and ballet, but when her Majesty went out the theatre he returned and say us out, as did General Saluzzo and Mr Fritat.

 

3rd August 1830, Tuesday

A fine and hot day, but attended by brisk wind. Mr and the Miss Bryans left Naples for Castel-a mare at half past ten in the forenoon attended by Barker and Giacomo. In the Evening Mr, Mr and Miss Close called, asked me to drive on the Strada Nuovo with them, and then accompany them to the Fiorentini. I did so, and was well entertained. The Dey of Algiers landed and at night all his Harem were disembarked closely covered up in thick clothes. They are at the Vittoria, next door to us.

 

4th August 1830, Wednesday

A very fine but very warm day, went early to bathe in the sea and took a walk in the Villa, was so overcome with sleep I was obliged to lie down before dinner and fell into a profound sleep, in the evening Mrs Arbuthnot proposed to me to drive with her at half past 6, which I agreed to. On my return Mrs and Miss Close called for me to spend the last evening with them, as they go to Ischia tomorrow. Staid till near 12, when Mr J Close Mr Fuitat and [Ch, Chancellor?] Almeida came home with me in Mr Close's carriage, took this opportunity of giving a Piestre to Mr Close's excellent servant Paolo.

 

5th August 1830, Thursday

Still hot but a little less so than yesterday. The Duchessa came in the morning to make me a visit with Amalia, as did Mrs Arbuthnot to invite me to her party. The Duchessa St. Ritio di Majo proposed taking me to the Fiorentini this evening, which I gladly accepted. The piece was Affieris Oreste, and was very well performed. The young Duce d'Astria sat in Madame la Duchessa's box the greater part of the evening as did young Arillo, who we sat down at St Carlos which was not over when we went by. In the morning had a letter from Caroline. They were all very sick crossing to Castel a Mare, which they find very dull.

Mr Feitat came in the evening and proposed walking with me in the villa, but I was too idle. He sat till half past nine when he went to the Marchessa Misouraja's party, proposes going to Ischia tomorrow.

 

6th August 1830, Friday

Bathed, wrote a long, or rather three letters to Caroline, one in Italian [a poor performance] one in French and one in English. In the evening went in to Mrs Arbuthnot's and very pleasant party. Among them Mrs and Miss Mason attended by Prince Ruffano. Mrs and Miss Northey to whom Mrs Arbuthnot introduced me. Lady Molesworth and her eldest daughter, Lady Lloyd, and Mr and Miss Serle, her nephew and niece, Count D'Aragon, Ifraco forno the present minister Prince Capera's son, Machesa Misouraga and her daughter, Duchessa St. Pietro di Majo and her daughter, Mr and Mrs Auldjo and Miss McGillervray , Mr Anysford Wyse, Captain Doyne, and half a hundred others who I did not  know and many I did not see as I never went into the Ecarté room.

 

7th August 1830 Sunday

A fine day, the day much cooler. I did not bathe. The Duchessa came to persuade me to accompany her to St Carlos, but I persisted on declining it, however, having been to a public place on a Sunday. I forgot, before going to join Mrs Arbuthnot's party she offered me her carriage, in which I went to enquire after Mr and Mrs W. Gomonde who I just learned lost their poor little baby yesterday. Called also at the Aracelle to enquire for Honourable Mr and Mrs Quin, who have been gone to Rome this fortnight.

 

9th August 1830

Went on Madame De Majo's terrace to see the Turks, they gave me some snuff scented with oil of roses. Reports of another revolution in France. L'Abee Telvaggi called, and insisted on my having the use of his beautiful and excellent lorgnette which the Miss Bryan's had returned. Mrs Mason called and left cards for all the present inhabitants of Palazzo Majo.

 

10th August 1830

Called to ask when the Duchessa would return Mrs Mason's visit. She has appointed tomorrow in the evening. Mr Feital called, much pleased with his trip to Ischia from whence he returned yesterday morning. Walked in the [evening?].

 

11th August 1830

The weather much cooler, bathed having subscribed for 12 baths. A Carline and a half each bath. Mrs Arbuthnot lent me some books. The Duchessa proposed deferring our visit to Mrs Mason, and going tonight instead to the Fiorentini to which I agreed. Staid on her terrace till after sun set to see the Algerians at their devotions.

 

12th August 1830

Bathed, rather a warm morning, delightful bath. In the evening went on the terrace with Mrs Arbuthnot, her invitation to see the Algerians. They gave us snuff and seemed much delighted at being spoken to by females. She gave them [bons?] to their great satisfaction.

 

13th August 1830

Fine day, bathed.

 

14th August 1830

Fine day, but warm. Heard more of the tumult in Paris. Mrs Arbuthnot has promised to let me see the newspapers, if as she expects, she gets them in the evening. Went with the Duchessa and her youngest daughter Marinina to call on Mrs Mason at he Comero[?] who kindly promised to  send my card to  Mrs Northey. Mrs Mason had just returned from visiting the Dey of Algiers, who was uncommonly civil to her. Returned with Madame le Duchessa to her apartments, met there General Saluzzo.

 

15th August 1830

A warm day, went in the evening to drink tea with Mrs Gomonde, agreeably to her recommendation. Bathed in the morning. Mrs Arbuthnot lent me Gahjnam's Messenger for 28, 29, 30, 31st July and 1 and 2nd August, the contained the particulars of the revolution in Paris. Charles 10th having abdicated. The Duke of Orleans named Lieutenant General of the Kingdom, sad bloodshed, accounted varying to the number killed. Some say 20,000. I trust the numbers are much exaggerated. Sent my long letter to Caroline Bryan by the boatman. Received a letter from Caroline. Visited by Mrs Douglas.

 

16th August 1830

Fine day, bathed. Having just finished a long letter to Caroline to Mrs Douglas. In the evening drove out with Mrs Arbuthnot, on returning she lent me two more newspapers, 3rd and 4th August, further details of the events in Paris.

 

17th August 1830

Rather a cloudy day but not quite so warm. In the early part of the morning began to gloom over, still more at one, then loud thunder, lightning and heavy rain, was something shoot into the sea, which they say was a thunderbolt, that another fell at Jiaso Falian and killed four men. I trust it is a mistake. The lightning was very vivid and soon after the air cleared which it did about four o'clock, there were frequent flashes of sheet lightning. About ½ past seven Mr Feitat called, he says he has been many times, but that I have always been out. He told me papers were in Naples of the 5th and 6th, and that the Duke of Orleans has been proclaimed King. Reports are circulated that the poor little Duke de Bordeaux is a supposititious child. This must be calumny. I was in France when he was born, and remember some details very offensive to delicacy of what the poor Duchesse de Berri suffered, even to the risking her life to prove he was bonafide her offspring.

 

18th August 1830

A very rough sea but I bathed notwithstanding. The waves rose most boisterously, and the water was turbid. I did not stay as long as usual in the bath. The wind continued high till on or near two p.m. Then calmed and the day became fine. Prepared for receiving Mrs Bryan, and consequently moved into my own room when after dinner I found the Duchessa directing the clearing the outer room where a floor has been roughly made which gives light fais. In the evening about half past nine Mrs Bryan with Caroline and Eliza, attended by Barker and Giocomo arrived. Mrs Bryan looking tolerably, the others extremely well. They seemed to like Castel la Mare much better then they did, and say there are some very beautiful walks and rides there.

 

19th August 1830

A very fine morning with pleasant breeze. I did not bathe having all night been tormented with a touch of the gout in the right great toe, extremely painful. Could not sleep till day light, and when composed was wakened by the firing on account of the King's birthday. The carriage being had for the day, went with Caroline to Mrs Pinson's[?] about straw bonnet, which I think she will  arrange well. Mr Fritat called in the morning, in the evening went with Mrs Bryan and daughters to St Carlo to the Box of [D secondo palge?]where one act of the Temirarinde was performed with the new ballet of  "Il Paria." Prince Ruffano came into the box and sat some time. Mr Fritat almost the whole evening. Prince Ruffano engaged us to go tomorrow night to the Fiorentini in his Box.  The ballet long, but the opening scene particularly beautiful. The sun rising beyond a magnificent grove high hills, and a stupendous temple dedicated to Brania. Major Webster came into our Box and made an invitation for Monday evening.

 

20th August 1830

A fine day, weather cooler.  Drove in the morning with Eliza to Mrs Pinson's about my bonnet, and saw a white crepe one that suited me, and which she sold me for six ducats. Caroline and Mrs Bryan afterwards made some visits and came home, decided on Mrs Bryan's returning tomorrow to Castel la mare. Eliza and Caroline to join her Tuesday. Went to the Fiorentini, the Prince did not come. Mr Fritat did. Was well entertained but was very sleepy. Called on the Close's in our way to the Fiorentini.

 

21st August 1830

A fine morning, but rather high wind. Mrs Bryan attended by Barker and Giacomo went to Castel la mare by water. In the evening went on Madame Duchessa's terrace with Eliza and Caroline to see the Turks at their devotions. We went  rather too early, and I became tired, but Caroline went down before me, however she re-ascended,  and while I was  alone, Major Webster called, saying he  came to  express a hope I would be of  their party. It was not my intention to go, but he said so much about it that I agreed. Mr Fritat called just after he was gone.

 

22nd August 1830

Cloudy in the morning and showery, which came on to very heavy rain, continuing all day, so that there was no corso.

The Turks removed today from the Vittoria.

 

23rd August 1830

The weather clear and fine. I did not however, bathe nor go out. In the evening went to Major Webster who was so disappointed in a party, the rooms not  well arranged, the floor so dirty as to  spoil even black shoes, the younger Miss Bryan sang however, wonderfully well, but she  makes sad grimaces. Mrs and Miss Mason came in after us. Mrs Mason chatted very pleasantly, the Dey of Algiers has taken an amazing liking to her and sent her some handsome presents, among them a shawl, among other things he asked her if her husband was tired with her, as he had left her to return to England, which business obliged him to do. Met for the first time in Society Lady Mary Deerhurst, I do not know why, but she is not generally visited by Ladies. Her parties are chiefly composed of gentlemen, very poor refreshments, chiefly lemonade. Returned home tired and sleepy. Prince Ruffano engaged us to go to his Box at the Fiorentini tomorrow night to see "Il Diplomatico Creduto."

 

24th August 1830

Fine day, the late heavy rain has added to the beauty of the villa greatly, it now looks green as in Spring. Had the carriage at five o'clock, went to the library and several other places, besides leaving cards for Mrs Webster. Paid Madame Pinson for the bonnet, and then called on the Duchessa Cosrijaino, who was too ill to receive us, then went to the Fiorentini where we were much amused both with the creduto diplomatico, and Il bajabondo which were well preformed.  Mr Feitat came to us, as did to our great astonishment Il tenento Tergardi [whom we style the Bird catcher] he smiled, bowed, and scarcely spoke three words the whole evening. His long stay in the Box was singular for he only spoke in monosyllables and we did little more, in fact he sat me to sleep.

 

26th August 1830

A fine day, I was so sleepy that I did not rise to breakfast. At twelve Caroline and Eliza attended by Giocomo who returned Monday left Naples for Castel la Mare. I hope they arrived safely but have not yet heard. After their departure I took a bath which revived me greatly. The sea was beautifully clear. Read all day, in the evening Mrs Arbuthnot came in after her drive, and sat some time. I see I have forgotten yesterday, and therefore will add it so the 26 come before the 25th.

 

25th August 1830

A fine day, Eliza bathed. I rested and read for I was tired with our constant evening engagements. In the evening left the Chiaja at half past eight to call for Miss Mason to take her to the Falconetts party at the Vomero. Very rough road but an extremely pleasant party. Met Lady Molesworth, Mrs and Miss Northey, Mrs Ramsay, Mrs Bell, Mrs Arbuthnot, Marchesa Misouraja, Princess Teicasse and a great many more. The house is extremely pretty, the situation beautiful commanding a lovely view over Naples, it is part of the Country Palace, the late King gave to his wife La Principessa Gartuna. The road winds beautifully through a shrubbery and passed a marble bridge built by the King. A substantial, or rather solid proof of his love. This lady never had the honour of Queen. The drive home was dark and at one time I feared dangerous, for the horses refused to proceed for some little time, however when the winding of the road allowed the lights to appear they moved on tolerably when, and when other carriages passed trotted on pretty fast but it was  half past two when we reach home.

 

27th August 1830

A very fine day, bathed. In the evening Mrs Arbuthnot came and  sat some time with me.

 

28th August 1830

Fine day, but the wind high. Bathed. In the evening Mrs Bell called and I drove with her to the Strada Nuovo. On my return Chav-[Chevalier?] Olmeida and Mr Feitat called.

 

29th August 1830

A very fine day. Called early by Chiara to see the procession from the Church over which part of our apartments run. There was a fine band, a superb plume of white feathers, and a banner white and gold. Then a number of persons in white surplices. Then boys bearing flowers in various forms. Then the priest and choristers. Then a frame of flowers formed the letter M,  then a large image of  the Virgin, draped in a new white Satin dress with very full skirt, and  full [skews, drawers?] and a blue satin mantle, a very showy necklace of  gold and rubies, and a  circle of gold  flowers round her heard. I went into the Church and saw the image replaced, it was on a heavy gilt stand supported by vassals, the figure itself had a face of wax, very pretty features, and wax hands and arms extended as if blessing the people. I did not bathe.

 

30th August 1830

Fine day, bathed. Very warm. In the evening Mr, Mrs and Miss Close called and took me to the Strada Nuovo where we got out and walked. Afterwards insisted on my going home with them and supping. Chevalier Almeida and Mr Feitat saw me home.

 

31st August 1830

We had the boatman calling with a letter from Eliza. Got up and answered it. As soon as I could get at my desk which was in the drawing room and Chiara was out before I rose taking the keys of the drawing room with her. About 12 the Duchessa sent to let me know the Algerians were making a visit, if I wished to see them. Went down and found three, one very inferior looking, the other two more distinguished. They are to return to Algiers at 4 o'clock, went accordingly to appointment to Mrs Close's where I dined. In the evening drove to the Strada Nuovo with them, and then accompanied them to the Fiorentini. The piece, which was well performed, was "Dovere e Natura," it was affecting. Chevalier Almeida and Mr Feitat came into the Box, and sat a long time. Mrs and Miss and Mr J Close came home with me, a most beautiful moonlight night.

 

1st September 1830

Mrs Bryan and her daughters came home at about nine o'clock. I had been watching for her two hours. 

 

7th September 1830

Mrs Bryan had a large evening party, but first I should have said, gave a dinner party to 12 besides ourselves, making 16 in all, the dinner was served a la Russe[?] and was very handsome. Cost 12 Piastras, about 2.6 exclusive of fruit, cakes and teas. Party Colonel[?] and Mrs Douglas, Captain and Mrs Stopford, Captain and Mrs Arbuthnot, Prince Ruffano, General  Salezzo, Conte d'Arragon, Chevalier Tonilla,  M de Habbé, Secretary of the Russian Legation and M Feitat, Consul General for Brazil. The dinner went off well, and the evening party was brilliant. We had most of the English, among them Lady Lushington and two daughters, Lady Molesworth and one daughter, Mrs L Mason and daughters, Mr Blair and Mr Lambert Blair, Mr and  Mrs Webster, Miss  B-, among the Italians,  Duke and Duchess St Theodore, Duke and Duchess Gorilliue, Prince Arillino, Prince Campo Franco, Marchess Marrineau and daughter.

 

8th September 1830

A very unpromising day, which all regretted as it is the day of the annual visit of the Royal family to the Marina of the Ri di Grother attended by a vast number of troops. After much  doubting the troops began to line the [Almaja?] and had assembled to the amount of several thousands but heavy rain coming on, at about three o'clock they were dismissed, and the fete put off to finer weather, which is hoped for  on Sunday. Several friends of Mrs Bryan came, partook of refreshments. In the evening we went to the Duchessa St Theordosa's where there was a numerous company General[?] and Mrs Douglas came and  drank tea with their two daughters. After their departure we went to our gay party at St Theodora's, their Palazzo is very handsome, the stair case particularly so, being balustrades and all of the purest white marble, all the noble Italians were present and many English, among them Mr and Mrs Barker, Captain and Mrs Shiffener[?],  Lady Floyd her sister, nephew and niece, the latter dances remarkably well. Some Russians, some Germans and some French, a very pleasant and brilliant company. 

 

9th September 1830

Went to the Fiorentini, in Prince Ruffano's Box, it is be the last representation for seventeen nights, on account of the liquefaction of the blood of St Gennaro. Two very good pieces performed, but I was tired having been so late up the two last nights.

 

10th September 1830

Caroline went with Mrs Mason to Marchessa Misouraja. A fine day.

 

11th September 1830

Not very promising morning, but I took a walk in the villa. Rain came on however before I got home and the day turned out dreadfully stormy. At night the thunder was tremendously loud, while the lightning was terrific, and the rain fell most violently. Eliza Bryan very ill, Caroline was to have gone with Mrs Mason to Mrs Pulteney's on the bomero, but when she was to have set out the storm was so violent that Mrs Bryan wished her not to go. She therefore remained.

 

12th September 1830

A fine day, though windy. Mrs Northey and her three daughters came by one o'clock to see the procession, as did Mrs Ramsay, and the Close family. The troops to the number of 20,000 were formed ready for the Royal family by half past two, but owing to an accident happening to one of the carriages, they did not arrive till near five. It was a splendid sight, thought the equipages, 24 in number are fine but noble objects, two state carriages drawn by eight horses and 22 others drawn by six.

 

26th October 1830

A very fine day, Mrs and Mrs Kyd called for me at a little before seven, and we set out for Casserta. Before we had reached the middle of the Strada Toledo one of the horses became lame. We were therefore compelled to wait till it was changed, surrounded by all the populous which crowd the part of Naples at an early hour, and a curious mixed multitude it was.  The delay made it past seven before we were clear of the city. We turned off from the road to the Campo Marto, and soon entered a beautiful road, which became more lovely as we proceeded. From a high mountain called I believe, St Leucio we had the most romantic and magnificent view I ever saw. We reached the aqueduct between eleven and twelve, the triumph I think of modern art, three tier of arches connect distant mountains, and convey water a great distance. I believe form the circuit they make twenty eight miles. This also supplies the - Medina at Naples.  At the summit of the aqueduct we breakfasted, boiling the pure water in an English Cantine kettle, and as we refreshed ourselves admiring the beautiful valley and surrounding eminences it reminded me, though on a grander scale

 

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1st November 1830

Went to St Carlos, Mrs Bryan went with us.

 

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Without being cold, Miss Tullop's sent a note to invite all our party to meet Mrs Hopford and Mrs  Ramsay at Tea. Miss B brought it to me, saying Caroline who was not up, desired her to do so. I answered I had no objection to go. She said she should not, on which I wrote to ask Mrs Stopford to take me. Her reply was "with the greatest pleasure." I shall go therefore, and escape and uncomfortable evening for as Mrs Bryan keeps her bed to recover the fatigue of yesterday evening, I should have the brunt of E's haughtiness to suffer. It is ridiculous her manner, if I am in the room lest I should suppose she spoke to me, she says Caroline before speaking, or if Caroline is not there, "Barker" her maid. This is ridiculous. I have a great notion she has invited Mrs O to pass the evening. Time will show.

 

17th November 1830

I was wrong, the young ladies invited themselves to pass the evening of yesterday with the Oliviera's. My evening was extremely pleasant, the Miss Tulloh's are well bred, well informed, and very kind. The Blairs and Stopfords, Mrs Ramsay, and Mr Adair and his niece, a sweet little girl of fifteen were the party, which I like extremely. In the evening went first to Mrs Ramsay's musical party which was very pleasant. Thence at half past eleven to the Marchesa Misouraia's, which I did not  like as well as Mrs Ramsay's.

 

25th November 1830

A very rainy day. Went to Divine Service at Mr Burnetts but did not stay the sacrament, as we were to go to Mrs Laiy Mason's in the evening. Mrs and the Miss Bryan's did. Mrs Arbuthnot came home with me. The rain beating most violently at the time. At half past nine in the evening went to Mrs Alleason's, the rain beating most violently, and having done so the whole day. We were the first there, and it was a very thin evening. The stormy weather preventing many. The Duce and Duchessa di and their eldest daughter came in after St Carlos, where they had been to see the new ballet of the Spaniards in Pisa. Spoke a good deal with Prince Ruffano. Madame Misouraca and her daughter were there, as was Princess Irene avilla Imperiali, who I do not admire as much as Caroline Bryan does.

 

26th November 1830

Still a very rainy day, went to divine service and staid the sacrament. Mrs and Miss Bryans went to Catatano's, the first concert this season, but I declined as I had communicated. Very racing and tempestuous. I stepped into Lord Narrowby's carriage coming away but rectified my mistake, my error, and went home with Mrs Wyndham Lewis.

 

27th November 1830

Very high wind and rain in the morning, towards mid day the sun shone out, but rain again succeeded and an amazing high wind. In the evening Caroline and I went to Madame di Majo, who we found ill from cold caught at Mrs Mason's Saturday. The wind was still more violent in her Piano than ours, the windows everywhere shaking most terrifically. In the morning Captain Northey called to hear Balduci give Caroline a lesson.

 

28th November 1830

Bright in the first part of the morning, but clouds and rain succeeded, the wind continuing awfully high, however I got a little walk in the villa.

In the evening the Miss Bryans went with Mrs and Mrs St George to St Carlos. 

 

29th November 1830

Fine bright day, and not at all cold, walked for some time in Villa, then called on Mrs Kyd and drove with her to the Strada Nuova, from whence Naples looked beautiful. Walked home through the Villa, just in good time to dress for our dinner party, which was very pleasant. It consisted of Mr and Mrs John Graham and Mr Polhill, Prince Ruffano, Comts D'Arragon Salvazzi, M. de Mile and Mr J Anldji and ourselves, 12 in all. In the evening we went to Mrs Ramsay's musical party, taking with us Mr and Mrs Graham and Mr Colhill. It was crowded and pleasant, among the musicians an excellent violin play, Onorio.

 

30th November 1830

A fine clear and warm day, went at two o'clock with Mrs Bryan and Caroline to the Campo Masti, where the King reviewed or rather inspected his troops. We staid at best two hours without feeling at all cold. It is a beautiful drive. Returned about five. Miss Bryan preferred going with Mr and Mrs St George to walk in the Villa and see Churches &c &c.

 

31st November 1830

A very fine day, walked in the Villa with Mr Delap, afterwards called on Mrs Stopford and sat a long time with her. Mr and Mrs St George made her a visit while I was there. In the evening went to Lady Drummond's, a pleasant party. Lady Narrowby and the Lady Ryder's there. Captain Shiffener, Mr and Mrs T.  Parker, and Mr and Mrs Kyd, with innumerable Italians, among them Prince and Princess Centola, Triearer. Came home a little before 12.

 

 

1st March

Having been much indisposed for the last three days I rose late, the weather was beautiful, more like May than March, had a note from Mrs Halliday proposing my joining their party to the Museum. To my regret could not accept it.

 

2nd March

Was better, rose to breakfast. The Miss Bryans walked late in the Villa. During their absence Mrs Arbuthnot came in and offered to take any commission for us, to Paris &c. I accepted for a letter to Mrs Lloyd, which I wrote before dinner. The weather beautiful, allthe gay world walking in the Villa. Salvazzi kindly called to enquire for me. Mrs Stopford called, and promised to call again in the evening for Caroline to go to Mrs Ramsay's, all agreeing I was not sufficiently recovered to go out. At half past nine she came for her, at ten Mrs Bryan and I bid good night to each other. Miss Bryan had gone to her rest at eight o'clock, having been fatigued with her two walks, one with her friend Barker, the other with her sister.  Miss B has singular tastes, and an unpleasant temper. Mr Garossolo called and staid about an hour.

 

3rd March 1831

While rising had a note from Mrs Halliday to say they were going to Pompeii. I hoped I should be well enough to accompany them. [cipbed?], breakfasted in haste, wrapped myself well up, and was ready long before my friends called. The day beautiful, and we drove to Pompeii very briskly, though we had but a pair of horses. Our part Mr and Mrs Halliday, Mr Arthur Glenny and myself, all fond of antiquities, were in the best disposition for viewing so interesting a recollection and deport  of ages long past.  As usual, we entered by the street of the Tombs, which forms a suburb to the city, and there Mr Halliday remarked how general it was with the ancients to make the approaches to their cities through cemeteries. The same practice prevails with the Turks. He says the approach to Constantinople is through a beautiful vale of graves, ornamented superbly and shaded by lofty Cypresses. Having once before visited this destroyed and preserved town, we did not long linger in the shops and inferior quarters, but passed on to the houses of  Sallust, that of Castor and Pollux, and soon to the very lately made excavations, only three days since past, of a fine house have been laid open. On one of the floors of which a beautiful pavement of mosaic has not long been discovered, but alas raised, and it was covered by its frame ready for transportation to a museum, it represented fish. One fine piece we however were fortunate to gain sight of before the workmen had begun to undermine in order to remove it, represents Bacchus seated on a Tiger and holding a beautifully formed cup to his mouth, his head bound with ivy, the whole is beautifully colored, and the figures tiger's head is particularly spirited. The last uncovered houses of course of  more  vivid appearance, but one house is beautifully ornamented outside by a zigzag /\/\/\/\ something in this style in red, very bright, and amber stripes. And the pavement is a pattern purple and green in diamonds. Italians of al ages and all countries seem to delight in adorning the exterior of their houses. Here at Naples many are coloured and at Genoa it is very remarkable among the recently uncovered parts, is a white marble forming to a sort of step, on the front of which is very fine basso relieve.

 

2nd June 1831, Saturday [now in Florence?]

Rose at ½ past three to be ready to set off as was agreed on last night, for the Baths of Lucca at 4. Our departure however, was delayed till past six, owing to the difficulty of packing the carriage. The box which had been assigned me, and in which most of my best dresses &c were not being able to go into its intended place. It was therefore agreed to send it by the Procaccio, taking out my trinket box. At we were on route but sadly crowded, I sat on the front seat, blocked up with carpet bags &c. We got on however, tolerably well for about two hours when it beginning to rain fast and heavily Mrs and Miss Bryan made room for me between them. The rain continued for till we reached Pistoja where we were to remain two hours far the horses to bais[?] rest. We eat some cold fowl and tongue. Not unwelcome as could eat little at four in the morning. The rain fell in torrents all the time we were at Pistoia but began to clear in about half an hour after we left it, and continued fair till after six when it again poured. We lost a good deal of the fine part of the evening for the horses to get another rest, and continued our route to the Baths in the midst of heavy and drenching rain, going a very slow pace, occasioned as we afterwards learned by the driver in not being sure of his way, it being the first time he had travelled this road, which left the city of Lucca on one side and thus avoided a very troublesome Dogana. We did not reach Casa Georgette till quite dark, and at the ponte Pesiglio[?] a man with a torch went  before  to show the way to the villa where we did not arrive till ten o'clock. Mrs Bryan was sadly fatigued as indeed we all were, and  -- Guiseppi was quite ill.

 

3rd June 1831, Sunday

Awakened much refreshed though I had a dreadfully hard bed and very coarse sheet. Madame Georgetti having prepared a room below for me, and intending this an second next to Miss Bryan's for Barker, but I like this room, though the furniture cannot well be poorer. The view from the window is enchanting and there is a small closet and another convenience attached to it. The window in the bedroom looks over a large field in which are very beautiful trees and at the side of the field there is a range of mountains going up to the Bajui Caldi with several detached houses and the Duke's Palace on the side. Late at night the fire flies flitting about give the idea of an ambulatory illumination. They fly much above the earth and sometimes are seen darting along the lower branches of the trees. Poor Guiseppe very ill, an abscess at the side of his check or rather throat. He has had what advice can be obtained here, a pupil of Franasca's, but he, the Doctor, is not here himself. Miss Bryan proposed walking in the evening, to which I agreed. We went to the Pone Seraglio, and on our return met Mrs Mullins, who spoke and told me she and her daughter were at Gregorio's, a house I see from my window. We sent the parcel there Mrs Buchanan had required me to take charge of.

 

4th June 1831, Monday

A cool day, busied in the morning with getting my trunks unpacked and setting myself in my little apartment, the window of which commands a lovely view. In the evening walked down to the Ponte Serraglio, called on Gordons, ordered ink and Schidam[?] Miss Bryan walked with Barker. [did not walk owing to asking  in her ly ?]. I met Mr and Mrs Partridge who spoke, and inquired after Mrs L-Bryan.

 

5th June 1831, Tuesday

A cool day and some rain. Guiseppe better, the abscess in his cheek having broken he was able to swallow and took a good quantity of chicken broth. In the evening I walked alone to Gordon's,  returned the Ink as Mrs Bryan had bought a bottle yesterday morning and paid Gordon and Pauls for  the other bottle when she went out in the [bodantine?]. Mrs O'Flaherty and Mrs Mullins called on me, but we wee at dinner.

 

5th June 1831, Wednesday

Miss Bryan walked out with Barker in the morning, so  in the evening I walked alone on the shady side the Linea, to  Cordon's, the Post office, the post not being come in I walked some distance on the Modenna road, a lovely walk. On my return the post had arrived and Cordon taken out the newspapers. Returned home by the public walk, met Major and Mrs O'Flaherty who spoke and mentioned having called  yesterday.

 

7th June 1831

Guiseppe so much better as to attend at breakfast and dinner.

Called in the morning on Mrs Mullins and Major and Mrs O'Flaherty, found them at home and conversable and pleasant. Got in just before a very heavy shower, which continued for a couple of hours. After dinner Miss Bryan proposed walking which I agreed to. We went up the mountain road to the Bagni Caldi, but were overtaken by the rain when we had nearly reached the highest point, there being no shelter we turned back but were a little wet before we got home though the rain then ceased, and Miss Bryan walked out afterwards with Barker.

 

 8th June 1831

The weather very poor, cold at night. Rain in the morning, in the evening walked with Miss Bryan to the Post office going over the mountain park, found a letter from Mrs Oakes which gratified her sister greatly. It was dated Venice 1st June.  I think it written under evident depression of spirits. I fear her single life was far the happiest, she mentions most extraordinary dreams respecting her poor father. She and her husband were to proceed to Milan the 2nd, and proposed leaving it the 17th.  We returned by the short road, though much rain had fallen both this day and yesterday. I walked in thin Yard shoes without wetting my feet. The walk to the Bagni Caldi over the side of the mountain is really lovely.

 

9th June 1831

A very fine day, so warm that Mrs Bryan went out in a Postantini for an hour and felt better, and looked so, for the air. In the evening Miss Bryan and I walked over the little bridge at the end of the village towards the Tabbrica, the walk was beautiful, the moon now nearly as full rose during our progress. I think we went above two miles, then finding the air become almost cold I proposed to return, as the road is extremely solitary, though interesting and romantic to a degree, the river rolling with impetuosity over a bed so rocky though overhung with lofty and very old trees there. One can fancy the mountains lofty and continuous as they are must have been cleft by the force of the torrent. We had the pleasure of a bright moon on our road home which we did not reach till eight o'clock. I was not so much tired as Miss Bryan, who soon returned to bed. I did not go till half past ten and was then prevented sleeping till midnight by the warblings of some sweet nightingales who have nests in the trees my windows look over. We were delighted with their melody during our secluded walk, or rather on our return.

 

10th June 1831, Sunday

A very warm day, really summer. Read prayers with Mrs and Miss Bryan who in the afternoon went out together. I walked alone to the Pone Seraglio on the mountain side.  Joined Mr and Mrs Partridge and learned from them that our opposite neighbour Mrs Cross was a daughter of Dr Thomas to whom I took a letter of introduction from Mrs Philip Green. Miss Bryan took a long walk with Barker. Late in the evening the two newspapers came.

 

11th June 1831, Monday

Fine weather and warm. In the morning called on Mrs Cross, and left a note. In the evening walked with Miss Bryan to the Ponte, inquired for letters, there were none. My feet very bad.

 

12th June 1831, Tuesday

Very clear fine and warm. Received a polite note from Mrs Cross proposing to make me a visit this morning, which I accepted. She and Captain Cross came at a little after one, and made a very pleasant visit. They seem to me a very happy couple, both intelligent, and she especially well informed. Her father and mother are now at Worcester.

 

13th June 1831, Wednesday

Mrs and Miss Bryan went at 6 o'clock to the Prato Aionta. Returned a little after 2. I walked down to the Ponte, met Mrs Mullins and Mrs Sawer.

 

14th June 1831, Thursday

A cloudy morning, much rain during the night and some in the early part of the morning, but the weather cleared up and it became warm. I called on Mrs Cross but was not admitted, in the evening walked to the Ponte.

 

15th June 1831, Friday

A very fine and warm day, called on Mrs Mullins and Mrs O'Flaherty, they are pleasant and received me very kindly.

 

16th June 1831, Saturday

Violent wind and heavy rain. In the evening I went for a short walk but it was so wet and dirty that I only went on the pavement and up the walk at the side of the house that leads to Gregory's house. In the evening went to call on Mrs Buchanan at the Bagni Caldi, met Mrs [Neath, Heath?] there, who saw me the greatest part of the evening before.

 

17th June 1831, Sunday

A tolerably fine day in the morning called on Mrs Skelton and on Mrs Heath, who both gave me flowers. In the evening called on the Miss Skeltons to walk. We went to the Ponte Seraglio and past Demidoff's  [spedale?]. Returning by the beautiful mountain path. They were charmed with their walk and I well pleased to have had companions. One of them is really beautiful. Took home a letter from Miss Bryan from Mrs Oakes.

 

18th June 1831, Monday

A rainy day, with much wind. Did not go out till evening and then it was very damp.  Miss Bryan walked with me to the post office, and then on the Lucca road. A good long walk, met Captain and Mrs Cross in a gig.

 

19th June 1831, Tuesday

A fine day. Mrs and Miss Skelton called, as did Mrs Mullins and Major and Mrs O'Flaherty. Mrs Bryan received them, but Miss Bryan did not appear. Agreed to call for the young ladies this evening. At six o'clock Miss  Bryan proposed walking, we therefore called for the Miss Skeltons and walked  with them a good way towards the Fabbria, a lovely walk,  but so much rain had fallen two days since that it was rather dirty, and we did not go as  far as when Miss Bryan and I  went together. The moon too did not favor us, nor did the nightingale warble as sweetly.

 

 

9th July 1831, Wednesday

Walked to the Post office, found there a letter from Mr Lack, very warm.

 

11th July 1831, Thursday

Went for the first time to the warm bath, found it very refreshing but the weather very warm.

 

12th July 1831, Friday

Went to the theatre with Miss Bryan, Captain and Mrs and Miss Lowe, did not stay the whole performance which began late, but walked by a beautiful moon light to the Ponte Serraglio. The fire flies were splendid.

 

13th July 1831, Saturday

Went to the warm bath.

 

15th July 1831, Sunday

Went to the bath early and got a cup of coffee before breakfast. Coffee bad.  Day very warm. Read prayers with Mrs and Miss Bryan.

 

16th July 1831, Monday

The weather very warm, oppressively so. Went to the bath before breakfast, in the evening to the casino for the first time. Went in an open Postantino, with Miss Lowe, Mrs Russell and Miss Bryan. Rather dark going but beautiful returning, the moon shining delightfully, the fire flies were very brilliant, both going and returning.

 

23rd July 1831, Monday

A fine day, very warm in the morning. Pleasant in the evening. Mrs Bryan and I walked down to the Ponte Seraglio. Miss Bryan want to ride, and from there pummel of the saddle breaking, had a fall from her horse, which a little hurt, but very much alarmed her. The Marquis de Bourbel drove her home while the Marquis very obligingly rode the poney home. Dr McManues having been detained by Miss Lowe, bled Miss Byran and bandaged up her knee.  She seemed very hysterical at first, but at last fell into a refreshing sleep, owing to a composing draft.

 

24th July 1831, Tuesday

Miss Bryan better, but did not get up. Dr  and Mrs  Manus visited her in the afternoon, and thought her going on very well.

 

25th July 1831, Wednesday

Miss Bryan better, she got up after dinner.

 

26th July 1831, Thursday

A fine day, and the heat much moderated. Went in the evening to Mrs Russells party which was very pleasant, and the weather rather cool.

 

28th July 1831, Saturday

The weather much cooler. Went in the evening with Miss Bryan to the Theatre, as it  was a benefit we took a box. It was for the Prima Albuce Irene Sicci, there was a Tragedy, and a Burtillee with music. It was pretty well the theatre is neat and larger than one should have expected for so small a population. We were caught in a thunder storm and took shelter with many others in Cordon's shop.

 

29th July 1831, Sunday

The weather still cooler, almost cold in the evening. Read prayers with Mrs  and  Miss Bryan, and in the evening went with Miss Bryan, each in a Postantino to make visits at the Bagni Caldi, found only Mrs Killie and Mrs Buchanan at home. Our visits were of thanks for inquiring after Miss Bryan's fall from her horse.

 

30th July 1831, Monday

The weather still cool, passed the evening at Captain Lowe's.  Mrs and Miss Bryan were there. Mrs and Miss Cradock, Captain Smith, Captain and Mrs Cross, Mr and Miss Skelton. We staid till near 12.

 

31st July 1831, Tuesday

The weather still much cooler, went to the Bath before breakfast. In the evening to the Capino. We had no moon so found it rather dark, and from the coolness of the evening took covered Postantinis. The Ball was very pleasant, Mrs and Miss Barlow went at the same time we did, but left before us. We returned with Mrs Russell. Also had the advantage of her lanthorn [lantern?] as well as ours, or we should have found the road dreary.

 

1st August 1831, Wednesday

The weather a little warmer, but not oppressive. Walked in the evening with Miss Bryan and when  we were a good part of the way home met the [Gattons?] where Miss Bryan chose  to return back and walk with them, which a little tired me.

Mrs Russell took Mrs Bryan in her carriage for a drive.

 

2nd August 1831. Thursday

The weather warmer. In the evening waked with Miss Bryan to the Bagni Caldi, to return the visit of the Marquis de Bourbel and to enquire for Mrs Lynd who had suffered much inconvenience from a fall down some steps in endeavoring to escape from a carriage drawn by rather unruly mules. Found both at home, and rested some time with them.  On returning were joined by Captain Lowe and Mr Skelton and his daughter, and at some distance from the Villa overtook Mrs Bryan. As soon as we were in sight of the Skelton's Miss Bryan left me to my own solitude and galloped on as if she had not been a walk which she, and before we had reached the Bagni Caldi, had declared too long for her. She sometimes behaves rudely and ever arrogantly towards me. Never, however, when she wants letters or cards written.

 

3rd August 1831, Friday

A warm day but a good deal of wind. Before dinner I went to call on Mrs Heath with my [tulle,little?] Pelerine to enquire for the person recommended by Mrs Aufrêre, found Mrs Heath had not been well. Mrs Aufrêre came to make her a visit while I was there, as did Mrs McManus. I think Mrs Aufrere ladylike and interesting.

 

4th August 1831, Saturday

Warm in the morning. Went to the bath. In the middle  of the day thunder, and heavy rain. Went in the evening to the Marquise de Bourbel's Ball, the room very handsomely decorated. It was the great saloon at Casa Zena, Mrs Buchanan having lent it to her friends the Bourbels. Everybody there among them the Duc and Duchesse de Sirecca and Prince and Princess Russoli [Ruspoli?] Duchessa D'Exars, Marquise de Padinas, the beautiful Mrs Bryan [Bayan?] sister to the Countess of Shrewsberry &c. After twelve o'clock rice [huk] and soup were served. We had moonlight to go but not to return.

 

5th August 1831, Sunday

A fine day. Read prayers with Mrs and Miss Bryan, the latter not very well, but took a drive with Mrs Russell as did I.

 

6th August 1831, Monday

Fine day. Sent our cards to the Marquis Bourbel. Miss Bryan very unwell, but took a drive with Mrs Russell.

 

7th August 1831, Tuesday

A fine day but did not go out till evening, when I walked with Mrs Barlow and Captain Lowe to the Ponte and towards the Bagni Caldi. On returning the Marquise de Bourbel came up to me and made a violent complaint against Guiseppe, who he said had affronted him grossly, and abused himself and Madame de Bourbel. He required the dismissal of Guiseppe.  I said I would mention it to Mrs Bryan. Mrs Barlow went home with me. Miss Bryan had such severe spasms as to be obliged to send to Dr McManus who came twice after Mrs Barlow left us.

 

8th August 1831, Wednesday

Miss Bryan a little better but still ill.

The Marquis de Bourbel sent a letter to Mrs Bryan requiring her to dismiss Giuseppe whom I had endeavored to persuade to make an apology for his conduct to the Marquis which he refused doing. I then went over to Captain Lowe's to ask advice of how to proceed. Mrs Heath was there, and all assured me the man must be dismissed. Every English inhabitant of the Bagni having declared it impossible to tolerate such conduct. M. Lena was sent to, and the Marquise de Bourbel's letter put into his hands. He reasoned with Giuseppe who declared he would not apologise. He was then told he must quite Mrs Bryan's service.

 

9th August 1831, Thursday

Mr Lowe and Captain Cross came over to witness Giuseppe being paid but Mrs Russell had sent a note advising his not being sent immediately away, lest he should revenge himself in some fatal manner on the Marquis, to whom she volunteered to speak representing the Marquis's anxiety on his account, and also to advise him to request Mrs Bryan to overlook the delinquency, and retain Giuseppe in her service. Meantime he has been paid, had is certificate and signed a receipt for his wages, understanding he is not to go till tomorrow.

 

10th August 1831, Friday

Giuseppe dismissed, he seemed much affected, still more so when in the afternoon on his going to the Ponte Serraglio on some of his own business tow of the Police mousquitairs arrested him, telling him to send for his baggage, and as he must leave the Lucchese territory in the course of the evening. One of them came to enquire whether he had left everything confided to him right, as plate &c, which he had done. Mr Baron and Mr Plowden came while the Police officer was speaking, and through his interest obtained permission for Giuseppe to come and look into his room and take leave. The poor man was sadly affected. Mrs Bryan had gone out in a Postantino before he came to Casa Georgetti, but she saw him at the Ponte. We all regret this affair, but, as it is said he meant to stab the Marquis de Bourbel it was impossible to even attempt an interference. In the evening went to Mrs Heath's party, very pleasant. Miss Bryan did not go, returned with the Lowes.

 

11th August 1831, Saturday

The new servant Piccolo Mocchi, came this morning. He is manly and respectable looking. In the evening went to the Ball given by the Duc and Duchessa Lucca at the Theatre which was very handsomely decorated. The Duc and Duchessa received us most politely and affably. A little after eleven the curtain drew up and discovered the stage decorated as an elegant supper room, with champagne &c and every eatable that could be procured. Jus had been previously handed round. We staid later than we had intended because Miss Bryan had promised to dance the coliluon[?]. On going away and making our parting compliments to the Duchessa she was particularly affable, hoped I should not be fatigued and wished me to take more refreshment. I passed a very agreeable evening, though, as usual, my young friend took care of herself, and left me at the supper time or I should have been one of the first at the supper table. Waiting for her I got into such a crowd as scarcely to discern what was served.

 

12th August 1831, Sunday

A fine but very hot day. Walked up towards the Palace, in a room near which Mr Harvey performed service uncommonly well and gave an eloquent sermon, but it was terribly hot, and the walk back fatiguing from the heat. Mrs Bryan went in a Postantino, Miss Bryan did not  rise till after we had set out for our devotion.

 

13th August 1831, Monday

Very hot.

 

14th August 1831, Tuesday

Went to the Capino Ball in a covered Portantino with Miss Bryan. Staid not very late, she was well amused, but did not dance the Cotillion. The Duchessa Lucca was extremely polite, shook hands with us and hoped we were not too much fatigued on Saturday. Signor Cavalier Cesare Cenami saw us to our chairs. He is to ride with Miss B tomorrow, a very hot day.

 

15th August 1831, Wednesday

A very hot morning, Miss Bryan received a note of invitation for her and myself from Mrs Cradock, which she accepted. I accompanied her, and passed a very pleasant evening, played at speculation and lost two pauls and a half.

 

16th August 1831, Thurday

A very hot day, kept quiet all day in order to go to the Bagni Caldi to Mrs Kellie's party in the evening, which we did, walking there over the mountain pass, and returning between one and two by the light of a beautiful moon. It was a pleasant party but not crowded as many of those invited not having returned from Lucca where they went for the opera.

 

17th August 1831, Friday

A fine day but dreadfully hot. Went to Mrs Cradock's party, very pleasant.

 

18th August 1831, Saturday

Still very hot. In the morning paid some visits with Miss Bryan, Mrs Hamer not visible. Mrs Barlow received us, as did Mrs Cradock. In the evening went to Mrs Russell's party, having first had a drive with her beyond the Ponte Maddelina. Party very pleasant, played at Whist with Mr O'Flaherty, and I having agreed to play that low stake, the gentlemen settled their own stake and we did not inquire it.

 

19th August 1831, Sunday

Went to Casa Webb, to her divine service performed by Mr Harvey, he gave an excellent discourse and read prayers extremely well. In the evening waked with Miss Bryan, first to call on the Duchessa d'Escars, who received us very politely. She is a well informed, well bred person. Her daughter is  Marquise de Podenas, and she has lately come to the villa to  Casa Zena, but not having sent cards since her removal from her mother's we have not judged it  right to call on her. After our visit walked with Miss Spurries a good way on the Lucca road which being now watered is very pleasant. Mrs Bryan poorly, she did not get up today.

 

20th August 1831, Monday

Very warm, Miss Bryan went out in Mrs Russell's carriage. I walked alone to the post, met the Skelton returning. Called on my way out on Mrs Skelton. Mrs Bryan not up all day.

 

21st August 1831, Tuesday

Mrs Bryan a little better, and up to breakfast. Very warm in the middle of the day. Miss Bryan went early to bathe. I was down at breakfast soon after her return. She went to bed soon after breakfast. As I did after dinner and slept an hour when I rose and dressed for a walk. Miss Bryan after having mentioned her purpose of going to the post preferred staying at home, and I was preparing to walk by myself when Mrs Mullins called to ask me to go out with her and Mrs Russell. Offered a seat in her carriage to Mrs Bryan, we both accepted and had a very pleasant drive with Mrs Mullins to the Ponte Diuvolo which we walked over, and through a pretty village beyond it. We came to a garden belonging to Signor Giogio, which we were allowed to walk in and to gather a few flowers. The Oleanders are here beautiful and luxuriant, as is the West India 4 o'clock which bears a fine crimson flower which does not open till 4, and keeps closed all the morning. On my return prepared for the Ball, to which Miss Lowe had requested me to chaperone her and her brother with Miss Bryan. We went in a covered Postantini, and got to the casino about ten. The meeting was crowded, Miss Bryan delighted, she danced a great deal, chiefly with Cenami and we did not leave the casino till more then half past two. I was very sleepy, tired and hungry. Heard from General Lock of the melancholy end of Mrs Lovelace who was burned to death at Pescia, in consequence of her clothes taking fire as she stepped out alone from a low carriage in which she had travelled from Florence with no attendant but an Italian friend, who had left her to find some one to take the horse from the carriage, it being between twelve and one at night and all about the town being asleep. He had left a lantern at the side of the carriage which caught Mrs Lovelace's dress as she stepped out with her back to it. Everything on her was burnt except her shoes and corset. She lingered nine hours before expiring and though it is said her hands were dreadfully burnt had strength and resolution to sign a Will, giving her carriage, horse furniture and personals to her Italian companion, and making Mr Johnstone of Florence her residuary legatee.

 

22nd August 1831, Wednesday

A fine day, but warm to a degree about noon, though there is much wind, but it is the Sirocco. In the evening walked down to the Post office with Miss Bryan, we were joined there by Mr Harvey. Afterwards by Mr Plowden, then by Cenami, who had been riding with Mrs and Miss Jackson, the latter had a fall from her horse but was not hurt. The fright however, induced her to return home in a Postantini, and Cenami then joined us, and conducted us home, where Mr Baron also came to talk about our going to the Opera, which I imagine Captain Saunders's indisposition will defer. We saw him at his window looking ill. Towards the end of the evening the Duchessa d'Escars sent to know if we would receive, as she was at the villa with her daughter. Mrs Bryan at my request received the visit to the discomposure of Miss Bryan. Neither she, nor Mr Baron paid any attention to the Duchess. I did the best in my power to entertain her, but fear she could not be very well pleased with her visit.

 

23rd August 1831, Thursday

Fine day, but very warm. Rose early, and was busied with my silk stockings, but down to breakfast long before Miss Bryan While we were at dinner Mrs Mullins and Mrs O'Flaherty called but of course were not admitted. After dinner I lay on the sofa and fell asleep with my book in my hand, but dressed in time to go out with Mrs and Miss Bryan. When we had walked some distance Mrs Barlow came up and she and Miss Bryan walked off together accompanied by Mr Lowe. Mrs Bryan not being able to walk far I lingered with her, sitting on the wall above an hour, when

 

 

 

 

 

1835 

Expended at Milan

PE of the journey 4.13.6

3rd June france 93.6

Coffee at Mestri1.50

Waiter at Mestri .50

Waiter at Padua .50

Cicrone at Padua .70

Servants at Vicenza1.25

Waiter at Villa Nuovo .50

Servant at Verona .75

Servants at Devenzano.50

5th June at resting place.25

Gonololi to Mestri1.0

Raquino from Venice to Mestri 1.50

Passports from Venice to Milan7.50

Buono Mano to Vetterino3.0

9th June at the Convent delle Gracie.5

10th June for Cuirre for 2 sheets blue paper 5 cents

A skein white silk 8 centimes

12 June paid Miss Bryan towards theatre 5 dimes

13th June, postage to Mrs Austen oranges. 14.

15th June, postage to Mr Lack14.

12th Padi my half of the Hotel bill. 88

 

11th [tickets?] at the theatre 4

Anobriano

Entrance there1.5

Paid Miss Bryan due from former account 1

Gave at the sculpture gallery.50

Paid at the Statue of Napoleon.50

 

15th Paid Miss Bryan my half of the following:-

Seeing Palazzo Olealia 3

Villa Bonaparte 4

Talepo at theCurcano 7

Entre 2.26

Fee to the Valerdephae

19.6 half 9.63

 

16th Paid for a pair gloves 1 ½ 

White ribbon silk 1.75

 

17th 

 

18th Paid vabs de Place 1.50

Chais .75

Chais in the evening at the Cathedral 5

 

19th Paid Pierre for supper 9

Gantoufles 1.5

 

19th Paid my share of the hotel bill 95.50

 

20th To the waiter at the Testry place. 

 

Mem of cash expended since Florence 6

 

13th May Paid at the Dajne for carrying the letter car of - lecture 1.4

At the first sleeping place 4

At Pietra Mala 6

Dd cameriesa 1

At the Caremterio Bolgna 1.4

Valet de-at Bologne 5

Waiter at Bologna

Guides at Terrasa 2

Paid Bill at Bologan 22

Paid at Covigo 1

Padi Miss Bryan at Venice for expenses of journey and Napoleons or 

Fruenes 140

Paid Venice 3 washing bills. 6

Based chaise 

 

Box for pills

27 

Box for pills 1.25

Theatre 2 Gondola 3.5

There 1.5

Bill art manfrie 2

Palazzo Ducale 2

Churche 4

Guide to Venice 4

Armenian box 2

Mrs Stevens sut 3

To the man tried as I want to gondola .50

To the boy .10

Aria d Barbenjo 2

 

 

 

Mary Ann Grant, Lady Meek 1786-1870,

Married Sir James Meek C.B. of  Ilfracombe in 1853.

 

Diary

 

8th June 1841, Tuesday – Chepstow

Grace and I left Glostn (Gloucester?) in a fly at ½ past 12 p.m. passed through Newnham, Lidney and Blakenry, and arrived at the “Grange Hotel” Chepstow at ½ past 6 distance 28 miles. The road hilly, but good, the country pretty and well wooded. Saw “Lidney Park: Mr Bathurst’s on the right, weather cloudy, cold and stormy for the season, on entering the town by a steep descent and passing over an iron Bridge of 5 cast iron arches, the Castle presents itself, it is a very fine object, romantically situated on the rocks, the Wye washing its walls, at high tide, the whole ruin covered with the most luxuriant Ivy. Chepstow is on the banks of the Wye, about 3 miles from its entrance into the Bristol Channel, wrote to Charlotte by Fly man, who returned to Gloucester the same way. Paid £1.15.0 for fly. 41 Turnpikes. 7/ dinner, sent Ann to look for Lodgings, unsuccessful, had our coffee and went to bed. £2.6.0

 

9th June 1841, Wednesday

Breakfasted at 10 a.m. ordered a fly and went to St (Albans?), a small village two miles off, to look for apartments, only one lodging house there, and that was let to a family from Bristol at 25/- per week. Tried the Piercefield Arms, a small Inn opposite the Park gates, disliked both hostess, and rooms, and returned to the George disappointed and annoyed, having however previously seen Mr (Singan’s?) accommodation in Castle St, decided on taking them, two bedrooms and one drawing room 1.10 per week. Small and gloomy. Neither plate nor linen. Dined at the George. Bill £1.11.0, waiter and chamber maids 6/- and then took possession of our new quarters. Walked to the Castle through a short but beautiful Dell. Bush and Ash tastefully intermingled and shading the path. Chief entrance a Norman arch with circular towers on each side. Though this gate we entered on the ruins of the Baronial Hall, the Kitchen &c. Walked through the four courts as they are called, (visited, inited?) what £1.17.0 had been Henry Martin’s prison, part of the Castle, in the first Court has been repaired for the benefit of two 0 hs (out houses?) by the Duke of Beaufort, the Proprietor and the Ladies, Misses Williams have the emoluments which arise from the donations of the curious. Henry Martin the Regicide died of apoplexy in his 78th year 9 Sept 1680 after 20 years confinement, our female Ciccione was uncommonly obtuse, not even afraid of ghosts. Returned to tea.

 

10th June 1841, Thursday

Grace and I attended by Ann (my she squire) started at 11 am for the Wynd Cliff which is 1000 feet above the level of the river. We alighted at its base and walked over it, the views all magnificent, 9 counties are to be seen from the summit. Descended to the Moss Cottage, a rural little spot dedicated to Cupid and his votaries the soi dissent felicity hunting of the day, a blind harper was sitting under a tree and twanging any dynos which might have  passed for any thing else. This cottage is 500 feet above the level of the river.

10th June, Thursday – here we re-entered the fly and drove to the small village of Abbey Tintern adjoining Tintern, the road was extremely beautiful. The ruin is magnificent and in excellent preservation. The principal portion of which is the Church. The walls of which remain entire. The roof has fallen, most of the columns are standing and it is all enriched by festoons of ivy. Most gracefully dispersed in every direction this Abbey was founded by Walter FitzRichard de Clare in 1131, for Cistercian Monks, and dedicated to the Virgin. It is now the property of the Duke of Beaufort. Here Edward 11 took refuge from his Queen, Isabella. Returned to Chepstow at 4pm, much fatigued, but highly gratified by our excursion, the distance 5 miles from Chepstow. Received Mil’s journal.

 

11th June 1841, Friday

Walked with Grace over Mt Pleasant, a row of houses on an eminence over looking the river, hay makers very busy, and scenery very beautiful.

 

12th June 1841, Saturday

Crossed the bridge and walked to Tutshill, from when we had a good view of Piercefield. Looked at lodgings, but so dear and dusty that Grace and myself were disgusted.

 

13th June 1841, Sunday

Went to Church, I had an excellent sermon from the Rev Davies,  the Rector, who  pointed out to us the  stone over Henry Martin in the body of the Church, on which is cut the following inscription written by himself.

 

Here

September the 9, in the year of our Lord 1680

Was buried a true Englishman

Who in Berkshire is as well known

To love his Country’s freedom ‘bove his own;

But living immersed for twenty years

Had time to write, as does appear,

His epitaph.

 

H – ere, or elsewhere, all’s one to you, to me,

E - arth, air or  water gripes my ghostly dust;

N - one knows how soon to be by fire set free

R - eader if you an oft tried rule  will trust

Y - on will gladly do and suffer what you must.

 

M – y life was spent in serving you,

A – nd death’s my pay (it seems) and welcome to;

R – ange destroying but itself, while I

T – o birds of prey leave my old cage and fly:

E – xamples preach to the ‘eye; can then (mine says)

N – ot how you end, but how you spend your days.

 

The Church is handsome, the interiors of Norman Architecture, there are two monuments on either side of  the Communion Table, the one to Henry 11, Earl of Worcester and his Lady although not buried there, the other dated 1620 in memory of Mrs Clayton and her two  husbands, both kneeling. After the Service we walked on the banks of the Wye and visited an old woman 73, named Buck, a Bark scraper, who was at work every morning at 6 o’clock and sometimes at 4, the Bark used for tanning.

 

14th June 1841, Monday

Walked part of the way to Mt Pleasant and then turned down to the River, climbed the cliff and watched the boatmen spreading their nets, a lonely, but lovely scene, as the  sun and tide went  down together.

 

15th June 1841, Tuesday

Walked to the Mount House prettily situated on the road to Piercefield, just out of the town of Chepstow.

 

16th June 1841, Wednesday

Grace and I drove to Piercefield, having an order from Mr Wells the Proprietor. The Park is fine and the views from four or five points up and down the river are fine also, but a walk of three miles through the wood is not in my opinion compensated for by anything to be seen at Piercefield, the house is not shewn, and the grounds are in bad order, but no wonder, for Mr Wells has a second wife and 17 children, the eldest married, the youngest just born. Happy man! Mr Masters took his departure for Bristol (keeping?) and gnashing his teeth. MB never keep a servant who is in love! Particularly since Rowland Hill’s cheap postage has been introduced.

 

17th June 1841, Thursday

Too tired to stir out, a wet day, finished Buliver’s “Night and Morning” like all his writings, unnatural, immoral, but interesting.

 

18th June 1841, Friday

Walked to Hardwick House, the private property of Bishop of Llandoff (Edward Coppleston D.D.) , no paintings of any note, it is beautifully situated, and the view  from the cliff walk, commanding the Sever, Wye, Channel and old Passage House is very fine. Part of an old Grecian Pillar, placed on a pedestal on what was the site of a Roman Camp,

 

19th June 1841, Saturday

The annual Woolfair held the first Saturday before the 21st June, a disagreeable noisy affair, did not go out till evening, and then only to shop for half an hour, bought a (Blind fall?) for my bonnet.

 

20th June 1841, Sunday

To Chepstow Church, another excellent sermon by the Rector, Mr Davies.  Service for the Queen’s accession being had, put almost every one out, returned home, a wet evening.

 

21st June 1841,  Monday

Crossed the bridge and walked on the other side of the Wye, the water quite high, the Castle consequently appeared to great advantage. Began to rain, I hurried home.

 

22nd June 1841, Tuesday

Walked on the banks of the river to see Mrs Buck, Grace took a sketch of the opposite cliffs, which are picturesque, going rock, covered with foliage, on our way be passed the Church, and Grace sketched the entrance arch, which is old  and handsome.

 

23rd June 1841, Wednesday

We did not go out, preparing for our departure to Swansea, a wet day.

 

24th June 1841, Thursday

Rose at ½ past 6 a.m., intending to set of for Swansea, but we were disappointed the being full of Bristol passengers, having given up our lodgings we were completely bag and baggage, on the pave, I was much annoyed  at the detention and additional expense as I was obliged to go to the George Hotel until the next morning. £1.6.0 for dinner, tea, beds and breakfast. A fine day, wrote to C.P.

 

25th June 1841, Friday

Left Chepstow at 20 minutes after 10 a.m., in the “Cymbro Coach” (pronounced Kimbro) and passing through Newport, Cardiff, Cowbridge, Bridge End, and Morris Town, arrived at the “Markworth Arms Hotel,” Swansea at ½ past 8 pm. To Cardiff we had five in the coach, a fat woman, and her finery, a lean one and her child, Grace and myself. Then a dandy much inclined to be very gallant to Grace, we did not get rid of the fat lady till she was deposited at the Markworth Arms, and there we met Mr Whitehouse who escorted us to his mansion, the Branch Bank and Mrs Whitehouse met us with much cordiality and we sat down to tea, tired enough after an incarceration of ten hours, about three miles from Newport, a fine view of Tredeyar Park, Sir Charles Margam’s. The road is very beautiful as we approached Swansea, and there were several fine places to be seen from it, particularly Margam Abbey. Mr Talbot’s, famous for orangery, said to have been founded in consequence of the wreck of a Dutch vessel on the coast, with a cargo of oranges and lemon trees, for Queen Mary, which were purchased by the proprietor of Margam Gnoll, or Knole Castle, a mile from Neath, in Glamorganshire, a handsome place, on a high hill, backed by fine wood belonging to Sir Digby Markworth, The Earl of Jersey’s

Distance and stages from Chepstow.

Chepstow to Newport            – 16 ¾

Newport to Cardiff                 – 11 ¼

Cardiff to Cowbridge             – 12 ½

Cowbridge to Bridgend          – 8

Bridgend to Neath                  – 18 ¾

Neath to Swansea                   - 8 ½

X miles                                    - 75 ¾

Coach, two inside, one outside £1.18.0. Coach and guard 916

Wanted to charge for luggage, Mr Whitehouse prevented them.

The Copper Works very obnoxious, the smoke affecting everything with its influence.

X total £2.7.6

 

Swansea, Glamorganshire, June 1841

 

26th June 1841, Saturday

Arrive very tired, but intended to visit the market, in order to see the Welsh costume, the extreme wetness of the day however, prevented our doing so. Towards the afternoon it cleared and we walked through the town to the beach. The sands are good, and the humbles and oyster mouth are fine objects, the town is peculiarly disagreeable, very dirty and scattered, there is a theatre in it, reading rooms, and baths, but the lodgings are dare and disgusting. Provisions very reasonable, meal 6d per – soles, 4d per lb and all fish the same, fowls 1/3 per couple. Butter 1/1 20 oz: to lb. The Whitehouses have the best house in the place, and all very comfortably settled. They have three little girls. Wrote to T.G., G.P, Messrs Milbourne and Marsh.

 

27th June 1841, Sunday

Went to St.Mary’s Church morning and evening, had two excellent sermons from the Rector, Dr Heuston, and saw the Bishop of St Davids. (Cannon Thirwall M.A.) each time, a quite unassuming man in appearance.

 

28th June 1841, Monday

Rain again, cleared up towards evening. Accompanied Mr and Mrs Whitehouse to Oyster Mouth, a small village, on the Bay of Swansea, at the extremity of which the Mumbles Rocks and Point stretch far into the Bay and are a safe anchorage. There is a lighthouse on the farthest rock. Oyster Mouth Castle is about ½ a mile from the village. It is a fine ruin, surrounded by limestone cliffs, romantically broken and well wooded, supposed to have been built in the reign of Henry I by the Earl of Warwick. It appears to be totally perfect, but the afternoon becoming very hot, we could not walk to it. Two men fighting, frightened Mr Whitehouse’s horse, and he not being a first rate driver we had been nearly upset. Very glad to alight in safety. A very disagreeable and nervous drive altogether. Many pretty places on the road, the prettiest “Singleton” belongs to Mr Vivian the Member and brother to Sir H Vivian. Sent the newspapers to T.G. and Mr M and wrote to the latter.

 

30th June 1841, Wednesday

Rain in the morning, but between the showers we went out, saw the remains of the castle, from the street, it is in the centre of the town, and built up against which destroys the effect. A massive tower, surmounted by light (inches?) is all that can be seen, built in 1113. Now belongs to the Duke of Beaufort. The Copper Works are about two miles from the town, and the smoke is very obnoxious at times. The largest of the copper works is said to consume 40,000 tons of coal annually, 10,000 persons all employed in the works, collieries and shipping connected with them. There are two Home (Pliss?) on that to the west there is a lighthouse. The canal is parallel with the River Towe, as far as Hen-noyadd 16 miles. It runs through 36 docks, over many aqueducts, and its head is 372 feet higher than the mouth. Morristown built by and named after Sir J’s Morris on the Tawe about 3 miles from Swansea. Inhabitants all seemed to be persons employed in the Copper Works, swarms of bare footed children but they do not look unhealthy.

 

July 1841, Swansea

1st July 1841, Thursday

Rain. Mr Vivian married, no opposition, fireworks in the evening, the weather unfavourable. Mr Whitehouse went to a party. We were with Mrs Whitehouse, who sang for us the whole evening. She has a sweet voice and a pretty style. Wrote to Reverend George Marsh, to acknowledge the receipt of Milbourne’s money. Bought (Jays, sago?) for the children.

 

2nd July 1841, Friday

Started at 8 o’clock a.m., for Haverfordwest, paid the coach to Carmarthen where we changed it, two inside 24/ 1 outside 8/. Luggage 8/. Coachman 3/6 2.3.6. Passed through Lloughor situated at the mouth of the river of the same name, which for a considerable distance forms the boundary between Glamorganshire and Carmarthenshire. My book says El was, (the town I mean) supposed to be  the Lucanium of Antonius, that the castle or rather the remains stands on a mount though to have been thrown up by the Romans and was last repaired in the reign of Henry 2nd, also that in the Church yard, there  is the following pretty epitaph, alluding to t he Welsh custom of decorating the graves with flowers,

The village maidens to to his grave shall bring

Selected garlands each returning Spring

Silented sweets, in emblem of the maid

Who underneath this hallowed turf is laid.

Like her they flourish creations to the eye; like her, too soon, they languish, fade and die!

 

Lloughan to Llanelly, (pronounced Llaneltely) in Carmarthenshire, a small dirty town, on a (cuck?) of the sea. Changed horses here and left our fellow traveler a naval man who came from Swansea in the coach, to survey the place, as he had been offered the situation of Harbour Master there. He was a very agreeable person, and had just come from the Bas Pyrenees, of which he gave Grace and myself an account. The Member whose name I do not remember was to be married and we saw some of the preparatory bustle of flags and music. The scenery from Lloughan, to Llanethly was extremely beautiful, the road very hilly, but tolerably good. Kidwelly, our next stage is rather a pretty place, not far from Carmarthen Bay with a good deal of wood about it. There are two towns connected by a bridge over the Gwendraeth. The old town situated between the two rivers. Gwendraeth Vawr and Vychan, is of ancient date. The Castle which is seen from the road, is in excellent preservation apparently King John retired when at war with the Barons. 

 

Kidwelly to Carmarthen, the County Town, here we changed the coach and so dirty a machine I never was in, and would hope never again to enter; did I not know that my return to civilization must be retraced in the same way, of course we saw nothing in passing though the castle is magnificent, part of it is Ty Gwyn, or the  whitehouse, which formerly belonged to  Sir Richard Steele, he died in Carmarthen, and is  buried in the Church, in the tomb of  the Scurlock family, into which he married. His house in the town is no longer standing. At the West end of the town there is a monument to Sir Thomas Picton, but we did not see it, passed through St Clear’s, a small village, near the entrance of the River Cathgenny into the Taaf, proceeded to Narberth in Pembrokeshire. It is a small town built on a rivulet which runs into the Cliddau. There we changed our luggage, into a coach with two horses, whilst we ourselves proceeded in the Carmarthen coach five miles further to a public house, called the “Red Rose.” There we alighted. The Carmarthen Coach going to Tenby. Our new vehicle was if possible more filthy than the last, and we had only two instead of four horses, and small starved miserable animals, that they were more fitted for anatomical studies, than studies of nature during a drive, to which it was to Haverfordwest, through a hilly country however they performed their task better than we could have expected. And the end proving very fine, the scenery (with a rare?) a brilliant  sunset, and country people in their costumes, we rather enjoyed them, otherwise the funereal pace at which we moved along, we had a good  view of Picton Castle, about five miles from Haverfordwest on the left of road from Narberth. It was built by William de Picton in the reign of William Rufus. Sir Richard Phillips defended it for Charles 1st. It was one of the few castles which escaped the dilapidations of the Commonwealth (Commune?) and has been always inhabited. A great deal of this history our talkative coachman told us. The country (land?) was excessively beautiful.

After twelve hours travelling, fortunately we had the coach entirely to ourselves from Carmarthen, otherwise I could not have supported the journey. We saw nothing of the town, but the castle as we passed from one hotel to another, and that is converted into the jail, the streets appeared narrow.

Swansea to Lloughon                         – 6 miles

Lloughon to Llanelly              – 5

Llanelly to Kidwelly               – 9

Kidwelly to Carmarthen         – 10 ½

Carmarthen to St Clear’s        - 9 ½

St Clear’s to Narberth             – 12 ½

Narberth to Haverfordwest    - 10 ½

                                                - 63

 

3rd July 1841, Saturday

Left Haverfordwest at 11 o’clock a.m. in a chaise for Milford. Arrived about 1. At the Nelson Hotel, Pritchard, a pleasant drive but showery weather. Went out to look for lodgings:-

 

Expenses from Chepstow to Swansea            2.7.6

Carnarvon                                                       2.6.6

Haverfordwest                                                            2.2.6

Hotel there included   12/-                              6.18.6

And chaise to Milford

                                                                        17.14.6

- and after searching the town through, obliged to take them at Davies’s with a linen diapus shop on one side, and a grog shop, a Gin Palace on the other, my landlord keeping both in addition to a grocery depot. A guinea per week, if for longer than a fortnight, three bedrooms, two sitting rooms, could not come into them until the 5th Monday. Returned to the hotel. A fine day altogether.

 

4th July 1841, Sunday

A fine morning, went to Church, had a good sermon from Reverend Benington, 4th Sunday after Trinity 22nd Chapter, St Luke, 19 & 20 Verses, No. 9. And he took bread and brake it, and gave unto them, saying this is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.

2nd v “Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.” Sacrament Sunday but I did not stay. Remained at the hotel, wrote to C.P. Grace and my servant took a walk, and crossing the Tay over to Haking returned by water. Drank our coffee and went to bed.

 

5th July 1841, Monday

A fine day,  breakfasted and dined at the hotel, bill £2.8.8

Sunday 9.0d

 

6th July 1841, Tuesday

A not morning. Received letters from J.M., and M.M: took a walk down to the water in the evening, saw nothing.

 

7th July 1841, Wednesday

Fine morning, walked about Haking. Sent the “Spectator” to T.G., bought a chicken for  8d. Haking a pretty town on the other side of the Creek which divides it from Milford, inhabited chiefly by sailors. One long street, full of small shops and  all houses with Sea Pionnies &c, the cottages extremely clean, with small gardens in front of many of them.

 

8th July 1841, Thursday

Received a letter and journal from Milbourne and sent him the Gloster Chronicle, took a long walk on the fields overhanging the Haven. The view very beautiful of Nangle Bay, and returned to dinner. I did not go out again. Weather fair but windy.

 

9th July 1841, Friday

At ½ past 11 a.m., started for Little Haven, a small sea port about 8 miles from this, in St. Bride’s Bay. The village is close to the water, and consists of  a few scattered cottages all whitewashed inside and out, which are let in the summer  to the families from Haverfordwest. The sands are very fine, and a fine azure sea, the rocks are also very beautiful and St David’s head is a fine object. Broad Haven consists of a few houses better looking than those of Little Haven and separated from it by a projection of rock on the sands. We walked over the cliff and on the sands and looked at a small cottage which had just been let, for 12/- per week, consisting of three bedrooms, one sitting room and kitchen. The Clergyman, I believe the Rector of Milford, Mr Brickston spoke to us, a gentlemanly man, an improved edition(?) of Mark Bailly his politeness divested of affectation and self sufficiency. The road to Little Haven is hilly but there is much beauty on it, and in it. Several pretty places about, a huge piece of rock, with a cottage built against it, stands in the centre of the country, and no one knows anything of its origin. We went in a car, and a wretched thing it was, returned at ½ past 6 p.m. for 10/- for it, 9d feeding horse and 6d turnpike. Passed Priory Pile or Pyle, situated at the head of which and from which this creek takes its name as a remains of a priory, founded in the 13th century, by Adam de Rufe. Portions only of this building can now be traced in the surrounding cottages. Met Dr Whillan, did not recognize each other.

 

10th July 1841, Saturday

Letter from J.G. A wet day, did not go out, till evening, took a short walk.

 

11th July 1841, Sunday

We were too late for Church, therefore read the morning service at home. In the evening 6 o’clock went however, and had a most interesting and impressive sermon from Mr Anston, * Curate I believe to Mr Brickstock before mentioned. Sept 73rd Psalm, 28th V. “But it is good for me to draw near to God.” The Church was crowded and I was astonished at the finery of the women, as the inhabitants are with few exceptions trades people. A fine day. * a mistake, he is the Rector.

 

12th July 1841, Monday

Fair weather, walked over to cliff to Priory Pyle. Took sketches of Gover Pill, small cottage on the opposite side of the creek belonging to a Mr Devereaux and the ruins of the priory. A delightful walk. Began to read Mitchell’s Australia

 

13th July 1841, Tuesday

Received a letter from Saphy dated 11th February giving a less unfavourable account of Sir T Forbe’s health than I could have expected. Nevertheless my heart is sad when I think of their sufferings. May God in his great mercy alleviate them.

Wrote to C.P. and Mrs Whitehouse, walked to Patrick Rennolds cottage to engage his boat for a row; but he was in attendance on the Waterford Packet, and could not go. He however, introduced us to  his friend John Vaughn, a most entertaining old  man, who knows every rock and every ripple of the  waters and has a tale attached to each, he was pilot here for many years and now enjoys a pension of  £13 per annum as a superannuated servant, on our way to him we engaged Patrick Reynolds to take us next day to Pembroke, if the weather permitted. We had a delightful row with Johnny Vaughn, to (Pine?) Pill, a well wooded village forming part of Milford, built on the upper or Eastern creek. There are the traces of an old castle on the summit of the hill, which was an important fortress during the civil wars, and the reduction of which caused the Royalists to evacuate Haverfordwest. The other creek is on the West, called Priory Pill mentioned before, The banks of Pine Pill are beautifully wooded and there are several pretty houses scattered on them. The water was calm, the skies clear and bright. How unlike the destiny of some then resting on its beautiful bosom! Who can argue (agree?) with horse, that harmony of the past, will hald our joys renew” this  may be the beau sentiment of  Poetry – and poets,  and  sounds well,  when there is nothing to remember, but  every heart which has felt will vibrate to the truer touch of Blair,

Of joy departed never to return

How bitter the remembrance!

 

We returned home, gratified by our excursion, and determined, if  all was well, to employ Johnny again.

 

14th July 1841, Wednesday

A doubtful looking morning and Patrick Reynolds called to say he did not think it would be a favourable day for Pembroke, so we gave it up. He was however, either non weather wise or had a better job in hand, for nothing could exceed the beauty of the day, so we went down to the ferry, and stepped into Johnny’s boat, and he took us a long way out towards St Ann’s Head, as far as the Stacks, a large rock, nearly in the centre of the water and Barham which has been divided in seven separate pieces by the water I suppose, one of them very large, the others smaller. The Stacks are between three and four miles from Milford. We saw the entrance into Dale, a village just below St Ann’s Lights, opposite to St Ann’s is Thorny Island. We returned home having been out 2 ½ hours. This is called the quarantine ground, the Lazzaretto Vessels lying in it. Dr McMillem is the Officer in command and has a very pretty yacht lying in Pine Pile, but he lives a little higher up, on the Strand than we do. We crossed Nangle Bay to the Stacks agreed with Johnny to go to Pembroke next day, wind and weather permitting.

 

15th July 1841, Thursday

A wet morning, so we could not put our intentions of visiting Pembroke into execution. Wrote to Mrs Munro, and sent the newspapers to T.G. and M.M.

About 1 o’clock the sun shone brightly and in the evening, being quite fine we took a short row about the harbour. Bought a Welch Whittle to keep myself warm in the boat, for although fair we have had no Summer weather, and many days found it requisite to have fire. They burn here very small coal, which they mix with the mud from the harbour and river, and call it Culm when rolled up in balls. It is very cheap, and makes a clean and excellent fire for cooking. I have seen no beggars, and all the country people are well dressed, and look many degrees removed from poverty, although they wear neither shoes nor stockings very often.

 

16th July 1841, Friday

An unsettled looking morning, wrote to Charlotte, and heard from Mrs Whitehouse. The evening being quite calm and fine, we rowed to Pine Pill, but as the tide was rapidly receding we could not go very far. Agreed to go to Pembroke next day if we could. Came home, had our tea, read our prayers as we do thank God, every night and morning and went to bed. C.P’s birthday, drank her health.

 

17th July 1841, Saturday

A fine looking morning and  just after breakfast Johnny came to announce it his opinion that we might venture to Pembroke, so as soon as the tie turned, at ½ past 12 p.m. we embarked in James William’s boat, as it was a better goer than Johnny and he was his assistant. We crossed the harbour and entered the gut or opening into the river which flows up to Pembroke, where we arrived at 2, the town is built upon a neck of land projecting into an arm of Milford Haven. We passed several pretty places, particularly the “Bush” a large white house with a magnificent back ground of wood. Mr Merrick who built it is dead, and it is now the property of two infant boys. Two servants resided there. Orielton, a oriental Sir John Owen’s, looks well from the water. Lord Cawdor’s, Stackpole Court is not seen on this side. The remains of the castle, as we approached it in the boat was indeed striking and magnificent, two sides of it rise from a rocky bank, which is washed by the river. The walls are connected by many towers overgrown with ivy and other plants. We saw it to great advantage coming up with the tide, architecture a mixture of early Gothic and Norman. There are two wards,  the outer containing the inferior offices, the inner the Keep, and Hall Apartments. The Keep or principal town still preserves its stone roof. The walls are 14 feet thick, they enclose a space of 25 in diameter, 2 their circumference at the base 163 feet. The height of the roof 75 feet according to my book, but the guide  said 95. We saw the remains of the Chapel, adjoining to which is a small room, in which Henry 7th was said to have been born 1457. It is not in good presentation. Within the Chapel is a cavern called the Wogan. There is a most rugged stair case or  rather 300 broken steps by which with the aid of a rope, people may go to the top of the Keep. Gentlemen sometimes lunch there the woman told us. The roof of another of the towers is still in it although frightfully cracked. The castle stands on 3 acres of ground. The view from one of the towers is fine, and exquisitely beautiful looking up the river. The castle was founded according to Caradoe by Bewulf, son of the Ear of Shrewsbury in 1094, others say in the reign of Henry 1st. It was gallantly defended by William Langhorne, Powell, and Poyer in 1648, but Cromwell at last compelled them to surrender. Saw some remains of a priory near Monkton. Walked through St Mary’s Church. Pembroke appears to be one long street, good houses, very reasonable. It was market day. At 4 p.m. we embarked and proceeded to the Dock Yard about two miles from Pembroke. There is a Fort there, and 5 or 6 sheds for building ships of war. Went on to Hobbs Point, a pier and station for military or marines. The foundation was laid by means of diving bells. From hence the Mail is ferried over to this side of the water. We landed here, and walked a short distance on the road. There appeared to be many good houses. Started again and after a pleasant row, during which we passed the Waterford Mail Steamer on her way to the Dock Yard, arrived safely about 7 o’clock in the evening at our lodgings, where we had a good diner which we enjoyed much, having fasted all day, with the exception of a bit of home cake eaten amidst the ruins of Pembroke Castle. We had had a voyage, or carriage rather of  20 miles and are much tired. John Vaughn and James Williams our boatmen agreed to take us to Pembroke for 8/- but I gave them 3/6 each for the addition of the Dock Yard and Hobbs Point. Passed the yacht of 5.3d a grand(?) thing, at the Dock yard Patter (?)

 

18th July 1841, Sunday

Got up very reluctantly, bones all aching but went to Church at ½ past 10 a.m. and heard Mr Austin preach from the 7th Chapter, Revelations 13th to 17th verse, good. In the evening at ½ past 6 went again to Church and had a very fine extemporary sermon from the Reverend N Wyndham Jones, Rector of Loughor, corresponding Sections for  Pembrokeshire in behalf of the Pastoral-aid Society, instituted 19th Feb 1836 - Test 8th Chap St Luke 27 verse. Returned home at 9, as soon as the service was over, had our tea and went to bed still suffering from the preceding days fatigue. The Church was very full, and is really surprising to see the dress and affectation of the women here, who are all shop keepers.

 

19th July 1841, Monday

A cloudy morning, a poor woman died of dropsy and decline in a cottage opposite to us. Took a walk and in the evening a row to Priory Pill, it was rather cold, however, we continued our row, up another little creek, to what is called Haven’s head, where we saw a dozen great and small girls “Young Mants” as Johnny called them, bathing full dressed and jumping about in the water. Home, tea bed. We had a little rain in the course of the day, but as it rained on St William’s day we must expect it will do so more or  less for the appointed 40 days. Mr Jones spoke at the Bill Meeting but we were not there, not had heard yet.

 

20th July 1841, Tuesday

We had a most tremendous night, thunder, and wind, and rain. And the morning was equally dispiriting, however it gradually improved and we took a pleasant walk for about an hour, when the clouds gathered again and the evening was wet. No going out.

 

21st July 1841, Wednesday

Wet morning, it cleared at midday, but Grace and I were busily employed, she in finishing up her sketches and I in writing up my journal, and therefore we felt no inclination to brave the strong wind which was blowing. Did not therefore leave the house. Sat up very late reading Mitchel, and much interested in the fate of poor Cunningham. The book improves much, but still I prefer hearing civilized mem.

 

22nd July 1841, Thursday

A fine day, windy, but warm and a bright sun, although there was a shower about ½ past 11 p.m. which obliged Grace and myself to take shelter in a little cottage at Pine Pill whither we had walked. The mistress Mrs Adams, a sailor’s wife with five children was a civil intelligent woman and sent her eldest daughter Martha to shew us a cottage near the water where apartments were to be had at Mrs Bennets. They were dirty, three bedrooms, one sitting room and attendance, cooks and kitchen for 10/- per week. Went to Piny Pill by the road so returned over the cliff, guided by Martha Adams, the intelligent civil daughter of the cottager. Saw Dr McMillem going into his fields. No recognition however, as we were not near to him. And after dinner the poor woman who died on Monday was buried. A great crowd of poor people principally children assembled at the gate. The corpse in a plain glaized black coffin was brought out by four men, white cloths being bound round the foot and head of it by which they carried it. No pall. It was placed upon two chaise previously set at the gate for its reception and they then simultaneously commenced singing a Psalm or hymn and recommenced the funeral dirge, until they reached the Church at Stamtin(?) where she was buried. This and planting flowers on the graves is I understand a Welch practice. In the midst of this solemn scene a woman, well dressed, and respectably bonneted, passed in a terrible state of intoxication, abusing everyone who came in her way, and ultimately undressing herself in the road. Read Mitchell and went to bed. Heard from C.P. and Mr Munro, which ought to have been mentioned before.

 

23rd July 1841, Friday

A beautiful day, Rose early and  after breakfast took a row with Johnny to Piny Pill, then walked part of the way to Stanton. No letters, no incident, read Mitchell. Bought a parasol(?) 5/6 tea and bed. The sun set bright and the water was as calm and smooth as a sheet of glass.

 

24th July 1841, Saturday

Almost the first Summer’s day we have had during the Season. At 12 p.m. embarked in Johnny’s boat, and rowed across the harbour to a farm house called by him Bullwell. Landed, walked up the road, which leads to Pembroke and from an eminence had a most extensive and  beautiful view of St Ann’s head, the Stacks, Thorny Island on one extremity, and the  towns of Milford – Hakins and Church opposite, with the opening into Pine Pill river. Returned at 2, water not so calm, tide going out and wind against us, nonetheless very pleasant. Took a short  walk, bought 2 pair gloves, and came in to dinner, finding the Sun too hot, took a short walk in the evening. Spoke to Mrs Austin’s - - came home to tea, read Psalms and went to bed.

Wrote to Sophy.

 

25th July 1841, Sunday

A fine morning, went to Church, had an excellent sermon from the Curate 8th Ch: St Luke, 18c v. In the evening went to Church again, had a most impressive sermon from Mr Austin, 1st Ch: Revalations 10th Verse, on keeping the Sabbath holy. Calculated that 48 years, his own age, he had had 7 years of Sabbaths. Walked home, tea, Chapter 3 in the Bible and bed. Read between Services Rev S Harris on the Sacrament.

 

26th July 1841, Monday

Rose early after a most sleepless night. After breakfast the weather being fine Grace and I took a row with into Galleysbick Bay, and returned home, wrote to M.M. (John Milbourne Marsh) heard from Sophy dated 18th March, answered it. Dined. After dinner the (Gir?) attracted us with his little bell, “The Inhabitants of Milford are informed Mr Blayely cannot be found and owes an Washerwoman £10. God save the Queen!” Read Mitchell, prayers and to bed.

 

27th July 1841, Tuesday

A fine morning, late at breakfast, when our boatman Johnny Vaughn came to say he might (continue?) to St Ann’s Lights, so at 20 to 12 we embarked, with him and his trusty companion James Williams, passed the Stacks, Gillesbrick Bay, Sandy Bay, and arrived at the pretty little rural village of Dale at ½ past 2 after a very rough row. We walked to the Lighthouse almost 2 miles distant accompanied by an aquatic squire and Johnny’s little grandson Jim Vaughn. Ascended the light house, which is not very high, 11 Burners, saw the Islands of Skomer, Skokham, Lenny Head &c., too hazy to discern Lundy, the Light house commandant Lloyd, salary 85 per annum, coals and oil allowed, walked back to Dale. Had some brown bread and butter and re-embarked, had a rough passage and reached home ¼ before 9. Dined, drank tea and had Psalms, and went to bed very tired.

 

28th July 1841, Wednesday

A fine morning, but rained heavily about 11 a.m. Cleared up and continued bright and warm, with much wind. Did not rise till nearly 9 a.m. so much fatigued, could not go out. Wrote to Fanny, and Ln C. M. read Mitchell, drank tea and went to bed.

 

29th July 1841, Thursday

A fine day, wrote to  Fanny, and Dr Forbes, and sent off my despatch containing those and also  letters to Sophy and Mil, to Marshall at Plymouth. Likewise “The Spectator” newspaper to St Thomas’s. In the evening took a short walk with Grace, saw no one, had nearly been blown away, so high a wind. Read Mitchell, prayers and bed. A beautiful morning at 12 o’clock.

 

30th July 1841, Friday

A fine day, the wind much abated, read the newspapers. Dyce Simbre Esq, Whigy Member for Sudbury a blacky from the East, went out in Johnny’s boat, had a  scud of  rain, returned after an hour at 9 o’clock, took a walk, came back to dinner. Sent the Gloster Chronicle to M.M. Sent a prescription to H, went for Grace, Williams the Chemist here having detained it all Thursday without making it up. Took a walk and two sketches, returned to tea. Read Mitchell, prayers and to bed.

(“The Castle” at Dale belongs to Lloyd Phillips)

 

31st July 1841, Saturday

A lovely morning, not much rain but very windy. Johnny Vaughn brought me a loin of witch(?) mutton, 3/3 fresh eggs and made  me a present of ½ dozen of potatoes out of his own garden. Write to D Wemyss and Caroline Crawford. Took a short walk and two sketches, one of Haking, St Anns Head, Thorny Island, and the Stacks. The other of a small cottage on the beach, at the opposite end of the Harbour, including the opening into the Pembroke branch of the Harbour. Returned  to tea, prayers and bed. A beautiful moon light night.

 

1st August 1841, Sunday

And very threatening but morning cleared off about 10 a.m. so that we were enabled to go to Church. Had a very delightful sermon from Mr Austin, 11 Chap: Isaiah 13th V: The latter part of it “And confessed that they have strangers and pilgrims upon Earth.” The weather improved and we had a pleasant walk home, although very cold for the season. Soon after we reached home had in had an unexpected visit from my old friend Dr McWillam, Inspector and Chief Medical Officer here, much altered in appearance but the steps of time are neon light, he met me with great pleasure and cordiality, we talked over days and dear friends departed, never to return a pleasure mingled with so much of pain that it is difficult to say which feeling predominates. How ones heart turns to  those whom we have even but slightly known in our youth, what is this the power of those remembered associations, which we never can enjoy in after life, whom the affections have been scared by falsehood, or the heart scaithed, withered, blasted by the cold hand of  death, death which annihilates all hope in this world, for here we have parted for  ever, of such I thought, of such he spoke, little thinking that years may glide away, but not like the waters, without leaving a trace behind. In the evening we went again to Church; but having mistaken the number 6 for ½ past, we were very late. We had a good sermon on the confirmation which is to take place at Haverfordwest on the 29th when the Bishop of St David’s visits. I do not know the Curate’s name, but he is a most eloquent extempore speaker, his manner is  against him, and his voice is peculiarly unpleasant, text 50 Ch. Jeremiah, last part 5th verse, “Come and let us join ourselves to the Lord in a perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten.” Returned home, had tea, read 53 Chap, 1. Isaiah. Psalms and 2 of Simeons excellent sermons. Went to bed, and dreamt of old friends.

 

The Spirit Mysteries – Child Harold

And slight withal may be the things, which bring back on the heart the weight which it would fling aside for ever; it may be a sound, a tone of music, Summers breath, or Spring, a flower, a leaf, the Ocean, which may sound striking the electric chain where with which we are darkly bound.

 

2nd August 1841, Monday

A most determined hanging morning, small rain, and great fog, no seeing any thing a yard off. Disappointed in going in the evening to “the Nelson” to hear the Rev H Wyndham Jones speak in favor of “The Pastoral Aid Society” before alluded to. It has never ceased raining the whole of the day, a miserable prospect as the room was full at ¼ after 10 a.m. Wrote to  Charlotte, heard from her of Mr Bridgard’s death, and Mrs Scotts having been thrown from her  horse in January, and seriously injured. Grace wrote to Lady(?) Hampson to request that her legacy might be paid to Mr R Hibbert. No going out, read newspapers sent by Dr McMillan, and Mitchell. Prayers and to bed. Rain without cessation.

 

3rd August 1841, Tuesday

My dear departed mother’s birthday, a melancholy one to me now that I can no longer see her, no longer hear her but she is happy, in a world where in all tears are wiped from our eyes, where in sorrow never enters, and all is peace and rest.

 

It has rained violently the whole day, accompanied by a thick fog, and cold wind. No hope at present of improvement. Read the “United Survive” lent to me by Dr McMillan, wrote to Miss Blaxland, Camberwell Grove. Too wet to go out. Too dispirited to read. Therefore after tea I lay on the sofa, and talked over family misfortunes & c with Grace till we had prayers and went to bed.

 

4th August 1841, Wednesday

A fine morning compared to the last two; but cloudy and muggy. Dr McMillan sent me the Evening Mail and a message to say he would call. Which he did just after Grace and I returned from our walk. Sat here more  than two hours. Lent me some books “the Highland Smuggler” Nepean’s “Peninsular War.” Dined and took a short walk. Hastened home on account of the rain. Invited Dr McMillan to drink tea with me,  tomorrow evening, accepted,  commenced “the Highland Smugglers” lent to me by Dr McMillan, at 10 had prayers and  went  to bed.

 

5th August 1841, Thursday

A most tremendous night, rain and wind and a similar morning. Heard from St Thomas’s dated June 24th acknowledging the letter or mine of March for 2 £20. Continued the Highland Smuggler. Received the Gloucester Chronicle from the Wemyss, forwarded it to Milbourne Marsh. Grace a bad cold. Dr McMillan drank tea with us, the night was tolerably fair. Had prayers and went to bed.

 

6th August 1841, Friday

A fine morning. After breakfast and prayers went to Haverfordwest. A cloudy drive. Stopped at Dr McMillan’s to get Miss Phillip’s address. Drove to the Mariners Hotel and proceeded to look for apartments. Engaged them in Market Street, at Mrs Evanes 10£ per quarter, ought to have been £9.12.0. Called at Mrs Lt Phillips to see Miss Phillips, ushered up stairs, found ourselves amongst strangers, Miss Phillips being at (Broad H--?), her sister-in-law Mrs L Phillips and her daughter Charlotte very polite. Miss Charlotte accompanied us to see some lodgings taking us to an old servant of course an old lodging which 30/- per week, for a place like the black hole of  Calcutta. Declined. Rain poured. Returned to Mariners, had bread and butter and soda water, and then drove home in the rain. Rained all the evening. Read the newspaper, had prayers and went to bed.

 

7th August 1841, Saturday

A most miserable morning, violent rain, and wind.  Wrote to Davies the  Stationer in Gloucester to discontinue “The Spectator” and “Waverley Novels.” Wrote to Charlotte in answer to her’s of yesterday, and to Lady L Morrison(?). No cessation from rain, read the Highland Smugglers. Said prayers and went to bed.

 

8th August 1841, Sunday

A beautifully bright morning. Went to Church, heard an excellent sermon from Mr Bristock, 5th Exodus, 2nd v. On returning Mrs Leach spoke to me, a friend of Dr McMillan and promised to call. Met the Dr and he  walked home with us, and  came in. Chatted for an hour, then took leave and we went to dinner. Evening service Mr Austin preached from 25th Matthew 2nd v. I never heard a more delightful discourse. The evening was fine but extremely cold, and therefore we only walked from Church. Read two of  Simeon’s Sermons. Prayers, to bed.

 

9th August 1841, Monday

A fine morning, after breakfast Mr and Mrs Leach called, he is Collector of the Customs here, and appears to be a very gentlemanly man, his wife a quiet amiable old lady. After their visit Grace and I went out to walk, met Dr McMillan, he accompanied us into his field from whence the view of the (mountain?) into the distance is very pretty. From thence we proceeded to Piny Pill and then home. The wind was dreadfully high, but the day was fine. Dined, read the Highland Smugglers, prayers and went to bed.

 

10th August 1841, Tuesday

A fine morning, after prayers and breakfast sallied forth to return Mrs Leach’s visit. Saw a native going in, therefore we lingered on the Terrace. Dr McMillan perceiving us from Mrs Leach’s windows, came out, we chatted with him for a short time, when Mrs Wilks, the Governess joined us. She is a very agreeable off-hand, quick girl. We went in to Mrs Leach’s and there we found a Mrs Byers, the petticoat I endeavoured to shun, an A-pot-he-carries wife, but disagreeable, but not a St James’s hid. After a moderate visit during which we saw the Grand children Tracey, and Philip Elliot, we took our departure, and on the road home, met Mr Leach, who hinted a dinner, which was confirmed by Dr McMillan who called a few minutes after we reached home. I would be off it if could, but fear I cannot. The Dr has offered his carriage to go in as there is no machine to be had here. He is to be absent until Saturday night on a visit to his friends Mr and Mrs (Scanfield, Seinfield?). The rain has set in, and I fear will last. Read the Highland Smugglers, said our prayers, and went to bed.

 

11th August 1841, Wednesday

A fine morning but very windy. After breakfast we read the Psalms and papers a usual. Had a visit from Mr Leach to invite us to dinner on Monday next to eat venison. I met the Sheriff and his wife Mr and Mrs Roche, accepted, he offered his carriage, but I declined,  preferring the old chaise or the sedan. Took a walk. Heard from Lady C Morrison and M M Wemyss. Wrote to the first, dined, sent the Evening Mail and United Service papers to St Thomas’s. Dr McMillan’s gig(?) came for orders but the weather was too unsettled. Read the Highland Smugglers, went to bed very late.

 

12th August 1841, Thursday

A lovely Summer’s morning, not a cloud in the sky. Regretted not going on the water. Heard from C.P (Charlotte Pinnock?) and Miss Blaxland. Wrote to the first. Walked in Dr McMillan’s fields and then to Piny Pill. Grace and I took views of Castle Hall, Mr Greville’s place on the opposite side of the creek, a well wooded, built by General Holland, celebrated for his (ant?) of his confinement in the Black hole of Calcutta. Grace also took a view from the fields of the opening up to Pembroke &c. Met Mr Leach on our way home, he turned and walked with us and came in. Agreed to go (please God) with him and Miss Wilks, weather permitting to the dock yard tomorrow in the Dr’s gig, to see the Man of War which is to be launched on Tuesday next. The evening clouded over, we read a usual and went to bed very tired, but hoping to execute our project for tomorrow.

 

13th August 1841, Friday

A night of storm, wind and rain in torrents. The morning equally wretched. Cleared a little about 12, when to my surprise we had a visit from Miss Wilks, and her pupil M.A. Elliot, Mr Leache’s granddaughter, a pretty little girl of 11 years. Miss Wilks is an agreeable young woman. Wrote to Mrs Lake, but could not send my letter, not liking to expose Ann to the weather. Had the Evening Mail, Dr M’s paper. Rain recommenced, nothing can be more wretched than the weather, serious apprehensions entertained for the harvest. The night stormy, and comfortless. The Bristol Steamer sailed in the midst of it. Read the Smugglers, said our prayers and went to bed.

 

14th August 1841, Saturday

A blowing and a rainy night and -- morning had no deep ill, and in pain, came languid and jaded. Mr Leach called, we could not go to the dock yard in consequence of the weather, the coxswain said it was too rough. Mr Leach changed a note for me, amount 62.10.0. Put my sketch of Priory Pill in Indian Ink.  Sent the Evening Mail to St Thomas’s. The weather still variable but rather brighter and warmer than it was yesterday. Nothing new, we read as usual and went to bed.

 

15th August 1841, Sunday

A wet morning, could not go to the morning service, had it at home. Dr McMillan called after Church, and sat with us until dinner time. The weather cleared and we had so fine an evening that he continued to Church, had a good, but too long a sermon from Mr Brickstock, 16th Ch: St Luke, last part of 8th Verse. He did not return until 8 o’clock. Met Johnny Vaughn who had been listening to a sermon preached in the walk by the Rev M Smith, which he said  was beautiful. Had lesson and went to bed. A fine night.

 

16th August 1841, Monday

A fine morning, took a very pleasant ride in Dr McMillan’s gig towards the entrance of the harbour, accompanied by Grace and Mr Leach’s grand daughter M. A. Elliot. Mrs Leach and Miss Phillips called after our return. Wrote to George Pinnock and sent him the Limited Service Gazette. Had a letter from Francis dated 16th January 1840, from Maitland, immediately after his return to Australia. News 18 months old. Had a visit from Mr Leach, heard from Charlotte and received my jewellery by post. Went in a chair “La Piste” to dinner at Mr Leach’s in the Middle Street, at ½ past 5. Met Mr and Mrs Roche, the Sherriff and his wife, Mr and Mrs Francis Leach, Miss Page, Miss Phillips from Gloucester, Mr William Leach, Mr William Roche and R McMillan and Captain [blank] Had an excellent haunch of venison, and  a very pleasant party. Miss Wilks did not dine at table, 13, that fatal number, returned at 10 o’clock.

 

17th August 1841, Tuesday

A most melancholy looking morning, rain and fog, very unpropitious for the launch of the Collingwood 80 Gun Ship. Towards noon however, it cleared away and Grace was summoned to join a large party who were embarking on board the Customs House cutter for the dock yard. As soon as she was gone I walked out and met Mr Leach who took me into his garden, where I found Mrs Leach and Miss Phillips. I walked with them till the rain drove us home, but it was nothing. Dined alone. Dr McMillan called in the morning and chaperoned Grace. About 8 o’clock she and the Doctor returned, after having had a pleasant excursion. He drank tea with us. The evening was fine.

 

18th August 1841, Wednesday

A fine morning, walked after breakfast and met the Doctor, arranged to go with him in his boat should the weather permit to Picton Castle, the Apothecary’s wife had called. The evening cold and dreary. Went to bed. A drunken riot at the door.

 

19th August 1841, Thursday

A hazy damp, cheerless morning, could not go in the boat. Dr McMillan called, and whilst he was here Mr Leach came in. Johnny Vaughn’s son went to Dr McMillan: for advice, I having asked his permission to see him. Went out to walk, Grace sketched the Church from a gate opposite to Mr Leach’s garden. Found Mrs J Leach’s, Mr J Leach’s Mr W Leach’s and Captain Eyre’s party on our return. The day cleared, but there was no sun. Read in the evening.

 

20th August 1841, Friday

A fine morning but very high wind. The coxswain called to propose our going to the dock yard, but tide and wind were unfavourable so we did not go. Dr McMillan called in the morning. Grace and I returned the visit at Mr Leach’s and agreed to go there tomorrow to see Mr  J Leach’s method of drawing. Took a walk up and down the esplanade, and returned to dinner in the evening. Dr McMillan came to tea, and we talked of the olden times, until past 11, when he bade us adieu. We said out prayers and went to bed. Rained fast all night. 

 

 

21st August 1841, Saturday

Another fine morning, awakened very tired, went at 11 to the Leach’s. Mrs Leach ill with ald[?], saw Mrs J Leach and looked over her husband’s drawings for nearly two hours, a pretty style and expeditious. Captain Eyre and Mr W Leach of the party, Miss Philip had taken her departure for Haverfordwest early. The Leachs going to dine with the Roches, the Sheriff, at Bulton Hill, a pompous parsonage, who no doubt lives on the fat of the land. Borrowed [Banit?[ and colouring from Mr J Leach. Met Mr Leach and he came in with us and  chatted for  ½ an hour.. Mrs J Leach gave me an invitation to see them at Killabebyll Place, near  Neath, Glamorganshire. Sent the “Evening Post” Mail” to J. G., finished the Highland Smugglers, a very interesting work. Said our prayers and  went to bed.

 

22nd August 1841, Sunday

It rained all night and continued pouring all day till about 7 in the evening, when the clouds dispersed and the sky was clear and beautiful, we could not go to Church which we much regretted as it was our last Sunday in Milford. Heard from George, his mother and Chally going next day to Cheltenham to stay with Mr and Mr R H. Saw no one, Dr McMillan gone to Buttor Hill. Read both morning and evening Services at home. Early to bed, very unwell and [fronish?].

 

23rd August 1841, Monday

A lovely morning, after breakfast Mr Leach called on us to say farewell. We then went to call for the same purpose on his family from whom we parted with great regret. Offered their carriage, and  Mr Frank Leach lent us a drawing of his Master Mr Creswick, whose direction is  Paper Manufacturer, Chandos St, Pall Mall East London [thick Imperial drawing paper6/- per given]. On our return to the lodgings Dr McMillan came in, then we dined, paid Bills &c, and drove off. In the Nilson Rumble Tumble with old  Silenas as our charioteer and arrived in Haverfordwest, at  Mrs Evenis, Market St, about 6 p.m. Found the apartments all right, having taken them for one month from the 23rd Inst at 16/- per week, and if afterwards I wish to continue in them at 10 per quarter. We had our tea, said our prayers and went to bed.

 

24th August 1841, Tuesday

A fine morning, at 12 Dr McMillan called, he came ostensibly to visit the Union but he staid with us, and we went in pursuit of a piano, but were not successful. He came home and lunched, and did not leave us till part 3. Wrote to C.P. and sent George the “Limited Service Papers.” Went to the Assembly Rooms, very poor and shabby.

Mrs Lort Philips and Miss V P called and brought Mrs Towne’s cards for Grace and myself. Invited us to a party on Friday. Accepted, but would prefer staying at home. A very wet and windy evening, very unwell. Prayers and bed.

 

25th August 1841, Wednesday

Wet all night and continued so till noon, when we called on Miss Philips, but meeting [party?] and Miss H. P. at the door we did not go in. Paid our visit to Mrs Henry Townes, not at home. Walked down to the Bridge. Bought towels at Williams, came home to dinner, read the following in the “Evening Post Mail.”

‘The Assembly of Divines at Manchester 17th August 41 – I stood up, and said in the Congregation, “I am a brother to dragons and a Companion to [wolves?] Job 30.28.29.v.

The Corn Law destructions are here,

And gather’d the Priest of each clan

To put, bold Sir Robert  in fear

That the Country will nie to a man,

Such a gathering never was seen;

There’s a Fob, two Hawks, and a Pike;

A Peacock from Preston, a Birmingham Swan,

And a Swallow form Heckmindwike.

 

A Griffin, a Goshawk, a Gunn;

With Joy, and Roses, and Beans;

A Taylor, a Baker, A Bunn;

And Penny, and Lamb, and Salt;

A Cooper, A Crabtree, a Blow;

An a Southport has sent a Greatbatch

For we’ve six Smiths all in a row.

 

We’ve Bishops and Abbotts, and Cooks;

A Chaplain, a Parson, A Pie;

With Catuers, Ritchie, and Poose;

And Abram, and Isaac [and I].

We’ve Henry, and Harry and Giles;

And William, and Edward, and James;

A Mann, and some Boys, a Whigg and  a Beard,

With a Buckpitt, and like pretty names.

 

We’ve Probut, with Carlyle, and Payne,

We’ve Butlers, and Anchor, a Knight;

A Hunter along with his Horn,

In a Hewlitts, Dark, Gray, Brown, and White.

We’ve the Earl and the Lent, and all Hunt;

A Hill, Middleditch, and a Ware;

A Bank, and a Muir, and [from Woolwich] two 

Who mustn’t be named at all!

 

Continues another page

 

A hot night, read Mr Leach’s letters on the Unions, and went to bed very tired.

 

26th August 1841, Thursday

A wretched morning, but turned out a warm Summer’s day. Called on Mrs Lort Philips, Wrote to Mrs Judge, Mrs Whitehouse and colt for M’s bill. Called at the Mariners, Mrs Ewinson[?} a most  intelligent, clever,  agreeable person the mistress of it. Dr McMillan sent his paper, no letters form anyone. Walked into town, found it very warm and the streets so steep that I cannot get on at all, without much fatigue.

 

27th August 1841, Friday

A fine morning, Mr and Mrs Warlow called on us. A Surgeon, nephew of Sir Thomas Picton, vulgar. Received the Evening Post Mail, from Dr McMillan. Went to Mrs Lort Philip’s, met Dr McMillan there, and a set of horrible old women. Mr H Townes, Mrs Phillip’s son-in-law, a fine young man but with little manner, a handsome supper, and great kindness. Returned home at 11 o’clock very tired. A fine night, sent the Evening Post Mail to St Thomas’s. Began Napier’s “Peninsular War.”

 

28th August 1841, Saturday

A fine morning. Dr McMillan called on his way back to Milford. Mrs Rowe and two Miss Stokes called, [not at home] nieces of Miss Philip’s. Heard from George Pinnock, received the Gloucester Chronicle. Went to walk, driven back by a misty drizzling rain. Met Miss Philips, the market very unpleasant, noise and dirt. A wet evening, gloomy and blue devilish. C.P. [Charlotte Pinnock?] went on 24th to Cheltenham to see the Hillarts. A wet evening, read the debates, very interesting on the change of Ministry by the Earl of Ripon’s, a capital speech on the Conservative side.

 

29th August 1841, Sunday

A wet morning, but cleared up towards 11 o’clock. Went to St Mary’s Church, on old and venerable building, they have removed the old marble carved pews, reserving only one, and substituted modern ones. The monuments to Sir [blank] Philips and two Lord [Hignds?] are handsome, we had the prayers read by the vicar, Mr Thomas, 80 years old. The sermon by his son and curate 2nd Corinthians, 3rd Ch: 4th v: extempore and fine. He reprimanded some one for improper conduct from the pulpit. In the evening the prayers were again read by the old vicar, the sermon from the 2nd Timothy 2nd ch: 8th verse by Mr Adams extempore and most impressive. He preached long, but I could have listened much longer to him. Walked home, the Church is at the bottom of our street. In the evening after the service Miss Philips and Mrs H Rees called but we were out, having walked by the Parade to the Priory ruins, on the banks of the West Cliddau. The Prescilla Hills looked lovely, the mist passing over their summit, and the sun shining through and dispersing it in various places. Disturbed all night by a violent knocking in the street, at some ones door, a wet night.

 

30th August 1841, Monday

The morning cloudy and damp, cleared towards noon. Received the Evening Post from Dr Macmillan, also Colt’s bill for M.M. (Milbourne Marsh), repaid our visits to Mrs H Rees, Mrs Warlow, Mrs Roose and the Miss Stokes, only saw Mrs Rees. Walked on the Parade, returned to dinner. Sent ½ of £10 note and Post Office order for  17/6 to Messrs Colt and the Evening Post to T.G. Also the Gloucester Chronicle to M.M. It has rained since we came in, met Mr H Townes. Walked on the Parade, home to dinner,  read the papers, prayers, and to bed.

 

31st August 1841, Tuesday

A lovely morning, went at 11 to see St Mary’s Church, ascended the Leads, saw the Chimes, took a long walk towards Hopes folly, over the bridge, in the evening went  to the Cottage Chapel in Short St, had an excellent sermon from Mr Thomas – “What I must do to sand[?]” Walked home, a beautiful moonlight, had our tea, prayers and  went to bed very tired.

 

1st September 1841, Wednesday

A fine cold clear bright morning and day. Wrote to Frances and Milbourne Marsh, and sent the Gloucester Paper to the latter. Did not go out, heard from no one, saw no one.

 

2nd September 1841, Thursday

Miss Phillips called and introduced us to her niece Mrs H Townes, lunched there, good natural agreeable people. Found out that Mrs Lorl Philips was well acquainted with my old friend General Letherbridge, a not cold evening, 7 went  to St Mary’s Church and heard an excellent sermon by Mr W Thomas, came home, drank tea, and to bed.

 

3rd September 1841, Friday

A fine day, took a walk over the bridge in the evening. Nothing occurred.

 

4th September 1841, Saturday

A beautiful morning, heard from Mrs Judge, went to the Mariners about the piano, from thence to the warehouse, ordered it to be sent in the evening, which it was. A vile kettle. Wrote to George. Received the luggage from Gloucester.

A wet evening, read our prayers and went to bed.

 

5th September 1841, Sunday

A lovely morning, went to St Mary’s, heard the service read and an extempore sermon by Mr Francis Thomas. Took a walk on the Parade, met Mrs Warlow. She called and Ann let her in to my [room, home?]. talked an infinity of scandal, and [aloud, absurd?] Mr J Thomas because he had rebuked her tutors the Miss Bilaris for  improper behaviour in Church, asked us to a party on Monday. Went to bed quite well.

 

6th September 1841, Monday

Attached with Cholera [Cholic?] about 12 on Sunday night. Ill all night, in bed all  day in great pain. Fortunately for me Dr McMillan came over from Milford, he prescribed for me, and I derived much benefit from his medicine. Had a wretched day, but thank God I  got better towards evening. Could not go to the Warlows.

 

7th September 1841, Tuesday

A bad night, but recommence to the Doctor’s medicine relieved me, and I am considerably better. At 12 he called and sat with us till 2 o’clock. Had a stupid evening, he said, at the Warlows. Sent the Evening Post to St Thomas, and the Limited Service Gazette to George. Read Napier’s Peninsular War.

 

8th September 1841, Wednesday

A fine morning, Miss Phillips called to take Grace a walk with her nieces the Miss Stokes. Soon after their departure it set into rain violently, she did not get wet however, having taken shelter. Read Napier for two hours, like it much, gives an unprejudiced opinion of all parties and plans. The Duke himself. Grace played on the piano after tea. Said our prayers and went to bed. Dr McMillan sent to know how I was in the morning from Milford.

 

9th September 1841, Thursday

A wet miserable day, no sleep in the night. Wrote to Mrs Fitz and Mrs Partridge. Could not go out.

 

10th September 1841, Friday

A wet day, we went in chairs at 7 o’clock p.m. to take tea with Mrs Rees, a pleasing old lady. There we met Miss Phillips, her niece Mrs Rowe, and the Miss Stokes. Passed a sociable evening, and returned at 10. Still raining heavily.

 

11th September 1841, Saturday

A wet morning, cleared a little towards noon, called on the Miss Stokes, and Miss Philips.  Whilst there Mrs Trelawny, Mrs Freeman and her son came in. The latter a Consument Coxcomb, in bad health. The rain prevented our calling on Mrs Sat Phillips. A wet evening.

 

12th September 1841, Sunday

A beautiful morning, went to St Mary’s Church. The prayers read by Mr Thomas Senior. A good sermon by his son Mr F Thomas: 1st Chapt, Is 2nd 3rd v Hebrews. After dinner we took a pleasant walk down Lymp Lane to Miss Gascoigne’s cottage and at 6 o’clock p.m. went again to St Mary’s Church where we heard from Mr Adams, the conclusion of his sermon of the 29th August from 2nd Timothy 2nd Chapt 8 verse, not so impressive as the first part, but nuntheless very good. A fine night, walked home.

 

13th September 1841, Monday

A fine morning although very oppressive from a sort of scissored wind. Called on Miss Phillips to bid her adieu, as she was to take her departure par Mail in the evening, tonight to pass a few days with the Frank Leaches, on her way to station. Returned home, Dr McMillen called, he dined with us at 4, and went in the evening to a practicing preparatory to a concert which is to be given in the Hunt [ball?], he brought Grace an accordion, and arrived in the night.

 

14th September 1841, Tuesday

A fine day, Summer quite. Miss Wilks and Mary Anne Elliot her pupil called, as also Dr McMillen and Mr Leach. When they took their departure we went to call on Mrs [Lal Las?] Phillips; but met her nearly at her own door, so we proceeded to Mrs Rees’s and Mrs Warlow’s, neither of them a home. Called in at Williams’s to buy a ribbon for my chapeau, and home to dinner after which we began to read a Roman Catholic story named “Verschogle” lent to me by Mrs Rees, not much charmed with it.

 

15th September 1841, Wednesday

A wretched morning, could do nothing but read, and sang Scotch songs, which brought back the days that are gone. Burns says memory becomes a deepened channel, as time’s unceasing waters pass over it. Oh why is the Season of youth, innocence, love, with all its [charm??] and delightful feelings, it consciousness of being the object of affection, of soul occupying intent to one, so short lived and transitory, and why do our feelings out live the season.

 

16th September 1841, Thursday

A fine day, Grace went to the Miss Stokes and walked with them. I called on Mrs Lal Phillips, she was out. Sent the Evening Post mail to St Thomas, and the Gloucester Journal to M.M. In the evening at 7 went to St Mary’s, the service read and sermon preached by Mr Mears 9th Corinth, 16 Ch, 18th 14th v extempore and excellent. Charity according to the Bible acceptation of the word explained, as meaning love and affection for and interest in the Soul’s welfare of our fellow creatures, not extenuating faults, but in kindness approving them.  We walked home, the evening was beautiful. Wrote to Mr G Marsh.

 

17th September 1841, Friday

George Marsh’s  birthday today, may it please God  to grant that whenever He thinks fit to  call him into another world he may be prepared to go, 82 years old. A fine morning, took a long walk to Scotchwell, a pretty place belonging to [Alvin?] the Silversmith, on the other side of the bridge. Wrote to C.P., received two dozen old Madeira from my good friend Dr McMillen as a present. Went to Miss Stoke’s in the evening, met Mrs Rees and the Lat Phillips an adult assemblage. Returned at 10.

 

18th September 1841, Saturday

A fine morning, wrote to McMillan about Johnny Vaughn’s son. Took a walk, began to rain, a wet evening. The Evening Post mail from Dr McMillan, no letters.

 

19th September 1841, Sunday

A fine day, went to St Mary’s, heard the Rev Thomas Senior preach, too old for the St  Luke. Rain in the afternoon, but a fine night. We went to St Mary’s, an excellent sermon by Ct Mr Frank Thomas. 1st Timothy 1st verse. Heard from Mary Edwards.

 

20th September 1841, Monday

A fine day, walked to some old ruins over the bridge by Miss Gascoigne’s cottage. Engaged my lodgings for a quarter £10, sent the Evening Post Mail to St Thomas, read the papers. No letters.

 

21st September 1841, Tuesday

A fine morning, but rained in the  fore noon. Went to call on Mrs Gwynn but not home. Sent the Evening Post Mail to St Thomas and the “Limited Service to G.P. Took a walk, wrote to Mrs –

 

22nd September 1841, Wednesday

Lady C. Morrison’s birthday. A beautiful morning, I have wished that when it pleases God to call her, she may be prepared to go. I have been very unwell all day, but I am thankful for all the undiscovered mercies I experience and pray that they may be continued to me through the Grace of God, and that the Holy Spirit may visit me and make me meet for Heaven by faith, in my blesses Saviour. I have seen no one, I heard from no one. It has rained, but is clear again. Wrote to Milbourne Marsh. Read Napier.

 

23rd September 1841, Thursday

 A variable day, bright sun and heavy showers alternately, did not go out, wrote to J.M: and sent the letters, and paper to M.M.

 

24th September 1841, Friday

A fine day, took a walk, heard from Charlotte Pinnock.

 

25th September 1841, Saturday

A fine day, N.B. never take a house or apartments near or especially opposite to a market. Disturbed by noise, and devoured by flies and fleas, and all sorts of vermin. Took a walk to get out of the house. Wrote to Mr S Inles to inquire about the Inles’s of Australia, the Evening Post wet and disagreeable. Sent the Evening Post Mail to St Thomas, wrote to [Wachl?] for their bill.

 

26th September 1841, Sunday

A wet morning, cleared afterwards, went to St Marys. Prayers and sermon by old Mr Thomas, a very wet afternoon, at ¼ to 6 went again to Church, an excellent sermon from Mr Adams. 1st Corinth: 1st.  A fine night, walked home, heard from SF, April 17th.

A beautiful rainbow visible over the hills 7 a.m.

 

27th September 1841, Monday

A beautiful morning but we did not go out. Mr Leach called, invited us to Milford. Grace called on Stokes’s, out. Began the Sabaltern, a wet night. Sent  two Evening Posts mails to St Thomas. Grace wrote to  her mother.

 

28th September 1841, Tuesday

A fine morning, but a miserably wet evening. Wrote to Mrs Hall, T.G. Mrs Whitehouse. Grace heard from her mother, Chalty not well, sent the Evening Post to George, the Gloucester Chronicle to Milbourne Marsh. Saw no one, this is certainly a most [inviolanting?] sojourn.

 

29th September 1841, Wednesday

A fine day, wrote to Mary Edwards. Mrs Rowe called and invited us to tea on Friday, took a walk, heard from Mrs Fitz.

 

30th September 1841, Thursday

A fine day, heard from McMillen relative to Johnny Vaughn, also from Mrs Munro mentioning Mrs Bowyer’s illness. Wrote to Dr McMillen about Johnny Vaughn. Took a walk, no service, the Church undergoing some repair.

 

1st October 1841, Friday

A beautiful day, Dr McMillen came over from Milford and passed the morning with us. In the evening went to Mrs Rowes, met the giant [upalled?] and his odious wife, Mrs [Gimes, Aimes?] Mrs Rees, a Stork on a stone and his better half and all the Stokes and Phillips family, acquaintance, but like the nine of a doom [perdand?] from – very tired by 10 and came home. One of the Misses strummed on a guitar.  &c &c.

 

2nd October 1841, Saturday

An (unentaindery?] rain and sun shine. Sent 11 to Mr C Forbes to be forwarded to Milbourne Marsh. Heard from Mr Campbell.

 

3rd October 1841, Sunday

A beautiful day, went to Church, a good sermon Mr Mears, 5th Matthew 16th v by Mr Wm Thomas.

Took a walk on the Milford road.

 

4th October 1841, Monday

Wet all night and a wet morning, cleared in afternoon, took a long and very pleasant walk on the St David’s Road, rained in the evening, sent the Evening Post mail to St Thomas, read Napier.

 

5th October 1841, Tuesday

Rained all night, and all day. Sent the Limited Service Gazette to George.Pinnock and the Evening Post mail to St Thomas. Wrote to Charlotte Pinnock and Mary Wemyss. Rain, read Napier.

 

6th October 1841, Wednesday

Rained all night, did not clear till 5 p.m. A very bad cold. Heard from Mrs Whitehouse, read the Subaltern, and Napier.

 

7th October 1841, Thursday

Rained all night, a violent cold confined me to my bed. Cleared up. Grace took a walk, the old piano removed.

 

8th October 1841, Friday

Rained all night and wet morning, better, but still unwell Did not get up till late. Heard from Mrs Partridge, Miss Endell, from Mrs Bowyer not expected to live, at her mother’s house, Lorington House, Petworth. – young, happy, handsome, loving, and  loud, how hard to part, yet we must not assume that as the heavy affliction comes from God, He knows best, and may He comfort her sorrowing friends.

Heard also from Miss Inles, acknowledging the receipt of £11, on Milbourne Marsh’s account. The day cleared and Grace took a walk. Called on the Stokes and heard that Mr J Thomas was going to be married to a Hansem?? The Evening Post, it poured.

 

9th October 1841, Saturday

A wet morning, heard from Charlotte Pinnock, received box from her, Grace took a walk, called on Platter. Rained all day, read Napier and the Evening Post mail.

 

10th October 1841, Sunday

Rained all night, could not go to Church, read prayers at home. Very unwell, cold and cough. Rained all day.

 

11th October 1841, Monday

Rained all night, in fact the rain has been incessant for 48 hours, and it is still raining. Sent Evening Post Mail to St Thomas. Wrote to E. Partridge, and  Mr Leach about broken glass. Rain, hail, thunder and lightning.

 

12th October 1841, Tuesday

Rained all night, some thunder and lightning. Cleared towards noon. Heard from J Q dated 17th and 31st May. Sir J rather better and got into their new house [Lutrini?] near Sydney. Began the 3rd volume Napier, sent the Evening Post mail to St Thomas and the Limited Service Gazette to George Pinnock. A heavy cold still and great debility. I thank God I am well.

 

13th October 1841, Wednesday

The morning fine, rained from noon till night. Dr McMillan came over to  see us. Drank tea with us. Heard from Mr Leach about the chaise glass, advised to pay 3/- for roguery. Cold bad still. Sent the Gloucester Chronicle to Milbourne Marsh, heard from Mr Mage[?]

 

14th October 1841, Thursday

Rained all night, a fine morning. Heard from Mr Leach and Charlotte Pinnock. Dr McMillan came in and sat all the morning here, returned to Milford and took my note to Mr Leach. Began to rain at noon. Wrote to Mrs Judge. Bought a pheasant 1/8. Grace called on Platter, tried duets.

 

15th October 1841, Friday

A fine morning though very windy. Mrs Rees called, she is a very pleasing elegant, and apparently amiable person. The only one here whose acquaintance is worth cultivating. Grace went to Miss Stokes to practice. Read the newspaper. Dreary and dull enough, not well. I long for a home.

 

16th October 1841, Saturday

J Marsh’s birthday, may it please God to bless him, and to make him meet for the blessings of Elumits. A most tremendous day or rain and wind. Heard from Charlotte Pinnock, Mr Wisdan’s death. Wrote to Mrs Eisdell, sent the Evening Post mail to St Thomas. Dr McMillan set me a brace of two partridges.

 

17th October 1841, Sunday

A fine morning, but a high wind, not  well enough to  go to Church with Grace. Had prayers at home morning and evening. At 5 p.m. began to rain and blow tremendously and during the night we had a perfect hurricane, accompanied by tropical rain. I prayed to God to protect us from danger and to have mercy on those who were at sea.

 

18th October 1841, Monday

The morning was cold and still, but bright, and healthy, how wonderful are the ways of our Lord. How incomprehensible to his creatures, true indeed the wind bloweth where it listeth and we knew not where it comes from, nor whither it goes! Took a short walk, read the Evening Post mail, instructed Grace in French and Italian. After dinner it began to rain and still continues to do so.

 

19th October 1841, Tuesday

After a night  of rain and wind the morning was bright and clear, but cold and autumnal. We took a walk over the bridge, no the other side of the river. On our way home we met Dr McMillan who had come in to dine with the Magistrate of Quarter Sessions. He followed us home, after paying a visit to some one else and passed the day with us. Rain and wind in the evening.

 

20th October 1841, Wednesday

A showery morning and tremendous night. Did not venture out. Dr McMillan drank tea with us. Rained violently.

 

21st October 1841, Thursday

A fine day, Dr McMillan called and staid till  3, then set off for Milford , returned Mrs Higgin’s visit, not at home. Called at Tackers about the piano, thought the old man mad, glad to get out of his filthy house. Had a harpsichord, piano and Aemona, stifled with smoke and horrors of long description.

 

22nd October 1841, Friday

A fine day, the piano arrived. Called on Mrs Rees. A wet evening.

 

23rd October 1841, Saturday

A wet day, could not to go out, wrote to  J.M., M.M. Sent the Evening Post to  St Thomas.

 

24th October 1841, Sunday

A wet morning, cleared off, went to Church, heard a dissenting Minister who has just been [reclaimed?], sermon good, material 23rd 1st Luke. Lady [held?] took a walk, went to  Church in the evening. An excellent sermon, Mr Adams, Isaiah. Returned home in from the rain. Walked too fast up hill, had nearly died, put into William’s the Chemist till I had recovered. Rained all night. Heard from George Pinnock his mother very ill.  Wrote to him. Sent Evening Post.

 

25th October 1841, Monday

A  wet morning, cleared, took a walk. [Barker?] and music from Dr McMillan. Wrote to ask him to dinner. A wet night.

 

26th October 1841, Tuesday

A fine morning, did not go out. Went in the evening to Mrs Lat Phillips, a stupid party, music and supper. Returned at ½ past 11, very tired. Le jeu ne vaut pas la chandelle.

 

27th October 1841, Wednesday

A fine day. Grace took a long walk, with E Stokes. Expected Dr McMillan to dine, did no0t come. Had a very important letter from a man named [Hossel?] a Psalm singer in St Mary’s. Wrote to Dr C.M. , C Odell, and sent the Chronicle to Milbourne Marsh. Heard from Dr Evans, Charlotte Pinnock a little better thank god.

 

28th October 1841, Thursday

A fine morning, had a Haut Pheasant from Dr McMillan, who dines with me on Saturday. Sent the game on to C.P., took a walk with Grace, called on the Stokes.

 

29th October 1841, Friday

A beautiful day, took a long walk. Passed by the Gascoigne’s cottage. Read Napier, Sent the Gloucester Chronicle to M.M. Heard from C. Newton.

 

30th October 1841, Saturday

Wrote to C Newham and Lady C. M: Dr McMillan dined with us. A fine day but very cold.

 

31st October 1841, Sunday

A doubtful morning and a wet evening. Went to St Mary’s, good sermon from Mr Mears. Dr McMillan drank tea with us.

 

November 1841, Haverfordwest.

 

1st November 1841, Monday

Had the happiness of hearing from Charlotte that she was better. A letter from Dr C. M. Dr McMillan called, coming to tea and  then going to the  Musical exposition, a fine day. Very cold, but clear. Did not walk.

 

5th November 1841, Friday

A fine day. Went to a party at Mrs Higgins, to learn [memory?]. Potatoes and sausages for supper. Tired to death.

 

6th November 1841, Saturday

Heard from Elizabeth, took a walk. A find day.

 

15th November 1841, Monday

The 5th anniversary of my beloved mother’s death. Her loss is daily felt more and more. She will be mourned, till my own life be extinct. My God in his great mercy grant that we may be re-united in his world, where in sorrow and tears can never enter. All has cloud in one here, my wishes rest in being made meet through my blessed saviour’s blood for his holy kingdom. A tremendous storm of thunder and lightning in the night.

 

18th November 1841, Thursday

Heard from Miss Eisdell announcing the death of the young, the handsome, the happy Isabella Bowyer, on the 11th, at ½ past 2 p.m. at her mother’s Mrs Byles, Lavington House, Sussex. God’s will be done, but my heart bleeds for those who are left so bereaved.

 

19th November 1841, Friday

Wrote to Charlotte. Dr McMillan called, also yesterday. Mrs Stokes of Battack and Miss Collings called. Heard the Lort Phillips’s, Augusta and Charlotte are going to be married. Sent the Evening Post mail to St Thomas. An apt day.

 

December 1841, Haverfordwest

 

25th December 1841, Saturday

A fine day, but neither Grace now I could go to Church having bad colds. Many happy returns of the day to these who are far far away. Make them sensible of the spiritual blessing vouchsafed to sinner by the incarnation of our blessed Lord and Saviour, earnestly oh Lord, do I pray to be made meet for thy holy Kingdom, and also that all who are dear to me may participate in the blessing.

 

January 1842, Haverfordwest.

 

1st January 1842, Saturday

A miserable wet day, very unwell.  Saw no one, hope it is not a harbinger of the future.

 

2nd January 1842, Sunday

A damp dreary day, could not go to Church.

 

3rd January 1842, Monday

Damp but cleared toward noon. Miss E Stokes called, Grace went out with her. Heard from R. H: answered.

 

4th January 1842, Tuesday

A bright, clear cold frost. Intended to visit Picton Castle: but my friend of the Mariners sent me such a set out that I was  obliged to return home. Horse lame, no  glasses, an ignorant driver, very bad. Mrs Rowe and Miss Stokes called. Heard from George Pinnock, his mother, thank God better.

 

5th January 1842, Wednesday

A frosty day, very cold and dreary. Took a walk with Grace, called on Mrs  Thomas, Mrs  Townes, Mrs Gynne. Met Miss Rees, Mrs and  Miss Lat Phillips, propose Grace join them tomorrow evening at the Ball. Sent Jm Bull to Milbourne Marsh. Heard from Mrs L Whitehouse, wrote to nobody. Read “Les Jeus Ennemis.” Racine, in the morning and Napier in the evening. Dreamt of  M.M. worry about him.

 

6th January 1842, Thursday

A frosty day,  walked with Grace on the Bolston Road, expected Dr McMillan, sent to  say he was not well enough to come over.  Lord Emby a Steward of Ball, and [fordor?] of the Van ambing a managerie [?]. Met Mrs Rees and Mrs Stokes of Battock, heard from Geore Pinnock, his mother better. Grace declined going to the Ball with the Lort Phillip’s, they have been very ill [led?] Sent Evening Post to St Thomas.

 

7th January 1842, Friday

Frost still continuing, took a long walk.

 

8th January 1842, Saturday

Frost.

 

9th [?] January 1842, Sunday

Went to Church, Mr Mears preached an excellent sermon from St John. In the evening Mr Thomas read and preached, he is too old.

 

10th January 1842, Monday

Sent [Warhb-y ?] £10 balance due to him. I am now out of his debt.

 

11th January 1842, Tuesday

A most wretched day, rain and cold, sent Evening Post mail to St Thomas and United Service Gazette to George. Heard from no one.

 

12th January 1842,  Wednesday

A most miserable day, rain all day, cold and dreary. Wrote to  Mrs  Scott, Hampstead, Dr McMillan to enquire  how he is.  I sent [Warll—y?] the 2nd  [half?] of 10 liquidating  my debt entirely. Grace a bad cold.

 

13th January 1842, Thursday

A most melancholy hanging day, rain and fog and darkness almost felt, saw no one, heard from no one. Read the 2nd lot of Destiny by Miss [Turner??] Sent the Evening Post mail to St Thomas,and the John Bull, and Gloucester Chronicle to  Milbourne Marsh.

 

14th January 1842, Friday

Heard from Dr McMillan, not the ague. A few lines from George. Received a Hare and Pheasant from Mr Scanfield[?] of the meat. Dr Wachkin[?] unknown to me.  Shower all night, a fine bright day, but wet and slippery. Did not go out.

 

15th January 1842, Saturday

A fine bright sun, but so slippery and dirty from the snow melting there was no going out. Saw no one, heard from no one. Very melancholy, and not well. Sent a Hare to Charlotte.

 

16th January 1842, Sunday

Wet morning, but became finer, not well enough to go to Church.

 

17th January 1842, Monday

Rain all day, neither Grace nor myself at all well. Could not go out.  Saw no one, heard  from no one. Read History of Scotland in the Evening Post very interesting, written by [blank].

 

18th January 1842, Tuesday

Not fine, but no rain to speak of. Did not go out, saw no one, had no letters. Sent the United Services Gazette to George. Read the History of Scotland and began the Life of Canning.

 

19th January 1842, Wednesday

A fine day for this place, took a short walk by myself, Grace having a cold. Saw no one. Heard from Charlotte Pinnock.

 

February 1842, Haverfordwest.

 

14th February 1842, Monday

Went to Milford to bid adieu to Mr and Mrs Leach, lunched with them, Mrs F Leach also there. Dr McMillan came in, returned to dinner, rather a fine day.

J.B.’s and George Pinnock’s birthday. Dr W. dined with us and drank his health. Wet.

 

16th February 1842, Wednesday

A beautiful day, the  Doctor lunched with us and returned to  Milford. Grace called on Mrs Lort Philips, Mrs Rees, Miss Stokes. No body at home.

 

Finished last week reading the Huguenots and Corse de Jean by James. Excellent

 

20th February 1842, Sundayonday

A beautiful morning, went to St Mary’s and heard an excellent sermon extempore from Mr  Mears. “Be to me your sin will find you out,” his father was a Livingston[?] [Living saint?] he preaches well, and is well spoken of after Church. Mrs Rees called to  bid us adieu. She is the only agreeable person in Haverfordwest except Mrs Winson of the “Mariners.”

 

21st February 1842, Monday

Left Haverfordwest at 11 a.m., a lovely morning and arrived at Tenby at 3 pm.

The road is not pretty, but hilly. We passed the Lodge Gates of Picton Castle, Sir R Phillip’s, also Wiston, Lord Cawdor’s. Also some ruins belonging to Mr Roche, the High Sheriff. Tenby is a pretty place, small though and much more insignificant than I expected. My lodgings at Barnaschones overlook the sea, and all so far pleasant, mais voila tout, he is a Swiss and loves money. Mrs Stokes late of St Botolph called.

 

22nd February 1842, Tuesday

A beauteous day. Grace and I walked on the sands.  Called on Mrs Stokes, she called on me and brought Mrs Buckly with her.

 

23rd February 1842, Wednesday

A miserably wet, blowing day. Could not go out. Mrs Stokes called. The Bristol Steamer came in. Grace drank tea with Mrs Stokes.

 

March 1842

 

4th March, 1842,  Thursday

Heard from Frances Marsh, five letters, last dated 22nd October 1841

 

3rd [?] March 1842,

McMillan left us on his return to Milford.

 

5th March 1842, Tuesday

Accompanied Mrs Stokes of  St Botolph to Mrs Stoke of  Haines Castle, near Sandisfort Bay, a pretty place and beautiful view from the grounds of the bay and -.

Dr Humphries the Clergyman at same time. Met a Mr Brown, an old [Sidth?] man who had known my father, and said his life had been three times preserved by his skill, under God’s mercy.

 

6th March 1842, Wednesday

Accompanied Mrs Stokes to Carew Castle 6 ½ miles from Tenby, situated on a slight eminence above an arm Milford Haven, the North appears quite modern, in the style of  Henry 8th – window and light. From thence to Mannbur Castle two miles, the birth place of Grialdus Idonton, surnamed Cambrences the Welsh historian, he was born in the 12 century, the castle is imposing situated in a hollow, the ground rising on every side except that towards the sea. This is supposed to be one of the first Intrepesa which the Norman and Flemish settlers established themselves, it now belongs to  Sir R Phillips of Picton Castle. Called on Miss Manue, a relative of the late Bishop of Bristol, keeps a school. The scenery is wild, the drive home through Penally a pretty village.

 

April 1842

 

9th April 1842,  Saturday

Heard from Wm of the death of Sir J S [?]

 

10th April 1842, Sunday

Drank tea with Mrs Stokes of St Botolph

 

11th April 1842, Monday

Left Tenby at 10 a.m., after 11 a.m. arrived at Llaugharne [16 miles] at 1 p.m., the road hilly but by no means interesting, and the small town of Llaugharne has nothing remarkable about it. It is built irregularly at the mouth of the river Tave or Taf, a narrow stream,

Post / horses    1.4.0

Boy                    4.0

Turnpikes           3.0

Pat                      3d

£1.11.3

Left Llaugharne at ½ past 1 p.m. for  Carmarthen, 12 miles, road hilly, nothing beautiful about it, at the entrance of the town a fine monument erected to Sir T Picton, his statue at eh top of  a column on a square pedestal, [scphus?] at the corners. Badajas and Waterloo, front and back. Arrived at  the Ivy Bark at 3 p.m., a rambling comfortless hotel, Camarthen. Grace and I walked to see the castle, disappointed in finding the ruins quite destroyed by the Country Gaol being built on them. The view from the Parade is fine of the Merlin Mountains, and the river Toway winds most acutely round the rising ground,

Chaise                         18.0

Boy and Partn 3.3

Turnpikes        2

1.3.3

We dined in the Chaise, tea and coffee at the Ivy Bank.

Left Carmarthen at 7 a.m. by mail. Inside fare £2.8.0, outside 1.8.0.

Caermarthen to Llandello vaur 14 ¾ miles,

Llandello vaur by Llandovey to Brecon 34 ½

Brecon to Abergavenny by Crickhowell 20

Abergavenny to Monmouth 16 ½

Monmouth to Ross 10 ½

Ross to Gloucester 16 ½ where we arrived in the evening about ½ past 8, Tuesday 12 April, the road peculiarly beautiful, especially about Brecon. The Black mountains also near Llandilo vaur are very fine. Found Charlotte and her family quite well and removed into the new house, Hillfield  Parade.

 

1843

 

7th March 1843, Tuesday

Parted with dear Phil, he and George left us for London. by Mazeppa , to Cirencester and from there by rail road to London. A melancholy day, we can never say adieu to those we love without pain, how the hope of meeting again may gild the parting; but when the old  separate from the young they cannot look to this.

 

25th March 1843, Saturday

Dear Phil sailed in the Euphrates for Sydney, from Portsmouth. My health very bad.

 

27th April 1843, Thursday

Grace and I left Gloucester by Mazeppa for Cirencester and from thence proceeded by rail road  to  Paddington, fare £1.5, first class. Arrived at 7 in evening, and went to Mr [Hollands, Hibberts?] 13 Willert St, got there about ½ past 8.

 

28th April 1843, Friday

Called on Dr C [Morrison?] thought the General much [broke?].

 

29th April 1843, Saturday

A wet day,  and influenza.

 

30th April 1843, Sunday

Too ill to go out to Church. Confined to my room for a fortnight.

 

25th May 1843, Thursday

Panoramas of Baden Baden, Caboul and Edinburgh, Chinese exhibition.

 

30th May 1843, Tuesday

Left London by rail road 12 o’clock p.m. Vauxhall Station, arrived at Southampton at 4 first class 1 fare per 14/- Crossed to West Cowes, found Lady Conway and daughter at the beach. Accompanied them home, found Mrs Gates there, a fine afternoon.

 

1844

 

17th July 1844, Wednesday

Left Gloucester in “The Queen” Coach, at ¼ before 11 a.m. for  Bristol, arrived there  ¼  before 3. Hurried off in a fly to the station for Weston Super Mare. Obliged to enter a branch train two miles from Western, propelled by horses and Windlass and arrived at Reeve’s Hotel at 4. Dined and slept there. Next morning hunted for lodgings and  fixed at Mrs Fowlers, Albert Buildings, 2 ½ gn per week, parlour and two bedrooms.

Inside fare per coach 8/-

Outside 4/-

1st Class rail to Western 5

2nd Class rail to Western 5

 

20th July 1844, Saturday

Went in a donkey chaise over Weston Hill, a pretty drive, and fine view at the top of the hill. Land belongs to Mr Pigott.

 

21st July 1844, Sunday

Did not go to Church, fearful of cold after such an illness. Took a solitary walk for half and hour.

 

22nd July 1844, Monday

On the sands in the donkey chaise. Miss Hugh lodging  in the drawing rooms called on me, a talkative  Bath passenger.

 

23rd July 1844, Tuesday

Drive in donkey chaise to Uphill, on the sands, and returned by the road. Very hot the sun. In the evening agreeably surprised by a visit from Dr and Mrs Evans, much delighted to see him.

 

24th July 1844, Wednesday

Met Mrs Evans on the sands with her two little girls. Returned Mrs Hugh’s visit.

 

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Paid Mrs Hugh and evening visit.

 

August 1844

 

1st August 1844, Thursday

Drove on the  Bristol road, the weather being unsettled. Had a visit in the evening from Dr and Mrs Evans.

 

2nd August 1844, Friday

Drove on the sands, heard from Mrs O’Callaghan, and dined with Miss Hughs. Weather stormy and unsettled.

 

3rd August 1844, Saturday

Very stormy, rain, wind and thunder, very cold, had a fire.

The birthday of my dear departed mother:-

“But where are they who in those fair

And pleasant paths had past,

And when will it return to me,

The Summer of the heart?

In hope that changed to weariness,

And love hath changed to strife

 - - of all  my lady friends

 - - friends of life

 

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8th August 1844, Thursday

Drove with Miss Hough and Chatts to Uphill Banwell, Hutton, The Churchs of both places extremely pretty, the town of the latter old and conquered with Ivy. Returned through Locking to Weston. Dr Law the Bishop of Bath and Wells has a beautiful cottage at Banwell, near the caves. Miss Hugh came in after her evening walk and sat an hour with us.

 

9th August 1844, Friday

Set off at 11 a.m. over Weston on Hill and returned through Milton to Weston, distance 5 miles. I went in a donkey chaise and Chatty rode a donkey. The view is fine of the Welch Coast, Cardiff and Clevedon. Walked afterwards to

 

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Rocks beyond Knightstone sat there some time and saw the children bathing.

 

10th August 1843, Saturday

Drove to Woodspring with Miss Hugh and Charlotte, through the village to Wirle to Woodspring Priory, founded by Victor de Courtneaye in 1210 and for St Augustine Monks. A descendent of  William de Tracey in consequence of Thomas a Becket’s murder  to whom with the holy Trinity and the Virgin Mary it being dedicated.. It is now converted into a farm house. Returned home to dinner and drank tea with Miss Hough.

 

11th August 1843, Sunday

A wet day, did not go out. Miss Hough drank tea with us.

 

12th August 1843, Monday

Drove to Bleadon, and Lympsham, the little Inn called Hobbs boat, and the ancient ferry over the pleasant channel of the Axe. The Church at Lympsham is pretty and the Parsonage is beautifully laid out. Returned to dinner and in the evening Charlotte and I walked over the cliff near Knightstone, and then on our return went to the rocks at the bathing place where we found Mr Evans and Harriet. We sat there together for an hour and then Charlotte and I drank tea with Miss Hough.

 

13th August 1843, Tuesday

A very wet and disagreeable morning but the evening was beautiful and we walked on the sands enjoying the sea breeze and fine full tide, as it came in. Miss Hough not well. We drank tea alone, read the papers and went to bed late and tired. Heard from Charlotte in the morning and from Mrs O’Callaghan in the evening.

 

14th August 1843, Wednesday

A very wretched morning, wet, blowing and muggy. Fine evening, Charlotte and I took our last stroll at the pretty bathing place amongst the rocks. The sea was high. Returned to tea, and found little Bruce Somerset at my apartments. Mrs Evans and Harriet came in soon after, and then Charlotte and I went up to pass the remainder of the evening with Miss Hough who was not well. Prayers as usual and then to bed.

 

15th August 1843, Thursday

A fine morning, left Weston-Super-Mare at ½ past 11 a.m. for the station, from whence at 5 minutes after12 we proceeded by train to Bristol, passing through Hannie[?], Nailsea, and Clevedon. Arrived at Bristol at 25 minutes after 1 o’clock, detained there for ten minutes, and then set off for Bath. Two of the tunnels are extremely disagreeable on this road from their length and darkness. A very dull set of companions in the carriage, a young lady proud of her hands, an old gentleman belonging to her, lame and infirm. A fat old woman  with a club foot, and a [thin?] man with madness stamped in every feature. At a few minutes after 2 we  arrived in Bath, and Charlotte and I walked up from the station [South Parade] to 5 Rivers Street, where I have a sitting room, two best bedrooms opening form it into each other, a [salon?] and hall for £1.1.0 per week. Mrs Amley a civil obliging landlady. I never visit Bath without painful [blank].

 

16th August 1843, Friday

A fine day, Charlotte and I walked about Bath, shopping &c.

 

17th August 1843,  Saturday

Went round the Park, a beautiful day.

 

18th August 1843,  Sunday

Went to Christchurch, saw candles on the alter for the first time,  a good sermon but badly delivered text 2nd chap, 4v Revelations. Charlotte went with Ann to the Abbey.

 

19th August 1843, Monday

Heard from Grace, wrote to Mr [Adam?] and Mrs [Munro?] went in the afternoon to Sydney Gardens, Great Western Rail road goes right through there.

 

January 1845

 

1st January 1845, Wednesday

A dark and gloomy morning. Rose at ½ past 7 a.m., breakfasted and read the scriptures. Heard from Miss Crawford, in Punambuco Roads 9th November, wrote to T.G., saw Dr Evans, attending Charlotte Pinnock – gave him the Mosaic Celesium, took a walk, bought two broaches for  G.P., and  C.P. Miss Mainwaring passed the day with us. I received from Mrs Alleyne a note and pencil case [a cardigan] for my new year’s gift. Old Hale to have dined with his daughter, taken ill and could not come. His grandchildren did. Prayers and to bed.

 

2nd January 1845, Thursday

Dark cold cheerless morning, heard from no one. Very anxious about Lady C Morrison. Read the scriptures and went into town with Grace. Met Mary Wemyss at Wachboum’s, heard of Mr Dighton’s illness, called to know how he was. Walked to the Spa: saw Miss Philips who told us of the expected death of Mr Rees, her nephew-in-law. Met Miss Brown, Dr Fletcher, Louisa Davis. Wrote to Mrs Alleyne. Chatty (Charlotte P?] better. Prayers and bed.

 

3rd January 1845, Friday

A fine morning but like many a bright morning of life, it clouded over and remained. Saw no one but Dr Evans, who thought Chatty much better. Grace and I dined at Miss Brown’s. Spa to meet Mrs Cooper, Miss Lucas and Miss Griffiths. Mary [Arkel?] our nurse came to see us. Read [blisans?] History of Evolution all day.

 

Pencil drawing of Tenby

 

Pencil sketch of Milford Church – St Catherines.

 

Pencil sketch of a bridge, note ‘Castle Wall, Waterfall’

 

Pencil sketch of a cottage by water.

 

Pencil sketch of Waking, St Ann’s Head, 1841, Hants.

 

Pencil sketch of entrance into Pembroke Castle. 17th July

 

Pencil sketch of Pembroke Castle 17th July

 

Pencil sketch of Ping Pill Priory. 8th July

 

Pencil sketch Ping Pill

 

Pencil sketch Milford

 

 

Letter to Grace Marsh from Lady Meek 

Nov 20th 1869, Thursday 1862

Ilfracombe

I  was grieved to find by your  letter of the 20th September my dearest Fanny that you had  been suffering from influenza, which trying malady I  hope, had disappeared long before I heard of it, for as you say the  portion of  health you possess does not authorize any diminution whatever. I feel quite uneasy at the anxiety I know you will all have endured by not hearing from me per Sept mail. I  could not  write as  I  requested Sophy Munro to state in consequence of  hemorrhage from the nose, to so violent a degree that although not  dangerous in itself it  produced an entire prostration of strength, nature however in the hand of our merciful God checked its progress, by causing  me  to faint after a profuse bleeding, and from that day to this nearly two months, I have had no symptoms of the malady, and  I pray that if it be God's will it  may never return. I wish, my dear child, that I could have been of any use to your good husband respecting his officiation to the Governor of the Oriental Bank in this country. I have since Mr Blyth's letter forwarded you another from Messrs Smith [I think addressed to my kind friend Mr Downes, in which he stated, that he recommendations received of our husband gave  a fair prospect of  success, and that Mr Wise Senr had had all explained to him. I have little doubt that ultimately George Wise obtain promotion, but much as I wish him to do so immediately, I could not advocate his being put over the heads of those whose claims are based on long and approved service. Patience and perseverance are the handmaid of promotion, vacancies may occur, and  other casualties not  foreseen at the present moment. Every one of your friends [loved?] your society, therefore although very desirable to have our own home, you need not be so much annoyed at being a visitor in the homes of  others, especially at Sir W and Lady M's, for they are deeply indebted to you on their children's account, to whom you so long enacted the very responsible position of a parent, with regard to the Edward Wise's if  a brothers will not hold out his hand to his brother, it would argue an extremely unkind disposition, which I am sure none of the family possess.

The weather has set in severely cold, strong N.E. winds, today cold rain and fog and the Church bell  has been tolling  for the wife of our incumbent Mr Moore, an amicable young woman who died suddenly on the 11th Inst leaving two pretty little girls of - and 5 years old, and her affectionate husband,  mother and sister will mourn her early death. She was buried today the 21st near London whither her body was conveyed by train on the 19th. I hear that Mrs Davis the Wemyss Aunt is living at the --  and [lines missing] I am sure you will be sorry to hear of the death of Mrs Nuland [my old  kind Ann Lake] she was  found dead on the floor as she was dressing herself for breakfast having been in [Sconped?] the day previously walking  about in perfect  health with her  brother Captain Lake. He and  Mrs Lake are now near Preston in Lancashire with their son, Captain Percy Lake and his wife and five children. Both the Captain and Mrs Lake are in wal--- health, the daughter has made a good  marriage and lives comfortably in Halifax, her husband the rev Holmes being the Incumbent of Mt Sarls there. The rest of  the family, only three live still at New Quay near Birkenhead. Miss Newhouse is, I fear, more  miserable than  ever, she has taken Lionel's death so  much. Miss Mason wanders about. She was staying with the Misses Bethand, when I heard last. Miss Davis still alive in the Parade. Mr L- alive in Gl-old Vince at the New Alms House at Barnwood, Well,  100 years old. - [lines obscured by MAM's bad habit of overwriting vertically] My acquaintance and Dr Wilson's old and intimate friend Dr Longley is  now  Arch Bishop of  Canterbury,  -- to Dr - whose death I  fear will be a great loss in every way to Mr Kinnett. I am glad my dear friend Mrs Hays was spared the grief she would have felt at the break up of that connection. Miss Days is with the H-ls keeping home for the young ones whilst Mr and Mrs H are away. I am tired and must conclude both Kindness by to your George. I affection to you my dear dear Fanny I am your most attentive and anxious Aunt, MAM.

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Erected in the Church of St Philip and St James at Ifracombe, North Devon [Rev W.C. Moone] in 1871. [by box  and son 28,29, Southampton St, Strand, London

 

Grant,

Mary Ann m. Sir James Meek C.B. Iflracombe m last quarter of 1853.

In Memory of Mary Ann, widow of Sir James Meek C.B.

Of Ilfracombe, England

Born 18th May, 1786

Died 27th June 1870

And buried in the churchyard

Of Holy Trinity in this town

Also

Charlotte Anne Caroline Lee

Widow of

Phillip Pinnock Esq.

Born July 16th 1802, died Sept 24th 1870

And buried at Rugby, Warwickshire

The eldest and youngest daughters of

The late David Grant Esq [Dr] of

Kingston, Jamaica

Lay not up for yourselves

The treasures on Earth

Where moth and rust doth corrupt

And where thieves break through

Break through and steal, Matt Vi.19

 

 

Pinnock m Grant

 

George Pinnock married Grace ?

I

Son Philip married Charlotte Anne Caroline Lee Grant b 16.7.1802

I

Daughter Charlotte Mary Ann Pinnock b 1830 married 1851 Henry Stuart Russell 

Son Philip junior b 1822, d 1912 m 11.11.1857 Mary Ann Munro d 1891

Son George b 1824 m 29.5.1862 Martha H West

Daughter Grace Elizabeth m cozi 1848 John M Marsh

Daughter Charlotte M.A. d 14.12.1873 m 25.2.1851 Henry S Russell d 5.3.1893.

 

Philip Pinnock [m.2] 1893 Wen Groynne [Qld records 16446-1893] Germain

 

 

Transcribed from Betty Harrison Family Archives, by Michael Heath-Caldwell, Brisbane 2009

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