Diary of John Augustus Milbourne Marsh (1819-1891) 1847b

 

John Augustus Milbourne Marsh

 

Diary 1847-48 when 28/9 years old. Sydney to England. Marriage to Grace Pinnock. Wedding tour to Chester, Bangor, Gloucester, Cheltenham. 

 

 

Friday 1st October 1847

Immediately after breakfast I went to the famous Jewelers ( Storr and Mortimer of Bond St and pay for the diamond ring I purchased some short time ago for £8. Looked over a good deal if jewellery Ladies chains etc and have fixed upon a very pretty made chain which I think of getting for Grace. On my return purchased the -  of "Bentley's Miscellany" as it contained an article that I thought might be interesting "An Overland Journey from Sydney to Port Philip," but I was very much disappointed with it, and question the truth fullness of the tale. I saw Dr Leichardts travels which I scanned over but I thought the price 18/- too much.

Grace and I strolled down Regent St, thence to the Quadrant for ht purpose of getting chintz to cover the sofa, they directed us to Waterloo House which Aunt Charlotte said was somewhere in Coventry St, we in vain looked for it, and were only informed of the misdirection by going into Hendrie's who told us the place we were in search of was in Charing Cross. This being a celebrated Perfumers --l and a packet of this famous Almond Soap.

 

Saturday 2nd October 1847

A most misty day. Walked to the Temple to see if Edward Wise had come home yet. Went back in an Omnibus, reaching home in time for a stroll down Regent St with Grace.

The two young Evans' dined with Aunt Charlotte. George and I dined at old Mr Hibberts, to eat the goose sent to him from Cheltenham by Fowler (Farler?), no one else there except his brother John, who amused us by telling us how nearly he was made Hebrew Professor at Cambridge, being 3 other out of seven. He also sang the praises of Moses & Son's cheap clothes shop which he had patronized for some time. John Hibbert was a Director in South East Railway and knew Laurent Campbell the Secretary of that Company: did not like him at all.

 

Sunday 3rd October 1847

Felt unwell, indigestion etc. Did not go to Church in consequence, and being a very cold cheerless day remained at home the whole day.

 

Monday 4th October 1847

Grace, Charlotte, George and I went to the "British Museum" Russell St, a splendid building, even the outside of it is worth looking at. But the curiosities within are boundless, in fact not to be described here: and indeed very imperfectly understood by any of us owing to the hasty visit we paid to it. The whole Building is divided into compartments consisting of the Zoological, Geological, Ethnographical, Mineralogical etc. Then again, others were Etruscan and Mexican Antiquities are exhibited. Others for Greek, Roman and Egyptian sculptures. Then the "Xanthian Room," the "Phigalerian Saloon," The Elgin Room containing fragments of sculpture from the Parthenon: the "Egyptian Gallery," the "Bronze Room," etc. The ground floor of the Museum on the Eastern side is occupied by what is termed the "Kings' Library," a magnificent room 300 feet long, but into this the public is not admitted. What pleased me most was the "Egyptian Room." No one can help being struck with the strange appearance of the mummies, and the mummy cases, and their thoughts must of course saved to be thousands of years that have cross by since their embalmment, some of them must have been mummies "when Moses and the Israelites were in Egypt."  In addition to this several articles of household furniture, chairs, couches, pillows, keys, locks, hinges, tables, buckets(?): articles of the toilet are most beautifully made being composed of different coloured hair, but with as much gloss upon it as though recently oiled.

The collection of birds is most magnificent, so is the collection of shells. The specimens too of fossil geology, excite the greatest attention. And the fossil animal-remains give evidence of a former state of animal existence, prior to any species now known upon the Earth, the salamander, the Iguanadon, the Tethyosaures etc. Several specimens of meteoric-iron surprised us, in fact we went from collection to collection, lost in wonder and amazement.

 

Monday 5th October 1847

Walked to Edward Wise's chambers, found him at home, he tells me he knows of someone likely to take a transfer of the Mortgage in which Grace's money is invested: I am to give him particulars tomorrow. Received a letter from Aunt Downman asking me down to Worthing on Friday.

 

Wednesday 6th October 1847

George Pinnock accomapanied me to Edward Wise's, for the purpose of talking matters over, as to getting a transfer of the Mortgage of the £1300. I wrote to Mr Smith the Solicitors by Edward Wise's advice. Afterwards went into the City, George to Smith and Alliston's, and I to the Blackwell Railway Terminus: met George again, found from him the following curious circumstances viz., that "Dr John Milbourne Stokes" to whom the money is lent is son of the man who was in Jamaica, and was Clerk under my Father in the Port Office. This fellow robbed my Father of £2000, and was turned out of the Post Office in consequence. Wrote to Mrs FitzWilliams inclosing Fanny's letter to me of 27th April.

I was obliged to leave my bed room in the middle of the night in consequence of the dreadful smell of size used in papering the room. Slept in the Drawing room at No.1.

 

Thursday 7th October 1847

Grace and Aunt Mary Anne went for a stroll with me after breakfast, up Oxford St: on our way met Colonel Travelyan who turned and walked a little way back with us: as it threatened for rain, Aunt wished to return home, I however wended my way into the City and was caught in a storm of rain, obliged to take shelter in an Omnibus. Returned in an Omnibus and was set down at the Pantheon into which I strolled for a little while. On arrival at home found a letter from Lady Dowling asking me to pay her a visit, which I immediately did taking a cab forthwith to Ampton Place, Regents Square, found Lady Dowling very desolate. Arthur Ritchie left her only ten day ago for Madras, and she is now left alone saddled too with a house which she has rented for a year, having gone to the expense of furnishing it. She read me from Mrs Boydells (Boydell?) letter the horrible account of poor Mrs Robert Gore having given birth to a child after she had been buried in sand after the shipwreck.

(Sovereign Steam Packet shipwreck out from Brisbane March 1847) 

 

Friday 8th October 1847

A lovely morning, ordered a cab at ½ past 12 and drove down to the London Bridge Station, on my way called on Mrs Houghton in Park St, Grosvenor Square, not at home. I arrived at the Railway Station just as the train was starting for Greenwich, my destination. I went this way, toward the Steamers which take you from Blackwall to Woolwich, for a dread exposure to cold, I have become so sensitive. At Greenwich there were cabs and one unfortunate Omnibus waiting to convey passengers by Railway, to Woolwich. I went by the later conveyance it being the cheapest. Woolwich is distant from Greenwich about 3 ½ miles. I arrived there in very good time about ½ past 2, found only Aunt (Lady Elizabeth Downman) at home, Sir Thomas is at his place, Lawton Close in Sussex. There were two visitors with my Aunt to whom I was introduced, a Major Cator of the Artillery, and a Captain Foster. My cousin Susan did not come in till late having been to see a travelling menageries, the first she ever been to. We dined at ½ past 6, the only people were Captain and Mrs Tylden (the bride and bridegroom) and two of his little daughters, a young man by the name of Lampriece a cadet also came in the evening. Captain Tylden is a widower with 5 children and is on Sir Thomas's staff. Mrs Tyldell is step-daughter to my Aunt.  She is not very youthful, about 40. I heard a good deal of several members of my family. All here are in dismay at Sir George Shee having marred his Housekeeper who was ladies maid to his first wife. Sir George's mother was a cousin of my Father's.

Lady Back is also a cousin of my Father's, and I find Mrs Arthur Marsh is the authoress of a book Mrs Dias Thomson lent me once, "Old Mens Tales," etc. She has just written another volume.

My cousin Susan (Downman) has not long been introduced, she made her debut at the Artillery Ball, opening the Ball with the Count Montmoulin. I have asked her to be one of the Bridesmaids at my marriage and she has gladly accepted. I find I shall be able to get particular letters of introduction to Sir Charles and Lady Mary FitzRoy from the Duke of Richmond as he is very intimate with Sir Thomas Downman. Young FitzRoy is also in the Artillery at Woolwich.

 

Saturday 9th October 1847

Susan and myself were to have breakfasted with Captain and Mrs Tylden, and hear the Artillery Band play, but the pouring rain prevented us. Wee sat talking round the fire till lunch and immediately after left. Walked to the Inn from whence the Omnibus starts, found it waiting to be filled, and as the time was somewhat indefinite I hired a cab and drove to Greenwich in 25 minutes, paid 3/- the fare from Greenwich to London by the first class railway carriage 8d! Greenwich is a pretty little town, and two things struck me whilst passing through, one was all the old Pensioners walking about in their old fashioned hats, so many in fact that they seemed to constitute the only inhabitants of the place. Another thing, seeing a large ship fully rigged and built in the of an ornamental plantation, it is meant, I presume, for the purpose of teaching the boys at the Naval School how to climb, reef, etc, preparatory to going to sea. I escaped rain and got home in time for dinner. Found a card left by Gardiner for me, he was a fellow passenger on board the "Sir George Seymour." 

 

Sunday 10th October 1847

Raining the whole day nearly and prevented going to Church. No out of doors. Read prayers at home.

 

Monday 11th October 1847

Raining in the early part of the day. Went into town, called on Edward Wise at his Chambers several times, found the place locked up. Called also on Gardiner who is lodging at 6 Cecil St, Strand, invited him to pass tomorrow evening with us, left a note for him as he was not at home. Aunt Mary Anne Grant had a letter from Aunt Sophy of the 3rd May.

 

Tuesday 12th October 1847

Wrote to my Aunt Downman including copy of an extract as to the "Milbourne Family." Had a letter from her enclosing one to Fanny. Grace and I strolled into Regent St, we found it very warm out, but a (bit?) of oppressiveness in the air. Lady Dowling dined with us. Edward Wise had been invited to meet her, but as he neither came nor sent an excuse he must be out of London. Before we got up from dinner Gardiner made his appearance, went through the form of introducing him to Aunts and cousins. Had a long talk of board ship companions and life in Australia. Had music and singing in the evening. Lady Dowling expressing herself very much delighted. I escorted her home at night to her residence.

 

Wednesday 13th October 1847

A very pleasant day, the sun however, struggling to shine through the thick mist that hang overhead. Grace and I took a long walk into Regent St, then went into Baker St and returned back again into Regent St through New Bond St. Went to Ackermanns the famous Print setter to enquire the price of "Jenny Lind" picture, the one in which she is represented acting in "Somnanbula." I intended to have gone to Jullien's concert at Drury Lane Theatre, but Grace unfortunately had a bad head ache so we have postponed going to another evening. Miss Newhouse drank tea here. Saw Mary Bylis (Byles?) coming out of a shop, but as I was with walking with Grace did not think it worth whiles stopping to speak.

 

Thursday 14th October 1847

A little  rain in the morning, went out for a short walk after breakfast. Very cold indeed. Grace would not go out but remained in, finishing her crayon drawing. Miss Newhouse drank tea. Began Dr Leichardt's Travels.

 

Friday 15th October 1847

Aunt Charlotte went to Somerset House, to call on Mr Meek in order to see if by his interest an appointment under Government could be obtained for George Pinnock.

Grace and I went for a short stroll just before dinner to Baker St, etc. Young Maddy called on George and in the evening they both of them accompanied by Gilmore Soan went to the Haymarket Theatre. I went to Julliens Concert at Drury Lane. I went into the Promenade for which only 1/- admission is charged, but it was so crowded I was obliged to pay 1/- extra to get into the Dress Circle. The music was very good indeed and the solo on the flute by Richardson, the Cornet a Pistor by Herr Koenig, the Clarinet by Lazaris and the Trombone by Cioffe were most masterly. The Rhine Polka, American Polka, the Bridal Valze and the English Navy Quadrille were beautifully performed. Miss Dolly sang two songs, one entitled the "Swiss Girl." It was not over till 11 o'clock. Just before me in the Box, I saw Captain Stewart of the "William Hyde," the last time I  saw him was in Sydney walking with Mrs Scott and Mrs Browne. I introduced myself to him. Jullien is a curious looking fellow but exactly like Edgar Bechham C.C.L.

 

Saturday 16th October 1847

Fanny's birthday, 30 years old. Called on Edward Wise but did not find him at his Chambers. Grace and I went for a stroll as usual down Regent St, went to Jullien's and took 4 seats on Tuesday evening in the Dress Circle. George dined at (Lt?) Maddys. Miss Wilson called with a small parcel  for her brother in New South Wales.

 

Sunday 17th October 1847

Did not go to Church. Aunt Mary Anne and I read prayers together. After lunch Grace and I went for a long walk to Ampton Place passing through Tavistock Square, Gordon Square and home by Grays Inn Lane, Bloomsbury Square, into Oxford St.

 

Monday 18th October 1847

Raining nearly the whole day, nevertheless went into the City for Aunt to call on her Wine Merchant in Arthur St near London Bridge, a Mr Waters in order to speak about the purchase of his wines.

Jullien sent the tickets for tomorrow evening but as it more than the price advertised was charged, sent  them back  to inquire the reason why: they were not  sent however again. Called on Edward Wise. Met Dr Lorne whom I knew formerly in Clifton.

 

Tuesday 19th October 1847

After breakfast went to Jullien's to see about the tickets, found he had disposed of them as he said he thought I had refused them. Went then at once to Drury Lane and got others. Passed the Covent Garden, the prints there looking most tempting. Met Gardiner afterwards and walked with him to his lodgings in Cecil St. Stayed ½ and hour, he telling me how Miss McHenry had jilted him, and reading her letter to him, to me, in which she begs to put an end to their engagement. Henry Manning called just before dinner. Grace, Charlotte, George and I went to Julliens Concert, the chief attraction the "Joils Quadrille" also a solo on violin by "Sarton," and another on the Cornet Bessolz "Anglais." (?)

A fire at St.Jame's Tuche(?) Lane, Pall Mall. 

 

Wednesday 20th October 1847

Not feeling very well, did not take a walk with Grace as usual. I only went as far as the Warm Baths in Sicily(?) St. Edye Manning called, did not see him, he has taken a house at St. Johns Wood.

Sydenham Russell and a younger brother called late this evening. He has just returned from Boulogne and goes in a day or two to Cambridge.

 

Thursday 21st October 1847

Sydenham Russell called on me, lunched with us and afterwards went with George and myself to look at the Phaeton I purchased. Strolled into the Strand together leaving him at Arundel St. Met Gardiner on our way. George and I called on George Wise, not in  --- -- we went onwards into the City, to the Bank of Australasia, introduced George and Millikin to see whether he could assist to George in negotiating the Bill he is to receive from the Sale of the (afters?), was successful however. Sydenham Russell drank tea with us, talked of all our friends in Australia, told us the North and the South a very fine day but the wind rather testing. All here think Sydenham Russell the most agreeable, most gentlemany and best specimen of any of my friends in Australia, exceeding (excelling) Trevalyan, P Hodgson, Gardiner, Ritchie etc.

 

Friday 22nd October 1847

A fine day, rather chilly. Gardiner called and lunched with us. Aunts Mary Anne and Charlotte and Charlotte walked to St Johns Wood to call on Mr and Mrs Edye Manning who have taken a house there, near Grove End Road. Very tied after they came in, only saw Mrs Edye Manning. Grace and I went for a stroll up Oxford St, looked at some Worsted work patterns for the Serechs(?)

 

Saturday 23rd October 1847

Took a warm bath. Pouring rain from 12 o'clock. Aikman and Henry Manning called whilst I was out.

 

Sunday 24th October 1847

Went to Church in the morning with Grace. Raining afterwards and prevented taking our usual stroll. Mr Hibbert called to ask us all to dinner on Friday.

 

Monday 25th October 1847

Aikman called with Henry Manning. The former left Moreton Bay 2 years ago, he came home to be married. Not married, found the Lady dead, she however, left him all her property £600 a year. Henry Manning asked himself to tea this evening. Gardiner also came I having invited him last Friday. They did not leave till ½ past 12 o'clock: I had so severe a headache that I did not -- . Aunt Charlotte and Aunt Mary Anne went to call on Mr Wilson about the Piano he selected for me at Broadwoods. Aikman looks the essence of a snob, a regular swell mob man and stiff clip to his moustache.

 

Tuesday 26th October 1847

Left two cards on Captain Westmacott, 14 South Audley St, on my way there met Seymour of the 99th in a cab, into which I got and drove with him into Brook St andthen to the New Road to a man again where he has been purchasing a brace of Harriers. We passed old Kingston on our way and had a long chat about he voyage etc. Seymour has asked me down to his mother's house, "Blendworth(?) House," near Horndeany(?), Hants.

Kingston is to be found at 67 Feith(?) St, Soho Square. 

I parted company with Seymour at the Hanover Rooms, he asked to be shown a room. I stayed there a few minutes and then left without ordering anything or even giving the waiter a gratuity.

 

Wednesday 27th October 1847

Raining the greater part of the day. Mr and Mrs Clarke called, the latter was sister of Isabelle Hall, Fanny's friend in Reading, when we resided there. Their son has just got a commission in the Engineers, from the Military College in Woolwich.

 

Thursday 28th October 1847

Went out after breakfast to see if I could find old Kingston, unsuccessful. Took a stroll with Grace and Charlotte to Wilks' in Regent St for the purpose of procuring canvas and wool for the screens. Returned by Bond St: a very fashionable Ladies Shop, Wilks is.

 

Friday 29th October 1847

Grace and I went out early for a walk as far as Charing Cross, into Parliament St through the Horse Guards and then into St James' Park, and home through the Burlington Arcade and New Bond St. The whole of our party dined at Mr Hibberts and met there old John Hibbert, a John Alexander (son of Sir Robert Alexander) he married a Miss Nemhard(?), and a Mr Phillips. Miss Alexander married Mr Hibbert of Chalfont Hall. Gave us a very good dinner and excellent wines. I learn today that Mr Hibbert's nephew (Warlington Hibbert) is married to a sister of my friend Sir Edward Tichborne.

 

Saturday 30th October 1847

Called on Edward Wise, found him at his Chambers, but too busy to talk over business with me. Grace and I went for a stroll into Regent St as far as the Quadrant. On our way met Arthur Goodrich, an old School fellow of mine, we both recognized each other at the same time. His six sisters and their mother are residing abroad, his brother, James living at Maisemore Court where the Williams lived.

 

Sunday 31st October 1847

Did not feel very well and could not go to Church. After lunch Grace and I went for a walk to the Regents Park, passing by the York Gate, Cornwall Terrace, Sussex Place, Hanover Terrace and home by the Botannic Gardens. Stopped with Grace to look at a gate which we both admired leading to some villa. A delightful day.

 

Monday 1st November 1847

Called on Edward Wise, he gives a very bad account of his mother, so bad that I should doubt very much if she ever recovers.

 

Tuesday 2nd November 1847

A most delightful day in the early part. Grace, Aunt and I went for a stroll after breakfast through Portman Square into Baker St to the Bazaar and to Griffiths the Bookseller. Bought some golden plover from a man in the street, 1/6 the brace. Teal 1/6 the brace also. After lunch went to the Temple to call on Edward Wise, did not find him at home, took a stroll in Regent St by myself, med Edye Manning, wife and brother, the latter in the evening brought a small parcel to go in my Box for James Manning. Almost 4 o'clock a most terrific fog came on, hardly possible to see an inch before you, the lamps hardly discernable, not at all if a distance.

 

Wednesday 3rd November 1847

Went for a stroll with Grace down Regent St, and home by Bond St.

 

Thursday 4th November 1847

A very foggy damp day. Busy at work seeing the Box packed up for Sydney. Purchased some choice garden seeds, Cauliflower, Cabbage, etc. Also a large Spanish Onion which I am in hope will do well in Australia.

Had a letter from Mr Wise giving a very long account of Mrs Wise, hardly having hopes of her recovery.

 

Friday 5th November 1847

Sent the Box for Sydney to John Marshall & Co, to be shipped by the "Tom O'Shanter" which sails on the 10th November, wrote a long letter to Fanny. Grace also wrote to her and Philip. Sent my Aunt Downman's letter. Went into the City to (Birchin, Brick?) Lane, also to Mechi's, Leadenhall St. Went for a stroll with Grace to the Pantheon etc.

 

Saturday 6th November 1847

Raining the whole day, unable to stir out. Henry Manning called, he always comes on a wet day.

 

Sunday 7th November 1847

Did not go to Church having a bad stomach ache. Went for a short stroll with Grace up Oxford St, Regent St, Portland Place by York Terrace home.

 

Monday 8th November 1847

Aunt Mary Anne heard today from the Isle of Wight from a Mrs Brown that poor Mrs Wise died last Sunday evening at ½ past 9 o'clock.

Gardiner paid us a visit whilst Miss Newhouse was here, who thought him like Lionel. 

 

Tuesday 9th November 1847

Writing several letters for Australia to Wise and family.

Heard from Mr Wise. 

Put Mr and Mrs Wilson off. They were to drink tea on Thursday, but owing to Mrs Wise's death we determined to postpone their coming to us to another evening.

 

Wednesday 10th November 1847

Went after breakfast into the City, called on Gardiner, and we both of us walked the whole way into the City, went with him to the Heralds College, where his brother in law (Conthope?) has an appointment, afterwards to Bernards the Watchmakers and Mechis. Then to Thacker's Office at Great St. Helens in the hope of seeing Parting (Partridge?), and last to OKe Manning's at Tower St, introduced Gardiner to him. He gave sad accounts of the last wool sales. We returned in an Omnibus to Cecil St.

Had a letter from Wise of 21st May, wrote the contents of Trevelyan about McCourt going back to the Adones(?) (Mrs Munro's) in St. Marylebone.

 

Thursday 11th November 1847

Changed my lodgings into Bulstrode St. I called on Edward Wise who appears much cut up from his late affliction. I wished to know if I could be of any service to himself or family in the Isle of Wight and if they would wish my presence at the funeral on Saturday. But he said no one was to be asked and that if I was, others might think it odd their not having been.

 

Friday 12th November 1847

Grace and I took a walk by Piccadilly into Hyde Park, we found it very cold and windy. Raining in the early part of the day. I saw by today's paper that Laurentz Campbell has gone out in Lord Dalhousie's (liste?) to Madras.

Aunt Mary Anne went for a drive with Mr Hibbert round Regents Park and Hyde Park. There are more coroneted carriages in London now than has been for a long time, at this season of the year they say it in consequence of several of he Nobility wishing to economise and they find they can do so better in London where they live in their back room there by entertaining their friends at their Country Seats.

 

Saturday 13th November 1847

Went out after breakfast with the intention of going to Mechi's in Leadenhall St, but recollecting it was the Jew's Sunday did not. Met Dunbar Cather (Cotter?) and walked with him a little way into the Strand. Went home to stroll with Grace but found she had already been out with Aunt and was too tired. I however, went up and down Regent St into Piccadilly and Bond St. A most beautiful day.

 

Sunday 14th November 1847

Went to Church in the morning. After lunch Grace, Aunt Mary Anne, and I went for a walk down Bond St, up Grafton St, into Bond  St where Aunt left us as she intended going to the afternoon Church. Grace and I walked then into Berkeley Square, the rain however, made us retrace our steps home, but when we got to  Welbech St, it cleared and we continued walking on, through Manchester and Portman Squares to the Cumberland Gate, through Hyde Park, where we met George walking by himself. He joined us and returned home

 

Monday 15th November 1847

Went into the City after breakfast. 5 Machis in Leadenhall St. Went for a stroll with Grace down Bond Street into Piccadilly and home by Park Lane, South Audley Square, a rather foggy day, not pleasant.

 

Tuesday 16th November 1847

A wet day. To our surprise Pigott formerly of the 99th, Seymour of the same Regiment, called. The former has only arrived 5 days from New South Wales, he came by the Honduras and was 157 days on the voyage. All here think Seymour the best looking of the two. It was otherwise in Australia. He had shaved off his moustaches, which has altered his appearance for the worse, in fact I did not know him at first. He says Montgomery relieved him at Goulburn! And that fall (Gall?) exchanges with Thompson who is at Bathurst.

 

Wednesday 17th November 1847

A dark dismal day. Grace and Aunt accompanied me into Regent St. Left them at the Worsted Shop, Wilds.' George and I went to Westminster hall to see Edward Wise. Did not, and therefore remained talking to FitzRoy Kelly in the Queens Bench arguing upon the legality of a man marrying his wife's sister, the Judges were Lord Denman, Erle, Colerigde. Went then all the other Courts of Law. Saw the Lord Chancellor, Cuttenham. A very bleak day, the coldest I have felt in England.

 

Thursday 18th November 1847

Mrs and Miss Henriquez called, old Jamaica friends. Parliament assembled today. Grace and I walked through St. James' Park by the Horse Guards as far as the (Huar flnds? Household?) in the hope of seeing the Cortege,  but the Queen being absent the nobility etc did not go in State. We saw the Duke of Wellington walking to the Household, an immense crowd ever around him and 4 policemen were escorting him there, keeping the crowd back from him.

 

Friday 19th November 1847

Not very well. Breakfasted at my own lodgings in Marylebone St. Aunt called for me accompanied by Grace, and we took a stroll to  the Burlington Arcade where I purchased a scarf for 24/-, then into St James' St. Afterwards took a stroll by myself in Regent St, met here James Jolliffe, he is now in the Navy, and is ordered in the "Cygnet" to the Coast of Africa. He is trying however, to get out of it on the plea of private business at home. Henry Manning drank tea. Mrs Edye Manning called in her new carriage.

 

Saturday 20th November 1847

A most terrific fog, all the lamps lit before 4 o'clock. Went down to Marshalls in Bridin (Bricks?) Lane, saw his son ho has been in New South Wales at Monaro. Called on Edward Wise, engaged however, with a client.

 

Sunday 21st November 1847

Went to Church with Grace in the morning. Aunt Mary Anne not well enough to accompany us. Unable  to take our usual stroll on account of the rain which commenced just as we left the Church. It was so foggy and so dark that the candles both in the Pulpit and reading desk had to be lighted during the service. Miss Newhouse dined with us, full of troubles etc. Her Bankers have failed.

 

Monday 22nd November 1847

Saw Pigott in Waterloo Place. Mr Hibbert called today on business. All layed up with colds and sore throats. Took a stroll with Grace into Regent St. McEvoy called whilst I was from home, he is lodging in Southampton St, a street leading from the Strand to Covent Garden Markets.

 

Tuesday 23rd November 1847

Layed up with a violent cold and remained at my lodgings the whole day. Lady Merewether called to whom Aunt gave the young Cockatoo Parrot intended for Miss Newhouse formerly.

 

Wednesday 24th November 1847

George heard from Mr Cuthbert satisfactorily. Breakfasted in bed.

 

Thursday 25th November 1847

Went in a cab to Bulstrode St, but caught a worse cold and cough. Aunt Mary Anne also unwell. Miss Newhouse dined here, much vexed about the Cockatoo Parrot.

 

Friday 26th November 1847

Received a letter from Fanny of 9th July.

Aunt in bed from influenza. Dr Wilson in attendance on her. Remained at my lodgings the whole day. Heard from Trevalyan.

 

Saturday 27th November 1847

Did not leave my lodgings. Captain Dobson called at Bulstrode St. Aunt Mary Anne and Charlotte in bed from the influenza. Dr Wilson attending them both.

Breakfast in bed. 

 

Sunday 28h November 1847

Did not leave my lodgings. Aunt Mary Anne and Charlotte in bed. Breakfast in bed.

 

Monday 29th November 1847

Grace employed in a long correspondence with Mr H, relative of her mother going out to Australia. 

Breakfast in bed.

Charles Hale of Gloucester called the most uncouth brute I ever saw.

 

Friday 30th November 1847

Wrote to Fanny. Grace also wrote to her and Philip. Sent the letter through John Marshall & Co. Breakfasted in bed.

The mortality in London has been very great the week owing partly to the prevalence of the influenza. No less than 2,400 deaths; just 1,400 above the average number.

 

Wednesday 1st December 1847

Had a very bad headache, so did Grace. Aunt Charlotte made her appearance down stairs. Went in a cab to Nesbitts to have my hair cut.

Breakfasted in bed.

Saw in the Gloucester paper the death of a friend of Grace's Miss Dillies (niece of Captain Dillies) of consumption.

 

Thursday 2nd December 1847

Walked out for the first time since I had the influenza. On my way to Bulstrode St met Henry Manning, muffled up to his eyes and a Hare skin over his chest, he having been laid up with a severe cold, as also his family. Gardiner called, he has just recovered fomr the influenza. Had a letter from Mrs Dobson, the Captain afraid to call for fear of catching the influenza. Had a letter also from P. Hodgson form Paris, he is at Muerice's Hotel, flourishing on the strength of a few hundreds left him by an old relation. George saw Galsworthy, he refuses to advance the £1,300.

 

Friday 3rd December 1847

A gloomy misty day. Walked only as far as  Bulstrode St. Aunt Mary Anne, Aunt C, and Charlotte all in bed from the influenza. Wrote to Mrs Dobson. Aunt had a letter from Captain Lake giving John Marten's direction "Showboro," Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire. Also Major Shadforth at Hall commanding 57th Regiment there.

 

Saturday 4th December 1847

Wrote to John Martin, also to P. Hodgson who is living at "Meurice's Hotel in Paris" on the strength of a few hundreds left him by a relative. Henry Manning called.

 

Sunday 5th December 1847

McEvoy called  after Church and whilst here, Captain Dobson came in. A very cold day and occasionally raining. Therefore did not think it prudent to stroll out. McEvoy is not going to return to the Colony as he intended. Edward Wise dined with us, but left early after dinner.

 

Monday 6th December 1847

Raining off and on the whole day. A chilly windy day. Walked out about 3 in order to see the Dobsons. Called on them but found them unfortunately out. They are lodging where Miss Newhouse was, at a Mrs Holman's, a relation of the Blind Traveller of that name.

Had a letter from Sydenham Russell. 

 

Tuesday 7th December 1847

Had a letter from John Martin, his brother is at Nice in France and does not return home till after Xmas. Did not go out today being fearfully cold and windy. Mrs Dobson called on me, she looking very well, not a day older than when in Australia. She starts tomorrow for Fairfield, her uncle's place. She had a long letter from Aunt Sophy and Miss Callander a few days ago.

Dr Wilson called to pay a professional visit to both Aunts layed up sick with influenza. Mrs Dobson had been paying a visit to Mrs Stokes (Miss Marlay) who is couped up, very unwell. Captain Stokes takes her out very shortly with him in the 'Acheron' on a surveying expedition to New Zealand.

 

Wednesday 8th December 1847

A very fine and sunshiny day, but cold. Henry Manning called and as I was just going out at the time he accompanied me as far as the Strand where I left him and went straight to  the Auction Mart near Threadneedle St opposite the Bank of England for the purpose of seeing the results of the Carnaby St property. Not a single real bidding, the property was bought in by Mr Smith. I called on Mr Hibbert and let him know the results of the days sale. He says he knows nothing of the £1800 prior charge in the property previously to investing the Trust Money. Captain Trevelyn called late in the evening just before going to dinner.

 

Thursday 9th December 1847

Raining a little today. Wrote to Edward Wise and Sydenham Russell also to Miss Carr regarding her brother in Australia.

 

Friday 10th December 1847

Another wet day. Saw in the papers of today the death of Hiett's wife (the partner of Whitting on the Downs Imeur(?)). Saw also that Captain Tylden of the Artillery who married my half cousin Miss Downman is ordered to Barbados, and sails  tomorrow, he was on Sir Thomas's (Downman) staff at Woolwich and imagined he would be left there for a long time.

 

Saturday 11th December 1847

A fine day for a wonder. Grace and I took a stroll out, Baker St to Conduit St to her milliners and home by Regent St. Aunt Charlotte and Charlotte made their appearance down stairs for the first time since their influenza attack. About 9 o'clock in the evening Pemberton Hodgson called having just arrived from Boulogne, he accompanied the Baroness Duisdelle(?) over and is staying at the same Hotel, the "Hyde Park Hotel" Oxford St. Walked with him then remained talking till nearly 12 o'clock p.m. He has come over in consequence of his relation and godfather (a Mr Pemberton of Cambridge) having promised to give him some money to set out in the world with. He says Sydenham Russell is very jealous of him and his sisters to get hold of some of his (Mr Pemberton's) money, he being also related to the Russells and therefore to prejudice Pemberton he is constantly spreading "evil report" of him. Pemberton tells me that the secret of the "Praslin Trajedy" is at last out: instead of Mlle Luzzy being at all implicated, or having had any improper correspondence with the late Duke de Praslin, it appears that the Lady with whom he intrigued was no other than the Duchess d'Orleons, and she, it is imagined, is about to be shortly confined, and is now under the surveillance of the Government. Her son is "heir apparent" to the French Throne. Pemberton says he lost a great deal of money at Ballen at the Gambling Tables, and thinks he saw Arthur way there. He met McCardy  (formerly Clerk of the Bank at Maitland) in Paris flourishing away at £500 a year left him by his father. He also met my friend at a party he was, Mrs D'Montmorenci mother of Leigh of the 99th.

 

Sunday 12th December 1847

Grace and George were the only ones who went to Church. George dined out at Mr Rennal's. Grace and I took a walk in to Bedford Square where Mr and Mrs Partridge are staying (at Mr Coates', their Solicitor) he has been suffering from Influenza and we went to inquire how he was. In Cavendish Square we met OVe (William?) Manning and wife, and his father and another Lady.

Saw in the paper of yesterday's date that Clinton Murdoch (brother of my Uncles' wife) has been appointed a "Colonial Land and Emigration Commissioner" in the place of  Mr Wood appointed an Under Secretary of State for the Colonies.

 

Monday 13th December 1847

Received 2 letters from Fanny and one from Wise of the following dates, 27th May, 3rd June, 20th June. Very anxious and uncomfortable at the news contained in Wise's, "that he was - in party for the purchase of some McCansh's diseased sheep." I hope to heavens McCansh(?) will not sell them.

Henry Manning called and paid a long visit. After breakfast I went down to the Strand, called on Edward Wise at the Temple, he had - from Australia a Duplicate letter referring to S. Russells Bill for  45. Lunched with Edward Wise at a Chop House near the Temple. He saw in the Daily News there had been a meeting (at which Sir Thomas Mitchell and Archibald Boyd attended) for the purpose of considering the means of facilitating Emigration to New South Wales. Boyd and Sir T. Mitchell return to the Colony I believe in a month, the latter has just returned from Spain where he has gained a great deal of information regarding the culture of the grape and manufacture of wine. As I walked down Regent St I met Mrs Houghton and Anna Maria, accompanied them as far as "Erards" where she was going for something appertaining to her Harp. She is much altered since I last saw her. They invited me to pass tomorrow evening with them. On Thursday they start for Leamington.

Met Arthur Goodrich whilst walking with Wise. I intend to call on him tomorrow, 61 Lincolns Inn Fields. He is now a Solicitor with a practice of £600 a year which he purchased not long since.

Grace went for a short stroll with me to her Milliners in Conduit St and to Wilson's in Dover St. 

 

Tuesday 14th December 1847

A fine day but cold. Grace went for a short stroll with me after breakfast into Oxford St on a 'Bonnet seeking' excursion. Afterwards I walked out and called on Sir Thomas Mitchell, did not see him as he was engaged with Montgomery Martin, whom I did not wish to see. Drank tea with Mrs Houghton and Anna Maria. We had a long retrospect of former days in Clifton, and the latter told me much of former friends and acquaintances. She has just come up from Southsea where she passed the summer. And then afterwards saw Lady Ximenes whom she like very much, but I hardly could persuade her that it was the same person who lived in Cheltenham when they were there. She asked me if I knew Mr Donaldson of Sydney, she met him in England, and rather like him, but considered he was rather fond of very gay waistcoats and much over-dressed. Frances Leigh, my old friend went into the 10th Hussars, gambled deeply, and has since left the Regiment. Miss Norcott married a gentleman (a preigner(?)) resident of Algiers! Miss Galley (?) married a Stipendiary Magistrate in Ireland, she stupidly kept her marriage a secret for a whole year, thereby occasioning much scandal and prejudice against her. Miss (Stuart, Thiart?) married a Mr Browne (of the Kilmaine family), her cousin, the pretty Miss Thomas still in Clifton and still single, although having had repeated offers. Mrs Lyn Campbell is now in Leamington where they intend to reside altogether, they speak of the Vernes (Vernies?) with the greatest affection, thereby putting an end to the scandal once afloat in Sydney

 

Wednesday 15th December 1847

Wrote to Fanny. Gardiner called,  he says Aikman had called on him with Henry Manning. Very much amused with him(Aikman) pulling out letters perporting to be from the Duke of Hamilton and Earl Lincoln. And reading them to his idiot brother. Grace and I took a stroll into Bond St through the Burlington arcade and home. Met Daniel, formerly of Sydney.

 

Thursday 16th December 1847

A chilly damp day. Walked to the Temple to see Edward Wise, not at home. Dined at (Serjeant?) Merewether's, and met there his father-in-law Mr Hadow, Miss Hadow, an old maid, a Mrs Walker and a young son, and a Mr Ratcliffe, a young lawyer. Old Hadow seems very much interested about the Colony of New South Wales and know more about it than any person I have yet met with in England. Saw in Regent St Mr and Mrs Griffith, formerly of Sydney.

 

Friday 17th December 1847

A damp day with cold wind. Called on Edward Wise to get his opinion as to the course to pursue with Smith. Found him rather unwell. He had just received a letter from his Father with an enclosure form George Wise dated 15th July. Mrs James Manning (wife of Sergeant Manning) death announced in the newspapers of today, aged 52. Edward Wise had a letter from Sydenham Russell relative to the Bill for 45, held by George Wise and partially paid by him. He says he will communicate with Edward Wise after seeing his late partner who is in Norfolk. This means of course that he cannot pay the sum Wise requests. Wrote a letter to Captain Travelyan in answer to his, asking me to accompany him on Monday to some farm for the purpose of choosing some rams for Bendimine. I forgot to mention in yesterday's portion of the book, that Sergeant Merrewether is very much elated at the gallant conduct of his son in India, he is in the "Sindh Irregular Horse," and with only 123 men killed and took prisoners a warlike tribe of no less than 650 after a desperate resistance; the Duke of Wellington is highly pleased with the exploit, and no doubt it will be the making of young Merewethers fortune and fame, as the Duke says "he has his eye upon him."

Dr Wilson called to read a letter just received from his son in Australia. He had seen David and Kate. He describes the latter a pretty girl, but a "Native." 

 

Saturday 18th December 1847

A pouring wet day. Captain Trevalyen however, called for a few minutes, to make an appointment with me where to meet him on Monday at "a Mr Forbe's, 28 Great St.Helens, Bishopsgate St" at ½ past 11, then to go by the Blackwell Railway to some farms where the rams are to be seen. He also brought me some letters form his sister, relative to getting a man and his wife (from me?) to go to Australia. I had a letter from Pemberton Hodgson asking me to pay him a visit at Rickmansworth as his father was desirous of seeing me. Also inclosing a letter written from Lynd to his brother Arthur, completely refuting the infractions of the Sydney Herald, that he has made away with the funds of the party who went in pursuit of Leichardt. He had fortunately obtained the money he expected from old Pemberton.

 

Sunday 19th December 1847

Went for a stroll by myself. Called at Serjeant Merewethers, 37 York Terrace, left my card only, and Montgomery Martin's pamphlet on Australia. Went for a turn down Regent St, a very cold day. It looks like snow almost. In Oxford St I met Marriott who was in the Surveyor General Office and living at Moreton Bay when I was on the Downs. He looks just as ever and wears his moustache. He lives at Bayswater, Grove House, with his Father, Captain Marriott. He tells me he has a very good berth under Government, something in the Ordnance. Residing Engineer he termed it, at a salary of £600 a year.

 

Monday 20th December 1847

Called on Edward Wise, just received letters from Wise of 18th July, and one fromm W.M.Manning saying he thought of taking a trip to England, should he accept the Judgeship in Therry's absence. Called at Forbe's in Great St. Helens to meet Trevelyan, found he had started half an hour before the time appointed, fancying that as it had rained a little in the morning I would not be there. Went on then to Thackers office close by where Parbury transacts his own business, found him in and stayed talking for nearly an hour. He had received very late accounts from Sydney via India. Called on my old school fellow Arthur Goodrich, at 61 Lincolns Inn Fields, he is in partnership with an elderly man, by the name of Deane. He tells me his younger brother is at Cape of Good Hope and temporarily attached to some Dragoon Regiment, he having (notembeezed?) into it. On my way to Goodrich (Goodwill?) met an old Clifton friend "Bodham Castle." He lives now in London, his brother Tader Castle still in Clifton and a married man.

A letter came from a Mary Harris of Manchester, inclosing a £10 bill of Exchange drawn in her favour by Alfred Ennis and sent through the Bank of Australasia. They could not negotiate it in Manchester, it not having been accepted by the Directors here. I therefore intend presenting it tomorrow at their office. Henry Manning called, his brother Edye very unwell from cold, sore throat.

Clara Lakes death announced we see, in the Gloucestershire Chronicle.

 

Tuesday 21st December 1847

Went to the Bank of Australasia with the Bill of Ennis', and left it for acceptance. Called on Gardiner, who was out. Also on Sir Thomas Mitchell, also out.

Mrs Lester (Manchester) called. Maddy drank tea.

Went to Mrs Dobsons. A very cold dismal day, looks like snow. Met Dr Lorne in Regent St, we are to go tomorrow together to see a Match played at the Cigar Divan in the Strand, between 2 celebrated 'Chess Players."

 

Wednesday 22nd December 1847

Received a letter from Wise, 26th July. It came by India, with Bill of Exchange of Ennis for £10. Went down to Bank of Australasia, and received the 1st Bill I left with them, accepted by the Directors. Aunt Charlotte and George went into the City to see a Solicitor, a Mr Townson, about the Deed by which the Trustees of Grace's, Philips and Charlottes money received their power. Could not get the Deed itself but got a recital of it in another Deed from Smith & Alliston, Mr Hibberts Solicitors.

Much bothered with my Tailor Martins, not a single thing he makes fit me, and I am now without greatcoat, or warm trousers although I have ordered them for weeks past, and have been continually trying them on and sending them back.

 

Thursday 23rd December 1847

A very cold day. Lady Dowling called and lunched with us, walked with her to Dr Rutherfords who is living at 23 Devonshire St, made a mistake at first and went to Devonshire Place. Dr Rutherford was not home. Escorted Lady Dowling then to her Milliners in Brooke St, Hanover Square. She made for her sister Jane when in England. Took her to look at the Carriage I bought. Lady Dowling was full of Charles Dickens, and intended after I left her to call on Mrs Dickens whom she described as being a lovely woman. She met them the other evening at Sey (Seymour, Sergeant?) Falponds.

 

Friday 24th December 1847

Wrote to Wise by the "Brandenmoor." A wet day rather and very cold. Received a letter from Mrs Dobson including a capital list of all the new music etc. Got another list of music from an Italian, who (once?) played several very pretty tunes.

 

Saturday 25th December 1847

The dullest Christmas possible. A cold drizzly day. Amused much with the riddles in the Illustrated London News. I met Geoffrey St Aubyn yesterday. He has some appointment in the Bank of England.

 

Sunday 26th December 1847

The same sort of day as yesterday. Called on Mr Hibbert, stayed about ½ an hour. Mrs Hibbert better but not yet out of her room. George dined at Maddy's and brought home the following riddle, "When is nobody wet?" When it is due at night, and mist in the morning.  

 

Monday 27th December 1847

A cold bleak day. Walked the whole way into the City. Went to the Bank of Australasia and left Ennis 10 Bill to be discounted. Mrs Partridge called whilst I was out.

Called on Sir Thomas Mitchell, found him at home and busy at work with the new Book he is about bringing out in January. Invited him to pass an evening with us in order to introduce him. He has promised to come to us tomorrow week. He is full of wine growing, etc. He told me he was quite vexed at the idea of the McAlisters having become two intimate with his family at (Bays, Bangor, Bayo?) and that he must get back to the Colony as soon as he can. Campbell his is trying to get a Commission for. George received letters from Jamaica, and part of the purchase money for Shafston (Shaftson?) to the amount of £1,000: the bill drawn on Bernards brother in Clifton.

 

Tuesday 28th December 1847

Edye Manning and wife called. No one saw them except Grace. Neither Aunts being up, they very seldom come down before 1 or 2 o'clock. Got the £10 from the Bank of Australasia for Ennis. Raining off and on the whole day.

 

Wednesday 29th December 1847

Henry Manning called. Walked out with him and on our way, met Mr Wise who accompanied me as far as Dover St to Dr Wilsons, and then returned to dinner with us. He brought the Wise's inclosures, the estimate of expenses of Station etc., he went away immediately after dinner.

Met Dr Lonn, and old Clifton acquaintance, also Dr Evans, my old school doctor at the College School, I have not seen him for many many years and my recognizing him and  he recollecting me proved the faithfulness of our respective memories.

Sent ½ of the 10 by post to Mrs Harris (Ennis' mother). Arthur Wilson called whilst Mr Wise was here, he is brother of Herbert Wilson in Australia.

 

Thursday 30th December 1847

Wrote to Mrs Bridget Smith, Dumshaughlin County Meath, in answer to her letter expressing readiness to go to her husband in Australia.

Raining nearly the whole  day. Going over the accounts of the Station sent by Wise to his Father. George had a very kind letter from Mrs Cuthbert.

George and I went to a new tailor, (Colsewell?), relative of the woman (Mrs Munro) whose lodgings I take in St Marylebone St. He makes for the Bailiff of London, Judge Coleridge, etc.

 

Friday 31st December 1847

Wrote to Fanny to go by the "Acheron." 

Received a letter from Paris from Molle, requesting information about New South Wales. He has not heard anything about his property at the Clarence (of which Doise(?) was the management) for the last two years. Went with George Waistcoat Hunting, also to a new tailors in St. James St (Colsewell(?) & Watts) new the Palace. Went afterwards to the Temple, called on M Wise who is staying there, talked over Station matters with him. Also looked with OKe(?) Manning's wool accounts, which makes a greater balance against Demondrille then Wise's estimate for 1846.

 

Saturday 1st January 1848

Just after breakfast Sydenham Russell called on me and persuaded me to break my engagement with my tailor and go with him to look at saddles at Peats; guns at "Eggs" in Coventry St, Bond St, Haymarket, and Tathams (Paulson St?). I ordered a saddle to be made for Wise and one for myself. Russell also went to a Jewelers to look for a watch. A friend of his by the name of Doyley is just ordered to Hobart Town with his  Regiment, the 11th and has only two days notice to get ready in. Went with him when he got his Cards engraved and ordered my wedding cards. On my return home found Henry Manning who accompanied Aunt C and Charlotte on a shopping excursion, returned with them and dined here. George and I dined at Mr Hibberts, no one there except ourselves. Talked much of Australia to Mr Hibbert, he also told me how we were connected, his mother (Miss Gordon) being first cousin from Grand father Grant. He mentioned too, Sir Alexander Grant being a relative of my Grandfathers. Russell and I had a long talk about his Bill for £45, held by and paid by Wise. He seems to think that as he has already paid it, it would be bad to have to pay it again, however, it is equally bad for Wise to pay £15 over again. I recommended him to see Edward Wise on Monday about it.

 

Sunday 2nd January 1848

A fine day, and the Sun actually shining brightly for a few hours. Went to Church with Grace, heard a Dr Jennings preach. He had arrived with Trevalyan. After lunch Grace, Charlotte and I walked out to  call  on Mr and Mrs Partridge who were staying at their Solicitors, a Mr Coutts in Bedford Square, not in however. Found it very dirty walking, especially when crossing Tottenham Court Road. After we had come in about half and hour Mrs Partridge came to call on Aunt, she had been before today but George who was the only one who saw her, told her Aunt was out, she being all the while upstairs. The Partridges leave for Breakspear on Wednesday.

 

Monday 3rd January 1848

George started very early (before I arrived to breakfast) by the Express Train for Gloucester. He will be only 2 ½ hours going. He has been invited to pass a week wht Mrs and Harry Shute. Maddy accompanied him on a visit to the Hopkinsons. Aunt Mary Anne and Charlotte went in a cab to call  on Mr and Mrs Partridge, saw them for half an hour, they leave for Breakspear on Wednesday.

Grace not very well today, did not come down to breakfast till nearly 11. Had a letter from Trevelyan, and one from Mary Harris (Ennis' mother) acknowledging the receipt of ½ of the £10 note. Inclosed the remaining half to her.

 

Tuesday 4th January 1848

Had a wretched cold. In the evening Sir Thomas Mitchell drank tea, also Mr Wise, and Dr Wilson and his son, an Oxford man. Talked much of the Colony of course. All here much pleased with Sir Thomas. He did not stay very long being obliged to hurry home to get on with his new work on Australia, which if his Leave of Absence is not extended, he will have to leave to its fate or - it will be published after he sails. He mentioned "Romeo  Coates," having dined in his company the day before, I recollect George Forbes after talking to me of this man who was once a character in his day, driving a cab in the shape of a Shell and going on the stage as an amateur performer.

Mr Wise at my request brought the 6 oil paintings of the different views about Sydney, which pleased Dr Wilson. We had a present of a most beautiful bouquet from a Lady who lodges here, they came from her brother's (Lord Ongley(?). Wrote to my uncle in Flintshire.

 

Wednesday 5th January 1848

Mr Wise breakfasted with me at my lodgings in Marylebone at ½ past 10, and we sat talking over the Station accounts etc till 3 o'clock. Raining nearly the whole day. Received a letter from Ennis's mother (Mrs Harris) acknowledging the remaining ½ of the £10 note.

 

Thursday 6th January 1848

Mr OVe Manning called whilst I was at breakfast to ask me to dine with him to meet Hutt. I accepted partly, but wrote afterwards to Mrs, to excuse myself on account of having a very bad cold.

All (except myself) went out on a delightful "Shopping excursion" and no doubt all the Milliners and dress makers (Mabis Linarts?) will be visited between this and Charing Cross.  A fine sunshiny day for wonder but very cold and bleak.

 

Friday 7th January 1848(light pencil- difficult to read) 

A pouring wet day which prevented my going down to the Auction Mart to be present at the sale of Mrs Stokes - Mr Smith the -wrote to inform us that there were no bidders and that it was not sold. Very provoking this.

 

Saturday 8th January 1848(very light pencil. Illegible)

Cold and damp day. Went out after breakfast, chose a pair of trousers  Coleswells in Regent St. --  Mittins. Loked at - at the Quadrant - and then to No Ravllers (H-s) - the Temple from whence Aunt Mary Anne came with - took a cab and reached -

Had a letter from S Russell he dined with - after he has again appointed - looking after Egyptian Helmet Ali sent over. He has a nice house in Montague St, Russell Square.

 

Sunday 9th January 1848(very light pencil - illegible - refer diary)

A very cold day. Mr Wise called and came up and went with me to OVe Mannings to dinner where we met Miss Wise (his neice) and Henry Manning.

 

Monday 10th January 1848

Received a message after breakfast from Mr Hibbert asking me to go and -- -- asked me to go down with him in the carriage to the City at ½ past - he went to his

Mr Wise dined with us -- (rest unreadable.) 

 

Tuesday 11th January 1848

George returned in the evening. Heard from my Uncle in answer to my letter, excusing himself on the plea of his Curates absence. In his letter was inclosed a small packet for Fanny left her by our Grandmother, merely three old fashioned brooches.

Wrote to my Aunt Downman, Aunt Charlotte wrote to Susan to invite her to act as Bridesmaid at Grace's marriage. Edye Manning called in his carriage, Mr Wise accompanied him for the purpose of asking me to accompany him and Hutt in going to a lecture at the Geographical Society on the fossil remains of a Bird of New Zealand. Declined, however, it being a cold day. Wrote to Trevelyen, also to Pemberton Hodgson. S. Russell called on me, he had been to Edward Wise and saw him relative to the £45 Bill.

 

Wednesday 12th January 1848

Wrote to Fanny by "William(?) Bates." Met Lord, formerly resident at (Sirnttich?) Boarding House, now living for a short time with his father, 13 Hanover Place,  Notting Hill. Went to a new boot maker in Old Cavendish St, Aunt Mary Anne accompanied me. Mr Wise and I breakfasted together at our lodgings, had some prize beef for breakfast. Afterwards he went with me to the coach makers to look at my carriage and then left me for the purpose of calling on Mrs OKe (Wm?) Manning and they intend to go together to Lady Dowlings. After he had gone I spoke to (Fings?) about letting me a very handsome close carriage (formerly Sir John(?) George(?) (Noseleys?)) for the 26th January, Wednesday, the day fixed for my marriage. He has agreed to do this. Went afterwards to a Livery Stable keeper, Marshalls near Hanley Place, to arrange some horses. He is to find me a pair  of (Groups?), postillion, and footman for my carriage and a pair of Bays, Coachman, and footman for the hired carriage, everything included for £2..8..0. Received a letter form Parbury asking me to dinner on Friday. He is living at Montague Place, Clapham Road. In the evening Grace, Aunt C, Charlotte, George and I went to an evening party at Dr Wilson's. A most stupidly dull affair indeed. My party took new music with them, and none of the other people were either willing or able to play. Charlotte played one waltz, and a Russian Lady played Meyer's Le Depart. This was the only thing done to amuse the assembled people. The rest of the time conversing with each other to the best of each others power. Supper was commenced at ½ past 11 and from the Supper room everyone took their departure. Not going up again to the Drawing room and right glad I was when I left. Graces' dresses came from Mlle Eugene, not one of hers, or Charlottes or Aunt's fitting, all to be sent back. Heard from my Aunt Downman, Susan has just had the measles and unable to come up to London in consequence, and therefore acting as bridesmaid is quite out of the question. 

 

Thursday 13th January 1848

Heard from Pemberton Hodgson regretting he could not come to my wedding, as he had just taken his passage for India, by the next overland mail. Sydenham Russell called and he and I went together to call on Lady Dowling, found her in, and in very good spirits having got her house off her hands. Tomorrow she goes on a short trip to Dover, and returns again in time for my marriage, or rather she is to be at the Wedding breakfast. I have also invited Sydenham Russell to it, both have promised to come.

Mr Wise and I breakfasted together, he dines with Edye Manning this evening. Grace wrote to Mrs FitzWilliams. Aunt Mary Anne Grant and Aunt Charlotte and I called on Sir John (Pechele? Deckele?) Hill St, Berkeley Square, laid up with the gout, and could not see us. A wet day after 12 o'clock.  Wrote to Parbury declining his invitation to dinner for tomorrow.

 

Friday 14th January 1848

Mr Wise and I breakfasted together. He received a letter from the Isle of Wight mentioning that the little pet "Spaniel" Fido had died suddenly the other day. He has just left me to keep an appointment with Hutt at Edward Wise's chambers. Raining a little. Gardiner called - return. (his - dine with Parbury)

 

Saturday 15th January 1848

A very fine day. Sydenham Russell called on me, at my lodgings, returned with me to Bulstrode St, and from thence went to the Lyceum Theatre and took 4 places for tonight for himself and brother and for myself and George. Afterwards too me to a Jewellers nearer the Temple than the Lyceum and after asking my opinion about some gold studs made them a present to me. A Portmanteau and Hat Box purchased £1..18..6 at Hanfords in the Strand, also a ring (at Braithwaite & Jones, Charing Cross) for Charlotte. Saw (Pimbry?) of the 80th, I formerly knew him in Australia. George Pinnock dined out at Mr Rennals. Immediately after dinner I went down in a cab to the Lyceum Theatre, the Russells arrived after I did, and George did not come in till nearly the end of the last piece. Next front of me sat my old school fellow Arthur Goodrich. The first piece was called he "Tragedy Queen" in which Matthews acted the part of Standforth (Standfast?).

The second was a fairly extravagantly entitled the "Golden Branch" in which Madame Vertns took only a subordinate part. The scenery was the best part of it, most magnificent indeed. The last piece was the best called "Box and Cox," the characters sustained by only 3 persons, one of them Mr Buckstone. We walked home from the Theatre with the Russells as far as the corner of  Bond St and Piccadilly and then walked home. A cold frosty night.

 

Sunday 16th January 1848

Edward Wise breakfasted with Mrs Wise and myself. A fine day. After lunch I walked to Marylebone Church for the purpose of ascertaining what time was required to give notice to the Clergyman of one's intention to be married. Mr Wise told me three weeks, and I felt very uneasy about it, lest my marriage should be put off. However, I was ushered into the Vestry room of the Church and found to my delight from the Clerk that only a few hours was requisite. Nevertheless I gave him notice on the spot. Afterwards I walked through the Regents Park to St. Johns Wood; the water in the Park frozen over. Lost my way for I  steered for the Jetty Inn, (West) thinking I must pass the west end place, found myself anyway.

 

Monday 17th January 1848

A wet day. Mr Wise and I breakfasted together as usual. Gardiner drank tea with us and Mr Wise came in afterwards. He says he goes away to Brighton tomorrow. Wrote to Sir Thomas Mitchell and Edye Manning to invite them to my wedding breakfast on Wednesday. Wrote also to Sir Edward Doughty Tichborne near Pool to riset---e.

Pemberton Hodgson called today at Bulstrode St before I arrived there. He was in such a desperate hurry that he could not wait to see me. He is to call again on Wednesday at 12. 

 

Teusday 18th January 1848

Mr Wise left for Brighton. A lovely day but cold. A grand wedding in Wimpole St. Walked to the Covent Garden Market to see for some bouquets, one to fill a corner -d Comellia(?), they charge 1 /. Went afterwards to a Heraldic Painter then to St Pauls Church Yard for the purpose of going to Doctors Commons for my License. Called on Dr Gostling who is one of the Proctors(?) made his acquaintance, he is a relation of mine, 1st cousin of my father. I like him very much, he asked me if  I ever had met with a young man of the name of Beaver who he said was a relative of ours, son of General Beaver. I am to call tomorrow for the License. The streets are so slippery that the horses in the carriages can hardly keep their feet, I saw two Omnibus horses in Oxford St nearly strangled.

Grace unable to go out of doors in consequence of a severe cold. Heard from my Uncle asking us to his house. Also from Sir Thomas Mitchell accepting the invitation to the breakfast.

 

Wednesday 19th January 1848

A very cold day. On my way to the City, met Sydenham Russell coming to put me of dining with him this evening in consequence of his man servant having bolted with some of his plate to the value of 30. A waiter and teapot. He accompanied me as far as Chancery Lane, and met me again there in order to wish Pemberton Hodgson good bye, as he starts tonight for Southampton and from whence the Oriental Steamers start, he sails tomorrow. Pemberton was at his brothers' chambers, there was also another man there, and a young man by the name of Perceval, who had come to wish him good bye. Left at 3 with Russell and we walked home together as far as Leicester Square where we parted.

Grace had a letter and a purse from Mrs Rennall. 

 

Thursday 20th January 1848

A hideously cold day, and snowing a little. Had a letter from "Sir Edward Tichborne, Tichborne Park, Hampshire." Went into the City after breakfast to Aunt Mary Anne's Wine Merchants in Arthur St, near London Bridge, afterwards to Doctor's Commons, got my License for which I only paid £1..7..6. The actual fee is 3 guineas and a half, but my relation Gostling who is a Proctor only charged the actual cost of the thing. Not taking hisown fee. I did not see him as he was engaged at the Registry Office. Went to my tailors in St James' about a great coat.

On my return found that Dr Wilson had called to ask me to dinner this evening,  to meet a Dr Shanks (?) going out to New South Wales to relieve Dr Dawson as Deputy Inspector of Hospitals.

I was duly introduced to him and from the little I saw of him like him much. Dr Wilson drove me home in his carriage after dinner.

 

Friday 21st January 1848

A very cold day snowing a little. Took a cab and drove to several Boot Makers in search of a pari of Dress Boots. Went to Hoby's, St James', Piccadilly, afterwards Medwins in Regent St . Went also to Storr & Mortimer in Bond St to get some of Graces jewellery repaired. On my return home found Captain Dobson, having come up to Town for a day on business. Mrs Partridge's brother Mr Drew called today.

The organ  man brought me the 7 tunes neatly copied out. I thought that 5/- would have amply repaid him, but he he refused this sum, I then tendered 10/- which was alike indignantly refused. He says that the getting them from Italy cost him 17/6 besides the trouble he has been at. This I think is a great imposition on his part and I  am determined not to exceed my offer to him of 10/-. George dined at the Maddys, he afterwards goes by my home. So cold this morning I had a fire to get up by.

 

Saturday 22nd January 1848

Another cold day. Aunt Mary Anne and Aunt Charlotte were visiting in a cab. Maddy called on George. I took a stroll into Hanover Place to the Tailors. Wrote to Mrs Dobson. The organ man came again in the evening.

Sydenham Russell called. The woman "Mrs Thomas" who gave him a false character of the man servant who robbed him, was placed at the Bar yesterday and fined 20 and in default of payment was imprisoned for 2 months. Russell has unfortunately not got the servant yet, and only recovered one of the stolen things, the teapot.

Today is my birthday, 29 years old.

 

Sunday 23rd January 1848

Snowing the whole day, but the snow did not lie on the ground. Aunt Charlotte went to the Isaacs notwithstanding, and Sergeant and Miss Merewether called on us walking.

 

Monday 24th January 1848

A lovely morning,  but cold. 

 

Tuesday 25th January 1848

Colder than ever. Called on Hibbert. He sent for me for the purpose of giving me a Boot Cloath which  -- --  (light pencil - illegible) - as well as for travelling on the Railway.

 

Wednesday 26th January 1848

My Wedding day, fearfully cold, and looked for snow, fortunately no rain. Up very early the morning dressing by candle light as we had to be at Marylebone Church by ½ past 10 o'clock. Besides our own party to the Church, only Sydenham Russell, he Aunt Mary Anne Grant, and Charlotte went in the hired carriage. Grace,  Aunt Charlotte and George in Mr Hibberts, and I by myself in Dr Wilson's. The Church was  intensely cold, and if we any of us escape cold I shall be agreeable surprised. To the Breakfast came Sir Thomas Mitchell, Mr Rennalls, Edye Manning, Edward Wise, Lady Dowling, Edwin Maddy. Mr Wise would not appear either at the Wedding or Breakfast,but he went to the Church by himself, and afterwards Grace and I called as we passed in the carriage at Marylebone St, in order to shake hands with him. We had not fixed when we were to go. Some advised going to one place and another till we were regualarly puzzled. However, we determined to go to Boxman on the road to Birmingham about 25 miles from London. We drove to the station in Mr Hibberts carriage and were half an hour before time left by the train at 3 p.m. On passing the Boxmon did not like the look of the place so proceeded on 7 miles to a place called Tring, found it very cold, and the people had no fires to greet us with. The whole house too was redolent of the perfumes of tobacco and smoke. After awhile this fortunately died away and we were more comfortable, especially after we had had our tea and (Kinnle?).

I forget to mention that the name of the Clergyman who married us was a Mr Braithwaite, a very nice person apparently. I took such a liking to him that I made the fee 2 guineas, instead of as I originally intended, only one. Geroge intended being at the Breakfast but he declined, as he had to prepare business immediately after

 

Thursday 27th January 1848

We were greeted this morning on our awakening with a most splendid day, the sun shining more brightly than for months past. Still it was very cold, a severe East Wind blowing. We intended over night starting by the ¼ to 11 train for Chester, but we found before we had half finished breakfast that we should not be on time, and therefore took the matter early and remained for the ¼ past 12 train. We were fortunate to have the Coupé the whole way. We were, however, very cold notwithstanding the Cloak Mr Hibbert sent Grace which enveloped one fully(?). On reaching Birmingham Station we changed our carriage and got another coupé also to ourselves. Grace was so cold that I persuaded her to try a glass of Cherry Brandy and keep the cold out. We did not arrive in Chester till 9 o'clock. We went to the Royal Hotel, we were shown into a very large room, called the Grosvenor Room, from being frequented I presume by the Hon. Robert Grosvenor when in Chester. We looked over several other (?) rooms before we were enabled to get one we approved of.

 

Friday 28th January 1848

Did not come down to breakfast till 12 o'clock. Afterwards Grace and I went for a stroll (honizing?), partly too  in the hope of finding lodgings, we however, went round and round the town, neither find what we considered a desirable street nor a desirable residence. I cannot imagine what in the name of fate made one recollect Chester as being an agreeable place for of all hateful, dull places, this reigns supreme. We walked in what they term the "Rows," a sort of arcade, and in despair went into a circulating library to get some book to read. Hired Hood's Magazine and "Elia" which Grace had heard much of from her friends the Dilkes,' however, we were both disappointed with the book in question. Passed by the Cathedral, a plain building. Also walked on the walls, and looke down upon the town in order to understand the geography of the place a little better. Dowd returned from an exploratory expedition in search of lodgings, none to be found. Thereupon we think leaving this place tomorrow. The last time I was here was about 12 years ago.

 

Saturday 29th January 1848

A very gloomy day. Breakfasted a little earlier at 11 o'clock. Left the town at ½ past 1 in time for the train to Wrexham, but arrived here in half an hour. We drove in fly from the station, first to the "Wynn Stay Rooms(?)", but they could not give us three rooms, so  we sent Dowd over to the other Hotel, "The Lion" to see if they could better accommodate us, and we ultimately went over to it. I was at a Ball at this Inn 12 years ago, given in honor of the marriage of the two Townshend Mainwarings with the two Miss Salisbury's. The Country through which the Railway passed from Chester to Wrexham is very pretty and picturesque (passing?) around the side of a hill, and overlooking a deep valley. I believe they call it "Gresford."

 

Sunday 30th January 1848

A wet day and therefore prevented from going to Church. Wrote to Mr Cunliffe (Brother in law of Townshend) to inform him of my being at Wrexham and the reply received a letter regretting his inability to cal on me as he was unwell, but that Mrs Cunliffe would, as she returned from Church. Just before dinner, therefore, we were visited by her. She was very glad to have tidings from Australia, of her brother, and we chatted away most familiarly for nearly an hour. I like her very much, a kind unaffected woman, I think. She urged us to stay a few days with them before going to Bangor, and to go with her for a drive to her brother's at Trevallyn about 5 miles from there.

 

Monday 31st January 1848

Very shortly after breakfast we were favoured with a visit from Mrs Cunliffe bringing with her her niece, little Townshend. I had just prepared to go and call on her when she was ushered in. Whilst she was with us my uncle arrived in his carriage in order to take us back with him to the Rectory. Of course delighted to see me and to be introduced to Grace, who he (met quite?) as a relation. We were not long getting ready, we sent our (traps?) on by a  car, for which I  paid 6/-, unfortunately my new portmanteau was much damaged, on arriving at the Rectory welcomed by my Aunt [Julia Marsh nee Murdock 1792?-1854] who had prepared everything most comfortably for our reception.

 

Tuesday 1st February 1848

Another very fair day. Took a stroll with Grace and Wilmot in part of the Rectory. It was very cold however, so we did not stay out very long. Consoled ourselves indoors,  with reading Warren's new work "Now and then," and the "Falchern(?) Family," and getting Grace to practice some of her pieces of music. Reading, also an account of the captivity in Barberry of a Mrs Crisp (sister of my grandfather), they were sailing from India,  when they were boarded by a  party of Moors and taken captive into Morocco, her, Mrs Crisp's, daughter was married to Sir George Shee.

 

Wednesday 2nd February 1848

A most lovely day. At ½ past 1 the carriage was ordered, and with Anthony, Grace and I drove to Overton, my uncle's other parish, and passed by the Church which Grace much admired, an old antiquated looking building surrounded with the most beautiful yew trees I ever saw. Near it we were introduced to my Uncle's Curate, a Mr Wrench. We afterwards drove on past the Kenyons, also the Paise's "Boyn-y Pass," then to where "Maesgroylod" formerly stood,  but of which now, there is not a vestige remaining. I recollected a Major Fletcher and his family who when I was here before resided at this place. I often passed a few days there and it was with a little regret that I looked at the vacant place where once the house stood. Mr Pace purchased the place for the purpose of enlarging and improving his park. We drove also to Erbistock  Hall, where Brooke Cunliffe resides. I recollected to have been there once with Walpole, we went all a part of the way to Wynnstanley but the horses very tired we determined to reserve this visit for another day. Wilmot escorted Grace and myself through the Infant School etc. after we arrived from the drive, a complete hobby it is with him, and which he devotes the whole of his day.

 

Thursday 3rd February 1848

A cloudy lowering day. Did not go out. In the evening a neighbour of my uncles, a Mrs Lees called, hearing I came from Australia, enquired if a Mr Vannett, formerly in the Sheriffs Office. I could not tell her anything satisfactory, for the last I heard was he had absconded from his office with a large sum of money.

L. Dr and Mrs Marsh dined here this evening, also Mr Wrench, my uncles Curate of Overton. Mrs Marsh was formerly a Miss Edenson, who I well recollect when last I was in the part of the country. She says Tom Fletcher and his brother are at Adelaide in Australia.

 

Friday 4th February 1848

A most lovely day. At 12 o'clock the carriage was ordered, and Grace and I were driven to Wrexham by Anthony for the purpose of calling on Mr and Mrs Cunliffe. They have a pretty residence about ½ a mile from the town. We found them just going to an early dinner, and they insisted on our joining them at it, which we did. We stayed talking over Australia and Townshend of the Pattisons. They wish me very much to go with them to their brother's at Trevallyn about 5 miles from Wrexham, and I am to fix a day next Tuesday when they are coming to dine with my Uncle. After leaving the Cunliffes, Grace and I accompanied by Anthony went over Wrexham Church, a very fine, large building with many beautiful monuments, one by the famous Roubiliac of a Mrs Mary Middleton of Chirk Castle near here.

 

Saturday 5th February 1848

A cloudy day, and rainy a little, still very mild, almost warm. Mr and Miss Pearson called, they are somehow connected with the Despards through the Rankworths. Mr and Mrs (Painter?) also called on Grace and myself, connected with Lord (Syogar's?) family.

Surprised to hear by the paper of a person being killed  by having the Chloroform administered. 

 

Sunday 6th February 1848

Cloudy but very mild indeed. More like Spring. Went to Church in the morning, my uncle preached from the 13th Chapter, St.Matthew, this subject the gathering together the taxes from the wheat.

Went to Church in the afternoon. During the Service a Christening, my Uncle preached from Corinthians, a long sermon rather.

Walked from Church with the Pantons. I met a Mrs Lees and her husband at the Church door. 

 

Monday 7th February 1848

A fine sunshiny day, occasionally raining however. At 1 o'clock my Aunt accompanied by Grace, Anthony and myself went paying visits, first of all to the Lees who live at a place called the "Gurwan" about 2 miles, a very pretty place, but the residents vulgar Manchester Manufacturers who drop their H's. Her husband not at home. In the Hall I recognized the Australian plant, the "Abutor Hiatus" (?). Next we went to the Pantons who live nearer at a place called the "Vron." They are well connected people I believe and nearly so to Lord Vizogan. I was introduced to their daughter, a very Ladylike girl indeed, and were it not for her immense height would be considered pretty. She is, I understand, in a consumption, not that she appeared ill to me. Last we called on Mr and the Miss Pearsons who live not more than a mile from this. The Miss Pearson I saw today a hideous woman of more 40. And such a voice, nose, mouth, skin etc. The father ran away with his wife who was the daughter of a Sir Francis Hesketh. He never recognized the family however, in the slightest degree. My Aunt knows Mrs Steele, wife of the Rector of Newton in Australia, formerly a Miss Howard.

 

Tuesday 8th February 1848

Grace went with my Uncle to the Infant School, on her return went out with me and took a sketch of the Church and Bridge here. The wind was so high and cold that we were fairly driven in. Today I held audience with a man thinking to go to Australia, gave him advice etc.

In the evening had a few people to dinner, cousins and Mr and Mrs Cunliffe from Wrexham, and Mr and Mrs Panton from the "Vrow." (Vron Vrom?) Had a long chat with Mrs Cunliffe, very anxious for Grace and I to stay with them a few days, and go to Trevallyn with them. She tells me her brother is expecting Henry Manning down on a visit. Raining hard at night.

 

Wednesday 9th February 1848

Raining heavily the whole day, the river rising very quickly and every likelihood of a flood. Finished reading the new novel "Now and Then" and commenced the other called the "Falehn Family."

 

Thursday 10th February 1848

A lovely morning, all the meadows flooded owing to the rise of the river, a very pretty scene presented itself to our view. Walked with Grace and my Uncle to the Bridge to contemplate it. Grace afterwards made a sketch of  the Rectory House and whilst at it Mr Wrench (my Uncle's Curate) came to pay his devoirs, riding a most miserable specimen of a horse, a little pony, 8 hands, 20 years old for a man 6 feet high and 14 stone weight. The Post man delayed till 2 o'clock, received a letter from Mrs Cunliffe asking us to go to  Trevallyn on Monday and return with them on Tuesday. Grace answered it.

 

Friday 11th February 1848

Intended to have driven over Grace to Overton but we both had symptoms of cold and therefore postponed our trip till tomorrow. A very fine day however. In the evening Mr and Mrs Lees of the Gurvan and Mr and Miss Pearson dined, wearied them and myself  I  think  with talking of Australia etc. Music in the evening. Today spoke to several men who are desirous of going our to Australia. Wrote to "John Marshall & Co" on the subject of emigrants and fee. Wrote to Dr Wilson about the warm water store.

 

Saturday 12th February 1848

A fine day. Grace finishing her sketches. After lunch drove her over to Overton for the purpose of taking the Church there. Called on Mr Wrench, he having told us the view from his house was a good one. Whilst there, we were delighted with the view from his drawing room window, a deep valley in the distance, the Dee winding beautifully through it and several houses beautifully placed, Erbistock Rectory for one. Grace could not resist taking this splendid view. Wrench tells me he knows Woodell(?) a Clergyman at Bungrina(?) in New South Wales.

Wrench married the daughter of a Dr Cumming, a relation of  the Simon Yorkes of (Worthing, Erthing?). His piano made by a foreign maker "Pape," Grace tried, did not like its tone as well as the one at the Rectory. We found it very cold strolling. Met Dr Marsh as we returned. A Mrs Bentley called, a widow. Her son (a Clergyman) is now living in the parish of Masiemore, at "Spring Hill.' Wilmot very busy today drawing out for me a genealogical Tree of the family. My Uncle brought out a portrait of his great uncle, Commissioner of the Navy. And one of my grandmother taken when a young woman. He says the miniature I have of her was done by Cosway, a brother of Lady Cosways husband. Australia letters received from Wise and Fanny and mentioning the little girls and Mrs J Manning illness.

 

Sunday 13th February 1848

A fine day in the morning, but very cold. Went to  Church in the morning, my Uncle preached  from 3rd Chap Epistle St. John, "every many that hath not hope in him purified himself even as he is lame." Taken from the Epistle of this day.

Coming out of Church spoke to the Pontons. They start for Torquay on Thursday next, and as we also start that day for Cheltenham they propose that we should travel together. Did not go to Church in the evening as it rained.

Philip's  letter to his mother sent to Grace, wherein he advises his mother to go out to Australia and says he was on his way to the FitzRoy Downs.

 

Monday 14th February 1848(light pencil for some of this day)

Threatening rain, in fact so heavy a shower came on just as we started for Wrexham in the carriage. The Dee had over flown its banks, and the road after leaving the Bridge was more like a small river, there being at least 2 feet water covering it, and through this we had to go for nearly a couple of miles, fearing to all the while that the further we went the deeper it would become. After we had got there (--er) we suddenly recollected that the Box (sent us by my Aunt) and which was screwed only (light pencil )the Gate -nearly touching the ground therefore must have been covered with water and we or rather I feared lest Grace's and my clothes should have been spoilt. We reached the Railway Station about ½ a mile out of Wrexham a little before the train started at 1 and were -ards dropped at a place called Rossett about 5 miles. This is in the Vale of Gresford an the pretty little river - flowing by it. We found Mr Cunliffes waiting for us, having brought the Townshends carriage to convey us to Trevallyen about a mile from the Station. Trevallyn a very nice place, used for the growing of ornamental shrubberies, green houses, hot houses etc, also is curiously (ornamental water and artificial rockery, -- bridges etc. The house in the middle is rather a rambling one having been added to from time to time but that sets the rooms off by greatest advantage is the number of handsomely frame pictures, some by the masters, others by Mr Townshend himself who paints and draws beautifully. After reaching the house we were introduced to Mrs Townshend (formerly Miss Fielding(?)) a very nice Ladylike person not --, Col Townshend of the 24th. Mr and Mrs Charles Townshend and Charles a Jdf(?)), Miss Townshend, an old maid and Mr and Mrs Cunliff, and H Manning who arrived on Thursday the 1 little Townshend was home is able  to see the latter gentleman, the Uncle. After luncheon we walked all over the grounds and then to the Misses Barfells(?) two  old ladies who live about 1 ½ miles from Trevallyn, did not see them but walked in their garden for the purpose of admiring the view from the top of the hill, Chester in the distance. Dined at 6 o'clock, not much of a dinner, and not good variety, neither good wine. They have a most curious plan in the house, they dine upstairs and the Drawing room is down. Trevallyn was formerly and old residence of the Trevors and was bought and added to by old Mr Townshend, Colonel Townshend reminding me of Captain Forbes, and Charles Townshend of his brother in New South Wales. Had a discussion as to George Townshends height, saying he was not more than 5 feet 8, not as tall as his elder brother here. In the evening Grace and Mrs Townshend played several pieces, the latter some of Handel's etc.

 

Tuesday 15th February 1848(very light pencil)

Raining off and on, with a gleam of sunshine now and again. After breakfast Mrs Townshend, Grace and I drove to Pulford, a little village two mile distant, in order to be introduced to the Lyon family, he had two sons in Australia, one is now at home W Lyon is a Clergyman of the (place, parents?), formerly Tutor to the present Marquis of Westminster and resides part outside the Lodge Gates of Eaton Hall. Mrs Lyon a nice old Lady, some of the daughters decidedly pretty, her name Sophy. After being seated half an hour and Henry and Colonel Townsend came in having walked, the former is much taken with Sophy Lyons, and ever to when he was last in England. She showed me a sketch of our Squatters Hut copied from one of Dr Taylor's drawings. Henry Manning and Townshend must there had a wet walk home as shortly after leaving, the rain recommenced. After lunch Mrs Cunliffe's carriage came around, and we accompanied her back in it to Wrexham. Mr Cuncliffe had started in the morning by Railway. We had a very cold drive, but fortunately did not (mind?) much. As we ascended the hill near Trevallyn got a lovely view of the house and county round, and a remarkable hill with a castle built on it summit "Beeston Castle." We were politely received by the Cunliffs who have a delightful residence, and a   --   ---   --

 Mr Cunliffe, vicar of (Nvdman?), and a younger brother of Sir Robert Cunliffe, the name of their place "Llayn Joa." I forgot to  mention that Mr Lyne fully coveted on attaining the Living which my Uncle has, from Lord Westminster. The value of which is £1200 per annum. Whereas the one at Pulford is only £400

 

Wednesday 16th February 1848(very light pencil - hard to read)

A lovely day but very cold. Breakfast at ½ past 9. Read by the papers that the Duke of Chester who the Archbishop of Canterbury. After breakfast Mr Cunliffe and I walked about Wrexham, he for the purpose of showing me a "Curgwurly" - a very thing useful kind, better than any other. Townshend has rent houses for some of them. As I was walking to the door to see if the carriage from my uncle was sent I met Anthony coming for us, bringing our letters with him. We shortly after said goodbye to the Cunliffes who appeared very sorry to lose us. Anthony drove us to the Pantons on our way home. Found them very busy parking up, we went to inquire about the Railway etc. After we reached the Rectory. Townshend Mainwaring and wife called, talked some of Emigration (oluin?), he was formerly Member for Chesteer I believe, a nice fellow, rather, his wife daughter of Colonel Salisbury. Recollect going to a Ball given at Wrexham in honor of his marriage. The Pantons had just received from Chester their new (divan?) made of square compartments of (Warter, Masterwork?) worked by their different friends.

Had 7 or 8 men at the Rectory this evening, all wishing to engage with me and go out as emigrants. I wrote up agreements with 4. I had this day received from Mr Benning, paper relative to emigrants, which I distributed to them, telling them that those that wished for a free passage must apply to "J. Wilcocks, 9 Park St, Westminster, Colonial Emigration Office." An incendiary fire took place in the parish adjoining this. 2 irishmen were refused to be given anything, so out of spite set fire to one of the haystacks. One of them told of the other and both were apprehended shortly after. Gave Wilmot my signet ring, he having given me a double set--  chin-pl--.

 

Thursday 17th February 1848(back to ink)

A beautiful day. Up very early this morning. The cart was at the door at 8 o'clock to  take our boxes and the picture of my father to Wrexham. A lovely day. Made agreements with 4 men wishing to emigrate to Australia, viz, Prince, Madely, Griffith, Allen. At 9 o'clock my Uncle ordered the carriage and he drove us to Wrexham. Anthony riding, arrived half an hour before the time: had time to send my large picture by the luggage train. Anthony went as far as Chester with us. We had very agreeable people in our carriage, our friends the Pantons, who are going to Torquay for the benefit of their daughter's health: she is a very nice girl indeed, and a great talker, the time therefore slipped quickly away before  reaching Birmingham which we did by ½ past 3 having started from Wrexham by 11. The Pantons went on to Bristol, and we to Mrs Lloyds about 3 miles out of Birmingham: very glad to see us, and most  hospitably entertained. Mr Lloyd did not come in till after dinner, his mother and a brother of his came in the evening.

 

Friday 18th February 1848

A very fine day but piercingly cold. Al the grass covered over with hoar frost and a cold wind. 

(light pencil)

Birmingham they say is a very cold place being so high. We had lunch, and afterwards Mrs Lloyd drove us in first to of all to the Papier-mâché manufactory, which is well worth seeing. Here you see first of all the moulds in which the shape of the thing wanted is  made, then the pasting of the pieces (25 in number) of brown paper together, thence the rubbing with soap -- - then the putting on the (broken?) pencil, then the Japaning then - after this the polishing with the hand and the most interesting part the painting and last the varnishing. We saw the different artists busy at work and a few in particular employed on a most  gorgeously painted sofa composed entirely of the Papier-mâché; whether it was being made for some particular or merely as an specimen of their art, the people could not tell us. After this went to the Steel pen manufacturing, and since seeing the processes through which the pen passes it has quite risen in my estimation, in the first place you see long strips of steel which is placed under an instrument form which descends a sharp cutting die, which like a gun pellet, cuts out a pieced of steel the shape of  the pen flattened. It was then to be rounded, then to be split, then to be baked, and afterwards bronzed, each pen is tried to see if the split is perfectly straight, those that are not being required to be sold at a lower price. With exception of one or two men, the whole work is handled by young women. We afterwards drove to the glass manufactory, but as they were not blowing that day, could only see the cutting and washing(?), the man presented us with a tumbler which shows the three different styles, first with the stone wheel, and afterwards with the iron wheel. The way the glass was ornamented put me in mind of a turning lathe. We had a very good dinner, so afterwards went to Mr Lloyds brother who live near, being not long since married. On meeting Mr Lloyd and myself found them all at dinner, the Ladies not having retired from the table. The people whose names I recollected consisted of a Mr Cripps, nephew of the Member, and Mr and Mrs Harding, the latter a cousin of Sir N Nead (Red?), Mr and Mrs Johnson, two Miss Jeaves, sisters of Mrs Lloyd the hostess and a (Quaker?), and uncle of the Lloyds. Grace played the party an "Come il per me serais(?)" when strange to say the lady who immediately followed her on the piano played identically the same piece, but so quickly that few would have known them as being the same tunes.

I talked much of  Australia to these people. Grace on leaving unfortunately dropped one of her bracelets and left without finding it. 

Mrs Lloyd (an friend Thuria(?)) told me a sister of Stuart Donaldson, a Mrs Rawlings lives very near them, he is a Birmingham -(client?) She says Miss Donaldson left England for Sydney in consequence of a disappointment in marriage.

 

Mr Lloyd tells me  -- -- (Roger? - Jones) - called on him the other day and him a letter purporting to be from his sister Mrs Latimer(?) wishing him to draw on him for 10, Mr Lloyd wrote to Mr Latimer, and finds he has been completely dupged by Mr R Jones to whom he paid the money on the strength of the supposed letter from Mrs (Latimer?).

 

Saturday 19th February 1848

A much milder day, it rained hard during the night, and the severe frost no doubt has gone. We drove  in shortly after breakfast, for the purpose of seeing the Town Hall of Birmingham, went to the Town Hall, immense building the ceiling beautifully decorated, not to the sides, or organ an immense one of ornamented in the Arabesque style. The voice in this large space resounds again in fact - a perfect echoes is heard. Mrs Lloyd teid her voice with (saying?) "the words Ladies and Gentlemen" etc.

We afterwards walked to the two finer streets and walked up and down the, New Street and Bus Street. We went into a China shop, and were very much pleased at some of the things. Returned hom and had an early dinner at 3 for the purpose of allowing the servants to go into the town to see the Chinese Exhibition. At ½ past 7, we went to drink tea with old Mrs Lloyd who lives close by here. Her son W Lloyd came in late in the evening. A curiously old furnished room, very old and huge tomes consisting the library, large pictures, high back chairs etc. The good old fashion of having supper a comfortable sit down supper I mean, was also in keeping with the room, and --- . Grace very fortunately received her lost bracelet this morning, having been found in the hall. We intended to have gone to the Gloucester today but were over persuaded to remain till Monday by Mrs Lloyd. She is not at all altered in looks, her figure is a little more of the (en born print, point? Sort) if but she still retains her pretty foot and ankle. She is a very wise person but I think she is thrown amongst those much inferior to her in every way. Wrote to Aunt Mary Anne, directed my letter to the Isle of Wight.

 

Sunday 20th February 1848

Raining off and on the whole day. Grace and I remained at home and read prayers. Mr and Mrs Lloyd went in their little carriage to Church. Mr W Llody called for a short time only. Had dinner early at 2 o'clock. Mrs Lloyds Drawing room is furnished very nicely, many of the things came from Mrs Campbell's, Chinese ornaments etc. She gave me an account of the brother's captivity in Borneo after his shipwreck.

 

Monday 21st February 1848

A cloudy day, Mrs Llody drove us into Birmingham at 12 o'clock, we left our maid, Dowd, to come after us with the luggage in (supply?). Called on Mr Llody at the Bank to say goodbye, and then went to the Chinese Exhibition in order to kill time till the hour for starting by railway arrived. In this place were different life like figures in ware of the Chinese representing them at their different trades and occupations, many others were grouped together, Mandarins of the first order, and felons about receiving con- (consign?) punishment. There are with the collection two Chinese who are certainly very good specimens of the race, and speak English remarkably well. I asked him whether he liked England or Canton, said the latter was a much grander place. We left Birmingham at 2 o'clock and arrived (after passing through Worcester, Cheltenham, the station here not far from Landsdowne) in Gloucester about 1/3 past 4. After we left the Cheltenham Station the whole scenery was familiar to me, the Leckhampton HIills caught my eye at first, then old Cloosen Hill, and as we crossed the Barnwood Rd we caught a glimpse of the cottage where Mr Barnett was once resident in Robinswood Hill in the distance, we passed then in front of the Lunatic Asylum and stopped at the Terminus here situated in a field which I well recollect, at the back of the Weir Market. We got a fly on getting out, and drove to Miss Hawkins, 9 Hickfield Parade, she having invited Grace and myself to stay a few days with her. Very hospitably entertained by her.

 

Tuesday 22nd February 1848

We were fretted this morning by a most unpropitious days pouring rain. Notwithstanding we ordered a fly from the Spread Eagle and went visiting. First of all we called on an old friend Major Wemyss, we only, however, saw Mary; he himself being now so great an invalid as hardly ever to walk out, and never being able or willing to see any one, not even Miss Colchester: Dr Evans says he will not really again, and I am afraid his days are numbered. Mary told me she would try and persuade him to see me tomorrow. Mary is  altered for the better I think, as far as appearance, less masculine, and better complexion but I don't think she is less unselfish less forgetful, for she never asked once after Fanny, or David or Aunt Sophy, the place looks much the same as usual save the railings in front which have been replaced by iron ones. We stayed about ½ an hour, then drove on to the Coopers at the Spa, then to Mrs Shutes, I left Grace here and went to call on James Wemyss at his office in Barter St, not much altered except a little stouter and rounder in the face. He was very glad to see me indeed after this returned for Grace to the Shutes and went with her to Mr and Mrs Holmes who were delighted to se us, he asked me if I knew "Mr Moyle (Morse?) of Scone" and when I told him I did, and that he had married Wise and Fanny he seemed still more so. Our next call was on Miss Phillips, an Aunt of Captain Stokes of the Beagle who married Miss Marely, and after we talked much, left our cards at the Hastings,' next door to where Aunnt Charlotte used to live. We returned to Miss Hawkins about ½ past 4.

 

Wednesday 23rd February 1848

 A fine morning and did not rain till late in the evening. We called after breakfast on Dr Evans, and saw Mrs and Miss Evans his sister, who knew Mrs Jebb (Sebb?) (Mrs Deas Thomas's sister). After this drove to the Railway Station and went in a quarter of an hour to Cheltenham. The Railway Station is not far from Landsdowne Place, and from this we took a fly and drove first to Park Lodge, Tivoli, where Miss Palmer resides, not in unfortunately, we therefore drove into Regent St and called on Miss Carr, we saw herself and a Miss Rolands. Grace then determined to call on her friend Miss Mainwaring living in Rodney Terrace, after staying for a short time left Grace here and went by myself to call on the Bakers (the Martins of Maisenore I mean) who are living at 8 Wolsey Terrace not far from Miss Mainwaring, and when I called I found only Eliza in but after remaining a couple of hours Henrietta came in and her sister in law Miss Baker. Eliza much altered, looks much older than I should have thought, but more delicate than formerly, her complexion better. Henrietta much older too, and both very stout. They asked very affectly (affectionately?) after Fanny. They have been residing in Ceylon to which place they return again in May I believe, their father does not return till  May or June. They spoke in raptures of 5 Australian horses which they had in Ceylon. The only good ones there. They told me that Charles Evanston(?) gone on very badly and that none of them knew where he was for some year past.

Called on Mrs Fallon, Chester Cottage, not at home. On my way met General Podmore, he seems much (broke?), game a good account of Richard but with tears in his eyes said that Charles had gone to the Dogs. He was in the Army in India, gave that up and returned, he then got him a good appointment which he also resigned and lived on his Father doing nothing, but worst of all turned complete drunkard, and now he is obliged to send him away for fear of his bad example to his other children. He allowed him 1 per week to prevent him starving. Charlotte is widow, and Fanny dead! Returned for Grace to Miss Mainwaring's where we dined, a queer old Lady, hot food, tempered and hospitable.  I forgot to say that Harry Shute accompanied us to Cheltenham in the Railway and that on our way we met old Bailey of Wootton. Spoke with him of his son in Australia, he is much (broader? Broken?) in appearance. In the evening after our return from Cheltenham went next door but one to the Hastings, Collector of Customs in Gloucester: they had a musical soiree consisting of Mr, Mrs and the Misses Lorraines, Dr and Miss Fletcher, the Doctor the greatest ape I ever saw, the sister much improved and sings nicely, Miss Louisa Davies of Wellington Parade, and Mr and Mrs Luscombe, he one of the minor Canons of the Cathedral, a Mr Wheeler, a music master, and a Mr Wilcocks. Very good music. Mr Hastings the host is a gentlemany looking man and is a clever sort of fellow, paints in oil, his Drawing room covered with his own handiwork. Mrs Hastings a regular Irishwoman. Grace had a note from Sophy Lyon informing her of Domville Taylors address in London, Jermyn St. Heard today that the famous "Romeo Coates" had been run over by a "Hansom Cab" in London.

 

Thursday 24th February 1848

A miserable wet day, wrote to Aunt Mary Anne, my Uncle and Charlotte. Grace writing to her mother, Miss Lyon and Miss Cooper. Had a letter from Aunt Mary Anne, she is at Lady Cosways on the Isle of Wight. In consequence of the Fly I had ordered not coming we were obliged to keep within doors the whole of the day. A little before dinner Grace and I determined to go to the Public Ball held tonight, at the Bell Hotel. We did not go till ½ past 10, fortunately the rain had ceased but the wind was terrific. On entering the Ball room the first person I  met and spoke to was Captain Stevenson, formerly of Clifton, his wife was formerly Miss Bizere (sister of Mrs Walton), he asked me if I know Captain Feutrace (Furnace?) of the 58th in which Regiment he was in. Grace took up a position with Mrs Hawkins (wife of Colonel Hawkins of Muisterrat? and brother of the Lady we are staying with).She came with her two daughters, and her son, Grace danced with the latter and I with the younger daughter. Grace also danced with H. Shute, and Hale. I with Miss Mears, (niece of Sir John Owen) and Miss C. Cooper. Amongst the company I recognized several friends and old faces, James Gardiner and wife, Octavius Goodrich, J Whittle (Wintle?), Barwick Baker and wife the latter laden with diamonds, Mrs Lester and 2 daughters, Mrs Sayers, Dr and Mrs Fletcher, The Miss Byetts, Guise, Sir Martin Crawley, Halliwell, Mrs and Miss Callwing(Calding?) (she is  now taken than her mother) and the Hales to whom I was introduced, there are also some Miss Gordan from Cheltenham and some Miss Prymints (Ivynmiatn?) rather pretty, a Mr Peel who came with the Bakers, and a Mr Flint who came with Mrs Sayers. This unfortunate man was induced by some one to mount his uniform (that of the Madras Infantry) and if that was not particularizing himself sufficiently he attempted to dance the Polka but did it so badly as to be the laughing stock of the room. Henry Evans was also in the room, and some  Miss Crawleys of Flaxley Abbey. There were I should think about 80 people, the band was a very small one and by no means a good one. The room -ed badly, tickets 7/6 a piece. Left at 3 o'clock p.m. (?).

 

Friday 25th February 1848

A fine morning which we took advantage of by immediately going out to pay visits in a fly, we first called on Miss Hopkinson at Woodtea, find her complaining of influenza, but looking just as ever. We then went to the Spa Boarding House to make an arrangement about taking apartments there. On our way back called on Miss Daws(?) then on as well as Louisa and another Aunt, a Mrs Robson who was formerly in India, and had been in Australia in Van Dieman's Land, and also in Sydney in the year 1836. Next went to Mrs Youngs, she is as mad as a March Hare I think, on reaching Miss Hawkins' found Mrs Harting (Harding?) from Nunsthworth (Mainsthwork?) and her youngest daughter. She had come to call on us. She was a Miss Gore, niece of Sir John Gore, and connected very well. Called at Davies the Stationer in Northgate St. Bought paper of him, not much changed I think. In the evening Grace and I drank tea with Mr and Mrs (Miliner?) a wet night, we met there Miss Phillips, Biddy Welch, and two strangers I did not know, a Miss Nichole and Miss Lister.  The Holmes had asked us to dinner but as their hour was four o'clock (opassed? Assessed?) of its cutting of our time too much. Mr Holmes made us a present of "Scotts Sermons." Mrs Holmes mentioned that Mrs Hicks had been to seethem the  other day (his niece being a great friend of Mrs Holmes). He is living at the Inn at Forocerter (Frocerton?) about 12 miles from this.

 

Saturday 26th February 1848

Left Miss Hawkins and went to the Spa Hotel. We called today at Mrs Neales, left Grace there and drove on to the G Hopkinsons by myself. Only Mrs and George home. The former looks very old, the latter very coarse. He has two cuts across his nose and face which disfigures him much. He is more like common sailors in appearance voice and manner than a gentleman, he says he heard of me when he was at Florence from a man he met there, Dick who lived at Muswell (Street). He took  me round the garden etc, but I saw very little change since he and I were boys together. He talks of going to Mexico. Returned to the Neales and called afterwards with Grace on his Russell's who live where old Bowly used to live, saw Mrs A Faning, the latter put me greatly in mind of poor Mrs William Manning. Mr Russell is in his dotage, though asked particularly after Fanny. Delighted when I told him that in all particularity they might see her in a year's time. Next we went to the Dightons, saw the old Lady and Miss Webster, the former looking extremely well, then to their next door neighbours the Hales, only two of the daughters in. Called on Mary Wemyss, could not see the Major, James was there. Called on Alfred Wood and wife (the latter his 2nd wife was a Miss Beeton Towsey), not at home either. Drove to Lees, the bookseller in order to get the Times Newspaper to see the account of the French Revolution, and the Abdication of Louis Phillipe in favor of his grandson the Count de Paris. Hired the history of "Margaret Catchpole." Went to the hair dressers "Meadows" for  soap, and on our way home called on Nurse(?) Hale, saw her and her husband, she is in her 88th year and he in his 99th and both looking remarkably well for old people, gave them 10/-.

 

Sunday 27th February 1848

Went to the Spa Church in the morning. Sat in the Holmes' pew, the do not sit where they used to do  but near to the door now. Very thinly attended the Church. Mr Holmes preached from St. Isiah and the Chapters(?). Saw Mrs Shute in Church.

On our return called on Miss Lucas and Mrs Green who live at Sherborne House,the former has a sister in Van Diemans Land, a Mrs Welmore. Drove to the Cathedral in the afternoon, every seat occupied nearly, there was no sermon. I did not think much of the Anthem nor of the Choristers, and much less of the Minor Canon who chanted the prayer, Mr Crawley. I recognized W. Montayne, old Wintter, Hale J. Commerline.

James Wemyss drank tea with us. Stopped the fly as we returned from the Cathedral and shook hands with Julianne Jones (formerly Bailey). Called on Fanny Jones (formerly Bailey), too unwell to see me, she lives at Waterloo House where Miss Jackson used to live. 

 

Monday 28th February 1848

Did not go out the whole day, but held a regular levee, did not breakfast till 11 o'clock , and before we sat down Mrs and Miss Cooper called to ask us to drink tea with them tonight. After breakfast came old Nurse Hale, then Mr and Mrs Holmes, Miss Browne, Miss Lord, Mrs and Miss Russell, Mrs Hale and daughter, Mrs Commeline and her daughter Annie, Miss Lucas, Biddy Welch, Sarah Hawkins, Mary Wemyss.

Reading the Times Newspaper, the whole  day of the Revolution in Paris. Louis Philippe has fled, no one knows where, the Duke de Nemours has arrived in England, but the Duchess who was to have met him according to the preconceived plan, has unfortunately not arrived, they travelled apart to escape detention. The Tuilleries was attacked and everything in it burnt. The Palace at Neuilly burnt to the ground. The soldiers of the people as the French call it have "fraternized" with each other. Guigot the Minister is a doomed man I think. The Chamber of Pens no longer exists, and the government styles itself a Provisional Government. Nothing but a "Republic" is talked of, nothing else will satisfy the French. All communication by Railway had been stopped by their taking up the rails in several places, and the Postal communication has ceased. Lamartine and (Odilem?) Barrot seemed the present favourite, about 500 people had fallen in both sides and all the starving population were to become Natural (friends?) are 30 tons a day. Grace and I congratulated ourselves that we did not go to Paris for our wedding tour, which we were nearly doing. Mary Arkell and her son William came to see me, the latter wishes to go to Australia with me.

 

Tuesday 29th February 1848

Pouring rain the whole day. Took a fly and called first on poor Major Wemyss, he having agreed to see me at 12 o'clock, he came down stairs shortly after I came. I should not have known him in the least, he has fallen away to a mere skeleton, his clothes fall about him in folds, his eyes are glazed, his arms powerless, his voice feeble, and in fact a perfect break up of his constitution: poor man, I left him a strong hail person and now alas, he has one leg in the grave, I do not think from his appearance he can live many weeks, and yet strange to say Mary Wemyss does not think he is as ill as he really is. She has not sent for Dorothea or Fran Wemyss. Mary talks of coming to Cheltenham and seeing us their before we leave. Before I left I went once and up and down their old garden. It is not much changed, the fruit trees have grown higher, but the flower beds and bower still remain the same. Mary has called in Alfred Ward to be in attendance on her father by the suggestion of James Wemyss.

Left for Cheltenham at 4 o'clock, much annoyed at the extravagant charges made at the Spa Hotel, the (pjds?) nearly £6 for the few days we were there. Before we left Gloucester called on Mrs Fox (then Russell) she looks the same as ever. Her husband a vulgar young man. She says she had heard of me often from pretty Miss Polukile(?) who came from Australia, and was Governess in Gloucester in her Aunts (Mrs Speys') family. Next we called on Mrs Apperley living at Haywards, saw  her but not Caroline: next on the (Masins?) at present living where Mr Cotter lived. Also at Miss Hawkins' and Mrs Hastings, both out.

We arrived in Cheltenham a little after 4, drove first to Miss Mainwarings' to  inquire whether she knew of any lodgings, and she directed us to No.7 Rodney Terrace, only 3 doors from her, three we took for a week, £1.8 We then returned to her and passed the evening with her. The lodgings we have taken are very comfortable, not far from High St.

 

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

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