Charlotte Bridgeman's Journals

February 1846 - January 1857

Lady Charlotte Bridgeman's journals

Transcribed by Marianne van Dael - van Zelm Zwern

June 1848

Lleden   1848, June 1

Lord Albert went away early purposing to go to London & not come home till next day in his yacht, the Blue Bell. Plans formed for going home tomorrow by the river, to meet him & see the Blue Bell. A very wet day. In the afternoon had a fly, went 5 in it to Canterbury, heard the service in the Cathedral, examined it thoroughly. Very beautiful, I liked it. Did shopping. Came home. In the evening Lord Albert made his appearance never having been to London after all.

Lleden   1848, June 2

Lord Albert having come back & it being a bad day we gave up the river. The strong box opened (key having been sent). Many beautiful antiquarian things in it. Examined Lord Alberts coins &c. Lunched early & were off by 1 ock, 6 in a fly (that is Emily, Mr. B., Lucy, me & two maids), poured with rain. Reached Canterbury in good time. A poor woman out of her mind was in the same train. Her servants were dreadful to hear. Glad to have Emily for the ball. Lucy, Papa & I went out to dinner at Mr. & Lady M. Milbanks, a very nice little dinner of ten people. Lady Margaret was not well enough to dine down stairs having had a long influenza. She appeared in the evening. Lady Jane Charteris, Lady Rolle, Mr. & Lady Augusta Millbank, Lord Pomfret & Lord Goderick were the other people. We went to Mrs. Gosling's concert. Not particularly good, but I enjoyed it as I always do concerts.

London   1848, June 3

William Simpson called. Shopped & did business in the afternoon. Papa, Mary & I dined at Sir James & Lady Earl's. The other people were - it doesn't signify. After dinner there was a little party & little Miss Goddard, a professional child of 11 years old who I heard play a year or two ago, played beautifully. The Fremantle's also played & sang. Enjoyed it much & stayed till about 12. When we came home we were much alarmed to hear that Grandmama had set herself on fire & was much burnt. We drove immediately to her lodgings & learnt then the particulars from Lucy & Miss Baker who had gone there immediately on hearing it. She did it about 9 ock. while arranging some flowers in a glass, she set fire to her cap & collar, & the curtains of the room. Her neck & hands are dreadfully burnt & the side of her face. Mr. Scannell (?) had been sent for (Mr. Hunter being out) but knowing nothing of him Papa went to Mr. Greufell's to ask him if he knew anyting about him. He was spoken highly of, so no one else was sent for tonight.

London   1848, June 4

The Moncreiffe's & Mr. Felix Bedingfield called.

London   1848, June 5

Monday. Grandmama is going on well. Our 2nd ball. We asked more people but I don't think there were too many. On the whole I think it went off better than the last. We kept it up till about 4. Montemoulin & his brother the Infante Don Fernando stayed till the end. Henrietta Clive came, having only arrived the night before from abroad. Uncle Charles came. Johnny came for the ball. Emily went with Mr. Bagot & Mr. C. Shanley (?) to see the Chinese Junk.

London   1848, June 6

Johnny went back. Mrs. Tracey & Julia called. Also Mrs. Maule & Miss Elphinstone. Drove perpetually the whole afternoon & with the children part of the time. Called on the Clives.

London   1848, June 7

Emily, Uncle C., Lucy & Miss Baker went to the Exhibition Papa, Mary & I went to the National Gallery. in the evening Papa, Lucy & Mary went to Mrs. Packe Reading's concert. - did not go to Lady J. Russell's home.

London   1848, June 8

Uncle C., Emily & I went to the Water Colour Exhibi- tion which is particularly good this year. In the evening Papa & Mary dined at Lord Colchester's. Uncle C. dined at a club. I joined Papa & Mary & went first to Mrs. Ramsden(?) at home, where we knew not a soul. & then to Mrs. Wyndham's ball which was excellent. Though it was the Ascot cup day. We came home about 1/2 past 2.

London   1848, June 9

Papa & we three drove after luncheon to Richmond to call on the Duchess of Buccleuch & unfortunately found she was just gone to London. After dinner Papa, Lucy & I went to the Duchess of Grafton's drum. A pouring wet night. Came home about 1/2 past 12.

London   1848, June 10

Pouring wet day. However, we took a walk with Selina in the afternoon for about an hour with umbrellas. Papa & I dined at Mrs. Praed's, a very nice party & we got a ball in consequence! ( Mrs. Ferguson of Pitfour). Uncle Charles took Lucy, Emily & Mary to Mme Tussaud's wax things, meanwhile. They had not seen it for years.

London   1848, June 11

Sunday - Selina came to church at St. Peter's with me in the afternoon. The others went to the Chapel Royal so I had the square & the people to myself. People begin to take alarm at the Chartist meeting tomorrow. A waggon load of arms has been seiged by the Police.

London   1848, June 12

Another pouring day, did not go out in the afternoon. Grandmama not going on so well yesterday & today quite. Papa, Lucy & I went to a concert at Mrs. Watson Taylor's, not particularly good. Gardoni & F. Lablache sing very well, as also did Mme F. Lablache some Scotch song without music. But Mlle. Cruvelli, who is new this year & who had not yet heard, is a dreadful screamer. We went on to Lady Combermere's ball which was much too great a crowd to enjoy it at all. I did not dance once. The rain or the fear of the soldiers dispersed the Chartists without any fuss.

London   1848, June 13

Papa's hand so bad he was obliged to send an excuse to Lord & Lady Exeter with whom he & Lucy were to have dined. We did a great deal of business in the afternoon & ended with a walk in the square with the children & Newport. Selina chaperoned Lucy & Mary to a party at Lady Westminster's. They had to give up Mrs. Prideaux Brune's ball. Grandmama has seen Brodie again today.

London   1848, June 14

We started at 12, Uncle C., Emily, Newport & we three to go to see the Chinese Junk at the East India Docks. We got on a steamer at Hungerford stairs & reached Blackwall at about 2. We walked across to the Junk which is all boarded up so that one cannot see it without going close up to it. It is most curious & very well worth seeing. What amused me most were the Chinese men whose slurping, reading, & talking was delightful. We saw Sir John Kynaston there. Our intention has been to go back to Greenwich & lunch at the Trafalgar, but we were all to ravenous by that time that we agreed to go to the inn at Blackwall where they gave us a regular fish dinner & we started again 20 minutes before 5. Newport & Uncle C. walked back from Hungerford stairs & on the way took a box at the Haymarket Theatre to hear the Pas de Fascination & took Selina, Lucy & Emily with them in the box. Papa & Mary dined at Lord Dartmouths. I joined them & we went to Lady Fevershams' at home, which was very pleasant & some very good English singing chiefly by the Miss Williams's, but we heard very little of it as we were in a different room. We went from there to Mrs. Fellowes's ball - a very good one - Papa soon went away & left us with Lord Dartmouth, & we staid to the end - 1/2 past 3.

London   1848, June 15

Immediately after luncheon Lucy & I went to call on Lady Lucy Herbert & found her at home. We also went all three & drank tea with the Duchess of Bedford. Brodie came to see Papa's hand. We did a great deal of business. About 10 o'clock we went (Papa, Mary & I) to a dance at Lord Rokeby's. The Newports were dining there - small dinner party & it was by way of being an at home turned into dancing. It was very delightful & such a pretty house. The ball room (which is a regular drawing room furnished) is quite beautiful. The music was an amateur performance. Lord Gerald Fitzgerald on the horn, Sir Archibald Macdonald on the "big fiddle", Lord Rokeby on the flute & two professional men, one on the pianoforte & another on the violin. The music was much clapped after very dance; we came away at 1/2 past 1 - having enjoyed it very much.

London   1848, June 16

We put off Mr. Holmes & went to luncheon with the Duchess of Buccleugh at Richmond. Lady C. Helsker(?) & Lady J. & Lady C. Charteris were there & Lady Harewood & a lot of children came afterwards. We rowed up the river a long way, it was too delightful, so warm & lazy. We saw Henry Scott & two little girls. We came home through Richmond Park. Uncle Wolryche dined with us. & Papa, Lucy & I went to a concert at Lady Carrington the most delightful I ever heard. Grisi, Albour, Mario, Lablache & Bonuoni. Grisi & Alboni were per- fection. Mario of course & Lablache a great treat. The music was beautifully chosen & we staid till the end. Had some time to wait for the carriage & then went to Mrs. George Bankes's ball which we came in for the end of & staid a very short time. Heard Grandmama was much worse in the course of the evening.

London   1848, June 17

We were sent for to go to Grandmama who was sinking rapidly. We sent to Louisa Moncreiffe immediately who came directly & Tom followed shortly. Newport also went with us there. She died about 1/2 past 1 having been totally unconsious of anything all the time we were with her & for some hours before. Papa & Tom searched her desk & see if there was any memorandums in it of her wishes & found a paper addressed to Lord Dalhoussie & Mr. Patrick Smith. The former being in India Cattell was despatched to Solyhull where Mr. P. Smiths' living is to take him this paper. Tom & Louisa lunched with us & staid some time here writing letters. Mrs. Maule called & helped us in many ways. Tom & Louisa dined with us & Uncle Charles dined out.

London   1848, June 18

Sunday - We read the service at home. Johnny came from Eton. Tom & Louisa Moncreiffe brought their 3 eldest children to see us just after luncheon & we sent for Newports children to meet them. The Newports & Moncreiffes dined here.

London   1848, June 19

Papa went to Leamington to meet Mr. Patrick Smith & Tom also went with him. Mary went with the Newports to St. Leonards for a few days. Emily drove with us to Norwood. We went by Brixton & came back by Dulwich stopping for a few minutes at the gate of the Woodlands. Johnny did not come in from his walk in time for tea.

London   1848, June 20

Papa came back from Leamington about 1/2 past 3. The beadle of St. Georges came & insisted on having a coroner's inquest. Papa did all he could to prevent it. Oh the unlucky words "died from burns accidentally received", if they had not been put in the newspaper they would have known nothing about it. And the coffin will have to be reopened, for it was closed yesterday morning. L. Moncreiffe called.

London   1848, June 21

Tom & Louisa came to luncheon & Mr. Maule also came to consult about the funeral &c. & Papa read Grandmama's will aloud. The inquest was held at 5 oclock this afternoon & the coroner insisted on opening the coffin. Lucy & Miss Baker had a narrow escape of being called in & examined. Johnny went to St. Leonards to join the Newports & Mary.

London   1848, June 22

Uncle Charles & Emily went away. In the afternoon we drove to Knight's nursery on business. Met Lady de Clifford & the Miss Russells there. Drove to Fulham & back by Brompton where we got out & walked in the cemetery & looked at the Catacombs. I dont like it as well as the Kensal Green one. We had tea in the evening.

London   1848, June 23

Papa went at 12 o'clock with T. Moncreiffe & F. Maule to Brompton cemetery to fix the spot. Orlando called & had luncheon here. Mrs. S. Bridgeman called. We took Georgey in the carriage with us. We only drove to Kensington gardens & there got out & walked. We were caught in the rain, which came on very heavily.

London   1848, June 24

We spent a good part of the morning in Chapel St. looking over the trunks & wardrobe. Mr. Brown (of Cheltenham) called & lunched here. We drove into the country. Mary & Johnny & the Newports came back from St. Leonards. We walked in the square late & met the Murrays.

London   1848, June 27

Tuesday. This was the day fixed for Grandmama's funeral. It was followed by Papa, Tom Moncreiffe, Newport & Johnny. Mr. Wright, Fox Maule, Major W. Ramsey, & Mr. Patrick Smith (the executor). Mrs. Parsons, Mrs. Spencer, Cattell & Wilkinson, in three mourning coaches, & Papa's, Newport's & Tom's carriages. It took place about 1/2 past 12 at Brompton cemetery, where her remains are deposited in the catacombs under the Bell Tower. Mr. P. Smith came back here to luncheon & looked over such of the things she had had with her in London, & took them back with him to Leamington. We drove in the afternoon along the Fulham road.

London   1848, June 28

Johnny went back to Eton. Papa went with him & returned by 5 ock. We met him at the station & drove about with him.

London   1848, June 29

Mr. & Mrs. Orlando Gunning & Di came to luncheon. the latter is grown very pretty. She is now 17 & we have not seen since she was 4 years old. We went in the afternoon to the New Water Colour Exhibition. It is very good.

London   1848, June 30

We paid a visit to Mr. Lanzelle. What a bore he is. In our drive this afternoon we stopped some minutes waiting for Papa at Mr. J. Simpsons, & while there we saw Jenny Lind came out of No. 12 (Savile Row) dressed for the evening & drive away in a brougham. In a short time she came back again & got out, as if to fetch something & then got in & drove away. So we had a very good view of her. We went to see a very pretty statue of a bauch..(?) at Dickenson's shop. It is most beautifully done. Sir Robert, Mr. & Mrs. H. & Lilly Gunning, & Orlando B dined here. We played a good deal in the evening.