Charlotte Bridgeman's Journals

February 1846 - January 1857

Lady Charlotte Bridgeman's journals

Transcribed by Marianne van Dael - van Zelm Zwern

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London   1846, February 26

Eventful day, getting heroous . George went to Cambridge. When we were dressed for the drawing room & were taking a little luncheon, Mrs. Edward Bridgeman came to see us dressed. We started at 1 1/4 . It was was not half so bad as I expected. The squeeze was by no means agreable, but the passing before the Queen was done in such a moment that one had not time to be frightened or to see anything, and it was very amusing to stay in the rooms & passages afterwards looking at people. We staid a good while. The Princes Esterhazy was in a Hungarian costume which was very handsome. We brought Selina home with us because their carriage was not to be found. Before we had taken off our dresses Lady Mary & Louisa Ross called. When they were gone we changed then & took a walk in the park. The Newports dined with us.

London   1846, February 27

We hardly were out at all in the morning, but passing the Newport’s windows, they beckoned us in, to ask what we were in such a hurry about. After luncheon Papa, Lucy & I went out in the carriage, paid several visits, but only found the Miss Sullivans at home. Wrote our names in the Duchess of Gloucester’s book, also in the Duchess of Cam- bridge’s & the Duchess of Kent’s & went to write them in Prince Albert’s but were told that no books were kept while they were out of town & they had gone that morning for ten days somewhere. So we were in a perplexity as we should be away, but a civil porter, such a nice man, took our cards & said he would write our names the day they came back. We dined at Lady Mary Ross’s. Mary drank tea with Jemima. Nobody there but Sir Robert Pigot.

London   1846, February 28

We went out immediately after breakfast to see the Newports. We staid with them some time & watched to see them start for Melton. Then we came back to get some parasols & were waylaid by Mr. Hancock with a beautiful diamond headdress to show. He said Mrs. Hudson’s diamonds, which they had the doing of, cost £ 10.000. Went out again & walked in the park. Met the Miss Sullivans & the FitzGibbons. Immediately after luncheon Lucy & I went with Papa to Lady Cawdor’s. Saw her & Mary Campbell. Came back to fetch Miss Baker. Made some calls. No one at home. Paid some bills, &c, &c, &c. A very mild winter, no snow, but once for a few hours & no ice out twice for 2 nights.