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   1849, October 30

The long dreaded day at length arrived, but it is a great relief now it is over. We went to St. Peters church about 1/2 past 11, & found my Aunt & Letty, the Wrights & Mr. Mackay all there before us. So the ceremony began at once. There were quantities of people in the church to see it & crowds at the church door. Henry Gunning married them. Tom Moncreiffe was ill & could [not] come from Scotland for it. We all went to Lowndes Square & we waited till they started & then called for a moment on Lina on our way home to luncheon. We afterwards drove with uncle Charles, did a variety of shopping, & called on Lord Albert who amused us very much & showed us the baby, a very large pretty featured one, but still red which is not pretty. At 5 o'clock we assembled at Aunt Selina's, & Helen & Letty came there too. We staid there till dressing time & Lina came & dined with us. Had quite a large dinner party & a very small dinner for them, & none of the luxurious of the season which fussed Newport not a little. Mr. Gunning dined with us, so with all my brothers & Ursula C. we were nine of us. Letty slept in Belgrave Square, but dined & went to the play with the Wrights.

London   1849, October 31

George went back ro Wells. Johnny went back at night to Hoyland, spending the day at Eton. Uncle Charles took care of Letty & us to Weston. We started 1/2 past 10 & reached Weston at 1/2 past 7. Saw nobody we cared to see on the train. Newport came here by a late train.