Charlotte Bridgeman's Journals

February 1846 - January 1857

Lady Charlotte Bridgeman's journals

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Weston   1849, November 12

Lady Louisa Whitmore came to Luncheon. The children showed her nice guinea pigs. Mr. Brooke & Mr. Richard Brooke rode over to call, but & Lady B. were gone out driving.

Weston   1849, November 13

We three & Letty went to lunch at Woodcote by appointment. Miss Cotes was there. the hounds had met there, & killed a fox on the hill while we were there. We saw Mr. Wrottesley, & all the children & babies & lots else besides. Finished The Pirate & played music.

Tedsmore   1849, November 14

Letty & I set off in a carriage & four on our grand pleasuring (that is going to Tedsmore for a week to go to the Shrewsbury ball & perhaps to Lady Leaham's at Bryn y Pys leaving our disconsolate parents standing at the door with countenances which plainly betokened that their minds are filled with qualms of conscience at having ever given us permission to go ....etting(?). But it was too late to re- pent so here we are at Tedsmore having made a pros- perous journey, & finding a great castle fair going on in Shrewsbury. We mean to behave ourselves.

Tedsmore   1849, November 15

The day appointed for the general Thanksgiving on account of the cholera having nearly left the county. We went to church at Whittington in the morning. Strange clergyman! Took a walk in the afternoon, caught in the rain, took refuge in good hospitable Mrs. Hughe's cottage, & at last came home in the rain & wind & got desperately wet. A sharp correspondence between Helen & "ferocious" Mrs. Lloyd all day but which ended very amicably.

Tedsmore   1849, November 16

We (that is the Wrights, Letty & me) went into Shrewsbury early in time for the Infirmary meeting, & we got together in church with Selina Newport & behaved most ill. After church we went to the Lion where rooms had been taken & had luncheon. We had a few visitors. Edmund B., & Selina & Mrs. Anson. Shopped afterwards & had an affectionate meeting at Miss Tombs. We had dinner earlyish & Letty & I laid on a bed before we dressed for the ball. Had to get out of the room before the "ferocious" & party arrived. A very fair ball, & enjoyed it much. Staid dancing till nearly 3, put on morning gowns & talked all the way home. Reached Tedsmore by 5.

Tedsmore   1849, November 17

We were up by luncheon time & did nothing. Sunday was a wet day. We went to church in the morning, but did not go out again.

Tedsmore   1849, November 19

Mr. Wright rode over to Knockin before luncheon to arrange plans & brought back the news of poor Hughtey's death. The disagreable Mr. Bulkeley Owen called. In the afternoon we drove over to Halston which I was agreably surpised in. We went all over it & the stables, & drank tea with Mrs. Turnball, a quakeress, wife to the clerk of the works. We then walked to see Mrs. Galloway, the gardener's wife & the carriage & Mr. Wright followed & picked us up.

Tedsmore   1849, November 20

Mr. Wright shot at Halston with Newport & Edmund. Helen laid in bed most of the day, & Letty & I went to luncheon at Knockin, & saw uncle & aunt C., all the girls & Selina. Returned home early that we might have a good rest before the ball. We got to Bryn y Pys soon after 10 o'clock & had a most capital ball, & enjoyed it immensely. Thought valsing supreme happiness, & got on much better than I did the other night at Shrewsbury. Left about 3 o'clock 14 miles to go home. Capital fun. On Wednesday the 21st we got up to luncheon & did very little till it was time to go to Sir John Kynaston's ball. Such gaities never were heard of even in gay Salop. Had another very good ball but did not enjoy it so much as Lady Leaham's. Were aggravated by losing some good valses when we were sitting waiting in the hall at Hardwicke, 8 miles at the outside from Tedsmore, yet Letty & I were 3 hours getting home & did not arrive till 1/4 past 6. Had a tipsay postboy, who put us in pregnant peril of our lives, lost the way, & found ourselves at last in a lane leading direct to Ellesmere which is 8 miles from Tedsmore. We insisted on going there & changing horses & postbags. We must have made a long round of 6 or 8 miles, but it took us 1 1/2 hour, for the postboy not being able to go straight was made to go a foots pace with Joseph walking in front a great part of the way. It was by far the most uncomfortable hour & a half I ever spent, but am too grateful we were not overturned, for not only were we two unfortunate girls without any one but the footman to help us, but it was a rainy night & we were in white shoes & ball gowns, & should have had to walk far in a muddy lane before we could have found even a cottage to shelter us. As it was we sat with the window open in fear & trembling of being overturned, & are now suffering from the effects of it, & nursing bad colds. We sat for about 1/2 an hour in the strolls of Ellesmere before we were ready to start again, for at such an hour everybody was asleep & had to be knocked up. It struck 5 before we were ready to start again but we came quickly home & reached Teds- more about 10 minutes after 6, finding Helen sutting up & in a very uncomfortable state of mind as to what had befallen us. We met a man & lantern that had been sent out in search of us.

Tedsmore   1849, November 22

We were up again at the same improper hour, & Edmund came to pay a visit before we were ready to receive him, but as it was too rainy an after- noon to go parishing, he staid a long while & we had a good chat. Very sleepy at night.

Weston   1849, November 23

We came home without any more adventures, having thoroughly enjoyed our visit, if it had not been for the very unpleasant wind up of the return from Hardwicke. Had much to talk of at home. Found the Newports who had arrived yesterday. The drawing room arranged after a new plan a great im- provement, much talk of our ball this Xmas. The stay-at-homes have been enlivened only by immeasu- rable callers, who pour in to pay their respects to Lady B.

Weston   1849, November 24

Feeling decided colds. More visitors. Mr. & Mrs. St. John Charlton & Miss Charlton, Mrs. Leeke, & Miss Fellowes. Orlando rode over to luncheon.

Weston   1849, November 25

Staid in bed till after luncheon. So did Letty. Oh 'orrid postboy. It is all his fault. Tead up stairs & went to bed early, & now I am come back

Weston   1849, November 26

Having put off each day writing my journal I must write a general sort of account of our visit to Teds- more now we are returned to the family mansion.

Weston   1849, November 26

where I started from. Have been in bed till 2 o'clock again. Mrs. Feilden came & sat with me a little. Selina & Mary went in the ponycarriage to Broseley to luncheon. Papa, Lady Bradford & Lucy went to Wrottesley to luncheon & then called at Patshull & went away without ordering any thing to eat for us, two poor, starved, but upon young people in bed. Newport went to Patshull & then to Wrottesley. More visitors but no one to receive them. When the cats away the mice will play. So Letty & I went down to the hall & played at billiards as soon as we were dressed. Edmund came.

Weston   1849, November 28

Lucy's turn for lying in bed with a cold. Mary & Letty (as it was thought imprudent for me to go) went to Patshull to luncheon & saw a lot of the people, & got promise of great help for our ball. Mrs. Henry Monckton & Colonel & Mrs. Whichcote called. Billiards in the evening.

Weston   1849, November 29

We hear we may give out George's marriage. I do think for once there will be a marriage without obligations on either side. Selina Newport went away.

Weston   1849, November 30

Edmund went away in the middle of the day. Orlando staid till after dinner & went away up night. George came. How we did talk & be late for dinner.