Charlotte Bridgeman's Journals

February 1846 - January 1857

Lady Charlotte Bridgeman's journals

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Weston   1849, April 7

A very rainy day. Did not get out all day.

Weston   1849, April 8

Easter Sunday. Another very rainy day. We all took the sacrement. Did not get out for a walk till past 5, & then the ground was so saturated with the rain, that we did not get beyond a constitutional on the flags. The Feildens called after afternoon church. The children down a good deal both yesterday & today.

London   1849, April 9

We (6) came back to London. George also came to London from Wells. Met nobody we knew. Oh yes, Lord Talbot & his son.

London   1849, April 10

Selina B. came to see us & staid for luncheon. Lucy & I drove George about into all sorts of odd places to do business both on his own account & the future Mrs. George's. We went to Paternoster Row, of all places, to get a Hebrew bible & as the street was too narrow for the coach to go in, Lucy & I stopt in it near the entrance of it from Cheapside (I never knew where it was before, beyond St. Paul's) & while we were waiting the Lord Mayor in his state coach & a procession of carriages passed & went down Cheapside. We had 5 o'clock tea with aunt Selina. George & Johnny chaperoned us three to the opera afterwards. It was Linda di Chamonix. Very poor after Masaniello, but well got up, & some very pretty music in it. It was the debut of Miss C. Hayes (on an English stage) & beautifully she did her part, & I am sure she has great reason to be flattered at her reception. She was so clapped when she appeared that she seemed quite nervous at beginning, but she soon recovered her self possession & sang beautiful. Mademoiselle Méric also appeared for the first time, but we did not think so much of her. Tamburini was much clapped when he came in, (it is his first appearance this season) & I liked him much better in this than I ever liked him before. Salvi, the hero. No Mario, alas!

London   1849, April 11

Papa, Lucy, Mary, & George went to Danbury, for a a few days. Johnny & I "stepped in" to aunt Selina's after dinner.

London   1849, April 12

I had a headache all day & did not stir, except to drive to Euston Square Station to meet Newport's children who came from Weston today. We brought Georgey & Francey home.

London   1849, April 13

A thoroughly wet day, so could not stir out of the house. Johnny went with his friend Wynne to the play. Miss B. & I had tea. Intentions of stepping in to aunt Selina's. Prudence.

London   1849, April 14

Took Georgey & Francey to the Pantheon Bazaar & round the Park. Papa &c came back from Danbury. I had an early visit from Selina B. while I was still in bed.

London   1849, April 15

Sunday. A very rainy day. George, Lucy & I went to Mr. Bu...(?) to lunch in the afternoon. Got a little walk late in the afternoon.

London   1849, April 16

The Guitar master Senior Cicbra(?) came to make arrangements. He gives me my first lesson tomorrow. The Newports came back from Paris & arrived at 11 at night.

London   1849, April 17

So occupied in the morning that I could not go to the Newports with the others (what with Mr. Smart being 3/4 of an hour after his time & Mr. Cicbra & all). In the afternoon there was a very heavy snow storm, which lasted all the afternoon with very little interruptions. Our opera night. Semiramide. Grisi sang for the 1st time this year & mademoiselle Angri appeared for the first time, and she sung as beautifully as ever a coritralto. A beautiful rich voice she has, something of Alboni's quality. Papa, George & Johnny all went. Another heavy snow storm as we came home & were obliged to go a foot's pace along the wood pavement in Piccadilly. Saw two horses down. Quite an adventure.

London   1849, April 18

Had a headache, but did not last me all day as usual. I spent the afternoon with Selina Newport who had many visitors while I was there & then went on to aunt Selina. More snow.

London   1849, April 19

More snow still. Continued till 4 o'clock. Had tea with the Duchess of Bedford. Didn't go to Mrs. Standish's ball.

London   1849, April 20

More snow, or rather sleet & hail today. Aunt Selina & Lina & William Simpson dined here. Papa, Lucy & I went to Mrs. Walter Campbell's ball. The 1st this season. Came home at 1.

London   1849, April 21

Papa, Lucy & Mary went to the private view of the New Water Colour Exhibition. I spent most of my time while they were there in Wilton Crescent between 26 & 30. George & Mary dined with the Newports. Sir Robert Gunning & Mr. Octavius G. called.

London   1849, April 22

Sunday. I took an afternoon walk with Papa in outlandish parts as usual.

London   1849, April 23

So dark with a jellow fog that we were obliged to take our drawing lesson by candlelight! Mary & I went with Papa & Johnny to Mrs. Mercer's ball. Came away about 1/2 past 2.

London   1849, April 24

Francis Russell & Miss Elphinstone both called in the course of the morning. Our opera night. Johnny went but not George. It was the Barbiere di Siviglia. Mademoiselle Angri, Salvi, Roncone, & Tagliafico were the principal parts. Mademoiselle Angri does not lose at all on a second hearing. Roncone as the Barbiere acted very well, but his voice was often overpowered by the orchestra. Much amuse with the opera. I was left at home in exchange for George & the others went on to Mrs. Wilson Patten's ball, where they staid rather late.

London   1849, April 25

I had a headache all day but not a bad one. A dinner party, consisting of Lord & Lady Cawdor, Lord & Lady Combermere, Miss Cotton, Lord Kinnoull & Lady Frances Hay, the Bishop of Rochester & Sarah & Robert Murray, & Captain Broke. Lady Kinnoull sent an excuse in the morning, so Mary dined. She & I were to have tea together. I was well enough to appear in the evening & do my part (in playing) to amuse the company, but was obliged to vanish before they went away. Papa, Lucy & Mary went afterwards to a little party at Lady Norbury's, & took Captain Broke with them.

London   1849, April 26

Johnny went away to his new tutor Mr. Sangster, in Yorkshire. Papa, Lucy & Mary went to the dressingroom. The children came to see them dressed, & Francey displayed his usual love of dress. He is a comical child. Today & yesterday were delightfully warm. We drove till 1/2 past 6 in an open carriage without being cold. George went to hear Jenny Lind in the Somnambula & was sincerely enchanted. None others went out tonight.

London   1849, April 27

Papa, Lucy & I went to two balls tonight. Lady Clifford's & Mrs. Pemberton's. Lady Clifford's where we went first was a charming one & we were quite sorry to move on to Mrs. Pemberton's at 3/4 past 12. There we saw very few people we knew. Staid till about 1/2 past 2.

London   1849, April 28

George went back to Wells, & started before we ball people were up. Mrs. Packe Reading called & Lady Talbot & Lady Victoria T., (as they call her now) just before we went out. We called on Lady Corbet who we found at home & spent the rest of the afternoon sitting at Mrs. Murray's. Papa & Lucy dined at Sir C. Coote's.

London   1849, April 29

Sunday. A delightful warm sunny day. Papa & Lucy went to the Chapel Royal in the morning, & in the afternoon Mary & I went to church by ourselves. A select reunion in the square. More than there has been yet? Staid there till towards 7 o'clock.

London   1849, April 30

Went to the Palace ball, all 3 of us. We were there before the Queen came in but were not in front enough to make our courtesies, so had to go through the disagreable duty of passing before her. Got home by 1/2 past 2, enjoyed it.