Charlotte Bridgeman's Journals

February 1846 - January 1857

About Lady Charlotte

Tragedy

In /"Songs and verses/", by Lady John Scott, we read:
Lady Lucy's gown that caught fire. She was moving a little table to the fire, and the back of her flounce whisked into it. She lay down and rolled, and Lady Newport, in helping her, caught fire too her scarf. She dashed it off on the toilet-table, which also caught fire. Lady Charlotte pulled all Lady Newport's night-clothes off the horse to smother the flames on her sister, and then ran out to get something more, not knowing that she, too, had caught fire. The running fanned the flames. Lord Newport and a Mr Boughey, who was staying there, rushed in. Lord Newport put out the flames on Lady Charlotte, and Mr Boughey carried out Lady Lucy. They not only gave them quantities of opium, but they were entirely soaked in it ; and yet the agony was so intense that only once, for a short time, it dulled the feeling in Lady Lucy. I never heard anything so horrible as the account of the way they were burnt. It makes one feel that verse, "Who can dwell with everlasting burnings."

The sisters became known as 'The Burnt Aunts'.