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HAM/2/4

Diary of Mary Hamilton (15 July 1783 - 22 September 1783)

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                             No 2. Went to Ly Wake
                             1783. ------------------
      15th-.. July to 22nd-.. Septr-..




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Les Voyages des Klimius
en la Monde Souterainne[5][6]
      Miʃs Burney Thursday
that[7]



------------------------ ------------d
------------------------ -- liked
------------------------ ---th. great
------------------------ to every probate
------------------------ ye next day
------------------------ ling of smoked
------------------------ Kitchen Maid[8]



Tuesday 15th. July Clarges Street 1783
Breakfasted before 8 oClock read & wrote ye. Whole Morng.
dreʃs'd myself at 9 for ye. day -- Mrs Vesey came in for
a Moment at 3 oClock to invite me to dinner --
¼ before 4 went to Dr. Lady Kings where I dined only
ye 2 Miʃs Kings & her. ¼ before 7. went to Miʃs
Bloʃset
s to take leave of her as she was going into
ye. Country ye. next day. met there Mrs.. Barnard &
Mrs- Codrington -- Lady King sent ye Coach for me
at ¼ past 7. I went back to her house -- Miʃs
King
desired me to come up to see ye St--- she
had just finish'd filagree paper &c. Lady King
Miʃs W. King & I went to Kensington Gardens
walk'd there till 9. they brought me home.
I wrote some Verses out for Miʃs Bloʃset &
at 10 went to ye. Veseys -- sup'd & staid till
12. Mr. Vesey was gone to bed. --

Wed: 16th. July 1783. dreʃs'd at 10 for ye. day. my
Cousin Robert Greville came & staid ½ an
hour brought me a Meʃsage from Lady
Stormont
to spend a few days at Wandsworth
Hill -- Madame Renaud came to inqure
if I had heard from Lady Wake staid ¼ of an
hour. show'd me her Letters from Miʃs ---nes &c &c
at 3 I went to Mrs. Jackson's sat wth. her while her
hair was dreʃsing -- saw Mr. Jackson. at 4 went
to my Uncle Fredericks to dinner. only themselves &
Children -- after dinner my Uncle talk'd of his
Son
s education &c. we sat long after dinner



till 7 -- IWe then went up to Miʃs Hamiltons
Room she play'd & sang to us -- drank tea there.
My Uncle walk'd with Hamilton & me at 8 o'Clock
to Mrs. Delanys Left us there. met there
Mrs. Vesey. Mr. Montagu (Mr. Sandford[9] who is
with Mrs D.) -- at 9 I walk'd back wth. Miʃs Hamilton
return'd to Mrs. Delany walk'd ------ at ½ past
9 through ye. Park with Mrs: Vesey went to her House
Lady Althorpe, Miʃs Molesworth Lady Clermont[10]
came in at 10 -- I came away at 11 -- eat my
Bread -- read & wrote went to bed at ½ past 12

Thursday 17th. my Uncle brought Miʃs Hamilton at
11 -- we wrote & read & conversed till 3 when he
came for her again he staid only a few minutes
at 4 I went to ye. Veseys din'd there wth. Lady
Dartrey
-- Master Dawson -- Lucius Lady Clermont
came away at 7 when Ldy. D return'd to Chelsea --
I went to Mrs. Jackson -- she was out airing.
Sat with Miʃs P & poor Miʃs J. Barnard till
she came home wch. was at 9 -- I went in ye.
little Phaeton with her -- we met Mrs. & Miʃs &
Master Hamelton in St James & I stop'd & spoke
to ym. Mrs. J. carried me to Mrs. Delanys -- I
go out for a Moment -- told her Ldy. Dartreys
Meʃsage &c &c -- she had been to us at Mrs.
Vesey
s but miʃs'd us all. Mrs. J. than drove
me through ye. Park wch. was crouded with Company
I call'd upon Mrs. Stainforth for a moment. she was
well -- told me her Sister was with Lady Amherst in ye
Country -- we then drove up Constitution Hill --
The Veseys & Mrs- Hancock were walking before their
door Mrs. Jackson stop'd sometime to converse



with them -- left me with them. I staid
Supper -- with ye Veseys came home 20 Min
past 11 oClock

Friday 18 July 1783 -- at 1 oClock went to Mrs.
Jackson
-- we sat & work'd together till past 3 she
went to dreʃs Mr. Jackson came & conversed wth.
me. at 4 we din'd Miʃs P. Barnard Mr & Mrs. J &
me. (young Mr Morrel came in before dinner &
Sat ½ an hour. at 6 oClock I came home --
Miʃs Burney came to Tea -- I show'd her some
Man: Verses &c &c. Mrs. Jackson came to us
at 9. Mrs. Delany Mrs. Sandford & her 3 Sons
came in for ½ an hour. Miʃs Burney left
me at ½ past 9. Mrs. Jackson staid with me
till past 11 -- we had bread & Cheese &c. & look'd
over Man: letters from P—n &c &c.
I read till 1 in ye Morng. Mr Stanhope call'd
                             when I was out

Saturday 19. My Uncle came at 12 sat an
hour talk'd of Lady Warwick (his sister) Sr.
Wm. Hamilton
&c. Soon after he left me
Mrs. Boys came . & sat with me till 3
oClock -- a little before 4 went to my
Uncle
s to dinner -- as I was standing at ye. Window
wth. Miʃs Hamelton. ye.. P of Ws paʃs'd in his Vis à Vis[11]
he saw me & kiʃs'd his hand. Col Greville din'd at
my Uncles -- he maintain'd an argument
with me, that -- there was little use in Reading
History &c. -- gave me a description of Mr. Tolomaches
place in ye. Isle of White[12] &c. after dinner Mrs
H
& I went up in my Cousins Room she playd to
me & Sang ye Scotch ballad of Auld Robin Gray[13]



at 7 we went down to tea. Mrs. Tating came in
I left them at ½ past 7. went for ½ an
hour to Dowg Lady Kings -- met there Lady
Lucy Boyle
[14] & another Lady. -- ye eldest
Miʃs K.
show'd me some new Prints from
Miʃs Emma Crewes[15] drawings -- &c &c.
I came home wrote. at 9 went over to
ye. Veseys. Mr. Walpole came soon after
had much conversation with him he
told me a singular story relating to Mr
Gay
ye Poet & a Strange Lady whom
he met one Night at ye. Play house

Mr & Mrs. Jackson came in -- we all stay'd
Supper wch. was brought upstairs -- we
separated at 12 I came home at ½ past
12 Miʃs finch call'd I was out

Sunday 20th. sent ye. Servts. to Church -- staid at
home all day -- read & wrote in ye. Eveg Miʃs
Thursby
call'd -- I was deny'd not knowing it was
her -- she left word she was to be at Hackney
at Mr Bodingtons for a week -- violent Heat
in ye Eveg Thunder & Lightning -- ye. Veseys call'd
for me in ye Coach (young Mr. Burke was in ye Coach
but he did not come into ye. Veseys) I sup'd & spent
ye. Eveg with ye. Veseys came home ½ past 11 --




21st. July Monday -- read & wrote ye.
whole Morng. Mrs. Scott came I paid her
¼ before 4 went and din'd at Mrs. Jacksons
-- after dinner we went into ye. Garden wth.
ye -- Children & after dinner she was taking
wth. a fainting but soon recover'd Miʃs
Barnard
read me a letter she had recd from
Windsor. Mrs. J. & Mrs. Barnard walk'd home wth.
me at 9. They left me at my door. at ½ past
9 went to ye. Veseys -- they were not return'd
home I sat by myself ½ of an hour. when they
came in Mrs. V. gave me a letter from Mrs.
Montagu
to read. &c &c I read to them
out of one of my Manuscript Books --
ye account of ye Lake of Kalnary[16] &c
Sup'd read a few verses after Supper
came home ½ past 11 --

July 22. Madame Renaud call'd to
know if I had heard from Lady Wake
-- Miʃs Thursby came for ½ an hour. (Mrs.
Bodinton
brought her & came for her I did not
see Mrs. B) Miʃs Thursby is to stay at Miʃs Dittons
till ye. 10 of November. at 3 I went over to
ye. Veseys spoke to them at ye. door. walk'd to
Mrs. Jackson. found her & Mr. J. together -- saw Miʃs
Barnard
. went at 4 to the Veseys din'd there
Mrs. Jackson only themselves -- after dinner



Mrs. Vesey Mrs. Handcock & I went & sat in Mrs.
Vesey
s Boudoir. at 7 Mrs.. Jackson & Miʃs P—
Barnard
came -- I drove Miʃs P Bardard[17] in ye.
Little Phaeton to Mrs. Delanys she walk'd Back again
I went to Mrs. Delanys met there Miʃs Burney
Mr- Walpole (with whom I had a good deal of
lively conversation) -- Mrs- Sandford & her 3
Sons
-- Mrs. Jackson came for me at ¼ past
9 o'Clock -- in her Phaeton -- set me down at home
I wrote letters & went to Bed

Clarges Street -- Wandsworth Hill 23d- July 1783
at 11 Mrs. Jackson came for me in her Phaeton
to carry me to Wandsworth Hill -- Mr- Vesey
came & spoke to us at ye. door -- they set off
for Margate to day -- we met Lady Stormont in
her Phaeton -- she stop'd & said she was only going
to Grosvenor Place & should soon be back to
receive me -- ask'd for little Charles & George
Murray
-- gave them their dinner -- a Mr. Richard-
son
(he had been tutor to Lady S— brothers)
Lady Stormont return'd from town we strold about
ye. grounds before dinner went into ye. Yard
to see some Ducks & fowls that came from
Rouen Ldy Stormont came & sat in my room &c + Mr. Richardson din'd with Lady
Stormont
& me he left us after Coffee
Lady Stormont & I & ye. Children walk out for
Some time -- after they were gone to bed we spent ye
Eveg. comfortably together conversed about ye. Napiers
&c I work'd at her Netting &c no supper but
wine & Water & bread &c went to our Rooms at 11
oClock -- I sat up & read till past 12
Mr Richardson was tutor to some of Ldy S. Brothers.[18] ------




Thursday July 24th. Wandsworth Hill
Surry.
Lady Stormont & I met at 9 to Breakfast
sat till 10 after Breakfast had ye. 2 Youngest
boys -- I made them little card carriages &c &c
at 12 Lady Stormont took me in her Phaeton
wth. her 4 little Grays to Wimbleton -- we meant to
pay a visit to Lady Spencer -- none of ye. family
were down but Lord Althorpes little Boy whom
we saw Lady S. & I walk'd through ye. Grounds
wch. are very beautiful. went out at another
Gate with difficulty got ye. Man who kept
ye Key to open it -- waited some time in ye. lane
before we saw ye. Phaeton &c &c -- we then took
a very pleasant airing -- came home at 2 o'Clock
had -- some Cold Chicken -- parted at 3 to dreʃs -- one
Lady of Ldy. S. Women
came to dreʃs my hair.
my Uncle frederick -- Mrs. H. Miʃs H. & Master H.
Lord Stormont & Mr. Langlois came to
dinner -- Lord S & I had a good deal of convers[ation]
he was obliged to go to town again after in ye
Afternoon as there was a Council, made
me promise to come again in ye. Autumn.
&c &c. after dinner Miʃs Hamilton play'd
& Sang -- &c &c. at ½ past 7 or near 8 --
Lady Stormont & I were left alone
paʃs'd ye. Eveg ye. same as ye. last. had
a good deal of conversation about the P.



&c &c.

25 July Wandsworth Hill. Friday
Lady S... & I met at 9 to B: conversed abt.
Lady Cathcart &c. at ½ past 9 Mrs. Jackson
came & brought little Katherine at Lady
S.
desire to Breakfast. Ldy. S. very civil
& attentive to Mrs. J. ye. Children play'd
together &c &c till 11 -- when Lady S. took
leave of me very affectionately -- on Monday
next -- she goes to Weymouth for 6 Week------
Mrs. J: & I & little K. set off immediately
after her. in Mrs. J's little Phaeton. we stop'd
at Lord Dartrey's at Chelsea -- I saw Lucius
Dawson
who told me Ld.. Dartrey was come
from Ireland that he was in London &
Lady D. out I merely stop'd to enquire after
them.
we stop'd at my House in Clarges
Street for my letters. I went home with Mrs.
J:
--- din'd & stay'd with her & Miʃs P.
Barnard
till near nine -- they then walk'd
home with me little K came with us they did
not come in -- saw some of ye Veseys Servants
who told us Mr. & Mrs. Vesey & Mrs Handcock
went yesterday to Margate. I wrote &
read till late Before I went to bed &c &c



26th. July 1783. Clarges Street. London.
      breakfasted at 8. my Uncle call'd at 11 did
not see him as my hair was dreʃsing. he
left word that he wish'd me to dine with them.
I read & wrote till near 4 walk'd as far
as Mrs. Delanys enquired at ye. door if she
was to be at home in ye. Eveg -- went to my
Uncle
s to dinner. Mr. Smith (ye. Queens G Usher)
din'd there also after dinner when Master &
Miʃs H. were gone upstairs he talk'd much
abt. his Wife -- (Mr. Tom Pit. his Wife being
her Sister in Law &c &c) their quarrels law
Suit &c. we went up to Miʃs H. room at
½ past 6 -- she play'd & sang we then
came down to tea. Mr. Smith went soon away
at ½ past 7. -- at ------ after 8 I took Miʃs
Hamilton
with me to Mrs. Delany she was not
return'd from her airing therefore we a
short turn in ye. Green Park. we came to Mrs.
Delany
& sat & read in her Room till 9½. 8. o'Clock
when she came home with Mrs. Sandford Mr.
Sandford
& one of his young Brothers.[19] Miʃs
Burney
came in & we had very agreeable
conversation -- at ¼ past 9 left Mrs. D. as I
was to walk home Mr. Sandford was so
obliging to conduct me home -- I went in
to my Uncles to deliver up Miʃs Hamilton
My U. told mr. Sandford he had known his



father
&c. Mr. S then walk'd home
with me Took leave of me at ye. Door.
this Eveg I recd. a letter from Miʃs H. More
with half ye. Verses &c &c & an invitation
from Mr. & Mrs. Pepys to dine there
tomorrow. read & wrote before I went
to Bed

Sunday July 27th. sent ye. Servts. to Church staid
at home till ½ past 3 o'Clock when Mr.
Pepys
Coach came for me -- (I paʃs'd Lord Winchelsea
who was in a Phaeton he did not Know me) -- before dinner
we read Miʃs H Mores Epistle to Mrs. Vesey[20] & admired
it as it deserved. there was a Youth from Westm-
a Brother of Mrs. Pepys din'd there also -- after
tea we went Kensington Gardens -- Mr. Pepys eldest
Boy
who is one of ye. cleverest & most agreeable
Children I ever met with went wth us (he is 5.
Years old) went with us -- we walk'd to ye. most
retired part of ye. Garden. sat sometime upon ye Ground
under ye. Shade of trees -- &c &c where Mrs. P. goes
every Morng till at ------ wth.. her Children &c
they brought me home at 9 oClock -- I read & wrote &c
before I went to bed -- wch. was at 11 o'Clock --

Monday 28th- July 1783 -- abt. 1 o'Clock my Uncle Frederick
call'd upon me -- inform'd me he had been at Chiswick
& was much pleased with a school kept by a Mr.
Crawford
-- that he had detirmin'd to send his Son
There. -- he came to invite me to dine I promised to
go tomorrow. he walk'd with me to Mr. Jacksons at
2 o'Clock (left me at ye. Door) I din'd with Kitty



& Miʃs P. Barnard. Mr J. was out.
Mhe came home at tea. at 7 oClock Mrs.
J.
& I & little Kitty took an airing in
ye Phaeton -- we call'd upon Dr. Turton at
North End -- he has been confin'd there
10 days -- saw Miʃs Nosely who came out
to us as we did not go in -- Dr. T. still keeps
his bed but is better Mrs. Turton Ill from
anxiety. Mrs. Jackson set me down at
home at 9 oClock -- I wrote letters
went to bed at 11

Tuesday 29th. July 1783 -- wrote Letters. at 1 oClock went
to Mrs. Jacksons sat wth. her -- saw Mr Jackson & Miʃs
P. Barnard
-- staid there till ¼ of 4 went to my
Uncle
s din'd there. only his family -- after dinner
ye. conversation turn'd upon Mrs. Stratford
at 6 went up to Miʃs Hamiltons Room she sang
& play'd till 7 -- we all went out & took a walk
in ye Green Park -- we call'd upon Mrs. Hicks
at St. James's. her Mother was ye Kings Nurse
Mrs. Smith -- found her & a Sister of hers at
home. she sent for her 3 Girls &c &c. was
much flatter'd wth. our calling upon her. I
walk'd to ye. door wth. Mrs. H. &c. my Uncle
then walk'd home with me did not come in
I was at home by 9 oClock -- Mrs Hammersley
had call'd when I was out. read & wrote
&c




Wednesday 30th. July 1783 -- I am ashamed
to say I was out of spirits therefore I
staid at home tho' I had been invited
to dine at Mr. Jackson's & my Uncle
Fredericks -- I wrote letters read & workd
a little after 7 I walk'd to Mrs. Jackson
she & Miʃs P. Barnard were out I
went into ye Drawing Room where I
I found poor Miʃs J. Barnard -- I read
to her (Miʃs Mores ode to Dragon &
a Paper in ye Adventurer) I was
apprehensive of fatiguing her & left
her ¼ past 8. I went down stairs &
waited for Mrs. J. return -- saw Franks
little boy
[21] gave him money &c &c
Mrs. J. came home at ½ past 8. Miʃs
Morrel
& Miʃs P B. with her Miʃs M—
went away my Servt. attended her. I staid
Supper -- did not come home till past 12
came home in a Coach

31st. July 1783 Thursday -- Lady Dartrey sent for me
at 11 oClock to Stanhope street -- she was there to
dreʃs for Court to take leave as they were to set
out for Spa tomorrow -- I went saw Lord Dartrey.
Mr Devanyes came in to whom Lady Dartrey gave
orders for Medicines for ye. Journey



Lady D. told me poor Miʃs Duckworth
died ye. day before yesterday. I went wth.
Lady Dartrey & Lucius Dawson to St. James's
we staid in ye. Coach as Lady D. found there
were no Ladies come -- she came out again
& we went to Lady Spencers -- I did not go in.
Lady Spencer came out in ¼ of an hour wth-
Lady D. & we went together to Devonshire
House -- saw ye. little Child -- a pretty little
Girl -- it was asleep in its Cradle -- Ldy.
S—
Shew'd us ye. Childs fine Christening
Suit &c &c. we then carried Ldy. S. home
again -- when she parted wth- Lady D. she made
witneʃs ye. terms on wch. she wd. correspond
&c &c. Lady D— then went to ye. Drawing
Room Lucius & I sat an hour in ye.
Coach. Lady D— then set me down at
home -- I gave her a Pencil case to
wear in her Pocket for my sake -- &c.
I then walk'd to Mrs. Jacksons -- din'd
there -- a Mr. Smart a young Lawer din'd
there. ------ when Lady D. brought me
home Lady M. Hume stop'd in her Chair
& spoke to us -- engaged me to walk wth.
her tomorrow Eveg. -- I came home at
6 -- before 7 Miʃs Burney Mr. & Mrs.
Pepy's
came they drank tea with me
-- I shew'd them Mrs. Veseys account of



Lucan &c. Mr. Pepys read them aloud to
us -- at ½ past 8 Mrs. Jackson & Miʃs P.
Barnard
came in. Mr. P. had sent for his
writing desk -- he read to us all -- Miʃs Mores
Epistle to Mrs. Vesey. it was near 10 before
Mr & Mrs P & Miʃs B. lelf[22] me Mrs. J & M. P. B.
staid a ¼ of an hour after them & then left
me . I read & wrote before I went to bed.

1st.. August 1783 employ'd myself in reading &
writing till 5 o'Clock -- I then went to Mrs. Jacksons
Miʃs Morrel din'd there -- Mr. J was out) we drank
tea in ye. Garden -- at ½ past 8. Mrs. J. Miʃs P. Barnard
Mr. & Miʃs Morell walk'd home wth. me they did
not come in as it was dusk -- read & wrote till
12

2d. August Saturday -- employ'd myself in Trans
cribing
Things in my Manuscript book. at 3
little Katherine Jackson came to me & staid
till 4 when I took her home I din'd wth.
Mr & Mrs. Jackson & Miʃs P. Barnard -- poor Miʃs
Jenny B—
not so well these 2 last days & has
not been out of her Room. we had ye. fruit
& wine in ye. Garden -- drank tea & sat there
the whole Eveg. -- at ½ past 8 Mrs. J. Miʃs P. B
& I walk'd out to a Shop in Bond Street -- when
we came back staid in ye Garden till ½ 9 -- Mrs.
J.
& I went into ye drawing Room -- She told me
of her intention of Laying in in ye Country
&c & wish'd me to come to her in ye Autumn
&c &c



she left me for an hour & I wrote letters to
Lady Wake & A M Clarke -- Mr. J. came in -- Mrs.
wrote in my letter to Ldy. Wake we did not
go down to Supper till near 11 -- I sent ye. Chair
Chs. brought away & Mr. Jackson walk'd home
with me at ½ past 12 -- Mrs. Jackson goes to ye
                             Country tomorrow.

Sunday. 3d. August. My Uncle -- Mrs. Hamilton
Miʃs H & her Brother came atbefore Church time they
reproach'd me for not having been near them
so long -- -- at 4 I went there to dinner we
sat talking after my Cousins went upstairs till
7 oClock. conversing abt. Coll. Hamilton -- Mrs.
Beckford
s Brother
-- his nearneʃs to ye. title of
Lord Abercorn. &c &c -- went up to my Cousins
-- Mrs. H took an opportunity of telling me my
Uncle
s apprehensions abt. ye. Absentee Tax
projecting for Ireland &c. My Uncle then
came up Miʃs H play'd & sang -- we had tea
& then took a Walk in ye. Green Park -- ye
parks were crouded with Company -- when
we return'd ye. Woman at ye. Lodge spoke
to us -- talked of Coll. Greville whom she had
nursed &c. a pretty kind of woman.
we walk'd home wth. Mrs. H. then my Uncle & Miʃs
H.
accompanedied me to Mrs. Delanys door & we
parted then. I found her wth. Mrs. Sandford &
her eldest & youngest Son. I staid ½ an hour



Dr. Mrs. Delany was quite well -- she returnd
from ye. Country Mrs. Boscawens where she
had been since last Monday. I staid ½ an
hour Mr. Sandford & his Brother walk'd home
wth. me it was near 9 & almost dark.
as we paʃsed my Uncles in St. James Street they
were at their Window we spoke to them as
we paʃs'd. Mr. Sandfords came in for a
few Minutes I gave them -- Mr. Crabbes
poems of ye. Library & Village[23] to carry
home to read to Mrs. Delany. -- I wrote a
letter to Miʃs H. More before I went to
bed &c

Monday 4th.. August 1783. Miʃs Hamilton came to me
at 12 -- she read to me out of my Manuscript books
whilst I work'd -- my uncle came for her at 2 -- sat ¼
of an hour & then we went to a House in ye. Street
where the furniture was to be sold -- I met there
Mr- Nicolia ye. Queens-page & spoke to him.
My Uncle & Miʃs Hamilton then walk'd with me to
Mr Jacksons old Burlington Street -- My Uncle had
carried his Son to Mr. Crawfords Scholole at
Chiswick this morning -- they left me -- I staid
wth. Miʃs Barnard till ½ past 3 o'Clock -- her
Sister Miʃs Jane was rather better to day -- she told
me that Mr. & Mrs. Jacksons ye. Children had not set
out for ye Country (Inglefield Green near Sunning
Hill) till 6 oClock last night -- I came home &
din'd & was alone the whole day -- wrote Letters &c



Tuesday 5th. August 1783
Mr Sandford for ½ an hour at 12 oClock.
brought me back some books I had lent him.
said Mrs- Delany had been ill in ye. Night but was
better. I staid at home till 7 went to my Uncles
ask'd him & my Cousin Miʃs H to take a walk
they went wth. me as far as Mrs. Jacksons of
Hanover Street -- they left me at her door --
I went in Dr J[24] was wth. her but left us -- she
told me she was ill & must give up nursing
her Child -- I desired to see it -- when her
Brother
came in -- he told me he had leave
of absence for a fortnight -- I saw ye little boy
& took it in my Arms I soon came away
Mr. E. attended me down stairs &c.
I met my U & Miʃs H in bodnd street -- we
took a walk for an hour in ye. Green Park
there we saw Mrs. Searle at ye Lodge & spoke
to her -- she told us she had heard one of ye
Grevilles
was ill. my U & Miʃs H came
home wth. me I gave her some fruit they
left me at ½ past 8. I wrote &c
the rest of ye Eveg.




Wednesday 6th- Miʃs P. Barnard for an
hour in ye. Morng. I staid all[25] home
all day expecting Sr Wm. Wake to come
for me from Eʃsex -- did not go to
my Uncles as he had desired to
dinner for I received a letter from
Mr. Antrobus from Dover wch. informed
me Lady D. had been taken ill that
they were to go to Tunbridge & had put off
their journey to Spa this affected my Spirits
read & wrote & work'd recd a letter by ye Coach to inform yt. ye Wakes
      had not recd my letters & that he[26] wd come
                             for me tomorrow


WednesdayThursday 67th August 1783
Mr. Chamberlain came to me at 12 oClock I did
not see him I was dreʃsing -- heard ye. Queen
had been brought to bed in ye. Morng of a Princeʃs
wrote to enquire of her &c. at 2 Sr. Wm. Wake
came he staid only a ¼ of an hour & went out
for Commiʃsions -- till 4 when he came & din'd
with me -- we sat till ------ near 6 -- sent for Lord
Dartrey
s Porter
to enquire what he had heard of
Lady D: Sr. Wm. gave him franks & Sr. Wm. then
went out & return'd at ½ past 7. we set out
in his Phaeton a ¼ before 8 & arrived at
his house in Eʃsex abt. 10 -- ye Moon shone & it



was a fine Eveg -- found Dr. Lady Wake pretty
well. & all her 4 Children -- we went to bed
abt. 12. -- Little Charlotte Wake is my bedfellow.

Friday 8th. August 1783 -- Eʃsex Honey laneUpsh.[27]
Got up before 8 -- went to Ldy. W. -- we breakfast
at 9 -- at 10 I went & sat wth. Ldy. Wake in her Little
boudoir -- I decorated some Plans for Sr. Wm. Ldy
Wake
gave her Children their leʃsons drew some
of Sr. Wm.s Plans -- read the Miʃs Wakes read ye. P &
Chapters. then Lady Wake read for an hour to
me in BliksBlairs Eʃsays in ye Belles Letters[28]
at 1 we walk'd out wth. ye 2 Miʃs W & Richard
Ldy W show'd me a fine Prospect -- Mr. Catton
then join us & we walkd till 2. came in
Mrs- ------Beete dreʃs'd my hair -- we dine at
3 -- at 5 Ldy. W & I came upstairs I draw for
Sr. Wm. she wrote letters at 6 we went down to
tea at 7 -- we went out. Ldy. W. Mr C. Wm. &
Richard on Horseback -- Sr. Wm. & I in ye. Phaeton
took a delightfull airing in ye forest -- very
fine views -- came home at ½ past 8 --
Ldy. W. mr. C & I walk'd out in ye Garden
till past 9 by Moonlight came in to Supper -- Sr. Wm. &
ye poor Servt. ------ -- I came up to my Room
before ye. others at ½ past 10 -- Mrs. Beate came
to me &c &c --



Eʃsex Saturday 10th August 1783
After breakfast wch. is at 9 o'Clock went to
------------------------------------------------------------ye Seat in ye. Garden by myself for ½ an
hour -- then went to my Room & read till
ten -- Mrs. Beate came & dreʃs'd my Hair
at 12 we set out for Waltham Abbey
Lady W & her 2 daughters in ye Phaeton
Sr. Wm. Mr. Caton -- Little Richard &
on Horseback Mr: Wake walk'd -- Mr.
Caton
& I rode together we left our
Horses at ye. Cock inn at Waltham
walk'd through ye Church -- wch. is a
very large & handsome one &c.
we spent ye. day in the Gardens at
Waltham Abbey -- this Abbey was pulld
down by Sr. Wm. some years ago.[29] -- ye.
-Pond wch. goes round a Square Garden
of abt. ½ a mile we drag'd for fish --
din'd under a large Elm -- saw ye
fine tulip tree &c & Sr. Wm. went
after dinner to a Book Club we
return'd home abt. 8. Mr Wake & I
rode on first -- &c&c. This day was
Kept in remembrance of Richards
Birth day wch. is ye. 16th. of July when he was 8 --



Miʃs W & Richard sup'd wth. us -- went
to our Rooms at ½ past 10 oClock --
NB Waltham is abt. 2 Miles from
this place -- a Mr. Barwick who rents
ye Abbey Gardens came to ye. Abbey
Garden -- he rents ym- from Sr. Wm --

Sunday 10th- August 1783 Eʃsex
Sr. Wm. was taken very Ill abt. a pain in his
Stomach -- we fear ye. Gout -- I staid in
My Room after breakfast ye greatest part
of ye Morng.. Wm. came & beg'd me to come
down &c -- After dinner nursed Sr. Wm.
ye. Apothecary Mr. Hammond came
& a Mr. Lambe (a tradesman from
Waltham) ye. latter prescribed a
Powder wch. we gave him after tea
Lady W. went to take a Walk. I
staid to attend Sr. Wm. who kept
his bed. Marianne staid we sat in ye.
Boudoir -- When Lady Wake came in -- I went
down after she had seen Sr. Wm. &c. Mr. Caton
read some of Blairs Belles Lettres -- after Supper
wch was at 9 SrWm soon went to Bed Ldy Wake
Mr Caton & I sat till ½ past 10 --



I went to see Sr. Wm. before I went to bed
he was very poorly -- &c

Monday 11th August 1783 Upshire farm
Sr. Wm. rather better this Morng.
after Breakfast I went for sat in ye. drawing
Room & had little Richard wth. me he learnt his
Leʃson & I decorated Plans for Sr. Wm I went
up to him but he was asleep -- Ldy. W. Mr. C. Wm.
Richard & Charlotte went out at 2 to dine at
a Mr Hillardons -- Marianne staid at home
I did not alter my dreʃs -- at 3 I went for Sr.
Wm.
at Mr Rutle-dges[30] di--- he came down to
dinner -- we had a fire & dined in ye. drawing
Room. after dinner I continued to draw ye Plans
Sr. Wm. went & lay down from ½ past 4 till 6 -- I
sent Marianne to take a walk -- at 6 --
Sr. Wm. came down to tea -- Marianne made
tea -- we sat together till near 9 -- I drew
ye Plans. made Sr. Wm. eat some ------Cordial --
Ldy. Wake &c came home before 9 -- Sr Wm.
went to bed -- we sup'd went to bed at
11 OClock

Tuesday 12 -- Sr. Wm. rather better but did not
come down to Breakfast -- after breakfast I
went in ye Garden -- sat in my Room & wrote
Lady Wake came & consulted me abt ye
Miʃs W—s going to Mrs Conyers &c
at 1 we took a walk call upon poor Mrs



Prior
at ye. Cottage who had been & was
Ill. we walk'd a little way & was
drove in by a thunder storm wch. did
not last long. Mrs. B came to dreʃs me
at 2 oClock. Wm. & Mr Caton din'd out at
a Mr. Jeʃsops at Waltham. after dinner
sat wth. Ldy W. and her daughters in ye. Boudoir
we work'd &c. Sr. Wm. in ye. next room
upon ye. bed. &c &c drank tea a little
after 6. then Lady W. Marianne & I
walk'd out towards ye forest call'd
upon Mrs. Dowset at a Hamlet Ldy
W
gave her a medicine as she had
not been well -- she told us she let
Lodgings -- at 15s a week &c &c & of a
Lord
s Son
& a Woman who had them
last -- we prolong'd our walk till
8 -- came in Ldy. W read in Blairs
Lectures I work'd for her -- Mr W &
Mr Caton came in at 9 -- Richard had
leave to walk to Waltham wth. Mrs. Beate
&c at Supper we jok'd ye Gentlemen
abt ye. Story we had heard from Mrs Dowset
&c &c Sr. Wm. went to bed at 10
Ldy. W & Mr Caton went up



to give him his powders I staid by my
self & wrote my Journal. when they
came down we took two or three turns
beforein ye Garden by Moonlight
came to my Room at ¼ before 11 oClock

Wednesday 13th: Sr. Wm. had ye gout in his
foot
but indifferent -- abt. 2 Lady W. ye. Miʃs
W.
Richard & I took a pleasant walk in ye.
fields -- came in to dreʃs at 2. in the
afternoon a Mrs- & Miʃs Crowley came they
drank tea wth. us -- Sr. Wm. out on horseback
& little Richard -- Lady W & I was entertaind
wth. ye. conversation of ye. Ladies &c. Ldy W
& I walk'd out when they left us for
¼ of an hour -- we sup'd at 9 all
together except Miʃs W & Richard -- went
to bed before 11 --

Thursday 14 Sr. Wm. had ye. Gout in his
foot therefore we did not go to Town as
we had intended for him to see dr.
Fothergill
at my House &c. sent a
Boy to town wth. a Letter to my Uncle
Wm.
-- &c &c Lady W. Mr Caton Wm &
I & Miʃs W & Richard took a --



walk about 2 -- went towards
Mrs. Knowles farm -- a pretty Hamlet
& fields &c. came in at 3 too late
to alter my dreʃs -- Sr. Wm. obliged to be
carry'd down to dinner -- after dinner
I sat with him whilst Ldy. W &c
went upstairs &c. till 6 had him movd
in ye. next room & made him stay
below till tea was over. he was then
carried up to bed -- Mr. C went to
Waltham. Ldy. W. Wm. & I walk'd out
at 7. took a delightful walk in ye.
forest /Wm/ almost lost ourselves --
gather wild flowers sat upon ye. Ground
&c -- Mr. Caton & Richard found us
out & conducted us home. came in
abt. 9 -- Ldy. W & Mr. C went up to
Sr. Wm. after Supper -- Wm. Staid & talkd
wth- me. went to my Room abt. 11 --
after I was in bed Lady W came to
see how I was after my Walk -- &c&c




Friday 15th.. Upshire Farm. August 1783
After B. I went & sat sometime in ye.
Garden -- sat a little wth. Sr. Wm. Wake who
was Ill in bed wth. ye. Gout -- Mrs. B— dreʃs'd
my Hair &c. work'd to aʃsist Ldy. W. in doing
things for Miʃs Wakes -- Sr. Wm. came down to
Dinner -- was carried up again abt. 5 oClock
Ldy. W— & I sat & work'd some time in ye. Garden
-- I went to my Room for ½ an hour before
tea wrote a letter to Mrs. Carter. we all
drank tea in ye boudoir -- Sr. Wm. upon ye.
Bed in ye next Room. Mr. Caton made
tea &c. we took a pleasant walk in
ye. Eve.g Wm... & I walk'd together. when we
came in ye. Eveg was so fine that we
sup'd in ye. open Air before ye. House
after Supper I went up to Sr. Wm. made
him eat some toast & drink some
wine -- Wm. came up -- I did not go down
again -- Ldy. W & Mr. Caton came to Sr. Wm
& went to my Room abt. 11 oClock

Saturday 16th. Sr. Wm. not better abt. 12
Lady Wake ye. 2 Miʃs Wakes & I set out
for London -- when we got there -- executed
myany Commiʃsions -- walk to Berckley Square
&c &c. din'd at my House -- abt. ½ past 5
Lady W. went wth. her Daughters to



Mrs. C---ss at Kensington to place
ym. there for 3 Months till she gets a
Governeʃs -- I gave ye. Children books &c
staid at home till Lady W. returnd wch.
was before 7. Betty gave me so melancholy
an account of Miʃs J Barnard that Ldy-
W—
prevented my going to enquire after
her -- wrote a letter to Miʃs P Barnard.
we did not leave Town till near 8
as ye. Post-boy was not punctual to his
time -- call'd at Aven for fruits bought
some for Sr. Wm &c &c. ye. Eveg was fine
I gave Ldy. W. Miʃs Mores Epistle to
Mrs. Vesey to read. we conversed abt.
friendship wth. ye other Sex. &c arrived
at Upshire farm abt. 10 -- Sr. Wm. in bed
& very indifferent -- I went up to him
after Supper -- came down again -- went
to bed abt. ½ past 11

Sunday 17th. August Eʃsex did not go down to Breakfast
till near 10 Sr. Wm. very indifferent -- sat in my Room
Great part of ye. Morng. could not have prayers on
Account of Sr. Wm. &c. -- in ye. EveningAfternoon Mr. Lambe
came -- I talk'd him abt. Mrs. Compton who was his
Cousin -- he told me a good deal of New York where
he was born -- mention'd Mr. Skyles &c -- Ldy. Wake
Mr Caton Mr. Wake & I & Richard took a delightful
walk -- up an aʃsent. sat down upon ye graʃs saw ------
fine & extensive Prospects I walk wth Wm --



we went up to Sr. Wm. &c after Supper Mr Caton &
Ldy. W. went up for ¼ of an hour -- Wm. sat & talkd
wth me made me promise him my friendship
& advice &c &c Sr. Wm. in bed ye greatest part of ye day
was mov'd into my room after dinner

Monday 18 -- August Eʃsex Sr Wm. still very indifferent
-- We were wth. him as much aʃ poʃsible during ye
day -- in ye. Evening I took a Ride in ye forest wth-
Mr Caton Wm. & little Richard, Ldy. W staid wth-
Sr. Wm.. -- when we came in Wm. & I sat in ye.
boudoir -- Ldy. Wake went in ye Garden out for a little
Walk -- had Mrs. Beete to do up my Hair &c &c after
Supper Ldy- Wake Mr Caton & I had a long con-
versation
upon ye similiarity of ye. Sense of
Smell & Taste -- Ldy- W & I read a good deal in
Blairs lectures to day

Tuesday 219th. August 1783 after Breakfast
Mrs.. Beete dreʃs'd my Hair. Sr. Wm very ill
all day could not be moved but for a few
Minutes to have his bed made. we heard
of a surprising Meteor of a ball of fire
wch. had been seen by Mr. Lambe & many
other people at Waltham ye last night a little
past. 9 o'Clock[31]



sat wth.. Ldy.. Wake in ye boudoir Read Blair --
lectures. after dinner Wm & I took up fruit
to Sr. Wm. & sat with him for ½ an hour.
Mr. Caton went to Waltham after tea for busineʃs for
Sr. Wm. &c Lady W.. Wm.. & I took a little Walk
after 8 oclock -- -- Mr. Caton did not return till
we had done Supper. after Supper we paid
visits to Sr. Wm. I gave him Gin & Milk & Water &c
&c -- read some things out of my Manuscript
book to Ldy. Wake & Mr Caton &c. After Lady
Wake
was in bed I went & sat to talk wth.
her till past 12

Wednesday 20th. August 1783 After Breakfast
Ldy Wake & I afterwardsat ------ to write letters --
Next about 12 read Blairs Lectures
& work'd in ye.. Boudoir Sr. Wm better
to day -- on ------------ he was brought down
to dinner -- after tea Ldy Wake Mr Caton
went out on horseback. Wm staid at
home with me -- Mr. Barwick came &
sat wth. Sr. Wm. till Lady Wake came home
abt- 9 -- Wm. & I sat in ye. Boudoir I wrote
letters -- he wrote out Louisa's Narrative
for me -- we took a little walk in ye
Garden & field adjoining -- Ldy. W came
home abt. 9 -- soon after Supper I
went up to my Room -- wrote letters



for Mrs. Taylor to carry to Town for
me. abt. ½ past 11 Lady Wake came
& wish'd me good night --

Thursday 21st. -- Sr. Wm. better. After B. I came
to my Room to write letters -- then sat with
Lady Wake & we read &c Blair. from 9 till
near 3. I dreʃs'd myself as Mrs. B. was
employ'd -- Sr. Wm. came down to dinner --
Mr.. Barwick of Waltham din'd with
us -- Sr. Wm. was mov'd in ye. Drawing Room
after dinner I came into my Room & Sat
& wrote till tea time (6 oClock) after tea
Lady W. Mr. Caton Wm. & I rode out
I rode Mr. B horse part of ye way &
was obliged to change Horses wth. ye.
Servt.
as Mine stumbled two or three
times Wm. & I had a good deal of conversation
-- we had a delightful ride -- through ye.
forest & through a Plantation -- fine
Views &c came home past 7.
Mr. Barwick staid Supper -- Sr. Wm. sup'd
below -- after they went I went to



my Room -- abt. ½ past 11 Lady
Wake
came into my Room & wish'd me
Good night

Friday 22d. -- The Morng as usual.
Mr. Robert Rainsford din'd with us
-- in ye. Eveg. we took a Walk in ye.
fields -- Sr. Wm. din'd below. after
Supper -- Ldy. W. Mr. Caton Wm. & I
walk'd in ye Garden for ½ an hour
by Star light -- talk'd of ---ts &c &c

Satry 23d. -- The Morng as usual
Sr. Wm. came down to dinner -- after
dinner I went to my Room till tea
time Sr. Wm. came up & lay upon the
bed we drank tea in ye. Boudoir
-- after tea Ldy. Wake. Wm.. Mr.. Caton
& I & Richard took a pleasant
Ride as far towards Wood Ridden[32]
-- when we came in I read out of
my Manuscript book to Lady
Wake
. till Supper time . read
out of it to Mr. Caton after Supper
&c &c &c




Sunday 24th. -- After Breakfast
Wm. & Mr. Caton went to Waltham to
Church -- Lady Wake -- Richard & I
Read Prayers in Sr. Wm. Wake Room
he did not get up till dinner time
it was so cold we had a fire --
After dinner I sat in my Room
till tea time . we drank tea below
-- Sr. Wm. sat below ye whole Eveg &
look'd over Papers -- it raind &
we could not go out -- Mr. Caton
read Blair to Lady Wake & me
till supper time . Sr. Wm. sat
up to supper -- when he went up
stairs -- we sat & conversed till
past 11 -- respecting Pope &c
&c

Monday 25th.. August 1783 -- spent ye Morng as
usual. Violent Thunder after Breakfast
Lady W & I went down to Sr. Wm. who got up
soon after Breakfast -- Lady W & I
sat & read Blair &c. when Mrs. Beete was
dreʃsing my Hair Lady Wake came &
read part of a translation from ye french
play of Boneval[33] -- by an old Lady we did not



like it well enough to finish it
after dinner I came & sat in my Room
Wm. came & beg'd me to propose riding
&c. we drank tea below -- I change my
dreʃs & we took a Ride I rode Sr. Wms
Grey Horse. Lady W. Wm., Richard Mr. Caton
& me. ye. Eveg was cool but we had
a pleansant ride in ye forest. it was
near dark when we came in -- we had
a fire -- After Sr. Wm. went up after
Supper -- Mr. Caton read for an hour
in Blair to Ldy. W & me

Tuesday 26th. August 1783 -- Eʃsex. Sr. Wm. sent for
me after Breakfast. went & sat by his bed side
for an hour with my work. he then got up & went
down Stairs. I sat wth him below & aʃsisted him
in drawing Plans &c till dinner time -- after
dinner ------ Hammond ye apothecary came
in & sat ½ an hour. went to my Room wrote
letters to Miʃs A Clark. we drank tea below
after Ten Wm- Mr Caton & I rode out, calld
at a Shop at ye Entrance into Waltham
for writing Paper -- got of my Horse.
we then prolong'd our ride -- came
home at dusk the forest way . found
Ldy. Wake & Sr. Wm. both low &c Sup'd in
ye. drawing Room -- Mr. C. read a few pages
in Blair before Supper. when Sr. Wm. went



up after Supper we were rather merry
I made Mr C. a Cap of Paper &c &c

Wednesday 27. I took a Walk with
Wm & Richard for ½ an hour before
breakfast in ye fields. Sr. Wm. came
down for ye. 1st. time to breakfast below
he was low & poorly Lady W & I took
a turn in garden after Breakfast I
then came into my Room & wrote
letters -- Sr. Wm. went out on Horseback
for ye. 1st. time -- I read to Ldy. W. in Blair
whilst her Hair was dreʃsing -- in ye. Eveg.
I staid at home -- Ldy.. W. & Mr. C & Richard
Rode out Sr. Wm. sat wth. me ye. greatest part
of ye. time they were out -- I gave him his
tea &c in ye. drawing Room -- Wm- staid at
home & went to his Room to write for Ldy
W.
what I desired &c Sr. Wm. went into ye
other room Wm- came down & we conversed
together for ¼ of an hour. I then went
to Sr. Wm. till they came from their ride --
Mr. C read to us in Blair before Supper
&c &c




Thursday 28th.. August Eʃsex 1783
I had a Cold & did not get up to Breakfast
Ldy. W. desired me to remain in bed she
brought me some tea. About 10 she came
& read to me by my bed-side. brought
Me some of Wm..s Themes -- read also
in Blairs Lectures. about 11 I got up
Mrs. Beete dreʃs'd my Hair -- went & sat
with Lady Wake for an hour / Wm. came in
to ye Boudoir I then went to my Room --
Work'd, return'd to Lady W. ½ an hour before
dinner -- Sr Wm.. rode to see his Steward
Mr. Barden. After dinner went to sit
& work'd in ye drawing Room till tea time
-- ------Wm themCame to me -- had conversation for
¼ of an hour. we all met at tea time
in ye Drawing Room ye Afternoon & Evg
was employ'd in settling about our
Journey into Northamptonshire Tommorrow
went to my Room before Supper -- Wm.
came to me & entreated me to give him a
Lock of my hair. wch. I was obliged to comply with. I
wrote a few lines in ye paper wch. inclosed it &c we
went to Ldy. W & Mr Caton in ye. Boudoir Mr. C. read a
few pages of Blair -- we then all went down to Supper
after Supper Sr. Wm. read us ye. letters he had written
&c I went upstairs before Ldy. W or Sr. Wm. &c &c




Friday 29th.. Eʃsex 1783 got up at 6 o'Clock
Mrs. Beete came to me before 7. a little after
7 we were all down Stairs -- Lady W. Mrs. Beete
Little Richard & myself set off after Breakfast.
Abt. ½ past 8 for Courteenhall -- Mr. Caton &
Wm. attended us ye. first Stage on Horseback
Richard we stop'd at Waltham & Richard
There got upon his little Pony & rode to
Hartford[34] -- at Hartford we stop'd & had Coffee
Wm. & Mr Caton then parted from us to
return home -- Richard then came in ye
Chaise to us -- we talkd & read (had
Thompson & Rouʃseaus Promenades[35] &
Watsons Chymistry[36] for Books) till we
came to Brickhill[37] where we got out
for dinner -- we staid there about an
hour & ½ when we stop'd at Stony
Stratford to change horses ask'd ye. Women of ye. Inn
abt. ye. Graftons[38] &c -- abt. 1 Mile from
Courteen Hall saw a Coach That had
been overturn'd -- Ldy. W. ask ye. Maid
Servt
if she could be of aʃsistance &c
ye. Familys Name were Fullers[39]
Bankers in London -- ye Ladies
had gone on in Carriages that had



overtaken them. Mrs Fuller[40]
was going to Buxton for ye
Recovery of her limbs wch. she had
lost ye use of at ye. age of 40 --
met Col Mansel & his Wife &
3 Children taking an airing a
little way from Stony Strattford
She had lain in abt. 3 weeks or
a Month -- & had ye young Child in
ye. Coach -- we spoke to them --
got to Courteen Hall abt ½ past 7 --
the Morng had been raining -- but held
up[41] in ye. Eveg. -- Lady Wake & I
Slept together in ye little bed Chamber

Courteen Hall August 30th.. 1783
Lady W & I breakfasted abt. 9 -- strol'd
About & pick'd up some foʃsils in ye Gravel
&c. she was engaged in settling with her
Servants
&c -- we walk'd together in
ye. Kitchen Garden. she show'd me ye.
Rooms over in ye. Stables that belong to
Wm. & Mr. Caton -- we came in abt. 1 oClock
Lady W arranged her Drawers --
look'd over ye Things from London for



ye.. House &c &c I aʃsisted in winding
Silk &c wch. & dr little Richard held for
me . we dreʃs'd a little before dinner
did not dine till near 4. after dinner
Ldy. W. went into ye Store Room &
then we went into ye. Kitchen Garden
before tea. came in a little after 6 --
I did something more to ye Medley
Screen I had done in ye. Spring --
Lady Wake read to me out of her
Manuscript books -- one Subject
wch she had treated on was Marriage
ye. duties of a Wife -- & She then
read me some of Mr. C. letters -- Show'd
me what she had written upon ye
Subject of Womans being learned
&c we sup'd upstairs in her dreʃsing
Room ye. Conversation turn'd upon
love friendship Marriage -- Lady
Dartrey
-- &c &c

Sunday 31st. August Courteen hall
dr. little Richard came into my Room before
I was up -- after Breakfast Ldy. W & I went down
to see him set off for School -- he was to Ride
upon his little Horse as far as Northampton &
Then get into a Chaise. Mr. Lister ye.
Gardiner went with him we came in
finished our breakfast I str[ol'd]



about -- Lady W & I met in our walk
had our hair Dreʃs'd by Mrs. Beete at
2 went to Church Mr. Vokes Preachd &
read Prayers . after Church we took a
little Walk till dinner was ready
After dinner sat sometime talkd
of Mrs. Bouvrie &c . then went to Mr.
Vokes
-- saw his Sister himself & Brother
walk'd in Garden -- wch. is a pretty one
stor'd wth. fine fruit we staid near an
hour -- Mr. Wake, Sr. Wm.s Game keeper walk
wth. us as far as ye. Gate -- Ldy. W & I sat
in ye. Plantation & Read a Paper in
ye World. a threatning Storm drove
us in ye. House -- it soon Thunder'd
& Lightningd & ye. Remainder of ye
Eveg wasit rain'd violently. Ldy.
Wake
& I sat in ye Dreʃsing Room -- read
in ye. World -- Bible conversed upon
different Subjects -- Mr. Hanbury, Sc---
&c. went to bed abt. 11 oClock

Monday 1st.. Sepbr. after breakfast we
Separated for some time as Lady
Wake
had farmers &c on busineʃs
at 12 Mrs. Beete dreʃs'd my Hair -- at
2 I set out on Mr. Vokes Horse. With
Wm: to Northampton -- got there abt-
3 -- went to Mrs: Rogers -- found her in



pretty good Health (Mrs. Hawkins wth.
her) -- she had din'd but I had some
cold meat &c brought -- staid wth. Mrs. Rogers
till ½ past 6 -- Miʃs Bennion sent to me to
enquire after me -- Mr. Locock paʃs'd ye. Window
I spoke to him -- before I left Mrs. R she
took an oppertunity whilst Mrs. H was out
of ye Room to give me some Lace to trim
a gown .. &c &c &c -- Saw her old maid Betty
& her 2 3 of her Children . when I left her
got on my Horse & rode to ye. Post office
no letters. met Mr. Rainsford -- (ye. old Clergyman)
spoke to him . -- met also Lucy ye Bookseller
Mr. Clavering atby ye Croʃs in Coming home
ye Horse Threw me -- I recd. but little hurt
& desired Wm. ye Servt not to mention it.
came to Courteenhall abt. 8 o'Clock -- found
Ldy. W. reading & ye Globes &c. we had Supper
&early after Supper she read many of Lady
Dartry
s letters to her before Ldy. D was
Married -- we did not go to bed till ½ past
11 o'Clock

2d. Sepbr. 1783 Courteen hall Mrs.. Beete came
& aʃsisted me to get ready for Breakfast after
B. Lady W. & I walk'd to ye farm yard -- spoke
to Old Fravel who told me he remember'd
me some years ago . went to ye. Barley field .
Kitchen Garden. gather'd Nosegay fed ye Rabbits



&c. -- Sat together reading & writing till we
parted to dreʃs for dinner -- after B. I read
out of Wardens System of Religion[42] to Ldy W.
-- we din'd at 9 -- after dinner conversed
abt. ye. Late dr. Hunter. Mr. & Mrs. J. Wills
&c. we then walk'd round ye. Plantation,
sat in ye. Seat Lady Wake read to me
ye. two first BooksCantos of ye. Rape of ye. Lock.[43]
we then finish'd our Walk -- gather'd
what flowers we could came in abt.
6 -- After Tea I went into my Room for
½ an hour whilst Ldy. Settled wth. her Cook
&c -- -- after that we sat together -- I added
to ye Medly Screen -- she look'd over & Read
to me Manuscripts & Extracts wch. she
had written out before her Marriage
After Supper -- look'd over tickets &
Coins &c &c &c we ------ look'd
out Books & settled every thing for
our Journey tomorrow -- parted abt.
½ past 10

Sepbr. 3d. 1783 Lady Wake Mrs. Beete &
I set out from Courteenhall abt. 8 oClock
got to Cosgrove Coll. Mansells abt
¼ past 9 o'Clock -- met Mrs. Forrester



in her Carriagge -when we got near
the house -- she had been at Col M—
& slept There -- we stop'd & spoke to
her -- she had stood Godmother Yester
day
to a little Boy of Mrs. Mansells
Mrs. & Coll Mansell received us very
kindly we breakfasted There -- saw
their daughter a Child of ab. 3 years
& ½ & a lovely little Boy of abt
2 Years old
-- They have 2 other
Boys
at School -- & have lost two
Children
. we left Them abt. ¼ past
10. did not get out of ye. Carriage
again till we got to St. Albans
where we had a Cold dinner & staid
abt. an hour -- Ldy. Wake & I went
to see Mrs. Langford who keeps ye.
Inn[44] she has been long confin'd to
her Room by Illneʃs -- she told me
she remember'd me when I was in
my White frock &c. &c.[45] when we
got to Hertford we could not get horses
& was much distreʃs'd whe had tea
& staid there till near 8 oClock it
was a very dark & rainy Eve.g. --
Ldy. W was uneasy -- Mrs. Beete came into



ye. Room to us -- Iwe made her sit down
& play'd at Rhyming questions &c
We set out for ye. farm wth. return'd
horses -- & got safe there abt.
½ past 9 -- Sr. Wm. had given over
expecting us for that night --
Wm. was gone to bed but came down
we had supper &c &c I went
to my Room soon after Supper &
left them all below -- got to
bed abt. 11 o'Clock -- found Sr. Wm. very wel[l]
& not so lame as for some months past

Septr.. 4th.. Eʃsex 1783 as I was a little
indisposed by not having slept all night
cold in my limbs -- I did not get up till
past 11. Mrs. Beete brought me my breakfast
at 9. -- Lady Wake came to me for a few
Minutes as I was dreʃsing -- Mrs. Beete
comb'd out & dreʃs'd my hair -- went to
Lady Wake & sat in ye Boudoir whilst she
was dreʃsing wth: ye. door open in ye. next
Room . Wm. came & we staid there till
dinner time -- Sr Wm- had been out all Morng
after Mr Bardens (his late Stewards) affairs
-- Lady W & I took one turn in ye. garden
after dinner -- but it was too Cold & windy
& damp to stay out -- We then separated till
tea time I went to my Room as usual after
dinner -- wrote a letter to Miʃs Gunning --
Wm. came to me with a little Bird wch
he put out of my Window --



After tea Mr. Caton read to Lady Wake
& me in Blair -- we work'd & Wm. begun
a Drawing for me. After Supper we conversd
went early to our Rooms had Fires

Sepbr. 5th. Friday -- The Weather cold
& windy -- After Breakfast came to
my Room -- for an hour then went & sat
wth. Sr. Wm. till near dinner time -- he was
employd wth. his Papers -- had just time to
have my hair dreʃs'd & put on my gown
After dinner Ldy. W & Mr Caton went &
took a little Walk I sat on wth. Sr. Wm.
-- farmers & people came to him --
went to myye other Room for ½ an hour before
tea -- Mr. Jeʃsop an Atorney from Waltham
drank tea with us & left us at ½ past 7.
an agreeable lively Man.
Sr. Wm. & Mr Caton went into ye dining Room
to settle accounts &c. Wm. read to Lady W
& me in Blair till Supper time -- After
Supper Sr. Wm. soon went to bed -- we sat
up till 11. Wm. staid up till ------that times[46]
we wrote notes &c Sr Wm. sent for us
we went wth. 4 Candles to his bedside
&c.

Septr. 6th. Saturday -- High wind & wrote letters
after Breakfast. in my Room. Mrs Beete
to dreʃs me &c -- After dinner sat on with
Sr. Wm while Lady W— took a little Walk &c[47]



[48]





Septr. 79th. 1783 -- [49]
Wm- ------------
------------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------------------




Septr. -th. 1783 -- [50] then gave me
plans to shade wth. colors -- went into
ye. other -- Room -- Lady W & Mr. C came
at 6 to tea. After tea I continued
shading Plans. Wm. did this Latin Verses
Lady W.. read a little in Blair -- Mr. C. &
Sr. Wm. in ye. next room settling accounts
-- Lady W & I ½ an hour before Supper
amused ourselves in giving each
other Rhymes -- After Supper Sr. Wm.
------ had a farmer in &c. we sat up
& Mr. C & Ldy. W & I. continued our
Rhymes &c -- Wm. wrote notes to me &c

Septr. 97th. 1783 Sunday[51] -- after Breakfast
Sr. Wm.. made Ldy. Wake & me draw
Plans -- we had Prayers -- as we could
not go to Church. Sr Wm. Mr. C. Ldy. W.
Wm. & I. Mr. C. read Prayers. continued
drawing -- Plans (Colord) till near
3. went up to dreʃs . Wm. came & sat wth me before dinner in my Room[52] a Mr. Goodwin
& his Son (who is in Mr. Boddingtons[53]
Counting House) dined with us.
Ldy. W & I sat together I went
to my Room for an hour after
dinner -- Ldy W came for me we
went down sat by ye fire -- I read



Mason on Self Knowledge[54] -- Wm. came
& sat with us -- read some things out
of my Manuscript Book. Mr
Barwick
to tea & Supper --
I cut out prints Wm. sat next
me let him read in my Manuscript
book -- &c &c -- we I went to
my Room soon after Mr. B. went.

Monday 98th.- 1783 Septr.. Wind &
Rain. after Breakfast went
into ye. Boudoir till my Room
was ready Wm. came down. went to
my Room. Mended & lookd out my
things for ye Week. Ldy. W. came in
at different times. went down at
1 & shaded Plans for Sr. Wm. till
near 2. Mrs. Beete Came for me
to dreʃs. Ldy. W. Laid down she was not
quite well -- She came into my Room
whilst I was dreʃsing. went down
& finish'd another plan before dinner
Wm. sat with me -- Sr. Wm. did not come
in till near 4 had been out with a
farmer all Morng upon Busineʃs



[55]



[56]



Mr. Doe ye. farmer din'd with
us a sensible old Man & well
behaved. -- after dinner went in
ye Drawing Room for some time.
Ldy. W & Mr C & we talk upon Shooting
&c. Separated till tea time. I staid
sometime below Wm. came in I was
writing my Journal. I went up to
my Room. ------------ Mr. C. Wm & I
met below at ½ past 6. after
tea. Mr. C read in Blair Ldy W &
Work'd Wm. cut out prints for me
for some time. then went into ye
next Room to his father & Mr Doe
who did not go till near 9.
Sr. Wm. then came to us -- was
uncomfortable we however
continued our Reading &c till
Supper ½ past 9. uncomfortable
conversation after Supper --
I went up soon after Wm.
Sr. Wm. came into my Room where
I was undreʃsing &c




      Tuesday 9th. After Breakfast went
to my Room wrote letters -- Lady W. came
in for a Moment -- cold Wind & Rain
Sr Wm. prevented by the badneʃs of ye.
Weather going to Harlow Bush[57] fair.[58]
went down & sat with Sr. Wm. for an
hour before dinner -- ---Wm was busy
looking over papers. Wm. came & sat
with me I work'd -- just ran up
before dinner -- put on another Habit
-- Wm. came to me after I was dreʃs'd &
staid till we were call'd down. after
dinner -- I shaded Plans (in ye drawing
Room) till tea time -- after tea Sr. Wm-
read part of a Political paper was uncomfortable
&c -- Ldy. W but poorly -- Mr. Caton went up
to his Room. I work'd &c &c. Mr. C. came
down at our request read a few pages in
Blair before Supper -- Ldy. W. went to bed
when we went to Supper. Mr. C. Wm. & I only
sat down. Sr. Wm. was at another table
looking over accounts -- he soon went up
after Supper -- Wm. sat ½ an hour -- I gave
Mr. C. Silk Needles &c. Mr. C & I sat up
till 11 talk'd abt. Sr Wm. &c &c




[59]



[60]



Septr.. 10th. 1783 Wednesday Eʃsex
ye. anniversary of my dear fathers death.
Ldy. W. was not quite well did not get up
to Breakfast. Mrs. Beete brought me
my B before I got up -- Wm. sent me a
Note upon my tea Spoon &c. did not get up
till 11 -- dreʃs'd myself. at 12 Lady W & I met
below -- Mr. C & Wm. went out Shooting. Sr. Wm.
went to Harlow Bush. Lady W & I sat &
read & work'd together till dinner time
below. Mr. C & Wm. return'd to dinner
Sr. Wm. din'd out. after dinner we took a
pleasant walk towards ye. forest -- Wm.
& I staid behind & took rather a longer
walk. came in to tea abt. 6. Sr. Wm.
came home abt. yt. time -- he went into
ye. next room. Mr- C read in Blair to
Ldy. W & me we finish'd ye. 1st. Vol. Quarto[61]
Sup'd rather before 7 on account of ye
Eclipse -- soon after Supper left Sr. Wm.
Ldy. W. Mr. C Wm. & I sat up in ye. drawing
room till 1 in ye. Morning to see ye.
Eclipse of ye. Moon &c &c




Septr.. 11. Eʃsex 1783 Breakfast rather
before 9. Sr. Wm uncomfortable. after Breakfast
went to my Room. staid there an hour
-- Ldy. W brought me ye Papers ------ &
desired me to go to ye fire below -- took
my Work -- sat there sometime. Wm.
came & read me some of Homers
Iliad. -- I then went & sat by Lady Wake
whilst her Hair was curling read some
things out of ye. Annual ReigisterSunday 8[62]
-- just chang'd my dreʃs put on a Silk Gown
before dinner. a Mr. Davis an Anaba
ptist
Clergyman din'd wth. us who
smoked his pipe after dinner -- he was
wth. Sr. Wm. all Morng. as was Polly
abt. Mr. Bardens affairs . &c. Ldy. W &Satdy.. 7[63]
I sat together tilmost of ye. time till we
went to Waltham abt. 6. Mr. Caton went
in ye. Chaise wth. us -- we went to Mrs.
Colnett
s. drank tea there. Mr. Jeʃsop
& Mr. Collnett came in to tea. &c.
Wm. came to us -- came home abt 9
fine Moon light night -- we repeatedC ---[64]
Verses in ye. Chaise &c. soon wentFriday 6[65]
to bed -- after Supper abt. 10. & &c
                             December 1781[66]



[67]



[68]




Sepbr. 12 -- 1783 After Breakfast went
to my Room for ½ an hour -- then Lady W.
& I sat & wrote letters together in ye Room
below -- & Conversed till near dinner
time separated to dreʃs -- Wm had a holliday
he & Mr C. went out Shooting -- Mr Davies[69]
ye. A— Parson din'd with us -- Wm. came
home to dinner but Mr C did not
-- at 5 o'Clock Wm. & I took a Ride
only accompanied by ye Servt. -- we were
out till 7 ye. Ride pleasant -- but
ye Wind Cold when we came home ------
Mr C. was just return'd from Shooting &
had not met wth. any succeʃs & after Tea
Mr C & Wm went to leʃsons till Supper
time . Lady W. read to me in Blair
Sr. Wm.. came & sat by us for some
time -- The Eveg as usual.

Sepr. 13th. -- Mrs. Beete dreʃs'd me at ½ past
7. for ye. day. had B in my Room. Ldy W came to
me as I was not quite well being tired with my Ride
&c&c . went down at 8. They were all at Breakfast
Sr. Wm. had Young Woolstanholmn in to reprove
him for Shooting &c. abt. 9 Sr. Wm. & I went in
ye post Chaise to London. he sat me me down
at my Uncles in Bedford Square -- him & Mrs
& Miʃs H were at home. was pleased at seeing
me -- I din'd & staid till ½ past 7 when
Sr. Wm. came for me . my Uncle went to




ye Door & spoke to him -- we came home
before 10. -- made Wm. imagine for a moment
I was not return'd expreʃsd great concern &c.
-- Sr. Wm. soon went to bed after Supper. I told Ldy. W. all
ye. news I had heard -- went to bed abt. 11

Septr. 14 Sunday. Lady W came into my Room to ask
how I did before we went down to breakfast. After
B. staid on below by ye. fire -- Lady W went to
Church at Waltham . I staid at home as did
Sr. Wm. -- he took off plans . I read & wrote
when they return'd from Church -- a Sr. Wm
Smith
came . Lady W & I came upstairs. I
staid with her a few Minutes whilst she
read a letter from Lady Dartrey . went to
my Room till dinner time Mrs.[70] did my hair
I kept on my habit -- after dinner We
separated. I lay down for ½ of an hour.
went down Wm. came to me -- After tea
Mr. Caton read till Supper Wm cut out
prints wrote notes &c Ldy. W taken not
Well went up to her Room for a few Min
took drops &c. After Supper Lady W & I
Soon came up . left Sr. Wm. & Mr C. we
put a flannel petycoat round Wm.s head whehn
he was asleep &c &c. Sr. Wm.. came into my
Room &c &c

15 Monday Septr. 1783 -- After B came to
my Room . look'd over & mended my Things
Lady W came to persuade me to go with her
to Mrs. Conyers I excused myself she
went at ½ past 12 -- I went down with
Sr. Wm. went to dine at Waltham



I drew plans Wm. sat with me. I
then got him to go to meet Lady W &c &c
went to dreʃs at 2 Mrs. Beete . Lady W
came home came & told me she found
no one at home whom she call'd upon --
-- Ldy. W. Wm. & I had nearly din'd before
Mr. C. came in from shooting he had no
succeʃs . Ldy. W & I sat & work'd together
below till tea time at tea Wm & Mr C
join'd us -- after tea Ldy. W. Mr. C Wm. & I
went in ye Coach to Waltham Mr. Bush
Lecture . was obliged to go & sat ½ an
hour with Mrs. Barwick -- Took her with
us to ye. Cock Inn. -- the Lecture vulgar
horrid -- company as bad. &c &c.
Sr. Wm came home with us we return'd
abt. ½ past 10. Ldy. W & I came up before
Mr.- C & Sr. Wm-

Tuesday 15th..[71] came up to my Room as usual
after B. -- Wm. came & desired me to come down abt
1. dreʃs'd myself. went down with my Work -- he ------did
not come from Mr. Caton &c. decorated a plan
before dinner -- After dinner as Usual
after tea read & Work'd as usual Wm. wrote
by me ye. day rainy &c &c
[72]
Monday 16th Novbr- 1781 -- The family
came to settle in Town for the Winter[73]



[74]
Wednesday 17th Abt. ¼ past 12. Lady Mr. C &
Wm- ------------------ I. went out & took a delightful
ride in ye. forrest &c -- a very fine Morning
Wm. & I came home after them as my Horse
(Sr Wms old gray) wd. not come on. took one turn
in ye Garden eat some Grapes. had just time
to get my hair done before dinner -- they were
Seated at ye table &c. after dinner Lady W & I
took a turn in ye Garden. Went to my Room staid
there till tea time -- ye -- Eveg reading. Working
as Usual. Sr Wm. uncomfortable . talk'd of our
going into Yorkshire &c Wm &c

Thursday 18th. soon after Breakfast (Sr. Wm. B at
Waltham wth. Mr Barwick) Mrs Beete came & did
my hair. Abt. ½ past 12 Lady Wake & I went in
ye. post Chaise to make visits -- met Mrs. Abdey
upon ye Road wth. her Children -- then went to Mrs.
Crawley
s. Lady W went in I went on to
Balls Croʃs -- calld upon Mrs Strottpost &
Mrs. Bargeʃs -- they were out -- had been to
Warwickshire -- expected home in ye. Eveg.
&c . return'd for Ldy. W— did not get out
-- we conversed in ye. Chaise abt. Sr. Wm. ------
&c &c &c. came home abt. 3 -- went to my Room
Wm. came to me & a ½ of an hour before dinner
came & read to me in my Uncles Book abt
Calabria &c. Ldy. W. came sent Wm. down to keep
Company wth. Mr. Colnett. din'd after 4. Mr.
Collnett
dined with us. a pleasing sensible
Man . Sr. Wm. had a person on busineʃs did not
come in till ye. dinner was near over Mr.
Lovett
ye. Man who was wth. him din'd with us
Lady W & I sat by ye. Willow tree & read [M]iʃs
Gunning
s last letter to me &c



ye. Eveg spent as usual. reading &
Working

Friday 19th as usual after dinner
Wm. and I took a ------Wm. & I took a Sr. Wm went to
Town after Breakfast -- an hour before
dinner Wm. came & Read to me in my
Room -- it rain'd we could not go out.
I begun a Medly[75] Screen & After tea
Lady W & I work'd -- Mr. Catton try'd ye.
Chymecal Experiment of ye. Salt
Water &c. We Read some of Blair
&c &c

Satry 20th. -- Sr.. Wm. came home to dinner
he slept in Town -- ye. day paʃs'd
much as usual

Sunday 21st. After B. dreʃs'd for ye. day
Lady W. Sr. Wm. & I went in ye Chaise to
Waltham Church. Wm.. & Mr. Catton Rode
-- left Sr. Wm. at W. on busineʃs -- Mr Colnet
preach'd &c. Wm.. came back in ye Chaise
wth. us. Sr. Wm. came to dinner we din'd
at 2 as he was going part of his way
to Glostershire. After dinner a reproof Sr.
Wm.
abt. Mr. Catton I went out of ye.. room --
Sr. Wm. went abt. 4 --
in ye. Eveg we read Blair. After
Supper my Manuscript books
Wm. wrote me a ------------
&c      &c


[76]
des f--- ------ Abbey
de Lisle[77]


[78]
Monday ye. Morng as usual a
wet day -- Mr. C went out Shooting
came home to dinner gave me a ------
of Birds wch. I sent to Mrs G---
Lady W & Mr. Catton walkd out after
dinner I staid at home with Wm.
he left me to do his leʃson came back
Read a Chapter in Cecilia ye. Eveg.
Reading Working as usual -- --

Tuesday 22d. Septr. 1783[79]

1806
1783
   2---
    -
   31 -- [80]




[81]



July 15 --
-- Sept. 22nd.

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Notes


 1. It seems that Mary Hamilton had originally written something in pencil on the label of the front of the diary (parts of the year are still somewhat visible), but this probably faded over time and an unknown writer later added the currently visible number and date range.
 2. This page is blank.
 3. This page is blank.
 4. This page is blank.
 5. Ludvig Holberg, Voyage de Nicolas Klimius dans Le Monde Souterrain (Copenhagen, 1741), i.e. ‘Niels Klim's Underground Travels’, originally published in Latin as Nicolai Klimii Iter Subterraneum in 1741.
 6. Mary Hamilton initially wrote this section in pencil, before tracing over it with pen.
 7. The text abruptly ends here. It is currently unknown how it relates to the writing on the back of this page.
 8. This section is orientated vertically and the top of the page (the left-hand side of the text) is missing.
 9. This is likely Daniel Sandford (one of Sarah ‘Sally’ Sandford's sons), who was 17 years old at the time of writing and Mary Delany's godson. It could, however, also be his older brother Thomas (23 years old at this point).
 10. This is probably Frances Cairnes Fortescue (née Murray), although in HAM/2/15/3 p.15 Hamilton writes that Lady Clermont was her cousin, which, to our current knowledge, Frances Cairnes Fortescue was not.
 11. A vis-à-vis is a type of carriage in which the passengers sit face to face.
 12. Wilbraham Tollemache bought Steephill, a seaside cottage on the Isle of Wight, in 1781. It was demolished in 1964.
 13. Written by the poet Lady Anne Barnard (née Lindsay, 1750-1825) in 1772.
 14. Not to be confused with Lady Lucy Boyle (1744-1792), who married George Byng, the 4th Viscount of Torrington in 1765, and would have been referred to as Lady Torrington from then onwards.
 15. The English artist of this name was born in 1780 and would have been no more than three years old at this time, so this probably refers to her aunt Emma, sister of the artist's father John, 1st Baron Crewe (1742-1829).
 16. Perhaps Killarney was intended.
 17. Bardard a clear slip for Barnard.
 18. Both William Cathcart (1st Earl Cathcart) and Charles Allen Cathcart graduated from Eton, where William Richardson took them in the 1760s.
 19. Sarah (‘Sally’) Sandford had three sons, and Mary Hamilton's remark about ‘Mr Sandford and one of his young brothers’ confirms that the former was the oldest, Thomas Sandford. As for the young brother, this would have been either Daniel (b. 1766) or William (b. 1770).
 20. Better known as Le Bas Bleu: or The Progress of Conversation: an Epistle to Mrs. Vesey, first published in 1786.
 21. It is unclear who ‘Frank’ is. It is highly unlikely to be Francis Scott Napier, 8th Lord Napier, sometimes referred to as Frank (see HAM/1/19/7), as he was not married at this point and his first known son was not born until 1786.
 22. The apparent form lelf may actually be the transposition letf, in either case a slip for left.
 23. The Library had been published anonymously in June 1781, and The Village was published in May 1783.
 24. Presumably this refers to Dr Seguin Henry Jackson, Augusta Elizabeth Jackson's husband, but the writing is unclear.
 25. Presumably Mary Hamilton intended to write at here, but was thinking ahead (‘all day’).
 26. This refers to Sir William Wake.
 27. Present-day Honey Lane in Waltham Abbey. The abbreviation ‘Upsh.’ was apparently added a couple of days later; compare the state of the nib at the foot of p.27 and the top of p.28. We are grateful to Lawrence Greenall of the Waltham Abbey Historical Society for the reading. He points out that Honey Lane and Upshire are actually two separate areas of the parish, and he therefore speculates that ‘Upshire (Farm)’ (see HAM/2/4 p.28) might well have been the house on Honey Lane now called Upshire Hall, a residence that is also a farmhouse, though its farm is now called Southend Farm (message of 01-02-2024).
 28. Hugh Blair's Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres, a compilation of forty-seven of his University of Edinburgh lectures, was published after he retired from the university in 1783.
 29. Not the church but ‘the manorial hall built just to the east of the church after the Dissolution, on the site of the demolished abbey, [...] called Abbey House’ (Lawrence Greenall, message of 01-02-2024).
 30. A Mr Rutledge is mentioned in the context of Lady Wake's indisposition at HAM/2/2 p.104.
 31. The Great Meteor of 18 August 1783 was an unusually bright meteor that could be seen mostly from the United Kingdom, which was afterwards discussed in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. There were many witnesses, and as a result there are a fair amount of depictions of the event (chiefly engravings and drawings).
 32. Probably Woodredon Farm, the name of which lives on in Woodredon Farm Lane, about 2.5 miles east of Waltham Abbey.
 33. Possibly Michel de Bonneval (d.1766).
 34. Hertford, Hertfordshire.
 35. Possibly Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Les rêveries du Promeneur Solitaire [‘The Reveries of the Solitary Walker’] (first published 1782, 1783 in translation), whose chapters are each called Promenades [‘walks’].
 36. This is either Watson's An Essay on the Subjects of Chemistry, and their General Division, first published in 1771, A Plan of a Course of Chemical Lectures, also first published in 1771, or Chemical Essays, first published in 1781.
 37. Present-day Great Brickhill in Buckinghamshire, just south of Milton Keynes.
 38. The mansion of the Wakefield Lodge estate of the Dukes of Grafton is about 3.5 miles north-east of Stony Stratford. The 3rd Duke had been Lord Privy Seal until March 1783.
 39. It is unclear which Fuller family this refers to, but it could be that of William Fuller (1705-1800), a very rich London banker who founded ‘William Fuller & Son’ c.1769 in London. His brother Richard was also a London banker, but he died in 1782.
 40. This is possibly William Fuller's wife, Bethia (or Bathiah) Wellingham.
 41. ‘To keep from raining [...]; rarely, to cease raining, clear up.’ (OED s.v. hold v., Phrasal verbs, hold up 9. Accessed 11-04-2022).
 42. John Warden, A System of Revealed Religion (London, 1769).
 43. ‘The Rape of the Lock’ is a narrative poem by Alexander Pope, originally published anonymously in two cantos in 1712, followed by a revised edition in 1714 as a five-canto version.
 44. The White Hart Inn on Holywell Hill in St Albans.
 45. The inn and its landlady are mentioned by William Napier in HAM/1/19/45 of 31 May 1773, when to his surprise and delight, the 'talkative', ‘overgrown fat LandLady’ sings the praises of ‘her dear amiable sweet Miss Hamilton’.
 46. Hamilton's final version of the two words transcribed as ‘that time’ is uncertain.
 47. This entry is continued on p.53.
 48. This page is blank. Writing from the following page can be seen through the page upside down and mirrored.
 49. The date 9 September appears prematurely at several points in this part of the diary, with subsequent correction. On this heavily redacted page, which falls between two sections of the entry for 6 September, we have provisionally marked the date as 7 overwritten by 9, but the converse cannot be excluded.
 50. The date ought to be (Saturday) 6 September, as the text appears to follow on from the end of p.50, but the visible loop doesn't look like part of 6.
 51. Once again it is uncertain what numbers were written and in what sequence, but ‘Sunday’ is clearly correct from the content of the entry, and Sunday was 7 September.
 52. The additional text begins above the line and curls downward in the right margin, written vertically.
 53. Probably either Benjamin (1730-1791) or Thomas (1735-1821) Boddington, who lived in Clapton and Upper Homerton respectively (c.12 miles south of Waltham Abbey). The brothers were partners in the family's West India Counting house. This reference by Mary Hamilton could also have been to their father Benjamin, who died in 1779.
 54. A Treatise on Self-Knowledge was first published in 1745.
 55. This page is blank.
 56. This page is blank.
 57. Harlow Bush was a common in Harlow (Essex).
 58. The Harlow Bush Fair took place each year on 9 September, and was much frequented for horses, hogs, and cows.
 59. This page is blank.
 60. This page is blank.
 61. Hugh Blair published his Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres in 1783 in two quarto volumes.
 62. This partially overwritten dateline is written upside down, as are three further datelines on this page and one on p.69, plus further fragments of writing on this page and p.69, and a whole sentence on p.67. It seems that Hamilton has re-used some sheets originally prepared for diary entries in December 1781, after turning them the other way up.
 63. This partially overwritten dateline is written upside down.
 64. These partially overwritten characters, written upside down, may represent the very beginning of an entry for 6 December 1781.
 65. This partially overwritten dateline is written upside down.
 66. This dateline is written upside down.
 67. This page is blank.
 68. This page is blank.
 69. The first six lines on this page appear to have been retraced.
 70. Presumably Mrs Beete.
 71. Given the previous and following entries, this is presumably an error for Tuesday 16 September 1783.
 72. This entry is in the hand described in a note on p.62 and is not part of the September 1783 sequence.
 73. This entry is written upside down, like the December 1781 dates on p.62, indicating that Mary wrote a few lines on these sheets in 1781 before re-using them for the entries of September 1783.
 74. This entry returns to the September 1783 sequence.
 75. ‘A type of cloth made of wools dyed (frequently in different shades or colours) and mixed before being spun; = medley cloth n.' (OED s.v. medley A.2. Accessed 20-09-2022).
 76. This scrap of an entry is in the hand described in a note on p.62 and is not part of the September 1783 sequence.
 77. Written upside down, with parts of the first line almost exactly overwritten by the penultimate line of the new entry. Similar to other instances above, Hamilton seems to have re-used the sheet at a later time, after turning it the other way up.
 78. This entry returns to the September 1783 sequence.
 79. In fact the Tuesday was 23 September.
 80. The presence of ‘1783’ suggests a calculation possibly involving years, and perhaps further, given a charitable interpretation of the ink blots, a tentative reconstruction as 1806 less 1783 = 23 (step 1), and 23 + 8 = 31 (step 2).
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en la Monde Souterainne
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Tuesday 15th. July Clarges Street
Breakfasted before 8 o'Clock read & wrote the Whole Morning
dressed myself at 9 for the day -- Mrs Vesey came in for
a Moment at 3 o'Clock to invite me to dinner --
¼ before 4 went to Dear Lady Kings where I dined only
the 2 Miss Kings & her. ¼ before 7. went to Miss
Blossets to take leave of her as she was going into
the Country the next day. met there Mrs.. Barnard &
Mrs- Codrington -- Lady King sent the Coach for me
at ¼ past 7. I went back to her house -- Miss
King desired me to come up to see the St--- she
had just finished filigree paper &c. Lady King
Miss Wilhelmina King & I went to Kensington Gardens
walked there till 9. they brought me home.
I wrote some Verses out for Miss Blosset &
at 10 went to the Veseys -- supped & stayed till
12. Mr. Vesey was gone to bed. --

Wednesday 16th. July 1783. dressed at 10 for the day. my
Cousin Robert Greville came & stayed ½ an
hour brought me a Message from Lady
Stormont to spend a few days at Wandsworth
Hill -- Madame Renaud came to inquire
if I had heard from Lady Wake stayed ¼ of an
hour. showed me her Letters from Miss ---nes &c &c
at 3 I went to Mrs. Jackson's sat with her while her
hair was dressing -- saw Mr. Jackson. at 4 went
to my Uncle Fredericks to dinner. only themselves &
Children -- after dinner my Uncle talked of his
Sons education &c. we sat long after dinner



till 7 -- We then went up to Miss Hamiltons
Room she played & sang to us -- drank tea there.
My Uncle walked with Hamilton & me at 8 o'Clock
to Mrs. Delanys Left us there. met there
Mrs. Vesey. Mr. Montagu (Mr. Sandford who is
with Mrs Delany) -- at 9 I walked back with Miss Hamilton
returned to Mrs. Delany walked at ½ past
9 through the Park with Mrs: Vesey went to her House
Lady Althorpe, Miss Molesworth Lady Clermont
came in at 10 -- I came away at 11 -- ate my
Bread -- read & wrote went to bed at ½ past 12

Thursday 17th. my Uncle brought Miss Hamilton at
11 -- we wrote & read & conversed till 3 when he
came for her again he stayed only a few minutes
at 4 I went to the Veseys dined there with Lady
Dartrey -- Master Dawson -- Lucius Lady Clermont
came away at 7 when Lady Dartrey returned to Chelsea --
I went to Mrs. Jackson -- she was out airing.
Sat with Miss Penelope & poor Miss Jane Barnard till
she came home the was at 9 -- I went in the
little Phaeton with her -- we met Mrs. & Miss &
Master Hamelton in St James & I stopped & spoke
to them Mrs. Jackson carried me to Mrs. Delanys -- I
go out for a Moment -- told her Lady Dartreys
Message &c &c -- she had been to us at Mrs.
Veseys but missed us all. Mrs. Jackson than drove
me through the Park which was crowded with Company
I called upon Mrs. Stainforth for a moment. she was
well -- told me her Sister was with Lady Amherst in the
Country -- we then drove up Constitution Hill --
The Veseys & Mrs- Hancock were walking before their
door Mrs. Jackson stopped sometime to converse



with them -- left me with them. I stayed
Supper -- with the Veseys came home 20 Min
past 11 o'Clock

Friday 18 July 1783 -- at 1 o'Clock went to Mrs.
Jackson -- we sat & worked together till past 3 she
went to dress Mr. Jackson came & conversed with
me. at 4 we dined Miss Penelope Barnard Mr & Mrs. Jackson &
me. (young Mr Morrel came in before dinner &
Sat ½ an hour. at 6 o'Clock I came home --
Miss Burney came to Tea -- I showed her some
Manuscript Verses &c &c. Mrs. Jackson came to us
at 9. Mrs. Delany Mrs. Sandford & her 3 Sons
came in for ½ an hour. Miss Burney left
me at ½ past 9. Mrs. Jackson stayed with me
till past 11 -- we had bread & Cheese &c. & looked
over Manuscript letters from P—n &c &c.
I read till 1 in the Morning Mr Stanhope called
                             when I was out

Saturday 19. My Uncle came at 12 sat an
hour talked of Lady Warwick (his sister) Sir
William Hamilton &c. Soon after he left me
Mrs. Boys came . & sat with me till 3
o'Clock -- a little before 4 went to my
Uncles to dinner -- as I was standing at the Window
with Miss Hamelton. the. Prince of Wales passed in his Vis-à-Vis
he saw me & kissed his hand. Colonel Greville dined at
my Uncles -- he maintained an argument
with me, that -- there was little use in Reading
History &c. -- gave me a description of Mr. Tolomaches
place in the Isle of White &c. after dinner Mrs
Hamilton & I went up in my Cousins Room she playd to
me & Sang the Scotch ballad of Auld Robin Gray



at 7 we went down to tea. Mrs. Tating came in
I left them at ½ past 7. went for ½ an
hour to Dowager Lady Kings -- met there Lady
Lucy Boyle & another Lady. -- the eldest
Miss King showed me some new Prints from
Miss Emma Crewes drawings -- &c &c.
I came home wrote. at 9 went over to
the Veseys. Mr. Walpole came soon after
had much conversation with him he
told me a singular story relating to Mr
Gay the Poet & a Strange Lady whom
he met one Night at the Play house
Mr & Mrs. Jackson came in -- we all stayed
Supper which was brought upstairs -- we
separated at 12 I came home at ½ past
12 Miss finch called I was out

Sunday 20th. sent the Servants to Church -- stayed at
home all day -- read & wrote in the Evening Miss
Thursby called -- I was denied not knowing it was
her -- she left word she was to be at Hackney
at Mr Bodingtons for a week -- violent Heat
in the Evening Thunder & Lightning -- the Veseys called
for me in the Coach (young Mr. Burke was in the Coach
but he did not come into the Veseys) I supped & spent
the Evening with the Veseys came home ½ past 11 --




21st. July Monday -- read & wrote the
whole Morning Mrs. Scott came I paid her
¼ before 4 went and dined at Mrs. Jacksons
-- after dinner we went into the Garden with
the -- Children & after dinner she was taking
with a fainting but soon recovered Miss
Barnard read me a letter she had received from
Windsor. Mrs. Jackson & Mrs. Barnard walked home with
me at 9. They left me at my door. at ½ past
9 went to the Veseys -- they were not returned
home I sat by myself ½ of an hour. when they
came in Mrs. Vesey gave me a letter from Mrs.
Montagu to read. &c &c I read to them
out of one of my Manuscript Books --
the account of the Lake of Kalnary &c
Supped read a few verses after Supper
came home ½ past 11 --

July 22. Madame Renaud called to
know if I had heard from Lady Wake
-- Miss Thursby came for ½ an hour. (Mrs.
Bodinton brought her & came for her I did not
see Mrs. Bodinton) Miss Thursby is to stay at Miss Dittons
till the 10 of November. at 3 I went over to
the Veseys spoke to them at the door. walked to
Mrs. Jackson. found her & Mr. Jackson together -- saw Miss
Barnard. went at 4 to the Veseys dined there
only themselves -- after dinner



Mrs. Vesey Mrs. Handcock & I went & sat in Mrs.
Veseys Boudoir. at 7 Mrs.. Jackson & Miss Penelope
Barnard came -- I drove Miss Penelope Bardard in the
Little Phaeton to Mrs. Delanys she walked Back again
I went to Mrs. Delanys met there Miss Burney
Mr- Walpole (with whom I had a good deal of
lively conversation) -- Mrs- Sandford & her 3
Sons -- Mrs. Jackson came for me at ¼ past
9 o'Clock -- in her Phaeton -- set me down at home
I wrote letters & went to Bed

Clarges Street -- Wandsworth Hill 23d- July 1783
at 11 Mrs. Jackson came for me in her Phaeton
to carry me to Wandsworth Hill -- Mr- Vesey
came & spoke to us at the door -- they set off
for Margate to day -- we met Lady Stormont in
her Phaeton -- she stopped & said she was only going
to Grosvenor Place & should soon be back to
receive me -- asked for little Charles & George
Murray -- gave them their dinner -- a Mr. Richardson
(he had been tutor to Lady Stormont brothers)
Lady Stormont returned from town we strolled about
the grounds before dinner went into the Yard
to see some Ducks & fowls that came from
Rouen Lady Stormont came & sat in my room &c + Mr. Richardson dined with Lady
Stormont & me he left us after Coffee
Lady Stormont & I & the Children walk out for
Some time -- after they were gone to bed we spent the
Evening comfortably together conversed about the Napiers
&c I worked at her Netting &c no supper but
wine & Water & bread &c went to our Rooms at 11
o'Clock -- I sat up & read till past 12
Mr Richardson was tutor to some of Lady Stormont Brothers. ------




Thursday July 24th. Wandsworth Hill
Surry.
Lady Stormont & I met at 9 to Breakfast
sat till 10 after Breakfast had the 2 Youngest
boys -- I made them little card carriages &c &c
at 12 Lady Stormont took me in her Phaeton
with her 4 little Greys to Wimbleton -- we meant to
pay a visit to Lady Spencer -- none of the family
were down but Lord Althorpes little Boy whom
we saw Lady Stormont & I walked through the Grounds
which are very beautiful. went out at another
Gate with difficulty got the Man who kept
the Key to open it -- waited some time in the lane
before we saw the Phaeton &c &c -- we then took
a very pleasant airing -- came home at 2 o'Clock
had -- some Cold Chicken -- parted at 3 to dress -- one
of Lady Stormont Women came to dress my hair.
my Uncle frederick -- Mrs. Hamilton Miss Hamilton & Master Hamilton
Lord Stormont & Mr. Langlois came to
dinner -- Lord Stormont & I had a good deal of conversation
he was obliged to go to town again in the
Afternoon as there was a Council, made
me promise to come again in the Autumn.
&c &c. after dinner Miss Hamilton played
& Sang -- &c &c. at ½ past 7 or near 8 --
Lady Stormont & I were left alone
passed the Evening the same as the last. had
a good deal of conversation about the Prince



&c &c.

25 July Wandsworth Hill. Friday
Lady Stormont & I met at 9 to Breakfast conversed about
Lady Cathcart &c. at ½ past 9 Mrs. Jackson
came & brought little Katherine at Lady
Stormont desire to Breakfast. Lady Stormont very civil
& attentive to Mrs. Jackson the Children played
together &c &c till 11 -- when Lady Stormont took
leave of me very affectionately -- on Monday
next -- she goes to Weymouth for 6 Week------
Mrs. Jackson & I & little Katherine set off immediately
after her. in Mrs. Jackson's little Phaeton. we stopped
at Lord Dartrey's at Chelsea -- I saw Lucius
Dawson who told me Lord Dartrey was come
from Ireland that he was in London &
Lady Dartrey out I merely stopped to enquire after
them.
we stopped at my House in Clarges
Street for my letters. I went home with Mrs.
Jackson --- dined & stayed with her & Miss Penelope
Barnard till near nine -- they then walked
home with me little Katherine came with us they did
not come in -- saw some of the Veseys Servants
who told us Mr. & Mrs. Vesey & Mrs Handcock
went yesterday to Margate. I wrote &
read till late Before I went to bed &c &c



26th. July 1783. Clarges Street. London.
      breakfasted at 8. my Uncle called at 11 did
not see him as my hair was dressing. he
left word that he wished me to dine with them.
I read & wrote till near 4 walked as far
as Mrs. Delanys enquired at the door if she
was to be at home in the Evening -- went to my
Uncles to dinner. Mr. Smith (the Queens Gentleman Usher)
dined there also after dinner when Master &
Miss Hamilton were gone upstairs he talked much
about his Wife -- (Mr. Tom Pit. his Wife being
her Sister in Law &c &c) their quarrels law
Suit &c. we went up to Miss Hamilton room at
½ past 6 -- she played & sang we then
came down to tea. Mr. Smith went soon away
at ½ past 7. -- I took Miss
Hamilton with me to Mrs. Delany she was not
returned from her airing therefore we a
short turn in the Green Park. we came to Mrs.
Delany & sat & read in her Room till ½. 8. o'Clock
when she came home with Mrs. Sandford Mr.
Sandford & one of his young Brothers. Miss
Burney came in & we had very agreeable
conversation -- at ¼ past 9 left Mrs. Delany as I
was to walk home Mr. Sandford was so
obliging to conduct me home -- I went in
to my Uncles to deliver up Miss Hamilton
My Uncle told mr. Sandford he had known his



father &c. Mr. Sandford then walked home
with me Took leave of me at the Door.
this Evening I received a letter from Miss Hannah More
with half the Verses &c &c & an invitation
from Mr. & Mrs. Pepys to dine there
tomorrow. read & wrote before I went
to Bed

Sunday July 27th. sent the Servants to Church stayed
at home till ½ past 3 o'Clock when Mr.
Pepys Coach came for me -- (I passed Lord Winchelsea
who was in a Phaeton he did not Know me) -- before dinner
we read Miss Hannah Mores Epistle to Mrs. Vesey & admired
it as it deserved. there was a Youth from Westminster
a Brother of Mrs. Pepys dined there also -- after
tea we went Kensington Gardens -- Mr. Pepys eldest
Boy who is one of the cleverest & most agreeable
Children I ever met with went with us (he is 5.
Years old) went with us -- we walked to the most
retired part of the Garden. sat sometime upon the Ground
under the Shade of trees -- &c &c where Mrs. Pepys goes
every Morning at ------ with her Children &c
they brought me home at 9 o'Clock -- I read & wrote &c
before I went to bed -- which was at 11 o'Clock --

Monday 28th- July 1783 -- about 1 o'Clock my Uncle Frederick
called upon me -- informed me he had been at Chiswick
& was much pleased with a school kept by a Mr.
Crawford -- that he had determined to send his Son
There. -- he came to invite me to dine I promised to
go tomorrow. he walked with me to Mr. Jacksons at
2 o'Clock (left me at the Door) I dined with Kitty



& Miss Penelope Barnard. Mr Jackson was out.
he came home at tea. at 7 o'Clock Mrs.
Jackson & I & little Kitty took an airing in
the Phaeton -- we called upon Dr. Turton at
North End -- he has been confined there
10 days -- saw Miss Nosely who came out
to us as we did not go in -- Dr. Turton still keeps
his bed but is better Mrs. Turton Ill from
anxiety. Mrs. Jackson set me down at
home at 9 o'Clock -- I wrote letters
went to bed at 11

Tuesday 29th. July 1783 -- wrote Letters. at 1 o'Clock went
to Mrs. Jacksons sat with her -- saw Mr Jackson & Miss
Penelope Barnard -- stayed there till ¼ of 4 went to my
Uncles dined there. only his family -- after dinner
the conversation turned upon Mrs. Stratford
at 6 went up to Miss Hamiltons Room she sang
& played till 7 -- we all went out & took a walk
in the Green Park -- we called upon Mrs. Hicks
at St. James's. her Mother was the Kings Nurse
Mrs. Smith -- found her & a Sister of hers at
home. she sent for her 3 Girls &c &c. was
much flattered our calling upon her. I
walked to the door with Mrs. Hamilton &c. my Uncle
then walked home with me did not come in
I was at home by 9 o'Clock -- Mrs Hammersley
had called when I was out. read & wrote
&c




Wednesday 30th. July 1783 -- I am ashamed
to say I was out of spirits therefore I
stayed at home though I had been invited
to dine at Mr. Jackson's & my Uncle
Fredericks -- I wrote letters read & worked
a little after 7 I walked to Mrs. Jackson
she & Miss Penelope Barnard were out I
went into the Drawing Room where I
I found poor Miss Jane Barnard -- I read
to her (Miss Mores ode to Dragon &
a Paper in the Adventurer) I was
apprehensive of fatiguing her & left
her ¼ past 8. I went down stairs &
waited for Mrs. Jackson return -- saw Franks
little boy gave him money &c &c
Mrs. Jackson came home at ½ past 8. Miss
Morrel & Miss Penelope Barnard with her Miss Morrel
went away my Servant attended her. I stayed
Supper -- did not come home till past 12
came home in a Coach

31st. July 1783 Thursday -- Lady Dartrey sent for me
at 11 o'Clock to Stanhope street -- she was there to
dress for Court to take leave as they were to set
out for Spa tomorrow -- I went saw Lord Dartrey.
Mr Devanyes came in to whom Lady Dartrey gave
orders for Medicines for the Journey



Lady Dartrey told me poor Miss Duckworth
died the day before yesterday. I went with
Lady Dartrey & Lucius Dawson to St. James's
we stayed in the Coach as Lady Dartrey found there
were no Ladies come -- she came out again
& we went to Lady Spencers -- I did not go in.
Lady Spencer came out in ¼ of an hour with
Lady Dartrey & we went together to Devonshire
House -- saw the little Child -- a pretty little
Girl -- it was asleep in its Cradle -- Lady
Spencer showed us the Childs fine Christening
Suit &c &c. we then carried Lady Spencer home
again -- when she parted with Lady Dartrey she made
witness the terms on which she would correspond
&c &c. Lady Dartrey then went to the Drawing
Room Lucius & I sat an hour in the
Coach. Lady Dartrey then set me down at
home -- I gave her a Pencil case to
wear in her Pocket for my sake -- &c.
I then walked to Mrs. Jacksons -- dined
there -- a Mr. Smart a young Lawyer dined
there. when Lady Dartrey brought me
home Lady Mary Hume stopped in her Chair
& spoke to us -- engaged me to walk with
her tomorrow Evening -- I came home at
6 -- before 7 Miss Burney Mr. & Mrs.
Pepy's came they drank tea with me
-- I showed them Mrs. Veseys account of



Lucan &c. Mr. Pepys read them aloud to
us -- at ½ past 8 Mrs. Jackson & Miss Penelope
Barnard came in. Mr. Pepys had sent for his
writing desk -- he read to us all -- Miss Mores
Epistle to Mrs. Vesey. it was near 10 before
Mr & Mrs Pepys & Miss Burney left me Mrs. Jackson & Miss Penelope Barnard
stayed a ¼ of an hour after them & then left
me . I read & wrote before I went to bed.

1st.. August 1783 employed myself in reading &
writing till 5 o'Clock -- I then went to Mrs. Jacksons
Miss Morrel dined there -- Mr. Jackson was out) we drank
tea in the Garden -- at ½ past 8. Mrs. Jackson Miss Penelope Barnard
Mr. & Miss Morell walked home with me they did
not come in as it was dusk -- read & wrote till
12

2d. August Saturday -- employed myself in Transcribing
Things in my Manuscript book. at 3
little Katherine Jackson came to me & stayed
till 4 when I took her home I dined with
Mr & Mrs. Jackson & Miss Penelope Barnard -- poor Miss
Jenny Barnard not so well these 2 last days & has
not been out of her Room. we had the fruit
& wine in the Garden -- drank tea & sat there
the whole Evening -- at ½ past 8 Mrs. Jackson Miss Penelope Barnard
& I walked out to a Shop in Bond Street -- when
we came back stayed in the Garden till ½ 9 -- Mrs.
Jackson & I went into the drawing Room -- She told me
of her intention of Laying in in the Country
&c & wished me to come to her in the Autumn
&c &c



she left me for an hour & I wrote letters to
Lady Wake & Anna Maria Clarke -- Mr. Jackson came in -- Mrs.
wrote in my letter to Lady Wake we did not
go down to Supper till near 11 -- I sent the Chair
Charles brought away & Mr. Jackson walked home
with me at ½ past 12 -- Mrs. Jackson goes to the
                             Country tomorrow.

Sunday. 3d. August. My Uncle -- Mrs. Hamilton
Miss Hamilton & her Brother came before Church time they
reproached me for not having been near them
so long -- -- at 4 I went there to dinner we
sat talking after my Cousins went upstairs till
7 o'Clock. conversing about Colonel Hamilton -- Mrs.
Beckfords Brother -- his nearness to the title of
Lord Abercorn. &c &c -- went up to my Cousins
-- Mrs. Hamilton took an opportunity of telling me my
Uncles apprehensions about the Absentee Tax
projecting for Ireland &c. My Uncle then
came up Miss Hamilton played & sang -- we had tea
& then took a Walk in the Green Park -- the
parks were crowded with Company -- when
we returned the Woman at the Lodge spoke
to us -- talked of Colonel Greville whom she had
nursed &c. a pretty kind of woman.
we walked home with Mrs. Hamilton then my Uncle & Miss
Hamilton accompanied me to Mrs. Delanys door & we
parted then. I found her with Mrs. Sandford &
her eldest & youngest Son. I stayed ½ an hour



Dear Mrs. Delany was quite well -- she returned
from the Country Mrs. Boscawens where she
had been since last Monday. I stayed ½ an
hour Mr. Sandford & his Brother walked home
with me it was near 9 & almost dark.
as we passed my Uncles in St. James Street they
were at their Window we spoke to them as
we passed. Mr. Sandfords came in for a
few Minutes I gave them -- Mr. Crabbes
poems of the Library & Village to carry
home to read to Mrs. Delany. -- I wrote a
letter to Miss Hannah More before I went to
bed &c

Monday 4th.. August 1783. Miss Hamilton came to me
at 12 -- she read to me out of my Manuscript books
whilst I worked -- my uncle came for her at 2 -- sat ¼
of an hour & then we went to a House in the Street
where the furniture was to be sold -- I met there
Mr- Nicolia the Queens-page & spoke to him.
My Uncle & Miss Hamilton then walked with me to
Mr Jacksons old Burlington Street -- My Uncle had
carried his Son to Mr. Crawfords school at
Chiswick this morning -- they left me -- I stayed
with Miss Barnard till ½ past 3 o'Clock -- her
Sister Miss Jane was rather better to day -- she told
me that Mr. & Mrs. Jackson had not set
out for the Country (Inglefield Green near Sunning
Hill) till 6 o'Clock last night -- I came home &
dined & was alone the whole day -- wrote Letters &c



Tuesday 5th. August 1783
Mr Sandford for ½ an hour at 12 o'Clock.
brought me back some books I had lent him.
said Mrs- Delany had been ill in the Night but was
better. I stayed at home till 7 went to my Uncles
asked him & my Cousin Miss Hamilton to take a walk
they went with me as far as Mrs. Jacksons of
Hanover Street -- they left me at her door --
I went in Dr Jackson was with her but left us -- she
told me she was ill & must give up nursing
her Child -- I desired to see it -- when her
Brother came in -- he told me he had leave
of absence for a fortnight -- I saw the little boy
& took it in my Arms I soon came away
Mr. Ernst attended me down stairs &c.
I met my Uncle & Miss Hamilton in bond street -- we
took a walk for an hour in the Green Park
there we saw Mrs. Searle at the Lodge & spoke
to her -- she told us she had heard one of the
Grevilles was ill. my Uncle & Miss Hamilton came
home with me I gave her some fruit they
left me at ½ past 8. I wrote &c
the rest of the Evening




Wednesday 6th- Miss Penelope Barnard for an
hour in the Morning I stayed all home
all day expecting Sir William Wake to come
for me from Essex -- did not go to
my Uncles as he had desired to
dinner for I received a letter from
Mr. Antrobus from Dover which informed
me Lady Dartrey had been taken ill that
they were to go to Tunbridge & had put off
their journey to Spa this affected my Spirits
read & wrote & worked received a letter by the Coach to inform that the Wakes
      had not received my letters & that he would come
                             for me tomorrow


Thursday 7th August 1783
Mr. Chamberlain came to me at 12 o'Clock I did
not see him I was dressing -- heard the Queen
had been brought to bed in the Morning of a Princess
wrote to enquire of her &c. at 2 Sir William Wake
came he stayed only a ¼ of an hour & went out
for Commissions -- till 4 when he came & dined
with me -- we sat till near 6 -- sent for Lord
Dartreys Porter to enquire what he had heard of
Lady Dartrey Sir William gave him franks & Sir William then
went out & returned at ½ past 7. we set out
in his Phaeton a ¼ before 8 & arrived at
his house in Essex about 10 -- the Moon shone & it



was a fine Evening -- found Dear Lady Wake pretty
well. & all her 4 Children -- we went to bed
about 12. -- Little Charlotte Wake is my bedfellow.

Friday 8th. August 1783 -- Essex Honey laneUpshire
Got up before 8 -- went to Lady Wake -- we breakfast
at 9 -- at 10 I went & sat with Lady Wake in her Little
boudoir -- I decorated some Plans for Sir William Lady
Wake gave her Children their lessons drew some
of Sir Williams Plans -- the Miss Wakes read the Prologue &
Chapters. then Lady Wake read for an hour to
me in Blairs Essays in the Belles Letters
at 1 we walked out with the 2 Miss Wakes & Richard
Lady Wake showed me a fine Prospect -- Mr. Catton
then join us & we walked till 2. came in
Mrs- Beete dressed my hair -- we dine at
3 -- at 5 Lady Wake & I came upstairs I draw for
Sir William she wrote letters at 6 we went down to
tea at 7 -- we went out. Lady Wake Mr Catton William &
Richard on Horseback -- Sir William & I in the Phaeton
took a delightful airing in the forest -- very
fine views -- came home at ½ past 8 --
Lady Wake mr. Catton & I walked out in the Garden
till past 9 by Moonlight came in to Supper -- Sir William &
the poor Servant ------ -- I came up to my Room
before the others at ½ past 10 -- Mrs. Beate came
to me &c &c --



Essex Saturday 10th August 1783
After breakfast which is at 9 o'Clock went to
the Seat in the Garden by myself for ½ an
hour -- then went to my Room & read till
ten -- Mrs. Beate came & dressed my Hair
at 12 we set out for Waltham Abbey
Lady Wake & her 2 daughters in the Phaeton
Sir William Mr. Caton -- Little Richard &
on Horseback Mr: Wake walked -- Mr.
Caton & I rode together we left our
Horses at the Cock inn at Waltham
walked through the Church -- which is a
very large & handsome one &c.
we spent the day in the Gardens at
Waltham Abbey -- this Abbey was pulled
down by Sir William some years ago. -- the
Pond which goes round a Square Garden
of about ½ a mile we dragged for fish --
dined under a large Elm -- saw the
fine tulip tree &c & Sir William went
after dinner to a Book Club we
returned home about 8. Mr Wake & I
rode on first -- &c&c. This day was
Kept in remembrance of Richards
Birth day which is the 16th. of July when he was 8 --



Miss Wake & Richard supped with us -- went
to our Rooms at ½ past 10 o'Clock --
NB Waltham is about 2 Miles from
this place -- a Mr. Barwick who rents
the Abbey Gardens came to the Abbey
Garden -- he rents them from Sir William --

Sunday 10th- August 1783 Essex
Sir William was taken very Ill about a pain in his
Stomach -- we fear the Gout -- I stayed in
My Room after breakfast the greatest part
of the Morning William came & begged me to come
down &c -- After dinner nursed Sir William
the Apothecary Mr. Hammond came
& a Mr. Lambe (a tradesman from
Waltham) the latter prescribed a
Powder which we gave him after tea
Lady Wake went to take a Walk. I
stayed to attend Sir William who kept
his bed. Marianne stayed we sat in the
Boudoir -- When Lady Wake came in -- I went
down after she had seen Sir William &c. Mr. Caton
read some of Blairs Belles Lettres -- after Supper
which was at 9 William soon went to Bed Lady Wake
Mr Caton & I sat till ½ past 10 --



I went to see Sir William before I went to bed
he was very poorly -- &c

Monday 11th August 1783 Upshire farm
Sir William rather better this Morning
after Breakfast I sat in the drawing
Room & had little Richard with me he learnt his
Lesson & I decorated Plans for Sir William I went
up to him but he was asleep -- Lady Wake Mr. Catton William
Richard & Charlotte went out at 2 to dine at
a Mr Hillardons -- Marianne stayed at home
I did not alter my dress -- at 3 I went for Sir
William at Mr Rutledges di--- he came down to
dinner -- we had a fire & dined in the drawing
Room. after dinner I continued to draw the Plans
Sir William went & lay down from ½ past 4 till 6 -- I
sent Marianne to take a walk -- at 6 --
Sir William came down to tea -- Marianne made
tea -- we sat together till near 9 -- I drew
the Plans. made Sir William eat some Cordial --
Lady Wake &c came home before 9 -- Sir William
went to bed -- we supped went to bed at
11 O'Clock

Tuesday 12 -- Sir William rather better but did not
come down to Breakfast -- after breakfast I
went in the Garden -- sat in my Room & wrote
Lady Wake came & consulted me about the
Miss Wakes going to Mrs Conyers &c
at 1 we took a walk call upon poor Mrs



Prior at the Cottage who had been & was
Ill. we walked a little way & were
driven in by a thunder storm which did
not last long. Mrs. Beate came to dress me
at 2 O'Clock. William & Mr Caton dined out at
a Mr. Jessops at Waltham. after dinner
sat with Lady Wake and her daughters in the Boudoir
we worked &c. Sir William in the next room
upon the bed. &c &c drank tea a little
after 6. then Lady Wake Marianne & I
walked out towards the forest called
upon Mrs. Dowset at a Hamlet Lady
Wake gave her a medicine as she had
not been well -- she told us she let
Lodgings -- at 15s a week &c &c & of a
Lords Son & a Woman who had them
last -- we prolonged our walk till
8 -- came in Lady Wake read in Blairs
Lectures I worked for her -- Mr Wake &
Mr Caton came in at 9 -- Richard had
leave to walk to Waltham with Mrs. Beate
&c at Supper we jok'd the Gentlemen
about the Story we had heard from Mrs Dowset
&c &c Sir William went to bed at 10
Lady Wake & Mr Caton went up



to give him his powders I stayed by my
self & wrote my Journal. when they
came down we took two or three turns
in the Garden by Moonlight
came to my Room at ¼ before 11 O'Clock

Wednesday 13th: Sir William had but indifferent -- about 2 Lady Wake the Miss
Wake Richard & I took a pleasant walk in the
fields -- came in to dress at 2. in the
afternoon a Mrs- & Miss Crowley came they
drank tea with us -- Sir William out on horseback
& little Richard -- Lady Wake & I was entertained
with the conversation of the Ladies &c. Lady Wake
& I walked out when they left us for
¼ of an hour -- we supped at 9 all
together except Miss Wake & Richard -- went
to bed before 11 --

Thursday 14 Sir William had the Gout in his
foot therefore we did not go to Town as
we had intended for him to see dr.
Fothergill at my House &c. sent a
Boy to town with a Letter to my Uncle
William -- &c &c Lady Wake Mr Caton William &
I & Miss Wake & Richard took a --



walk about 2 -- went towards
Mrs. Knowles farm -- a pretty Hamlet
& fields &c. came in at 3 too late
to alter my dress -- Sir William obliged to be
carried down to dinner -- after dinner
I sat with him whilst Lady Wake &c
went upstairs &c. till 6 had him moved
in the next room & made him stay
below till tea was over. he was then
carried up to bed -- Mr. Catton went to
Waltham. Lady Wake William & I walked out
at 7. took a delightful walk in the
forest /William/ almost lost ourselves --
gather wild flowers sat upon the Ground
&c -- Mr. Caton & Richard found us
out & conducted us home. came in
about 9 -- Lady Wake & Mr. Catton went up to
Sir William after Supper -- William Stayed & talked
with me. went to my Room about 11 --
after I was in bed Lady Wake came to
see how I was after my Walk -- &c&c




Friday 15th.. Upshire Farm. August 1783
After Breakfast I went & sat sometime in the.
Garden -- sat a little with Sir William Wake who
was Ill in bed with the Gout -- Mrs. Beate dressed
my Hair &c. worked to assist Lady Wake in doing
things for Miss Wakes -- Sir William came down to
Dinner -- was carried up again about 5 o'Clock
Lady Wake & I sat & worked some time in the Garden
-- I went to my Room for ½ an hour before
tea wrote a letter to Mrs. Carter. we all
drank tea in the boudoir -- Sir William upon the
Bed in the next Room. Mr. Caton made
tea &c. we took a pleasant walk in
the Evening William. & I walked together. when we
came in the Evening was so fine that we
supped in the open Air before the House
after Supper I went up to Sir William made
him eat some toast & drink some
wine -- William came up -- I did not go down
again -- Lady Wake & Mr. Caton came to Sir William
& went to my Room about 11 o'Clock

Saturday 16th. Sir William not better about 12
Lady Wake the 2 Miss Wakes & I set out
for London -- when we got there -- executed
many Commissions -- walk to Berckley Square
&c &c. dined at my House -- about ½ past 5
Lady Wake went with her Daughters to



Mrs. C---ss at Kensington to place
them there for 3 Months till she gets a
Governess -- I gave the Children books &c
stayed at home till Lady Wake returned which
was before 7. Betty gave me so melancholy
an account of Miss Jane Barnard that Lady
Wake prevented my going to enquire after
her -- wrote a letter to Miss Penelope Barnard.
we did not leave Town till near 8
as the Post-boy was not punctual to his
time -- called at Aven for fruits bought
some for Sir William &c &c. the Evening was fine
I gave Lady Wake Miss Mores Epistle to
Mrs. Vesey to read. we conversed about
friendship with the other Sex. &c arrived
at Upshire farm about 10 -- Sir William in bed
& very indifferent -- I went up to him
after Supper -- came down again -- went
to bed about ½ past 11

Sunday 17th. August Essex did not go down to Breakfast
till near 10 Sir William very indifferent -- sat in my Room
Great part of the Morning. could not have prayers on
Account of Sir William &c. -- in the Afternoon Mr. Lambe
came -- I talked him about Mrs. Compton who was his
Cousin -- he told me a good deal of New York where
he was born -- mentioned Mr. Skyles &c -- Lady Wake
Mr Caton Mr. Wake & I & Richard took a delightful
walk -- up an ascent. sat down upon the grass saw ------
fine & extensive Prospects I walk with William --



we went up to Sir William &c after Supper Mr Caton &
Lady Wake went up for ¼ of an hour -- William sat & talked
with me made me promise him my friendship
& advice &c &c Sir William in bed the greatest part of the day
was moved into my room after dinner

Monday 18 -- August Essex Sir William still very indifferent
-- We were with him as much as possible during the
day -- in the Evening I took a Ride in the forest with
Mr Caton William & little Richard, Lady Wake stayed with
Sir William. -- when we came in William & I sat in the
boudoir -- Lady Wake went out for a little
Walk -- had Mrs. Beete to do up my Hair &c &c after
Supper Lady Wake Mr Caton & I had a long conversation
upon the similiarity of the Sense of
Smell & Taste -- Lady Wake & I read a good deal in
Blairs lectures to day

Tuesday 19th. August 1783 after Breakfast
Mrs.. Beete dressed my Hair. Sir William very ill
all day could not be moved but for a few
Minutes to have his bed made. we heard
of a surprising Meteor of a ball of fire
which had been seen by Mr. Lambe & many
other people at Waltham last night a little
past. 9 o'Clock



sat with Lady Wake in the boudoir Read Blair --
lectures. after dinner William & I took up fruit
to Sir William & sat with him for ½ an hour.
Mr. Caton went to Waltham after tea for business for
Sir William &c Lady Wake William & I took a little Walk
after 8 o'clock -- -- Mr. Caton did not return till
we had done Supper. after Supper we paid
visits to Sir William I gave him Gin & Milk & Water &c
&c -- read some things out of my Manuscript
book to Lady Wake & Mr Caton &c. After Lady
Wake was in bed I went & sat to talk with
her till past 12

Wednesday 20th. August 1783 After Breakfast
Lady Wake & I sat ------ to write letters --
Next about 12 read Blairs Lectures
& worked in the. Boudoir Sir William better
to day -- he was brought down
to dinner -- after tea Lady Wake Mr Caton
went out on horseback. William stayed at
home with me -- Mr. Barwick came &
sat with Sir William till Lady Wake came home
about 9 -- William & I sat in the Boudoir I wrote
letters -- he wrote out Louisa's Narrative
for me -- we took a little walk in the
Garden & field adjoining -- Lady Wake came
home about 9 -- soon after Supper I
went up to my Room -- wrote letters



for Mrs. Taylor to carry to Town for
me. about ½ past 11 Lady Wake came
& wished me good night --

Thursday 21st. -- Sir William better. After Breakfast I came
to my Room to write letters -- then sat with
Lady Wake & we read &c Blair. from 9 till
near 3. I dressed myself as Mrs. Beete was
employed -- Sir William came down to dinner --
Mr.. Barwick of Waltham dined with
us -- Sir William was moved in the Drawing Room
after dinner I came into my Room & Sat
& wrote till tea time (6 o'Clock) after tea
Lady Wake Mr. Caton William & I rode out
I rode Mr. Barwick horse part of the way &
was obliged to change Horses with the
Servant as Mine stumbled two or three
times William & I had a good deal of conversation
-- we had a delightful ride -- through the
forest & through a Plantation -- fine
Views &c came home past 7.
Mr. Barwick stayed Supper -- Sir William supped
below -- after they went I went to



my Room -- about ½ past 11 Lady
Wake came into my Room & wished me
Good night

Friday 22d. -- The Morning as usual.
Mr. Robert Rainsford dined with us
-- in the Evening we took a Walk in the
fields -- Sir William dined below. after
Supper -- Lady Wake Mr. Caton William & I
walked in the Garden for ½ an hour
by Star light -- talked of ---ts &c &c

Saturday 23d. -- The Morning as usual
Sir William came down to dinner -- after
dinner I went to my Room till tea
time Sir William came up & lay upon the
bed we drank tea in the Boudoir
-- after tea Lady Wake. William Mr.. Caton
& I & Richard took a pleasant
Ride towards Wood Ridden
-- when we came in I read out of
my Manuscript book to Lady
Wake . till Supper time . read
out of it to Mr. Caton after Supper
&c &c &c




Sunday 24th. -- After Breakfast
William & Mr. Caton went to Waltham to
Church -- Lady Wake -- Richard & I
Read Prayers in Sir William Wake Room
he did not get up till dinner time
it was so cold we had a fire --
After dinner I sat in my Room
till tea time . we drank tea below
-- Sir William sat below the whole Evening &
looked over Papers -- it rained &
we could not go out -- Mr. Caton
read Blair to Lady Wake & me
till supper time . Sir William sat
up to supper -- when he went up
stairs -- we sat & conversed till
past 11 -- respecting Pope &c
&c

Monday 25th.. August 1783 -- spent the Morning as
usual. Violent Thunder after Breakfast
Lady Wake & I went down to Sir William who got up
soon after Breakfast -- Lady Wake & I
sat & read Blair &c. when Mrs. Beete was
dressing my Hair Lady Wake came &
read part of a translation from the french
play of Boneval -- by an old Lady we did not



like it well enough to finish it
after dinner I came & sat in my Room
William came & begged me to propose riding
&c. we drank tea below -- I change my
dress & we took a Ride I rode Sir Williams
Grey Horse. Lady Wake William, Richard Mr. Caton
& me. the Evening was cool but we had
a pleasant ride in the forest. it was
near dark when we came in -- we had
a fire -- After Sir William went up after
Supper -- Mr. Caton read for an hour
in Blair to Lady Wake & me

Tuesday 26th. August 1783 -- Essex. Sir William sent for
me after Breakfast. went & sat by his bed side
for an hour with my work. he then got up & went
down Stairs. I sat with him below & assisted him
in drawing Plans &c till dinner time -- after
dinner Hammond the apothecary came
in & sat ½ an hour. went to my Room wrote
letters to Miss Anna Clark. we drank tea below
after Ten william Mr Caton & I rode out, called
at a Shop at the Entrance into Waltham
for writing Paper -- got of my Horse.
we then prolonged our ride -- came
home at dusk the forest way . found
Lady Wake & Sir William both low &c Supped in
the drawing Room -- Mr. Catton read a few pages
in Blair before Supper. when Sir William went



up after Supper we were rather merry
I made Mr Catton a Cap of Paper &c &c

Wednesday 27. I took a Walk with
William & Richard for ½ an hour before
breakfast in the fields. Sir William came
down for the 1st. time to breakfast
he was low & poorly Lady Wake & I took
a turn in garden after Breakfast I
then came into my Room & wrote
letters -- Sir William went out on Horseback
for the 1st. time -- I read to Lady Wake in Blair
whilst her Hair was dressing -- in the Evening
I stayed at home -- Lady. Wake & Mr. Catton & Richard
Rode out Sir William sat with me the greatest part
of the time they were out -- I gave him his
tea &c in the drawing Room -- William stayed at
home & went to his Room to write for Lady
Wake what I desired &c Sir William went into ye
other room William came down & we conversed
together for ¼ of an hour. I then went
to Sir William till they came from their ride --
Mr. Catton read to us in Blair before Supper
&c &c




Thursday 28th.. August Essex 1783
I had a Cold & did not get up to Breakfast
Lady Wake desired me to remain in bed she
brought me some tea. About 10 she came
& read to me by my bed-side. brought
Me some of Williams Themes -- read also
in Blairs Lectures. about 11 I got up
Mrs. Beete dressed my Hair -- went & sat
with Lady Wake for an hour / William came in
to the Boudoir I then went to my Room --
Worked, returned to Lady Wake ½ an hour before
dinner -- Sir William rode to see his Steward
Mr. Barden. After dinner went to sit
& worked in the drawing Room till tea time
-- William Came to me -- had conversation for
¼ of an hour. we all met at tea time
in the Afternoon & Evening
was employed in settling about our
Journey into Northamptonshire Tomorrow
went to my Room before Supper -- William
came to me & entreated me to give him a
Lock of my hair. which I was obliged to comply with. I
wrote a few lines in the paper which enclosed it &c we
went to Lady Wake & Mr Caton in the Boudoir Mr. Catton read a
few pages of Blair -- we then all went down to Supper
after Supper Sir William read us the letters he had written
&c I went upstairs before Lady Wake or Sir William &c &c




Friday 29th.. Essex 1783 got up at 6 o'Clock
Mrs. Beete came to me before 7. a little after
7 we were all down Stairs -- Lady Wake Mrs. Beete
Little Richard & myself set off after Breakfast.
About ½ past 8 for Courteenhall -- Mr. Caton &
William attended us the first Stage on Horseback
we stopped at Waltham & Richard
There got upon his little Pony & rode to
Hartford -- at Hartford we stopped & had Coffee
William & Mr Caton then parted from us to
return home -- Richard then came in the
Chaise to us -- we talked & read (had
Thompson & Rousseaus Promenades &
Watsons Chemistry for Books) till we
came to Brickhill where we got out
for dinner -- we stayed there about an
hour & ½ when we stopped at Stony
Stratford to change horses asked the Women of the Inn
about the Graftons &c -- about 1 Mile from
Courteen Hall saw a Coach That had
been overturned -- Lady Wake ask the Maid
Servant if she could be of assistance &c
the Familys Name were Fullers
Bankers in London -- the Ladies
had gone on in Carriages that had



overtaken them. Mrs Fuller
was going to Buxton for the
Recovery of her limbs which she had
lost the use of at the age of 40 --
met Colonel Mansel & his Wife &
3 Children taking an airing a
little way from Stony Strattford
She had lain in about 3 weeks or
a Month & had the young Child in
the Coach -- we spoke to them --
got to Courteen Hall about ½ past 7 --
the Morning had been raining -- but held
up in the Evening -- Lady Wake & I
Slept together in the little bed Chamber

Courteen Hall August 30th.. 1783
Lady Wake & I breakfasted about 9 -- strolled
About & picked up some fossils in the Gravel
&c. she was engaged in settling with her
Servants &c -- we walked together in
the Kitchen Garden. she showed me the
Rooms over in the Stables that belong to
William & Mr. Caton -- we came in about 1 o'Clock
Lady Wake arranged her Drawers --
looked over the Things from London for



the House &c &c I assisted in winding
Silk &c which & dear little Richard held for
me . we dressed a little before dinner
did not dine till near 4. after dinner
Lady Wake went into the Store Room &
then we went into the Kitchen Garden
before tea. came in a little after 6 --
I did something more to the Medley
Screen I had done in the Spring --
Lady Wake read to me out of her
Manuscript books -- one Subject
which she had treated on was Marriage
the duties of a Wife -- & She then
read me some of Mr. Catton letters -- Showed
me what she had written upon the
Subject of Womans being learned
&c we supped upstairs in her dressing
Room the Conversation turned upon
love friendship Marriage -- Lady
Dartrey -- &c &c

Sunday 31st. August Courteen hall
dear little Richard came into my Room before
I was up -- after Breakfast Lady Wake & I went down
to see him set off for School -- he was to Ride
upon his little Horse as far as Northampton &
Then get into a Chaise. Mr. Lister the
Gardener went with him we came in
finished our breakfast I strolled



about -- Lady Wake & I met in our walk
had our hair Dressed by Mrs. Beete at
2 went to Church Mr. Vokes Preached &
read Prayers . after Church we took a
little Walk till dinner was ready
After dinner sat sometime talked
of Mrs. Bouvrie &c . then went to Mr.
Vokes -- saw his Sister himself & Brother
walked in Garden -- which is a pretty one
stored with fine fruit we stayed near an
hour -- Mr. Wake, Sir Williams Game keeper walk
with us as far as the Gate -- Lady Wake & I sat
in the Plantation & Read a Paper in
the World. a threatening Storm drove
us in the House -- it soon Thundered
& Lightninged & the Remainder of the
Evening it rained violently. Lady
Wake & I sat in the Dressing Room -- read
in the World -- Bible conversed upon
different Subjects -- Mr. Hanbury, Sc---
&c. went to bed about 11 O'Clock

Monday 1st.. September after breakfast we
Separated for some time as Lady
Wake had farmers &c on business
at 12 Mrs. Beete dressed my Hair -- at
2 I set out on Mr. Vokes Horse. With
William to Northampton -- got there about
3 -- went to Mrs: Rogers -- found her in



pretty good Health (Mrs. Hawkins with
her) -- she had dined but I had some
cold meat &c brought -- stayed with Mrs. Rogers
till ½ past 6 -- Miss Bennion sent to me to
enquire after me -- Mr. Locock passed the Window
I spoke to him -- before I left Mrs. Rogers she
took an opportunity whilst Mrs. Hawkins was out
of the Room to give me some Lace to trim
a gown .. &c &c &c -- Saw her old maid Betty
3 of her Children . when I left her
got on my Horse & rode to the Post office
no letters. met Mr. Rainsford -- (the old Clergyman)
spoke to him . -- met also Lucy the Bookseller
Mr. Clavering by the Cross in Coming home
the Horse Threw me -- I received but little hurt
& desired William the Servant not to mention it.
came to Courteenhall about 8 o'Clock -- found
Lady Wake reading & the Globes &c. we had Supper
early after Supper she read many of Lady
Dartrys letters to her before Lady Dartrey was
Married -- we did not go to bed till ½ past
11 o'Clock

2d. September 1783 Courteen hall Mrs.. Beete came
& assisted me to get ready for Breakfast after
Breakfast Lady Wake & I walked to the farm yard -- spoke
to Old Fravel who told me he remembered
me some years ago . went to the Barley field .
Kitchen Garden. gathered Nosegay fed the Rabbits



&c. -- Sat together reading & writing till we
parted to dress for dinner -- after Breakfast I read
out of Wardens System of Religion to Lady Wake
-- we dined at 9 -- after dinner conversed
about the Late dr. Hunter. Mr. & Mrs. John Wills
&c. we then walked round the Plantation,
sat in the Seat Lady Wake read to me
the two first Cantos of the Rape of the Lock.
we then finished our Walk -- gathered
what flowers we could came in about
6 -- After Tea I went into my Room for
½ an hour whilst Lady Settled with her Cook
&c -- -- after that we sat together -- I added
to the Medley Screen -- she looked over & Read
to me Manuscripts & Extracts which she
had written out before her Marriage
After Supper -- looked over tickets &
Coins &c &c &c we looked
out Books & settled every thing for
our Journey tomorrow -- parted about
½ past 10

September 3d. 1783 Lady Wake Mrs. Beete &
I set out from Courteenhall about 8 O'Clock
got to Cosgrove Colonel Mansells about
¼ past 9 o'Clock -- met Mrs. Forrester



in her Carriage when we got near
the house -- she had been at Colonel Mansell
& slept There -- we stopped & spoke to
her -- she had stood Godmother Yesterday
to a little Boy of Mrs. Mansells
Mrs. & Colonel Mansell received us very
kindly we breakfasted There -- saw
their daughter a Child of about 3 years
& ½ & a lovely little Boy of about
2 Years old -- They have 2 other
Boys at School -- & have lost two
Children. we left Them about ¼ past
10. did not get out of the Carriage
again till we got to St. Albans
where we had a Cold dinner & stayed
about an hour -- Lady Wake & I went
to see Mrs. Langford who keeps the
Inn she has been long confined to
her Room by Illness -- she told me
she remembered me when I was in
my White frock &c. &c. when we
got to Hertford we could not get horses
& was much distressed whe had tea
& stayed there till near 8 o'Clock it
was a very dark & rainy Evening --
Lady Wake was uneasy -- Mrs. Beete came into



the Room to us -- we made her sit down
& played at Rhyming questions &c
We set out for the farm with returned
horses -- & got safe there about
½ past 9 -- Sir William had given over
expecting us for that night --
William was gone to bed but came down
we had supper &c &c I went
to my Room soon after Supper &
left them all below -- got to
bed about 11 o'Clock -- found Sir William very well
& not so lame as for some months past

September 4th.. Essex 1783 as I was a little
indisposed by not having slept all night
cold in my limbs -- I did not get up till
past 11. Mrs. Beete brought me my breakfast
at 9. -- Lady Wake came to me for a few
Minutes as I was dressing -- Mrs. Beete
combed out & dressed my hair -- went to
Lady Wake & sat in the Boudoir whilst she
was dressing with the door open in the next
Room . William came & we stayed there till
dinner time -- Sir William had been out all Morning
after Mr Bardens (his late Stewards) affairs
-- Lady Wake & I took one turn in the garden
after dinner -- but it was too Cold & windy
& damp to stay out -- We then separated till
tea time I went to my Room as usual after
dinner -- wrote a letter to Miss Gunning --
William came to me with a little Bird which
he put out of my Window --



After tea Mr. Caton read to Lady Wake
& me in Blair -- we worked & William began
a Drawing for me. After Supper we conversed
went early to our Rooms had Fires

September 5th. Friday -- The Weather cold
& windy -- After Breakfast came to
my Room -- for an hour then went & sat
with Sir William till near dinner time -- he was
employed with his Papers -- had just time to
have my hair dressed & put on my gown
After dinner Lady Wake & Mr Caton went &
took a little Walk I sat on with Sir William
-- farmers & people came to him --
went to the other Room for an hour before
tea -- Mr. Jessop an Attorney from Waltham
drank tea with us & left us at ½ past 7.
an agreeable lively Man.
Sir William & Mr Caton went into the dining Room
to settle accounts &c. William read to Lady Wake
& me in Blair till Supper time -- After
Supper Sir William soon went to bed -- we sat
up till 11. William stayed up till that time
we wrote notes &c Sir William sent for us
we went with 4 Candles to his bedside
&c.

September 6th. Saturday -- High wind & wrote letters
after Breakfast. in my Room. Mrs Beete
to dress me &c -- After dinner sat on with
Sir William while Lady Wake took a little Walk &c









September 9th. 1783 --
William




-- then gave me
plans to shade with colours -- went into
the other -- Room -- Lady Wake & Mr. Catton came
at 6 to tea. After tea I continued
shading Plans. William did his Latin Verses
Lady Wake read a little in Blair -- Mr. Catton &
Sir William in the next room settling accounts
-- Lady Wake & I ½ an hour before Supper
amused ourselves in giving each
other Rhymes -- After Supper Sir William
------ had a farmer in &c. we sat up
& Mr. Catton & Lady Wake & I. continued our
Rhymes &c -- William wrote notes to me &c

September 7th. 1783 Sunday -- after Breakfast
Sir William made Lady Wake & me draw
Plans -- we had Prayers -- as we could
not go to Church. Sir William Mr. Catton Lady Wake
William & I. Mr. Catton read Prayers. continued
drawing -- Plans (Coloured) till near
3. went up to dress . William came & sat with me before dinner in my Room a Mr. Goodwin
& his Son (who is in Mr. Boddingtons
Counting House) dined with us.
I went
to my Room for an hour after
dinner -- Lady Wake came for me we
went down sat by the fire -- I read



Mason on Self Knowledge -- William came
& sat with us -- read some things out
of my Manuscript Book. Mr
Barwick to tea & Supper --
I cut out prints William sat next
me let him read in my Manuscript
book -- &c &c -- I went to
my Room soon after Mr. Barwick went.

Monday 8th.- 1783 September Wind &
Rain. after Breakfast went
into the Boudoir till my Room
was ready William came down. went to
my Room. Mended & looked out my
things for the Week. Lady Wake came in
at different times. went down at
1 & shaded Plans for Sir William till
near 2. Mrs. Beete Came for me
to dress. Lady Wake Laid down she was not
quite well -- She came into my Room
whilst I was dressing. went down
& finished another plan before dinner
William sat with me -- Sir William did not come
in till near 4 had been out with a
farmer all Morning upon Business











Mr. Doe the farmer dined with
us a sensible old Man & well
behaved. -- after dinner went in
the Drawing Room for some time.
Lady Wake & Mr Catton & we talk upon Shooting
&c. Separated till tea time. I stayed
sometime below William came in I was
writing my Journal. I went up to
my Room. Mr. Catton William & I
met below at ½ past 6. after
tea. Mr. Catton read in Blair Lady Wake &
Worked William cut out prints for me
for some time. then went into the
next Room to his father & Mr Doe
who did not go till near 9.
Sir William then came to us -- was
uncomfortable we however
continued our Reading &c till
Supper ½ past 9. uncomfortable
conversation after Supper --
I went up soon after William
Sir William came into my Room where
I was undressing &c




      Tuesday 9th. After Breakfast went
to my Room wrote letters -- Lady Wake came
in for a Moment -- cold Wind & Rain
Sir William prevented by the badness of the
Weather going to Harlow Bush fair.
went down & sat with Sir William for an
hour before dinner -- William was busy
looking over papers. William came & sat
with me I worked -- just ran up
before dinner -- put on another Habit
-- William came to me after I was dressed &
stayed till we were called down. after
dinner -- I shaded Plans (in the drawing
Room) till tea time -- after tea Sir William
read part of a Political paper was uncomfortable
&c -- Lady Wake but poorly -- Mr. Caton went up
to his Room. I worked &c &c. Mr. Catton came
down at our request read a few pages in
Blair before Supper -- Lady Wake went to bed
when we went to Supper. Mr. Catton William & I only
sat down. Sir William was at another table
looking over accounts -- he soon went up
after Supper -- William sat ½ an hour -- I gave
Mr. Catton Silk Needles &c. Mr. Catton & I sat up
till 11 talked about Sir William &c &c












September 10th. 1783 Wednesday Essex
the anniversary of my dear fathers death.
Lady Wake was not quite well did not get up
to Breakfast. Mrs. Beete brought me
my Breakfast before I got up -- William sent me a
Note upon my tea Spoon &c. did not get up
till 11 -- dressed myself. at 12 Lady Wake & I met
below -- Mr. Catton & William went out Shooting. Sir William
went to Harlow Bush. Lady Wake & I sat &
read & worked together till dinner time
below. Mr. Catton & William returned to dinner
Sir William dined out. after dinner we took a
pleasant walk towards the forest -- William
& I stayed behind & took rather a longer
walk. came in to tea about 6. Sir William
came home about that time -- he went into
the next room. Mr- Catton read in Blair to
Lady Wake & me we finished the 1st. Volume Quarto
Supped rather before 7 on account of the
Eclipse -- soon after Supper left Sir William
Lady Wake Mr. Catton William & I sat up in the drawing
room till 1 in the Morning to see the
Eclipse of the Moon &c &c




September 11. Essex 1783 Breakfast rather
before 9. Sir William uncomfortable. after Breakfast
went to my Room. stayed there an hour
-- Lady Wake brought ------ &
desired me to go to the fire below -- took
my Work -- sat there sometime. William
came & read me some of Homers
Iliad. -- I then went & sat by Lady Wake
whilst her Hair was curling read some
things out of the Annual Register
-- just changed my dress put on a Silk Gown
before dinner. a Mr. Davis an Anabaptist
Clergyman dined with us who
smoked his pipe after dinner -- he was
with Sir William all Morning as was Polly
about Mr. Bardens affairs . &c. Lady Wake &
I sat together most of the time till we
went to Waltham about 6. Mr. Caton went
in the Chaise with us -- we went to Mrs.
Colnetts. drank tea there. Mr. Jessop
& Mr. Collnett came in to tea. &c.
William came to us -- came home about 9
fine Moon light night -- we repeated
Verses in the Chaise &c. soon went
to bed -- after Supper about 10. & &c
                            












September 12 -- 1783 After Breakfast went
to my Room for ½ an hour -- then Lady Wake
& I sat & wrote letters together in the Room
below -- & Conversed till near dinner
time separated to dress -- William had a holiday
he & Mr Catton. went out Shooting -- Mr Davies
the Anabaptist Parson dined with us -- William came
home to dinner but Mr Catton did not
-- at 5 o'Clock William & I took a Ride
only accompanied by the Servant -- we were
out till 7 the Ride pleasant -- but
the Wind Cold when we came home
Mr Catton was just returned from Shooting &
had not met with any success after Tea
Mr Catton & William went to lessons till Supper
time . Lady Wake read to me in Blair
Sir William came & sat by us for some
time -- The Evening as usual.

September 13th. -- Mrs. Beete dressed me at ½ past
7. for the day. had Breakfast in my Room. Lady Wake came to
me as I was not quite well being tired with my Ride
&c&c . went down at 8. They were all at Breakfast
Sir William had Young Woolstanholmn in to reprove
him for Shooting &c. about 9 Sir William & I went in
the post Chaise to London. he sat me me down
at my Uncles in Bedford Square -- him & Mrs
& Miss Hamilton were at home. was pleased at seeing
me -- I dined & stayed till ½ past 7 when
Sir William came for me . my Uncle went to




the Door & spoke to him -- we came home
before 10. -- made William imagine for a moment
I was not returned expressed great concern &c.
-- Sir William soon went to bed after Supper. I told Lady Wake all
the news I had heard -- went to bed about 11

September 14 Sunday. Lady Wake came into my Room to ask
how I did before we went down to breakfast. After
Breakfast stayed on below by the fire -- Lady Wake went to
Church at Waltham . I stayed at home as did
Sir William -- he took off plans . I read & wrote
when they returned from Church -- a Sir William
Smith came . Lady Wake & I came upstairs. I
stayed with her a few Minutes whilst she
read a letter from Lady Dartrey . went to
my Room till dinner time Mrs. did my hair
I kept on my habit -- after dinner We
separated. I lay down for ½ of an hour.
went down William came to me -- After tea
Mr. Caton read till Supper William cut out
prints wrote notes &c Ldy. Wake taken not
Well went up to her Room for a few Minutes
took drops &c. After Supper Lady Wake & I
Soon came up . left Sir William & Mr Catton we
put a flannel petticoat round Williams head when
he was asleep &c &c. Sir William came into my
Room &c &c

15 Monday September 1783 -- After Breakfast came to
my Room . looked over & mended my Things
Lady Wake came to persuade me to go with her
to Mrs. Conyers I excused myself she
went at ½ past 12 -- I went down with
Sir William went to dine at Waltham



I drew plans William sat with me. I
then got him to go to meet Lady Wake &c &c
went to dress at 2 Mrs. Beete . Lady Wake
came home came & told me she found
no one at home whom she called upon --
-- Lady Wake William & I had nearly dined before
Mr. Catton came in from shooting he had no
success . Lady Wake & I sat & worked together
below till tea time at tea William & Mr Catton
joined us -- after tea Lady Wake Mr. Catton William & I
went in the Coach to Waltham Mr. Bush
Lecture . was obliged to go & sat ½ an
hour with Mrs. Barwick -- Took her with
us to the Cock Inn. -- the Lecture vulgar
horrid -- company as bad. &c &c.
Sir William came home with us we returned
about ½ past 10. Lady Wake & I came up before
Mr.- Catton & Sir William

Tuesday 15th.. came up to my Room as usual
after Breakfast -- William came & desired me to come down about
1. dressed myself. went down with my Work -- he did
not come from Mr. Caton &c. decorated a plan
before dinner -- After dinner as Usual
after tea read & Worked as usual William wrote
by me the day rainy &c &c

Monday 16th November 1781 -- The family
came to settle in Town for the Winter




Wednesday 17th About ¼ past 12. Lady Mr. Catton &
William I. went out & took a delightful
ride in the forrest &c -- a very fine Morning
William & I came home after them as my Horse
(Sir Williams old gray) would not come on. took one turn
in the Garden ate some Grapes. had just time
to get my hair done before dinner -- they were
Seated at the table &c. after dinner Lady Wake & I
took a turn in the Garden. Went to my Room stayed
there till tea time -- the -- Evening reading. Working
as Usual. Sir William uncomfortable . talked of our
going into Yorkshire &c William &c

Thursday 18th. soon after Breakfast (Sir William Breakfasted at
Waltham with Mr Barwick) Mrs Beete came & did
my hair. About ½ past 12 Lady Wake & I went in
the post Chaise to make visits -- met Mrs. Abdey
upon the Road with her Children -- then went to Mrs.
Crawleys. Lady Wake went in I went on to
Balls Cross -- called upon Mrs Strottpost &
Mrs. Bargess -- they were out -- had been to
Warwickshire -- expected home in the Evening
&c . returned for Lady Wake did not get out
-- we conversed in the Chaise about Sir William ------
&c &c &c. came home about 3 -- went to my Room
William came to me & a ½ of an hour before dinner
came & read to me in my Uncles Book about
Calabria &c. Lady Wake came sent William down to keep
Company with Mr. Colnett. dined after 4. Mr.
Collnett dined with us. a pleasing sensible
Man . Sir William had a person on business did not
come in till the dinner was near over Mr.
Lovett the Man who was with him dined with us
Lady Wake & I sat by the Willow tree & read Miss
Gunnings last letter to me &c



the Evening spent as usual. reading &
Working

Friday 19th as usual
Sir William went to
Town after Breakfast -- an hour before
dinner William came & Read to me in my
Room -- it rained we could not go out.
I began a Medley Screen & After tea
Lady Wake & I worked -- Mr. Catton tried the
Chemical Experiment of the Salt
Water &c. We Read some of Blair
&c &c

Saturday 20th. -- Sir William came home to dinner
he slept in Town -- the day passed
much as usual

Sunday 21st. After Breakfast dressed for the day
Lady Wake Sir William & I went in the Chaise to
Waltham Church. William & Mr. Catton Rode
-- left Sir William at Waltham on business -- Mr Colnet
preached &c. William came back in the Chaise
with us. Sir William came to dinner we dined
at 2 as he was going part of his way
to Glostershire. After dinner a reproof Sir
William about Mr. Catton I went out of the room --
Sir William went about 4 --
in the Evening we read Blair. After
Supper my Manuscript books
William wrote me a ------------
&c      &c



des f--- ------ Abbey
de Lisle



Monday the Morning as usual a
wet day -- Mr. Catton went out Shooting
came home to dinner gave me a ------
of Birds which I sent to Mrs G---
Lady Wake & Mr. Catton walked out after
dinner I stayed at home with William
he left me to do his lesson came back
Read a Chapter in Cecilia the Evening
Reading Working as usual -- --

Tuesday 22d. September 1783

1806
1783
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quotations,
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 1. It seems that Mary Hamilton had originally written something in pencil on the label of the front of the diary (parts of the year are still somewhat visible), but this probably faded over time and an unknown writer later added the currently visible number and date range.
 2. This page is blank.
 3. This page is blank.
 4. This page is blank.
 5. Ludvig Holberg, Voyage de Nicolas Klimius dans Le Monde Souterrain (Copenhagen, 1741), i.e. ‘Niels Klim's Underground Travels’, originally published in Latin as Nicolai Klimii Iter Subterraneum in 1741.
 6. Mary Hamilton initially wrote this section in pencil, before tracing over it with pen.
 7. The text abruptly ends here. It is currently unknown how it relates to the writing on the back of this page.
 8. This section is orientated vertically and the top of the page (the left-hand side of the text) is missing.
 9. This is likely Daniel Sandford (one of Sarah ‘Sally’ Sandford's sons), who was 17 years old at the time of writing and Mary Delany's godson. It could, however, also be his older brother Thomas (23 years old at this point).
 10. This is probably Frances Cairnes Fortescue (née Murray), although in HAM/2/15/3 p.15 Hamilton writes that Lady Clermont was her cousin, which, to our current knowledge, Frances Cairnes Fortescue was not.
 11. A vis-à-vis is a type of carriage in which the passengers sit face to face.
 12. Wilbraham Tollemache bought Steephill, a seaside cottage on the Isle of Wight, in 1781. It was demolished in 1964.
 13. Written by the poet Lady Anne Barnard (née Lindsay, 1750-1825) in 1772.
 14. Not to be confused with Lady Lucy Boyle (1744-1792), who married George Byng, the 4th Viscount of Torrington in 1765, and would have been referred to as Lady Torrington from then onwards.
 15. The English artist of this name was born in 1780 and would have been no more than three years old at this time, so this probably refers to her aunt Emma, sister of the artist's father John, 1st Baron Crewe (1742-1829).
 16. Perhaps Killarney was intended.
 17. Bardard a clear slip for Barnard.
 18. Both William Cathcart (1st Earl Cathcart) and Charles Allen Cathcart graduated from Eton, where William Richardson took them in the 1760s.
 19. Sarah (‘Sally’) Sandford had three sons, and Mary Hamilton's remark about ‘Mr Sandford and one of his young brothers’ confirms that the former was the oldest, Thomas Sandford. As for the young brother, this would have been either Daniel (b. 1766) or William (b. 1770).
 20. Better known as Le Bas Bleu: or The Progress of Conversation: an Epistle to Mrs. Vesey, first published in 1786.
 21. It is unclear who ‘Frank’ is. It is highly unlikely to be Francis Scott Napier, 8th Lord Napier, sometimes referred to as Frank (see HAM/1/19/7), as he was not married at this point and his first known son was not born until 1786.
 22. The apparent form lelf may actually be the transposition letf, in either case a slip for left.
 23. The Library had been published anonymously in June 1781, and The Village was published in May 1783.
 24. Presumably this refers to Dr Seguin Henry Jackson, Augusta Elizabeth Jackson's husband, but the writing is unclear.
 25. Presumably Mary Hamilton intended to write at here, but was thinking ahead (‘all day’).
 26. This refers to Sir William Wake.
 27. Present-day Honey Lane in Waltham Abbey. The abbreviation ‘Upsh.’ was apparently added a couple of days later; compare the state of the nib at the foot of p.27 and the top of p.28. We are grateful to Lawrence Greenall of the Waltham Abbey Historical Society for the reading. He points out that Honey Lane and Upshire are actually two separate areas of the parish, and he therefore speculates that ‘Upshire (Farm)’ (see HAM/2/4 p.28) might well have been the house on Honey Lane now called Upshire Hall, a residence that is also a farmhouse, though its farm is now called Southend Farm (message of 01-02-2024).
 28. Hugh Blair's Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres, a compilation of forty-seven of his University of Edinburgh lectures, was published after he retired from the university in 1783.
 29. Not the church but ‘the manorial hall built just to the east of the church after the Dissolution, on the site of the demolished abbey, [...] called Abbey House’ (Lawrence Greenall, message of 01-02-2024).
 30. A Mr Rutledge is mentioned in the context of Lady Wake's indisposition at HAM/2/2 p.104.
 31. The Great Meteor of 18 August 1783 was an unusually bright meteor that could be seen mostly from the United Kingdom, which was afterwards discussed in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. There were many witnesses, and as a result there are a fair amount of depictions of the event (chiefly engravings and drawings).
 32. Probably Woodredon Farm, the name of which lives on in Woodredon Farm Lane, about 2.5 miles east of Waltham Abbey.
 33. Possibly Michel de Bonneval (d.1766).
 34. Hertford, Hertfordshire.
 35. Possibly Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Les rêveries du Promeneur Solitaire [‘The Reveries of the Solitary Walker’] (first published 1782, 1783 in translation), whose chapters are each called Promenades [‘walks’].
 36. This is either Watson's An Essay on the Subjects of Chemistry, and their General Division, first published in 1771, A Plan of a Course of Chemical Lectures, also first published in 1771, or Chemical Essays, first published in 1781.
 37. Present-day Great Brickhill in Buckinghamshire, just south of Milton Keynes.
 38. The mansion of the Wakefield Lodge estate of the Dukes of Grafton is about 3.5 miles north-east of Stony Stratford. The 3rd Duke had been Lord Privy Seal until March 1783.
 39. It is unclear which Fuller family this refers to, but it could be that of William Fuller (1705-1800), a very rich London banker who founded ‘William Fuller & Son’ c.1769 in London. His brother Richard was also a London banker, but he died in 1782.
 40. This is possibly William Fuller's wife, Bethia (or Bathiah) Wellingham.
 41. ‘To keep from raining [...]; rarely, to cease raining, clear up.’ (OED s.v. hold v., Phrasal verbs, hold up 9. Accessed 11-04-2022).
 42. John Warden, A System of Revealed Religion (London, 1769).
 43. ‘The Rape of the Lock’ is a narrative poem by Alexander Pope, originally published anonymously in two cantos in 1712, followed by a revised edition in 1714 as a five-canto version.
 44. The White Hart Inn on Holywell Hill in St Albans.
 45. The inn and its landlady are mentioned by William Napier in HAM/1/19/45 of 31 May 1773, when to his surprise and delight, the 'talkative', ‘overgrown fat LandLady’ sings the praises of ‘her dear amiable sweet Miss Hamilton’.
 46. Hamilton's final version of the two words transcribed as ‘that time’ is uncertain.
 47. This entry is continued on p.53.
 48. This page is blank. Writing from the following page can be seen through the page upside down and mirrored.
 49. The date 9 September appears prematurely at several points in this part of the diary, with subsequent correction. On this heavily redacted page, which falls between two sections of the entry for 6 September, we have provisionally marked the date as 7 overwritten by 9, but the converse cannot be excluded.
 50. The date ought to be (Saturday) 6 September, as the text appears to follow on from the end of p.50, but the visible loop doesn't look like part of 6.
 51. Once again it is uncertain what numbers were written and in what sequence, but ‘Sunday’ is clearly correct from the content of the entry, and Sunday was 7 September.
 52. The additional text begins above the line and curls downward in the right margin, written vertically.
 53. Probably either Benjamin (1730-1791) or Thomas (1735-1821) Boddington, who lived in Clapton and Upper Homerton respectively (c.12 miles south of Waltham Abbey). The brothers were partners in the family's West India Counting house. This reference by Mary Hamilton could also have been to their father Benjamin, who died in 1779.
 54. A Treatise on Self-Knowledge was first published in 1745.
 55. This page is blank.
 56. This page is blank.
 57. Harlow Bush was a common in Harlow (Essex).
 58. The Harlow Bush Fair took place each year on 9 September, and was much frequented for horses, hogs, and cows.
 59. This page is blank.
 60. This page is blank.
 61. Hugh Blair published his Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres in 1783 in two quarto volumes.
 62. This partially overwritten dateline is written upside down, as are three further datelines on this page and one on p.69, plus further fragments of writing on this page and p.69, and a whole sentence on p.67. It seems that Hamilton has re-used some sheets originally prepared for diary entries in December 1781, after turning them the other way up.
 63. This partially overwritten dateline is written upside down.
 64. These partially overwritten characters, written upside down, may represent the very beginning of an entry for 6 December 1781.
 65. This partially overwritten dateline is written upside down.
 66. This dateline is written upside down.
 67. This page is blank.
 68. This page is blank.
 69. The first six lines on this page appear to have been retraced.
 70. Presumably Mrs Beete.
 71. Given the previous and following entries, this is presumably an error for Tuesday 16 September 1783.
 72. This entry is in the hand described in a note on p.62 and is not part of the September 1783 sequence.
 73. This entry is written upside down, like the December 1781 dates on p.62, indicating that Mary wrote a few lines on these sheets in 1781 before re-using them for the entries of September 1783.
 74. This entry returns to the September 1783 sequence.
 75. ‘A type of cloth made of wools dyed (frequently in different shades or colours) and mixed before being spun; = medley cloth n.' (OED s.v. medley A.2. Accessed 20-09-2022).
 76. This scrap of an entry is in the hand described in a note on p.62 and is not part of the September 1783 sequence.
 77. Written upside down, with parts of the first line almost exactly overwritten by the penultimate line of the new entry. Similar to other instances above, Hamilton seems to have re-used the sheet at a later time, after turning it the other way up.
 78. This entry returns to the September 1783 sequence.
 79. In fact the Tuesday was 23 September.
 80. The presence of ‘1783’ suggests a calculation possibly involving years, and perhaps further, given a charitable interpretation of the ink blots, a tentative reconstruction as 1806 less 1783 = 23 (step 1), and 23 + 8 = 31 (step 2).
 81. This page is blank.

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Repository: John Rylands Research Institute and Library, University of Manchester

Archive: Mary Hamilton Papers

Item title: Diary of Mary Hamilton (15 July 1783 - 22 September 1783)

Shelfmark: HAM/2/4

Document Details

Author: Mary Hamilton

Date: from 15 July to 22 September 1783

Summary: The diary covers the period from 15 July to 22 September 1783 and records Hamilton’s many visits to her various friends, including members of the Bas Bleu, and to her family, and her various social engagements during this period. The diary also documents the news, politics, literature and gossip of the time.
    Hamilton records a visit she made to the Duchess of Devonshire to see her ‘pretty baby’, and seeing the Prince of Wales who kissed her hand. She describes her visit to the Duchess of Portland at Bulstrode and the Duchess’s interesting collections of books, art, prints, geological specimens and other ‘curiosities’. She also writes of attending a lecture which she found ‘horrid and the Company was bad’ and she details her crucial role in assisting her uncle, Sir William Hamilton, to sell his famous Roman vase to the Duchess; it has ever since been known as the Portland Vase.
    Hamilton lists her reading such as the works of her friend Hannah More and the Blair lectures, and she describes her reading from her own manuscript volumes (see HAM/3/1 and HAM/3/2 of prose and poetry to Mrs Delany as she sat and worked. Hamilton notes that her friends also read to her from their own manuscript volumes; Lady Wake, for instance read to her on the subject of marriage and the duties of a wife. Hamilton often shared and read aloud from the letters she received from friends such as Hannah More and Elizabeth Carter to her other friends. Carter had written to Hamilton on the subject of learned women; she showed the letter to Lady Wake after Wake had shown her writings on the subject of women.
    Hamilton writes about more general aspects of her day-to-day life including attending a furniture sale, a coach accident where one of the passengers ‘lost the use of their limbs’, and herself being thrown from her horse. She describes a visit to Waltham Abbey with Lady Wake and details the architecture and interior of the Abbey. Hamilton also describes a ‘ball of fire’ (meteor?) that her friend Mr Lambe and others saw one night. She notes being asked for a lock of her hair by William Wake, the son of Sir William Wake, and his constant visits and declarations of admiration for her.
   

Length: 1 volume, 72 images, 30 folios , 12303 words

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