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HAM/2/6

Diary of Mary Hamilton (5 December 1783 - 16 January 1784)

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                                                         No. 3
      Visit to Dowger. Ducheʃs
      of Portland
& Mrs. Delany
                             at Bulstrode           


[Drawing of a tree, inverted.][1]
           Journals of
from                to Jany 16th.
Dec 5 1783 -- 1784


[2]




at Falmer.
a Woman saw a
Cuckow cheat ye.
Hedge Sparrow off her
nest wch. had 3 Eggs in
it after ye. Cuckow
was gone there was
one of the Hedge
Sparrow's Eggs ------'d
& ye spotted C. Egg
lain in its place
[3]


Sorr
Sorry, I


ye. King of Naples
shot in one day 42400
2400 fallow deer. ye
Queen
6 wth her own
hand -- 17 People
------ were employed
to do it
[4]



at
Larkins China
Shop left hand
side Ludgate
Hill -- ye only
Shop for Lisle
Thread

[5]
a tea Spoonful[6]



Plants found in the Peak of Derbyshire
                                                         1763
1 Giant throatwort
2 Shining downfoot Cranes-bill[7]
3 Great yellow Heartsease
4 Climbing fumitory
5 Stags Horn Moʃs
6 Myrtle leaved Cranberry
7 Apple Rose
8 Scarlet cup moʃs
      1766
1 Knotted Parsley
2 Purple & Yellow Heartsease
3 Great tufted wood vetch 4 Brittle Fern
5 Lancashire Asphodel
6 Mountain Averna
7 Cloud Berries
8 Bloody Cranes bill
Marsh Saxifrage

* sprightly



The Blue Iris abt.
a Mile from Bedford
in ye. Woburn Road
in ye. ditches near
ye. Race Ground

*[8]My first is ye. terror
Of ye. weak & ye. Young
My second disgraces the
heart & ye. tongue
When join'd together ye.
      grave & ye. Wise
Are gain'd by my charms
& allow me a prize
                             Made by Dr. Mrs Delany


My first is allowed to have
Charms without end
My 2d is either a foe or a friend
When join'd far & near
to mischief I tend[9]



      Bullstrode            Decbr. 5th. 1783
Went to Dr. Mrs. Delany at ½ past 9 --
she was pretty well. she told me
how extremely happy I had made
her & the Dʃs. by my consent to
stay till they went to Town
Repeated how happy she was in
seeing ye. affection ye. s. had
taken for me &c: how much
they both loved me, & how
certain they both were that I
did & ever should merit ye.
Affection of every one who knew
me. I hope I may ever really merit, & endeavour
to deserve such encomiums!
how truly flattering the
praises of this venerable
and most amiable of women
.
I left her soon after Breakfast
came to my room -- dreʃs'd for
ye. day as we were (Mrs- D: & me)
to go to Admiral Forbes's
at Chalfont -- but ye. Fog did
not disperse in time, & we
did not go. The s.s sent
her pretty meʃsenger, as usual



to enquire -- how I had slept
&c -- Mrs: Delany came & invited m[e]
to go wth. her & set in the Drawing
room -- she brought ye. papers, I
read a few paragraphs to her --
she then left me, said she wd. go
to her room for 10 minutes &
then hoped to meet me in ye. Drawing
Room. Mrs Woodward ye. Housekeeper
came & invited me to see her
Room, & her Store Rooms, I
follow'd her -- she was quite
delighted -- show'd me, her Room,
her China Closets -- Linnen Preʃses,
her Stores &c &c offer'd me any
thing I chose to eat of Cakes,
Sweetmeats, &c. I took some
orange cakes to please her --
she gave me flowers -- a Peacocks
feather to keep & use as a mark in
a Book to remember her by -- told me
how much she & all Servants lik'd me
& that they were so happy to hear
ye. s.s had prevaild upon me to
lengthen my stay at Bullstrode
in short, she said a thousand
civil things to me; I saw also



ye. Stewards room -- wch. is large -- here
ye. upper servts. dine -- it appear'd
hung round with pictures but I
did not stay to examine them.
went to ye. drawing room -- where
Dr: Mrs. Delany was -- she had her
little spinning Wheel & table & I my little table
& fringe knotting & she gave me
the Character of ye. late Lady
Burlington
-- & that of her lovely,
unfortunate Daughter
. who was
married to Lord Euston -- son to
ye. Duke of Grafton -- the Mother
was infamous[10] -- ye. Son in Law
one of the most horrid wretches
I ever heard of -- his conduct
towards his beautiful amiable
wife
being brutal, beyond imagination
brutal -- this wretch had an
intrigue with his Brothers
wife[11] -- Kill'd his own --
& ruin'd a lady -- ye. particulars
are too long for to note down
at present. About 1 o'Clock
ye. Ducheʃs join'd us -- but as
she had busineʃs to transact
could not remain with us long



she made us two or three flying visits
before dinner at 2 o Clock Mrs Delany & I went to her Room & eat & we ------------went to
dinner abt. ½ past 4 o'Clock --
when we came out of ye. dining room we
had a heart laugh & ran a Race -- ye. Dʃs. gain'd her point
however Mrs D. went to her Room to take her Siesta --
ye. s. & I remaind together till she return'd
The s. was so obliging to read me out
of some miscelaneous Manuscripts --
-- chiefly remarks on Barnets History
written by ye. present Lord Dartmouths
grandfather
-- he gave them to ye. Dʃs.
to transcribe from ye. original --
these remarks proved that Barnet
was influenced too often by a party
spirit -- among other things she
read me were two anecdotes relating
to ye. Czar -- Charles ye. 2d. paid him
a visit -- unfortunately a favorite
Monkey of ye. Czars was in ye. room
who took in it his head to be vastly
affronted because ye. King look'd
at him, and he endeavour'd to
revenge ye. affront, by grinning
& jumping upon him: -- so the
whole visit conversation that
paʃs'd was in making apologies
to his Majesty &c.
The Czar had a desire to



see the King at ye. House of Lords
& hear ye. Speeches -- but did
not chuse to be seen -- he
therefore went upon ye. leads[12]
of ye. House & look'd through
ye. Windows -- he soon caught the
eyes of ye King & Lords, & they not
being able to resist laughing at the
ridiculous figure he made, -- he soon
retired.[13] -- At 7 tea, during tea I
contrived to finish a letter to Dear
Anna Maria & one to my Uncle Wm
After tea I read Evelina[14] which I
finishd at ten oClock -- ye. Dʃs. went to
her room to finish a letter to Mrs. Boscawen
told her we had gone through E: ye Book
she had desired us to read &c -- I took
the opportunity of writing a letter
to my Dst: friend Catherine -- offer'd her
to come to Town if she wishd it, as
little Fanny was ill. abt. ¼ before
11 we went to supper -- parted
¼ before 12 -- I had such a pain
in my limbs, owing to my ride
yesterday that I was glad to get
to bed.
conversation after Supper was
relative to Miʃs F——ding. her manners
                                                         &c &c



6th. Decbr. 1783 Bullstrode
did not get up till near 9 oClock. at
½ past 9 went to Mrs. Delanys room found
her pretty well, though she told me she
had not had a good night found 2 letters
upon ye. Breakfast table one, frm.
Anna Maria -- wch. contain'd more
comfortable accounts of little Fanny
& one from Miʃs Gunning. soon after
10 left Mrs. Delany came to me at
11 & desird me to accompany her to
her room -- she had received letters
wch. alas! her eyes wouldwere not in
a state to read -- tho' I felt much
honor'd by the confidence she
placed in me my heart ach'd to
think she no longer was obliged
to make use of mine I read her
letters -- in one wch. was from her
eldest Nephew Mr. Dews, who
lately spent a week here, there
was these lines -- “my best reʃpects
“to Miʃs H -- I hope she is still
“at Bullstrode, her sprightlineʃs
“will chase away those any
“lowness of spirits you may have
“wherever she is, sorrow can



surely make no long abode.”
I was pleased with his rem-
embrance
of me for he is an
excellent worthy man.
I also read the news papers to
her, & then she insisted upon
my going to take a Walk, I
obey'd -- for is it poʃsibly to
refuse obeying her dictates?
the weather was remarkably
fine -- no fog -- the sun shone
bright. & ye. wind was I believe
South -- I went to ye. Grotto wch.
was made by Mrs. Delany -- I
sat in it for some time &
enjoy'd the calm serenity
of the scene for some timearound me.
here I thought of all those
whom I loved, of every one
whose friendship I was so
happy to enjoy -- when I
return'd I fed the Peacocks
& Guinea fowls who follow'd



me -- every Bird & animal
in this place of wch. there
are a great variety are tame
& sociable. I went then to
Mrs. Delany to give an account
of my walk &c. came to my
room & began to dreʃs -- whilst
my hair was dreʃsing the
Ducheʃs
came to me, I sent
B—— out of ye. room -- she staid
¼ of an hour & talk'd over
ye. contents of one of the letters
her friend had received wch.
she had got wth. her .......
Soon after she left me Mrs
D.
came -- she told me as I was
not dreʃs'd she would order
the servts. to bring the Oysters
wch: she eats at 2 oClock to be
brought in my room -- she as
did ye. s. said many kind
things to Betty. as ye. upper Servts-
dine at 2 -- Betty left me --
soon after ye. Servants brought



ye. Oysters laid ye Napkin &c in my
dreʃsing -- I was obliged to receive
Mrs. Delany en Robe de Chambre
after we had finish'd our Gouté
she left me -- Betty came dinner
& I finish'd dreʃsing -- I remain'd
in my Room till ye. dinner Bell
rang -- because I thought it right
not to intrude before the Dʃs
had had time to speak to Lady
Weymouth
-- (her daughter) who
was expected -- abt. 5 oClock I
went up Met Mrs. Delany in ye. drawing room
found ye. Dʃs. & Lady Weymouth
whom I was glad to see -- she
is attentive & polite towards
me & always has been so.
we went to dinner -- the common
chit chat of ye. great World
was ye. conversation -- as soon
as we came out of ye. dining
room, I camewent to my own room
& read for ½ an hour for I thought
ye. Dʃs. & Lady Weymouth might
wish to be together -- Mrs. D——
went as usual to her room



I wrote my Journal -- Mrs. Delany
came to me ¼ before 7 & sat wth-
me -- gave me her opinion of
Lady Weymouth. at 7 the Groom
of ye. Chambers (Mr. Keys) came
& told us tea was ready, we
went up -- we had each our
little Table & Candles & work.
conversed upon the News of
ye. day -- fashions -- dreʃs &c &c
¼ before 10 came to my room
to leave ye. ladies at liberty
to talk without restraint -- for
in my opinion nothing ------------
for judicious ------------ ------ for younger
people taught to know that
------------------------------------------------------------

nothing marks ignorance or want
due propriety & respect more
than for a younger Person
many years younger than the
society she happens to be with
not to pay a proper deference



& respect, she ought to shew she knows
it is not right to appear an
intruder -- &c &c.
Abt. ¼ past ten ye. G. of ye. C: came
& told me supper was ready -- I went
to ye. D: Room -- we soon after went
to supper -- sat till near 12. conversation,
ye. melancholy situation of Poor
Lady Corke -- ye. Air Balloons &c
&c Mrs. Delany retired to her
room -- I made ye. excuse of
attending her left Lady. W. &
her Mother together. Mrs. D. told
me they probably wd. set talking
till 2 or 3 in ye. Morng.. I attended
her to her dreʃsing room -- receivd
ye. Dear Womans bleʃsing &
went to my room -- sent Betty
to bed sat up till 1 oClock to
write

Decbr. 7th. 1783 Bullstrode
At ½ past 9 -- the Servt. call'd me to
Breakfast went to Mrs. Delanys room
(Lady W breakfasting in her own Room) so our
tête a tête will not be interrupted.
I did not think Mrs.. D appear'd quite so
well this Morning -- but her spirits were



better before I left her -- recd. a letter
from my beloved Katherine, & had ye.
great comfort of being aʃsured by
her that little Fanny was out of
danger & that her own health &
& spirits were restored -- came to my
room ½ past 10 -- Mrs. D: came to me
before 11 & proposed a walk -- I
readily attended her -- we were out
above an hour, the weather was
mild & pleasant -- we went first
to ye. Greenhouse wch. forms one Wing
of ye. House -- in an inclosure
it are many beautiful Birds --
some fine Peacocks -- remarkable
pretty Bantam's -- &c & two Grews[15]
or Numedian Cranes -- these
Cranes have been here upwards
of 30 Years -- they are so tame that
came hopping to us & eat bread
out of our hands -- these birds
have a singular methodd of jumping
& dancing when they are pleased --
it is really quite laughable to see
their odd capers wch. they cut. we
then went to ye Grotto & Mrs. D. told
me wth. a soarce of amusement
the forming it had been to her



-- it being entirely form'd by her
directions -- she began it just after
ye. death of her loved Sister -- abt.
ye- year 1759. &c &c &c
when we return'd from our walk we
separated -- I begun ye. 2d. sheet of
my letter to Lady Wake -- Lady Weymouth
came to my Window -- I went out to
meet her Mrs. D: join'd us, when
she found we had taken our walk
she pursued hers alone -- I again
return'd to my room in a ¼ of an
hour Mrs. D: came for me to go wth.
her upstairs as she heard Mr.
Lightfoot
the Chaplain was come
we sat together for sometime in
ye. Dr: Room -- ye. s: & Lady Weymouth
------ join'd -- about 1 oClock we
went to Chapel -- the Chapel
is at ye. end of ye. Gallery --
Mr.. L. preach'd a sensible discourse
but it[16] not please me so well as
that of Last Sunday -- it grew
tedious & was spun out too long.
After Chapel -- he came up &
join'd us in ye. Gallery -- told me
he had seen Sr. Wm. Hamilton &c
in London he has been absent all the Week.



he soon took leave. ye. s & Mrs[17]
went to their rooms -- Lady Weymouth
detain'd me -- told me how happy
she was that I was to remain
here till her Mother went to Town
added many kind things -- was
beginning to talk of Mrs. D—— illneʃs
Mrs. P: conduct &c but the s.
coming put an end to our conversation
ye. Dʃs desired I wld. not alter my
Dreʃs -- I left them and as I was
coming to my room Mrs. Delany
sent for me to eat oysters wth. her
wch. she always does between breakfast
& dinner. I staid wth. her till near
3 oClock -- say in my room & again
went on with my letters -- wrote
one to Miʃs Gunning. at 4 ye.
Groom of ye. Chambers
came for
me -- as ye. Bell was going to ring
for dinner -- went to ye. Drawing
Room -- ye. Dʃs. Lady W & Mrs. D
already there -- abt. ½ past 4 went
to dinner -- Lady Weymouth gave us
an account of famous Automaton
ye. Cheʃs Player now to be seen in
London &c &c &c[18]



Soon after we return'd to ye. Drawing
room -- I left ye. ladies to their coffee & to have
their own converse, Mrs. D went
as usual to her room. I wrote
a few lines & enclosed my letters
to Dear Anna Maria -- went into
ye. library to look for a Book
ye. s. wanted to show me something
in -- Sr. Wm. Temples Memoirs[19] --
had not had time to look for it before
Mr. Keys came & told me dinnertea
was ready -- met Mrs. Woodward ye.
housekeeper who said a number
of civil things to me -- she is
good sort of Woman, but a
terrible slip-slop, so much so
that one is distreʃs'd to keep
ones countenance. after tea
till supper we had each our
little Table & candles -- Books
of Prints -- the conversation very
agreeable -- “from Grave,
to Gay” -- but not also, as ye
Poet
adds -- “from lively to severe”[20]



went to supper abt. ½ past 10 --
Converse during 2 after Supper
-- Mrs. Siddon's -- former Actors &
Actreʃs's -- anecdotes concerning
them. The attachment of
Dogs -- some stories of them --
&c. Mrs. D: & I left ye. s. &
Ldy. Weymouth ½ before 12 --
I attended Mrs. D to her room
-- I undreʃ'd sent Betty to bed --
sat up & read for an hour in
Bishop Patricks Pilgrim.[21]

8th.. Decbr. 1783 Bullstrode
Before I was call'd to Breakfast I wrote
in my Journal -- the sert. came for
me at ½ past 9 -- went to Mrs. Delany
she had not had a good night but
I thought she appear'd better than
yesterday Morng. -- we talk'd of the
Egerton family. Mrs. Delany said
how cautious Young women should
be what society they enterd into
& particularly wth. whom they
appeared in public. -- told me
an anecdote of herself when she



was Young & first married to Mr
Pendarves
-- gave me an account
of the Hell-Fire club -- wch. consisted
of abt. a dozen Persons of fashion
of both sexes -- & some of ye. females
were unmarried -- the horrid
impieties these were guilty of.
they used to read & ridicule ye. scriptures
& their conversation was blasphemous
to ye. last degree -- they used to
act plays -- some represented ye.
Virgin Mary wth. Child &c &c
-- the character of one of ye. Members
of this Club, was a Mr. Howe & an
his account of his Death wch.
Dr. Friend who attended him
gave Mrs. D. ye. day he died --
he was at his Mothers who had
apartments at Somerset house
Mrs. D. was in Sy House dining
wth. her Aunt Lady Stanley.
Dr. Friend the Physician came to them quite
overcome wth. ye. horrid scene
he had just quitted -- said he
left this miserable wretch



expiring -- uttering the most
horrid imprecations, & tho'
denying his belief of every
thing sacred -- said he knew
he should burn in Hell
for ever. Mrs. D: then gave
me the history of a sister of
this man's
[22] -- she was a Woman
of Virtue & good principles but
unfortunately for her conceived
a violent attachment to a
Mr. Lowther -- one the handsomest
men of ye. times -- but a perfect
Lothario -- they had oportunities
of being much together & he
attach'd himself to her tho'
she was a very plain young
Woman -- but his vanity was
gratified in having raised so
strong a paʃsion in her breast.
She thought her love returned --
ye. most paʃsionate letters
paʃs'd between them & their pictures



exchanged & he at length grew
tired of & neglected her & open-
ly
addreʃsed another Woman.
Miʃs Howe -- the wretched Miʃs
Howe
-- after having used
every endeavour to recall his
affection became almost
frantic with despair -- she
run away one morning from
Hampton Palace (where the Court
then was, she was Maid of Honour
to ye. s of Wales) (afterwards Queen Caroline) and came and
laid herself at ye. door of Mr.
Lowther
s house in Pall Mall
acting a thousand wild extra-
gavancies
, this of course soon attracted
a crowd of spectators -- a gentle-
man
who lived at an opposite house saw this unhappy
woman
, & knowing who she was
he humanely went to her, & with
ye aʃsistance of his servants
carried to his House -- here



she fell into colvu convulsions
& soon appear'd to have lost her
reason wch. now was totally gone,
her friends were sent for, who
took her home -- & not long
after she died raving Mad.
notwithstanding ye. Lady to
whom Mr. Lowther paid his
addreʃses was made acquainted
wth. this story -- she married
him soon after Miʃs Howes
Death.[23]
Abt. ½ past 10 came to my room
received ye. s. daily Message of
Kind inquiring -- wrote till 12.
return'd to Mrs. Delany as I had
promised -- but finding Lady Wey
mouth
with her I did not stay
took a Walk -- went as far as
ye. Grotto -- it was cold & as the
sun gave no sign of appearing
I did not lengthen my walk.
stop'd at Mrs. D: Window, she
desired me to come to her --
the King & Queen Pʃs Royal
Pʃs Augusta & Pʃs Elizabeth



were come upon a Visit. I sat
wth. Mrs. Delany till these M—— sent
for her -- she gave some verses
wch. her Maid Mrs. Astley had
written upon her last Birth-day --
they were not without merit
& seem'd written from ye. heart.
When Mrs. D. left me I staid
sometime in her Room -- to practice
Spinning -- in wch. I made some
proficiency -- abt. ½ past two
went to my room -- wrote a
note to Miʃs Goldsworthy & one
to Miʃs Planta -- wch. I sent to
ye. Queens footman to take to
Windsor -- at I then begun to
cut out ye. pasteboard for
a Chinese Paper Lanthern wch.
I want to imitate -- at ½ pst d
sat down to have my hair
dreʃs'd -- their M—— went about
that time -- Mrs. D. sent for me
to eat oysters -- I sent my
excuse as I was dreʃsing &
it was too late to eat any thing before
dinner -- but she would send



me some for she was sure it wd. be
late before we din'd -- I had just
finish'd when she came for me
I follow'd her to hers (NB her room
is abt. 80 feet from mine -- in
a straight line indeed -- but so often
does she trot to & fro that at ye.
age of 84 that it makes me
often blush at my lazyineʃs)
she told me all the news she had
heard -- wt. ye. K. wt. ye. Q. said &c &
but she was not in my opinion
much ye. better for this visit
for she look'd fatigued & heated --
The Ducheʃs sent me an apology for
not waiting upon me as she had
not seen me all ye. day -- but she
was so fatigued that I must
excuse her &c. abt. 5 o'Clock we
went to dinner -- conversation after
dinner abt. ye. Princeʃs's &c
I did not stay Coffee, but came
to my room as soon as we left
ye. dining room -- to leave ye Dʃs.
& Lady Weymouth together -- attended
Mrs. D—— to ye. end of ye. Gallery
she was I thought much exhausted
& had exerted herself too much



she went to take her repose.
staid in my room till 7 when I
was call'd to tea. we had all our
tables & work. I read Miʃs Mores
Epistle to Mrs. Vesey to Lady Wey-
mouth
-- conversed till ½ past 9
-- Madme. Genlis -- Monr. de Luc --
the Wilmots[24] -- were our topics.
the Dʃs. went to her apartments
to write letters -- I left Ldy. W.
& Mrs. Delany as I thought they
might wish to have a little
private converse -- came to my
room for ½ an hour -- wrote
my Journal. The Ducheʃs shew'd
us some curious Fungus's this
afternoon -- one particularly so
wch. came from ye. Bois de Boulonge
-- heard that Lady Conyers is
dying -- they say she is a sincere
Penitent -- her mother Lady Holderneʃse
is in great affliction.
Dowg. Lady Carlisle is come to England
to ye. great distreʃs of many who
formerly knew her. she has quitted
her Baron -- her Character &c



Mr. Wm. Legge -- Groom to ye. Prince
of Wales
gone to Nice -- they think
he cannot recover
Poor Lady Pembroke in great
affliction -- her only Daughter
Lady Harriot Herbert being
given over by ye. Physician at
Nice.
Duke of Devonshire ill & going to
Bath ye. Ducheʃs is going to accompany him
-- she was otherwise to have staid
with Dr. Lady Spencer at St. Albans
till her Child was wean'd wch. will
be next March -- Dr. Lady Spencer
is to mourn two years & remain
at St. -- Lord Spencer has
added a 1000 pr. An: to her joynture
she has now 4000 pr.. An: she has
in consequence given up all the
Personals &c the Late Lord had
left her &c &c.
Return'd to ye. Drawing Room at 10 -- ye Ducheʃs
desired me to write for her to Dr. Lind to invite
him to call here before she went to London
wch. I did at ½ past 10 we went to Supper
conversation afterwards was relative to
that wicked wretch Mr Fielding ye. detection



of his Guilt -- a former trial upon
this, an accusation of this sort upon
his F: Lord Denbigh wld. have hang'd ye.
Man & he was transported
abt. 12 oClock Mrs D & I left
ye Dʃs & her Daughter -- in the Gallery
met Mr. Keys who told me he should
go to Windsor tomorrow Morng -- desired
him to call at the Lower Lodge to enquire
after ye. Ladies & at Lady C Finchs
he told me poor old Weaver was
dead he died 2 days ago.
I went with Mrs D to her Room she
gave me her Bleʃsing & I went
to my room. went to ye. Library to
get a Book -- sent Betty to Bed
& sat up for an hour.



[25]



                                                         Bulstrode Tuesday
                                                         Decbr. 9th. 1783
Had my hair dreʃs'd in ye. Morning for
all day -- at ½ past 9 Mrs: Delany sent
for me to Breakfast. found her pretty
well. recd. 3 letters one from Anna
Maria
. one from Mrs. Jackson wth. good
accounts of little Fan̄y -- one from Mrs.
Carter
-- read some paʃsages from ym.
to Mrs. Delany -- let her as soon as
Breakfast was over to make up my
Packett for Anna Maria as Betty
was to go to Town -- she went by a
Stage at 10 oClock -- recd. ye. Dʃs. usual
Kind meʃsage. Mrs. Delany came &
sat
Mr. Levoes ye. House Steward came
to me & brought ye. Chimney board[26]
he had made for ye. Library wch. I
had promised ye. Dʃs. to cover wth.
Prints -- in a Medly stile. had some
talk with him -- he promised to shew
me his drawings some Morng. &c
Mrs. Delany came to me (it was not
a good day for going out being a thick
fog. I began to repair a beautiful
Chimney board of her doing in
Colord Paper -- Vases, Antique figures
&c. She did not stay long I painted
------------------ 12til ½ past 10 Mrs. D & Lady Weymouth
came to me -- ye. latter took her leave
of me as she was going to Town asked
me if I had meʃsages &c



Mrs. Delany return'd to me after
she had seen Lady W set out
had her reel brought into my
room & wound of her yarn &c
I went on repairing ye Screen
Mrs. Delany desired me to read
a letter she recd. from Mr. B.
Dews
-- Mrs. Woodward ye. housekeeper
came to ask me if I wd. have
a Maid sleep in ye next room to me
now Betty was gone & other
civil offers -- Mrs. Astley Mrs. D——
Maid came & we maidde her
read ye. Newspapers to us -- after
that Mrs. D. left me. she came
for me at ½ past one & desired
me to come into ye. Drawing
room as Mr. Bryant was
come -- I went -- he staid
till 3 oClock -- the conversation
turn'd upon ye. famous Ducheʃs
of Marlbrough
-- among others,
one striking anecdote------
that though she appear'd
affected in highest degree
at ye. death of her grand Daughter


ye. Dʃs. of Bedford she sent ye.
day after she died for the Jewels
she had given her -- saying she
had only lent ym. ye. answer was
that she had said she wd. never
demand those jewels again
except she danced at Court --
her answer was then she wd.
be D——'d if she wd. not dance
at Court &c -- she behaved
in ye. most extravagant manner
-- her grief notwithstanding most
violent in appearance -- she
was found one day laying
prostrate upon ye. ground &
a lady who went to see her
(who told this to ye. Dʃs. of Portland)
had liked to have fallen over
her ye. room being dark.
ye. D of M. said she was pray
ing
-- for & that she lay thus
upon ye. Ground being too
Wicked to Kneel.
When her Son died who was
a fine promising youth at the



University[27] -- her grief was
unbounded -- her Vanity was
wounded -- ye. future hopes
of an ambitious Mind was
destroy'd -- she used by way
mortification & a mark
of affliction to dreʃs herself
like a beggar & sit wth. some
miserable wretches in the
Cloisters at Westminster
Abbey -- ye. Dʃs. of Portland
said that ye. Dk her husband
had often seen her during this mourning of hers when he
was a Boy at Westminster
School. She used to say that
she was very certain she should
go to Heaven & as her
ambition went even beyond
ye. Grave -- That she Knew
she should have one of ye.
highest seats -- many other
anecdotes -- were told & the hat



Ducheʃs
show'd us some
original letters written to
her Grandfather Mr. Harley (Reign Q Anne by the
Famous Lord Bolingbroke
& ye. s. of M—— those
of Lord B. were witty &
impious & full of the
gr flattering encomiums &c
Mrs. D: said she remember'd
Lord Bolingbrokes Person --
he was handsome -- had a
fine addreʃs -- he was a
great drinker & swore
terribly -- she remember'd his
coming once to her Uncle Sr John
Stanley
s at North End --
his being very drunk -- &
going to ye. Greenhouse where
he threw himself upon a
Couch -- a meʃsage arrived
to say he was waited for
byat ye. Counsal -- he rous'd
himself, snach'd up his
Green bag of Paper & flew
to Busineʃs --



Mr. Bryant told us that
ye. people used to say no
Man ever was so early so
active, as Lord B. when
he was in Place -- ye. truth
was that he used to set
up drinking all night
& had not been in bed --
that he used -- to put wet
napkings on his forehead
& Eyes to cool the heat
& head achs occasiond
by his intemperance &
then appears to attend to
Busineʃs wth. as much
ease as if he lived ye.
most temperate life.
Mr. Bryant talk'd a great
deal of Mrs. Viger who
died a few month ago at
Windsor aged 83 wth. all her
faculties unimpaird -- gave
us her Character &c &c



told us a good anecdote --
at ye. Levee a few days ago
Mr. Hamilton Ld. Abercorns
Heir (is just come from
abroad) -- was talking there
to a Gentleman & Lord
North
stood next him -- Lord
N——
was speaking of ye.
Quarrel of Mr. Flood &
Gratten in ye. Irish house
-- & said -- 'tis impoʃsible
it can end so they must
fight -- Oh says Mr. H.
there will be a Coalition
& they will be made secretaries of state.
Air Balloons was next
talk of & ye. 2 men who
had been 3000 feet in
ye. Air &c &c when Mr.
B.
went I went to my
room after I had been eating Oysters wth Mrs D finish'd Mrs. Ds screen
& begun ye. Medley one
after dinner -- Mrs. D reposd



in ye. D: room. ye. s &
I look'd over Prints in a
Folio -- she gave me some
out for mythe Board I am
doing. Mr. Keys brought me
a note from Miʃs Planta &
Goldsworthy from Windsor he
had been wth. y Dʃs. usual
enquiries after their M——
After tea I read & began
ye. Answer to ye. s. of
Marlbrough
s account Memoirs
supposed to be written by
ye. late s. of Queensbury.
in ye. course of ye Eveg.
wrote a letter to Wm. Benn
& Mrs. Jackson to first abt
a plan to go to St. Vincent
&c to go wth. Mr. Ashwell
Mrs.. Astley Cousin &c &c
supper abt. ½ past 10 --
separated abt. ½ past 11 --
I sat up till one doing my
screen



10th Mrs. Astley came & assisted
me in dreʃsing -- went to Mrs. D.
found her not well -- a letter
from my Uncle to say -- he cd.
not come to Bullstrode as he
heard ye. King was to invite
him to Windsor &c
Conversation at B. abt. Lady
Conyers
& Mrs. D talk'd of
education &c. soon after B.
Mrs. D & I took an airing in ye.
Park for an hour -- she talk'd
much of Mr. Dews -- wish him
to marry -- said things wch. I
too well understood -- came
to my room -- recd. ye Dʃs. meʃsage
soon after ye. Dʃs came to
me lookd at my Work -- ye.
screen &c soon after she
left me sent for me to her
dreʃsing room shew'd me
works of her doing -- Pictures
&c -- till we were told Prayers
Bell was rung -- met Mrs.
Delany
in ye. Gallery.
Mr. Lighfoot gave notice
there wd. be a Sacrament
next Sunday --



After C Mr. L. came up.
staid a little in ye. Gallery --
looking over some new
Fungus's ye Gardener had
found -- went to my room
Mrs. D—— came to me -- she was
not well -- I was busy abt.
my sreen therefore she
orderd ye. Oysters brought
in my room -- she sat wth.
me till 9 o'Clock talk'd
of herself -- said an awful
time was approaching that
all she felt was ye. leaving
those that loved her to
mourn her loʃs &c. &c
talk'd of Miʃs Port. Mr. Dews
&c &c said I must meet
Mr. D. at her house to look
over Prints &c &c &c
when she went Mrs Astley
her Md. came & aʃsisted me
in dreʃsing -- she told me
much abt. Mrs. P: & when
she expaitiatded upon Mrs. Delanys



goodneʃs wept -- I like how
extremely -- sensible, &
grateful she appears. --
I began a letter to Miʃs
Gunning
-- at 4 went up
found Mrs. D. & Mr. Lighfoot
together in ye. Dg room
ye. Dʃs. joind us abt. ½ past
4 we went to Dinner -- lively
conversation -- after D: Mrs.
D——
went to her room. Mr
L.
remaind in ye. Dining
room -- till near 7, ye. Dʃs & I were
together she told me a great
deal of Mrs. P: conduct -- &
Miʃs P. Character -- & talk'd
of her dear friend Mrs. Delany.
After tea I went to my room
for ¼ of an hour added to Miʃs
G.
's letter -- when I went up
was chid for running away.
Mr. L had his table & Papers
ye. Dʃs. look'd over a Man.
of Q Eliz prayers while I read
ye. Copy wch. is for ye. Queen to



see if there were mistakes
after that I read till 10
oClock -- in ye. Answer to ye
Dʃs. of M.
Mrs. D. was not
quite well therefore went
to her room before Supper
I went down wth. her recd.
her Bleʃsing &c. return'd to ye
D. room -- whilst ye. Dʃs. went
to pay Mrs. D. a visit &c
I finish'd my letter to Miʃs
Gunning
& wrote a few lines to
Wm. to tell him where
Mr Ashwell liv'd -- Mr. L
& I had a lively altercation
abt. paying a Compn. &c
we went to supper abt. ½
past ten -- Mrs. D sent us a
Meʃsage to say she was better
& -- after Supper heard a
Curious Character of a Mr.
Bollin
of Halifax -- parted
abt. ½ past 11 -- Mr. Keys came
to light my Candles &c &c
ye. Ducheʃs sent me Q. E. Prayers. to Copy[28]



11th Decbr. Mrs. Astley came &
help'd me to dreʃs -- I was not
ready when they came for me
to B -- met Mrs. Delany &
Mr L—— in ye B room. we
B upstairs as he was there
Letters from Mr. W[29] & Anna
Maria
-- converse at B ye.
late Provost of Eaton
.
Soon after came to my room
begun to write. Mrs. D came to
me sat ½ an hour found
Mrs. Woodward in my room.
She came to see if I wanted
any thing -- Mrs. D. soon came
to me sat ¼ of an hour.
found herself not well enough
to go to Windsor as she had
intended to visit Lady L Clayton
I was to have gone wth. her
I persuaded her agst. it as
ye. day was foggy & cold.
Rcd. ye. Dʃs. Meʃsage -- wrote in
my Journal till near 12
went to Mrs. Delany as I had promised
but as she was dreʃsing did not stay
return'd to my room for a few minutes
then went to ye. Drawing room to meet her
Mr Lighfoot busy transcribing -- I began
transcribing Queen Eliz Prayers ye Dʃs.



is so good to let me Copy.
Sat in ye D room till dinner
did not alter my Dreʃs -- ye. Dʃs
came to us at different times.
After dinner -- the Dʃs carry'd me
to her dreʃsing room -- we staid
there till tea time looking over
Books -- China &c &c -- she
show'd me her turning room
&c &c after tea ye. s. read
some things out of ye. foundling
Hospital for Wit -- I then read
in ye. Dʃs of Malbro'
Memoires -- & contrived to
write a letter to Anna Maria
-- spent a Peaceful Eveg.
sat up til 1 o'Clock reading in ye ye Prior Mann


12th Mrs. A came to me to help
me dreʃs -- breakfasted upstairs
as Mr. Lighfoot was wth. us --
After B. Mrs. D: & I took an Airing
in ye. Park talk'd of Lady
Weymouth
-- Lady Stamford --
& ye Ducheʃs -- when we came
in found Dr. Lind from Windsor
wth. Mr. Lightfoot -- he staid to
dinner -- he told us many par-
ticulars
of ye Air Balloons &



the Rebellion at Eaton[30] -- ye
shameful manner in wh. Dr Davies
behaved to ye Gentleman Aʃsistants
-- some laughable anecdotes of
ye boys destroying ye Whipping
Post -- wch. had been a fixture
time immemorial -- their selling
to one another ye. Marquis of
Huntley
ye. Duke of Gordons son -- not being permitted by
his tutor to join in ye. destruction
of it bought a piece wch. he
shew'd Dr. Lind wth. great triumph
& said he wd. carry London to Gordon Castle Scotland
& preserve it as a trophy &c
-- the Boys had no other tool to
divide their spoils of the
whipping Post that
red hot Pokers &c.
                                                         No prayers to day as
                                                         Mr L: had ye. book &c &c[31]
The Morng paʃs'd away, Dr. Lind
brought ye. Dʃs some Shell &
foʃsils -- we look'd ym. over &
placed them in drawers &c
Conversation -- Air Balloons
Dr. Lind made a Drawing of
one -- & of ye. first Great
Meteor wch. he saw from ye
Terrace at Windsor



Dr L: went away soon after
dinner -- Mrs. D: went to her
room. I left Dr. Lightfoot &
ye. Ducheʃs together & went
to my room till tea time &
finish'd ye. Medly Chimney
Board. wch. is for ye. Library.
at 7 Mr. Keys came for me
to tea -- after tea I read ye.
Answer to ye. Dʃs. of Malbro'
till 10 o'Clock -- Mr. L: writing
Mrs. D. & ye. Dʃs. at their Work
Mrs. went to Supper ½ past ten
Conversation -- on the Words
Beautiful -- Handsome --
Agreeable -- fine Person. pretty
&c &c separated abt. 12.
soon after I got to my room Mrs.
Delany
s Maid Mrs. Astley came
& insisted upon doing my Hair
wth. ye Curling Irons -- that it might
be dreʃ'd better -- I was forced
to submit -- comb'd my hair
out. she told me a good deal
abt. ye. Dʃs. & Mrs. D. After she
left me, sat up till past one reading



Decbr. 13 Saturday -- Mrs. Astley
came to aʃsist me in Dreʃsing -- at
½ past 9 went upstairs -- Mr. Lighfoot
only in ye Breakfast room -- he
told me he thought Dr. Mrs. Delany
began to break very fast. -- I found
letters upon ye. table -- one comfortable
long one from A: Maria -- one from
Mr. Dewes & one from Lady Wake.
Mrs.. D: soon join'd us -- after B:
Mr. L: was so good to read ye Man:
of Q: Eliz: prayers yt I might see
if I had written mine correctly.
he then took his leave to go home.
I came to my room to get my
Clogs &c Mrs. Delany came for me
it was a delightful Clear day wth.
a Warm Sun the Air frosty -- we
took a long walk in the Gardens
Shrubbery. flower Garden. botanick
Garden &c fed the Grews & other
Birds. during our Walk. Mrs D——
talk'd only of Mr. Dewes. told me
his fortune, gave me a description
of his house, his manner of
living -- his Character -- &c &c
when we returned form our
walk I came to my room
wrote an answer to Mr. Dewes letter



Then went to Mrs. Delany, staid sometime
------ -- & atlook over Papers Mrs. D: gave me some Manuscripts to copy Mrs. Astley request,
went to dreʃs & she aʃsisted me --
ye. Dʃs. sent for me, as soon as
I was dreʃs'd went to ye. Drawing
room -- she & Mrs. Delany join'd
me -- went wth. Mrs. D to her room
to eat Oysters -- return'd to ye. Dʃs.
she had got together many fine
things to shew me. A Miʃsil
wch. had been given to Edward
ye. 6th-
some fine Miniatures
2 by Isaac & 2 by OliverPeter ... Olivier[32]
a Lord & Countess of Pembroke,[33] ye other
2 unknown. Milton & his Mother in
one Large Locket black & Green in a
tortoishell Case. Sr. Walter Raliegh
& his son in an Oldfashion'd Locket
wch. had been ornamented wth. Jewels
in a Large Locket Black & Green
enamel. it had belong'd to Lady
Raliegh
-- ye. Cyphers -- of W. R.
& E. are still remaining. Tho' ye.
enamel is damaged. a Miʃsal
very inferior to ye. former bound
in silver of a smaller size given to
ye. Ducheʃs by ye present Queen
Mrs. D at her spinning wheel ye. Dʃs. at
her Capert Carpet &c till dinner time.
the Dʃs. then -- after much persuasion
& our taking away her wosterds left
off Mrs D went to change her gown.



he & Mr.
I aʃsisted ye Dʃs. in putting up ye things
& went with her to her[34] -- she took out
of her Drawers other Curious things
for me to look at after dinner --
told me of ye. manner in wch. ye Queen
sent her ye. Miʃsal &c came again
to ye Dr room to hunt for some
paper covering she had left at
length went to wash her hands
before dinner -- we did not go to
dinner till near 6 oClock. Mrs. D.
play'd a tune upon ye Organ to
hasten ye Dʃs. &c After dinner Mrs. D. went
to her room -- ye Dʃs. was sometime
settling her work I aʃsisted her. she
gave me an account of all ye. Pictures
she had purchased -- & of ye. shameful
manner in wch. she had been rob'd
by Mr. West of many things that
had belong'd to her father Lord Oxford[35]
-- of the Cabinet he left her &c
after tea time Mrs. D—— return'd to us.
ye Dʃs. had ye cramp very bad.
After tea she look'd out Manuscripts
for me gave me some to Copy & read
some. I begun to read abt. 8. read till
near ten. in ye. answer to Dʃs of Malbro' --
I then left off & we talk'd. Mrs.
D
told me a droll story of her &
ye. Dʃs. being in a Hackney Coach
&c. ye. Dʃs. told me of Lord Shelburnes
having Papers wch belong'd to her



father
Grandfather -- Queen
Anne
s Reign. Lord Shelburnes
Character, his treatment of
his Mother, marriage wth.
Lady Sophia Granville. Lady
L: Clayton
living wth. him after
his marriage to her neice[36] &c
ye. Marriage of Lady J. Penn.
Lady Pomfrets character &c
comments upon -- ye Conversation
after Supper -- ye. character of
ye. Bishop of Exeter. &c &c
Mrs. Delany told me one anecdote
of her serving a Mrs. GriffithsElstrope
ye. folly of a Lady Mrs. El--- abt a H:
Coach Lady Pomfrets answer.
we separated abt. ¼ past 11 --
I sat up till near two writing
reading out things Mrs. D. had
given me.

Mrs. D: told me abt. Lord Orrery --
his courting Swift & after his
Death traducing his memory.



Decbr. 14th. 1783. Sunday Bullstrode
Mrs. Astley came & aʃsisted me in
Dressing, went to Mrs. Delany room
at ½ past 9 -- found her pretty well
we talk'd of upon religious subjects --
I gave Mrs. Delany an account of my
first receiving ye. sacrament
she told me she had known the 2
Mr. Wesleys
-- ye. Methodist Preachers
she knew ym. when they were Young
Men -- they lived near her Sister
Mrs. Dewes -- when they were students
at Oxford they were of a serious
turn & aʃsociated wth. such as were
so -- of a Sunday Evg these Brothers
joind some other young Men at Oxford
& used to meet of a Sunday Eveg
read ye. Scriptures & find out
Objects of Charity for to relieve
this was a happy beginning -- but
ye. Vanity of being singular &
growing Enthusiasts made them
endeavour to gain proselytes &
addopt thoseat system of Religious
doctrine wch. many reasonable
People think pernicious &c.
I then went to my I recd. letters
from Miʃs Gunning & Mrs. Jackson
I then went to my room remain'd
there till Chappel time, soon



1
after I went to my room
Mr. Levers ye. House Steward came & brought
me a large Porte Folio of his
Drawings -- Mrs. Delany came
& we lookd them over, & he
was so obliging to leave them
with me to look them over --
Mrs. D: & Mr. Levers then left me
-- I staid in my room till Mr. Keys
call'd me for chapel -- met ye. Dʃs.
& Mrs. Delany in ye Gallery -- we had
no sermon -- because of ye sacrament
wch. wd. have made ye Service too long
as Mr. Lightfoot has an other Church to
serve. When ye. prayers were over
we went down ye. stairs to the body
of ye Chapel. went into ye. Pew next
ye. Altar & received ye Communion
-- there were abt. 22 Servants who
recd. ye. sacrament &c --
After Chapel came to my room --
Abt. ½ past two Mrs. Delany sent for
went to her & eat Oysters. staid some
time -- she shew'd me some trinkets
gifts, & a Picture of ye. Dʃs. done
by Zincks when she was young -- in a
neat tortoishell Box wth. a Medallion
of her hair in a cypher set wth. pearls



&c then went to Dreʃs Mrs. Astley
aʃsisted me. I wrote a little in my
Journal -- at 4 Mr. Keys came
for me to dinner found ye. Dʃs
& Mrs. Delany in ye. D: room -- we
went to dinner -- After dinner ye.
Dʃs.
made me give a description
of our stile of living -- our house
&c when we left ye. dining room
Mrs. D: went to Reposed in ye D: R:her own room -- I went
round ye. apartments wth. ye. Ducheʃs
to see if ye doors were shut &c
as we went through ye. state
bedchamber she told me how it was
formerly disposed & furnished
&c. when we return'd to ye. D. R.
sat conversing till tea time
she told me of ye. alterations made
in ye. house &c &c ye. head Keeper
Mr. Brumpton sent word he desired to
speak to ye. Dʃs. she wd. have gone out
to speak to him but I insisted she should
not came to room wrote a letter to Anna
Maria
. Mr Key came for me to tea --
the Ducheʃs reproached me ------most kindly for
being so long absent -- said I was always
writing letters that indeed I was to leave
her so soon she should not let me
write any more letters &c Mrs. Delany
was return'd from her room -- after tea
we look'd over Manuscripts of ye Ducheʃs's
she left us for ½ an hour to finish
letters. Mrs. Delany & I conversed



I wrote out some things for ye. ducheʃs
-- she look'd over some Portrait Prints
& related anecdotes relating to them
&c. Mrs. D: left us for ½ an hour
to write a letter to Mrs. P &c
The Dʃs. gave me some Manuscripts
to copy for myself. went to supper
abt. ½ past 10. Conversation
was relative to sore throats -- ye. Dʃs. said
she had a very famous rect. & gave
me many instances of the cures it
had made -- it is a plaister she,
is to give me ye. rect. a long conversation
abt. Education. we parted abt ¼
before 12 -- I sat up till 2 writing

1615th Monday Decbr. 1783 Mrs. Astley
came to me & went to Mrs. D: at ½
past 9 -- had my papers & staid with
her till near 2 o'Clock -- the Dʃs. sent her
usual meʃsage. Mrs. Delany gave
me an Account of her Aunt Lady Lansdown
-- the Death of Mr.. Pendarves. the
circumstance's attending it &c &c
I look'd over two fine Rosarys ye.
Dʃs.
had left out for me -- I went to
ye. D—— room before Mrs. Delany settled
ye. Dʃs. work &c she & ye. Dʃs. soon came
ye. Dss. found out I had a Cold &
was quite unhappy abt. it she brought
a number of fine things to look
at wch. employ'd me till dinner time
in another Place I shall notice what



they were. Mrs. D: & ye. Dʃs. were at
there work &c they made me
drink Broth for my Cold. & they
were as unhappy abt. me as if I
had been actually in a consumption.
as ye. Dʃs. sent a servant to Windsor
I wrote a note to Miʃs Goldsworthy to
enquire after her. as also to Miʃs
P. Barnard
at Eaton to enquire after
her & one for Mrs. Delany to ye. Provost
&c. at 4 I went wth. ye. Dʃs. to her
room to aʃsist her in locking up
ye. fine things she had shewn me.
then ran down to my room to wash
my hands &c no time for dreʃsing,
Mr. K. brough me answers to my
notes. When I return'd to ye. D room
Mrs. D was alone read ye. answer to
her note &c -- we went to dinner
½ past 4 -- various topics of conversation
came into ye Drawing abt. 6. Mrs.
D:
reposed in ye. room -- ye. Dʃs. read me
Manuscript anecdotes -- told me
some of Pope. that he was an Epicure
&c that Johnston had not been candid
nor true in things he had written of
him in his life -- after tea -- they wld.
not suffer me read because they thought
it wd. make me hoarse wth. my cold &c
wanted vastly to make me go to bed
at 8 oClock. I wrote out something
for ye. Ducheʃs for the Queen -- a Note



of Lord Dartmouth secretary
of Q Anne on B: Burnets histy
of his own times.[37] the Dʃs. read many
interesting anecdotes out of
her Man. Book -- of ye. Dʃs. of
Malbro'
&c &c &c -- conversed
abt. Mrs. Walsingham, her Character
-- Mrs. Montagus -- the late
Sr. Thomas Robinson, a laughable
Anecdote of his being sent to
Mrs. D: (when Widow to Mr. Pendarves.
to be a Master of ye. Ceremonyies
to ye. only aʃsembly she ever gave
his throwing down a tea Kettle
in paying his Compts at his first
entrance &c. an account of a
Society who used to meet at Mrs.
Pendarves
-- Character of Sr. C:
Hanbury William's
-- how he once
distreʃsd ye. Dʃs. at Bath his great
affection for his Daughter Lady
Essex
, description of her.
Character of ye. Present D: of
Montagu
s mother
-- Vulgar, handsome
silly -- what she said once to her
footmen -- when she was in her
Chair & big wth. child -- John John



take care of my Belly -- she had
a great hoarse voice -- was daughter
of ye. Dʃs. of Malbro'. -- D: of M:
ye. present: D: of Newcastle. ye present
their days of Mourning for their
Wifes
tho' they did not live well
together. ye De. of M very gay &
had miʃtreʃs's when he was young
&c &c
The Dʃs. of Malbro' ye. famous, said
she never had a present of a
Jewel from QAnne & tis
notorious -- that when news came
of ye Victory of Blenheim ye.
Queen
gave her a Picture of
ye. Duke of Malbro' -- cover'd
wth. a flat Diamond wth. brilliant
edges wch. cost 8000 Pounds
it is now in ye.
Duke of Montagus daughter
ye. present Ducheʃs of Buccleugh
-- When ye. Dʃs. of Malbro'. was
in disgrace she went to Holland
before she went she made presents
to her friends -- & among other
things she gave a Mrs Higgen
------ Picture of Queen Anne wch. ye



Queen
had given her -- it
had been set round with Jewels
these she took care to take
from it. Mrs. H: knowing
ye Dʃs. gave her this because
she had no value for it &
not out of any mark of regard
sensibly conscious she was not
deserving of ye. honor of havng
it in her poʃseʃsion offer'd it
to Lord Oxford -- ye. Dʃs. of Portland's
Grandfather -- who in a genteel
way gave her a 100 Guineas
for it, it is now at Welbeck
ye Duke & Dʃs. of Malbro'
had upwards of 90,000 Pr. An: in Places
besides Blenheim & all their
family & Children in Places.
they cd. not even pay the taxes
of the House granted them at
Whitehal -- & whenever ye. D: made
a Campain he was alway furnish
with every Material of Linnen



&c & at ye Queens expence
ye Prince Eugene once said
when he recd. a letter from
Dʃs. Malbro', wch. he gave another
to read to him as it was a
difficult hand to read -- & ye.
person said ye Dʃs. puts no
tittles[38] upon the i's -- O says
ye. Prince, it saves his Grace ink

Mrs. D: gave me ye characters of
Lord E: Bentick and ye. Dʃs. of P:
in ye. Morng.

after supper talk'd of Mrs. Iremonger
Mrs. Dunbar that was -- her
2d. Marriage -- her character --
of Mrs. Vesey -- her Absenses --
Of Lady & Lord Dartrey --
of Lady Courtown -- Lady Dowg
Spencer
-- of ye famous Lord
Lytellton
-- Late Prince of
Wales
-- Ld: Lytellon sending a
letter on Busineʃs of a secret
Nature to ye Post wthout- a direction
abt. ye Princes affairs -- it came into
ye hand of Mr Pelham ye Person
who shd. not have seen it. &c



Mrs. D: in ye. Morng. told me
many particulars relating to
Swift. Mrs. Johnston. Vaneʃsa
&c. -- we separated abt. ½ past
11. ye. Dʃs. wanted me to promise
to lay in bed till 12 tomorrow
but I wd. not.
came to my room abt. 12 Mrs.
Astley
came to know if I wanted
any thing, brought me some of
her verses wch. I had beg'd she
found me writing -- staid & talk'd
wth. me till ½ past 12 abt.
Mrs. D: told me many things
of Mrs. P. her conduct &c
I sat up till 2 oClock writing
a dark foggy day

16th- Mrs. Astley came before
I was up to know how my cold
was Mrs. D wanted me to breakfast
in bed -- she return'd in ½ an hour
help'd me to dreʃs abt. ½ before
11 went to Mrs. Delany -- she had
not slept well but was in good
spirits -- had much interesting
converse -- she hoped I would
give what time I could to her when
I came to Town -- again repeated
that she looked forward to my



being a Comfort to ye. Ducheʃs
when she was no more, desired
I wd. remember it was her wish
I wd. give her when that period
arrived as much of my time as
I could -- that ye. Dʃs. loved me
& she knew it wld. give her
comfort if I did so &c &c
gave me her opinion of my
character -- O that I may
ever endeavour to act up to
such a character & be from
my heart wt. she thinks me.
She then talk'd of my settling in
life told me ye. sort of Person
I ought for my own happineʃs
to marry -- plainly very plainly
she drew the Picture.
gave me ye Character of a friend
of hers a Mrs. Do---nan Donellan
gave me a description of -
Wax figures of Anatomy in ye
Museum of Dublin.
I read her paragraphs out of
my letters -- I had one from Miʃs
H More
, Anna Maria, Wm. Benn
Mrs. Glover



After B. I left Mrs Delany as
had letters to read & write -- came
to my room wrote. Mrs. Astley
came to ask me ye. particulars of
my letter from Wm. Ben as it
related to Mr. Ashford[39] abt. going to ye
West indies &c. she told me there
was nothing in Mrs. P. letter of to day
to make Mrs. D. uneasy. recd. ye:
Dʃs.
kind daily Meʃsage of enquiry
she was she sent me word very angry
I did not lay in bed till 12 oClock
&c. at ½ past 12 Mrs. Delany
came to me, brought me letters
she had recd. from Mrs. Boscawen[40]
&c. she left me & I promised to
follow her into ye. Dr. room wch
I did -- Mrs. B. mentioned in her
letter yt. she headrd Mr.Peachey
Sr. James's son was going to be married
to Miʃs Jennings. when I went to ye.
D: room found dear Mrs. Delany there
-- ye. Dʃs. sent her own Woman wth. ye. 2
fine Miʃsils for me to look over
Mrs. D: at her Wheel we conversed
she gave me Miss Jennings character
ye Miʃs J who does ye. flowers &c
Mrs Veseys introduction of her &c
she hoped it was this Miʃs J. Mrs
B:
mentions in her letter. Talkd of
Mr. Walpole her opinion of him
Abt ½ past 7 ye.. Dʃs. join'd us. made me her
daily present of a nosegay -- Mrs. D & ye
Dʃs.
set at their work I look'd over ye Miʃsils
we talk'd of Mrs. Walsingham & Mrs. Montagu &



                                                         16 Decbr
                                                         1783
they made me eat Broth. Mrs Delany
left us once or twice for a little time, ye. Dʃs. read
my letter frm Miʃs H. More &c: talked of Mrs. D when
she was out of ye. room -- her health &c.
a little before dinner went down to wash my hands
ye D: would not allow me to dreʃs. found Mrs. Astly
waiting to dreʃs me. we talkd over ye. disappointment
of Wm. Benns being too late in his application for Mr.
Asford
s plan to go to ye. West Indies &c when I went
to ye Dr. room found Mrs. D: alone. she beg'd me to come
as often as poʃsible to her this winter in town told me
I might have ye Dʃs. of Portlands Coach whenever I chose
that she shd. be always happy to see me but never take
it ill when I did not come. ye. Dʃs. joind us we
look'd at ye. Horses there were 7 -- went to dinner
at ½ past 4 oClock. after dinner -- Mrs. D: went to
her room -- ye. Dʃs. told me how much
she felt obliged to me for having
given her so much of my Company
-- talk'd of Mrs. Delany &c &c


Mrs. D reposed in ye drawing room. ye Dʃs & I conversed til
tea time & she shew'd me a porte follio of drawings
Views of Spa &c &c -- after tea she read a letter recd
from a Mrs Walker. went to fetchd some original letters
of Queen Annes -- to her Grandfather & ye original
letter she wrote to King William upon ye death of
her Sister Queen Mary -- an unaffected sensible
letter -- ------------. I then read ye. Answer to ye.
Dʃs. of Malbro'
. Mrs. D left us once or twice, not being
quite well -- read till supper time &c &c
after supper ye Dʃs. & Mrs. Delany told me some
remarkable anecdotes -- of Pope -- his reading
his Satire of Attoʃsa[41] -- his conversations wth. Mr
Burrow
Lord Harleys Secretary. Mr Hookes
Character. his being connected wth. ye Dʃs
of Malbro'
. Popes getting 3000£ of her to
suppreʃs Atoʃsa &c & published it after
her death. &c parted at ½ past 11
Mrs. Astley came to me at ½ past 12 talked with
me till ¼ after

                                                         sat up till 2 oClock



17th. Decbr. Bulstrode 1783
I was not readyup when Mrs. Astley came
She aʃsisted me to do my hair. ¼
before 10 went to Mrs- Delany -- at
Breakfast she talk'd to Me of
Miʃs Port -- hoped I would if ever
Chance threw her in my way
in Life take notice of her &c
for her sake -- again repeated that
she hoped to see me often this
Winter in town, that if she wanted
to consult me hoped I would come
to her &c &c we look over Manuscripts
she gave me some to Copy, abt. ½
past 10 went to my room. Mr
Liviers
came to me for his
drawing's & obligingly gave me
one, I staid in my room &
wrote & made paper Cases for
the Manuscripts &c I am to
take with me, recd. ye. Dʃs. usual
kind meʃsage. a little after 12
Mrs. Delany came for me I went
to her room & read ye Papers to her
-- Lord Abingtons long speech &c &c
upon ye East India tax. we went
upstairs -- Mr. Lightfoot ye Dʃs. &
Mrs. Delany then staid in ye. Drawing
room till prayers went to them



½ past one, After Prayers we all
return'd to ye Drawing room.
Mr. L: at his table & Manuscripts
&c -- we had a Barrel of West
India Shells to look over, I took
Mr. Lighfoot in making him believe
these were oysters coming to eat this
occasion'd much mirth -- the Dʃs.
pronounced ye. shells to be good for
nothing -- afterwards was so good
to lookd out some foʃsils & shells
for me out of her own drawers
Mr. Agnew came & aʃsisted to sort
them out. I begun my card
almanack wch.. Mrs. Delany gave
me to Copy -- did not go to dinner
till ½ past four -- were very merry
at dinner -- I laugh'd so once I was
obliged to get up form table for
I was choking: after dinner
the Ducheʃs had a Box of Shells
brought -- she look'd ym. over
together & she gave me ye Box
& its Contents -- this employ'd us
till Mrs. Delany came up from
her room & Mr. L. from ye Dining
room. At 7 tea. We had all our
tables & I finished my Almanack
& wrote ye letter upon ye. Papers
ye. Ducheʃs is to give ye. Q[ueen]



& folded & seal'd ym. up, then
read in ye. Answer to ye. Dʃs. of Malbr'
finished ye Book. the Dʃs. told me
many curious anecdotes relative
to those times -- a singular story
of Mr. Harly receiving an
Anonymous letter, meeting ye.
Man in Lincolns Inn fields &
what paʃs'd -- Mr. Harley having
him a fortnight conceald in ye.
house & not even his servants
knew of his being there -- he
learnt many things of this Man
relatived to Politic's -- when got to
L: Inn: fields found it was dark
the Man Started up out of ye Graʃs
where he lay hid for in those times
it was not paved &c. said Sir
now you are in my power, yes I
am says Mr. Harley but I am not
apprehensive of any thing for I
never injured any one &c &c
ye. Ducheʃs told me many other
things. I return'd her all ye:
Books &c I had borrow'd or rather
she had lent to me. Prior &c.
past ten went to Supper



ye. Dʃs. carried ye Voll. of Pope
wch. contains his Criticizm on
Women[42] -- read whilst we were
at table, ye. one of Attoʃsa
wch. is meant for ye. Ducheʃs of
Malbro'.
& we related anecdotes
of Pope Young Voltaire Lord
Melcombe
-- we parted abt-
½ past 11 -- I did not take leave of
ye. Ducheʃs -- for she agreed with me
not to do so. Mr. Keys light me to
my room -- said he would take care to
put up my Shells & things for me.
Mrs Astley came, she had pack'd
up my things -- wanted to know if
she should do any thing for me, I
wanted nothing & wish'd her good
night. I wrote a letter before I went
to bed -- to ye. Ducheʃs to leave tomorrow
Morning -- to thank her for her
kindneʃs & friendship.

18th. Decbr. Thursday 1783
M I got up early to pack up my papers &c
Mrs. Astley came to aʃsist me in dreʃsing I was
not ready when Breakfast was, Mrs Delany came to
me when my hair was doing staid a little dear
dear Woman. Beg me not to hurry myself --
I soon follow'd her upstairs -- Mr. Keys was so
obliging to come & said he wd. take leave to pack
up my Boxes of Shells &c &c went up to
Breakfast -- ye. Dʃs. sent a kind meʃsage by Mrs
Anne
. I went out of ye- room & gave her a



letter I had written to ye. Ducheʃs to
tell her upon paper wht. I could not say
return'd & after Breakfast Mr. Lighfoot
& Mrs. Delany & I separated I went to my
room to see if all my things were ready
-- saw ye housemaid gave her a Crown --
Mrs. Astley & Mrs D: footman came
& put up carried my things to be ready
for ye Chaise Mrs. Delany went to ye.
Library put up all ye books I had taken
out &c. Mrs. D: came to me & took
a most tender leave of me -- she wept
& said kind things yt. went to my Heart.
I went into ye Dr: room to Mr Lightfoot.
desird him to stay till ye. next day at
Bullstrode -- wch. he promised to take leave care of
keep Company wth. Mrs. Delany. as I was going
along ye. Gallery again met Dear Mrs. Delany
she walk'd wth. me to ye. end & waited till
I ran into Mrs Woodward[43]ye. Housekeepers Room to take leave
of her. I then again bid Mrs. D Adieu. went I
got into ye Hall. ye Bulter Mr. Mackay ye Cook
&c. were waiting to see me set out. Mrs. Astley
Mr. Lightfoot came to ye. Chaise door to take
leave of me. Mrs. Astley & I set out at 11
It was a fine Morning & we had a very
pleasant drive. We paʃs, a Wedding a
Burrial & an Air Balloon, Mrs. Astley
told me many circumstances relative to
her family -- & particularly a sister of hers
who lives wth. a Miʃs Palmer their manner
of living &c. talk of her dear & worthy
Miʃstreʃs Mrs. Delany. Talkd of Mr Dewes Mrs.
& Miʃs Port &c &c. we arrived in Town
abt. ½ past two oClock. I took leave of Mrs.
Astley
in ye Chaise she would not get out.



19th Decbr 1783 Clarges Street Friday
Anna
was welcomed & recd. by dearest
Anna Maria with her usual tender
neʃs
& affection. we had much to say
to each other after a separation of a
Month & 2 days. din'd at home &
wth. Miʃs Clarkes ye Whole Eveg.. Isabbella
too seemd happy that I was return'd
after dinner Wm. Benn came to
see how I did .. told me about ye West
India affair &c. I sent notes & had answers to
Lady Wake ye Kings. ye. Veseys. ye. Glovers
-- the Eveg. paʃs'd away pleasantly.
except receiving a letter wch occasion'd
us some uneasineʃs not being able
to trace from whom it came & ye. contents
were utterly incomprehensible. we
read & wrote & talkd went to bed ½ past
11 -- wrote a letter to Mrs. Delany
but it was too late for ye. Post.
wrote a letter & sent it to Mr.
Dewes
to inform him I had recd.
the Parcel of Papers i found
ym- arrived & safe in A Marias
custody when I came home.


                                                         [44]Decbr. 18th 1783
My Drst Madam
I cannot quit Your Graces Bulst your house without telling you
that upon Paper wch. my full heart prevented my denied
me power of utterance to say, for indeed I could bear to
take leave of you, even tho' I trust I shall meet you
both have you in a few days, jointly I addreʃs you for my heart
accept Madam the acknowledgements of a very Grateful
heart wch. can borrow no one for the many tender proofs I have of
received of your tender regard, you have shown me & at the same time
be aʃsured I am sensible of ye. honor you have conferred upon me in I have ------
allowing me to befor being so long your guest. & that the time I have
spent in Bulstrode has paʃs'd too profitibly &
agreeably ever to be erased from the memory
      of your Grace's most Affectionate, respectful
                             & Grateful friend M H.



19th. Decbr. Friday 1783 Clarges Street
Anna Maria came into my room to
see how I did before I got up -- get up at
9 -- had my breakfast sent up. dreʃs'd for
ye. day -- as soon as I was dreʃs'd Mrs. Glover
came went down to her she was with Miʃs
Clarkes
-- was ½ an hour wth. her -- .
Mrs. Walsingham came was shewn up to my
room -- I went to her, she staid ½ of an
hour -- preʃs'd me to go to her House in ye
Eveg. She was to have an aʃsemble --
Sr. Wm. Hamilton &c to be there --
I then went over to ye Veseys -- saw Mr
& Mrs. Vesey -- was soon sent for home
My Uncle Frederick & Miʃs Gunning
-- Miʃs Gunning did not stay long --
My Uncle some time, Mrs. Boscawan
came & he left me she staid ½ an
hour -- Mr. Wake then came for ½ an
hour -- Lady Dartrey call'd in ye. Coach
did not come in, said she wish'd me
to meet her at Lady Wakes --
at 4. Anna Maria & I walk'd to Mrs
Jackson
s -- din'd with her -- Mr Jackson
at Chamber -- found her & her Children
well. at ½ past 7 Miʃs Clarke calld
for us in a Coach AM & I & her went
to Mr. Glovers, met there my Uncle
Frederick
& Mrs. Hamilton & a Mrs Mac-
bride
-- there was a card table. Mr. Glover
came in after I had been there abt. an hour
was very happy in finding me at his House --
& would not play at Cards. I made him tell
me ye. News of ye. day respecting Politicks



& answer the Questions respecting
ye. late Prince of Wales -- Lord
Lytelton
&c. & he also told me
wch- ye Dʃs. bid me ask him, he
did so & told me also an anecdote
all this I wrote & sent a long
letter of Scraps to ye. Ducheʃs wth-
a letter to Mrs. Delany. My Uncle &
Mrs H: went away at 10. as did
Mrs.. Mackbride. we staid till past
11 -- sup'd at Mr. Glovers -- Mrs. Lenton
& Miʃs Glover went to bed soon after
supper.. A M & I told Mr & Mrs. G.
abt. Mr W &c &c. when we
came home soon parted & went
to our rooms.



20th- Decbr. 1783 Clarges Street
had my Dr. A Maria came into my room
at 9. staid a few minutes & then went
down, to make breakfast, I dreʃs'd for
ye. day, came to my RoomBreakfast room &
begun a letter to Miʃs Litchfield -- My
Uncle Sr. Wm. Hamilton came at ½
past 11 & staid till 3 oClock. he
had a pain in his face, we talk'd
over many interesting matters & I
shew'd him some letters. little Katherine
Jackson
came & was near an hour
in ye room he was vastly pleased wth
ye. dear Child & play'd a good deal wth.
her. Lady Wake & Mr. Wake came in
they staid ½ of an hour, I introduced
Lady W. to my Uncle -- Mr. W. told me
he had call'd twice before in ye. Morng
but finding My U: was with me did not
come in. After they were gone my U
told me he found out how much Mr. W. likd
me &c. at 3 oClock My Uncle walk'd
with me to Dowg Lady Kings -- he left me
at ye Door -- whe I found Lady & Miʃs
W King
were out, therefore I went to
Lady Wake, as she has lodgings in this
Street. Lady K. Porter went to ye Door wth-
me. met Mr. Hume as I was croʃsing
ye. Street -- enquired after Lady Mary
Hume
& his Sisters -- he told me they had
been confined with Colds &c.
Found Lady Wake Marianna & Wm. together
Marianna looks thin & Pale & laughs



very much. Sr. W: was yesterday
attack'd by ye. Gout & is confined to
his bed I did not see him, sat wth
Lady W. till 4. when Wm. conducted
me to Dr. Lady Kings door, expreʃs'd
his disappointment at not finding me
at home alone in ye Morng &c
a Miʃs Clayton Neice to ye late Mr
C. of Harleford
came in to Lady
King
's at ye. same time I did. we were
some little time alone together as Lady
& Miʃs W. King were not ready having
been out late. She seems a Civil
& gentle disposition, & very well bred --
found Lady K & Miʃs W: King very
well -- poor Miʃs King too ill to
come down stairs to us -- din'd
½ past 4 -- Malle din'd wth. us.
conversation turn'd upon Mrs. Lemans
Marriage with Mr. Strode, her
intended finery for Court -- ye Lady
is 56, ye. Gentleman 41 or 2.[45] &c &c
tattle & politicks of ye. day --
at 6 went up to ye. D: Room.
had tea & coffee. at 7 my Uncle
Wm.
's carriage came for me &
I went home to receive Miʃs Gunning
-- she was not come, went in to
Miʃs Clarkes, chatted ¼ of an hour with
them, recd. a letter from ye. Dʃs. Dowg
of Portland
& one written by Dear



Mrs: Delany -- what a sweet proof
of her affection for she can not
see a letter she makes & has not
for months attempted to write written a letter to any
person whatever. ye letter was a
quarto sheet & ½ -- ½ before 8
Miʃs Gunning came -- I went up to
her. we had a comfortable tête à
tête for an hour -- she had tea --
at 9 o'Clock my Uncle Sr. Wm. Hamilton
came & sat with us till past 11
his face was better, he had been
at Lord Stormonts had met there
ye. French Ambaʃsador, Ldy Jersey the
-- Paynes
, &c &c. we talk of Italy
-- Ruʃsia &c &c. he went away
½ past 11 oClock, he had prefer'd
coming to me to going to ye. Opera
Miʃs Gunning staid with me till
past 12 oClock. Miʃs Boscowan
call'd to carry her home: Anna
Maria
& Bell came to me for ¼ of
an hour & then we went to bed



Sunday 21st. Decbr. -- it was foggy &
cold a Morng -- we did not go to
Church. dreʃs'd when I got up for
ye. day, had breakfast in my
dreʃsing room, Anna M came to
see me &c. After I was dreʃs'd
came to my -- A M: came
& sat with me. Mr. Charlton came
to her & she left me to go to him
return'd when he was gone -- we
look'd over Man: letters -- &c I
wrote my Journal. recd- a meʃsage
from ye. Vesey's of enquiries,
Anna Maria went to them, came
after she return'd home to tell me
they were to be at home all day &
wish'd me to go there in ye Eveg.
Anna Maria then went to Mrs. Jacksons
where she is to dine -- I wrote a
note to Lady Stormont & to Lady
Frances Harpur
&c went down to
Isabella & staid wth. her for ½ an hour --
then had a Chair & went to Mrs. Walsinghams
Miʃs Gunning there we soon went to dinner
conversation -- finding out Riddles, Potilicks
dreʃs -- present fashions &c
Lady Wakes Coach came for me at ½ past
7 -- went to her found Poor Sr. Wm. in bed, sat
by his bed side for some time drank tea in
his room, he told me what ye P of Wales
said to him abt. me when he met him
in ye- House of Commons &c Lady W. Mr C——



Wm & I sat & talk'd & found out
riddles &c till supper time, Marianne
went to bed at ½ past -- at 10 oClock
we went down to Supper -- Wm looks &c
After supper, I took ye. liberty of telling
Ldy. Wake my opinion of her treatment
of Marianne, viz. that she was too
anxious about her, &c &c
Mr. C. agreed wth. me &c
Miʃs AM Clarke call'd for me in a
Coach abt ½ past 11 -- Mr. W: handed
me to ye. Coach. Mr. C came out to speak
to Miʃs C. -- AM. had been wth. Mrs
Jackson
found her well & ye Children
Mr J -- return'd home -- when we came
home found Bell below she had sup'd
been at ye. Veseys -- we soon went to
our rooms. found an answer to
my note from Lady F. Harpur

Monday 22d Clarges Street Decbr. 1783
had Breakfast upstairs dreʃ'd for all
day. went down to my room abt. 11 -- A M
came to me said she was going out in ye
Vesey
Coach & took a note for me to Lady
F. Harpur
. Miʃs Wake came to me ½ past 11
I gave her Shells to sort to amuse her &
she look'd better I thought tho' she cough'd --
AM came to us for a few moments. --
My Uncle Frederick, came & staid near
2 hours -- Lady Stormont came. they talkd



of ye. Politicks of ye.. day. Lady S. was
more animated & upon upon ye. Subject
than usual, The K was blamed for
his want of openeʃs, in short ye. language
of ye- times S. family was totally different
to what I had ever heard it -- ye P—— conduct
was praised -- Mr. F: was no longer
an obnoxious person -- I will make
no further moan: for -- it painful
to dwell on the power of interest
over ye. human Mind & heart.
Lady S. told me yt. she met ye. Prince of Wales
last night at ye french ambaʃsadors yt
he enquired after me & sent his Compts to
me -- he told her he sat next Sr. Wm. Wake
at ye House of Commons & that he had
enquired after me of him &c &c &c
that he talk'd politicks wth. her -- O how
times alter & things Change!
Can I help making this exclamation
when I recollect what I have him say
formerly of ye S—— M—— & my Uncle
Wm.
& now hear what he says to them?
Lady S. staid ½ an hour.
When my Uncle was gone Mr. Wake came
he told me he had been at my door but
seeing Lady S—— Coach yt. he went away again
took his ride, yt. he had been to Kensington
to see his sister Charlotte he lookd a 1000
---ings, but as his Sister Marianna was present
he did not dare give utterance to his thoughts.
Lady Wake came to fetch Marianne
home, staid ½ of an hour. I din'd at
home -- wrote letters to Miʃs Litchfield &



Miʃs Thursby. Anna Maria &
Bell went out upon a Visit at ½
past 6. I had Wm. Benn to talk'd
abt- his Brothers coming &c --
& carrying my tickets. at 8 had
Lady Frances Harpur's Coach went
to her -- met there Lady Caroline Peachey
Lady Wallingford -- we work'd & were
very chearful. Master Churchill came
in before I went. had ye Coach &
Servt. home again was set down at
Mr Veseys, as they had preʃs'd me very
much to go there, it was 10 o'Clock,
all ye. Company were gone except
Lad Mrs. Montagu and her Nephew
Mr Montagu & Mr. Horace Walpole
they did not stay long. I staid
supper with ye. Veseys came home
½ past 11. went into ye Parlour
to Miʃs Clarkes we sat ½ an hour
& then went to bed -- recd. letters from
Lord Napier & Mr Dewes

Tuesday 23d. Decbr: 1783 Clarges Street
B: upstairs before my Hair was
finishd Lady Caroline Peachey came
I went down to her en robe de Chambre
& staid near an hour -- talk'd of her
son
s match wth. Miʃs Jennings &c &c
Miʃs Wake came before she went
& near an hour after I amused her
with giving her Shells &c



Mr. Wake came for
her did not stay long.
then dreʃs'd in a hurry
------ go to Mrs. Jacksons
Christening Fannys.
An: Maria went early.
had Lady Wakes Coach
Bell & I went at ½
past 3 oClock. the
Ceremony was over
as ye Clergyman came
earlier than was expected
met then at dinner
Mr. Holt, Mr. Tauttridge
Gentleman Uʃher to ye King
Mrs. Barnard, Young
Mr Barnard
, Miʃs
Morrel
-- Capt. Prescott
a Navy Officer & his
daughter
-- the Miʃs
Clarkes
-- there came in
to tea Mrs. Revely &
one of her young daughters
Mr. & Mrs. Gunning --
Mrs. Vesey came for
me at 8 oClock we
went to Lady Dartrey
me there Lady
Mountstewart
: nec
work. she told us much
of Turin ye. Court
there &c &c.
talk'd of Savoy[46] -- the
Water -- ye -- ye Wren[47] &c &c



as I was going upstairs
Mr. Antrobus call'd to me
out of ye Parlour, went
in for an instant Master
Dawson
was there. --
wrote a note & sent it
by Lady Dartreys Servt
to Enquire after Mrs.
Delany
. had an answer
written by Mr. B. Dewes
to say she was well &
did not suffer by coming
to Town yesterday -- at
10 o'Clock left Lady D——
saw Mr. An: again for
a few moments -- Mrs
Vesey
set me down at
Mr. Jackson's. Mr. Vesey
was there, she did not
get out, & Mr. Vesey
went away with her.
they were still at Cards
at ½ past ten oClock
went down to supper
ye. same Company as
at dinner -- wth. ye.
addition of Mr. & Mrs.
Gunning
. we were
very merry, I sat
between Mr. Barnard
& Mr. Tuttridge, they
talk'd much to me &
were very civil
at ½ past 12 Miʃs
Bell Clarke
& I came
home, we left A M



to sleep at Mrs. Jacksons, as
Mrs. Barnard was there only for
1 night. I gave Frank something
as it was a particular day. we
came home at ½ past 12 or
near 1 o'Clock -- went to bed.
recd. a answer to my Meʃsage
sent by Wm. Benn to ye Dʃs. Dow
of Portland
; that she was pretty
well & hoped to see me tomorrow.

24th Decbr. 1783 TuWednesday
had B. upstairs dreʃs'd with a hoop
for all day. My Uncle Frederick
came at ½ past 11 -- we sat ½ of
an hour & then we went in his Coach
to My Aunt Dowg Lady Warwicks --
she had hear I intended coming &
stay'd at home to receive me, staid
then till ½ past one o'Clock, found
my Aunt very well, she was very
kind to me, took me in her Closet
show'd me how she had arranged
it since I saw her, all her Childrens
drawings &c. show'd me ye new
Case she had made for Lady Anne
(ye late) Greville
s sketch of herself
ye. Minature Picture drawn from
it &c. Genl. Clarke came in
said many kind things to me
& as my Uncle told me of me
when I was out of ye. room &c &
when we came away my Uncle



went wth. me to Mrs.. Delanys --
as we were going thither said
much to me abt. going to Court
said all my friends thought it
wd. be proper for me to do so --
&c &c I said little for it was
contrary to my opinion having
so small a fortune. he told me
he din'd yesterday at Lord
Abercorn
s -- that he met
there Mr. John James Hamilton
-- his Heir & my Uncle Wm.
that they spoke of me &c
found Drst. Mrs. Delany very
well & in Spirits Mrs-
Boscawen
with her Mrs. B
flew to show me ye little
Fly wch. Mrs. D. had brought in
a little Cage from Bullstrode
&c &c Mrs. B. went away
my U & I staid ½ an hour
I promised to also go to Mrs. D.s
in ye Eveg she said I shd. have
ye. Dʃs. Coach. My Uncle
brought me home & left me. Miʃs W——
K
was at ye Door. she came
in wth. me & sat till near
3. Mr. Fisher also came
& after Miʃs W King went away
talk'd of ye King & R: family



of Mr. Farhill &c &c
when Miʃs W. King was there
we talk'd nothing but Politicks
-- when I was out in ye. Morng
Miʃs Gunning had call'd twice,
Mr. Farhill had call'd as
had Mrs. Jackson, Mrs. Barnard
& ye. Dowg of Portland had
sent to beg I wd. meet her in
ye. Evening at Mrs. Delany.
when I was left -- I saw An:
Maria
-- who came to me, showd
her my pretty little fly Cage
&c. when I was at Mrs. Delanys
run into Mrs. Astleys room,
spoke to her for a moment.
din'd at home. A. M. & I talkd
& wrote after dinner, & she
play'd on ye. harpsicord to oblige
me. I drank tea with Miʃs C's
at 7 ye Dʃs. of Portlands Coach
came for me, went to Mrs. Delany
found her & Mr.. Barnard Dewes together
Mrs. D: was charming well. I went into Mrs
D:
Bedchamber & spoke to Mrs- Astley about her
Sister
going to live with Mrs. Hamilton. ye Dʃs came
at ½ past 7 oClock we were mutually happy
to meet again -- Mr. D: went away for an
hour & ½. we conversed upon different



[48]



subjects -- I left them at ½ past
9 -- had ye. Dʃs.'s Coach. went to Lady
Wake
, she was setting after Supper
staid only a few moments to enquire
after Sir Wm. & Miʃs Wake. Mr Jeʃsop
of Waltham was there. Mr. Wake &
Catton. Came home. sat till ½ past 11
wth. Bell & Anna Maria. Mr. Farhill

25 Decbr. 1783 Thursday -- ye day was
so dark, snow &c. that I did not go
to Church -- had Breakfast in my
Dreʃsing room dreʃsed for all day,
finish'd a long letter to Miʃs H. More.
Anna Maria went out at 10 in Mrs
Glover
s Coach to go to Whitehall Chapel
& did not return. at ½ past 3. Isabella
& I went to Mr. Glovers -- where we
din'd & spent ye. day. only ye. family
& Mr. Spendlove. in ye. Eveg play'd at
Commerce -- Mr. S went away before
supper. Mr. Glover told me Anecdotes
of ye. late Duke & Dʃs. of Malbro'
&c &c Dʃs of Queensbury. Miʃs C's
& I came home at ¼ past 11. found
a Note from Mr. Farhill -- we soon
went to bed

26th. Friday. My Uncle Sr. Wm. Hamilton
came at 11 & staid till 12. gave me his
opinion of Miʃs Gunning. My Uncle
Frederick
came soon after he was gone
Anna Maria was wth. me for some time
she left us & then he again renewd ye



Subject of my going to Court &c &c
said he had dined at Lord Abercorns
ye day before. yt he met there his
heir Mr. John James Hamilton who
mention'd me in a flattering manner
tho' I have not seen him these 8
or 9 years when we danced together at
ye. Pantheon -- when he left me wch was
not before 2 oClock -- A. M. came to
me. I was busy in sorting papers
& she help'd me. abt 3 I went to
finish my dreʃsing, for I was wth. all
my hair down & en Robe de Chambre
as my Uncles came when I going to dreʃs
at ½ past 3 Mr. Farhill calld & as he
sent up word he wish'd to see me I
admitted him in my dreʃsing room, &
Betty went on dreʃsing my hair. he
told me he was going to Cambridge &c
sat till past 4 oClock. My Uncle
William
came for me before 5 --
we went together to Mrs. Montagus.
to dinner, met there Lord & Lady
Grantham
. Lady Bell Polworth.
Sr. Joseph & Lady York. Mr. Robinson
Ld. Granthams Brother. Miʃs Gregory
& Mr. Montagu. Mrs. M. R. was also at
home. My Uncle set me down at Lady
Wake
s at ½ past 8. I sup'd there.
only Mr. Catton, Lady Wake Mr Wake &
me. Sr. Wm. still in Bed Confin'd with ye
Gout. came home at 11 -- sat a little
wth. Bell & Anna went to bed at
12 oClock



Decbr. 27th. Saturday 1783
Breakfasted in my dreʃsing room, dreʃs'd
in ye Morning for all day came down to
my room at 11 Anna Maria came &
sat wth. me, I sorting my letters. My
Aunt Lady Warwick came, AMaria soon left
us. LW was so good as to bring me. the
drawing she had promised me of ye late Ldy.
Anne Greville
s Mr. Wake came. My Aunt
Staid abt. ½ an hour -- Mr. Pepys came &
sat sometime -- Mr. W was detiremined
to out set him as well as my Aunt.
Mr. W: staid with me till 3 o'clock, I contin
ued
sorting my letters. he talking
of his affection &c &c AMaria
came in & he went away. soon return'd
to tell me Lady Wake had sent ye. Coach for me.
I told him, I could not go before 4, so he left me.
Anna begun reading Rouʃseaus Eloise,[49] we have agreed
to read it together as we neither of us have ever
read it through, to make our comments &c --
A little before 4 oClock went to Lady Wake.
Sr. Wm. confined to his bed wth. ye. Gout. all the
Children
at home. Richard come from School
yesterday for ye. Hollidays. after dinner we went
up to Sr. Wm. & had ye. Wine upstairs -- we sat
there some time -- when Wm. & Mr Catton went
down to their studies -- I & Lady W went into ye
Dr. room -- Marianne Charlotte & Richard were
amusing themselves with Cards Lady W & I had
some interesting conversation, I took ye liberty
of telling her that I wish Mr C. ye Tutor was
not so constantly at home &c &c. Sr Wm.
desired me to return to his room. I went &
say by his bed side & drank tea there --
Wm. & Mr. C: came in &c at ½ past 7 ye Dʃs. Dowg
of Portland
sent a Chair for me, I went to Mrs.



Delany
s, ye Dʃs. made me many apologies
for having forgot to order her Coach for
me. we sat & conversed comfortably together
till ½ past 8 -- there being no other Company.
at ½ past 8 my Uncle Sr. Wm. Hamilton came
& staid till near 10 O'clock -- we conversed
upon many agreeable subjects -- ye. Arts
cheifly. my Uncle brought me home, he
did not come in -- he was going to sup at
Richmond House. I sat with Anna & Bell
till near 12. A M play'd to me for ½ an
hour on ye Harpsicord &c

Sunday 28th. Decbr: 1783 Clarges Street.
I went down at ½ past 9 Anna & I breakfasted
together -- after that Bell came we left
her & came into my room & Anna &
I read prayers together. it was too bad
a day (Frost & snow) to go to Church. we
sat together conversing on religious topics
till I went to dreʃs & An: came & read
to me in Hallers advice to his daughter[50]
Mr. Wake call'd, I let him come for a
few Minutes whilst my hair was dreʃsing
he did not seem much pleased at my
sending him away -- particularly as he had
call'd before & was not let in because
I was gone up to dreʃs &c. as soon as I
was dreʃs'd I went into ye. Parlour. A. M
read to me in R:'s E: till I went. at 4
oClock had Mrs. Veseys Coach, went to
dine at Mrs. Walsinghams -- Mr. Walker
(ye. Man that gives lectures) dined wth.
us -- Mrs. W. shew'd me before dinner ye.
Color'd Prints of Ornaments of ye Gallery
at Rome, ye Vatican, &c &c



After dinner Mr. Walker told us where
he had been in ye Summer. told us
of a Curious Character a Mr. Langton
Freeman
of Rugby in Warwickshire
-- a Clergyman -- his avarice his
thefts. he had had above 22000
pr. An: told us ye circumstances
of a Murder of one Haram
a Schoolmaster &c &c. Mrs. W.
and I came to Mrs. Veseys at 8 oClock
-- met there. Mr. Walpole. Lady
------ Mornington
, Lady Roʃs, Mrs. Montagu, Mr
Montagu
, Miʃs Gregory
My Uncle Sr Wm. Hamilton
-- I had a good deal of conversation
wth. Mr. Walpole -- sent for my
little fly cage made by Dr Mrs.
Delany
&c &c. Mrs. Walsingham wd.
set me down in her Coach that I
had only to run acroʃs. when I
came home found An: Maria was
gone to bed as her cold was bad
I sat sometime wth. Is: & then went to
- Bed. call'd in An: room & chatted
by her bedside for ¼ of an hour



Monday 29th. Decbr. 1783
had Breakfast upstairs & dreʃs'd when
I got up for all day -- my Uncle
Frederick
came & sat ½ an hour
we conversed upon religious subjects
I gave him Swifts Sermon on ye. Trinity[51]
to take home. & le Bas Blue.[52] when he
went A M came & sat with me. Mrs.
Glover
came & A M soon left us Mrs.
G.
sat above 2 hours wth. me. Told me
ye whole of ye affair abt. ye. Jacksons &c
she went away at 4. I wrote in my
Journal & then went down to Miʃs
Clarkes
sat by whilst they din'd -- at
5 My Aunt Lady Warwicks Coach
came for me. I went there to dinner
Lady F. Harpur was there. Genl Clarke
& I had much lively Altercation abt
a love for ye. Arts. when we left ye
dining room Ldy. W: Ldy F H & I sat
together or near an hour & ½. Ldy.
W
gave us a description of ye 2
Banniers. ye Baths there &c &c
ye People, stile of living: an account
of her journey to ye Mountain Swiʃs
Doct. Shaumack. his skill &c &c.
Genl. C: came to us at ½ past 8 to
Tea; told me many things relative
to ye. late Prince Charles of Austria
(Bruʃsels) his character. at ½ past
9 he & Ldy. Frances sat down to
Backgammon. had my Aunts coach
at 10. came home. set up wth. Bell & Anna



                                                         29 Decbr. 83
till ½ past 11. A. M. & I read & made
comments on R: Eloise

30th. Dec: 1783 Tuesday -- went down
at ½ past 9 to breakfast. Miʃs Glover
B with us -- I read ye Papers to them
&c. Miʃs Glover came & sat till
12 with me in my room. A. M.
came to us for ¼ of an hour: Miʃs
G.
told me of Mr. J: behaviour to
them &c. at 12 Lady Wake came
& brought Marrianna. Miʃs Glover
went. Lady W: only staid 10 Minutes
left Marianne. whom I amused
wth. Shells &c. My Uncle Frederick
came & brought his son, they staid
½ an hour -- Mrs: & Miʃs Hamilton
& staid sometime. Mr. Wake came
when they were gone. Lady W.
call'd buyt did not come in for
Marianne. Mr. W. staid for ½ an
hour -- he had been skateing today
for ye 1st. time. he was hurt & left
me abruptly because I told him
a truth wch. was that it was not
poʃsible for him yet to have
desicive judgement &c &c. it was
½ past 3 when he went/ I wrote till
dinner time. I gave Marianne
some advice to day respecting her beha-
viour
towards her Mama, she promised me to



to alter her Conduct &c &c.
din'd at home -- After dinner wrote
Cards to invite some very young friends to
come to us on twelf day next Tuesday
-- ye. Veseys sent a Meʃsage & A Maria went
to them. I staid below till Isabella went
she & A M went to a party to Mr.
Gladell
s (I excused myself from going
I came to my room at ½ past 6 &
------ read & wrote till near 12. Miʃs
C——'s
came home came to me told me
whom they had met &c -- their account
made me well pleased I staid at
home. A M told me that she was for
½ an hour at Mr. Vesey's yt. she
heard there yt. Mr. Walpole had
spoke much in my favour & yt. he
had talk of my quitting Court in
terms that did me Credit.
went to bed wth. a bad pain in my
face ½ past 12 -- put Laudanum
upon Cotton in my Mouth. hardly
closed my Eyes all night -- abt. 2
or 3 in ye Morng. had an Alarm --
Miʃs Clarkes imagined there were
theives breaking in -- it was all
occasion'd by ye falling down of
my Chimney board -- Miʃs Tryon
sent for me to come to her tomorrow
as she was ill & confined -- heard
Mrs. Carter was Come to Town



Wednesday 31st Decbr. 1783 at ½ past
1 -- ye Dʃs. Dr. of Portlands Coach came
for me -- went to Mrs. Delany's she I
did not get out she came to me
& we went to Mry Uncle Sr Wm. H.
-- at ye Hotel -- King Str. St James's.
ye Dʃs. was already there. We
saw ye fine Vase -- &c &c staid
then till ½ past 3 oClock. ye
Dʃs.
& I went home wth. Mrs. Delany
(Mrs. D: eyesight so well that
she saw ye. Vase &c) we din'd wth.
this Dear Woman -- after dinner ye.
Dʃs
made her go to repose herself
& we remain'd below till she for
us to Coffee. ye.. Dʃs. talk'd of her
excellent friend
-- of Mrs. P: &c
at tea time Mr. & Mrs. Cole came
He talk'd a great deal, I was
as much amused as any one cd.
be who was in great pain for
ye. pain in my face was very
bad. came home in ye Dʃs coach
at ½ past 9. Miʃs Cs were at
ye Glovers -- I sat in my room &
& read & wrote till they came home
wch. was ¼ past 11 they came &
talk'd wth. me till near 12 -- we then
went to bed.



1st Janry 1784 Thursday.
did not get up till late as I was
obliged to nurse my Cold though I
have entirely lost ye: pain in my face
had 5 notes to answer in bed.
------------------ Mr. Wake came to me
at 1 oClock staid ½ an hour -- he was
embarraʃs'd distreʃs'd &c &c. wanting
to explain something wch. at last he left
unexplain'd -- I went to ye. Dʃs Dowr
Portland
at ½ past 2 -- had her Coach.
-- she made me write for her an answer
to a letter she had from ye Queen, wch.
she copied & sent I staid wth. her till
near 4. Mr. Cole came & staid near
2 hours -- she follow'd me out of ye. room
said how provoked she was at his staying
so long &c &c. had her Coach -- went
to Mr. Jackson's -- din'd there. Miʃs
Clarkes
were there also -- they left us
at ½ past 8 to go to ye. Veseys. I staid till
past 11. Mrs. Jackson & I had an hours
conversation alone. I alter'd ye
Medley Screen for Mr. J.. I spoke to
Mr. J. abt. ye. Glovers he wd. not
speak calmly abt. it therefore I drop'd
ye. Subject. when I came home -- they
were in bed. I went to bed soon.
Mrs. Boscawen & My Uncle Frederick
had call'd.



2d. Janry. 1784 Clarges Street
Was at home all Morning -- & wrote
a good deal -- Anna Maria & Bell came
& sat wth. me in my room part of ye.
Morng.. Went up dreʃs after dinner
at ½ past 5. The Dʃs. of P. sent
me a present of Venison, I had her
Servt. up to enquire after her &c.
Came down to Miʃs Clarkes after I
was dreʃs'd sat wth.. them will my
Uncle Sr. Wm. came wch.. was at 9 he
came in I introduced him to Miʃs Cs
he sat a little & then we went to
Mrs. Montagu's. met there Lady Bute
Ldy. L: Stewart -- Lord Huntingdon.
Mr. Walpole Mr & Mrs. Hoare Mrs.
Boscowan
a Mrs. Milward & another
Lady -- a Mrs. Chs. York & Mr & a
Miʃs York
Ldy Bell Polworth
Mr. Robinson -- Mr. Montagu Miʃs
Gregory
-- Monr. D'Ademar ye French
Ambaʃsador and a Mr. York.
I had much conversation wth. Mr
Walpole
Lord Huntingdon Ldy L
Stewart
Mrs. Hoare Miʃs Gregory --
a tolerably pleasant Eveg. party
Mrs. Walsingham too was there
my Uncle brought me home



a little past 11 -- told me he had dined
at ye D: of Northumberlands &
& gave me a description of his
fine room &c.
Staid but a short time wth. Miʃs
Clarkes
below & then went to
my room to bed &c

3d. Janry. 1784 Saturday. dreʃs'd in
my Habit breakfasted wth Anna Maria
About 12 walk'd to Mrs Carters -- found
her very poorly with ye Rheumatism
in her back -- I sat an hour with her
we talk'd abt. ye Wakes &c, as I was going
away Lady Dartrey & Lady Wake came in
they staid only a few Minutes they
took me in ye. Coach tho there was Mr.
Antrobus
Master Dawson -- Little Richard
Wake
& Vesey Dawson -- besides themselves.
they were gonig to see Mrs. Wrights
wax work to amuse ye. Children -- they
set me down at St. James's Palace, I went
& sat ½ an hour wth. Miʃs Tryon she was
better than I expected to find but still ill
& laying along upon a Couch -- Genl. Tryon
her Brother came in. he said whenever
I wd. go to Mrs. Tryons I should have
their Coach &c. Miʃs Tryon
desired me to send an account of



Miʃs Duttons School & terms to
Mrs. Gambier. I went to Miʃs
Gunning
-- She was just return'd
from my house where she had been
to visit me. I sat an hour wth.
her whilst she did her hair.
I then walk'd home through ye.
Park -- ye. day was fine -- but ye.
ground very wet from ye Thaw
& rain -- saw Mr. Penal Hawkins
Servt. I enquired after him.
when I came home found my
Uncle Frederick had call'd.
dreʃs'd -- Mrs. Chapone call'd for me
in ye. Dʃs. Dor of Portland Coach at ½
past 3. I was not ready but
ran down wth.. my Gown unpind
-- my large Cloak hiding all. though
I was not guilty of ye rudeneʃs
of making Mrs.. Chapone wait an
instant when we got to Mrs. Delanys
I ask'd leave to go into her room
& Mrs.. Astley came & gave me
some pins -- she told me what she sad
stories she had heard of Mrs. P——



Mrs. Delany came & told me she must
contrive to speak to me after dinner
for she had a secret meʃsage to me
from ye Ducheʃs Dr. of Portland.
We went down to dinner a little
past 4 -- sat below till 6. very ag-
reeable
general conversation. when
we came up Mrs. D went to repose
for ¼ of an hour. Mrs. Chapone
& I look'd over some Prints from
ye. Antique &c &c Mrs. C. spoke of Dear Mrs-
Delany
-- that she had known her a great
many years & that she improved
or seem'd to improve in ever human
excellence & sensibility & feeling
every year instead of growing cold
hearted wth. age &c &c
Mrs. D: came to us & then under ye
color of getting me to look for a Book
took me to her bed room & told me
what ye Dʃs wanted me to do viz
to purchase ye V. of my Uncle Wm. &c
I wrote a note to him to come to me
but he was out. ye Dʃs. Dr. Portland
ye. Bishop of Exerter (Roʃs) Sr. Wm.
Musgrave
came to tea. My Uncle
Sir Wm. Hamilton also came -- a very
pleasant conversatione. the note I had
written to my Uncle came to him there. he
came to Mrs. Ds. by a without having recd
my Meʃsage -- & had put off Mrs. Walsing.



Walsingham
to meet me there. when
Mrs. C. ye Bishop & Sr Wm. M. were
gone -- I took him down to ye. Parlour
under pretence of shewing him ye Pictures
& then told him wht. ye. Dʃs. wish'd abt. ye.
V. when we came upstairs again
they talk'd upon ye. Subject. My
Uncle
Brought me home at 10 oClock
he told me he wd. think upon wht. ye. Dʃs
had said. when I came home went in
to Miʃs Clarkes -- we chatted & wrote
till past 11 -- they went up before me
I wrote till 12 & then went up to bed.

Sunday -- heavy rain did not go to
Church Dreʃs'd for ye. day Anna Maria
came & sat wth.. me in my room after we
were both dreʃs'd. Mrs. Turton & Miʃs
Nosely
came & made me a Visit. A. M.
staid ye. whole time -- She & Bell w a
little after 3 went to ye. Veseys Mr. Vesey
was just getting into his Coach therefore
I did not go in but accepted his offer
of setting me down at Mr. Glovers --
where I din'd & staid till 11 o'Clock
-- Mr. Glover did not dine at home
but came to us at 8 oClock. he read
Popes Windsor Forest to me &c
After supper when Miʃs Lenton & Miʃs
Glover
went upstairs he talkd of
ye late Prince of Wales &c



of Courts &c. I told him of ye. idea
my Uncle F had form'd of my going
to Court, & he approved of my not
acquiescing &c.. when I came home
found a long letter from my Uncle
Wm.
abt. ye. subject of last night & one
from Mrs. Gambier &c. Miʃs Clarkes
were at ye. Veseys I went there.
chatted ½ of an hour & then we all
came home -- soon went to bed

Monday 5th. Janry. 1784 -- had B.
in my room -- after A M went out
for all day -- I dreʃs'd for ye. day
My Uncle Frederick & his son came
staid ¼ of an hour. Miʃs Glover came
for some time. as did Mrs. Newton
½ past 4 Lady Wake came for me
Mr Catton & Wm in ye Coach we calld
for Mrs. Carter -- went to Lord Dartreys
to dinner where I staid till ½ past
11 -- Lady Dartreys Birth day -- she
is I believe 43. After dinner Lady
Wake
s other children
came -- we had a
Fiddle & dancd -- I danced wth. Mr W: all night
When ye Children went down to Supper I
sat wth. Mrs. Carter -- they went away soon after
9 -- as did Mrs. Carter -- Lord & Lady Dartrey
Mr. Wake Mr. Catton & me only at Supper.
Mr. Antrobus was not well & went home
to his lodgings before supper. Lady Wake
brought me home abt ½ past 11. Wm got out of ye
coach to hand me



Tuesday 76th.. Janry 1784
Mrs. Delany sent ye Dʃs of P. Coach for
me at 11 -- I went to Mrs. Delanys &
sat wth. yt. dear Woman till ½ pas two
till 2 we were alone -- she talkd to me
of Mr Dewes of his Mother her Sister
her Death. Patience under a terrible
disorder for 2 years of a Cancer in
her Womb. Shew'd me & gave me Shells &c
at 2 Mrs. C Hoare came who talkd
of Mr. Barnard Dewes & of a Governeʃs
she had got for his Children &c.
I like Mrs. Hoare for she is a pleasing
sensible young Woma & seems unaffected
-- I went away soon after her, had ye.
Dʃs.'s Coach & came home      NB before I
went to Mrs. Delanys I went for a few
Minutes to Mrs. Jackson -- saw her &
desired her not to come to me this
Eveg. -- because I had refused Mrs. Gl:
Ldy. D &c &c. had several invitations
to dinners to day. The Turtons Veseys
Wakes. & several for the Eveg. also.
din'd at home wth. Miʃs Clarkes after
dinner Miʃs A Clarke practiced Country
dances for ye Eveg. & then we
were busy in arranging[53]
ye. rooms for our
young People.
they came at 7
o Clock & staid



till a little after 10 -- except Miʃs Wake
went home as she was not yet well
enough to stay out) -- I had Mr. Wake
Mr Dawson his Cousin Vesey Dawson
Miʃs & Master Hamilton. R. Wake
Charlotte Wake Miʃs Glover & Miʃs
Clarkes
& myself -- a very merry
Eveg. drew for King & Queen had
12th Cake -- & danced, play'd at
forfiets -- had a Supper at ¼ past
9 oClock &c we say up ½ an hour
after our young friends left us
& then went to bed --
Lady Frances Harpur Mr. Wake
Mrs. Hamilton Mrs. Glover
call'd when I was out in ye.
Morning.



Wednesday 7th. Janry. 1784
in ye Morning had Sr: R. Gunning
& Miʃs Humes -- Sr Wm. Hamilton
My Uncle Frederick Hamilton
Mrs. Hamilton. Mrs Astly came
to speak to Mrs. H about her Sister
at three they left me Lord
Dartrey
came in for ¼ of an
hour. a little before 4 my
Uncle Wm. came again he sat
¼ of an hour talking over ye
V: & ye. Dʃs. -- he sent an excuse
to where we was to dine &
went wth me to Dowr. Lady Kings
where we dined en Famille
& staid till ½ past 7. when
ye. Dʃs. of Portlands Coach
came for me -- he took his
leave at ye same time & of
me when he put me into ye.
Coach. I went to Mrs. Boscawans
met there Lady Bute, Lady
Clifford
her Daughter Miʃs South-
well
. Mrs. & Miʃs Price Lady
Amherst
. Lord Walsingham &c
&c Mrs. Leveson Mrs. B: daughter
invited me to go to her on
Saturday Morng &c had ye Dʃs.



Coach went to Mrs. Delanys ½
past 9. Mr. Mrs. Cole were there
they soon went. then had a
Conversation wth. ye Ducheʃs abt.
ye. V: &c left her & Dr. Mrs. D——
abt. 10 went to ye Veseys met
there. Lady Spencer. Lord Lucan
Sr. Joshua Reynolds Sr. Robt &
2 Miʃs Gunnings. They all soon
went away -- Sr. J: Reynolds &
I staid to supper we sent for
Anna Maria who came -- we
staid till ½ past 12 o'Clock, when
we came home went to Isabella
for a few Min: & then to bed
call'd at ye Hotel. left a Meʃsage for my Uncle Wm.

Thursday 8th Janry 1784 -- After B——
dreʃs'd in my Breakfast room. Anna
Maria
came & sat by me & read some
letters in R. Eloise wch. we criticized at 12
oClock my Uncle Sr. Wm. Hamilton
came & staid till past 1 o'Clock, we
settled ye Matter abt. ye V. &c &c
yt. ye Dʃs- D: of P. is to have. when he
left me Mr. Hume came & staid ¼
of an hour -- told me he was going to
Oxford -- to be enter'd in yt University
Lady Wake came for me to go to Mrs-
Delany
we went there & sat an hour



Mrs: Boscowan came in before we
came away -- she had a bad cold.
Lady Wake set me down at home
but could not come in. I found
Mrs. Walsingham waiting for
me in my room -- she staid
only a few Minutes, came to
invite me to dine with her
next tuesday to meet Dr Wharton
& also to remind me of dining
with her tomor on Sunday to
meet Miʃs Gunning. a little
after 3 Mr. Wake call'd but wd.
not come in. he left a letter
for me. A Maria came & sat wth.
me a little alittle before 4 ye.
Dʃs Dr of Portland
s Coach came for
me -- Mrs. Carter was in it we
went to Mrs. Delany. to dinner
found my Dear Dear Mrs. D:
vastly well. Miʃs Burney
also din'd wth. us. Mrs. D made
me do ye. Honors of ye Table.
She sat with us sometime after
dinner & then left us for ½ an
hour to take her Siesta. Mrs. Carter
Miʃs Burney & I talk'd over
Rouʃseaus Eloise Mrs. Carter said



that Rouʃseau was a much more
dangerous writer than Voltaire
&c &c -- Mrs. Delany sent for us
up at 6 for Coffee. wch. she made
me pour out, how vain I am
of every little mark of her
kind distinction -- Miʃs Gunning
Lady Dartmouth ye. Dʃs. Dr. of
Portland
came to tea, when Ldy
D.
& Miʃs G: went away at 9
The Dʃs & I went into Mrs. D:
Bed room & I told her wt. Sr. Wm.
Hamilton
had said abt. ye. V:
antiques & settled yt matter

Mrs. Carter Miʃs Burney & I
went away at 10 in ye. Dʃs.'s
Coach. We first set Mrs. C down
& then I was set down & Miʃs B.
parted from me. I found both
ye. Miʃs Clarkes at home sat
wth. them till past 11, & then
went to bed



Friday 9th. Janry 1784 Clarges Street
had B in my Room -- came down
to my B room to dreʃs Anna Maria
came & read in R: E: whilst my
Hair was dreʃsing. at 1 oClock
ye. Dʃs. D of Portlands Coach came
for me. I left call'd upon my
Uncle Wm. at ye Hotel. he was
out -- but I left a Note from
ye. Dʃs. -- went to ye.
Dʃs
staid wth. her till past 4
looking over -- fine Gemms
Antiques -- Miniature Pictures
&c. out of ye. beautiful
Cabinet -- ye. inside of wch. was
painted by Polemberg. &c &c
had ye. Dʃs. Coach & went to
Sr. Wm..s where I din'd
-- he din'd at table though he
as carried into ye. room
by ye. Servts. -- ye: Children were
all at home as was Mr. Catton --
Wm. as Usual setting next me --
Lady Wake & I went to her room
& had a comfortable tête a tete
for ½ an hour after dinner. we
talk'd of Sr. Wm- Wakes Illneʃs &c &c



-- went down again to Sr. Wm. he was
put on ye. Couch -- a little after
7 Lady Frances Harpurs Coach came
for me -- Wm. handed me down & askd
leave to come to me tomorrow &c.
Found Lady Frances alone she
lookd very poorly but was in
pretty good spirits, we talkd
of Lady Stormont &c. her Brother
Charles Greville came in for ½
an hour & talk'd of ye. Politicks
of ye. times, ye. disagreeable
situation he was in wth. respect
to party -- I had Ldy- F. Harpurs
Coach & went to ye. Glovers
at 10 oClock. met ye. Miʃs Clarkes
there -- Dr. Mr. G. was happy to see
me -- a little after 11 oClock
Miʃs Cs & I came home --
Mr. G. told me that my Uncle
Wm.
had been wth him & sat
sometime wth. him yesterday &
that they had talk'd much of me.
& in a kind manner



Saturday 10th. DecbrJany[54] got up before
8 oClock -- I wrote an hour before
breakfast. A M breakfasted
together -- After B. I wrote till
11 then dreʃs'd for ye day. A M
came & read to me till 1 oClock
in R E Mrs. Boscawan call'd for
me we went together to her
Daughter Mrs. Leveson -- who
shew'd me a new Botanical
Work. saw 3 of her boys[55] -- fine
Children -- Mrs. Newton came in
Mrs. Boscawan left me &
came again for me at ½ past
2. in our way home, she was
so obliging to say she hoped to
see me at her House in ye.
Country in the Summer &c
she set me down at home, did
not come in, went to A Maria
she told me my Uncle Frederick
had call'd. went to my room &
wrote a little after 3 Mr. Wake
came & sat till past 4. he & I
had a serious conversation & he
left me content & happy wth. the



promise of my future friendship.
din'd at home. after dinner AM
play'd on ye. harpsicord & I
wrote & settled bills & paid
Money. at 6 A M & Isabella
went out I came to my room
& sat & wrote til 8 oClock
had Wm. Benn & ask'd him
after poor Betty Carr. he
told me something relative to
Mrs. Caldecott &c. at 8
Lady Wake came & we had
a comfortable tête a tête
till near 11 -- I show'd her
Manuscripts. read letters
those frm Mr. D:'s &c talkd
of dear dear Mrs: Delany.
we had some wine & Water
& toasted bread -- Miʃs C's
came home at 11. they came up
to us -- Lady W. went away soon
after 11 o'Clock -- the Miʃs Cls-
sat wth. me ½ an hour &
then we went to bed --



Sunday 11th. DeJanry. 1784
Mr Vesey call'd after Church & sat
------ a little wth. me -- I was
alone & wrote &read till Miʃs
Gunning
came for me we went
together to Mrs: Walsinghams to
dinner -- met there Dr. Wharton
& Miʃs Burney -- after dinner talking
of Dr. Young Dr. Wharton read a few
paʃsages in                               
When we went up to Coffee Mrs.
W.
show'd us a Locket in wch.
was enclosed a piece of King
William
s Coat wch. was extracted
out of a Wound given by a
Cannon Bullet at ye Battle of
ye Boyne. wch. Lord Coninsby got
&c he being by his side at ye time
also a ring 3 rose Diamonds
set straight wch. was ye. Great
first Lord Corkes -- this motto
in ye. inside O prepare. this
Ring -- a Horse & ten pounds &
a rapier being all he set out
in Life with &c &c &c



Miʃs Gunning went away at 7
Miʃs Burney soon after tea
I went up wth. Miʃs Boyle to
her room & she show'd me ye.
Fan she has painted for Lord
Shannon
s daughter
for her
Marriage[56] -- Mrs. Duff was
there I spoke to her.
Mrs. W: & Miʃs B. were going
to Ldy J Penns -- they set
Dr. Wharton & me down at
Mrs Delanys -- where we met
ye. Dʃs. Dr of Portland & Lady
Bute
-- we staid from 8 till
10 -- & paʃs'd ye. time very
pleasantly. heard Lady
Bute
& ye. Dʃs. talk much
of ye Late Queen Caroline
her affectation of Learning
&c. Lady B told me that
Lady Suffolk inform'd her yt.
ye. Queens Cloaths came only
to 3000 pr. An: her Coronation
robes to 6000. &c &c --
how she served Lady Suffolk



abt. ye Jewels -- &c &c
My Servant did not come as
I ordered so I was obliged to
come home wth. Dr. W. in a
H: Coach. A M was out I
went in to Isabella -- ye. Veseys
sent for us I excused myself
& made her go -- had Wm. Benn
in to talk abt. his Br. coming
Mrs. Leveson had call'd in
ye Eveg.. I wrote till Is. came
home we sat & talk'd till near
12 when A M Came home she
was obliged to have Mr. Jacksons
Servt. because Chs was in liquor

Monday 12th. -- Mrs. Delany
sent ye. Dʃs.s Coach for me at 11
oClock. I call'd in my way to
her house upon -- my Uncle Wm-
for he had call'd when I was dreʃsing
& I cd. not see him. he came
down to me & stood & talk'd wth.
me sometime. gave me a note
he had written to speak to ye. Dʃs.
abt. ye. V: &c &c -- He told me Mr.
Graham
was wth. him & that he was



going to ye. House of Commons wth.
him to hear ye.. debates -- I then
went to Mrs. Delany -- found her
charming well -- I answer'd a
letter for her to Mr. Dewes, wch.
occasion'd us much mirth as
I took ye. liberty to answer it
in a very saucy manner.
I ask Mrs: D. ye. private
character of Lord Bute wch.
she gave me -- she spoke
much of Lady Bute and
drew a most favorable
picture of her Mind and
character. I look'd over
shells &c. a Mrs. & Miʃs
Beckingham
came in, I
left there. came home in ye
Dʃs
Coach at at 2 oClock -- found
Mrs- & Miʃs Hamilton waiting
for me Mrs H. came to tell
me my Cousin Charles Cathcarts
Conduct in ye. ...    Indias.[57] of ye
credit he had gain'd &c, I
ask her to leave Miʃs H to spend
ye. day with us & she consented.
she went away at 3. Miʃs



H
& Sorted Shells before dinner
Mr & Mrs. & Miʃs Glover & Mrs.
Lenton
came to dine with us
we din'd at 4 & remained ye
whole Eveg in ye Dining Room.
it was spent chearfully --
Miʃs A Clarke play'd -- Miʃs
H:
play'd & sang several
songs. I read Bas Bleu --
AM read anecdotes from
my Manuscripts -- & we
sorted shells this fill'd
up our Eveg. Mr. Vesey calld
in for a few Minutes --
at ½ past 9 we sup'd -- a
little after 10 Miʃs H: Mrs.
L:
& Miʃs G. went home
Mr & Mrs. Glover staid till
past 11. we staid chatting
for ¼ of an hour & then
went to bed/wrote to Lord Napier

Tuesday 13th: Janry. 1784 Miʃs Gunning
call'd & sat ½ an hour -- I wrote notes &c
to put Miʃs Burney & Mrs. Carter of from going
to ye. Air Balloon -- Lady Wake call'd & Mr
Wake
-- but they did not come in as I was
dreʃsing -- Mr Gumbleton[58] of Ireland



came at 3 & staid ½ an hour -- he
brought me Compts. from his
Wife
who was a Miʃs Hamilton[59]
of Bath &c. at ½ past 4 had
Lady Wakes Coach -- went to Mrs.
Walsingham
s to dinner me
there. my Uncle Sr Wm. H.
Sr Joshua Reynolds Dr. Warton
Mrs. Montagu Mr. Montagu
her nephew. Miʃs Gregory
Dr. & Miʃs Burney Mr. Pepys.
a very agreeable dinner, I sat
next to Dr. Warton -- we sat long
after dinner till 8 o'Clock
Sr. Wm: entertain'd ye. Company
wth. anecdotes of ye. Neapolitan
Court &c -- I left most of ye.
Company there, had Lady Wakes
Coach & went to Mrs. Boscawans
a little before 9 -- met there 2
Mrs: Burrow's
. Mrs. Pepys. Mr. Pepys
came in after) -- Mrs. Buller Mrs
Leveson
. conversation upon ye
Merits & demerits of Mrs. Siddons
&c. Mrs. Leveson & I staid after
ye. rest she Brought me home
near 11 oClock -- I sat a little wth.
Miʃs Clarkes before I went to Bed.



Wednesday 14th Janry. 17834[60] -- My
Uncle Frederick for ½ an hour
ye. Ducheʃs of Portland sent her
Coach for me was with her from
call'd at Lady Wakes left a Note
for her -- Mr. Wake came to ye. Door
I gave it to him -- went to ye. Dʃs.
was with her from ½ past 1 oClock
till past 4. we arranged a Cabinet
of Agates &c &c. I had her Coach
& went to MrsLady Wakes where I
din'd only ye. family Sr. Wm. at
first low & poorly but he got
better -- after dinner ye 2 Miʃs
Wakes
& Richard came down.
I went up to Ldy W's room
saw Mrs. Beet spoke to her abt.
ye. Children &c. Lady W & I
went together to call for Mrs.

only stop'd at ye Door to ask
if she wd. go to my Uncles on
Friday Wm. came down to me -- came
home din'd wth. Miʃs Clarkes & sat
ye. whole Eveg. I sorted shells -- A M
read in R. E'sa went to bed at
12. Lady & Mr Wake. call'd when
I was out

Thursday 15th. Janry. 1784 dreʃs'd for
all day Mrs. Carter call'd but I did
not see her as I was dreʃsing so she
made her visit to Miʃs Clarkes



at 1 had ye. Dʃs. Dr Portlands Coach
went to Mrs. Delany only for a few
Minutes saw her well -- Mr.
Bryant
came in as I was
coming away. went to Miʃs
Tryon
staid ¼ of an hour found
her better but looking very ill
went to ye. Dʃs. of Portlands My
Uncle Wm. came at ye. same
time. she shew'd him many
of her fine Thing's. he staid
till ½ past 3. they talk'd
over & settled ye. affair of ye.
Vase. he left her ye. Augustan
Mosaick Ring -- ye. Hercules.
I staid till past 4. she told
me of Mr. Blose & Mrs. P: last letter
to Mrs. D. I had her coach went
to Ldy Wake see Erratta of last
page[61] -- call'd for Mrs. Carter
at Sr. -- Middletons -- went
together to ye. Veseys a large
meeting. my Uncle Sr. Wm.
came there Miʃs Clarkes there
they & I & Mr. Cambridge staid
Supper -- we came home ½ past
12. Ms. Gunning whom I met this Eveg told me
ye. P of W whom she saw today at Court sent his
Compts to me.[62]


Friday 16th Janry 1784 dreʃs'd for all
day. at 1 oClock Mrs Boscawan came
to go to see ye- Vase, but as she found



we were not to go till ½ past 1 oClock
she went & return'd again -- at ½
past one -- Lady Wake Mrs. Carter
Dr Warton ye. 2 Miʃs Clarkes. Mrs
Boscowan
& myself set out call'd
for ye. 2 Miʃs Gunnings at St. James's
went in Lady W. & Mrs. B.
Coaches -- I took them to me
Uncle Sr Wm. Hamiltons who
had been so good to allow me to
bring my friends to see ye.
Vase. Mr. Pepys whom I had
promised also join'd us, & a
Mr. Legge[63] a Young Clergyman
was there, my Uncle was very
obliging & shew'd it ym. 2 by 2
at ye. same time gave me ye.
Jupiter -- ye Benvenuto Cellini
&c to shew ym. whilst he shew'd
ye. Vase. we left him at
½ past two -- Miʃs Gunnings & I
went in Mrs. Boscowans Coach
she set ym. down at St. James's &
me at Mrs. Delanys -- I found yt
dear Woman
at very well & in
Spirits -- she told me how Mr & Mrs P——
were circumstanced with respect to Mr
B——am
-- yt. he had been with her
this Morng his Character &c we din'd
tête a tête after dinner -- talk'd of
my Uncle Wm- & I of ye Queen &c



went up to ye Dr. Room at 6 -- I wishd
her to repose but she did not but for
a few minutes -- I sorted & emptied
Drawers of Shells for her -- look'd over
a Book of Prints & conversed
Lady Mary & Miʃs Hume[64] & ye Dʃs. came
abt. 7 o'Clock -- ye. Dʃs did not stay
long she went to Lady Weymouth
who came to Town to day -- she call'd
me out of ye room & beg'd me not to
go till she return'd Lady Mary &
Miʃs Hume[65] staid some time
when they were gone Mrs. Boscowan
came & ye. Dʃs again abt ½ past
8 oClock -- we had a good laugh
abt attacking Mrs. B. abt.
ye. Paper Napkin for her Work.
she went at 9 -- I staid till near
10 -- ye Dʃs. shew'd us ye Augustus
Hercules & Mosaick Ring -- had ye
Dʃs
Coach to bring me home.
went in ye room to Miʃs Clarkes
Mrs.. D: sent Miʃs A C: some potted
Lamperns.[66] we chatted & Miʃs
A C
play'd on ye Harpsichord &c
went to bed at 12 -- I sent to

enquire after all ye Ladies at
ye Queens House today



I flatter'd myself that I had
made choice of one -- whose
heart containd no sentiments
but those of Probity & honor --
no Obstacles however difficult
to surmount would have
prevented my being constant
to such a one -- could I then
retain an affection when
I found out I had been
deceived? --



[67]



[68]



      St. James's
March 1778
      Saturday taken ill very ill
Sunday & Tuesday Putrid sore throat
Wed: alteration 19th Turton said
Danger was paʃsed.


Novbr 26 1778
      Turton & Hawkins gave me
no hopes of my Dr M's life

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Notes


 1. Hamilton has reused an existing sheet, featuring a large drawing of a tree, as a cover for her journal. Her labels are written around, and at times over, the drawing.
 2. This page is blank.
 3. This section is written upside down.
 4. This section is written upside down.
 5. Faded pencil annotation in minor hand, too faint to read.
 6. This line is written upside down at the bottom of the page.
 7. Possibly an error for dove's-foot cranes-bill.
 8. This refers to the annotation at the bottom of p.4 c.2.
 9. These first four pages are written on an inserted bi-fold sheet at the front of the diary.
 10. The ‘Stile of life she led &c’ is left undescribed in a journal entry of 30 June 1783 and reserved for private discussion with Charlotte Gunning (HAM/1/15/2/26 p.3). The same passage in Hamilton's own diary only mentions ‘ye Number of meals they ate in a day &c’ (HAM/2/3/1 p.10). The entry in ODNB cites Horace Walpole as writing that in her widowhood, ill, ‘she breaks out all over -- in curses and blasphemies’.
 11. Presumably, Elizabeth (née Cosby), wife of Lord Augustus Fitzroy, as the only other Fitzroy brother to survive to adulthood, Charles, died unmarried in 1739 at the age of 21. The account of Elizabeth's infidelity is not substantiated, although Augustus's behaviour seems to have been little better than his brother's.
 12. See OED s.v. lead.
 13. Peter I's visit to London, during which he famously viewed parliament through an upper window, took place in 1697-1698, so the 'King' referred to in the latter anecdote is William III, not Charles II.
 14. Frances Burney (1778) Evelina, or, a Young Lady's Entrance into the World.
 15. Recorded only as a rare 16th-century word (OED s.v. grue n.2. Accessed 09-09-2022.
 16. Probably did has been omitted.
 17. Hamilton appears to have omitted 'Delany' here, probably in error due to starting a new line.
 18. Hamilton would later see the Mechanical Turk, as it was known, for herself, and an account of this can be found in her diary HAM/2/10.
 19. Probably William Temple (1692) Memoirs of what passed in Christendom, from the War beguin in 1672 to the peace concluded in 1769.
 20. A reference to Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux's L'Art Poetique (1674), translated by Sir William Soame in 1683 and revised by John Dryden (London: H. Hills, 1710).
 21. Probably Simon Patrick (1665),The Parable of the Pilgrim written to a Friend. Patrick (1626-1707) was an English theologian and bishop.
 22. Sophia Arabella Howe was the subject of a poem by Charles Hanbury Williams and the heroine of 'Minerva to Philocles' by Lord Hervey.
 23. Anthony Lowther is recorded in History of Parliament Online as having died unmarried in 1741.
 24. The Wilmots' daughter Elizabeth had married James Seton in 1782, apparently without parental approval.
 25. This page is blank.
 26. A board used to seal hearths against draughts and soot when they were out of use in the summer months. According to the Victoria & Albert Museum, 'English chimney boards were sometimes decorated by the ladies of the house in a variety of styles'. An example can be found on the V&A website.
 27. Blandford was a student at King's College, Cambridge, when he died.
 28. This annotation appears vertically in the right margin. It has been moved to its current position for ease of reading.
 29. This letter is catalogued as HAM/1/16/17.
 30. In late November 1783 there was a revolt against the discipline enforced by the Head Master, Dr. Davies, precipitated by the Assistant Masters and ultimately resulted in a riot. Order was re-established and Davies remained as headmaster, ultimately being made Provost himself in 1791. See H. C. Maxwell Lyte, A History of Eton College, 1440-1910, (London: Macmillan, 1911), pp.347-351.
 31. A thin line separates these two lines from the main text.
 32. Hamilton appears to have got confused here between the father and son miniature painters Isaac and Peter Oliver.
 33. Given the dates in which the Olivers were active, and the rapid succession of the Earldom of Pembroke through the Herbert family during this period, it has not been possible to identify which Lord and Countess of Pembroke this refers to. Isaac Oliver is known to have painted Philip Sidney, brother of Mary, Countess of Pembroke and Edward Herbert, Lord Cherbury, a member of another branch of the Herbert family.
 34. This could read that Hamilton accompanied the Duchess to Mary Delany (who has just gone to change her dress), but it seems more likely that she has missed out a word such as 'room' here.
 35. James West had been a trustee of Edward Harley and as an antiquarian had taken particular interest in manuscript relating to court life. The Duchess of Portland suspected, correctly, that he had retained some of her father's manuscripts. See Frances Harris (1789), 'A Skeleton in the Cupboard: James West and the Portland Papers', The British Library Journal, 15:2, pp.206-208.
 36. Lady Sophia Carteret was the daughter of Clayton's sister, Sophia (née Fermor).
 37. Gilbert Burnet, Bishop Burnet's History of His Own Time (1724-1734).
 38. ‘A dot or point used in writing or printing, such as the dot over the letter i, a punctuation mark, a diacritic point over a letter, or any of the points indicating vowel and accentuation signs used in Semitic writing systems’ (OED s.v. tittle n. 1c. Accessed 14-05-2021).
 39. Presumably a slip for Mr Ashwell, mentioned above.
 40. Faded text is visible underneath the main text, in what looks like Hamilton's hand.
 41. The 'Atossa' of this poem was reputedly modelled on the Duchess of Marlborough, Sarah Churchill, whose memoirs Hamilton is reading at this point.
 42. Alexander Pope (1743) ‘Epistle II: To a Lady. On the characters of Women’.
 43. This annotation has been moved from its original location in the left margin, to restore the correct reading order (the intended location is indicated by a superscript cross).
 44. What follows is a draft letter, inserted in HAM/2/6 in the entry for 24 December. It appears to be a draft of the letter to the Duchess Dowager of Portland on the 18 December and thus it has been moved to its logical position here from page 84.
 45. William Strode and Elizabeth Leman had married on 9 December 1783 at St Mary's Church, Lambeth.
 46. Lady Mount Stuart's husband, John Stuart (1744-1814), was sent as envoy the court of Turin in 1799 and was ambassador to Spain in 1783.
 47. A military prison was built in Savot in 1695 designed by Sir Christopher Wren.
 48. The transcription of this draft letter has been moved to its logical position on page 69.
 49. Jean Jacques Rousseau (1761) Julie; or, The New Heloise.
 50. Albrecht von Haller Letters from Baron Haller to his daughter on the Truths of the Christian Religion, translated from the German (London: J. Murray, 1780).
 51. Jonathan Swift On the Trinity (Dublin: Faulkner, 1744).
 52. Presumably Hannah More's poem of this name, composed in 1783 and circulated amongst the bluestockings in manuscript but not published until 1786.
 53. The bottom left-hand corner has been torn away, leaving part of p.103 visible in the image.
 54. The date has been amended to 'January' at a later date by a minor hand, rather than Hamilton herself, and the date of 10 January 1784 would seem to be correct in context.
 55. By 1784 the Leveson-Gowers had five children, of which four were boys: John (1774-1816), Edward (1776-1853), William (1779-1851), Augustus (1782-1802) and Frances (1782-1849). They were followed by Elizabeth (1784-1824) later that year, and finally Granville (1787-1841).
 56. Catherine Henrietta Boyle would marry Francis Bernard (later 1st Earl Bandon) on 12 February 1784.
 57. Hamilton seems to have left a deliberate gap here, presumably in order to fill in 'East' or 'West' at a later date.
 58. Possibly Templeton.
 59. A Frances Anne Hamilton is recorded as marrying Richard Gumbleton in Walcot, Bath, on 15 March 1780. She does not appear to be an immediate relation of Mary Hamilton.
 60. Hamilton has written 1783, but the placement in the diary suggests that 1784 is correct, as per the emendation by a later hand.
 61. Hamilton is presumably referring to the deleted section giving an account of her dinner with the Wakes, p.117.
 62. The final line of this sentence is written along the right margin.
 63. This is probably Joseph Legg, who had been ordained as a deacon by John Hume in 1777, and thus introduced via the Humes, rather than being a son of the Earl of Dartmouth.
 64. Probably Maria Anne Hume (cf. Stephen Hyde Cassa, Lives and Memoirs of the Bishops of Sherborne and Salisbury from the Years 705 to 1824 (1824), p. 324-325).
 65. Probably Maria Anne Hume (cf. Stephen Hyde Cassa, Lives and Memoirs of the Bishops of Sherborne and Salisbury from the Years 705 to 1824 (1824), p. 324-325).
 66. ‘The river lamprey’ (OED s.v. lampern n. Accessed 10-01-2023).
 67. This page is blank.
 68. This page is blank.

Normalised Text


                                                        
      Visit to Dowager Duchess
      of Portland & Mrs. Delany
                             at Bulstrode           



           Journals of
from                to January 16th.
December 5 1783 -- 1784
















at
Larkins China
Shop left hand
side Ludgate
Hill -- the only
Shop for Lisle
Thread


a tea Spoonful



Plants found in the Peak of Derbyshire
                                                         1763
1 Giant throatwort
2 Shining downfoot Cranes-bill
3 Great yellow Heartsease
4 Climbing fumitory
5 Stags Horn Moss
6 Myrtle leaved Cranberry
7 Apple Rose
8 Scarlet cup moss
      1766
1 Knotted Parsley
2 Purple & Yellow Heartsease
3 Great tufted wood vetch 4 Brittle Fern
5 Lancashire Asphodel
6 Mountain Averna
7 Cloud Berries
8 Bloody Cranes bill
Marsh Saxifrage





The Blue Iris about
a Mile from Bedford
in the Woburn Road
in the ditches near
the Race Ground

*My first is the terror
Of the weak & the Young
My second disgraces the
heart & the tongue
When joined together the
      grave & the Wise
Are gained by my charms
& allow me a prize
                             Made by Dear Mrs Delany


My first is allowed to have
Charms without end
My 2d is either a foe or a friend
When joined far & near
to mischief I tend



      Bullstrode            December 5th. 1783
Went to Dear Mrs. Delany at ½ past 9 --
she was pretty well. she told me
how extremely happy I had made
her & the Duchess by my consent to
stay till they went to Town
Repeated how happy she was in
seeing the affection the Duchess had
taken for me &c: how much
they both loved me, & how
certain they both were that I
did & ever should merit the
Affection of every one who knew
me. I hope I may ever really merit, & endeavour
to deserve such encomiums!
how truly flattering the
praises of this venerable
and most amiable of women.
I left her soon after Breakfast
came to my room -- dressed for
ye. day as we were (Mrs- Delaney & me)
to go to Admiral Forbes's
at Chalfont -- but the Fog did
not disperse in time, & we
did not go. The Duchesss sent
her pretty messenger, as usual



to enquire -- how I had slept
&c -- Mrs: Delany came & invited me
to go with her & sit in the Drawing
room -- she brought ye. papers, I
read a few paragraphs to her --
she then left me, said she would go
to her room for 10 minutes &
hoped to meet me in the Drawing
Room. Mrs Woodward the Housekeeper
came & invited me to see her
Room, & her Store Rooms, I
followed her -- she was quite
delighted -- showed me, her Room,
her China Closets -- Linen Presses,
her Stores &c &c offered me any
thing I chose to eat of Cakes,
Sweetmeats, &c. I took some
orange cakes to please her --
she gave me flowers -- a Peacocks
feather to keep & use as a mark in
a Book to remember her by -- told me
how much she & all Servants liked me
& that they were so happy to hear
the Duchess.s had prevailed upon me to
lengthen my stay at Bullstrode
in short, she said a thousand
civil things to me; I saw also



the Stewards room -- which is large -- here
the upper servants dine -- it appeared
hung round with pictures but I
did not stay to examine them.
went to the drawing room -- where
Dear Mrs. Delany was -- she had her
little spinning Wheel & table & I my little table
& fringe knotting & she gave me
the Character of the late Lady
Burlington -- & that of her lovely,
unfortunate Daughter. who was
married to Lord Euston -- son to
the Duke of Grafton -- the Mother
was infamous -- the Son in Law
one of the most horrid wretches
I ever heard of -- his conduct
towards his beautiful amiable
wife being brutal, beyond imagination
brutal -- this wretch had an
intrigue with his Brothers
wife -- Killed his own --
& ruined a lady -- the particulars
are too long for to note down
at present. About 1 o'Clock
the Duchess joined us -- but as
she had business to transact
could not remain with us long



she made us two or three flying visits
before dinner at 2 o Clock Mrs Delany & I went to her Room & eat & we ------------went to
dinner about ½ past 4 o'Clock --
when we came out of the dining room we
had a heart laugh & ran a Race -- the Duchess gained her point
however Mrs Delany went to her Room to take her Siesta --
the Duchess & I remained together till she returned
The Duchess was so obliging to read me out
of some miscellaneous Manuscripts --
-- chiefly remarks on Barnets History
written by the present Lord Dartmouths
grandfather -- he gave them to the Duchess
to transcribe from the original --
these remarks proved that Barnet
was influenced too often by a party
spirit -- among other things she
read me were two anecdotes relating
to the Czar -- Charles the 2d. paid him
a visit -- unfortunately a favourite
Monkey of the Czars was in the room
who took in it his head to be vastly
affronted because the King looked
at him, and he endeavoured to
revenge ye. affront, by grinning
& jumping upon him: -- so the
whole conversation that
passed was in making apologies
to his Majesty &c.
The Czar had a desire to



see the King at the House of Lords
& hear the Speeches -- but did
not choose to be seen -- he
therefore went upon the leads
of the House & looked through
the Windows -- he soon caught the
eyes of the King & Lords, & they not
being able to resist laughing at the
ridiculous figure he made, -- he soon
retired. -- At 7 tea, during tea I
contrived to finish a letter to Dear
Anna Maria & one to my Uncle William
After tea I read Evelina which I
finished at ten o'Clock -- the Duchess went to
her room to finish a letter to Mrs. Boscawen
told her we had gone through Evelina the Book
she had desired us to read &c -- I took
the opportunity of writing a letter
to my Dearest friend Catherine -- offered her
to come to Town if she wished it, as
little Fanny was ill. about ¼ before
11 we went to supper -- parted
¼ before 12 -- I had such a pain
in my limbs, owing to my ride
yesterday that I was glad to get
to bed.
conversation after Supper was
relative to Miss Feilding. her manners
                                                         &c &c



6th. December 1783 Bullstrode
did not get up till near 9 o'Clock. at
½ past 9 went to Mrs. Delanys room found
her pretty well, though she told me she
had not had a good night found 2 letters
upon the Breakfast table one, from
Anna Maria -- which contained more
comfortable accounts of little Fanny
& one from Miss Gunning. soon after
10 left Mrs. Delany came to me at
11 & desired me to accompany her to
her room -- she had received letters
which alas! her eyes were not in
a state to read -- though I felt much
honoured by the confidence she
placed in me my heart ached to
think she was obliged
to make use of mine I read her
letters -- in one which was from her
eldest Nephew Mr. Dews, who
lately spent a week here, there
was these lines -- “my best respects
“to Miss Hamilton -- I hope she is still
“at Bullstrode, her sprightliness
“will chase away any
“lowness of spirits you may have
“wherever she is, sorrow can



surely make no long abode.”
I was pleased with his remembrance
of me for he is an
excellent worthy man.
I also read the news papers to
her, & then she insisted upon
my going to take a Walk, I
obeyed -- for is it possible to
refuse obeying her dictates?
the weather was remarkably
fine -- no fog -- the sun shone
bright. & the wind was I believe
South -- I went to ye. Grotto which
was made by Mrs. Delany -- I
sat in it for some time &
enjoyed the calm serenity
of the scene around me.
here I thought of all those
whom I loved, of every one
whose friendship I was so
happy to enjoy -- when I
returned I fed the Peacocks
& Guinea fowls who followed



me -- every Bird & animal
in this place of which there
are a great variety are tame
& sociable. I went then to
Mrs. Delany to give an account
of my walk &c. came to my
room & began to dress -- whilst
my hair was dressing the
Duchess came to me, I sent
Betty out of the room -- she stayed
¼ of an hour & talked over
the contents of one of the letters
her friend had received which
she had got with her .......
Soon after she left me Mrs
Delany came -- she told me as I was
not dressed she would order
the servants to bring the Oysters
which she eats at 2 o'Clock to be
brought in my room -- she as
did the Duchess said many kind
things to Betty. as the upper Servants
dine at 2 -- Betty left me --
soon after the Servants brought



the Oysters laid the Napkin &c in my
dressing -- I was obliged to receive
Mrs. Delany en Robe de Chambre
after we had finished our Gouté
she left me -- Betty came dinner
& I finished dressing -- I remained
in my Room till the dinner Bell
rang -- because I thought it right
not to intrude before the Duchess
had had time to speak to Lady
Weymouth -- (her daughter) who
was expected -- about 5 o'Clock I
went up Met Mrs. Delany in the drawing room
found the Duchess & Lady Weymouth
whom I was glad to see -- she
is attentive & polite towards
me & always has been so.
we went to dinner -- the common
chit chat of the great World
was the conversation -- as soon
as we came out of the dining
room, I went to my own room
for I thought
the Duchess & Lady Weymouth might
wish to be together -- Mrs. Delany
went as usual to her room



I wrote my Journal -- Mrs. Delany
came to me ¼ before 7 & sat with
me -- gave me her opinion of
Lady Weymouth. at 7 the Groom
of the Chambers (Mr. Keys) came
& told us tea was ready, we
went up -- we had each our
little Table & Candles & work.
conversed upon the News of
the day -- fashions -- dress &c &c
¼ before 10 came to my room
to leave the ladies at liberty
to talk without restraint -- for
in my opinion
nothing marks ignorance or want
due propriety & respect more
than for a Person
many years younger than the
society she happens to be with
not to pay a proper deference



& respect, she ought to show she knows
it is not right to appear an
intruder -- &c &c.
About ¼ past ten the Groom of the Chamber came
& told me supper was ready -- I went
to the Drawing Room -- we soon after went
to supper -- sat till near 12. conversation,
the melancholy situation of Poor
Lady Corke -- the Air Balloons &c
&c Mrs. Delany retired to her
room -- I made the excuse of
attending her left Lady Weymouth &
her Mother together. Mrs. Delany told
me they probably would sit talking
till 2 or 3 in the Morning. I attended
her to her dressing room -- received
the Dear Womans blessing &
went to my room -- sent Betty
to bed sat up till 1 o'Clock to
write

December 7th. 1783 Bullstrode
At ½ past 9 -- the Servant called me to
Breakfast went to Mrs. Delanys room
(Lady Weymouth breakfasting in her own Room) so our
tête a tête will not be interrupted.
I did not think Mrs.. Delany appeared quite so
well this Morning -- but her spirits were



better before I left her -- Received a letter
from my beloved Katherine, & had the
great comfort of being assured by
her that little Fanny was out of
danger & that her own health &
spirits were restored -- came to my
room ½ past 10 -- Mrs. Delany came to me
before 11 & proposed a walk -- I
readily attended her -- we were out
above an hour, the weather was
mild & pleasant -- we went first
to the Greenhouse which forms one Wing
of the House -- in an inclosure
it are many beautiful Birds --
some fine Peacocks -- remarkable
pretty Bantam's -- &c & two Grews
or Numidian Cranes -- these
Cranes have been here upwards
of 30 Years -- they are so tame that
came hopping to us & ate bread
out of our hands -- these birds
have a singular method of jumping
& dancing when they are pleased --
it is really quite laughable to see
the odd capers which they cut. we
then went to the Grotto & Mrs. Delany told
me with a soarce of amusement
the forming it had been to her



-- it being entirely formed by her
directions -- she began it just after
the death of her loved Sister -- about
the year 1759. &c &c &c
when we returned from our walk we
separated -- I began the 2d. sheet of
my letter to Lady Wake -- Lady Weymouth
came to my Window -- I went out to
meet her Mrs. Delany joined us, when
she found we had taken our walk
she pursued hers alone -- I again
returned to my room in a ¼ of an
hour Mrs. Delany came for me to go with
her upstairs as she heard Mr.
Lightfoot the Chaplain was come
we sat together for sometime in
the Drawing Room -- the Duchess & Lady Weymouth
------ joined -- about 1 o'Clock we
went to Chapel -- the Chapel
is at the end of the Gallery --
Mr.. Lightfoot preached a sensible discourse
but it not please me so well as
that of Last Sunday -- it grew
tedious & was spun out too long.
After Chapel -- he came up &
joined us in ye. Gallery -- told me
he had seen Sir William Hamilton &c
in London he has been absent all the Week.



he soon took leave. ye. Duchess & Mrs
went to their rooms -- Lady Weymouth
detained me -- told me how happy
she was that I was to remain
here till her Mother went to Town
added many kind things -- was
beginning to talk of Mrs. Delany illness
Mrs. ?Port conduct &c but the Duchess
coming put an end to our conversation
the Duchess desired I would not alter my
Dress -- I left them and as I was
coming to my room Mrs. Delany
sent for me to eat oysters with her
which she always does between breakfast
& dinner. I stayed with her till
3 o'Clock -- say in my room & again
went on with my letters -- wrote
one to Miss Gunning. at 4 the
Groom of the Chambers came for
me -- as the Bell was going to ring
for dinner -- went to the Drawing
Room -- the Duchess Lady Weymouth & Mrs. Delany
already there -- about ½ past 4 went
to dinner -- Lady Weymouth gave us
an account of famous Automaton
the Chess Player now to be seen in
London &c &c &c



Soon after we returned to the Drawing
room -- I left the ladies to their coffee & to have
their own converse, Mrs. Delany went
as usual to her room. I wrote
a few lines & enclosed my letters
to Dear Anna Maria -- went into
the library to look for a Book
the Duchess wanted to show me something
in -- Sir William Temples Memoirs --
had not had time to look for it before
Mr. Keys came & told me tea
was ready -- met Mrs. Woodward the
housekeeper who said a number
of civil things to me -- she is
good sort of Woman, but a
terrible slip-slop, so much so
that one is distressed to keep
ones countenance. after tea
till supper we had each our
little Table & candles -- Books
of Prints -- the conversation very
agreeable -- “from Grave,
to Gay” -- but not also, as the
Poet adds -- “from lively to severe”



went to supper about ½ past 10 --
Converse during 2 after Supper
-- Mrs. Siddon's -- former Actors &
Actress's -- anecdotes concerning
them. The attachment of
Dogs -- some stories of them --
&c. Mrs. Delany & I left the Duchess &
Lady Weymouth ½ before 12 --
I attended Mrs. Delany to her room
-- I undressed sent Betty to bed --
sat up & read for an hour in
Bishop Patricks Pilgrim.

8th.. December 1783 Bullstrode
Before I was called to Breakfast I wrote
in my Journal -- the servant came for
me at ½ past 9 -- went to Mrs. Delany
she had not had a good night but
I thought she appeared better than
yesterday Morning -- we talked of the
E family. Mrs. Delany said
how cautious Young women should
be what society they entered into
& particularly with whom they
appeared in public. -- told me
an anecdote of herself when she



was Young & first married to Mr
Pendarves -- gave me an account
of the Hell-Fire club -- which consisted
of about a dozen Persons of fashion
of both sexes -- & some of the females
were unmarried -- the horrid
impieties these were guilty of.
they used to read & ridicule the scriptures
& their conversation was blasphemous
to the last degree -- they used to
act plays -- some represented the
Virgin Mary with Child &c &c
-- the character of one of ye. Members
of this Club, was a Mr. Howe & an
account of his Death which
Dr. Friend who attended him
gave Mrs. Delany the day he died --
he was at his Mothers who had
apartments at Somerset house
Mrs. Delany was in Stanley House dining
with her Aunt Lady Stanley.
Dr. Friend the Physician came to them quite
overcome with the horrid scene
he had just quitted -- said he
left this miserable wretch



expiring -- uttering the most
horrid imprecations, & though
denying his belief of every
thing sacred -- said he knew
he should burn in Hell
for ever. Mrs. Delany then gave
me the history of a sister of
this man's -- she was a Woman
of Virtue & good principles but
unfortunately for her conceived
a violent attachment to a
Mr. Lowther -- one the handsomest
men of the times -- but a perfect
Lothario -- they had opportunities
of being much together & he
attached himself to her though
she was a very plain young
Woman -- but his vanity was
gratified in having raised so
strong a passion in her breast.
She thought her love returned --
the most passionate letters
passed between them & their pictures



exchanged & he at length grew
tired of & neglected her & openly
addressed another Woman.
Miss Howe -- the wretched Miss
Howe -- after having used
every endeavour to recall his
affection became almost
frantic with despair -- she
run away one morning from
Hampton Palace (where the Court
then was, she was Maid of Honour
to the Princess of Wales) (afterwards Queen Caroline) and came and
laid herself at the door of Mr.
Lowthers house in Pall Mall
acting a thousand wild extravagancies
, this of course soon attracted
a crowd of spectators -- a gentleman
who lived at an opposite house saw this unhappy
woman, & knowing who she was
he humanely went to her, & with
the assistance of his servants
carried to his House -- here



she fell into convulsions
& soon appeared to have lost her
reason which now was totally gone,
her friends were sent for, who
took her home -- & not long
after she died raving Mad.
notwithstanding the Lady to
whom Mr. Lowther paid his
addresses was made acquainted
with this story -- she married
him soon after Miss Howes
Death.
about ½ past 10 came to my room
received ye. Duchess daily Message of
Kind inquiring -- wrote till 12.
returned to Mrs. Delany as I had
promised -- but finding Lady Weymouth
with her I did not stay
took a Walk -- went as far as
the Grotto -- it was cold & as the
sun gave no sign of appearing
I did not lengthen my walk.
stopped at Mrs. Delany Window, she
desired me to come to her --
the King & Queen Princess Royal
Princess Augusta & Princess Elizabeth



were come upon a Visit. I sat
with Mrs. Delany till these Majesties sent
for her -- she gave some verses
which her Maid Mrs. Astley had
written upon her last Birthday --
they were not without merit
& seemed written from the heart.
When Mrs. Delany left me I stayed
sometime in her Room -- to practice
Spinning -- in which I made some
proficiency -- about ½ past two
went to my room -- wrote a
note to Miss Goldsworthy & one
to Miss Planta -- which I sent to
the Queens footman to take to
Windsor -- I then begun to
cut out the pasteboard for
a Chinese Paper Lantern which
I want to imitate -- at ½ past d
sat down to have my hair
dressed -- their Majesties went about
that time -- Mrs. Delany sent for me
to eat oysters -- I sent my
excuse as I was dressing &
it was too late to eat any thing before
dinner -- but she would send



me some for she was sure it would be
late before we dined -- I had just
finished when she came for me
I followed her to hers (NB her room
is about 80 feet from mine -- in
a straight line indeed -- but so often
does she trot to & fro that at the
age of 84 that it makes me
often blush at my laziness)
she told me all the news she had
heard -- what the King what the Queen said &c &
but she was not in my opinion
much the better for this visit
for she looked fatigued & heated --
The Duchess sent me an apology for
not waiting upon me as she had
not seen me all the day -- but she
was so fatigued that I must
excuse her &c. about 5 o'Clock we
went to dinner -- conversation after
dinner about the Princess's &c
I did not stay Coffee, but came
to my room as soon as we left
the dining room -- to leave the Duchess
& Lady Weymouth together -- attended
Mrs. Delany to the end of the Gallery
she was I thought much exhausted
& had exerted herself too much



she went to take her repose.
stayed in my room till 7 when I
was called to tea. we had all our
tables & work. I read Miss Mores
Epistle to Mrs. Vesey to Lady Weymouth
-- conversed till ½ past 9
-- Madame Genlis -- Monsieur de Luc --
the Wilmots -- were our topics.
the Duchess went to her apartments
to write letters -- I left Lady Weymouth
& Mrs. Delany as I thought they
might wish to have a little
private converse -- came to my
room for ½ an hour -- wrote
my Journal. The Duchess showed
us some curious Fungus's this
afternoon -- one particularly so
which came from the Bois de Boulonge
-- heard that Lady Conyers is
dying -- they say she is a sincere
Penitent -- her mother Lady Holdernesse
is in great affliction.
Dowager Lady Carlisle is come to England
to the great distress of many who
formerly knew her. she has quitted
her Baron -- her Character &c



Mr. William Legge -- Groom to the Prince
of Wales gone to Nice -- they think
he cannot recover
Poor Lady Pembroke in great
affliction -- her only Daughter
Lady Harriot Herbert being
given over by the Physician at
Nice.
Duke of Devonshire ill & going to
Bath the Duchess is going to accompany him
-- she was otherwise to have stayed
with Dowager Lady Spencer at St. Albans
till her Child was weaned which will
be next March -- Dowager Lady Spencer
is to mourn two years & remain
at St. -- Lord Spencer has
added a 1000 per Annum to her jointure
she has now 4000 per Annum: she has
in consequence given up all the
Personals &c the Late Lord had
left her &c &c.
Returned to the Drawing Room at 10 -- the Duchess
desired me to write for her to Dr. Lind to invite
him to call here before she went to London
which I did at ½ past 10 we went to Supper
conversation afterwards was relative to
that wicked wretch Mr Fielding the detection



of his Guilt -- a former trial upon
this, an accusation of this sort upon
his Father Lord Denbigh would have hanged the
Man & he was transported
about 12 o'Clock Mrs Delany & I left
ye Duchess & her Daughter -- in the Gallery
met Mr. Keys who told me he should
go to Windsor tomorrow Morning -- desired
him to call at the Lower Lodge to enquire
after the Ladies & at Lady Charlotte Finchs
he told me poor old Weaver was
dead he died 2 days ago.
I went with Mrs Delany to her Room she
gave me her Blessing & I went
to my room. went to the Library to
get a Book -- sent Betty to Bed
& sat up for an hour.







                                                         Bulstrode Tuesday
                                                         December 9th. 1783
Had my hair dressed in the Morning for
all day -- at ½ past 9 Mrs: Delany sent
for me to Breakfast. found her pretty
well. received 3 letters one from Anna
Maria. one from Mrs. Jackson with good
accounts of little Fanny -- one from Mrs.
Carter -- read some passages from them
to Mrs. Delany -- let her as soon as
Breakfast was over to make up my
Packet for Anna Maria as Betty
was to go to Town -- she went by a
Stage at 10 o'Clock -- received the Duchess usual
Kind message. Mr. Levoes ye. House Steward came
to me & brought the Chimney board
he had made for the Library which I
had promised ye. Duchess to cover with
Prints -- in a Medley style. had some
talk with him -- he promised to show
me his drawings some Morning &c
Mrs. Delany came to me (it was not
a good day for going out being a thick
fog. I began to repair a beautiful
Chimney board of her doing in
Coloured Paper -- Vases, Antique figures
&c. She did not stay long I painted
til ½ past 10 Mrs. Delany & Lady Weymouth
came to me -- the latter took her leave
of me as she was going to Town asked
me if I had messages &c



Mrs. Delany returned to me after
she had seen Lady Weymouth set out
had her reel brought into my
room & wound of her yarn &c
I went on repairing the Screen
Mrs. Delany desired me to read
a letter she received from Mr. Bernard
Dews -- Mrs. Woodward the housekeeper
came to ask me if I would have
a Maid sleep in the next room to me
now Betty was gone & other
civil offers -- Mrs. Astley Mrs. Delany
Maid came & we made her
read the Newspapers to us -- after
that Mrs. Delany left me. she came
for me at ½ past one & desired
me to come into the Drawing
room as Mr. Bryant was
come -- I went -- he stayed
till 3 o'Clock -- the conversation
turned upon the famous Duchess
of Marlbrough -- among others,
one striking anecdote
that though she appeared
affected in highest degree
at the death of her grand Daughter


the she sent the
day after she died for the Jewels
she had given her -- saying she
had only lent them the answer was
that she had said she would never
demand those jewels again
except she danced at Court --
her answer was then she would
be Damned if she would not dance
at Court &c -- she behaved
in the most extravagant manner
-- her grief notwithstanding most
violent in appearance -- she
was found one day laying
prostrate upon the ground &
a lady who went to see her
(who told this to the Duchess of Portland)
had liked to have fallen over
her the room being dark.
the Duchess of Marlborough said she was praying
-- & that she lay thus
upon the Ground being too
Wicked to Kneel.
When her Son died who was
a fine promising youth at the



University -- her grief was
unbounded -- her Vanity was
wounded -- the future hopes
of an ambitious Mind was
destroyed -- she used by way
mortification & a mark
of affliction to dress herself
like a beggar & sit with some
miserable wretches in the
Cloisters at Westminster
Abbey -- the Duchess of Portland
said that the Duke her husband
had often seen her during this mourning of hers when he
was a Boy at Westminster
School. She used to say that
she was very certain she should
go to Heaven & as her
ambition went even beyond
the Grave -- That she Knew
she should have one of the
highest seats -- many other
anecdotes -- were told & the



Duchess showed us some
original letters written to
her Grandfather Mr. Harley (Reign Queen Anne by the
Famous Lord Bolingbroke
& the Duchess of Marlborough those
of Lord Bolingbroke were witty &
impious & full of the
flattering encomiums &c
Mrs. Delany said she remembered
Lord Bolingbrokes Person --
he was handsome -- had a
fine address -- he was a
great drinker & swore
terribly -- she remembered his
coming once to her Uncle Sir John
Stanleys at North End --
his being very drunk -- &
going to the Greenhouse where
he threw himself upon a
Couch -- a message arrived
to say he was waited for
at the Council -- he roused
himself, snatched up his
Green bag of Paper & flew
to Business --



Mr. Bryant told us that
the people used to say no
Man ever was so early so
active, as Lord Bolingbroke when
he was in Place -- the truth
was that he used to sit
up drinking all night
& had not been in bed --
that he used -- to put wet
napkins on his forehead
& Eyes to cool the heat
& head aches occasioned
by his intemperance &
then appears to attend to
Business with as much
ease as if he lived the
most temperate life.
Mr. Bryant talked a great
deal of Mrs. Viger who
died a few month ago at
Windsor aged 83 with all her
faculties unimpaired -- gave
us her Character &c &c



told us a good anecdote --
at the Levee a few days ago
Mr. Hamilton Ld. Abercorns
Heir (is just come from
abroad) -- was talking there
to a Gentleman & Lord
North stood next him -- Lord
North was speaking of the
Quarrel of Mr. Flood &
Gratten in the Irish house
-- & said -- 'tis impossible
it can end so they must
fight -- Oh says Mr. Hamilton
there will be a Coalition
& they will be made secretaries of state.
Air Balloons was next
talk of & the 2 men who
had been 3000 feet in
the Air &c &c when Mr.
Bryant went I went to my
room after I had been eating Oysters with Mrs Delany finished Mrs. Delanys screen
& begun the Medley one
after dinner -- Mrs. Delany reposed



in the Drawing room. the Duchess &
I looked over Prints in a
Folio -- she gave me some
out for the Board I am
doing. Mr. Keys brought me
a note from Miss Planta &
Goldsworthy from Windsor he
had been with the Duchess usual
enquiries after their Majesties
After tea I read & began
the Answer to the Duchess of
Marlbroughs account Memoirs
supposed to be written by
the late Duchess of Queensbury.
in the course of the Evening
wrote a letter to William Benn
& Mrs. Jackson to first about
a plan to go to St. Vincent
&c to go with Mr. Ashwell
Mrs.. Astley Cousin &c &c
supper about ½ past 10 --
separated about ½ past 11 --
I sat up till one doing my
screen



10th Mrs. Astley came & assisted
me in dressing -- went to Mrs. Delany
found her not well -- a letter
from my Uncle to say -- he could
not come to Bullstrode as he
heard the King was to invite
him to Windsor &c
Conversation at Breakfast about Lady
Conyers & Mrs. Delany talked of
education &c. soon after Breakfast
Mrs. Delany & I took an airing in the
Park for an hour -- she talked
much of Mr. Dews -- wish him
to marry -- said things which I
too well understood -- came
to my room -- received the Duchess message
soon after the Duchess came to
me looked at my Work -- the
screen &c soon after she
left me sent for me to her
dressing room showed me
works of her doing -- Pictures
&c -- till we were told Prayers
Bell was rung -- met Mrs.
Delany in the Gallery.
Mr. Lighfoot gave notice
there would be a Sacrament
next Sunday --



After Chapel Mr. Lightfoot came up.
stayed a little in the Gallery --
looking over some new
Fungus's the Gardener had
found -- went to my room
Mrs. Delany came to me -- she was
not well -- I was busy about
my screen therefore she
ordered the Oysters brought
in my room -- she sat with
me till 9 o'Clock talked
of herself -- said an awful
time was approaching that
all she felt was the leaving
those that loved her to
mourn her loss &c. &c
talked of Miss Port. Mr. Dews
&c &c said I must meet
Mr. Dewes at her house to look
over Prints &c &c &c
when she went Mrs Astley
her Maid came & assisted me
in dressing -- she told me
much about Mrs. Port & when
she expatiated upon Mrs. Delanys



goodness wept -- I like how
extremely -- sensible, &
grateful she appears. --
I began a letter to Miss
Gunning -- at 4 went up
found Mrs. Delany & Mr. Lighfoot
together in the Drawing room
the Duchess joined us about ½ past
4 we went to Dinner -- lively
conversation -- after Dinner Mrs.
Delany went to her room. Mr
Lightfoot remained in the Dining
room -- till near 7, the Duchess & I were
together she told me a great
deal of Mrs. Port conduct -- &
Miss Port Character -- & talked
of her dear friend Mrs. Delany.
After tea I went to my room
for ¼ of an hour added to Miss
Gunning's letter -- when I went up
was chid for running away.
Mr. Lightfoot had his table & Papers
the Duchess looked over a Manuscript
of Queen Elizabeth prayers while I read
the Copy which is for the Queen to



see if there were mistakes
after that I read till 10
o'Clock -- in the Answer to the
Duchess of Marlborough. Mrs. Delany was not
quite well therefore went
to her room before Supper
I went down with her received
her Blessing &c. returned to the
Drawing room -- whilst the Duchess went
to pay Mrs. Delany a visit &c
I finished my letter to Miss
Gunning & wrote a few lines to
William to tell him where
Mr Ashwell lived -- Mr. Lightfoot
& I had a lively altercation
about paying a Compliment &c
we went to supper about ½
past ten -- Mrs. Delany sent us a
Message to say she was better
& -- after Supper heard a
Curious Character of a Mr.
Bollin of Halifax -- parted
about ½ past 11 -- Mr. Keys came
to light my Candles &c &c
the Duchess sent me Queen Elizabeth Prayers.



11th December Mrs. Astley came &
helped me to dress -- I was not
ready when they came for me
to Breakfast -- met Mrs. Delany &
Mr Lightfoot in the Breakfast room. we
Breakfasted upstairs as he was there
Letters from Mr. Wake & Anna
Maria -- converse at Breakfast the
late Provost of Eaton.
Soon after came to my room
begun to write. to
found
Mrs. Woodward in my room.
She came to see if I wanted
any thing -- Mrs. Delany soon came
to me sat ¼ of an hour.
found herself not well enough
to go to Windsor as she had
intended to visit Lady Louisa Clayton
I was to have gone with her
I persuaded her against it as
the day was foggy & cold.
Received the Duchess Message -- wrote in
my Journal till near 12
went to Mrs. Delany as I had promised
but as she was dressing did not stay
returned to my room for a few minutes
then went to the Drawing room to meet her
Mr Lighfoot busy transcribing -- I began
transcribing Queen Elizabeth Prayers the Duchess



is so good to let me Copy.
Sat in the Drawing room till dinner
did not alter my Dress -- the Duchess
came to us at different times.
After dinner -- the Duchess carried me
to her dressing room -- we stayed
there till tea time looking over
Books -- China &c &c -- she
showed me her turning room
&c &c after tea the Duchess read
some things out of the foundling
Hospital for Wit -- I then read
in the Duchess of Marlborough
Memoirs -- & contrived to
write a letter to Anna Maria
-- spent a Peaceful Evening
sat up til 1 o'Clock reading in the the Prior Manuscript


12th Mrs. Astley came to me to help
me dress -- breakfasted upstairs
as Mr. Lighfoot was with us --
After Breakfast Mrs. Delany & I took an Airing
in the Park talked of Lady
Weymouth -- Lady Stamford --
& the Duchess -- when we came
in found Dr. Lind from Windsor
with Mr. Lightfoot -- he stayed to
dinner -- he told us many particulars
of the Air Balloons &



the Rebellion at Eaton -- the
shameful manner in which Dr Davies
behaved to the Gentleman Assistants
-- some laughable anecdotes of
ye boys destroying the Whipping
Post -- which had been a fixture
time immemorial -- their selling
to one another the Marquis of
Huntley ye. Duke of Gordons son -- not being permitted by
his tutor to join in the destruction
of it bought a piece which he
showed Dr. Lind with great triumph
& said he wd. carry London to Gordon Castle Scotland
& preserve it as a trophy &c
-- the Boys had no other tool to
divide their spoils of the
whipping Post that
red hot Pokers &c.
                                                         No prayers to day as
                                                         Mr Lightfoot had the book &c &c
The Morning passed away, Dr. Lind
brought the Duchess some Shell &
fossils -- we looked them over &
placed them in drawers &c
Conversation -- Air Balloons
Dr. Lind made a Drawing of
one -- & of the first Great
Meteor which he saw from the
Terrace at Windsor



Dr Lind went away soon after
dinner -- Mrs. Delany went to her
room. I left Dr. Lightfoot &
the Duchess together & went
to my room till tea time &
finished the Medley Chimney
Board. which is for the Library.
at 7 Mr. Keys came for me
to tea -- after tea I read the
Answer to the Duchess of Marlborough
till 10 o'Clock -- Mr. Lightfoot writing
Mrs. Delany & the Duchess at their Work
went to Supper ½ past ten
Conversation -- on the Words
Beautiful -- Handsome --
Agreeable -- fine Person. pretty
&c &c separated about 12.
soon after I got to my room Mrs.
Delanys Maid Mrs. Astley came
& insisted upon doing my Hair
with the Curling Irons -- that it might
be dressed better -- I was forced
to submit -- combed my hair
out. she told me a good deal
about the Duchess & Mrs. Delany After she
left me, sat up till past one reading



December 13 Saturday -- Mrs. Astley
came to assist me in Dressing -- at
½ past 9 went upstairs -- Mr. Lighfoot
only in the Breakfast room -- he
told me he thought Dear Mrs. Delany
began to break very fast. -- I found
letters upon the table -- one comfortable
long one from Anna Maria -- one from
Mr. Dewes & one from Lady Wake.
Mrs.. Delany soon joined us -- after Breakfast
Mr. Lightfoot was so good to read the Manuscript
of Queen Elizabeth prayers that I might see
if I had written mine correctly.
he then took his leave to go home.
I came to my room to get my
Clogs &c Mrs. Delany came for me
it was a delightful Clear day with
a Warm Sun the Air frosty -- we
took a long walk in the Gardens
Shrubbery. flower Garden. botanic
Garden &c fed the Grews & other
Birds. during our Walk. Mrs Delany
talked only of Mr. Dewes. told me
his fortune, gave me a description
of his house, his manner of
living -- his Character -- &c &c
when we returned form our
walk I came to my room
wrote an answer to Mr. Dewes letter



Then went to Mrs. Delany, stayed sometime
------ -- look over Papers Mrs. Delany gave me some Manuscripts to copy Mrs. Astley request,
went to dress & she assisted me --
the Duchess sent for me, as soon as
I was dressed went to the Drawing
room -- she & Mrs. Delany joined
me -- went with Mrs. Delany to her room
to eat Oysters -- returned to the Duchess
she had got together many fine
things to show me. A Missal
which had been given to Edward
the 6th- some fine Miniatures
2 by Isaac & 2 by Peter ... Olivier
a Lord & Countess of Pembroke, the other
2 unknown. Milton & his Mother in
one Large Locket in a
tortoiseshell Case. Sir Walter Raliegh
& his son in an Oldfashioned Locket
which had been ornamented with Jewels
in a Large Locket Black & Green
enamel. it had belonged to Lady
Raliegh -- the Cyphers -- of W. R.
& E. are still remaining. Though the
enamel is damaged. a Missal
very inferior to the former bound
in silver of a smaller size given to
ye. Duchess by the present Queen
Mrs. Delany at her spinning wheel the Duchess at
her Carpet &c till dinner time.
the Duchess then -- after much persuasion
& our taking away her worsteds left
off Mrs Delany went to change her gown.




I assisted ye Duchess in putting up the things
& went with her to her -- she took out
of her Drawers other Curious things
for me to look at after dinner --
told me of the manner in which the Queen
sent her the Missal &c came again
to the Drawing room to hunt for some
paper covering she had left at
length went to wash her hands
before dinner -- we did not go to
dinner till near 6 o'Clock. Mrs. Delany
played a tune upon the Organ to
hasten the Duchess &c After dinner Mrs. Delany went
to her room -- the Duchess was sometime
settling her work I assisted her. she
gave me an account of all the Pictures
she had purchased -- & of the shameful
manner in which she had been robbed
by Mr. West of many things that
had belonged to her father Lord Oxford
-- of the Cabinet he left her &c
after tea time Mrs. Delany returned to us.
the Duchess had the cramp very bad.
After tea she looked out Manuscripts
for me gave me some to Copy & read
some. I began to read about 8. read till
near ten. in the answer to Duchess of Marlborough --
I then left off & we talked. Mrs.
Delany told me a droll story of her &
the Duchess being in a Hackney Coach
&c. the Duchess told me of Lord Shelburnes
having Papers which belonged to her



Grandfather -- Queen
Annes Reign. Lord Shelburnes
Character, his treatment of
his Mother, marriage with
Lady Sophia Granville. Lady
Louisa Clayton living with him after
his marriage to her niece &c
the Marriage of Lady Juliana Penn.
Lady Pomfrets character &c
comments upon -- the Conversation
after Supper -- the character of
the Bishop of Exeter. &c &c
Mrs. Delany told me one anecdote
of her serving a Mrs. Elstrope
the folly of a Lady Mrs. El--- about a Hackney
Coach Lady Pomfrets answer.
we separated about ¼ past 11 --
I sat up till near two writing
out things Mrs. Delany had
given me.

Mrs. Delany told me about Lord Orrery --
his courting Swift & after his
Death traducing his memory.



December 14th. 1783. Sunday Bullstrode
Mrs. Astley came & assisted me in
Dressing, went to Mrs. Delany room
at ½ past 9 -- found her pretty well
we talked upon religious subjects --
I gave Mrs. Delany an account of my
first receiving the sacrament
she told me she had known the 2
Mr. Wesleys -- the Methodist Preachers
she knew them when they were Young
Men -- they lived near her Sister
Mrs. Dewes -- when they were students
at Oxford they were of a serious
turn & associated with such as were
so -- of a Sunday Evening these Brothers
joined some other young Men at Oxford
& used to meet of a Sunday Evening
read the Scriptures & find out
Objects of Charity for to relieve
this was a happy beginning -- but
the Vanity of being singular &
growing Enthusiasts made them
endeavour to gain proselytes &
adopt that system of Religious
doctrine which many reasonable
People think pernicious &c.
I received letters
from Miss Gunning & Mrs. Jackson
I then went to my room remained
there till Chapel time, soon




after I went to my room
Mr. Levers the House Steward came & brought
me a large Porte Folio of his
Drawings -- Mrs. Delany came
& we looked them over, & he
was so obliging to leave them
with me to look them over --
Mrs. Delany & Mr. Levers then left me
-- I stayed in my room till Mr. Keys
called me for chapel -- met the Duchess
& Mrs. Delany in the Gallery -- we had
no sermon -- because of the sacrament
which would have made the Service too long
as Mr. Lightfoot has an other Church to
serve. When the prayers were over
we went down the stairs to the body
of the Chapel. went into the Pew next
the Altar & received the Communion
-- there were about 22 Servants who
received the sacrament &c --
After Chapel came to my room --
About ½ past two Mrs. Delany sent for
went to her & eat Oysters. stayed some
time -- she showed me some trinkets
gifts, & a Picture of the Duchess done
by Zincks when she was young -- in a
neat tortoiseshell Box with a Medallion
of her hair in a cypher set wth. pearls



&c then went to Dress Mrs. Astley
assisted me. I wrote a little in my
Journal -- at 4 Mr. Keys came
for me to dinner found the Duchess
& Mrs. Delany in the Drawing room -- we
went to dinner -- After dinner the
Duchess made me give a description
of our style of living -- our house
&c when we left the dining room
Mrs. Delany went to Repose in her own room -- I went
round the apartments with the Duchess
to see if the doors were shut &c
as we went through the state
bedchamber she told me how it was
formerly disposed & furnished
&c. when we returned to the Drawing Room


the Keeper
Mr. Brumpton sent word he desired to
speak to the Duchess she would have gone out
to speak to him but I insisted she should
not came to room wrote a letter to Anna
Maria. Mr Key came for me to tea --
the Duchess reproached me most kindly for
being so long absent -- said I was always
writing letters that indeed I was to leave
her so soon she should not let me
write any more letters &c Mrs. Delany
was returned from her room -- after tea
we looked over Manuscripts of the Duchess's
she left us for ½ an hour to finish
letters. Mrs. Delany & I conversed



I wrote out some things for the duchess
-- she looked over some Portrait Prints
& related anecdotes relating to them
&c. Mrs. Delany left us for ½ an hour
to write a letter to Mrs. Port &c
The Duchess gave me some Manuscripts
to copy for myself. went to supper
about ½ past 10. Conversation
was relative to sore throats -- the Duchess said
she had a very famous receipt & gave
me many instances of the cures it
had made -- it is a plaister she,
is to give me the receipt a long conversation
abt. Education. we parted about ¼
before 12 -- I sat up till 2 writing

15th Monday December 1783 Mrs. Astley
came to me & went to Mrs. Delany at ½
past 9 -- had my papers & stayed with
her till near 2 o'Clock -- the Duchess sent her
usual message. Mrs. Delany gave
me an Account of her Aunt Lady Lansdown
-- the Death of Mr.. Pendarves. the
circumstance's attending it &c &c
I looked over two fine Rosaries the
Duchess had left out for me -- I went to
the Drawing room before Mrs. Delany settled
the Duchess work &c she & the Duchess soon came
the Duchess found out I had a Cold &
was quite unhappy about it she brought
a number of fine things to look
at which employed me till dinner time
in another Place I shall notice what



they were. Mrs. Delany & the Duchess were at
their work &c they made me
drink Broth for my Cold. & they
were as unhappy about me as if I
had been actually in a consumption.
as the Duchess sent a servant to Windsor
I wrote a note to Miss Goldsworthy to
enquire after her. as also to Miss
Penelope Barnard at Eaton to enquire after
her & one for Mrs. Delany to the Provost
&c. at 4 I went with the Duchess to her
room to assist her in locking up
the fine things she had shown me.
then ran down to my room to wash
my hands &c no time for dressing,
Mr. Keys brough me answers to my
notes. When I returned to the Drawing room
Mrs. Delany was alone read the answer to
her note &c -- we went to dinner
½ past 4 -- various topics of conversation
came into the Drawing about 6. Mrs.
Delany reposed in the room -- the Duchess read me
Manuscript anecdotes -- told me
some of Pope. that he was an Epicure
&c that Johnston had not been candid
nor true in things he had written of
him in his life -- after tea -- they would
not suffer me read because they thought
it would make me hoarse would my cold &c
wanted vastly to make me go to bed
at 8 o'Clock. I wrote out something
for the Duchess for the Queen -- a Note



of Lord Dartmouth secretary
of Queen Anne on Bishop Burnets history
of his own times. the the read many
interesting anecdotes out of
her Manuscript Book -- of the Duchess of
Marlborough &c &c &c -- conversed
about Mrs. Walsingham, her Character
-- Mrs. Montagus -- the late
Sir Thomas Robinson, a laughable
Anecdote of his being sent to
Mrs. Delany (when Widow to Mr. Pendarves.
to be a Master of the Ceremonies
to the only assembly she ever gave
his throwing down a tea Kettle
in paying his Compliments at his first
entrance &c. an account of a
Society who used to meet at Mrs.
Pendarves -- Character of Sir C:
Hanbury William's -- how he once
distressed the Duchess at Bath his great
affection for his Daughter Lady
Essex, description of her.
Character of the Present Duke of
Montagus mother -- Vulgar, handsome
silly -- what she said once to her
footmen -- when she was in her
Chair & big with child -- John John



take care of my Belly -- she had
a great hoarse voice -- was daughter
of the Duchess of Marlborough. -- Duke of Montagu
the present: Duke of Newcastle. ye present
their days of Mourning for their
Wifes though they did not live well
together. the Duke of Montagu very gay &
had mistress's when he was young
&c &c
The Duchess of Marlborough the famous, said
she never had a present of a
Jewel from QueenAnne & tis
notorious -- that when news came
of the Victory of Blenheim the
Queen gave her a Picture of
the Duke of Marlborough -- covered
with a flat Diamond with brilliant
edges which cost 8000 Pounds
it is now in the
Duke of Montagus daughter
the present Duchess of Buccleugh
-- When the Duchess of Marlborough. was
in disgrace she went to Holland
before she went she made presents
to her friends -- & among other
things she gave a Mrs Higgen
------ Picture of Queen Anne which the



Queen had given her -- it
had been set round with Jewels
these she took care to take
from it. Mrs. Higgen knowing
the Duchess gave her this because
she had no value for it &
not out of any mark of regard
sensibly conscious she was not
deserving of the honour of having
it in her possession offered it
to Lord Oxford -- the Duchess of Portland's
Grandfather -- who in a genteel
way gave her a 100 Guineas
for it, it is now at Welbeck
the Duke & Duchess of Marlborough
had upwards of 90,000 Per Annum in Places
besides Blenheim & all their
family & Children in Places.
they could not even pay the taxes
of the House granted them at
Whitehall -- & whenever the Duke made
a Campaign he was always furnished
with every Material of Linen



&c & at the Queens expense
the Prince Eugene once said
when he received a letter from
Duchess Marlborough, which he gave another
to read to him as it was a
difficult hand to read -- & the
person said the Duchess puts no
tittles upon the i's -- O says
the Prince, it saves his Grace ink

Mrs. Delany gave me the characters of
Lord Edward Bentick and the Duchess of Portland
in the Morning

after supper talked of Mrs. Iremonger
Mrs. Dunbar that was -- her
2d. Marriage -- her character --
of Mrs. Vesey -- her Absences --
Of Lady & Lord Dartrey --
of Lady Courtown -- Lady Dowager
Spencer -- of the famous Lord
Lytellton -- Late Prince of
Wales -- Ld: Lytellon sending a
letter on Business of a secret
Nature to the Post without a direction
about the Princes affairs -- it came into
ythe hand of Mr Pelham the Person
who should not have seen it. &c



Mrs. Delany in the Morning told me
many particulars relating to
Swift. Mrs. Johnston. Vanessa
&c. -- we separated about ½ past
11. the Duchess wanted me to promise
to lay in bed till 12 tomorrow
but I would not.
came to my room about 12 Mrs.
Astley came to know if I wanted
any thing, brought me some of
her verses which I had begged she
found me writing -- stayed & talked
with me till ½ past 12 about
Mrs. Delany told me many things
of Mrs. Port her conduct &c
I sat up till 2 o'Clock writing
a dark foggy day

16th- Mrs. Astley came before
I was up to know how my cold
was Mrs. Delany wanted me to breakfast
in bed -- she returned in ½ an hour
helped me to dress about ½ before
11 went to Mrs. Delany -- she had
not slept well but was in good
spirits -- had much interesting
converse -- she hoped I would
give what time I could to her when
I came to Town -- again repeated
that she looked forward to my



being a Comfort to the Duchess
when she was no more, desired
I would remember it was her wish
I would give her when that period
arrived as much of my time as
I could -- that the Duchess loved me
& she knew it would give her
comfort if I did so &c &c
gave me her opinion of my
character -- O that I may
ever endeavour to act up to
such a character & be from
my heart what she thinks me.
She then talked of my settling in
life told me the sort of Person
I ought for my own happiness
to marry -- plainly very plainly
she drew the Picture.
gave me the Character of a friend
of hers a Mrs. Donellan
gave me a description of
Wax figures of Anatomy in the
Museum of Dublin.
I read her paragraphs out of
my letters -- I had one from Miss
Hannah More, Anna Maria, William Benn
Mrs. Glover



After Breakfast I left Mrs Delany as
had letters to read & write -- came
to my room wrote. Mrs. Astley
came to ask me the particulars of
my letter from William Ben as it
related to Mr. Ashford about going to the
West indies &c. she told me there
was nothing in Mrs. Port letter of to day
to make Mrs. Delany uneasy. received the
Duchess kind daily Message of enquiry
she was she sent me word very angry
I did not lay in bed till 12 o'Clock
&c. at ½ past 12 Mrs. Delany
came to me, brought me letters
she had received from Mrs. Boscawen
&c. she left me & I promised to
follow her into the Drawing room which
I did -- Mrs. Boscawen mentioned in her
letter that she heard Mr.Peachey
Sir James's son was going to be married
to Miss Jennings. when I went to the
Drawing room found dear Mrs. Delany there
-- the Duchess sent her own Woman with the 2
fine Missals for me to look over
Mrs. Delany at her Wheel we conversed
she gave me Miss Jennings character
the Miss Jennings who does the flowers &c
Mrs Veseys introduction of her &c
she hoped it was this Miss Jennings Mrs
Boscawen mentions in her letter. Talked of
Mr. Walpole her opinion of him
Abt ½ past 7 the Duchess joined us. made me her
daily present of a nosegay -- Mrs. Delany & the
Duchess sat at their work I looked over the Missals
we talked of Mrs. Walsingham & Mrs. Montagu &



                                                         16 December
                                                         1783
they made me eat Broth. Mrs Delany
left us once or twice for a little time, the Duchess read
my letter from Miss Hannah More &c: talked of Mrs. Delany when
she was out of the room -- her health &c.
a little before dinner went down to wash my hands
the Duchess would not allow me to dress. found Mrs. Astly
waiting to dress me. we talked over the disappointment
of William Benns being too late in his application for Mr.
Asfords plan to go to the West Indies &c when I went
to the Drawing room found Mrs. Delany alone. she begged me to come
as often as possible to her this winter in town told me
I might have ye Duchess of Portlands Coach whenever I chose
that she should be always happy to see me but never take
it ill when I did not come. the Dss. joined us we
looked at the Horses there were 7 -- went to dinner
at ½ past 4 o'Clock. after dinner --
Duchess told me how much
she felt obliged to me for having
given her so much of my Company
-- &c &c


Mrs. Delany reposed in the drawing room. the Duchess & I conversed til
tea time & she showed me a porte folio of drawings
Views of Spa &c &c -- after tea she read a letter received
from a Mrs Walker. went to fetched some original letters
of Queen Annes -- to her Grandfather & the original
letter she wrote to King William upon the death of
her Sister Queen Mary -- an unaffected sensible
letter -- . I then read the Answer to the
Duchess of Marlborough. Mrs. Delany left us once or twice, not being
quite well -- read till supper time &c &c
after supper the Duchess & Mrs. Delany told me some
remarkable anecdotes -- of Pope -- his reading
his Satire of Attossa -- his conversations with Mr
Burrow Lord Harleys Secretary. Mr Hookes
Character. his being connected with the Duchess
of Marlborough. Popes getting 3000£ of her to
suppress Atossa &c & published it after
her death. &c parted at ½ past 11

                                                         sat up till 2 o'Clock



17th. December Bulstrode 1783
I was not up when Mrs. Astley came
She assisted me to do my hair. ¼
before 10 went to Mrs- Delany -- at
Breakfast she talked to Me of
Miss Port -- hoped I would if ever
Chance threw her in my way
in Life take notice of her &c
for her sake -- again repeated that
she hoped to see me often this
Winter in town, that if she wanted
to consult me hoped I would come
to her &c &c we look over Manuscripts
she gave me some to Copy, about ½
past 10 went to my room. Mr
Liviers came to me for his
drawing's & obligingly gave me
one, I stayed in my room &
wrote & made paper Cases for
the Manuscripts &c I am to
take with me, received the Duchess usual
kind message. a little after 12
Mrs. Delany came for me I went
to her room & read the Papers to her
-- Lord Abingtons long speech &c &c
upon the East India tax. we went
upstairs -- Mr. Lightfoot the Duchess &
Mrs. Delany then stayed in the Drawing
room till prayers went to them



½ past one, After Prayers we all
returned to the Drawing room.
Mr. Lightfoot at his table & Manuscripts
&c -- we had a Barrel of West
India Shells to look over, I took
Mr. Lighfoot in making him believe
these were oysters coming to eat this
occasioned much mirth -- the Duchess
pronounced the shells to be good for
nothing -- afterwards was so good
to looked out some fossils & shells
for me out of her own drawers
Mr. Agnew came & assisted to sort
them out. I began my card
almanack which Mrs. Delany gave
me to Copy -- did not go to dinner
till ½ past four -- were very merry
at dinner -- I laughed so once I was
obliged to get up form table for
I was choking: after dinner
the Duchess had a Box of Shells
brought -- she looked them over
together & she gave me the Box
& its Contents -- this employed us
till Mrs. Delany came up from
her room & Mr. Lightfoot from the Dining
room. At 7 tea. We had all our
tables & I finished my Almanac
& wrote the letter upon the Papers
the Duchess is to give the Queen



& folded & sealed them up, then
read in the Answer to the Dss. of Marlborough
finished the Book. the Duchess told me
many curious anecdotes relative
to those times -- a singular story
of Mr. Harly receiving an
Anonymous letter, meeting the
Man in Lincolns Inn fields &
what passed -- Mr. Harley having
him a fortnight concealed in the
house & not even his servants
knew of his being there -- he
learned many things of this Man
relative to Politic's -- when got to
Lincoln's Inn: fields found it was dark
the Man Started up out of the Grass
where he lay hidden for in those times
it was not paved &c. said Sir
now you are in my power, yes I
am says Mr. Harley but I am not
apprehensive of any thing for I
never injured any one &c &c
the Duchess told me many other
things. I returned her all the
Books &c I had borrowed or rather
she had lent to me. Prior &c.
past ten went to Supper



the Duchess carried the Volume of Pope
which contains his Criticism on
Women -- read whilst we were
at table, ye. one Attossa
which is meant for the Duchess of
Marlborough & we related anecdotes
of Pope Young Voltaire Lord
Melcombe -- we parted about
½ past 11 -- I did not take of
the Duchess -- for she agreed with me
not to do so. Mr. Keys light me to
my room -- said he would take care to
put up my Shells & things for me.
Mrs Astley came, she had packed
up my things -- wanted to know if
she should do any thing for me, I
wanted nothing & wished her good
night. I wrote a letter before I went
to bed -- to the Duchess to leave tomorrow
Morning -- to thank her for her
kindness & friendship.

18th. December Thursday 1783
I got up early to pack up my papers &c
Mrs. Astley came to assist me in dressing I was
not ready when Breakfast was, Mrs Delany came to
me when my hair was doing stayed a little dear
dear Woman. Beg me not to hurry myself --
I soon followed her upstairs -- Mr. Keys was so
obliging to come & said he would take leave to pack
up my Boxes of Shells &c &c went up to
Breakfast -- the Duchess sent a kind message by Mrs
Anne. I went out of the room & gave her a



letter I had written to the Duchess to
tell her upon paper what I could not say
returned & after Breakfast Mr. Lighfoot
& Mrs. Delany & I separated I went to my
room to see if all my things were ready
-- saw the housemaid gave her a Crown --
Mrs. Astley & Mrs Delany footman came
& carried my things to be ready
for the Chaise went to the
Library put up all the books I had taken
out &c. Mrs. Delany came to me & took
a most tender leave of me -- she wept
& said kind things that went to my Heart.
I went into ye Drawing room to Mr Lightfoot.
desired him to stay till the next day at
Bullstrode -- which he promised to
keep Company with Mrs. Delany. as I was going
along the Gallery again met Dear Mrs. Delany
she walked with me to the end & waited till
I ran into Mrs Woodwardthe Housekeepers Room to take leave
of her. I then again bid Mrs. Delany Adieu. went I
got into the Hall. the Butler Mr. Mackay the Cook
&c. were waiting to see me set out.
Mr. Lightfoot came to the Chaise door to take
leave of me. Mrs. Astley & I set out at 11
It was a fine Morning & we had a very
pleasant drive. We pass, a Wedding a
Burial & an Air Balloon, Mrs. Astley
told me many circumstances relative to
her family -- & particularly a sister of hers
who lives wth. a Miss Palmer their manner
of living &c. talk of her dear & worthy
Mistress Mrs. Delany. Talked of Mr Dewes Mrs.
& Miss Port &c &c. we arrived in Town
about ½ past two o'Clock. I took leave of Mrs.
Astley in the Chaise she would not get out.



was welcomed & received by dearest
Anna Maria with her usual tenderness
& affection. we had much to say
to each other after a separation of a
Month & 2 days. dined at home &
with Miss Clarkes the Whole Evening. Isabella
too seemed happy that I was returned
after dinner William Benn came to
see how I did .. told me about the West
India affair &c. I sent notes & had answers to
Lady Wake the Kings. the Veseys. the Glovers
-- the Evening passed away pleasantly.
except receiving a letter which occasioned
us some uneasiness not being able
to trace from whom it came & the contents
were utterly incomprehensible. we
read & wrote & talked went to bed ½ past
11 -- wrote a letter to Mrs. Delany
but it was too late for the Post.
wrote a letter & sent it to Mr.
Dewes to inform him I had received
the Parcel of Papers i found
them arrived & safe in Anna Marias
custody when I came home.


                                                         December 18th 1783
My Dearest Madam
I cannot quit Your Graces house without telling you
that upon Paper which my full heart denied
me power of utterance to say, for indeed I could bear to
take leave of you, even though I trust I shall meet you
you in a few days,
accept Madam the acknowledgements of a very Grateful
heart for the many tender proofs I have
received of your tender regard, at the same time
be assured I am sensible of the honour you have conferred upon me in
allowing me to be so long your guest. & that the time I have
spent in Bulstrode has passed too profitably &
agreeably ever to be erased from the memory
      of your Grace's most Affectionate, respectful
                             & Grateful friend Mary Hamilton



19th. December Friday 1783 Clarges Street
Anna Maria came into my room to
see how I did before I got up -- get up at
9 -- had my breakfast sent up. dressed for
the day -- as soon as I was dressed Mrs. Glover
came went down to her she was with Miss
Clarkes -- was ½ an hour with her -- .
Mrs. Walsingham came was shown up to my
room -- I went to her, she stayed ½ of an
hour -- pressed me to go to her House in the
Evening She was to have an assemblee --
Sir William Hamilton &c to be there --
I then went over to the Veseys -- saw Mr
& Mrs. Vesey -- was soon sent for home
My Uncle Frederick & Miss Gunning
-- Miss Gunning did not stay long --
My Uncle some time, Mrs. Boscawan
came & he left me she stayed ½ an
hour -- Mr. Wake then came for ½ an
hour -- Lady Dartrey called in the Coach
did not come in, said she wished me
to meet her at Lady Wakes --
at 4. Anna Maria & I walked to Mrs
Jacksons -- dined with her -- Mr Jackson
at Chamber -- found her & her Children
well. at ½ past 7 Miss Clarke called
for us in a Coach AnnaMaria & I & her went
to Mr. Glovers, met there my Uncle
Frederick & Mrs. Hamilton & a Mrs Macbride
-- there was a card table. Mr. Glover
came in after I had been there about an hour
was very happy in finding me at his House --
& would not play at Cards. I made him tell
me the News of the day respecting Politics



& answer the Questions respecting
the late Prince of Wales -- Lord
Lytelton &c.
which the Duchess bid me ask him, he
did so & told me also an anecdote
all this I wrote & sent a long
letter of Scraps to the Duchess with
a letter to Mrs. Delany. My Uncle &
Mrs Hamilton went away at 10. as did
Mrs.. Mackbride. we stayed till past
11 -- supped at Mr. Glovers -- Mrs. Lenton
& Miss Glover went to bed soon after
supper.. Anna Maria & I told Mr & Mrs. Glover
abt. Mr Wake &c &c. when we
came home soon parted & went
to our rooms.



20th- December 1783 Clarges Street
Dear Anna Maria came into my room
at 9. stayed a few minutes & then went
down, to make breakfast, I dressed for
the day, came to my Breakfast room &
begun a letter to Miss Litchfield -- My
Uncle Sr. William Hamilton came at ½
past 11 & stayed till 3 o'Clock. he
had a pain in his face, we talked
over many interesting matters & I
showed him some letters. little Katherine
Jackson came & was near an hour
in the room he was vastly pleased with
the dear Child & played a good deal with
her. Lady Wake & Mr. Wake came in
they stayed ½ of an hour, I introduced
Lady Wake to my Uncle -- Mr. Wake told me
he had called twice before in the Morning
but finding My Uncle was with me did not
come in. After they were gone my Uncle
told me he found out how much Mr. Wake liked
me &c. at 3 o'Clock My Uncle walked
with me to Dowager Lady Kings -- he left me
at the Door -- I found Lady & Miss
Wilhelmina King were out, therefore I went to
Lady Wake, as she has lodgings in this
Street. Lady King Porter went to the Door with
me. met Mr. Hume as I was crossing
the Street -- enquired after Lady Mary
Hume & his Sisters -- he told me they had
been confined with Colds &c.
Found Lady Wake Marianna & William together
Marianna looks thin & Pale & laughs



very much. Sr. William was yesterday
attacked by the Gout & is confined to
his bed I did not see him, sat with
Lady Wake till 4. when William conducted
me to Dowager Lady Kings door, expressed
his disappointment at not finding me
at home alone in the Morning &c
a Miss Clayton Niece to the late Mr
Clayton of Harleford came in to Lady
King's at the same time I did. we were
some little time alone together as Lady
& Miss Wilhelmina King were not ready having
been out late. She seems a Civil
& gentle disposition, & very well bred --
found Lady King & Miss Wilhelmina King very
well -- poor Miss King too ill to
come down stairs to us -- dined
½ past 4 -- Mademoiselle dined with us.
conversation turned upon Mrs. Lemans
Marriage with Mr. Strode, her
intended finery for Court -- the Lady
is 56, the Gentleman 41 or 2. &c &c
tattle & politics of the day --
at 6 went up to the Drawing Room.
had tea & coffee. at 7 my Uncle
William's carriage came for me &
I went home to receive Miss Gunning
-- she was not come, went in to
Miss Clarkes, chatted ¼ of an hour with
them, received a letter from the Duchess Dowager
of Portland & one written by Dear



Mrs: Delany -- what a sweet proof
of her affection for she can not
see a letter she makes & has not
for months attempted to write written a letter to any
person whatever. the letter was a
quarto sheet & ½ -- ½ before 8
Miss Gunning came -- I went up to
her. we had a comfortable tête à
tête for an hour -- she had tea --
at 9 o'Clock my Uncle Sir William Hamilton
came & sat with us till past 11
his face was better, he had been
at Lord Stormonts had met there
the French Ambassador, Lady Jersey the
-- Paynes, &c &c. we talk of Italy
-- Russia &c &c. he went away
½ past 11 o'Clock, he had preferred
coming to me to going to the Opera
Miss Gunning stayed with me till
past 12 o'Clock. Miss Boscowan
called to carry her home: Anna
Maria & Bell came to me for ¼ of
an hour & then we went to bed



Sunday 21st. December -- it was foggy &
cold a Morning -- we did not go to
Church. dressed when I got up for
the day, had breakfast in my
dressing room, Anna Maria came to
see me &c. After I was dressed
came to my -- Anna Maria came
& sat with me. Mr. Charlton came
to her & she left me to go to him
returned when he was gone -- we
looked over Manuscript letters -- &c I
wrote my Journal. received a message
from the Vesey's of enquiries,
Anna Maria went to them, came
after she returned home to tell me
they were to be at home all day &
wished me to go there in the Evening
Anna Maria then went to Mrs. Jacksons
where she is to dine -- I wrote a
note to Lady Stormont & to Lady
Frances Harpur &c went down to
Isabella & stayed with her for ½ an hour --
then had a Chair & went to Mrs. Walsinghams
Miss Gunning there we soon went to dinner
conversation -- finding out Riddles, Politics
dress -- present fashions &c
Lady Wakes Coach came for me at ½ past
7 -- went to her found Poor Sir William in bed, sat
by his bed side for some time drank tea in
his room, he told me what the Prince of Wales
said to him about me when he met him
in ye- House of Commons &c Lady Wake Mr Catton



William & I sat & talked & found out
riddles &c till supper time, Marianne
went to bed at ½ past -- at 10 o'Clock
we went down to Supper -- William looks &c
After supper, I took the liberty of telling
Lady Wake my opinion of her treatment
of Marianne, viz. that she was too
anxious about her, &c &c
Mr. C. agreed with me &c
Miss Anna Maria Clarke called for me in a
Coach about ½ past 11 -- Mr. Wake handed
me to ye. Coach. Mr. Catton came out to speak
to Miss Clarke -- Anna Maria had been with Mrs
Jackson found her well & the Children
Mr Jackson -- returned home -- when we came
home found Bell below she had
been at the Veseys -- we soon went to
our rooms. found an answer to
my note from Lady Frances Harpur

Monday 22d Clarges Street December 1783
had Breakfast upstairs dressed for all
day. went down to my room about 11 -- Anna Maria
came to me said she was going out in the
Vesey Coach & took a note for me to Lady
Frances Harpur. Miss Wake came to me ½ past 11
I gave her Shells to sort to amuse her &
she looked better I thought though she coughed --
Anna Maria came to us for a few moments. --
My Uncle Frederick, came & stayed near
2 hours -- Lady Stormont came. they talked



of the Politics of the day. Lady Stormont was
more animated & upon the Subject
than usual, The King was blamed for
his want of openness, in short the language
of the Stormont family was totally different
to what I had ever heard it -- the Prince conduct
was praised -- Mr. Fox was no longer
an obnoxious person -- I will make
no further moan: for -- it painful
to dwell on the power of interest
over the human Mind & heart.
Lady Stormont told me that she met the Prince of Wales
last night at the french ambassadors that
he enquired after me & sent his Compliments to
me -- he told her he sat next Sir William Wake
at the House of Commons & that he had
enquired after me of him &c &c &c
that he talked politics with her -- O how
times alter & things Change!
Can I help making this exclamation
when I recollect what I have him say
formerly of the Stormont Murrays & my Uncle
William & now hear what he says to them?
Lady Stormont stayed ½ an hour.
When my Uncle was gone Mr. Wake came
he told me he had been at my door but
seeing Lady Stormont Coach that he went away again
took his ride, that he had been to Kensington
to see his sister Charlotte he looked a 1000
---ings, but as his Sister Marianna was present
he did not dare give utterance to his thoughts.
Lady Wake came to fetch Marianne
home, stayed ½ of an hour. I dined at
home -- wrote letters to Miss Litchfield &



Miss Thursby. Anna Maria &
Bell went out upon a Visit at ½
past 6. I had William Benn to talked
about his Brothers coming &c --
& carrying my tickets. at 8 had
Lady Frances Harpur's Coach went
to her -- met there Lady Caroline Peachey
Lady Wallingford -- we worked & were
very cheerful. Master Churchill came
in before I went. had the Coach &
Servant home again was set down at
Mr Veseys, as they had pressed me very
much to go there, it was 10 o'Clock,
all the Company were gone except
Mrs. Montagu and her Nephew
Mr Montagu & Mr. Horace Walpole
they did not stay long. I stayed
supper with the Veseys came home
½ past 11. went into the Parlour
to Miss Clarkes we sat ½ an hour
& then went to bed -- received letters from
Lord Napier & Mr Dewes

Tuesday 23d. December 1783 Clarges Street
Breakfast upstairs before my Hair was
finished Lady Caroline Peachey came
I went down to her en robe de Chambre
& stayed near an hour -- talked of her
sons match with Miss Jennings &c &c
Miss Wake came before she went
& near an hour after I amused her
with giving her Shells &c



Mr. Wake came for
her did not stay long.
then dressed in a hurry
------ go to Mrs. Jacksons
Christening Fannys.
Anna Maria went early.
had Lady Wakes Coach
Bell & I went at ½
past 3 o'Clock. the
Ceremony was over
as the Clergyman came
earlier than was expected
met then at dinner
Mr. Holt, Mr. Tuttridge
Gentleman Usher to the King
Mrs. Barnard, Young
Mr Barnard, Miss
Morrel -- Captain Prescott
a Navy Officer & his
daughter -- the Miss
Clarkes -- there came in
to tea Mrs. Revely &
one of her young daughters
Mr. & Mrs. Gunning --
Mrs. Vesey came for
me at 8 o'Clock we
went to Lady Dartrey
me there Lady
Mountstewart: necessary
work. she told us much
of Turin ye. Court
there &c &c.
talked of Savoy -- the
Water -- ye -- ye Wren &c &c



as I was going upstairs
Mr. Antrobus called to me
out of the Parlour, went
in for an instant Master
Dawson was there. --
wrote a note & sent it
by Lady Dartreys Servant
to Enquire after Mrs.
Delany. had an answer
written by Mr. Bernard Dewes
to say she was well &
did not suffer by coming
to Town yesterday -- at
10 o'Clock left Lady Dartrey
saw Mr. Antrobus again for
a few moments -- Mrs
Vesey set me down at
Mr. Jackson's. Mr. Vesey
was there, she did not
get out, & Mr. Vesey
went away with her.
they were still at Cards
at ½ past ten o'Clock
went down to supper
the same Company as
at dinner -- with the
addition of Mr. & Mrs.
Gunning. we were
very merry, I sat
between Mr. Barnard
& Mr. Tuttridge, they
talked much to me &
were very civil
at ½ past 12 Miss
Bell Clarke & I came
home, we left Anna Maria



to sleep at Mrs. Jacksons, as
Mrs. Barnard was there only for
1 night. I gave Frank something
as it was a particular day. we
came home at ½ past 12 or
near 1 o'Clock -- went to bed.
received a answer to my Message
sent by William Benn to ye Duchess Dowager
of Portland; that she was pretty
well & hoped to see me tomorrow.

24th December 1783 Wednesday
had Breakfast upstairs dressed with a hoop
for all day. My Uncle Frederick
came at ½ past 11 -- we sat ½ of
an hour & then we went in his Coach
to My Aunt Dowager Lady Warwicks --
she had hear I intended coming &
stayed at home to receive me, stayed
then till ½ past one o'Clock, found
my Aunt very well, she was very
kind to me, took me in her Closet
showed me how she had arranged
it since I saw her, all her Childrens
drawings &c. showed me the new
Case she had made for Lady Anne
the late) Grevilles sketch of herself
the Minature Picture drawn from
it &c. General Clarke came in
said many kind things to me
& as my Uncle told me of me
when I was out of the room &c &
when we came away my Uncle



went with me to Mrs.. Delanys --
as we were going thither said
much to me about going to Court
said all my friends thought it
would be proper for me to do so --
&c &c I said little for it was
contrary to my opinion having
so small a fortune. he told me
he dined yesterday at Lord
Abercorns -- that he met
there Mr. John James Hamilton
-- his Heir & my Uncle William
that they spoke of me &c
found Dearest Mrs. Delany very
well & in Spirits Mrs-
Boscawen with her Mrs. Boscawen
flew to show me the little
Fly which Mrs. Delany had brought in
a little Cage from Bullstrode
&c &c Mrs. Boscawen went away
my Uncle & I stayed ½ an hour
I promised to also go to Mrs. Delanys
in the Evening she said I should have
the Duchess Coach. My Uncle
brought me home & left me. Miss Wilhelmina
King was at the Door. she came
in with me & sat till near
3. Mr. Fisher also came
& after Miss Wilhelmina King went away
talked of the King & Royal family



of Mr. Farhill &c &c
when Miss Wilhelmina King was there
we talked nothing but Politics
-- when I was out in the Morning
Miss Gunning had called twice,
Mr. Farhill had called as
had Mrs. Jackson, Mrs. Barnard
& Duchess Dowager of Portland had
sent to beg I would meet her in
the Evening at Mrs. Delany.
when I was left -- I saw Anna
Maria -- who came to me, showed
her my pretty little fly Cage
&c. when I was at Mrs. Delanys
run into Mrs. Astleys room,
spoke to her for a moment.
dined at home. Anna Maria & I talked
& wrote after dinner, & she
played on the harpsichord to oblige
me. I drank tea with Miss C's
at 7 the Duchess of Portlands Coach
came for me, went to Mrs. Delany
found her & Mr.. Barnard Dewes together
Mrs. Delany was charming well. I went into Mrs
Delany Bedchamber & spoke to Mrs- Astley about her
Sister going to live with Mrs. Hamilton. the Dss came
at ½ past 7 o'Clock we were mutually happy
to meet again -- Mr. Dewes went away for an
hour & ½. we conversed upon different







subjects -- I left them at ½ past
9 -- had the Duchess's Coach. went to Lady
Wake, she was setting after Supper
stayed only a few moments to enquire
after Sir William & Miss Wake. Mr Jessop
of Waltham was there. Mr. Wake &
Catton. Came home. sat till ½ past 11
with Bell & Anna Maria.

25 December 1783 Thursday -- the day was
so dark, snow &c. that I did not go
to Church -- had Breakfast in my
Dressing room dressed for all day,
finished a long letter to Miss Hannah More.
Anna Maria went out at 10 in Mrs
Glovers Coach to go to Whitehall Chapel
& did not return. at ½ past 3. Isabella
& I went to Mr. Glovers -- where we
dined & spent the day. only the family
& Mr. Spendlove. in the Evening played at
Commerce -- Mr. Spendlove went away before
supper. Mr. Glover told me Anecdotes
of the late Duke & Duchess of Marlborough
&c &c Duchess of Queensbury. Miss Clarke's
& I came home at ¼ past 11. found
a Note from Mr. Farhill -- we soon
went to bed

26th. Friday. My Uncle Sir William Hamilton
came at 11 & stayed till 12. gave me his
opinion of Miss Gunning. My Uncle
Frederick came soon after he was gone
Anna Maria was with me for some time
she left us & then he again renewed the



Subject of my going to Court &c &c
said he had dined at Lord Abercorns
the day before. that he met there his
heir Mr. John James Hamilton who
mentioned me in a flattering manner
though I have not seen him these 8
or 9 years when we danced together at
the Pantheon -- when he left me which was
not before 2 o'Clock -- Anna Maria came to
me. I was busy in sorting papers
& she helped me. about 3 I went to
finish my dressing, for I was with all
my hair down & en Robe de Chambre
as my Uncles came when I going to dress
at ½ past 3 Mr. Farhill called & as he
sent up word he wished to see me I
admitted him in my dressing room, &
Betty went on dressing my hair. he
told me he was going to Cambridge &c
sat till past 4 o'Clock. My Uncle
William came for me before 5 --
we went together to Mrs. Montagus.
to dinner, met there Lord & Lady
Grantham. Lady Bell Polworth.
Sir Joseph & Lady York. Mr. Robinson
Lord Granthams Brother. Miss Gregory
& Mr. Montagu. Mrs. M. R. was also at
home. My Uncle set me down at Lady
Wakes at ½ past 8. I supped there.
only Mr. Catton, Lady Wake Mr Wake &
me. Sir William still in Bed Confined with the
Gout. came home at 11 -- sat a little
with Bell & Anna went to bed at
12 o'Clock



December 27th. Saturday 1783
Breakfasted in my dressing room, dressed
in the Morning for all day came down to
my room at 11 Anna Maria came &
sat with me, I sorting my letters. My
Aunt Lady Warwick came, AnnaMaria soon left
us. LW was so good as to bring me. the
drawing she had promised me of the late Lady
Anne Grevilles Mr. Wake came. My Aunt
stayed about ½ an hour -- Mr. Pepys came &
sat sometime -- Mr. Wake was determined
to out sit him as well as my Aunt.
Mr. Wake stayed with me till 3 o'clock, I continued
sorting my letters. he talking
of his affection &c &c Anna Maria
came in & he went away. soon returned
to tell me Lady Wake had sent the Coach for me.
I told him, I could not go before 4, so he left me.
Anna begun reading Rousseaus Eloise, we have agreed
to read it together as we neither of us have ever
read it through, to make our comments &c --
A little before 4 o'Clock went to Lady Wake.
Sir William confined to his bed with the Gout. all the
Children at home. Richard come from School
yesterday for the Holidays. after dinner we went
up to Sir William & had the Wine upstairs -- we sat
there some time -- when William & Mr Catton went
down to their studies -- I & Lady Wake went into the
Drawing room -- Marianne Charlotte & Richard were
amusing themselves with Cards Lady Wake & I had
some interesting conversation, I took the liberty
of telling her that I wish Mr Catton the Tutor was
not so constantly at home &c &c. Sir William
desired me to return to his room. I went &
say by his bed side & drank tea there --
William & Mr. Catton came in &c at ½ past 7 the Duchess Dowager
of Portland sent a Chair for me, I went to Mrs.



Delanys, the Duchess made me many apologies
for having forgot to order her Coach for
me. we sat & conversed comfortably together
till ½ past 8 -- there being no other Company.
at ½ past 8 my Uncle Sir William Hamilton came
& stayed till near 10 O'clock -- we conversed
upon many agreeable subjects -- the Arts
chiefly. my Uncle brought me home, he
did not come in -- he was going to sup at
Richmond House. I sat with Anna & Bell
till near 12. Anna Maria played to me for ½ an
hour on the Harpsichord &c

Sunday 28th. December 1783 Clarges Street.
I went down at ½ past 9 Anna & I breakfasted
together -- after that Bell came we left
her & came into my room & Anna &
I read prayers together. it was too bad
a day (Frost & snow) to go to Church. we
sat together conversing on religious topics
till I went to dress & Anna came & read
to me in Hallers advice to his daughter
Mr. Wake called, I let him come for a
few Minutes whilst my hair was dressing
he did not seem much pleased at my
sending him away -- particularly as he had
called before & was not let in because
I was gone up to dress &c. as soon as I
was dressed I went into the Parlour. Anna Maria
read to me in Rousseau's Eloise till I went. at 4
o'Clock had Mrs. Veseys Coach, went to
dine at Mrs. Walsinghams -- Mr. Walker
(the Man that gives lectures) dined with
us -- Mrs. Walsingham showed me before dinner the
Coloured Prints of Ornaments of the Gallery
at Rome, the Vatican, &c &c



After dinner Mr. Walker told us where
he had been in the Summer. told us
of a Curious Character a Mr. Langton
Freeman of Rugby in Warwickshire
-- a Clergyman -- his avarice his
thefts. he had had above 2000
per Annum told us the circumstances
of a Murder of one Haram
a Schoolmaster &c &c. Mrs. Walsingham
and I came to Mrs. Veseys at 8 o'Clock
-- met there. Mr. Walpole. Lady
------ Mornington, Lady Ross, Mrs. Montagu, Mr
Montagu, Miss Gregory
My Uncle Sir William Hamilton
-- I had a good deal of conversation
with Mr. Walpole -- sent for my
little fly cage made by Dear Mrs.
Delany &c &c. Mrs. Walsingham would
set me down in her Coach that I
had only to run across. when I
came home found Anna Maria was
gone to bed as her cold was bad
I sat sometime with Isabella & then went to
- Bed. called in Anna room & chatted
by her bedside for ¼ of an hour



Monday 29th. December 1783
had Breakfast upstairs & dressed when
I got up for all day -- my Uncle
Frederick came & sat ½ an hour
we conversed upon religious subjects
I gave him Swifts Sermon on the Trinity
to take home. & le Bas Blue. when he
went Anna Maria came & sat with me. Mrs.
Glover came & Anna Maria soon left us Mrs.
Glover sat above 2 hours with me. Told me
the whole of the affair about the Jacksons &c
she went away at 4. I wrote in my
Journal & then went down to Miss
Clarkes sat by whilst they dined -- at
5 My Aunt Lady Warwicks Coach
came for me. I went there to dinner
Lady Frances Harpur was there. Genl Clarke
& I had much lively Altercation about
a love for the Arts. when we left the
dining room Lady Warwick Lady Frances Harpur & I sat
together or near an hour & ½. Lady
Warwick gave us a description of the 2
Bagnios. the Baths there &c &c
the People, style of living: an account
of her journey to the Mountain Swiss
Doctor Shaumack. his skill &c &c.
General Clarke came to us at ½ past 8 to
Tea; told me many things relative
to the late Prince Charles of Austria
(Brussels) his character. at ½ past
9 he & Lady Frances sat down to
Backgammon. had my Aunts coach
at 10. came home. set up with Bell & Anna



                                                         29 December 83
till ½ past 11. Anna Maria & I read & made
comments on Rousseau Eloise

30th. December 1783 Tuesday -- went down
at ½ past 9 to breakfast. Miss Glover
Breakfasted with us -- I read the Papers to them
&c. Miss Glover came & sat till
12 with me in my room. Anna Maria
came to us for ¼ of an hour: Miss
Glover told me of Mr. Jackson behaviour to
them &c. at 12 Lady Wake came
& brought Marianna. Miss Glover
went. Lady Wake only stayed 10 Minutes
left Marianne. whom I amused
with Shells &c. My Uncle Frederick
came & brought his son, they stayed
½ an hour -- Mrs: & Miss Hamilton
& stayed sometime. Mr. Wake came
when they were gone. Lady Wake
called but did not come in for
Marianne. Mr. Wake stayed for ½ an
hour -- he had been skating today
for the 1st. time. he was hurt & left
me abruptly because I told him
a truth which was that it was not
possible for him yet to have
decisive judgement &c &c. it was
½ past 3 when he went/ I wrote till
dinner time. I gave Marianne
some advice to day respecting her behaviour
towards her Mama, she promised me to



to alter her Conduct &c &c.
dined at home -- After dinner wrote
Cards to invite some very young friends to
come to us on twelfth day next Tuesday
-- the Veseys sent a Message & Anna Maria went
to them. I stayed below till Isabella went
she & Anna Maria went to a party to Mr.
Gladells (I excused myself from going
I came to my room at ½ past 6 &
------ read & wrote till near 12. Miss
Clarke's came home came to me told me
whom they had met &c -- their account
made me well pleased I stayed at
home. Anna Maria told me that she was for
½ an hour at Mr. Vesey's that she
heard there that Mr. Walpole had
spoken much in my favour & that he
had talk of my quitting Court in
terms that did me Credit.
went to bed with a bad pain in my
face ½ past 12 -- put Laudanum
upon Cotton in my Mouth. hardly
closed my Eyes all night -- about 2
or 3 in the Morning had an Alarm --
Miss Clarkes imagined there were
theives breaking in -- it was all
occasioned by the falling down of
my Chimney board -- Miss Tryon
sent for me to come to her tomorrow
as she was ill & confined -- heard
Mrs. Carter was Come to Town



Wednesday 31st December 1783 at ½ past
1 -- the Duchess Dowager of Portlands Coach came
for me -- went to Mrs. Delany's I
did not get out she came to me
& we went to My Uncle Sir William Hamilton
-- at the Hotel -- King Street St James's.
the Duchess was already there. We
saw the fine Vase -- &c &c stayed
then till ½ past 3 o'Clock. the
Duchess & I went home with Mrs. Delany
(Mrs. Delany eyesight so well that
she saw the Vase &c) we dined with
this Dear Woman -- after dinner the
Duchess made her go to repose herself
& we remained below till she for
us to Coffee. the Duchess talked of her
excellent friend -- of Mrs. Port &c
at tea time Mr. & Mrs. Cole came
He talked a great deal, I was
as much amused as any one could
be who was in great pain for
the pain in my face was very
bad. came home in the Duchess coach
at ½ past 9. Miss Clarkes were at
ye Glovers -- I sat in my room &
& read & wrote till they came home
which was ¼ past 11 they came &
talked with me till near 12 -- we then
went to bed.



1st January 1784 Thursday.
did not get up till late as I was
obliged to nurse my Cold though I
have entirely lost the pain in my face
had 5 notes to answer in bed.
------------------ Mr. Wake came to me
at 1 o'Clock stayed ½ an hour -- he was
embarrassed distressed &c &c. wanting
to explain something which at last he left
unexplained -- I went to the Duchess Dowager
Portland at ½ past 2 -- had her Coach.
-- she made me write for her an answer
to a letter she had from the Queen, which
she copied & sent I stayed with her till
near 4. Mr. Cole came & stayed near
2 hours -- she followed me out of the room
said how provoked she was at his staying
so long &c &c. had her Coach -- went
to Mr. Jackson's -- dined there. Miss
Clarkes were there also -- they left us
at ½ past 8 to go to the Veseys. I stayed till
past 11. Mrs. Jackson & I had an hours
conversation alone. I altered the
Medley Screen for Mr. Jackson. I spoke to
Mr. Jackson about the Glovers he would not
speak calmly about it therefore I dropped
the Subject. when I came home -- they
were in bed. I went to bed soon.
Mrs. Boscawen & My Uncle Frederick
had called.



2d. January 1784 Clarges Street
Was at home all Morning -- & wrote
a good deal -- Anna Maria & Bell came
& sat with me in my room part of the
Morning. Went up dress after dinner
at ½ past 5. The Duchess of Portland sent
me a present of Venison, I had her
Servant up to enquire after her &c.
Came down to Miss Clarkes after I
was dressed sat with them will my
Uncle Sir William came which was at 9 he
came in I introduced him to Miss Clarkes
he sat a little & then we went to
Mrs. Montagu's. met there Lady Bute
Lady Louisa Stewart -- Lord Huntingdon.
Mr. Walpole Mr & Mrs. Hoare Mrs.
Boscowan a Mrs. Milward & another
Lady -- a Mrs. Chs. York & Mr & a
Miss York Ldy Bell Polworth
Mr. Robinson -- Mr. Montagu Miss
Gregory -- Monsieur D'Ademar the French
Ambassador and a Mr. York.
I had much conversation with Mr
Walpole Lord Huntingdon Lady Louisa
Stewart Mrs. Hoare Miss Gregory --
a tolerably pleasant Evening party
Mrs. Walsingham too was there
my Uncle brought me home



a little past 11 -- told me he had dined
at the Duke of Northumberlands &
gave me a description of his
fine room &c.
Stayed but a short time with Miss
Clarkes below & then went to
my room to bed &c

3d. January 1784 Saturday. dressed in
my Habit breakfasted with Anna Maria
About 12 walked to Mrs Carters -- found
her very poorly with the Rheumatism
in her back -- I sat an hour with her
we talked about the Wakes &c, as I was going
away Lady Dartrey & Lady Wake came in
they stayed only a few Minutes they
took me in the Coach though there was Mr.
Antrobus Master Dawson -- Little Richard
Wake & Vesey Dawson -- besides themselves.
they were gonig to see Mrs. Wrights
wax work to amuse the Children -- they
set me down at St. James's Palace, I went
& sat ½ an hour with Miss Tryon she was
better than I expected to find but still ill
& laying along upon a Couch -- General Tryon
her Brother came in. he said whenever
I would go to Mrs. Tryons I should have
their Coach &c. Miss Tryon
desired me to send an account of



Miss Duttons School & terms to
Mrs. Gambier. I went to Miss
Gunning -- She was just returned
from my house where she had been
to visit me. I sat an hour with
her whilst she did her hair.
I then walked home through the
Park -- the day was fine -- but the
ground very wet from the Thaw
& rain -- saw Mr. Penal Hawkins
Servant I enquired after him.
when I came home found my
Uncle Frederick had called.
dressed -- Mrs. Chapone called for me
in the Duchess Dowager of Portland Coach at ½
past 3. I was not ready but
ran down with my Gown unpinned
-- my large Cloak hiding all. though
I was not guilty of the rudeness
of making Mrs.. Chapone wait an
instant when we got to Mrs. Delanys
I asked leave to go into her room
& Mrs.. Astley came & gave me
some pins -- she told me what she sad
stories she had heard of Mrs. Port



Mrs. Delany came & told me she must
contrive to speak to me after dinner
for she had a secret message to me
from the Duchess Dowager of Portland.
We went down to dinner a little
past 4 -- sat below till 6. very agreeable
general conversation. when
we came up Mrs. Delany went to repose
for ¼ of an hour. Mrs. Chapone
& I looked over some Prints from
the Antique &c &c Mrs. Chapone spoke of Dear Mrs-
Delany -- that she had known her a great
many years & that she improved
or seemed to improve in ever human
excellence & sensibility & feeling
every year instead of growing cold
hearted with age &c &c
Mrs. Delany came to us & then under the
colour of getting me to look for a Book
took me to her bed room & told me
what the Duchess wanted me to do viz
to purchase the Vase of my Uncle William &c
I wrote a note to him to come to me
but he was out. the Duchess Dowager Portland
the Bishop of Exerter (Ross) the William
Musgrave came to tea. My Uncle
Sir William Hamilton also came -- a very
pleasant conversatione. the note I had
written to my Uncle came to him there. he
came to Mrs. Delanys. without having received
my Message -- & had put off Mrs.



Walsingham to meet me there. when
Mrs. Chapone the Bishop & Sir William Musgrave were
gone -- I took him down to the Parlour
under pretence of showing him the Pictures
& then told him what the Duchess wished about the
Vase when we came upstairs again
they talked upon the Subject. My
Uncle Brought me home at 10 o'Clock
he told me he would think upon what the Duchess
had said. when I came home went in
to Miss Clarkes -- we chatted & wrote
till past 11 -- they went up before me
I wrote till 12 & then went up to bed.

Sunday -- heavy rain did not go to
Church Dressed for the day Anna Maria
came & sat with me in my room after we
were both dressed. Mrs. Turton & Miss
Nosely came & made me a Visit. Anna Maria
stayed the whole time -- a
little after 3 went to the Veseys Mr. Vesey
was just getting into his Coach therefore
I did not go in but accepted his offer
of setting me down at Mr. Glovers --
where I dined & stayed till 11 o'Clock
-- Mr. Glover did not dine at home
but came to us at 8 o'Clock. he read
Popes Windsor Forest to me &c
After supper when Miss Lenton & Miss
Glover went upstairs he talked of
the late Prince of Wales &c



of Courts &c. I told him of the idea
my Uncle Frederick had formed of my going
to Court, & he approved of my not
acquiescing &c.. when I came home
found a long letter from my Uncle
William about the subject of last night & one
from Mrs. Gambier &c. Miss Clarkes
were at the Veseys I went there.
chatted ½ of an hour & then we all
came home -- soon went to bed

Monday 5th. January 1784 -- had Breakfast
in my room -- after Anna Maria went out
for all day -- I dressed for the day
My Uncle Frederick & his son came
stayed ¼ of an hour. Miss Glover came
for some time. as did Mrs. Newton
½ past 4 Lady Wake came for me
Mr Catton & William in the Coach we called
for Mrs. Carter -- went to Lord Dartreys
to dinner where I staid till ½ past
11 -- Lady Dartreys Birth day -- she
is I believe 43. After dinner Lady
Wakes other children came -- we had a
Fiddle & danced -- I danced with Mr Wake all night
When the Children went down to Supper I
sat with Mrs. Carter -- they went away soon after
9 -- as did Mrs. Carter -- Lord & Lady Dartrey
Mr. Wake Mr. Catton & me only at Supper.
Mr. Antrobus was not well & went home
to his lodgings before supper. Lady Wake
brought me home about ½ past 11. William got out of the
coach to hand me



Tuesday 6th.. January 1784
Mrs. Delany sent the Duchess of Portland Coach for
me at 11 -- I went to Mrs. Delanys &
sat with that dear Woman till ½ past two
till 2 we were alone -- she talked to me
of Mr Dewes of his Mother her Sister
her Death. Patience under a terrible
disorder for 2 years of a Cancer in
her Womb. showed me & gave me Shells &c
at 2 Mrs. Colt Hoare came who talked
of Mr. Barnard Dewes & of a Governess
she had got for his Children &c.
I like Mrs. Hoare for she is a pleasing
sensible young Woman & seems unaffected
-- I went away soon after her, had the
Duchess's Coach & came home      NB before I
went to Mrs. Delanys I went for a few
Minutes to Mrs. Jackson -- saw her &
desired her not to come to me this
Evening -- because I had refused Mrs. Glover
Lady Dartrey &c &c. had several invitations
to dinners to day. The Turtons Veseys
Wakes. & several for the Evening also.
dined at home with Miss Clarkes after
dinner Miss Anna Clarke practised Country
dances for the Evening & then we
were busy in arranging
the rooms for our
young People.
they came at 7
o'Clock & stayed



till a little after 10 -- except Miss Wake
went home as she was not yet well
enough to stay out) -- I had Mr. Wake
Mr Dawson his Cousin Vesey Dawson
Miss & Master Hamilton. Richard Wake
Charlotte Wake Miss Glover & Miss
Clarkes & myself -- a very merry
Evening drew for King & Queen had
12th Cake -- & danced, played at
forfeits -- had a Supper at ¼ past
9 o'Clock &c we say up ½ an hour
after our young friends left us
& then went to bed --
Lady Frances Harpur Mr. Wake
Mrs. Hamilton Mrs. Glover
called when I was out in the
Morning.



Wednesday 7th. January 1784
in the Morning had Sir Robert Gunning
& Miss Humes -- Sir William Hamilton
My Uncle Frederick Hamilton
Mrs. Hamilton. Mrs Astly came
to speak to Mrs. Hamilton about her Sister
at three they left me Lord
Dartrey came in for ¼ of an
hour. a little before 4 my
Uncle William came again he sat
¼ of an hour talking over the
Vase & the Duchess -- he sent an excuse
to where we was to dine &
went with me to Dowager Lady Kings
where we dined en Famille
& stayed till ½ past 7. when
the Duchess of Portlands Coach
came for me -- he took his
leave at the same time & of
me when he put me into the
Coach. I went to Mrs. Boscawans
met there Lady Bute, Lady
Clifford her Daughter Miss Southwell
. Mrs. & Miss Price Lady
Amherst. Lord Walsingham &c
&c Mrs. Leveson Mrs. Boscawen daughter
invited me to go to her on
Saturday Morning &c had the Duchess



Coach went to Mrs. Delanys ½
past 9. Mr. Mrs. Cole were there
they soon went. then had a
Conversation with the Duchess about
the Vase &c left her & Dear Mrs. Delany
about 10 went to the Veseys met
there. Lady Spencer. Lord Lucan
Sir Joshua Reynolds Sr. Robert &
2 Miss Gunnings. They all soon
went away -- Sir Joshua Reynolds &
I Reynolds to supper we sent for
Anna Maria who came -- we
stayed till ½ past 12 o'Clock, when
we came home went to Isabella
for a few Minutes & then to bed
called at the Hotel. left a Message for my Uncle William

Thursday 8th January 1784 -- After Breakfast
dressed in my Breakfast room. Anna
Maria came & sat by me & read some
letters in Rousseau Eloise which we criticized at 12
o'Clock my Uncle Sir William Hamilton
came & stayed till past 1 o'Clock, we
settled the Matter about the Vase &c &c
that the Duchess Dowager of Portland is to have. when he
left me Mr. Hume came & stayed ¼
of an hour -- told me he was going to
Oxford -- to be entered in that University
Lady Wake came for me to go to Mrs-
Delany we went there & sat an hour



Mrs: Boscowan came in before we
came away -- she had a bad cold.
Lady Wake set me down at home
but could not come in. I found
Mrs. Walsingham waiting for
me in my room -- she stayed
only a few Minutes, came to
invite me to dine with her
next tuesday to meet Dr Warton
& also to remind me of dining
with her on Sunday to
meet Miss Gunning. a little
after 3 Mr. Wake called but would
not come in. he left a letter
for me. Anna Maria came & sat with
me a little before 4 the
Duchess Dowager of Portlands Coach came for
me -- Mrs. Carter was in it we
went to Mrs. Delany. to dinner
found my Dear Dear Mrs. Delany
vastly well. Miss Burney
also dined with us. Mrs. Delany made
me do the Honours of the Table.
She sat with us sometime after
dinner & then left us for ½ an
hour to take her Siesta. Mrs. Carter
Miss Burney & I talked over
Rousseaus Eloise Mrs. Carter said



that Rousseau was a much more
dangerous writer than Voltaire
&c &c -- Mrs. Delany sent for us
up at 6 for Coffee. which she made
me pour out, how vain I am
of every little mark of her
kind distinction -- Miss Gunning
Lady Dartmouth the Duchess Dowager of
Portland came to tea, when Lady
Dartmouth & Miss Gunning went away at 9
The Duchess & I went into Mrs. Delany
Bed room & I told her what Sir William
Hamilton had said about the Vase
antiques & settled that matter

Mrs. Carter Miss Burney & I
went away at 10 in the Duchess's
Coach. We first set Mrs. Carter down
& then I was set down & Miss Burney
parted from me. I found both
the Miss Clarkes at home sat
with them till past 11, & then
went to bed



Friday 9th. January 1784 Clarges Street
had Breakfast in my Room -- came down
to my Breakfast room to dress Anna Maria
came & read in Rousseau Eloise whilst my
Hair was dressing. at 1 o'Clock
the Duchess Dowager of Portlands Coach came
for me. I called upon my
Uncle William at the Hotel. he was
out -- but I left a Note from
the Duchess -- went to the
Duchess stayed with her till past 4
looking over -- fine Gems
Antiques -- Miniature Pictures
&c. out of the beautiful
Cabinet -- the inside of which was
painted by Polemberg. &c &c
had the Duchess Coach & went to
Sir Williams where I dined
-- he dined at table though he
as carried into the room
by the Servants -- the Children were
all at home as was Mr. Catton --
William as Usual setting next me --
Lady Wake & I went to her room
& had a comfortable tête a tete
for ½ an hour after dinner. we
talked of Sir William Wakes Illness &c &c



-- went down again to Sir William he was
put on the Couch -- a little after
7 Lady Frances Harpurs Coach came
for me -- William handed me down & asked
leave to come to me tomorrow &c.
Found Lady Frances alone she
looked very poorly but was in
pretty good spirits, we talked
of Lady Stormont &c. her Brother
Charles Greville came in for ½
an hour & talked of the Politics
of the times, the disagreeable
situation he was in with respect
to party -- I had Lady Frances Harpurs
Coach & went to the Glovers
at 10 o'Clock. met the Miss Clarkes
there -- Dear Mr. Glover was happy to see
me -- a little after 11 o'Clock
Miss Clarkes & I came home --
Mr. Glover told me that my Uncle
William had been & sat
sometime with him yesterday &
that they had talked much of me.
& in a kind manner



Saturday 10th. December got up before
8 o'Clock -- I wrote an hour before
breakfast. Anna Maria breakfasted
together -- After Breakfast I wrote till
11 then dressed for the day. Anna Maria
came & read to me till 1 o'Clock
in Rousseau Eloise Mrs. Boscawan called for
me we went together to her
Daughter Mrs. Leveson -- who
showed me a new Botanical
Work. saw 3 of her boys -- fine
Children -- Mrs. Newton came in
Mrs. Boscawan left me &
came again for me at ½ past
2. in our way home, she was
so obliging to say she hoped to
see me at her House in the
Country in the Summer &c
she set me down at home, did
not come in, went to Anna Maria
she told me my Uncle Frederick
had called. went to my room &
wrote a little after 3 Mr. Wake
came & sat till past 4. he & I
had a serious conversation & he
left me content & happy with the



promise of my future friendship.
dined at home. after dinner Anna Maria
played on the harpsichord & I
wrote & settled bills & paid
Money. at 6 Anna Maria & Isabella
went out I came to my room
& sat & wrote til 8 o'Clock
had William Benn & asked him
after poor Betty Carr. he
told me something relative to
Mrs. Caldecott &c. at 8
Lady Wake came & we had
a comfortable tête a tête
till near 11 -- I showed her
Manuscripts. read letters
those from Mr. Dewes's &c talked
of dear dear Mrs: Delany.
we had some wine & Water
& toasted bread -- Miss Clarke's
came home at 11. they came up
to us -- Lady Wake went away soon
after 11 o'Clock -- the Miss Clarkes
sat with me ½ an hour &
then we went to bed --



Sunday 11th. January 1784
Mr Vesey called after Church & sat
a little with me -- I was
alone & wrote &read till Miss
Gunning came for me we went
together to Mrs: Walsinghams to
dinner -- met there Dr. Wharton
& Miss Burney -- after dinner talking
of Dr. Young Dr. Wharton read a few
passages in                
When we went up to Coffee Mrs.
Walsingham showed us a Locket in which
was enclosed a piece of King
Williams Coat which was extracted
out of a Wound given by a
Cannon Bullet at the Battle of
the Boyne. which Lord Coninsby got
&c he being by his side at ye time
also a ring 3 rose Diamonds
set straight which was the Great
first Lord Corkes -- this motto
in the inside O prepare. this
Ring -- a Horse & ten pounds &
a rapier being all he set out
in Life with &c &c &c



Miss Gunning went away at 7
Miss Burney soon after tea
I went up with Miss Boyle to
her room & she showed me the
Fan she has painted for Lord
Shannons daughter for her
Marriage -- Mrs. Duff was
there I spoke to her.
Mrs. Walsingham & Miss Boyle were going
to Lady Juliana Penns -- they set
Dr. Wharton & me down at
Mrs Delanys -- where we met
the Duchess Dowager of Portland & Lady
Bute -- we stayed from 8 till
10 -- & passed the time very
pleasantly. heard Lady
Bute & the Duchess talk much
of the Late Queen Caroline
her affectation of Learning
&c. Lady Bute told me that
Lady Suffolk informed her that
the Queens Clothes came only
to 3000 per Annum her Coronation
robes to 6000. &c &c --
how she served Lady Suffolk



about the Jewels -- &c &c
My Servant did not come as
I ordered so I was obliged to
come home with Dr. Warton in a
Hackney Coach. Anna Maria was out I
went in to Isabella -- the Veseys
sent for us I excused myself
& made her go -- had William Benn
in to talk about his Brother coming
Mrs. Leveson had called in
the Evening. I wrote till Isabella came
home we sat & talked till near
12 when Anna Maria Came home she
was obliged to have Mr. Jacksons
Servant because Charles was in liquor

Monday 12th. -- Mrs. Delany
sent the Duchesss Coach for me at 11
o'Clock. I called in my way to
her house upon -- my Uncle William
for he had called when I was dressing
& I could not see him. he came
down to me & stood & talked with
me sometime. gave me a note
he had written to speak to the Duchess
about the Vase &c &c -- He told me Mr.
Graham was with him & that he was



going to the House of Commons with
him to hear the debates -- I then
went to Mrs. Delany -- found her
charming well -- I answered a
letter for her to Mr. Dewes, which
occasioned us much mirth as
I took the liberty to answer it
in a very saucy manner.
I ask Mrs: Delany the private
character of Lord Bute which
she gave me -- she spoke
much of Lady Bute and
drew a most favourable
picture of her Mind and
character. I looked over
shells &c. a Mrs. & Miss
Beckingham came in, I
left there. came home in the
Duchess Coach at at 2 o'Clock -- found
Mrs- & Miss Hamilton waiting
for me Mrs Hamilton came to tell
me my Cousin Charles Cathcarts
Conduct in the ...    Indias. of the
credit he had gained &c, I
ask her to leave Miss Hamilton to spend
the day with us & she consented.
she went away at 3. Miss



Hamilton & Sorted Shells before dinner
Mr & Mrs. & Miss Glover & Mrs.
Lenton came to dine with us
we dined at 4 & remained the
whole Evening in the Dining Room.
it was spent cheerfully --
Miss Anna Clarke played -- Miss
Hamilton played & sang several
songs. I read Bas Bleu --
Anna Maria read anecdotes from
my Manuscripts -- & we
sorted shells this filled
up our Evening Mr. Vesey called
in for a few Minutes --
at ½ past 9 we supped -- a
little after 10 Miss Hamilton Mrs.
Lenton & Miss Glover went home
Mr & Mrs. Glover stayed till
past 11. we stayed chatting
for ¼ of an hour & then
went to bed/wrote to Lord Napier

Tuesday 13th: January 1784 Miss Gunning
called & sat ½ an hour -- I wrote notes &c
to put Miss Burney & Mrs. Carter off from going
to the Air Balloon -- Lady Wake called & Mr
Wake -- but they did not come in as I was
dressing -- Mr Gumbleton of Ireland



came at 3 & stayed ½ an hour -- he
brought me Compliments from his
Wife who was a Miss Hamilton
of Bath &c. at ½ past 4 had
Lady Wakes Coach -- went to Mrs.
Walsinghams to dinner me
there. my Uncle Sir William Hamilton
Sir Joshua Reynolds Dr. Warton
Mrs. Montagu Mr. Montagu
her nephew. Miss Gregory
Dr. & Miss Burney Mr. Pepys.
a very agreeable dinner, I sat
next to Dr. Warton -- we sat long
after dinner till 8 o'Clock
Sr. William entertained the Company
with anecdotes of the Neapolitan
Court &c -- I left most of the
Company there, had Lady Wakes
Coach & went to Mrs. Boscawans
a little before 9 -- met there 2
Mrs: Burrow's. Mrs. Pepys. Mr. Pepys
came in after) -- Mrs. Buller Mrs
Leveson. conversation upon the
Merits & demerits of Mrs. Siddons
&c. Mrs. Leveson & I stayed after
the rest she Brought me home
near 11 o'Clock -- I sat a little with
Miss Clarkes before I went to Bed.



Wednesday 14th January 1783 -- My
Uncle Frederick for ½ an hour
the Duchess of Portland sent her
Coach for me
called at Lady Wakes left a Note
for her -- Mr. Wake came to the Door
I gave it to him -- went to the Duchess
was with her from ½ past 1 o'Clock
till past 4. we arranged a Cabinet
of Agates &c &c. I had her Coach
& went to Lady Wakes

only stopped at the Door to ask
if she would go to my Uncles on
Friday William came down to me -- came
home dined with Miss Clarkes & sat
the whole Evening I sorted shells -- Anna Maria
read in Rousseau Eloisa went to bed at
12. Lady & Mr Wake called when
I was out

Thursday 15th. January 1784 dressed for
all day Mrs. Carter called but I did
not see her as I was dressing so she
made her visit to Miss Clarkes



at 1 had the Duchess Dowager Portlands Coach
went to Mrs. Delany only for a few
Minutes saw her well -- Mr.
Bryant came in as I was
coming away. went to Miss
Tryon stayed ¼ of an hour found
her better but looking very ill
went to the Duchess of Portlands My
Uncle William came at the same
time. she showed him many
of her fine Thing's. he stayed
till ½ past 3. they talked
over & settled the affair of the
Vase. he left her the Augustan
Mosaic Ring -- the Hercules.
I stayed till past 4. she told
me of Mr. Blose & Mrs. Port last letter
to Mrs. Delany I had her coach went
to Lady Wake see Errata of last
page -- called for Mrs. Carter
at Sir -- Middletons -- went
together to the Veseys a large
meeting. my Uncle Sir William
came there Miss Clarkes there
they & I & Mr. Cambridge stayed
Supper -- we came home ½ past
12. Ms. Gunning whom I met this Evening told me
the Prince of Wales whom she saw today at Court sent his
Compliments to me.


Friday 16th January 1784 dressed for all
day. at 1 o'Clock Mrs Boscawan came
to go to see the Vase, but as she found



we were not to go till ½ past 1 1 o'Clock
she went & returned again -- at ½
past one -- Lady Wake Mrs. Carter
Dr Warton the 2 Miss Clarkes. Mrs
Boscowan & myself set out called
for the 2 Miss Gunnings at St. James's
went in Lady Wake & Mrs. Bosawen
Coaches -- I took them to me
Uncle Sir William Hamiltons who
had been so good to allow me to
bring my friends to see the
Vase. Mr. Pepys whom I had
promised also joined us, & a
Mr. Legge a Young Clergyman
was there, my Uncle was very
obliging & showed it them 2 by 2
at the same time gave me the
Jupiter --