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Diary of Mary Hamilton (17 February 1784 - 20 March 1784)

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                             17 February 1784 Continued
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England -- Gundamor took
a violent & active part against
this great & unfortunate
man.
When Gundamor
return'd to Spain -- he
boasted to his mother
that he was ye. cheif
instrumentpromoter in ye. affair
wch.to criminated Rawleigh
& boasted that he
had brought him to ye.
block -- judge of ye. feelings
of Gundamor when his
Mother
told him -- “then
you have been the murderer of your Father.
the second Anecdote was
one Mr. Horace Walpole
had related to me & Mrs. Carter



Mr. Gay ye. Poet, being
one night in ye. gallery of
the Play House he enter'd
into a conversation with
a Lady who set next to
him she was handsome &
he found her conversation
sensible & agreeable. he
liked her so well that
he told her he flatter'd him-
self
their acquaintance
wd. not drop there & desired
permiʃsion to attend her
home -- she consented
provided he would make
a solemn promise -- never
to make enquires who
she was, & never take
notice of her whenever
they might meet by chance



he gave her a faithful
promise -- he attended the
unknown Lady yt. night to her Lodg-
ings
near Liecester fields
& afterwards frequently visited her.
One day as he was croʃsing
a Street he was much
struck with seeing this
Lady in ye. dreʃs of a
Beggar Woman asking alms
of ye. paʃsengers[2] -- he was
going to speak to her when
by a look she gave him
he recollected his promise
& walk'd off. another day
when he went to pay a
Visit to Harley (Lord
Oxford) then Ld. High Treasury
ye. servants desired Mr. Gay
to wait in ye. Anti-Room



as Ld. Oxford had a Lady
wth. him on Busineʃs -- he
did not wait long before
ye. Lady paʃs'd through ye.
Anti Room to go away -- again
he was surprised -- for it
was his female friend
who was dreʃs'd like a Woman
of fashion -- she again gave
him a significant look
to take no notice of her
& he obey'd -- several times
did Mr. Gay meet this
Mysterious Lady in
different disguises -- he
kept up his intrigue wth-
her but never could
penetrate into her secrets
& ye. promise she



had extorted from him
prevented him making
enquiries &c &c. one
Night when Mr. Gay was
in Company at Supper -- I
think, at Sommerset House --
a note was deliver'd to him
ye. contents were to come
immediately to ye. unknown
Lady who was dangerously
ill -- she conjured him to
lose no time for that she
had secrets of importance
to communicate to him.
He went immediately
but to his grief & regret
she was dead before he
got to her Lodgings -- Mr.
Gay
often told this story



& it is an undoubted
fact. he made many
fruitleʃs attempts to
find out who 4 she 5 was 6
after 1 her 2 death 3[3] but did
not succeed -- many People
conjecture she was a spy
in ye. service of the
Ministers of yt. time.
about 10 o'Clock Mrs. Carter
& I took leave of Mrs. Iremonger
we had her Coach home
I set Mrs. C down -- & came home.
found a Note to inform me
Lady Wake was better. & a
Meʃsage from Mrs. Jackson of
Hanover Street to say she had
not been well or wd. have
call'd on me &c &c


found Miʃs Clarke at home
sat with her and wrote in my
Diary till Miʃs A M came
-- we went to our Rooms
½ past 11

Wednesday 18th: Febry. 1784
Dreʃs'd for all day. Lord
Dartrey
s Butler Mr. Hodgson
call'd & desired to speak to me
it was to thank me for hav-
ing
recommeded him to Mr.
Jackson
&c -- (for he is a
Coal Merchant & has time
to carry on his trade though
in Lord D——y's Service --
Ldy. Dartrey sent a meʃsage by
him to invite me in ye. Eveg.
to meet Lady Julianna Penn
&c -- but I was engaged. Miʃs A
M Clarke
was with me the



greatest part of ye. Morning
-- read some paʃsages out of
letters of a desceased friend
of hers. gave me his Character
&c &c. at 4 oClock Sr. Wm. Wakes
Coach came for me -- I went
there to dinner -- I was to have
dined at Sr. Robert Gunnings
but as I was anxious about
Lady Wake I put of going --
Found Lady W. rather better
she was in ye. Drawing but did
not venture to dine below.
therefore I sat at ye. head
of ye. table -- we only set down
4 to dinner -- Mr. Baldwin
Wake
2d. Brother to Sr. Wm. a
Clergyman -- Mr. Wake &
Mr. Catton his Tutor -- (Sr.
Wm.
was at ye. House of
Commons) immediately after
we went up to Lady Wake



& had ye. Wine & desert
brought up -- I left Lady
Wake
before 7. Mrs. Bloʃset
sent her Coach for me went
to her House -- Mrs. Bloʃset
sent for Mrs. Carter sat ½
an hour & then went out
Miʃs Bloʃset Mrs. Carter
Mrs. Iremonger & myself
a pleasant Evening -- tho'
poor Mrs. Carter had one of
her Bad head aches & could
not enter much into conver-
sation.
Politicks was ye.
principle subject & I was
entertain'd to hear Miʃs
Bloʃset
defend her favorite
Chs. Fox. at ½ past 9 Mrs.
Carter
& I went away had Mrs.
B
's Coach. I set Mrs. C. down
& came home -- was engaged



to a Converz[4] Mrs. Veseys but
did not go. found both ye.
Miʃs C-'s at home sat wth-
them till ½ past 11 -- ye.
Veseys
sent over for us
to supper at 11 but we
excused ourselves

Thursday 19th. Febry. 1784
-- Dreʃs'd for ye. day -- had a note
frm. Mr. Wake wch. inform'd me
Lady Wake was worse. Miʃs
A m Clarke
came & read to
me for an hour (whilst my
Hair was dreʃsing) in R --
Eloise[5] we made our Com-
ments
-- sometimes admiring
& sometimes detesting ye.
sentiments. My Uncle
Frederick
came at 1 & staid
till ½ past two -- we were
an hour alone -- he told me
some circumstances of
Mr. Lumley (my Cousin)



intimacy wth. Mrs. Stratford
his eldest daughter -- his having proposed to
marry a Niece of Mrs.
Hamilton
&c. &c. &c. &c.
told me of his 2 Nephews
being confin'd (viz Cols.
Cathcart & Greville) wth.
bad Colds &c -- Mrs. Hamilton
came at 2. & Miʃs Hamilton
Miʃs H. paid a Visit first
to ye. Miʃs Clarkes & then
came to my Room. Mrs. H
read a letter she had recd
of Mrs. Astley -- told me ye.
reasons why she parted wth-
her Sister &c. they left
me at ½ past 2. Mr Wake
came & sat till near ½
past 3 -- he owned that he
thought I was in ye. right



upon ye. Subject of Taste
& yt. it was neceʃsary for
a polished Mind not to
be devoid of it -- he told
me his Mother was but
very indifferent. Miʃs
Clarkes
& I went to Mr
Glover
s to dinner -- had
his Coach -- Only Lord
Napier
besides ourselves
din'd there -- soon after we
got into ye. drawing Room
Lady Wake sent to desire I
wd. come for ¼ of an hour
she sent her Coach tho' she
has a House justnearly opposite
I left ye. Glovers as they
were going to tea -- found
Dear Lady Wake in her Bed-
room,
wth her her 2 daughters



were with her -- Ldy. W. had
paʃs'd a Bad Night but
thought herself better she
had suffer'd from Rheumatic
Pains & Cold. when I
return'd to Mr. Glovers Mr.
Wake
went with me --
Lord Napier was gone
& Mr. Plumtree & Mr-
Vesey
were come -- we
got into a Circle & I
to break through it -- pro
posed
-- playing at dumb-Crambo[6]
Miʃs C's -- Mr. W. Mrs. & Miʃs
G
& myself were of this
Party -- we call'd over ye.
forfiets & laugh'd heartily
Mr. P. went away before
supper -- ye. rest staid at
½ past 11 Miʃs C's & I came



home with Mr. Vesey -- we
immediately went to our
Rooms -- found notes &
Visits

Friday 20th. Feby 1784
Rec'd a better account of Lady
Wake
. dreʃs'd for ye. day --
Col Leland came & sat ½
an hour -- then Mr. Wake
at ½ past, till past two --
a better account of Lady
Wake
-- Mr. Dawson came
staid a few minutes to in-
vite
to spend ye. day at
Lord Dartreys (his fathers)
because it was his Birth
day
-- I could not go because
I expected Company at
home -- My Cousin Ldy F
Harpur
& Mrs. C Hoare
sent their excuses on account
of Colds -- I wrote to Lady



Dartrey
to congratulate her
on her Sons Birth day &
to recommend poor Edward
Maid
to her charity. Miʃs
A M Clarke
came & sat
wth. me ye. remainder of ye.
Morng. din'd at home --
in ye. Afternoon Miʃs C's
went to ye. Veseys -- at ½
past 6 I went & sat in ye.
Drawing Room -- read in Mrs.
Delany
s (manuscript) letters
wch. Mr. Dewes has lent me
till near 8 -- Miʃs Gregory
came & sat with me till
past 10 -- She is Daughter
to ye. late Doct. Gregory of
Edinburg -- who wrote ye.a pretty
work -- “a Fathers Legacy
to his Daughters”[7] -- after his



Death Mrs. Montagu took
this Miʃs G—y under her
protection & she has lived
wth. her ever since
Miʃs G— is upon that sort of footing
that it is to be hoped Mrs.
M.
will enable her always to
support the stile she is in
at present -- Miʃs G. is
good-humour'd & sensible
and is, deservedly I think
esteem'd & liked by all
who know her. we paʃs'd
the timeAfternoon cheerfully -- I
read her two or 3 Manuscript
Poems &c -- she left me
at ¼ past 10 = Miʃs C—'s came
home -- we sup'd in ye. Dr. Room
I continued reading Mrs. D
letters -- for ½ an hour after
Miʃs C's went to their Rooms



I went to bed at 12.

Saturday 21st: Feby. 1784.
Miʃs A. M. C. came & sat wth. me whilst my Hair was dng-
My Uncle Frederick came at
at 1 o'Clock -- told me he had been
at Mr. Wiggens to settle the
Affair for me abt. ye. Rent of
ye. House in James Street -- yt.
he did not find him at home, but
yt. he had given ye. meʃsage to one
one of his People &c. talk'd of my
Uncle Wm. his future intentions
&c -- told me my Cousin Coll.
Cathcart
was better -- he had
been to see him. Mr. Wake
came at 2 & my Uncle soon
went. Mr. Wake stay'd ½ hour
hour -- told me that he met
Abbé Grant yesterday at
Lord Dartrey's -- who gave him
an account of Ganganellis death
who was secretly poison'd by
ye. Jesuits -- who artfully



contrived to have poison
put in his Chocolate -- this
worthy Pope was many
Months dying -- the perpetra-
tors
of ye. horrid deed were
never discoverd so as to
suffer for ye. crime.
Abbé Grant is a very
Old Man -- a Scotchman by
Birth -- he wentfled to Rome
wth. ye. Pretender[8] -- he
came to England wth. an
idea of ending his days
in it. but he finds ye.
Climate will not suit him.
After Mr. W. left me I
read Mrs. D:'y's letters & made
Extracts from them --
din'd at home -- Miʃs C's
went at ½ past 5 to ye.
Play to see Mrs. Siddons.



I continued below reading
the Letters -- till ½ past
7 when Lady Wake sent her
Coach for me -- went to Sr-
Wm. Wake
s -- found Lady Wake in
ye. Drawing Room -- poorly, tho'
better -- Sr- Wm. was at home but
went to Stapletons Club -- Charlotte
was in Bed wth. a bad Cold --
Miʃs Wake still lame & looking
Ill -- she soon went to bed --
Mr. Caten went out -- Mr. Wake
Lady Wake & I sat & chatted
together -- till ½ past 9 -- had
Supper upstairs -- Sr. Wm. &
Mr. C -- came to Supper -- I came
away a little after 10 -- as they
were all Invalids -- had Sr.
Wm.
s Coach -- employ'd myself
in writing Extracts till 12
from Mrs. D—y's letters -- Miʃs
Clarkes
came home past 11



-- they had Supper & we sat
together till past 12 -- they had
been much pleased with Mrs.
Siddons
acting (ye. Mourning
Bride[9]) -- Anna Maria play'd
some of Handels Musick, &
we then went to our Rooms
A complete Thaw today -- ye. Frost has
                                                         lasted 8 weeks
                                                         & 2 days[10]

Sunday 22d- Febry.
Sent an Excuse to Mrs. Walsingham for
not dining wth: her -- as Lady Wake
was ill & wish'd me to go to her. recd.
a poor Account of Miʃs Gunning who
is ill again -- A letter from Madme.
Busche
from Hanover. After I
was dreʃs'd sat down to read &
madke Extracts frm. Mrs. D's letters.
Miʃs A M Clarke came & sat an
hour wth. me before I went out
at ½ past 3 Lady Wake sent her
Coach for me, went there. found
her better -- bothut both her Girls
poorly -- saw Sr. Wm. he went to
dine at ye. Speakers -- I din'd



below -- wth. Miʃs Wake -- Mr. Wake
& his Tutor -- immediately after
dinner went up to Lady Wake & we had desart
in ye. Drawing Room -- Mr. W.
& Mr. C— went to their busineʃs
at ½ past 5 -- Mr. Catten --
return'd to us soon -- & Miʃs
W.
Mr. C. & I. (in turn) read
one of Porteous's Sermons
After that read some of
Miltons Minor Poems &c.
at 7 had Lady W's Coach
went to Mrs: Delanys.
found ye. dear old woman in
high beauty -- she was dreʃs'd
in White Sattin & her best
lace Cap for it was her friend
ye. s. Dowg. of Portlands Birth
day
who is 70 years old. met
the s: Mrs. Boscowan -- Mr.
Dewes
-- Mr. Sandford[11] -- Roʃs --
Bishop of Exeter
. Hurd -- Bishop
of Wocester
Mr. & Mrs. Soame Jennings



Miʃs Port -- the conversation very
agreeable & lively -- Mr. Soame
entertain'd us wth. Anecdotes
of ye. Proud Duke of Somerset
-- how Mr. Anthony Henley Lord
Northington
s Brother used
to torment him by mortifying
his vanity -- one instance was
ye. following -- the Duke of
Somerset
charged his servants
never to get out of ye. Way
but for ye. Royal family &
Duke of Norfolk[12] -- he always
travel'd wth. a vast Rieteinue
& in a Coach & 6 -- Mr. Henley who
was once travelling overtook
ye. Duke -- he bid his Servants
call out ye. Duke of Norfolk
-- so ye. old ye. Duke of S— Coach
wth. some difficulty in a narrow
lane gave room -- ye. Duke
with his head out of ye.
window ready to make his



bow -- when Henly satlulted
his Grace by ye Name of
Charles -- wishing him a
good journey. Mr. Henley
& Lord N was a Man of
Wit but a very great
profligate & detestable prin
ciples
-- Lord Northington was
equally vicious -- there was
a 3d. Brother who is still
living he is in ye. Church &
if poʃsible is a worse man than
either of his Brothers &c &c[13]
Lady Wakes Coach came for me
a little after 9. went to Mr. Veseys
met there only ye. 2 Miʃs Clarkes
we staid supper -- we came home
½ past 11 -- went to our rooms

Monday 23d. Febry. 1784 -- Anna
Maria
came to me after I was
dreʃs'd sat some time -- I was very
Busy in notable work ye. whole
day. Mrs. Glover came staid ¼ of



an hour. Lord Napier came &
sat a good while -- told me he
had been at ye. Princes Leveé &c
Miʃs Clarkes went out to dinner.
I was too busy to go out -- din'd
alone. at ½ past 8 went over to
ye. Veseys -- met there. Mrs. Montagu
Miʃs Gregory. Mr. Horace Walpole.
Mr. & Mrs. Iremonger. Mrs. Carter. my
Uncle Wm.. Miʃs Palmer. Lady
Dartrey
. Ducheʃs Dowg. Beaufort. Mrs.
Butler
. Dr. Warren & his son.[14] Mr.
Cambridge Junr.
the Bishop of Chester
& his wife Mrs. Porteous. ye. Bishop of
Landaff St. Asaph -- Shipley. and 2
Foreigner's from Provence a
Chevalier of Malta & a Count I have forgot
their names -- I had a good deal of
Conversation wth. ye. Youngest -- they
seem agreeable men. I spent a
very pleasant Eveg. -- did not come
home till ½ past 11 -- Mrs. Vesey
preʃs'd me to stay Supper after ye.
Company was gone but I wd. not.
Miʃs C—'s were gone to bed --

23d. A letter from my friend
Miʃs L.



3
24th. Febry. 1784 Tuesday.
At ½ past 12 Lady Dartrey
The Bishop of Chester and Mrs
Porteous
& Mr. Dawson call'd
for me -- I was to Chaperon
them to my Uncle Williams to
see ye. Antique Vase. we
went -- I introduced ym. to my
Uncle
-- Lord Guilford &c was
there. I left ym. & went to
Miʃs Gunning in Lady Dartreys
Coach -- she is quite ill again
& has an ague & fever -- this
was her well day -- her Sister
was with her. I could not stay
long as I was affraid Lady
Dartrey
wd. wait for her Coach.
went back to ye. Hotel -- did not
go up -- she & Mr. Dawson soon
came -- Lady D. expreʃs'd much
pleasure in having seen ye. Vase
&c. I set her down at Lady
Wake
's Mr. Dawson came wth. me
& set me down at home but
did not come in. Mr. Iremonger
had call'd. found A Maria busy
in my Room helping to finish
some things I wanted to wear
to day.



-- dreʃs'd -- Mr. Wake call'd I
did not let him in -- had a
Man wth. Lace Ruffles chose
some for Lord Napier. he had
desired me to do so. both ye.
Miʃs Clarkes
came to me before
I went out -- Mrs. Jackson
sent me a Hanif. & Robbins[15]
she had been so good as to make
for me & wch. I put on. abt.
4 my Uncle William came
for me -- we went to Mrs.
Montagu
s in Portman Square
-- he was not well & I think
looks wretchedly. met at
Mrs. M—'s. Ducheʃs Dr. Portland
Mrs. Delany Duke & Ducheʃs of
Buccleugh
. Mr. & Mrs. Lock
Bishop of          Watson & his
wife
Mrs. Walsingham & Le Duc de Chaulnes
-- Miʃs Gregory Mr. Montagu at
home. The Duc de C— had
shew'd us some curious drawings
of Chinese Buildings &
ye. interiour of some of their
Houses -- he has discover'd
ye. method of making ye.
fine colors of ye. Chinese



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when we had seen these
drawings -- ye. s. of P. Mrs.
D:
& the D: & s. B went
away. ye. rest above mention'd
staid dinner. ye. Conversation
was chiefly on Chymistry
& Natural History of the
Earth -- after tea Le Duc de
Chaulnes
-- show'd us some
drawings of his own & of
others of the Egyptian Pyra-
mids
-- Pompey's Pillar -- he
explain'd their structure
&c &c &c. he has been
in Egypt -- My Uncle &
I came away at ½ past 9 --
I set him down at Mr. Legges
went to Mrs. Iremongers
I had been engaged to spend
ye. Eveng. wth. her. but as it
was so late -- call'd to make
my apology as it was to
be a Sober Party. only Mrs.



Carter
& she was just gone.
I went up to Mrs. Iremonger for
a few Minutes -- she wish'd me
to stay -- but I could not keep.
my Uncles Carriage -- came home
undreʃs'd to be comfortable & then sat wth. Miʃs
Clarkes
-- till ½ past 11 --

Wednesday 25th: had Miʃs
Glover
. Lady Stormont --
Mrs. Revely -- Mr. Wake they
each staid some time.
Miʃs Clarke & I din'd tête a
tête -- Anna Maria went out
in ye. morning for all day --
I wrote in my diary she play'd
to me on ye. Harpsiord -- till 7
when Lady J: Penn's Coach came
for me went to her House (in Spring- 
Gardens -- found her wth: upon a Sopha
She had had a fall & hurt her Leg.
-- Lady Charlotte Finch her Sister came
as also Dowgr. Lady Tryconnel --
Lady Caroline Peachy Ldy. Caroline
Egerton
& a Miʃs Lockwood -- Miʃs
Penn
at home -- Miʃs Baker Ldy.
J Penn
Grandaughter who is abt 12
lives wth. Ldy. J. Penn a very



Sensible girl lively & good humour'd
-- but very plain -- it was a
working Party -- sociable but
nothing very bright advanced.
had Ldy. J. Penn's Coach at 10
went to Mrs. Jacksons -- found
her & Mr. J— at Supper staid with ym. till 11 when Anna
Maria
call'd for me. we came
home -- sat a little wth. Miʃs
Clarke
& then went to our
Rooms

Thursday 26th Feby: 1784 --
Lord Napier call'd to tell me
he had succeeded in his
application -- yt. Mr. Pitt &c:
thought his a reasonable
claim. I did not let him
stay long as I had not finishd
dreʃsing -- & was to go out -- at
¼ pas ½ past one oClock.
Anna Maria & I went in
Mr. Veseys Coach -- he was so
obliging to take us to ye. places
we wanted to go to. I was set
down at Miʃs Gunnings who



is ill of a fever -- this was her
well day -- I sat by her bed side
till 4 oClock -- her Siʃter was
also there nursing her wth. real
tenderneʃs -- she had sat up wth.
her last night -- our conversation
turn'd on Education & Mrs: Wals-
ingham
& Miʃs Boyle. at 4
Lady Wakes Coach came for me
went there to dinner it was
Miʃs Wakes Birth day who enters
into ye: 15th. year of her age -- she
looks wretchedly & is I fear in
a decline. none but ye. family
to dinner except Master Dawson & myself -- after dinner we
play'd a pool at Commerce wth. ye.
Young people -- & there came to Tea
Lady Langham & her eldest Daughter.
Mrs. Powis -- the 2 Miʃs Smiths --
Lady Dartrey & Mrs. Carter
Lord Dartrey came in ye. Eveg.
Miʃs A M Clarke came for me at
½ past ten -- she was ask'd to join
us as we were going to Supper --
wch. she did -- Only Lord & Lady Dartrey
of ye. Company staid Supper -- at



½ past 11. we came away. Lord
& Lady Dartrey brought A M & me
home in their Coach. found
Miʃs C— alone sat a little -- & Miʃs
A. M. C.
play'd for ¼ of an hour
on ye. Harpsicord -- we then went
to bed -- ye. Duke of Atholl
call'd when I was out in ye.
Morning

Friday 27th: Feby. 1784. Mr. Fisher
(Preceptor to Prince Edward) came
& sat an hour wth: me -- we talk'd
of ye. Royal family. & of Mr.
Bruyeres
Prince Edwards Govenor
-- his temper &c. of Mr. Hays
Govenor to ye. 3 Young Princes
at Kew. his ignorance &
vulgarity. when Mr. F. was
gone sat down to my drawing
was interrupted at 3 by Mr.
& Mrs: Glovers coming for me
I went with them & spent ye.
whole day -- a Mrs. Smith a
terribly affected Woman with



Studdied Phrases & hard
words came in for a ¼ of an
hour. & good amiable Mrs.
Vesey
for ½ an hour after
she went. ye. whole Eveg.
paʃs'd -- in Mrs. G.. Miʃs G &
Mrs. Lenton working & I &
Mr. Glover conversing -- Mr.
G.
was in charming spirits --
he told me some curious law
Anecdotes -- of Wills &c &c
abt. 11 Miʃs Clarkes call'd
for me they had been to a
Party -- we came home --
Miʃs A M Clarke play'd a
leʃson of Vento's & two or 3
little Songs to me -- we went
to bed abt. 12 o'Clock.
Recd. a good account of Miʃs
Gunning





Saturday 28th. Febry. 1784
at 10 o'Clock Mrs: Carter came
to Breakfast wth: me we had
a comfortable tête à tête of
above two hours. When she
left me I had my little God-
Daughter
Mary Jackson for
some time & wrote notes &c.
Lady Stormont came & sat
near an hour -- told me Lady
F Harpur
(our Cousin) was
better -- & related to me a
Conversation that had paʃs'd
at our Aunts Lady Warwicks
between our Uncle Frederick &
Genl: Clarke a few days ago --
I was concern'd to find it had
been carried to her as it
will occasion a Coolneʃs. &c &c
she saw little Mary & was much
pleased wth. her. told me
Lady Aylesford was yesterday brought
to bed of a Son.[18] when she



left me I went to dreʃs -- Lord Napier
call'd but as I was dreʃsing did
not stay. Mr. Vesey came at
2 & offer'd to take me out if
I wanted to make visits. Miʃs
Clarke
& I went out with
him -- I only call'd at Mrs.
Garrick
s at ye. Adelphi to
enquire after her & Miʃs H.
More
-- they are to come to town
to day -- left my Name.
Mr. Vesey left meʃsages at
different houses -- ye. Streets in
ye City were lin'd with People
& ye. Windows crowded with
Spectators -- waiting to see
Mr. Pitt paʃs &c.[19] I came
home quite tired wth. ye. Jumble
din'd at home at A Marias request
she had her friends Mr. & Mrs.
Harris
to dine wth. her & a
fine little Boy of theirs
abt 4



Years old. I sat wth. them till
½ past 7 -- had tea in my
own Room & amused my-
self
with Reading in Mrs.
Delany
s Manuscript letters
& transcribing paʃsages
Mr. Dewes call'd upon me
this Morning but did not
come in as lady Stormont
was with me. I sat reading
& writing till 11 & was going down
to Miʃs Clarkes when Lord Napier
came -- I had sent him word I
was to be at home ye. whole Eveng.
as I wanted to tell him what
Lady Stor: had inform'd me of in
ye. Morng. -- he had been at ye.
play & tho' it was so late came
as soon as he his Servt. gave him
my note -- I scolded ------ him
for coming at so unreasonable
an hour -- however he sat wth.



with me till 12 o'Clock & had
some Bread & Cheese & wine &
water -- I told him all I had
heard & he agree'd in thinking
my Uncle had better have
been more discreet &c &c
-- as soon as he left me
went to bed -- Miʃs C— were
Retired to their Rooms --

Sunday 29th: Febry- 1784 --
Miʃs A C. went to Church -- I
read prayers in my own room --
dreʃs'd for ye. day. Mr. Wake
came -- had not sat long before
Miʃs H: More came he went
away -- she staid ½ an hour --
& we were mutually glad to
see each other -- at 3 Lady Wake
came & sat ½ an hour -- told me
that she had consulted Sr.
John Elliot
ye. Physician about



Miʃs Wake & that he gave her
hopes he should get ye. better of her
complaints. Lady W was out
of Spirits for she was both un-
happy
about Marianne & un-
easy
abt. Sr. Wm. who went this
Morng. to Eʃsex -- it was a
Cold East Wind & he meant to
sleep there &c. I din'd at
home & alone, made a hasty
meal & amused myself in
reading & transcribing Mrs.
Delany
s letters. I sat below
till I went out Anna Maria
& Miʃs Glover walk'd to our
House to fetch a letter after
dinner -- they staid with me
a ¼ of an hour. at 7 ye. s.
Dowr. of Portland
s Coach came
for me went to Mrs. Delany
-- she was alone (only Miʃs Port) for
ye. 1st. ¼ of an hour -- I did not
think her well indeed she had



been indisposed two or three days
ago & was blooded -- ye. Ducheʃs
came -- & then Dowgr. Lady
Aylesford
-- much congratulation
paʃs'd on the happy Birth of
Young Lady Aylesfords son --
wch. is great Grandson to ye.
Ducheʃs Dr. of Portland
& Grand-
son
to Lady Aylesford -- it was
pleasing to see & hear how
happy these two good Women
were. Lady Wallingford came,
& Mr. Cole -- he staid only ½ an
hour & came to enquire if
Mrs. Delany had been disturbd
& alarmed by ye. riotous beha-
viour
of ye. Mob last night
Who broke windows &c
this was abt. 1 in ye. Morng.
when Mr: Pitt return'd out of
ye. City -- much conversation
paʃs'd on this Subject -- but I



really am so out of humour
political topics & party
divisions that I have not
patience to write down all I
hear -- I am perfectly indif
ferent
to party & my prayers
& wishes are for “peace & good-
will
among Men -- I had a little
comfortable conversation wth. ye. s &
Mrs: Delany after ye. rest were gone
& had their friendly embrace
& request to see me oftener when
I came away wch. was at ½ past 9
had ye. s.s Coach -- went to Miʃs
Gunning
at St. James's staid only
a few minutes -- found her
amazingly recover'd -- she was
just going to bed -- her Sister
was with her. I then went
to Mr: Glovers where I dismiʃs'd
ye. s.s Coach -- there were only
ye. family & 2 Miʃs Clarkes who
had spent ye. day there. Mr.
Glover
had ye. Gout in his foot



& was nursing it in a Cradle
but he was otherwise very well
& in excellent Spirits -- ye. degree
of Gout he has is not violent &
does him good. I staid an hour
they had sup'd -- but I had some
Bread & Wine &c -- ye. whole
conversation turn'd upon Mr. Pitts
receiving such Honors yesterday
a little past 11 Miʃs C's & I came
home. I went immediately to my
Room

Monday 29th. Febry. 1784|1st March
Mr. Fisher came at 10. to breakfast
Breakfasted below with Miʃs Clarkes
-- he staid chatting & we working
till near 12 -- I gave him my new
watch to carry to Willertons[20] to have
it regulated wch. he was so obliging
to do. I sat on below till ½ past
12 then went to my Breakfast Room
& began drawing -- Mrs. Sakton
came & sat some time, she is
only come to Town for a few day
she talks generally sensibly



4
but she is not much to my
taste -- is I believe a very
good kind of Woman -- is a very
old acquaintance of Lady Dartreys.
I often meet with sensible &
good People whom notwithstanding
I respect them tire me to death --
After she went Lord Napier
came he did not stay long. then
my Uncle Frederick who staid
near two hours. I gave him
in a Cautious manner a hint
of wht. Ldy. S— desired me to tell
him without reservetraint -- I
chose to do this -- as I am an
enemy to family divisions &
always endeavour to put
things in ye. best light -- &c &c
he talk'd of his daughter Mrs.
Stratford
-- of Mr. Lumley -- Mr.
Saville
that is to be &c &c
he had just left me when his Wife
& Daughter came -- Mrs. Hamilton
did not get out of ye. Coach as



She had a Head ache -- Miʃs
Hamilton
stay'd only a few
Minutes -- I drew till 4 -- went
down to Dinner Miʃs Clarke & I
din'd tête a tête -- at 5 went up
to dreʃs -- after I was dreʃs'd wrote
in my diary -- at 7 Mrs. Iremon-
ger
s
Coach came for me went to
her -- only her & Mr: Iremonger
After tea an Old gentleman
came in -- he read a letter he
had recd. from Lady Montagu
wth. an account of her recovery
from a dreadful accident of
having been burnt from her
Cloaths catching fire -- Mr. Pitt
-- ye. Entertainment -- ye. Riot was
talk'd of -- Mr. I & this Gentleman
went down stairs & Mrs. I &
I had an agreeable tête a tête
talk'd of ye. Royal family -- my
quitting it &c &c. at ½ past
10 had Mrs. I— Coach came home



found Miʃs Clarke alone -- sat
with her till near 12 when
Anna Maria came home she had
spent all ye. day wth. Mrs. Jackson her
Sister) -- we chatted till near one
oClock & then went to our Rooms --

Tuesday 2d. March -- Mrs. Carter
call at 11 o'Clock, she sat only a
¼ of an hour -- as I was in
Robe de Chambre & going to
dreʃs -- when she left me went
up to dreʃs -- Betty was doing
my hair when Lord Napier
call'd -- he came for a moment
in my dreʃsing Room -- at ½
past 1 oClockI walk'd as itthe
was Streets were dry -- went
to my Cousin Lady Frances Harpur -- met
Lord Napier who walk'd a little
way with me -- found Lady
Frances
at home sat an hour
with her -- in her dreʃsing Room
wch. is a Large Room -- well furnish'd



in a comfortable manner wth.
Books -& elegancies China -- Japan -- Birds --
Flowers -- Cabinets -- pretty tables
Secretaires -- Trinkets -- a great
variety of things -- yet all
in order. She told me how much
she had suffer'd with the inflama-
tion
in one of her Eyes -- she lookd
poorly & was not well -- Sr. Harry
is confined wth. ye. Gout -- she told me
her Brother Coll. Greville had met
with an accident & sprained his wrist
&c -- when I left her call'd at Genl-
Tryon
s who live in ye. same Street --
Mrs. & Miʃs Tryon were just gone
out -- met Col. Leland we talkd
for some minutes -- Lady Dartrey paʃs'd
me in her Coach -- she stop'd & made
me go on with her to Lady Rothes
we talk'd of Miʃs Wake &c. I did
not go in with her but sat in ye.
Coach near ½ an hour -- I then went
on wth. her a little way & as she was
going to a different part of ye. Town
took leave of her & was set down &



pursued my walk. went to Mrs.
Jackson
of Hanover Street she was
out. then to Mrs. Walkinshaws
a Scottch Cousin of mine -- an old
Woman -- sat ½ an hour with her
she is still confined wth. a fall
she had some months ago -- Lord
Caʃsels
& Mr. Seaton came in
(two Scotch men) -- from her went
to Dowgr. Lady Kings -- staid only
a few minutes. got to Mr. Glovers
at 4 oClock -- din'd there only ye.
family -- after dinner Miʃs Glover
read ye. debates of ye. house of
Commons -- soon after 6 Miʃs
Hamilton
my Cousin came --
she came there before her intended
visit to me. I went home in her
Coach -- sent Miʃs A Clarke to Mr.
Glover
s -- back in ye. Coach found excuses from
Miʃs Smith & Mrs. Jackson for
not coming to me -- therefore I
thought it best when Miʃs H:



came to me to adjourn to Mr.
Glover
s -- as I knew he wd. be
happy to have us -- I endeavour'd
to persuade Miʃs Clarke to go wth.
me but she chose to stay at
home -- Miʃs Hamilton soon came
accompanied by Miʃs Glover
they agree'd to my proposal so
we went without loʃs of time
to Albermarle Street -- we
made ye. Servt. give in other
Names & our little joke
succeeded in putting them
in a fuʃs & occasion'd some
mirth -- after tea we began
to read Macbeth -- Miʃs G—
Miʃs A M Clarke Miʃs H & I
in Turn -- Mrs. Glover Mr. Glover
& Mrs. Lenton Mrs. Glovers Sister
who lives wth. her were our
audience -- we had got to ye.



Scene where ye. Kings Murder
is discover'd when Mr. P.
Cust
(Lord Brownlows Uncle)
came in -- he is a very good
humour'd man & an old
friend of Mr. Glovers -- ye
Book was then laid down
ye. Ladies took up their
Work & we heard ye.
Gentlemen talk Politicks
Miʃs Hamiltons Coach came
before ten oClock -- she set
me & A Maria down at home
-- we found Miʃs Clarke alone
we talk'd -- had our little
Supper -- A Maria play'd on
ye. Harpsicord -- & we went to
our rooms abt. ½ past 11 --
Mr. Wake calld when I was
out in ye- Morning




Wednesday 3d. March 1784
dreʃs'd for ye. day when I got up --
My Uncle Frederick came & sat
some time with me. Miʃs Gun-
ning
& her Sister came -- but as
Miʃs Gunning was not well enough
to come out I went & sat in ye.
Coach wth. her ½ an hour -- as soon
she left me Miʃs Tryon came
(she is ye.Queens oldest Maid of
Honor) a very good sort of
Woman -- we talk'd of Col. & Mrs.
Gardiner
&c. Anna Maria came
to me for a little while at ½ past
4 went to ye. Veseys to dinner
Sr. Joshua Reynolds -- & Miʃs
H More
& Mr. Tuttridge din'd
there -- Mr. T. is one of ye. Kings
Gentlemen Uʃhers -- a good
humour'd Coxcomb -- we did
not leave ye. dinning room till
7. Mr. Horace Walpole came
as soon as we got into ye. Dr.
Room -- Mr. Tuttridge went



away -- I spent an agreeable
afternoon in hearing ye. sen-
sible
Conversation of Mr. H
Walpole
& Miʃs H More &c --
-- there came in Mrs. Shipley
(ye. Bishop of St. Asaphs wife)
& 2 of her daughters -- the 2
youngest
& Miʃs Palmer Niece
to Sr. J: Reynolds -- Mrs. S—
her youngest daughter Sr. J.
R
& Miʃs Palmer went awa[y]
at 9 oClock -- Mr. H. W. Miʃs
H More
. Miʃs Shipley & I
staid till near 11 -- I then
came home. Miʃs Clarkes
had had a Card Party & a
good deal of company they
were all gone when I came home
We had our Bread & Cheese in
ye. Drawing Room chatted over
what we had heard & whom we
had seen & separated abt. 12




Thursday 4th. March 1784
I was not quite well therefore
excused myself from going
wth. Miʃs Clarkes to Breakfast
wth. Mrs. Carter -- when I got up
dreʃs'd for ye. day -- I sat down
to my Drawing -- Mr. Ernst, a
young Man in ye. Kings family,
came & sat an hour wth. me --
he is a modest & sensiblye Man
Mrs. Glover came & he went
away -- Mrs. Hamilton (my
Uncle F. wife came Mrs. G—
left us Mrs. H made me a
long Visit -- talk'd a vast deal
abt. Lord & Lady Stormont &c.
when she went Mrs. Carter came
& sat ½ an hour -- we talk'd
of Mrs. Beauvoir &c. then
A Maria came & sat ½ an hour
she was going to spend ye. day at
Mr. Glovers -- she told me how
agreeably she had paʃs'd 2
hours with Mrs. Carter &c



-- Miʃs Palmer -- neice to
Sr. Joshua Reynolds came at
½ past 3 & staid till 4 --
a lively pretty Young Woman.
-- when she went Wm. Benn
came to know if I had any
visits he cld. pay for me
&c. he wrote for me & went
to excuse me to Mrs. Newton
&c &c. I din'd at home
only Miʃs Clarke & me
after dinner she play'd to
me on ye. Harpsicord. till
½ past 5. -- I went to my B. Room
put up my drawing things &c
abt. 6 o'Clock Sr. Robt. Gunnings
Coach came for me -- went to
Miʃs Gunning -- at St. James's
found her father & Sister wth.
her -- they staid till 8 oClock
Sr. Robt. talk'd much of of
the stile of life People of



fashion led in London -- how
much he disliked it -- then
complain'd & found fault
wth. every set of society
for their are various ones
&c &c. I maintained that
it depended upon oneself
for if one had a desire
to be amazed I thought
one might find entertain-
ment
& instruction either
by observation in some
sets or attention to what
was said in others &c &c
he prefer'd ye. stile of
life -- society in general
& manner of ye. French --
of this I am no judge
never having lived in
Paris &c. Sr. Robert
G—
is a polished & agreeable



Man. Miʃs Gunning & I
had a tête à tête from 8 till
10 -- we talk'd of dreʃs of
Youngs Works -- his plays
particularly -- of some fine
People &c -- had Sr. R: Gs
Coach came home -- found
Miʃs C— alone sat wth. her
wrote in my diary.
Several Cards, Visits, Notes
answer'd some of them.
Anna Maria came home abt.
11 -- she play'd for ½ an
hour on ye. Harpsicord to
me -- & we then separated

Friday 5th. March 1784
I was not quite well & got up
late. Lord Dartrey call'd I
did not see him for he cld.
not stay & I was not ready
before I was dreʃs'd Mr. Dewes



& Miʃs Port came -- Anna
Maria
went & sat wth. them till I
was dreʃs'd -- I went down
as soon as I could & they
staid ½ an hour -- Mrs. Delany
call'd for them -- I went down
to ye. Coach to speak to her she
appear'd fatigued wth. having
been out Mrs. Boscowan was
in ye. Coach wth: her -- had
Mrs. Jacksons eldest daughter
for ½ an hour -- she is a
beautiful little girl & very
clever & engaging -- I then
amused myself wth. drawing
till dinner time -- sent an
excuse to Lady Wake not to
dine there -- Miʃs C & I
din'd tête a tête -- I sent a
2d. excuse to Lady Wake not
to go to her in ye. Eveg. for
I thought it better to nurse



myself a little. Mr. Wake came
just after we had din'd to see how
I was -- he staid ½ an hour Miʃs
Glover
came also -- & then Mr.
Wake
Mr. Clarke & Miʃs Glover
went away together. I sat below
& drew ye. whole Eveg. & was alone
till 11 oClock. rec'd a note from
Lady Stormont to inform me
that she met the Prince of
Wales
in the morning who
desired her to tell me that
he hoped I would accompany
her to Carlton House next Wed
to a Ball & supper wch. his R.
Highneʃs
was to give -- I answered
Ldy. S— note & said I wish'd I
could in a handsome way excuse
myself. I have too small a
fortune to enable me to bear
ye. expence of dreʃs -- but in a
quiet moderate way. & I have
no ambition of being in the very
first Circles &c. Miʃs C's
came home at 11 -- Anna Maria
was pleased yt. I had received
ye. honor of being invited
&c. & thought I could not



refuse going as I was to have
so proper a Chaperon -- she play'd
at my request for ½ an hour
& then we went to our Rooms
-- Wm. Benn came in told me
he had -- enquired -- how Mrs.
Schewellenberg
-- Hagerdorn &c
did at ye. Queens House -- that
Mlle. Moula sent word she wd.
soon come to see me --
he had made visits & enquiries
for me at other places[21]




5
6th. March 1784 Saturday.
-- was better got up pretty early &
was dreʃs'd for ye. day -- wrote a
note to my Uncle Wm. to desire
him to call upon me I wanted
to consult him abt. going to
ye. Prince of Wales's. he wrote
me an answer & inform'd me
that he met ye. Prince last
night -- who desired him to come
to me & tell me he hoped I
wd. go to his House Ball &c
My Uncle said provided I
went wth. Lady Stormont he
thought it right for me to go.
at 1 o'Clock Lady Stormont came
-- she brought me ye. Prince of
Wales
card of invitation wch.
had been sent to her House
-- told me that she & Lord
Stormont
were both of opinion
I ought not to refuse. & she
recommended me to her Milliner
to dreʃs me out. desired I wd.
have a Black Velvet Body
&c &c &c. as soon as she
left me (I went & sat in ye.



Coach wth. her as Mr. Vesey was
so obliging to wait to carry me
out) -- I went out wth. Mr.
Vesey
-- call'd at Lady Charlotte
Finch
s -- neither she or Mrs.
Fielding
or Miʃs Finch were
at home -- then went to Miʃs
Gunning
-- just run up to see
her -- her father & Sister were
wth: her she was pretty well
-- then to Lady Frances Harpur
-- she was out -- then to
Madme. Jaqquire Lady St.'s
Milliner -- & told her to call
on me for orders. Mr. Vesey
then set me down at home
Anna Maria came to me for
a ¼ of an hour -- at 3 oClock
Mr. Wake had call'd when I
was out & left me a letter
from my friend Miʃs Litchfield
at 3 o'Clock my Uncle Wm
came & sat ½ an hour with
me -- he told me he should
be at ye. Princes on Wednesday



&c &c -- we talk'd of my Uncle
Frederick
-- he spoke very kindly
of him & handsomely of his
Character &c . when he
left me I wrote to Lady Stormont
to tell her I heard ye Court
did not go into mourning till
Thursday &c &c. & sent it
by Wm. Benn. din'd at home
Anna Maria & I din'd tête
a tête as Miʃs Clarke was
not dreʃs'd -- we chatted till
& I wrote in my diary --
till ½ past 5. Miʃs C then
came to her dinner -- recd. a
letter from Miʃs Thursby of
Abington. I staid below till
I wrote to my friend & sent her
my diary -- we had tea -- a little
after 7 Miʃs Clarkes & I went out
they set me down at Lady Wakes
& went on to their Sister Mrs. Jackson
to a party. I found Lady Wake
wth. her Children. Mr. Catten &
a Youth -- Mr. Drury Wake a nephew



of Sr Wm. W -- a Sailor. I found Lady
Wake
but poorly -- & Marrianne
look'd very ill. I staid wth. them
till ½ past 8 o'Clock -- Lady Wake
approved of my going to ye. Ball &c
Mr. D. W. walk'd acroʃs ye. Street
wth. me to Mr. Glovers.
Mr. Glovers having ye. Gout confin'd
him upstairs in Mrs. Glovers
Room -- there were Mr. & Mrs.
Gladdel
. Mr. & Mrs. Revely
they were at Cards -- at ½ past 9
o'Clock they took theair leave
Mr. Glover approv'd of my going to ye. Ball was in good Spirits
& talk'd to me of paʃs'd times
his connexion with Lord Bute
& various political & other
anecdotes -- it was after 12
before Miʃs Clarkes call'd for
me -- Major Veaitch -- (a good
natured old Irish Gentleman)
was in ye. Coach he had been
at Mr. J—'s & accompanied us
home -- it was too late to ask
him in -- Miʃs C's I soon



went to our Rooms -- Anna
Maria
came to me whilst I
was undreʃsing -- brought me
a little note from Mrs. Jackson
who was pleased wth. my having
received ye. invitation &c &c.

Sunday 7th. March 1784
Madame Jaqquire ye. Millener
came for orders abt. my dreʃs
took home wth. her materials
I had by me to make up &c.
I the dreʃs'd for ye. day.
went down to Miʃs Clarkes sat
wth. them till 2 -- Anna Maria
read to me &c. Miʃs H: More
came she was shown up to my
B Room. I went to her & we
chatted together for ½ an hour
Mrs. Delany & Miʃs Port call'd
Miʃs P. came up & told me her
good Aunt
just call'd as she
was going an Airing -- Miʃs H.
More
& I went down & sat in
ye. Coach some time. Miʃs More
took her leave & I went with



dear Mrs. D: & her great Neice
we took a turn in Hyde Park
but did not go in ye. Croud --
Mrs. D: was pretty well & in
pretty good spirits -- she too
approved of my going to Carlton
House &c: at 3 oClock she
set me down at Mrs. Walkinshaws
(an old Scotch Cousin of mine)
I was to dine wth. her & knew
she wd. have no objection to my
coming early -- Lady & Miʃs
Anstruther
were wth. her -- they
soon went -- we conversed together
till 4 o'Clock -- Mrs. Stewart
her Neice.[22] & Miʃs Grant a child
of 12 years old & Lady Margaret
Macdonald
din'd with her us
Lady M. Mac—— gave me ye.
Character of my Cousin Mrs:
Cameron
-- (a Miʃs Hamilton) who
lives in France -- the chief
of ye. Conversation was relative



to Scotch connexions --
Sr Wm. Fordyce ye. Physician
came at tea time -- he told
us that Lady Morton (another
Cousin of mine) had recd. ye.
melancholy intelligence of
the death of her youngest
Son Mr. Halliburton on board
his Ship.[23] he & all ye. Crew
were frost bound & starved
to death -- he was a most
promising Youth. at 8 oClock
Lady Wake sent her Coach for
me went to her & sat ye. Eveg
Sr. Wm. & ye. Young People at
home... at 10 we sup'd at
11 Miʃs A M Clarke came for
me I -- got in ye. Coach &
she went in for a few minutes
Mr. Wake in ye. mean while
came and sat in ye Coach
with me & complaind of
seeing me so seldom in a comfortable



way -- that I found fault
wth. him & never gave him
an opportunity of making
his excuses &c &c. A Maria &
I came home -- sat a little with
Miʃs Clarke. A M. came into
my Room whilst I was undreʃsing
was so obliging to offer me some
black velvet she had by her
to save me buying some for
my ball dreʃs &c --
Lady C Finch -- Mr. Wake -- Mrs. Jackson
Lady Weymouth & Miʃs Thynnes
had call'd when I was out
in ye. Morning

Monday 8th. March. Siscotti
ye. Stay Maker came before
Breakfast & took measure
of me for a pr. of Corsets.
I went down & breakfasted
wth. Miʃs Clarkes en Robe
de Chambre -- Mr. Vesey came
in whilst we were at B: &
caught me so dreʃs'd & my
Hair all abt. my Ears --



-- I left ym. dreʃs'd for ye. day
-- A Maria walk'd to her
Sisters Mrs. J— when she
return'd came & told me
she had this Morning in-
noculated
her Youngest
Child
-- whom she has still at
her breast. &c.
At two Mrs. Boscowan call'd
when I was dreʃsing she did
not come in -- but sent me
word if I went to Mrs. Burrows
Party tomorrow she wd. carry
me with her -- this Party is
in ye. Bas Blue stile -- I
was ask'd but am engaged.
to meet Mr. Dewes at Mr.
Glover
s -- at two o'Clock
Lady Frances Harpur came
& sat an hour -- we talk'd of
Lady Stormont. ye. Mr. Grevilles
Politicks -- party violence
&c &c. Lady F: offer'd to
lend me some fine Buckles



for ye. Ball wch. I accepted.
She had not left me long
before Miʃs W. King came who
staid ½ an hour -- gave me
a bad account of her Mother
& sisters health -- said she
wd. send me a Nosegay for
Wednesday. &c
When she left me I scribbled
in my diary -- wrote notes
& memorandums for visits
& enquiries -- after Lady
Morton
-- & Lady Mahon who is
brought to bed &c &c
Went down stairs & sat with A.
Maria
whilst she din'd. Sr. Wm.
& Lady Wake came for me a little
before 5 o'Clock -- we call'd for
Mrs. Carter & then went to Lord
Dartrey
s it was his Birth-day
-- we had at dinner besides us
Mr. Burrows. Mr. Allen & Mr.
Delany
-- two American Gentle
men
-- Mr. Grove -- Ld. & Ldy. Dartrey



Mr. Dawson & his Tutor
Antrobus
-- the men talk'd
only of Politicks -- little
Julia did not come to us
at desert she was confined to her
Room wth. a Scarlet fever.
When we left ye. Men & went
into ye. drawing Room -- after
Lady D. had visited her dear
girl
-- she play'd on ye. Piano-
forté
& sung some sweet
Scotch airs -- wch. she does with
great taste & feeling.x
Mrs. Saxton Mrs. Burrows
Mrs. A Burrows & their Neice
Miʃs Smith came to tea
& staid till ten -- ye. Gentle
men
went into ye. second
Drawing Room & play'd at
Cards. Sr. Wm. Wake went
at 8 to ye H of Commons &
Lady Wake went away for an
hour to see her Children -- she
came back & Mr. Catton with



to pay a visit to his friend Mr.
Antrobus
-- who poor Young Man
was gone to bed -- he is in a
declining state of health --
Mr. Smith came in to us for
a little time & then join'd ye.
Whist party. ye. conversation
amongst us Women was tolera-
bly
agreeable -- nothing very
bright said -- at 10 there
remained in our Room only
Lady Dartrey -- Wake. Mr. Dawson
& Mr. Catten & me -- we wd. not
go down to Supper but had
Sandwichs -- & chatted very
comfortably till past 11 -- Mr.
C.
told us of a poor Object of
Charity -- ye. conversation turn'd
on several objects of distreʃs
&c &c. Lady Wake brought me
home. Miʃs C's were out I
wrote in my diary & then went
to my Room.. Anna Maria
came to me when she came home
& chatted towth me after I was
in Bed.



6
Tuesday 9th- March 1784
Betty's Sister Mrs. Harman
came at 10 -- to paper and put
my Hair in order -- Lord
Dartrey
came & sat ½ an
hour wth. me whilst I was
under her hands -- he
brought me a present of
some beautiful artificial
Roses to wear as a Bouquet
-- Madame Jaqquire ye.
Milliner -- she brought
my Cap &c. after my
Hair was dreʃs'd I went &
sat wth. A Maria whilst she
was dreʃsing -- she recd. a letter
from her Italian friend[24] who
spoke very highly of my
Uncle William. Lord Napier
came & sat ½ an hour wth-
me in my dreʃsing Room --
AfterThen he left me I dreʃs'd
& gave meʃsages to Wm. Benn



& wrote notes &c. a little
before 5 my Uncle William
came for me went with him
to dine at Lord Stormont's
-- met Coll. Cathcart. Mr.
Greville
. Lord Napier --
-- after Dinner before ye.
Gentlemen join'd us -- Lady --
S—
took me into her pretty
Boudoir -- shew'd me her drawings
&c -- &c. had Jaqquire who
brought some of my things
to shew Lady Stormont -- she
gave some orders for me abt.
them -- we talk'd abt. our Uncle
Frederick
-- Lady S was warm
upon ye. Subject -- I endeavour'd
to reconcile matters --
the G: came up to Coffee ye.
conversation was lively &
pleasant -- at 8 Ldy. S. went
to Lady F Harpur & I came
away wth. my Uncle William



we talk'd of ye. Prince of
Wales
-- My uncle told me
he heard he meant to endea-
vour
to go to Paris &c &c.
I set my Uncle down at
Mr. Legges -- & went on to
Mr. Glovers as I was to
meet Mr. Dewes there by
appointment -- found him
Mr. & Mrs. & Miʃs Glover at
tea. he staid abt. an an
hour after I came -- Mr.
Glover
was pleased with
the new acquaintance I
had introduced to him
-- I staid till near 11. Mr.
Glover
gave me a description
of many places he had seen
in Scotland. Mrs. Vesey
& Miʃs A M Clarke call'd
for me -- went home. &
soon went to bed.
Ldy. F Harpur sent me her buckles



Wednesday 10th- March 1784
The Morning paʃs'd in writing
Notes -- cleaning my diamonds
sorting my things -- having
my dreʃs'd tried on &c
&c -- recd. some fine
flowers from Miʃs King &
Lady Dartrey. din'd soon
after 3 tête à tête with
Miʃs Clarke. at 5 went up
to dreʃs -- Mrs. Harman dreʃs'd
my hair -- Mrs. Glover Anna
Maria
& Miʃs Glover came
& sat with me whilst I
was dreʃsing -- after my hair
was done -- I went into ye.
Drawing Room -- & finish'd
my dreʃsing -- Madame
Jaqquire
& one of her Women
Mrs. Harman & Betty all
attended my toilette
Mrs. Beet Lady Wakes Woman
came to see me dreʃs to
carry an account to Lady Wake



as she cld. not come. at length
ye. important task was fin-
ish'd
to ye. satisfaction of my
civil attendants. Mr. & Mrs.
Vesey
Mrs. & Miʃs Glover & ye.
2 Miʃs Clarkes
came & sat
wth. me till 9 o'Clock -- when ye.
Ducheʃs Dowr. of Portlands Coach
came for me went to Mrs. Delany
met there ye. Ducheʃs -- Mrs.
Walsingham
-- Lady Wallingford
Mr. Dewes Mr. Barnard Dewes
& Mrs. Dewes -- Wife to Mr.
John Dewes
-- a pleasing pretty
looking woman. a little after
10 Lady Stormont came for me
Miʃs Murray (Lord Stormonts
daughter by his 1st. wife) was
with her we went to Careleton
House -- saw ye. Prince soon after
we got into ye. 2d. Room his
R. H
was very gracious
& expreʃs'd great pleasure
in seeing me -- had two



long conversations wth. him
afterwards duringin the
course of ye. Eveg. in ye.
old friendly stile -- there
were between 5 & 600 people
no distinction of party as
there were both the ins &
ye. outs -- peoplemost of The ladies
were dreʃs'd with taste & elegance & every
body appear'd to have new
Clothes for ye. occasion --
all ye. Young People & all
those who did not chuse
to be thought old -- were
decorated en Habit de
Bal -- great variety &
no set form of dreʃs.
The Prince came & ask'd Lady
Stormont
to dance -- she excused
herself as she is with Child --
he began ye. Ball by dancing
down ye. 1st. Country dance



wth. Lady Charlotte Bertie
-- daughter to ye. late Duke of
Ancaster
. he then left
off dancing as he had not
been well -- I amused
myself in talking to a
variety of people -- it was
so crouded I would not dance
I walked from room to room
My Uncle Wm. & a great
Number of my Relations
were there -- abt. 2 I went
& sat in ye. Ball room --
Lady Stormont went home --
& I remain'd under ye.
protection of Lady Weymouth
-- I should have gone down
to Supper wth. Lady C Finch
but ye. Prince sent for
her to sup at his table
wch. was in ye. Dining Room
some other rooms on this floor
werehad also tables for supper



Abt. 2 -- ye. Prince came into
ye. Ball Room danced a
Minuet wth. Ldy. C. Bertie
he dances very finely.
there were 4 or 5 other
Minuets dancd -- but without
ceremony or precision as
to Rank -- ye. s. of Rutland
-- Lady Augusta Campell --
Miʃs Erskine &c -- it was
abt. ½ past 2 when we
got to Supper I went to
ye. Lower Rooms -- every
thing handsome & proper
& well attended --
The Pages were all dreʃs'd
in an uniform wch. was a
very dark color'd Cloath --
trim'd handsomely wth-
Gold Lace -- ye. footmen &c
who waited at ye. tables --
in ye. Royal Livery more
trim'd & new



In short it was a fine
entertainment & as well
conducted as poʃsible for
so pr great a Number of
People -- The Prince's
attentions were properly
divided
. & nothing in my
opinion could be more
proper -- more gracious
more like a gentleman
& a Prince than his
behaviour -- what a pity
that one who know so
well how to do what is right
ever fails of doing so!

as soon as we came out
of ye. Supper Rooms -- I being
very prudent
. got Mr. Digby
to conduct me to my Chair
& came home abt. ¼ before
4. I hear Carlton House was
not clear'd before 9 in ye. Morning.



Thursday March 11th. 1784
Anna Maria came at 11 &
sat by my bed Side to hear
an account of ye. Ball -- I
then got up & dreʃs'd for ye.
day -- Mrs. Glover -- My Uncle
Frederick
-- little Mary
Jackson
& Miʃs Glover in
ye. Course of ye. Morning.
My Old Maid Goodyar Call'd
but I could not see her as
I had Company. at 4 Sir
Wm. Wake
as did Mr. Wake
& Mrs. Mansell of Cosgrove
but I did not either him or
her as I was dreʃsing.
at 4 Sr. Wm. Wake came for
me went wth. him to dinner
only ye. family -- at 7 ye.
s. Dr. of Portland
s Coach came
for me -- went to Mrs. Delanys
met there ye. Ducheʃs. ye. Bishop of
Exerter
-- & Lady F Meadows



-- a little before I came away
went into ye. next Room wth.
ye. s. to look at a Picture
Opie had brought Mrs.
D.
to look at -- the Subject
was an Old Woman teaching
some Boys to read -- it has
a good deal of Merit. Opie
is a self taught painter
& has really genius.
a little after 8 Mrs. Iremongers
Coach came for me went there
Mrs. John Pitt (her Sister) &
Miʃs Pitt were with her. they
left us in abt. an hour --
both ye. Mother & daughter
are much to my taste.
Mrs. I. & I had a tête a
tête for ½ an hour Mr.
Iremonger
came in told us
he had been to ye. Royal
Society -- had met my Uncle
William
. there. that this[25]



my Uncle had shewn his fine
Vase to ye. Antiqurian Society
&c &c. at ¼ past 10 had
Mrs. I— Coach came home --
Miʃs C—'s were out had Wm.
Benn
in -- to enquire abt.
his Brother who came out of
ye. Country to us Yesterday to
be our footman -- & our other
Servt. went away. abt. 11 Miʃs
C—
came home we chatted a
little & A Maria play'd a little
on ye. Harpsicord to oblige me
we then went to bed.

Friday March 12th. 1784 --
Recd. & answer'd Notes -- excused
myself to dining at Mrs. Walsinghams
&c &c next Sunday -- dreʃs'd for
ye. day -- Anna Maria came &
talk'd over domestic affairs -- &
other matters -- she poʃseʃses one
ye. best hearts & sweetest temper
I ever met with -- is sensible
& is truly good & amiable.
Madme. Jaquiere came & I paid
her for all the things I had
[on] Wednesday -- my Old maid



                             7 March 12 1784 Cotd
7
Goodyar came & staid above an
hour with me -- told me she was
going France with her Lady Mrs.
Nesbitt
-- that she liked Mr.
Mrs. N—— very much -- they
are people of Large fortune.
She is daughter to Lady Robt.
Manner's
-- Goodyar I beleive
has a great affection for me
she lived wth. me all ye. time
I was at Court & I parted from
her because I could no longer
afford to keep a Servt. in that
Stile
. Mrs. Cole call'd but I
did not see her -- Mrs. Garrick
& Miʃs H More came & staid
½ an hour Mrs. G. is a most
unaffected -- elegant, pleasing
& friendly Woman. Mr. Wake
came after they left me abt
2 oClock -- Mrs. Jackson (of Han
over
Street) came whilst he was
with me -- she staid ½ an hour



Mr.. Wake staid on till near
4. o'Clock -- he described his
great affection for me & high
opinion of me in ye. liveliest
manner -- he intreated ye.
continuance of my friend-
ship
& advice -- nay he even
wept with agony because
he thought I had withdrawn
my regard from him -- I was
forced to aʃsure him I wd.
continue to advise him
as a friend -- gave him some
reproofs & we parted amicably
-- I went down to Miʃs Clarkes
Miʃs Steers a friend of theirs
was going to dine wth. them
Mr. Wake call'd again to to say I
cld. not have Lady Wakes Coach
-- I had a Chair & went to
Dowgr. Lady Kings to dinner
-- Miʃs H More din'd there
& a young Lady who is upon



a Visit in ye. House -- after
Dinner we went into Miʃs
W King
s Room to look at
ye. eldest Miʃs Kings paintings
wch. are very capital --
when we went up to ye. Drawing
Room Miʃs W. King shew'd us
her very beautiful drawings
of Feathers -- Birds &c. &c.
they are painted in Water
Colors on Vellum -- she has
a porte Folio fill'd with
them -- they are undoubtedly
most finely executed.
Mrs. Hodgkinson Banks &
Miʃs Streatfield came in to
tea -- I had a Chair at 8
oClock & came home on
purpose to fill up my diary
to send to my friend Miʃs L
went for ¼ of an hour to
sit with Miʃs Clarkes Mr.
Vesey
& Miʃs Steers with
them -- I then went to my



Breakfast Room -- & wrote
till 10 -- Lord Napier came
in & sat wth. me chatting
till near 12 -- he had a
Sandwich & wine & Water
-- when he went Anna Maria
came to me for a few minutes
& we went to Bed

[26]
Patience must help to
make that easy which cannot
be altered

                             George Radcliffe
      Graye's Inn Feb 16. 1614

There is a revolting
aʃsurance & bluntness
in quque Quaker's even
in these females of that
sect-[27]

Mrs. Dickenson
Welbeck St:[28] [29]

Saturday 13th. March 1784
got up early -- dreʃs'd for ye.
day -- Anna Maria was so
good to help in ordering &
setting out a smart Break-
fast
in ye. Drawing Room --
atbefore 10 o'Clock Lord Stormont
came. he admired ye. com-
fortable
look of our little
Mansion
. Miʃs H More Mr.
de Luc
& my Uncle Sr. William
was ye. party -- Anna Maria
came to us at 11 o'Clock -- they
staid till ½ past 12 -- the
conversation was interesting
& agreeable



[30]



[31]



-- description of Volcano's
-- the Belles Lettres &c.
Miʃs H More staid till 1 --
Sr. Abraham Hume came
soon after & sat ½ an hour
we talk'd of ye. recent
Marriage[32] & intended
Marriage[33] in the Egerton
family
-- he is a lively
good humour'd Man &
much ye. Gentleman --
Mr: Stanhope -- (not one
of ye. Harringtons[34]) came &
sat a long time -- he is a
singular Character -- not a
young man -- married to a
Daughter
of ye: Late Duke
of Chandos
[35] -- he has a large
fortune -- & has a place at
Court -- by way of having
something to do -- he does me
ye. favor to like me so very
much that he has tormented
me for ye. last 56 years of his



with his civilities -- he is ye.
only person I ever was obliged
to seem rude to -- but he never
wd: take offence -- he is a
tiresome, good creature
for he means extremely
well -- If I was to require it
I make no doubt wd. go to
the furthest end of ye. World
to obligeserve me. when he left
me Anna Maria came & sat
with me till dinner time &
at my request wrote out an
account of my dreʃs ye: Ball
night -- for I could not bring
myself to describe this
parafernalia. Lord Napier
came at 4 o'Clock -- he din'd
with us & staid till 8. we
were very chearfull. Miʃs
A M. Clarke
& I went to Mr.
Glover
s -- Mrs. Glover & Miʃs
Glover
& Mr. W. were in ye.
Dreʃsing Room -- Mr. Devaynes



was also there -- but soon
went away -- Mr. Wake
gave me a Packet he had
just got for me from
my friend -- I had not
leisure to read it before
I was obliged to send my
letter & Diary to ye. post.
Mr. Wake read to us a
description of Carelton
House wch. I was going to
enclose in my letter as
it is a very exact account
of ye. House -- a little allow
ance
to be made for ye.
flowerery language of
a Newspapers.



[36]



8
Saturday 13th. March 1784
Mr. Wake told me that our
poor man (Edward Maid) had
been to Lady Wakes for his
Saturday meal & had told their
Servts. his Wife was yesterday
brought to bed of Twins -- Mrs.
Glover
wth. her usual benevolence
immediately gave Anna Maria
& me ½ a Crown -- Mr. Wake ye.
Same & Miʃs Glover ye. same --
Mrs. Glover got some linnen
& cut out things for ye. poor
Children -- A Maria Mrs. Glover
Miʃs Glover & I set to work
& work'd hard all ye. Eveg. --
Mrs. Lenton gave us a large
Peice of flannel to make
Blankets for ye. Children. we
soon went down to Mr. Glover
sat & chatted & work'd & had
Supper -- Mr. Wake staid on --
Mr. Glover was in good spirits
but his Eyes look'd very indiffer-
ent
-- his gout is gone. at
¼ past 11 A M & I came home
Miʃs C. was gone to bed. we went to our Rooms



Sunday 14 March 1784
found a long incomprehensive Note
from Mr. Stanhope wth. some franks
he had been so obliging to procure
for me -- read over my dear friends
letter before I went to bed &c &c.

Sunday March 14th. 1784
A Maria came to me before I was
up & took leave of me for ye. whole
day -- I could not go to Church
therefore read ye. Service of ye.
day &c. at 11 dreʃs'd -- at began
a letter to Madme. Busche -- at
1 oClock Mr. Dewes came & sat
sometime -- he gave me his
sentiments ofn ye. conduct & be-
haviour
of ye. Ladies of The high
ton
-- he spoke of such with ye.
censure they merit --
When Lady Wake call'd for me
at 2 o'Clock -- her daughters were
wth. her we set ym. down at home
& took up Sr. Wm. whom we left
at Stapletons -- we went to
visit Mrs. Garrick & Miʃs More
they were out -- I call'd upon the



Mrs. Adam's -- & Mrs. Turton -- they
were likewise out. Lady Wake
& I then went to visit Miʃs
Isabella Gunning
-- she was also
out -- Lady W. was so good to
carry me to ye. Kings Mewse
I went to enquire after my
Cousin Coll. Greville who is ill
the Servt. told me he was better
left a note at my Uncle Williams I then went home wth. Lady
Wake
-- din'd there -- Sr. Wm.
came home to dinner -- only
the family -- when we came up
after dinner Lady Wake read to
her 2 daughters & me one of
Porteous's Sermons on the
Religious friendships -- a well
written & interesting discourse.
Sr. Wm. &c came up to tea -- at 7
Sr. Wm. went out & Miʃs Wake
repeated Miltons Prayer or
rather Adams in his Paradise
Lost...[37] Mr. Wake's behaviour
was very proper -- &c. at ¼
past 8 my Uncle William sent



his Chariot for me, went to Mrs.
Delany
's -- to a little select Concert
of Musick wch. he had promised me.
there was only -- Mrs. Delany --
ye. s. Dowgr. of Portland -- Mr. Dewes --
Mr. Barnard Dewes & Mrs. John
Dewes
. Miʃs Port my Uncle & me.
-- The Musick consisted of some
of Handels finest Songs wch. my
Uncle
had got set in Italy by an
Italian for Trios -- he wish'd to
give ye. Italians a taste for the
compositions of this great Master.
The Man who set them was a poor
Creature who used to compose &
play Trios for Nocturnal
Street Musick. at Naples my Uncle found
he was starving & employ'd him
to give him bread & finding he
had genius set him upon this
task
. My Uncle brought wth.
having told me of these trio's
I was desirous of hearing them
& as I knew it would give Mrs.
Delany
equal pleasure with
myself he was so good to com-



ply
with my request of having
them perform'd at her house.
-- he brought an excellent
Tenor player -- one Broggio
an Italian & Chervetto ye.
fine Violoncello performer --
(Son ye. old Chervetto who
died aged above an 100 last
year -- who play'd then till within a
very short time of his death)
my Uncle play'd the second
Tenor -- I was equally with
ye. rest of ye. company most
highly pleased with the
performers & the Musick
-- the s. was obliged to leave
us at ¼ past 9 -- but we staid
on till near 11 having our
sense of hearing regaled with
this melodious harmony -- I
was so enchanted wth. the song
of. “I know that my Reeddeemer
liveth” that I was going to



desire Sr. Wm. to play it
again -- but looking towards
dear Mrs. Delany I forbore --
who no one ought to aʃsert
that the feelings grow callous
with age -- she is a living
proof to ye. contrary, for she
is 84 years of age, & the
tears were trickling down
her venerable cheeks. Mrs.
D—
has been a capital per-
former
& even now -- (but
she will not endulge her friends)
has a brilliant finger on
ye. harpiscord -- this I know
from her playing a little at
my entreaty at Bullstrode in
Novbr. last. I came away
wth. my Uncle set him down
at his Hotel & then went home
in his Carriage -- Miʃs C's werewas
gone to Bed -- Anna Maria out
I went to my Room -- answer'd
notes I found &c. Mrs. Majen-



die
-- Baroneʃs Kutzleben
& the Miʃs Egertons had
sent -- Mrs. Montagu &
Miʃs Gregory had call'd --
A M. came home -- sat a
¼ of an hour with me -- told
me she had taken leave of
Mr. Harris who is going to
India he sets off tomorrow -- & had sup'd with
her Sister Mrs. Jackson --
she has innoculated her
little Fanny -- we then
went to our Rooms

Monday 15th. March 1784
-- I work'd hard to get ye. things
done for ye. Poor Womans
Children -- Miʃs Glover came
whilst I was dreʃsing -- told me
her Fathers eyes were again bad
&c I promised to go set wth. him
in ye. Eveg. if I did not get a
Ticket for ye. Ancient Music
Sr. Wm. Hamilton had promised



to ask Sr. Watkin Wms. Wynne
for one & I was to go with
ye. s. Dr. of Portland. Anna Maria
came & took leave of me she
was going out for all day.
Lord Dartrey call'd but
would not come in as I was dreʃsing.
Recd. a note from my Uncle
he inform'd me Sr. W. W. W. had giving
away his Ticket, but I that
I should have one for ye. next Concert
he sent me a Locket for a
Bracelet of his Hair wch. he
told me poor Lady Hamilton wore
from ye. moment they were
married[38] -- & that it wd. not
deposit it but in ye. hands of
one whom he knew to have loved
& honor'd her respected her. he
also sent me a little Heart to
wear at my neck belonging to
earings & a ring of ye. same he had
before given me,[39] wch. belonged to
Lady Hamilton. they are a green
stone -- call'd Malachite. I had
only time to send a verbal



meʃsage -- recd. a Note from
Mrs. Baker -- (Lady Harriet
Conyers
Daughter neice to Lady
C. Finch
) to inform me she
was better & wish'd me to
come & set with her some
Eveg.. Mr. Stanhope came
but luckily my Uncle Freder-
ick
came & he shorten'd his
visit -- whilst he was with me
both the Miʃs Gunnings came
& sat ½ an hour -- the Ball at
ye. Princes &c was talk'd over
Miʃs Gunning told me there
was to be Ball at Carleton
House ye. 1st. of April for ye.
Queen
& Princeʃs's. when
they left me my Uncle told
me he was going in a fortnight
for 6 weeks to Ireland --
that he had been to call
on Robt.Coll. Greville his Nephew
& recd. but bad accounts of
him. he left me at 3 --
I wrote a note to ye. Ducheʃs
to tell her I had not got a



ticket -- I wrote a long Note
to Lady Frances Harpur to
enquire after her & her Brother
Coll. Greville -- I din'd alone
at home. after dinner finish'd
my letter to Madame Busche
my Uncle Wm. sent me a
Ticket for ye. Concert at 5 o'Clock
but I return'd it as I did
not think it right to disap-
point
Mr. Glover to whom I
had sent word I wd. go -- I
wrote a Note to my Uncle Wm.
to explain -- & thank him
for ye. Locket &c.
At ½ past 6 Mr. Glovers Coach
came for me whent there
Mrs. G & her Sister soon left us
to go to a Card party. Mr- G's
Eyes were very indifferent but
his spirits soon mended after
I was with him -- after tea
Miʃs Glover -- read aloud to us
3 acts of a Manuscript play of



Mr. Glovers -- Leonidas -- he
wrote great part of it when
he was but 15 years of age
-- this play laid the foundation
for his Epic poem of Leonidas
-- I told Mr. Glover some anecdotes
& among other things an An-
swer
of Lord Stormont to the
Prince of Wales
; on the Ball
Night he was sitting in a Corner
with Lord Loughborough -- his
R: Highneʃs
came up with two
Ladies & as ye. Rooms were so
crowded & seats not easy to be
got he said -- come you shall
set down here & I will turn out
Lord Stormont & Lord Lough:
out -- Lord S— got up & making
a bow to ye. Prince said --
“I hope your Royal Highneʃs
will give us leave to resign.”
this in my opinion was witty
& clever when it is remembered
Lord Stormont lately received his
dismiʃsion with ye. other Ministers



Mrs. we had our Supper. Mrs.
Glover
& Mrs Lenton came home
abt. ½ past 10 -- I came home in
their Coach -- found Notes &c
-- Miʃs Clarkes came in abt. 11
wd. not see me as they had
been wth. Mrs. J: & as I am
not sure of having had ye. Small
Pox were apprehensive of
communicating ye. infection --
I wrote in my diary & went
to bed

MondayTuesday 16th. March 1784 had my
breakfast & dreʃs'd for ye. day.
A Maria wd. not come to me till
she had been out in ye. air.
Before 12 Lady Dartrey came
to take me out with her. whilst
she was with me. Mr. Lightfoot
ye. Ducheʃs Dr. of Portlands Chap-
lain
came & Mrs. Iremonger
as they found I was going out
they did not stay long. I went wth.
amiable Lady Dartrey -- we paid
a Visit to Lady C. finch she was
out. but we saw Miʃs Finch &
staid ½ an hour with her -- then
went to Lady Julianna Penn



found her at home -- she is
still confined wth. ye. hurt in
her Leg -- saw Miʃs Penn &
Miʃs Baker. Monsieur
Neckar
a frenchman -- (Son
to ye. Great Finnancier) came
in. when we were going away
saw in ye. Anti Room a
Person who teaches Miʃs Penn
to play on ye. harpsicord --
Lady Dartrey knew him when
he was a poor boy at ye: foundling
-- he was blind I believe from his
birth -- he sung a song & play'd
to us there was something quite
affecting & interesting in his
appearance -- & it affected
me very much to hear him
sing -- Handels Song in Esther
-- “Beauteous Queen unclose those
Eyes” -- it was singular his
chusing this song. When we got
into ye. Coach Lady Dartrey told
me she had known him when
he was quite a little boy at
ye. foundling -- he was being
blind brought up & having a



good ear -- brought up, by that
excellent charity, to Musick
& was some time Organist
there -- he is Married &
has Children & is a good
& tender husband & father.
he told Lady Dartrey one day
that he was perfectly happy
& was in very good circumstances
the only thing he regretted in
life was being in ignornance
of whom his parents were,
for says he -- it is not that
I form ideas that they are
are in a superior rank of
life -- but perhaps I may
have a Mother living in
distreʃs whom I could support.
-- Lady D. call'd at shops -- &
then set me down at home --
Master Dawson was with us --
he is a great favorite of
mine, & I trust he will
prove a worthy Son ofto his most



Parents.[40] when I came in
I paid a visit to Miʃs Clarke --
in the Parlour -- then went to
my Room & arrang'd a very
fine & beautiful Nosegay
Mrs. Garrick ha sent me -- it
came from her villa at
Hampton. Mrs. Aufrere came
& sat an hour with me -- we
talk'd of ye. late Lady Ham-
ilton
-- Mrs. Aufrere had known
her from Birth & had
lived much with her when
she was at Naples -- she spoke
highly of her & of my Uncle
William
s conduct towards her
&c &c. we talk'd also of dear
Mrs. Glover who is a great friend
of Mr. & Mrs. Aufrere. I wrote
Notes &c before dinner -- A M.
came to me & we went down
together -- Miʃs Clarke also din'd
at home -- after dinner A M
play'd a leʃson of Vento's -- I
wrote in my diary -- & she wrote
to Mr. Harris I added a Paragraph



in her letter to wish him suc-
ceʃs
-- Edward Maid, we had him
in -- ask'd after his Wife & Children
gave him Money &c. Lady Dartrey
was so good to give me ½ a Crown
for him -- as did my Uncle Fredk.
-- had a good account of little
Fanny Jackson. we had just
finish'd tea when Lady Dartrey
came for me -- went with her
to ye. Wakes found ym. drinking
tea en Famille -- they had all
been to Greenwich in ye. Morng..
Marianna look'd better -- we
did not stay long. went to Mrs.
Baker
-- she is much recovered.
Miʃs Julia Conyers her Sister
& Lady Millar & one of ye.
Miʃs Forbes were sitting with
Lady Dartrey staid only a short
time -- I sat till 9 -- saw Mrs.
Baker
s two little boys &c &c
Lady D. sent her Coach for
me I came home sat with
Miʃs Clarkes ye. rest of ye. Eveg.
we chatted & wrote till 11 o'Clock



I wrote a long serious letter to
Miʃs Thursby of Abington -- I
take upon me to advise her as
I feel much interested abt. her
for her late Mothers sake --
A M. play'd a little on ye. harp-
sicord
we separated &
I read in Horrace's works
after I got to my Room &c
&c

Wednesday 17th. March -- Saw A M.
before she went out -- dreʃs'd early
for ye. day -- & sat down to read in
Mrs. Delanys Manuscript letters
& to make extracts -- was not
interrupted but ¼ of an
hour by Mr. Vesey -- My
Uncle Williams Chariot came
for me a ¼ past 5 -- he had
forgot to call & was obliged to
send for me after he got to
Bedford Square -- went there
to dine at My Uncle Fredericks
did not get there before ye.
2d Course was putting on ye.
table -- it was quite a family
party. My Uncle William



Mr. Greville -- Coll. Cathcart &
Lord Napier. before ye. Men
came up after dinner Mrs-
Hamilton
read a letter to me
she had recd. from her eldest
Daughter Mrs. Stratford -- giving
a melancholy account of her
Health -- After Coffee Miʃs
Hamilton
sung & play'd
3 fine Italian Songs -- her
Singing Master Matzente
came after dinner -- my
Uncle William was much
pleased wth. her Stile of
singing & her Voice, said
it was in ye. true Italian
Taste & that even now she is
by far ye. best singer we
had in England -- at least
he had heard none either
in a private or Public
Concert that he liked so
well. a little before 9
I came away with my
Uncle William. Mr. Greville



told me his Brother Coll. G.
was rather better. I set my
Uncle
down at Mrs. Legges
& then came home -- Miʃs
Clarke
was at home but
she went to ye. Veseys -- I
sent my excuse for not
going there & again sat
down to Mrs. Delanys letters
as I fear Mr. Dewes may
wish to have ym. return'd
before I finish them. at
11 A M: came home but
she wd. not come into ye.
room as she had been
wth. Mrs. Jackson & had
seen little Fanny[41] --
recd. Notes from Lady Wake
&c &c went to bed at
½ past 11

Thursday 18th. Match 1784
Had Siscotti to alter my Cosets -- dreʃs'd
for ye. day -- my Hair was just finishd
when Mrs. Carter came -- went down to
her en Robe de Chambre -- she
sat a good while with me. she was



but indifferarent wth. her Head
ache. She had been since I
saw her to spend three days
wth. Dowgr. Lady Spencer at St.
Albans -- told me Lady Spencer
was in an indifferent state
of spirits -- that she could not
eat animal food & cold. not
sleep without Laudanum -- yt.
she exerted herself very
much -- employ'd herself in
acts of benevolence. had
an Hospital under her direc-
tion
&c & was going to repair
ye. house & place wch. are
in want it much to make
ye. House comfortable &c
Mr. Lightfoot came in &
sat a ¼ of an hour -- gave
me a good account of ye. Dr. s.
of Portland
-- promised me
a new found Shell -- viz
a recent small Nautilus
found in ye. River near
Bullstrode. when he & Mrs.
C
left me went up to finish
dreʃsing.



Mr. Dewes call'd to take
leave -- he wd. not come in
as I was dreʃsing -- he goes
out of Town tomorrow.
Just as I had finish'd
decorating Mrs. Delany
& Miʃs Port call'd, the
latter only came in -- she
just came up to tell me
me Mrs- D— was in ye. Coach
I went down to her & sat in ye.
Coach wth. her for some time.
afterwards went for ¼ of an
hour to Miʃs Clarkes --
Mr. Wake came to me &
sat above an hour & ½ --
-- din'd at home wth. Miʃs
Clarke
-- sent an excuse for
not going to Mrs: Strothoffs
aʃsembly. by Miʃs Clarke
who went at ½ past 6 wth.
Mrs. Glover -- work'd hard
for ye. poor Woman till
past 8. then went to ye.
Veseys
-- met there --



The Burrows's -- ye. Pepys --
Miʃs Boon -- Mrs. & Miʃs Orde
Miʃs H. More. Mr. Cambridge &
his Son. Mrs. Buller Lady Dartrey
Mrs. Carter Miʃs Smith -- Mrs
Levenson
-- Dr. & Miʃs Burney
&c &c. An agreeable Eveg.
-- Mr. Langhton & I staid
Supper -- Mr. Langton is one
of my great favorites -- I did
not come home till ½ past 12
-- Miʃs C's were gone to bed
I went immediately to my
Room

Friday 19th. March 17834
A Maria came when I was
dreʃsing to consult abt. our new
Servts. Cloaths &c -- had visits
from my Uncle Frederick --
Mr. Digby (Vice Chamberlain
to ye. Queen) -- Mr. Wake -- each
staid sometime -- A Maria came
& sat ½ an hour with me before
dinner -- at 4 went to Lady
Dartrey
s -- din'd there & met
Mr. Allen. Mr. C Smith -- Mr. Grove



& a Major Irwin -- after dinner
Lady D: & I had some conversation
abt- ye. Wakes -- ye: Gentlemen
came up to Coffee. at 1/ dear
little Julia is quite well again
at ½ past 7 Miʃs Penn -- she
Lady Dartrey Mr. Dawson &
I went for Lady Lady Wake
& we proceeded to Texiers
-- where we were well
amused -- he read a little
piece of 2 Acts call'd Le
Vapoureus or Splenetick
Man -- after this there
were some french & Italian
Girls acted -- a little one
of abt. 8 or ten years old
sustain'd her part admirably
-- I met here Mr. H Walpole
wth. whom I had a good deal of
conversation -- there were



several People I knew &
spoke to -- Mr. North.[42] s. Dr.
of Ancaster
-- Lady Willougby of
Eresby
Lady C Bertie --
the Hobarts -- &c &c Mrs. Powis Miʃs
St. John
. Genl. Conway Lady Ailsbury
Mrs. Damer -- Ducheʃs of Lienster
Mr. Ogilvie &c I did not get
home till 12 o'Clock Lady D: brought
me home -- Miʃs C's were gone to
bed -- I went immediately to my
Room.

Saturday 20th: 1784 -- at 10 oClock
Mr. de Luc came to Breakfast
-- (recd. an excuse from my Uncle
William
) -- Coll. Cathcart & my
Uncle Frederick -- My U— sat ½
an hour after they left me.
A Maria came for ½ an hour.
then had Mrs. Vesey & Lady
Wake
-- went into ye. parlour
to Miʃs C's -- Mrs. Vesey was with
them -- read her Masons Answer
to ye. s. of Devonshires ode on
hope.[43] before I dreʃs'd wrote out
a copy for her -- went to dreʃs

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Notes


 1. This is a continuation of the incomplete entry on the last page of HAM/2/7.
 2. ‘A person who passes by or through a place; a traveller, esp. a traveller on foot’ (OED s.v. passenger n., 3.a. Accessed 14-08-2023).
 3. These numbers denote an intended change in word order such that these lines would read: ‘find out after her death who she was’.
 4. Hamilton appears to have started writing 'Converzatione' here but then changed her mind.
 5. Jean Jacques Rousseau, La Nouvelle Héloïse (1761).
 6. Dumb crambo ‘a game in which one set of players have to guess a word agreed upon by the other set, after being told what word it rhymes with, by acting in dumb show one word after another till they find it’ (OED s.v. crambo n., 1.b. Accessed 27-01-2023).
 7. John Gregory, A Father's Legacy to His Daughters (London, 1774).
 8. This refers to James Francis Edward Stuart, who was offered residence in Rome by Pope Clement XI after a failed attempt to take the British throne in 1715.
 9. Siddons played the role of Zara in William Congreve's The Mourning Bride several times throughout her career. She is depicted in this role in 1784 in a painting by William Hamilton, RA.
 10. These last two lines appear squeezed in at the top of the entry for Sunday 22 February, but have been restored to their logical position at the end of 21 February.
 11. Daniel Sandford was the second of the late Reverend Sandford's sons and Mrs Delany's godson, thus he is the most likely candidate for this.
 12. Either Thomas (1683-1732) or his brother Edward (1686-1777) Howard, 8th and 9th Dukes of Norfolk respectively.
 13. The third of the Henley brothers, Bertie, was indeed a clergyman, but he had died in 1760.
 14. Possibly Frederick Warren (1775-1848) or his younger brother Pelham (1778-1835). The Warrens had eight sons and two daughters.
 15. Alternatively, this word may read 'bobbins', referring to bobbin lace.
 16. This page has been torn out, leaving a stub on which the extreme left margin of the text is still visible. The spacing of the lines of text suggests this may have been the draft of a note. This image therefore shows much of the text of p.29, transcribed later and not duplicated here.
 17. This page has been torn out, leaving a stub with no text, suggesting the verso of the removed page may have been blank. The image therefore shows much of the text of p.26, transcribed above and not duplicated here.
 18. Lord and Lady Aylesford's first child, Heneage Charles Finch, Lord Guernsey, was born on 27 February 1784 and died on 18 July the same year.
 19. On 28 February 1784, William Pitt was granted the Freedom of the City of London and processed from the house of his Brother [Lord Chatham] to the Grocer's Hall to receive the honour. A cartoon by Thomas Rowlandson depicting the crowds Hamilton describes, 'Master Billy's Procession to the Grocer's Hall', can be found in the Royal Collection Trust.
 20. Probably the same Willerton listed in the London Directory as 'Willerton & Green, jewellers to his Majesty', 21 New Bond Street in 1790 (as cited by the British Museum). Robert Willerton and his business partner Charles Green were the victims of a fraud by Henry Griffin, whose trial is recorded in William Jackson's The New and Complete Newgate Calendar; Or Villary Displayed in All Its Branches, vol 6 (1794), p.124.
 21. A blank half page follows the end of this diary entry.
 22. The 'Mrs Stewart' in question was Charlotte Stuart, illegitimate daughter of Charles Edward Stuart (popularly known as Bonnie Prince Charlie), which perhaps explains Hamilton's emphatic underlining.
 23. Hamilton Douglas Haliburton died in command of the barge of HMS Assistance, when caught by a winter storm chasing deserters off of Sandy Hook. A monument erected by his mother was destroyed by the French, but was rediscovered in 1908 and a new memorial was later constructed in 1937.
 24. This must be Chevalier Sagramoso, mentioned in HAM/2/5 pp.22 and 25, HAM/2/12 p.29, HAM/2/14 pp.42 and 69, and HAM/1/4/4/22 p.2.
 25. The word 'month' seems to be missing here.
 26. A note has been inserted with an address written on the verso, which concerns image 87 and image 88. The transcription of the note has been moved here in order to maintain logical reading order.
 27. This section moved here from page 87.
 28. This section moved here from page 88.
 29. The Dickensons lived at Welbeck Street from 1809 until December 1812 at the latest, when Lady Cremorne writes to Mary Hamilton at Devonshire Place (HAM/1/20/246). The pasted-in note must therefore date from the period 1809-1812.
 30. The transcribed text of this note is provided on page 86.
 31. The transcribed text of this note is provided on page 86.
 32. Elizabeth Egerton married Charles Saladin on 19 February 1784
 33. A marriage license for Elizabeth's sister Isabella to Richard Master is dated 12 March 1784, i.e. the previous day, suggesting the marriage took place shortly afterwards.
 34. i.e., the Family of the current Earl of Harrington, Charles Stanhope (1753-1829).
 35. Lady Catherine's father was John Brydges, Marquess of Carnarvon, who predeceased his father James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos (1673-1744). John's brother Henry (1708-1771) became the 2nd Duke. Hamilton has confused the two brothers.
 36. This page is blank.
 37. John Milton, Paradise Lost (London: Samuel Simmons, 1667).
 38. The contents of this note from Sir William Hamilton are recorded in HAM/4/4/14.
 39. See HAM/4/4/3.
 40. In moving to a new page Hamilton seems to have inadvertantly omitted a word here, possibly another 'worthy'.
 41. Fanny Jackson had been inoculated (with smallpox) on 14 March (see p.99 above) and was still potentially contagious.
 42. Probably George Augustus North, though it could also be one of his brothers or the Bishop of Winchester, Brownlow North (cf. HAM/1/1/1/17).
 43. Hamilton also records lending this poem to Lady Dartrey in the diary HAM/2/10.

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England -- Gundamor took
a violent & active part against
this great & unfortunate
man. When Gundamor
returned to Spain -- he
boasted to his mother
that he was the chief
promoter
to criminate Rawleigh
& boasted that he
had brought him to the
block -- judge of the feelings
of Gundamor when his
Mother told him -- “then
you have been the murderer of your Father.
the second Anecdote was
one Mr. Horace Walpole
had related to me & Mrs. Carter



Mr. Gay the Poet, being
one night in the gallery of
the Play House he entered
into a conversation with
a Lady who sat next to
him she was handsome &
he found her conversation
sensible & agreeable. he
liked her so well that
he told her he flattered himself
their acquaintance
would not drop there & desired
permission to attend her
home -- she consented
provided he would make
a solemn promise -- never
to make enquires who
she was, & never take
notice of her whenever
they might meet by chance



he gave her a faithful
promise -- he attended the
unknown Lady that night to her Lodgings
near Leicester fields
& afterwards frequently visited her.
One day as he was crossing
a Street he was much
struck with seeing this
Lady in the dress of a
Beggar Woman asking alms
of the passengers -- he was
going to speak to her when
by a look she gave him
he recollected his promise
& walked off. another day
when he went to pay a
Visit to Harley (Lord
Oxford) then Lord High Treasury
the servants desired Mr. Gay
to wait in the Ante-Room



as Lord Oxford had a Lady
with him on Business -- he
did not wait long before
the Lady passed through the
Ante Room to go away -- again
he was surprised -- for it
was his female friend
who was dressed like a Woman
of fashion -- she again gave
him a significant look
to take no notice of her
& he obeyed -- several times
did Mr. Gay meet this
Mysterious Lady in
different disguises -- he
kept up his intrigue with
her but never could
penetrate into her secrets
& the promise she



had extorted from him
prevented him making
enquiries &c &c. one
Night when Mr. Gay was
in Company at Supper -- I
think, at Sommerset House --
a note was delivered to him
the contents were to come
immediately to the unknown
Lady who was dangerously
ill -- she conjured him to
lose no time for that she
had secrets of importance
to communicate to him.
He went immediately
but to his grief & regret
she was dead before he
got to her Lodgings -- Mr.
Gay often told this story



& it is an undoubted
fact. he made many
fruitless attempts to
find out who 4 she 5 was 6
after 1 her 2 death 3 but did
not succeed -- many People
conjecture she was a spy
in the service of the
Ministers of that time.
about 10 o'Clock Mrs. Carter
& I took leave of Mrs. Iremonger
we had her Coach
I set Mrs. Carter down -- & came home.
found a Note to inform me
Lady Wake was better. & a
Message from Mrs. Jackson of
Hanover Street to say she had
not been well or would have
called on me &c &c


found Miss Clarke at home
sat with her and wrote in my
Diary till Miss Anna Maria came
-- we went to our Rooms
½ past 11

Wednesday 18th: February 1784
Dressed for all day. Lord
Dartreys Butler Mr. Hodgson
called & desired to speak to me
it was to thank me for having
recommended him to Mr.
Jackson &c -- (for he is a
Coal Merchant & has time
to carry on his trade though
in Lord Dartrey's Service --
Lady Dartrey sent a message by
him to invite me in the Evening
to meet Lady Julianna Penn
&c -- but I was engaged. Miss Anna
Maria Clarke was with me the



greatest part of the Morning
-- read some passages out of
letters of a deceased friend
of hers. gave me his Character
&c &c. at 4 o'Clock Sir William Wakes
Coach came for me -- I went
there to dinner -- I was to have
dined at Sir Robert Gunnings
but as I was anxious about
Lady Wake I put off going --
Found Lady Wake rather better
she was in the Drawing but did
not venture to dine below.
therefore I sat at the head
of the table -- we only sat down
4 to dinner -- Mr. Baldwin
Wake 2d. Brother to Sir William a
Clergyman -- Mr. Wake &
Mr. Catton his Tutor -- (Sir
William was at the House of
Commons) immediately after
we went up to Lady Wake



& had the Wine & dessert
brought up -- I left Lady
Wake before 7. Mrs. Blosset
sent her Coach for me went
to her House -- Mrs. Blosset
sent for Mrs. Carter sat ½
an hour & then went out
Miss Blosset Mrs. Carter
Mrs. Iremonger & myself
a pleasant Evening -- though
poor Mrs. Carter had one of
her Bad head aches & could
not enter much into conversation.
Politics was the
principle subject & I was
entertained to hear Miss
Blosset defend her favorite
Charles Fox. at ½ past 9 Mrs.
Carter & I went away had Mrs.
Blosset's Coach. I set Mrs. Carter down
& came home -- was engaged



to Mrs. Veseys but
did not go. found both the
Miss Clarke's at home sat with
them till ½ past 11 -- the
Veseys sent over for us
to supper at 11 but we
excused ourselves

Thursday 19th. February 1784
-- Dressed for the day -- had a note
from Mr. Wake which informed me
Lady Wake was worse. Miss
Anna Maria Clarke came & read to
me for an hour (whilst my
Hair was dressing) in Rousseau --
Eloise we made our Comments
-- sometimes admiring
& sometimes detesting the
sentiments. My Uncle
Frederick came at 1 & stayed
till ½ past two -- we were
an hour alone -- he told me
some circumstances of
Mr. Lumley (my Cousin)



intimacy with Mrs. Stratford
his eldest daughter -- his having proposed to
marry a Niece of Mrs.
Hamilton &c. &c. &c. &c.
told me of his 2 Nephews
being confined (viz Colonels
Cathcart & Greville) with
bad Colds &c -- Mrs. Hamilton
came at 2. & Miss Hamilton
Miss Hamilton paid a Visit first
to the Miss Clarkes & then
came to my Room. Mrs. Hamilton
read a letter she had received
of Mrs. Astley -- told me the
reasons why she parted with
her Sister &c. they left
me at ½ past 2. Mr Wake
came & sat till near ½
past 3 -- he owned that he
thought I was in the right



upon the Subject of Taste
& that it was necessary for
a polished Mind not to
be devoid of it -- he told
me his Mother was but
very indifferent. Miss
Clarkes & I went to Mr
Glovers to dinner -- had
his Coach -- Only Lord
Napier besides ourselves
dined there -- soon after we
got into the drawing Room
Lady Wake sent to desire I
would come for ¼ of an hour
she sent her Coach though she
has a House nearly opposite
I left the Glovers as they
were going to tea -- found
Dear Lady Wake in her Bedroom,
her 2 daughters



were with her -- Lady Wake had
passed a Bad Night but
thought herself better she
had suffered from Rheumatic
Pains & Cold. when I
returned to Mr. Glovers Mr.
Wake went with me --
Lord Napier was gone
& Mr. Plumtree & Mr-
Vesey were come -- we
got into a Circle & I
to break through it -- proposed
-- playing at dumb-Crambo
Miss Clarke's -- Mr. Wake Mrs. & Miss
Glover & myself were of this
Party -- we called over the
forfeits & laughed heartily
Mr. Plumtree went away before
supper -- the rest stayed at
½ past 11 Miss Clarke's & I came



home with Mr. Vesey -- we
immediately went to our
Rooms -- found notes &
Visits

Friday 20th. February 1784
Received a better account of Lady
Wake. dressed for the day --
Colonel Leland came & sat ½
an hour -- then Mr. Wake
at ½ past, till past two --
a better account of Lady
Wake -- Mr. Dawson came
stayed a few minutes to invite
to spend the day at
Lord Dartreys (his fathers)
because it was his Birthday
-- I could not go because
I expected Company at
home -- My Cousin Lady Frances
Harpur & Mrs. Colt Hoare
sent their excuses on account
of Colds -- I wrote to Lady



Dartrey to congratulate her
on her Sons Birth day &
to recommend poor Edward
Maid to her charity. Miss
Anna Maria Clarke came & sat
with me the remainder of the
Morning. dined at home --
in the Afternoon Miss Clarke's
went to the Veseys -- at ½
past 6 I went & sat in the
Drawing Room -- read in Mrs.
Delanys (manuscript) letters
which Mr. Dewes has lent me
till near 8 -- Miss Gregory
came & sat with me till
past 10 -- She is Daughter
to the late Doct. Gregory of
Edinburg -- who wrote a pretty
work -- “a Fathers Legacy
to his Daughters” -- after his



Death Mrs. Montagu took
this Miss Gregory under her
protection & she has lived
with her ever since
Miss Gregory is upon that sort of footing
that it is to be hoped Mrs.
Montagu will enable her always to
support the style she is in
at present -- Miss Gregory is
good-humoured & sensible
and is, deservedly I think
esteemed & liked by all
who know her. we passed
the Afternoon cheerfully -- I
read her two or 3 Manuscript
Poems &c -- she left me
at ¼ past 10 = Miss Clarke's came
home -- we supped in the Drawing Room
I continued reading Mrs. Delany
letters -- for ½ an hour after
Miss Clarke's went to their Rooms



I went to bed at 12.

Saturday 21st: February 1784.
Miss Anna Maria Clarke came & sat with me whilst my Hair was dressing
My Uncle Frederick came at
at 1 o'Clock -- told me he had been
at Mr. Wiggens to settle the
Affair for me about the Rent of
the House in James Street -- that
he did not find him at home, but
that he had given the message to one
one of his People &c. talked of my
Uncle William his future intentions
&c -- told me my Cousin Colonel
Cathcart was better -- he had
been to see him. Mr. Wake
came at 2 & my Uncle soon
went. Mr. Wake stayed ½ hour
hour -- told me that he met
Abbé Grant yesterday at
Lord Dartrey's -- who gave him
an account of Ganganellis death
who was secretly poisoned by
the Jesuits -- who artfully



contrived to have poison
put in his Chocolate -- this
worthy Pope was many
Months dying -- the perpetrators
of the horrid deed were
never discovered so as to
suffer for the crime.
Abbé Grant is a very
Old Man -- a Scotchman by
Birth -- he fled to Rome
with the Pretender -- he
came to England with an
idea of ending his days
in it. but he finds the
Climate will not suit him.
After Mr. Wake left me I
read Mrs. Delany's letters & made
Extracts from them --
dined at home -- Miss Clarke's
went at ½ past 5 to the
Play to see Mrs. Siddons.



I continued below reading
the Letters -- till ½ past
7 when Lady Wake sent her
Coach for me -- went to Sir
William Wakes -- found Lady Wake in
the Drawing Room -- poorly, though
better -- Sir William was at home but
went to Stapletons Club -- Charlotte
was in Bed with a bad Cold --
Miss Wake still lame & looking
Ill -- she soon went to bed --
Mr. Caten went out -- Mr. Wake
Lady Wake & I sat & chatted
together -- till ½ past 9 -- had
Supper upstairs -- Sir William &
Mr. Catton -- came to Supper -- I came
away a little after 10 -- as they
were all Invalids -- had Sir
Williams Coach -- employed myself
in writing Extracts
from Mrs. Delany's letters -- Miss
Clarkes came home past 11



-- they had Supper & we sat
together till past 12 -- they had
been much pleased with Mrs.
Siddons acting (the Mourning
Bride) -- Anna Maria played
some of Handels Music, &
we then went to our Rooms
A complete Thaw today -- the Frost has
                                                         lasted 8 weeks
                                                         & 2 days

Sunday 22d- February
Sent an Excuse to Mrs. Walsingham for
not dining with her -- as Lady Wake
was ill & wished me to go to her. received
a poor Account of Miss Gunning who
is ill again -- A letter from Madme.
Busche from Hanover. After I
was dressed sat down to read &
make Extracts from Mrs. Delany's letters.
Miss Anna Maria Clarke came & sat an
hour with me before I went out
at ½ past 3 Lady Wake sent her
Coach for me, went there. found
her better -- but both her Girls
poorly -- saw Sir William he went to
dine at the Speakers -- I dined



below -- with Miss Wake -- Mr. Wake
& his Tutor -- immediately after
dinner went up to Lady Wake & we had dessert
in the Drawing Room -- Mr. Wake
& Mr. Catton went to their business
at ½ past 5 -- Mr. Catten --
returned to us soon -- & Miss
Wake Mr. Catton & I. (in turn) read
one of Porteous's Sermons
After that read some of
Miltons Minor Poems &c.
at 7 had Lady Wake's Coach
went to Mrs: Delanys.
found the dear old woman in
high beauty -- she was dressed
in White Satin & her best
lace Cap for it was her friend
the Duchess Dowager of Portlands Birthday
who is 70 years old. met
the Duchess Mrs. Boscowan -- Mr.
Dewes -- Mr. Sandford -- Ross --
Bishop of Exeter. Hurd -- Bishop
of Wocester Mr. & Mrs. Soame Jennings



Miss Port -- the conversation very
agreeable & lively -- Mr. Soame
entertained us with Anecdotes
of the Proud Duke of Somerset
-- how Mr. Anthony Henley Lord
Northingtons Brother used
to torment him by mortifying
his vanity -- one instance was
the following -- the Duke of
Somerset charged his servants
never to get out of the Way
but for the Royal family &
Duke of Norfolk -- he always
travelled with a vast Retinue
& in a Coach & 6 -- Mr. Henley who
was once travelling overtook
the Duke -- he bid his Servants
call out the Duke of Norfolk
-- so the the Duke of Somerset Coach
with some difficulty in a narrow
lane gave room -- the Duke
with his head out of the
window ready to make his



bow -- when Henly saluted
his Grace by the Name of
Charles -- wishing him a
good journey. Mr. Henley
was a Man of
Wit but a very great
profligate & detestable principles
-- Lord Northington was
equally vicious -- there was
a 3d. Brother who is still
living he is in the Church &
if possible is a worse man than
either of his Brothers &c &c
Lady Wakes Coach came for me
a little after 9. went to Mr. Veseys
met there only the 2 Miss Clarkes
we stayed supper -- we came home
½ past 11 -- went to our rooms

Monday 23d. February 1784 -- Anna
Maria came to me after I was
dressed sat some time -- I was very
Busy in notable work the whole
day. Mrs. Glover came stayed ¼ of



an hour. Lord Napier came &
sat a good while -- told me he
had been at the Princes Leveé &c
Miss Clarkes went out to dinner.
I was too busy to go out -- dined
alone. at ½ past 8 went over to
the Veseys -- met there. Mrs. Montagu
Miss Gregory. Mr. Horace Walpole.
Mr. & Mrs. Iremonger. Mrs. Carter. my
Uncle William. Miss Palmer. Lady
Dartrey. Duchess Dowager Beaufort. Mrs.
Butler. Dr. Warren & his son. Mr.
Cambridge Junior the Bishop of Chester
& his wife Mrs. Porteous. the Bishop of
St. Asaph -- Shipley. and 2
Foreigner's from Provence a
Chevalier of Malta & a Count I have forgot
their names -- I had a good deal of
Conversation with the Youngest -- they
seem agreeable men. I spent a
very pleasant Evening -- did not come
home till ½ past 11 -- Mrs. Vesey
pressed me to stay Supper after the
Company was gone but I would not.
Miss Clarke's were gone to bed --

23d. A letter from my friend
Miss Litchfield




24th. February 1784 Tuesday.
At ½ past 12 Lady Dartrey
The Bishop of Chester and Mrs
Porteous & Mr. Dawson called
for me -- I was to Chaperone
them to my Uncle Williams to
see the Antique Vase. we
went -- I introduced them to my
Uncle -- Lord Guilford &c was
there. I left them & went to
Miss Gunning in Lady Dartreys
Coach -- she is quite ill again
& has an ague & fever -- this
was her well day -- her Sister
was with her. I could not stay
long as I was afraid Lady
Dartrey would wait for her Coach.
went back to the Hotel -- did not
go up -- she & Mr. Dawson soon
came -- Lady Dartrey expressed much
pleasure in having seen the Vase
&c. I set her down at Lady
Wake's Mr. Dawson came with me
& set me down at home but
did not come in. Mr. Iremonger
had called. found Anna Maria busy
in my Room helping to finish
some things I wanted to wear
to day.



-- dressed -- Mr. Wake called I
did not let him in -- had a
Man with Lace Ruffles chose
some for Lord Napier. he had
desired me to do so. both the
Miss Clarkes came to me before
I went out -- Mrs. Jackson
sent me a Handkerchief & Ribbons
she had been so good as to make
for me & which I put on. about
4 my Uncle William came
for me -- we went to Mrs.
Montagus in Portman Square
-- he was not well & I think
looks wretchedly. met at
Mrs. Montagu's. Duchess Dowager Portland
Mrs. Delany Duke & Duchess of
Buccleugh. Mr. & Mrs. Lock
Bishop          Watson & his
wife Mrs. Walsingham & Le Duc de Chaulnes
-- Miss Gregory Mr. Montagu at
home. The Duc de Chaulnes
showed us some curious drawings
of Chinese Buildings &
the interior of some of their
Houses -- he has discovered
the method of making the
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when we had seen these
drawings -- the Duchess of Portland Mrs.
Delany & the Duke & Duchess Buccleuch went
away. the rest above mentioned
stayed dinner. the Conversation
was chiefly on Chemistry
& Natural History of the
Earth -- after tea Le Duc de
Chaulnes -- showed us some
drawings of his own & of
others of the Egyptian Pyramids
-- Pompey's Pillar -- he
explained their structure
&c &c &c. he has been
in Egypt -- My Uncle &
I came away at ½ past 9 --
I set him down at Mr. Legges
went to Mrs. Iremongers
I had been engaged to spend
the Evening with her. but as it
was so late -- called to make
my apology as it was to
be a Sober Party. only Mrs.



Carter & she was just gone.
I went up to Mrs. Iremonger for
a few Minutes -- she wished me
to stay -- but I could not keep.
my Uncles Carriage -- came home
undressed to be comfortable & then sat with Miss
Clarkes -- till ½ past 11 --

Wednesday 25th: had Miss
Glover. Lady Stormont --
Mrs. Revely -- Mr. Wake they
each stayed some time.
Miss Clarke & I dined tête a
tête -- Anna Maria went out
in the morning for all day --
I wrote in my diary she played
to me on the Harpsichord -- till 7
when Lady Juliana Penn's Coach came
for me went to her House (in Spring- 
Gardens -- found her upon a Sofa
She had had a fall & hurt her Leg.
-- Lady Charlotte Finch her Sister came
as also Dowager Lady Tryconnel --
Lady Caroline Peachy Lady Caroline
Egerton & a Miss Lockwood -- Miss
Penn at home -- Miss Baker Lady
Juliana Penn Granddaughter who is about 12
lives with Lady Juliana Penn a very



Sensible girl lively & good humoured
-- but very plain -- it was a
working Party -- sociable but
nothing very bright advanced.
had Lady Juliana Penn's Coach at 10
went to Mrs. Jacksons -- found
her & Mr. Jackson at Supper stayed with them till 11 when Anna
Maria called for me. we came
home -- sat a little with Miss
Clarke & then went to our
Rooms

Thursday 26th February 1784 --
Lord Napier called to tell me
he had succeeded in his
application -- that Mr. Pitt &c:
thought his a reasonable
claim. I did not let him
stay long as I had not finished
dressing -- & was to go out -- at
½ past one o'Clock.
Anna Maria & I went in
Mr. Veseys Coach -- he was so
obliging to take us to the places
we wanted to go to. I was set
down at Miss Gunnings who



is ill of a fever -- this was her
well day -- I sat by her bed side
till 4 o'Clock -- her Sister was
also there nursing her with real
tenderness -- she sat up with
her last night -- our conversation
turned on Education & Mrs: Walsingham
& Miss Boyle. at 4
Lady Wakes Coach came for me
went there to dinner it was
Miss Wakes Birth day who enters
into the 15th. year of her age -- she
looks wretchedly & is I fear in
a decline. none but the family
to dinner except Master Dawson & myself -- after dinner we
played a pool at Commerce with the
Young people -- & there came to Tea
Lady Langham & her eldest Daughter.
Mrs. Powis -- the 2 Miss Smiths --
Lady Dartrey & Mrs. Carter
Lord Dartrey came in the Evening.
Miss Anna Maria Clarke came for me at
½ past ten -- she was asked to join
us as we were going to Supper --
which she did -- Only Lord & Lady Dartrey
of the Company stayed Supper -- at



½ past 11. we came away. Lord
& Lady Dartrey brought Anna Maria & me
home in their Coach. found
Miss Clarke alone sat a little -- & Miss
Anna Maria Clarke played for ¼ of an hour
on the Harpsichord -- we then went
to bed -- the Duke of Atholl
called when I was out in the
Morning

Friday 27th: February 1784. Mr. Fisher
(Preceptor to Prince Edward) came
& sat an hour with me -- we talked
of the Royal family. & of Mr.
Bruyeres Prince Edwards Governor
-- his temper &c. of Mr. Hays
Governor to the 3 Young Princes
at Kew. his ignorance &
vulgarity. when Mr. Fisher was
gone sat down to my drawing
was interrupted at 3 by Mr.
& Mrs: Glovers coming for me
I went with them & spent the
whole day -- a Mrs. Smith a
terribly affected Woman with



Studied Phrases & hard
words came in for a ¼ of an
hour. & good amiable Mrs.
Vesey for ½ an hour after
she went. the whole Evening
passed -- in Mrs. Glover. Miss Glover &
Mrs. Lenton working & I &
Mr. Glover conversing -- Mr.
Glover was in charming spirits --
he told me some curious law
Anecdotes -- of Wills &c &c
about 11 Miss Clarkes called
for me they had been to a
Party -- we came home --
Miss Anna Maria Clarke played a
lesson of Vento's & two or 3
little Songs to me -- we went
to bed about 12 o'Clock.
Received a good account of Miss
Gunning




Saturday 28th. February 1784
at 10 o'Clock Mrs: Carter came
to Breakfast with me we had
a comfortable tête à tête of
above two hours. When she
left me I had my little God-Daughter
Mary Jackson for
some time & wrote notes &c.
Lady Stormont came & sat
near an hour -- told me Lady
Frances Harpur (our Cousin) was
better -- & related to me a
Conversation that had passed
at our Aunts Lady Warwicks
between our Uncle Frederick &
General Clarke a few days ago --
I was concerned to find it had
been carried to her as it
will occasion a Coolness. &c &c
she saw little Mary & was much
pleased with her. told me
Lady Aylesford was yesterday brought
to bed of a Son. when she



left me I went to dress -- Lord Napier
called but as I was dressing did
not stay. Mr. Vesey came at
2 & offered to take me out if
I wanted to make visits. Miss
Clarke & I went out with
him -- I only called at Mrs.
Garricks at the Adelphi to
enquire after her & Miss Hannah
More -- they are to come to town
to day -- left my Name.
Mr. Vesey left messages at
different houses -- the Streets in
the City were lined with People
& the Windows crowded with
Spectators -- waiting to see
Mr. Pitt pass &c. I came
home quite tired with the Jumble
dined at home at Anna Marias request
she had her friends Mr. & Mrs.
Harris to dine with her & a
fine little Boy of theirs about 4



Years old. I sat with them till
½ past 7 -- had tea in my
own Room & amused myself
with Reading in Mrs.
Delanys Manuscript letters
& transcribing passages
Mr. Dewes called upon me
this Morning but did not
come in as lady Stormont
was with me. I sat reading
& writing till 11 & was going down
to Miss Clarkes when Lord Napier
came -- I had sent him word I
was to be at home the whole Evening
as I wanted to tell what
Lady Stormont had informed me of in
the Morning -- he had been at the
play & though it was so late came
as soon as he his Servant gave him
my note -- I scolded him
for coming at so unreasonable
an hour -- however he sat with



with me till 12 o'Clock & had
some Bread & Cheese & wine &
water -- I told him all I had
heard & he agreed in thinking
my Uncle had better have
been more discreet &c &c
-- as soon as he left me
went to bed -- Miss Clarkes were
Retired to their Rooms --

Sunday 29th: February 1784 --
Miss Anna Clarke went to Church -- I
read prayers in my own room --
dressed for the day. Mr. Wake
came -- had not sat long before
Miss Hannah More came he went
away -- she stayed ½ an hour --
& we were mutually glad to
see each other -- at 3 Lady Wake
came & sat ½ an hour -- told me
that she had consulted Sir
John Elliot the Physician about



Miss Wake & that he gave her
hopes he should get the better of her
complaints. Lady Wake was out
of Spirits for she was both unhappy
about Marianne & uneasy
about Sir William who went this
Morning to Essex -- it was a
Cold East Wind & he meant to
sleep there &c. I dined at
home & alone, made a hasty
meal & amused myself in
reading & transcribing Mrs.
Delanys letters. I sat below
till I went out Anna Maria
& Miss Glover walked to our
House to fetch a letter after
dinner -- they stayed with me
a ¼ of an hour. at 7 the Duchess
Dowager of Portlands Coach came
for me went to Mrs. Delany
-- she was alone (only Miss Port) for
the 1st. ¼ of an hour -- I did not
think her well indeed she had



been indisposed two or three days
ago & was blooded -- the Duchess
came -- & then Dowager Lady
Aylesford -- much congratulation
passed on the happy Birth of
Young Lady Aylesfords son --
which is great Grandson to the
Duchess Dowager of Portland & Grandson
to Lady Aylesford -- it was
pleasing to see & hear how
happy these two good Women
were. Lady Wallingford came,
& Mr. Cole -- he stayed only ½ an
hour & came to enquire if
Mrs. Delany had been disturbed
& alarmed by the riotous behaviour
of the Mob last night
Who broke windows &c
this was about 1 in the Morning
when Mr: Pitt returned out of
the City -- much conversation
passed on this Subject -- but I



really am so out of humour
political topics & party
divisions that I have not
patience to write down all I
hear -- I am perfectly indifferent
to party & my prayers
& wishes are for “peace & goodwill
among Men -- I had a little
comfortable conversation with the Duchess &
Mrs: Delany after the rest were gone
& had their friendly embrace
& request to see me oftener when
I came away which was at ½ past 9
had the Duchesss Coach -- went to Miss
Gunning at St. James's stayed only
a few minutes -- found her
amazingly recovered -- she was
just going to bed -- her Sister
was with her. I then went
to Mr: Glovers where I dismissed
the Duchesss Coach -- there were only
the family & 2 Miss Clarkes who
had spent the day there. Mr.
Glover had the Gout in his foot



& was nursing it in a Cradle
but he was otherwise very well
& in excellent Spirits -- the degree
of Gout he has is not violent &
does him good. I stayed an hour
they had supped -- but I had some
Bread & Wine &c -- the whole
conversation turned upon Mr. Pitts
receiving such Honours yesterday
a little past 11 Miss Clarke's & I came
home. I went immediately to my
Room

Monday 1784|1st March
Mr. Fisher came at 10. to breakfast
Breakfasted below with Miss Clarkes
-- he stayed chatting & we working
till near 12 -- I gave him my new
watch to carry to Willertons to have
it regulated which he was so obliging
to do. I sat on below till ½ past
12 then went to my Breakfast Room
& began drawing -- Mrs. Sakton
came & sat some time, she is
only come to Town for a few day
she talks generally sensibly




but she is not much to my
taste -- is I believe a very
good kind of Woman -- is a very
old acquaintance of Lady Dartreys.
I often meet with sensible &
good People whom notwithstanding
I respect them tire me to death --
After she went Lord Napier
came he did not stay long. then
my Uncle Frederick who stayed
near two hours. I gave him
in a Cautious manner a hint
of what Lady Stormont desired me to tell
him without reserve -- I
chose to do this -- as I am an
enemy to family divisions &
always endeavour to put
things in the best light -- &c &c
he talked of his daughter Mrs.
Stratford -- of Mr. Lumley -- Mr.
Saville
that is to be &c &c
he had just left me when his Wife
& Daughter came -- Mrs. Hamilton
did not get out of the Coach as



She had a Head ache -- Miss
Hamilton stayed only a few
Minutes -- I drew till 4 -- went
down to Dinner Miss Clarke & I
dined tête a tête -- at 5 went up
to dress -- after I was dressed wrote
in my diary -- at 7 Mrs. Iremongers
Coach came for me went to
her -- only her & Mr: Iremonger
After tea an Old gentleman
came in -- he read a letter he
had received from Lady Montagu
with an account of her recovery
from a dreadful accident of
having been burnt from her
Clothes catching fire -- Mr. Pitt
-- the Entertainment -- the Riot was
talked of -- Mr. Iremonger & this Gentleman
went down stairs & Mrs. Iremonger &
I had an agreeable tête a tête
talked of the Royal family -- my
quitting it &c &c. at ½ past
10 had Mrs. Iremonger Coach came home



found Miss Clarke alone -- sat
with her till near 12 when
Anna Maria came home she had
spent all the day with Mrs. Jackson her
Sister) -- we chatted till near one
o'Clock & then went to our Rooms --

Tuesday 2d. March -- Mrs. Carter
call at 11 o'Clock, she sat only a
¼ of an hour -- as I was in
Robe de Chambre & going to
dress -- when she left me went
up to dress -- Betty was doing
my hair when Lord Napier
called -- he came for a moment
in my dressing Room -- at ½
past 1 o'ClockI walked as the
Streets were dry -- went
to my Cousin Lady Frances Harpur -- met
Lord Napier who walked a little
way with me -- found Lady
Frances at home sat an hour
with her -- in her dressing Room
which is a Large Room -- well furnished



in a comfortable manner with
Books & elegancies China -- Japan -- Birds --
Flowers -- Cabinets -- pretty tables
Secretaires -- Trinkets -- a great
variety of things -- yet all
in order. She told me how much
she had suffered with the inflammation
in one of her Eyes -- she looked
poorly & was not well -- Sir Harry
is confined with the Gout -- she told me
her Brother Colonel Greville had met
with an accident & sprained his wrist
&c -- when I left her called at General
Tryons who live in the same Street --
Mrs. & Miss Tryon were just gone
out -- met Colonel Leland we talked
for some minutes -- Lady Dartrey passed
me in her Coach -- she stopp'd & made
me go on with her to Lady Rothes
we talked of Miss Wake &c. I did
not go in with her but sat in the
Coach near ½ an hour -- I then went
on with her a little way & as she was
going to a different part of the Town
took leave of her & was set down &



pursued my walk. went to Mrs.
Jackson of Hanover Street she was
out. then to Mrs. Walkinshaws
a Scotch Cousin of mine -- an old
Woman -- sat ½ an hour with her
she is still confined with a fall
she had some months ago -- Lord
Cassels & Mr. Seaton came in
(two Scotch men) -- from her went
to Dowager Lady Kings -- stayed only
a few minutes. got to Mr. Glovers
at 4 o'Clock -- dined there only the
family -- after dinner Miss Glover
read the debates of the house of
Commons -- soon after 6 Miss
Hamilton my Cousin came --
she came there before her intended
visit to me. I went home in her
Coach -- sent Miss Anna Clarke to Mr.
Glovers -- back in the Coach found excuses from
Miss Smith & Mrs. Jackson for
not coming to me -- therefore I
thought it best when Miss Hamilton



came to me to adjourn to Mr.
Glovers -- as I knew he would be
happy to have us -- I endeavoured
to persuade Miss Clarke to go with
me but she chose to stay at
home -- Miss Hamilton soon came
accompanied by Miss Glover
they agreed to my proposal so
we went without loss of time
to Albermarle Street -- we
made the Servant give in other
Names & our little joke
succeeded in putting them
in a fuss & occasioned some
mirth -- after tea we began
to read Macbeth -- Miss Glover
Miss Anna Maria Clarke Miss Hamilton & I
in Turn -- Mrs. Glover Mr. Glover
& Mrs. Lenton Mrs. Glovers Sister
who lives with her were our
audience -- we had got to the



Scene where the Kings Murder
is discovered when Mr. Peregrine
Cust (Lord Brownlows Uncle)
came in -- he is a very good
humoured man & an old
friend of Mr. Glovers -- the
Book was then laid down
the Ladies took up their
Work & we heard the
Gentlemen talk Politics
Miss Hamiltons Coach came
before ten o'Clock -- she set
me & Anna Maria down at home
-- we found Miss Clarke alone
we talked -- had our little
Supper -- Anna Maria played on
the Harpsichord -- & we went to
our rooms about ½ past 11 --
Mr. Wake called when I was
out in the Morning




Wednesday 3d. March 1784
dressed for the day when I got up --
My Uncle Frederick came & sat
some time with me. Miss Gunning
& her Sister came -- but as
Miss Gunning was not well enough
to come out I went & sat in the
Coach with her ½ an hour -- as soon
she left me Miss Tryon came
(she is theQueens oldest Maid of
Honour) a very good sort of
Woman -- we talked of Colonel & Mrs.
Gardiner &c. Anna Maria came
to me for a little while at ½ past
4 went to the Veseys to dinner
Sir Joshua Reynolds -- & Miss
Hannah More & Mr. Tuttridge dined
there -- Mr. Tuttridge is one of the Kings
Gentlemen Ushers -- a good
humoured Coxcomb -- we did
not leave the dinning room till
7. Mr. Horace Walpole came
as soon as we got into the Drawing
Room -- Mr. Tuttridge went



away -- I spent an agreeable
afternoon in hearing the sensible
Conversation of Mr. Horace
Walpole & Miss Hannah More &c --
-- there came in Mrs. Shipley
(the Bishop of St. Asaphs wife)
& 2 of her daughters -- & Miss Palmer Niece
to Sir Joshua Reynolds -- Mrs. Shipley
her youngest daughter Sir Joshua
Reynolds & Miss Palmer went away
at 9 o'Clock -- Mr. Horace Walpole Miss
Hannah More. Miss Shipley & I
stayed till near 11 -- I then
came home. Miss Clarkes
had had a Card Party & a
good deal of company they
were all gone when I came home
We had our Bread & Cheese in
the Drawing Room chatted over
what we had heard & whom we
had seen & separated about 12




Thursday 4th. March 1784
I was not quite well therefore
excused myself from going
with Miss Clarkes to Breakfast
with Mrs. Carter -- when I got up
dressed for the day -- I sat down
to my Drawing -- Mr. Ernst, a
young Man in the Kings family,
came & sat an hour with me --
he is a modest & sensible Man
Mrs. Glover came & he went
away -- Mrs. Hamilton (my
Uncle Frederick wife came Mrs. Glover
left us Mrs. Hamilton made me a
long Visit -- talked a vast deal
about Lord & Lady Stormont &c.
when she went Mrs. Carter came
& sat ½ an hour -- we talked
of Mrs. Beauvoir &c. then
Anna Maria came & sat ½ an hour
she was going to spend the day at
Mr. Glovers -- she told me how
agreeably she had passed 2
hours with Mrs. Carter &c



-- Miss Palmer -- niece to
Sir Joshua Reynolds came at
½ past 3 & stayed till 4 --
a lively pretty Young Woman.
-- when she went William Benn
came to know if I had any
visits he could pay for me
&c. he wrote for me & went
to excuse me to Mrs. Newton
&c &c. I dined at home
only Miss Clarke & me
after dinner she played to
me on the Harpsichord. till
½ past 5. -- I went to my Bed Room
put up my drawing things &c
about 6 o'Clock Sir Robert Gunnings
Coach came for me -- went to
Miss Gunning -- at St. James's
found her father & Sister with
her -- they stayed till 8 o'Clock
Sir Robert talked much of
the style of life People of



fashion led in London -- how
much he disliked it -- then
found fault
with every set of society
for there are various ones
&c &c. I maintained that
it depended upon oneself
for if one had a desire
to be amazed I thought
one might find entertainment
& instruction either
by observation in some
sets or attention to what
was said in others &c &c
he preferred the style of
life -- society in general
& manner of the French --
of this I am no judge
never having lived in
Paris &c. Sir Robert
Gunning is a polished & agreeable



Man. Miss Gunning & I
had a tête à tête from 8 till
10 -- we talked of dress of
Youngs Works -- his plays
particularly -- of some fine
People &c -- had Sir Robert Gunnings
Coach came home -- found
Miss Clarke alone sat with her
wrote in my diary.
Several Cards, Visits, Notes
answered some of them.
Anna Maria came home about
11 -- she played for ½ an
hour on the Harpsichord to
me -- & we then separated

Friday 5th. March 1784
I was not quite well & got up
late. Lord Dartrey called I
did not see him for he could
not stay & I was not ready
before I was dressed Mr. Dewes



& Miss Port came -- Anna
Maria went & sat with them till I
was dressed -- I went down
as soon as I could & they
stayed ½ an hour -- Mrs. Delany
called for them -- I went down
to the Coach to speak to her she
appeared fatigued with having
been out Mrs. Boscowan was
in the Coach with her -- had
Mrs. Jacksons eldest daughter
for ½ an hour -- she is a
beautiful little girl & very
clever & engaging -- I then
amused myself with drawing
till dinner time -- sent an
excuse to Lady Wake not to
dine there -- Miss Clarke & I
dined tête a tête -- I sent a
2d. excuse to Lady Wake not
to go to her in the Evening for
I thought it better to nurse



myself a little. Mr. Wake came
just after we had dined to see how
I was -- he stayed ½ an hour Miss
Glover came also -- & then Mr.
Wake Mr. Clarke & Miss Glover
went together. I sat below
& drew the whole Evening & was alone
till 11 o'Clock. received a note from
Lady Stormont to inform me
that she met the Prince of
Wales in the morning who
desired her to tell me that
he hoped I would accompany
her to Carlton House next Wednesday
to a Ball & supper which his Royal
Highness was to give -- I answered
Lady Stormont note & said I wished I
could in a handsome way excuse
myself. I have too small a
fortune to enable me to bear
the expense of dress -- but in a
quiet moderate way. & I have
no ambition of being in the very
first Circles &c. Miss Clarke's
came home at 11 -- Anna Maria
was pleased that I had received
the honour of being invited
&c. & thought I could not



refuse going as I was to have
so proper a Chaperone -- she played
at my request for ½ an hour
& then we went to our Rooms
-- William Benn came in told me
he had -- enquired -- how Mrs.
Schewellenberg -- Hagerdorn &c
did at the Queens House -- that
Mademoiselle Moula sent word she would
soon come to see me --
he had made visits & enquiries
for me at other places





6th. March 1784 Saturday.
-- was better got up pretty early &
was dressed for the day -- wrote a
note to my Uncle William to desire
him to call upon me I wanted
to consult him about going to
the Prince of Wales's. he wrote
me an answer & informed me
that he met the Prince last
night -- who desired him to come
to me & tell me he hoped I
would go to his Ball &c
My Uncle said provided I
went with Lady Stormont he
thought it right for me to go.
at 1 o'Clock Lady Stormont came
-- she brought me the Prince of
Wales card of invitation which
had been sent to her House
-- told me that she & Lord
Stormont were both of opinion
I ought not to refuse. & she
recommended me to her Milliner
to dress me out. desired I would
have a Black Velvet Body
&c &c &c. as soon as she
left me (I went & sat in the



Coach with her as Mr. Vesey was
so obliging to wait to carry me
out) -- I went out with Mr.
Vesey -- called at Lady Charlotte
Finchs -- neither she or Mrs.
Fielding or Miss Finch were
at home -- then went to Miss
Gunning -- just run up to see
her -- her father & Sister were
with her she was pretty well
-- then to Lady Frances Harpur
-- she was out -- then to
Madame Jaqquire Lady Stormont's
Milliner -- & told her to call
on me for orders. Mr. Vesey
then set me down at home
Anna Maria came to me for
a ¼ of an hour --
Mr. Wake had called when I
was out & left me a letter
from my friend Miss Litchfield
at 3 o'Clock my Uncle William
came & sat ½ an hour with
me -- he told me he should
be at the Princes on Wednesday



&c &c -- we talked of my Uncle
Frederick -- he spoke very kindly
of him & handsomely of his
Character &c . when he
left me I wrote to Lady Stormont
to tell her I heard the Court
did not go into mourning till
Thursday &c &c. & sent it
by William Benn. dined at home
Anna Maria & I dined tête
a tête as Miss Clarke was
not dressed -- we chatted
& I wrote in my diary --
till ½ past 5. Miss Clarke then
came to her dinner -- received a
letter from Miss Thursby of
Abington.
I wrote to my friend & sent her
my diary -- we had tea -- a little
after 7 Miss Clarkes & I went out
they set me down at Lady Wakes
& went on to their Sister Mrs. Jackson
to a party. I found Lady Wake
with her Children. Mr. Catten &
a Youth -- Mr. Drury Wake a nephew



of Sir William Wake -- a Sailor. I found Lady
Wake but poorly -- & Marianne
looked very ill. I stayed with them
till ½ past 8 o'Clock -- Lady Wake
approved of my going to the Ball &c
Mr. Drury Wake walked across the Street
with me to Mr. Glovers.
Mr. Glovers having the Gout confined
him upstairs in Mrs. Glovers
Room -- there were Mr. & Mrs.
Gladdel. Mr. & Mrs. Revely
they were at Cards -- at ½ past 9
o'Clock they took their leave
Mr. Glover approved of my going to the Ball was in good Spirits
& talked to me of past times
his connexion with Lord Bute
& various political & other
anecdotes -- it was after 12
before Miss Clarkes called for
me -- Major Veaitch -- (a good
natured old Irish Gentleman)
was in the Coach he had been
at Mr. Jackson's & accompanied us
home -- it was too late to ask
him in -- Miss Clarke's I soon



went to our Rooms -- Anna
Maria came to me whilst I
was undressing -- brought me
a little note from Mrs. Jackson
who was pleased with my having
received the invitation &c &c.

Sunday 7th. March 1784
Madame Jaqquire the Milliner
came for orders about my dress
took home with her materials
I had by me to make up &c.
I the dressed for the day.
went down to Miss Clarkes sat
with them till 2 -- Anna Maria
read to me &c. Miss Hannah More
came she was shown up to my
Breakfast Room. I went to her & we
chatted together for ½ an hour
Mrs. Delany & Miss Port called
Miss Port came up & told me her
good Aunt just called as she
was going an Airing -- Miss Hannah
More & I went down & sat in
the Coach some time. Miss More
took her leave & I went with



dear Mrs. Delany & her great Niece
we took a turn in Hyde Park
but did not go in the Crowd --
Mrs. Delany was pretty well & in
pretty good spirits -- she too
approved of my going to Carlton
House &c: at 3 o'Clock she
set me down at Mrs. Walkinshaws
(an old Scotch Cousin of mine)
I was to dine with her & knew
she would have no objection to my
coming early -- Lady & Miss
Anstruther were with her -- they
soon went -- we conversed together
till 4 o'Clock -- Mrs. Stewart
her Niece. & Miss Grant a child
of 12 years old & Lady Margaret
Macdonald dined with us
Lady Margaret Macdonald gave me the
Character of my Cousin Mrs:
Cameron -- (a Miss Hamilton) who
lives in France -- the chief
of the Conversation was relative



to Scotch connexions --
Sir William Fordyce the Physician
came at tea time -- he told
us that Lady Morton (another
Cousin of mine) had received the
melancholy intelligence of
the death of her youngest
Son Mr. Halliburton on board
his Ship. he & all the Crew
were frost bound & starved
to death -- he was a most
promising Youth. at 8 o'Clock
Lady Wake sent her Coach for
me went to her & sat the Evening
Sir William & the Young People at
home... at 10 we supped at
11 Miss Anna Maria Clarke came for
me I -- got in the Coach &
she went in for a few minutes
Mr. Wake in the mean while
came and sat in the Coach
with me & complained of
seeing me so seldom in a comfortable



way -- that I found fault
with him & never gave him
an opportunity of making
his excuses &c &c. Anna Maria &
I came home -- sat a little with
Miss Clarke. Anna Maria came into
my Room whilst I was undressing
was so obliging to offer me some
black velvet she had by her
to save me buying some for
my ball dress &c --
Lady Charlotte Finch -- Mr. Wake -- Mrs. Jackson
Lady Weymouth & Miss Thynnes
had called when I was out
in the Morning

Monday 8th. March. Siscotti
the Stay Maker came before
Breakfast & took measure
of me for a pair of Corsets.
I went down & breakfasted
with Miss Clarkes en Robe
de Chambre -- Mr. Vesey came
in whilst we were at Breakfast &
caught me so dressed & my
Hair all about my Ears --



-- I left them dressed for the day
-- Anna Maria walked to her
Sisters Mrs. Jackson when she
returned came & told me
she had this Morning inoculated
her Youngest
Child -- whom she has still at
her breast. &c.
Mrs. Boscowan called
when I was dressing she did
not come in -- but sent me
word if I went to Mrs. Burrows
Party tomorrow she would carry
me with her -- this Party is
in the Bas Blue style -- I
was asked but am engaged.
to meet Mr. Dewes at Mr.
Glovers -- at two o'Clock
Lady Frances Harpur came
& sat an hour -- we talked of
Lady Stormont. the Mr. Grevilles
Politics -- party violence
&c &c. Lady Frances offered to
lend me some fine Buckles



for the Ball which I accepted.
She had not left me long
before Miss Wilhelmina King came who
stayed ½ an hour -- gave me
a bad account of her Mother
& sisters health -- said she
would send me a Nosegay for
Wednesday. &c
When she left me I scribbled
in my diary -- wrote notes
& memorandums for visits
& enquiries -- after Lady
Morton -- & Lady Mahon who is
brought to bed &c &c
Went down stairs & sat with Anna
Maria whilst she dined. Sir William
& Lady Wake came for me a little
before 5 o'Clock -- we called for
Mrs. Carter & then went to Lord
Dartreys it was his Birthday
-- we had at dinner besides us
Mr. Burrows. Mr. Allen & Mr.
Delany -- two American Gentlemen
-- Mr. Grove -- Lord & Lady Dartrey



Mr. Dawson & his Tutor
Antrobus -- the men talked
only of Politics -- little
Julia did not come to us
at dessert she was confined to her
Room with a Scarlet fever.
When we left the Men & went
into the drawing Room -- after
Lady Dartrey had visited her dear
girl -- she played on the Pianoforté
& sang some sweet
Scotch airs -- which she does with
great taste & feeling.
Mrs. Saxton Mrs. Burrows
Mrs. A Burrows & their Niece
Miss Smith came to tea
& stayed till ten -- the Gentlemen
went into the second
Drawing Room & played at
Cards. Sir William Wake went
at 8 to the House of Commons &
Lady Wake went away for an
hour to see her Children -- she
came back & Mr. Catton with



to pay a visit to his friend Mr.
Antrobus -- who poor Young Man
was gone to bed -- he is in a
declining state of health --
Mr. Smith came in to us for
a little time & then joined the
Whist party. the conversation
amongst us Women was tolerably
agreeable -- nothing very
bright said -- at 10 there
remained in our Room only
Lady Dartrey -- Wake. Mr. Dawson
& Mr. Catten & me -- we would not
go down to Supper but had
Sandwiches -- & chatted very
comfortably till past 11 -- Mr.
Catton told us of a poor Object of
Charity -- the conversation turned
on several objects of distress
&c &c. Lady Wake brought me
home. Miss Clarke's were out I
wrote in my diary & then went
to my Room.. Anna Maria
came to me when she came home
& chatted with me after I was
in Bed.




Tuesday 9th- March 1784
Betty's Sister Mrs. Harman
came at 10 -- to paper and put
my Hair in order -- Lord
Dartrey came & sat ½ an
hour with me whilst I was
under her hands -- he
brought me a present of
some beautiful artificial
Roses to wear as a Bouquet
-- Madame Jaqquire the
Milliner -- she brought
my Cap &c. after my
Hair was dressed I went &
sat with Anna Maria whilst she
was dressing -- she received a letter
from her Italian friend who
spoke very highly of my
Uncle William. Lord Napier
came & sat ½ an hour with
me in my dressing Room --
After he left me I dressed
& gave messages to William Benn



& wrote notes &c. a little
before 5 my Uncle William
came for me went with him
to dine at Lord Stormont's
-- met Colonel Cathcart. Mr.
Greville. Lord Napier --
-- after Dinner before the
Gentlemen joined us -- Lady --
Stormont took me into her pretty
Boudoir -- showed me her drawings
&c -- &c. had Jaqquire who
brought some of my things
to show Lady Stormont -- she
gave some orders for me about
them -- we talked about our Uncle
Frederick -- Lady Stormont was warm
upon the Subject -- I endeavoured
to reconcile matters --
the Gentlemen came up to Coffee the
conversation was lively &
pleasant -- at 8 Lady Stormomt went
to Lady Frances Harpur & I came
away with my Uncle William



we talked of the Prince of
Wales -- My uncle told me
he heard he meant to endeavour
to go to Paris &c &c.
I set my Uncle down at
Mr. Legges -- & went on to
Mr. Glovers as I was to
meet Mr. Dewes there by
appointment -- found him
Mr. & Mrs. & Miss Glover at
tea. he stayed about an
hour after I came -- Mr.
Glover was pleased with
the new acquaintance I
had introduced to him
-- I stayed till near 11. Mr.
Glover gave me a description
of many places he had seen
in Scotland. Mrs. Vesey
& Miss Anna Maria Clarke called
for me -- went home. &
soon went to bed.
Lady Frances Harpur sent me her buckles



Wednesday 10th- March 1784
The Morning passed in writing
Notes -- cleaning my diamonds
sorting my things -- having
my dressed tried on &c
&c -- received some fine
flowers from Miss King &
Lady Dartrey. dined
tête à tête with
Miss Clarke. at 5 went up
to dress -- Mrs. Harman dressed
my hair -- Mrs. Glover Anna
Maria & Miss Glover came
& sat with me whilst I
was dressing -- after my hair
was done -- I went into the
Drawing Room -- & finished
my dressing -- Madame
Jaqquire & one of her Women
Mrs. Harman & Betty all
attended my toilette
Mrs. Beet Lady Wakes Woman
came to see me dress to
carry an account to Lady Wake



as she could not come. at length
the important task was finished
to the satisfaction of my
civil attendants. Mr. & Mrs.
Vesey Mrs. & Miss Glover & the
2 Miss Clarkes came & sat
with me till 9 o'Clock -- when the
Duchess Dowager of Portlands Coach
came for me went to Mrs. Delany
met there the Duchess -- Mrs.
Walsingham -- Lady Wallingford
Mr. Dewes Mr. Barnard Dewes
& Mrs. Dewes -- Wife to Mr.
John Dewes -- a pleasing pretty
looking woman. a little after
10 Lady Stormont came for me
Miss Murray (Lord Stormonts
daughter by his 1st. wife) was
with her we went to Careleton
House -- saw the Prince soon after
we got into the 2d. Room his
Royal Highness was very gracious
& expressed great pleasure
in seeing me -- had two



long conversations with him
afterwards in the
course of the Evening in the
old friendly style -- there
were between 5 & 600 people
no distinction of party as
there were both the ins &
the outs -- most of The ladies
were dressed with taste & elegance & every
body appeared to have new
Clothes for the occasion --
all the Young People & all
those who did not choose
to be thought old -- were
decorated en Habit de
Bal -- great variety &
no set form of dress.
The Prince came & asked Lady
Stormont to dance -- she excused
herself as she is with Child --
he began the Ball by dancing
down the 1st. Country dance



with Lady Charlotte Bertie
-- daughter to the late Duke of
Ancaster. he then left
off dancing as he had not
been well -- I amused
myself in talking to a
variety of people -- it was
so crowded I would not dance
I walked from room to room
My Uncle William & a great
Number of my Relations
were there -- about 2 I went
& sat in the Ball room --
Lady Stormont went home --
& I remained under the
protection of Lady Weymouth
-- I should have gone down
to Supper with Lady Charlotte Finch
but the Prince sent for
her to sup at his table
which was in the Dining Room
some other rooms on this floor
had also tables for supper



About 2 -- the Prince came into
the Ball Room danced a
Minuet with Lady Charlotte Bertie
he dances very finely.
there were 4 or 5 other
Minuets danced -- but without
ceremony or precision as
to Rank -- the Duchess of Rutland
-- Lady Augusta Campell --
Miss Erskine &c -- it was
about ½ past 2 when we
got to Supper I went to
the Lower Rooms -- every
thing handsome & proper
& well attended --
The Pages were all dressed
in an uniform which was a
very dark colored Cloth --
trimmed handsomely with
Gold Lace -- the footmen &c
who waited at the tables --
in the Royal Livery more
trimmed & new



In short it was a fine
entertainment & as well
conducted as possible for
so great a Number of
People -- The Prince's
attentions were properly
divided
. & nothing in my
opinion could be more
proper -- more gracious
more like a gentleman
& a Prince than his
behaviour -- what pity
that one who know so
well how to do what is right
ever fails of doing so!

as soon as we came out
of the Supper Rooms -- I being
very prudent
. got Mr. Digby
to conduct me to my Chair
& came home about ¼ before
4. I hear Carlton House was
not cleared before 9 in the Morning.



Thursday March 11th. 1784
Anna Maria came at 11 &
sat by my bed Side to hear
an account of the Ball -- I
then got up & dressed for the
day -- Mrs. Glover -- My Uncle
Frederick -- little Mary
Jackson & Miss Glover in
the Course of the Morning.
My Old Maid Goodyar Called
but I could not see her as
I had Company. as did Mr. Wake
& Mrs. Mansell of Cosgrove
but I did not either him or
her as I was dressing.
at 4 Sir William Wake came for
me went with him to dinner
only the family -- at 7 the
Duchess Dowager of Portlands Coach came
for me -- went to Mrs. Delanys
met there the Duchess. the Bishop of
Exerter -- & Lady Frances Meadows



-- a little before I came away
went into the next Room with
the Duchess to look at a Picture
Opie had brought Mrs.
Delany to look at -- the Subject
was an Old Woman teaching
some Boys to read -- it has
a good deal of Merit. Opie
is a self taught painter
& has really genius.
a little after 8 Mrs. Iremongers
Coach came for me went there
Mrs. John Pitt (her Sister) &
Miss Pitt were with her. they
left us in about an hour --
both the Mother & daughter
are much to my taste.
Mrs. Iremonger & I had a tête a
tête for ½ an hour Mr.
Iremonger came in told us
he had been to the Royal
Society -- had met my Uncle
William. there. that this



my Uncle had shown his fine
Vase to the Antiquarian Society
&c &c. at ¼ past 10 had
Mrs. Iremonger Coach came home --
Miss Clarke's were out had William
Benn in -- to enquire about
his Brother who came out of
the Country to us Yesterday to
be our footman -- & our other
Servant went away. about 11 Miss
Clarkes came home we chatted a
little & Anna Maria played a little
on the Harpsichord to oblige me
we then went to bed.

Friday March 12th. 1784 --
Received & answered Notes -- excused
myself dining at Mrs. Walsinghams
&c &c next Sunday -- dressed for
the day -- Anna Maria came &
talked over domestic affairs -- &
other matters -- she possesses one
the best hearts & sweetest temper
I ever met with -- is sensible
& is truly good & amiable.
Madame Jaquiere came & I paid
her for all the things I had
on Wednesday -- my Old maid



                            

Goodyar came & stayed above an
hour with me -- told me she was
going France with her Lady Mrs.
Nesbitt -- that she liked Mr.
Mrs. Nesbitt very much -- they
are people of Large fortune.
She is daughter to Lady Robert
Manner's -- Goodyar I believe
has a great affection for me
she lived with me all the time
I was at Court & I parted from
her because I could no longer
afford to keep a Servant in that
Style
. Mrs. Cole called but I
did not see her -- Mrs. Garrick
& Miss Hannah More came & stayed
½ an hour Mrs. Garrick is a most
unaffected -- elegant, pleasing
& friendly Woman. Mr. Wake
came after they left me about
2 o'Clock -- Mrs. Jackson (of Hanover
Street) came whilst he was
with me -- she stayed ½ an hour



Mr.. Wake stayed on till near
4. o'Clock -- he described his
great affection for me & high
opinion of me in the liveliest
manner -- he entreated the
continuance of my friendship
& advice -- nay he even
wept with agony because
he thought I had withdrawn
my regard from him -- I was
forced to assure him I would
continue to advise him
as a friend -- gave him some
reproofs & we parted amicably
-- I went down to Miss Clarkes
Miss Steers a friend of theirs
was going to dine with them
Mr. Wake called again to to say I
could not have Lady Wakes Coach
-- I had a Chair & went to
Dowager Lady Kings to dinner
-- Miss Hannah More dined there
& a young Lady who is upon



a Visit in the House -- after
Dinner we went into Miss
Wilhelmina Kings Room to look at
the eldest Miss Kings paintings
which are very capital --
when we went up to the Drawing
Room Miss Wilhelmina King showed us
her very beautiful drawings
of Feathers -- Birds &c. &c.
they are painted in Water
Colours on Vellum -- she has
a portfolio filled with
them -- they are undoubtedly
most finely executed.
Mrs. Hodgkinson Banks &
Miss Streatfield came in to
tea -- I had a Chair at 8
o'Clock & came home on
purpose to fill up my diary
to send to my friend Miss Litchfield
went for ¼ of an hour to
sit with Miss Clarkes Mr.
Vesey & Miss Steers with
them -- I then went to my



Breakfast Room -- & wrote
till 10 -- Lord Napier came
in & sat with me chatting
till near 12 -- he had a
Sandwich & wine & Water
-- when he went Anna Maria
came to me for a few minutes
& we went to Bed


Patience must help to
make that easy which cannot
be altered

                             George Radcliffe
      Graye's Inn February 16. 1614

There is a revolting
assurance & bluntness
in Quaker's even
in these females of that
sect-

Mrs. Dickenson
Welbeck Street

Saturday 13th. March 1784
got up early -- dressed for the
day -- Anna Maria was so
good to help in ordering &
setting out a smart Breakfast
in the Drawing Room --
before 10 o'Clock Lord Stormont
came. he admired the comfortable
look of our little
Mansion
. Miss Hannah More Mr.
de Luc & my Uncle Sir William
was the party -- Anna Maria
came to us at 11 o'Clock -- they
stayed till ½ past 12 -- the
conversation was interesting
& agreeable











-- description of Volcano's
-- the Belles Lettres &c.
Miss Hannah More stayed till 1 --
Sir Abraham Hume came
soon after & sat ½ an hour
we talked of the recent
Marriage & intended
Marriage in the Egerton
family -- he is a lively
good humoured Man &
much the Gentleman --
Mr: Stanhope -- (not one
of the Harringtons) came &
sat a long time -- he is a
singular Character -- not a
young man -- married to a
Daughter of the Late Duke
of Chandos -- he has a large
fortune -- & has a place at
Court -- by way of having
something to do -- he does me
the favour to like me so very
much that he has tormented
me for the last 6 years



with his civilities -- he is the
only person I ever was obliged
to seem rude to -- but he never
would take offence -- he is a
tiresome, good creature
for he means extremely
well -- If I was to require it
I make no doubt would go to
the furthest end of the World
to serve me. when he left
me Anna Maria came & sat
with me till dinner time &
at my request wrote out an
account of my dress the Ball
night -- for I could not bring
myself to describe this
paraphernalia. Lord Napier
came at 4 o'Clock -- he dined
with us & stayed till 8. we
were very cheerful. Miss
Anna Maria Clarke & I went to Mr.
Glovers -- Mrs. Glover & Miss
Glover & Mr. Wake were in the
Dressing Room -- Mr. Devaynes



was also there -- but soon
went away -- Mr. Wake
gave me a Packet he had
just got for me from
my friend -- I had not
leisure to read it before
I was obliged to send my
letter & Diary to the post.
Mr. Wake read to us a
description of Carelton
House which I was going to
enclose in my letter as
it is a very exact account
of the House -- a little allowance
to be made for the
flowery language of
a Newspapers.








Saturday 13th. March 1784
Mr. Wake told me that our
poor man (Edward Maid) had
been to Lady Wakes for his
Saturday meal & had told their
Servants his Wife was yesterday
brought to bed of Twins -- Mrs.
Glover with her usual benevolence
immediately gave Anna Maria
& me ½ a Crown -- Mr. Wake the
Same & Miss Glover the same --
Mrs. Glover got some linen
& cut out things for the poor
Children -- Anna Maria Mrs. Glover
Miss Glover & I set to work
& worked hard all the Evening --
Mrs. Lenton gave us a large
Piece of flannel to make
Blankets for the Children. we
soon went down to Mr. Glover
sat & chatted & worked & had
Supper -- Mr. Wake stayed on --
Mr. Glover was in good spirits
but his Eyes looked very indifferent
-- his gout is gone. at
¼ past 11 Anna Maria & I came home
Miss Clarke was gone to bed. we went to our Rooms




found a long incomprehensive Note
from Mr. Stanhope with some franks
he had been so obliging to procure
for me -- read over my dear friends
letter before I went to bed &c &c.

Sunday March 14th. 1784
Anna Maria came to me before I was
up & took leave of me for the whole
day -- I could not go to Church
therefore read the Service of the
day &c. at 11 dressed -- began
a letter to Madame Busche -- at
1 o'Clock Mr. Dewes came & sat
sometime -- he gave me his
sentiments on the conduct & behaviour
of the Ladies of The high
ton
-- he spoke of such with the
censure they merit --
Lady Wake called for me
at 2 o'Clock -- her daughters were
with her we set them down at home
& took up Sir William whom we left
at Stapletons -- we went to
visit Mrs. Garrick & Miss More
they were out -- I called upon the



Mrs. Adam's -- & Mrs. Turton -- they
were likewise out. Lady Wake
& I then went to visit Miss
Isabella Gunning -- she was also
out -- Lady Wake was so good to
carry me to the Kings Mews
I went to enquire after my
Cousin Colonel Greville who is ill
the Servant told me he was better
left a note at my Uncle Williams I then went home with Lady
Wake -- dined there -- Sir William
came home to dinner -- only
the family -- when we came up
after dinner Lady Wake read to
her 2 daughters & me one of
Porteous's Sermons on
Religious friendships -- a well
written & interesting discourse.
Sir William &c came up to tea -- at 7
Sir William went out & Miss Wake
repeated Miltons Prayer or
rather Adams in his Paradise
Lost... Mr. Wake's behaviour
was very proper -- &c. at ¼
past 8 my Uncle William sent



his Chariot for me, went to Mrs.
Delany's -- to a little select Concert
of Music which he had promised me.
there was only -- Mrs. Delany --
the Duchess Dowager of Portland -- Mr. Dewes --
Mr. Barnard Dewes & Mrs. John
Dewes. Miss Port my Uncle & me.
-- The Music consisted of some
of Handels finest Songs which my
Uncle had got set in Italy by an
Italian for Trios -- he wished to
give the Italians a taste for the
compositions of this great Master.
The Man who set them was a poor
Creature who used to compose &
play Trios for Nocturnal
Street Musick. at Naples my Uncle found
he was starving & employed him
to give him bread & finding he
had genius set him upon this
task
. My Uncle
having told me of these trio's
I was desirous of hearing them
& as I knew it would give Mrs.
Delany equal pleasure with
myself he was so good to comply


with my request of having
them performed at her house.
-- he brought an excellent
Tenor player -- one Broggio
an Italian & Chervetto the
fine Violoncello performer --
(Son the old Chervetto who
died aged above an 100 last
year -- who played then till within a
very short time of his death)
my Uncle played the second
Tenor -- I was equally with
the rest of the company most
highly pleased with the
performers & the Music
-- the Duchess was obliged to leave
us at ¼ past 9 -- but we stayed
on till near 11 having our
sense of hearing regaled with
this melodious harmony -- I
was so enchanted with the song
of. “I know that my Redeemer
liveth” that I was going to



desire Sir William to play it
again -- but looking towards
dear Mrs. Delany I forbore --
no one ought to assert
that the feelings grow callous
with age -- she is a living
proof to the contrary, for she
is 84 years of age, & the
tears were trickling down
her venerable cheeks. Mrs.
Delany has been a capital performer
& even now -- (but
she will not indulge her friends)
has a brilliant finger on
the harpsichord -- this I know
from her playing a little at
my entreaty at Bullstrode in
November last. I came away
with my Uncle set him down
at his Hotel & then went home
in his Carriage -- Miss Clarke's was
gone to Bed -- Anna Maria out
I went to my Room -- answered
notes I found &c. Mrs. Majendie


-- Baroness Kutzleben
& the Miss Egertons had
sent -- Mrs. Montagu &
Miss Gregory had called --
Anna Maria came home -- sat a
¼ of an hour with me -- told
me she had taken leave of
Mr. Harris who is going to
India he sets off tomorrow -- & had supped with
her Sister Mrs. Jackson --
she has inoculated her
little Fanny -- we then
went to our Rooms

Monday 15th. March 1784
-- I worked hard to get the things
done for the Poor Womans
Children -- Miss Glover came
whilst I was dressing -- told me
her Fathers eyes were again bad
&c I promised to go sit with him
in the Evening if I did not get a
Ticket for the Ancient Music
Sir William Hamilton had promised



to ask Sir Watkin Williams Wynne
for one & I was to go with
the Duchess Dowager of Portland. Anna Maria
came & took leave of me she
was going out for all day.
Lord Dartrey called but
would not come in as I was dressing.
Received a note from my Uncle
he informed me Sir Watkin Williams Wynne had given
away his Ticket, but that
I should have one for the next Concert
he sent me a Locket for a
Bracelet of his Hair which he
told me poor Lady Hamilton wore
from the moment they were
married -- & that it would not
deposit it but in the hands of
one whom he knew to have loved
& respected her. he
also sent me a little Heart to
wear at my neck belonging to
earrings & a ring of the same he had
before given me, which belonged to
Lady Hamilton. they are a green
stone -- called Malachite. I had
only time to send a verbal



message -- received a Note from
Mrs. Baker -- (Lady Harriet
Conyers Daughter niece to Lady
Charlotte Finch) to inform me she
was better & wished me to
come & sit with her some
Evening. Mr. Stanhope came
but luckily my Uncle Frederick
came & he shortened his
visit -- whilst he was with me
both the Miss Gunnings came
& sat ½ an hour -- the Ball at
the Princes &c was talked over
Miss Gunning told me there
was to be Ball at Carleton
House the 1st. of April for the
Queen & Princess's. when
they left me my Uncle told
me he was going in a fortnight
for 6 weeks to Ireland --
that he had been to call
on Colonel Greville his Nephew
& received but bad accounts of
him. he left me at 3 --
I wrote a note to the Duchess
to tell her I had not got a



ticket -- I wrote a long Note
to Lady Frances Harpur to
enquire after her & her Brother
Colonel Greville -- I dined alone
at home. after dinner finished
my letter to Madame Busche
my Uncle William sent me a
Ticket for the Concert at 5 o'Clock
but I returned it as I did
not think it right to point
Mr. Glover to whom I
had sent word I would go -- I
wrote a Note to my Uncle William
to explain -- & thank him
for the Locket &c.
At ½ past 6 Mr. Glovers Coach
came for me went there
Mrs. Glover & her Sister soon left us
to go to a Card party. Mr- Glover's
Eyes were very indifferent but
his spirits soon mended after
I was with him -- after tea
Miss Glover -- read aloud to us
3 acts of a Manuscript play of



Mr. Glovers -- Leonidas -- he
wrote great part of it when
he was but 15 years of age
-- this play laid the foundation
for his Epic poem of Leonidas
-- I told Mr. Glover some anecdotes
& among other things an Answer
of Lord Stormont to the
Prince of Wales; on the Ball
Night he was sitting in a Corner
with Lord Loughborough -- his
Royal Highness came up with two
Ladies & as the Rooms were so
crowded & seats not easy to be
got he said -- come you shall
sit down here & I will turn out
Lord Stormont & Lord Loughborough
-- Lord Stormont got up & making
a bow to the Prince said --
“I hope your Royal Highness
will give us leave to resign.”
this in my opinion was witty
& clever when it is remembered
Lord Stormont lately received his
dismission with the other Ministers



we had our Supper. Mrs.
Glover & Mrs Lenton came home
about ½ past 10 -- I came home in
their Coach -- found Notes &c
-- Miss Clarkes came in about 11
would not see me as they had
been with Mrs. Jackson & as I am
not sure of having had the Small
Pox were apprehensive of
communicating the infection --
I wrote in my diary & went
to bed

Tuesday 16th. March 1784 had my
breakfast & dressed for the day.
Anna Maria would not come to me till
she had been out in the air.
Before 12 Lady Dartrey came
to take me out with her. whilst
she was with me. Mr. Lightfoot
the Duchess Dowager of Portlands Chaplain
came & Mrs. Iremonger
as they found I was going out
they did not stay long. I went with
amiable Lady Dartrey -- we paid
a Visit to Lady Charlotte finch she was
out. but we saw Miss Finch &
stayed ½ an hour with her -- then
went to Lady Julianna Penn



found her at home -- she is
still confined with the hurt in
her Leg -- saw Miss Penn &
Miss Baker. Monsieur
Neckar a frenchman -- (Son
to the Great Financier) came
in. when we were going away
saw in the Ante Room a
Person who teaches Miss Penn
to play on the harpsichord --
Lady Dartrey knew him when
he was a poor boy at the foundling
-- he was blind I believe from his
birth -- he sang a song & played
to us there was something quite
interesting in his
appearance -- & it affected
me very much to hear him
sing -- Handels Song in Esther
-- “Beauteous Queen unclose those
Eyes” -- it was singular his
choosing this song. When we got
into the Coach Lady Dartrey told
me she had known him when
he was quite a little boy at
the foundling -- he was being
blind & having a



good ear -- brought up, by that
excellent charity, to Music
& was Organist
there -- he is Married &
has Children & is a good
& tender husband & father.
he told Lady Dartrey one day
that he was perfectly happy
& was in very good circumstances
the only thing he regretted in
life was being in ignorance
of whom his parents were,
for says he -- it is not that
I form ideas that they are
in a superior rank of
life -- but perhaps I may
have a Mother living in
distress whom I could support.
-- Lady Dartrey called at shops -- &
then set me down at home --
Master Dawson was with us --
he is a great favourite of
mine, & I trust he will
prove a worthy Son to his most



Parents. when I came in
I paid a visit to Miss Clarke --
in the Parlour -- then went to
my Room & arranged a very
fine & beautiful Nosegay
Mrs. Garrick sent me -- it
came from her villa at
Hampton. Mrs. Aufrere came
& sat an hour with me -- we
talked of the late Lady Hamilton
-- Mrs. Aufrere had known
her from Birth & had
lived much with her when
she was at Naples -- she spoke
highly of her & of my Uncle
Williams conduct towards her
&c &c. we talked also of dear
Mrs. Glover who is a great friend
of Mr. & Mrs. Aufrere. I wrote
Notes &c before dinner -- Anna Maria.
came to me & we went down
together -- Miss Clarke also dined
at home -- after dinner Anna Maria
played a lesson of Vento's -- I
wrote in my diary -- & she wrote
to Mr. Harris I added a Paragraph



in her letter to wish him success
-- Edward Maid, we had him
in -- asked after his Wife & Children
gave him Money &c. Lady Dartrey
was so good to give me ½ a Crown
for him -- as did my Uncle Frederick
-- had a good account of little
Fanny Jackson. we had just
finished tea when Lady Dartrey
came for me -- went with her
to the Wakes found them drinking
tea en Famille -- they had all
been to Greenwich in the Morning.
Marianna looked better -- we
did not stay long. went to Mrs.
Baker -- she is much recovered.
Miss Julia Conyers her Sister
& Lady Millar & one of the
Miss Forbes were sitting with
Lady Dartrey stayed only a short
time -- I sat till 9 -- saw Mrs.
Bakers two little boys &c &c
Lady Dartrey sent her Coach for
me I came home sat with
Miss Clarkes the rest of the Evening
we chatted & wrote till 11 o'Clock



I wrote a long serious letter to
Miss Thursby of Abington -- I
take upon me to advise her as
I feel much interested about her
for her late Mothers sake --
Anna Maria played a little on the harpsichord
we separated &
I read in Horace's works
after I got to my Room &c
&c

Wednesday 17th. March -- Saw Anna Maria
before she went out -- dressed early
for the day -- & sat down to read in
Mrs. Delanys Manuscript letters
& to make extracts -- was not
interrupted but ¼ of an
hour by Mr. Vesey -- My
Uncle Williams Chariot came
for me a ¼ past 5 -- he had
forgot to call & was obliged to
send for me after he got to
Bedford Square -- went there
to dine at My Uncle Fredericks
did not get there before the
2d Course was putting on the
table -- it was quite a family
party. My Uncle William



Mr. Greville -- Colonel Cathcart &
Lord Napier. before the Men
came up after dinner Mrs-
Hamilton read a letter to me
she had received from her eldest
Daughter Mrs. Stratford -- giving
a melancholy account of her
Health -- After Coffee Miss
Hamilton sang & played
3 fine Italian Songs -- her
Singing Master Matzente
came after dinner -- my
Uncle William was much
pleased with her Style of
singing & her Voice, said
it was in the true Italian
Taste & that even now she is
by far the best singer we
had in England -- at least
he had heard none either
in a private or Public
Concert that he liked so
well. a little before 9
I came away with my
Uncle William. Mr. Greville



told me his Brother Colonel Greville
was rather better. I set my
Uncle down at Mrs. Legges
& then came home -- Miss
Clarke was at home but
she went to the Veseys -- I
sent my excuse for not
going there & again sat
down to Mrs. Delanys letters
as I fear Mr. Dewes may
wish to have them returned
before I finish them. at
11 Anna Maria came home but
she would not come into the
room as she had been
with Mrs. Jackson & had
seen little Fanny --
received Notes from Lady Wake
&c &c went to bed at
½ past 11

Thursday 18th. Match 1784
Had Siscotti to alter my Corsets -- dressed
for the day -- my Hair was just finished
when Mrs. Carter came -- went down to
her en Robe de Chambre -- she
sat a good while with me. she was



but indifferent with her Head
ache. She had been since I
saw her to spend three days
with Dowager Lady Spencer at St.
Albans -- told me Lady Spencer
was in an indifferent state
of spirits -- that she could not
eat animal food & could not
sleep without Laudanum -- that
she exerted herself very
much -- employed herself in
acts of benevolence. had
an Hospital under her direction
&c & was going to repair
the house & place which
want it much to make
the House comfortable &c
Mr. Lightfoot came in &
sat a ¼ of an hour -- gave
me a good account of the Dowager Duchess
of Portland -- promised me
a new found Shell -- viz
a recent small Nautilus
found in the River near
Bullstrode. when he & Mrs.
Carter left me went up to finish
dressing.



Mr. Dewes called to take
leave -- he would not come in
as I was dressing -- he goes
out of Town tomorrow.
Just as I had finished
decorating Mrs. Delany
& Miss Port called, the
latter only came in -- she
just came up to tell me
Mrs- Delany was in the Coach
I went down to her & sat in the
Coach with her for some time.
afterwards went for ¼ of an
hour to Miss Clarkes --
Mr. Wake came to me &
sat above an hour & ½ --
-- dined at home with Miss
Clarke -- sent an excuse for
not going to Mrs: Strothoffs
assembly. by Miss Clarke
who went at ½ past 6 with
Mrs. Glover -- worked hard
for the poor Woman till
past 8. then went to the
Veseys -- met there --



The Burrows's -- the Pepys --
Miss Boon -- Mrs. & Miss Orde
Miss Hannah More. Mr. Cambridge &
his Son. Mrs. Buller Lady Dartrey
Mrs. Carter Miss Smith -- Mrs
Levenson -- Dr. & Miss Burney
&c &c. An agreeable Evening
-- Mr. Langhton & I stayed
Supper -- Mr. Langton is one
of my great favourites -- I did
not come home till ½ past 12
-- Miss Clarke's were gone to bed
I went immediately to my
Room

Friday 19th. March 1784
Anna Maria came when I was
dressing to consult about our new
Servants Clothes &c -- had visits
from my Uncle Frederick --
Mr. Digby (Vice Chamberlain
to the Queen) -- Mr. Wake -- each
stayed sometime -- Anna Maria came
& sat ½ an hour with me before
dinner -- at 4 went to Lady
Dartreys -- dined there & met
Mr. Allen. Mr. C Smith -- Mr. Grove



& a Major Irwin -- after dinner
Lady Dartrey & I had some conversation
about the Wakes -- the Gentlemen
came up to Coffee. 1/ dear
little Julia is quite well again
at ½ past 7 Miss Penn -- she
Lady Dartrey Mr. Dawson &
I went for Lady Wake
& we proceeded to Texiers
-- where we were well
amused -- he read a little
piece of 2 Acts called Le
Vapoureus or splenetic
Man -- after this there
were some french & Italian
Girls acted -- a little one
of about 8 or ten years old
sustained her part admirably
-- I met here Mr. Horace Walpole
with whom I had a good deal of
conversation -- there were



several People I knew &
spoke to -- Mr. North. Duchess Dowager
of Ancaster -- Lady Willougby of
Eresby Lady Charlotte Bertie --
the Hobarts -- &c &c Mrs. Powis Miss
St. John. General Conway Lady Ailsbury
Mrs. Damer -- Duchess of Lienster
Mr. Ogilvie &c I did not get
home till 12 o'Clock Lady Dartrey brought
me home -- Miss Clarke's were gone to
bed -- I went immediately to my
Room.

Saturday 20th: 1784 -- at 10 o'Clock
Mr. de Luc came to Breakfast
-- (received an excuse from my Uncle
William) -- Colonel Cathcart & my
Uncle Frederick -- My Uncle sat ½
an hour after they left me.
Anna Maria came for ½ an hour.
then had Mrs. Vesey & Lady
Wake -- went into the parlour
to Miss Clarke's -- Mrs. Vesey was with
them -- read her Masons Answer
to the Duchess of Devonshires ode on
hope. before I dressed wrote out
a copy for her -- went to dress

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 1. This is a continuation of the incomplete entry on the last page of HAM/2/7.
 2. ‘A person who passes by or through a place; a traveller, esp. a traveller on foot’ (OED s.v. passenger n., 3.a. Accessed 14-08-2023).
 3. These numbers denote an intended change in word order such that these lines would read: ‘find out after her death who she was’.
 4. Hamilton appears to have started writing 'Converzatione' here but then changed her mind.
 5. Jean Jacques Rousseau, La Nouvelle Héloïse (1761).
 6. Dumb crambo ‘a game in which one set of players have to guess a word agreed upon by the other set, after being told what word it rhymes with, by acting in dumb show one word after another till they find it’ (OED s.v. crambo n., 1.b. Accessed 27-01-2023).
 7. John Gregory, A Father's Legacy to His Daughters (London, 1774).
 8. This refers to James Francis Edward Stuart, who was offered residence in Rome by Pope Clement XI after a failed attempt to take the British throne in 1715.
 9. Siddons played the role of Zara in William Congreve's The Mourning Bride several times throughout her career. She is depicted in this role in 1784 in a painting by William Hamilton, RA.
 10. These last two lines appear squeezed in at the top of the entry for Sunday 22 February, but have been restored to their logical position at the end of 21 February.
 11. Daniel Sandford was the second of the late Reverend Sandford's sons and Mrs Delany's godson, thus he is the most likely candidate for this.
 12. Either Thomas (1683-1732) or his brother Edward (1686-1777) Howard, 8th and 9th Dukes of Norfolk respectively.
 13. The third of the Henley brothers, Bertie, was indeed a clergyman, but he had died in 1760.
 14. Possibly Frederick Warren (1775-1848) or his younger brother Pelham (1778-1835). The Warrens had eight sons and two daughters.
 15. Alternatively, this word may read 'bobbins', referring to bobbin lace.
 16. This page has been torn out, leaving a stub on which the extreme left margin of the text is still visible. The spacing of the lines of text suggests this may have been the draft of a note. This image therefore shows much of the text of p.29, transcribed later and not duplicated here.
 17. This page has been torn out, leaving a stub with no text, suggesting the verso of the removed page may have been blank. The image therefore shows much of the text of p.26, transcribed above and not duplicated here.
 18. Lord and Lady Aylesford's first child, Heneage Charles Finch, Lord Guernsey, was born on 27 February 1784 and died on 18 July the same year.
 19. On 28 February 1784, William Pitt was granted the Freedom of the City of London and processed from the house of his Brother [Lord Chatham] to the Grocer's Hall to receive the honour. A cartoon by Thomas Rowlandson depicting the crowds Hamilton describes, 'Master Billy's Procession to the Grocer's Hall', can be found in the Royal Collection Trust.
 20. Probably the same Willerton listed in the London Directory as 'Willerton & Green, jewellers to his Majesty', 21 New Bond Street in 1790 (as cited by the British Museum). Robert Willerton and his business partner Charles Green were the victims of a fraud by Henry Griffin, whose trial is recorded in William Jackson's The New and Complete Newgate Calendar; Or Villary Displayed in All Its Branches, vol 6 (1794), p.124.
 21. A blank half page follows the end of this diary entry.
 22. The 'Mrs Stewart' in question was Charlotte Stuart, illegitimate daughter of Charles Edward Stuart (popularly known as Bonnie Prince Charlie), which perhaps explains Hamilton's emphatic underlining.
 23. Hamilton Douglas Haliburton died in command of the barge of HMS Assistance, when caught by a winter storm chasing deserters off of Sandy Hook. A monument erected by his mother was destroyed by the French, but was rediscovered in 1908 and a new memorial was later constructed in 1937.
 24. This must be Chevalier Sagramoso, mentioned in HAM/2/5 pp.22 and 25, HAM/2/12 p.29, HAM/2/14 pp.42 and 69, and HAM/1/4/4/22 p.2.
 25. The word 'month' seems to be missing here.
 26. A note has been inserted with an address written on the verso, which concerns image 87 and image 88. The transcription of the note has been moved here in order to maintain logical reading order.
 27. This section moved here from page 87.
 28. This section moved here from page 88.
 29. The Dickensons lived at Welbeck Street from 1809 until December 1812 at the latest, when Lady Cremorne writes to Mary Hamilton at Devonshire Place (HAM/1/20/246). The pasted-in note must therefore date from the period 1809-1812.
 30. The transcribed text of this note is provided on page 86.
 31. The transcribed text of this note is provided on page 86.
 32. Elizabeth Egerton married Charles Saladin on 19 February 1784
 33. A marriage license for Elizabeth's sister Isabella to Richard Master is dated 12 March 1784, i.e. the previous day, suggesting the marriage took place shortly afterwards.
 34. i.e., the Family of the current Earl of Harrington, Charles Stanhope (1753-1829).
 35. Lady Catherine's father was John Brydges, Marquess of Carnarvon, who predeceased his father James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos (1673-1744). John's brother Henry (1708-1771) became the 2nd Duke. Hamilton has confused the two brothers.
 36. This page is blank.
 37. John Milton, Paradise Lost (London: Samuel Simmons, 1667).
 38. The contents of this note from Sir William Hamilton are recorded in HAM/4/4/14.
 39. See HAM/4/4/3.
 40. In moving to a new page Hamilton seems to have inadvertantly omitted a word here, possibly another 'worthy'.
 41. Fanny Jackson had been inoculated (with smallpox) on 14 March (see p.99 above) and was still potentially contagious.
 42. Probably George Augustus North, though it could also be one of his brothers or the Bishop of Winchester, Brownlow North (cf. HAM/1/1/1/17).
 43. Hamilton also records lending this poem to Lady Dartrey in the diary HAM/2/10.

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

Archive: Mary Hamilton Papers

Item title: Diary of Mary Hamilton (17 February 1784 - 20 March 1784)

Shelfmark: HAM/2/8

Document Details

Author: Mary Hamilton

Date: from 17 February to 20 March 1784

Summary: The diary covers the period from 17 February to 20 March 1784 and records details of Mary Hamilton’s daily life during this period including her attendance at a Ball held by the Prince of Wales, visits to and from her many friends, her relationships with her family, her servants, and events in wider society including a riot that occurred in the London.
    Hamilton continues the final diary entry in HAM/2/7 concerning anecdotes by Elizabeth Carter. She writes of receiving a note from Lady Stormont concerning the Prince of Wales. Stormont had met the Prince that morning and he asked her to inform Hamilton that he hoped that she would accompany Lady Stormont to a Ball and supper at Carleton House that the Prince was giving the following Wednesday. Hamilton wished it was in her power to excuse herself from going. ‘I have too small a fortune to enable me to bear the expense of dress but in a quiet moderate way & I have no ambition of being in the first Circles’. She wrote to her uncle, William Hamilton, for advice and he replied that he had met the Prince last night and he had also asked him to tell Hamilton that he hoped she would attend. She later received an official invitation from the Prince. Lady Stormont advised her against refusal and recommended her milliner ‘to dress me out’. She was to have a ‘black velvet body etc.’. Her friend Anna Maria Clarke gave her some black velvet for her dress so she did not have to purchase any. Hamilton records being measured for a new pair of stays and discussing the invitation with Mrs Delany and her other friends. Sir William Hamilton told her that the Prince had informed him that he meant to ‘endeavour to go to Paris’.
    Hamilton describes the ball at Carleton House in detail. She notes that after the ‘important task [of her toilette] was finished to the satisfaction of my civil attendants’, Lady Stormont came to take her. She saw the Prince when she reached the second room and noted that he was ‘gracious & expressed great pleasure in seeing me’. She had two long conversations with him ‘in the old friendly stile’. About 500 to 600 people attended and there was ‘no distinction of party as there were both the ins and the outs. Most of the ladies were dressed in taste & elegance everybody appeared to have new clothes for the occasion. All the young people and all those who did not chuse to be thought old were decorated en Habit de Bal - great variety & no set form of dress’. The Prince asked Lady Stormont to dance but she declined as she was ‘with child’. Hamilton continues with description of the dances, the Prince and the guests. She amused herself ‘by talking to a variety of people’. A great many of her relations were present including Sir William Hamilton. She notes that the ‘Princes attentions were properly divided & nothing in my opinion could be more proper, more gracious more like a gentleman & a Prince than his behaviour, what pity that one who know [sic] so well how to do what is right ever fails of doing so!’ She says it was reported that Carleton House was not cleared before 9 o’clock in the morning.
    She writes of her many visits, when the conversation frequently turned to politics, even her friend Miss Blosset defending her ‘favourite’ Mr Charles Fox. Other conversations were on the subject of taste and what was thought necessary for a ‘polished mind’. Hamilton writes of Miss Gregory (see HAM/1/6/7) whom she describes as good humoured and sensible and ‘esteemed by all’. After the death of her father, Elizabeth Montagu took Miss Gregory under her protection and she has lived with her ever since. Hamilton describes her many visits to Elizabeth Vesey and the conversations she had there; she often met people such as Horace Walpole, Miss More, Mrs Carter and Sir Joshua Reynolds. For example (3 March): ‘I spent an agreeable afternoon in hearing the sensible conversation of Mr H. Walpole & Miss H. More &c’.
    Frances Boscawen invited her to a party that was to be in the ‘Bas Bleu Stile’ but Hamilton was unable to attend. She also records a visit to Mrs Delany, whom she found in ‘high beauty’, dressed in white satin to celebrate the Duchess of Portland’s seventieth birthday. Amongst the guests were the Bishop of Exeter and Mrs Boscawen, and the ‘conversation was lively’ with anecdotes on the ‘proud Duke of Somerset’ and how ‘Lord Northington’s brother used to torment him by mortifying his vanity [...] by informing the servants to never move out of the way excepting for members of the royal family & the Duke of Norfolk’. On a later visit to Mrs Delany she found her not well and that she had been blooded. Mrs Delany had been alarmed ‘at the riotous behaviour of the Mob last night who broke windows &c at 1 in the morning when Mr Pitt return’d out of the City’. They talked on the subject although Hamilton comments that she is ‘so out of humour with political topics and party divisions that I have not patience to write down all I hear.’
    Hamilton describes a visit from Mrs Garrick whom she describes as a ‘most unaffected, elegant, pleasing, friendly woman’. Hamilton paid a visit to Mary Delany’s, where she was entertained to ‘a little select concert of Musick’, consisting of songs by Handel, which Sir William Hamilton had had arranged in Italy for trios. They were performed by an Italian named Broggio, [James] Cervetto, ‘the fine violencello performer’, and Sir William. Mary Delany was most affected by ‘I Know that my Reedemer Liveth’: ‘the tears were trickling down her venerable cheeks’. Hamilton and her friends visited Texier’s [Anthony A. Le Texier (c.1737-1814), monologuist and theatre manager], ‘where we were well amused - he read a little piece of 2 Acts call’d Le Vapoureus or Splenetick Man - after this there were some French and Italien Girls - a little one of ab[ou]t 8 or ten years old sustain’d her part admirably’.
    Hamilton records a visit from Elizabeth Carter, who had spent some time with the Dowager Lady Spencer at St Albans. Carter noted that Lady Spencer was not in good spirits: she could only sleep with the aid of laudanum, though she was involved in many benevolent acts and had a hospital amongst other things under her direction. Hamilton also mentions a visit to Elizabeth Montagu, where the conversation was mainly on chemistry and natural history. She met the Duc de Chaulnes, who showed her ‘curious drawings of Chinese buildings’; he discovered the method of making the ‘fine colours of the Chinese’. She writes about her many other visits including one from the Duke of Atholl, Lord Napier and Mr Fisher (see HAM/1/7/6), who talked of the Royal family and of Prince Edward’s governor and his ‘temper, ignorance and’ and the ‘vulgarity’ of Mr Hayes, the governor of the young princes.
    Hamilton writes that her friend Miss Clarke went to see Sarah Siddons acting in the ‘Mourning Bride’, which she was very pleased with. Hamilton also reports the recovery of Elizabeth Montagu from a dreadful accident she had, being burnt when her clothes caught fire. She describes her reading matter, including Macbeth , which she read with her friends, and of a manuscript written by Richard Glover which ‘set the foundation of his epic poem Leonidas ’. At a visit to her friend Miss Gunning they talked of the ‘stile of life of people of fashion led in London’. She discusses society and her belief that it was incumbent upon the individual to find their own amusement. Sir Robert Gunning noted that he preferred the society and manners of the French. Hamilton adds that she was unable to comment on this as she had never lived in Paris.
    Hamilton also reveals the unwelcome attentions of Mr Stanhope, ‘a singular character’ who has a place at Court. ‘He does me the favor to like me so very much that he has tormented me for the last 6 years with his civilities - he is the only person I ever was obliged to seem rude to - but he never w[oul]d take offence - he is a tiresome, good creature, for he means extremely well.’
    The diary includes information on financial matters including those she had with her uncle, Frederick Hamilton, and his attempts to settle the affair of the rent from her mother’s house in St James’s Street. She writes of family divisions and of the indiscretion of her uncle and his disagreement with the Stormonts. Hamilton writes of the charity that she became involved in and her working to make blankets for one of her old servants whose wife had had twins. She writes of a man who teaches the harpsichord and who came from the Foundling Hospital and that he regretted not knowing ‘whom[sic] his parents were’.
   

Length: 1 volume, 116 images, 56 folios , 14621 words

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All quotation marks are retained in the text and are represented by appropriate Unicode characters. Words split across two lines may have a hyphen on the first, the second or both fragments (reco-|ver, imperfect|-ly, satisfacti-|-on); or a double hyphen (pur=|port, dan|=ger, qua=|=litys); or none (respect|ing). Any point in abbreviations with superscripted letter(s) is placed last, regardless of relative left-right orientation in the original. Thus, Mrs. or Mrs may occur, but M.rs or Mr.s do not.

Acknowledgements: Transcription and XML version created as part of project 'Unlocking the Mary Hamilton Papers', funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council under grant AH/S007121/1.

Research assistant: Elinor Bailey, undergraduate student, University of York

Transliterator: Elinor Bailey (submitted 7 April 2020)

Cataloguer: Lisa Crawley, Archivist, The John Rylands Library

Cataloguer: John Hodgson, Head of Special Collections, The John Rylands Library

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Revision date: 14 August 2023

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