Chapter 8 November
November 1st Mrs. Holden up after breakfast not well enough to go to Uppingham with the Canon and Rachel, for a luncheon and unveiling a statue of Dr. [?].
Dornan and I walked towards Barrowdon, then through a common lately enclosed by Lord Ancaster, where there were many ripe Blackberries, then along a road, then along a track where they often hunt, through a spinney, over a field then across another large common, through another in which were many Highland cattle, fields onto the road and home. A walk of about 3¾ miles. We were not tired. I find walking very good for me now I am stronger.
Rachel says they sat down to lunch at about 2 and got up at 4.15 after long speeches, sermons Dr. Holden calls them. All the élite were there, lords and ladies.
2nd Rachel vainly waited for her expected pony. She had even put on her trousers in the morning so as to save time. To Stamford with Dr. Holden at 1.57, where we saw the Almshouse built by the first Lord Burleigh in Queen Elizabeth's time.
They are so close to the river that they often get flooded. The river was high and dirty, the fields around covered with water. From the train we saw the entrance to Burleigh House. Lodges like pagoda, sort of three decks high.
First we went straight to St Mary's Church, a fine old building newly done up, and very fine, high pillars and arches. The door is left all day open, which is nice. The Rector is a Mr Mildmay. Got more medicine made up. So far I have not paid for any. First Dr. Christy then Canon Holden insisted on paying, which saves my money.
Then we met Nellie Thomson in the street and she asked us (Rachel and me) to tea on Friday. She is small, rather pretty.
Then to Browns' Hospital where many old men live, and built hundreds of years ago by a Brown. The men were dressed in tall hats, blue coats and brass buttons, white breeches coming below the knee, grey worsted stockings, and Corduroy gaiters. We entered one's room. He was a terrible cripple, asked us to mention any letter and he would recite a verse beginning with it to show he read his bible.
To the bank and library, or rather reading room. Reached home at 5.30, Georgiana met us.
3rd Letter from Alfred Such a wet day. Georgiana leaves tomorrow at which I am very sorry as I get on with her better than the others. She took me up the church tower this evening up such a narrow, dark, worn step stairs. At the top I daren't look over the parapet! My knees trembled terribly with the climb. The steps were worn and shallow and steep with nothing to catch hold of, the whole tunnel couldn't have been wider than six feet. Post and school.
4th Georgiana woke me at 6.50 on her way to bathe. Arose at seven. Walked to station to see her off by 8.30 train. Walked back in time for breakfast. Mr Holden took me to the school at 11.30, which I found most interesting. An eclipse of the moon this afternoon, too cloudy for us to see.
The Rector's brother Luther Holden arrived this evening. He is a tall handsome man, bright and amusing. We had a missionary talk. He goes to New Zealand on the 18th by the Omba and intends seeing my people. I am sure they will like him. He goes with Sir Kenneth Cumming, a cousin of the [?].
5th Rachel Holden in time for breakfast! On account of her Uncle, I presume. She afterward went to Stamford with the Dr. and Uncle. I got the keys and examined the church.
Sunday 6th Twice to church. Mr Luther Holden felt my pulse after lunch and said I had an irritable heart! I was to live quietly but not too dully, was not to be excited or over-exert myself, or ride too quickly. My heart is weak but may grow stronger as I get older, if I take care of myself, and above all thinks I am to be very careful who I marry, for if I marry someone who would worry me a heart string would break and they are already strained.
He advised me to drink Claret, but nothing heating. This, I feel, is good advice. He is known all over the world for his cleverness, is president of the College of Surgeons and was head of St Bartholomew's Hospital. I have done well to have seen him and Dr. Simpson both. I like him exceedingly.
Packed up before tea. Very good choir in the evening.
7th Left The Rectory at 10.20. Rachel saw me off there. Saw Mr. Dennis and the Cormants. Train late 11.5, reached Peterborough at 11.40, changed into through carriage to Lincoln after half hour's wait. After Grantham it was very foggy after a beautiful bright morning. Stopped only at Grantham between Peterborough and London, where Edith and Ursula met me. Edith is very like Ralph.
Walked home up a steep hill, the house being near the cathedral. It is like Sandwell in appearance and stands back from the road in its own garden. Mrs. St. Leger met me in the hall. Ethel came home at about six o'clock. They all have hair like Pevey's. but are not bad looking and seem good. G.T.L., L.P.G. work meeting sort of girls. I like them all very much indeed and it is a great relief to be with unfeignedly kind people again. Had a nice fire in my room etc. Went to a missionary meeting with Ethel and Mrs. St. Leger "Something, probably grub"!
8th To the cathedral, but looked in at the castle on the way. Only the walls and some ruined towers left, the old jail and law courts, modern buildings fill up the enclosure. The cathedral is indescribably beautiful inside and out. Every detail is perfect. Oliver Cromwell cut the heads off the carvings of people and their effigies on their tombs, and broke most of the windows. The modern coloured ones are bright red and blues, painful to look at.
In the afternoon to see Miss [?] picture in the Guild hall. All more or less f[?]y. One was a picture of a Ward in the hospital here, with sick people in bed.
Then to Evensong in the cathedral where I was greatly amused by seeing the Verger walk before the Canon to the reading desk, pointing his brass sceptre in front, there and back. It looked too ridiculous!
Miss Hutton a niece of Professor Hutton in New Zealand, 1 and cousin of Mrs. John Grigg, 2 came to tea. A noisy rattling sort of girl. I am knitting skeins for the bazaar, they are all working hard for it. I like them more and more.
(2) John Grigg, Pastoralist of Longbeach Station, near Ashburton, Canterbury.
Mrs. St. Leger says she had thought I was to make this my headquarters, that is Ralph said "if you take to Bessie".
9th At home during the morning. After lunch to the hospital where the girls gave out books to the women. Then we glanced into the men's ward and saw the children having their tea. Even the smallest had tea and bread and butter, which astonished me. Some had eggs. The place is fine and airy, we fortunately saw only two very ill people, one an old woman with a loud cracked voice who seldom ceased talking. Met Mrs. Hutton who sent her love to the Griggs.
10th Afternoon tea at the Huttons in the Close. Room very hot, gas blazing. Saw Mrs. Crowfoot, a sister of Edna Lyell's. Saw Miss Hutton's photographs. To the Chrysanthemum show in the morning. Home up an ancient walk said to have been made in the time of the Saxons, leading under an ancient arch, ditto. Then into the Bishops's palace gardens to see the views of Cardinal Wolsey's palace.
11th Still foggy.
12th To a concert and play in the church house. Called Uncle's Will, by Theyne Smith. Very good. Hugh arrived from London. Hugh is back from town.
13th To Service at the cathedral. Very long, from 10.30 - 12.15! Very little room to stand up, consequently stiff knees. To tea at the Huttons' again. A. Tel[?]ves, a cousin, came for the day. He is apprenticed to a founder here, at whose works he works. He is nice, a regular boy. Stayed at home for the evening.
14th Monday To town with Ethel and Edith.
15th Mr. Berry arrived.
17th Went to see Isobel's snakes. Then up the cathedral tower with Mr. Berry.
20th Sunday To service at the cathedral at 6 o'clock.
21st To the Drill Hall to help prepare for the bazaar. Too many people helping already, so I came away. There the old Precentor smiled and bowed most affably. Vespers at the cathedral.
22nd Nothing to do at the Hall again.
23rd The bazaar was opened at two this afternoon by little Lord Yarborough, after many speeches by the Mayor, Bishop, Mr. Carney,[?] etc. Most wearisome standing in the crowd.
Two ladies had their purses stolen though we were warned against pickpockets on entering. Mrs Ellis lost £13, her purse being discovered in the Bishop's pocket with only nine pence left. Had tea at the refreshment stall, then Mrs. St. Leger and I went home where the others followed us at about 10.30. Saw My Lord in Livery performed badly by amateurs. Lady Auckland in great feather at the game stall.
24th The girls at the hall all day. I went with Mrs. St. Leger for the tea and supper. Miss Warner came from Gainsborourgh to stay 'till Saturday and help at the toy stall. She came back with us being dead beat and went to bed directly. Ethel and Edith help Mrs. Hutton and Miss Brownbreed, Ursula is at Mrs Borradail's toy stall. Isabel Hutton has the game and livestock stall including three live snakes (sold at two shillings the lot). Helped carry a huge cake home won by Ettie in a raffle and designed by her for the Union. Lady Auckland in white Satin.
25th Lady Auckland dressed more quietly. Whilst at the bazaar Hugh got a telegram to say he had passed. He paid for a party of us at the shooting gallery. I won a prize of 3d for a bull's eye. My pride at making it immense! Dora Maddison gave me her brother's address in New Zealand She and I had our hands told last evening by the palmist Mr Wormald who charges two shillings for twenty minutes. He said of me that I would never come up to my ideals, I was nervous and a "house lady", I was too impulsive and must give way to advice more than I do.
26th Glad to stay at home all day and rest. Packed up what I could. Ethel and Mrs. St. Leger out to dinner. Ursula home at 11 p.m. Edith and Hugh not till 12.40.
27th Sunday All tired. Assize Sunday. To service at the cathedral. Judge Kennedy looked hot in his robes. Saw him bound out afterwards and drive off in carriage and four with the Sheriff and his own chaplain, Canon Wright, who preached. Finished packing. Pincher [?] not yet pleasant!
28th Left Lincoln at ten o'clock with Ethel, arriving at 2 pm at London, almost three quarters of an hour late. Miss Hill met us at King's Cross and drove with us to Shaftesbury Avenue, where we found all well and lunched. Then directly to the Army and Navy Stores to begin Ralph's list, Miss Hill accompanying us. There 'till 5 pm, then home to Shaftesbury Avenue.
29th Ettie came just before 10 o'clock, when we called out again to the Army and Navy Stores where we had finished and lunched by three pm. We got two papers and the tiles at Schoolbred first and ordered them to the Army and Navy Stores for enclosure. From the Stores to tea with the Catons at 4 Gloucester Road. Took the West Kensington bus in mistake of the Hammersmith, so got to the wrong end of Gloucester Road and got damp as it was raining. Catons as nice as ever, hardly altered even in appearance.
30th To the Haymarket stores with Mrs. Christy. Got up at 11 o'clock, breakfast in bed at 8.15 every morning. Catons came to tea. S. came to help me choose a cape. Got one at Stroud's, Oxford Street after three others all day.