On Saturday We Went At Two To The FETE Of Flowers At
Chiswick, And At Half-Past Seven Dined At Lord Monteagle's To Meet
Monsieur And Mademoiselle Guizot.
He has the finest head in the
world, but his person is short and insignificant.
On Wednesday we dined at Lady Chantrey's to meet a charming party.
Afterward we went to a magnificent ball at the Duke of Devonshire's,
with all the great world. On Friday we went to Faraday's lecture at
the Royal Institution. We went in with the Duke and Duchess of
Northumberland, and I sat by her during the lecture. On Saturday
was the Queen's Birthday Drawing-Room. . . . Mr. Bancroft dined at
Lord Palmerston's with all the diplomats, and I went in the evening
with a small party of ladies. On coming home we drove round to see
the brilliant birthday illuminations. The first piece of
intelligence I heard at Lady Palmerston's was the death of the
Princess Sophia, an event which is a happy release for her, for she
was blind and a great sufferer. It has overturned all court
festivities, of course, for the present, and puts us all in deep
mourning, which is not very convenient just now, in the brilliant
season, and when we had all our dress arrangements made. The Queen
was to have a concert to-night, a drawing-room next Friday, and a
ball on the 16th, which are all deferred. . . . I forgot to say that
I got a note from Miss Coutts on Sunday, asking me to go with her
the next day to see the Chinese junk, so at three the next day we
repaired to her house.
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