Friday, January 02, 2009

29Oct1863, A Gentlemen's Dinner

HAGLEY, Thursday, October 29th, 1863.
—The kind weather, which I do think I shall never abuse again, having done all that could be expected of it, and more, naturally gave way to its feelings to-day, and we had a most astonishing howl of wind and rain nearly all the morning. But nothing happened to-day except a highly successful and delightful dinner at Halesowen, to which went all the gentlemen except Lord Wenlock and Ralph Neville, who stayed at home and squired us. They all came home about 11½ in tremendous spirits, everyone having spoken, except John ; Albert returned thanks for Granny ! Uncle W. excelled himself, and was full of praise of Charles' speech (saying he had the making of a good speaker, which I note down for the benefit of futurity) ; Mr. Ross and Ld. J. Hervey both spoke capitally ; in short all was charming. To-day went away Braybrooks, and Ric., I think.

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