Saturday, May 23, 2009

12Jul1866, Picnicky Little Business

LONDON, July 12th, 1866.
- I had a real treat and refreshment after luncheon : driving to Pembroke Lodge [FN: In Richmond Park, lent by the Queen to Lord Russell.] with my Fred (in a ducal brougham too, so as to relieve our minds of our much put-upon horse) to a picnicky little business there. The glorious green summer beauty and sweetness of everything was delightful ; and took away the cockney cloud of hot street atmosphere. Ld. Russell appeared, much hidden by an enormous white beaver hat : he looked extremely placid and light-hearted, and cracked some little jokes. I believe he has got over the defeat now.

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