1837 Diary

This painting depicts the moment in the early hours of the morning on Tuesday 20th June 1837 when Princess Victoria hears of her accession to the throne. She recorded the incident which took place at Kensington Palace in her journal; ‘I was awoke at 6 o’clock by Mamma who told me that the Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord Conyngham were here and wished to see me. I got out of bed and went into my sitting room (only in my dressing gown) and alone, and saw them. Lord Conyngham (the Lord Chamberlain) then acquainted me that my poor Uncle, the King, was no more, and had expired at 12 minutes past 2 this morning and consequently that I am Queen ’. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015
This painting depicts the moment in the early hours of the morning on Tuesday 20th June 1837 when Princess Victoria hears of her accession to the throne. She recorded the incident which took place at Kensington Palace in her journal; ‘I was awoke at 6 o’clock by Mamma who told me that the Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord Conyngham were here and wished to see me. I got out of bed and went into my sitting room (only in my dressing gown) and alone, and saw them. Lord Conyngham (the Lord Chamberlain) then acquainted me that my poor Uncle, the King, was no more, and had expired at 12 minutes past 2 this morning and consequently that I am Queen ’.
Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

Wednesday, 28 June, 1837 

Emma and I walked to Mrs Salmon’s, where we met Mrs Warrener, Mr Lucas and a Mr Hill, a gentlemanly man.  From there we walkd up to Devises, calld on the Miss Hughes’s and came home, oppressd with the heat.  Drank tea at Mr Smith’s at Old Park, a lovely place with five Green Houses beautifully fill’d and very large hot houses with literally loads of the finest grapes I ever saw and quantities of pines.  A noble walld kitchen garden with fruit enough to supply a market!!

 Thursday, 29 June, 1837

We walkd in the garden with Mr Scott after dinner.

Friday, 30 June, 1837.

We walkd with Mr Scott thro’ Mr Tyler’s grounds and hay field.

Fashion plate for July 1837 from The World of Fashion. As King William IV had died on the 20th June 1837, the magazine depicted mourning gowns. (LA Public Library; Casey Fashion Plates)
Fashion plate for July 1837 from World of Fashion. As King William IV had died on the 20th June 1837 the magazine depicted mourning gowns.
(LA Public Library; Casey Fashion Plates)

Saturday, 1 July, 1837.

Walkd with Mr Scott thro’ Mr Tyler’s grounds and as far as the road to Mr Salmon’s, where he was going.  When Emma and I returnd home and in our way walkd across a hay field by Dr Headly’s, where he had a beautiful view.

Sunday, 2 July, 1837.

At Church and afterward returnd to Devizes and sat some time with Mrs Brabant.  Saw the Dr, who was very obliging and looking very well.  Miss Susan Hughes was there also. Emma walkd with Mr Scott in the evening.

Monday, 3 July, 1837.

Emma and I calld on Miss Tylee, saw Miss Berry and Mr Lewis Tylee.  Met Mr Tylee in our way back, who was very polite.  We walkd with Mr Scott in the evening, thro’ Devises and by the canal.  Frightful appearance of storm, but it did not fall here.

Tuesday, 4 July ,1837. Park Cottage

Emma and I walkd to Devizes before tea to see poor old Rowlings, who is in his 89th year. He is quite blind, all his other faculties perfect.  He was very glad to hear us and very grateful for the half crown I gave him.  We saw Miss Berry and the two little Smiths, also Mr and Miss Hughes.  Mr Scott met us by appointment in Devizes and walkd home with us.

Wednesday, 5 July, 1837.

Emma and I walkd to Miss Tylee’s, met Mr Tylee in the strawberry, who very obligingly askd us to have some strawberries.  Having company to dinner, we only walkd in the garden in the evening. Miss Tylee and Major Olivier dined here.  Mr Louis Tylee came to fetch his sister home in the evening.

Thursday, 6 July 1837

We left Park Cottage for Bath.  Calld on Rebecca in the evening.

Returnd to Bath from Park Cottage.  Mrs Pierrepont and Mrs Langden calld here in our absence, also Mrs Wiltshire and Mr Iveson.

Bath High Street, mid nineteenth-century Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
Bath High Street, mid nineteenth-century
Victoria Art Gallery, Bath

Friday, 7 July, 1837.

Miss Workman, calld here.

Saturday, 8 July, 1837

We calld on Admiral Shirley, Mrs Darwin, Miss Allen,

Sunday, 9 July ,1837

At St. John’s.  Walk’d in the evening to Mrs Turner’s, who received us most kindly and would make us stay to tea.  We walkd home with a Mrs and Miss Johnson, friends of Mrs Turner’s, very pleasant peaple.

Monday, 10 July, 1837.

We called on Miss Workman. The Miss Allens calld here.

Tuesday, 11 July,1837

We calld on he Miss Allens, Miss Webb, Mrs Hardcastle. Calld here, Miss Workman, Miss Baker.

Thursday, 13 July, 1837.

Calld on Miss Workman, Admiral Shirley

Friday, 14 July, 1837.

Calld on Miss Baker.  Mr and Mrs Scott in their way to Clifton calld here.

Sunday, 16 July,1837

At St. John’s.  We calld on Miss Workman

Monday, 17 July 1837.

Calld on Miss Workman.  Calld here Alfred from Mr Hale.

Wednesday, 19 July, 1837.

Mr and Mrs Scot calld here on their way home from Clifton.

Thursday, 20 July, 1837.

We took a beautiful drive with Mrs Darwin on the new Warminster Road and round the Park and drank tea with her.  Spent a most pleasant evening. Mrs Slade, Miss Hellican, dear Dr Cooper, Mrs Draguein and Alfred, from Mr Hale, calld here.

Friday, 21 July, 1837.

We calld on Miss Workmans and Admiral Shirley. Alfred from Mr Hale and Miss Barry calld here.

Saturday, 22 July 1837

We calld on the Miss Workmans, the Miss Allens and Miss Allen.  Walkd in the evening to see the Hustings for the Bath election.  Alfred from Mr Hale calld here.

Sunday, 23 July, 1837.

At St. John’s, very hot.  Drank tea at the Darwin’s.  Took a nice little walk with them and spent a very chearful, pleasant evening.  Alfred from Mr Hale calld here.

Monday, 24 July, 1837.

The Nomination for the Member.

Miss Workman and little Henry Hyde calld here and  Alfred from Mr Hale’s.

Tuesday, 25 July 1837.

The Election.  Lord Powerscourt and Mr Bruges returnd.  Mr Roebuck and General Palmer thrown out!!  Great rejoicings on the occasion.

The Election: The New Member Addresses the People by C. F. Wicksteed, 1838 (c) Palace of Westminster; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation
The Election: The New Member Addresses the People by C. F. Wicksteed, 1838
(c) Palace of Westminster; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Wednesday, 26 July, 1837. 

Miss Janetta Allen calld here.

Thursday, 27 July, 1837.

Mrs Slade, Miss Hellcan, Miss Masters (and her friend), Miss Workman, Admiral Shirley, Miss Wood and three little Darwins, to see Lord Powerscourt  and Mr Bruges procession, which was magnificent.

Friday, 28 July, 1837.

Miss Workman and Alfred from Mr Hale calld here.

Saturday, 29 July, 1837.

Mrs Slade, Miss F Hellican calld here to ask us to tea there on Monday.

Sunday, 30 July, 1837.

At St. John’s.  We calld on Miss Workman.

Monday, 31 July 1837.

Drank tea at the Miss Hellicans’, met Rebecca, Mrs Partis and Miss Hughes.  Remarkably pleasant evening.  Miss Helen Wiltshire, Elizabeth Savage, Mr Wilkinson and Miss Hill calld here.

Monday, 31 July, 1837.

Calld here Miss Helen Wiltshire, Elizabeth Savage, Mr Wilkinson, Miss Hill.

Fashion Plate for August 1837 from Le Follet (LA Public Library; Casey Fashion Plates)
Fashion Plate for August 1837 from Le Follet/Lady’s Magazine
(LA Public Library; Casey Fashion Plates)

Tuesday, 1 August, 1837.

Dined at Miss Hill’s, shook hands with Mr Wiltshire in our way.  Met a Miss Powell at Jane’s at tea.  A very pleasant old lady. The two Miss Allens calld here to ask us to drink tea with, but we were engaged to dine with Miss Hill.

Wednesday, 2 August, 1837.

Calld on the Miss Workman’s.  Mrs Hale calld here.

Thursday, 3 August, 1837.

Mr Hale and Alfred.  Mrs Darwin, Elenn and Charlotte, Miss Fanny Hellican called here.

Friday, 4 August, 1837.

Mrs Hardcastle, Miss Masters, Mr and Mrs Darwin calld here.

Saturday, 5 August,1837.

We calld on Mr Hales, Admiral Shirley,  the Miss Workmans’, Miss Allen’s, The Miss Allens’, Mr Reynolds, to enquire the Character of Gregory for Mrs Scott.  Mrs Darwin’s.

Miss Allen calld here.

Tuesday, 8 August, 1837.

Miss Hughes of Pulteney Street, Miss Janetta Allen, Mr Wiltshire calld here.

Wednesday, 9 August, 1837.

Miss Workman, Mrs Ann Wiltshire, Miss Shirley calld here.

Saturday, 12 August ,1837.

Mrs Darwin, Miss Janetta Allen, Miss Workman, Mrs Darwin again to take us out in the Carriage, calld here.

Sunday, 13 August, 1837.

Miss Workman calld here.

Monday, 14 August, 1837

Miss Shirley calld here.

Tuesday, 15 August, 1837

Miss Workman, Mrs Darwin, Miss Janetta Allen, Miss Hill calld here.

Wednesday, 16 August, 1837.

Dear Mr Wiltshire left Bath for Chippenham.

Friday, 18 August, 1837

Mrs Mitchell, Miss Brotherson drank tea here.

Saturday, 19 August 1837

Mr Colborne, a pleasant man, calld here.

Sunday, 20 August, 1837

Miss Brotherson calld in the open carriage and took us to church.

A Couple Alighting from an Open Carriage and Pair by Bernard-Edouard Swebach (c) National Trust, Wimpole Hall; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation
A Couple Alighting from an Open Carriage and Pair by Bernard-Edouard Swebach
(c) National Trust, Wimpole Hall; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Monday, 21 August 1837

Mrs Mitchell called

Tuesday, 22 August, 1837.

Mrs and Miss Goldney calld.

Thursday, 24 August, 1837.

Mrs Mitchell and Miss Brotherson calld . Drank tea at Mr Figgins’s.

Saturday, 26 August, 1837.

Mrs Mitchell and Miss Brotherson calld. Drank tea at Mr Figgins’s

Monday, 28 August, 1837.

Returned to Bath with great regret after a most pleasant visit to our kind old friend Mr Figgins.  Found Mr Wilton’s card.  Miss Crook calld and was very pleasant.

Tuesday, 29 August, 1837.

Mrs Hudson calld here.  Admiral Shirley sent to enquire how we did.

Wednesday, 30 August, 1837

Miss Hill drank tea here to take leave, as she is going into Yorkshire for the Winter.

Thursday, 31 August, 1837.

Miss Shirley, Mrs Ann Wiltshire calld here.

Fashion Plate for September 1837 from Ladies' Cabinet (LA Public Library; Casey Fashion Plates)
Fashion Plate for September 1837 from Ladies’ Cabinet
(LA Public Library; Casey Fashion Plates)

Friday, 1 September 1837

Mrs Ann Wiltshire, dear Dr. Cooper, Admiral Shirley, Miss Janetta Allen calld here.

Monday, 4 September ,1837

Miss Wood and two of the little Darwins, Mr Portis calld here.

Tuesday, 5 September, 1837

The Miss Allens calld here,who kindly brought us a brace of birds.  Dear Henry came from London to see us.

Wednesday, 6 September 1837

Mrs Keen and Mrs Buckle, Mr Wiltshire and Miss Workman calld here.

Thursday, 7 September, 1837.

Admiral Shirley calld on my brother Henry.

Saturday, 9 September 1837

Miss Shirley calld here.

Tuesday, 12 September, 1837

Mrs Dorset Fellows, Mrs and Miss Jones, Mrs Ann and Mrs E Wiltshire, Miss Shirley calld here.

Wednesday, 13 September, 1837

Miss Janetta Allen, Miss Webb calld here.

Thursday, 14 September 1837.

Mrs Darwin calld here.

Friday, 15 September, 1837

Miss Workman, Mr Wiltshire, Miss Shirley calld here.

Saturday, 16 September, 1837

Mrs Darwin calld here.

Sunday, 17 September, 1837.

Miss Barry and Miss Marion Allen calld here.

Fashion plate for October 1837 from the Lady's Magazine (LA Public Library; Casey Fashion Plates)
Fashion plate for October 1837 from Le Follet/Lady’s Magazine
(LA Public Library; Casey Fashion Plates)

Tuesday, 17 October, 1837.

Returnd from Oldbury, after spending a month there as pleasantly as possible, with most beautiful weather.

Wednesday, 18 October, 1837

Mrs and Miss Darwin calld here.

Thursday, 19 October, 1837.

Mr Wiltshire, Mr Lane for Miss Armstrong’s parcel calld here.

Friday, 20 October, 1837.

Mrs Wilson Brown, Miss Shirley, Mrs and Miss Chamier, Miss Webb calld here.

Saturday, 21 October, 1837

Miss Darwin, Miss Shirley, Mrs Simpson, Miss Mariana Allen calld here.

Fanny Chapman
Fanny Chapman

Tuesday, 24 October 1837

Mrs Pierrepont, Mrs Darwin calld here.

Wednesday, 25 October 1837

Miss Shirley, Miss Cummyn calld here.

Thursday, 26 October 1837

Admiral Shirley calld here.

Friday, 27 October 1837

A gentleman from Mr Dowding called here, with Mr Hale’s Bankruptcy Certificate for me to sign, which I did.

Monday, October 30 1837.

The three little Darwins called here and Admiral Shirley.

Tuesday, 31 October 1837

Mr Wiltshire, Miss Wood, Charlotte Darwin calld here.

Fashion plate for November 1837 from the Lady's Magazine (LA Public Library; Casey Fashion Plates)
Fashion plate for November 1837 from Le Follet/Lady’s Magazine
(LA Public Library; Casey Fashion Plates)

Saturday, 4 November, 1837.

Miss Shirley and little Sarah Jane Hale calld here.

Monday, 6 November, 1837,

Henrietta Windham calld here and Wyndham Penruddock.  Beautiful day.

Tuesday, 7 November, 1837.

Miss Lawrence, Mrs and Miss Chamier, Mrs Pierrepont calld here.

Wednesday, 8 November, 1837.

Miss Wood calld here.

Thursday, 9 November, 1837.

Mrs Pierrepont, to ask us to dine with her on Monday next.

Friday, 10 November 1837

Miss Shirley and Miss Cummyn calld here.

Saturday, 11 November ,1837

Miss Janetta Allen calld to ask us to drink tea there tomorrow.  Mrs Wilson Brown to ask us to drink tea on Wednesday. Mrs Hardcastle and Mrs Ann Wiltshire calld.

Monday, 13 November, 1837

Miss Shirley and Miss Cummyn calld.

Tuesday, 14 November, 1837

Mrs Pierrepont calld three times.

Thursday, 16 November, 1837.

Mrs Thackery, Miss Wood, Mrs Pierrepont, Miss Harrison calld.

Friday, 17 November, 1837

Mrs Langden, Mrs and Miss Chamier, Miss Shirley and little Sarah Jane Hale calld.

Tuesday, 21 November, 1837

The Miss Allens, Dr Davis, Miss Haugh, Miss Fillingham calld.

Wednesday, 22 November, 1837

Miss Wood calld.

Friday, 24 November, 1837.

Mr Wiltshire calld.

Monday, 27 November, 1837

Miss Wood, Miss Shirley called to ask us to dine there tomorrow and little Sarah Jane Hale.

Tuesday, 28 November, 1837

The three little Darwins calld.

Wednesday, 29 November 1837.

Miss Wood, Mrs Davis, Mrs Langden, Mr and Mrs Charles Penruddocke calld.

Fashion plate for December 1837 from World of Fashion (LA Public Library; Casey Fashion Plates)
Fashion plate for December 1837 from World of Fashion
(LA Public Library; Casey Fashion Plates)

Friday, 1 December, 1837

Mrs Pierrepont, Mrs Wilson Brown, Mrs and Miss Chamier, Miss Mariana Allen calld.

Monday, 4 December, 1837

Miss Wood calld.

Tuesday, 5 December, 1837

Mrs Pierrepont, Mr Wiltshire calld.

Wednesday, 6 December, 1837

Mrs Simpson calld.  She is going on Saturday to Mrs Smith at Stafford, to be with her during her confinement.

Thursday, 7 December, 1837

Miss Shirley, Mrs Elizabeth Wiltshire, Miss Wood calld.  A little snow in the morning.  One of the Miss Buckles married.

Sunday, 3 December, 1837.

At St. John’s.  Emma went to Miss Workman’s.

Tuesday, 5 December, 1837

Calld on Mrs Pierrepont, Mrs Chamier, Mrs Simpson.

Wednesday, 6 December 1837.

Emma went to Miss Workman’s.

Saturday, 9 December, 1837

Emma went to Miss Workman’s and Admiral Shirley’s.  Miss Shirley and the two eldest Darwins calld.

Monday, 11 December, 1837.

Calld at Mrs Pierrepont’s, Admiral Buckle’s, Miss Woods, Miss Workman’s. Mrs Langdon calld twice.  The Miss Hellicans, Miss Wood, Mrs and Miss Chamier and Mrs Garret calld.

Tuesday, 12 December, 1837

Calld on Miss Workman and Miss Woods, Mrs Longden’s, Miss Shirley, Miss Allens  Drank tea at Miss Wood’s and went with her and the three Darwins to the Hansemanship, dear Mrs Davis’s treat. Miss Wood and two of the Darwins calld here, took them to see a handsome inkstand at Paines.

A Victorian silver-gilt and malachite inkstand, John Eldershaw Brunt, London, 1837 (sold at Sotheby's in 2007, image via www.sothebys.com)
A Victorian silver-gilt and malachite inkstand, John Eldershaw Brunt, London, 1837 (sold at Sotheby’s in 2007, image via http://www.sothebys.com)

Wednesday, 13 December, 1837.

Went as far as Prior Pass Buildings in our way to Mrs Turner’s, but the mud was so bad there we could not go on.  Calld on Mrs Garnett’s, Mrs Earle’s.  Drank tea at Mrs Chamier’s, met Miss Workman.  Very pleasant.  Calld on Mr Hales and Miss Wood. Miss Shirley and Miss Comyn calld here.

Thursday, 14 December, 1837

All the day spent in looking for lodgings for Mrs Lowther.  We call’d on Miss Workman.  2nd day of the sale of Mr Hales’ furniture!

Friday, 15 December, 1837.

Miss Shirley and Miss Pierrepont calld.

Saturday, 16 December, 1837.

Dined and went to the Play with kind hearted Mrs Longden.  She gave us our tickets.  The dear Miss Allens ask’d us to dine with them.

“Love in a village” and “The young Queen”.

Tuesday, 19 December, 1837.

Mrs Lowther who arrived in Bath last night calld here. Dined with Mrs Lowther.

Wednesday, 20 December, 1837.

Emma went to Miss Workmans’.  We dined at the Miss Allens’, only Mr Allen and his two sisters and ourselves.  Extremely pleasant. Mrs and Miss Chamier calld here.

Thursday, 21 December, 1837

We calld on Miss Workman’s, Miss Wood, Mrs Longdens, Miss Shirley’s, Miss Allens’.

Mrs Lowther calld here.

Friday, 22 December, 1837.

Calld at Mrs Lowther’s, Emma went to Miss Workman’s, Miss Shirley’s, Mrs Longden’s. Mrs Lowther dined here.

Saturday, 23 December, 1837.

Calld at Admiral and Miss Shirley, Miss Wood, Miss Workman. Mrs Lowther calld here.

Sunday, 24 December,1837

At St. John’s.  Calld on Admiral Shirley’s, Miss Workman’s.

Monday, 25 December, Christmas Day, 1837

At St. John’s.  Called at Mrs Lowthers.  Dined at Mrs Chamier’s, met Miss Workman.  Very pleasant.  Called on the Miss Allens.  Miss Wood and Mrs Lowther calld here.

Christmas wreath from Rebecca Hey's Spirit of the Woods, London, 1837 (Natural History Museum public library)
Christmas wreath from Rebecca Hey’s Spirit of the Woods, London, 1837
(Natural History Museum public library)

Wednesday, 27 December, 1837

Mrs and Miss Chamier, Miss Shirley came here.  A girl came to borrow two sovereigns in Mrs Chamier’s name.  I sent to Mrs C, who came with Mr Collins, the ? and Skinner the grocer, whom she had cheated in Mrs Chamier’s name.  They fetched a policeman and took her to prison.

Dined at Miss Workman’s.  Mrs Chamier came in the evening. Mrs Lowther and Charlotte Darwin calld here.

Thursday, 28 December, 1837

Emma went to Miss Workman’s.

Friday, 29 December, 1837.

Drank tea at the Miss Allens’.  Met Dr Nott, Sub’ Preceptor to the Princess Charlotte of Wales.

Sunday, 31 December ,1837.

At St. John’s.   Calld on the Miss Workman’s, Mrs Longden’s, Miss Allens’, Mrs Chamier.

Thursday, 28 December, 1837

Mr Wiltshire, Mrs Chamier, Miss Workman, Miss Wood, Mrs Lowther calld here..  Rebecca dined with us and Mrs Chamier and Georgina came in the evening.  Little Sarah Darwin calld.

Friday, 29 December, 1837

Mrs Lowther calld here.

Saturday, 30 December, 1837

Admiral Shirley, Miss Wood, Miss Darwin, Mrs Lowther calld here.

 

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