201: To Annabella Hungerford Milnes.
Crewe Hall, Crewe. - [written in third person]. Pictures should be kept until Mrs Milnes comes to town; would like proof of new print of Archdeacon Hare framed in gold.
embossed notepaper for Dunrobin Castle, Sutherland. - Lord Chesham looked after Amy well; two other young ladies had to sleep in their ball dresses in the gentlemen's dressing room at the hotel as their maid had hidden their room keys too well; visited Bishops; [Edens?] hope to be of assistance to Annabella Milnes; row in the train over reserved carriage for Dunrobin; encountered Miss [Catherine M.] Marsh there - Houghton moved to tears by her account of death of a wild man he knew as a boy, or perhaps it was gout. Lady John Scott is now singing and Lord Delamere talking to Miss Marsh like Hedley Vicars; the chief financial adviser of the Khedive, a young French officer 'late at Metz', and the engineer Sir Henry (?) Jones are also here; discusses other guests.
Contains note by Hon. Amicia Milnes.
On headed notepaper for Combermere Abbey. - Sends congratulations to Mrs Milnes on the birth of her son, which will cause great joy to all her friends; Mrs Blackburne's 'share in the business' will also be commended.
1 Regent Street. - Only heard last night that Milnes has been 'blessed with a son'; congratulates him, and sends best wishes to his wife.
On headed notepaper for the Board of Customs. - Congratulates Milnes on the birth of his son and hopes that all is well with child and mother. Always thinks of Milnes with 'great regard' though they meet so seldom.
11 Chichester Terrace, Brighton. - Cannot resist sending Mrs Blackburne a note, as well as one to Mr Milnes 'for my old Crewe feelings do most naturally seek for a vent'; is very glad of Anabel's safety, '& one cannot help glancing at the strong presumption that to Crewe is born an heir in the line we love! May the Boy live & prosper'.
25 Rue Olivier. - Godfrey Bland died this morning around eleven, 'almost without a struggle'. The scene was 'most painful... his poor wife adored him - & all his servants loved him so much'. They discussed his affairs before his death: Godfrey made a will a year ago before the marriage, leaving all to his wife except two hundred pounds to George and the same to Frederick, and something to his servants; he intended to alter it but had no strength left, and has told his wife he trusts her to give George twenty five thousand francs instead of five thousand. She will have a residue of about six or seven hundred a year, which will leave her very comfortable.
Godfrey will be buried as he wished at Père Lachaise, probably on Friday.
Will do all he can to help the 'poor widow'; such scenes as the ones this morning, '& the one at Bawtry - (how is A[nnabel?] poor little girl) - painful tho' they are - tend to make one a wiser and better man'
Wentworth Woodhouse. - Is supporting the proposed railway line into North Lincolnshire solely to the extend the market for his coal. Hopes that Milnes will visit him at Milton [Cambridgeshire] in January; Milnes' son and daughter-in-law will be paying him a visit.
Carlton Lodge, [Pontefract]. - On the death of Robert Pemberton Milnes. Her husband Colonel Wood joins in sending regards.
Sent with photograph and inkstand in memory of his dead wife Emily.
Also includes envelope postmarked 19 Jul. 1862, without enclosure.
Including reference to separation of Charles and Catherine Dickens
Fragment of letter describes illness [of one of Annabella Milnes' daughters?].
Cox gives his address as 33 Percy Street. Note and stamp of receipt at the bottom.