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HOUG/DD/14/1 · Item · 23 Aug. [1874]
Part of Papers of Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton

Barton End House, near Nailsworth. - was secretary to Sydney Dobell; his death; she and Dobell's widow wish his great virtues to be recognised; asks if Houghton can persuade Dean Stanley or Mr. Stopford Brooke to perform burial service at HIghgate Cemetery. Dobell wished to express sympathy at Houghton's bereavement but illness made letter-writing impossible; he was never separated from his own wife. Hopes Houghton will write obituary.

HOUG/221/3-24 · Item · 1834-1840 and undated
Part of Papers of Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton

23: Salutation 'Tramontane' and signed 'Litherwit', characters from his Olympian Revels. Note perhaps written on scrap paper: geometrical diagram, equations, and doodled face also present.
24: Addressed to 'Sig[nor]' and Sig[nor]a Milnes, Via Tritone [Rome]', salutation 'Dear Trochee and Spondee' and signed 'Yours Anti-Hexameter'.

HOUG/BM/7/12 · Part · 2 Mar. 1874
Part of Papers of Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton

On headed notepaper of the Newspaper Press Fund, 24 Cecil Street, Strand, W.C. - Has been directed to communicate a copy of the resolution passed at the Annual Meeting on 28 Feb., moved by George Godwin and seconded by James Mould, that the members of the Fund wish to convey their sympathy and condolences to Lord Houghton at the death of his wife. Byrne expresses his own sympathy in addition.

MSPB/66 · Item · 5 Dec. 1859
Part of Manuscripts in Printed Books


Dec. 5

Dearest A {1}

This is merely a P.S. to my last notelet to beg you to give my sweet & "blessed little Florey" an extra kiss from poor Anty Ett on her birthday,—; & to beg Richee's {2} acceptance, (ultimately for her) of my Copy of the Hungerfordiana, which he told me the other day he had been trying to procure & could not—

There were never more than 100 Copies printed—only 50 for sale—now six & thirty years ago—so no wonder.

He is to keep it, please, for his beautiful little Florey, as she alone bears the dear dear old name.

Neither Amy nor Robin have anything to say to it!—

I trust the sweet Rob does not feel these changes of temperature, & that you are all "flourishing"—

God bless you, my dearest—Yr most devoted


{1} Followed by a heart containing the letters 'a', 'F', and 'R', for Amy, Florence, and Robin.

{2} The spelling of this name is uncertain.

HOUG/BO/1/2 · Item · [early 1852?]
Part of Papers of Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton

Fryston. Has always avoided town at busy periods, but meant to be there; however, influenza has stopped him and he cannot say when he will be able to come. Does not mind being alone as much as some would; 'With all Richard's fancy for books, I have a notion I read as much as he does'. Hears often from Annabel; she is an 'excellent correspondent' and 'must have written all copies in large text for the girl's school at Madeley - so distinct is her chirography'. She tells him of some of her guest but not all; she says 'they ask'd so many one night some could not get in the house. He himself 'set[s] small value on London friendships, generally' - about 'the prince of a bottle of ginger beer'.

Asks to be remembered kindly to Lord Crewe; is glad to see his sister [Annabel] so often, and trusts that he will esteem Richard the more the longer he knows him. Wishes he would have come with Richard for a few days for the election; asks Mrs Blackburne to tell him so, thinks it 'would amuse him immensely. The row & outspoken way they knock about the candidates, he would be excessively entertained'.

HOUG/BO/1/1 · Item · 4 Jan. [1852 or later]
Part of Papers of Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton

Boodles. - Discusses Mrs Blackburne's anxiety about her son's eyesight; he himself has 'little faith in doctors in those cases'; if a change of air would help, she is welcome to send him to spend a month at Bawtry - or Serlby, where Milnes is often. Thinks that if there is anyone who has 'an unalloy'd Felicity', it is Annabel. From the mopy creature, as I saw her first at Madeley, she has sprung into a youth & freshness, beyond belief - younger by at least some dozen years- & in the highest spirits & enjoyments'. She and Richard are 'now making a round of visits in counties new to her - Norfolk & Suffolk', where two of Robert Milnes' sisters 'married early in life'; then they will go on to 'some of Richard's fashionable acquaintances'. Robert will then urge her to join him at Bawtry before the London season begins; asks Mrs Blackburne if she and Fanny would come and spend time with them.

Is currently in town; not at Brook Street as he does not like it, but at his 'old dingy lodgings next St James' St' [his club]; goes back to Bawtry at the end of the week. Discussion of current political situation: does not think their opinions would differ much; reversals in political fortunes, with recollections of the beginning of his own public life. 'But we will have it out, if you come to Bawtry'.

HOUG/BO/2/3 · Item · 29 Sept. 1851
Part of Papers of Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton

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'