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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/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/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'

HOUG/BO/2/2 · Item · [28] Sept. 1851
Part of Papers of Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton

25 Rue Olivier. - Dated 'Sunday - Sept. 29' but the date is a mistake for 'Sept. 28'. On the ill health of his uncle Godfrey: 'he is just like my father in the later stage of his illness'. Godfrey's wife, whom George is 'convinced is an excellent woman & whose devotion to him is intense' thought on Friday that 'every breath would be his last'; he seems much better now. Has had some discussion with Godfrey about his property; expects that Godfrey has left it first to his wife and then to him but does not know the exact terms; does not think she would ever make 'improper use' of it and she is 'much to be pitied'. Asks after the 'fair invalid' [Milnes' daughter in law?] whom Milnes is looking after at Bawtry, and says that Lady Galway's 'commissions' will all be carried out tomorrow. Small postscript conveying Godfrey's love, though he is 'kept very quiet'.

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/BN/5/2 · Item · 9 Nov. 1868
Part of Papers of Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton

Boroughbridge. - Saw his doctor, 'an old school-fellow' recently, who told him he 'perfectly understood [himself], and confirmed [his] own ideas in every respect' and that it had been right for him to choose 'some rest whilst the will so to choose was in my own power'.
Expects the weekly letter from [her son] Robert will reach her at the same time; intends to write to him soon if all is well. Hopes 'the young ladies and Miss Allen [their governess] get on well together'.

Asks her to tell Mrs Blackburne that 'one of her pen-wipers and the rabbit were reserved at the bazaar' for him; Robert may have the rabbit if he likes. Mrs Blackburne should also know that 'Mr Owen, as rural-dean, assembled his clergy & their churchwardens here &, at a meeting in the school after Holy Communion in Church, the unanimous decision was to go on collecting Church-rate as far as practicable. Our own rate here at B.B. having been merely for repairs &c, the other expenses of heating & lighting being subscribed by the congregation'.

Thought of enclosing a note to Miss Louisa Milnes, but instead hopes to write in a few days. Would also like Annabella Milnes to thank Mr Dey for forwarding a letter to him which he received yesterday morning.

HOUG/BN/4/2 · Item · 18 Jan. 1858
Part of Papers of Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton

Victoria Mansion, Marine Parade, Brighton. - Meant to write yesterday to say how pleased he was to hear of the birth of Milnes's son and his wife's safety, but was prevented by the state of his mother's health: regrets to say she is 'very dangerously ill'. Hopes the boy will be 'as good a fellow as his father', and trusts it will 'be a long time before he inherits the broad acres of Fryston'. His wife is 'delighted' and sends her congratulations.

HOUG/BN/3/44 · Part · Jan. 1858
Part of Papers of Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton

[Text written out in both upper and lower case for ease of reading]: Respected Lady | I hope you will excuse the liberty I have taken in making your baby a pair of shoes which I hope you will accept as a small token of my gratitude for your kindness to us. I am your grateful servant | Mary Burdon'.

Note written directly onto facing page of volume: 'Sent with a pair of Baby's Shoes by a little blind Girl - Jan[uary] 1858'.

HOUG/BN/3/43 · Part · 15 Jan. 1858
Part of Papers of Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton

Headed notepaper for Swainston, Isle of Wight. - Saw the announcement in this morning's Times of the birth of Milnes' son 'with the greatest pleasure'; hopes that all is well, and would much welcome it if Milnes could find time to write an assurance of his wife's 'well doing'. His wife 'takes the liveliest interest in the event'. Their own nursery 'had an increase' recently; since the child [Stephen Louis Simeon, b. Nov. 1857] 'stands No. 3 on the muster role of boys, he is of less importance', but Simeon cannot wish Milnes 'a better wish than that your little boy may be as thriving and as healthy'.

Tried to find Milnes a few weeks ago when in town, but he was at Bowood. Asks what Delepierre is doing about 'our new Vol. of Miscellanies. If the Philobiblon sleeps, it will not do well'.

HOUG/BN/3/36 · Part · 14 Jan. 1858
Part of Papers of Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton

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'.