Two New Visitors @ Plas Newydd

Michael and I had the same thought today: We each found a new visitor to Plas Newydd! They will, in due time, be added to the growing list (see menus at right), but will be posted here to enable me to say Happy New Year! to all readers of the Ladies of Llangollen’s Wordpress blog:

6 September 1821
(Thursday)

After ordering dinner, we went with the letters Mrs Tracy [possibly Hon Henrietta Tracy of Pontypool Park, Monmouthshire] had given us to call upon “the Ladies” – Lady Elinor Butler and Miss Ponsonby, two old ladies who live at a cottage near Llangollen – It is a charming place; it is beautifully ornamented with carved oak and both out and inside – which they themselves have collected – they are delightful people, and are always called “the Ladies” . They begged us to come in the evening, which we did … their rooms are full of pictures, trinkets etc. – they are acquainted with everybody and everything – … – they are the nicest people I ever saw, so droll.

Charles Octavius Swinnerton Morgan
Journal of a Tour through Wales
transcription & notes: Dai Morgan Evans
in Archaeologia Cambrensis (2011)

1 March 1828

before we left Langollen [sic] – we paid a visit to L:y Eleanor Butler & Miss Ponsonby – at their beautiful retired residence Plas Newydd — we spent an hour with them – and they were so entertaining that we left them with regret.

Susannah Mackworth Smith
diary, 1828

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