Lord Hatherton’s Diary: the Ladies, 1832

Michael in Wales has unearthed this fascinating account, from 1832, that tells us about the aftermath following the deaths of Eleanor and Sarah. The diary exists in the Staffordshire Records Office (D/260/M/F/5/26/8), Lord Hatherton of Teddesley:

17 August 1832

Neighbourhood of large Towns — Proceeded to Llangollen. The town full – attracted by a Sale of all the Effects of the late Singulars &c celebrated Maiden Ladies, Lady Eleanor Butler, & Miss Ponsonby — My Visit to the same little Apart:ts in which Mr Littleton & I had breakfasted with them in July 1813 – 19 years ago – now full of Books & furniture & various objects of curiosity labelled for Sale — Excited Melancholy Reflections. These Ladies though retired from the world to this Spot, kept up by Letter a regular intercourse with it, & knew before most others the fashionable News & gossip of the Town. Their unvaried Dress was the Old long bodied Riding habit & Black Hat — It was quite affecting to witness various Portraits of their friends, with their names and some fond words of Remembrance inscribed on the Frames, lying about — the hearts that kindled at the remembrances of them, now cold & forgotten, & gone by like theirs. Finding no Beds here, we proceeded to Corwen & slept there–

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Edward Littleton,1st Baron Hatherton

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