Dorothy Osborne, Lady Temple

G. C. Moore Smith (ed.), The Letters of Dorothy Osborne to William Temple

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The series of letters ends, and we must now turn to the entries in H. O.'s Diary.

'Oct. 17, Tuesday. My Lady Peyton and my sister &c. came to London [he wrote by a slip 'from to London'] from Knolton Sr Thomas Peyton staying behinde, I kept my chamber that day and they stopt at my lodging at Mr Palins, and my sister came up and slayed supper with mee, and then declared shee would marry Temple. They lay at Honnyburns in Drury Lane, and the small pox being there they removed to Mrs Broadstreetes in Queenestreete.

Nov. 9. My sister being ill of the small pox removed to her lodging in Queene streete, and then my Lady Peyton and her company removed and went next day into Kent.

Dec. 13, Wednesday. Sr J. Temple came to Sr T. Hattons about a Treaty with my sister.

Dec. 22, Friday. I carried Sr T. Hatton Sr J. Temples draught for setling thinges upon mariage with the corrections of Sr O. Bridgeman, which he seemed to consent to all but the 1500li that was to returne to the family in case her issue failed, as he said, but he, in truth, would only meddle with the businesse of the 1000li and would have nothinge to doe with the other 3000li whereupon Sr T. Hatton told him that without he did one we should (? not) doe the other, and that it was not in my sisters power to hinder it. Upon this, he quite flew of and said he would doe nothinge and so parted. The next day my sister told it mee, and wee utterly fell out about it.

Dec. 25, Munday. Being Christmasse day my sister was married, and went as she said to Mr Franklins.'

pg 184With these entries we may compare Lady Giffard's narrative in her life of her brother:

'In fifty three [really 1653/4] upon his Fathers desire he carried his sister lo him into Ireland, wch upon the Conquest of that kingdome begun to settle, & his Father was sometime before return'd to his place of Master of the Rolles. He staid there six months, & in yt time Mrs Osborne came to be at liberty by the loss of her Father, & Sr W T went imediately into England with the hopes of being soon happy in seing the end of soe long a persuit, though against the consent of most of her friends, & dissatisfaction of some of his, it haveing occasion'd his refusall of a very great fortune when his Famely was most in want of it, as she had done of many considerable offers of great Estates & Famelies. But the misfortunes of this amour were not yet ended. The week before they were to be marryed she fell soe desperately ill there was little hopes of her life and nothing, the Doctors said, but its proveing the small pox could have sav'd her. He was happy when he saw yt [sc. her life] secure, his kindness haveing greater tyes then that of her beauty though that Loss was too great to leave him wholy insensible. He saw her constantly while she was ill, & married her soon after. They past ye year at the House of one of their friends in the Country, where at the end of it she was brought to bed of a son & the beginning of the next they made a visitt to his Father and Famely, yt were then in Ireland.'

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