M. R. D. Foot and H. C. G. Matthew (eds), The Gladstone Diaries, Vol. 4: 1848–1854
Friday Mch One 1850.
Wrote to T.G—Newcome5—Scotts—J. Murray (2) Campbell—G & Co—Sir J.G—M.F. Tupper. Saw Coleridge—Wm. & R. Gladstone—Christie. Read Pulci. H. of C. – & –12. Voted in 144:213 agt Ministers & Graham on the Irish Franchise: with much dissatisfaction in regard to the latter.6 Calls.
Wrote to J. Griffiths—A.M. Paterson. Up at 5. –2 to Hagley, walking pg 190from Birmingham. Saw Griffiths on O.F. Read Emerson's Representative Men.1 Chess with W. Lyttelton.
3. 3 S. Lent.
Church 11 (& Holy Commn.) & . Read Wilberforce on Baptism—Petrarch de Sol. Relig.2—Goode on P. Martyr's Letter (What a martyr!)3 Xtn Rem. on Cholera—on the Gorham case.4 Conv. with W. L[yttelton] on do.
Church at 10 AM. Wrote to Sir J.G.—J. Griffiths—J. Amery—Collis—H. Tayleur. Read Sequel to Ariosto—Willis on Colonies5—Dr Bayford's Speech6—Col. Ch. Chronicle.7 Walk with C.—Chess with WHL. Mr Giles8 announced an 'ulcer' on (little) Mary's eye. Jessy too is a wreck—we are thankful to be going near the best advice.
Church 10 AM. Wrote to Tupper—Parkinson—Supt L. & NW. Station—Mr Church—W.H.G—J. Griffiths. Read Sequel to the Furioso (fin[shed])—Pulci (finished])—Charters of Old Amn. Colonies.9 Walk with C.
– Hagley to C. Gardens. Wrote to Mr Quirk10—Miss Neave11—Sec. National Society12—Mr Tyner13—Mr Brameld.14 H. of C. –6: voted agt Wortley's Bill.15 Worked on Papers &c. Mary's eye did not suffer by the journey & Dalrymple was encouraging.
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Wrote to Ld J. Russell—Sir S. Lushington—B. Hawes—J R Hope—D. of Argyll—Sir JG—Canon Trevor—C.G. Reid—J.L. Ross. Saw Tupper (O.F)—Archdn. Manning & Wilberforce—Molesworth—Walpole. Read Letter to Ld J. Russell on Oxford.1 Commee. on Ceylon & Exhn. Commn. & House –2 Dined at the Palace: probably (I write this on Saturday) for the last time. H. of C. 11–12.—An uneasy night with little Mary.
Wrote to Scotts—Scott Russell—Sir JG—Rn. G—Leighton—Hubbard—Jansen3—G. Knight—Rev. Mr Howson4 & see inf.5 Spent the morning in conference with Hope—Manning6—& Archd. & H. Wilberforce, on the Gorham case & its probable consequences. Archdn. Wilberforce (with Doyle & M.L.) to dinner, when we had more conversation. Saw also Wegg Prosser—Adderley. Read Col. Ch. papers. Wrote to Bp of London.
Wrote to Bp of N. Zealand—Bp of Salisbury—C. J. Abraham7—Gladstone & Co. Marg. Chapel 5 P.M. Read 'the Judgment'.8—L & NW Report.9 Saw Archd. Wilberforce—Manning—Farquhar—Wegg Prosser—Alex. Hope—also (in evg) Cavendish, Badeley, Rogers, Mr Kennaway, on the Gorham question. Saw Mr Rogers. Saw Sir S. Lushington10 on the Col. Church Clauses.11
10. 4 S. Lent.
St Martin's H.C. AM—St Andrew's 11 AM—Bedfordbury 7 P.M. Read Gorham—Buchanan's Ten Years Conflict.12 Wrote to Bp of Brechin—A. Hope—Sec. C.M.S. Wrote Memm. on the actual position of Churchmen13—pg 192Spent the aftn. in conversation with Manning & we found ourselves still in substantial agreement. Saw Sir W. James. Read a S[ermon] of Manning's aloud.
Laid up with cold & physic for it. Up in evg & read Buchanan. Saw (in my bedroom) Bp of Exeter—Ld Aberdeen—Alex. Hope—Manning1—R. Cavendish—J.N.G.
Up before noon. Wrote to Bp of London—Mr Wodehouse—A. Robertson—Rn. G—Glyde2—Sir S. Lushington—P. Buchan.3 Read Buchanan on the 10 Years Conflict. Saw J.N.G. Worked on letters & papers. Committees & House 2–.4 Before 8 P.M. Manning came & a party followed him. They went at 12 but Badeley staid until after one explaining to me the position of the question as to a prohibition in the Gorham Case.5
Wrote to Mayow—Sir J.G—Archdeacon Hale—Tupper—C. Uppington—H. Glynne—Sir J.S. Forbes. Read Buchanan—Turner on Manchester Parish Bill.6 Dined with the Jameses: & afterwards attended the Graphic Society.7 Saw Bp of London—Ld Powis—Seymer—G. Hope—Manning—on the Gorham case—Mr Wodehouse—Rand8—Towgood9—on other business.
Wrote to G. Chance—Griffiths—Bp of Brechin—Rev. Mr Abraham—Cavendish—Bp of Exeter. Read Buchanan. Hope Badeley Talbot Cavendish Dr Pusey Messrs. Keble Denison & Bennett here from to 12 on the draft of the Resolutions.—Badeley again in the evg. also saw Prosser & Ld Powis: on the whole I resolved to try some immediate effort. Commee. –—Diocn. Board –4. H. of C. 5–.10
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Wrote to Robn. G—to do, at great length, on the attendance at Fasque—Scotts—Prosser—Cavendish—Kirkland—Tayleur—Read Surtees on Slave Trade1—Adderley on Ld J. Russell's Speech.2 Saw Cavendish Talbot & Mr Kennaway (morning) –1: Talbot & Hope in aftn—Powis—Adderley—H. Fitzroy—S. Herbert—on the Gorham business. H of Commons 5–.3 Dined at Ld Granville's to meet M. Sallandrouze.4
Westmr. Abbey 3 PM.
Saw Herbert—Hope—Dr Pusey—Prosser—H. Fitzroy—Rogers—C.A. Wood—Lyttelton—on the Gorham case. We finally (as I hope) fixed the Address to the Bp of London.9 The Bp of Exeter & Badeley, with the Lytteltons, came to dinner. Saw Mr Williams (O.F.)10—H. Cole—Graham (Cl[ydesdale] Junct.)11 Denison. Read Girdlestone on Commee. of Council12—Scoble on Slave Trade Movement.13
17. 5 S. Lent.
St Martins 11 A.M. (with H.C.)—Bedfordbury Evg—MS. of 1841 aloud to servants. Wrote to A. Hope—Dr Jacobson—Saw Sewell & R. Cavendish—W.C. James—on Gorham case. Saw Bunsen. Read Irons14—Dodsworth (eheu)15—Neale (excellent)16—Ordinarium & Canon Missae—Kennaway on Lent & on the Incarnation.17
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Wrote to Mr Maskell—Swift—Redesdale—Paterson—Burnett—Williams & Co. Read Buchanan—Lord's Report on Slave Trade.1 H. of C. –7.2 Saw Seymer—Cavendish—Hope—Castlereagh. Saw Geo. Hope—Mr Oldfield3—J.E. Denison—Sir J. Graham. Drs. Mill, Pusey &c. met here in evg. I was not with them.4
Wrote to Ld Fielding.5 Saw J.N.G. on family matters—R. Cavendish (Gorham)—S. Herbert. Read Buchanan—& (most of the day) Slave Trade Evidence documents & pamphlets. H. of C. – & –2. Spoke –123/4 for Mr Hutt's motion: and was much amused with the liberality of the compliments from the radicals who with the Tories were (as it happened) the main supporters, being less under the Whip.6
Wrote to H. Cole—W.C. James—Scotts—S. Herbert—G.C. Glyn—T.G—Rn. G—F. Breedon.7 Saw R. Cavendish—Ld Feilding—F R Wegg Prosser—on the Address & made arrangments for closing—Stafford. Saw Mr Swift on Railway Rating8—Sir J. Graham. Dined at Sir R. Peel's where I had much conversation with W. Patten & Walpole on the Gorham Judgment—Lady John Russell's afterwards. Read Buchanan.
Wrote to S. Herbert—J.R. Hope—Bp of London (& dft)—Sir Ch. Hotham.9 Saw Mr Allen.10 Saw Lyttelton—T.D. Acland—Mr Bernard. Read Buchanan. –. To the Banquet at the Mansionhouse. The Prince's Speech while it filled me with even more respect, was like a 5th Gospel, a new Evangel.11 Much conv. with Ld Granville & Baron Rothschild. I greatly like Ld G.
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Wrote to T.G—C.A. Wood. Saw Jas Hope—J.N.G—W. Page Wood—R. Cavendish—Northcote. Willy came home & made us a joyful day. Read Buchanan—Mackay on Australian Bill1—Am[erica]n Charters2 & Bancroft.3 Attended Commission mg. House of Commons – and –. Spoke – for the double chamber & voted in 147:198. It was a noble subject.4
Ch Ch Broadway 6 P.M. Wrote to Ld Wenlock—Huddlestone—J. Griffiths—Rn. G—C.G. Reid. Read Buchanan—Hook's Letter (–)5 Saw R. Cavendish—De Tabley—Wegg Prosser—Northcote—on the Address. Saw Mr Parkinson—Mr Allen (& settled with Ld Grey!)6 The Phillimores & Hope dined.
24. Palm S.
St Martin's & H.C. 11 AM. Bedfordbury Evg. MS. of 1840 for the day aloud in Evg. Saw James (& his picture) Wrote out & corrected afresh Col. Ch. Clauses.7 Sent paragraphs to Chronicle & Post abt the address to Bp of London.8 Read Anderden on the Last Words9—Hussey, Pref. & Serm10—Dr Buchanan.
Marg. Chapel 9 AM. Wrote to Lincoln—R. Neville—Lyttelton—R. Palmer—J.R. Hope—R.R. Dean11—H.S. with W. & A. Latin lesson with Willy. Read Buchanan—Bp of Exeter's letter to Abp12—Claughton's Sermon13—Chr. Wordsworth's do.14 Saw R. Cavendish—Wrote out copies of Col. Ch. Clauses. Commee. & House –6.15
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St James's 11 AM. Wrote out copies of Bp's letter for the newspapers. H.S. with W. & A. Latin with Willy. Read Buchanan (finished)—Report on Intramural Interment1—Toplady2—Jefferson. Saw R. Cavendish—Lyttelton—& went with them to the Bp with whom we had a long & interesting conversation. Shopping.
St James's 11 A.M. Wrote to Sir J.G—Stibbs3—Thring4—Leighton—Mackay—Hawes—Newland—Valpy—Causton. [H.]S. with W. & A. [La]tin lesson with Willy5—Read Jefferson's Life6—Saw7 Christy & Bell—J.N.G—Mr Dodsworth (Gorham)—and A.P. Stanley. Wrote on Colonies8
St Martin's 8 AM. MS. of 1840 to servants at night. H.S. with W. & A. Wrote to H. Tayleur—Col. Light—W.F. Campbell. Worked much on my books. Read Jefferson—Qu. Rev. on Ireland—Qu. College—Son's Diary—Facts in Figures.9
29. Good Friday.
St Martins (with H. Commn.) at 11—Marg. Chapel at 5 P.M.—Avrillon10 at prayers in evg. Saw J.N.G. Read Anderden's Last Words—The Eastern Churches11—Bp Forbes's Considerationes Modestae12—Crisp on Christ Made Sin.13 Dear little Jessy's illness which has long been tedious, looked serious today: there was a total loss of appetite now for the 3d day, & of energy, and apparently some unconquerable obstruction in the bowels.14
30. Easter Eve.
Marg. Chapel 5 P.M.—Avrillon aloud in evg. H.S. with W. & A.—Latin with Willy. Read Xtn Remembrancer on Church & State15—Jefferson.
pg 197Worked most of the day on arranging letters & papers—Wrote on the Day. Jessy was worse this evg: there being a good deal of fever today.
31. Easter Day.
St Martins (H. Commn.). St Andrews (Wells St) at 11 with Willy—Marg. Chapel at 7 with C. MS. of 42 aloud in evg. Wrote to Bp of Aberdeen—Roundell Palmer—W.P. Wood—Masters1—Twist2—Hope—Mitchinson3—Jas Ross.4 Read Ecclesiologist5—Colon. Ch. Chronicle6—Xtn Remembrancer on Eusebius.7 Jessy thank God better in the night under C's affectionate & unwearied care.