Missing an Old Friend
Saturday, 10 June 1809
I have been with Daniel since we entered Trinity College and we were quite inseparable. It's been years since I was separated from an old friend from Eton, yet I have received a letter from a friend who looked at me as a brother. Benjamin was two years my senior, and he is a grandson of the Marquess of Stratsberry. We've been sending letters after we separated since he is in Woolwich serving the Military.
He announced me that he is courting Lady Dominique de Guerre, who is the second youngest daughter of the Marquess de Guerre.
I was flabbergasted that a friend was courting a daughter whose mother was a lady-in-waiting of the late-Queen of France. Her father was a former companion of the King of France who was executed by the revolutionaries. Poor man, he was a great lad until he was exiled in England even his family are unable to go back to France until the war is done.
An Invitation to a Ball
Wednesday, 14 June 1809
'Twas a year after my father became the Earl of St Ives and I became Viscount Mousehole. My old father has not been hither since a year ago and he went against the so-called "Emperor of the French" and his brother "King of Spain".
I received an invitation which was hosted by the Marquess of Stratsberry. He invited both me and my uncle Charles to a ball in Manchester.
The ball might start this Saturday evening, yet I would be glad to meet my friend and his grandfather again.
The Manchester Ball
Sunday, 18 June 1809
I was accompanied by Uncle Charles to the Ball this last evening. I have met other people who had connections with my father. The Marquess and Marchioness de Guerre were present; yet their daughter Lady Dominique de Guerre was absent in the event. She might be staying at home, showing no interest in balls.
Instead, I met Elinor O’Vile or Miss O’Vile, the eldest daughter of Sir Seamus O’Vile, Bt.; she was charming and handsome, another friend of Lady Dominique de Guerre.
Courting Miss O'Vile and Meeting their Peculiar Uncle
Wednesday, 28 June 1809
I gave Elinor a stroll to the gardens in the Court, and I met a familiar man. I went to the theatre with my uncle to see his plays when I was younger, and my mother told me it was forbidden to see his plays in the theatres, but I was not sure what the reason was? So, I made a short poem of him:
I accompanied Ms Elinor to the gardens
While a mysterious man following me,
Yet I ne'er know who he was,
But he was quite familiar.
I never knew that the man was a relative of the O’Vile family. Gilbert was a known-playwright, and I have not seen him years before.
He introduced me as “Elinor’s Uncle” which made me to startle; and I ne’er knew this man was their uncle!
He told me how I was the handsomest man, and he did remind me of “her”; but I would be surprised if ‘twas about his late-wife Peggy Lennox.