More English Diaries: Further Reviews of Diaries from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Century with an Introduction on Diary Reading

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KATHERINE BISSHOPP (LADY PECHELL)

SOCIAL diaries are often heavy reading, more especially when they are written for publication. Conscious of a reader, the diarist brings one into the company of the great and celebrated under the impression that the mere mention of their names will suffice to give the pages of the diary the value of history. But when the social activities of a hundred years ago are recorded in a genuine diary which contains domestic details and impressions of the moment, scribbled down without a thought of publication, we get an insight into the life and can breathe the atmosphere of the time.

Katherine Annabella Bisshopp was a daughter of Sir Cecil Bisshopp, who successfully claimed the Barony of Zouche. She was born in 1791 and lived at Parham, a beautiful Tudor house near Storrington in South Sussex. She married in 1826 Captain Pechell, afterwards Admiral Sir George Pechell, Bart., and moved to her new home, Castle Goring, only 12 miles away. When in 1808 her brother Charles died she found a fat quarto notebook of his in which he had written two pages of history notes and "siezed it to scribble in." After very few entries between 1808 and 1812 she settles down to more or less regular diary writing, though seldom for many days together consecutively and often with long intervals. She fills the book up to the last page in August, 1834. On the fly-leaf she discloses her intention of beginning the book "by way of annals (in order occasionally to recall past occurrences)" on her mother's advice. In the following entry, made in 1817, she clearly shows that her journal is kept for herself alone:

I am sometimes tempted to discontinue and destroy it but I lament so much having kept no account of many happy days I passed from the

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • INTRODUCTION ON DIARY READING WITH NOTES ON MINOR ENGLISH DIARIES 3
  • LIST OF DIARIES ARRANGED IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER. 33
  • SIXTEENTH AND SEVENTEENTH CENTURIES 37
  • Philip Wyot 38
  • Adam Winthrop 40
  • Margaret Lady Hoby 43
  • Lady Anne Clifford 49
  • Walter Powell 56
  • The Ishams - SIR JOHN, SIR THOMAS, AND SIR JUSTINIAN 59
  • Sir John Reresby 64
  • Anthony Ashley Cooper (first Earl of Shaftesbury) 68
  • Viscountess Mordaunt 71
  • Anthony Wood 74
  • Sir Richard Newdigate 83
  • EIGHTEENTH CENTURY 89
  • James Clegg 90
  • James Woodforde 92
  • Thomas Hollis 101
  • Nicholas Cresswell 110
  • Joseph Mydelton 115
  • William Jones 119
  • Henry White 133
  • Samuel Teedon 137
  • John Marsden 140
  • NINETEENTH CENTURY 147
  • Dorothy Wordsworth 148
  • Thomas Asline Ward 158
  • Colonel Peter Hawker 162
  • Thomas Rumney 167
  • Katherine Bisshopp (lady Pechell) 170
  • J. Vine Hall 179
  • William Kershaw 183
  • Henry Edward Fox (fourth Lord Holland) 190
  • Antony Ashley Cooper (seventh Earl of Shaftesbury) 195
  • Emily Shore 204
  • William Charles Macready 210
  • Miss J. 219
  • Ford Madox Brown 226
  • Charles Russell 234
  • Wilfrid Scawen Blunt 241
  • INDEX OF DIARIES AND CHRONICLES NOTICED IN THIS VOLUME 249
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