A Delightful Situation! Lady Byron’s Determined Confidante…

I determined to run ye risk of taking ye Dss's where ye furniture is all clean & ye Beds quite good & the Situation delightfull - she pays 800 pr Anm & the Taxes but she wishes to have a House to go into if she should return to England next Yr & therefore decided [...]


‘Dearest Annabella I Have Just Taken the Duchess of Devonshire’s House’… The Letters of Lady Melbourne

Dst Annabella  I have just taken the Dss of Devonshire's House from next Sunday the 12th for one Year at 700£ - as Ld B wants Space I hope it will suit him - but after that, I am in rather a fright at what I have done - but all I can say, is, [...]

A Romance in Miniature…

Fletcher, after having been toasted and roasted, and baked and grilled, and eaten by all sorts of creeping things begins to philosophise, is grown a refined as well as a resigned character, and promises at his return to become an ornament to his own parish, and a very prominent person in the future family pedigree [...]