1900 Bournemouth, London, Newcastle, Baden-Baden, Brussels, London, Newcastle


1899 Diary is missing. I can find nothing so far.
1900 – there are two diaries – all Kate’s.

The first is a larger diary. I will start there….

In 1900, Edward is 24 years old, Kate is 21 years old and Alys is 16 years old.

Inscribed on inner front page:
Katharine Boyd
Alum Chine

Wedderburn House


Monday 1st January 1900

Read 45m Stevenson’s Letters[1]. Kit and walked to Westbourne. Posted Mr Morison’s frame. Mother called on McKenzie’s and Miss Dursley. Alys and Robin on the motor car. Kit and I to “At Home” at Miss Harris. Bagatelle, music, friend of L Borwick.

Leonard Borwick.jpg

Tuesday 2nd January 1900

Alys sore throat but had lessons. Kit and I to town and then on pier. I bought books (19s 11d). Mother to Leonard Browne’s. I read to Alys “Kidnapped[2]”, and rested. Mrs Hetherington called. Kit to Moir’s to tea. Read Stevensons letters 30 minutes.

Wednesday 3rd January 1900

Beautifully rough. Kit, Robin and I on sands. Lovely sea and foam, breakwaters. Alys in bed all day. I read to her and rested. Mother called on the Lady Agatha Russell[3] (daughter of Lord John Russell) and Mrs Cholmeley and Miss Andrews. We played writing 3 line novels in evening. Read 45 mins Stevenson. Began sleeping-helmet for T Atkins.

lady agatha russell

Thursday 4th January 1900

Trimmed Miss Andrews’ hat! Aunt Louie and Nelly in. I knitted cap for soldier. Hard. Kitty, Robin and I walked to Winter Gardens. Aunt Edith cycled there. King Witlaf by Cuthbert Hawley. And Niels Gade Symphony. Novel game in evening.

Friday 5th January 1900

Read 30 mins Stevenson’s. Mother and Robin to town. Mrs Embleton and her baby came in. Kitty and walked to station with Robin and saw him off, and then to town. Shopped and paid bills. Miss Dersley and Miss Blinkhorn to tea. Music in evening.

Saturday 6th January 1900

Kit packed up. She and I cycled to station for “outside porter”. Windy. After lunch. Kit and I walked to station. I saw her off to Blandford. Joined Teeds and Mother at Gardens and Borwick’s recital. Moirs for evening.

Sunday 7th January 1900

Mother and I to to St Michael’s. Embletons walked with us home. Read Stevenson. Teeds and I to tea at Cholmeley’s. Nice-ish. Church – 3d.

Monday 8th January 1900

Alys to Marriners all day. Housework. Mother and Teeds in bed. Mother up after break. Mended clothes and did washing. I to town after lunch. Fine day. Spent 4s 4 ¼d. Black satin tie ribbon – frilly stock. And dress braid. Read Stevenson 20 mins. Knitted. Bought Khaki wool. Coote left.

Tuesday 9th January 1900

Mother and Teeds in bed to breakfast. Teeds in bed all day. I cycled into town, very muddy and greasy. Cycled to Miss Heaths. Afternoon with cloak. Mr Toyne called. Wrote to Mr Morison and invitation for Saturday. Stevenson 15 mins. Bad night. Read “Rebellion” 40 mins after 12.30.

Wednesday 10th January 1900

Teeds in bed all day. Early to Blake’s with Conis, about his eye. Called at Embleton’s. To Miss Radmar’s boys dancing class, Alys there. I danced Lancers. The two Toynes there. Audrey, Sharpes, etc. Rested afternoon. Mother called on Mrs Falkner. Read 1.5 Rebellion this day. 30 Hamerton. A’s cycle pin 1 shilling.

Thursday 11th January 1900

Began ‘Balaclava’ cap. To Miss Heath’s with Mother and Alys early. Then to station. Met Kitty! from Blandford. Walked across common home. Kit to lunch and then Alys took her back to station and she off to London. Teeds down to supper. I unwell, rested read 30 minutes ‘Rebell’[4] and carved.

Friday 12th January 1900

Very busy all morning clearing out box-room with Mother. I arranging curtains. Rested in afternoon. Read 1 hr “Rebell”. Mother called on Mrs Trevanion. Letter from Miss Coles. Teeds up to lunch. Very brisk. Worked hard at curtains. Esmond[5].

Saturday 13th January 1900

Worked. Miss Andrews called. Mother and Alys to town. Teaparty of my friends. Miss Vipan, Cholmeley, Hieuly, Welchman, Winnie. Carved Uncle H’s pipe-rack in evening and knitted.

Sunday 14th January 1900

Alys and I to Church. Bishop of Stepney preached. Dolly and Jim Embleton walked back with us. Wrote to Miss Coles and Edward. Went to tea at McKenzies. Humphrey Davey’s there.

Arthur Winnington-Ingram – Bishop of Stepney

Monday 15th January 1900

Mother in bed to breakfast. Mrs Dyke (char) came. Sweep in dining-drawing rooms and kitchen. Very rainy all day. Lived in study. Housework.

Tuesday, 16th January 1900

Rainy early. Did plenty of work about. Mother’s room cleaned by Mrs Dyke and box-room. Fine in afternoon. Alys and I to Leonard Browne’s to tea. Very nice afternoon. They sent us home in their carriage. Knitted. Tired.

Wednesday 17th January 1900

Did a great deal of clearing up. Mrs Dyke cleaned big spare-room and study. Got our boxes down from the loft with the gardener. All to station to see Aunt Edith off to London. Then to town. Chose red cloth dress for me, also black skirt (£1 9s/6d)! To Miss Heaths. To tea at Welchman’s. Did my cupboard. All very tired.

Thursday 18th January 1900

Finished Balaclava cap. Worked hard, tidying and Mrs Dyke cleaned my own room and loft and Sarah’s room. Mother and I much in loft. I to town to Hugh King’s to be fitted. Then Lady Agatha Russell, Mrs Cooke, Mr Clark and 2 Embletons called. To Mrs Vipans to tea where I met Mother. Called at Marriner’s for Alys; and for books at Miss Cholmeleys.

Friday, 19th January 1900

Mother in bed to breakfast. Housework all morning, Mr Boniwell here to do odd jobs. We cleaned glass, etc and Mrs Dyke cleaned hall and scullery. Mother and Alys in carriage to Bank, and Cemetery and Ponder’s and Embleton’s. I to town alone. Hugh King’s and various shops. Gloves (1s/6 ½d) Also to tea at Miss Michell’s . Tatchbrook. Umbrella. 3d.

Saturday 20th January 1900

Mother up to breakfast. Very rain. I not out all day. Did lots of work about house – linen; packing, etc. Mother called on Lady Agatha and Mrs Hetherington. Needlework.

Sunday 21st January 1900

Packed a good deal. Got things to loft. Very wet and misty. Hannah MacKenzie to tea. Read in evening.

Monday 22nd January 1900

Lovely day – springlike, birds, etc.
Mother and I up by 1st motor car from Alum Chine(!) to Square. Hugh King’s, Mrs Faulkner, etc. Home by omnibus and car! Minnie came in afternoon and bought my cycle. Hon Rollo Russell called to see about house, etc. Mother to Westborne by car. We 3 called on Mrs Smales. Private car at 9.pm. (Sarah S and Alys in car too). Sent off 2 Balaclava caps, 1 pair socks, 1 Tammy to Miss Trevanion for R. A. M. C.[6]


Tuesday 23rd January 1900

Very busy finishing up house, packing etc. At 2 o’clock we all went off to London; Conis and Sarah Standen too. The Russells in Condercum (for 3 months?). We to Wedderburn House. Aunt Alice and Doz there. Headache. Slept alone.

Wednesday 24th January 1900

Rested and read quietly all morning. Copied the Inventory of some things in Condercum all afternoon. Poz arrived in evening. Fred Ormsby in. Played National Gallery game[7]. Knitted.

Thursday 25th January 1900

Spion Kop[8] taken. Mother and I to Gower Street to see about Slade School[9]. Saw Prof. Brown[11] and Miss Morison[12] there. Shopped in town. Mother’s coat and skirt; and my hat (17/6) Rested (Mother) in afternoon (lunch in town). All to dinner at William Miles. Very nice indeed. Percy Palmer there in khaki uniform. ‘34 I.Y.[13]’ Nice.

Friday 26th January 1900

I off at 9.20 on tram to Slade School, University College 1st day. With Miss Carrick, Miss Cully and another to Albany Street and saw 4 companies of Yeomanry to go off (march past). Great fun. Percy Palmer in 3rd set. Also saw Prince of Wales. To Slade and drew in Antique Room[14]. Mr Tonks[15] came once. Tea and lunch there. Back. Bertie and Tom Buch (Buchanan) in. Bertie’s farewell visit as he goes off to the war. Gordon Highlanders.

Henry Tonks – Slade Professor of Fine Art

Saturday 27th January 1900

Doz and I to see the Landscape Exhibition with Mr Waterlow’s (Mrs Embleton) ticket of invitation. Lunch at Florence’s[16]. To Van Dyke exhibition at Burlington House and to tea at G. E. Barnard’s.

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Sunday 28th January 1900

Read paper, knitted, etc. Uncle Harold and Lois and Paul in. Poz and I to tea at Buchanans. Wade and I long talk together. Fred Ormsby there. Snow.

Monday 29th January 1900

Medley Club book and card. I off at 9.15 to Slade School. All morning in Antique Room. Mr Russell on lesson, 2 ½ hours. Then lunch in College. 1 ¾ hours after lunch. No lesson then tea 3.15 and then 1 hour in life-room. “Short poses” 10 mins nude model.
5 ¼ hours drawing.

Tuesday 30th January 1900

Wrote to Miss Coles, and knitted. After lunch, Mother, Doz and I to Mr Horsburgh’s lecture – Fra Angelico. Lovely slides. Went to Lyceum at 8.00 with Alys and Grosvenor and Louie. Saw “The Snow Man” Rosalie Jacobie (cripple), James Welch.

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James Welch – actor

Wednesday 31st January 1900

Aunt Alice bad headache. To Slade School at 9.00. One lesson morning from Mr Tonks. Also one short “comment” afternoon – “that’s much better” !!!!!! Lunch alone in College. Short poses in life room. Same model (girl). I did 3. Then to Acton by omni and train. Supper and games with the R. W. Boyds. 30 Grafton Street. Back at 11pm.

Thursday 1st February 1900

Not out all day I. Dr Neale to see Aunt Alice who was much better. Kitty influenza. I knitted and wrote roughly, paper on “Fra Angelico’s place in Italian Art”. Wrote to Kit and Cootie. Mother called on Mrs Embleton. Finished my Sleeping Helmet (soldiers).

Friday 2nd February 1900

To Slade School. Drew a skull all morning. No lesson. Lunch in College, then drew in Antique Room. Mr Tonks gave me a lesson. Then to Highgate to stay at the Blanford’s. Mother also there. Heavy snow.

Saturday 3rd February 1900

All white! 7 inches of snow. Mother breakfast in bed. I copied out my Anglelico paper. Mrs B to theatre. Mr and Mrs Fred Wylie (Welsh Regt) to dinner. Frank Blanford came.

Sunday 4th February 1900

To Church with Mother, Mrs Blanford, Frank and Oliver. Stayed for Communion Service. To Highgate School Chapel after lunch, with Mother, Mrs B and Philip. Nice. Ernest to supper.

Monday 5th February 1900

To Slade School. Started at 8.45. Oliver took me as far as Euston Road. Drew, and had lesson from Mr Russell. Called and talked to Miss Morison. Lunch in College, met Mother. Both to see Edward at Bethlem Hosp. Fairly nice visit. Home by omnibus. Very tired. Wrote to Kitty. Back to Hampstead.

Bethlem Hospital, St George’s Fields in Southwark

Tuesday, 6th February 1900

In bed to breakfast, because so tired. Up and sewed skirt and read paper. Lovely day. With Doz to Mr Horsburgh’s lecture. Class first. Got A- for my paper. Mother to lecture too, on Botticelli. Lovely slides.

Wednesday 7th February 1900

To Slade School. Chain for kitty. Khaki wool for socks. Nice day, drawing Antique figure – tram there and back. With Alys in hansom to Albert Hall, our seats. Imperial Concert, Prince of Wales there. Albani and Edward Lloyd, etc. Home in hansom.

Thursday 8th February 1900

In Morning wrote part of paper on Botticelli’s art. To G. E. Barnard’s after lunch. Talked to Kitty; tea and late dinner there – Mary Morison. Slept in Drawing-room.

Friday 9th February 1900

To Slade School all day. Very foggy. Electric light. Tonks. Drew hard all day at dancing faun. Sketch-club criticisms by Professor Brown. Fun. Late home. Slept in Mother’s room. Alys not well.

Saturday 10th February 1900

Alys feverish. Wrote paper and letters to Miss Vipan and Mrs G. E. B. Doz and I to fencing – lesson 1st this year (my 14th). Kegan taught as Stubbs is out at Colenso! Spion Kop[1], etc. Very nice. Slept in girls room.

Sunday 11th February 1900

At home, read and copied out my Botticelli paper. Grosvenor in with medals. Reggie Yeld, Charlie Warren, Nita and Kitty to tea. Poz and Doz called on Smith’s. Cousin Jeanie and Cecil to supper.

Monday 12th February 1900

Skating everywhere. To Slade in spite of bad fog – sent in permission to draw in life-room. No omnibus but tram. Russell’s day. I unwell. Sent in “Slave” drawing for life-work. Home to lunch. Rested all afternoon. Knitted. Mother to Aunt Rosa’s to call, and Doz.

Tuesday 13th February 1900

In bed to breakfast. Miss Parsons all day. Drew and muddled. Doz and I to class and lecture by Mr Horsburgh. A- paper. Mother also to latter, and asked Mr H to tea but he couldn’t come. Mrs Collins called. Knitted, read Pendennis[2] to Alys. Dr Neale to Alys.

Wednesday 14th February 1900

Very snowy. So not to Slade School early. But at 12.00 to Shoolbred’s[3]. Bought shoes. Had lunch and galoshes. Tonks angelic. “Not yet” in life room.

Thursday 15th February 1900

Simply wretched. Rainy day. Dr Neale to Alys who still in bed. Doz at home and she and I made fencing jackets all morning. Barbara in and E Miles. Rested in afternoon. Doz and I in cab to Lyceum to see 1st night of Benson’s Henry V[4]. Dress circle. Mr Joe Anderson sat next me and got our cab home. Lovely!!!

Friday 16th February 1900

To Slade School. At 11 o’clock heard of the Relief of Kimberley[5] by French. Great excitement. Lunch in College. Lesson from Tonks in morning. He quite angelic again. No lesson afternoon. Left early. Shopped in Oxford Street – and home by omni to Swiss. Safety pins and busks 1/0. To British Museum for walk with Miss Cully.

Saturday 17th February 1900

Mary Geddes in. Did fencing coats. Doz and I to fencing. Very tired after it. Alys up to tea. Talked to Biggs.

Sunday 18th February 1900

Aunt Alice to Highbury. Frank Moir died. I to St John’s Church alone. Mother and I called on William Miles in afternoon. Percy there. Alan Baumer to tea.

Monday 19th February 1900

Aunt Caroline (Barnard) died. I in omni to Slade School. Russell gave me one lesson. I had lunch at Shoolbred’s; then met Mother at Baker Street and she and I went to see Edward. Very nice visit; had his violin. Alys “Barclay” in evening. Wrote to Ella.

Tuesday 20th February 1900

In bed to breakfast as slept on. Aunt Alice to Highbury. Kitty for music-lesson. Doz and I to lecture, Horsburgh. Last picture one, lovely. Sistine roof. Michelangelo. Doz to dinner at the Tadema’s. Pink satin. Washed my head.

Wednesday 21st February 1900

To Slade School by omnibus. Lovely day. Lunched at Shoolbred’s with Kitty; then took her over Slade School. Drew till 3.15. Lessons from Tonks and Russell in morning. None in afternoon. Short poses, Black man, fine; difficult. Back in tram. Read Michelangelo.

Thursday 22nd February 1900

Alys up to breakfast. Did Conis. We 4 girls to Finchley Road. Tried to get vet. India-rubber (3d). Rained. Alys and Poz back in cab. Mother to town. I did Michelangelo paper all afternoon and after tea too. Very difficult.

Friday 23rd February 1900

Mother to Aunt Nelly. Aunt Alice to Highbury. To Slade School by tram. Did kneeling figure. 3 “looks at”; hardly lessons by Tonks. He very pleased. I believe the last two! Lunch at Shoolbred’s with Miss Button. Cousin Mary at Wedderburn House. Doz to Coronet Theatre to see programmes for War Fund, Princess Louise’s[6] and to Kensington Palace to supper.

Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll

Saturday 24th February 1900

Finished off my paper. To fencing-lesson with Doz. Rain. Nice lesson. Paid Bigges for things (4/7 ½ d). He charming. 3rd lesson.

Sunday 25th February 1900

Copied out my M. A. paper. Headache all day. Grosvenor in morning. Maude Caffin to dinner and tea. Josephine and Percy Palmer called. Mr Smith to tea.

Monday 26th February 1900

To Slade School all day. Two lessons from Russell. Lunch alone at Shoolbred’s. Sent in drawings for permission to draw in the life. Consequent tenterhooks. Omnibus home. Mrs Birmann (Scout’s wife) called.

Tuesday 27th February 1900

Lazy. In bed to breakfast. Felt ill. Kitty to music-lesson. Did fencing-coat. Doz and I to Horsburgh lecture on Chaucer. Got A for paper.
Surrender of Cornje[7]. 4,500 prisoners. Aunt Alice to dinner at the Tadema’s.

Wednesday 28th February 1900

To Slade all day. Two lessons from Tonks who was delightful and said my Discobulus was “very good”!!! Did not stay for short poses. Dressed, at 7.30 came Kitty, Messrs Smith, Geddes, Warren and Blanford. Nice dinner-party. Barclay waited. Great fun. Games paper and C. A. B.

WARNING: This month is not good, not good at all.

Thursday 1st March 1900

LADYSMITH RELIEVED[1]. Tremendous excitement all over London and England. Leaps, cheers, etc. Miss Parsons all day. I worked with her and made grey blouse (3/6). Evening body etc. Busy day. Tried Josephine Miles’ bicycle. Finished fencing jacket.

Friday 2nd March 1900

To Slade School all day. 3 lessons from Tonks. Nice. Kitty came and we had lunch at Shoolbred’s together. I drew Discobolus. Very nice male model for short poses. Easy. Home 6pm. Miss Parsons for Poz. Mother to Highbury.

Saturday 3rd March 1900

Alys colded. Mother and I shopped in F. Rd. Doz and I to fencing. Lesson (my 4th). Very nice. Showed our foil case. Alys acted at Collin’s; and the other audited. Alys bad cold and to bed.

Sunday 4th March 1900

Doz and I fenced. Aunt Rosa, Uncle Harold and Lois in. Kitty and Mr Waller to tea.

Monday 5th March 1900

To Sale School. No lesson in morning. Football Cup[2] excitement by students. Lunch alone at Shoolbred’s. Lesson from Billee at 2 o’clock. “Better” !!! Venus. Left early and with Mother and C. N. Warren (Charlie Warren) to see Edward. Nice visit. Barnards to L MacArthy’s. Alys in bed all day with cold.

Tuesday 6th March 1900

Miss Parsons. Did my white dress. My half-day. Doz and I to lecture by Mr Hosburgh. Wars of the Roses. Nice. Mother and I called on Warrens. Nice. Fenced with Doz. Dolly Carr to dinner.

Wednesday 7th March 1900

To Slade School. 3 turns from Tonks. Nice. Lunch at Shoolbred’s. with Misses Button and Dangerfield. Nice. Mother to call on G. E. B’s and Matthews. Short poses, a nice little girl model. Sketches up. Fun. Edward and the Burghers of Calais[3]. Fenced.

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Thursday 8th March 1900

Muddled about, sewed on braid, etc in morning. Doz and I to Burlington House. After lunch to Mrs Collier and Mr Barrett. Met Kitty and saw Van Dyck Exhibition. Very nice. 2nd time. Drove about Piccadilly Circus to see Queen. Huge crowds (like Jubilee Day). Fun. Didn’t see her. Home at 6.40 and at 7pm dined at the Baumer’s – Mother and I. Slept with Doz. Aunt Alice dined at Parsons’ and stayed till 9th.

Friday 9th March 1900

Spring Day!
To Slade School; wore new grey blouse. Nice lesson from Tonks. Drew “Slave”. Lunch at Shoolbred’s with Miss Button, etc. Drew till 3pm then sketches criticised by Tonks. Very nice. All students to Portland Place and had a procession down it (I also). Stopped by Chinese Embassy and saw the Queen drive by! Cheers, etc. I alone home by Baker Street. Eddy Buchanan to dinner and to a picnic dance with Poz and I, Baumers etc. Nice. Got home 1 o’clock – am!

Saturday 10th March 1900

Tired; didn’t do much. Doz and I to fencing lesson. Nice. My 5th. Pieter called and played on musette. Drew Andromeda.

Sunday 11th March 1900

Grosevenor and Louie called. Fenced with Doz all morning. Called on Aunt Rosa with Kitty. J Geddes and Oliver Blanford called and Miss Bankhart.

Monday 12th March 1900

To Slade all day (20th day). Lesson from Billee. Drew hands. Sent in for permission to draw in the life. Very fine day. Ethel Baumer to lunch at Shoolbred’s with me. Nice. Girls for short poses. Home on tram. Ted Barnard to dinner.

Tuesday 13th March 1900

Worked at Alys’ dress. Heard of French entering Bloemfontein!!! Kitty to music lesson.

Wednesday 14th March 1900

I to Slade. Got permission to draw in life-class. Mother to Acton to see Boyds, Randalls, etc.

Thursday 15th March 1900

Aunt Alice, Doz and I to tea at Mr Smith’s; Mother and Polly joined the two former and all 4 to box at Lyceum to see Richard II. Benson.

Friday 16th March 1900

I to Slade School. My first day in the life-class. V. nice. Lesson from Tonks. Cousin Mary to dinner and Cecil in afterwards. Mother read tons about Richard II in Greene’s History.

Saturday 17th March 1900

Mother told us at breakfast of Bill Simes’ boy’s birth. Mother died at 10 o’clock am.

The diary finishes. No more is written in this book.

Me: I am devastated. Such a final sentence.  The poor family. They are already going through Hell with Edward and now this. Out of nowhere, aged 49, Mother dies. 

According to family history, Mother died in the bathroom and Alys (my great grandmother) had to climb through the window (as she was the smallest) to find her mother dead.  From then on Alys had migraines. Their lives would never be the same again.

New Diary…


Wednesday 28th March 1900

Aunt Alice and I to Bournemouth. Stayed at Grand Hotel (to fetch Mother’s Will).


Thursday 29th March 1900

Aunt Alice and I drove to Condercum. Brought Despatch Box back. Up to London again.

Friday, 30th March 1900

Kitty in. She and Aunt Alice to Trafalgar Buildings.

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Saturday, 31st March 1900


Sunday 1st April 1900

Mr G. E. B. called. Also Grosvenor and Emily and the Trowers. Paul to tea and dinner.

Monday 2nd April 1900

Kitty begins at Trafalgar Square. With Aunt Alice and Uncle Harold to see Edward. Lois has diphtheria at Dorking. Aunt Ammy called.

Tuesday 3rd April 1900


Wednesday 4th April 1900

Took Conis to A. Broad. MRCVS. Cab 1/6

Thursday 5th April 1900

Barnards to J. Sargent R. A.’s Bought cycling skirt grey at Barnes £1.1.0.


Friday 6th April 1900

Business with Aunt Alice.

Saturday 7th April 1900


Sunday 8th April 1900

Mrs Blanford and Oliver and Kitty called.

Monday 9th April 1900

Conis back from vets. All down to Broadway – 1.40. Aunt A, Alys and I to Miss Tennant’s. Poz and Doz to Maude Coffin’s.

Tuesday 10th April 1900

Dressed Conis’ foot. Doz held him. Up to Maude’s. Cycled. Windy.

Wednesday 11th April 1900

To Millet’s to tea. Played hockey. Pouring rain.

Thursday 12th April 1900

Alys and Poz to Pems to tea. I to tea at Maude’s. Lawrence there. Compton’s in evening there.

Friday 13th April 1900 – Good Friday

Wrote to Miss Evans, Mrs Sharpe and Miss Miller. To tea at Mrs Mann’s with Alys.

Saturday 14th April 1900

Mr and Mrs J. M. Barrie[1] to the Millets. Teaparty here. Comptons. Maude and Poz and Doz and Laurence and Jack Millet. Played “gdp” with Jack, Alys and Doz.

NPG x5161; J.M. Barrie by Herbert Rose Barraud
James Matthew Barrie

Memo: To write to Mrs Blanford when we get back.

Sunday 15th April 1900 – Easter Sunday

I to early service at 8.00 – alone Millets and Pems and Comptons there, etc. All to 11 o’clock service. Mr Morgan preached. Wrote to Kitty. To evening service at Willersey.

Monday 16th April 1900 – Easter Monday

All up to meet at the Fish. Doz, Alys, K. F. and Lawrence Millet and I followed hounds a good way. Home at 2.00. Rested. Called on Pems with Doz and to old church.

Tuesday 17th April 1900

Stiff leg. Rain. Alwyne in. Wrote to Auntie Kate. Alys to hockey at Moreton with others. I called on Mrs Mann.

Wednesday 18th April 1900

Dorothy, Alys, Alwyne and I all cycled to Stratford-on-Avon. Lunch at “Golden Bee”. Walked about. Train to Honeybourne. Cycled home.

Thursday 19th April 1900

Saw Mrs Mann off. Maud, Poz, Doz, Alys and I to coppice for primroses. Nice. Evening at Russell House. Games. Comptons, L MacArthur. Mr Parsons.

Russell House, Broadway, Worcestershire

Friday 20th April 1900

To Russell House. To cowslip field with Doz. Cycled. To tea at the MacArthur’s. Doz and Poz too. Walked to Saintbury. I back to Gables.

Saturday 21st April 1900

All watched and played tennis at Russell House. Spencer Flower too. Cider. Great fun. Aunt Alice, Poz and I to tea at Lady Lifford’s. Doz, Alys and May Pem. Cycled to Beckford 22 ½ miles altogether.

Sunday 22nd April 1900

Alwyne went. To Church with Kate. Law of Jack. Mr Moss preached. Lunch at Millet’s. Rounders. Packed up.

Monday 23rd April 1900

Aunt Alice, Alys and I to Bournemouth via Bath. Stayed at Newlyn’s Hotel.

Tuesday 24th April 1900

Over to Condercum. W, Hankinson valued the Estate of “L. R. B.” (Lucy Reid Boyd). We tore papers and packed. Table d’hôte at Newlyn’s.

Wednesday 25th April 1900

Warehousemen from Maple’s. Packed all day. Table d’hôte at Newlyn’s.

Thursday 26th April 1900

Packed at Condercum all day.

Friday 27th April 1900

Packed at Condercum all day. I left it.

Saturday 28th April 1900

Alys and I drove to Cemetery with tulips (father is buried there). All to London. Wedderburn House. I unwell. Poz and Doz back from Broadway with Conis also.

Sunday 29th April 1900

In bed to breakfast. Wrote to Aunt Bella. Poz to Hindhead to Lady Tadema[2].

Monday 30th April 1900


Tuesday 1st May 1900


Wednesday 2nd May 1900

To Slade School. Criticisms of sketches. Tonks. Fun.

Thursday 3rd May 1900

In bed. Rain. Colded.

Friday 4th May 1900

With Aunt Ada and Alys to see lodgings in 10 Well Walk.

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10 Well Walk, Hampstead, London NW3

Saturday 5th May 1900

In bed, sore throat. Poz back from Hindhead.

1st and 3rd Monday’s – Edward

Sunday 6th May 1900

In bed. Charlie Warren called, also Dolly Carr to lunch. Sir Alma and Lady Tadema and Mr Parsons called. I up to dinner.

Monday 7th May 1900

Uncle H to see Edward. Out to Hampstead. Polly and Alys to Trafalgar Square to see Ladysmith[1] heroes procession Naval Brigade.

British Film Institute – The Heroes of Ladysmith Marching through London – 1900

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Ladysmith Parade

Tuesday 8th May 1900

To Slade School. Lessons from Russell.

Wednesday 9th May 1900

To Slade School. Lesson from Tonks and Russell. Lunch with Miss Button. Aunt Louie and Nell came.

Thursday 10th May 1900

Life room in Slade. Tonks – nice.

Friday 11th May 1900

To Lords (Lord’s Cricket Ground) with Doz and Mr Smith – cricket match. Good afternoon. Mr Smith to dinner.

Saturday 12th May 1900

A and I to fetch Audrey. Took her to zoo.

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London Zoo, Regents Park – 1900

Memo: Blanford

Sunday 13th May 1900

To Aunt Rosa’s.

Monday 14th May 1900

Packed. Alys and I to 10 Well Walk to lodgings. Aunt Ada too. Ceiling came down.

Tuesday 15th May 1900

To Slade School. Lunch with Uncle H. British Museum.

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British Museum, Great Russell Street, London

Wednesday 16th May 1900

To Slade School. Lunch Miss Button.

Thursday 17th May 1900

To Slade. Life-room. Miss Dangerfield lunch.

Friday 18th May 1900


Saturday 19th May 1900


Memo: Wade – 8/ till May 26th

Sunday 20th May 1900

To G. E. Barnard’s (cousin)

Monday 21st May 1900

To see Edward with Aunt Ada.

Tuesday 22nd May 1900


Wednesday 23rd May 1900


Thursday 24th May 1900

Slade. Lesson from P. Wilson Steer[2].

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Philip Wilson-Steer (1860 – 1942

Friday 25th May 1900

To French Class to hear Alys. C. N Warren called.

Saturday 26th May 1900

Conis rheumatic. Lunch at W. H. Fenced with Josephine, Audrey here. To Child’s Hill.

Invitation from Uncle Pierre. Alys and I to go to Baden-Baden[3]. Aug.

Sunday 27th May 1900

To Mrs Blanford’s.

Monday 28th May 1900

Military Tournament 2 till 5. Solar eclipse.

Tuesday 29th May 1900

To Slade. Edward’s 24th birthday. Called on Kitty who gone and 7 B’s (Buchanans) all out!

Wednesday 30th May 1900

Made lunch with Button. Bought tennis shoes 4/6. Joined Sketch Club. Tea with Kitty.

Thursday 31st May 1900

Slade – Tonks. Polly to lunch with me at Shoolbred’s.

Friday 1st June 1900

To Aunt Alice’s. Mrs Collier, Mrs Bell and Mary. Patty, Waterston’s. Alys and I unwell.

Saturday 2nd June 1900


Tennis Friday – 4.30

Sunday 3rd June 1900

Mary Bell to tea with Kit. To Aunt Rosa’s to supper. Kitty, Alys too. Alan Baumer.

Monday 4th June 1900

Very bad rheumatism in knee. For a drive with Tades (Aunt Ada). Could not walk.

Tuesday 5th June 1900

Not to Slade because of rheumatism. Embletons called. Doz to lunch. Kit to supper.

Wednesday 6th June 1900

To Slade. Lunch with Mrs Fearland.

Thursday 7th June 1900

To Slade. Life-room. Lesson from Tonks. Met Aunt Ada at 4.15 and to shops with her. Chose grenadine dress for Baden-Baden.

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Friday 8th June 1900

To Aunt Alice’s to tennis at 4.30. Nice. Kit there. Kit back to supper. To station with her.

Saturday 9th June 1900

To Finchley Road. Aunt Alice too. Chose muslin dress at Barnes and lunch at W.H. (Wedderburn House). Tennis there. Moir’s and Mr Preston.

Take sketch for sketch-club – 7th

Sunday 10th June 1900

Aunt Ada and I to Church and Heath. Met Alan B.

Monday 11th June 1900


Tuesday 12th June 1900


Wednesday 13th June 1900


Thursday 14th June 1900


Friday 15th June 1900


Saturday 16th June 1900


Mrs Matthew’s. Annie Vincent’s picture bill.

Sunday, 17th June 1900


Monday, 18th June 1900


Tuesday 19th June 1900


Wednesday 20th June 1900


Thursday 21st June 1900


Friday 22nd June 1900


Saturday 23rd June 1900


Paid Wade 10/0 up to June 23rd

Sunday 24th June 1900


Monday 25th June 1900


Tuesday 26th June 1900

To Slade – sent in and got permission for Thursday in life!!!

Wednesday 27th June 1900

To Slade. 2 good lessons from Tonks and Matthews

Thursday 28th June 1900

To Slade 2 lessons from the “Pro” in life room! Fitted at Barnes.

Friday 29th June 1900

Alys bilious headache. Packed. To prize-giving at Slade and strawberry tea. Washed up plates with Mitchell.

Saturday 30th June 1900

Kit to tea.


Sunday 1st July 1900

Aunt Ada to church – Aunt Alice and Doz and Mrs G. E. B. and Kitty called. Packed. Alys and I to Newcastle.

Monday 2nd July 1900


Tuesday 3rd July 1900


Wednesday 4th July 1900


Thursday 5th July 1900


Friday 6th July 1900

To Aunt Margaret’s to supper – music.

Saturday 7th July 1900


Nothing until

(after Saturday 21st July 1900) Wade 21st 10/-

Tuesday 24th July 1900

Condercum sold to Rollo Russells. £1100.00. Deeds signed.

Wednesday 25th – Saturday 28th September 1900


Sunday 29th July 1900

I unwell


Monday 30th July 1900

Travelled to London from Newcastle.

Tuesday 31st July 1900

Paid Wade 6/- for Conis.


Wednesday 1st August 1900

Kit’s 21st birthday. Alys and I started for Baden-Baden. Slept on boat till Ostend.

Thursday 2nd August 1900

Travelled all day. Ostend to Strasbourg. Changes at Appenweier and Oos. Arrived Baden-Baden at 5.30 pm. Uncle Pierre and Aunt Bella at station.

Friday 3rd August 1900


Saturday 4th August 1900


(Gap for 7 days)

Saturday 11th August 1900

Went to see Ball at Conversationshaus.

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Altes Schloss and Yburg (Castle) and Seelach (Schloss)

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Yburg Castle
Seelach Schloss

Tuesday 21st August 1900

Wade had Con 3 weeks

Thursday 23rd August 1900

To Races at Iffezheim. Great fun. Rain!

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Friday 24th August 1900




Saturday 25th August 1900


22nd 16/- to Wade

Wednesday 29th August 1900

Left Baden 10.30 pm


Thursday 30th August 1900

Arrived Brussels. 7.30 am. In bed all day.

Friday 31st August 1900


Saturday 1st September 1900

Uncle Pierre bought horse. Aunt Ada arrived. All went to meet her.

Miss Boodle. Aunt Alice to London from 29th August.

Sunday 2nd September 1900

To Races

Monday 3rd September 1900


Tuesday 4th September 1900

To Vicomte Desmanet de Biesme’s to coffee and see his horses.

Saturday 8th September 1900

Over King’s Palace

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Sunday 9th – Wednesday 12th September 1900


Thursday 13th September 1900

My 21st birthday. Nice. Presents. Dinner at Madame Wich’s.

Friday 14th September 1900

At 10 o’clock all on coach with Vicomte de Beisme. His own coach. He drove us.

Monday 17th September 1900

Vicomte de Biesme to lunch. Also Capitaine Mieus.


Tuesday 18th September 1900

Back from Brussels.

Thursday 20th September 1900

Dr Neal to see Alys. Looked at her back – and said “spinal curvature”.

Friday 21st September 1900

To Miss Chreiman. Who examined A’s back.

Saturday 22nd September 1900

A and I to Miss Chreiman, 39 York Place. Massage and exercise.

Sunday 23rd September 1900

Aunt Bella’s birthday. On Heath – A and I, then to Aunt Nelly’s to tea.

Monday 24th September 1900

To Miss Chreiman. Alys unwell.

Tuesday 25th September 1900

Muddled among boxes and clothes etc all morning. Lois to tea.

Wednesday 26th September 1900

Wade to Mrs Innes.

Thursday 27th September 1900

To Vernor Miles to stay. Conis.

Friday 28th September 1900

To Miss Chreiman with Alys. To call at Wm. Miles. Mrs Morgan there.

Saturday 29th September 1900

I unwell. Vernor and Alys and I to town. Mr V took us over Gray’s and Lincoln’s Inn and Temple. In Electric Railway tube, dined at Café d’Italie, Old Compton Street.

Katie Warwick?

Sunday 30th September 1900

To St Mary the Virgin Church. To dinner 1.30 at Wm Miles’. Very rainy.

Monday 1st October 1900

To Slade to see Prof Brown. Then to Miss Chrieman’s with Alys. Left Vernor Miles. To see Edward with Aunt Alice. To 2g Adamson Road. Wade too.

Tuesday 2nd October 1900

Began Slade. Life-room. Kit. Paid Wade for care of Conis 17/0 and rent money for Wade 11/6.

Wednesday 3rd October 1900

To Miss Chreiman’s.

Thursday 4th October 1900

To Slade, nice lesson from Tonks. Life-room.

Friday 5th October 1900

Slade – antique “bad” lesson from Tonks.

Saturday 6th October 1900

Alys to Mademoiselle Sewrim – French conversation. Doz, Wade, Alys and I to Earl’s Court Exhibition. Chutes.

“He that hath an Art, hath everywhere a part.” (me: Proverbs 4.)

Sunday 7th October 1900

A and I to call on G. E. B.’s. Poz to tea.

Monday 8th October 1900

A and I to Miss Chreiman’s. A and Wade to Wedderburn House. Cycled to the V. Miles with books.

Tuesday 9th October 1900

To Slade. Life lesson from Billee.

Wednesday 10th October 1900

To Miss Chreiman’s. Painted all afternoon. Aunt Louie and Nelly called. Kitty in, also Doz a moment.

Thursday 11th October 1900

Alys and Wade to Vernor Miles and lunch and Madame Tussaud’s. To Slade . Life – jolly lesson from Tonks at beginning. Stood all day. Tired. Casel.

Friday 12th October 1900

To Slade. Antique. Lesson from Mr Russell. Miss Boodle to lunch at Shoolbred’s. Nice lesson from Tonks, not a real lesson. Kit back with me. Cecil and Guillermo in evening.

Saturday 13th October 1900

Alys to French. Wade and I shopped. All to Trafalgar Square, National Gallery and Charing Cross to meet Tades (Aunt Ada) who did not arrive from Brussels but broken her ankle.

Write to Phil Sime.

Sunday 14th October 1900

Called on Aunt Rosa and on Aunt Alice and Buchanan’s.

Monday 15th October 1900

Wade to Clement Reid, 36 Sarr Road, I to see Edward; Aunt Alice met me there later. Kit to stay with us.

Tuesday 16th October 1900

To Slade. Good lesson from Pro before and after lunch.

Wednesday 17th October 1900

To Miss Chreiman’s. Shopped with Aunt Alice and Alys and Doz.

Thursday 18th October 1900

Jolly day at the Slade. To Patti[1] concert with Cecil Buchanan. Heard Santley[2], Ada Crossley[3], Ben Davies[4].

Friday 19th October 1900

Jolly day at Slade. Drew in lecture-room. Sketches criticised. Lesson from Pro. Got Tonks to sign my antiques.

Saturday 20th October 1900

Alys to French. Kit and I shopped. Kit, Alys and I to zoo.

D’s birthday

Sunday 21st October 1900

To Aunt Rosa’s to dinner. Teeds (Aunt Edith) to tea.

Monday 22nd October 1900

To Chreiman with Alice and Kit too. Ethel Miles called. Alys, Kit and I to Green and Edwards to settle A’s dress.

Tuesday 23rd October 1900

To Slade all day. Did not get 3rd life-day. Cecil and Guillermo in. Kitty left.

Wednesday 24th October 1900

To Chreiman. Alys and I to Whiteley’s. Poz to tea.

Thursday 25th October 1900

To Slade. Lesson from Professor – very colded. With Alys to Green and Edwards at 6pm to be fitted.

Friday 26th October 1900

Not to Slade, too bad cold and sore throat. Bought hat 5/11.

Saturday 27th October 1900

A to French. A and I to town, lunched to St George’s House, St Martin’s Lane. 1/7. Fun. Crowds.

E.B 1/11 ½

Sunday 28th October 1900

A and I walked to Hampstead. Kitty in and stayed to tea, Cecil in evening.

Monday 29th October 1900

Wade. To Chreiman with Alys. Lunched with Uncle H at Pagani’s. Saw CIV[5] crowd etc. Fun. Bad sore throat.

The City of London Imperial Volunteers

Thursday 1st November 1900

Rainy so not to Slade – Lunch at Wedderburn House. Poz and Alys to William Miles to lunch. To Buchanan’s.

Friday 2nd November 1900

Slade all day. Lovely. Vacation sketches criticized “Mr John” there. Alys headache. Doz’ birthday.

Saturday 3rd November 1900

A to French. She and I called at Wedderburn House. A and I to town. David Green’s pictures etc, in 2nd tube.


Paid Wade 10/0 – 29th

Sunday 4th November 1900

Doz to dinner and tea and Kit and Guillermo.

Monday 5th November 1900

To Wedderburn House. Left to see Edward. Uncle H came. Nice. Mrs Bucksey. To Chreiman.

Tuesday 6th November 1900

I to Slade. No lesson in life-room. Perspective lecture T. Aunt Alice and Doz to theatre.

Wednesday 7th November 1900

To Chreiman with Alys. Aunt A a headache – and in bed all day.

Thursday 8th November 1900

I to Slade. Lesson from Russell. Doz and Alys to Albert Hall. Aunt A out to dinner.

Friday 9th November 1900

To Slade. Nice lesson from Tonks.

Saturday 10th November 1900

Took Alys to dancing class. Her first this term.

Elijah – 8th Albert Hall[1].

Sunday 11th November 1900

To St Peter’s Church with Aunt Alice. Then on Heath. Oliver Blanford, Mr G. E. B. and Kitty and Mr T’Anson called.

Monday 12th November 1900

Miss Parsons. Very rainy. Made blouse. A note to Chreiman as unwell.

Tuesday 13th November 1900

To Slade. No lesson. Russell ill. Perspective lecture. 2. To dinner at G. E. B’s. with Alys. Guillermo’s birthday.

Wednesday 14th November 1900

Rested all morning. Poz and I to Chreiman. To lunch at Pagani’s with Aunt A and Doz. To Private View at New Gallery.

Thursday 15th November 1900

To Slade – no lessons

Friday 16th November 1900

To Slade. Aunt Alice and Alys came. Alys to lunch at College with me. After Chreiman. Very wet. Sketches criticised by Tonks. Nice lesson from Tonks.

Saturday 17th November 1900

Wet. To dancing class with Alys. Teeds to supper.

Nov 13th Lecture on wild birds.

Sunday 18th November 1900

To Mr Houghton’s church with Aunt Alice. To Heath. Alys to tea at Faraday’s. Doz and I to Cumins to call. Paul to supper here.

Monday 19th November 1900

Rested and read. To see Edward with Aunt Alice. Richard there. Called on W. B. Simes at Burston’s Hotel, St James.

Tuesday 20th November 1900

To Slade. Lesson from Mr Russell. Perspective lesson.

Wednesday 21st November 1900

To Chreiman with Alys. Doz and Alys and I to Heath. Then to see Miss Deakin.

Thursday 22nd November 1900

To Slade. Lessons from Professor. Nice. Charlie Warren, Reggie Yeld and Jamie Geddes to dinner.

Friday 23rd November 1900

To Slade. Antique. Talked to Mitchell. Russell lesson. To dinner at Stoke Roberts’ and Concert at Vestry Hall with Miss S. R.

Saturday 24th November 1900

To Berry Art School Show. Then dancing club with Alys. To Aunt Rosa’s in evening and to 10.00 games, etc.

24th Berry Art School

Sunday 25th November 1900

At home all day. Kitty and Guillermo, Oliver and Alan to tea.

Monday 26th November 1900

To Chreiman. Kit to tea. Wade 18/-.

Tuesday 27th November 1900

To Slade.

Wednesday 28th November 1900

With Poz in Tube for Sorosis.

Thursday 29th November 1900

To Slade. Lovely lesson from Tonks in life-room. Pretty good!

Friday 30th November 1900

Slade. No lesson in antique room! To concert with Alys, Albert Hall.

Saturday 1st December 1900

In bed with headache. Unwell.

30th Scotch Festival Albert Hall,

Sunday 2nd December 1900

In bed till 4. Drew “Disturbance”. Bill Sime and Margaret to tea.

Monday 3rd December 1900

Worked in morning. Visit to Edward. Nice billiards with him.

Tuesday 4th December 1900

Slade. Drew bones. All day. Perspective lecture – 3rd.

Wednesday 5th December 1900

To Chreiman with Alys. Rain. To Boyd’s, 30 Grafton Road to tea.

Thursday 6th December 1900

Slade. Lesson from Pro. Albert Hall with Poz to Judas Maccabeus[1], Canadians.

Friday 7th December 1900

Slade. Drew bones, etc. Casts. No lesson. Alys sick and awake all night.

Saturday 8th December 1900

Not out all day. Miss Parsons. Alys slept all day. Doz to Slough.

6th Judas Macccabeus.
8th Mrs Wetherbees A. H. at 10.00

Sunday 9th December 1900

On Heath with Uncle Harold. Miss Culley and Miss Roberts to tea. Dr Yeld and Kitty and Guillermo called. Poz in bed. Alys up to tea.

Monday 10th December 1900

I to G. E. B.’s to see calendar. Kit and me to New Eng Art Club Show[2]. Afternoon. D and I called on Tadema’s. Evening D and I to prize-giving at Academy. Fun.

Tuesday 11th December 1900

To Slade. Nice(!) lesson from Billee. Next Miss Doré. Nice perspective. Three Musketeers at Lyceum. Box with Poz, Alys and Phyllis Waterlow.

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Wednesday 12th December 1900

Alys unwell so not Chreiman. I alone to Albert Hall. Ed Lloyds farewell concert[3]. To Aunt Rosa’s.

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Edward Lloyd

Thursday 13th December 1900

To Slade. Drew, but no lesson. To Union Society Concert. 3 to 4. Shopped a great deal.

Friday 14th December 1900

To Slade; did not draw but swept floors and did flowers etc, etc all day for the dance. To Aunt Rosa’s music at H (At Home). Kit to sleep. A to Collins.

Saturday 15th December 1900

Kit tired and rest. Aunt A to Mrs Somerwell. A and I to dancing class. Dr Neal to see A.. pleased.

12th Albert Hall
14th Aunt Rosa’s At Home.

Sunday 16th December 1900

Not out, arranged for packing and wrote letters. Aunt Nelly and Sylvia to tea. Paul in.

Monday 17th December 1900

Packed all morning. To see Edward with Aunt Alice. Charlie Warren too. To Ch. W’s rooms to tea.


Tuesday 18th December 1900

Travelled to Newcastle by 10 am train. Arrived 3.30 pm. 2B.V. Conis too.

Wednesday 19th December 1900

Quiet day. Rested and slept in afternoon.

Thursday 20th December 1900

To town for heaps of shopping with Ella and Alys.

Friday 21st December 1900

Sent off parcels, etc.

Saturday 22nd December 1900


17th Ed
18th N.C.

Sunday 23rd December 1900

To Mr Deacon’s with Aunt Sarah. Luckley’s called and Fanny to see Aunt Margaret.

Monday 24th December 1900

To Southview (Wade 10/-). Drew a good deal. Sissie in.

Tuesday 25th December 1900

Saw Aunt Margaret. Visitors at 2. B. V. Dinner at 2.30. Andrew Reid’s in accidentally in evening. Music, etc. Lovely day.

Wednesday 26th December 1900

To Arthur Reid’s evening.

Thursday 27th December 1900

Wrote letters. Called on Mrs Tom Angus. Leo and Mary in evening.

Friday 28th December 1900

To Aunt Ellen’s to high tea. Music.

Saturday 29th December 1900

To Menie and Philip’s At Home. Nice.

Sunday 30th December 1900

Wet. Not out all day. Con’s paw bad. Operation by me. Sandemans and A Reid’s in evening.

Monday 31st December 1900

Hannah and Frank to supper and music.

Notes at the end:
How to prepare essays, lectures, articles, books, speeches and letters – E. H. Miles
M. A. Rivington’s – 34 King Street, Covent Garden, London 1900
Lincoln and Co Crests, etc.

Men’s very sorrows, and the tears one’s heart weeps when the eye is dry, what is in that either? In an hour, will not death make it all still again? – Carlyle[3]

Forever in the neighbourhood of an inevitable Death, man can forget that he is born to die; of his Life, which, strictly meditated, contains in it an Immensity and an Eternity, he can conceive lightly, as of a simple implement wherewith to do day-labour and earn wages. – Carlyle

On last page….

Please don’t send anything more down; we don’t like it. We’re not going away till Monday morning.
– K. B. and A. F. B.

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