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Diary of Lieutenant-General Sir Charles Ashe Windham K.C.B. (1810-1870, 5th son of Admiral William Windham of Felbrigg; the hero of the Redan, M.P. for Norfolk 1857-1859), Aug. 1830-April 1834, Oct. 1835-Feb. 1836.

The diary is intermittent; the first section describes a tour in Belgium including Waterloo, Germany, Switzerland including the St Bernard hospice, and Italy. A note then states that a journal for July-Oct. 1833 of a journey through Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland to Russia was lost 'at Felbrigg' and the present diary begins again at Jan. 1834 with an account of the diarist's life thitherto including his education, army career, trips abroad, his brother William's election as MP for Norfolk, 1832, and his father's death. The remainder of the diary covers life in the army in London and Dublin including references to his friendship or liaison with Mrs Broughton, a visit to a gambling hell, his giving evidence at Norwich against C. Scott in an arson case, the presentation of a Trade Union petition to Lord Melbourne in April 1834, a winter journey by coach from London to Norfolk, and family matters. Passages of introspection occur referring to his own indolence and 'castle building' and there is an appreciation of the Felbrigg landscape. At front of volume are very rough undated diary notes and pasted in and inserted are a 19th-century photograph of the main front of Felbrigg Hall, a note of Windham's career, a press article ('Eastern Daily Press', 8 March 1968) on Windham by H.O. Mansfield and press reviews of Mansfield's 'Charles Ashe Windham, a Norfolk Soldier' (1973).

Sir Charles Ashe Windham; 1810-1870; soldier, politician; Felbrigg, Norfolk, and Jacksonville, Florida, USA

Letters from Isaac Preston to his son (Jacob) on the Grand Tour (one directed to Danzig)

Re proposed movements of the son and (?) Edward Horne, recommending Turin as 'the most Improving' place in Italy, urging his return home, giving directions as to his (recipient's) will, and referring to sale of settled estate at Bayfield, hostility of his wife's sisters, and Durrant's courtship of Miss De Grey. 1763 and nd.

Letters to Sir Martin Browne Folkes mostly on conveyancing matters re London and Devonshire estates, property of Becher of Docking and the Cokethorpe, Oxfordshire, estate of the late Mr Shirley, and on the insanity of a relative T.D. Macbride.

Letters from Samuel Clayton of Lynn, E. Rolfe of Heacham, John Forster, Drs W. Parry and S.F. Simmons, Joseph Radcliffe of Huddersfield, Folkes' sister Mary West, and others. Also letters from William Walton of Lynn, the surveyor, re bill and mentioning his poverty and expectation of debtor's prison, T.D. Macbride at Fiume mentioning retreat of French troops, Sir Thomas Philip Bagge re (?) Inclosure Bill, T. Berners, Plestow, apologising after insult by Sir Jacob Astley, John Wodehouse and William Windham seeking Folkes' support as County candidates.

Letters from Richard to his family, with replies

Letters from Richard to his parents, brothers Anthony, Philip and Tom, and sisters Emily, Lucy and Cary, and Mrs Noyes ('Nunny') a nurse or governess with replies from the parents and brothers (Tom at Eton) .Richard's letters are dated from ships and naval stations at Madeira, Sierra Leone, Simon's Bay (South Africa), Mauritius, Mozambique, Malta, Naples, Lisbon, Piraeus, Portland, Devonport, Bermuda, Port Royal, Rio de Janeiro and Monte Video. The longest tours of duty were at Simon's Bay and in Rio/Monte Video. There is much about naval life, promotion prospects and shooting and sport at the various stations, and references to sending butterflies, shells, birds' eggs and (live) Falklands geese home and a penguin colony there, and to Norfolk men and kinsfolk met including Robert Packe farming unsuccessfully in the Falklands. Also included is family news, agricultural prospects and Westacre, comments on bank failures, the Austro-Prussian War ('both great robbers'), rinderpest among cattle, 'old Fountaine' destroying foxes, descriptions of Pompeii and Lundy Island, death of brother Philip, chasing a slaver near Sierra Leone, sugar mill at Mauritius. Letters to Richard include advice as to conduct from his father and his brother Anthony's opinion of Spain ('a beastly Country and not a bit worth seeing'). Included with the letters are a list of books sent out and a summons of 1858 for his shooting a secretary bird, a protected species, at Simons Town.

Sir William Hamilton (1730-1803), Goodwood and Caserta, Naples.

Drafts from Neville thanking for kindness at Naples and condoling with him on the death of his wife, seeking interest to be elected F.R.S. and obtain introduction to Sir Joseph Bankes, and reply promising help. Draft requesting letters of recommendation to Lord Orford and others and copy reply.

Family, estate and business letters to Carr

Inc. letter from Joseph Wheatley postponing decision as to whether Carr should stand for Morley, 9 January 1890, with related papers (MC 166/63/1-2); photograph of girl on horse, man holding bridle, nd [? 19th century] (MC 166/63/4); letter from Emma at Ditchingham to granddaughter Dorothy with description of flower dance ('Dorothy H. was dressed as mistletoe and Angy as pink carnation, they all danced the new dance very well', 13 January 1897, MC 166/63/9); letters from sister Mary in Switzerland and Italy giving impressions etc. ('this morning in the cloisters of San Domingo [Florence] we saw a funny sight, it seems all the homeless cats are taken there and fed with begged refuse at 12...such a mewing, clawing and spitting went on for very untempting pieces of liver', 1 April [1883], MC 166/63/10; draft tenancy agreement on farm of Carr's at Listing Lane Gomersal, February 1899 (MC 166/63/12); printed report etc. of People's Refreshment House Association Ltd., 1899 (MC 166/63/15).

Letters from Rebecca Starling to her mother Mary Ann and sisters Bessie, Mary and Sarah and brother Tom

Rebecca was living in the family of Philip Taylor (1786-1870, civil engineer, son of John Taylor of Norwich) apparently as governess, near Comiliano in Northern Italy. Included is family news, references to the Italian War of Independence and to French affairs inc. that Louis Napoleon was 'too much of a goose' to head the government, books read inc. 'Dombey & Son', members of the Taylor family inc. Edward (1784-1863, Gresham professor of music) and the manager of a mine at Falmouth, Cornwall, carnivals and processions, description of the Pallavicini Palace gardens, and sketches of view from their house and of factory building erected by Philip Taylor. Mostly undated but dates 1846-? 1851 occur.

Edward Taylor; 1784-1863; Gresham professor of music; Norwich, Norfolk

Journal by Henry Wodehouse describing his European tour

He travels through France (including Paris) and Switzerland into Italy. He records impressions of Turin; Genoa; Pisa ('the leaning tower stands 14 feet out of the perpendicular and the effect is curious - saw the sun set in the Mediterranean from its summit - Pisa has a great appearance of poverty'); Livorno; Florence ('Entered the Cathedral imposing only from its size ... in one part singing for a dead Priest in another a curious procession of candles and lamps for the restoration of a sick person - several other churches, nothing wonderful inside or out'); Rome. In Rome he visited the usual sites ('saw St Peters !!! and was struck dumb with wonder') including the Vatican and the Colosseum. He is still in Rome in January 1824 when the journal ends.

Continuation of Henry's journal

Beginning in January, in Rome, he then goes on to Naples, visiting Pompeii, Paestum and Herculaneum ('went underground with mutton candles in hand - and saw nothing worth seeing'). He then heads northwards on his way home and the journal ends in April 1824 when he is in Bologna. This volume of the journal also includes the financial accounts for the entire trip.

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