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Hingston, Charles, Mrs.

Diary of Mrs. Charles Hingston during a tour of Europe.

Europe, 1880-1881.
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1 v. ([192] p.) ; 27 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
In Process D919.H56 D53 1880+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Bound in contemporary purple morocco and retains, with original brass clasp and lock.
Manuscript diary kept by Mrs. Charles Hingston, shortly after marriage, during the couple's tour of Europe in 1880 and 1881. The account begins on November 16th, 1880 but the author has used the relevant pages for 1881 and amended the dates by hand. The diary also retains its original slate mounted on the rear inner board used for making notes. A number of visiting cards are loosely inserted, together with a guide book to the Church of Saint Ursula in Cologne. The Hingstons were married in Richmond on Novermber 16th but the first entry was not written until four days later when the couple was already abroad. They had purchased Cook's railway tickets through Belgium, Germany, Italy and then Marseilles, France, where they traveled on to Spain, then back through France and arrived back in Croydon on May 20th, 1881. Expenses for travel including lodging are also noted.
The travelers purchase Cook's railway tickets through Belgium, Germany, Italy, and then Marseille, from which they travel onwards to Spain. The couple eventually returns through France, arriving home in Croydon on 20 May 1881. In Belgium, they meet up with their friend Mr. Peltzer, a woollen manufacturer, who shows them around his factories, and Mrs. Hingston takes delight in mentioning that he is to dine with their Majesties the King and Queen of the Belgiums ("that looks well in my diary").
The tone throughout is colloquial: "Well I think Naples has considerably disgraced herself ..."; a visit to Pompeii is "one of the days never to be forgotten." The diarist also records money drawn while travelling in Spain; letters written while travelling; and letters received. Expenses are also noted, with hotel bills, etc.
Subject Terms:
Europe -- Description and travel.
Hingston, Charles, Mrs. -- Diaries.

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