Writes about Hensleigh Wedgwood's marriage to Frances Mackintosh and her own engagement to Charles Langton. Also gives news of other relatives and friends.
My dear Charles
I think it will be a very good opportunity to begin a letter to you, having a quiet hour to spend here before we return to that most idle & bustling of houses, Roehampton. I believe this will be at Rio long enough before you without allowing for your being blown back two or three more times before our shores are fairly quit of you, but that is no matter & I cannot afford to let slip the opportunity of a wedding in the family as at the rate they have hitherto gone on at there is no chance of another occurring before you have finished your voyage round the world—as they are such very rare occurences it is a good plan that we are upon of doing up two members of the family at once tho on the other hand cousins marrying is a very humdrum affair & affords very little interest or entertainment— I am very much of Fanny M's maid's opinion, who being asked what she thought of her lady's marriage said ``Well ma'am I think it wont make much difference''. I am very glad it is over—they must feel so comfortable & at leisure now that the disagreeable interval since the time it was fixed is passed which was filled with nothing but tiresome settlings, moving of houses, & all sorts of plagues & Hensleigh between them & his new Magisterial duties was beginning to look worn out— he had been very unwell all the week & was in bed Sunday & Monday morning being to be married on Tuesday & he thought himself so bad that he had written a note, to say that the marriage must be put off a couple of days when luckily his doctor arrived, told him he was quite well, recommended him some mutton chops & wine which so restored him that his note was burnt, & he appeared at dinner time in very good condition for his execution next day—the only serious consequence of his taking to his bed was his writing to Fanny that she must get the wedding ring, an indignity that I should suppose had never been put upon a bride before— however she was obliged to submit & sent out one of the Thorntons for it— this was not the last indignity she was obliged to submit to neither, for first her gown did not arrive in time & she was obliged to strip one of her bridesmaids & be married in a borrowed one, & still worse she had to wait what seemed a long time in the church before the bridegroom made his appearance, & we began to be afraid he had taken to his bed again—however he appeared at last in very good case & accounted for the delay by his having a pair of hearse horses, `a bad omen, and having to set down Judge Alderson at his chambers, & bad as this beginning was, for the rest of the time he cut a very good figure & he & the bride both took off their spectacles for the ceremony. There were eight carriages the servants with enormous favours which brought us a rebuke from the superior taste of an old dirty woman in the crowd, who said, ``Well if she had been going to be married she would have kept those things out of sight & not collected a crowd about her'' There was a grand breakfast afterwards at which Lady Gifford presided 42 at table consisting besides all the branches of the family, of Thorntons innumerable besides a few other friends Before we went to church Sir James made me stuff a vol: of a new novel into his pocket I did not see what opportunity he had of reading it.
It is pleasant to see Hensleigh & Fanny so happy as they seem—they find it much pleasanter than the hanging on state they were in so long. She received yesterday her first grand dinner party, & looked so elegantly dressed & received her company so gracefully that Hensleigh must have been proud of his wife. The lions of the party were two banished Poles, the Brahmin Ramohun Roy & Sydney Smith. The Judge & Georgina with whom I am staying have been very cordial to me & G is risen again very much with me. Goodbye my dear Charles I hope I shall soon hear some news of you from Shrewsbury— God bless you & bring you safe home again Believe me yr very affc | cousin Charlotte Wewd
- f1 155.f1The residence of Lady Gifford, née Harriet Drewe, was in Roehampton. She was related to the Wedgwoods, Mackintoshes, and Darwins through her mother, Caroline Allen.
- f2 155.f2Hensleigh Wedgwood's appointment to a police magistracy in December 1831 made possible his marriage to Fanny Mackintosh (Emma Darwin 1: 242--3).
- f3 155.f3Friends of Fanny Mackintosh (ibid., 1: 186).
- f4 155.f4Edward Hall Alderson, married to Georgina Drewe, Lady Gifford's sister.
- f5 155.f5Algernon Langton.
- f6 155.f6William, 2d Earl of Craven. In December 1832 Charles Langton obtained a living from him as Rector of Onibury, Shropshire (Emma Darwin 1: 254).
- f7 155.f7Cresselly in Pembrokeshire, the family seat of the John Bartlett Allens.
- f8 155.f8Ram Mohan Roy, an advocate of social and religious reforms in India, was lionised by English liberals.