August 2 1815: Duchess of Richmond the Worst Duchess

Wednesday August 2nd 1815: Ditto. Dined with Edward Ellice  at Wyke. Lady Grey told me that Lady Elizabeth Whitbread wanting a garden chair, her footman, unknown to her, went to Sion House to borrow one, when the Duchess wrote this note: “The Duchess of Richmond presents her compliments to Lady Elizabeth Whitbread, is sorry [she cannot] send her the chair as the Duke uses it himself as their doors – she is sorry to hear Lady Elizabeth Whitbread is indisposed” – !!!! Well done, ducal feeling.  [ Lady Whibread’s husband Samuel Whitbread had killed himself on July 6 1815. This the Duchess of Richmond of the famous ball before Waterloo.]

Ellice told me that he had seen an officer in a frigate moored close to the Bellerophon who states that Napoleon has so won the hearts of those on board the Bellerophon that the officers of that ship will allow none of their brother officers in other vessels to abuse him. Hat Vaughan18 and Dennison dined with us. Came home late.

— John Cam Hobhouse writes in his diary for August 2 11815.

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