Digitisation of the Mary Hamilton Archive: Diaries

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Lady Mary Hamilton; Diary Entry 13.08.1784 (excerpt)

Page 1

13tḥ August 1784 □□□ Friday
Breakfasted wṭ Anna Maria - at 10
oClock dreſsd for yẹ day. at 11 Miſs
Murray
came she sat an hour with
me - brought me a very polite in-
vitation from her Aunts to come
wṭ Mrṣ Delany & Ken Wood to
dine there. shepleased me very
much by telling me I was a great
favourite with of her fathers (Lord
Stormont
. Mṛ Sandford came &
She left me. he read to me whilst I work'd the
debates in yẹ House of Lords yester-
day Lord Stormonts speeches etc. etc.
A Maria join'd us. he ask'd me
to go & see yẹ Air Balloon at the
Lyceum -- I agreed provided Miſs
Clarke
wḍ accompany us - A.M.
was not well enough having a
pain in her back. Miſs Clarke
Consented & we set out - it was
not a pleasant walk as we were
obliged to walk through a part of
yẹ Strand - & yẹ day very hot.
However it was worth our walk
& gratified my curiosity as I
had not yet seen one of these
curious Vehicles - the Balloon
Page 2

is a perfect Sphere of abṭ 33
feet in Diameter & 102 feet in
Circumference. it contains 18200
Cubic feet of inflammable Air
& composed entirely of oil'd silk
the Colors are Green & Red in
parts thus□□□


[Here: drawing of balloon, with
basket, oars and wings.

Writing on drawing:

[on balloon:]
red
green
yẹ silk join'd by
strong stitching

[right hand side of balloon:]
Oil silk cases
or pipes Through
wcḥ yẹ inflammable
Air is convey'd by
large bellows at yẹ end

[left hand side, above upper oar:]
yẹ Oars are net works
wtḥ flaps of
oil silk

[left hand side of basket:]
Gallery

[right hand side, above wing:]
Wings +

[right hand side, below wing:]
+ are on each side
& directed by yẹ persons
in yẹ Gallery

[left hand side, above lower oar:]
2
Loose Oars
wcḥ are held

[below lower oar:]
in hand
yẹ □□□ of yẹ wings & □□□ □□□ of yẹ oil'd silk

]
Page 3

The Gallery contains one pair of
Wings, wcḥ are raised high, & move
horizontally, for yẹ purpose of in-
creasing yẹ Motion it receives from
yẹ Wind: also one pair of Oars, wcḥ will
move vertically; & are meant to
raise or depreſs yẹ Balloon at yẹ
pleasure of Aerial Travellers.
Mṛ Lunardi & an English
Gentleman will ascend into yẹ
Atmosphere. I saw a Genteel
handsome looking Young Man who
they told me was yẹ english Gentleman
who was to go up. the King & Queen
are to see This B: ascend. it is to
be conveyed to Chelsea Hospital Garden
from whence it is to □□□ be
launched. Tickets are iſsued at
yẹ Lyceum at 1 Guinea, ½ a
G: & a Crown. entitling yẹ bearer
to an admiſsion into yẹ Gardens
of Chelsea Hospital
on yẹ day yẹ
Balloon is to be launched, & also
to a sight of it before it leaves
yẹ Lyceum.- we gave 1 Shilling
a piece.
Page 4

After having seen this curious Machine
& been made very sick by the horrid
Smell of
it. I was rejoiced to breathe
even yẹ Air of yẹ Strand. in coming
home I went into two Shops buying
a Morng. Gown & Threads etc. -
Met Mṛ Jackson & Colḷ Stephens
spoke to both (Colḷ S: is one of yẹ
Prince of Wales's Equerries) he seem'd
to stare at Mr S- & wonder who I was
flirting with - we got home ¼ past
3 - Mṛ S- took his leave. I
desired him to make my excuses
for not waiting on MrṣDelany this
Morng., & also to tell her as she was
to have Company I wḍ not come
to her in yẹ Afternoon, for I felt
so exhausted with my walk that
I was sure I should not be able to
stir out. A:Maria & I sat together
till dinner time - din'd comfortably
at home. A.M. play'd two or 3 leſsons
after dinner - we separated from 6
till 7. Miſs C's & I □□□met
to tea - amused ourselves with
writing - etc. at 8 o'Clock Mṛ Sandford
came with Mrṣ Keenes Coach with full

Meaning of the pretty colours:

  • green: non-standard (mouseover for normalisation)
  • blue: abbreviation (mouseover for expansion)
  • pink: proper name
  • □□□: omission (mouseover for reason)