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1 January 1810: No end to the hipping and hurrahing at Stowe

At Christmas and New Year, the Grenvilles, their extended family and friends gathered at Stowe.

betsey_wynne_cutThe Wynne sisters were among them and on 1 January 1810, Betsey Wynne (above) writes in her diary:

The weather was favourable to the Day, and proved quite Spring. We all went immediately after breakfast on the Lawn at the North side of the House, where several Groups of Morris Dancers and the Bands of the Buckinghamshire Militia and of the 14th played in turns and enlivened the Scene. I was made most happy by the arrival of Tom, Emma, and Charles, and shall contrive to keep them here till after the Ball.

At one o’clock the poor people from twelve neighbouring parishes arrived for the dinner, with the Clergyman of each Parish at their head and to say Grace at the different Tables, the Colonnades and Sheds under them were filled with Tables, which held twelve each, and their dinner consisted of Soup, Meat pies, and pudding. Every thing was so well arranged that there was not the smallest difficulty, and about one thousand persons were fed.

After dinner, some racing and restling for prizes filled up the time till dusk, when the fire works began and an immense Bond fire was lighted. We remained on the Steps of the House and did not find it at all cold. Ld. Downshire and his Brother Ld.

Arthur Hill arrived just at the conclusion of the fete, and at seven we sat down to dinner, with the addition of the numerous Newman Family, and all the Clergymen, who had attended their parishioners which encreased the party to about 74, all in the Music room, the noise was great and no end to the hipping and hurrahing.

3 January 1836. The Isle of Thanet Corn Drill

The Duke and Duchess of Buckingham and Chandos were greatly concerned about the fate of the unemployed poor on their estates. Arthur Octavious Baker, steward of the Avington estate in Hampshire, wrote to the Duke about the need to mechanise the sowing of wheat:

I have long been particularly desirous of having on the Farm here, an Isle of Thanet Corn Drill, but have always felt some doubt as to whether it would work effectually on our strong soils. This doubt is now completely dissipated by my having seen it most advantageously employed for the last two years by a Kentish farmer recently settled at Kilmeston; & I shall be very glad to have your Grace’s leave to purchase one for this farm. The price is 12 guineas. It would be absolutely essential that I should have a Kentish man to go with it for about two months this Spring.