Document ReferenceNe C 12987/1-3
TitleLetter from Mrs Caroline Norton, Brussels, [Belgium] to [Henry P.F. Pelham-Clinton] Earl of Lincoln [later 5th Duke of Newcastle under Lyne]; 19. Mar. n.y. [c.1850-1864]
Date19 March 1850-19 March 1864 (c)
Extent5 ff
Content DescriptionWrites of her 'foolishness' in telling the duke to write to Lisbon as they are now in Brussels; tells him of her illness; informs him that Fletcher is not any worse; tells the duke that they decided that Naples may be a little too hot for Fletcher and so have come to Brussels instead; regrets that there is now no hope of meeting the duke in Naples to sail on his yacht; tells him that her interest in him may be subject of comment and to "chercheur midi a quatre heures", she mentions how this would provoke the Duchess of Somerset; tells the duke that Brussels is dull; says she hopes that Fletcher will use this time for study; comments on how tall Fletcher is; tells him that she dined with the King last Monday and how he is altered and aged but still very popular with his subjects.

Tells him the Queen is also very popular but looks 'grave and sad' which 'is no wonder considering the position of all her family'; informs the duke that Lord Harvey de Walden hardly receives guests making further speculations on why; describes to him the state of English society in Belgium; tells him Lord Palmerston' 'brouillerie' with King Otto causes much displeasure; discusses political issues including the 'doing away with' the Lord Lieutenancy of Ireland; tells him Lady Landsdowne has been very ill; discusses the patience of the House of Lords over the 'Greek complaint'; mentions the success of the Socialist candidates in Paris and the resulting alarm in society circles; informs him that Helen Dufferin has been ill with gastric fever; tell him Lady Seymour has brought out her second daughter.

Tells him she prophesises that Susan will 'make up to you for many a better hour, to a degree that you yourself will not now believe' and wishes him well through it; tells him Henry Howard's unhappy marriage has ended with the wife's death at only twenty-three, saying with the way she led her life this or madness were inevitable; informs the duke that Charles Wood is back in the House although he is still very ill; tells him the weather in England is 'bitter and wretched'; tells him they have snow in Brussels; tells him Prince de Ligne has come to settle on his own estates here and be a senator, she is told he is a 'foolish man'; tells him that Brougham has talked a great deal to her about Lady Lincoln and believes he has behaved badly in the situation as he always does.

Date of letter 'March 19'; year based on old catalogue entries.
Termtravel, arrangements
social news
Belgian affairs
royalty, popularity
political relations
Greek affairs
French affairs
death, wife of Henry Howard
weather, bad conditions
health, Lady Lansdowne
health, Charles Wood

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA17907Seymour; Georgiana (-1884); Duchess of Somerset; sister of Caroline Norton; m. 12th Duke of Somerset 1830-1884
NA17904Norton; Fletcher C.C.C. (1829-1859); Mr; son of Caroline Norton poetess1829-1859
NA951Opdebeck; Susan H. (1814-1889); Lady; née Hamilton-Douglas; m 1stly 5th Duke of Newcastle under Lyne 1832; styled Lady Lincoln 1832-1850; divorced 1850; m 2ndly M. Opdebeck 18601814-1889
NA6069Brougham; Henry P. (1778-1868); 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux; Lord Chancellor1778-1868
NA9905Fitzmaurice; Louisa E. Petty- (1785-1851); Marchioness of Lansdowne; née Fox-Strangways wife of 3rd Marquess1785-1851
NA143Temple; Henry John (1784-1865); 3rd Viscount Palmerston; succ. 1802; statesman; Prime Minster 1855-1858 and 1859-18651784-1865
NA6040Otto I (1815-1867); King of Greece; ( reigned 1832-1862)1815-1867
NA17908Hay; Helen S. (1807-1867); Countess of Gifford; née Sheridan; m 1825 4th Baron Dufferin; m 2nd 1862 Earl of Gifford eldest son of 8th Marquess of Tweeddale1807-1867
NA211Wood; Charles (1800-1885); 1st Viscount Halifax; Secretary of State for India 1859-66 created Viscount Halifax 18661800-1885
NA15488Leopold I (1790-1865 ); King of the Belgians; ( elected King of the Belgians 1831)1790-1865
NA17909Louise Marie Charlotte Isabelle (1812-1850 ); Queen Consort to Leopold I of the Belgians; ( eldest daughter of Louis Philippe I King of France)1812-1850
NA17910Ligne; Prince de (fl 1850-64)fl 1850-64
NA17911Howard; Henry (fl 1850-1864)fl 1850-1864
NA17912Walden; Harvey de- (fl 1850-1864)fl 1850-1864
NA17416Norton; Caroline E.S. (1808-1877); Mrs; poetess; née Sheridan; m. the Honourable George Chapple Norton 1827 and Sir William Stirling-Maxwell 18771808-1877
NA945Clinton; Henry P.F. Pelham- (1811-1864); 5th Duke of Newcastle under Lyne; styled Earl of Lincoln until 18511811-1864
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