Charles C.F. Greville in Roehampton - 12 August, 1834, at night

from Journal entry, 13 August 1834, pages 118–119:

Dined at Roehampton yesterday with Farquhar. Mrs. Norton and Mrs. Blackwood and Theodore Hook dined there among others. After dinner he displayed his extraordinary talent of improvisation, which I had never heard but once before, and then he happened not to be in the vein. Last night he was very brilliant. Each lady gave him a subject, such as the ‘Goodwood Cup,’ the ‘Tithe Bill;’ one ‘could not think of anything,’ when he dashed off and sang stanzas innumerable, very droll, with ingenious rhymes and excellent hits, ‘his eye …   more >>

cite as

Charles C.F. Greville, Journal entry, 13 August 1834. In Henry Reeve (ed.), The Greville Memoirs: A Journal of the Reigns of King George IV and King William IV, volume 3 (London, 1874), p. 118–119. accessed: 18 May, 2024

location of experience: Roehampton


Charles C.F. Greville
Clerk-in-ordinary to the Privy Council, Political and social diarist, Private secretary

Listening to

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Improvised song performed by Theodore Hook

Experience Information

Date/Time 12 August, 1834, at night
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Mon, 25 Jun 2018 10:05:40 +0100
Approved on Sun, 01 Jul 2018 13:49:21 +0100