Countess Granville et al. in Wimbledon - mid April, 1808

from Letter from Lady Sarah Spencer to her brother, the Hon. Robert Spencer, 21 April 1808, pages 8–9:

Now for an account of what we are all doing with ourselves here. The party is extremely small and compact. Papa, Mama, Harriet and I. Small as we are in number, we get on very comfortably, I assure you. We breakfast and have prayers as usual; then Papa goes out riding, or to settling his farming accounts, and we females walk; tho’ Harriet and I do little else but play and sing; she plays the harp and I the piano almost all the day; and in the evening we divide the time between musick and shoemaking, which is now the staple trade of the family.

cite as

Sarah Spencer Lady Lyttelton, Letter from Lady Sarah Spencer to her brother, the Hon. Robert Spencer, 21 April 1808. In Hon. Mrs. Hugh Wyndham (ed.), Correspondence of Sarah Spencer, Lady Lyttelton 1787–1870 (London, 1912), p. 8–9. accessed: 20 June, 2024

location of experience: Wimbledon


Countess Granville
Lady Lyttelton
Governess to Queen Victoria's children 1842-50, Lady of the Bedchamber 1838-42

Listening to

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music played on the harp and piano performed by Lady Henrietta [Harriet] Cavendish, Lady Sarah Spencer
singing performed by Harriet Cavendish, Sarah Spencer

Experience Information

Date/Time mid April, 1808
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors


Lady Sarah Spencer married William Henry Lyttelton on 3 March 1813, after which she was known as Lady Lyttelton. He succeeded his half-brother as 3rd Baron Lyttelton in 1828. Harriet Cavendish married Lord Granville Leveson-Gower in 1809, and subsequently became known as Countess Granville.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Tue, 30 Oct 2018 13:31:14 +0000
Approved on Tue, 06 Nov 2018 12:40:06 +0000