A son of Eliza Merewether et al. in The vicarage, Bremhill, Wiltshire - 2 October, 1818, at night

from Diary of Thomas Moore, 2 October 1818, page 178:

The party at Bowles’s, at dinner, were the Grossets, Mrs. Merryweather and her son, Henry Joy, Linley, and Miss Miles — a pretty little “tricksy spirit” of a girl, whom I had singled out at the Melksham concert : Mr. Yates, a clergyman, who sings very well, also of the party. In the evening, music. Linley sung words of mine, set by himself, “Oh, if your tears are given to care.” I accompanied some things out of Latrobe, Haydn’s “Agnus Dei,” &c. Linley did not expect to find me so good a musician. Mrs. Merryweather, …   more >>

cite as

Thomas Moore, Diary of Thomas Moore, 2 October 1818. In Lord John Russell and Lord John Russell (ed.), Memoirs, Journal and Correspondence of Thomas Moore, volume 2 (London, 1853), p. 178. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1593691574617 accessed: 23 May, 2024

location of experience: The vicarage, Bremhill, Wiltshire


Henry Hall Joy
John Rock Grosett
Jamaican planter, Member of Parliament, Politician
Mr Yates
William Linley
civil servant, colonial administrator, Composer, director of theatre music […]
William Lisle Bowles
Clergyman, Critic, editor, Poet
Thomas Moore
Poet, Singer, song writer

Listening to

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'Oh, if your tears are given to care'
written by William Linley
performed by William Linley
'In sweetest harmony'
written by George Frideric Handel
performed by Eliza Merewether
music from Latrobe's 'Collection of Sacred Music' performed by Thomas Moore, unspecified singer(s)
Agnus Dei
written by Josef Haydn
performed by Thomas Moore, an unspecified singer
'Angels ever bright and fair'
written by George Frideric Handel
performed by Eliza Merewether

Experience Information

Date/Time 2 October, 1818, at night
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors


William Lisle Bowles was vicar of Bremhill from 1804. He was a close friend of Thomas Moore, who lived about seven miles away at Bromham. The Grosetts (whose surname has several variant spellings) lived at Lacock Abbey, nr. Chippenham. The Merewethers (the usual spelling of their surname) and Henry Joy were also Wiltshire residents. Christian Ignatius Latrobe (1758-1836), a minister in the Moravian Church, compiled a six-volume 'Selection of Sacred Music' (London, 1806-26), which introduced to the British public the church music of mainly Catholic European composers such as Graun, Hasse, Pergolesi, Haydn and Mozart.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Thu, 02 Jul 2020 13:06:15 +0100
Approved on Wed, 29 Jul 2020 15:26:37 +0100