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1900[edit | edit source]

1900, early, MacGregor and Moina Mathers were living at 87 Rue Mozart, Paris (Howe 203).

January 1900[edit | edit source]

1 January 1900, Monday, New Year's Day[edit | edit source]

13 January 1900, Tuesday[edit | edit source]


The Prince and Princess of Wales, accompanied by Princess Victoria and Prince Charles of Denmark, attended the entertainment to aid the widows and orphans of her Majesty's Household Troops, organised by Mrs. Arthur Paget and presented under the direction of Mr. H. Beerbohm Tree at Her Majesty's Theatre last night.

... [The major part of this story is the program of the entertainment, in which Muriel Wilson, among others, played an important part.]

Among those present at the entertainment were: The Prince and Princess of Wales, Princess Victoria of Wales, and Prince Charles of Denmark, the French Ambassador, the Russian Ambassador, the Portuguese Minister, Count Mensdorff, the Austrian Embassy, Prince and Princess Demidoff, Prince and Princess Hatzfeldt, Prince and Princess Alexis Dolgorouki, Count and Countess Roman Potocki, Count and Countess Alexander Münister, the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, the Marquis of Downshire, the Earl and Countess of Cork, the Earl and Countess of Westmorland, the Earl and Countess of Gosford, the Earl of Lathom, the Countess of Ancaster, the Countess of Wilton, the Countess of Yarborough, the Countess of Huntingdon, Viscount Curzon, Lord and Lady Farquhar, Lord and Lady Savile, Lord Rowton, Lord Westbury, Baroness d'Erlanger, Count and Countess Seilern, Lord and Lady Ribblesdale, Lord and Lady Hothfield, Lord and Lady Raincliffe, Lord Wandsworth, Lord Charles Montagu, Lady Cunard, Sir Edgar and Lady Helen Vincent, Lady Kathleen and Mr. Pilkington, Lady Violet Brassey, Lady Grey Egerton, the Hon. Humphry and Lady Feodorowna Sturt, Lady Ripley, Lady Katherine Coke, Lady Agneta Montagu, Lady Tatton Sykes, Lady Templemore, Lady Florence Grant, Lady Garrick, Lady Pearson, Lady Constance Haddon, Sir F. Burdett, the Hon. M. Charteris, Sir A. de la Rue, Sir Frederick and Lady Milner, the Hon. E. Stonor, Sir Edward and Lady Sassoon, Mrs. Joseph Chamberlain, the Hon. Mrs. Lawrence, the Hon. Mrs. Napier, Sir Charles Forbes, Mrs. Bradley Martin, Mrs. Cornwallis West, Mr. Arnold Morley, Mr. L. Neumann, Madame Vagliano, Mr. Gillett, Mrs. Godfrey Samuelson, Mrs. Reginald Ward, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Wilson, Mr. Menzies, Mr. Dreyfous [sic], Mrs. George Coats, Mr. Hartmann, Mrs. Rube, Mrs. Neumann, Mr. Lukach, Mrs. Candy, Mr. Bargrave Deane, Mr. L. V. Harcourt, Mrs. Oppenheim, Mrs. Lionel Phillips, Mr. King. Mr. James Finch, Mrs. Clayton Glyn, Miss Van Wart, Mr. Hall Walker, Mr. Drexell, Mrs. Van Raalte, Mr. Alfred Beit, Mr. Douglas Uzielli, Mrs. Alfred Harmsworth, Mr. Munday, Mrs. William James, Mrs. Newhouse, Mrs. Max Waechter, Mr. G. Prentis, Mrs. M'Calmont, Mr. Blacklock, Mrs. Ausell, Captain Holford (Equerry to the Prince of Wales), Mr. De Nino, Mrs. Keyser, Mrs. Fleming, Mrs. Breitmeyer, Mrs. Wernher, Mrs. Armour, Mr. Van Alan, Mrs. Ewart, Mrs. Carl Meyer, Mrs. Powell, Mr. Hambro, Colonel Charles Allen, Colonel Cunningham, Mrs.Hutchinson, Mrs. Schumacher, Colonel Kennard, Mrs. Fludyer, Mrs. Williamson, Mr. Thellusson, Mr. Sackville West, Captain M'Neil, Mrs. Dalrymple Hamilton, Mrs. Penn Curzon, Mrs. Hamar Bass, Mrs. Kuhliug, General Stracey, Mrs. Jeffcock, Colonel Thynne.</quote> (1900-02-14 Morning Post).

15 January 1900, Thursday[edit | edit source]

Muriel Wilson was a bridesmaid in the wedding of her cousin Enid Wilson and the Earl of Chesterfield: <quote>There was very large and fashionable assembly at St. Mark’s Church, North Audley-street, London, on Thursday afternoon, to witness the very pretty wedding of the Right Hon. the Earl of Chesterfield, P.C., of Holme Lacey, Hereford, and Miss Enid Wilson, fourth daughter of Mr. Charles H. Wilson, M.P. for Hull, of Warter Priory, York, and 41, Grosvenor-square, London. The service was fully choral, and the church handsomely decorated.

There were seven bridesmaids in attendance upon the bride. These young ladies were Miss Gladys Wilson (sister). Miss Muriel Wilson (cousin of the bride). Lady Mary Willoughby, Lady Alexandra Acheson, Lady Marjorie Carrington, Miss Dorothy Paget, and Miss Alice Balfour, who were in costumes of quaint, old-fashioned riding coats of red cloth, with white muslin skirts.

The local guests included Sir James and Lady Reckitt, Sir James and Lady Woodhouse, Lord and Lady Herries, Mr. Philip Hodgson, Lord and Lady Raincliffe, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. Strickland Constable.

Presents wore also received from Commander Bethell (silver candlestick). Hr. and Mrs. George A. Duncombe, Beverley (Louis XV. sofa). Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lambert, Beverley (inlaid writing table), Colonel and Mrs. Goddard, Cottingham (silver mirror), Mr. Haslewood Taylor, Beverley (pair of prints).</quote> (1900-02-21 Beverley Echo)

17 January 1900, Saturday[edit | edit source]

1900 February 17, Lady Greville writes about the amateur theatricals Muriel Wilson is involved in:

The most notable social event of the week was the amateur performance of tableaux at Her Majesty's Theatre. One is accustomed to the amateurs under every aspect, leaping in where angels fear to tread, essaying the most difficult parts, dabbling in the arts of music and literature, but so full and rich and interesting a performance has rarely been given before. To begin with, there was a masque, modelled on the Elizabethan lines, with song and dance, and special music composed for the occasion by Mr. Hamish McCunn, dresses statuesque and graceful, and a bevy of pretty women to carry out the idea.

One original feature there was, too, which certainly did not present itself before our Virgin Queen, and that was the graceful fencing of Miss Lowther, who looked an ideal young champion in her russet suit and jaunty little cap. A very young debutante appeared in the person of Miss Viola Tree, who, dressed in the nest diaphanous garments, acted with a grace and lightness that promises well for her future career. Mrs. Crutchly, as "Glory," appeared amid a din of thunder and a rosy glare of limelight, and clashed her cymbals in truly determined fashion. An element of wildness suited to the character, distinguished her agreeable posturing, and her high spiked crown gave distinct individuality to the representation. Mrs. Martineau, Hebe-like in a white robe and a large crown of roses, as if she had just stepped out of a picture by Leighton, then danced and took the palm for poetry and suppleness of movement; Miss Muriel Wilson, meanwhile, having daringly shot up through a trap-door in scarlet robes with a flaming torch, announced herself as "War," and beckoned to Glory, Victory, and Prosperity, when they finished their performance, to sit beside her on her throne. "Rumour," alias Mr. Gervase Cary Elwes, sang an excellent topical song, attired in a quaint garb covered with interrogations, and carrying an electric telegraph-post in her hand. Lady Maud Warrender, as "Pity," advanced from a barge that had just arrived, and sang a doleful ditty which made one wish "Pity" might combine a sense of gaiety. But as Mrs. Willie James, in the part of "Mercy," dressed as a nurse, recited some bright lines anent Tommy, to the accompaniment of distant fifes and drums, the audience decided to take this as a satisfactory compensation.

All being now harmoniously arranged, "War" performed a sleight-of-hand feat, divested herself of her red dress, her headgear of flaming serpents, and her glistening breastpiece, and appeared in virgin white, crowned with roses, as “Peace," surrounded by “Music" in a gorgeous gown of gold tissue, by “Painting," “Science," and “Literature." A pleasant finaleof gay music brought the Masque to a close, and left a decidedly agreeable and novel impression behind it.

Tableaux then followed, all more or less well grouped by well-known artists, and represented by beautiful women of Society. Among the familiar faces were Lady St. Oswald, Lady Mary Sackville, Miss Agatha Thynne, Mrs. Fitz Ponsonby, Lady Maitland, Madame von André, &c., but neither Lady Helen Vincent, Lady De Grey, Lady Cynthia Graham, the Duchess of Portland, nor many other well-known and lovely ladies took part in the performance.

Finally, came the Patriotic Tableau, which had evidently engaged all the energies of the organisers of the fête. On a high throne, with a most realistic lion, open-mouthed and fierce-looking, beside her, sat Lady Westmoreland as "Great Britain," a stately and dignified figure in white satin, draped in a red cloak and crowned with a large wreath of laurel. The stage on each side was lined by genuine stalwart Guardsmen, and to the sound of lively martial music, composed and conducted by Sir Arthur Sullivan, slowly advanced a procession of Great Britain's dependencies, figured by ladies magnificently costumed, their long jewelled trains borne by two little pages in cloth of gold brocade coats, with black silk legs. Very beautiful were the blendings of the colours in this tableau, artistically designed by Mr. Percy Anderson. Lady Claude Hamilton, as "British Columbia," moved with stately gait in a robe of palest green; Lady Feo Sturt glittered barbarically with jewels; her headdress and her bosom were covered with gems. As the typical representative of "India," she was dressed in apricot colour and bore branches of hibiscus in her hands. Mrs. Hwfa Williams, in blazing red, carried a parrot and some red flowers. The Hon. Barbara Lister looked lovely and picturesque in her violet robes under a massive wreath of wisteria blossoms; Lady Raincliffe, wearing a curious high head-dress, was dressed in white to represent "Canada." "Rhodesia" made one of the prettiest figures in her khaki gown and cloak, with the coquettish hat and feathers and the red trimming associated with the Colonial Volunteers. "Natal" appeared appropriately clad all in black, while little "Nigeria," for the nonce, wore spotless white robes. /

Miss Muriel Wilson spoke an ode, and looked striking in apricot and white, with a high diamond crown and a long standing-up white feather. None of the ladies suffered from shyness; they showed thorough acquaintance with the stage, and moved easily thereon. In fact, costumes, arrangements, music, and the glorious feast of beauty left nothing to be desired.

The final impression in one's mind was that the stage produces strange effects. It idealises some faces, hardens others, and alters many. The large wreaths, almost grotesque in size, proved eminently becoming, and the Grecian draperies carried away the palm for beauty. After them our modern dress seems stiff, angular, and inartistic. The whole performance was one to be commended, and will no doubt be as successful financially as it was from the aesthetic and spectacular point of view.

Mrs. James Stuart Wortley, who died last week, will be regretted by every class of society. This lady, a beauty in her youth, devoted the latter part of her life entirely to works of charity. She founded the East London Nursing Society, to the tender and skilful ministrations of which many a poor woman owes her return to health, and in every philanthropic scheme, emigration, the befriending of young servants, and the education of youth, she took a lively interest. Her clear sense, her logical grasp of subjects and her immense activity were of infinite service in everything she undertook, and her memory will smell sweet in the hearts of the many who loved and depended on her.

I really wonder at the patience of the British taxpayer. During the snow of this week Belgravia, Eaton, and other fashionable squares, remained a morass of slush, ice, and half-melted snow. The pavements as slippery as glass had not been cleansed, and only at the risk of one's life one made one's way from street to street. (Greville 7, Col. 1a-2a)

25 January 1900, Thursday David Lindsay, Lord Balcarres and Constance Lilian Pelly married:


The marriage of Lord Balcarres, M.P. for North Lancashire, eldest son of the Earl of Crawford of Balcarres House, Fife, and Haigh Hall, Wigan, to Miss Pelly, daughter of the late Sir H. Peily, Bart., and granddaughter of the Earl of Wemyss, was solemnised yesterday (Thursday) at St Margaret's Church, Westminster, in the presence of a large gathering of friends.

Among the invited guests were the Earl and Countess of Crawford, the Dowager Countess of Crawford, the Earl of Wemyss, Lord and Lady Elcho, the Hon. E. Lindsay, the Hon. Lionel Lindsay, the Hon. Ronald Lindsay, Lord and Lady Cowper, Mr. A. J. Balfour, the Hon. L. Greville, and many othsrs. The service was fully choral, and was conducted by the Bishop of Stepney, assisted by the the Rev. Canon Gore. Mr Yorke, the stepfather of the bride, gave her away. She wore a dress of white velvet, draped with old Brussels lace, the gift of the Dowager Countess of Crawford: chiffon veil and wreath of natural orange blossoms. Her only ornament was a Maltese cross of diamonds, also the gift of the Dowager Countess of Crawford.

There were nine bridesmaids. Miss Pelly, sister of the bride) [sic], the Hon. Mary Vasey, the Hon. Cynthia Charteris, Miss Brodrick, Miss Sybil Brodrick, Miss Benita Pelly, the Hon. Aline Menjendie, Miss Daisy Benson, and Miss Madeline Bourke. They were attired alike in costumes of white de chine, with lace insertions, with blue chiffon hat, trimmed with plumes of white and blue ostrich feathers. They carried bouquets of violets, and wore red enamel brooches with diamond centres and pearl drops, the gifts of the bridegroom. The Hon E. Lindsay supported his brother as best man.

At the conclusion of the ceremony the guests drove to the town residence of the bride's mother in Queen Anne's Gate, where the wedding reception was held. Later in the day the newly-married couple left town for Wrest Park, Ampthill, kindly lent them for the honeymoon by Earl and Countess Cowper. Princess Louise (the Marchioness of Lorne) sent the bride a handsome silver basket as a wedding present.[1]

February[edit | edit source]

1900, February, a brief account of the Matherses' Isis ceremony appeared in "the New York periodical the Humanist , February 1900" (Howe 201).

April 1900[edit | edit source]

14 April 1900, Saturday[edit | edit source]

Wynn Westcott assumed W. A. Ayton was on, as he wrote, "the Committee to investigate the G. D. which contains Yeats, Bullock and I suppose Ayton" (Howe 217).

20 April 1900, Friday[edit | edit source]

The R.R. et A.C. was code named Research and Archaeological Association (Howe 226)

21 April 1900, Saturday[edit | edit source]

The Inner Order of the Golden Dawn met at 116 Netherwood Road, West Kensington (Howe 227).

May 1900[edit | edit source]

26 May 1900, Saturday[edit | edit source]

Arthur Sullivan is visited by "Sir George Martin, the organist at St. Paul's Cathedral, and Colonel Arthur Collins, one of the royal equerries" to get him to write a Te Deum thanking God for the end of the Boer War (Ainger, Michael. Gilbert and Sullivan: a Dual Biography. P. 381.).

30 May 1900, Wednesday[edit | edit source]

Derby Day.

According to the Morning Post, <quote>The Derby Day. / The Archbishops of Canterbury and York hold a Reception of Colonial and Missionary Church Workers in the Great Hall of the Church House, 4.30 to 6.30. / ... May Fair and Bazaar, St. George's Drill Hall, Davies-street, Berkeley-square, opened by Lady Edward Spencer Churchill, 2.30.</quote> ("Arrangements for This Day." The Morning Post Wednesday, 30 May 1900: p. 7 [of 12], Col. 6C)

June 1900[edit | edit source]

Summer 1900: WBY summered with Lady Gregory at Coole Park 1897-1917 or so, until WBY bought the Tower at Ballylee. (I got this from Wade?).

26 June 1900, Tuesday[edit | edit source]

There was apparently a regular celebration of Arthur Collins' birthday, 26 June, by Bret Harte, George Du Maurier, Arthur Sullivan, Alfred Cellier, Arthur Blunt, and John Hare (Nissen, Axel. Brent Harte: Prince and Pauper: 239. [1]). Choosing 1885–1902 as the dates because those apparently are the dates of the close relationship between Harte and Collins, ending in Harte's death in 1902.

July 1900[edit | edit source]

27 July 1900, Friday[edit | edit source]

The Prince of Wales had dinner at the Wilsons’: <quote>Mr and Mrs Arthur Wilson were honoured with the presence of the Prince of Wales at dinner on Friday night. Amongst the guests were the Portuguese Minister, Count Mensdorff, Duke of Roxburghe, Lady Georgina Curzon, Captain and Lady Sarah Wilson (arrived that morning from South Africa), Lord and Lady Tweedmouth, Lord Herbert Vane Tempest, Viscount Villiers, Lady Norreys, Lady Gerard, Hon Mrs Keppel, Sir Edward and Lady Colebrook, Mr and Mrs Grenfell, Lady Lister Kaye, Mrs Arthur Paget, Mr and Mrs Arthur Sassoon, Hon. W. Erskine, Mr and Mrs J. Menzies, General Oliphant, Miss Jane Thornewell, Mrs Kenneth Wilson, and Miss Muriel Wilson.</quote> (1900-07-30 Hull Daily Mail)

October 1900[edit | edit source]

31 October 1900, Wednesday[edit | edit source]


November 1900[edit | edit source]

5 November 1900, Monday[edit | edit source]

Guy Fawkes Day

9 November 1900, Friday[edit | edit source]

A debutante dance for Miss Helyar: <quote>In honour of the coming of age of Miss Helyar, a small dance was given by Lady Savile, at Rufford Abbey, last night. The number of invitations was not so large as it would have been but for the war. The house party included Mrs. and Miss Cavendish Bentinck, Lady Juliet Lowther, Lady Evelyn Ward, Lady Mabel Crichton, Mrs Kenneth Wilson, Miss Muriel Wilson, Sir Berkeley Sheffield, Miss Sheffield, Lord Hyde, Lord Herbert, the Hon. B. Ward, the Hon. E. FitzGerald, the Hon. W. Erskine, Mr. Laycock, Captain Brinton, the Hon. George Peel, Mr. Harris, Captain Tharp, Captain Heneage, and the Hon. G. Portman.</quote> (1900-11-10 Yorkshire Post)

27 November 1900, Tuesday[edit | edit source]

Arthur Sullivan's funeral: <quote>At eleven o'clock on Tuesday, November 27th, the [366/367] funeral procession set forth from Victoria Street, Westminster, on its mournful way, first to the Chapel Royal, St. James's, where, by command of the Queen, part of the Burial Service was to take place, and thence to St. Paul's. Throughout the line of route flags drooped at half-mast, whilst beneath them people crowded in their thousands, bare-headed and in silence, waiting to pay their last tribute of respect and gratitude to the lamented master whose genius had done so much to brighten their lives for the past five-and-twenty years. [new paragraph] Into the Royal Chapel, where Arthur Sullivan had begun his career as a chorister, was borne the casket containing his remains. On either side stood men and women famous in society and the wider world of Art in all its branches. The Queen was represented by Sir Walter Parratt, Master of Music, who was the bearer of a wreath with the inscription: "A mark of sincere admiration for his musical talents from Queen Victoria." Sir Hubert Parry represented the Prince of Wales; the German Emperor was represented by Prince Lynar, Attache of the German Embassy; Prince and Princess Christian by Colonel the Hon. Charles Eliot, and the Duke of Cambridge by General Bateson.

Among the congregation at the Chapel Royal were seen the United States Ambassador; the Earl and Countess of Strafford; Theresa, Countess of Shrewsbury; the Countess of Essex; Lord Glenesk; Lord Rowton; Lord Crofton; Lady Catherine Coke; the Dean of Westminster; Lady Bancroft; Lady [367/368] Barnby; Mr. Arthur Chappell; Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Burnand; Mr. Arthur W. Pinero; Mr. Haddon Chambers; Lieutenant Dan Godfrey; Signor Tosti; Mr. George Grossmith; Mr. Rutland Barrington; Miss Macintyre; Mrs. Ronalds; Canon Duckworth; Lady Lewis; Miss Ella Russell; Mr. Augustus Manns; Mr. Charles Wyndham; Captain Basil Hood; the Chairman and Secretary of Leeds Musical Festival; and Representatives of various British Musical Associations.

The Pall-bearers were Sir Squire Bancroft, Mr. Francois Cellier, Colonel A. Collins (one of the Royal Equerries), Sir Frederick Bridge, Sir George Lewis, Sir Alexander Mackenzie, Sir George Martin, and Sir John Stainer. [new paragraph] he chief mourners were Mr. Herbert Sullivan (nephew), Mr. John Sullivan (uncle), Mrs. Holmes, and Miss Jane Sullivan (nieces), Mr. Wilfred Bendall (Sullivan's secretary), Mr. B. W. Findon, Mr. Edward Dicey, Mr. C. W. Mathews, Mrs. D'Oyly Carte, Dr. Buxton Browne, Mr. Arthur Wagg, Mr. Fred Walker, Mr. Dreseden and Sir Arthur's servants. [new paragraph] Much to their regret, neither Mr. Gilbert nor Mr. Carte was able to attend the funeral. The first was on the Continent for the benefit of his health, the second was laid up by serious illness. The present writer also, having been absent from London at the time, has not the advantage of an eye-witness to give a graphic description of the funeral obsequies of his old friend; and so, rather than attempt to paint the picture from imagination, he gladly avails himself [368/369] again of the courtesy of his brother-author who is so generous as to lend the aid of his experience. [new paragraph] In these sympathetic words, Mr. Findon describes the scenes and incidents in which, as a chief mourner, he took part at the Chapel Royal and St. Paul's Cathedral:

". . . As the casket was borne into the Chapel, it was impossible to avoid thinking of those days when Sullivan himself had worn the gold and scarlet coat of a Chapel Royal Chorister, and his sweet young voice had rung through the sacred edifice. Then the world and its honours lay before him, but we doubt if even in the most sanguine moments of impulsive boyhood he imagined the greatness that one day would be his, or that his bier would pass within those honoured walls amid the silent demonstration of a mourning people. The anthem, 'Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,' from his oratorio 'The Light of the World,' was beautifully sung, and the pathos of the music bathed many a face in tears, and touched a tender spot in more than one loving heart. Another of the dead master's exquisite thoughts, ' Wreaths for our graves the Lord has given,' brought the Service at the Chapel Royal to an end, and the procession passed on its way to St. Paul's Cathedral, which was crowded with sympathetic spectators. "Clerical etiquette and cathedral dignity compelled the beginning of the Burial Service anew, and when the coffin had been lowered into the crypt there came the most poignant moment of the long ceremonial. [new paragraph] "Close to the open vault sat the members of the Savoy Opera Company, including his life-long friend, Mr. Francois Cellier, who had been associated as chef d'orchestre with all his comic operas, and, after [369/370] the Benediction had been given, they sang in voices charged with emotion the touching chorus, 'Brother, thou art gone before us,' from ' The Martyr of Antioch.' The effect was quite remarkable, inasmuch as it was one of those incidents which come but rarely in a life-time."

It was not in London alone that people mourned for Arthur Sullivan on that November day. Throughout Great Britain and Ireland, on the Continent of Europe, in America and farther across the seas, thousands of fond and grateful hearts ached with grief at the thought that England's dear master of melody had passed away into the silent land. From high-born personages and from people of low estate came floral emblems, wreaths, crosses, and lyres innumerable. Conspicuous among them was a beautiful harp of purple blossoms with strings — one broken — of white violets. To this offering was attached a card bearing the inscription:

In Memoriam


Born 13 May, 1842. Died 22 Nov., 1900


Dear Master, since thy magic harp is broken,
Where shall we find new melodies^ to sing?
The grief we feel may not in words be spoken;
Our voices with thy songs now heav'nward wing.
Whilst on thy tomb we lay this humble token
Of love which to thy memory shall cling.


24th November, 1900.

[370/371] These simple lines but half expressed the love and esteem in which Sir Arthur Sullivan was held by all whose privilege it was to have been associated with him, and to have served, however humbly, his proud and brilliant life-cause.</quote> (Cellier, François, and Cunningham Bridgeman. Gilbert and Sullivan and their operas: with recollections and anecdotes of D. Pp. 366-371. Google Books:

30 November 1900, Friday[edit | edit source]

The wedding between Lady Randolph Churchill and George Cornwallis West at St. Paul's, Knightsbridge, occurred about this time. Muriel Wilson attended, as did much of Society (1900-07-30 Times).

December 1900[edit | edit source]

25 December 1900, Tuesday=[edit | edit source]

Christmas Day

26 December 1900, Wednesday[edit | edit source]

Boxing Day

Works Cited[edit | edit source]

1901[edit | edit source]

January[edit | edit source]

"There were no winter performances of opera at Covent Garden in those times: there was, in 1901, only a summer season" (Baring-Gould II 704, n. 14, quoting Rolfe Boswell).

1 January 1901, Tuesday, New Year's Day[edit | edit source]

16 January 1901, Wednesday[edit | edit source]

Arnold Dolmetsch sent out notices that he was moving to 85 Charlotte Street, Fitzroy Square (Campbell 137-38).

22 January 1901, Tuesday[edit | edit source]

Queen Victoria died at Osborne House, on the Isle of Wight.

23 January 1901, Wednesday[edit | edit source]

Edward VII formally proclaimed “King of Great Britain and Ireland and Emperor of India, Defender of the Faith” "at Temple Bar, on St. Paul's Cathedral steps and at the Royal Exchange." "The Privy Council met in St. James' Palace at 2 o'clock in the afternoon for the purpose of signing the accession proclamation of Edward VII. The attendance at the meeting of the Council was more than 200." (Merrill, Arthur Lawrence, and Henry Davenport Northrop. Life and Times of Queen Victoria: Containing a Full Account of the Most Illustrious Reign of Any Soveriegn in the History of the World, Including the Early Life of Victoria; Her Accession to the Throne and Coronation; Marriage to Prince Albert; Great Events During Her Brilliant Reign; Personal Traits and Characteristics That Endeared Her to Her People; Graphic Descriptions of Her Charming Home Life; Noble Qualities as Wife and Mother; Royal Castles; Public Receptions; Wonderful Growth of the British Empire, Etc. To Which is Added the Life of King Edward VII., and Sketches of the Members of the Royal Family. Philadelphia, PA: World Bible House, 1901. Page 437. Google Books:

26 January 1901, Saturday[edit | edit source]

Arnold Dolmetsch gave a performance at his new domicile at 85 Charlotte Street, Fitzroy Square (Campbell 137-38).

February 1901[edit | edit source]

2 February 1901, Saturday[edit | edit source]

Queen Victoria’s funeral at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Chapel. Consuelo (Vanderbilt), Duchess of Marlborough was there:

The service itself was magnificent. The stalls of the Knights of the Garter were occupied by the German Emperor and a dazzling array of kings, queens, ambassadors extraordinary, Indian princes, Colonial dignitaries, generals, admirals and courtiers. Consuelo wore the prescribed deep black mourning and crepe veil, which rather suited her, and it had the effect of extracting what she describes as a 'rare compliment' from her husband who remarked: 'If I die, I see you will not remain a widow long' — a conceit which suggests that he was more of his father's son than he cared to acknowledge. Consuelo later reflected that the funeral of Queen Victoria was a moment when it truly appeared that no other country in the world had an aristocrac so magnificent, nor a civil service so dedicated, which is precisely what was intended. The great doors were flung open as the royal cortege mounted the steps, a boom of distant guns and clanging swords the only sound other than the funeral march, until Margot Asquith broke the reverential silence with a quip. Consuelo thoroughly enjoyed herself at the reception in the Waterloo Chamber afterwards too. (Stuart, Amanda Mackenzie. Consuelo and Alva Vanderbilt: The Story of a Daughter and a Mother in the Gilded Age. New York and London: HarperCollins, 1005. Page 228. Google Books:

Also Henry James saw the funeral procession.

3 February 1901, Sunday[edit | edit source]

1901 February 2–4?: Queen Victoria lay in state for 2 days between her funeral and her interment.

4 February 1901, Monday[edit | edit source]

Queen Victoria’s interment at Frogmore Mausoleum, Windsor Great Park.

23 February 1901, Saturday[edit | edit source]

The wedding of Hugh Richard Arthur, 2nd Duke of Westminster and Constance Edwina Cornwallis-West (1901-02-23 Cheshire Observer).

March 1901[edit | edit source]

Sometime in March 1901 Arthur Conan Doyle and Fletcher Robinson "were on a golfing holiday at the Royal Links Hotel at Cromer in Norfolk," where Robinson told Doyle a Dartmoor legend of "a spectral hound" (Baring-Gould II 113).

Doyle's "The Hound of the Baskervilles" began publication in the Strand in January 1902.

April 1901[edit | edit source]

18-20 April 1901, Thursday-Saturday[edit | edit source]

Muriel Wilson and Mrs. Beerbohm Tree took part in 3 performances of <quote>Masks and Faces. The matinées have been organized by Mrs. Arthur Wilson, of Tranby Croft, in aid of the local fund of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Families Association. It was originally intended that the matinées should have been given in January last, but, owing to the death of Queen Victoria, they were postponed until Thursday, Friday, and Saturday last week. Additional interest was centered in the event, owing to the cast including no less a name than that of Mrs. Beerbohm Tree, while the fact that Miss Muriel Wilson was to appear as Peg Woffington aroused expectation.</quote> (1901-04-25 Stage)

June 1901[edit | edit source]

Summer 1901: William B. Yeats summered with Lady Gregory at Coole Park 1897-1917 or so, until WBY bought the Tower at Ballylee. (I got this from Wade?).

17 June 1901, Monday[edit | edit source]

<quote>The "Women Writers" held their dinner at the Criterion on Monday, the 17th. Now Mr. Stephen Gwynn, in his paper entitled "A Theory of Talk," roundly asserts that women are less amusing than men. He says that there is no reason in nature why they should be, but that their inferiority is obvious. He points out that "thirty or forty men will meet at seven o'clock, dine together, and pass the evening very agreeably till midnight. Imagine thirty or forty women called upon to do the same; would they be able to amuse themselves?" It seems almost a pity that the exclusiveness of the women writers would not allow Mr. Gwynn personally to observe whether they were amused or bored on Monday night. In number there were nearly two hundred, and there certainly did not appear to be any lack of enjoyment or of laughter, but then it is also a fundamental belief with men that women are early adepts at hiding their true feelings. / Lucas Malet occupied the chair, and her carefully prepared speech was read out by Miss Sydney Phelps. Standing at the base of the statue of one of the world's greatest authors, and that, we regret to say, not a woman but a "mere man," Miss Phelps, speaking for Lucas Malet, said there was good cause for women to congratulate themselves that, whereas there had been Thackeray, Dickens, the brothers Kingsley, and Wilkie Collins among authors, authoresses could boast of George Eliot, Mrs. Gaskell, [33 Col B / 34 Col A] Miss Yonge, &c, and she felt that in the future they might equal, she would not say rival, their "brother man." At this courageous vaunt our glance involuntarily strayed to the statue, anticipating that it would be moved to at least a wink; but overwhelmed, perhaps, by the presence of so many "sisterwomen," it gave no sign. The speech was long, lasting for over thirty minutes. It touched on the evils of lowering work to what might be a present commercial but fleeting value; it contained much that was excellent, and tendered some good sound advice; perhaps it dwelt a trifle too insistently upon the obvious, and it was serious even to solemnity. But then "women are so serious." / Mme. Sarah Grand's reply was couched in far lighter vein. It slipped into the anecdotal, and was altogether more in the masculine line of after-dinner speaking. It offered no advice save on the advisability of laughter; it lingered for a moment on the sorrows of misinterpretation and misunderstanding, and included some amusing examples. Mme. Sarah Grand possesses a sympathetic voice, and is very pleasant to listen to. / It is characteristic of the gravity with which even in play hours women regard their "work" that the majority of guests preferred the more serious matter of Lucas Malet to the light personal note of Mme. Grand. The dinner itself was very good, and it was noticeable that whilst at the Authors' dinner on May 1 but few women availed themselves of the permission to smoke, at the women's function scarcely one was without a cigarette. Coffee was served at the table, and afterwards the company broke up into groups. / The committee numbered among its members Miss Beatrice Harraden, Mrs. Steel, Mrs. Craigie, Miss Christabel Coleridge, Miss Violet Hunt, and many other favourite writers. In the company present there were Dr. Jex-Blake, Mrs. Ady, Dr. Margaret Todd, Miss Adeline Sergeant, Mrs. Mona Caird, Mrs. Burnett-Smith, Mme. Albanesi, Miss Nora Maris, Miss Kenealy, and others; and the following presided at the tables : Lucas Malet, Mme. Sarah Grand, Mrs. de la Pasture, Miss Montresor, the Lady Mayoress, Mrs. L. T. Meade, Mrs. Alec Tweedie, Mrs. Walford, Mrs. B. M. Croker, Miss Violet Hunt, Miss Beatrice Harraden, Mrs. Belloc Lowndes, Miss Violet Brooke-Hunt, Miss Thorneycroft Fowler.</quote> ("The Women Writers' Dinner." The Author. Vol. XII, No. 2. 1 July 1901. Pp. 33–34.)

26 June 1901, Wednesday[edit | edit source]

There was apparently a regular celebration of Arthur Collins' birthday, 26 June, by Bret Harte, George Du Maurier, Arthur Sullivan, Alfred Cellier, Arthur Blunt, and John Hare (Nissen, Axel. Brent Harte: Prince and Pauper: 239. [2]). Choosing 1885–1902 as the dates because those apparently are the dates of the close relationship between Harte and Collins, ending in Harte's death in 1902.

29 June 1901, Saturday[edit | edit source]

"To-day sees the public inauguration of the Horniman Musem at Forest Hill. This collection of marvels from many lands, gathered together by a member of the Horniman family, has been generously presented to the public and housed in a handsome new building — set in the midst of fifteen acres, which are now dedicated to use as a public park. The entrance to the museum will be free." ("The Horniman Museum." Illustrated London News (London, England), Saturday, June 29, 1901; pg. 928; Issue 3245, Col. B)

July 1901[edit | edit source]

19 July 1901, Friday[edit | edit source]

Mrs. Arthur Wilson hosted a concert at the Wilson house in Grosvenor-place in London: <quote>Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Wilson lent their house in Grosvenor-place on Friday afternoon for Miss Gwendoline Brogden’s concert. Miss Brogden, who is only eleven years old, is quite a prodigy. She sings quite exquisitely, and great many people, including Lady de Grey and Mrs. Arthur Wilson, are much interested in her future, which promises to be a very brilliant one. Lady Maud Warrender, Miss Rosamond Tufton, Miss Muriel Wilson, Mr. Bernard Ralt, Signor Ancona, and Signor Tosti, all promised to assist at the concert, and the tickets were a guinea each.</quote> (1901-07-24 Beverley Echo)

25 July 1901, Thursday, 2:30 p.m.[edit | edit source]

The wedding of William Dixon Mann Thomson — Captain Mann Thomson in the Life Guards — and Violet Hemsley Duncan. Captain Mann Thomson's father had died in 1899. (Guests' names with their gifts set as an unordered list here, to save space; it was typeset as a long list of paragraphs in the newspaper story.)


The marriage of Captain Mann Thomson, Royal Horse Guards, and Miss Violet Duncan, eldest daughter of Mr. A. Lauderdale Duncan, Knossington Grange, Oakham, took place in St. Peter's Chnrch, Eaton-square, London, on Thursday, the inst., 2.30 p.m. The bride, who was given away her father, wore a dress of white satin, draped with white and old Brussels lace, wreath of orange blossoms, and tulle veil. Her ornaments were pearls. She was attended by seven bridesmaids, viz.: — Miss Adèle, Miss Marjory, and Miss Esmè Duncan, sisters; Miss Dorothy and Miss Sybil Thompson, cousins of the bride; Miss Villiers, cousin of the bridegroom; and Miss Joan Dawson. They wore dresses of the palest pink silk, covered with pink gauze, collars of white lace, and pale pink chiffon baby hats. The bride's train was carried by Miss Duncan, her youngest sister. The bridesmaids carried bouquets of pink carnations, and wore diamond brooches in the shape of a violet with sapphire centre, the gifts the bridegroom. A detachment of non-commissioned officers and men of the bridegroom's troop lined the aisle during the ceremony. The bridegroom was supported by the Earl Arran as best man. The officiating clergy were the Rev. Ravenscroft Stewart, Vicar of All Saints', Ennismore-gardens, the Rev. G. Tanner, Rector of St. Peter's, Knossington, Leicestershire, and the Rev. H. Trower. After the ceremony, a reception was held at 8, Rutland-gate, the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Lauderdale Duncan. Among those present were the Duke and Duchess of Westminster, Dowager Countess of Chesterfield, Sir William and Lady Houldsworth, the Hon. C. and Mrs. Stanhope, Miss Hay, Lord and Lady Eglinton, Lord and Lady Castlereagh, Lord Ernest St. Maur, Lord and Lady Pembroke, Mrs. Adair, Mrs. Mann Thomson, Miss Mann Thompson, Earl Arran, Lord Cecil Manners, Mrs. and Miss Wilton Phipps, and many others. Later, the bride and bridegroom left for Dover, en route for the Continent, where they will spend the honeymoon. The bride's travelling dress was of pale blue crepe-de-chine, and black hat. There were about five hundred gifts from relations and friends. The following is a list:—

  • Bridegroom to Bride — Large diamond spray
  • Mrs. Mann Thomson (mother of bridegroom) — Diamond ring, diamond and sapphire bangle, and cheque
  • Mr. Lauderdale (father of bride) — Diamond and sapphire necklace
  • Mrs. Duncan (mother of bride) — Silver-mounted travelling bag
  • Dowager Lady Hay (bride's aunt) — Silver tea service
  • Miss Mann Thomson (bridegroom's sister) — Brougham
  • Mr. and Mrs. Butler Duncan (uncle and aunt) — Gold-mounted claret jug
  • The Misses Jackson (bridegroom's aunts) — Silver plate
  • Mr. H. Mann Thomson (brother) — Silver-mounted portmanteau
  • Mr. Charles Hunt — Diamond and pearl brooch
  • Miss Adele Duncan — Gold match-box
  • The Earl Arran — Gold cigarette case
  • Mr. and Mrs. Lucas — Bracelet
  • Earl of Arran — Set of diamond and pearl studs
  • Capt. and Lady Riddell — Bracelet
  • Mrs. and Miss Wilton Phipps — Gold and ruby buckle
  • Hon. H. Stanhope, R.N. — Brilliant buckle
  • Mr. and Mrs. Pennington — Ruby necklace
  • Mr. A. Butler Duncan — Necklace (old design)
  • Mr. and Mrs. Gervase Beckett — Sleeve links
  • Duke and Duchess of Westminster—Pair of silver candlesticks
  • Duchess of Roxburgh—Dresden china coffee service
  • The Countess of Shaftesbury — Walking-stick
  • The Earl of Arran — Umbrella
  • Lady Napier Magdala — Snuff-box
  • Sir Richard Waldie Griffith — Fan
  • Officers of the Royal Horse Guards — Massive silver vase
  • Lady Houldsworth — Silver inkstand
  • Viscount Ingestre — Silver waiter
  • Miss Hay — Silver coffee pot
  • Lady Hay — Silver tea caddy
  • The Countess of Chesterfield — Silver and brilliant-mounted photo frame
  • Lord Manners — Set four silver candlesticks
  • Lord and Lady Eglinton — Silver cigarette box
  • Earl and Countess of Ancaster — Pair of silver peppers
  • Lady Augusta Noel — Book-slide
  • Mr. and Mrs. Bradley-Martin — Old china coffee service in case
  • Mr. and Lady Wilfred Renshaw — Leather-covered book, "Where It?"
  • Mrs. Duncan — Silver-mounted stationery case and blotter
  • Sir Arthur Fludyer — Hunting crop
  • Lady Katherine Cole — Walking-stick
  • Lord Hamilton — Oak card table
  • Sir John Kelk — Writing case
  • Capt. Hon. E. St. Aubyn — Set of silver spoons in case
  • Capt. and Mrs. Burns-Hartopp — Set of silver asparagus tongs in case
  • Capt. Trotter — Silver sealing-wax stand
  • Capt. E. W. Clowes — Silver tobacco box
  • Mr. and Mrs. Sands Clayton — Silver scent bottle
  • Mr. and Mrs. John Hunt Clayton — Thermometer in silver-mounted case
  • Mr. and Mrs. Evan Hanbury — Clock
  • Major Atherley — Cigarette box
  • Mr. and Mrs. Richard Tryon — Card case
  • Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton Stubber — Table mirror in silver frame
  • Mr. and Mrs. Gretton — Pair of silver candlesticks
  • Miss Adele Duncan — Silver tea service
  • Hon. G. Crichton — Silver-mounted paper-knife
  • Mrs. Norman Lampson — Parasol
  • Capt. Gregson — Photo, "Guards at Pretoria"
  • Mr. Alfred Keyser — Leather bag
  • Mr. and Mrs. Armytage — lvory paper knife
  • Mrs. Boyce — Leather tray with two painted china plaques
  • Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Norman — Silver-mounted paper knife
  • The Master of Elibank — Pair of silver ash trays
  • Mr. Adrian Rose — Pair of silver toast racks
  • Mr. Archibald Smith — Hunting crop
  • Major Bradford Atkinson — Walking-stick
  • Mr. and Mrs. Stanhope — Painted china tea service
  • Mr. G. A. Grant — Stationery case
  • Mrs. Charles Inge — Copper and brass jardiniere
  • Col. and Mrs. Makins — Hunting crop
  • Mr. G. F. Trotter — Walking stick
  • Mr. and Misses Cardwell — Fan
  • Mrs. Dana — Thermometer
  • Mrs. Nugent — Card case
  • Mr. and Mrs. Ovey — Tortoiseshell box
  • Mr. F. Peake — Writing table
  • Capt. Boyce — Embroidered table cover
  • Mrs. Duncan — Dressing bag case
  • Mr. F. C. Fardell and Miss Gilbert Day — Brocaded satin cushion
  • Mr. and Mrs. Niel Robson — Visiting book
  • Mrs. R. B. Hay — Silver salts in case
  • Mr. and Mrs. Harold Broadbent — Pair silver peppers in case
  • —— Set silver knives in case
  • Mr. and Mrs. Greville Clayton — Six silver vases in case
  • Mr. and Mrs. Reginald H. Lewis — Pair silver peppers
  • Lord Ernest St. Maur — Set four silver fruit spoons in case
  • Rev. Geo. and Mrs. Tanner — Pair of silver salts
  • Capt. Thomson's Valet and Groom — Pair of silver peppers
  • Mr. Alick Duncan — Silver jug
  • Mr. and Mrs. A. Brocklehurst — Silver timepiece in case
  • Lieut.-Col. and Mrs. Blackburn — Silver fruit spoon
  • Mr. and Lady Georgiana Mure — Silver-mounted ink [sic]
  • Mrs. Gerald Fitzgerald — Silver-mounted inkstand
  • Mrs. Ruthven — Set of silver knives in case
  • Mrs. Blair — Umbrella
  • Mrs. Willie Lawson — Hunting crop
  • —— Three driving whips
  • —— Tea tray
  • Mr. and Mrs. Ramsay — Umbrella
  • Mr. George Hunt — Silver flower bowl
  • Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Cookson — Silver biscuit box
  • Mr. Arthur and V. James — Silver two-handled cup and cover
  • Mr. Robbio Stubber — Pair of silver scent bottles
  • Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Baird — Silver bowl
  • Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Broadley — Pair of silver flower vases
  • Mrs. Grant—Silver flower-pot stand
  • Mrs. Villiers — Silver corkscrew
  • Capt. Spender Clay — Antique silver snuffbox
  • Mr. and Mrs. Weir — Silver bacon dish
  • Mr. Baird — Pair of silver candlesticks
  • Mr. Athol Hay — Silver sugar bowl
  • Capt. Ewing — Pair of silver fruit dishes
  • Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Phillips — Pair of silver baskets
  • Miss Esmé Duncan — Silver box
  • Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Paton — lvory paper knife
  • Dr. Freshfleld — Work case
  • Mrs. Arkwright — Silver-mounted blotter
  • Mr. and Mrs. Peake — Silver-mounted stationery case
  • Miss Goddard — Book
  • Mr. D. Baird — Silver inkstand
  • J. G. and Jane B. Hay — lnkpot, with silver watch top
  • Mr. and Mrs. Wadsworth Ritchie — Pair of silver dishes in case
  • Mr. and Mrs. Guy Fenwick — Set of twelve silver knives in case
  • Jane and Uncle Willie — Silver sugar basin in case
  • Mr. and Miss Millington Knowles — Set of four silver dessert spoons in ease
  • Herbert and Lady Beatrix Herbert — Silver flower dish
  • Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Thorneycroft — Four silver candlesticks
  • Mr. and Mrs. Russell? M [illegible, ink has spread] — Silver bowl [Col. 2c / Col. 3a]
  • Mr., Mrs., and the Misses Wm. Cooper — Fan
  • Miss Winearls — Silver-mounted scent bottle
  • Sir Ernest Cassel — Diamond and enamel brooch
  • Mr. John S. Cavendish — Gold pencil case
  • —— Diamond and sapphire bracelet
  • Miss Lottie Coats — Diamond and pearl brooch
  • Hon. T. Robarts — Diamond brooch
  • Mr. and Mrs. Chas. E. Hay — Enamel and pearl miniature holder
  • Evelyn Ward — Cornomandel [sic] box
  • Mr. and Mrs. Slade — China clock
  • Lieut.-Col. Jervoise — Fan
  • Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Fergusson—Set of four silver menu holders
  • Mr. Guy R. F. Dawson — Silver card case
  • Rev. E. V. and Mrs. Hodge — Silver dish
  • Mr. C. S. and Mrs. Newton — Silver waiter
  • Mrs. Metcalfe — Gold, turquoise, and ruby brooch
  • Lord and Lady Erne — Set of three gilt decorated liqueur decanters
  • Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Grant — Two silver-mounted spirit decanters
  • Mr. and Mrs. George Baird — Set of three cut-glass decanters
  • Mr. Peter Cookson—Pair of silver-mounted decanters
  • Mrs. Featherstonehaugh — China ornament
  • Aunt Mary — China coffee service in case
  • Mr. H. S. Sykes — Silver-mounted telegram form case
  • Capt. Meade — Pair of engraved claret jugs
  • Lord and Lady Binning — Silver-mounted claret jug
  • Mr. and Mrs. Baldock — Silver-mounted water jug, with inscription
  • Mrs. and the Misses Chaplin — Pair of gilt decorated vases
  • —— Silver-mounted claret jug
  • Kittie, Margie, Hestie, Walter, Phillip, and Millicent Tanner — Pair of silver peppers case
  • Mr. J. R. J. Logan — Silver-mounted claret jug
  • Miss Ethel Baird — Painted china box
  • Mrs. D. A. Neilson — Pair of female figures with Cupids
  • M. M. Phillips — Painted china miniature box
  • Lady Waldie Griffith — Stationery case
  • —— Painted two-fold screen
  • Miss Mabel Fitzgerald — Silver-mounted vase
  • Major Bouverie — Silver-mounted match holder
  • —— Enamelled inkstand and candlesticks to match
  • Mrs. Duncan — Stationery case and blotter
  • —— Silver-mounted stationery case
  • —— Tortoiseshell and silver-mounted paper-knife
  • Miss Mills — Dresden china vase, cover, and stand
  • —— Six Vols. of Ruskin's "Modern Painters"
  • Mrs. W. Baird — Leather bag
  • Miss Langridge — Four silver spoons
  • Miss Kirk and Miss Hemsley — Silver-mounted photo frame
  • Miss Nessie Hemsley — Silver-mounted photo frame
  • Captain and Mrs. St. Aubyn Loftus — Silver vase
  • Decima Walker Leigh — Pair of silver-mounted menu stands
  • Mrs. Charles Thomson — Mirror in silver frame
  • Miss Reese — Silver crumb scoop
  • —— Silver-mounted seal and case
  • Mary Abercorn Alexander and Gladys Hamilton — Silver inkstand
  • Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Chaplin — Silver pen, pencil, and knife in case
  • Miss Gwendoline Brassey — Silver-mounted ice pail
  • Mr. and Mrs. and Misses Clifford Chaplin — Pair of silver candlesticks
  • Mr. and Mrs. Magee — lvory paper knife
  • Misses Dorothy and Maude Pilcher — Scent bottle
  • Miss Ashton — Silver-mounted clock
  • Mrs. William Clarence and Miss Watson — Silver crumb scoop
  • Major and Mrs. Ed. Baird — Egg-boiler on silver stand
  • Mr. A. F. H. Fergusson — Pair of silver coffee pots
  • —— Table mirror
  • —— Pair of silver vases
  • Mrs. R. B. Mnir — Silver fox ornament
  • Mr. H. Brassey and Mr. H. R. Molynenx — Silver teapot
  • —— Pair of silver sauce boats
  • Mr. and Mrs. Heathcote — Silver cream jug
  • Misses Thompson — Silver photo frame
  • Mr. C. D. Rose — Pair of silver fruit dishes
  • Mr. T. Archibald Hope — Silver toast-rack
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hunt — Pair of silver sauce boats
  • Major and Mrs. Candy — Pair of silver fruit baskets
  • Misses Trefusis — Silver-mounted owl mustard-pot
  • Mrs. Frank Chaplin — Silver photo frame
  • Major Vaughan Lee — Silver waiter
  • Major Byng — Pair of silver menu stands
  • Lady Wilton — Silver photo stand
  • Geoffrey and Sibyll Palmer — Scent bottle
  • Dr. Clement Godson — Silver salad cruet
  • Mr. Mackenzie — Silver cigar case
  • Mr. G. Colvin White — Set of four silver trays
  • Mr. Edgar Brassey — Silver pipe lighter
  • Miss Emily Dawson — Photo frame
  • Mrs. Gerald FitzGerald — Silver match-box holder
  • A. Barns — Silver waiter
  • Miss Palmer — Letter-clip and dish
  • Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Coventry — Photo frame
  • —— Silver bowl three feet
  • Mr. and Mrs. Hornsby — Openwork silver basket
  • —— Antique silver box
  • Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Baird — Silver coffee-pot
  • —— Pair of silver salts
  • Mr. Hugh Wanemley — Silver-gilt match-box
  • Captain Gordon Wilson — Silver snuff-box
  • Mrs. Whitelaw — Silver mustard-pot
  • Mrs. Palmer — Silver spoon
  • Mr. Dudley Majoribanks — Silver bowl and cover
  • Mr. Wilfred F. Ricardo — Pair silver candlesticks
  • Indoor Servants at Knossington Grange and 8, Rutland Gate — Breakfast warmer and two silver entree dishes and covers
  • Outdoor Servants at Knossington Grange — Silver stationery case
  • Mr. Waterman (coachman) — Driving-whip
  • Mr. Alexander (coachman) and Mrs. Alexander — lnk-stand
  • Villagers of Knossington — Silver sugar bowl, sugar tongs, and cream ewer in case
  • Silver vase, with inscription — "Capt. Mann Thomson, Royal Horse Guards, from the Estate and Household at Dalkeith, on the occasion of his marriage, 25th July, 1901."
  • Miss Baldock — Pair of scent bottles
  • Captain Cook — Paper-knife
  • Sir A. Baird — Pair of silver muffineers
  • Rev. H. W. Trower — Pair of silver peppers
  • Mr. T. Vandeleur — Silver cigarette box
  • Lady Miller — Silver milk jug
  • Mr. Hedworth Barclay — Silver muffineer
  • Miss May A. Jackson — Photo frame
  • Mr. Geoffrey Heneage — Silver ash tray
  • Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Hay — Pair silver mustard-pots
  • Mrs. George Charteris — Silver-mounted calendar
  • Royal School of Art Needlework, Exhibition-road — Silvered copper heart-shaped box
  • Mr. A. C. Newbigging — Silver fox ornament
  • Mr. S. Schreiber — Silver match box
  • Mr. and Mrs. J. H. J. Phillips — Silver muffineers
  • Mr. and Mrs. Fyfe Jameson — Silver flask
  • Mrs. Beaumont Lubbock — Silver bon-bon dish
  • Lord Castlereagh — Salad bowl
  • Captain Hambro — Silver card case
  • Lord Longford — Silver bowl
  • Captain —— Silver waiter
  • Mrs. Forester — Silver frame
  • Mrs. Martin — Tea cloth
  • Mr. and Mrs. Cooper — Whip
  • Earl Lonsdale — Silver tray
  • Lady Augusta Fane — Red box
  • Mr. Paul Phipps — Clippers
  • Mr. E. Herlick — lnkstand[2]

August 1901[edit | edit source]

30 August 1901, Friday[edit | edit source]

The Horoses (troublesome members of the Golden Dawn) were thrown out of 99 Gower Street and moved to Gloucester Crescent (King 89 91).

October 1901[edit | edit source]

31 October 1901, Thursday[edit | edit source]


November 1901[edit | edit source]

5 November 1901, Tuesday[edit | edit source]

Guy Fawkes Day

December 1901[edit | edit source]

25 December 1901, Wednesday[edit | edit source]

Christmas Day

26 December 1901, Thursday[edit | edit source]

Boxing Day

Works Cited[edit | edit source]

1902[edit | edit source]

Sometime in 1902, London publisher George Newnes published an edition of Arthur Conan Doyle's first (1892) collection of Holmes stories.

January 1902[edit | edit source]

1 January 1902, Wednesday, New Year's Day[edit | edit source]

March[edit | edit source]

The last time Bret Harte and Arthur Collins saw each other: "They dined at the Royal Thames Yacht Club, and Collins found his 'poor old friend' 'saldly aged and broken, but genial and kind as ever.' They sat an hour at a music hall and Harte wrote afterwards to thank Collins for having 'forced him out.'" (Nissen, Axel. Bret Harte: Prince and Pauper. Jackson, MS: U P of Mississippi, 2000: 262)

April 1902[edit | edit source]

9 April 1902, Wednesday[edit | edit source]

According to a letter to Lady Gregory, W. B. Yeats dictated "2000 words in an hour and a half" "to a typewriter; he was working on his novel (Wade 370). At this point, a typewriter was a person who used the machine called typewriter to type.

10 April 1902, Thursday[edit | edit source]

W. B. Yeats wrote to Lady Gregory from 18 Woburn Buildings about working on his novel "-- dictating to a typewriter" (Wade 370).

May 1902[edit | edit source]

5 May 1902, Monday[edit | edit source]

Bret Harte died. Arthur Collins does not seem to have been there at his death; “his dear friend Madame Van de Velde and her attendants” were, though (Pemberton, T. Edgar. The Life of Bret Harte. Dodd, Meade, 1903. Not sure when the funeral occurred, but he is buried “in quiet Frimly churchyard,” (341) and <quote>In accordance with his well-known views on such subjects the funeral was a very simple one. Among the few who followed him to his ivy-lined grave were Mrs. Bret Harte, his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Francis King Harte, his daughter, Miss Ethel Harte, Madame Van de Velde, Colonel Collins, Mr. A.S. Boyd, and a small cluster of grief-stricken friends.</quote> (Pemberton, T. Edgar. The Life of Bret Harte. Dodd, Meade, 1903. (accessed November 2014).

8 May 1902, Thursday[edit | edit source]

<quote>On Thursday, May 8, 1902, in the squat, mid-Victorian church of St. Peter's in the Surrey village of Frimley, a group of about twenty people had come to show their final respects to Francis Bret Harte. Outside it was raining steadily . In the subdued light from the stained-glass windows, one cold discern a small group at the front of the church consisting of Anna Harte, her son Frank, her daughter-in-law Aline, and her daughter Ethel. Another small group was formed around Madame Van de Velde, including one of her unmarried daughters, Miss Norris (the sister of her son-in-law Richard Norris), and Mrs. Clavering Lyne. Of Harte's closest friend, only Arthur Collins and Alexander Stuart Boyd were present. Pemberton had written to Frank the day before that he wished to attend the funeral but that in his "deplorable state of health" it was impossible for him to travel. Beside the small group of family and old friends, the rest of the people who heard the service conducted by the rector of Frimley, Reverend W. Basset, were recent acquaintances from among the local gentry. As one newspaper noted: "The funeral was of the simplest possible character and the phrase 'this our brother' had a peculiar poignancy, for, though a group of villagers stood in the rain under the trees as the hearse arrived, there were few in the church, who had not the right to call Mr. Bret Harte friend." The simplicity of the service was in keeping with Bret Harte's wishes.</quote> (Nissen, Axel. Bret Harte: Prince and Pauper. Jackson, MS: U P of Mississippi, 2000: 263)

June 1902[edit | edit source]

Summer 1902: W. B. Yeats summered with Lady Gregory at Coole Park 1897-1917 or so, until Yeats bought the Tower at Ballylee. (I got this from Wade?)

3 June 1902, Tuesday[edit | edit source]

W. B. Yeats wrote Arnold Dolmetsch, asking him to "chair ... a lecture he [was] soon to give": "You are the only one, I suppose, in the world now, who knows anything about the old music that was half speech, and I need hardly say that neither Miss Farr nor myself, could have done anything in this matter of speaking to notes without your help" (Campbell 142).

7-9 June 1902, Saturday-Monday[edit | edit source]

The Earl and Countess of Warwick hosted a house party: <quote>The Earl and Countess of Warwick entertained a distinguished house party from Saturday to yesterday, including the Grand Duke Michael of Russia and the Countess of Torby, the Earl and Countess of Craven, the Earl and Countess of Kilmorey, Earl Cairns, Lord and Lady Savile, Lord Chesham, Sir Frederick and Lady Milner, Colonel and Lady Gwendoline Colvin. Lady Margaret Orr-Ewing, Lady Eva Dugdale. Mrs. Kenneth Wilson, Miss Muriel Wilson, Right Hon. H. Chaplin, M.P., Hon. H. Stonor, Mr. J. Pease, M.P., Captain Brinton, and Captain J. Forbes.</quote> (1902-06-10 Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser)

10 June 1902, Tuesday[edit | edit source]

Florence Farr's first public performance in which she "recit[ed] to her own accompaniment on the psaltery was at the Hall of Clifford's Inn, Fleet Street, on 10 June 1902 (Campbell 144, n. 18).

12 June 1902, Thursday[edit | edit source]

12 June 1902: <quote>Thursday, the 12th inst., being the grand day of Trinity term at Gray's-inn, the Treasurer (Mr. Herbert Reed, K.C.) and the Masters of the Bench entertained at dinner the following guests: The Right Hon. Lord Strathoona and Mount Royal, the Right Hon. Lord Avebury, the Right Hon. H. H. Asquith, K.C, M.P., the Right Hon. Sir Frank Lascelles, G.C.B. (British Minister at Berlin), General Sir Edward Brabant, K.C.B., the Right Hon. Sir Edward Carson (Solicitor-General), Sir Squire Bancroft, Colonel Alfred Egerton, C.B. (Equerry to H.R.H. the Duke of Connaught), Mr. Austen Chamberlain,M.P., Colonel Royds, M.P., and Mr. Frank Dicksee, R.A. The Benchers present in addition to the Treasurer were H.R H. the Duke of Connaught, Lord Ashbourne, Lord Shand, Mr. Henry Griffith, Sir Arthur Collins, K.C, Mr. Hugh Shield, K.C, His Honour Judge Bowen Rowlands, K.C, Mr. James Sheil, Mr. Arthur Beetham, Mr. John Rose, Mr. Paterson, Mr. Mulligan, K.C, Mr. Mattinson, K.C, Mr. Macaskie, K.C., Mr. C. A. Russell, K.C., Mr. Montague Lush, K.C., Mr. Dicey, C B., Mr. Barnard, Mr. H. C. Richards, K.C., M.P., Mr. Duke, K.C., M.P., Sir Julian Salomons, K.C., with the Preacher (the Rev. Canon C. J. Thompson, D.D.).</quote> (The Solicitor's Journal and Reporter. June 21, 1902. Volume XLVI. 1901-1902 [November 2, 1901, to October 25, 1902]: 588. Google Books:

26 June 1902, Thursday[edit | edit source]

Edward VII crowned King of England. 26 June 1902.

There was apparently a regular celebration of Arthur Collins' birthday, 26 June, by Bret Harte, George Du Maurier, Arthur Sullivan, Alfred Cellier, Arthur Blunt, and John Hare (Nissen, Axel. Brent Harte: Prince and Pauper: 239. [3]). Choosing 1885–1902 as the dates because those apparently are the dates of the close relationship between Harte and Collins, ending in Harte's death in May 1902, so the celebration with Harte present did not take place this year. Did it take place at all?

July 1902[edit | edit source]

3 July 1902, Thursday[edit | edit source]

MacGregor and Moina Mathers were living at 28 Rue Saint Vincent, Buttes Montmartre, Paris (Howe 244).

September 1902[edit | edit source]

Tristan and Isolde at the Covent Garden.

25 September 1902, Thursday[edit | edit source]

"There were no winter performances of opera at Covent Garden in those times .... In 1902 an autumnal series was added, and there were several Wagner nights, the last of which was on Thursday, 25 September, when Philip Brozel and Blanch Marchesi were starred in Tristan and Isolda with Marie Alexander as Brangane" (Baring-Gould II 704, n. 14, quoting Rolfe Boswell).

October 1902[edit | edit source]

31 October 1902, Friday[edit | edit source]


November 1902[edit | edit source]

5 November 1902, Wednesday[edit | edit source]

Guy Fawkes Day

29 November 1902, Saturday[edit | edit source]

Muriel Wilson’s cousin, Lady Hartopp, involved in a divorce case:

Society Women in a Law Court Case.

Mr. Justice Barnes’s Court is now crowded by society people. What is the strange fascination which brings elegantly dressed ladies, accustomed to luxurious surroundings and all the external refinements of life, to sit for hours in stuffy court, where the accommodation is all the plainest, and the surroundings are none too attractive. It would need some assurance to invite a Belgravian Countess, or the wife of Mayfair Millionaire to spend the morning under such conditions unless there were the attraction of a very strong piece of scandal. One could not presume to suggest she should attend Missionary meeting, or social reform movement, under any such conditions. At least I must confess that I never heard of one being packed with a West End crowd as the Court just now. Of course it cannot be mere idle curiosity. Our higher education for girls must have cured Mother Eve’s failing long ago. Cynics suggest that it is the survival in our highly-civilised modern conditions of that instinct of the wild creature which incites attack on the wounded or injured fellow. Wild birds will sometimes peck injured bird to death. Are these fair and soft-voiced ladies animated by the same spirit when they throng witness the ordeal through which a woman of their own class is passing?

The Latest Divorce Case.

Lady Hartopp, the heroine of the story which has been occupying the tongues and thoughts of the upper ten thousand for the last 48 hours, is a member of a well-known and wealthy family, and is herself remarkable for her beauty. Her two sisters are as famous for their charms as herself, and society has given them many flattering titles. The daughters of Mr. C. H. Wilson, the great shipowner, whose sails are on every sea, are as favoured by Fortune as Venus. Miss Muriel Wilson, the society beauty, is a cousin of Lady Hartopp, and Lady Chesterfield is her sister. It was at Tranby Croft, near Hull, the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Wilson, that the famous baccarat case occurred some years ago. Lady Hartopp is the niece of Mr. Arthur Wilson, and no doubt recollects that incident, and all the consequent stir. It attracted all the more notice at the time, because the then Prince of Wales had taken part in the game; but the Prince, who had nothing to be ashamed of, with characteristic straightforwardness, asked to go into the box and state all he knew. (1902-11-29 Norwich Mercury)

December 1902[edit | edit source]

16 December 1902, Tuesday[edit | edit source]

A poem satirizing Florence Farr and Arnold Dolmetsch was published in Punch.

25 December 1902, Thursday[edit | edit source]

Christmas Day

26 December 1902, Friday[edit | edit source]

Boxing Day

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1903[edit | edit source]

From sometime in 1891 to sometime in 1903 Eduoard de Reszke was "a leading bass" at the New York Metropolitan Opera (Baring-Gould II 112, n. 114).

"[I]n England in 1903, gramophone distinctly meant the Berliner-Gramophon & Typewriter disc machine, while cyclinder machines were known as phonographs or graphophones " (Baring-Gould II 745, n. 15).

Gerald Balfour was "largely responsible for getting the important Land Acts of 1903 under way" (O'Connor 163).

January 1903[edit | edit source]

1 January 1903, Thursday, New Year's Day[edit | edit source]

3 January 1903, Saturday[edit | edit source]

Madame Troncey was doing a portrait of W. B. Yeats (Wade 392).

June 1903[edit | edit source]

Summer 1903: W. B. Yeats summered with Lady Gregory at Coole Park 1897-1917 or so, until WBY bought the Tower at Ballylee. (I got this from Wade?).

October 1903[edit | edit source]

Sometime in October 1903, Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Adventure of the Empty House," illustrated by Sidney Paget, was published in the Strand (Baring-Gould II 331).

31 October 1903, Saturday[edit | edit source]


November 1903[edit | edit source]

Sometime in November 1903 Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Adventure of the Norwood Builder," illustrated by Sidney Paget, was published in the Strand (Baring-Gould II 415).

5 November 1903, Thursday[edit | edit source]

Guy Fawkes Day

December 1903[edit | edit source]

Sometime in December 1903 Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Adventure of the Dancing Men," illustrated by Sidney Paget, was published in the Strand (Baring-Gould II 529).

16 December 1903, Wednesday[edit | edit source]

"On 16 December, Punch satirised an activity in which Dolmetsch was concerned. Florence Farr was acting as secretary for a newly-formed fellowship known as 'The Dancers', a body whose aim was to 'fight the high and powerful devil, solemnity'. In a poem entitled L'Allegro up to date, the final stanza is devoted to Dolmetsch:

The old forgotten dancing-lore,
The steps we cannot understand,
DOLMETSCH agrees to take in hand,
These on the well-trod stage anon,
When next our learned sock is on,
We’ll show, while ARNOLD, Fancy’s child,
Tootles his native wood-wind wild.

This verse is curiously prophetic for Dolmetsch had not yet introduced the recorder into his concerts, although he occasionally included a flute. Dolmetsch did know something of the steps of the old dances but it was his wife who later researched the subject most thoroughly and wrote two books on the subject." (Campbell 151–52)

25 December 1903, Friday[edit | edit source]

Christmas Day

26 December 1903, Saturday[edit | edit source]

Boxing Day

Works Cited[edit | edit source]

  • Baring-Gould.
  • Campbell.

1904[edit | edit source]

January 1904[edit | edit source]

Sometime in January 1904 Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist," illustrated by Sidney Paget, was published in the Strand (Baring-Gould II 399).

March 1904[edit | edit source]

Sometime in March 1904 Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Adventure of Black Peter," illustrated by Sidney Paget, was published in the Strand (Baring-Gould II 384).

April 1904[edit | edit source]

Sometime in April 1904, Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton," illustrated by Sidney Paget, was published in the Strand (Baring-Gould II 558, n. 1, and 559).

June 1904[edit | edit source]

Sometime in June 1904 Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Adventure of the Three Students," illustrated by Sidney Paget, was published in the Strand (Baring-Gould II 370).

Summer 1904: W. B. Yeats summered with Lady Gregory at Coole Park 1897-1917 or so, until WBY bought the Tower at Ballylee. (I got this from Wade?).

July 1904[edit | edit source]

Sometime in July 1904, Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez," illustrated by Sidney Paget, was published in the Strand (Baring-Gould II 351).

August 1904[edit | edit source]

Sometime in August 1904, Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter," illustrated by Sidney Paget, was published in the Strand (Baring-Gould II 476).

September 1904[edit | edit source]

Sometime in September 1904, Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Adventure of the Abbey Grange," illustrated by Sidney Paget, was published in the Strand (Baring-Gould II 491).

1905[edit | edit source]

April 1905[edit | edit source]

3 April 1905, Monday[edit | edit source]

W. B. Yeats wrote to Lady Gregory from Dublin, saying he had "dictated a rough draft of a new Grania second act to Moore's typewriter" (Wade 368).

June 1905[edit | edit source]

Summer 1905: W. B. Yeats summered with Lady Gregory at Coole Park 1897-1917 or so, until WBY bought the Tower at Ballylee. (I got this from Wade?).

July 1905[edit | edit source]

10 July 1905, Monday[edit | edit source]

1905 July 10, the Austro-Hungarian Ambassador hosted a dinner party <quote>The Austro-Hungarian Ambassador entertained the Duke and Duchess of Connaught and Princess Patricia of Connaught at dinner at the Embassy in Belgrave-square on Monday evening. There were also present the Spanish Ambassador and Mme. Bernabé, the United States Ambassador and Mrs. and Miss Whitelaw Reid, Princess Hohenlohe, Prince Francis of Teck, Princess Teano, the Earl of Essex, the Earl and Countess of Crewe, Viscount Villiers, Viscount Errington, Viscount Newry, Mrs. J. Leslie, Miss Muriel Wilson, Mr. R. Graham, Mrs. Astor, Lady Maud Warrender, Prince Furstenburg, Count Szenchenyi, Captain A. Meade, and Miss Pelly and Colonel Murray in attendance on the Duke and Duchess.</quote> (1905-07-12 Times)

November 1905[edit | edit source]

Sometime in November 1905, "Arnold Dolmetsch was again asked to provide music for a Been Greet season in New York — an engagement that brought about his first meeting with two young actors on their first American tour, Sybil Thorndike, and her brother, Russell" (Campbell 169). Dolmetsch's return to the US; was Annie Horniman still with the Thorndikes?

Works Cited[edit | edit source]

1906[edit | edit source]

March 1906[edit | edit source]

5 March 1906[edit | edit source]

"Mr. Frederick John Horniman, who died on March 5, in his seventy-first year, was the son of that well-known Quaker and tea-merchant, John Horniman, who made a magnificent fortune by retailing tea in air-tight packets, and, like his father, devoted both time and wealth to charitable objects. A great traveller, both for business and pleasure, Mr. Horniman gathered togther an admirable collection of curios, and this is housed at Forest Hill in the museum that bears his name. His private benefactions were also large. Mr. Horniman, who was a Liberal, sat in two Parliaments, representing Penrhyn and Falmouth Boroughs in one. He did not seek re-election in January last." ("The World's News." Illustrated London News (London, England), Saturday, March 10, 1906; pg. 338; Issue 3490, Col. C)

June 1906[edit | edit source]

Summer 1906: W. B. Yeats summered with Lady Gregory at Coole Park 1897-1917 or so, until WBY bought the Tower at Ballylee. (I got this from Wade?).

1907[edit | edit source]

April 1907[edit | edit source]

April 1907, W. B. Yeats went to Italy with Lady Gregory (Harper 80 28).

June 1907[edit | edit source]

Summer 1907: W. B. Yeats summered with Lady Gregory at Coole Park 1897-1917 or so, until WBY bought the Tower at Ballylee. (I got this from Wade?).

November 1907[edit | edit source]

10 November 1907[edit | edit source]

<quote>On 10 November, Dolmetsch, 'awfully tired and disquieted with overwork', writes to Horne, 'longing for Florence'.

7, Bayley Street
My concert went very well last night. Melodie quite distinguished herself, and a sister of Bernard Shaw Lucy Carr Shaw sang delightfully. …
But Symmons [sic] … did not go before 1 o'cl. and yet, by the first post this morning, I got a charming poem on Rameau. … He must have spent all night on it.</quote> (Campbell 120)

1908[edit | edit source]

In 1908 Sidney Paget died in 1908 in some "untimely" fashion (Baring-Gould II 239).

June 1908[edit | edit source]

Summer 1908: W. B. Yeats summered with Lady Gregory at Coole Park 1897-1917 or so, until WBY bought the Tower at Ballylee. (I got this from Wade?).

Works Cited[edit | edit source]

  • Baring-Gould

1909[edit | edit source]

January 1909[edit | edit source]

1 January 1909[edit | edit source]

Rev. W. A. Ayton died (Howe 85 10-11).

June 1909[edit | edit source]

Summer 1909: W. B. Yeats summered with Lady Gregory at Coole Park 1897-1917 or so, until WBY bought the Tower at Ballylee. (I got this from Wade?).

Works Cited[edit | edit source]

  • Howe

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. "Marriage of Lord Balcarres." Dundee Courier 26 January 1900 Friday: 4 [of 8], Col. 6b [of 7]. British Newspaper Archive
  2. "Marriage of Captain Mann Thomson and Miss Duncan." Grantham Journal 27 July 1901 Saturday: 2 [of 8], Cols. 2a–3b. British Newspaper Archive