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Reference OG
Covering dates c1200-1938
Held by Isle of Wight Record Office
Extent 16 series
Creators Oglander family of Nunwell, Brading, Isle of Wight
Arrangement A Title deeds of Nunwell
B Title deeds of Hardingshute
C Title deeds of Smallbrooke and Preston
D Title deeds of Preston Vavascour, otherwise Troublefield
E Title deeds of Writleston, otherwise Hill Farm
F Title deeds of Whitefield
G Title deeds of St. Helens, otherwise Eddington
H Title deeds of Park and Nettleston
I Title deeds of Westbrooke and Bridgehouse
J Title deeds of Bullen and Couthy Bottom
K Title deeds of Brading
L Title deeds of Bembridge
M Title deeds of Adgeston
N Title deeds of Sandown
O Title deeds of Ashey and Chillingwood
P Title deeds of Northwood and Ashey
Q Title deeds of Chale
R Title deeds of Compton in the parish of Freshwater
S Title deeds of Lyminton, Hampshire
T Title deeds of Alverstoke and Portsmouth
U Title deeds of Old Place Farm, Hampnett, Sussex
V Miscellaneous deeds not connected with the Oglander family
W Leases
X Court Rolls
Y Bonds
Z Wills and Family Settlements
AA Historical notes of Sir John Oglander of Nunwell (1585-1655)
BB Official Documents and Correspondence
CC Private Correspondence and Papers
DD Diaries and Papers of Rev. Henry Oglander, 1743-1814
EE Papers relating to the estate of Thomas Kemp of Beaulieu, 1613-1631
FF Accounts and other papers of Sir William Oglander, 6th Baronet (d. 1852); Sir Henry Oglander 7th Baronet (d. 1874); and the latter's widow, Louisa, Lady Oglander (d. 1894).
GG Papers of Major-General Henry Oglander (1788-1840)
HH-MM Catalogue marks reserved for uncatalogued portions of the collection
NN Papers of Dr John Oglander, of Merton College, Oxford (1777-1825)
OO Papers of William Anthony Glynn of Fairy Hill, Nettlestone (1807-1867)
PP Rentals, surveys, plans
QQ Grazing rights on Brading Down
RR Papers of the Oglanders as Trustees for Estates of others
SS Papers of the Strode family of Parnham, Dorset
TT Miscellaneous
UU Stray documents not related to the Oglanders

Estate and family records of the Oglander family of Nunwell, Isle of Wight
The Oglander family had estates in Dorset and the Isle of Wight, and are known to have been on the island since at least the early 12th century. The collections main interest centres on the papers of Sir John Oglander which are especially rich from the 1620s to 1640s, and include common place books, and documents relating to his duties as a deputy-lieutenant, and as a sheriff. The latter include ship money returns for 1637, muster rolls for the 1620s and 1630s, and papers relating to the billeting of Scottish troops on the Isle of Wight, also in the 1620's. The shrievalty papers contain material of interest relating to mainland Hampshire.
In the early 19th century Captain Henry Oglander, an advocate of army reform, was stationed overseas both in the Mediterranean and in India. His correspondence from 1807-39, is an underused source potentially of considerable interest to students of the history of the army in India.


Supplementary information: Further correspondence from July 1911 to August 1918 (Refs OG/CC/2339E - 2799) has been catalogued but is not available here. For details refer to Isle of Wight County Record Office

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, morning, 10 a.m. train at Vichy, to his wife Florence Oglander, c/o Admiral Sir W. Hornby, K.C.B., Southlands, Ryde, I.W  OG/CC/1946  21 October 1897

"A beautiful fine morning and I am really off. So nice to get your letter this morning and delighted you are to stay until Monday. That will leave you very little time alone. "Mes amities" to "Count K" - what a ridiculous man!! I am writing this in the train on the chance of finding a post wagon in the train at St. Germain - if not I shall post it at Bourges this afternoon. I am due there 1/4 to 2. I drank water this morning and made myself a cup of your very nice chocolate and at St. Germain we are obliged to stop 35 minutes for "dejeuner". Is it not a funny arrangement? I never feel hungry now, so don't mind their peculiar arrangements. I really think the wanting less food has as much to do with my thinning down a little as the massage has. How sad that poor Pears is severely wounded and to think it might have been our Frank!"

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, Hotel Boule d'Or, Bourges, France, to his wife, Florence Oglander, c/o Admiral Sir W. Hornby, K.C.B., Southlands, Ryde, I.W  OG/CC/1946A  21 October 1897

"Here I be - after a lovely day - the city is so medieval that I feel as if I ought to be going to bed in a shirt of mail - The Cathedral splendid but what charms me most is the street after street of old houses - there seems to be hardly a house that has not a gothic arch or doorway or something of the 14th century though of [course] the underparts have been turned into modern shops with big glass fronts etc., and the odd thing is that the streets are white and clean. Street after street of this sort of thing - I have never seen anything like it out of Prouts drawing - I spent the whole afternoon from 2 to 6 sight seeing - but the drawback I own is the Hotel - My dear, I am glad I did not try bringing you here. I stumble up a dirty winding staircase in a turret to get to my room which is I believe the best they have - but well - it leaves to be desired. Likewise the dinner. If I find it is like this at Caen I shall not stay long. I ought to get to Blois about 2 tomorrow and I suspect that hotel will be much better because I see it is advertised in Bradshaw and English people must go there - but this you see is off the track of English who go down the Loire. I posted you a card in the train after I started today. The dejeurner at St. Germain was not bad. I was very hungry at 6.30 for dinner and it was a good thing I was for what between the food and the company I could not have eaten it had I not been hungry. I should think the city had been originally full of religious houses which in these times have all been turned into barracks - The place swarms with soldiers and a lot of them were dining here. Love to everybody. I will send you a card when I get to Blois tomorrow"
Includes drawing of old houses

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, Grand Hotel Blois, Blois, to his wife, Florence Oglander, c/o Sir Windham Hornby, K.C.B., Southlands, Ryde, I.W  OG/CC/1947  22 October 1897

"Safely arrived here and lunched. The hotel at Bourges was not so bad after all. I slept well. Can hardly say what I shall do tomorrow. Weather looks like change in which case I should not attempt to drive to Chateau of Chambord - but just go on into Tours and get to Caen Sunday night - probably home either Thursday or perhaps Tuesday (sic) morning. So glad you wrote to Mrs. Lawson about Hales. I shall be very glad to get home and certainly will not go to bench the first Saturday. I hope Sporran goes on well."

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, Grand Hotel Blois, Blois, to his wife Florence Oglander, c/o Sir Windham Hornby, K.C.B., Southlands, Ryde, I.W  OG/CC/1948  22 October 1897

"I have seen all I want to see here this afternoon and shall try to get on to Caen tomorrow evening. Should anything arrive here after tomorrow, I shall ask them to forward it to Caen. I think now I shall very likely get over on Monday night, but will telegraph to you "Cross Monday" or whatever evening I find I can start and you may expect me next morning. I shall try to avoid coming Wednesday morning because you want the carriage for Joan and if I do come that morning I will wait at Ryde and come on to Brading Station where the pony carriage could fetch me with Spot. These Chateaux are interesting, but too much restored to be picturesque. I should reach Caen 10.45 tomorrow evening."

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, just leaving Blois, to his wife, Florence Oglander, c/o Sir Windham Hornby, K.C.B., Southlands, Ryde, I.W  OG/CC/1949  23 October 1897

"J'ai oubliè vous dire certainment donner au maitre d'hotel - 5 sous or 7 sous. Another fine day and I have received one letter addressed Blois and have asked the people to send home one, should any come tomorrow morning. I hope to be at Caen tonight and now I think very likely home on Tuesday. Your letters are very amusing. Yes I should think 9th would do but must find out when Wheeler wants me."

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, Tours, to his wife, Florence Oglander, c/o Sir Windham Hornby, K.C.B., Southlands, Ryde, I.W  OG/CC/1950  23 October 1897

"Have enjoyed Amboise and Tours very much. Weather splendid. Had a really good luncheon (like Clermont Ferraud) and hope to dine at Le Mans en route! Arrive at Caen late tonight. Have telegraphed there to have room ready and shall have a cup of your chocholate before going to bed. How kind of the Admiral about the wedt (sic) present to Joan! My dearest love to you. Shall address you next at Nunwell."

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, Caen, France, to his wife, Florence Oglander, [c/o Admiral Sir W.Hornby K.C.B., Southlands, Ryde, crossed out], Nunwell, Brading  OG/CC/1950A  23 October 1897

"Here I am, (whence the O-s[Oglanders came]). I found a nice room ready, electric light (how furprised the ancient O's would be) and a bouilotte in my bed! - which is shut in in a large ruelle with folding doors having hinges like the nursery cupboard hinges at Nunwell.
Sunday. I still cannot tell you when I arrive so must telegraph. Have had your letter here. Another fine day but colder. I am just off to morning prayers at English church! and then to Dejeurnes - Just been to the chapel where there was no chaplain and ladies asked me to do a service. In the middle in came the v-consul Lethbridge, who was an old school friend of mine and brother of one Sir Roper Lethbridge. I am going to him this evening"

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, Caen, France, to his wife Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/1950B  25 October 1897

"I made up my mind this morning that it would be too great a scurry to catch the midday train today and come home by tomorrow morning so I am going to telegraph to you, and I hope to be with you about 11 on Thursday morning. I shall be very dirty and unshaven and shall be glad to escape observation - I should think my portmanteau would go on the box if you sent the vic and Robin to Ryde for me. I think I shall stop at Ryde Esplanade station anyway if I get down from Southampton by those early morning trains and if I find nothing to meet me come out by cab as it is so tedious waiting at Ryde. As soon as I reach Southampton and can plan what is best (steamer or train) to come on by I will telegraph to you. I am so glad you have had such a good time at Southlands, K[ate] H[ornby] sitting by your bed sounds happy. Was it not droll here yesterday. I turned up at the English church to find only a few ladies hanging about - I asked one if that was not service time, she said yes but there is no chaplain - only we come on the chance of some clergyman or gentleman appearing and reading a service. She tempted me inside to see how nice the chapel was. We all sat down like a quakers meeting in silence for 20 minutes - then I asked the french verger whether the clergyman was not coming - he answered in french 'that he had not the English' but that no clergyman had been there for a long-time perhaps the consul or a captain of a ship might say the office - so I sat down and at last an elderly spin[ster] came over to me and said that if I would read the service I should find the lessons and psalms all marked etc. I asked if the consul was not coming but she said he was at his house at something that sounded like 'Ahem'. I thought I had better ask no more so eventually from the stalls began a service feeling strongly inclined to adapt the beginning by saying 'Whence the wicked woman turneth etc.", however I did not and we confessed - "and praised Thee o Lord" etc., when in walked the consul ¾ hour late. He did his responds heartily and I read away to the end of morning prayer. Then the ladies and he came up outside and thanked me for the service as if I was a real minister and lo I found he was a boy I used to sit next and be friends with 38 years ago. He asked me to dine but I did not want to do that so went after dinner and smoked etc., with him and was introduced to his wife a good Plymouth lady. He is to introduce me to a Caen Antiquary today and all goes swimmingly."

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, Caen, France, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/1950C  26 October 1897

"I am not sure that this will reach you before I do - but I had your telegram when I came in this evening. I don't mean to leave you on Thursday morning for any lunatic asylum 'dans le monde'. It is quite unimportant, but if you are afraid of your friend being huffed I will write that I am abroad. I have had a very satisfactory time here and a lovely day and hope you too have had fine weather and enjoyed it."
Florence Oglander records in her diary on Thursday 28th October "I wonder much at not getting a telegram from Jack early to say he had arrived at Southampton (from Cherbourg) and what time he was to be met at Ryde, but I got it at last, he having been delayed by a dense fog for hours. He eventually got home at 3.30 and oh! the delight of having him back. Friday 29th. Jack has much to tell me of his travels after Vichy. He came back by Bourges, Tours, Blois and Caen, where he stayed some days. He was much interested in the place from which the Oglanders originally came with William the Conqueror. The French branch (The Marquis d'Oglandres etc) still living in Normandy."

Letter from Douglas Caws, Estate and House Agency Office, Seaview, to John H. G. Oglander, Esq., J.P  OG/CC/1951  9 November 1897

"Fairy Hill.
I think I have got Mrs. Lawson to give up the clause re building to interupt the sea view. It is not usual to expect the tenant to keep outside walls in repair, as I presume from Mrs. Lawson's solicitors letter just to hand, must be one of the leases stipulations.
District Council.
I am about to call a public meeting at Seaview to consider the question of the desirability of splitting the east from the west wards, in the church schoolroom and hope you will if possible be present, as the east district is much neglected. Meeting to be on Thursday week at 8 p.m.
P.S. Please let me know as soon as possible, where I shall announce the [Writh?]"

Letter from George H. Ratcliffe, Chapter Clerk's Office, The Sanctuary, Westminster Abbey, London, S.W., to John H. G. Oglander, Esq., Bailey's Hotel, Gloucester Road, London, S.W  OG/CC/1952  12 November 1897

"Rev. E. A. & Mrs. Gray's Marriage Settlement.
Mr. Gray has, I understand, informed you that consequent upon the recent death of his father-in-law, Canon J. F. Brown certain funds have become divisible. Mrs. Gray's share in them will be payable to the trustees of her marriage settlement in pursuance of the provisions of that deed and of her covenant to settle after acquired property therein contained. I shall in a short time be able to proceed in the division, but matters have been somewhat retarded, owing to one of Canon Brown's executors being resident in India. If you would care to talk the matter over and learn particulars of the funds that will eventually be transferred to you and your co-trustees, I shall be happy to see you here next week, as Mr. Gray informs me you will then be in Town. Tuesday morning next at 11.30 would be convenient to me."
Note: The Oglanders, without Joan, went from Nunwell to Baileys Hotel, Gloucester Road on 10 November. They went from there to the Stricklands in Elm Park Gardens on 17 November and did not return to Nunwell until 25th November.

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, Bailey's Hotel, London, to the Bishop of Winchester  OG/CC/1953  [10 - 18] November 1897

"In reply to yours of 12th instant, which has just reached me, asking what is the status of the Chapel at Seaview. The legal position is briefly as I can state it is that it was built by public subscription on land leased from an estate known as "Fairy Hill Estate" at the rent of about £13 per annum. The covenants provide that the building should be used only for "public worship in connection with the Church of England". The original lessees were Messrs. Cunningham and Lee. On the death of Cunningham the lease was assigned by Lee to himself and my brother, Mr. Glynn - the latter is now surviving lessee and Mr. Richards contends that Glynn is not absolute owner of the lease, but that he is a trustee to carry out the objects for which the subscribers gave their money. I do not know whether Mr. Richards has been advised by whom this trust could be established but it is important as, if no one will assert the trust, he might apparently refuse the use of the building to the vicar and this doubtless is what he hints at when he writes "of wishing to appoint a clergyman, though of course no clergyman of the Church of England would conduct service there without the assent of the vicar of the parish." I am tenant for life of Fairy Hill Estate, entitled to rent and performance of other covenants of the lease. My brother is tenant for life, for remainder if I die before him, without leaving male issue. He and I are also Trustees of the freehold estate. In reply to your further question in which you do me the honour to ask for my opinion on the whole situation. I quite admit that it is undesirable to multiply small parishes with inadequate endowment - but in this case the local circumstances are peculiar. The two centres of population are so far seperated that it would be difficult for a vicar to work the united parish without a curate The endowment is hardly adequate to provide a stipend for a curate alone. Thus the vicar would get nothing except voluntary subscriptions or offertories. The populations of St. Helens and Sea View as a matter of fact, have curiously little sense of solidarity as a parish and in civic matters I have found that they are jealous of each other. I believe therefore that any funds to be raised voluntarily would be much more easily raised by subscription in those places as seperate districts where the subscribers would be influenced by a sort of "esprit de corps" to benefit the district in which they are interested. The Sea View dissenters are, I fancy, mostly Weslyans - not likely to come to church but not so hostile to it as to withdraw their children from the National school, if a clergyman of moderate views were appointed. The majority of visitors who attend church would, I think, prefer a bright musical service without any extreme teaching somewhat of the type of All Saints Church, Ryde. The churchmen of St. Helens have, I fear, lost ground but the situation might be improved by the appointment of a young and enthusiastic man - with judgement, some private means and with no extreme views. Perhaps such a combination is too much to be hoped for, where there is so little to offer, but the young people who frequent watering places have not, I fancy met with much encouragement during the last 2 or 3 incumbancies and if your Lordship can influence the patron in the selection of a suitable vicar, I would submit to you that of all the qualities required, enthusiasm is not the least important, though I think an ernest man would meet with more difficulties and discouragement in trying to work the existing parish, than seperated districts. I admit that it might be worth trying, but it would I think, be a pity to appoint a man, who has made up his mind that he would not consent to a seperation, if he found the parish unworkable in a satisfactory manner as a whole."

Letter from Joan Oglander, [Nunwell], to her father, John H. G. Oglander, [London]  OG/CC/1954  18 November [1897]

"Dearest Daddy. Thank you so much for your nice letter. I am so dreadfully sorry Mummy has got a cold. It is naughty of her. How did she catch it? "La Poupee" must have been funny. I wish I had seen it. Miss Wallis has seen it and said it was very amusing. Today Mary and Madamoiselle came out on their bikes to luncheon. It was such fun. After luncheon Mdle. played the piano. Unfortunately when she was playing very loud she busted one of the strings. (I think it must have been rusty). I have just had my music lesson. It is dreadfull playing with a note gone; I hope we may soon have it mended. Poor Mary could not come to the dancing or do her drawing last Wednesday 'cos she knocked her head very hard, her eyes ached and she squinted, so she had to go to Mr. Rich. Luckily he said it was not very bad and she might come here today. Good night, dear Father."

Letter from Joan Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W., to her Mother, Florence Oglander  OG/CC/1954A  18 November [1897]

"Thank you so much for your letter. I am so sorry you have got a cold it is naughty of you Mummy. Miss Wallis told me to say, that you must have thought her letter rather strange but she thought you knew that Mdlle. and Mary were coming. I forgot to tell you in my last letter. Mrs. Forsyth surgested it, and she said she knew you would not mind. Best love to Grandpa"

Letter from Joan Oglander, Leavington House, Ryde, to her mother, Florence Oglander, c/o Sefton Strickland, Esq., 94 Elm Park Gardens, London, S.W  OG/CC/1954B  21 November 1897

"Thank you so much for your letter. I am having such fun here. Yesterday afternoon the Blair Cockranes came to tea. Before tea we all did our needle work (like good little girls) and after tea we (including Miss Gore and Mdlle) played hide and seek in the dark it was such larks. After dinner we played a Patience called clock patience it was very good. This morning we went to Church, we had such a nice sermon. After church Bobbie (Mary) and I went for a walk together. We have now just come in from a walk with Captain Forsyth. Poor Mddle. has been in bed all day, she has got mal-de-pays, and does not feel well. Dear Mummy, I do hope your nasty old cold is better. Which day are you coming back, Wednesday or Friday. Captain Forsyth sends you his milles haûte considerations and hopes que vous portez bien-q. Best love to Grandfather and Grandmother and lots to you and Father.
P.S. Please exuse this dreadful writing, but I've got such a perfectly dreadful nib, a thick quill"

Letter from Joan Oglander, [Nunwell] to her mother, Florence Oglander, [London]  OG/CC/1954C  [23 November 1897]

"It is very very naughty of you not to come home tomorrow, but I'm glad you are staying co's it will do you good"

Letter from John Fardell, Mitre Chambers, Temple, London, to John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/1955  23 November 1897

"Fairy Hill Roads.
I am glad to report that the master this morning granted the application for liberty to make both the roads asked for at a cost not to exceed Mr. Barton's estimate. The other side have until Thursday morning to consider whether they will go before the Judge, though it is improbable that they will do so."

Letter from J. Hughes, Fairy Hill, Nettleston, Ryde, to John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/1956  23 November 1897

"Mrs. Lawson informs me that she is going to take possession of Fairy Hill on the 29th of this month, and have (sic) engaged me from that date as her gardener. I shall be very glad if you can come here, or let me know about the things there is here, so that I can have it all cleared up ready for them. They are very busy doing the repairs, but I do not think they will have it finished by next week. Everything is going on alright."

Letter from George H. Radcliffe, Chapter Clerk Officer, The Sanctuary, Westminster Abbey, to John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/1957  7 December 1897

"Rev E. A. & Mrs. Gray's Marriage Settlement Trust. Referring to our recent interview on the matter, there have now been transferred into the names of yourself and the Rev. J. H. Brown, as trustees of the above settlement, the sums of £9,773 1s. 3d. consols and £1,333 6s. 8d. Bank Stock. These sums represent the sums to which Mrs. Gray is entitled of the funds subject to the trusts of her late parents Marriage Settlement. Mrs. Gray desires that the dividends should be paid into her husband's account at Stephen Blandy & Co.'s Bank, Reading and I enclose a formal request by her to that effect, which please return in due course. The other papers mentioned are requests for the transmission of the dividends to the Bank mentioned above and a request to that Bank to place them to Mr. Gray's account. I shall be much obliged if you will sign the documents, where your initials are pencilled and return them to me in the enclosed envelop. There will shortly be other sums of stock to be transferred into your names from another source."

Letter from F. C. & J. Fardell, Market Street, Ryde, to John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, I.W  OG/CC/1958  14 December 1897

"We have this day placed £250 to the credit of your account as promised at the National Provincial Bank. We met Wheeler at Fairy Hill and find that Mrs. Lawson's fence will require about 24 posts and in order to provide them, we propose, subject to your approval, to cut 4 or 5 trees in Nettlestone Copse. We think it will be most unwise to connect the new sinks of the cottages at Fairy Hill with cess pits as they are sure to fill very rapidly and so create a constant nuisance. One alternative is to run a 4 inch pipe chain from the cottages to meet the Fairy Hill sewer at the stables. We do not think there will be much difference in the cost."

Letter from Everard Green, Rouge Dragon, Heralds College, London, E.C. to John H. Oglander  OG/CC/1958A  18 December 1897

"So many many thanks for your kind letter and Christmas greetings. The Santo Vino window in the dining room comes out very well in the photograph and I only wish the ridge of your noble down was just visible to give people an idea of your earthly paradise of Nunwell! Christmas I keep with the Purefry Fitzgeralds at Shalstone Manor, near Buckingham, but I get back to Chambers on the 30th so please send me very trusty heraldic clients. As regards your shield, if your good mother-in-law (Bel-mere the French say)is in the quick, she and not her daughters, is the representative, in blood of her branch of the race. If so, you impale your wife's very royal coat. If Mrs. Somerset is dead you can still impale if you like as the placing in pretence. The arms is very modern and I fancy quite unknown to even Dugdale. If however, you want to do so, have two shields. Thus:- This is very foreign, but all Knights of any order do it, but they repeat their own shield and either impale or put sur le tout their wifes arms. On the Somerset coat put a crescent on a martlet as you say and this in fess point. My superb book-plate as Sir Wollaston Franks called it, was designed and etched by the celebrated artist and etcher Mr. G. W. Eve of 573 High Road, Chiswick, W. Let him give you an estimate? Mine was £15 15s. 0d. and he goes up to £21 I fancy. I shall be at all times charmed to come to Nunwell from a Saturday to Tuesday, after February, but all January I am herald in waiting here. Wishing you and Mrs. Oglander and the Lady Joan also the cheery and nice Stricklands, if they are your happy guests all Christmas and New Year greetings and with homage to Mrs. Oglander, I am yours exceedingly etc."

Letter from Ch. [Hetheril?], Consular agent for Austria-Hungary, Caen, France, to John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/1958B  25 December 1897

"I have been most pleased to receive the volume of extracts from your family Mss. I have read the pedigree showing how you represent the Oglander, and I have been surprised to see the number of Norman names which belong to your ancestors. The intercourse between the two nations and specially between Southern and Normans must have been very great; and I am persuaded that, although they could not use Railways, they knew how to travel, and they would do it often and cleverly. I have not had sufficient time to go completely through your charming book, but I shall do it, and already I have been asked to speak about it at our next meeting. The extract copied from the journal of 1632 is evidently most interesting for Caen citizens. The burial is quite a picture, rather gloomy of olden times, and the account of the death of that poor young man is most touching. I am perfectly certain I have seen a part of it related in the Protestant Register. But your name was mutilated, and when I saw it for the first time I could not make it out. But now I see plainly that it is Oglander. I must find it again and shall be happy if I can send it to you in the nearest future. I am rather astonished that Mr. Long, the editor of your fine book has not published that extract. But it is often so with journals and diaries. Publishers seem to appreciate only facts of general interest, and do not make use of special, personal facts which give the true colour to the writer's character and his contemporary habits. Some years ago, we have been obliged to publish a most precious journal, the journal of Gouberville, a gentleman of the XVIth century, of which most incomplete and uninteresting extracts had been given. The two big in 4° [sic] are now out of print, such was the interest people found in reading the price of game and vegetables in 1536, and how the good squire managed to travel from Cherbourg to Blois in quest of the King of France. This is the kind of details we look for when we open a book of memoirs. Philosophical considerations are common place and can be found anywhere, but the document is rare. I am glad you remember with pleasure your visit to Caen. It is quite reciprocal. It has been a great pleasure to make your acquaintance, and I hope I have not seen you for the last time. Whenever you come, let me know in order that I may show you more hospitality. With kindest regards and best wishes for 1898.
P.S. Strange to say! I know very well Mr. Blashford, "le Marchand Anglais" who was living in Caen and to whom the young Oglander had a letter of introduction. I have in my family papers a leaf from the banking ledger de Rucquigny who was in those times the refugees banker in London, and I see that he had a very active business with that firm. I shall return in a week your copy"

Letter from Rev. W. H. Richards, Westridge, Nr. Ryde, to John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/1959  29 December 1897

"I came across the other day an old letter of yours to me dated 1 January '84 in which you write "I am sure everyone must know that you have done more than your duty in endeavouring to establish a good understanding with my brother - you have some cause to congratulate yourself that although he may reject your advances in pompous language which only makes himself ridiculous he is without power to injure you. I wish his eccentricity were always as harmless, but I regret it exceeding and can well sympathise in your annoyance in having anyone in your parish so misguided, for I fear my brother is misguided by some idea of his own importance which amounts to delusion and this has been for many years the only excuse I could make for a good deal that he does and says, which brings down ridicule on him and in some cases causes real injury to others. Signed J. H. O. Glynn."
After he accepted my offer of friendship some years ago, in pompous language, I invited him to take some interest in the parish in money and time. His answer was all the money he had long taken an interest in and his time was taken up with his duties to the Crown. You may know that shortly after the late Bishop Thorold became Bishop of Winchester your brother wrote to him about the parish and he has done the same with the present Bishop in the same way. I have little doubt how he would describe himself. It is a long time ago, but I don't think I ever made use of your above letter or showed it to anyone.
P.S. A gentleman observed to me some little time ago "Mr. Richards, I wouldn't occupy your position in this parish for a thousand a year. I would rather live on bread and cheese than put up with what you have to put up with."

Copy letter from John H. G. Oglander, to W. H. Richards  OG/CC/1960  30 December 1897

"I forget the circumstances under which I wrote to you 14 years ago. My letter looks as if it was in answer to one of the letters you used to send me saying you thought of giving up St. Helens as you had found little sympathy in the parish. I thought when Eton appointed you to the living, you were not received as you should have been and that my brother forgot that the college had patron rights. I also remember when we visited you at Fairy Hill, thinking that you and Mrs. Richards expressed yourselves kindly towards him, considering all the trouble you had had. This together with his "duties to the Crown" probably caused me to use the words "pompous language" and "ridicule" which I must own I now feel it would have been better taste for me to have omitted when writing about my brother, though my letter was a private one written to you in sympathy with your difficulties and in the belief that if you would be conciliatory and persevere in making the welfare of your parish your main object you could live down opposition. I must say that since I came back to live in the Island my opinion on that point is changed and I do not see that there is any chance of seeing the parish united, while you are vicar though my brother has not for years in speaking to me, referred to his difficulties with you. You say you have made no use of my old letter. If you should ever think fit to show it, I would ask that you should show this one with it. I do not quite gather what your object is in writing now. Perhaps you mean that my old letter was not reconcilable with my not siding with you at the last Council meeting. If so, I must say that to stir up litigation against my brother or any of your parishioners is little likely to promote unity in the parish and I spoke to correct assertions in your statement of the case, which within my own knowledge were mistaken and I expressly said that I did not impute that you or your informants, were aware that they were erroneous."

Letter from John Fardell, The Offices, Market Street, Ryde, to John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/1961  31 December 1897

"I was more than pleased this morning to receive your letter for which I thank you. I now send you the draft lease to Sir Walter Hunt Grubbe and shall be glad if you will look it over. I am sorry to give you the trouble. I also enclose his letters which may refresh your memory, as to the terms of the proposal. I have seen Trinder once or twice in regard to his proposed purchase of Cook's coal business at Sea View and I then explained to him your views in regard to the store and your reasons for declining to grant a lease of the same. At the time of writing my uncle is not in the office and in his absence I am unable to place my hands on Cook's agreement. I will, however, mention the matter to him tomorrow and again write you on the subject."

Letter from Minnie Cochran, Osbourne, to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/1962  12 January 1898

Administrative history:
Princess Victoria Eugenia of Battenberg, only daughter of Princess Beatrice, youngest child of Queen Victoria, was born on 24 October 1887 and died 15 April 1969, having married on 31 May 1906 Alfonso XIII, King of Spain. She and Joan Oglander were both strikingly good looking and became good friends. There are several of Ena's private letters to Joan in the collection.

"The Princess [Beatrice] would be so glad if you would allow your little girl to come to tea with Princess Ena on Friday 14th at 5 o'clock."

Letter from John Wilson Fardell, The Offices, Market Street, Ryde, I.W., to John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/1963  10 February 1898

"I have duly received the probate of Sir Henry Oglander's will and I have produced all the deeds required to the purchaser of Sir Robert Fitzroy's farm. I propose next time I am coming to Nunwell to bring over the whole of the deeds, which really are the main set of title deeds of the estate, so that you may have them all in your custody. I saw Mrs. Pakenham Mahon this afternoon and I am glad to hear that Mrs. Oglander is better."

Memorandum from C. Lyon to John H. G. Oglander (written on Army Form C.348)  OG/CC/1964  10 February 1898

"This is an extract which Stokes has taken from one of Conan Doyle's books. He thinks it may be interesting to you if you have not seen the book, and wondered how Doyle found out about it. Please excuse official paper.
P.161 of "The White Company" by Conan Doyle
"Coat of arms of mine uncle Sir John Leighton of Shropshire, who married the widow of Sir Henry Oglander of Nunwell". (Sir Nigel Loring was his name; name of nephew)"

Letter from George H. Redcliffe, Chapter Clerk's Office, The Sanctuary, Westminster Abbey, to John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/1965  16 February 1898

"Rev. E. A. & Mrs. Gray's Marriage Settlement Trust. There have recently been transferred into the names of yourself and the Rev. J. H. Brown as trustees of the above settlement, the following sums of stock.
£10,873 1s. 2d. Consols
£ 333 6s. 8d. Bank Stock
£ 3,333 6s. 8d. Royal Exchange Assurance Stock.
These represent the one third share of Mrs. Gray in the residuar estate of her grandfather W. C. Towers, Esq., which become divisable on the death of the late Canon Brown in August last. I am sending herewith for your signature forms of request for transmission of the dividends to Mr. Gray's bank, as desired by Mrs. Gray. I also send for execution by your ten deeds of Release of the Trustees of Mr. Tower's will on handing over the above sums of stock and retiring from the Trust."

Letter from F. C. & J. Fardell, Market Street, Ryde, to John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/1966  17 February 1898

"As the result of our interview with Mr. Barton we have today received the enclosed letter from him. We have told him that we cannot accept the same without your instructions. The order is for £925 of which we have already expended £155, therefor the amended tender will work out at £35 in excess of the Order of Court. Of course when the work is completed and application is made for payment, the Chief Clerk may amend the order so as to include the additional expenditure on production of the evidence which we have that we were unable to get the work done for a less sum, than that now named. We thank you for your letter in regard to Whitefield Cottage and have seen Day today and given him the necessary instructions."

Letter from John Fardell, The Offices, Market Street, Ryde, I.W., to John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/1967  24 February 1898

"Fairy Hill Roads.
I have drawn the contract and have written Mr. Barton to call to sign it tomorrow morning. I will take the other part with me to Newport on Saturday on the chance of meeting you and so obtaining your signature thereto. I have made the contract out for the amount of the revised tender, and I propose to meet the difficulty as to the price by omitting in the execution of the works that part which relates to the curbing and channelling of the Ryde Road extension, the cost of which will be deducted from the final certificate. The matter can then be explained to the Chief Clerk, when application for payment is made to him. As regards the payments to be made to the contractor from time to time, I think I can personally meet them without inconvenience and so avoid the necessity of an application to the Bank. I am glad to say that I have at last received the draft conveyance from the solicitors to Mitchell's trustees, which I have approved and they have now my draft conveyance to yourself under consideration. This matter, therefore, will very shortly be completed."

Copy letter from John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W., to Rev. W. H. Richards [Vicar of St. Helens]  OG/CC/1968  11 April 1898

"I have long heard complaints that the fabric of St. Peters Chapel, Sea View is neglected and I have noticed that the ground to the south, which the lease provides should be kept as an ornamental shrubbery is planted as allotment land and the railings much broken. Of course the lessees are the persons responsible to me for observing the covenants, but as you are I believe in occupation by arrangement with them, I do not wish to do anything without informing you and I now write to tell you I have instructed Mr. Fardell no longer to give any indulgence with regard to payment of rent or neglect of other covenants. At the same time I am willing now to devote any rent recovered to a fund for the benefit of the church in Sea View in the event of a separate ecclesiastical district being formed there.
P.S. I shall be very glad if you show this letter to your churchwardens"

Letter from Joan Oglander, c/o Hon. Sydney Annersley, 3 Leicester Gardens, Hyde Park, London, W., to her mother, Florence Oglander, [c/o S. Strickland], 94 Elm Park Gardens, London, S.W  OG/CC/1968A  11 May 1898

"I think perhaps you will like a line from me as I shall not see you for a few days. This morning Nellie and I went to Whitely's to get a toy for Dorothy Annersly as it is her birthday, and she is coming here this afternoon. To morrow afternoon I am very likely going to hear the band at the Institute with Mrs. Williams, she is going to let us know for certain, it is very kind of her to think of it isn't it? I am writing this letter very badly for two reasons - 1st because I am sitting at a very little table (which for a short person like me is very comfortable) and 2ndly I am in a hurry as it is nearly luncheon time. To morrow we are going a large party to the play to night, Mabel, Miss Scarlett, Nellie, Arthur and my self are going. I wont forget to write to Lady Hutt to morrow. Best love to Father, g:mother, g:father and the over grown chits [sic] I remain your very loving 'Elizabeth Jonas' I am feeling better today."

Letter from John Fardell, Market Street, Ryde, to John H.G. Oglander, 94 Elm Park Gardens, London  OG/CC/1969  16 May 1898

"I am pleased to be able to tell you that I have completed the exchange and sale of land at Sandown. I have promised the purchasers solicitors to obtain your undertaking to pay the 8th and final instalment and the Succession and Estate Duty. I accordingly enclose the same for your signature. I am glad to say that we have enquiries about 4 or 5 plots on the Fairy Hill estate, but as I understand you are returning to the Island in about a fortnights time, there is no reason to worry you at the present time, about the same."
[Endorsed: 2 Victoria Road, Sandown]
Note: The Oglanders stayed with the Stricklands in Elm Park Gardens from 5 May to 18 May, whilst Joan stayed with the Sydney Annesley's in Leicester Gardens until the 13th when she went to Lady Hutts until the 20th when she went back to Nunwell. On the 18th the Oglanders went to Baileys Hotel and did not return to Nunwell until the 27th May.

Letter from Joan Oglander, Southlands, Ryde, I.W., to her father, John H. G. Oglander, Esq., Bailey's Hotel, Gloucester Road, London  OG/CC/1969A  21 May 1898

"We arrived home quite safely on Friday evening. Every thing is looking so pretty at home. I went to see my garden this morning. I am rather disapointed my seeds have not come up as much as I had hoped they would. I went in to the peach house, the peaches are getting very well, they was one white Heart cherry ripe after seeing that I hastily left the house!! I also looked at Mother's little fig tree which is getting on splendidly, there such a lot of figs on it. The lilacs are out and look lovely. Wickens began bedding out this morning, he says that until now the weather has been too rough. When I was driving in this morning Henry told me a very sad tale about the ducks, he says that one night a dog came and killed eight and the biggest chick and another night a rat came and killed 2 ducks. Please excuse this writing but I've got such a horrid scratchy new [nib]. Mrs. & Miss Tottenham are staying here, this afternoon we went for a drive in the Osborn grounds. Admiral Hornby got an order. I found my dogs and parrots very flourishing, the latter are making a dreadful row. Please write to me soon, dear Daddy. I remain, with heaps and heaps of love, your loving daughter, 'Elizabeth Jonas!! Lady Hornby sends her love."

Letter from Joan Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W., to her father, John H. G. Oglander, [Baileys Hotel, London]  OG/CC/1969B  24 May 1898

"Thank you so much for your very very nice letter. I am glad you liked mine. We went to look at the tennis court last night, it looks quite alright now. Do you think we might play tennis on it, I do want to so badly. If you do think it is all right will you write to Wickens about marking it out, and I suspose [sic] if he does not think it ready to play on, he will tell me. Thank you for sympathizing about my garden, Wickens says he will try and spare a few geraniums but he says he is rather short of them. This morning I had a letter from Aunt Susan, thanking me for flowers which I am sorry to say I did send her!! [sic] She enclosed a letter for you. Yesterday I had a letter from Mrs. Lyon asking Miss Wallis and I to go with her to see the Queen's Birthday Parade of the Militia, so accordingly this morning at a quarter to 10 o'clock we set off in the dog cart. It was very amusing, they fired a feu de joi. They have asked us again on Friday to see another Parade and to help them with a tea party of small children. I asked Mrs. Lyon to let me let her know if I can come as I did not know if you and Mother would mind my being out when you arrived. Please let me know as soon as you can if you would as you see I have to let Mrs. Lyon know. Did you forget to send me part of your letter? because you did not end up at all and broke off in the middle of the about what train you were coming on! I will certainly tell W. he may pick me the cherry. With best love to you and Mother, your loving E. Jonas"

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W., to the Bishop of Winchester  OG/CC/1970  30 June 1898

"Complaints still reach me with regard to St. Peters Chapel, Seaview. I am told on good authority that the litany has not been said there since last September and that on Whitsunday a congregation of some 50 persons assembled for early communion but no minister attended and they disperced. With respect to the fabric, I am told it is dirty in the interior and I see it on the outside and I see that the east window is broken and the railings round the ground attached - broken and neglected - damage being patched with what appears to be part of an old bedstead. I am the freeholder of the fabric - It is subject to a rent charge of £13. Mr. Glynn is, I believe, the surviving assignee of the lease and has allowed the vicar possession of the building on his undertaking to discharge the services, burdens, etc. The ground attached is leased for ornamental shrubbery, but is used for growing potatoes, etc. The adjacent school building is let by me to the Vicar and others as yearly tenants at rent of £10. In consideration of the use of these buildings in connection with the Church of England, I have for many years directed my agent not to press for rent of church (further than was necessary to preserve rights of my settled estate) The school rent has been paid, but returned with a further sum, as subscription by me. The arrears of rent would now, I believe, exceed £100. About 3 months since I wrote to the vicar informing him that in consequence of the state of the church, I had directed my agent to collect the rent and enforce the covenants, but that I was willing to give the money to church purposes at Seaview in the event of a district being formed. He has not replied to my letter. The lessee (W. Glynn) declines to take action and I am advised my only course is to seize the property in the building for rent or recover possession in the event(which is the case) of it being insufficient to discharge the rent. I regret having to take such measures and have waited with some patience trusting that the vicar might have yielded to the influence of your Lordship, who extends to him the indulgence of extra parochial residence. I forsee that my action may result in the building being closed for Church of England service and wish I could see any other course which in the interests of the inhabitants of Seaview and of my property there would terminate the existing state of things. So before proceeding have thought it right to inform your Lordship of the position of matters."
Endorsed " Added names and addresses of parishioners and resident Sir W. & Lady Hunt Grubbe, Mrs. Lawson, Mr. & Mrs. Brooke, Mr. Ring, Captain Sam Mathews, Madeira Road, Mr. Watson (House Agent)."

Letter from C. E. Hoyle, Bishop's Chaplain, Farnham Castle, Surrey, to John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/1971  2 July 1898

"The Bishop of Winchester desires me to say that he is obliged to you for writing to him as you have done and that he feels the only course open to him - in order to reply at all adequately is to send on your letter to Mr. Richards. He would be glad to know, therefore, if he has your permission to do this."

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W., to the Bishop's Chaplain  OG/CC/1972  4 July 1898

"In reply to yours of 2nd instant, I cannot object to the Bishop stating to Mr. Richards any fact related in my letter and if necessary giving my name as his authority. I should prefer that my letter should not be forwarded, as I gave without permission the names of some residents at Seaview through whom (being parishioners) I thought the Bishop might satisfy himself as to the state of affairs there. I am not a parishioner, but only the reversioner of the leasehold building used for Church of England services. I have long given indulgences I do not extend to the lessees of dissenting chapels, yet find complaints are brought to me by members of the church congregation, which have no counterpart from the nonconformist ones and I conclude that since the church services fail to satisfy many - the building is not answering the purpose for which it was leased and that I am justified in withdrawing the indulgences. But I see the possible scandal of a building used as a church for about 40 years being closed if I insist on the covenants of the lease and before finally deciding I wished to afford the bishop an opportunity, if he thinks fit, of influencing the vicar to comply with the wishes of the Seaview residents. I was sorry to write to the Bishop about a matter which I know has troubled him before, but I was anxious not to take an apparently harsh course without giving him my reasons."

Letter from the Bishop's Chaplain, C. E. Hoyle, Farnham Castle, Surrey, to John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/1973  5 July 1898

"Thank you for your letter. The Bishop is away from home and will be for several days too busily engaged to find much time for correspondence, but I am sure he will write as soon as he can to Mr. Richards on the subject of your letter. He will, of course, respect your wish and will not mention the names you gave. I imagine from your letter that you will not take action until the Bishop has been able to communicate with Mr. Richards."
Endorsed 6 July 1898 with J. H. G. Oglander's reply
"I certainly will defer action until reasonable time for communication has lapsed. I assure you that I have no personal hostility to Mr. Richards and that I gave the list of Seaview names because I feared the Bishop would identify me with [my brother] Mr. Glynn's feud with Richards and that I simply wished to see Church property served, the covenants of my lease kept and the congregation satisfied. I venture to say that after long years of dissatisfaction I thought the least that would satisfy them would be a seperate curate to have charge there."

Letter from John Carthew Hennah, Devonshire Villa, East Cowes Park, East Cowes, I.W., to his cousin, John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/1974  11 July 1898

"I was indeed pleased to receive your kind letter this morning. I felt certain in my own mind on Thursday that there was some good reason for your disappearance so quickly after the meeting. As you had always been so kind to me I thought nothing of it. Rode over the downs on my bike and hearing in Brading you would be speaking I thought I should like to hear you, which I was very pleased I did. I am quite sure by your getting about among the people it will let them see and know that you have their welfare at heart. I think with you that Edwards interroled [?] the people but as you say poor old Burham could hardly be heard. I am sorry to hear that Mrs. Oglander still has such indifferent health, as I am afraid it must take much from her which might otherwise be so enjoyable. I knew Parmiter, farther, when I was living in Essex some years ago and also John, the Curate, slightly and the last time I was here I called on them at Brading. I will certainly when I am over your way again be pleased to call to see you, as you and I have both spent many happy days together in the dear old place and with one of the sweetest and kindest of women - I mean Lady Oglander - one does not forget these things."

Letter from Randall, Bishop of Winchester, Farnham Castle, Surrey, to John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/1975  15 July 1898

"I have been in correspondence with Mr. Richards. He tells me that he at once explained and (from the pulpit) apologised for the mistake about the service (or lack of service) at the celebration on Whit Sunday. He assures me this is the only occasion, during these many years, that such an accident (due to a misunderstanding between himself and his curate) has occurred. He further says that he is perfectly ready to have the Litany read but that he misunderstood it to be the special wish of the congregation that the service should be a short one. As regards the financial part of the matter - as to the tenure of the buildings etc - it does not seem possible for me appropriately to intervene and I am, as I believe, powerless in the event of your deciding to close the chapel. This matter of Seaview and its interminable and painful strifes is precisely one of those in which it seems to be popularly supposed that the Bishop has far more power than he does legally possess. I fear the question between Mr. Richards and Mr. Glynn has become largely a personal one. It is true that I have not revoked the leave given, not by me but by my predecessors, to Mr Richards as to his place of residence. I find Bishop Thorold asked (whether rightly or wrongly) as he did on account of what he understood to be the circumstances in which Mr. Richards was compelled against his will to vacate his previous residence, and if there is to be any sustained and consecutive action in a Diocese, it is nearly impossible for an incoming Bishop (when the circumstances remain as before) to reverse the actions of his predecessors to such a case. No one can deplore the miserable condition of matters more deeply than I do and I have tried in vain to get mattes straight."

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W., to the Bishop of Winchester  OG/CC/1976  22 July 1898

"I am obliged to you for your letter of 15th which I have carefully considered and I appreciate the difficulties which surround the question of Seaview. As I am not a resident parishioner, I doubt whether I was right in mentioning the matter of services to you, but I am tired of telling inhabitants they should complain to your Lordship and not to me. With regard to your reference to the personal feeling between Mr. Glynn and Mr. Richards - I quite had that view until I resided in this Island, but since I have taken part in the local meetings etc. I must say that personal feeling is not first introduced by Mr. Glynn who often declines to notice attacks and I believe does not communicate with Mr. Richards. With respect to the leave to reside outside the parish granted by your Lordship's predecessor - you say it was "on account of the circumstances in which Mr. Richards was compelled against his will to leave his previous residence". If so Bishop Thorold could hardly have been aware that Mr. Richards repeatedly expressed to me his wish to leave Fairy Hill - that he (about 1891) insisted on terminating a 21 year lease he held and took a new one expressly providing that it might be terminated by either party at 6 months notice and that he expressed dissatisfaction with Fairy Hill and negotiated for the purchase of Westridge long before I gave him notice. It was partly in consequence of these expressions on his side and partly because I was convinced by Mr. Grose Smith and others that my renewal of his lease (though beneficial to me) was injuring the parish - that I decided to give him notice. He was a good tenant and I took a course most disagreeable to myself as well as involving a pecuniary sacrifice - but I treated him with all consideration, writing nearly a year before hand - and certainly Mr. Glynn had nothing to do with my action and I did not mention it to him until several months later. I venture to submit to your Lordship that if your predecessor thought my treatment of Mr. Richards in this matter justified an indulgence, which binds you and may prejudice the parish - it was unfortunate that he acted on an exparte statement and gave me no opportunity of explanation. On the whole I have decided that by requiring the lease of Seaview chapel to be observed, I shall either ensure the repair of the fabric - or be put in possession of it, which would eliminate one factor, i.e. the lessee - from this difficult question. It may be that a subscription to put the church in order will afford a rough test of the number of parishioners who are content at present and should it prove that the vicar is numerically supported, there will be an answer to those who make complaints. I assure your Lordship that, though I must confess the legal action I am taking may involve procedure I much regret with regard to a building long used for church worship - yet it is the course which to the best of my judgement may have some chance of resolving a position of affairs at Seaview, deplored by those who wish well to the place and the interests of the Church of England there."

Letter from Alfred R. C. Richings, United Service Club, Pall Mall East, London, S.W., to his cousin, John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/1977  22 July 1898

"It is some time since we have had any correspondence with regard to the trusts of my aunt Matilda Oglander's will. I well remember that we had to pay John Hennah the interest on a Government Annuity of £50 a year and that as old Mr. Blake of Newport had always acted for the Hennahs and had practically had charge of John Hennah's affairs we (at his request and that of his brother, Charles, arranged with the National Debt Office to pay Blake the money and I signed the declaration which Blake or John Hennah sent me) obtained the annuity warrant and sent it on to Blake who doled out John Hennah's money to him, as he wanted it. You will also remember that I undertook to do this as my name came first in the Trust and you did not wish to have any unnecessary correspondence with Blake. The declaration describes me as co-proprietor with John H. O. Glynn in which names the account at the Bank of England stands. I have, therefore, not thought it necessary to send on a warrant or the declaration to you for your counter signature. Now that old Blake is dead I want to be out of young Blake's hands. I have obtained the declaration and sent it to John Hennah direct for him to get the Vicar of his parish to sign as usual and I propose to send the warrant to you for your signature so that the Bank can in future send the money direct to John Hennah. I propose, (I suppose with your concurrence) to write to Blake junior and tell him so, otherwise he will be sending another declaration for John to sign. Perhaps also I had better see or write to Charles Hennah and tell him about it. I certainly don't think it desirable for John to go on having anything to do with young Blake. I will, therefore, send you the warrant when I receive it from the National Debt Office to countersign if you approve of this course. I do not think that any harm has been done in paying the money to Blake as we did at John Hennah's and his brother's request, but I think we might as well pay it direct to him in future and perhaps it will be as well for you to countersign the cheque."

Draft letter from John H. G. Oglander to the Bishop of Winchester  OG/CC/1978  1 August 1898

"Since writing to you on 22nd ult. I read in the local papers that Mr. Richards has circulated a pamphlet advocating the formation of a seperate district of Sea View and the collection of funds for the purpose. I doubt an appeal by Mr. Richards for funds proving successful. I think it just possible, however, that your Lordship may know of some person who could offer (as Mr. Wesley did) to procure funds and accept the charge. I write, therefore, to say that in the event of a district being formed and your Lordships finding a new incumbant, I am willing to surrender my interest in St. Peters Chapel of Ease. Mr. Glynn writes me that he would certainly raise no objection, so far as his reversion is concerned. I should also be willing in case of a sufficient subscription for endowment can be raised to give £200 to it. In the meantime as Mr. Richards declines to observe the covenants of his lease, I must as a matter of business proceed against the lessee."

Letter from N. Haigh, The Close, Winchester, to John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/1979  3 August 1898

"I am much obliged for the extract from the "Observer". I have also procurred a copy of Mr. Richards pamphlet. He seems now to be willing to agree to the separation which he once opposed. But would the Patrons agree, do you think? I also see your difficulty about the person who is to ask for subscriptions. From the Sea View point of view, the separation is most desirable."

Letter from Alfred R. C. Richings, 3 New Square, Lincoln's Inn, London, W.C., to his cousin John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/1980  3 August 1898

"Thanks for your letter and the enclosures countersigned. I agree with you that your signature was not necessary to make payment as my bank always paid me on mine alone, but as we are not this time paying John Hennah through Blake I was rather glad that you should also sign. I have obtained a request from John asking us to pay him direct in future and not thro' Blake or any agent. I have today paid the warrants into my account at my bank and when I hear that the Bank of England will not cause any delay owing to the change of name I will send John my cheque and obtain his receipt."

Letter from William A. Glynn, Seagrove, Seaview, I.W, to his brother, John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/1981  [4 August 1898

"Your cheque to hand with thanks. As to Richards, his circular is full of falsehoods as you might expect from him. Mrs. Hayet has left me a copy of it. I am away for another week returning on Thursday and if you come over on Friday 12th I can point out mistakes. He certainly draws the conclusion you state, though I don't think he means to do so. I have no faith in Bishops and should not give a donation. The present Winchester I regard as having convinced me that they are not to be depended upon. The lessons I have learned have taught me to be wiser than to interest myself in Church matters at Seaview and it must be something unusual to draw me into it again - a few years since, in Mr. Wesley's case, it is true I should have done so. He would have been just the man to suit the people, but he has taken a living elsewhere, I believe and times have changed. I don't know where the money required to form a district would now come from and at the least £1,500 would be required - so far as my reversion is concerned, I should certainly raise no objection. There can be no harm in your going for the Bishop - worry him by all means - the more the better. I thought you were going to write to him, as to closing the Church. I see Richards in his circular states he purposely does not pay the ground rent. My impression is that it would be the best thing to do - to make the people feel what a curse he is to the place."

Letter from Minnie Cochrane, Quarr Abbey, Ryde, I.W., to John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading  OG/CC/1982  21 August 1898

"Many thanks for your kind letter. I shall love to go over and see the old papers very much, but I am afraid I must wait till next month as I have a good deal of waiting to do this week, and until the Queen goes. The Princess [Beatrice] to whom I read your letter is much interested in your kind suggestions."

Letter from William A. Glynn, Seagrove, Seaview, I.W., to his brother, John H. Oglander  OG/CC/1983  21 August 1898

"Mr. Hinch who is interesting himself regarding repairs etc. to the church asked me today, regarding endowment. I told him if he finds £1,500 for endowment and seperation of the district and the patronage is given to Keble College, Oxford, I should not object to handing over my interests and I thought you would do so also. Probably Hinch may write to you."

Letter from Randall, Bishop of Winchester, Farnham Castle, Surrey, to John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/1984  22 August 1898

"Since I received your letter I have gone into the matter carefully with Mr. Lee, who of course knows all the legal facts and I have been considering whether any fresh suggestion can be made. I am not sure that I quite clearly understand your offer to make the ground and building "free" in the event of a district being formed and my finding a new incumbent. I appreciate to the full your kind and generous readiness to be helpful in the matter, but the obstacles are, as you know, very grave. It occurs to me as possible that some such scheme as the following might be promoted.
1. The freehold of the building and of the ground on which it stands to be transferred to the Diocesan Trustees, a body now constituted expressly in order to hold property for church purposes
2. A curate in charge to be appointed by the Bishop of the diocese for the time being, this condition being in some way incorporated in the Trust under which the building would be held.
Such a plan would not involve the constitution of Seaview into an independent parish - an arrangement I think which might prove very unsatisfactory in case of a new incumbent succeeding Mr. Richards. The plan could not be carried into effect without the consent of Mr. Richards, but I should be ready to press upon him the desirableness of his giving such consent in the event of your finding it possible to comply with the other conditions. There would be other details which would require consideration and about these I should be ready to communicate with you if you tell me that the transfer of the Chapel and ground to the Diocesan Trustees is in your opinion possible."

Letter from Randall, Bishop of Winchester, Farnham Castle, Surrey, to John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/1985  25 August 1898

"I thank you cordially for your kind letter. I will give Mr. Lee your legal memorandum and ask his opinion. Do I understand that you will now consult Mr. Glynn and tell me the result in order that I may then consult with Mr. Richards? It is of course possible that Mr. Richards may decline to consent, but my hands would be obviously much strengthened in applying to him by the knowledge that no difficulties would arise either on the part of Mr. Glynn or yourself."

Letter from Joan Oglander, Steeple Aston, Oxford, to her Mother, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/1985A  28 August 1898

"We arrived here quite safly yesterday afternoon, I hope you got the wire alright. We had a most comfortable journey from Basingstoke to Oxford, we had the luck to get a lavatory carriage. Our coming by an early train involved more changes, and the guard told us that if we had started by the later train we should have caught the other train at Basingstoke. The trains seem to have been all together mad yesterday, we came on by a special from Basingstoke, and our luggage followed by the later train. Aunt Edith says that I have grown so much that I look like a woman dressed up as a child in a play! isn't she unkind I wonder if you had it wet all day at home, they don't seem to have had much rain here. I was very distressed when I remembered I had not said goodbye either to your child or to my two! [the dogs?] I hope yours is behaving well. I wonder darling Mummy how you are today, I hope you are not very tired. This morning Aunt E. and I went to church and stayed to Holy Communion. Aunt E. is very sad because Daisy is losing all her front teeth! (between you and me and the door post I think it is a good thing!!) Aunt E. sends you her love. With lots to you and Father"

Letter from Joan Oglander, Steeple Aston, Oxford, to her mother, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/1985B  29 August 1898

"Please send me some more tonic, I have only four more doses left and let me know how often I have got to take it. I do hope not often it is so horrid. Later this morning Uncle B[ertram] and I are going to bike to the warren. This afternoon Aunt E[dith] and I are going for a drive. Lots of love to you, Father and Armie
P.S. Please ask Armie if she has not already sent my parcel to send me my knitting needles which I think are in the west room chest of drawers and also some of my grey wool wound in a ball, and also my silver thimble which will be somewhere!!"

Letter from William Anthony Glynn, Golfers Club, Whitehall Courts, S.W., to his brother, John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/1986  31 August 1898

"I will stand by that which I have assented to do, but it appears to me that the Bishop is driving at that which so far as I can see at present would only patch up the matter during Richards' tenure of St. Helens and would not be good enough to tempt us to give up our offer in St. Peter's. The Bishop, I consider, very far from strong. I do not profess to know how the matter would stand by his scheme, but I am satisfied Seaview should have its own district and not be liable at any future time to the miserable state of affairs of the last 25 years. All the other Bishops thought as we do. I expect to be down at Sea Grove on Saturday."

Copy letter from John H. G. Oglander to his brother, William A. Glynn  OG/CC/1987  2 September 1898

"I understand yours of 31 August as meaning that you adhere to what you wrote "that so far as your reversion was concerned you would certainly raise no objection" but you wish to restrict that consent to the case of a separate district being endowed. I quite think with you that considering the local feelings, it would be more advantageous to Sea View to become a new parish but it seems to me that there are so many difficulties in the way of separation, that it would be wise for us to accept a curate in charge - if that means immediate emancipation from Mr. Richards - rather than drift on with the Church so inadequately answering the needs of the place. The difficulties in the way of separation seem to be
1. The final endowment
2. Objections of the Bishop to divide an already small and ill endowed parish
3. Objections by patrons, by the vicar or by Grose Smith representing St. Helens and the local population.
Several of them might be avoided by the appointment of a "Curate in Charge" during Richards' tenure of St. Helens. Of course there would be the chance of Eton Coll: making another unfortunate appointment to St. Helens - so there would be of a Bishop being mistaken in the choice of a separate incumbent for Sea View, but times have changed. I doubt whether a second Richards exists and we might I think trust Eton to be more fortunate next time. At any rate what I would urge on your consideration is that by accepting the Bishops proposal we should now oust the blight of Richards' authority and avoid the difficulties of getting endowment and many [covenants?] to the formation of a district. As to our duty as trustees you know the difficulty of enforcing a rent from such a building - and if by its enfranchisement we secured an independent clergyman at once I think you will agree with me, we should benefit our Trust estate and the whole neighbourhood. I see nothing in the appointment of a curate in charge to hinder the future foundation of a separate district by this or any future Bishop. On the contrary I should say that it will be an experimental step in that direction: and I should be glad if you would again think over, whether we should not be wise to co-operate and accept as much as we can now get in the direction of separation, rather than put a spoke in the wheel, which the Bishop at length offers to make turn. I should be glad of an answer as soon as you can decide - otherwise the Bishop will think that when he writes promptly we are slow in conveying our answer to his proposals."

Letter from George H. Radcliffe, The Sanctuary, Westminster Abbey, to John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/1988  2 September 1898

"Rev. E. A. & Mrs. Gray's marriage settlement Trust Rev. J. T. Brown, deceased.
You may recollect that in your recent visit here I mentioned that Mrs. Gray's share of the residuary estate of her late father would have to be transferred to the Trustees of her marriage settlement, in pursuance of her covenant to settle after-acquired property. The estate has now been wound up and Mrs. Gray's share there have been allocated the following securities: £1,739 Consols - £400 G.W.R. 5% Rent Charge Stock; £200 G.W. Railway 5% Guarrantee Stock. The Consols have already been placed in the names of yourself and your co-trustee (the Rev. Joseph Henry Brown) and I am now enclosing the transfer of the G.W. Railway Stocks for execution by you. It has already been executed by all the other parties and I shall be much obliged if you will also execute it in the usual way in the presence of a witness. Annexed to the transfer is the dividend order directing the Company to transmit the dividends to Mr. Gray's Bank, as is desired. I will also ask you to sign this, where indicated. The 3rd document enclosed is the account of the Executors of the late Canon Brown and the scheme of division of his residuary estate. This has already been approved and signed by the Residuary Legatees, but the executors wish also to have the approval and signatures of the daughter's Trustees. I have therefore endorsed on the account a memorandum for the trustees signature which your co-trustee has already signed and I shall be much obliged (if you approve) by your also signing where I have pencilled your name. I may mention that I myself having carried out the winding up of the estate, I can vouch for the figures being correct and everything being in order. I enclose an addressed envelope for your conveniance in returning the documents."

Letter from Joan Oglander, Hill House, Steeple Aston, near Oxford, to her father, John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading  OG/CC/1989  8 September 1898

"Thank you very much for your letter. I am very glad you are going to give the tennants (sic) party. I think it will be very amusing. How is dear Mother. I do hope she is better. Please excuse this writing, but I am lying down and it is very difficult to write. Major Carlton, a friend of Aunt Edith's came to play tennis with me this morning at 11. You can imagine it was pretty hot! We had a splendid set. We were very even, but he finally won. The heat is dreadful here. The thermometer in the very coolest part of the shade is 83! I expect the heat is very bad in the Island. Major Carlton was telling us this morning of a place in India where it was sometimes 120 in the shade. Mrs. Carlton said that in one place where they were it used to be 99 in the house. Mrs. Carlton is very nice - She is French. This morning I heard from Miss Wallis. She very much wanted to know which day we are going to begin lessons. I wrote her a post card this morning and told her I did not know but I thought it might possible be on the Monday after I come home and I said I would ask Mother to let her know. Will you tell Mother this please? Tomorrow morning Major Carlton is coming to play tennis with me again - isn't that nice. I am reading a book now called "Barnaby Rudge" by Dickens - very exciting. Now I must stop. With best love to you, Mother, Uncle B. Jamieson, Frolic, Tim and Baby Sax. You loving Jinkee Bilebo!!
P.S. Dear Daddy. You are not to worry about my bike. I quite understand about your wanting to wait until I've stopped growing. Very best love to Bimbo."

Letter from Joan Oglander, Steeple Aston, Oxford, to her Mother, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/1989A  10 September 1898

"Thank you so much for your letter. I am very glad you are a little better. I shall be seriously angry if you are not all right on Wednesday!! Mr. Strickland gave me 10/-. I have got it all writen on a piece of paper. I am alone this evening, Aunt Edith has gone for a bike ride with Major Carlton and Miss Vincent. As they all ride very fast, I thought I had better stay at home! Yesterday I drove Mrs. Carlton in her pony cart to Sandford and back. She was so nervous, it was very funny, and the pony was very quiet. I must tell you about it when I come home. It was so horrid on Wednesday night. There was a fair in the village quite close to us - swing boats - merry go rounds - shooting at bottles etc. - and there was a most awful hurdy gurdy which did nothing but play from 7 o'clock till 11 o'clock - "Two little girls in blue". Aunt E. and I seriously thought we should go mad! It was useless to attempt sleep. I do hope my annoying little friend won't come too soon like last time. Would it not be dreadful if it came on the day of the Woodstock show, I s'pose I should go shouldn't I? Post going, great hurry"

Letter from Joan Oglander, Steeple Aston, Oxford, to her Mother, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/1989B  11 September 1898

"I am quite well! Nothing to tell you! Please tell M[ary] F[orsyth] when you see her to write to me. Please write to me."

Letter from Joan Oglander, Steeple Aston, Oxford, to her Mother, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/1989C  12 September 1898

"You are a very naughty Mummy not to have written to me! I expected a letter from you this afternoon. Aunt Edith is disappointed also, at not having heard from Uncle Bertram. Will you please tell him so! Yesterday morning Frankie sent me an invite to the wedding! I do wish I were going to be there don't you? I do feel so disappointed, it would have been so nice to have been his bridesmaid. Have you settled what to give him yet? The Miss Ogles and their two nieces have gone on an expedition to Warrick to see the castle. They are going to train from here to Leamington and have luncheon then bike from Leamington to Warrick - 1 mile about. Have tea, and so over the castle and bike back from Warrick to Banbury as they said about 12 miles, and then train home from Banbury. They very much wanted us [to] go with them. This morning Aunt E. and I had nearly settled to go and we were looking at the map just to make certain it was not too far for me when lo' and behold we found it was 19 miles instead of 12 from Warrick to Banbury! so of course that put it out of the question for me. Wasn't it luck I had not gone. We are very much disappointed. This afternoon we are going up to the Warren on our bikes to get blackberries. I do hope you are better dearest Mother, With best love to you and father.
P.S. Please have some more throat paint ready for me when I come"

Letter from Joan Oglander, Steeple Aston, Oxford, to her Mother, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/1989D  13 September 1898

"I am very much looking forward to seeing you tomorrow. I heard from Mary this morning so I will let her off a scolding this time! Love to Father, Frolic, Fun & Sax, and please tell the latter I am coming home"

Letter from William A. Glynn, Seagrove, Seaview, I.W., to his brother, John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/1990  17 September 1898

"I considered your letter was answered by my previous reply and you understood it correctly. I do not consider the Bishop's suggestion a wise one. It might meet his views of getting something done for the present but it would not settle matters - except as regards Richards and all influence you and I now have would be lost. I stand by my answer to Mr. Hinch. If the Bishop wishes a mere curate in charge, in my opinion he would have the means of getting that at the present time and possibly you and I would not raise objection to his taking the services in the building, but it would cease on a new vicar to St. Helens being appointed."

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, to the Bishop of Winchester  OG/CC/1991  [About 18 September 1898]

"St. Peter's Chapel, Seaview.
I at last received a letter from my brother, Mr. Glynn, yesterday definitely declining to give up his interest in the reversion on the lease - unless a separate district is constituted. I much regret this as my own wish is only to strengthen your Lordship's hands in any remedy you may think right to apply to the case of this unfortunate place. I am still willing so far as my powers go with respect to the building to co-operate in your plan, for assigning a district to a Curate in Charge simply and I trust your Lordship may see your way to some course which will terminate the present state of affairs. I hope to attend the Thursday meeting of the Diocesan Conference."

Letter from Randall, Bishop of Winchester, Farnham Castle, Surrey to John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/1992  21 September 1898

"I thank you for your letter. I am exceedingly sorry that Mr. Glynn declines to let the proposal I made go forward. I have talked the matter over afresh with the Archdeacon and he agrees with me in thinking that we should not act rightly in legally separating Sea View at present from St. Helens. A new incumbant might feel that we had wronged him greatly by so doing, and a vigorous man with a good curate might throw life into both Seaview and St. Helens. My proposal was intended to meet present difficulties and I am exceedingly sorry it has come to nought. I have to thank you for your care and courtesy in the matter. I wish it had bourne better fruit."

Letter from John Fardell, The Offices, Market Street, Ryde, I.W., to John H. G. Oglander, Victoria Hotel & Baths, Woodhall Spa, Lincoln  OG/CC/1993  10 October 1898

"I thank you for your letter and am glad to say that I am now almost well again. I also thank you for your kind invitation on Thursday next and have written Mrs. Oglander expressing my thanks and accepting. On receipt of your letter of the 6th my uncle saw Barton and gave him the directions to do what was necessary to the porch at Fairy Hill. There is no doubt the extreme drought is the cause, and it is within our knowledge that many other buildings on clay soil have suffered in a similar and more serious manner. Barton thinks that with wet weather it is probable the porch will almost go back to its original position, though it will probably be necessary to underpin it, so that the matter may be settled once and for all. You are quite right in regard to Trinder's stables. This was merely a lean-to and was built on land and not included in the coal store tenancy. A rental of £10 was charged for the coal store and an additional £2 when the stable was built. The entrance to the stable was through other land leased to Cook, but we have now arranged to give Trinder a seperate entrance. I enclose the leases to Greenham and Watson and shall be glad if you will kindly sign the same, as both parties are anxious to commence building. We have received notice from the Sandown Urban District Council to connect the cottages opposite the Gas Works at Sandown with the sewer recently constructed. We have obtained an estimate from Hayden, which we enclose for your approval. My uncle thinks it a reasonable one and should be accepted. The Rural District Council have applied for permission to erect a post at the crossroad at Whitefield, at one of the corners inside the wood and we propose writing them that the permission is granted subject to the Council undertaking to remove the same at any time, if requested. We have sent a cheque for £400 to your bankers to be placed to your credit. I have not noticed the petition of the St. Helens District Council, for a grant of the foreshore. I think it advisable that notice of yr. rights should be given to the Board of Trade."

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, Victoria Hotel & Baths, Woodhall Spa, Lincoln to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/1994  11 October 1898

"I was rather hurried in my letter this afternoon, as Arthur L. Melville was waiting to go for a walk. We did not get very far for it had turned so cold and now is really raining at last. I went to Church this evening and enjoyed the hymns which always make me think of you dear ones there. I suppose you did not attempt any church going today. I think, my dear, we had better go to London as early as you can in November, because you will want to be back a little before your Guild Show begins and Wheeler will want me to have a shooting party about 27th November. We have to get our birds shot sometime before Christmas otherwise they are poached and I don't want Bertram [Ogle] in December when the shooting is over. Melville was curious this afternoon to inspect a caravan which has been drawn up by the hotel stables for more than a week. As we passed it - just a regular gypsy van - a gentlemanlike voice said "would you not come and see the inside" so we said yes and got up into the van and found a lady lying down with an injured leg - quite a lady though evidently a very eccentric one. We found it was a Captain and Mrs. Barry. They have a house in Prince of Wales Terrace, Kensington and another in Surrey, but leave home at the end of July and go for a cruise upon wheels in their van. They travel with this van, a wagonette for a pair of horses and a bath chair for the lady and he wheels her to and from the baths in it - though they have a groom - Is not that rum? and must they not "pig it". I think even you and I would hardly care to take to life in a place about the size of a good sized bathing machine. I believe I go to Lincoln to lunch with Arthur L. Melville on Wednesday and see his garden etc., and on Saturday I go again and he drives me out to see the old house. There is quite a "talkable to" middle aged clergyman come now. So you see I am no longer so very solitary, but this day next week I hope to be on my ways to you, my darling."

Letter from T. L. Winthrop, London, to John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/1994A  11 October 1898

"We all enjoyed our visit at Roby last week, and came up to town on Saturday where I am nursing a cold, although I shall go home to the Island after tomorrow, whatever happens. One evening Lord Barnard put into my hand as I was going to dress for dinner, a volume entitled "A narration of the attempted escapes of King Charles 1st from Carisbrooke Castle", by one George Hillier, published by Bently in '52, which I found more entertaining and exciting than any novel. Of course you are acquainted with it! The author tells the story of the King's first going to the Island from Tichfield in a way that I am unaccustomed to, and appears to consider him as having been more perfectly free after reaching Carisbrooke than I had believed him. I must try to get a copy of the little book to keep. Your name of course is frequently mentioned. Mrs. Winthrop, please tell Mrs. Oglander, has found the little Vereker at Kilburn, apparently much better through the Churchill treatment by hydrophosphates that I had thought had been exploded as quackery a quarter of a century ago. I trust that Mrs. Oglander has benefitted by the cooler weather, and that you and Miss Joan are all that you could wish to be. It is foggy and chilly up here, but my people, and the Kinats who are next door at the Burlington, seem to stumble upon all of their friends at whom I only look out of the window. With kind remembrances and hopes to see you all soon again, I am, my dear Oglander"

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, Victoria Hotel & Baths, Woodhall Spa, Lincoln, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/1994B  16 October 1898

"I think you will still get a letter a few hours before I come tomorrow. Thank you for your dear letter and postcard I am so sorry I did not realise you wanted an answer about Rich - Of course I am always glad to see him and don't think he will interfere with our first day together again - Tuesday. I did plan to come so as to have a day at home before C.C. meeting on Wednesday. I enjoyed yesterday so much and Mrs. Jarvis took me over the house and was so nice and interested in her own house and its treasures. There is a very long gallery 95ft. long and no doubt you did go as a child from Thorney. I told her how you slept in the 'haunted room' there and she hoped if I ever brought you here that Mr. Melville would bring us both over to see Doddington - He is a burly good natured 'squire' and took me round the garden. When I told her you were rheumatic she was very anxious you should wear one of the magnetic rings - (Minnies theory) which she thought had done her more good than all the baths she had been to. My darling I hope by 8.45 tomorrow we shall be together again. Your arrangements seem quite perfect for meeting me. This is the first drizzly wet day since I left home. I got up early to have my bath before going to church but decided not to go in the rain as my rheumatic shoulder was bad last night and kept me awake. I must go and pack - 'Hooray'
P.S. How disgraceful of that postmaster to neglect a telegram and then conceal it - I shall certainly try to get it reported in London"

Letter from Rev. W. H. Richards, Westridge, Nr. Ryde, to John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/1995  19 October 1898

"Mr. Hutt observed to me yesterday that your brother was the owner of the ground on which the Sea View Chapel of Ease is built. May I ask you if he is correct?"

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W., to W. H. Richards, Westridge, Nr. Ryde, I.W  OG/CC/1996  21 October 1898

"In reply to your letter of 19th instant, Mr. Glynn is, I believe, the surviving assignee of the lease under which St. Peters Chapel is held from my late father's estate, called Fairy Hill. Mr. Glynn and I are the surviving Trustees of that estate and I am tenant for life in possession. There is a considerable arrear of rent due; and though I did not press for rent, while I understood the chapel supplied the requirements of that part of St. Helens parish satisfactorily, I have of late heard so much dissatisfaction expressed at the neglect of the building etc., that I, last spring, instructed Mr. Fardell to require Mr. Glynn to fulfil all the covenants of the lease."

Letter from Joan Oglander, Ryde, to her mother, Florence Oglander, Baileys Hotel, Gloucester Road, London, S.W  OG/CC/1996A  9 November 1898

"Dearest Mother [in mirror writing] Thank you so much for your letter. I was so glad to get it. I will answer it tomorrow"

Letter from Joan Oglander, Leavington House, Ryde, I.W., to her mother, Florence Oglander, Baileys Hotel, Gloucester Road, London, S.W  OG/CC/1996B  11 November 1898

"Thank you so much for your letter. I am so glad you did not tire your dear self too much with the journey. I am in the schoolroom by myself this afternoon for about an hour, because the others are out and my little friend has come. Bosh, Bah. It was a good thing I found it out because I was just going to start to bike into the Town, with Miss W: and M: and I feel very out of tune because itmight have waited till I had come back!! However you will be glad to know that I feel quite in tune when I remember that I shall be able to go to the dancing class. We are learning such a jolly new tambourine dance. You will be sorry to know that Aunt Kate is in bed with a chill today. Mr. Rich came to see her this morning, he says she will be well soon. (Lady Hornby is just driving in at the front gate, I suppose she has come to call). He asked me if I had got any more spots and I told him that I had not. Arn't you glad that Hilda Moreton is engaged to be married? Aunt Katie told me that the gentleman she is going to marry is very much older than she is. We looked it out in the big red book: and found that Hilda is only 20. Miss Wallis comes up every morning at 10.30 and we do lessons till one o'clock. M[arey] and I clean our bikes from as early as we can till ten 30. I hope Grandmother and Grandfather are well, please give them my love. Now I must stop as I ought to lie on the sofa. Best love to you, Father"

Letter from Joan Oglander, Leavington House, Ryde, to her father, John H. G. Oglander, Baileys Hotel, Gloucester Road, London  OG/CC/1996C  12 November 1898

"Thank you so much for your letter which I got this morning. I am sorry Aunt Susan did not like my not having been to see her. It seems to me that you and I are going to do a good deal on our travels. Won't we have larks!! I am glad you have seen Mr. & Mrs. Gilbert, how very odd the mode of hunting in Brussels is.' Your picture amused me. I am sorry Frisette's features resemble so closely a door mat (from your description of her she seems to be rather awkward). Please tell Grandpa' that it would be advisable I think to send her to a dancing class to make her graceful!! On Thursday the pony carriage fetched us home and Armie gave us some tea and chocolate cake and we rode back on our bikes. You will be glad to know that I have plenty of time to clean my precious bike. It is a most lovely day here just like summer. When are you going to stay with Mr. & Mrs. Strickland? Now I must stop. With lots of love"

Letter from Evelyn Price, 67 George Street, Ryde, I.W., to Florence Oglander, Bailey's Hotel, Gloucester Road, London, S.W  OG/CC/1997  15 November 1898

"I can quite understand your feeling down after all you go through to be told you are better, which of course is not the case, but really means that you are better than anyone can expect you to be after 12 months interval in your painful condition. You must try, as I know you can, to be very brave, and try to continue to bear your suffering until you get over the time when we can look for real improvement. No one knows better than I do how much you have to put up with and what a disappointment it is to you not to be able to get about and be more with your husband and child, but their devotion is so great for you that they would rather have you without a [stomach] and no legs than anyone else and if you underwent an operation and lost your life what must their position be then. Remember what I told you at Nunwell - you call in anybody you like and I will take you to them. All I want is to have the best done for you and I myself will do anything in the world for you. Kindest regards.
P.S. Joan very fit today."

Letter from Joan Oglander, [c/o Forsythe], Leavington House, Ryde, I.W., to her Mother, Florence Oglander, 94 Elm Park Gardens, London, S.W  OG/CC/1998  18 November 1898

"Thank you so much for your letter. I was very glad to get it and have quite forgiven you!! This afternoon Miss W. and I biked into the town and did some shopping. I went to Marvins to have my bicycle handles altered. Annie came to the dancing on Wednesday. I was so pleased to see her. She brought us some lovely flowers. The weather here is disgustingly horrid, muggy damp and cold! I hope you have not very bad fogs. I am glad you have heard from Frankie [Wemyss]. Please give him my love, when you write. Is it not a good thing that some fairness has been shown to poor Dreyfus? Rather hard luck on poor Nessie not being allowed to see cousin Edith. What fun she must be having at school. Please tell me when you write, what I ought to give Alice, before I go away. I will do my very best not to catch cold! I am going to write to Father on Sunday. Mary told Aunt Katie that Mr. Rich said apples are good for me, so I am commanded to eat an apple at every meal. I don't think I shall do badly. Mary is at this moment very busy writing to her beloved Daddy."

Letter from John Fardell, solicitor, Market Place, Ryde, I.W., to John H. G. Oglander, Esq., c/o S. Strickland Esq., 94 Elm Park Gardens, London, S.W  OG/CC/1999  22 November 1898

"I have taken time to consider your letter of the 18th inst: with the result that I have sent your reply to Mr. Stainer. I am of opinion that had the application to you been made by the man from whom the gun was actually taken, I should have advised you to return the same to him, because I think Russell exceeded his power in depriving him of the gun on someone elses land. As, however, you have the gun, it should be retained by you until application is made either by the man from whom it is taken or by the true owner. If Mr. Gibson claims the gun, he must satisfy you that it is his property."

Letter from Joan Oglander, Leavington House, Ryde, I.W., to her mother, Florence Oglander, 94 Elm Park Gardens, London, S.W  OG/CC/1999A  24 November 1898

"I have just got father's letter, I was in the middle of my music and when I had read it Miss Wallis and Mary were slightly astonished to see me get up from my chair and begin to dance and squak, I was so delighted to think that date is actually settled. When we start for Brussels, oh! it will be so lovely, but I do wish you were coming too, darling Mother.
Friday, 25th Nov. I meant to have finished this letter sent it yesterday [sic] but Aunt Katie said I had better wait till today as she was writing. Aunt Katie thinks we had better go home on Monday, as Wed. is an inconvenient day. I am going to write to Armie this evening to tell her when we are coming and to order the trolly for our luggage and if it is wet to ask Read [to] bring the carriage in for us. We think that is what you would like. Please tell me what I ought to give Alice when I go. Miss Wallis told me to remember her to you. She wants to know if you will get a metrenome with a bell for me. M. has got a very nice one. She got it at the Army & Navy. My present one is worn out. I am so very glad Arthur is coming, when is he coming? Oh Mother, the new tonic Mr. Rich has given me is too horrible for words, it is dark green and even more bitter than quinine! Now I must stop"

Letter from Joan Oglander, Leavington House, Ryde, to her father, John H. G. Oglander, 94 Elm Park Gardens, London, S.W  OG/CC/1999B  25 November 1898

"Thank you for your letter, you do write me such nice letters, dear Daddy. I do so want to give you a hug! never mind I shall soon. I do hope dear Mother's cold is better. We have been having horrid weather too, today however is lovely. This morning we went to Church and this afternoon we are going to pay a visit with Captain Forsyth to Mrs. Jeffrey and then we are going on the Pier.
Please give Mrs. Strickland my love and tell her that I promise not to talk much to her when I come back! Best love to darling Mother and please tell her I am aching to kiss her! Your loving "E.J. T.P.Pa:T
P.S. Please exuse this writing"

Letter from George Stainer, 93 High Street, Ryde, to John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/2000  1 December 1898

"I am sorry from your letter to find you could not see your way clear to show a little leniency on the matter of restoring the gun to its owner. As I have already told you, it was not mine but was in my charge. I saw a case in the paper the other week of several persons defrauding the revenue by selling intoxicants without a licence and although your name was among them, I was not sorry to see that you and they were not publicly disgraced - owing to the leniency of someone else. Could you not "go and do likewise" by a little Christian Charity or will you not relent until you have had "your pound of flesh"?

Letter from Rev. E. Summers, Brading Vicarage, I.W., to John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/2001  12 December 1898

"The two schoolmasters who we saw in London on Saturday week, having during this last week paid me a visit here, but I do not think that things tell in the way of any appointment. Mr. Potts has this day gone up to town to be inspected for an assistants post, for which he tells me he has been selected. If he is chosen, I must suggest that we find a substitute until we are suited here for I do not want to disturb this busy Christmas time with additional cares. His desiring to go at short notice has caused already much trouble and considerable expense. I have just done making up the club accounts and append how matters stand.
Clothing Club (connected with National School) Amount paid in £18 10s. 3d., the usual rule of bonus on this amounts to £3 19s. 6d. This bonus has always come from Nunwell.
Coal Club. (spreads over almost whole parish) The amount paid in by over 100 persons is this year £69 9s. 2d. The bonus on this at 2d. in the shilling is £9 1s. 9d. Over this sum I have as last year £3 from the Mone (dissenting) charity and £1 from Trinity Colleges offertory Rent, making a balance of £5 1s. 9d. to be found. A similar sum you paid last year. At one time this bonus was 3d. and the management of this club was one of Burtrams Acts of Service, but I think 2d. sufficient percentage. I was preaching at Bembridge last night. The Moreton wedding is creating much excitement and the Vicar is very busy, the chancel is small and is so furnished with Choir stalls that unless these can be shifted there will not be much room for the wedding party. You will, I suppose, be going. (Florence Oglander recorded in her diary on 14 December "Jack and Joan and I went to Bembridge to the wedding of Hilda Moreton [dau. of Colonel Augustus Moreton of Hillgrove, Bembridge] with Sir Simon Lockhart. A very pretty bright wedding. He is 49 and she is 20, but all seemed to forget that and Hilda looked so hansome and she and everyone else so happy. Sir Simon is a very fine looking man. We went to the house after the service." He died sp. in 1919.) With kind regards."

Letter from Charles Bullock, Brookside to John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/2002  23 December 1898

"Very many thanks for the couple of rabbits you gave me on Wednesday. I like to see the sport as well as ever I did and am only sorry I am not able to come to help beat. Some time ago I think you asked me something about the amount of game we killed in Sir Henry's time. I am now sending you some of the lists. He used to shoot a good deal by himself, sometimes till lunch time and other times after lunch. I had to meet him with the retriever and Chambers just to shoot a brace or two. Partridge Shooting I used to work the setters or pointers and when they came to a point, he used to walk up and have a shot. He would kill about one in three or four shorts. I came to Nunwell in October 1854 and was there 3 months before I saw a hare or rabbit. I bought six live pheasants and turned down the first summer. I had one nest brought in 11 eggs. I reared 7 young ones."

Letter from Grace Catherine Rose Davies Gilbert [wife of Carew Davies Gilbert], 5 Place du Champ de Mars, Abenne Marnix, Brussels, to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2002A  30 December 1898

"I cannot tell you how nice it is having your two belongings here - Joan is too sweet and dear for words - and though I must not say too much about Mr. Oglander, for fear of exciting your jealousy!! still to put it in a mild way - he is so kind and charming and always ready to do what is going. Last night Polly Hughes and I conducted Joan and Patricia and two Master Dashwoods!! to the opera - the young people were put in the front of the box and Joan looked so handsome and sweet in her pretty white silk dress. My maid is in ecstacies over her clothes - I have put Joan into her charge as the nurses have a goodly flock of 5 to look after and I thought Joan would get more attention from my maid. This morning they have gone out sightseeing - and this afternoon are to skate at the Pole Nord - and go to bed early - and tomorrow they have a romp in prospect as 6 young Dashwoods come over here to tea. Joan skates very well and tells me her back does not ache at all. They all lie down for at least an hour in the course of the day. I do hope you are going to spare them for a long time. I have not ventured to broach the subject of their stay here to Mr. Oglander. How I wish you were here too - it is just what we want to make things quite right. What a lot of going about will be due to you when you are able for it. I am so lost in admiration of your choice of Joan's clothes - they are all so suitable and so pretty - but I just remember there is a confession to be made. Joan lost her lovely shetland shawl last night. It might have dropped off her shoulders inside the opera house, as she had it on getting out of the cab. I am so distressed about it, and it was such a lovely one. Much love dear Florence"
Florence Oglander's Diary 26 December 1898. "We are all busy speeding off Joan and her Father for they start for Brussels tomorrow to stay with the Davies Gilberts." 27 Dec. "Jack and Joan started early. They stay the night chez Lady Hutt in London and cross tomorrow via Dover and Ostend. Fifie and Daisy and I had a quiet day indoors"

Draft letter from John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W. to Lord Tennyson  OG/CC/2003  [1898]

"As I heard nothing further about manuscripts for exhibition at Carisbrooke, I have not attempted to sift from the mass of family papers and correspondence here, those which specially related to Carisbrooke or the public business of the Isle of Wight. Sir John Oglander's correspondence during the years 1643-47 that he suffered imprisonment for the Royal Cause contains references to many matters about my present estate that I should like to retain here. I know there are the papers during the time Sir John Oglander was Deputy Governor under Lord Conway and his successors Richard & Jerome, Earls of Portland, Governors of the Island and should suggest the following as of general interest and suitable to be preserved and rendered accessible at Carisbrooke.
1. A note of the garrison under Sir John Oglander, Lieutenant Governor taken July 1622.
2. Note of repairs at Sandham Fort.
3. A folio book containing accounts of rebuilding the castle at Sandham
4. A note of munitions in Carisbrooke Castle 1625 Sept.
5. A perfect list of the Earl of Moreton's regiment billeted in the Isle of Wight, Sept. 1628
6. A list of proprietors in the Isle of Wight willing to lend His Majesty ship money - with their original signatures and the amounts offered.
7. Specimens of autograph letters by Lord Conway, Richard Lord Weston and Jerome, Earl of Portland, Governors of the Isle of Wight
8. Specimen page of diary of Sir J. Oglander, Deputy Governor of the Island, containing account of King Charles I coming unto our Island 14 Nov 1647.
9. A list of all those liable to pay poll tax on the Isle of Wight 1637."

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, 5 Place de Champs de May, Avenue Marineux, Brussels, to his wife, Florence Oglander  OG/CC/2004  1 January 1899

"Thank you for your letter and all the enclosures - I am much disgruntled to find by the County Press just arrived that the quarterly meeting of the County Council is fixed for Wednesday 18th, as I thought they would be sure to do. It is a bore as one is supposed to attend the quarterly meetings, but I certainly don't mean to come home expressly and I shall write a day or two before to the Chairman and say that I regret I am delayed abroad. That being so, Joan's dancing is the only imperative reason to take us all home on the 17th, if you are invited to stay longer at the Hornby's. Mrs. Gilbert presses me to stay here until Saturday 14th, so I have written to tell Emmie that she need not have us before that if she does not want us. I should like 4 or 5 days in London to give Joan a clear weekday evening to go to a pantomime. You see, if we go Monday and she travels home Tuesday, you might think it too tiring. I suppose you don't care about pantomime yourself. If you do, let me know and we will certainly come by Friday 13th - so as to go on Saturday afternoon - and I will write and ask Latty to get tickets. No, I don't in the least want to give Baring a silver cradle, but I suppose if they settle to do so - it is one of those extortions one must submit to gracefully. Your daughter is very well and happy. We all went to the English church - rather a nice one - this morning and this afternoon most of us went to hear a Benediction music at a monastery church - The Carmine. Your daughter liked the music, but was of the opinion that it was much more theatre like that church like Mrs. Gilbert and Mrs. Hughes do praise your daughter so much and say she is such a sweet sympathetic girl and very pretty. They especially admire her hair and eyes, and Grace Gilbert said when Mrs. Edward P. Brune was here, they were discussing children's dress and all agreed that Joan was the best dressed child they knew - always very pretty frocks and always quite suitable. I have seen a little strayn [?] necklace here. I think I must get it for Joan, if it is reasonable. Like this and plain tiny chain behind. They are all small bits of paste. It does not look so wide as I have drawn it. Mrs. Gilbert says I am to go with Davis to call on Lady Mary Dashwood. Your letter was overweight again, and I had to pay 50 cents."

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, The English Club, 1 Avenue de la Toison d'Or, Brussels, to his wife Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2004A  5 January 1899

"I have sent a guinea for Barings cradle and much begrudge it. As to the servants ball I think of course it would be more convenient when we are away but on the other hand I do think that it is some restraint on them if we are in the house - and I think in the way of drink - fire - decent hours - it is all better that there should be the restraint of their knowledge that they have to be up and meeting us next morning so it is better in my opinion to put it off until after our return. Emmie le Marchant goes to Bath on Thursday 19th but I would like us to stay until Wednesday so I should prefer doing that if the H's ask you to stay the extra day. I shall try to get across on Friday 13th which I think will give us comfortable time in London but you know G[race] G[ilbert] if she makes up her mind one is not to go is hard to refuse - I believe it is only that she wanted us to stay to travel back with Mrs. Hughes but I think the latter if she really minds so much about an escort might start one day earlier and come on Friday. I should like to know so soon as you can you tell me whether you will stay until Wednesday 18th, or whether you are very anxious to get Joan home for her dancing lesson on that day. If you are, I shall certainly start on Friday. Grace Gilbert is very pleased because she has been trying hard to get an invitation to the Countess of Flanders' ball on 14th. (It is much more select than her brother the King's) and today she has got a promise of an invitation from one of the Countess' ladies in waiting. She is very determined and at the same time very nice about getting the best both for herself and her friends. I must stop now and go in as there is to be acting this afternoon. Your daughter was very pleased to get a letter from you - I suppose it makes no difference to John's health which day we start?"

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, (Brussels post mark) to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2004B  7 January 1899

"I suspect my letter of last night will reach you with this on Monday morning so I will only send a card. J[oan] has been quiet all this morning and Mrs. G. is sending her for a drive with Minnie and Honor [Gilbert] in the carriage. Poor pet she was disappointed not to go with G. and Mrs. H. to the artificial skating this afternoon but Mrs. G. thought she looked tired and washed out last night and arranged the drive as quieter. Her cold is much better and never got beyond the stage of "snuffles" - I ought to have told you that great packet would come with County Council summons. It is only record of what was done last meeting but being registered I suppose you thought I might want it. Don't forward any big thing that comes - perhaps my bank book may come registered. The Countess of Flanders invitation has come and Mrs. G. quite pleased. I shall only write once more to Nunwell"

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, (Brussels post mark) to his wife, Florence Oglander, c/o Admiral Sir W. Hornby, K.C.B., 6 Roland Houses, S. Kensington, London  OG/CC/2004C  11 January 1899

"We have had such a pleasant day at Waterloo and Joan enjoyed it so very much. Gilbert took a great deal of trouble to explain it all to her and I think she liked the expedition better than the others. It was not tiring or muddy - but bright sunshine - colder this evening. It looked very odd in the museum to see a letter addressed by Lord Raglan to 5 Chesterfield Street, the house the Hon. Katherine Somerset still lives in - There were various mementos of Lord Ed. S[omerset] and Lord Raglan, and Joan signed her name in a special book reserved for those who are related to those who fought."

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, 5 Place du Champs de Mars, Brussels to his wife, Florence Oglander, c/o Admiral Sir W. Hornby, K.C.B., 6 Roland Houses, S. Kensington, London, S.W  OG/CC/2004D  12 January 1899

"We have had such a lovely day though the wind was a bit high, that I have been hoping you have had a nice journey and are now safe and cosy at tea with Lady Hornby. Give her my love. She is a real dear to ask you to come to London and it will be so nice to find you there on Friday. I think I shall have time to get to you after tea say about 6.30 or 6.45 for half an hour. The train is due at Victoria at 4.50. Mrs. Hughes offers to take Joan straight off with her and drop her at No. OG/18, so that I need not keep her standing about while I get the luggage examined. Mrs. H. says she should have her man to meet her and do that. Mrs. H. is a queer creature, very good natured and impulsive but I should not feel quite sure she would remember to do what she talked about. I fancy she is a bit of a goose in ordinary things - I certainly don't like her as much as her sister - but perhaps it is a bit hard on her to have such a very nice sister. Mrs. Gilbert is tremendously down upon her and yet they are great friends. Mrs. G. is so very decided in her kindness to me and Joan - I almost wonder Mrs. Hughes does not resent it - but I don't think she does in the least. I mean that whatever fun is going - Joan and I are evidently brought into it first and then the other lady if convenient only. G.G. is very amusing about the Flanders ball. She has ordered a lovely gown and Joan and I are invited to go to the dressmakers on Thursday to see it put on finished. She is to have a figure Louis Quinze which means a very long waist with no depression in front between her bosom and her tum-tum. To keep it quite straight down the dressmaker provides a "poupee" which she wears in front of her stays and over that a white satin close fitting garment - over this the dress is put on. I went about shopping all this morning all alone - going to a curiosity shop for her to buy an old fan Louis XV, genuine and pretty but not so fine as yours. She had got the man down to 250 francs for it. Then I bought the chandelier for our dining room, 150 francs, very cheap I think - 4 old frog chairs (frames only), 110 francs, two bits of old carved oak which I think will work into a mantelpiece if we panel the wrought room, 45 francs, and a funny old brass urn which I fancied, 12 francs. I did so want you for I don't care to buy anything unless you fancy it and yet there are things here quaint and cheaper than curiosity shops at home and it seems a chance. I like Brussels very much in fine weather. The pictures at Antwerp are lovely and Joan appreciates them so. Lady Mary took sandwiches and ate them with her boys in the cab, so Joan went alone with me and Gilbert to a restaurant. I tried to get him to an hotel because I doubted certain accomodation being nice for Joan. When I asked the waiter after lunch he said there was none but a place where men had their 'urinoir' just outside the door. I did not choose our darling to go to that so walked her off up an unknown stairs on the search - but the landlady seeing me take her off very kindly ran after us and said she would take the demoiselle au premies. I also gave her a chance at the museum but she refused and does not seem troubled that way. Joan has been rehearsing charades which she is to act in at the Dashwoods tonight and then Minnie and she took Honor in the Victoria for a drive to Laaken, the King's palace. Mr. G[ilbert] always sends Joan and does not give Mrs. H[ughes] a drive! I think she is very fond of Joan and I fancy things are not so with Joan. She looks and says she is very well."

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, Brussells, to his wife, Florence Oglander, c/o Admiral & Lady Hornby, London  OG/CC/2005  12 January 1899

"How very trying for you about your luggage. [It had been sent on to London Bridge and was not delivered to Lady Hornby's until 2 hours later]. This will be my last letter from foreign parts. It is blowing so hard today that if it goes on like this tomorrow, I doubt our boat catching the train reaching Victoria at 4.50 and in that case we should not get there until 7.30, and I will hardly come along to see you that evening - but I would come on Saturday morning. Gilbert has very kindly taken Joan off to skate at the "Pole Nord" and Mr. Hughes - so I hope she will have a happy morning nothwithstanding the rough weather. I believe this evening some of the Dashwood children come in to romp, but I will try to get Joan off fairly early to bed. She seems very well and flourishing still and did so much enjoy her day at Waterloo. Mrs. Hughes wants to call upon you at tea time on Saturday. I, of course, said you would be delighted, but if it bores you I should write an excuse to 28 Eccleston Square. I think she suggested it because I say you cannot well get up stairs. She also suggested driving you anywhere, but I said Lady Hornby usually drove you. She has certainly been very kind indeed to Joan and we all like her, but think her a bit of a goose. I went to a sort of Brussells (Kensington) Museum this morning - very interesting indeed to me - all sorts of antique furniture, metal work etc. I am sorry you think our dear old Admiral is getting at all deaf - he has had such marvellous retention of all his faculties in all their acuteness and will, I fear, much feel any change of that sort. If I think there will be any change of hour of arrival from storm or otherwise tomorrow I will try to telegraph to you from Dover, but if it is quite an uneventful sort of day, I do not suppose it will be worth the trouble.
They arrived at the Hornbys at 1 o'clock on 14th January, the train from Dover being 1½ hours late. After luncheon Joan went to stay with the Latimer Le Marchants.

Letter from Grace Davis Gilbert, 6 Place de Champ de Mars, Avenue Marnix, Brussels, to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2005A  17 January 1899

"Please thank Mr. Oglander so much for his letter. We were most interested in all the details of the journey - what a crossing they had!! Joan deserves a medal of good sailorship. I cannot tell you how we enjoyed having them here - Joan is quite the best child I ever met - so sweet and full of tact - and quite too obedient - as she always fell in at once with any suggestions on my part about her clothes or bed going etc. We do so hope she enjoyed herself - and hope you will spare her to us again another year. We always agreed the one thing we wanted was to have you along too - alas! it is hard for you - but hope better times are coming. I am very sorry to hear you are still feeling the effects of the fall you had. It sounded a nasty fall for anyone, and for you it must have been terrible - but trust you will soon be over it. Well the ball was quite pleasant, and I think the dress made a good effect. The presentations were in equal fashion. We were all arranged around a room and the Count and Countess taken passed us talking to everyone. We were the only foreigners and I was placed at the head of the ladies and D. at the head of the men - which was very courtious of them. I knew enough people just to make the evening pass, and we were allowed off at 12.30, which was delightful - dancing goes on fast and furious for about two hours, during which time girls never sit down - or even leave the ball room - then everything stops for supper, which was an awful crowd and partaken of standing up, no refreshments are to be had before, and altogether it is a much simpler way of giving a ball than our way. How wise you are to make Mr. Oglander go to Osborne. I am sure he hates it - but it is a duty to keep up such things. Mildred and Mrs. Harvey did not cross yesterday on account of weather, but we expect them this evening, the storms being over for the present. I daresay you have heard of the Louis XV - tell Joan they were very comfortable - and I felt so supported in my clothes by the interest they all took in my garments. Joan's chemy refused to turn up - the laundress said she has not got it - but my maid declares it was sent - what will Mrs. Jamieson say "

Letter from Minnie Cockrane, Lady in Waiting to Princess Beatrice, Osborne, I.W., to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2005B  10 February 1899

Administrative history:
Prince Alfred (1874 - 1899), only son of Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, 2nd son of Queen Victoria, who succeeded to the Duchy of Saxe Coburg Gotha on the death of his uncle, Ernest, Duke of Coburg, elder brother of the Prince Consort.

"The Princess begs me to thank you as well as those for whom you wrote, for your kind message of sympathy on the sad death of Prince Alfred of Coburg It is terrible for the Duke and Duchess of Coburg losing their only son"

Letter from Miss Florence Boscawen, Flaneswood, Sevenoaks, Kent, to her niece, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2005C  2 March 1899

Administrative history:
Anne Boscawen, sister of Evelyn, 6th Viscount Falmouth, and of the writer and Gertrude Boscawen. Married 13 July 1854 Rev. Leveson Cyril Randolph, vicar of St. Lukes, West Norwood and died 27 Feb 1899. He died 1 March 1876. Their sons included
1. Leveson John Randolph, Christ Church, Oxford matriculated 29 Jan 1878 aged 19, student in the Inner Temple 1881
2. George Boscawen Randolph, born 1864, of Steeple Aston, Oxford, the trustee for Joan Oglander's marriage settlement in 1903, living 1930 (Fox-Davis Armorial Families)
3. John Hugh Granville Randolph, born 20 January 1866 in London, Bishop Suffragen of Guildford 1909 - 1927 and Dean of Salisbury 1928 - 1936, died 21 March 1936, married Beatrice Mary Back in 1895 and left issue.
4. Two daughters, Margaret and Edith

"This has been indeed a shock, a very severe blow to us! Aunt G[ertrude] had luncheon with dear Aunt Annie on her way home from Tregere, on Saturday and told me when she arrived "I thought Annie well and happy". On Sunday Aunt A. went to church and walked afterwards - too much I fear for her - for on Monday Morning, while arranging to begin her work about 11 o'clock the action of her heart failed and without a pang, she passed away quite peacefully and painlessly with only a smile of farewell to poor M[argaret] and E[dith]. What a happy death, dear Florence, after her long widowhood! and all her losses and cares. We cannot but rejoice for her but it leaves a terrible blank in our life - it is an irreparable loss to me, but one knows one cannot be left long behind! She was so unchanging, so unfailing in sympathy and affection. It is of M. & E. one must think most. They lay her beside their Father tomorrow at Hadham. Aunt G. is in bed with a sprain in her leg. She had a fall in London and it is a mercy she did not break it. The pain is less and her doctor says she is going on quite well, but she is quite laid up. Best love dear Flo to you both and to dear Joan. I had been ending my letter in a turmoil - Lucy Deane having missed her train and the carriage come back without her, so I've missed ½ my words."

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, Preston House, Brighton, to his wife Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2005D  2 April 1899

"I did not reach this until 8.30 last night and found not a room to be had in any of the hotels, but the porter of the Bedford advised me to try this next door to the Bedford and fortunately I got a nice and clean room. Being so late I thought I ought not to excite Susan last evening so went up there and interviewed Miss Moyes - who prepared Susan for my coming to see her this morning and said the doctor wished to see me at his house. I went there last night but found him out and this morning I found him waiting for me. I think he means to do his best - but somehow the man does not ring true to me and I fear I distrust him. How fortunate indeed we are in having a man like Rich. Nicholson says that Susan (who has been ill 3 months) had influenza some weeks ago and that when weakened by it there has been a rapid growth of some sort of tumour in her side or stomach - he and his partner Mr. Sanderson satisfied themselves of this yesterday morning and then decided to telegraph to me. She has been living this last week on Brands chicken jelly, Benger and brandy - but has great difficulty in retaining even that suffering from constant retching with mucus - much as I was in gastritis I take it. This Nicholson think it is caused by the tumour - he has not made up his mind yet whether it is malignant or what he calls 'inflammatory' tumour. Her temperature has long been elevated and is now 102° and pulse 120. She looks terribly altered, thin and worn - her poor mouth so dry and puckered and hands quite thin - he says her heart is not diseased but is weak. I met Nicholson at Susan's this morning and he has now settled to bring Sanderson tomorrow at 10.30 a.m. and meet me there and I understand him that if the tumour is inflammatory there is a chance of her life being prolonged by operation which Sanderson could do, but which Nicholson and he will not advise unless they are backed by the opinion of a London specialist - and he wishes me to decide whether or not he is to get a specialist down. I asked him whether there was no competent man in Brighton whom he could have - but he said 'No' in Susan's very complicated and precarious state of health there was no one here he could rely on more than himself and his partner but that he should be glad of a London mans opinion. He should decline to sanction an operation except on such advice because - (and this is what I did not like) "if it went wrong Susan's friends, especially Mrs. Rowley" (whom he spoke disrespectfully of) "would talk". He evidently cannot abide Mrs. Rowley and I was obliged to pull him up and remind him that whether talkative and unwise or not, she had been a long tried, and very helpful friend to my sister. He gave me the impression that he would not take the responsibility of deciding whether or not an operation was advisable because people might talk if it failed and I cannot fancy our Rich not having a more decided opinion. If Nicholson and Sanderson say tomorrow morning that an operation under London advice would in their opinion have a fair chance of success in prolonging her life and getting her back to her usual state and if Susan herself consents, I shall send for specialist and pay his 35 guineas - but if they consider tomorrow there is not a fair chance of success I shall say 'No' for I don't see the good of torturing the poor soul with an operation and consequent illness on the mere chance that some clever operator may try on off chance. [I hope you got my telegram with address Bedford. It is quite close and I feed there and shall look for letters.] It is an anxious question and I think Rich would not have put the decision so much on my shoulders as this 'fop' does. He has one of his own nurses with her by day - whom poor Susan cannot abide - and an old nurse by night whom Susan likes. Poor S. is still evidently a very difficult patient and wants to settle things her own way and says the nurse interferes and hurts her and I really hardly know which is correct. Poor Miss Moyes speaks brightly and cheerfully, but I still say she has 'no head at all'! Susan said to me several times she did not fear death and wished to be released - but she does dread being left more ill and paralysed and 'at the mercy' of nurses etc. What I think she means is that even now she cannot give up to nurses ways etc., and not having her own way. I fancy still S. may make a fight through - though probably not for long and too probably with an even more bedridden and helpless state, but Nicholson says he thinks she is "within measurable distance of the end". Unless Susan is worse or wishes me to stay if London man would come Wednesday - I think I had better come home tomorrow afternoon reaching Ryde 6.30 - and the thing that took Mrs. Forsyth back could wait for me (the cart or pony carriage) the landau going to Seaview in evening, but I must telegraph to you tomorrow. Probably I could return here on Thursday but the hole state of things seems so critical that a few hours might make me alter plans. Send me some violets and a few roses. S. said she liked the sweet smell and had bought a bunch yesterday of violets. She sent you and Joan her love and was pleased at the Stricklands sending theirs and sent hers back. She said it grieved her to hear how much you suffered and she asked much about Joan. My love and kisses to sweet Joan and love to the Stricklands. I know they will excuse my deserting them. I am so glad they are with you. It occurred to me this morning that if Susan has a long illness, perhaps Minnie would come to her. It does seem lonely for her with no woman of her kindred and Minnie likes to help the sick."

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, Bedford Hotel, Brighton, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2005E  3 April 1899

"I replied to your telegram as I did because I see no reason why you should not take the Stricklands to Mrs. Popham's - Poor Susan expressed herself as so anxious my staying here should not put you out - but I came to the conclusion after seeing the doctors this morning that it would not be right either to her or those in charge of her house that I should leave her alone at such a moment. I like Mr. Sanderson better than Mr. Nicholson. They said she was weaker this morning with more fever and pulse 132. That if an operation was to be attempted it must be done today or tomorrow morning. That without operation it was improbable she could live (more than a few days, I understood) - but there was just a chance of the inflammatory tumour bursting into her stomach and so the matter being discharged. That an operation might possibly result in a 'brilliant' recovery and success which might place her again in the state she has been in of late years - or that she might die on the table or shortly after operation. They gave up the plan of getting a London abdominal specialist because of the urgency of the case and the improbability of being able to get one down in time during Easter holidays. They thought to consult Susan herself now as to operation would be too great a shock though they agreed to obtain her consent before finally settling to operate tonight or tomorrow. They said the operation offered in their opinion only an 'off Chance' of success and must be what they termed 'exploratory' - that is I suppose to find out whether the tumour was what they believe. On the whole the impression left on my mind is that the operation was so doubtful that it rather afforded a chance of 'brilliant operation' than improved chance of life to poor Susan. Eventually they settled to call in another Brighton man and consult tonight at 5. - and I feel I must follow their skilled opinion as to sanctioning the attempt - though my feeling as I told them inclines against torturing the poor soul with such a slight hope of success. She is perfectly clear in her mind and says the tenderness in the pit of her stomach (where the doctors find a tumour) is she fancies less today - and they told me they thought the swelling diminished rather than enlarged. It is most difficult to know what to say for the best. Poor thing she is worried because the night nurse she liked and has had for a month has been taken ill they think with influenza and Dr. Nicholson says not another nurse can be found to take her place. The day nurse and poor Miss Moyes were up last night and I fear will have to stay on duty tonight as I of course, though I can sit with her - cannot attend to her as a woman can. I have written to Riddick to say it is improbable I can attend the parish council tomorrow. I think I ought to stay here though I am much disappointed at leaving the Stricklands and Latties alone. Perhaps they will entertain each other. I think on Wednesday I must come home but I fear not in time for lunch. I see no reason why you should inconvenience our friends by postponements if I am not there. Indeed with such scenes and thoughts as I now have in my mind I should not be fit to meet the luncheon people, but I should not mind the S's. and Le M[archants] and young McGregor for the one night. Make my excuses to Mrs. Popham. Love to dear Joan.
P.S. Doctors have just been and decided not to perform an operation - uncertain whether she may live weeks or days. I will telegraph whether I come tomorrow"
Florence Oglander records the death of Susan Glynn. "Friday 7 April. This morning a telegram came from Brighton begging Jack to come at once, as Susan is sinking. He went at once and had a most trying journey according to a telegram just come.
Saturday 8 April. A telegram from Jack this morning to say that Susan Glynn has passed away in the night. One could not wish her to linger. Jack came home this evening tired and with much to tell.
Wednesday 12 April. Jack went away at 8 this morning to go to Susan's funeral at Brighton. I met him at Ryde in the evening. All had been as he wished and Glynn Price was there (he was executor). W. Glynn came also"

Letter from John Fardell, The Offices, Market Street, Ryde, I.W., to John H.G. Oglander  OG/CC/2006  4 April 1899

"The powers of the County Council in respect of the alterations of boundaries of parishes are conferred by Sec. 57 of the Local Govt. Act of 1888, which enacts that whenever the County Council is satisfied that a prima facie case is made out as respects any parish for a proposal for the alteration or definition of the boundary thereof, the County Council may cause such enquiry to be made in the locality and if satisfied that such proposal is desirable may make an order for the same accordingly. I am sending the statutes for these two years (1888 and 93) to you by Seymour, so that you may have them before you at the meeting of the Parish Council. The objects of the Act were, of course, to abolish isolated portions of parishes which were either wholly detached from the rest of the parish or so mixed with other parishes as to be unworkable or which through the growth of population in some part rendered a division necessary. So far as the present application is concerned it seems to me very desirable that those interested in Brading Parish should oppose the application for the order, the chief reasons at present being (1) that owing to the Golf Club and to the various buildings now erected on the Dover, the rateable value is so increased, as to be a distinct benefit to the rest of the present parish. (2) the application does not come from the rate-payers in the Dover but comes from the neighbouring parish, which is an Urban District The parish of St. Helens at the present time covers too large an area to be workeable and the interests of one end of that parish are not to the advantage or benefit of the other. There is a growing tendency in the Island on the part of all Urban Districts to absorb portions of the Rural District with the result that year by year the Rural District Council's area is slowly but steadily diminishing, as is the rateable value. This is really a most serious matter, because the expenditure of the Rural District Council is increasing. I have not yet been able to trace the historical reasons for the inclusion of the Dover in the parish of Brading, but I fancy the reason was that in the old days the town of Brading considered itself, as you know, a place of no little importance and that a considerable portion of what small trade there was with the Island was shipped and landed at the old Brading Quay. This being so it was of the utmost importance that the parish should have the control over the whole of the haven including the Dover which no doubt a century or so ago was no more or less than a bank of shore sand caused by the action of the currants. I propose attending this enquiry and subject to your wishes I should like to oppose the application on your behalf."
Fardell had missed the point here. The Duver was part of the parish of Brading because until the middle of the 18th century it was physically part of Bembridge. When St. Helens Mill was built a new channel was cut across the Duver for the river and the Duver was thus added to St. Helens.
Endorsed by J.H.G.O. "It was done by County Council."

Letter from George T. Woods, Cash Outfitting Stores, 35 High Street, Sandown, I.W., to John H. G. Oglander, Esq., Nunwell, I.W  OG/CC/2007  21 April 1899

"Many thanks for your reply. I have sent accordingly to Messrs. Fardell the following application. I hope it will be agreeable to you.
Re application for plot in New Road.
Presuming the depth is about half way between the New Road frontage and Carter Street or about in a line with the vicarage south wall - I would take a plot of 55 to 60 feet at 3/6 per foot. The plot selected (see rough sketch) is the end one and farthest from the sea. Kindly let me know as early as convenient.
I do not wish you to trouble to reply to me, but as a matter of courtesy to you, I thought you would like to know what I am willing to do. I have not mentioned that you replied and stated price."

Letter from Francis Holborrow Glynn Price, Longlands Place, Swansea, to his uncle, John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2008  2 May 1899

Administrative history:
The 8th Duke of Beaufort, aged 75. Florence Oglander's 2nd cousin and Glynn Price's employer. He appears in 1134-5, 1137.

"Many thanks for your letter received this afternoon - enclosing 2 letters from Mrs. Rowley, which I return as you may wish to refer to them. It was kind of her to write as she did and to enclose cheque in my favour of £8 7s. 0d. for Miss Moyes' wages from Christmas last to date of poor Aunt Susan's death. I am exceedingly glad that you explained to Mrs. Rowley that Aunt Susan left some property and that as I am residuary legatee the £8 7s. 0d. practically goes into my pocket. I think I ought to write Mrs. Rowley a short note of thanks. I have also a ring which Aunt Susan directed should be sent to her and when forwarding that I might mention the cheque incidentally, that is if you agree with me that it is well for me to do so. I am sending off the various small bequests, as I can hunt them up and pack them. The larger items I must send from Brighton. I should have gone down there this week, had not the Duke [of Beaufort's] death necessitated my being at his funeral, which is to take place at Badminton on Friday afternoon next. Poor old gentleman, when I saw him about 7 weeks ago, he looked so well that I little thought it was the last time I should see him. He was always so kind and courteous to me and I am very sorry to feel that he has passed away, altho' of late I have not seen him often and been much in communication with him. I am glad you think the text I propose for Aunt Susan's tomb is appropriate and what you think she would have liked. Miss Moyes seems to show so much nice feeling as to my aunt and desire to aid in every way, that I felt under all the circumstances that she ought to have a year's pay in addition to what was due to her; and I told her when the estate was wound up, she would receive it, without going into any details. I am quite prepared to pay it out of the residue, and as Mrs. Rowley has so generously paid the amount due it makes the matter lighter. Miss Moyes seemed quite pleased and happy and I believe will feel she has been properly treated. I am still working away nightly at the papers and it will take some time before they are all disposed of. Thanks so much for giving Eliza Moorman £5. Please do not trouble about receipts. When the will is proved I shall remit the cash you paid at Brighton and the £20 for Eliza Moorman. I hope I may be in Town when you are at Elm Park Gardens. With best love to Aunt Florence and yourself."

Letter from Hughes & Aston, 71 Edgeware Road, London, N., to John H.G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2009  24 June 1899

"In reply to your letter received yesterday, we look upon Mr. George Scerett's Gordon Road mortgage, as a good freehold security and one in respect of which you might reduce the interest to £4 per cent as from this date. You hold another mortgage of his on a leasehold house in Oxford Road, Ealing. We do not advise a reduction of interest in this case, the property being leasehold and the mortgage small (£175)."

Letter from R. W. Livingstone, The College, Winchester to Mrs. Oglander, Nunwell House, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2009A  8 July 1899

"I am writing in the name of our Archaeological Society and myself to thank you and Mr. Oglander for your great kindness in allowing us to see Nunwell, and for satisfying so admirably both our antiquarian tastes and our hunger. The expeditions we have made to the Isle of Wight have always been our most pleasant and successful adventures, and your kindness made our expedition of Thursday surpass all previous ones. We are, yours very sincerely"
Signed by R. W. Livingstone, and 19 other members of the Society.

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, [c/o Rev. E. A. Gray], Woodley Vicarage, Near Reading, to his wife Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2009B  10 July 1899

"I have just heard from Maynard Wemys that he will be glad to see me on Monday in next week but has to go to Town on Tuesday returning that night. I think under those circumstances I shall certainly get home on Wednesday evening in next week. I wonder whether you will be able to see Rich on Wednesday? He said he should get home on Tuesday. The house itself that he has built is very pretty - not so 'bizarre' as much of Salters work - and most comfortably arranged. You go into the house, into a large hall which runs through the width of the house and by a large window on the further end opposite the door - commands the lovely view I told you about - there is a balcony all round on this floor in front and owing to the very steep fall of the hill the ground floor on which you enter at the back becomes the first floor in front - and this balcony is about 15 ft. above the ground then on the right of the hall there is a little dining room and on the left a drawing room with one of those pretty corner niches commanding such a lovely view.
The offices are below the floor of the hall and drawing room but owing to the steep slope of the hill they have their windows like those of an ordinary ground floor and are very good. The whole of the servants part shuts off well from the quality part. There is a nice back stairs and the pantry has a lift to bring every thing up from the kitchen. It is all most 'nattily' arranged and I think the doctor is very pleased with it. Tell Joan I went to church 3 times yesterday and wore hood and surplice and sat in the reading clerk with the choir and read the lessons. I was so unused now to surplice and hood that I got into difficulties with finding my eye glass - so ended in reading the wrong 1st lesson, but Gray did not mind and no one else in the church knew it I think. This morning a slight shower of rain and not so hot - I hope you have some rain at home. I want to know how poor "Saxe" is going on. If damp cool weather comes I should be very careful of him and only let him run in the Brew house. Tell Joan I have ordered her sketching water bottle to be sent to her from the A[rmy] & N[avy]. Mrs. Gray has given me [a] photograph of her little Mildred which gives some idea of the child but the real beauty is the fair skin and colouring and the bright almost penetrating look of clear gray eyes under eyebrows like yours in shape, 'high class' you know. The child certainly is very pretty, rather of the thin oesthetic [sic] type - favoured of stained church windows. Their eldest little boy 'Audley' is at home with a sore throat and is a prisoner upstairs poor little fellow. He is a dear serious little chap. The second boy Phillip is at school. I am enjoying myself very much - Gray sends you his very kindest regards and says he wishes you were here."
Includes drawing of ground floor of Wemys' house.

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, c/o Francis Hyett, Painswick House, Nr. Stroud, Gloucestershire to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, Isle of Wight  OG/CC/2009C  15 July 1899

"I am returning your letters in case you want them, so will write on a scrap of paper. I was sorry afterwards I had written to you so much about S[teeple] A[ston] in the train yesterday - It does no good to get 'riled', but I had been suppressing myself while I was there - determined she [Edith Ogle, Florence's sister] should not see she could annoy me - I am not sure it is not said because she wants to get Joan more there - and wants to show us what a risk we run of alienating a valuable Aunt by not letting her go - I do think she is fond of the girl so far as she can be fond of anyone but herself. She several times said too that she wished she lived nearer to be able to see you more now you are ill. My Dear, I am glad she does not! I am glad to hear the first visit to Lady Hornby is over. I knew it must be a great trial to you both. How beastly of Mrs. Lacy to make bothers. I should be delighted to try to explain anything to Lady H. which she did not feel sure about it. I hope Mr. Tottenham won't let her do anything weak. A kind generous little thing like Lady H. might - especially now - and remembering the dear old man's strange weakness for 'Fatty' do something for peace and quiet - and the other woman is just the one to shove everyone else to the wall. As to the carriage, I suppose the Forsyths would not care to share it? I thought Mary not being able to walk it might be a comfort to Mrs. F. and very good for her. I am so glad little Saxe is mending steadily. I trust now he will be a more demure little companion for you. I am wondering whether you will be able to see Rich again. I think his visit would be today. I hope it is so because I know it comforts you. I am ordering a book on modern literature to be sent also a Carlyles Frederick the Great. I think you can write my name in them and treat them as loans to the schoolroom - otherwise they may be scored and banged about - which although I shall order a cheap copy - is quite an unnecessary way of treating books, and I think I will also order a novel or two which we will give Joan as her own if you approve. I will write to Powell to get on with the window. It was rather a tiresome journey yesterday. Mrs. Hyett was waiting in a pony cart and brought up my luggage and I came on before her on my bike. I shall bike down to the Wemyss tomorrow afternoon. I cannot quite make out whether he does not go up to London and down again same day on Tuesday if he does so and very much wants me to stay until Thursday I suppose I ought to do it? I don't want to."

Letter from Charles S. Murdock, Under Secretary of State, Home Office, White Hall, London, S.W., to John Henry Oglander Esq., Nunwell, Brading, Isle of Wight  OG/CC/2009D  27 July 1899

"In reply to your letter of the 20th inst., I am directed by the Secretary of State to acquaint you that the Royal Warrant for Change of Name issued in your favour on the 4th January 1895 was registered at the College of Arms, Queen Victoria Street, London, E.C., and your application for a copy of the document should be addressed to Sir Albert W. Woods, K.C.B., K.C.M.G., Garter King of Arms, at the College"

Letter from G. H. Radcliffe, Chapter Clerk's Office, The Sanctuary Westminster Abbey, to John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/2010  18 August 1899

"Rev. E.A. Gray's Marriage Settlement.
I thank you for your letter of the 16th inst., and herewith enclose the following documents for your signature.
1. Power of Attorney for transfer of £1,000 Consols
2. Power of Attorney for sale of £48 4s. 1d. and transfer of £22,355 6s. 8d. Consols.
3. Power of Attorney for transfer of £1,666 13s. 4d. Bank Stock
4. Dividend Order in respect of £22,355 6s. 8d. Consols
5. Dividend Order in respect of £1,666 13s. 4d. Bank Stock
The first three of these require your signature and execution in the presence of 2 witnesses, whose names and addresses should be added where indicated in pencil and in accordance with the instructions printed on the backs of the documents.
The Dividend only requires your signature where you initials are pencilled. You will observe that it is proposed to sell out £48 4s. 1d. Consols to cover the brokers commission on the transfer of the Stocks and the legal expenses in connection with the appointment of a new trustee. Mr. Gray has assented to the expenses being paid out of the capital in this way, and I presume you will also have no objection. I shall later on have some further documents for your signature, being the transfers of the Great Western & Royal Exchange Assurance Stocks, but I have not yet been able to prove your co-trustee's death with these companies. I enclose an addressed envelope for your convenience in returning these papers."

Letter from Francis Holborrow Glynn Price, Longlands Place, Swansea, to his uncle, John H.G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2011  2 September 1899

"I have obtained probate of Aunt Susan's will, which was proved at £2,832 12s. 4d. gross. Today I have sent Bottin a cheque for £20, Miss Moyes a cheque for £25, Messrs. Hannington a cheque for £53 2s. 9d. for funeral and valueing furniture etc., for Probate. I enclose a cheque for £20 Mrs. Moorman or Bearer the sum you kindly advanced to her and a cheque for £5 14s. 0d., the money you gave Miss Moyes prior to the funeral. When all the accounts have been settled I will let you know how the net works out. I am thinking of going next Friday for a week to Lucerne as I have not been out of England, except to Westphalia on business for several years. I am going alone but I shall very probably meet someone I know. So many people go to Switzerland now, as it is not very expensive. I hope to take another weeks holiday later and to come to you, if it is convenient. I suppose it is not too late in the year for Lucerne now. With best love to Aunt Florence and yourself."

Letter from George H. Radcliffe, Chapter Clerk's Office, The Sanctuary, Westminster Abbey, to John H.G. Oglander  OG/CC/2012  4 September 1899

"Rev. E.A. Gray's Marriage Settlement.
I beg to enclose the following further 6 documents for execution and signature by you in relation to the appointment of a new trustee under the above settlement.
1. Deed of appointment of C.S.S. Brown, Esq., to be a trustee of the settlement.
2. Power of Attorney for transfer of £3,333 6s. 8d. Royal Exchange Assurance Stock (2 witnesses required)
3. Transfer of £400 Great Western Railway Rent Charge Stock and £200 guaranteed stock
4. Dividend order in respect of the Royal Exchange Assurance Stock (1 witness required)
5. Dividend order - in respect of Great Western Railway Stock
6. Request to Lloyds Bank, Reading, to receive the Dividends and place them to Mr. Gray's account.
The first three of the above require your signature and execution in the usual way, opposite the seals where your initials are pencilled. The remaining three require yr. signature only. You will recollect that the Consols and Bank Stock have already been placed in the joint names of yourself and Mr. C. S. S. Brown and you have signed dividend orders in respect of them. On receiving the documents back from you I will forward them to Mr. Brown for his signature and I shall then be able to complete the matter. I enclose an addressed envelope for your convenience in returning the papers."

Letter from Hughes & Aston, 71 Edgeware Road, London, W., to John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2013  7 September 1899

"We have the pleasure to send you herewith the midsummer Interest Account. The rent in hand in respect of Nos. 11 & 13 Eperus [Cyprus] Road enables us to credit you with nine months interest on account of the arrears. We anticipate being in a sounder position at Christmas next."

Letter from Joan Oglander, Steeple Aston, Oxford, to her mother, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2013A  7 September 1899

"Here we are safe and sound, after a not very successful journey. Uncle B[ertram] saw us into a very nice carriage and the guard labelled it "Ladies only" for us so we thought we were quite safe. However when we got to Gosport an old lady and her nurse and maid came in. She began by not being able to make up her mind where to sit. She finally thought she should like to sit near the window, where I was, which was rather annoying as the heat was terrible! Her nurse next proceeded to wrap her round with two purple shawls, and then placed under her feet a HOT WATER TIN! Presently she found it too cold so sat backwards and finally shut the window! She evidently wanted Aunt E[dith] to shut our window too, but we thought we would see ourselves further first! We luckily got rid of them at Basingstoke. When we stopped at Didcot we found there we[re] two darling little girls in the next carriage, so we gave them each a plum. They had travelled straight thro' from Havre. At Oxford Mrs. Turner met us. Her eldest daughter is coming to stay here for a few days. Tomorrow Aunt E. and I go to Kirklington. We saw the "Little Windflower" in the distance today. I felt very sad. I shall envy Father and Uncle B. tomorrow. I hope you have been better today, dear Mother. With heaps of love
P.S. There has been a great deal of rain here the last two days. Love to Father, Aunt E. sends best love"

Letter from Frank Weymyss, Drum Shaw, Liberton, Edinburgh, to Florence Oglander [Aunt "Gig"], Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2013B  9 September 1899

"Dear Aunt Gig, This is in answer to Uncle Gig's letter, because I'm not quite sure if he and Joan have gone yet. I'm sorry to say there's no chance at all now of our coming to Nunwell - for a long time, as poor Maria is very ill and will not be out of bed for another month at the very best. She was going on very well till 10 days ago when she suddenly got pleurisy and very bad rheumatism and now has besides some disease in her left leg: the other things are pretty well all right now but its the leg thats the long business. It's most unlucky for her poor girl: she's a good deal better today and the doctor says she's now in no danger for the time at any rate. We shan't now be able to think of moving before quite the end of next month. Then we're going to Aberdeenshire for some visits, to shoot and come south for 5 or 6 weeks from about the 20th December, so if we might come to you for a few days in January, it would be very nice. I think we'll be at Westbury about 3 weeks, and would then come to Northcourt, when the others will be there. Poor Maria is terribly sorry not to be able to come now, and sends her love to you all. I'm only sorry I didn't write and tell you before that we shouldn't be able to manage it, but it was only a week or so ago that I knew and I've been very busy since. I congratulate you extremely on the magnificent bags of partridge. 40 brace is beyond the wildest dreams of avarice. Ask Uncle Gig to make a note of me for next September. I hope I'll be able to be more active then than I am now. I've not loosed off my gun this year yet, and don't see any prospect of doing so, till November. Old Wheeler could take his revenge with me now: I think I'm an older man than he is, and I don't think I could get about as well now as the few days I was at Nunwell last January year, when there was some remainder of the strength of the pre-sunstroke time: but I'm better in the winter and it's been very hot lately. I hope your poor health is doing you proud. I'm a pig to grumble at mine when I think of you. I at least am all right as long as I sit quite still. Our best love to you all. With the present arrangements we'll be at Nunwell with Uncle Gig and Joan"

Letter from John Fardell, Glatton House, Spencer Road, Ryde, to John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/2014  10 September 1899

"I have seen Bronwin and engaged him. I had a long interview with him and made him clearly understand his duties and what is expected of him and I have every hope that he will prove an excellent substitute for Day. The terms of his engagement are as follows. Wages the same as paid to Day, namely 27/6 per week, hours as hitherto, engagement to be determined by a months notice on either side. He is at present employed on a job at Bembridge for Mr. Thorneycroft but I have arranged that he shall begin work at Nunwell on Monday week. He is to meet Seymour on the previous Saturday afternoon at Nunwell, when an inventory will be made of such things in the workshop as belong to you. I am leaving for Norfolk on Monday for a few days holidays and have given Seymour directions of matters to be attended to during my absence. I had a most enjoyable day on Wednesday last."

Letter from A. V. Sewell, Veterinary Surgeon, Veterinary Infirmary, 55 Elizabeth Street, Eaton Square, London, S.W., to John H. G. Oglander, Esq., Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2014A  11 September 1899

"In reply to your letter respecting fox terrier partly paralysed the result of distemper. This is not an uncommon recurrence after bad attack of this disease, but as your dogs case does not seem very bad, I feel sure he will get alright in time. I am sending you some special mix vomica powders give one three times a day. I am also sending some special liniment which apply twice daily with friction to the loins; do it for ten minutes each time. Do not give the dog very much exercise, but let him first run out in the garden, if you have one, four or five times a day. It is also important the bowels should be kept open and if necessary give small doses of salad oil two or three times a week say a table spoonful. I return your cheque as desired.
P.S. Fee including medicine 10/6"

Letter from Joan Oglander, Steeple Aston, Oxford, to her mother, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2014B  11 September 1899

"Many thanks for your letter. Thank you for getting the book from Leavington House. I think it will do for the journey. Agnes Furnow is staying with Aunt E[dith] now, we have been painting together all the morning. Would you mind writing to the Army and Navy for
25 Studies
Op. 45
Price 2/- net.
Ashdown Edition
I wanted to have writen but Aunt E. thought you had better. You will be glad to hear that I have not so far stained any of my dresses! the only one that will want sponging is my gray skirt. I have not worn my white drill. This afternoon we are going up to the Warren to pic-nic and pick blackberries. We have just come back from the Warren, where we got quantities of blackberries. I have registered a parcel to Richard's containing a bracelet and brooch to be repaired, and asked them to send it to Nunwell but perhaps you would call for me. Isn't it awful about poor Dreyfus, the verdict was known in Oxford on Saturday. I hear that little Sax boy is very bad, I am so sorry. Huit says a mustard plaster on the loins is a good thing. I hope he will pull thro'. I suppose we shall hear from you soon which day I am to go. How much ought I to give the house maid, she always does my frock for me, and sometimes brushes my hair."

Letter from Joan Oglander, Steeple Aston, Oxford, to her Mother, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2014C  13 September 1899

"We enjoyed Woodstock very much yesterday. We saw a great many people, the Dashwoods, the Ponsonbys, Lady Dillon and several other friends of Aunt Edith's. Who do you think was with Lady Dillon but Hellen Lacy! We can't imagine how she got there! We went to tea at the Vicarage at Woodstock (rather terrible). It was a lovely afternoon, very hot. The Dashwoods wanted me very much to go and play in a girls cricket match against weak boys with broom sticks on Friday. Isn't it a pity it is Friday, it would have been such fun. Tomorrow we are going to some function there is at Heathrop. Aunt E. thinks it a really good thing you have written to Sewel about Sax. I am very glad he is a little better. About the gloves, I shall probably get a pair myself when I come home. I cannot send my present kid to London for a pattern as they are the only ones I have here. This afternoon I believe we are to bicycle to Woodstock. Please give Uncle B[ertram] my love and tell him I hope his heel is better. Aunt Edith says they are going on some expedition up the Beaulieu. I shall expect Jamieson tomorrow (Thursday). I must go into Ryde on Saturday as there [are] several little things I want to get. With fondest love darling Mummy to you and Father"
Note: Joan returned to Nunwell from Steeple Aston on Friday 15 September and on Monday 18 September set off to Cadenabbia, Lake Como, Italy, with her father (Mother too ill to go) to stay with Miss Fife and Daisy Garwood. They returned to Nunwell on 20 October (F. Oglander's Diaries)

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, Dover, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2014D  19 September 1899

"Here we are on the slopes of Dover Castle, 10.30 o'clock and they won't let us through the gate before 11. The Lord Warden gave us a very good dinner and nice rooms on the first floor - Joan slept well but I confess the trains did give me rather broken rest. However I can make up for that by sleeping in the day which I do not think Joan can do. It is decidedly cool and I am glad I am wearing my thick grey suit. My Dear - pity me - When I took out my evening shoes last night I found I had two left shoes I had chosen and packed them myself so nothing could be even reflected. Happily the left shoe was so loose that I wore it quite comfortably on my right foot - and I suppose I am not likely to dance! Joan declares she is not a bit tired - and sends her dearest love. Her hair is very loose behind her ears - her fringe parted in the middle - and she is covered with dust - This is her message to you but I cannot see any of it. There was a table full of 'Savants' of the British Association next us in the coffee room. Joan says she is glad I don't belong to it - as there is only one who looks the least bit like a gentleman! They are rather a rum looking lot and we were much amused at the way a venerable long bearded old chap mixed his porritch scientifically - patterns of cream - outpourings of milk and then such a mixing. Joan does not think much of the town of Dover - she says it is very dirty - and nothing but "dust and wind and hill" Goodbye my darling - our best love to Lady Hutt. Just off by the steamer 12.30, now.
P.S. Joan has got her bracelet safely"

Letter from the Editor, Debretts Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage and Companionage; and House of Commons and Judicial Bench, 160a Fleet Street, London, E.C., to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, Isle of Wight  OG/CC/2014E  20 September 1899

"Not having been favoured with a reply to the proof forwarded you a few weeks ago, I now beg to enclose a revised proof. May I ask you to kindly peruse and return this by an early post, with any necessary corrections and additions, or with marks of approval? If you can also add any residences or clubs which may be omitted, I shall feel further obliged, as it is of the utmost importance for the information given in a standard work like "Debrett" to be as complete and accurate as possible......."
[Order form and printed pedigree of Somerset, Dukes of Beaufort enclosed]

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, Villa Giuseppina, [Cadenabbia, Italy], to his wife Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2015  25 September 1899

"I was rather hurried in my wish to catch the post and hope I was not incoherent. I am returning you Powell's inscription for the window. I do not think it is enough. I wanted it to be in memory of those members of the Glynn family whose parents had been Oglanders and the names of the Oglander fathers must appear to show the connection. Would you mind just writing this to Powells and enclosing the two inscriptions, theirs and mine. Say also I think I had better see the drawings of the two coat of arms, before they make the glass. I should also be glad, if you would verify the date 1816 of the death of John Glynn's widow. In the big red Peerage, which lives by my dressing door, you would probably find it under title "Oglander" - failing that you would find it in Burkes Landed Gentry, second shelf from the ground in the oak bookcase in Library behind my table. Make Jamieson or Sporran stoop to find the book: failing both books, if you look in my cabinet opposite Library door, you would find the key to my library table drawers and in the bottom drawer near the windows, there is on the window side of the drawer a little parchment role - my m.s. pedigree of Glynn, where I am sure to have put the date of death of Sergeant John Glynn's widow. You might say to Messrs. Powell that I don't dislike abbreviations like Wo for widow and b for born and d for died. Do you like the Old English or Roman lettering? Tell them when you write. I don't mind which - but they may think as I make the inscription longer that Roman letters would be clearer. Also I don't know whether you like for our baby the words born and died, or died an infant 1883. By the way I never looked at the photograph of his gravestone, but it was 1883, not 1882, I believe. Trench offered me the use of his small boats so I rowed Joan and Daisy to Bellagio this morning and we bought £2 worth of olive things, which I ordered to be sent to you by post. I want you to open it as soon as it comes and keep anything you like. I liked the book slide with green ends 3 francs 50. The little slides are 2 francs. I also liked a long frame for photos, decorated like that. She only asked for £1 worth, so we can keep as presents, nearly half the things. Tell me if you want more of anything. I have bought 2 little old mirrors to put on the bare white spaces either side of the archway in drawing room. Also I bought an old wrought iron balcony front, thinking it would do for your centre bedroom window - now I remember that I should have to have low wooden doors made to fit under the sash to let anyone go on to it, and also I fear it would destroy the rose and also possibly interfere with drawing room sunblind, so I think I had better buy the pair of it and use them somewhere else, either build a wall to the little terrace, where the Irish yews are on right of flower garden and let them in to balustrade either side of grass steps or else build out an excrescence on leads outside red room window - making a light dressing place with big window for dressing room and use them there. Tell me what you think. They are very nice and only £2 10s. 0d. each. Your daughter is very jolly and we are going off to the Mylius Villa to play tennis with De Neuville girls. (The eldest Mylius daughter married De Neuville and is now a widow.) There is a nice Marchesa Spinola staying with Trench's. She knew Laura Glynn very well. I must finish now or I shall keep Miss Fife and the boat waiting. We tried a sketch yesterday and in the cool of evening Daisy took us a walk on the Brugli above Griante by "Glynn Point". I really appreciate the beauty of it all. Guiseppina put on her silk apron for festa yesterday. With fondest love."

Letter from Louisa Fife, Villa Guiseppina, Cadenabbia, Lago-di Como, Italy, to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, Isle of Wight  OG/CC/2015A  27 September 1899

"As I fancy Mr. Oglander may not have any time for writing today, I think I will fill up the breach and choose this day for writing my letter. I saw them all off in the boat from my balcony this morning precisely at eight o'clock and the last sound I heard was Joan's merry laugh at my waving white towel. It is not so' very sunny but quite a fine day and I think they will have a pleasant party all of whom they know or most of them. I was very anxious and so was Joan at the walk falling on the 29th but she assured me there was no sign of anything, and that she was by no means regular, so I felt it must be, and if it would only delay conveniently till Saturday night it would be very nice for she is so happy this week with her tennis etc., and next week some of the players will be gone. She and her father are going to lunch at the Oliphants tomorrow and her special favourite Daisy and Olga V. Neufville are coming to tea and tennis. Donna Giulia is coming on Friday to play and Saturday we are all to go a boat picnic, with the V. Neufvilles. It is so delightful to see Mr. Oglander in boating dress again and seems to take me back so many years but everyone asks for you dearie, and regrets your absence. Old Guiseppina is quite delighted to have Joan. She has taken the entire charge of Joan's lunch, for I thought it would be better as far as possible to go on with home ways and the old woman comes creeping in for her and carries off into the hall where she has put a table and chair and stands over her talking and making signs all the time. Every one beams at her and she is so bright and merry and hearty I don't wonder. It is such a happiness too to see her grown so much and stronger looking. I get her sometimes to lie down on my sofa, but she won't very often. During her week I shall try and get her to do so for the sake of the long back. I am always finding myself thinking what a wonderfully good and happy bringing up she has had and tho' it is not very learning still as she goes about with her father or with you she learns a great deal of knowledge of life and character which will be of much use to her later on and which a girl in the school room has small chance of acquiring. She does look so pretty especially in the hat trimmed with blue. She had on the dress with the 'V' yesterday for lunch when we had a luncheon party but the little slip was in. She and her Father both rather scoff at my old motherly injunctions about wraps. Well dear, I have written all this time without a word about yourself, and how pleased I am to see the tone in which Mr. Oglander speaks of you, which makes me feel you are holding your own as bravely and as unselfishly as ever, and you know dear the time is going on and surely we may hope that soon the long strain may relax and you feel really better. Now I must finish in a hurry for I hear a ring and expect it is rather an uninteresting old lady a Miss Clarke who I thought I had better have to lunch when the others were out and she could only bore me! Poor lady, that is a wrong way of putting it and by no means kind. I wonder if people say it of me. Well dearest, goodbye and thanking you so much for sparing your two dear ones to me for so long.
P.S. Mr. Oglander says we spoil him; we do try"

Letter from Great Western Railway, Paddington Station, London, W., to John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2016  28 September 1899

"I am desired by the Directors of this Company to acquaint you that a transfer, conveying £400 rent charge stock and £200 consolidated Guarranteed Stock out of your name to yourself and Charles S. S. Brown Esq., has been forwarded to this office for registration."

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, Cadenabbia, Italy, to his wife Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2016A  30 September 1899

"I have not much to say today so shall only send a card! I think it is most inexcusable of Mrs. P[akenham] M[ahon] to speak so of the bathing gown incident. I hope you asked whether she would like to see Maud treated so. I am so sorry you got tired about it. I don't want Powells bill sent. I quite agree about what you have written to James Powell. I hope you had not a lot of trouble to ascertain the date of "Susanna's" death. It occurred at Bath and she is buried at Cardinham, so it is not easy to find out if the books have not got it. You might look in G[lynn] pedigree in 2nd vol. of History of Trigg or Visitn of Cornwall in the lowest shelf of bookcase nearest my cupboard in Library (old door into drawing room). Joan was to have played tennis this morning but she is not taking such strong exercise now for a day or two. Tomorrow is Sunday so she won't mind. It is a wet afternoon and she is sewing. I walked to Menaggio this morning to see Vitali about the gates but he was away. I hope E. Boscawen will be with you when Bina leaves."

Letter from Maud Strickland, 4 St. Margaret's Place, Brighton, to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2016B  1 October 1899

"Thank you for your nice long letter but I am sorry you wont come to Brighton. I can't but think it would do you much good but you must know best. Lady Dillon comes on Tuesday and on that day we go up to Town for the day. You can have no idea what a lot of work (in a small way) this wee bit of work in re (purely legal) Mrs. Peelle gives us. By the way it is interesting to note (to those unconcerned with the matter) that Sefton is paying 14% for getting what is his own!! I am so glad you are enjoying your visitors, the travellers will soon be returning too. We shall look forward to seeing you both in the beginning of November and Joan too I hope. It has been raining almost ever since we reached here on Thursday in torrents with a little thunder and incessant lightening at night. We enjoyed our week at Ditchley as we always do. Lord Dillon was much more at home than he usually is. We got a telegram to say a young Artillary cousin was coming down today and I am so sorry for him for it is wretchedly wet and cold. He is rather disappointed he is not going to the Cape. Did I tell you that we wrote and asked Mr. Wemyss to come to tea in Edinburgh and that he telegraphed we go to him and wrote at same time saying his wife was not well and the Doctor was to be there at 5 o'clock so we did not see him as we did not see our way clear to going out there. She seemed from what he said to be rather bad as she was to remain in bed 3 weeks. He was so disappointed not to be able to get away. Let me hear from you soon again. Sefton has gone off to enquire how the Rouge Dragon is, he has had rheumnatic fever very badly in lodgings in the Old Steine"

Letter from Laura M. Wallis, Beedinglee, Horsham, to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2016C  4 October 1899

"Thank you for your letter and the cheque which I received safely yesterday, forwarded to me from home. I am so glad Joan is enjoying herself, I am hoping for a letter from her. I have heard nothing since she went to Oxford. I hoped she would be ready for lessons sooner than the 20th, but we must work hard when we do settle down, and it is so good for her to escape the first cold damp days which so often give her cold. I often wonder how you are keeping? I do hope you are at least no worse, but I am sure it is lonely and horrid for you and you will be glad indeed to get Mr. Oglander back, not to mention Joan! I am so enjoying being with Miss Lees and she is looking so well. I return home next week and shall be quite ready for lessons any date you fix"

Letter from Isolda Prideaux-Brune, Prideaux Place, Padstow, Cornwall to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2016D  4 October 1899

Administrative history:
Isolda Prideaux-Brune married the 6th Baron Ravensworth, a friend and trustee of Florence Oglander's. Her father, Charles Glynn Prideaux Brune was 2nd cousin of John Oglander

"As Joan is abroad I am writing to tell you that her delightful contribution has arrived safely; the bags will be most useful and I am delighted with them. Will you please tell her so when next you write? As you may imagine we are more than busy getting ready for the wedding* and I do hope it will be a fine day. I wish muchly you were to be there!"

Letter from John H. Oglander, Villa Guiseppina, Cadinabbia, [Italy], to his wife, Florence Oglander  OG/CC/2016E  4 October 1899

"First this is to wish you many happy returns of the day and many happier days too, my own darling - some of which I hope may be spent by us together on this dear lake - Our daughter and perhaps little ones of hers to add to our happiness. I was sure you would like to know that she feels the beauty of the place. Yesterday they had rather a wet climb up to the Castello above Varenna - but she enjoyed the luncheon at the hotel and all and is not a bit the worse today, but looking forward much to taking out luncheon presently and all going up to Gaeta in the big boat. I hardly know whether I shall be fit to row - for when I had been in bed an hour last night I had to get out and hurry down stairs and again in the morning early. I think it is evidently something I eat but am puzzled because I have just the same as Joan and the others and no one else is bothered. I avoid figs and think it may be the vegetables which I eat more heartily of than Joan does. At any rate I shall avoid them for a day or two and see the result. I don't feel ill - but am so frightened of an attack coming on at an inconvenient time Fifie and I had a pleasant lunch with the Trench's yesterday - only Miss Broadwood (Mrs. Shearmes Cousin) there. Mrs. Trench has very pretty taste and the rooms as you will remember are quite an education in taste and design. They are always adding more things and the villa and garden are so much grown over and improved. He sent Joan a basket of very fine American grapes because Miss Fife said she liked them. I think it is quite likely we shall start from here by Menaggio - Lugano and give up a day to going down to Como by steamer to see the exhibition. The Trench's had some huge garden flower pots about a metre across which I think would be nice at Nunwell and are very cheap, about 7 Frs., this sort of design. I ended in only having on one balcony from Patronis as I found the other was a little broken. There is a nice inlaid Prayer stool there with 3 drawers in it and queer turns which I think you would like but I have waited to settle until I could hear from you as you may say that you have not room to substitute a bigger thing for your present stool; it is this plan and the drawers are big enough to be useful and are inlaid in curves of quiet coloured woods - and is only £2 12s. 0d. I cannot draw it properly but I think it is a handsome old Prie-dieu and Patroni promised to keep it for me until I could hear from you whether you would like it or whether you would say you have not space for it in your room. If we go to Como for the day we shall not leave here until Friday 13th and your last letter to me here should be posted not later than evening of Tuesday 10th. After that Hotel Monnet, Vevey. I am going to enclose you bill of Bellagio things - yes the dark woman did shout - but fortunately Daisy came with us and engaged her. How do you like the new sort of things. They are real thin inlay and not painted. I thought book slides would be useful with a few readable books in visitors bedrooms. Perhaps if the bazaar is not coming off you need not settle with the Forsyths until we come home. As to the London flat. I don't at all know whether the Ogles would care to go to London. I think we must both be at home beginning of December for shooting and your guild and then Fifies visit, but if the Ogles would like it for December and first half of January, I would take it for November and latter half of January and 1st half of February. You might write and ask Edith what she thinks. If she wanted February perhaps the last fortnight in January would be enough for us. I should not press it at all on the Ogles or she would be sure to think she had not secured the best of the time, but I think that she at any rate does not specially like Xmas at home and in December she may like to do shopping. Then February is the time they say it is so cold at S.A. [Steeple Aston] I am sending you a little sprig of Olea fragraus but fear it will have lost all sweetness when it reaches you. Today is lovely again and I think we shall enjoy our picnic. I think your idea of photos in frames for old Jim is capital and we could get the frames in London if you cannot get what you want at Chivertons. I am sending you a note I wrote to Lady Hutt, and I don't know her address.
Will you please address and send it to her. I wrote to Strickland yesterday. I hope poor little Saxe is not unhappy. I should ask Rich what he thinks about his chance of ultimate recovery before you have him back because fond as we are of him I think it would be no kindness to have the poor little chap back if he cannot help being unclean. You see he is not like a hardy dog we could make an outdoor dog of. Joan is practising and says she is writing you a note. Again hoping you will have a happy day. Sporran can use for you from the 2 doz. of champagne, which came from Southlands"

Letter from J. Fardell, The Offices, Market Street, Ryde, I.W., to John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/2017  5 October 1899

"Admiral Sir Walter Hunt Grubbe has again opened up negotiations for the plot of land on which Moorman's cottage stands and were he not in a hurry, I would not have ventured to trouble you now. His present offer is to take the plot of garden land at £3 a year, subject to the Moorman's occupancy of the cottage, with the option on their deaths of taking a lease o the same at £8 a year, or in the alternative, he is prepared to surrender his present lease, which is subject to a £24 rent and to take a new one including therein the plot in question at a rent of £31, with an undertaking not to interfere with the old couple during their lives. I think considering the quality of land the Admiral has taken, the offer is a fair one, but I have no doubt, if his offer is refused, sooner or later you will get a rental of £8 a year for it. If you are disposed to accept it, I do not think you need fear any question raised by Mr. Glynn."

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, Villa Guiseppina, [Cadenabbia, Italy], to his wife, Florence Oglander  OG/CC/2018  [5th October 1899]

"I was sorry you had no letter from me on Saturday. I certainly wrote one and put it in to go in good time on Thursday, but perhaps it was stormy in the Channel. We have had some irregularity in letters too. About the flat, I am afraid it is not much good, as they do not want to let in November. I think in every way it is the best month for us to be away from Nunwell. It is damp and gloomy when the leaves are falling and the days are short at Nunwell. If you find they would let for November you could sound the Ogles whether they would care to take it on in December. You have your Guild - Then there is County Council and pheasant shooting demanding me and after that Christmas visitors. I would go up again for January, if you wished it, but I suspect the Ogles would not be easy people to alternate with, and then possibly the owners of the flat might not like such an arrangement and what should we do about Joan and the Wallis? I really leave it to you. I should prefer being at home December and up to perhaps 15 January, but if you don't mind leaving Joan, your doctor and the carriage, I would go for 2 winter months to London and the Ogles would take the other 2 months, it might be long enough to satisfy the owners. I must myself be home the last Wednesday in November for County Council. Could we go to Stricklands in November and then take a month or 6 weeks in January and February, if the Ogles would follow us? It is glorious day again today, so hot. We rowed across the Fiume Latte and went up to the source this morning. Poor old Fifie rather worrits Joan about wraps, but one knows she thinks it her duty. Yesterday the others stayed at home in the afternoon and Joan and I went in Trench's boat, round Bellagio point and down the Lecco lake under the Serbecloni Cliff to villa Jiulia. Joan rowed so very well and sculled me (slowly) right across the lake by herself. I keep on to see if she is tiring herself. This afternoon she wanted to sketch a cottage in the vineyard above the house, but Fifie begged her not to as she thought it must be damp after yesterday's rain. So poor Joan walks with us to Tremezzo, where Daisy wants to pay bills and I call on Madame Cetti. I really think I have shaken off the diarrhea at last. I had to be up in the night, but after breakfast seemed much as usual. Tomorrow the Trenches ask Miss Fife and me to lunch and on Sunday she and I and Daisy lunch at Longs. Joan will have Miss Sellem with her, whom she likes and gets on well with. Joan does her piano practice in the morning very regularly. An expedition to Argegno and over to Osteno on Lugano is talked about, but of course much must depend on weather in the next 9 days. I hope all is going on well, my own darling. Heaps of love from Joan."

Letter from John H. Oglander, Villa Guiseppina, Cadinabbia, [Italy], to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading  OG/CC/2018A  [6] October 1899

"Your daughter tells me she has written to you today so I shall rather curtail my epistle. Your dear letter of Tuesday only reached me this morning as the steamer took it into its head not to leave the mails at Cadinabbia last night but took the whole lot onto Colico! What would you say if that happened at Brading? It was a lovely day yesterday, the air very soft. After lunch we rowed in the big boat and Fifie gave me the choice where we should have tea, so I said 'Grosgallo'. I rowed stroke and the two men, one as randan, and Vito bow. We crossed over to the Laiterie then coasted down and at the Spiaggia with the bridge above it - found shade and had tea - those horrid Hoares have enclosed from the beach on to the rocky point opposite - Balbianello - and their nasty cottage is built just above where Joan fell into the water. They come for at most a fortnight in Spring but no one is allowed to land at any time. Then we passed the 'Echo' and rowed into the Grotto Verde. It is all very beautiful and nice and I am glad Joan should know it - but to me it is not a bit the same without you - and I almost fancy I hear your voice and want to ask you where you would like to be rowed next. I did not row coming home as one of my hands was inclinded to blister and I thought it would be a pity to let it break the skin and this morning it is quite right and hard. Then we came home watching the lovely shadows on the Eughadine mountains as you and I have so often done together and please God will certainly do again when you get stronger - but my Darling I don't think you would like the journey now - I felt very tired, and had a little diarrhea though we ate our own nice food, but it made one feel old to be put so much to wrongs by a journey. I don't think Joan felt it, she seemed and looked quite well yesterday but it is really only this morning that I feel quite right again. It is a rainy day and it is so long since I have seen one that I am quite glad of it - though we were to have taken luncheon and made an expedition in the boat. It is the Wainwrights last day - Mrs. Wainwright I decidedly like. She was a Miss Bannerman, a cousin of Campbell Bannerman's and lived in Monmouthshire. The son is 28 and a barrister but he is so small I thought he was a boy and when Mrs. Fife said he was a 'lawyer' I asked him whether he meant to be a barrister or solicitor and was rather flabbergasted when he said he had been 'called' several years! I shall think about poor Lady Hornby and enclose you a cheque for her. What did she say about Helen Lacy and Oxfordshire? I think it was most clever of you to find Mr. Fowler and do some horse dealing. Your price is £10 less than George the ostler said they had been offered for the mare. I should follow whatever Read advises about selling Robin and the pony separately - I should think Carters would be more likely to give a price for Robin than for the pony. I only want not to have the whole lot on our hands at once. Probably Fowler would be glad to keep their mare until the end of the Ryde season, but then they would be less likely to care to buy in Robin and the pony. I do think it would be prudent to give the extra guinea to have an examination by Blake. You settle just what you wish. I hope you sent the Landau to be tyred. I am glad you have the Falkland in the Island and will make Joan write to Mary Cary (She has done it) - It was very nice of them to ask Joan over - and I hope you will get Lady F[alkland] to come over to you. I think the idea of sending Saxe to Blake is a very good one. The poor little 'woggie' seemed to take to young Blake and galvanism might start his poor muscles at work again. Miss Fife proposed to take us to a garden party at the Trench's but I don't suppose we can go in this down pour this afternoon. Miss Berkely and Mrs. Sidney Atherley are at the Belle Vue and Miss Fife has invited them to lunch on Sunday. The garden here is wonderfully luxuriant and grown up - you can hardly see this villa from the lake now. Fifie is very funny about the O's. She says the Annesleys did not trouble much about them and did not come out to the steamer to see them off. Col.Annesley asked Miss Fife how she liked Edith so she answered "very much but there is no comparison between the sisters and Florence is my old friend", so Col. Annesley answered "Oh yes, poor Edith is a failure and she knows it"! She also tells me Muriel Hay is now Countess Munster and stays at what used to be the Pechells house at Bellagio - When Edith heard it she expressed a strong wish to see Countess Munster, so Miss Fife invited her saying the Ogles were here. They answered they could not come as they were going away and they never came over while the Ogles were here, but came afterwards and Miss Fife said she thought they had been going away - But they said no they had changed their minds and had not left. All the same they never came while Edith was here. Perhaps this accounts for Edith wishing to change her will and find another "poor relation"."

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, in the train from Lucerne, near Fribourg (posted on train) but stamped again at Vevey, to his wife Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2018B  14 October 1899

"I am going to make use of the long stoppages in a Swiss slow train to begin my letter to you. Joan liked Lucern very much but found it cold and with all the useless things J[amieson] sent with her she did not put in a pair of thicker stockings so J[oan] finds it very cold about her feet - so I wrapped the brown shawl round her feet and a coat over her knees and I trust she has not caught cold - Of course it is a very sudden change this side of the Alps. Joan likes the chalets so much and the comparitive cleaness of the houses and people after dear dirty Italy. I thought of you at the Schweizerhof and what a rare treat it used to be for you and me to go to an hotel of that class. I hope our darling Joan wont get spoilt by having so many of the good things of life at its beginning. She was very good about her packing at Lucern. I called her at 7. and she was all finished by 8.10 when I went in and took her night things for my trunk and strapped up hers. Then we went down to breakfast - getting out by a quarter to 9., and had a good hour or more shopping and walking getting a post card which I scribbled to you on the old bridge. My stylo very cross. I fear sometimes you must find it very difficult to read such writing. I am disgusted to find they have taken off a fast train I had reckoned on for getting home via Boulogne. If I have to come by Calais, it looks as if I may not reach London until Friday evening - Certainly too late for the down train to the Island that evening - but I would telegraph to you directly I got to England. I have stupidly lost or mislaid my little code book which is a nuisance. I was vexed at not being able to 'wire' about the apartment - but found we had only just time for lunch at Lugano - then 4 minutes in a storm at Goschenen and we did not reach Lucerne until 7. when I thought it would be too late to reach you that evening and we were tired too. Joan is busy knitting a blue comforter opposite me. We are economising by travelling 2nd class for this detour. Our luggage tickets are nearly as much as our selves here - and we both find ourselves quite comfortable. We had rather to bolt our lunch at Berne, but as Joan remarked I had not much business to grumble for I managed to tuck in soup, fish (very good), roast beef and chicken and salad but it had all to be done in 25 minutes and we did not know what platform our train would start from afterwards so we were rather fussed. I don't like the Swiss railway officials after the Italian - They may be cleaner but they are not so civil. I wish I knew you were downstairs again as usual and trust I may find a letter when we reach Rose Dartnell's this evening. I got a yesterday (Friday's) Morning Post at Lucerne but there seemed nothing fresh from the Transvaal. I hope we shall not bungle it, through having too few men at first - and it seems odd that Redvers Buller should only be starting out now - when hourly an engagement may be expected. We have just passed Fribourg. Do you remember our day there? Oh - how often I wish you were with us! Fancy I shall see Cheminin again tomorrow and the Vevey baths where you would take too long dressing! My hotel at Rheims will be the Lion d'Or. If you wrote to me there on Monday I should get it before I left on Wednesday or early Thursday morning. I ought to reach Bale, Monday, Rheims, Tuesday.
7.30 p.m. As the train now leaves 7 next morning I must stay a day then if we are to see the Cathedral, leaving Thursday morning early and reaching Victoria 5.40, shall sleep at Grosvenor Hotel. I think if poor Rose presses much for it I must stay until Tuesday with her - the train leaves for Bale at 11.40 a.m. Arrived very safe and sound. Rose met us at station and we bought a pair of warm stockings on the road to Rose's house, which is very nice with a lovely view of the lake. I found she had collected the letter from the Monnet. Thank you for both yours dear - I wish you could have said you felt stronger. I must think about how to get home. If you want me I should be sorry to be away beyond Friday. At latest I will be back early on Saturday afternoon. I think it very possible Rose will want us to stay until Tuesday morning but if you telegraphed to Lion d'Or, Rheim, I could come straight on if you really want me. I think Joan could try the mare on Monday very well."

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, 1 Place de Ancien Post, Vevey, Switzerland, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2018C  16 October 1899

"So glad to get your letter and Saturday post card and find you have got downstairs again but sorry E.B. leaves before I come. Why not get Laura [Glynn] over for 3 days. We shall be home on Friday. We have just had a nice expedition - round the end of the lake past Chillon by steamer - then landed and walked 3 or 4 miles on the French side of the lake to St. Gingolph where we had a capital tea on the terrace of a little hotel and have got back here by 5 o'clock. There are I fear no fauteuils lits for tomorrow night, but I will see Joanie is comfortable. There is a toilette in every carriage and I shall make her lie down most of the day at Rheims. I think Joan might try the mare on Saturday."

Letter from Lady Helen Boyle, Wellwood, Muirkirk, North Britain, to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2018D  25 October 1899

"Our letters crossed. I am so glad about the flat and do hope you will have pleasure in being there. It has quite cheered me up! Also, to know that you wont be there till 8th - As I shall see all the more of you. I hope I may do one or two more things on first going up - but am dying to settle down at home. If I am thought too weak to go off again in a day or two (my doctor must decide) I shall be there at home straight on. I never had such a cold, but hope it's all right now. It is a special thing I want to - or should not dream of going anywhere else. By the bye, I never heard if after all Gibbons got the Gaskell's place - I shall hear a line [when] I come up. Goodbye. Excuse a scrawl. So very glad the travellers enjoyed themselves. Is Joan coming to London too? Thats what I want to know. Don't bother to write, (but Joan can if she likes!). With love
P.S. How sad the war. Thank goodness we are succeeding. But at what cost! I am in hopes of getting south on Thursday - but not sure if I am "fit" enough - no the Doctor has just been here and I am not to go until Saturday. It means my cold has been too bad to do any thing else at present. So I am to go home and keep quiet."

Letter from Rev. W. H. Richards, Westridge, Nr. Ryde, to John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2019  [26 October 1899]

"I thank you for your letter of yesterday. I wanted to correspond with you about the appointment of additional lessees - who are also in my opinion trustees to the public - under their covenant with the lessor that the building should be used as a place of worship for church people. When I was offered the use of the chapel, there were the 3 original lessees who were at that time the late Mr. J. B. Lee, who offered the lease in the first instant to me, which I refused. He therefore offered it to your brother. As I said in my 1st letter your brother is, as far as I know, the only one still. I have always thought there should be three as at the first. Believing there to be still only one, I thought you were a proper person to be one. You may remember that some years ago, that I suggested to you that you and the Vicar of St. Helens should be added to your brother. You replied that you thought your brother would not accept either of you or me. But with your knowledge I wrote to your brother suggesting that he should do so. He answered declining to accede to that proposal. I see the force of your thinking that you should not be one of them, being the reversioner. If your brother insists upon remaining sole lessee or trustee, you can understand my desire not to have dealings with him alone. It is the business of the lessee and trustee to nominate to me as Vicar, the minister whom they chose to appoint and I can exercise my legal right to refuse their nominee. I remember well the circumstances under which Mr. Fincher, the minister in Mr. Dearsley's time [was appointed]. He would only consent to accept Mr. Fincher under a written promise from Bishop Wilberforce, and Mr. Fincher, that the latter shouldn't conduct the service contrary to his wishes. That promise was given, but it wasn't observed. It was a great trouble to Mr. Dearsley. Indeed I can well remember 2 of Mr. Dearsley's 3 sons telling me separately that they believed that chapel was their father's coffin. Now I don't want to have any such bother, but there's the chance of it. Therefore, I should like the lesseeship filled up. After my consent was given, I can't recall if the minister might be removed by the lessee or his licence might be revoked by the Bishop. It is not satisfactory that a minister there might be displaced by the lessee or lessees. I do not know nor have I ever heard of such a position. You and I were allies in opposing the lessees or trustees in their application to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners and the Bishop of Winchester. Looking back now, I almost regret the part I took in the matter. I should have had money in pocket and have saved myself a great deal of money."

Letter from Henry J. Mylius, Villa Olivetta, Menaggio, Lago di Como, Italy, to John H. Oglander  OG/CC/2019A  26 October 1899

"Many thanks for your letter enclosing a cheque for £10. I will cash the same at the Menaggio Bank, and leave the money deposited there until Vitali has actually begun work on your gate. The drawing has arrived safely. Tomorrow I will try and see Vitali and tell him to make a more detailed drawing on a somewhat larger scale of the design you have chosen. You had best see it before he actually begins. With such an important piece of work, it is well worth devoting some time to getting a design which may be entirely satisfactory. Are you in a hurry for the gates? Please let me know when you want them. I hope not before April at the earliest as I should like to see them, before they are sent off. I am most pleased and gratified at Vitali's getting the order and take as much interest in the work as if it were for myself. So do not be afraid of wearying me with instructions. I shall be here for another month, so there will be time tosettle the design definitely. My wife is in Milan for a few days. Were she here I am sure she would join me in kind remembrances to yourself and Miss Oglander."

Letter from Joan Oglander, [c/o Mrs. Laura Glynn], Fairleigh Shanklin, I.W., to her Mother, Florence Oglander, 94 Elm Park Gardens, London, S.W  OG/CC/2019B  5 November 1899

"Thank you for your letter. I am very sorry you felt the train so jolty, it was terribly bad coming down the other day. The flat sounds most cosy. I am very glad you are having the faithful C. I am sure he will be a great comfort to you. Please tell Father I will send the packet by him. I am having a very nice time with Cousin Laura. I found her sad yesterday as she had lost a great friend very suddenly. It poured with rain all yesterday and today with out ceasing. I was obliged to come in the closed carriage yesterday, wich was tiresom, (bother !) Yesterday afternoon we talked and worked and in the evening we played picurt [Pique?]. This morning we swam to church, it was a very nice service, we had my three favourite hymns, "Peace Perfect Peace", "Holy Father in thy Mercy, Hear our anxious prayer", "And now Oh Father, Mindful of the Love". Cousin Laura says the vicar is very nice, he is quite young, he preached a beautiful sermon. We stayed to the second service. We had intended to go to Church this evening, but we have had enough swimming for one day! This afternoon I read and Cousin Laura talked! You said you did not mind a pencil letter. I am longing for the concert tomorrow. I am glad Mrs. Strickland found the crockery useful! I wonder if you went to St. Paul's, Knightsbridge this afternoon. Of course Cousin Laura is very excited about the war, and our conversation always drifts back to it. I expect London is sad in some ways now. Did you see that Captain Blackburn was killed? I do hope nothing will happen to Jack. I am going to drive Lady Love home tomorrow and ride on Tuesday. Miss Goram and I are going to bike over in the afternoon on Tuesday. I will write to Lady Falkland. Cousin Laura has kindly asked me to come again. I am to write and let her know. Please write soon and tell me exactly what you are doing and who you have seen. With much love to you and Father, your Joan Midget"
Note: The Oglanders took a flat, 14 Sussex Mansions, Sussex Place, Onslow Square, London, on 8 November. They returned to Nunwell on 28 November. Charles, the butler at Nunwell, was summoned to join them in the flat.

Letter from Henry J. Mylius, Villa Olivetta, Menaggio, Lago di Como, Italy, to John H. Oglander  OG/CC/2019C  6 November 1899

"I am sending you four designs of gates and hope you may find something among them that will please you. The designs are all to the scale of 1/10 and will give a better idea than the original design, although they are all more or less sketchy and unfinished. Please examine them and let me know which you select. Perhaps you may like the border of one, the lower panel of another and so on. If so, of course the different parts can be put together and any alterations you may wish for can be introduced. All I must beg of you is to let me know your wishes as soon as possible so that I may be able to give Vitali the necessary instructions here. I leave (about the 20th inst.) Vitali is quite excited over the prospect of making these gates and most anxious to show what he can turn out. He has ordered the heavy iron for the frame and will begin putting that together in the course of next week. I enclose the bank slip giving the proceeds of your cheque for £10. The 269 lire are deposited in the Bank and will be paid to Vitali as soon as the frame is put together. Vitali finds the weight of the gates will be about 500 kilog. and after careful consideration he also finds he may have to charge somewhat more than the Lira 1.50 per kilog. that he first told you. Anyhow the price will not exceed 1.80 per kilog. I think you can perfectly trust him not to overcharge and leaving him a margin to work on will ensure good workmanship. The price includes packing and delivery at Como. Please let me know when you want the gates sent off. Kindly return all the drawings."

Letter from Joan Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, Isle of Wight, to her father, John Oglander in London  OG/CC/2020  [7 November 1899]

"Dearest Father, thank you so much for your letter. I have found the envelope I think you mean sent it with Charles. I had a very nice time with cousin Laura. We did a high amount of talking! Mrs. Forsyth has asked me to stay there on Saturday, the 18th. I always find it pleasant there. The concert was lovely yesterday, the room was full. Cousin quite intended to go then she thought she ought to give the money to the fund for widows and orphans, wasn't that holy of her? This morning I went out riding but it was not quite successful. When Lady Love came round, she seemed very excited and kicked very much. We couldn't think what was the matter with her. I finally mounted with great difficulty. She kicked all down the road from the gate and at the bottom of the road, my stirrup broke in the middle of a kick! so I slid off and walked ignominously home with the horses. The mare was very fretful in going home and Read found that her girths had seperated and her skin was pinched between. Read is going to make the girth into one so that it wont happen again. Poor dear, she was quite quiet after her saddle was taken off, and I went up afterwards and gave her some sugar. I was so sorry for her. Read has brought terrible war news this evening from Ryde, that the Boers have made a tremendous attack upon Ladysmith and that General White and General Touburt are killed and only 12 of the Gordon Highlanders left. I do hope it is not true. With much love, Your Midget."

Letter from Joan Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, Isle of Wight, to her mother, Florence Oglander, in London  OG/CC/2021  [7 November 1899]

"Darling Mother. Just a line to tell you how much we enjoyed the concert. It was perfectly lovely. I did wish you had been there, the accompanist played so beautifully. His runs were perfectly exquisite and oh the violin, I did love it. I send you the programme. Please send it back in your next letter. I have written to Lady Falkland. I suppose you told her I am going to bring Armie. I do so wonder what the flat is like. I meant to have told you, I got on all right at the Dentists. He stopped 2 toofykins. I was rather bad. Little friend not arrived, yours Midget."

Letter from Joan Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W., to her mother, Florence Oglander, in London  OG/CC/2022  9 November 1899

"I am sending you the work I have written to Harris and asked not to try any more to get it, unless they have got it already. I am glad you sympathize with the ride. I wrote to Lady Falkland and said the 12.30 train if it will not inconvenience her. The drilling class sounds fun. I had a particularly nice dancing class yesterday. Mdme. R. danced the valse with me. She said I made a very good partner and danced as if I enjoyed it which was nice, wasn't it!! We are learning two such pretty new dances. Mary tells me that Aunt Katie has seen in the paper that Captain O'Brien and Captain Wemyss have gone out to South Africa. I do not [think] it can be true because Frank surely is not strong enough, but still papers don't often make mistakes like that do they? Please tell me when you write. I ought to have told you Mr. Daish says I am cutting one of my wisdom teeth!! My gum was hurting me in Italy and I said I thought it was that and they only laughed and said I was too young!! I am looking forward to Freshwater. I shall write to you from there. It is a quarter to nine so I must go my bed! Goodnight sweet mother, your loving loving Midget P.S. We are so very comfy in our rural lodgings!"

Letter from W. H. Richards, Westridge, Nr. Ryde, I.W., to John H.G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2022A  9 November 1899

"I thank you for your letter of 27th ult: At my request Sir Walter Hunte Grubbe has kindly consented to communicate with your brother about the nomination of a minister to serve the Sea View chapel. He hadn't at this date seen him, but he tells me in a letter today that he has written to him, informing him that I wouldn't be responsible for the duty at the Sea View chapel after the 31st prox: He says the only address he could get at Sea View was the Golfer's Club in London. I have not, I think, ever questioned "the right of the lessees to nominate a minister, subject to the ministers approval". Why I wrote that the lessees were also Trustees to the public was that they collected the money from the public for building a chapel for the use of the public. Some of the contributors such as the late Lord Eversley, Col. Vernon Harcourt and Mr. le Marchant were advised by the late Mr. John Pearson and Sir Charles Hale that the lessees would expose themselves to an action in the court of Chancery, if they closed the chapel. I have nothing to do with the appointment of lessees, only I think that as long as the position of the chapel remains as it is, the vicar should be one of them. I shall not continue as vicar for many more years. Had I known the position of matters, I should never have applied for the living at all. Bishop Wilberforce said Mr. Fincher's licence ceased with the change of Incumbents, but the opponents wont assent to that. I quite think that the formation of a District Church is the best solution of this difficulty, but where is the endowment to come from? Bishop Harold Browne didn't take the same view of the value of Mr. Fincher's licence - hence my action in the court of Arches - on the advice of the above eminent counsel - but where I was thrown over was in this - that after I had won my case and Mr. Fincher had to go - I couldn't get the chapel and then Col. Vernon Harcourt and the others would not act on the advice of those counsel and the chapel remained closed for a year and a quarter. So really I had spent my money - £1,000 - chiefly indirectly, for nothing. Therefore I may well regret that I took the course I did. I was made to appear like a dog in the manger. The chapel has bothered more than 5 Bishops of Winchester in succession and it will be always liable to troubles. It's hard on the Vicar of St. Helens. You may not perhaps know it, but this is the fact that if a £1,000 is offered to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners and the Bishop and they agree about the formation of a district church, the Incumbent has no say in the matter. He can only protest. I shall certainly exercise my power of veto in refusing a High Ritualist or a member of the English Church Union. A moderate high church man in his doctrinal opinions I should prefer. I quite agree with you that the minister should not be an extreme man, either way. I won't trouble you any further, only wonder that there was a time when I would have offered the £1,000 but at that time it would not perhaps have been accepted by the lessees and now its too late. Bishop Wilberforce suggested that I should offer the £1,000 and then he would use his influence with the Eccles. Commissioners to consolidate the 2 churches."

Letter from Joan Oglander, c/o Lady Falkland, The Briary, Freshwater, to her mother, Florence Oglander, 14 Sussex Mansions, Sussex Place, Onslow Square, London, S.W  OG/CC/2022B  11 November 1899

"We got here quite safely yesterday. I brought my bike, but it is much to windy to attempt it. Lady Falkland says she is going to write to you tomorrow, so I shall write on Monday again, love your Midget"

Letter from Joan Oglander, Freshwater, I.W., to her mother, Florence Oglander, 14 Sussex Gardens, Sussex Place, London, S.W  OG/CC/2022C  12 November 1899

"I find after all that Lady Falkland is not going to write. I am enjoying my visit very much except that it is rather spoilt by the arrival of my little friend, isn't it too agravating. I must stop as the post goes in 2 minutes, I did not know it went so early. Armie got the cheque alright"

Letter from Henry J. Mylius, Villa Oliveta, Menaggio, Lago di Como to John H. Oglander  OG/CC/2022D  16 November 1899

"Your letter and the drawings are to hand and Vitali has begun fitting the frame work of the gates. I have carefully explained your remarks and wishes to him and he will do his best to carry them out. I certainly think the design you selected is the best of the four submitted. We now await your decision as to the lower panel. My opinion is that one arabesque panel will be more in keeping with the rest of the gate and I think it should be of a heavier and simpler design than the upper panels. Structural reasons demand something substantial. Then too as the lower panel is more apt to receive rough usage, it is better to avoid ornamentation which might easily be damaged. From the esthetic [sic] point of view too, I think that with the somewhat delicate design of the upper panels, something rather simple and more massive will look better in the lower part. As regards the upper panels the drawing shows the work as being lighter than it will be in reality - the lines having been drawn in too thin. If the designs last sent show some departure from the original pencil drawing that you liked it is because it struck me that a good deal of the work was hardly adapted to a park gate, which as you said would be exposed to possible rough treatment. I therefore told Vitali to avoid ornaments which could easily be damaged as much as possible and to see that the various curves were strongly knit together. The 2 flowers which you have now introduced are over 9 feet from the ground and so out of harms way. Anyhow I have impressed on Vitali the necessity of making them as strong as possible. You do not say anything about the ornamentation on the top of the gate. Am I to take it that you approve of the design shown in No. OG/1. Vitali is preparing a plan with the exact dimensions of the gate and where the hinges will come. As soon as it is ready I will send it and then you can safely proceed with the [blank] of the pieces. We are leaving here on the 23rd and I hope to hear from you before starting as to the few points still undecided."

Letter from Rev. W. H. Richards, Westridge, Nr. Ryde, I.W., to John Oglander, Nunwell, Brading  OG/CC/2023  17 November 1899

"I thank you for your letter from London. Admiral Sir Walter Hunt Grubbe writes me on the 11th November that he has heard from Mr. Glynn "who does not see his way to doing anything, and will not agree to fresh additional lessees". He - that is your brother - says this "It is for Mr. Richards to write to the Bishop or his secretary that he - as perpetual curate of St. Helens gives his assent to a district of Sea View being made" also "no steps are likely to be taken to find a man willing to take Sea View until he would be thus secured in his position". I have nothing to do with the formation of a district. First must come the offer to the Bishop and the Ecclesiastical Commissioners - of the required £1,000 - then the promised gift of the land for Bishops can't consecrate leasehold. If we accepted the offer or were disposed to accept it, they no doubt would notify the patrons and me of the offer and their disposition in the matter, and would invite from us an expression of our opinion. My assent or consent is not necessary. Meanwhile I have decided to give up serving the chapel beyond the 31st prox. I notified the Bishop of my wish so to do last summer and I have since informed him of my decision. The fact is my health is not so certain as it was. I cannot any longer be responsible for 4 or 5 services on a Sunday and the obtaining of satisfactory assistance is difficult in winter. I gather your brother will not use his power as lessee and I have none in the matter."

Letter from Henry J. Mylius, Villa Olivetta, Menaggio, Lago di Como, Italy to John H. Oglander  OG/CC/2023A  22 November 1899

"Your letter and the drawings duly arrived today and I have already seen Vitali. Your idea of the cast iron scutcheons is capital. Vitali will see to having them properly executed if you will send him proper full size drawings of the scuteons. Vitali would have them cast in bronze instead of iron, so as to get a good clear design. Of course the bronze would be painted, so that it would not be distinguished from iron. Please send the drawings of the arms direct to Vitalis, as we are leaving on Friday for Milan and Egypt. The frame work of the gates is put together and looks very well and substantial. The Ital. Lire 269 has been paid to Vitali, and you must make no further payments until the gates are finished. I am sending you a sketch giving the exact width of the gates and the position of the hinges. In the sketch the pillars are drawn 75 centimetres thick and 80 c.m. at base but of course these dimensions can be altered to suit your requirements only do not forget that as there will be a great strain on the top hinges, a massive pillar is necessary. Vitali is preparing a letter or contract stating the price and conditions for the work and will send it to you tomorrow, after having shown it to me."

Letter from Joan Oglander, [postmark Brading], to her mother, Florence Oglander, 14 Sussex Gardens, Sussex Place, London, S.W  OG/CC/2023B  22 November 1899

"Thank you so much for your letter. I am very glad you see how it is about the frock. I am going to wear my black hat. It has got yellow chiffon. I enjoyed my time with the Forsyths immensely. After M[ary]'s arithmetic we did our needlework and talked till luncheon. It was bazaar, bazaar, bazaar, bazaar, bazaar, bazaar, bazaar, bazaar, for ever more ! (private ) After luncheon J. Cockrane came and we went for a long walk. When we returned Mary C. joined us and we did our needlework and talked and settled what games we should play on my birthday!! On Sunday we went to church, it was a very nice service, we stayed to Holy Communion. When we came back we found Hugh Lillingston. In the afternoon we four went a long walk and then read till tea time. After tea we talked and then sang hymns. After dinner we sang hymns etc. until 9 o'clock, then Hugh went and Mary and I went to bed so that we might have a lovely long talk, which we did! I slept in Mary's room and she with her mother. Hugh is such a dear, I am sure you would think him nice, he is working for an exam at Portsmouth now. It was settled that we should come home from Portsmouth by the boat on Monday morning arriving at Ryde at 10.20, so it would have been just nice time for me, but the Emperor was not in sight when the boat was to start so it was settled to go back by the 11.20 so I wired to Jamieson and to Miss W. to tell Sidney to put up when we came. It was beautiful seeing the Hohenzolern glide into the harbour followed by her escort. All the bands played and the ships were dressed rainbow fashion. We then went up to the station which was crowded with people waiting for the Royal train. We got on a railway truck! Fraulein was in a fearful state of excitment when the train came, she shouted Hock Hock drei mal hock! We saw the Emporer quite well. We all waved our kerchiefs frantically! When it was all over we found the 11.20 boat had just gone. So we had to wait an hour for the next. We did not get back here till nearly two! I did enjoy it so much. Please give my best love to Lady Hellen when you see her, and tell her I saw the eldest Miss Wilberforce, Geraldine and their brother at Portsmouth Station, they had come down to see the Emperor. They seemed delighted to see me, but wasn't it disappointing I only just had a glimpse of them because I saw Captain Forsyth fussing for me in the distance, so I obliged to fly, for I did not like to keep him waiting. I hope they did not think me rude, I should so like to have seen more of them. Please excuse this writing and paper but I am very tired and cannot find any writing paper! I am looking forward to tomorrow very much. I have had such a sweet letter to Cecil. [sic] I will send the 2/- to Cousin Syd. Frol[ic] came back this morning, we are so glad to have her. Past bed time must fly, Armie calling! your own Midget.
P.S. We biked to Sandown this morning"

Letter from Rev. W. H. Richards, Westridge, Nr. Ryde, I.W., to John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading  OG/CC/2024  11 December 1899

"Since I saw and spoke to you last Saturday the 2nd inst., I have come across a parcel of documents relating to the attempt made to make Sea View and the Chapel a separate parish. I had not seen them for many years. Indeed I would not have affirmed that they were in my possession. However, I looked over them, among others Mr. John Pearson's opinion that the action of the then lessees, the two Messrs. Cunningham and Mr. J. B. Lee in claiming proprietorship of the Chapel building and offering it to the Bishop and the Ecclesiastical Commissioners was fraudulent. That opinion was afterwards endorsed by Sir Charles Hall. I had Admiral Sir Walter Hunt Grubbe here on Saturday and offered these opinions to him for his perusal and another document by Dr. Spinks - a great authority on Church matters. In that Dr. Spinks says there was a covenant in the lease granted by your father, that the building should never be consecrated. That difficulty the Admiral said might be got over by your closing for non-payment of rent, so nullyfying the lease. Those eminent counsel give it as their opinion that the lessees were trustees for the money collected for the building. On Saturday the Admiral showed me a letter from your brother to him, in which your brother says "Richards must signify his consent or assent to the Bishop for the formation of a district parish". It is for the Ecclesiastical Commissioners and the Bishop to notify the Patron and the incumbent that they are considering the proposal to create a separate parish and they ask them for their opinion."

Letter from Beatrice A. Molesworth, 70 Elm Park Gardens, London, S.W., to her cousin, John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2025  13 December 1899

"Thank you so much for your kind gift of pheasants. It was so kind of you thus to recollect me. I hope you are all keeping well and escaping influenza and that dear Florence does not find the great variations of the weather trying. I heard from my brother this morning [Charles Glynn Prideaux-Brune] and I am thankful to say he had a satisfactory return to Prideaux Place and did not seem at all the worse for it. Gertrude and Beatrice [Charles's daughters] have been still suffering from these colds. How sad it is for poor Isolda [Charles' other daughter, Mrs. Ravensworth, later Lady Ravensworth] to have her anxieties increased by the wreck of the 'Isenore'. I trust Major Alexander's three chargers may come if they have been saved. It is so important that the cavalry should be well horsed and his were beautifully trained. With love and very best wishes to you all for the coming Christmas."

Draft letter from John Fardell, Ryde, to John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/2026  [January 1900]

"In answer to your letter of 8th inst., Sir Wm. Hunt Grubbe originally took by lease dated 6 November 1895, 3 plots of land on the south side of Somerset Road [Seaview] at a rent of £24 a year from Michaelmas 1895. At Lady Day 1898, he took as garden part of the site of Somerset Road on the north of his original premises, Plot 64 and part of Plot 63 at a rent of £6 a year for 7 years, but the lease stipulated that, if at any time during the said term, the lessee should be desirous of having a lease of the said premises for a term of 999 years then on giving the lessor notice to that effect the lessor should at the request and cost of the lessee and on surrender by him of premises comprised in the lease of 6 Nov. 1895 and of the then present lease grant to him a new lease of premises comprised in the lease of 6 Nov 1895 for a new term of 999 years at the yearly rent of £32, such new lease to contain the usual covenants on the part of the lesser and lessee respectively as were contained in the lease of 6 November 1895. Admiral Hunt Grubbe now wants to surrender the present lease and take 3 plots on the south side of Somerset Road, the plot which he now holds as garden ground and also a plot in Steyne Road, contiguous to the south side of his original premises, with a frontage of 56 feet to Steyne Road and 100 feet in depth, and his offer is £35 for the 5 plots. We agree with you that he might have them temporarily at that price, but that when built upon he should pay the same rent and be subject to all the covts. contained in the leases of the estate. The frontages to New Steyne Road between Sir William Hunt Grubbe's southern boundary and the new road laid out on plans parallel to Somerset Road, but nearer to Fairy Hill House is 10 feet."

Letter from Hughes & Aston, 71 Edgeware Road, London, to John H.G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2027  16 February 1900

"We have the pleasure to enclose the half yearly interest account and have this day forwarded cheque for £27 17s. 11d. to be placed to your credit at the National Provincial Bank of England, Ryde."

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, [c/o Latimer and Emmie Le Marchant], 18 St. George's Road, London, S.W., to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2027A  24 February 1900

"On the chance of this being brought to you in church tomorrow I will write a brief report. Emmie had amongst other people at tea yesterday a Mrs. Murray, sister of one Mrs. Childers of Sussex Mansions. She sent me word by Joan that her sister was abroad and the flat let at present but that they would be glad to let it for 6 weeks after Easter - if we wanted a short let. I told Mrs. Strickland this at dinner and she said "Oh, but we want you to have our house if we go - Of course we don't feel quite certain about going as I don't want to go unless I get some one nice to travel with". It seems to me it would be difficult to pack Joan in at Sussex Mansion. She is gone off with Lady Hutt and I hope will enjoy herself. I gave your message about getting everything ready for this evening - and wrote a note to Lady Hutt asking her to see that she did not renounce the shelter of St. James Hall doors until the carriage had come up - and to wrap herself up. She was "snuffly" this morning but it is so warm here I don't think she can do herself any harm. Edith has asked her to go to church and music at the Albert Hall after lunch tomorrow. Did you remember E's birthday? It is a comfort to know you will have Mrs. Forsyth with you tomorrow and I hope you will be very happy together. Still no news (4 p.m.) of Cronge's surrender - They seem inclined to turn on Methuen here - and say the Highlanders call him "Lord Let'em in" and Buller the "Ferryman" because he has so often been across the Tugela. I think all such pleasantries are ill-timed."
Note: Jack and Joan Oglander went to London on 21 February to stay with the Latimer le Marchants for a few days. They returned to Nunwell on 27 February [Florence Oglander's diaries]

Letter from Percy G. Stone, Thorpe Lodge, Sandown, to John H.G. Oglander  OG/CC/2028  5 March 1900

"So sorry to have missed you, but I had to go over to Freshwater about the church alterations there. It is so kind of you to take all this trouble on my account and I should like to go through the deeds of the manors anyhow. I will come over Thursday morning Many thanks."

Letter from Percy G. Stone, Thorpe Lodge, Sandown, to John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/2028A  9 March 1900

Administrative history:
John Kingswell of Marvell, I.W., steward at Carisbrooke Priory for Sir Francis Walsingham, made a copy of the Cartulary of Carisbrooke about 1600, which was inherited by his grandaughter, Ann Major, wife of Richard Cromwell, the Lord Protector.

"Very many thanks for you letter and notes which are very acceptable. Taking the first it may interest you to know that the copy of the Black book of Carisbrooke Priory was made by Kingswell - which accounts for its presence among the Cromwell Russell Mss. The 2nd note re the King's advent is at variance with the generally accepted statement that he came into the Island on November 22nd. Have you a copy of Sir John's account of the King's coming as I have just reached that period in my Mss.? or shall I get it from the Castle? It would be the most interesting and accurate as being a contemporary account. My scheme - after the subject of "general" history is to divide the Island into E. & W. Medine and then take the parishes alphabetically mentioning the manors in each parish and giving what short account I can of them and their holders and describing any interesting buildings belonging to them still in existence. This will I think be plain sailing, and the accounts must be short. I should start each manor with its Domesday Entry. By the way have you a Worsley's History you could lend me? Mine is at Goring. Many thanks for your kind offer of help which will be very acceptable to yours truly.
P.S. Please excuse this hasty scrawl but I am in the thick of writing. Shall I sound Mrs. Stratton about her copy of Hillier for you?"

Bibliography: Sir John Oglander's Common Place Book and the Cartulary of Carisbrooke, published by Isle of Wight Record Office 1981, p.xl

Letter from John Fardell, Market Street, Ryde, I.W., to John H. G. Oglander, Esq  OG/CC/2029  22 March 1900

"I have had no difficulty what so ever in making the declaration required by the Gas Light and Coke Company and have returned same with the exhibit to the Assistant Secretary. I enclose the original contract and my draft of the conveyance of the Brading Harbour to the Harbour Company and I am of the opinion that such conveyance does not pass the manorial rights existing thereover as the words used in the parcels are not sufficiently extensive enough to pass the same. Mr. Glynn is quite right about the error made by Mr. Caws in defining the limits of the plot of land, leased to Admiral Sir W. Hunt Grubbe. I saw the Admiral some weeks ago about it and arranged very agreeably with him to pay for the extra frontage. This can be done without in any way affecting the future development of the other plots adjoining. I also called Mr. Caws attention to the matter immediately and impressed upon him the necessity of getting his measurements exactly correct in future. The error arose, I believe, through the land being measured with a tape, which was afterwards found to be incorrect. I saw Mr. Keller today and he then returned me the draft conveyance approved. I am having it ingrossed and it will be ready for your signature in a day or two."

Letter from Rev. W. H. Richards, Westridge, Nr. Ryde, I.W., to John H. G. Oglander, Esq., Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2030  9 April 1900

"I have within the last few days taken counsels opinion on the question of the right of nomination of a clergyman to serve Sea View Chapel, subject to the Incumbents consent, and his opinion is that it is with the Incumbent of St. Helens. That being so I'm not prepared to consider your brother's claim to nominate the minister of the Chapel. It is a pity your brother didn't accede to the suggestion of the Sea View Church Committee. Counsel had a copy of the original lease before him and he based his argument on the decision in my favour which was given by the late Sir Robert Phillimore, the Dean of the Court of Arches."

Letter from John Fardell, Market Street, Ryde, I.W., to John H. G. Oglander, Esq  OG/CC/2031  [May 1900]

"I omitted on Saturday to speak to you about Bronwin's wages. At the time I engaged him he asked for 30/- a week, which I declined then to give, but I promised if he gave satisfaction the matter should be afterwards reconsidered. He reminded me of the promise the other day and called attention to the fact that the other carpenter working with him, though under his directions, is receiving more than he is, viz 7½d. an hour, which I find on enquiry is the current rate of wage of carpenters in regular employment. With your permission, I think it would be as well to give Bronwin the rise he asks for."

Letter from Edward Carpenter, 321 Fulham Road, [London] [Millthorpe Holmesfield, nr. Sheffield crossed out], to John H.G. Oglander  OG/CC/2032  6 May [1900]

"I should be very pleased and so would Ida [his niece Ida Hyett] if you and your daughter would call on Monday at 3.00., but as I am leaving for the North on Tuesday morning, you will, I am sure, excuse somewhat of haste and disorder. My niece will be staying on at the flat for a while. It was indeed a pleasure to me to see you again."

Letter from Henry J. Milius, Villa Olivetta, Menaggio, Lago di Como, Italy to John H. Oglander  OG/CC/2032A  18 May 1900

"Excuse my not having acknowledged your letter sooner, but I have been waiting to give you some positive news about the gates. At last they are finished all but a few last touches and a coat of paint. Next week they will be sent off, so you should receive them about the 20th June. As all who have seen the gates find them very handsome, I trust they will meet with your full approval. The approximate weight will be 700 kilog., say 14 cwts. The hinges will sustain the gates perfectly without any wheel and circular rail. I should not put any. Of course the pillars must be sufficiently solid and if of brick built in cement and yes there will be a lock. Vitali and I have devoted a good deal of thought to producing something simple, practicable and solid. We think we have succeeded and hope you'll think the same. Vitali will greatly appreciate any further orders for gates that you may procure for him, only he must be given plenty of time to carry the work out. My wife and I are rather thinking of going to England this summer; but nothing is settled yet. If we do, we will let you know and should very much like to pay a visit to your beautiful island. My wife is at last back from Florence and joins me in kind regards."

Letter from Henry J. Milius, Villa Olivetta, Menaggio, Lago di Como, Italy to John H. Oglander  OG/CC/2032B  2 June 1900

"Your letter with the cheque for £71 5s. duly arrived a few days since and I now return Vitali's bill receipted in full and the Bank slip showing that owing to the exchange being lower, the cheque produced only Lire 1095.50 instead of Lire 1111.80, but do not trouble about remitting the difference of Lire 16.30. Vitali does not expect it and is perfectly satisfied, as your having paid in full before the gate arrived is more than he could expect. Both Vitali and I are very glad to hear you are pleased with the photograph and trust you will be equally satisfied with the gates themselves. The weight turned out somewhat more than we had expected. The gates alone weigh Kilog. 803 [weight of iron gates the pair rather over ¾ of a ton added in red pencil]. The hinges etc. 58 kil. I enclose a sketch of the required granite threshold, which should be at least 13ft. 4" long, 1ft. 8" broad and 11" thick. It should be built into the pillars as shown on the sketch. The gates should be hung on the inner corner of the pillar (see sketch) so as not to interfere with the clear width between the posts. I fancy they will be strongest if built with brick throughout, good facing brick outside, hard kiln brick inside. As to the height be governed entirely by the looks. You are sure to have sufficient weight above the upper hinge, for as a matter of fact there is very little weight resting on that. The main strain is all on the lower block, which is embedded in the granite threshold. The large granite balls will look exceedingly well and of course with such large heavy gates, the posts must be sufficiently massive and high. After seeing, and with the help of the photograph you will be able to judge what the dimensions of the posts should be. My wife and I are most grateful for your kind invitation. If we do go to England, which is not quite decided yet, the 2nd week in August would be about the time that suited us best for a little visit to the Isle of Wight. We very much look forward to seeing you and your beautiful place and hope it may be possible for us to do so."

Letter from William Anthony Glynn, Lostwithiel, [Cornwall], to his brother, John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/2033  29 June 1900

"I have been down to judge for Cornwall County Society and taken the opportunity to walk over to Cardinham. The present parson just appointed, I understand, means to take in hand the saving of the side ailses of the church. The Parish have put a new roof on the body and the chancel. I found fragments of memorial stones of the family used as paving stones elsewhere - the William Glynn Memorial tablet erected by Denys Glynn is undoubtedly in a very bad state, the flooring of the Glynn vault which I paid for requesting the then Rector to see to - is done in common deal boarding, the seats now used by Col. St. Aubyn being also common plain boarding over the vault. I found the first bench end had the Glynn arms thus on end of it [sketch shown] in the old original oak seating, which is particularly grand, curious and heavy. Also I could see in the open waggon roof the gilding and colouring where evidently originally the Glynn Chapel had been, though now on the floor. All is open and nothing to indicate it ever existed. It is very curious and interesting to go as a stranger and hear the people talk "of the old family that used to be at Glynn" and "they had heard it had been wrongly sold and the representatives of the family still existed somewhere up the country" that "Glynn had been burnt down by two women, who came there to be revenged on the Old Squire for slighting them". I find old people are still living at Glynn, who worked there for Edmund Glynn. I mean to try to see them. They were 80 years and upwards. I estimate some £4-£500 would be necessary to put the Glynn part into proper repair. I assume in law it belongs to the family still. In fact when I was requested to put new covering to the vault, the then Rector so intimated to me and called on me to pay for it, which I did. If the present Rector carries out his intention to repair the rest of the Church, and it certainly sadly wants it, as the windows are falling in and roof very bad, flooring etc. It has struck me at once either the Glynn part will pass away if repaired by Public Subscription or fall to pieces if not done again. It is a reproach to a so called respectable Family - that it should be so neglected - It is our family burial place. The question is at once how can it be undertaken. I should like to see it restored to its original condition, in good order and no doubt the Rector and Churchwardens would gladly see it done. Now where is the money to come from? You are the only one with the means. You stand in my shoes as to family property, but the public would look to me, as the head of the family. If I had the means, I should do it at once, but I have not. What with Minnie having her own income to herself and the Hotel being vacant so long - I am proud when the Bank Book comes in with a trifle of credit balance. In fact I deny myself every possible expense but with Seagrove on my hands, which I cannot get an offer for and the Hotel using hands - I have nothing to spare from what I absolutely require to make both ends meet and could not expend what is required at Cardinham. What can you offer for the future? I don't mean down on the nail but with a view to the future. I was told the people come from miles and the church fills for evensong.
P.S. Letters to Seagrove always forwarded in course of time."

Letter from Henry J. Milius, Villa Olivetta, Menaggio, Lago di Como to John H. Oglander  OG/CC/2033A  3 July 1900

"Replying to yours of the 29th ult. £24 to £25 is an enormous price to pay for a threshhold and no wonder you wanted to find something cheaper. I do not remember what Portland Stone is like but no doubt it would answer for the purpose. But I have been thinking that the simplest and cheapest would be in lieu of a regular threshold to have a foundation of concrete made with Portland Cement and on this embed 2 corner stones to hold the pivots and 1 centre stone to hold the catch or stop of the gate. Here is a sketch but not drawn to scale. The concrete should be about 2 feet wide and 3 or more feet deep according to the nature of the soil. The top surface to be a few inches before the ground line, so that it may be gravelled over and not show. The stones should be of granite, the 2 corner ones 16 inches square and about 8 inches thick, the centre one 16" x 12 and 8 thick. The new sockets to be let into the stone are 4¾" square for the corners and 2½ x 4¾ for the centre. The idea of having one mass of concrete to support these 3 stones is to prevent any uneven settling of the stones. I hope I have made my idea quite clear and that you will find it feasible. I made enquiries yesterday about the gates and the Como shipper says they should be in Brading about the middle of July. They went by sea from Genoa to London. I duly received your letter of 5 June and you will excuse my not having answered it. We really are going to England and start on the 15th for Paris, where we shall spend a few days. Our time will be very limited in England, but we quite look forward to paying you a little visit, some time after the 8th August, if quite agreeable to you. I will let you know when we get to London, and meanwhile with kind regards in which my wife joins."
Note: The iron gates arrived at Nunwell on 31 July. Mr. & Mrs. Mylius arrived on 13 August until the 17th

Letter from A. H. Wheeler, Hardstone Firms Ltd., Stone merchants and quarry owners, De Lank, Bodmin, Cornwall to John H. Oglander, Esq., Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2033B  5 July 1900

"In reply to yours of 3rd inst. we have no through rate to Ryde, but we can put on either G.W. or L. & S.W. trucks at Wenford siding, N. Bodmin. The weight of the threshold would be about 17s. 6d. per ton to Southampton. You will probably be able to get all the requisite information at Ryde or Southampton."

Letter from Everard Green, Rouge Dragon, Heralds College, London, E.C. to John H. Oglander  OG/CC/2033C  20 July 1900

"In sorting papers I find the enclosed which I feel sure you would like to have. I leave London on the 28th and return from Glamorganshire on Sept. 1st., I trust like a sea-god! Hoping Mrs. Oglander is better and the Lady Joan and yourself are improving the shining hour, I am always and altogether at your service."

Letter from George H. Radcliffe, Chapter Clerk's Office, The Sanctuary, Westminster Abbey, to John H. G. Oglander, Esq., Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2034  26 July 1900

"Rev. E.A. & Mrs. Grays Marriage Settlement Trust.
You will recollect that you and Mr. Charles Brown are the trustees of the above settlement and, as such, hold a sum of something over £23,000 Consols. Mr. Gray has for some time been anxious to obtain better interest for part of that sum and he has recently made a proposal to me that from £2,000 to £3,000 if it should be in vested on mortgage of a share in certain long leasehold property in the City of London, which which his family are connected. The owner of one of the shares, a relation of Mr. Grays, has recently died, and in connection with winding up the estate, it has become necessary to raise a sum of between £2,000 and £3,000 on mortgage. Mr. Gray is anxious that this sum should be raised in the family, especially as he himself is connected with the property in question and will one day become part owner of it in his own right and he therefore suggests that the trustees of his marriage settlement might advance the required amount on mortgage which they have power to do. The security offered is an exceedingly good one, being one eighth share of an estate in Aldersgate Street, City, comprising the Castle & Falcon Hotel and property adjoining, held direct from the Corporation of the City of London under a lease, renewable every 14 years subject to a fine of £700, at a rent of £100 per annum, the date of the last renewal having been Michaelmas 1896. The present rental of the property is about £1,800 a year, but when the existing tenancies expire, the owners will be able to obtain almost double that sum, as the property is very extensive and will be available for building. As a few years of the last lease from the Corporation have expired, the security just fails to come within the scope of investments, strictly authorized by the Settlement (which authorizes investments on leaseholds with 60 years unexpired). But I suggest that you and your co-trustee might safely take this very slight risk and might, advantageously to Mr. & Mrs. Gray, advance the amount required on mortgage, the value of the security being considerable. If you will kindly let me know whether you agree - (I am writing to Mr. C. Brown by the same post) I will take the necessary steps for completing the security."

Letter from George II. Radcliffe, Chapter Clerk's Office, The Sanctuary, Westminster Abbye, to John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2035  28 July 1900

"I thank you for your letter of yesterday and will let you know Mr. Charles Brown's opinion as to the proposed mortgage as soon as I hear from him in reply to my letter. I am afraid the information I gave you as to the proposed security was not quite complete. The lease under which the proposed mortgagors hold the property (jointly with the owners to the other 7/8ths) from the Corporation is for 60 years from Michaelmas 1896, but is perpetually renewable every 14 years, on payment of the fine of £700, i.e. at the end of every 14 years a new lease for 14 years is granted to them by the Corporation. The security offered to you and your co-trustee is one eighth share of the perpetually renewable lease. Nearly 4 years of the present lease have expired, so there would in the ordinary way be only 56 years to run, were it not for the right of renewal mentioned."

Letter from George H. Radcliffe, Chapter Clerk's Office, The Sanctuary, Westminster Abbey  OG/CC/2036  4 August 1900

"I have seen Mr. Charles Brown, your co-trustee, this morning and have been fully into the matter of the proposed mortgage with him. He is satisfied with the security and is quite willing for the money to be advanced provided you also agree. Would you kindly let me know what your opinion is, after consideration of the further particulars in my letter of the 28th ultimo?
The security appears to me to be ample, the only risk being in the event of the property being destroyed by fire and that can be fully provided for by the mortgagees covenanting to see that it is insured, which they doubtless do at present."

Letter from Joan Oglander, Steeple Aston, Oxford, to her mother, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2036A  10 September 1900

"Just a line to let you [know] that we had quite a successful journey - We saw Captain Macmasters at Brading station, he and Frankie had a conversation across the line. We went with F[rank] and M[aria] as far as Basingstoke, it was horrid to see the last of them, but it won't be long before we meet again. Maria made me promise to write. Frankie got us a budget of papers but we talked most of the way. I wonder if you are missing us Mummie. I spec: so! What a horrid lot of goodbying you had didn't you - I expect you will miss having no Frankie to put you up in the lift tonight, (and no me to drive to bed!) Wasn't it lovely having him again, and Maria is such a dear, she says she shall miss me at Westbury. At Oxford we met Mrs. Furnaux and Joan, the latter is a nice girl, she is 16 which surprised me, because she is short, with her hair quite loose and quite short frocks. Now for Aunt E's. messages! (1) She has heard from Aunt Gertrude who says that Aunt Florrie was weak and poorly on Saturday, yesterday she had not recovered her strength, but was more herself. (2) to remember Lady Bathurst's photograph. (3) She forgot to thank you for the lovely bunch of lavender. (4) Father is to bring 2 cakes of soap, because it is not supplied in Scotch hotels -
We have just been picking roses in the garden, which is looking very pretty. Aunt E. has got no less than 17 birds now! I do not think her Hartz Roller has such pretty notes as yours. With heaps of love my own dear Mamy, from your loving Joanie. There are at least a dozen fruits in my pocket!
P.S. Please send with Father my knitted red tammy"
Note: Joan and her Aunt Edith left Nunwell and went to Steeple Aston on 10th September 1900

Letter from Joan Oglander, Steeple Aston, Oxford, to her Mother, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2036B  11 September 1900

"Alive and kicking - Joanie"

Letter from Joan Oglander, Steeple Aston, Oxford, to her mother, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2036C  13 September 1900

"Many thanks for your letter. I have followed your directions about the shoes, and will send the skirt back on Saturday. I am wearing it now so as to keep my other nice for Scotland. We had a lovely day for Woodstock. In the morning I practiced, read and eat plums etc. We lunched with Mrs. Carlton and went from there at 2.30. All the world and his wife were there - I sa a good deal of the Dashwoods, I was in their carriage for some time. They have asked us to go over to Kirtlington on Saturday, which will be jolly - Lady Valentia asked us to lunch there tomorrow. The show itself was very poor also the jumping. We went to tea at the Palace, it is enormous! the gardens and everything are so lovely. The Duke took us to the long gallery, where there is a magnificent organ, and showed us all the pictures and tapestry. We had altogether a very jolly afternoon. Yesterday in the morning we did various things and played croquet. We went to Oxford by the 3.30 train. Aunt E. went to choose an astrahkan jacket which took just a few minutes! We went to tea with the Furneaux has kindly lent me two books - "Tante Agnes" and "Contes Choisis" by Dantet, and Aunt E. is going to lend me one, so I shall be well supplied! We came back by the 6.30 train. After dinner I played and then Uncle B. read aloud, bits from the Spectator and "Sports Women in India", while we worked. Aunt E. packs me off to bed soon after 9.30. I am not sorry to go for though this air makes me ravenous it also makes me very sleepy in the evenings. This morning we biked over to the Randolphs, who were out, 10 miles, not bad for me, but then the roads make a huge difference. We are soon going to a tennis party at the Downers. How delighted the Forsyths must be to have D. back - yes it is unfortunate that I am away while Ethel (Ethel Marony arrived at Nunwell with her Aunt, Rose Dartnell on 12 September) is with you. Will you give her my love and tell her that I am sorry not to be at home while she is with you. Did you mean me to take my lace boots and goloshes with me to Scotland because I have not got them. Tell Armie to send me a long sleeved vest by Father. With heaps of love to you and Father
P.S. I am not coughing so much, except when it is foggy as it was last night. I suppose it would be no use to have any of the old cough medicine for Scotland"

Letter from Jewel Inglefield, 10 Ovington Square, London, S.W., to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2036D  17 September 1900

"I am so sorry I have not been able to write to you before but my friends the Misses de Hockfield Larpent are abroad and I have only just heard from them to say that they are returning themselves to their flat (3 Hans Mansion) on October 1st and are not inclined to let it, but they have written to their friend Lady Kingston who has one next to ask her if she is, if so I will let you know. They say that Mr. Wooley Harrod's Estate Office knows about all the flats, and if you would tell me exactly what you want, I will with pleasure interview Mr. Wooley and let you know. I shall be at home till Friday, but return to town October 1st, and shall be delighted to be of the least use I can be to you. I shall be so glad to get out of town again, as I find it so hot and stuffy after dear Sea View."

Letter from Jewel Inglefield, 10 Ovington Square, London, S.W., to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2036E  18 September 1900

"Lady Kingston has just been to see me and says that if you would like her flat in November she would be delighted to let it. It is under the Misses Larpent's and has 6 bedrooms and one dressing room. Lady K. could leave 2 house parlour maids but hardly thinks her cook would be good enough for you, perhaps you could bring up a kitchen maid if you thought the flat would suit you. I know you would like all these flats as they are light and sunny. Lady K. would want £9 9s. 0d. a week, as she had this for 6 months last year. There would be plenty of room for a footman which I think you said you wished to bring. If I can do anything for you in the matter, do let me know. In great haste to catch the country post"
Enclosed with above
"Mrs. O. presents her compliments to Lady K. and having heard from Mrs. Inglefield and Miss Hockfield Larpent that Lady K. would be willing to let her flat in November, writes to ask what the rooms consist of including servants and to say that she and Mr. Oglander would be glad to take if for the last 3 weeks in November. They understand that the rent would be £9 9. a week and that Lady K. would leave a plain cook and 2 house parlour maids. Would Lady K. tell Mrs. Oglander the number of beds and whether the bedroom which has a dressing room has 2 beds or one large one."

Letter from Arthur Dixon, Nunwell, Brading, I.W., to John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/2036F  20 September 1900

"I thought you would like to know how far advanced the workmen are. They have not finished anywhere yet. I have been trying to get the billiard room end finished, but they will not finish it today altogether. There will be the bracket to put in, the pipe will be alright so that the bracket is the only thing there, the grates are both out of the drawing room and wrought room but neither are ready for the new ones. The gas pipe to the Library is not completed yet, so altogether it is in a very unsettled state. Louise is preparing the Billiard room, Dining room and Morning room. Pickle is very well but I think he will be pleased to see his Mistress."

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, Loch Awe Hotel, Loch Awe, Argyleshire, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2036G  20 September 1900

"I will begin another letter this evening in case I have to go out tomorrow. We are all getting on very well so far - I get off to the smoking room which gives just a desirable change of society. Edith is kind in sending her maid to Joan if she wants things and I think J. is very fond of her Uncle B[ertram] - who is very good to her in his own way. I fancy from little things that our Jinks is beginning to be rather penetrating as to character. I should be very sorry if the dear chick did not see how unlovely selfishness is. I don't think it is bad for J. to have to give way - for I sometimes fear we give her almost too much of her own way.
Friday morning. I just remember that I never asked you to pay garden wages - Wickens' bill is generally £2 12. 0. and Read is £2 4. 0. - I hope this may reach you tomorrow midday post in time for you to pay it. It is a fine morning today. I went to call the Chick at 7.15 and found her so hard asleep - I had not the heart to rouse her - but went in again when I came down at 8 and then she was waking up. She is very sweet. I am sending to get her another Tam o'Shanter because her red one is so shrunk by rain it does not do her dear face justice. She seems none the worse yet for all the wet and damp. Today we are to take our lunch out and row to an island - fishing as we go. It does not matter if Wickens is not paid until Monday. I find there is no post out until ¼ to 1 today which I fear will hardly reach you tomorrow by second post. Your letter of 19th arrived 9 this morning 21st - I think you are more comfortable in a flat than an hotel and I should offer Lady Kingston to take hers for last 3 weeks in November with cook. If there are 6 available bedrooms and dressing room perhaps you would like to take Joan and the Wally - the extra 9 guineas over Mrs. Childer's would be a very small matter to ensure your comfort my sweetheart - and I find Joan does feel lonely and damp and dull at Nunwell in November so I think it would be altogether worth the trouble. Of course as to time I leave it altogether to you. I think we could stay 10 days at Stricklands and I like to be back during the first week in December sometime, and so I fancy do you for your guild. My love to Rose - does Miss Morney sketch or what. I am sorry Joan's card went on to Glasgow. I posted it on train in a box labelled (Cleared 10 minutes before each station)
P.S. Joan's love and kisses. Your card of Friday morning arrived ten minutes after Thursday's letter."

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, Loch Awe Hotel, Loch Awe, Argyleshire, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2036H  23 September 1900

"I only wrote you a post card yesterday as we were starting for an expedition. We all bicycled along the side of the lake along a very beautiful road until we got to the pass of Brander which leads to Oban - a lovely wild bit of scenery. I am very much impressed with the beautiful colouring of the moors in their autumn dress of brown fern and heather, it is really like one great park - with no very big trees but lots of graceful birch - which look very like the olives of our Italian lakes - so light and grey in colour. Edith was not very well and stopped after 10 miles at a station - while Joan was so fresh she insisted on going on and she and I went on to the next station about 15½ miles in all - she declared she was not in the least tired and wanted to go on to Oban but I thought it best not to let her tire herself so we stopped at a little place on Loch Etive called Achnachluich. There was no inn, so I asked a woman at a little cottage lodging house whether she could not give Joan a bit of bread and butter and she brought in a loaf - butter - large jug of milk and some blackberry jelly which Joan liked extremely, and ate huge junks - then we took the train - picked up B[ertram] and Edith at Taynuilt and got home at 5.30 - when they were ready for another tea and a hearty dinner at 7. Your girl certainly has a fine appetite and has quite got over her little indisposition. I think it may have come on because I made her drink a glass of claret two or three nights when I thought she was tired. I knew you had made her have it at home when she was tired and thought with the excitement and all the exercise it would be good for her, but have stopped it now. The food here is very good and plentiful. She is a little like Frankie and after a long expedition is ready to go with Uncle B. fishing in the boat etc., and as it is a chance for her to learn and she is so keen I don't like to stop her. The Ogles go on October 3rd to stay with the Montgomerys near Callander for 4 days before going home - and I suppose either on 3rd or 4th J[oan] and I shall start on a little tour before going to Frank. I have written something to you every day but I fancy if you had not heard on Thursday of our having reached this place - that the letters to England must be slower than yours are coming to us. The Ogles are going on v. well and are v. kind to Joan. I get rather cross at the ancient chaff about our being uncountryfied and though I let her say what she pleases about me - I could not stand her twaddle about her being fonder of the country than you - so told her I thought fitness for country life was better shown by your being always contented and happy in the country while she was always discontented at Steeple Aston - and I must own she at once allowed that you were and said how wonderful it was - ending off by saying she took an interest in her poultry The fact is I think they are a little jealous of our having an Estate for which they think they are better fitted - but cocks and hens are not the only things that make one happy in the country - neither is it a rule without exception that a man can be happy in the country without longing to be killing God's creatures around him. I am glad you have had some partridges sent in and now I will write to Carey and Fardell about getting you 4 brace of pheasants on October 1st - and again about 5 or 6 days later, if that would suit you. My love to Rose if still with you"

Letter from Hon. Gertrude Boscawen, Flaneswood, Sevenoaks, Kent, to her niece, Florence Oglander  OG/CC/2036I  23 September [1900]

"Your Aunt [Florence Boscawen] has expressed a wish to see your husband, and I write to tell you of it, though I know he is in Scotland. I do not think there is anything particular that dwells on her mind to say to him, as she often meanders and mentions peoples names without any purpose but I think if he is returning soon I should like to be able to tell her if she mentions her wish again that he will come. I grieve to say she is no better in any way but every day grows weaker. Lately she has been more herself - and I pray that she will be preserved from suffering. I hope you are pretty well and have good accounts of John and your child. I write hurridly as it is Sunday and early post."

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, Loch Awe Hotel, Loch Awe, Argylshire, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2036J  24 September 1900

"Another wet wild and stormy night which does not look very promising for an expedition today. It is blowing from time to time in wild squalls with intervals of sun shine. We all went to kirk yesterday and it really was not bad - an organ - prayers not longer than our morning service and bits of our collects constantly worked in - rather a good sermon, all in a slow and loud voice - a great many hymns, psalms and paraphrases. Many of our English hymns were in the book and we sang one to an English tune. Religions like everything else seem to be getting cosmopolitan. Your letter arrived and I am glad you had such a nice day at Seaview. I should hope now that there may be no opposition to Seely. We are getting on very happily. Of course the weather might be drier. I so often think as Joan and I look at some beautiful view how much we wish dear Mother could be here to see it - but I don't think you would like the climate and there seems to be only two drives - and the boats are bad and heavy for anything but fishing. Howbeit my darling, I hope in the good time coming we three may have a tour in Scotland. The steamers would be easy for you. Our idea at present if nothing happens to bring me home - is to leave here about the same day as the Ogles do, i.e. Wednesday in next week and go to Oban, leave Oban Friday morning Oct. 5, and go in the steamer through all the Western islands to Stromeferry. Thence on Oct. 6th to Inverness and reach Frankie about 7th or 8th. Stay there 4 days and then through to London. Tell me what you think of all this if Lady Hutt put us up for 2 nights it would bring us home about 15th October. We have a plan for going a little trip on the Caledonian Canal - Fort William and back by Oban - on Wednesday, the Ogles would go too. We should leave here 9.10 a.m. and be back 5.45. Joanie seems flourishing - has no cold and eats well. B. eats prodigiously. Last nights dinner he did - fish, Scotch broth - sweetbread - haunch of venison, 2 big slices - twice of partridge - sweet and ice - and then said he felt hungry all the evening because he had forgotten to have another helping of meat !! Goodbye my own Sweetheart. Thank you very much for the wool which I will certainly try. Joan sends her best love
P.S. I am sorry to see old Ruffin Blake on the County Council is dead"

Letter from Florence Kingston, 8 Hans Mansions, London, S.W., to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2036K  24 September 1900

"I fear I should only be able to leave one parlour maid in the flat and no cook. Since I saw Mrs. Inglefield my plans have had to be changed and I now fear I shall scarcely be able to let the flat in November. At all events I fear I shall have to leave it an open question for the next fortnight. It will, therefore, be better for you to look out for another flat, and I shall just write and tell you when our plans are decided, on the chance of your still being unsuited. There are three best bedrooms, and three servants rooms. The bedroom to which the dressingroom is attached has only one bed in it - a small sized double bed, and the dressingroom has no bed in it, although there would be room for one. I use it for my maid to work in, and it is therefore unfurnished. Regretting very much having to write so unsatisfactorily."

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, Loch Awe Hotel, Loch Awe, Argyleshire, to his wife Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2036L  25 September 1900

"Yesterday the gusts of wind and rain made any long expedition unadvisable so we went in our boat. B. and Joan fishing in vain and under difficulties - to the other side of the lake and spent our day about Kilchurn Castle - sketching etc., the sun comes out between the showers and the lights on the hills are lovely and the bright green of the pastures but my Dear! - it is a wet country! and the rain is so heavy I think instead of coming to Scotland those who like it had better go and sit on a refrigerator and have the garden engine turned on to water them. The curious thing is that no one seems the worse for it. Joan and Edith who complains of sciatica and rheumatism come down quite happy this morning after sitting soaking and sketching in a quagmire in the rain all yesterday!! We are just off in a steamer down the lake but I will send this to catch the midday post. I hear from old Reynolds that he will let me know if I am wanted - he says the Rads hold a meeting to decide for certain on Friday next."

Letter from Helen Scrymgeour-Wedderburn, Birkhill, Cupar-Fife, North Britain to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2036M  25 September 1900

"Thanks so much for your letter. I am delighted with the success of my petition so far, and am longing to hear the final result. I need not say how grateful I am to you for troubling about my poor protegee. I am so looking forward to seeing Joan and her father some day soon - Even for a day will be better than nothing but I am still hoping that Mr. Oglander may overcome his scruples, and be persuaded to stay. Please give best love to dear Lady Hornby from Mother and me. She will be interested to hear that Pat C-Brown has gone to a school for stammering at Wandsworth Common. Mr. Cummings (the master) was staying near here and so Mother got Canon Cowley-Brown over here for a couple of days last week and arranged a meeting, and they settled it then and there, and Pat went off yesterday. We are all so glad as Mr. Cummings says the stammer is quite curable if taken in time. I did hate saying goodbye to the dear Island, and I miss the yacht horribly, but its nice to be home again. Both brothers are getting on splendidly"

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, Loch Awe Hotel, Loch Awe, Argyleshire, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2036N  26 September 1900

"I am so sorry to find Lady Kingston is not satisfactory. An idea has occurred to me that perhaps as our own cook is a friend of Goodwins, she and G. might share a room if we went to Mrs. Childer's flat - and Goodwin might work in the little middle room. Don't you think she might do that if we gave her a char to help wash up etc.? Then again could you not sound Lady Hornby whether she would let us come to her and pay? I wonder where the Perrotts go to get their flat. Was not there some hotel they used to go to in Kensington - with little suites of rooms. I think wherever we go you ought now to have a little sitting room. The worst of hotels is the public dinner - whether you are inclined for it or not. We all went to Fort William today - a long train journey through wonderful wild scenery - great bare deer forests and we saw 2 red deer and a fawn quite close to the line. We crossed the moor of Rannoch - said to be the wildest and most desolate moor in Scotland - Edith frequently said how much she would like to spend a summer or autumn on these moors They don't attract me one bit - they are so bare and desolate. Here and there you see a few old stunted trees and the colours of bracken and heather and the brawling streams are picturesque but the loneliness - the absence of cottage or path for miles is so desolate looking - In some places miles of black peat with just a little moss growing and great granite boulders scattered every where. It looked like what the bottom of the Dead Sea might be if the water was drained off. Ben Nevis and all the mountains round were covered with snow. The railroad went up to about 1400 feet and 500 feet higher the snow was laying on the mountains. It took us 2½ hours to get back by steamer to Oban and the rain began directly we reached Fort William and we had to stay in the cabin all the way - but it must be very fine in clear weather - Edith of course looked very miserable - but we caught our train at Oban and got home soon after 5., and are none of us the worse. It was disappointing to have rain through such fine scenery. I think Edith and Bertram will probably leave on Monday and if it is fine I shall take Joan to Oban that day - and early on Tuesday morning take Joan by steamer from there to Balmena Hotel on Loch Alsh - which we should reach 6.30 on Tuesday evening. Then on Wednesday drive over and take the train to Inverness, probably sleep there and next day go by train to Perth or perhaps on to Edinburgh - reaching Frankie's on Thursday or Friday evening the 5th, so I think any letters leaving Brading after Saturday had better be addressed to me at Frank's. I will write to Aunt Gertrude and say I am engaged for a visit in Edinburgh - but shall be passing through London about 10th or 11th and would run down to Flaneswood if she telegraphed to me that it would still be desirable - and Aunt Flory wish to see me. I have no doubt Lady Hutt would keep us a second night. I wish you would pay the wages on Saturday. Sporrans cheque will be £12 - 10 - 0, but you must ask Charles what his will be - I think it is £7 - 10 - 0. I am so sorry your throat is still so bad. Rose wrote that she thought you were going to let Rich burn it again. If so I trust it will be better afterwards. I think you had better have Wheeler up to see you next week and find out from him whether he wishes guns to shoot outside pheasants again. I should think Grey and Moreton might go about 6th or 8th and shoot what you want about Wigmore Coppice and Aldermoor and if you want more - let Russell shoot you a couple of brace about the 12th. Of course if I hear on Saturday by telegram that we are to have an election after all - I must alter my arrangements so as to come home to vote."

Letter from Hon. Gertrude Boscawen, Flaneswood, Sevenoaks, Kent, to her niece, Florence Oglander  OG/CC/2036O  [26 September 1900]

"I was very glad of your letter this morning as I was rather sorry I had written to you telling you of your Aunt's having spoken of John in reference to seeing him. She has not alluded to him again and I am sure it was only a casual thought, that had no foundation. She was so very seldom herself till very lately, that she often mentioned people's names, almost accidentally. I am thankful to say that she is now generally herself and it is such a very great comfort - only occasionally she has wandered and has delusions. She was very ill yesterday and I sent quite late for Dr. Bury - when he came she had revived and today she is about the same as she has been for the last week - but I need not tell you, dear Florence that each one of these crises are a step down which she does not recover, and she is very very weak today. I believe what you say is the fact. Every thing is quite settled as far as it goes and there will be no difficulty. I am so glad they have had such fine weather for Scotland. It sounds very pleasant, dear Florence, your saying what you do about someday accompanying your husband and Joan in these expeditions and it makes me hope that you are not feeling any worse than you have been. I have heard from Edith several times and she seems to enjoy their time thoroughly. I do not know Loch Awe - but I have always heard of it as delightful - Loch Maree and Loch Alsh these I know and farther north still - nothing can be more beautiful and wild."

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, Loch Awe Hotel, Loch Awe, Argyleshire, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2036P  27 September 1900

"I am glad all the visitors got on well together and I hope talking to them was not bad for your throat. It is a comfort to think that the dynamite relieves you. I shall understand about your 'friend' coming. I suppose so far it is a subject of congratulation though I know it must be very trying for you. I am sorry about Lady Kingston's letter though I think the accommodation would be a bit tight for Wally and Joan. I did tell Joan of the chance and of course she would like to come to London - but was very good when I told her I feared it would not come off. I think she considered the Wally and I should not be happy together - but the lessons would be done in the dining room and I should be out a great deal. I thought it would ease off this last solitary November for Joan in Nunwell - and this year she would have no Forsyths to go to so it would be worse than usual on the Sundays. She said she thought if the Wally did go to London with us she would have lots of friends to go to see on the Saturdays and Sundays. I think you ought to send Miss Wallis her cheque for £15 on Saturday. I wrote to Aunt Gertrude by last night's post and now return her letter and also send a bill for Jamieson to check. (When that is done you could pay it.) I think Col. Clitherow's death will make a difference to the Straceys in that Mr. Stracey will now be able to charge for his younger children and also probably for Mrs. Stracey if she survives him. Had it gone straight to Col. Jack, I suspect no charge for his brothers and sisters could have been made on the estate. Joan has had no return of diarrhea and considering this gruesome wet weather I think it is marvellous that we are all so well. Yesterday we had dry though grey weather on our journey to Fort William, but all night and today again it is pouring without intermission merely varying in violence when the scuds come across the lake driving the rain with dreary violence against the windows. I am very sorry to hear of poor Shearme having a blocked vein - it sounds bad. I was glad to know your throat burning was done - I am sure it was wise to do it while you have fine weather. One comfort about coming home if the weather lasts bad is that I shall see you again sooner my own dearest Heart. The Stricklands asked me to go on a little visit to Brighton which would be [a] change.
P.S. Edith's love, she says it is irritating to hear of breakfasting on your balcony"

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, Loch Awe Hotel, Loch Awe, Argyleshire, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2036Q  28 September 1900

"Another grey day but the wind has changed. There was a heavy shower while I was dressing but we feel a bit more hopeful and have ordered our lunch to be packed in the boat for a fishing and rowing expedition to the islands. Poor Edith has a cold and can not come. In desperation she got into the boat and we rowed her about for an hour in the rain yesterday and I fear it did the mischief. I wonder what the Radical meeting will decide tonight. I suppose Sir Thomas Lipton is so rich that if he did not mind the beating he would not feel £1,500 thrown away in election expenses. Fardell writes me this morning that he does not anticipate that a contest is very likely - but that the nominations will probably be on Wednesday 3rd., and polling if there is an election would therefore probably be about 10th or 12th. No letter from you this morning but it is the first that has missed I think. I shall go to Great Western Hotel, Oban on Monday but leave at 8 on Tuesday by steamer and arrive Balmacara Hotel, Loch Alsh - you might address just a post card there on the chance of its finding me. I must shut up as they are waiting to go in the boat. It is such a comfort to see no rain falling although it is a leaden sky. My love to Lady Hornby - I am trying to keep Joan away from Aunt Edith for fear of her catching her cold. At present she does not seem to have caught it. We are lucky really to have had such a comfortable hotel through all this dreary weather. I think I shall send the bicycles direct back to Portsmouth - (They won't book them to Ryde) and ask you to send Charles or Sidney over to fetch them when the stationmaster there advises you they have arrived. It would be no good my lugging them about Scotland and it is not a climate where biking is any pleasure. With hugs and kisses from Joan."

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, Loch Awe Hotel, Loch Awe, Argyleshire, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2036R  29 September 1900

"I have had 3 letters from you this morning to make up for none yesterday - two posted at Brading, B post the day before yesterday and one B post yesterday at Brading. I am so glad you have Lady Hornby with you but wish she could stay longer than the 5th. Do you think Nina could come to you for a day or two? I am glad the Brownes came out to tea and hope you were well enough to go to lunch and enjoyed it. I am so sorry to hear you have been more suffering as I know you must have been for your doctor to make you stay in bed until dinner time. We went out in the boat yesterday excepting poor Edith who at last has a very bad cold. She sends her love to you and says the climate has at last been too much for her. It did not rain until 12.30 though the sky was leaden. Then we ate our sandwiches in the boat and though it was a bit depressing in the rain we covered Joan up well with waterproofs and rugs - and rowed (ourselves in waterproofs) up the arm of the lake toward the pass of Brander. It was hopeless to go on fishing - so Joan and I landed for an hour and walked up a romantic glen to a fall called falls of Cruachan. It was like a big Shanklin Chine with plenty of water in it - and J. appreciated it much as she does all scenery. Then we rejoined B[ertram] in the boat and rowed 4 miles home in steady rain which after a stormy night is still continuing with short intervals of mist. I am sorry to say Joan was very snuffly last night but is much better today and says it was only because Edith had the room very hot - but I think she has a slight cold in her head. It bothers me about going on to BALMACARA. If it does not turn out much and the weather should clear I still mean to leave here on Monday midday and go to Great Western Hotel, Oban - steamer to Balmacara, Loch Alsh - on Tuesday - thence round to Edinburgh by Inverness. I think then we shall have done our duty to Scotland and I must say the climate is not one to tempt me here again. I think it possible we may sleep a night at Perth and go from there for a few hours to see Miss Wedderburn - but I cannot arrange to sleep there in the absence of any confirmation of the invitation from her father or mother. I used the wood 3 nights and my joint does not hurt now - besides we cannot attempt Ben Cruachan in such weather and it has always been equal to ordinary walking. Joan is much amused at being called a tadpole and says she is not quite that yet. With love and kisses. I daresay I shall 'code' telegraph when we are moving about"

Letter from John H. Oglander, Loch Awe Hotel, Loch Awe, Argyleshire, to his wife Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, Isle of Wight  OG/CC/2036S  30 September 1900

"At last we have seen the sun, after a stormy morning the sun came out quite brightly - and though there have been heavy showers we have been able to enjoy the day and Joan, B[ertram] and I bicycled over to Dalmally and returned with dry clothes. By the way Joan's cold never got farther than her head - she has blown her nose until she has nearly blown herself away and says she does not believe there is anything left of her but a bubble. She enjoyed her bicycle ride and in spite of the weather she admires the scenery and declares she is very fond of Scotland. My dear - it has been just what I thought, that instead of prolonging the summer I have got into winter a fortnight earlier than anywhere else - by coming to Scotland. It won't hurt one but I cannot see that it is pleasant. I shall go to Oban and up to Balmacara unless Tuesday is a hopeless day with glass falling for I want to see all of Scotland I can now that I am here. I don't mean to come again. I think I shall get to Frank about Friday and home by Wednesday or Thursday in next week. You must not mind if my letters come a bit irregularly until I get to Edinburgh. I think after all I shall send the bikes to Edinburgh and home from there. They may make us a little more independent while with the Frank's and I suppose it cannot rain forever. I have never heard whether Lady Hutt wants us or not. I know it could not be before 10th. Edith is better and has been out and I am to tell you she is "breaking up" fast. I am sending home my bike bag by post - filled with live sphagnum moss which I want to be given to Wickens for orchid potting. Edith Boscawen is staying on at Flaneswood - the visit to Tregye has fallen through. I wonder if you would care to try whether she would come to you for a few days after Lady Hornby leaves. Probably she would not leave Aunt Gertrude - she (Gertrude) wrote to E. this morning saying Aunt F[lorence] was weaker every day and could take little or no food now."

Letter from Sir Samuel Browne, The Wood, Ryde, I.W., to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Nr. Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2036T  30 September 1900

"Yesterday afternoon I wrote to Miss Armstrong, whose "nom de boutique" is "Pukha Coffee" to send you a copy of the price card and an envelope, so you will have just to fill in the quantity in the column opposite the article with a Postal Order and you will receive it by return post. I have invariably the coffee sent ground and I find that in a tight fitting tin box, it is just as good as the fresh ground - that what you tasted yesterday had been more than a month in Ryde. You will hear from Miss Armstrong by Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning."

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, The Loch Awe Hotel, Loch Awe, Argyleshire, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2036U  1 October 1900

"I am so sorry for you about Evans - Still in your own dear cheery words "there are as good fish in the sea" etc., and it is nice of the girl to tell you in time to let you look about. And we always have found somebody tolerable haven't we? I think your idea of writing to the 'flat' man is excellent. Would you like to advertise in M[orning] Post. Remember if we go to hotel we have a sitting room, and you would not be so uncomfortable as you used to be. It has been raining most of the morning but there are breaks of almost sunshine sometimes. Joan just met Miss MacMahon (Seaview) at the station when we were seeing the Ogles off and she says she has had 14 days rain - quite a nice pretty girl - and I did not know she was travelling alone or would have found a carriage for her - as the platform was very crowded and it was a storm of rain, but I waited with the Ogles who are gone to stay 2 days with Mrs. Montgomery at Callender. I think it has all answered very well with them and Joan likes having them. She is an appallingly selfish woman but she has been better tempered than I expected under the circumstances - and he is always a good old thing though I think a bit rough. She said one day that Mrs. Albert Brassey always told her she was the most self indulgent woman she knew - and her answer was that - If she was so she meant to keep to it. She tells me We (O. family) none of us understand chaff and are so solemn - but I am sure here Joan and I keep E. "on the giggle" for hours - only we don't see or I don't see any fun in saying rude things - which I think are unanswerable excepting by similar rudeness which I don't care to indulge in - and which I am pretty sure neither E. nor O[gle] would like addressed to them. Joan's cold is going on all right though poor child she is very nosy and it has been a severe tax on our stock of handkerchiefs. I was half afraid I had given you address at Oban - Great Western Hotel, and I have changed to Station Hotel as I found the other was a long way from the steamer which starts quite early tomorrow morning, 8 at latest. We are due at Balmacara at 6.30 p.m. and I have telegraphed today to say we are coming. Joan sends you heaps of love and says she means to write to you tonight. I am sorry Lady Hornby can't have us but quite understand our servants might put hers out. Give her my love."

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, Loch Alsh, Scotland, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2036V  3 October 1900

"At last we can tell you we have had a lovely day. It began with a heavy shower before breakfast but cleared afterwards - J[oan] and I drove off in state in a pair horse fly to go up to Loch Duigg and then up Loch Long, quite 20 miles and really beautiful scenery and very characteristic Highland valleys. Joan appreciated it so much - and in the afternoon we climbed up the mountain behind the house about 1200 feet - quite detached and a lovely view and I think we have made the most of our one fine day. Yesterday it was fine just coming out of Oban harbour, then poured with rain until 5 and we had a lovely sunset amongst the Western islands - but instead of reaching here at 6 we did not get in until 10.15 - and there found they had sent a waggonette for us for a drive of 3 miles by moonlight. The air is soft and warm when not reeking damp and I am glad to say I don't think dear Joan is really worse for it today. I am putting a linseed leaf on her chest tonight. Tomorrow we probably get to Perth or may stay at Blair-Athol. This hotel is not nice. It has changed hands since Murrays Guide so strongly recommended it - and is gone down. Love from Jinks and many thanks for telegram about Seely"

Letter from Joan Oglander, The Blair Atholl Arms, Blair Atholl, N.B. [Scotland], to her mother, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2037  6 October 1900

"Many happy returns of the day. I wish we were not away from you on your birthday - it's so horrid not being able to give you a hug. I hope you will find the dressing table cloth useful. I beg to say the mark on it was caused by a feather, which Father had used for cleaning his pipe blown on to it. Wasn't it a pity, but I think it will come out with the washing. I am sending this through Annie, as I don't want you to get it before the 7th. We saw Uncle Bertram and Aunt Edith off from Loch Alsh on Monday. I saw Miss McMahn at the station. She was going back to Sea View. I was sorry to leave Loch Alsh and should have been still there if it had not been for the weather. Father and I had a delightful little tour. It was so jolly in the steamer from Oban to Balinacara. Of course it rained part of the time, but that's always a mere detail in these parts. I don't think I ever saw such a lovely sunset. The distant mountains looked such a lovely blue and all the islands look so black against the sky. We ought to have got to Balinacara at 6, but did not arrive until just 10. A great ferry boat came on side and was fast loaded with cargo and then we were put on the top. I sat on some door frames. The loch was perfectly calm and the swish of the oars sounded so delicious and the moonlight looked so pretty on the water. We found a wagonette waiting for us - such a jolly drive - pitch black - no lights. The Hotel was a shock, our rooms had a damp cold smell. I slept in my dressing gown with rug and hot water bottle. We asked for some gruel and were brought a mess of tepid water and I went to sleep munching a bun, my cold made me feel a bit cheap and the landlady came into my room tipsy which did not improve matters. We had a delightful day yesterday. Father will have told you about it. I can't, as I have no more paper! There were three young men in the hotel, who told us that the hotel was formerly very good, which accounts for Murrays having started it. There was no fire, so Father had one in my room, but he went to smoke with the other men, who were rather nice. We had a long and lovely drive to the Kyle of Loch Alsh Station this morning and a very pretty journey to Inverness. Our journey from Inverness here was very trying, as such terrible people got in with 2 awful children. This hotel is very nice, I am writing this, while Father is smoking Wasn't it nice of him to give me such a lovely cloak? You cann't think what a comfort it has been. I don't know what I would have done without it. My cold is heaps better. Went such a jolly walk yesterday afternoon to the top of a small mountain, lovely view."
Note: John Oglander left Nunwell on 17 Sept. and joined Joan and the Ogles at Rugby. They intended to spend the night at Carlisle and go on to Loch Alsh in Rosshire, Scotland, opposite the Isle of Skye. John and Joan returned to London on 9 Oct., and on the following day John went to Flanewood, Sevenoaks for the funeral of Aunt Flory Boscawen, who had died on 5 October. John and Joan arrived back at Nunwell at 7 o'clock the following evening.

Letter from Hon. Gertrude Boscawen, Flaneswood, Sevenoaks, to her nephew in law, John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/2037A  7 October 1900

"I have not answered your kind letter because there was nothing of moment to say, and I knew you would not need for me to thank you for your kind expressions of sympathy nor do you now though feeling deeply the loss of the dear sister who leaves me alone of all my family. You will have heard she died early on Friday morning. The funeral is on Wednesday next at 2 o'clock. It is to be very quiet, only those nearest to us and a few near neighbours. I do hope you will not shorten yours and Joan's stay to attend it unless you wish to do so. I believe Bertram Ogle will be there. I shall hope to see you in the course of the week if it is convenient for you. I am hoping to leave home for a week or two (probably a month on the 16th) but I should like to see you to give you the papers that my sister left for you before I leave. Perhaps you will come here on your way through London if convenient."

Letter from Etta Hathaway to Florence Oglander  OG/CC/2037B  [7 October 1900]

"We returned in safety last evening and are so sorry we have missed seeing Lady Hornby. We were dreadfully sorry to leave Wiesbaden it was so pleasant and such a nice set of people there. We had a hideous crossing, 8 hours, banging about like shuttle cocks all night. Will you and your "good gentleman" dine with us only to meet two or three on Wednesday 17th. I hope we will be back for we should so like to see you both. In haste
P.S. We returned with the P[ackenham] M[ahon]s!"
Cross written by Florence to John "I have said yes as it is their silver wedding, but I hesitated very much. What do you think?"
Note: Florence Oglander's diary. "Wednesday 17 October 1900. We dined with the Hathaway's to celebrate their silver wedding. Such a pleasant party and the two dear Hathaways so happy with everyones good wishes. Jack had dined with them 24 years ago on the 1st anniversary of their wedding day and alas is the only surviver of that party except the hosts and one old waiter, who also waited last night."

Letter from Hon. Edith M. Boscawen, Flaneswood, Sevenoak [sic], Kent., to John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/2037C  8 October 1900

"I hope all will be fairly comfortable for you and Joan in Queen Anne Street. I only wish I could be there to receive you and see to your comforts. Joan must make use of my maid; she will be entirely at her disposal to take her about or do anything she likes all Wednesday. I have told her to see after Joan. And do please ask for anything that either of you may want. I rather expect you will have May and her husband there on the same journey as you, but am not quite sure. Aunt Gertrude has ordered two flys in case of wet to meet the 11.15 from Victoria to Kemsing. I expect if fine most will like best to walk, as there will be such a wait if not. I advise you to have some wine etc., before you start from my house, as I am afraid it will be a long time before you get anything to eat."

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, Queen Anne Street, London, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2037D  10 October 1900

"We got here too late to telegraph last night. The stupid driver of our bus thought Queen Anne Street was near Queen Annes Gate - I don't know the neighbourhood of Euston very well and never realised he was going wrong until I found we were crossing Oxford Street - near British Museum. Then I told him this was north of Oxford Street and near Langham Hotel - but even then he took a long time to find it. Our journey was exceedingly comfortable - we lunched and tea'd very well in a restaurant car. That Mrs. Pratt Balow whom you used to know I think in Onslow Square sat next us at lunch. When we got here we found it so comfortable and such fires and a very nice letter from Edith. I had written to tell Lady Hutt and she writes asking me to send Joan over in a cab this morning - she is to lunch with her and be driven and dropped here in afternoon. I want to go to A[rmy] and N[avy] and also the Hathways silver thing (unless I have telegram tomorrow morning from you that you have found something at Ryde) from Poiles. So shall not get off until 3.40 train reaching Brading 6.40. If you like to send down carriage you have driven in - it may get us to house 5 minutes quicker than fly - but don't bother. My dear how hot and delightful it feels. Our colds are quite vanishing and I had to get up at 3 this morning and open my window!! I hope you have had all the shooting you want done for you and that I shall not have to go out. I feel as if I had had enough of wet clothes and wet boots and want a little dry civilized life. Do just as you like about the Latteys - I fear I stupidly forgot to answer your question about inviting them to stay. I should get them to do whatever really suits them best. I shall probably be going for a few days to Brighton some time. How nice to think this is the last letter and tomorrow night we can talk I doubt Bertram's being at Flaneswood today for I believe it is the day of his Oxfords hire polling and Edith would not let him offend the dear Brasseys by not being there to vote with them. A very nice letter from Aunt Gertrude reached me too in Scotland. I am sorry for your disappointment about the flowers. I feel you would have liked to have had some part in the last duties to poor Aunt Flory! I am very glad my cold went right and I can safely go and tell you about everything - but indeed on Saturday morning I was so seedy I thought the travel and the exposure in the churchyard and the disposing of Joan was more than I could manage. Of course in that beastly climate everything seems worse. Saturday it poured all day. Sunday we got out for a walk but then violent storms of rain and Monday it poured all day and was dark - Frankie drove us down to see Holyrood in sheets of rain and it was so dark in the rooms we could hardly see. Yesterday it rained hard until we got well into England - about Lancaster, and I never want to cross the Border again in Autumn. Fondest love from us both - hugs and kisses will be real tomorrow. We are most 'comfy' here."

Letter from Joan Oglander, Brading, I.W., to her mother, Florence Oglander, c/o Sefton Strickland, Esq., 94 Elm Park Gardens, London, S.W  OG/CC/2037E  1 November 1900

"I was very glad of your p.c. this morning, but very sorry to hear you have a cold, it is a bother for you, I am so sorry. I had my drawing lesson Tuesday afternoon, but as it was so very wet I did not go to Pack. On Wednesday afternoon I had my hair cut etc. The man [said] I should spoil my hair if I did not do something to prevent it breaking so. He strongly advised me to put 1 or 2 drops of brilliantine on the ends about once a week. I hate putting anything on my hair, but he put a little tiny drop on and it had certainly broken less. Shall I do that? I met Cousin Bina [Prideaux Brune] in Chessie, doing shopping. She declares that whenever she comes to Ryde she meets us! She certainly does! They are starting for Switzerland soon. It was very showery this morning but turned out quite alright for the hockey. Mrs. Perrot, Mrs. Banks, Miss Lamphere, Miss Lewis, Miss Barry and Helen Boger were there but no Suttons, Browns or Blair Cockranes turned up, wasn't it too bad of them, there was not a drop of rain the whole afternoon. Of course we could not play properly but we made a mad sort of game, we all made ourselves weak with laughing! It was great fun. We stopped at 4 and went to Mrs. Perrott' for tea. I like Miss Lamphere, she is so jolly and nice. I was saying to Mrs. Perrot that you had failed to get a flat, she said they had always succeeded at Robins and Snell or Chesterton, High Street, Kensington and thought it would be worth while for you to try, so in case you care to I enclose both addresses. She very kindly asked me to go there on Saturday to Monday and said any one free, but I told her I was going to the B.C.'s which of course I would rather do. The Wallage and I have very cosy evenings, we read the 'Water Babies' (what a ducky book) and then she sings and I play some of her accompanyment. Isn't it nice that I can do that now. Is Lady Helen in town yet? Tell father I look more shagaroon than ever without my comb, so he had better be quick and match it! Have you seen the B.O. yet? Mrs. P. and Tom said that the P.I.V.'s was awful. He said he had never been in such a fearful crowd. I am afraid it must have been very bad for him he looked ill today. P. Rolley is in great spirits, but I think you had better send him a little tract about cleanliness, for he will not take his bath! I think Binkie misses you, for she always stops outside your door on going up stairs. She comes up to my room in the morning with the noise of 1 doz. cart horses! She first rolls on my bed and then proceeds to devour everything she can find till I give her her ball, then the noise of cart horses begins again! I give her her dinner. Many thanks for the paper. I am going to read it tonight. I do hope hope dear Mother your cold is better. I hope the Stricks have not starved you, how's the dear Duchess! Arn't I naughty. I know their [are] very kind. With heaps of love to Father and yourself. You will be glad to hear I took a change of shoes and stockings today but my feet were not wet. I had my jacket on. It looks so well. I am afraid it's too late about flat but I tell you in case it's any use. Sporran and Folkes quite treat me as due to dignity of my age "
P.S. [on envelope] "'A' says I might have told you that she enjoys good health "

Letter from Joan Oglander, Oakleigh, St. Johns Park, Ryde, I.W., to her Mother, Florence Oglander, c/o Sefton Strickland, 94 Elm Park Gardens, London  OG/CC/2037F  4 November [1900]

"I wonder when I am going to hear from you. I want to know your cold is [better]. I came here to luncheon yesterday, they are so sweet to me, it's so cosy being with them. Yesterday afternoon Mrs. B. went to play hocky at Binstead, so we went with her to watch. On the way I went to Mr. Rich. He put some abominable stuff on my throat, tasted like iodene! It was very amusing watching the hockey, but neither the game or people are nearly so nice as at Mrs. Perrots - they are so rough and order everyone about so! Miss Crofton wanted me to join, but of course I said I couldn't. I didn't like the look of it at all! Isn't it nice because the others did not go to hockey last Thursday, Mrs. Perrot is going to have it on Saturday as well as Thursday. Peter R. and the parrot have been so sweet, they sit and nod and cackle to each other in the funniest way. I wonder if you will be going to St. Paul's, Knightsbridge this afternoon and to tea with Lady Hornby. Mary and Joan are making themselves such nice hockey shirts with sailor collars, dark blue flannel with a little white line in it, they and Miss Gore say if I would get the stuff they would show me how to do it. Their [sic] very keen to do it, it would be such fun! May I get the flannel? The[y] want to show me next Saturday, so if you don't mind I should like to get it on Wednesday. Now dearest Mother, goodbye. I do hope I shall hear from you soon. With much love to you and Father.
P.S. Miss W. drives in with me on Saturday but walks to her home from here, because I have not asked you if the carriage might take her on! do you mind its doing so? "
The date is given as 2nd November, but in her diary Joan gives the date of the hockey game at Binstead as Saturday, 3rd November. The date stamp is "Ryde, 8.30 p.m. 4 Nov 1900

Letter from Randall, Bishop of Winchester, Farnham Castle, Surrey, to John H. Oglander  OG/CC/2038  12 November 1900

"You are probably aware that Mr. Richards has resigned the living of St. Helen's, and I am doing my best to secure the appointment of a successor who may throw fresh life into the parish and work it efficiently from end to end. It has been frequently suggested that the right thing to do would be to separate Seaview from St. Helen's and to make a separate parish of Seaview. Such is not my own opinion, although of course, if a large sum of money were offered to build a Church and endow Seaview independently, it might be right to consider the question. My impression, however, is that a good man would wish to retain Seaview as part of the Parish, and I feel that our proper course is to leave matters in their present state until the new man has been able to learn by personal experience what is desirable. Any suggestions he then makes we can consider. One difficulty arises in connection with the Chapel at Seaview in which Divine Service has taken place. Looking through the voluminous correspondence of the last four years I am unable to ascertain accurately what is the status of that building. Mr. Glynn writes to me of it as being his property and has frequently spoken of wishing to appoint a clergyman, though I have never seen any statement of a legal sort as to his exact position. In a letter of your own, dated July 1st, 1898, I find that you speak of the Chapel as being built upon land which still belongs to you and for which you receive rent. This is all very puzzling to me, and it would be very desirable that the position should be made clear to anyone to whom the Patrons may offer the living. I have no sort of wish to interfere with any existing rights, but I should like to know with more certainty what they are. And it would also be a help to me if you are kindly able to give me your opinion upon the whole situation, especially as regards Seaview and its chapel. I am sure, in view of the importance of the matter, you will excuse me for troubling you about it."

Letter from Joan Oglander, Oakleigh, St. John Park, Ryde, to her father, John H. G. Oglander, Bailey's Hotel, Gloucester Road, London, S.W  OG/CC/2039  12 November 1900

"Thank you so much for your letter. I am so glad you go to Chichester. It will be jolly. I suppose you are all settled in the hotel today. It is nice that you have got such good rooms. I hope you did not starve at 94 [Elm Park Gardens]! You poor Daddy, it was mean of Mother to give you away for the political meeting. Did you go? I enjoy being here so much. They are all so sweet to me. Mrs. C. is very pecu, very pecu, very peculiar, but very nice to me. We were to have played hockey on Saturday, but to our great disappointment, it was put off. There is talk of our going next Saturday to play in Lady Adela Cochrane's team at Carisbrooke which would be very jolly. We were very busy at needlework yesterday. I am actually making a blouse for myself. I think it is as well to tell you, that you may know what a talented daughter you have! Oh Daddy, thank you so very much for the comb. I'm so glad of it and its such a good match. Sydney drove us quite alright to the dancing. I went out riding on Friday. We are having such lovely weather now, so jolly and cold. It really was hard for anyone so intensely musical as you to have a mixture of Mickado and hymn tunes. How it must have hurt your sensitive ear. How delightful to see Nessie again. I hope you told them how I am longing to go there. With heaps of love to you and Mother."

Newspaper cutting sent to Florence Oglander, Bailey's Hotel, Gloucester Road, London, S.W  OG/CC/2040  14 November 1900

"The Power of a dramatist - a protest.
The novelist and the playwright occasionally cause considerable pain by taking respected names and associating them with unpleasant people. The aristocratic family of Sykes must have had anything but kindly feeling for Dickens, for instance, when he associated their name with such a ruffianly scoundrell as Bill Sykes. We do not expect that the representatives of the Oglander family - a family who have been honourably associated with Isle of Wight history for centuries - will feel particularly flattered or grateful to Mr. H. H. Jones for introducing their cognomen into his play. "The Lackey's Carnival" is a piece of dramatic work which, while admitted to be clever, is anything but pleasant. Many inhabitants of the Island will certainly resent the idea of a "Mrs. Oglander" having a liaison with a servant, and his extorting money from her after her marriage by its means, even if it does lead up to "strong situations" and the rest of it. The worst of adopting the names of living people in novels or on the stage, especially when they happen to be uncommon, is that so many unconsciously associate the name with the unpleasantness for ever afterwards. When the name of Sykes is mentioned instantly, to hundreds who have read Dickens' novel, it at once suggests ruffianism and murder; and we fear that if the new play, "The Lackey's Carnival," becomes widely popular (as seems likely.) many people by and bye will mutter dreamily to themselves when they hear the name, "Oglander, I seem to have heard the name before. Dear me! Wasn't there something unpleasant about a lackey." Now we contend that a playwright or a novelist ought not to do this sort of thing, and that his imagination ought to be equal to the strain of inventing names for his characters which do not cause pain to the living, or, perhaps, to the representatives of the dead."

Letter from Dr. Evelyn Rich, 67 George Street, Ryde, to Mrs. Oglander, Baileys Hotel, Gloucester Road, South Kensington, London, S.W  OG/CC/2040A  16 November 1900

"I have been meaning to write to you for ever so long, but owing to the demise of Mr. Davis, I have not had a moment and my nights have been continuously disturbed. I have now heard with much horror of you accident. The news has only just reached me and I can get very few particulars. I sincerely hope you have not really hurt yourself. I don't know anything of what happened, so cannot judge as to the consequences, but fear that it must have been a very great shock to you. Will you send me a P.C. and tell me how you are. Mrs. D. returns on Sunday, which will be the best and only convenient time for you to see Sir John? The later part of next week or the week after. If you will let me know I will make an appointment. There is nothing much going on here, the weather is atrocious. Poor old Davis' death has been a great shock. It was so dreadfully sudden and has caused a great deal of sorrow, among his many friends and patients. Sincerely hoping that you have not done yourself any harm and with kindest regards to Joan and Mr. Oglander, etc."
Note: Mrs. Oglander had a fearful fall coming downstairs, after having tea at the Eardly Wilmotts in London on Thursday 13 Nov.

Letter from William A. Glynn, Seagrove, Seaview, I.W., to his brother, John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/2041  20 November 1900

"I think the Bishop anything but clear headed on the matter. Imbued apparently by Richards to some extent he shut out of sight the interests of Seaview and merely thinks if he was Vicar of St. Helens he would be selfish enough to hold it back, because it is the pleasantest end of the parish. I have written him very straight - it is time to do so. So Seaview is determined not to put up with what it has done, it will support its own, but not be dragged into the mud, for a pleasant fancy of St. Helens until the offertory was practically stopped. Richards held on - then gave up - we at once got £3 12s. 6d. though only a days notice of re-opening and by an unknown stranger. If a new Vicar comes refusing to assent to our having our own man within the walls, at least he will have no peace - if he assents, assigns a part say to Nettleston for him to work in all will be well. If he consents to a legal district, when we can raise the funds, he will be as happy as possible and we should all be able to work together, but we are sick of Vicar of St. Helens, Sea View will not be under St. Helens. I am afraid if we, who differ from the Bishop stand aside, it means nothing will ever be done. My view is rather that Sea View should now be heard and any new man should know our views. I get services taken pro.tem. and really one is delighted. No complaints - we all pull together - much must depend on the new Vicar. Sir Walter tells me Kingston would like it."

Letter from George H. Radcliffe, Chapter Clerk's Office, The Sanctuary, Westminster Abbey, S.W., to John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2042  6 December 1900

"Rev. E.A. Gray's Settlement.
I thank you for your postcard and now beg to enclose for your signature the power of attorney for sale of sufficient consols to raise the £2,000 which is to be lent on mortgage of the Castle & Falcon Estate in the City of London. I also enclose a copy of the brokers account, showing that the sum of £2,057 4s. 0d. Consols at 973/8 is to be sold. I am afraid it is not a very good time to sell, as the price of consols is low at present, but, by selling now and not earlier Mr. Gray gets the benefit of the January dividend. The mortgage deed has been drawn up and is now with the mortgagors solicitors for signature and everything seems to be in order. The enclosed power of attorney requires two witnesses to your signature and I shall be much obliged if you will kindly sign, according to the instructions printed on the back, and return it to me in due course for signature by your co-trustee."

Letter from George H. Radcliffe, Chapter Clerk's Office, The Sanctuary, Westminster Abbey, to John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2043  20 December 1900

"Rev. E. A. Gray's Settlement.
I have now completed the mortgage for £2,000 and have placed the deed with the other trust papers in the strong room her."

Letter from Edith Ogle, Steeple Aston, Oxford, to her sister, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2043A  2 January 1901

"You will know by Joan's telegram that they arrived all safe yesterday, still in a great state of excitement and I don't think they stopped talking till I, with difficulty, had got them into bed, and this morning they began at 8 o'clock like two little magpies! Today has been most exciting for we have been hunting all day, and I can't get them in to rest! We drove all the morning and saw beautifully everything and all our friends, and this afternoon the hounds came back across by the front door right through the garden, and we have all been running like hares. So lucky the Meet happened to be near today. Now I hope you won't be very angry, but B[ertram] and I both want Joan's hair to be high tonight. She was very unwilling, as she said she knew you wished it to be low, and she is quite right, but I tell her, I will take all the blame, and that you shall scold me and not her. She did it high last night, and looked so pretty, I was quite pleased. It shows her neck and the turn of her head, which is particularly nice. I don't think it makes her look any older. In the day time it would, but at night her half high dress (which is very pretty) shows that she is still a child. All the come out girls will be of course dé coltée - so I hope you won't mind, as it pleases us better. Bertram, who as you know, does not notice much, was very decided about it. I wish, my poor old thing, you were here too - and I am sorry to hear you have been C.D. lately again. What has caused it? We are thinking of Jack in bright scarlet today. I am glad they have such lovely day. [sic] Now I must finish so goodbye. I feel so like poor Aunt Flory, fussing over my niece's looks and clothes! Love to Hennie, I am glad she's staying on with you"
Note: Florence Oglander's Diary. "1 Jan. 1901. Wet morning. Joan went away to Steeple Aston, Edith having asked her to a dance at Kirklington. Joanie went in great spirits. We do miss the child. A telegram in the evening to say she had arrived.
3 Jan. 1901. Jack drove away this morning to join the two girls at Steeple Aston"

Letter from John Fardell, Market Street, Ryde, I.W., to John H. G. Oglander, Esq  OG/CC/2044  4 January 1901

"Thank you for your kind wishes. The claim for Land Tax is correct and should be sent to me. I will tell my clerk to alter the Assessment, so that you may not be troubled in future. The present demand I will pay in accordance with your instructions. I think you had better include Russell with Wheeler as gamekeeper, otherwise there might be a difficulty in regard to Russell searching trespassers on the estate. I think you are liable for Duty on the garden boy and will also enter the retriever in your return, as I know Wheeler does not charge us with the Licence for the same."

Letter from Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W., to her husband, John H. G. Oglander, c/o B. S. Ogle, Esq., Hill House, Steeple Aston, Oxon  OG/CC/2045  5 January 1901

"I was very glad to get your little note in Edith's letter to say you got thro your journey well. I am sorry you were late getting to Heyford. We have another lovely day, no wind, frosty, but so sunny. I think H. & I shall drive to Fairy Hill. Dr. R. said I was quite right to send for him. He had hoped he had stopped the "worry-go-mielitis" - (that is my word!) on Wednesday, but what he has given me now, will, I hope, do it and what he did. He told me I was not to go to church on Sunday most decidedly and to make sure he is coming, so I hope I shall be ship-shape when you come. My dear, Edith wrote again yesterday such pretty things about our Joan and said she looked so well and was admired by Lord Valentia. I think (I have not the letter close by me) her letter made this old thing cry. Hennie [Helen Boyle] says Edith is beginning to realize as she sees Joan growing up and so attractive too - what it is to me not to take her everywhere myself. I am sure the girls are having a very happy visit. I daresay the biking after dancing got rid of the stiffness. I ought to write to E., so goodbye, darling. We have a lovely spray of orchid in the drawing room, mauve with a brighter mauve centre. Unless I hear to the contrary I will send a post card to Young tomorrow to tell him to meet you at 5.15 on Monday at Ryde, close fly."

Letter from Lady Helen Boyle, 6 Sumner Terrace, Onslow Square, S.W., to Joan Oglander  OG/CC/2045A  12 January 1901

"Thank you so much for writing and I shall be most grateful for even a postcard now and then, for the present. As of course I long to hear. I am so glad your Mother is better and getting on well tho' of course it takes a little time to get up strength. I hope you may be having some one else to stay after the Le Marchants go? Yes, it really was horrid your Kitty being ill and missing the Ball - Fancy not having had one for 2 years - And they so looked forward to all 3 going to it - another year, Ethel may be gone! "Bootiful" had come for it too. Mrs. W. was quite heart broken about poor Kitty missing it.
The little boys were really perfectly delightful, and all the young people were so nice to me. I had a walk with Ethel and one with Geraldine. Mrs. W. being so busy always. There was a luncheon party on Wednesday, and several people I knew, or knew about. The Vicar of Brighton, Mr. Hanna and Mr. Champion of Danny - the old Duke of Richmond came too. That night we dined early some of us and Mrs. W., Ethel, Geraldine, Bootiful and I went to an entertainment at the Town Hall - two plays - by Amateurs. "A Golden Wedding" and "The Little Sentinel", the last especially very amusing. A girl played very well on the piano. Geraldine has had a cold hanging about for long and no wonder. That house is awfully cold. I left by 12.44 train on Thursday. I don't suppose I shall ever hear about the Ball as they are not much of writers! They were looking forward to it so. Will you kindly look in my room for a little dark coloured book of preparation for Holy Communion. I wonder if it could have fallen down anywhere? I used it at Nunwell, and did not unpack any books at Chichester, as it was only for two nights. I am lost and undone if that book is not found. It is not one I take to church. I have that one all safe. I hope you will find it. I so rarely leave anything behind and am so sorry to give the trouble - it certainly was not about the room. The exact title is "Devotions for H.C." - my name is not in it - and it is very worn and shabby. Geraldine and Ethel both thought the G.L.O.F. excellent! and were pleased at the idea of the badges! You should have seen G. and me practising the grip in the streets of Chichester - and E. and me doing so at the station! when she saw me off. They thought the objects very good! Remember, grip to the right!! Now I must [go] being dreadfully busy - and with best love.
P.S. Don't forget someone to send me an occasional postcard. You can write in French if you like!"
Note: Mrs. W. Emily, wife of Ernest Roland Wilberforce, Bishop of Chichester, 3rd son of Samuel Wilberforce, Bishop of Winchester and grandson of the philanthropist, William Wilberforce. Her daughters were Ethel Maude, Catherine Sybil, ("Kitty"), and Geraldine (later bridesmaid to Joan Oglander)

Letter from Lady Helen Boyle, 6 Sumner Terrace, Onslow Square, S.W., to Joan Oglander  OG/CC/2046  14 January 1901

"So many thanks for your letters - I was so pleased to get the first good account, dated Thursday. Then another came speaking of fresh pain and Doctor there in the night. That was also dated the 10th but as I only got it Saturday night, it must surely have been written later. I do hope there has been much improvement since, but shall not be surprised if it takes a little time to get over all this horrid attack. Please keep on letting me have a line or post card when you can. I am so sorry to have bothered you about the book. It had got behind the bible and others restored to my shelf and I could not believe it was lost or left at Nunwell. I am so careful as you know! It is very precious, so am much relieved at its turning up. I sent you a wire yesterday so that no further trouble should be taken. I saw Kate Hornby yesterday and told her of the nice visit to you. She was very sorry to hear of your Mother having been so seedy, but hopes with me she will soon be really easier. I wonder if she could have caught a little chill - those cold days. I think of you so much and miss you dreadfully. No more news from Chichester, since I left - am going to write to Kelly soon. I sent a roofer to Mrs. W. It is very cold today, but bright. Saturday was one of the darkest days I ever saw. But we were warm and snug. I wonder what you have been doing and am so pleased to think you have had Mrs. Le Marchant and that Miss Garforth will succeed her. Hoping to hear soon."
Note: Florence Oglander was taken very seriously ill with peritonitis on 7 January. Dr. Rich was very worried because of her weak heart and asked for further advice. Sir R. Douglas Powell took "the worst view" but she survived though confined to her own room until April, and unable to go out before 12 May. On 24 May she was taken very ill again.

Letter from Mary [Forsyth], Leavington House, [St. John's Park,] Ryde, to Joan Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2047  15 January 1901

"My precious darling, Archie is going out tomorrow morning early to see how Mrs. Oglander is, as he can't go later, so I must send you a note by him to tell you, my darling Joanie, how much I am thinking of you and how I hope that A. will bring back a good report of Mrs. Oglander. I do so long to see you, dearest, but you know how I am thinking of you, don't you. I expect you will be very glad to see Miss Garwood. You and she are such great friends. How long is she going to stay? Joanie, my own darling, I do wish I could see you - MIZPAH - do you remember at 10 o'clock? I do, but I am afraid I am really very bad at doing so in the middle of the day. How are you? I mustn't write more, as I am supposed to be going to bed. Good night, darling and God bless you my pet."

Letter from Miss L. M. Wallis, 56 Central Hill, Upper Norwood, to Joan Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2048  15 January 1901

"My liebchen - I am so distressed at this bad account of your mother. My poor little girl what a terribly trying anxious time you are having. My heart does ache for you and I can't bear to think. I wrote and asked about not coming back at such a time. Dearest you write and tell me, when you want me and I'll come right along. I could at least sympathize and try and hear your anxieties, which you are half afraid to name. My Joanie, I am so sorry darling. Write me a line again quickly, to give me further news, will you, dear. I am thinking of you, so constantly and answer by return to beg you not to put off my return, if I could help you in this sad time. Poor Mrs. Oglander, I wish I could help her and your father must be so anxious too, but dearest for your sake, remember Doctor Rich always takes a fearfully serious view of things, and they brighten up and so I pray will this. Thank you 1,000 times about Meiklejohn Geo: (sic) That is good news. Leave it when you get a chance. I am not sick this morning for the first time for 14 days. Oh it is a relief, but I am dead tired. I see you say Meiklejohn history, but you do mean Geography, don't you? I've got my Meiklejohn's history alright. Much love and a big hug, my Joanie and deep sympathy. Write the news as often as you can. I am so anxious for you and let us remember how often people turn the corner in the most unlooked for way. I am loving you and longing to help you."

Letter form Margaret White-Popham, The Manor House, Shanklin, I.W., to Joan Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2049  16 January 1901

"I am so thankful to hear a slightly improved account of your loved Mother this morning. Do tell your Father how much you are all in my thoughts! With every wish for her speedy recovery."

Letter from Mary [Forsyth], Leavington House, [St. John's Park], Ryde, to Joan Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2050  16 January 1901

"I am so thankful to hear that Mrs. Oglander is no worse and do hope she may have a good night and really take a turn for the better. My own Joanie, how I wish I could be near you in all this trying anxious time, but I think of you all day, dearest and wish I could do something for you. Mother and I are neither of us going to the dance tonight. We couldn't enjoy ourselves when you and Mrs. Oglander are so unhappy. Darling, I can't tell you how miserable it makes me to think you are in trouble and that I am not near you to sympathise and comfort you. My own little sister, Joanie, I do feel for you so. My dearest pet. I can do nothing by sympathize and think of you all day long. I do hope I shall hear a good report tomorrow. Now my precious darling I must stop, as it is dinner time. I wonder what you are doing all day. Archie sends you his best love and you know how much there is."

Letter from Lady Helen Boyle, 6 Sumner Terrace, Onslow Square, London to Joan Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2051  17 January 1901

Administrative history:
Lady Helen Boyle, sister of Sir David Boyle, 7th Earl of Glasgow. Lady Helen's grandfather was David Boyle, Lord Justice General 1811, and President Court of Sessions in Scotland P.C. Advocate 14 Dec 1793, M.P. Ayr 1807-1811, Solicitor-General 1807. Alice was Lady Alice Mary, aged 23, daughter of Lady Helen's brother, the Earl of Glasgow. The Hon. Jamie Boyle, her brother, was aged 20.

"I must send you a few lines today, as I couldn't yesterday. Alice Boyle was here for a night and her brother, Jamie. They came on Tuesday and all yesterday I was out with her. I have been thinking of you so much and am very grateful indeed for anything you write. I do hope your mother is much easier and that this horrid attack may soon be over. But it does take a time, first to subdue it and then to pick up, after such pain and trouble. I had a letter from Mrs. le Marchant et al. I was very glad and it was most kind of her to write. You would be sorry to lose her. But I know you have Miss Garwood now and you are fond of her too, I think? I often see Lady Hornby and we talk much of you all. Is it not nice to think of having her in "Onslow Square". I know how pleased your mother will be. She could not have a nicer home, I think. The garden is such a pleasure in summer. But I want her to be on the other side of the Square where possibly [there] may be one to be had, facing south. Nothing is quite settled yet, but I hope she will get what she likes best, at last. Nothing more from Chichester, at present! I hope Kitty is better now. Have you seen the Forsyths much since I left? I daresay they come over and see you. The reason I didn't send name of French book you want is that I should like to look it over first, to be sure and cannot get it for a few days - I won't forget. I had to go to Nathan's with Alice. She and Jamie are going to a fancy ball in Essex, he as his great-grandfather in wig and black suit, silk stockings and shorts. He thinks he will look like a lawyer, but as he is not tall and rather slight and our grandfather a very big man, I can't think how the clothes will fit. They are the ones our grandfather wore. Alice's is to be a short waisted old dress and big white hat and feathers. She would have black velvet. It will look rather old for her! Hoping to hear from you soon again. Ever with best love to your dear Mother.
P.S. I thought Aunt Edith was coming up on 15th, but went to the house yesterday and hear it is not until next week. The new servant (housemaid) I was so anxious about is a most etherial being! Quite charming and I do hope she will be a success.
P.S. Dearest Joanie, I know how your poor mother has been suffering, but I trust and hope she is better by now and pray continously that she may have strength to throw off this bad attack and soon pick up again. You know she is so wonderfully plucky and has such extra-ordinary recovery power that I trust we may soon have better news of her. I know how brave and good you will be and it will be such a comfort and help to your poor Father. This is a private bit for you, and then you can tell your mother anything out of the other that she is able to hear. I know how wonderfull cheery she is and interested in all even when ill - [blank] is possible to turn to ordinary things. Send me reports dear, as often as you can, and don't write more than you feel inclined."

Letter from "Emmie", Westbury, Ryde, I.W., to Joan Oglander, Nunwell, Brading  OG/CC/2052  17 January 1901

"I can't tell you how thankful we were for your telegram this morning and so cheered by the good news it contained. I hope we may have an equally satisfactory one tomorrow and then we shall begin to hope and trust the worst is passed and that dear Mrs. Oglander will be restored to you in health again. You have both had a terribly anxious time of it and I do think you have been so low, my Joanie, it is so awfully hard to keep up cheerfulness when really you are broken hearted. I would have gone over to see you today, but was very tired this morning, and as your telegram was a re-assuring one, I thought I would take it quietly. I shall fetch my things from Bembridge tomorrow if it is decently fine. My aunt is not coming here until Tuesday, so we shall not return to London till Monday. I will go over and have a peep at you on Saturday, unless you are likely to be out, but of course if Mrs Ogle is with you, she may want you to go somewhere with her. I wish the Sunday trains were more convenient but they are absolutely hopeless. We shall go on thinking of you and to pray for good news with all our hearts. Please give our love to your Father and with lots to yourself.
P.S. Do you think Read would like a stable cat? My mother wants to part with hers and wishes to find him a happy home. You might ask him."

Letter from Gertrude M. Perrott, Cluntagh, Nr. Ryde, I.W., to Joan Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2053  15 January 1901

"I must just send you a lie before leaving England to say how deeply grieved I am to think how ill your dear Mother has been. You are indeed having a terribly anxious time. I do trust the better news this morning may continue and that improvement may continue. I have thought of you so much and with the truest sympathy, for I was just your age when I had great anxiety and sorrow thrown on my shoulders and it is all so hard to realize and bear, when one is young. I know you will be such a companion and comfort to your Father, while he is so anxious. If you could make time to send us a post card early next week to Hotel Provence Cannes, we should think it so kind of you. I should have tried to come out myself this afternoon, but have been very anxious over Tom on whose account we had to put off our journey till tomorrow, as he was obliged to remain quiet all today having overdone himself yesterday in Town. With our best loves and hoping greatly that you will soon be less anxious."
Note: Her husband, Thomas Francis Perrott, from Ryde Vicarage, died on 30 Dec. 1903, aged 51. She was the dau. of Dr. Thomas Lowe, M.D., of Solihull, Warwicks.

Letter from Helen S. Annesley, 5 Leinster Gardens, Hyde Park, London, to Joan Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2054  17 January 1901

Administrative history:
Hon. Helen Annesley, born 30 July 1884, d. of Arthur, 11th Viscount Valentia. Viscount Valentia's grandfather, the 10th Viscount was brother to Florence Oglander's grandmother Catherine Elizabeth Annesley, so Joan and Helen were third cousins.

"You are a dear girl to write me such a nice letter and I think it was especially kind of you when you were so anxious about your Mother. I do so hope that she is better and that you are happier about her now. If you could find time, it would be very kind if you could let me have a line to say how she is getting on. Father and Mother are most anxious to hear too. Again thanking you for all your congratulations."

Letter from Frankie [Wemys], Drum Maw, Liberton, Midlothian, to Joan Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2055  19 January 1901

Related information: See OG/CC/987

"I had no idea Aunt Gig was ill at all till your letter came 3 minutes ago: I do so hope she's going on well now. Will you ask Uncle Gig to send me a wire to say how she is, if he has time. I'd wire to ask, only there is just a chance she might get the wire and be frightened. I feel so bad, not having known anything about it till now. We got back from Westbury on Monday. Will you write to me to say how she is, besides the wire. You don't know how fond I am of Aunt Gig."
"Gig" was the nickname Frank Wemys gave to John Oglander, when Frank was a small child.

Letter from Laura Georgiana Glynn, Fairlee, Shanklin, I.W., to her cousin, Joan Oglander, Nunwell, I.W  OG/CC/2056  19 January 1901

"I was so thankful to get your card this evening and to hear the improvement is maintained and I do so hope and pray it may continue. Thank you so much, dearest child, for your daily bulletins which are a great comfort. I hear Daisy is with you and am sure she is a comfort. She is so calm and efficient. Don't trouble to write a letter. As long as I have one line, I am thankful. With best love and my heart felt sympathy with you all in this terrible trial."

Letter from Francis Holborrow Glynn Price, Longlands Place, Swansea, to his Uncle, John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2057  21 January 1901

"I was truly grieved to hear on the receipt of your letter today that Aunt Florence is so seriously ill, but I sincerely hope that with the excellent medical care and nursing which you have obtained, she may be spared to you and Joan. That this may be so shall be my prayer and that both Aunt Florence and you may be granted grace and strength to bear this most severe trial. If she is able to receive a message I should so much like her to know how deeply I feel for her. It must be a great comfort to you being in a position to have everything possible done for her. Is it not a mercy that relief from pain for a time, and sleep can be secured by injections of morphia? If I can do anything to help you in any way, please do not fail to let me know. I am very pleased to know that Joan is so helpful. It is a great trial for her, poor girl. Thank you very much for the cheque for £17 16s. 10d. - Jack Glynn's school bill. I must not write you further about this matter just now, as you have so much to think of - I should be so glad to receive a word or two as to how Aunt Florence is, if you could manage it."

Letter from Florence Fetherstonehaugh, Gwydyr, Ryde, I.W., to Joan Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2058  21 January 1901

"I promised to let you know that the Dancing Class will not take place tomorrow afternoon in consequence of the dear Queen's very serious condition. We none of us felt it ought to take place and anyway I fear you would not have come in, as you are, I fear still anxious about your dear Mother, but I am truly thankful to hear she is better and I hope and pray you may soon feel happy about her. Give her my love and say how sorry I am to hear how suffering she has been. The bulletin tonight from Osbourne is very, very bad and one dreads the worst - It is indeed a loss and what a beautiful life laid down, crowned with Honour and Love from all. Kindest remembrances to your Father, who, I hope, keeps well."

Letter from Cicely Janssen, Brookmans Park, Hatfield, Herts, to Joan Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2059  21 January 1901

"We are so sorry to hear that your Mother is so ill. We only heard it today from Aunt Fanny. We have illness too, as Father has been very ill for some time. The Doctor was pleased today so we hope he will do well. We should be so glad if you will let us know how your Mother is. I hope she will soon be well again. We had Emy and the boy over at Christmas, a great pleasure to us all. Will you give my love to your Mother, if she is well enough. You may be sure we will remember you all in our prayers."

Letter from Helen Boyle, 6 Sumner Terrace, Onslow Square, to Joan Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2060  24 January 1901

"Thank you so very much for being so faithful and kind in sending me postcards and for your letter yesterday. I am so thankful to hear that your Mother is out of danger - Can't write much today, but will do so soon and tell you adventures. Am going to beg a seat in the House of Lords this afternoon. I heard from Chichester yesterday that Kitty who had run a bad chill or influenza, is now better and was to go yesterday to the Connors at Sandown for change. Mrs. W. was to take her there and remain one night. I wonder if you will manage to see her. They can't drive much as they have no carriage, I suppose. I do hope your Mother will pick up well now. I suppose she did not know about the Queen. Does she now? Is it not too sad and all seems so strange now. Excuse mistake in paper. With best love.
P.S. So glad to think of seeing you. When you come, it will be so good for you, for 2 or 3 days even. I saw the King beautifully yesterday going to the Privy Council Meeting, as well as dark and inside of his carriage permitted - such adventures you shall hear.

Letter from Hon. Edith Boscawen, Tregye, Perranwell, Cornwall, to her cousin, Joan Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2061  25 January 1901

"I must write you one line to tell you how I rejoiced to hear this morning of your Mother's being too much improved. She has so much pluck and is so patient that I had great hopes of her after reading your Father's letter to Margaret Randolph [a mutual cousin of Edith Boscawen and Florence], but you and he must have been miserable and having to keep up a cheerful face for your mother's sake must have been hard upon you both. But how happy you should be now. And I do hope and trust she will now go on to a steady and complete recovery and be better than she was before. All good wishes to you all."
Florence's improvement enabled John to go up to London with Mrs. Rich to see the Queen's funeral. He stayed with Edith and Bertram Ogle in Eaton Place and saw the grand sight from St. Georges Hospital.

Letter from Lady Helen Boyle, 6 Sumner Terrace, Onslow Square London, S.W., to Joan Oglander  OG/CC/2061A  26 January [1901]

"I am dreadfully hurried, but must send one line. I was so sorry to hear of any return of the pain, in your last nights card, but do trust it is only temporary. It was after I had written thinking all was going on so well. I am hoping perhaps to catch Edith this evening and shall hear more from her. You wanted to hear adventures - Well Alice was staying with us for 2 days, and on 23rd she was dying to go out to see what she could, so I took her to the Mall, and after a bit of a crowd and some difficulties, we luckily fell in with a lot of friends and all bonded together and eventually saw splendidly "The King" going to a meeting of the Privy Council and many royalties and Privy Counsellors. He passed us twice. Then I came home after food at Charbounell and Walker, and left Alice there to try again and they saw more. Next morning she went out with a cousin, a young fellow, to try to hear the proclamation, but of course they could not get near. Yesterday Alice and I and my eldest sister went to the House of Lords and heard "The King's message" and the motion on address about the Death of the Queen - Lord Salisbury - Archbishop of Canterbury etc. - and it was, though sad, very interesting. There was a great crush, but we managed fairly well. One can hardly realize the sad change even now. It is a bitter cold day and I envy Alice who has gone this morning to Cap Martin with the O. Ogilvies for a fortnight, but hopes to be back for the opening of Parliament. I saw the Bishop of Chichester close to me yesterday, but could not catch his eye, as a Peer in a bath-chair got just between! At the entrance of the House just as were coming away we saw the little procession of the Lord Chancellor, which always amuses me! His train is carried, you know and he looks so quaint in his wig. Now dear, I must stop and hoping very much that your mother is better again, I am etc.
G.L.O.F. Tomorrow X Sweni, I hope, is coming with me to St. Pauls to hear Scot Holland and the solemn music will be beautiful. Give your mother my love and tell me when I may write to her. But does she know about all, as she had to be kept so quiet?"

Letter from Maria A. Wemys Drum Maw, Liberton, Midlothian, to Joan Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2062  20 February 1901

Administrative history:
Maria Alice, d. of General Robert William Disney Leith of Glen Kindle and Westhall, Aberdeenshire, by Mary Charlotte Julia, d. and heiress of Sir Henry Percy Gordon, 2nd Bart. of North Court, Shorwell, Isle of Wight, married on 11 Oct. 1898 Maynard Francis ("Frankie") Colchester Wemys, son of John Oglander's old college friend, Maynard Colchester Wemys of Westbury Court, Westbury on Severn, Gloucestershire. She died in 1940. Her brother, Alexander Henry Disney Leith successfully established his claim to the ancient Barony of Burgh in 1916 and lived at North Court, Isle of Wight.

"As we've not heard for some time we are hoping that it means that your Mother is better and getting on satisfactorily. I do hope so anyway. I was so awfully sorry she was so bad. I didn't write before because Frankie was always writing and I knew you'd have as many letters to write as you could manage, but I hope now you are not having such an anxious time - Poor Joan, you must have had a horrid time. I hope little Binkie is well and is being a comfort to her mistress. I think she must be if she is anything like the rest of her family. I was in bed with a sort of "flu" for about 3 days the other day and my little brown puppie elected to come and visit me on my bed every now and again and cooly walked about all over me. She's tiny and I am afraid always will be - a sort of miniature dacks, but beautifully shaped. Hasn't it been a melancholy time lately with the poor old Queen's funeral and all that. We didn't go to see it. I'd have liked to, it must have been rather an impressive sight. My brother was in the procession with his militia. I would like to have seen that. They're about the only militia worth anything. I hear Frankie's dog shooters were the tallest body of men there. He carefully picked them for height! He's still trying hard to go to the war. I believe he has a better chance than last year. It would be horrid in a way, if he went though. It has been most horribly cold here lately - there's been skating going on, I believe - I hear it's pretty bad in the Isle of Wight and that you have snow. We are better off in that respect. Well, goodbye Joan. Best love to yourself and all and hoping for much better accounts next time we hear."

Letter from Mary [Forsyth], Leavington House, St. John's Park, Ryde, I.W., to Joan Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2063  5 March 1901

"A thousand thanks for your dear letter, which I was delighted to get. I was disappointed you couldn't come on Friday. It's such ages since we had a nice talk. I'm also sorry to say, Joanie, that we must give up our plan about tomorrow, as Mr. Rich says he would rather you didn't come, though Daddy is quite well again, but still it's best to be on the safe side. It's very aggravating all the same! You wont miss very much, as it is only a Conference. I am going to play truant too, as tomorrow is the last hockey till next winter, so I am going to play, instead of going to the lecture!! I just caught a glimpse of you on Saturday, riding up the hill - I had no idea the ring at the door bell was you and as I was very busy, sticking in photos with Duddy, I didn't go to the window to look! I also saw you this afternoon riding up the hill but not till you had passed the house, or I would have banged on the window. I don't know when we are going to see each other again, as I don't count sitting beside each other at that lecture, do you? I wonder we didn't meet on Saturday as Mother and I were calling at the Calthorpes too. I am longing to see your photos.
Miss Gore tells me they were very good of you. Mary went away today and I expect wont be home for some time. On Sunday one of Norah's many cousins a Mr. Williams came over to see us. He is at Whale Island and is a Lieut. R.N., staying with the Brooks till the summer. He is very nice and very amusing and I was glad to see him again. He kindly asked us to go over today and see H.M.S. "Kent" launched, but I have my singing lessons on Tuesdays so couldn't go. I was dreadfully disappointed as it would have been such fun and he asked us to go back and lunch at Whale Island afterwards, but I hear she wasn't launched after all, as it was such an awful morning. Joanie! what do you think? We are going over the "Ophie" on Thursday! Wont it be fun? I do hope it will be fine, if it is wet we are going on Saturday. On Friday we have got a small luncheon party, mostly consisting of Naval people. There is going to be a confirmation at St. John's tomorrow morning, which I am going to; I shall think of you and ours - just 3 years ago, next Sunday, darling. I know you will be thinking of me and I of you. I did so want to see you before Sunday, writing isn't the same as talking to each other, is it my pet. When we go to Church next Sunday at 11 it will be just about the time of our confirmation three years ago. Do let us say our prayers when we go into Church and think of each other? Shall we say the Collect for 19th Sunday after Trinity? You know the one I mean. I shall and you do too? Don't forget. I am so longing to see you, my own sweet Joanie. I thought of you on Sunday. I'm not getting on very well with my resolutions, except the prayer. I'm afraid I must be very bad indeed. I find it so hard to be good! harder than you do. I think I must stop now, so goodbye my dearest. I am so glad dear Mrs. Oglander is getting better and my poor darling you have had a bad time. Oh when shall we see each other again! I'm getting into despair of seeing you, darling. Now goodbye my own Joan. Ever yours, M."

Letter from Etta Orde Powlett, 2 Queensberry Place, London, S.W., to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2063A  11 March 1901

Administrative history:
Myra Rowena Sybil Orde-Powlett, born 1879, married 16 April 1901 the 5th Marquiss of Exeter. She was the daughter of Lord Bolton of Bolton Hall, Wensleydale, Yorkshire.

"I am hoping now you are much better, and well enough to care to receive letters. I have not written to you before, because I knew how ill you were, and I did not like to trouble Mr. Oglander with enquiries - and Kate Hornby has been very kind in letting me hear how you were going on, and as we are such near neighbours it was very easy to hear. Poor dear Florence, I have felt so sorry for you, also for your husband and Joan, who have had such an anxious time. It's delightful to hear now that you are making a good recovery. I am sending you as I promised those lines on that picture of "Hope" by Watts - it's a picture I like very much, and often see at the Tate Gallery, but it requires explanation, and these verses I think explain the picture so well. I hope you will think so also. "Hope" is such a nice word, without it there would be nothing to live for - would there? I dare say you have heard that Vic (my sister-in-law) has a little girl, it was born last Wednesday. I am thankful to say she is going on very well - also the baby - they are in Eaton Square. Alan only returned from Brest 3 days before the baby arrived - he and Vic are delighted with their little dark girl - just what they wanted. Lord Henry is out in South Africa, and Lord Edward returns there, leaves the end of this week. He has quite recovered from his wounds.
Kate Hornby has just got into her new house in Onslow Square, a very nice house and near her old part of the world - and all her friends. I felt very sorry for her having to leave that nice house in Roland House, but it was too large for her now. We all go to Yorkshire on the 15th of next month - for my niece, Myra Powlett's wedding on the 16th. Lord Exeter is such a nice boy, he and Myra are very devoted and I hope will be very happy. Kathleen [her daughter] is to be one of the bridesmaids. I hope Joan is very well, do give her our best love and remember me most kindly to your husband, and with much love to yourself in which the girls unite, and hoping you will soon be quite well again. Of course, this requires no answer. I shall continue to hear from Kate"
"Lines on Watts' picture "Hope"
Her feet are travel-stained and bruised and torn
Her eyes are blinded that she cannot see
One step before her - All the harmony
Out of her life with those snapt chords is gone
With care and grief she seems quite overbourne.
Darkness and clouds surround her. Can it be that this is Hope! She looks like misery
This poor bowed figure, desolate, forlorn
Yes, it is Hope - For through the clouds one fair
Bright star still shines. From one unbroken string
Some low, sweet note is surely issuing?
See how in spite of all the achin care
Over the lyre she bends down listening - Light, music, love, Hope findeth everywhere

Letter from John Fardell, Market Street, Ryde, to John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/2064  13 March 1901

"I have seen Janes in regard to the shingle and he can deliver the same at Nunwell at 6/6 a load. He tells me that at the present moment there is a good supply on the shore at Sandown of very suitable quality. Will you kindly let me know how many loads you would require."

Letter from Joan Oglander, Manor House, Eastbourne, to her mother, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2065  18 March 1901

"I would have written yesterday only I was out all day and the post goes at 2.30. Well now, I must begin at the beginning. The carriage was sent to meet me. I found them all in, Kitsey Leitham, Mr. Carew (both very nice!), Mr. Dyson More, Lord and Lady Clifford and their little girl are staying here. After tea we had a grand game of badmington (sic). Yesterday was to (sic) glorious for words. We went a party of 7, Patience, Kitsey, Col. & Mrs. D. More, Mrs. Carew, Major Clough and myself. We started at 10. I had a charming mare which went like the wind. It was very jolly riding to the meet, which was 4 miles off at a very old house. It was a fairly large meet, about 60 people, the first cover which they drew was not on the Downs, but the rest of the meet was entirely on the Downs. The first time we found we had a glorious run. I kept up with Mr. Gilbert the whole time. Poor Patience had to go home after 2 hours. It was supposed to be too tiring for her. I never had such fun in my life, till we had to canter down a very steep side of the Down, with a bank to jump at the bottom. My horse made rather a fuss and cantered down sideways That made me behind, a ploughed field followed; my horse got tired and when I got to the top of the hill, there was no sign of hounds or Mr. Gilbert and I was lost! I waited for some time, presently Kitsey rode up also lost, so we wandered about with some other people for about ½ an hour, trying to find them, and then in despair asked the way back to Eastbourne. So we jogged home, over 6 miles. When we got back we found the others had arrived in an awful stew about us. Mr. Gilbert thought Major Clough was with us all the time - he never was near us! We had a very jolly luncheon, when we came in. Of course we took sandwiches, but we were ravenous! After tea we played badmington. I am not a bit tired only horribly stiff. Patience, Kitsy, Mrs. Carew and myself went to a church some way off. We sat down 17 to luncheon. I don't know what I should do without Shepperd. She is very nice. I am enclosing a letter for Mrs. Tipping. It sounds very nice. The West Indies would be very fine. I do hope, sweet Mother, you are feeling better. I expect you were on your sofa yesterday. I am afraid this is very incoherent, but they will talk to me! With heaps of love."

Letter from Francis W. Hughes, 103 Edgeware Road, London, to John H. Oglander, Esq  OG/CC/2066  25 March 1901

"I beg to inform you that my partnership with Mr. H. E. Aston has expired by effluxion of time and that we shall in future practice independantly. I have removed my offices from No. OG/71 to No. OG/103 and shall be obliged by your noting the change of address."

Letter from Francis W. Hughes, 103 Edgeware Road, London, to John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2067  27 March 1901

"Please note the enclosed circular letter which speaks for itself. I beg to enclose the firm's Bill of Costs against the Trustees relating to the recent appointment of a new Trustee of the Settlement. Such costs are strictly speaking payable out of capital and to enable the Partnership Books to be closed as early as possible we are endeavouring to get in all outstanding accounts so that if the Trustees would kindly send me a cheque, I should be obliged. I shall be happy to continue the collection of the interest and if you approve will you kindly sign and return in the enclosed envelope with authority I send herewith?"

Letter from Francis W. Hughes, 103 Edgeware Road, London, to John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2068  2 April 1901

"I am much obliged for your letter and cheque and enclose the Bill of Costs receipted. The course you have adopted seems to be the simplest."

Letter from Laura G. Glynn, Fairlee, Shanklin, I.W., to her cousin, John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2068A  [5 April 1901]

"Thank you so much for sending me Elizabeth, she is delicious and certainly not up to date in her neivete! How is dear Florence, not down yet I suspect! What weather, no church for me today. I did get to the midday celebrations yesterday but it was very cold. Such a seering wind, and I had a bad night of coughing and wheezing. Are we ever going to have fine weather again! I heard of Minnie [Glynn] on Sunday. She was going to town next day. Her Aunt, Mrs. Freshfield left her a legacy of £100, and her cousins sent her some nice things. I am so glad, she seemed so pleased at being remembered! She returns to Bournemouth on Tuesday. My rheumatics are no better, nor can one expect it. I hope your cold is well. I have written myself stupid, so with best love and every best Easter greeting to you all."

Letter from F. Innes Lillingstone, Bute Court, Torquay, to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading I.W  OG/CC/2068B  6 April 1901

"We have all been so glad to hear more favourable accounts of you from the Forsythes and I hope the move into the drawing room is the beginning of better things for you. I am venturing now to write and ask if it would be possible for you to allow Joan to pay us a visit this month? Mary Forsyth is coming to us on or about the 23rd for a fortnight and it would be a great pleasure to us if Joan might accompany her. Our two eldest girls are going abroad next week, but Molly will be at home and the younger boys. I am afraid there will be no gaities for the girls but I think the young people would make themselves happy together. I am sorry I cannot offer to put up a maid but I shall have no room available. With our united kind regards to Mr. Oglander and yourself and Molly's best love to Joan."

Letter from Dr. E. Rich, 67 George Street, Ryde, I.W., to Florence Oglander  OG/CC/2068C  8 April 1901

"I much regret not seeing you owing to confinements - one from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m., the other 6.30 p.m. until.... Better luck tomorrow - and trusting that you will not suffer"

Letter from Francis W. Hughes, 103 Edgeware Road, London, W., to John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2069  9 April 1901

"Re Deacons mortgage upon 11 & 13 Epirus Road.
You will recollect that these houses are mortgaged to your trustees for £500. Mr. T. N. Turner, auctioneer, who has had them on his books for selling for a long time past, has succeeded in obtaining an offer of £540 for them, from Mrs. Stephens, a client of mine. This amount will be sufficient to repay the £500 principal, the auctioneers commission and solicitors costs on sale, and I hope a good proportion of the arrears of interest due to you. Would you like me to accept Mrs. Stephen's offer?"

Letter from L. M. Wallis, 56 Central Hill, Upper Norwood, to John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2070  11 April 1901

"I returned yesterday from my visit to Mrs. Bellhouse and find she is very anxious for me to begin my work there as soon as possible, as her governess left at Easter. I said I would ask you if you would allow me to leave you at the half term, June 25th instead of July 25th; as this would enable me to teach them for 6 weeks before the summer holidays. Otherwise, it means keeping Mrs. Bellhouse waiting from April to September and as she is quite in the country, she can get no lessons to fill up the time. If it will really inconvenience you she said she would wait, but it would be so much nicer to have a short term for my first plunge and if Joan and I work steadily from her return, from May to the middle of June, it is only a question of 4 weeks more with her in any case. I shall hate to leave dear Joan, but as it has got to be I venture to suggest this place, as it will be a great convenience to Mrs. Bellhouse and to myself. I had offered to give up my summer holidays and go there instead, but this does not suit, as there are boys coming home then. I do hope Mrs. Oglander is better. I write to you as perhaps she would still be worried by letters requiring an answer."

Letter from F. Innes Lillingstone, Bute Court, Torquay, to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2070A  14 April 1901

"We were so pleased to hear that Joan may come to us and Molly is jubilant. I should have written before but have been in the whirl of a big Bazaar. I sent word, however, to the Forsythes to ask if Mary could come at an earlier date than the 23rd and hope you may have heard from them direct. I should be quite ready for the girls by the 20th. We are having rough unsettled weather but not so cold. I do hope it will allow of our making some expeditions while the girls are here. I have today got an invitation for the "Britannia" Sports on the 27th. I am so very glad to hear that you are really feeling better and hope that you will soon be able to get out after your long imprisonment."

Letter from Miss L. M. Wallis, 5 Central Hill, Upper Norwood, to Miss Joan Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2070B  14 April 1901

"Thank you so much for the daffies, how good of you to send so many. They made the table look lovely and gave the greatest pleasure. Well, I've been and gone and done it! I went to Leominster. Oh, it was an ordeal and I am so thankful it's over I could sing, only now I so dread going there for good! Mrs. B. is the sweetest kindest person. She met me herself at the station and took me home and gave me coffee! It's a jolly house, most charmingly furnished. The drawing room has a grand piano and the schoolroom a lovely new piano too to my great joy. My 3 pupils are most charming children, Dorothy aged 13, nearly as tall as myself, Madge 11 and Baby 9, the latter has gloreous red gold hair to her waist, otherwise none are pretty but such sweet manners and so loving. All are really musical and Dorothy will be interesting to teach, I think, but none of the 3 can work together! Their last governess seems to have been a terror and never took an interest in anything or even picked a flower with them, so I hope I can make them happier than this. Mrs. B. just made me at home directly and it is sweet to see her with the children. They all love her so much and race to her with every interest and she is so merry and we really laughed, almost like you and I do, the first evening! It's utter country and the village is far smaller than Brading and only contains a post office! I expect I shall be dull but I shall have a "homey" feeling I see [sic] and am sure the children are sweet, such perfect little ladies and the whole home is full of love. Mrs. B. is very like Miss Lees in her manners, the eldest girl is rather abrupt and reserved but she too was most nice to me. I'll tell you more when we meet. This was only a line to thank you much for the daffies. How are you, my dearest, longing for Mary's 'Lespech'! How is your Mother? We went to a jolly concert at the Palace and heard Plunkett Green yesterday. I've got some jolly French books for our reading next term. I must stop as Jo is in bed with a head and I must read to her! I hope all is well with you, Dear, have you eaten all those sweets yet!
P.S. I do dread this plunge into a new life so and shall be very home sick I expect, but isn't it nice that they are all so really nice and I am so grateful about this"

Letter from Rev. John Shearme, The Vicarage, Ryde, I.W., to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2070C  15 April 1901

"I have been unable to do myself the great pleasure of coming to see you this last week, matters over which I had no control crowded me out of all opportunity. I am going away tomorrow for a few days and feel I must write to say how much I regret that I have been denied the pleasure of coming and congratulating you on the progress you have made. I hear you have twice been out in your chair. I hope we may get more springlike weather soon and that you may be able to take advantage of it."

Letter from Rachel Lyon, The Orchard, Crookham, Winchfield, Hants., to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2070D  16 April 1901

"I was delighted to get your letter yesterday but so sorry to learn that you have been so ill. A great friend of mine last year had peritonitis and told me that the pain was quite dreadful. So many people seem to have it nowadays. I do hope you will never have it again and that you will soon get a little stronger. Frank and I have been in London staying with my people at the Buckingham Palace Hotel for a few days. My Father is not looking very well, but I hope a few months rest and treatment for nerves will set him right. A shock such as he had, at the age of 56 is not pleasant, but his arm is daily improving, and considering all things, I think he has not done badly. I think that they may take a house in London for two months, but have not decided until he knows more about his next appointment. With love to yourself and Joan and kindest remembrances to Mr. Oglander."

Letter from Miss Laura M. Wallis, 56 Central Hill, Upper Norwood to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2070E  16April 1901

"Thank you very much for replying so quickly to my letter to Mr. Oglander and for allowing me to leave in June, as you may imagine I am dreading this plunge among strangers and it will be a great help to have the first term a month long instead of 13 weeks! I need hardly say how I shall regret leaving Joan and giving up our work together which grows more interesting every term, but I suppose you will be glad to have her free altogether and she is I think far enough advanced now to want to work by herself, which is something, isn't it. I am so glad you have actually been out at last, you must have felt quite strange, but the weather is against you, I fear. Please give my dear love to Joanie and she owes me a letter! Hoping each day now will add to your strength, believe me"

Letter from Kate Forsyth, Leavington House, Ryde, to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2070F  16 April 1901

"It was a great pleasure to see your hand writing again! I do wish I could get Mary off on Saturday but I do not see how to manage it. The original day was the 24th and I gave Miss Coombe till the 23rd for her thins, then hearing you would like an earlier date I fixed the 23rd, and now I am afraid the 22nd is the earliest possible. I will tell Miss C. to finish one dress by Saturday and send on the other, but as this latter is to be made up of the Tableau dress, and she cannot have it till midday Friday (on account of the photo) I don't see how she could do it without one fitting on Saturday. I really would sacrifice the frock for your convenience gladly, but my old cousin William O'Brien is probably coming to us for Sunday, and he would be so disappointed to find Mary just gone, and I should grieve at his not seeing her too, as this is I fear the last time he is ever likely to visit England. If Joan went and returned on a Saturday she would begin lessons again on the Monday, and now will be back on the Monday and begin Tuesday, so it will be only one day late. I do wish I could alter, and if tomorrow I find I can, I will, but I do want Mary here next Sunday most particularly if my cousin comes, and it will only be if he alters his plans."

Letter from Joan Oglander, [c/o Lillingstone, Bute Court, Torquay], to her mother, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2070G  23 April 1901

"Were you very surprised that we arrived safely after all! We did not have long to wait at Salisbury and hardly any time at Exeter. We had to change at Newton Abbot too. Oh this is such a pretty place, the sea is a glorious blue and the cliffs look so lovely. The Lillingstones all so nice and jolly, we had grand fun last night! all quite mad. Mrs. Lillingstone is so kind and Molly is a dear. I hope dearest Mummy you did not have to wait till the evening for Mr. Rich yesterday. Did Father get back to luncheon? It is a little difficult to write as Jack and Mary are strumming on the piano! I hope you have been kind to my boy. I don't know what we do today, biking expedition I think"

Letter from John Fardell, Market Street, Ryde, I.W., to John H. G. Oglander, Esq  OG/CC/2071  24 April 1901

"I enclose form of proposal to cover liability for compensation under the Workmen's Compensation Acts 1895 and 1900 in respect of the carpenters and copse-men. Will you please sign it at the foot and return it to me. The rate of premium is, I understand, 3/- per cent. It appears to me that under the later Act, you should insure against residents to your gardeners, as I see the expression "Agrucultural" therein includes horticultural and the growth of fruit and vegetables. Will you kindly let me know the numbers employed in this capacity exclusive of Wickens and the amount of their weekly wage. In case I do not see you on Saturday, will you kindly let me know what day next week will be convenient for you to go timber marking."

Letter from Joan Oglander, Bute Court, Torquay, Devon, to her Mother, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2071A  29 April 1901

"Thank you so much for your dear letter written in "Bedfordshire". I did laugh, I couldn't imagine what you meant for a minute! You didn't tell me when father goes away, poor Mummy I am so sorry you are to be alone, is he going to 94, how is his siatica? We've been having greater fun than ever. On Thursday we were lazy, reading and working in the garden. 6 torpedo destroyers called into the harbour, which caused real excitement. In the evening we biked to Cockington, such a pretty little village, all the cottages had thatched rooves, just like the pictures one sees. The church was most quaint, the chancel screen and pulpit were carved wood painted, and the font had a carved oak cover in the shape of a dome. In the evening we had grand fun playing games. I don't think I told you, Mary and I have a very pretty room looking over the bay and Molly sleeps in a room opening out of ours, what fun we do have! Molly is such a dear girl.
Sunday. I am so sorry I have not had time to finish this letter before. I am so sorry to hear that poor Lady Helen has been so bad, I shall write to her as soon as ever I can. She is unlucky - Oh, by the way I heard from Minnie Gilbert who wants to know of a good place for mending old fans for her mother. Will you please let me know about it and I will tell her. I heard from B. McClintock yesterday, to say how sorry she was to hear you had been ill. Now I must go on again! On Friday afternoon we went to Brixham, its over 20 miles so to make it a little shorter we went by train to Cherston and then on. The road is slightly inclined down. I put up my feet and Jack pushed me along. We did 3 miles in 10 minutes including one hill up! Brixham is so picturesque, built on the side of a hill like some foreign town, the fishing [boats] did look so pretty with their brown sails, from Brixham we went up to Berryhead where there was a lovely view, then we had tea, we were mad, if you'd only seen your little daughter!!! it was lovely riding home, only frightfully dusty, I never saw anything like the dust here, its inches thick. In the evening we had grand larks and sang out of the Geisha, Mrs. Lillingstone trying in vain to get us off to bed! Yesterday was very jolly. We went by the 2.15 train to Dartmouth, (I wore my grey), the others went straight up to the sports and Mrs. L. took me along the quay, it is a pretty place like Brixham it looked like a foreign town. It is so lovely looking up the Dart. The church was interesting, the chancel screen is very fine, and the pulpit, there were several loaves of bread on the font which is put there on Saturdays and given to widows on Sundays (like at home) and has been done since the beginning of the 17th century. The sports were great fun, Mary Cousin was there, and of course we saw Blair Cochrane. It rained a little which was tiresome. This morning to church, this afternoon Mary and Jack have gone for a long walk and Molly and I like two good little girls are going to tea with cousins Annie and Fanny! (I haven't the foggiest idea which is which!) Mr. Lillingston very kindly offered me a ticket for the Squadron this year, so I told him that I thought Mr. Gilbert would be with us so he said if I was writing just to ask you for certain as he probably could not give it to me later. I think he is coming down to Ryde this year in his little yacht the "Rothian". Now dearest Mother, goodbye, I am off to the cousins. I'm horribly frightened!
P.S. I have tried on my blue dress, its alright round the waist but not right on the shoulders. I am so pleased with my pale blue, everyone likes it, am keeping one white for best. I ordered the veil from Pack (white net with spots) they promised it at end last Monday."

Letter from Joan Oglander, Bute Court, Torquay, to her father, John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/2071B  2 May [1901]

"Thank you so much for your letter and the 10/- which I am glad to have. I could hardly believe my own eyes when I read that Mother had actually walked to the kitchen garden and back without being worse, and from the pack gate. Oh Daddy, isn't it lovely! I went by the 12.15 train to Kingswear yesterday. Cousin Gena met me. She was so nice to me. They have got such a pretty house and garden at the very top of that enormous hill above the station. The children are ducky, Mary is so pretty, exactly like Cousin Gena, Joan is a perfect darling, she is only 4, and such a dear fat thing. Directly after luncheon we started for a long walk on the Dartmouth side, it was so lovely. It was a little rough and the waves dashing up against the rocks was so pretty, I wish you had been there. We went up to the house at 5.30 for tea (Devonshire cream and brown bread!) and then Cousin Gena kindly came to see me off by the 6.15 train. I was pretty fagged after it all, so we actually went to bed early! We have been having a grand pillow fight this morning. The others locked Jack and me in to the sitting room for ages and they are now in a stew because they think they've lost the key which we have hidden! Aren't we mad! On Tuesday we had a delightful day. Mrs. Lillingston, Molly, Mary and I went by the 11.15 train to Exeter (please excuse these blots, but the others are ragging the whole time and it is so difficult to write!) First we went to such a quaint old picture shop called Mol's Coffee House, in which there was a room where the great men of Elizabeth's reign used to meet such as Drake, Frobisher, Raleigh, before the Armada. It is an oak paneled room, and upon the upper panels near the ceiling are 46 shields at arms. I spotted the Somerset at once! There is another Elizabethan house close to it, it did all look so picturesque. After that we had luncheon, Mr. Lovet the vicar of Shanklin was there too, which greatly pleased Mary. After luncheon we went all over the Cathedral. I suppose you know it all, I can't remember if you said you've seen it or not, if you haven't, I can tell you all about it when I come home. Service began at 3, I enjoyed it immensely; there were some such beautiful voices. The only drawback was that we all wanted to laugh so frightfully badly, such a funny old boy with no teeth read the 24th chap. of Samuel with great emphasis "Is it a dog, or..... (giving a searching glance round the Cathedral) is it a flea?" ( ) maybe". (The only thing that kept us from busting was that the Lovet family were seated behind us!) I went to tea with Somersets on Friday, all four were there. I talked to Cousin Alice, so was not frightened! They want me to go again before I go - Mr. Lillingston has given me season ticket for Cowes, isn't it kind of him. Why are you uncertain about Mr. Gilbert? I thought he was certain to come to us for Cowes. What larks to come down here to meet the yacht! It was much colder on Saturday and Sunday (I took heaps of clothes!) but now it's as hot as ever, but I assure you I am most careful, always take a coat!! We are going to a jolly picnic today, Mary, Molly, Jack, Arthur and I to Berry Pomeroy. Is anyone going to meet me at Eastleigh on Monday. It, as you know, branches off to Bournemouth from there. I had a mad letter from Kitty Liddel 2 days ago, she says you have known her since the pigtail days and it upsets her dignity to be called Bob's younger sister, mayn't she be Kitty, just plain Kitty I am glad you've asked them in June, what fun we will have! I am glad you are not going till the 13th, it will be so nice. To return to Kitty, she wrote really to thank you for having Watham Waller over, she said "he did so enjoy it, I hope you did not find him dull at first, but he is fearfully shy, but he is really "dear". We've begun to be mad again, so I think I had better stop
P.S. Please have the tennis net put up!"

Letter from Joan Oglander, Bute Court, Torquay, to her Mother, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2071C  4 May 1901

"I was so sorry to hear that father has a chill, I do hope he is alright now, its such a horrid thing to have. Everyone here has had colds, Hilda, Dorothy, Jack and Molly have all had them. The little girls went away on Thursday, and yesterday morning the boys went back to school, it does seem so quiet without them! Yesterday was a chapter of accidents! In the morning poor Mary developed an awful cold and was perfectly miserable all day. After tea she felt so bad that she was sent to bed. At dinner a wire came from Jack saying that they had mistaken the date, and that the school doesn't open till Monday! After dinner Mary's temperature was found to be over a 102 so the doctor was promptly sent for! We were rather relieved to hear that he thought it only a heavy cold, this morning she is much better, and will be able to travel on Monday. He is coming again this afternoon, poor dear, she is dreadfully unhappy at staying in bed. Don't say much to Mrs. F[orsyth] about it if you see her, because as M. is better very little has been told her!! On Thursday we girls drove and the boys biked to a ruined castle called Berry Pomeroy about 8 or 10 miles from here. We took our tea with us and had the greatest fun! Yesterday morning I went into the town with Molly. After tea I went to say goodbye to the Somersets, as people come to us today and tomorrow. I did not stay long as only Cousin Fanny was in, after that I met Molly and we went for a delightful walk. It was a lovely evening, everything did look so pretty. This afternoon we picnic at Babacomb. I am so glad dearest Mummy that you are going on so well, fancy your having walked to the kitchen garden and back. I really think you need me to look after you! I hear Mary is to be met by someone at Eastleigh as she has to wait, I go off at once."

Letter from J. Binfield Bird, Cowes, I.W., to John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/2072  6 May 1901

"I beg to inform you that a half-years tithe Commutation Rent Charge, due to the Rev. A. W. Milroy on the land belonging to you in the parish of Carisbrooke in occupation of Joseph Stark became due on the 1st April and I hereby request that the same may be paid to me at Mr. Frank Attrill's house in Carisbrooke on Saturday, the 25th May between the hours of 2 and 5 p.m. Amount due 8 shillings."
[Receipted on 16 May].

Letter from John Fardell, Market Street, Ryde, I.W., to John H. G. Oglander, 94 Elm Park Gardens, London, S.W  OG/CC/2073  14 May 1901

"I hope the change to town will do you good. I thank you for Watsons elevation and will see him thereon and talk the matter over with him. With regard to the Queen's Memorial; personally I think that local memorials are a mistake but the Island having decided to have one, I shall of course do my best to make it a success. Nobody seems to know what is the right amount to give and I think the matter so far as you are concerned can stand over, until your return. The Committee have requested each Parish Council to assist in the matter and a collecting book has, I know, been sent to the Clerk of your Council, so that whatever your subscription may be, it can head that list. I saw Hughes this morning and he agreed to give up the triangular strip in Rowborough Lane and to enter into a covenant not to repeat the nuisance on payment of £5. He is also willing to sell the whole of the premises comprised in his lease for £100. This sum is, of course, more than the property is worth and the cottage will require considerable repair to make it habitable. In accepting it you will, however, get rid of an undesirable tenant and I shall be glad to know if you will entertain the offer. I hope Nash's friends will rally round him and pull him through. I asked him the other day whether he would not be compelled to give up one of his farms and he told me he thought he should be able to carry on both. [Park & Nettleston Farms.]"

Letter from John Fardell, Market Street, Ryde, to John H.G. Oglander, Esq., 94 Elm Park Gardens, London, S.W  OG/CC/2074  17 May 1901

"I will close with Hughes and as soon as he gives up possession and executes the surrender I will pay him the £100. He has lent me his deeds, so I shall have no difficulty in the preparation of the deed. I do not think you need have any fear of his purchasing the next cottages. As to Nash I am sure he would appreciate any help from you; and I agree with you in thinking that you had better do it privately. At the present time, as we do not know what the costs will amount to, it is impossible to form any opinion as to how he will be able to manage in future.
Both straw and hay on the Estate are rather difficult to obtain at the present time. I managed to secure a ton of hay from Frampton, which Reed tells me he is satisfied with. Russell has been offered some straw in payment of some hurdles and as he does not want it, I have arranged for him to deliver it at Nunwell as soon as possible."
Endorsed by J.H.G.O. "Gipsey cottage etc."

Letter from Doctor Evelyn Rich, 67 George Street, Ryde, to Florence Oglander, 94 Elm Park Gardens, London, S.W  OG/CC/2074A  19 May 1901

"I have not had a minute to write and thank you for your letter. I can assure you it was a very great relief and pleasure to run to receive it. Having constantly had you in my thoughts I had made a little plan, which unfortunately failed. My intention was to have seen you off, but going as usual to see poor Col. Clarke at 1 o'clock, I found him so uncomfortable that I was not long in deciding upon giving up my pleasure and staying with him until 2 - I must say it was a great disappointment, when I wanted to surprise you. I am so delighted with your progress and today Joan tells me you are doing well, but feeling tired. This you will, I fear, have a great deal of to bear after the many weeks you have been on the mend it must make all exertion very trying, but with your pluck you are sure to succeed. I am no nearer getting away. Poor Col. Clarke is very ill and cannot recover, so I have to stay with him and sleep there every night (10 hours). My wife groans at me because my engagements begin again early in June. Poor MacSporan has come to grief off his bike. He damaged his shoulder and has caught cold, but I hope soon to have him better. The motor is a great success, went to Shanklin, saw a Punch and Judy, home again. One hour 45 minutes. No horses frightened.
P.S. Pulled up in a hurry by clock striking - went to Thorn-borough for the night. Joan looked splendid today. Douglas Forsyth just dined here. Best coffee pot out in consequence.
P.S. Many thanks to Mr. Oglander for catalogue."
Note: John and Florence Oglander left Nunwell on Monday afternoon 13 May 1901 to stay at 94 Elm Park Gardens, London, S.W., a house the Stricklands had lent them again. Florence was taken ill again in London and had to be moved by three men from the St. John's Ambulance on 21 June. They took her on a litter to Waterloo Station, where they were met by Dr. Rich who had come up from Ryde and they returned to Nunwell that night.

Letter from Joan Oglander, [c/o Blair Cockrane], Oakleigh, Ryde, I.W., to her mother, Florence Oglander, 94 Elm Park Gardens, London, S.W  OG/CC/2074B  19 May 1901

"Many thanks for your letter. I am enjoying my little self so much. I came here to luncheon yesterday, and then we played tennis all the afternoon it was so jolly. We played tennis again till dinner, and it was so warm we were able to go out again after dinner. Mr. Rich came to see McSporran in his motor car yesterday. Jamieson says he pronounced him to be going on very well. We were in a [confusing] condition at home, minus Chatles, Sporran and groom. Read had to come to the schoolroom himself for orders yesterday! I was going out riding on Friday evening, but I wasn't able to as Read had to go and fetch medicine for S[porran]. On Thursday afternoon the B[lair] C[ochranes] came over. We played tennis most of the time. I've had a great disappointment, M[ary] F[orsyth] is not coming till Thursday, her cousins were very anxious to keep her. Mrs. F. did not like to refuse. Perhaps its as well in one way, as we're so short handed at home! I hope father won't be broiled, it sounds ghastly. Kitty is a dear, of course I don't mind going, only it takes an afternoon out of my short time, but I like them all so much. Oh Mother, I am in great tribulation. I frightfully badly want to save some money for London, and I went to Pack to get some stuff for a petticoat for my little East End girl, and asked for Oxford sheeting. By [mistake] they gave me very pretty zephyr. I never saw the mistake till I got home. Would you let me have it for a shirt? I know you will laugh, but I'm so short and I shall have to get some more stuff for the petticoat."

Letter from National Provincial Bank of England, Limited., St. Johns, Ryde, I.W., to John H. G. Oglander, 94 Elm Park Gardens, London, S.W  OG/CC/2075  23 May 1901

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"In reply to your letter of yesterday, the securities which we hold in the names of the trustees of Mrs. Oglander's Marriage Settlement are as follows:
£804 19s. Natal Govt. 4% Consolidated Stock
£1,070 New Zealand Consols 4% Stock redeamable 1 Nov 1929
£809 North British Railway Company 4% Convertable Preference Stock 1892
£464 - 15s. 11d. Consolidated 2¾% Stock
£276 4s. 2d. Cape of Good Hope 4% Stock
£235 5s. 6d. Canada 4% 1876
£500 Portugese 3%, £60 do. Austrian Lombards & Central Italy Railway obligations; £900 Brazilian 4% 1889; £700 Natal 5% 1872.
The names in which they stand in our books are Arthur Thomas Liddell, Maynard Willoughby Colchester Wemys and Thomas Lancelot Croome [Croome was of course dead and Glynn Price had replaced him as trustee] The balance standing to your credit is £214 9s. 10d. We are sending with this a book of 48 cheques as requested."
Endorsed in pencil: "Nurse, Room, Doctor in emergency. This evening would he come? What time tomorrow 10-, Hurts her to draw deep breath. Brandy in tepid water, pill about 9, Bovril or clear soup, milk."

Letter from Arthur Liddell, 40 Chester Square, London, S.W., to John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/2076  30 May 1901

"I am glad to hear Florence is a little better, but fear she still has much pain. It would be very good of you to send us a post card occasionally to say how she is getting on. I quite agree with you as to the investment of the £500 and would propose to invest £250 each in the Natal and Cape of Good Hope Stock. They are good security and at present above par and the terms of the trust which I have been looking at, enable us to invest in Colonial Stocks. I would not have "all the eggs in one basket" and therefore have proposed a moiety in each. I shall try and call shortly to ask after Florence. At present I am rather too busy and do trust the next account will be more satisfactory. Sophie begs me to ask whether it would be any help to you to have Joan here. We can only, alas, offer her Bobbies little room, and would look well after her, if it would be any convenience, and she would be very welcome to it."

Letter from Francis Holborrow Glynn Price, Longlands Place, Swansea, to his uncle, John H. G. Oglander, 94 Elm Park Gardens, London, S.W  OG/CC/2077  31 May 1901

"I was so sorry to find from your letter received today that poor Aunt Florence has again been seriously ill, but I am delighted to hear that she was decidedly better yesterday and I hope the improvement has continued today and will be progressive day by day. The heart weakness must cause you much anxiety. It was very nice that Dr. Rich was able to come up to Town and stay with her, as he must know her constitution so well and in calling in Sir R. Douglas Powell with Dr. Fuller you had the best of medical advice, which is a comfort in a serious illness. I was so cheered at seeing Aunt Florence so well, when I was at Elm Park Gardens on the 13th May. Nina also was very pleased to get such a good account of her from me. I am sorry to say she has just had another of her attacks but as it did not last as long as on previous occasions she seems quite hopeful, as to their ultimately ceasing to recur. I think your suggestion after consultation with Mr. Liddell my senior co-trustee as the reinvestment of £500, a mortgage recently paid off, quite satisfactory, as probably Cape of Good Hope and Natal Stock will increase in value, when the present troubles are over. I hope you are well. Please give my best love to Aunt Florence and with some to yourself.
P.S. I expect to be in Town on 13 June and will call."

Letter from M. W. Colchester Wemys, Westbury Court, Westbury-on-Severn, Newnham, Gloucestershire, to John H. G. Oglander, 94 Elm Park Gardens, London, S.W  OG/CC/2078  31 May 1901

"I quite agree to suggestion as to re-investment. We are so sorry to hear that you again have such a bad report to make of Mrs. Oglander. I will try and call next week, so as to hear how she is and perhaps I may have a bit of a chat with you. I shall be staying Tuesday night with the Berrys and if I am able to come it will be Tuesday afternoon about 5, but don't dream of staying in on purpose, as I cannot be sure of being able to come."

Letter from Francis W. Hughes, 103 Edgeware Road, London, W., to John H. G. Oglander, 94 Elm Park Gardens, London, S.W  OG/CC/2079  3 June 1901

"I duly received your letter today and have written the Bank a letter, of which I enclose you a carbon copy. You mention Mr. Glynn Price as a trustee. If you recollect, I prepared a draft deed of Appointment but it was not proceeded with. You said it might stand over, as there were still two trustees left; so that he is not a trustee.
P.S. I forgot to add that, as there is a sum of £40 over and above the £500, out of which the legal and agency expenses can be paid, I thought it better to leave the £50 intact. The balance of £40 will be payable to you on account of arrears of interest."

Letter from Francis W. Hughes, 103 Edgeware Road, London, W., to the Manager, National Provincial Bank of England, Union Street, Ryde, I.W  OG/CC/2080  3 June 1901

"There are standing in the names of Arthur Thomas Liddell, of 40 Chester Square, London, S.W., and Maynard Willoughby Colchester Wemyss of Adsett Court, Westbury on Severn, Esquires
£276 4s. 2d. Cape of Good Hope 4% Stock (1923)
£700 Natal 5% Bonds (1872)
I enclose cheque for £500 in favour of the above or Bearer. Will you please invest one moeity by way of addition to the Cape of Good Hope Stock and the other moiety by way of addition to the Natal Stock, less Brokers charges in each case?
I should like to see the Contract Notes & Stock Certificates. They shall be returned to you to keep with the others."

Letter from George Fardell, Market Street, Ryde, I.W., to John H.G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2081  8 July 1901

"If I remember rightly the Agreement you signed with the Telephone Co. was only subject to their getting a line through to Sandown or Bembridge, via Brading, but as they have not sufficently developed their system for this purpose, the terms they now offer to you are somewhat special. I will see the manager of the Company as soon as possible and get the necessary agreement and endeavour to get the matter through without any delay. I have written Nash and asked him to call upon me tomorrow."

Letter from George Fardell, Market Street, Ryde, I.W., to John H.G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2082  10 July 1901

"St. Helens National Schools.
Mr. Nash called today and he is quite willing to allow the National Schools to have half an acre of the field [part of Park Farm] adjoining the school for the purposes of the garden ground and whatever arrangement you may make with them as to rent he will fall in with. The only thing he mentioned was that the land should be properly fenced as apparently the boys from time to time have done him some damage. When you have settled the terms with the Managers it would be better for us to draw up a short agreement with them."

Letter from Katherine, Lady Hornby, 6 Onslow Square, London, S.W., to Joan Oglander  OG/CC/2082A  13 [July 1901]

"Thank you very very much for kindly writing to tell me how your dear Mother is getting on. I was just longing to hear and yet I did not like to write and worry your Father, knowing how busy he is, so your letter has just come in the nick of time, and I am most grateful to you and so glad that the invalid is getting better and able to get out - and to sit in her chair and looking forward to a drive on a horse (?) but tell her please with my best love, to be careful, and not try to do too much! We have just been boiling with heat up in Town, but today there is a nice breeze and it is decidedly cooler, tho' not as cool as I should like it to be, as I feel the heat terribly, and these hot nights are trying. On the 9th of August I am going over to Ireland and coming back towards Edinburgh, so as to see my numerous nephews and nieces who live there, and it is 4 years now since I have paid them a visit. I saw Mrs. Fetherstonehaugh the other day at Mrs. Burtons, but not Kathleen who was spending a day in the country with her friends the Boltons, who used to live at Binstead? I met Hennie Boyle this morning and I told her about your Mother. She said she had been rather expecting a little journey, something about plans, but I did not quite take it in!"

Letter from H. R. Fuller, 45 Curzon Street, May Fair, London, W., to John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/2082B  14 July 1901

"Many thanks for your very kind note. Rich sent me a line which reached me the post after yours. Both you and he seem to give fairly good account of your wife, but convalescence seems with her a slow business. Pray give her my kindest regards and all good wishes for years of perfect health, when this attack is done with. I really think Dame Nature ought to grant her an exemption from illness for at least three years after this attack; like a judge to a juror after a long and trying case."

Letter from Charles F. Hunt, National Provincial Bank of England  OG/CC/2083  17 July 1901

"I beg to acknowledge receipt of your favour of 16th inst., enclosing £800 for credit of Mr. J. H. Oglander's account."

Letter from Lady Margaret F. L. Boscawen, [wife of Hon. John R. Boscawen], Tregye, Perranwell, Cornwall, to John H. g. Oglander  OG/CC/2083A  17 July 1901

"I hear rumours that you and Joan are coming soon to Cornwall, and intend eventually to come this way to pick up Mr. Davies Gilbert's yacht. Can we be of any use to you on that occasion? It would be the greatest pleasure to us all to see you here, if we can make our dates suit each other. We hope so much you can come, and Kitty sends her love to Joan and is longing to see her. I hope Florence is really much better, how glad you must all have been to get back to Nunwell."
Note: Mrs. Oglander did not keep a diary in the period of her illness, but she summarized the period from 24 May to 31 October. Part of this summary reads "As soon as I was fit to be left, I persuaded Jack to do as he had planned early this year and go down, taking Joan with him, to Cornwall to sail back in Mr. Gilbert's yacht "Little Windflower", which Jack had fitted out this year. We have Joanie to ourselves now as Miss Wallis [the governess] left for good on June 23rd. So in July he and Joan started paying a pleasant visit first to the Prideaux Brunes at Prideaux Place.... They had enjoyed their time in Cornwall immensely and Joan was so impressed with the scenery which Jack showed her, the North Grand Coast and the beauty of the Fal, where they went to see John and Lady Margaret Boscawen. Mr. Gilbert came for Cowes week"

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, Prideaux Place, Padstow, Cornwall, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2083B  18 July 1901

"Athelstan Riley who married Miss Molesworth and lives at Little Petherick, came to lunch yesterday and stayed so long that I found when we stopped talking Mr. Brune was in the carriage waiting for us and I could only scribble two words on a post card. I was so grieved to hear the pain had grumbled on through Monday night. I am afraid you must have felt the heat as well. Here it has been real cooking hot - and dear old P.B. does not like open windows if he can help it. I am in Edward's old room and Joan next me over the back drawing room. Though the rooms are large the sun pours in and I don't get sleep after 5.30 but as no one is staying here we can get off to bed soon after 11. The St. Aubyns are not at home, so Mrs. St.A. wrote and said the housemaid would give us tea if we went to Glynn and I shall take Joan there tomorrow en route for Green Bank Hotel, Falmouth. They all advise us to do the Lizard and I should like to take Joan by the steamer to Truro and back for her to see Trelissick and Tregothnan. I must see how it can all be worked in with tide and wind! It seems to me there is precious little wind to blow us homewards but I shall hear what Ellis says. I shall in any case rail home from Exeter. Your daughter is very happy and appreciated I think - We go with Beatrice to Harlyn bay in the morning to bathe and drive in the afternoon with Mr. Brune and it has been a very happy time. I will 'wire' you next address after Greenbank Hotel - Probably Fowey Hotel, Fowey, on Sunday. With love from Joan and my own most tender caress for my patient darling"

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, Prideaux Place, Padstow, Cornwall, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2083C  18 July 1901

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"After I wrote this morning I had enclosed from Lady Margaret. I don't want to stay and have ordered rooms for tomorrow night at Green Bank Hotel, quite handy for boat etc. I have answered proposing to go out to lunch at Tregye on Sunday and should make the men row us up Resbrouget Creek. Your daughter is very flourishing and has taken out lunch with B. and Gerty and is prawning today. It is piping hot. I drive with Mr. Brune this evening. We leave after post arrives tomorrow morning and shall get through in time to go down the Fal by steamer from Truro I think. Rich very kindly wrote a cheering note about you. I do hope that old pain is no longer worrying you."

Letter from Joan Oglander, Prideaux Place, Padstow, Cornwall to her Mother, Florence Oglander  OG/CC/2083D  [18 July 1901]

(Enclosed with previous letter from J.H.O.)
"Thank you so much for your dear little note. I never expected to have a line from you. I do wish this morning that we could have heard this morning [sic] that you had a better [night]. I do hope you will have had the plaster and be better today. I expect you will be missing Cousin Bina [Prideaux Brune] - I am enjoying myself so much, it is so lovely here. I have got the green room as you thought. In the morning we bathe at Harlene Bay, it is so lovely and wild, we undress in caves! There was rather a ground sea on yesterday, father was knocked right down by a wave!! The great jagged rocks and the blue blue sea are so lovely. Yesterday evening B[eatrice] and I went for a walk round the garden and paddock. The evening light on the water was perfect. The heat is (simply!!) terrific and I am mopping and writing at the same time! B. and I are going shrimping in cabbage leaves and zooloo hats. (I don't mean to say nothing else, it sounds like the statues in the British Museum ) Oh, to think of the briny in this heat makes me gently sigh! Will you please tell Armie that I hope she posted the letters on my table, also my white serge dress, and also that I have everything I want!"

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, written on the train to Bodmin, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2083E  [19 July 1901]

"So rejoiced to get your telegram last evening and very much hope you are none the worse and will repeat the drive today. It was sensible of you to go late - for really the heat here was intense last evening, 85° in the shade. Mr. Brune drove me over to call on Captn. & Mrs. Vivyan near St. Columbs at Trewan - and we got home just in time for dinner at 8. They have all been so kind and nice to us and you would have liked to hear the way Nelly speaks of Joan - she thinks her "so pretty" such eyes and expression - lovely hair and colouring The dear old thing is so burnt that I could not expect her colouring to be praised! They had such a happy day yesterday. She went with Gerty and Beatrice prawning - took out their luncheon and J. sketched and then B. & J. finished up by bathing. Mr. Nugent the Vicar, and Little Petherick Rector, Barker dined - and J. talked away very nicely. Mr. Brune takes her in as visitor lady. We have both enjoyed ourselves immensely. I am writing in the train to Bodmin - and we finish tonight at Green Bank Hotel, Falmouth. I think we shall go to the Lizard tomorrow, Sunday I propose to go up to lunch at Tregye and Monday we hope to sail to Plymouth or Fowey. Fowey Hotel, Fowey or Plymouth, Grand Hotel on Hoe. Love, hugs and kisses from J."

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, Greenbank Hotel, Falmouth, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2083F  21 July 1901

"I was so glad to find your telegram and know you were not disappointed at our staying so long here. I found there were no excursion coaches round the Lizard before Monday. The Lands End is too much of an undertaking for Joan to do from here - the train would start about 7 a.m. to catch the present coaches though I believe there are more convenient ones put on when the rush of tourist holidays comes next month. The Brunes and others say the Lizard scenery is the finer of the two headlands and that can easily be done from here starting at 9. The Brunes were so dear and kind to us - and I think Nelly so much improved. She is really a terrible cripple but bears it so cheerfully and well - is young and bright with the young ones but tries to save her mother all the trouble she can. Mrs. B. seemed to me better than in London - but evidently her memory fails a good deal - She may be some days quite as she used to be - but is not to be depended on to remember what she has done. The heat really was a trial, even in the big rooms of Prideaux Place. There is no upper story of our part and I think the heat must have come from the burning slates. It felt like London heat. They gave us a good lunch which we ate at Wadebridge. At Bodmin we sent our luggage to Bodmin Road, and got a carriage to drive to Cardinham. The sun was baking and poor Joan felt it until we got into the narrower lanes, where it was shady - the high banks clothed with such lovely ferns - Joan plucked them from the carriage. She was astonished at the hills and of course the horses could only walk up the long ones, and then the sun was frizzling. I think that Cardinham church is in very decent order and William's [Glynn] story about the Glynn vault falling in seems all nonsense. The wood flooring of the Glynn pew was perfectly good and in order - whether the slabs underneath the boards were good I of course could not see. The ceiling of the aisle did look shaky - but the old Glynn bones won't suffer from wet and I think it is the duty of present worshippers to keep the wet out of their church. They apparently are making an effort and I saw there was to be a bazaar for it. The drive through the woods to Glynn was quite shady and very refreshing and we had a nice tea there. The house has really no remains of Glynns and is very ugly though what the auctioneers would call spacious. Then we drove on to the station in time to catch the down train reaching Falmouth 6.40. I am so glad you are not changing nurses this week but hope you will soon be ready for massage. It is so nice to hear of your driving to Sandown. I hope poor Edith [Boscawen] is not hopelessly dull. What do you make her do? We are just off to Tregye, sailing up to Pill, and we shall drop down late after dinner. It is nice and shady today with a breeze. Your daughter looks 'charmante' in silk shirt, blue cloth dress and the jacket with white silk collar."

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, Green Bank Hotel, Falmouth, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2083G  22 July 1901

"It was nice "sure enough" to hear you had been driving to Sandown. Now you have made a beginning I hope if the weather does get a bit changeable you won't be obliged to stop and I suppose the solid results! which so pleased Rich are a good deal due to the gently exercise of the carriage and walking. Edith Boscawen will soon be able to go with you and as I hear she likes bathing I hope you send her down in the dog cart to Sandown. I hope she wont leave you, at any rate until next week as I fear if you don't mind it may be Saturday before we reach home and I should so like to see her and talk over all we have seen down here. Saturday we went into Falmouth in the morning then went aboard the yacht with luncheon and sailed up the harbour to Mopas (or Malpas) above Tregothnan - down after luncheon to King Harry where Ellis lives - then Joan and I went up to Trelissick, spent 2½ hours in the grounds called on Mrs. Ellis who after 9 years without an attempt has presented her husband with a boy now a month old. Joan took it and was very sweet and nice with it. Then we dropped down river in the beautiful evening lights just in time for dinner. Joan is really most sensitive to beautiful scenery - She was most impressed with Tregothnan woods and the shut in lake like bit where the Tregothnan boating cottages and the ferry are. She kept on saying "Oh Father, no one told me Cornwall was like this". Yesterday morning I went off early to church and bathe a long walk through Truro guided part of the way by the quaintest little boy who came to talk to me in a friendly way as we left the bathing cove. He began by asking the time because he was so fond of bathing he had got late for Sunday School - told me his father had been away on a merchant vessel 3 years and never been heard of and mother brought him, aged 11 and a smaller brother and 2 sisters up - gave me the oddest particulars about his family but perfectly free from begging or expectation of anything. When he had walked a mile of tortuous paths and down some 100 steps called Jacobs Ladder he said good bye and ran off to go up having set me on the way. Of course I called him back and 6d. made him happy for the day. It was ¼ to 10 when I got back and we had to start for Tregye at 11.30 so Joan could not go to church. A beautiful breeze took us up to Pill Creek and there was John's dog cart waiting. We began at garden at once and did not get in for lunch until 2.30. (Joan and ladies had theirs). Then after our smoke Lady Margaret showed her borders - and after tea we went all over the farm - Dinner was of the merriest. John roaring - and telling stories like Corney Grain with pantomime action - She is so very nice - sent her love to you in which J[ohn] very heartily joined in. The worst of it is that J[ohn] is such a strong and amusing personality that it is impossible to take your attention off him and make friends with her, though she is most ready to. They seemed quite disappointed we had not stayed, shewed Joan the rooms we should have had - and were pressing with help and kindness wanting to take us to Carclew to see the gardens and when I said we liked old houses - insisted on our going to Colhele and wrote to Lady Ernestine in case Thursday was not a day it was shown. You certainly have some relations with warm West Country welcome and ways. They said Fitz Roy Somerset had told them Kitten was just like you as a small child - She is the prettiest dearest child so I think F. was probably right. If you part with Kempsall you might give her a sovn. and her outlay and laundress. Every word of your dear letters is precious to me and I read them over again. We had a lovely sail and now home by star light, past 11.30 before we got in."

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, Falmouth, Cornwall, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2083H  23 July 1901

"It was quite cold yesterday going to the Lizard. We had a huge char a banc to ourselves and one old lady. We wrapped up in rugs and did the 42 miles drive successfully, but it is too long - the country and the hills are wearisome. There were rather fresh showers going and while we were lunching in the Lizard Inn. Then we went down to Kynance Cove and sketched and saw all the wonders - blow holes etc., and the sun came out and the sea was a strange deep blue and green that I have seen nowhere and it was all very lovely. We had a good tea and left at 5 but were very tired and ready for dinner at 8 when we got back. The results of douche seem most hopeful. I was very glad of your telegram that you were driving. A nice breeze and we start for Fowey at midday. I will write more on board. Joan quite well and both flourishing."

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, Little Windflower, Off Mevagissey, completed in Fowey, 6 p.m., to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2083I  23 July 1901

"Here we are on the briny ocean en route for Fowey. It has come on a drizzling rain so I am sitting below after lunch to have a letter ready to send by post so soon as we land at Fowey which we expect to do by 6 o'clock. I was very glad to get Rich's own handwriting that the accummulations were at last dispersing. I suppose the pellets are a more speedy clearance than the gravel and I congratulate you. I was so very glad to know by your telegram that you were driving again yesterday. You must not fatigue yourself by writing - and if you gave McSporran the address on one letter he would do the others that have to be forwarded. Joan was much aggrieved this morning because I made an hour's mistake in the time and called her at 7 instead of 8 and now she is trying to make it up with a little extra sleep. She immensely enjoyed Tregye on Sunday and both John and Lady Margaret are so hearty - so generous and so amusing that it would certainly have been odd if we had not found it a happy day. He gave me such a lot of information about pond-making and growing various things. I think you must expect to see another pond made in the Grove this winter. Even Joan got bitten with the mania of Cornish gardening. We passed a very good one 'Bochyon' (I think) - on the road to the Lizard. Dracoenas, Palms, the Gunnera 12ft. high with [...] the leaves look like rhubarb, but according to John only need to have their toes in water and mud - and the Osmunda too - quite 8ft. high. They gave me promises of many plants and seeds and also the addresses of various foreign nurserymen.
6 p.m. Fowey. We got here just too late to catch the general post at 5. Very good sail. It all looks very pretty but much changed since I was last here. We are off for a walk before dinner. I am so sorry Edith can not stay over Friday - That is because she wants to have Nessie in Queen Anne Street - give her my love. Joan wants a clean shirt sent to Imperial Hotel, Torquay."

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, The Grand Hotel, Plymouth, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2083J  26 July 1901

"A concatenation of circumstances decided me to stay another day here. First the weather is cold and the wind puffy with rain, not pleasant for undertaking a long sail of 36 miles up to Dartmouth. It would be a nuisance to be becalmed off Bolt Head or the Start and unable to make our port, and Ellis was inclined to wait to see if it got finer. Secondly Ellis started with a bad throat from Falmouth which has got worse and I would rather not have him work the vessel in squally wet weather. 3rdly, we found the steamer did not stop long enough to enable us to see Cothale comfortably today - and did not reach it at all yesterday when the tide only enabled us to get to Pentillin, but not land, and as Lady Margaret had very kindly written to Cothale for us and the butler had written to me saying he would show me the house and expect us it seemed a pit to miss it.
4thly, Joanie is very happy here as she has found Norah Brooke and goes to their sitting room and Mrs. Brooke seems a nice woman and a desirable acquaintance for her. 5thly. I had run almost short of money and had written to the Bank from Falmouth to send me some here in registered letter - this had twice miscarried - sent by those owls at Ryde post office to Brading - and then again delayed here because the registered letters are kept in the office and not given out for the waiter to put on the breakfast table and he had assured me there was no other letter for me. Lastly the hotel is nice and I like the place and the bathing so I thought considering that you had told us not to hurtle that you would not mind my deciding to get home Sunday night. You see I must go to Torquay to pick up luggage and letters. So altogether I thought it best to stay. I hope you really were not disappointed. I leave Torquay 1.2 on Sunday and should reach Brading 10 minutes before 9 in the evening. We shall be hungry. Don't be alarmed if we fail to get there, as without our reaching Torquay tomorrow I could not get on home by any train on Sunday after 1.2, and may miss trains but be unable to communicate with you owing to no telegraph. So glad you are doing well. We are both happy and flourishing."

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, Grand Hotel, Plymouth, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2083K  27 July 1901

"We have had quite a successful day today; Joan delighted with Cothale, and the old man in charge was most civil and shewed us everything. We got back in good time. Mrs. Brooke's son arrived at last after they had waited here a whole week for him. It is clearing nicely tonight and the moon is shining. We start at 9 and I shall hope to get in to Dartmouth in good time if we get a fair breeze. Ellis is better and I shall now hope to be with you Sunday evening at 9.0. The dog cart I think you had better sen to Brading and the trunk can be fetched afterwards, the cart would hold our bags I think. Of course it is no good their waiting if we are not in the train as there would be no other boat. I hope Lady Helen will have arrived tomorrow. I fear tonight you will be all alone as Edith will have left you. I hope you saw the fleet in Sandown bay. Gerard Noel wrote to me to say he was there. I sent the men's wages except Reade, he generally can wait. If not I daresay you could have paid him. I am very glad to have seen Plymouth again. Joan was most appreciative of Cothele"

Letter from W. E. Ratcliffe, Ryde, I.W., to John H. G. Oglander, Esq  OG/CC/2084  27 August 1901

"2nd Application.
I am instructed by the Rev. E. Summers to apply to you for the immediate payment of £1 19s. 10½d., being the amount of Tithe rent charge due from you to him on the 1st April last."
[Receipted by W.E. Ratcliffe, as paid 30 August 1901]

Letter from G. W. S. Withers, Sandown, I.W., to John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/2085  7 September 1901

"I am much obliged for your favour containing remittance and I beg herewith to enclose you receipts."
[3 receipts for rates payable to Sandown Urban District Council by J. H. Oglander, A. Hayden and W. Cresswell]

Letter from Percy G. Stone, Camerton, Sandown, Isle of Wight to John H. Oglander  OG/CC/2085A  12 September 1901

"I think I have collected all the notes on Brading. May I send them to you in case you can add to them. I fear they are rather happazard lot, but it is always a difficult matter to collect matter in consecutive order"

Letter from L. H. Bloxam, Dover House, Ryde, I.W., to John H. Oglander  OG/CC/2085B  18 September 1901

"I have unearthed some interesting papers in an old trunk and find among them a copy of my father's list of the members of the old Newport Club Balls and among them appears the name of Sir William Oglander, as a contemporary of my father's. Copied from an MS book of father's soaked in the flood of November 1877.
9 November 1802. Members of the Club Balls, Newport, I.W.
Lord Bolton, Lord Henry Seymour, Sir William Oglander, George Ward, Esq., James Mackenzie, Esq., John Delgarno, Esq., B.B. Frith, Esq., [blank] Glynn, Esq., Alex Campbell, Esq., Rev. Dr. Worsley, Gatcombe, Dr. Worsley Pitford, Rev. John Barwis, Rev. Noel Digby, John Popham, Esq., Ed. Simeon, Esq., St. John's, Major Blachford, Leonard Worsley, Esq.
Note my father appears to have the accounts which continue down to July 5th 1808. It would appear that Mr. Glynn's christian name was washed out completely, as it is not likely that it was omitted in the original list or in my copy of January 28th 1879.
"More last words" My mother remembered attending a ball in Carisbrooke Castle, given by Lady Bolton and my grandfather Charlton was in charge of a company of soldiers quartered there."

Letter from P. G. Stone, (Sandown postmark), to John H. Oglander, Nunwell House, Brading  OG/CC/2085C  24 September 1901

"For yours many thanks. Just a card to acknowledge it. I must digest it at leisure. Smallbrook was part of the manor of Ashey (the principal manor in Newchurch ps., as Whitfield was in Brading). In 25 Eliz. lands at Smallbrooke paid relief at 30/- to lord of Ashey but I see by a survey of manor Jan 7 1624 Smallbrook held by Sir John Oglander, Kt., though lying within boundary of the manor was not held of same. If, as you say, Smallbrook was a manor, i.e. before the Statute of Quia Emptores - it must have come under Ashey later. Wroxall was, I take it, the 2nd important manor in Newchurch parish. Kindly excuse card."

Letter from Percy G. Stone, Camerton, Sandown, Isle of Wight to John H. Oglander  OG/CC/2085D  26 September 1901

(Written on Victoria County History Paper)
"I will endeavour to answer you interesting and instructive letter categorically.
(1) Troublefield is certainly identical with Preston being termed in 1556 "Preston Vavesor or Preston Trubville or Troublefield" and that identifies Turberville (still a modern name) with Troublefield without a doubt. The manor probably included Smallbrooke, don't you think? I think your spelling of Preston certainly identifies it with the Doomsday entry. Roger Vavasor held of Tho. D'Evercy ¼ fee in Prosteton 1279.
(2) Smallbrooke. When did the Wyvilles hold it. I see in 1279 John Wyvile (Worsley calls him Wynyle in error) held with others ½ fee in Morton. At what date did it pass to the Hollis family and how did it become divided by heiresses? Do the Conveyances give the names of the owners of the manor, as they should do. These with the dates would be very useful. I only hope you will be able to find the Court Rolls. These would throw a light on the relations of Smallbrooke and Preston. My scheme is to give the chief manors of each parish and then the submanors attached to them or not and their descent in short. Unfortunately as a general rule manor deeds are unobtainable.
Sandham. The identification of North and South Sandham is rather difficult. In 1637 the causeway leading from Morton to "Suth Sandham" was repaired. This would geographically speaking be North Sandham and why Sandham alias Apse. The two are distinct manors unless the courts were held in one from convenience. Can you give me the names of any holders of the manor from deeds in your possession.
Whitefield is certainly the most important manor in Brading parish. Can you give me the date of its lease by the Oglander family and the name of the lessor. It seems to have been divided into Great and Little Whitefield, the latter being sold by Ed. Cheeke of Merston to Richard Worsley 8 James I. Did the Oglanders acquire this portion. I should like to see the records you have. Descent Sturs till 1280 (vide Liberties of Isabella de Fortibus) Hugh de Witville of Wm. Estur temp Henry II William de Wiville 1192. Quarr of the Wyvills. Crown till Richard II (I cannot trace it further). Yet John de Hardington died 21 Ed.I seized of manor. Abbot of Quarr petitioned Parliament 7 Ed. III to recover seizin of manor.
Nettleston. The only note I have of this except the Doomsday entry is the return of 2 archers 12 Ed. III. I should like to see the enfeoffment. The King's thegns Alric and Hunfrid seem to have owned it at Doomsday as "Hotelestone". How did it come to de Insula as that family descended from the Sturs? Does Park form part of the manor? William de Neville held ½ fee apud Parcum et Rutteleston of William Russell 1279
Hardingshute (Hortyngeshute 1279 held by Robt. Glamorgan). How is this a manor? Is it not part of Whitefield. When was it acquired from Dennis? What is your earliest record? Might it not perhaps be identified with
Rowborough, the Doomsday "Rodeberge" but I know nothing of the history beyond the tenure of William Russel 1279.
Barnsley is I think without doubt the Doomsday "Benvardislai" and in 1279 the Lord of Whitefield held there the 1/8 part of a fee and Hen. Trenchard a 1/13 part of a fee in "Bermardesley" of Matilda d'Estur. When did the Oglanders acquire it and how?
Morton. Can you identify this as a manor. It appears in 1279 but I have no notes on it before 1637.
Gotten. What are your records? Do they give the owners of the manor? When did the moiety come into the Oglander family? To whom did they sell it. I should like all the information I could get re. the manor
Bembridge. Of the manors I have notes on, Wolverton, La Wode, Milton and Hardley, Wolverton a chief manor included I should say, La Wode and Milton. Hardley seems to have gone with Yaverland. I have also a note that in 23 Elizabeth Sir [sic] John Worsley died seized interalia of Bennetts land in Hardley, Stanwell and Northwell held of Wm. Bowerman as of the Manor of Longland.
Can you give me a rough list of your deeds on these manors? The account of the election of 1768 will I am sure be interesting? About coming over, would it not be well to get your answers to my "Notes" and queries first - to save time and trouble. I hope I haven't trespassed on your kindness too far in asking so much, but while I am note collecting, I think I had better get all I can. Have you any records of Blackpan?"
Note: This letter shows that Percy Stone's knowledge of the manorial history of Brading Parish was almost non existent. John Oglander must have told him that Sandown was called the Manor of Sandham alias Apeleigh or Appleford Court, not Apse which is of course some way away in Newchurch Parish. The Cheekes Whitefield was in Bembridge so not part of the Brading Whitefield. South Sandham is now called Lake, a fact neither Stone nor Oglander ever appreciated. Oglander's answers no doubt misled Stone. Stone in the V.C.H. says the Wyvills sold Smallbrooke to Henry Howles in 1491/2. The real date as shown on the Oglander Title deeds is 1406

Letter from Dr. E. Rich, Beenham Lodge, Cookham Dean, to John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2085E  1 October 1901

"I have been so over-tired recently and boring [?] since I left Ryde that I have been unequal to writing to you before. You may have heard that it is my intention to take a long rest and have arranged for Mr. Weelan to live in my house, my furniture having been stored. Although these arrangements have been hurridly carried out, for a long time past I have been wrestling with my relations who have been urging me to pull up before it was too late, because they have seen, and I myself have felt, that I have been very much out of condition for some time, partly due to my work and a great deal due to a family trouble which I have taken upon myself to spare my old Father, and at last I have given way, and when I have thoroughly rested I shall be able to decide what my future will be. In the meantime my partners, who have always been like brothers to me, will look after the business and I intend to be constantly in the Island and will give them or any of my patients or friends any help that I can. With regard to you telling Mrs. Oglander of my movements, I must leave it entirely to you and Mr. Weelan. You know what a pleasure it has always been to me to do anything for her and I hope you will still consider that nothing will ever prevent my assisting her in any way or at any time during my absence. I can never thank you sufficiently for all your kindness and the friendship you have shown me and mine and among my clients there are none who will be more constantly in my thoughts than Mrs. Oglander and Joany. It is very easy to look back and see the mistakes in our life and I should have given up some of my work long ago especially that on the mainland which has so much increased of late years. I should then have saved myself a great deal of wear and tear, but my practice has always been my hobby and with no recreation I have ridden it to death, and I must now wait and see what there is left of me before I start again. Douglas Ponice, who originally sent me to Ryde, and now has always been my friend, spoke to me last spring but your wife's health then completely monopolised my attention and until I saw her really on firmer ground I could not take the step which I have now done. You will, I fear, be bored by my long letter, but I sincerely hope that your sympathetic nature will bear with me in the course I have taken, which I have felt was most necessary however painful. With kindest regards to you and yours"

Letter from Percy G. Stone, Camerton, Sandown, I.W., to John H. Oglander  OG/CC/2085F  3 October 1901

(Written on Victoria County History paper)
"Many thanks for yours and notes. The extract I lent you was from the original roll used by Worsley as Appendix XXX [in his History of the Isle of Wight published 1781] and I lent it you to compare with the entry of the tenants of Gatcombe, p. LXXVI and show some of the errors made by him.
This list does not in every way agree with the "Testa de Nevill", from which I have extracted the Isle of Wight entries. Unless in my hasty transcript I have read a wrong "Henr' Beglondre (Not Oglander) holds in Clatterford yet in my Testa de Nevill I have Henrius de D Oggelondre and Peter de Cosham holds in Dencombe which in the Testa de Nevill is called Newcoumbe. Some day I must copy out this roll, which I think is temp. Edward III carefully but it will be a long job. The Escourt Roll which we will call in for reference has Wm. le Martre holding in Honyngforde and Aylehardeston, but the Testa de Nevill enter it as Silivardeston and Worsley boldly writes Alverston. Wm. de Aumarle holds in Alfredeston Escourt Roll and Worsley) but the Testa de Nevill has Alvredeston. Now taking Aylewardeston, Alfredeston and Alvredeston I think we may reduce them to Alverston. "Appeleghe juxta Sandham" has always puzzled me, but your Oglander note clears it up and confirms my theory that there were 2 Appleys, one near Ryde and one near Sandown and the entry would have been Appelegh simply. I think Sir John's note very interesting and though one cannot agree with "Appleford Courte" one wonders where he got his information from. One must remember that court rolls now destroyed were then extant. I have the Stour - Jeffray note, as "Hen. Stower of Alverstone, gent., conveyed his farm of Sandham to Wm. Geffreys" 6 Ed. VI. I should like to see that terrier of Appley and court rolls. The Stowers must have held Alverstone after the Strangeways, who held temp. Henry VIII (Giles Strangeways 26 Henry VIII). I did not know the Oglanders held the manor of Sandham. What part of the manor did Winchester College hold? Parsonage Farm? Preston seems to have been called Preston Vavasor" when the Vavasors held it and Preston Turberville" when that family held it or it may refer to 2 parts of the manor held respectively by the V's and T's. The Whitefield descent seems pretty clear and agrees with my notes in main. The tenants make it somewhat confusing. The Stur family were holding in 1279. De Witville was a tenant under the Sturs and Quarr must have been ditto till Ed. III, as the Abbott petitioned Parliament 7 Ed. III to recover seizin. Where Tracy comes in I am not certain, but J. de Hardington died seized of the manor (22 Ed. I. in p.m.) My idea is Hardingshute is part of the original Doomsday holding of Rowborough. With many thanks. Yours in haste."

Letter from William A. Glynn, Seagrove, Sea View, I.W., to his brother, John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/2086  4 October 1901

"Shearme has most kindly sent me particulars of St. James's and also of St. Thomas's [Ryde]. The former is the same as St. Peters. St. Thomas's varies - as it is as I thought consecrated, but is the property of Miss Brigstocke. She out of the takings pays outgoings and the curate if she likes him. However, she does like him - in fact the Vicar appoints to her satisfaction and she pays him £150 a year. Nominally he is one of the curates of Ryde Parish. Wilkinson declines to enter into any agreement with me at present and says I must let him in to St. Peters with perfectly free hands to do exactly as he likes with service and offertory. I inform him I only treat with anyone taking services at St. Peters under written agreement and regret his declining my proposals. Even Richards undertook the services giving certain conditions - though he at last broke them all. A man the people like takes the 11 o'clock and late celebration on Sunday - would you like to come over and hear what it is like - he is short and to the point - then you could lunch here and talk matters over. Mr. Cornford is vicar of St. Matthews, Portsmouth and must go back by 3 boat from Ryde. He will lunch with our Doctor and I hope call to see Wilkinson - if only for a few minutes, he will be with me before service and is in entire sympathy with us. As a visitor every year for 5 years to Seaview, he knows all the case."

Letter from William A. Glynn, Seagrove, Sea View, I.W., to his brother, John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/2087  5 October 1901

"I am so vexed to have missed you. I had only gone to post letters by the Hotel letter box and looked in at the Hotel. I returned directly after you left and followed you throughout with a couple of men, finally lost you when you went up by Priory, thinking you would have returned to Seagrove. I have a most interesting letter from Shearme [Rev. John Shearme. vicar of Ryde Parish Church 1895-1905] St. James' and St. Peters' are exactly alike - Vicar of Ryde merely institutes to St. James. St. Thomas's is a very curious arrangement and is in hands of Miss Brigstocke - She is obliged to pay £10 a year to vicar of Ryde and Vicar of Ryde has to find services and to please Miss Brigstocke. She selects her own choice and then raises the £10 to £150. All repairs are in her hands and also all receipts. Shearme very kindly quotes the old deed of 1719. I shall be in London Tuesday, going up by 8.40 from here and returning in the evening. Perhaps I shall see you here, tomorrow (Sunday)."

Letter from Dr. E. Rich, Beenham Lodge, Cookham Dean, to John H. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2087A  5 October 1901

"Your exceedingly kind letter has done me more good than anything else. It is, I can assure you, a very great [irritation] to me to be away from my many kind friends and the greatest pleasure I can have in the future will be to see them all again, and especially Mrs. Oglander and yourself. I shall feel more equal to writing shortly and then I shall write to your wife, but at present I feel quite overwhelmed, especially so by the kind letters I have received and your suggestion about another practice had been discussed but my partners did not think it fair to the other medical men in the town, and so I did not press it - and now matters must rest for the present. To you it will never make any difference because my greatest pleasure will be to help you and yours at any time. With kindest regards to Mrs. Oglander, and many thanks for your kind letter with its enclosure"

Letter from William A. Glynn, Seagrove, Sea View, I.W., to his brother, John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/2088  6 October 1901

"Your letter to hand. In suggesting a curate suiting congregation in my proposal, I do not understand curate in charge is entirely "free from control of the vicar" - it would be like Shearme and St. Thomas's - only more under our vicar as working for him, in his parish. Please do not think that I am pressing the vicar "to allow a clergyman free from his control to manage a portion of his parish". It is not so, otherwise I agree with your letter and I am doing all I know to keep the church open and conciliate the vicar. I wanted you to carefully read our correspondence and perhaps you might see where different views come in and be able to make suggestions. Both Shearme and the Vicar of St. Matthews Portsmouth offer to be of any use and have now seen Wilkinson. Shearme no doubt is a man strongly to uphold a vicars rights. I don't know Corford's character - but he knows Seaview as a visitor for 5 years and knows the Bishop. Also has 10,000 population to his church at Portsmouth and has taken services here and is very popular. I spoke to Fardell as a Churchman and one who has keenly taken interest in Ryde, also knowing the real circumstances of St. Peters. He entirely agrees with me so far as I have gone. In the alternative proposal I made, the vicar to let him or any curate he liked, take the services at say £120 a year for him, it appears but reasonable a written agreement should be made and not trust to word of mouth. St. Thomas's is actually bound to pay vicar £10 for such services - Miss Brigstocke having absolute control of all takings and outgoings and lets the whole sittings - it is consecrated and burial yard. Present arranged that Miss Brigstocke has the curate absolutely for the services satisfactory to her and pays £150 instead of £10 a year. St. James is same as St. Peters, only mortgaged. Shearme does not object to a minister in charge though of quite different views. We must not think we close St. Peter's, if it comes to that: but it is really vicar seeks or claims to take the services exactly as he likes and do as he likes - he wants to free himself on St. Peters - and does not consent to our continuing the services. Perhaps two parsons, you and I, with Fardell's advice, can find a way to satisfy vicar and congregation eventually. When you return I hope to see you. As lessee, I am bound to see no more nonsence like Richards, if I can help it. Morally I feel I must do and my own wish also is, to do the best I can for the wishes of the congregation and good of Sea View. Vicar says give me free hand to do as I like in the building in every way. My lease prevents it. I say anyone taking services there, before being admitted permanently - must enter into a written agreement prepared by Fardell or Lee with me as lessee, to observe certain conditions, to be agreed upon. The lessee has certain duties to you and to the Trustees of Fairy Hill Estate, and vicar of St. Helens merely as vicar has no legal standing inside St. Peters without consent of the lessee. No doubt we must arrive at a means to keep building open for the church services - either present vicar must be reasonable and enter into a written agreement with me, or allow someone to take services with his consent. Personally to me, if the services are again so dry and dreary as with Richards, I can go elsewhere and again cease interest in church life, as I had to do many years with Richards. I am not in any way considering or allowing my own personal feeling to influence my actions as lessee. And further, if I was trustee and not lessee I do not know a single view I should take otherwise than what I now take. I have great confidence in Fardell, as a clear, impartial friendly churchman, interested to do the best and yet a good lawyer. I believe you, Cornford, Fardell and myself would cordially agree the course to be taken - if Shearne and Wilkinson would fall in with it - I can't say, but Shearne has at Ryde agreed to St. James's and St. Thomas's to more than I think is required at St. Peters and though Wilkinson has no experience as he said to me - of any such case and has taken hitherto the high hand as vicar and even up to now says "I must yield to him on all essential points" yet he may see we are but reasonable and willing to admit him to the services (assuming congregations go with us) though he forces himself upon us and declines to allow us to have a minister of our own choice. I suppose you will be back by Thursday."

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, White Hart Hotel, Salisbury, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2088A  8 October 1901

"We woke this morning to a drizzle so put our bicycles in the train and were in Salisbury by 10, but then it came on to steady rain and we settled to amuse ourselves in the City of Salisbury and see whether it would be finer afternoon. The afternoon was not actually wet but so disagreeable we settled to put off Stonehenge until tomorrow. We have been very happy here going to the Cathedral then to the ancient Library, not often open, whereas you will imagine we got on excellently with the Reverend Librarian who showed us and described all his treasures. After lunch we went to a Museum which occupied us well and then late to evening service in the Cathedral. I found my portmanteau etc. here. I wrote a note from St. Johns Station and asked a porter to post at 10 minutes to 9. yesterday morning which I had hoped would save you looking for the things. I should be glad if you would cash a cheque and enclose to me addressed to Parnham - a £5 note. Take the number before you send it. I shall stay here tomorrow night I think, and after Parnham I fancy stopping either at Sherborne - or Yeovil on Saturday night. The Digby is the hotel at Sherborne and there are several things I should like to see in the neighbourhood. I hope you are going on well. Love to Joan."
Note: Florence Oglander did not restart her diary until 31st October, but in her summary she noted for the autumn "Then Jack went away for a 10 day bicyling tour which he much needed for this year of anxiety has been a great strain on him"

Letter from Percy G. Stone, Sandown, I.W., to John H. Oglander  OG/CC/2088B  10 October 1901

"I send you a few notes re Whitefield. The tenure seems very simple. Chetel and Godrice, T.R.E. - Wm., son of Stur 1085 [sic] - The Estur family of Gatcombe - The Crown (leases to Hollis and Oglander) - Oglander by purchase 1630. When Whitfield separated Gatcombe is not apparent, as in the list of fees Domina de Whytefeld (I conclude this is the Lady Mary) held of the Lady of Gatcombe, Matilda d'Estur. I expect the Crown granted leases with the Lordship from William de Montacute (lease 1 Richard II) to Anthony Woodville, and after that to the Hollis and Oglander families. The Sturs of Gatcombe were evidently Chief Lords of the fee, in Brading parish, of Whitfield, Alverston, Ageston, Brading, Westbrook, North Sandham or Appley, Ninham near Languard - according to List of Liberties.
Whitfield. Can you give me date and details of leases, temp. Elizabeth to Oglanders and do the grants of land in the manor 31 Ed. I give the lady of the manor or any other particulars.
Little Whitfield. I have a note it was held 29 Eliz by John Chyke, 8 Jas. I sold by Edward Cheke of Merston to Richard Worsley. How did it come to Sir John Oglander? The first entry of Witefel in Doomsday, with a mill, probably refers to Little Whitfield. I think these notes might be a guide and to save you trouble - or some of it that you so kindly take for me.
P.S. Have you any deeds of Hale, Holeway, Gotten, Mollesley - Do you know where this is? As Ate halle is Hale, Alalei, I think, is Lee."

Letter from Joan Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, to her father, John H. G. Oglander King's Arms Hotel, Dorchester, Dorset  OG/CC/2088C  12 October 1901

"I am thinking that perhaps you may like a letter from your daughter for a change Well, I was very sorry for myself all the beginning of this week. I know what a baby feels like now, I am alright again now, thank you What a jolly time you seem to be having, Fardre, you looked as if you meant to enjoy yourself when you started! What crowds of houses you have seen but I am sure, nothing nicer than Cotheel (?) partly cos I was there too you know The things in Parnham must have been lovely, was it as uncomfortable as the Frenches Villa, because one hardly dared sit down there! What were the Robinsons like? We are a very cosy little partly, Lady H[ornby] is such fun, she, Mddle. and I get on splendidly together. We read out loud and work in the evenings. We are reading "Fleuranges" We go into fits of laughter of [sic] it, it's so old fashioned, all the characters are continually subsiding into floods of tears!! Mother wasn't very well the day you left, but was out again on Wednesday. She is having her walks again now. She is very bright and is looking so well and pretty!! Lady Hornby thinks her looking immensely better, she is so pleased with the improvement in her figure! They are such fun together. Mother does like having her - I had a jolly game of hockey at Mrs. Perrotts on Tuesday and spent Thursday with the Forsyths, which is always fun and in the afternoon Mary, D. & I went to hockey at Binstead, it was such a glorious afternoon, we had one of the best games we have ever had, there were 30 of us playing! As Douglas is at home, Mary is not coming to us on Monday. I am dreadfully disappointed. What a bore ones friend's brothers are on these occasions! (don't tell M[ary] I said so ) She quite naturally does not want to leave him as he may have to go abroad soon. I am going to have a delightful morning for I am going to Mrs. Daish's. Mdlle. and I are very happy together, she is a dear! With heaps of love from your own "Jennie" (not Jane)
P.S. Mother looks particularly well today, and according to Lady Hornby the Dr. is very pleased with her."
Note on Mdlle. Florence Oglander records in her diary "In October a very nice Swiss girl, Marie Piachand, a friend of Edith's, came to stay with us and we all talked French hard. She staid about 3 weeks and we were all very sorry to part with her. About the same time my dear Kate Hornby came to stay which was a great pleasure to me. We did have such nice talks and drives"

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, Lulworth Cove, Dorset, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2088D  14 October 1901

"Arrived here 4.30 after bicycling as Jenny would say 100's of miles and seeing lots. I think I shall probably stay here until Wednesday morning but will telegraph if I change. I have had very good weather for bicycling, no rain and no wind and such a wild ride over the moors - Tell Joan like a Scotch deer forest for many miles. At Bere Regis I came upon quite a delightful old man, the village grocer and churchwarden. He kept me quite an hour talking over his beloved church and all his treasures. At Athelhampton Robinson had told me there were fine tombs. I had to get into the church through a chapel which was having its roof restored, and the workmen let me through a curtain when lo the wall in front wasl [covered] all over [with] the familiar arms over your head in Prideaux dining room. It is the burial place of the Brunes and the Martins whose heir they married and most fine, ancient and interesting they are. I was so excited taking a covering off the faces of an alabaster gentleman and his quaintly kirtled dame lying on a glorious gothic tomb that I nearly got a stone tile on my head which one of the workmen let fall through the rafters. I am so glad you are all so merry and happy. Did you get any game last week from Fardell? This week you had better send Wheeler a line to kill you just a brace or so."

Letter from William A. Glynn, Seagrove, Sea View, I.W., to his brother, John H.G. Oglander  OG/CC/2089  15 October 1901

"I fancy that you are impressed with a view that I am driving a "plan which would deprive the vicar of St. Helens of control over the minister at Sea View while it remains an integral part of his parish". I have not done so. I wished and do still, that you should read the correspondence between the incumbent of St. Helens and myself. You will find that he makes no suggestion of any kind for an arrangement. Practically he says "as vicar of St. Helens, I am entitled to do exactly as I like at St. Peters - hand over the building to me to have a perfectly free hand to do as I like. You have no claim in anyway to it - the offertory is in my hands to do as I like. The St. Helens wardens are the wardens of St. Peter's". I make two suggestions.
1st. If he would consent to appoint a curate in charge of St. Peters, of the choice of the congregation or agreeable to the congregation, but to be his curate and work for him, under his control, he to take his turns as he pleased - with moderate services on the lines we now have them and with improved choir etc., I would guarantee the whole stipend up to £200 a year from the offertory.
2nd. If he insisted on having a curate not acceptable to the congregation, £120 a year was quite as much as the offertory would go to - for a stipend to the curate. This amount I would guarantee, he taking the services by himself or his curate. Whatever course is taken, to a written agreement - he wished me "to trust him" and have only word of mouth arrangement. I showed him list of expenses and objects for which offertories must be applied and insisted we have control at St. Peters over our own gifts and that such gifts must be applied to purposes for which given, that Watson and Sir Walter should continue as "acting wardens". We can't swear them as legal Parish wardens and that proper accounts of offertory should be by them published each year. He is bound to allow that all the objects are necessary and right, but he claims the offertory or money collected at St. Peters belongs to him to do as he likes with and without control. I am afraid I regard the building as in Law, vested in me - that I am responsible for money collected there - to be applied to the purposes for which it is given. The Incumbent may be in Law, freeholder of St. Helens Church, but I am leaseholder for 999 years of St. Peters. In your absence being unable to show you the correspondence, I took it to John Fardell to ask him what was best to be done, not as my lawyer, but as your agent - a churchman - a friend to Sea View, and trusted by me. I asked him to point out any sentence or point I could correct on my part. He informed me I had acted quite right and for the best - he added Mr. Wilkinson is quite wrong throughout - Parsons are the worst of business men. I am preparing a scheme to get a Legal District. In the meantime I don't propose to invite clergy to take the services at St. Peters. Of course we could do so and by the time Incumbent could legally stop them, many months would lapse and I could replace with others and so wear him out, but for the present, it is best not to have services. It is a spoke in the wheel for a District. He will try to hold services in the school room or the "Assembly Room", both of which you can prevent, and I hope, will do so. I am told the people are not with him. Probably Sir Walter will be. I never can make out his intimacy at Westridge [the former vicars] and that carriage is now always at Sea View. The whole course so agrees with a letter Richards wrote me in May, that it points to the same hand."

Letter from Dr. E. Rich, Beenham Lodge, Cookham Dean, to Florence Oglander  OG/CC/2089A  18 October 1901

"I have been hoping every post to get a note from you to know how you are and have been. I should have written before but I have had such a number of letters to answer and I am such a worm - gone all to pieces but I have been better the last 2 days. I do so hope you have been keeping well and have been able to take your drives and walks. It is, I can assure you, a great worry to me being away from all my kind friends but I hope in days to [come to] meet them all again. With kindest regards in which my wife joins me, to you and yours"

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, Perry Hall, Birmingham, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2089B  27 October 1901

"I did not write yesterday as I knew you could get no post this morning - but I think you will get this in time to order me a fly. We should reach Brading at 5.40 I think, tomorrow. We leave Birmingham 12.20 and reach Ryde 5.20. We had a lovely day yesterday, and went for a long walk in the morning with the General - who was let out again after his slight cold and in the afternoon he sent Anstruther and myself to Birmingham in his station hansom and we spent a happy afternoon in the book and print shops - I tried in vain to get you a lamp as [sic] being Saturday afternoon those shops were closed. I was disappointed as the butler here had given me the address of one which he said was very good. In the evening we all played billiards. Nurse Hicks thinks Rich is certainly coming back and I could not make out from her that there was anything the matter with him beyond being thoroughly run down from over work.
Sunday Evening. We have had another very nice day. Doing the grounds after church. The General showing me old deeds etc., after lunch - then another walk. Joan looks very smart. I am so glad your throat is better. I am sure you were wise to have the pipes lighted. There were 5 degrees of frost here last night. Joan gets on very well [with] everybody and likes Hilda Calthorpe. I confess they none of them seem to me a very lively family - but I like Mrs. Anstruther. We shall be glad to be back with you, darling Mother, though we have really enjoyed ourselves very much. I don't think we should want to stay if we were asked. They are most kindly going to send us in to Birmingham tomorrow. Leila asked after news of you and I passed on your sympathy about her neuritis. She says she had a good deal of pain. With hugs and kisses which I hope will soon be real ones."
Note: Florence Oglander recorded in her diary. "On 24 Oct. Jack and Joan went for a few days to the Somerset Calthorpes at Perry"

Letter from Marie Piachaud, 2 Rue de la Croix Rouge, Geneva, Switzerland, to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2089C  29 October 1901
Language:  French

[Translated from French]
"My thoughts often turn to you, since the day when I left Nunwell, and it seems to me that I was not sufficiently aware of the honour that you have done me and that I must tell you how appreciative I have been of the kindness of your farewell. I deeply regretted leaving you and shall always keep a sweet memory of the few weeks passed with you. Will you please tell Mr. Oglander that his beautiful flowers gave me much pleasure and that they brightened the sitting room of our lodgings in London. I don't know if you know that I decided to spend 3 days with Mrs. Carleton, as I found her very tired and low from being alone. For all she had to do, I truly believed that she was happy to have me for the first days and I telegraphed the house to delay a little my return. I will be "At home Saturday Morning" and those 3 extra days gave me the great pleasure of seeing Mrs. Ogle again. I had tea with her and her husband and I was so happy to be able to tell her in person how happy I had been at Nunwell. Yesterday I took the watch to Golan Lereshe. I believe that the elder of the two brothers who sold it is now dead. They examined the face and asked me many questions to which I was unable to answer, but that the workings of the watch had always been strong and it had been regularly maintained. They regretted that it had not been sent to them at the beginning, but they thought that it could be made to work very well, and that they would keep it several weeks and make the necessary adjustment. They have exquisite jewelry in the shop and one of them said that he would send it on approval, even abroad. Geneva seems to me calm and small after the movement and bustle of London. The weather smiled on my return and I found the lake the most beautiful blue rivelling the sea, and the range of Mont Blanc uncovered in all its glory. My mother waits for me with impatience and we have much to tell each other. I have spoken much of you and how I was spoilt at Nunwell, and she charges me with a message for you "that she hopes that you will spend a day in Geneva". I think your days of solitude are passing and that you will soon have the joy of seeing Mr. Oglander and the Ray of Sunshine. [Mr. Oglander and Joan were staying with the Somerset Calthorpes at Perry Hall, Birmingham]. I give all my wishes for a winter as good as possible. I beg you, dear Madame, to believe in my affectionate and grateful feelings."

Letter from [Dr.] Evelyn A. Rich, London post mark (67 George Street, Ryde, crossed out), to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading I.W  OG/CC/2090  3 November 1901

"Your letter was a great pleasure to me and also your kind thought for us all by sending the present of game which I assure you delighted us all. Please thank your good husband for his letter and also for his share in sending the game. I cannot tell you how glad I was to hear all about you again. I have felt so horribly out of it all and long to know how you are. We have been having such lovely weather and I often wonder what you have been doing and how you are. I am sorry that you are bothered by your old enemy, but it is all part of the change we all look for and hope will help you to feel better and stronger. I trust a change must come in my life. I have been so horribly unwell here since I have been away altho' in many ways I am much better than when I left home, but I cannot sleep and feel wretched all day in consequence. The cottage is delightful, being warm and dry and no winds reach us. We are so high up and one never knows if the wind is blowing until we go to the other side of the wood. I hope you have had your sport. We see lots of pheasants close by the house, but I forgot to ask the man about the shotting. Mrs. V.U. [Vernon Utterson?] is rather nice and so are several of our neighbours. I often see Sir G[....] but most of our friends we have to motor to, and they are such a distance off, we think nothing of doing 45 miles in the day. Ernest writes that he is having a lovely time at Eastbourne and is working very hard. I took a great fancy to the people and they make a perfect home for young men. He still hopes to go to the Cape, but it is uncertain. My letters are too numerous to allow of me writing more, besides you will be tired and with renewed thanks for the game and kindest regards to you and yours."

Letter from Dr. E. Rich, Beenham Lodge, Cookham Dean, to John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2090A  17 November 1901

"I am very lazy about writing, otherwise you would have heard from me before, and now I must answer your 2 kind letters and thank you ever so much for your great kindness in suggesting that we should stay with you. There is nothing I should enjoy so much and if Icould combine that pleasure with helping your wife in any way I should feel all the better and happier, because although I enjoy lazyness to a certain amount it would now be recreational to do a little, but the difficulty I have to face is only doing a little and that is why we cannot accept your kind invitation at present - because I am strongly advised to rest at present and if I go into the Island there are so many I must see. This I know you will understand. I ammuch amused by the various rumours that reach me as to my movements and really I feel quite flattered by peoples kind thoughts about me. I am really feeling better but any worry gets on my nerves and I lose my sleep directly, so I suppose I must do as I am advised and wait with patience. Mrs. Oglander's letter was a great pleasure. I do so hope she is holding her own if not doing still better by getting rid of some of her [illnesses ?]. We are hourly expecting to hear that Ernest will go to the Cape. We have heard from the Regiment out there that he is to do so, but nothing from Head Quarters so that until it is settled he is with a local [unit] at Eastbourne. This is a perfect winter climate. The fogs never reach us and we are so protected by the trees that we live out of doors and ride and motor a great deal. Tomorrow we shall do 45 miles and with furs on it is delightful And now I must close but not before I have again thanked you both for your extremely kind thoughts for us both. Mrs. Rich continues to remain fit and my greatest happiness will be to return to the Island. Nothing I should enjoy more. With kindest regards to Mrs. Oglander and yourself and Joan"

Letter from Joan Oglander to her mother Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2091  19 November 1901

Administrative history:
Geraldine Wilberforce, dau. of the Bishop of Chichester, grandaughter of Samuel Wilberforce, Bishop of Oxford and great grandaughter of the philanthopist, was a frequent visitor at Nunwell.

"I quite understand you could not refuse Lady Hotham, but Mummy dear, what a horrid blow I did hope it would be some one a little more interesting than Prince Drino! never mind it can't be helped. I must grin and bear it!! The way I am grumbling sounds as if it were something awful, doesn't it!! I am very sorry for poor old Lady Hotham - of course I will try and help her. Immediately I got your wire, I went to Mrs. Strickland. Lady Hornby and I thought that the best plan. I must say she was a little annoyed, but now that Father is [not] going I don't expect she will be. I thought he would be going too, but now I know what its for, I am glad he is saved!! Lady H. is very kindly going to let Burr see me off by 1.45 train to harbour. I am glad Amie is to meet me. Hilda Stableton is staying here. She is a nice girl and I shall be sorry to leave Lady Hornby. I went to tea with Lady Helen today and then we went to see the Wilberforces. Geraldine was there and the boys and it was so nice to see her again."
Florence Oglander's diary 18 Nov 1901. "a note from Lady Hotham asking Joan and her father to come over tomorrow for 2 nights to help them entertain Prince A. of Battenburg, who is to be there for his naval exam. Jack refuses, but we must let Joanie go." Prince Alexander of Battenburg, later 1st and last Marquis of Carisbrooke (1886-1960) eldest son of Princess Beatrice and brother of Joan's friend, Princess Ena, later Queen of Spain.

Letter from John H. Oglander, 94 Elm Park Gardens, London, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2091A  20 November 1901

"Glad to hear that Wadham was more pleased with you today. I am sure you are wise to stay in your room. La Signora was not at all arrabiata to me about J[oan], but I fancy she was sharp to J. herself who very rightly came to tell her the change of plan. Dear old J. wrote me a nice card which reached me this morning, saying all the world was tres gentil to her. My cold was rather heavy last evening and I had not much voice left - but it is better again today. My bedroom had a nice fire and I was very well covered in bed. It is much warmer here today though there is a bone in the wind. I went to Porters yesterday afternoon and left a card on Lady Hutt. Lady Hornby and a niece (Stapleton), rather like Mabyn. Dined here last night - Mary F. jabbered away to the girl (Hilda Stapleton) and Lady H[ornby] was very bright and nice. I left my little aluminium pencil which belongs to the case Gena gave me (on my chain) at Nunwell (on the p[en] stand beside my bed). I wish you would send it up in a letter, I am lost without it. This morning I went with the 'Gemman' to the A[rmy] & N[avy], got you a lamp and ordered it to be sent down, also your sachet calendars and my own uniform case and a patience cards and case - just like mine. I shall meet Joan tomorrow by the 2.35 at Victoria and bring her back here for tea and then Miss Lloyd takes her and Mary to Princes Skating Club. I hope you are not lonely. Don't you think Dottie Browne might like 3 days change to country to be with you? There is a tea fight here day after tomorrow, Daisy Garwood - the Liddells - Mrs. Charlie Orde and a lot of our friends asked to meet us. You can change a cheque to meet wages on Saturday It would amount to about £8, including Reades book 15/3 which is on my writing table. Take care of your dear self. It made me think so of the summer day we left, when I arrived at this door again."

Letter from John H. Oglander, Society of Antiquarians, London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W., to his wife Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2091B  22 November 1901

"Pencil case and J[oan]'s cross arrived all right. I hope you enjoyed the concert and that you are none the worse, and that your cold goes on getting better. I was afraid you would not like the lamp shade - so told them to pack with it a yellow paper shade but I suppose you thought that was not smart enough either. I see some glass shades - ground - this shape the glass is yellow shaded darker towards the top and looks perhaps less severe than what I sent, but it is no good if you don't have a white lining inside to reflect the light and I should decidedly advise not silk - they hang down too far and prevent the light coming on your book. Tell me exactly the diameter of the glass where it fits on to the metal rim and I will see what can be done. I wrote a note to Lady Hotham this morning for J[oan] to enclose in her letter "de digestion". Joan liked her visit notwithstanding loneliness and looks forward to being asked over again. I called on Hennie Boyle yesterday but she could not see me - was in bed with a bad cold. I am always hounding Mary out of Joan's room and Mrs. Strickland is very good about it too and told her not to stay at night. Douglas dined here last night and they were all very merry. Today they went to see Lady Hornby. It has been a horribly wet day. I went to Goodes - and ordered 3 jugs, and I found to replace the old cups and saucers would be 7/6d. a piece as they have not the pattern, but I told them with the jugs to send patterns of two sets. One extremely pretty at 5/6 and another as good taste but not so rich at 2/2d. Then you can settle what you would like. I should say a dozen or 18 new cups at 5/6. I think we shall come home this day week. Edith is at Lady Bathursts. She did not ask us to come to see her but I wrote as she asked. Mary goes on Tuesday and then I must try to get Joan for shopping. Tomorrow morning I take her to Raglan Somerset. I saw Geoge Stapleton this evening"
Includes Sketches of lamp shade

Letter from Francis Holborrow Glynn Price, Elmleigh, Uplands, Swansea, to his uncle John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/2092  23 November 1901

"I have been meaning to write to you for some time and I had hoped before this to be able to pay you a visit as you so kindly asked me to do, but I have been so busy that it has been impossible for me to leave home. I hope Aunt Florence is making good progress and that Joan and yourself are well. I have recently been appointed a magistrate for this county without even seeking for the appointment on my part, although I think it will be useful to me in many ways, and, as I have as Chairman of my District Council, been an ex-officio magistrate for some time, it would not be exactly pleasant to cease to hold the office. I was at first under the impression that being a County Coroner and having magisterial powers for many purposes, a property qualification would not be required, as in the case of County Court Judges, but I find that it is, so I am in a little difficulty about making up the amount by about £45 per annum. As you have often told me that if I wanted anything I was to let you know, I venture to ask if you could see your way to help me in this matter. A temporary conveyance of property to that annual value would answer the purpose. I could get the deed prepared here if you wished and would pay all costs. You could retain the deed and would not lose any money over the matter. If things go on with me, as they now are, I hope to purchase sufficient extra property to put me right and I should have done so, ere now, had not other claims absorbed a great deal of what I have been able to save. I do hope you will not mind my asking you this and I know if you feel a difficulty about it, you will not hesitate to say so, and I must then manage to effect my object in some other way, but I fear at a pecuniary loss."
[J.H.G.O. did it.]

Letter from Etta Orde Powlett, 2 Queensbury Place, London, S.W., to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2092A  1901 November 25

Administrative history:
Miss Alti Annesley = Hon. Altisidora Arthur Victoria Annesley, 13th and youngest child of Arthur, 18th Viscount Valentia, born c. 1830

"I was delighted to hear from you - but I did not deserve any thanks for doing what was a great pleasure to myself - for I thoroughly enjoyed taking Joan to the Albert Hall. She seemed to enjoy and thoroughly appreciate good music, and was altogether so nice, and such a cheery companion, and so grateful for so little! She appeared with a cold and I didn't half like taking her to the concert on such a raw misty afternoon, but when we came out of the Albert Hall and found ourselves in a dense white fog, I did feel anxious, so afraid it would make her cold worse, so it was a great relief to land her safely in Kate Hornby's bright and comfortable house after groping about in the cold fog, our eyes streaming and our throats quite sore. However, I am thankful she was not the worse for it. Today Joan and Mr. Oglander kindly came and had luncheon with us. I was not sure if I ought to ask them when they were staying with friends. We were all so glad to see them, and only wish you had been with them, you poor dear! but Mr. Oglander tells me you are really much better and can take a walk down the drive and in the gardens, it is so nice to hear this - and soon I hope you will be able to take your very pretty daughter out. You will feel so proud of her. Henry admired her very much - such a tall graceful figure, and delightful face - a real good face and expression, and such good manners. I long for you to be well enough to take her out - take great care of yourself and get well soon. Joan told us of her stay with the Hothams. I know them all very well, and felt so sorry for Maggie Hotham when I saw her brother's death in the paper only a few days ago. Their Aunt married my Great Uncle (Col. Adolphus Cathcart) so in that way we are distantly connected. I went to see the Randolph girls the other day in their pretty little house in S. Eaton Place - they have made it so pretty - and seem so happy and pleased with it all. You see they have such good furniture, china etc. that was their mother's, and have arranged it all so well. I think Alti* Annesley must be just returning to Town, last week she was with Mrs. Hutton Croft in Yorkshire - and the S. Annesley's also in Yorkshire staying with my Uncle and Sister-in-Law - the Augustus Cathcarts. They all felt parting with Arthur tremendously, but I think it's a good thing for him - if only he has luck - he has had a dull time being Adjt. in London so long - and will like being with his Regiment again. My pen is simply awful, but I am too lazy to get another, do forgive. I have been hearing all about the new entrance gates, etc. I wish we could have stayed with you this autumn when you so kindly asked us, but K. and I had just started on a tour of visits among our relations, it was unfortunate. I am so glad you liked my Aunt, she is a great dear and has always been like a mother to me. She is always the same, and so affectionate, and interested in everything. A most unselfish woman, and she has had so much sorrow in her life, and bears it all so bravely. Alan and Vic are going to start a poultry farm I think in Warwickshire, close to Ragley, my old home. I do hope it will succeed. Their baby (Joan!) must be a great duck now. Vic says she never cries - and is full of fun. I must say goodnight, and with much love - Ever dear

Letter from Francis Holborrow Glynn Price, Elmleigh, Uplands, Swansea to his uncle, John H. G. Oglander, 94 Elm Park Gardens, London, S.W  OG/CC/2093  27 November 1901

"Many thanks for your very kind letter received this morning congratulating me on my appointment as "J.P." for this county. A very pleasing feature in the matter to me has been the very kind way the appointment has been received in the county. It is exceedingly good of you to say you will help me to make up the qualification which is as far as I have been able to ascertain, Freehold, Copyhold or long Leasehold property of the value of £100 per annum or a reversionary interest of the value of £300 per annum in the same kind of property. I rather fancy a rent charge, or annuity arising out of property would do as in "Stone". I believe it is laid down that the interest must be "in law or equity" in the property. I will enquire into this further and write you again. I am very glad to hear Aunt Florence is making steady progress - I hope you have escaped the fogs in London. When you get back to Nunwell I hope the weather will be good for your shoots. It is so disappointing when it is otherwise, after rearing the pheasants. I should not be able to get away until January or February, but I should much like to run down to see you then. I had a days shooting last year and was surprised to find that I had not quite forgotten the way to shoot and I am trying to set a few days this season, if time will allow."

Letter from Dr. Evelyn Rich, Beenham Lodge, Cookham Dean, to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2093A  28 November 1901

"You amusing letter has done me lots of good but I don't like to think of your being all alone. How I wish I could be near you but it seems further off than ever. I have been very unwell for a week, really feeling quite done up - woosey [?] and as weak as a cat. I intented going away for a change into Oxfordshire and to stay with the Constable Curtiss. Poor Read, I am very glad it is no worse, it will make him sit down all the tighter. I ride nearly every day and my cob is so gay it is most refreshing. We have heard from South Africa that Ernest is to go out and have received a list of his clothes, but nothing from the War Office, so unless there is a change he will go to Soldier Hill Fort on February 1st for 2 months. He comes home in a week. I am so glad, he is such a good fellow to me. Your etching is to be stuck up in my looking glass - the hat is the only disparagement. I am so glad Joan has had such good times. She is such a dear, every one loves her. Perhaps Ernest may be able to go over and see you some afternoon. I know he will wish to do so. We lead a most enjoyable life, but I cannot get used to it and the green devils lay strong hands upon me and spoil everything, but I still hope to get all right, but it looks like a long business. Dear old Hicks wrote me such a nice letter. How I long to know all about everything going on but my good partners tell me nothing which perhaps is best unless there is occasion for it. Hoping your cold will soon be better and that Read will make a good recovery"

Letter from L. Osbourn, 78 Easton Place, London, S.W., to Florence Oglander, Nunwell Court, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2093B  2 December 1901

Administrative history:
Hon. Granville William Richard Somerset, 3rd son of 2nd Baron Raglan, b. 9 Sept. 1862, d. 25 November 1901. Married 11 June 1892 Malvina Charlotte MacGregor, and had a son, Richard Granville, b. 15 August 1894 (Lodges Peerage, 1908)

"I must write you [a] line to say how delighted I am to hear you are so much better and likely, I trust, to be better still. We were so glad to see Mr. Oglander and Joan on Tuesday. We all with one accord (as soon as she had left the room) expressed our admiration for her looks and manner. She is certainly very attractive and I should not be surprised if she was to leave you early! Meantime I hope you may be better so as to do a little chaperoning duty, as I am sure you would enjoy it. How sad (no, more than sad) [to] hear the sudden death of Mr. Granville Somerset. Malvina is quite calm, wonderfully so - dear little Dick - she'll not allow the subject to be alluded to before him - but he cries in his bed when he is quite alone. I am afraid poor dear Lady Molesworth does not improve. The Doctors say it is a case of nerves - and that if she could get the mastery over them she might recover. Mrs. Gerald Liddell is nursing herself carefully in hopes of a son and heir - as Gerald is very anxious to have one. Sophie Liddell is looking wonderfully well and nice - such fair hair - which suits her so well. I am afraid there is nothing going in the matrimonial line for her girls. With very much love from "Self and Sisters"
P.S. Henrietta is still quite an invalid. It is such a disheartening illness - some days one hopes she is making progress, and then without apparent reason she is so weak and the enemy returns. The Swiss doctor said "c'est une maladie tres rebelle"

Letter from Dr. Evelyn Rich, Beenham Lodge, Cookham Dean, to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2093C  8 December 1901

"Ever so many thanks for your kindness is sending the pheasants. It was such a delightful surprise. We came home from staying with the Constable Curtiss and found such a cosy dinner, all due to you and your good husband. We brought our boy home with us, dear chap. His days are numbered here because I intended writing today to you telling you I had just received a letter from his Colonel asking for my consent to his going to the Cape, so now we hourly expect a War Office [cable]. I hope you may see him. He is going to stay in Ryde from the 19th to the 24th - he has returned home from his local unit with a report as steady as a rock and I am sure he can be trusted anywhere. I sincerely hope you are keeping better. We have had very mixed weather here with a little rain. I am better but despair rather of ever feeling quite right or working hard. I dare not think about it, otherwise my nights would get worse. What a conundrum in the word Senile decay, I fear"

Letter from Francis Holborrow Glynn Price, Longlands Place, Swansea to his uncle, John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2094  12 December 1901

"I enclose draft of the conveyance, which I received from my solicitors today and if it meets with your approval, as I trust it will, please return to me and I will get it engrossed for signature. I enclose a long envelope in case you may not have one at hand for returning the draft. I am afraid this matter is giving you a good deal of trouble."

Letter from Francis Holborrow Glynn Price, Longlands Place, Swansea, to his uncle, John H.G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2095  14 December 1901

"Many thanks for so promptly returning the draft conveyance, which I was pleased to find you think will answer the purpose very well. I will now get the solicitors to engross it and then will forward you the engrossment for signature. Nina is still troubled with her attacks of jaundice, but the recent ones do not seem to last as long. I am looking forward to spending Christmas with her. I hope you have escaped the storms of the last few days."

Letter from Francis Holborrow Glynn Price, Longlands Place, Swansea, to his uncle, John H.G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2096  18 December 1901

"Very many thanks for your letter received this afternoon returning the conveyance duly executed together with the draft. It is very good of you to do what you have in this matter and I much appreciate it. I should greatly like to run down to see you in January, if I can possibly manage it, but I am afraid to promise as I do not know what course my business may take - things constantly turn up unexpectedly. Joan is no doubt looking forward to her first big dance. Lady Jersey's ball is certain to be very nice, as she is herself. I have met her once or twice when she has been here and I have heard that she is a particularly good hostess and the Hunt Ball at Eastbourne will be very pleasant for her also, especially as she will go with the Davies Gilberts. I can hardly realize that the little Joan of what seems the other day almost is now grown up. Please give her my love and say I hope she will be happy and enjoy her dances. The first big dance must be such an important matter in the eyes of a young girl. I am sorry to hear that when sitting with Uncle William on the Income Tax appeals yesterday, you thought him "down on his luck It is always unpleasant to see any one in that state, especially a relative. What a trouble that Hotel at Seaview has always been to him. I should hope that the furniture belonging to Uncle William and taken by his tenants creditors may be recovered, but it is not an easy thing to do, when a tenant becomes a bankrupt, if there is not any bill of sale, duly registered and probably it would not have suited Uncle William's purpose to damage his tenants credit by taking a bill of sale and registering it."

Letter from Madame Osborn, 31 & 32 Sussex Place, and Cranley Place South Kensington, London, to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2097  20 December 1901

"I will have Miss Oglander's ball frock ready to fit on 6 January. I enclose a few sketches, but myself, I don't think that she could have anything prettier than the frock I showed her, which had tiny frills on the bottom of the skirt edged with fine narrow white lace and frills the same round the top of the bodice with a long spray of white violets at the side with a trail of buds and foliage hanging down the skirt, and a little sleeve made of tiny frills edged with lace. This was a frock I made for a young lady's first ball frock and it was exceedingly pretty."

Letter from Dr. Evelyn Rich, Beenham Lodge, Cookham Dean, to John H. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2097A  22 December 1901

"Your very kind letter was most welcome and your generous present of game has been, I assure you, greatly appreciated by us all. I don't know what to do as I am utterly disheartened. 3 months rest and very little result. I am only told not to expect any rapid improvement after so many years of work but I cannot keep feeling down on my luck and being separated from all my kind friends. By now I expect you have seen Ernest. We do not yet know the date of his departure - but so many leave early in January and I suppose he will go with them. Dear boy, we will miss him greatly but it will give him a good start in life and I am not really anxious about him. He is so thoroughly straight and going out to a good friend as his Commanding Officer it is an exceptionally promising start for him. With regard to the Hospital. I am only afraid that I ought to resign and I am only waiting for a letter from Mr. Davis. I take very little heed of the opposition. My kind friends will, I feel, still stand by me as they have always done and a little firmness from the Chairman would have saved any suspicion of unpleasantness but he is not a strong Chairman. However it will be all put right directly and I should be the last to wish to give trouble or to bring the Hospital into disrepute and I do not think it fair to stay away longer than 3 months without resigning, although I have a willing and efficient substitute. I hope Mrs. Oglander is keeping well. No one knows that I would give to see you all but I cannot at present enter the Island. There are so many to see and as long as I get these frightful headaches I am quite useless - but I live for the future and your kind invitation and friendship are always in my mind. I am afraid they will send me for a voyage but at present they do not think me fit to go. I am sure a course of water would do me more good and think of Bath, but really so many ideas come into my head in my anxiety to feel myself again. Maud's very well, I'm glad to say and my wife is so cherry and such a good soul to me and I wish I could buck up but this [even ?] life is so strange to me after making my work my hobby. We both hope you will spend a very happy Xmas and that the New Year will see Mrs. Oglander much better. With many thanks for your kind letter and kindest regards to Mrs. Oglander, your and Joan"

Letter from Dr. Evelyn Rich, Beenham Lodge, Cookham, to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2097B  31 December 1901

"Ever so many thanks for your delightful letters and also for the pocket books which you know I always use and reuse because you give them to me. My dear old friend of this year is always with me, but when or where shall I require ½ sheets in the new ones. It is delightful to learn you are indeed better. It was the first thing I asked Ernest about and he was able to tell me of [blank] you had been. I am sitting writing all alone as they have gone to a ball 5 miles away, and I am anxiously waiting for their return as the Old Year is fast fading away and I sincerely hope that the new one will bring you much better health. Poor thing, this Old Year has indeed been a hard one on you and [get... forward ?] like I do, but I am going to take a leaf out of your book and be more hopeful. I wonder if you ever read "The Cloud of Whitness". Tell me? I should like to think that we both appreciate it. Your dear Joan, how charming she will look. Wasn't it odd Ernest was asked down to that ball but going soon as we expect he could not go. My relations always bore me but I am sorry you should have been annoyed by them. She has a good heart but is a meddler. I must write no more. I have so many letters to answer. You ask me about Fuller. He is very odd but it was rather nice to be succeeded by him. I am sure if he met you in the street he would palpate your abdomen. With the best of wishes"

Letter from Dr. Evelyn Rich, Beenham Lodge, Cookham, to John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2097C  2 January 1902

"Many thanks for your kind letter with its enclosure, which I have sent on as I have no proper receipt forms, and they will send you an acknowledgement. I am so delighted to hear such a good account of Mrs. Oglander, it is indeed a great triumph having walked so far. It cannot fail to make her heart much stronger. I am still rotten and get the hump, because the rest doesn't pick me up. I suppose I must take a voyage, but I hate the idea, but will do anything to feel better. I hope to see you ere long. It has been a weary 3 months. No tidings of Ernest yet but I am going to the War Office on Monday and may hear something then."

Letter from Joan Oglander, 86 Queen's Gate, London, S.W., to her father, John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2097D  7 January 1902

"You will be very much amused to hear that Mr. Percy had missed his train after all ! (don't laugh, it was very nice of him ) I would not let him travel with me but he came and looked after me at the stations and supplied me with papers etc., and I supplied him with sandwiches and chocolate. (I suppose he was too shy to take the packet of sandwiches from home ) What with the boys to see me off from Ryde, you from Portsmouth, Mr. Percy the rest of the journey, Mrs. Parmiter came to see if I was alright at Horsham, which was very nice of her and Florence met me at Victoria, so that I don't think I much needed the care of the guard Did you tell Mother the boy's rude remark about the piano organ and Billy. I continued to smile at that for the rest of the journey. I liked seeing the Wallage too and dear Mr. FitzGerald I must write to my Mummy now.
P.S. I hope you have not been sleeping on the drawing room sofa again. I hope you behaved nicely at the concert and beat him like you did at the carols!!"

Letter from Joan Oglander, 86 Queen's Gate, London, S.W., to her mother, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2097E  7 January 1902

"I do hope you are feeling better. I did hate leaving you with that beastly old cold. Father will tell you about my journey. I went through to Madmd. O[sborn]'s and here I waited for Aunt Edith some little time. I did not mind, only so relieved it was me to wait not her!! I think the gown will be charming. We found that white violets were much the prettiest after all, to begin with they aren't in the least like violets they are very light and pretty with plenty of green. The only thing that distresses Aunt Edith is that I shall not be able to wear my rose wreath, which she likes so very much, but it would not with violets. I had a note from Miss Montgomery this morning asking me to lunch there today, so I am to meet Aunt E. at Madame Osborn's at 12, go on with her to the luncheon. Lady Hutt is going to fetch me a little before 3 and then we are going to Libertys. I finish up by tea at Lady Hornby's. This evening we go to "Iolanthe", won't that be delightful. I shall find out from Aunt E. this morning what time we leave Paddington. I rather think Lady Hutt means to send me. I told Florence I would let her know. She did look so nice when she met me yesterday. She wanted to unpack for me, but I could not very well let her do that. She bought me a nice note from Mrs. Strickland. I thought I would not write to her till after the ball is over!! or do you think I ought to write now? Lady Hutt sends love and thanks for your note. She was very kind about my going up early last night. Her sister and uncle dined. I am sorry to say Lady Hutt does not think I could manage to get the frames as Swan & Edgar have a sale on now and so a frightful crush. Will get elastic bands"

Letter from Joan Oglander, Apley Park, Bridgnorth, to her mother, Florence Oglander  OG/CC/2097F  10 January 1902

"I was miserable when I got Father's letter saying you had caught a chill. I do hate you having pains and it always happens when I am away!! I am so glad you had Nurse Hicks, for I know she would be nice. I wonder if you still have a nurse, I hope if you have it's H. It was just like you not to have me told before my ball, I certainly should have been wretched. However, I am much happier about you now after Father's wire yesterday morning saying you were going on splendidly. I hope that means you have no pain, but I am afraid it will make you a little weak for the time, poor Mummy, it is bad luck. Now to tell you about Thursday. Some of the men hunted and the rest of us drove to the Meet in the wagonette and May and Miss Meyrick in the dog cart. It was a very large meet, as all the ball parties were out! It was very jolly and we had great fun. We saw a lot and got back for late luncheon. In the afternoon we played about and then Mary, Miss Vandeleur and I did the flowers and arranged the setting out places, etc. The hunting people came in at tea, and we had great fun! Miss Vaughn and her brother, (a nice little man in the Guards) Mr. & Mrs. Whitley, Miss Whitmore (such a nice girl) and Mr. Morris, a man who lives in Shropshire. He said he had heard I was going to be here from Mrs. Noel Hill and Lord Berwick ( ) After tea we went to the Billiard room and played bridge. We had little tables at dinner and had great jokes. As we were such a large party in the house, my programme was nearly full before any one came. We arranged two house party lancers, they were the greatest fun! Würm played devinely! It was so lovely to feel there was no chance of being taken away. My nicest partners of the evening were Mr. Cecil Corbet (met him at Palehull) Mr. Monckton Arundell, Mr. More (not that I particularly cared for him but beautiful dancer, best in the room), and of course Alasdair MacGregor came in somewhere! We danced till nearly 4.30 and then had a second supper. Mr. Corbet and I went in together. Some of our party were at the same table and we had great fun. Wasn't in bed till after 5.30. We had heaps of extras, then we all clapped Würm (generally called the early worm, I don't quite know why) and he played again. I could have hugged him, oh dear it was fun! We all got down about luncheon time yesterday, the men were shooting and we were to have joined them, only it poured with rain. We went for a wet walk in the afternoon. After tea they all played "bridge" except Miss Whitmore, May, Mr. More and I. We had a grand concert in the ball room. Miss Whitmore plays beautifully, and sings well too, she learnt from Miss Layton. She did accompany so well, it was so lovely singing in an empty room. May sang too. Mr. More is intensely musical, he did audience, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. After dinner we danced in the ball room and then played blind man's buff, drop the hankerchief, "follow the man from Cooks" and other mad games! How we laughed, we could hardly get upstairs to bed, we were so weak. It's splendid having such a perfect floor, we dance all hours of the day. We had great fun dancing on Wednesday night. Today most of the party go except the Vandeleurs. I have just heard from Daddy that you had a good night. I am so glad Mother darling. I do hope you are having a better day. How I wish you were not ill. I think of you so much."

Letter from P. G. Stone, Camerton, Sandown, I.W., to John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/2097G  3 February 1902

"With many thanks I return your notes which have been of much use. I have confined myself to extracting names relating only to the manors. I must leave the family history to Oswald Barron. The Court rolls of the manor of Edington I should like to see and the records re the I.W. elections at Yarmouth, Newtown and Newport. There's an Edington in Wilts."

Letter from Edith Ogle, 25 Eaton Place, London, S.W., to her sister, Florence Oglander  OG/CC/2097H  18 February 1902

"Please thank Jack for his post card. I hope by this time you are all right again, but I think it is impossible to get well in this bitter weather. Every morning here begins with a fog, and though I must say it turns to sunshine later, it is frightfully cold. We have dined out twice since we came up, but I don't mean to do any plays till it is warmer. B[ertram] has been in bed most of the last two days with a chill, but I believe he means to go to his beloved Royal Inst. this afternoon in a growler. Would you like Joan to come up to us for a while? We had promised our spare room to one of our Italian girls, but I hear she can't come till later, so if Joan likes to come, we shall be very glad to have her, and if she comes about the middle of next week, she might keep me company while B. goes home for meetings. Are there any lessons she wants to have? I could chaperone her to them and if she doesn't want to go to Plays every night and to concerts every afternoon, we don't mind how long she stays - If we dined out or anything, I suppose she might be trusted to stay at home and not tumble into the fire?! There are some splendid Picture Shows going on, but I have felt too feeble to do much in that way yet. We did go to the Fine Arts, and B. bought a very pretty sketch from the Balbionello Gardens. I am glad the Powletts like their daughter's engagement. I thought mixed marriages were not allowed by the R.C.'s. I am sorry the man is not one, they had much better marry in their own set, for of course the children will be brought up so. Do you see the G[erman] Emperor won't have Christian Scientists at Court? He is a capital man. I wish we could do the same. Let me know how you are, and about Joan. If it is convenient to send her sooner than I said, it is the same here. I am glad she can come in July. Must go to that horrid Co-Op!" If you have any snowdrops or daffodills out then oh! remember me!"

Letter from Sir Walter Hunt Grubbe, Sandlands, Seaview, to John H.G. Oglander  OG/CC/2098  2 March 1902

"I gave Mr. Wilkinson the outlines of what we thought his proposals should be and he has written to Mr. Fardell making what is certainly a very satisfactory offer from our point of view. Unfortunately he cannot avoid bringing arguments into the matters asserting that he has either made or always has been prepared to make a similar one and there is a great deal of unnecessary talk about Bishop's approval. What he says as to the impossible suggestions or conditions made to him by Mr. Glynn, is perfectly true. I myself told your brother that no gentleman could, with any self respect, listen to them. No doubt these conditions exasperated the clerical [man] and made him write his intemperate letters. A layman would have used other arguments. Please desire Mr. Fardell to hasten matters on. We shall for ever bless you. I hope Mrs. Oglander was not very tired after her pleasant luncheon on Friday."

Letter from Alice Heber Percy, Gloster Hotel, Cowes to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2098A  3 March 1902

"Many thanks for your enquiries about my boy. He was not so well on Saturday night and we called in Dr. Hoffmeister who put him back on hot fomentations, and he was in bed all Sunday. The Colonel accompanied Major Gray, the Army Doctor, came over to see him yesterday afternoon. Major Gray has had him out of bed and on to the sofa in the sitting room today, and the boy is better again. We have just seen in the list of casualties that my nephew Alex Hood has been killed in the fight at Kerekedorp. He has been home on leave, and volunteered for S. Africa on his way out to India (he was in Central India Horse). He was on his way to Durban to return to India when Lord Kitchener stopped him and gave him a squadron in the 5th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry, having applied for an extension of his leave. How strange these chances are. Josceline is very unhappy about the Northumberland Fuseliers. One poor young fellow he knows is missing. There must have [been] very severe fighting. My very kindest rememberances to all at Nunwell in which Josceline joins"

Letter from W.A. Glynn, to his brother, John H.G. Oglander  OG/CC/2099  [4 March 1902]

(In pencil folded with OG/CC/2098)
"I have just been to see Fardell in regard to a letter he had from Wilkinson, who says he wrote in consequence of Hunt Grubbe's interview with you. Fardell asked me to leave your and the Bishop's letters with him, as also the other correspondence, that he may draft an agreement. You wont mind, I am sure. I don't suppose Fardell will finish with them till next week as he said he is very much engaged just this week. He and I perfectly agree - he points out that as our position has been threatened by legal proceedings and title or right disputed, it is a very different matter to last autumn and we must be very careful what we do in an agreement. He said Hunt Grubbe attacked him furiously this morning and said the arrears of ground rent should not be paid. I told Fardell that I would not entertain any proposal without it. It is simply dishonest. Their object appears to get St. Peters attached to St. Helens. You shall see the draft, when Fardell has drawn it. Don't trust the Admiral [Hunt Grubbe]. Here till Thursday afternoon."
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Letter from Dr. Evelyn Rich, Bath & County Club, Bath, to John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2099A  4 March 1902

"Often have I thought of you all, but I have been very slack since I came here and my right arm has been almost numb, the result of the bathes and water but I am told it is all right so I take with joy every ache that arrives but walking 8 or 9 miles a day up and down these hills is rather wearisome with rigid muscles, but I am much better in my head which is a mercy. Thank you so much for your kind letter, the kind reception our dear boy had at the Ball was a source of great pleasure to us and to him, and he went away in great spirits. Since then he has written from Las Palmas and is enjoying himself immensely never having travelled so much or been ill, and has lots of friends. Your dear relation Brooke Leeds and his wife dine with me tomorrow on their way through Bath. I only wish I had the honour of entertain[ing] Mrs. Oglander and Joany. It would really do me more good than all these hot drinks. I am fed up to the back teeth - it is indeed quite wonderful what an effect it has upon one. I have quite altered my colour and have wasted to some purpose - they had no mercy and they turn a hose of scalding water on me and 2 French men seize my poor body and simply mangle me and roll me up in a blanket and all I can do is to go to sleep. I hope Mrs. Oglander has been able to enjoy this lovely weather. I know nothing of what is going on but I shall never forget your kindness in getting me put on the Consulting Staff of the Hospital. It was really a great and pleasant surprise to me, for I never expected it. Am getting stiff. Please give my kindest regards to Mrs. Oglander and the Miss. I hope soon to see the Island and my dear kind friends by and bye"

Letter from Joan Oglander, 25 Eaton Place, London, to her father, John H. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2099B  6 March 1902

"I suppose like Aunt Edith, you might not quite appreciate it if I wished you millions and billions of happy returns of your birthday, but I really do wish you heaps, dearest daddy! I wonder how you and Mummy are getting on, you are not missing much by not being in town this morning for it's horribly foggy. I dined with the Gilberts last night. Mr. G. is hunting in Gloucestershire and I found Mrs. G. lying on the drawingroom sofa in a pale blue silk sort of tea gown and gold slippers! Poor thing, she had a shocking cold and looked ill. She was very nice to me. M[uriel] and P[atience] and I had dinner alone and had great fun. Aunt E's sent their man servant to fetch me. Patience wanted me to drive with her this afternoon (Muriel is going away for 2 nights) but unfortunately I cannot as I have to go to a tea fight with Aunt Edith. I am off to my singing lesson this morning in great trepidation. Tomorrow morning go to Princes with Nesta LLd. which will be great fun! Don't forget to send me some violets, dear Fardie. When at the Gilberts last night we sang a charming little song called "The Honeysuckle and the Bee". I am going to get it and will sing it to you when I come home!!!!! don't laugh. With tons of love to you and Mummy from your own J.
P.S. I am going to send back a liberary [sic] book. I have plenty of time for reading (and no books in the house) so should be glad if you change it for me, a novel please. They have a long list of mine at the book stall. I like "Words by an E.W." immensely. Do be kind to my sweet private Bill and don't let him be too much in the housekeepers room please."

Letter from Joan Oglander, 25 Eaton Place, London, to her mother, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2099C  7 March 1902

"Very many thanks for your letter, but when I go to dinner party (go to so many!) I am not so despicably secretive about it! You didn't even say you went!! Was it very dull, who was there, any Rydites, were you very tired? My own sweet Mother, you don't know how I long for a hug. I felt dreadfully home sick the first night. That was indeed a nice letter which you forwarded, but isn't it horrid Mother, he was in bed all Sunday, managed (evidently with an effort) to get to his sofa on Monday and ditto on Tuesday. He hoped to be allowed out again on Wednesday. It does seem a dreadfully long thing, doesn't it, poor thing, he says pathetically "I am not at all accustomed to this sort of thing and can't say I like it, but one must take things as they come" I do wish he could get well, at the end of his letter he says "the doctor gives hopes of my being moved to Bournemouth on Monday". Col. Sturges went to see him one day and said nothing further has been heard about Antigua, so I hope perhaps they will not go till after Easter. My singing lesson was a great success. I like Miss Layton so much. She was so nice and kind and encouraging. She first tried my voice and spent the rest of the lesson in teaching me to breath!! She will not let me sing a note till I breath properly. I tell Aunt E. if she hears an awful explosion she will know it's me trying to breath! I am to have another lesson tomorrow. Aunt Edith and I went to Madame Osborn's in the afternoon. She quite saw how trying it is to have the dress covered so soon, but she said that it's not so bad as some dresses which she has back, which have been torn to pieces at the first dance! We told her I must have something that would not tear quickly and which would wear well, so we decided on crepe de chene which will be £5. The only other alternative was net which would have perhaps looked prettier at first, but it would have torn quite as easily as the original stuff. It would have been £4½, but I did not see the use of having it if it would not wear do you? After Madame Osborn, went to big tea fight at Mrs. Bonsoe's, gave her your message, she was most kind and said she should so much like to see you again. "I really mean it" she said, so you must go and see her when you are in town next. After that Lady Bathurst. Aunt E. and I went to evening service at St. Peters. They sang the "Story of the Cross" thankfully. This morning I went to skate at Princes, enjoyed it immensely, am really getting on, tryed to go backwards, but only succeeded in falling on my nose!! We had to walk all the way to S. Kensington Station before we found a growler to take me home, it really was trying! Lady Valentia lunches on Monday and Aunt E. says if she finds that she lets her girls go in a hansom in the daytime, will you allow me to? You know Lady V. is very particular! Aunt E. and I did quantities of calls on Wednesday. Mrs. Strickland, Lady Hornby, Lady Rosmead, Lady Kay Shuttleworth, Lady Brassey, Cousin Alti and one or two others but they were all out. I was very sorry to miss Lady Hornby. Saw Lady Rosmead at Mrs. Bonsors. She is pecu:..! asked after you. Lady Edith Adean (don't know how to spell it!!) tead here on Wednesday and also asked after you. We go to Alysses on Monday night. This evening going to St. Peters at 8 to hear Bach's Passion Music, which will I expect be beautiful. Not going to concert tomorrow as there's nothing very interesting. Drove with Lady Bathurst and Lady Evelyn Lister this afternoon enjoyed that very much, like Lady E. We went to see Miss King who sent you her love. Poor Frank H. how badly he must have wanted my shoe laces ! Must go and see Lady H[ornby] soon. Your hat sounds pretty but Aunt E. and I are going to look about before getting one."

Letter from Edith Ogle, enclosed with above, to Florence Oglander  OG/CC/2099D  [7 March 1902]

"Joan is much excited about 4 wheeler, and is delighted because Violet Montgomery said she could go in hansom, but Violet is I think 30 so she is no judge. Evelyn Bathurst and Evie Lytton both said she was "too young and too pretty" for a hansom so you must settle it your own way please, and let me know. Of course if they had made the man whistle this morning for a 4 wheeler they could have got one at once. How did you get through your dinner?"

Letter from Joan Oglander, 25 Eaton Place, London, to her father, John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2099E  11 March 1902

"I wrote you such a horrid scappy [sic] little note yesterday, but I thought you ought to hear at once that I got the cheque alright, and I wrote in a tearing hurry just before going to the play. It was splendid, Beerbohn Tree was Ulysees and all the cast was excellent, there wasn't one weak point in the whole play. I was rather afraid it was going to be too tall for me, but it wasn't a bit. The scenery was marvellous, of course as you know Ulysees has to go through Hades before he gets back to Ithica, it's too ghastly for words! I teased Aunt E[dith] for she kept on putting her programme before her face, but peeped over the top all the time!! The music is very good by Coleridge Taylor (wrote "Hiawatha"). Aunt Edith and Uncle B[ertram] are going to the "Country Girl" (same sort of thing as the "Geisha" and "Mickado") but I said I wasn't sure if you could stand me another play. I don't want to have to take peppermints to my poor Daddy at the Workhouse!! Now Daddy, you've got to [be] really very sympathetic. I had a very disconsolate letter [from] the poor "b" [Josceline Percy] at Cowes this morning. He was much worse again on Sunday, and when he wrote (Monday) was in bed, there seems no chance of moving him till next week. He said that two doctors were coming to have a consultation over him, which "at any rate would make a diversion". Poor thing, he said they only allowed him one pipe now! I do feel anxious about him, Father, and so wonder what the doctors said. I daresay he will let me know when he can move. Isn't it hateful to think of him laid up all these weeks in that horrid hotel, poor Mr. & Mrs. Percy, they must so long to get him away and just as they think they are going to move him he always seems to get worse again. He says that they are not going to Antigua for a month or two, which is one blessing, as he never could have gone with them in his present state. This afternoon Aunt Edith and Uncle B. took me to a lecture on the way insects imitate plants. It was an interesting subject but a bit tall for the likes of me! I think one lecture on the subject will be enough for me! but I have not said all this to them! We then went on to a private view of some pictures at the Grafton Gallery, which interested me much more! Mrs. Maud was there, she has just had a very good full length portrait painted for 18 guineas by a Miss Griffiths. It was a sort of tea party as well. There were several people we knew. This morning had a jolly time at Princes, but did not have a lesson as I thought it was so ruinous! Lady Valentia and Helen lunched here yesterday, the latter is a dear. she also goes to Princes, but unfortunately is going tomorrow morning when I have a singing lesson. We are to dine with the Stricks [Stricklands] on Monday. I wonder what you and Mummy have been doing, played any ping pong? I had a very nice letter from Mddle. Piachaud yesterday, she send "messages and affections" to Mother!! and says I am to tell you that she is so sorry not to have called on Miss Dastnell yet, but her cousins have been away from Vevey all the winter, but she will call on her when she next stays there. Dear love to Mother and tell her she is to sympathize with the "b". I long to be at home sometimes and give you a big hug in bed Daddy mine
P.S. Many thanks for "Catherine of Callais". So sorry about poor Dick Begby, poor Coz. Laura, tell her how sorry I am. Who is coming to us for Easter?"

Letter from Joan Oglander, 25 Eaton Place, London, to her mother, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2099F  14 March 1902

"You will be glad to hear that the dance was a huge success! I danced almost everything, I think there were only 2 which I did not dance. It was a very good dance. Wurms band, lovely floor and the room was beautifully decorated with smilas arum lillies and other white flowers. The only draw back was that there was a horrible draught for the wretched chaperones! for the french window was wide open on to the balcony and of course all the doors wide open. It was delicious for dancing, it was jolliest at the beginning and end, the middle was such a squash! I danced with Gril Liddell who was great fun and Mr. Carew and Mr. Ponsonby who is very nice, Mr. Durham and Mr. Johns [?], both met when staying with the Gilberts, and one or two others who I was introduced to, so I did well. Aunt E. and I are amused at your having thought of us between 11 and 1, it would have been more to the point between 11 and 4 My dress really did look very pretty I think. I wore my "la France" roses and two to match in my hair. Lady Falkland and K were there, the latter looked very nice. I think poor Aunt E. got a little tired at the end, but I think she rather enjoyed it for she saw one or two people she knew, and I introduced her to Mr. Gilbert who took her to have coffee. I thoroughly enjoyed it! as you may imagine, though of course I don't think a London dance could ever be quite such [fun] as a country ball! but it was lovely fun. This morning had singing lesson, got a new song called "L'Abstinence" by Chaminale, so pretty. Went to see M. & K. Carey this afternoon, both very nice, like Kate much more now since she has been out. M[uriel] and P[atience] Gilbert came here after tea and we had great fun talking over the dance! Went to see Lady Hutt on Wednesday and had tea with Lady Helen. Alice Dalrymple was there too. This morning after my singing lesson, Aunt E. and I went to Church, Mr. Stores is giving a course of lectures on the "Communion Service". We liked it immensely this morning. Thank Daddy for his nice note, but I think some remarks are unnecessarily scathing! I am so relieved to hear better news of poor F.P[ercy], but I'm afraid he is still in bed. With heaps of [love] dearest Mummy. I would like to write lots more, only the post is going! Will write again soon.
P.S. Aunt E. says she has explained about the hat. I refused to take any responsibility, but its so pretty, and will do for best all the summer"

Letter from Joan Oglander, 25 Eaton Place, London, to John Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2099G  13 March 1902

"Thank you so much for writing to me when you were so beat after that.......... County Council! Oh Daddy, how horrible to get two telegrams about surgeons, it sounded as if he was going to be really bad, I'm glad I wasn't at home! I had a sort of nasty feeling when the "b" mentioned a consultation, that they might be going to have an operation or something, but it was evidently quite slight. Poor "b" you say I needn't sympathize too much, but I sympathize more than ever. I always did think him very nice looking!! (though evidently Aunt E. doesn't think so, I shall have to be careful not to kick another time ) but I don't like his having no shine on!! What surgeon did you recommend to Mr. Percy? What a pity Mr. Rich wasn't at home! I should think a sea voyage would be the very best thing for him, when do you think they will get him away? I suppose not till next week. Did Mrs. Percy seem depressed about him? It must have hurt him to have that done without ether, just like him to say he wanted to see what they were doing!! Does Major Grey not attend him now? How tired they must all be of Cowes, but I expect it's lovely there today, for there is blue sky even in London, but I suppose they won't allow him out yet. I don't see how he is to get well as long as the poisoning is still in his knee, can't they get it out? Thank you so much for the violets you sent me, dearest father. I did so like them, all the more because you picked them! Isn't that nice, but its true all the same You sent me such a lovely Marshal Niel rose in the first box. It's very good of you to let me go to the play again, I should certainly have waited till I could go with you, but I know you don't appreciate that kind of treat! It would be very nice to have another skating lesson, it helps one on so. Had a letter from Alesdair MacGregor today, saying he was so sorry not to go to the D.G's dance, but is still in Scotland. He hopes to come to the Island in April. Captain Granville can't go either, so I'm afraid I shan't know many men, which can't be helped. Poor Patience G[ilbert] only knew two men at her first London dance, so they came away very early! I don't know if Aunt E. told you but she does not think it necessary to have a carriage, neither do I! It's so warm here today, how lovely it must be at home. My dear love to Mummy and tell her I will write tomorrow to her. With heaps of love my Daddy, and do let me know when you hear from Mr. Percy, for I am so wondering how he is"

Letter from Joan Oglander, [25 Eaton Place, London], to her mother, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2099H  [21 March 1902]

"I am sorry about the hockey, but I was very much afraid you might not appreciate the thought of a noseless daughter! Thank you very much for wiring, Aunt E. and I spent several hours choosing cloaks yesterday. I didn't not know [sic] if you wanted one to wear right on into the summer, we think now that you are thinner one of those long coats would suit you. I am sorry my poor M. has a cold, I couldn't think why I had not heard from her. I meant to have told you, Daisy G. sent her love to you, and says she would be most happy to lend you the villa if you could only go. I suppose Mr. Rich would have to go in a dress basket Have you heard any more about him? Yesterday shopped all the morning then Evie Randolph came to know if I would go with her to a concert as 2 tickets had been given her, so we rushed off and enjoyed it, not classical but very nice. Directly after tea we went to church, so we had a busy day. We have evensong every day at 5.30, then an address. Miss L. is going to try to give me an hours singing lesson tomorrow which will be lovely. No time for more.
P.S. Have not heard of any alteration from the Stricks. [Stricklands]. I don't see how they can go much earlier, we shall get home about 3 shan't we. Am I to stop at Ryde?"

Letter from Joan Oglander, 25 Eaton Place, London, to her Mother, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2099I  22 March 1902

"As it's so impossible to get time for writing in the day, I have got up early, isn't that noble! Thank you so much for your letter, I gave the note to Nesta and she was so very sorry she could not come, I wish she could have, it would have been so nice. I am very glad you did write to Mrs. Palmer. I think the dress looks so pretty. I will get the mittens and have written to Sarah Cockrane about the braid. We shall get the silk this morning, I think, and will then send the whole garment back to you. I went to my singing lesson this morning. Miss Layton couldn't believe I am only seventeen (by my voice), wasn't that nice! I am only so afraid she will be disappointed in me. She kept on saying she wasn't flattering me but really meant all she said. I hope she does! I like her more every time I see her. She knows Alice Somerset very well, she and her sister used to go down and stay at Tehiddy
This afternoon I am going to a glorious concert with D. Garwood, Newman's orchestra, all Wagner and Alice Nielson and Clara Butt are to sing, mostly Italian I think. I am so looking forward to it. Went to church yesterday morning after my singing lesson, and in the afternoon went to see Cousin Charlotte and Kitty, who asked very much after you and had heard you had dined out! Had tea with Norah. Aunt E. wants to know where you got my wash leather habbit shirt, as she very much wants to get one. Please give Daddy heaps of love and thank him very much for the flowers, tell him I wore the primroses yesterday morning, the roses in the afternoon and shall wear the violets today! I do love having them. The daffies have just come for Aunt E. She was so pleased with them, it makes me feel quite home sick to see them! I must stop now, as I so much want you to get this letter this evening. Am going to have a last skate at Princes this morning. With quantities of love, dearest Mummy from your own Joanie.
P.S. Please thank Armie very much for her letter, she wrote me such a nice one, and said she missed me. It would be nice if I could see Mary on the Monday. Poor Mrs. F. has come to town just for a little change and is laid up with a cold! isn't it bad luck
P.P.S. [on envelope] Aunt E. will do your commissions at Harveys. Will see about cloaks"

Letter from Joan Oglander, 25 Eaton Place, London, to her Mother, Florence Oglander  OG/CC/2099J  28 March 1902

"Thank you so very much for your dear letter and the enclosure I am glad he is better, it really does look as if he was going to get well now, doesn't it. Mrs. Percy writes so happily and is evidently in very good spirits. I wonder what the newspaper cutting was, which you sent Mr. Percy. I laughed very much over the bike which had gone lame in the pedal! What a splendid plan about your fetching me, Mummy dear. I shall get you to myself for at least a little bit What a lot of thinking [?] it must have taken. I am very glad to go to N. Du Boullay, it will be a great help. Today Margaret Randolph took me to the Three Hours Service at St. Paul's Cathedral to hear the Bishop of London. It was too beautiful for words. I never shall forget it. Aunt Edith got rather nervous about my going at the last moment, and made poor Margaret promise not to stay to the end. (We had wine and biscuits of course before going). It was hard work to both of us to come away, for it just seemed like five minutes. We were marvellously lucky in getting places and did not have to stand at all. We both agreed that we were not nearly so tired as after a morning's shopping! However, we thought we ought to come. When I told Aunt E. heard how beautiful it had been [sic] I think she was sorry she had made the stipulation, but she had done it with the best over anxious intentions! I must stop now as we are going to evening service.
P.S. I think they are quite sorry I am going. Uncle B. came out with us yesterday because it was my last day."

Letter from Alice Heber Percy, The Gloster Hotel, Cowes, to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2099K  2 April 1902

"I am sorry to say that we had to send for Dr. Bowlby from London, the leading specialist on glands. He performed an operation on the leg at 3 p.m. yesterday. He laid open the big gland and cut out what was diseased of smaller ones. Josceline bore it well, and is now clear of pain, reading a book in bed, and grumbles that they allow him so little food. We have secured a grand surgical nurse I think; and please God I trust we have turned the corner to recovery. Dr. Bowlby told us that we have to wait 10 days or a fortnight before we can be sure that the poison is gone. But we need have no fear for the limb, nor that the boy will not be as active and as good a man for service as ever he was. Josceline sends you his very best remembrances. Thank you very much for asking us over to Nunwell, but it is quite out of our power at present. Dr. Bowlby prescribes 10 days or perhaps longer in bed for Josceline, complete rest is our best chance. The King makes Cowes Roads quite gay with crafts. May we keep the 'Punches' [magazines] you sent for a while. We have had a very anxious four or five days. With our very best and kindest remembranc to you all"

Letter from Oswald Barron, Editor of The Ancestor quarterly review, 2 Whitehall Buildings, Westminster, London, S.W., to John H. Oglander  OG/CC/2099L  2 April 1902

"I well remember meeting you in London a year or two since and I am glad to find that the "Ancestor" has reached you. We are quite at cross purposes it seems, in the matter of the Oglander pedigree. Did you not have my acknowledgement of the batch of notes from your Charters, which came to me after Mr. Percy Stone had read them? It is because I have examined these interesting and valuable notes that I am justified in repudiating Mr. Fosters statement about the arms of Oglander. Heaven forbid, for my own reputation's sake that I should caste any doubt on the antiquity of the Oglanders, whose pedigree is of the most genuine and approved. The case of the arms is simply this. Foster's book purports to be a list of 13th and 14th century arms from contemporary sources. Oglanders new coat with the stork and 3 crosslets is an arrangement which would strike anyone really familiar with early heraldry as an extremely improbable blazon for the 15th century and I was bound to say that no proof of such a coat existed. In like manner, Mr. Foster brings up the old legend of the arms of England having been (temp. 1189) two lions or leopards only. I scouted the re-appearance of this fable, but in doing so you will not complain that I threw any doubt of the antiquity of the House of Anjou or upon the genuiness of the historic coat of England. I was well aware of the good authority of the plain coat of the stork, but I could not pass a statement which assigned the somewhat clumsy addition of the crosslets to the reign of Henry III. I hope to hear that you accept my explanation. I do not see for my part, any suggestion in my article that the Oglanders "bore no arms".
P.S. I am going to ask your permission at some future date to have a cast taken of your early seal, for preservation among the collection which I hope, the Deputy Keeper intends to set up at the Public Record Office. I was thinking of adding a note on the Oglander Arms in the next number of the Ancestor."

Letter from Dr. Evelyn Rich, Beenham Lodge, Cookham, to John H. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2099M  3 April 1902

"Thank you so much for your kind letter which I have delayed answering because I have been expecting every day to hear when they want me to go to them for some business I have in Ryde and I have not yet heard. However, your kind invitation for the latter part of the month will fit in admirably and a few days with you will do me more good than anything else and fortify me for drinking rotten eggs in solution as I am ordered to Harrogate because although a great deal better, Bath was not strong enough for me and I am still full of poison. I am sorry to say although my wife, would have liked to accompany me she will be unable to do so because her brother has just returned from India and he and his 2 children are stay here until they can find a house. I am so glad to hear from Mrs. Davies that Mrs. Oglander is looking so well - it will be so delightful meeting you all again. We have the brightest letters from Ernest. He is having a charming time of it and we only hope it will continue. Poor Mrs. Bute, I really did very little for her and it was a pleasure to me to have such a pleasant companion. I will write in a few days if I may and fix a date and if you have other visitors going to you a wire will at once settle my plans. Please thank Mrs. Oglander for her letter. My correspondence is very heavy otherwise I would write to her"

Letter from Algernon Heber Percy, Royal Yacht Squadron Castle, Cowes, I.W., to John H. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2099N  4 April 1902

"So many thanks for your very kind letter. It is a great disappointment - However, I must be grateful that he seems to be progressing now very favourably - temperature and pulse both yesterday and today normal, though the temperature rises a little at night, but this the Doctor says, is only to be expected. Please remember me most kindly to Mrs and Miss Oglander."

Letter from Dr. Evelyn Rich, Beenham Lodge, Cookham Dean, to John H. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2099O  8 April 1902

"I shall be delighted to go to you for 2 or 3 nights if you will have me from Tuesday or Wednesday (16th) but it must in no way interfere with your visit to town. I can then do my Ryde business after you have gone but I should not be long away this time because Eunice will be home for her holiday, and I want to see her before going to Harrogate and I may also get a sight of you all again in town. I am sorry my wife cannot accompany me because she would have enjoyed it so much, but her brother and his children are staying here and she cannot very well leave them. I cannot tell you how glad I shall be to see Mrs. Oglander and you again, my pen quite fails me when I think of it"

Letter from Raglan Somerset, 2 Morpeth Terrace, Victoria Street, London, to his cousin, Florence Oglander, [Nunwell, Brading, I.W.]  OG/CC/2099P  15 April 1902

Administrative history:
Raglan George Henry Somerset, born 17 December 1831, gentleman usher to Queen Victoria, 3rd son of Lord Granville Charles Henry Somerset, 2nd son of 6th Duke of Beaufort. His younger sister, Constance, died 1 September 1895 having married Roland Smith of Duffield Hall, Derbyshire. Her three children were Granville (born 1860), Eugenia, born 1858, Florence Oglander's great friend, who married Rev. Algernon Dudley Ryder, and Constance Emily, born 1874, married Brigadier General Harry Biddulph.
Charlotte and Kitty were more unmarried Somerset cousins, who lived in Chesterfield Terrace, London, the house of their father, Fitzroy Somerset, created Baron Raglan, one of the heroes of the Battle of Waterloo.
Lady Mary Farquhar was Raglan's aunt, the youngest daughter of 6th Duke of Beaufort

"Thank you, my dear Florence, for your letter. I did not remember that I had left 2 books behind me! though I should have missed them in time - but I have been always busy since my return! I am so glad that Jack will have an opportunity of reading the Letters from South Africa, and I think he will be interested in them - but don't think of sending them - bring them up when you come. I enclose you a photograph of dear Constance. To me it is so speaking a likeness, as to be quite painful! Just her bright countenance. I am so glad you appreciated her. In a different sphere her capabilities would have developed more. She was a very clever person and had a fine character - with an affectionate heart. I do not think any of her children are really up to her level, though Connie reminds me of her at moments, and Eugenia too, in spite of her changed appearance! and tiresome marriage, but they are not as charming and able as my sister was. Please thank Joan very much for her letter. I am so glad she was pleased with the valses. I sat with Charlotte and Kitty yesterday. They were wonderfully well, and Charlotte, in spite of her rheumatism, was in excellent spirits. Today I have collapsed with a dreadful cold, which I have been trying to stave off since Saturday, and I stay at home, sorry for myself, but thankful to be alone - as talking tires my throat so. I sat with Lady Mary on Sunday. She was very well and so glad to hear all about you and she is looking forward to seeing you. I expect you will all find Bailey's Hotel a long way off from every where"
Enclosed, photograph of Constance Somerset

Letter from Percy G. Stone, Sandown, Isle of Wight to John H. Oglander  OG/CC/2099Q  17 April 1902

"How will enclosed scheme do for the addition to bedroom. I found working it over wall as originally intended, I could only get a sort of cupboard about 6 feet square - shown by dotted line. By putting a bow I can get an extra three feet and a quainter feature. It can be done in wood and rough caste and could be bracketted out from below. We might use the bedroom window for billiard room, making thedining room window match it for a pair and so save a little."
(Diagram enclosed - showing addition to present bedroom on first floor to right of front door)

Letter from Percy G. Stone, Sandown, I.W., to John H. Oglander, Nunwell  OG/CC/2099R  19 April 1902

"As the bow would have to be in wood - to carry it in brickwork would I fear be an awkward and costly job - I thought rough cast would be preferable to half timber work, i.e. broader and less fussy. I enclose sketch - final I hope - for the end of the billiard room, by which you may see the coping is 13 feet from terrace level. I have shown the bedroom and dining room windows reused. Kindly let me know if this will do and if so I will see that the drawings are put in hand, when I go to Town on Monday. You do not say how interior is to be dealt with, deal or oak fittings. Am I to design book case for recess as well as a chimney piece?
P.S. My idea was for deal painted white."

Letter from Alice Heber Percy, The Gloster Hotel, Cowes, I.W., to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, (re-addressed to 94 Elm Park Gardens, London, S.W.)  OG/CC/2099S  24 April 1902

"I must write and tell you that we got Josceline in a row boat yesterday afternoon and did a drift to Egypt Point. He enjoyed it very much, and was really less tired than I expected. My husband, and I drove over to Parkhurst yesterday morning and witnessed the 5th Batt: troop their colours, such a pretty sight, drums, baton and men adorned with red and white roses. Sir E. Wood inspected them, and the "Early Christians" looked their best. Joscie made his nurse early in the morning send to the barber to have his hair cut, and decorated himself, and his bed with badges of red and white roses. We had a 5 o'clock tea party of "Early Christians" bringing Joscie all details of the "Tamarsha", then Joscie's soldier servant came to pay him a visit and to enquire how he was getting on. And then Algy arrived by the Y.P.M. boat for one night to see his brother so we had quite a gala day. My husband has hopes to move Joscie home next week - I cannot think it is wise. The Batt: sail from Southampton on Wednesday next in the R.M.S. "Atrato". Messrs. Cruddas, Waller, Leslie and Hart are left behind to do a course of musketry and signalling. It is quite summer weather here, but I hear from Shropshire that it continues to be quite cold. I hope that you are all having a very cheerful time in London."
Note: Mr. & Mrs. Oglander and Joan left Nunwell on Monday 21 April and went to London to stay with the Stricklands at 94 Elm Park Gardens. On 28th April they moved into Buckingham Palace Hotel. They returned to Nunwell on 14 May

Letter from William A. Glynn, Seagrove, Sea View, I.W., to his brother, John H. G. Oglander, [c/o Strickland, 94 Elm Park Gardens, London, S.W.]  OG/CC/2100  25 April 1902

"Yesterday I received a letter from the Charity Commissioners [as follows]
"The attention of the Commissioners has been drawn to the fact that the above mentioned Chapel has by your orders been closed for the performance of Divine Service for some months past. The Commissioners are informed that the Chapel was erected in or about the year 1859 out of monies subscribed for the purpose for use under licence as a Church or Chapel of Ease, in connection with the Church of England on a site demised by the late Mr. W.A. Glynn to the Rev. T.M. Cunningham, J.W. Cunningham and J.B. Lee for a term of 999 years from 24 June 1858, of which term you are believed to be now the assignee. Before further considering what action it may be their duty to take in the matter, the Commissioners request that you will be so good as to inform them at your earliest convenience whether you claim that the residue of the term of 999 years is vested in yourself as absolute benificial owner, or whether you admit that you hold the premises as trustee for the charitable use before referred to" Signed R. Durnford.
I dont wish to reply without talking it over with Fardell, but I suppose I can't see him for another week, as he has been laid up with 'flu' for the last 10 days. I have no idea what powers Charity Commissioners have. This is put in action by no one who gave any money to Cunningham to help him build - Gardner was the chief person. I suppose all are dead now. Wilkinson certainly did not give anything. I have several clergy wanting to come now for short or long times, but Wilkinson refused to let me take the services. The offer also holds good for a District, but I haven't the Bishop's concurrence to let me get before the Commissioners. I should like to get Councel's (good) opinion, as to the law. With Proprietory Chapels, i.e. can the Vicar refuse to allow anyone to perform service or must he show cause against him. There are so many chapels in the same position in the country. One suspects it may be the consent can only be withheld for a good reason against the person nominated. I have no money to spare or I would test the case myself. I thought we might from the [Fairy Hill Estate] funds take councels opinion on 2 or 3 points in the interests of Fairy Hill and the surrender of the lease to the estate. You must have access to legal information. Can't you learn anything while you are now in Town and read up Charity Commissioners powers? It is disgraceful that we are so prevented having service. Wilkinson gave notice last Sunday engaged by me that no further service would be held. It was not "by my order". He has steadily refused to enter into agreement with me to provide the services himself. We thought six weeks since he would sign and then he fell foul of Fardell again. I think in Fardell's letter I was described as 'owner'."

Letter from Percy G. Stone, Sandown, I.W., to John H. Oglander, Nunwell  OG/CC/2100A  28 April 1902

"I enclose sketch for oreal to bedroom. Ebner estimates the solid parquet floor to the design you selected at £66 10s. I enclose his estimate for you to see. I think a solid floor will be essential as the billiard table will take up so much of the room and must be on a solid base. Would you kindly send me the name of the Brading builder you wish to employ.
P.S. Kindly return drawing and estimate. I find I must use 2 iron girders as the span is too great for wood."

Letter from Dr. Evelyn Rich, Beenham Lodge, Cookham Dean, to Florence Oglander, Buckingham Palace Hotel, London  OG/CC/2100B  2 May 1902

"The pleasure of my day ended as I left your room - the general reports were very unsatisfactory and I was sent to an occulist whose report coincided and he ordered me glasses, and I thought then I had had enough, so to sooth myself I would go and have my hat ironed, thinking that if my interior was a discredit, I would try and adorn the exterior. My hatter greeted me warmly and I bucked up, and then I thought I would go further - have my hair cut, but alas pride had a fall and my barber [provided ?] the last straw by telling me my hair was all splitting and I should soon be bald, with [one saving claim] a 6/6 hair tincture which I need hardly tell you I did not buy. I then decided to outwit them all so I had a good lunch and a drink and came home. Since then I have seen an old boy who has given me good advice on the state of my soul and now I am going to bed, undecided which advice to take, whether to become religious or to use hair tincture and [live ?] - before morning I suppose I shall dream of my soul being tinted with the tincture and tomorrow must remain a blank. My wife is delighted to think of your husband and Joan coming down. It will be lovely seeing [them]. Wish you could come too but you will do it yet. I must get bigger horses and then you can drive half way and I will fetch you the rest. What would I do without all your kindness. I can never tell you all how much I appreciate it. Sir Richard was much pleased by your message and remembers you well and all about your [side ?] and how patient you were. Ours would be a different profession if everyone only half appreciated our problems as well as you do."

Letter from Percy G. Stone, 36 Nevern Square, London, S.W., to John H. Oglander, [Buckingham Palace Hotel, London]  OG/CC/2100C  30 April 1902

"Yours has been forwarded on to me. I have already sent you a drawing of bay to Elm Park Gardens. Perhaps you have it by now. It's much what you propose. I doubt if these brick tiles are procurable now. However I will try and Ampelopsis veildin will cling without nails. I wrote to ask you name of builder you wished to employ and I will see him, when I return to the Island next week. I sent you, too, Ebner's estimate for parquet floor. I think we could do it cheaper perhaps in 3" planks of oak (sketch) but of course there would be no design pattern. I leave Town tomorrow but shall be in the Island by Saturday I hope. When everything is settled to your satisfaction I will prepare specification for the builder."

Letter from Percy G. Stone, Sandown, I.W., to John H. Oglander, Buckingham Palace Hotel, [London]  OG/CC/2100D  3 May 1902

"I am obliged by the return of Ebner's estimate and drawings of oriel. I will see Symonds on my return to the Island and get an estimate from him. ¼" parquet I can hardly advise in a new house. It is so susceptible to moisture, but I am getting an estimate for same, as against a plain oak floor."

Letter from Percy G. Stone, Sandown, I.W., to John H. Oglander  OG/CC/2100E  5 May 1902

To get a comparison I have obtained estimates from Messrs. Turpin who quote
1. For a ¼ inch parquet floor laid over a deal floor provided by builder £47 0s. 0d.
2. For an oak floor laid in long lengths on joists provided by builder £53 0s. 0d.
I should say No. 1 including deal floor and joists under would amount to about £70 and that No. 2 including joists would be about £67, so that No. 2 would come to about the same money as Messrs. Ebners solid parquet - a sound good job - and of course not look so well. Kindly let me know which you decide on.
P.S. I can see what Symonds would lay an oak floor [for] or I could specify a deal floor on which the parquet could be laid afterwards."

Letter from Percy G. Stone, Sandown, I.W., to John H. Oglander, Esq., Nunwell, [London]  OG/CC/2100F  6 May 1902

"I fear if the bay was all glass as your sketch, it would be both very cold and the weather would beat in from the side walls of the house. To save time, I think we better let it go as it is and get the estimate in - altering it afterwards if desired. My sketch virtually covers everything. Drawings and specifications are ready to send to the builder, so, with your consent I will send them."

Letter from Percy G. Stone, Isle of Wight Country Club, Newport, I.W., to John H. Oglander, [London]  OG/CC/2100G  7 May 1902

"Your card to hand. I will go into the question of parquet with Symonds who is to see me tomorrow. I certainly believe the solid will be the most lasting and probabley cheapest in end."

Letter from Etta Orde Powlett, Lucerne, Switzerland to Florence Oglander, Buckingham Palace Hote, London  OG/CC/2100H  9 May 1902

"So glad to hear you are well and able to do a little and Joan enjoying herself. I am not yet able to leave my room, it has been a very sharp attack and the lungs do not heal; we have had snow and bitter cold for several days and the doctors will not risk change of temperature for me. The Annesleys come tomorrow. I am able to see one visitor now at a time but they must do the talking! Love from both. People are most kind."

Letter from Percy G. Stone, Sandown, I.W., to John H. Oglander, [London]  OG/CC/2100I  10 May 1902

"Thanks for your letter and return of specification. The door in oak instead of mahogany is a clerical error, as it is specified to be the same as other doors in the dining room. The p.c. sum of £20 is put down provisionally to cover cost of mantel piece to be deducted if not used. Marble jambs do not mean a marble mantel piece but only slips A.A. [around the hole - sketch included], enclosed by the wood mouldings and are absolutely necessary to disconnect the wood from the action of the fire. In wood they would be inadvisable. Now as to finishing the room by Cowes week. I sent to Brading and saw Mr. Simmonds and arranged with him to have the room "ready for dancing" by that time, but of course not finished completely. This would mean the walls up, perhaps plastered, the roof on, the staircase fixed and a deal floor laid which might do as the ultimate underfloor for parquet. I think it would be unadvisable to put down the oak floor on account of the walls being green, but if they were dry enough then we might lay it direct, but its a risk as oak is treacherous wood and the floor must be very carefully laid. I enclose Simmonds tender, which I think reasonable as my estimate at 6d. a foot cube works out at £300 and the large lead flat is a big item. The Dutch gable might be omitted as the coping of the wall is high enough to hide the skylight and I think a gable doing nothing is rather "false art".
P.S. If you accept estimate kindly sign same and return to me and I will see the work put in hand."

Letter from Percy G Stone, Dibden Rectory, Southampton, to John H. Oglander, [Nunwell]  OG/CC/2100J  16 May 1902

"I find the lobby A is 2ft. 5" below the level of W.C. which I have taken as the datum level of the new room [sketch]. If we go to this lower level we shall have to underpin wall [between billiard room and dining room], a costly and difficult job, which I could not take upon myself to do without consulting you. It can, of course, be done, but would add 3 steps at least to the steps from dining room to billiard room. At the present level of floor as settled it would run about 2 feet out of the ground at [garden end of billiard room] and necessitate a flight of 4 steps to the garden. I shall be in the Island tomorrow and come over to Nunwell in the morning, unless I hear to the contrary (write to Sandown).
P.S. The underpinning would be the simplest way out of the difficulty unless you give up the W.C. and entrance from the servants quarters. You see the lobby is only 6'8" high and if you take off the 2' 8" to get level with new room it would only leave 4 feet, so that we should have to break into the room above the lobby to get head room."
Note: The Oglanders returned from London on 14 May. On the following day Florence recorded in her diary "They are digging the foundations for the new building room [sic]

Letter from Percy G. Stone, Sandown, I.W., to John H. Oglander  OG/CC/2100K  20 May 1902

"I did not see you again to tell you that I think it best and least inconvenient to you to defer cutting the opening from dining room and altering the game larder till the last thing - say a fortnight before the work is completed.
P.S. About the meeting of the Archaeological Trust - July 22nd - 29th with two days 30 & 31 in Isle of Wight. Members of Hants. Field Club are eligible to join and take part in excursions on payment of a guinea, which also admits to the sectional meetings. They can also introduce friends."
Note: Mr. Oglander was president in 1902 of the Hants. Field Club and went over to Southampton on 23 July to chair the joint meeting with the British Archaeological Society. He returned to Nunwell on 25th July. (F. Oglander's Diary)

Letter from Joan Oglander, [c/o Lady Hornby], 6 Onslow Square, London, to her mother, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2100L  28 May 1902

"The dance was lovely. I enjoyed it immensely! It was broad daylight when I got home this morning, felt so dissipated! Will tell all tomorrow. I am coming by the 11.35 from Vic[toria], gets to Ryde 2.20. I suppose the dog cart will meet me then. My love to Carrie, so sorry I shan't see her. Have spent a nice morn[ing] with Lady Helen and Dick"
Note: On 20 May 1902 Mrs. Oglander's old friend, Carrie Lloyd went to stay at Nunwell, and on 27 May Joan went to stay with Lady Hornby in London, to attend a ball with Basil Brooke. Miss Lloyd left on 29 May and Joan returned from London on the same day.

Letter from Alice Heber Percy, Hodnet Hall, Hodnet, Shropshire to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2100M  29 May 1902

Administrative history:
Alice Heber Percy was the only child of Rev. F. V. Lockwood. She married in 1867 Algernon Heber-Percy of Hodnet Hall, Shropshire and Airmyn Hall, Yorks., a great nephew of the 5th Duke of Northumberland. Their 2nd son, Josceline Reginald (1880 - 1964) married in 1904 his cousin Katherine L. V. Percy, grandaughter of 6th Duke of Northumberland

"Many thanks for your very sympathetic letter. We are very anxious about the Mother. On Saturday my husband, Joscie and I go to Airmyn (in Yorkshire) then to Norfolk both are on business, and then to London and on to Bournemouth to see the Mother. My sister Katie writes word that the doctors expect the bone will begin to knit in a few days, I fear that entails pain. I find there is much to arrange before leaving home again after such a short sojourn here. Thank you so much for asking us all to Nunwell, we shall like to come very much, if all goes well. Joscie continues to improve but I like to have my eyes on him yet."

Letter from J. H. Rogerson, The Limes, Brading, I.W., to John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/2101  8 July 1902

"A movement is on foot having for its object the formation of a Rifle Club, for the parish of Brading and neighbourhood - such club to be affiliated with the N.R.A. and conducted under Government supervision (in a measure). The idea is being promoted much by Sergt. Mason, R.A., lately retired from Active Service and now resident in Brading. In him we have a useful trainer, who knows the work thoroughly after his 32 years service. He is ardently pursuing with the idea (sic) and already has names of over 30 joining members. Several I know are Messrs. Corbett, Riddick, Adler, senior and junior. My object in writing to you is to enlist yr. sympathy with this very worthy object and as Chairman of the Parish Council, I would suggest that a public meeting be called by yourself or if you so direct, I will see that the idea is carried out of calling the meeting, say for Thursday next at 7 o'clock in Town Hall, Brading. I know that is what the men would like - as they are already sufficiently made acquainted with the details. Kindly let me know what you think of it and if you could attend a meeting, say on Thursday at 7 o'clock to preside or if you would fix another day and call the meetings yourself. The question of cost, which comes to a very moderate sum indeed - 4 miniature rifles at 10/- each to begin with, is but a small matter, it seems to me. The cost of erecting a small shed and mantle etc. etc., need not be at all great.
Enclosed are Rules, Regulations etc.
P.S. There is a capital site in one of the chalk pits. It gives 50 yards range and out of any danger zone. There is not a better site in the whole Island."

Letter from John Bernard Seely, Brooke House, I.W., to John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/2102  19 July 1902

Administrative history:
Well known politician, "Jack" Seely. He was the 4th son of Sir Charles Seely, 4th Baronet of Brooke House, I.W., and was himself created Baron Mottistone of Mottistone in 1933. He moved to Mottistone Manor in 1927, a fifteenth century Manor house, whose back windows had been blocked for many years by a land slide, and which had been used as a tenant farm house.

"I wrote, or rather dictated, a long letter to Mr. Corbett today, on the subject of the Brading Rifle Club, in which you are so kindly taking an interest, and the British Rifle League. I have asked him to lay the letter before you, since your opinion and decision will naturally guide all the others. I know nothing of the British Rifle League except what I have seen of their publications, but I honestly think that they may do more harm than good to the Rifle Club movement. I wish I could have come to see you on the subject, but it was impossible to make the time. I had to be in London yesterday morning, a meeting with the Life Boat Secretary at Bembridge in the afternoon and I had to get here in the evening. Today I had an appointment in Newport, or I would have come to Nunwell to see you. You will, I am sure, forgive me for making this suggestion, as I am so anxious that the Rifle Club movement in the Island, which has been such a striking success so far, should continue to prosper, but I realize that there are rocks ahead, which want careful steering to avoid. I return to London on Monday morning. My wife who is nearly strong again; sends her love to Mrs. Oglander."

Letter from Joan Oglander, Steeple Aston, Oxford, to her mother, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2102A  21 July 1902

"I am struggling to write to you in the middle of a fearful row everyone else is making. The errand boy has gone completely off his head! and now insists on going about with a red, white and blue rosette (bazaar badge!) pinned on to his panama hat. I never knew such a baby! Mrs. Forsyth in writing to me this morning says you have fixed the dance for the 8th. Perhaps she made a mistake, because Wednesday is the 6th, it wouldn't do to have it the day before the Coronation. I hear this morning that the review is to be on the 16th. Oh! I don't like the Oxfordshire climate in July! its brutally cold! M[ary] and I have crammed on all the clothes we possess! Please ask Armie to send me a flannel petticoat and a winter petticoat bodice. Of course it may get warmer, but in case it doesn't I should like to have them. On Saturday we went over Bletchington which I enjoyed. Lady Valentia asked after you and sent her love. We had one excellent set of tennis before it began to rain, they tease me here and call me the Isle of W. champion! I must say I have been playing up, so has dear Mary. She always plays with Bos which makes [us] very even as he is very good. In the evening we played "bridge" and Aunt E[dith] got very weak! Yesterday we shivered to church in cloaks! In the afternoon I went to see Miss Bowyer. She had fires! In the evening M[ary], Bos and I went for a mad walk to get warm. I suppose the Powells are with you, how did the dinner go off? Just off to help at the school. I have not heard from Josceline yet. Must stop, in great haste, am hoping for a letter from you soon."

Letter from Kelburne, H.M.S. Alacrity, Wei Hai Wei, China [postmarked Victoria, Hong Kong] to Miss Joan Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2102B  [22 July 1902]

"This is not a picture postcard, but a rare one of the other kind, which you may find useful. C.E.F. means China Expeditionary Force and these cards were used during operations out here two years ago. Hoping you are all very fit."
Postmarked: 22 July 1902

Letter from John H. Oglander, The Cliff, Weston, Southampton, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2102C  24 July 1902

"I am afraid you must have thought my poor card rather scrubby but we really were bustled and I had to scribble 2 lines in the hall after dinner while the carriage was waiting to take us to the evening meeting. I found the party in the great hall at Winchester yesterday and heard William Portal's paper but he very soon left us after he had done reading it, as he had to attend the funeral of an aunt of his. Then the party went off to St. Cross, which you will remember - it is exceedingly picturesque and interesting. Lord Montagu of Beaulieu (who was a former president of Field Club) drove me and Percy Stone in his fly and after we got back to Winchester we all had lunch at the hotel - then adjourned to the college which we were conducted over by the bursar, a barrister and very nice fellow I thought. We saw everything there under most favourable circumstances and then adjourned to the ruined castle where the Mayor in top hat and chain of office with Mr. Cancellor, his wife and I stood and shook hands with all the archaeologists and citizens as they came in - the tea was "scumptious" and a long description was read by one of our Field Club. A cheery Mr. Nisbett, Sir Henry Howorth, the President of the Archaeological Institute thanked the Mayor and Field Club for entertaining them and Mr. Mayor and I made short speeches in reply. Then I joined my host, Mr. Minns and Miss Minns, his only daughter (the wife is dead and 2 brothers out in the world) - his carriage was waiting at Southampton and we got here (a mile on the Southampton side of Netley) at 7.15, dressed in 20 minutes and immediately after dinner drove into the South Western Hotel at Southampton and heard a paper on Norman Castles by St.John Hope, the Secretary of our London Society of Antiquarians - did not get away until past 11 - nor to bed until 12.30 and alas I woke before 5 - could not sleep again (thinking of that dear child) and feel rather wrecked today. My host and Miss Minns are most kind - he is vicar of this parish of Weston - but lets the vicarage, living in a house he built overlooking Southampton Water, with lovely views through the elm trees - looking across the water at Cadlands, the big house belonging to the Drummonds. He has taken me a pleasant walk in his parish this morning through the Tankerville Chamberlaynes park and Lord Radstock's grounds - the latter very neglected but pretty. This afternoon he drives me to Tichfield where he reads a paper on the 'Place' of Tichfield and the Wriothesley family - get back here to dine and this evening drives me to the Hartley Institute where the Mayor and I are again to receive the Archaeological Institute. Tomorrow morning we do Netley with the Institute and I shall be rowed off the meet the steamer which leaves Southampton 2.10 and is due at Ryde at 4 I think (but it may be a little earlier, you had better look at time tables). If you pick me up there (my bag could go between us in carriage) we could go to Westbrook - but I must be back in Brading at 7 o'clock to attend a meeting at National School. I think you are quite right to ask Mrs. Gilbert to bring a man if she can. I travelled to Winchester with a young officer from Brousedown (Sir William Seymour I saw on his luggage). He talked of coming over to the Island so I told him to call - thinking if he came he would do for a dancing man. Perhaps Mrs. Brett or Mrs. Forsyth would offer to put up a man?"

Letter from Joan Oglander, Steeple Aston, Oxford, to her Mother, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2102D  24 July 1902

"Many thanks for your wire. I am very glad we can stay till Saturday. Poor Mummy, I am afraid you are alone yesterday and today. I don't like that at all. The bazaar went off very well, about £40 at our stall. Both days were great fun. Marjorie Robert Smith came to stay on Tuesday. We have been much amused, at a great flirtation between her and Bos, poor old thing. I am very sorry for him, he is really so hard hit. We none of us can make out if she cares for him or not. We were much thrilled yesterday as they disappeared into the garden for 2 hours!! Ever since Bos has looked simply wretched, he was such fun before, now he never smiles and hardly speaks! We were a depressed party last night, infected us all. However we have cheered up again this morning! Miss S. went before the bazaar yesterday. Bos stays till Saturday. Several people came on Tuesday (cleaned up just in time) and we did excellent trade. M[ary] and I each in pale blue, with white spotted muslin aprons with cream insertions, and we all wore pink mal maisones. The women from Woodstock, Mrs. Lestrange and Mrs. Lomax came and drove a roaring trade in selling dolls and baby's socks, they were too ridiculous and we all got so weak. To our great amusement they turned up again yesterday. Mrs. Lestrange and I raffled till we nearly expired from exhaustion. No elite came yesterday but crowds of village people after 5, there was quite a good band from Oxford, so we make them play dance times and had a most roudy tea party. Aunt E. got so deliciously weak! all except poor Bos! This afternoon we all go to tennis at Kirklington. Am rather distressed about billiard room. It must be finished. Have you got the lanterns etc. Dear Mummy, you have worked hard. Post just going, no letter."

Letter from Joan Oglander, Steeple Aston, Oxford, to her mother, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2102E  24 July 1902

"I have been in a great state of mind, as to whether you really could spare me. I knew you had nothing very particular but still I thought there might be something I didn't know. Your telegram makes me rather unhappy, but as Mrs. F. wired "Yes, certainly" so I suppose we shall stay. Aunt E. and Bos seem to think you mean me to stay. Dear Mummy, I do hope you don't mind. Mrs. Ponsonby and one son were at Towcester [to]day and so very much wanted us to come. In great haste. I sent the wire to father, hoping he would say truly if I was wanted."

Letter from Mrs. Jessie Leeds, Lansdowne, Adelaide Road, Surbiton, to Charles [blank]  OG/CC/2102F  26 July [1902?]

"You will think I have forgotten my promise to send you some sketch done by your dear Ladyship herself - when you sent me back Captain Leeds' little sketch of the yacht, but I have not thought it has been so long delayed. I now send you a sketch you will recognize done up by Mrs. Carters and General Boxer, looking to Ashey and away E. I was with her when she did it, and she was so pleased when the man on the horse rode in as she wanted some figure. I enclose a P.O. for 10/- if you care to frame it. I hope you are well, and I am so glad to hear from Jane Stone that Louisa had been to Brading and seen you and that you were in your cottage. She had also been up to the dear old house and had seen the alterations. No doubt some alterations might be desirable for people having a good deal of society, but you and I will ever cling to it as it was in Her time, and how much longer you remember it than I do. I trust you are the better for resting and not being out in all weathers, and the draughts of the Wood Yard. I heard today from Mr. Tom [Leeds], he writes more cheerfully about India, but does not like it, and he has had quite a grief in losing his faithful dog, Pinch. He was out walking with him - saw a snake - went at it - as you know he could go at things and killed it - but alas! it had bitten him - and he very shortly died. Mr. ow says fond as he was of Pinch - he didn't know how much he was to him till he died. He had since then shot the final killing shot at a Hyena with Mr. Rowley's Express Rifle - and he was just told he had passed his 1st examination in the Indian tongues - but he must hear it from Madras before we can be quite sure. Hoping you will like the picture and that it will not be crushed. With all good wishes"
Note: Jessie Leeds, companion, sister-in-law and finaly executor of Louisa, Lady Oglander, "your dear ladyship" of the letter, after whose death in 1894, Mrs. Leeds moved from Nunwell to Surbiton. This letter was given to Major Denys Oglander by J. Riddick. The year is uncertain, but Jessie died in 1916 (Burkes Peerage and Baronetage)

Letter from John Fardell, Market Street, Ryde, to John H.G. Oglander, Nunwell, I.W  OG/CC/2103  28 July 1902

"I noticed the statement by Mr. Glynn, as reported in the County Press. I also referred to a report of the same meeting in another local paper and as I find both reports materially different I came to the conclusion that the County Press reporter had made a mistake. Even if Mr. Glynn did make the statement which you quote, he had no authority for doing so, nor could he, even if he wished to do so, employ any part of the settled funds for defending any proceedings that might be brought against him, as the present lessee of St. Peters. So far as your rights as tenant for life are concerned you can by adopting the proceedure laid down by the Common Law Proceedure Act 1854 take proceedings against Mr. Glynn for the recovery of the premises for non payment of the rent or in the case of a breach of any other covenant in the lease, under the provisions of the Conveyancing Acts."

Letter from Percy G. Stone, Sandown, I.W., to John H. Oglander  OG/CC/2103A  28 July 1902

"I have today been myself to Nunwell and find the builder is getting on as well as I expected. You remember the stipulation was the room should be fit to dance in by Cowes Week, and it will be despite the stoppages for bad weather, which one did not expect in the height of summer. I told you the walls would probably not be plastered: and they will not, as all our attention is turned to the floor. The ceiling couldn't be started till the flat was finished as any jar above would have cracked it. The ceiling must be done before the walls and we could not do it and the floor at the same time. That, of course, you will understand. Had you given the second instead of the first week in August for finishing, I honestly think Simmons would have completed everything. Anyhow by Saturday, the place will be ready to decorate for the dance. Say with Turkey Red and white for the walls and a "velarium" for ceiling in yellow and white. I hope to see you when you come over on Thursday and might suggest a decoration then. Mr. Summers is going to give a short address to the Church. Could you very kindly tell us something about the Town of Brading. This delivered in the Old Town Hall would be effective and very interesting to us all. The idea is to have the lunch brought from Newport in the Church room, which Mr. Summers say could be made ready if wet and in the vicarage garden, if fine."
Note: Florence Oglander recorded in her diary on 26th July 'Joan came home which was a great comfort (she had been ill again). All the next week we were very anxious about the completion of the new billiard room for fear it should not be ready for the dance for Joannie on the 6th. On the 4th the party arrived whom we had asked for Cowes Week."
On the 6th August she recorded "They (the guests) were all very merry at home and helped to get the dancing room ready finished off the floor etc. (which was pronounced excellent by everybody.) At 9.30 I was carried downstairs to receive the people and then wheeled through the door of the new room, to watch the dancing which was a great delight to me... The old house looked so pretty all lighted up. The people came in by the conservatory and the supper was in the hall at small tables, each holding about 6. They danced hard till 3.30 and were very merry."

Draft letter from John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, to his brother, William A. Glynn  OG/CC/2104  31 July 1902

"My sympathies are entirely with the Sea View residents and visitors in their desire to have services at St. Peter's chapel. If some temporary arrangement can be made to enable them to worship you need anticipate no hasty enquiry on my part whether the service is duly sanctioned by Bishop and Vicar. But I cannot without consulting Fardell give you a formal waiver of the covenant in the lease and I cannot think which leases you refer to when you say "have given my consent to other lessees extending user"."

Letter from John Fardell, Market Street, Ryde, IW., to John H. G. Oglander, Esq., Nunwell  OG/CC/2105  8 August 1902

"Thank you for your letter and correspondence with Mr. Glynn, relative to St. Peters. I had a long interview with Mr. Glynn on Tuesday and I then advised him that if he opened the chapel for services of the Church, he ran the risk of an action in the form of an injunction by the Vicar. He left me with the view to reconsidering the matter and I fancy after reflection, he will decide not to run the risk."

Letter from John H. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W., to Josceline Heber Percy, Hodnet Hall, Hodnet, Shropshire  OG/CC/2105A  11 August 1902

"You said in your letter at the beginning of June that you would like to come here and I should like to see you before you go abroad. I have been expecting hear from you and trust your long silence has not been caused by any relapse in your illness. Please let me know when you can come as I have other arrangements to make."

Letter from Josceline Heber Percy, Hodnet Hall, Hodnet, Shropshire, to John H. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2105B  13 August 1902

"I am afraid it is quite impossible for me to accept your very kind offer as my sick leave is up today; and I expect to have my Medical Board either on Friday or Monday next at York as I am going up to Yorkshire to Father's estate there tomorrow. The Assistant Adjutant General there has already been wanting immediate replies to all kinds of things, they told me at the War Office that if I passed my Board that they would send me straight off to join my Battalion which is, I am glad to say, in South Africa. Thanking you and Mrs. Oglander so very much for all your kindness to me"

Letter from Kate, Lady Hornby, 6 Onslow Square, London, to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2105C  14 August 1902

"I saw Helen Godsale the other day and she had told me (before I got your letter) about your poor leg, and how you were carried down stairs the night of your ball. It distressed me very much, but all the same she said you were splendiferous in all your "warpaint" and I quite believe it! I only wish I could have seen you and dear Joanie dressed up! I thought of you all that night, and followed you about in my minds eye! Thank you, dearie, for saying you want to see me, so do I you! Would it suit you to have me about the middle of October? I am engaged to go to [Morgans ?] on the 13th September, and then up into Yorkshire which will bring me up to about the end of the 1st week in October, and then I could either go to you or Greys, which would suit you best? but I expect the later date would be more convenient for you, as by that time the 94ites will have departed? You must let me know about this later on, for I can always go to Greys any time. Minnie grows in health [...] apparently, but her doctor is not quite satisfied, so she is still in 7 Barlow Terrace [...] Mercifully we are not having hot weather so that "London in August" is not so terrible as it might be. Still I shall be glad to get away, for I am pinning G. & B. down to the 13th, the day I leave, as I am determined not to leave poor Minnie alone. I hear from my "Emma" that Dr. Rich is gone down to Vickridge [?] and Ellen, and has had his operation. I do hope he is going on all right. Tell me about him when you write and also tell me a good deal about [Joanie ?], and I trust it may be a good account. With much love to you all"

Letter from William A. Glynn, Seagrove, Sea View, I.W., to his brother, John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/2106  15 August 1902

"I hoped you may have seen Fardell about the greater freedom in wording of the Church lease, by which the user is restricted to the services of the Established Church of England and that you would see your way to give consent to a great lattitude and avoid the veto of the Incumbent. There is no doubt Bishop and Incumbend will not consent to anyone coming here except he is appointed by them, i.e. Wilkinson himself. Equally they try all they can to get the Attorney General to take up the matter through the Charity Commissioners, Dibden's opinion is dead against them, but one never knows what the A.G. may do. I do not wish to hand over the lease to a person of straw, but I don't see the fun of personally having to run risk of costs. I have the case and opinion back. Have you seen it? Shall I send it you? or will you run over and go through it?"

Letter from Dr. Evelyn Rich, Ryde, to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2106A  16 August 1902

"My first attempt on my back. Thank you so much for your kindness and for the lovely flowers. I am really feeling better today and hope to walk to Nunwell soon. I do hope you are better."
Note: Florence Oglander recorded her concern for her doctor, Mr. Rich, who became ill at the end of July and had to be removed to Nurse Hicks' Nursing Home in Ryde, where he had an operation. "He suffers much but is going on well."

Letter from Charles F. Hurst, Manager, National Provincial Bank of England, Limited, Ryde, to John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/2107  28 August 1902

"Referring to the advertisements which have appeared in the newspapers re conversion of Portugese Bonds, we shall be glad to know if the trustees of Mrs. Oglander's settlement are agreeable to our sending up the Bonds of £500 Portugese 3% for conversion. The terms appear to be that for each £200 of the old Bonds the holders will receive £100 of the new bonds bearing 3 per cent interest. The interest on the old Bonds, as you are aware, has been reduced to one per cent for some years past, but a supplementary payment for surplus of customers has also been made, making the annual interest paid an average of £1 3s. By the new scheme the holders will receive £1 10s. per cent, so will be better as regards interest, but they will give up 50% of their nominal capital. As a matter of fact, however, the £100 Portugese Bond has always been regarded as £50 which was about their price for some years, before they made default in their interest. From an account of a meeting of Portugese Bondholders, held at the offices of the Council of Foreign Bondholders which we have read, the only thing to do seems to be to agree to the change."

Letter from Arthur Liddell, Park Wood, Knebworth, Herts., to John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/2108  2 September 1902

"Your letter of 30th Ultmo has been forwarded to me here. We have taken this house to 26 September next and are much pleased with it. There is a nice billiard room and table, wich passes away the time in this beastly weather. It has rained every day and we have had misty hot days without any wind. I return the bank managers letter. It is very unfortunate this Portugese business, as you lose half your capital but I suppose, as the other bondholders have agreed there is nothing else to be done, but to accept the new proposal, unless you could sell them and get out of the concern, of course with a loss. I therefore consent but if you don't mind I should like to have an indemnity from Florence and yourself conveying your consent in writing and absolving me from all loss now and hereafter, otherwise your heirs, it appears to me, might come down upon me for the loss incurred. We have a horse and carriage left for our use, and can thus get about the country and can drive over to Bramfield, where lives my aunt, Lady Bloomfield, who is over 80 and I fear breaking up. She has been very ill and now lives the life of an invalid. I was down at Cowes at the end of July and had a delightful cruise in the steam yacht "Verona" belonging to Col. Meeking. We went over to Scilly and Guernsey and returned in time for the Naval Review which alas! I was not able to see, as they had another party from Town and I had to turn out and return to Town, the very day, Thursday, the King came down to Cowes for it. I could not get over to see you. On the afternoon I arrived, stopping at Weymouth, Dartmouth to coal (when we went up the Dart to Totness) and then to Falmouth, thence to Scilly, my friend being brother in law to Dorien Smith, so we had a good time there, then to Guernsey and return to Cowes. I am so sorry poor Florence has had that nasty Flebitis, of which I am well acquainted having had a bout of it. I hope that she is getting all right now, but she will have to take care of herself for some time to come."

Letter from Kate, Lady Hornby, 6 Onslow Square, London, S.W., to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2108A  2 September 1902

"Thank you so much for both your kind letters, and I send you a line to say that as far as I know now the 15th of October will suit me very well, and I shall be glad to see you again! And now I must tell you about poor Minnie, so very ill - another stroke last Friday night or Saturday, I forget which. It has affected her speech and throat, but thank God she is in no actual pain, and is quite conscious. George arrived from Newquay yesterday morning, and Cecil is now staying in the flat so as to be at hand. The Doctor cannot say for another few days how it will end, she may improve and she may have another stroke soon, and that will be fatal. It is all very sad and depressing and of course if she still lingers on, I don't see how I can get away on the 13th September - but we shall see! and in the meantime I am glad to have Cecil here, but I don't think George will be much good to anybody!! I will send you a card in a day or two and let you know how she is going on. I am so very glad to hear you are out driving again, and I hope we may have many nice ones to follow in October! I will stay with you then if you like till the end of the month so that Joan and her Father may have a nice lark! Forgive my scribble, but all very fussed!"

Letter from Edith Ogle, Steeple Aston, Oxford, to her sister, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2108B  14 September 1902

"Your note found me still in Worcester, as we only returned last night, and B[ertram] says he will answer your questions about the game shoot, so I shall leave it to him. I am very sorry you cannot come here. I think I could have made you very comfortable with your maid next door, if you could have got here, and we should have been very snug. Of course the constant doctoring is a difficulty and it is horrid to think how it keeps us apart, but I suppose it can't be helped. Shall you be gradually be able to do without it? I send you the enclosed as I think it will interest you to see what we have heard. I wish Joan could have been there, for it was magnificent, though it is really almost more than one can stand. We arrived on the Saturday and went to the two services on Sunday. Rehearsed all Monday (which interested me very much) and began business on Tuesday. You will see that with an hours interval we were at it from 11.30 till 4 p.m., and began again at 7.30. I managed it all, only coming out two evenings rather before the end. Luckily, we had the use of one of the Canon's houses in the Cloisters, which saved my having to go home for the interval and we had most pleasant luncheons there, as there were always musical people like Sir Hubert Parry, Fuller Maitland and Spencer Lyttelton there, discussing the new music and the singers etc. "The Dream of Gerontius" created much excitement and is magnificent, but I did not care for the other new things so much. I never heard the Elijah or the Messiah more splendidly done. Altogether it has been a great "feast", but I was glad to stay in bed this morning and cut church! Every day when I went back at 4.0'c., I put myself on my bed and tried to sleep till it was time to feed and start again. I don't think I could have got through it. So much music is so exciting as well as tiring. I can't think how the performers get through. Yesterday before leaving we went over the china works, and were delighted to find specimens of Bertram's old Worcester dinner set and several other pieces of his, put up in the museum. The people were much interested to hear we have so much old Worcester and I hope B. will now show it more. Bertram says, Jack kindly wishes me to come to you for the pheasant shooting. You will let me know about it nearer the time. The second shoot would suit us best. If it included Xmas day, so much the better for I hate it here! but of course it is a long way off yet and heaps of things may happen. Are you going to London this autumn? If so, when? We are very sorry to hear Jack has been C.D. Is he all right again"

Letter from Bertram Ogle, Steeple Aston, Oxford, to his sister-in-law, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2108C  14 September 1902

"I feel you will think me very ungrateful after your hospitality in that I have never written you a line of thanks though more than a week has passed. Really we were so exhausted after about 5 hours listening to Gerontious that we actually collapsed after we had the rather sketchy meals at strange hours. We enjoyed the whole thing immensely and some of it was very fine, and though I do not much care for most English Composers now living, still I suppose it is right we should give our own people a chance sometime, and everyone seems to agree that Elgar's "Dream of Gerontius" is a very fine piece, and the composer likely to make a name. I send you a label of the bottle shop, our cook likes them and has done as many as we had fruit for this rather poor year. I am glad they had good sport but sorry Jack could not go at all. I forgot to remind him of the small sum he owes me. Love to Joan"

Letter from John H. Oglander, Appley Park, Bridgnorth, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2108D  17 September 1902

"We had a very good journey yesterday and reached this house about 10 minutes to 7, after a long drive from Shifnal. I sent a post card back by the driver which I hope reached you. I found after all that my Bradshaw had been packed in the port-manteau - no doubt Sporran knew that had been done. This morning brought a letter from Hyett at Barmouth. It is very little off the route I had intended to follow so I have written to say I would go on Saturday to Marine Hotel, Barmouth, Wales, and we shall perhaps make expeditions with them on Monday and Tuesday. Then go to Beddgelert or Llanberris on Wednesday and go up Snowdon (by train!) unless J[oan] prefers to try Bala Lake for a day or two to try fishing. I don't much fancy we can get home before the 30th unless you want us earlier. I think I slept better last night though I woke very frequently. It is decidedly colder here and ought to be bracing. They have fires in all the rooms and I am sure you ought to have a fire at home if it gets colder. There is quite a large party, we dined 14. I took Kitty Bathurst in to dinner. She is an Education Inspector and very hot about her work, knows Hyacinth Deane and a great friend of Irene Nichols. Young Vandeleur seems a nice fellow, leaves today. A very good looking young Welsh squire took Joan in to dinner, Capt. Gibson Watt. Then there is an old General Gatacre and a Mr. & elderly Miss Bevan, and a more elderly Mr. & Mrs. Rokeby, former neighbours of the Fosters at Spratton. We went for a walk in the deer park which is certainly very pretty, this morning and this afternoon Mrs. Foster takes me and the elder ladies for a drive - and May Foster drives Joan in a dog cart. It is a nice fine day with occasional scuds of rather heavy rain. The house is fine and large but rather ugly carpenters gothic like Wilkins work at Tregothnan. It seems a long way from either town or village and only one post out at 5 p.m., so I am afraid you wont get many letters from me. I think dear Joan seems happy and they went for a row on the river this morning.
Last night we played old fashioned games of going out of the room and guessing things, so there was no question of cards - for which I was thankful"
Note: "Tuesday 16 Sept. Jack & Joan left this morning to stay with the Forsters at Apley Park and afterwards to Wales." Florence Oglander's Diaries.

Letter from John H. Oglander, Apley Park, Bridgnorth, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2108E  18 September 1902

"So glad to get your letter this morning. I suspect Laura [Glynn] will soon get right again - though she was so fond of Mrs. [Prideaux-]Brune, old people don't feel these partings so badly as young ones do, I think. We went (the men) a lovely though rather long walk this morning through the farm buildings which are splendid - the park and river. This afternoon we are to row down to Bridgnorth by the river, and drive back. Joan played tennis all the morning with the handsome Welsh Squire! I think the dear thing is enjoying herself - demurely. We drove yesterday to an old house where there was to be a sale and I told the man he might bid a moderate some [sic] for a rather nice Chippendale glass like the one in our drawing room recess only larger and better. So if such a thing arrives don't be surprised - I don't suppose I shall get it at my figure. It is fine warm and lovely here today, and I do hope you are keeping well as usual. It was provoking your missing the dear little man but I hope he will come again. I understand I am to send Shepherd to Brighton on Saturday. We leave here at 10 a.m., the station at 11."

Letter from John Oglander, Apley Park, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2108F  19 September 1902

"Such a lovely day here - I am really getting on very well. The men all shooting and Joan and May Foster driven over to shoot with them - but Mrs. Foster gave me quite a nice river boat and I had a delightful though solitary row this morning. It is so lovely and I longed so for you to be seeing it with me. This afternoon Mrs. Foster takes me driving with Mrs. Rokeby and drops me near a place where I can get a sketch. I wish I could give you an idea of the beauty of this park and river. They asked us to stay until Monday if we wanted but I settled to go tomorrow. I have promised to meet the Hyetts at Marine Hotel, Barmouth and stay there probably until Wednesday. Joan seems very happy and the handsome young Welsh Squire Gibson Watts is rather "epris" I fancy. He stayed at home to play tennis single yesterday morning and always manages to get next her in games etc. May Foster is curious, of course not well looking, and rather odd - but I think rather like her friend Florence Brett and not really so rough as she would have you think her. I return the dear little man's letter. No, I don't think that he means more than he writes. I hope you have the Randolph girl. There will be a few birds in on Friday I think, when Fardell and Lyster shoot."

Letter from Joan Oglander, Appley Park, Bridgnorth, Shropshire to her mother, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2108G  21 September 1902

"We have had the most delightful visit, such fun! I think Daddy has enjoyed it too which is a great thing. The party when we came, Mr. & Mrs. Rokeby (old), Miss Bathurst, Mr. Alec Vandeleur, Mr. Arthur Goulburne, Miss Bevan, Mr. Trollop (most amusing man!!) and Mr. Gibson Watt, (took me in to dinner the first night) (very nice). This place is perfectly lovely. I do wish you were here, dearest Mother. On Wednesday morning May and I rowed on the river, and in the afternoon went for a lovely drive in her cart. The shooters came in to tea, having got 53 brace. Evening games. Mr. Goulburne took me in to dinner.
Thursday. Mrs. Foster took some of the party to the farm, and Mr. Gibson Watt and I played tennis, which was very jolly. In the afternoon we rowed to Bridgnorth, May and Father rowed Mr. Trollope (who kept us in fits all the afternoon!) on one boat, and Mr. Gibson Watt and I rowed General Gatacre in the other, how we laughed, for as you know I am not first rate at sculling, and Mr. G.W. who was stroke would keep changing time, so that my oars kept on giving him violent digs in the back, poor man! Bridgnorth is the quaintest little town, so many of those picturesque black and white houses, like those at Hodnet. We went over the church etc. then all drove back in a very small wagonett! such a squash, it was all very amusing. After tea we did tricks. Mr. Watt took me in to dinner. Afterwards we played a mad game called "bumps" which seemed to consist of everyone sitting in every one elses chair! it certainly was a case of bumps We then played "Up Jenkins". On Friday morning we all went over the stables which I much enjoyed. Such beautiful hunters, then May and I rowed on the river (Daddy went for a row too) and then drove out to join the guns at luncheon. We all talked hard so lunch took a long time. May and I then walked with them till about 4 o'clock, they got 33 brace (Wednesday, 53). We then drove to the Corbetts with a note. After tea I made Mr. Trollope take a group, as I wanted one for my book. He was so ridiculous over it! Then May, Miss Earle, Mr. Watt and I went down to the river and Dorothy took me in the coracle! it was exactly like a bath in both senses, for I got very wet, it was a very funny proceeding! We drew partners for dinner, viz: Daddy drew "electric" and took in the lady who had drawn "light". I drew "wax" and Mr. Watt drew "seal", much to our satisfaction! We were very mad afterwards, will tell you when I come back!
Marine Hotel, Barmouth, Sunday. We got here about 4 yesterday. I cannot say I much like it! But as long as it does Daddy good I don't mind. The place itself is so horribly ugly! but I believe there are very pretty expeditions. To my horror Daddy and Lucy and Vi wanted me to bathe before breakfast this morning. I went with them but it really looked too cold for words to describe, so I came back! I am so sorry not to have finished this yesterday, but we had absolutely no time. I asked the man at the bookstall to send me one of my books (I left 2 with him and have only one) and it has not come. I do so much want it, could you ask about it. So sorry Mr. Rich cannot come at present. I am very glad Evelyn Randolph will be with you. I hope she will not talk you[r] head off! Daddy seems fit, especially after bathing this morning. I really do think he enjoyed Apley. We are just going out with the Hyetts, so I must stop. Heaps of love, dearest Mummy"

Letter from John Oglander, Apley Park, Bridgnorth, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2108H  21 September 1902

"I did not write yesterday, so must send a few lines today in Joan's. We had an easy journey yesterday. Showed the child a bit of Shrewsbury and got here by 4 o'clock. Hyett met us at the station and we went with them to tea and after dinner went up there again to play 'Bridge'. Violet is rather nice looking in face but has not lost her squaky voice quite. I went to bathe with them before breakfast but Joan thought it cold. We joined them at church and found Col. & Mrs. Maude and Bobby who are here in lodgings until Wednesday. I think after Tuesday morning post it will be safest to address to us Victoria Hotel, Llanberis, N. Wales. I think J. liked young Gibson Watt, he was very handsome and pleasant. She told me she enjoyed her visit so much she "forgot all her troubles". I don't think it will do her any harm to see there are "other fish in the sea" though she may never meet the Welsh Squire again. Very interested in your letters and will answer in detail tomorrow"
[Enclosed with Joan's letter above]

Letter from John H. Oglander, The Marine Hotel, Barmouth, North Wales, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2108I  22 September 1902

"Joan is delighted with the prospect of another ball at Middleton. I hope very much we shall be in London by then and she could very well run down to Steeple Aston for the ball. She is very happy I think, and talked about Joc[eline] last night and said she was already much happier - that she was very hurt and angry at first but though she felt passing Shrewsbury she was beginning to feel better about it and had thoroughly enjoyed Apley. She bathed today and now we are going off for a drive with the Hyetts and to sketch. It was raining this morning and decidedly too thick for a view from Cader Idris, so it was given up. I have settled to stay on here now until Thursday and then go to Llaanberis. It may be 1st October before we get home. I have told Fardell to ask Major Lister again next week so I hope you will have a few partridges in on Thursday or Friday. The Mauds are here - we saw them first in church yesterday. Caroline asked much after you. I hope you have Eveline Rich with you now - then Lady Hutt and then we shall be home. What day are the Noels due? I fancy it was 4th or 7th. How about asking the Stricklands? If I take Joan to Paris for a week I suppose it would be about October 18th or 20th and we should come back to move you up to London in November. I wish we could hear of a flat. It is so hot here - very nice but not weather for walking anywhere. Joan's dear love and kisses to her sweet mother. I enclose Brune's letter. I think tomorrow perhaps we may try to go up Cader Idris. We go to the Hyetts lodgings in the evening to play Bridge."

Letter from John H. Oglander, The Marine Hotel, Barmouth, North Wales, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading  OG/CC/2108J  23 September 1902

"No Cader Idris today - it came on to pour at 10 o'clock after a fine morning, so Joan and I went up to the Hyetts rooms and finished up sketches. The Maudes left this morning and are going to Bettwys y Coed - We follow as I told you on Thursday morning to Hotel Victoria, Llanberis. After playing Bridge until nearly 4, it has now turned out bright sunshine and we are off for a walk and talk vaguely of Cader tomorrow, but I shall not let the child walk - she shall ride a pony. It is so hot here - like a hot house - one feels very limp and the only bracing time is after bathing. It is very nice having the Hyetts here and Mrs. Hyett is so kind to Joan. Everybody is fond of our child I think. She helps her so sweetly with her painting. I fear Mrs. Hyett is not very strong. She has neuritis in her leg and really can hardly walk at all without setting it going. I was rather wondering with Hyett why Joan was so devoted to sports, and Hyett said at once - of course from her Mother's family, the Somersets, who are born sportsmen. I answered "well I don't know that my wife excels especially in sports", "Ah", said Hyett, "she may not - but she is full of sporting sympathies", and now I must finish off to go out. They have changed J[oan] and me into lovely bedrooms today."

Letter from John H. Oglander, in the train to Caernarvon, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2108K  25 September 1902

"I am so glad you have [Dr.]Eveline R[ich] and that you get on so well together. Do you know, I think we ought to invite the Stricklands about the 10th. The Noels will be gone about then and I don't like not to invite the S. for an autumn visit after all their kindness to us. We wont go to them if we can help it - I wish too we could hear of a flat for November. How long do you think you could be away? If we go to an hotel it had better be while Joan is with Edith for the balls. If I don't hear privately of a flat I shall write next month to Elsworth & Knighton and enquire whether they have anything that would suit us. We had a lovely day yesterday, to go up Cader Idris. Poor Joan had a slight cold and neuralgia and did not enjoy the first hour of walking. After that we lunched and I made the Hyetts go on to the top - but after a good rest and lunch Joan wished to go on and I walked very slowly to the summit with her and she really enjoyed the rest of the day very much - and ate a huge tea at a very nice little inn overhanging a tarn covered with water lilies and reeds and full of fish at 5 o'clock. Then we had a carriage at 5.30 ordered from Dolgelly and reached the hotel at 7 in good time for dinner. Today is lovely and so hot - we reach Caernarvon before 3 - have 1½ hors there to see the castle and go on to Llanberis, arriving there at 5.10 for tea. If the weather lasts so fine we shall go up Snowdon (by train) tomorrow, sketch on Sunday go excursion by coach - to Beddgelert - Capel Curidge etc. - go to Chester for Tuesday night and reach home on Wednesday. Your poor little doctor does seem low, but all the scientific opinion seems favourable and I hope his pain will be less as he gets stronger. Joan's cold is better today - just in her head. She send you her dearest love."

Letter from John H. Oglander, Victoria Hotel, Llanberis, R.S.O., North Wales, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2108L  27 September 1902

"I only wrote a post card yesterday as we went up Snowdon in the morning and were so engrossed by a sketch in the afternoon that I did not get back in time to catch the post. The Snowdon railway is wonderful and there are some fine views en route but the summit is anything but pleasant., worse now than it was 32 years ago when I last walked up. It has a kind of shanty hotel where people eat - and a few sleep in little cabins to see the sunrise next morning. That must be fine for one sees a vast extent of country laid out like a map on all sides - but not I think with much beauty in the sort of bird's eye view. The Hyetts were half inclined to follow us here but I am glad to say did not - so now we certainly move today to Bettwys y Coed - go to Chester on Tuesday for one night and reach home Wednesday. I think Glynn Price will come that day for 3 or 4 days. On Thursday or Friday I shall take him and Fardell out to shoot a few pheasants in the outside coverts. I will write to Fardell about it. I am so sorry Mrs. P[akenham] M[ahon] was so tiresome - she is a 'monomaniac' on a few subjects and entirely without tact. The Fosters speak of it openly and May declines to go there. It is a great pity for there is so much steadfastness to her old friends - and kind Irish hospitality that it is really sad she should alienate those who even belong to her family by her pertinacious interference in what is not her business. Joan snuffles a bit but says she does not feel her cold now, and she is careful. She is very keen on sketching and has done some quite pretty little sketches and she writes long letters to Mary and the Wallige I think. We don't appreciate our tourist company. She called it upper middle - "My dear", I said, "it is very lower middle - We are only 'upper' middle ourselves. She was most indignant at being called 'middle' at all. I think the young lady has a good notion of keeping herself up."
"Yours just received, the telegraphed word was Venosus, which we had agreed should be "Joan very much better". She is really well again except for relaxation in nose. I am so glad you are getting on well and that Lady Hornby will come. I hope the Shricklands are not hurt. I feel we ought to have written before."

Letter from Percy G. Stone, Sandown, I.W., to John H. Oglander  OG/CC/2108M  29 September 1902

"Shall I instruct Messrs. Turpin to fix their parquet floor as the walls of the room seem to have dried out well and there should be no fear of swelling. I think we could with safety put a 4 or 500 gallon cistern in the roof at the right angle with the dining room. I should like to have put 2 more coats of paint on the woodwork of the billiard room as this dead zinc white covers so badly. I had arranged for an ivory white which carries more body. I think in a years time when all the wood has settled, it would be advisable to apply two extra coats."

Letter from John H. Oglander, Royal Hotel, Capel Curig, North Wales, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading  OG/CC/2108N  30 September 1902

"Here we are at last with a wet day and I feel as if I had been rather naughty in staying the extra day - I do hope it did not make you give up your venison dinner party. I thought it would be a doubtful joy to eat that venison by Wednesday. Personally I don't care at all for it but I thought it was a chance of asking someone to dine - or at least that you would have had up the Vicarage party. I daresay though that that would have been very dull for you. I am not sure what day Glynn Price will come and you must be prepared for him tomorrow evening. I told him to bring his gun so you might send off to old Wheeler and let him go out and amuse himself trying to shoot rabbits or any birds he comes across. We will be home by 6.50 on Thursday evening whether the Stokes Bay boat runs or not. We shall leave here at 1, get to Chester 3.20 - see the City and leave at 10.10 on Thursday morning - a capital train which passes Oxford at 2, reaches Portsmouth about 5.15 - Ryde 6.25 which I think means Brading 6.50. On Friday I have asked Fardell to arrange with Wheeler that we should go out and shoot a few pheasants in driving them in from the outlying coverts. Joan and I talk much about you and how much we wish you could be with us. Bettwys y Coed has an excellent hotel but we did not like it because it is in a wooded valley and we like this so much better, up on a mountain lake with woods but also a lot of wild moorland all round and a cold bracing air. The hotel is very fair though not quite so good as Bettwys. We shall go to the "Queens" Hotel, Chester (not the Grosvenor) - It is close on to the station and as we have to make an early start next day we think that will be most convenient - but I should think it is hardly worth forwarding more letters after this reaches you. At last I have had two nights of good sleep. Joan seems to have lost her cold and has no cough. And we both like this place very much. I took her out fishing on the lakes last night - she hooked one but handing the rod to the fisherman to land it - the fish managed to get off. It seemed to amuse her. She had a very long letter from Mary Forsyth this morning - she seems very happy - They make their own beds - and clean their own boots!! So Mary ought to be efficient in every relation of life. I was surprised to find Joan playing Bridge when I came in from the smoking room last evening with a lady and a boy (her son) of about 17. The boy had been nice about the fishing and lent her a reel and line (for ours was left at home) and they seemed harmless people - a doctor's family - and the boy really very amusing. What would Edith say! but we shall never see them again and the boy too young to flirt and very nice mannered. It seems to be clearing so I think we must both go and get ready to go on the coach for an expedition to Beddgelert. I was so glad to get your letter this morning"

Letter from John H. Oglander, Train to Chester (postmark Chester 8 p.m.) to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading  OG/CC/2108O  1 October 1902

"I think you will like a few words to greet you tomorrow morning and you have been so good in showering letters and postcards on me. We had quite a nice day after all for our drive to Beddgelert yesterday, but it was cold this morning when we left Capel Curig. It was I who changed the address from Bettwys and certainly no mistake of yours - I got all the letters. I was so sorry my darling, that you had to go to Daish and I hope now you will last well for a long time. I am very glad you agree to go to Mrs. White-Popham's lunch. She so often invites us when you can't go. I think I was stupid about Glynn but I was not quite sure when he would come and was afraid if I put him off again it might shorten his holiday. He takes so little but I did not mean you to have to entertain him for a day alone. Joan seems quite to have lost her cold and has no cough. She is rather injured today because she has only sandwiches in the train for lunch - So I have promised to take her out to a tea shop in Chester and let her tuck in as much as she can. She always has a prodigious appetite when she is touring and neuralgia certainly does not come from insufficient food. I suppose she still finds the result of over growth and provided she eats meat as well as sweet stuff and takes exercise which she seems inclined to do - I fancy the large appetite will help her. She looks splendid. We are at the last station before Chester so I must not write much more. I want this to reach you by early post. Your arrangements to meet us seem most satisfactory and I trust soon after 7 tomorrow to hold your dear old self in my arms again. We are both looking forward to it though we have much enjoyed our tour. I quite think the Stricklands are all right. I was rather afraid they might guess what we felt and that gave me the sense of being guilty of being rather cool and unkind. I hope Lady Hutt is happy. I know she would be very nice to Glynn. It has been very misty and dull most of our railway journey today but now it is brightening. I am so glad you will give the children's medals tomorrow. You always do those things so nicely. Joan's dearest love"

Letter from Dr. E. Rich, (post mark London, W.), to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2108P  8 October 1902

"Your letters always give me great pleasure. Sir F.T. came yesterday and he was most kind, especially so to my wife. He was most careful but could throw no new light. The nerves of my spine are matted up by all the inflamation I have had and time may help to reduce the trouble but it must be very tedious. I must stay here and be watched for fear of another abcess forming or other trouble arising. I do so long to get out. I am sick of bed. I am sorry you have my [whining ?]. You are a great favourite with B. I expect she was very sorry you could not go. E[rnest] not yet gazetted. He is very happy on the [Min ?] as the weather has been so good for sailing and he rides with a friend a good deal. It will be delightful to see you again. I expect we shall be here unless we have to go to Brighton. E[rnest] is here today, come up to see me and the Boer Generals at [Med... ?]. T's such a character, he says kind regards very flabby, he sends his love to you all"

Letter from William A. Glynn, Seagrove, Sea View, I.W., to his brother, John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/2109  10 October 1902

"I am obliged by yours and will act on it, as to particular investment. If you have been treated as I have, you might feel differently and until you or any man has been so treated, I do not think they are in a position to fully understand and express a sound opinion. It is very good of you to suggest if I would receive Minnie back she would be ready to take her proper place. I may say she wrote me in the summer wishing to return, and her friend, Miss Birch came to me, with the same object. Minnie admits she neglected her duties here and her church notions carried her away not intentionally and no doubt that was so, but my feeling is that at our time of life - the few years left - should be in peace and I have had far more peaceful time (sic) since Minnie went away and probably as she can indulge her wishes to the fullest extent in Church matters, she has more enjoyment - therefore where comes in the sense of her returning - I fail to see it. Society may go to the - - for me. I never got anything out of it, but it had plenty out of me."
Endorsed "W.A.G. Oct 1902, reply to a letter of mine urging reconciliation with Minnie."

Letter from Percy G. Stone, 16 Great Marlbough Street, London, W., to John H. Oglander  OG/CC/2109A  30 October 1902

"I am sorry to hear about the billiard room flue, but it is not unexpected. Indeed I ordered the flue to be raised 2 feet, but found I was too late to alter it. This can still be done and a Milbrones revolving cowl put on the top. Shall I order Simmonds to do this. Of course you know wood smoke is much lighter than coal and so susceptible to down draught. I purposely planned the fire opening low to promote draught. As you may know the smoke from wood is particularly discolouring, so you did wisely in stopping the fires till the matter is remedied. The pot put on was, I believe, an old one from the estate. I thought it quainter than the louvre."

Letter from A. F. Wheeler, West End House, Ely, Cambridgeshire to John H. Oglander  OG/CC/2109B  [1 November 1902?]

"I am surprised to find it stated in a well-informed paper "The Spectator" that the descendants of Sir John Oglander "still live at Nunwell". I always understood that you adopted the name of Oglander on coming in for the property, but that you do not represent the family in blood. In stating the following facts, I have not the shadow of any "ulterior" object. The daughter of Sir William Oglander married Sir [sic] Edward Cheeke of Merston [c. 1599] - The Cheeks removed to Newport and the pedigree of the last to bear the name, Grace Cheek is registered at the Heralds College. Mrs. Mary Allingham (nee Taylor) of Furzeyhurst near Cowes was her grandaughter. Her memorial tablet is to be seen in the Tower of Newport Church and her descendants are still existing and perfectly conscious of their descent. She was my great grandmother. Another of her existing descendants is the present Marchesa Chigi of Sienna."

Letter from A. F. Wheeler, West End House, Ely, Cambs., (Trinity College Cambridge crossed out) to John H. Oglander  OG/CC/2109C  4 November 1902

"I am much obliged to you for your courteous reply to my note. I am very glad indeed to find that I was under an entirely erroneous impression and that you do really and in blood represent the old family of Oglander. My great aunt, Mrs. C. Dickinson (nee Allingham - her husband belonged to the Dickinsons of Kings Weston, Somersetshire) registered her descent from Grace Cheke at the Heralds Office and quartered the Arms of Cheke, Allingham and Dickinson for her only daughter and heiress, Mrs. Elliot, who died recently and is buried in the Protestant cemetry in Rome. Mrs. Dickinson was a daughter of Mrs. Mary Allingham to whose mural table in Newport Church (placed there by Mrs. Dickinson) I have already alluded. The graves of the Chekes in that church were disgracefully desecrated and removed at the "restoration" of the Church. Among his other extravagences Sir [sic] E. Cheke had 3 wives, but I am glad to find on veryfying the pedigree a few years ago at the Heralds Office, that his descendants came from his first [should be second] and "Oglander" wife. One may well say "Steminata quid faciunt". The only Cheke possession I know of is a certain family seal with the crest and arms, which descended to my mother on the death of her uncle, Charles Allingham. But I have two portraits of my great grandmother, Mrs. Allingham, one in crayon, taken when young and one in oils taken by her son, when she was advanced in years, both exquisite. I may perhaps some day venture to ask0 you to show me the mss of Sir J. Oglander, touching the Cheke family."

Letter from John Fardell, Market Street, Ryde, I.W., to John H.G. Oglander  OG/CC/2110  12 November 1902

"I must apologise for not having replied to your last letter, but I have been very seedy during the past week and I was very anxious about my wife whose condition was most critical for some days. I am more than thankful to say she is now better and progressing as satisfactorily as can be expected. I am very glad to hear that Mr. Rich's condition is better than was anticipated. It is only natural having regard to the life he has led in the past he should fret under such a long and trying illness. I do not quite understand the letter of the Ryde Gas Co. and have written them for further information. I imagine the site is that described by you and if it is I do not see how you can sustain any injury at all, but perhaps it will be better to take an Indemnity from the Company which I will accordingly ask for.
I saw the Town Clerk this morning in regard to the completion of the purchase in Bloodstone Copse, but he tells me that until the settlement of the proposed compulsory purchase from Mr. Edward Carter his Council do not wish to proceed with their purchase from you as otherwise they will have to have separate Local Government Board enquiries, which will entail considerable expense on the town. The Town Clerk tells me that he does not think the Corporation will be in a position to complete the matter for probably another 12 months, but he asked me to submit a formal Contract for approval as the Corporation will have to shew the Local Government Board the formal terms of purchase which they have arranged with you. Should you wish an extra payment made to your account between now and Christmas kindly let me know as - think I shall have no difficulty in arranging it. As regards the white gate at Truckles there is no reason at all why a chain and padlock should not be placed on it as although the Railway Company have to keep it in repair they have no rights over the land. I will send word to Wheeler to chain it up.
P.S. I am glad to say I am better but still a cripple."

Letter from Dr. Evelyn Rich, 143 Kings Road, Brighton, to John H. Oglander, 90 Elm Park Gardens, South Kensington, London  OG/CC/2110A  14 November 1902

"Your letter with its excellent advice, together with Brighton sunshine and the bracing air has already done me lots of good and the cabbage is flourishing, and my wife and nurse are quite surprised at the changes. I have lost my breathlessness and can walk with ease and freedom from pain. I am so thankful. We are immensely comfortable in these rooms, really the only decent ones available as the place is full, but the price, oh gum, it is surprising and unless the cure is very rapid and I am able to go home, I shall have to shift later on - but that does not matter as long as I can get well. I hope Mrs. Oglander has been able to enjoy the lovely weather - it was delightful to think she was none the worse for the dinner party, because I know how much she would enjoy seeing and entertaining your friends. It was a great pleasure to hear of my good old friends in Ryde and that you had seen them, and their enquiries after me greatly gratified me. How much I wish to see them all, I cannot tell you, but there is no chance I fear of my ever doing hard work again, but my future must lie dormant at present even to you I cannot say what I shall be fit for, because they will not or cannot tell me in town, and I have not seen Davis since I have begun really to pick up. Ernest is still with us and is full of go. We expect every gazette to see his name mentioned, having received a notice to say medically he was sound as a bell. It is good of you to offer to write to your friends here, but good as it is of you, I think as long as I have my wife, Ernest and the nurse I have as much companionship as I have strength for and odd hours are spent over "Bridge" and I am out about 5 hours. We have seen someone we know go past the house and Street comes mostly every day to see me. You may have met him at the V[ictoria] Club. I still hope to see you when I go to the War Office and shall send a wire, but you mustn't stay in. With kindest regards"

Letter from Percy G. Stone, Sandown, I.W., to John H. Oglander  OG/CC/2110B  2 December 1902

"On receipt of yours this morning, I went over to Nunwell and carefully examined the roof. No doubt the slight settlement of so large a flat - a settlement to be expected at first - is accountable for the wet coming through by opening up the joints of the lead dressing at the rolls. Very little water has come through - probably yesterday heavy rain has made matters worse and I have ordered the plumber to redress the lead, which I hope will put a stop to the filtration. About the smoking chimney, I have the matter in hand and hope to cure the nuisance."

Letter from Dr. Evelyn Rich, Beenham Lodge, Cookham Dean, to Florence Oglander, 90 Elm Park Gardens, London, S.W  OG/CC/2110C  5 December 1902

"Wednesday, Thursday or Friday would be more convenient, but rather than miss seeing you, Tuesday can be made to fit - it is only a matter of horses, which I have often heard you say requires a little management in the country - and one of mine refuses to be clipped and the vet has appointed Tuesday for him to go to Reading for the operation. Ernest originally was going with me but a weeks duck shooting near Dorchester starting Monday takes all his attention at present and of course he wants to upset all my plans but I must see Mr. Pick next week and your time must be growing short. My wife has just returned looking better, poor dear, it will be a long time before she can believe I am so much better. Mind you take care of yourself - this weather goes inside and out doesn't it. I don't think I am thin enough now to have a rubber hot bottle under my vest but I should like it. You kindly invited my nurse whether male or female, and as E. will be away my wife hopes she may share my pleasure"

Letter from John Fardell, Market Street, Ryde, I.W., to John H. G. Oglander, 90 Elms Park Gardens, London, S.W  OG/CC/2111  10 December 1902

"I fear I have been somewhat neglectful in not writing to you before, but I have been extremely busy. I trust, therefore, you will excuse the omission. There are several matters which I shall have to consult you about but I think they can well wait your return. So far as the birds are concerned though perhaps not quite so many as usual there will be sufficient to give Mr. Ogle several fair days. I have made the same arrangements for the distribution of your Chrismas Gift as in previous years. You will be glad to hear that the dispute with the District Council about the piece of land at Hardingshute Corner is practically settled. I yesterday met the District Council on the spot and discussed the matter with them and the Clerk has since informed me that subject to confirmation by Mr. Newman, the County Council's Surveyor, they acknowledge your right. As regards the Electric Light Co. I am writing the Manager requiring an Agreement and the payment of a royalty in respect of the user of that portion of the Road newly constructed as the District Council, in spite of their promise, have not yet formally taken it over. Owing apparently to differences amongst the members of the Council the matter, so far as they are concerned, appears to be in a perfect muddle. At their last Meeting, so far as I could gather from the Press, they passed 2 resolutions the first approving the Agreement submitted by me and directing the same to be sealed. Under the Agreement they undertook to take the Road over. The second Resolution was a negative one in the form of an amendment the effect of which is that they decline to pass the necessary Resolutions to carry out the terms of their Agreement. The present position is therefore incomprehensible. I am thankful to say that Mrs. Fardell is rapidly recovering her strength and that I am able to get about as usual though I have to be careful."

Letter from Dr. E.velyn Rich, Beenham Lodge, Cookham Dean, to Florence Oglander, 90 Elm Park Gardens, London, S.W  OG/CC/2111A  15 December 1902

"Thanks ever so much for your wire - it is most delightful, nothing but dire disaster or 10 feet of snow can stop us. I hope I shall see you looking well"

Letter from J. Hewby, National Debt Office, to John Fardell, Market Street, Ryde  OG/CC/2112  13 January 1903

"I have to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 10th instant, enclosing the Royal Licence for the change of name of Mr. John Henry Oglander and I am to inform you that the Licence has been returned to Mr. Oglander in accordance with your request."

Letter from M. G. Bertie, 39 Lennox Gardens, London, S.W., or Buckingham Palace Hotel, to Florence Oglander  OG/CC/2113  [1903]

"Blanch asked me to call in Elty Turner who wrote this out for me. I called here after dining with the Farquhars - you will be interested I suppose. What is the chance of finding Mr. Oglander and explaining that Blanch has written to me about the enclosed.
'Mrs. Oglander presents her compliments to the Lord Chamberlain and begs to say that she is desirous of having the honour of attending one of the Courts (or of attending the next court, held by their Majesties the King and Queen) of their Majesties the King and Queen and of presenting her daughter Miss Oglander to their Majesties.'"

Letter from Dr. Evelyn Rich, Beenham Lodge, Cookham Dean, to John H. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2114  9 March 1903

"I am so very glad to hear of Mrs. Oglander's continuous improvement in her health - her cheery letter was a great pleasure for which please thank her. I want you to be the first to know, as you have always been such a kind friend, that I have at last been obliged to accept the fact that I shall never be the same man as I have been, and that it is my duty to my family to do what is best for my health, but idleness is nauseous to me and dear as my Island friends are to me, I could not, without great risk, return to them. I have therefore decided to try how London suits me, hoping by so doing that I shall be less cut off from them and I propose practicing as a G.P. from some rooms I have taken close to Victoria - 12 Carlisle Mansions, lately occupied by Dr. De Veaux. My wife will be with me except during the holidays when she and the children can come here if they like. It is a big step starting life again, especially as I am a broken reed, but I cannot rusticate and I feel sure my kind friends will wish me good luck and if my health continues to improve, I may yet be of some use in the world, but it wont be as of old, surrounded by dear old patients and two good partners to help me who it was always a pleasure to meet. I must leave it to you to do what you think right about telling Mrs. Oglander who I think [of] more than anyone else. My hand is getting shaky, and I can add no more, so will close and write to Mr. Wadham, as I have told no one at present but you."

Letter from Joan Oglander, 25 Eaton Place, London, S.W., to her mother, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2114A  20 March 1903

"I have just come back from my singing lesson. Miss Leyton was so pleased with me, thought my voice was better than it had ever been before. I was so delighted. She said it is less "breathy"!! Perhaps you will tell Doctor Wadham he will be glad the galvanizing did it so much good. She is now going to begin to teach me more flexibility I hope. She says as I live in the country it will take two years to get that really good. She is very pleased at what I have done in the year that I have been with her. I took "May Dew" and "Dawn Gentle F." with her today [sic] my next lesson to be Wednesday. I thought you would like [to] hear this! Miss Layton was so pleased with the daffies. I have had such fun since I last wrote, the D.G.'s dance was tremendous fun! danced everything, just a nice number of men I knew, Mr. Carew, Mr. Gw[y]nn and his brother Roland, Mr. Cook (friend of the Morton's in the Guards), Mr. Clive, Ralph Delmé Radcliffe, Charlie Ponsonby and Mr. Holt, who is a perfectly beautiful dancer, lovely floor, part of Wurm's band. Aunt Edith was splendid, she has improved ! for we stayed till absolutely the end. She could not get me away!! She thoroughly enjoyed herself and imagine my surprise when towards the end I saw her dancing gaily with Charlie Ponsonby! Mr. Carew then carried her off for a last supper (he promised he would!) and Mr. Holt and I and two other couples had the floor to ourselves. It seems everyones opinion that my Aunt has improved as a chaperon. Mr. Carew observed how much less severe she looked this year, I suppose she has given me up as a bad job! Mrs. Gilbert looked nice but rather anxious as there were a few more girls than men which was a pity and unlike her dances, but moi j'ai thoroughly enjoyed myself! more than the Grafton, as there was so much more room to dance. Aunt E. found plenty of chaperons she knew. Her tea party went off very well although several people were prevented from coming by the rain, Lady Pelly among them. Several people asked after you, Lady Hornby, the Stapletons (he was appalling!), Alice Somerset, Nellie Annesley and Mabel Scarlet, Cousin Alti, the Liddells. Aunt E. was delighted with the daffies, they did look so pretty. I wished you had been here, it would have amused you. It was most amusing going over the glass works yesterday. I have chosen a good deal of common glass and also some very pretty pieces. Mr. Powell was very nice, the blowing fascinated me, but oh the heat! Blew some glass myself! it reminded me of "Marietta" by Marion Crawford! I was also fascinated by the stained glass work, watching the artists, they are doing some lovely windows. We all dined with the Medways last night. Aunt E. and Uncle B. went off to the "Light that failed", and Janie Hardy, Mr. Gathorne Hardy (a cousin), Nigel Hardy and I went off to "Quality Street". We had great fun and thoroughly enjoyed it. Its a charming play, not much plot, and not very deep, but Ellaleme Terriss is so charming in it. Seymour Hicks was rather annoying, but its all very pretty, but I don't like it as much as Mons. Beaucaire. How is Cousin Laura getting on? My love to her, isn't she very sorry for you about Dr. Rich? Have you heard any more from him? I hope you [are] all going on alright, Mummy darling. Aunt E. has told Mrs. Dormer sometime between the 7th of May and the 16th unless it interferes with a court several people going on Friday, the Gilberts, Liddells, Isolda Brune, Mrs. Ulick Browne (who I saw at the dance on Tuesday, asked after you), the Holts, the Gathorne Hardys. I hope they will be less crowded later on. On Saturday Mrs. Vesy Holt has asked me to go to tea with them at Princes which will be fun. Tomorrow am going to see Lady Hornby, Mrs. Strickland (who could not come to tea party) and tea with Lady Helen. Aunt E. and I laughed much about the cream in the whipped cream. I did not tell it to my partners!! Many stories are afloat, one - several men at the play together stood up in the back stalls to take off their coats and the people behind them in the pit shouted, sit down, sit down! at which a voice in the gallery shouted "they can't, they are Grenadiers" Isn't that rather nice. Some one told Aunt Edith on Tuesday night that one officer in the Grenadier Guards was dining out and found a cushion thoughtfully placed in his chair for him! All London is talking about Marie Halt, the violinist who made such a tremendous sensation when she played at St. James Hall a little time ago, she is only 18. Please excuse this pencil letter, but I only get such scraps of time for writing. My dearest love to Daddy, of course it was meant when I wrote [s]till its. not necessary to send forget-me-nots! I was so pleased with my delicious bunch of violets today. Aunt E. is a whale for Daffies! She says she should so like another box before they are over! I have Gwennie's letter with me. Do you think both the Blair Cochranes as well as Mary would be too many for the stall, I think so! and yet I don't want to hurt the B.C.'s feelings! Am glad your luncheon party is made up. Tell Daddy I think it was very remiss of him not to go to the Point to P[oint] today. He might have taken Coz. Laura instead of me "

Letter from Joan Oglander, 25 Eaton Place, London, S.W., to her mother, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2114B  21 March 1903

"Just a line to tell you that Lady Helen meditates asking to come to stay at Nunwell. I tell you to at once as it may make some difference in any plan about Coz. L[aura]! The change will do her so much good for she looks very worried and tired so it will cheer her up. Several people at tea there, Alice Dalrymple, Lady August Orr E[wing], the Leverns, her nephew Allan Boyle. Had long talk with of April when she seemed to think they return. She is delighted that Charlotte is going abroad with them. Met Mrs. D.R. and Pen, I am to dine there one day next week. Thank Daddy much for his letter. Dear love, in great haste"

Letter from Dr. Evelyn Rich, Junior Athenaeum Club, 116 Piccadilly, London, W., to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2114C  23 March 1903

"We left Uckfield last night and my brother in law's home does not contain a corner with any thing like the charm or quietness of your billiard Room so I returned without even writing one letter and this is my first to thank you for your dear kind letter. I can never tell you how much I have thought about it and when down on my luck shall just look it up again. You are right - it can never be the same to me again and life must quite alter but I have a great stimulus in my family and want to do more work if only to make it better for them and if only you can manage to come up and have a look at us we shall indeed be charmed. Only the first floor so that it will not really be higher than your own bedroom, a very downy cushion for you when you get there and smiles across two faces unequalled. I am so thankful you are keeping well, poor soul, the dull diet is a trial but its worth anything to keep well. Your liver is never very ready to mend its ways as I expect Mr. W[adham] has found out. My first appointment is for tomorrow at 11, just think of me. Now it all seems strange, it is such a complete change to my former life but worth a trial. If I can only keep well and still be of use of you. So strange, this morning before breakfast I went out for a short walk and the first person I met was Fuller. He did not see me and wont want to. If he only knew the contents of your letter. It will indeed be a pleasure to look after you again and you will have to be very well before you next come up. We are up here settling matters and trying to make it all look homelike - but it is a dream at present and how we will like it remains to be proved, but it must be better than Bath or Beecham, both suggested for me to live at. My eye is all right I am glad to say and your delightful letter has quite bucked me up. With love from us both to you and yours"

Letter from Joan Oglander, 25 Eaton Place, London, to her Father, John H. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2114D  25 March 1903

"Your wire did rather flabergast us as Friday unfortunately is the day which Aunt Edith has fixed for her tea party at the Empress Club. Any other day wouldn't have mattered. She had got everyone she wanted to come and as it was entirely for me, of course she is a good deal put out about it. I did not think it was very much good sending the wire to you this morning, as you might have already answered the invitation, but there was just a chance. Just got the wire. Aunt E. is, I am afraid, very provoked about it. I do feel sorry that it should have happend. Of course you could not know how inconvenient it is for her to spare me that day, and I suppose you had to answer by return, however, it cannot be helped now, only do write a nice letter to appease her, please. The Royal person is too tiresome for words, isn't she! I don't think its at all fun living in a neighbourhood of Royalty. I don't mean to be cross myself, only you do understand its rather tiresome for Aunt E. don't you? I must come down by the 1.42 (will I be met at Ryde?) and may I leave by an early train on Saturday morning as we are going to the concert at Queen's Hall on Saturday afternoon. I have another singing lesson on Monday, and the Medways have a play party on Tuesday to celebrate Nigel Gathorne Hardy's birthday and we are going with them so PLEASE let me come back. I should be so dreadfully disappointed to miss all this. Aunt Edith would like to come back till Wednesday. She tells me she has been writing to you, but for your private edification her wrath has very much cooled down the last few minutes! I expect she has written rather a snorter of a letter as we know she can!! and I know you will be sorry it has fallen out so unluckily. If there is any chance of you getting me out of the dinner let us know tomorrow by telegram, as Aunt E. has waited to put off her tea party people till tomorrow morning just in case, but fear you cannot manage that and only ask it because of Aunt E's party. The concert on Saturday is going to be lovely. I am so pleased with my violets, and much amused by the forget me not, its not necessary. I wish you could come up to London for a day or two, say till Wednesday, now that Lady Helen is with Mother. I am sure the Stricks would put you up."

Letter from Joan Oglander, [25 Eaton Place, London] to her father, John H. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2114E  30 March 1903

"I should really think its necessary to send you that little blue flower if I did not know you were at Winchester all [sic] but its just a gentle hint for the future! Aunt Edith was very delighted with the flowers on Saturday, you did pick a lovely box, it nearly called forth imprecations on the Steeple Aston garden. I am so sorry I couldn't finish this this morning, but was out with Aunt E. Do you think I ought to tip the man servant when I go? he came to fetch me at the D.R.'s when I dined there, and of course carried my boxes up stairs etc. I do not generally tip him, so what am I to do? please let me know will you. I am rather unhappy about my money as I am afraid I must ask for another pound! When I have paid Uncle B. the £2 which I owe, I shan't have anything left! which would be rather a sad state of affairs. I am sorry the cabs run away with such a lot! I did so enjoy the concert on Saturday, it was all lovely except the "Hero" by Strauss, which was performed for the 3rd time in England, and was distinctly clap trap. We had the Traul [?] March which is so lovely. Sunday was a very busy day. I went to early Service. After Matins went into the park, lunched with the Vandeleurs, who were very nice party only Norah and her brother Alec, Mr. & Mrs. V., Captain Cook in the Rifle Brigade and 2 others, Elfreda Bathurst and her husband, and Captain Kennard and Lady Thornhill to tea. Aunt E. liked Captain K. The play on Saturday will be great fun, I think, as everyone says Rosemary is charming. I thought perhaps you wouldn't mind as you said I might go to another play! Must stop, going to tea with Aunt E. 94 G.P.G. I did like seeing you all the other day. Tell Lady H[elen] am so delighted can go to St Pauls.
P.S. Will write again very soon, this is such a scrappy letter.
P.S. [on envelope] Am writing while Aunt E. is with her dressmaker!!"

Letter from Joan Oglander, [c/o Emmie Le Marchant], 18 St. George's Road, London, S.W., to her mother, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2114F  5 April 1903

"Thank you so much for your letter and Daddy's little scrap at the end. I am glad the men for the 17th all settled as you can now ask Pen. Captain Kennard likes very much to come. I am afraid he cannot be at the house till 8 o'clock. I said I thought we could send the dog cart for him which would make it much quicker. Emmie very kindly insists on my staying till Wednesday and going down with them by the 3 from Waterloo. I suppose I have to tell them to stop at Brading. Last night was quite delightful! We dined first with Captain Kennard at the Carleton at 7.15, the 4th was a very nice man, Mr. Inigo Thomas, who is tremendously interested in architecture and wrought iron work and according to Captain K. sketches beautifully. Daddy would have liked him. He and Aunt E. got on splendidly which was lucky! Of course we had an excellent band all through dinner, and they played in the hall afterwards where we had coffee.
Rosemary did not begin till 8.45, it's a very pretty play. Windham is excellent, but we none of us liked Mary Moore! She looked too old for the part. I enjoyed the whole evening very much and I think Aunt E. liked herself very much too. She said she liked Captain Kennard so much. He is coming her this afternoon and I expect Emmie and he will make friends over golf! I wrote to Lady Helen, it's very nice that we are to go to supper with Bp. of Stepney. I will not wear any of my pearls and diamonds. Daddy's flowers were lovely, Emmie is so delighted with them, they make her drawing room so pretty. I went with Aunt E. to the Buck[ingham] Pal[ace] Hotel on Friday where they had a set of rooms in the wing which were small, but I think would quite do if we were only up for a short time for a court. Prices yours 21/- maid's room 2, board 6/6. Last year for some unknown reason we were charged out of season prices. I hear the Grosvenor is very expensive. I must stop now, please thank Daddy for offering to let me have another play, but you see it's Holy Week. Don't bother yourself over that old bazaar!"

Letter from Dr. Evelyn Rich, 12 Carlisle Mansions, Carlisle Place, London, S.W., to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, IW  OG/CC/2114G  20 April 1803

"I hope you are all of you getting along and haven't been victims to the same change in the weather - it has been unusually treacherous with the warm sun but it is a blessing having it so fine. My family have been at Beecham for a week and I intended joining them for Easter but 2 sick people detained me - not that I minded, being ever so glad to be at work and now I have quite a nice little practice and feel ever so much better having to think about other people instead of my own aches and pains. I do so hope you will be equal to coming up. Seeing you all again will be such a pleasure. The boy sounds very cheerful - he wanted us to go to the races but we couldn't fit it in. I expect he will come up again the end of the month. Your poor leg seems a great worry to you. It is hard lines when you want to be about in the finer weather but when it gets warmer you all seem to feel better and your trees must be looking lovely now. The street is the first turning on the right after leaving the station on your way to the stores, our back windows are close to the R.C. Cathedral. We hope to have the dear old Bishop of Portsmouth with us on Wednesday. Mrs. S[annin ?] has just been here. She is full of troubles. L. Tottenham keeps them on the jump."

Letter from Dr. Evelyn Rich, 12 Carlisle Mansions, Carlisle Place, London, S.W., to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2114H  22 April 1903

"No sleep tonight, I am just cracked with pleasure. It just seems too good to be true. I shall go round to the B[uckingham] P[alace] Hotel and find out in the morning what they propose doing for you and then I shall go elsewhere if they can't put you up. Mind and let me know which train you come by. Wont it be something to look forward to. My good little wife is so pleased at my being so well. I don't say anything to her, but I miss my dear old friends terribly and to have you up here, if only for a day or two, will be such a treat. You must let us take Joan out one night. Tell us at once any thing she wishes to do and we will get tickets. Ernest, I expect, will come up next week, he generally comes once a month. I am so pleased you should be at one of the first Drawing Rooms, isn't it nice to have you untill [May ?]. I have read your letter again and looked at dates. How delightful, so many days. The dear old Bishop has been over to see us today. More tomorrow"

Letter from Joan Oglander, [c/o Bishop Wilberforce], The Palace, Chichester, to her mother, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2114I  22 April 1903

"I found Dick in great delight waiting for me on the platform at Chichester. We went off to play bridge directly I arrive! I wasn't feeling particularly keen, but Dick wanted to play. I am sorry to say that the last few days have had the most disasterous effect on my brain! for I simply couldn't play bridge. I do not think I've ever played more badly, partly perhaps because I was tired, you would have laughed, tho' I didn't!! Luckily it wasn't a very severe game. I greatly miss having no (wrong grammar ) one to talk to about Auberon, but am very happy hugging my big secret. I do very much like being here, they are all such dears and seem to like having me. There was a fearful "to do" when I said I must go home tomorrow. D. is so disappointed, the only condition they let me go, is that I come for a few days on my way back from Town, and when I said that might be rather difficult, they said I was to suggest my own date. It need only be a few days, I don't want to be away from you more than I can help this summer. We are having great fun. I sang a lot this morning and then we played tennis, which was a great joy! Ethel and Kitty are both here so we make a nice four. We are going to have a lot more before and after tea. I have promised to go by the latest train tomorrow (leaves Chichester 5.6, gets to Ryde 6.25) so that we can have some tennis. I am glad to say we had no bridge after dinner last night! We went to bed soon after chappel. I had a very dear letter from Mary yesterday. Oh Mother, I am so so happy"
[Auberon Kennard proposed to Joan Oglander in the garden at Nunwell, before breakfast on Saturday 18 April, and was accepted.] [A. Kennard's Diaries]

Letter from Dr. Evelyn Rich, 12 Carlisle Mansions, Carlisle Place, London, S.W., to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2114J  25 April 1903

"I know very well it must be a great strain having such a very important dinner to make but I am so glad to hear that it is all agreeable to everyone concerned, and bad as it will be when the time comes to part with that charming child of yours, in these risky days it will be a satisfaction to have secured a suitable partner, but she must not be in a hurry. She is so very young, isn't she, and lifes cares will come quite soon enough. It is so delightful of you telling us about it all. You know I shall never say any thing about it, only feeling so glad that you say it is a (happy reaction) - It will be such a pleasure seeing you and I am relieved to think you are not going into the wing. It must be noisy compared with the other rooms. Of course Joan ought to be kept quiet but if she wants an extra jaunt tell her to let it be ours. With a little trickery tickets can always be got late at the office - and she shall go to anything she likes. You will be all right. I would trust you any when and any where after what I have seen you go through. We will give you something to bring you up to concert pitch. I almost forgot myself and said "cocktail", and a good rest afterwards will be well earned. Till Wednesday"

Letter from Edmund Hegan Kennard, 25 Bruton Street, London, W., to John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/2115  7 May 1903

"As I know that the disappointment to my son of the announcement of his engagement to your daughter may be delayed, I venture to suggest that, as the margin is very small between what he thinks he can live upon as a married man and what he fancies he cannot that we waive for the moment the question of ways and means and allow the announcement to be made. I quite see the awkwardness to both families and to the young couple themselves that must be created by their appearance so much together, if they are not formally betrothed. If you have not any decided objection then may I allow Auberon to make the necessary announcement? I am sure we can easily settle what they have to live on afterwards. Would you kindly return an answer by bearer."

Letter from Leila Calthorpe 16 Queens Gate Place, London, S.W., to John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/2116  12 May 1903

Administrative history:
Note: The Calthorpe's 2nd son, Somerset Arthur, later Admiral of the Fleet, married on 27 February 1900, Annie Eufhemia ("Effie") dau. of Hon. Robert Dunsmuir of British Columbia. They had no children. They lived at Woodlands Vale, Ryde, after his mother's death in 1919.

"On my return yesterday I found your kind note, which had arrived some 20 minutes after I had started to pick up Flo! She said the Doctor had forbidden an open carriage, but nothing about your writing. It was all right for May has not allowed me in an open one yet. I am sure she is right with this winter weather! It was so nice having Flo with us and we were able to do one or two calls she wanted. I do hope she was not too tired and that Joan soon appeared to take her home. I lent the carriage after to Arthur and Effie who were dining with the Gussies. I daresay Flo told you I am going to see dear old Isay Hardyman tomorrow for one night and return Friday: if you could come and have tea with me quietly, how nice that would be. I do feel for you parting with Joan; but that is not immediate and she will be near you, Flo, for some time after, which will be a great help and not like when one's dear ones go right away. I really think from all I hear, you may feel every confidence that she will have a true, loyal and devoted husband. If you cannot come Friday can you do so Sunday? Friday I can and shall say only at home to you: and tea at 5 o'clock. I will be in quite punctually."

Letter from Dr. E. Rich, Junior Athenaeum Club, 116 Piccadilly, London, W., to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2116A  19 May 1903

"My wife has gone out to tea so I have come on here for companionship and hope to smoke myself into a happier frame of mind, but I feel horrible being left behind. Your visit has been the greatest pleasure to us and I cannot tell you how much I shall miss you, your cheery smile under all circumstances can never be equalled and I sincerely hope when you have had a good rest that you will feel all the better for your change. You really look much better and with all your home comforts you will be able to enjoy a quiet life. I have written to Mr. W. and feel sure he will do all he can for your comfort. Didn't Joan look charming in the carriage? She wants her circulation watching. She is only blue when she does not exercise enough - try and start her riding again. Walking in hot weather is too great an exertion! I shall think of you in your charming bed room tomorrow morning and long to be on the old stool outside the window. Don't think any more of what I told you, it's all right, you may depend and you always say the right thing and have quite set my mind at rest, but I had never heard before that they regretted my departure which was what I longed to hear after all I had tried to do for them. Mrs. W[adham] is a jealous woman but it may only be roused by her affection for her husband. I must really shut up but upon doing so mu apologise for pouring out my woes which I ought not to do just because you are so kind and sympathetic."

Letter from Dr. Evelyn Rich, 12 Carlisle Mansions, Carlisle Place, London, S.W., to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2116B  3 June 1903

"2 delightful letters, how kind of you and I have behaved so badly about writing. Really the days slip along such a pace and we always seem to have so many people in and out and the work is such a pleasure, but this extensive practice must be curtailed if I can't write to you. I am so very sorry you had had such a bad time of it, but I am not surprised. Just think what a lot you did and your fatigue would be sure to cause conjestion somewhere from your circulation being full. We can only be thankful that it didn't choose your liver. How you must have enjoyed your tea with that happy couple. He is, I feel sure, a real good fellow and his affection for you will be an additional pleasure. I know what you think of the matter. Now we have fires again - cruel just as were getting warmed through, and such a storm, the worst I ever heard. Miss N. is most amusing about F. If my wife had been anything like her where would the boy have been - an odd remark. I don't mean anything disparaging. Doubtless the old lady might have had [dire ...] but no doubt she has coddled them. So kind of you to send the cutting. The editor evidently mistook the sergeants - it has done the boy a lot of good. His Major said "I wanted to find out what he was made of, and now I know. He couldn't have done better" and he has been to the War Office to try and get them to exchange one of the others for the boy. He left on Sunday morning at 6.30, rather hard of the War Office, seeing that they worked until 12 on Saturday and he was much pleased by having extra pay, 17 guineas given him which he immediately spent on a gun. I am so thankful the visit went off so well. I'll trust you to soften that Mother-in-law. Yes, I have the measure. During the move it was invaluable and since then it has been locked up. I now enclose it, with many thanks. I can't find the shop. I am ever so well, many thanks, and really hope I am out of the wood. We spent our Monday at Beecham. It was heavenly. I am learning such a lot. Eyes have my special attention now. I hope you have your glasses and that they suit you. Our love to the family, who we constantly talk about and never forget."

Letter from Dr. Evelyn Rich, 12 Carlisle Mansions, Carlisle Place, London, S.W., to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2116C  5 June 1903

"Thank you ever so much for sending the Kennards to me. I do really think it was ever so kind of you. He is a most charming old gentleman. I am to see her on Tuesday. I went to Leon this afternoon and it will be all right, I am glad to say. After a good hunt they have found your glasses and they hoped I would tell you how very sorry they were. I didn't let them off, it is very careless of them. I feel so sorry you have caught cold again, but with such a congested palate I am not surprised, besides the weather has been exceptional. Did you see that during the storm the temperature dropped 17°, most remarkable and very trying. I am distressed to hear of Lady Bathurst's loss. It is a great shock. I suppose blood poisoning or a blood clot. Mary Forsythe was here yesterday. She told me about Joan's wedding being in Town. I was, of course, surprised. I do hope you will soon be well again."

Letter from Edmund Hegan Kennard, 25 Bruton Street, London, W., to John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/2117  6 June 1903

"I was not able to acknowledge your letter of June 4th yesterday, as I was performing the melancholy duty of attending my friend, Captain Twynam's funeral at Ryde. While there I took occasion to call upon your solicitor, Mr. Fardell and gave him the address of my solicitor in London, Mr. George Treherne, 28 Bedford Row. I gave him also in the few minutes I could see him a general idea of the settlements to be made out. You were good enough to suggest settling £20,000 on your daughter and I would do the same with my son, in each case, I presume, the reversion to survivor for life in case of pre-decease of each. If you could see your way to give your daughter next year an allowance of £400, I would allow my son £500 annually so that with his army pay the young couple would start with an income of £1,000 a year, £100 being allowed for contingencies. I think without undue extravagence they ought to be able to subsist on this comfortably. If I could increase my sons allowance in the future I should certainly do so. I was sorry yesterday that time prevented my driving out to pay my respects at Nunwell. With kindest remembrances to your wife and daughter."

Letter from John Fardell, Market Street, Ryde, I.W., to John H.G. Oglander, Esq  OG/CC/2118  18 June 1903

"I had a very satisfactory interview with Mr. Treherne yesterday, and I do not anticipate any difficulties. I will reserve details until I next have the pleasure of seeing you."

Letter from Agnes A. Kennard, 25 Bruton Street, London, W., to Florence Oglander  OG/CC/2119  15 June 1903

"From what Auberon tells me it seems as if we could hardly hope to persuade you to undertake the long journey to Scotland this year and it certainly is a very tiring one. But if you do not feel equal to it yourself, we very much hope that Joan and her maid will come up under Mr. Oglander's wing in the latter half of August, while Auberon is with us. Mr. Oglander will not mind our having no grouse to offer him, as I think he does not care for shooting, but there will be plenty to sketch and for people who like not too hilly country, there are quite nice walks. Pitfour Castle is about 5 miles from Perth and close to Glencarse Station. I wonder if you are being half drowned as we are, or whether the Island is favoured with occasional gleams of sun. How lucky we were in having such lovely weather, while with you! It must be dreadful under canvas at Park House Camp."

Letter from Agnes A. Kennard, 25 Bruton Street, London, W., to John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/2120  17 June 1903

"I am so very sorry to hear of Mrs. Oglander's renewed illness. One can only hope that each attack may be less serious, till they cease entirely. We shall be delighted to have Joan for as long as ever she is contented to stay with us, though I daresay that will rather depend on the time for which Auberon gets leave! We have, as I told Mrs. Oglander, only sketching and walks to offer to you, but I do hope you will not cut your own visit too short. Some years ago we went with all the servants and horses by sea from the Temple Pier up to Aberdeen, good boats, but detestable company. If you go that way you will be, of course, a long way from Perth, from which our little station, Glencarse, is only distant 5 miles. Perhaps there are good boats to Dundee, which is on a direct line to Glencarse. But there are good trains between Aberdeen and Perth, though I have not a Scotch time-table at hand. I gather that the middle of August after the yachting week - or weeks, would suit you all the best, and we can settle the day later on. We are delighted to think of having you at Pitfour Castle. There is another and greater place of that name in Aberdeenshire."

Letter from Dr. Evelyn Rich, 12 Carlisle Mansions, Carlisle Place, London, S.W., to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2120A  18 June 1903

"I wonder how you are this atrocious weather. I am thankful to say we are all very fit and going a great pace. It is really very amusing just now and with a little sunshine everyone could be happy. As it is we like being aired and the wardrobe is quite unstarched. I don't know whether I shall be able to help Mr. & Mrs. Kennard. They are very pleasant and he is charming, but poor man, he is nearly decimated by her relations. If they would lie down all might go well, but you musn't know anything. It is a great pleasure trying to help them. Dear Mrs. Bertie came to see me yesterday, and teas him next week. How many pleasures do I owe to you - she is really an awfully kind soul. She wanted to know how much I had seen of you when you were up, and I said just a little. How I wish you were round the corner, how even your maid's head at the window would be cheering. I am busy today, my wife gone with Ernest to Ascot. I expect she will return rough dried it looks so dull, and we have fires every day. I am so glad the H.K's. ball went off so well. Joan would fascinate a crowd. You should just have heard the Uncle's opinions. He is quite charmed with her and is such an old dear being. The sun has just come out and I must be off, I have business at the Horse Guards. Really it is getting a great show. I dare not sit at home any longer for fear Edward 7 might send, and I am quite occupied today. Dear old Sir Dougles Powell was charming the other night when I met him at dinner. Most encouraging and asked after you. The lesser lights such as Fuller don't call - rather amusing - after all I have done for them in the past. Human nature is a study and under his mistakes you will have a wonder effect on the future Mother in law. I do so want to see her. I do hope your throat is better. I expect a little electricity must do it good. Wadham has my battery and would do it very carefully. I have one that can help a great singer. She comes here in great style with powder on her face put on with a teaspoon and the perfumery is such that shall either have to take a larger flat or live in a square."

Letter from Dr. Evelyn Rich, 12 Carlisle Mansions, Carlisle Place, London, S.W., to John H. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2120B  20 June 1903

"I thank you so very much for writing to me, but it is indeed sad news. I feel so very sorry for poor Mrs. Oglander and sincerely hope she will soon be well again. I am so thankful she is in good hands. Mr. Wadham knows so well how to treat her and with prompt remedies I trust it will soon pass off again - but it is a painful remission and I only hope that the [delightful] change in the sedative will help her. We have a cold wind still but it is dry, such a comfort after a deluge. We have been to see Mrs. Strickland today and found them both at home with the Lanes. They were extremely kind and very cheerful. The new cook is a great pleasure and Harrod still provides them with luxuries. They asked about you all, but I said nothing, hoping that there might be no such suffering as I witnessed in their house. The floods are terrible at Beecham - 3 feet of water on the tennis lawn, but the boats are all safe. I fear it will really ruin the riverside people. No Ascot Sunday for them, which is their harvest. Now it is Mrs. Adam Kennard, I wonder if I shall score. So far all goes well but it is a very difficult case to handle. He is coming again on Monday. We are greatly relieved I have at last got news of my brother in California through the clergyman there. He writes so strongly in his favour and says he is such a good fellow and as steady as a rock, only a bad manager with his money matters. Now we can help him. It is such a load off my mind. I am so glad you think of going to Scotland. It is just the air for you. I wonder if I might run down for a night whilst you are away. It would be such a pleasure to look forward to. I expect my wife will be very tied during our holiday and I shall also be, but not to the same extent. We have charge of my sister in law whose heart condition isn't very satisfactory. Do come to lunch one day when you are up. We should be so delighted and you will only let us know in the morning, I wont go to the hospital which I so often do at 1 o'clock. Please give our love to Mrs. Oglander and tell her I shall be so thankful to hear she is round the corner again. What a nuisance that colon is. Such a pity we can't have it out - a piece of gas pipe would do just as well."

Letter from Dr. Evelyn Rich, 12 Carlisle Mansions, Carlisle Place, London, S.W., to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2120C  30 June 1903

"I am ashamed of having allowed so long to elapse without answering your most welcome letter, but you know so well what a whirl one sometimes gets into in this giddy place, and during the last week I have dined out more than I have done in the whole 22 years of my Ryde life, and we have had people in and out all day - it has really been very amusing and with my work we have had quite a busy time. I cannot tell you what a relief it was to me to hear from you that really you have got round the corner. I must say that I was very worried about you. It did seem such hard luck after the plucky way you kept all your engagements in Town and gave us such immense pleasure by going to the Tournament. Ernest is with us tonight and talks incessantly. He is on his way to Harrow for Speech Day. So nice of them all to never forget him. We are to have the pleasure of seeing your husband tomorrow - a yarn with him will be most refreshing. The weather has been quite lovely and warm but with plenty of air and the streets seem gay. I hear Mrs. Shearn is better here or in Ryde. Poor old lady, she has a sad time before her. Did you know that poor Maud left Ethel Purcell £300, wasn't that good of her - because when Mrs. Le Marchant dies she will be poorly off. I am to see Mrs. Adam Kennard again next week. I do so hope I have really done her some good - the nerve reports are excellent but mental cases can't be relied upon. We dine with the P[.......] next week. Really it is most amusing and some of the people we meet are very interesting, but my profession leads me into all sorts and conditions of society. My wife had her eyes opened the other night. Some very rich people belonging to a vapid crowd asked us to dinner and after a most elaborate banquet cigarettes followed closely on assent, and all the "ladies" proceeded to smoke. My wife's face was a study and she alone remained smokeless. It was not only amusing but profitable because one of this company sent for me the next day (not the result of the dinner). I do so hope you are well enough to be out of doors. How lovely it must be and so delightfully kind of you to ask me down. I shall enjoy it so very much, but only a day I fear - but it must depend on my sister in law. Mrs. Bertie came to tea on Sunday. She was so smart."

Letter from Auberon Kennard, Camp, to John H. G. Oglander, Esq., 94 Elm Park Gardens, London, W  OG/CC/2121  30 June 1903

"I enclose my two tickets for the Oxford and Cambridge and am only too glad of the chance to do something for you in a humble way. You say "if I am not using all my tickets". No member ever gets more than two for any one match, but they are very much at your disposal. I have not heard of anybody else who wants them, and even if I did I would have given you the refusal. My mother never goes, and my Father always sits in the Pavilion. I am so glad you enjoyed your Cambridge dinner, though as you say, it must have been sad to think of all the old faces that might have been there and were not. We had the most gorgeous weather on my last visit to the Island and Joanie and I took full advantage of the little Windflower so kindly lent. I missed you a good deal, (yes, odd as it may appear, I really did!) and I think it was very lucky that Joan's visit to London was not that week, or it would have been dreadfully dull for her mother. She seems to be going on quite satisfactorily. I am so glad. The arrival of the long expected photographs created great excitement. I wont tell you my opinion, so as to keep up your suspense! One thing I feel it my duty to report, painful though it may be, is that the bathroom soap-dish is again missing. Too bad, I do think!"

Letter from Dr. Evelyn Rich, 12 Carlisle Mansions, Carlisle Place, London, S.W., to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading  OG/CC/2121A  13 July 1903

"This giddy life destroys all my good intentions and when I shall end I know not. Last week was the pace was awful [sic]. Every sail set and but for my supplying the place of ballast our ship would have been up side down. Ernest was here and he and his mother had a great time. It was a great pleasure seeing Joan, but unfortunately it was just for a moment. I had an appointment quite impossible to avoid. However, I saw her and she looked quite charming. I told her I feared she had a swollen heart. Never was such happy girl. It really does seem as if her life was to be of the very sunnyest and our only wish now is that you are going to be much better. It was a great pleasure learning from her that you were well enough to be out and about again. We do so like your letting Joan or anyone come to us, so do make any use you like of us, it is a huge pleasure, or any shopping. If out of my line, my wife will always do it, but really I don't mind doing anything and my taste is really quite good on stays etc. We are both, I am thankful to say, extremely well. Indeed I have never been better, and laughed at a friend of mine the other day who recommended me a specialist. I'm for letting well alone and have no fancy for any more examinations. We dined with Sir R. Powell on Friday. Dear old man, he is very charming always - rather a stiff dinner party, the Archdeacon of London - Chancellor of the London University - the Horners - Legge the naturalist and others were drier, but it was interesting and the dinner excellent and that with a sufficiency of effervescence will digest a great deal of leathery conversation and Radium at the present time is a safe topic. I have been to see it this afternoon - it is quite marvellous, an inexhaustive flare of light with a wonderful effect on cancer. Everyone leaving town. We shall go when my work leaves off. I shall be delighted to go to you when you are alone. Such a pleasure to look forward to, but it must not be for long. I don't like to leave my wife too long on guard if my sister in law is unwell. Have you read 'The Mastery of the Pacific' - Colquherne. Most interesting. I have now a new book on stomachs, equally interesting. Yours is there, but no illustrations or names. I now feel as if you had been ex-rayed. Did you hear of the reception Edward 7 got at Newmarket when he arrived with Sassoon & Co - "Hail, King of the Jews", shouted some wag - quite horrid wasn't it. We have some lovely weather, plenty of air. Next week I am going to have a great treat. Sir John Thorneycroft came today and asked me to go a trial trip on a torpedo boat and I only hope I shall be able to get away. I haven't found anyone near here yet to leave on guard when I am away. This extensive practice must be watched. Will you ever read this terrible epistle. I must really stop or tire you too much"

Letter from May Hammond, 25 Eaton Place, London, S.W., to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2121B  20 July 1903

"I am so sorry for the delay in answering your letter - it went out to Wimereux - and came back to England and found me at Ascot where I had gone for the Sunday. We shall be charmed to let our house to you for the time you propose from any time in November - till Edith wants to come in - if she is inclined to take it again. Please settle that with her. Seven guineas per week. I am sorry to say our stables are let by the year to Sir Edward Carson in this street. There are two bedrooms, one with 2 beds and a dressing room on the 1st bedroom floor - three bedrooms, one bed in each and a Bath room on the floor above - two bedrooms in the attics - one with two beds - a bed in the pantry - and one in the servants hall. Shall you be in London I wonder any day soon - and would you like to come and see over the house. It is so difficult to realize sizes etc. from a description. We leave our upper housemaid. I think Edith brings a girl, who divides her time between house and kitchen. Please ask me anything else you would care to know. I shall be here all this week and probably all next"

Letter from Dr. Evelyn Rich, 12 Carlisle Mansions, Carlisle Place, London, S.W., to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2121C  23 July 1903

"The sketch was delightful, so exactly J.O's attitude. I must really hear more about it. How wrathful he must have been. I do so hope you are feeling really better. I am sorry for the young couple, but they have a good time coming, and if this atrocious weather goes on the manoeuvres will be cut short. I wanted your husband to take you to Scotland. It would have been just the thing for him, but I shall greatly enjoy a pipe with him when Madam has gone to bed. You must let me know when the most convenient time is for you to have me. Will the middle of the month suit you? I hope my sister in law will keep all right. We are going to have her down to Beecham. We expect to go there any day now nearly everyone has gone away from town. I shall have to journey up and down for a little every other day as I haven't quite finished off. Very good account of Mrs. Kennard. I am so glad. How tiresome of your maid just as she has become so useful to you, but I must look out for you. There is a lady near here, Miss Kern, who keeps a R. Office. I wonder if she could suit you. Lower Belgrave Street. She is so very practical and painstaking. I have had a delightful trip this afternoon. Sir John Thornycroft invited me to go with him on a trial trip up the river in a large new steamer with the Japanese, American and German Attaches, champaigne lunch and great luxuries. It was most delightful and such intellectual companions. I have greatly enjoyed myself. Lady Ellisford has sent for me. I wonder if it's your kindness again. She is quite charming but very deaf and my endeavours down the speaking tube always conveyed a wrong impression and I cannot find out my benefactor. I think I grasped her symptoms but it was somwhat embarrasing. Some questions in my profession require telling gently about and some how or other that tube was very disobliging. I do hope she has got the right medicine. Ernest goes to Okehampton tomorrow for gun drill. He has been sleeping out 4 nights without a tent. I believe he thinks it great fun. I do hope you are well."

Letter from May Hammond, 25 Eaton Place, London, S.W., to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2121D  24 July 1903

"The dressing room is about 12ft x 9ft. it is just under the Cook's room on the floor above and I think the same size. There is a very nice library behind the Dining Room. There is a 3rd little room on that floor - but we have always shut that up with boxes etc. stored away. My Father used it as a dressing room - but it is very cold little room, all outer wall - I don't think anyone could sleep in it and it never had a bed in it. My Sisters, as perhaps you know, are at Wimereux, near Boulogne. I shall be going there for most of August - but expect to be back here in September, before our winter move. Though I do not know your daughter, I have always heard so much of her from Kate and from Edith. I was much interested to hear of her engagement, and that you all liked her choice, but it is hard upon you to lose her so soon!"

Letter from Edith Ogle, Steeple Aston, Oxford, to John H. G. Oglander, her brother-in-law  OG/CC/2122  24 July 1903

"It rather takes one's breath away to be asked to settle ones plans 6 months ahead and I don't think we can be expected to do so. We never arrange things so far forward, but we vaguely agreed the other day that if we take the Hammonds house next winter, it would be early so that we might go abroad later, but very probably we may not get the house, for the Hammonds will be abroad for the next year or two more than they were (they are abroad now) and very likely they would like a longer let, say for a year or so. Supposing we did take the house after you in February and Joan is married in January, that would quite prohibit our being present, as Bertram certainly would not go up twice, but we really cannot say for certain what we shall do, or where we shall be 6 months hence. We may be dead and buried. Why is it necessary to have a house in Belgravia, if you can get one cheaper in Chelsea? You know it is very easy to manage, so that they could be married at St. George's, Hanover Square or in any Belgravia church, wherever they are living. I cannot understand you saying the wedding would be less trouble and fuss in London, particularly if you have to take up your whole establishment and it seems to me a pity a girl should not be married from her own home, in her own church, surrounded by her own friends and dependants coming where she is somebody, instead of in London where no one cares a dam who or what you are. It is only another sterotyped wedding, with the regulation wedding march and that is all. Besides there is the chance of Florence being laid up again in a hired house and of course that would prevent your being able to say for certain how long you would want the house! Why don't you engage one of the Ryde Hotels or rooms in one, and then you need not have many people (or any) to stay at Nunwell and the luncheon or tea is easy to manage. Mrs. Robert Smith took the whole of the Hotel at Woodstock, the other day for her guests, with great success and it will be the dead season in Ryde. Surely it would be easy to manage, but this is not my business. Another thing is that the Hammonds are very particular about their house and as I believe the drawing room has been done up since we left, I don't know that they would relish a wedding in it. You could also give your entertainment in some Hotel, as they did when Arthur Calthorpe was married."

Draft letter from Florence Oglander to Miss Hammond  OG/CC/2122A  c 26 July 1903

"We have heard from the Ogles and find that they do not yet know their Spring plans and should not like to make them so long before hand, and as they never come to London in the autumn which is our usual time for coming - we think we had better make our offer to you of taking the house for about 3 months from the middle of November to about the middle of January. That would still enable Ogles, should they decide to come to London and not go abroad, to come earlier than their usual time if they wished to do so! My husband thought of your house because once Edith suggested to us to share the tenancy with them, but we could not then go to London. Thank you very much for your sympathy about Joan; she is very young and I cannot bear the thought of parting with her, but we like her choice very much and she is so happy that we cannot think of ourselves. She is, if all is well, to be married in London and we should wish to have the afternoon tea, which is all that a wedding entails now, at your house, but we should not have a great many people, as I am unluckily not up to a big function, and you may be quite sure that the greatest care will be taken of your house. I am glad you leave a housemaid, as I should feel that she would take care of your things."

Letter from May Hammond, 25 Eaton Place, London, S.W., to Florence Oglander  OG/CC/2122B  29 July 1903

"We are very pleased to hear that you decide to take our house for about 3 months from the middle of November. Please let us know nearer the time the day you would like it to be ready for you. We have no inventory - only lists of plate and glass, which Mary (our Upper Housemaid) will give you. I will leave latch keys and pianoforte keys with her for you. I wish much our stables had been available, but I am sure you will easily find some to be had in our Mews at that time of year. I expect to be here all September and till the 15th of October. After that if there is anything you wish to say about the house, it will save time if you write to Mary - (Ashley her name). We are much interested to know that the wedding is to take place from here - Will it be at St. Peters, I wonder. I ought to mention we have three seats in Pew 56 in the middle aisle, and 4 seats for the servants in the gallery. I hope to go out to Wimereux on Monday - for August - but letters are always forwarded from here at once."

Letter from Edith Ogle, Steeple Aston, Oxford, to John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/2123  29 July 1903

"We are surprised, after your letter of the 22nd in which you say "of course we do not want to poach on your preserves" to find that you were already in treaty with the Hammonds about the house. When I answered your letter I told you we had thought (long before we knew Joan was to be married in London) of taking the house early this year, so as to go abroad later, and of course when you told me the wedding was to be at that time, we naturally thought we should be there for it and we had even discussed whether we could have been of any use to you. What you have done seems sharp practice and it seems strange that there is no house in London that will suit you, except the one you know we have taken for several years!
P.S. Bertram has seen both my letters and quite agrees with what I have said."

Draft letter from John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W., to Bertram Ogle, his brother in law  OG/CC/2124  30 July 1903

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"A note arrives this morning from Edith, which she says together with her last letter you have seen and approved - so I prefer answering it to you. Some years since, Edith proposed we should share 25 Eaton Place for a let. We always go to London in autumn. You, I believe, have never taken 25 before February. When I found it would be necessary to have Joan's marriage in January, because of the leave from the Army, I had to consider how far my funds would go in carrying out the arrangements three months earlier than I anticipated. We made enquiries as to houses and could hear of nothing for the rent I was prepared to give without going to a part of London inconvenient for the wedding. Then we thought of No. 25, and the first step appeared to me necessary was to write and ascertain whether the Hammonds would let it us for the months during which you had never hitherto been there. Florence wrote to them and I undertook to write to Edith, though I could not anticipate considering the way it is usual for members of a family to help each other at such times, that Edith would raise any difficulty. I wrote explaining that for Florence's health, I had decided the wedding must be in London and my difficulties. In reply I received Edith's letter of 24th, saying you had and could settle nothing so long before, but very probably you might not get the house yourselves. The Hammonds were going abroad and might like a longer let. On receiving this I told Florence she had better write to Miss Hammond, who might otherwise let it, making a distinct offer from middle of October to middle of February, when you usually go up. This offer Miss Hammond says she accepts with pleasure and as Edith wrote me they might not relish a wedding in their house, Florence particularly mentioned why we wanted it and Miss Hammond answered very interested in the wedding taking place from there. I don't know whether in my letter to Edith I said anything which annoyed her. I certainly had no intention to do so and am sorry if I did. I was hurried and visitors were talking in the room. In her answer, she does not complain of anything, but instead of sympathizing in my difficulty, she says things such as "Why is it necessary to have a house in Belgravia if you can get one cheaper in Chelsea?" Well, ladies do attach importance to locality and for an occasion like her nieces wedding, Edith, I think, might see it is desirable for us to be in a good neighbourhood. She said if you took 25 after us in February that would quite prohibit your being present as you would not go up twice, but when I hear of Edith going up specially for Miss Brassey's wedding or Lady Jersey's garden party - I could not seriously think you would hesitate to do as much for Joan. Such a thought would, I know, hurt Joan intensely and Edith has been kind to her. Throughout the letter consideration for the Hammonds getting a longer let does not appear. Whether my letter had in some way irritated Edith, I do not know, but her answer did not appear to me one which showed much consideration for others - So I just told Florence to make an offer for Miss Hammond's consideration. I go further and say that if you wish to come to 25 earlier than you have hitherto done, we will try to leave it for you, as soon as it is possible to move Florence after the wedding. Now I cannot believe that when Edith calmly thinks over the case from my point of view, she will think it warrants her writing to me (you quite agreeing) that what we have done seems "sharp practice". I answer to you because she adds "you" have seen both her letters to me and "quite agree with what she says". Whether you deliberately intend or not to use such words to me I do implore you not to let Edith write letters of this kind to her sister and I hope Edith does not realize the state of her sister's heart and what a great anxiety it must be to get her safely through Joan's wedding as quietly as possible."

Letter from Bertram S. Ogle, Steeple Aston, Oxford, to John H.G. Oglander  OG/CC/2125  31 July 1903

"I saw Edith's letter and approved as she says. We always went up to London in January to the best of my recollection, certainly last year. We have carefully considered the matter, not however, exclusively from your point of view. The Hammonds write that they thought you had settled with us. Edith was staying in London with friends during the summer and naturally went to such functions as were going on. As the Hammonds have let you the house, there is no advantage in any further discussion, but I fear your departure from No. 25 is too uncertain for me to fix any plans in respect of it. I do not know what Edith would have done for her niece, if she had the opportunity of doing anything"

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, to Bertram Ogle  OG/CC/2126  3 August 1903

"I am pained by your letter confirming those Edith wrote me charging me with "sharp practice". I, of course, accept your correction that last year you were in London before the end of January and am sorry I was misinformed on that point. I have looked at copy of Florence's letter to Miss Hammond and in it Florence seems to have miscalculated the months. She offers to take the house for 3 months from about middle of November to middle of January. Miss Hammond in accepting agrees to let for 3 months from middle of November to middle of February - but I don't know that this can materially affect yr. opinion. If you think I could use "sharpe practice" you would not believe my word that I certainly thought that you had never gone before February. The circumstance are - that we wrote to the Hammonds to ascertain whether they would let, but making no definite offer. Finding they would let, I wrote to Edith enquiring whether you wanted a house. Her answer of July 24th said you could not settle so far beforehand and that the Hammonds might let to others. That letter (before me now) contained things which hurt us a good deal. If Edith ever intended doing anything for Joan's sake, it was a pity she did not say it - but it appeared to me to show no consideration for us in our difficulties nor to the Hammonds and I cannot see that I did wrong in telling Florence to treat the question as ordinary business and make a definite offer to Miss Hammond, saying we had heard from you that you could not decide plans so long before hand, but that the time for which we wanted the house would still, we believed, allow of your having the house earlier than your usual time. Since Miss H. accepted I have offered to meet your convenience by leaving as early after Joan's wedding (about 12 January) as Florence could travel home. Although you and Edith have in three letters adhered to the charge of "sharp practice" I ask you once again to consider the circumstances. It must be evident to you that I could not, with self respect, maintain relations of any kind, unless such words are withdrawn and must ask you to look for another trustee. Our wives are only sisters - Joan is very fond of her aunt - and though I should not ask them to make my quarrell theirs, I fear our families must be parted. We have managed to bear with each other for many years and it seems a pitiable thing to quarrel at our age. Can you see nothing in this letter to show you that you can retract those hard words.
P.S. Would it help your plans if the wedding could be fixed a few days earlier. Edith must know that the actual date cannot be fixed until nearer the time. There are so many things to arrange."

Letter from Francis Holborrow Glynn Price, 7 Picton Place, Swansea, to his Uncle, John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2127  5 August 1903

"As promised I enclose the conveyance of 17 December 1901 with a memorandum of re-conveyance to yourself endorsed and duly executed by me. The memorandum was prepared by the Solicitor, who drew the conveyance, so I am sure it is in order."

Letter from Edith Ogle, Steeple Aston, Oxford, to John H.G. Oglander, her brother in law  OG/CC/2128  6 August 1903

"I am sorry you thought it necessary to write again, but as you have done so, I will answer your letter as the whole thing has vexed and annoyed Bertram very much. As for me, it has made me quite ill and I could not sleep for three nights. It is not losing the house that hurts me so much (though that is very inconvenient) as the fact that my sister should be party to such a scheme. You talk of my want of consideration for her; in what way has she shown any consideration for me? She has always been strange to me, ever since the time, years ago, when she was so angry at our coming to the same hotel at Cadenabbia and allowed me to be 10 days in the house without coming near me or asking me to her room! On that occasion Bertram was so angry and astonished at her behaviour to me, that he nearly insisted on leaving the place. As for Joan, if she was fond of me as you say, one would think she would have been anxious for me to know her future husband. I have done my best - you write to me in May that you would be "disappointed" as you wanted me to become more acquainted with Captain Kennard, so I refused an invitation to stay in Lownde Square, thinking I should see more of him at your Hotel, but I found no arrangement had been made for us to meet and I only shook hands with him as I was starting back to Paddington. Since then we have asked them both to stay here, but our invitation was refused. I have several times been asked "Is Captain Kennard coming to stay with you, or are you going to meet him at Nunwell?" I told you in London that I could not look on the Engagement quite in the same light that you did and you told me that he was everything that was charming, but I have not had the opportunity of finding that out (nor am I likely to have it). My little friend, Leila Fitzroy, who married last month, was far more anxious that her husband and I should know each other. Three months from the middle of November brings it to the middle of February, but even that was not too late for us to take the house, we could not let our plans depend on when it suited you to leave it and we have made other arrangements. So little did we think you would proceed further, after my first letter, that we agreed, if the house you took was not convenient for the purpose, we would place No. 25 at your disposal for the wedding entertainment. You must remember that your first letter was the first official date we had had of the date etc. of the wedding (though I had heard rumours about it from strangers) and you might have thought this would confirm us in our idea of taking the house early. Bertram wishes me to say that he will attend to the matter of the trustee, as soon as is convenient but as he is not likely to be in London for some time, there may be some delay in putting it through."

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W., to Edith Ogle, his sister in law  OG/CC/2129  11 August 1903

"I almost despair of doing any good but you may think that I intend to be rude, if I don't answer yours of 6th. Your feeling that no arrangements were made for you to meet Auberon may have contributed to vex you, so perhaps it is worthwhile to explain that in May he did not arrive in London until the afternoon of the Friday and as we had but one sitting room, it had been arranged that he should take Joan to introduce her to his mother and sisters in Bruton Street. Our dinner that night was a scramble, while Florence and Joan were dressing for the Court and I could not have asked him to dine to meet you - for I had to take Joan off to the photographers and had hardly time to dress for the Court myself. On Saturday morning you were leaving London but he came to the hotel to see you - when - you did not wish him joy and I believe hardly spoke to him. [Joan Oglander was presented to the King and Queen on Friday 8 May, and Edith left London the following morning]. Since that [sic] until last week he has never known for certain when he could come from Salisbury Plain. His visits have been for 1 or 2 days - snatched when he could get away from duty to see Joan and we had short notice and Joan often disappointed. Last week was regatta week when you have not usually been asked to come to us because we have generally filled up with young people who like our rough sort of yachting - or had access to the Squadron Garden. It would have been a very poor compliment to invite you when we could not have managed for you to enjoy the week. Your invitation to Auberon was refused simply because he could not with any certainty get leave. Your first letters in April [when Joan became engaged] were very kind and natural and when you expressed objections in London was the first time I fancied you did not share our feelings Since that when we wrote of Auberon we noticed in your replies that if you mentioned him at all, you spoke formally of "Captain Kennard", but what more could we have possibly done hither to to make you better acquainted than you were in Eaton Place - (since he could not get leave) - I cannot see. Perhaps you don't know how closely an officer has to stick to his work now. I am sorry you have made yourself ill - your answer to my first letter caused Florence a heart attack from which she has not yet recovered. Your mother told me before I married that Florence was "the sweetest tempered child a mother could wish" and after 24 years I can use the same words of her as a wife, that yr. mother used of her as a daughter. She has been "party" to no "scheme". There has been no scheme excepting in your imagination. I wrote to ask you if you wanted the house and you answered (in effect) that you did not know - but the Hammonds might let it otherwise. We had been trying for other houses and lost the only one within our means, by being a few hours late. We took the Hammonds until February, but on your saying you had it as early as January last year - I offered to leave as early in January as we possibly could after the wedding - but that did not please you. As to your remarks on a visit to Cadenabbia nearly twenty years ago, I do remember unhappiness and I also remember the visits to Pallanza and Venice which caused it - but I don't see that it can help to clear the air now - to rake up old differences of so long ago. If you had felt hurt at no further arrangement being made for you to meet Auberon - I can assure you that we have been most anxious for you to meet and like him - and the difficulty in meeting has been solely because he has never known when he could get more than a few hours leave - Florence's first wish when he got his staff appointment was to tell you and she wrote at once to interest you. I asked Ogle to find another trustee because you both repeatedly say I have used "sharp practice" and not because I wanted to put him to any inconvenience"

Letter from Edith Ogle, Steeple Aston, Oxford, to John H.G. Oglander  OG/CC/2130  13 August 1903

"I have received your letter of August 11th. You told me in your previous ones that you had not shown my letters to Florence. It now appears that you did do so, but what there was in my first to give her a heart attack, I can't conceive. I think it very strange that all this time she has not written one time to express regret for the great inconvenience you and she cause us. Of course we shall not take a house after the wedding and I told you we should probably want the house early this year. In your answer, you say "so I just told F. to write and make an offer"!! But by comparing the dates of your letters with those of the Hammonds it is very clear that you were in treaty for the house before you wrote to us at all. I think no more need be written about this unpleasant affair. You have taken the house and if we go up at all now, we shall have the trouble of finding one instead of you. I was never told Captain Kennard was coming that Saturday morning to see me or I certainly would not have gone out. I did not know he was in the house at all, till I went into your sitting room in a great hurry to say goodbye. I quite understood why he could not come here, but it is certainly not natural to me to call him by his Christian name, till I know him better than I do now. I don't understand what you say about the event in Pallanza and Venice - I don't remember."

Letter from Dr. Evelyn Rich, Beenham Lodge, Cookham Dean, to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2130A  17 August 1903

"Ever so many thanks to all of you for such a happy time. No words can express the pleasure it is to me to be with you and to do anything for you. I wonder who will put the "puttees" on tomorrow. I forgot to ask, does your maid do it? I arrived at 7.15 having spent 1½ hours with my dear old Father - record travelling, every thing hours late, and although company labelled and duly visited at each change, my luggage gradually dwindled and I returned home shirtless. It is really disgraceful and the rude things said to me by my relations - "Kicked out" - "Not paid my washing bill", etc. So here I am, when I can't talk to you I must write for consolation. Do take care of your leg for the present and don't rub it, not even with your tassel. I must write to Mr. W[adham] about Joan's throat. I shall not forget to enquire how it progresses. Such a lovely voice and such a dear soul. I did enjoy my stay ever so much, lots and lots of thanks to you all."

Letter from Joan Oglander, Steeple Aston, Oxford, to her mother, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2130B  22 August 1903

"I had a most successful journey yesterday, finding Auberon as I thought, waiting for me on Baring platform with a smile which as he says, you could unfasten behind! We had a carriage to ourselves all the way here. We went to call on the "Monsignore" [Charles Kennard] at Oxford but he was away. We met Charlie Ponsonby at the station and are going over to Woodlees for tennis today. Aunt E. was extremely affable! Miss Farghuar is here so there was no chance of any discussion last night, but she goes today so I shall have it out with Aunt E. tonight! I do hope I shall succeed in making it smooth again. I shall be so disappointed if I don't. I'm rather anxious about it! Auberon seems to be getting on splendidly with Uncle B. We had rather a boring game of "bridge" last night, Uncle B. nearly nearly made us die of laughing. If you only could have seen his attitudes. I am very much longing to get your post card this morning to hear how you are. I do hope the leg is better. I was so dreadfully sorry for you, Mummy dear, its such a bore for you to stay in bed.
Sunday I was so very glad the leg is a little better today. Auberon was so sorry about it and sends his love to you. G.B. [George Boscawen Randolph] and Evie dined last night, but I managed to have a little talk with Aunt E tonight before dinner. I am so disappointed, worried and miserable about it, as I was not successful at all. She evidently does not want me to be connected with it or speak about it at all, but I mean to have another try. I did my very best yesterday, and she has looked unhappy ever since. How I wish it could all come right, and that I could talk it over now with Father and you. Auberon, of course, has been very helpful. I wanted to talk to Aunt E. about it while he was still here. He has just gone away, but as far as one can see its the last time we shall not see each other for more than a week before we are married. I think Aunt E. and Uncle B. both liked him very much (naturally!) and he got on quite splendidly with the latter, but of course we have both had a sort of under currant of uncomfortable feeling about this quarrel all the time. G.B. very much wanted us to play in the Woodstock tennis tournament on Tuesday, but as I have so far failed with Aunt E., I must tell him that I have to go home on Tuesday. Yesterday we went to tennis with the Ponsonbys, which I enjoyed hugely! as I had most excellent tennis, and really did the family credit in the way of play. I do so love it! Auberon liked himself very much too, as he played up. We were rather depressed at first about seeing so little of each other, but they have been very good to us today, really most tactful!"
P.S. Tell Army I much appreciated the "specially good" biscuits she put in my bag for me. I took Auberon to see dear old Miss Bowyer just for a minute this morning. We go to tea with G.B. I do hope things can be made right somehow."

Letter from Dr. Evelyn Rich, Beenham Lodge, Cookham Dean, to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2130C  23 August 1903

"I am so glad it is all right about the throat. I wrote at once about it. I felt so sorry for Joan, having heard her sing, I can appreciate the disappointment. I expect it was an oversight which wont occur again. Poor dears, I expect they have both felt the pressure which must necessarily come with a large practice and which I unwisely always tried to prevent them from feeling. I also mentioned the leg. I didn't want to make it harder for you, but you must be careful for the present. I have got an [.....] more like a lobster than anything else. Some poisonous fly bit me and really the swelling is enormous. I hope I shan't have to lie up because I want to go to Ernest's sports tomorrow and town on Tuesday. I hope your husband will really go to Scotland, it would be so good for him and I expect the family [Kennards] would be greatly pleased. We got along very well, but it was some strain. Poor woman she was really in difficulties on Saturday but I sent her at once off to Windsor and the [.....] quite stopped the trouble. We hear today her husband is offered an excellent Staff appointment. Poor chap, if only I can hold her he will accept it. It is a sad case and such a nice woman. We have been on the river such a lovely day, no rain like last Sunday, but my visit to you will be a pleasure to think of for a long time for you all are so good to me and I do appreciate it most warmly. I like Capt. K[ennard] better every time I see him and his attention to you and your husband are especially attractive to me. It doesn't seem very prevalent now a days and is quite surprising to come across. 3 of my hospital friends on the staff of St. G.'s are living just below me in the road. It is very pleasant. We see a good deal of each other. I wonder how Billy is? Poor chap, he wants the Doctor badly. If I had only been staying longer, I would have taken him in hand. I do so hope the visit to Mrs. Ogle will be a success. She can't be otherwise than nice to such a dear."

Letter from John Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W., to Edith Ogle, his sister-in-law  OG/CC/2131  27 August 1903

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"Joan came home very sad. She says the point you feel most is that I took no notice of the passage in your first letter "that we vaguely agreed the other day that if we take the Hammonds house next winter, it would be early, so that we might go abroad later". In the light of what she now tells me - that Bertram would want to be at home for elections next spring - I can see that you might have written this with a meaning I never attached to it - though you give yr. reason that "we might go abroad later". I enclose copy of yr. letter - you underline the word if "we take the house". Could we understand from this letter that you were full of sympathy and wanted the house early, so as to help about Joan's trousseaux and to lend it for the wedding entertainment? I cannot tell you how glad we should have been, had you written anything of the sort. Florence has felt much her want of some one to help her in all that. Had I known what you meant, I think I should have written to you again, before making an offer to Miss Hammond - as I admit that, will you admit the circumstances in which I acted? You had first written in May, quite entering into our feelings about Joan's early marriage. The first difference I noticed was when we dined together at the Hotel, but I thought a little chaff about their having first met under yr. chaperonage would dispel that. When we got home, Florence was ill again and I was obliged to settle against my will that it would be safer to have the wedding in London. Your letter expatiated on the advantages of country weddings. I daresay you meant nothing, but it happened to be trying when I had settled against much opposition for London. Then came the hunt for a London house. I had just failed in negotiation for one, and we all thought you had never gone to Eaton Place before February. In the offer for the house, Florence wrote what we firmly believed that the terms of our offer would enable you to go there earlier than your usual time, and said so to Miss H. Having ascertained that the house was to let in autumn, it seemed a way out of many difficulties. You must remember we not only knew of the house by your taking it - but by your once having asked us to share a let with you. Before offering to take it, I wrote my first letter to you, with no idea you would feel as you have done. I had possibly concentrated my mind too much on avoiding risk for Florence, but I wrote you expecting sympathy in my difficulty. Even had our tenancy been distasteful to you, I think I might have fairly hoped that you would consent to help us over difficulties. In reply your letter (copy enclosed) came. Had you said distinctly you wanted the house in January, I should have understood it. Had you said anything of your intentions to help about the wedding, I should have understood it; but what struck me as the main tenor of your letter was your expecting us to wait on your indecision and perhaps leave it to others. In the passage about your having vaguely agreed if you took it would be early - it was your irresolution that struck me - really excluding from my mind the consideration of dates, further than the general one that you had been accustomed to go to London in spring while we went in autumn. Perhaps I had no right to expect help or that anyone else would realize the necessity of sparing Florence fatigue, but I did not expect your letter telling me on a matter of great importance to us all and especially to Florence that (in effect) we could not have the house we had hoped for - not because you wanted it, but because you were irresolute, whether you wanted it or not. We felt hurt and I told Florence I would not wait on your indecision and felt under no obligation to write to you further. On that you accuse me of "sharp practice", "scheming" and by implication of falsehood. If I was irritated by your letter and did not read into it what you meant to say I am sorry and of course we all regret your feeling inconvenienced. I may have been hasty but I did not use "sharp practice". I did not state anything untruly and there was no "scheme" whatever. Can't you clear your mind of such suspicion? I say again they are absolutely without foundation. I can't hope to succeed by letter when Joan fails as peace maker, but surely you cannot intend to be the one dark cloud over the happiness of the child's wedding - nor can you wish to estrange us all by such charges. I don't ask you to see more of me in the future than you wish to do - but I do ask you to withdraw these charges, so that your only sister and niece can meet you as relations should do. We thank you for your kind reception of Joan and Auberon."

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W., to Edith Ogle, his sister in law  OG/CC/2132  28 August 1903

"I meant to say (by last post) that Florence wanted to write to you yesterday, but her heart has been very shakey lately and I had had to be up with her in the night, so persuaded her not to write - As I have done before - hoping that this dispute might be ended and she could resume writing without being influenced by it.
P.S. It was not because she did not wish to that she did not write."

Letter from Edith Ogle, Steeple Aston, Oxford, to John H.G. Oglander  OG/CC/2133  30 August 1903

"I am obliged to you for sending a copy of my letter, as it is the only one of which I had not kept a copy. On reading it again, I cannot see what is wrong with it or how it could have given Florence a heart attack! Perhaps I gave you a little gratuitous advice. I am sorry I did so, but you said so much about the trouble and expense of going to London, that as I had lately had to do with a wedding under much the same circumstances, a very delicate mother etc., I thought I might make a few suggestions. If I had not taken an interest (or sympathized as you call it) in Joan's wedding, I should not have taken the trouble to do so. I cannot understand in what way you require "sympathy". You are a prosperous man, whose daughter is making a marriage you much approve of, though Florence's health is of course, a great trouble I never heard of a wedding yet, which did not entail a good deal of fuss and bother. As to my not offering to help, you forget that I had been told nothing all the summer about the wedding and I was not likely to offer my services, when they did not seem to be wanted. If Florence had asked me, I would gladly have done all I could to help her. Now of course it is out of my power, as we shall not take the trouble to hunt for another house and therefore shall not be in London. There was no "irresolution". We were naturally annoyed at your trying to force our hands and had no intention of settling our winter plans so long before hand. Unless people are determined to have a particular house they do not work for one in July which they would not require until November, as those who let houses do not arrange their plans so early, any more than those that take them. I am told there are plenty of houses to be had in October and that if you had waited till then you would probably have found a cheaper and more convenient one than Eaton Place and then we should have been in London together, though I have certainly no reason to think "my only sister" wished to have me there. As you say, you only knew of that house from having been our guest there, as Joan has several times!! I will only remark further that it is not I who have caused the "black cloud". We leave home on Tuesday for some time."

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W., to Edith Ogle, his sister in law  OG/CC/2134  4 September 1903

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"In answer to your last letter I did not mean to reproach you with "gratuitous" advice, but only to explain how it happened to irritate me into immediate action. I don't think I need go into my being prosperous or the reverse, but those who best know my way of living would not find it easy to point our personal luxuries, which I could cut off to meet this emergency of meeting the young peoples wish to be married 3 months before I promised they should. The difficulty about getting leave later was what we could none of us foresee. What I wanted your sympathy in was above all in arranging for the wedding in London, as involving least risk for Florence. A house in a good situation with two large rooms for a party, at a rent I could afford is important to secure and from your letter there seemed a chance of the Hammonds letting to others. If you had been told nothing all the summer about the wedding, it was not from any intentional concealment. I had quite hoped that the years engagement originally settled, would have been kept to, but gradually owing to the alterations in leave I saw that Auberon was reasonable in asking for an earlier date. Mrs. Ponsonby said laughingly the other day that she first heard of it through her brother in South Africa, so probably Auberon took it for granted before. I had really made up my mind. My consent really depended on my ability to make suitable arrangements to have it in London. We did not like the idea of Joan being married from an hotel. It did not occur to us that you would want to go to Eaton Place in autumn. When you were in London you seemed so little pleased with the match that Florence did not like to suggest to you your helping about the trousseaux - though she thought much about it, and that you would yourself offer if you wished. People must make their plans as early as July for the following autumn, otherwise I should not have lost the Beaufort Gardens house. I can't understand what you mean by writing "as you say - you only knew of that house (Eaton Place) from having been our guest there". I first knew of it years ago from your proposal that we should share a winter let of it with you - precicely the arrangement which I thought would take place this year. When I first wrote to you, I expected to be met by near relations, and never dreamt of "trying to force your hand", as if you were an adversary. If you have kept my first letter and I am not giving you too much trouble, I would like a copy of it"

Letter from Edith Ogle, Ben Wyvis Hotel, Strathpeffer Spa, North Britain, to her niece, Joan Oglander  OG/CC/2135  12 September 1903

"Many thanks for your letter. I hope you will return the french book before long and not forget all about it! I can't understand what you think your father wrote after you left us, for certainly his later letters have been exactly the same as the first and my dear Joan, he and your Mother did know they were taking the house over our heads and did not mind doing so, for in his last letter he says that my first letter "irritated him into prompt action". In that letter I said we should probably want the house early. [Her expression was "we agreed vaguely that if we took the house we should take it early, in order to go abroad"] Is that not proof enough? There are plenty of other houses about those parts and more than one of our friends who knew the circumstances have said "That is the last house Mr. Oglander ought to have thought of". Also if you say we met your Father "half way", what is the "half way" he means to come? Is he prepared to give up the house, or what does he mean to do? To put it plainly, dear Joan, I was surprised that you did not beg your father not to try for the house when he proposed it, you for the sake of the kindness you had received from us in it, and your mother because, as my sister, she would have been careful and anxious not to cause me this annoyance and inconvenience, but you all thought of your own interests solely. Now dear Joan, do let this matter rest, which it seems to me, can never be altered unless we go all the way (whatever that might be) and not half way. I shall always be glad to know of your doings and I hope and think your Father and Mother will regret the rupture they have most unnecessarily caused between us. The fact of the houses in Onslow Square being more expensive has nothing whatever to do with the matter.
P.S. I am sorry, dear Joan, to be obliged to write forcibly but you and your Father talk as if we were wrong, instead of wronged and your Father in one of his letters spoke of the "gloom" [the expression was "cloud"] I was casting over your wedding, which is quite funny! On the contrary all that has happened and the studied way in which your Mother has ignored me the whole summer, has taken all the pleasure of your engagement from me. It might have been so different. Now Joan, this is my last word. Your parents have chosen to do these things and are surprised apparently at the consequences. Uncle B. is working hard at his baths and waters and I hope they are doing him good. I have been anxious about him all the summer, and the doctor's report of him here has not reassured me. I have had a chill since the day after we got here and today I am sorry to say I am in bed, so I can't write properly."

Letter from Florence Oglander to her sister Edith Ogle  OG/CC/2136  September 1903

"This was suggested by a mutual friend, the only one I told, but we had not thought of that ourselves. I feel very sad about the unhappy state of things between us all now and am so hopeless of doing any good. I have not written lately, because Jack so hoped that we might before this have persuaded you and Bertram that we had no scheme to take 25 Eaton Place away from you, but Joan tells me now that you had felt this summer that I have not let you take any interest in her engagement or rather have left you out of it. So little have I intended this that I looked forward more than I can say to seeing you in London and talking to you about our anxiety about her marrying so young, but also our great hopes that she will be very happy and when you arrived I spoke of it at once and not till I had done so once or twice did you respond at all. We all feel she is marrying younger than we could wish, but now that you know Auberon a little more you must feel that we have all cause to be thankful too. You spoke so bitterly and reproached me so that day that I felt as if I could not say much more, tho' I tried hard to be very bright at dinner. I though you would have written soon after you got home to ask how I was getting on, for though I had got through the exertion of the Court I had still much before me, seeing Auberon's people etc., which after my long illness and quiet life here was an extra effort to me, and your expression, when you did write that we were all in such a "state of excitement" rather hurt me, but in every letter this summer I have mentioned Auberon as much as I possibly could and was disheartened at getting hardly any response from you, so that I think you must have really fancied that I meant to leave you out and am sorry we have misunderstood each other, for my great wish was to interest you, which is of such deep interest to us and I feel sure it is to you. With regard to the house, we wished very much for it and naturally so. We are anxious to marry Joan nicely, especially as she is not to be married here, where she is, as you say, somebody. We wished for a house with good dining and drawing rooms in a good part of London and we could not expect to get any other at a rent we could afford. We were hurt at your reply to Jack's letter and did not see all the meaning attached to the word "early" in your sentence "we agreed vaguely that if we took the house we should take it early so as to go abroad". If we had, Jack would have written to you again, before making a definite offer to the Hammonds, but by "early" we should have thought you meant about the middle of January. Do you think it would have been anything so very extraordinary, if you wished to go up this autumn, so as to be in London when we are there and if you had let us go to Eaton Place this year as most suitable for Joan's wedding though with its high room, entailing long stairs not very easy for me, but I felt I would not think of myself this year. I do not think you realize what a strain it all is to me. I can only tell you that this is the entire and simple truth and I cannot give up hope that you will put other ideas out of your mind. I am very sorry to hear from Joan that you have a chill, especially when you are having baths and that you were uneasy about Bertram. I know you were anxious just this time last year."

Letter from Edith Ogle, Strathpeffer, to her sister, Florence Oglander  OG/CC/2137  25 September 1903

"I was glad to get your letter as your long silence has surprised me, but I am sorry to be obliged to write again about No. 25. It seems to us incredible that you cannot see that you have behaved very unfairly to us, in taking the house over our heads and the wish, which you call natural, to get that particular house seems to me (and to others) very much the reverse, particularly as there are so many nice houses to be had in London at that time of year. But I really cannot argue on this disagreeable subject any more. The thing has been done and there is an end of it. I cannot understand what you mean by my being "bitter" in London. I did not wish to give my opinion about the engagement if I could help it, and when you asked me again,you were annoyed because it did not coincide with yours. I confess I was a little hurt at your having let her come with me to the Heythrop Ball and then send her to us in London, without giving me any idea of what was going on. We have had glorious weather here for the last fortnight and have been able to take some delightful expeditions and this country is very beautiful. Thank you for your enquiries about Bertram's health. I think this place is doing him good."

Letter from Bertram Ogle, Ben Wyvis Hotel, Strathpeffer Spa, to his brother in law, John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/2138  25 September 1903

"I really must request that you and your family will not continue to worry Edith about 25 Eaton Place. She has been a good deal upset by the whole thing and I think it is time that the correspondence on the subject should cease. Nothing can now alter the circumstances. If Florence cares to hear anything of Edith there is no reason the sisters should not correspond upon other subjects

Letter from May Hammond, 25 Eaton Place, London, S.WE., to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2138A  27 September 1903

"I am so glad Mr. Oglander and your daughter will be here before I go. I shall be delighted to see them on Thursday at 12 o'clock - and I hope they will stay on for an early lunchon, 1 o'clock. It will be much better for them to see the house then, than on their way back from Scotland (and of course they shall have an interview with Mary too) for after I go next week the drawing rooms will be dismantled for a clean-up of walls and ceiling they were to have had in spring, which our hurried home coming put a stop to. In case I forget to mention it, I write it now - that we have nothing but Colza oil lamps. No mineral oil ones. They are very good ones, but I know Edith did not think they gave strong enough light so always bought her own. I am sure stables are to be had in our mews. I will enquire tomorrow. I hope the next door ones may be available - Mr. Higford's. They are always here in winter themselves, but I doubt their bringing up their horses - and I think probably they let house and stables in the season."

Letter from John H. Oglander, York, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2138B  3 October 1903

"Joan quite rested and several unexpected events have happened. I found Kubelik was giving a concert so took Joan there and she enjoyed it intensely. Then as we were going into dinner B[ertram] O[gle] walked into the hotel. Joan after dinner met la tante in the passage so went up to her and la baisé mais la tante la baissé. L'oncle lui donnait la mains et suisse s'est tourné dans une autre direction - when we came in from our concert I found a note saying they were leaving this morning and she should stay late in bed, so we have not met again. C'est drole!
P.S. This morning going round the minster Kubelik and party was doing the same guided by a big cleric. We could not stay to hear the organ play to him"

Letter from John Oglander, in train from York to Edinburgh, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2138C  3 October 1903

"I think you will have been amused at the encounter described on my post card. Though you know I think it all very sad and wrong. The situation might have been so dramatic and comic - for had we not happened to have gone to dinner early because of the concert, the O[gle]'s would have had to share a table for 4 - with us - the viz and vis places were the last remaining ones in the room - and I had but just left it and was standing smoking at the hall door waiting for Joan, who had run upstairs to put on her hat - when I saw B[ertram] plodding down the stairs to the dining room behind me - very like the hall of the St. James used to be. I was half inclined to try to catch him before he got into the dining room door - but thought we should miss our concert and he his dinner - so it was not a favourable moment for explanation and possible scene. On the whole, I am not sorry I did not try it - for instead of apology his letters have only got worse and ruder and the amende certainly lies with him after what he has written. Upstairs Joanie found herself walking in our corridor just behind them - they had next room to her and just opposite my door, so she first whistled - then ran up and said "Well Aunt E., here we are, you did not expect to meet us here? We are off to Scotland, but we are hurrying out to Kubelik". E. said "Who is Kubelik?" - "Oh, the concert man, you know". Joan kissed her and she returned it - but seemed very stiff and flabbergasted - and Joan did not know what she should say next, when Shepherd came up and spoke about Joan's gloves and things. When Joan turned from Shepherd the O's had gone. Bertram shook hands with Joan, but kept his eyes on the carpet. Joan said Edith looked ill and tired. I think Joan was very plucky not to avoid them and that she did just the right thing - Don't you? As we went in to dinner I noticed at the bureau across the hall a lady I thought was marvellously like Edith, but Joan following me thought it was not. When Joan left the coffee room to go up and put her things on asked at the bureau if a Mrs. ogle had come and was told they had just arrived, so Joan was not quite unprepared when she saw them. Joan did so enjoy the Kubelik concert. This morning at 8.30 I drove to the Minster and spoke to a policeman who admitted us for a tip. At 9 Kubelik's party came and at 9.15 the organist was coming to play as well to him. Joan was longing to stay, but I dared not as our train left at 9.35. I could not face 'Agnes' late. Goodbye my own darling, love to Lady Hornby. We hope we may see Mary at Edinburgh. We wait there 45 minutes."

Letter from May Hammond, 25 Eaton Place, London, to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2138D  4 October 1903

"Let us be Florence and May to each other - as I am sure we must have been of old. You will have heard of Mr. Oglander & Joan's visit to our abode. I was so glad to see them and that I was still here. I am off tomorrow morning to join Margery and Kate at Aix les Bains, and we shall go on to Mentone about the 15th - where our address will be Villa Vallonnet, Cabbe Roguebrune, A.M., France, for we are just out of Mentone in the next commune - on the way to Cap Martin. It was quite a pleasure to see anyone look so bright and happy as Joan does - and how pretty and fresh she is. It must be trying for you to part with her so soon, I am sure. You will be seeing Amy Pelly when you come to London. I have just missed her - for she is coming back this week. It is delightful to see her - just her old self once more - at one time I feared she never would get over the shock of Sir Lewis' death, but she has done so now - more than I dared hope. She knew herself better than her friends knew her - she always said "Give me time"!

Letter from John H. Oglander, Pitfour Castle, Perth, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2138E  5 October 1903

"We reached here quite safely and punctually last evening and found that dear Auberon at the station - he having arrived here in the morning. They had sent an omnibus and pair to meet us so we arrived "in style", Col. Kennard at the bottom of the steps and Mrs. K. at the top to meet us. He most hospitable and kind and she kissed Joanie and was very nice to us. Only Miss Patteson here so we are "en famille" and dinner went very well. I was quite glad of a glass of champagne though our journey had been a very easy and pleasant one. Joanie seems resuscitated at once by the society of her Auberon. Of course it rained when we came and we awoke to steady rain this morning. Mrs. K. insisted on my driving with her to church (just outside the park). A nice little English church but rather high - no vestments or candles but a lot of genuflecting on the parson's part. I stayed for communion not knowing none of the others would and she sent the carriage back again for me - so you see I am being regularly gaté. After lunch Col. K. and I went for a walk in the drizzle. He is very pleasant old gentleman and we get on very well. I was rather disturbed to find poor old Sporran had sent me off with no evening trousers. However I wore my serge ones last evening and hope tomorrow that the new suit will reach me from Lancaster.
Monday morning. The suit has arrived so now I am all right-and your dear letter too. You did not know what the 'episodes' of our journey had really been when you wrote. I hope so I did not excite you too much about the Ogles. I posted my card from York Station on Saturday morning because I thought it would then be sure to reach you in the morning today, before Lady Hornby left you, and she would be somebody to talk to about it all. And then you will have Blanche Bertie who is very nice and sympathetic, though probably she would be just as sympathetic to both sides! Still, I hope dearest that she will be a comfort and perhaps you will be able to get her to stay on a bit. Do you think Mrs. Forsyth or Bina Brune would come to you for a few days afterwards? I am so glad you have had a nice letter from Raglan. I hope Woodhall Spa will have done him good and that he will be in London in the winter - I asked Miss Hammond in case we wanted to stay longer than the 3 months would she mind letting us take it on, i.e. if the Ogles still sulk and don't mean to come at all - and she seemed pleased at the idea - but of course it must depend on whether we have £ in the Bank when the wedding is over. I am only thinking what a comfort it will be to you to stay as long as possible with Rich to look after you and perhaps as we shall all be moved up there you might get more comfort from a month in February and March than from the fortnight we might otherwise have in May. I am glad you got through the drive to Osborne well. Thank you for the review of Mary Queen of Scots. It is always interesting to have a review of a book one is reading. Auberon and Joan have gone off by rail 30 miles to see the Graham Murrays and perhaps he is to bring them back on his motor this afternoon. I am sitting with Col. Kennard who is very easy and pleasant and shall probably have a toddle with him between showers if it clears - and this afternoon drive with Mrs. Kennard. Miss Patteson is a dear old thing and we have great talks. Tomorrow they shoot and again Thursday unless Lord and Lady Kinnoul come to lunch (Lady Kinnoul is expecting an arrival, so it is uncertain whether they will come as she is not strong). Auberon and Joan have decided to give up the Lockharts on the 12th, and Joan has written this morning to Hilda. My ideas at present are to stay here until the end of this week or possibly Monday - and then go for a little tour on my own account and pick up Joan on 15th at Perth, the day Auberon has to go back."

Letter from John H. Oglander, Pitfour Castle, Perth, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2138F  6 October 1903

"I thought if I wrote yesterday my 'felicitations' on your birthday I should be previous and now I don't feel quite sure that this will reach you in time. Anyway it is to wish you all the happiness that we can give you - though that would never be half what you deserve - through the next year and then many happy returns of your birthday. Mrs. K[ennard] persists in her idea that you and I are to travel and I really do think a good time will come when you will be able to come again with me to the places we loved best and have been so happy in, and I hope all sorts of new happiness may come. Piccaninis who may revive the memory of our own little Joan! The two are very happy and had a long day with the Graham Murrays yesterday (Mr. G. M. is announced Secretary for Scotland this morning). They had a tiresome journey home arriving late for dinner and telegram for carriage to meet them reaching here too late for it to be sent. However the station is little more than 10 minutes walk. Dinner was put off ¼ an hour and then the young people managed both to be down before the soup was taken away. Joan rushed up the step, and met 'Agnes' who had become rather fidgetty - and I though had quite disarmed her - but unfortunately Auberon sat next his mother at dinner - and she was very 'stabby' about the G.M's - and he fired up on behalf of his friends - and dunque scena. It is such a pity mother and son should be so incongruous. I suspect she is frightfully irritating but he does seem rather to anticipate her by "firing up". I hope Joanie will get them both more together. It is raining so hopelessly today that the shooting is put off."
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Letter from John H. Oglander, Pitfour Castle, Perth, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2138G  6 October 1903

"It was splendid of you to get a letter in by early post yesterday. It reached me by 2 today, but that post cannot be depended upon as it only comes when some one fetches it. I am glad you don't think I was wrong not to go up to Bertram and speak to him, but I really don't think it would have done good yet and I think considering how my advances by letter have been met that it is for them to signify some regret for the accusations they have slung about before I speak to either of them. I don't think they quite "repulsed" Joanie - for Edith wrote her a friendly note - not mentioning us. I am continuing this on your birthday and am wishing you every happiness my old Sweet Heart and I trust Joan and her Auberon will be as close and necessary and dear to each other when they reach our time of life. He is a very dear fellow but dreadfully sensitive and too ready to show temper thought it calms down quickly. If he realises that it ought to be controlled I hope he will be able to do it. Any way I don't think Joan will suffer from it for she has so much tact and tenderness of touch that I don't think she will rouse his temper even when the roseate dawn of wedded life is past. What happened the night before last was that they came back late from the Graham Murrays and I think poor Mrs. K[ennard] was rather nervous and agacé - the telegram to send the carriage to meet them only reached her 10 minutes before the train was due - and dinner had had to be put off. She was walking up and down the hall, Joan ran up to her first saying how sorry she was - and she took it quite nicely, told them not to dress and all seemed well, but at dinner she began disparaging the Graham M[urray]s and saying to me that the little girl was so ugly and so covered with pimples on her face, etc!! Suddenly Auberon burst in loudly saying she must know how disagreeable it was to him to hear her so spoken of - and that he would not stand it. Mrs. K. says that A. told her to "hold her tongue" but I certainly don't think he did - and I was quite unaware that she said anything to provoke him so much and his voice was loud and not as he should have spoken to his mother, especially before every one at dinner. Then she turned and said very bitterly - "Auberon, I shall say to you about any person exactly what I choose in my own home". After that we all tried to get off the G.M's. but somehow conversation would go back to about them and A. did not speak to his mother the rest of dinner. Mrs. K. told me yesterday that she was annoyed because Mr. G.M. had touched Joan under the chin and looked in her eyes (talking about heights) - that he was a flirt and that both her own daughters had had to drop his acquaintance because he tried to kiss them - and she was vexed with Auberon taking Joan to a house where she considered vulgar romping went on. Of course Joan and Auberon say the old lady does not mind what she says when she dislikes people. Well I believe yesterday Aunt Sophy pacified everyone and Mrs. K. wept and A. promised to keep his temper - and all went very well and Mrs. K. played accompaniments for their duets last evening while the Ralph Dalyells (who have come to stay) played bridge with Col. Kennard and me. Nothing could exceed the warmth and appreciation and admiration with which Mrs. K. speaks of Joan. That child does win all hearts - and do you know I believe there is much to like and respect in Mrs. K. - and underneath a hard manner and a bitter tongue and a trick of telling everyone what they are to do - She is a sort of cross between Edith's tongue and Mrs. P[ackenham] M[ahon]'s domination and I suppose a love of society and determination to conquer it, but I believe she is a woman who means to do her duty and certainly at present seems to appreciate our Joanie. I think I shall go on my little tour next Saturday, meet Joan and start homeward on the following Thursday, 15th. Hoping you are happy with Blanch Bertie.
P.S. I am sure the tea set is much more useful present than clock for Shepherd and am so sorry you have to hunt for a kitchenmaid"

Letter from Joan Oglander, Pitfour Castle, Perth, to her mother, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading  OG/CC/2138H  6 October 1903

"The post went at 10.30 this morning so I only just had time for a line after breakfast. As usual the shooting is stopped owing to the pouring rain! Personally I don't mind the days indoors and I don't think Auberon does so very much either! We have had a lot of fun and as he is in good voice (the rain does not improve mine!) We are given a sitting room of our own with a piano in it, and its a lovely room for singing in. Isn't that delightful? My future M. in L. is so very nice and kind to me but I do wish she was nice to Auberon, that is the one cloud here. Aunt Sophy's a dear and she and I had a long talk about it this morning. She is so dear to Auberon. I do wish she wasn't going tomorrow. She is so tactful about keeping things smooth. However, I think she has talked to Mrs. Kennard about it so perhaps she will be better. Mrs. Kennard and I have just been down to the kitchen to watch the cook make mayonaise sauce. I must try when I go home. We had a most delightful day yesterday. Auberon and I went off by the 11.18 to spend the day with the Graham Murrays. We got there about 12.30 and Margorie met us at the station. Such a pretty place. The party consisted of Mr. & Mrs. Murray, 3 daughters, Mrs. Brooke, two girls and a man staying there. They were all so nice and so delighted to see Auberon. I was happy there, for it was so lovely to feel I needn't try and be older and on my best behaviour!! for they are all such romps. To Auberon's great amusement they insisted on racing me down the passages as hard as the could go immediately after luncheon! and there we sang songs and generally larked! Mrs. Murray seems a charming woman. She is just like an elder sister to them as she married very young. Marjorie is the youngest, such a nice little girl, much improved by being abroad! She is very original and has a lot in her. Of course they are all rather spoilt! but very nice and jolly in spite of that and good friends to Auberon. Mr. Murray was going to drive us back in his motor but it had broken down, so we had to come back by the 6 o'clock train which was very late and we did not get here till after 8 - which was rather awful! However "Agnes" wasn't cross. It was a mercy as we could [not] possibly help it. Father will have told you all other news. Weren't you amused at the contretempts at York!! I did enjoy the concert, wasn't it dear of Daddy to take me. I am so sorry we cannot go to Hilda, but the Hunters came here and Col. Kennard wants Auberon to shoot with Sir Charles. My love to Cousin Blanche, and heaps to your self, dearest Mother. I hope the leg is going on alright"

Letter from John H. Oglander, to his wife Florence Oglander  OG/CC/2138I  8 October 1903

"Just a line in this of Joannies - which she wrote two days ago and never posted! I hope you will get Gena. It rains every and nearly all day. I propounded to Mrs. Kennard that I would move on next Saturday and she did not suggest my staying so I mean to go the day after tomorrow to the "Hotel" - (there's only one) Kenmore, Loch Tay - and stay over Sunday. Then I will telegraph any change to you. I shall join Joan again on Thursday morning and we shall go to Station Hotel, York for that night and I hope be home on Friday, tomorrow week. I think this will all work in well. Your account of the wedding very interesting. I am so glad you went. No time for more"

Letter from John H. Oglander, Pitfour Castle, Perth, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2138J  8 October 1903

"I did not write much this morning as you would have Joan's letter. It has been another day of ceaseless rain but we waded round the policy (i.e. park) this morning and this afternoon I called on Mrs. Basil Brooke who is staying with a Mrs. Campbell in Glencarse. I go on Saturday to The Hotel, Kenmore, Loch Tay. It seems to have no other name. I think I shall stay there until Monday - then go to the Hotel Tarbet, Loch Lomond - Wednesday probably come to Waverley Hotel, Edinburgh and on Thursday Joan and Shepherd will join me at 1.45 at Edinburgh - and we shall go to York, arriving there 6.40. Leave York probably by 10.15 on Friday and reach home by 3.35 from Waterloo - 6.40 I think at Brading. I think I shall have been here long enough by Saturday. When I spoke some days ago of making a little tour before returning, Mrs. K. said she hoped I would stay as long as it suited me, but when I said this morning that I thought I would start on Saturday she acquiesced and did not ask me to stay on - so I think I am doing what is right. Poor lady - she has not a happy manner. She is always setting everybody right and giving instructions about the veriest trifles. What you are to eat and how, where you are to sit etc. It is 'genant' after a time, but I don't think she means to be disagreeable. Auberon may not whistle etc. He is very restive and I suppose I should be if it were my mother, but I think it is a mixture of nerves and self will - and without intention to be unfair to him. I shall be very glad to get back to you my own Sweet Heart and I don't think I shall mind the 5 days quiet to myself before starting homewards. If Lady Lockhart writes pressing Joan to go to her on 15th I should let her do it for a couple of nights - though I think it will make it a bit awkward to get home owing to the sunday trains.
Friday morning. It is grey and cold, but not raining. A shooting party is starting at last. I am to drive with Mrs. Dalyall who is very nice. She has fallen in love with our sweet Joan - is a cousin of Antonia St.John and sister in law in some way of old Sir Frederick St.John. She wants to call on you when you come to London."

Letter from H. D. Richards, Northampton Lodge, High Park, Ryde, to Miss [Joan] Oglander  OG/CC/2138K  8 October 1903

"I hope you won't think me very tiresome, but Mrs. Meager at Newport tells me your kitchen maid, Carrie Williams, is looking out for a situation, as plain cook. I want one from the beginning of December, and before writing to the girl, thought you would perhaps be kind enough to tell me, if you think she would be cook enough. As you know, it is only a small house, and I have the two maids. I should want her to be able to do soups, pastry and cakes, and little made up dishes, nicely, as being only the two of us, one is rather dependant on small things! I did not write to Mrs. Oglander, as I know she is not strong, but if you think the girl at all likely, I shall probably trouble her, to tell me a little more about her. What weather we are having, it is most depressing. We hope to go away on leave next week for 7 weeks. Again, please forgive me for troubling you"

Letter from John H. Oglander, Pitfour Castle, Perth, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2138L  9 October 1903

Administrative history:
Hilda Lockhart. 2nd daughter of Colonel Augustus Moreton of Hillgrove, Bembridge, I.W.

"A lovely day and I am starting for Kenmore at 11.18. Sweet Joan very flourishing and well. I find Auberon does not start until Thursday evening so I think Joan rather wants to stay until Friday morning and join me at Edinburgh. This would bring us home on Saturday instead of Friday. If Hilda Lockhart writes urging Joan to go there I have told her she may go, but it is awkward as it is long way out of our East Coast route. It would be different if we had come from St. Pancras. I return you circular. I should think £1 1s. 0d. would do. These subs. do increase at such a rate that however good the object it is impossible to respond very freely. It is a lovely day and I hope I shall get fine weather and enjoy myself. I think the solitude is rather a rest to me - but I do wish my darling that Gena may be able to come to you. How vexing about that stupid little mouse. I shall be at Kenmore until Monday and then address The Hotel, Tarbet, Loch Lomond. If I don't stay there I will at any rate call for letters, but you must not feel bound to write every day."

Letter from Agnes H. Kennard, Pitfour Castle, Perth, to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2138M  9 October 1903

"I must tell you how much we are enjoying the visit of Mr. Oglander and dear Joan. He is a perfect angel of good temper and patience under the most trying circumstances - odious weather, damp which develops his rheumatism, and bad roads which make driving difficult on account of mud. I do feel so sorry the place should show itself in such a bad light. Joan is so cheery and bright it is delightful to have her in the house, and naturally her happiness is less dependent on indoor amusements, while Auberon is here to teach her billiards and to take lessons in singing! Today is sunny at last, and Mrs. Dalyell and Mr. Oglander have gone for a drive. It is to be hoped that he will get some fine days to revisit his old haunts, for which I believe he starts tomorrow. We all drank your health on your birthday and wished you could have been with us"

Letter from Joan Oglander, Pitfour Castle, Glencarse, Perthshire, N.B., to her mother Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2138N  11 October 1903

"Thank you so much for your dear little note. I am so glad you will use the patience box. I am delighted you went to Muriel's wedding as I thought it would amuse you to go to the house. You do not say if you were entertained by Captain Don! the poor man with Locmotorataxis. Yes I was amused at Col. Moreton asking me if I'd like to exchange did you ever hear such a thing! I must say I thought he seemed alright the day I met him, but you were evidently not very favourably impressed and Mrs. Kennard is not at all encouraging about him. It was such a glorious day here yesterday. Father went to Kenmore, but we are all unhappy about him today as it is inclinded to be wet and is dreadfully gloomy. I do hope he has a fire! and will have better weather tomorrow. A[uberon] and I played about together all yesterday, we sketched in the morning and he gave me my first lesson in golf. Scotland is a delightful part of the world when it's fine. We have just come back from Church, they suddenly christened a baby in the middle, which was rather surprising and Auberon behaved so badly. The Hunters come to stay tomorrow, the Dalyells went away yesterday, such nice people. On Tuesday the Campbells near here are giving an impromptu fancy dress evening party which ought to be amusing. Auberon and I are going, he is an Indian Rajah, with a bath towel as a turban! and I believe I am to go as Charlotte Cordé with a fichu and muslin cap! I am enclosing a letter I had from Mrs. Harold Richards, who I have met at tennis at the Wood. I told her that I would write and ask you what you thought of Carrie Williams. How tiresome for you that she is going. I suppose she doesn't mean our last kitchen maid "Annie". Will you let me know about [it] as it would be kind to tell Mrs. R. as soon as we can. Mrs. Kennard is being so much nicer to Auberon since Aunt Sophie gave her a talking to. I am getting on so well with her. Mrs. Dalyell says she has never known her so nice before! I hope you are keeping well and alright without Shepherd"
Florence Oglander records in her diary going to Muriel Moreton's wedding at Bembridge. "I got there about 2 o'clock and found Col. Moreton looking out for me. The crowd and heat great, so I was glad I had not tried to go to the service and breakfast. Muriel and Mr. Ismay left at 3 o'clock. The weather was most unfortunate for them all. The awning at the church door down with a crash just before everyone arrived and signals of distress and the lifeboat going out while they were at church"

Letter from John H. Oglander, Hotel Kenmore, Scotland, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2138O  11 October 1903

"Your dear letter and all others reached me before I left Pitfour yesterday and there was a letter from you with others addressed here - which reached me this afternoon. I am glad Blanche was so nice and wrote to Ragland. It is a pity Gena can't come, I hope you won't feel very lonely this week. That dear Joanie would not say for certain when she would leave Pitfour. I thought she depended on Auberon's movements so did not press her but have written now to say she must telegraph when I am to meet her in Edinburgh. I am quite happy here and so well looked after that I have decided to stay until Tuesday before going on to Tarbet. I am all alone in the inn but have a nice fire and am very well fed - and a good spring bed, which is more than I had at Pitfour where the mattress was so hard I had to arrange the sofa pillow and another in the bed otherwise I used to be kept awake by the hardness. I drove the last 6 miles here in a dog cart - such a lovely valley - with Ben Lawyers covered with snow at the end of it. There is a great deal of splendid timber in the valley especially gigantic and picturesque old larch and firs - but the woods have no bush or underwood and that makes them so picturesque. There was only a shower on Friday - and a really lovely day yesterday - so directly I had had some late lunch I went out to sketch. Such a lovely lake - it makes me think so much of you and Como and our tea places. Of course the wood down to the waters edge and the wildness are finer here - but the higher and distant snow mountains and the villages with their companiles are not to be had here. My darling, I hope the young people will be as happy as we were (and mean to be again someday) but I don't think they could - you and I were so alone and so much to each other. Today has been drenching rain again. The landlord and his nice family took me in their bus to such a nice English chapel 1½ miles up L. Breadalbanes park, Taymouth Castle. It was fine after service so I walked home along the Tay in the Park and the chaplain joined me. The service so nicely done - the choir boys out of Lady Breadalbanes little orphanage. The waiter here is very attentive, brushes my clothes, gets the bath room ready etc. I noticed he said 'she' instead of 'it' as Highlanders do, and he has red hair so I thought I had come across a real tamed highlander and asked him to speak some Gaelic, but never a word could he say for he turns out to be a German! I am so sorry about those mice and glad you caught them. Tell Sporran to oil my gun in the library. I have not settled about mews. I think Rich will help me."

Letter from Joan Oglander, Pitfour Castle, Perth, to her father, John H. Oglander  OG/CC/2138P  13 October 1903

"I have only just got your letter written on Sunday. I think I ought to have had it yesterday. I am afraid you must have wondered at not hearing from me. Am sending you a wire that I leave on Thursday. Col. Kennard and Auberon go by the 8.30 on Thursday morning and I will go by the 11.18 from here and ask for the King X [sic] train. I am so glad Daddy mine, that you liked yourself so much at Kenmore. It sounds delightful. I am longing to see your sketches, now don't you think that Scotland is lovely when it's fine! We all laughed at breakfast so much over your description of the waiter and agreed that you do write the most excellent letters. I have had a delightful time here, will tell you about it when we meet. Everything has gone absolutely smoothly! I do hope you will like Tarbet. Just going to seize the moment of sunshine to sketch. We go to a small fancy dress dance tonight, Auberon as Indian Rajah!"

Letter from John H. Oglander, Tarbet Hotel, Loch Lomond, to his wife Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2138Q  13 October 1903

"I am sorry I could not manage to get off my telegram early this morning as you had asked but I could not make up my mind whether I would stay here or not. It was heavy pouring rain this morning but cleared for a little while at 2 and I decided as I had missed the only steamer up the lake to stay on until tomorrow - then if Joanie does decide to leave Pitfour on Thursday - I shall probably leave Tarbet on Wednesday afternoon and sleep at Edinburgh so as to be in good time to meet her there at 2.20 and go on to York. I am very happy here, although the weather is hopeless. An old barrister Wilberforce (cousin of the bishop's) has turned up and he is some one to talk to after dinner. I spent most of my day trying to sketch and walking in rain but it is warm and does not seem to do one any harm. I have much less appetite than usual in Scotland - and think the damp puts one 'tummy' to wrongs. I do so hope you are not feeling very lonely and that Mrs. P[akenham] M[ahon]'s visit went off 'sans contretemps'. Mrs. Dalyell told me she thought Joan's engagement had had a great effect on Agnes. She never knew her so nice. (What must she have been). Poor woman, it must be rather terrible having no friends - but I can't say I am surprised - she has such tiresome ways of telling everybody what to do. (I think she means it kindly) and arranging the smallest detail. Mrs. D. of her own accord said they were people who never denied themselves anything for their childrens sake - and I suppose the result is that that the children wont put up with her fidgets. She told Mrs. D. she always went round to her visitors rooms and was astonished to find what a lot of half sheets of paper they wasted and left in their blotters! She corrected A. for giving Joan two little balls of butter instead of one! I was amused because a bill for A's cigarettes had been left over while he was in South Africa, and Mr. Dalyell said at table, "Well if I had had a son in S. Africa, I should have paid for his cigarettes gladly and not have sent the bill on". Goodby me own Sweet Darling. We shall soon be together again I hope"
Tuesday 7.30. Just had a telegram from Joan. She leaves Pitfour Thursday and we join in Edinburgh, so we ought to get home Friday. We shall sleep as before at Station Hotel, York. There is actually sunshine today between heavy squalls of rain and wind"

Letter from John H. Oglander, Tarbet Hotel, Loch Lomond, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2138R  13 October 1903

"I have found your letter as well as post card here and am so sorry you have had rheumatism. Your weather does not seem better than ours excepting that you had a fine day last Wednesday - we had none until Friday. It has not been so utterly bad today because there was sunshine between the repeated heavy rain squalls. This is a big hotel but only 7 uninteresting people dined. I was much amused today at a dreary Scotch highland station - Crianlarich - there was over 2 hours to wait - the refreshment room shut up - a howling rain-storm going on. A good natured Irishman saw me try the refreshment room so he volunteered to show me the way to the inn - a queer little whitewashed house but food good. He proved to be a "railway man" and we were joined by a decent Scotch cattle dealer - and we had an excellent tea together. The railway man pouring out tea. The railway man was called O'Connor and a ceaseless talker interlarding every statement with a canny "you see". He started some depreciating remarks upon "Joey Chamberlain" but after a long three cornered duel we ascertained that we all thought 'Joey' is right. He was evidently a catholic and home ruler like his namesake T.P. O'Connor and finished by enunciating that there was hope for the Scotch because their feelings could be touched by a song - for the Irish because you could always get at their hearts but the English always considered whether a thing would pay!! I told him I did not doubt the English hearts were in the right place and I was thankful we did not wear them on our sleaves. It was amusing and I enjoyed my tea. Tomorrow afternoon I shall probably go to Edinburgh and sleep there. to be sure of meeting Joanie on Thursday. All your dear letters come. You don't know what they are to me! I am sorry you had such a wet drive home from Shanklin. I leave for Waverly Hotel, Edinburgh this afternoon - sunshine and storms again today - not bad on the lake steam boat - 10,000 bacie. Nice note from Joan this morning. She gets on very well and was going to a small fancy dress ball. A. as an Indian Rajah!! I wonder how Joan will go. She says things have gone absolutely smoothly."

Letter from Joan Oglander, Pitfour Castle, Perth, to her mother, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2138S  13 October 1903

"An invitation came this morning which bothers me much! Freda writes to know if Auberon and I will go to Cockfield on December 28th to 31st for a ball and shooting. Although it's only for 3 days I hate the idea of going away from you so soon before my wedding and should not ask you only for this reason. Freda, as you know, asked me to go there after being with Kennards in London, but that could not be managed and if we refuse again this time we shall not be able to stay with Freda for a year because of leave. Auberon naturally wants to go but of course sees your point of view. Mrs. Kennard also quite sees the difficulty but says she thinks it would be a great pity if we could not manage it as Sir Ralph, who is always so odd, in not asking Auberon to shoot etc., has been particularly nice to me, and they think if we refuse for me a second time he probably won't ask A. to shoot again! I should have waited to explain the situation to you until I come home but they want me to write so I do so to keep them quiet!! but I expect you would rather not decide about it till we come home. Auberon wrote to Freda this morning, and told her that of course I could not answer without first consulting you and that I would write as soon as I could. I haven't thought it necessary to tell father till I see him. I hope you don't think it horrid of me not to refuse, Mummy dear, but you do see the situation don't you? Father writes so happily from Kenmore. I am so glad. I was so pleased with your letter this morning it wasn't a bit a stupid letter!! I do hope you have been to see Mrs. Forsyth and are not dreadfully lonely, you will have us back on Friday. Sir Charles Hunter here now, so nice, she comes tonight. I am so sorry about the rheumatism, but am glad the leg is alright. What a bother that poor Rufus has to be blistered. I have been meaning to ask you about him before. My trustees sound charming, Daisy has started for India I think. Patience writes she wants so much to be my bridesmaid and is going to change the balls. Dick writes this morning, she is frantic to see me and wants me to go there but I shall not do that as I don't want to go away from you again, especially if I go to Cockfield. We must ask her to us for a day or two instead, don't you think. She is desparate at the thought of not seeing me again before I am married. Another great friend of hers, Miss Pearson, is going to marry Lord Denman. The papers have been interesting, haven't they. We were much excited about the W.O. appointments. They seem to think Arnold Foster and Bromly Davenport very capable men."

Letter from Charles F. Hurst, National Provincial Bank of England Ltd., Ryde, to John H. G. Oglander, c/o Colonel Kennard, Pilfour, Glencarse, Perth  OG/CC/2139  13 October 1903

"As requested by your letter of the 9th inst., we have cancelled the order to pay £15 half yearly to the credit of Miss M. Pakenham Mahon. We have now received the new Portugese Bonds in place of the old ones, the conversation has been at the rate of £100 of the old for £50 of the new Bonds, so that for £500 previously held in the names of Messrs. A. J. Liddell, M. W. Colchester Wemys and T.L. Croome, we now have £240 in Bonds and Fractional Certificates for £10. The lowest demonination of Bond is £20, so that further fractions of £10 would have to be purchased to make up the £20 on the present holding of fractional certified or £10 could be sold. The present price of the new Portugese Bonds is 631/8 to 633/8 so that £10 to buy or sell would cost, if bought, about £6 7s. and if sold would realize about the same amount.
Will you kindly inform us if the trustees would like us to sell the fractions of it they would prefer to buy £10 and so make up another £20 Bond."

Letter from John H. Oglander, North British Station Hotel, Edinburgh, to his wife, Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, Isle of Wight  OG/CC/2139A  14 October 1903

"I hope to see you now before another letter after this could reach you - so this is my last this absence. I have had quite fairly nice weather for Loch Lomond and the only thing that worries me tonight is that I have given you a wrong address for this hotel. It is the Waverley Station Hotel - but its proper name seems to be the N.B. Station Hotel and I believe there is a temperance Hotel called the Waverley, so I shall go there tomorrow forenoon in case you have sent anything there. I started this morning and walked 2 miles to Arrochar on Loch Lory where I spent a happy summer when I was a grubby little school boy 45 years ago. How well I remembered the road William and I had travelled from Plymouth and finished our journey by coach - there was the bit of mountain where I was truck then by seeing the Scotch way of washing - the women standing in the tubs and treading it clean with soft soap - their petticoats tucked very high up. This morning I noticed that bit of mountain was all fenced in with barbed wire and "neat cottage villas" built beside the road where the laundry operations used to go on. I found a woman at her wash tub with her hands, however, and got into conversation with her over her 'bairns'. The house we had was still there and up behind it on the mountain where I used to play in the burn and constructed a water wheel which turned another wheel which I had secured as the wreck of an old barrow from the gardener!! It was rather a 'dreadful' pleasure because the same gardener used to tell me tales of a wild cat very fierce which had come down from the forest to the neighbourhood of the little rill which turned my wheels. Perhaps he was rather afraid I might be tempted to break up his working barrows to get another wheel for my experiments. Then there was the little pier off which I secured the very first fish I ever caught, a remarkably big perch very finely marked. How proud I was when it was actually cooked and sent up for dinner. I had not time to go up the mountain to sundry caves my soul loved in those days - nor to visit the trout stream in Glen Croe - the place where the sweet bog myrtle grew. It is very picturesque for there is a most curious jagged mountain just opposite the house we had - an extinct volcano called the Cobbler and I well remember watching an awful thunder storm - the lightning playing on the jagged cliffs - and boulders starting rolling off down the mountain to the lake -
This morning it looked almost a black blue as it rose just behind the dip of two ordinary mountains all glowing with yellow ocre and burnt sienna coloured fern and heather. Well although my acquaintance the railway may yesterday settled that Englishmen have no heart I did enjoy seeing the place which first gave me a love for mountains and scenery - and I thought of all that had passed and passed away in these 45 years - the flow and the ebb of life - and Darling it is joyous to think that with you by my side there is a great flood of happiness which seems always to rise and never ebb away. I had hobbled back (4 miles in all) by 11.30 and at 12 left Tarbet for a tour of the lake on the steamboat. The upper part of Lomond is grand - narrow walled in by finely shaped mountains, the waters edge fringed with woods of oh such lovely tints just now - It made me think so of our dear Italian lake - more beautiful I am obliged to own the Scotch lakes are - but then how can one enjoy them in such a climate. There were such coves where you and I could have made tea - such lovely water falls - edged with the greenest ferns and mosses - which of course our dear dry Italy cannot grow as well - and though the turf here looks so lovely and green and soft - it would be no use at all for a tea party because I know you would be wet to your ankles and what is the pleasure of any [of] the loveliest spot on earth without you - so you see I am faithful after all to dear Italy and its parched dry swards and stones. The steamer was a fine one and I had lunch on board then we steamed back down the lake and the mountains grew more rounded and tame as we neared the lowlands - but the lower end is studded with islands - some quite big with pasture and cattle - some with woods and crags like Serbelloni crowned with scotch fir - some tiny fairy islets - and in all I could only fancy what they would be like if I could have rowed you to them. In the big ones we could have lost each other. I could have shot a pheasant in the wood and brought it back to you on the beach of a little bay where you would have made a fire of sticks and boiled the kettle - On another there was a cave and before it a little strand of finest sand where you could have bathed (if we had been under an Italian sun) - On some little islands there are ruins of Abbeys, one little one on Loch Tay where a daughter of our King Henry I was buried - and then there are some tiny islets just raised out of the lake with half a dozen graceful birch or glowing golden ash trees - shaping over the water like an extended fan. These were so tiny we could not have lost each other or lost sight of each other for a moment so these were the ones I liked best. I hope Joan and her Auberon could be happiest on an islet. I think they could now - but I wonder if it will last as it has done with us - or whether they would want one of the bigger Robinson Crusoe sort of islands where they could separate and he could shoot and she could swim. Well anyway, I have written enough nonsence so must shut up until tomorrow when I will just give a last report. I shall meet Joan at 1.54. Perhaps though this letter will hardly reach you before we do unless I post it now - so I will send it off and enclose Joan's too."
P.S. [on envelope] "3.35 from Waterloo. Brading I think 6.40? Ask Sporran, Friday evening"
[Posted 12.30 pm on 15th]
Includes sketch of extinct volcano

Letter from Charles F. Hurst, National Provincial Bank of England Ltd., Ryde to John H. G. Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2140  23 October 1903

"I am in receipt of your letter, enclosing cheque for £4 3s. 0d. for your credit, also three dividend authorities duly signed. I should be glad of an answer to my letter of 13th October, wherein I explained that we had received new Portugese Bonds in place of the £500 held in the names of Messrs. A. J. Liddell, M.W. Colchester Wemys and T. L. Croome in the proportion of £50 new to £100 old. We now have £240 in new bonds and a certificate for £10 as a fractional part, as the new Bonds are all in £20. Would you kindly inform us if the Trustees would like us to sell the fraction or buy one to make up a new bond of £20. The price is at present about £6 3s. 0d."

Letter from Mrs. Lomas Thomas, Ladies Work Depot, 38 Mount Joy Square, Dublin, to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2140A  26 October 1903

"Miss Lomas Thomas presents her compliments to Mrs. Oglander and begs to say she can have her order for 12 n[ight] gowns ready in five or six weeks but Miss Thomas is not quite certain of one of the initials, whether it is a J. or I. Please kindly send a post card"

Letter from Charles Hurst, National Provincial Bank of England, Ryde, to John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/2141  28 October 1903

"In accordance with your instructions I have purchased a Portugese Bond of £20 No. 234110, which I have placed with the other Securities held in the names of Liddell and ors. The cost of the new fractions to make up the Bond is £6 3s. 6d. Would you please let me have your cheque for that amount."

Letter from May Hamond, Villa Vallonnet, Cabbe Roquebrune, A.M., France to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2141A  [31 October 1903 - postmark]

"I was so glad to hear from you. Your letter found us quite settled in winter quarters. We got here rather earlier than usual. I was afraid we might find it too hot - but it was really less hot than at Aix - and the weather lovely. Now we have had four days of heavy rain - which was much needed for the olives and the gardens - but I hope we have nearly come to the end of it. I enclose a list of our pictures - but see I forgot to put down what I told Mr. Oglander about Lord Grenville and my Grandfather's portraits - they were great friends and had their portraits painted for each other - on the understanding that the survivor was to have both pictures. I hope you will like our house and find it comfortable. Mary tells me the drawing room looks very nice and fresh after its "clean up" - I am glad the workmen have got it done in good time. Please ask Mary for the latch keys and pianoforte keys, if she forgets to put them out. I left them in a drawer of the writing table. I expect you will find the pianoforte wants tuning. We have no special tuner - so please have it done where you like - and send me the bill! I will tell the Gas Co. to come and measure the gas the day you come in - or send Mary a note to forward to them - when she hears from you. I told Mrs. Ivens (the Head Pew Opener) you would have our three seats at St. Peter's - pew 56 - there are also three seats (or rather four) in one of the gallery pews - for the servants. Amy Pelly is back in London now. I hope you will see her - but I do wish she would get away from London, for at least part of the winter - fog and damp are so bad for her."

Letter from Mary Ashley, 25 Eaton Place, London, S.W., to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2141B  3 November 1903

"Madam, I received your letter and 5/- order last night with many thanks to Mrs. Oglander and hopes to have the house ready by the 17 of November the bed has been put up in dressing room I think Mr. Oglander will find it comfortable - but rather small. I will put Miss Oglander next to your room Madam. I am writing to Miss Hammond to day and will mention about the coals. Will you please Madam tell Miss Oglander I was sorry her letter was detained but I had forgoten the address I knew there was another name before Brading Isle of Wight. I am glad your house maid is a nice girl and no doubt we shall get on well together, I remain Madam, yours Obediently"

Letter from Lady Henrietta Boyle, 95 Onslow Square, London, S.W., to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2141C  5 November 1903

"How very kind of you to ask Davie Dalrymple at once and I am so very sorry he could not go, as I know you would have liked him. Is it impossible now before you leave? As for Jem Ferguson, he is Commander on board the "Royal Sovereign" - and he is a very nice fellow - with a good deal of quiet dry humour. I was so glad of all your news and shall reserve more of mine until we meet. For I am driven at present after so long an absence. I must say I do wish you were to be nearer, when you come - for it makes it so much easier to meet! But of course you will be nearer other things. I suppose the Ogles can't be coming up, as they usually have that house and I always hate their being so far off. I am dreadfully sorry that you have had anything amiss with them and for so long a time. What can it be? But I do trust and hope it is better, and will be quite smoothed over? For life is so short, and these things so sad, and really nothing is worth contending over much, one gets to think, as time goes on - at least in comparison with keeping on happy terms, especially with those near and dear. Tho' one did not always feel so, in younger and hotter times! I don't of course know anything of this. But I do know that are all too good fellows to fall out! and it is worth making some sacrifices if necessary, on both sides, to get all right again! Especially before Christmas and Joan's wedding. Thems my sentiments - Amen. In any case I am very sorry for you and care so much for you both to like the idea. I am glad you are better. How amusing about Dick W. [Wilberforce] and how nice for her to be with you. What a good thing your new maid is nice. My arm is better thanks much - But crooked and short it must always be. It will be nice when you come. Many thanks for your letter. Tell Joan so looking forward your coming"

Letter from Mary Ashley, 25 Eaton Place, London, S.W., to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2141D  5 November 1903

"Madam, I received post card this morning and write to say dining room table one yard and four inchs [sic] wide and will seat 14 comfortabley. We have had 16 to dinner. The servants have table 2 yards long and 1 yard & quarter wide. We have a good charwomen [sic] that comes here every week when Miss Hammond is at home. I have engaged her for to [sic] days next week for the down stairs work Thursday and Friday if she is not engaged anywere els [sic] no doubt she would do the stalls for Mrs Oglander. The name of charwomen and address, Mrs. Bentley, 20 Rawlings Street, Cadogan Street, S.W."

Letter from Evelyn Rich, 12 Carlisle Mansions, Carlisle Place, S.W., to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2141E  8 November 1903

"Every day have I intended giving myself this pleasure but we have been very rowdy and our evenings have been spent in feasting. My wife was in Ryde for Friday and wanted very much to have seen you but she had a lot of business to do and could not go so far. It is delightful to think of your coming up so soon and to hear a good report of you. With your own carriage you will have such an advantage and you musn't attempt too much at first and this dry bracing weather will do you good. It is very bright and cheery up here now and no ground damp is such an advantage for poor rhumatics. Thank you so much for the book, I hadn't seen it - most amusing and very clever. I suppose Joan is as happy as ever. The clock is ordered in green and red enamel on beaten silver, green velvet lining, it has been such an amusement and pleasure to me. You must tell us if we can do anything to put the house ready for you. How you will all be missed, but great will be the appreciation this end."

Letter from Mary Ashley, 25 Eaton Place, London, to Florence Oglander, Nunwell, Brading, I.W  OG/CC/2141F  14 November 1903

"Madam, I received Miss Oglander [sic] letter with £1 postal order safley [sic] and there are 4 cases of luggage come 3 to day and one yesterday. I think I shall be able to get one man to help with luggage. I will try for the other"

Letter from Captain O. N. French, Brading Rifle Club, Yaverland Rectory, Brading, to John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/2142  16 November 1903

"I must apologise for again troubling you with reference to the Rifle Club. It is, however, to tell you what happened at the Committee meeting on the 13th. It was decided to increase the Emergency Committee to six shooting members and to sell Kynocks Adaptor Ammunition at 4 per 1d., and at the same time start an Ammunition Fund. Mr. Bonn has consented to serve on the Sub-Committee on it being increased to six members. It was also proposed to hold a Grand Prize Meeting on Boxing Day, for which all clubs on the Island might enter. I have, therefore, suggested that Princess Beatrice should be approached with a view to asking her to give a prize, as she has lately been pleased to become a Patroness of the Island Clubs. I was then instructed to ask you whether you would be good enough to assist in bringing this about as we felt sure it would be very beneficial to the Island Clubs and this one in particular and more especially, if she could be asked to present the prizes in person."

Letter from John H. G. Oglander, 25 Eaton Place, London, S.W., to Bertram Ogle  OG/CC/2143  23 November 1903

"We have just settled that Joan shall be married on January 7th. It is three months since I wrote to Edith that had I known all she afterwards wrote she meant - I should have written to her again before making Miss Hammond an offer for this house - also saying I was sorry, if I was irritated by her letters and hasty, but asking her to withdraw charges of sharp practice, scheming etc. Beyond this I cannot go. My advise has not been met hitherto but I ask you again whether it is not possible for you to reconcile the facts with any other motives than those you have imparted to us? If you could do so, this miserable dispute might be cleared up altogether. In any case I am willing for the day on which Joan is married to forget everthing else, but her wedding day - and I should welcome here all who care for her and gather to wish her well on the most eventful day of her life."

Letter from John Fardell, Market Street, Ryde, I.W., to John H.G. Oglander, 25 Eaton Place, London, S.W  OG/CC/2144  23 November 1903

"I have this morning received a letter from Col. Kennard's Solicitor in which he says - "I heard from Col. Kennard this morning that "he cannot consider any further change in the proposals. He is quite ready to accept Mr. Oglander's covenant to settle £25,000 if he on his part will accept Mrs. Kennard's appointment of £20,000 and Col. Kennard's covenant to settle £10,000". I do not know if you will accept these terms, but they appear to me to have certain advantages from your point of view. Originally it was intended each party should bring in £20,000 for settlement; by covenant on your part in respect of the difference between that sum and the after acquired property of Miss Oglander under Mrs. Oglander's personalty settlement and under the will of your late father and by appointment on the part of Mrs. Kennard. Subsequent negociations suggested an increase of £5,000 on your part and an increase of £10,000 on part of Col. Kennard; you on your part to bring in security, by a charge on part of the estates. This security, if I read Col. Kennard's Solicitor's letter aright, is now dispensed with and if you will accept the terms now offered your covenant alone is required, thus leaving you a free hand entirely as regards the future in your dealings with Estate as a whole. It seems to me, therefore, that as the other side are prepared to accept your covenant along you might, under the circumstances, accept Col. Kennard's covenant for the £10,000 as against your £5,000, the amount of his covenant being an addition to the original proposals which seemed satisfactory at the time they were made. Will you kindly let me know your wishes as soon as you can conveniently do so. Since seeing you I have perused the Will of the late Mr. Hegan and it seems clear that Mrs. Kennard has power to appoint as proposed and I have written accordingly to the Trustees Solicitors for particulars of the Trust Funds."

Letter from Bertram Ogle, Steeple Aston, Oxford, to John H. G. Oglander, 25 Eaton Place, London, S.W  OG/CC/2145  24 November 1903

"It is obvious that if people are brought by any circumstances into close relationships, they must obtain knowledge and information, which is not made generally public, and if this is to be used to snatch advantage, it is also obvious that intimacy and friendship cannot exist. We must return to the savage condition in which each man has to defend his own throat. It is a matter of complete indifference to me, whether you are willing to make advances or not. I take my own line on the subject."

Letter from Captain T. N. French, Secretary, Brading Rifle Club, Yaverland Rectory, Brading I.W., to John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/2146  24 November 1903

"Thank you very much for your letter of the 19th November. With regard to Morris Tube Communication, I am afraid the members of the Club will not use it, as they say it is so very uncertain, and from my experience also, I cannot say I have found it very accurate. From the complaints received by the committee, it was resolved at the last meeting to discontinue using it, as it was found possible to sell Adaptor Ammunition at 4 shots a penny. This really we thought would be the better plan as the Morris Tube is very discouraging, the bullet being so small and is affected by the least wind. I think subscriptions might be invited from the more wealthy members for the Ammunition Fund and in fact I have already received a promise of £1 from one member. I feel sure others would follow suit. Thank you very much for your promise to approach Princess Beatrice, with regard to the Prize Meeting on Boxing Day. I trust it may be successful as at present I have only one prize promised and that is from Major Seely."

Letter from John Fardell, Market Street, Ryde, I.W., to John H. Oglander, Esq., 25 Eaton Place, London, S.W  OG/CC/2147  26 November 1903

"I have to thank you for your letter of yesterday's [date] and have written Col. Kennard's Solicitor in accordance with your instructions. I have not yet received a reply from the Solicitors acting for the Trustees of the late Mr. Hegan's Will but shall no doubt do so very shortly. Meanwhile I am putting the necessary papers before Counsel to settle draft Settlement and other incidental Deeds. I have not yet discussed the names or number of trustees with Mr. Treherne, but shall be glad if you will supply me with the names of at least two Trustees. I hope Mrs. Oglander continues well and finding the benefit of the change."

Draft letter from Florence Oglander to Auberon Kennard  OG/CC/2147A  About 27 November 1903

"I hope the enclosed copy of a letter received this morning from F[ardell] will explain the subject of my letter to you 2 days ago. We should never have dreamed of asking you to accept ground rents of less value than those [I.O.W.?] from my marriage settlement - and I am very sorry that you should have got that impression. Jack had explained to me that the money is at dep[osit] account and I absently left out the wor[d]. I am so sorry to hear of Sophie still having neuritis. I am afraid the weather must make it worse"

Letter from John Fardell, Market Street, Ryde, I.W., to John H. Oglander, Esq., 25 Eaton Place, London, S.W  OG/CC/2148  30 November 1903

"I have not received a reply from Mrs. Kennard's Trustees' Solicitors, but so that no time may be lost I have arranged to be in town on Wednesday to have a conference with my Conveyancing Counsel to settle the method and form in which the agreed terms shall be carried out. I have received an offer for the plot of land on the North side of Carter Street, to the eastward of Adelaide Villa, of £7 which you authorised me to ask. The applicants have submitted the enclosed plan of the house which they wish to erect on the plot, but which I have not felt justified in approving. The estimated cost of the building is £400 only. I shall accordingly be glad to have your instructions."

Letter from Garnett Tarbet & Co., Royal Insurance Buildings, North John Street, Liverpool to Messrs. Fardells, Ryde, I.W  OG/CC/2149  1 December 1903

"Miss Oglander & Captn. A. Kennard.
We have communicated with our clients the Trustees of the late Mr. Josh. J. Hegan on the subject of your letter of 23rd ulto and are now authorized to inform you that the settled funds over a portion of which Mrs. Agnes Kennard (Capt. Kennard's mother) has power of appointment, consist of Stocks and Shares in divers Railway and other Companies and that the present value of such portion (exclusive of shares in the Arica and Tacna Railway) is upwards of £110,000. In addition to which the trust includes some agricultural land in Cheshire. We are not aware of any prior charge or appointment affecting Mrs. Kennard's portion of the fund."

Letter from John Fardell, Market Street, Ryde, to John H. Oglander, Esq  OG/CC/2150  2 December 1903

"Herewith I send you a copy of a letter [see above] I have this morning received from Messrs. Garnett Tarbet & Co., Liverpool, the Solicitors acting for the trustees of the Will of the late Mr. J. J. Hegan. I think you may accept Messrs. Garnett & Co's letter as satisfactory as they are disinterested and have a full sense of their responsibility. My Counsel has postponed my appointment with him until tomorrow, but I hope within the next few days to have all the drafts ready for your approval. Would you have any objection to my Agent, Mr. Canning, calling on you if at any time I required your instructions on a point in a hurry."

Letter from Ann Annette Minna Cockrane, Osbourne Cottage, East Cowes, I.W., to John H. G. Oglander, 25 Eaton Place, London, S.W  OG/CC/2151  7 December 1903

Administrative history:
Lady in Waiting to Princess Beatrice and dau. of Admiral of the Fleet, Sir Thomas John Cockrane of Quarr Abbey House, I.W.

"I sent your letter to Lord William Cecil for consideration regarding the suggestion that H.R.H. should give a prize to the Island Rifle Clubs and have just received his answer which is as follows:
"I think that as Princess Henry is going away so soon, it would be better to let the matter of a shooting prize stand over till next year, at least, so that the matter can be properly thought out. If a prize is given it would, I think, have to have conditions and they cannot be settled off hand. Under these circumstances can you kindly bring up the subject again next year. The Princess will be away from the Island about eight months and approves of Lord William's suggestion."

Letter from Princess Ena of Battenberg, Osbourne Cottage, East Cowes, I.W., to Joan Oglander  OG/CC/2152  8 December 1903

"It is most kind of you to think of asking me to your wedding and I am so very sorry that I cannot come. I do hope that you will be very happy and that I shall see you now and then, when you are married."

Letter from C. N. French, Yaverland Rectory, Brading, I.W., to John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/2153  8 December 1903

"Thank you very much for letter and the enclosure. It is very good of you to have taken so much trouble in the matter and I am grateful for it. I am extremely sorry to say that we have been compelled to postpone the meeting more or less indefinitely mainly on account of the difficulty in obtaining enough prizes. I therefore return Col. Colbourne's letter and will only state to the Committee that the idea has failed."

Letter from George Boscawen Randolf, Steeple Aston, to John H.G. Oglander, his cousin's husband  OG/CC/2154  9 December 1903

"I am willing to be one of the marriage settlement trustees on Joan's behalf. May the date when there are any active duties to perform, such as giving consent to re-investments, be long deferred, as I understand from your letter such duties are not likely to arise until the parents have "departed"! As the happy couple will no doubt both have ample means, I don't anticipate that Joan will worry her Trustees! I hope to look in one afternoon, when I am next in Town, probably either just before or just after Christmas. Except a flying visit through necessity to the dentist. I was only up for a Sunday and Monday about a week ago and could not then manage to call. I am awfully sorry for poor Lucy Deane(Lucy and Hyacynth Deane were the 1st cousins of the writer and Florence Oglander. They were left virtually penniless after the death of their father (January 1881) and mother (25 March 1886)). From what Margaret tells, it must have been a terrible ordeal. What she went through. Like you, none of us knew anything about it, until we saw the account in the papers. It is a very shocking death, but no doubt very sudden. The Railway Carriage door could not have been securely fastened."

Letter from John Fardell, Market Street, Ryde, I.W., to J. H. Oglander, Esq  OG/CC/2155  14 December 1903

"I am exceedingly sorry to have heard that you have had a re-occurrence of your lung trouble. I was glad to hear through Seymour on Saturday that you were progressing towards recovery. I had intended to have written you before but have myself been suffering from a chill. I am glad to say that I have this afternoon settled and forwarded to Col. Kennard's Solicitors the drafts of the 2 Appointments and of the Settlement. I therefore, hope all matters will be arranged and ready for completion by the end of the month. I am making the necessary arrangements for your Christmas gift, and I enclose a list of the poor persons in Brading who last year were recipients of your bounty and I shall be glad to know if you have any corrections or additions to make to the same. I have, as a result of further correspondence with Mr. Coode Adams, just received a final letter in which he says - "Sir Walter is anxious, as we all are, to put an end to the wretched condition of affairs and with a view of preventing the scheme being wrecked at the last moment by Mr. Oglander's claim that he has instructed me to say that he and those whom he represents will be willing to pay Mr. Oglander the sum of £50 in addition to the Ground rent for the years 1901 and 1903, during which the Chapel was open for public service, provided Mr. Oglander will withdraw the claim he has put forward and will give an absolute release to the new Trustees in respect of all claims for arrears of Ground rent and breaches of covenant up to the 31st inst. I must of course ask you to treat this letter without prejudice, but I may perhaps express the ernest hope that Mr. Oglander will see his way to accept the offer thus made and to bear in mind that it really amounts to handing over to him the whole of the money now in Watson's hands with the exception of a small sum which it is necessary to retain to meet certain urgent and necessary repairs." Speaking from a business point of view and assuming that the circumstances not of an exceptional character I should advise you to accept this offer, and I more ernestly do so in the present instance as I think the Trust will effect the object intended by its framers, though as you know, the terms of the Trust are in many particulars not in the form which I should personally have suggested."

Letter from John Fardell, Market Street, Ryde, I.W., to John H. Oglander, Esq  OG/CC/2156  17 December 1903

"I am very glad to hear that you are better. The trusts of the Settlement are shortly as follows:-
1. First life interest to wife in her allowance and of income of settled funds, when same fall into possession, to her separate use with restraint on anticipation.
2. Second life interest of Husband determinable in the event of there being no issue of the marriage or on his marrying again.
3. Remainder after death of survivor, among children as parents shall jointly appoint. In default of appointment as survivor should by Will appoint. In default of appointment equally among children with usual hotchpot clauses in case there shall have been any partial appointment. If there shall be no issue of the marriage that Wife shall, during coverture by Will, or when not under coverture by Deed or Will appoint and in default of appointment to her next of kin.
The Husband's settled funds to be on similar trusts except of course the separate use clause, but as regards his life interest I have inserted a clause giving the Trustees power to deal with the same in the event of his attempting to charge or alienate it, though I am aware a provision of this sort is sometimes distasteful as suggesting there may be reasons to suspect that the case which it is intended to meet is considered more or less likely to happen. In forwarding the draft to Mr. Treherne I have of course, made it clear that no such contingency is suggested, and I therefore trust that his Clients will not take offence. I note that Capt. Wemyss and Mr. Randolph have accepted the trust. Will you let me know if they wish their Solicitors to advise them or if they will accept the trust as settled by Mr. Treherne and myself. There is as a matter of fact nothing in the trust which puts them under any liability, except of course as to the proper administration of the trust funds whensoever they may fall into possession, which event I hope may not happen for many years to come. In the trust deed I have given Miss Oglander's names as Florence Joan Gertrude Glynn Oglander. Will you correct me if I am wrong.
Sea View Church.
I think this matter, if you will permit it, may rest until we meet and can talk it over. With regard to the football ground there is nothing in the Lease prohibiting the user of the field as such, but I believe there has always been an understanding with the Browns that nothing shall be done in the Park which shall be a nuisance or annoyance to the House. I think it is very probable that had you been in residence application would have been made to you and that it was in consequence of your absence that the Browns gave permission."

Letter from C. N. French, Yaverland Rectory, Brading, I.W., to John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/2157  18 December 1903

"We have had a rather exciting time here lately. On 27th November I wrote to Sgt. Mason asking him to find 2 members to shoot in a friendly match on the 28th, as I could not be there. Mr. Parmiter was away from home and Mr. Rogers had not chosen to answer my card. I also had been away until Friday night. On the Saturday, (the 28th) a quarrell took place between Mason and Rogers, who is Vice Captain and things looked very black so I hear. Mason then sent in his resignation as Sgt-Instructor. It was considered by a Sub-committee Meeting and after some discussion of a somewhat stormy nature, it was referred to a General Committee Meeting. This assembled on the 16th, there being about 30 present, including 6 ladies. After a while, the ballot was taken and it was decided not to receive his resignation by 18 votes to 14. It was then resolved that the range be closed on Mondays and on all Ladies Day days during the winter. Mr. Rogers then tended his resignation as Vice-Captain and it was decided to refer it to a sub-committee meeting later on. I was then obliged to tender my own resignation as Secretary, on account of my leaving the Island, in order to commence study at Pitman's Metropolitan School, with a view to obtaining a Private Secretaryship. I promised, however, to carry on until I left home and if possible as well as desirable I will delay my departure until this matter is more settled than at present. I think the whole question amounts to this:- whom shall leave the club, Mason or Rogers. I have made several enquiries and I think the latter is less desirable and harmony should be obtained, if he left. I am also trying to arrange a small dinner for the members after Christmas, to be followed by an information concert, which I trust, will arouse more interest in the Club. I intend to limit the tickets to 2/- or 2/6."

Letter from George Boscawen Randolph, Steeple Aston, Oxford, to his cousin's husband, John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/2158  20 December 1903

"My name is George Boscawen Randolph and [my] house [is] locally known as "Boscastle"! A notorious character, such as I am, "of Steeple Aston in the County of Oxford" should be, I think, quite sufficient description in the deed of settlement. Under the circumstances I don't wish my lawers to be communicated with, but if yours will just let me see the draft, as settled, it will do, and after signing let me have a copy of the deed. I have just returned from a visit in Yorkshire - three days shooting very like yours, but more rabbits. With love and seasons greetings to Florence and Joan."

Letter from C. N. French, Yaverland Rectory, Brading, I.W., to Mr. John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/2159  23 December 1903

"Thank you very much for your letter and very kind offer you have made, regarding the proposed dinner. I have spoken to Mr. Parmiter about it, as I am afraid I shall not be at home much longer, being very anxious to commence my studies in London as soon as possible. I should think about the middle of January would be a good time for it, but I hope Mr. Parmiter will arrange the date. Mr. Brown has since sent in his resignation once more, as also one of the Woodfords. There will be a sub Committee meeting on Monday next, in order to consider these, as well as that of Mr. Rogers. If the dissatisfaction lies with these three only, I think the Club should prosper, once they have left. I cannot quite tell but I have hopes this is the case and I trust the affair will blow over in a little time. Sergeant Mason seems to have renewed his interest and his behaviour will be keenly watched by the Opposition Up to the present, I cannot see how they can complain further and I think the more desirable members will eventually come round. May I, in conclusion, offer my best wishes for Christmas and the New Year?"

Letter from John Fardell, Market Street, Ryde, I.W., to John. H. Oglander, Esq  OG/CC/2160  23 December 1903

"I am glad to say that I have received the draft Appointments approved by Col. Kennard's Solicitors. The draft Settlement I shall probably receive either on Monday or Tuesday next, when I will write you fully as to any alterations made therein. Meanwhile could you kindly obtain and send me for the purposes of the Schedule the present investment of the funds subject to Mrs. Oglander's Personalty Settlement."

Letter from Frank Colchester Wemyss, Morville, N. Bridgnorth, Salop. to John H. G. Oglander  OG/CC/2161  27 December 1903

Administrative history:
Sir Maynard Francis Colchester Wemyss; elder son of J.H. Oglander's great friend, Maynard Colchester Wemys of Westbury Court, Gloucestershire, b. 12 March 1872, married 11 October 1898 Maria Alice, 2nd dau. of General Robert William Disney-Leith, C.B., of Glenkindie and Westhall, Aberdeenshire and sister of 5th Baron Burgh of North Court, Shorwell, I.W. The other married sister of the 5th Baron Burgh was Edith, who married 20 April 1901 Sir Thomas Algernon Earle, 4th Baronet.

"Dear Uncle Gig - I ought to have written to answer your letter long ago: but we've been moving and that combined with not being very fit has upset everything. I wanted to make one small suggestion with regard to Joan's settlement, and that is that with regards to legacies and such like money coming to them, the amount which must be invested for them should not be fixed too low. In Maria's and my settlement this amount is fixed at £500 - any sum of £500 or upwards, which either of us may inherit must be invested in certain securities. I think £500 is a good deal too low: to young married people, who have any prospects whatever, £500 or £100 ready cash may be much more useful than £15 or £17 per annum. I make this suggestion because I think this clause is often put in by lawyers and no one worries about it. In our case I did not know how much it was till Maria had £500 left her and then we found it was tied up. I am trustee to one of her sisters and in her case I got the amount fixed at £2,000. Her husband is a business man and would probably get a safe investment at 4% or a bit over, otherwise perhaps £2,000 might be a little too high. In Joan's case I should think sums of £1,001 and upwards would about suit for investment. I'm sure theyd much prefer having £500 to buy a motor car and 4 or 5 hunters than £17 per annum. We shall be staying for the event at 27 Chesham Place, quite close to you. I'm a bit better, but can't do anything much yet."

Letter from Francis Hughes, 103 Edgeware Road, London, S.W., to John Fardell, Market Street, Ryde, I.W  OG/CC/2162  28 December 1903

"Mr. John H. Oglander asks me to send you the present state of investment of the funds settled on his marriage, to enable you to prepare the Settlement on the marriage of his daughter. In the Summer of 1896, I prepared a Draft Appointment of a New Trustee of the Settlement of personal property made on the marriage of Mr. & Mrs. John H. Oglander. On that occasion, I went rather carefully into the question of the Trust Funds which were then held upon the trusts of that Settlement. The Appointment of a New Trustee was not proceeded with, but the Draft Appointment contains the recitals relating to the dealings with the Trust funds of which I enclose you a copy, together with the first and second Schedules therein referred to - the first Schedule being a tabular Statement of the dealings with the Trust funds, and the second Schedule being the Capital Account. I think these will furnish you with the information you require. Since the preparation of these Schedules, the only change that I know of is, the payment off of the £500 Mortgage and the re-investment of the money in other Securities. I have given particulars in the fourth column of the first Schedule. The second Schedule should be revised accordingly, but as I do not know for certain whether any further changes have taken place in the Capital Account, I have thought it better not to touch it. I believe all the Securities are held by the National Provincial Bank of England, Ryde, and I would suggest your comparing the documents I now send you, with the Stock Certificates held by them. I shall be happy to furnish you with any further information that you may require, within my power. I may mention that in 1900 I completed the Appointment of a new Trustee of another Settlement made on the same marriage, to secure a jointure of £600 per annum on the Wife. I presume, however, that you do not require any particulars about this."

Letter from Francis Hughes, 103 Edgeware Road, London, W., to John H. Oglander, 25 Eaton Place, London, S.W  OG/CC/2163  28 December 1903

"Re Marriage Settlement.
I received your letter of the 25th inst. this morning. I enclose [for] you carbon copy of a letter I have written today to Mr. John Fardell. I hope this will give him all the information he requires."
[copy as OG/CC/2162)

Letter from John Fardell, Market Street, Ryde, I.W., to John H. Oglander, Esq  OG/CC/2164  29 December 1903

"I have to thank you for your letter received this day and especially for the kind reference to myself in regard to my connection with your tenants who very kindly took me into their confidence when selecting their present to Miss Oglander. Mr. Hughes very kindly at once attended to your request and this afternoon I received the particulars I asked you for. I have however suggested the advisability of omitting full particulars from the Settlement and from the appointment as I am advised by Mr. Dauney, my Counsel, that it is not essential that the same should be inserted in either document. The Drafts as altered by Col. Kennard's Solicitors I have forwarded to my Agent with instructions, after seeing Mr. Dauney on one or two points which I have mentioned to him, to call on Col. Kennard's Solicitors with a view to finally settling and approving all the drafts after which I have asked him to obtain an appointment with you to go through the same. I have also told him that if he has any difficulty to at once wire me in which event I shall run up to town and personally attend to the matter."

Letter from John Fardell, Market Street, Ryde, I.W., to John H. Oglander, Esq  OG/CC/2165  4 January 1904

"Owing to a very important engagement which I had at Eastbourne which kept me there the whole of the latter part of last week, I was unable to see you on Friday. Mr. Canning kept me advised on the telephone how matters in regard to the Settlement were progressing and I was glad to learn from him all questions had been settled to your satisfaction. The Settlement and Appointment by Mrs. Kennard will be in Mr. Treherne's hands today so that he may obtain his Clients' signatures thereto, and if convenient to you I propose going to town on Wednesday morning and will keep any appointment for that afternoon or evening which may be most convenient for you for the purpose of completing the Settlement and the Appointment by yourself and Mrs. Oglander. Will you kindly write me at Brading with an appointment.
P.S. I will let Rev. Randolph have a copy of the Settlement."

Letter from Auberon Kennard, 25 Bruton Street, London, W., to Florence Oglander, 25 Eaton Place, London, S.W  OG/CC/2166  4 January 1904

"My dear Mrs. Oglander, As I am taking your natural support away from you, the least I can do is to provide you with a substitute. Please accept it as a tiny return for all the kindness you have heaped upon me"

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