Tuesday. March 20th.

Went to Malvern in Bummy’s suite, & Arabel’s. Called in passing at Mrs. Trant’s, & had to listen to some exquisite selections from her own & Miss Harriet Berrington’s[1] album—“accursed were she who first cried hold enough”,[2] by the laws of politeness,—

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to oppose her wish of leaving Malvern; & that, altho’ it was wrong in him, he cd. not help feeling pleased on hearing about the cholera, because that appeared to him a likely means of frightening Mrs. Boyd into staying. Certainly he said, it might do him good, to change the air; but still, he wd. rather not go. When I told him of what I had said to Bummy, his exclamation was, “Why you complained of my wishing to go: and now you wish to go yrself”. My answer to that was succeeded by an enquiry about the state of the fire. Annie gave me “National Ballads.[4]

1. The Berringtons were a prominent Catholic family, living near Little Malvern Church.

2. Macbeth V.viii.33–34: “Lay on, Macduff; / And damn’d be him that first cries ‘Hold, enough!’”

3. Two leaves, i.e., four pages, excised.

4. Not identified. Possibly one of the series by Thomas Moore published under the title National Airs.


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