July Diary

plus several More Cricket Reports Horse racing And Rowing 

Until July 1863 Elwes has used a sequence of 4 pages for each month's diary entries. From this point such logical  grouping ends. As can be seen there are initially only 2 pages in the July section of diary. The rest of the diary for July follows several pages later.

Diary for 1863  July 1 - July 8 

Lincoln is another brother .

Mildenhall An estate in Suffolk owned collectively? by members of the Elwe family. 

The summer of 1863 is recorded as a very hot dry summer. 

"Orley Farm"   is a novel by  Anthony Trollope. 

Crieff  a place in Scotland where Minnie's family came from, and where she later set up St. Dominic's Catholic school   

                        1.  WEDNESDAY .O.

      Did little in the morning but went to Lincolns in the afternoon & talked about selling the house-  Mildenhall- Went with Minnie and George Murray to Miss. Crampton "Amateur Operatics" -  Miss Crampton sang and acted beautifully and most other parts were well done - Old Levingeur was killing - there was a ball after we left we preferred walking home - for coolness.

                       2. THUURSDAY. 

    Wrote diary best part of the day  Dreadfully hot looked like set in heat- Took my usual stroll in these kind of days - in the Kensington gardens with my novel "Orley Farm" and taking a quiet pipe in the shade. 

                       3. FRIDAY . 

       Went to the Oval tremendous hitting of the Players - The commencement of the Gent. 2nd innings was good - R.Walker and Grace . Showing good cricket - Daniel was magnificent - Staid as long as I could - Lawrence Peel came to stay two nights - Chapman dined with us also and played on the piano some of his own compositions.



     Wrote diary - in the morning - Did a few small odds and ends for my "exit" Such as Casting, lines - gloves wading stockings etc. - Minnie went to the opera with Lawrence Peel - thee was a great crush - which made them very late indeed - Gave Miss Smyth another lesson in croquet in the house - Heard with delight Miss G's intended nuptials -

                           5.  S . 5 AFT.TRIN . 

         Did not stir in the morning but walked about as well as the heat would let me - At the club - where I saw M'donnell and I staid there until I found I was late for dinner - Old Zanzi called - Peel returned to Pinner very early 

                            6. Monday . 0. MidsrD.

       Wrote a bit in the morning - Took inventories - Miss G. and friend to luncheon - Went into town and did one or two necessary things - Dreadfully hot - Got things ready for the exit - Miss F.G. and friend to Monday Pop Two very good new violinists a successful concert George went away.

                                7. TUESDAY. C 

     Our last day in town - worked hard - very hot as usual - Took a stroll in the Kensington - A cold bath when I got home - Heavy tea at 7 o'clock - Started fron Kings Cross at 9.15 in a carriage all to ourselves - the two "pets" inside "Bully" was very nearly lost by carelessness in trying to exchange his cage Miss Smyth caught him



        Very successful journey to Edinbro' Two pets behaved very well - Got to York about 2.15 where we rested  quarter of an hour - Got to Edinbro a little after 8 where Mrs. Anthony met us and was very civil and kind - Went on to Crieff at 9 - changed at one place and arrived about 12 or one Washed and got things comfortable.    

Diary 1863 for July 9 - July 16


                               9.  THURSDAY.

Found the country about most beautiful  yesterday Miss M. very glad to see us - cottage - pretty and comfortable. Went up to the Earn - in Sir Patrick's water and **** - to bright - ought to have been 3 hours earlier - very hot indeed Caught 17 or 18 small ones - The Murrays came Cunninghams came  **** 

                                10 FRIDAY

To loch Errochy with Robert in the dog cart - perfect failure - loch in fair order but my flies not being large enough or the right colour . I did nearly nothing. A Mr. Glass however gave me a few of his - I got a few on the deeps of the river - Minnie and Aunt H. had gone to the loch to se me - but  I had left - the driver had gone after them and they walked back to the inn  a mile from the Loch and drove home - Very hot indeed

                                 11 SATUR. Oxf. Tends

Called on Captain Keightly but he was out - however he was at luncheon at Aunt H's and he told me his opinions on the fishing and helped to choose some of the Lochs Wrote a deal of diary - Mrs Graham of somewhere was also at luncheon- To a beautiful walk in the Ochtertyre Woods - did not get home till very late 

                                  12. S . 6 AFT TRIN  

Aunt H to the kirk - Minnie and I to the papal shop - which was rather slovenly done - but still congregation seemed rather attentive . The Altana girls - Bella Frank and afterwards Mary Anne came over from Altana - Looked like rain 

                                13. MONDAY

Tried the Earn- as usual - left some things behind me - Very hot - did not get a line in the water until after 12 o'clock losing the best part of the day - Determined to change my plan of operations and get up very early indeed. Fishing well in places but did not lay hold - Lost one or two very good fish - one was certainly 10 lb got 23

                                 14. TUESDAY

Home so shamefully late and gave so much trouble - that I was more determined than ever on early "piscatorial ****" - Most pleasant drive with Aunt H and M- Drummond House  **** scenery magnificent also saw Ld. Melville 's statue and beautiful waterfall- Dr. Gardiner's ******************

                                  15. WEDNESDAY 

St. Swithin.

   Much of the script is close to unintelligible  to make sense of for the next 2 days     

Two pages of horse racing followed by 4 pages of cricket then 2 further pages of the July diary then another 3 pages of horse racing and finishing with 4 more pages of cricket 


This the remains of a very old and once most capital match - now reduced to a contemptible handicap came off at Lords on the above days .. 

*The days of Alfred Mynn, Fuller Pilch, Wenman, Felix,  Bill Hillyer and Adams are over- never more will they be able to be on equal terms with England - why I don't know but Kent is particularly weak this year -  time alone prevented them from receiving a tremendous towelling from Nottingham. Surrey beat them in one innings Sussex by 95 runs They did however get a match out of Cambridge.  This is most   "*extraordinary"   as Kent possesses as fine  gentleman players as any county in England.  In this match Kent had the advantage of playing 13 to 11.  Engand went in first- Grace (the captain ) and Mortlock taking their places- Willsher and Traill handling the ball taking their places. Some pains had evidently been taken with the wicket and it was decidedly better and truer than any seen this year. Both hit away freely particularly Grace - Mortlock made a splendid off drive for 5 Grace then mounted one of Traill's  Bennett now came on with the slows and Mortlock hit one sharply back to him - this one wicket was disposed of for 52 -Griffith next showed and opened his account with 3 from the slows - and scored so rapidly that Lipscombe's fast round arm was substituted and Sewell soon took Willsher's end. The score  was soon raised to 100 - 11 being made from 1 over of Lipscombe's -  

*  As I read this sentence I thought that I remembered a newspaper article referring to something very similar.  The journalist had quoted from Wisden and was wondering why Wisden was lamenting the loss of such gifted amateurs and whether their like would be seen again when the greatest amateur of them all, W.G.Grace was in their midst and at the height of his powers.  I have been unable to trace the newspaper article but I have found the edition of Wisden to which he refers.  It is from  the Wisden report for The Canterbury Week August 7,8,9,10,11,  1882 and I give the relevant passage below

"His lordship spoke of what he called the golden days of Kentish cricket - the days of Wenman, Felix, Hillyer, Fuller Pilch and Alfred Mynn and went on to say that after the disappearance of these celebrities there was a less brilliant period"   

     *Extraordinary  A use of the word Extraordinary.  This word along with Remakable is frequently used throughout the entire lifespan of Wisden's almanack to describe highly unusual events met with in cricket.

     Although I am not sure I think that commentators on cricket can be divided into 2.  One group who know Wisden well and  use  the words remarkable and extraordinary when an appropriate event has happened  and the other group who dont and use other words.  But that maybe my imagination.  



in his next - Grace was given out for 52 - by seven 3s six 2s and singles Hayward and Griffith raised the total to 128 - that number being got in a very little over two hours Griffiths share being 43 by fine hitting three 4s three 3s six 2s etc. Carpenter and Hayward then occupied the wickets till dinner was called - previous to which Baker bowled an over.  The total at the time was 157. On resuming Bennett bowled slow round arm at the Pavillion end and Willsher went on at the other Hayward was run out, he failed to complete the 3rd run for a hit of his own - his 24 consisted of a 4 - a 3 - four 2s - George Parr followed and with Carpenter increased the score to 200 and showed some of the finest cricket in the match - at one time Willsher delivered four maiden overs to Parr and Bennett a similar number to Carpenter - in all there were 12 overs in which each batsman only got one single. Sewell at length relieved Bennett and in his second over bowled Carpenter who had made by fine play 31 by a 6 - three 4s a 2 etc Tarrant's the sixth wicket fell for 206 - and Lockyer's the seventh for 207 - Grundy made a 3 to leg 2 to square leg a cut and then was well bowled- eighth for 222 Parr was bowled off his pads after having shown fine defence and good cricket his score of 30 contained a 4 two 3s five 2s - etc -Jackson was caught at slip -Ninth out for 229 - tenth for 230 - The weather was remarkably fine and the ground numerously and fashionably attended at the time the county began their innings  Jackson delivered  a maiden over to Bennett- Tarrant commenced with a wide and Fryer hit 2. In his third over he shivered Fryer's middle stump- first for 13 in his 13 he made a fine dtrive from Jackson.The second Traill and the third Bennett fell for 15 Willsher made a bold drive for 4 off Tarrant to the Pavillion.  Mr. A. Walter made a fine cut to the Tavern for 4 - but was bowled almost immediately bowled afterwards - four for 31 Goodhew was caught at point off his hand and Willsher - brought out his bat for 23 - 48 for 5 and time was called - On Tuesday morning the weather was very fine and a good company assembled considering away state of the match - Kelson and Willsher each scored a single kelson in tarrants next masde a three drive and one to the Pavillion - both were bowled soon after - Willsher the sixth and Kelson the seventh Sewell and Mr. Barber were the companions and not seperated till 67 were scored- Wenham joined Sewell and there was some fine cricket Sewell playing admirably - Griffith relieved Jackson and 90 was up - Wotton took Tarrants wicket but runs were still scored. Sewell made a drive to the Pavillion from Wootton's first over and 100 was up - and Tarrant went on again at the lowerfrom Griffith and in his third over well bowled Wenman for 13 - ninth for 109Payne joined Sewell who made a good off hit and lost his wicket in trying to make the fourth run - tenth for 112 - Sewell played well for his 28. Payne made a cut fotr 3 off Tarrant and was bowled at the other end well- Eleventh for 115 - Baker made two drives for 3 and Lipscombe was dismissed.  - the total amounted to - Thus Kent wanted 3 runs to save the following their innings - Bennett and Fryer took their places as before -  Tarrant bowling from the lower end - Jackson from the Pavillion . from the former Fryer made 4 and Bennett an on drive for 2 when Carpenter took Fryer at point for 10 - first for 17 - Goodhew took his place but soon lost the companionship of Bennett who was well bowled by Tarrant for 5 - second for 20 Kelson was no sooner in than out. 

Jackson placing him Hors de combat without troubling the scorers - Goodhew now had Willsher as a companion who well maintained his recent good form - hitting Tarrant for 4 finely to the leg - Goodhew also punished him for two 2s - and a snick off Jackson. dinner was now called - after it had been discussed - willsher made a drive for 3 from Jackson and the ditto off Tarrant 4 to the slips Hayward then tried his hand and the second ball Willsher hit for 3.  At length Goodhew's wicket succumbed to Tarrant's stinging delivery - having just reached his majority fourth for 64- Sewell followed and Willsher added 5 to his tally by a very brilliant on drive from Hayward and the next over terminated his career - he was caught by Carpenter off Tarrant his  ***** innings being 25 - fifth for 71 Traill followed and drove Tarrant Wootton took the ball from Hayward and in the next over Traill was floored for 5 sixth for 79 - Mr. A. C Wather  

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