Mrs. Norton, as beautiful as ever; afterwards to a party at Lord Kinnaird's,1 where Mr. Webb2 read. July 4. Gave up an engagement to dine with the Law Amendment Society at Greenwich, with Lord Brougham in the chair, that I might avoid public speaking; went to Cliveden, the villa of the Duchess of Sutherland, to pass Sunday; there were the Bishop of Oxford (Wilberforce), Gladstone, Labouchere3 and his wife, the Duke and Duchess of Argyll, Charles Howard; pleasant talk. July 5. Sunday. Heard the bishop preach twice; pleasant talk again, and most hospitable welcome. July 6. Lady Mary Labouchere took Gladstone and myself to her place,4 the famous Stoke, with the churchyard where Gray was buried, and part of the old manor-house where Sir Edward Coke died; walked with Gladstone two miles to the railroad; enjoyed his conversation much; in the evening dined with Lord Brougham, and met a most distinguished company,— the Lord Chancellor, Lord Campbell, Lord Chief Justice of Common Pleas, Dr. Lushington, Lord Clanricarde, Lord Shaftesbury, Lord Aberdeen, Lord Broughton, Lord Glenelg, Duke of Wellington, Bishop of Oxford, Sir John Stephen, Mr. Parkes, etc. July 7. Breakfast at Henry Reeve's, where I met the Due de Nemours, Due d'aumale, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Stanley, Lord Hatherton, Lady Theresa Lewis, Tocqueville; visited British Museum, and Mr. Owen; met the committee on the Ballot at their rooms in the city; heard Roebuck open his motion in the Commons for the abolition of the lord lieutenancy of Ireland; dined with Mr. Parkes, where I met Mr. Sparks5 and Miss Cushman.6 July 8. Dinner at Earl Fortescue's, where was a large and distinguished company; afterwards to the Russian Ambassador's, where I met Lord and Lady Palmerston and Lord Stanhope. July 9. House of Commons; dinner with Sir Edward Buxton. July 10. Breakfast at Lord Hatherton's; attended debate in the House of Lords on the Jews' bill; heard Lords Granville, Derby, Lyndhurst, Brougham, Dufferin, Argyll, the Bishops of London and Oxford, and the Archbishop of Canterbury; went late to a party at Stafford House. July 11. Invited by the Reform Club as honorary member; already invited also by Traveller's; made calls; dined at Lord Belper's, where I met for the first time Macaulay, so altered I did not know him. July 12. Sunday. Went to Dr. Lushington's, at Ockham Park in Surrey, the old seat of Lord Chancellor King; among the guests there was Lady Trevelyan, a most agreeable sister of Macaulay. July 13. Left Ockham in the afternoon; was driven by Charles Buxton to Esher, where I took the train for London; attended debate in the Lords; dined with Lord Wensleydale, where were the Lord Chancellor, Lord Lyndhurst, the Argylls, etc.; afterwards a reception there.
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