and the two sailed for Europe
early in May.
Throughout the journeyings which followed, our mother had two objects in view: to see her own kind of people, the seekers, the students, the reformers, and their works; and to give Maud the most vivid first impression of all that would be interesting and valuable to her. These objects were not always easy to combine.
After a few days at Chester
(where she laments the “restoration” of the fine old oak of the cathedral, “now shining like new, after a boiling in potash” ) and a glimpse of Hawarden
, they proceeded to London
and took lodgings in Bloomsbury (a quarter of high fashion when she first knew London
, now given over to lodgings). Once settled, she lost no time in establishing relations with friends old and new. The Unitarian Association was holding its annual conference; one of the first entries in the Journal tells of her attending the Unitarian
breakfast where she spoke about “the poor children and the Sunday schools.”
Among her earliest visitors was Charles Stewart Parnell
, of whom she says:--
“Mrs. Delia Stewart Parnell
, whom I had known in America
, had given me a letter of introduction to her son, Charles, who was already conspicuous as an advocate of Home Rule for Ireland
He called upon me and appointed a day when I should go with him to the House of Commons.
He came in his brougham and saw me safely deposited in the ladies' gallery.
He was then at the outset of his stormy career, and his sister Fanny told me that he had in Parliament but one supporter of his views, ‘a man named Biggar.’
He certainly ”