Correspondence from Louisa Cheveley

  • Reference
      GB 133 HAM/1/7/2
  • Dates of Creation
      1778-1784
  • Physical Description
      22 items.

Scope and Content

Louisa Cheveley was a sub-governess to the princesses and possibly wet nurse to Prince Ernest. The pieces in this sub-subseries relates to the Royal Family and to Cheveley's position as sub-governess. She details how her time is taken up, such as walking on the Terrace with Princess Mary, and news of the children's health after having smallpox inoculations. She writes with news and gossip of her charges, informing Hamilton that at a dinner at which the four eldest princesses attended, Princess Mary declared that Miss Goldsworthy (HAM/1/14), Hamilton's friend and a sub-governess, had made a conquest of the 'Baron' who was sitting next to her (HAM/1/7/2/1). She writes of the building improvements that have been taking place at Lower Lodge (HAM/1/7/2/7) and that the governesses now have a large dressing-room, noting that work on the Lodge continues and that she is now surrounded by the noise of carpenters whilst writing her letter to Hamilton. The letters also detail Cheveley's later decision to leave Court. She writes, somewhat opaquely that she is now going to keep house and that it is her own choice, noting that 'as to one (who have a family) any thing is preferable than not having a dinner - God only knows how it will appear at the end of the Year' (HAM/1/7/2/13).

The letters also detail the death of Prince Octavius [1779-1783]. She notes that he had been well two days previously and that it feels 'like a dream' (HAM/1/7/2/19). She assures Hamilton that his death was not caused by the smallpox injection and that he 'was` in the finest state imaginable and continued to the hour of his Death'.

Cheveley also writes with excitement at the prospect of an air balloon being let off in the garden at Windsor, declaring 'you see we are creeping into the fashions' (HAM/1/7/2/20).

Arrangement

The correspondence is arranged in chronological order.