Manuscript notebook, with the manuscript label title to the front board, ìGladys T. Paget / Stories & Verses.î
by [Paget, Gladys Teresa].
[Newcastle-on-Tyne? ca. 1911-1912]. Spine somewhat frayed and worn, with a long tear to the upper joint and a little chipping from the foot; board edges somewhat rubbed, boards a bit worn; in good condition, quite legible throughout.. Lined notebook bound in marbled boards and brown quarter cloth, approx. 7.63 x 6.5 inches, label on the upper board in autograph ink, 24 pages of text. Inserted watercolor illustration to one of the fairytales tipped in. A nice collection of amateur writing suggestive of certain Edwardian mores: two fairy tales (one with a Chinese setting), some verses (including an entertaining piece of occasional verse on ìMrs. A. Pagetís Coronation Gymkhanaî and another on a Paget family marriage of Grizel Pratt Barlow to Lowry Cole) as well as verses on picnics along the river or her dog Ding, and an entertaining two-page account of a ìDiary recording Fatherís descriptions of courts attended by him as Gentleman at Arms in 1912,î which includes such observations as the note of March 4, ìLord Sandhurst made a muddle of reading out the names. Sometimes reading out the name of the gentleman who was to come next while there was a gentleman standing in front of the King waiting to hear his name announced and calling the Mrís Sirís & the Sirís Mrís, and there sat the King frowning and Lord Sandhurst apologised afterwards that he had read the names badly but the King said ëNot at all, very good for a first attempt,î or the note from March 8, ìWent to drawing room. Very plain ladies the cabinet ministers wives. Mrs. Lloydd [sic] George etc. Father kept saying ëOh they were dreadful.í Apparently he said there was one lady whom he said looked like a mermaid.î Gladys Teresa Paget (1885-1965) was a younger daughter of the impressively-named Lt. Col. Alwyn de Blaquiere Valentine Paget (and herself incidentally a first cousin thrice removed from the cavalry commander Lord Uxbridge, whose amputated leg became a tourist attraction in the village of Waterloo). Gladys evidently never married; she also served in the First World War as a Red Cross nurse. 1911 census records put her in Newcastle. Hinges reinforced with lined paper. Pagination in pencil begins with page 63ólikely Paget produced other manuscript notebooks.
(Inventory #: 17558)
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