Observations made by Mrs. Percivall
Observations made by Mrs. Percivall when in London, [1713 or 1714].

Creator:
Mrs. Percivall
Percivall, Mrs.
Physical Description:
1 v. (64 pages) ; 20 cm.
Notes:
Purchased from Myers, January 1955.
In English.
Title from first page.
Leaves are numbered and written on the rectos only, except for pages 6, 8, and 44 which are numbered and written on versos.
Binding: half morocco over machine-grain morocco boards.
Abstract:
Manuscript, in a single hand, of twelve letters written during a tour of London and addressed to "dear Elvira." In the letters, the author (Mrs. Percivall or Percival?) describes the social sights of London, including parties and dinners she attends, music she hears, and nobility she sees, including a masquerade at Somerset House where her friend dresses up as an Indian princess; a dinner which the Queen gave to the Ambassador; a military show by soldiers in Hyde Park; and, at the end of the volume, a masquerade ball in which she meets "a very agreeable gentleman." In addition, "being almost smothered with the thick air of London," she and her acquaintances take a trip into the country, where they visit Hatfield and attend a concert of music hosted by Italian marquis, where "there was an eunuch who sang." Throughout, she provides detailed descriptions of paintings, furniture, silverware, food, equipages, and the dress of the nobility.
Topics:
Amusements--England--London.
Country homes--England.
Courts and courtiers--Great Britain.
Nobility--Great Britain--Social life and customs--18th century.
Topics:
England--Description and travel.
London--Description and travel.
Topics:
Percivall,--Mrs.
Language:
English
Genre:
Correspondence.
Format:
Text
Content Type:
Archives or Manuscripts
Rights:
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Call Number:
LWL Mss Vol. 70
Orbis Record:
8129113
Yale Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
Digital Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
Local Record Number:
lwlpr36555 (parent)
oid pointer:
16649932
Citation:
Mrs. Percivall, Observations. The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University.
OID:
16649931
PID:
digcoll:4586084

Number of Pages: 70
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