1900 Dec. 23
Warwick Castle (Warwick, England) - Would be glad to show McCulloch around the castle and town of Warwick to show all the changes that have taken place since McCulloch's father and Battey's cousin visited. Sorry the family will not come back to the castle for Christmas, but the workmen are still working. Enjoys her little dog.
1910 Apr. 30
Gopsall (Atherstone, England) - Sorry to learn that McCulloch's mother is an invalid. Visit to Combe Abbey, which lacks the views at Gopsall. Was ill and unable to visit. Ball at Duke of Connaught's.
1906 Dec. 2
Gopsall (Atherstone, England) - Motor vehicles are all the craze now, but Lizzie prefers horse vehicles as "the nicest." His Lordship and young Curzon are invited to spend Christmas with the King and Queen. There may be news of the engagement of the young gentleman, since he has asked Lizzie to prepare pink roses for the bedroom of his intended. Duke and Duchess of Marlborough are living a separated l... more
1905 Oct. 22
Gopsall (Atherstone, England) - Lengthy account of the festivities for the coming of age of Lord Curzon. Curzon has departed with the Price and Princess of Wales for India and will be gone six months. Lady Warwick does not seem interested in her little daughter and is much taken up with Socialism.
1908 Sept. 29
Gopsall (Atherstone, England) - Pain on tooth extraction. Francis and Mary Curzon have had a son. Wet weather has led to a poor crop and distress among the poor. Warwick Castle has more or less been turned over to Lord Brooke, the eldest son.
1904 Nov. 20
Gopsall (Atherstone, England) - Does not wish to be addressed as Mrs. Battey as it is too formal. All is dreadfully quiet and Battey has barely ventured out. Clarifying titles, including Lady Randolph Churchill, who remarried George Cornwallis West and prefers to drop her first husband's name: "There are many titled ladies from first marriages in England that are happy with their 2nd husbands who are ... more
1912 Jan. 21
Gopsall (Atherstone, England) - King Manuel of Portugal was a guest at a recent party. Christmas cards from fellow servants across the globe. Shooting party: 4,050 head of pheasants, partridges, hares, and woodcocks, with 2,000 in the second shoot: they want double for the next shoot, meaning important guests must be expected.
1914 Jan. 4
Gopsall (Atherstone, England) - Visit from daughter and son-in-law of President Wilson; dislikes Lloyd George more than any of their statesmen: "I do not feel he is true, & his speeches have made so much class hatred, which I think is such a pity, and he talks to the poor ignorant people in such a way & encourages Socialism that I am really very disgusted with him." Encloses letter from Lady Edith Fra... more
London (England) - On the death of Lord Howe's beloved sister. Battey writes in an addendum: "I just enclose this for you to see how nicely his Lordship's sister writes me... Some of our real aristocrats are very nice to servants. I would rather serve them for half the money, than I would some of the millionaires..." His Lordship is doing poorly and cannot shake off the death of his favorite sist... more
1911 July 15
Gopsall (Atherstone, England) - Discussion of which Howe is buried at Albany. Prepared Woodlands for a visit by the Queen and Princess and then left for London to furnish the empty house, which Curzon lets every year while renting a smaller place for himself: much work in upgrading the place and preparing it for residence. Coronation. "I must tell you it was not a bit of worry getting ready for Queen ... more