|Lord and Lady Frederick Cavendish|
|Letter sent to Lord Frederick Cavendish by his sister while he was in America in 1858|
Lady Frederick’s papers include a wonderful set of diaries that she kept ardently for 28 years and then sporadically following the death of her husband. These diaries were actually published by her nephew in 1927 and are an amazing insight into not only Lady Frederick’s own life, but also into the world that she lived in. These original volumes include Lucy’s own drawings, including these scenes drawn by a young Lucy, depicting the Charge of the Light Brigade.
|Extract from Lucy Lyttelton's journal depicting the Charge of the Light Brigade|
“as soon as I saw her [Lady Louisa Egerton’s] face, the terror seized me, and I knew something must have happened to my darling. She had the dreadful telegram in her hand – but it said “dangerously wounded,” and I clung to the hope that he w[oul]d get over it.”
Lord Frederick was buried in Edensor churchyard on 11 May 1882, with 300 members of the House of Commons and 30,000 other persons making up his funeral cortège. Hundreds of letters of sympathy and resolutions of condolence were sent to the 7th Duke and family on the death of Lord Frederick. Tributes were still pouring in a year after Lord Frederick’s death, as Lady Edward Cavendish describes to her sister-in-law in as letter written on 13 May 1883.
Together, the papers of Lord Frederick Cavendish and his wife Lady Frederick Cavendish give us a picture of the life of the son and daughter-in-law of a duke, highlighting their personal joys and tragedies. Alongside family dramas these papers can also give us an insight into the world of politics, not only through the wealth of correspondence sent to Lord Frederick but also through the animated entries in Lady Frederick’s diaries.