The Welsh Sale

Sat 21 March 2020, 10:30 AM - Cardiff Saleroom, South Wales

The Welsh Sale

Lot 26

FIVE DIARIES / ALMANACS FOR HENRY HUSSEY VIVIAN, 1ST BARON OF SWANSEA (1821-1894), years 1880, 1881, 1882, 1883 and 1889. The diaries have handwritten entries by Vivian for almost every single day within these years. They provide sometimes detailed accounts of day to day business, conversations, trips and leisure time, often referring to his third wife Averil as `Ave`. The entries relate to time spent at Hafod Works which was his main place of business but also to occasions working in Parliament as an MP for Swansea District and Glamorgan, also noted are business trips including a trip to Paris, dinners, and many entries for game shooting. There are many references to Prime Minister William Gladstone and to various bills being debated in Westminster including the Coercian Bill (Ireland), Irish Disturbance Bill, Coal Employees Liability Bill. There is a detailed account of the visit of the Prince of Wales to open the Prince of Wales Dock in Swansea, on Monday October 16th 1881 when Vivian was a member of the greeting party for the Prince and Princess. Near the back of the diary for 1880 are a breakdown of cash accounts including seemingly many donations to institutions and places of worship such as Bala College and local chapels¦Auctioneer`s Note: the diaries provide an insight into Henry Vivian`s day to day business and leisure time, the social and business circles he operated in and the political context of the time. The entries are comprehensive and so the above description acts as a summary only (viewing in person recommended). ¦Provenance: consigned directly from a member of the Vivian family¦

Guide price
£200 - £400

Hammer price £900.00