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DIARY OF FRANCES
EDITED BY HER GRANDSON
AUTHOR OF “BYRON : THE LAST PHASE,” ETC.
153-157 FIFTH AVENUE
The favourable reception given on both sides of the Atlantic to the first portion of this work seems to justify the publication of this volume.
The materials used throughout have been derived from various sources. By far the greater portion of the Diaries, all the Duke of Wellington's letters, and those of the Duke of Rutland, were confided to me by Mr. James Shelley Bontein, who inherited the bulk of Lady Shelley's papers from his mother, Katherine Shelley, who married, in 1859, Mr. James Bontein, a grandson of Sir James Bontein of Balglass. Mrs. Bontein, a daughter of Lady Shelley's son Adolphus, lived both before and after her marriage almost entirely with Lady Shelley. I have also drawn largely upon an extensive collection of letters, journals, and memoranda for a mass of information not included in the Bontein papers; these I inherited from my mother, the “Fanny" of the Diary. All the interesting letters written by the celebrated Mrs. Arbuthnot-a correspondence which casts a flood of light upon that lady's real character, and the nature of her intimacy with the Duke of Wellington-were supplied by the Hon. Mrs. John Trefusis, Mrs. Bontein's daughter. From Sir John Shelley, of Shobrooke, from Mrs. George Shelley, and from