Description of the Jubilee Party in 1851 –
Taken from AUNT LIZZIE’S LIFE AND EXPERIENCES,
(no. 14 in the picture: Elizabeth Selby-Hele)
“The next morning we were all sitting round the breakfast-table, the chief talk being about the “Jubilee” – Grand-papa’s and Grandma’s 50th wedding day. We were all greatly excited about it; … the 14th of October 1851.
Mama said to papa, “I think they will all need dresses, Henry, and they will do for dear Marmie’s engagement party afterward; white, with pink sashes, and Marmie must have silk – canary-coloured would suit, don’t you think?”
“Yes” papa said,” She would look well in that colour ;” so the dress business was settled.
“We shall have a great deal to see about Agnes. You Sacca, and Lizzie must help all you can,” which we all gladly agreed to do.
“Lizzie, you will have to go to papa and mama to help them; you can do that, and you will be there to join us. I will see to your dress being brought”. “Of course I will go, mama, and do my best,” I said, “but I would rather be at home”.
We all left the breakfast-table with plenty of talk about our dresses etc., and we did not give much attention to our lessons that morning …
These new dresses we all wore at the “Jubilee”. It was held in a large tent. We had dinner, and then went to our apartment for tea and to have our and to have our hair curled at the hair-dresser’s for the dance. In the evening we had some really good dancing and were in the height of enjoyment, when round comes proper Aunt Louisa to say that is was twelve o’clock and time to end the dancing; so we all chose partners for the country dance to end and we kept that going as long as we could and then we broke up feeling very sorry the day so long talked of was over.
Marmie wrote some lines on the day. I can remember some of them:-
“The day of days is now arrived:
Each daughter and each son,
Are met to celebrate this day,
Our number thirty-one.”
The next morning, before going back to our dear home, Grays Vicarage, we went round to wish good-bye to all in their different apartments. We found them all well and bright … At last papa called out called out that we must wish goodbye, or we should be late for the steamer; so after a good laugh and hand-shaking we left, and were just in time for the “green grasshopper” (as papa called the steamer) and away we steamed up the muddy old Thames.”