September 2nd, 1848 (Saturday)

September 2, 2010

A Sir Walter James came, having previously asked leave to come and talk to Sewell about Plato.1 A gentlemanly, nice, person who takes great interest in St Peter’s, now that he sees what we are about. His mother married Lord Hardinge.2


1: Sir Walter Charles James, Baron Northbourne, a close friend of William Gladstone and a lay supporter of the Tractarian movement. He was also a member of the Canterbury Association
and as such would have been acquainted with Sewell’s brother and with a number of parents of boys at Radley. See entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

2: Hardinge, Henry, first Viscount Hardinge of Lahore (1785–1856), army officer and governor-general of India. On 10 December 1821 he married Lady Emily Jane (1789–1865), seventh daughter of Robert Stewart, first marquess of Londonderry, sister of the second Viscount Castlereagh and widow of John James, former British minister in the Netherlands. Hardinge gladly accepted Walter, Emily’s son by her first husband, and they had four more children. See entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

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