Smith, Miss E. (Oct. 16, 1774 – ?) Ephemera relating to Miss Smith’s travels: 10 hotel bills, some on hotel letterheads, from Turin, Salzburg, Innsbruck, France, Como, Milano, Bormio and George Town, all dating from 1834.
Page from a diary dated July 12, 1786, ink on paper: “The Foundation of Stoke House was begun digging Feb. 25, 1785. The first Brick laid April 17th. Dinner given to the Workmen and Laborers 200 in number June 29th . The first Bed Chamber open in Stoke July 31st. One of the Pillars of the North front went up July 31. Began putting up the —– opening over the First floor —- Bed Chamber Windows begun shuttering up Sept 9th. Put up some of the Timber for the Roof Oct.15th. Finished guttering up the Timbers for the Roof Nov. 25th. Mr Barts read Prayers on Oct. 29th for the first time. Mr D. Smith marries Miss Cunliffe at St. George’s Hanover Sq[uare] July 12, 1786.” This surviving leaf, torn from a diary, gives notice that a larger diary existed (exists?). Miss E. Smith was the daughter of Joshua Smith, M.P. for Devizes and is mentioned a number of times in the Victorian County History of Wiltshire, a county where Joshua Smith held four or five estates. Miss E. Smith’s sister, Maria, married Lord Compton, later First Marquess of Northampton, and their second son, Alwyne, the Second Marquis, married Miss Margaret Clephane, a close friend of Sir Walter Scott.
A manuscript note written in ink on a receipt form with the engraved letterhead, “Bot. of Joseph Lobb / Linen Draper, Haberdasher, Hosier & c. / High Street Southampton / Family Mourning Funerals Furnished” engraved by Hoare & Reeves, War[wick] Ct Holbn.” Text of the note: <<Mon[sieu]r André / Rue Vendôme —– du Temple / Fabricant de porcelaines.>>
Hotel bill on the engraved letterhead of the G[ran]d Hôtel de l’Europe chez Jean Mottura a Turin for Miss Smith for her stay October 5 – 9, 1834, with all expenses itemized, signed by Jean Mottura. Miss Smith’s identifying annotation is on the verso.
A two-sided engraved hotel bill form for Ignaz Baurnfeind bürgl: Gastgeber Trinkstube in Salzburg with this engraved cursive message: Empsiehlt sich sämmtlichen Reisen den ergebenst, mit der Versicherung, dass er nicht ausser Acht lassen werde Dieselben mit reinlichen Zimmern, mit schmackhasten Speisen u. Echten Getränken, und endlich mit Dienerschaft und Equipagen, zu den billigsten Preisen zu bedienen. On the verso, for “Miss S” stay in 1834 August 17 – 22 are the ink notations of itemized expenses. Signed by Ignaz Baurnfeind.
A manuscript hotel bill in Italian for October 17, 1834, one page, ink on paper.
A hotel bill written in ink on an engraved paper form “INTERINS-RECHNUNG vom Gasthose zur goldenen Sonne des J. G. Mahl in Innsbruck über Monath / Datum / Im 24 fl. Fuss.“ The ink annotations are written in French for Miss Smith’s stay August 25-26, August 29-30, and September 1-2, are itemized.
An engraved billhead for Hôtel de L’Ange / Au Bord Du Lac à Come, where Miss Smith stayed for one day, September 13-14, 1834, at Como, Italy. Annotations are in ink.
A large manuscript hotel bill for a three-day stay in Milan, September 17, 18 and 19, 1834, ink on paper, written in French. One interesting item for which she was charged was “Bougies.” Also included is a receipt for payment in Lire.
A manuscript hotel bill, ink on paper, written in French, for Miss Smith’s stay dated the 16th of October 1834, for a hotel (Forio?) in Aosta, Italy.
A manuscript hotel bill, ink on paper, for Miss Smith’s stay at a hotel in Bormio, September 5 – 9, 1834, written in Italian, itemized.
A manuscript hotel bill, for Miss Smith’s stay at the George Hotel, June 16-17, 1834, with a charge for breakfast on June 18.