0Monday. 3rd [May 1897]—Bessborough, Fiddown, County Kilkenny
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3 May 1897 — Bessborough, Fiddown, County Kilkenny
Monday. 3rd [May 1897]. Edward returned to town by the middle day train after lunch. Vere drove the landau with Blanche, little Bertie & me to Kilmacow station abt 50 mins: drive. Vere then took leave of us & he & Myles go to England by this evening’s boat from Waterford to return to school. We 3 went on to Bagenalstown—were met there by Michael Nolan the agent for the Garry Hill property & he drove us in his car to Garry Hill. We got there about 6 & had tea & then Blanche interviewed all her girls who embroider for her cottage industry; when they were gone she took me to the village on foot & we paid a visit to a Mrs Nolan who with 2 daughters are the best of her workers. Blanche is much annoyed at their grown up brother staying at home idle & supported by the sisters & said he must emigrate to America. She told me that when she (B.) first came to Garry Hill—Mrs Nolan went down on her knees in the middle of the cottage & begged money of her. She however gave her & children work & taught them to embroider & now they are very well off, have made their cottage clean & comfortable & have a garden with flowers. We went home to dinner at 8.30 & early to bed– We were very well tended by the only servant in the house a woman who takes care of it all the year round.

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