0Sunday. 12th [September 1897]—Ca’ Capello, Venice
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12 September 1897 — Ca’ Capello, Venice
Sunday. 12th [September 1897]. During the repairs of the English church a service was held in a room at the Grand Hotel to which I went at 10.30. At 4 a visit from General de Horsey & at 5 came the Princess Charlotte—her lady & Herr von Roederer. Before tea was over a great storm began. We sat in the Belvedere & they smoked– Then the Princess said she wished to speak to me alone so we went into another room & she confided to me that her daughter is engaged to be married to a Prince Reuss—but it is not yet publicly known. He is good looking but very poor. She said she was cut up at the idea of losing her but that I rather doubt. Meanwhile the thunder & lightening & wind & rain increased—& there was no getting away for the Princess who was to have dined at 7 at the Grand Hotel so I begged her to stay & dine here—& I went to the kitchen & ordered some more food & we dined a little after 8 & did very creditably. It cleared up & there was a lovely moon & at 9.45 they left me & went back to the Lido & I went to bed. The Princess gave me an umbrella with a nice handle made of a German smoked topaz.

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