Ryde Society – September 1858
Isle of Wight Observer September 11 1858
Mr White Popham entertained a large and fashionable party at a ball on Friday evening last, at the Victoria Rooms. Mr Jones’s quadrille band was in attendance, and dancing was kept up until an early hour in the morning.
Sir Augustus Clifford, bart., entertained at dinner on Saturday last, at his residence, Westfield, a large circle, including Count Stroganoff, Lord and Lady Burghley, Sir Thomas and Lady Cochrane, Hon Spencer Lyttleton, Mr Farquhar, &c.
And on Wednesday, a large party at luncheon, consisting of Count and Countess Stroganoff, Lady Emily and Misses Ponsonby, the Hon Charles and Mrs Cust and Miss Cust, Mr Sanderson, Mr King, Mr Browne, &c.
Lady Douglas entertained a numerous company at a ball and supper on Tuesday evening, at her residence, 6 Belvedere-street. Jones’s band attended.
Sir Henry and Lady Oglander entertained a large and fashionable party at their seat, at Nunwell, on Thursday afternoon. Many of whom afterwards patronised the theatre.
TEETOTALISM – the teetotallers of this town have been carrying on a very active crusade against intemperance of late, but with what success we know not. During the past week a Mr Smith has been lecturing at the Victoria Rooms, upon the chemical aspect of the question; taking malt liquors on Tuesday evening, and wine on Wednesday. There was also a tea meeting on Wednesday afternoon, but the attendance was very meagre.