Newcastle upon Tyne
12 Jany 1881
My dear Hancock
Lord Cairns & his 2 sons (Ld Garmoyle & Mr Herbert Cairns) are now with us at Jesmond & are going to Cragside this morning where we shall have an accession of visitors tomorrow viz Ld & Lady Algernon Percy & Sir Matthew & Lady Ridley. We shall be glad if you will join our party — We go by last train this morning & if you can not come by it we shall hope to see you tomorrow.
Very truly yrs | W. G. Armstrong [signature]
[note of Hancock’s reply in his hand]
I could not accept Sir William’s kind Invitation in consequence of having to spend friday evening with the Miss Bewicks which is Miss Bell’s 91st Birth day.
Sir W. G. Armstrong
[in Hancock’s hand]
1. The Cairns party were: Lord Hugh McCalmont (1819-1885), 1st Earl Cairns.
His eldest son Arthur William Cairns (1861-1890), Lord Garmoyle, of Garmoyle in the County of Antrim, who succeeded his father as 2nd Earl Cairns in 1885.
‘Mr Herbert Cairns’ was Herbert John Cairns (1863-1905) 3rd Earl of Cairns, who succeeded his brother in 1890. He was also a partner in Lord Armstrong’s ordnance company in Newcastle upon Tyne.
2. Lord Algernon Malcolm Arthur Percy (1851-1933) the second son of Algernon George Percy, 6th Duke of Northumberland. His wife was Lady Victoria Frederica Caroline Percy.
Sir Mathew White Ridley (1842-1904), later the 1st Viscount Ridley, and his wife Lady Mary Georgiana Ridley.