THE STANLEYS OF ALDERLEY:
Their Letters Between
the Years 1851-1865,
edited by Nancy Mitford
Date of First Publication: 1939
‘She told me tonight when she met him she was afraid something dreadful would happen, meaning he would kiss her which he has not yet ventured to do and that he called her Blanche, all of which she will get used to...
He wants us all to call him Airlie which makes Blanche and me shy, but he particularly dislikes B calling him Lord Airlie and she was afraid the first quarrel would be about ‘David’ [Lord Airlie’s Christian name] which she says she never could have stood.’