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THE LIBRARY

OF

THE UNIVERSITY

OF CALIFORNIA

RIVERSIDE



LETTERS OF

HORACE WALPOLE

MBS. PAGET TOYNBEE



XV



HENRY FROWDE, M.A.
PUBLISHER TO THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

LONDON, EDINBURGH
NEW YORK AND TORONTO



Two hundred and sixty copies of this edition
have been printed on hand-made paper, of which
this is Number 2- U- .



THE LETTERS OF
HORACE WALPOLE

FOURTH EARL OF ORFORD



CHRONOLOGICALLY ARRANGED

AND EDITED WITH NOTES AND INDICES

BY

MRS. PAGET TOYNBEE



IN SIXTEEN VOLUMES
WITH PORTRAITS AND FACSIMILES

VOL. XV: 17911797



OXFORD
AT THE CLARENDON PRESS

MDCCCCV



A 1 7



OXFOED

PRINTED AT THE CLARENDON PRESS

BY HORACE HART, M.A.
PRINTER TO THE UNIVERSITY



CONTENTS OF VOL. XV

PAGES

LIST OF PORTRAITS vi

LIST OP LETTERS IN VOLUME XV vii-xiv

LETTERS 2802 -3061 . . 1-456



LIST OF PORTRAITS

Miss AQNES BEERY Frontispiece

From a miniature by Mrs. Mee in possession of Earl
Waldegram

MAEY BRUCE, DUCHESS OP RICHMOND . .To face p. 264

From print after drawing by Dovraman.

MARSHAL COHWAY ,,348

After a print by Heath.



LIST OF LETTERS IN VOL. XV



T



C



1791.



2802


June 14, 1791 . .


Miss Mary Berry


2547


2803


June 23, 1791 . .


Miss Mary Berry


2548


2804


June 28, 1791 . .


Countess of Upper Ossory .


2549


2805


June 28, 1791 . .


Miss Mary Berry.




2806


July 4, 1791 . . .


Miss Mary Berry.




2807


July 12, 1791 . .


Miss Mary Berry


2550


2808


July 17, 1791 . .


Miss Mary Berry.




2809


July 20, 1791 . .


Miss Mary Berry.




2810


July 26, 1791 . .


Miss Mary Berry


2551


2811


Aug. 3, 1791. . .


Miss Mary Berry.




2812


Aug. 8, 1791 . . .


Countess of Upper Ossory .


2552


2813


Aug. 8, 1791 . . .


Miss Mary Berry.




2814


Aug. 10, 1791 . .


Miss Mary Berry.




2815


Aug. 17, 1791 . .


Miss Mary Berry .


2553


2816


Aug. 22, 1791 . .


Countess of Upper Oasory .


2554


2817


Aug. 28, 1791 . .


Miss Mary Berry


2555


2818


Sept. 5, at night, 1791


Miss Mary Berry.




2819


Sept. 8, 1791 . . .


Countess of Upper Ossory


2556


2820


Sept. 11, 1791 . .


Miss Mary Berry


2557


2821


Sept. 16, 1791 . .


Miss Mary and Miss Agnes










2558


2822


Sept. 25, 1791 . .


Miss Mary Berry . . .


2559


2823


Sept. 27, 1791 . .


Hon. Henry Seymour Con way


2560


2824


Sept. 29, 1791 . .


Miss Hannah More .


2561


2825


Sept. 80, 1791 . .


Countess of Upper Ossory


2562


2826


Oct. 3, 1791 . . .


Miss Mary Berry.




2827


Oct. 9, 1791 . . .


Miss Mary Berry


2563


2828


Oct. 16, 1791 . . .


Miss Mary Berry.




2829


Oct. 20, 1791 . . .


Miss Mary Berry.




2830


Oct. 26,1791. . .


Countess of Upper Ossory


2564


2831


Oct. 27, 1791 . . .


Miss Mary Berry.




2832


Nov. 23, 1791 . .


Countess of Upper Ossory


2565


2833f


Dec. 8, 1791 .


Duke of Bedford.




2834


Dec. 10, 1791 . .


Countess of Upper Ossory


2566


2835


[Dec. 11, 1791] . .


Miss Mary Berry.





f Now printed for the first time.



Vlll



List of Letters



T

2836 Dec. 13, 1791

2837 ....

2838 Dec. 26, 1791

2839 Dec. 26, 1791



2840 Jan. 1, 1792 . . .

2841f Jan. 3, 1792 . . .

2842 Jan. 14, 1792 . .

2843 Jan. 18, 1792 . .
2844f Jan. 30, 1792 . .

2845 Feb. 4, 1792 . . .

2846 Feb. 15, 1792 . .
2846* Saturday, March 1 .

2847 March 15, 1792 . .

2848 March 21, 1792 . .

2849 April 10, 1792 . .

2850 April 30, 1792 . .

2851 May 14, 1792 . .

2852 Monday, 14th . .

2853 May 22, 1792 . .

2854 May 29, in the

morning

2855 June 26, 1792 . .

2856 June 27, 1792 . .

2857 July 7, 1792 . . .

2858 July 17, 1792 . .
2858* Aug. 4, 1792 . . .
2859f Aug. 7, 1792. . .

2860 Aug. 18, 1792 . .

2861 Aug. 21, 1792 . .

2862 Aug. 27, 1792 . .

2863 Aug. 31, 1792 J : v

2864 Sept. 4, 1792. . .

2865 Sept. 10, 1792 . .
2866f Sept. 12, 1792 . -.
2867f Sept. 17, 1792 . .

2868 Sept 18, 1792 . .

2869 Sept. 24, 1792 . .

2870 Oct. 4, 1792 . . .

2871 Oct. 8, 1792 . .-

2872 Oct. 14, 1792. . .



Miss Mary Berry.

Miss Mary Berry.

Countess of Upper Ossory . 2567

John Pinkerton .... 2568

1792.

Miss Hannah More . . . 2569
J. (or F.) R. Dashwood.

Countess of Upper Ossory . 2570

Countess of Upper Ossory . 2571

Countess of Upper Ossory . 2572

Sylvester Douglas . . . 2573
Miss Hannah More.
Richard Gough.
Joseph Cooper Walker?

Countess of Upper Ossory . 2574

Countess of Upper Ossory . 2575

Thomas Barrett .... 2576

Countess of Upper Ossory . 2577

Countess of Upper Ossory . 2579

Countess of Upper Ossory . 2580
Thomas Walpole the Younger.

Countess of Upper Ossory . 2581

Countess of Upper Ossory . 2582

Countess of Upper Ossory . 2583
Joseph Cooper Walker.

Countess of Upper Ossory . 2584

Miss Hannah More . . . 2585

John Pinkerton.

Hon. Henry Seymour Conway 2586

Countess of Upper Ossory . 2587

Countess of Upper Ossory . 2588

Rev. Robert Nares.

Earl of Lisburne.

Bishop of Dromore . . . 2664

Rev. William Beloe.

Earl Harcourt .... 2589

Countess of Upper Ossory . . 2590

Countess of Upper Ossory . 2591



f Now printed for the first time.



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IX



T

2873 Oct. 16, 1792.

2874 Nov. 2, 1792 .
2875f Nov. 14, 1792
2876 Nov. 14, 1792



C



Rev. William Beloe.
Rev. William Beloe.
Rev. Robert Nares.
Richard Gough.



2877 Nov. 29, 1792 . .


Countess of Upper Ossory .


2592


2878 Dec. 7, 1792 . . .


Countess of Upper Ossory


2593


2879f Dec. 14, 1792 . .


Rev. Robert Nares.






1793.




2880 Jan. 8, 1793 . . .


Countess of Upper Ossory .


2594


2881 Feb. 9, 1793 . . .


Miss Hannah More .


2595


2882 March 23, 1793 . .


Miss Hannah More .


2596


2883 f March 29, 1793 . .


Richard Gough.




2884 April 6 (old style),






May 29 (new style)


Miss Mary Berry.




2885f May 2, 1793 . . .


Richard Gough.




2886 [May 1793] . . .


Rev. William Beloe.




2887 June 13, 1793 . .


Hon. Henry Seymour Con way


2597


2888 July 17, 1793 . .


Hon. Henry Seymour Conway


2598


2889f [July 1793] . . .


Samuel Lysons.




2890 Sept. 6, 1793. . .


Countess of Upper Ossory


2599


2891 Sept. 17, 1793 . .


Miss Mary and Miss Agnes








2600


2892 Sept. 24, 1793 . .


Miss Mary Berry.




2893 Sept. 25, 1793,






Wednesday


Miss Mary Berry


2601


2894 Sept. 25, 1793 . .


John Pinkerton.




2895 Sept. 26, Thursday






evening


Miss Mary Berry.




2896 Sept. 29, 1793 . .


Miss Mary Berry.




2897 Oct. 2, 1793 . . .


Miss Mary Berry.




2898f Oct. 5, 1793 . . .


Rev. Robert Nares.




2899 Oct. 6, 1793 . . .


Miss Mary Berry .


2602


2900 [1793] ....


Miss Hannah More .


2603


2901 Oct. 10,1793. . .


Miss Mary Berry.




2902 Oct. 15, 1793. . .


Miss Mary Berry . . .


2604


2903 Oct. 17,1793. . .


Miss Agnes Berry.




2904 Oct. 19, 1793. . .


Miss Mary Berry.




2905f Oct. 20, 1793 . . .


Rev. Robert Nares.




2906 Oct. 22, 1793. . .


Miss Mary Berry.




2907 Oct. 24, 1793. . .


Miss Mary Berry.




2908 Oct. 25, 1793. . .


Miss Mary Berry.




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T

2909 Oct. 28, 1793.

2910 Oct. 29, 1793.

2911 Nov. 2, 1793.

2912 Nov. 5, 1793 .

2913 Nov. 7, 1793 .

2914 Nov. 10, 1793

2915 Nov. 14, 1793

2916 Nov. 17, 1793

2917 Nov. 19, 1793

2918 Nov. 23, 1793

2919 Nov. 30, 1793

2920 Dec. 4, 1793 .

2921 Dec. 6, 1793 .

2922 Dec. 9, 1793 .

2923 [Dec. 13, 1793]

2924 Dec. 26, 1793



2925 Jan. 7, 1794 . . .

2926 Jan. 10, 1794 . .

2927 Jan. 30, 1794 . .

2928 April 11, 1794 . .

2929 April 16, 1794 . .

2930 April 21, 1794 . .

2931 April 27, 1794 . .

2932 May Day, 1794 . .

2933 May 15, 1794 . .

2934 May 27, 1794 . .

2935 July 16, 1794 . .

2936 July 22, 1794 . .

2937 July 29, 1794 . .

2938 July 31, 1794 . .

2939 Aug. 3, 1794 . . .

2940 Sept. 4, 1794 . .

2941 Sept. 21, 1794 . .

2942 Sept. 24, 1794 . .

2943 Sept. 27, Saturday

night, 1794

2944 Sept. 29, 1794 . .

2945 Oct. 1, 1794 . . .

2946 Oct. 4, 1794 . . .

2947 Oct. 6, 1794 . . .

2948 Oct. 7, 1794 . . .



C

Eev. William Beloe.

Miss Mary Berry.

Countess of Upper Ossory . 2605

Miss Mary Berry.

Miss Mary Berry . . . 2606

Countess of Upper Ossory . 2607

Miss Mary Berry.

Rev. William Beloe.

Miss Mary Berry.

Miss Mary Berry.

Miss Mary Berry.

Miss Mary Berry .... 2608

Miss Mary Berry.

Countess of Upper Ossory . 2609

Miss Mary Berry. . . . 2610

Countess of Upper Ossory . 2611

1794.

Earl Harcourfc . . . .2612

Hon. Henry Seymour Conway 2613

Countess of Upper Ossory . 2614

John Pinkerton .... 2615

Miss Mary Berry .... 2616

Miss Mary Berry.

Miss Hannah More . . . 2617

Miss Mary Berry.

John Pinkerton .... 2618

Lady Douglas.

Countess of Upper Ossory . 2619

Countess of Upper Ossory . 2620

Miss Agnes Berry.

Countess of Upper Ossory . 2621

Countess of Upper Ossory . 2622

Miss Mary Berry.

Miss Mary Berry.

Miss Mary Berry . . . 2623

Miss Mary Berry.

Miss Mary Berry.

Miss Mary Berry.

Countess of Upper Ossory . 2624

Miss Mary Berry . . . 2625



List of Letters



XI



T

2949 Oct. 14, 1794

2950 Oct. 15, 1794

2951 Oct. 17, 1794
2952f Nov. 29, 1794

2953 Dec. 2, 1794 .

2954 Dec. 8, 1794 .
2955



C

Miss Mary Berry.

Miss Mary Berry.

Miss Mary Berry . . . 2626

Countess of Mount Edgcumbe.

Rev. William Beloe . . . 2627

Countess of Upper Ossory . 2628

Rev. William Beloe.



1795.



2956

2957

2958

2959

2960

2961

2962

2963f

29G4

2965

2966

2967

2968f

2969

2970

2971

2972

2978

2974

2975

2976

2977

2978f

2979

2980

2981

2982f

2983

2984

2985

2986

2987



Jan. 24, 1795
Jan. 25, 1795



2629



Feb. 6, 1795 . .

Feb. 13, 1795 .
April 4, 1795
Tuesday morning
June 1, 1795 .

June 19, 1795 .

July 2, 1795 . .

July 7, 1795 . .

July 26, 1795 .

Aug. 2, 1795. .

[Aug. 19, 1795] .

Aug. 22, 1795 .

Aug. 23, 1795 .

Aug. 25, 1795 .

Aug. 26, 1795 .
Sept. 1, 1795
Sept. 6, 1795
Sept. 8, 1795

Sept. 10, 1795 .

Sept. 13, 1795 .

Sept. 15, 1795 .

Sept. 18, 1795 .

Oct. 6, 1795 . .

Oct. 29, 1795. .

Nov. 4, 1795. .

Nov. 22, '95 . .

Nov. 23, 1795 .

Nov. 24, 1795 .

[Nov. 27, 1795] .

Dec. 1, 1795 . .



2630
2631



Miss Hannah More .

John Pinkerton.

Rev. William Beloe.

John Pinkerton.

Miss Hannah More .

William Roscoe .

Miss Mary Berry.

Mrs. Dickenson.

Edmund Lodge .... 2632

Hon. Henry Seymour Con way 2633

Hon.HenrySeymourConway 2634

Bishop of Dromore.

Rev. Daniel Lysons.

Miss Mary Berry.

Miss Mary Berry.

Miss Mary Berry.

Miss Mary Berry.

Miss Mary Berry.

Miss Mary Berry.

Miss Mary Berry.

Miss Mary Berry.

Miss Mary Berry.

Rev. Daniel Lysons.

Miss Mary Berry.

Miss Mary Berry.

Miss Mary Berry.

Rev. Daniel Lysons.

Miss Mary Berry.

Miss Mary Berry.

Miss Mary Berry.

Miss Mary Berry.

Miss Agnes Berry.

Miss Mary Berry.



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List of Letters



T






2989


Dec. 3, 1795 . . .


Miss Mary Berry.


2990


Dec. 6, 1795 .


Miss Mary Berry.


2991


Dec. 11, 1795 . .


Countess of Upper Ossory


2992


Dec. 26, 1795 . .


Countess of Upper Ossory






1796.


2993


Feb. 14, 1796 . .


Countess of Upper Ossory


2994f


Feb. 22, 1796 . .


Bertie Greathed.


2995


March 19, 1796 . .


Rev. William Mason . .


2996


March 22, 1796 . .


Rev. William Mason .


2997


May 30, 1796, 3 o'clock


Miss Mary Berry.


2998


June 2, 1796.


Miss Mary Berry.


2999


June 25, 1796 . .


Miss Mary Berry.


3000


June 25, 1796, in the






evening


Miss Mary Berry.


3001


July 12, 1796 . .


Countess of Upper Ossory


3002


July 25, 1796 . .


Miss Mary Berry.


3003


July 26, '96 .


Miss Mary Berry.


3004


July 29, 1796 . .


Miss Mary Berry.


3005


Aug. 5, 1796. . .


Miss Mary Berry.


3006f


Aug. 7, 1796 . . .


Rev. Daniel Lysons.


3007


Aug. 9, 1796 . . .


Miss Mary Berry.


3008


Aug. 16, 1796 . .


Miss Mary Berry


3009


Aug. 24, 1796 .


Miss Mary Berry .


3010


Aug. 29, 1796 . .


Miss Hannah More .


3011


Sept. 2, 1796 . .


Countess of Upper Ossory


3012


Sept. 17, 1796 . .


Countess of Upper Ossory


3013


Sept. 80, 1796 . .


Countess of Upper Ossory


3014


Nov. 6, 1796 . . .


Countess of Upper Ossory


3015


Nov. 13, 1796 . .


Countess of Upper Ossory


3016


Nov. 20, 1796 . .


Countess of Upper Ossory


3017


Dec. 5, 1796 . . .


Richard Gough .


3018


Wednesday morning






[Dec. 1796]


Miss Mary Berry.


3019


Dec. 15, past noon,






1796


Miss Mary Berry



c



2635
2636



2637

2638
2639



2640



3020 Jan. 4, 1797 .
8021 Jan. 15, 1797



1797.

Countess of Upper Ossory
Countess of Upper Ossory



2641
2642
2643
2644
2645
2646
2647
2648
2649
2650



2651



2652
2653



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APPENDIX.



T

8022 ' Mr. Walpole cannot express '

3023 ' I wish you would be so good '

3024 Oct. 12. ' The next time you go '
8025 Oct. 29. ' As you go into the

City'

3026 ' I wish that any morning ' .

3027 ' As soon as ever '

3028f Saturday. ' Mes tres cheres '

3029 ' I am much obliged '
8030f ' I returned yesterday ' .
8081 'Your Ladyship is exceedingly'
3082 'As thePococks'.
8083t ' Lord Orford is very sorry ' .
3084 ' Sure, dear Madam ' .

3035 ' Thank you, Madam ' . .

3036 'You are good for nothing' .

8087f ' I enclose [a] ticket ' .
3038f Saturday night. ' I send you '
3039 ' May I take the liberty ' . .

8040 ' I shall be very glad '

8041 ' I am now with Lady Di ' .
3042f Monday morning. ' I think

you go '
8043 ' Lord Nuneham is very cross '

3044 ' Mr. Walpole is afraid ' . .

3045 ' Mr. Walpole sends his best '
8046f Thursday night. ' I have not

only been '

3047 ' As I have more gout '
3048f ' Do send me ' ....

3049 ' Lady Caroline Howard ' .

3050 'I send you the key ' .

3051 ' Mr. Walpole came to have ' .

3052 Tuesday night. ' I was exces-

sively '

3053 ' If it is possible ' .



Mrs. Abington .
Grosvenor Bedford
Grosvenor Bedford



c

1810
811

812



Grosvenor Bedford . 813
Grosvenor Bedford . 814
Grosvenor Bedford . 2665
Miss Mary and Miss

Agnes Berry.

Lady Browne . . . 1779
Lady Browne.

Lady Browne . . . 1780
Lady Browne.
Dr. Burney.
Lady Mary Coke.
Lady Mary Coke.
Hon. Henry Seymour

Conway .... 684
John Cowslade.
Henry Fox.

Earl Harcourt . . . 2424
George Hardinge.
George Hardinge.

George Hardinge.
Viscount Nuneham.
William Parsons.
Dr. Percy.

George Augustus Selwyn.

George Augustus Selwyn.

George Augustus Selwyn.

George Augustus Selwyn.

George Augustus Selwyn.

Countess Talbot.

fCountess of Upper

I Ossory . . Part of 1692

fCountess of Upper

I Ossory . . Part of 1692



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T C

3054 ' Lord Orford did receive ' . Joseph Cooper Walker.

3055f ' I return you Mr. Hall's verses '

3056 'The Earl of ,not presuming ' Commissioners of the Great

Seal.

8057 ' Dr. King has brought me ' . George Augustus Selwyn.

3058 ' Rigby tells me you have ' . George Augustus Selwyn.

3059 Saturday night, Jan. 16, 1768 Thomas Astle.

8060 Oct. 7, 1773 Dr. William Hunter.

8061 Arlington Street, between 5

and 6. 'As I am going out ' Henry Fox.



ERRATUM
P. 84, 1. 19, for Oct. , 114 read Oct. 4, 11.



THE LETTERS



OF



HORACE WALPOLE



2802. To Miss MARY BEERY.

Strawberry Hill, June U, 1791.

I PITY you ! what a dozen or fifteen unentertaining letters
are you going to receive ! for here I am, unlikely to have
anything to tell you worth reading. You had better come
back incontinently but pray do not prophesy any more ;
you have been the death of our summer, and we are in close
mourning for it in coals and ashes. It froze hard last
night : I went out for a moment to look at my haymakers,
and was starved. The contents of an English June are
hay and ice, orange-flowers and rheumatisms ! I am now
cowering over the fire. Mrs. Hobart had announced a
rural breakfast at Sans-Souci last Saturday ; nothing being
so pastoral as a fat grandmother in a row of houses on Ham
Common. It rained early in the morning : she dispatched
post-boys, for want of cupids and zephyrs, to stop the
nymphs and shepherds who tend their flocks in Pall Mall
and St. James's Street ; but half of them'missed the couriers
and arrived. Mrs. Montagu was more splendid yesterday
morning, and breakfasted seven hundred persons on opening
her great room, and the room with the hangings of feathers.
The King and Queen had been with her last week. I should
like to have heard the orations she had prepared on the
occasion. I was neither city-mouse nor country-mouse.

WALPOLE. XV B



2 To Miss Mary Berry [1791

I did dine at Fulham on Saturday with the Bishop of
London. Mrs. Boscawen, Mrs. Garrick, and Hannah More
were there ; and Dr. Beattie, whom I had never seen. He
is quiet, simple, and cheerful, and pleased me. There ends
my tale, this instant Tuesday ! How shall I fill a couple
of pages more by Friday morning ! Oh, ye ladies on the
Common, and ye uncommon ladies in London, have pity
on a poor gazetteer, and supply me with eclogues or royal
panegyrics ! Moreover or rather more under I have had
no letter from you these ten days, though the east wind
has been as constant as Lord Derby 1 . I say not this in
reproach, as you are so kindly punctual ; but as it stints
me from having a single paragraph to answer. I do not
admire specific responses to every article ; but they are great
resources on a dearth.

Madame de Boufflers is ill of a fever, and the Duchesse
de Biron goes next week to Switzerland ; mais qu'est-ce que
cela vous fait ? I must eke out this with a few passages
that I think will divert you from the heaviest of all books,
Mr. Malone's Shakespeare, in ten thick octavos, with notes,
that are an extract of all the opium that is spread through
the works of all the bad playwrights of that age : mercy
on the poor gentleman's patience ! Amongst his other
indefatigable researches, he has discovered some lists of
effects in the custody of the property-man to the Lord
Admiral's company of players, in 1598. Of those effects he
has given eight pages you shall be off for a few items ;
viz. 'My Lord Gaffe's (Caiaphas) gerchen (jerkin) and his
hoose (hose) ; one rocke, one tombe, one Hellemought (Hell-
mouth), two stepelles and one chyme of belles, one chaine
of dragons, two coffenes, one bulle's head, one vylter, one
goste's crown, and one frame for the heading in black
Jone ; one payer of stayers for Fayeton, and bowght a robe

LBTTKH 2802. l To Miss Farren.



I79i] To Miss Mary Berry 3

for to goo invisabell.' The pair of stairs for Phaeton reminds
one of Hogarth's strollers dressing in a barn, where Cupid
on a ladder is reaching Apollo's stockings, that are hanging
to dry on the clouds ; as the steeples do of a story in
L'Histoire du Tfieatre Francois : Jodelet, who not only wrote
plays, but invented the decorations, was to exhibit of both
before Henry the Third. One scene was to represent
a view of the sea, and Jodelet had bespoken two rochers ;
but not having time to rehearse, what did he behold
enter on either side of the stage, instead of two rochers,
but two dockers 1 Who knows but my Lord Admiral bought
them?

Thursday, 16th, Berkeley Square.

I am come to town for one night, having promised to be
at Mrs. Buller's this evening with Mrs. Darner, and I
believe your friend Mrs. Cholmeley, whom I have seen
two or three times lately and like much. Three persons
have called on me since I came, but have not contributed
a tittle of news to my journal. If I hear nothing to-night,
this must depart, empty as it is, to-morrow morning, as
I shall to Strawberry ; I hope without finding a new morti-
fication, as I did last time. Two companies had been to
see my house last week ; and one of the parties, as vulgar
people always see with the ends of their fingers, had broken
off the end of my invaluable eagle's bill, and to conceal
their mischief, had pocketed the piece. It is true it had
been restored at Rome, and my comfort is that Mrs. Darner
can repair the damage but did the fools know that ? It
almost provokes me to shut up one's house, when obliging
begets injury !

Friday noon.

We supped at Mrs. Buller's with only the four Edge-
cumbs and Jerningham, and this moment I receive your
35th, to which I have nothing to answer, but that I believe.

B 2



4 To Miss Mary Berry [1791

Fox and Burke are not very cordial ; though I do not know
whether there has been any formal reconciliation or not.
The Parliament is prorogued ; and we shall hear no more
of them, I suppose, for some months ; nor have I learnt
anything new, and am returning to Strawberry, and must
finish.

2803. To Miss MAEY BEEBY.

Strawberry Hill, June 23, 1791.

WOE is me ! I have not an atom of news to send you,
but that the second edition of Mother Hubbard's Tale was
again spoiled on Saturday last by the rain ; yet she had an
ample assemblage of company from London and the neigh-
bourhood. The late Queen of France, Madame du Barry,
was there ; and the late Queen of England, Madame
d'Albany, was not. The former, they say, is as much
altered as her kingdom, and does not retain a trace of her
former powers. I saw her on her throne in the chapel of
Versailles ; and, though then pleasing in face and person,
I thought her unpeupassee.

What shall I tell you more? that Lord Hawkesbury
is added to the Cabinet Council que vous importe ? and that
Dr. Eobertson has published a Disquisition into the Trade of
the Ancients with India ; a sensible work but that will be
no news to you till you return. It was a piddling trade
in those days. They now and then picked up an elephant's
tooth, or a nutmeg, or one pearl, that served Venus for
a pair of pendants, when Antony had toasted Cleopatra in
a bumper of its fellow ; which shows that a couple was
imported : but, alack ! the Romans were so ignorant, that
waiters 1 from the Tres Tabernae, in St. Apollo's Street, did
not carry home sacks of diamonds enough to pave the

LETTEB 2803. 1 An allusion to cording to Walpole, waiters in London
Rumbold and Sykes, formerly, ac- taverns.



1791] To Miss Mary Berry 5

Capitol I hate exaggerations, and therefore I do not say,
to pave the Appian Way. One author, I think, does say,
that the wife of Fabius Pictor 2 , whom he sold to a Pro-
consul, did present Livia 3 with an ivory bed, inlaid with
Indian gold ; but, as Dr. Eobertson does not mention it,
to be sure he does not believe the fact well authenticated.

It is an anxious moment with the poor French here :
a strong notion is spread, that the Prince of Conde will
soon make some attempt ; and the National Assembly, by
their pompous blustering, seem to dread it. Perhaps the
moment is yet too early, till anarchy is got to a greater
head ; but as to the duration of the present revolution, I no
more expect it than I do the millennium before Christmas.
Had the revolutionists had the sense and moderation of
our ancestors, or of the present Poles, they might have
delivered and blessed their country ; but violence, injustice,
and savage cruelty, tutored by inexperienced pedantry,
produce offspring exactly resembling their parents, or turn
their enemies into similar demons. Barbarity will be
copied by revenge.

Lord Fitzwilliam has flown to Dublin and back. He
returned to Eichmond on the fourteenth day from his
departure, and the next morning set out for France : no
courier can do more.

In my last, the description of June, for orange-flowers,
pray read roses : the east winds have starved all the former ;
but the latter, having been settled here before the wars of
York and Lancaster, are naturalized to the climate, and
reck not whether June arrives in summer or winter. They
blow by their own old-style almanacs. Madame d' Albany
might have found plenty of white ones on her own tenth

8 Horace Walpole refers to Baron s Mrs. Hastings was supposed to
von Imhoff, the first husband of have presented an ivory bed inlaid
Mrs. Hastings. with gold to Queen Charlotte.



6 To Miss Mary Berry [1791

of June; but, on that very day, she chose to go to see
the King in the House of Lords, with the crown on his
head, proroguing the Parliament. What an odd rencontre !
Was it philosophy or insensibility? I believe it is



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