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I am, Sir, your very

respectfull & humble Serv*

Zy Rochester.

Page 117, Letter 777, add note: Letter 777. — Incomplete
in C. ; now first published in full from original in Waller

Page 1 18, line 6, for James read James
line 10 for Carew, Knight read Carew, Knight

Page 119, line 12, for Queensbury read Queensberry
line 16, for somebody read somebody

line 9 from foot, for Lady P read Lady Portsmouth

line 8 from foot, for old E and Lady S read old

Exeter and Lady Stamford

line 7 from foot, for Dowager E 7-ead Dowager


Page 120, line 3, a/^er Ranelagh. insert in same paragraph :
I suppose next week they will go to Mrs. Holman's — any-
where, so they would not come to the Opera and dislodge us.
It will be as much as the Duke of Devonshire's good
breeding and my passion for Lady Mary Coke can do, to
keep the remains of our poor society together ; Lord Straffoi'd
vows and Lady Mary swears they will not subscribe, unless
we can have as good a box as the King's on the nights
he goes ; they are not content to coo up two pair of stairs
over Miss Chudleigh.

Page 121, line 1, for re-thinking, read re-thinking; after
re-thinking insert in same paragraph : — I don't know how
to say anything to the last word of your letter — my perroquet
is dead !

Volume V, pages 117-147 128

Page 121, line 5, for Hor. Walpole read H. W.
Page 130, Letter 784, add note : Letter 784. — Incom-
plete in C. ; now first printed in full from original in Waller

Page 131, line 2, after large commission, insert in same
paragraph : As they proved so cheap, I wish I had troubled
your Ladyship with a huge commission. You are so good
to me, that if I had not been saving of my money, I fear
I should not have been frugal of your pains. I thank you
extremely for those you have bought, and shall wait for
thena with great patience. I suppose I writ one of the figures
carelessly ; it was 1229, not 1129 — but it does not signify,
line 17, for Harrington read Harr — n
Page 132, line 5, for Hester read Esther
line 11, for Anson read Abercorn
line 12, for us read us

line 4 from foot, for trechscoot read trackscoot
line 2 from foot, after truth, insert in same paragraph :
The Duchess of Marlborough is dead, and Lady Berkeley
has given up her jointure without dying— to avoid the
Ecclesiastic Court.

Page 133, line 12, for Hor. Walpole read H. Walpole.
Page 145, Letter 791, add note : Letter 791. — Incomplete
in C. ; now first printed in full from original in Waller

Page 146, line 16, for triste read trist

line 25, for Lady Jane Stuart read Lady Jane Stewart
line 5 from foot, after gloves insert and breeding,
line 2 from foot, after Mandeville insert : who pulled off
his weepers (which the Duke of Marlbro and Lord Charles
Spencer excused themselves from doing),

Page 147, line 18, for bud that decks the thorn ! read
buds that deck the thorn ?

line 4 from foot, after love, insert in fresh paragraph :

124 Additions and Corrections

Your Ladyship may go to any shop of old China or Dresden ;
Sir Compton Domville is given over.

Page 172, line 7 from foot, add note on Musgrave : The
person in question, as appears from a letter of Sir William
Musgrave to Walpole in the Waller Collection, was James
Granger (see note 3 on letter to Cole of Aug. 20, 1768).
The following note by Walpole on ' Collectors of English
Portrait-Prints' (date 1771) is preserved in the Waller
Collection : — ' Mr. Thoresby, the antiquary of Leeds, had
made a collection in two large volumes, which on the dis-
persion of his collection of curiosities, were sold to Sir William
Musgrave, who added many more. Mr. Ames, Secretary of
the Society of Antiquaries, made a much larger assemblage,
& published a catalogue of them. His collection he sold
to a Mr. Nichols, & at length they were purchased by
Mr. James West, Secretary to the Treasury, who had a vast
number before, but they were ranged in no, or very bad
order. ... I had been thirty years collecting English heads,
& ranged mine according to the several reigns. Mr. Granger
of Shiplake, who had begun a collection, took the hint,
& after ranging Sir William Musgrave's collection in that
method, & making a catalogue from thence & from mine
& Mr. West's collections, published a biographic list down
to the Eevolution.'

Page 172, note 2, add: In a notebook preserved in the
Waller Collection Walpole records: — 'Joseph Ames, Secre-
tary of the Society of Antiquaries, & author of the Lives of
English Printers Qu". & of a Catalogue of English Heads, was
originally a ship-chandler in Wapping. He took to the
study of antiquities late in his life, & was very illiterate,
but very laborious, & a quiet good man. He died in 1759.
His library & prints were sold by auction in May 1760. His
daughter was married during that sale.'

Page 184, Letter 811, add note: Letter 811.— Incomplete

Volume V, pages 172-328 125

in C. ; now first printed in full from original in Waller

Page 185, last line, after Walpole. insert in fresh paragraph :

Tuesday 6'''.

I am this moment come to town and find a letter from
your Ladyship with a most delightful regiment of all
nations ; but it is so late, I shall not save the post if I tell
you how much I like them and Madame Pagantzhar of
Osnaburg. My compliments to Miss Conway's drawing.

add note on Osnaburg : General Conway was at this time
in winter quarters at Osnaburg, where he had been joined
by his wife and daughter.

Page 255, line 7, add note owMajora: In an account of
a subsequent visit to Gothurst (in July, 1763), pi*eserved in
one of his note-books in the Waller Collection, Horace
Walpole gives the following description of this picture : —
' In the parlour is a whole length of Everard Digby, grand-
father of Sir Kenelm, a good portrait: in a corner of the
picture he is represented in a less piece with a woman who
tempts him with a purse and a lute, which he rejects, & by
him is written. His majora.'

Page 317, line 12 from foot, add note ow waxen statuary : —
In a note-book preserved in the Waller Collection Walpole
records : — ' Mrs. Damer gave the first symptom of her talent
for statuary, when she was but ten years old. She was
reading Spenser, & with bits of wax candle and silk and
feathers and tinsel picked out of silks, she made a Knight and
his Esquire, not so long as a finger, in the perfect costume
of the description. A few years after she made a portrait of
a shock dog in has relief in wax small ; & then heads in
wax in the manner of Gosset.'

Page 328, note 3, add after Dromgoole : In an autograph
letter, however, written in French to Walpole from Paris on

126 Additions and Corrections

Feb. 15, 1764, preserved in the Waller Collection, he signs
himself ' Drumgold.'

Page 331, note 7, add: It appears from Walpole's MS.
Journal of the Printing-Office at Strawberry Hill, that these
translations were made by the Due de Nivernais.

Page 335, Letter 885, add note : Letter 885. — Incomplete
in C ; now first printed in full from original in Waller

Page 336, line 6, for to take a bed there read to lie there

line 7 from foot, after painting, insert : There are four or
five pretty little heads that seemed by Holbein, but his
Grace would not let me look at them, that he might show me
some paltry pictures that he bought in Italy, for I perceive
he knows no more of hands than Mr. Spence.

note 4, add: In an account of his visit to Kimbolton
preserved in the Waller Collection Walpole describes this
picture as follows : — ' Robert Rich, Earl of Warwick, the
Admiral ; very fine whole length by Mirevelt ; a view of
the sea at a distance, very good.'

note 5, add: Described by Walpole (see note 4) as follows :
' A Lady Mandeville, whole length, in her hair, which she is
combing for her wedding. She is dressed in white satten,
embroidered with birds and butterflies, her wedding-gown,
a piece of which is still kept in the family. The satten and
red velvet of the table & curtain are remarkably well painted.
I should think this is by My tens.'

line 11 from foot, add note on Prometheus: Described
by Walpole (see note 4) as follows : — ' A most capital piece
of Prometheus and the vultur, by Vandyck (I think), the
bird incomparable.'

Page 390, line 9, for Perquigny read Pecquigny
Page 432, line 4 from foot, for your brother General read
your brother [the] General

Page 441, note 5, add : Lady Tankerville lived for some

Volume V, page 331 — Volume VI, page 200 127

time in Germany. She was much attached to the Margravine
of Baireuth, sister of Frederick the Great — so much so that
she accepted a j)Ost in the household of that Princess. (See
Memoirs of Dr. Burney, vol. i. pp. 135-6.)


Page 112, add note on the sposo Coventry: An allusion to
the impending second marriage of the sixth Earl of Coventry
to the Hon. Barbara St. John, daughter of the eleventh
Baron St. John of Bletso. The marriage took place on
Sept. 27, 1764.

Page 117, note 1, add : The following note from Pitt, no
doubt in acknowledgement of this gift, is preserved in the
Waller Collection : —

Ml" Pitt is just come to Town and has the pleasure to find
Mr Walpole's most obliging and valuable present. He can
not deferr a moment begging M^^ Walpole to accept a thousand
sincere thanks for the great honour of this flattering mark
of his remembrance.

Thursday past 3 o'clock.

Page 180, add note on Mrs. Griffiths : Mrs. Elizabeth
Griffith (not Griffiths), plaj'wright and novelist (c. 1720-
1793), wife of the Irish author, Richard Griffith (d. 1788).
She is mentioned again in Walpole's letter to Mme du
Deffand of May 30, 1767 (No. 1173*, in Supplement).

Page 183, add note on Giles Colin : The ballad mentioned
by Walpole (as Giles Colin) is printed in Patmore's Children's
Garland (ed. 1866, pp. 120-1) under the title 'Lady Alice' ;
the name of the lover is there given as ' Giles Collins.'

Page 200, Letter 1014, add note : Letter 1014.— Collated
with original in the Waller Collection.

128 Additions and Corrections

Page 200, line 5 from foot, for adventures? read
adventures !

last line, for yet in any light read yet in any light

Page 201, line 3 from foot, for Hor. read Horace

Page 262, line 20, add note on Walpole : Lady Suffolk's
reply is preserved in the Waller Collection : —

Lady Suffolk presents her compos and thanks to M"* Wal-
pole. She is most sincerly concern'd for his indisposition,
she cannot say how much she feels for what he suffers ;
and her loss of his company, her head, eyes, stomach, feet
and spirits are all affected at this very time that she can say
no more— but that if he will write just such a letter as his
last, but on a better subject, it will infinitly oblige his


Obe* Ser*

H. Suffolk
Miss Hotham

begs her Compliments.*


July y" 3^ [1765]

Page 308, Letter 1056, add note : Letter 1056. — Incom-
plete in C. ; now first printed in full from original in the
Waller Collection.

Page 310, line 2 from foot, for the foreign read foreign

Page 311, line 16, after Duke of Argyll, &c., begin fresh
paragraph as follows : The inclosed letter for Martinelli has
been in England, and followed me hither ; I don't know
where he lives or would not trouble you with it. Adieu !

Yours ever,
H. W.

Page 346, line 9, add note on to-day : In his Paris
Journal for 1765 (preserved in the Waller Collection) Wal-
pole records under date Nov. 15 : 'dined at Mr. Crawford's
with Col. Barre, Capt. Mitchell, and Mr. Panchot.'
^ In another hand.

Volume VI, pages 200-352 129

Page 350, Letter 1070, add note: Letter 1070. — Incom-
plete in C. ; now reprinted in full from Ccrrrespondence of
Gray, Walpole, West, and AsJdon, edited by Paget Toynbee,
vol. ii. pp. 238-44.

line 16, add note on gout : Gray's letter, to which this
is the reply, is printed in Correspondence of Gray, Walpole,
West, and AsMon, vol. ii. pp. 236-8.

Page 351, line 2, after able, insert in same paragraph : I have
had little indulgence for myself on that head. Wine I drink
with my water, because I cannot drink the filthy water here
by itself ; I began with brandy, but soon grew to nauseate it.
The greatest change I have made, is in leaving off tea —
I doubt, only because I took an aversion to it. I own I am
much better since. This is the detail : the general history is,
that I was seized with the gout in one foot at the end of
June, soon had it in both, with great torment, and then
without its going out of my feet, in head, stomach, both
wrists and both shoulders. Nine weeks passed before
I could even walk without a stick; yet the state of con-
valescence, as it has been in my second fit, was much worse
and more uneasy than the height of the pain, from the
constant sickness at my stomach. I came hither, mended
miraculously with the sea and the journey, but caught cold
in a fortnight, and have had six weeks more of pain in both
feet, and such sickness that I have been very near starved :
besides such swelled legs, that they were as much too big
for my body, as before they would have been too little for
any other person's alive. I have now got the better of
everything but the weakness, and am only thrown or tumble
down ten times a day.

Page 352, line 14, after evening, insert in safne paragraph :
They talk of a chienne chaude, or the dangerous time of
a woman's age, as they would talk of a knotting-bag.

1«3B.2 K

180 Additions and Corrections

Page 352, line 20, for savans read scavants

line 21, for insupportable, superficial read insupportable.

line 25 for lady devotees read lady-devotes
Page 353, line 6 from foot, /or Hor. Walpole read H. W.

Pages 355-7, 359-61, Letters 1072, 1074. Lady Hervey's
answer to these two letters is preserved in the Waller
Collection : —

London the lO*" Dec' 1765.

I rejoyce to hear your gout has left you, I conclude you
have used it so ill that it cou'd stay with you no longer, for
I think nothing wou'd leave you that cou'd stay with you.
What do you mean by talking of my gout, I hardly remember
ever having had such a disorder ; oh ! yes I think I recollect
something of it, some time ago, when I was an old woman ;
but since I have been at la Fontaine de Jouvence, at Sunning-
hill, I have but an imperfect remembrance of any such
thing ; 'tis true I have for a few days felt some flying pains
about me, but my youth makes me consider them only as
growing pains, such as Miss Lepel used to feel last century.

What sillt/ story has the Duchesse of Kichmond told you ?
for neither Lord or Lady Holland or I (who hear and talk as
much of you as most people) have ever heard anything
about your dress, or any silly story of you whatever : I tran-
scribed to you some time ago, part of a letter of M™® Geoflrin's
to me, the same of one she wrote to Lady Holland, in which
among other things which she says of you, she adds et il
a une figure tres agreable : I do not think we are any of us
answerable for her taste, nor, (shou'd we happen to agree
with her) for our own, one sees as one can, and one is not
obliged to judge of agreemens, as of gold, by the weight.
You say the French have not lost their eyes, which I readily
believe ; but you add that you have not lost yr senses, which
I have some doubt of from all you add so seriously on the

Volume VI, pages 352-361 131

subject of le nouveau Richelieu at which Lord and Lady
Holland, and my self, laughed not a little, three days ago :
I did not laugh so much there yesterday, for I did not think
him at all well : he looked ill and complained that he slept
ill, I left Hawkins ' there who was just going to bleed him,
and I shall call upon him about two o'clock to learn if he is
the better for it, they don't talk of coming to town yet. —

This moment M"" Favre has brought me yr letter of the
28*^ and I must begin by my congratulations on your
trouvaille which I heartily rejoyce at, tho' I must blame the
ignorance and laziness of most of my acquaintance, and of
the late Gen^l Bulkely in particular, who I employ'd to
make all the enquii-ys imaginable, and particulai'ly in the
Grammont family, for a picture or print of the Comte ;
what a pleasure have they deprived me of by retarding
yours so long : but I rejoyce that you have found it at last.
I was sure you wou'd like M™e D'aiguillon, she is exactly
what you describe her, a lively chearful woman of quality ;
has a great deal of witt and you will find a great fund
of good-nature in her : in short she is a woman after your
own heart, but what can you mean by saying I shou'd be
entertained, even for a quarter of an hour, with a woman
you compare to the D. of N. no. Sir, positively no, not for
a minute, a second, I shou'd detest her — for I preserve all
my aversions and likings inviolate. I must to my shame
confess that after reading several times and studying the
enigme I cou'd not make it out, I guessed three or four
things, but what answer'd to one line wou'd not to the
others, in short I was, as I always am, dull : what a little
comforted me, was that Lord Lyttelton, tho' skilled in
mysterys, and M'"^ Montagu with all her quickness cou'd not
make it out, nay Ramsay nor Lord Chesterfield cou'd make
no more of it than my-self, the two people who guessed it,

1 The surgeon, Sir Caesar Hawkins (1711-1786).


132 Additions and Corrections

(for 'tis certainly or may be la noblesse) was a German Count
and a Swiss gentleman, but all who heard le mot think it
extremely pretty. I thank you for the play, there are some
pretty things in it tho' 'tis but a moderate performance and
not at all what I expected it from the original name.
Garrick on his first return to the stage made and spoke
what I think a very pretty prologue. I see they have got it
into the news-paper so you have pi'obably seen it, but if not,
and that you care to see it, let me know and I will send
it you : he was so obliging to come and speak it to me
in my room hearing I had expressed some concern that
I cou'd not go to the playhouse to hear it.

My chaise is just come to the door, I am going to Grays to
try if I can get yr comission well executed there, if not
I will go into the Citty to morrow-morning, there is a famous
cutter up in something Lane out of Cheapside: I give you
a thousand thanks for this little comission, trifling as it is;
for every time you put it in my power to be of any service
to you, 'tis a real obligation you confer upon me, and a very
sincere pleasure I feel, when I return I will add two
lines, tho' I am ashamed of the length of this letter, to tell
you how Lord Holland does, his brother ^ dines with me to
day, and has had as Stee-ish "^ an accident as ever he had in
his life, he has strained his neck w^^ choosing to pat his
bolster even, with his head rather than his hand.

I have but a moment to tell you that L"^ Holland is much
better to-day. and I have bespoke yr scissars.

Page 360, line 10 from foot, add note on clergyman : As
appears from Walpole's Paris Journal for 1765 (preserved in
the Waller Collection) this clergyman was Rev. William
Cole, who had joined Walpole in Paris not long after his
arrival (see letter to Cole of Sept. 18, 1765).

1 Lord Ilchester.

2 His name was Stephen, and he was familiarly called ' Ste.'

Volume VI, pages 360-389 133

Page 868, line 10 from foot, add note on red stockings :
In his Paris Journal for 1765 (preserved in the Waller
Collection) Walpole records under date Nov. 80 : * dined at
the Marquis de Brancas, with Due de Nivernois, Due de
Brissac (He of D'Eon's letters) a wellbred, extravagant old
man, laced down the seams & in red stockings. . . .'

Page 369, line 15, add note on knives : In the list of
letters written from France in his Paris Journal for 1765,
under date Sept. 30, Walpole has entered :

'Lord Rockingham) with knives
Lady Townshend [ by Lady Hertford.'

Page 870, note 8, for 1798 read 1789

Page 875, line 5 from foot, add note on I forget what :
In his Paris Journal for 1765, under date Dec. 4, Walpole
writes : ' Dined at Mons^ La Borde's ; he like M^' Bentley ;
his Wife of Brussels, pretty & pleasing ; he is so fond of her
that he always sits by her at dinner, most magnificent
house & large garden. To the garden front are 14 windows,
each of eight panes of looking glass, in the second anti-
chamber are four large tawdiy pictures by Le Moine that
cost 4000 pd. bas reliefs in marble under them, hung on
red damask, large armoires of bronze & tortoishell, inlaid
with medals of Louis 14, & festoons, quantities of bronzes,
& vases in or moulu. in the Cabinet, Gohelin chairs of
flowers very light, fine dogs & fenders to the Chimnies,
which inlaid with bronze a la Grecque. a fine gallery but
too narrow, all looking glass. porphyry vases, granite
tables, statues & bronzes, & Lustres, screens round the
dining table to keep cold from the feet. He told us the
wood & candles for his House, office, & offices, cost him
28000 livres a year.'

Page 388, note 2, add : In his Paris Journal for 1766,
under date Jan. 1, he tells the story of ' an officer at Geneva.'

Page 389, Letter 1085, date, for Jan. 8 read Jan. 7 (see note).

134 Additions and Corrections

Page 389, Letter 1085, note, for Dated 1765 read Dated
January 1765; and add: The date of the letter is fixed as
Jan. 7, 1766, by the following entry in Walpole's Paris
Journal under that date, which records the same visits men-
tioned in the letter: 'to dine with Marq. de Prie at Bois
Preou near Euel. ... 3 Macaws, 2 blue & red, large Cockatoo,
& 2 large green perroquets with yellow heads. At half an
hour after 8 was carried with M^ Crawford by Chev. Lorenzi
to be presented to the Comtesse de la Marche.'

Page 394, line 1, add note on English : A letter written to
Walpole in English by Mme de Forcalquier is preserved in
the Waller Collection.

Page 419, Letter 1095, date, for Feb. 28 read Feb. 25 ;
and add note : That this letter should be dated Feb. 25, not
Feb. 28, as hitherto (probably by a misprint), is evident from
Walpole's Paris Journal for 1766, in which, under date
Feb. 25, he records: 'went to the plaine de Sablon to see
the race between Count Lauragais and Ld Forbes, which
was won by the latter' — a race which in the letter he says
he had been to see 'to-day.'

Page 421, Letter 1096, date, for Feb. 29, 1766 read Feb. 29
[March 1], 1766; and add note: The year 1766 not being
leap-year there was no Feb. 29, so that the correct date
of this letter is March 1 . Walpole made the same mistake
at first in his Paris Journal for 1766, the entries for March 1
and March 2 having been originally dated Feb. 29 and
March 1, and so on for several days, till he discovered the
mistake and corrected it.

Page 425, line 7 from foot, for March 1 read March 1 [2] ;
and add note : See note on date of letter.

Page 430, note 1, for the Hon. Hew Campbell Scott read
the Hon. Campbell Scott

Page 431, note, add: A French translation of this letter
is printed in the notice of Mme du Deffand prefixed to the

Volume VI, pages 389-446 135

Marquis de Sainte-Aulaire's edition (1877) of her Correspon-
dance Cmnplete (pp. civ-x).

Page 446, line 4, add note on five or six : Walpole's
informant was the Duke of Richmond, who sent the intelli-
gence in the following letter (preserved in the Waller
Collection) : —

Whitehall, March 11"» 1766
Dear Sie, Tuesday Morning.

I did not know of a messenger's going a few days ago or
should have wrote to you, and now that I write by the post
I cannot say all I would wish to communicate to you.

The Eepeal is passed the H. of Commons as you must
know, we are to read it a second time to day & shall certainly
have a long debate, if Lord Bute goes against us as most
people think he will, we shall have a near division but I take
it we shall carry it by five or six. if he absents himself
or votes with us which I think just possible, we shall have
a majority of 25 or more.

The first bill asserting the right occasion'd some talk &
opposition from L*^. Shelburne & L'^. Campden, but we had
no division it passed the Committee yesterday. 'L'^. Mans-
field & L

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