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(44) Lives of the Novelists; Prose Works, vol. iii. p. 323.

(45) Postscript to “The Mysterious Mother.”

(46) Lord Byron.

(47) Social Life in England and France,” by Miss Berry.

(48) Lives of the Novelists; Prose Works, vol. iii. p. 301.

(49) “In 1744, the difference between Walpole and Gray was adjusted by the interference of a lady, who wished well to both parties.  The lapse of three years had probably been sufficient, in some degree, to soften down, though not entirely obliterate, the remembrance of supposed injustices on both sides; natural kindness of temper had resumed their place, and we find their correspondence again proceeding on friendly and familiar terms.”  Mitford’s Gray, vol. i. p. xxiii; see also vol. ii. p. 174.-E.

(50) Speech on American Taxation, April 19, 1774.

(51) “Vanity, when it unfortunately gets possession of a wise man’s head, is as keenly sensible of ridicule, as it is impassible to its shafts when more appropriately lodged with a fool.  Of the sensitiveness arising out of this foible Walpole seems to have had a great deal, and it certainly dictated those hard-hearted reproofs that repelled the warm effusions of friendship with which poor Madame du Deffand (now old and blind) addressed him, and of which he complained with the utmost indignation, merely because, if her letters were opened by a clerk at the post-office, such expressions of kindness might expose him to the ridicule of which he had such undue terror.”  Quart.  Rev. Vol. xix. p. 119.-E.

(52) See “Pursuits of Literature,” second Dialogue:-

“The Boy, whom once patricians pens adorn’d, First meanly flatter’d, then as meanly scorn’d.”

Which lines are Stated in a note to allude to Walpole.  See also, first Dialogue, where Chatturton is called, “That varlet bright.”  The note to which passage is “’I am the veriest varlet that ever chew’d,’ says Falstaff, in Henry iv.  Part 1.  Act. 2.  Mr. Horace Walpole, now Lord Orford, did not, however, seem to think it necessary that this varlet Chatterton should chew at all.  See the Starvation Act, dated at Strawberry Hill.”

(53) Letter to the Editor of the Miscellanies of Chatterton.  Works, vol. iv.

(54) The Duke of Bedford has a letter of Walpole’s with this signature.

(55) “Epitapilium vivi auctoris."-l 792.

(56) “Social Life in England and France.”

Reminiscences of the courts of George the first and second
Written in 1788,
for the amusement of miss mary and miss Agnes Berry.

Il ne faut point d’esprit pour s’occuper des vieux
`ev`enements.-Voltaire.

CHAPTER 1.

Motives to the Undertaking-Precedents-George the First’s Reign a Proem to the History of the Reigning House of Brunswick-The Reminiscent introduced to that Monarch-His Person and Dress-The Duchess of Kendal-her Jealousy of Sir Robert Walpole’s Credit with the King-and Intrigues to displace him, and make Bolingbroke Minister. ’

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