The Letters of Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford — Volume 3 eBook

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(180) George Fitzroy, afterwards created Lord Southampton.

Letter 89 To George Montagu, Esq.  Strawberry Hill, Aug. 20, 1761. (page 142)

A few lines before you go; your resolutions are good, and give me great pleasure; bring them back unbroken; I have no mind to lose you; we have been acquainted these thirty years, and to give the devil his due, in all that time I never knew a bad, a false, a mean, or ill-natured thing in the devil—­but don’t tell him I say so, especially as I cannot say the same of myself.  I am now doing a dirty thing, flattering you to preface a commission.  Dickey Bateman(181) has picked up a whole cloister full of old chairs in Herefordshire.  He bought them one by one, here and there in farmhouses, for three-and-sixpence, and a crown apiece.  They are of’ wood, the seats triangular, the backs, arms, and legs loaded with turnery.  A thousand to one but there are plenty up and down Cheshire too.  If Mr. and Mrs. Wetenhall, as they ride or drive out would now and then pick up such a chair, it would oblige me greatly.  Take notice, no two need be of the same pattern.

Keep it as the secret of your life; but if your brother John addresses himself to me a day or two before the coronation, I can place him well to see the procession:  when it is over, I will give you a particular reason why this must be such a mystery.  I was extremely diverted t’other day with my mother’s and my old milliner; she said she had a petition to me—­“What is it, Mrs. Burton?” “It Is in behalf of two poor orphans.”  I began to feel for my purse.  “What can I do for them, Mrs. Burton?” “Only if your honour would be so compassionate as to get them tickets for the coronation.”  I could not keep my countenance, and these distressed orphans are two and three-and-twenty!  Did you ever hear a more melancholy case?

The Queen is expected on Monday.  I go to town on Sunday.  Would these shows and your Irish journey were over, and neither of us a day the poorer!

I am expecting Mr. Chute to hold a chapter on the cabinet.  A barge-load of niches, window-frames, and ribs, is arrived.  The cloister is paving, the privy garden making, painted glass adjusting to the windows on the back stairs — with so many irons in the fire, you may imagine I have not much time to write.  I wish you a safe and pleasant voyage.

(181) Richard Bateman, brother of Viscount Bateman.  In Sir Charles Hanbury Williams’s Poems he figures as “Constant Dickey."-E.

Letter 90 To The Earl Of Strafford.  Arlington Street, Tuesday morning. (page 143)

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