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

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was a comely figure.  My Lady Cowper refused, but was forced to walk with Lady Macclesfield.  Lady Falmouth was not there on which George Selwyn said, “that those peeresses who were most used to walk, did not.”  I carried my Lady Townshend, Lady Hertford, Lady Anne Connolly, my Lady Hervey, and Mrs. Clive, to my deputy’s house at the gate of Westminster-hall.  My Lady Townshend said she should be very glad to see a coronation, as she never had seen one.  “Why,” said I, “Madam, you walked at the last?” “Yes, child,” said she, “but I saw nothing of it:  I only looked to see who looked at me.”  The Duchess of Queensbury walked! her affectation that day was to do nothing preposterous.  The Queen has been at the Opera, and says she will go once a week.  This is a fresh disaster to our box, where we have lived so harmoniously for three years.  We can get no alternative but that over Miss Chudleigh’s; and Lord Strafford and Lady Mary Coke will not subscribe, unless we can.  The Duke of Devonshire and I are negotiating with all our -art to keep our party together.  The crowds at the Opera and play when the King and Queen go, are a little greater than what I remember.  The late royalties went to the Haymarket, when it was the fashion to frequent the other opera in Lincoln’s-inn-fields.  Lord Chesterfield one night came into the latter, and was asked, if he had been at the other house?  “Yes,” said he, “but there was nobody but the King and Queen; and as I thought they might be talking business, I came away.”

Thank you for your journals:  the best route you can send me in would be of your Journey homewards.  Adieu!

P. S. If you ever hear from, or write to, such a person as Lady Ailesbury, pray tell her she is worse to me in point of correspondence than ever you said I was to you, and that she sends me every thing but letters!

(185) Mr. Pitt, then secretary of state.

(186) The English ambassador at the court of Madrid.

Letter 94 To The Countess Of Ailesbury.  Strawberry Hill, Sept. 27, 1761. (page 149)

You are a mean mercenary woman.  If you did not want histories of weddings and coronations, and had not jobs to be executed about muslins, and a bit of china, and counterband goods, one should never hear of you.  When you don’t want a body, you can frisk about with greffiers and burgomasters. and be as merry in a dyke as my lady frog herself.  The moment your curiosity is agog, or your cambric seized, you recollect a good cousin in England, and, as folks said two hundred years ago, begin to write “upon the knees of your heart.”  Well!  I am a sweet-tempered creature, I forgive you.  I have already writ to a little friend in the customhouse, and will try what can be done; however, by Mr. Amyand’s report to the Duchess of Richmond, I fear your case is desperate.  For the genealogies, I have turned over all my books to no purpose; I can

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