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

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Lady Sarah Lenox has refused Lord Errol; the Duke of Bedford is privy seal; Lord Thomond cofferer; Lord George Cavendish comptroller; George Pitt goes minister to Turin; and Mrs. Speed must go thither, as she is marrying the Baron de Perrier, Count Virry’s son.(200) Adieu!  Commend me to your brother.

(200) “My old friend Miss SPeed has done what the world calls a very foolish thing; she has married the Baron de la Poyri`ere, son to the Sardinian minister, the Count de Viry.  He is about twenty-eight years old (ten years younger than herself), but looks nearer This is not the effect of debauchery; for he is a very sober and good-natured man honest and no conjurer.”  Gray to Wliarton.  Works, vol. iii. p. 263.-E.

Letter 103 To The Countess Of Ailesbury.  Arlington Street, Nov. 28, 1761. (page 160)

Dear Madam, You are so bad and so good, that I don’t know how to treat you.  You give me every mark of kindness but letting me hear from you.  You send me charming drawings the moment I trouble you with a commission, and you give Lady Cecilia(201) commissions for trifles of my writing, in the most obliging manner.  I have taken the latter off her hands.- The Fugitive Pieces, and the Catalogue of Royal and Noble Authors shall be conveyed to you directly.  Lady Cecilia and I agree how we lament the charming suppers there, every time we pass the corner of Warwick Street!  We have a little comfort for your sake and our own, in believing that the campaign is at an end, at least for this year—­but they tell us, it is to recommence here or in Ireland.  You have nothing to do with that.  Our politics, I think, will soon be as warm as our war.  Charles Townshend is to be lieutenant-general to Mr. Pitt.  The Duke of Bedford is privy seal; Lord Thomond, cofferer; Lord George Cavendish, comptroller.

Diversions, you know, Madam, are never at high watermark before Christmas:  yet operas flourish pretty well:  those on Tuesdays are removed to Mondays, because the Queen likes the burlettas, and the King cannot go on Tuesdays, his postdays.  On those nights we have the middle front box railed in, where Lady Mary(202) and I sit in triste state like a Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress.  The night before last there was a private ball at court, which began at half an hour after six, lasted till one, and finished without a supper.  The King danced the whole time with the Queen, Lady Augusta with her four younger brothers.  The other performers were:  the two Duchesses of Ancaster and Hamilton, who danced little; Lady Effingham, and Lady Egremont who danced much; the six maids of honour; Lady Susan Stewart, as attending Lady Augusta; and Lady Caroline Russel, and Lady Jane Stewart, the only women not of the family.  Lady Northumberland is at Bath; Lady Weymouth lies in; Lady Bolingbroke was there in Waiting, but in black gloves, so did not dance.  The men, besides the royals, were Lords March and Lord Eglinton, of the bedchamber:  Lord Cantalope, vice-chamberlain; Lord Huntingdon; and four strangers, Lord Mandeville, Lord Northampton, lord Suffolk, and lord Grey.  No sitters-by, but the Princess, the Duchess of Bedford, and Lady Bute.

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