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entered the chapel, the organ played, and the Magdalens sung a hymn in parts; you cannot imagine how well, The chapel was dressed with orange and myrtle, and there wanted nothing but a little incense to drive away the devil-or to invite him.  Prayers then began, psalms, and a sermon:  the latter by a young clergyman, one Dodd,(22) who contributed to the Popish idea one had imbibed, by haranguing entirely in the French style, and very eloquently and touchingly.  He apostrophized the lost sheep, who sobbed and cried from their souls; so did my Lady Hertford and Fanny Pelham, till I believe the city dames took them both for Jane Shores.  The confessor then turned to the audience, and addressed himself to his Royal Highness, whom he called most illustrious Prince, beseeching his protection.  In short, it was a very pleasing performance, and I got the most illustrious to desire it might be printed.  We had another hymn, and then were conducted to the parloir, where the governors kissed the Prince’s hand, and then the lady abbess, or matron, brought us tea.  From thence we went to the refectory, where all the nuns, without their hats, were ranged at long tables, ready for supper.  A few were handsome, many who seemed to have no title to their profession, and two or three of twelve years old; but all recovered, and looking healthy.  I was struck and pleased with the modesty of two of them, who swooned away with the confusion of being stared at.  We were then shown their work, which is making linen, and bead-work; they earn ten pounds a-week.  One circumstance diverted me, but amidst all this decorum, I kept it to myself.  The wands of the governors are white, but twisted at top with black and white, which put me in mind of Jacob’s rods, that he placed before the cattle to make them breed.  My Lord Hertford would never have forgiven me, if I had joked on this; so I kept my countenance very demurely, nor even inquired, whether among the pensioners there were any novices from Mrs. Naylor’s.

The court-martial on Lord George Sackville is appointed:  General Onslow is to be Speaker of it.  Adieu! till I see you; I am glad it will be so soon.

(22) The unfortunate Dr. Dodd, who suffered at Tyburn, in June 1770, for forgery.-E.

Letter 12 To Sir David Dalrymple.(23) Strawberry Hill, Feb. 3, 1760. (page 40)

I am much obliged to you, Sir! for the Irish poetry.(24) they are poetry, and resemble that of the East; that is, they contain natural images and natural sentiment elevated, before rules were invented to make poetry difficult and dull.  The transitions are as sudden as those in Pindar, but not so libertine; for they start into new thoughts on the subject, without wandering from it.’  I like particularly the expression of calling Echo, “Son of the Rock.”  The Monody is much the best.

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