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

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(219) Librarian at Lambeth Palace, and a well-known antiquary.  He died in 1785.

(220) A series of English Medals, by Francis Perry, 4to. with thirteen plates.

Letter 117 To George Montagu, Esq.  Arlington Street, Feb. 25, 1762. (PAGE 175)

I sent you my gazette but two days ago; I now write to answer a kind long letter I have received from you since.

I have heard of my brother’s play several years ago; but I never understood that it was completed, or more than a few detached scenes.  What is become of Mr. Bentley’s play and Mr. Bentley’s epistle?

When I go to Strawberry, I will look for where Lord Cutts was buried; I think I can find it.  I am disposed to prefer the younger picture of Madame Grammont by Lely; but I stumbled at the price; twelve guineas for a copy in enamel is very dear.  Mrs. Vezey tells me, his originals cost sixteen, and are not so good as his copies.  I will certainly have none of his originals.  His, what is his name’!  I would fain resist his copy; I would more fain excuse myself for having it.  I say to myself, it Would be rude not to have it, now Lady Kingsland and Mr. Montagu have had so much trouble—­well—­“I think I must have it,” as my Lady Wishfort says, “Why does not the fellow take me?” Do try if he will not take ten; remember it is the younger picture:  and, oh! now you are remembering, don’t forget all my prints and a book bound in vellum.  There is-a thin folio too I want, called “Hibernica;"(221) it is a collection of curious papers, one a translation by Carew Earl of Totness:  I had forgot that you have no books in Ireland; however, I must have this, and your pardon for all the trouble I give you.

No news yet of the runaways:  but all that comes out antecedent to the escape, is more and more extraordinary and absurd.  The day of the elopement he had invited his wife’s family and other folk to dinner with her, but said he must himself dine at a tavern; but he dined privately in his own dressing-room, put on a sailor’s habit, and black wig, that he had brought home with him in a bundle, and threatened the servants he would murder them if they mentioned it to his wife.  He left a letter for her, which the Duke ’of Marlborough was afraid to deliver to her, and opened.  It desired that she would not write to him, as it would make him completely mad.  He desires the King would preserve his rank of major-general, as some time or other he may serve again.  Here is an indifferent epigram made on the occasion:  I send it to you, though I wonder any body could think it a subject to joke upon.

As Pembroke a horseman by most is accounted,
’Tis not strange that his lordship a Hunter has mounted.

Adieu! yours ever.

(221) Hibernica; or, some Ancient Pieces relating to Ireland,” published at Dublin in 1757, by Walter Harris.-E.

Letter 118 To The Countess Of Ailesbury.  Strawberry Hill, March 5, 1762. (PAGE 176)

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