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

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One circumstance has heightened my resentment.  If it was not an accident, it deserves to heighten it.  The very day on which your dismission was notified, I received an order from the treasury for the payment of what money was due to me there.  Is it possible that they could mean to make any distinction between us?  Have I separated myself from you?  Is there that spot on earth where I can be suspected of having paid court?  Have I even left my name at a minister’s door since you took your part?  If they have dared to hint this, the pen that is now writing to you will bitterly undeceive them.

I am impatient to see the letters you have received, and the answers you have sent.  Do you come to town?  If you do not, I will come to you to-morrow se’nnight, that is, the 29th.  I give no advice on any thing, because you are cooler than I am—­not so cool, I hope, as to be insensible to this outrage, this villany, this injustice You owe it to your country to labour the extermination of such ministers!

I am so bad a hypocrite, that I am afraid of showing how deeply I feel this.  Yet last night I received the account from the Duchess of Grafton with more temper than you believe me ’capable of:  but the agitation of the night disordered me so much, that Lord John Cavendish, who was with me two hours this morning, does not, I believe, take me for a hero.  As there are some who I know would enjoy my mortification, and who probably desired I should feel my share of it, I wish to command myself-but that struggle shall be added to their bill.  I saw nobody else before I came away but Legge, who sent for me and wrote the enclosed for you.  He would have said more both to you and Lady Ailesbury, but I would not let him, as he is so ill:  however, he thinks himself that he shall live.  I hope be will!  I would not lose a shadow that can haunt these ministers.

I feel for Lady Ailesbury, because I know she feels just as I do--and it is not a pleasant sensation.  I will say no more, though I could write volumes.  Adieu!  Yours, as I ever have been and ever will be.

Letter 206 The Hon. H. S. Conway To The Earl Of Hertford.(605) Park Place, April 23, 1764. (page 317)

Dear Brother, You will, I think, be much surprised at the extraordinary news I received yesterday, of my total dismission from his Majesty’s service, both as groom of the bedchamber and colonel of a regiment.  What makes it much stronger is, that I do not hear that any of the many officers who voted with me on the same questions in the minority, are turned out.  It seems almost impossible to conceive it should be so, and yet, so I suspect it is; and if it be, it seems to me upon the coolest reflection I am able to give it, the harshest and most unjust treatment ever offered to any man on the like occasion.  I never gave a single vote(606) against the ministry , but in the questions on the great constitutional

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