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

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To the end of this week I shall be in Lord Hertford’s house; so have not yet got a lodging:  but when I do, you will easily find me.  I have no banker, but credit on a merchant who is a private friend of ]lord Hertford; consequently, I cannot give you credit on him:  but you shall have the use of my credit, which will be the same thing; and we can settle our accounts together.  I brought about a hundred pounds with me, as I would advise you to do.  Guineas you may change into louis or French crowns at Calais and Boulogne; and even small bank-bills will be taken here.  In any shape I will assist you.  Be careful on the road.  My portmanteau, with part of my linen, was stolen from before my chaise at noon, while I went to see Chantilly.  If you stir out of your room, lock the door of it in the inn, or leave your man in it.  If you arrive near the time you propose, you will find me here, and I hope much longer.

Letter 270 To George Montagu, Esq.  Paris, Sept. 22, 1765. (page 425)

The concern I felt at not seeing you before I left England, might make me express myself warmly, but I assure you it was nothing but concern, nor was mixed with a grain of pouting.  I knew some of your reasons, and guessed others.  The latter grieve me heartily; but I advise you to do as I do — when I meet with ingratitude, I take a short leave both of it and its host.  Formerly I used to look out for indemnification somewhere else; but having lived long enough to learn that the reparation generally proved a second evil of the same sort, I am content now to skin over such wounds with amusements, which at least have no scars.  It is true, amusements do not always amuse when we bid them.  I find it so here; nothing strikes me; every thing I do is indifferent to me.  I like the people very well, and their way of life very well; but as neither were my object, I should not much care if they were any other people, or it was any other way of life.  I am out of England and my purpose is answered.

Nothing can be more obliging than the reception I meet with every where.  It may not be more sincere (and why should it?) than our cold and bare civility; but it is better dressed, and looks natural:  one asks no more.  I have begun to sup in French houses, and as Lady Hertford has left Paris to-day, shall increase my intimacies.  There are swarms of English here, but most of them are going, to my great satisfaction.  As the greatest part are very young, they can no more be entertaining to me than I to them, and it certainly was not my countrymen that I came to live with.  Suppers please me extremely; I love to rise and breakfast late, and to trifle away the day as I like. there are sights enough to answer that end, and shops you know are an endless field for me The city appears much worse to me than I thought I remembered it.  The French music as shocking as I knew it was.  The French

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