of marble. It looks like the palace of an auctioneer,
who has-been chosen King of Poland, and furnished
his apartments with obsolete trophies, rubbish that
nobody bid for, and a dozen pictures, that he had
stolen from the inventories of different families.
The place is as ugly as the house, and the bridge,
like the beggars at the old Duchess’s gate,
begs for a drop of water, and is refused. We
went to Ditchley, which is a good house, well furnished,
has good portraits, a wretched saloon, and one handsome
scene behind the house. There are portraits of
the Litchfield hunt, in true blue frocks, with ermine
capes. One of the colleges has exerted this
loyal pun, and made their east window entirely of
blue glass. But the greatest pleasure we had,
was in seeing Sir Charles Cotterel’s at Housham;
it reinstated Kent with me; he has nowhere shown so
much taste. The house is old, and was bad; he
has improved it, stuck as close as he could to Gothic,
has made a delightful library, and the whole is comfortable.
The garden is Daphne in little; the sweetest little
groves, streams, glades, porticoes, cascades, and river,
imaginable; all the scenes are perfectly classic.
Well, if I had such a house, such a library, so pretty
a place, and so pretty a wife, I think I should let
King George send to Herenhausen for a master of the
Make many compliments to all your family for me; Lord
Beauchamp was much obliged by your invitation.
I shall certainly accept it, as I return from the
north; in the mean time, find out how Drayton and
Althorp lie according to your scale. Adieu!
Yours most sincerely.
I shall be very sorry if I don’t see you at
Oxford on Tuesday next: but what can I say if
your Wetenhalls will break into my almanack, and take
my very day, can I help it! I must own I shall
be glad if their coach-horse is laid up with the fashionable
sore throat and fever can you recommend no coachman
to them like Dr. Wilmot, who will despatch it in three
days? If I don’t see you at Oxford, I
don’t think I shall at Greatworth till my return
from the north, which will be about the 20th or 22d
of August. Drayton,(83) be it known to you, is
Lady Betty Germain’s., is in your own county,
was the old mansion of the Mordaunts, and is crammed
with whatever Sir John could get from them and the
(83) The seat of Sir John Germain, Bart.; by whose
will, and that of his widow, Lady Betty, his property
devolved upon Lord George Sackvillc; who, in consequence,
assumed, in 1770, the name of Germain.-E.