(1073) Walpole having complained of these intrusions on his privacy to Madame du Deffand, the lady replied: “Oh! vous n’`etes point f`ach`e qu’on vienne voir votre chateau; vous ne l’avez pas fait singulier; vous ne l’avez pas rempli de choses precieuses, de raret`es; vous ne b`atissez pas un cabinet rond, dans lequel le lit est un trone, et o`u il n’y a que des tabourets, pour y rester seul oou ne recevoir que vos amis. Tout le monde a les m`emes passions, les m`emes vertus, les m`emes vices; il n’y a que les modifications qui en fond la diff`erence; amour propre, vanit`e, crainte de l’ennui,” etc.-E.
Dear Sir, Oh! yes, yes, I shall like Thursday or
Friday, 6th or 7th, exceedingly; I shall like your
staying with me two days exceedinglier; and longer
exceedingliest; and I will carry you back to Cambridge
on our pilgrirnage to Ely. But I should not at
all like to be catched in
the glories of an installation, and find myself
a doctor, before I knew where I was. It will
be much more agreeable to find the whole caput asleep,
digesting turtle, dreaming of bishoprics, and humming
old catches of Anacreon, and scraps of Corelli.
I wish Mr. Gray
may not be set out for the north ; which is
rather the case than setting out for the summer. We have no summers, I think, but what we raise, like pineapples, by fire. My bay is an absolute water-soochy, and teaches me how to feel for you. You are quite in the right to sell your fief in Marshland. I should be glad if you would take one step more, and quit Marshland. We live, at least, on terra firma in this part of the world, and can saunter out without stilts. Item, we do not wade into pools, and call it going upon the water, and get sore throats. I trust yours is better ; but I recollect this is not the first you have complained of. Pray be not incorrigible, but come to shore.
Be so good as to thank Mr. Smith, my old tutor, for his corrections, If ever the Anecdotes are reprinted, I will certainly profit of them.
I joked, it is true, about Joscelin de Louvain(1074) and his Duchess; but not at all in advising you to make Mr. Percy pimp for the plate. On the contrary, I wish you success , and think this an infallible method of obtaining the benefaction. It is right to lay vanity under contribution; for then both sides are pleased.
It will not be easy for you to dine with Mr. Granger from hence, and return at night. It cannot be less than six or seven-and-twenty miles to Shiplake. But I go to Park-place to-morrow, which is within two miles of him, and I will try if I can tempt him to meet you here. Adieu!