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

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(1099) “The Brothers,” Cumberland’s first comedy, came out at Covent-Garden theatre on the 2d of December, and met with no inconsiderable success.-E.

(1100) The Hon. Dr. Richard Trevor, consecrated Bishop of St. David’s in 1744, and translated to the see of Durham in 1762.  He died in June 1771.-E.

(1101) Edward Backwell, alderman of London, of whom Granger gives the following character:—­“He was a banker of great ability, industry, integrity, and very extensive credit.  With such qualifications, he, in a trading nation, would, in the natural event of things, have made a fortune, except in such an age as that of charles the Second, when the laws were overborne by perfidy, violence, and rapacity; or in an age when bankers become gamesters, instead of merchant-adventurers; when they affect to live like princes, and are, with their miserable creditors, drawn into the prevailing vortex of luxury.  Backwell carried on his business in the same shop which was afterwards occupied by Child.  He, to avoid a prison, retired into Holland, where he died.  His body was brought for sepulture to Tyringham church, near Newport Pagnel.”  Frequent mention of the Alderman is made by Pepys, in whose Diary is the following entry:—­“April 12, 1669.  This evening, coming home, we overtook Alderman Backwell’s coach and his lady, and followed them to their house, and there made them the, first visit, where they received us with extraordinary civility, and owning the obligation But I do, contrary to my expectation, find her something a proud and vainglorious woman, in telling the number of her servants and family, and expenses;.  He is also so, but he was ever of that strain.  But here he showed me the model of his houses that he is going to build in Cornhill and Lombard-street; but he has purchased so much there that it looks like a little town, and must have cost him a great deal of money."-E.

Letter 376 To The Rev. Mr. Cole.(1102) Arlington Street, Dec. 21, 1769. (page 563)

Dear sir, I am very grateful for all your communications, and for the trouble you are so good as to take for me.  I am glad you have paid Jackson, Though he is not only dear, (for the prints he has got for me are very common,) but they are not what I wanted, and I do not believe were mentioned in my list.  However, as paying him dear for what I do not want, may encourage him to hunt for what I do want, I am very well content he should cheat me a little.  I take the liberty of troubling you with a list I have printed (to avoid copying it several times), and beg you will be so good as to give it to him, telling him these are exactly what I do want, and no others.  I will pay him well for any of these, and especially those marked thus x; and still more for those with double or treble marks.  The print I want most is the Jacob Hall.  I do not know whether it is not one of the London Cries, but he must be very sure it is the right.  I will let you know certainly when Mr. West comes to town, who has one.

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