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

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Nothing is settled about the Parliament; not even the necessary changes in the household.  Committees of council are regulating the mourning and the funeral.  The town, which between armies, militia, and approaching elections, was likely to be a desert all the winter, is filled in a minute, but every thing is in the deepest tranquility.  People stare; the only expression.  The moment any thing is declared, one shall not perceive the novelty of the reign.  A nation without parties is soon a nation without curiosity.  You may now judge how little your situation is likely to be affected.  I finish; I think I feel ashamed of tapping the events of a new reign, of which probably I shall not see half.  If I was not unwilling to balk your curiosity, I should break my pen, as the great officers do their white wands, over the grave of the old King.  Adieu!

(113) William Duke of Cumberland.

(114) The Russians and Austrians obtained possession of Berlin, while Frederick was employed in watching the great Austrian army.  They were, however, soon driven from it.-D.

(115) Of Brunswick; afterwards the celebrated duke of that name.-D.

Letter 53 To George Montagu, Esq.  Arlington Street, Oct. 31, 1760. (page 99)

When you have changed the cipher of George the Second into that of George the Third. and have read the addresses, and have shifted a few lords and grooms of the bedchamber, you are master of the history of the new reign, which is indeed but a new lease of the old one.  The favourite took it up in a high style; but having, like my Lord Granville, forgot to ensure either house of Parliament, or the mob, the third house of Parliament, he drove all the rest to unite.  They have united, and have notified their resolution of governing as
   before:  not but the Duke of Newcastle cried for his old
master, desponded for himself, protested he would retire, consulted every body whose interest it was to advise him to stay, and has accepted to-day, thrusting the dregs of his ridiculous life into a young court, which will at least be saved from the imputation of childishness, by being governed by folly of seventy years growth.

The young King has all the appearance of being amiable.  There is great grace to temper much dignity and extreme good-nature, which breaks out on all occasions.  Even the household is not settled yet.  The greatest difficulty is the master of the horse.  Lord Huntingdon is so by all precedent; Lord Gower, I believe, will be so.  Poor Lord Rochford is undone — nobody is unreasonable to save him.  The Duke of Cumberland has taken Schomberg-house in Pall-mall; Princess Emily is dealing for Sir Richard Lyttelton’s in Cavendish-square.  People imagined the Duke of Devonshire had lent her Burlington-house; I don’t know why, unless they supposed she was to succeed my Lady Burlington in every thing.

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