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

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 1,055 pages of information about The Letters of Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford — Volume 3.
grown a favourite; nay, have been at her private party, and was asked again last Wednesday, but took the liberty to excuse myself, and am yet again summoned for Tuesday.  It is triste enough:  nobody sits till the game begins, and then she and the company are all on stools.  At Norfolk-house were two armchairs placed for her and the Duke of Cumberland, the Duke of York being supposed a dancer, but they would not use them.  Lord Huntingdon arrived in a frock, pretending he was just come out of the country; unluckily, he had been at court, full-dressed, in the morning.  No foreigners were there but the son and daughter-in-law of Monsieur de Fuentes:  the Duchess told the Duchess of Bedford, that she had not invited the ambassadress, because her rank is disputed here.  You remember the Bedford took place, of madame de Mirepoix; but Madame de Mora danced first, the Duchess of Norfolk saying she supposed that was of no consequence.

Have you heard what immense riches old Wortley has left?  One million three hundred and fifty thousand pounds.(127) It is all to centre in my Lady Bute; her husband is one of Fortune’s prodigies.  They talk of a print, in which her mistress is reprimanding Miss Chudleigh; the latter curtsies, and replies, “Madame, chacun a son but.”

Have you seen a scandalous letter in print, from Miss Ford,(128) to lord Jersey, with the history of a boar’s head?  George Selwyn calls him Meleager.  Adieu! this is positively my last.

(127) “You see old Wortley Montagu is dead at last, at eighty-three.  It was not mere avarice and its companion abstinence, that kept him alive so long.  He every day drank, I think it was, half-a-pint of tokay, which he imported himself from Hungary in greater quantity than he could use, and sold the overplus for any price he chose to set upon it.  He has left better than half a million of money.”  Gray, Works, vol. iii. p. 272.-E.

(128) Miss Ford was the object of an illicit, but unsuccessful attachment, on the part of Lord Jersey, whose advances, if not sanctioned by the lady, appear to have been sanctioned by her father, who told her “she might have accepted the settlement his lordship offered her, and yet not have complied” with his terms.  The following extract from the letter will explain the history above alluded to:—­“However, I must do your lordship the justice to say, that as you conceived this meeting [one with a noble personage which Lord Jersey had desired her not to make] would have been most pleasing to me, and perhaps of some ,advantage, your lordship did (in consideration of so great a disappointment) send me, a few days after, a present of a boar’s head, which I had often had the honour to meet at your lordship’s table before.  It was rather an odd first and only present from a lord to his beloved mistress; but as coming from your lordship gave it an additional value, which it had not in itself; and I received it with the regard I thought due to every thing coming from your lordship, and would have eat it, had it been eatable.  I am’’ impatient to acquit your lordship and myself, by showing that as your lordship’s eight hundred pounds a-year did not purchase my person, the boar’s head did not purchase my silence."-E.

Project Gutenberg
The Letters of Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford — Volume 3 from Project Gutenberg. Public domain.
Follow Us on Facebook