The Letters of Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford — Volume 4 eBook

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In 1803, the Duke returned to Russia, and was nominated civil and military governor of Odessa; -and to his administration,” says Bishop Heber, 44 and not to any natural advantages, the town owes its prosperity.”  On the restoration of Louis the Eighteenth, he was appointed first gentleman of the bedchamber; and in 1815, president of the council and minister for foreign affairs.  He finally retired from office in 1820, and died in 1822.-E.

Letter 378 To Miss Berry.  Berkeley Square, May 12, 1791. (page 495)

A letter from Florence (that of April 20th) does satisfy me about your nose-till I can see it with my own eyes; but I will own to you now, that my alarm at first went much farther.  I dreaded lest so violent a fall upon rubbish might not have hurt your head; though all your letters since have proved how totally that escaped any danger.  Yet your great kindness in writing to me yourself so immediately did not tranquillize me, and only proved your good-nature-but I will not detail my departed fears, nor need I prove my attachment to you two.  If you were really my wives, I could not be more generally applied to for accounts of you; of which I am proud.  I should be ashamed, if, at my age, it were a ridiculous attachment; but don’t be sorry for having been circumstantial.  My fears did not spring thence; nor did I suspect your not having told the whole-no; but I apprehended the accident might be worse than you knew yourself.

Poor Hugh Conway,(785) though his life has long been safe, still suffers at times from his dreadful blow, and has not yet been able to come to town:  nor would Lord Chatham’s humanity put his ship into commission; which made him so unhappy, that poor Horatia,(786) doating on him as she does, wrote to beg he might be employed; preferring her own misery in parting with him to what she saw him suffer.  Amiable conduct! but, happily, her suit did not prevail.

I am not at all surprised at the private interviews between Leopold(787) and C. I am persuaded that the first must and will take more part than he has yet seemed to do, and so will others too; but as speculations are but guesses, I will say no more on the subject now; nor of your English and Irish travellers, none of whom I know.  I have one general wish, that you may be amused while you stay, by the natives of any nation:  and I thank you a thousand times for confirming Your intention of returning by the beginning of November; which I should not desire coolly, but from the earnest wish of putting you in possession of Cliveden while I live; which every body would approve, at least, not wonder at (Mr. Batt, to whom I have communicated my intention, does extremely); and the rest would follow of course, as I had done the same for Mrs. Clive.  I smiled at your making excuses for your double letter.  Do you think I would not give twelvepence to hear more of you and your proceedings, than a single sheet would contain?

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