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court at Vienna, where resides the most august, most virtuous, and most plump of empresses and queens--no, I mistake—­I should only have said, of empresses; for her Majesty of Denmark, God bless her! is reported to be full as virtuous, and three stone heavier.  Shall not you call at Copenhagen, Madam?  If you do, you are next door to the Czarina, who is the quintessence of friendship, as the Princess Daskioff says, whom, next to the late Czar, her Muscovite Majesty loves above all the world.  Asia, I suppose, would not enter into your ladyship’s system Of conquest; for, though it contains a sight of queens and sultanas, the poor ladies are locked up in abominable places, into which I am sure your ladyship’s amity would never carry you—­I think they call them seraglios.  Africa has nothing but empresses stark-naked; and of complexions directly the reverse of your alabaster They do not reign in their own right; and what is worse, the emperors of those barbarous regions wear no more robes than the sovereigns of their hearts.  And what are princes and princesses without velvet and ermine?  As I am not a jot a better geographer than King Pyrrhus, I can at present recollect but one lady more who reigns alone, and that is her Majesty of Otaheite, lately discovered by Mr. Bankes and Dr. Solander; and for whom, your ladyship’s compassionate breast must feel the tenderest emotions,’ she having been cruelly deprived of her faithful minister and lover Tobiu, since dead at Batavia.

Well,’Madam, after you should have given me the plan of your intended expeditions, and not left a queen regent on the face of the globe unvisited,—­ I would ask what we were to do next?- -Why then, dear Abigail, you would have said, we will retire to Notting-hill, we will plant shrubs all the morning, read Anderson’s Royal Genealogies all the evening; and once or twice a week I will go to Gunnersbury and drink a bottle with Princess Amelia.  Alas, dear lady! and cannot you do all that without skuttling from one end of the world to the other?—­This was the, upshot of all Cineas’s inquisitiveness:  and this is the pith of this tedious letter from, Madam, your ladyship’s most faithful Aulic Counsellor and humble admirer.

(106) See the two preceding letters.  It will be recollected that Lady Mary Coke was sister-in-law to The Earl of Strafford, and widow of Viscount Coke, heir apparent of Thomas Earl of Leicester, who died without issue by her, in his father’s lifetime.  Lady Mary died at a great age in 1811-E.

Letter 64 To The Hon. Mrs. GREY.(107) Dec. 9, 1773. (page 89)

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