The letters of Horace Walpole [ed. by J. Wright].

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Contents

To George Montagu Esq Aug 23 Death of Lady Barbara Mon
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To the Right Hon Lady Hervey Sept 3 Thanks for letters
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To the Right Hon Lady Hervey Sept 14 Salutary effects of
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To John Chute Esq Oct 3 French manners Their authors
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To the Right Hon Lady Hervey Oct 13 Attack of the gout
84
To Thomas Brand Esq Oct 19 Laughing out of fashion
90
To the Right Hon Lady Hervey Nov 21 Recovery from a
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To the Hon H S Conway Nov 29 Teadrinking Dissuades
104
To the Hon H S Conway Dec 5 The Dauphin French poli
106
To George Montagu Esq Jan 5 Robin Hood reformé
114
To the Rev Mr Cole Jan 18 Severity of the weather Cathe
120
To the Right Hon Lady Hervey Feb 3 Madame de Geoffrins
131
To George Montagu Esq Feb 4 Madame Roland Marriages
133
To George Montagu Esq March 12 Colman and Garrick
139
To the same April 8 Further particulars of the insurrection
145
To the Right Hon Lady Hervey June 28 Madame du Deffands
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To David Hume Esq July 26 Quarrel between David Hume
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To George Montagu Esq Oct 5 Recovery Tired to death
160
To Sir David Dalrymple Lord Hailes Nov 5 Thanks for
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To George Montagu Esq Dec 12 Politics Ministerial nego
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To Sir David Dalrymple Jan 17 Advice on sending a young
185
To the same Feb 26 Historic Doubts Guthries answer
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To the Rev Mr Cole April 16 Rouss rolls of the Earls
200
speare
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To the Earl of Strafford June 25 Wilkes and Number 45
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To George Montagu Esq Aug 13 Arrival of the King of Den
216
To the Earl of Strafford Oct 10 Health and sickness Quiet
223
To the same April 15 Temperance the best physician Easy
230
To George Montagu Esq July 14 Reversion of Walpoles place
283
To the same Nov 20 Mr Benthams History of Ely Cathe
289
To the same Dec 29 Change in the French ministry Overthrow
293
To the Earl of Strafford June 20 Intended visit to Paris
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To the Hon H S Conway Aug 11 Reflections on the death
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To the Rev Mr Cole Sept 10 Thanks for some particulars
317
To the Hon H S Conway January 7 Effects of an explosion
321
To the Rev Mr Cole July 7 King Edwards letters Portrait
328
To the same On the rapacity of a gentleman who had thinned
334
To the Rev William Mason March 2 Thanks for submitting
340
To the Rev Mr Cole Aug 15 Account of his antiquarian
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To the same Sept 7 On the Generals visit to the mines
370
To the Rev Mr Cole Oct 11 Elections His nephews mental
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To the Countess of Ailesbury Nov 7 Domestic news Marriages
385
Deffand Opera The Bastardella Death of Lord Holland
393
To the same Dec 31 Bibliothèque du Roi Abbé Barthe
401
To the Hon H S Conway Jan 22 Debate in the House of Lords
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To the same June 5 Genealogical inquiries Blomefields Nor
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To the Countess of Ailesbury Aug 17 Journey to Paris
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nion of our dispute with America
427
To the Rev Mr Cole Dec 10 English version of Grays Latin
433
To Thomas Astle Esq Dec 19 On the attainder of eorge
437
To the same Feb 14 Panegyric on the first volume of the
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To the same June 11 Vexations and disappointments of
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To the same Aug 19 Inquiries after Dr Kenrick Prescot
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age
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1778
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To the Rev Mr Cole June 3 Patriots and politics Dr Frank
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Page 5 - In the evening I sat down and began to write, without knowing, in the least, what I intended to say, or relate. The work grew on my hands, and I grew fond of it.
Page 407 - Roman vase dressed with pink ribbons and myrtles receives the poetry, which is drawn out every festival; six judges of these Olympic games retire and select the brightest compositions, which the respective successful acknowledge, kneel to Mrs. Calliope Miller, kiss her fair hand, and are crowned by it with myrtle, with — I don't know what.
Page 161 - They have boys and girls with charming voices, that sing hymns, in parts, to Scotch ballad tunes ; but indeed so long, that one would think they were already in eternity, and knew how much time they had before them.
Page 123 - The generality of the men, and more than the generality, are dull and empty. They have taken up gravity, thinking it was philosophy and English, and so have acquired nothing in the room of their natural levity and cheerfulness.
Page 162 - Except a few from curiosity, and some honourable women, the congregation was very mean. There was a Scotch Countess of Buchan *, who is carrying a pure rosy vulgar face to heaven, and who asked Miss Rich, if that was the author of the poets. I believe she meant me and the Noble Authors.
Page 403 - The Antiquities of Furness ; or an Account of the Royal Abbey of St. Mary, in the vale of Nightshade, near Dalton, in Furness.
Page 327 - I congratulate you on the late victory of our dear mamma, the Church of England. She had, last Thursday (Feb. 6) 71 rebellious sons, who pretended to set aside her will, on account of insanity; but 217 worthy champions, headed by Lord North, Burke, Hans Stanley, Charles Fox, Godfrey Clarke, &c., supported the validity of it with infinite humour.
Page 197 - These odes are marked by glittering accumulations of ungraceful ornaments; they strike, rather than please; the images are magnified by affectation; the language is laboured into harshness. The mind of the writer seems to work with unnatural violence. "Double, double, toil and trouble.
Page 110 - Mr. Hume carries this letter and Rousseau to England. I wish the former may not repent having engaged with the latter, who contradicts and quarrels with all mankind, in order to obtain their admiration. I think both his means and his end below such a genius. If I had talents like his, I should despise •any suffrage below my own standard, and should blush to owe any part of my fame to singularities and affectations. But great parts seem like high towers erected on high mountains, the more exposed...
Page 162 - Wesley is a lean elderly man, fresh-coloured, his hair smoothly combed, but with a soupfon of curl at the ends. Wondrous clean, but as evidently an actor as Garrick. He spoke his sermon, but so fast, and with so little accent, that I am sure he has often uttered it, for it was like a lesson. There were parts and eloquence in it ; but towards the end he exalted his voice, and acted very ugly enthusiasm ; decried learning, and told stories, like Latimer, of the fool of his college, who said,

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