The Letters of Horace Walpole: Earl of Orford: Including Numerous Letters Now First Published from the Original Manuscripts ...

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Lea and Blanchard, 1842

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Contents

To the same Oct 25 Death of George the Second
95
To the same Nov 13 Personal conduct of the new King Funeral
102
To George Montagu Esq Jan 22 A party at Northumberlandhouse
108
To the same March 21 Speaker Onslows retirement
115
To George Montagu Esq April 16 Anacreontic upon Sir Harry Bellendine
121
To George Montagu Esq June 18 Mr Bentleys play of The Wishes
129
To the Earl of Strafford July 21 Battle of Kirkdenckirk
136
To the Hon H S Conway Aug 5 Tomb of the Earl of Pembroke Wolfes
140
To the Hon H S Conway Sept 25 Delays in the treaty of peace
147
To the Countess of Ailesbury Oct 10 Mr Pitts resignation pension
153
To George Montagu Esq Nov 7 Sir John Custs nose Caricature of
159
To the same Dec 30 Indifference to politics Progress of Anecdotes
165
To the Rev Henry Zouch Feb 13 Lamentation on the tediousness of
171
To George Montagu Esq Feb 25 Lelys picture of Madame Grammont
175
To the same May 14 Attack of the gout Visit to Audley Inn
181
To the Countess of Ailesbury July 31 Congratulation on the taking of
187
To the Hon H S Conway Sept 28 Negotiations for peace Capture
193
To the Right Hon Lady Hervey Oct 31
200
To the same April 6 Ulness of Lord Waldegrave And of Mr Thomas
206
To the same April 22 Lady Waldegrave The new administration Lord
212
To George Montagu Esq May 17 Fête at Strawberry Hill Madame
220
To the same July 1 Improvements at Strawberry Hill
226
To the Rev Mr Cole Aug 8
232
To the Rev Mr Cole Oct 8 Anecdotes of Engravers
239
To George Montagu Esq Nov 20 Political squabbles Wilkess Essay
246
Irish politics
254
To the same Dec 16 City politics Unpopularity of the ministry Dis
261
To the Earl of Hertford Jan 22 Mr Conways opposition to the ministry
270
To the Rev Mr Cole Jan 31
277
To the same Feb 15 Great debates in the House of Commons on general
283
To Sir David Dalrymple Feb 23 Anecdotes of Painting Complaints
292
To George Montagu Esq Feb 19 Congratulations on his health and cheer
376
To the Earl of Hertford March 26 Count de Guerchys pretended conspiracy
382
To Sir David Dalrymple April 21 The Castle of Otranto Old Ballads
391
To the same May 20 The King forbids the Parliament to be prorogued
399
To George Montagu Esq May 26 Proceedings on the Regencybill Minis
407
To the same July 28 Reflections on loss of youth Entrance into old
413
To the Right Hon Lady Hervey Sept 3 Thanks for letters of introduction
419
To the Right Hon Lady Hervey Oci 3 Hôtel de Carnavalet Madame
427
To the Right Hon Lady Hervey Oct 13 Attack of the gout Cupid
434
To the Hon H S Conway Oct 28 Probable death of the Dauphin
440
To the Right Hon Lady Hervey Nov 28 Thanks for her introductions
447
To the Right Hon Lady Hervey Jan 11 A supper at the Duchesse
457
To the Right Hon Lady Hervey Feb 3 Madame de Geoffrins secret mis
463
To the same Feb 23 French Parliaments
470
To the Hon H S Conway April 6 Insurrection at Madrid on the attempt
476
To the Right Hon Lady Hervey June 28 Madame du Deffands present
484
To George Montagu Esq July 10 Expected change in the ministry
485
To George Montagu Esq Oct 22 Satisfaction at his return to Strawberry
492
To George Montagu Esq Dec 12 Politics Ministerial negotiations
499
To the Rev Mr Cole Oct 24 Return to England
505
and epilogues Boswells Corsica General Paoli
509
To the same April 15 Wit as temporary as dress and manners Fate
516
To Monsieur de Voltaire June 21 On his soliciting a copy of the His
523
To George Montagu Esq Aug 13 Arrival of the King of Denmark
529
To George Montagu Esq Nov 10 Benefits froom bootikins and water
535
To the same April 15 Temperance the best physician Easy mode of pre
539
To the same June 26 Intended visit to Ely English summers Advice
545
To George Montagu Esq Aug 18 Calais Complaint of his friends long
551
To George Montagu Esq Sept 17 Visit to Versailles Madame du Barry
557
To George Montagu Esq Dec 14 Condolence on the death of Mrs Trevor
563

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Page 137 - I dined with your secretary yesterday ; there were Garrick and a young Mr. Burke/ who wrote a book in the style of lord Bolingbroke, that was much admired. He is a sensible man, but has not worn off his authorism yet, and thinks there is nothing so charming as writers, and to be one. He will know better one of these days.
Page 379 - I was very glad to think of anything rather than politics - In short I was so engrossed with my tale, which I completed in less than two months, that one evening I wrote from the time I had drunk my tea, about six o'clock, till half an hour after one in the morning, when my hand and fingers were so weary, that I could not hold the pen to finish the sentence, but left Matilda and Isabella talking, in the middle of a paragraph.
Page 116 - I doated, and who doated on me ! There are the two rival mistresses of Houghton, neither of whom ever wished to enjoy it! There too lies he who founded its greatness, to contribute to whose fall Europe was embroiled; there he sleeps in quiet and dignity, while his friend and his foe, rather his false ally and real enemy, Newcastle and Bath, are exhausting the dregs of their pitiful lives in squabbles and pamphlets.
Page 117 - I have chosen to sit in my father's little dressingroom, and am now by his scrutoire, where, in the height of his fortune, he used to receive the accounts of his farmers, and deceive himself, or us, with the thoughts of his economy. How wise a man at once, and how weak ! For what has he built Houghton? For his grandson to annihilate, or for his son to mourn over?
Page 103 - Then returned the fear of catching cold; and the Duke of Cumberland, who was sinking with heat, felt himself weighed down, and turning round, found it was the Duke of Newcastle standing upon his train, to avoid the chill of the marble.
Page 64 - In short, the whole external evidence would make one believe these fragments (for so he calls them, though nothing can be more entire) counterfeit : but the internal is so strong on the other side, that I am resolved to believe them genuine, spite of the Devil and the Kirk.
Page 378 - I waked one morning in the beginning of last June from a dream, of which all I could recover was that I had thought myself in an ancient castle (a very natural dream for a head filled, like mine, with Gothic story) and that, on the uppermost bannister of a great staircase, I saw a gigantic hand in armour. In the evening I sat down and began to write, without knowing in the least what I intended to say or relate.
Page 517 - I am not yet intoxicated enough with it to think it would do for the stage, though I wish to see it acted ; but, as Mrs. Pritchard leaves the stage next month, I know nobody could play the Countess; nor am I disposed...
Page 29 - Hay says, it will soon be as shameful to beat a Frenchman as to beat a woman. Indeed, one is forced to ask every morning what victory there is, for fear of missing one.
Page 529 - I came to town to see the Danish King. He is as diminutive as if he came out of a kernel in the Fairy Tales. He is not ill made, nor weakly made, though so small ; and though his face is pale and delicate, it is not at all ugly, yet has a strong cast of the late King, and enough of the late Prince of Wales to put one upon one's guard not to be prejudiced in his favour. Still he has more royalty than folly in his air ; and, considering he is not twenty, is as well as one expects any king in a puppet-show...

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