The Letters of Horace Walpole, Volume 6 (Google eBook)
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1861 Excerpt: ... 1662. TO LOKD NUNEHAM.1 Strawberry Hill, Aug. 24, 1777. As I am sure the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester have no well wishers more sincere than your Lordship and Lady Nuneham, I flatter myself I shall give both pleasure by taking the liberty of letting you know that all the letters of the 12th are in a new style, and speak of his Royal Highness as much mended. Those of the 8th were full of despair. He had set up an hour, and the Duchess had been out to take the air, after not quitting one floor for seven weeks, nor writing for three, so immediate had been her apprehensions. The physicians flattered her that the Duke would be able to begin his journey in a fortnight. I shall be overjoyed to hear he has, as constant change of air and motion will restore his strength faster than anything. Tbey hope to be in England in October. I dined to day at Lady Cecilia's. She tells me the French Ambassador and Ambassadress are going to Nuneham. The poor Prince of Masscrano, I doubt, is on the point of a longer journey. I will not, under pretence of a duty, be tiresome, though so great a pleasure to converse with you. 1663. TO THE COUNTESS OF OSSORY. Strawberry Hill, Aug. 24, 1777. Not Apollo on his forked hill, nor le Dim Phoebus, nor "fullblown Bufo," nor Lord Bute when ho sat on the altar of the Treasury and inhaled clouds of Scotch incense--ay, and of English too--could be more proud than I am with having inspired your Ladyship with French verses: to be sure I should have returned them, if I was as thorough-paced a poetaster as Madame Pinto supposes. She came to see my house t'other day, and told me in Portug/fee-French, that " poutctre she detourned me from making des petits vers." I hate to have a scrap of reputation, and had rather anybody thought I could not write m...
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Page xxx - It is the fashion to underrate Horace Walpole ; firstly, because he was a nobleman, and secondly, because he was a gentleman ; but to say nothing of the composition of his incomparable letters, and of the Castle of Otranto, he is the " Ultimus Romanorum," the author of the Mysterious Mother, a tragedy of the higher order, and not a puling love-play.
Page 123 - Here lies Fred, Who was alive, and is dead. Had it been his father, I had much rather. Had it been his brother, Still better than another. Had it been his sister, No one would have missed her. Had it been the whole generation, Still better for the nation. But since 'tis only Fred, Who was alive, and is dead, There's no more to be said.
Page 113 - Francisco prefers it to the dreadful one at Leghorn. The wise say, that if we have not rain soon, we shall certainly have more. Several people are going out of town, for it has nowhere reached above ten miles from London. They say they are not frightened, but that it is such fine weather, " Lord! one can't help going into the country.
Page 98 - Dowagers, as plenty as flounders, inhabit all around ; and Pope's ghost is just now skimming under my window by a most poetical moonlight.
Page 101 - Indian flowering shrub. Then the deliberation with which trees grow, is extremely inconvenient to my natural impatience. I lament living in so barbarous an age, when we are come to so little perfection in gardening. I am persuaded that a hundred and fifty years hence it will be as common to remove...
Page 117 - These are of the more courageous. One woman, still more heroic, is come to town on purpose : she says, all her friends are in London, and she will not survive them. But what will you think of Lady Catherine Pelham, Lady Frances Arundel, and Lord and Lady Galway, who go this evening to an inn ten miles out of town, where they are to play at brag till five in the morning, and then come back — I suppose, to look for the bones of their husbands and families under the rubbish.
Page 228 - Mother,1 and crams them into this kennel. The Duchess of Hamilton, who came in just after me, was so astonished and diverted, that she could not speak to her for laughing.
Page 89 - Westminster-hall, to receive sentence; and being asked what they had to say, Lord Kilmarnock, with a very fine voice, read a very fine speech, confessing the extent of his crime, but offering his principles as some alleviation, having his eldest son (his second unluckily was with him), in the Duke's army, fighting for the liberties of his country at Culloden, where his unhappy father was in arms to destroy them.
Page 193 - At present, nothing is talked of, nothing admired, but what I cannot help calling a very insipid and tedious performance : it is a kind of novel, called ' The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy;' the great humour of which consists in the whole narration always going backwards. I can conceive a man saying that it would be droll to write a book in that manner, but have no notion of his persevering in executing it.