Letters from a lady, who resided some years in Russia, to her friend in England [by mrs. W. Vigor].

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Pall-Mall, 1777 - 207 pages
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Page 115 - ... of silver tissue, tied with pink ribbon; on her head a fine laced mob, and a coronet, as princess of the Roman empire; round her forehead was tied a ribbon, embroidered with her name and age; in her left arm lay the child, who died a few minutes after its birth, dressed in silver tissue; in her right hand was a roll of paper, which was a certificate from her confessor to St Peter.
Page 64 - Regulations fhe readily confented. But as foon as the Czarina was fixed upon the Throne, fhe cancelled all thefe Limitations, and banifhed the Authors of them. She made choice of grave and wife Men for her Minifters, and gave the Command of her Armies to very able and experienced Generals, which enabled her to...
Page 147 - I suppose, is the joke. ...I was terrified out of my wits for fear of being obliged to go down this shocking place, for I had not only the dread of breaking my neck, but of being exposed to indecency too frightful to think on without horror.
Page 146 - I should not tell you of a new diversion we have had at court this winter. There is a machine made of boards, that goes from the upper story down to the yard; it is broad enough for a coach, with a little ledge on each side. This had water flung upon it, which soon t'roz.e.
Page 147 - Eafter, which, as we obferved Carnival, before, is called the Butter-week, may be looked upon as the Ruffian carnival, and is fpent in all kinds of entertainments and licentioufnefs. Among the diverfions exhibited during this time, one of the moft fingular is that of riding in /ledges down a fteep declivity of twenty ells in height, which is made with boards, and covered with ice, by throwing water to freeze on it.
Page 146 - Kaluga, 1804 104 ...a new diversion we have had at court this winter. There is a machine made of boards, that goes from the upper story down to the yard; it is broad enough for a coach, with a little ledge on each side. This had water flung upon it, which soon froze, and then more was flung, till it was covered with ice of a considerable thickness. The ladies and gentlemen of the court sit on sledges, and they are set going at the top, and fly down to the bottom; for the motion is so swift, that...
Page 96 - ... and dancing in one part, and the walks and trees filled with beaux and belles, in all their birthday finery, instead of the shepherds and nymphs of Arcadia, made me fancy myself in Fairy-land, and Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream was in my head all the evening.
Page 48 - Several people exprefled a defire to pay their compliments to her while (he ftayed in the church, and (he admitted it. You may guefs, your humble fervant was among them, and I had luckily an opportunity of looking a great deal at her, for being that day in the Englifh drcfs (for reafor.s too long and trifling to repeat) ire aficed, " who I was,'' and defired me to come near, that ihe illicit look at my drefs.
Page 26 - But you will blame me for giving no defcription of the emperor. He is very tall, and large-made, for his age, being but juft turned of fifteen ; he is fair, but much tanned with...
Page 194 - The betrothal was especially dramatic. On the 30th of July, 1739, when the Czarina was seated on the throne in the great gallery, "the Prince came in to thank her for giving him the Princess. He was dressed in a white satin suit of clothes, embroidered with gold ; his own fair hair, which is very long, curled, and all loose ; and I could not help thinking he looked like a victim. Then the Grand Marshal and the Prince Czerkaskoi led in the Princess, who stepped just before her Majesty ; and she told...

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