Correspondence of Sarah Spencer, Lady Lyttelton, 1787-1870

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Page 260 - December 1886 he was Chancellor of the Exchequer and leader of the House of Commons...
Page 37 - Arts had named a wretched Foreigner his Historical Painter in disparagement or in ignorance of the merits of his own countrymen! That this Maecenas of the. Age patronized not a single deserving writer! That this Breather of Eloquence could not say a few decent extempore words, — if we are to judge at least from what he said to his regiment on its embarkation for Portugal! That this Conqueror of Hearts was the disappointer of hopes!
Page 298 - Prince, when they walked away as man and wife, was very pleasing to see. I understand she is in extremely high spirits since. Such a new thing for her to dare to be unguarded in conversing with anybody; and with her frank and fearless nature the restraints she has hitherto been under, from one reason or another, with everybody, must have been most painful.
Page 348 - were the very fine cheer on the old Duke of Wellington passing the Queen's carriage, and the really beautiful salute of Prince Albert, who rode by at the head of his Regiment, and of course lowered his sword in full military form to the Queen, with such a look and smile as he did it ! I never saw so many pretty feelings expressed in a minute.
Page 365 - (he called it a psalm) " in Germany for such occasions ; it begins — " and then he repeated two lines in German, which I could not quote right, meaning a prayer to " bless our going out and coming in ; " it was dry and quaint, being Luther's — we all perceived that he was feeling it.
Page 346 - ... which certainly he is quite unaccustomed • This is explained by what Lady Lyttelton says in one of her letters: ' The only fault in his face is, that he has pale eyelashes, and his enormous and very brilliant eyes have no shade ; besides which, they have the awful look given by occasional glimpses of white above the eyeball, which comes from his father Paul, I suppose, and gives a savage wildness for a moment, pretty often.
Page 326 - Albert and herself] did before bedtime was to visit the access to the children's apartments, to satisfy ourselves that all was safe. And the intricate turns and locks and guardrooms and the various intense precautions, suggesting the most hideous dangers . . . made one shudder.
Page 349 - I will not be lazy, but just write you word of an event while it is fresh. At two o'clock he arrived, this curious King ; worth seeing if ever a body was ! The Queen having graciously permitted me to be present, I joined the Court in the corridor, and we waited an hour, and then the Queen of England came out of her room, to go and receive the King of France ; the first time in history ! Her Majesty had not long to wait (in the Armoury, as she received him in the state apartments, his own private...
Page 308 - Prince : No, no ; you have one already in the Litany — " all women labouring of child." You pray already five times for the Queen. It is too much. — Lord W. : Can we pray, Sir, too much for Her Majesty ? — Prince : Not too heartily, but too often.
Page 303 - Yesterday evening, as I was sitting here comfortably after the drive by candlelight, reading M. Guizot, suddenly there arose from the room beneath, oh, such sounds! It was Prince Albert, dear Prince Albert, playing on the organ; and with such...

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