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To G. Montagu, Esq. Strawberry-hill, Sunday, Nov. 1, 1767.

On Mr. Conway's refusing the appointment of secretary

of state

390

The Rev. Mr. Cole, Strawberry-hill, Dec. 19, 1767. On Mr.

Cole's removal to Waterbeach, &c

391

The Rev. Mr. Cole, Arlington-street, Feb. 1, 1768. Present-

ing him with the Historic Doubts, &c........

392

Mr. Gray, Feb. 18, 1768. On the announcement of a new

edition of Gray's Poems-On his own writings-Bos-

well's Corsica, &c.

Mr. Gray, Friday night, Feb. 26. On the Historic Doubts... 396

G. Montagu, Esq. March 12, 1768. On his retirement from

parliament-Sterne's Sentimental Journey-Gray's Poems 398

G. Montagu, Esq. Strawberry-hill, April 15, 1768. Wit as

temporary as manners--On his new tragedy ...............401

The Rev. Mr. Cole, April 16, 1768. The roll of the earls of

Warwick-Whitfield and the Methodists

403

The Rev. Mr. Cole, June 6, 1768. Answer to some literary

inquiries .......

405

G. Montagu, Esq. June 15, 1768. Severity of the weather-

Description of the climate by our poets

..... 406

Monsieur de Voltaire, June 21, 1768. On his asking for a

copy of the Historic Doubts - His reply to Voltaire's Cri-

ticism on Shakspeare, &c.

The Earl of Strafford, June 25, 1768. Wilkes and No.45, &c. 410

Monsieur de Voltaire, July 27, 1768. Reply to Voltaire's vin-

dication of his criticism, &c.

411

The Hon. H S. Conway, Aug. 9, 1768. New archbishop-

Mr. Gray's professorship

413

G. Montagu, Esq. Arlington-street, Aug. 13, 1768. Arrival

of the King of Denmark

415

The Earl of Strafford, Strawberry-hill, Aug. 16, 1768. Cha-

racter of the King of Denmark, and his reception at

court .....

416

The Rev. Mr. Cole, Aug. 20, 1768. Thanks for some prints.

-Grainger's Catalogue

419

The Earl of Strafford, Monday, Oct. 10, 1768. Comparing

the quiet of his present illness with the inquiries when his

friends were coming into power

421

G. Montagu, Esq. Arlington-street, Nov. 10, 1768

422

G. Montagu, Esq. Nov. 15, 1768. Companion of youth and

old age-Death of Lady Hervey

423

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To G. Montagu, Esq. Dec. 1, 1768. Wilkes and the House of

Commons, &c.

424

G. Montagu, Esq. Strawberry-hill, March 26, 1769, Mobs

in the city-Opposition, &c.

426

G. Montagu, Esq. Arlington-street, April 15, 1769. Tem-

perance the best physician-Wilkes and the election for

Middlesex

427

G. Montagu, Esq. May 11, 1769. Party at Strawberry-

A ridotto al fresco at Vauxhall

429

The Rev. Mr. Cole, May 27, 1769. Grainger's Catalogue ... 431

The Rev. Mr. Cole, Strawberry-hill, June 14, 1769. On the

proposed painted window at Ely-Shenstone's Letters, &c. 432

The Rev. Mr. Cole, Monday, June 26, 1769. On his intended

visit to Ely

435

The Earl of Strafford, Arlington-street, July 3, 1769. On the

disinterestedness and length of their friendship-City

politics

436

The Hon. H. S. Conway, Strawberry-hill, July 7, 1769.

Lord Chatham at the king's levee

438

The Rev. Mr. Cole, July 15, 1769

439

The Rev. Mr. Cole, Aug. 12, 1769. Thanks for some prints

-History of Gothic architecture

440

G. Montagu, Esq. [Calais,] Aug. 18, 1769. On Mr. Mon-

tagu's long silence

443

J. Chute, Esq. Paris, Aug. 30, 1769. Account of Madame

du Deffand-French theatre

444

G. Montagu, Esq. Sept. 7, 1769. Madame du Deffand-

Uncertainty of life

446

The Earl of Strafford, Sept. 8, 1769. Affected admiration of

the government of France, &c.

448

G. Montagu, Esq. Sept. 17, 1769. Visit to Versailles—To

451

G. Montagu, Esq. Arlington-street, Oct. 13, 1769. On Mr.

Montagu's appointment of private secretary to Lord North 455

G. Montagu, Esq. Strawberry-hill, Oct. 16, 1769. On his
own tragedy, and the bad taste of the public

ib.

The Hon. H. S. Conway, Nov. 14, 1769. On the literature

and politics of the day

456

G. Montagu, Esq. Arlington-street, Dec. 14, 1769. Death

of Mrs. Trevor~The Brothers

458

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CORRESPONDENCE

OF THE

HON. HORACE WALPOLE.

To GEORGE MONTAGU, Esq.

Arlington-street, January 7, 1760. You must not wonder I have not written to you a long time; a person of my consequence! I am now almost ready to say, We, instead of I. In short, I live amongst royaltyconsidering the plenty, that is no great wonder. All the world lives with them, and they with all the world. Princes and princesses open shops in every corner of the town, and the whole town deals with them. As I have gone to one, I chose to visit all, that I might not be particular, and seem to have views; and yet it went so much against me, that I came to town on purpose a month ago for the duke's levee, and had engaged Brand to go with me—and then could not bring myself to it. At last, I went to him and princess Emily yesterday. It was well I had not flattered myself with being still in my bloom ; I am grown so old since they saw me, that neither of them knew me.

When they were told, he just spoke to me (I forgive him; he is not out of my debt, even with that): she was exceedingly gracious, and commended Strawberry to the skies. To-night, I was asked to their party at Norfolk-house. These parties are wonderfully select and dignified: one might sooner be a knight of Malta than qualified for them; I don't know how the duchess of Devonshire, Mr. Fox, and I, were forgiven some of our ancestors. There were two tables at loo, two at whist, and a quadrille. I was commanded to the duke's loo; he was sat down: not to

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make him wait, I threw my hat upon the marble table, and broke four pieces off a great chrystal chandelier. I stick to my etiquette, and treat them with great respect; not as I do my friend, the duke of York. But don't let us talk any more of princes. My Lucan' appears to-morrow; I must say it is a noble volume. Shall I send it you—or won't you come and fetch it ?

There is nothing new of public, but the violent commotions in Ireland, whither the duke of Bedford still persists in going. Æolus to quell a storm!

I am in great concern for my old friend, poor lady Harry Beauclerc;' her lord dropped down dead two nights ago, as he was sitting with her and all their children! Admiral Boscawen? is dead by this time. Mrs. Osborn and I are not much afflicted: lady Jane Coke, too, is dead, exceedingly rich ; I have not heard

her will yet.

If you don't come to town soon, I give you warning, I will be a lord of the bedchamber, or a gentleman usher. If you will, I will be nothing but what I have been so many years-my own and

Yours ever.

TO THE Right Hon. LADY HERVEY.

Jan. 12, 1760. I am very sorry your ladyship could doubt a moment on the cause of my concern yesterday. I saw you much displeased at what I had said; and I felt so innocent of the least intention of offending you, that I could not help being struck at my own ill-fortune, and with the sensation raised by finding you mix great goodness with great severity.

I am naturally very impatient under praise ; I have reflected enough on myself to know I don't deserve it; and with this consciousness you ought to forgive me, madam, if I dreaded that

1. Lucanus, cum notis H. Grotii et R. Bentleii, Strawberry-hill, 4to., 1760.' (Ed.]

? Lord Henry Beauclerc, fourth son of Charles, first duke of St. Albans. [Ed.]

3 This report proved unfounded. This distinguished admiral, who was the third son of Hugh, first viscount Falmouth, did not die until the 10th Jan. 1761. [Ed.]

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