THE LETTERS OF HORACE WALPOLE - VOLUME 2
THE LETTERS OF HORACE WALPOLE - VOLUME 2
INCLUDING NUMEROUS LETTERS NOW FIRST PUBLISHED
FROM THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPTS.
IN FOUR VOLUMES
VOL. 2. 1749-1759.
CONTENTS OF VOL. II
[Those Letters now first collected are marked N.]
1. To Sir Horace Mann March 4.-Proceedings in Parliament.
Formidable minority headed by the Prince. Character'-of Lord
Egmont. Innovations in the Mutiny Bill. New Navy Bill ;13
2. To the same March 23.-Debates on the Military Bills. Jar at
Leicester House. King Theodore of Corsica. The two black
Princes of Anamaboe. Spread of Methodism. Stories of his
brother Ned's envy-16
3. To the same May 3.-Rejoicings for the peace. Jubilee
masquerade. Fire-works. English credulity. Subscription
masquerade. Projected chastisement of Oxford. Union between the
Prince's party and the Jacobites. Disgrace of Maurepas. Epigram
on Lord Egmont's opposition to the Mutiny Bill. Bon-mot by
Wall; and of Lady Townshend. Increase of Methodism drinking
4. To the same May 17.--The Duke of Richmond's fireworks in
celebration of the peace. Second jubilee masquerade. Miss
Chudleigh. Lady Rochford. Death of Miss Jenny Conway.
Publication of Lord Bolingbroke's letters. Anecdotes of Pope
5. To George Montagu Esq. May 18.-The Duke of Richmond's
fireworks. The Violette and Garrick. Story of the Duchess of
Queensberry. Mary Queen of Scots. Dignity of human nature.
Anecdote of Fielding. West's Pindar. Story of Charles Townshend
6. To Sir Horace Mann June 4.-Stories of Pope Bolingbroke
7. To the same June 25.-Cambridge installation. Installation
of six Knights of the Bath. Garrick's marriage to the Violette.
Lord Mountford's cricket-matches.-32
8. To George Montagu Esq. July 5.-Improvements at Mistley.
Visit to the Prince of Wales. Anecdote of Lady Anson. Epigram.-
9. To the same July 20.-Excursions. Layer Marney. Messing
parsonage. Death of the Duke of Montagu. His will.-36
10. To Sir Horace Mann July 24.-Death of the Duke of Montagu.
Principles of the Methodists .-38
11. To the same Aug. 17.-Fire at Kensington Palace.-40
12. To George Montagu Esq. Aug. 26.-Expedition to Arundel
Castle. Petworth. Cowdry.-42
13. To Sir Horace Mann Sept. 12.-Madame de Mirepoix. Madame
14. To John Chute Esq. Sept. 22.--45
15. To George Montagu Esq. Sept. 28.-Church at Cheneys. Tombs of
the Bedfords. Latimers. Stoke church--45
16. To Sir Horace Mann Oct. 27-Dodington first minister at
Carlton House. Lady Yarmouth.-46
17. To the same Nov. 17.-Robbery of Walpole in Hyde Park.
Riots at the new French theatre.-47
18. To Sir Horace Mann Jan. 10.-Montesquieu's Esprit des Loix.
Hainault's Abr`eg`e de L'Histoire de la France. Westminster
election. Death of Lord Pembroke. His character. Death of
lord Crawford. Story of General Wade. Sir John Barnard's scheme
for the reduction of interest.-48
19. To the same Jan. 31.-Numerous robberies. Secession on the
mutiny-bill. Hurricane in the East Indies. Bon-mot of the
20. To the same Feb. 25.-Ministerial quarrels. Dispute of
precedence. Bon-mot of a chair-maker. Westminster election.
Extraordinary wager. Death of the Duke of Somerset. Madame
Munchausen. Horrors of the slave-trade. Montesquieu's Esprit
des Loix. Grecian architecture.-53
21. To the same March 11.-The earthquakes. Middlesex election.
Story Of Marie Mignot.-58
22. To the same April 2.-Terror occasioned by the earthquake.
Death of Lady Bolingbroke. Death of Lady Dalkeith. Mr. Mason's
pedigree. Epigram on Lady Caroline Petersham and the Lady
Bingley. Madame du Boccage.-60
23. To George Montagu Esq. May 15.-Westminster election.-65
24. To Sir Horace Mann May 19.-Absurdities committed after the
earthquake. Westminster election. Commotion in Dublin. Bower's
History of the Popes.-66
25. To George Montagu Esq. June 23.-Character of Mr. Bentley.
Account of a party of pleasure at Vauxhall.-68
26. To Sir Horace Mann July 25.-The Houghton lantern. King
Theodore of Corsica in prison for debt. Mr. Ashton. Dr.
27. To the same Aug. 2.-Tuscan villas. Improvement in the
seats about London. Consequences of the excessive heat of the
weather. Death of Dr. Middleton and of Tacitus Gordon. Account
of M'Lean the fashionable highwayman.-73
28. To the same Sept. 1.-Pedigrees. Young Craggs's epitaph.
Story of old Craggs. George Selwyn's passion for coffins and
executions. Death of the Duke OF Richmond. Lord Granby's
marriage. Hanoverian duel. Singular bet at White's.-76
29. To George Montagu Esq. Sept. 10.-Death of General
Handasyde and of Sir Gerard Vanneck. hopes conducive to
30. To Sir Horace Mann Sept. 20.-Dr. Mead. Sermon against Dr.
Middleton. Ecclesiastical absurdity. Project for publishing an
edition of the Bible without pointings or stops. Sir Charles
William's letters. Frequency of robberies. Visit to Spence.-81
31. To the same Oct. 18.-Treaty of commerce with Spain.
M'Lean's condemnation and execution. Rage for visiting him in
32. To the same Nov. 19.-Shattered state of the ministry.
State of parties.-84
33. To the same Dec. 19.-Interministerium. Droll cause in
Westminster Hall. The Duke of Cumberland and Edward Bright. Sir
Ralph Gore. Bon-mots of Quin.-86
34. To the same Dec. 22.-Miss Chudleigh. FOntenelle. Reply of
Lord Cornbury. Old Cibber's soliciting the laureateship for
Harry Jones. A very odd new story. Ashton's ingratitude.-88
35. To Sir Horace Mann Feb. 9.-Debates in Parliament.
"Constitutional queries." Westminster petition. Proceedings
against Mr. Murray. Account of young Wortley Montagu.-91
36. To the same March 13.-Further proceedings against Mr.
Murray. Lady Vane's memoirs of her own life. Fashionable
theatricals. The English "a grave nation".-94
37. To the same March 21.-Death of Frederick Prince of Wales.
Conduct of the King .-95
38. To the same April 1.-Death of Mr. Whithed; his will.
Death of the Earl of Orford. Harmony between the King and
Princess of Wales. Prince George. Prince Edward.-97
39. To the same April 22.-Dodington's project of a ministry
upset by the death of the Prince. Story of Bootle. Character of
Dr. Lee. Prince George created Prince of Wales. His household.
Bishop Hayter and Archbishop Blackburn. The young Earl of
40. To the same May 30.-Emptiness and vanity of life. Match
between Lord Orford and the rich Miss Nicholl broken off.
Debates on the Regency bill.-103
41. To George Montagu Esq. May 30.-Lady Orford and Mr. Shirley
42. To the Rev. Joseph Spence June 3.-With a translation of a
couplet on Tibullus. [N.]-105
43. To George Montagu Esq. June 13.-Change of ministry.
Bon-mot on Lord North's Wedding. Spenser with Kent's designs.
Bentley's ray. Warburton's Pope. Edwards's Canons of
44. To Sir Horace Mann June 18.-Resignations. New ministry.
Epigram on Lord Holderness. The two Miss Gunnings. Extravagant
dinner at White's. Bubb de Tristibus. Dodington's bombastic
eulogium on the Prince. Sale of the pictures at Houghton.-107
45. To the same July 16.-Announcing Mr. Conway's intended
visit to Florence.-109
46. To George Montagu Esq. July 22.-Projected edition of
Grammont. Visit to Wimbledon. Ragley. Warwick Castle.
"Capability" Brown. Easton Neston. Stowe.-110
47. To Sir Horace Mann Aug. 31.-Story of the Gunnings and of
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu in durance in the Brescian. Lord
Orford and Miss Nicholl.-112
48. To George Montagu Esq. Oct. 8.-Description of Woburn.-114
49. To Sir Horace Mann Oct. 14.-Death of the Prince of Orange.
Lady Pembroke. Lady Mary Wortley Montagu's Letters. Lady
50. To the same Nov. 22.-Unanimity of Parliament. Plots in the
Duke of Burgundy's cradle. Verses stuck up on the Louvre. Young
Wortley Montagu's imprisonment at Paris. Bon-mot of Lord Coke.
Anecdote of the King.-118
51. To the same Dec. 12.-Lord Stormont. Death of Lord
Bolingbroke. The wonderful tooth-drawer.-119
52. To George Montagu Esq. Jan. 9.-The St. James's Evening
53. To Sir Horace Mann Feb. 2.-Debates on the treaty with
Saxony. A black-ball at White's.-122
54. To the same Feb. 27.-Death of Sir Horace Mann's father.
Marriage of the Miss Gunnings to Lord Coventry and the Duke of
55. To the same March 23.-Sir Horace Mann's portrait. The Duke
of Argyle's Job. The Duchess of Hamilton at court. Miss
Jefferies and Miss Blandy. Frequency of executions.-124
56. To the Hon. H. S. Conway May 5.-On Mr. Conway's infant
57. To George Montagu Esq. May 12.-Irish politics. Mother
Midnight's oratory. Captain Hotham's bon-mot.-127
58. To Sir Horace Mann May 13.-Irish politics. Miss Blandy's
59. To George Montagu Esq. June 6.-Capture of a housebreaker
at Strawberry Hill. Gray's Odes. Story of Lord Bury.-129
60. To the same.-131
61. To the Hon. H. S. Conway June 23.-Story of Mr. Seymour and
Lady Di. Egerton. Distress and poverty of France. Profligacy of
the court. Births and marriages.-132
62. To George Montagu Esq. July 20.-Alarm at the visit of a
King's messenger. The "M`emoires"133
63. To Sir Horace Mann.July @7.-Fire at Lincoln's-inn.
Princess Emily and Richmond Park. Discussions concerning the
tutorhood of the Prince of Wales. Portraits of Cr`ebillon and
Marivaux by Liotard.-134
64. To Richard Bentley. Aug. 5.-Excursion to Kent and Sussex.
Bishop's palace Rochester. Knowle. Tunbridge. Summer Hill.
Bayham Abbey. Hurst Monceaux. Battle Abbey. Silver Hill.
Penshurst. Mereworth. Sissinghurst. Becton Malherbe. Leeds
65. To George Montagu Esq. Aug. 28.-Adventure at Mrs.
Boscawen's. Privilege of Parliament. Standing Army. Gray's
66. To Sir Horace Mann Oct. 28.-Projected trip to Florence..
Madame de Brionne. Lady Coventry at Paris. Duke Hamilton and
his Duchess. Anecdotes. Parisian indecorums. Madame Pompadour's
husband. Trait of Louis the Fifteenth. Epigram on the quarrel
of the Pretender and his second son. Astley's pictures.-146
67. To the Hon. H. S. Conway Nov. 8 [N.].-150
68. To George Montagu Esq. Dec. 3. Lord Harcourt's removal
from the Governorship of the Prince of Wales. Bon-mot of George
69. To Sir Horace Mann Dec. 11.-Education of the Prince of
Wales. Resignation of Lord Harcourt and the Bishop of Norwich.
The Bishop of Gloucester the new preceptor. And Lord Waldegrave
the new governor.-151
70. To Sir Horace Mann Feb. 14.-Death of Sir Hans Sloane; his
71. To Mr. Gray Feb. 20.-New edition of Gray's Odes with
72. To Sir Horace Mann March 4.-Lord Ravensworth's accusation
of Stone Murray and the Bishop of Gloucester on the
information of Fawcett. Liotard. Cr`ebillon's portrait.-158
73. To the same March 27.-Debates in the Lords on the charges
against Stone Murray and Bishop Johnson.-159
74. To the same April 16.-161
75. To the same April 27.-Progress of improvements at
Strawberry Hill. Account of the taking of Dr. Cameron. Paper in
"The World" to promote a subscription for King Theodore. Lord
Bath and the Craftsman.-161
76. To the Hon. H. S. Conway May 5.-Madame de Mezi`eres. Sir
Charles Williams's distich on the Queen of Hungary. Lord
Bolingbroke's Works. Anecdote of Lady Harrington.-164
77. To George Montagu Esq. May 22.-Debates on the Marriage
78. To the Hon. H. S. Conway May 24.-Debates on the Marriage
79. To George Montagu Esq. June 11.-Parliamentary
altercations. Clandestine Marriage Bill. Bon-mot of Keith's.-
80. To Sir Horace Mann June 12.-Description of Strawberry
Hill. Clandestine Marriage Bill. Execution of Dr. Cameron.-170
81. To George Montagu Esq. July 17.-Death of Miss Brown. Tom
Hervey's letter to Sir William Bunbury. Story of Dr. Suckling.
George Selwyn's bon-mot. Elopement. Marriage Bill.-173
82. To Sir Horace Mann July 21.-Electioneering. Snuff-taking.
Death of Lord Pomfret.-174
83. To John Chute Esq. Aug. 4.-Visit to Greatworth. Sir Harry
Danvers described. White-knights. Middleton. Wroxton. Steane
Chapel. Stowe. Temple of Friendship. Warkworth.-176
84. To George Montagu Esq. Aug. 16.-Stowe. Sir Harry Danvers.-
85. To Richard Bentley Esq. Sept.-New Camden's "Britannia."
Oxford. Birmingham. Hagley. Worcester. Malvern Abbey. Visit to
George Selwyn at Matson. Gloucester Cathedral. Hutchinsonians.-
86. To Sir Horace Mann Oct. 6.-The Modenese treaty. Gothic
87. To the same Dec. 6.-Prince Heraclius. Party feuds in
Ireland. Bianca Capello.-187
88. To George Montagu Esq. Dec. 6.-Death of his uncle Erismus
Shorter and of Lord Burlington. The Opera. Glover's
"Boadicea." Lord Huntingdon and Stormont.-188
89. To Richard Bentley Esq. Dec. 19.-Eulogy on his drawings.
Deaths of Lords Clarendon Thanet and Burlington. "Sir Charles
Grandison." Hogarth's "Analysis of Beauty." Wood's "Palmyra."
Opera. The Niccolini.-190
90. To Sir Horace Mann January 28.-Story of Bianca Capello.
Sortes Walpolianae. Serendipity. Dissuades him from taking the
name of Guise. Sir James Gray. His father's maxim. The Opera
and Niccolini. Miss Elizabeth Pitt.-191
91. To Richard Bentley Esq. March 2.-The Duke of Cumberland's
visit to Strawberry Hill. Proceedings in Parliament. New
Mutiny-bill. Death of Dr. Mead. Sortes Walpolianae.-194
92. To the same March 6.-Ironical account of the death of Mr.
Pelham. Francis's tragedy of "Constantine." Crisp's "Virginia."
Lord Bolingbroke's works.-196
93. To Sir Horace Mann March 7.-State of parties. The new
candidates for office. Particulars of the death of Mr. Pelham.-
94. To Richard Bentley Esq. March 17.-The new ministry. George
Selwyn's bon-mots. Orator Henley. Beckford and Delaval at
95. To George Montagu Esq. March 19.-The Newcastle
96. To Sir Horace Mann March 28.-The new ministry.
Resignation of Lord Gower.-202
97. To the same April 24.-The Duke of Newcastle all-powerful.
The new Parliament. Irish politics. Drummond's "Travels".-204
98. To John Chute Esq. April 30.-Whitehead's tragedy of
"Creusa." Tragi-comedy at the Opera.-205
99. To the same May 14.-Anecdote of Prince Poniatowski and the
Duchess of Gordon.-206
100. To Richard Bentley Esq. May 18.-Progress of improvement
at Strawberry Hill. Trial of Betty Canning. Regency-bill.-207
101. To George Montagu Esq. May 21.-Death of Mr. Chute's
102. To Sir Horace Mann May 23.-War of the Delmontis. Death of
Mr. Chutes father. Regency-bill.-210