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in trying all means to lengthen life, declared himself perfectly calm in suspecting they would fail. To give me a proof, he said he had been anxious to serve Mr. Wesley, the Methodist musician, and he had recommended him to the patronage of the Hammersleys, and begged my father to meet him there to dinner; but as this was arranged, he was seized himself with a dangerous attack, which he believed to be mortal. And during this belief,
willing to have the business go on,” said he, laughing, “and not miss me, I wrote a letter to a young lady, to tell her all I wished to be done upon the occasion, to serve Wesley, and to show him to advantage. every direction I should have given in person, in a complete persuasion at the moment I should never hold a pen in my hand again."
This letter, I found, was to Miss Hammersley.
I had afterwards the pleasure of introducing M. d'Arblay to him, and it seemed a gratification to him to make the acquaintance. I knew he had been “ curious" 10 see him, and he wrote my father word afterwards he had been much pleased.
My father says he sat with him an hour the Saturday before he died; and though he thought him very ill, he was so little aware his end was so rapidly approaching, that, like my dearest friend, he laments his loss as if by sudden death.
I was sorry, too, to see in the newspapers the expulsion of Mr. Barry from the Royal Academy. I suppose it is from some furious harangue. His passions have no restraint, though I think extremely well of his heart, as well as of his understanding.
Dr. Burney to Madame d'Arblay.
Slough, Monday morning, July 22nd, 1799,
in bed at Dr. Herschel's, half-past five,
where I can neither sleep nor lie idle. MY DEAR Fanny,—I believe I told you on Friday that I was going to finish the perusal of my astronomical varses to the great astronomer on Saturday. Here I arrived at three o'clock,-neither Dr. nor Mrs. H. at home; went to London on Thursday on particular business. This was rather discouraging, as poor Mrs. Arne used to say when she was hissed; but all was set to rights by the appearance of Miss Baldwin, a sweet, timid, amiable girl, Mrs. Herschel's niece, who told me that if I was Dr. B. she was to entreat me to come in, as her uncle and aunt expected me, and would be back at dinner, half-past three.
When we had conversed about ten minutes, in came two other sweet girls, about the same age (from fifteen to seventeen), the daughters of Dr. Parry of Bath, on a visit here. More natural, obliging, charming girls I have seldom seen; and, moreover, very pretty. We soon got acquainted. I found they were musical, and in other respects very well educated. It being a quarter past four, and the lord and lady of the mansion not returned, Miss Baldwin would have dinner served, accord. ing to order, and an excellent dinner it was, and our chattation no disagreeable sauce.
After an admirable dessert, I made the Misses Parry sing and play, and sang and played with them so delightfully, "you can't think !” Mr. and Mrs. H. did not return till between seven and eight; but when they came, apologies for being out on pressing business, cordiality and kindness, could not be more liberally bestowed.
After tea Dr. H. proposed that we two should retire into a quiet room, in order to resume the perusal of my work, in which no progress had been made since last December. The evening was finished very cheerfully; and we went to our bowers not much out of humour with each other, or with the world.
We had settled a plan to go to the chapel at Windsor in the morning, the King and Royal Family being there, and the town very full. Dr. H. and Mrs. H. stayed at home, and I was accompanied by the three Graces. Dr. Goodenough, the successor of Dr. Shepherd, as canon, preached. I had dined with him at Dr. Duval's. He is a very agreeable man, and passionately fond of music, with whom, as a professor, a critic, and an historian of the art, I seem to stand very high ; but I could not hear a single sentence of his sermon, on account of the distance. After the service I got a glimpse of the good King, in his light-grey farmer-like morning Windsor uniform, in a great crowd, but could not even obtain that glance of the Queen and Princesses. The day was charming. The chapel is admirably repaired, beautified, and a new west window painted on glass. All was cheerfulness, gaiety, and good humour, such as the subjects of no other monarch, I believe, on earth enjoy at present; and except return of creepings now and then, and a cough, I was as happy as the best.
At dinner we all agreed to go to the Terrace,-Mr., Mrs., and Miss H., with their nice little boy, and the three young ladies. This plan we put in execution, and arrived on the Terrace a little after seven. I never saw it more crowded or gay. The Park was almost full of happy people—farmers, servants, and tradespeople,--all in Elysium. Deer in the distance, and dears unnumbered
Here I met with almost everybody I wished and
expected to see previous to the King's arrival in the part of the Terrace where I and my party were planted. Lord Harrington; Sir Joseph, Lady, and Miss Banks; the Bishop of Salisbury; Dr. Goodenough, who invited me to his house (the Bishop of S. pressed me to take a bed at his palace in Salisbury, where I visited my friend Mr. Cox); Miss Egerton, sweet Lady Augusta Lowther, and Sir William, my great favourite, with a long list of et cæteras-all seemed glad to see the old Doctor, even before he was noticed by Royalty.
But now here comes Will, and I must get up, and make myself up to go down to the perusal of my last book, entitled HERSCHEL. So good morrow.
Chelsea, Tuesday, three o'clock. Nor a moment could I get to write till now; and I am afraid of forgetting some part of my history, but I ought not, for the events of this visit are very memorable.
When the King and Queen, arm in arm, were approaching the place where the Herschel family and I had planted ourselves, one of the Misses Parry heard the Queen say to His Majesty, “There's Dr. Burney," when they instantly came to me, so smiling and gracious that I longed to throw myself at their feet. “How do you, Dr. Burney ?" said the King. “Why, you are grown fat and young." "Yes, indeed,” said the Queen; "I was very glad to hear from Madame d'Arblay how well
you looked.” “Why, you used to be as thin as Dr. Lind,” says the King. Lind was then in sight-a mere lath ; but these few words were accompanied with such very gracious smiles, and seemingly affectionate good-humour the whole Royal Family, except the Prince of Wales, standing by—in the midst of a crowd of the first people in the kingdom for rank and office-that I was afterwards
looked at as a sight. Afte this the King and Queen hardly ever passed by me without a smile and a nod. The weather was charming; the Park as full as the Terrace, the King having given permission to the farmers, tradesmen, and even livery servants, to be there during the time of his walking.
Now I must tell you that Herschel proposed to me to go with him to the King's concert at night, he having permission to go when he chooses, his five nephews (Griesbachs) making a principal part of the band. “ And,” says he, “ I know you will be welcome.” But I should not have presumed to believe this if His Majesty had not formerly taken me into his concert-room himself from your apartments. This circumstance, and the gracious notice with which I had been just honoured, emboldened me. A fine music-room in the castle, next. the Terrace, is now fitted up for His Majesty's evening concerts, and an organ erected. Part of the first act had been performed previous to our arrival. There were none but the performers in the room, except the Duchesses of Kent and Cumberland, with two or three general officers backwards.
The King seldom goes into the music-room after the first act; and the second and part of the third were over before we saw anything of him, though we heard His Majesty, the Queen, and Princesses talking in the next room. At length he came directly up to me and Herschel, and the first question His Majesty asked me was, “How does Astronomy go on?" I, pretending to suppose he knew nothing of my poem, said, “ Dr. Herschel will better inform your Majesty than I can.” Ay, ay,” says the King, “but you are going to tell us something with your pen;" and moved his hand in a writing manner. “What-what-progress have
“ Sir, it is all finished, and all but the last
you made ?"