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One is so 'ora cious she will always make of our royal visitors. In a few days after me sit down;) the Duchess of Portland our arrival here, the Duchess of Portland såt next to the Queen, and I sat next to and I were sitting in the long gallery, very Princess Royal. On the other side of me busy with our different employments, when, was a chair, and his Majesty did me the without any ceremony, his Majesty walked honour to sit by me. He went backwards up to our table, unperceived and unknown and forwards between that and the music. till he came quite up to us. You may be room. He was 90 gracious as to have a lieve we were at first a little fluttered with good deal of conversation with me, parti. his royal presence; but his courteous and cularly about Handel's music; and order- affable manner soon made him a welcome ed those pieces to be played which he found guest. He came to inform the Duchess of

dave a preference to. In the course of Portland of the Queen's perfect recovery the evening, the Queen changed places with after her lying-in, which made him doubly Princess Royal, saying, most graciously, welcome. Ever

od she must have a little conversation with “ Breakfast was called for, and, after à Mrs Delany, which lasted about half an visit of two hours, the King left us.: A hour. "She then got up, it being half an bout a week after this, the King and Queen hour after ten, and said she was afraid she came together, only accompanied by Lady should keep the Duchess of Portland too Courtown. They breakfasted and stayed late, and made her courtesy, and we with much about the same time. The etiquette drew." pp. 21–24.

is, that the person on whom such an hoThe following passage exhibits the nour is conferred goes the next day to inRoyal pair in the familiar and endear- quire after their Majesties; but the Queen ing light of a well-bred and kind- waved that ceremony, and desired the

in Duchess not to come till she received a hearted country gentleman and his

summons, as they were going to St James's lady receiving a forenoon's visit from

for some days. Last Thursday, 2d of Oc? à neighbour with whom they lived on tober, a little before twelve o'clock, word terms of intimacy.

was brought that the Royal Family were - The Queen made a morning visit here coming up the Park; and, immediately about three weeks ago, and brought only after, two coaches-and-six, with the Kino Lady Dartrey with her. The Duchess on horseback, and a great retinue, came up paid her duty in return, at the Queen's to the hall door. The company were the Lodge, and I had the honour of accompany. King and Queen, Princess Royal, Princess ing her. The Queen was quite alone in Augusta, Princess Elizabeth Princess her dressing-room ; her dress was simple Mary, and Princess Sophia ca lovely and elegant, in a pale lilach satin.. She group, all dressed in white muslin" odio. added dignity to her dress by her most gra- noises, white chip hats with white feathers." cious manner of conversing. She was mak- except the Queen, who had on a black hat ing fringe in a frame, and did me the ho- and cloak ;-the King dressed in his Wind. nour to show me how to do it, and to say sor uniform of blue and gold; the Queen she would send me such a frame as her attended by the Duchess of Ancaster, who own, as she thought it was a work that is mistress of the robes, and Lady BIVAL would not try my eyes. We were dis- beth Waldegrave, who attends the two eld. missed at three o'clock, and, as we were est Princesses, and Mrs Goldsworthywho going to the chaise, we met, in the passage, is sub-governess to the three younger Prinz the King and his greyhounds, just return. cesses. The King had no attendants but the ed from coursing. He told the Duchess equerries, Major Digby and Major Price that he could not part with her so; but we They were in the drawing-room before I must both make him a visit, and opened was sent for, where I found the King and the door for us to go with him into the Queen and Duchess of Portland seated at drawing-room. The Queen, soon came to a table in the middle of the room. The us, and invited us back to her apartment, King, wish his usual graciousness, came up as the warmer place, and we staid till four to me, 'and brought me forward, and 'clock.”, pp. 26, 27., sz. found the Queen very busy in showing a

very elegant machine to the Duchess of We have next an account of a visit Portland, which was a frame for weaving of the King by himself, and also of of fringe, of a new and most delicate strucs another accompanied by the Queen ture, and would take up as much paper as and most of his daughters, as well as has already been written upon to describe of the visit paid at Windsor in return, it minutely, yet it is of such simplicity as in both of which the Royal Family ap- to be very useful. You will easily imagine pear in a most advantageous point of the grateful feeling I had when the Queen view. - Apoy !!! ! !!.."

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Privats why

ed me with a gold knotting shuttle, of forwards between the rooms; had a great most exquisite workmanship and taste; deal of conversation with the Duchess of and I am at this time, while I am dictating Portland,; and did me the honour of the letter, knotting white silk, to fringe the sharing in it some times. bag which is to contain it.

" We had much talk, particularly a. or On the Monday after, we were ap. bout music; and his Majesty condescend.' pointed to go to the Lodge at Windsor, at ed to order those pieces of music to be two o'clock. We were first taken into the played that he called my favourites. The Duchess of Ancaster's dressing-room ; in Duchess of Portland sat on the Queen's a quarter of an hour after, to the King and right hand, and I on her left. : Her MaQueen in the drawing-room, who had no. jesty talked a great deal to me about books, body with them but Prince Alverstaden, especially about those on religion, and rethe Hanoverian minister, which gave inecommended to me an explanation of the an opportunity of hearing the Queen speak four Evangelists, translated from the Ger. German; and I may say, it was the first man. The next morning she sent me a time I had received pleasure from what I present of the work, in three volumes.”. did not understand ; but there was such a

pp. 39, 40. fuency and sweetness in her manner of speaking it, that it sounded as gentle as

The same letter informs us, that Italian.

their Majesties, having learned that 66 There were two chairs brought in for the 14th of May, old style, was Mrs the Duchess ot' Portland and myself to sit Delany's birth-day, they sent for her on, (by order of their Majesties,) which to Windsor. “ It," she remarks, were easier than those belonging to the “ does not become me to say the graroom. We were seated near the door that cious, kind, and flattering manner; opened into the concert-room. The King with which they received me. The directed them to play Handel and Gemini.

Queen ordered Lady Weymouth to ani's music, which he was graciously pleas

tie about my neck a small medallion ed to say was to gratify me. These are flattering honours. I should not indulge

of the King, set round with brilliants. so much upon this subject, but that I de. The resemblance, which is very great, pend upon your considering it proceeding and the gracious manner in which it more from gratitude than vanity. The was done, make it quite invaluable." three eldest Princesses came into the room The Duchess of Portland and her in about half an hour after we were seat companion were invited to the Queen's ed. All the Royal Family were dressed in house to hear Mrs Siddons read “ The a uniform for the demi-saison, of a violet. Provoked Husband." There were two blue armozine, gauze aprons, &c. &c. : rows of chairs for the company the the Queen had the addition of a great many la

many length of the room. Their Majesties fine pearls. *** When the concert of music was over,

sat in the middle of the first row, with the young Princess Amelia, nine weeks

the Princesses on each hand. The old, was sent for, and brought in by her row behind was appropriated to the nurse and attendants. The King took her ladies, and the space between that and in his arms, and presented her to the Du- the wall to the gentlemen who were chess of Portland and to me. Your affec- admitted. Mrs Siddons stood at a tionate heart would have been delighted desk, with candles before her, and with the royal domestic scene; an example was allowed three pauses of half an worthy of imitation by all ranks, and, in- hour each, when she retired into an deed, adding dignity to their high station.”

adjoining room to refresh herself.

adio is . pp. 30-_-35.

. The letter giving an account of the The following extract is from a leto Duchess Dowager of Portland's death ter dated the 22d of June 1784.

is dated 24th July 1785, and is writ

ten by a brother of Bishop Sandford ; " Now, according to my usual custom, and that of the 20th of the following I must give you an account of my past life and actions, regarding royal favours. As soon as the bitterness of winter was over, I in su

i in such an amiable light, that we must received the King and Queen's commands give it entire. to attend the Duchess of Portland to the 66 The hurry that I have been in since Queen's House, at eight o'clock in the my arrival at this place, has prevented the evening : there was no company there but intelligence that I am sure my dear friend the five Princesses and Lady Charlotte would like to receive, and, indeed, I hardFinch. There was a concert of music in ly know how to recollect the many honours the next room, which (the door being and kindnesses 1 hourly receive in my preopen) we heard in a very agreeable man- sent situation. On Saturday, the 3d of ner. The King walked backwards and this month, one of the Queen's messengers

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Mrs Delany's Letters.

489 came and brought me the following lettersible for me to do justice to her great cona from her Majesty, written with her own descension and tenderness, which were al. hand :

most equal to what I had lost. She re"« My dear Mrs Delany will be glad to peated, in the strongest terms, her wish, hear that I am charged by the King to and the King's, that I should be as easy cummon her to her new abode at Windsor and as happy as they could possibly make for Tuesday next, where she will find all me; that they waved all ceremony, and the most essential parts of the house ready, desired to come to me like friends. The excepting some little trifles, which it will Queen delivered me a paper from the King, be better for Mrs Delany to direct herself which contained the first quarter of L. 300 in person, or by her little deputy, Miss per annum, which his Majesty allows me Port. I need not, I hope, udd, that I shall out of his Privy Purse. Their Majesties be extremely glad and happy to see so have drank tea with me five times, and the amiable an inhabitant in this our sweet re. Princesses three. They generally stay two treat; and wish, very sincerely, that my hours, or longer. In short, I have either dear Mrs Delany may enjoy every blessing seen or heard from them every day. I: amongst us that her merits deserve. That have not yet been at the Queen's Lodge, we may long enjoy her amiable company, though they have expressed an impatience Amen! These are the true sentiments of for me to come; but I have still so sad a my dear Mrs Delany's very affectionate drawback upon my spirits, that I must Queen,

decline the honour till I am better able to «« CHARLOTTE enjoy it; as they have the goodness not 6 Queen's Lodge, Windsor, Sept.3, 1785. to press me. Their visits here are paid in

6P.S. I must also beg' that Mrs the most quiet private manner, like those Delany will choose her own time of coming, of the most consoling and interested as will best suit her own convenience. friends ; so that I may truly say, they are

“ MY ANSWER. It is impossible to a royal cordial, and I see very few people express how I am overwhelmed with your besides. They are very condescending in Majesty's excess of goodness to me. I shall, their notice of my niece, and think her a with the warmest duty and most humble fine girl. She is delighted, as is very na. respect, obey a command that bestows such tural, with all the joys of the place. I honour and happiness on your Majesty's have been three times at the King's privato most dutiful and most obedient humble chapel at early prayers, eight o'clock, servant, and subject,

where the Royal Family constantly attend ; i ir MARY DELANY."" and they walk home to breakfast afterwards, 16 I received the Queen's letter at ein. whilst I am conveyed in a very elegant ner, and was obliged to answer it instantly, new chair home, which the King has made with my own hand, without seeing a letter me a present of for that purpose. "As to I wrote. I thank God I had strength my health, it is surprisingly good, con. enough to obey the gracious summons on sidering the sufferings of my agitated spi.? the day appointed. I arrived here about rits ; and that I was hardly recovered, when eight o'clock in the evening, and found his I came, of a putrid sore throat and fever. Majesty in the house ready to receive me. How thankful ought I to be to Providence I threw myself at his feet, indeed unable for the wonderful blessings. I have receiv. to utter a word; he raised and saluted me,

ord. be raised and saluted me. ed! How ungrateful must I be, not to and said he meant not to stay longer than endeavour to resign those withdrawn from to desire I would order every thing that me as I ought to do! It is a cordial comcould make the house comfortable and fort to me to receive a good account from agreeable to me, and then retired.

you of your health and prosperity, and the 6. Truly I found nothing wanting, as it rest of my dear friends who have so kindly is as pleasant and commodious as I could felt for me. I cannot dictate a word more, wish it to be, with a very pretty garden, but believe me, unalterably and affection, which joins to that of the Queen's Lodge. atély, yours, The next morning her Majesty sent one of

op « M. DELANY." her Ladies to know how I had rested, and We have next as fine a picture of how. I was in health, and whether her com- domestic happiness as has been ever ing would not be troublesome ? You may

either imagined or realized, and als he sure I accepted the honour, and she

though we quoted this and several came about two o'clock. I was lame, and

others of these passages before, yet we could not go down, as I ought to have done, to the door; but her Majesty came

do not hesitate to present them again up stairs, and I received her on my knees. to our readers in one view. Our meeting was mutually affecting ; she “I have," says the good old lady, well knew the value of what I had lost,“ been several evenings at the Queen's and it was some time after we were seated, Lodge, with no other company but (for she always makes me sit down,) before their own most lovely family. They sit we could either of us speak. It is impos- round a large table, on which are books, VOL, VIT.

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work, pencils, and paper. The Queen has and speak to every body of consequence as the goodness to make me sit down next to they pass ; indeed, it is a delightful sight her, and delights me with her conversa. to see so much beauty, dignity, and contion,' which is informing, elegant, and descension, united as they are in the Royal pleasing, beyond description, whilst the Family. I come home to breakfast geneyounger part of the family are drawing and rally about nine o'clock: if I and the weaworking, &c. &c. the beautiful babe, Prin- ther are well enough, I take the air for two cess Amelia, bearing her part in the enter. hours. The rest of the morning is devottainment; sometimes in one of her sisters' ed to business, and the company of my laps ; sometimes playing with the King on particular friends. I admit no formal vi. the carpet; which, altogether, exhibits sitors, as I really have not time or spirits such a delightful scene, as would require for it, and every body here is very civil and an Addison's pen, or a Vandyke's pencil, very considerate. My afternoons I keep to do justice to. In the next room is the entirely to myself, that I may have no inband of music, who play from eight o'clock terruption whenever my royal neighbours till ten. The King generally directs them condescend to visit me; their usual time what pieces of music to play, chiefly Han- of coming is between six and seven o'clock, del's. Here I must stop, and return to and generally stay till between eight and my own house. Mr Dewes, from Wells- nine. They always drink tea here, and my bourn, came here on the 25th of October : niece has the honour of dealing it about to on the 28th their Majesties, five Princesses, all the Royal Family, as they will not suffer and the youngest Princes, came at seven me to do it, (though it is my place,) the o'clock in the evening to drink tea with me. Queen always placing me upon the sofa by All the Princesses and Princes had a com- her, and the King when he sits down, merce table. Miss Emily Clayton, daugh- which is seldom, sits next the sofa. Ina ter to Lady Louisa Clayton, and Miss Port, deed, their visits are not limited to the af. did the honours of it. It gave me a pleas- ternoons, for their Majesties often call on ing opportunity of introducing Mr Dewes me in a morning, and take me as they find to their Majesties : the King took gracious me, not suffering any body to give me nonotice of him ; and having heard that his tice of their being come. Great as my awe youngest brother, Mr John Dewes, wished is, their Majesties have such sweetness of to take the name of Granville, said to Mr manners, that it takes off painful sensa. Dewes, that he desired he might, from that tions.” pp. 67-69. time, be called by that name, and gave or ders that his sign manual should be pre

in the same letter we are told of pared for that purpose, which has accord.

d. Miss Burney's introduction to the seringly been done." pp. 63, 64.

vice of the Queen. This celebrated

novelist was very amiable, as well as In another letter, Mrs Delany men- highly endowed. The Queen's dresstions some improvements which had er was obliged to go to the country in been made in her house at Windsor, search of health, and the author of under the auspices of the King, with Evelina, &c. became her successor, the view of rendering it more com- and was chosen by the Queen without modious to her, and she proceeds to any particular recommendation from say

any body. The next extract cannot

fail, we think, to be read with pecu, Indeed, it is now a most complete,

s liar interest. elegant, comfortable dwelling; and I am

71 hourly receiving marks of attention and " It is impossible for me to enumerate kindness that cannot be expressed. The the daily instances I receive from my royal constant course of my living at present, friends ; who seem unwearied in the purfrom which I vary very little, is as follows: suit of making me as happy as they can. I seldom miss going to early prayers at the I am sure you must be very sensible how King's chapel, at eight o'clock, where I thankful I am to Providence for the late never fail of seeing their Majesties and all wonderful escape of his Majesty from the the Royal Family. The common way of stroke of assassination : indeed, the horror going up to the chapel is through the great that there was a possibility that such an entrance into the castle, which is a large attempt would be made, shocked me so room with stone pillars, at the corner of much at first, that I could hardly enjoy the which is a narrow winding staircase, which blessing of such a preservation. The King leads to the chapel ; but their Majesties, would not suffer any body to inform the with their usual goodness and indulgence, Queen of that event, till he could show have ordered that I should be admitted himself in person to her. He returned to through the great staircase, which is a very Windsor as soon as the Council was over. easy ascent. When chapel is over, all the When his Majesty entered the Queen's congregation make a line in the great por- dressing-room, ne found her with the two tico till their Majesties have passed , for eldest Princesses; and entering, in an anihey always walk to chapel and back again, mated manner, said, ' Here I am, safe and

well!' The Queen suspected from this say. 46 I began this on Saturday, bút found
ing, that some accident had happened, on myself not equal to finish it, but being
which he informed her of the whole affair. better in the evening I went to the Lodge,
The Queen stood struck and motionless for to Miss Burney's apartments; but had not
some time, till the Princesses burst into been there a quarter of an hour before the
tears, in which she immediately found re- King walked into the room, took me by
lief by joining with them. Joy soon suc. the hand, and said, • Come along, Mrs
ceeded this agitation of mind, on the as- Delany,' and led me into the Queen's
surance that the person was insane that had apartment, and placed me in the chair al-
the boldness to make the attack, which lotted for me, next to her Majessy, (which,
took off all aggravating suspicion; and it however, I am indebted to my deafness
has been the means of showing the whole for,) where I spent two hours, not know.
kingdom, that the King has the hearts of ing which gave me most delight, the har.
his subjects. I must tell you a particularmony of the music, or that of the ainiable
gracious attention to me on the occasion: society. The two Princes were there.
Their Majesties sent immediately to my Yesterday was the Prince of Wales's birth-
house to give orders I should not be told day, and it being Sunday, the entertain-
of it till the next morning, for fear the agi, ment that was to be given was put off till
tation should give me a bad night. Dow. Monday, which was yesterday, for here I
ager Lady Spencer was in the house with was interrupted, and am now come to
me, and went with me to early prayers, Tuesday the 14th.
next morning, at eight o'clock; and after " The entertainment at the Castle, yes.
chapel was over she separated herself from terday, was very superb indeed : there were
me, and had a long conference with the above a hundred people of the first rank,
King and Queen, as they stopped to speak Ministers of State, and foreigners invited
to her on our coming out of chapel. When to come to the Castle. At seven o'clock,
we returned to brcakfast, ( taxed her with and after the Drawing-room was over, and
having robbed me of an opportunity of all compliments paid and received on the
hearing what their Majesties said to her, day, the company were conducted into the
by standing at such à distance. She told music-room, where there was a very fine
me, it was a secret ; but she had now their concert, chiefly of Mr Handel's music, and
permission to tell me what it was, and then most exquisitely performed. When that
informed me of the whole affair.” pp. 74 was over, which was about twelve o'clock,
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there was a supper prepared in St George's

Hall, which, for magnificence, exceeded We learn, from a subsequent letter, every thing that had been done before. that their Majesties, while at Kew, The company were not all dispersed till distinguished the family of a Mr Smelt two o'clock ; and are invited again to the with the same familiar and unceremo- same entertainment on Thursday, which is nious visits as they did that of their the Duke of York's birth-day. The young

nerable protecée.-a circumstance er part of the company are in hopes of a which shows that she was no solitary ball.” p. 93, 94. ' instance of their kindness and conde- We are sure the following instance scension, but that these, and many of the Queen's attention to Mrs Deother qualities equally amiable, be- lany in her sickness, if it may be vå . longed to their character. At Wind- ralleled cannot easily besurpassed. The sor, when the weather permitted, the

most sensible and affectionate daughter.. evenings were devoted to the terrace. could not have conducted herselt toe. The Queen, with much consideration, wards a beloved mother either with as well as goodness, commanded Mrs greater in doment or delicac

greater judgment or delicacy. The Delany to come to the Lodge when

letter containing this valuable anecever it suited her convenience. . She dote was written by a Mr Preston. generally went at half-past seven to Miss Burney's apartment, and, when “ One little anecdote of the Queen struck the Royal party came from the ter- me, as a stronger instance of her real tenrace, one of the Princesses, generally der feeling towards our dear old friend, Princess Amelia, just four years old, than all her bounties or honours. As soon came into the room, took the old as the Duchess of Portland died, Mre Delady by the hand, and led her into

hot into lany got into a chaise to go to her own the drawing-room, where a chair was

house ; the Duke followed her, begging to set for her at the Queen's left hand. To

know what she would accept of, that be

o longed to his mother ; Mrs Delany recol. these interesting particulars succeeds lected a bird that the Duchess always fed a statement which exhibits our late and kept in I er own room, desired to have venerable Sovereign in the character it, and felt towards it, as you must suppose. of a Christian, a King, and a Parent. In a few days she got a bad fever, and the

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