Diary and Letters, Volumen 5

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H. Colburn, 1842
 

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Página 214 - I should surely never go through another fortnight in so weak and languishing and painful a state of health As the time of separation approached, the Queen's cordiality rather diminished, and traces of internal displeasure appeared sometimes, arising from an opinion I ought rather to have struggled on, live or die, than to quit her. Yet I am sure she saw how poor was my own chance, except by a change in the mode of life, and at least ceased to wonder, though she could not approve.
Página 166 - My dear Ma'am, why do you stay? It won't do, Ma'am; you must resign. We can put up with it no longer. Some very violent measures, I assure you, will be taken. We shall address Dr. Burney in a body.
Página 172 - summon courage to present my memorial; my heart always failed me from seeing the Queen's entire freedom from such an expectation. For though I was frequently so ill in her presence that I could hardly stand, I saw she concluded me, while life remained, inevitably hers.
Página 206 - I'll drink the King's health again, if I die for it! Yet, I have done pretty well already: so has the King, I promise you ! I believe his Majesty was never taken such good care of before. We have kept his spirits up, I promise you ; we have enabled him to go through his fatigues : and I should have done more still, but for the ball and Mary—I have promised to dance with Mary!
Página 92 - Willis was only a sharp looker-on. as I could not even ask them to have any tea, from uncertainty how to address them ; and I believe they were entirely ignorant whither Lord Chesterfield was bringing them, as they came in only to wait for a Royal summons. How would that quintessence of high ton, the late Lord Chesterfield, blush to behold his successor ! who, with much share of humour, and of good humour also, has as little good breeding as any man I ever met with.
Página 213 - with a fearful presentiment I should surely never go through another fortnight, in so weak and languishing and painful a state of health. . . As the time of separation approached, the queen's cordiality rather diminished, and traces of internal displeasure appeared sometimes arising from an opinion I ought rather to have struggled on, live or die, than to quit her. Yet I am sure she saw...
Página 10 - King was so well as to go on horseback, attended by a large party of gentlemen. Mrs. Schwellenberg went to town to spend some days. Miss Planta only accompanied me: Mr. and Mrs. Smelt, on invitation by the King, came also to Windsor for a week. The Queen was all graciousness : everything and everybody were smiling and lively. All Windsor came out to meet the King. It was a joy amounting to extacy ; I could not keep my eyes dry all day long. A scene so reversed ! sadness so sweetly exchanged for thankfulness...
Página 212 - Life of Dr. Johnson,' and the preference there expressed of Mrs. Lenox to all other females had filled him with astonishment, as he had never even heard her name.
Página 167 - Yes, madam ; you must give me some of your choice little notes of the Doctor's ; we have seen him long enough upon stilts ; I want to show him in a new light. Grave Sam, and great Sam, and solemn Sam, and learned Sam — all these he has appeared over and over. Now I want to entwine a wreath of the graces across his brow ; I want to show him as gay Sam, agreeable Sam, pleasant Sam : so you must help me with some of his beautiful billets to yourself.
Página 168 - He uttered again stronger and stronger exhortations for my retreat, accompanied by expressions which I was obliged to check in their bud. But finding he had no chance for entering, he stopped me again at the gate, and said he would read me a part of his work. There was no refusing this; and he began, with a letter of Dr. Johnson to himself. He read it in strong imitation of the Doctor's manner, very well, and not caricature.

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