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The two Houses were unanimous to adjourn for a fortnight, and to order a call for Dec. 4th, just fourteen days.
I took possession of my new office as Chamberlain last Tuesday, and I pay the tribute of a vile cold to my rashness.
I hope your land journey has been attended with no inconvenience.
The Colonel is recovered, and Mrs. Gordon rather better. They both send you many compliments.
The papers are accurate about the proceedings of yesterday. I suppose you see them, and therefore I transcribe nothing
Mr. Hastings has been attacked with a violent fever, owing, it is said, to bathing in the sea at Weymouth ; but he is much better, and comes to town on Monday.
George Selwyn has promised me a coloured print of Madame Sevigné's chateau and gardens. He is going on with a print of those of Grignan.
Prince's Court, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 1788.
MY DEAREST POLLY,
YESTERDAY was a most propitious day. In the morning Mr. Swinburne brought me a letter from you, with a parcel, and at night I had another by the common post. The first was dated Nov. 17, the other Nov. 16. I was relieved from the infinite anxiety I
have suffered since the account of
your arrival at Calais.
Accept my best thanks for the waistcoat, which is very elegant. I have already sent it to Marsellis to be made up, that I may figure away in it, at the next meeting of the Royal Society, at the Monday dinner.
The King is better. There are intervals of returning recollection, and freedom from fever. A Captain Manners was mentioned. His Majesty said, “Let him come in, he is not only Manners, but good Manners.” A looking-glass in a pier between two windows had been covered with green cloth, to prevent the King's seeing how greatly he was emaciated. The King asked the reason of the green cloth being put there. The answer was, To prevent the reflection of too much light. His Majesty said, “How can that be, when it is from the light?” It ia talked
that he will soon remove to Kew, and from thence to the Queen's House. The Prince is assiduous in his attendance.
I am happy to hear of your kind reception by the Dutchess, and all her family. I could not doubt it, for it is highly merited. I partake of all the joy that noble family must experience from the late events. I shall keep the D.'s letter till
I shall not communicate any of yours, nor the enclosures, unless on public topics, and ostensible.
I do not yet quite despair about the title to the Grosvenor Square house being made out, although it is highly improbable.
My kitchen was so noisy the last week, that I have put all my servants at board-wages, at half a guinea per week each, since last Saturday; and now a perfect calm reigns below. I bid the cook tell the coachinan of this new regulation. I have sent you by Guyon a letter from Mrs. Hill of the Isle of Wight, a new Calendar, Almanach, &c.
I received of the Mercures to No. 46, and of the Journaux to No. 322, both inclusive.
Mrs. Swinburne expected to become once more a mother in the course of the last night. I have sent a hen-pheasant to Blenheim Street for her, if that event has not yet happened, and if it has, for Mr. Swinburne, for having done his duty. He is very social, and infinitely amiable.
The Lord Mayor by my advice has suppressed the Boxing Academy in Capel Court, and kept my secret.
No account yet from Windsor, signed by the Physicians.
Mrs. Swinburne has just now another girl.