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sickly tendencies that accompany such a warning symptom; yet his dull, though anxious, and not naturally unkind parents, so little knew how to treat him, or attended so little to the advice of those who knew better, that after making him weak in body and obstinate in mind with wrong indulgences, they tried to force him into health and good temper by severe treatment. The poor child was flogged to make him take his medicine ; flogged to make him walk when he needed help; flogged to make him go up and down stairs. At the age of eleven he was no more.
We shall have more to say of Anne and her husband when we come to Kensington Palace. In the year 1704, Campden House was in the occupation of the Dowager Countess of Burlington and her son Richard Boyle, afterwards Earl, famous for his taste in the
fine arts. The Boyles had married into the Noel family. Not many years afterwards, the Noels parted with the property to Nicholas Lechmere, a Whig lawyer and politician who was created Lord Lechmere, and who resided here several years. He was Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. His Lordship made some noise in his time, but is now distinguished for nothing but the place which he occupies in Gay's (or Swift's) ballad entitled “Duke upon Duke,” of which he is the joint hero with one Sir John Guise, another distinguished gentleman who has vanished into nothingness. The adventure related by the ballad itself has become equally obscure. Lechmere and Guise, whom it styles Duke of Guise, appear to have been a couple of cronies, as proud and fiery as one another, though not equally valiant. Lechmere invites Guise to a game at whist in Campden House. Guise says he can't come, owing to the gout. Lechmere goes in a passion to Guise's house at Brompton, to insist on his coming.
The Duke in wrath call'd for his steeds,
And fiercely drove them on :
O kingly Kensington !
Guise persists in not stirring, till Lechmere tweaks his nose, and gives him a box on the ear! Upon this, Guise knocks Lechmere down. Lechmere challenges Guise, and the challenge is accepted; but when they go out to fight, the challenger contrives to get into his carriage and give his foe the slip:
Back in the dark, by Brompton Park,
He turned up through the Gore ;
All in his coach and four.
The ballad is witty, but very coarse. Lechmere appears to have been a kind of grim dandy
Firm on his front his beaver sate;
So broad, it hid his chin;
And fear'd to tan his skin.
With Spanish wool he dy’d his cheek,
With essence oild his hair ;
Nor could so scratch and tear.
Right tall he made himself to show,
Though made full short by God;
This Duke did only nod.
Exeunt the two Dukes, as mysteriously as they enter.
About the middle of the last century, Campden House became a fashionable boarding-school. George Selwyn speaks of going there to see a protégée of his, who was held to be a very lucky person ; for he and his friend Lord March (the late profligate Duke of Queensberry,—“Old Q”) took themselves respectively for her father, and left her a fortune a piece. She married the late Marquess of Hertford.
Campden House, which had fallen into the hands of a Mr. Pitt (we know not whether any relation to the Chatham family), continued to be a boarding-school up to a considerable period of the present century, but has now again ceased to be such; and though altered in some respects from its first appearance, and long become two houses instead of one, it retains an interesting look of other times. The tenants appear to have studied its preservation. The gentleman who lately occupied the larger portion, which still bears the name of Campden House (Little Camp