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prudent in lying at Recousse, and not pushing on to St. Omer's on the Tuesday night, I have only yet received one letter from you from Calais, and one from Recousse I have sent you one packet by Monsieur Guyon, and shall send you another on Friday.

Mr. and Mrs. Stafford called here together on Saturday, and send you many compliments-All the good new prints will be in your packet of Friday.

The public laugh at Mr. Fox's being so pompously chaired, when he is not yet returned. Many newspapers of various dates will find their place in your packet.

The Dutchess, the Baron, the Mar. quis, Baron d'Holbach, and Madame la Baronne, I beg to be spoken of to with every grateful sentiment.

My dearest Polly, adieu.


Prince's Court,

Friday, May 21, 1784, Our little Court here are very impatient to have the good news of our young Princess arriving in Paris, and her reception at the Hotel de la Valliere. Yesterday I dined at the Gordons, who talked with great regard and tenderness of you,

and Mrs. Banks has written me a very polite card on the occasion. Mrs. Smith I have seen, and saluted, and she expresses all the eagerness of youth to hear more of you.

In the House of Commons nothing has yet been done, but swearing in the Members, and receiving their qualifications, but it is supposed the King's Speech will be debated on Monday, and

the High Bailiff of Westminster examined on Tuesday.

Wednesday I passed an agreeable day with Mr. and Mrs. Stafford, Mrs. Drax, Lady Emily Macleod, and Captain Macleod. Poor Drax has the gout.--Mr. Byng threatens a petition, in which he is right. The expense is only 11. 6s. 8d., and it will give him the chapter of accidents, the largest chapter in the book, till December, or January, probably.

Friday Evening, Seven. The French post is just arrived, and has made me perfectly happy by your letter, and the enclosures. I shall write to the Dutchess this night. I am charmed with all the detail which you give me, but I have not time till Tuesday to remark on the particulars, as I think it of importance to write immediately to the Dutchess, and being the first letter since

your arrival, I put it under cover, that no part of it may be torn.

I was sworn in yesterday as Member for Middlesex, and was in Saturday's Gazette, always taking the pas of Mr. Mainwaring

By Monday's diligence you will have several letters from common friends, prints, newspapers, &c. &c. I have written to my dear daughter every Tuesday and Friday, since she carried away the charm of Prince's Court.

I beg to be remembered to the Barons de Castile and d'Holbach, Madame, &c. Suard, &c. &c.

I would have you contrive to draw on me the first opportunity for twenty Louis à deux usances to begin an affair of busi


Good night, dearest Polly.


Tuesday, May 25, 1784.


YESTERDAY brought with it the blessing of your letter, for it is the highest satisfaction to me to know from yourself that you are in health and spirits, and that every thing exceeds even the high expectations which I had formed, both from the rank and establishment of the Dutchess's household, and their kind attention to you. But superior merit, when it is joined with attractive qualities, will go through the world with a happy distinction.

Friday, May 28. I had written the above early on Tuesday morning. I went afterwards to the Chamberlain's office, and to the House

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