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^ Mrs Roach's school — ^The children's winter clothes— They all visit
\ the Queen — Miss Sandys — Miss Rumey and Miss Planta —
N Discussions and discontent — ^New arrangements at Windsor —
S^ Consultation on the King's state— A time of general anxiety
^^ and wretchedness — Arrangements for the safety of the King's
\ person — Return of the Duke of York from Hanover — ^The
King gets rapidly worse — ^The pages in attendance — No fire in
^the King's room — ^The King's journal — Mr. Papendiek under-
takes to shave the King — Pitiahle condition of the Queen —
Silence and gloom terrible — ^Public prayers throughout the
land — Heartless conduct of the Prince of Wales — Injudicious
conduct of the Lady Charlotte Finch — ^The Cabinet Ministers —
The King talks continually — He aaks who called to inquire —
Sad event on Christmas Day — Mr. Papendiek lifts his Majesty —
Dr. Willis brought by Mr. Pitt to Windsor — He has hopes of a
cure — ^All the physicians jealous of the new comer — Arrange-
ments at Kew for the King's comfort — Privy Council to
sanction the King's removal to Kew — Fortnum — The King is
taken to Kew — Expresses pleasure at seeing a fire — Discre-
pancies between Mrs. Papendiek's and Miss Bumey's account —
A more hopeful feeling 




Madame Schwellenberg again — ^Political intrigaes — Pitt stands
firm — Unusually severe winter — Remedies for chillblains — ^Mrs.
JervoiB — Mrs. Stowe — Mrs. Roach — ^The baby fails in health
— Mr. Meyer — ^The Forrests — ^The window for St. G^eo^ge*8
Chapel — ^Mrs. Papendiek yisits her aunt at Kew — John Cramer
and other composers — ^Mrs. Meyer — The Meyer fitmily — ^Return
home to AVindsor — Dinners ; turtle, fish, meat, puddings, and
beverages — Domestic arrangements — ^Knives and forks — Mr.
Papendiek*s short visit — Distress from the intense cold — ^Peiv
sonal sorrow for the King and Queen — Serious illness of little
(George — Death of Mr. Meyer — Mrs. Willis — ^The Royal patient
— ^The Regency Bill — Deputation to the Queen — Convalescence
of the King — Lord Mulgrave's speech — ^Dr. Doran's review of
the state of affidrs . • 82 


The King absolutely refuses to see the Queen — Some dajs later
he agrees to see her — ' Queen Esther ' — The King walks with
the Queen and the Princesses — ^Want of filial afiection of the
Prince of Wales and the Duke of York — ^Thurlow — Mr. Papen*
diek sends for his wife to Eew to attend the rejoicings — A
prayer of thanksgiving — General illuminations — ^The Bank most
splendid — Cort^e of the Queen and Princesses — The King
receives the Queen on her return to Eew — ^He conducts her to
the 8upper*room — ^Verses on the entrance gates — Dluminationa
kept up for three nights — Mra. Zoffanj's house — Mrs. Roach —
Frederick's sixpence — Baron Dillon — A subscription ball at
Windsor — The King receives an address from the Lords and
Commons — ^The Queen holds a drawing-room during March —
Mrs. Papendiek goes to London— The proceeaon for the public
thanksgiving — The King attends the service in St. Paul's Cathe-
dral — A new dress introduced — ^Freeh difficulties about Dr.
Willis's men—' Not full page '—The Royal Family return to
Windsor — ^Mr. Papendiek returns to his home fatigued and
disappointed • 62 




Concert at the Palace — ^Madame Mara — The organist for Windsor
— Mr. Forrest — Picture by St. Mark — ^The Queen's present to
Mrs. Tunstall — Ball and supper at Windsor — The Prince of
Wales in a fume — ^The Duke of York and Colonel Lennox —
Supper in St. George's Hall — The duel referred to by Dr.
Doran — Entertainments given by the French and Spanish
Ambassadors — Drawing-room on the King's birthday — Mr.
Delavaux and Mr. Burgess— Death of Mr. Thrale— Mrs. Thrale
marries Mr. Piozzi— Mrs. Parsloe and Mr. Sykes— Party at Dr.
Aylward's — A great success — The Royal Family leave W^ind-
sor for Lyndhuret — Ceremony on entering the Nevir Forest —
Serious illness of Mr. Papendiek — Arrival at Weymouth —
Their Majesties make several excursions — ^The bathing women
— The Royal Family go to Saltram — Visit Plymouth — Return
to Weymouth and Windsor — Theodore Smith — Charlotte has
music lessons — ^Illness of Eliza — Frederick goes to school —
Frederick's pin — Mr. Papendiek returns home — Looking much
altered — Changes in the Royal attendants — The brothers
Hawkins — Mrs. Papendiek visits the Queen — Mrs. Papendiek
stays with her father in London, and then returns home . . 95 


Preparations for the winter — Memorial from the King's band —
Nephews of Dr. Herschel — Ball at the Castle — Discomfiture
of Mr. Kamus — Present from the King of Naples — King Ponia-
towski — Mr. Papendiek accomplished in Polish music and
dancing — Sir Thomas Lawrence — His youthful days — Portraits
of Lady Oremome and others — Introduced to the Queen —
Portrait of the Queen — Difficulties — Bridgetower — Mr.
Jervois — Misunderstandings — Mr. Zofiany on his return from
India — Mrs. Stowe and the Carbonels — Concerted music — Duet
with Rodgers — Mrs. Papendiek's remark on seeing the Queen s
picture — The Queen refuses to give Lawrence another sitting —
Lawrence was not paid — The portrait sold after his death —
Miss Folstone, afterwards Mrs. Mee — Her history — Pleasant
little coterie — Lawrence takes Mrs. Papendiek 's portrait —
Dinner at the Herschels — Unpleasant walk — Dr. Lind, Mrs. 

VOL. n. a 



Liud — Mrs. Delany — J^rincess Elizi^beth copies her drawings —
Charlotte shows talent for music, Elizabeth for drawing —
History of Dr. Thackaray — His death — The Queen assists Mrs.
Thackaray — Mrs. Papendiek goes to town- Difficulties with
Bridgetower 124 


Christmas party — Dr. Fryer — George Papendiek 's play — MisH
Catley — Various marriages — Children's ball at Windsor — Kind-
ness of the Princess Hoyal — Mr. Papendiek and the band —
Mrs. Papendiek to town to ' make her courtesy ' — The Draw-
ing-room very splendid — ^Footmen — Scholars of Christ's Hos-
pital — Lawrence — Fuseli — Story of Lawrence and Fuseli — The
Tuesday's stag-hunt — Frederick's precocity — Mr. Brown's ball —
Son of the hairdresser Mori — Cousin Charlotte — Mrs. Siddons
— Burning of the Opera House — Magnificence of the New
Opera House — The stag-hunt at Windsor — ZofTany's portrait
of Miss Farren — The Blagroves — Bridgetower and his son —
Young Bridgetower and the Prince of Wales -Mrs. Siddons
and her daughter 166 


Troubles in France — The new star, Dussek — His performance
and appearance — The Bishop of London — The French Revo-
lution — Graciousness of the Queen — Music masters for the
Princesses — Clementi — The Queen's dislike to Louis Albert —
Horn — Dr. Parsons — General Rooke — Mr. Albert breaks his
arm — ^Planchd — ^Mr. Keate and Mr. Griffiths — Mr. Keate and
the Queen — Mr. Keate and the Prince of Wales — Surgeon
to the forces — ^Mrs. Papendiek goes to London — Meets Charles
Papendiek — ^Visits I^awrence at his studio — Lawrence and Lord
Derby — The Stowes leave Windsor — Gascoigne*s house in the
Home Park — Mrs. Papendiek goes to London — Abbey concert
— Excellent performance — The Royal Academy— Cecilia Zof-
fany, afterwards Mrs. Thomas Horn Her sisters, Mrs. Beach-
croft and Mrs. Oliver — Mrs. Papendiek, as usual, takes the
children to the Queen and Princesses — Baron Dillon — Ball-
room tickets— Prince Ferdinand of Wiirtemborg— The Stowe
family — Charles Papendiek's outfit 18.'J 




Death of the Governor of the Round Tower — Mrs. Meyer and her
sons — John Meyer — Charlotte's music — ^Their Majesties propose
visiting Weymouth — Shavir House — ^The doctors and the King
— Double carriages with cane bodies — ^The Princesses — The
Princess Royal and her mother — The Papendiek girls constantly
at the Lodge — John Meyer taken ill — Sixpenny schoolmistress
— ^First ' Royal mail ' to Weymouth — Princess Amelia at
Eastbourne — ^The King benefited by the sea air — Charlotte
visits her grandmother — Dissolution of Parliament — Mr. Papen-
diek becomes a * Denizen ' — ^The Queen's punctiliousness — ^Mr.
Montagu — Mrs. Papendiek's last visit to Kensington — Dr.
Majendie — ^Mrs. Trimmer — Mrs. Majendie — Domestic distur-
bances — ^Terrific wind — Frightful storm at the end of November
— The chimney falla — Great damage done generally — Frederick
breeched — The joke falls flat — The Blagroves — Mrs. Meyer
and her son — Rebecca, the artist — Amusing talent — Coloured
sands — Hawes — Miss Miers, a violin player — Famous breakfast
rolls — The Widow Hodgson — Death of notable personages . 211 


Evening entertainment given by Lady Charlotte Finch to the
younger Princesses — Monetary difficulties — Frederick goes as
a day scholar — George at last walks — ^Anatomical fever — John
Meyer turns out badly — He dies on his way to India — ^Mrs.
Blagrove and Mr. Papendiek — ^The servant Milly — Mrs. Papen-
diek losing health — Mrs. Papendiek goes to London — ^The
Royal Academy — ^Lawrence's picture — Artistes from Paris —
Madame Krumpholtus — More Abbey concert-s — The Papendiek
boys visit the King — David — Mrs. Roach and Miss Albert —
Regret at leaving the house at Windsor — Miss Knissel — Mr.
Cumberland — Miss Frederica Mackenthum — Dismissal of Miss
Bumey — Violent storm — Sad death of Mrs. Pick — The Papen-
dieks take a house in Dean's Yard — They settle down — Difficul-
ties with Delavaux — The Queen's observations . . . 240 




Mrs. Deluc, Miss Jacobi, and Miss Winkelmann — Madame Schwel-
lenberg makes difEculties — Palsa and Thurschmid — Luncli at
the Herschels' and music — Quartett party — Description of Miss
Winkelmann — House-warming — Nomination of the parish
organist — Marriage of the Duke of York — The Duchess's
household — Description of the Duchess — Invitation to Windsor
for Christmas — Miss Tilderley — Considerable public anxiety —
Incendiary fires — Wyatt — Riots in Birmingham— Deaths of
notable personages — Soliloquy — Education — Female and house-
hold duties — Close of the year 1791 — D^but of Princess Mary—
Drawing-room dresses — Court days — Interesting ballets —
Serious accident — The Haymarket Theatre — Great cold —
Arrival of Haydn — Eliza's illness — Early history of Haydn —
Tom Pmuo — Pernicious eifects of his works — The Bench of
Bishops — The militia embodied — Dress — Games at cards — Salo-
mon's concerts — Salomon's kindness — Arrangement of the
performers — Reflections on the English public — Haydn's first
public appearance — Great enthusiasm — Haydn's talent — Sedi-
tious meetings at Windsor — ' Duty ' — Death of Mrs. Papendiek 2G7 


Further records of Mrs. Papendiek's life — Her appointments at the
Court of Queen Charlotte as ' Assistant Keeper of the Ward-
robe,' and Reader — Outline of the history of her daughter, Mrs.
Oom, afterwards Mrs. Planta — Of Adolphus Kent Oom — Of
Mrs. Papendiek's other children — Mr. George Arbuthnot — Mar-
riage of the Prince of Wales — Birth of Princess Charlotte of
Wales — Temporary unpopularity of the King — Marriage of the
Princess Royal — Mr. Papendiek transferred to the Queen's own
household — Character of Mr. Papendiek — His death — ^The
King's health, mental and bodily — His failing sight, and subse-
quent blindness — ^The regency established — The King's piety and
resignation — The Queen — ^Her sad position — Death of Princess
Charlotte of Wales — The Queen's declining health — Her suffer-
ing — Her patience — Her death and burial — Mrs. Papendiek's
affection for her Royal mistress — ^The remainder of her life
passed in retirement — Her death 300 







Mrs. Roach's school — ^The children's winter clothes — They all visit the
Queen — Miss Sandys — Miss Barney and Miss Planta — Discussions
and discontent — New arrangements at Windsor — Consultation on
the King's state — A time of general anxiety and wretchedness —
Arrangements for the safety of the King's person — Return of the
Duke of York from Hanover — The King gets rapidly worse — ^The
pages in attendance — No lire in the King's room — The King's journal
— Mr. Papendiek undertakes to shave the King — Pitiable condition
of the Queen — Silence and gloom terrible — Public prayers throughout
the land — Heartless conduct of the Prince of Wales — ^Injudicious
conduct of the Lady Charlotte Finch— The Cabinet Ministers — ^The
King talks continually — He asks who called to inquire — Sad event
on Christmas Day — ^Mr. Papendiek lifts his Majesty — Dr. Willis
brought by Mr. Pitt to Windsor — ^He has hopes of a cure — All the
physicians jealous of the new comer — Arrangements at Kew for the
King's comfort — ^Privy Council to sanction the King's removal to
Kew — ^Fortnum — The King is taken to Kew — Expresses pleasure at
seeing a fire — Discrepancies between Mrs. Papendiek's and Miss
Burney's account — A more hopeful feeling. 

It was now getting on in October, and the winter
threatened to be severe. We had the pianoforte
placed in the parlour, as a more convenient situation
for the cold weather. 



Charlotte returned from a visit to Mrs. Roach's
well and happy, and having fallen in with Theodore
Smith, she had imbibed something like a little feehng
for music. I continued paying to Mrs. Roach the
yearly fee for one day scholar, four guineas, so I
could send one or even two of the children, when
fine or convenient to me, without difficulty. The
reading and spelling continued either at home or at
school as before, so there was Uttle or no interrup-
tion in the plan. 

We now clothed the children for winter, and by
contrivance got four blue greatcoats. Frederick's
blue beaver was dyed black ; I got a quilted black hat
for Georgey, and lined the girls' summer straws with
the same colour as the coats, garter blue, and trimmed
them with sarsnet ribbon without bows. I also pro-
vided worsted stockings for the three elder children,
chamois shoes for Charlotte, the only one of the four
with chilblains, sealskin for Eliza, and Frederick's
walking shoes, boots not then being known, kid for
their best, and the house. For the three elder, dark
cotton frocks, each two, and stuff petticoats of a
material not glazed on either side, which prevented
its creasing so much. Is. Id. a. yard ; long gloves tied
over the elbows, with the fingers cut off* so that they
were always on, and other Kttle etceteras. We went
to the Lodge to show ourselves, and to make inquiries,
wlien the Queen said, ' You always make out some- 


thing pretty. That colour is so becoming to those
children, and their hats so neat/ The Princesses
were affectionate, but all looked downhearted, and
the gloom was perceptible generally. This year I
finished my white cloak, fur, and muff, with a black
bonnet, newly done up. 

Miss Sandys about this time represented to the
Queen that the situation she had undertaken did not
in the least suit her. She was losing her health,
her spirits, and her power of improvement ; she had
never been accustomed to live in one room, to sleep,
to breakfast and tea, that room being also the ward-
robe of the Queen ; and she could not stand the
confinement. She represented that the head servants
in noblemen's famihes met in the steward's room,
and had some change and variety in their lives. 

The Queen answered that she thought the whole
had been properly explained to her, but that she
would inquire into it. 

This affair ought properly to have been discussed
with Miss Burney, but the Queen never asked her
advice, and in the absence of Madame Schwellenberg,
she consulted Miss Planta, who, though she confirmed
every word of Miss Sandys, saying that there was
no exaggeration in her statement, agreed that any
amendment was difficult. 

All male appointments in the Eoyal household
were held by men of a rank that could not associate 

B 2 


with the dressers of the Queen and Princesses, and
the dinner and supper-room being in the other wing,
it would be inconvenient for them to be so far re-
moved from call. These things were represented to
Miss Sandys, but a great deal of trouble ensued about
the arrangements of meals, the allowances, the treat-
ment of those holding lower appointments, the ar-
rangements necessary to be made for the maids and
attendants of ladies visiting at the Lodge, and so

This untoward business lowered these places once
more. Miss Sandys was only * assistant dresser,' the
others * dressers,' and to put the question of rank and
equality on a better footing, the Queen desired that
henceforth the title should be * wardrobe maids,' and
an order was sent to the page of presence to have
them so inserted in the Eed Book in November. 

The Queen now felt her error in having taken
about her people of the class of servants, and found
out too late the race of people she had to deal with.
Poor Mackenthum was quite in despair, and seldom
would join in the new arrangements. She, no doubt
imperceptibly, drew Grieswell to her room constantly,
which was not considered quite decorous. 

Miss Burney called upon me, as she promised she
would do, but brought Miss Planta with her, who, she
said, should relate all this disagreeable business to
me, as she had been the principal mover in all the 


changes and new arrangements that had been made.
Miss Burney added that the Queen had said that
' slie would not keep her from her writing/ and so
had sent for Miss Planta to assist her in settling the
unpleasant affair. Miss Burney thought that the
honour of the house ought to have been kept up, and
that the waiting women should certainly have been
provided for separate from the Royal attendants, for
many reasons. She knew the world, and the Queen
knew that her propositions would have been those of
a lady who well understood the position of people of
all ranks, and who possessed a mind liberal, magna-
nimous, and totally devoid of prejudice. The Queen's
judgment, combined with the amiable feelings of her
dresser, might have laid down rules for the comfort
and respect of every individual, to the honour of
such an establishment, and for the happiness of those
dependent on it. But now, alas ! there was much
inconvenience, and many discussions, and a good deal
of discontent had arisen. 

Miss Planta also told me that Sonardi had de-
manded for the summer attendance 200/., but the
Queen would not enter into any agreement with him
further than by paying him at that rate for any
time that her Majesty might require his assistance. 

Arrangements were now being made at the Lodge
which surprised some and distressed others. 

The three rooms at the end of the long passage, 


looking over the Castle, and a small side room adjoin-
ing the Royal house door and staircase down to the
porter's room, were now fitted up as three bedrooms
and a sitting-room. In one of them, Mrs. Theilcke,
who had suddenly been sent for on November 1, was
placed ; in another, Miss Goldsworthy, with her maid
in the same room on a folding couch ; and in the
third, my father. Madame Schwellenberg and her
servants, six in number, were ordered down for the
winter; and Lady Charlotte Finch was commanded
to establish herself in her house in Sheet Street until
further orders, to attend the school hours of the
younger Princesses, and to dine with them in the
absence of Miss Goldsworthy ; and other new
arrangements among the attendants were made,
showing that some urgent necessity was likely to
arise for their being, so to speak, condensed^ and pre-
pared for sudden or unexpected emergencies. 

The King's health for some time past had been a
subject of great anxiety to all who saw him daily,
and his condition both of body and mind had now
become very critical. Every method and medicine
that had been tried since the return from Chelten-
ham had failed, and it became evident that something
serious was to be expected. 

It was the great desire of the Queen and all those
about his Majesty to keep these unhappy surmises
from the public, and on this account he still showed 


himself on all State occasions, and even held a lev^
as late as the end of October.^ After this an attack
of fever came on which was followed by delirium,
but it was given out to the world that it was an
attack of cold and spasm in the stomach, caused by
his sitting in wet stockings. 

The King was, however, still able at times to
drive out, but his Majesty upon these occasions often
frightened the Princesses. Some days he was almost
unmanageable, and at last became fretful upon every
subject, and danger ensued. 

On November 3, 1788, assembled after dark in
the room at the top of the staircase. Doctors Baker,
Heberden, Reynolds, Warren, and Sir Lucas Pepys,
who met in consultation upon the King's case. The
Queen had consented to these secret deliberations
with proper advice from high authorities ; the Cabi-
net Council, Pitt, Grenville, Spencer, and Thurlow,
sincerely hoping that a cure might be effected. 

' Stanhope, in his lAfe of Pitt, says of this event : ' On the 24th
(October, 1788), however, the King made an effort hejond his strength
in going to hold a lev^ at St. James's. He made that effort, as he
wrote to Mr. Pitt, " to stop further lies and any fall of the stocks." But
at the lev^ his manner and conversation were such as to cause the
most painful uneasiness in several at least of those to whom he spoke.
Mr. Pitt, in particular, could not entirely suppress his emotion when he
attended the King in his closet after the lev^, which his Majesty ob-
served and noticed with kindness in writing next day to his Minister
from Kew. Probably conscious himself, at least in some degree, of
his coming malady, he directed Mr. Pitt in the same letter not to
allow any political papers to be sent to him before the next ensuing


After this a time of wretchedness and anxiety
ensued that almost amounted to despair. 

Mrs. Tunstall was commanded to keep every
ro6m and apartment in Kew House aired and ready
for occupation at a moment's notice, in case such
a change should be deemed advisable ; and those
of the household who resided at Kew during
the summer, were to remain there until further

The suite of rooms occupied by the Queen at
Windsor consisted of six. Immediately opposite the
entrance door was the music-room ; next to it that
in which their Majesties met the evening company to
cards ; then a boudoir, and close to it the Queen's
study. To the right a large bedroom and the
Queen's dressing-room, wliich opened upon the
private staircase down to the King's apartments, and
up to those of the Princesses. 

Over these six rooms nine were arranged : two
for the Princess Royal, two for Princess Augusta, two
for Miss Planta, one for Miss Sandys (the wardrobe),
one for Miss Mackenthum, and the ninth for Madame
Schwellenberg's two abigails. The opposite rooms,
now cleared of visitors, were for the Princesses'
meals, and General Goldsworthy, as head equerry,
was now accommodated in the room at the end of
the passage, two more were for Princess Elizabeth,
and at the other end one for Major Price. 


Immediately under the Queen's rooms were those
of the King, through all of which were communi-
cating doors, besides one from each of the six rooms
into the passage. Although of solid mahogany, the
physicians feared the King's strength in a paroxysm
might burst them, and they were secured. Other
arrangements were made for the safety of the King's
person, and we must hope for his comfort. Precau-
tions were, no doubt, necessary and wise, but the
necessity for them was very, very sad. 

One circumstance that certainly greatly disturbed
and vexed the King, and it is feared brought forward
his direful malady to a more violent crisis, was the
return of the Duke of York from Hanover, without
permission, and the unceasing endeavours of his
Royal Highness to persuade the King to allow him
to introduce into the Guards' bands the Turkish
musical instruments, with the ornamental tails, cres-
cents, &c. The Duke was ordered back, but did not
go, and this conduct was naturally very irritating to
his Majesty. 

The loss of the American Colonies just at this
juncture also undoubtedly preyed upon the King's
mind; but though these and other trying circum-
stances might have brought his Majesty's unfortunate
malady to a crisis, they could not have been the origi-
nal cause of it, and there must have been some lurk-
ing tendency to unsoundness of mind, undiscovered 


in his early life, notwithstanding his apparent healthi-
ness and vigour of constitution.^ 

November 3, 1788, was Princess Sophia's eleventh
birthday. On these occasions the Princesses always
had some amusement as a hohday, and were more
than usual among the family. This day they were
all to dine together, for the King to see his children,
but he took little notice of them or of any one. At
dessert he fell into a heavy doze. 

Then all left him, and Dr. Baker entered. On
waking up his Majesty inquired what it all meant ?
They told him first that the Queen, who for some
time had not been well, was worse, and that Dr.
Baker had prevailed upon her Majesty to take rest.
*Then,' said the King, 'let me see her.' They en-
deavoured to persuade him that it was better not,
but the mancBuvre was not successful, and the poor
King became rapidly worse. 

The almost total loss of sleep from which his 

^ ' The constitution of George III. was by nature hardy and robust,
but with a constant tendency to corpulence. To counteract this the
King had from an early period adopted a system of abstemious diet and
of active exercise. While his meeds were of the simplest and plainest
kind, the equerries in attendance upon him might often complain of the
great distances which he rode in hunting, or of his walks of three hours
before breakfast. That system carried to excess, combined with never-
failing and anxious attention to affairs of State, was the cause of the
mental malady in 1788. Such at least was the opinion of the case ex-
pressed by Dr. Willis, the ablest by far of his physicians, when examined
by the Ck>mmittees of the House of Lords and House of Commons.'
(From Stanhope's lAfe of FUt) 


Majesty had been suffering of late was of very serious
import, both as a cause and effect of his rapid in-
crease of illness. He was aware of the evil attending
this sleeplessness, and bewailed it in the most pitiful

[Upon this subject Dr. Doran says : — * Previous to
the first night of the King's delirium he conducted,
as he had always been accustomed to do, the Queen
to her dressing-room, and there, a hundred times
over, requested her not to disturb him if she should
find him asleep. The urgent repetition showed a
mind nearly overthrown, but the King calmly and
affectionately remarked that he needed not physicians,
for the Queen was the best physician he could have.
" She is my best friend," said he. " Where could I
find a better? "'—Ed.] 

Through that night, and for several successive
days, the physicians in turn never left him ; and of
the pages and footmen, some were always in atten-
dance, and were to relieve each other as they found
they could best manage it. 

To assist old Matthews and Cox, pages' men, the
Queen ordered two others over from Kew. The
pages in attendance were six : Kamus, Ernst, Stilling-
fleet. Chamberlain, Compton, and Papendiek, with
Grieswell as a helper. Two small bedsteads were
placed in the dessert-room for two only at a time to
take natural rest, and so intensely cold was the 


winter, that, there being no fire allowed in the room
where the King slept, no one could remain there for
more than half an hour at a time. 

Four times a day provisions were put upon the
table in the pages' room, to which they came as they
could, by the communication through the Koyal
Family's former dining-room ; and from the pantry,
a few steps away, any beverage, hot or cold, could
be procured at any moment, night or day. 

The King was allowed pens, ink, and paper, and
wrote down, as a sort of journal, every occurrence
that took place, and every conversation, as correctly
as could be. 

Twice only was the King shaved between Novem-
ber and some time in January. My father, though
' principal barber,' the title of his 300/. a year place,
was too nervous to undertake it. Mr. Papendiek,
however, was ready. He begged the Queen to have
Palmer, the razor-maker, down, that there might be
no flaw or hitch in the instruments, and the razor
well sharpened. This was done, and Mr. Papendiek
succeeded in clearing the two cheeks at one sitting,
which, with the King's talking in between, was nearly
a two hours' job. The Queen, out of sight of the
King, sat patiently to see it done, which was achieved
without one drop of blood. 

Everybody compUmented the poor barber, who
in a few days cleared the mouth and throat, by 


liitting upon a pleasant conversation to amuse his
Majesty while the operation was proceeded with, and
this was repeated after a few weeks' interval. 

The condition of the Queen was pitiable in the
extreme. The first few days of her terrible grief
she passed almost entirely with her hands and arms
stretched across a table before her, with her head
resting upon them, and she took nothing to eat or drink
except once or twice a little barley water. Madame
Schwellenberg, who attended the noon dressing, and
sometimes the evening retirements, now endeavoured
to rouse her Majesty from her position of grief, and at
last succeeded in persuading her to retire to rest, but
Miss Goldsworthy spent nearly the entire night in
reading to her. The Queen had removed her
sleeping apartment to one nearer that of the King,
but it was not thought right to allow her to see him. 

The King was told that she was ill and not able
to come to his room, which in some measure pacified
him, but one night, I think it was the 5th or 6th, his
Majesty got up, and with a candle in his hand, went
to the Queen's room to ascertain with his own eyes
that she was still in the house. He spoke to her
with the greatest affection, and this night's event,
though it greatly terrified the Queen, had a more
soothing effect upon the King than anything that had
as yet been tried. 

It seemed cruel to him, nay to both of them, 


that this gratification of meeting could not have been
granted. I suppose it was right. I do not under-
stand, and can only judge from my own feelings. 

Mr. Papendiek told me afterwards that the
silence and gloom within the walls of the Lodge was
something terrible. Anxiety and sorrow was depicted
upon every countenance, not only for the condition
of the beloved King, but in sympathy with the poor
Queen, who was so utterly wretched and yet so
patient and so resigned to the will of God. Her
Majesty was never left alone, night or day, and in
the morning the earliest intelligence of how the night
had been passed, was brought to her. 

The King's condition was sometimes better and
sometimes worse, and the physicians were not unani-
mous in their opinion, either as regarded the possi-
bility of his ultimate recovery, or in the present
treatment of the patient, except in one thing, that
perfect quiet must be maintained. 

Every precaution was taken to preserve this state
of quiet. No bells were rung, and all arrangements
were made among the attendants that the necessary
changes should take place at stated hours without
any bustle or confusion. The park gates were
locked, and no stranger was permitted to enter. An-
other equerry was ordered down. General Manners,
as being the next in seniority. Three gentlemen
porters were added at the Eoyal entrance-gate, 


and four sergeant porters at the gate in the Home
Park, and an additional number of kitchen boys
was ordered down from London to fetch everything
from these gates. 

On Sunday, November 16, a public prayer was
put up in all churches throughout the land, for the
King's recovery. The special prayer was very
touching, and the whole congregation in the Koyal
Chapel joined in most devoutly. Indeed the service
throughout was very affecting, and many were the
tears shed upon this occasion. The dear old Bishop
of Worcester came, and saw the Queen, the interview
being very short, as it was too affecting and trying
to them both, though her Majesty was much gratified
by his visit. 

The conduct of the Prince of Wales was, during
tins season of affliction, very heartless. He came
constantly to the Lodge and assumed to himself a
power that had not yet been legally given to him,
without any consideration or regard for his mother's
feelings. At first the Queen could not make up her
mind to see him, but the second time he requested
an audience (or I might more correctly say demanded
one, so excited and vehement was his Royal Highness),
he was admitted to her presence. 

When he began to enter upon political conver-
sation, her Majesty said that the equerries and Miss
Goldsworthy must be called to answer the Prince, 


who, after being most severe, and knocking his stick
several times upon the floor, while condemning the
whole of what had been done, bowed and retired
without kissing the Queen's hand according to the
usual custom. 

All felt for her under this cruel treatment, out
it had the effect of rousing the poor Queen and she
soon after began to take the air in plain carriages.
General permission was given to walk m the gardens,
but no one was suffered to leave the premises or join
their friends. The Queen was already much changed ;
her hair quite grey, and her spirits sadly depressed
The Princesses were, however, now sometimes sent
for, and also occasionally visited the Queen of an
evening. , 

Her Majesty also visited the younger Princesses
at the Lower Lodge, and was not altogether pleased
to find that the three Miss Fieldings had often been
introduced by Lady Charlotte Finch in the evenings
to amuse their Eoyal Highnesses, particularly as no
permission had been even hinted at. The King did
not like Captain Fielding, and had told Lady Char-
lotte Finch, at the time of his marriage with her
daughter, that he was of too inactive a character to
rise above the rank of Commodore, and that he was
not likely to be often called upon for active service.
As I have before mentioned, Mrs. Fielding was
appointed bedchamber-woman to the Queen, so their 


Majesties felt that they had done all that could be
reasonably expected of them. 

The appointment was worth 300/. a year, and
the perquisites, a share of the Court clothes &c.,
amounted to about 200L more. This was a recognised
fact, which is proved by the circumstance that during
the war, when an embargo was laid upon the impor-
tation of foreign lace, the loss was made up to the
six bedchamber-women, by an allowance of lOOZ. a
year each. 

It was injudicious of the lady governess to act
at this critical moment in such a manner as to draw
observation, and it ended in these girls being less
taken up by Royalty than might otherwise have been
the case. The eldest was handsome and clever, and
married, at the age of sixteen. Lord Robert Fitz-
gerald, brother to Lord Edward, who, as ringleader
of the rebels in Ireland, was taken prisoner and died
of his wounds. He was married to the renowned
Pamela, daughter of Madame de Genlis. The second
Miss Fielding was also very pretty, and one of the
greatest coquettes, then the term (now I think it is
called flirts) in fashionable circles. She never
married, but the third, Augusta, of a fine figure but
not handsome, married Captain Hicks of the Guards,
a son of the King's laundress. 

In the same quiet manner did the Queen and
Princesses continue to go on while at Windsor. She 



saw the physicians daily, and with them planned the
bulletin that was issued every morning. This was
eagerly read by all his Majesty's subjects, and the
affection and loyalty of the pubhc was so great, that
the excitement, when the news was less good, reached
a pitch of agitation that was almost dangerous.
Upon one occasion the carriage of Dr. Baker was
stopped as he drove along the streets, and upon his
saying, in answer to their eager inquiries as to the
health of the King, that he had only a bad report
to give, the mob cried out, 'The more shame to

The Cabinet Ministers now came down to Windsor
to consult what was further to be done, as certainly
no improvement had taken place. It was suggested
that a fresh opinion should be taken, and the Queen
had no objection to Dr. Monro being called in ; but
it was her opinion that any physician who made that
malady his spidaliU^ and who might be recom-
mended to attend the King, should remain constantly
with his Majesty, even after recovery, should that be
the result, and felt that it would not be right to
deprive the public of the services of so favourite a
physician. It was decided therefore to call in Dr.
Addington, an old man, but one who had had great
experience in the malady from which our loved
King was suffering. 

He had a consultation with the other medical 


men already in attendance. They listened to his
Majesty's talk from the side room, to see if they
could gain a clue to any subject that might be
especially worrying the King's mind. He talked
incessantly, till his poor voice was quite hoarse and
painful to listen to, but there was not much to be
gathered from his conversation. He spoke of the
general conduct of the Prince of Wales, fearing
that his brothers, with the exception of Adolphus,
were following him ; of his little Octavius who had
been his companion, his comfort, his delight ; adding
that the Almighty had taken him. He hoped and
thought he was resigned to His will, but he must be
very sinful to be so sorely chastened ; and then the
tears rolled down his cheeks in a manner pitiful to

His Majesty used to inquire who called, and on
wishing to be told if Lord North had ever been, was
answered in the affirmative. Then the King said,
' He might have recollected me sooner. However,
he, poor fellow, has lost his sight, and I my mind.
Yet we meant well to the Americans ; just to punish
them with a few bloody noses, and then make bows
for the mutual happiness of the two countries. But
want of principle got into the army, want of energy
and skill in the First Lord of the Admiralty (the Earl
of Sandwich), and want of unanimity at home. We 



lost America. Tell him not to call again ; I shall
never see him/ 

The King also inquired if Lord Howard had
ridden down on his little white charger to inquire,
and added, ' Tell him not to trouble himself. I know
he is not sincere ; he was angry at my not giving
consent to his marrying Lady Effingham. I knew his
family would not treat her or her daughter well, and
I thought there was a mutual affection between her
and the Queen, so we did not want to part with her.
The 500/. I allowed her annually I have secured to
her, but the house at Kew I have taken away, as
she has one in the country.' 

These and many other conversations his Majesty
wrote down in the journal which he kept. One par-
ticularly, where he fell into a quarrel with Comptou,
who, though a just man, was a thorough John Bull,
and despised EoyaJty, a Court, and foreigners. He
told the King that his father had been a man devoid
of principle; that many people round about the
country had been totally ruined, some even having
committed suicide, from the Prince of Wales not
having paid his debts, nor his father, George IL, for
him. Petitions presented to the Princess Dowager
were totally disregarded. The house at the top of
the Long Walk had been given to the Duke of Cum-
berland, the King's brother, upon the same want of
principle, and debts incurred without a hope of pay- 


merit. All this, the King observed, was rather too
much to tell a Sovereign, although it might be and
no doubt was true. Poor man, he never forgot it,
nor could he ever bear the sight of Compton. 

A pitiable and painful event occurred on Christ-
mas Day. The King found out that it was the 25th,
and asked why he had not been told that the Arch-
bishop of Canterbury had arrived to administer the
sacrament to him. No particular answer was given,
when, upon his becoming impatient, his Majesty was
reminded that all those things rested with the doctors,
as well as all others of moment, and that they, the
pages, were acting solely by their orders. The fever
ran high, yet the King appeared calm, and tasted his
dinner but could not eat. Suddenly, in an instant
he got under the sofa, saying that as on that day
everything had been denied him, he would there
converse with his Saviour, and no one could interrupt

How touching, and how truly sad ! 

When he was a little calmer, Mr. Papendiek got
under to him, having previously given orders to the
attendants that the sofa should be lifted straight up
from over them. He remained a moment lying with
his Majesty, then by pure strength lifted him in his
arms and laid him on his couch, where in a short
time he fell asleep. 

Mr. Papendiek felt the eflTects of this great 


exertion for some time after, but was pleased to
think he had succeeded in placing the King in
safety without doing him any hurt. This occurrence
was mentioned in his Majesty's diary, with the re-
mark appended that Papendiek had only twice
offended him, and that he forgave him. 

Now Dr. Willis appeared upon the scene. How
he was found out I do not know, but I believe he
was introduced by Dr. Warren. He was a clergy-
man, and held a hving in the eastern suburbs of
London, where he had been of incalculable service to
his parishioners in the cure of their bodies as well as
their souls. It was the custom in those days for
many who were bred divines to add the study of
other sciences for the benefit of their fellow creatures,
and it is evident that Dr. Willis had made this
branch of medicine his special study, and had been
most successful in his cures of the direful malady of
insanity. His eldest and youngest sons were regu-
larly brought up to the profession, while his second
son became a clergyman, and acted as chaplain to
the institution which had some time before been
established by Dr. Willis in Lincolnshire, where he
had a commodious house and extensive grounds for
the reception of gentlemen mentally afflicted. Dr.
Willis was an upright, worthy man, gentle and
humane in his profession, and amiable and pious as
a clergyman. 


Mr. Pitt brought him down to Windsor, and after
being introduced to the Queen he was taken in to see
the King, her Majesty being present, though, as usual,
out of sight. Mr. Pitt said, ' We have found a gen-
tleman who has made the illness under which your
Majesty is now labouring his study for some years,
and we doubt not that he can render comfort, and
alleviate many of the inconveniences your Majesty
suflers.' Upon which the King replied, ' Will he
let me shave myself, cut my nails, and have a knife
at breakfast and dinner, and treat me as his Sovereign,
not command me as a subject ? ' The doctor said,
' Sire, I am a plain man, not used to Courts, but I
honour and respect my King. I know my duty, and
have always endeavoured to do it strictly. Bred to
the Church, religion has been my guide, and to do
all the good I can is my constant maxim and earnest
desire.' That answer appeared to satisfy the anxiety
of the King, who would immediately shave. 

This was permitted, and Mr. Papendiek now came
with the necessary materials, the doctor privately ex-
tolling the courage he had shown in having per-
formed the operation on the previous occasion. It
now took the King a long time to complete the task,
and he was glad not to repeat it. The nails were
cut the next day with the same permission. 

Dr. Willis having watched his Majesty minutely
for twenty-four hours, ventured to give it as his 


opinion that the malady had been too long suffered to
remain, but that if the constitution could bear the
remedies necessary to work out the disease, he had
no fear for a cure. 

Of course the physicians were less unanimous than
ever now, but all concurred in their jealousy of this
new comer, who, as time went on, and in spite of
many relapses into even a worse condition than had
before shown itself, would be sanguine. 

It now became, a question whether it would not
be advisable to move his Majesty to Kew. Dr. Willis
was entirely in favour of it, for two or three reasons,
of which the principal one was the grounds and gar-
den in which his Majesty could take air and exercise
privately, and without any annoyance, while at
Windsor the whole of the private garden could be
seen from the Terrace, and to exclude the public
suddenly from what they had hitherto had the pri-
vilege of using, would give rise to comments and sur-
mises that were best avoided. The Queen was very
much against the move, knowing that the King him-
self would object to it, having taken a disUke to
the place; ♦and in this she was right, for when the
idea was first proposed to him, he was very vehement
in his objections. 

However, when the advantages were pointed out
to her Majesty of the garden for exercise, of the
conveniences of Kew in the matter of accommodation. 


and of its accessibility from London, she at once agreed
to the undertaking with her usual sweet acquiescence
in all that she thought might conduce to the King's
welfare. The Queen desired Miss Goldsworthy to
write a letter of introduction to Mrs. Tunstall, which
Dr. Willis would himself be the bearer of, in order
to make the required arrangements with her, and
Ml'. FiihUng, the clerk of the works. 

The very large dining-room, with six windows to
the west, was to be the King's living-room, with one
window opened to the ground for his Majesty to step
out into the garden whenever the sun should be suf-
ficiently warm for him to take this exercise, the hard
frost and extreme cold still continuing. In this room
Dr. Willis approved of a constant fire being kept up,
which was a comfort to all parties. 

From the guard-room at the back of this, the sol-
diers with their encumbrances were removed to rooms
near the gates of the office court, and the guard-room
was converted into accommodation for the footmen
and pages' men. This office court, near the King's
room, gave excellent apartments for all who were in
attendance, of every rank. 

The Queen's own suite of apartments was secured
to her as before, as were also those of the elder and
younger Princesses. The Queen's dressing-room was
appropriated to Miss Goldsworthy, who continued to
sleep in her Majesty's room. The King's bedroom 


adjoined the other room, then two rooms for Dr. Willis
and his son Thomas, who was now sent for, that one
or other of them might always be present. The bed-
ding prepared for the King was of down feathers, and
everything was done to show the most tender feeling
for him as monarch, and yet as a sick and suffering

A privy council was now convened at Windsor to
sanction the removal. The Prince of Wales: the
Chancellor, Mr. Pitt, and several of the ministers
of state were present, and gave the necessary per-

[Miss Burney gives the following interesting account
of this meeting of the council, and of the circum-
stances attending it. ' A privy council was held at
the Castle, with the Prince of Wales : the Chancellor,
Mr. Pitt, and all oflScers of state were summoned to
sign a permission for the King's removal. The poor
Queen gave an audience to the Chancellor — it was
necessary to sanctify their proceedings. The Princess
Eoyal and Lady Courtown attended her. It was a
tragedy the most dismal ! 

' The Queen's knowledge of the King's aversion to
Kew made her consent to this measure with the ex-
tremest reluctance, yet it was not to be opposed. It
was stated as much the best for him on account of
the garden, as here there is none but what is public
to spectators from the Terrace, or tops of houses. I 


believe they were perfectly right, though the removal
was so tremendous. 

' The physicians were summoned to the privy
council, to give their opinions, upon oath, that this
step was necessary. 

' Inexpressible was the alarm of everyone, lest the
King, if he recovered, should bear a lasting resentment
against the authors and promoters of this journey.
To give it, therefore, every possible sanction, it was
decreed that he should be seen both by the Chancellor
and Mr. Pitt. 

' The Chancellor went into his presence with a
tremor such as, before, he had been only accustomed
to inspire, and when he came out he was so extremely
aflfected by the state in which he saw his royal master
and patron that the tears ran down his cheeks, and
his feet had difficulty to support him. 

' Mr. Pitt was more composed, but expressed his
grief with so much respect and attachment, that it
added new weight to the universal admiration v/ith
which he is here beheld.' — Ed.] 

In a very short time the whole was ready. The
office people and Lower Lodge moved first ; Lady
Charlotte Pinch to her house by the water side, and
the Princesses with their attendants, and Mr. Brown
the page, to their usual apartments in Kew House. 

The regulations for the gentlemen porters and
others were the same as at Windsor, only rather less 


strict, for a little more intercourse was allowed at Kew
than there had been at Windsor. Mrs. Tunstall had
the coffee and still-room, where Betty Snoswell with
her assistants attended ; and night or day you were
equally well served, and no one was deprived of a
dish of tea when required, even if not a privileged

Dr. Willis did not wish any of the gentlemen to be
removed that the King was accustomed to see about
him, but the Queen, knowing how much he disliked
Mr. Compton, from the disrespectful way in which he
talked of the late King's family, sent him back to his
own home in Pimlico, which he by no means re-
gretted. The four footmen were to continue, but
Fortnum begged to resign from infirm health, and
Howard was ordered in his stead. 

Fortnum now settled in business as a grocer in
Piccadilly, the success of which undertaking is well
known. • 

My uncle, as the Kew page, was now to do
duty, but my father was not to be liberated, as
the Queen wished as few changes as possible to
take place. 

And now, all being ready, and all the arrange-
ments made, the great move was to take place as
soon as possible ; and it was satisfactorily accom-
plished one evening early in the winter. 

I cannot recollect the exact date of this event, 


but my impression is that it was either at the close
of 1788, or quite early in January of the succeeding

Dr. Willis and the equerries went in the same coach
with his Majesty, and the retinue followed. The
Queen, Princesses, and their attendants followed
closely, so that before her Majesty entered her room
at Kew, she was able to be told that the King was
safe in his new apartments. He at first expressed
pleasure at the appearance of a cheerful fire, which
for some time he had not seen ; but he became very
indignant when he found that he was not to see the
Queen. This had been held out as a promise to his
Majesty, if he would consent to leave Windsor, and
now, very wrongly in my humble opinion, the pro-
mise was broken, and the King naturally felt hurt at
the deception. 

Dr. Willis now wished that a consultation between
the physicians should take place at least every two
days, and the Queen soon found the comfort of the
change to Kew ; as, being within easy reach of the
metropolis, she was enabled to see Mr. Pitt nearly
every day, and the physicians were no longer without

[According to Miss Burney the removal to Kew
was accomplished on Saturday, November 29. A few
other discrepancies occur between her account of
this transaction, and that of Mrs. Papendiek. For 


instance, as to the hour at which the Queen per-
formed the journey, she says : * The poor Queen was
to get off in private : the plan settled between the
Princes and the physicians was that her Majesty and
the Princesses should go away quietly, and then that
the King should be told that they were gone, which
was the sole method they could devise to prevail
with him to follow. He was then to be allured by a
promise of seeing them at Kew ; and as they knew
he would doubt their assertion, he was to go
through the rooms and examine the house himself.
I believe it was about ten o'clock when her Majesty
departed ; drowned in tears, she glided along the
passage, and got softly into her carriage, with two
weeping Princesses and Lady Courtown, who was
to be her lady-in-waiting during this dreadful

I cannot account for these inconsistencies, as both
descriptions are so circumstantially given ; and I
cannot find a third authority to reconcile the two.
As, however, they are not points of material con-
sequence, I leave them undecided. — ^Ed.] 

The routine now went steadily on, and though
there were days of the utmost depression, when the
reports of his Majesty were more than usually bad,
there was, on the whole, a more hopeful feeUng
creeping over the community ; for Dr. Willis, in spite
of all that was said by the other physicians, and of 


the changes that sometimes took place for the worse,
held to his own sanguine opinion of a cure, and in-
spired all who came in contact with him with some
of his confidence. 



Madame Schwellenberg again — Political intriguee*— Pitt stands firm —
Unusually severe winter — Remedies for chilblains — Mrs. Jervois —
Mrs. Stowe — Mrs. Roach — The baby fails in health — Mr. Meyer —
The Forrests — The window for St. George's Chapel — Mrs. Papen-
diek visits her aunt at Kew — John Cramer and other composers —
Mrs Meyer— The Meyer family — Return home to Windsor — Dinners ;
turtle, fish, meat, puddings, and beverages — Domestic arrangements —
Knives and forks — Mr. Papendiek's short visit — Distress from the
intense cold — Personal sorrow for the King and Queen — Serious
illness of little George — Death of Mr. Meyer — Mrs. Willis — The
Royal patient —The Regency Bill — Deputation to the Queen — Conva-
lescence of the King — Lord Mulgrave's speech — ^Dr. Doran's review
of the state of afiiairB. 

Madame Schwellenbebg took advantage of the
former arrangements of dear Kew, to desire that Miss
Burney alone should dine with her, and that Miss
Planta should return to her former table with the
Misses Gomm and Montmollin. 

The Queen saw Mrs. Tunstall every day, and
herself arranged the meals with her for her own
table and that of the Princesses. She desired that
no communication should be kept up with the Miss
Ducks, who were housekeepers to the Prince of
Wales in the opposite house. The extreme rapidity
with which all was got ready for the reception and 


accommodation of the King and the household, was
due to Mr. Whitshed Keene, the head clerk in the
Lord Chamberlain's office, under whose directions the
whole w^as carried out. His apartments, or house,
were the same as those in which the Princess Augusta
now resides. He was succeeded by Mr. Nicholas
Calvert, the elder of the brother brewers, who
resided in the same house, and took his bride there ;
but on the accession of George IV., being ordered to
quit this desirable residence for his Majesty's ac-
commodation, he resigned, and Mr. Mash, now Sir
Thomas, was appointed to the situation. 

All this time much political intrigue was going
on. and the question of a regency began to be dis-
cussed in Parliament. After the meeting of the privy
council at Windsor they made a report of the con-
dition of the King, corroborated by that of the phy-
sicians, which proved beyond doubt that his Majesty
was not in a fit state to conduct the business of the

The Prince of Wales now came forward, and,
supported by the Whigs and their leader. Fox, an-
nounced that upon him, as heir- apparent, should the
government of the kingdom devolve ; and he seemed
to wish his Eoyal mother to be set aside entirely.
There was much discussion, and the Queen became
the object of considerable calumny. She, however,
supported this as she had all her previous troubles, 



with pious fortitude, and was upheld in all her views
by Pitt, who not only helped her in asserting her
rights, but stood firm in his adherence to the King,
and acted throughout in a manner that was best for
the country. 

But before continuing the relation of these pubhc
affairs, I will return to our own private concerns. 

After Mr. Papendiek came over on November 3,
to fetch his things and to take leave of us, our pro-
ceedings were carried on with the greatest circum-
spection. He wished us never to walk but where we
were sure to avoid everyone belonging to Royalty
and the household. 

It was, as I have before observed, a most remark-
ably cold winter, so that it was only very rarely that
any of my children, except Frederick, could stir out.
Baby and Eliza were delicate, and poor little Char-
lotte had sad broken chilblains round the heels, just
at the top of the shoes, where the petticoats do not
shelter the legs from the cold air. Her feet were
wrapped in flannel and laid upon a chair, keeping
on the chamois shoes, which were large and the
warmest then made, so that when she felt inclined to
move about a Uttle she could do so, as exercise was
desirable for her general health. The remedies were
to wash the poor broken chilblains with turnip water,
and to put the turnip, well mashed and passed
through a sieve, upon the wound as a poultice, gently 


rubbing those not broken with the turnip water, the
object being to create circulation. 

Though the assemblies at the Town Hall for
cards and dancing were suppressed, yet private
evening parties were continued, probably on a rather
more moderate scale, but to these I made a point of
never going, out of respect and love for the Eoyal
Family. The Jervois's were all friendliness, and to
them I used constantly to go, to work with the ladies
and to dine, and then, after sometimes a practice
with Mr. Jervois, I would return home to tea. Mrs.
Stowe, too, would sometimes come over to sup with
me when her daughters and my children were gone
to bed, and then we would draw our Uttle table
close to the fire and settle what we would have.
Eoasted oysters and egg beer were great favourites. 

Mrs. Eoach called now and then, and my sister
and the little Zoffanys often passed the Sunday after-
noons with us after coming out of church, and went
home at dusk in the sedan, but this only when the
cold, which showed little sign of abating, was not
too severe. 

Dr. Mingay took regular care and guardianship
of us, and we soon began to see that the poor little
Georgy boy did not thrive. He moaned and pined
and did not take his food properly. He slept ill,
and after a few weeks we were both the worse for
that. I kept large fires, and everything we could 

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think of was tried but failed. It now became neces-
sary that he should have a wet nurse, and Mrs.
Spencer, the wife of the bookkeeper and foreman at
More's, who lived within three or four doors of us,
was willing to take him. They were very respect-
able people, and by no means low or vulgar, and I
arranged with her that baby should remain with her,
and that my nurse should go over two or three times
during the day to feed and dress him. 

This was a trial to me, but I felt that it must
be right to endeavour to save the life of the poor
child and to improve his health ; and he certainly
did improve, though he still remained a puny little
thing. A little bed was put up in my room, and one
or other of the three bairnies was always to sleep
there, which was a great privilege and delight to
them, poor little dears, and the race to be first
made the act of going to bed more desirable to

One afternoon, at dusk, 1 was surprised by a visit
from Mr. Meyer, from Kew. He came in with his
cheeks flushed, pimples well filled, and in a state of
great excitement at not having been admitted at the
Lodge or allowed to see any person there. 

I begged him to be calm while I explained the
whole matter, when I felt sure he would under-
stand how judicious the Queen's arrangements were.
He had just received letters from his son in India, 


who at the age of seventeen had been sent out as
writer, a situation not in those days so easily obtained. 

This amiable man was brought up at Westminster,
where he became head of the school, showing himself
talented, elegant, and prepossessing, and through
Mrs. Hastings, an old friend and fellow' country-
woman, both being WUrtembergers, he obtained this
appointment. She, always wishing to please the
Queen, gave it as through the interest of Madame
Schwellenberg, and therefore one can understand
Meyer's disappointment at not being able to show the
first letters of this young man, which spoke greatly
to his credit, for he in a very modest way mentioned
that being already able to correspond in the Eastern
languages, he was receiving 4,000/. a year. 

Mr. Meyer wanted to go off at once, but as I
told him that there was no conveyance at that hour,
he allowed me to order dinner and a bed for him
at the house opposite, with which he was pleased.
He said he admired my serene cheerfulness, so
different from my aunt at Kew, who was bewailing
their being ordered to remain there, and her lot

I said, ' Let her send my eldest cousin to me. We
will amuse her,' and to my astonishment and pleasure,
in a day or two, down she came, delighted. She was
a great acquisition to the Jervois's particularly in her
practising with Mr. Jervois, and she in return gained 


great advantages by playing with the accompaniment
of the Griesbachs, and by constantly hearing new
music. I got Eodgers to come in every evening to
give her a lesson, and with him she studied really
good music and improved greatly. 

Our morning occupations over, we walked when
the sun shone, and amongst other places I took her
to the Forrests', to show her neatness, comfort, and
quiet happiness in a family circle where poverty
rather than plenty was certainly resident. 

To my surprise I found the sweet Uttle garden,
which had hitherto been cultivated in a manner
most pleasing to the eye, filled with stoves and
furnaces for burning glass. These were to try some
process by which the small panes, which were each
separately burned after being coloured, would be
rendered less liable to crack or break. 

We went on to Jarvis's, a little lower down in
Peascod Street, and in his work-rooms saw the painted
window of the Eesurrection, for St. George's Chapel,

The Dean and Chapter had informed the Queen,
through General Goldsworthy, that the window was
ready to be put up, and that they awaited her Ma-
jesty's commands. The Queen did not wish to have
it put up, in the confident hope that the King would
yet have the pleasure of directing the work, as
originally intended ; but she quite approved of its 


being temporarily fixed, in order to judge of the

The authorities, with other competent artists, the
Queen and Princesses, with their little court around
them, all concurred in the opinion that it was too
narrow, and that sides must be added, for which Mr.
West was ordered to prepare the cartoons. 

He at once thought that the most appropriate
subjects would be * the three Marys coming early to
the Sepulchre the first day of the week' for one
side, and * the two Disciples outrunning each other '
for the opposite side. This was agreed upon,
and the drawings were to be immediately begun,
with the endeavour to complete the work by the

After this meeting, Mr. Forrest, on the way home,
spoke to Jarvis about the secret process for burning
the glass, of which he, Jarvis, had hitherto had the
monopoly, and urged his making it over* to him, as
he had neither son, nephew, nor any friend to assist.
Forrest had an honest, upright heart, and had
served Jarvis well in his work, especially in the
window of New College, Oxford, and in this window
for St. George's Chapel, and he promised to assist his
labours with additional alacrity if he would do this
thing for him. 

However, Jarvis was inexorable, and then Forrest
said that he considered himself bound to finish* all 


the Cliapel work with him upon the same terms,
but that, after that, he should feel himself at liberty
to erect stoves and endeavour to find out this or
some other process for himself that would answer
equally well. 

Should he succeed, he would strive in every way
to act honourably by him ; and thus they parted,
shaking hands and remaining good friends. These
stoves were what we had seen in Forrest's garden. 

After a fortnight a letter from my aunt came,
desiring the return of her daughter, as they were all
so at a loss without her. This was accompanied by
a pressing invitation to me from my aunt, and also
from the Meyers, both of which I promised to tKink
about on parting with my cousin, whose visit had
been mutually pleasant to us both. We had read
together Miss Burney's two novels, * Evelina ' and
* Cecilia,' and I had helped her with some work,
having given her the materials for a cover for her

Being able to make satisfactory arrangements for
my children, I did in a short time go to visit my
aunt at Kew. It gave me intense pleasure to see the
place again after this long interval, for no one had
invited me there since my marriage. 

I made the acquaintance of some new people,
the Grahams, who had taken my father's old house,
and were a great acquisition to the neighbourhood. 


My cousin was very anxious to occupy her time
more profitably, and as she had suddenly shown a
decided talent for music, I proposed that she should
give lessons at her own home, which would enable
her to pay for masters to improve herself in other

My uncle acquiesced, as he said he could only
afford to educate his boys, but my aunt made some
objections. She, however, afterwards consented, and
as music was becoming a much more general accom-
plishment, my cousin soon succeeded in getting a few
pupils at Kew, though there were now several good
masters and new composers. 

Schroeder was retiring, but Huimandel had al-
ready begun with success ; John Cramer had also
started, and Clementi was waiting to see the progress
of things, intending to come down upon them all like
a thunderbolt. His talent was known, and people
were watching the result. Benser was an excellent
master on Bach's plan, but could not give you any
sentiment for the science. 

My cousin's manner of playing was gay, her pas-
sages being executed with extreme neatness, and a
brilliancy and interest was kept up in allegro or
presto movements ; yet a flippancy pervaded that
she could not or did not wish to conquer. So in
adagio she failed, having no knowledge of, or feel-
ing for the fine harmonies therein expressed, either 


simple or chromatic ; no seizure of the instrument to
produce effect ; no power to convey to the minds of
others the beauties which her own mind did not
feel. She played all alike equally neatly and quietly,
put in a turn or a shake in good taste, and a well
chosen crescendo or diminuendo in certain passages,
but there was no soul in the performance. 

1 did all I could to help my cousins, while I was
with them, to arrange their occupations and studies
as far as they could carry them on for themselves,
for, unfortunately, my aunt was not of much assist-
ance in this matter. My uncle's income was small,
and he did not see the necessity for the girls to have
much education. He said that when in town they
had Mr. Meilan for grammar, religious and profane
reading, with a writing master who also taught
ciphering, and they would do very well. Needle-
work they could pick up in the nursery, where they
always muddled away their mornings ; and so on. 

In the evenings friends constantly dropped in,
and my uncle and aunt would join in a social game
of cards or dice, ending with a neat little repast
and a nicely mixed warm beverage, the mode of the
time ; and although all this was most agreeable,
could it be right for parents thus to enjoy them-
selves every day, without paying the slightest atten-
tion to the numerous family growing up around
them, either as to their studies or amusements .^ 


Thus we parted, and on the following morning
I went to the Meyers, where I was most hospitably
received. Mrs. Meyer was very enthusiastic, and
said : ' My dear Lotte, you are what we always
thought you! You sent home Mr. Meyer quite
composed, and able to enjoy his letters, and your
cousin a different being.' Poor Mrs. Meyer was at
this time very suffering. Having hurt her leg by
a fall and bruised it severely, her medical advisers
said she must keep it in a horizontal position, as it
did not recover, and showed a disposition to break.
I therefore sat by her with my work, and many
hours did we talk together. 

She had not had a very happy married life, and
it was a comfort to her to unburden her mind lo so
old a friend as I was. She told me that after her
second daughter was bom, her husband said that as
he saw he was only to be troubled with girls, he
would not have them brought up fine learned ladies,
but that they should be taught plain reading, plain
needlework, writing, and ciphering as far as addi-
tion of money. At as early an age as they could
possibly be sent from home, poor things, Mr. Meyer
found out a school in Staffordshire, whither lie took
them, and contracted for their staying three years.
Their clothing was of linsey-woolsey, black worsted
stockings, which in those days were only seen on
servants of an inferior order and the lower workinjr 


classes, camlet cloaks with hoods, bonnets of tlie
same, straw not then being known, and strong leather

All going on fairly for these three years, two
more were added, and when they returned home, the
poor mother was distressed indeed. 

Charlotte, the eldest, had always been idiotish,
which had certainly increased as she grew. She
was in figure and face the mother's likeness, which,
without a mind to illumine the countenance, must,
as she said, be plain indeed. Her occupation was
doing every stitch of plainwork for the family, and
she sat alone, never seeming to care for companion-
ship, or taking interest in any one thing. 

Mary, the second, Mrs. Meyer had some hope
for. Her figure was that of her father, her eyes
lively, and she must have had some beauty, as Sir
Joshua Eeynolds had selected her for his * Hebe ; '
but the countenance portended the very ill-temper
which she added to her very ill-breeding, and her
ill-judged conduct spoke to her want of goodness of
heart, for on a summer's afternoon, while she was
still quite young, she left home upon some slight
observation of disapprobation, with the intention of
engaging herself as needlewoman in some family. 

She took the route of Mortlake, Barnes, Putney,
over Fulham Bridge to Hammersmith, and there
went to the principal inn, jaded with fatigue and 


want of food. The mistress of the inn thought she
had some recollection of her, and knowing that Mr.
Englehardt, of Kew, was in a return chaise at the
door, she requested him to come into the parlour
and assist her in the development of the affair.
The moment Englehardt saw her he asked what she
could be doing there alone past midnight. The
woman then begged him to take care of her home,
and when she heard who she was, she blessed the
mother and reproved the daughter. At daybreak
Mr. Englehardt delivered her to the care of Mrs.
Hawkins, who was then with Mrs. Meyer, and who
led the girl to her mother. 

It was diflScult to know what to do with her, as
she was averse to reading or superior needlework, so
it was decided that she should act as housekeeper,
which suited her tastes. 

Poor Mrs. Meyer's next great trouble was an
epidemic of fever with putrid sore throat, which
attacked her children. All the younger ones died,
and so great was the fear of infection that every
one fled from the house, and she had the greatest
difficulty in getting the necessaries of life brought to
her door. She was sent away as soon as possible for
change of air, and the house thoroughly purified. 

After this came her one happiness, the birth of
the son who was then in India, and who was in his
early days brought up and taught entirely by her. 


taking such an excellent place on going to West-
minster that she was much complimented upon the
way she hail grounded him in all subjects of learn-
ing. He grew up, as we have seen, to be a comfort
and joy to both his parents. 

After spending a few pleasant days with this dear
friend of my early years, I returned home to Windsor
and found my children safe and fairly well, with the
exception of the poor chilblains, which were much
in the same state. Georgy was certainly benefiting
by the change of treatment. 

Christmas Day I passed with my children and
servants in the usual manner. I did not go to St.
George's Chapel for fear of meeting anyone who might
be inquisitive, but I joined the service at the parish
church, where we had a pew, and stayed to the sa-
crament. I always venerated religion, and never
neglected the public or private duties of it except from
very pressing domestic requirements; I trust not
from a disobedient or careless mind. 

At the end of 1788 luxury had to some extent
gained ground. Dinners were still at two o'clock, or
for company at three. Of soups, even then We only had
gravy clear, or with vegetables cut small swimming at
the top. White soup was used for ball suppers, but
a white dinner soup, or mock turtle, had only found
their way down as far as the Lord Mayor's table, real
turtle being dressed only as a ragout, never as asouj). 


Beef or mutton broth were sometimes sent up in a
large dish, with the meat and vegetables all together.
Of fish, in winter cod and smelts was a choice dish,
and we also had herrings, sprats, oysters, and lobsters
when hawked ; in summer, salmon, sea or river,
salmon trout, generally pickled, mackerel, haddock,
Dutch plaice, shrimps, and prawns ; river and pond
fish all the year, stewed, broiled, fried, or water
souch^d in a tureen in the centre. The next course
two dishes roast and boiled, with appropriate vege-
tables, and dumplings, and for a friend generally a
third was added. 

These were ordinarily joints of beef, mutton, or
veal, replaced sometimes by a calf s head, or rump
steak in slices sent up hot and hot, or a knuckle of
veal with a gammon of bacon, ham being a very ex-
pensive luxury and only used for gala dinners. In
winter a dehcacy was a boiled leg of house lamb,
with lamb chops round. Mutton heated a second
time was never brought to table, geese and ducks
could be had only from June to old Michaelmas Day,
fowls and pigeons round the year, but very frugally

. Company puddings were, lemon, potato, ground
rice, vermicelli, marrow, boiled batter and bread in
moulds or cups, pancakes, apple fritters, omelettes,
and tarts of various kinds with custard or cream.
Then cheese &c. as now, but macaroni and other 

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savoury dishes were not then introduced. Malt
liquor, cider, and perry, were the ordinary drinks at
dinner, and port and madeira were put upon the table
afterwards with a trifling dessert. If the gentlemen
assembled wished to make a drinking bout, which
often was the case, it began after supper. 

Smoked provisions were not much known. At the 

King's House, they received all kinds that were known 

from the controller, Mr. Mackenthum, at Hanover, and 

also from Baron Alvensleben, the Hanoverian envoy. 

His maltre-d'hotel or cook tried a smoking room at 

the baron's house on Ham Common, and failed. Some 

years later the Queen's housekeeper, Mrs. Starkey, 

had a room built at Frogmore, and succeeded. Every 

meat and every sausage was then as well cured as 

in the foreign countries from w^hich they had been 

procured as a delice or curiosity. Now (1837) these 

smoked provisions are in general use, and from the 

duty having been taken ofi* salt, they are as cheap in 

proportion as fresh provisions. Prices in 1788 were, 

upon an average, meat bd. a lb., bread 4rf. or 5d. a 

quartern loaf, eggs in spring 16 or 18 for 4rf., fowls 

in summer and autumn 1^. 6d. a pair, loaf sugar 7rf. 

a lb. ; wages seven or eight guineas, and 1/. for tea or 

beer. Washing always done at home, and everything 

ironed, as mangles then cost 25Z., whereas I believe 

they can now be bought for as many shillings. 

Very few of the rank I am speaking of kept more • 


than two female servants. The housemaid could
assist the lady, for a hairdresser was employed,
either by the quarter for daily dressing, or on par-
ticular occasions. No new gown was ever made at
home, and the mantua-maker, the term of those days,
attended upon dress occasions to see that her work
was correct and to assist in having it properly put on.
The housemaid had plenty of time for needlework, as
work was not so stirring then as in these days. Eooms
were very plainly furnished, all ornaments being put
into cases or closets, and only brought out upon
occasions, and not much silver was kept out in daily
use. Silver forks were only used by the nobihty and
foreign ambassadors, but silver-handled knives and
forks were sometimes seen, and more often ivory or
bone handles, or ebony fluted, with silver ferrules.
Forks still had only three prongs, so knives were made
with broad ends for eating peas in summer, and the
same of a smaller size for catching up the juice of a
fruit pie, dessert spoons being quite unknown in our

What an idea to think upon in these days of refine-
ment ! And yet all requisites of good breeding, ac-
quired knowledge, and refined tastes, would be found
in every well-regulated estabUshment, and these
little things were simply matters of fashion. Indeed,
though all manufactures and appliances of Ufe are 



greatly improved, I doubt if there is more imiate
refinement now than there was in those days. 

Before leaving Windsor, ray father and Mr.
Papendiek came to see us. Mr. Fapendiek was much
hurt and dissatisfied at my arrangements for Uttle
George. He said that his nurse in the course of
nature would soon be obliged to wean the child, and
that worse would happen than if we had tried to
persevere at home. 

Thus was our short meeting blighted. 

Charlotte's chilblains were still bad ; the cold was
too intense for them to heal, but the others were well. 

My poor father was silent, but he felt as we all
did, sorry. However, I could not regret what I had
done, and I felt that any step taken with due con-
sideration, and with the intention of acting for the
best, could not in itself be wrong. And although
Mr: Papendiek's prophecy was soon realised, yet the
few months' good feeding may have given strength to
poor baby, and power to weather the severe illness
of which I shall soon have to speak. 

Henceforth I was to correspond with my husband,
but as seldom as possible. Mr. Papendiek left with
me what he usually allowed for home expenditure,
and as I knew that he would be at no increased
expense at the Queen's House in the service he was
performing (in fact, if anything, he would require
rather less), I urged some little addition for the pay- 


ment of Mrs. Spencer, the nurse. This Mr. Fapendiek
would not accede to. Therefore difficulty arose, for
coals were used in double quantity, and some indul-
gences were absolutely required. 

The greatest distress prevailed from the extreme
cold, of the mitigation of which there seemed no hope,
and charities were brought so pressingly before one
that my heart ached, the more so that I had so little
power to help my poor suffering fellow- creatures. 

We parted in sorrow. And so ended this event-
ful year, a.d. 1788 ; eventful in its sadness, and its
occurrences so touching to one's feelings that they
made an impression never to be effaced. We, who
were so intimately connected with the Eoyal house-
hold, took these things, perhaps, more entirely home
to our hearts, but I may say that there was scarcely
one person throughout the land who did not grieve
for them — so truly were our King and Queen beloved
and revered. 

The month of January continued extremely dreary,
and all went on as usual with me and my friends.
Towards the end of the month, what Mr. Papendiek
had prophesied came to pass. Mrs. Spencer, with her
sense of rectitude, told us of it immediately, and poor
little George came home. Whether from the change
of food or from cold Dr. Mingay could not say for
certain, but the child was suddenly seized with so
violent an attack upon his chest that he could neither 

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eat or play, or even move. Nature seemed under a
stupor, and in this condition he remained for three
days. After that time he revived, and, although
with great difficulty, he did attempt to cry. Poor
little fellow, he was kept warm night and day, and by
degrees he began to take a little food. By the greatest
care, and with the assistance of our kind Dr. Mingay's
skill, he did eventually recover, but the poor child
was a great anxiety to us for a considerable time. 

Since the Koyal Family had been at Kew, a slight
relaxation of the very strict rules that before had been
enjoined was made, and now a few of those persons
attached to the household, such as John and Thomas
Haverfield, the Kichmond and Kew gardeners, old
Alton, Meyer, and one or two more, had permission
to make inquiries, and when opportunity offered, to
step in and see their old friends. 

Meyer had been ill with a fever and cold, but as
soon as he was better, his first walk was to Kew
House. There he had to encounter Ernst, who was
in one of his bad humours, and kept poor Meyer
waiting for him in a room that had just been washed,
and which was therefore cold and damp. He returned
home in haste, but fresh cold succeeded. A relapse
came on, and poor Meyer was no more. 

The widow collected his miniatures, drawings, &c.,
with the assistance of her friends, and those that were
likenesses she sent, whether finished or unfinished, to 


the people who had sat for them, without making any
demand. She gave up the house at Covent Garden,
and established herself entirely at Kew, concentrating
the valuables and beauties of the two houses, and by
this means making her residence very comfortable
and pretty. 

To the Queen, having first obtained permission
through Madame SchweUenberg, she also sent all
miniatures of their Majesties and the Royal Family,
again without any demand being made. This so
pleased the Queen that she liberally rewarded Mrs.
Meyer for her honourable conduct. 

Some who had received their pictures showed the
same consideration, and paid handsomely ; others took
no notice at all; and a few said they had paid at
their first sitting, it being the general rule that half
the sum is paid down in advance, and the rest on
completion of the portrait. Nothing was expected
by Mrs. Meyer, so the loss was not felt, but she was
naturally gratified by the thoughtfulness and liberality
of the few. 

Mr. Papendiek and Dr. Thomas Willis found that
they had a mutual tie of friendship through the
wife of the latter, who had been one of the Misses
Strong. This was a satisfactory discovery, and Mr.
Papendiek being much liked in the establishment,
was able to secure a welcome reception for Mrs.
Willis. Mrs. Tunstall, who was always glad to oblige 


any of our family, contrived to find her a bed, Betty
Snoswell waited upon her, and her meals were regu-
larly served with the neatness and comfort born of
good feeling. There was a great feeling of respect
and confidence throughout the whole household for
all the Willis family, and they were only pleased to
do anything they could to oblige them also. Mrs.
Willis only remained when all was going well with
the King, but when likely to be in the way she

Dr. Willis's treatment continued to have the most
satisfactory results, and though the other physicians
were not warm in hope, he always said, * A little more
time I ask for. Even as days go on, I do not despair.'
What the hope was, or how the improvement was
shown, I do not understand, but I heard that the fever
was less, that the temper of mind was more cheerful,
and that the medicines were acting with greater
facility. One of these medicines was musk. What its
properties are, and how it was expected to act upon the
Royal patient, I do not know, but the scent was very
objectionable to the King, and he begged that it might
be discontinued. Dr. Willis explained that he could
not obey or attend to his Majesty's wish, as he so
depended upon its efficacy. Everybody seemed to
sufier from the power of it, and poor Mr. Papendiek
was almost in a stupor from it. 

The month of January brought the recovery very 


forward, and everybody prayed that it might be
consummated before the Eegency Bill was passed.
Party feeling ran very high, but there was great
dread among all who were attached to the King and
Crown, lest the Prince of Wales should succeed in
his evident desire of being nominated Regent without
restrictions upon his power. Pitt, Grenville, Thurlow,
and many others, both in the House of Lords and in
the Commons, contrived to spin out the debates so as
to gain time, but at last it was announced that the
Bill was to be formally brought before Parliament on
February 3. 

The Prince of Wales, after much pressure, agreed
to accept the Regency upon the terms proposed,
namely, without any power but that of signature,
which the Council would direct. He did this with
very great displeasure, and showed very bad taste
and a total want of heart or filial affection. 

It was proposed to insert a clause in the Bill to
the effect that every hope was entertained for the
King's recovery, and that it was only agreed to in
order to facilitate business ; that it would probably
be only fcH* a very short period, and that they wished
the King to find on his return to health that no
changes had taken place. 

The Queen received an address at Kew, with her
little Court around her, which consisted of the Cham-
berlain, two ladies of the bedchamber, two maids of 


honour, the pages of presence, the three elder Prin-
cesses and their two ladies ; all in Court hoops, and
the Queen and Princesses in sacque dresses, as they
appeared at the Abbey festival. The deputation
came in full dress at two o'clock in the afternoon,
and her Majesty had a chair of state raised upon a
platform, to receive them with proper respect. 

I mention these little particulars, as they were
ridiculed in the opposition papers. 

This was the first time she had been addressed as
Queen, in distinction to the title of Queen Consort,
it being now proposed that she should have the care
of the King's person, and that she should receive the
report of the physicians, and be present during their
examinations ; and further, that she should have the
care and regulation of the household, except as
regarded the lords of the bedchamber, who as they
would not now be required to give their attendance
to the King, would be attached to the person of the
Prince of Wales, and attend him when any state
occasion called for their appearance. 

The Queen's answer was animated, and expressed
gratitude for the trust reposed in her, and a desire that
to assist her judgment in matters of moment, a
council might be formed of any persons they thought
proper to appoint, to whom she might apply upon
all occasions, and trust for careful guidance. 

Some days elapsed after the presentation of these 


addresses before one was fixed upon to receive the
answers, and on the day that the Prince was to give
his, a deputation firom the Irish Parhament arrived
to invite him to undertake the administration of the
Irish Government, with no restrictions, during the
King's incapacity. 

How gladly he might have accepted this position
we can only guess at, for most fortunately at that
very juncture the TTiTig was declared convalescent,
and able once more to return to the helm of

He was not allowed by his physicians immedi-
ately to attend to business, but the announcement of
his Majesty's recovery at once, of course, stopped the
debate upon the Eegency Bill, and for a few days
Parliament was adjourned. 

The names of the Duke of York, and of the
King's brother, Henry of Cumberiand, were at the
end of the Ust of Peers who petitioned the Prince of
Wales not to accept the Kegency restricted, when
upon its being known that the King was convales-
cent, it was given out that it had been done without
their concurrence. 

Of the lords spiritual, Markham, Archbishop of
York, and the Bishops of liandaff and Norwich, were
against the Queen having any share in the Kegency.
As Liandaff said, *It weakened the power of the
Crown, and divided the affections of the family.' 


Lord Mulgrave, in his speech during the debate,
expressed extreme surprise at hearing the Queen so
disrespectfully as well as so unkindly and so un-
generously spoken of for wishing to accept a trust
(the care of her husband), from which he sincerely
hoped she would not be deterred by intimidation.
He believed that excellence in the female character
did still exist, and trusted that her Majesty would
not from any cause be prevented from undertaking
this charge, as well as the care of the faithful ser-
vants of the household. It was not proposed to give
the Queen power to change the persons who held the
leading places, yet she was ready and happy to give
any assistance to the situation the Royal Family
were then placed in, and he. Lord Mulgrave, was
distressed and hurt to find that a person like the
Queen, whose conduct had ever been held up to the
country generally as an example of all that is true
and good, who had been hitherto beloved and re-
vered, who could not be assailed by even a breath
of calumny, should, in a moment of affliction Uke
the present, be subject to every remark of severity,
and to an entire absence of dutiful respect, because
she had acquiesced in the desire of those ministers
of the Crown who at this critical juncture had
proved themselves the real and attached friends of
their Sovereign. This animated speech of Lord
Mulgrave's, of which my feeble powers can give but 


a very faint outline, made some impression on tl\p
House, and under the idea that recovery was ap-
proaching, a little more moderation was observed. 

Both the Queen and Prince did accept the proposed
trust, and doubtless these arrangements would have
held good had his Majesty remained an invahd ; but
now that he was declared convalescent, he did at
times see and converse with the Cabinet Ministers,
particularly Mr. Pitt, who had constantly been with
the King throughout his whole illness, and had been
staunch in his allegiance to his master. 

[Dr. Doran's review of the state of affairs in the
political world at this time, gives a very clear idea of
the situation. He says, ' The whole country became
Tory in spirit — as Toryism had now developed itself.
Fox in vain explained that he meant that the admin-
istration of the government belonged to the Prince of
Wales, only if Parliament sanctioned it. In vain the
Prince of Wales, through his brother the Duke of
York, proclaimed in the House of Lords that he made
no claim whatever, but was, in fact, the very humble
and obedient servant of the people. 

* It was precisely because he did assert this claim
that the Queen and her friends were alarmed.
Should the Prince be endowed with the powers of
Kegent without restriction, the Queen would be re-
duced to a cipher, Pitt would lose his place, the
ministry would be overthrown with him, and, should 


the King recover, difficulties might arise in the way
of the recovery also of his authority. 

* Party spirit ran high on this matter, but there
was little patriotism to give it dignity. Among the
ministry even, waverers were to be found who were
on the Prince's side when the King's case seemed
desperate, and who veered round to the Sovereign's
party as soon as there appeared a hope of his

* A restricted Eegency the Prince of Wales affected
to look upon with ineffable scorn. His Royal brothers
manifested more fraternal sympathy than filial affec-
tion by pretending to think their brother's scorn
well founded. They all changed their minds when
they saw, by Pitt's parliamentary majorities, that they
could not help themselves. Ultimately the Prince
consented with a very ill grace to the terms which
Pitt and the Parliament were disposed to force upon
himr Never did man submit to terms which he
loathed with such bitterness of disappointed spirit as
the Prince did to the following conditions, namely : 

' That the King's person was to be entrusted to the
Queen ; her Majesty was to be also invested with the
control of the Royal household, and with the conse-
quent patronage of the four hundred places con-
nected therewith, including the appointments of Lord
Steward, Lord Chamberlain, and Master of the Horse.
The Prince, as Regent, .was further to be debarred 


from granting any office, reversion, or pension,
except during the King's pleasure, and the privilege
of conferring the peerage was not to be allowed to
him at all. 

* With a fiercely savage heart did he accept these

* And now the day was appointed for bringing the
Regency Bill regularly before Parliament — ^February
3rd — and the clauses were already under discussion
when, a fortnight later, the Lord Chancellor (Thurlow)
announced to the House that the King was declared
by his medical attendants to be in a state of conva-
lescence.' — Ed.] 



The King absolutely refufies to see the Queen — Some days later he
agrees to see her — ' Queen Esther ' — ^The King walks with the Queen
and the Princesses — Want of filial affection of the Prince of Wales
and the Duke of York — ^Thurlow — Mr. Papendiek sends for his wife
to Eew to attend the rejoicings — A prayer of thanksgiving — General
illuminations — The Bank most splendid — Cortege of the Queen and
Princesses — ^The King receives the Queen on her return to Kew — He
conducts her to the supper-room — ^Verses on the entrance gates —
Illuminations kept up for three nights — Mrs. Zoffany's house — Mrs.
Roach — Frederick's sixpence — Baron Dillon — ^A subscription ball at
Windsor — The King receives an address from the Lords and
Commons — ^The Queen holds a drawing-room during March — Mrs.
Papendiek goes to London — The procession for the public thanks-
giving — The King attends the service in St. Paul's Cathedral — ^A new
dress introduced — Fresh difficulties about Dr. Willis's men — 'Not
full page ' — The Royal Family return to Windsor — ^Mr. Papendiek
returns to his home fatigued and disappointed. 

A NEW difficulty occurred just at the moment that
Dr. Willis was anxious to present the King to his
people as being thoroughly restored, and in a fit con-
dition to take part in the business of the State. His
Majesty could not be prevailed upon, indeed he abso-
lutely refused, to see the Queen ! He said that he
had always respected her and had paid her every
attention, but when she should have screened his
malady from the public she had deserted him, and
left him to the care of those who had used him ill, 


inasmuch as they had forgotten him to be their
Sovereign ; that he had always felt a great partiality
for Queen Esther (Lady Pembroke), and with her,
upon a proper agreement, he would end his days. 

Dr. Willis was obliged again to use remedies to
ensure a perfect recovery. The mind and body were
still weak, and a few days intervened before the
usual good accounts could be again put before the
pubUc ; but the Queen exerted her power of trust,
and would not suffer the word 'relapse' to be in-
serted in the bulletins. It was represented as more
of a bodily attack, which it really was, as the mind
was only now suffering from the long-continued state
of weakness. 

When the King awoke two or three mornings after
this little break in the satisfactory progress of his
Majesty's recovery, he talked in a perfectly rational
and quiet manner to those about him, and on rising
complained of the cold, which in his case always
showed that the fever had passed off. A fire was
permitted, and when the King had taken his break-
fast he was shaved and dressed. This had been done
for some time past by Dr. Willis's men, but on this
particular occasion my father was proposed. No
objection was raised, and he came with the necessary
requisites, bringing Mr. Papendiek, as before, to per-
form the operation. All was satisfactorily completed,
when Dr. Willis said, *The Queen waits without. 


Your Majesty's pleasure will be to command an in-
terview.' ' It is my wish/ answered the King, * if
the Queen has no objection to see me in the abject
state in which I must appear before her.' 

In a quiet, impressive manner the Queen entered.
To the joy of Willis, his Majesty kissed her, said not
a word, but shed a flood of tears. After recovering
himself he wished to tell the Queen of all his suffer-
ings, but she said she was aware of them, and had
known of all that had passed both by day and night ;
that Dr. Willis was the friend of them both, and
would make his Majesty acquainted with everything
that had been done throughout those sufferings if
he wished. She added that she was sure the King
would think that she had made the best possible
arrangements for conducting the attendance upon
him, and had studied his comforts and welfare in
every way that was in her power. 

The interview was short, but after this first visit
the Queen saw his Majesty every day twice. For a
time one of the Willis's was always present. The
King still rambled at times, particularly on the sub-
ject of Queen Esther, of whom he had been fond
from the first moment that she had been introduced
at Court. He also at times had slight returns of
fever, but all these evils passed off by degrees. 

Each day now brought joy into every countenance,
and the great depression was removed from the land. 


The King saw his daughters and the Queen constantly,
and walked with them, but as yet he had not been
out in a carriage. His meals were now of a more
natural kind, one of the Willis's, nevertheless, being
still present to watch the slightest return of the malady.
The apartments remained the same, but a sitting-
room was added in which the ministers waited, one
only being introduced at a time. Every day now
seemed to give strength, and the King began by
degrees to resume his usual habits and to visit the
various members of his family. 

A gradual change in the weather began at the
end of February, when the thermometer rose con-
siderably, and by the beginning of March a decided
thaw set in. This genial change decidedly im-
proved the King's bodily health, and the mind was
strengthened by the more healthy state of the body.
He conversed with those who came into his presence,
and they accosted him with greater freedom. The
equerries resumed their regular attendance, the
Queen's visits were no longer restricted, and every-
thing began to fall back into its ordinary course.
The public had not yet seen the King, and though
the park gates were unlocked, and people that were
known no longer denied intercourse with the house-
hold, no one as yet was admitted to his Majesty's
presence, except the ministers occasionally. 

The conduct of the Prince of Wales and the


Duke of York was extremely heartless. At their
first interview with the King after his recovery, they
showed no emotion whatever, unless the mortification
at the loss of power which was so evidently depicted
on their countenances may be termed emotion. Of
fiUal afiection they appeared to have none, and it is
grievous to have to relate that so far from showing
any pleasure at the restoration of the King to health,
they rather tried to affect a disbelief in his Majesty's
sanity, and went about among their friends, telling of
words and phrases he had used which might be con-
strued into proofs of their assertion. At last, how-
ever, the King got so perfectly well that even they
were obliged to confess it, but their behaviour, both
in public and in private, continued to be in every
respect despicable. 

The debates now again ran high, so much so
that they drew forth that wonderfully strong ejacula-
tion from Thurlow, the Lord Chancellor : ' May God
forget me when I forget my King ! He is recovered,
and executes business with as much clearness and
steadiness as before.' 

[I cannot forbear quoting another passage from
Dr. Doran's * Lives of the Queens of England ' in this
place. * Li justice to the opposition it must be re-
marked that the greatest traitor was not on that side»
but on the King's. The Lord Chancellor Thurlow
was intriguing with the opposition when he was 


affecting to be a faithful servant of the Crown, His
treachery, however, was well known to both partiess
but Htt kept it fix)m the knowledge of George DI,,
lest it should too deeply pain or too dangerously
excite him. Wlien Thurlow had subsequently the
effrontery to exclaim in the House of Lords, *" When
I forget my King, may my God forget me I '' a voict?
from one behind him is said to have murmured,
" Forget you ! He will see you d — d first." * — ^Ed.] 

During this time things were going on with us at
Windsor much as usual. It had been a great satis-
faction to me that I had been able to correspond with
my husband, and we greatly rejoiced at the more
favourable accounts communicated to us, and still
more when the news of tlie King's complete reco-
very reached us. The cold retreating, too, gave us
spirits ; we all appeared to be coming to life again,
like the silkworm, after lying dormant through the
winter months. 

And now a letter arrived from Mr. Papeiidiek
desiring that I would immediately repair to Kew to
partake of the general joy, saying that he had
secured me a bed at dear Mrs. Zoffany's, where he
knew I should be happy. Her daughters were still
at home, so I did not attempt to trouble her with any
of my children, but Charlotte, who still suffered from
her chilblains, I took to my mother's, where she was
a welcome guest both to her and to my brother. 


With warmth and good nursing she began to get
better, yet the spring had quite set in before we could
say she was really well. 

After making all necessary arrangements for my
other children, I went off to Strand-of-the -Green,
which was near Kew, where I was most kindly and
hospitably received by Mrs. Zoffany. 

On March 1 a prayer of thanksgiving for the
King's recovery was given to each member of the
household by her Majesty, which was also to be read
in all the churches of the Metropolis and the suburbs
on that day. By the following Sunday, there was
not a private family or a church in the whole of
England where it had not been offered up. It
was truly a heartfelt thanksgiving, shared by all his
Majesty's subjects. 

It was the King's earnest desire to himself offer up
a pubUc thanksgiving for his recovery, his natural
reUgious feeUngs being so strong at all times. This
caused much terror to the Queen and the ministers,
as they feared that the intense excitement of such a
proceeding might be very injurious to him. They
therefore induced him to allow this ceremony to be
put off for a little while, and it did not take place
till towards the end of April. 

In the meantime pubHc rejoicings had full vent,
and a general illumination and great demonstration
were fixed for March 9. On that morning Mr, 


Papendiek arrived in a chaise to take Mrs. Zoffany
and myself to see all the preparations. She excused
herself on account of her children being at home,
and of her own illuminating diflSculties. I therefore
started off with Mr. Papendiek alone, he telling Mrs.
Zoffany that she was not to expect me till she saw
me, nor to sit up one moment beyond her usual time
for me, as he thought I should probably remain in

From Stfand-of-the-Qreen we proceeded through
the back lanes of Chiswick and part of Hammer-
smith into the high road, where there was not a
house, large or small, not a cottage nor the humblest
dweUing of the poor, but what showed some sign of
lighting up, even to a rushlight. The Assembly
House in the Broadway, Hammersmith, was very
splendid, as was also Hatchett's, the coach- builder,
who had emblematical devices of his trade in coloured
lamps placed in each window, with rows of white
lights round which were to give brilliancy to each
device. All the houses in Kensington Gore were
beautifully illuminated also, and at the turnpike an
arch of great height was thrown over the road from
Hyde Park Gate to the opposite side, above the two
toll-houses, the barrier gates being removed. The
arch was made in sort of steps meeting in the centre,
and on the two sides, one facing Piccadilly and the
other the western road, were devices in coloured 


lamps of the crown, star, initials, &c., arranged with
flags. The lamps were of a kind to keep out rain,
and each had a reflector, so the efiect was most bril-
liant. On the railings round the toll-gates were
flambeaux, which were then in general use, and
which could be prepared at great expense to bum
for a long time in rain. Most fortunately it was one
of the finest spring days, and the evening and night
like summer. The heat was greatly increased by the
quantity of lights, and the transition from the
extreme cold of the four previous months made it
more remarkable. 

We continued on our way, and the preparations
were extremely grand. All the churches had flags
from their steeples and their bells were rung conti-
nuously from noon on March 9 to sunrise the next
morning. Eound the tops of the supports of the
outer gates flambeaux were placed and constantly
replenished. Piccadilly was well Ughted and St.
James's Street, White's Clubhouse, to the left, being
entirely covered with white lamps in elegant taste.
The crown, star and garter at the extreme top, and
the initials below, each in appropriate coloured lamps.
At Brooks's Clubhouse, that of Fox's party, which
had an extensive frontage and handsome balcony, the
display was grand, but without device. 

We then reached my father's apartments in St.
James's, and there found Salomon. After lunch we 


took a hackney coach to go through the city to the
farthest point, calling for my bcother at St. Bartholo-
mew's. The India House was covered with trans-
parencies, very well done, showing every article that
the Company imported, with a whole-length portrait
of George m. at the top, with the crown &c., and
lower down a portrait of Pitt, with his crest and
arms. The Bank then riveted our attention, but
my powers of description are inadequate to give
much idea of its excessive beauty and splendour,
At the extreme top, very high up, were the King's
arms, St. George and every part of them being per-
fectly manifested by lamps and transparencies. Then
the four orders, with their stars, mottoes, badges, &c.,
equally complete. The whole frontage was covered
with initials and appropriate devices, the railing
having a cheval de frise of flambeaux to give addi-
tional effect and to serve as a barrier to keep the
crowd off. The glass shops were splendid, and
the theatres within and without — no performance
going on, but the doors of course opened. At Exeter
Change there were transparencies of what each
counter sold, and of many of the live stock there
exhibited, with a crown at the top of each, and
G. E. with the date underneath. This was extremely
neat and unassuming, and even tasty from its uni-
formity. We returned up Whitehall, where the
Army Pay Office was imposing, everything belonging 


to military accoutrements being portrayed by lamps,
and the Admiralty with their insignia in the same
descriptive manner. The Duke of Cumberland's
house in Pall Mall was attractive ; Carlton House
had the screen only lighted with flambeaux. 

And so we found ourselves again at St. James's,
where we dined, after seeing the finest specimens of
art prepared for what obscurity was to make perfect.
All was finished to a nicety. At one o'clock, noon,
they began to light, and kept all in the order in-
tended till sunrise. 

My father arrived at about six o'clock from Kew,
and told us that the Queen and Princesses were to set
off at eight o'clock, with their ladies, in Lord
Aylesbury's and Lord Harcourt's carriages, and a
third carriage was provided for Lady Charlotte
Finch, the Misses Qoldsworthy, Burney, and Planta ;
and my father proposed that we should go with him
in the postchaise that brought us to town, to await
the Queen's arrival at Hyde Park Corner, and there
to fall into her Majesty's cortege. Salomon, my
mother, and brother accompanied us in a glass

The Royalties went round the squares, down
Whitehall, St. James's Street, Pall Mall, and back to
Kew by twelve o'clock, at which hour Dr. Willis had
planned that the King should receive her Majesty,
and lead her to the supper-room. We saw my 


mother and our friends safely into the passage lead-
ing to her apartments, and then followed the Eoyal
carriages. As we passed the Assembly House, at
Hammersmith, they were dancing. No caps or head-
dresses for the young, but the bandeaux^ either white
or purple, had embroidered on them in gold letters,
* God save the King.' The elder ladies wore the
same on turbans, caps, dress hats, &c. 

On arriving at Kew we all jumped out quickly,
and the ladies of the third carriage, with myself, Mrs.
and Miss Tunstall, Mrs. Thomas Willis, and one or
two more, stood on each side of the Queen's carriage,
and saw her handed out by my father and Mr.
Papendiek. The King now met her Majesty, took
her hand, and led her up to the supper-room, which
was prepared in one of the front rooms of the house,
so that from the windows could be seen the illumi-
nation on the gates of the Queen's House, the space
between, which was the carriage drive, being suflS-
ciently extensive to give a good effect to this
illumination, which had been put up by the Queen's
express command. 

On the gateposts on either side of the entrance
gates were the two following verses : 

Our prayers are heard, and Providence restores
A patriot King to bless Britannia's shores!
Nor yet to Britain is this bliss confined.
All Europe hails the friend of human kind. 


If such the general joys, what words can show
The change to transport from the depth of woe,
In those permitted to embrace again
The best of Fathers, Husbands, and of men 1 

The words were in gold letters on a purple ground
transparency, and above each verse was a purple
bow with gold ropes twisted to hold it, represented
by purple and yellow lamps ; the tail pieces were two
serpents coiling, also in lamps. On the gates them-
selves were the crown as high as it could be placed,
with the lion rampant upon it, admirably expressed
in lamps ; the arms partly in transparency and
partly in lamps, to give the motto distinct ; the order
of the Garter with that of the Bath under it ; and on
either side the orders of the Thistle and of St. Patrick.
So well were these devices executed that the mottoes
were perfectly distinct, the stars correct, and the
ribbons as if they were real. Among these ribbons
and orders the date was inserted, and G. E. was
judiciously and conspicuously brought in. The whole
was very elegant and tasteful, and the King when he
saw it, on coming to the door to meet her Majesty,
not only admired it, but expressed his pleasure at
this token of respect and love. 

In the supper-room, the elder Princesses joined
their parents, and the three younger Princesses were
also there, with the Misses Gomm and Moula, to
receive the King. 

As soon as supper was served his Majesty took 


leave, and was conducted to his apartments by Dr.
Willis, quiet, composed, and perfectly self-collected,
although it was the first time he had seen all his
family, and the attendants, &c., together, and the hour
was later than he had recently been accustomed to
be up. 

The following day, as the King was in no degree
the worse for this trial, the Queen did not hesitate to
leave him, and proceeded to London again, through
the city, and wherever were to be seen the wonderful
works of art and design that were raised up on this
memorable occasion. 

The illuminations of the public buildings were
kept aUght for three nights, but the most interest-
ing part of the sight was, that not one floor of a
lodging-house was left in darkness ; not a shed, nor
cellar even ; and this motley respect told more than
the eflbrts of many of the nobles, who, instead of
opening their gates and illuminating their houses,
simply had flambeaux streaming on the tops of the
walls round the court yards. 

Our object in hurrying on to Kew the preceding
night, was that my father and Mr. Papendiek should
be at their posts. They could not, in consequence,
take me round to Mrs. Zofiany's ; besides, it was a
pleasure to Mr. Papendiek that I should witness the
scene which I have just endeavoured to describe. I
at once went to his room, famished and completely 


tired out, and there Betty Snoswell brought me tea
and all belonging to that meal in a most inviting way.
I found that the room was next to Mrs. Willis's, so we
brought our forces together, and after this pleasant
meeting, and a most delightful chat, we said adieu
for the night. I then turned into my quarters,
where I found paper for curling my hair, combs,
powder, and all that paraphernalia. But alas, my
raiment for the night, where was that to be pro-
cured? Never mind, I managed, and tumbled into
bed weary but happy. 

The next morning early, I went back to my dear
friend at Strand-of-the-Green, in the hope of either •
taking her to see the Queen's illumination, or of per-
suading her to go to London with Mr. Papendiek
while I remained to take care of her house. She
declined both, so we passed the day together in quiet
rest and pleasant intercourse. 

Mrs. Zoffany then lived in the first of four houses
near the river, of which the frontage was precisely
the same, and the residents of these houses made
their devices of lamps to encompass the four. This
gave space ; the idea was well imagined, and the
chaste effect drew the attention of the Queen, whose
carriage was ordered to stop on the bridge that their
party might see it. The tide was high, and the
reflection in the water was almost more beautiful
than the thing itself. 


The next day I took leave of my friends, Mrs.
Willis, Miss Bumey, and my aunt and cousins. I also
saw my father and husband, and poor Betty, from
whom I parted with grateful thanks ; also Mrs. Meyer
and her family. 

She told me that she had received letters from
her son in India, with remittances of 4,000/. in
return for his outfit. I also heard from her that Miss
Green's father was going to marry Mrs. Holland,
a lady of considerable property, on which account
he had to take the name of Holland. He was now
dubbed a knight, and afterwards created a baronet, so
he was married under the name, style, and title
of Sir Nathaniel Holland. His daughter was much
disappointed. She was now of an age to un-
dertake the care of her father's house, and had
hoped to have been placed in the position of
head of his establishment about this time. Lady
Holland, however, acted most kindly and generously
towards her, and settled upon her 300/. a year to be
paid free of all stamp duties (which at that time were
very high), and with no drawbacks. These good
people enjoyed but a short existence together, in
the most perfect happiness, and died shortly after
each other. The husband went first, and then
Lady Holland added another 100/. to Miss Green's

Mrs. Meyer now determined upon sending CaroUne 


to Mrs. Roach's, and commissioned me to tell her that
she would join at the half-quarter before Midsummer.
The terms were only 20/. per annum, or 25/. if oc-
casional indulgences were to be expected. Ward,
who kept the principal academy at Windsor, taught
writing, and very superiorly so. Dere, from Eeading,
was the dancing master, Boney was for French, and
Rodgers for music — all good. History and geography,
of which only the rudiments could be expected, were
taught in the school, and English reading, needle-
work both useful and ornamental, and all other female
duties, were taught and inculcated in such a manner as
to be a lasting benefit through life. There were only
a few boarders, but more day scholars than were

Mrs. Roach was a woman of strong principles, and
endeavoured to instil into the minds of her pupils
truth and sincerity, with kind-heartedness towards
each other, and as much of religious instruction as
their tender years could comprehend, showing them
that it should influence their actions and strengthen
the moral duties so studiously attended to. My
daughters profited by this excellent instruction, and
the strong mind of my little Charlotte, afterwards
Mrs. Oom, and now Mrs. Planta, received its first
impressions in this place of education, and her excel-
lent superior abilities, both as to ornamental acquire-
ments, female duties, and useful knowledge, 'were 


gained under the guidance of this exemplary woman,
between whom and myself a lasting friendship
existed until Mrs. Eoach's death. 

On my return home I found my three Uttle dears
well, and as I left them. We were now to lose Betsy
Baker, a girl who had been with me for a few months,
and who had now obtained a regular situation as
needlewoman. Her kind heart and good disposition
gave her a gentle and obUging manner, and she had
been of the greatest possible comfort to me during
the dreary winter we had now got over. In return
I took every pains to initiate her into the habits of a
gentleman's servant, to teach her every part of useful
dress, the higher Unes of the laundry, the business of
the still-room, the store-room, and the general care
of the Unen. 

My Uttle Frederick was so fond of her that he
always would sleep with her, and on parting wished
to make her a present. Among his little treasures
he had a new sixpence, which he intended to give her,
and to keep it safe till he saw her, he put it up one
of his nostrils. Finding it became uncomfortable as
it was drawn higher and higher by his breathing, he
came to have it extracted, only just in time to save
its being a serious, even dangerous, accident. He was
then just over two years old. I have the sixpence

On the King's recovery being announced, Baron 


Dillon arrived in England from Ireland, and having
made the proper inquiries, written his name, and
made known, according to the usual mode, his con-
gratulations on the happy event, he came down to
Windsor. The baron was an intimate friend of the
Jervois's, and in their house he was lodged. His dress-
ing room was arranged as a study, where he received
his friends. He was a truly patriotic man, and had,
with his sons, of whom he had seven, twice faced the
rebels in Ireland. The baron was once slightly
wounded, and one of his sons severely so, which
unfortunately disfigured his fine face, for they were
all handsome men. The baron's poor wife died of

At tlie time that Joseph 11. of Germany was sup-
pressing the monasteries and otherwise subduing the
Koman Catholics in his own country, it was proposed
to enact a law in England which would be very
detrimental to their interests, and in some instances
ieven destructive to their pursuits in life. The baron,
although a strict Protestant, had an equal compassion
for his fellow-countrymen whether of the same per-
suasion or not, and had a petition drawn up to point
out the distress and ill-feeling that such a law must
occasion ; and this was done so clearly and to the
purpose that it absolutely had the effect of preventing
the ill-judged decree. The attention of the Emperor
Joseph was drawn to the transaction, and on the 


baron's return to Ireland, after coming over to present
the petition with the proper forms, he conferred the
title on him of baron of the Holy Roman Empire, to
be continued to his heirs male, lawfully begotten.
It was a noble trait on both sides. 

The resource of this amiable man was music. He
had a sweet tenor voice, which seemed emblematical
of his mind. He was quite at home with us. I tried
all his little compositions for him, assisted him to
copy them, and joined in glees with him, which were
his delight, and in these Rodgers helped us through
the absence of Mr. Papendiek. 

The Stowes also were a great amusement to him,
and between us all I think we made his time among
us pass pleasantly. He read much, and was always
planning what he thought might be for the benefit of
his country. 

A subscription ball and supper at the Town Hall
was now proposed by the mayor, among other re-
joicings on the recovery of the King. Tickets were
to be a guinea, and 10,9. 6rf. for refreshments, which
only comprehended tea and biscuits. Mrs. Stowe
excused herself on the plea that she wished first
to introduce her daughter at Court, which could not
take place till she was eighteen. I excused myself on
account of my husband's absence, and also because
there had been no company yet to visit the Queen.
The Jervois's and our dear baron regretted but 

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approved. I at once offered to help Miss Jervois in
working her gown, a most beautiful India jaconet
musUn which was to be embroidered in small sprigs
and stripes with gold thread. We procured our
materials at the Golden Ball, then Eyston and Crook's,
and elegantly did we finish it, singing and reading
going on, while we worked like slaves, but so merrily
that we were in the height of enjoyment. 

The faqpn or make was new. The dress round,
with a small train prettily sloped from the sides ; the
bodice had the cape with the handkerchief under,
and the three straps as before. The capes were
edged with purple and gold cord, and the body was
laced with gold over a purple stomacher. The words
*God save the King' were worked in purple and
gold on the white satin bandeau. Shoes purple satin.
Her sister, who from delicaie health did not dance, had
a dress of the same material but not embroidered.
Mrs. Jervois had a purple silk gown, opened over a
crape petticoat embroidered in gold. Purple ban-
deau in her cap, with the motto in gold thread and
spangles. All the dresses looked remarkably well
when finished. 

These three colours — purple, gold, and white,
were almost universally worn at all meetings on
the recovery, more or less embellished according to
circumstances. The Town Hall was illuminated ap-
propriately both within and without, but not mag- 


nificently, and the ball was not a brilliant one in a
general point of view. 

At Kew everything was proceeding regularly and
quietly, and no relapses occurred. The King still
remained in his own apartments, but he dined daily
with the Queen and the three elder Princesses, with
their various ladies in waiting. They passed the
afternoon together, either in the gardens or house, as
weather permitted, the King gaining strength daily,
and finding no difficulty in going through the routine
of business. His Majesty saw the Ministers of the
Cabinet and others whenever the progress of busi-
ness required it, and on March 11 he received in
person an address of the Lords and Commons on his

Levies and drawing-rooms had not yet been held,
and the King had not as yet been to London. When it
was necessary to call a council, they, up to the time
of which I am writing, had met at Kew, the King
being present ; but now his Majesty began to wish to
show himself to the public, and it was decided, with
Dr. Willis's concurrence, that he should return
thanks, publicly, to Almighty God for his recovery,
at St. Paul's Cathedral, on April 23, St. George's

The Eoyal Family moved to London a few days
before the ceremony ; but previously to this the
Princesses had returned to Windsor from Kew, and 

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the Queen had held a drawing-room during March
to receive congratulations. 

Meanwhile the arrangements and preparations
for the public thanksgiving were proceeding. The
members of both Houses of ParUament were to
attend in state, and all those who belonged to the
Cathedral were to be at their respective posts. The
Archbishops of Canterbury and York were to receive
the King, and the former, with the assistance of the
Bishop of London and the Dean of St. Paul's, were to
do the duty. It was decided that Porteus, the
Bishop of London, should preach the sermon, and
that the service should begin at 12 o'clock. 

Mr. Papendiek, anxious that I should see this in-
teresting sight and partake of the general joy, sum-
moned me up to town. He had the same lodgings
that he was in before, at Clarke's, the Queen's foot-
man, in Eaton Street, PimUco, and he arranged for
me to go there. Eodgers kindly took charge of my
boys, and Eliza went with me to town to join her
sister on a visit to her grandmamma. 

The invitation to Mr. Street's, who had a house
in the broad, open part of the Strand, opposite
Somerset House, was the bait. My brother had a
holiday, and accompanied me, but the hour was too
early for my mother, as we had to be at our place of
destination by eight o'clock, besides which, there was
the necessity of a walk of some distance from the 


carriage to a door at the back of Mr. Street's exten-
sive premises, which was opened for the accommoda-
tion of his guests, so she declined the invitation. 

Mr. Street had his two drawing-rooms, with three
windows in each, prepared with rows of rising seats
for his friends, many in number. The warehouse
and hall were prepared in the same manner, but more
extensively, for his numerous assistants in the busi-
ness and their friends. For the servants of the com-
pany a scaffolding was raised outside, with a covering
in case of rain, and a wooden cheval de frise to keep
off the pressure of the crowd. No carriage was per-
mitted to go through those streets along which the
procession was to pass after a very early hour, and
we had therefore to walk down a long court to
the house, after alighting in a back street. The
weather was unfortunately very showery, which
did not favour the general appearance of the female

On our entrance we found tables placed along
the spare walls of the drawing-room, spread with a
most elegant breakfast. Tea, coffee, and chocolate ;
muffins, crumpets, Yorkshire cakes, something of the
same kind as a Sally-Lunn, which was not then known,
and another kind of cake which was then greatly in
request, and is rarely met with now, a roll of dough
of a thickness to be cut in half, buttered hot, or very
good eaten plain ; bread of all sorts ; rolls, English, 


French, and German; Kringles, German cake, &c.,
and eggs, neither meat nor fish being then introduced
as appertaining to breakfast. We all took our meal
standing, and then ran to the windows, for the pro-
cession had begun. Three rows of troops, horse and
foot, lined the streets from St. James's to Temple Bar
in full uniform. 

First came the Speakers of the two Houses, in
their state coaches, dress, and wigs ; the Crown
lawyers the same ; the Peers in the S,S. collar, and
those who were of either of the four orders of
knighthood wore their ribbons over the court full-
dress, with bags and swords ; the Commons also in
full dress ; the Bishops also in their full dress, lawn
sleeves, &c. 

The carriages moving slowly, we could easily
discern who were seated in them. The court or
state carriages of noblemen and gentlemen were in
themselves a splendid sight in those days, with their
fine horses decorated superbly, their dress liveries
finished well, no expense being spared, and every
elegant item carefully attended to. Many hackney
coaches were in the procession, principally containing
members of the Lower House ; Fox, Sheridan, and
two others were in one. 

At about 11 o'clock trumpets and kettle-drums
announced the heralds, who demanded admittance at
Temple Bar for the King, which, according to the 


recognised form, was refused by the city authorities.
Very soon after, the King's carriage came in sight,
and the instruments sounded his approach. Then
the gates of Temple Bar were thrown open; the
heralds made the usual request, which was now
granted, and the Lord Mayor in his robes of state,
attended by his sheriffs &c. &c. on chargers, pre-
sented the keys of the city to the ICing, which the
form directs his Majesty to take, and then imme-
diately to return to the Lord Mayor. In the first
carriage, with glass panels, were seated the King and
Queen, and two ladies. In the next the three Prin-
cesses and their ladies. Then followed several other
carriages with the usual attendants in their respec-
tive styles of dress. 

The King was in the full-dress Windsor uniform,
blue with red collar and cuffs, gold lace button-
holes, &c. The Queen, Princesses, and ladies wore
open gowns of purple silk, edged and finished off
with gold fringe ; point lace capes and sleeve trim-
mings ; petticoats of Indian gold muslin over white
satin, with deep fringes of gold at the bottom. The
hair was still worn * en ioupSe,' with chignon, and two
curls at each side pinned ; and a large veil of Indian
gold muslin was then thrown over the head, and
pinned * en toque^' being confined by the white satin
bandeau, on which the motto was embroidered in
gold letters. This made a thorough covering for the 


head, and fell tastefully over the shoulders. For
warmth, ermine tippets were worn by the Eoyalty,
the ladies in waiting having white furs. 

The Lord Mayor conducted the King to the place
prepai'ed for him in the Cathedral, and then took his
own seat with his attendants. I was told that the
service was very impressive, and his Majesty most
devout, going through the whole ceremony without
the slightest agitation or undue emotion. When the
service was concluded, the Lord Mayor escorted the
King back to his carriage, and the procession returned
by the same route. 

This was appointed by the Church as a general
day of thanksgiving throughout the metropolis, but
the churches and chapels were not filled. Numbers
were engaged in the procession and in business
connected with it, others in looking at it, so it
became, as may be imagined, a general holiday. A
second special prayer was in consequence sent
forth, which was to be used all over England at
morning and evening service for a given number of

During the interval when the ceremony was pro-
ceeding at St. Paul's, the movements of the exces-
sive crowd amused us. Besides which, we filled up
the time with an excellent repast called luncheon,
but which was dinner to many. Variety in those
days was not the leading feature, but plenty, if not 


profusion, was the characteristic. Upon this occa-
sion there were dishes of veal, ham, and fowls,
tartlets and cheesecakes, large plum and plain
cakes, rolls and bread, hot, cold, and dessert wines,
choice beer, and white soup. Mr. Papendiek joined
us, which was an unexpected and great addition to
the pleasures we were enjoying. 

The afternoon was finer than the morning, which
softened the return when one had fatigue also to
contend with. 

A new dress was introduced for this day, which
remained the fashion for the spring — a jacket and
petticoat of Indian dimity, a material which our
manufacturers now imitate and call it twilled calico.
My wardrobe being low, I had two with deep
flounces of striped Indian jaconet muslin, the jacket
being laid in plaits to fall round easy, with two
muslin capes laced down the front with purple ribbon.
Hair already described, and people of our rank had
* toques ' of muslin tied under the chin. My bandeau
was of purple, with a gold motto and handsome
edges worked by myself. 

After this thanksgiving service, Dr. Willis was
very anxious that the King, with his family, should,
in order to keep him in health, and that he should
gain strength, return to Kew, and remain there till
the prorogation of Parhament, and then go to the sea-
side for change of air. This the King objected to. 


and it was true that there were very much greater
conveniences at Windsor, where the Queen's Lodge
had been fitted up as a summer residence, the Castle
for entertainments, and the Lower Lodge for the Prin-
cesses, with every accommodation for friends around
them, and for the various attendants, and his Majesty
strongly urged their returning thither. It was,
however, finally settled that the Koyal Family should
first repair to Kew, and there make their plans and
arrangements for the future. Some alterations were
necessary to the IQng's apartments at Windsor, to
do away with such things as would bring certain
recollections of the past to his mind, and to brighten
and beautify them, so as to make his surroundings
give a pleasant turn to his thoughts. 

Dr. Willis had intimated to the Queen that he
thought it advisable that four of his men should
remain about the King, two at a time in turn, and it
was proposed in order to keep the circumstance
private, that they should be made pages. Now four
additional pages could not be accommodated in either
of the Eoyal residences, so it was suggested that
Kamus and Ernst should retire upon their salaries
to their apartments at St. James's. They inquired if
they were to enjoy their perquisites as usual, and the
answer was that these could not be allowed. They
thought that after their long and faithful services
they had a right to expect this consideration, and 


therefore refused the dismissal unless a sum equiva-
lent to the average amount of perquisites were added
to their salaries. Again this was not agreed to.
They blamed Willis for not introducing his men
under different regulations, and all the pages expos-
tulated upon this fresh degradation. It was expected
that after the many months of arduous labour that
they had gone through, some recognition of their
fidelity and zealous attention would have been ten-
dered, if iJot in a manner to speak to futurity of their
services, at any rate to secure their comforts and
happiness in the present, but it seemed that this was
not to be the case. 

This affair disturbed the King a little, and as
neither party would give in, it was settled that Healey
and Bowman, who had attended upon his Majesty
from the time that Dr. Willis was called in, should
remain as assistant pages, to be constantly about the
King in turn, with no regular wait. The other two
were not to be brought forward except in case of
necessity; Kamus was to remain at the head as
before, and Ernst was to change his wait with one
of the old set upon the usual footing. Stillingfleet
resigned upon his salary. His father, who was gen-
tleman of the wine-cellar, and now aged, also begged
to be allowed to retire. He had a fine estate at
Woodgates in Wiltshire, one stage beyond Salis-
bury from London, and there both father and son 


established themselves, and greatly improved what
already was a sweet place. 

The Queen, on taking leave of the younger
Stillingfleet, the page, urged him now no longer to
postpone his marriage with Miss Griffiths, particu-
larly as her mother was now dead. Her Majesty
thought she would prove an acquisition as companion,
housekeeper, and nurse, but the young man answered
that his father had still the same repugnance to the
match, and that he would not thereforfi at that
moment propose its taking place, but that he would
accompany his father down to Wiltshire, and quietly
feel his way on the subject. 

Grieswell remained as before in constant attend**
ance at the hours of dressing, and Chamberlain
returned to town to resume his place in the library
at the Queen's House, for which a small allowance
was made to him in addition to his salary as * not
full page,' the term given to the secondaries. 

On Mr. Papendiek returning to his duty as page to
the Princess Royal, the King read a letter to him which
he told him he had long wished to do. It expressed
that he was to have a grant of Mrs. Carter's house on
the Castle Hill, the one nearest to the lodge, that the
garden of it was to be added to that between the
upper and lower lodges, and that as soon as Parlia-
ment was dissolved, and Mr. Papendiek ' denizened '
to enable him to vote, he was to take possession. 


Meanwhile the house was to be repaired. Mrs.
Carter had died during the winter, and the house
had been bought by Government, as it stood on
Eoyal ground. Those who were interested for us
felt pleasure in this happy project, but Mr. Papen-
diek having shown the letter to the Queen on the
King's giving it to him, her Majesty observed ' that
the end was incoherent,' and she feared therefore
that what the first part of the letter promised, would
be disannulled by the latter. So it unfortunately
proved, and the house was ultimately given as a
grant to the Duke of Cambridge. 

The Eoyal Family returned to Windsor soon after
the beginning of May, when the King resumed his
former habits of business and appropriation of time,
except as regarded pubhc days at St. James's,
drawing-rooms, levees, &c. 

I returned to Windsor a few days after the
thanksgiving service, with my two little girls, and
found all well at home. 

On Mr. Papendiek resuming his attendance upon
the Princess Eoyal, Magnolley retired discontented,
his attendance from November to May not having
been even acknowledged with approbation. Mr.
Papendiek reminded him that he was probably the
only one who had profited pecuniarily, for he had
alone enjoyed the perquisites of the Princess's apart-
ments for three months. Thus ended for the present 


the King's illness and all its concomitant circum-

Mr. Papendiek's return home was hailed with joy
by his family, but he felt the loss, for them, of his
heretofore allowances, and for a time suflfered under
disappointment and fatigue. 



Concert at the Palace — ^Madame Mara — The organist for Windsor — Mr.
Forrest — Picture by St. Mark — The Queen^s present to Mrs. Tunstall
— Ball and supper at Windsor — ^The Prince of Wales in a fume —
The Duke of York and Colonel Lennox — Sapper in St. Geoige's Hall
— ^The duel referred to by Dr. Doran — Entertainments given by the
French and Spanish Ambassadors — Drawing-room on the King's
birthday — ^Mr. DeLavauz and Mr. Burgess — Death of Mr. Thrale —
Mrs. Thrale marries Mr. Piozzi — Mrs. Parsloe and Mr. Sykes — ^Party
at Dr. Aylward's — ^A great success — The Royal Family leave Windsor
for Lyndhui'st — Ceremony on entering the New Forest — Serious illness
of Mr. Papendiek — Arrival at Weymouth — ^Their Majesties make
several excursions — ^The bathing women — ^The Royal Family go to
Saltram — ^Visit Plymouth — Return to Weymouth and Windsor —
Theodore Smith— Charlotte has music lessons — Illness of Eliza —
Frederick goes to school — ^Frederick's pin — Mr. Papendiek returns
home — ^Looking much altered — Changes in the Royal attendants — The
brothers Hawkins — Mrs. Papendiek visits the Queen — Mrs. Papen-
diek stays with her father in London, and then returns home. 

A CONCERT was the first entertainment given at the
Palace. The St. James's band was added to the
King's private band, and the singers for the choruses
were chosen from the Windsor choristers. Mr. and
Mrs. Harrison, the Messrs. Abrams, Signer Tasca, and
Madame Mara were also engaged, and the Queen
begged the latter to direct the arrangement of the
platform for the orchestra. This was made the entire 


width of the room, with steps the whole length of it,
and seats at the two ends for the singers when unem-
ployed, the instrumental performers remaining of
course in the orchestra, except between the two acts. 

Mara was to sing ' The Prince, unable to conceal
his pain,' from ' Alexander's Feast,' which she did, as
before, to perfection. The excitement of listening to
music was rather feared for the King, but his Majesty,
with Lady Pembroke at his side (his Queen Esther),
was very happyj and the concert ended to the plea-
sure and satisfaction of all concerned in it, and of the
numbers of invited guests. 

Mara's singing was admirable as usual, and she
looked well. Her dress was of purple silk, moderately
trimmed, and she wore her diamonds. The dresses
of all the ladies were of purple, white, and gold, out
of compUment to the King. 

Baron Dillon stood behind Mara, and assisted in
the obbUgato pianoforte parts in many of the choruses
&c., and Sexton, the deputy organist, presided at the

The Jervois's, Stowes, and other friends were with
me in the adjoining rooms, and we were of course all
highly gratified, for not only was the music of a most
perfect description, but the beauty of the room, the
elegant Ughts, and the briUiancy of the company,
made the sight a very imposing one. 

Refreshments of every kind were set out elegantly 


in the suite of rooms adjoining, and replenished from
time to time till the end of the evening. 

The return to Windsor, the resumption of his
former habits, and this first public assembly, excited
the King a little, but Dr. Willis, finding that his
Majesty's general health was good, permitted him to
go on as usual, requesting only that he would desist
from going out riding or walking in the sun during
the heat of the day. 

The question of filling the post of organist was
now brought forward, and many were proposed to the
King. Finally a friend of the Delavaux's was chosen.
Dr. Aylward, professor and lecturer of Gresham
College. He understood the Chapel service well,
and all the business of an organist. He kept on
the deputy organist as before, and made the duties
of singing as easy to the boys and men of the choir
as could be complied with. 

St. George's Chapel now came under the King's in-
spection, and the window was put up, and West's altar-
piece of the Last Supper, which with the addition of
the side pieces looked remarkably well. Orders were
given to Mr. Evelyn to repair tlie carved woodwork,
and to add new where required. Two chairs at the
altar table were to be done first, and the railing to
be beautified. His Majesty wished all to be made to
accord, which, as it had been put up at different times,
was not the case at present. The King also desired 



to have a painted glass window put in over the western
door, but the Dean and Prebendaries thought it
would be better to have the side aisles done first. 

Mr. Jarvis refused to begin another work with Mr.
Forrest, so the whole matter of their disagreement
was explained to the King, who blamed Jarvis, and
gave the command to Forrest to paint the three
windows, which succeeded admirably. The subjects
were the Nativity, the Angels appearing to the
Shepherds, and the Offerings of the Wise Men. A
new organ was ordered of Green, and the old
Chapel was to undergo a thorough repair in every

While this was taking place, and the services
could not be performed there, prayers were read in
the Collegiate Library, where there was a portrait of
our Saviour, handed down as having been painted by
St. Mark. The Prebendaries in residence used to
preach at the parish church, and the Royal Family
had service performed at 8 o'clock in the morning at
the chapel in the Castle. It was customary for the
Clerk of the Closet to do duty there, and the King
usually commanded who was to preach the sermon. 

The Queen gave to Mrs. Tunstall, as a recognition
of her attentive and kind exertions, a silver tea-urn ;
and to Mrs. Meyer, for the miniatures, a silver tea-
pot, milk-pot, and sugar-basin. 

No other gifts that I heard of were presented to 


the household, though all had exerted themselves to
the utmost during the whole of this trying time. 

The second entertainment given was a ball and
supper at Windsor, for which occasion all the ac-
commodation for guests of which the Castle was
capable was brought into requisition, lodgings being
also engaged in the town, that none of those noble-
men who had been staunch in their allegiance and
friendship should be omitted in the invitations, which
were very numerous. 

The Eoyal entertainments always commenced at
eight o'clock, and at about seven the Prince of Wales
came down in a great fume, desiring to see the
Queen. Her Majesty was dressing, but as soon as
possible his Eoyal Highness was admitted. The
object of his visit was to desire the Queen not to
receive Colonel Lennox at the ball, he having that
morning fought a duel with the Duke of York. 

Her Majesty, as soon as she was assured that
neither of them was hurt, answered that until the
King had been informed of the affair and had com-
manded the course that was to be pursued, it was not
in her power to act. The Queen did not at once go
over to the Castle, but remained at the Lodge until
Mr. Pitt should arrive, when he was immediately
ordered to her presence, and requested by her
Majesty to break the intelligence to the King and
to let her know his decision in the matter. 

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This he did, and the King desired that all was to
proceed as if no such thing had occurred. Upon
this the Prince of Wales returned to town, exaspe-
rated at his Majesty's command. 

The delay which this affair occasioned caused great
anxiety among the assembled company, as may be
imagined, but on the appearance of the Royal Family,
with the King looking well, all was delight, and danc-
ing was at once begun, and kept up to a late hour
with great spirit and hilarity. 

The dress was purple and gold for those ladies
who did not dance, and for the dancers white, with
purple and gold trimmings, the gowns being made
round, with a small slope from four to six inches on
the ground as train, which did not impede the move-
ments in dancing. 

The supper was in St. George's Hall, the table for
the Royal Family being across the upper end, up the
steps, two long tables down each side, the entire
length of the hall, being arranged for the guests.
The gallery at the lower end, supported by those
fine statues of a black and his three sons, was set
apart for music, the King's private band performing
during the supper to relieve those who played for
the dance. 

In this gallery also, we and our friends, with
many others, had places as spectators. The whole
effect was enchanting. The new gold service of plate 


was used for the first time, and the salvers and cups
were peculiarly elegant. They were ornamented
with serpents twisted round in a tasteful manner, and
made in shining and mat gold, which raised the
scales in relief, and made the reptiles look fearfully
real. The two mouths met at the top, and from
them the beverage was poured. 

The supper was most recherchSy and there were
several ornamental dishes such as I had never seen
before. Temples in barley sugar four feet high, and
oiher devices introducing the motto and emblema-
tical of peace and joy, were among the most conspi-
cuous ornaments of the table, and all the viands were
of the most elegant description. There were ar-
ranged on the table jellies of all colours and shapes,
creams, cakes, fruit, pies of all sorts, including cray-
fish pies (new to me), tartlets, &c., and hot dishes
with appropriate vegetables, and white soup, were
handed round to all the company seated at the tables,
in number at least 200. 

The duel was already talked about, and canvassed
with a good deal of party spirit and malignancy.
The Duchess of Gordon would not take wine with
Lord Thurlow, who, notwithstanding his strong asse-
veration in the House of Lords so short a time before,
was now wavering in his opinions. 

The King and Queen retired on returning from
the hall after the supper was concluded, the younger 


Princesses having left the assembly before supper.
The elder Princesses now resumed the dance, and did
not retire till nearly four o'clock. 

[The particulars of the duel between the Duke of
York and Colonel Lennox, so briefly alluded to by
Mrs. Papendiek, are given by Dr. Doran in the
following words : 

. ' The second son of Queen Charlotte delivered
his maiden speech in the House of Lords at
the close of 1788. A few months later he made
another speech in private society which might have
had a very fatal issue. He stated that Colonel-
Lennox (afterwards Duke of Richmond) had been
addressed in Daubigny's Club in language to which no
gentleman would have quietly listened as the Colonel
had done. The latter, on parade, asked for an ex-
planation. The Duke refused, ordered him to his
post, and offered him " satisfaction " if he felt him-
self aggrieved. The Colonel appealed to the club as
to whether the members adopted the Duke's state-
ment. They remained silent, and the result was a
duel on Wimbledon Common, on May 26, 1789.
Lord Eawdon accompanied the Duke, and the Earl
of Winchelsea attended on the Colonel. The duel
ended with no bloodier finale than the loss of a curl
on the part of the Duke. The latter, it was found,
had not fired ; he refused to fire, bade the Colonel
fire again if he were not satisfied, and rejected every 


inducement held out to him to make some explana-
tion. On this the parties separated. 

* Some littleness of spirit was exhibited in what
followed. The Colonel was present at a court ball,
at which the Queen presided, and formed part in
a country dance of which the Prince of Wales and
other members of the Royal Family were also a por-
tion. The Prince, who was remarkable for his gal-
lantry, did not exhibit that quaUty on the present
occasion. He passed over the Colonel and the lady
his partner without "turning" the latter, as the laws
•of contre-danse required. The Prince's conduct was
imitated by both his brothers and sisters, and the
Colonel's partner was thus subjected to most un-
warrantable insult.' — Ed.] 

After this entertainment, the French and Spanish
Ambassadors gave theirs ; the former at his residence
in one of the Squares — I think Portman Square — the
latter, who lived in Great George Street, in the corner
house next to the Park, where he had no suitable suite
of rooms, gave his invitations to Eanelagh. The ball at
the French embassy was a most perfect entertainment,
at which there was every elegance that the imagina-
tion can form, and in the illumination of the house
the Jleur-de- lis was introduced. The Rotunda at Rane-
lagh afforded ample space for dancing, cards, and a
promenade. The two first tiers of boxes were devoted
to refreshments and supper for the company, and the 


third and upper tiers were set apart for the accommo-
dation of spectators, who were admitted by invitation
or by tickets. For them were also provided refresh-
ments of tea, cakes, and negus. The illuminations
within and without were something seldom seen. 

These two balls surpassed everything of the kind
that was given at this time of rejoicing. As a com-
pliment to the host of both these entertainments,
anything emblematical of their respective countries
that could possibly be introduced in the dress of the
ladies, was added by them to the costume for the
recovery, and the gentlemen wore the full dress
Windsor uniform. 

The name of the French Ambassador I cannot
recollect, but the Spanish Ambassador was the
Marquis del Campo, whom I have before mentioned
as having gone down to Windsor at the time that the
King was shot at, to prevent her Majesty's hearing
the news abruptly. No other very remarkable fes-
tivity was given, but there were many smaller parties
amongst friends, and a general reaction after the long
and dreary winter and universal depression of spirits. 

On the King's birthday the drawing-room was
crowded. Members of both parties attended, and
all political ill-feeling seemed for the moment to be
set aside. 

In many instances the motto was studded in
diamonds on a purple ground, and the eflect was 


most brilliant. This was the last occasion upon
which it was expected to be worn. 

The King appeared in the throne-room to hear
the Ode, and to receive the blessing of the bishops,
but his Majesty did not attend the drawing-room. 

There was no court ball in the evening, and the
Royal Family after dinner returned to Kew, having
left Windsor a short time before this auspicious day.
Miss Sandys had resumed her place when the family
first went to Windsor after the recovery, and all the
ladies and attendants had now fallen back into their
old quarters. 

As I heard of entertainments likely to be given
after the first grand concert, I summoned my cousin
for a month, who was able to respond happily, and
she enjoyed with us many of the little parties given
by our friends to which I have just alluded. 

On one particular day when we were preparing
our dress for an evening party at the Jervois's, Mr.
Delavaux called in a great bustle to see Mr. Papen-
diek, who was not at home. After much persuasion
Mr. Delavaux told me that he wished to find out if we
would give a home to a Mr. Burgess and two pupils
aged seven and five, who were designed for Eton, and
wfere looking about for a suitable residence. Certainly
our house was well situated, but I strongly argued
against accommodating them. However, old Dela-
vaux managed to get hold of Mr. Papendiek, and the 


business was settled. For the small sum of 1 30/. a year
they were to be lodged and take aU their meals with
me, but I only would consent to taking them on con-
dition that I was not to be tied at home, or prevented
receiving and visiting my friends. 

We hired a lad, which was absolutely neces-
sary for attendance on these people, and I had to
make sundry alterations in my arrangements. We
had two small bedsteads made to fit the recesses in
the front room for the two boys, which, with the rest
of the furniture, were made at home, and we bought
a tent bedstead complete for Mr. Burgess, of Smith,
the upholsterer. This and the bedding for the other
two cost about 30/., and all other requisites we made
perfect. The two pretty little rooms next the draw-
ing-room possessed every convenience, and our new
inmates were much pleased with their accommoda-
tion. They entered at midsummer, and though the
Jervois's and the Baron gave me every encouragement,
I think upon the whole that it rather lowered us in
the opinion of the acquaintance we had formed. 

About this time Mr. Thrale, the great porter
brewer, and member for Southwark, died, leaving to
his widow the brewery and 50,000/., and to each of
five daughters the same sum. 

An Italian artist of mediocre talent taught the
young ladies to sing, and for the purpose of improve-
ment Mrs. Thrale took her three eldest daughters to 


Italy, leaving the two younger with Mrs. Kay and
Mrs. Fry, with whom they remained until their edu-
cation was completed. By agreement this man,
whose name was Pio:2zi, met them in Italy, when a
marriage took place between him and Mrs. Thrale. 

On the return of the party to England these
three daughters demanded their fortunes, and Mrs.
Piozzi's finances were shaken a little by having to
sell out of the funds at a great loss, and selling the
brewery at a still greater. Previously to her second
marriage Mrs. Piozzi had been known in the hterary
world. She still continued to write and to publish
her writings, but they ho longer carried with them
the same interest. Her friends and the public ceased
to respect her, and she soon fell into obUvion. Where
she lived, and whether now alive or dead, I cannot
tell. Her mother was a renowned classic scholar,
and the daughter, when stiU Mrs. Thrale, the same.
The latter possessed very superior abilities and great
judgment ; she managed her family and household
with industry and economy, took the trouble of the
business off Mr. Thrale's hands, and educated her
children at home. She was a religious, charitable,
and good woman, and how she became infatuated
with a person not even eminent in his profession,
after maintaining a rectitude of conduct for so many
years, is not to be defined. 

Carohne Meyer arrived at Mrs. Eoach's, but find- 


ing no companion to her taste, she did not settle well.
Her abilities for useful knowledge were superior, but
for ornamental accomphshments she had no taste,
nor was her temper amiable. I tried to show her
kindness when I could, and I think she did improve
under Mrs. Eoach's care, and gained a little softness
in her manner. 

A good deal of talk was raised in the town by a
disgraceful circumstance which occurred about this
time. An officer in the regiment quartered at Windsor,
of the name of Parsloe, had a wife of uncommon
beauty both of face and figure. She used to sit upon
the terrace morning and evening, and appeared to be
lounging about at all times for admiration. The King
asked the husband if he did not fear to allow her to
be out of his sight, to which he answered that he
must attend to his business, but that he never left
her without her sister or a companion. 

A young man of the name of Sykes, whose father
had recently acquired a fortune, came to Windsor
under a bet that he would carry off Mrs. Parsloe. He
began by introducing daily driving out in parties,
and on one morning he asked the captain to hand
his wife into his phaeton, and then drove off, saying,
' I will call for the sister, and you can follow after
parade.' Alas, she never returned ! The damages
were moderate, the husband having put the wife into
the carriage. Whether Captain Parsloe did not feel 


the affair very deeply, or whether he only affected
to carry it off with a high hand, no one could rightly
say, but although he must have been mortified by the
circumstance, he appeared to many to be released
from a care by his wife having quitted him. She
had no children. 

The new organist, Dr. Aylward's, house now being
in order, he asked the canons if they would honour
him with their company at the house-warming, to
which they replied with an acceptance. An evening
was fixed when the Royal Family were to be at Kew
for a couple of days, so that the doctor might have
the benefit of such of the band as were required for
the accompaniment of Handel's overtures &c. 

The invitation was general to those who had wel-
comed him to his situation, with the exception of the
Delavaux's, who could not be asked to meet the dig-
nitaries. They carried their pretensions so high that
this omission greatly annoyed them, and Dr. Ayl-
ward was obliged to ask Fischer to call and explain
matters. He did so, and endeavoured to make them
see how kindly they had been treated in the neigh-
bourhood and in their business, and how impossible
it was that they could always be received upon an
equality. This quieted them for the moment, but
they never lost an opportunity of pushing themselves
forward when they could. 

The doctor asked me to assist his housekeeper in 


making the requisite arrangements* for this party,
which I was very pleased to do. The house was in
the singing men's cloisters. The large room with the
organ and harpsichord was of course set apart for
the music, the dining-room for refreshments, and '
the study for cloaks, instrument cases, &c. ; tea to be
handed as the company arrived. 

The concert was good. The singing was by the
gentlemen of the choir and the leading boys, with
Eodgers to lead and accompany them with the assis-
tance of Sexton the sub-organist, Mr. Papendiek and
Baron Dillon joining in many of the catches and glees.
Miss Stowe played the second concerto of Handel on
the harpsichord, and all the music was excellently

The evening was altogether a success, the refresh-
ments good, with plenty of the doctor's excellent
wine for the clergymen, and a regular supper for the
performers ; and all the arrangements for the comfort
and pleasure of the company being carefully attended
to, everybody retired well satisfied. 

The next day Mrs. Fischer called upon me to thank
me for the entertainment of the evening before,
knowing that I had assisted in the arrangements, and
saying that they were not accustomed to meet with
such elegance at private parties, nor to be gratified
with music suited to every taste. She admired my
dress, which was of muslin not transparent, a new 


Scotch manufacture, chequered, made round with a
short train, a small jacket, and broad sash pinned in
a peak in front, and handkerchief under a small cape.
I had it new for the King's birthday, 4th of June, and
it is the same in which I afterwards sat to Lawrence
for my portrait. Mrs. Fischer also complimented me
about my attention to my sweet children, and other
things. In fact, at this moment everything connected
with us was perfect in her eyes. 

Mr. Papendiek was now at the Lodge to receive
the Royal Family on their return from their two days*
absence at Kew, during which space he had obtained
leave to remain at home, the Queen having highly
approved of the motive for which Mr. Papendiek had
asked for this permission. 

During more than a month past, preparations had
been making for the removal of the Royal Family to
the seaside for change of air. As Miss Sandys could
not or would not dress hair, and as the Queen did
not want Sonardi and his ' lady' to follow her at such
a heavy expense as the last time, she appointed
Duncan as her hairdresser, a man who had been
recommended to her Majesty by some of her ladies. 

All was now ready for their departure to Wey-
mouth in the first instance, and the extension of
their travels if all went on well, and early in July
the whole family left Windsor for Lyndhurst, where
they were to make their first halt, and where they 


were able to be accommodated by Mr. Eose, Eanger
of the New Forest, Hants, in the house he occupied
as belonging to the appointment. The Eoyal party
consisted of the King, Queen, and three elder Prin-
cesses ; Kamus, Bowman, Grieswell, my father, Mr.
Papendiek, and Duncan ; Misses Bumey and Planta,
Sandys and Mackenthum ; two equerries, a lady for
the Queen, and one for the Princesses. 

Before arriving at Lyndhurst, on entering the
New Forest, the ceremony of presenting the King
with two snow-white greyhounds, decorated with
ribbons, was gone through. It was an old feudal
custom or law of the forest, and was a curious and
pretty sight, crowds of the inhabitants of the neigh-
bourhood collecting to witness it. 

At Lyndhurst they were to remain one week,
and delighted indeed they were with the exquisitely
beautiful country round — new to them. 

Poor Mr. Papendiek fell ill the first day, and on
the third day the medical attendant desired to know
how his patient was situated with respect to family,
for he feared it was a case of doubtful recovery. The
Queen wished him to be immediately removed, but
to this Mr. Papendiek decidedly objected, as did also
the medical attendants. He said he had given us
his blessing at parting, and now recommended us to
her Majesty's protection, not being in any other way
able to provide for us. 


Whether the extremity of the case roused him,
or from some other cause not distinctly accounted
for, Mr. Papendiek rose up, and then made such
rapid progress towards recovery that he was able to
rejoin the Eoyal Family at Weymouth on the day
originally appointed for their arrival at that place,
the tenth after their departure from Windsor. 

The Duke of Gloucester had lent his house at
Weymouth to the King, and with the addition of
four houses adjoining, engaged for the three months,
the accommodation for the Eoyal party and their
attendants was very comfortable. These houses di-
vided Gloucester Lodge from the principal hotel,
Stacy's, situated opposite the esplanade, the high
road running between that and the row of houses. 

Four regiments were quartered in different parts
of the town and adjacent country, and there were
three frigates in the Bay, in one of which, the
Southampton^ commanded by Captain Douglas, the
Eoyal Family sailed on fine days, the other two often
accompanying the Southampton with friends on board.
The Magnificent^ a fine man-of-war, was stationed at
the entrance of the Bay during the whole time of
the King's stay at Weymouth. 

The King and Eoyal Family attended the theatre
several times, when Quick and Mrs. Wells performed
in comedy admirably, but there were no other actors
of any note till Mrs. Siddons, who was staying at 

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Weymouth for her health, was prevailed upon to
play 'Lady Townly/ and afterwards the part of
* Mrs. Oakley/ as neither the King nor Queen were
fond of tragedy. The performance was not equal to
her usual acting, as comedy was not her line, though
it is needless to add that Mrs. Siddons could do
nothing badly. 

Their Majesties made several excursions into the
neighbouring country, sometimes by land and some-
times by sea, and there was a great sense of freedom
and enjoyment over the whole party, added to much
gratitude for the steady improvement in the King's
health. The public showed much good feeling and
pleasure at their beloved monarch's recovery, who
was gratified by the immense crowds that turned out
upon every occasion to see him, not only at Wey-
mouth, but all along the route thither. ' God save
the King ' was in every mouth, sung by the hoarsest
voices, and played by the crackiest bands, but with
a lustiness and heartiness that proved the intensity
of their loyalty. The men and children in the
streets had a bandeau with the motto round their
hats and caps, and the very bathing women wore
girdles with the words in large letters round their
large waists ! 

[Miss Burney in a letter to her father corrobo-
rates this intense loyalty. 'His Majesty,' she says,
' is in delightful health and much improved spirits . 


All agree he never looked better. The loyalty of
this place is excessive ; they have dressed out every
street with labels of " God save the King ; " all the
shops have it over their doors ; all the children wear
it in their caps, all the labourers in their hats, and
all the sailors in their voices^ for they never approach
the house without shouting it aloud, nor see the
King, or his shadow, without beginning to huzza, and
going on to three cheers. 

' The bathing machines make it their motto over
all their windows ; and those bathers that belong to
the Royal dippers wear it in bandeaux on their
bonnets, to go into the sea; and have it again in
large letters round their waists, to encounter the
waves. Flannel dresses tucked up, and no shoes
nor stockings, with bandeaux and girdles, have a
most singular appearance, and when first I surveyed
these loyal nymphs it was with some difficulty I kept
my features in order. 

' Nor is this all. Think but of the surprise of his
Majesty, when, the first time of his bathing, he had
no sooner popped his Eoyal head under water than
a band of music, concealed in a neighbouring ma-
chine, struck up " God save Great George our
King." '—Ed.] 

After the settled time for remaining at Weymouth
was over, the family and suite repaired to Saltram,
the seat of Lord Barrington, where they stayed a 

I 2 


month. They saw everything of interest in Plymouth
Harbour, and sailed about to visit the admired spots
of the coast of Devonshire, to their great gratification,
besides going over the Dockyard, where everything
was minutely inspected. A grand naval review took
place during his Majesty's visit, and all was done to
render his stay in this neighbourhood agreeable.
The same manifestations of loyalty were exhibited at
every place where the Royal Family stopped, and all
along the route. 

After the time specified for this stay at Saltram
they returned to Weymouth, and then immediately
began their homeward journey. 

On the way back to Windsor they stopped at
Longleat, in Wiltshire, the beautiful seat of the
Marquis of Bath, and then at Tottenham Park, in
Wiltshire, the seat of Lord Ailesbury, whence,
after remaining a couple of days to rest, they pro-
ceeded direct to Windsor, which was reached
about the middle of September — I do not recollect
the exact date — after an enjoyable and successful

When my husband left Windsor with the Eoyal
Family, my mother came down to me for a few days,
bringing my sister, who remained with me till the
term recommenced at Mrs. Eoach's. Miss Meyer
and the Zofianys also returned, but my friend could
not be prevailed upon to remain with me, as she was 


now expecting Mr. Zoffany's return from India
almost daily. 

Little Charlotte went back with her grandmamma,
where she again met Theodore Smith, who called
upon my mother by chance after an interval of some
years. His profession was music, and he lived by
teaching the pianoforte and singing. 

He had married a most beautiful woman some
few years back ; an actress whom he taught to sing.
Everybody blamed him for the choice he had made,
fearing a result which indeed very soon happened.
A Mr. Bishop took her off, and when the first shock
had subsided, he prevailed upon Smith to accept a
sum of money and be silent, for his wife would never
return to him, and he (Bishop) would marry her.
Smith told my mother, to her surprise, that he taught
music in a school where Miss Bishop, the daughter,
was, for the sake of seeing Mrs. Bishop, who some-
times came into the schoolroom, and this he con-
tinued to do as long as a master was required. 

Returning from this school, which was at the
corner of Chiswick Lane, he usually called in, took
his tea with my mother and brother, and gave little
Charlotte a lesson. This was the first time she had
shown any liking for music. Smith taught her as a
child, and made it playful to her, and soon dis-
covered talent. His duets and easy pieces, composed
by him upon known and famihar airs, she soon 


caught, and surprised us with her improvement most

Eliza, very soon after her father left us, fell ill
with an inflammatory cough. The medicines not
acting as Dr. Mingay hoped, made him fear it would
turn to whooping cough, and he advised me to send
my poor little girl to Eodgers', where she was well
accommodated and taken care of. By the doctor's
advice also, I hired a httle chaise from the Mews,
with four wheels, a close back, and apron in front,
which had been the Princesses'. In this she was
daily to be drawn up to the shade in the Home Park,
or Long Walk, to gain benefit from the air and
amusement from the little jaunts. She was to be
well fed, and everything nourishing was given to her,
including ass's milk, of which she had a small tum-
bler every morning. After about six weeks she
returned home, no sign of whooping cough having
manifested itself, though I cannot say the same about
danger. We continued the same regimen, and she
gradually gained strength, but being naturally a
deUcate child, this illness pulled her down greatly. 

Frederick, after the holidays, went unexpectedly
to school. The cause of this step was that Mi's. For-
rest, who now assisted her husband in burning the
glass, putting in the backgrounds to his pictures, &c.,
found that she could not devote herself to her httle
boy, now two years old, as she wished ; and she told 


me that she had found a most respectable school in
Datchet Lane, where she thought of sending her
child daily, and she asked me to allow Frederick to
join him as his companion. This was decided upon,
and thither, at sixpence a week, did these two dear
boys go. 

I did not like the idea of it, but, wonderful to say,
the woman who kept the school was really superior
in her line, and taught the children to read and spell
well. She told me that Frederick had such an ex-
cellent ear that he very quickly caught the sound of
the words ; and she was greatly pleased and surprised
at his obedience and knowledge of good behaviour.
So strong a feeling of what was right had he that he
was greatly annoyed when the other children in the
school were refractory, and he used to get up from
his seat and push the boys, and prick the girls with
a pin, which he took care always to have ready. Al-
though this chastisement of the other children called
for reprimand to himself, he was always disturbed at
their naughtiness, and generally contrived to set it
right, never forgetting the pin. 

Poor little Georgy was now cutting his teeth,
which made him very fretfiil, and he gave no sign
of wishing to try to walk. As he grew he became
handsome as a child, and his eyes, brows, and lashes
were beautiful. 

Having heard from Mr. Papendiek that they 


were now travelling homewards, I deemed it advis-
able to let him know what had been taking place in his
absence. The Queen always inquired about us, and on
hearing my account of EUza she desired Mr. Papendiek
to return home from Longleat if he found he could
be spared. This was easily managed, for on the
King's account no entertainments took place where
the Eoyal Family visited, only family parties to make
it cheerful, so Mr. Papendiek was not really wanted
so much. 

Having seen all that was interesting at this fine
old place, therefore, Mr. Papendiek set off for home,
and surprised us greatly by his unexpected return.
I was sorry to see him so altered. He had grown
fat, looked bloated and red -faced from being so
constantly in the air, and his nice figure and pleasing
face seemed gone. Till then I had not heard the
extent of his illness at starting, and I conclude that
tlio great change in him was caused by the invigo-
rating sea air after his confinement to his bed, and
after emerging from the close and fatiguing atten-
dance upon the King for so many months. 

He brought home four gown pieces, one of a
very pretty green, with a small pattern of a darker
shade, another with a white ground and small
bunches of convolvulus over it, and two dark ones.
I made four morning frocks for winter, one each for
my four babies ; the other two we gave to our two 


servants. I then heard all the anecdotes of the
absent time, and Mr. Papendiek told me of many
proposed changes in the future. 

An order had been sent round to every person
holding an appointment in the Castle, and also to all
those who had the grant of apartments, to repair to
them, if possible, to meet the commands of the King.
The Duke of Montague, Governor of the Round
Tower, pleaded inability from age and infirmity, but
the Earl of Courtown, Deputy Governor, with his
family, immediately obeyed, and took possession of
their house in the garden of the Tower, at the foot
of the stairs, and opposite to those which led down
to the north side of the terrace, then open to the
public. Here the Courtowns remained till all their
sons were provided for, either in the army, the navy,
or the church. They had no daughters. The
Egertons in the North-East Tower, and the Walsing-
hams in the Southern Quadrangle, also obeyed the
summons, and some of the Canons who were not in
residence. A house of the King's, the first in High
Street, was given to the Queen's footman, Clarke, and
his family, the Duke of Cambridge's house still
remaining unoccupied. 

Several changes among the attendants now took
place. Mr. Brown was made King's page in lieu of
Stillingfleet, and Mr. Clement succeeded Brown as page
to the younger Princesses. This Clement had been a 


faithful attendant of old Dr. Majendie, who now found
himself sinking, and solicited the Queen to provide
for the man and his family, as he was unable to do
so. He was a 'worthy man, but, from his corpulency
and age, very inactive, and scarcely a proper person
for his new post. Mr. Brown came in according to
rule as junior page, but the King made him also
'page of the bedchamber,' to fill up the vacancy
caused by Hetherington's death, which had occurred
a short time before. The apartments allotted to him
were those between the King's kitchen and the Duke
of Clarence's house. 

Hawkins, the surgeon, and his brother had oc-
cupied the rooms now given to Brown almost from
the commencement of the reign of George HI., as a
town residence, to be near the Royal children. The
order to quit them, therefore, was heartrending.
They were now ordered back to Kew, to occupy the
house we had, between which and the one given to
the Duke of Cumberland they had several times been
moved backwards and forwards. 

One brother gave up the residence altogether,
and returned to London to practise, retaining his
salary as surgeon to the King. The other brother
died about two years after, having been for some
time in weak health, in that room looking to the
garden, which we called the painting room. His
grandson, Dr. Mott, was afterwards one of the 


instructors of Princess Charlotte, and was dismissed
upon the idea that her Royal Highness's letters to
him in the way of instruction were too enthusiastic. 

The day after the Eoyal Family arrived at the
Lodge I went up to see them all, and acquainted the
Queen with the nature of Eliza's cough and conse-
quent illness. Her Majesty said she was always
anxious about whooping cough, and dreaded it
principally on Princess Amelia's account, who had
returned from a six weeks' stay at Eastbourne but
a short time before. I did not, therefore, show my
little girl at the Lodge this time. 

I then went for a short visit to Kensington with
my father, and took Frederick with me, but as Dr.
Mingay wished to keep Eliza under his eye and did
not think a change advisable, I left her in Mr.
Papendiek's care, who was so fond of his children
that I knew she would be well looked after. 

The weather was still very fine, the children no
trouble, and my stay was most enjoyable. The
walking in those sweet gardens of Kensington, the
social pool at quadrille of an evening, the pleasure
of my brother's company, and the happiness of our
being together again, all made this hohday of near
a fortnight appear like hours instead of days. After
this I returned home with my children, where
happiness again awaited me, for we were once more
all together. 



Preparations for the winter — ^Memorial from the Eing*8 band — Nephews
of Dr. Herschel — Ball at the Caatle — Discomfiture of Mr. Kamus —
Present from the King of Naples — King Poniatowski — Mr. Papendiek
accomplished in Polish music and dancing — Sir Thomas Lawrence —
His youthful days — Portraits of Lady Cremorne and others — Intro-
duced to the Queen — Portrait of the Queen — Difficulties — Bridge-
tower — Mr. Jervois — Misunderstandings — Mr. Zoffiuiy on his return
from India — Mrs. Stowe and the Carbonels — Concerted music —
Duet with Eodgers — Mrs. Papendiek's remark on seeing the Queen's
picture — ^The Queen refuses to give Lawrence another sitting — ^Law-
rence was not paid — ^The portrait sold after his death — Miss Folstone,
afterwards Mrs. Mee — Her history — Pleasant little coterie — Lawrence
takes Mrs. Papendiek's portrait — Dinner at the Herschels — Un-
pleasant walk — Dr. Lind, Mrs. Lind — ^Mrs. Delany — ^Princess
Elizabeth copies her drawings — Charlotte shows talent for music,
Elizabeth for drawing — History of Dr. Thackaray — His death — The
Queen assists Mrs. Thackaray — Mrs. Papendiek goes to town — Dif-
ficulties with Bridgetower. 

I NOW began to prepare for the winter. Stuff petti-
coats, warm and soft, two coloured frocks open in
front, so that the little girls could almost dress them-
selves. Four white frocks ; and this year, new dark
blue greatcoats of ladies' cloth, with two rows of
very small yellow-knobbed buttons down the front.
Their straw bonnets cleaned, now again looked
almost new, and were lined and trimmed with lus- 


tring (now termed gros de Naples) of the same
colour. The boys had the finest Bath coating of the
same blue, and black beaver hats. Dear little things,
they looked beautiful I 

Events crowded now upon each other. 

The first of moment was a memorial drawn up
by the King's band to request permission to have
musical parties of a morning at friends' houses by
subscription, and this was to be presented by Mr.
Papendiek. As he never proceeded in anything
without first naming it to the Queen, of course in
this instance that was his first step. Her Majesty
took the paper, and thinking it not an unreasonable
request, she said she would herself give it to the

He, however, at once refused, upon the ground
that they would not rest here, and said that he would
allow them to attend no meeting where they would
receive payment, except in such cases when his
Majesty ordered them to perform. One hundred
pounds had originally been their stipend, but on
giving up their house 30/. had been added, and 25/.
for the Ancient Music Concerts, of which twelve were
held during the winter. They also had each four
suits of clothes, and everything appertaining to their
profession — fine instruments, and able masters to in-
struct them when required. They went to London
regularly for a certain number of weeks' residence 


during the season, and after June 4 they returned to
Windsor, so that they were put to no expense of
moving to and fro, and being stationary at each place
for the time being, they had many days to themselves.
One can understand that having been encouraged by
their patrons to look forward to this indulgence they
were disappointed at its being refused to them,
tliough they had not any real grievance. 

The Griesbachs, in particular, were quite roused.
As Dr. HerscheFs nephews they determined on going
nowhere unless accompanied by their wives ; but the
Doctor soon settled that, saying that if they chose to
marry under circumstances so straitened tliey must
content themselves with their lot. No one could or
would be disposed to receive them so encumbered,
and by refusing to oblige friends with their talents,
they would soon be forgotten, and lose any means
they might obtain through them of assisting their

The next event was a ball given at the Castle to
welcome the wanderers who had returned by com-
piand to their respective residences, and to invite
those where the Eoyal Family had visited, with many
others. The dresses for the dancers had a little more
purple in them, otherwise they remained much the
same as before. 

Mrs. Montagu and I went to the Music Gallery as
usual, and wliile there, Mr. Kamus came up like a 


fury to upbraid us for taking such a liberty. In vain
did we tell him that we had acted only on former
privileges, and as others were there besides our-
selves, I could not see that we had done wrong. 

He then attacked Mr. Papendiek, who had
scarcely known that we were there. How or why
this arose I cannot tell ; suffice it to say that it made
me quite ill. I was confined to my room for a week,
and was much reduced. 

This circumstance was inquired into, and other
disagreeable occurrences combined with it led to
the discomfiture of Kamus. The Delavauxs not
being able to make anything of him now took up
Mr. Brown, of which we all remember the sequel —
his marriage with the younger sister. 

After the magnificent baU and supper, St. George's
Hall was prepared for the display of the dessert ser-
vice, sent as a present to the King on his recovery
by the King of Naples, who was married to the
second daughter of Maria Theresa, sister of Joseph
n. of Germany, and of Marie Antoinette, Queen
of the French. 

The service was enormously large as to the
number of pieces, and very magnificent. The plateau
was of looking-glass, with a small figure in the centre
of the Emperor of Rome upon a throne extremely
elevated, and surrounded by his courtiers and the
usual pageantry, all executed in fine white marble. 


The edge was finely wrought in silver gilt and ara-
besque paintings, leaving spaces for the dishes, which
were of white china. On these and on eight dozen
plates were painted views of Italy ; landscapes, build-
ings, palaces, ruins, &c., not two alike. Four dozen
more were of a kind of crystallised glass with patterns
of flowers round the edge; the ice pails and dishes
for fruits in juice being of the same, and beautifully
ornamented with representations of insects &c. 

Besides these, there were cake baskets, a mixture
of china and glass, of extreme elegance and lightness,
finger glasses, goblets, glasses, coolers, and every-
thing that could possibly be required. The cases for
this magnificent service were covered in morocco
leather and lined with white Genoa velvet. The
public were allowed admission to view this present
for three days, and they flocked to St. George's Hall
in numbers. 

Mr. Papendiek, ever ahve to kindness, asked the
Queen if some attention should not be shown to the
gentlemen who brought over this offering. Her
Majesty said that a gift of money was the usual
return, and in this instance 500/. instead of 300Z.
would be given, as the moment was an anxious one,
and the bringing of the service had been a hazardous
undertaking, for the French Ee volution had just
then seriously broken out. In addition to this, the
gentlemen were lodged free of expense for three days. 


I cannot recollect that the dessert service was ever
used in its entireness. Portions of it were con-
stantly put out, but the King never could bear to
see anything relating to or that reminded him of his
unfortunate illness. 

At this exhibition I was introduced by Dr. Her-
schel to General Kamazuski, who had fought in the
ever- memorable battle of the Poles for their liberty
and their king, Poniatowski. The latter had been
placed on the throne of Poland by the Empress
Catherine, and hurled from it by the jealousy of
Potemkin. General Kamazuski contrived to escape
with the greater part of his property to England,
where he lived until France became again at peace
with us. He was introduced to Dr. Herschel through
the Eoyal Society, in the hope of his being able to
be privately presented to the King, but under the
circumstance of his being in opposition to the will of
the Empress, with whom we were on terms of peace,
this could not be done. 

A few days after this introduction Mrs. Herschel
and Sukey White came to fetch me, saying that the
general had taken a great fancy to me. Whether I
looked interesting after my illness, or that my bonnet
was becoming (the one in which I sat to Lawrence),
or that he was struck at my endeavours to interest
him in the service of dessert, to the display of which
I took my three elder sweet children, who were 

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greatly admired by him, I cannot tell. At any rate
I went, and spent three days most happily at Slough,
the last of which Charlotte passed with us. I learnt
and played this amiable man's Polish hornpipes and
dances, sang with him, and being of a lively disposi-
tion, I felt that I assisted to make these little familiar
meetings agreeable to a foreigner. Mr. Papendiek
dined with us one day, which greatly contributed to
the gaiety, for he was particularly clever in Polish
music and dancing. He accompanied himself on the
guitar, singing and dancing at the same time, and
amused us greatly by the way he thrust the instru-
ment into a side pocket when requiring his hands to
meet his partner, real or supposed. 

After this short but very pleasant visit, I returned
home, and found all well. Mr. Papendiek, both at
Windsor and London, always slept at home, however
late he might be detained, as he could not bear to be
away from me or his beloved children, who in return
doted on him. 

The great prodigy of the day had now arrived at
Windsor, and everyone was anxious to see this self-
taught wonder. The Queen was to sit to him for her
portrait, and he was to have an apartment in the
Castle for his work and accommodation, taking his
meals at the Lodge. This interesting young man,
Thomas Lawrence, had not been introduced to the 


visiting classes, as his origin did not warrant it till he
had made his own name. 

He was the son of an innkeeper at Devizes, who
married clandestinely a teacher at a boarding-school,
who was a woman of taste and abiUty, amiable, and
well looking both as to figure and face. She educated
her five children herself, and ultimately the eldest
son went into the Church ; the second never regularly
settled to any profession ; the two girls both did
well, one of them painting flowers superiorly; and
Thomas, the youngest, was the pet lamb of the

The mother taught them their own language well,
and gave them a fondness for reading. The British
classics were their study, with the best publications
of the day, and young Lawrence had a marvellous
memory and quite a talent for recitation, with a
sweet musical voice as a child, and could quote
readily from Milton and Shakespeare, whose plays he
illustrated with sketches giving strong expression to
the various characters as he conceived them. In-
deed, for all his reading he made appropriate draw-
ings, and these at last began to attract notice. 

Generals Garth and Manners, when travelling to
Bath, stopped at Devizes, and while their dinner was
being got ready they played a game at billiards, by
the encouragement of their host, old Lawrence.
Thomas was the marker, and engaged their attention, 

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his little table in the corner, with his books and
drawings, striking them particularly. They inquired
minutely into his sentiment for art, and asked to be
allowed to take away with them some of his perfor-
mances, promising to bring them back on their return
journey. This both Thomas Lawrence and his father
were very glad to do, and when the generals returned
they gave him their address in London, in case he
should ever come up. 

Not very long after this occurrence the father
became bankrupt, and as it was his second failure he
determined to leave Devizes and see what London
could do for himself and family. Young Lawrence
availed himself of the kind permission of the gentle-
men already referred to, and called upon them. As,
unfortunately, the King was just then in his iUness,
they could not introduce him to the great patron of
all arts, but they took him to Lady Cremorne, who
was a universal encourager of merit, and her ladyship
sat to Lawrence for her portrait, a full-length one.
He followed the example of Vandyke, and dressed
her in a high dress of black velvet with long sleeves,
Vandyke collar and cuffs, and no cap. The picture
was exhibited that season, and was favourably com-
mented upon. 

Lady Cremorne introduced this young artist to
the first Marchioness of Abercorn, a most amiable
woman, and soon he was quite an intimate in their 


family. He took the likenesses of the younger
branches in coloured chalk drawings, and painted
whole-length portraits of the two elder sons in one
picture, in Vandyke dresses. This was exhibited the
following year with equal success. 

The Abercoms, being extremely fond of getting
up private theatricals for their amusement, gave
Lawrence many opportunities of being useful to
them, in return for their kindness to him, and of
displaying his general taste. He had many intro-
ductions through these kind friends, and amongst
others to the Siddons family and the Kembles. Here
he frequently saw Maria Siddons rehearse her favourite
character of ' Emilia Galotti,' in which she was to
appear for the first time the following winter for her
mother's first benefit, and Lawrence certainly became
enamoured of her. It was said to be a most perfect
piece of acting. 

On his being eventually brought to the Queen by
Lady Cremorne, her Majesty was rather averse to
sitting to him, saying that she had not recovered
suflSciently from all the trouble and anxiety she had
gone through to give so young an artist a fair chance,
more particularly as he saw her for the first time. It
was, however, settled that it should be tried. The
first difficulty arose about the dress, the Queen choos-
ing a dove colour, which with her sallowish com-
plexion was most unbecoming. Secondly, the head 


dress. Neither the bonnet, cap, nor hat that she
proposed were to his taste, and this ended in her
deciding upon having no covering at all upon her

When the King came to look at the portrait this
disgusted him, as her Majesty had never been so seen.
West suggested a light scarf to be thrown over the
shoulders, which broke the stiffness and plainness of
the gown, but the difficulty about th.e head still re-

Lawrence requested the Queen to converse now
and then with the Princesses, to give animation to
the countenance, but her Majesty thought that rather
presuming, and continued to listen to one of them

The poor young fellow was naturally inexperienced
in the ways of a Court, and the manner in which her
Majesty treated him was not with her usual kind com-
miseration. West did not help the matter, as he did
not care to encourage too many of his own art about
the King, and the portrait was not quite the suc-
cess it should have been. 

About this time an adventurer of the name of'
Bridgetower, a black, came to Windsor, with a view
of introducing his son, a most prepossessing lad of
ten or twelve years old, and a fine violin player. He
was commanded by their Majesties to perform at the
Lodge, when he played a concerto of Viotti's and a 


quartett of Haydn's, whose pupil he called himself.
Both father and son pleased greatly. The one for his
talent and modest bearing, the other for his fascinat-
ing manner, elegance, expertness in all languages,
beauty of person, and taste in dress. He seemed to
win the good opinion of every one, and was courted
by all and entreated to join in society ; but he held
back with the intention of giving a benefit concert at
the Town Hall, 

Mr. Jervois insisted upon the Bridgetowers
coming to him after the boy had played at the
Lodge, as he wished to hear him before he took
tickets or interested himself in the business. Charles
Griesbach and Neebour had promised to come to assist
in the performance, but there was to be no audience
beyond the regular set or squad — ^Papendieks, Stowes,
and Mingays. After supper the music-room was
ready, and then the father would not let his son

Mr. Jervois blamed us ; the party broke up ; and
I leave my readers to feel for us all. Dear Baron
Dillon expostulated, and I hoped brought the Jervois's
round to believe that we could not have had any
decided influence in the matter, or anything really to
do with it. They did not break with us, but were
never quite the same to us after. 

The concert was notified, the evening named.
Tickets were to be seven shillings each, or four in one 


family for a guinea, which jvas then the current coin,
our present sovereign, of the value of 20^., not having
been coined till about 1815 or 1816. 

The Eoyal interest was sohcited, and their Majesties
approved, the King giving permission to his band to
assist, according to the request of the Bridgetowers.
This they one and all refused to do, on the plea of his
Majesty not having granted their petition. Upon tlie
same consideration, neither could the King command
them, as he himself would not be present. 

Mr. Papendiek, ever alive to kind-hearted feeUngs,
said at once, * Then I will give the concert at my house,
having a tolerable sized room.' The ladies of the
Lodge attended, and many of those I have already
named as friends and acquaintances. No money was
demanded, of course, but the circumstances of the
affair being known, this question was left to the
generosity of those who came to hear this wonderful
young performer. 

Lawrence was upon this occasion introduced to me
by Mr. Papendiek, who brought him to the house, as
was also Madame de Lafitte, and the two Miss Folstones,
who were with her, the younger of whom was a
sweet girl of sixteen, with a fine tall sUm figure, a
pretty face, and her light hair hanging down her
back, as was then the fashion. She wore a small
evening hat of white chip, trimmed with white, and
a light-blue satin gown with a long train, and white 


petticoats. The two sisters were dressed alike ; the
elder was the * mentoria,' evidently. 

As our house was opened to admit all those who
requested tickets under the usual restrictions, when
Mrs. Bannister (the mother of Mrs. Grape, whose
husband was a Minor Canon of Eton and the vicar of
Clewer) expressed a wish to attend the concert with
her daughter, no objection could be made. The mother
in her younger days was the wife of the principal
butcher in Windsor, but becoming a widow early and
being left witli considerable property, she lived in
retirement to bring up her daughter. Strange as it
may appear, she was a clever woman, and from the
extreme refinement of her mind, and amiable qualities,
she possessed naturally, both in manner and appear-
ance, an air of good breeding which many far above
her in station would have given anything to attain. 

No one else in any way peculiarly remarkable
was at this meeting except Mr. Zoflany, who surprised
us at dinner. He had only recently returned from
India, whither he had gone so many years before. 

We could but be rejoiced at his return, although
sorry to see him so changed, for during the voyage
home he had been seized with an attack of paralysis,
from which he certainly never thoroughly recovered.
During dinner we began to explain to him the nature
of the evening's amusement, but he told us that he
had heard all about it at Mrs. Eoach's, where he had 


called to see his daughters on alighting from the

To our surprise, we saw the Stowes drive up to the
Jervois's in Mr. Carboners carriage, they having gone
on a visit to him at Anchorwyke House, Egham, to
remain till this concert was over. 

Mrs. Stowe had agreed with me that, as money
would be taken, we did not think it would be right
for her daughters to play, and if they were in the
room people would not be satisfied if they did not
take a part in the performance. 

Judge of my further surprise on receiving a note
from Mrs. Stowe to say that the Carbonels were most
anxious to hear the boy Bridgetower play, and would
attend with the Stowes, but not without them. I
answered that all our arrangements were made upon
their first decision, and that I could not now alter
them, favoured as we should be by the addition of
the Carbonels' presence. 

In a second note I proposed that the latter family
should come with Mrs. Stowe, leaving the girls at the
Jervois's, they having dechned to be present. To this
they would not agree, and so the matter dropped.
Mr. Papendiek was vexed and severe ; Zoffany ex-
tremely satirical upon the whole affair ; and, as may
be easily inferred, I was tired and agitated by my
exertions, and became almost hysterical. 

There was no time to be lost, and in the occupa- 


tion of getting all completed by the time appointed, I
recovered my power of action, and went through the
whole evening with credit to myself under the con-
tinued sarcasm of Zoffany and the very few smiles of
approbation from Mr. Papendiek. 

To make out a concert without the assistance of
the King's band, who all continued steadfastly to re-
fuse to play, even when it was decided that the concert
was to be held at our house, was somewhat difficult.
We began with a flute quartett, performed by Mr.
Papendiek, Forrest, old Eodgers, and Charles Bostock,
which went very well. Then followed a long glee sung
by Salmon, Gore, Gale, and the Eodgers, father and
son. During this performance Mr. Papendiek went
over and compelled Mr. Jervois to come, leaving the
ladies to spend the evening together. 

Young Bridgetower now played the concerto
of Viotti, Mr. Papendiek taking the part of second
vioHn, Forrest the flute, old Eodgers tenor, Charles
Bostock and Gore violoncello, young Eodgers being
at the pianoforte with the score, to lead, so
we made it out tolerably well. The young per-
former played to perfection, with a clear, good
tone, spirit, pathos, and good taste. Jervois was
now pleased enough. The first act ended with sing-
ing. Baron Dillon and I assisted, and several pretty
things were sung, Dr. Herschel accompanying on the


B^freshments were provided up and down stairs,
tea having been previously handed as the company
entered, and during the interval between the two acts,
many availed themselves of this opportunity to move
about and talk with their friends. 

The younger Rodgers had previously asked me to
introduce him as a pianoforte player, wishing to give
lessons on that instrument in future. We had in
consequence practised together dementi's Duet in C,
then recently published, and with this we opened
the second act. By Kodgers also the instrument
was now tuned, so in both capacities we brought
him into notice. 

Our little girls and the Blagroves, Mr. Burgess'
two young pupils, did not find much accommodation
in the room, for I could not give them seats as I had
not invited Zoflany's children. To have had them
and all my young friends from Mrs. Roach's would
have been to give away too many non-paying seats. 

Little Fred always went about his own way, and
took care of himself. He sat on the ground in front
of the sofa the greater part of the evening, and when
he saw the maid looking for him to take him to bed,
he quietly slipped under. While I was playing the
duet with Rodgers he sat on the ground between us,
after which that dear little soul kissed us and went
off to bed. The duet, which we played without a
fault, pleased greatly, and was followed by more 


singing, and Bridgetower's two quartetts and a
symphony to finish made a long second act. Then
we again had refreshments, and supper in the par-
lour for the performers. Over this meal we had a
pleasant chat. Kalph West Bridgetower (as he was
named) was most fascinating ; young Lawrence ele-
gant and handsome, and very attentive. My dress
was the muslin round dress with jacket and train, a
chip hat hned and trimmed with mazarine blue
satin. It became me, and I know that I looked

Twenty- five guineas Mr. Papendiek put into
Bridgetower's hand, taking nothing from Mr. Jervois
as he compelled him to come. The ladies being gone
I went to bed, after making arrangements for
Zoflany, but the gentlemen made a merry evening
of it. 

This led to my going with Mr. Papendiek to
see the Queen's picture. Having heard much of
the difficulty about the head-dress, I remarked on
seeing the scarf thrown over the shoulders, 'Why
not have brought it over the head ? There would
be covering enough.' Lawrence was pleased with
the idea, and immediately made a tasteful sketch
of it. 

He implored the Queen to give him one more sit-
ting. The drapery was finished, and by just putting
on the ornaments as her Majesty wished to have them 


for a few minutes, he could sketch in their outline and
finish them afterwards. 

She refused. She said it would be troublesome
to have Sonardi down to dress her and adjust the
scarf or veil ; and although Duncan dressed very
neatly, and did weU as Robinson's partner, he had no
taste, and was no hand at arranging anything beyond
the common art of hairdressing. 

The Princesses were hurt and sorry, for they had
hoped to have sat to Lawrence quite as earnestly as
he had hoped for that honour, and the loss of their
favour and patronage was a great blow to the poor
young man. 

Eventually, through the interest and intervention
of their Eoyal Highnesses, the Queen permitted me
to wear the bracelets and a brooch to hold the scarf.
Miss Bumey, with Mr. Papendiek, brought them to
the Castle and put them on, Mr. Papendiek taking
them back to the Lodge at a given hour. 

Thus ended the visit of Lawrence to the Castle.
No money was paid. He remained until the new
year, working up the picture and finishing it ofi*, and
then the King told him to remove it to town and
have it engraved. When that was done the portrait
was to be sent to Hanover, and then the King pro-
posed to pay. But Lawrence had no money, and
could not risk the engraving at his own expense. 

The picture therefore remained in his studio or 


show-room in Gerrard Street, Soho, whither he had
removed it at the King's command, and was sold with
others after his death. The picture is not thought a
good one, but to my mind the likeness is stronger
than any I recollect, and is very interesting. Law-
rence was lodged and boarded while this work was
going on, but that was all the encouragement and
reward he in his early days gained from Eoyalty. 

The visit of Miss Folstone to this country at the
same time may in some degree have interrupted the
success of Lawrence, for she and her sister were
placed to lodge and board with Madame de Lafitte,
who was herself a Dutch emigrie with a son and
daughter, under the Queen's protection, with an
allowance of 300/. a year and a house in the Cloisters
free of expense. 

To benefit both parties, therefore, and to give an
asylum to the young ladies, Madame was given the
charge of them, and when she went to the Lodge
daily to read German with the Princesses, one or
other of the six, and even the Queen herself, could
sit for their miniatures to Miss Folstone without
inconvenience or difficulty, whereas dressing pur-
posely and going over to the Castle was attended
with both. 

Yet I must confess that as it was intended to
give patronage to Lawrence a swell as to Miss Fol-
stone, and to consider the visit as one of charitable 


intention, equal favour should have been shown to

Her history was also interesting. Her father was
a portrait painter of small whole lengths, and of that
class who make a circuit during the summer months
to those places which at certain seasons are preferred.
A guinea the piece, or less, rather than lose a sitter,
was taken. 

On returning from one of these excursions he fell
ill, and died within a few days, leaving a widow and
not less than seven children totally unprovided for.
This, his second daughter, had always been the
little companion of her father, had mixed his colours,
prepared his palette, and put in the background to the
canvas, ready for his portraits. Having for her
amusement constantly tried to take likenesses of her
family, she now turned her thoughts to making a
trial of her abilities, hoping to bring them into use
for the benefit of her family. How she has succeeded
her name of Mee will attest. She brought up seven
children entirely by her own exertions, four sons and
three daughters, in the most creditable way. She
was introduced to the Queen by Lady Courtown,
through Lady Cremorne, and at different times through
life she attended the Royal family to take their

It so happened that her youngest son Arthur was
articled to Mr. Soane, the architect, at the same time 


as my son Charles, and they continued friends until
the death of the latter. Mrs. Mee's daughters, Mrs.
Thomas Fuller and Mrs. Burgess, are intimately
acquainted with my youngest daughter, Augusta
Arbuthnot, and indeed the whole of the Mee family
have always been friends with all of us. 

The concert we had for young Bridgetower we
considered our winter party, and had the pianoforte
removed to the parlour. 

Mr. Papendiek seeing that the whist playing of
Lawrence in the pages' room* which was far superior
to the ordinary, was not carried on in a manner strictly
honourable towards him, gave him permission to come
down to us of an evening whenever he found it acrree-
able. Of this permission he availed himself constantly,
and West, the President of the Academy, with his
eldest son Kalph, also frequently dropped in. The
Stowes and Bridgetower too, and one or two other
friends, would sometimes join us without ceremony,
so we had a pleasant little cotene. 

When we wished to fill up the time with music, I
sent for Rodgers ; otherwise we read, worked, or had
a game at cards It was during these evenings that
Lawrence drew those beautiful drawings in burnt
paper pencils. One of the heads West copied two
or three times over in his groups of angels in one or
more of the cartoons that he prepared for the windows
of St. George's Cliapel, now being painted by Forrest. 



Some of these drawings I gave to my friends as
keepsakes, others my second son George took with
him to Russia, and only two are remaining to us — a
caricature of Lawrence himself, and one of Mr. Papen-
diek, now in Augusta's possession. 

Going one morning to the Castle to sit for the
jewels at a quarter-past nine, the hour fixed, and
finding ourselves disappointed of them, Lawrence
proposed taking a sketch of me, which he politely
said had long been his desire, and now a fair oppor-
tunity presented itself. I had on a black beaver
hat with a gold band, as then worn, but he objected
to it, and would have the black bonnet. 

I had to run home to put this on, and he asked
me to bring back Fred, * that particularly handsome
boy,' who, dear little fellow, was pleased to go with
me. He took his letters and soldiers to play with,
and was no trouble ; and when Lawrence wished him
to stand a few minutes for his likeness, he was only
too happy to be cuddled up by me. 

Three or four sittings finished the drawing, which
Mrs. Planta, my eldest daughter, now has. It was
considered by all my family and friends an excellent
likeness, and it is certainly a very well executed
drawing, though only so slight a sketch and so quickly

' This portrait, an engraving of which forms the frontispiece to the
first volume, is now in my possession. — Ed. 


An invitation to dinner was sent to us by the
Herschels, to meet Dr. and Mrs. Fischer, and Dr. and
Mrs. Lind, while Kamazuski, and Sukey White were
still staying there on a visit. Before sending an
answer, I asked Mr. Papendiek how we were to get
there and back. He determined upon accepting it,
and said that as he could only go in the evening, I
should either dress there, or contrive something ; he
should walk, and we could return with some of the
company who would have a conveyance home. 

I strongly objected to this arrangement, and wanted
either to have a carriage or stay at home. But no ;
we were to go, and in that ungentlemanlike manner. 

I had had my puce satin once more put in order
for the winter, with gauze capes and white satin
trimmings, and this gown I wore upon this occa_

I had carelessly read the note of invitation, and
knowing that the Doctor always did remain at Slough
during the winter, to be on the spot for his observa-
tions, I took it for granted that they were there now,
so took the stage to that place. 

On arriving there I was told that the family was
at Upton, when the coachman said, 'No matter, it is
not dark, and I will put you down where you will
have only one field to walk through.' 

I well knew it, and what a long one it was. How-
ever, there was no help for it, so I started off. 

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I had to pass through a small inclosure, which I
thought was for the cows during the night, but I
descried a bull among them, and down I fell' from
terror and the damp, slippery ground. 

At last I reached the house safely, but saw at
once that my coming in that manner was not expected.
In dear Sukey White's room I put myself tidy, and
bathed my hand and arm, which were much swollen
from the fall, and in great pain. A glass of wine re-
vived me, and the dinner went off well, although it
was evident that the Fischers had adopted the line
of conduct I have before mentioned. Mr. Papendiek
arrived, and to return, the Linds offered to take us,
but the Doctor walked with Mr. Papendiek, and the
chaise went their pace till we had passed the College
at Eton, when the Doctor got in. Thus shabbily
ended this invitation, which the Herschels did not

Dr. Lind had recently taken the house imme-
diately opposite the Long Walk at Windsor, which
had shortly before been occupied by Dr. Thackaray,
a physician. Dr. Lind intended to follow the same
profession. He had an electrifying machine, called
himself a botanist, and had been round the world
with Sir Joseph Banks and Dr. Solander, but his
knowledge was too frothy, and he never succeeded.
Eventually he obtained from the Queen an allowance
for winding up her clocks and watches, upon wliich 


he, with his youngest daughter, now Mrs. Gossett,
scantily subsisted . He was introduced to Dr. Hers-
chel by his particular friend Mr. Cavallo, of the Eoyal

Dr. Lind had married a very fine young woman
who was needlewoman and everything to the Duchess
of Portland at Bulstrode. Poor thing, the change
was great ; and though it might seem to be a rise for
her at first, she was deceived in this. Her comforts
were gone, and she had no indulgences to make up
for them. 

She had three daughters, two of whom were after-
wards married, Mrs. Markham Sherville and Mrs.
Burney. Then she lost her health and her con-
sciousness, and during that time her son was born,
apparently still, but the doctor inflated the lungs
and he lived. The Queen eventually procured for
him a writership in the East Indies. The poor
mother never recovered her senses so as to be of any
real use to her family, and died a few years after her
son's birth. 

On the Duchess of Portland's death the King in-
vited her friend and companion, Mrs. Delany, to live
at Windsor. His Majesty had the house between
Mr. Montagu's and Dr. Heberden's fitted up for her,
and allowed this amiable and agreeable woman 300/.
a year, and her humble assistant, Mrs. Agnew, 50/.,
with this sole condition, that she was to attend at the 


Lodge either in sickness or in health, whenever called

However, while Mrs. Delany lived she was never
once called upon for her services, but remained a
sincere and valued friend of the King and Royal
Family. This grant was made almost immediately
after the death of the Duchess in 1785, and poor
Mrs. Delany only lived three or four years to enjoy it. 

During her residence at Bulstrode she had copied
the botanical plants at that place, and had written a
description of their use and origin. Princess Eliza-
beth profited greatly by these drawings, which nearly,
if not quite, equalled those of Mr. Banner at Kew. 

In copying Mrs. Delany's drawings and study-
ing the paintings of flowers from nature, under the
guidance of this gifted person, the Princess formed
the idea of painting the furniture for the saloon at
Buckingham House. It was done on white velvet,
in groups of flowers, and the borders in single sprigs
or wreaths according to the part it was for. The
Princess Royal at the same time copied the engravings
from jEsop's fables in pen and ink on the same mate-
rial, which afterwards furnished a room at Frogmore. 

The Lodge party was now greatly increased in
numbers, and Mrs. Papendiek was sometimes honoured
with their company to a little music, at which the
Wilsons, Mr. and Miss Douglas, Mr. and Miss Hallum,
and my other artistic friends would join. 


Our dear children were constantly among them
all, and their tastes were insensibly formed. Char-
lotte soon developed a decided turn for music, while
the opportunities of seeing various kinds of drawings
at our house, and the fine collection of pictures at
President West's, gave Eliza a taste for that art in
preference to music. As soon as we thought her old
enough, we gave her every opportunity of instruc-
tion, but from her very dehcate health and early
seizure of disease, she had neither power or time to
bring her abilities to any perfection. 

As the family of the Thackarays, whom I have
casually mentioned, became in process of time con-
nected with us, and as I think their history interest-
ing, I will give it. 

Dr. Thackaray was enamoured of a young lady,
the only child of a widower, and proposed marriage
to her, but the father refused his consent. They
therefore married clandestinely, venturing, as many
do, on a sure hope of future forgiveness, but in this
case they were disappointed. The father would
never see them, nor allow them to be mentioned in
his presence. 

They came to Windsor, an amiable couple,
young, handsome, and with all those endearing
qualities that at once gain credit with the world.
He was eminent in his profession, and followed it
with an attention and benevolence that made every 


one desirous of assisting him by their recommenda-

Seven children were born to them, four sons and
three daughters, and the youngest, Louisa, was but
an infant when her father fell ill of a fever, and died
in a very few days. Advice was at hand — Heberden,
Mingay, the household and other apotliecaries and
physicians, but they at once prepared tlie poor wife
for the worst, the constitution being too weak and
too much exhausted to admit of the proper remedies. 

Friends undertook to intercede with Mrs. Thacka-
ray's father for assistance and forgiveness, but he was
inexorable. Tliey repeated their entreaties from
absolute necessity. He then consented to take his
daughter home again with her children if she would
resume her maiden name. She thought this might
be done by herself and her daughters, but with her
sons, how could it be possible ? The eldest was on
the foundation at Eton, and the second was a mid-
shipman in the navy. Here, then, the negotiation
ended, and nothing was done by the father to soothe
the affliction of this distressed family. 

Dr. Majendie, who had succeeded to a Pre-
bendary's stall on the death of his father, and Dr.
Fischer represented this case to the Queen, telUng
her Majesty that they were agreed among themselves
always to find a home for this distressed lady in one of
the vacant Prebendaries' houses, of which there were 


always one or two, but they could not provide an
annuity. The Queen agreed to allow 400/. a year,
but in return for it, Mrs. Thackaray was to under-
take the management of the Queen's schools. Every-
thing was sold that could be parted with, and ar-
rangements were made by these really charitable
friends to defray the necessary expenses attendant
upon death, and to place the widow with her chil-
dren clear of anxiety in their new abode. 

This circumstance occurred in the spring of
this year, 1789. Madame de Lafitte educated the
daughters, and many lent a helping hand. Indeed
tlirough life did this family experience the same kind
friendship on all sides. 

I now went to town for a few days to see my
mother and brother, and finding that the Herschels
were also going to London, I took a seat in the
afternoon post coach, contrary to my usual custom
of travelling in the morning, in order to accompany

I was much surprised, when taken up, to find
Bridgetower in the coach. He said he was going to
engage lodgings, preparatory to their setthng in town
for the winter. I knew the Herschels would not like
being in his company, but it was a public coach
and nothing could be done, so we proceeded all
together. At the * White Horse Cellar ' 1 urged
the Herschels to take a hackney coach and see me 


safe to my mother's ; but no, they went on by the
same conveyance to Paternoster Kow, and I pro-
ceeded alone to St. James's. 

In the dark passages in the Palace, that black,
Bridgetower, suddenly presented himself, under the
desire of being introduced to my father and mother.
I told him that my parents from age and ailments
did not allow these freedoms to their children, and I
entreated him not to trouble me, as the door on the
staircase where we stood led to the public apart-
ments of the Palace, and, as I was generally known,
I should not like to be so seen. He then said he
wanted to borrow a little money. I took my purse
out quickly and gave him all I had, a guinea and
a half, and begged he would not attempt to call, as
he would not be admitted. I watched him safely
away, and then ran quickly to my home. 

I dared not tell my father, as he was angry
enough about our exertions at the concert, observing
that he knew from experience that no foreigner who
asks anything from one, ever returns one's aid either
in gratitude or kind. 

We passed our time happily among ourselves,
first having a pleasant tea, and afterwards a pool
at quadrille, poor old Pohl joining us, then our
punch and politics. Back to Windsor after two or
three days. My little girls were on a visit to Mrs.
Koach ; my boys I had left at home, being now 


reconciled to their new nursery maid — a woman of
about thirty, sister of Froude, the pawnbroker in
High Street ; respectable people. 

On my return, Bridgetower called, having pre-
viously sent the money, so he was straightforward
enough in this instance, but I told him in Mr. Papen-
diek's presence never again to ask us to lend money,
for we had already done what we could. I added that
he must not conclude that the whole of the 25/. put
into his hands after the concert had been received
for tickets. He, of course, was not over well
pleased with this speech, but I began, as did many
others, not to be altogether satisfied with his

He shortly went to London with his son, and
obtained an introduction to the Prince of Wales, who
took a particular hking to the lad, and admired the
father for his general elegance. 



Christmas party — Dr. Fryer — George Papendiek's play — Miss Catley —
Various marriages — Children's hall at Windsor — ^Kindness of the
Princess Royal — Mr. Papendiek and the band — Mrs. Papendiek to
town to ' make her courtesy * — The Drawing-room very splendid —
Footmen — Scholars of Christ's Hospital — Lawrence — Fuseli — Story
of Lawrence and Fuseli — ^The Tuesday's stag-hunt — ^Frederick's
precocity — Mr. Brown's ball — Son of the hairdresser Mori — Cousin
Charlotte — Mrs. Siddons — Burning of the Opera House — Magnificence
of the new Opera House — The stag-hunt at Windsor — Zoffany's
portrait of Mies Farren — The Blagroves — Bridgetower and his son —
Young Bridgetower and the Prince of Wales — Mrs. Siddons and her

It now bordered close on Christmas, and we had
our usual party — Mingays, Forrests, Delavauxs, &c.
Tea and cards in the drawing-room, and a hot supper
at nine, which consisted of four or six dishes, sweets,
mince pies, with a flame of brandy, a bowl of punch,
one of white wine negus, and mulled beer. 

The singing, which we always kept up till after
twelve o'clock, was good. The performers were
Gore, Salmon, and Sale, and we finished our evening
with ' God save the King.' 

At tea we were surprised with a visit from Dr.
Fryer, who had just arrived from the Continent, and 


introduced himself to my husband as being the par-
ticular friend of George Papendiek at Gottingen,
where he was now settled. He wished that we should
read over together the play of * The Misanthrope,'
which had been translated by George Papendiek, and
which he had in his possession. We explained that
we could not do it that evening on account of our
musical meeting, to which we begged he would stay,
and proposed the next evening for the reading, to
which he gladly acceded. 

I summoned the Wests and Lawrences, knowing
them to be excellent judges, to come and give their
opinion, and we all agreed that it was faithfully trans-
lated from Kotzebue, and that the author's mean-
ing was fully conveyed. Dr. Fryer had seen it
performed in Germany, and spoke highly of its
merits, and George Papendiek was anxious that it
should be brought forward in England, as the profits,
if it succeeded, would be acceptable. Dr. Fryer was
going to settle in Bath as physician, and we thought
it highly probable that they would bring the play
out in that place, and as the Bath Theatre was in
high repute, it would be a good introduction for it.
We drew up a little paper, which our party signed, to
say that neither Dr. Fryer nor George Papendiek
were to dispose of the play without consulting each
other, nor was it to be given out of the hands of the
Doctor to be read. Each of them was to hold a copy 


of this paper, and the play was then given back to
Dr. Fryer, for him to do the best he could with it in
George Papendiek's interest. 

We could scarcely forget the peculiar interest we
felt in this play. It was so touching that it almost
prevented the merry glass we drank to its success.
Burgess was moved by it to a degree of enthusiasm
which seldom occurred, and Lawrence said he almost
feared for its success, as it required a Siddons, a
Kemble, and a Palmer, to do it justice. 

Burgess, though a quiet, undemonstrative man as
a rule, did enjoy our little parties and our music, in
which he often took a part. He was always welcome
when he chose to come in ; Mrs. Eoach also had an
unlimited invitation, and seldom failed to join our
social meetings and whatever might tend to her
amusement or advantage. 

This Christmas Mr. Papendiek proposed an illumi-
nated tree, according to the German fashion, but the
Blagroves being at home for their fortnight, and the
party at Mrs. Eoach's for the hoHdays, I objected to
it. Our eldest girl, Charlotte, being only six the 30th
of this November, I thought our children too young
to be amused at so much expense and trouble. Mr.
Papendiek was vexed — yet I do hope and trust the
children were made happy. 

In the autumn Miss Catley died. She had been a
celebrated actress and singer in her day. General 


Lascelles took her from the stage, and after she had
given birth to a son and four daughters, he married
her for her really good conduct. Her leading cha-
racter which called forth so much admiration was
Euphrosyne in ' Comus,' and her acting of this part
was really superexcellent. After her retirement from
the stage she was remarkable for her charities, and in
every respect she was a truly good woman. 

Several marriages took place during the past
summer and autumn which caused some interest at
the time. Amongst others, Lieut.-Colonel Lennox, the
duellist, was married to Lady Charlotte Gordon, the
present Dowager Duchess of Eichmond ; Lord Mas-
sereene was married to his French friend, Madame
Borrien ; and Harry Aston was married to Miss
Ingram, a lady of high fashion, who afterwards became
bedchamber woman to Caroline, Princess of Wales,
her husband having been one of his Royal Highness's
companions of the table. 

The Christmas week was taken up in preparing
for a juvenile ball at the Lodge, which it was thought
would amuse the King without the trouble of ceremony
to him. His Majesty was always particularly fond
of children, and this idea, which was a novelty, was to
be carried out upon a scale calculated to give great
pleasure to them and to the King also, in watching the
delight of the little ones. The Queen planned that
this party should take place on January 1, as the New 


Year's Day drawing-room was, for the first time since
the accession of the King, to be dispensed with, as well
as the Odes and other formal observances of congratu-
lation on the beginning of another year. The King
was apprised of the Queen's proposal and approved,
but when the time drew near he altogether objected to
it. He said that the rooms in which it was proposed
to hold the entertainment, four rooms upstairs and
two below, which were well suited to the purpose,
were too near to his own apartments, and that the
noise over his head would disturb him. This objection
was only raised the very day before this joyous party
was to take place ; and at supper on the last day of
the old year his Majesty said that unless it were held
at the Castle, it should not be held at all. 

Mr. Garton, the controller, was sent for. He was
gone home. Then Mr. Papendiek volunteered to go
down to him, which he did, and found him in his
dressing-room. At first he would not hear of the
change, said it would not be possible &c., but Mr.
Papendiek encouraged him by saying that it never
would be forgotten, that at a command from him, all
would fly to obey, and that he thought it might be
done. It ended in Mr. Garton putting on his coat
again, and then, returning to the Lodge together, Mr.
Papendiek entered the supper-room with a smiling
countenance, and in answer to the interrogatory
'Well?' from both King and Queen, he said that 


Mr. Garten was at the door. He was summoned im-
mediately, and when admitted simply bowed and said
that his Majesty's commands should be obeyed,
and that by six o'clock the* next evening (the hour
originally fixed upon) all should be ready at the

Princess Ameha waa at that time only six years
old. Princesses Mary and Sophia, fourteen and twelve.
The elder Princesses had planned very pretty decora-
tions, and the Princess Eoyal had painted two scenes,
behind which were to have been placed the choristers
and the regimental bands, so that all was to be fairy-
land to surprise the very young. Our Uttle girls
were to be placed so as to see and hear the whole, and
the Princess Eoyal had given them each a pink satin
sash to wear on the occasion. She had for many days
had the children with her to cut paper for bows, so
as to pretend that they were assisting her in the pre-
parations. Our dear Princess had such a kind heart,
and was always so good to the Httle ones I 

The equerries had the altered invitations to send
out. Garton sent messengers as far as Maidenhead
to the two principal inns there, to Salt Hill, and to
Staines, for new decorations and assistance in this
emergency, and also to the King's confectioners in
London. All responded with alacrity, but of course
there was much bustle and hurry. 

And so closed this eventful year, begun in so 

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much sadness, but ended, thank God, in joy and
thankfulness for the restoration of our gracious
monarch to his loving subjects, a feehng shared by
all, from the highest to the lowest in the land. 

My heart was lifted up in thankfulness, too, to
the Great Giver of all things for the continued bless-
ings and happiness of my own dear home. 

All was ready in good time on this 1st of
January, 1790, and the juvenile ball went off well.
Yet a Uttle disappointment at the change was felt, as
many of the arrangements and surprises that were
planned for the Lodge had to be dispensed with at
the Castle, which was too public for children, at any
rate for infant children. The Bang's band were
ordered, but many of them were absent on a hoUday.
Their places were filled, by Mr. Papendiek's con-
trivance, from the regimental band, and it was not
discovered. Mr. Garton was immortalised for his
successful exertions, and did not withhold his thanks
to Mr. Papendiek for his encouragement. The
following day the eldest Griesbach called upon us to
tender the thanks of the private band to Mr. Papen-
diek for his having concealed the absence of those
members who could not be recalled in time when the
order came for their attendance. They had been
told that they should not be wanted, so they did not
consider themselves in the wrong. Nevertheless, they
wished to thank Mr. Papendiek, whom they found 


to be their friend. They trusted that the little
unpleasantness of the year before might be forgotten,
and that they might resume former habits and come
to us on the same friendly terms as before. 

To set all right, and to show that we bore no ill-
will towards them, we proposed a trio and a supper,
leaving it to them to decide who should come. We
invited the Stowes, as we had not had them at our
last parties, and enjoyed some pleasant music. 

We dined at the Mingays only to meet the
Lowrys, and we went one evening to the Delavauxs,
and had a little singing and a supper. 

The 18th of January, the Queen's birthday, being
the first Eoyal anniversary kept since the illness, we
thought it right that I should go to town, ' to make
my courtesy,' as it was termed. I took the little girls,
who also appeared with me in their new pink sashes
and new caps with ribbons to match ; I in the same
dress as at the Herschels' dinner. 

We were graciously welcomed, and after seeing
the Queen, the elder Princesses and the younger, we
returned to my father's to dine. 

Soon after, Mr. Palman sent up to say that the
display at the drawing-room was so magnificent that
he wished us to come down. No one that day was
with us, so my brother and I went alone. The sight
was indeed grand. The dresses were richly em-
broidered and trimmed ; velvets with gold or silver 

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patterns; real sable borders beaded with jewels —
all most magnificent and costly. Sedan chairs were
then in use, and the Duchess of Devonshire, the
Duchess of Northumberland, and other ladies, went
in them, preceded by eight footmen in the most
splendid liveries. 

The title of footman was more correctly applied
in those days than at the present time, as they liter-
ally were men on foot, attending the chairs of their
masters and mistresses. At night they usually
carried torches, the streets of London being then
very insufficiently lighted, and upon arriving at their
destination they stood at either side of the door
steps till the lady or gentleman had passed within,
and then put out their torches by thrusting them
into the iron extinguishers which may still be seen
at the doors of many houses. 

On Royal birthdays new carriages came out of
the most elegant description, and the nobility ap-
peared as their rank demanded, and were looked
up to with respect and reverence. On these days
dinners were held by the nobility, the ministers of
state, the officers of the army and navy, and the
appointed trades, either at their respective houses
or at the leading taverns of the day. Indeed, the
holiday was so general that business gave place to
public rejoicing. The Court was brilliant, well
supported, and everything well regulated. 


The ceremonies of the New Year's drawing-room
were this year observed on the Queen's birthday.
The Ode was performed by the state band of St.
James's, Dr. Parsons being the organist and con-
ductor. The Bishops gave their blessing, and the
mathematical scholars of Christ's Hospital attended
to show their improvement. This ward of the
school was founded by Charles 11., the institution
itself having been established in the year 1552 by
Edward VI., since when the endowments have been
continually on the increase from the munificence of
the City of London and from private sources, so that
at the time of which I am writing it was a noble,
richly-endowed charity. It was originally intended
solely and entirely for the sons of gentlemen of
limited means, more especially for those destined for
the Church or other learned professions ; but, as in
everything eke of the kind, abuse creeps in, and
now many of the scholars are of a class for which
the institution was not designed. Within the last
few years, I think about 1825, the Duke of York laid
the first stone of the magnificent hall, only lately

Mr. Papendiek this year had lodgings at Kohler's,
in Thatched House Court, where there was sufficient
accommodation for me to be quartered also, when I
wished to come to town for a few days, and it waa a
very convenient situation, being so close to St. James's.' 


We called together on Lawrence, and found him
finishing the picture of Lord Abercom's sons, and we
also saw the commencement of the portrait of the
Duke of Portland, and one of Miss Farren, of which
so much was thought when it was exhibited the next
season. He told us that he had tried for Sir Joshua
Reynolds's house and painting-rooms in Leicester
Square, but they were occupied by an army clothier.
He therefore intended to remain in Greek Street, Soho. 

While we were in Lawrence's studio Fuseli came
in and looked round, criticising in his usual abrupt
but good-natured manner. He was a much older
man than Lawrence, but it was only this year that
he became a Royal Academician, while Lawrence was
already a student of the Royal Academy ; the follow-
ing year he became an Associate, and the year
succeeding that he was appointed painter to the
King, on the death of Sir Joshua Reynolds. As I
have mentioned something of his future, I may as
well here add that he died only in 1830, and was
buried in St. Paul's Cathedral, near to the tomb of
his valued friend West. It was remarked by some
friends, who with him attended the funeral of Mr.
Dawes, another Royal Academician, in St. Paul's, that
Lawrence appeared to be looking about as if choosing
where he would wish to be laid himself. Within
three months he was buried at the very spot upon
which his eye had seemed to rest. 


Fuseli had originally come over to England from
Zurich in the year 1763, but almost immediately left
again, to study, by Sir Joshua Beynolds's recom-
mendation, in Bome. He was a most promising
young scholar, and painted well, but he was apt to
fall into exaggerations of style, and though popular
at one time, his paintings are hardly of a quality to
survive the criticisms of these enlightened times.
His aspirations were lofty and sublime, but his powers
were not sufficiently great to enable him to carry out
his magnificent conceptions in such a manner as to
satisfy himself or to make his name great to posterity.
This very failing in himself, however, rendered him
an excellent critic upon the works of others ; but he
was so kind-hearted withal, and so lenient in his
criticisms, always finding out merits while pointing
out defects, that he was greatly valued as a friend by
all his contemporaries 

[I came across, a short time ago, an amusing story
of Fuseli and Sir Thomas Lawrence, which I venture
to quote, as I do not think it is generally known :
* In his (Lawrence's) great picture of " Satan calling
to his Legions," FuseU was angry, because he said
that he had borrowed the idea from him. "In
truth," said he, " I did borrow the idea from you, but
it was from your person, not your paintings. When
we were together at Stacpoole Court, in Pembroke-
shire, you may remember how you stood on yon high 


rock which overlooks the Bay of Bristol, and gazed
down upon the sea which rolled so magnificently
below. You were in raptures ; and while you were
crying, ' Grand, grand ! Jesu Christ, how graiid ! '
you put yourself into a wild posture. I thought on
the Devil looking into the abyss, and took a slight
sketch of you at the moment. Here it is. My
Satan's posture now was yours then." This pacified
FuseU. Others, however, refused to be pleased,
and the picture was very severely criticised when it
was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1790.' — Ed.] 

A day or two after this I returned to Windsor,
leaving the little girls in town, and found all well
and right at home. It was a mild winter this year,
a great contrast to the bitter cold of the preceding
year, and a gay season in London. 

In order to be present at the Tuesday's stag-hunt,
their Majesties, with the elder Princesses, two ladies,
two equerries. Misses Bumey and Planta, Sandys
and Mackenthum, with two King's pages, my father
and Mr. Papendiek, came down to Windsor every
week, until Easter, on Monday, and returned to town
on the Wednesday, which was a break for us all
during the dreary time. 

Frederick was three years old on the 20th of this
month, January 1790, and was so fond of music, and
so wrapt in hearing it, that it was something not
often to be met with. The Stowes were at this time 


daily with us to practise, and Frederick would be
placed in his high chair at the end of the pianoforte,
so that he could look down upon the keys. He would
have Horn's second sonata played, and so did his mind
take in the whole composition, that when Miss Stowe,
in joke or in trial of his memory, left bits out, that
dear little soul would try to express his distress in
some way, and would not be easy till all was per-
formed correctly. The sonata of Kozebuch in C
minor he also nearly acquired, but the whole was too

Mrs. Stowe often came down to us of evenings,
and upon these occasions Mr. Burgess, if not out, took
refuge in his own room. 

Mr. Brown, on going to his new apartments, de-
termined to give a ball as a house-warming. He was
then a sociable being, and consequently much liked,
and the evening proved most agreeable. My uncle's
family had been intimate friends of his late wife, kind
to his children, and their house a home for himself.
He therefore asked my aunt to assist him in his
arrangements for the entertainment, and my uncle to
be master of the ceremonies. Mr. Papendiek under-
took to provide the music, and in addition to the
invitation list made out by Mr. Brown, we were to
name any friends we wished to ask. The guests in-
cluded the Misses Sandys and Mackenthum, the
former supposed to be the admired one ; Mr. and 


Mrs. HUnnemann, Mrs. Wadsworth, three cousins
and their two brothers; our family of course, my
sister, then fourteen, my brother, &c. &c. We in-
troduced Salomon, Duberly, Nicolay, and Lawrence,
but the Wests could not come. 

Dancing proceeded merrily, when late in the
evening arrived the Delavauxs, to the surprise of all,
and their appearance rather threw a damper over the
general hilarity. The younger sister did not dance
or join in the throng, and conjecture then gave her
to be the bride of the host, which in less than two
years was realised. She looked very pretty in a dress
of light blue poplin, in which her likeness was taken
by a Mr. Brown, who travelled the country to paint
portraits at a low price. 

Mrs. HUnnemann's dress was particularly becoming
and well chosen. A white satin slip, with an India
book-muslin over it, trimmed with a good candle-
light ^coquelicot' In her well-dressed black hair
she had flowers to accord. She always used to go to
Mori's in Charing Cross, the Truefitt of the day, to
have her hair cut and dressed ; and in the shop the
present violin player, Mori, then a little son of the
house, would run about with a violin in his hand, and
say, * As you are going to a ball, I will play you some
dances.' There was a genius or a player by nature,
for I do not recollect ever to have heard anyone
named of whom he called himself the scholar. 


She told me that Mr. HUnnemann had bought a
house in Frith Street, corner of Soho Square ; that
they had furnished their drawing-room new, and
that what they had before had fitted up as many
rooms as they required ; and that she had there given
birth to a second child, a little girl, whom she de-
scribed as being very pretty. 

My cousin Charlotte was the belle of the evening,
then about twenty. She was dressed in a fawn or
light brown silk, trimmed with blonde, and a cap
elegantly put on by Keade. I was not quite well,
and was disconcerted by my cousin not being so
rejoiced to meet me as I had expected. I wore my
striped India muslin, with a fancy body of purple and
yellow, to match a sash I had of that mixture quite
new. My cap failed, and, put on by Mr. Theilcke,
bad was made worse. I had called upon Miss Pohl to
ask her to make it, but in this order she did not suc-
ceed, though in my black bonnet, bought a few months
before, there was no fault. She did not carry on the
whole of her mother's business, but depended more
for a livelihood upon the house she had taken in
Duke Street, close to Piccadilly, which from its size
and situation proved a profitable speculation. She,
however, still did some millinery and mantua-making,
when her employers found the material, which she
preferred to purchasing it herself. 

Our evening closed agreeably. There was no 


supper, but refreshments at different times, and in a
snug parlour oysters and porter for the gentlemen,
often replenished. 

Miss Brown, our host's niece, now dresser to the
Landgravine of Hesse Homburg, was at this party, as
one of Mrs. Watson's workers, who came with her,
she being one of the great mantua-makers of that

We called upon my aunt the morning after the
ball, and she told us that, Lady Charlotte Finch
having objected to music over her head all day, my
cousin was now obliged to instruct her scholars at
their own homes, which was a great pity, as it com-
pletely altered the footing upon which she had begun
this means of being useful to her family. Mr.
Papendiek had cautioned my uncle and aunt against
allowing Clementi to be alone with her during his
lesson, but they said there was no cause to be un-
easy, which we quite understood ! and felt that they
ought to know how to manage their own family. 

One evening we went to see Mrs. Siddons, whose
acting could now be seen in perfection, as the Drury
Lane company had engaged the Haymarket Theatre
while their own was rebuilding. This was done to
compete with Covent Garden, which was opened this
season for the first time since its erection. It was on
rather a larger scale than the one pulled down from
want of repair, and the arrangement of boxes was 


different. The second tier now went all round, 80 the
first or second gallery was immediately over the front
boxes. This was the theatre where the boxes were
supported from the walls, with no pillars, and chan-
deliers hanging round, which gave a subdued light
and made the stage appear much more brilliant. 

Miss Young, Munden, Quick, Edwin, &c., were
at that house, and Mrs. Siddons, Mrs. Jordan,
Kemble, the Palmers, &c., at the other. At the end
of the preceding season, the Opera House was burnt
down, the light of the conflagration having been seen
from the heights at Windsor. Wonderful to relate,
Novosielski, their architect, had rebuilt it in time to
open for the season as usual. It was built to hold .
5,000 people, and that number of tickets with 500
added were given gratis on the opening night to try
the effect and strength of the house. A small back
staircase fell, but no one was hurt. The walls have
bulged a little at times, and jealousy of course con-
demned the architect and builder, but as the King's
Theatre still stands, or more properly speaking, now
in 1838, Queen Victoria's, I think that in itself speaks
for the superior art and science there displayed.
Novosielski returned to Italy when the whole was
completed. , This new Opera House was upon a larger
and more magnificent scale than anything hitherto
attempted in England, and required singers such as
then could be engaged, Mara, Billington, Storace, &c. 


Their Majesties, after the birthday, resumed their
former habits of amusement, and with the three
elder Princesses went every Monday night to Coven
Garden Theatre, and on Wednesdays to the Concerts
of Ancient Music, of which there were twelve regular
ones, and a thirteenth, at which the * Messiah ' was in-
variably performed, was always given for the benefit
of the fund for the Eoyal Society of Musicians, when
the pubUc were admitted with tickets at a guinea
each, which gave also the privilege of admission to
the rehearsal. These concerts were held at the rooms
in Tottenham Court Eoad. 

On Tuesdays and Thursdays were the concerts
at the Queen's House; on Thursdays the drawing-
rooms, and from Friday till Monday the Eoyal
Family spent at Windsor for the stag-hunt on Satur-
day, at the turning out of which the Queen with the
Princesses now again usually attended, weather per-
mitting, and when near home, we sometimes also had
the treat. 

These arrangements were for the early part of the
winter. As soon as Lent commenced their Majesties
did not visit the theatre, and during that season the
Eoyal Family spent from Monday till Wednesday at
Windsor, the stag-hunt being on Tuesdays, as I have
before said. 

On Sundays the family attended divine service at
the Chapel Eoyal, St. James's, in court dresses. After 


the service a drawing-room or reception was held,
but no presentations were permitted. 

While I was in town this time I called on Sunday
after service, with my brother, upon the Zoffanys,
who had now estabhshed themselves in one of the
new houses in Keppel Place, Fitzroy Square, Zoflany
having resumed his portrait painting. We found
them just going to dine, and by their desire we re-
mained to partake of their hospitahty. 

The painting-room did not exhibit a welcome on
the return of the once favourite artist, for not a
portrait was there except one of his old and sincere
friend. Miss Farren — ^a small whole-length, in alight
green satin dress and black velvet Spanish hat, the
then costume for dinner parties. Zoflfany was par-
ticularly great in drapery, both as regards the folds
and taste, and in copying the elegances of dress ; and
this portrait being faultless in these points, and also
an excellent Hkeness, was a perfect gem. Alas, these
dear friends are gone ; no more will they smUe upon
each other. 

We told Zoflany of Lawrence's portrait of this
inimitable actress, and that he intended to exhibit it,
upon which Zoflany replied, * I shall go and look at
it, and if I think that by exhibiting it he will gain
credit to himseK, I will keep mine back, for a young
man must be encouraged.' 

We left them early, in order to be in time to 


receive young Lawrence and his parents to tea at
St. James's. My father had called upon them, and
particularly admired the mother, and thought her a
woman fully capable of leading a genius or talented
person to eminence. 

I also while I was in town called upon Mrs.
Blagrove, who lived in Lower Berkeley Street. She
was a particularly pleasant, lady-like woman, and
very attentive to her children. The folding doors of
her drawing-room were of glass, so that she was
aware of all that was going on in the schoolroom,
the back drawing-room being devoted to that pur-

Shortly after my return home the Blagrove boys
were seized with measles. We kept a constant fire
in Mr. Burgess's room, where we placed a nurse,
moving Mr. Burgess upstairs to the red curtained
back bedroom. The boys remained in their own
beds, and so well did Dr. Mingay bring them through
the attack that no unfavourable symptoms appeared,
nor did any after-indisposition occur of cough, weak
eyes, or any other ailment. They went home for
Easter rather sooner than usual, and while they
were away we had their rooms thoroughly washed,
purified, and refreshed. My boys escaped (the little
girls were fortunately still in town), though they went
on as usual. No door was shut, but the doctor did not
allow them to go out as long as the infection lasted, 


SO that they should not breathe a different atmo-
sphere. We all reassembled after the holidays, my
girls returning too after their long visit to their

During this time we were again annoyed by a
visit from Bridgetower. He, one morning, going as
he said to Salt Hill or somewhere in the neighbour-
hood, left his son with us, who took this opportunity
to disclose to us his unhappy situation. He said that
his mother was left in distress, and that the money he
could earn by his music was wasted in crime even in
his presence, and added that the brutal severity of
his father must soon lead him to some desperate act.
Mr. Papendiek could only pity, and persuade the
poor lad to be careful not to provoke or aggravate
this man, now found out in his wickedness. When
he returned we had luncheon, and then they went off
to London. 

We heard in a short time that the son had taken
refuge at Carlton House, and that the father had
returned to Germany. Mr. Papendiek called to
inquire into this business, when the Prince of Wales
told him that one evening Bridgetower, having re-
turned home with a companion, had desired his son
to get under the sofa and to go to sleep. The first
part of the command he obeyed, and, watching his
opportunity, made his escape. He ran to Carlton
House, where, from having often been there to 

VOL. n. N 


perform, he was well known, and on supplicating
protection, he was taken care of till the morning,
when the circumstance was related to the Prince.
His Koyal Highness at once sent for the father, and
desired him to leave the kingdom immediately,
saying that he would furnish him with a proper
sum of money for his journey, and that on hearing
of his return to his wife and family, he would
remit a trifle for present emergencies that he might
have the opportunity of looking out for employment
of a more honourable nature than he had pursued
in this country. If he made arrangements for his
immediate departure, the Prince said he would
permit him to call for the money and to take leave
of his son, whom he had treated so cruelly. The
Prince from that time took him entirely under his
protection, and treated him from first to last with
the utmost kindness. 

The young lad was first stripped of the fancy
dress of a Polish black, which he usually wore, and
clad in the English fashion of that day. A proper
person was appointed to instruct him, and as he was
not then to depend upon the pubUc for support, he
had time to develop the great talent for music
which he possessed. He was to keep up his vioHn
playing by steady practice, and by hearing the first-
class performers who were almost constantly at
Carlton House, for the Prince continued to have his 


little parties for practice either morning or evening.
This fortunate child had, therefore, the opportunity
of almost daily associating with such men as Giardini,
Cramer, Salomon, and Viotti, and improved greatly
from the latter, whose style appeared to suit him,
for Bridgetower had always been remarkable for
his elegant and bold manner of drawing the

The farewell parting between father and son
was affecting, although there was a sort of horror
depicted upon the countenance of the latter. Their
position towards each other seemed for the moment to
be reversed, for the boy spoke gravely, beseeching his
father to lead a better life for the sake of his mother.
I am happy to say that he went through life with
credit to himself in all respects, and remained with
the Prince, who was true to him and to his word.
Whether now in this country, or even whether still
aUve, I cannot aver. His brother once came over to
see him. He was a violoncello player, but not
superior, though he supported his mother by his
talents, being cosntantly engaged at theatres, balls,
public gardens, &c. The father continued much the
same course of Ufe as before, neglecting his family
and home, and often wandering away for months at
a time. 

A theatrical sensation was at this time pending in
London. Mrs. Siddons took two benefits during the 



season ; one before Easter, * the high-water mark/
as Horace Walpole terms it, the second after that
holiday. Her daughter, Maria Siddons, was an-
nounced to appear on this second occasion in the
character of * Emilia Galotti,' and rehearsed the part,
admiration and approbation of her powers increasing
each time, and the night was looked to with the
greatest enthusiasm and expectation. Mrs. Siddons
was then in her zenith, and was very tenacious of
rivalship. At the last moment, to the surprise of
everyone, she would not permit her daughter to
appear, giving for the reason that she was too young
and too delicate ; and Mrs. Siddons announced that
she would herself perform the character. This, her
friends prevailed upon her not to do, and another
was substituted. Excitement in the Siddons family
was intense ; and among other things to disturb and
perplex the father were the constant attentions of
Thomas Lawrence to this interesting girl, then about
eighteen, and he asked him if his intentions were
honourable. Lawrence answered that they were un-
doubtedly so, but that if Mr. Siddons meant with
respect to marriage, that would at present not be
possible, as he was scarcely established himself, and
had his own family yet dependent upon his exertions.
Old Siddons then desired that his visits should be less
frequent. Whether from disappointment or really
delicate health, this sweet girl died a few months 


after. Her death caused a general feeling of sorrow
and sympathy. 

This story was related to me by Lawrence him-
self when I renewed my acquaintance with him, after
a few years' interval, about the year 1828 ; and he
added that it was not true, and that he had only
heard it from the Duke of Cumberland a short time
before, when he called upon him to solicit a command
from some member of the Royal Family. He had
only been honoured upon one occasion by her Royal
Highness the Duchess of Gloucester sitting to him for
her portrait, and he was very anxious to obtain some
Royal patronage. The Duke answered that the Queen
had considered her portrait a failure, and that the
story of Maria Siddons was no credit to him ; and
there the matter ended. 

Mr. Hughes, manager of the theatre at Wey-
mouth, who was very intimate with Mrs. Siddons,
told the circumstance to Mr. Papendiek as I have re-
lated it, and added that soon after the death of the
daughter, Lawrence again found his way into their
house, and, with the Kembles, took the lead in many
of the arrangements. No doubt it was an intimacy
of advantage to both parties, but it ultimately led to
the separation of Mr. and Mrs. Siddons. He had not
kept pace with his wife in improving the inferior
talent he possessed, and, therefore, when she, from
assiduity and perseverance, attained pre-eminence in 


her profession, he lost all control over her actions.
She was courted and flattered by all, and as she
advanced in her position, she gained a power of com-
mand over any society that seemed at the moment to
suit her purpose. She was sought after and received
in the higher circles, which disturbed the comfort of
her home, and when the children were off hand, some
by death and others by marriage, she separated from
her husband ; her eldest daughter, only, remaining
with her as a companion. 

The profits of her labours, 40,000/., were divided
between the husband and wife, each taking 20,000/.
The public rather doubted her conjugal fidelity, but
her husband and patrons held her in the highest
respect, being assured of her honour and integrity. 

She was an ambitious woman, and very eager for
gain. She twice refused to play for charity, and it
was with some difficulty that the public were per-
suaded to permit her to continue their servant. It
was the usual plan to engage the dramatic performers
for a certain number of nights at a stated sum, and
for any additional night that they were requested to
give their services, they were paid agreeably to their
demand, unless it were the leading members of the
company, who invariably performed gratis. Mrs.
Siddons, on the contrary, would only upon these
occasions lend her aid for a heavy sum, and this
mercenary greed was too glaring to be overlooked. 



Troubles in France — The new star, Dussek — His performance and
appearance — The Bishop of London — The French Kevolution —
Graciousness of the Queen — Music masters for the Princesses —
dementi — ^The Queen's dislike to Louis Albert — Horn — Dr. Parsons
— General Rooke — Mr. Albert breaks his arm — Planchd — Mr. Keate
and Mr. Griffiths — Mr. Keate and the Queen — Mr. Keate and the
Prince of Wales — Surgeon to the forces — Mrs. Papendiek goes to
London — Meets Charles Papendiek — ^Visits Lawrence at his studio —
Lawrence and Lord Derby — ^TheStowes leave Windsor — Gascoigne*s
house in the Home Park — Mrs. Papendiek goes to London — Abbey
concert — Excellent performance — ^The Royal Academy — Cecilia
Zoffany, afterwards Mrs. Thomas Horn — Her sisters, Mrs. Beachcroft
and Mrs. Oliver — Mrs. Papendiek, as usual, takes the children to
the Queen and Princesses — Baron Dillon — Ball-room tickets — ^Prince
Ferdinand of Wiirtemberg — The Stowe family — Charles Papendiek's

The troubles in France were rapidly gaining ground,
and people of all ranks were crowding over to Eng-
land ; among them many artistes in music and other
branches of art and science, professors, literati, &c. 

A bright luminary in the musical line had been
expected to make his debut at the Musical Fund
concert, but he arrived only in time to be introduced
on the oratorio nights, which were held at the
theatre on Wednesdays and Fridays during Lent.
Between the acts a modem piece was performed, and 


the new star, Dussek, was to make his first public
appearance on a Friday. 

Dussek was born in Bohemia in 1762. He went
to Prance, but owing to the Eevolution was com-
pelled to leave that country, which accounts for his
appearance in London. 

Ml*. Papendiek being in town, I just popped up
to be present on the occasion. 

Handel was the only master whose oratorios were
then performed, and the orchestra was on the stage
as at this day. 

A pianoforte of Broadwood's was then brought
in with as much ease as a chair, and immediately
after Dussek followed, supported by John Cramer,
whose fatlier stood forward as leader, Salomon and
other great men of the day being grouped around
him. The applause was loud as a welcome. Dussek,
now seated, tried his instrument in prelude, which
caused a second burst of applause. This so sur-
prised the stranger, that his friends were obliged to
desire him to rise and bow, which he did somewhat
reluctantly. He then, after re-seating himself, spread
a silk handkerchief over his knees, rubbed his hands
in his coat pockets, which were filled with bran, and
then began his concerto. That class of music then
usually consisted of three movements, and lasted
from twenty-five to thirty, and occasionally forty
minutes. Near the end of the first movement there 


was always a * cadenza,' which gave the performer an
opportunity of displaying his powers in brarmra^ or
to show off any pecuUar or particular merit that he
possessed. In this instance Dussek finished his
cadence with a long shake and a turn that led in
the ' Tutti ' to finish the movement, and he was rap-
turously applauded. 

His music was full of melody, was elegantly
pathetic, and even sublime. He was a handsome
man, good dispositioned, mild and pleasing in his
demeanour, courteous and agreeable. 

To accompany that inimitable harp-player, Ma-
dame Krumpholtus, Dussek had four notes in the
treble added to his pianoforte, which has now ex-
tended to three more in the treble and three in the
bass, by all makers. 

The proprietors of the Opera House disagreed, and
one party engaged a company to perform on Tues-
days and Saturdays at the new house, and the other
party had a performance at the Haymarket Theatre
on the same nights. This left only two nights for
plays, as the Drury Lane Theatre was still building.
Co vent Garden, therefore, had the oratorios, which
were admirably got up and performed. Their
Majesties no longer attended them, as they had their
own Ancient Music concerts. The theatre was opened
at playhouse prices, and filled well. 

The Royal Family, having resumed all their former 


habits, continued to attend the Chapel Royal on
Sundays ; and on Easter Sunday they there took the
sacrament. The afternoon of the same day they
entered the travelUng carriages for Windsor, a cir-
cumstance upon which the Bishop of London (Por-
teus) had preached strongly more than once, con-
demning the practice. This so vexed the King that
he said, * Porteus shall never be Archbishop of Can-
terbury,' and he never was ! 

The reason of this habit was that the last meet of
the stag-hunting season was invariably held on Easter
Monday, and the King, who always made a point of
attending, could not easily have reached the ground
by ten o'clock, if he waited to leave London till the
Monday morning. 

The Master of the Buckhounds, who was a peer,
always had to be present upon this occasion, and
arrangements were then made about the running for
the King's plate, and the ensuing Ascot races ; who
among the yeomen prickers were to run for it ; which
horses should be chosen for them to ride, and all
regulations settled for this business, as well as for all
matters relating to the hunt. 

The stag was then turned out in grand style, the
Queen and Princesses being present, and the nobility
and gentry residing in the neighbourhood. This being
the first Easter Monday hunt since the great illness,
the Bishop probably depended upon a change being 


made. If so, he was disappointed, for the same plan
was continued as long as his Majesty's health per-
mitted it. 

Great excitement prevailed in our own country
about the French Ee volution, which had now attained
a very serious height. Party spirit ran high and
religion appeared to give way to false principle, so
that we required energy in the superior orders of the
clergy. The Bishops were divided in their politics.
Such men, therefore, as Porteus, Hurd, and others
looked for support and encouragement in their labours
from the King and Eoyal Family. This was un-
doubtedly in most instances granted to them, not only
from what I may call, for want of a better expression,
political reasons, but also from the innate love and
reverence for religion felt by our gracious monarch
and his Queen. In this particular case, however,
they considered that their departure from the strict
observance of the Sabbath on this one day in the
year was for a good and sufficient reason, and that a
relaxation was allowable after the solemn daily ser-
vices and ordinances of Passion week. The Queen in
the most gracious manner, and with the kindest con-
sideration for the feeUngs of those about her, spoke of
these things, and herself explained to us all what her
views upon the matter were, saying, that as the hunt
had been originally estabUshed in the hope of pro-
viding a home amusement of a rational description 


for the Prince of Wales, she would not now wish to
throw a damper upon the sport by making changes
in the regulations, more especially as it was un-
doubtedly a real amusement to the King. 

During the recess, company assembled in the
neighbourhood of Windsor, and plenty of entertain-
ment was found for the Eoyal Family, but the doctors
(or rather Dr. Willis) were becoming anxious for the
time of year when the King always spent from Friday
till Monday away from London and the cares of busi-
ness, and when he could enjoy* the fresh air without
undue fatigue. There was, however, a tendency to
drowsiness of an evening which they did not Uke, and
to prevent this from becoming too decided a habit, it
was thought advisable for the Queen to engage a music
master for the Princesses Augusta and Elizabeth, who
should remain at Windsor for those days, and besides
giving these lessons, be ready at call to play in the
evenings to amuse his Majesty, assisted by Dr. Ayl-
ward, and the singers of the choir. The King's band
could not leave London before the appointed time,
added to which, we were this season to have an Abbey

Who to fix upon now became the question. John
Cramer was too young ; Dussek was scarcely known ;
and Hulmandel, although a WUrtemberger, was from
Paris. He had married a lady whom he had taught,
and she being related to a member of the Convention, 


prudence, in these warlike times, passed them by.
Clementi was applied to, but he was too crafty and
shrewd to have anything to do with a court. He
gave as his excuse that as he then had health and
power to continue his teaching for sixteen hours a
day, at a guinea a lesson, he did not wish to break
the spell while the public were willing to employ him.
These terms he never lessened, except in the two
instances of Miss Stowe and my cousin Charlotte.
Clementi, on refusing, said that he could recommend
a very proper person, and one known to the Eoyal
Family, namely the eldest daughter of Louis Albert
(my cousin Charlotte). This so incensed the Queen
that the dislike which she had always felt towards
them all became intensified. She showed, I should
almost say, a wish to dispense with the services of
my uncle, which, however, could not be done ! 

My father represented to the Queen the praise-
worthy undertaking of my cousin, and the manner
in which it was to have been pursued, and said
that it was only through the persecution of Lady
Charlotte Finch that the plan was now changed, and
though not quite so respectably followed, all was as
yet going on well. This conversation led to the
appointment of the two boys — Hugh to the Ord-
nance Department, and William to the Customs — at
about 60Z. a year each. A person as music teacher
was at lengtli found ; a professor, but one who did 


season ; one before Easter, ' the high-water mark,'
as Horace Walpole terms it, the second after that
holiday. Her daughter, Maria Siddons, was an-
nounced to appear on this second occasion in the
character of * EmiUa Galotti,' and rehearsed the part,
admiration and approbation of her powers increasing
each time, and the night was looked to with the
greatest enthusiasm and expectation. Mrs. Siddons
was then in her zenith, and was very tenacious of
rivalship. At the last moment, to the surprise of
everyone, she would not permit her daughter to
appear, giving for the reason that she was too young
and too delicate ; and Mrs. Siddons announced that
she would herself perform the character. This, her
friends prevailed upon her not to do, and another
was substituted. Excitement in the Siddons family
was intense ; and among other things to disturb and
perplex the father were the constant attentions of
Thomas Lawrence to this interesting girl, then about
eighteen, and he asked him if his intentions were
honourable. Lawrence answered that they were un-
doubtedly so, but that if Mr. Siddons meant with
respect to marriage, that would at present not be
possible, as he was scarcely established himself, and
had his own family yet dependent upon his exertions.
Old Siddons then desired that his visits should be less
frequent. Whether from disappointment or really
delicate health, this sweet girl died a few months 


after. Her death caused a general feeling of sorrow
and sympathy. 

This story was related to me by Lawrence him-
self when I renewed my acquaintance with him, after
a few years' interval, about the year 1828 ; and he
added that it was not true, and that he had only
heard it from the Duke of Cumberland a short time
before, when he called upon him to solicit a command
from some member of the Eoyal Family. He had
only been honoured upon one occasion by her Eoyal
Highness the Duchess of Gloucester sitting to him for
her portrait, and he was very anxious to obtain some
Royal patronage. The Duke answered that the Queen
had considered her portrait a failure, and that the
story of Maria Siddons was no credit to him ; and
there the matter ended. 

Mr. Hughes, manager of the theatre at Wey-
mouth, who was very intimate with Mrs. Siddons,
told the circumstance to Mr. Papendiek as I have re-
lated it, and added that soon after the death of the
daughter, Lawrence again found his way into their
house, and, with the Kembles, took the lead in many
of the arrangements. No doubt it was an intimacy
of advantage to both parties, but it ultimately led to
the separation of Mr. and Mrs. Siddons. He had not
kept pace with his wife in improving the inferior
talent he possessed,, and, therefore, when she, from
assiduity and perseverance, attained pre-eminence in 


season ; one before Easter, * the high-water mark,'
as Horace Walpole terms it, the second after that
holiday. Her daughter, Maria Siddons, was an-
nounced to appear on this second occasion in the
character of ' EmiUa Galotti,' and rehearsed the part,
admiration and approbation of her powers increasing
each time, and the night was looked to with the
greatest enthusiasm and expectation. Mrs. Siddons
was then in her zenith, and was very tenacious of
rivalship. At the last moment, to the surprise of
everyone, she would not permit her daughter to
appear, giving for the reason that she was too young
and too delicate ; and Mrs. Siddons announced that
she would herself perform the character. This, her
friends prevailed upon her not to do, and another
was substituted. Excitement in the Siddons family
was intense ; and among other things to disturb and
perplex the father were the constant attentions of
Thomas Lawrence to this interesting girl, then about
eighteen, and he asked him if his intentions were
honourable. Lawrence answered that they were un-
doubtedly so, but that if Mr. Siddons meant with
respect to marriage, that would at present not be
possible, as he was scarcely established himself, and
had his own family yet dependent upon his exertions.
Old Siddons then desired that his visits should be less
frequent. Whether from disappointment or really
delicate health, this sweet girl died a few months 


after. Her death caused a general feeling of sorrow
and sympathy. 

This story was related to me by Lawrence him-
self when I renewed my acquaintance with him, after
a few years' interval, about the year 1828 ; and he
added that it was not true, and that he had only
heard it from the Duke of Cumberland a short time
before, when he called upon him to solicit a command
from some member of the Royal Family. He had
only been honoured upon one occasion by her Eoyal
Highness the Duchess of Gloucester sitting to him for
her portrait, and he was very anxious to obtain some
Royal patronage. The Duke answered that the Queen
had considered her portrait a failure, and that the
story of Maria Siddons was no credit to him ; and
there the matter ended. 

Mr. Hughes, manager of the theatre at Wey-
mouth, who was very intimate with Mrs. Siddons,
told the circumstance to Mr. Papendiek as I have re-
lated it, and added that soon after the death of the
daughter, Lawrence again found his way into their
house, and, with the Kembles, took the lead in many
of the arrangements. No doubt it was an intimacy
of advantage to both parties, but it ultimately led to
the separation of Mr. and Mrs. Siddons. He had not
kept pace with his wife in improving the inferior
talent he possessed, and, therefore, when she, from
assiduity and perseverance, attained pre-eminence in 


season ; one before Easter, ' the high-water mark/
as Horace Walpole terms it, the second after that
holiday. Her daughter, Maria Siddons, was an-
nounced to appear on this second occasion in the
character of * Emilia Galotti,' and rehearsed the part,
admiration and approbation of her powers increasing
each time, and the night was looked to with the
greatest enthusiasm and expectation. Mrs. Siddons
was then in her zenith, and was very tenacious of
rivalship. At the last moment, to the surprise of
everyone, she would not permit her daughter to
appear, giving for the reason that she was too young
and too delicate ; and Mrs. Siddons announced that
she would herself perform the character. This, her
friends prevailed upon her not to do, and another
was substituted. Excitement in the Siddons family
was intense ; and among other things to disturb and
perplex the father were the constant attentions of
Thomas Lawrence to this interesting girl, then about
eighteen, and he asked him if his intentions were
honourable. Lawrence answered that they were un-
doubtedly so, but that if Mr. Siddons meant with
respect to marriage, that would at present not be
possible, as he was scarcely established himself, and
had his own family yet dependent upon his exertions.
Old Siddons then desired that his visits should be less
frequent. Whether from disappointment or really
deUcate health, this sweet girl died a few months 


after. Her death caused a general feeling of sorrow
and sympathy. 

This story was related to me by Lawrence him-
self when I renewed my acquaintance with him, after
a few years' interval, about the year 1828 ; and he
added that it was not true, and that he had only
heard it from the Duke of Cumberland a short time
before, when he called upon him to solicit a command
from some member of the Eoyal Family. He had
only been honoured upon one occasion by her Eoyal
Highness the Duchess of Gloucester sitting to him for
her portrait, and he was very anxious to obtain some
Royal patronage. The Duke answered that the Queen
had considered her portrait a failure, and that the
stoiy of Maria Siddons was no credit to him ; and
there the matter ended. 

Mr. Hughes, manager of the theatre at Wey-
mouth, who was very intimate with Mrs. Siddons,
told the circumstance to Mr. Papendiek as I have re-
lated it, and added that soon after the death of the
daughter, Lawrence again found his way into their
house, and, with the Kembles, took the lead in many
of the arrangements. No doubt it was an intimacy
of advantage to both parties, but it ultimately led to
the separation of Mr. and Mrs. Siddons. He had not
kept pace with his wife in improving the inferior
talent he possessed, and, therefore, when she, from
assiduity and perseverance, attained pre-eminence in 


This was the first opportunity that Mr. Keate had
of returning the kindness of my father, and his atten-
tion to him was unremitting. He was also the means
of persuading the Queen to recommend my cousin
Hugh to the Duke of York, to fill the appointment
of Paymaster to the 58th Regiment, for which he had
petitioned, and obtained it, no doubt, through this
source. A third service he did us in naming my
brother as one of the civil surgeons, or surgeon to the
forces, a new appointment shown by Keate to be bene-
ficial to troops who were moving in order of battle,
that whenever they halted a hospital should be formed
where this new order of surgeons shoidd be stationed,
the regular army surgeons doing duty in the field. 

The first time of putting this efiective corps into
requisition was when Abercrombie was sent to the
Helder to efiect a landing on the coast of Holland in
1799. These surgeons wore a uniform, and were
under mihtary command. Both my brother and my
cousin went through their appointments with honour
to their patrons and credit to themselves, and to this
day subsist upon their respective allowances of retired

Griffiths, as might be expected, broke oflT his ac-
quaintance with our family, but his sister, whom he
compelled to marry Stillingfleet after many years*
courtship, clung to us from this time throughout the
whole of her unhappy life. 


When I heard that my father was well enough to
walk about and be amused, I made arrangements for
passing a week in town. 

My Uttle girls had returned home some little time
before in excellent health and spirits, and in every
respect decidedly improved. My mother had been
very kind to them, and the fact of being away from
home for so long, and on a visit alone, had brought
them forward a good deal. My brother also had
very good-naturedly heard them read and spell, and
repeat out of their nursery books. They had learnt
to make their dolls' clothes from Miss Pohl, Eliza
being particularly fond of a doll. Charlotte had
practised her duets with my brother, who then
played Bach's and Schroeder's sonatas, and amused
himself with the popular tunes of the day, so I
determined to keep up their little employments by
sending them to Mrs. Roach on fine days, and while
I remained in town to stay there as boarders. 

All being well I went ofi* happily, almost con-
sidering it a point of duty. I was always a welcome
visitor at my old home, and in this instance contri-
buted, I hope, to beguile the time that my father's
arm hung in a sUng, and that the gout attacked him
in the knee on the opposite side. One afternoon,
when out walking alone, I met a man so like a Pa-
pendiek, just by the Thatched House Tavern, that
I knocked at HUniber's door to ask if the Easter 


messenger were arrived, and was told that he was,
and Charles Papendiek with him. I asked old Kohler
to take care of him, and to provide him with a bed at
my husband's lodging in Thatched House Court, teUing
him why he could not be received at St. James's.
George Papendiek was now doing well. The Got-
tingen University being very full on account of the
three English Princes being there, he was amply
supported by pupils, and begged to give up the 10/.
hitherto allowed him by us. The father caught at
this, and said that now we should be able to receive
Charles. I did not at all wish this, and proposed to
Mr. Papendiek to send this 101. to his father in addi-
tion to what he already allowed him. Whether he
wrote to make this proposal or not I cannot tell, but
at any rate here was Charles Papendiek unexpectedly
in this country, and must come to us on a visit, if not
for longer. 

I did not on this account shorten my stay in town,
and called, among other friends, upon the Lawrences,
as I was anxious to see the portrait of Miss Farren
finished after what I had heard at Zoffany's. The old
servant showed me straight into the painting-room, as
no onewas*then sitting, where certainly Miss Farren's
look met you as you entered. Such a Ukeness, such
an exquisite portrait, riveted me to the spot. I said,
*Zoffany yields the palm, to you, and does not mean
to exhibit his gem,' when Lawrence answered that 


he had been kind, and he considered himself obliged
to him. He then told me that he was in a dilemma,
which he proceeded to explain to me. Two gentle-
men, who had called to see his pictures, were so
struck with this portrait of Miss Farren when only
the head was done, that they offered him a hundred
guineas for it, with permission to exhibit it. He
answered that Lord Derby having seen it just before,
was so pleased with it that he at once said he would
purchase it for sixty guineas, the price Lawrence put
upon it. Lord Derby called often, being interested
in the progress of the picture, and Lawrence told
him of the offer made by these gentlemen. Lord
Derby could only say that he was prepared to keep
to his agreement — ^Mr. Lawrence could do as he
thought proper. 

The mother was of my opinion, that an agreement
ought to be adhered to, the father rather hankered
after the additional sum offered ; the friends of Law-
rence advised him to take the first line, which he
eventually did. The portrait was admirable. It
brought him great fame, but the cavil about the
price did not add to his credit, and my Lord Derby
never employed him after. 

Zoffany the following year painted another whole-
length portrait of this enchanting actress, leaning
against a pedestal, in theatrical costume, which was
most beautiful. The expression of her countenance. 


and the penetrating look of her lively eyes, was
fully as well portrayed as . by Lawrence, or even
more so. 

On my return home I got the red curtained room
ready for Charles Papendiek. A table, inkstand, &c.,
were requisite, and as we did not possess superflui-
ties of anything, these were all additional expenses,
although but trifling. He was to practise the flute in
his brother's room, and to use that as his study
whenever his bedroom would not suflice. 

I was just in time to take leave of the Stowes,
who were now quitting Windsor. I have not said
much about them lately, as there was no change
among us. The little' kindnesses passing between us
rather increased than diminished, and our mutual
friendship strengthened. They took lodgings in
Lower Berkeley Street, where they hoped by giving
good concerts to get into the society of the nobility,
which only partially succeeded. Miss Stowe was to
be presented, and to dance at court on the King's
birthday. This, as the Queen did not object, but
rather approved, was quite a success. We recom-
mended Noverre to teach the minuet. 

The spring was genial, and as the days lengthened
more amusement seemed necessary for the King than
the plan already laid down. The beautiful gardens
of Kew and Richmond, where the Royal pair, sur-
rounded by their children, used in former days to 


walk from six to eight on fine evenings, were now
recalled with regret; and to find a substitute for
them at Windsor was attended with insurmountable
difficulty, for with all the magnificent walks and rides
round the neighbourhood, not one that was private
could be found. The garden between the Upper and
Lower Lodges was more of a passage to both than a
retreat into the fresh air ; moreover, every window
looked into it. At length Qascoigne's house in the
Home Park was looked at, and their Majesties were
so pleased with it that it was at once arranged for
their reception for a few weeks. 

The house stood upon a hill, rather to the right
of the public path leading from Windsor to Datchet.
It contained two stories, each with bay windows, and
had a pretty garden, and all offices &c. requisite for
his station as one of the keepers. 

The Queen was so pleased with it that she with the
Princesses and her ladies often passed their mornings
there, taking new milk, an egg, and a rasher of home-
cured bacon for their lunch, and their cup of coffee
after, which Mrs. Qascoigne made excellently. The
Koyal party enjoyed it much for two seasons, and so
pleased were their Majesties with their accommodation,
that on quitting this charming retreat, permission
was given to the Gascoignes to let lodgings of such
rooms as they did not occupy if it could be of ad-
vantage to them. They were of course grateful, and 


adopted the plan. Their son was soon raised to the
position of head groom ; and on their fiftieth or
Golden Wedding Day, the King gave an entertain-
ment in the garden of the Lodge to fifty of each sex,
dinner, tea, and dancing, Mr. and Mrs. Gascoigne
leading off the first dance. 

We now advanced to the cheerful season, both
for London and the country. Baron Dillon arrived
from teland within a day or two of the birthday,
and I again went to London with the Jervois's, accom-
panied by the Baron, Mr. Papendiek taking the little
girls to St. James's, and I joining him at his lodgings
at Kohler's. We immediately went to Miss Pohl to
be equipped for the Abbey, where this year, 1790,
the cap was introduced that will be remembered as
bearing that name. Mrs. Jervois wore her purple
silk, cap blonde and gauze, black gauze cape, and
cloak elegantly trimmed with lace. Miss Jervois,
her gold worked muslin, white silk cloak trimmed
with lace, lawn and lace cap with purple ribbon.
The youngest gu'l had a mushn gown, and cloak and
cap like her sister. Miss Pohl had only Miss King
to assist her, so she undertook the cloaks, and for
the rest of the things required we repaired to Mrs.
Barlow, who had been recently married, and who
finished her work in a peculiar style of elegance. The
Baron, who went shopping with us, observed that to
see her was alone quite enough to attract, exclusive 


of the taste displayed in her millinery. I wore my
muslin with jacket, a new black gauze cloak, the
very one in Coss^'s family picture, and a lawn cap
with lace edges and purple ribbon. 

The first of this series of Abbey concerts took
place on May 28. The Jervois's tickets were for the
gallery, mine was for the middle aisle, and the
Baron being put at the head of the tenor chorus
singers was of course in the orchestra, and between
the acts he divided his attentions between us. 

Storace this year appeared as the new singer.
She sat in thfe centre and sang ' Dove sei/ On her
right sat Mrs. Billington, who sang ' Pious orgies,'
Cramer answering the sentences obbligato. It was
indeed sublime. Mara, on the left, sang ' Farewell, ye
limpid streams,' in a manner not to be described for
its excellence. The other singers of note all acquitted
themselves to perfection, duetts, quartetts, quintetts,
besides solos, being judiciously chosen, with superb
choruses, and the Coronation Anthem. 

It was a fine day, and we walked home through
the Park together at the side of the Eoyal carriages.
The Queen remarked to Mr. Papendiek at dinner that
our party had done honour to the Abbey meeting,
and she regretted that I had been alone in the aisle,
although she was sure I had been fully gratified ; as
indeed I was. 

We went also together to the Exhibition, the 


Baron insisting upon the Jervois's getting their bon-
nets from Mrs. Baxlow. Mrs. Jervois's was silk with
a deep lace fall, and those of the girls were Leghorn
with purple trimmings. 

As far as I can recollect, Ralph West exhibited
this year his colossal figure of the Devil calling up
his Legions, from ' Paradise Lost ' ; Lawrence his por-
traits of Miss Farren, of the Duke of Portland, and
of Lord Abercorn's two sons in Vandyke dresses ;
Zoffany his two Indian pictures of ' The Tiger Hunt,'
himself being introduced, seated in all the pomp of
Eastern magnificence, and of the ' Cock Fight.' Of
the two men standing in the foreground, whose birds
are supposed to have been brought to the cruel
sport, one is a portrait of the late Colonel Martin, of
Leeds Castle in Kent, who on coming to this country
was introduced to the family of his friend Zoffany,
whose acquaintance he had made in India. He im-
mediately demanded the hand of Cecilia Zoffany in
marriage, she being then about sixteen or seventeen
years old, and beautiful in the extreme. The Colonel
was a fine, handsome-looking man, amiable and kind-
hearted, and of immense property. She, foohsh girl,
refused this eligible offer, and he retired to his castle
disappointed and mortified. He hved secluded, and
at his death left his riches to a family of the name of
Wykeham, strangers to him, as he had no relatives.
His castle became a complete ruin. ; 


Cecilia contrived to fall in love with Mr. Thomas
Horn of Chiswick, fearing that her father would
marry her to some one she could not bear, as she
termed it. He was an amiable man, but extremely
plain, and not very prepossessing. His habits were
retiring, and he devoted himself to the school which
his father kept at Chiswick with universal honour
and credit to himself. Both families entirely dis-
approved of the match, but Thomas Horn was
flattered by the preference of the young lady, and
they were united. Mr. Zoffany afterwards recom-
mended a general reconciliation on all sides, to
encourage the young people to do well ; and at last
they were received by both families. They had a
fine family, and went on remarkably well. Zoflany
painted a whole-length portrait of Dr. Horn, the
father, in his full canonicals, with spirit, and in his
first style of excellence. It was a capital likeness,
and was exhibited. 

The young couple after a time had the school,
which they continued upon the same plan at the
Manor House, where all for some time proceeded
well. Eventually, however, one circumstance and
another brought on most unfortunate disputes, and
the Horn family interfering too severely and very in-
judiciously, Cecilia left her husband, and they were
never again reconciled. 

Mrs. Zoffany had two more daughters after Mr. 


ZoflFany's return, now Mrs. Beachcroft and Mrs.
Oliver, and as they grew up they were injudicious
intruders at the Manor House, and it was principally
through the violence of their tempers coming into
collision with the equally bad ones of Mrs. Thomas
Horn and of Miss Horn, that the disputes began
which ended in the unhappy way that I have men-
tioned. It was never supposed by Cecilia's friends
that she acted criminally. Indiscreetly, certainly;
for as her beauty never faded with her increasing
years, her vanity kept pace with them ; but her un-
happiness arose more from her dreadfully passionate
temper than from any other cause. She evinced
resentment and vindictiveness to her husband and
her children, who gave him great trouble. 

The school diminished, not unnaturally. Thomas
Horn therefore gave it up, and retired to his living,
which was in the city of London. His wife died

To return to our sdjour in town. The Jervois's
would not remain over the birthday, principally on
account of its being a gala day at Eton, their son
being, as will be remembered, an Etonian. Mr.
Burgess and our party at home enjoyed the sight of
the boats &c. from Mr. Jervois's lawn, where they
were invited to partake of the gaieties. 

We went as usual to the dressing-rooms of the
Queen and Princesses — the little girls in their summer 


white frocks, sashes, the Princess's gifts, with ribbons
to match in their caps, and their new long best
gloves of a light colour, tied above the elbow ; I in
my Abbey dress. 

The Queen had been struck with the appearance
of the Jervois's, and asked me much about them.
I repeated to her Majesty what I knew about their
former life at Armagh, and about their arrangements
since they came over to this country, and she
answered that she thought they looked like rational
people. Then she said, *And Baron Dillon — why
did he join the chorus singers in the orchestra ? ' I
told her Majesty that it was from a feeling of respect
to the King, who patronised the Fund so liberally. 

Mr. Papendiek told me afterwards that the King
would never be on friendly terms with the Baron, nor
with any of his subjects who accepted honours from
foreign potentates, especially without his permission,
as in the Baron's and poor Zofiany's case. After all,
the title is no more than knighthood ; not hereditary. 

After the dressing-room visits and our dinner, I
went to see the company at the drawing-room. Mrs.
and Miss Stowe passed ; the mother in some second-
hand vamped-up dress ; the daughter in white silk,
with aerophane petticoat and trimmings embroidered
in silver, with blonde on the sleeves, neck, and stoma-
cher, her mother's pearls and lappets. Miss Stowe
was tall, of a lively, pleasing appearance, and looked 


remarkably well. Bell Stowe was with a friend in
the King's presence-chamber, with ourselves, to see
the company pass, and at night she sat with her
mother at the ball, where her sister danced the last
minuet with Lord Valletort, the present aged Earl of
Mount Edgcumbe. 

It was difficult to get ball-room tickets on account
of the small size of the apartment. The music-gallery
was opposite to the seats of their Majesties, the
Princes and Princesses, there being a gallery on each
side for the spectators. I had only been once before,
two or three years previous to the one I am writing
of, but I cannot recollect exactly which year, to see
the Prince Ferdinand of Wurtemberg, who had come
over to ask the Princess Augusta in marriage, then
certainly the most beautiful creature one could wish
to behold. On the Queen's birthday he danced at
Court, and in order to see his beauty and elegant
manner Mr. Papendiek got us tickets for the following
birthday ball. But, alas, in the meantime the King
had refused his suit, and he sat in the background
and would not come foi-ward. He was two removes
from the dukedom, besides which the King would
not let the younger Princesses marry before the elder.
Prince Ferdinand was in the Austrian service, and
signally distinguished himself in the taking of Bel-
grade from the Turks. 

The Stowes soon after this left London for their 


home in the North, and about three years later they
returned to London to present Bell, but she did not
dance at court. They went to the same lodging,
and when I called upon them I was received with the
same warmth of friendship. I was then with the
Queen, and had no home to ask them to, which they
were aware of, but which I regretted. They re-
mained only the one season, and then went back
to the North, where soon after their being settled in
their home the youngest married a Scotch baronet,
of the name of Kinloch. He had property quite
equal to hers, but was of an imbecile mind, and
much older than Bell Stowe. He died soon, leaving
an heir and two daughters. 

The widow now (1838) Uves in Eaton Place,
Belgrave Square. The young baronet. Sir David
Kinloch, studied under the Eev. Morrice, where my
eldest daughter's son, Adolphus Oom, at the same
time received part of his education. The eldest
daughter married, long after, a minister, Mr. Ryder,
and resided wholly in Yorkshire. 

As long as the mother lived these ladies never
visited London without calhng, at her express desire,
to see me, but since the death of dear, dear Mrs.
Stowe, I have totally lost sight of the daughters. 

I now had to get my little girls' summer bonnets,
and went to Mrs. Barlow's for them. They were
not expensive, the two being under a guinea. Mr. 



Barlow, on his marriage, did not give up his lucrative
business in Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, but
made Miss Wolfe sole superintendent of it ; a charge
which she was fully capable of undertaking. He
supplied from his shop the materials required by his
wife for her business, and the two concerns worked
together well. They were an industrious couple, and
brought up a large family respectably, the sons to
different trades, and the daughters apprentices to
their mother. 

We all missed Salomon's concert, which my
cousin told me was not full. Mr. Papendiek dined
with him one day after that, and handed him into
the carriage, when he set off for Vienna to engage
either Mozart or Haydn for the ensuing winter. 

Mr. Papendiek took Mr. Jervois two or three
times to hear the concerts at the Queen's House, and
the ladies of the family to see that elegant mansion
on one of the mornings when the Queen was out. 

Our visit to London was in all respects successful,
and we were met warmly again on our return home.
Charles Papendiek had hastened to London to be
present at the Abbey meeting, and to be fitted up
with clothes and linen. A good deal of his outfit
was done at home, so as to save expense, but this, of
course, gave me trouble and work. 



Death of the Governor of the Round Tower— Mrs. Meyer and her sons —
John Meyer — Charlotte's music — ^Their Majesties propose vidting
Weymouth — Shaw House — The doctors and the King — ^Double
carriages with cane bodies — ^The Princesses — ^The Princess Royal and
her mother — ^The Papendiek girls constantly at the Lodge — John
Meyer taken ill — Sixpenny schoolmistress — ^First 'Royal mail' to
Weymouth — Princess Amelia at Eastbourne — The King benefited
by the sea air — Charlotte visits her grandmother — Dissolution of
Parliament — Mr. Papendiek becomes a 'Denizen' — The Queen's
punctiliousness — Mr. Montagu — Mrs. Papendiek's last visit to Ken-
sington — Dr. Majendie — Mrs. Trimmer — Mrs. Majendie — Domestic
disturbances — Terrific wind — Frightful storm at the end of November
— ^The chimney falls — Great damage done generally — Frederick
breeched — ^The joke &lls flat — ^The Blagrores — Mrs. Meyer and her
son — Rebeccai the artist — Amusing talent — Coloured sands — Hawes
— Miss Miers, a violin player — Famous breakfast rolls — ^The Widow
Hodgson — Death of notable personages. 

In the King's household the death of the Duke of
Montague made a vacancy, as he had been Governor
of the Eound Tower. His nephew, Lord Viscount
Brudenell, had made an offer of marriage to Lady
EHzabeth Waldegrave, which their Majesties favoured,
and the King created him Earl of Cardigan and gave
him the vacant post. Another acquisition was brought
to the Eoyal party by the appointment of Lady
Mary Howe to succeed Lady Elizabeth. 



The marriage, however, did not take place till
the beginning of the following year. 

Towards the end of the month (June) I received
a letter from Mrs. Meyer to say that she was coming
over to Eton to place her son William at the College,
and would dine with us, if so convenient, bringing
her son John. I was delighted, and I invited
Caroline from Mrs. Eoach's to meet her mother and
brothers. It was a Sunday on which she proposed
coming, but for so dear a friend I could not say nay.
The scholars are usually entered at Eton a month
before the vacation, that the masters may have time
to find out their acquirements and place them
accordingly before the re-opening of the school.
William was about fifteen ; John, a year or more
older, but he was designed for the East Indies, either
in the military or the civil service, and Mrs. Meyer
had not made up her mind how to fill up his time
in the interval. These hopefuls had just left Dr.
Crawford's school at the Manor House, and I beUeve
it was just about this time that Dr. Horn established
himself there. In looking round our house Mrs.
Meyer discovered the cubby-hole of a room ad-
joining the nursery, the fourth, as I have before
described, on that floor, and she said in a moment,
•• I wish you would take John, and let him sleep
here.' I pointed out every objection to the plan, but
with her engaging, persuasive manner she overruled 


them all, and I reluctantly agreed to take him at a
guinea a week. He arrived as soon as we were
ready to receive him, and did not prove at all an
agreeable inmate. He was very restless, never ready
for our meals, and inattentive to all my regulations.
I told him after a week that his remaining with us
would depend upon himself; that our time was laid
out in convenience to the hours at the Lodge, and
that from that moment I should never wait for him,
but should expect him to be exact to the stipulations
made with his mother. I put him in the way of
reading with dictionaries and maps, bought him the
books &c. that he required, and things then went
on better. 

The little girls passed their days at Mrs. Eoach's.
Frederick was teaching himself to spell by placing
the letters of the alphabet on the ground, and I
was always fully occupied. Poor Georgy could not
walk yet. He was never quite well, and suddenly
threw out an eruption all over him, of a hard, not
watery substance, almost like warts. Some spoke
of smallpox, but Dr. Mingay did not give it a name.
He very soon after inoculated him, but it did not
take, and he certainly never had that disease. We
kept him in the air as much as possible, and he got
better, but was far from strong. 

During Mrs. Eoach's hohdays, Charlotte con-
tinued her music lessons with Eodgers at home, and 


progressed nicely. The idea of learning music was
awakened in young Meyer's mind, and he began with
Rodgers also. When his brother went home for the
holidays, John accompanied him for a few days, and
on Mr. Papendiek going to Kew with the Eoyal
family, he called upon Mrs. Meyer to inquire her
opinion on our proceedings, when she expressed
herself as more than pleased, and said he was an
altered being. She confided to Mr. Papendiek that
she had discovered a growing attachment between
him and Miss Green, which could not be allowed to
go on, as she was at least five years older than he
was, and the family would think it a wrong thing
to be encouraged. 

On his return to us, poor fellow, I could not
help feeling an interest in him. Miss Green, though
very plain, was clever, lively, and engaging, and they
had grown up together from childhood. We pur-
sued the same rules as before, and I allowed him
to practise in the drawing-room in the afternoons. 

This season their Majesties were to pass six
weeks only at Weymouth, principally for the purpose
of sailing, and they were to visit only in the

Before they started they were to pass single days
with the different noblemen near Windsor ; and a
day being appointed for the Eoyalties to go to Lord
Ailesbury's at Tottenham Park, Sir Joseph Andrews 


came over to Windsor to ask if they would stop at
Shaw to breakfast, or if they would honour him with
further commands. The Queen saw him, and ex-
pressed her thanks for his continued loyalty, and
fully explained to him her fears that on the King's
account it would be better not to accept his invi-
tation. Her Majesty, however, agreed that they
should changes horses immediately in froiit of Shaw
Lawn, which would give the company an oppor-
tunity of seeing them. 

It was a fine day, and the Royal Family were in
sociables, and stood up, bowing and smiling graciously
to the assembled multitude. The Andrews family,
the Mayor of Newbury, the principal townspeople,
the nobility and gentry of the neighbourhood, with
two bands of music, made an imposing display. 

At that time we were not personally acquainted
with Sir Joseph, but in after days we became
intimate friends. He always spoke with pleasure of
the manner in which my father and Mr. Papendiek
received him at Windsor and introduced him to the

The present object of the doctors was to prevent
the King from dozing during the day, and also to try
and keep him from brooding over things too closely.
The French Eevolution was going on, and afiairs in
that country were becoming very serious. Holland,
too, was unsettled, and they were very anxious that 


his Majesty should be called upon to do as little
business as possible. 

The King could not be on horseback after 12
o'clock, as the heat of the sun on his head was much
feared. The Queen, therefore^ had three double car-
riages made with cane bodies, and covered in with
silk or oilskin, according to the weather, and thus
they were enabled to pay noon visits to the sweet
country seats near at hand, and beguile the time
until dinner, at four. 

It was during this year that on the Queen* being
told that she must devote her time to everything that
might benefit the King's health, her Majesty made
the foUowiog observation: 'Then I pity my three
younger daughters, whose education I can no longer
attend to.' 

I beheve we must all admit that it fell short of
that of the three elder Princesses, who after they had
left the schoolroom continued to be constantly
employed ; and from the excellent examples before
them of industry and unselfishness, combined with
their own perseverance and other good quaUties
which had been inculcated from their youth by their
mother, were rendered not only very clever women,
but thoroughly useful members of society. 

The Princess Eoyal, unfortunately, just at this
time, rather set herself against the Queen. She was
incensed at her constantly inviting to Windsor the 


daughters of such famihes as were attached to the
Government party, saying that they could not amuse
the King, but only ran idly about the house, inter-
rupting everybody; and she desired her lady in
waiting to tell all these visitors that she never
received anyone in the morning. Her Koyal High-
ness now averred that she had never hked the Queen,
from her excessive severity, that she had doubted her
judgment on many points, and went so far as to say
that she was a silly woman. 

The Princess undertook to look after the in-
struction of Princess Ameha, and had she, poor thing,
enjoyed only tolerable health, she must have greatly
improved under the tuition of the Princess Koyal.
Charlotte was of the same age as Princess AmeUa,
and passed very many mornings with her in this
advantageous way, and improved rapidly. 

Madame de Lafitte attended at the Lodge three
times a week to teach the Princess Koyal German,
which -imprinted an awe on the minds of my girls of
the attention learning required. Her Koyal Highness
was also completing a set of drawings, and would
allow Eliza to come sometimes with her sister to see
her draw, and she would give h.er little easy bits to
try and copy, and so encouraged the taste she began
to show for that branch of art. She was indeed most
kind to them both, and the way in which our child-
ren were taken up at the Lodge gave them respect 


among many, although I truly hope and verily be-
lieve that they never at any time showed any feeling
of vanity or superiority among their young friends
on this account. 

One morning, a little while before the Eoyal
Family left for Wejnnouth, young Meyer, on coming
down to breakfast, complained of sore throat. In a
few moments Dr. Mingay was in the house, said it was
inflammation of the glands of the throat, and should
it increase within the next twenty-four hours he
would have him removed. He put a large blister on
from ear to ear, and bled him about the neck with
leeches. Then he arranged his bed so that the
window could be open during the day, and the door
shut. Spiced vinegar was to be constantly kept hot
about the passages, and as much air let into the
house as possible. At night all appeared to be going
on favourably. Dr. Mingay's assistant came round,
dressed and renewed the blisters, and gave directions
about the medicines, which were to be given by Mr.
Papendiek or myself. 

The following morning Dr. Mingay was with us
very early in dishabiUe — velvet cap, no wig, shppers,
and dressing gown, which at once proclaimed to the
neighbours that something was wrong. He was
satisfied with his patient, and now said that the
illness would not become infectious, although Meyer
was of a gross and unhealthy habit. 


Within a week he was able to leave his room, and
then soon began to take short walks abroad, in which
I accompanied him, as Mr. Papendiek could not, and
the poor boy was not yet fit to go out alone. How-
ever, in another week or so, all was as it had been
before, except that I had taken my little Georgy to
Kensington, as I feared for him, being so excessively
deUcate, in the atmosphere of sickness, even though
the illness was pronounced to be not absolutely

As I could not spare my nurse, I got a girl who
had often been recommended to me, the sister of the
sixpenny schoolmistress, to take charge of baby,
under my mother's eye. She took him into the
gardens nearly aU day long, and was so attentive to
him, proving herself a most excellent, trustworthy
creature, that he decidedly improved under her care,
and my mother insisted upon keeping them a fort-
night longer than I had proposed. 

During this interval the preparations for the
journey to Weymouth had been going on, and some
time in the month of August the Eoyal party left
Windsor. The first two carriages were filled by
their Majesties, the three elder Princesses, and the
three ladies in waiting ; the equerries had their own
coach. Then followed Misses Burney and Planta in
a chaise ; Messrs. Bowman and Duncan in another
chaise ; and my father, my husband, and Messrs. 


Kamus and Grieswell in a coach. The women,
Sandys, Mackenthum, Willes, and Turner went by
the mail, which was started this season for the first
time, and purposely for the accommodation of the
Eoyal Family, taking the title on this account of the
' Royal Mail/ It had, nevertheless, the privilege of
taking ordinary passengers and luggage if any
spare accommodation were found after Royalty was

The Royal travellers, with their suite, just enu-
merated, slept the first night at Andover, and the
following day proceeded to Weymouth. Princess
AmeUa had been for some weeks past at Eastbourne,
and the Princesses Mary and Sophia remained at

There was nothing that I can recollect of any
particular interest to recount of this trip to Wey-
mouth, but it was successful as far as the King's
health was concerned, as his Majesty returned
considerably refreshed and invigorated by the

On the return home of my little Georgy, Char-
lotte went on a visit to Kensington for a month.
She resumed her lessons with Theodore Smith, and
my brother taught her, as before, much useful know-
ledge. She dawdled about, too, after her grand-
mother, and helped her to pick fruit and do many
little things in the house, and by this means caught 


sight of many female duties and employments, which
through life she never forgot. 

During the six weeks of the summer hohdays,
Mrs. Blagrove sent her boys with Mr. Burgess to the
coast, to give them sea breezes after the measles. 

We went on quietly at home, and not much of
incident occurred. The children took great pleasure
in walking every afternoon to see the mail start
from the King's Mews in St. Albans Street. Poor
little dears — they always thought it ran better when
a letter of ours to their dear father was in the basr. 

In one of these perambulations I met Mrs.
Clarke, who, it will be remembered, was with her
husband and family put into that excellent house
near the corner of Sheet Street, at the time that the
King had made John Clarke one of his junior pages,
and I believe their son and daughter are living there
to this day. 

As Mr. Brown and Mr. Montagu were in the
same house, neither had a vote ; nor had Grieswell,
who was put into a cottage within the yard belonging
to the Clerk of the Works' house. This was un-
fortunate, as a dissolution of Parhament was about
to take place, or had already come to pass, and it
was with the utmost difficulty that we could bring in
two Government members, the Eadicals having such
great interest, with Eamsbottom, the Queen's ale
brewer, at their head. Lord Mornington, the present 


Marquis of Wellesley, was one of the new members,
but who came in with him I regret to say I cannot
recollect. We were delighted to hear the men of
the choir singing the glees and hymns composed by
his lordship's father and grandfather, as they passed
in the procession. 

The election did not take place till November, so
Mr. Papendiek was on the spot to give his vote, on
which occasion he became a * Denizen,' the only
reward for his long attendance in the King's illness.^
The Queen never approved of the King's doing any-
thing for her people ; yet John Clarke was her
footman, so we felt a little pang at not having that
desirable house, especially as his Majesty had once
intended to grant one. 

GriesweD at that time fully hoped to marry Miss
Mackenthum, so he secured the cottage at 11/. a
year, the rent being afterwards raised to 15/. Mrs.
Montagu did not come to Windsor on account of the
intrusion of Brown, so Mr. Montagu took his leisure
days at Kew, his services never being required at

After the return of the travellers, my father
would have me to pass the end of October with them 

^ The common acceptation of the word ' Denizen ' does not suggest
any idea of reward to our minds, but in days past it appears to have
borne another signification. Dr. Brewer, in his Dictionary of Phrase and
Fable, says : ' Denizen — a made citizen ; i.e. an alien who has been
naturalised by letters patent (old French, donaison, a free gift).' 


at Kensington, telling me that it would be my last
visit, as the three years' lease was drawing to a close,
and he did not think of renewing it. Mr. Papendiek
said he would spare me, so I took Eliza with me,
and we stayed near a fortnight. The weather was
heavenly, and those beautiful gardens were in the
autumn exquisitely charming. It was a hard parting,
and I could even now drop a tear at the recollection
of those days. 

The Queen, on being again settled at home, re-
sumed her accustomed duties, and Dr. Majendie, who
had been promised the living of Windsor, now under-
took the parochial business of the place, with every
due exertion. Dr. John Bostock, who then held it,
was decUning fast, and no longer left his room, and
the work of the parish was somewhat neglected.
Dr. Majendie came to the Queen to represent to her
the very unsatisfactory state in which he found the
schools, and advised her Majesty to request Mrs.
Trimmer to come down to Windsor to regulate
them. She shortly arrived with one of her daughters,
and was lodged with Madame de Lafitte. Mrs.
Thackaray, who had hitherto had the charge of the
schools, as I have before mentioned, was, no doubt,
an excellent woman, but having early lost her
mother, and being bred in the lap of affluence, she
seemed lost when adversity fell upon her, and in-
capable of exertion. Mrs. Trimmer soon set the 


whole in excellent order, and Madame de Lafitte,
taking an active part in the business, induced many
of the ladies of the neighbourhood to attend as
visitors, out of respect to the Queen. 

Mrs. Trimmer did not approve of our having re-
duced the Sunday School to a certain number ; but
as that had been suggested partly by me, I begged
Dr. Majendie to explain to her that the town of
Windsor itself contained a great many poor families,
and that with the horse and foot barracks in addition,
the number of children was at least six or seven
hundred — too many for a limited number of teachers
to look after properly. Three hundred was our
present number, the girls and boys being divided.
Each girl had a cap, tippet, and print gown given to
her to put on when she came to school at nine
o'clock on a Sunday morning, the parents being
desired to send their children cleanly washed, and
with decent shoes and stockings. They were taught
to read, and to repeat the Catechism, and were after-
wards taken to church, the same for a shorter time
being carried on again in the afternoon. 

Dr. Majendie, having seen all things settled, left
home for a short time, and before he went, he entreated
his wife, if she should go to the assembly, not to
dance, as he did not think her well. She was a tall,
very pretty, and very brilliant-looking woman, and
the officers and gentlemen were always a little jocose 


with the doctor for keeping her so closely quiet to
himself. This night, finding her only under the
protection of Miss Buckeridge, the lady patroness,
and the Lady Bountiful of the town, an old maid
living with her brother, affluent, gay, and overbear-
ing, Mrs. Majendie was beset, and at length prevailed
upon to dance. The consequence was that she was
taken ill in the night, and her constitution was so
weakened by this illness that most of the children
who were born after it died in decUne. 

She was a Miss Eoutledge, and with her widowed
mother and sister had come over from Ireland during
the troubles there. They established themselves in
the smaller house at the corner of Datchet Bridge,
and seeing a good deal of company the young ladies
were soon brought into notice. Dr. Majendie made
an ofier to the sister, who told him that her affections
were engaged, but that as he expressed so much
regard for their family she would candidly own that
her sister's heart was free. The proposal was
accepted, and she became the wife. Miss Eoutledge
was a quiet, interesting person, of an excellent under-
standing, with a sweet face, and a disposition rather
retiring than brilliant, Hke her sister, Mrs. Majendie.
She had fallen in love with Dr. Fisher, whom I have
already mentioned as having been for some time
engaged to a lady in Devonshire. Miss Eoutledge,
as will be supposed, never married. She assisted in 



bringing up her sister's children, to the no small
gratification of the doctor. When the living became
vacant he established himself with his family in the
Parsonage, immediately opposite to the parish church.
He fixed Mrs. Thackaray and her family in his house
in the Cloisters, reserving to himself two rooms for
his use when in residence. 

A curious incident happened in our family about
this time. One morning, our servant Milly knocked
at our door earlier than usual, and asked to speak to
her master, who went out to her in his dressing-
gown. Then she showed him that the parlour
window was open, and that a board had been fixed
from it over the railings, by which means our lad,
who was missing, must have escaped with his livery.
Mr. Papendiek at once went to the mother's house,
where he found the lad, who said, * I intended, sir,
in the course of the day to return the livery, which
I would not have put on had I had any other clothes.
I unfortunately fell in love with your nurse, and
though she is much older than myself I meant to
marry her ; but finding that she granted her favours
to Mr. Burgess as well as to myself, I determined upon
this step. I shall leave Windsor and service, and
hope, sir, never to trouble you ; but should my
mother ask your assistance, I trust you will befriend
her.' Poor things ! we never heard of them after,
and we determined to tell no one of the occurrence. 


I did not look out for another boy at once, as
I did not wish to begin with a new servant before
Christmas ; but I sent for the girl I had taken to
Kensington, and by making a little fresh arrange-
ment of the work of the house, we went on very

The autumn of this year, 1790, was the most
stormy season that I ever remember. The wind,
which scarcely ceased for weeks, blew at times
terrifically, and was accompanied by heavy showers
or torrents of rain, and continued flashes of lightning.
The lower ground round Windsor was entirely inun-

Our house, which stood higher than those near it,
was much exposed, particularly to the south-west,
from which quarter the wind generally blew, and
during one particular night, of which I, unfortunately,
cannot recollect the exact date, but I think it must
have been towards the end of November, a storm
broke over us with great fury. We had proposed a
little merry-making for the young ones, and I invited
our relations from Mrs. Eoach's, and Miss Meyer,
to sleep at our house, as I was able to accommodate
them while Mr. Burgess and his charges were away.
Our little evening being over at about eleven, or
somewhat later, I saw them all safe in bed, and then
we retired also. It had been, as usual, a stormy
evening, but having undressed myself, and being 



tired, I thought I should soon sink into sleep, but for
a time this was impossible. The night was too
dreadful, and at about one o'clock the thunder and
wind were both so loud and so incessant that you
could scarcely tell one from the other. The lightning,
too, went on at intervals, but, after a time, the storm
seemed to abate a little, and nature being overpowered
we slept. At about three o'clock, however, or rather
after, we were thoroughly roused, for the noise was
terrific. I took Georgy into my bed, while I sat up
in my dressing-gown, and Frederick remained sleep-
ing in the opposite comer. Mr. Papendiek went
round to all the rooms with candles. The nurse now
slept with Milly, but the young girl begged to come
in to me. Charles Papendiek's door was locked, and
he called out that he would rather encounter the
elements than open his door to anyone, and in the
morning he told us that his opinion was that people
were often in the night struck with evil spirits,
whence came murders and other horrors, so that he
fastened his door and never opened it upon any pre-
tence. The young ladies' door (Miss Meyer, my
sister, and Charlotte) Mr. Papendiek also found
locked, to our astonishment. He knocked and spoke,
but received no answer, so we determined to Usten
and watch, but not to disturb them. Their excuse
in the morning was that they had locked their door
fearincr the young men might come in for fun. 


Charlotte had heard part of the noise and spoke,
but the others never woke, and she fell asleep again.
Meyer was glad of a Ught. That side of our house
not joining to any other was exposed to the full fury
of the elements, and his bed, with him in it, had
rolled upon its castors across the floor. Shortly
before five came the dreadful crash. The garret
chimney fell, and our house seemed shaken to its
foundations. After this, though the Ughtning and
rain went on, the thunder and wind somewhat
abated. Poor little Fred had wakened up at last,
and asked if I thought God were angry by sending
such a storm. I took him into my bed, and he kept
saying he would be good, but I tucked him up and
kissed him, and he soon fell asleep again. 

The house was now up, fires hghted and breakfast
laid. About seven Forrest called, being the first to
inquire after us. He said that he found our house
was in a direct line from his, and as the lightning
had struck one or more of his chimneys, had broken
several of his windows (the glass paintings having
fortunately escaped unhurt), and had carried off the
tops of trees and everything in its path, he feared
we might also have sustained some damage. From
him I learnt how the outside world had fared. The
small belfry tower just at the back of the Delavauxs'
house was destroyed, and many of their windows were
broken ; most of the lamps in the streets also ; and 


the water was rushing down with such force that
people could scarcely stand against it. In the night
the watchmen sprung their rattles, and everybody
was running about frightened. 

Jervois and others had been assisting More to get
out from their stables his two teams of barge-horses,
as they feared both fire and water. The poor animals
were so frightened that this was accomplished with
great difficulty, and then they were haltered in the
open air. At one time the water did rush in, but
in the course of the day it subsided, and all seemed
hushed into a quiet growling of the wind. 

Mrs. Trimmer mentions the storm in her Life,
and says that the water poured down the streets of
Brentford so violently that she could not cross over
to the school ; and I heard of considerable damage
being done in various parts of the country. 

Our fears appeased, we returned to our usual
employments, and on Christmas day we found our-
selves a quiet family party. 

On this day our dear Frederick was breeched, and
a total change of dress it then was for a boy. The
shirt was made like a man's, except that the collar
was large and frilled, and turned over the jacket
instead of being buttoned up. The jacket and trou-
sers were of cloth, the latter being buttoned over
the jacket, and the trousers only to the ankle bone.
Buttons, in number, size, and shape, to taste. Boots 


for children being then unknown, they had gaiters,
which went over the end of the trousers, and these
with strong shoes equipped them very properly for
walking. The greatcoat of the preceding year came
in again, but he had a new hat and cane, and the
sweet dear child looked, as he was, beautiful. 

After dinner on this Christmas day, his father
took him to the Queen and Princesses, and he was
then to eat plum pudding at the pages' table. Being
considered fond of eating, the whole pudding was
placed before him, when he laughed and said, * I am
afraid I cannot eat it all, but 1 will take a slice,' so
simply that the joke fell flat. About three of these
suits in a year, or five in two years, did very well.
Under-waistcoats and drawers were not then worn,
so I had the lining of the trousers made separate,
which ensured a proper cleanUness. Boys being in
breeches was a convenience in comparison to their
wearing frocks, or jean or nankeen tunics, which the
higher ranks usually kept on till their boys were six
or seven, my Fred being at this time scarcely four
years old. 

We now turned our thoughts to the nurse, on
whose uncle Mr. Papendiek called. He was greatly
incensed at the conduct of his niece, and quite agreed
with us that she should leave Windsor, as she could
not expect a character for respectability. Frowd, the
uncle, told Mr. Papendiek that it was the desire of 


Burgess and this girl to get rid of Meyer, so the
one made mischief, or rather tried to make mischief,
by talking to old Delavaiix of my undue attention to
the boy, and the other by talking to people of her
own class. The niece did leave Windsor, but returned
to the place on her uncle's death some years after,
and took up his business, having married a relation
of the same name. She was always civil, and offered
her services to us, saying she should ever remember
with gratitude our kindness in not exposing her. 

When I was with the Queen, I had many oppor-
tunities of dealing with her for trifles, which her
Majesty always made a point of purchasing from the
smaller shops by way of encouragement, and for
these favours I always found poor nurse Frowd

Mrs. Blagrove wrote very soon to say that her
sons were to enter at Eton before the Easter recess,
where they would be lodged at a dame's, and
consequently would not return to us. She said
she hoped that their having remained with us a
year and eight or nine months had fully covered
the expense of furnishing the rooms for them. To
that observation I could but answer in the affir-
mative, and I added that I hoped she found them
improved generally, for with the exception of their
hours of study and exercise, they had passed their
time entirely with us, and I had endeavoured to 


give them nice ways and gentlemanly manners. I
also said that I hoped they felt the comfort of no
illness or delicacy remaining from the measles. Mrs.
Blagrove answered that she was satisfied^ but that
for the attendance and care which I had observed
Dr. Mingay had so liberally given, he had taken
care to charge amply. These Blagroves never showed
the slightest gratitude for my care, nor sent the
most trifling remuneration to my servants, or even a
remembrance to my children as playfellows of their
boys, who never called; and what is really extra-
ordinary, during their three years' residence at Eton
we never once accidentally met. 

Mrs. Meyer also wrote to tell us that she had
received letters from her son George, who was
anxious that his brother should sail with the first
ship, and that she was therefore using all despatch to
equip him as cadet, which would prevent his re-
turning to us. Thus we were at one fell swoop
liberated from all inconvenience and from all super-
fluous income ! 

During this autumn we had the celebrated Eebecca
at Windsor to paint the borders of the canopy and
throne-rooms in the Castle, and others of the state
apartments. This served as another amusement to
the King, who was constantly about with him watch-
ing the progress of his painting. In the evenings
Rebecca was generally in the music-room at the 


Lodge, with West, Herschel, or anyone who had the
same privileges. His deceptive imitation of persons
and things was so wonderful that he caused con-
siderable amusement by this talent. I will mention
one or two anecdotes as illustrations of his power. 

On one side of the music-room all these chance
guests stood, while the other side was kept clear in
case the Eoyalties should come in from the card-room,
the harpsichord being in the centre, with the keys
turned towards that door, the musicians standing
round it in regular order. One evening Mr. Horn
appeared to be standing a little apart, with his hands
firmly clasped as usual, and in everybody's way. An
equerry came to request he would give room, as
the King was coming. He did not move till Eebecca
quickly darted forward, and carried the likeness to
the end of the instrument, and placing the Hghts
suitably, Horn then appeared to be standing there. 

Upon another occasion Horn was on the list to
perform, and at the moment that his turn came, he
appeared just upon the point of sitting down, with his
left hand throwing back the skirt of his coat, the
right hand being lifted up as if to steady the book. 

The King cried out, * Sit down, Horn — ^what, what ?
sit down,' when Eebecca peeped up and said, * He
will, your Majesty, as soon as I remove his efiigy.' 

Another evening when a small party was given at
the Castle after the embeUishments were completed. 


the King went round with Eebecca to see the effect
when lighted up. In one of the rooms a large coal
was lying upon one of the superb new rugs, burning
and smoking as if fallen from the fire in poking.
The King called loudly, and turning to Harris, the
master of the Castle, said, ' I have so often told you
to be more careful of the fires.' Harris, of course,
quickly ran forward, and picking up the coal threw
it on the fire, shaking his hand as people do when
they feel the burn. Coming up to the spot Eebecca
said, * Did you bum your hand, Harris ? ' * Not
much,' he answered. ' Look again, and at the rug,'
then said Eebecca with a smile. *Poor feUow; it
was only a bit of paper which you burnt.' The
laugh, of course, was general. Many other jokes
were practised by Eebecca, but I have told enough
to show his cleverness. 

It was this season, too, I think, that Hawes, a
German, decorated the ceiling of the card-room at
the Lodge with coloured sands, from a design of
West's, which represented the four quarters of the
globe, with their different inhabitants and pro-
ductions, with Britannia in the centre, calling them
forth, as it were. This Hawes had been employed
by the great confectioners to decorate their plateaux,
and after a very short time had attracted universal
notice. He begged to be allowed to do this ceiling,
which was granted, and it lasted perfect for many 


years, only being destroyed when the Lodge was
pulled down in George the Fourth's time. His
manner of proceeding was to have sand of every
colour and shade put into small paper bags, folded
with a peak and a small aperture at the bottom,
through which he threw the sand on to a board
covered with strong cement. It was certainly a
wonderful art to judge exactly the effect that the
sand would produce, but as he worked from copies
for any performance of consequence there was no
evidence of original talent, and nothing great to
remain behind him, so his productions were soon
forgotten, though he attained considerable excellence
in his particular line. 

On the return of the Eoyal Family from Wey-
mouth, Mrs. Deluc was very anxious to introduce a
young friend of hers, a Miss Miers, then about sixteen,
a violin player, and begged Mr. Papendiek to contrive
a quartett, so that she should be heard. We fortu-
nately found an evening that the Griesbachs could
come, and with them she took the first violin parts in
some of the best of Haydn's and Mozart's quartetts, and
the second in others, and she could also take a tenor
in accompaniment. Her father was a Jew, a violin
player at Bath, and had taught his daughter since she
was ten years old. She was now an orphan, for her
mother, who was a Protestant and had brought up
her daughter in the same faith, had died soon after 


her husband, and while the girl was still quite a child.
The poor little thing was left under the guardianship
of an alderman of the city of London, named Smith,
who was a relation of the celebrated baker of that
name at Isleworth, for many years famed for a roll,
which was sought after far and near, and of which a
certain number were every morning put upon the
breakfast-table of their Majesties. Mrs. Deluc was
of Bath, though since her marriage she had lived at
Windsor, and this, together with the Isleworth con-
nection, probably led to the child being placed at
school there. My daughters can only remember her
as Widow Hodgson. 

Her playing was thought good as far ^s it went,
and had a professional tinge about it. The organist
at Isleworth was a good musician, and under him she
had continued to cultivate the talent she undoubtedly
possessed with great industry. 

It was Mrs. Deluc's object that Miss Miers should
play at the King's concert, and wished Mr. Papendiek
after hearing her twice to propose it to the Queen ;
but he naturally said that as Mr. Deluc was with
her Majesty every day, madame constantly with the
Princesses, and the young person her own friend,
why should he, Mr. Papendiek, make the proposal
and not themselves ? The fact was that they were
both too sly to venture upon what they knew the
Queen did not hke, but that Mr. Papendiek should 


bear the odium was what they would have liked.
The Misses Bumey and Planta were of the party
chez nous when Miss Miers played, and the latter
repeated the whole story to the Princesses, for them
to act in the matter as they thought best. They
considered that Mr. Deluc could do no harm by
mentioning the girl to the Queen ; but he would not,
and so the matter dropped, and Miss Miers went to
her guardian in London. 

About a year or more after, Mr. Hodgson, a Jew,
married her. He was in good business, had a town
house and a cottage at Clapham, but kept no
carriage. ' Mrs. Hodgson had eight children ; out of
all of them only the eldest and youngest boys lived.
The husband would not allow her to touch her in-
strument, but by stealth she endeavoured as much as
possible to keep it up. Her abilities, the very small
pittance they brought her, her subsequent mis-
fortunes and early death, are all well known to my
daughters, and need not be further described.
Before Mr. Hodgson died his business decUned,
which no doubt brought on his death prematurely.
Ultimately, of course, the house failed. 

During this year occurred several deaths .among
the great or noteworthy people of the world, a few
of which I will mention. 

Henry, Duke of Cumberland, the King's brother,
died in the summer, and Mrs. BiUington by his death 


lost a liberal protector. The King allowed the
widowed Duchess to keep Cumberland Lodge, at the
top of the Long Walk, in Windsor Great Park, but
all his Koyal Highness's fine instruments were sold by
pubUc auction. 

Joseph n.. Emperor of Germany, died this year
also. He was a kind friend to Mr. Papendiek while
at Vienna with Wendling, and to Zoffany while in
Tuscany and Vienna a great patron, conferring upon
him, as I have before mentioned, the order of Baron
of the Holy Roman Empire. His loss was much felt
in Germany, and he was deservedly lamented. 

Lord Heathfield died at Aix-la-Chapelle. He
was the renowned Elliot, Governor of Gibraltar, who
defended that stronghold in 1787 with red-hot balls. 

And the great comedian, Edwin, died in October. 



Evening entertainment given by Lady Charlotte Finch to the younger
Princesses — Monetary difficulties — Frederick goes as a day scholar —
George at last walks — Anatomical fever — John Meyer turns out
badly — He dies on his way to India — Mrs. Blagrove and Mr. Papen-
diek — The servant Milly — Mrs. Papendiek losing health — Mrs,
Papendiek goes to London — The Royal Academy — Lawrences
picture — Artistes from Paris — Madame Krumpholtus — More Abbey
concerts— The Papendiek boys visit the King — David — Mrs. Roach
and Miss Albert — Regret at leaving the house at Windsor — Miss
Knissel — Mr. Cumberland — Miss Frederica Mackenthum — Dismissal
of Miss Bumey — Violent storm — Sad death of Mrs. Pick — The
Papendieks take a house in Dean's Yard— They settle down — ^Dif-
ficulties with Delavaux — The Queen's observations. 

The old year closed quietly and happily, and the
new year of 1791 opened favourably as to health
and the comforts around us, and a continuance of
such blessings as called for our grateful thanks to an
all-merciful Providence. 

To the younger Princesses and their schoolroom
attendants Lady Charlotte Finch gave an evening en-
tertainment on the first of January. Their Majesties
and the elder Princesses were also of the party. The
Pieldings and others of their friends acted a short
play, after which dancing finished the evening. 

The supper was excellent and elegant. A trifle 


was considered a new year's dish, and to make the
supper interesting this was served on a plateau by
Hawes. This depicted the principal events that had
taken place during the preceding year of pleasurable
recollection : — the Mornington election ; the glees
printed on ribbons ; Bebecca with his palette, copied
from an original of his own; a rowing match at
Eastbourne ; the Eoyal Weymouth Mail, and many
other devices. The trifle reaching the whole length
of the table within the plateau and being entirely
white, the contrast was brilliant and the effect new.
Deep Wedgwood* dishes, all of the same size, being
placed close together with the froth carried over the
edges, the divisions were not seen, and they had the
effect of one long dish. 

Highly delighted were the juvenile branches of
the famiUes present, and on the whole the intention
of the hostess was successful. 

I do not remember any occurrence among our
friends, either as to Christmas meetings and fes-
tivities, or in any other way, that calls for any
particular comment before the Eoyal Family left
Windsor for the birthday. I went up with the chil-
dren to take leave, telling the Queen and my friends
at the Lodge that I could not this time manage the
going to town. Mr. Papendiek took K5hler's second
floor, and his brother went with him, but they were
only a very short time absent. 



Now, being alone, I took the opportunity of
looking into our monetary affairs. I laid my bills
before me, which I well knew could not be paid this
quarter, and calculated how best to arrange matters. 

On Mr. Papendiek's return we settled to pay the
small ones, and Webb, who was grocer, butterman,
tallow chandler, &c., was to be paid in part, and the
same with Delavaux for coals and wood. 

He, as I expected would be the case, was very
unkind about it, spoke of his recommendation of
Burgess and the Blagrove boys, and added that if we
could not settle his account then it must accumulate,
and we should find it still more difficult. Of course
I knew this was true, but there are certain things
one must have, and I hoped to see my way a little
more clearly in the future. 

Our income was still the same, 200/. a year for
the page's appointment, lOW. for chamber bond, 25/.
allowed for lodging, with certain regular perquisites,
two and a half dozen of pitcher wine per annum, two
tallow candles a night in winter and one in summer,
besides a few chance perquisites from the Princesses*
room, shared equally with Duncan. 

We determined not again to take inmates, al-
though the furniture was there and paid for, but to
resume our former mode of living, with two maids
and a helping man. My nice little maid found our
work too much for her, which I feared would be the 


case from her delicate health, occasioned by scrofula.
I engaged another servant, who settled with us, but
as I cannot recollect who she was she cannot have
excited any great interest.. 

We further determined to send Frederick as a
day-scholar to Mr. Ward's, and to keep the girls at
home under my tuition, not paying Mrs. Eoach any-
thing for the next quarter, which intelligence she
received with her usual friendliness. Eodgers was
still to give his 2s. Qd. lesson twice a week. 

We confined ourselves to one fire in the parlour,
where stood the pianoforte, and one in the nursery.
The cradle was brought during the day into the
parlour, as George did not yet walk, and I could
leave him sitting in it with his playthings and Fred
as his guard while I was busied near at hand. 

One day I heard loud talking, rocking, and laugh-
ing, and hastily running to see what had happened I
found George out of the cradle, which Fred said he
had managed by himself, standing by its side and
rocking it violently. He tried in a passion to tell me
something against Fred, whom he called Pletty, the
only word he attempted to say for some time, but he
was firm on his feet, and from the day of this event
he walked alone. The exercise seemed to improve
him, and he gradually gained strength. 

Frederick now began going to school. He
begged to be allowed to walk there alone instead of 

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being sent with a maid. Accordingly Mr. Papendiek
stood at the door to watch him safely across the
road, when he turned to the bridge in mistake, but
soon recollecting himself he looked at his hands to
be sure which was right and left, and then proceeded,
Mr. Papendiek following at a distance unperceived.
Dear child, he knocked at the door and entered
cheerfully, and on his return at twelve o'clock he
told us he was placed among the best-looking boys,
and was pleased with the whole concern. 

Fortunately the usher was a Frenchman, just
arrived from the Academy in Paris, very clever and
of good manners, as the French usually are. His
name was Deltit. He took a fancy to Frederick, and
immediately began Latin with him, and Mr. Ward
told us that at Easter he should put him to writing
and to begin figures, for that his capacity was so
good and his mind so eager for employment that they
scarcely knew how to fill up the school hours. I
begged Mr. Ward, nevertheless, to feel his way with
him and not to urge him too forcibly, as the child
was only now barely four years old. 

While the days were short and the weather not
favourable afternoon school was often unattended,
and when Charles Papendiek came back there was
generally a fire in the small parlour, which gave
ample room for play when he was not in it. 

Until Lent their Majesties and the elder Prin- 


cesses were at Windsor from Friday till Monday in
each week, and most of these days Charles Papendiek
dined at the Lodge with his brother and the one or
two other pages who came down in attendance. 

About this time my brother was seized with the
anatomical fever, and was considered in great danger
for several days. Mr. Ijong and the hospital phy-
sician attended him, and one of the nurses, termed
sisters, of the establishment was sent to take care of
him. An assistant of Mr. Devaynes, named Middle-
ton, also took particular interest in his recovery, and
the few nights that he was at the worst, this friend
would sit up with him as well as the nurse, as it was
necessary to give him nourishment constantly in the
smallest quantities, to bathe his nostrils with port
wine, to pour it down his throat with a quill, and
to watch him incessantly. 

In about three weeks the fever had quite left
him, and he was taken into the country, where he
rapidly recovered, even to increased cheerfulness.
Every precaution was taken to disinfect and purify
the rooms he had used. They were well ventilated
with fire and free air, and with burnt spices, vinegar,
and tobacco leaves, his clothes, bedding, &c., being
all washed in Ume water or destroyed. 

After his recovery he would not come to Wind-
sor, preferring to remain nearer London for the
benefit of medical advice. When he returned to his 


duties at the hospital, we were surprised and alarmed
at hearing that he was taken at once to the dis-
secting rooms ; but Mr. Long assured us it was best,
as, should he be affected by it, they would at once
remove him, and no harm could happen; but the
much more serious evil of being obliged to relin-
quish his profession, for which he had shown great
abihties, this, I am thankful to say, did not occur,
and the fever left no ill effects. 

Mr. Papendiek, during one of his attendances in
London, went down to see Mrs. Meyer at Kew, who,
to his surprise, seemed hurt that he had not acted
more as a guardian to her son while he was with us,
as he had got through a larger sum of money than
she had been prepared for. 

Mr. Papendiek pointed out to her clearly that his
duties never gave him time to look after any chance
inmates of his house, scarcely even his own family ;
that I had done my utmost to amuse him in a
rational way at home, either with cards or back-
gammon, of an evening when no music was going
on or no friend had dropped in ; that in his hours
of study I had endeavoured to help him in his
reading by advice and sympathy ; and that as far
as any knowledge of his expenses went, he had not
so much as given the smallest doticeur to any of our

She seemed to feel this account sensibly, and Mr. 


Papendiek would not leave her till she was fully
convinced how much she had been in error with re-
spect to our care and friendly treatment of one who
now proved to have so little deserved it ; for I regret
to add that he had turned out a great trial and
trouble to his mother. 

He came down to Windsor to say adieu, and I
was glad to see him, for I was sincere in all I had
professed, both to him and to his dear mother, and I
hoped the new life in India would give him a new im-
petus to well doing, and an opportunity for breaking
through bad habits and connections. 

Soon after he sailed, but a few days before the
ship reached her destination, he died, having been
seized with a return of that affection of the throat
from which he suffered when with us. This brought
on fever, and he sank under it. 

His brother George wrote, as may be imagined,
most affectingly to his mother, transmitted the sum
she had expended upon his outfit, and added 4,000/.
more for the benefit of his family. William Meyer
finished his term at Eton. We repeatedly asked him
to dine with us on days that we knew he could ac-
cept the invitation, but he constantly refused, and
during the three or four years he was at school, he
never even called. 

When the Blagroves arrived, Mr. Burgess was
with them for a month, during which time he called. 


Mr. Papendiek gave him fully to understand that he
was surprised at his conduct, both as regards the
situation he held as a guardian of youth, and domes-
ticated as he had been in our family. He affected at
first not to understand to what Mr. Papendiek al-
luded, and then would not admit any wrong on his
part. He complained of the partiality we had shown
to Meyer, when we had to remind him that he would
never allow him to join in his walks, nor in the
evening practices with Delavaux and Forrest when
the smoking was so great that they always ad-
journed to Burgess's parlour, thus throwing Meyer
back on my hands. 

At that time Ealph West frequently came in, and
then we read, or drew, or played piquet; but the
moment he smelt the fumes of tobacco off he flew,
and Jervois the same, for neither of them would sit
at supper with Delavaux. 

Burgess had formed his opinion upon the whole,
and had quietly been making his plans, and now said
that as the boys were to have no private tutor, he
was no longer necessary to the family, and should
return to the West Indies, from whence he came.
Mr. Blagrove's estate as a planter was in Jamaica,
and Burgess had some connection with him. A fare-
well shake of the hand separated us, and we never
met after. 

Lady Day being now near, we began to consider 


what we should do with respect to our house, for
five inmates having left us, after no inconvenient ac-
commodation, it stood to reason that it must have
been too large for our own immediate family. If
the Cutlers, our landlords, had been willing to let us
have the house on lease at 251. a year, we might
have been tempted to stay on, but as they said they
would not lower the rent from 35/., which we had
given as yearly tenants, neither would do aity repairs,
which it began to need, we determined to look out
for a smaller house, but we had time before us and
hoped to find some place where we could be happy
and comfortable. 

An incident occurred about now that worried me
more than such things should do. It was the loss of
our excellent servant Milly, who came to us soon after
the birth of Eliza. The season had been, as I have
said, unusually wet and stormy, and she being a
rheumatic person had suffered more than she had
ever done before, so on that plea she said she wished
to leave. 

The fact really was, that the Misses Heath, who
kept a Dame's house at Eton, and who knew of Milly
through my former nursemaid who lived at Dr.
Heath's, had enticed her to go and live with them
under the pretence that they had a recipe for the
cure of rheumatism, and offered her a few other ad-
vantages as to the position of her room &c. 


When the ladies came to inquire into her charac-
ter, as agreed, I told them what Milly had told me,
and pointed out that Eton was more damp than
Windsor, and that their house was situated near a
creek of nearly stagnant water ; and when they began
to ask about her quaUties, I answered that as they
had enticed her from our situation, they must be
perfectly well acquainted with all the particulars
that they wished me to detail to them. I added that
their conduct was actionable, but that it would not
be followed up, as Mr. Papendiek was not that sort of
person ; that Milly was now ill, of which they were
aware, and that as they proposed to cure her, I
would send her the following day in a sedan. 

They were astonished, looked frightened and pale,
either from fear or passion, and retired discomfited. 

Poor Milly; she was hurt and surprised, but I
convinced her of the error both parties had com-
mitted, and assured her of my friendship, my good
opinion and respect ; told her that she would be wel-
come at our house day or night, and that she might
depend upon my good word and assistance should
she ever require them. 

I settled with a charwoman to remain till I got a
cook, in which I soon succeeded. She was too old,
and six weeks parted us. Then I got one from the
country, who did very well in all farmhouse business,
but I could never civilise her to answer the door or 


wait upon us in the parlour decently. However, we
bustled on, and managed for a time as well as we

At this time I seemed to be losing my health.
Whatever was the cause, the effect was miserable. I
felt such a lassitude and want of energy that I was
frequently obliged to lie down in the afternoon to
recruit. Dr. Mingay was constant in his visits, but
his medicines seemed to have no effect. I lingered
on, sometimes better, sometimes worse, especially
when anxiety intervened, till the weather became dry
and genial. Then I improved, and in time became
myself again. 

After the return of the Eoyal Family to London,
Mr. Papendiek was anxious that I should spend a few
days with him at his lodgings, but as I did not like
leaving the children with strange servants, and heard,
moreover, that we were to have an Abbey concert, I
put it off for the present, so that one visit might do. 

Baron Dillon came over in the spring, as usual,
and urged the Jervois's to go to the Abbey once
more, but as they had determined to leave England
with their family on the commencement of the Eton
vacation, they declined it, and merely went to London
for a few days for the Exhibitions, and to do a little

When the time came, in order to join this sweet
party I sent my little girls to Mrs. Eoach's, the boys 


I took to St. James's with my favourite Datchet Lane
servant, and I intruded myself on Mr. Papendiek's
second floor, at Kohler's, 5 Thatched House Court.
There the baron constantly came to practise his
pretty airs, and made me scribble them down for Mr.
Papendiek to correct and make fair copies of them.
Mrs. Kohler contrived to get her lodgers out of the
first floor, and when we came home one night, with-
out a word being said, we found our pianoforte
placed in the drawing-room, the other three rooms
being appropriated to meals, sleeping, and dressing,
and we were to pay nothing in addition for one
month. Truly this was kind. 

At the Exhibition the principal attraction was
Lawrence's picture of the Devil calling to his Legions,
his leading performance of the year. We thought it
ill-judged of him to exhibit this the year after the
one of the same subject by Ealph West, but he said
he wished to show his knowledge of the human
figure, having studied hard and attended punctually
the lectures upon anatomy of Sheldon, the surgeon,
appointed lecturer to the Eoyal Academy. 

Ealph West did not exhibit this year, or ever

Sir Joshua Eeynolds's fine portrait of Philippe
EgaUt^ was looked at by crowds. It was painted
for the Prince of Wales, who sat in return for this
vile fellow to Madame le Brun, who had lately come 


to England. Other artistes both in music and paint-
ing were flocking over from Paris, where the direful
Eevolution was gaining ground. 

Salomon's benefit we attended with our Windsor
party, where he introduced Madame Krumpholtus, a
German whose harp playing was in every respect
perfect. She invented the pedals for different keys,
which wonderfully improved the effect of the instru-
ment. What rendered her performance more in-
teresting was that she was a most elegant little
woman, not handsome, but so beautifully formed, and
her taste so exquisite that she was consulted by the
nobility about their superior dresses for drawing-
rooms, balls, routs, &c. Her harp was made a proper
size for her, as she was too small to use a full-sized
one with comfort and grace. 

She was first heard in a duet with Dussek, of his
own composition, variations on the * Plough boy,' the
popular air of the day, of which the words were
political. The melody of the song was simple, and
easily sung. Dussek played upon a pianoforte of
Broadwood's, with the four extra notes in the treble.
In the second act Madame Krumpholtus played an
air of Haydn's with variations, the last two prestis-
simo. She at once established herself by the great
superiority of her talent, her amiable deportment,
and her punctuality in her public appointments. 

This year my mother went with me to the Abbey, 


which we were told would not be full, nor the selec-
tion good. We therefore did not hurry, and the
consequence was that when we did arrive the middle
aisle was full. We sat under the gallery, front row,
but next to such an interesting East India family
that we did not mind it, and long before the conclu-
sion we got into the aisle. We were intensely grati-
fied, and so far from its being an inferior selection
the whole of the music was perfectly enchanting.
We had Mara, Billington, Storace, and the inimitable
David, tenor, who sang, *Thy rebuke hath broken
my heart,' with a long recitative, both that and the
air being so scientifically performed that there was
scarcely a dry eye in the Abbey. Mrs. Kennedy,
who had a contralto voice melodiously sweet, joined
with David in delicious bits of duo, and there was
nothing in the performance to be wished for. 

The birthday was magnificent. My boys went
down to the Eoyal Family with me, and the King was
pleased with the lively manner in which they took
his kindly gracious play. 

My dress was now rather at a low ebb. My
striped India muslin gown, a petticoat, and my round
gown with jacket frill, were for best ; and I had the
print from Weymouth, white ground and small
bunches of flowers, made up for second best. My
Dunstable bonnet was done up with blue ribbon, and
I also had a new fashionable dark-green silk bonnet 


for gala occasions to match capes, sashes, and so

Princess Augusta, having observed my extreme
deUght at David's singing, gave me a ticket for the
second performance, the end seat of the south gallery,
where the Princess could see me, and which pleased
me, as I could look straight along the line of the
principal singers. Baron Dillon took me in his car-
riage, and, being one of the tenor chorus singers, was
near enough to me to talk at intervals. David that
day began his first allotment with the recitative,
*Lord, remember David,' &c., and that and every
other thing he sang was so perfect and to the heart,
that it was almost too affecting. 

On my thanking the Princess the next morning,
she said it had added to her gratification to see mine,
and she was happy to have given me the ticket. 

Having seen all my friends, and enjoyed my visit
to London, I returned home with my boys, but it
grieved me to leave poor Mrs. Htinnemann in
trouble. She had just lost her beautiful little girl
in the measles, at which the poor father was in-

My girls came home and greeted us with pleasure,
but I had to hear a sad tale of quarrelling from Mrs.
Eoach, who hesitated whether to expel my sister and
Miss Meyer, or to overlook the circumstance altoge-
ther. The latter had never settled down comfortably. 


and since the departure of her brother for India
had been very refractory, which in a school destroys
the few comforts and indulgences which otherwise
might be enjoyed. Dr. Mingay as a joke had been in
the habit of calling Mrs. Eoa.ch the Empress Catha-
rine, and himself Prince Potemkin. The teachers
being young, and these girls, Miss Meyer and my ill-
graced sister (getting on to sixteen or seventeen),
laid hold of this nonsensical joke and talked in a
very foolish way, complaining that Mrs. Eoach was
always amusing herself with company -and neglecting
the schoolroom. When reproved, my sister certainly
struck Mrs. Roach in her passion, which, of course,
made a terrible commotion. We were naturally very
much upset by it all, but, upon my sister making a
most humble apology Mrs. Roach very kindly let the
matter drop. She, however, made certain changes in
her arrangements, and in her staff of teachers. 

As the time drew near for us to leave our house, it
seemed to look prettier and better than ever. Miss
Delavaux had recommended a method of refreshing
and cleaning the paint that entirely surpassed scouring
it. In those days all doors were black, the panels
white, except sometimes, as an ornament, there was a
raised panel painted blue or light-green. The skirt-
ings also were black, and in places where the paint
was worn, we made it look beautiful with one coat
of fresh paint. The Venetian blinda I had new strung 


at home with silk ferret, and the bars painted to
match — one coat. 

The house was now ready to quit, but as yet we
had not found another one to suit us. We had
cooled a little too soon in our search, on hearing
from Dr. Mingay that there was a chance of our
being able to have a house belonging to hia wife in
St. Alban's Street, then occupied by Cole, the town

This was such a charming Uttle place, and would
have suited us so exactly, that it was not unnatural
that we should pause to hear the result of so tempting
a plan. But alas, the tenant would not be dislodged,
and we had to give up all idea of that house. We
wished, if possible, to find one nearer the Lodge than
our present abode, so as to avoid Thames Street Hill
and the Hundred Steps. 

My first visitors after my return home, to my
surprise, were Miss Knissel, from Hanover, with her
protector, Mr. Hassler. She was a tall woman, with
a slim, pretty figure, and, as an actress generally is,
fascinating and agreeable in manner. She was dressed
in white satin, with the transparent hat of the day,
and introduced herself by saying that she had a letter
to Mr. Papendiek to request that he would present
her to the Duke of Cumberland. 

It was about six o'clock in the afternoon, and
Frederick Griesbach came running down to point out 



to Hassler how wrongly he had acted in bringing such
a person into a gentleman's house. He then recon-
ducted them to the inn. 

She was the mother of the crippled and diseased
young man who hved at Kew under the name of Mr.
Cumberiand. The child was brought up in the
Duke's apartments in St. James's, and educated at
Westminster as a day scholar, whither he went and
returned in the Duke's carriage. 

It was said that he fell from the phaeton, which
caused his diseased back. The Duchess in after times
was kind to him, but he died young, after having led
a solitary hfe, the Duke not allowing anyone to show
him attention. 

The Duke found a home for Miss Knissel, but it
was never known where. Before she left Windsor,
she begged to see me to thank me for my very kind
reception. I could not refuse, and she came once
again. She told me that a public performer losing
her character at Hanover was immediately dismissed,
but that she had hoped that as her connection had
been with a Royal Duke her case would have been
differently considered. Hassler said he was on his
way to St. Petersburg to study under the Abbe Foghler ;
but I never more heard of either of them. 

Miss Frederica Mackenthum came over in the
same vessel, in the hope of obtaining a post with the
Princesses, for as the Queen was about to dismiss 


Miss Burney, there would shortly be a vacancy in
the household. It was the Princess Eoyal's wish
that Miss Mackenthum should be raised to the vacant
situation with the Queen, and that the younger sister
(Frederica) should come to her; but the Queen
would not hear of it, and sent over Mrs. Deluc to
find some German lady who would suit all parties, as
Miss Hagedom hafl previously done. 

What gave rise to the change was Miss Bumey
telling the Queen that she had written a third novel ;
that it would gratify her much if her Majesty would
permit her to read it ; that if approved her Majesty
would title it, and grant Miss Bumey the honour
and indulgence of dedicating it to her. 

The Queen immediately replied that she could do
neither, as it would not be consistent with her feel-
ings to encourage or even sanction novel writing,
particularly under her own roof She added that
she perceived a want of cheerfulness and pleasurable
attendance in Miss Burney, and always felt certain
that whenever she rang her bell, the pen was laid
down with regret ; and that she thought Miss Burney
would feel happier to resume her writing for the
public than to continue in a situation that did not
appear to suit her, and of which the duties were irk-
some and uncongenial to her. 

Poor thing, she bowed out; and not being in
good circumstances as to pecuniary matters in her 

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home with her father, Dr. Burney, it was a severe

The midsummer holidays now began, but Mrs.
£oach having something to do to her house, remained
there nearly a fortnight after her inmates were gone,
and during this time I had much pleasant intercourse
with her. I went over to her house once or twice to
assist her with some needlework, 'as she wished to
improve her wardrobe. 

One particular day which I spent with her to help
her make a cloak like my black gauze cloak I re-
member for the intensity of the heat. We sat in the
dressing-room, and so hot was it that we actually
loosened our dresses. 

Before eight o'clock Mr. Papendiek came running
down to fetch me home, saying that it was lightning
vividly, and a great storm was coming on. The
oppression of the atmosphere was something quite
unnatural, and so intense was the heat that as we
passed along the streets we saw people, who had not
a garden or an outlet, sitting before their doors on
the pavement. The storm did not come on with
violence till towards morning, when the rain fell in

The town on the previous night was in a great
state of excitement at hearing of the beautiful Mrs.
Pick being struck with a locked jaw, and in convul-
sions, within a few weeks of her expected confinement. 


She was the newly married wife of our clarinet and
very fine trombone player, of the King's band, who
lodged at Brooker's, in the Dean's Yard. The medi-
cal men soon assembled, but they could do but little
for * her, and looked on almost hopelessly. Dr.
Mingay discovered an aperture in the mouth through
the loss of a tooth, and through that, by the in-
genious use of a quill, they got liquid down her
throat, which they hoped might at any rate alleviate
her sufferings. Poor thing, she lived in this state for
several days, but at last succumbed. It was sup-
posed that she was too weak to bear the intense heat
of that ever-memorable day. 

We continued all this time to search for a resi-
dence, and looked at the three newly built houses
next to Mrs. Hopkins's, with whom lived the beautiful
Miss Guards. These houses, except in price, were
just the thing for us, but 40Z. a year, with the ad-
dition of the heavy taxes of that time, was a sum
that we could not meet. 

Isaac Clarke, the appointed gentleman of the wine-
cellar upon the resignation of old Stillingfleet, had
taken the centre house, having obtained the King's
permission, upon the plea of delicate health, to drop
the town duty ; and now called to offer the house in
Dean's Yard that they were on the point of quitting.
I felt rather indignant upon the subject. Neverthe-
less I fixed a time to call upon Mrs. Clarke to look at 


it. 20/. a year was the rent, and at the end of a term
of three years, Mr. Round, the lawyer, intended to re-
pair it thoroughly, both usefully and ornamentally,
at an increased rent of only 5/. We paused for a
few days — the entrance was so objectionable. 

Mr. Papendiek called upon the Dean, who, being
but seldom at Windsor, had let the yard and stables
to Dr. Douglas, the Bishop of Salisbury. He, with his
usual kind-heartedness, told Mr. Papendiek that he
would speak to his coachman, who had lived with
. him for years, to render as much accommodation as
possible. A path from the street through the gate-
way could not be railed off, as two horses abreast
could scarcely enter as it was, but gates had been
made already to roll the carriage into the coach-house
direct from the street. 

While we were yet reflecting, young Seeker, the
lawyer, called, introduced by Dr. Mingay. He politely
said that he had been told that we were certainly
going to leave the house in which we were then re-
siding, and that he had, in consequence, offered to
purchase it from the Cutlers, as it exactly suited his
views. This they had gladly assented to, but it dis-
tressed me, as it took away all chance of our ever
regaining a residence in a house we so greatly liked.
Seeker took the fixtures upon the usual terms, and
bought the drawing-room furniture for the same price
that we had given for it two years before. 


We now decided upon and engaged the house in
Dean's Yard, and as it suited all parties, we agreed
to move into it on September 1, before Mr. Papen-
diek left for Weymouth. The rooms were small,
but there was an excellent-sized hall, and the stair-
case was more than proportionably good. There
were two parlours, one of which had a large glass
door, by which one could step out into the garden.
This was really a pretty one, and pleasant enough on
fine days. On the left of the house door were the
kitchen and other offices, all so completely and
conveniently arranged, that, although in miniature,
we never felt the want of space. From the kitchen,
up a few stairs, was a bedroom for the servant.^ 

The young person who had lived with the Clarkes
for seven years said it was perfectly comfortable,
cool in summer and warm in winter. She was a tall,
well-grown woman, but when my servant Sally Pear-
son, a little under-sized mortal, was shown her apart-
ment, she objected on the plea of its being close.
Besides this, we had four very fair-sized bedrooms, in
which we settled down very comfortably. My two
girls slept with the servant, as Charlotte, the eldest,
was not eight years old till the following November,
and too young to be left alone. Fred was in a Uttle
room out of ours, and Qeorgy had a small bed at
my side. He was just three years old, and now ran
about and played with the others. He was pretty 


well in his health, but did not altogether overcome
his peevishness. 

One servant was to do for us ; the two we had
of course left us, and this Sally Pearson, who was well
recommended by friends, we engaged. In the house
next to us lived Widow Brooker, whose lodgings,
after the death of Mrs. Pick and the consequent
departure of Mr. Pick, were let to Minney, of the
Silver Scullery. His wife, on the birth of their son,
the only child, obtained the favour of the Duke of
Cambridge's sponsorship, and they requested me to
be the godmother, which I did not refuse. The son
of Widow Brooker was a helper in the kitchen wing
of the Upper Lodge, and her daughter one of the

The third and largest house in this yard belonged
to old Delavaux, who let it to Charles Horn, who,
besides two or more sons and one daughter, had his
wife's German mother and sister living with them. 

Different as the change was, it did not affect us as
much as I thought it would have done. We seemed
more at our ease, our garden less public, and close to
every desirable walk, without having to encounter
Thames Street Hill or the Hundred Steps. Mr. Papen-
diek, too, benefited by the change, as he was at home
in - a moment from the Lodge, of which we had an
unobstructed view from the house and garden. 

Before we left Thames Street, my mother came 


down once more to see us, leaving my sister to keep
house with my brother in London. Our friends
called to regret with us the loss of our nice house,
which would put an end to concerts and many little
happy meetings. Among others Delavaux called,
and said he was sorry the Horns had a lease of his
house, which was, he said, far superior to the one we
had taken. 

I spoke to him upon the quantity of coals re-
quired to be put in for the winter, when he told me
that until we had paid our bill, he should only send
in sufficient for our monthly consumption, that he
might have the profit instead of us. 

We got into our new abode before the Eoyal
Family left Windsor for Weymouth on the 1st of
September. The Queen's observation about our
change was that she was sorry we had no entrance
from the street ; but that as far as the size of the
house went, it was quite as respectable to have one
suited to our income, as to have a larger and to be
obliged to call in assistants to aid in the payment of
the rent. 

Charles Papendiek was to return to Germany
with the Michaelmas quarterly Hanoverian messenger,
and meanwhile, after remaining a short time with me,
he was to go to Weymouth, and lastly to Kohler's, in
Thatched House Court. So anxious was Mr. Papen-
diek to keep him in this country, that he asked the 


King, unknown to me, to put him into his band at
Windsor, or the St. James's Palace band. Both were

Poor fellow, he determined never to go back to
his parents, and settled himself with a bleacher and
printer of linens, at Hamburgh. The 15/. that Mr.
Papendiek allowed to his family, he entreated might
be shared with Charles. Christian was gone to the
East Indies, and George Papendiek was again at



Mrs. Deluc, Miss Jacobi, and Miss Winkelmann — ^Madame Schwellenberg
makes difficulties — Palsa and Thurschmid — Lunch at the Herschels'
and music — Quartett party — Description of Miss Winkelmann —
House-warming — Nomination of the parish organist — Marriage of the
Duke of York — ^The Duchesses household — Description of the Duchess
— Invitation to Windsor for Christmas — Miss Tilderley — Consider-
able public anxiety — Incendiary fires — Wyatt — Riots in Birmingham
— Deaths of notable personages — Soliloquy — Education — Female and
household duties — Close of the year 1791 — D^but of Princess Mary —
Drawing-room dresses — Court days — Interesting ballets — Serious
accident — ^The Haymarket Theatre — Great cold — Arrival of Haydn —
Eliza*s illness — Early history of Haydn — Tom Paine — Pernicious
effects of his works — The Bench of Bishops — The militia embodied —
Dress — Games at cards — Salomon*s concerts — Salomon's kindness —
Arrangement of the performers — Reflections on the English public —
Haydn*8 first public appearance — Great enthusiasm — Haydn's talent
—Seditious meetings at Windsor— * Duty '—Death of Mrs.

The six weeks' excursion to Weymouth was success-
ful, and the party returned safely to Windsor. 

Mrs. Deluc arrived soon after with Miss Jacobi,
and her niece Miss Winkelmann as her companion, in
the suite of the German messenger. On being pre-
sented to the Queen she appeared to make a favour-
able impression, but on better, or rather on longer,
acquaintance, she was no favourite. She was of a
leading German family, both as to position and talent, 


and cousin of Baron Jacobi, Prussian minister or
ambassador in this country. She was a tall, well-
looking woman, ladylike in appearance, manner, and
disposition ; but being unaccustomed to the obse-
quious politeness of a court (possessing only that of
the heart) the Queen thought her not refined, and
she was also annoyed at Miss Jacobi's difficulty of

Madame Schwellenberg would not permit the niece
to dine at her table, which caused some confusion,
but on the Queen's desiring that it might be so,
Madame consented reluctantly, on the ground that
Miss Winkelmann was only acting for a time as lady's
maid, till one could be engaged. At the end of the
month, when the servants' perquisites of tea, sugar,
wine, and candles were given out, Mr. Garton waited
upon Miss Jacobi for her orders, when she desired that
Miss Winkelmann should receive the same allowance
as the others. Now old Schwelly became highly en-
raged that her dignity should be thus degraded. She
would not suffer Miss Winkelmann any more to enter
her rooms ; for by taking the allowances in common
with the other ladies' maids, she had proved that she
attended her aunt (Miss Jacobi) in that capacity.
Her meals, dinner and supper, were sent from the
great table — i.e. Schwellenberg's — ^breakfast and tea
were served in their own rooms, of which they had
three elegant ones. 


Schwellenberg would not allow that Miss Jacobi
should be the Queen's private treasurer, but on the
departure of poor Miss Burney, this appointment, from
which nothing was to be gained but the trouble of it,
was put into the hands of Miss Planta, on the plea
that Miss Jacobi was a stranger, although she wrote
and spoke English well. These several people after
some Uttle time became settled, but neither agreeably
so or confidentially. 

During the spring and summer we had often met
the Herschels, either at our house or theirs. Young
Pitt was often at Slough, too, for change of air, as he
was getting into delicate health, his mother being
made to see it with great difficulty, and in the sum-
mer he spent six weeks there, after which he returned
to Paternoster Row greatly recruited. 

During this year, too, we were agreeably surprised
by a visit from the famed French horn players, Palsa
and Thurschmid. They arrived too late in the season
to appear at the Musical Fund concert, but were in
time for the oratorios, where they were heard and
approved by thundering applause. They were im-
mediately seized upon and engaged for the Bath
season, which in those days began at Easter, continu-
ing for the six or eight following weeks. On their
way they stopped at Windsor and called upon us iu
the hope of getting a command to perform to their
Majesties ; but on having it explained to them that 



the King and Queen were only at Windsor for a few
days in private, the band remaining in town, they
were satisfied, and gave us their company instead,
playing to Mr. Papendiek the ' Themas ' and portions
of the different movements they meant to perform,
with accompaniment. Their instruments were of
silver, and the mouthpieces silver gilt. The softness
and mellowness of the tone is not to be described.
The slow movements drew tears that often could not
be suppressed, the notes striking upon the ear like the
plaintive sounds of the dove. 

The next morning we proceeded with them to
Slough to introduce them to Dr. Herschel, whose
brother Alexander was first violoncello in the estab-
lished band at Bath, and who we thought might
be of use to these gentlemen. The Doctor re-
ceived them with his usual welcome, and in the
kindest manner showed them all that could in any
way interest them. The hospitality of Mrs. Herschel
followed, and during luncheon not a word about
music was spoken, except the request of a letter of
introduction to Mr. Herschel at Bath. The repast
was hurried and they took leave, saying they would
walk to the carriage. A moment after, the most en-
chanting sounds were heard, and of course we all ran
out. This was intended as a surprise, and a delight-
ful one it was, and then, repeating their thanks to
Dr. Herschel for his kindness, they said they would 


play as long as he could spare time to listen to them.
These three great men parted with mutual expressions
of gratification at the pleasure they had experienced
in each other's society, and only regretted that the
meeting had been of such a short duration. 

Palsa and Thurschmid, after having fully estab-
lished their fame at Bath, travelled during the summer
over the principal counties of England ; and in London
the following season they were generally engaged,
Salomon having secured them for his subscription
concerts, at which Haydn was to be conductor and

As soon as we could get the Griesbachs, we sum-
moned the Lodge party to a quartett, and Mr. Papen-
diek asked Miss Jacobi, with Miss Planta and Miss
Bumey, who had often honoured us with their com-
pany. Miss Jacobi pleaded being a stranger as an
excuse, and proposed Miss Winkelmann accompany-
ing Miss Planta, which of course we were pleased to
accede to. 

The evening went ofi* very well, and, with the two
downstairs rooms, we managed very comfortably.
Miss Winkelmann had a tall, slim figure. Youth and
a florid complexion set her ofi*, for she was not pretty,
and with her dejected air, at which no one could be
surprised, from her unkind reception and from the
unpleasant situation in which she was placed, she did
not excite much interest. 


Our next party was more a house-warming. The
Mingays, Horns, Forrests, and Delavaux to tea at six
and supper at nine, which was partly hot. The
singing men dropped in, and the catch and glee sing-
ing was perfectly delightful. 

Mr. Horn was a kind-hearted, friendly man, with
a fair talent for music, and he was a good deal with
us ; but his wife could only be admitted by invitation,
for her mind and manner remained in their original
capacity, those of a servant. 

Horn was now to teach the Princesses the piano-
forte, recommended by Dr. Parsons. The Queen had
determined to try young Rodgers, but, poor fellow,
although he possessed first-rate abiUties for teaching,
his dehcate health and unfavourable appearance
prevented the Queen from engaging him ; but she
promised that he should not be forgotten in a situ-
ation that might suit him. 

Upon the new window in St. George's Chapel
being put up, of which circumstance I cannot recol-
lect the exact date, and the old Chapel being re-
newed and beautified, the King ordered a new organ
and gave the old one to the parish church, reserving
to himself the nomination of the organist. 

This met with great opposition, for they said it
would involve the parish in expenses they did not
wish to incur. After several meetings, Simpson the
churchwarden, who kept a biUiard-table in our lane, 


requested Mr. Papendiek, privately, to urge Dr.
Majendie, who then held the living of Windsor in
addition to his Prebend's stall, to be firm and to
settle the acceptance of the King's gracious donation.
Mr. Papendiek entreated the Queen to bring Rodgers
to the King's notice, which was done, and he was
proposed as organist. After some opposition, he
was finally appointed to the post at a salary of 25/. a
year, and oL for teaching the boys. The King paid
the expenses of the organ loft, of fixing and repairing
the organ, and the keeping it in tune for one

The Duke of York having married in October
of this year, 1791, Princess Frederica Carlotta Ulrica,
the Princess Royal of Prussia, and her Eoyal High-
ness's sister having on the same day married the
Hereditary Prince of Orange, now King of Holland, it
became necessary to consider how these ladies could
accomplish the journeys to their respective homes in
safety, for as the horrors of the Revolution in France
were increasing rather than diminishing, and all
order was subverted, it was at best a journey of some

However, it was safely accomplished, and about
the middle of November the Duke and Duchess of
York, with their suite, arrived in the evening. The
Prince of Wales received them, letters from the Royal
Family greeted them, and the following day their 



Majesties and the three elder Princesses went to
London to welcome the bridal pair. 

Lord Melbourne's house in Whitehall had been
taken for them. The back looking on the Parade
was thought open and pretty ; it was near Carlton
House, and very convenient for the Duke, who then
had one of the regiments of Guards. 

Lady Anne Fitzroy, and a second lady whose
name I forget, were appointed as the Duchess's atten-
dants, and went over to accompany her on her
travels, and she also had two dressers. Miss Blumen-
thal and another, with her, besides Mr. Silvester, who
had been for some years her page and hairdresser.
Among other appointments was that of Sir Herbert
Taylor, who though at that time of greatly inferior
rank in the army, yet was to be general attendant ou
the Duchess, her treasurer, and ako treasurer to the
household. Her Royal Highness's companion and
friend, Mile, von Verac, also accompanied her. The
Duke's page, in constant attendance on his Royal
Highness's person, was Mr. Pascal, only brother of
Mrs. Theilcke. 

The ceremony of re-marriage according to the
rites of our Church was performed by the Arch-
bishop of Canterbury very soon after their arrival
in this country, all the Royal Family being present
on the occasion. 

The young Duchess was particularly high-bred 


looking and amiable, and had a most winning manner,
so it is not surprising that she quickly became very
popular in England. She was tenderly attached
to her husband, which makes his cruel treatment of
her all the more despicable, and she bore her troubles,
which began almost immediately after her marriage,
as long as it was possible to do so. In about six
years, however, they separated, after which she lived
in retirement. 

A drawing-room was held soon after the marriage
ceremony, registration, &c., in order to introduce the
Duchess, which was very fully attended, and then a
play was commanded at both houses, to which the
Duke and Duchess went in state, the box opposite to
that of their Majesties being suitably fitted up for
the occasion. 

An invitation was given by the King and Queen
for Christmas, with the desire that they should stay
at Windsor as long as they found it agreeable. The
Duke and Duchess accepted the ofier, and arrived
with Mile, von Verac, apartments at the Castle
having been prepared for their reception. Herbert
Taylor ranked with the equerries, and took his meals
with them; Pascal and Silvester joined the pages,
and the two dressers were boarded at the Castle,
by the good nature of Mr. Garton. 

These ladies passed their leisure time with the
Mackenthums, who brought them to get through an 

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evening with us. This turning out rather agreeable
to them, was repeated, and I visited them to show
them about a little. 

The Duchess complaining of indisposition, the
visit to Windsor was not wholly completed. 

At Christmas our children assembled for their
holidays, and brought Miss Tilderley with them from
Mrs. Eoach's to spend some time with us while her
parents were establishing themselves at Hampton
Court. The father had been removed from the
situation of Clerk of the Works at Windsor on
some misunderstanding with the King, and Mr.
Leach, who was not at all equal to the appointment,
was placed in Mr. Tilderley's house with every
advantage connected with that eligible office. 

This girl, sixteen years old, was so intractable
and so dangerous a young person, frightening the
children after I had left them in their beds, that I
could not keep her, and Mrs. Mingay, who had the
second sister, said she would also take the elder girl,
but she soon despatched them both home. The
father not long after became an invalid, and at his
death the widow retired with her large family, on a
small pension, to her friends. 

However, while this schoolfellow was still with
us we had our usual Christmas party for the young
ones, which was very successful, and gave them
infinite delight. 


We did not go to town for the birthday, so that
the girls went often to the Lodge, and we ended the
year in cheerful comfort, visiting our friends and
making the most of present happiness, knowing that
Mr. Papendiek would have to be more in town than
usual during the coming winter. 

The year now drawing to a close had been one
of considerable public anxiety on political grounds,
the spirit of RadicaUsm showing a great tendency to
spread in many districts, fostered no doubt by the
seditious pubhcations which were of late unhappily
gaining ground. The sad results of this Democratic
movement in France made people in authority dread
the smallest inclination towards the same spirit at
home, and riots and other signs of the subversion of
the law were looked upon with great alarm. 

Fires had been frequent by incendiaries. The
Albion Mills, close to Blackfriars Bridge, of most
curious and useful construction, for corn, built by
James Wyatt, were burnt to the ground. 

Wyatt was called by Walpole the fashionable
architect of the day. Certainly he had made a name
for himself by building the Palace at Kew, and after-
wards the Pantheon, then used as a dancing and
concert hall. He was taken to Rome when quite a
youth by Lord Bagot, there to study ancient archi-
tectural art, and returned to England a few years
after the accession of George III. 


Many of his works still stand to bear witness to
his abilities. 

But to return. Dr. Priestley's house, near Bir-
mingham, with his Ubrary and valuable manuscripts,
was burnt, and all his effects utterly destroyed ;
Eylands also, belonging to Lady Carhampton, mother
of the Duchess of Cumberland ; and many others. 

The riots in Birmingham and the neighbourhood
in the month of July were very serious, and lasted for
several days. They originated in the circulation of
an inflammatory paper which contained articles
relating to the Bastille, and also from a supposed
idea of the monopoly of corn. Several houses were
destroyed, and the riots were only at last quelled by
the interposition of the military, horse and foot. 

Richmond House, in Privy Gardens, Whitehall,
was also destroyed by fire ; but this was accidentally,
on the return of the family from a ball. Being
morning, people were about, and fortunately the
whole of the valuables were saved. No lives were
lost, but the house was a complete ruin. 

Upon the death of Duke Henry of Cumberland,
his library and all his musical instruments were sold
by public auction. Mr. Braddyl was a liberal pur-
chaser, and he also upon the Duke's death became
the protector of Mrs. Billington. 

The Lady Howard of Effingham, friend of the
Queen, and one of her ladies of the bedchamber, died 


during this year. Lady Sydney was appointed in
her place, and her daughter, the Honourable Miss
Townshend, was made housekeeper at Windsor Castle
upon the death of Lady Mary Churchill. 

Our friend. Dr. Charles Bostock, was created a
baronet, and took the name of Eich, having married
an heiress of that name. 

These events that I have just enumerated are all
that I can recollect as having occurred during the
year 1791, besides those that I have mentioned in the
course of my narrative. I now pause to take a short
review of our life at that time, and recollecting the
change in our circumstances between the close of
that year and the preceding one, I soUloquise thus. 

We were thrown back upon our own resources ;
our income was by no means increased. Our children
were growing up, and their education becoming a
matter of importance ; and then followed the con-
sideration of how this was best to be accomplished. 

My own education had been excellent and Uberal,
but having married at the early age of seventeen and
a half, what had been sown and nurtured with care
had not had time to fructify, and since my marriage,
opportunity had failed me to cultivate knowledge in
a sufficient degree to impart it to children of so much
talent as our dear offspring, evinced. 

Schools at that time, for girls as well as boys, 


were resorted to for every rank, from the nobility
to the lowest classes. Leading retailers, as well as
bankers, merchants, and gentlemen of means, often,
to show their consequence and riches, sent their
daughters as parlour borders, for which they paid
double the usual school fees, the advantages gained
being that they took their meals with the governesses,
joining in any company that there might be out of
the schoolroom, and partaking of any occasional
indulgences that might occur. 

Others, again, of smaller means, sent their daugh-
ters as half boarders, for which they paid half fees,
and by giving some assistance in the school, these
girls received the advantage of lessons from the visit-
ing masters free of charge. 

My desire was that my girls should remain as day
scholars with Mrs. Roach, where they would continue
under my guidance, and I could watch their daily
progress, knowing at the same time Jthat they were
with a woman of strict principle if not altogether of
the ornamental manner of good breeding. In addition
to this very great advantage, we were surrounded
by superior masters in all branches of education, of
whose talents and instruction we could avail ourselves
without difficulty. 

Frederick for the present was going on remark-
ably well at Mr. Ward's, and we hoped to be able to
keep him there. 


Female and household duties that had been early
inculcated at Streatham, and not neglected at home, I
hope I followed up, not only from the bent of my
mind, but from the desire of acting rightly; and
these duties I looked forward to imparting to my
girls as soon as they were old enough to profit by my
instructions. All these desires, I am thankful to say,
I have been enabled to fulfil, and I am sure that my
daughters will give me credit for having done my
best to bring them up as useful and right-minded
members of society. 

Up to the time of which I am writing, Uttle
change had taken place in the luxuries of living, or
in the mode of looking forward to the means of meet-
ing the exigencies of a family. Society was not kept
up with so much ceremony as to engross an undue
proportion of time, and it was still the custom for
the mistress of a household to assist in all the superior
part of the manage, so servants were only required for
the actual labour of the house. 

In starting young people in the world it was
necessary then, as now, that they should have a good
education or some fortune. As we could not amass
the latter, we determined that our children should
have as good an education as we could possibly
manage to give them, and in this matter I assisted as
far as in me lay. I was constantly looking after the
progress they made, urging them to perseverance. 


and exhorting them against any inclination to indo-
lence, idleness, or self-will. This earnestness in me
may be termed severity, and perhaps it savours of it,
but to do my duty was ever my favourite theme. I
loved my children more than life — I wished them to
excel, and if I made them sometimes unhappy or
uncomfortable they know now, indeed they knew
then, that all was done in affectionate zeal for their
welfare, and that I sincerely regret any undue
impetuosity. We have rubbed on through life as
friends and with great affection, which as I draw
near the end of my life is a source of the greatest
comfort and happiness to me. 

I have been led to make this little retrospection
of my feelings at that time from the coincidence that
as I write of the close of one eventful year of my life
I have just arrived at the close of another one. 

I am now nearly seventy-four years of age, and
though I am thankful to say that I still enjoy the
blessings of health and vigour, I feel that each year
may be my last. I am at the present time at ray
eldest daughter's house, now Mrs. Planta, wife of the
Eight Honourable Joseph Planta, Conservative mem-
ber for Hastings. All my surviving children are
kind and loving to me, and when I leave them I
trust that I may rejoin those that have gone before. 

I hope I may be able to finish the story of my
life, as I feel sure that my daughters and grand- 


children will like to read the farther record of those
stirring events with which I was so intimately
connected ; but for a short time I must now pause. 

Charlotte Papendiek. 

Faiblight : December 81, 1888. 

I resume the writing of my reminiscences in
January 1839, thanking God that I have been spared
to see the beginning of another year. 

The year 1792 opened quietly upon us. There
was no celebration of the day either at the Castle
or at the Lodge ; and the Royal Family, yet unac-
quainted with the disposition and habits of the
Duchess of York, formed no plans of amusement
until they should find out during her visit to them
at Windsor what would be the most agreeable ; and
that visit being shortened, little was done beyond
inviting the neighbouring families. 

To prepare for the birthday, on which occasion
the Princess Mary was to be introduced, their
Majesties and the six Princesses left Windsor for
the season earlier than usual. The Princess was
anxious to take a few lessons from Denoyer in a
court hoop and train, in order that all might be
perfect in appearance, for the beauty of Princess
Mary was exquisite, both in figure and grace, with
a very handsome face and sweet expression of


The dress was always white for the first public
entrie at the drawing-room ; and as the one on this
birthday was to be attended by all parties out of
compUment to the bride, Prussia being then our
strong ally, the dresses were splendid and the Court

The Duchess of York wore a white dress, ele-
gantly embroidered, with her father's present of
jewels, and that also of her father-in-law, our King.
She looked dignified and royal, although by no
means handsome, and the exaggerated style in
which her head was dressed did not improve her
appearance. The ordinary mode of dressing the hair
at that date, with high toupie^ large chignon^ and
pinned curls, was unbecoming to most people, and
for a person of such diminutive stature as was her
Eoyal Highness it was especially so. She was well
proportioned, but of too small a size, with china blue
eyes, a quantity of light hair, powdered, and she was
slightly marked with small-pox. Her conversation
was animated and clever, her manner perfectly
polite, and her actions all lady-like. She was indeed
a Princess, well-bred. 

The Prince of Wales having announced his in-
tention not to marry, the Yorkites were considered
presumptive heirs to the throne, or rather, I should
say, his Royal Highness, and the Princess wife and


Two drawing-rooms were appointed to be held
at St. James's in the usual state by the Duchess of
York, to give the nobility and others the opportunity
of presentation to her. The four elder Princesses
attended, with their ladies, in full costume, and
with Court etiquette. They were presented, and a
few minutes after having paid this compliment, they
retired and returned home. 

These two Court days took place before Easter,
and were exclusive of the Queen's pubUc days. The
Duchess did not dance at the state ball, but attended
and took a lively interest in the forms and ceremonies
of the Court, especially on the birthdays, January 18
and June 4. 

I was wrong in stating that a play had been com-
manded at Drury Lane before Christmas, for the
house was being rebuilt, and the Drury Lane
company had obtained a licence to perform at the
Haymarket Theatre four nights in the week; the
other two, Tuesdays and Saturdays, having been
bespoken by the proprietors of the King's Theatre
for the opera, on the destruction by fire of the in-
terior of the Pantheon, where the performance had
taken place the two preceding seasons. The Hay-
market was tastily fitted up with every convenience,
for the subscribers in particular and the public in

It was at this theatre that I saw the two very 


interesting ballets of * Orpheus and Eurydice' and
* Telemachus in the Island of Calypso.' In the former
the character of Orpheus was taken by Vestris, the
father of the one who afterwards married Miss Bar-
tolozzi. He played a beautiful polacca on the lyre
when descending to the infernal regions to awaken
his Eurydice and charm all the unhappy spirits to
let her depart with him. 

Of Telemachus, D'Egville had first become the
ballet m9.$ter, and himself performed the Mentor,
Vestris taking the part of Telemachus. On the
night that I was present an accident occurred in the
concluding scene, when the Mentor throws his pupil-
into the sea as the only means to get him away from
the enchanting island, and then jumps in after him.
The scene-shifters had by mistake removed the safe-
guards, and poor D'Egville came upon the edge of a
board that they moved up and down to represent
waves, and his groans were pitiable. He was a large
man, and had fallen heavily. Very soon, to a house
crowded with company and silent with anxiety, the
manager came forward and assured the assembled
multitude that no dangerous symptoms had appeared.
Two ribs were broken, which would easily be set,
and the patient was perfectly sensible and even
cheerful upon the cause of the accident. 

D'Egville did soon recover, but in resuming the
character of the Mentor he changed the last and 


concluding scene, in future taking Telemachus in his
arms, and just at the moment when he appeared as
if on the point of throwing him into the sea, the
curtain dropped. 

This theatre, the Hay market, was just of a size
to hear and see Mrs. Siddons to perfection, and I did
have the pleasure of seeing her there in many of her
best characters. 

To give a sanction to the house, a play was com-
manded, when their Majesties, the six Princesses, and
their Eoyal Highnesses of York attended in state.
The theatre was small and the crowd great, so that
the Bow Street runners, and the Guard, horse and
foot, usually attending, could not keep order. Dread-
ful confusion ensued, and one gentleman, of the name
of Smith, was killed from falUng down and being
trampled upon. 

To bring the Opera House into repute, a new room
had been added for concerts, of much larger dimen-
sions than the Hanover Square Rooms, but much the
same as WilUs's, which were usually engaged for

This season, however, passed without its being
completed, and all public entertainments proceeded
as before, the Ancient Concert being held at the
rooms in Tottenham Court Road. 

To revert to our own humble concerns : the winter
having set in severely, with frost and snow upon the 


ground, we found our house very cold, much more
so than the one that we had quitted, which I could
not account for, as the new one was so much the
smaller of the two ; but Dr. Mingay soon pointed out
the cause. We were fully exposed to the east, with
no shelter on that side of the house, and the sun,
on account of the intervening stable, did not shine
fully into the only bedroom which looked to the

Up to this time we had not had the misfortune of
illness that directed our attention either to the aspect
of a house or the temperature of a room, so these
particulars had been overlooked. We now wofully
felt the want of fireplaces, and to make up for that
loss of comfort, the three children took it in turns to
sleep with me during Mr. Papendiek's absence, the
others being undressed by my fire, and then running
up to their little beds, wrapped up as warmly as we
could. Dear little things ; I did all I could for their
health, comfort, and amusement, walking abroad
when possible, or letting them run up and down the
garden with their hoops. 

The weather kept those of the Eoyal Family in
town who usually passed a few days of the week at
Windsor for the hunt, as already described. The loss
of this enUvenment was a greater drawback to us
than before, as we were now more shut out from the
occasional opportunities of society which we had 


formerly enjoyed ; added to the long absence of Mr.
Papendiek, who was in continual attendance upon
the elder Princesses. 

Haydn, long expected, now at last arrived. 

Salomon naturally supposing that he would bring
with him the symphonies that he intended to open
his season with, convened his friends to meet on a
.fixed morning, and Mr. Papendiek wrote to desire me
to go up to hear the performance. 

I at once made arrangements to place the three
elder children with Mrs. Roach (our present servant
being too great a stranger for me to leave them in
her charge), from whence Frederick would go daily
to Mr. Ward's as usual, and I intended to take
George to St. James's. All my plans were made,
when, on the morning of the day on which I was to
start, the maid came into my room to tell me that
Eliza was far from well. I sent for Dr. Mingay, who
came quickly, knowing of my little project for going
to London, and hoping to put her right in time for
me to leave by the two o'clock post coach. However,
though it only turned out to be a bad bilious attack,
I could not leave the poor little thing that day, so
the coach took, instead of my person, a letter to
Mr. Papendiek explaining matters. 

Letters in return came, regretting the cause of
my non-appearance, but telling me that beyond the
fact of not meeting my friends there was no cause 

VOL. n. U 


for disappointment, for there was, after all, no per-
formance on the day specified. 

Haydn, immediately on his arrival, told Salomon
that he should stay the summer in England, and that
as he heard there were to be twelve concerts and
two benefits during the season there would be ample
time for him to compose his first symphonies after he
had had the opportunity of studying the taste of the
English. He was determined that his first pro-
duction should both amuse and please the musical
public and rivet him in their favour. 

Joseph Haydn was born in about the year 1733,
at a small place on the borders of Hungary, of poor
parents. He very early showed a taste for music,
and a fertile talent for composition. He became a
chorister at St. Stephen's, and after that was fortu-
nate enough to meet with Prince Esterhazy, who
took him up and gave him the opportunity of
studying the art to the full bent of his mind. After
coming to this country the University of Oxford
conferred upon him the degree of Doctor of Music. 

The alarming state of the times kept the King
and Royal Family in town, for as the French Eevolu-
tion gained ground, so revolutionary principles spread
here. In almost every town and borough societies
were formed, against Government authority, of dif-
ferent ranks and classes of people. In London some
of these meetings were called ' The Debating Socie- 


ties,' 'The Corresponding Societies,' * Nights of the
People,' &c. 

Tom Paine's works were published and widely
circulated, and were read with avidity. He was a
most vigorous writer, but his opinions were very re-
volutionary, and coming just at this time his works
had a most pernicious effect. Early in this year,
1792, the second part of his famous pamphlet, en-
titled * The Rights of Man,' was pubhshed, and this
was the cause of the proclamation against * Wicked
and seditious pubHcations,' announced during the
reign of George EH. A prosecution against Tom
Paine, as the author of that work, was commenced
by the Attorney-General, but he, making his escape,
went over to France, where being termed Uhe
friend of Uberty,' he was received with ovations
and was made s, citizen of Paris. He, notwithstand-
ing his Democratic views, voted against the sentence
of death at the trial of Louis XVI. ; and had this
powerful writer fallen into good hands when he first
became an author instead of going to America as he
did, where his opinions were formed, he might have
done as good service in the cause of the Government
as he endeavoured to do against it, in which he was
happily frustrated by the prompt measures of the

But to return from this digression. The Bench
of Bishops were vigilant in their respective dioceses. 

u 2 


Dr. Moore, the Archbishop of Canterbury at that
time, attended the councils daily at Buckingham
House, and Porteus, of London, was indefatigable.
The Lord Mayor called a weekly meeting of the city
authorities. Common Council, &c., to be on the
watch to prevent mischief if possible, and to be ready
to meet it and suppress it on the first onset. The
city trained bands were put into requisition, and the
Artillery Corps, to which my son Charles in later
years belonged, then with old Curtis at the head,
was also in readiness at a moment's call. 

He, Curtis, afterwards created a baronet for his
steady adherence to his King and country, presented
his corps with their finest and largest cannon. 

All other cities and towns of any note followed
the example of London, as is usual. The mihtia was
embodied ; attendance was required for practice a
given number of days in each month, and they were
kept in constant military order so as to be also ready
at call if required. 

Mr. Papendiek was drawn for the county of
Berkshire, and in conformity to the regulations had
to find two substitutes, as he could not attend him-
self. Hatch, the lawyer at Windsor, settled the
whole affair for us for 15^., a small sum for the
business, but to us a sad drawback. 

In about a fortnight after the first disappoint-
ment Haydn was ready, and I was summoned to hear 


the first performance. One child could be received
at St. James's, so this time Eliza was named, in the
hope that the change would bring her about. I put
a person into our house on whom I could depend
to assist the servant to take care of it, and particu-
larly of the dear boys, but Charlotte I deposited
with Mrs. Eoach, thinking it the most prudent

My dress had now to be considered, which had
come down to the two musHns and the printed cam-
brics already described, the puce satin being at its
last gasp. My blue satin cloak was quite new, and
trimmed with a beautiful dark fur. I consulted Mrs.
Barlow, who said it was most elegant to wear as a
wrap when cold, and on warmer evenings just to
hang on more loosely, and she thought that till
Easter it would be a dress suitable for any pubUe
amusement. A cap to suit I purchased of her
for 35^., and Kead dressed my hair for 2^. 6d. as
usual, charging the same price if he pinned on. 

I sojourned with my husband in his lodgings at
Yates's, the perfumer, in Queen's Kow, Pimlico,
where we could have our breakfast and find a fire
on returning there at night, but no other accommo-
dation. I could not, therefore, take either of my
children there, and in all weathers had to go to
St. James's to dine, to dress, and to wait till called for
of an evening. 


It was nevertheless very happy, with our nice
meals, our pool at quadrille or round game of com-
merce or Pope Joan. 

Salomon gave my aunt and family a free admit-
tance to the series of concerts; the same to the
Janssen family, the son and daughters being good
musicians. The eldest some few years after married
Dr. Jackson, of Hanover Square, widower of our
Mr. Ernst's sister. She was an excellent woman,
and very kind to the two daughters of the doctor by
his first marriage. 

The youngest Miss Janssen, one of dementi's
favourite scholars, afterwards married Bartolozzi, the
great engraver, and is mother of Madame Vestris,
who certainly inherits the talents of both parents,
and as far as acquired knowledge goes, particularly
the ornamental branches, does honour to her mother's

Salomon also offered the same liberal kindness
to us, but as I did not live in London I did not think
it fair to accept tickets for seats that I might not
always be able to use, so declined this, but asked
that I might be admitted alone or with a friend
whenever I could avail myself of the permission on
production of my visiting card. I may add here that
our friendship continued unclouded till his death
in 1815. 

The wished-for night at length arrived, and as I 


was anxious to be near the performers I went early.
Mr. Papendiek followed from the Queen's House, and
I got an excellent seat on a sofa at the right-hand
side. The orchestra was arranged on a new plan.
The pianoforte was in the centre, at each extreme
end the double basses, then on each side two violon-
cellos, then two tenors or violas and two violins, and
in the hollow of the piano a desk on a high platform
for Salomon with his ripieno. At the back, verging
down to a point at each end, all these instruments
were doubled, giving the requisite number for a full
orchestra. Still further back, raised high up, were
d.rums, and on either side the trumpets, trombones,
bassoons, oboes, clarinets, flutes, &c., in numbers
according to the requirements of the symphonies
and other music to be played on the different

The concert opened with a symphony of Haydn's
that he brought with him, but which was not known
in England. It consisted of four movements, pleas-
ing, lively, and good. Our singers were Mara and a
very interesting young woman, a Miss Chaun, David,
and Tasca, and others of the day ; also, when they
were at liberty, one or two from among Storace, the
Misses Abrams, Parke, Poole, Mrs. Kennedy, Har-
rison, and others, were chosen for each of the
concerts. Among the instrumental solo or quartett
performers were Madame Krumpholtus and Dussek, 


and as the first professors were in the orchestra, one
or other of them always performed in duo or in
concerted pieces. 

The second act invariably opened with a new
symphony composed for the night. Haydn of
course conducted his own music, and generally
that of other composers, in fact all through the

The Hanover Square Rooms are calculated to 

hold 800 persons exclusive of the performers. By 

the beginning of the second act we concluded that 

all had arrived who intended to come, and though 

we knew that Salomon's subscription list was not full, 

we had hoped for additions during the evening. But 

no ; and I regret to make this observation of my 

countrymen, that until they know what value they 

are Hkely to receive for their money they are slow 

in coming forward with it. An undertaking of this 

magnitude, bringing such a superior man from his 

own country as Haydn to compose for an orchestra 

filled with the highest professional skill and talent, 

should have met with every encouragement, first to 

show respect to the stranger and then to Salomon, 

who lived among us and had done so much for the 

musical world, in this case having taken such infinite 

trouble and incurred so much risk. 

Now the anxious moment arrived, and Salomon
having called * attention ' with his bow, the company 


rose to a person and stood through the whole of the
first movement. 

The effect was imposingly magnificent. The
instruments might all be said to have an obbhgato
part, so perfectly was the whole combination con-
ceived and carried out. One of the movements was
to imitate the London cries, and * live cod ' was to
be traced through every instrument that could pro-
duce the effect. The cry began the piece and ended
it, and Salomon was wound up to a pitch of enthusi-
asm beyond himself The applause was great. The
public were satisfied, and Haydn was very properly
taken up. 

His great talent is too well known for me to com-
ment upon it. His twelve grand symphonies were
composed expressly for this series of concerts, and
he stands unrivalled in this style of composition.
His grand oratorio, * The Creation,' was also written
while he was in this country and added greatly to
his fame, and he was sought after far and wide. In-
deed, his amiabiUty, his unbounded talent in many
ways, and his humiMty withal, his liberahty, and his
every virtue could but bring him friends. 

He was then the leading professor of modern
music, and his works must and surely will always be
considered among the greatest of their class. 

My object for leaving home being now completed,
I returned thither within the week, leaving EUza 


with my mother, as the warmer air of London seemed
to suit her, and my brother was always glad to have
any of my children near him, pleasing himself in
amusing them, and showing them that kind of atten-
tion that bespoke a kind heart. 

On my return I found Dr. Majendie, our vicar, in
trouble over his flock, as they were holding seditious
meetings in Windsor, and organising branches of the
Corresponding and Eepublican Societies. He was,
however, most zealous in the performance of his
several duties, as were all the clergy of the neigh-
bourhood, and all did their best, by precept and ex-
hortation, to quiet down the unsettled minds of their

Amongst other things, Dr. Majendie walked daily
through the schools, and not being satisfied with the
manner in which they were conducted, he came to beg
of me to assist him in getting them into better order.
Madame de Lafitte being in town, and Mrs. Thackaray
very Uttle more enlivened, the gu'l's department was
again becoming disorganised. 

I could not refuse to give a small portion of my
time to so good a work, and during the few hours
that I could devote to it, I hope I did my best.
Such, at any rate, was my intention, and I think I
did succeed in getting more order, regularity, and
tidiness into that branch of the estabhshment. The 


work was not congenial to me, but I strove to do my
* duty ' — ^my motto then and always. 

Thus abruptly does the manuscript written by
Mrs. Papendiek close, and it is a matter of regret
that the further record of those stirring times, with
which she was so intimately connected, to use her
own words, was never chronicled by her pen, but
death stepped in and closed the earthly labours of
that earnest and energetic character. She passed
peacefully away within two months of her last entry
in the volume of reminiscences which she was pre-
paring as a labour of love, her cheerful happy
nature remaining bright and trustful to the last. 



Further records of Mrs. Papendiek's life — ^Her sppointmentB at -the Ck^urt
of Queen Charlotte as Assistant Keeper of the Wardrobe and
Reader — Outline of the history of her daughter Mrs. Oom, afterwards,
Mrs. Planta— Of Adolphus Kent Oom— Of Mrs. Papendiek s other
children — Mr. George Arbuthnot — Marriage of the Prince of Wales
— Birth of Princess Charlotte of Wales — ^Temporary unpopularity of
the King— Marriage of the Princess Royal— Mr. Papendiek transferred
to the Queen 8 own household — Character of Mr. Papendiek — ^His
death — The King's health, mental and bodily — His fiuling sight and
subsequent blindness — The regency established — ^The King's piety and
resignation — ^The Queen — Her sad position — Death of Princess Char-
lotte of Wales — The Queen s declining health — Her suffering — Her
patience — Her death and burial — Mrs. Papendiek's affection for her
Royal mistress — ^The remainder of her life passed in retirement — ^Her

Not much in the way of family records remains to
tell of the further life of Mrs. Papendiek, but from
the few sources of information open to me I gather
that she obtained the appointment at the Court of
Queen Charlotte, which she held for some years,
shortly after the occurrences narrated by her in the
closing pages of her memoirs. 

It was probably in the year 1797 or 1798, I can-
not ascertain the exact date, that she was appointed
Assistant Keeper of the Wardrobe, the same post as
that previously held by Miss Burney, though Mrs. 


Papendiek did not immediately succeed her. Later on
she became Header to the Queen also, which position
brought her into close contact with her Majesty, for
whom she appears to have entertained a sincere
affection, and from whom she experienced from first
to last the utmost kindness and consideration, as also
from the King, and, I may say, all the Koyal Family. 

Her children grew up in the atmosphere, so to
speak, of the Court, but the regard and interest in
their welfare uniformly manifested by their Majesties
and the Princes and Princesses, did not result in any
appointments being given to any members of Mrs.
Papendiek's family, either at the Court, or in the
service of King George EH., or of either of the suc-
ceeding sovereigns, except in the case of her eldest
daughter, Charlotte Augusta, who, after twice be-
coming a widow, was given the post of occasional
Eeader to her Boyal Highness the Duchess of Glou-
cester, which she retained until her death. 

This daughter married first, in 1802, Mr. Thomas
Oom, a Eussian merchant, who was then in a good
position and wealthy; but a failure in his business
occurring shortly after his marriage, Mrs. Oom at
once determined upon undertaking the care and edu-
cation of a few young ladies in order to augment her
income. Being a remarkably well-informed, clever,
accomplished woman, besides being a musician of
more than the usual calibre of an amateur, this ven- 


ture succeeded, and she was enabled by her exertions
to live in the same style of comfort and refinement to
which she had been accustomed, and to educate her
son at Eton. 

Her first child, Thomas, died in infancy, but the
second son and only other child, Adolphus (so named
after the Duke of Cambridge, one of his godfathers)
Kent Oom, grew to manhood, and was for many
years well-known in society and in the Foreign Office,
being much respected throughout his career in that
office, and at his death in 1858 being sincerely
mourned by his many fidends. 

Mr. Oom eventually recovered his income and
connection, and lived in comfortable circumstances
till his death. 

Within a few years his widow married the Eight
Honourable Joseph Planta, son of the Mr. Planta
who was at one time Secretary of the British Museum,
and nephew of the Misses Planta, constantly mentioned
in the foregoing pages. Mr. Planta was Conservative
member for Hastings for many years, and at different
times held various posts in the Government — Secre-
tary of her Majesty's Treasury, Under Secretary of
State for Foreign Affairs, &c. He died in 1846,
when Mrs. Planta was given apartments in Hampton
Court Palace, where she lived till her death in

Mrs. Papendiek's second daughter, Elizabeth 


Mary, died in 1801, at the age of fifteen, having
been delicate from her birth. 

Frederick Henry, her eldest son, took orders, and
became Vicar of Morden in Surrey, but he could
have enjoyed this position but a very short time, as
he died early in 1811, having only just completed
his twenty-fourth year. 

George Ernest, still a baby at the time that the
memoirs cease, eventually settled in Germany, and
married. He died in 1835, leaving two sons and a
daughter, the latter being still living. 

These are the four children of whom we have
heard so much in Mrs. Papendiek's reminiscences.
Subsequently she had two more children born to her,
Charles Edward Ernest, who also died in 1835, and
my mother, Augusta Amelia Adolphina, so named after
their Eoyal Highnesses the Princesses Augusta and
Amelia, and the Duke of Cambridge, her godparents.
She was born in September 1804, married in 1828
to Mr. George Arbuthnot, of the Treasury, and
died in February 1853, leaving three sons and two
daughters, all still living. My father, Mr. Arbuthnot,
was in her Majesty's Treasury for upwards of forty-five
years, and during his career in the Civil Service, he
held various private secretaryships and other appoint-
ments, the last of which, termed Auditor of the Civil
List, he retained until his death in 1865. Through-
out the whole of his long official life he was greatly 


and universally respected, being considered a very
able man and a most valuable public servant. 

Of public events, the first of any moment after
the year 1792, when Mrs. Papendiek's narrative
ceases, was the marriage of the Prince of Wales with
his cousin. Princess Caroline of Brunswick. This
event, which took place on April 8, 1795, and the
unhappiness of the Princess of Wales which followed
this ill-starred union, the birth of their child,
Princess Charlotte, and the subsequent separation
of her parents, besides the disputes of the Prince
with Pitt upon the question of the payment of his
debts, are all matters of history, as is also the
general feeling of discontent which at this time per-
vaded the whole country, and the temporary unpopu-
larity of the King. He was shot at in October 1795,
while proceeding to the House of Lords, and again
in 1800 on entering the Royal box at Drury Lane
Theatre, several indignities being offered to the Queen
also during this period of public disaffection. 

Upon the marriage of the Princess Eoyal with
the Prince of Wurtemberg in June 1797, Mr.
Papendiek's appointment to her Royal Highness
ceased, but he accompanied her to Germany in the
first instance, remaining with her for a short time
more in the light of a friend. Upon his return to
this country he was transferred to the Queen's own
household and continued his attendance upon her 


Majesty till his death, which occurred very unex-
pectedly in Germany while on a visit to his relations
in that country. 

Mr. Papendiek was a peculiarly amiable man, his
great characteristic being his general kind-hearted-
ness and tenderness, especially to women, though he
had a hasty, almost passionate, temper. He was
very simple in his tastes and habits, and to the last
retained many of the manners and customs of his
native country. I have heard my mother say that
he never lost his foreign accent, and that though he
spoke English fluently and well, there were certain
words of which he could never acquire the correct
pronunciation. In person he was handsome, with a
fine figure and of great muscular strength, of which
an anecdote I have heard my mother repeat is
illustrative. Carrying upon some occasion a small
piece of china to his daughter's house in a paper
parcel he, in his endeavour to convey it with the
utmost care, crushed it in his hand with such force
that on arrival it was found to be in fragments. He
was a good husband and father, and particularly
devoted to his children, who in return revered and
fondly loved him. 

Within a few years the King's health became
again a source of anxiety, but his first attack of
illness being entirely caused by a cold and being
apparently unaccompanied by mental derangement, 



the alarm for a time passed away, and his Majesty
continued to transact business as usual. He did
not, however, during the season of 1801 hold any
levees or attend any theatres, public concerts, or
other entertainments, the Court festivities being on
his account almost entirely given up, only small
private parties being held. 

Returning much recruited from his sojourn at
Weymouth, which had now become almost of annual
recurrence, the King was enabled at the end of
October to open Parliament in person ; but his con-
valescence was, unhappily, not of long duration. 

The Royal Family continued during this and
several succeeding years to live very quietly, and
almost entirely at Windsor, his Majesty's health,
both as regarded his bodily ailments and the state of
his mind, becoming daily more and more unsatis-
factory. His sight also at this time began to fail,
and the rapid advance towards bhndness added
greatly to the deplorable condition of the poor King.
The climax came in the year 1811, when the
Regency was established, which lasted till the close of
this long and troubled reign ; for his Majesty's mind,
although he had many lucid intervals of longer or
shorter duration, never sufficiently regained its tone
to make it advisable that he should be troubled with
the cares of sovereignty. 

From private sourzes, however, I glean that the 


King's sad malady never assumed a condition of
actual insanity, it being caused more by a loss of
mental power than an aberration of intellect ; and
many very pathetic stories are told of his Majesty's
own knowledge of his state and of his fervent prayers
to the Almighty for restoration to health, coupled with
a simple and pious resignation to the Divine will. 

During this long, dreary period the Queen's
position was a very melancholy one. She was
affectionately attached to her husband, and to watcli
the gradual decay of one so beloved was in itself
most distressing, added to which she was constantly
placed in very trying circumstances from her official
position as custodian of the King's person. 

Later on came the political difficulties and other
troubles occasioned by the long war, when her
Majesty shared some of the ill-will shown by the
populace to all members of the higher circles of tlie

The death of the Princess Charlotte of Wales in
November 1817 was a great shock to the Queen,
and her own health, which had already begun to fail,
now rapidly gave way. 

Patient to a degree, and to the last thoughtful
and considerate to her family and to all those in
attendance upon her, the critical condition into
which her Majesty had fallen was not realised by
those about her till very shortly before her death. 

X '2 


She suffered a great deal at the last, and awaited
her approaching end not only with resignation, but
with an earnest longing for freedom from all earthly
cares. On November 16, 1818, Queen Charlotte
passed calmly away at Kew, the Prince Regent,
the Duke of York, Princess Augusta, and the Duchess
of Gloucester being present. Her Majesty was
buried at Windsor. 

I cannot ascertain how long my grandmother
held her Court appointment, but I believe she was
with the Queen almost, if not quite, till the time of
her death. The close and intimate intercourse that
subsisted between them during this long period of
trouble and anxiety cemented the affection that had
for many years been entertained by Mrs. Papendiek
for her Royal mistress, after whose death she lived in
comparative retirement^ principally at Kew, in a
house, now pulled down, that had been granted to
her within the Royal domain ; but she died, and was
buried at Windsor in 1839, retaining to the last
the affectionate regard of those of the Princes and
Princesses who remained in tliis country, as did also
then and for some years longer her eldest and
y^oungest daughters, Mrs. Planta and my mother, the
only children then left to her. 

As each member of the old Royal Family passed
away, a link of the connection and, if I may venture
to use the term, the friendship which had for so long 


existed between them and my mother's family was
broken ; and now all intercourse has entirely ceased,
though in my childhood I frequently with my mother
visited Princess Augusta, she being also my god-
mother ; and my brothers and I spent many happy
days at Gloucester House witli Princess Mary of
Cambridge, now H.R.H. the Duchess of Teck. 


ABEL, Mr., i. 66. 76, 133, 160, 

163, 16*, 166, 186, 202, 207, 

Abercom, Lord, i. 7; il 133, 166, 


— Marchionese of, ii. 132, 133
Abercrombie, Qeneral Sir Ralph, 

ii. 196
Abington, Mra., i. 137, 148, 189, 

204, 250
Abrams, Mr., ii. 96 

— Miss. ii. 296
Addington, Dr., ii. 13
Adolphus Frederick (Duke of 

Cambridge), i. 63, 64, 90, 103;
ii. 19, 93, 302, 303 

Atrnew, Mrs., ii. 149 

AilesbuiT, Lord, ii. 72, 116, 214 

Aiton, Mr., ii. 62 

Albert, Mr. Frederick, i. 1, 4,6, 13,
16, 16, 19, 23, 24, 26, 30, 36,
38, 39, 44. 46, 64, 66, 69, 60,
66,67,68,70,71, 76,79,101,
110, 119, 121, 123, 126, 127,
129, 130, 139, 140, 141, 146,
146, 147, 151, 160-163, 166, 

167, 173-176, 178, 191, 198,
200, 201, 207, 212, 226, 227,
228. 239, 240, 241, 244, 246,
260, 266, 269, 283, 285, 300,
301, 306. 30J), 316; u. 6, 12,
60, 70, 72-77, 112, 123, 164, 

168, 176, 189, 191-197, 219,

— Mrs. Frederick, i. 24,28, 29,31,
37-40, 64. 69, 60, 66, 68, 70,
101-104, 110, 118, 121, 122,
123, 129, 130, 139, 140, 141, 

167, 166-169, 174, 176, 178,
183, 189, 200, 206, 207. 226,
246, 249. 260, 266, 267, 280,
283, 286, 297, 300, 816,316;
ii. 67, 72, 163, 164, 191, 197,
219, 220, 263, 264, 264, 298
Albert, Qeorge (eldest son of
the above), i. 26, 28 

— Georure Edward (second aon),
i. 39, 40 

— George Frederick (third son),
i. 46, 60, 68. 70, 76, 77, 78,
96, 146, 147. 166, 176, 176,
179, 192, 193, 197, 200, 225,
246, 249, 282-287, 291, 300,
301, 316; ii. 67, 71, 72, 84,
123, 163, laS, 191, 192, 193,
196, 197, 220, 245, 246, 266,

— Charlotte Louisa Henrietta,
eldpst daughter (afterwards
Mrs. Papendiek), L 37-42,
44, 46, 64, 63-78, 7«h-79,
81,82, 96-112, 114, 116-119,
121-126, 129, 180, 131, 136-
14;i, 146-148, 160, 161, 166,
167,158,161,162, 164-177 

— Sophia • Dorothea (second
daughter), i. 46, 46, 69 

— Sophia (third daughter), i. 70,
71,72,129,131,145, 156,176,
176, li»3, 194, 200, 201, 225.
249, 297, 300 ; ii. 35, 100, 191,
227, 228, 266, 266, 266 

— Mr. Louis (brother of the
above), i. 63. 59, 104, 176, 176,
179, 200, 226; ii. 28, 41, 42,
169, 172, 189-192 




Albert, Mre. Louis, i. 166, 176,
179, 199, 200, 226; ii. 40,41,
42, 77, 169, 172, 294 

— Hugh (eldest 8on),i. 211,267;
ii. 189, 196 

— William (second son), ii. 189 

— Charlotte (eldest daughter),
i. 107, 167, 176, 200 ; ii. 37, 40,
41, 42, 77, 106, 171. 172, 189,

Alfred, Prince, i. 130, 310
AUegranti (comedian), i. 110, 

' Alvensleben, Baron, ii. 48
Amelia, Princess (aunt of the 

King), L 267 

— Princess, i. 197, 221, 222,246;
ii. 74, 123, 161, 216, 217, 220,

Amherst, Lord, i. 120
Ancaster, Duchess of, i. 6, 10, 16, 

Andrews, Sir Joseph, ii. 214, 215
Anson, Lord, i. 6, 7
Arbuthnot, Mr. George, i. 66, 

801 ; ii. 303 

— Mrs. George, i. 66, 186, 296,
306; ii. 146,146,303,308 

— Miss Ann, i. 66
Ame, Dr., i. 19
Aston, Harry, ii. 169
Augusta, Princess, i. 41, 127, 

199,218, 219,264, 806; ii. 8,
29, 33, 39, 66, 72, 74, 87, 102,
112, 161, 168, 174, 188, 206,
208, 216, 219, 240, 244, 266,
274, 283, 286, 287, 289, 303,

Aujfustus Frederick, Prince (see
Duke of Sussex) 

Aylett, Mr., i. 308 

Aylward, Dr., ii. 97, 109, 188 

BAUELLI (actor), i. 110, 136,

Bach, Johann Christian, i. 66, 76,
133, 134, 136, 138, 142, 143,
160-166, 233, 317 ; ii. 41, 190 

— Madame, i. 109, 138, 152, 163,


Bagot, Lord G., ii. 277
Baker, Dr. Sir George, i. 297,
298; u. 7, 10, 18 

— Betsy, ii. 79
Bald¥nn, Mr., i. 286, 299
Banks, Sir Joseph, i. 253, 254, 

276,282,299; ii. 148
Banner, Mr., ii. 160
Bannister, Mr., i. 190
-r- Mrs., ii. 137
Barclay, Mr., i. 19, 20, 21, 23 

— the Misses, i. 21
Barlow, Mr., if. 210 

— Mrs., ii. 202, 203, 204, 209,
210, 293 

— Barrington, lx)rd, ii^ 115
Barth^lomon. Mr., i. 149
Bartolozzi, Mr., ii. 294 

— Miss, ii. 286
Barton, Miss, i. Ill, 171
Bath, Marquis of, ii. 116
Batty, Mrs., i. 323
Bautebart, i. 161, 279
Beachcroft, Mrs., ii. 206
Bedford, Duke of, i. 96
Beethoven, Louis von. i. 165
Belgrave, Lord, i. 232
Bellamy, Mr., i. 109, 167
Bella/<v8e, Lady Charlotte, i. 324 

— Lady EiizaWh, i. 324
Benser, Mr., i. 102; ii. 41
Hentinck, Lady Harriet, i. 12
Ftefisborough, Lord, i. 216
Billington, Mrs., i, 233, 234, 239, 

266; ii. 173, 203, 238, 254, 

Bishop, Mr., Mrs., and Miss, ii. 

Blackman, Mrs., i. 191
Blagrove, Mrs., ii. 176, 221, 232, 


— sons, ii. 105, 106, 140, 158,
176, 227, 232, 238, 242, 247 

— Mr., ii. 248
Blick, Dr., i. 286
Blomfield, Dr., i. 42. 70, 71
Blount, Miss, i. 56
Blumenthal, Miss, ii. 274
Boney, Monsieur, ii. 78
Borghi, i. 187 

l^rrien, Madame, ii, 169
Bosenberg, Mr., i. 138 




Bofltock, Rev. Charles, i. 316, 318,
330; ii. 139.279 

— Dr. John, ii. 223
Bowes, Miss, i. 76
Bowman, Mr., ii. 91, 112, 219
Boyoe, Captain, i. 112, 116 

— Dr., i. 19
Braddjl, Mr., ii. 278
Brent, Miss, i. 137
Bridgetower, Mr., ii. 134-141, 

146, 163, 164, 166, 177, 178,

— Ralph West, ii. 134-141, 146,
166, 177, 178, 179 

Bridgewater, Dachess of, i. 143 

— Earl of, i. 281
Bristol, Bishop of, i. 63
Broadwood, i. 13, 134; ii. 184, 

Brooker, Mrs., ii. 261, 264
Broughton, Captain, i. 190, 191
Brown, Mr.,i. 121, 126, 127, 128, 

269 ; ii. 27, 121, 122, 127, 169, 

221, 222 

— Mrs., i. 121 

— Mr., ii. 170 

— Miss, ii. 172
Brudenell, Viscount, ii. 211
Bruhl, Count, i. 61, 128
Brun, Madame le, ii. 262
Brunswick, Prince Ferdinand of, 

i. 43 

— Princess of, i. 44 

— Princess Caroline of, iL 304
Bruyftre, Monsieur de, i. 73
Buckeridge, Miss, ii. 226
Burke, Mr. Edmund, i. 163
Burgess, Mr., ii. 106, 106, 140, 

168, 169, 176, 206, 221, 226,
227, 232, 242, 247, 248 

— Mrs., ii. 146
Burney, Mrs., ii. 149 

— Dr., ii. 260 

— Miss, i. 17, 62, 96,113,206,207,
209, 219, 306, 310, 312, 316,
329; ii. 3, 4, 6, 29, 32, 40, 72, 77,
112, 114, 142, 168, 219, 238,
259, 260, 269, 271, 300 

Bute, Lord, i. 22, 23, 27, 33, 49
Butler, Mr., i. 180
Byron, Lord, i. 66 

— Mr., i. 274 


CALVERT, Mr., ii. 33
Cambridge, Duke of, i. 63, 64, 90,
103; u. 19, 93, 264, 302, 303 

— Princess Mary Adelaide of, ii. •

Campo, Marquis del, i. 261 ; ii. 

Canon, Miss Susan, 329
Canterbury, Archbishop of 

(Seeker), i. 11,19; ii. 84 

— (Moore), ii. 274, 292
CantUo, Miss, i. 109, 136, 142, 

143, 160, 161, 162, 168
Carbonel, Mr., ii. 138 

— Miss, ii. 138 

Cardigan, Earl of, i. 324 : ii. 211 

Carhampton, Lady, ii. 278 

Carmarthen, Marquis of, i. 274 

Caroline of Brunswick, Priucess
of Wales, ii. 169, 304 

Caroline Matilda, Queen of Den-
mark, i. 32, 36 

Carter, Mrs., ii. 92, 93 

(^atalani, Madame, i. 214 

Catley, Miss, iL 158 

Catherine, Empress of Russia, i.
252 ; u. 129 

Cavallo, Mr., ii. 149 

Cervetto (pianist), i. 94, 136, 156,
202, 203, 223, 231 

Chamberlain, Mr., ii. 11, 92 

Chambers, Sir William, i. 42, 46,

Chapman, Captain, i. 70 

— Mr., i. 27, 96 

— Mrs., i. 28,41,61,96 

— Miss, i. 28, 112 

Charlotte Sophia, Queen, i. 2-34,
36^39, 41, 43, 46, 46, 48, 60,
64, 68, 69, 71, 72, 76, 78, 90,
94, 102, 106, 124, 126, 130,
144, 146, 147, 161, 152, 163,
160, 161, 162, 174, 178, 179,
181, 189, 193, 197-202, 212,
217-224, 228, 229, 238. 241,
246, 248, 266, 268, 269, 261-
266, 269-273, 293, 297, 301,
803-806, 306, 308-316, 318,
326-4?29; ii. 2-18, 20, 23-30,
82, 33, 34, 38, 89, 63, 66-60,
62-66, 68, 72-75, 84, 87, 92-96,
08-104, 111-116, 120, 123,126, 




128, 130, 133, 134, 136, 141-
144, 148, 149, 162, 163, 169,
160, 163, 168, 174, 181, 186,
186-189, I»a-196, 200-203,
206-211, 214r-217, 219-224,
281, 232, 236, 237, 238, 240,
241, 244, 268, 269, 265, 267-
270, 272-276, 283, 286, 287,
300, 304-308 ^ 

CharlotteAiigxiBta,Prince88 Royal,
i. 38, 127, 199, 218, 219, 229,
246, 264, 266, 298, 299, 305,
310; ii. 8, 29, 39,66, 72,74,
87.92,93, 102,112, 150,161,
168, 174, 186, 206, 207, 216,
217, 219, 240, 242, 244, 268,
269, 274, 2a3, 286, 287, 289,

— of Wales, Princess, i. 74, 76,
106,162; ii. 123, 304, 307 

Charles, Prince (of Mecklen- 

burgh), L 167
Chatham. Lord, i. 22, 228
Chaun, Miss, ii. 296
Chaworth, Mr., i. 66 

— Miss, i. 56 

Cheshire, Mr., i. 318-321, 823 

— Mrs., i. 818, 319, 320. 323 

— the Misses, i. 819, 320, 323,
324, 325 

Chesterfield, Lord, i. 80
Cheveley, Mr8.,i. 61,62, 74, 127, 

130, 221
Choie, Monsieur, i. 257
Churchill, Lady Mary, i. 73 ; ii. 

Clarke, Mr. Isaac, ii. 261, 263 

— Mrs. ii. 261, 263 

— John, i. 266, 290 ; ii. 84, 121,
221, 222 

— Mrs. John, ii. 221
Clarence, Duke of, i. 37, 41, 42, 

61, 73, 104, 268, 269
Clay, Mr., i. 123, 126, 176, 177,
212. 213 

— Mrs., i. 176, 182
Clement, Mr., ii. 121
Clementi (pianist), i. 155, 203; 

ii. 41, 140, 172, 189, 294
Clewly, Mr., i. 52
Cobb, Mr., L 246
Cole (Town Clerk), ii. 257 


CornpDn, Mr., i. 73, 74, 127, 130,
104, 199; ii. 11,20,21,28 

Cooper, Mr., i. 285 

Copland, Mr., i. 267 

Corelli, i. 165 

Coss^, Mr., ii. 203 

Coultsworth, Miss, i. 47, 61 

Courtenay,Dr. (Bishop of Exeter),
i. 74 

Courtown, Earl of, ii. 121 

— Lady, ii. 26, 30, 121, 144
Coventry, Lady, i. 149
Cox, ii. 11 

Cramer, pianist, i. 65, 76, 94, 133,
134, 149, 161, 156, 207,236;
ii. 179, 184, 203 

— John, ii. 41, 179, 184, 203
Crawford, Dr., ii. 212 

— Mr., i. 186,203 

Cremome, Lady, ii. 132, 133, 144
Crosdill, pianist, i. 94, 133, 135,
155, 231, 234, 236 

— violoncellist, i. 202, 203, 223,
236, 316 

Cumberland, Ernest Augustus,
Duke of, i. 46, 103, 293, 30i> 

— Henry, Duke of, i. 35, 37,
233 ; ii. 20, 57, 181, 238, 239,
257, 258, 278 

— William, Duke of, i. 11, 33 

— Duchess of, ii. 230, 258. 278 

— Mr., ii. 268 

Curtis, Sir William, ii. 292
Cutler, Messrs., ii. 249, 262 

DACRE, Miss, i. 74
Davenport, Mr., i. 227 

— Mrs., i. 227 

David (singer), i. 256 ; ii. 254, 

Dawes, Mr., ii. 166
Day, Sir John, i. 90, 100 

— Lady, i. 90, 160
Deerhurst, Lord, i. 171
D'Egville, Monsieur, ii. 286, 287
Delany,Mr8,i.206; ii. 149, 150
Delavaux, Mr., i. 244, 272, 289, 

2{^; ii. 105, 109, 127, 1&6,
163, 170, 229, 232, 242, 248,
264, 265, 272 

— Mrs., i. 235, 237, 272, 289 ; 




ii 109, 127, 156, 168,170,229, 

Delavaux, Miss, i. 320 ; ii. 256
Deltit, Monsieur, ii. 244
Deluc, Mrs., i. 250, 310 ; ii. 236, 

237, 259, 267
Denmark, King of, i. 43, 144 

— Prince Royal of, i. 32 

— Queen of, i. 35 

Denoyer, Monsieur, i. 64 ; ii. 283
Derby, Lord, i. 148, 149, 150; 

ii. 199
Dere, Mr., ii. 78 

Devaynes, Mr., i. 71, 179 ; ii. 245
Devonshire, Duke of, i. 211, 212, 


— Duchess of, i. 105, 115, 209,
212,215; ii. 164 

Digby, Admiral, i. 104 

Dillon, Baron, ii. 80, 81, 82, 96,
106, 110, 135, 139, 202, 203,
204, 207, 261, 252, 255 

Disbrowe, Colonel, i. 9 

Dixon, Miss, i. 65 

Dodd, Dr., i. 79, 80, 81. 124, 125 

Dorset, Duke of, i. 149, 150 

Douglas, Captain, iL 113 

— Mr., ii. 150 

— Miss, ii. 150 

— Dr. (see Bishop of Salisbury)
Downs, Mi8s,i. 30, 37
Doxatt, Mrs., i. 88 

Dressier, Dr., i. 78, 164, 183 

— Miss, i. 1(55
Drummond, Mr., i. 6
Duberly, Mr., i. 183, 197, 290, 

291,292,295; ii. 170 

— Mrs., i. 292, 296
Dubourg, Mr., i. 76 

Duck, The Misses, i. 61 ; ii. 32
Duncan, il 111, 112, 142, 219, 

Dundas, Mr., i. 72
Duport, Monsieur, L 187, 203
Dussek (pianist), i. 156, 316; ii. 

184, 185, 188, 253, 295
Dutton, Mr., i. 7 

EARLE, Dr., i. 286
Edward Augustus, Prince (<ee
Duke of Kent) 


Edwin (actor), ii. 173, 239
Effingham, Lady Howard of, i. 

65,74; ii.278
Egerton, Colonel, i. 92, 143, 281 ; 


— Mrs., i. 281
Elliot, General, ii. 239
Elizabeth, Princess, i. 45, 127, 

218, 219, 264, 265, 272, 292,
293, 805, 309, 310 ; ii. 8, 29,
89, 56, 72, 74, 87, 112, 150.
161, 168, 174, 188, 190, 200,
216, 219, 240, 244, 274, 283,
285, 287, 289
EDglebardt, Mr., i. 51 ; ii. 45 

— Mrs., i. 53 

Ernest Augustus, Prince (see
Duke of Cumberland) 

— Prince (see Mecklenburgh)
Ernst, Mr., i. 105, 156, 160, 306. 

309; 1111,52,90,91,294
Esterhazy, Prince, ii. 290
Eveleigh, Miss, i. 55, 58, 66, 98
Evelyn, Mr., ii. 97
Eves, Miss, i. 193
Exeter, Bishop of, i. 74 

FARHILL, Mr., i. 73 

Farren,Miss,L 187, 148, 149, 150,
173, 190, 244, 249, 250; ii,

Fauconberg, Earl, 303, 319, 323,

— Lady, i. 823, 324
Ferdinand, Prince (tee Wiirtem- 


— Prince (see Brunswick)
Relding, Captain, i. 270 ; ii. 16 

— Mrs., i. 270 ; ii. 16 

— the Misses, i. 270 ; ii. 16, 17,

Finch, Lady Charlotte, i. 47, 73,
127, 179, 219, 268-270, 273 ;
ii. 6, 16, 27, 72, 172, 189, 240 

— Miss, i. 270
Finlay, Mr.,i. 53 

Fischer, i. 66, 143, 144, 155, 186,
203, 207, 224, 231 

— Dr., ii. 109,147, 148, 152 

— MiB., ii. 110, 111, 147, 148 




Fisher, Dr., ii. 226 

— the llev. John {see Biahop of

Pltzgerald, Captain, i. 160 

— Lord Robert, ii. 17 

— Lord Edward, iL 17
Fitzherbert, Mrs., i. 257, 268,269
Fitzroy, Liuly Anne, ii. 274
FojrWer, Abb^, i. 266 ; ii. 268
Folfitoue, the Misses, ii. 136, 137, 

143 144
Ford, Dr., i. 180
Forrest, Mr., i. 278, 316; ii. 38, 

39, 40, 98, 139, 146, 166, 229, 

248, 272 

— Mrs., U. 118, 166,272
Forsyth, i. 302
Fortnum, ii. 28
Foster, Miss, i. 826 

Fox, Mr. Charles, i. 36, 36, 166,
209-212, 228, 297 ; iL 33, 69,

Fox-Strangways, Lady Susan, i.

Frame, Mr., i. 62 

Frederica Charlotte Ulrica, Prin-
cess Royal of Prussia {eee
Duchess of York) 

Frederick, Prince (Me Duke of

Frisker, i. 279 

Frowd, ii. 166, 231, 232 

— , Mrs., ii. 232 

Fnr, Mr., i. 66, 66, 111,117, 170, 

~Mrs.,i. 66; ii.l07 

— Miss, i. 66,66,66,107,108,171
Fr?er, Dr., ii. 166-168
Fuhling, Mr., i. 129, 187 ; ii. 25 

— Mrs.,!. 129 

— Miss, i. 129 

Fuller, Mrs. Thomas, ii. l46
Fuseli, Mr., ii. 166-168 

GAINSBOROUGH, i. 106, 114, 

116, 271, 272
Gale, Miss, i. 106
Galli, Mademoiselle, i. 109
Ganas, i. 134
Gardel, i. 110,189
Garrick, i. 204, 205 


Garth, General, ii. 131 

Garton, Mr., ii. 160, 162, 288, 

Gascoigne, Mr. and Mrs., ii 201, 


— the Misses, i. 267
Gates, i. 290, 291
Geor^ IL, KiD^, i. 2 

— III., King, i. 2, 4, 8, 10-14,
17-26, 30, 32-^, 42, 43, 49,
60. 66, 66, 78, 94, 103, 106,
120, 121, 124, 126, 144, 160-
163, 189, 193, 196, 202, 205, 

206, 213, 216, 217, 219, 221,
222, 225, 230, 239, 241, 246,
254, 257-262, 264, 270, 271,
272, 275, 277, 297, 298, 303,
304, 306, 309, 810, 311, 312,
318, 326, 327, 328; ii. 6^1,
33, 34, 54-67, 61^68, 71-75,
81-84, 87-93, 97-101, 104,
105, 108, 112-116, 120, 122,
126, 127, 129, 132, 134, 136,
149, 160, 169, 160, 168, 174,
185-190, 200, 202, 203, 207,
208, 211, 214-217, 219-222,
233-237, 239, 240, 244, 254,
265, 266, 267, 272-276, 288,
287, 290, 291, 292, 300, 301,

— IV., King, i. 26, 29; ii. 33,

— Augustus Frederick, Prince
(m« Prince of Wales) 

Geminioni, i. 166 

Germany, Emperor of, i. 84, 184 ; 

ii. 80/81, 127, 239
Giardini, i. 133, 149, 189, 200, 

207, 234 ; ii. 179 

Gibbons, the Rev. Canon, i. 288,

— Mrs., i. 326
Giffiud, Mr., i. 232
Giffiudi^re, Monsieur, i. 64
Gloucester, Duke of, i. 11,27; 

ii. 113 

— Duchess of, ii. 181, 301, 308
Goldsmith,!. 114
Goldsworthy, General, i. 272 ; ii. 


— Miss,i. 61, 01, 130, 273; ii.
6, 13, 16, 26, 72 




Oomm, MisB, ii. 74
Goner, i. 279 

Goodall, the Rev. S., i. 1P7
Gordon, DuchesA of, ii. 101 

— Lady Charlotte, ii. 169 

— Lord George, L 118, 119
Gore (singer), i. 289, 310; ii. 139, 

Gosset, Mrs., ii. 149
Graeme, General, i. 2, 5, 6, 8
Grafton, Duke of, i. 8
Graham, Mr. and Mrs., ii. 40 

— Mrs., i. 317
Grant, Captain, i. 320
Grape, Mr., i. 309 

— Mrs.ii. 137 

— the Rev. Canon, ii. 137
Grasse, Count de, i. 156, 165
Green, Miss, ii. 77, 78, 214 

— Mr., i. 61 

— (organ builder"), ii. 98
Greene, Mrs., i. 137, 190
Gretiville, Lord, ii. 7, 55
Grevilie, Lady Louisa, i. 12
Griesbach, Messrs., i. 142, 288, 

31(5, 826, 327, 328, 330; ii.38, 

126, 135, 162, 236, 257, 271
Grieswell, iL 4, 11, 92, 112, 220, 

Griffiths, Mr., ii. 192, 193, 194, 


— Miss, ii. 92, 196 

— Mrs., i. 38
Grosvenor, Lord, i. 232
Grove,Mr., i. 96, 101 

— Mrs., i. 96, 101, 116, 171
Guard, the Misses, i. 317 ; ii. 

Guest, Miss, i. 162, 263
Gunning, General, i. 295
Gwyn, Mrs., i. 48 

II AGEDORN, Mademoiselle, i. 6, 

13, 26, 304 ; ii. 259
Haines, Major, L 143 

— Miss, i. 281 

ITallum, Mr. and Miss, ii. 150
Hamilton, Duchess of, i. 5, 22,

— Lady Anne, i. 12 

— Lady Betty, i. 149 

Hamilton, Miss, i. 127 

Handel, i. 19, 155, 188,316.328; 

u. 110, 184
Harcourt, Earl, i. 6, 272 ; ii. 72 

— Lady Elizabeth, i. 12
Hardwicke, Lord, i. 4
Harper, Miss, i. 190
Harris, Mr., i. 126, 137 

— Mr., ii. 235 

— Mrs., i. 271
Harrison, Mr., ii. 95 

— Mrs., ii. 96, 296
Harrop, Miss, i. 189
Hassler, Mr., ii. 257, 258
Hastings, Mrs., ii. 37
Hatch, Mr., ii. 202
Haverfield, Mr., i. 62, 145, 187 

— Mrs., i. 106, 129, 139, I45,
156, 187 

— John, i. 62 ; ii. 62 

— Thomas, i. 62 ; ii. 52
Hawes, ii. 236, 241
Hawkins, Dr. Caesar, i. 49 ; ii. 122 

— Dr. Pennell, L 49, 74, 270;
ii. 122 

— , Mre., ii. 45 

Haydn, i. 156, 289, 316; ii. 136, 

190, 210, 235, 263, 271, 289, 

290. 292, 295-297
Healey, ii. 91
Heath, Dr., i. 283; ii. 249 

— the Misses, ii. 249, 250
Heathiield, Lord, ii. 230
Heberden, Dr., i. 298 ; ii. 7, 149, 


Henderson, Mr. (actor), i. 189,
204, 205, 206 

Henry, Prince (gee Duke of

Herschel, Dr., i. 246, 261-266,
263, 275, 282, 288, 299, 300,
816, 330; ii. 126, 129, 189,
147, 149-163, 234, 260-271 

— Miss, i. 246, 261, 263, 276,
282 299 

— Mr^., i. 800, 816 ; ii. 129, 147,
168, 269, 270 

— Alexander, i. 253; ii. 270
Hesse-Cassel, Prince of, i. 267
Hesse-Homburg, Landgravine of, 

U. 172 




Ilexter, Mrs., i. 197
Hicks, Captain, ii. 17
Hill, i. 314
Hodgson, Mr., ii. 238 

— Mrs., ii. 237, 238
Hoffham, Mrs., i. 164, 166
Holdernewe, Countess of, i. 128, 


— Earl of, i. 274 

Holland, KinR: of, i. 292; ii.

— Queen of, i. 292 

— Loid, L 228 

— Sir Nathaniel, ii. 77 

— Lady, ii. 77
Hollis, i. 52 

Hood,Lord, i.209,210
Hopkins, Mr., L 317 

— Mrs., ii. 261
Hoppner, Mr., i. 232, 296 

— Mrs., i. 296 

Hordenberg, Baron and Baroness, 

i. 263
Horn, Dr., ii. 205, 212 

— Mr. Thomas, ii. 205, 206 

— Mrs. Thomas, i. 88 ; ii. 206,

— Mr.,ii. 190,234 

— Miss, ii. 206 

— Mr. Charles, i. 255, 256; ii.
169, 264, 265. 272 

— Mrs., i. 256; ii. 264, 265,

House, Messrs., i. 211
Howard, Lady Betty, i. 74 

— Lord, ii. 20 

Howe, Lady Mary, ii. 211
Hewlett, Miss, i. 157
Hughes, Mr., ii. 181
Hulmandel, i. 316, 317, 326 ; ii. 

41, 188
HiUse, Colonel, i. 92, 159, 160, 

Hummel, i. 155
Hiiniber, Madame, i. 169 

— Mr., ii. 197
Hiinnemann, Mr., 200, 230, 236 ; 

ii. 170, 171 

— Mrs., 293; ii. 170, 171, 255
Hunter, Dr., i. 130 

Hurd, Dr. (sm Bishop of Wor-

INGRAM, Miss, ii. 159
Isham, Mr. and Mrs., i. 96 

JACKSON, Dr., ii. 294
Jacobi, Baron, ii. 268 

— Miss. u. 267, 268. 269, 271
James, Mrs., 57, 110, 171
Janssen family, ii. 294 

Jarvis, Mt., i. 277 ; ii. 88, 39, 40,

Jervois, Mr., i. 318, 325.326 ; ii. 36,
37, 82, 96, 136, 138, 139, 202,
203, 206, 210, 2iK), 248, 251 

— Mr. (jun.), 1.325 

— Mrs., i. 318, 326, 328, 329,
330; ii. 36, 37, 82, 96, lOo,
106, 202, 203, 204, 207, 210,

— the Misses, i. 326 ; ii. 82, 202,
203, 204, 210 

Johnson, Dr. Samuel, i. 96, 100, 

Jordan, Mrs., i. 232, 260 ; ii. 173
Joseph II. (see Emperor of Ger-

KAMAZUSH, General, ii. 120, 

130, 147
Kamm (flutist), L 231
Kamus, Mr., 90, 160, 163, 170, 

306; ii. 11, 90, 112, 126, 127, 


— William, i. 91
Kaufmann, Angelica, 1. 114
Kay, Mrs., i. 55, 56, 58. 98, 108, 

118, 168, 170, 171 ; ii. 107 

— Miss, i. 56, 111,172
Mr., i. 55, 117, 170, 172 

Kead, i. 173, 175, 178, 186, 199, 

222,237,292; ii. 171, 293
Keate, Mr., ii. 193-196 

— Robert, ii. 196 

Keene, Mr. Whitshed, ii. 33
Kellner, i. 203, 223. 231, 316
Kemble, Mr., ii. 133, 181 

— Mrs., ii. 133, 173, 181
Kennedy, Mr., i. 225 

— Mrs., i. 256; ii. 254, 295
Kennett (Lord Mayor), i. 23, 121
Kennicott, Mr. and Mrs., i. 310 




Kent, Duke of, i. 30, 61, 73, 268
Keppel, Admiral, i. 101 

— Lady Elizabeth, i. 12
Kerr, Ladv Essex, i. 12
Khrone, Dr., i. 220
Kiflfr, Mr., i. 123, 126. 182
—Mrs., i. 182 

— 1.260 

— Miss, ii. 202
Kinloch, Sir David, ii. 209
Kirby,Mr.,i. 47, 106, 129
Knight, Mr., ii. 195
Knissel, Miss, ii. 257, 268
Knyvett, Mr., i. 66, 102
Kohler, Mr., ii. 165,198, 202,241, 

262, 266 

— Mrs., ii. 262
Kotzebue, ii. 167
Kozebucb, i. 316-^27 ; ii. 169
Kmmpholtus, Madame, ii. 185, 

Kuffe, Mr., L 30 

LAFITTE, Madame de, i. 310; 

ii. 136, 143, 153, 217,223, 224, 

Lake, General, i. 92, 159,160, 258, 

Lang, Mr., i. 285, 286
Langford, Dr., i. 197 

— Mr., i. 98 

— Mrs., i. 98, 108, 172
Lascelles, General, ii. 159
Laverocke, Miss, i. 10, 303, 304
Lawrence, Mr., ii. 131, 132, 176, 


— Mrs., ii. 131, 132, 176, 199 

— Sir Thomas, i. 116; ii. Ill,
129-l;i4, 136, 141, 142, 143,
145, 146, 167, 168, 166-168,
170, 175, 176, 180, 181, 198-
200, 204, 252 

I^each, Mr., ii. 276 

I^nnox, Lady Sarah, i. 12, 35 

— Colonel (afterwards Duke of
Richmond), ii. 99, 100, 102,
103, 159 

Leoni, i. 137 

Lewis, Lee, i. 125, 126, 190, 250 

Lind, Dr.. ii. 147-149 

— Mrs., ii. 147-149 


Linley, the Misses, i. 94, 109,

— Mr., i. 188
Llandaff, Bishop of, ii. 67
Lockley, Mr., 186, 257, 304 

— Mrs., 186 

London, Bishop of, ii. 84, 186, 

187, 292
I^ng, Mr., ii. 204, 206
York, Duke of, i. 11, 36 

— Frederick, Duke of, i. 31, 61,
94, 131, 132,232, 268; ii. 9,
67, 69, 66, 99, 102, 103, 166,
196, 196, 273-276, 284, 287,

— Duchess of, u. 273-276, 28i^-
286, 287 

— Archbishop of, ii. 67, 84
Young, Miss, 1. 190, 206, 260 ; ii. 

Younge, Sir William, i. 309 

ZOFFANY, Mr., i. 82-89, 109,
136,138, 147, 160, 161, 1 66, 173,
182, 184, 281 ;ii. 117, 137-141,
176, 198-200, 204, 206, 207,

— Mrs., i. 86-89, 109, 136, 184,
266,281,302,306,316; ii67-
69, 76, 76, 116, 176, 206 

— Theresa, i. 184, 302, 316; ii.
36, 116, 140 

— CecUia,!. 184, 302, 316 ; ii. 86,
116, 140, 204, 206, 206 

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Was this Britain’s first black queen?

Queen Charlotte was the wife of George III and, like him, of German descent. But did she also have African ancestry? By Stuart Jeffries

Queen Charlotte

Sir Allan Ramsay’s 1762 portrait of Queen Charlotte in the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photograph: Guardian

Queen Charlotte died nearly two centuries ago but is still celebrated in her namesake American city. When you drive from the airport in North Carolina, you can’t miss the monumental bronze sculpture of the woman said to be Britain’s first black queen, dramatically bent backwards as if blown by a jet engine. Downtown, there is another prominent sculpture of Queen Charlotte, in which she’s walking with two dogs as if out for a stroll in 21st-century America.

Street after street is named after her, and Charlotte itself revels in the nickname the Queen City – even though, shortly after the city was named in her honour, the American War of Independence broke out, making her the queen of the enemy. And the city’s art gallery, the Mint museum, holds a sumptuous 1762 portrait of Charlotte by the Scottish portrait painter Allan Ramsay, showing the Queen of England in regal robes aged 17, the year after she married George III.

Charlotte is intrigued by its namesake. Some Charlotteans even find her lovable. “We think your queen speaks to us on lots of levels,” says Cheryl Palmer, director of education at the Mint museum. “As a woman, an immigrant, a person who may have had African forebears, botanist, a queen who opposed slavery – she speaks to Americans, especially in a city in the south like Charlotte that is trying to redefine itself.”

Yet Charlotte (1744-1818) has much less resonance in the land where she was actually queen. If she is known at all here, it is from her depiction in Alan Bennett’s play as the wife of “mad” King George III. We have forgotten or perhaps never knew that she founded Kew Gardens, that she bore 15 children (13 of whom survived to adulthood), and that she was a patron of the arts who may have commissioned Mozart.

Here, Charlotte is a woman who hasn’t so much intrigued as been regularly damned. In the opening of Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities she is dismissed in the second paragraph: “There was a king with a large jaw, and a queen with a plain face, on the throne of England.” Historian John H Plumb described her as “plain and undesirable”. Even her physician, Baron Christian Friedrich Stockmar, reportedly described the elderly queen as “small and crooked, with a true mulatto face”.

“She was famously ugly,” says Desmond Shawe-Taylor, surveyor of the Queen’s pictures. “One courtier once said of Charlotte late in life: ‘Her Majesty’s ugliness has quite faded.’ There was quite a miaow factor at court.”

Charlotte’s name was given to thoroughfares throughout Georgian Britain – most notably Charlotte Square in Edinburgh’s New Town – but her lack of resonance and glamour in the minds of Londoners is typified by the fact that there is a little square in Bloomsbury called Queen’s Square. In the middle is a sculpture of a queen. For much of the 19th century, the sculpture was thought to depict Queen Anne and, as a result, the square was known as Queen Anne’s Square. Only later was it realised that the sculpture actually depicted Charlotte and the square renamed Queen Square.

Hold on, you might be saying. Britain has had a black queen? Did I miss something? Surely Helen Mirren played Charlotte in the film The Madness of King George and she was, last time I looked, white? Yet the theory that Queen Charlotte may have been black, albeit sketchy, is nonetheless one that is gaining currency.

If you google Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, you’ll quickly come across a historian called Mario de Valdes y Cocom. He argues that her features, as seen in royal portraits, were conspicuously African, and contends that they were noted by numerous contemporaries. He claims that the queen, though German, was directly descended from a black branch of the Portuguese royal family, related to Margarita de Castro e Souza, a 15th-century Portuguese noblewoman nine generations removed, whose ancestry she traces from the 13th-century ruler Alfonso III and his lover Madragana, whom Valdes takes to have been a Moor and thus a black African.

It is a great “what if” of history. “If she was black,” says the historian Kate Williams, “this raises a lot of important suggestions about not only our royal family but those of most of Europe, considering that Queen Victoria’s descendants are spread across most of the royal families of Europe and beyond. If we class Charlotte as black, then ergo Queen Victoria and our entire royal family, [down] to Prince Harry, are also black … a very interesting concept.”

That said, Williams and many other historians are very sceptical about Valdes’s theory. They argue the generational distance between Charlotte and her presumed African forebear is so great as to make the suggestion ridiculous. Furthermore, they say even the evidence that Madragana was black is thin.

But Valdes suggests that the way Queen Charlotte is depicted in Ramsay’s 1762 portrait – which US artist Ken Aptekar is now using as the starting point for a new art project called Charlotte’s Charlotte – supports the view she had African ancestors.

Valdes writes: “Artists of that period were expected to play down, soften or even obliterate undesirable features in a subject’s face. [But] Sir Allan Ramsay was the artist responsible for the majority of the paintings of the queen, and his representations of her were the most decidedly African of all her portraits.”

Valdes’s suggestion is that Ramsay was an anti-slavery campaigner who would not have suppressed any “African characteristics” but perhaps might have stressed them for political reasons. “I can’t see it to be honest,” says Shawe-Taylor. “We’ve got a version of the same portrait. I look at it pretty often and it’s never occurred to me that she’s got African features of any kind. It sounds like the ancestry is there and it’s not impossible it was reflected in her features, but I can’t see it.”

Is it possible that other portraitists of Queen Charlotte might have soft-pedalled her African features? “That makes much more sense. It’s quite possible. The thing about Ramsay is that, unlike Reynolds and Gainsborough, who were quite imprecise in their portraits, he was a very accurate depicter of his subjects, so that if she looked slightly more African in his portraits than others, that might be because she was more well depicted. How can you tell? She’s dead!”

Shawe-Taylor says that a more instructive source of images of Queen Charlotte might well be the many caricatures of her held at the British Museum. “None of them shows her as African, and you’d suspect they would if she was visibly of African descent. You’d expect they would have a field day if she was.”

In fact, Charlotte may not have been our first black queen: there is another theory that suggests that Philippa of Hainault (1314-69), consort of Edward III and a woman who may have had African ancestry, holds that title.

As for Valdes, he turns out to be an independent historian of the African diaspora who has argued that Peter Ustinov, Heather Locklear, the Medicis, and the Vanderbilts have African ancestry. His theory about Charlotte even pops up on http://www.100greatblackbritons.com, where she appears alongside Mary Seacole, Shirley Bassey, Sir Trevor McDonald, Zadie Smith, Naomi Campbell and Baronness Scotland as one of our great Britons. Despite being thus feted, Charlotte has not yet had much attention, say, during the annual Black History week in Britain.

Perhaps she should get more. The suggestion that Queen Charlotte was black implies that her granddaughter (Queen Victoria) and her great-great-great-great-granddaughter (Queen Elizabeth II) had African forebears. Perhaps, instead of just being a boring bunch of semi-inbred white stiffs, our royal family becomes much more interesting. Maybe – and this is just a theory – the Windsors would do well to claim their African heritage: it might be a PR coup, one that would strengthen the bonds of our queen’s beloved Commonwealth.

Or would our royal family be threatened if it were shown they had African forebears? “I don’t think so at all. There would be no shame attached to it all,” says the royal historian Hugo Vickers. “The theory does not impress me, but even if it were true, the whole thing would have been so diluted by this stage that it couldn’t matter less to our royal family. It certainly wouldn’t show that they are significantly black.”

What’s fascinating about Aptekar’s project is that he started by conducting focus group meetings with people from Charlotte to find out what the Queen and her portrait meant to citizens of the US city. “I took my cues from the passionate responses of individuals whom I asked to help me understand what Queen Charlotte represents to them.”

The resulting suite of paintings is a series of riffs on that Ramsay portrait of Charlotte. In one, a reworked portion of the portrait shows the queen’s face overlaid with the words “Black White Other”. Another Aptekar canvas features an even tighter close up, in which the queen’s face is overlaid with the words “Oh Yeah She Is”.

Among those who attended Aptekar’s focus groups is congressman Mel Watt, one of very few African-Americans in the House of Representatives and who represents the 12th district of North Carolina which includes Charlotte. “In private conversations, African-Americans have always acknowledged and found a sense of pride in this ‘secret’,” says Watt. “It’s great that this discussion can now come out of the closet into the public places of Charlotte, so we all can acknowledge and celebrate it.”

What about the idea that she was an immigrant – a German teenager who had to make a new life in England in the late 18th century?

“We were a lot more immigrant-friendly in those days than we were friendly to people of colour,” says Watt. “We all recognised that we all came from some place else. But there was always a sense of denial, even ostracism, about being black. Putting the history on top of the table should make for opportunities for provocative, healing conversations.”

Does Valdes’s theory conclusively determine that Queen Charlotte had African forebears? Hardly. And if she had African forebears, would that mean we could readily infer she was black? That, surely, depends on how we define what it is to be black. In the US, there was for many decades a much-derided “one-drop rule”, whereby any white-looking person with any percentage of “black blood” was not regarded as being really white. Although now just a historical curio, it was controversially invoked recently by the African-American lawyer Alton Maddox Jr, who argued that under the one-drop rule, Barack Obama wouldn’t be the first black president.

In an era of mixed-race celebrities such as Tiger Woods and Mariah Carey, and at a time when in the US, the UK and any other racially diverse countries mixed-raced relationships are common, this rule seems absurd. But without such a rule, how do we determine Charlotte’s ethnicity? If she is black, aren’t we all?

It’s striking that on US and UK census forms, respondents are asked to choose their own race by ticking the box with which they most closely identify (though there can be problems with this: some people in Cornwall are angry that the 2011 census form will not allow them to self-define as Cornish because only 37,000 ticked that box in the 2001 census and that figure has been deemed too small to constitute a separate ethnic group). We will never know which box Queen Charlotte would have ticked, though we can take a good guess. But maybe that isn’t the most important issue, anyway.

For congressman Watt’s wife Eulada, along with some other African-Americans in Charlotte, the most important issue is what the possibility that Queen Charlotte was black may mean for people in the city now. “I believe African-American Charlotteans have always been proud of Queen Charlotte’s heritage and acknowledge it with a smile and a wink,” she says. “Many of us are now enjoying a bit of ‘I told you so’, now that the story is out.”

But isn’t her heritage too sketchy to be used to heal old wounds? “Hopefully, the sketchiness will inspire others to further research and documentation of our rich history. Knowing more about an old dead queen can play a part in reconciliation.”

And if an old dead queen can help improve racial trust in an American city, perhaps she could do something similar over here. Whether she will, though, is much less certain.

Queen Victoria, Grandmother Queen Charlotte


Queen Victoria


What is the big to-do over the blood lines of Queen Charlotte?

Is it so far fetched that the grandmother of Queen Victoria and the great-great-grandmother of Queen Elizabeth II was a German princess with African blood?  Is it impossible as some argue or is it quite possible as their foes contend?  Queen Charlotte having African blood?  It probably shakes the foundation of too many long held beliefs about royal blood, pure blood, European stock, etc. that so many New Englanders, Southern aristocrats, and royalists like to hold onto.  But here’s what’s been written:

According to speeches given by her great-great-granddaughter Queen Elizabeth II, including her coronation speech in 1953, it isn’t so far in the realm of impossibilities, as the currently reigning Monarch mentioned her African as well as Asian heritage.   In addition, Queen Charlotte’s trusted personal physician, Baron Stockmar, described each of the royals in his memoires:

The Regent.Very stout, though of a fine figure ; distinguished manners; does not talk half as much as his brothers; speaks tolerably good French. He ate and drank a good deal at dinner. His brown scratch wig not particularly becoming.’

The Duke of York, the eldest of the Regent’s brothers. ‘ Tall, with immense embonpoint, and not proportionately strong legs ; he holds himself in such a way that one is always afraid he will tumble over backwards; very bald, and not a very intelligent face : one can see that eating, drinking, and sensual pleasure, are everything to him. Spoke a good deal of French, with a bad accent.’

Duke of Clarence (afterwards King William IV.). ‘The smallest and least good-looking of the brothers, decidedly like his mother, as talkative as the rest.’

The Queen Mother (Charlotte, wife of George III.). ‘ Small and crooked, with a true Mulatto face.'”

Rewind that.  The royal physician who intricately describes each member of the royal family in great detail in his memoir published in 1872, wrote “The Queen Mother (Charlotte, wife of George III)….with a true Mulatto face.”  A True Mulatto face. That’s how Queen Charlotte’s personal physician chose to immortalize the former Queen and Queen Mother in his memoirs!

Anyhoo, there are bloggers who are skeptical regarding the Afrocentric portraits the royal painters Allan Ramsay and Zoffrey created (like the one above) during Queen Charlotte’s reign and they argue there are no African features evident in these portraits.  I only have one question, okay, maybe two questions?  Are those people looking at the same royal portrait I’m looking at and are those people who looked at the mocha-colored Queen the same ones who told the naked Emperor he had on beautiful invisible raiments in Hans Christian Andersen’s The Emperor’s New Clothes?

Look folks, I’m not a scientist, I’m a writer, and in my nonscientific writer opinion, she looks very African-esque, if you will and besides, her own doctor said she looked Mulatto.  Therefore,  I conclude, if it looks like a Mulatto duck, walks like a Mulatto duck, flies like a Mulatto duck, quacks like a Mulatto duck, and reigns in portraits like a Mulatto duck, there’s probably some Mulatto duck in the duck, even if the duck is from Germany.


A.M. Calberg

From PBS.com

With features as conspicuously Negroid as they were reputed to be by her contemporaries, it is no wonder that the black community, both in the U.S. and throughout the British Commonwealth, have rallied around pictures of Queen Charlotte, Queen Elizabeth the II’s great-great-grandmother,  for generations. They have pointed out the physiological traits that so obviously identify the ethnic strain of the young woman who, at first glance, looks almost anomalous, portrayed as she usually is, in the sumptuous splendour of her coronation robes.

Queen Charlotte, wife of the English King George III (1738-1820), was directly descended from Margarita de Castro y Sousa, a black branch of the Portuguese Royal House. The riddle of Queen Charlotte’s African ancestry was solved as a result of an earlier investigation into the black magi featured in 15th century Flemish paintings. Two art historians had suggested that the black magi must have been portraits of actual contemporary people (since the artist, without seeing them, would not have been aware of the subtleties in colouring and facial bone structure of quadroons or octoroons which these figures invariably represented) Enough evidence was accumulated to propose that the models for the black magi were, in all probability, members of the Portuguese de Sousa family. (Several de Sousas had in fact traveled to the Netherlands when their cousin, the Princess Isabella went there to marry the Grand Duke, Philip the Good of Burgundy in the year 1429.)

Six different lines can be traced from English Queen Charlotte back to Margarita de Castro y Sousa, in a gene pool which because of royal inbreeding was already minuscule, thus explaining the Queen’s unmistakable African appearance.

Queen Charlotte’s Portrait:
The Royal Family The Negroid characteristics of the Queen’s portraits certainly had political significance since artists of that period were expected to play down, soften or even obliterate undesirable features in a subjects’s face. Sir Allan Ramsay was the artist responsible for the majority of the paintings of the Queen and his representations of her were the most decidedly African of all her portraits. Ramsey was an anti-slavery intellectual of his day. He also married the niece of Lord Mansfield, the English judge whose 1772 decision was the first in a series of rulings that finally ended slavery in the British Empire. It should be noted too that by the time Sir Ramsay was commissioned to do his first portrait of the Queen, he was already , by marriage, uncle to Dido Elizabeth Lindsay, the black grand niece of Lord Mansfield.

Thus, from just a cursory look at the social awareness and political activism at that level of English society, it would be surprising if the Queen’s negroid physiogomy was of no significance to the Abolitionist movement.

The Royal Family Lord Mansfield’s black grand niece, for example, Ms. Lindsay, was the subject of at least two formal full sized portraits. Obviously prompted by or meant to appeal to abolitionist sympathies, they depicted the celebrated friendship between herself and her white cousin, Elizabeth Murray, another member of the Mansfield family. One of the artists was none other than Zoffany, the court painter to the royal family, for whom the Queen had sat on a number of occasions.

It is perhaps because of this fairly obvious case of propagandistic portraiture that makes one suspect that Queen Charlotte’s coronation picture, copies of which were sent out to the colonies, signified a specific stance on slavery held, at least, by that circle of the English intelligencia to which Allan Ramsay, the painter belonged.

  • More on Queen Charlotte
  • Revealed: the Queen’s black ancestors
    The Times of London reports that a Portuguese descendent of Queen Charlotte confirmed Valdes’ research into her heritage. (June 6, 1999)
  • Was this Britain’s first black queen?
    “The suggestion that Queen Charlotte was black implies that her granddaughter (Queen Victoria) and her great-great-great-great-granddaughter (Queen Elizabeth II) had African forebears. Perhaps, instead of just being a boring bunch of semi-inbred white stiffs, our royal family becomes much more interesting.” (The Guardian, March 12, 2009)

For the initial work into Queen Charlotte’s genealogy, a debt of gratitude is owed the History Department of McGill University. It was the director of the Burney Project (Fanny Burney, the prolific 19th century British diarist, had been secretary to the Queen), Dr. Joyce Hemlow, who obtained from Olwen Hedly, the most recent biographer of the Queen Charlotte (1975), at least half a dozen quotes by her contemporaries regarding her negroid features. Because of its “scientific” source, the most valuable of Dr. Hedley’s references would, probably, be the one published in the autobiography of the Queen’s personal physician, Baron Stockmar, where he described her as having “…a true mulatto face.”

Perhaps the most literary of these allusions to her African appearance, however, can be found in the poem penned to her on the occasion of her wedding to George III and the Coronation celebration that immediately followed.

Descended from the warlike Vandal race,
She still preserves that title in her face.
Tho’ shone their triumphs o’er Numidia’s plain,
And and Alusian fields their name retain;
They but subdued the southern world with arms,
She conquers still with her triumphant charms,
O! born for rule, – to whose victorious brow
The greatest monarch of the north must bow.

Finally, it should be noted that the Royal Household itself, at the time of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, referred to both her Asian and African bloodlines in an apologia it published defending her position as head of the Commonwealth.

More about Research into the Black Magi:
In the Flemish masterpieces depicting the Adoration of the Magi, the imagery of the black de Sousas had been utilized as both religious and political propaganda to support Portugal’s expansion into Africa. In addition, the Flemish artists had drawn from a vocabulary of blackness which, probably due to the Reformation and the Enlightenment, has long since been forgotten. There was a wealth of positive symbolism that had been attributed to the black African figure during the Middle Ages. Incredible as it would seem to us today, such images had been used to represent not only Our Lady – evidence of which can be found in the cult of the Black Madonna that once proliferated in Europe – but in heraldic traditions, the Saviour and God the Father, Himself.

Descendants of George III and Queen Charlotte

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Here a list of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of King George III of the United Kingdom and his queen, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Their children include King George IV of the United Kingdom, King William IV of the United Kingdom and King Ernest Augustus I of Hanover. Their grandchildren include Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and King George V of Hanover. Their great-grandchildren include King Edward VII of the United Kingdom and Ernest Augustus, Crown Prince of Hanover.

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Name Birth Death Notes
George IV 12 August 1762 26 June 1830 married 1795, Caroline of Brunswick; had issue
Frederick, Duke of York 16 August 1763 5 January 1827 married 1791, Princess Frederica Charlotte of Prussia; no issue
William IV 21 August 1765 20 June 1837 married 1818, Princess Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen; had issue
Charlotte, Princess Royal 29 September 1766 6 October 1828 married 1797, Frederick I of Württemberg; no surviving issue
Edward, Duke of Kent 2 November 1767 23 January 1820 married 1818, Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld; had issue
Princess Augusta Sophia 8 November 1768 22 September 1840
Princess Elizabeth 22 May 1770 10 January 1840 married 1818, Frederick, Landgrave of Hesse-Homburg; no issue
Ernest Augustus I of Hanover 5 June 1771 18 November 1851 married 1815, Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; had issue
Augustus, Duke of Sussex 27 January 1773 21 April 1843 married (1) 1793 (in contravention with the Royal Marriages Act 1772) Lady Augusta Murray; annulled 1794; had issue; (2) 1831 (again in contravention of the Act) Cecilia Underwood, Duchess of Inverness; no issue
Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge 24 February 1774 8 July 1850 married 1818, Princess Augusta of Hesse-Cassel; had issue
Princess Mary, Duchess of Gloucester 25 April 1776 30 April 1857 married 1815, Prince William, Duke of Gloucester; no issue
Princess Sophia 3 November 1777 27 May 1848
Prince Octavius 23 February 1779 3 May 1783
Prince Alfred 22 September 1780 20 August 1782
Princess Amelia 7 August 1783 2 November 1810

[edit] Grandchildren

56 illegitimate

Name Birth Death Notes
Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales 7 January 1796 6 November 1817 married 1816, Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld; no surviving issue
Princess Charlotte of Clarence 21 March 1819 21 March 1819
Princess Elizabeth of Clarence 10 December 1820 4 March 1821
Queen Victoria 24 May 1819 22 January 1901 married 1840, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha; had issue
George V of Hanover 27 May 1819 12 June 1878 married 1843, Marie of Saxe-Altenburg; had issue
Prince George, Duke of Cambridge 26 March 1819 17 March 1904 married 1847, Sarah Fairbrother; had issue (in contravention of Royal Marriages Act 1772. All issue illegitimate)
Princess Augusta of Cambridge 19 July 1822 5 December 1916 married 1843, Friedrich Wilhelm, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; had issue
Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge 27 November 1833 27 October 1897 married 1866, Francis, Duke of Teck; had issue

[edit] Great-grandchildren

Name Birth Death Notes
Victoria, Princess Royal 21 November 1840 5 August 1901 married 1858 Frederick III, German Emperor and King of Prussia; had issue
Edward VII 9 November 1841 6 May 1910 married 1863, Princess Alexandra of Denmark; had issue
Princess Alice 25 April 1843 14 December 1878 married 1862, Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse and by the Rhine; had issue
Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha 6 August 1844 31 July 1900 married 1874, Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna of Russia; had issue
Princess Helena 25 May 1846 9 June 1923 married 1866, Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein; had issue
Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll 18 March 1848 3 December 1939 married 1871, John Campbell, 9th Duke of Argyll; no issue
Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn 1 May 1850 16 January 1942 married 1879, Princess Louise Margaret of Prussia; had issue
Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany 7 April 1853 28 March 1884 married 1882, Princess Helena of Waldeck and Pyrmont; had issue
Princess Beatrice 14 April 1857 26 October 1944 married 1885, Prince Henry of Battenberg; had issue
Ernest Augustus, Crown Prince of Hanover 21 September 1845 14 November 1923 married 1878, Princess Thyra of Denmark; had issue
Princess Frederica of Hanover 9 January 1848 16 October 1926 married 1880, Baron Alfons von Pawel-Rammingen; no surviving issue
Princess Marie of Hanover 3 December 1849 4 June 1904
Adolf Friedrich V, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz 22 July 1848 11 June 1914 married 1877, Princess Elisabeth of Anhalt; had issue
Princess Victoria Mary of Teck 26 May 1867 24 March 1953 married 1893, Prince George, Duke of York, later George V; had issue
Prince Adolphus of Teck 13 August 1868 23 October 1927 married 1894, Lady Margaret Evelyn Grosvenor; had issue
Prince Francis of Teck 9 January 1870 22 October 1910
Prince Alexander of Teck 14 April 1874 16 January 1957 married 1904, Princess Alice of Albany; had issue

Queen Victoria’s Grandmother, The German Queen Charlotte of African Descent?

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Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

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Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Charlotte Mecklenburg-Strelitz, by studio of Allan Ramsay, 1762
Queen consort of Great Britain and Ireland later
of the United Kingdom and of Hanover
Tenure 8 September 1761 – 17 November 1818 (&0000000000000057.00000057 years, &0000000000000070.00000070 days)
Coronation 22 September 1761
Spouse George III
George IV
Frederick, Duke of York and Albany
William IV
Charlotte, Queen of Württemberg
Edward Augustus, Duke of Kent and Strathearn
Princess Augusta Sophia
Elizabeth, Langravine of Hesse-Homburg
Ernest Augustus I, King of Hanover
Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex
Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge
Mary, Duchess of Gloucester and Edinburgh
Princess Sophia
Prince Octavius
Prince Alfred
Princess Amelia
Full name
Sophia Charlotte
House House of Hanover (by marriage)
House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (by birth)
Father Charles I Ludwig Frederick, Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Mother Princess Elizabeth Albertine of Saxe-Hildburghausen
Born 19 May 1744(1744-05-19)
Mirow, Germany
Died 17 November 1818 (aged 74)
Kew Palace, London
Burial 2 December 1818
St George’s Chapel, Windsor

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (19 May 1744 – 17 November 1818) was a Princess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz and Queen of the United Kingdom as the consort of King George III. She was also the Duchess of Brunswick-Lüneburg and electress of Hanover in the Holy Roman Empire until the promotion of her husband to King of Hanover on 12 October 1814, which made her Queen consort of Hanover.

Queen Charlotte was a patroness of the arts, known to Johann Christian Bach and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, among others. She was also an amateur botanist who helped expand Kew Gardens. George III and Queen Charlotte had 15 children, 13 of whom survived to adulthood.




[edit] Early life

Charlotte’s birthplace, Schloss Mirow

The future queen, Sophia Charlotte, was born on May 19, 1744. She was the youngest daughter of Duke Charles Louis Frederick of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Prince of Mirow and his wife, Princess Elizabeth Albertine of Saxe-Hildburghausen.

She was a granddaughter of Adolf Frederick II, Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz by his third wife, Christiane Emilie Antonie, Princess of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen. Her father’s elder half brother reigned from 1708 to 1753 as Adolf Friedrich III.

The children of the duke were all born at Schloss Mirow, a modest palace, or rather country house. The daily life at Mirow was nearly that of the family of some simple English country gentleman. [1] The morning was devoted to study and instruction in needlework, embroidery, and lace-making, in which the daughters were very skilfull They were brought up in the most careful way, receiving an admirable education, and being grounded in religious principles under the direction of their mother. [2] They were further directed by M. Gentzner, a Lutheran minister of many accomplishments, who had a particular knowledge of botany, mineralogy, and science. [3]


When King George III succeeded to the throne of England upon the death of his grandfather, George II, it was considered right that he should seek a bride who could fulfill all the duties of her exalted position in a manner that would satisfy the feelings of the country at large. [4] George was originally smitten with Lady Sarah Lennox, sister of the Duke of Richmond, but his mother the Dowager Princess of Wales and political advisor Lord Bute advised against the match and George abandoned his thoughts of marriage.

Charlotte’s husband, George III of the United Kingdom

Colonel Graeme, who had been sent to the various courts of Germany on a mission of investigation, reported the charms of character and the excellent qualities of mind possessed by the seventeen year old Princess Charlotte. [5] She was certainly not a beauty, but her countenance was very expressive and showed extreme intelligence ; not tall, but of a slight, rather pretty figure ; her eyes bright and sparkling with good humour and vivacity; her mouth large, but filled with white and even teeth ; and her hair a beautiful light brown colour. [6]

The King announced to his Council in July 1761, according to the usual form, his intentions respecting his marriage with the Princess, and Lord Hardwicke was despatched to Mecklenburg to solicit her hand in the King’s name. [7] Charlotte’s brother Adolf Friedrich IV, Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (reigned 1752–94) and her widowed mother, who actively sought a prominent marriage for the young princess, received him with every honour that the little Court was capable of showing him, and returned within a month after having completed all the necessary preliminaries, well pleased with his mission. [8]

At the end of August 1761 the cortege arrived that was to conduct Princess Charlotte to England: the Duchess of Ancaster, the Duchess of Hamilton, Ladies of the Bedchamber ; Mrs. Tracey, Bedchamber Woman; Earl Harcourt, Proxy for the King; and General Graeme, set out on their route. [9] A most dreadful storm of thunder overtook them, and the lightning set fire to several trees along a road through which they had to pass. [10]

They arrived nevertheless in safety at Cuxhaven, and embarked on a squadron of British yachts and warships under Admiral Anson (including the specially renamed HMY Royal Charlotte). They were nine days at sea due to a storm, the voyage being usually accomplished in about three days. Instead of going on to land at Greenwich, where everything was prepared for the reception of the Princess, Admiral Anson thought it better to make for the nearest port and docked at Harwich, where they remained at anchor for the night. This was on Sunday, the 6th of September, and landing the next morning they travelled to Essex, where they rested, and then continued their journey towards London. Arriving at St. James’s Palace on September 7th, she met the King and the royal family. The following day at nine o’clock (September 8th) the ceremony took place in the Chapel Royal and was performed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Secker. [11]

Life as Queen

Queen Charlotte with her children and brothers, by John Zoffany, 1771-72

In 1767, Francis Cotes drew a pastel of Queen Charlotte with her eldest daughter Charlotte, Princess Royal. Lady Mary Coke called the likeness “so like that it could not be mistaken for any other person”.[12]

Unfortunately, there can be little doubt that the early married life of the young Queen was scarcely a happy one. The King was worried with ministerial troubles, and the princess dowager, secure in the support of the favourite Lord Bute, was able to exert all the influence and authority which age and knowledge of the world and the position of a parent would give her over a young and inexperienced couple. [13] The young queen was unable to resist, and sort of palace despotism developed where her mother-in-law controlled all her actions. The king himself, strongly under his mother’s influence, was not inclined to interfere, and assumed that all was done rightly. Already she was not allowed to be too intimate with the English ladies of her household. It was laid down as being formal etiquette of the court that they should not approach her save under the direction of her German attendants. Card-playing, which she loved, was presently interdicted. [14]

Naturally, too, there were the German and the English factions of dependents; each jealously contending for their royal mistress’s favour, dictating the terms and conditions of their service, and threatening to go back to Germany unless particular privileges were given them. The poor queen had about as much anxiety and trouble with her dependents as her husband had with his insubordinate ministers or servants. [15]

Despite this the marriage was a success, and on August 12, 1762, the Queen gave birth to her first child, the Prince of Wales, who would later become George IV. On September 13, the Queen attended went to the Chapel Royal to offer the usual thanksgiving which took place after childbirth. The ceremony of christening the Prince of Wales, which took place at St. James’s Palace, was attended with every circumstance of splendour. The cradle upon which the infant lay was covered with a magnificent drapery of Brussels lace. [16] In the course of their marriage, they had 15 children, all but two of whom (Octavius and Alfred) survived into adulthood.

Around this time the King and Queen moved to Buckingham House, at the western end of St. James’s Park, which would later be known as Buckingham Palace. The house which forms the architectural core of the present palace was built for the first Duke of Buckingham and Normanby in 1703 to the design of William Winde. Buckingham House was eventually sold by Buckingham’s descendant, Sir Charles Sheffield, in 1761 to George III for £21,000[17] (£3,000,000 as of 2010).[18]

The house was originally intended as a private retreat, and in particular for Charlotte, and was known as The Queen’s House[19]—14 of their 15 children were born there. St. James’s Palace remained the official and ceremonial royal residence.[20]

Interests and patronage

“Patroness of Botany, and of the Fine Arts”

George III and Queen Charlotte were music connoisseurs and passionate admirers of George Frideric Handel; both had German taste, and gave special honour to German artists and composers. [21]

In 1764 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, then aged eight, arrived in Britain with his family as part of their grand tour of Europe and remained from April, 1764, until July, 1765. [22] The Mozarts were summoned to court on May 19, and played before a limited circle from six to ten o’clock. Johann Christian Bach, eleventh son of the great Johann Sebastian Bach, was then music-master to the Queen, put the difficult works of Handel, Bach, and Abel before the boy. He played them all at sight, and those present were quite amazed. [23] Afterwards he accompanied the Queen in an aria which she sang, and played on theflauto traverno in a solo. [24] On October 29, they were in town again, and were invited to court to celebrate the fourth anniversary of the King’s accession. As a memento of the royal favour, his father Leopold Mozart published six sonatas composed by Wolfgang, known as Mozart’s Opus 3, and were dedicated to the Queen on January 18, 1765, dedication she rewarded with a present of fifty guineas. [25]

Queen Charlotte was an amateur botanist who took a great interest Kew Gardens, and, in an age of discovery, when travellers and explorers such as Captain Cook and Sir Joseph Banks were constantly bringing home new species and varieties of plants, saw that the collections were greatly enriched and expanded. [26] Her interest in botany led to the magnificent South African flower, the Bird of Paradise, being named Strelitzia reginae in her honour. [27]

Among the royal couple’s favored craftsmen and artists were the cabinetmaker William Vile, silversmith Thomas Heming, the landscape designer Capability Brown, and the German painter Johann Zoffany, who frequently painted the king and queen and their children in charmingly informal scenes, such as a portrait of Queen Charlotte and her children as she sat at her dressing table.[28]

The queen also founded orphanages and a hospital for expectant mothers. The education of women was a great importance to her, and she saw to it that her daughters were better educated than was usual for young women of the day. However, she insisted that her daughters live restricted lives close to their mother, and refused to allow them to marry until they were well-advanced in years, with the result that none of her daughters had legitimate issue (one, Princess Sophia, may have had an illegitimate son).

In 2004, the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace staged an exhibition illustrating George and Charlotte’s enthusiastic arts patronage, which was particularly enlightened in contrast to that of earlier Hanoverian monarchs; it compared favorably to the adventuresome tastes of the king’s father, Frederick, Prince of Wales.

Up until 1788, portraits of Charlotte often depict her in maternal poses with her children, and she looks young and contented.[29] However, in that year her husband fell seriously ill and became temporarily insane. It is now thought that the King was suffering from a genetic metabolic disorder, porphyria, but at the time the cause of the King’s illness was unknown. Sir Thomas Lawrence’s portrait of her at this time marks a transition point after which she looks much older in her portraits. Indeed, the Assistant Keeper of Charlotte’s Wardrobe, Mrs. Papendiek, wrote that the Queen was “much changed, her hair quite grey”.[30]

Relations with Marie Antoinette

Charlotte sat for Sir Thomas Lawrence in September 1789. His portrait of her was exhibited at the Royal Academy the following year. Reviewers thought it “a strong likeness”.[31]

The French Revolution of 1789 probably added to the strain that Charlotte felt.[32] Queen Charlotte and Queen Marie Antoinette of France kept a close relationship. Queen Charlotte was 11 years older than the Queen of France yet they shared many interests, such as their love of music and the arts in which they both enthusiastically took an interest. Never meeting face to face they kept the friendship to pen and paper. Marie Antoinette confided in the Queen of Great Britain upon the outbreak of the French Revolution. Queen Charlotte had even organized apartments to be prepared and ready for the refugee royal family of France to stay in.[33] After the execution of Marie Antoinette and the bloody events that followed, Queen Charlotte was said to be shocked and overwhelmed that such a thing could happen to a kingdom, and right on Britain’s doorstep.

Husband’s illness

After the onset of his madness, George III was placed in the care of his wife, who could not bring herself to visit him very often, due to his erratic behaviour and occasional violent reactions. However, Charlotte remained supportive of her husband as his illness, now believed to be porphyria, worsened in old age. While her son, the Prince Regent, wielded the royal power, she was her husband’s legal guardian from 1811 until her death in 1818.

Later life

The queen died in the presence of her eldest son, the Prince Regent, who was holding her hand as she sat in an armchair at the family’s country retreat, Dutch House in Surrey (now known as Kew Palace). She was buried at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. Her husband died just over a year later. She is the second longest-serving consort in British history, having served as such from her marriage (on 8 September 1761) to her death (17 November 1818), a total of 57 years and 70 days.

Her eldest son, the Prince Regent, claimed Charlotte’s jewels at her death, but the rest of her property was sold at auction from May to August 1819. Her clothes, furniture, and even her snuff was sold by Christie’s.[34] It is highly unlikely that her husband ever knew of her death, and he died, blind, deaf, lame and insane, fourteen months later.


See also: Descendants of George III and Queen Charlotte

Name Birth Death Notes
George IV 12 August 1762 26 June 1830 married 1795, Princess Caroline of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel; had issue
The Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany 16 August 1763 5 January 1827 married 1791, Princess Frederica of Prussia; no issue
William IV 21 August 1765 20 June 1837 married 1818, Princess Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen; no surviving legitimate issue
Charlotte, Princess Royal 29 September 1766 6 October 1828 married 1797, King Frederick of Württemberg; no surviving issue
The Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn 2 November 1767 23 January 1820 married 1818, Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld; had issue (Queen Victoria)
The Princess Augusta Sophia 8 November 1768 22 September 1840 never married
The Princess Elizabeth 22 May 1770 10 January 1840 married 1818, Frederick, Landgrave of Hesse-Homburg; no issue
Ernest Augustus I of Hanover 5 June 1771 18 November 1851 married 1815, Princess Friederike of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; had issue
The Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex 27 January 1773 21 April 1843 (1) married in contravention of the Royal Marriages Act 1772, The Lady Augusta Murray; had issue; marriage annulled 1794
(2) married 1831, The Lady Cecilia Buggin (later 1st Duchess of Inverness); no issue
The Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge 24 February 1774 8 July 1850 married 1818, Princess Augusta of Hesse-Cassel; had issue
The Princess Mary, Duchess of Gloucester 25 April 1776 30 April 1857 married 1816, Prince William, Duke of Gloucester; no issue
The Princess Sophia 3 November 1777 27 May 1848 never married
The Prince Octavius 23 February 1779 3 May 1783 died in childhood
The Prince Alfred 22 September 1780 20 August 1782 died in childhood
The Princess Amelia 7 August 1783 2 November 1810 never marriedWith features as conspicuously Negroid as they were reputed to be by her contemporaries, it is no wonder that the black community, both in the U.S. and throughout the British Commonwealth, have rallied around pictures of Queen Charlotte for generations. They have pointed out the physiological traits that so obviously identify the ethnic strain of the young woman who, at first glance, looks almost anomalous, portrayed as she usually is, in the sumptuous splendour of her coronation robes.Queen Charlotte, wife of the English King George III (1738-1820), was directly descended from Margarita de Castro y Sousa, a black branch of the Portuguese Royal House. The riddle of Queen Charlotte’s African ancestry was solved as a result of an earlier investigation into the black magi featured in 15th century Flemish paintings. Two art historians had suggested that the black magi must have been portraits of actual contemporary people (since the artist, without seeing them, would not have been aware of the subtleties in colouring and facial bone structure of quadroons or octoroons which these figures invariably represented) Enough evidence was accumulated to propose that the models for the black magi were, in all probability, members of the Portuguese de Sousa family. (Several de Sousas had in fact traveled to the Netherlands when their cousin, the Princess Isabella went there to marry the Grand Duke, Philip the Good of Burgundy in the year 1429.)

Six different lines can be traced from English Queen Charlotte back to Margarita de Castro y Sousa, in a gene pool which because of royal inbreeding was already minuscule, thus explaining the Queen’s unmistakable African appearance.

Queen Charlotte’s Portrait:
The Royal Family The Negroid characteristics of the Queen’s portraits certainly had political significance since artists of that period were expected to play down, soften or even obliterate undesirable features in a subjects’s face. Sir Allan Ramsay was the artist responsible for the majority of the paintings of the Queen and his representations of her were the most decidedly African of all her portraits. Ramsey was an anti-slavery intellectual of his day. He also married the niece of Lord Mansfield, the English judge whose 1772 decision was the first in a series of rulings that finally ended slavery in the British Empire. It should be noted too that by the time Sir Ramsay was commissioned to do his first portrait of the Queen, he was already , by marriage, uncle to Dido Elizabeth Lindsay, the black grand niece of Lord Mansfield.

Thus, from just a cursory look at the social awareness and political activism at that level of English society, it would be surprising if the Queen’s negroid physiogomy was of no significance to the Abolitionist movement.

The Royal Family Lord Mansfield’s black grand niece, for example, Ms. Lindsay, was the subject of at least two formal full sized portraits. Obviously prompted by or meant to appeal to abolitionist sympathies, they depicted the celebrated friendship between herself and her white cousin, Elizabeth Murray, another member of the Mansfield family. One of the artists was none other than Zoffany, the court painter to the royal family, for whom the Queen had sat on a number of occasions.

It is perhaps because of this fairly obvious case of propagandistic portraiture that makes one suspect that Queen Charlotte’s coronation picture, copies of which were sent out to the colonies, signified a specific stance on slavery held, at least, by that circle of the English intelligencia to which Allan Ramsay, the painter belonged.

  • More on Queen Charlotte
  • Revealed: the Queen’s black ancestors
    The Times of London reports that a Portuguese descendent of Queen Charlotte confirmed Valdes’ research into her heritage. (June 6, 1999)
  • Was this Britain’s first black queen?
    “The suggestion that Queen Charlotte was black implies that her granddaughter (Queen Victoria) and her great-great-great-great-granddaughter (Queen Elizabeth II) had African forebears. Perhaps, instead of just being a boring bunch of semi-inbred white stiffs, our royal family becomes much more interesting.” (The Guardian, March 12, 2009)

For the initial work into Queen Charlotte’s genealogy, a debt of gratitude is owed the History Department of McGill University. It was the director of the Burney Project (Fanny Burney, the prolific 19th century British diarist, had been secretary to the Queen), Dr. Joyce Hemlow, who obtained from Olwen Hedly, the most recent biographer of the Queen Charlotte (1975), at least half a dozen quotes by her contemporaries regarding her negroid features. Because of its “scientific” source, the most valuable of Dr. Hedley’s references would, probably, be the one published in the autobiography of the Queen’s personal physician, Baron Stockmar, where he described her as having “…a true mulatto face.”

Perhaps the most literary of these allusions to her African appearance, however, can be found in the poem penned to her on the occasion of her wedding to George III and the Coronation celebration that immediately followed.

Descended from the warlike Vandal race,
She still preserves that title in her face.
Tho’ shone their triumphs o’er Numidia’s plain,
And and Alusian fields their name retain;
They but subdued the southern world with arms,
She conquers still with her triumphant charms,
O! born for rule, – to whose victorious brow
The greatest monarch of the north must bow.

Finally, it should be noted that the Royal Household itself, at the time of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, referred to both her Asian and African bloodlines in an apologia it published defending her position as head of the Commonwealth.

More about Research into the Black Magi:
In the Flemish masterpieces depicting the Adoration of the Magi, the imagery of the black de Sousas had been utilized as both religious and political propaganda to support Portugal’s expansion into Africa. In addition, the Flemish artists had drawn from a vocabulary of blackness which, probably due to the Reformation and the Enlightenment, has long since been forgotten. There was a wealth of positive symbolism that had been attributed to the black African figure during the Middle Ages. Incredible as it would seem to us today, such images had been used to represent not only Our Lady – evidence of which can be found in the cult of the Black Madonna that once proliferated in Europe – but in heraldic traditions, the Saviour and God the Father, Himself.