# BC_1765_EMONTAGU_EV_3

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<X ELIZABETH MONTAGU>
[}ELIZABETH MONTAGU TO ELIZABETH VESEY. 1765 NOV 19. HUNTINGTON LIBRARY}]
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Hillstreet Nov ye 19=th=
1765
I had the pleasure of my dear M=rs= Veseys letter at Sandleford just when I was in the bustle of preparing to leave it. Every moment the housekeeper was breaking in upon me with a face of care, to consult my superior wisdom, what what was to travel by broad wheel waggon, stately & slow, what was to (^fly^) by y=e= rapid machine. I came to Town only in my road to M=rs= Boscawen. in Surry, so delay'd writing till I return'd to the busy World in order to inform you what we were doing, or seeming to do, & particularly till I could give you an account of Lady Primrose; of whom I had not heard any thing of almost three months before I had your letter. I had the pleasure of hearing the Night before last of M=r= Bateman, that day arrived from Windsor, that she is extreamly well. She had been a little indisposed, but was then perfectly recoverd, Now
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my dear Madam there is no man whose opinion I would take of old Women, & old china, sooner than M=r= Batemans. The toasts of the year, & the last manufactory at Dresden, Vincennes, & Chelsea, may be better understood by some of your young Gentlemen lately return'd from their travels, but you must allow M=r= Bateman has attentively surveyd every curious cabinet of old china, & civily visited the Ruelle of every old Lady of note for these twenty years last past so that [\he is/] a perfect Connoisseur in these two subjects.
Now you will expect I should tell you some political news, & what is to fill up the prodigious chasm made in the administration by the death of the D: of C-. But alas! those who are much wiser than I cannot satisfy your curiosity, all I can advise is that you carefully consult Merlins prophesies for tho in former times
old experience did attain,
To something like prophetic strain,
there is now such a new invented manner of doing
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every thing, [\BLOT\] that a person must be a down right Conjurer [\or wizzard/] to guess what will happen. In ordinary life one knows that if a dancing master removes from S=t= James's street to Pallmall, he will not write over his door, (^Cudgell playing & back sword taught here^), but in the publick, a man need only move from S=t= james Square to the Exchequer, or [\to/] the admiralty to be at once a most competent high Commissioner of Treasury or Admiralty. Merlin who has propheced of Rivers turning to dry Land, & (\terra firma\) becoming Ocean, has no doubt foretold, that in this age, all men are fit for all things. & how they shall possess & enjoy what mere human capacity would deem them unfit for. All I can tell you [\is/] that there never were times in which the fortunate had more fears, or the unhappy more hopes, the Dame of the rolling wheel driving with greater rapidity than she did in former days. If I were a Pagan I would erect a Temple to Chance, queen of the Century. There have been times when Minerva was a better patroness. Lord Lyttelton
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his daughters even to put them in fear of their
lives.
The Duchess of Portland is confined at Bullstrode by the rheumatism. I saw M=r= Burke a few days since, he is very well, & I hope will dine with me on friday with some others who will join in regretting your absence. M=rs= Ann Pitt is grown plump, & is in great health, she has been fitting up a little place at Knightsbridge as a Country Seat, she cannot bear to retire to those desolate places.
(^Where the gilt chariot never markd the way^), she loves the track of Ministerial Wheels. Lady Betty Germain is in good health, but has lost her memory, she is now I presume preserved by the prayers of those who live on her County. Lord Boley is in a deplorable way. I am told he is the picture of caducity & almost blind.
M=r= Pitt is at his [\new INTO newly\] acquired Seat in Sommersetshire he has taken a house at Bath, where he will pass part of the winter unless L=d= Temple shou'd be prevail'd on to assist him in supporting the
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ministerial offices. Miss Stanley is determined to follow her sisters example in the scheme of wedlock. She is soon to be married to a M=r= D'oyly, a man of a very amiable character. I have not heard from S=r= James Macdonald, but I heard of him the other day by Lord Mount Stewart, who says he [\is DELETED\] [\was/] at Geneva about a month ago. By the by Lord Mount Stewart is return'd to us the handsomest & best behaved young man I have seen in long time amongst our nobility. I believe you have in L=d= Beauchamp a young man of fine parts. But I do not know him personally. I have endeavoured to give you all the news of the Town, for I know that contrary to other subjects it magnifies by distance, & grows important by the great Oceans dividing it [\UNCLEAR/] . The moment I got to Calais I began to respect the Whitehall evening post & Westminster journal. If you have any commands at the booksellers, the Mercers, or the Milleners, [\UNCLEAR\] any thing for the use of the outward in the inward Woman send me your commands. Lady
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I have this instant received a charming letter from M=rs= Carter who wishes for january & the motley. Pray make my best comp=ts= to M=r= Vesey & M=rs= Handcock. I w=d= not repeat all Lord Lyttelton said ye other day of M=r= Vesey, you w=d= think it took [\WORD\] [\way/] so make love to him & truly I have done it as much [\WORD\] as befits a [\WORD\] matron.