# BC_1749_EMONTAGU_LB

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<X ELIZABETH MONTAGU>
[}ELIZABETH MONTAGU TO LYDIA CATHERINA BRYDGES, THE DUCHESS OF CHANDOS. C. 1749. MS HYDE 7 (3)}]
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Hillstreet
ye 19=th= [\ANOTHER HAND 1749 nov.?\]
I had the pleasure of receiving your Graces letter here which was intended for me at Sandleford. Tho it is usually observed that people are most desirious of receiving letters in the Country, I did not find the pleasure your Graces letters always give me was at all diminish'd by receiving it in this great Citty. for the most numerous Societies are almost a Solitude if one seeks a friend of the character of the Dutchess of Chandos there are but few who pay that tribute to virtue of even endeavoring to appear what she really is. I found the Town in a great bustle about the Westminster Election, the Popular affections were strong for S=ir= George, much wit was lavish'd on the occasion, the French Comedy was supported by L=d= T- to the great offence of the Common people, his neglecting to present a Petition for Penlez when desired it by his constituents was another Grievance, & the Ghost of Penlez was carried about the Town in procession. all things seemd to promise success for S=ir= G: till the Court party began to rouse themselves & at a very great expence & other Election [\arts\] got a Majority on the Poll. A scrutiny is demanded but what success it will have is uncertain, the Inhabitants of Whitehall the Admiralty &c who do not pay rates have poll'd contrary to custom. the D- of B- did not find his interest in Covent Garden so strong as was imagined, most of his Tenants voted for Sir G-. The scrutiny is to begin the end of this month [\.\]
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