The Letters of Orace Walpole, Earl of Orford; Including Numerous Letters Now First Published from the Original Manuscripts

9781235650604: The Letters of Orace Walpole, Earl of Orford; Including Numerous Letters Now First Published from the Original Manuscripts

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1840. Excerpt: ... up my correspondence with you. You seem to like I should, and I wish to give you every satisfaction in my power. Tuesday, February 7, four o'clock. I tremble whilst I continue my letter, having just heard such a dreadful story! A captain of a vessel has made oath before the Lord Mayor, this morning, that he saw one of the yachts sink on the coast of Holland; and it is believed to be the one in which the Prince was. The city is in an uproar; nor need one point out all such an accident may produce, if true; which I most fervently hope it is not My long letter will help you to comments enough, which will be made on this occasion. I wish you may know, at this moment, that our fears are ill placed. The Princess was not in the same yacht with her husband. Poor Fanshawe,1 as clerk of the green cloth, with his wife and sister, was in one of them. Here is more of the Duc de Pecquigny's episode. An officer was sent yesterday to put Virette under arrest His servant disputed with the officer on his orders, till his master made his escape. Virette sent a friend, whom he ordered to deliver his letter in person, and see it read, with a challenge, appointing the Duc to meet him at half an hour after seven this morning, at Buckingham-gate, where he waited till ten to no purpose, though the Due had not been put under arrest Virette absconds, and has sent M. de Pecquigny word, that he shall abscond till he can find a proper opportunity of fighting him. Your discretion will naturally prevent your talking of this; but I thought you would like to be prepared, if this affair should any how happen to become your business, though your late discussion with the Due de Chaulnes will add to your disinclination from meddling with it I must send this to the post before I go to the Oper...

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