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great man. We met at Naples, and afterwards went to Parma together. I gave him the genuine receipt for the Parmasan cheese, which I went purposely to procure, while he was examining some statues and ancient manuscripts. We were ever afterwards on the most friendly footing imaginable. I was with him a few mornings before the marriage of Lord C. W--, this very Miss W—_'s father. I remember it well ;-it was at breakfast ;-I often breakfasted with him before he went to the house:-he always eat buttered muffins ; but when I was there, he used to order dry toast ; I always eat dry toast.-The bride was with us;

I was intimately acquainted with her too ; she let me into the whole secret of the courtship. Her father's principal inducement to the match :-it was a long affair,—the B--- estate was to be settled on the young folks at the marriage; no, not all-part of the B- estate,


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with the manor in Lincolnshire-But, as I was saying, we were at breakfast at Lord W-'s. His son and the bride were by ; Lord C. had velvet breeches,

; and gold clocks in his stockings; the question was, whether this was proper ? I put it to the bride; I made her blush, I warrant you ; she was a fine woman, a prodigious fine woman; she always used my wash-ball : I wrote out the receipt for her ; it was given me at Vienna by Count o

; a very great man Count 0and knew more of the affairs of the empire than any man in Germany.-From him I first learned with certainty, that the Duchess of Lorraine's two fore-teeth were false ones. I remember he had an old grey monkey-Sister Mary, you have heard me tell the story of Count O---'s monkey.”—But here it pleased heaven that William called his master out of the room, and saved us from the Count and his old grey monkey.

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This superficial knowledge of great men, and accidental acquaintance with some of the terms of state business, has given him a consequential sort of phraseology, which he applies, with all the gravity in the world, to the most trifling occurrences. When he orders the chaise for his eldest sister, himself, and me, the white pad for Sophy, and the old roan mare for her attendant, he calls it, “ regulating the order of the procession;" when he gives out the wine from the cellar, and the groceries from the store-room, (for he does both in person,) he tells us, he has been “ granting the supplies;” the acceptance, or offer of a visit, he lays before “ a committee of the whole house;" and for the killing of the fat ox this Christmas, he called the gentlemen three successive mornings to “ a grand council of war.”

It were well if all this were only matter of amusement; but some of us find it a source of very serious distress. Your

managing men are commonly plagues ; but Mr R. manages so much to a hair'sbreadth, that he is a downright torment to the other members of his family. It was but yesterday we had the honour of a ceremonious visit from some great folks, as we think them, who came lately from your town to eat their mince-pies in the country. After a wonderful ringing of bells, calling of servants, and trampling upon the stairs all morning, Mr R. came down to the drawing-room at a quarter before three, with all his usual fiddle-faddlation, but, as I thought, in very good humour. He had on his great company wig, and his round set shoe-buckles. The servants had their liveries new white-balled, and the best china was set out, with the large silver salvers, and the embossed porter-cups, on the side-board. The covers were stripped from the worked chairbottoms, and his grandmother's little diced carpet was taken off the roller, and

laid, like a patch, on the middle of the floor, the naked part of which was all shining with bees-wax. The company came at their hour; the beef was roasted to a turn; dinner went on with all imaginable good order and stupidity; supper was equally regular and sleepy; in short, every thing seemed quite as it should be: yet, next morning, I perceived foul weather in all the faces of the family; Mr R. and his sister scarce spoke to one another, and he talked all the time of breakfast, of female carelessness and inattention. Miss Sophia explained it to me when we were left alone. “ Oh! do you know," said she, “ a sad affair happened last night: my brother and sister had such a tiff ! You must understand, before the company arrived yesterday, he had, as usual, adjusted the ceremonial of their different apartments; but he discovered, on attending them to their rooms at night, that my sister had put the gilt-china bottle and

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