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MANY of these letters were not yet in my possession when I wrote the ‘Life of Pitt;’ and others were put by as of merely local interest. But, as now collected, they may perhaps be welcome to some at least of those who have stood on the ramparts of Walmer Castle, and thought of its great Lord Warden in the days of the great French war. S.
Lady Hester Stanhope to Francis R. Jackson, Esq.
Burton Pynsent, April 19, 1801. Oh, delightful, charming ! This evening's post has not only brought me your letter, but a volume from Mr. P."
He appears to be so happy and well; for he says
Mr. Pitt. He had resigned the Seals of Office on the 14th of March preceding.
what with the luxury of living with his friends, and the improvement of public affairs, his only apprehension will be of growing too fat for horseman's weight, at least as a companion in my rides.
Mr. Pitt to Sir Walter Farquhar, Bart. Walmer Castle, MY DEAR SIR, Monday, Sept. 13, 1802. I have written to you in town, but take the chance of your being returned to Ramsgate, to tell you that I have been suffering severely from repeated sickness, and the impossibility of retaining almost any food on my stomach, and that the symptoms are such that I do not at all know how to proceed. I am therefore very anxious to see you and receive your directions as early as possible, as I do not feel that things are going at all right. Under these circumstances, you will, I am sure, forgive my troubling you, and, with your usual kindness, will give me the satisfaction of seeing you as soon as you can. Yours very sincerely, W. PITT.
Lady Hester Stanhope to F. R. Jackson, Esq.
Walmer Castle, Sept. 21, 1802. Even the illness of my dear uncle has not made me quite forget the request you made me; but the first thing I must say is, that, thank God, he is quite reF
covered; and if he was to be ill, perhaps my having the opportunity of showing him I have talents as a nurse is better than his having had to nurse himself. I am enchanted with everything here. But I leave them all on Thursday."
Mr. Pitt to Sir Walter Farquhar, Bart.
MY DEAR SIR, Walmer Castle, Feb. 9, 1803. Mr. Hulke” will have given you an account of the fresh attack which I have had of bile, from which his prescriptions have almost entirely relieved me. I know, however, that it will be a satisfaction to you to receive from myself the account of my amendment; and I think it may also be material to mention to you that some sensations of gout, which I have felt slightly at times during the last three or four days in one of my feet, are become more settled and distinct within these few hours, and that the pain and swelling (though neither of them are considerable) are sufficient to require rather a larger shoe than common, and to leave me no doubt of the cause from which they proceed. I need not trouble you further at present, and I hope by the beginning of next week to be able to move to town or
* This was Lady Hester's first 2 Father, I believe, of the gentleappearance at Walmer Castle. She man who on several occasions atwas then preparing to cross from | tended the Duke of Wellington at Dover to Calais, having been in- Walmer Castle, and was with him vited to accompany her friends, when he died, September 14, Mr. and Mrs. Egerton, of Cheshire, 1852. in a Continental tour.
DEAR MAHON, Walmer Castle, March 10, 1803. ' I am very much grieved and rather surprised (after what had passed) at the strange letter from Lord S. It certainly puts an end to all reasonable ground of hope from that quarter, and is in the manner of it very provoking. But as no good can arise from any answer you can return to it, I think it clearly best for you to take no notice of it, and to let the business drop in silence. I hope my brother will be able to find the paper you want for Estcourt, and shall be very impatient to hear on what terms he thinks you can proceed. Your account of James' gives me great pleasure, and your kindness and affection to him will, I hope, be repaid as it deserves. I am very sorry Charles is coming away from a place which he likes, and which was so well suited to him. The sum you propose to allot to each will, I hope, be quite adequate, and is one which is very liberal and generous in you to spare. I shall be most happy to see you here again the first moment you have to spare, without interruption to
* The Hon. Charles and James Stanhope were the younger brothers of Lord Mahon.
your business with Estcourt, and when you have shaken off the remains of your very troublesome complaint. I do not like at all the account of your being so much reduced in strength. If you are not already better, pray consult Farquhar immediately. Affectionately yours, W. P.
Lady Hester Stanhope to F. R. Jackson, Esq., His
Walmer Castle, Oct., 1803.
You can easily figure to yourself that I have not much time to spare from the charming society I now live in. To express the kindness with which Mr. Pitt welcomed my return,' and proposed my living with him, would be impossible. One would really suppose that all obligation had been on his sidel Here then am I, happy to a degree, exactly in the sort of society I most like. There are generally three or four men staying in the house; we dine nine or ten almost every other day.
Mr. Pitt absolutely goes through the fatigue of a drillsergeant. It is parade after parade, at fifteen or twenty miles distant from each other. I often attend him; and
* From the Continent, with Mr. her grandmother, Lady Chatham, and Mrs. Egerton, in the previous with whom, since early in 1800, August. Lady Hester was then she had for the most part resided wholly without a home, owing * Burton Pynsent.
to the death (in April, 1803) of