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it is quite as much, I can assure you, as I am equal to, although I am remarkably well just now. The hard riding I do not mind, but to remain almost still so many hours on horseback is an incomparable bore, and requires more patience than you can easily imagine. However, I suppose few regiments for the time were ever so forward; therefore the trouble is nothing; and if Mr. Pitt does not overdo it, and injure his health, every other consideration becomes trifling. You know me too well not to be aware of the anxiety I am under upon this account; and the extreme care I take, or rather endeavour to take, of this blessing (so essential to him in his present active line of conduct, and therefore invaluable to his country), is kindly rewarded by his minding me more than any other person, and allowing me to speak to him upon the subject of his health, which is always an unpleasant one, and one he particularly dislikes. There is no use in flattering a man who is not ill from fancy, and makes but too light of his complaints. Therefore I pursue quite a different plan; and I am happy to be able to tell you sincerely I see nothing at all alarming about him: he had a cough when I first came to England, but it has nearly or quite left him; he is thin, yet certainly strong, and his spirits are excellent.
Mr. P. is determined to remain acting Colonel when his regiment is called into the field. Some persons blame this determination, but I do not; he has always hitherto acted up to his character: why should he, then, in this instance prove deficient? I should not be the least surprised any night to hear of the French attempting to land; indeed, I expect it; but I feel equally certain that those who do succeed in this will neither proceed nor return.'
Mr. Pitt to Lord Mahon.
DEAR MAHON, Margate, Oct. 24, 1803. In our way here Lord Carrington and I have been comparing Lord Stanhope's answer with the preceding proposals; and Lord Carrington has just written to Harrison to desire him to make the inquiry, which strikes us as essential under the 24th Article. You will probably call on Harrison on the subject. Adieu ! Captain Cobb and his brave troops are impatiently waiting for us on the field of battle. Ever affectionately yours, W. P.
Lord Carrington to Lord Mahon.
Deal Castle, Nov. 18, 1803. Pitt being obliged to go to Dover to-morrow afternoon, I have agreed with him that the marriage' shall take place at four o'clock to-morrow instead of five; but, as he may not be very punctual, I suppose half-past four will be the time. I have seen Backhouse,” and settled with him this alteration.
| Such was the feeling at that lampoons. Thus writes or sings time of the entire people, even | Peter Pindar:— down to the writers of libels and “Come the Consul whenever he will, And he means it when Neptune is calmer, Pitt will send him a d-bitter pill From his fortress the castle of Walmer.”
Mr. Pitt to Lord Mahon.
DEAR MAHON, Walmer Castle, Nov. 22, 1803. Hester had already written to James desiring him to come to us as soon as he can obtain leave, which I hope will be immediately. It will certainly be most desirable to have an opportunity of talking over with him fully his future plans, and if his aversion to the Navy has taken a deep root it cannot be wished that he should remain in it; otherwise I should much regret his quitting a line in which he has already passed so much time and had so fair a prospect of succeeding. I will forward your letter to him by to-day's post, though probably he may have left Portsmouth before it gets there. Ever affectionately yours, W. PITT.
Lady Hester Stanhope to F. R. Jackson, Esq., at Berlin.
Walmer Castle, Jan. 14, 1804. We are in almost daily expectation of the arrival of the French, and Mr. Pitt's regiment is now nearly * Of Lord Mahon to the Hon. * Rev. J. H. Backhouse, rector of
Catherine Lucy Smith, fourth the parish, by whom the ceremony daughter of Lord Carrington. was to be performed.
perfect enough to receive them. We have the famous 15th Light Dragoons in our Barracks; also the Northampton and Berkshire Militia. The first and last of these regiments I command, and have an orderly dragoon whenever I please from the former and the band of the latter. I never saw any Militia regiment so well officered, or composed of such pleasant men, as the Berkshire. A Northamptonshire squire is not pleasant in his own country, and does not improve with transplanting, but the regiment is a fine body of men. I am at this moment alone here with my little brother James, who has left the Navy for the Army; he is too clever for a sailor, too refined, I mean. I do not regret the change, as higher powers approve it. He is now in the Guards, and is to join I believe soon: the time will be decided when Mr. Pitt returns. I expect him in a few days. He was perfectly well when he left me; his most intimate friends say they do not remember him as well since the year Ninety-Seven. Nothing can please me better than the pleasant footing I am upon with all those most attached to him, and the satisfaction it appears to give him when they show me civility. . . . . Oh, such miserable things as the French gun-boats! We took a vessel the other day loaded with gin—to keep up their spirits I suppose: another with abominable bread and a vast quantity of peas and beans, which the soldiers eat. One of the boats had an extreme large chest of medicine, probably for half their flotilla. Their guns are ill-mounted, and cannot be used with the same advantage as ours, but are fine pieces of ordnance. Buonaparte was said to be at Boulogne a few days ago; our officers patrolled all night with the men, which was pleasant. I have my orders how to act in case of real alarm in Mr. P.'s absence, and also a promise from him never to be further from the army than a two hours' ride. This is all I wish. I should break my heart to be drove up the country like a sheep when everything I most love was in danger.
Mr. Pitt to Lord Mahon.
DEAR MAHON, Walmer Castle, Jan. 31, 1804.
The sooner you comply with the summons you have received, the better, and I hope your presence will have the effect of bringing the business at last to a conclusion. We will take as good care of the coast as we can in your absence; but as our garrison here is rather stronger than you will leave at Maxton, I hope you will advise Lady Mahon to take up her quarters here till you return.
Lady Hester Stanhope to Sir Walter Farquhar, Bart.
Walmer Castle, April 15, 1804. I hope soon to have the pleasure of seeing you, but in the meantime must just state to you what I think about Mr. Pitt's health, not omitting to say how very uneasy his constant cough has lately made me, which