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till within these last six days he would take no care of, exposing himself to these easterly winds late in the evening, attending his duty not as a soldier and Colonel of a regiment, but more like a drill-sergeant.

I have also to beg that you will most forcibly dwell upon all directions you think necessary to give him. Nobody is so like an angel when he is extremely ill, and few persons less tractable when a little ill; always

urging it is nothing, and taking no care in the world of himself."

Memorandum by Mr. Pitt.

(Downing Street) Dec. 26, 1804. The messenger is to search with Burfield” in the Library at Walmer for a large green bag, containing some heavy books. It is to be sealed up (if not sealed already) and brought immediately to town. The bag will be found either in the corner of the shelves, or in the closet made by one of the windows in the

If necessary, the closet must be broke open.
W. P.

* Mr. Pitt resumed the Seals of so lately as' 1859, at the age of 89, Office as Prime Minister in less and his widow survived him till than a month from the date of this 1863. This memorandum, in Mr. letter—on the 10th of May, 1804. | Pitt's own writing, had remained

* Burfield was the gardener at in her possession. Walmer Castle. He died at Deal

Lady Hester Stanhope to Mr. Pitt.

Walmer Castle, Jan. 24 (1805).

Burfield went to Maidstone yesterday for the last lot of trees and shrubs, which he expects will be all planted in ten days, unless a frost prevents it. I had a conversation with him about what was likely to grow in the chalk-pit. I proposed a few evergreen oaks, which he says will answer there, but nowhere else about the place. We both agreed upon filling it with a variety of creepers, furze, broom, or about anything that will grow and make it look less barren.

Lady Hester Stanhope to W. D. Adams, Esq."
Walmer Castle, Feb. 3, 1805.

Last spring and part of the summer I bore in the great world much more than my value for talents, looks, &c. Everything was over-rated, and although I was perfectly aware of it at the time, then I own I enjoyed it. Now if I could command it, it would be indifferent to me; but my looks are gone, as they always do in the absence of health; and I have been recommended to come into the country to regain them; and here I have been three weeks. . . . . I am not dull, or rather not idle, as I have the charge of improvements here, plantations, farms, buildings, &c. The grave and the gay Generals pay me all due respect and attention, and so would all the garrison" if I would allow them; but as I did not come here to be gay, I dispense with their civility and society.

* Selected as Private Secretary plished gentleman survived till by Mr. Pitt on his return to office. June, 1862. This most amiable and accom

When I left Mr. P. he was very well, and bearing all the fatigues of business most astonishingly. Poor dear Lord H.’s” illness fell very heavy upon him for a time. I hope you like Lord Ha Ha Ha as well as he is to be liked.

Lady Hester Stanhope to W. D. Adams, Esq.

Sunday (Walmer Castle, April, 1805).

I am pretty well, but I am not allowed to go out yet, which vexes me, as I wish to attend to a plantation Mr. P. knows nothing of Lord Guilford has left his place in this part of the world,” and is cutting down trees, and making all the money he can of it. He has allowed me to take a great many shrubs (these he gives to me), and, as anything green in this part of the world is a treasure, I have been employing myself to cultivate a frightful barren bit of ground behind the Castle, as it may be years and years before such an offer of plants might again be made; and buy them you cannot, of a considerable size at least; and little twigs make no show; and should Mr. Pitt come the end of the week, I should like the plantation to be finished.

1 In Deal Barracks. * Lord Harrowby, then Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs. * Waldershare Park.

Lady Hester Stanhope to W. D. Adams, Esq.

Thursday (Walmer Castle, April, 1805). Pray be quite easy about me, for I assure you I

am a vast deal better. . . . . This nasty fever is vastly provoking, for had Mr. P. come here I would have returned with him, and at all events I meant to come up the end of next week, to go to the Installation."

I am so hurt about Lord M.” and all that has passed. What a charming speech Mr. P. made! I think I see him; and certainly cet heureua et waste regard, qui saisit a la fois toutes les faces et tous les rapports, embrasse tous les objets sans les comfondre, et les tient tous à l'imagination, ought to have awed some rascals during the debate on Monday. Oh that I had been Lord M., that I might have gone upon my knees to Mr. P. not to have defended me !

There was no end yesterday to the farmers and people who wanted to get a sight of the papers. Their joy about Lord M. is whimsical enough; they say it proves that “bad is the best of them;” and it will make Mr. P. “shine;” that he is the only honest man amongst them, and the only public man with clean hands. “Our master, our Colonel here,” as they call him.

Lady Hester Stanhope to W. D. Adams, Esq. Sunday (Walmer Castle, 1805). I was frightened to a degree when the messenger arrived. I thought at first Mr. P. was ill, and when I

Of the Knights of the Garter, held at Windsor Castle, April 23, 1805. * Melville.

saw his handwriting, that he was out of office; but was delighted to find it was only papers he wanted. I hope he found what he wanted, but they are in great confusion. I wish you would ask him some day if he would like me to bring any more to town when I come, for at this moment perhaps it is difficult to say what are those he may want.

Lady Hester Stanhope to W. D. Adams, Esq.

Wednesday (Walmer Castle, 1805).

Some persons write me Mr. P. looks well, others that he does not; I feel a constant anxiety about his health, and fear that business without end must be too much for him or any one else. It often, indeed, occurs to me that you are likely to suffer from so much confinement. Let me give you one piece of advice, which is, to attend to your meals as regularly as possible, even if you sit up or rise the earlier for it to get through business. I have often been told that half Mr. P.'s complaints were originally brought on by fasting too long, and indeed only eating when he found it convenient, which ruined the tone of his stomach.

Lady Hester Stanhope to W. D. Adams, Esq.

Hotel, Bognor, Sunday night, (last months of 1806 °). I feel I am like dear Mr. Pitt when I am in the country, for I recollect hearing him say he never saw a house, or cottage, or garden, he liked, but he immediately struck out improvements in his own mind.

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