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You can search through the full text of this book on the web at jhttp : //books . ri preface multifarious procession of courtiers, poets, writers, players, women famed for beauty or talent, beaux, wits, and club gossips — all of whom, grouped with their kind or in single conspicuousness, pass before the reader page by page, like figures in a moving panorama. I CHAPTER I The Duke of Clarence hailed as King— Heirs to the Throne— The Duke of Wellington and the Sovereign— First Acts of the New Reign — His Majesty's Eagerness for Popularity — Bernard Edward Duke of Norfolk and Earl Marshal of England— Enthusiasm of All Ranks— Receptions, Levees, and Reviews— The King is kissed in St.
George's Hall— The Princess Victoria— The Duchess of Kent and Their Majesties— Disagreements between her and the King— The Princes of Wurtemberg visit England— The Question of Royal Salutes — Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg — Baron Von Stockmar's Opfinionof him— The Princess Victoria first sees him — The King invites the Princes of Orange to England— Letter from Prince Albert— The Princess Victoria writes to the King of the Belgians aoi CHAPTER VIII Literary Celebrities— Samuel Rogers and his Famous Breakfasts— His Singular Appearance and Sardonic Wit— Fanny Kemble and her Views of the Stage— Plays Juliet at Covent Garden Theatre- Result of her Experiment — A Guest at Great Houses— Meets Lady Holland— Old Lady Cork — Fantastic Appearance and Youthful Spirit — Entertaining in New Burlington Street— Lady Harriet D'Orsay's Remarks— The Marchioness of Salisbury- Supports the Splendour of Ancient Days— The Tragic Ending of her Days— Harriot Mellon's Early Days— Thomas Courts the Banker led to the Altar— Harriot becomes Duchess of St. (After George Romney) 5 Charles, Second Earl Grey, K. with all the semblance of feeling, and in a tone of voice properly softened and subdued, but just after- wards, when they gave him the pen to sign the declarations, he said in his usual tone : ' This is a damned bad pen you have given me.'" This being done the royal Dukes of Cambridge, Sussex, and Gloucester, knelt and took the oaths of allegiance, other privy councillors doing likewise.
Albans — Liberality to her late Husband's Family— The Inheritance of Miss Angela 'Burdett afterwards Baroness Burdett Coutts— Lady Morgan's Success— Mixing with the World of Fashion— Byron's Last Mistress — Stories of the Poet — Harriet Martineau as a Lioness — Discourses on the Vanity of Man— Richard Monckton Milnes— Anecdotes of Lady Stepney 219 CHAPTER IX The Hospitalities of Holland House— The Spirit that chasteneth— Crowded Tables— Young Macaulay and his wonderful Memory — Charles Grev Qle at a Holland House Dinner — Sitting beside a Man in Black— Macaulay*s flow of Information— William Word- worth's personal Appearance— Fanny Kemble's Story of the Two Poets— Wordsworth is appointed Laureate— Trying on Rogers' Court Suit— Young Alfred Tennyson— Severe Criticism of his Poems followed by Ten Years' Silence— Introduced to Rogers and his Friends— Benjamin Disraeli's fantastic Dress— His Determina- Contents xi FACE tion to succeed— Besieged by Invitations— Invited to Great Houses —At a Fancy Dress Ball— Lady Morgan's Description of him— His Friend and Councillor Edward Lytton Bulwer — Description of the Author of " Pelham "—Popularity as a Novelist— William Makepeace Thackeray as a Boy — Is established in Hare Court Chambers— Seeks Employment as Illustrator of Pickwick . 263 CHAPTER X Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin— A Middle-aged Juliet — Shelley elopes— His Wife separates from him— His Meeting with Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin— A Second Elopement- Crossing the Channel— A Fat Lady makes Enquiries— Travelling through France— Shelley returns to England— Jane Clairmont and Lord Byron— Shelley meets Byron— The Writing of Ghost Stories —Production of ,€ Frankenstein "—Harriet's Suicide — Shelley's Second Marriage — Life at Pisa, and Visit of Captain Trelawny— His First Impressions of Shelley— At the Villa Magni— Mary Shelley's Forebodings— Strange Occurrences — Shelley's Terrible Dreams — Apparition of the Poet seen by Mrs. Wellington kissed hands formally as First Lord of the Treasury, other ministers following suit.
Williams— Shelley leaves his Home for Leghorn — The Last Sight of him — Intolerable Suspense — Trelawny breaks the News— The Poet's Remains are cremated — Byron's Behaviour to Mrs. The stamps of the late King, which had been affixed to official papers, were broken ; the archbishops were directed to substitute in the church service the name of their most gracious Sovereign Lord King William, for that of George.
Shelley — She 'returns to England— Her Husband's Posthumous Poems— She receives literary Celebrities 289 LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS VOL. Then came the important con- sideration of the name by which the monarch should be proclaimed.
But after much cogitation it was decided that he should be known as William IV., this resolution being mainly due to the superstitious feelings of the lords spiritual, who remembered an old prophecy, stating that as " Henry the Eighth had pulled down monks and cells, Henry the Ninth would pull down bishops and bells." Amongst those who hurried to St.The new reign began with every prospect of popu- larity, the King's good nature, homely simplicity, and jocularity winning him a warm place in the people's hearts.But having spent so many years of his life as a country gentleman, he seemed unable or unwilling to assume a regal bearing, and gave many proofs of his indifference to ceremony.This is a digital copy of a book that was preserved for generations on library shelves before it was carefully scanned by Google as part of a project to make the world's books discoverable online.It has survived long enough for the copyright to expire and the book to enter the public domain.