A Portion of the Journal Kept by Thomas Raikes, Esq., from 1831 to 1847: Comprising Reminiscences of Social and Political Life in London and Paris During that Period, Volume 2

Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, & Roberts, 1856

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Page 370 - Churchill, and oh ! — extraordinary anomaly ! — the little old Jew, Travis, who, like the dwarf of old, followed in the train of Royalty. The Downs were soon covered with every species of conveyance, and the Prince's German waggon and six bay horses (so were barouches called when first introduced at that time) — the coachman on the box being replaced by Sir John Lade — issued out of the gates of the Pavilion, and gliding up the green ascent was stationed close to the Grand Stand, where it...
Page 85 - ... mous et arrondis, indices de la souplesse du caractère; ce pli dédaigneux sur un front prononcé, ce nez arrogant avec ce regard de reptile, tant de contrastes sur une physionomie humaine révèlent un homme né pour les grands vices et pour les petites actions'.
Page 232 - No event ever produced so great a sensation in English society as the introduction of the German waltz in 1813. Up to that time the English country dance, Scotch steps, and an occasional Highland reel, formed the school of the dancing-master, and the evening recreation of the British youth, even in the first circles. But peace was drawing near, foreigners were arriving, and the taste for Continental customs and manners became the order of the day. The young Duke of Devonshire, as the 'magnus Apollo...
Page 369 - legs' and bettors, who had arrived in shoals, used all to assemble on the Steyne, at an early hour, to commence their operations on the first day, and the buzz was tremendous, till Lord Foley and Mellish, the two great confederates of that day, would approach the ring, and then a sudden silence ensued, to await the opening of their books.
Page 200 - James'sstreet, whom he had just seen speaking to the Prince, " Who is your fat friend ? " and Moore in his Twopenny Postbag commemorates the quarrel in his parody of the letter from the Prince to the Duke of York, in which he says : — " I indulge in no hatred, and wish there may come ill To no mortal, except, now I think on't, Beau Brummell, Who declared t'other day, in a superfine passion, He'd cut me and bring the old King into fashion.
Page 369 - In those days, the Prince made Brighton and Lewes Races the gayest scene of the year in England. The Pavilion was full of guests, and the Steyne was crowded with all the rank and fashion from London. The
Page 367 - He turned round to one of the bystanders, and enquired whose funeral was passing ; the answer was made, that it was that of Mr. Greffulhe. In a short time after this procession had filed off down the street, another and more splendid cavalcade made its appearance, as coming from the chateau : this far surpassed in magnificence its predecessor: it had every attribute of royalty, — the carriages, the guards, the servants, were such as could only be marshalled in honour of one of his own family.
Page 206 - He speaks of the army of occupation as " rascals in red coats waiting for embarkation." " English education," he says in another letter, "may be all very well to instruct the hemming of handkerchiefs, and the ungainly romps of a country dance, but nothing else ; and it would be a poor consolation to your declining years to see your daughters come into the room upon their elbows, and to find their accomplishments limited to broad native phraseology in conversation, or thumping the
Page 13 - Yicomte de V , friend of Talleyrand, who with him frequented some distinguished soirees, where high play was encouraged, had incurred some suspicions not very creditable to his honour.
Page 372 - Constantinople. He has since demanded the dismissal of the minister who had thus infringed the law of nations, and it is supposed the Porte will give way. Sunday, 12th. — My old friend, General Fagel, who is come to resume his post at Paris as Dutch minister, and who called on me this morning, seemed to confirm my speculations on the object of the Prince of Orange's visit to London. He said that the sons were fine young men, but rather stiff" and formal in their manner, and that the intimacy of...

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