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ings, writing letters, and holding those in bell again. Now, as servants, when terminable conversations which filled so fatigued, do sometimes sleep so sound as large a portion of her time, and seemed so not to hear, and sometimes are purposely necessary to her life. When these were deaf, Lady Hester Stanhope had got in the over she would prepare herself to go to quadrangle of her own apartments a couple bed, but always with an air of unwilling- of active fellows, a part of whose business ness, as if she regretted that there were no it was to watch by turns during the night, more commands to issue, and nothing and see that the maids answered the bell : more that she could talk about. When they were, therefore, sure to be roughly she was told that her room was ready, one shaken out of their sleep, and, on going, of the two girls, Zezefoon or Fatoom, who half stupid, into her ladyship's room, by turns waited on her, would then precede would be told to prepare a fomentation of her with the lights to her chamber. * chamomile, or elder flowers, or mallows,
As it had become a habit with her to or the like. The gardener was to be callfind nothing well done, when she entered ed, water was to be boiled, and the house her bed-room, it was rare that the bed was again was all in motion. During these made to her liking; and, generally, she preparations perhaps Lady Hester Stanhope ordered it to be made over again in her would recollect some order she had previouspresence. Whilst this was doing, she would ly given about some honey, or some flower, smoke her pipe, then call for the sugar-basin or some letter-no matter however trifting; to eat two or three lumps of sugar, then for a and whoever had been charged with the clove to take away the mawkish taste of execution of it was to be called out of his
The girls, in the mean time, bed, whatever the hour of the night might would go on making the bed, and be be, to be cross-questioned about it. There saluted every now and then, for some mark was no rest for any body in her establishof stupidity, with all sorts of appella- ment, whether they were placed within her tions. The night lamp was then lighted, a own quadrangle or outside of it. Dar Joon couple of yellow wax lights were placed was in a state of incessant agitation all night. ready for use in the recess of the window; “No soul in her household was suffered and, all things being apparently done for to utter a suggestion on the most trivial the night, she would get into bed, and the matter-even on the driving-in of a nail in maid whose turn it was to sleep in the a bit of wood: none were permitted to exroom (for, latterly, she always had one) ercise any discretion of their own, but having placed herself, dressed as she was, strictly and solely to fulfil their orders. on her mattress behind the curtain which Nothing was allowed to be given out by ran across the room, the other servant was any servant without her express directions. dismissed. But bardly had she shut the Her dragoman or secretary was enjoined door and reached her own sleeping-room, to place on her table each day an account flattering herself that her day's work was of every person's employment during the over, when the bell would ring, and she preceding twenty-four hours, and the names was told to get broth, or lemonade, or and business of all goers and comers. orgeat, directly. This, when brought, was Her despotic humor would vent itself in a new trial for the maids. Lady Hester such phrases as these. The maid one day Stanhope took it on a tray placed on her entered with a message — The gardener, lap as she sat up in bed, and it was neces- my lady, is come to say, that the piece of sary for one of the two servants to hold the ground in the bottom is weeded and dug, candle in one hand and shade the light and he says that it is only fit for lettuce, from her mistress's eyes with the other. beans, or selk [a kind of lettuce), and The contents of the basin were sipped such vegetables.' • Tell the gardener,' once or twice and sent away; or, if she she answered vehemently, 'that, when I ale a small bit of dried toast, it was con- order him to dig, he is to dig, and not to sidered badly made, and a fresh piece was give his opinion what the ground is fit for. ordered, perhaps not to be touched. This It may be for his grave that he digs, being removed, the maid would again go it may be for mine. He must know nothaway, and throw herself on her bed; and, ing until I send my orders, and so bid him as she wanted no rocking, in ten minutes go about his business. The consequence would be sound asleep. But in the mean- of all this was, she was pestered from time her mistress has felt a twitch in some morning till night, always complaining she part of her body, and ding ding goes the had not even time to get up, and always making work for herself. Here is another ex- and wherefores." When Lady Hester ample. A maid, named 'Sâada, was de- Stanhope got up, increasing attention to sired to go to the store-room man, and ask her own personal wants through long years for fourteen sponges. She went, and add- of bad health had rendered her a being of ed, out of her own head, when she deliver- such sensitiveness, that a thousand preparaed the message, 'Fourteen to wipe the tions were necessary to her comfort; and drawing-room mats with'-it being custom- herein consisted the irksomeness of the ary in the Levant (and an excellent cus- service for those about her. Yet this, if tom it is) to clean mats with wet sponges. ever it was pardonable in any person, was In the course of the day, this slight varia- surely so in her; for her nature seemed to tion in the message came to Lady Ilester's lay claim to obedience from all inferior ears, and she instantly sent for the culprit, creatures, and to exact it by some talisand, telling her that she would teach her manic power, as the genii in Eastern for the future how she would dare to vary tales hold their familiar spirits in subjecin a single word from any message she had tion.” to deliver, she ordered the girl's nose to May all such tyranny, again say, we, be rubbed on the mats; while this injunc- meet with such return; where there is so tion was impressed on her, that, whatever little good, there can be no gratitude. the words of a message might be, she was But we have done with the morale of this never to deviate from them, to add to them, miserable body; and would remind our nor to take from thein, but to deliver them readers that they must look for their enterstrictly as she received them. In fact, she tainment in other features of the Memoirs, maintained that the business of a servant the multitude of piquant anecdotes, and was not to think, but simply to obey. variety of amusing descriptions, etc. Truly did old General Loustaunau say “She made the following remark :sometimes, that, with all her greatness and The peers in England may be compared her talents, there was not a more wretched to doctors who have made their fortunes : being on earth. People have often asked if they continue to practice, they do it out me how she spent her life in such a soli- of regard to some particular families, or tude. The little that has been already re- from humane motives. They know better lated will shew that time seldom hung than those who are sick what is good for heavily ou her hands, either with her or them, because they have had long practice; those about her. In reference to the blind and if their sons are no doctors, they have obedience she required from servants, La- heard so much talk about the matter that dy Hester Stanhope one day said to me, they sit in a corner and watch the effect
Did I ever tell you the lecture Lord of the medicine.' I was struck with the S******* gave me? He and lady S- resemblance of Lady Hester's style to had taken me home to their house from Junius's in her letter to Sir Edward. the Opera. It was a cold snowy night; This led me to reflect, as I had observed and, after I had remained and supped tète-on many occasions that Lady Hester's lanà-tête with them, when it was time to go, guage was the counterpart of her grandowing to some mistake in the order, my father's, whether Lord Chatham might not carriage never came for me; so Lord S- have been the author of Junius's Letters; said his should take me home. When he but it has since been suggested to me that rang for the footman to order it out, I there would be an absurdity in such a suphappened to observe, "The poor coach-position (for I had no opportunity of consultman, I dare say, has just got warm in his ing books where I was), because some of bed, and the horses are in the middle of the most eloquent passages of Junius are their feed; I am sorry to call him out on his panegyrics on Lord Chatham, and it is such a night as this.' After the man had not likely that he would have been guilty left the room, Lord S-turned to me, of writing an eulogium on himself; howand said, 'My dear Lady Hester, from a ever, I mentioned it to her. She answerwoman of your good sense, I should never ed: 'My grandfather was perfectly capahave thought to hear such an observation. ble and likely to write and do things It is never right to give a reason for an which no human being would dream came order to a servant. Take it for a rule from bis hands. I once met with one of through life that you are never to allow his spies,' continued she, ' a woman of the servants to expect such a thing from you : common class who had passed her life they are paid for serving, and not for whys dressed in man's clothes. In this way she went, as a sailor, to America, and used to woman I have just told you about, who write him letters as if to a sweetheart, knew me by the sound of my voice. giving an account of the enemy's ships There were two hairdressers in London, and plans in a most masterly way, in the the best spies Bonaparte had. A hairdescription of a box of tools, or in some- dresser, generally speaking, must be a thing so unlike the thing in question man of talent; so must a cook; for a cook that no suspicion could be had of the must know such a variety of things about meaning of the contents. This woman which no settled rules can be laid down, by accident passed me at a watering- and he must have great judgment. Do place, whilst I was sitting near the sea- you think I did not immediately perceire side talking to my brother, and stopped that those four Germans we met at short on hearing the sound of my voice, were spies? directly. I never told Bwhich was so much like my grand-father's and Lord S-, because they would have that it struck her. And there is nothing let it out again. François was the only extraordinary in this: I have known a one who knew it besides myself. He took horse do the same thing. My father had an opportunity one day of saying to me, two piebald horses: they were very vicious, when nobody was by, 'My Lady, one of and hated one of the grooms so, that, one those Germans.. 'Yes, yes, François, day, whilst he was taking them out for ex- I understand you,' answered I, before he ercise, one threw him, and the other few had said three words : ‘you need not put at him, and attempted to strike him with me on my guard, but I am much obliged his fore feet; but, as he could not succeed, to you.' Why, my lady,' said François, the other, that had run off, turned back, when I was one day standing sentry at seized the groom with his teeth, and bit Bonaparte's tent, there was one of those him and shook him. That very horse very gentlemen I have seen go in and out: went blind, and got into an innkeeper's I recollect his face perfectly. François hands, who made a post-horse of him. was right, doctor : there they were, there One day, on the high road, I saw him, and was the sick one, and the learned one, and made an exclamation to somebody who the musician, and the officer, for all sorts was with me. The horse, although blind, of persons. You recollect, when we were knew my voice, and stopped short, just at Constantinople, one day I went to meet like the woman. I, too, was struck with the Count de la Tour Maubourg on the the woman's manner; and, without saying banks of the Bosphorus, and he intimated any thing, went next morning at daylight, to me that I had kept him waiting. ‘Yes,' before anybody was about, to the same said I, there was a spy following my spot, and, finding the woman there again, boat: I knew him directly, and wanted to inquired who and what she was. A con- prevent his dogging me.'
· Pooh! nonversation ensued; and the woman was de sense,' replied Mr. de la T. M: but we lighted, she said, to behold once again had not talked for an half hour, when, lo! something that reminded her of her old em- there he was, taking a look at us. Next ployer. * As for the ministers of the pre- day, when I saw Mr. Canning, 'Oh! Lady sent day,' she observed, “they are good Hester,' said he, “how did you spend your for nothing. When I went to prefer my day yesterday! Why,' answered I, your claim for a pension, one called me Goody- spy did not spoilit.' • Ah! rejoined he, laughtwo-shoes, and told me to go about my ing, for he perceived at once it was of no business. A government should never use to make a mystery of what he had done, employ spies of the description generally you should not do such things; I must chcsen-men of a certain appearance and write it home to government.' Yes,' said information, who may be enabled to mix I, “I'll write a letter, too, in this way:in genteel society : they are always known My lord, your excellent young minister, to or suspected. My grand-father pursued show his gallantry, has begun his diplomaquite a different plan. His spies were tic career by watching ladies in their assig. among such people as Logmagi-a hardy nations,' &c. &c. And then I laughed at sailor, who would get at any risk into a him, and then I talked seriously with him, port to see how many ships there were, till I made him cry,-yes, doctor, made and how many effective men-or a pedlar, him cry. Spies, as I said before, should to enter a camp—and the like. This was never be what are called gentlemen, or the way he got information as to the arma- have the appearance of such; for, howerer ment at Toulon: and such a one was the well they may be paid, somebody else will always pay them better ;-unless fortune an idle looker-on. He was not fond of the should throw in your way a man of integri- applause of a mob. One day, in going ty, who, from loyalty or love of his coun- down to Weymouth, he was recognised in try, will adventure every thing for the some town; and, whilst the carriage stopcause he is engaged in: such a man is ed to change horses, a vast number of another sort of a thing!
people gathered round us; they insisted Of Mr. Pitt we are told :
on dragging the carriage, and would do so “She denied that Mr. Dundas had any for some time, all he could say. Oh, docdirect influence over Mr. Pitt, as Wraxall tor! what a fright I was in! Mr. Pitt avers. Her words were: ‘Because Mr. bore with ceremony as a thing necessary. Dundas was a man of sense, and Mr. Pitt On some occasions I was obliged to pinch approved of his ideas on many subjects, his arm, to make him not appear uncivil to it does not follow, therefore, that he was people : ‘There's a baronet,' I would say ; influenced by him.' With the exception or, ' That's Mr. So-and-So.' I never saw of Mr. Dundas, Lord, and another that Mr. Pitt shed tears but twice.'" she named, all the rest,' said Lady Hester, Of Lord Chatham :
were a rabble--a rabble. It was neces- “Lord Chatham never travelled without sary to have some one at their head to lead a mistress. He was a man of no merit, them, or else they were always going out but of great sâad (luck). He used to of the right road, just as, you know, a keep people waiting and waiting whilst he mule with a good star must go before a was talking and breakfasting with her. caravan of mules, to shew them the way. He would keep his aide-de-camps till two Look at a flight of geese in the air : there or three in ihe morning. How often must always be one to head them, or else would the servant come in, and say supper they would not know in what direction to was ready, and he would answer, ' Ah! fly. Mr. Pitt's consideration for age was well, in half an hour.' Then the servant very marked. He had, exclusive of Wal- would say, “Supper is on the table;' and mer, a house in the village, for the recep- then it would be, • Ah! well, in a quarter of tion of those whom the castle could not an hour. An aide-de-camp would come hold. If a respectable commoner advanc- in with a paper to sign, and perhaps Lord ed in years and a young duke arrived at Chatham would say, 'Oh, dear! that's too the same time, and there happened to be long; I can't possibly look at it now: you but one room vacant in the castle, he must bring it to-morrow.' The aide-dewould be sure to assign it to the senior; camp would present it next day; and for it is better (he would say) that these he would cry, 'Good God! how can you young lords should walk home on a rainy think of bringing it now? don't you know night than old men: they can bear it there's a review to-day? Then, the day more easily. Mr. Pitt was accustomed to after, he was going to Woolwich. 'Well, say that he always conceived more favora- never mind,' he would say; have you got bly of that man's understanding who talk- a short one ?—well, bring that.'' ed agreeable nonsense, than of his who A personal bit or two :talked sensibly only; for the latter might “I recollect once, at Ramsgate, five of come from books and study, while the for- the Blues, half-drunk, not knowing who I mer could only be the natural fruit of the was, walked after me, and pursued me to imagination. Mr. Pitt was never inatten- my door. They had the impertinence to tive to what was passing around him, follow me up stairs, and one of them took though he often thought proper to appear hold of my gown. The maid came out so. On one occasion Sir Ed. K. took frightened out of her senses; but, just at him to the Ashford ball to shew him off to the moment, with my arm I gave the forethe yeomen and their wives. Though sit- most of them such a push, that I sent him ting in the room in all his senatorial seri- rolling over the others down stairs, with ousness, he contrived to observe every their swords rattling against the balusters. thing; and nobody (Lady Hester said, Next day he appeared with a black patch could give a more lively account than he. as big as a saucer over his face; and, He told who was rather fond of a certain when I went out, there were the glasses captain; how Mrs. K. was dressed; how looking at me, and the footmen pointing Miss Jones, Miss Johnson, or Miss Any- me out-quite a sensation ! body, danced; and had all the minutiæ of “ After Mr. Pitt's death I could not cry the night, as if he had been no more than for a whole month and more.
shed a tear until one day Lord Melville | cleverest man of her time, in politics, busicame to see me; and the sight of his eye- ness, &c. Even the late Lord Chatham, brows turned gray, and his changed face, his son, had but an imperfect idea of all made me burst into tears. I felt much that took place; for he was either absent, better for it after it was over.
or, when not so, taken up by dissipa"On some occasions she had singular (tion.” ways of talking; sometimes as if she were To finish: “The Memoirs of a Peeress," addressing herself to the wall, sometimes ascribed to Lady C. Bury, was among the to her lap; and latterly, when most of her books sent to Lebanon; and Dr. M. says: teeth were gone, she mumbled a great “I began reading it to her to-day. She deal.”
was calm and composed. The history of As varieties, we quote:
events, so well known to her, seemed to "In the cottages of Mount Lebanon afford her singular pleasure; and it was there are many things occurring daily evident that if she had always sought for which would greatly surprise an English amusement in books, instead of spending practitioner. A luxation of the shoulder- her time in disciplining incorrigible knaves joint in an infant, real or supposed, was and wenches, she might have found many cured, they told me, by taking the child happy hours even in the midst of sickness by the wrist and swinging it round with and solitude. Lady Hester had been its feet off the ground, until the bone got looking into the book in the course of into place again. I assisted, the second the day, 'I do not think,' observed she, time, at the cure of a sore throat, in that the heroine's character is hers; a man thirty-six years of age, who suffered it seems to me a fictitious one, a pocket-handkerchief to be drawn tightly partly of her own observations, partly of round his neck until his face turned black what has happened to herself: if it is anyand he was half-strangled. The man de- body, it must mean Lady Caher. Perhaps clared next day he was well, and the opera. Lady Charlotte's husband writes the books, tor assured me it was a never failing reme- and she supplies the materials.
The style dy."
is not that of a woman like her; she is Not knowing exactly how much depen- more likely to set off on foot three or four dence we can repose in Lady Hester's re- miles to see how they ploughed at Abra, collections, we are not sure whether we for example, like an active Scotch woman; may return to these volumes or not. They but as for writing a book, I think she was ought to be better than the common run no more likely to do it than I am.* I to deserve serious consideration : for Lady could not write a book, doctor, if you H. is herself a tolerable critic. On one would give me the world. Ah! I could occasion we read :
dictate a little to anybody who wanted to “Some one-I suppose you-sent me write down a correct account of circumthe 'Life of Lord Edward Fitzgerald.' stances that I know. I remember Lady It is I who could give a true and most ex- Charlotte's first going to court, and the traordinary history of all those transac- effect was very much what she describes of tions. The book is all stuff. The duchess Miss Mordaunt:—that is, somebody said, (Lord Edward's mother) was my particular 'She is too thin-very handsome to be friend, as was also his aunt: I was inti- sure, but too thin :' and somebody else obmate with all the family, and knew that served, that in a year's time, when she noted Pamela. All the books I see make filled out, she would be remarkably beautime sick-only catchpenny nonsense. A ful, which turned out to be the case. She thousand thanks for the promise of my was three years older than me; but she had grandfather's letters; but the book will such a hand and arm, and such a leg! she be all spoilt by being edited by young had beautiful hair too, gold color, and a men. First, they are totally ignorant of the politics of my grandfather's age; sec
* “On returning to Europe, I discovered that ondly, of the style of the language used at was the production of another lady, Mrs. c.
this novel, although edited by Lady C Bury, that period; and absolutely ignorant of Gore. Nevertheless, the observations made on his secret reasons and intentions, and the it and on its supposed author are retained, in the real or apparent footing he was upon with hope that each of these bighly gifted persons, as many people, friends and foes. I know well as the reader, will be amused in hearing
Lady Hester's comments, made in a different all that from my grandmother, who was spirit from a critic's in the • Edinburgh Review,' his secretary, and, Coutts used to say, the or the office of the · Literary Gazette.'"