People, Society & Culture of Tunbridge Wells in the 18th Century & later.

Home | Order | Support | About | Contact | Search

Share page  

Previous Contents Next

Royal Tunbridge Wells
proceedings and his manuscript at the end of the second act, and we adjourned to a rational supper upon a cold mutton-bone, and dissi­pated in two tumblers of weak red wine and water." So Kelly wrote in his autobiography. " When the repast ended, the bard conducted us to our bed-rooms; the apartment in which I was to sleep, was his study; he paid me the compliment to say, he had a little tent-bed put up there, which he always appropriated to his favourite guest. ' The bookcase at the side,' he added, was filled with his own writings. I bowed, and said, ' I dare say, sir, I shall sleep very soundly.' ' Ah ! very good,' said he; ' I understand you,—a hit, sir, a palpable hit; you mean being so close to my writings, they will act as a soporific. You are a good soul, J Mr. Kelly, but a very drowsy one—God bless you—you are a kind creature, to come into the country to listen to my nonsense—buonas noches! as we say in Spain—good night! I hope it will be fine weather for you to walk about in the morning; for I think with Lord Falkland, who said he pitied unlearned gentle­men on a rainy day—umph—good night, God bless you—you are so kind.' "
The next morning Mrs. Crouch's letter 118
Previous Contents Next