Beau Nash at Tunbridge Wells
temporary wrote, became so unpopular that it was found desirable to dismiss him, and necessary to beg Derrick to allow himself, on his own terms, to be reinstated.
When Derrick died on March 28, 1669, Major Brereton succeeded him at Bath, but then, and henceforth, Tunbridge Wells pursued its own course, and elected its own Masters of the Ceremonies. The first to be appointed was one Blake, who at least had the determination to uphold the dignity of his office. " Pinchbeck is in great disgrace for behaving ill to the Master of the Ceremonies at Tunbridge, and says that he is many hundred pounds worse for his close connection with the King and the Royal Family," George Selwyn wrote to Lord Carlisle, from Almack's, August 3, 1775. " I found him as I passed to-day at his door lamenting his situation it chaudes larmes, and very desirous to make me a party in his dispute with the Master of the Ceremonies." The offender was Christopher Pinchbeck (second son of Christopher Pinchbeck, inventor of the copper and zinc alloy called after his name), a mechanician and inventor, and one of the party known as the " King's Friends " or the " Buckingham House *a 163