Eighteenth Century Post-Bag
is much Poetry stirring here, but it is very bad.
Miss May Chambers1 to Mrs. Howard.
Tunbridge Wells, July 27, 1730. . . . Lady Bristol's waters, for the most part, pass through her eyes. Her intimate friends think that this is caused rather by the unkindness of the cards, than grief for her daughter-in-law. Betty Southwell2 is the person that will be the most liked here, and I think will pass her time the best; for she has made a resolution not to pronounce the word no while she is at Tunbridge. Monsieur and Madame Kinski,3 accompanied by Mr. Deven-ant and a troup of foreigners, have spent some days here in great mirth; they all danced at the ball all sorts of dances, though some had never performed in that way before. They dined with the Duchess of Marlborough
1 The eldest daughter of Thomas Chambers, of Han-worth, by his wife, nee Lady Mary Berkeley. At the time of writing this letter she was staying with her maternal aunt, Lady Betty Germaine. In 1736 she married Lord Vere Beauclerk.
2 Elizabeth Southwell was in the Queen's household. In 1736 she was made Housekeeper at Somerset House.
3 Count Philip de Kinski was at this time the Austrian Ambassador at the Court of St. James's.