Royal Tunbridge Wells
yesterday, who was in the mind to be mighty civil to them. They spent fourscore pounds in presents and raffles, and departed for London this morning, with a promise to return soon, if possible, for they love us all mightily. Mrs. Southwell's list of the company would be much more entertaining than mine, for she has got a choice selection of new friends. She was in perfect joy last night that Mrs. Pretty was arrived. Lady Betty [Germaine] and herself play only at quadrille; but the Duchess of Marlborough takes to losing her money at roly-poly. We all design to marry Mr. Conolly,1 but he does not greatly take to anybody but Lady Betty; for whom all the virgins sat sighing around to dance with him, he seriously asked her, and would dance with nobody else upon her refusal.
Dr. Arbuthnot to Lady Suffolk.
July 6, 1731
I have been at Tunbridge for some time, and return again. Your Ladyship was a great subject of discourse for some days, which gave
1 The Right Hon. William Conolly, M.P., of Stratton Hall, Staffordshire, the nephew and heir of William Conolly, Speaker of the Irish House of Commons.