Eighteenth Century Post-Bag
your friends very little subject of anxiety, and me a good deal of pleasure, to find you had so many who had a just notion of your Ladyship's character. There are at present very few folks at Tunbridge merely for their diversion. The company consists chiefly of bon-vivants with decayed stomachs, green-sickness virgins, unfruitful or miscarrying wives. The way your humble servant was used was comical enough. The medicines I prescribed, when they had done good, were prescribed by the patient to others, and so on, till at last the apothecary made gallons of bitters which they took by drams at the shop, and half-pecks of pills which they carried home in boxes. They filled my belly with good dinners at noon, and emptied my pockets at night at quadrille.
The Rev. George Stone1 to the Earl of Cardigan.
August 17, 1738.
We have been for some time at a house of the Duke of Dorset's in Sussex,2 near
1 George Stone (1708 ?-1764) had gone over to Ireland with the Duke of Dorset on his appointment as Lord-Lieutenant as one of his chaplains. He was given the deanery of Derry in 1734, and eventually became Archbishop of Armagh. 2 Knole.