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

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Royal Tunbridge Wells
even in hearts; I would not be understood as having any dislike to these ladies; I think them sensible, and I believe them good, but I do not think the Graces assisted Lucina at their birth. There are but few whom those delicate ladies breathe upon, and perhaps they thought Mrs. Cleland might officiate in their stead; but I do not discover any traces of her education.
We have here Lady Parker and her two daughters; they make a very remarkable figure, and will ruin the poor mad-woman of Tunbridge by outdoing her in dress; such hats, capuchins, and short-sacks, as were never seen ! One of the ladies looks like a state bed running upon castors; she has robbed the valance and tester of a bed for a trimming : they have each of them a lover; indeed as to the dowager, she seems to have no greater joys than E O and a toad-eater can give her. I am sorry for poor Lady Egmont; I hope you were not in any way engaged in the last melancholy scene, for your goodness and humanity make you undertake those offices of friendship which ill agree with your con­stitution. It gives me great pleasure to hear you are in so good a state of health. I hop? 196
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