Eighteenth Century Post-Bag
half to remedy the mental disease of idleness and inoccupation, called Vennui; heavy fines raised on wealth and rank, which impartial nature levies on her elder sons, while her laborious younger children neither groan with bodily pain, nor sigh with imaginary dissatisfaction. . . .
Sir Ralph Millbank is here with a great retinue; I have not yet seen them, for we never go to the walks but in the morning to drink the waters. I should have wrote you a long letter to-day, but Lady Talbot came in and prevented me. Lady Sandwich seems still to think of going to Huntingdon races, which is a great concern to me, for she is the most agreeable person to live with imaginable; and we have settled ourselves together in a manner quite easy and convenient to us both.
Mrs. Elizabeth Montagu to the Rev. Mr. Freind.
Tunbridge Wells, 1749. To excuse my silence I must give you an account of where I have been, and how employed; and when you find that I have been drinking Tunbridge waters you will less wonder