Royal Tunbridge Wells
My father is very gay. Sir William Brown starts many arguments for his amusement. Mr. West reads to us in the evening, and the wit of the last age supplies us, when we do not meet with any in this.
Lady Jane Coke to Mrs. Eyre.
Windsor, August 13, 1752.
I hope my dear Mrs. Eyre remembers that I have been at Tunbridge and then she will excuse my long silence, for any sort of application gives the headache, and there is not an hour unemployed. I drank the waters five weeks, and they have done my stomach a vast deal of good. Several of my particular acquaintance being there, made the place more agreeable to me than it would other ways have been, but notwithstanding that, I found myself very glad to quit the hurries I lived in at Tunbridge for the quiet I enjoy at Windsor, where I am now settled for some time. ... I suppose you'll expect some account of Tunbridge. It used to afford abundance, but this season has not produced even a lampoon, no beauties, and the Act of Parliament that has put a stop to publick gaming prevent a great many young men's coming. 206