Royal Tunbridge Wells
Mr. Pitt had discovered in his morning's ride, about half a mile from hence; he ordered a tent to be pitched, tea to be prepared, and his French horn to breathe music like the unseen genius of the wood. The company dined with me; and we set out, number eight. After tea we rambled about for an hour, seeing several views, some wild as Salvator Rosa, others placid, and with the setting sun, worthy of Claude Lorrain. These parties are good for health and pleasure, and break the dull line of a Tunbridge life. Sir George Lyttelton1 and Mr. Bowers 2 are come to spend a few days with Mr. Pitt.
Mrs. Montagu to her Husband.3
Tunbridge, July ye 11th, 1753.
Mr. Fox and Lady Caroline are come here
for a few days, as are Ld and Lady Hilles-
borough : as pleasure not health is their object
they will not stay long. I was at the Ball
1 George Lyttelton, first Baron Lyttelton (1709-1773), who had succeeded his father as baronet in September 1751. He was raised to the peerage five years later.
2 (?) Archibald Bower (1686-1766), author of a History of the Popes, sl friend of Lyttelton, who in 1754 appointed him Clerk of the Buck-warrants.
3 From the original letter (hitherto unpublished) in the possession of A. M. Broadley, Esq.