Royal Tunbridge Wells
and the bonne bourgeoise from Marybone Gardens; it is but the same scene on another stage. . . . The Dutchess of Norfolk being indisposed to-day, talks of leaving the place, though she has not drank the water a week. The Dutchess of Newcastle is coming to this place very ill; I believe the unhappy state of public affairs makes her so. " Ambition should be made of sterner stuff." The wife of a first minister should not have weak nerves.
Gilbert West to Mrs. Montagu.
Tunbridge Wells, 9th of July, 1755.
... As for the life I now lead here, it affords so little variety, and is so very dull and uniform, that I cannot pick out any incidents that can yield you entertainment. It is in almost every circumstance very different from that I have ever lived before upon Mount Ephraim, for this reason, I avoid bringing them into a comparison, and therefore try my utmost to banish from my memory every idea of times past; and to separate from every object round about me, all those associations from which I once imagined I should always be able to derive pleasure; but experience has taught me, that it is not always agreeable to 214