Memoirs of the Duchesse de Gontaut Volume 1; gouvernante to the children of France during the restoration, 1773-1836

 
9781231145692: Memoirs of the Duchesse de Gontaut Volume 1; gouvernante to the children of France during the restoration, 1773-1836
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894 Excerpt: ...happy also in this lovely place, where I spent a great part of the summer. In the autumn my mother sent me the very sad tidings of my grandmother's death, but gave me, by way of consolation, the hope of having her with me again soon. At the time when M. de Gontaut had been obliged to leave us, he had been informed that his presence was necessary to facilitate the removal of the sequestration from his estates in the south of France. His whole fortune then consisted only of the sum placed in the English Funds, and we felt it prudent to continue to practise the strictest economy in our small establishment. The happy event at Windsor of which I have told you had trebled our income; and when I returned to London to await my mother's arrival, I was able to resume my house and live there, and with her I could not be otherwise than happy. My mother wished to share with me the care of my daughters' education. Their lessons and their walks occupied our mornings; but in the evenings I could enjoy with a good conscience all the amusements which the society of our dear friends procured for me. Lady Clarendon lived close by, and it was very rarely that she neglected to inquire if I could make use of her or her carriage in any way during the day. My Scottish friends, Lady Hampden, Lady Wedderburne, and Lady Hope, had just established themselves in London; Lord Somerville and his two sisters, Lady Mary and Lady Charlotte, Lord and Lady Templeton, Lord and Lady Bristol, and Miss Upton were all in London when I arrived. That year was a very pleasant one for me. Every fashion becomes a sort of slavery to which one must submit, even in sensible England. At this time Mrs. Siddons and her brother, Mr. Kemble, were at the height of their fame, and Lady Mary, Miss Upton, and I bec...

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