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The “Pope” of Holland House
John Whishaw to Thomas Smith, 13 July 1816

Chapter I: 1813
Chapter II: 1814
Chapter III: 1815
Chapter IV: 1816
Chapter V: 1817
Chapter VI: 1818
Chapter VII: 1819
Chapter VIII: 1820
Chapter IX: 1821
Chapter X: 1822
Chapter XI: 1824-33
Chapter XII: 1833-35
Chapter XIII: 1806-40
Chapter XIV: Appendix
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July 13, 1816.

I cannot forbear writing a few lines which will find you on your return from the Wiltshire tour, to thank you and Mrs. Smith for all your kindness, and to acquaint you that I had a most agreeable and prosperous journey home. The country was delightful, the weather and the roads pleasant, and my companions in the coach more amusing and agreeable than usual. They consisted of a lively Frenchman, who had lived several years with Mr. Weld, of Lulworth Castle, as the tutor to the young ladies; a seafaring person retired to South Wales; and an intelligent female Quaker, who had paid great attention to the Bell and Lancaster systems of education. The day passed very agreeably, and I arrived in the evening at Lincoln’s Inn a few minutes after ten.

No one seems to know the real cause of the Duke of Wellington’s return. But it is generally supposed
“Childe Harold“
that some new arrangements are in contemplation. The Duke has been sent for back from Cheltenham, and the
Chancellor put off his business this morning at Lincoln’s Inn in order to attend the Regent. The late entertainments at Carlton House have exceeded all former extravagance in splendour and expense.