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In Whig Society 1775-1818
Frederick Lamb to Lady Melbourne, 1815

Chapter I.
Chapter II.
Chapter III.
Chapter IV.
Chapter V.
Chapter VI.
Chapter VII.
Chapter VIII.
Chapter IX.
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Frankfurt, 1815.
My Drst. Mother,

Yr. long letter gave me great pleasure and I thank you very much for it, but it had quite a different effect from what you intended for it shewed me how extremely and continually you are plagued by the little beast and with how
much reason. I am sure it wears you, and it can not do otherwise. The
other Lady I think less about because she is out of the house and you do not see her so continually, but two such curses were never inflicted upon a family which was so perfectly happy and united before they came into it. I have not business enough here to occupy me at all, and not the least particle of amusement, as there is neither public theatre nor private house to go to of an evening, and the cry for economy reaches me and straightens me too much for me to be able to have any body to my house. I have made a representation upon the subject, which will not be attended to, but which will be a good ground for resigning the mission as soon as the only important part of it is finished, but I wish this to remain a most profound secret between you and me; it’s getting wind in the least would totally derange my plan. God bless you my Dearest Mother, I wish I had a receipt to give you against the torment of the little beast, but I know of none, even my patience wld. be of no avail there, for she makes me furious. A settled firm resolution to have nothing to do with her, and not to care a sixpence what she does, is the best resource, and to recall this resolution and act upon it afresh every time that one feels oneself in danger of being made to break it by her. God bless you once more Dearest Mother, good night to you.