Saturday, November 27, 2004

Hester Thrale

On a family history site I've just stumbled across a huge collection of the writings of Hester Thrale, from Song on his Majesty’s Nuptials [George III, written in 1758] to the sad farewell to the Dean of Derry in 1806, prefaced:
Another Death! nothing else indeed I think—the pleasant Bishop of Limerick; gay, gallant, chearful Creature that he was— when known by name of Barnard Dean of Derry: Friend & Companion to dear little Goldsmith Reynolds, Burke, Johnson; all the old Coterie of the Turks head: where after Supper he used to sing the Song of Polypheme in Acis & Galatea:—Can one then help exclaiming…


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