A Memoir of Barbara, Duchess of Cleveland

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private circulation, 1871 - 256 pages

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Page 182 - I can never forget the inexpressible luxury and profaneness, gaming, and all dissoluteness, and as it were total forgetfulness of God, (it being Sunday evening,) which this day se'nnight I was witness of, the King sitting and toying with his concubines, Portsmouth, Cleveland...
Page 182 - I was witness of, the King sitting and toying with his concubines, Portsmouth, Cleveland, and Mazarine, &c., a French boy singing love-songs,* in that glorious gallery, whilst about twenty of the great courtiers and other dissolute persons were at Basset round a large table, a bank of at least 2000 in gold before them ; upon which two gentlemen who were with me made reflections with astonishment.
Page 240 - I plainly told her, but she said the King would have it so, and there was no going back.
Page 87 - King says he did not get it : with that she made a slighting puh with her mouth, and went out of the house, and never came in again till the King went to Sir Daniel Harvy's to pray her ; and so she is come to-day, when one would think his mind should be full of some other cares, having but this morning broken up such a Parliament, with so much discontent, and so many wants upon him, and but yesterday heard such a sermon against adultery. But it seems she hath told the King, that whoever did get it,...
Page 49 - Another story was how my Lady Castlemaine, a few days since, had Mrs. Stuart2 to an entertainment, and at night began a frolique that they two must be married, and married they were, with ring and all other ceremonies of church service, and ribbands and a sack posset in bed, and flinging the stocking...
Page 63 - King supped with her the very first night he come from Bath; and last night and the night before supped with her; when there being a chine of beef to roast, and the tide rising into their kitchen that it could not be roasted there, and the cook telling her of it, she answered " Zounds! she must set the house on fire but it should be roasted!
Page 32 - ... the King and she did send for a pair of scales and weighed one another ; and she, being with child, was said to be the heaviest . But she is now a most disconsolate creature, and comes not out of doors, since the King's going.
Page 59 - She looked mighty out of humour and had a yellow plume in her hat (which all took notice of), and yet is very handsome, but very melancholy : nor did anybody speak to her, or she so much as smile or speak to anybody.
Page 117 - I love my love with an A, because he is so and so : and I hate him with an A, because of this and that : " and some of them, but particularly the Duchess herself, and my Lady Castlemaine, were very witty.
Page 99 - Castlemayne is mightily in love with Hart of their house: and he is much with her in private, and she goes to him, and do give him many presents...

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