excerpt from 'Letter from Horace Walpole to Mary Berry, 23 August 1791' pp. 46–47 (160 words)

excerpt from 'Letter from Horace Walpole to Mary Berry, 23 August 1791' pp. 46–47 (160 words)

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Letter from Horace Walpole to Mary Berry, 23 August 1791

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On Saturday evening I was at the Duke of Queensberry’s (at Richmond, s’entend) with a small company: and there were Sir W. Hamilton and Mrs. Harte; who, on the 3rd of next month, previous to their departure, is to be Madame I’Envoyée à Naples, the Neapolitan Queen having promised to receive her in that quality. […] Oh, but she sings admirably; has a very fine, strong voice; is an excellent buffa, and an astonishing tragedian. She sung Nina[*] in the highest perfection; and there her attitudes were a whole theatre of grace and various expressions. 

The next evening I was again at Queensberry House, where the Comtesse Émilie de Boufflers played on her harp, and the Princesse di Castelcigala, the Neapolitan minister’s wife, danced one of her country dances, with castanets, very prettily, with her husband. 

[*Editor’s fn: Perhaps Pergolesi’s song ‘Tre giorni son che Nina.’] 

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