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Nancy Johnson (ed.), The Court Journals and Letters of Frances Burney, Vol. 6: 1790–1791

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201Queen's Lodge, Windsor12 January [17]90To [Benjamin Waddington]1

      ALS (Peyraud collection),2 12 January 1790

      1 sheet 4to, 1 p.

Queen's Lodge, Windsor3

Jany. 12th. —90


I beg you to accept my sincerest acknowledgements for the most welcome intelligence with which you have just favoured me,4 as well pg 2as my Heart-felt congratulations on the safety & relief of the beloved sufferer.5

  I entreat you to find a moment for telling her the joy you have given me, & that I shall myself find another, as soon as you or Mrs. Granville6 will deem it prudent, & will have the goodness to inform me a few lines will do her no harm.

  In the mean while, the shortest account of her proceedings would highly oblige me, if time can be spared for affording me that gratification.

  With my kindest Love to my dear amiable Friend, & best Compliments to Mr.7 & Mrs. Granville, I remain,

  •             Sir,
  •                   Your Obliged
  •                       & obedt. servt.
  •                           F: Burney.

We remove to-morrow to Town for the Winter.

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Editor’s Note
1 Benjamin Waddington (1749–1828), American merchant, of Llanover Court (1800), son of the Revd Joshua Waddington (1711–80), Vicar of Harworth and Walkeringham in Nottinghamshire, and his wife, Ann Ferrand of Bingley, Yorkshire, daughter of the Revd Thomas Ferrand, Vicar of Bingley. He married (1789) Georgiana Mary Ann Port, great-niece of Mary Delany and friend to FB. See Augustus J. C. Hare, The Life and Letters of Frances Baroness Bunsen, 2 vols (New York: Routledge, 1879), 1:24.
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2 FB's letter to Benjamin Waddington was for sale in the auction of Paula Peyraud's collection in May of 2009; however, it was not sold. Its whereabouts is unknown.
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3 The Queen's Lodge, originally the 'Queen's Garden Lodge', had most recently been occupied by Lord Talbot, the Lord Steward. George III began renovation of the Queen's Lodge in Windsor in 1776. Sir William Chambers (1723–96), architect to George III, designed the renovations and additions; however, it was speculated that the king had a strong hand in its final design. In 1779, the king purchased the adjacent Burford House, formerly owned by George Beauclerk, the 3rd Duke of St Albans, and it became known as the 'Lower Lodge', where the younger princesses resided; the Queen's Lodge became known as the 'Upper Lodge'. See Jane Roberts, Royal Landscape: The Gardens and Parks of Windsor (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1997), 169.
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4 The letter is not known to be extant.
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5 Georgiana Mary Ann ('Marianne') (Port) Waddington (1771–1850), great-niece of Mary Delany; eldest daughter of John (Sparrow) Port, of Ilam, Staffordshire, and his wife, Mary Dewes. Mary Ann lived in St Albans Street, Windsor, with Mary Delany until Delany's death in 1788. Mary Ann was then placed under the guardianship of her uncle Court Dewes of Wellesbourne in Warwickshire. A year later (1789), she married Benjamin Waddington, with whom she had seven daughters, only three of whom lived to young adulthood. FB first met Mary Ann in 1784. After initially finding her rather vain and flirtatious, FB warmed to her and by 1790 they were devoted friends. FB provided solace to the young woman after her great-aunt's death. In December of 1789, Mary Ann Waddington gave birth to her first child, a daughter Harriet, who would survive for only a few months. See CJL i. 4 n. 19; Davenport, 86–8; Hare, The Life and Letters, 1:11–12.
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6 Harriet Joan de la Bere (c.1753–1825), second daughter of John de la Bere (d. 1795) and wife of the Revd John Dewes, later (1786) Granville (1744–1826); aunt to Georgiana Mary Ann (Port) Waddington (CJL iii. 298 nn. 846–7).
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7 The Revd John Dewes (D'Ewes), later (1786) Granville (1744–1826). Dewes assumed the surname Granville on the death of his maternal uncle, Bernard Granville.
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