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The first Sunday after her arrival at CarltonHouse, her Royal Highness attended divine service at the Chapel Royal, St. James's. Her Royal Highness sat in the royal closet, attended by the lady in waiting. The service was read by Dr. Fly; the sermon was preached by the Rev. J. Leysal. The anthem was “O how amiable !” by Dr. Green.
In this situation of affairs with the Princess Charlotte in England, her illustrious mother had collected around her, as in one focus, all the literary and scientific men in the vicinity of Geneva; but this would not have been worthy of notice, had not one illustrious female been chosen by the Princess of Wales as her companion, with whose family her daughter was soon to be allied by marriage. This female was the sister of Prince Leopold of Saxe Coburg Saalfeld, and married to the Grand Duke Constantine of Russia, but separated from her husband on account of his brutal and savage treatment*. Through the me
During a temporary residence at St. Petersburgh, I had frequent opportunities of obtaining an insight into the character of the Archduke Constantine, and am not in the least surprised at a tender and amiable female not being able to live with him. He is the arch-prototype of his father, Paul, in full possession of all his vices, without any of his virties to counterbalance them. Tyrannical in the highest degree, he exacts the most degrading submission from others; and, woe to the individual who dares to resist his authority. The charms of his illustrious consort made, perhaps, some impression on his obdurate heart; but his alliance with her arose not from a respect for her virtues, nor from any attachment
dium of the archduchess, frequent intelligence was received by the Princess of Wales of her daughter, independently of the regular correspondence which was maintained between them; and the Princess Charlotte, on the other hand, by means of the correspondence which she held with the object of her affections, often obtained some intelligence of her mother, which, from the most obvious reasons, would not have been communicated through the regular channel.
It was a pleasing consolation to the heart of the Princess Charlotte, when she reflected that her mother enjoyed the society of an amiable and sympathizing individual, who could enter into her sorrows, and with whom she could converse without restraint on those topics which were nearest to her heart. At a distance from our country, the sound of our native language conveys an unspeakable charm; but doubly grateful is it, when in a foreign land, we meet with an individual, whose interests are the same,
to the comforts of the matrimonial state. His soul was incapable of the refinements of love; and as to the exercise of that delicacy which is due to the tender and gentle character of the female sex, he never knew it. Bred in voluptuousness, and nursed in every species of profligacy, the gratification of his senses is his study ; nor is the criminality of the means by which it is obtained, ever taken into his consideration. A virtuous female could not live with such a being; and the return of his injured consort to her family, was her restoration to that happiness of which her unfortunate alliance had deprived her.
and to whom we can unbosom ourselves without réserve, with the confidence of a brother or a friend. It cannot; therefore, be a matter of surprise that the sister of her future son-in-law was the favourite associate of the Princess of Wales; and, as far as the influence of persons at that distance could extend, every mean was adopted to bring the intended union to a happy issue.
On the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Orleans in this country, they paid their first visit to her Royal Highness the Princess Charlotte, on Saturday the 29th of May. The Duchess was received by General Garth, the Princess's principal attendant in waiting, who conducted the Duchess to the Princess's drawing-room, where the Duchess remained with the Princess about half an hour. In the evening the Princess Charlotte honored the opera with her presence for the first time, attended by the Countess of Ilchester and Miss Coates. On the following day her Royal Highness returned the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Orleans, and remained with them upwards of two hours.
On the 4th of May the Queen held a drawingroom at the Queen's Palace, St. James's, for the second time this season, which was very numerously and splendidly attended. The Princess Charlotte of Wales went in state with two carriages, and was received with all the high distinctions due to her rank. Her dress on this occasion was exquisitely beautiful. Gold lama
and white draperies over a petticoat of rich white satin, elegantly supported with tassels of brilliant gold; beneath the draperies a trimming of superb blond lace, headed with a wreath of rich white satin and gold twisted trimming; train of rich figured white satin, body elegantly trimmed with rich gold and blond lace; head-dress, plume of ostrich feathers, with a beautiful diadem of brilliants; necklace and ear-rings of diamonds.
The first evening party which the Princess Charlotte gave at Carlton-House, was on the 29th of May; and, it was during her temporary residence in Carlton-House, that her Royal Highness may be said to have entered more deeply into the routine of the high and fashionable circles, than at any other period of her life. The continual round of visits which she was receiving and paying; the forms and ceremonies, to the performance of which she must necessarily accustom herself; and the sudden change from a state of comparative independence, to that of a strict adherence to all the punctilios of a court; and her total estrangement from those pursuits to which she had habituated herself, tended in no small degree to excite a desire in her breast for a return to her country residence; especially as the season of the year offered those ratioral enjoyments which could not be tasted in the splendor of a town residence.
The death of the Duke of Brunswick threw a temporary gloom over the Royal Family of
England, and gave a check to any participation in those pleasures which they were in the general habit of resorting to. The Princess Charlotte did not appear in public for many days, and the grief she felt at the loss of so near a relative was that of the heart, not that of outward show.
An arrangement had been made for her Royal Highness to return to Cranbourne-Lodge; but owing to some symptoms of her former indisposition appearing in her Royal Highness, that arrangement was countermanded, and it was determined that she should proceed direct from London to Weymouth. Her Royal Highness was to stop a short time with the Queen and Princesses at Windsor ; and thence proceed to Salisbury, where she was to sleep at the Bishop's house, and arrive at Weymouth in the evening of the following day.
Accordingly, on the 26th of July, her Royal Highness left Carlton-House in an open carriage, and was attended by the Countess of Ilchester, and Colonel Adenbroke. A close coach and four followed, in which were the Reverend Dr. Short, her Royal Highness's sub-preceptor and chaplain, and Mrs. Campbell ; and a chariot and four followed, in which were her Royal Highness's principal page, and two female domestics. On the Thursday following, her Royal Highness entered the town of Weymouth, amidst the acclamations of thousands, who had, for many hours been waiting to greet her on her second visit to that dis