11 DECEMBER 1841, Page 13


THE Literary Gazette has published, with a most rapturous and enthusiastic commentary, a letter from the Queen of GEORGE the Third ; certain that "its simplicity of expression, and its style, remembering the Queen was German by birth and education, will please the reader." The hint that the birth of a royal infant, re- ferred to in the letter, was a peculiarly agreeable recollection from the circumstance of its being "the last of that illustrious family it was her lot to bear," is perhaps more sincere than polite ; but the rest of the paragraph is courtly enough. This is natural, as the writer is evidently an fait in all matters relating to a court. For ex- ample, he gives us the scarcely credible information, that the letter, "like all kingly correspondence, begins at the top and has the signa- ture close at the end." Such an unusual arrangement of an episto- lary document may perhaps stagger the reader's faith ; but we beg to assure him, that having instituted an investigation, we find the statement to be strictly accurate. We will not detain the reader longer from the very striking letter of Queen CHARLOTTE, than is necessary to observe, that the allusion to the Queen's Ger- man birth and education did not supersede the necessity of a glos- sarial note, which is however omitted, explaining that the con- cluding sentence in native English would probably run thus—" We have the finest reign here * * I hope you have your share of it, as I am sure you must relish it as well as we do " : a right Queenly sentiment.

" Lord Guilford. I hope the Country Air has been more beneficial to you during this very uncommon warm Weather, as You seemed to suffer so much when I saw you last in Town. 1 shall now establish myself for good at Wind- sor until my month is up, and therefore desire Lord Guilford not to think of coming himself next Month, but let Mr. Mathias come as usual in the Country. The Usual Sum for my lying in will, I think, not be necessary till then, but, should it happen sooner, any directions fromyou to Mr. Mathias will be suffi- cient to have it in readiness whenever I call for it.

" We have the finest Rain here ever since four o'Clock this morning. I

it hope You have Your share of it also, as I am sure you must relish as well

as we do. A

" N. L. Windsor, the 16th July, 1783."