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a blow, and died in a minute.' The gentlemen
all very sorry, and lamented him very much.
A cheerless end, neglected Sterne, was thine !
Sterne was interred in the burying-ground belonging to the parish of St. George, Hanover Square, near Connaught Place, where a ment, erected by two brother free-masons to his memory, may still be seen.t
“ Calamities of Authors.”
The literary interest which attaches itself to Bond Street, has descended even to our own time. In the days of his dissipation, “ Stevens's” hotel, near Clifford Street, was the favourite resort of Lord Byron; and, in 1815, we find Sir Walter Scott residing at a neighbouring hotel, “ Long's.” “I saw Lord Byron for the first time,” says Sir Walter, “in 1815, after I returned from France. He dined, or lunched, with me at Long's, in Bond Street. I never saw him so full of gaiety and good-humour, to which the presence of Mr. Matthews, the comedian, added not a little. Poor Terry was also present. After one of the gayest parties I ever was present at, my fellow-traveller and I set off for Scotland, and I never saw Lord Byron again.
Bond Street, it may be remarked, derives its name from Sir Thomas Bond, whose house, in Piccadilly, we find temporarily occupied by the French ambassador, in 1699. The building of Old Bond Street was commenced about the year 1716; and, even at this early period, we find it a fashionable lounging-place. In the “ Weekly Journal,” of the 1st of June, 1717, we read,—“ The new buildings, between Bond Street and Mary-le-bone, go on with all possible diligence ; and the houses even let and sell before they are built. They are already in great forwardness. Could the builders have supposed their labours would have produced
* Moore's “ Life of Lord Byron.”
a place so extremely fashionable, they might probably have deviated, once at least, from their usual parsimony by making the way rather wider: as it is at present, coaches are greatly impeded in the rapidity of their course; but this is fortunate for the Bond Street loungers, who are by this defect granted glimpses of the fashionable and generally titled fair, who pass and repass from two till five o'clock.”
From Bond Street, let us pass, through Bruton Street, into Berkeley Square. In Bruton Street, for many years, lived Richard Brinsley Sheridan, where his house was often so beset with duns and bailiffs, that the provisions required for his family were obliged to be introduced over the iron railing into the area below. We have already mentioned, in our notices of Piccadilly, that Berkeley Square, Hill Street, Hay Hill, and Farm Street, derive their names from Lord Berkeley of Stratton, and a property called Hay Hill Farm, of which his lordship had become the purchaser. Berkeley Square was built at the commencement of the last century. Lansdowne House, the principal house in the square, was once the residence of John, Earl of Bute, the celebrated minister and favourite, by whom it was built in 1765, and afterwards sold by him for 22,000l. to the first Marquis of Lansdowne, who, as Lord Shelburne, played scarcely a less prominent part in politics than Lord Bute. Many other persons of celebrity have been residents of Berkeley Square. Here lived the “heaven
born general ” Lord Clive, and Thomas Hope, the author of “ Anastasius." Here, shortly after her removal from George Street, died Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, and here also Horace Walpole breathed his last.
In Hill Street, in 1775, lived the gifted and accomplished Mrs. Montagu. Hannah More writes to of her sisters: “I
-“I had yesterday the pleasure of dining in Hill Street, Berkeley Square, at a certain Mrs. Montagu's, a name not totally obscure. The party consisted of Mrs. Carter, Dr. Johnson, Solander, and Maty, Mrs. Boscawen, Miss Reynolds, and Sir Joshua, the idol of every company, some other persons of high rank and less wit, and your humble servant, - a party that would not have disgraced the table of Lælius, or of Atticus."*
Hay Hill is interesting as being the spot where a skirmish took place between the rebels and the royal forces, during Sir Thomas Wyat's insurrection in 1554. Here, after his execution, the head of Sir Thomas was exposed on the common gibbet; three of his most dangerous associates being hung in chains on the same spot. From Hay Hill we pass into Grafton Street, where Charles James Fox resided when Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in 1782, and thence return to Bond Street, to the east of which we will point out a few spots worthy of notice.
In Conduit Street, a few yards from Bond Street, is a small chapel dedicated to the Holy Trinity, to
# Hannah More's “ Memoirs."
which a peculiar interest attaches itself. When James the Second sought to seduce his subjects, and more especially the army, to embrace the Roman Catholic religion, he caused a large wooden chapel to be erected, movable at will, which was wheeled to Hounslow Heath, where his army was then lying, and occasionally moved from one part of the camp to the other. When James was subsequently compelled to fly the kingdom, this chapel was brought back to London, and placed in what was then fields, where it remained till 1716, when the present Trinity Chapel was erected on its site. In 1772, Boswell mentions Dr. Johnson drinking tea with him at his lodgings in Conduit Street.
From Conduit Street a narrow passage leads us into Saville Row: here Henrietta Countess of Suffolk, the celebrated mistress of George the Second, lived after the death of her royal lover ;* here the well-known Betty Germaine was residing in 1741 ;* and here Richard Brinsley Sheridan breathed his last. At the north end of Saville Row is Uxbridge House, the work of Leoni, formerly called Queensberry House, from having been the residence of Charles third Duke of Queensberry and his beautiful Duchess, Katherine Hyde, the
Kitty” of Prior, and rendered still more celebrated by the verse of Pope ;
If Queensberry to strip there's no compelling,
• Suffolk Correspondence.