Education: A Walpole Sampler

From a letter to an Eton friend about the funeral of King George II in 1760:

"The real serious part was the figure of the Duke of Cumberland heightened by a thousand melancholy circumstances . . . Attending the funeral of a father, how little reason soever he had to love him, could not be pleasant. . .

"This grave scene was fully contrasted by the burlesque Duke of Newcastle—he fell into a fit of crying—but in two minutes his curiosity got the better of his hypocrisy and he ran about the chapel with his glass to spy who was or was not...

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