Horace Walpole

(1717 - 1797)

Horace Walpole was the youngest son of Britain’s first prime minister. After King George I died in 1727, Horace marched crying in the funeral procession, so that if anyone were to see him, they would notice that the prime minister’s son cried harder than other boys. His career in Parliament was relatively uneventful, but upon his death the nearly four thousand letters that made up his lifetime correspondence came to be seen as the definitive writings on life in Georgian England.

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1783 | London

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Let the French but have England, and they won’t want to conquer it.

—Horace Walpole, 1745

Alas! We are ridiculous animals.

—Horace Walpole, 1777

Life is a farce, and should not end with a mourning scene.

—Horace Walpole, 1784

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