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	Siddons� Lecture
free for the day.     To 745 in the evening.
The girls, Haney and Hayes there, pre-
sently Munroe, returned from California,
who was brought in by Mr. Edwards, but
didn�t stop long.    Miss Ann came in, from a
wedding.   A little card-playing, in which I
didn�t take part, and some chat with Matt
and Sally.
  26.  Wednesday.  Office.     Palace Garden
again, all the morning.    Down-town after
dinner, writing steadily till 5.        In the even-
ing to report a lecture, dropping in at 745
by the way with Palace Garden tickets, and find-
ing the folks at supper, one of the Pillows
with them.   Here�s the lecture:

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QUEEN VICTORIA AND LORD RENFREW.
	LECTURE BY MR. J. H. SIDDONS.
  Last night, at the Springler institute, Mr. Siddons
delivered a lecture on the above topics to an audience
consisting principally of ladies.  The lecturer, who
was introduced by Rev. Dr. Gorham D. Abbott, com-
menced by a eulogium on the first of his royal sub-
jects, in her several relations as daughter, wife, and
mother.  After a glance at her genealogy, an allu-
sion to the general popularity of women as rulers in
England, and to the disappointment of the British
people on the death of the Princess Charlotte, Mr.
Siddons stated that Queen Victoria was expressly ed-
ucated by her mother, the Duchess of Kent, with a
view to her future position.  When very young, she
was ricketty and weak in the ankles, and some appre-
hension existed that she might inherit the mental in-
firmity of George the Third.  Healthy training pre-
vented this.  She was brought up at the sea side, at
Ramsgate, her ankles pumped on, and sea bathing
resorted to.  She rode on horseback, visited the poor,
being supplied with money for the purpose of reliev-
ing them.  She was a very benevolent princess; when
she rode abroad, her purse however, plethoric, always
returned empty.  She had a good appetite, which
she retains to this day.  Her intellectual and moral

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education was as sound as her physical one.   Her
mother carefully inculcated in her a love for the
Protestant religion; German was almost her nursery
language; she learned French and Italian perfectly,
and knew a little Spanish.  She was also an accom-
plished musician and vocalist.  At the age of 18, on
June 20, 1837, she became queen, in consequence of
the death of her uncle, William IV.  The lecturer
described the assemblage of the privy coun-
cil, and read her majesty�s speech to them,
in which she declared her love for, and
devotion to the British constitution.  Twenty-three
years have elapsed since that time, and in no one
instance has she swerved from it.  She was fortu-
nate in her ministers.  The agreeability, tact, good
taste and worldly knowledge of Lord Melbourne
were deservedly eulogized.  He and the Duke of
Wellington proved excellent advisors to the young
Queen.  They dined with her every day, and being
old gentlemen, would sometimes drop asleep over
their wine, when she would tickle their noses.  Very
soon Lord Melbourne thought it advisable that she
should be married, and on his stating it in diploma-
tic language, she did not understand him and re-
plied: �Let me have the Duke of Wellington!�
Explanations being offered, she objected severally to
her cousins of Cumberland and Cambridge and sug-
gested �poor Albert.�  It proved a happy choice, as
the young prince of Saxe Coburg and Gotha possessed               
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