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	On the Queen and Prince of Wales.

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all the qualifications necessary to make an excellent
husband.  He had a good understanding and knew
his wife�s weak points.  It was said that the queen
manifested a penchant for Lord Elplinstone, but ob-
jection being raised to such a marriage, he received
the government of Madras, to get him out of the
way.  On the queen�s union with Prince Albert, it
was proposed to give him an income of �60,000, but
on the motion of Joseph Hume, it was reduced by
one half.  The young couple started in life with a
mutual income of �650,000.  It was not too much;
they brought up their family on it without calling for
a separate allowance for any of them.  Mr Siddons
described the coronation and enumerated the re-
markable men there assembled, telling an anecdote
of Marshal Soult and Lord Hill, old foes, who met
on that occasion.  He then depicted a day in the
queen�s life.  She rose at half-past six in summer,
seven in winter, and always walked abroad, return-
ing to morning prayers and breakfast, at which she
ate heartily, and subsequently spent half an hour in
the nursery.  She next received the master of the
household, and decided what invitations should be
accorded for the day, and then visited her aviary,
menagerie, aquarium, or stables.  She was passion-
ately fond of horses and a good rider.  At eleven
she accorded audience to the secretary of war, the
home and foreign secretaries; at twelve she received
general visitors; lunched at one, when she drank
Alsop�s pale ale.  At three she entered her carriage,
or rode on horseback, either visiting or on some er-
rand of charity.  An anecdote was related of her

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kindness and liberality toward Mrs. Warner, the
actress.  The queen gave a medal to Florence Night-
ingale.  Returning from her drive or ride her
majesty dined in state, which was rather
a dreary affair, no conversation being al-
lowed.  But that over, etiquette was dismissed;
in the drawing room the queen played on the piano,
and indulged in German games.  At 11 she re-
tired.  The queen appeared fond of American ladies;
the lecturer knew the wife of a New-York editor who
had danced in the same quadrille with her.  Of the
Prince of Wales a very erroneous impression pre-
vailed.  He was neither dull nor stupid, but a youth
of the noblest disposition and splendidly educated.
Like his mother, he appeared ricketty and delicate in 
in youth; it was feared that he might not survive.
He carried his head a little on one side now.  He
spoke French, German, Italian and Spanish with
fluency, besides being a good Greek and Latin 
scholar.  He was well acquainted with law and the
fine arts, a good soldier theoretically, and a good
horseman; no wall or brook ever stopped him when
on horseback; he was what is technically termed
�a bruising rider.�  He danced enormously, like 
most of the English youths of the day, and was
always guided by personal appearance in his choice
of partners.
  The lecture terminated with an allusion to the
friendly relations between Great Britain and the
United States, which he thought the Prince�s
visit would still further establish.

[Gunn�s diary continued]
Siddons is an elderly, bald, very clean-shaven
and gentlemanly old boy, an Englishman, who
once edited a �Court-guide� or �Gazette,� also
a Calcutta newspaper.       He claims relationship
with the Mrs Siddons, has attempted public
readings with but little success, and owes Bow-
eryem $40.        He edits Paul�s �Family Friend�
just now, but tells Boweryem that Paul
don�t pay him, having gone security for his
house-rent.      There were only Spingler Insti-
tute lady-scholars present; I don�t suppose a
dollar was taken.          I went down in the 4th
avenue car with a young fellow from the �Daily
News� and wrote up the foregoing in Reportorial               
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