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Of People on People and the Nicknames they used.


Fredrick Hervey on the singing voice of Prince Augustus.
''This may be very fine braying, but it is intolerable singing.''

Hester Stanhope on William Austin.[Willikin].
''A nasty vulgar looking little brat.''

George Prince of Wales on Barrymore.
''I was very much shocked at the account of Barrymore' death. Though he was a great rogue, yet to be sure it must be confessed that when he pleased he could be exceedingly good company.''

William Beckford on himself.
''It's amazing how I enjoy getting into scrapes. To me a scrape is like a dram. It raises my spirits and brightens my imagination.''

James Boswell on himself.
''He has all the bright fancy of youth,
With a judgement of forty and five;
In short, to declare the plain truth,
There is no better fellow alive.

Fredrick Prince of Wales on Earl Bute.
''...a fine showy man who would make an excellent ambassador in a court where there was no buisness.''

Wellington on Lord Byron and his set.
''I hate the whole race. I have the worst opinion of them. There is no beliving a word they say - your proffesional poets, I mean - there never exixted a more worthless set than Byron and his friends for example.''

A French report on Lord Camleford.
''...Lord Camleford will be the author, one day, of some of those actions which will lead rapidly to glory - or the scaffold.''

Dr Johnson on Kitty Clive,
''She was a better romp than any I saw in nature.''

Francis Dashwood on himself.
''There goes the worst Chancellor of the Exchequer that ever appeared.''

Coleridge on Defoe.
''Defoes excellence is to make me forget my specific class, charactor and circumstances, and raise me, while I read him, into the universal man.''

Beau Brummel to Jack Lee on Prince George.
"Well Jack, who's your fat friend?"

The Times on Prince George.
"Like a man...who at all times would prefer a girl and a bottle to politics and a sermon."

Georgina Duchess of Devonshire by her Mother.
''She is amiable, innocent and benevolent, but she is giddy, idle and fond of dissapation.''

Princess Augusta on Prince Edward.
''I understand that Edward is grown quite a giant, if so I hope he will never be a grenadier or else he will be quite a frightful sight.''

Captain Parker on Prince Edward.
''...he reasons soundly; his disposition is the most perfect I ever met with. Nothing can put him out of temper or ruffle him...His judgement is sound and good, and reckoned superior to that of most of the Royal family; but he is wrapt up in his proffesion, which he studies night and day...he is the most perfect gentleman...he has a reserve reserve about him which prevents the possibility of anyone becoming familiar with him.''

Gibbon on C.J.Fox.
''Charles Fox commenced patriot, and is already attempting to pronounce the words, country, liberty, corruption &.''

Pitt on C.J.Fox.
''Mr Fox has never been answered.''

Horace Walpole on C.J.Fox.
''On Thursday he spoke in debate; went to dinner at past eleven at night; from thence to White's, where he drank until seven the next morning; thence to Almack's where he won £6000; and between three and four in the afternoon he set out for the races at Newmarket.''

On George I.
Hail mighty George ! auspicious thy reign,
Thee long we wish'd. Thee at last we gain.

On George I.
God in his wrath sent Saul to punish Jewry;
And George to England in greater fury.

On George II.
At night he drank a dozen tots,
By day he took his posset;
His life began with chamber-pots
And ended on a closet.

Lord Chesterfield on George II.
''Everything in his composition was little, and he had all the weakness of a little mind, without any of the virtues or even the vices of a great one.

Lord Chesterfield on George III.
''He is seriously a most hopeful boy; gentle and good-natured, with sound good sence.''

Dr Johnson on George III.
"If the English were fairly polled George III would be packed out of the Kingdom by nightfall and his adherants hanged by morning."

George III. on himself.
''I wish to God I might die for I am going to be mad.''

Wellington on George IV.
''The most extraordinary compound of talent, wit, buffoonery, obstinacy and good feeling - in short a medley of the most opposite qualities with a great preponderance of good - that I ever saw in any charactor in my life. Precipite in his manner, and rash in his projects; but though there was nothing he would not attempt, he scarce ever took any measures necessary to the accomplishment.''

Dr Johnson on Oliver Goldsmith.
''Let not his frailties be remembered, he was a very great man.''

Horace Walpole on Lord Grenville.
''His person was handsome, open and engagimg; his eloquance at once rapid and popous, and by the mixture, a little bombast. He was a extensive scholar, master of classic critisim, and of all modern politics.''

William Beckford on Emma Hamilton.
"She affected sensibility, but felt none, was artful; and no wonder, she had been trained in the court of Naples."

Lord Bristol on Emma Hamilton.
"God Almighty must have been in a glorious mood when he made you!"

Tom Davies on Dr Johnson.
''He laughs like a rhinoceros.''

Oliver Goldsmith on Dr Johnson.
''There is no arguing with Johnson, for if his pistol misses, he knocks you down with the butt end of it.''

Horace Walpole on Dr Johnson.
''Johnson was an odious and mean charactor, self-sufficient, and over-bearing ungrateful through pride and femmine bigotry, he has prostituted his pen to party, and had afterwards for a pension, contradicted his own definations.''

Lord Thurlow on Sir John Lade.
''I have no objection to Sir John Lade in his proper place, which I take to be your Royal Highness's coach box, and not your table.''

Fredrick Hervey,[Earl Bishop] to Emma Hamilton,[Diplomates wife] on Maria,[Queen of Naples].
''I verily deem her the very best edition of woman I ever saw - I mean, of such as are not in folio but are to be had in sheets.''

Lord Byron on Napoleon.
"Buonaparte! Ever since I defended my bust of him at Harrow against the rascally time-servers, when the war broke out in 1803, he has been a 'Heros de Roman' of mine - on the continent; I don't want him here!"

Sir John Moore on Nelson.
"...More like the Prince of an Opera than the Conqueror of the Nile."

Countess Spencer on Nelson.
"...his the general appearance was that of an idiot, so much so, that when he spoke, and his wonderful mind broke forth, it was a sort of surprize that it riveted my whole attention."

Lord St Vincent on Nelson.
"He is devoured by vanity, weakness and folly; was strung with ribbons, medals etc, yet pretended that he wished to avoid the honour and ceremonies he everywhere met on the road."..."He is vain  and weak and therefore open to flattery."..However.."As a sea officer, I never saw a man in our proffesion, excepting yourself , [Sir Edward Berry] and Troubridge who possessed the magic art of infusing the same spirit into others which inspired his own actions."

George Prince of Wales on Nelson.
''...the greatest charactor England could ever boast of...loved him as a friend.''

Lord Byron on Lady Oxford.
"There is a woman, who amid all her fascination, always urged a man to usefulness or glory."

Nancy Parsons.
''...A girl distinguished by an uncommon degree of prostitution...and had boasted of having raised 100 guineas in one week from different lovers at a guinea a head.''

Lady Bagot on Princess Pauline.
''A heartless little devil.''

Wellington on General Picton.
''...a very violent vulgar fellow who blackguarded and abused his troops, but he was a very brave man and a good soldier.''

Lord Derby on William Pitt.
''Damn the fellow, he speaks so well, I wish his throat was cut.''

Blake on Reynolds.
''This man was hired to depress art.''

Agnes Townsend on herself.
''I can swear sir, and what's more drive four horses in hand.''

Princess Charlotte on George Prince of Wales,[Her Father].
''There does not live one who is a greater coward or a greater hypocrite.''

Charles Lamb on George Prince of Wales.
''By his bulk and by his size,
By his oily qualities,
This,[or esle my eyesight fails]
This should be the Prince of Wales.

The Morning Post on George Prince of Wales.
The Prince of Wales does not slumber in dull indolence at his retreat at Brighton, but promotes and particapates in many excercises.

Nelson on George Prince of Wales.
''...unprincipled lyer...false lying scoundral.''

Princess Charlotte on George and Caroline the Prince and Princess of Wales,[Her Parents].
''My mother was bad, but she would not have become as bad as she was if my father had not been intinitely worse.''

Caroline Princess of Wales.
Most gracious Queen, we thee implore
To go away and sin no more;
But, if that effort be to great,
To go away at any rate.

George Prince of Wales on Caroline Princess of Wales.
''My abhorence of her is such...that I shudder at the very thoughts of sitting at the same table with her, or even of being under the same roof.''

Wellington on Caroline Princess of Wales.
''Well gentlemen, since you will have it, God save the Queen - and may all your wives be like her !''

Wellington on Major-General Sir Robert Wilson.
"...a very slippery fellow who had not the talent of being able to speak the truth upon any subject."

Hawkins the Highwayman on his collague Wilson.
''...a great affliction fir anything that is r-sh, a Welshman for toasted cheese, a Scotsman for bonnyclabber, a Spainiard for a patched cloak, a Dutchman for butter, an Italian for buggery, a Frenchman for the pox.''


Henry Addington.P.M....The Doctor.

James Boswell...Bozzy.
Henry Brougham...Bruffin, Beelzebub, Old Wickedshifts.
George [Beau] Brummell...The Dowager Dandy.
Lord Bute...Jack Boot, His Bootship.
Fredrick Bying...Poodle, [A man with very curly hair].

Princess Charlotte...Young P.
Queen Charlotte...Old Snuffy, De Old Begum.
Thomas Coke,[Lord Leicester]...King Tom.
Duke of Cumberland...Prince Wiskerandos.

Elizabeth Davers,[Wife of Fredrick Hervey]...Excellent.
Grace Dalyrmple-Elliot...Dally the Tall.
Earl ofDundonald...Daft Dundonald
Lord Durham...King Jog, [Because he claimed that he could 'jog along' on £40,000 pa].

Lord Eldon...Old Bags.
Lady Elgin,[Governess to Young P.]...Eggy.

Mrs Fitzherbert...Bennina,[Ben was a fat porter at Carlton House], The Princes Fat Friend.
Lord Foley...Number 11, [Because of his skinny legs].
Charles James Fox...Charley, Old Charley.

George I...Dunce the First.
George II...Dunce the Second.
George III...The Gentleman at the end of the Mall, Farmer George.
Duke of Gloucester...The Slice, The Cheese, Silly Billy.
Miss Goldsworthy,[Governess to Young P.]...Gouly.
Charles Greville...Punch.
Captain Gronow...No Grow,[Because he was so short].

Emma Hamilton...The Fair tea-maker of Edgeware Road.
Thomas Hope...Furniture Hope.
Doctor Johnson...The Rambler, Rambling Sam.
Dorothy Jordon...Little Pickle.

Madame Kiemansegge...The Elephant.
Prince Koslovsky...L'amiable Roue.

Louis XVIII...Poor old Bungy.

Earl of Mar...Bobbing Jack.

Francis Nisbet,[Lady Nelson]...Tom Tit.
Josiah Nisbet,[Nelsons Step-son]...The Cub.
Duke of Norfolk...The Jockey.

Kittty Pakenham.[Wellingtons wife]...Longford Lilly.
Lady Parker,[The fat 19yr old wife of 64yr old Admiral Sir Hyde Parker]...The Batter Pudding.
Some Pickpockets,[real names unknown]...Scampy, Huckle, Jemmy the Shuffler, Irish Ned.

Lord John Russell...Pie and Thimble.

Madamoiselle Schulenberg...The Maypole.
Bretingham Scurl,[a servant]...Briton.
Richard Brindsley Sheridan...Sherry
Tobias Smollet...Smell Fungus.
Lord Robert Spencer...Comical Bob.

Thomas Telford...The Colossus of Roads.

Caroline Princess of Wales...Mrs P.
George Prince of Wales...Ben, Florizel,Prinney.
Robert Walpole...Sir Blue String, Skreen Master General.
Duke of Wellington...The Beau, The Peer, Old Nosey.
William I of Holland...The Frog.
William Prince of Orange...Young Frog.
William Windham, Secretary of War...Weathercock.
Duke of Wurtemberg...Deja Deja.