• Mark Argent
Part of the Music in Georgian and Victorian Society book series (MGVS)


1781 I had instructed Miss Thurlow at home nearly a year; and had never seen the Lord Chancellor: however, on January the tenth this year, I was introduced to his Lordship by Mrs. Harvey. He received me very graciously and begged me to take some Breakfast: to this I assented, as I thought it would give me time to recover myself, and to be more collected, as I expected to have some conversation with his Lordship. In the course of my breakfast, he asked me a great many questions: respecting my family? my parents? Where I was educated? Whether I had been regularly educated in Music? Who was my Master? in short, he interrogated me from one thing to another, in a surprisingly ingenious manner, for an hour at the least; till I found myself in a violent heat, fatigued, and almost exhausted with anxiety and perturbation. However, I spoke the truth to him without reserve; and that is ever the same; and from this time to the end of his Lordship’s life, I found him a kind and sincere friend to me. After all these interrogatories his Lordship asked me, “If I knew Mr. Stanley?” I said, “that I knew his works, and his abilities as an Organist, but that I had no acquaintance with him”. “I once heard him sing Purcell’s Mad Bess” (said his Lordship) “but I suppose that you cannot sing it?” I said “that I believed I could remember it, and if his Lordship would indulge me with a hearing, I would endeavour to exhibit it according to the best of my abilities”.


Gold Medal Great Pleasure Musical Profession Musical Idea Vocal Music 
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