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Brummell always denied that he had so misbehaved himself. Brummell used to show his resentment in his own small way. Once after the final rupture with the Regent, the Beau, riding through Bond Street with Lord Sefton, met the Prince, who was taking an airing in a carriage. Seeing Sefton the carriage was stopped. The prince and peer exchanged some commonplace courtesies. Sefton presently rejoined Brummell. This sort of thing used to be thought very witty, cruelly sarcastic!
If not a vain boast, which is most likely, it speaks, in perhaps a dubious sense to his credit.
It was understood that his stay would be a long one. I cannot stop here. But never mind that. A passing fancy.
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Nothing more. Her ladyship is not in love with you. At last all was gone: the pet of high society, the inventor of unapproachable neckties, was cleaned out.
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He must make himself scarce as quickly as might be; but in order to pass over the strait which divides Dover from Calais funds were required. In this extremity, George Bryan Brummell sent a note to one of his friends, a Mr. Scrope Davis. I subjoin the note and the reply:.
Du Dandysme et de George Brummell
My Dear Scrope, — Lend me two hundred pounds. The banks are shut, and all my money is in the Three per Cents. It shall be repaid to-morrow morning. Scrope Davis to G. Brummell must hare been more successful in other quarters, as he certainly raised funds enough to enable him to reach Calais, and support himself there till he could organize a method of levying black-mail on his titled English friends, upon whose charitable alms Beau Brummell, the star of fashion, was thenceforth content to exist.
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The habits of this eccentric gentleman clung to him through life. He was as preposterously exclusive when a fugitive from his creditors, and living upon the charity of his former acquaintances, as in the days of his ephemeral prosperity. He took up his quarters at a Calais hotel, where he lived in very comfortable style for seventeen years. His correspondence and the occasional visits of great people imposed upon the French tradesmen, who believed that he was suffering under a temporary eclipse only, and would again shine out resplendently, a bright particular star in the aristocratic galaxy of England.
The French are an acute people, but they have strange notions with regard to England and English society. For example, they believe the Lord Mayor of London to be a potentate second only in dignity and power to the monarch of Great Britain. It is not at all surprising that they should have believed in Beau Brummell. The Duchess of York, a very amiable lady, sent him not only money, but a table-cover worked with her own hands. This steadfast friendship of her Royal Highness seems to show that after all the vain coxcomb must have had something good in him.
Lord Sefton moreover paid him a visit; so did Wellesley Pole and Prince Puckler Muskau, the Prussian nobleman who once made a small splutter in the literary line. Let us pass swiftly over the decline and fall of this once celebrated gentleman. His debts in Calais rapidly accumulated. Brummell was refused credit, and a prison was not obscurely hinted at. Driven to desperation, he applied to the Duke of York to procure for him, through his influence with the Ministry, a Government appointment.
The application was successful, and on the 10th of September, , Beau Brummell was appointed English Consul at Caen, at a salary of four hundred pounds per annum. Not at all. His debts followed; his foolish habits clung to him to the last, till at length the only person whom he could rely upon to befriend him was Mr.
Armstrong, a grocer established in Caen. Beau Brummell had been Consul but about two years when he appears to have been smitten with positive lunacy.
He appears to have imagined that if he gave up the Caen Consulship he would certainly obtain a more lucrative one — in sunny Italy, he hoped. George Bryan Brummell with a solatium of two hundred pounds, but gave no hint of the recipient obtaining any other appointment. This was the climax. No sooner were the arms of England taken down from the front of his house, than his French creditors determined at once to arrest his no longer inviolable person. This was done with a great deal of unnecessary display and circumstance; and poor Brummell was carried off to jail.
A very weak creature the pet of courtly circles proved, when subjected to the pressure of misfortune. He could do nothing to help himself; continued to weep and wail, and pour forth bitter complaints that his dinner was not regularly served — that his washerwoman did not get up his white cravats so well as she had formerly! At last, the grocer, Armstrong, who appears to have been actuated by a real sympathy for the broken-down Beau, proposed that he himself should go to England and personally solicit — being, of course, furnished with proper credentials — the help of Mr.
This was done. The end was near at hand.
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The intellect, such as it was, gave way; and it was determined by Mr.