Excerpt from All the Year Round, Vol. 11: A Weekly Journal; From February 13, to August 6, 1864, Including No. 251 to No. 276
There could not have been a more magnificent day for the holding of a patrician festival. It had rained the preceding year, and snowed the year before that; but the show of 1836 was favoured by the elements in an almost unprece dented degree. Although the gracious Lady who now rules over this empire was then but a pretty young princess, it was really Queen's weather with which the visitors to Chiswick were for a brief afternoon endowed. One cannot have everything one's own way, of course, and although the sky was very blue, the sun very warm and bright, and the summer breeze very gentle, there was rebellion underfoot; and if the worm in the dust didn't turn when trodden upon, the dust itself did, even to rising up and eddying about, and covering the garments of fashion with pulverulent particles, and half choking every man, woman, and child who happened to be in the Open between Hyde Park Corner and Kew Bridge.
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