A Quote by Mrs. Delany on books, confusion, desires, honor, meetings, plants, questions, and work

Mrs. Delany describes her first meeting with the Queen thus: The King desired me to show the Queen one of my books of plants. She seated herself in the gallery; a table and the book laid before her. I kept my distance till she called me to ask some questions about the mosaic paper work, and as I stood before Her Majesty the King set a chair behind me. I turned with some confusion and hesitation on receiving so great an honour, when the Queen said- 'Mrs. Delany, sit down, sit down; it is not every lady that has a chair brought her by a King.' So I obeyed.

Mrs. Delany (? - 1788)

Source: Caroline Gearey, Royal Friendships; The Story of Two Royal Friendships . . . London, 1898

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