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Stephen Duck and Queen Wilhelmina Charlotte Caroline (Caroline of Ansbach)

"In early October 1730 Duck travelled to Windsor to be presented to the queen. ... Duck was well received by the queen, who gave him an annuity of £30 or £50 and a house. In 1733 she made him a yeoman of the guard, and in 1735 keeper of the queen's library in Merlin's Cave, a Gothic building in Richmond Gardens, a post he filled with diligence and taste." (ODNB)

James Woodhouse and William Shenstone

Woodhouse’s earliest poems represented petitions to William Shenstone, who had prohibited ‘the rabble’ from visiting his ornamental gardens, The Leasowes, due to their propensity for picking flowers - rather than admiring the scenery with a detached comportment. Keegan (2002) suggests that Woodhouse’s affirmations to Shenstone respond to the conviction that the role of the lower orders in tilling the earth and concentrating on the produce it might yield precluded an ability to appreciate nature’s beauties.