Tuesday, December 28, 2010
From In Tearing Haste: Letters Between Deborah Devonshire and Patrick Leigh Fermor, edited by Charlotte Mosley
"You might think the history of the Cav family is dim in the extreme but the funny thing is it isn't. Every generation produced one or two amazing people, i.e. Henry Cavendish of laboratory fame couldn't order a suit except when the moon was in a certain state, & some of the dukes were extremely rum & noteworthy."
From a letter Deborah (Mitford) Devonshire to Patrick Leigh Fermor, dated Chatsworth, Bakewell, 17 March 1979