A few days later a less formal notice appeared in the London Press: ‘Letters from Petersburgh to the 18th of July  inclusive have reached London. It appears that the Marquis of HERTFORD had left the Russian capital with the intention of returning over land. His suite had embarked, and would return by sea. The Marquis had been well received at the Court of the Northern Czar: he had been honoured with some splendid donations. Besides the usual diplomatic snuff-box, he will have to exhibit to his wondering and flattering friends, on his return, some choice specimens of malachite, and some superb columns of jasper, in commemoration of his own mission, and of the magnificent liberality of the Emperor NICHOLAS.’ (The Times, London, Friday, 3 August 1827, p. 2b)
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