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arrived announcing that all was well he finished off the song and took it to the publishers, who accepted it at once.
The songs of Jacques Blumenthal have enjoyed a wide and lasting popularity, but none more so, perhaps, than his delightful "My Queen," so magnificently sung by Santley. "The Message" and "The Requital" were also famous in their day ; while of the others "Sunshine and Rain" and "An Evening Song" were perhaps the most popular.
Blumenthal's Tuesday evenings at Hyde Park Gate were a recognised feature of Musical London for many years. In a letter to me on the subject, Henry Bird, the accompanist, who was an intimate friend of Blumenthal's, says, in reference to these evenings : "I recall one night when the late Duke of Albany was invited ; the music on this occasion was to be partly in the garden, which was illuminated with Chinese lanterns, etc., but first in the drawing-room. The Duke arrived with royal punctuality at the time of invitation, but many of the other guests had not yet arrived, so Blumenthal hastily got the glee singers to commence in the garden, taking the Duke there first until a sufficient number had assembled in the drawing-room, when the arranged programme of music commenced."