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been found, who would scruple at no breach of honour for emolument, yet would shudder at perjury. Why was the letter of these officers not procured until almost a year after the publication of my book? Sir R. Musgrave tells you that the honourable general Needham knew nothing of my book till then. Whatever opinion I had before entertained of Sir Richard's intellect and candour, I am really sorry for so flagrant a violation of propriety. He well knew, as is known by many members of his junto, that what related to general Needham, in my book, was shewn to said general immediately after its publication. The evident fact is that no such letter could be procured till after colonel Bainbridge's death, for he was a gentleman, never having been tailor, pedlar, drummer, fifer, nor rank-and-fileman ;* besides that his pencil writing was in my hands. At length, after his death it was procured, but it remained unpublished till after the honourable men, who had subscribed it, were gone out of the country, and were consequently freed from the shame which they must suffer in meeting the eyes of any of those persons, who were acquainted with their previous declarations.
* Men, wlio adopt the principles of gentlemen, on being promoted from a mean condition into that rank, cannot be debased by the consideration of their former state. The case is different, when the vilest principles of the meanest class are retained by them when promoted to a higher rank.
Holmes, as well as colonel Bainbridge, read in manuscript my account of the battle of Arklow, and declared that it was perfectly agreeable to their own and general Skerrett's sentiments. Why were not the names of captains Dante, Wilkinson, and others, subscribed to this letter, who had been in the battle of Arklow? These appear to have some property, and not to have thought their situation so desperate as to be obliged to take such a step. Perhaps also they had a principle superior to such foul dealing independently of property. Captain Dante, who, having a personal quarrel with my family, might have been gratified with such a signature, declined the honour. That of Holmes was the last signature obtained, a man of no very shallow speculation, who certainly would not make a barter for nothing.
This transaction, strange as it may appear to the reader, created not the least surprise in me, because a transaction of a far darker hue had before occurred in a combination of these same officers against me, against whom, I really believe, they were far from having any personal enmity, at a time when the command of the re- . giment, by colonel Bainbridge's violent sickness, devolved on major Williams. Of this nefarious combination, procured by the interest of a general officer, all powerful, it seems, with them, and counteracted by the generosity of another
general officer, a truly worthy man, of a cha. racter diametrically opposite to that of the former, I shall give an account hereafter, and I hope that, for, the honour of the British army, attention will be paid to this affair by the commander-in-chief.
These officers, while they remained in the neighbourhood of Gorey, were in the habit of speaking contemptuously of general Needham, whom they seldom honoured with any other appellation than that of general Needless; and told many stories of piano-fortes, jaunting cars, cows, horses, &c. but one which lieutenant Gibbs related, was so extraordinary that few believed it; that in the plundering of Magauley's shop at Oulart, in the march from Gorey to Vinegar-hill, a scramble was made for the brass money in the till or drawer of the counter.
I shall take leave at present of the Loyal Durham Fensibles with this observation, that in no other regiment could ever probably have been more strongly exemplified how much the behaviour of soldiers and subaltern officers depends on the principles and conduct of their commander. Its discipline was really excellent until the departure from it of general Skerrett, its colonel, to Newfoundland. After that, in a long sickness of colonel Bainbridge, and his long absence in England, the change was amazing. One out of many instances may suffice. Mr.
Charles Driver, of Gorey, a very eminent bootmaker, waiting on lieutenant Dutton with a pair of boots which he had ordered, and expressing in respectful terms his unwillingness to leave them without being paid, (for good reasons which he had not the imprudence to avow), was ordered by Mr. Dutton into the guard-house, and confined there some hours; and on his complaint, after his liberation, to major Williams, was commanded to go, and be damned, about his business. Mr. Driver was well known to be a very zealous loyalist, whose father had been murdered by the rebels. Whether he has since been paid for his boots I know not.
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Lookup Mr. Andrews Lancelot Fisher Mary
Littleton Lord T. Aram Eugene
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Madan Martin Armstrong John Foote Samuel
Metcalf John Bacon John'
Forbes Hon. John Michael An. de Ca.
Fordyce, banker Moliere John Bapt.
Monsey Dr. Mers.
Franklin Benjamin Montague E. Wo. •
Gainsborough Th. Mossop Henry
Glover Wm. Fred. Naylor James Butler Samuel
Godwin Mary W. Oates Titus Carey Harry
Gordon Hon. Geo. Oldcastle Sir John Carew Bam. Moore Grose Francis
Oliver John Cervetto
Hagemore Rev. Mr. Paget Wm. Lord Chatterton Thomas
Handel Geo. Fre. Parr Thomas Cheyne George
Hawkesworth Dr. Penn William Churchill Charles Henderson John Philips John Cibber Sus. Maria Henderson, comedian Pivett Christopher Cleland John
Hifernan Paul Pope Benjamin Coram Capt. Tho. Hobbes Thomas Pope Alexander Cornelly Mr.
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(Hopkins Matthew Pratt Edward Dancer Daniel
Hudson Capt. H. Prentice Harry De Foc Daniel
Hutchinson J. Hely Quin James Dempster Thomas Jenkins Henry
Radcliffe John D'Eon, Chevalier Joan of Arc
Raleigh Sir Walter
Kneller Sir Godfr. Rousseau J.J.
L'Enclos Ninon de Bolingbroke Lord
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