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considered a desertion. He said he al. ing honours thick upon them ;” an ways considered Mr. Brownlow one of empty coat sleeve was the only trophy the staunch supporters of " the good exhibited by the unassuming half-pay cause;" and added, that he supposed this lieutenant, but that proved a passport to change was attributable to the influence the Illustrious Personage who presided obtained over him by his connexion with in this group of heroes. After a forma. Lord Darnley's family. A friend whom introduction, the Royal Duke entered fa. the Royal Duke honoured with much of miliarly into conversation with Mr. Drew his society, remarked, “ that his Royal as to the nature and length of his service, Highness must be surely aware that fe- and finally inquired whether he was samale influence was sometimes powerful.” tisfied with his then situation ? Mr. Drew The Duke laughed at the satirical joke, admitted, that the remuneration was more and nodded his head.
than equal to his deserts, but at the same A young and promising officer, named time modestly hinted that he had yet an Drew, a native of the county of Clare, in arm which could wield a sword in de. Ireland, who served during the greater fence of his king and country, and that if part of the Peninsular campaign, had the his appointment to active service was misfortune to lose his left arm in the me. compatible with military etiquette, he morable battle of Salamanca, for which would consider hiinself peculiarly fahe was invalided, with the half-pay of voured. The commander-in-chief 'made lieutenant, and compensation for the loss no comment on this address at the moof the limb which he had left on that ment, but the appointment of Mr. Drew 66 blood ensanguined field." Mr. Drew to a company in the 84th Foot appeared was not one of those who love “ inglori. in the following Gazette. ous ease;" he pined not for the arm, but “ Mighty events spring from trivial for his exclusion from the field of “ glo- causes,” is a maxim that was never more rious strife.” Soon after his return to truly verified than in the Parliamentary England, he made several ineffectual ap. inquiry into the military administration plications to be placed once more on ac of the Duke of York, in 1809. The his. tive service ; offers were held out to him tory is rather a curious one; and as it is of a commission in some of the veteran not generally known, we shall be par. battalions, but he rejected all such over doned for the introduction of it here. A
Chance, however, unexpectedly man of the name of M‘Cullum, who was brought him under the notice of the originally an emigrant Highlander, hapDuke of York, in a situation at once pened to be employeıl in St. Domingo, in novel and imposing, and eventually led to the capacity of secretary to the celebrated the accomplishment of his only and still Toussaint l'Ouverture. He was after. fondly.cherished hopes. In his early wards employed in Trinidad, after the life, Mr. Drew was remarkable for his capture of that island by Sir Ralph skill in horsemanship, and that now con- Abercromby, and after that able com. stituted his chief amusement. Riding mander had appointed general Picton to through the park one morning, he per- act as governor there. M‘Cullum ren. ceived the commander-in-chief and seve dered himself obnoxious to the general, ral of his staff-officers coming towards and was punished with solitary confinehim in the ride ; though mounted on a ment in a dungeon in Trinidad. On the mettlesome and rather urmanageable return of both parties to England, M'Culanimal, Mr. Drew placed the reins in his lum made a representation to the commouth, and as the military cortege pass- mander-in-chief and the government, but ed, he took off his hat and gracefully sa- his complaints were dismissed.
He conluted his Royal Highness, who was so cluded that governor Picton was protectstruck, not only with the fine appearance ed by the Duke of York, and that it was of the young veteran,” but with the owing to the powerful influence of the singularly elegant manner in which the latter that his own remonstrances provea action was performed, that he directed so ineffectual. M'Cullum then swore one of the officers to inquire the gentle. that he would make a pair of spectac'es man's name, &c. The card of " Lieu- of Picton and his patron. The firs tenant Drew, half-pay,” was returned, thirg he did was to publish his travels in and by the Duke's desire, the young sol. Trinidad, a book which teemed with the dier was commanded to attend the next grossest abuse of the administration oi Military Levee at the Horse Guards. It general Picton. Not content with going may be imagined that this mandate was thus far, he, with the perseverance that joyfully complied with. On his intro- characterizes his countrymen, ferreted ou duction to the Levee Room, Mr. Drew charges against the conduct of the War found himself surrounded by the first Office. He also joined Louisa Calderon, captains of the day, having their “ blush- a young girl of Trinidad, who was the
principal in a famous charge of torture on the same floor. Their summer rezi. and cruelty, preferred against governor
dence was on Kew Green, at a house Picton in this country. Colonel Wardle which had formerly been the residence of was, by some means, brought into con. the Princess Dowager of Wales, the mo. tact with this MI‘Cullum, and by the aid ther of his late majesty George III. The of the latter, access was obtained to Mrs. grounds at the back of this house exClarke, on 'whose statement the charges tended to the banks of the Thames, and were ultimately brought. The unfortu here their Royal Highnesses partook of pate Scotchman exerted himself night the same amusements and diversions. At and day: he was destitute of resources : one part was an extensive grass-plot, he lodged in a garret in Hungerford. where they used to amuse themselves by market; and he was frequently under playing at single wicket cricket. They the necessity of dispensing with food for were both of them remarkably active, twenty-four hours together. He lived just particularly the duke. It was on this to see the Royal Duke retire from office; spot that his Royal Highness used free when he published a short narrative, and quently to order two of the attendants to died in extreme want. Such was the ori. raise a garter to the height of his mouth, gin of the famous inquiry, which fixed from which he retreated, and then took a the interest of the public in the begin. run and sprung over it. His Royal ning of the year 1809.
Highness could repeat this exertion seThe loss of se excellent a patron to the veral times without failing. He was in. noble and useful sport of horse-racing, structed in fencing by Mr. Angelo, the will be severely felt. The stud of his famous professor of that art, and attain. Royal Highness, until lately, bore a con ed to a great degree of excellence in it, siderable reputation in the sporting world. from frequent practice with his brother. Mr. Warwick Lake was the manager of From the same master they received les. the stud; and that gentleman obtained sons in horsemanship. During this pethe respect, not only of his Royal High riod their Royal Highnesses were attend. ness, but of all his brother sportsmen. ed by lieutenant-colonel Lake, or the The successor to this gentleman was the Guards, afterwards created lord Lake, Hon. Mr. Greville ; and of his services and a gentleman of the name of Light, we need only say that it was not owing who had not less distinguished himself to want of management and skill on his for his talent than his many amiable part, that the stud of his Royal Highness qualities. He was the author of a gen. did not, in later years, maintain the repu teel and successful comedy. His Royal tation, which, at an earlier period, it had Highness seldom required, or took more acquired. The turf career of hi: Royal than four hours' sleep at a time. In Highness commenced at Ascot, near this, however, he was not singular, as Windsor, in the year 1789. His Royal this is a peculiarity for which the Royal Highness's Highflyer mare, carrying 9st. Family are remarkable. In person he 3lb., beat the late Duke of Queensbury's was more like the late king than any of Juniper, a four mile match for fifty the family, and he had the same ruddy guineas. Again in 1816, his Prince Leo- complexion. He used frequently to visit pold won the Derby, at Epsom ; and in the theatres with his brother, and sat in 1822, his Moses won the same prize at the stage-box. Their Royal Highnesses the same place. The attendance of his used at that time to be considered two of Royal Highness at Newmarket, of late the finest youths that appeared in public years, though punctual, was far from together. The Duke's affair of honour being lucrative. Between unlucky bet. with colonel Lenox, proved that he posting, and profuse hospitality, his sporting sessed that courage for which his family account was considerably against him. were remarkable, none of the House of But certainly there never was a patron of Brunswick ever being known to be defithe sporting circle, who was more popu. cient in that respect. At the time of the lar on account of honourable dealing, and unfortunate schism in the 10th Hussars, affable generous conduct, than his Royal then commanded by his majesty, a gentleHighness.
man, who was
the assistant surgeon, The fraternal attachment of his ma found his situation extremely unpleasant, jesty and the Duke of York, has existed from the disputes between the parties, from their infancy. When boys, their and wishing to decline taking a part with Highnesses always slept in the same one or the other, sent a memorial to his room, in separate beds, on the ground Royal Highness to the War Office, begfloor, in Buckingham House, looking to ging that he might be exchanged into the gardens. Their other apartments, another regiment of Light Huscars. consisting of a dining-room, breakfast After repeating this memorial more than room, study, and sitting-room, were also once, and receiving no kind of answer, he
was advised to write to his Royal High, quently as many as three hundred letters ness personally, and he took the method in a day, to each of which an answer was of delivering his request himself by let- returned, it being his Royal Highness's ter, addressed to his Royal Highness, commands that the humblest individual which he delivered at his residence in the who wrote to him should receive an an. Stable-yard, requesting of the porter that So laborious was this department, it might be laid on his Royal Highness's that Sir Herbert has been engaged some table. On the day following he received times till near seven in the evening, and an answer, that for particular reasons, he then has aken a box of papers home did not at present wish to interfere in with him. disputes of the kind, but that he would The Royal Duke, during the winter take the first opportunity of complying and spring of last year, was slightly inwith his request. The duke did not for- disposed, by being deprived of rest at get his promise, for soon after a vacancy nights, loss of appetite, &c., and was freoccurring in another regiment of Light quently attended by his medical advisers, Dragoons, the assistant surgeon was im being considered an invalid ; as it will be mediately appointed to fill it.
recollected apologies were sent to several The late duke, till within the last three festivities at which he had kindly proyears, was a remarkably healthy, and mised to preside, particularly the two stiong man, being scarcely ever indis Theatrical Fund dinners, when letters posed. His Royal Highness, up to that were read from his physician, pointing period, rode on horseback, and walked out that it would very much endanger with all the activity and uprightness of a the health of the Royal Duke if he was man only half his age. The duke gene in a room where there was a large assem. rally rose at six or seven o'clock, and al. bly of persons. ways took a deal of exercise. Probably “ Now I know that I am dying,” were no man of his exalted rank was so atten. the last words uttered by the Duke of tive to business, which appeared to be his York. Throughout his long illness, notdelight, seldom missing a day, when in withstanding the serious nature of his London, which was his favourite place of disease, the severe sufferings he underresidence, without transacting business at went, and the rapid wasting away of his his office; and when in the country, a person, he never seemed to have the least box containing official papers for his idea that his illness would terminate fasanction and signature was forwarded to tally, until the morning of the day on him.
which he died. He did not even relinHis Royal Highress has been known quish his habits of business until a very not to go to bed for three nights toge- few days before his death, but continued ther; and when parties he was in com to receive the official report of his secrepany with in the country were retiring to taries, as punctually as when he attended rest, his Royal Highness would step into at his office in the Horse Guards; and his carriage, and travel all night on his all his remarks showed that he fully exreturn to London.
pected to recover. But early on the About three years since his Royal morning of that day which was to termiHighness, for the first time, was seri. nate his existence in this world, he beckously indisposed, which nearly terminated oned his immediate attendants (Sir H. fatally, by inflammation, which confined Taylor and colonel Stevenson, we bethe duke near four weeks ; after this ill. lieve) to the side of his couch, and faintly ness his constitution never resumed ils said, “ Now I know that I am dying ;" former vigour, and, instead of the hearty, and he never spoke again. robust man, riding and walking with ac It was, however, very evident that he tivity, his Royal Highness has been gra retained his memory many hours afterdually drooping, seldom riding on horse- wards; for when his royal brothers, the back, at least in London, but riding in Dukes of Clarence and Sussex, entered an easy cabriolet. Instead of going daily his apartment, he showed that he was to his office, as heretofore, he seldom conscious of their presence ; and when went there, except on levee days.
the hour arrived at which he had been The Royal Duke transacted his offi. accustomed to receive some surgical atten. cial business at his own residence, where tions, he pointed to the clock, to remind Sir Herbert Taylor, his military secre those about him that it was time that tary, was constantly in attendance by duty was performed. It was performed nine o'clock, as were the adjutant and immediately, of coursc; and then he quarter-master-generals. The military gradually sunk into a state of total insenbusiness transacted here, strange to say, sibility, and so continued until he dicd. increased in these departments since the The duke had a heart open to charity. peace so much, that there have beer fre. The following is one instance out of a
of his purse.
thousand. An ensign nad, while gulling It was a subject of melancholy reflec. on an expedition, been shipwrecked, and too to those gentlemen engaged in giving escaped with his life and a single shirt. derections for hanging the new state room He was picked up by a vessel coming to with mourning drapery, that only a year the river, and landed at London without and a half back, the illustrious individual a shilling. In this dilemma, his regi. fce whom these tributes were preparing, ment abroad, and not knowing where to had appeared in that very room, at a ball turn, he proceeded to the Horse Guards, given by his majesty, in the full vigour and having reported himself, requested of health--he never appeared more happy. instructions. The duke inquired into the Previous to supper he danced several qua. particulars, and the ensign was allowed drilles; and subsequently, on leading to retire. He was immediately followed some ladies back to the joyous scene, he to the ante-room by the duke's private exclaimed, “ Come, let us have a country secretary, who presented him, in his high. dance- let us go back to the days of our ness's name, with a 501. note, and added childhood, and forget that we are not an order on his highness's linen-draper still young.” The music immediately for half-a-dozen shirts, stockings, and struck up, and he went down the dance handkerchiefs. The account of the single with as much spirit as nine-tenths of the shirt of the destitute officer had not es.
young nobility caped notice any more than the emptiness An Irish gentleman who had served in
the French brigade, came over to this A man named Starkey had been in the country, and made application by letter service of the late duke for 13 years. The for a commission in the British army. poor man fell ill of a brain fever after he He received a letter from the War-office, left the service, and the fact having been requiring to know what was his religion. communicated to his royal highness, he When he read the letter he smilednot only supplied the man with neces Religion !" said he, “ecod, it is so saries, but several times called at his long since I was acquainted with my re. lodgings in Glasshouse-street to inquire ligion, that I scarcely know her name! after him.
however, I may as well tell them that I The room in Rutland-house, in which am a Papist.” To his surprise he re. his royal highness expired, is on the ceived a commission by return of post ground floor. He had not been out of with an appointment. that room, and the one adjoining, for eight Of the lamented duke of York it has weeks. The room is capacious, has two been justly said, that he never forgot a windows, ornamented with crimson dra. friend. The following auecdote from pery, and is elegantly fitted up.
Oundle is an illustration : _Some years THE MILITARY ASYLUM. - It is ago, his royal highness being on a visit known that the Military Asylum at Chel at earl Westmoreland's, a basket of fine sea, for the reception of one thousand sol. figs was sent to Apethorpe by a gentlediers' orphans, was the beneficent work man at Oundle. The messenger was a of the late commander-in-chief. On his helper in the stables at Oundle, and had last visit to that establishment, for which formerly been a dragoon in the army he ever displayed a parental solicitude, commanded by the duke. On his near the children, on his leaving, crowded approach the duke passed him in his car. round their royal benefactor, and gave riage ; his royal highness immediately him three hearty cheers. Such was the recognized him, stopped, and said, "I effect on his generous nature, that, con. kuow you, my man. “ Yes," said the templating the numerous orphans around old soldier, * and I know your royal him, and their peculiar claims upon the highness. I was your orderly when nation, the duke could not resist shedding was in the
regiment, in France." tears, and patting the head of the foremost “ (iood fellow," added the duke, boy, he ejaculated, as he passed down member you ; call on me to-morrow."the steps, “ God bless you, my lads !" The veteran, faithful to his appointment, On the occasion of colonel Williamson's called on the duke next day. The com. death, a worthy veteran, who had been mander-in-chief received him with kind. appointed governor of the Asylum by the ness as an old companion in arms, gave duke, his royal highness, to show his re him three guineas, and by his condescend. spect for departed worth, appeared at his ing manner delighted poor Woodcock, funeral in the full costume of a field. who is still living in Oundle marshal, and followed as chief mourner to the grave, the old soldier, who had greatly endeared himself to the royal bo. Printed and published by J. LIXBIRD, som by his kindness and zeal in protect. 143, Strand, (near Somerset House,) and sube ing the orphans of departed bravery. by ait Newsmen and Booksellers.