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Compendium of Entertaining Knowledge,

For SEPTEMBER, 1782.

Memoirs of General Elliot. With a striking Likeness of him.

THIS able and gallant general is an him. To a youth of his towering spirit,

phers, that birth and high lincage are not was to follow the profession of arms, a at all to be considered in the formation of a taylor's shop-board was literally as well great character, which must rest folely up- as figuratively a hell: and therefore, like on the personal merits of theindividual who his countryman who fled from the shuttle, aspires to it. But in the present case, the and is now a great low lord, he refolved consciousness that he was really a gentle. to quit for ever an occupation, by which man, was what made Elliot a hero. The he found himself debafed. He put his degeneral was born of parents to whom their sign into execution, and leaving Scotland, ancestors had transmitted notbing but the went over to Germany, where he entered memory of a long line of predecessors, who a regiment as a volunteer. His talents had Ggnalized themselves by military ex. and uncommon atteotion to his duty, ploits, and borne with honour very confi- were his best friends, and only recommcnderable employments in the army. The dation ; but he could not bave better; father and mother of our hero were na. for in a very short time he was honoured tives of Scotland, where he himself also with a pair of colours. Placed in this was born. They were both of very an- diftioguilhed lituation, the spirit he disco. cient and respectable families, and allied vered in leveral skirznilles foon precured to some of the first nobility of that kiog. a lieutenancy, and in three or four years dom; but unfortunately their circum. after he was railed to the rank of lieuteftances in life was so low, that they were nant-colonel. The rapidity of his promoobliged, however reluctantly, to put out tions gave no offence to his brother off. fome of their children to mechanic occu- cers ; for these promotions did not out, pations; among these was the present Arip, but merely kept pace with his mebrave defender of Gibraltar, whose lot it rits, as he was not raised from one rank was to be apprenticed to a taylor, at an to a higher but in consequence of some early period in life : the boy had often military service or exploit, by which the beard his parents (peak of persons of their preferment was fairly and nobly, earned. respective families, who had commanded in this rank of lieutenant-colonel we find regiments, and fought nobly the battles of him on the Continent; when at the comtheir country : the frequent mention of mencement of the last war, he made aa their heroic deeds had filled young Elliot offer of his services to his own sovereign, with ardour to tread in their footsteps, and on condition that be mould be admitted to emulate their glory; and therefore it ought the same rank in the British army, which not to be matter of surprise, that be should he held in Germany. The then minilter look down with contempt upon a business, accepted the offer with readiness, and in which the necessities, not the inclination without hesitation subscribed to a condiof his parents, had obliged them to place tion, which would restore to this countre

Hib. Mag. Sept. 1782.

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Memoirs of General Elliot.

Sept> an officer of great experience and know. would not fuffer her to appear dejected at ledge in his profession, and whole charac. any reverse of her arms, turned to the ter stood very high indeed on the Conti- earl of Leicester, and wittily Liil, The pent, for bravery and all the virtues that Spaniards have no caufe to triumph on adorn the man and the foldier.

this occasion ; for though they may vainIn our service he was found to be a ly boast that they have cut off an Englich ftri&t disciplinarian, without the noise and regiment, I can with truth {ay to them, nonsense of a mere Martinet : fobriety and that they have not, on this occafion, loft cleanliness were his two objects; and either man or horle !! wherever he discovered a deviation from To give an account of the atchiereeither, he punished the offender in a man- ments of colonel Elliot's light horse, ner more likely to prevent a relapse, than while they served in Germany, which was to irritate ihe man: he soothed or punimh- till the conclusion of the last war, would ed more like a parent, than a commande be an epitome of the war itself; as there ing officer. He considered himfulf as the was scarcely any action for five years, ia facher of the regiment, and as if to his which they did not bear a part; and up:32 care and cultivation the morals and tem- almost every occasion proved successiu. poral happiness of his men, as well as the The colonel rose regularly to the rank of mere machinery of the foldier, were com- lieutenant-general, and, as a reward for mitted. The cons«quence was, that he his signal services, was appointed, during was revered and cheriided by all his men ; the licutenancy of lord Darcourt, com. and a gesture of dilapprobation from co. mander in chief of the army in Ireland, Jonel Elliot was to his own men more the tirit who bad been honoured with that mortifying, than a severe military punilho commission from the death of the earl of ment.

Rothes. In Ireland he rendered bimfclf Before he had been long in the British the idol of the army, nor was he less enservice, he fuggefted to the secretary at deared to the inhabitants of the towns war the necesity of railing fome light where any part of the troops used to be horse, to be employed in Germany; the quartered ; they never complained to bira heavy armed cavalry from England and of the men and officers for not paying Ireland having been found unable to per their debts, without finding a speedy reform their evolutions in the swampy dress. He was riding out one morning grounds of that country; or prevent the near Dublin, taking the air; on his re. depredations of the bufars and light horle turn he met iwo regiments on their march of the French and Auftrians, whole fleet- from town, into quarters ; he ordered Defs foon carried them out of the reach them to halt, and asked the neareit diviof onr cavalry. The miniity entered in- fion to him, if they had discharged their to all his views, and immediately gave or debts in town? They answered in the neders for the railing of several regimenis of gative; and excuses themselves by fayir ; light honfe in England and Ireland. Little that they bad not touched the fun which tenant-colonel Elliot was commillioned to it was usual to advance to the troops on a raile one, and appointed to command it, march. Having heard this, he ordered when raited, and obtained the rank of full the regiments back to the barracks, and colonel in xhe army. He foon repaired to having fint for their agents, gave them a London to recruit; and from the charac- fevere repriminti, and made them advance ter which he had eitablidhed for humanity the usual fupply: in the mean time ide and tenderness for his men, the regiment creditin's of the troops were assembled ; was foon compleated. It is remarkable every demand was discharged, and the that a very confiderable part of the men puor

foldiers had still fome money left, to were Taylors ; and here we cannot pris cheer them on the mirch ; they fit for. over, though it has been often mentioned, ward, praying for their honest general; a bon not attributed to queen Elizabeth, while ine croud of fpectators gave bina That princess had caused a regiment of three hearty cheers. light borse to be raised, to serve in the But to the great mortification of the Low Countries, in fupport of the Dutch. Irish army, he foon religned the comman! Her general, who was commißioned to of it, because he thought he could og raise it, thought proper, for what rcalo retain it wih honour to himself. He con. we do not pretend to ity, to mount the ceived that the patronage of the army be. regiment opon mares; the men were molto fonged to him of course, as commander ly all taylors. The whole corps was, in in chief, or that at least no commiffoa an action with the Spaniards, cut off oughta be given away without his know. from the main army, and taken prisoners. ledge : but colonel Bisquiere, chief fecre.

W.." the account of this disalter reached tary to lord Harcourt, thought differentillic queen, taat princets, whose policy ly on this hcad ; and disposed of all mili


tary preferments without the advice of ge The Candidate is founded on the followneral Elliot : but this spirited officer would ing story. Sir Gregory Gander, guardian not submit to this ; and finding that he of Mr. Hillary, a young gentleman por. could not recover the patronage of the arm feffed of a fortune of 20,0-01. is an avari. my, which be deemed his oificial right, cious old fellow. Notwithstanding he arthe nobly resigned his command, and was fully keeps his ward out of his money afsucceeded by Sir John Irwin.

ter it is due, he refuses paying an annuity The government of Gibraltar became of 300l. granted by Mr. Hilary to Maria, vacant foon after by the death of general daughter of Negus, an inn keeper, whom Cornwallis, and the brave old Elliot was the young.gentlema: bd feluced. Maria appointed to fill it; the nation with one being a girl of spirit, determines to recover voice approved the appointment, and the her due, for which the eflentially had facourage, resolution, perseverance, zcal, criâced, and reflves to punim Old Squareand skill of the gallant veteran during à toes for his fraudulent design. three years siege, have convinced all Eu To this end the vilits in the vicinity of rope, that a more judicious choice could Goling-hall, and being unknown to Sir not have been made by the British minir. Gregory, finds means to throw herself in try.

bis way at a ball given in the allize weck, It is the wish of every man that this viden assuming the character of an heiress hero may be preserved from the mortifica. to 20,000l. the old man is, by his avarice, tion of furrendering a fortress which he led into the fnare, and learning that her has to long, and to nobiy defended ; - father, Mr. Negus, was a member of but even the fall of Gibraltar, under its parliament, but formerly having been a prefent circumstances, could not eclipse water at a tavern in Pall Mall, his manthe glory of its brave defender-for all ners and conversation are tinctured with Europe will apply the application to him the notions of a tavern-keeper ; Sir Greof Hector's words to Encas.

gory fets off on a vitit to Mr. Negus, in

order to obtain his consent for Si Pergama dextrà


his daughter. Defendi poljent, etiam bâc defensa fuißent. At this period the farce commences, British Theatre.

when Sir Gregory is upon the point of

reaching Nogus's inn. Maria informs her A per fared at the theatre in the Hay: father and date for member at the enliving market, the 5th of this month. We find election for the borough of Swallow’em, it is the offspring of Mr. Dent's pen. This where the ind is situated ; Sir Henry is gentleman has also written a farce called made heartily welcome, from Negus's af. the Statesman, announced for representation last season at Drury lane theatre, but furing himiell, that his guest will not be has not yet made its appearance.

saving or sparing upon such an occasion. The idea on which the Candidate is

The reinainder of the piece turns chief. founded, is a kind of counterpart of She ly on the whimsical miitakes that arise Stoops to Conquer ; but the equivoque is the first of Negus's real characier, and the

from Sir Gregory and Negus's ignorance ; reversed, and in lieu of a gentieman's vil. la being mistaken for an inn, as in the co- latter of Sir Gregory's real crrand. Twi. medy just mentioned, an inn is mistaken tributes not a little to the humour of the

light, the old gentleman's servant, confor a gentleman's country-house, in the farce now under consideration.

farce, by aukward surprise, and rustic fim. Perfons of the Drama.


We may from this sketch conclude, that Sir Gregory Gander, Mr. Parsons. a general system of equivoque pervades Dr. Puzzle,

Mr. Baddeley. the whole piece, and after many laugha. Serjeant Glib, Mr, Bannister. ble errors on all fides, Sir Gregory is artLawyer Shrivel, Mr. Swords. fully induced to fign a bond for fecuring Captain Allspice, Mr. Staunton. the payment of Maria's annuity, whilft he Jack Flanh,

Mr. Bannister, j. fuppofes he is figning bis marriage articles Mayor, Alderman, Mr. Pierce.

with her. Townclerk, and Mr. Davis.

Negua now thinks it time to make out Sexton,

Mr. Kenny, &c. bis bill which he presents to the knight :

Mr. Barrelt. Waiters,

this produces a denouement of the whole

Mr. Ledger, &c. mystery; and the farce terminates with Twilight,

Mr. Massey. the knight's generously consenting to difNegus,

Mr. Wilfon. charge it, from motives of neceflity, as Maria,

Mrs. Lloyd. well as to avoid being made a pulilia Sally Miss Kirby laughing Rock, on being so grofly dureri

British Theatre.

Sept. The knight, however, has the satisfac- deliver him of an eye, and the laf to untion and honour of being made free of the forew his head. This is performed by corporation, upon which occalion he in- harlequin, who almost petrifies Pierrot vites the mayor and aldermén to sup with with astonishment, by dismembering him. him, ordering a most ciegan repast, ima. self. A man with two heads is introduc gining he shall be at no expence; but that ed, one the head of an accomplimed ma. Mr. Negus, at whose viila he fancies he caroni, the other of a New Market joc. is, will defray all charges. Such a ban- key. This is one of the most pleasant, as quet very much endances the bill, and well as satirical seenes in the piece. Dr. greatly increases his mortification when he Katterfelto is not overlooked, nor his rediscovers his error. There are fome other ply in the papers, with regard to the ridistrokes that have a very powerful effect culous point of view he was placed in, in upon the rifible muscles.

the character of Dr. Catterpillar, and the Upon the whole it may, with strict im- . German Esculapius affords no small degree partiality, be said, that though this farce of merriment upon this occafion. It concannot be pronounced a capital dramatic cludes with a masquerade scene at Raneproduction, it is, agreeable to its title, lagh, and is a just and pleasant satire uptruly farcical, and abounds with many ef on the dullness of modern masquerades

. fusions of humour and pleasantry, the ef. All the characters are out of character: fects of which the audience téltified by Marlequin appears with one leg. A butchtheir inceffant rours of laughter. The er faints away, whilst Death is relieving iniprobability of the fable may, doubtless, him with a smelling bottle. Two quakers be urged against it; but confidering this are boxing. A lawyer is making up a li. piece in its proper line, when the proprie- tigious dispute, refusing to accept bis fee. ty of regular comedy is not required, there a child in leading-ftrings twenty feet tall. is an ample field for apology, cipecially A running footinan fo overwhelmed with where the improbability is not so great as fat that he can scarcely move. A bishop, to disguft the audience, which was the a judge, and a friar playing at leap-frog, present case.

&c. A prologue, aforibed to Mr. Colman, The scenery is executed in a masterig was spoken by Mr. Palmer, for which fee manner by Mr. Rooker, and the mosc

does Dr. Arnold much credit. The over A new Pantomime, called Harlequin ture, in particular, had a very happy ct Teague, or the Giant's Causeway, which feet, conlisting of a pleasing medky of was presented at the same theatre, on the Scotch and Iriih tunes. The airs are ve. 17th intt. having made much noise, and ry prettily set, lively, and well adapted. excited the curiosity of the town, we A favour ite dir in the above Pantonini, think our readers will oot be displeased with some acconnt of it. By the title it

Giant of the Causeway-Malter Brett. will necessarily be conceived that harle.

Vauxhall Watcb. quin is an Hibernian, and that the scene The Irish giant you shall find, of the Giant's Causeway is introduced: Tho' dwarf in form, of ample mind, The pantomime opens with it, and a And ever to your wish incliu’d, change in the scenery presents us with a beautiful view of London from Highgate

With a fee, faw, fum! ponds. This is succeeded by a variety of Tho' not a friend to mean intrigue, other changes, among which are the re. With truth and honour do but league, presentations of an Italian warthouse, a I'll ever stick by honeft Teague, hog-ftye ; Drury lane play.boule; a puff

With a fee, faw, fhop; and a finith's forge at Ranelagh.. The buliness, if it may be so called, cen

Then wave your sword, tow'rds Highgate

fteer, filts, à l'ordinaire, of hair-breadth escapes, And let the English nothing fear, and of course pursuits, tricks, and laugh- Tho you come an Irish volunteer, ablc situations, to mortify the clown and

With a fee, faw, fun! his master, and excite the risible muscles of the gods. Several of the incidents are in London, sport and beauty reign, founded on old jells, indeed, but fuch as There Cupid holds a warm campaign, were never before introduced on the And Teague shall join to fill the train, boards ; particularly the flory of a set of

With a fee, faw, fum! naimed travellers, on their arrival at an There quacks and shoemen boast their art, inn, alayming and terrifying the waiter, by Their fóps affail the fair one's beart, one of them requesting bim to help him off But Teague shall better play his party with a leg, another to unbinge his arm,

With a fee, faw, fum! another to extract bis teeth, a fourth to Then wave your sword, &c. &c.

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aright the minds of youth, obliged to quit

their employment for want of encourage. Remarks on sending Children abroad for Edu

ment, while gentlemen of opulence in cation.

their neighbourbood have seat their chil. I ticbai frequently been caufe

hof admira: dren to England for education

In private life, what can be more pleamany resolutions were entering into, fofing than that affection we see in children many associations forming, by the friends educated at or near home, to their pa. of this long neglected country, for natio. reats ; but how can we expect much of it nal good, the saving a vast sum of money from a child seat from his parents in his yearly, by educating our children at home, infant years, after six or seven years, abhas not once been proposed. I have long fence? What a pleasure they lose who wilhed fome able writer had given us a thus banish their children ! paper in your much admired Magazine on These are some of the many reasons this subject; but as that has not happen. may be given against fending our boys to ed, I hereby offer a few reasons, why I England for education ; but I think much think an education in our own country, more may be said against fending away our much more conducive to public good, as daughters. This however ought not to well as domestic happiness, than one in a be treated in a serious manner. So ridiforeign kingdom.

culous are the reasons given for Englifying Not to say any thing of an education the girls (if I may be allowed to coin a in France, I Mall only give my reasons for word) that I think to talk of it seriously objecting to an education in England, would be as ludicrous as to endeavour to which every one will allow to be the leffer translate Hudibras into heroic verse. evil. The great sums of money annually I have frequently been in company with paid for cloathing and educating children englified ladies in different parts of this in England, is so much entirely loft to this kingdom. The first time I had the miscountry ; yet this, tho' no inconfiderable fortune of getting into the company of disadvantage to Ireland, I look upon as one any of them, was in this metropolis, aof the least inconveniencies attending it. bout five or six years ago, when I was so We well know, that among ignorant peo much difgufted with their intolerable afple in England, our country is universally fectation, and fupercilious contempt of despised, and amongst those of higher the relt of the company, that in a ferious rank, if not a real, an affected hatred manner, I asked their father (who is my of Ireland is very common: nur children, intimate friend) what were his reasons for by converfing early with these people, im- finding them to far at fo great expeace, bibe prejudices against their native coun- to render them so disagreeable. try, which last as long as their lives. First, One of his reasons was, that they might they learn to be ashamed of Ireland, then learn good Englifi:--They had not quite to despite it, and at left come home with lost their native brogue, but endeavoured a thorough hatred of it.

to meliorate it by a mixture of the LanEarly taught to look upon Ireland with caire dialect learned from the polite contempt, when they become their own burghers of Liverpool: by this, and their makers, they have English fervants, Eng, leaving out of the pronunciation several lifh artizans, and English cloths, by which letters, fecundum artem, I could make lit. means many of our country people want tle fente of their inceflant gabble, which employment, and are often obliged to tum was a great disappointment to me, as I beggars and thieves for a livelihood, and was very desirous to find, whether their then we find fault with them for not being minds were as much improved as their 28 industrious and as honest as the Eng. tongues. lith.

The idea of sending people from DubWhere children are educated, they form lin to Lancashire to learn English, was the earliest connections, which often latt quire new to me; as before I was taught to as long as life; bow much better would believe that, except in Philadelphia, there it be to form them at home than abroad. is not any part of the world where Eng

Many gentlemen say, they would much lith is spoken in such purity, as in Dublin. rather have their children educated at Another reason was, that they might home tban in England ; but there are learn a good carriage (whence I conclude, few proper piaces of education in Ireland. no woman in Ireland can walk straight) Wbat is the cause of it, but want of en. and in this, I mutt own they were much couragement? Have not we seen many improved ; they were so very ftraight and able Wafters, men of learning, men of ftiff, that an ignorant person might ima. virtue and good fense, men every way gine an iron rod was run through their qualified for this arduous task of forming bodies to keep them from bending, anch


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