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Lord Lieutenant of Ireland Lord Nugent.
Chief Secretary-Mr. Peg. W HARTON.
in the Cabinet -Sir FREDERICK FLOOD.
One of our reasons for disbelieving this report is, that, as our readers must have observed, in the above list, some of the most distinguished Leaders of Opposition are included. It is, however, on the other hand, but candid to admit, that in the course of the morning, Stocks experienced a slight rise.
If there be any foundation for this rumour, we conclude that Mr. B. GORDON will drop his motion
relative to the Order of the Bath.
A TRUE NARRATIVE*
OF THE PHRENSY OF HURLOTHRUMBO VETUS,
ESQ. IN A LETTER FROM SIR BART. TO
December 10, 1812.
As the phrensy of Mr. HURLOTHRUMBO VETUS has, of late, taken a more desperate turn, and as I feel
my character in some degree implicated in the notoriety which has accompanied his last paroxysm, I trust you will have the goodness to give insertion to the following Narrative :-On the 6th inst. while at dinner with one of my most distinguished nervous patients, I was called home to speak with a person who came to request my immediate attendance on a Gentleman who was dangerously ill: as the messenger was only a poor old woman, who implored me with
• This is an obvious imitation of Pope's Narrative of the Phrensy of John Dennis.
nothing but tears in her eyes, I should have declined going, but as she told me the Gentleman's name was Vetus, and as I knew he stood remarkably well with my dear and noble friend the Marquis WELLESLEY, I consented to attend, and I followed the old woman as soon as my chariot was got ready.
When I came to his lodging, near the King's Bench,* up three pair of stairs (which I should not have thus particularly mentioned, but that this lunatic conceals his place of residence, on purpose to prevent the good offices of certain charitable persons, who are bent, it is said, on effecting his cure by wholesome discipline,) when, I say, I came into his room, I found this unfortunate Gentleman in bed, with an Editor of a Newspaper standing on one side of him, and a t tall lusty Gentleman in spectacles
* It was reported that a person whose circumstances were embarrassed, and who lived in the rules of the King's Bench, wrote Vetus's Letters.-E.
f Probably Mr. Sydenbam, See p. 65.
sitting on the other, whom I afterwards learnt was in the Excise. On my entrance, the patient frowned upon me, and cried out with violence, “ 'Sdeath, 'tis a spy from LIVERPOOL! there's a plot to betray
" Sir,” said I, “here is no plot, but for your own good; and I never have been in Liverpool in my life: the recovery of your senses requires my attendance, and I have been sent for on no other account. I then took a particular survey of his person, and the furniture and disposition of his apartments; his aspect was furious, and he rolled his eyes about with great velocity; his hair was grizzled and short, and his beard of the same colour but long; his eyebrows grey and thick, and, with perpetual frowning, they were almost grown into one. I omit to describe his personal attire ; suffice it to say, it was such as one would expect from one who for many years had been, from low circumstances, confined to these poor apartments: by the fire-side, there were a two-penn'orth of coals in a Times newspaper; and on the table (which had but
three legs) and the floor, which was not very perfect, there were piled huge heaps of paper of the same title, which the old Nurse said she was sure was the cause of his malady, and begged of me to remove them from his sight. There was nothing neat in the whole chamber except a half dozen books magnificently bound and gilded, which, notwithstanding my intimacy at Apsley-house, I never before heard of, nor, I believe, were any where else to be found; such as “ The Marquis Wellesley's Official Correspondence with Foreign Ministers in the years 1810 and 1811."
“ Plans for sending the Tower Hamlet Militia and the Light Horse Volunteers to re-inforce the Spanish army in the Peninsula." “ A Project for raising 1,000,0001. in hard cash.” “ An Account of the Travels and Adventures of Ferdinand Count Kolli,"+ and “ An Essay on Public
* At this period the residence of the Marquis Wellesley.-E.
† It will be recollected that the Moniteur published a story of a supposed emissary of Lord Wellesley's, called Baron or Count Kolli : the plan, as stated in the Moniteur, was too silly to be believed of a British Minister.-E.