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women, &c. ; fo that, upon the most phants, and are let fly at whatever moderate calculation, the number of game is sprung for them, which gene. fouls in his camp cannot be reckoned rally consists of partridges, in great at less than twenty thousand. numbers and varieties, quails, bustards,

There are generally about eweney or and different kinds of herons, which thirty of the gentlemen of his Court, last give excellent sport with the falwho attend him on his hunting parties, cons, or sharp-winged hawks. The and are the companions of his sports Nabob takes great pains in ranging the and pleasures. They are principally elephants in a regular line, which is his own relations in different degrees very extensive, and by proceeding in of consanguinity; and such as are not this manner no game can escape. The related to him, are of the old respec- horse are generally at a little distance table families of Hindostan, who ei- upon the wings, but small parties of ther have Jaghires, or are otherwise three or four horfemen are placed in supported by the Nabob : all of these the intervals of, or before the elephants, are obliged to keep a small establish- in order to ride after the hawks, and ment of elephants for the sake of at- allist the dogs when loosed at deer, tending the Nabob; besides horses, a often the horsemen run down palanquin, &c.

what we call the hog-deer, without any The Nabob, and all the gentlemen dogs. Wild boars are sometimes startof his camp, are provided with double ed, and are either shot or run down by fets of tents and camp equipage, which the dogs and horsemen. are always fent on the day before to When intelligence is brought of a the place whither he intends going, tyger, it is matter of great joy, as that which is generally about eight of ten is considered as the principal fport, miles in whatever direction he expects and all the rest only occasional to fill most

game; so that by the time he has up the time. Preparations are instantfinished his sport in the morning, he ly made for pursuing him, which is finds the whole camp ready pitched done by assembling all the elephants, for his reception.

with as many people as can conveniHis Highness always rises before ently go upon their backs, and leaving day-break, and after using the hot bath, all the rest, whether on foot or on be eats an English breakfalt of tea and horseback, behind. The elephants are toast, which is generally over by the then formed into a line, and proceed time the day is well broke. He then forward regularly; the Nabob and all mounts his elephant, attended by all his attendants having their fire-arms his household and Swary, and preced. in readiness. The cover, in which ed by some musicians on horseback, the tyger is most frequently found, is finging, and playing on musical instruc long grass, or reeds so high as often ments. He proceeds forwards, and is to reach above the elephants, and it is presently joined, from the different very difficult to find him in such a quarters of the camp, by the gentlemen place, as he either endeavours to steal of his Court, who having paid their off, or lies so close that he cannot be respects, fall in upon their

elephants on roused till the elephants are almost upeach side of, or behind, the Nabob's, on him. He then roars and skulks aso as to form a regular moving Court way, but is shot at as soon as he can or Durbar; and in this manner they be seen; and it is generally contrived, march on conversing together, and in compliment to the Nabob, that he looking out for game. A great many shall have the first shot at him. If he dogs are led before, and are constantly is not disabled, he continues fkulking picking up hares, foxes, jackalls, and away, the line of elephants following fometimes deer. The hawks are also him, and the Nabob and others shoot, carried immediately before the ele- ing at him as often as he can be seen, till he falls. Sometimes, when he can I was present two years ago at the be traced to a particular spot where he chace of a wild elephaut of prodigious couches, the elephants are formed into size and strength. The plan firit foia circle round him, and in that case, lowed, was to endeavour to take him when he is roused, he generally attacks alive by the allistance of the tame elethe elephant that is nearest to him, by phants, who try to surround him, springing upon him with a dreadful whilft hewas kept at bay by fire-works, roar, and biting at, or tearing him with such as crackers, porte-fires, &c. but his claws: but in this case, from his he always got off from them, notwithbeing obliged to shew himself, he is standing the drivers upon fome of the foon dispatched by the number of shots tamc elephants got so near as to throw aimed at him; for the greatest difficul- noozes of very strong ropes over his ty is to rouse him, and get a fair view head, and endeavoured to detain him of him. The elephants all this time by fastening them round trees, but he are dreadfully frightened, shrieking and snapped them like packthread, and held roaring in a manner particularly ex- on his way towards the foreit. The pressive of their fear : and this they Nabob then ordered some of the stronge begin as soon as they smell him, or est and most furious of his fighting elehear him growl, and generally endea- phants to be brought up to him. As vour to turn back from the place where soon as one of them came near him, the tyger is: fome of them, however, he turned and charged him with but very few, are bold enough to be dreadful fury; so much so, that in the driven

up to attack him, which they do struggle with one of them, he broke by curling the trunk close up under one of his tulks by the middle, and the mouth, and then charging the ty- the broken piece (which was upwards ger with their tusks; or they endeavour of two inches in diameter, of solid in to press him to death by falling on him vory) flew up in the air several yards with their knees, or treading him un- above their heads. Having repelled der their feet. If one tyger is killed, the attacks of the fighting elephants, it is considered as a good day's sport: he pursued his way with a low and but sometimes two or three are killed fullen pace towards his cover. The in one day, or even more, if they meet Nabob then seeing no possibility of tawith a female and her cubs. The Na- king him alive, gave orders for killing bob, then proceeds towards his tents u. him. An inceffant fire from matchpon the new ground, so that every day locks was immediately commenced uis both a marching day and a day of pon him from all quarters, but with {port; or sometimes he halts for a day little effect, for he iwice turned round or two upon a place that he likes, but and charged the party. In one of these not often. When he gets to his tents, charges he struck obliquely upon the which is generally about eleven or elephant which the Prince rode, and twelve o'clock, he dines, and goes to tlirew him on his side, but fortunately Aleep for an hour or two. In the after- passed on without offering farther inboon he mounts his elephant again, jury to him. The Prince, by laying and takes a circuit about the skirts of hold of the Howdah, kept bimfelf in the camp, with the dogs and hawks; his seat, but the servant he had behind, or sometimes amuses himself with an and every thing he had with him on elephant fight, with shooting at a mark, the Howdah, was thrown off to a great or such like amusements; and this distance. At last, our grilly enemy course he repeats every day infallibly was overpowered by the number of during the whole of the party. bullets showered upon him from all

The other principal objects of the sides, and he fell dead, after having Nabob's sport are, wild elephants, buf- received, as was computed, upwards fdoes, and thinoceros.

of one thousand balls in his body.

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259 Original Letters of the celebrated John Wilmot Earl of Rochester, to his

Lady and Son.
HAT there is a kind of vene- prehended by one of fo tender an age,

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tural, for whatever belongs to great were addrcfied. men, appears from hence, that in all But we may look for good sense, ages and in all countries this humour good humour, and a good manner of has prevailed, and the most triling writing to a wife and child, without things have been thought precious on being disappointed. They have in the score of their belonging to, or ha- this respect all the beauties that cau ving been left by some person of high be wished for; they are easy and cordittinétion. We may add to this, that rect': those to his Lady full of huthe value of these relics is very little, mour; those to his Son, of paternal if at all, enhanced by their materials. tenderness and good sense. They shew The ruity sword of Scanderbeg would us, that he was not able to set pen to be looked upon (except by a Gold- paper, on the flighteit and most trismith) as infinitely a better thing than vial occalion, without leaving those a modern gold hilt ever so finely fi- marks of genius, which distinguish a mih'd ; and hence it is, that we see true wit, and which one who aflects it fuch large fums given for things of can never reach. The kiter to his very little intrintic value, and fome- lady, ill spelt and full of hard words, times too of very doubtful authority. is no doubt a very natural buriefque

It is from these coníderations, and on that kind of stile, which then was many more of a like nature that might and still is in use among a certain fort be mentioned, that, it is hoped, the of people ; the verses also have proPublic will receive pleasure from the bably the same character, and in the publication of these few genuine re- last letter there are allufions, which mains of a nobleman, esteemed the we live at too great ajdistance of time greatest Wit in an age the most fertile to hope for any lights that may enable of wits this island has ever had to us fully to understand. But what boast. We cannot indeed say, that then? the fame thing happens in the they relate either to striking or im- familiar letters of all the ancients, and portant subjects, for they are addrefied yet they are not thought trivial, or beto the Countess his wife, (to whom, low our notice. We enter as far as we if not ever constant, he was always ci- can into the family circumstances of vil) and to his Son, while a child of such epistles; and yct we have nothing eight years old at Eaton. We cannot more to do with them than with these. therefore expect any thing of that The only rational cause that can be flame and passion, which would have alligned for the pleasure we receive in appeared in his epiftles to Mrs Barry, reading them, is the delight that conwho is known to have been his favour- ftantly results from looking into hrite, and to have owed to his inftruc- man nature, and examining the recesses tions a very large share of that fame of the mind. This we may gratify which she acquired upon the stage. here as well as there; and therefore Neither are we to look for the grave, those who have a true taste cannot fail fententious discourses of one who was of approving the pains taken to conor had a mind to pass for a philo- vey these glittering fragments, long fopher, that being neither his Lord- buried in the dust of a closet, with fhip's character ; nor would it have due respect to poterity. been a ftile proper to have been con

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LETTERI,

Vol. VII. No 39.

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LETTER I.-To lis Son. I'll shew myself, in all I can, CHARLES,

Your faithful humble servant, JOHN I

R. Take it very kindly that you write to me (tho' feldome) and with

IV.-This Lady. heartily that you would bchave your

I P!

Ersons in absence aught to no

title returns reciprocrally, aflove you, without being alhamed. O. fectionately reconfeild with humble bedience to your mother and grande redentigration ; however correspondent mother, and those that inftruct you in to the fencesibility of equivalent apgood things, is the way to make you pollegy: neither can I distinctly glohappy here and for ever. Avoid idle- rifie myself collaterally in superlative nels, fcorn lying, and God will bless transcendency with more luitre, than you; for which I pray.

by vanting myfelf ROCHESTER.

Your moit humble Servant,

ROCHESTER. II.-T. bis Son.

MADAM, Hope, Charles, when you receive

I humbly thank

you your

kind let. this, and know that I have sent

ter, and am in hopes to be very this gentiemar to be your tutor, you speedily with you, which is ever a will be very glad to see that I take so

great happiness to much care of you, and be very grate

Your humble Servant, ful; which is beit thewn in being cbe

ROCHESTER dient. You are now grown bigg enough to be a man, if you can be wise

V.This Lady. enough; and the way to be truly so, HE la letter I received from is to serve God, learn your book, and

your honour was foncthing obferve the instructions of your fa- scandalous, so I knew not how to anrents, and next your tutor, to whom swer it.

It was my design to have I have intirely refigned you for these written to Lady Ann Wilmot to in. seven years; and according as you em tercede for me, but now with joy I ploy that time, you are to be happy or find myself again in your favour, it unhappy for ever; but I have so good fhall be my endeavour to continue an opinion of you, that I am glad to fo; in order to which very shortly I think you will never deceive me.

Dear

wijl be with you. In the mean time, child,' learn your book, and be obe. my mother may be pleased to dispole dient, and you shall see what a father of my children, ny chymist

, and my I will be to you: You Mall want no little dogs, and whatever is mine, as pleasure whilst you are good, and that the pleates; only if I may have noyou may be so, is always my constant thing about me as I like, it will be the prayer.

ROCHESTEK. cause of making the felicity of waiting

on her betall me very feldome. Thus III.-To my inore than meritorious I remain with my duty to her, my Wife,

service to you, and all those things, AM, by fate, Nave to your will,

ROCHESTER. I

And shall be most obedient still ; MADAM, To shew my love, I will compose you, This illustrious person is my amTor your fair fingers ring a po'fie; baffador to my son and daughter; the In which fall be exprels'd my duty, presents she brings are great and gloAnd how I'll be for ever truet you, rious, and I hope will gain her an e. With low-made legs and sugar'd qual reception. To my fon, she will speeches,

deliver a dog of the last litter of lap Yielding to your fair bum the breeches; dogs fo much reverenced at Indoftan,

for

TH,

I

for the honour they have to lie on keeper, the butler, and rats, who squeak cuhions of cloth of gold at the feet mightily, and are all in good health ; of the Great Mogul. The dog's name your daughter, our next door neigh:is Omrat. To my daughter I have bour, is well ; I gave her your present the very person of the Duchess sent, which she received handsomely. La Valliere, late Mistress to the King Your maids, for good husbandry and of France, dried up and pined away equipage fake, I would have fent you to a very small proportion by fasting. from tithing to tithing, as ihe law of

England allows ; but Florance was VI.-T. Lady Rochester. gentle and penitent, and deserves MADAM,

fomething better. I have given her Received three pictures, and am counsel for one end, and a soft pillion

in a great fright left they should for the other, upon which the ambles be like you. By the bigness of the to Somersethire, where I am glad to head I thould apprehend you far gone hear your Ladyship is, I hope in good in the rickets ; by the severity of the health at this present writing. Your ocountenance, fo:newhat inclined to ther maid is a very eloquent person, prayer and prophecy ; yet there is an and I have paid her her wages. To-moralacrity in your plump cheeks, that row I intend for Woodstock, and from seems to signify sack and sugar ; and thence to London, where I hope to your sharp-lighted nose has borrowed receive your commands. Prefent my quickness from the sweet-smelling eye. humble duty to my Lady Warre, I never saw a chin smile before, a whose favours will ever be in my mouth frown, or a forehead mump. grateful memory; my humble service Trucly the artist has done his part to Lady La Warre, to cousin Betty, (God keep him humble) and a fine Sweet Honey, Mr Windham, the man he is, if his excellencies don't Spright, and the little girl whom my puff him up like his pictures. The soul loveth. I hope my brother is dext impertinence I have to tell you well, but it is not usual to present our is, that I am coming into the country; service to men in ladies letters ; so I have got horfes, but want a coach ; like a well-bred gentleman I rest, when that defe& is fupplied, you shall

Madam, quickly have the trouble of

Your humble Servant, Your humble Servant,

ROCHESTER. ROCHESTER.

If you are plcased, I am pleased : VII.-To the Same. were my mother pleased, all were MADAM,

pleased ; which God be pleased to I

AM at last come to Adderbury, grant. where I find none but the house

ROCHESTER.

Memors of Richard Brinley Sheridan, Ej1*.
I c H. BRINSLEY SHERIDAN is dation, and promises to receive ftill

of a family which, during the further increase from the branches of greatest part of the present century, it now in being. has been eminent for genius and learn- He is son of Thomas Sheridan, Esq; ing. The fame which it has acquired, (heretofore manager of the theatre in has been built on the most secure foun- Dublin, and well known in London

fos * Court and Cit; Mag.

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