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the tenant never paid me; and I should shire, and he died empty and poor; noi have got quit of him so quickly in for his yearly wages were not above any other way,

four pounds; and he had fafted the At the age of fixty, Mr. Elwes be whole day on which he expired. The came member of parliament for Berk- life of this extraordinary domestic, cer, Thire; and he fat in the house twelve tainly verified a laying which Mi. years, and might have continued longer, Elwes often used, the laying was ħad not his own excelsive avarice in this If you keep one servant, your duced his resignation. His political, work is done; if you keep two, it is was as extraordinary, as his private half done; but if you keep three, you conduct; one day, he voted with lord may do it yourself." North, the next with Mr. Fox, to shew Mr. Elwes had been accompanied to his penetration and independence; but, Newmarket by Mr. Spurling, of Dynesa not as a proof of either, he declared in hall. " When they began

their jourfavour of the ever-memorable coali- ney home, the evening was grown very. tion.

dark and cold, and Mr. Spurling rode When, in returning from the House on somewhat quicker; and on going of Commons, Mr. Elwes was not lucky through the turnpike, by the Devil's énough to get a gratis lift from a bro. Ditch, he heard Mr. Elives calling to ther member, he constantly walked himn with great eagerness. On returning home on foot: “ A circumstance hap- before he had paid, Mr. Elwes said pened to him on one of these evenings, • Here! here ! follow me! this is the which gave him a whimlical

opportu. best road ! Iu an instant he saw Mr. nity of displaying the disregard of his Elives, as well as the night would pero own person. The night was very dark, mit, climbing his horse up the preci, and hurrying along, he went with such pice of the ditch. • Sir,' said Mr. violence against the pole of a sedan Spurling, 'I can never get up there." chair, which he did not see, that he • No danger at all!' replied old Elwesz cut both his legs very deeply. As usual, but if your house he not fafe, lead he thought not of any assistance: but him!'. Ai length, with great difficulty, colonel Timms, at whose house he then and with one of the horles falling, they was, in Orchard-Itreet, infiled upon mounted the ditch, and then, with not fome one being sent for. Old Elwe's lefs toil, got down on the other side. at length subunitted, and an apothecary When they were fafe landed on the was called in, who immediately began plain, Mr. Spurling thanked Heaven to expatiate on the bad confequences for their escape. Aye,' said old of breaking the skin--the good fortune Elwes, you mean from the turnpike. of his being sent for-and the peculiar Very right; never pay a turnpike if bad appearance of Mr. Elwes's wound.' you can avoid it!' In proceeding on Very probably,' said old Elwes, but their journey, they came to a very para

I have one thing to say to row road; at which Mr. Eiwes, notyou—in my opinion my legs are not withstanding the cold, went as lowly much hurt; now you think they are as possible. On Mr. Spurling wishing so I will make this agreement: I will to quicken their pace, old Elwes obs take one leg, and you mall take the served that he was letting his horse feed other; you shall do what you please on some hay that was hanging on the with your's, and I will do nothing to sides of the hedgem-' Besides, added: mine; and I will wager your bill chal, he, it is nice hay, and you have it my leg gets well the first."

for nothing." “ I have frequently heard him men- In his early days, Mr. Elwes had tion, with great triumph, that he beat been a gamefter; and when he quitted the apothecary by a fortnight! parliament, he again indulged in that'

“ Nearly at the same time that Mr. kind of recreation. At the Mount CofElwes lost his feat, he lost that famous fee-house he one day lost a large sum, lervant of all work'-compared to supposed, by the editors to have been whom, Scrub was indolence itfelf. He three thousand pounds; and yet the died, as he was following his master, travelling provision of this man, for wpon a hard trotting horfe, into Berk- fifty miles, would not exceed two bard YOL. II,

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seen him that day in a new carriageWhen retired to his seat at Stoke, Aye, aye,' said old Elwes, he will

to fave fire, he would walk about soon see the end of his money;' the remains of an old greenhouse, or “ It will be no exaggeration, to say fit, with a servant, in the kitchen. that Mr. Jennings is supposed, by every During the harvest he would amuse man of business who knows him, to be himself with going into the fields to worth a million.'' glean the corn, on the grounds of his “ The scene of mortification, at which own tenants; and they used to leave a Mr. Elwes was now arrived, was all but little more than common, to please the a denial of the cominon necessaries of old gentleman, who was as eager after life: and, indeed, it might have admitit as any pauper in the parish.

ted a doubt, whether or not, if his maIn the advance of the season, his nors, his fish-ponds, and some grounds, morning employment was to pick up in his own hands, had not furnished a any stray chips, bones, or other things, subsistence, where he had not any thing to carry to the fire, in his pocket-and actually to buy, he would not, rather he was one day surprised by a neigh- than have bought any thing, have starved; bouring gentleman in the act of pulling strange as this may appear, it is not exdown, with some difficulty, a crow's aggerated.--He, one day, during this nest, for this purpose. On the gentle. period, dined upon the remaining part man wondering why he gave himself of a moor-hen, which had been brought this trouble oh, Sir,' replied old out of the river by a rat! and at anoElwes, it is really a shame that these ther, eat an undigefted part of a pike, creatures Should do so. Do but see which a larger one had swallowed, but what waste they make! They don't care had not finished, and which were taken how extravagant they are!'

in this state in a net. At the tiine this “ As no gleam of favourite passion, last circumstance happened, he discoor any ray of amusement broke through vered a trange kind of satisfaction, for this gloom of penury, his insatiable de. he said to me-aye! this was killing fire of saving was now become uniform two birds with one stone !' in the room and systematic. He used ftill to ride of all comment-of all moral-let me about the country on one of his brood say, that, at this time, Mr. Elwes was mares but then he rode her very eco- perhaps worth nearly eight bundred nomically; on the soft turf adjoining thousand pounds! the road, without putting himself to The spring of 1786, Mr. Elwes the expence of shoes —

-as he observed, passed alone, at his folitary house at • The turf was so pleasant to a horse's Stoke; and, had it not been for some foot!' And when any gentleman cal- little daily scheme of avárice, would led to pay him a visit, and the boy who have passed it without one consolatory attended in the stables was profuse moment. His temper began to give enough to put a little hay before his way apace: his thoughts unceasingly horse, old Elwes would Nily steal back ran upon money! money! money! into the stable, and take the hay very and he saw no one, but whom he imacarefully away;

gined was deceiving and defrauding « His shoes he never would luffer to him. be cleaned, lest they Nould be worn As, in the day, he would now alout the sooner.

low him felf no fire, he went to bed as “ When he went to bed, he would soon as day closed, to save candle, and put five or ten guineas into a bureau, had began to deny himself even the and then full of his money, after he pleasure of sleeping in meets. had retired to rest, and sometimes in " The summer of 1788, Mr. Elwes the middle of the night, he would come passed at his house in Welbeck-Itreet, down to see if it was there. The ir- London, and he passed that summer ritation of his mind was unceasing. without any other society than that of He thought every body was extrava- two maid servants, for he had now gant: and when some one was talking given up the expence of keeping any to him one day of the great wealth of male domestic, His chief employment

used

used to be that of getting up early in a

a comfortable home. In London he morning to visit some of his houses in was certainly most uncomfortable: but Mary-le-Bone, which during the fum- ftill, with these temptations before and mer were repairing. As he was there behind him, a journey, with any exgenerally at four o'clock in a morning, pence annexed to it, was insurmount. he was of course on the spot before the ble. This, however, was luckily obworkmen ; and he used contentedly to viated by an offer from Mr. Partis, a fit down on the steps before the door, to gentleman of the law, to take him to scold them when they did come. The his ancient seat in Berkshire, with his neighbours who used to see him appear purse perfectly whole-a circumstance thus regular every morning, and who fo pleafing, that the general intelliconcluded, from his apparel, he was gence which renders this gentleman so one of the workmen, observed, there entertaining, was not adequate to it never was fo punctual a man as the old in the opinion of Mr. Elwes. Bụt çarpenter.'

there was one circumstance ftill very " He rose upon money-upon money distressing—the old gentleman had now he lay down to rest; and as his capa- nearly worn out his last coat, and he city funk away from him by degrees, would not buy a new one; his son, he dwindled from the real cares of his therefore, with a pious fraud that did property, into the puerile concealment him honour, contrived to get Mr. Para of a few guineas. "This little store he tis to buy him a coat, and make him a would carefully wrap up in various pa- present of it. Thus, formerly having pers, and depositing them in different had a good coat, then a bad one, and, at corners, would amule himself with run. last no coat at all he was kind enough ning from one to the other, to see whe- to accept one from a neighbour. ther they were all safe. Then forgetting, “ The first symptoms of more imperhaps, where he had concealed some mediate decay, was his inability to en. of them, he would become as seriously joy his rest at night. Frequently would afflicted as a man might be who had loft he be heard at midnight as if struggling all his property. Nor was the day alone with some one in his chamber, and thus speni-he would frequently rise crying out, I will keep my money, I in the middle of the night, and be heard will; nobody Mall rob me of my prowalking about different parts of the perty.' On any one of the family gohouse, looking after what he had thus ing into his room, he would start from hidden and forgotten.

this fever of anxiety, and, as if waking " The clore of Mr. Elwes's life was from a troubled dream, again hurry Aill reserved for one fingularity more, into bed, and seem unconscious of what and which will not be held less fingular had happened. than all that has passed before it, when 6. For six weeks, previous to his his disposition and his advanced age death, he had got a custom of going to are confidered. He gave away his af- rest in his cloaths, as perfectly dressed fections: he conceived the tender par- as during the day. He was one mornfon.— In plain terms, having been ac- ing found fast alleep betwixt the sheets, customed for some time to pass' his with his thoes on his feet, his stick in hours, out of economy, with the tivo his hand, and an old torn hat upon his maid servants in the kitchen-one of head. them had the art to induce him to fall « On this circumstance being discoin love with her; and it is matter of vered, a servant was set to watch, and doubt, had it not been discovered, take care that he undressed himself; whether he would not have had the yet, fo desirous was he of continuing power over him to have made him this custom, that he told the servant, marry her.

with his usual providence about no" Mr. George Elwes, one of his ney, that if he would not take any no. natural children-he had two sons- tice of him, he would leave him somea having now settled at his feat at Mar- thing in his will." chain, in Berkshire, he was naturally We are informed by the editor, that desirous, that, in the affiduities of his this fingular man, fo fcrupulous of a wife, his father might, at length, find farthing, had, in the course of his life,

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HISTORY OF THE THEATRE.

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than its coincidence with probability: MARCH-APRIL.

A few days after the appearance of. HE Rover, or the Banished Ca- this piece, was performed, for Mrs.

valiers, written by Mrs. Behn, Jordan's benefit, the SPOIL'D CHILD, was revived on the Sth of March at å farce, which was gratuitously preDrury Lane theatre, under the title of sented to her. Its naine is all that we Love in many Masks. But, though need record. the parts were strongly calt, the audi. NO SONG NO SUPPER, for the ence were not unbounded in their marks benefit of Mi. Kelly, was the next of approbation.

new piece in succeflion; the chief The 18th of March, a new farce, merit of which is centered in the mu. called the ADVENTURERS, written síc, compiled by Storace, from the most by a young gentleman, was produced eminent composers. Nothing can be at the fame theatre, and received evith said in commendation of the language universal approbation. The Adven- of this trifle. turers are two fharpers, who get ad- On the 22d of April, Mr. Boyes mission into a worthy baronet's family, (forinerly a coach-maker in Long-acre) the one as tutor to his lon; the other made his first appearance in the characas a lord, and luitor to the daughter. ter of Doyley in Who's the Dupe ? and The parents fend their son, with his

was most favourally received. He is tuor, on their travels: the baronet, not an unlikely resemblance of Parsons jlis wife and daughter, reside at Paris; in form, manner, and features. but on account of the distractions of that

At Covent Garden, theatre, on the city, they determine to return to their 8th, a new comic opera by Mr. O'Keeffe, own country; and for this purpose being called the Czar, was performed, for arrived at Dover, in company ivith their the benefit of Mrs. Billington. The intended noble fon-in-law, they meet vifit of Peter the First of Russia to this Peregrine, their son, who had ill ful, country, to qualify himself in the art filled their instructions. Here the lord of thip-building, &c. is the circum. and the tutor meet;.and, knowing each stance which gives this piece its title. ozher perfectly well, the former finds This great prince is also supposed to be little diffénity to get the latter to aid in pursuit of an officer who had insulted huim in l!is delign upon Miis Harriet, him, and whom he determined to sacrithe daughter. But young Peregrine fice to his resentment. having an attachment to Kitty, the that the czar is enamoured with the maid, the pretended lord meets her one fifter of this officer, whom he finally sight, when about to give her lover a raises to the Russian throne, and takes fecret meeting, and iuppoling her to his enemy, for her fake, into his favour be the baronet's daughter, instantly and prote&tion. -Though the opera marries her! This circumstance brings liad the support of some very excellent oll an entire explanation; and the harp- music, partly compiled, and partly by ers quit the family.---The piece certainty Mr. Shields, its own merit was inluf. muit owe its fucvet's imore to its bumoure ficient to drag it into notice.

* The author of this piece has here de. a stable-boy; but, though he afterwards paricd from Wiltorical exactuets; the birth enjoyed the favour of Peter, he held no of this wopian was to ob{cure, that the poil in the unny-- -- See Vol. I, p. 113, 1141 ad not know her own relations. udeed, discovered, that he had a bro'lier,

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REMARKABLE DOMESTIC EVENTS.

THE ARTS.

RIOTING.

vent the irregularities complained of, SH

IR Joshua Reynolds has received, made the following orders on the 23d. by the hands of the Russian am

First, That no prisoner in the King's ballador, a gold box enriched with dia. Bench Prison, after the first day of next monds, and the portrait of the empress being ablent from his confinement, for

Trinity Term, shall have any rule, for in the lid. With these were fent a letter, in her Imperial majesty's own

a longer space than three days during handwriting, expressive of her satisface each term. tion on the receipt of a picture painted

Secondly, That the New Prison shall for her bý fir Joshua; and of two sets be within the rules of the King's of his discourses to the Academy, in

Bench.
French and English.

Thirdly, That the limits of the rules

Thall be circumscribed according to the ASSASSINATION.

limits mentioned in the order; and This month has given birth to a spe particularly, that every public house cies of villainy never before, perhaps, locally situated within the rules, Mall practised, in any age or country. Deo be considered as without the rules, lo Iperadoes, genteelly dressed, make it a that every prisoner who is seen at any practice to infult ladies in the street by public house within the rules, will renusing the most indelicate language; and, der the marlhal liable to an action foc after they have indulged themselves in an escape. The Dog and Duck, the this way, draw a concealed knife or Circus, and the other places of public dagger, and wound the unfortunate entertainment in that neighbourhood, females in various parts of the body.- are now without the rules, Great rewards have been offered, and great exertions made, to secure these miscreants; bat, as yet, it has not

The inhabitants of the town of wholly proyed effectual. A man, in- Windfor have, during the course of deed, of the name of Tiffing, was on this month, been alarmed by several the 19th, taken to Bow-street, charged daring outrages committed by the fuby Mrs. Smyth, (lady of Dr. Smythbalterns and privates of the seventeenth of Rathbone-place) with having 'af- regiment. The officers, during the saulted and wounded her in Johnson's. Easter fair, in a fit of intoxication, ill. court, Fleet-ftreet, some time ance. treated the town's-people, who resenting As the lady did not scruple to livear to the insult, the soldiers had recourse to his perfon, he was ordered to find bail their swords, and many have been in a heavy penalty. --Seven other ladies wounded, exclusive of other mischief. attended, who have been lately wound. The officers, however, much to their ed, but all declared that the prisoner honour, have reimbursed the losses oce was not the person who had insulted casioned by this tumult,

hem. Though some of them have Three theriff's officers going lately been dangerously hurt, it does not ap- from Dublin to levy an execution at a pear that any life has yet been loit. factory near Luttrelitown, they were It is much to be feared that a horrid seized by a great number of workmen, combination of this kind is on foot: and thrown into a cistern of vitriolic but it is, on the other hand, to be water : here they remained till nearly Koped, that they will not long escape deprived of life; after which the insurthat punishment to which they are so gents destroyed the writ; and tying the 'éminently entitled,

bailiffs together with a wire, threw them

into the road. Fifteen of these ruffians KING'S BENCH.

have been committed.
The marshal of the King's Bench
Prison having complained of certain

AERASTATION.
Irregularities, which he had not power Mr. Murray, who lame weeks since

reprefs, the court, in order to pre- de scended from Portsmouth churck

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