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inclination in spite of ecclefiaftical worth, in Derbyshire, on some business censures. I have heard of one, who for the duke of Devonshire, and did not had the temerity to marry in lent, but return till the May following. At quieted his conscience by happily re- christmas, I went to see Mrs. Meekin collecting, that the lady's name was al lady Ravelagh’s, Ms. -y hapHarring.
pened to come there, and paid me the The celebrated Busbequius mentions greatest respect; and hinted that I ftood a contrivance, equally ingenious and in my own light, or I might be the hape satisfactory, io a Turk :
pieft woman in England. I knew his ;" I saw an old man at Conftantino- meaning, but made no reply, and went ple, who, after he had taken a cup of back to Somerset house ihe next day. wine in his hand to drink, ufed first to A fortnight after, I had an invitation make a hideous noise. I asked his friends to lady Ranelagh's, and her coach was why he did so. They answered me, fent for me. I was surprized to find that, by this outcry, he did, as it were, Mr. L-y there again. He handed warn his soul 10 retire into some secret me from the coach 10 the parlour; corner of his body, or elfe wholly to where, to my future unhappinefs, I emigrate, and pass out of it, that the found the prince of Wales, whom I might not be guilty of that fin, which had too well known before
my unhappy he was about to commit, or be defiled marriage. At his request (for I could with the wine which he was going to deny him nothing) I itayed several days, guzzle down." Bulb. Trav. p. 13. during which time he made me five viGREGORY WILD GOOSE. fils; and on candlemas-day I went
home. Particulars of the late Mr. Dunckerly, “Soon after, I found myself fick and
communicated in his own Hand-writ- breeding, and was resolved to make an ing by his Exccutors.
end of my life. I was taken very ill:
lady Stanley came to see me; but I " JAN. %: 1760, soon after my re: could not let her know my disorder.
turn from the siege of Quebec, I Mrs. Meekin came to see me: and I received an account of my mother's told her the consequence of what had death; and, baving obtained permiffion happened. The next day the came from my captain to be ableni from du. again, and broughe me bank bills for ly, I went to London, and attended her 50l. incloled in a cover from Mr. funeral. Among the very few that I Lumley, acquainting me it was by the invited to this ceremony Mrs. prince's command. She said lady RaPinkney, who had been many years a nelagh was coming to see me; and in neighbour lo my mother in Somerser less than an hour afier her ladythip houfe. On our return fro the burial, came. They adviled me to go into the the defired I would call on her the next country, and said a house was taken day (and not bring my wife with me), for me at Richmond; but I was obstihaving something of consequence to nate and said I would not go out of the tell me. I waited on her accordingly; house will I was brought to-b:d. I deand the following is the substance of fired that they would never let the what fbe related to me, as I took it in prince of Wales or Mr. Lwriting.
ihat I was with child ; and I never “ Mary Dunckerly, being dangerousy found they did. Dr. Mead attended ill with the goue in her ftomach (Jan. me. He ordered me to be bled; aud 2, 1760), and believing it will be her in two days I could fit up. death, is desirous, at the request of her " Mr. Dunckerley came from Chailfriend, Mrs. Pinkney, that the follow- worth in May, and leemed not displeasing account may be made known to her ed to find me with child. I disdained fon in the moit secret manner, and 10 to deceive him ; and told him what none but him.
He commended my At the latter end of November, conduct with so much joy, that I could 1723. Mr. Dunckerly went to Charf. nor help despising his meanness; and Hıb. Mag. Feb. 1796.
his barbarous behaviour to me in the to be presented to my royal matter and last month of my time was what I al- father; and that his majesty, on recol-' ways relented, when he threw a cat in lecting the several circumstances, would my face, and swore that he would have granted me an appointment equal mark the bastard. Our feparation to my birth: but, by the demise of my soon followed after my delivery; and most gracious fovereign, my expectahe kept the secret on his own account; tions were frustrated, and all my hopes for, he had two places, and several con bfided. fiderable advantages, as the price of my In January 1761, I waited on Sir folly.
E. W. and asked his opinion, if I was My son might have been known to like the late king : But, as he was his royal father; and I might have pleased to say that he saw no refemlived in as elegant a manner as Mrs. blance, I did not, at that time, acquaint H. or Miss B; but my dear mother him with my reafon for asking such a reclaimed me from so criminal a paf- question. fiop; and dread of public thame pre Soon after, I was appointed by lord vented my making it known.”
Anson to be gunner to the Prince (a This is what Mrs. Pinkney affured ship of the second rate); but, being 100 me was my mother's declaration on her well convinced that the late king was death-bed; for, the departed this life my father, I could not suppress a pride five days after. She also told me, that rose superior to my ftation in the " that my grandmother Bolneft, Mrs. navy : yel I remained in that sphere till Cannon, a midwife, and herself, were the war was ended; and, in 1764, I was present at my birth, Oct. 33, 1724; superrannuated by the interest of lord that my mother then declared the Digby. prince of Wales was my father; and At the fiege of Louisburg, admiral that my grandmother and mother re- Boscawen granted me a warrant quefted it might be kept a secret." teacher of ihe mathematics on board
Mrs. Pinkney also informed me, the Vanguard, in addition to my being that my mother was a physician's gunner of the same lip: and, though daughter, and lived with Mrs. W. when I discharged both duties for three years, the prince of Wales debauched her; to the satisfaction of my captain, yet, but that Mrs. W. discovered what had, when I expected to bave received my happened, and had her married to Mr.' pay, 130l. as teacher of the mathematics Dunckerly, who was then attending on board the Vanguard, it could not be the duke of Devonnire, on a visit to obtained, because lord Anfon bad not Sir R. W. at Houghton.
confirmed the warrant which I received This information gave me great sur- from admiral Bolcawen. This unex prize, and much uneasiness; and, as I pected loss, in addition to fickness in was obliged to return immediately to my family, and the expence of having niy duty on board the Vanguard, I my daugher's right leg cut off (which made it known 10 no person at that was occafioned by a fail) brought me time but captain Swanion. He said in debe 300l. that those who did noi know me would Mrs. Pinkney being dead, I knew of jook on it to be noihing more than a no person living that could authenticate poffin's liory. We were ihen bound-a the story lhe had told me; and, as I was ircond cime to Quebec : and captain unskilled in the ways of court, I saw no Swanton did pronuse me, that on our probability of gaining access to the roy; return to England, he would endeavour al ear, or his majesty's belief of what I w ge me introduced to the king, and had been told concerning my birth. that he would give me a character : Fearful of being arrested,' I left the but, when we came back to England, kingdom in August 1764; and, having ijn king was dead.
ordered the principal part of my superī baltered myself that my case annuation-penfion for the support of would be laid before the king; that I my wife and family during my abfence, bould have the honour and happiness I'lailed with captain Ruthven, in the
Guadaloupe, to the Mediterranean; honour of an invitation to breakfast and here it was that I had the happi. with lord Wm. G. at l'Hotel Del. nels to be known to lord William tragnes. His lordship, knowing how Gordon, who was going to join his re- much I was distressed, begged (with the giment at Minorca.
greatest politeness) that I would give In June 1763. I was put on shore at him leave to preient me with 2001; Marseilles, being seized with the scurvy affuring me that he should receive as to a violent degree ; but, by the blefling much pleasure in beltowing it as it of God, and the benefit of that fine clic was possible for me to enjoy in the posmale, I was perfectly restored to health session. in less than fix weeks ; when I received My surprize at this inftant could only a letter from captain Ruthven, inclofing be exceeded by my gratitude to this a recommendation of me to his excel generous young nobleman. lency colonel T. at Minorca.
After ftaying five days at Paris, I I took an opportunity of failing for went by the route of Lille to Dunkirk, that iland, and waited on colonel and thence to Calais, where I arrived Townsend, who received me with great on the 5th of November, and was infriendhip. I remained there fix formed (to my great grief and disapweeks, during which time I was con- pointment) that the Duke of Cumberftantly at his excellency's table; but land was dead. no employment offered that it was in I embarked the next day for Dover; bis power to dispose of.
on the 7ıh got to London, and had the I had (in the confidence of friend thip) happinels to discharge 150l. of my debt. acquainted several officers in the army I removed my family from Plymouth to and navy with the account I had re- the apartment in Somerset-house where ceived from Mrs. Pinkney; and they my mother had resided near forty years, were all of opioion, I should endeavour and at her decease it was continued to to get it represented to some of the me by an order from the late Duke of royal family.
Devonshire. Some gentlemen of the lodge at The next year (1766) I was boGibraltar, knowing my distress, fent noured with the notice and friendship me 20!. to Minorca; and on the fame of several persons of distinction, who day I received a letter from Mr. Ed- endeavoured to coovey the knowledge ward M. at Marseilles, with an order of my misfortune to the Princess Dowato draw on him for rol. Thus being ger of Wales and Princess Amelia ; but enabled to undertake a journey through it did not meet with success. In April, France, I resolved to return to Eng. 1767, General O. (who had known me land, and try to get my case laid be- for several years) acquainted Lord H. fore the duke of Cumberland.
with my fituation : and that nobleman, I failed from Minorca on the first of with the affistance of Ms. W. laid my O&ober, and landed iwo days after at mother's declaration before the king. Toulon ; whence I went through Mar. His Majesty read it ; seemed much feilles to Nismes, in Languedoc, to concerned, and commanded that an enwait on capr. Rulbven, and my good quiry Thould be made of my character friend Mr. M. Captain R. gave me from Lord C. and Sir E. W. who had a letter to admiral Keppel, requesting known me from my infancy, The acbis assistance for my obiaining the 1301. count they gave ot me was so satisfacdue to me for having taught the mathe- tory to the king, that he was graciously matics on board the Vanguard : and, pleased to order me a penfion of 100l. after staying three days ar Nilmes, I a year, from his privy purse, May 7, let out for Paris.
1767 When I entered the capital of The next morning I received the folFrance, I had only two louis-d'ors left, lowing letter from Lord H. and a mall bill, which Mr. M. had in “Sir, I saw General O. last night, filted on my rașing.
and am happy to find that we have not Soon after I cane to Paris, I had the been unsuccesstul in our-attempo to
serve you, and hope it will be an earneft nocent persons. His cavils about the to something beiter. My friend Mr. New Testament are futile : he dwells W. had the happiness to lay your cafe much upon that part relating to our before a King possessed of every virtue Saviour and his Sepulchre, though the that can adorn a crown. Don's call divine account is fill the fame-one on me 10-morrow; for I am going to might look into it, and another stand Chatham, with the Duke of Glouceiter; ouifide of it; and in this case as well as any other time, I shall be happy to see in some other trivial matters, that don' a mao poffefsed of fo fair a character, feem exactly to agree, it is highly which I value beyond every thing in probable that they were occafioned by this life.
the different writers before the time of Your friend and humble servant, printing, adding notes to the manuFriday morning
H " lcripts, and the great caution of those I had also the honour of congratula- who first prepared the sacred writings iory letters from the Duke of Beaufort, for the press, not to expunge any thing Lord Viscount Townshend, General . they found therein. The sublime voQughton, and many of my friends." lume is unalterable in that leffon which
Mr. Dunckerly afierwards applied to it reaches to us : to follow virtue and the study of the law, and was called to avoid, vice; maxims so extremely unthe bar, but not fucceeding he soon pleasant to some men in the world, quired ir; he died ar Porumouth the ihat they would cry down revelation
i9th of November last, at the age of and banish every veftige of religion. -71. Al the time of his death he was The chriftian doctrine may be compared provincial grand master of masonry. to the sun, a few clouds may overcast
ir for a moment, but it soon recovers its TO THE EDITOR
A LAYMAN. SIR,
Feb. 12, 1796. Anecdotes of Illufrious and ExtraordiA
S you have published fome extracts nary Persons, perhaps not generally
from Paine's Age of Reason, it is known. hoped you will give a place to these few lines, meant as an antidote against A Thing of Shreds and Patches! the poison of it to a weak mind; al
HAMLER. though the vigorous one would convert the deleterious potion into a healthful : medicine to prelerve iis faith, by seeing the vain attempts of a wretched sceptic to reduce all to a level with himmeling APPEARED one day upon the
Scotch circuit to be rather in a and, like a passenger aboard a finking hurry upon the trial of a capital convid, Ship have the diabolical pleasure to when he was informed that dinner was perilh in company. Upon examining ready. The criminal being found guilty, ihe Age of Reason, I cook up the Bible he said to a lively and eloquent advo10 fee if the quoiation relative to the cate, come, Harry, let us go to dinxxxi. chapter of Numbers was true— ner. "Aye, my lord," replied the The author tells us that, “ Mofes com- advocate, and your lord hip sball manded his army to go back, and have a blood-pudding * for your dinbutcher the boys, massacre the mothers, ner." Lord Kaimes was a man of great and debauch the daughters.” Now the activity of mind, and indefatigability of very reverse was the cafe, for they were purfuit. A gentleman called to fee ordered only to do a great work of him not many hours before he died, justice, in destroying the guilty men, and and found him dictating to a secretary. Those women who were employed by “I am surprized, my lord," said he, them infiduoully to tempt the Jews N o T E. from their duty to God; but with an * A pudding made of goofe's blood injunction to spare all virgins and in- and Oatmeal.
" to find you tkus employed in your
J. J. ROUSSEA U. very feeble ftate.” Why, mon," replied How little this eloquent and seduchis lordfhip, " would you have me stay tive writer appears to have been under. with my tongue in my cheek 'till Death ftood by his countrymen in their late comes to fetch me?"-Lord Kaimes and present troubles, the following paswas a molt univerfal writer ; he wrote sage from his “ Lettres écrites de la on Law, on Morals, on Metaphysics, Montagne" will evince. on Tafte, on Criticism. He was, how “ In the confusion of human affairs," ever, a very good borrower; some parts says he, “what blefling is of conseof bis Éléments of Criticism he took quence enough to be purchased by the from Blair's Lectures in MS. What blood of our brethren. "Liberty infélf is he says of the Chinese Gardening, and too dear at that price. “It is in vain," Building, he took from Sir William says this writer in another place, “ that Chambers's elegant books on those fub- we attempt to compound liberty and jes without making any acknowledge- independence; they are so different in ment. He wrote to the ingenious de- 'their nature, that they naturally exfendrefs of Shakespeare to request her clude each other. When any one does to give him some articles of female dress entirely as he pleases, he is to do what and of decoration for his Elements of difpleases other persons. This furely Criticilm. She did nos, however, com- cannot be called liberig. Liberty conply with his requeft. The present race fifts less in doing one's own pleasure of Scotch writers may be properly styled' chan in not being dependent on that of the literary wire drawers; they appear another person. It consists likewise in to produce norbing new of their own, not being able to submit the will of but to fine-draw and to spin out, the another person to that of ourselves opinions of their predeceffors. Hence Whoever is fovereign can never be free, the deluges of the philofophies of such and to reign is to obey. After all," and such an art or science, histories of adds he, of all the possible forms of the human mind, the effays on such and government, that of monarchy is that fuch matters. Of Dr. Adam Smith's in which the true liberty of man is more celebrated Effay on the Wealth of Na- respected than in
other." sions, Condorcet fays, in his Lise of Turzot, that the germ of it is to be found in the “ Effai fur les Richesses." " This Prince," says Dumourier, in of that acute writer and excellent polic the Memoirs of his own Life,
" the tician. John Bull becomes too rich and most diffembling and the weakest motoo idle to take the pains he used to do, narch that ever wore a crown, had and these useful literary dealers in retail, learned nothing in the course of a very parcel out for him what he thinks it long reign but to despise and fufpect disgraceful perhaps not to know. The every perlon that was about him. The late Dr. Johnson was completely of this character of the count de Broglio * was opinion, for when one day before some too violent for the king to allow him to Scotch gentleman, he had launched out have that nobleman near his person, into the praises of the celebrated Bu- but he turned it to a mysterious account, chanan, and bad Ayled him the only which for a long while alarmed and man of genius that Scotland had ever enraged his minifters. He confided to produced (he seems, however, to have him by letters every thing that paffed forgotten lord Napier), the gentleman
N O T E. faid, " why, Doctor, now, if Buchanan * Count Broglio was the younger had been an Englife man, what would brother of the celebrated Marthal of you then have faid of him?" why, that name.
He was a man of exfir," replied the Doctor, coolly, “I tremely good sense, but had never read certainly then should not have said, the much. He had been ambassador in only man of genius that England ever Poland. The Marquis de Voyer was produced."
another of Louis's pivale minifters.