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alled upon to interfere; and, under The suceessful run of his “ Mayor he sanction of an act of parliament for "of Garrait” brings him again beiiniting the number of play-houses, fore us in high style. pposed to Bayes' new raised troops · The receipts produced by this
posse of constables, who, entering comedy recruited our hero's fiuances he theatre in magisterial array, dis- so powerfully, that, as his purse was nissed the audience, and left the generally the barometer to bis spirits, aughing Aristophanes to consider of he dashed into all kinds of higher exlew ways and means for his support. travagance. He made alterations
Eor the remainder of his life, Foote both in his towu and country house, continued to unite the double cha- enlarged his hospitalities, and laid out acter of writer and performer. Of no less a sum than 12001. in a magais negligence as to pecuniary matters Dificent service of plate. When he many iostances are adduced; but ge- was reminded by some friends of herosity was one of his predominant these extravagancies, and particularly qualities.
the last, be turned it off by saying, His motber, who brought a large “he acted from a principle of ecofortune to her husband as heiress to nomy; for as he knew he could the Goodere estates, was latterly, by vever keep his gold, he very prua carelessness and dissipation so pe- dently laid out his money in silver, culiar to this family, in a great mea. which would not only last longer, but sure a dependant on her sou's bounty; in the end sell for nearly as much as as was also his brother, who was it originally cost." brought up to the church. To the It is well known, that it was in laiter he allowed sixty pounds a year, consequence of his fall from a horse, besides the freedom of bis table and at lord Mexborough's seat, by which theatre; to the former a pension of he lost his leg, that the late duke of one hundred pounds till her death, York, who happened to be one of the which happened some years before party, obtained for him, in July 1766, that of her son.
the royal patent, under which be • Under one of her temporary em- erected the present summer theatre, barrassments, she wrote the following in the Haymarker. Here le produced laconic epistle to our hero; which, that satirical and humorous comedy, will his answer, exbibit no bad spe- . “ The Devil upon Two Sticks." cinnen of the thoughtless dispositions "The receipts from “ The Devil of the two characters:
on Two Sticks” exceeded his most “ Dear Sam, ,
sanguine expectations. There was " I am in prison for debt: come little or no demand for any variation "and assist your loving mother, in the theatrical bill of fare during
“ E. Foore.” the whole season; so that it alone “Dear mother,
was said to have produced him be" So am l; which prevents bis duty tween three and fourthousand pounds, " being paid to his loving mother by Twelve huudred pounds of this sum “her affectionate son,
i lie lodged at his banker's as a de“SAM. Foote.” posit for future contingencies; be"P.S. I have sertt my attorney to sides five hundred in cash, whicu assist you; in the mean time, let us he intended to take over with him bope for better days."
to Ireland, where he was engaged for the ensuing winter,
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- His usual demon of extravagance, talents for independence, when per however, still haunted him; for, tak- haps a courtier could not find the ing Bath in his way to Holyhead, the king's treasury always open to bim September following, he fell in with for support." a nest of gamblers (the usual atten- •On receiving this return, Rigby, dants on this fashionable place of re- as may be well imaginell, made bis sort), who, finding him with full pockets bow, and walked off; while the dum and high spirits, availed themselves of went on, and not only lost the five their superior dexterity with consi- hundred pounds which he bad about derable success. Several of the fre- him, but the twelve hundred at bis quenters of the rooms saw this, but banker's; and thus, stripped of his it was too.common a case for private last guinea, was obliged to borrow a interference; besides, friendship is hundred pounds to carry him to not the usual commerce of watering Ireland.' places. At last his friend Rigby, In Ireland he repaired his finances, wbo happened just then to be at Bath, and having so done, returned to this took an opportunity to tell him how country with the hope of enjoying a grossly be was plundered: aud fur- relaxation from his fatigues, op huis ther remarkert, " that from his care- plesant residence at North End; but less manner of playing and betting, he was doomed, it would seem, to fall and his babit of telling stories when a victim to the basest calumny. In be should be minding his game, he 1776, he was about to bring out a must in the long-run be ruined, let play, called “ The Trip to Calais;" him play with whom he would.” in which report had stated, that the
! Foote, who perlaps by this time late duchess of Kingston was to be had partly seen his error, but was satirized as Lady Kitty Crocodile; too proud to take a lesson in the cha- and a supposed contidential agent of racter of a dupe, very ridiculously and her's, as Dr. Viper, of whom Mr. ungratefully resented this advice. He Cooke's account will be seen below.' told bis friend with an unbecoming from the tirst report of Foote's sharpness, “ that although he was po Trip to Calais being in contemplation, politican by profession he could see obscure hints and imuendoes appearas soon as another into any sinistered occasionally in the newspapers, designs laid against bini: that he was relative to his private character; too old to be schooled; and that as to which, from various circumstances, any distinction of rank between them as from their particularly appearing to warrant this liberty, he saw none; in the newspaper of which Jackson they were both the king's servants, was editor, the public unanimously with this difference in his favour, - attributed to this man. On tlie têthat he could always draw upon his presentation of The Capuchin, this
* He was a clergyman of the name of Jackson, better known by the assumed title of Dr. Jackson, who had for many years supported himself partly as an editor of a news paper in London, and always by a lite of shift and expediency. He at this time mostly resided at Kingston-house, and was supposed to be of her Grace's cabinet CHERcil. This man, after going throngh a variety of adventures incident to such characters, at last settled in Ireland: where his restless and intriguing spirit led him to join the rebellion in that kingdom in the year 1797, for which he was tried and fonod guilty; but saved himself the disgrace of a public execution, by taking poison the night before his recçiving sentence of death.
plau of calumny began to assume a firmest spirits on so trying an occamore settled form; and a report was casion. But the stigma of the charge industriously circulated about the still lingered in his mind; and one town, that a charge would soon be or two illiberal allusions to it, which brought forward in a judicial form were made by some mufeeling people, against the manager of the Haynjarket preyed deeply on his heart. The Theatre for an attempt to commit a man who for so many years had very o'lious assault,'
basked in the sunshine of public faIn fact a legal charge was instituted vour, who was to live in a round of against him, and he took bis trial; wit and gaiely " or not to live at but after a long and strict investiga all," was ill calculated to be at the tion, he was acquitted by the direction mercy of every coarse fool, or inof the judge; the shock, however, human enemy.' which he received from this disgrace- Foote died at Dover, on his way ful situation is supposed to have had to France, Oct. 21, 1777. a fatal effect upou him.
· Though he had many respectable Narrative of the Death of Lord persons much interested in his behalf, Nelson. By Il'm. Beatty, M.D. none seened more anxious than his [late Surgeon of the Victory, now old friend, and fellow-labourer in Physician of his Majesty's Chanthe dramatic vineyard, the late Mr. nel Fleet.] Murphy: who, as soon as the trial It was from the Redoubtable that was over, took a coach, and drove to lord Nelson received liis mortal Foote's house in Suffolk-street, Char- wound. About fifteen minutes past ing-cross, to be the first messenger of one o'clock, which was in the beat the good tidings.
of the engagement, he was walking Foote bad been looking out of the middle of the quarter-deck with the window, iu anxious expectation captain Hardy, and in the act of turnof such a message. Murphy, as soon ing near the hatchway, with his face as be perceived him, waved his bat towards the stern of the Victory, in token of victory; and jumping out when the fatal bali was fired from of the coach, ran up stairs to pay his the enemy's mizen-top; which, from personal congratulations : but alas! the situation of the two ships (lying instead of meeting his old friend in on board of each other), was brought all the exultation of high spirits on just abaft, or rather below, tbe Victhis occasion, he saw him exteniled tory's main-yard, and of course yot on the floor, in strong hysterics; in more than fitteen yards distant from which state he continued near an hour that part of the deck wliere his lordbefore he could be recovered to any ship stood. The ball struck the kind of recollection of himself, or the epaulette on his left shoulder, and object of his friend's visit.
penetrated his chest. He fell with . On the return of bis senses, find- his face on the deck. Captain Hardy, ing himself honourably acquitted, be who was on his right, on turning received the congratulations of bis round, saw the serjeant-major friends and numerous acquaiotances, (Secker) of the marines with two and seemed to be relieved from those seamen raising lin from the deck, pangs of uncertainty and suspence where he had fallen on the same spot which inust have weighed down the 01 which, a little before, his secre
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tary tary bad breathed his last, with diately to the assistance of his lord. whose blood bis lordsbip's clothes ship, and took him from the arms were much soiled. Captain Hardy of the seamen who had carried him expressed a hope that he was not below. In conveying him to one severely wounded; to which the of the midshipmen's births, they gallant chief replied : “ They have stuinbled, but recovered themselves done for me at last, Hardy.” “[ without falling. Lord Nelson hope not," answered captain Hardy. then inquired who were supporting “ Yes," replied his lordship, “ my him; and when the surgeon inbackbone is shot through."
formed him, his lordship replied, Captain Hardy, ordered the sea. " Ah, Mr. Beatty! you can do nomen to carry the admiral to the thing for me. I have but a short cockpit. While the men were car- time to live : my back is shot rying him down the ladder from the through.” The surgeon said, “ He middle-deck, his lordship observed hoped the wound was not so dangerthat the tiller-ropes were not yet re- ous as his lordship imagined, and placed; and desired one of the mid- that lie might still survive long to shipmen stationed there, to go upon enjoy his glorious victory." The the quarter-deck and remind captain Rev. Dr. Scott, who had been abe Hardy of that circumstance, and re- sent in another part of the cockquest that new ones should be im- pit adownistering lemonade to the mediately rove. Having delivered wounded, now came instantly to bis this order, he took his bandkerchief ļordship, and in the anguish of his from his pocket and covered his face grief, wrung bis hands, and said, with it, that he might be conveyed “ Alas, Beatty, how prophetic you to the cockpit at this crisis unnoticed were ?” alluding to the apprehenby the crew,
sions expressed by the surgeon for . Several wounded officers, and his lordship's safety previous to the about forty men, were likewise car- battle. ried to the surgeon for assistance His lordship was laid upon a bed, just at this time; and some others stripped of his clothes, and covered bad breathed their last during their wilh a sheei. While this was effect. conveyance below. Among the lat. ing, he said to doctor Scott, “ Doeter were lieut. Wm. Andrew Ranı, tor, I told you so; doctor, I am and Mr. Whipple, captain's clerk. gone:" and after a short pause, he The surgeon had just examined added, in a low voice, “ I bave to these two officers, and found that leave lady Hamilton, and my adoptthey were dead, when his attention ed daughter Horatia, as a legacy to was arrested by several of the my country.” The surgeon then exwounded calling to him, “Mr. amined the wound, assuring his Beatty, lord Nelsou is here: Mr. lordship that he would not put him Beatty, the admiral is wounded." to much pain in endeavouring to The surgeon now, on looking round, discover the course of the ball; saw the handkerchief Yall from his which he soon found had penetrated Jordship's face ; when the stars on deep into the chest, and bad probabis coal, which also had been cover- bly lodged in the spine. This being ed by it, appeared. Mr. Burke, the explained to his lordship, le replied, purser, and the surgeon, ran immg- "he was confident his back was shot
through." The back was then exa- sionally. He evinced great solici. mined externally, but without any tude for the event of the battle, and injury being perceived; on which fears for the safety of his friend bis lordship was requested by the captain Hardy. Doctor Scott and surgeon to make him acquainted Mr. Burke used every argument they with all bis sensations. He replied, could suggest to relieve his anxiety. that “ he felt a gush of blood every Mr. Burke told him “ the enemy minute within his breast : that he were decisively defeated, and that had no feeling in the lower part of he hoped his lordship would still his body: and that his breathing live to be himself the bearer of the was difficult, and attended with very joyful tidings to bis country." He severe pain about that part of the replied, “ It is nonsense, Mr. Burke, spine where he was confident that to suppose I can live: my sufferthe ball had struck; “ for,” said he, ings are great, but they will all be "I felt it break 'my back." These soon over.” Doctor Scott entreated symptoms, but more particularly his lordship " not to despair of liv. the gush of blood which his lord- ing,” and said, “ he trusted that ship complained of, together with Divine Providence would restore him the state of his pulse, indicated to once inore to his dear country and ttre surgeon the hopeless situation of frends." -.“ Ah, doctor!" replied the case; but till after the victory his lordshin, “it is all over; it is all was ascertained and announced to over." his lordship, the true nature of his Many messages were sent to capwound was concealed by the surgeon tain Hardy by the surgeon, requestfrom all on board except captain ing his attendance on his lordship; Jardy, Dr. Scott, Mr. Burke, and who became impatient to see him, Messrs. Smith and Westemburg, the and often exclaimed, “ Will no one assistant surgeons.
bring Hardy to me? He must be The Victory's crew cheered when- killed: he is surely destroyed.” The ever they observed an enemy's ship captain's aide-de-camp, Mr. Bulkesurrender. On one of these occa- ley, now came below, and stated, sions, lord Nelson anxiously inquired that “ circumstances respecting the what was the cause of it; when fleet required captain Hardy's prelieutenant Pasco, who lay wounded sence on deck, but that he would at some distance from his lordships avail himself of the first favourable raised himself up, and told him that moment to visit bis lordship.” On · another ship had struck, which ap- hearing him deliver this message to peared to give him much satisfac- ibe surgeon, his lordship inquired tion. He now felt an ardent thirst; who had brought it. Mr. Burke ánand frequently called for drink, and swered, “ It is Mr. Bulkeley, my to be fanned with paper, waking lord.”_" It is his voice,” replied his use of these words : « Fan, fan," lordship: he then said to the young and “ Drink, drink.” This le con- gentleman, “ Reinember me to your tinued to repeat, when he wislied father." for drink or the refreshment of cool An hour and ten minutes, however, air, till a very few minutes before elapsed, from the time of his lordhe expired. Lemonade and wine ship's being wounded, before capand water were giveu to him occą tain Hardy's first subsequent inter