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Epitaph on Lady MARY DASHWOOD, who
died August 19, 1710, and lies buried at West Wycomb, in the Church upon the Hill, where the following Inscription does honour to her Memory :
Here rests in hope of a glorious resurrection of the just, the Right Honorable the Lady MARY DASHWOOD,
Earl of Westmorland, and wife to Sir Francis Dashwoon, Knt. and Baronet.
A Lady, whose high birth -received a greater lustre from her eminent virtues, and whose piety, humility, and prudence, made her life and character truly noble, truly good.
a tender and indulgent parent,
to the best of her sex.
Hence learn, - to imitate her virtues, and
lament her loss.
Anecdote of colonEL O'Kelly:
As soon as fortune began to smile upon this son of Hibernia, he was visited by a good number of his relations, who resided in that kingdom. Those that he could not provide for were sure to be retained in his family. A nobleman who hunoured the colonel one day with his company, was surprised to hear him call his cook by the familiar appellation of cousin, and a few minutes after the footman was addressed in the same manner :-" Why,” said the haughty peer, “ Mr. O'Kelly, I find that all your servants are your relations, what induces you to think of employing them in so mean a capacity ? " My Lord,” replied the other, it is true they are all related to me, and I think it is better to employ my own relations as servants, than to employ your's as such.”
ANECDOTE. For husbands to advertise against give ing credit to their wives, has been com
mon; but for a man to caution the public against giving credit to himself, is an instance of whimsicality, the history of advertising curiosities cannot parallel. From a country paper, the foilowing is literally transcribed :-“ This is to give notice, that if any person, after this public notice trusts ine, Thomas Spencer, above One Shilling, I am determined that I will never pay them, or cause them to be paid, for more than the above value.
Pensioner of Chelsea." Jan. 15. 1788.
ANECDOTE OF A WELCH CURATE.
Among the various returns made to the house of commons, in compliance with Mr. Gilbert's bill, was one from a poor Welch curate, who, after delineating the distresses of his poor neighbours, adds, “but their distresses cannot be greater than mine own; I have a wife, who is far advanced in her pregnancy, and nine poor children around me, for whom I could never yet procure either shoe or stocking, and
it is with difficulty I can supply them with - food. My income is thirty-five pounds per annum, and for this I do the duty of four parishes.” This letter had a wonderful effect upon the whole committee.
Mr. Gilbert, with that benevolence which long characterised him, immediately
transmitted to the poor curate, a bank· note for a temporary supply; the letter was
shewn to their Majesties, and enquiry made, as to the inoral character of the man, and soon after a comfortable provision was made for him and his family.
ANECDOTE OF THE EARL OF CRAWFORD.
This nobleman, so remarkable for his courage and thirst of glory, exhibited a very extraordinary instance of presence of mind, on the morning that preceded the battle of Rocoux, in the Netherlands, in October 1746.
He, and some volunteers, accompanied
*by his aid-de-camp, and attended only by two orderly dragoons, had rode out before day to reconnoitre the situation of the enemy; in doing which, he fell in with one of their advanced guards; the earl first perceived them, and without betraying the - least mark of disorder, rode up to the serjeant who commanded it, and assuming the character of a French general, told him in that language, (which he spoke flu.' 'ently) that there was no occasion to use the ceremony of turning out his guard.” Then asked him, “ if he had perceived any of the enemys' parties ?” and being an swered in the negative; “ Very well,” said he,“ be upon your guard; and if you should be attacked, I will take care you · shall be sustained.”
So saying, he and his companions 'retired before the serjeant could recollect himself ; in all probability, he was soon sensible of his mistake, for the incident was that very day inentioned in the French army. The Prince of Tingry, an officer