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appear to have been his most the chaise. But Lord Chatham confidential friends; with them soon came to Mr. Murphy, and he could safely speak of others, without the least ceremony, told unbend his social hours, and re- him that “ he should not remain ceive a gratification highly pleas- as an enemy at his gate," and on ing to him. In his apartments, the chaise door being opened, he there was a portrait of Dunning, added, “This is kind of you ! a very striking likeness, painted You see, sir, I am confined here in crayons, by Ozias Humphrey. by inundations, like Noah in his Mr. Dunning and he sometimes ark.” retired to Wimbledon, where the Mr. Murphy used to say, that former had a house, a fine garden, if there was a natural logician, it and a hot-house, which he saw so was Mr. Dunning. When he was seldom, that upon both their cale in the happiest mood, a speech of culations, it was found that it cost his, that took only half an hour, a hundred pounds a visit. Hav- would embrace all the arguments ing less to do than Mr. Dunning, contained in his opponent's of two he used to go to his chambers in hours. But yet he agreed, that it the hours of business, where he required the utmost attention to has seen Mr. Lloyd Kenyon re- follow him. His mind laboured. turning and receiving opinions. He had, all the while, a movement One time Mr. Kenyon asked Mr. of his head, a grinding of his Dunning for a frank to a relation lower jaw, and a certain
singular in North Wales. Mr. Dunning cast of countenance. There was, gravely wrote him one, directed besides, a huskiness in his throat, to his relation in North Wales, which constantly moved him to near Chester, Mr. Kenyon threw make use of an endeavour to clear down the paper, and said, " Take it: this was first produced as a your franks, Mr. Dunning; I will mental excitement, but afterwards accept no more from you.' Mr. became a habit, whenever bis subDunning got between him and ject demanded any extraordinary the door, and pacified him. exertion.
Mr. Dunning, having business A short time after Mr. Dunin the west of England, gave Mr. ning was created Lord Ashburton, Murphy a cast in his carriage, and when he awoke one morning and in his way called on Lord Chat- heard the servant maid in the next ham at Burton Pynsent. Mr. chamber, he ordered her to unMurphy wished to be taken up at draw the curtains. He asked her the next stage, and to leave Mr. what it was o'clock; she told him, Dunning to call alone on his lord. “it was late.” “Why then, unship, as he had formerly con. draw the curtains.” They are ducted a political contest against undrawn,” she said. He still him: but Mr. Dunning would thought otherwise, and desired his not part with him : they drove up valet to be called. The valet to the house whilst it poured tor- confirmed the maid's report, and rents of rain, and there were large it was not till then, that his lordsheets of water round the house. ship found, that, by a paralytic Mr. Dunning left Mr. Murphy in stroke, he had been deprived of his
eye-sight, without the least'sensá- ful, the other gay and witty; they tion of pain.
notwithstanding formed an indisSoon after this calamitous visi- soluble friendship. It has been tation; Mr. Murphy was with him seen, that they were concerned at his house in Lincoln's-Inn- together to perform plays at Drury Fields, when the name of Colonel Lane Theatre during the summer Barré was announced; and he was of 1760, and the agreement was, led in, by a guide, as blind as the that each of them should produce noble person to whom his visit three new dramatic pieces. I was directed. These two eminent mention this, to show how friendcharacters were amongst the ship will cover faults: for alstrongest opponents of Lord though Mr. Foote did not produce North's administration; and Lord one piece, Mr. Murphy only laugh. North also, almost at the very ed at the trick that was put upon same period, experienced the me. him : and I do not believe there lancholy approach of the privation was another man in England that of his sight: a circumstance in would have served bim so,' and the history of these distinguished by the venture escaped with imcharacters which affords an ample punity. scope for serious reflection.
Mr. Murphy bad it in contemShortly after, Lord Ashburton, plation to write the Life of Mr. on his return from the west of Foote, and he was actually emEngland, in his way to London, ployed in collecting materials for met Mr. Wallace, the late attorney. it; but age and infirmity forbade general, at an inn upon the road, the, fulfilment of this intention. going to Falmouth for the benefit Mr. Murphy had already obtained of his health. They passed the the best account of his early life ; evening together; and when it is and as even that must be interest considered, what these two men ing, I will here give it. had been, and what the condition “ Samuel Foote was born (I of both of them then was, I will believe, but that may easily be asleave the scene of the evening to certained by the register)
about the be filled up by the mind of the year 1721, at Truro, in Cornwall : reader. They parted never to meet his father, who was an attorney, again. Lord Ashburton died in and sometime member for TiverLincoln's-Inn-Fields, and Mr. ton in Devonshire, had considerWallace died at Falmouth, Mr. able places under government : Murphy has composed an elegant his mother was of the ancient faLatin epitaph to the memory of mily of the Dineleys, of Charlton the latter.
in Worcestershire, who married It will be recollected that Sa- with the Gooderes, of Burghope muel Foote was one of the earliest in. Herefordshire : both of these friends Mr. Murphy had; and so families were of an eccentric turn far back as the year 1757, it is of mind, which Mr. Foote appears seen that they were in the habits to have inherited and preserved to of familiar intercourse; and, op- the last. posite as they were, in their first « These connections brought nature; the one graveand thought him to the college school at Wor
cester, under the Reverend Mr. - In the interval from the time Miles, from whence he was elected of his leaving college and coming Scholar of Worcester College, upon the stage, he was frequently Oxford, being founder's kin, about in great distress. He was once the year 1737.
confined for debt in the Fleet; “ In 1739, being indisposed, he and, I believe, released by an Act was advised to go to Baih, where of insolvency : at the same time; he soon made acquaintance with one Waite was there for cheating gamesters and men of pleasure. the Bank. An old schoolfellow On returning to college, with two told me he dined with him there footmen and a ridiculous quantity on turbot, venison, and claret, and of laced clothes, he was reproved never spent a cheerfuller day; by the Provost; when, finding a for, while Waite found money, college life not suited to his Mr. Foote furnished wit, jollity, genius, he quitted it in 1740, but and humour. His first essay, as without any public censure. an author, was written about this
“ He had an early turn for mi. time: it was a pamphlet giving an mickry and acting. When at account of one of his uncles, who school, he was frequently invited was executed for murdering his by the Sandys's, the Harris's, or other uncle. others of his relations, to dine with " In one of his excursions to them on Sundays: the conse- Oxford with a certain lady, for quence was, that Monday morn- whom he afterwards procured a ing was spent in taking off every husband, he drove a coach and six part of the family which enter- greys. This lady was afterwards tained him, to the no small diver- married, and Mr. Foote handsion of all the boys, but generally somely rewarded for his trouble. to their cost; as hardly any boy He rented Charlton House, the ever learned his lesson ihat morn- family seat in Worcestershire, ing.
where he lived in some splendor “ He is said, when at Oxford, for about a year and a half. Durto have acted Punch in disguise. ing his magnificence there, he inBut I remember, in one of his ex- vited his old schoolmaster Mr. cursions from London to Oxford, Miles, to dine with him, who, adwhich jaunts he made very often, miring his service of plate, and spending an evening with him in well-furnished side-board, very incompany with Martin Maden, nocently asked Mr. Foote what it Walter Shirley, and others. Those might cost? Indeed, says he, I gentlemen and himself acted know not, but sure I am, I shall Punch for a wager, and the com- soon know what it will bring.” pany all agreed that Foote was Mr. Foote was buried at Dover, the worst performer of the three. though a monument is erected in
" Foote's great acquaintance, the cloisters of Westminster Abbey both at school and college, was by Mr. John Hunter, I believe; one Trott; and they went toge- or at least he proposed the subgether upon many expeditions. scription for it.
“ His second brother was a I'do not think Mr. Murphy clergyman of Exeter College, would have written a good Life of Oxon.
Mr. Foote, because he himself must have been implicated in with yourself ; but you paid for many of its scenes: and his deli- his civility the moment you went cacy would have induced him to out of company, and were sure of suppress them, as he has done in being made ridiculous; yet he the life of Mr. Garrick.
was not as malignant as some men Mr. Foote, however, was a I have known; but his vanity, and very extraordinary man, who had the desire he had of showing his a fund of wit, humour, and sense ; wit, made him run into satire and but be did not make a good use of detraction. He loved titled men, his talents, though he got money and was proud of their company, by them, which he very idly though he gave himself airs of squandered. He was too fond of treating them with scorn. He detraction and mimickry, which was licentious and profligate, and were blemishes in his conversa, frequently made a jest of religion tions, though you were entertain and morality. He told a story ed by them. He was ridiculously very well, and added many pleavain of his family, and of his classi- sant circumstances of his own in. cal knowledge, which was super- vention to heighten it. He had ficial, and boasted of his numerous likewise a good choice of words relations amongst the old nobility. and apt expressions, and could He was very extravagant, but by speak plausibly on grave subjects ; no means generous : though he but he soon grew tired of serious spared no expense in his enter- conversation, and returned natutainments, nor in wine, yet he did rally to his favourite amusement, not understand a table. He affect. mimickry, in which he did not ed to have disguised cookery, and excel; for he was coarse and unFrench dishes, and never eat plain fair, and drew caricatures. But meat. He was not clean in his he entertained you more than a person, and was disgusting in his closer mimick. If he had applied manner of eating : but he was so to the bar, and taken pains in the pleasant a fellow, and had such a profession of the law, it is probaHow of spirits, that you forgot his ble he would have succeeded in faults, and pardoned his want of it; for he was very quick and diselegance and decency. He always cerning, and could relate the matook the lead in conversation, and terial circumstances of a trial or a was generally the chief or sole per. debate in parliament with wonderformer, and he had such a rage ful precision and perspicuity. for shining, and was so delighted He was a bad actor, and always with applause, that he often ran into farce, and in tragedy he brought io my mind those lines of was detestable ; for whenever he Pope, in his character of the aimed at expression, he was disDuke of Wharton :
torted. His voice, face, and figure,
were equally disagreeable ; yet, Though listening senates hung on all he under all these disadvantages, he
spoke, The club 'must hail him master of the much better than those who have
acted many parts in his own plays joke.
appeared in thein since his death He was civil to your face, and such as Major Sturgeon, Cadseldom put you out of humour wallader, the Nabob, &c.; these
are characters strongly ridiculous, and Mohammed Wellee into ano. and he succeeded in them. ther family in the same neighbourwriter he had merit, though his hood. After some time, the exprincipal characters are portraits: penses of this augmented family but if he had been more diligent being greater than the saint was in finishing his pieces, they might able to defray, the two sons proafford entertainment on the stage ceeded to the south in search of to this day.
any service by which they could He was always buying rings, procure a subsistence; and were snuff-boxes, toys, &c. which were engaged at Sera, in the capacity a great expense to him, and was a of revenue Peons, in the departbubble at play.-Upon the whole, ment of the collection of the town his life and character would furnish customs. Futtè Mohammed, the matter for a good farce, with an son of Mohammed Ali, and the instructive moral. It would show father of Hyder, was born at Sera. us, that parts and talents alone In the course of duty, or for are of little use without prudence some cause not explained, the two or virtue ; and that flashes of wit brothers came to Colar, where and humour give only a momen- Mohammed Ali died, and Motary pleasure, but no solid enter- hammed Wellee, seizing on all the tainment.
domestic property, turned Futte Mohammed and his mother out of
doors. ACCOUNT OF THE FAMILY OF
A Naick of Peons in Colar, HYDER ALLY, from Colonel commiserating their destitute con Wilks's History of Mysoor.
dition, received them into his
house, brought up Futtè Moham. The first of the family of whom med, and at a proper age enrolled any tradition is preserved was him as a Peon in his own command. Mohammed Bhelole, a religious While Derga* Kooli Khan was person, who came from the Penjab Soubadar of Sera, or affected to to the south, accompanied by two be so named, Futtè Mohammed sons, Mohammed Ali, and Mo- had an opportunity of attracting
, hammed Wellee, an dsettled at the his attention. The service was town of Alund, in the district of the siege of Ganjecottah, near to Calburga, about one hundred and Balipoor, then the strong hold of ten miles west, and by north, a refractory Poligar. The troops from Hydrabad. He is said to were repulsed in a general assault, have founded a small mosque, and when Futtè Mohammed seized a fakir's mokan, by charitable con- standard, and planted it once tributions, and to have accumu- more on the breach : the assail. lated some property by this relig. ants rallied, and the place was ious speculation. He married his taken; and the young man,whohad son Mohammed Ali to the daugh- so gallantly restored the fortune ter of one of his servants of the of the day, was brought before celebrated mausoleum at Calburga, the Soubadar, and rewarded with
* He was appointed in 1729.