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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; be and, I believe, released by an Act was advised to go to Bath, 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

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 hi lassi- 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 affecte 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 probaflow 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 to 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 them 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. As a ther family in the same neighboure writer 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 conWilks's History of Mysoor.

dition, received them into his

house, brought up Futté MohamThe 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 fakie'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, who had 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 mausol eum at Calburga, the Soubadar, and rewarded with the command of twenty Peons as his family, in the greatest misery, a Naick.

* He was appointed in 1729.

begged their way to the eastward, Futtè Mohammed, now Futtè until their arrival at Colar, where Naick, continued to distinguish their distresses induced the widow himself in the service of the Sou- to listen to the proposal of Futtè badar, and was gradually advanced Naick to be united to one of her in rank and consequence. His daughters. After this marriage, first wife was Seydanee Saheba, the rest of the family, relieved the daughter of Burra Saheb, a from their difficulties, proceeded religous person at Colar, who bore to Arcot. him three sons, Wellee Saheb, Derga Kooli Klian of Sera soon Ali Saheb, and Behelole Saheb. afterwards died, and was succeedIt was on the death of this lady at ed by his son Abdul Russool an early age that he began the Khan. The new Soubadar or mausoleum, mosque, tank, and Nabob, and Futtè Naick, for some gardens, at which the authors of reason not mentioned, were unthe manuscript, which is chiefly favourably disposed to each other; followed in this statement, now and the Naick accordingly preofficiate : the buildings are said to pared to seek another master, the have been finished several years Nabob Saadut Oolla Khan, at afterwards, when he was appoint- Arcot. The terms of his service, ed Foujedar of the district; but with fifty horse and fourteen hunin whatever manner these dates dred Peons, by whom he was ac may be arranged, the buildings companied, were nearly adjusted, themselves, although far removed when a difficulty arose with refrom architectural grandeur, ex- gard to his being received with hibit unquestionable evidence that the tazeem, or the compliment of the founder, at the time of their other officers rising to salute erection, had attained a very re- him when he approached them in spectable degree of rank, property the Durbar : a mark of deference and consideration. Of the second which is usual towards persons marriage of Futtè Naick the fol- of rank, but at that period was lowing account has been commu- reserved. for officers of horse, nicated to me by several authori-' who, like the ancient cavaliers of ties, and confirmed by the written Europe, looked down on the prenarrative of Budr u Zeman Khan, tensions of an officer of infantry. for one of whose relations the lady The Naick could not procure the was intended. A Nevayet,* of tazeem, and being resolved not to respectable family, from the Con- serve without it, departed to can, was travelling across the Chittoor, where he was better repeninsula with his wife, one son ceived by the Foujedar, or pro(Ibrahim Saheb), and two daugh- vincial commander, Tahir Khan. ters, to Arcot. At Tarrikera, The mother-in-law of Futtè near the borders of Bednore, he Naick had been ill received at was robbed and murdered ; and Arcot, on account of her connec

Nevayet, generally supposed to be a corruption of the Hindostanee and Mahratta terms for new comer,

tion with the Naick; and the fa- a well contested battle, with most mily into which she expected to of his officers of rank. Futte marry her other daughter decli- Mohammed, and his son Wellee ned the alliance for the same cause. Saheb, fell on this sanguinary field; She therefore joined her son-in- and the bodies being removed by law at Chittoor, and he having the pious care of their attendants, in the mean time lost his second their tombs are now shown in the wife without issue, took to himself mausoleum of the family at Colar. her younger sister as a third. Great Balipoor was the Jageer

Tahir Mohammed Khan was of the deceased Abdul Russool, soon afterwards recalled to court and previously to the battle, the at Arcot; but the Naick, still re- families of all his principal officers, membering the tazeem, declined and among the rest that of Futte to accompany him. He nego- Mohammed, were, according to ciated for the service which he the routine of suspicion customary had formerly rejected, and was in similar cases, thrown into that received by Abdul Russool Khan fort. of Sera as Foujedar, or provincial Abbas Kooli Khan, the son of commandant of Colar, with Boo- the deceased, was not disturbed dicota as his Jageer, and the title in the personal Jageer of his faof Futté Mohammed Khan. ther : maternal feeling, combined

His two sons by the Nevayet with good sense, suggested to his lady, the younger of the sisters, mother, who in a few short years were born at Boodicota; viz. had seen the mangled corpses of 1. Shabaz Saheb ; 2. Hyder Sa- her husband and father-in-law, heb.

the expedient of securing the Jag. When Nizam ul Moolk formed eer on the condition of a formal the design of establishing a sepa- renunciation of the office of Sourate and independent empire in badar or Nabob, and a solemn the south, the removal from suborpromise to exert the influence of dinate commands of all persons the family at court for the confirwho either retained any principle mation of Tahir Mohammed : and of fidelity to the house of Timour, Saadut Oolla Khan, who directed or had indulged in views of inde- in all things the proceedings of pendent authority for themselves, Sera, readily perceived the policy was essential to his success. The of acceding to this moderate money and influence of Saadut proposition. Oolla Khan had long been em- Abbas Kooli Khan, however, ployed to obtain the office of Sou did not neglect to avail himself of bador of Sera for a dependant of the circumstances in which he his own; andit was chiefly through was placed, to plunder to the exhis interest that Tahir Khan was tent that he durst the families deappointed to that office, and aided posited in the fort; and that of by Saadut Oolla to fight for its Futtè Mohammed was not among possession. He found the stand- those which escaped. The preard of his former Naick marshal- text was a balance, due from the led on the side of his opponent deceased while Foujedar of Colar. Abdul Russool, who was slain in The sons, Shahaz Saheb, and

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