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The Parents of Sir John Moore had the habit of preserving

many of the letters of their family. From this collection, the following specimens are selected to illustrate the character of the General.


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From Dr. Moore to Mrs. Moore, on going abroad with the Duke of Hamilton; John Moore, then a boy, accompanying them :

• Calais, April 17th, 1772. My dear Jane,-I wrote to you, from · Dover, that the wind would not allow us to

pass over on the 15th ; yet it changed a • little in our favour, and we got here that ' night late. I found Jane' (his only daughter, who was educated in a convent at Calais) * in good health. She speaks French with ' much facility, and is improved in many respects. Upon reflecting fully upon everything, I thought the best thing I could do ' was to send her immediately to London, • and thence to Glasgow.


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6 and Monsieur Mollien have taken infinite

pains with Jane, and shown her much kind' ness, as have, also, many families in this place.

I hope she will prove ' a comfort and an amusement to you


your present situation, and may save you much trouble ; and I believe she will, for she has • the best disposition in the world.

• We did not see her till the morning after ' we came; she came into Dessein's (inn) · while we were at breakfast. I had been ' with her early in the morning, but had not ' mentioned Johnie. After the Duke of Ha'milton and Colonel Livingston had saluted • her, she began to eye Jack. However, the • Duke kept her in conversation on purpose,

though she still fixed her eyes on Jack. • At length she said, with emotion, “ Papa, Papa! who is that?'boy, a page of my Lord Duke.” “ Good • Heavens! how much he resembles my • brother Jack.” 66

“Yes,” (coldly,)“ there is a • resemblance.” Then, turning to the Duke, she said, “ I beg pardon, my Lord, but your

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' young page has a striking likeness to my • eldest brother.” Upon this Jack fell a . laughing, and so did we all. « Then I • declare,” says she, “ I believe he is my

" • brother; ” and running to Jack,

“ Come, sir, ‘you shall tell me,-- Are you not my • brother? Is not that your Papa ?” “No;” • cries Johnnie, with harshness. “ Yet,” says

she, in French, “ he had your brusque man‘ ner.” And so, upon my changing the dis'course, she was convinced he was not her

brother, and she apologised to the Duke for • the freedom she had used with his page. • In twenty minutes after we told her who *Jack was; and then there was a fine kissing

scene: she took him out of the room with · her, and they have been constantly together • for these two days. She is now preparing everything for her voyage to-morrow.

· God Almighty bless you, my dear Jane. • This charming young Duke fills me with

inquietude; God grant my fears for his • health may be groundless, and I hope they ' will. This day I shall write my thoughts

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