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Lieut.-Colonel Moore to his father :
• Cork (Ireland), Feb. 17th, 1792. • My dear Father,—I am very happy to * hear that Graham has got a ship, and I ' only wish he may by some accident be sent * to Gibraltar, both he and Neptune (a · favourite Newfoundland dog) should meet ' with a hearty welcome. I shall attend to • the advice in the other part of your letter.
'I have been obliged to punish soldiers twice, • since I joined, very severely, for drunken
ness upon duty. It is a crime I have often * declared I never would pardon. About a ' week ago a Lieutenant of the regiment was
guilty of it; he went rioting about the town, • and was absent from his guard all night. • There may be some excuse for a poor sol• dier forgetting himself so far; there can be
none for an officer. When it was reported ' to me, I had still fresh upon my mind, the
disagreeable recollection of a flogging which · had been inflicted upon a corporal, for * something very similar, two days before.
* I assembled the officers, related what I had heard, and sent the Adjutant with a message to the Lieutenant, who was confined ' to his room, and not present, immediately • to dispose of his Lieutenancy to the Ensign ' first for purchase; for, if he hesitated, I ' should put him in arrest, and report him to • the Commander-in-Chief. He knew, if I • did so, he must be broke, and therefore • chose to take the money. He was a black
guard, as you may suppose, and we are ' well quit of him : this example will, I trust,
prevent everything of the kind in future. I • do think, that after the recent and severe examples made among the men, for the same crime, sentenced by courts-martial, consisting of the officers of the regiment, any one of themselves who could be guilty of it, must be totally devoid of every feeling and sentiment of a gentleman. I said so • to the officers, and had the satisfaction to ' find they all agreed with me.
• The transports, with one regiment, the '33d, are arrived, but the others are still
missing : our departure depends upon them, and of course is uncertain. I do not think we shall embark before the end of the · month. I am much occupied in the mean * time, making the different arrangements ; * the men since they have been here have * almost all been in the hospital, and do not • look as they did when we left Charles Fort.
The sea voyage and Gibraltar will recover • them. I am told General O'Hara is ap' pointed Deputy-Governor, and is to relieve ' Boyd.
Tourle, who lives with me, begs to be remembered to you. My love to my Mother, • &c. Believe me, my dear Father,
• Yours affectionately,
• John Moore.'
Gibraltar, Feb. 8th, 1793. . My dear Mother,—The Orestes, which Graham had for a short time, is ordered for England, and sails this day.
I am the ' more eager to send you a few lines by her, ' as the communication by France may soon
•We heard yesterday of the death of the King of France. These monsters' (the chiefs of the • Revolution) ' have disgraced a good cause, ' and I can hardly now bring myself to wish ' that they may at last succeed in settling • for themselves a good government.
• I long to see my father's account of the late transactions, and I hope you will send ' it to me.
Ships offer every day. Do ‘not depend upon my getting it from any' body else, as few publications of any kind are sent here.
• My sensations are very different at pre* sent from what they were upon the arma* ment against Spain. I was then certain of • being employed. The probability now is * that I shall not. There is a chance, but it
is a small one, that if young regiments are · sent here to relieve old ones, which certainly * are fitter for immediate service, the 51st
may be one of them. Lord Eglinton is, • I fear, not a colonel who can be of much
service in bringing this about. I have, • however, pressed him to try it.
• After visiting Cadiz, Xeres, and Seville, and being absent a full month, I returned • here to my duty ten days ago. The travelling in Spain is worse than you can conceive; it even requires some degree of hardi'ness to undergo it.
'I was, however, fully compensated for my trouble, not from the churches, pictures, '&c., for there are, I believe, few of these in
Spain worth looking at; but the dress, ' manners, and customs of the inhabitants, are very different from any I had ever seen. They are by no means the proud, distant 'people they are represented to be, but just " the reverse. I amused myself very well amongst them. This little excursion was necessary, and I have returned to my duty • with fresh ardour.
'I am sorry that you were so rash as to destroy your letter, as we hear that Captain • Tourle has since got a ship, and is on his
passage to join. There are several lords and · honourables here, only masters and com'manders, who must be made before Graham: