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• and I feel as if I should cut no despicable
figure, presently, upon a piece of roast beef 'which I heard the captain order.
· I wish I could make you, my dear mother, ' as easy as I am. I already feel pleasure · in having been hurried off; as I think I · have done what is right, and what many in my situation would have excused themselves from ;--comforts are so ideal. I shall, • in two days, be as well as if I had my
trunks, &c. &c. I bought fifteen shirts at • fifteen shillings; as many handkerchiefs, stockings, &c. I have already too many things. Hurry that fellow Rymer for my boots; of them I shall be in want. Nesbitt ' will get sent out to me whatever is sent to • him.
· Tell Jane I had not time to answer her • letter, but I shall from the West Indies; in * the meantime assure her I make great allowances for all weaknesses, and I shall prove myself a good brother to her, if ever I can. Remember me, also, to
Charles. • We are going, with a fair wind, through the
• Needles, and my captain says, if it con. tinues, we shall, in ten or twelve days, ' reach the trade (winds). Had Graham been • at Portsmouth I might have got out in a 'man-of-war; but as it is I am vastly well. My father will, I hope, call on General
(Sir Charles) Stuart, and tell him I am off; ' and remember me kindly to him and Mrs. • Stuart. Be of good cheer, my dear Mother; · be persuaded that what torments you will, ' in the end, be your happiness. Believe me ever, Your affectionate Son,
· John Moore.'
• Barbadoes, April 17th, 1796.
· My dear Father,--After a passage of • six weeks and three days, we arrived here • the 13th. General Abercrombie, with all • the troops lately from Europe, are here: part of them sail this day for St. Domingo.
The rest, under Sir Ralph, are to act in the • Windward and Leeward Islands.
• The foreign infantry I brought out re• main under Sir Ralph, commanded by
Brigadier General Perryn. The cavalry 'go to St. Domingo. Nothing will be done • there for some time. I was anxious to be ' with that part of the army which is to be active, and requested to remain under Sir Ralph : he consented, and proposed sending me second in command to St. Vincent. I • shall not detail the reasons I had for wish
ing not to go there immediately. Upon ' speaking again to Sir Ralph, he in hand
some terms has permitted me to be with ' " the part of the army he himself commands. 'I am not yet named to a brigade, but shall probably be in this day's orders. We shall sail for St. Lucia in a very few days. That . island, together with Grenada and St. Vin
cent, are the immediate objects of attack, ' and we hope will be subdued before the rains. For the present, I hope for ever, I · have got quit of the foreigners. I am happy I was hurried off, as it has been the means of my being of this expedition. • Colonel Maitland * goes with the troops to
* Afterwards Sir Thomas Maitland.
· St. Domingo; he has given me part of his ' room ; and has been to a degree kind. I • am sorry he is not employed with us, he is
so sensible a man; I am sure there are few • like him. • I received
letter enclosed by Brown“ rigg * yesterday. My baggage will be a 'convenient supply upon my return from • this expedition. The weather here is not • hotter than we had it at Calvi : I dare say • I shall stand it very well. Trust to the good • fortune which has hitherto attended me, that • it will not forsake me now, and keep your• self and my Mother free from unnecessary • anxiety. I shall write upon every occasion. · Tell General Nesbitt, for I have not time • to write to him, that upon quitting the
foreigners, the appointment of the Count de • Maleissye, to be my brigade-major, could * not take place. His situation, poor fellow, • has become extremely disagreeable, as he • sailed from England in such a hurry; and • has consequently no money.
· I gave him * Lieutenant-General Sir Robert Brownrigg.
forty pounds, which Nesbitt will stop from • his pay. The Count has, or is to write to • him to this effect. He goes this day to · St. Domingo.
*I hope my boots and saddles will come ' with the trunks. Tell Rymer, the shoe* maker, that the boots and shoes forwarded • for Major Stewart are to be sent to him at Gibraltar.
* Any of your friends who have West • Indian property had better dispose of it: • for whatever is our success, that property ' must be finally annihilated. Giving free• dom and arming the Negroes is the inevi• table loss of these islands to the French as · well as English.
' I wrote to my Mother and Nesbitt from * the transport, after I got under way at
Portsmouth. Remember me affectionately * to my Mother, and all in Clifford Street, · and believe me, my dear Father,
· Your affectionate Son,