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same silence which I enjoined to Anderson. • This, however, does not extend to Graham, • James, &c., to whom I have no secrets, and (where discretion can so well be trusted. • You shall hear further the moment I have more to impart.
• I paint to myself the joyful scene exhibited in Clifford Street by Graham's return . * after such distinguished conduct .... • I shall not be in time to make one of the
party ; and, indeed, I fear Graham will be • despatched on some cruize before I can ' possibly get over the water. I am glad you
opened Anderson's letter; I only wish you * could have prevented his journey. He will have the expense and trouble of it for nothing. My love to my Mother, and all assembled.
• Your affectionate Son,
To his brother James :
• Moate, 29th Oct., 1798,
• My dear James,-I expected that you
• would have written to me, after your
return • to England: you, perhaps, on the contrary,
expected to hear from me; we shall there• fore drop the subject.
I heard some time ago of the Melampus* • having captured a frigate, and have been ex• ceedingly anxious to hear what port she had • reached. This day I have read Graham's • letter in the newspapers; it is excellent. • His at once bearing up to the two frigates, • and attacking a force so superior, was ex
tremely gallant, and met the reward it de• served.
• The day you left me at Carrick, Lord . Cornwallis sent for me; I stayed a day with
I • him, and on my return we marched and en* camped in the neighbourhood of this place. · From the time of the sailing of the squadron • from Brest, till that of its defeat by Sir • John Warren, we were kept in suspense; • expecting daily to hear of a descent upon • the coast; when my brigade would have
* Commanded by Graham Moore.
' resumed its old post, in front of Lord Corn( wallis,
• I thought we were secure for this winter ; ' but an express arrived yesterday from * Kilala, stating that seven French ships had · anchored there. No attempt had been made * to land from them, when the express came "away. Part of my brigade had marched
into Athlone, the rest are cantooned in this • and some neighbouring villages.
• The weather became so bad, that I was • induced to break
and cantoon, till such time as the barracks in Athlone 'could be got ready for the whole of us.
• I can however collect in a few hours; and • shall be ready to move, if these fellows attempt to land. I am induced to think 'they will make off with themselves, when * they hear the fate of the rest of the expedi• tion. Had this expedition escaped our 'fleet, we should have had a very troublesome job. • This climate is too wet, and not calcu
·lated for a winter campaign. I however no ? longer fear for the country. The French : lost their moment; we are now too strong,
and too well prepared. Lord Cornwallis • has been a blessing to this country : he has - assumed a line of conduct truly respectable ' for himself, and the best possible for restoring 'tranquillity to this distracted country.
How happy must all Clifford Street be with • Graham's success; I cannot tell you how I ·
delight in it. Let me hear from you, and • believe me, my dear James, · Your's affectionately,
• John Moore,'
• Athlone, 26th Dec., 1798,
· My dear Father, I this day received your joint letter with Graham's. The ' same post brought me one
me one from B., ' with a damp to all my hopes. It was my • wish to spare you the anxiety you feel. . You may now be at ease; I am doomed • to remain where I am. Lord Cornwallis • has, it seems, expressed his confidence in
* Sir Robert Brownrigg.
• me, in such terms, that it is supposed • it would give him umbrage if it were
proposed to withdraw me. This may per• haps afford you consolation, I therefore tell * it to you. As for me, I draw none from such
I source. I cannot reconcile myself to remain
here, and be troubled with the continued • broils of this distracted people, when active 6 and distinguished service is going on else· where. I consider myself yet as in my ap
prenticeship; I wish to serve it under the • best masters, and where there is most busi
ness, that at some future day I may be able * to direct and instruct in my turn. Our • business, like every other, is to be learned
only by constant practice and experience ; ' and our experience is to be got in war, not (at reviews.
'I have still hopes, however, of getting from * this, though not so soon as I expected, and 'these hopes are my only comfort. . however, that these, as well as what has 'passed, may continue a secret.
· This climate is too moist and does not