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· before I shall the probability of my getting • home this winter. If I am to eat my
Christ• mas dinner with you, begin to fatten your 'turkey. Farewell! my love to my Father 6 and Jane. • Ever, my dear Mother, affectionately,
• John Moore.'
Letter from the Hon. Sir Edward Paget to Sir John Moore :
• April, 1802. * Sir,—The Commanding Officers of those corps who had originally the good fortune ' to be placed under your command, in the ' reserve of the army of Egypt, have commis* sioned me to present a sword to you in their
name, and to request that you 6 and consider it as a token of their un• bounded esteem.
• It would be presumptuous, Sir, in me to . attempt to point out in you what are those · rare talents which you possess, the applica* tion of which has rendered you the object of so much veneration to the corps which
• had the honour to serve under your imme• diate command ; I must therefore content 'myself, Sir, with alone entreating you to • believe that, whatever these are, they have not been less successfully exerted in promoting the interest of his Majesty's service, ' and in confirming the glory of our native 'country throughout an arduous and very ' memorable campaign, than they have been ' in fixing on a basis never to be shaken the
affections and admiration of those, in whose ' name I have the honour to subscribe my' self, with every sense of respect, Sir,
Yours, &c. &c.
· EDWARD PAGET.'
The Answer.—To the Hon. Sir Edward Paget, &c. &c. :
• April 22, 1802. Sir,- I had the honour to receive your • letter to me, in the name of the Officers * commanding the corps which composed the
reserve of the army of Egypt, together with 'the sword which they have done me the
· honour to present to me. Such a present, ' from men themselves so respectable, and · whose conduct has merited so much praise, ' cannot fail to be equally flattering and
pleasing to me, in whatever light I consider • it-as a mark of their approbation, or a "token of their friendship and regard.
'I beg that you and those gentlemen will accept of my warmest thanks ; be assured that I shall be proud of wearing their sword upon every occasion ; and when it becomes necessary to draw it, I hope it may be at • the head of men like them, and those they ' commanded, who leave little else to their • General than to emulate their example, and ' second their ardour, in the road to fame and • honourable distinction.
* I have, &c. &c.
Sandgate, Kent, Aug. 25, 1804. “My dear Mother,—I had the pleasure of ' your letter, and thank
your anxiety ' about my concerns. My troubles are now
over, and everything private as well as public passed off
• His Royal Highness (the Duke of York) came on Tuesday, the 21st, to review the ' troops at Canterbury and Barham Downs. 'I went there to pay my respects to him,
and after the review attended him to Dover, · where I dined with him, and returned to my
quarters late that night. The Duke saw • the troops, &c. at Dover, on Wednesday ;
came over here, dined with me at seven ' o'clock, and slept at your friend Mrs.
Wood's. Our review was at seven o'clock * on Thursday morning. At first the day • lowered, -rained a little, and threatened more; but at last cleared
but at last cleared up, and was very
I took advantage of some ground ' upon the right of the camp, in the direction of Cheriton Church, which is woody and • broken, and placed the troops upon it, so as to have a very good effect. We there fought a battle, and the troops did their parts well. · The style of the Review was quite different
' from that which you saw; it was different · and better than any the Duke had seen, ' and was much applauded, both by the ladies ' and the military connoisseurs : in short, we ? came off with flying colours.
• After breakfasting with me, his Royal Highness reviewed two other corps ; got a * magnificent dinner-breakfast, at three o'clock, • from Lord Salisbury, whose regiment was reviewed, and returned to dine with me at nine o'clock. Next morning he saw my regi'ment exercise singly, and allowed it to be
perfect; then breakfasted, and set off for "Sussex. I accompanied him the first ten 'miles. My two dinners and two breakfasts * were well managed by Mrs. Lee and Fran
çois ; it was left to them solely ; I inter• fered not, only stinted them in nothing.
· Notwithstanding all the honour, and all • the flattering compliments, still the four
days' attendance completely wore me out· I rejoiced most heartily when they were • over.
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