Memoirs of George Elers: Captain in the 12th Regiment of Foot (1777-1842) to which are Added Correspondence and Other Papers, with Genealogy and Notes
D. Appleton and Company, 1903 - 324 pages
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12th Regiment afterwards army arrived aunt beautiful Black Bourton breakfast brother Bulwick Calcutta called Captain Elers carriage celebrated Charles Colonel Aston Colonel Harcourt Colonel Wellesley command daughter dear Cousin death Didlington died dine dinner duel Duke Duke of Wellington Earl Edgeworth Town Edward Elers England father fond fortune gave George Elers guineas handsome heard honour horse Hungerford India Indies Ipswich John John Vernon kind Lady letter Lieutenant Lieutenant-Colonel lived London Lord Lord Lake Lord Wellesley Lord William Bentinck lost lovely Madras Major Picton March Maria Edgeworth Marquess married mess miles Miss months morning mother never night obliged officers party poor Prince Rajah received recollect ride river Orwell sent Seringapatam servant ship Sir Francis Blake sister soon Tanjore told took Trichinopoli Vernon Wellesley's Wherstead wife William wine young
Page 52 - I observed, many years after, the great likeness between him and the performer, Mr. Charles Young, which he told me he had often heard remarked. He spoke at this time remarkably quickly, with, I think, a very, very slight lisp.
Page 118 - ... Dhoondiah Waugh (or Dundia Wao) who was hotly pursued by a couple of armed columns but fled over the Mahratta frontier, where it was forbidden to follow him. Late in November, Colonel Wellesley was back with his garrison at Seringapatam, and there he might be seen every morning on parade dressed in "a long coat, the uniform of the 33rd Regiment, a cocked hat, white pantaloons, Hessian boots and spurs, and a large sabre, the handle solid silver, and the mounting of the scabbard of the same metal,...
Page 272 - To ready Scotland boys and girls are carried Before their time, impatient to be married. Soon wiser grown the selfsame road they run In eager haste to get the knot undone. The indulgent Scot, when English law too nice is, Sanctions our follies first and then our vices
Page 51 - In height he was about 5 feet 7 inches, with a long pale face, a remarkably large aquiline nose, a clear blue eye, and the blackest beard I ever saw. He was remarkably clean in his person, and I have known him shave twice in one day, which I believe was his constant practice. He spoke at this time remarkably quickly with, I think, a very, very slight lisp.
Page 166 - A dead silence prevailed. It was really awful. I never shall forget Sir Henry Gwillam saying : " Not guilty ! A most merciful Jury ! Prisoners," he said, " had you been found guilty, you never would have seen the sun rise again. You have had a most narrow escape of your lives. Let it be a warning to you.
Page 120 - a very susceptible heart, particularly towards, I am sorry to say, married ladies'.
Page 115 - In India a contemporary noted that Wellesley's favourite dish was a roast saddle of mutton and salad. 'He was very abstemious with wine: drank four or five glasses with people at dinner, and about a pint of claret after. He was very even in his temper, laughing and joking with those he liked.
Page 133 - Marquess of Hertford matched Dalrymple against Aubrey, and won of Aubrey .£40,000 and Dalrymple won of Aubrey ,£10,000.
Page 294 - LODGE, 4/«/x, 1841. MY DEAR MR. ELERS, . . . Your gallant relative carried his election gloriously, and notwithstanding in some respects the elections have not done much for the Whigs I consider the Corn laws are done for. It does not signify much whether the Tories or the Liberals bring it about, but I can easily see before 3 sessions are over — the restrictive policy must go by the board.
Page 116 - ... the step of Major-Generals. He was all hope and animation. ' Do you happen to have an Army List, Elers ?' I said ' Yes,' and I ran to my tent and fetched it 'for him, saying : ' I am sorry to tell you, Colonel, it does not include you as a Major-General. You are within about five or six of it.' He said sorrowfully : ' My highest ambition is to be a Major-General in His Majesty's service.