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Square that he had the great- rode all day and danced all est difficulty in getting through night, and then left for the it, and reaching my grand- Cape of Good Hope, after vowfather's house, which was soon ing eternal friendship to many surrounded by anxious multi- people at Rio whom we never tudes begging for news of rela- saw again or heard of. We tives and friends. My uncle anchored in Simons Bay, and told them that the victory was went to stay at Government complete, but that the number House, with Sir George and of killed and wounded was very Lady Napier, until the Admirlarge. He told them that he alty House was ready for us. would answer more questions Six months after this we next morning

went to Mauritius, to stay with He said that the agony of the Governor, Sir

Sir William suspense and grief which he Gomm, and his wife. Port witnessed made him insensible Louis in those days was very to the joy and triumph of the healthy, and we stayed both victory, and that he could only there and at Réduit, the Goverthink of the awful price at nor's country place. Mauritius which it had been gained. was in my father's station, and

Lady Mornington told me the dinners and balls given for that when she went to see the were endless. The most Duke of Wellington after the interesting visit we paid was to battle of Waterloo, and con- an old French gentleman, a gratulated him, he put his Monsieur Genève. He hands before his face and ninety, and had left sobbed, saying, "Oh, don't con- France at the time of the Revgratulate me! I have lost all olution. . In manners, dress, my best friends."

and deportment he belonged to

the ancien régime. He had a As Rear-Admiral, my father large property on the Black was appointed to the command River, and when we arrived we of the Cape of Good Hope were received by him and all his Station in 1841. We sailed family under a large banyanfrom Portsmouth on board the tree. There were pavillons or Winchester, my father's flag- large huts, dotted about all ship. At that time the Brazils over a big lawn-one for my were included in the command father, another for


sister of the Cape Station, and we and myself, and so on. The spent some time in Rio Janeiro, dining-room and drawing-room where we were most hospitably pavillon contained also Monentertained by the English Min- sieur Genève's own rooms. In ister, Mr Hamilton. We made a large village near were all many long riding excursions his emancipated slaves, who through beautiful tropical scen- were devoted to him and his ery and vegetation, the orchids family. and air plants being most won- At Bourbon, whither we went derful. For a fortnight we after leaving Mauritius, we were



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entertained by the French Ad- very raking masts — a slaver, miral Bazoche, whom my father probably.” had fought in the old war. He “Make all sail and chase showed us the greatest hospital- her,” ordered the Admiral. An ity, and he and my father, when officer came down to report at we were not riding about the intervals how we were gaining island, used to sit together and upon the vessel. As we drew spin war yarns all day. I was near her, a gun was fired from sometimes called on to interpret the Winchester, which was anbetween them. He gave a large swered by another from the official dinner in our honour, slaver. Our boats were then and at the end of it stood up ordered out—the cutters and a and proposed the Queen of launch, fully armed. England's health.

ing this, the slaver went about, Wewere to have gone on to Ma- and tried to run for the mouth dagascar, but the French officials of a river on the coast; but she gave my father so alarming an soon overtaken, and had account of the fever which they to surrender. The following declared was raging there, that morning, her captain he did not like to expose us to brought on board the Winit; so, much to my disappoint- chester, and my father saw him ment, the intention was aban- in the after-cabin. He was a doned. I have since thought handsome young Spaniard, and that even in those days (1842) wore beautiful clothes, his coat the French were jealous of being adorned with silver filiEnglish men-of-war visiting gree buttons, and altogether he Madagascar, and that the was clearly a great dandy. He authorities had orders to pre- and my father spoke together vent my father visiting the in Spanish, which I did not island, and therefore exagger- understand. He declared that ated the danger from fear of the captain was not on board, our doing so.

and that he was merely the

supercargo; but I believe that The next cruise we took in this subterfuge was always the Winchester was

up the made. West Coast of Africa. H.M.SS. I went on board the slaveSappho, Thunderer, Bittern, and vessel with my father. The Conway accompanied the flag- captain's cabin was very smart. ship, and every evening the Win- There were plenty of nice books chester lay-to during dinner- in it, and every luxury, and his time, and the captains of the guitar, with blue ribbons tied ships dined with us.

to it, was lying upon a sofa. After we left Benguela, the The slave-deck was a terrible officer of the watch came down sight, and I shall never forget to the fore-cabin while we were it. The miserable creatures at luncheon, and said to my were crowded on it, doubled up, father

with their knees touching their A sail in sight, sir, with chins. Twice a-day they were


ordered to the upper-deck, for explorations. My father asked the sake of the fresh air, and them to stay at the Admiralty to prevent them dying, which House while they were there, many tried to do in order to and they remained some time escape from their miseries.

If with us. they were unable to rise from Sir James Ross and Captain their cramped position and Crozier the dearest of walk, they were flogged un- friends, attached to each other mercifully until they did so. by their mutual tastes, and by This slaver was "condemned,

“condemned,” the dangers and hardships they and sent to Sierra Leone, and had shared. Their hands shook the slaves, of course, liberated. so much that they could scarceI remember hearing that if ly hold a glass or a cup. Sir liberated slaves fell into the James Ross took me in to dinner hands of the Boers at the Cape, one evening, and said: “You they were so cruelly treate see how our hands shake ? One that they preferred their days night in the Antarctic Circle of slavery, when they often did that for us both. There found kind masters.

was a heavy sea running, and We had a black servant called a fearful gale. Icebergs were “Jumbo.” He was a Christian, all round us, and in front of and very intelligent, and we us a wall of ice, for a rent in always heard that he had been which we knew we must steer a prince in his own country. in order to find the passage He could recollect the agony of through it. It was a pitch being torn from his home and dark night, and we could only sold in the Brazils as a slave.

where the


in the iceWhenever a slaver was wall was by seeing one part demned, Jumbo so far forgot look blacker than the rest. his civilisation as to dance his Both Erebus and Terror steered native war-dance and sing with for the blackest bit. We could joy. He came

to England not see each other for a long with us, but could not stand time, and each of us thought the cold, and, moreover, he was we had run the other down.” terrified when he saw the steam Sir James told me that this of his breath on a cold day, episode had shaken their nerves because he thought his inside more than any other peril of on fire!

We sent him that perilous voyage. Captain back to the Cape of Good Hope Crozier told me that on neither to Admiral Dacres, who suc- of their ships had any one been ceeded my father at Simons ailing, but at

but at Simons Bay Bay, and were very sorry to many of them fell ill, and part with him.

suffered terribly from the heat, Sir James Ross and Captain though it was winter at the Crozier, in H.M.SS. Erebus time of their visit. and Terror, anchored in Simons After our return to England, Bay on their way home to my father was subsequently England from their Antarctic made Commander - in - Chief at



the Nore, which post he held till marriage, and danced with old 1854. In the meantime I had Lord Huntly, who made a point married, and my naval experi- of dancing with every débutante ences came to an end.

because he had danced with

Marie Antoinette ! I well recollect Talleyrand. On one occasion, Lord West- In the summer of 1847 my minster gave what was then husband and I stayed in Groscalled a breakfast, at Moor venor Square with his grandPark. King William IV. and mother, Lady Mornington, in Queen Adelaide were there, and order that I might make acthe Corps Diplomatique came quaintance with the Wellesley down from London to it. We family My mother-in-law, children were sent to play in Lady Mary Bagot, Lady Morthe garden while the party nington's daughter, was dead, were at luncheon, and were ill- but while we were there the Duke mannered enough to flatten our of Wellington, Gerald Wellesley, noses against the dining-room who became Dean of Windsor, windows to see what was going and Lord Cowley, our ambason inside.

sador in Paris, were frequent The King saw us, and asked visitors in the house. Having my father whose children we been brought up by my father were, and, to his annoyance, he to think of the Duke of Wellhad to reply that we were his ington as the greatest man liv

The King sent for my ing, or who ever lived, I naturbrother and myself, and kept us ally felt very shy of him. beside him, giving us ices and Lady Westmorland, my husfruit, and was extremely kind to band's aunt, asked

My father told me to look night to go with her to her box well at M. de Talleyrand, who at the opera, as my husband was sitting opposite, as when I was on guard that night. The grew older I should read a great Duke came with us, and Lady deal about him. He was deadly Westmorland told him that I pale, and looked like a death's was very frightened of him, so head. I also well remember he took my hand and held it Madame de Gontaut at The throughout the first act of the Grove, Lord Clarendon's place. opera, which only made me still She was a most amiable and more shy! However, my fear amusing old lady.

of him soon passed, and I asked

him for a piece of his hair, and I was present with my mother also for some of that of his at the Queen's coronation in famous charger, “ Copenhagen," Westminster Abbey. We had the horse he rode at Waterloo. to be in our places in the Abbey Lady Mornington had already in low dresses, at four o'clock in given me some of his hair as a the morning. I “came out” at young man, and next morning the ball given at Stafford House his valet brought me a packet on the night of the Queen's containing his hair as an old

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man, and some cut off « Copen- was necessary to present hagen's” mane. This hair, and length of front to the enemy, the horse's, are set in the frame so I made them fall into line, of a miniature (now at Levens) four deep. That maneuvre of the Duke, which he gave to

won the battle: it was never Lady Mornington when he went tried before.' to India as Sir Arthur Welles- After the pursuit of the ley. He was at that time so French army to Genappe, the “hard up” that Lady Morning- Duke of Wellington and my ton gave him his socks, and, uncle Henry Percy returned to indeed, most of his outfit. Waterloo. The Duke was very

The Duke of Wellington said low, and said to my uncle: “I that, when he received the believe that you are the only report at Brussels, the one of my A.D.C.'s left.” My night of the 15th June, uncle replied, “But we ought that the French had driven to be thankful, sir, that you back the Prussians and ad

are safe!” vanced to Quatre-Bras (thirty- “The finger of God was upon six miles in one day, thirty me all day—nothing else could miles of which were fought), have saved me," was the Duke's he looked at the map, and answer. would not believe it possible. My uncle replied that he

The Duke told Lady Mor- had feared that the Duke was nington: "I have taken a good a prisoner when he had got deal of pains with many of my amongst the French. battles, but I never took half “I got away through the 95th the pains I did at Waterloo. Regiment three times during By God! there never was such the battle,” said the Duke. a battle. 150,000 men hors de combat. Blucher lost 30,000— Sir Peregrine Maitland told I can account for 20,000, and me that he had such a raging the French loss may be fairly toothache during the battle of reckoned at 100,000 more. Waterloo, that he never knew

General Arthur Upton (born how he got out of the wood in 1777) asked the Duke what which the Guards lost so many he should have done had the of their officers and men, and Prussians not

up in that he could tell me absolutely time. The Duke replied : “The nothing about the battle. His Prussians were of the greatest wife was the beautiful Lady use in the pursuit. If they Sarah Lennox, a daughter of had not come up in time, what the Duke of Richmond. It was should we have done? Why, a runaway match, and the

should have held our Duchess, who was furious at ground. That is what the marriage, had the bad should have done! Our army taste when speaking of her was drawn up into a great daughter to call her “Barrack many squares, with the cavalry Sall”! riding among them. I saw it Sir Peregrine told me that




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