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LETTER TO THE EARL CR.
I most deeply regret the reserve kept so fast,
I regret that I should not have learnt too in July,
Had I known but all this, I'd have made up my mind,
But howe'er I regret, I don't mean to rebuke
Gm C G
MRS. CUNNING'S STATEMENT.
[From the General Evening Post, Dec. 5.] MR. EDITOR, STEPPING down Parliament Street the other day,
I picked up the following fragment of a letter, signed Elizabeth Cunning; and, as it appears to be full as explicit and interesting as some other letters. lately published and signed, by a name somewhat simi-, lar, I have conveyed it to your press.
: I am, Sir, yours,
PETER PARODY. TO MRS. PRATT. (part torn off) -- and so, Madam Pratt, by way. of explaining the matter, since folks make such a fuss about the rumpus between me and Bob Stewart, our cook, I will tell you the thing just as it happened. I is as far back as May last since I told Mr. Bentinck, our old butler, who is now dead and funct, that I did not like Bob Stewart, and I wished that master would employ him somewhere else than in the town-house : however, I did not wish him to know all this from me, but continued to give him his sop at noon, and his sleepy draft at night as usual; but to be sure I did bargain that you and the old butter, rest his poor soul, would somehow and somehow give him a hint; for I wanted the privy emptied, and my plates and dishes
. put in new order. Well, I was put off from time to time, until I threatened at last to give my master warning: Don't do that, says the old butler, and you shall have your way, Betty : and so I agreed to stay, but at a month's end, the dan inch of my way could I get--so I said again, says I, I tell you what, Mr. Bentinck, I'll give my master warning directly ; I'll not sleep another night under the roof with Bob Stewart, and that's flat;
-and so I axed you again to tell Bob so; but not from me, for I would not for the world have him know that I was at the bottom of it:
332 MRS. CUNNING'S STATEMENT. The fellow, says I, is not fit for his place, and I had plaque enough whitewashing him last winter, when folks said that he had made away with the dripping and candle-ends. Well, upon this, you all said, Dear Betty-it was always Dear Betty when you wanted to gain your endy--don't give your master warning now; you shall have every thing your own waya--but consider, master bas ordered great preparations for a grand dinner, and we can't do without Bob, says you. Well, says I, if so be that be the case, I'll stay; and we had a great deal of more talk about it--and I am sure, though I want Bob out of the way, I behaved very good-natured—for I made this bargain with you all says I, Well I hate Bob; but for that reason I consent that he shall stay out the summer. We are to dress a great dinner for some foreign folks--and Bob can no more dress a dinner than he can fly; and, for that reason, I consent that he shall dress the whole, and I will make believe that I am helping him ; but mind this, says I, as soon as the dinner is over, be it well-dressed or ill-dressed, whether all the fat is in the fire, or just where it should be; whether the things be underdone or overdone; done to a T, or burnt to a coal; at the end of the business, Bob shall pack off.-I am sure this was very good-natured on my part, and acting like an honest servant, who prefers her master's interests to her own squabbles in the kitchen. And what have I got by it?--Now you have forced me out of the house, and Bob has called me names, and I called him names, until we fit, and all the world laughs at us and this is all your doing, and the old butler's; but, as I said, he is dead and funct, and so I'll lay the blame on you,. Mrs. Pratt, and the whole set of you-I'll let master know what you all are, and so you may-(torn of hered.
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LOSS OF THE WARSPITE, OFF THE STRAITS OF WALCHEREN, COMMANDED BY
PHE HON. CAPTAIN GEORGE CG.
(Froin the Morning Chronicle, Dec. 7.] THE 'HE following diary contains the account of her
voyage from the day of her sailing, April 2, to her foundering at sea, on September 21 :
April 2.-Hazy weather. Sailed in company with Admiral Van Bentinck, in the Bergen-op-Zoom, an old Dutch three-decker; Vice-admiral Castlerag, in the Traffic (commander of the gun-boats); Commodore C-n, in the Ponderous; Captain
in the Mysterious; with the following smaller vessels : the Charles Ellis, store-ship; Leverson, war brig; George Rose, King's cutter; Stu-ges B-e, Hussk-n, and Dog-Dent, traders.
April 4 to 8.–Foggy. Found my ship did not sail well ; wrote Admiral Van B.; represented state of fleet; said I wished to strike my flag (but had no intention of doing it); changes must be effected; Admiral a stupid old fellow , wants more detailed explanation. Admiral upright and disinterested patriot, faithful, devoted, and affectionate subject, blameless man and noble-minded; keeps the best cook in town; is a good Protestant, an excellent Catholic, staunch Whig, and great Tory:
April 16.-Light breeze. Admiral opened the subject to Captain of the Mysterious. Alack! he never told his name. The Commodore knows it. Captain objects; won't have any alteration in affairs till after the decision respecting the Vice-admiral's sale of the store keeper's office.
April 25.-Squally. That question decided.
April 28.-Severe gales. The Admiral spuke again Commodore C. Commodore agrees that his friend the Vice-admiral is a dd bad officer, and ought 5
LOSS OF THE WARSPITE.
to be cashiered; but the Vice-admiral's feelings must be consulted. Captain proposes to put the Viceadmiral in a sloop.
May 5.-A great swell. The Admiral determines to lay the whole before the Admiral of the Fleet, and go on board the Royal Sovereign.
May 10.-Cloudy. Hauled my wind. Sounded. Admiral goes on board the Royal Sovereign; finds the Admiral of the Fleet very angry. He d-ns us all for a parcel of lubbers; swears he'll make his own attor. ney commander of the fleet. (Want to be so myself.)
May 31.--Very stormy. Took in three reefs. Lowered studding-sails. Went on board the Royal Sovereign; swore I'd strike my flag. D-ly frightened lest I should be taken at my word.
June 8.-Light breeze. Write to Admiral Van B.; tell him his arrangement is a bad
one; nevertheless am ready to hoist my flag in as many different ships as he pleases, and work double tides sooner than go out of office. Thought the Vice-admiral would not like it. Did not care about the public feeling.
June 18.-Stormy. Adiniral proposes new plan. Vice-admiral won't agree.
June 21.-Wind blows from every point. Admiral says, new arrangements shall take place.
June 27.--Foul wind. D-d angry with the Admiral, who had not communicated with the Viceadmiral. Wrote him a letter full of point and sarcasm; he can't understand it. Told him, old women should not command fleets and armies.
June 28.-Lowered my sails. Went again on board the Royal Sovereign; said I would strike my flag if the Vice-admiral was not cashiered. Commodore C. is positively to tell the Vice-admiral of the intended arrangement.
July 5.-More squally than ever. New difficulties arise : Admiral goes on board Commodore's ship;