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I * I > i ( &> live of Albany. She died early: but left" behind two children; and the reputation of much worth, and great attention to her conjugal and'maternal -duties. All thefe relations lived .with each other, and with the new married lady, in habits of the mod cordial intimacy and perfe& confidence. They feemed, indeed, aduated by one ipirit; having in all things fimilar views and fimilar principles. Looking up to the colonel as the head of the family, -.whofe worth and affluence refle6ted confequence upon them all, they never, dreamt of envy ing either his fuperior manners, or his wifes attainments, which they looked upon as a benefit and ornament to the whole. Soon after their marriage they' vifited New York, which they continued- to do once a year in the earlier period of. their marriage, on account of their connexion in that city, and the pleafing and intelligent fociety that was always to be met with there, both on account of its- being the feat of government, and the refidence of the commander in chief on the- continent, 6who i
202 SKETCHES OF MANNERS general superficial idea of the varieties and nature of different styles, but do not comprehend or retain the matter with the same accuracy as those who have read a few books, by the best authors, over and over with diligent attention. I speak now of those one usually meets with; not of those command- ing minds, whose intuitive research seizes on every thing worth retaining, and rejects the rest as naturally as one throws away the rind when possessed of the kernel. Our young students got through the winter pretty well; and it is particularly to be observed, that there was no such thing as a quarrel heard of among them. Their time was spent in a regular succession of useful pursuits, which pre- vented them from risking the dangers that often occur in such places ; for, in general, idleness and confinement to the same circle of society produce such a fermentation in the mind, and such neglect of ceremonial observances, which are the barriers of civility, that quarrels and duels more readily occur in such situations than in any other. But when spring drew near, this paternal commander found it extremely difficult to rein in the impatience of the youths to plunge into the woods to hunt. There were such risks to encounter, of unknown morasses, wolves, and hostile Indians, that it was dangerous to indulge them. At last, when the days began to lengthen, in the end of February, a chosen party, on whose hardihood and endurance the major could depend, were permitted to go on a regular hunting excursion in the Indian fashion. This had become desirable on different accounts, the garrison having been for some time before entirely subsisted on salt provision. Sheep …
34 LIFE OF JOHN MANNERS, [i747749- Mr. Thoroton1 prove that hunting was never far from Lord Granbys mind during the tedious campaigns of the Seven Years War, at the close of which he hunted regularly in the Belvoir coun- try, and at Scarborough, where he built some kennels. Scarborough3 was a favourite resort of his, with which he was politically connected, and a year before his death one John Chamberlayne wrote Agreeable to your commands I have bought a pack of hare-hounds, and have sent them to Scarborough as you directed. There is 26 couple of fine, healthy hounds, boney and well mixed. 3 Though a patron of the turf and liberal subscriber to many sweepstakes, of 100, 500, 1000, and 1200 guineas, run for during a series of years at Newmarket, Ascot, and York, Lord Granby ap- parently took more interest in hunters and cavalry chargers than in racehorses. His grandfather, the second Duke, 4 and his uncle, Lord William Manners, maintained extensive racing studs ; but he person- ally appears to have had only an occasional horse in training between 1750 and the commencement of the Seven Years War. In 1751 he ran a horse called Chance; in 1752 Rib and Brisk at Huntingdon ; in 1753 he was represented at Newmarket and Odsey by …
Gertrude MANNERS is a member of the MANNERS Family.