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Anecdotes of the late David Ross, Esq.
THE father of Mr Ross, was for- manded fuch an addition to his for.
I merly a writer to the fignet at tune, and as the lady retained nothing Edinburgh, but fettled in London in of her former fituarioa but her charms, 1722, as a Solicitor of Appeals, in the contract was signed, and the mar. which profeffion he lived with confi. riage celebrated. derable credit.
Mr Ro?s afterwards purchased the David was born in the year 1728; Edinburgh Patent, at which place he but at the early age of thirteeo he un- was obliged to relide in the course of fortunately lost his father's affections his profeffion ; and here it was fug. by fome indiscretions at Westminiter gefted to him, that, by the laws of fchool ; which he was so unhappy as Scotland, a person could not wiis his never to regain : and though in his estate by mere words of exclusion, letters the old gentleman attributes without an express conveyance of the cause of his anger to his son's heed. inheritance at the same time; which lelness and inattention, yet so far did lat circumstance had been omitted he carry his refentment, as to be ca- by his father; accordingly he brought pable of sporting with his son's mis- his action of reduction against his life fortunes, in the hour of quitting this ter, which, after being argued before world, as will appear from the follow. Lord Kennett, Ordinary, December ing injunction in his will; “ And also 1769, he gave the interlocutor in his " that the said Elizabeth Ross Thall favour. His fister and her husband
be obliged to pay, or cause to be then applied by representation, in “ paid, to her said brother David which ihey were a second time “ Rofs, the sum of one shilling upon worsted; they ultimately brought it .the first day of every month of May, before the House of Lords in Enge " that being his birth-day, thereby to land, where the legality and justice * put him in mind of the misfortune of Mr Ross's tiile was to ably plead. " he had to be born.”
ed by the Lord Advocate, and the The late M. Ross came upon Co- Solicitor General, that their Lord. vent-garden stageabout the year 1753; fips gave a decree in his favour, by and baviog the advantages of a good which he recovered near fix thousand person, and good education, gave an pounds. carnest of those talents which after He now disposed of the Edinburgh vards, with close cultivation, raised theatre to the late Mr Foote, for bim to, at least, the second rank in tra three years, and renewed his engagegedy and genteel comedy.
ments at Covent-Garden. He urin. Pretty much about this period, it terruptedly enjoyed this situation un. was that Lord Sp r threw his vil about cwelve years ago, when be. eyes on him as a proper person to ac- ing left out of the managerial arrange complish an act of benevolence and ment, he never afterwards recovered humanity, that will ever reflect the it; the accident of breaking his leg highet credit on his Lord thip's heart; about two years since decided his the celebrated Fanny Murray had theatrical fate, and he lived priocipalbeen debauched by his father ; to a ly upon an anouity which he derived tone for such a fault, he conlidered from a mortgage on the Edinburgh as an act of justice; be therefore pro- theatre. poled her as a wife to Mr Ross, with As an actor, Ross had claims to a settlement of two hundred pounds great praise in tragic characters of the per annum. Ross's dillipations de- mixed pallons, as well as Lovers in
genteel genteel comedy; but from indolence school-fellows, as well as of other or the love of pleasure, he was not al. friends, whom he acquired in later ways equal to himself.
lise; amongst the former may be men“ Ross (a misfortune which we often tioned Lord Stormont, Lord Oos meet)
Now, Lord Sondes, the Hon. Daioes Was fast asleep at dear Statira's feet.”. Barrington, the Hon. Admiral Bar.
This was one of Churchill's just rington, and George Dunbar, Esq. criticisms; but when awake, he often Amongst the latter the Hon. Mr Fitzgave the happiest effect to the wric. william, Mr Boswell, Mr Murphy, ings of the poet.
.: Mr Cooke, Mr Bensley, the India As a companion, he may be confi- Director, and Mr Bentley, of Drurydered as the last eléve of Quin, from lane theatre. whom he seemed to glean his relish To this sketch of the character of for :he table, together with his happy a man “ whose life has coatributed to manner of relating anecdotes. The the stock of harmless merriment," let theory and practice of the first he well it be recorded against those who too understood; ihe second he executed indiscriminately rail at the friendships with a neainels and retention of face of the world, that Ross experienced well remembered by his friends and to the contrary ; that there were those acquaintances.
who met his every misfortune with Mr David Ross had the credit and tenderness, and alleviated it with a lihappineis of retaining the steady re- berality and delicacy, which marks gard of a most respectable number of the social and elevated mind.
Anecdote of an Americao Quaker.
party of British horse, being in also persuaded them to pass ; a third want of forage, set out one morning field presented itself, and as they in queft of it; and in order to accom- were preparing to cut it down, he plish their purpose with speed and suc- eagerly requested than to forbear, cess, they resolved to force some per telling them, at the same time, that fon to direct them to a proper place, the field he was leading them to was where they meant (as unluckily fome- an excellent one, and now at a very times happened) to cut down and car- little diftance. They accordingly sy off the corn, without asking the rode on, and soon arrived at the place. owner's leave, or troubling themselves Their guide then dismounted, and about payment. They knocked at telling them that this was the field he the door of a farmer who was a had intended to bring them to, des Quaker, and ordering him to mountered them to proceed and cut it a horse, they told him their purpose, down. “Why, said the Commander and desired him to lead them. The “ of the party, this is indeed an exfarmer submit:ed, and after a short “ cellent field of corn, but the others ride they came to a field of corn, “ that we passed were nearly as good, which the soldiers no suoner faw " they would have answered our than they were about to dismount; “ purpose.”—“ It is true, returned but the Quaker begged them to pro. " the honest Quaker, they were nearceed, and he would bring them to a “ ly as good, but they were met field that would content them; they " mine." accordingly followed him, and arrived
C ACALA, full of small low vil sheep or the goats, which did not W lages, which, however, had' es- seem to be frequented by men, for it, caped the ravages of the late war, is was broken, full of holes, and in 0the eastermoft branch of the Agows, ther places obstructed with large stones : aud famous fon the best honey. The that seemed to have been there from small river Kebezza, runoing from the creation. It must be added to the east, ferves as a boundary be- this, that the whole was covered with tween Sacala and Aformalha; after thick wood, which often occupied the joining two other rivers, the Gumetti very edge of the precipices on which and the Googueri, which we present. we stood, and we were everywhere ly came to, after a short course nearly stopt and entangled by that execrable from S. E. co N. W. it falls into the 'thorn the kantuffa, and several other Nile a little above its junction with thorns and brambles nearly as inconthe Abola.
venient. We ascended, however, At three-quarters past eleven we with great alacrity, as we conceived croífed the river Kebezza, and des we were surmounting the last difficul. scended into the plain of Sacala; in ty after the many thousands we had a few minutes we also pafled the already overcome. Just above this Googueri, a more considerable stream almolt impenetrable wood, in a very than the former ; it is about sixty feet romantic situation, stands St Michael, broad, and perhaps eighteen inches in a hollow space like a nitch between deep, very clear and rapid, running two hills of the fame height, and from over a rugged, uneven bottom of black which it is equally distant. This rock. At a quarter past twelve we church has been unfrequented for halted on a small eminence, where many years ; the excuse they make the market of Sacala is held every is, that they cannot procure frankin. Saturday. Horned cattle, many of cense, without which, it seems, their the greatest beauty possible, with mass or service cannot be celebrated; which all this country abounds; large but the truth is, they are still Pagans; afies, the most useful of all beasts for and the church, having been built in riding or carriage ; honey, butter, en- memory of a victory over them above sete for food, and a manufacture of a hundred years ago, is not a favourthe leaf of that plant, painted with ite object before their eyes, but a different colours like Mosaic work, memorial of their inferiority and mira are here exposed to sale in great plen- fortune. This church is called St ty; the butter and honey, indeed, Michael Sacala, to diicinguish it from are chiefly carried to Gondar, or to another more to the southward, called . Buré; but Damot, Maitsha, and Go. St Michael Geefh. jam likewise take a considerable quan. Ac three quarters after one we artity of all these commodities.
rived at the top of the mountain, At a quarter after one o'clock we whence we had a distinct view of all passed the river Gumetti, the boun- the remaining territory of Saçala, the dary of the plain ; we were now af. mountain Geesh, and church of St cending a very steep and rugged Michael Geesh, about a mile and a mountain, the worst pass we had met half distant from St Michael Sacala, on our whole journey. We had no where we then were. We saw imOther path but a road made by the mediately below us the Nile itself, Vol. XII. No. 69. U
strangely * From his Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile..
strangely diminished in size, and now into my mind, and I enjoyed here, only a brook that had scarcely water ofor the first time, the triumph which to turn a mill. I could not satiate already, by my own intrepidity and myself with the fight, revolving in my the protection of Providence, I had mind all those clalical prophecies gained over all that were powerful, that had given the Nile up to perpe. and all that were learned, since the tual obscuritv, and concealment. The remoteft antiquity :lines of the poet came imniediately
Arcanum natura caput non prodidit ulli,
I was awakened out of this d light. vain without discovering even a fragful reverie by an alarm that we had ment of him. For my part, I began loft Woldo our guide. Though I to ihink that he had been really ill long had expected tomething fronı his when he first complained, and that behaviour, I did not think, for bis the fickness might have overcome him own Cake, it could be his intention to upon the road ; and this, too, was the leave us. The servants could not a- opinion of Ayto Aylo's servant, who gree when they last saw him : Strates said, however, with a significant look, and Aylo's fervant were in the wood that he could not be far off ; we thereshooting, and we found by the gun fore sent him, and one of the men that they were not far from us ; I was that drove the mules, back to seek af. therefore in hopes that Woldo, tho' ter him ; and they had not gone but not at all fond of fire-arms, might be a few hundred yards when they found in their company ; but it was with him coming, but so decrepid, and so great dissatisfaction I saw them appear very ill, that he said he could go no without him. They faid, that, about farther than the church, where he an hour be ore, they had scen some was positively resolved to take up his extraordinary large, rough apes, or abode that night. I felt his pulse, monkeys, several of which were walk- examined every part about him, and ing upright, and all without tails; faw, I thought evidently, t!;at nothing that they had gone after them thro' ailed him. Without losing my temi. the wood till they could scarce get per, however, I told him firmly, That out again ; but they did not reniem. I perceived he was an impoftur; that ber to have seen Woldo at parting. he should consider that I was a phyVarious conjectures immediately fol. Scion, as he knew I cured his master's lowed ; some thought he had resolved first friend, Welleta Yalous : that the to betray and rob us ; fome concei- feeling of his hand told me as plain ved it was an instruction of Fasil's to as his tongue could have done, that him, in order to our being treache. nothing ailed him ; that it told me roully murdered : some again suppo. likewise he had in his heart fome sed he was fain by the wild b afts, prank to play, which would turn out especially those apes or baboons, very much to his disadvantage. He whose verocity, fize, and fierce ap- seemed dismayed after this, said little, pearance were exceedingly magnified, and only desired us to halt for a few especially by Strates, who had not minutes, and he should be better; the least doubt: if Woldo had met for, says he, it requires strength in us them, bur that he would be so entire. all to pass another great hill before ly devoured, that we might seek in we arrive at Geesh.
Look you, said I, lying is to no al in the Aower ; the men were lying purpose; I know whert Geeth is as on the grass, and the beasts ted, with well as you do, and that we have no che burdens on their backs, in most more mountains or bad places to pils luxuriant herbage. I called for my through; therefore, if you choose to heroary, to lay the rose bianc. I hd fay be! nd, you may; but to-mor-- in my hand smoothly, that it might sow I shall inform Welleta Ya'ous at dry without Ipuiling thi tha ic; indBuré of your behaviour." I said ring only diawn its general forn, the this with the most determined air pol- pistil and stamina, the finer pa' s of Gble, and lefi them, walking as hard ts which (though very necefl.ry in clal. I could down to the ford of the Nile. sing the plant) crumble and fail uf, Woldo remained above with the ser or take different forms in dryin, and fants, who were loading their mules; therefore should always be fecucd y he feemed to be perfectly cured of drawi g while green. I just raia 10bis lameness, and was in close con- differently to Woldo in paflug, that Fersation with Ayto Aylo's servant I was glad to see him recovereditat for abput ten minutes, which I did he would prefently be well, and shouid not choose to interrupi, as I saw that fear nothing. Hethen gotur,and dein.cd man was alreaùy in poffeßion of part to speak with me alone, taking Ayu's of Woldo's secret. This being over, servant along with him. “ Now, iaid iliey all came down to me, as I was 1, very calmly, I know by your face sketching abranch of a yellow rose-ree, you are going to tell me a lie. I do a number of which hang over the ford. swear to you folemnly, you never, by
The whole company passed with that meaas, will obtain any thing from out disturbing me ; and Woldo, seem- me, no not so much as a good word; ing to walk as well as ever, ascended truth and good behaviour will get you a gentle-rifog hill, near the top of every thing ; what appears a great shich is St Michael Geesh. The matter in yorur sight is not perhaps of Mile here is not four yards over, and such value in mine ; but nothing exco: above four inches deep where we cept tru h and good bi haviour will. crofl. d; it was indeed become a very answer to you; now I know for a trifling brook, but ran swiftly over a certainty you are no more fick than botom of imal stones, with hard, I am."-". Sir, said he, w th a very l'ack rock appearing amidit them: it confident look, you arı rigat; I did is at this place very easy to pass, and counturfiit ; I neither have b. n, nor Tery limpid, but, a litde lower, fuil am I at present any way out of order; of incolijerable falls; the ground but I thought it best to tell you so, rises geotly from the river to the not to be obliged to discover another Touthward, full of finall bills and a reason that has much more weight minences, which you ascend and de- with me why I cannot go to Geth, Send almost impercept bly. The and much less Ihow myself at the whole company had halted on the four ès of the Nile, which I confess north side of St Michael's chuch, are not much beyond it, though I deand there I reached them without af- clare to you there is still a bill be fecting any ha ry.
tween you and those fourccs.” It was about four o'clock in the "s And pray, said I calmly, what is afterncon, but the day had been very this mighty reason? have you had a hot for some hours, and they were dream, or a viGon in that trance you Gtring in the shade of a grove of mag. fell into when you lagged behind benificent cedars, intermixed with some low the church of Si Michael Saca. very large and beautiful culfo-trees, la?" "No, says be, it is neither U 2