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no particular wish to preserve it, it is and stimulated his countrymen to rival
of Dr John Moore, the Edinr. 23. Feb. 1808.
N. celebrated author of the “ View of
Society and Manners in France, &c."
John Moore, K. B. Commander in late Dr Simpson, professor of divinity
had bestowed upon him talents of a
high order, and these had experienced In the field of proud honour, with our swords in our hands,
ample cultivation from a parent, no Our King and our country to save,
less distinguished for his taste as a man While Victory shines on life's last ebe of letters, than as an affectionate and bing sands,
indulgent father. In a situation so fa0! whù would not die with the Brave! vourable for improvement, his pro
gress was commensurate with the adIn of a
vantages he enjoyed ; and after a few ters who have fallen in the service years spent at a public school in his of their country, the subject of this native city, his education was commemoir claims a distinguished rank.- pleted under the immediate eye of his Scarcely had the tear dried which be- father, who paid the most unremitting dewed the grave of Pitt, of Fox, and attention in fostering and bringing to of Nelson, when Britain has again to maturity the opening genius of his son. deplore the premature death of one of Dr Moore's reputation as a physiher most illustrious sons. After a life cian stood about this time so high, of the most meritorious and unremit- that he was appointed to attend James ting exertions in the cause of Britain; George Duke of Hamilton; and after after signalizing himself in every quar- the death of that nobleman, at the ter of the globe, he has closed his ca- earnest solicitations of his relations, reer by one of the most brilliant at- he undertook to travel with the late chievements which has yet adorned Duke, who seemed threatened with the
page of history, and which will the same disease that had proved fatal. justly transmit his name with applause to his brother. In this interesting and to the latest posterity. To such a cha- amusing tour, he was accompanied by racter, a tribute of respect is justly the subject of these memoirs, who had due; for while it recalls to remem- thus an excellent opportunity of acbrance the talents and the virtues of quiring most of the modern languages the illustrious dead, it awakens a kin- of Europe, which he afterwards spoke dred Aame in the youthful bosom, to with uncommon facility. To one like emulate the same noble example, and Mr Moore, ardent in the pursuit of to seek for immortality in the same knowledge, and solicitous to improve, glorious career. The trophies, the o- a tour of this nature was attended with belisks, and the triumphal arches rai- the most important advantages. He sed to perpetuate merit, are not so had surveyed the principal countries much honours paid to the dead, as of Europe, and examined their constiforerunners of future greatness. The tution, and civil and military estabfuneral oration delivered annually over lishments; his mind was enlarged by the tomb of Leonidas, while it recalled an extensive view of human society, the merits of the fallen hero, cherish. by which he was enabled to lay theed the flame of genuine patriotism, foundation of that extensive know
ledge, and general information, which this effect was made by General Paowas afterwards to conduct him tɔ such li, who, after an unavailing attempt to celebrity
defend his native country, had the As his inclination led him to the mortification to see it wrested from army for a profession, soon after his him by the republicans. He therereturn from the Continent, he entered fore offered to co-operate with the an Ensign in the 51st regiment of British forces, by which he hoped to foot, and after passing through the expel a formidable enemy, and be reintermediate gradations in two differ- instated in his former power. But it ent regiments, he was, in January was first necessary to dispatch some 1788, appointed Major in the six- intelligent officer, to ascertain how far tieth * The first years of an officer's such designs were practicable, and to service generally pass unnoticed and examine into the strength and resourunknown, unless by some extraordi- ces of the country. For this purpose, nary event, or fortunate concurrence Colonel Moore, and Major Koeler, of circumstances, he be brought be- were selected, and after a private confore the immediate notice of the pub- ference with Paoli, and making an lic. In October of the same year, he accurate examination into the strength exchanged into the 51st, at that time of his party, gave such information as stationed in Ireland; but the appoint- determined the British General (Dunment did not take place till June fol- das) to make an immediate descent lowing. In November 1790, he was
upon the island, promoted to the rank of Lieut.-Col.
Among the first operations of the and after continuing some time longer army after its landing, was the stormin Ireland, he accompanied his regi- ing of Fort Convention, at Fornelli, ment to the Mediterranean, and was in which Colonel Moore, at the head shortly afterwards (beginning of the of a company of grenadiers, carried year 1795) engaged in the reduction the place by the point of the bayonet. of Corsica; from which may be dated Its situation had, for some time, renhis career as a commander, and the dered an assault impracticable, till, at foundation of that professional skill last, by the uncommon exertions of which was afterwards to immortalize the sailors under Lord Hood, four his name in the annals of his
country. pieces of heavy artillery were brought After the breaking out of the against the fort, and succeeded in French revolution, Britain had deter- making a breach, at which the assailmined to take an active part in the ants entered. The contest was maincause of the monarchical party; and, tained with great bravery on both for this purpose, seized upon Toulon, sides, and while the French General with a view to support the royalists in received the storming party at the that quarter. But as they were short- head of his men, he was attacked by ly afterwards driven from that city, it Colonel Moore, who aiming a blow at became necessary to be in possession him, cut down a grenadier who fought of some place in the Mediterranean, by the side of his commander. More to serve as a depot for our shipping, men now rushed in at the breach, and to afford a receptacle to such of and, at last, British valour, under so the French as, espousing the royal gallant a leader, prevailed; and the cause, were compelled to abandon French, after a considerable loss, were their native country. A proposal to obliged to capitulate. (Feb. 17. 1795. He wa, I believe, some time in the
Bastia, soon after, surrendered to 203ri, and after the reduction of that re
the marines, under Captain (Lord) giment, he continued on half pay; but Nelson, and Colonel Villettes; and it is didicult to ascertain the exact time. Çalvi now alone remained in the hands
of of the enemy. After reducing seve- bursting, struck him to the ground. ral small fortresses that guarded the Fortunately, however, he instantly resuburbs of the city, it became necessa- covered himself; and, notwithstanding ry to storm Fort Mozello, the princi- the great effusion of blood, he pressed pal outlet to the town, and which on, and after a most obstinate and seemed the chief strength of the place. sanguinary conflict, the enemy was In the mean time, the army, notwith- compelled to surrender. Nothing but standing the unremitting attention of the most consummate skill, and dethe Commander in Chief, (Lieutenant- termined bravery, could have stormed General Stewart,) was rapidly dimi- a fortress, garrisoned by some of the nishing in strength, by the unwhole- best troops of France, commanded by someness of their situation; and no- an old experienced General, and furthing now remained, but one vigorous nished with every necessary for a vieffort for the reduction of the place, gorous resistance. “When the Geneor an immediate retreat. The former ral perceived the grenadiers ascendof these alternatives was chosen ; and ing, he put spurs to his horse, and it was therefore resolved, that a cho- rode to the bottom of the hill on sen body of troops, under one of the which the fort stood; and quitting his ablest officers, should undertake the horse, mounted directly the breach.assault, and endeavour to carry the Finding the troops in possession of the place by storm. Colonel Moore, who place, he flew into the arms of the of had so eminently distinguished himself ficer who conducted the assault. at the taking of Convention Fort, was The surrounding soldiers shouted, and selected for this arduous and danger- threw their hats into the air for joy. ous enterprize ; and few undertakings The moment was worth years of comcould put the courage and conduct of mon life !*" The guns of Mozello an officer to a severer test than the were instantly turned against Calvi, storming of this strong fortress. Day- which, in a few days, surrendered. break was the time chosen for the as
Acsault, and, that no alarm might be gi
(To be concluded in our next.) ver to the garrison, the soldiers were * Mordaunt's Lerters by Dr Muore.ordered not to load, as it was resolved On comparing the preceding narrative, to attempt it by the point of the bayo. as given in the Gazette, and other pubnet. General Siewart, anxious for the lications, after the reduction of Corsica,
with Mirdaunt's Letters, I find they a. reduction of a place on which his fu
gree exactly, except that the officer's ture success so greatly depended, ar
name (Col. Moore) is not mentioned in rived with his suite, a little before the latier account. D. Moore's narra. day-break, to be witness of the at- tive has been here followed almost ver. tack, and after giving the necessary batim.-Happy must that father have directions, a signal was made for the been, who bad thus the inexpressible troops to advance. They had now
pleasure of recording the gallant actions proceeded about half way, when the have been, who, like another Epaminon
of his son; and happy must that son enemy, whose attention had been 0
das, bad the satisfaction to reflect that therwise diverted by a false attack, at his parents could witness his rising fame! .last perceiving their danger, flew to It would be unjust to pass over the unarms, and discharged a volley of grape common liberality of Dr Moore in menshot, which, owing to the faintness of tioning the treatment his son afterwards the light, did little execution. Colo- experienced in the island ; and still more nel Moore continued to press forward
his endeavour to palliate the suppres. at the head of his men, leaving behind which the most honourable mention
sion of that passage in the Gazette, in the wounded and dying, and was now was made of Col. Moore * entering the walls, when a bomb-shell
* See Mordaunt's lettes p. 638.
Account of a Charity School established liberty, Sir, to introduce the following
in LEITH, with a Sketch of LAN- account of it to your readers :CASTER's System of Education. The Boys' CHARITY SCHOOL was
opened in August 1805, since which All the pious duties which we it has been liberally supported by
subscriptions from individuals, with se“ Our parents, friends, our country, and veral donations from the incorpora
our God; “ The seeds of ev'ry virtue here below, tions and societies in Leith. “ From discipline alone, and early cul- Last year the boys attending the ture grow." school were 60 ; and this year,
the WEST. number has been from 68 to 70, who To the Editor.
are taught reading, writing, arithme.
tic, and church music. These boys SIR,
are of the following description, viz. It has been said, that the present Fatherless
38 age has given examples of charity,
5 which may be very properly recom
5 mended to imitation. * The equal
Fathers in his Majesty's service 6 “ distribution of wealth, which long
Parents alive, but very poor 14 " commerce has produced, does not
-68 " enable any single hand to raise edi“ fices of piety like fortified cities, to
The committee, (which consists of “ appropriate manors to religious uses, 17 members, the treasurer, and secre
or to deal out such large and last- tary,) flatter themselves that the subing beneficence as was scattered o- scribers will continue to give this in
the land in ancient times, by stitution their liberal support as for“ those who possessed counties or pro- merly, and refer to the annexed report «« vinces.” But no sooner is a new of the magistrates, ministers, and sevespecies of misery brought to view, and ral of the subscribers who attended at a design of relieving it professed, than the annual examination of the boys in every hand is open to contribute some. August last, as to the progress they thing, every tongue is busied in reci
are making in their education. tation, and every act of pleasure is employed for a time in the interest of [There are at present 165 subscribers, virtue.
from half-a-guinea, to one guinea There lately, by chance, fell into
each, besides donations from corpo. my hands, a paper respecting a chari
rations, societies, &c.] ty school instituted in Leith for the education of orphan boys, and sons of
REPORT. persons in his Majesty's service ; now, as I do not recollect that this estab- We, hereto subscribing, having atlishment has yet been introduced ge. tended at the examination of the boys nerally to the notice of the publice of the charity school, Leith, on the while, at same time, it will be admit 25th day of August last, hereby atted as an example of charity worthy, test, that we were much satisfied with of imitation ; and as I flatter myself, the progress the boys are making in from the general tenor of the Scots their education, and with their orderMagazine, that a communication only behaviour, as also with the activity this head may be acceptable, I take and diligence of Ms M'Farlane their Feb. 1809
teacher, and hereby recommend this W. F. Ireland, Minister.
William Mowbray, do.
Thomas Thomson, Treasurer.
Charles White, Secretary.
STATE OF THE FUNDS.
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157 17 6
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year to ditto
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15 10 0 Stockings for 70 ditto and 18 new caps 7 0 0
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