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ble garden for the place, which in Lord Tyrawley's time was public, but the present governor keeps it for his own private use. This, and his strictness with the troops under his command, has made him disliked in Gibraltar. But I believe it is the fate of all governors, in whatever place they command, to be criticised,
In my next paper I will mention fomething to you about the Portuguese gentlemen who dined with the governor that day, and two days afterwards we dined on board
L E T T E R 11,
PORT ST. MARY's, Nov, 15, 1759:
HE feast for the proclamation of the king being over at Cadiz, I am returned to this place, where I shall stay some little time to recruit my strength, and then Seville to execute a few commissions.
The Portuguese man of war which came into Gibraltar at the time I was there, was called Nostra Senora de la Aiuda, or, to English the words, our Lady of help. She was an entire new ship, and I had seen her launched when I was at Lisbon, a ceremony which the king of Portugal honored with his presence. The command of her was given to the captain that I dined with at the governor's, and her first voyage was to convoy two Ragusean vessels, freighted with
jesuits expelled from Lisbon, through the Streights. Upon her return bad weather obliged her to put into Gibraltar. The first thing the formal captain did, was to send his boat on shore to know whether we would return his salute, which being answered in the affirmative, that compliment was paid. The garrison re-echoed his falutation, and all preliminary ceremonies being over, the captain made a visit to the governor, who invited him and his officers to dinner the day after, which was the day I went to Bucareli. Used to their own hours of dining, they appeared at the convent by eleven o'clock, to the utter confusion of the master of the house, who was forced to praise his garden, and entice them to take a walk in it, till he got dreffed.
The dinner was. formal enough, and a tedious conversation was with difficulty maintained till the difappearance of the table cloth was succeeded by the British custom of toasting. A young Portuguese officer, upon being desired to
give us the name of the lady he liked, in order to drink her health, clapt his hand to his breast, and begged to be excused from divulging the name of the fair to whom he professed an inclination. Upon this denial the toast went round to the incognita of his affections. When we came to the old captain, he began protesting that he knew no young ladies, but had spent all his life in serving his most faithful majesty in the East Indies. However, being pressed, he at last complied. I can not think our company acted in this respect with the greatest politeness in the world, but British subjects are excusable when the bottle is going round,
The feast ended with the Portuguese captain's inviting us to dine on board the next day but one; some particulars of which dinner I may, perhaps, trouble you with in my next.
PORT ST. MARY's, Nov. 18, 1759, The hour of eleven being come, of the day were to dine on board the Portuguese man of war, the governor and some other officers called at my lodgings to conduct me to his lordship's boat ; which by the affistance of twelve oars conducted us quickly to the Portuguese veffel, on board which we were received with much drum beating, shouldering of firelocks, and such other military honors.
The marines looked very pretty drawn up upon
up upon deck in their
uniforms, After we had run the gauntlet through the soldiery, we entered into the cabin, which was the most delicate place you ever saw. Besides fine sophas, pictures, and other things of that kind, there was a great quantity of glass, china, and other