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14 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. London. This lady, who resided at Dulwich, in the neighbourhood of the metropolis, was in the perfect enjoyment of all her faculties, though in her ninetyfourth year. The coachman, who declares he " will not spare them," is a striking likeness of MR. GEORGE BOYD, a clothier, who had his shop at the head of Gosford's Close, He in some measure deserved the elevation he has obtained by the great interest he took in originating the design of the Mound. The inscription on the post-" G. B.'s Bridge "-is in allusion to this. He was a brother of the late Dr. Boyd, solicitor-at-lam, author of " The Nature and Offices, and Duty of a Justice of the Peace.'' 2 vols. Quarto. The footman, MR. WILLIAM YETTS, who is urging '' Geordie " to whip hard, kept a hairdresser and hosier's shop at the head of Forrester's Wynd. The building is now taken down. He possessed a great fund of humour ; and, although a member of the Club, used to indulge very frequently in ridiculing their transactions. Although he had a wife and family,' with whom he lived reputably for many years, he thought proper to fall in love elsewhere ; but the object of his attachment (a married lady) not exactly comprehending his unusually liberal principles,indignantlyrejected his suit. The discarded lover, as in duty bound, instantly became inspired with the despair of an ancient hero of romance ; and, amongst other notable results of distracted love, imitated the well-known Kitty Fisher, who, in the zenith of her charms, ate a Bank of England hundred-pound note between two thin slices of bread and butter. But his meal, though less expensive, must have been more difficult to swallow ; for he actually took Jive $veqound notes of Sir William Forbes' Bank from his pocket, and devoured them, without, however, the head and butter accompaniment of Miss Kitty. As a suitable termination to this folly, the infatuated barber crowned the whole by leaving his family in a destitute condition, and entering himself on board a man-of-war.* The newly-shipped tar soon found himself exposed to all the perils of active service. He fought on board the Bellerophon at the battle of the Nile in 1789 ; and, in the dreadful conflict which that ship maintained with her stupendous opponent, the Orient, he had several narrow escapes. While engaged in supplying ammunition, a tall comrade by his side had his head carried off, and the ball passed so near to Yetts that he said he actually felt himself lifted up from the deck. The history of poor Yetts is somewhat romantic. The family consisted of one son and two daughters. They emigrated, we believe, to New South Wales. !a A friend who felt interested in the welfare of the destitute family, called on Sir William Forbes, to whom he told the circumstances of the case ; and, on his single testimony alone, obtained from that humane gentleman the sum of twenty-jveppounds in lieu of the notes destroyed by Yetts. This act of generosity, it may well be conceived, proved a moet seasonable and unexpected supply for the family.
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