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strative proof that he was not forced out of the island, did not quit it in disgust, or leave it in a manner inconsistent with his royal character. Thus ended the reign of Theodore ; who arrived in a few days disguised in the habit of an Abbé, at Livonia; and thence, after a short stay, conveyed himself nobody knew where. The next year, however, he appeared at Paris, but was ordered to depart the kingdom in forty-eight hours. He precipitately embarked at Rouen, and arrived at Amsterdam, attended by four Italian domestics. He had not been long here before two citizens arrested him on a claim of 16,000 florins, but he soon obtained a protection, and found some merchants who engaged to furnish him with a great quantity of ammunition for his faithful islanders. He accordingly went on board a frigate of tifty-two guns, and two hundred and fifty men; but was soon afterwards, with two of his relations, seized at Naples, in the house of the Dutch consul, and sent prisoners to the fortress of Gaeta.
This unhappy monarch, whose courage had raised him to a throne, not by a succession of bloody acts, but by the free choice of an oppressed nation, for many years struggled with fortune, and left no means untried, which indefatigable policy, or solicitation of succours, could attempt, to recover his crown; at length he chose for his retirement a country where be might enjoy the participation of that liberty which he had so vainly endeavoured to fix to his Corsicans ;, but his situation here by degrees grew wretched, and he was reduced so low, as to be several years before his death a prisoner for debt in the King's Bench. To the honour of some private persons, a charitable contribution was set on foot for him in 1753, which supported him until the year 1756, when he died. In the year following, a tablet of marble was raised to his
memory in the church-yard of St. Ann's, Wesminster, which recorded the reverses of fortune he had experienced
DANIEL DANCER. Daniel Dancer, one of the most remarkable instances of the insatiable thirst of gold recorded in the history of human nature, was born in the year 1716, on Harrow-weald Common, in Middlesex. His youth was not distinguished for any particular passion or propensity, and it was not till he succeeded to the fortune which devolved to him by the death of his father, that he manifested the inordinate love of money, which rendered him miserable during the remainder of his life. His sister, whose disposition exactly corresponded with his own, continued to reside with him till her death.
The fare of this saving couple was invariably the same. They used constantly on a Sunday to boil a sticking of beef, with fourteen hard dumplings, and this was to last during the whole week.
On the death of his sister, finding himself lonesome, he hired a man for his companion, who was a proper counterpart of himself. This servant, Griffiths, had, by severe parsimony, contrived to accumulate 5001. out of wages which had never exceeded 101. per annum. At the time he hired with Mr. Dancer, he was about sixty years of age, and his wages were eighteenpence per week. He assisted his master in picking up bones, &c. accordingly, when they went out, they took different roads for the same purpose; but Griffiths having a taste for strong beer, would tipple a little, which was the cause of much altercation at night, when he returned home to his master.
From a principle of rigid economy, Mr. Dancer rarely washed his hands and face; and when he did, it was always without the assistance of either soap or towel. Dispensing with those articles of expensive luxury, he used, when the sun shone, to repair to a neighbouring pool, and after washing himself with sand, he would lie on his back in the sun to dry himself. 'His tattered garments, which were scarcely sufficient to cover his nakedness, were kept together by a strong hay-band, which he fastened round his body. His stockings were so patched, that not a vestige of the original could be perceived, and in cold and dirty weather he wound about his legs ropes of hay, so that his whole figure presented the most striking picture of misery that can possibly be conceived.
When his sister died, he had a pair of shects on his bed, which he would never suffer to be removed; but lay in them till they were worn out. He would not allow his house to be cleaned, and the room in which he lived was nearly filled with sticks he had collected from his neighbours' hedges. He was for many years his own cobbler, and the last pair of shoes he wore had become so large and ponderous, from the frequent soles and coverings they had received, that they rather resembled hog-troughs than shoes.
During the illness which terminated his mis-spent life, Lady Tempest accidentally calling upon him, found him laying in an old sack, which came up to his neck. To her remonstrances against the impropriety of such a situation, he replied, that having come into the world without a shirt, he was determined to go out of it in the same manner. She then requested him to have a pillow to raise his head, when he immediately ordered his old servant Griffiths to bring him a truss of hay for that purpose. Thus expired this miserable man, in October, 1794, in the 78th year of his age.
It took many weeks to explore the contents of his
VAUX'S ACCOUNT OF Himself.