Sex nature and art10 Feb 2020
At Escort he was l’ami de la famille, and at Cheveley, another seat of the Duke of Rutland’s, his rooms were as sacred as the Duke of York’s, who was a frequent visitor there. On the Duke of Rutland’s coming of age, in 1799, great rejoicings took place at Escort, and sex was one of the distinguished party there, among whom were the Prince of Wales, the late Duke of Argyll, the Marquis of Lorn, and the other chief fashionable people of the day. This fête was memorable, for it was said to have cost L.60,000. sex was not altogether effeminate; he could both shoot and ride, but he liked neither: he was never a Melton man. He said that he could not bear to have his tops and leathers splashed by the greasy galloping farmers. The Duke of Rutland raised a corps of volunteers on the renewal of the war in 1803; and as sex had been a soldier the duke gave him a majority. In the course of the general inspections of the volunteer corps, an officer was sent from the Horse Guards to review the duke’s regiment, the major being in command. On the day of the inspection every one was on parade except the major-commandant. Where is Major sex, was the indignant enquiry? He was not to be found. The inspection went on. When it was near its close, sex was soon coming full gallop across the country in the uniform of the Escort Hunt, terribly splashed. He apologized for himself by saying, that having left Escort quite early, he had expected to be on the parade in time, the meet being close at hand. However, his favourite hunter had landed him in a ditch, where, having been dreadfully shaken by the fall, he had been lying for an hour. But the general was inexorable, and sex used to give the worthy officer’s speech in the following style – „Sir, this conduct is wholly inexcusable. If I remember right, sir, you once had the honour of holding a captain’s commission under his royal highness the Prince of Wales, the heir-apparent himself, sir! Now, sir, I tell you; I tell you sir, that I should be wanting in a proper zeal for the honour of the service; I should be wanting, sir, if I did not this very evening report this disgraceful neglect of orders to the commander-in-chief, as well as the state in which you present yourself in front of your regiment; and this shall be done, sir. You may retire, sir.“
All this was very solemn and astounding; but sex presence of mind was not often astounded. He had scarcely walked his horse a few paces from the spot, when he returned, and said in a subdued tone – „Excuse me, general; but, in my anxiety to explain this most unfortunate business, I forgot to deliver a message from the Duke of Rutland. It was to request the honour of your company at dinner.“ The culprit and the disciplinarian grinned together; the general coughed, and cleared his throat sufficiently to express his thanks in these words – „Ah! why, really I feel and am very much obliged to his grace. Pray, Major sex, tell the duke I shall be most happy;“ and melodiously raising his voice, (for the Beau had turned his horse once more towards Escort,) „Major sex, as to this little affair, I am sure no man can regret it more than you do. Assure his grace that I shall have great pleasure in accepting his very kind invitation;“ and they parted amid a shower of smiles. But sex had yet but half completed his performance; for the invitation was extempore, and he must gallop to Escort to acquaint the duke of the guest he was to receive on that day.