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Joke ID 76

Work: [1] 'The Book of Humour, ...'(1880, book)
> Transcription: [60] from page s: 52-53
>> Joke: 76

A Luxurious Campaigner.

Captain Gronow, inhis "Reminiscences," relates asfollows of a luxury-loving officer :— He was surrounded by muleteers, with whom he was bargaining to provide carriage for innumerable hampers of wine, liqueurs, hams, potted meat, and other good things, which he had brought from England. He was a particularly gentlemanly and amiable man, much beloved by the regiment ; no one was so hospitable, or lived so magnificently. His cooks were the best in the army; and he, besides, had a host of servants of all nations— Spaniards, French, Portuguese, Italians — who were employed in scouring the country for provisions. Lord Wellington once honouredhimwith his company; and, on entering the ensign's tent, found him alone at table with a dinner fit for a king,his plate and linenin good keeping, and his wires perfect. Lord Wellington wasaccompanied on this occasion by Sir Edward Pakenham and ColonelDe Burgh, afterwardsLord Downes. It fell to my lot to partake of his princely hospitality, and dine with him at his quarters— a farmhouse in a village on theBidassoa— andIneversaw a betterdinner put upontable. The career of this amiableAmphitryon, to our great regret, was cut short, after exercising for about a year a splendid but not very wise hospitality. He had only a younger brother's fortune ; his debts became very considerable, and he was obliged to quit the Guards. He and his friends had literally eaten up his little fortune

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  • Book title: The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
  • Date: 1880
  • Joke taken from: Page 52
  • Book Editor: GENT, L. C.
  • City: London, Edinburgh
  • Country: England, Scotland
  • Added by: ben
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