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"What has become of your famous General _Eel?_" said the Count
d'Erleon to Mr. Campbell. "Eel," said a bystander, "that is a military fish

I never heard of;" but another at once enlightened his mind by saying to

the count, "General Lord _Hill_ is now Commander-in-Chief of the British

forces!"





Cowper's "John Gilpin."--It happened one afternoon, in those years when

Cowper's accomplished friend, Lady Austen, made a part of his little

evening circle, that she observed him sinking into increased dejection. It

was her custom, on these occasions, to try all the resources of her

sprightly powers for his immediate relief, and at this time it occurred to

her to tell him the story of John Gilpin, (which had been treasured in her

memory from her childhood), in order to dissipate the gloom of the passing

hour. Its effects on the fancy of Cowper had the air of enchantment. He

informed her the next morning that convulsions of laughter, brought on by

his recollection of her story, had kept him waking during the greatest part

of the night! and that he had turned it into a ballad. So arose the

pleasant poem of "John Gilpin."





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