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officers of his brigade to the front, the enemy being within fifty paces of them. He then addressed his men, " Hark, my dear lads," he said, " trust to your swords, handle them well, and never mind your pistols." Placing himself then at their head, he led them on to the charge, encouraging them and animating them by his example as they advanced, the trumpets the while sounding the martial strain of " Britons, Strike Home." The soldiers obeying the instruc- tions of their gallant leader, and participating in his enthusiasm, closed on the Krench, and drove them before them with prodigious slaughter. In the begin- ning of the battle a musket ball struck his lordship's right holster case, pene- trated the leather, and, hitting the barrel of the pistol which it contained, fell harmlessly into the case. Here it was found by his lordship, who showed it the day after the engagement to the king at Hanau, where he then was, and who, on seeing the earl approaching, exclaimed, " Here comes my champion ;" fol- lowing up afterwards this flattering expression of his opinion of his lordship's merits, by the most gratifying remarks on the gallantry of his conduct on the preceding day.

In this year, (1743,) the earl was appointed colonel of the 4th or Scottish troop of horse guards, and, after the battle of Dettingen, was made a general of brigade. In May, 1744, his lordship joined the combined armies, in camp, near Brussels ; but, owing to the over caution of marshal! Wade no opportunity offered of again distinguishing himself during the whole of the campaign which fol- lowed. In the next year, however, this was not wanting. The duke of Cum- berland, having been appointed captain general of the British forces, arrived at Brussels on the llth of April, 1745, his lordship being then with the army fis brigadier-general. The arrival of his grace was soon after (30th April) fol- lowed by the battle of Fontenoy. In this engagement his lordship conducted himself with his usual gallantry, and exhibited even more than his usual skill, particularly in conducting the retreat, which he did in a manner so masterly, as procured for him a reputation for military genius not inferior to any of that age. His lordship also wrote an exceedingly able and interesting account of the battle. On the 30th of May following, he was promoted to the rank of major- general.

The rebellion in Scotland now occurring, his lordship was ordered, in Feb., 1746, from Antwerp, where he then was, to his native country, to take the com- mand of the Hessians employed by the government on that occasion, and whose numbers amounted to six thousand. With these troops he secured Stirling, Perth, and the passes into the lowlands, while Cumberland proceeded by the north-east coast in quest of the rebels. On this visit to Scotland, his lordship formed an acquaintance with, and afterwards married, lady Jane Murray, eldest daughter, and presumptive heiress of James, second duke of Athole. On the extinction of the rebellion, he returned to the army in the Nether- lands, where he arrived early in June. At the battle of Kocoux, which took place on the 1st of October following, he commanded the second line of cavalry, with which he drove back the French infantry, and threw them into irretriev- able confusion. His lordship soon afterwards accompanied the army into winter quarters at Bois le Due. His troop of horse guards being this year disbanded, he was appointed to the command of the 25th regiment of foot on the 25th Dec., 1746.

In February following, (1747,) his lordship embarked at Flushing for Eng- land, landed at Southampton, and proceeded to Belford, where he arrived on the 3d March. Here his lordship met, by appointment, lady Jane Murray, to whom he was married on the day of his arrival. His wound, which had never yet been thoroughly healed, now again broke out from fatigue, and subjected him