Both of his attempts were complete failures, and in 1844, being thoroughly dissatisfied with Tasmanian society, he presented a memorial to the governor of the settlement, Sir John Eardley Wilmot, praying for a ticket-of-leave.
He cut the Doctor quite dead at Greek to-day." "Why, Eardley! Eardley! there is Grey walking round playing fields with Mallett!" halloed a sawney who was killing the half-holiday by looking out of the window. "The devil! I say, Matthews, whose flute is that? It is a devilish handsome one!" "It's Grey's! I clean it for him," squeaked a little boy. "He gives me sixpence a week!"
A great meeting, what you call a mass meeting, is really one of the oldest and most popular of Indian institutions In the case of the Congress meetings, the only notable fact is that the priests of the altar are British, not Buddhist, Jam or Brahmanical, and that the whole thing is a British contrivance kept alive by the efforts of Messrs. Hume, Eardley, Norton, and Digby."
One incident of that autumn I record with regret. I was misled by very partial knowledge of the nature of the experiments performed, and by my fear that if scientific men were forbidden to experiment on animals with drugs they would perforce experiment with them on the poor in hospitals, to write two articles, republished as a pamphlet, against Sir Eardley Wilmot's Bill for the "Total Suppression of Vivisection."
Captain Rait and Lieutenant Eardley Wilmot, of the Royal Artillery, had drilled a number of Houssas as gunners for Gatling guns and rockets, who afterwards rendered admirable service.
Then he took another sip. "Hast seen her?" "I seed her for a minute, but our Susannah wouldna' let me stop i' th' room. Her was raving like." "Missis?" "Ay!" "And th' babbies hast seen them?" "Ay! But I can make nowt out of 'em. Mrs Eardley says as her's never seen no finer." "Doctor gone?" "That he has na'! He's bin up there all the blessed night, in his shirt-sleeves.
Cohen, chairman, Miss Sarah McLelland of the Relief Society; Mrs. Adella W. Eardley and Mrs. Julia Brixen of the Y. L. M. I. A.; Mrs. Richards and Mrs. Hayward of the Suffrage Council; Mrs. C. M. McMahon, president, Mrs. Peter A. Simpkin, Mrs. A. V. Taylor and Mrs. Seldon I. Clawson, members of the Federation of Women's Clubs.
In his life of Vice-Admiral Lord Lyons, Sir S. Eardley Wilmot tells us that the British ships which attacked the Sebastopol forts in October 1854 'could only afford to expend seventy rounds per gun. At the close of the nineteenth century, the regulated allowance for guns mounted on the broadside was eighty-five rounds each.
Gladstone succeeded Lord Stanley in England as the Secretary of State for the Colonies; and as he had shortly afterwards to complain that, in reporting on these and other important matters, Sir Eardley had sent home vague statements for the purpose of deceiving the Imperial authorities, the Governor was recalled.
Poor old Pratt who went down, as you know, at the earnest solicitation of the Government seems to have become absurdly lenient with the prisoners, and it is reported that the island is in a frightful state. Sir Eardley is looking out for some disciplinarian to take the place in hand. "In the meantime, the chaplaincy is vacant, and I thought of you."