John Elwes, an English miser, born in South-wark about 1714, died Nov. 26, 1789. His own family name was Meggot, but he exchanged it for that of his uncle, Sir Harvey El-wes, from whom he received a large inheritance. At an early period of his life he attended Westminster school, and became a good classical scholar. He was sent to Geneva to complete his education, and there distinguished himself as one of the boldest riders in Europe. After returning to England he indulged in gambling, frequenting the most noted gaming houses. He next took to hunting, and his stable of fox hounds was considered the best in the kingdom; yet he kept but a single servant to attend to all his cows, dogs, and horses. From his parsimonious mode of life his fortune rapidly increased, and when worth half a million he refused to accept a seat in parliament unless on the express stipulation that he should be brought in for nothing, and was elected for Berkshire in 1774. His miserly habits increased with his fortune, and during the latter years of his life he abandoned gaming, hunting, and every comfort, and died the possessor of £800,000, after having suffered greatly from fear of poverty.