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Elwes, John (1712-1789), was a wealthy miser or rather monomaniac, born at Southwark, and educated at Westminster. In his younger days he travelled on the Continent, and was fond of riding and hunting; but a sudden inheritance from a wealthy uncle, whose name he took, developed in him the eccentricities that made him notorious. He was an amiable miser, since it was only on his own person that he begrudged expenditure, while he did many a kind action, and kept up a good stable and kennel. He represented the county of Berkshire in Parliament from 1774 till his death.