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ILLUNINATIONS EXTRAORDINARY,

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prisoner in Spain, not for six feet of cold ground upon Putney Heath.

Yours,

PLANET-STRUCÉ

Oct. 31.

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ILLUMINATIONS EXTRAORDINARY.

(From the British Press, Nov. 1.} MR. EDITOR, AL LTHOUGH I was much gratified by the account

given in your paper of Thursday last of the various scenes of rejoicing which the metropolis exhibited on the occasion of His Majesty's entering on the goth year of his reign, yet I confess I felt somewhat surprised at your not noticing, in your description of the illuminations, several transparencies, which attracted very general observation, and of some of which I have taken the liberty to send you a sketch. Johnson's Court, Oct. 31.

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The front of Mr. P-s-col's house displayed a trang-
parency of considerable size.- At a distance it seemed
to represent Atlas bearing the world upon his shoulders.
On a nearer view, however, that which, on a transient
glance, appeared intended for a delineation of the globe,
turned out to be nothing more than a circular shield,
divided into compartments; which, instead of the
names of kingdoms and states, bore the following in-
scriptions :
"Surveyor of the Meltings, and Clerk of the Irons in the

Mint.-Chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster.-Chancellor
of the Exchequer.-First Lord of the Treasury," &c.
Round the shield was inscribed the following motto:
6. Oh! that estates, degrees, and offices
Were not deriv'd corruptly! and that clear honour
W'ere purchas'd by the merit of the wearer!
How many, then, should cover, that stand bare;
How many be commanded, that command !"

The design of this painting was very bad, and excited general contempt. The figure bearing the shield

seemed

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296 ILLUMINATIONS EXTRAORDINARY. seemed totally inadequate to the burden, and absolutely tottering under it. The whole being lighted by candleends, had a very sombre appearance.

The Earl of Chi-t-m's residence was nearly covered by two paintings. The first (over which were written the words Parturiunt montes) represented the disembarkation at Walcheren. The troops appeared in the most spirited attitudes, as if ardently desiring to signalize themselves, and impatient-for the completion of the “ ulterior objecis” of the Expedition. In the distance, Sir W. Curtis's barge was distinguishable, with an unormous turtle hanging from the stern. The second (which was inscribed Nascitur ridiculus mus) exhibited a view of the interior of IValcheren, after the Commander in Chief had left “ his brave companions :” and, instead of an army burning with ardour to micet the foe, presented to the eye a gloomy prospect. of the dead and dying-a perfect GolgothaHere the insidious dysentery triumphed-there the typhus reared its horrid head and, in a third quarter, the ague seized his victims.--The scene was terminated by a distant view of South Beveland, on which a num. ber of French soldiers were observable.-They seemed waiting till the mortality at Walcheren should place that island in their possession, without the trouble of fighting ! Underneath 1 observed the following lines from Homer's Iliad :

" Ye Gods! what wonders bas Ulysses wrought! What fruits his conduct and his courage yieldGreat in the council, glorious in the field?" This transparency having rather a showy appearance, when not strictly examined, attracted many spectators; but they uniformly retired, horrified at the subject and disgusted with the management of the piece!

By a singular coincidence, the houses of Lords Grey and Grenville exbibited a similar transparency,The

subject

ADVERTISEMENTS. EXTRAORDINARY.

297 subject was Cincinnatus cultivating his paternal farm with the inscription

“ When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, The post of honour is a private station!.

The Earl of L-V-p-I's house was ornamented with the representation of a first rate, on whose stern I could distinguish the name “ United Kingdom,"contending with a furious storm-her masts gone by the board, and exhibiting every symptom of distress.--But what attracted particular notice was, the manner in which the first and second Captain, and the other officers, appeared occupied:-instead of infusing spirit into the crew, for the purpose of saving the ship, the former appeared busily employed in packing up a great quantity of loaves and fishes, which were scattered about the deck; while the latter, equally careless about the vessel's safety, seemed to labour zealously in setting the crew by the ears-by dealing out a double portion of grog to some of them who came from a favourite country while others, who equally shared the labour, but who were not natives of the envied spot, seemed to be threatened with the punishment due to mutiny, when they advanced, in a suppliant posture, to request a participation in the good things which their shipmates were enjoying. The painting was thus inscribed :

"Is there not some chosen curse, Some hidden thunder, in the stores of Heav'n, Red with uncommon wrath, to blast the men Who owe their greatness to their country's ruin!”

ADVERTISEMENTS EXTRAORDINARY,

[From the same, Nov. 2.] WAN

ANTED inmediately, a number of substantial

props for a new Ministry; English, Irish, or Scots timber will do ;- but the tenders must be made

instantly,

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298 KING JOHN IN A COCK'D HAT. instantly, as the building is in danger of falling to pieces for want of proper supporters.

Wanted for the same, a quantity of varnish and colouring, the latter to be as nearas possible of a Jubilee colour.-N. B. Grey won't answer.

Some clever lads, as apprentices, wanted. They shall board with the family, and be treated with all possible respect.

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KING JOHN IN A COCK'D HAT; OR, HEIGH

HO, SAYS KEMBLE.

[From the Morning Chronicle.),
JOHN Kemble he would an acting go,

Heigh-ho, says Kemble ;
He rais'd the price which he thought too low,
Whether the Public would let him or no,

With his rowly powly, gammon and spionage,

And ho! says Manager Kemble.
The mob at the door made a mighty din;

Heigh-bo, says Kemble :
They dash'd like devils through thick and thin,
And over the benches came tumbling in,

With their rowly, &c.

'T will do, says Manager Kemlle.
Soon as they pass'd Bill Shakspeare's ball,

Heigh-ho, says Kemble,
They thought the lobbies were much too small,
So they gave a loud roar, and they gave a loud bawl,

With their rowly, &c.

Hollo, says Manager Kemble.
Pray what do you want? (in a sort of a huff,)

Heigh-ho, says Kemble.
Says Mr. Leigh, “Nonsensical stuff!
Peugh, none of your gammon, you know well enough."

With your rowly, &c.

" O dear," says Manager Kemble. He held by the tip his opera hat, Heigh ho, says Kemble,

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NEW THEATRE.

299 * Indeed the concern is as poor as a rat ;" Says Bull, “ No, d-me, we don't stand that,

With our rowly, &c.

'T won't dü, great Manager Kemble,”
He folded his arms in a sad nonplus,

Heigho, says Kemble,
With Queen Anne's prices he made a fuss;
Says Bull, “ What the devil's Queen Anne to us,

With her rowly, &c.

'T won't do, great Manager Kemble.”
He swore tu himself an oath by Styx,

Heigh-ho, says Kemble,
“ Kind ladies and gentlemen, none of your tricks,
I love seven shillings much better than six,

With my rowly, &c.

I do,” says Manager Kemble.
Then roar'd the gallery, gentle souls,

Heigho, says Kembie;
“ No private boxes, no pigeon-holes;
We'll dowse your glims in a crack, by goles,

With our rowly,” &c.

“ Pray don't,” says Manager Kemble. "I can't those private boxes rob,

Heigh-ho,” says Kemble;
“ With Lord O'Straddle I drink hob and nob,
And I'm hand and glove with my Lord Thingumbob,

With his rowly, &c.
I am,” says Manager Kemble.

NEW THEATRE.

[From the same, Nov. 8.] AS

S Covent Garden must soon be ruined or shut up,

Drury Lane is at an end, and the old company of St. Stephen's have quarrelled so about their salaries and precedency, that the partnership is dissolved ; the public are respectfully informed, that a new-raised strolling company have by special command been induced again to open St. Stephen’s for the ensuing sea

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