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prisoner in Spain, not for six feet of cold ground upon Putney Heath.
(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.
Mint.-Chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster.-Chancellor
The design of this painting was very bad, and excited general contempt. The figure bearing the shield
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 Golgotha—Here 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
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!”
[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
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.
KING JOHN IN A COCK'D HAT; OR, HEIGH
HO, SAYS KEMBLE.
[From the Morning Chronicle.),
Heigh-ho, says Kemble ;
With his rowly powly, gammon and spionage,
And ho! says Manager Kemble.
Heigh-bo, says Kemble :
With their rowly, &c.
'T will do, says Manager Kemlle.
Heigh-ho, says Kemble,
With their rowly, &c.
Hollo, says Manager Kemble.
Heigh-ho, says Kemble.
With your rowly, &c.
" O dear," says Manager Kemble. He held by the tip his opera hat, Heigh ho, says Kemble,
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,”
Heigho, says Kemble,
With her rowly, &c.
'T won't do, great Manager Kemble.”
Heigh-ho, says Kemble,
With my rowly, &c.
I do,” says Manager Kemble.
Heigho, says Kembie;
With our rowly,” &c.
“ Pray don't,” says Manager Kemble. "I can't those private boxes rob,
Heigh-ho,” says Kemble;
With his rowly, &c.
[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