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too great a regard for gold, nor can we entirely excul. pate him from this charge; certain it is that he would struggle hard before he would part with a seven shilling piece, and he generally offered half price to those with whom he dealt.

Of his funeral we shall say little: it was better attended than that of any public character we remember, except Lord Nelson's: a pit was prepared to receive the body in Covent Garden ; Clifford was the grave-digger ; the funeral service was read with much humility and pathos by Mr. Kemble; the chief mourners were Messrs. Brandon and Harris. A few indecent attempts were made to seize the body for debt; as it turned out, however, to be for a paltry sbilling, the bailiffs were not suffered to proceed. Some idle reports have been circulated of the appearance of his ghost, and some pretend to have heard a scratching similar to that which attended the Cock Lane apparition. All such superstitious imaginations should be treated with the contempt they deserve, and scouted as injurious to the memory of this excellent person. He has “ fretted his little hour upon the stage,” and made his exit. His merits and frailties are deposited in the grave, nor will he rise till Doomsday.

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(From the British Press, Dec. 14.] EXTRACT, from the Log-book of the Mary Ann

Clarke Privateer, of London, Capt. Dowler. ist May, 1806.--Sailed in company with the Duke of York man of war, on a voyage to the island of Cytherea. Wind and tide propitious.

furth. Parted company in a squall-Mother Carey's chickens flocking about and almost darkening the horizon.-Cast off, and fell to leeward upon a strange shore.

12th, illicit

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351 12th, and up to the joth December.--Experienced almost continually adverse winds, sometimes approach. ing to a hurrieane.---From that period, until the summer of 1807, dreadful blowing weather-scarcely a rag of sail left-ship often aground, got off with great difficulty,

July, 1808.-.-Missed stays, and stranded off Hampstead, between the shoals of Poverty and Cape Desire, Crew deserted. Not a stick standing.

July 10.--Examined the vessel ; timbers good; bottom sound; fished up a jury-mast, with a rag of sail, and worked off along shore, Wright a-head, for Bedford Place.

Nov. 18.–Some pirates hove in sight-kept a sharp look-out. The Taffy Welch privateer, Capt. Wardle, of and from Oakhampton, came alongside. Being apprised of our distress, sent some cheese and leeks on'. board, with a few bottles of brandy, found on overhauling his lockers.

Nov. 27.-Put into Westbourne Place.

Dec. 1,--Weighed anchor-and sailed in company with the Taffy privateer, the Dodd and the Glennie, two armed transports, laden with ordnance stores. At half-past 2 p. m. fell in with two merchantmen, the Francis Wright and Daniel Wright, with large cargoes of mirrors, Turkey carpets, sofas, and other stores on board.

Dec. 2.-Received a supply of necessaries and other stores, from the merchantmen, for which the Captain of the Taffy gave bond.

Dec. 26.-Ship quite new rigged, and in excellent trim; pressed, with all her crew on board, by the Taffy, for a cruise, in company with the Dodd and the Glennie, on the Kentish coast, to reconnoitre the Martello towers.

Dec. 27.-Hailed at sea by the Taffy, and informed that the Duke of York man of war was engaged in an

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Dec. 28.-Shaped our course accordingly.

Feb. 1, 1809.-Came in sight of the Duke of York. She was lying like a ship in ordinary, with her ports down, in fancied security, under the great guns of Rotten Row. The Taffy led the van ; but a shot from the Sheridan, which hove in sight, induced her to haul her wind, and slacken her fire.—The Mary Ann, which was close astern, now came up and raked the Duke of York; then ranging alongside, she kept up a galling fire, which obliged him to cut and run among the breakers, where that gallant vessel was wrecked and deserted by her crew.

August 18.Received 10,000l. prize-money for the destruction of the Duke of York-fitted out the vessel in capital style, with new rigging complete, and entire new copper sheathing to the bottom-cabin beautifully furnished with Turkey carpet, bronze and gold mirrors, extending the whole length between decks, in which to see your face, and sofas to loll upon.

August 19.-Fell in with the two merchantmén commanded by Francis and Daniel Wright, who hailed the Taffy, and demanded payment of the bond. Captain of the Taffy hauled his wind, and fired a sternchaser, in token of defiance. The Mary Ann, enraged at this piratical procedure, ranged alongside the merchantmen, and fired a shot at the Taffy, which brought him to, and he struck his colours.

August 20.--Parted company, and moored safe off Westbourne, with the two mierchantmen.

Dec. 11.–At daylight, descried some strange sail in the offing. On nearing, they proved to be an enemy's squadron, in order of battle, consisting of the Taffy flag-ship, Capt. Wardle; the Dodd and the Glennie; with the Prince of Orange, Sir Philip Richards, astern,

a dirty

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353 à dirty Dutch barge, filled with cabbage, potatoes, and stink-pots, for the use of the squadron.

Ten, a.m. Prepared to weigh anchor, and bring our broadside to bear upon the enemy, but in vain. Had not a breath of wind, and could not point a single gun, while the Taffy and her consorts came down with a swelling sail, thundering upon us. In this extremity, the crew of the Mary Ann Clarke, all gallant souls, formed a desperate resolution. They manned her boats, and having boarded the Taffy and her companions, pointed their own guns into their holds, and sunk them with their own weapons, with the exception of the Taffy, which blew up with a terrible explosion, and, what is most singular, upon the very ground on which the Duke of York was lost *.

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[From the same, Dec. 15.) MR

R. Stokes. --Secrets worth knowing-Just in Timo

and Truth will out. Miss Taylor's Trustees.-The Men of FeelingPoint of Honour and The Register Office.

The Common Council.-The Orators-Know your own Mind--and Long Stories.

Miss Taylor.--The Prisoner at Large-It is a wise Child knows its own Father.

Mrs. Clarke.--Neck or Nothing The Escapes The Revenge--and Who's the Dupe ?

Major Dodd.--The Midnight Hour-The Patriot and Two Faces under a Hood.

Colonel Wardle.--The Last Shift--The Road to Ruin-The Bank Note-and the Poor Gentleman.

* His Royal Highness the Duke of York was lost by neglecting to pay Mrs. Clarke her annuity; and Mr. Wardle has been since lost by fusing to pay her uplolsterer's bill,

Major

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Major Glennie.--Out of Place--and The Three and the Deuce.

THE OFFENDING ATLAS.

[Froni the Morning Herald, Dec. 18.) A FIGURE of a naked Atlas having been erected in

a very public situation in Pall Mall, over the entrance to the Gas Light Office, and that figure comprehending in its anatomy such indecent points, that a general murmur of disgust was excited in the neighbourhood, and eventually a remonstrance was presented to a Right Reverend Prelate, in osder that the figure might be removed in consequence of this measure, a wag has sent us the following jeu d'esprit on the occasion.

PALL MALL UPROARIOUS! OR, ANY MONEY FOR A PAIR OF SMALL CLOTHES,

A GRAND TRAGICAL SERENATA.

The Music by Mr. KELLY.

* Questo non e del tutto decente."

Vide Moral Axioms, by ARET.:

INVOCATION BY ST. JAMES'S VIRGINS.
Sweet Decency! if yet you are in town,

Checking some bridegroom on his bridal night,
And dark’ning all the alleys to delight ;

Or blushing Venus when the tit's upon her;
Or in the green-room chaining Novsense down;
Or ’mong the maids of honour!

Leave thy abode, and condescend
To come where unchaste spirits dwell,

And be the spinster's friend,
By hiding straight what you 'll discern,
A naked wretch, w bo shows his stern,

In elegant Pall Mall!!!

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