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, Royal, Crniosity.—In the year 1797, when the “Castle Spectre” and “Blue Beard” had just been produced, his Majesty commanded them both for one evening's performance, to which gracious messaga the managers returned, in substance, the following reply: “ 'I hat, highly flattered by his Majesty's peculiar distinction, they would gladly comply with the coromand; but begged of the Chamberlain to apprise his Majesty, that the performances must commence at Three in the afternoon, in order to finish by Twelve at night.” CLERicAL Pocket CoMPANion.—The Earl of Sandwich, known by the name of Jenny Twitcher, who was remarkable for making F. free with the clerical cloth, being in a arge company where there were ten clergymen present, secretly offered a considerable jet to the gentleman who sat next him, that there was not a single prayer-book in the pocket of either of the parsons. The wager being accepted, a pretended dispute, respecting some article in the church service, gave occasion to an inquiry for a prayer-book, but neither of the clergymen could produce one. Some time after, the Earl privately offered another bet, to the same amount, that there was not, among the ten parsons, a single one of them without a corkscrew. This wager was accepted, and the butler being properly instructed, presently entered the room with a bottle of claret and a broken corkscrew, requesting the favour of any gentleman, who had such a thing, to