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That these goddesses delighted in those nobler enjoyments which may satisfy the most refined, is expressly affirined of them: their pleasures were never gross; their sports were ingenuous and their recreations were such as Virtue's self might approve and even participale: they were mental, not sensual; and placid, not rude. Can we wonder then that Jove himself forsook his Olympus to enjoy such graufication? Let us hear the poet :

Ye lovely Graces, hear me and approve!
Ye daughters of Eunomia and of Jove!
Eunomia! for her beatcous bosom known;.
(For that great Jove forsook his starry throne)
But more renown'd in her illustrious race,
The varying maids, that vary still in grace!
Whose rosy cheeks maintain a lasting bloom!
From whom their birth the sports and joys
assume!

The chaster sports and joys, of mind, not sense!
Joys, without crime! and sports, without offence!
Your aid, Aglaia, and Thalia, lend,
Nor less, divine Euphrosyne ! attend:
Come, sweet companions, come, and with you
bring

Pleasure and wealth; while we your praises sing!
Ye sweet dispensers of all pure delight,
Crown, with your presence, your own mys-
tic rite!

But we have no need to recur to the ages of antiquity for such enjoyments were Jove living in our day, he would think himself singularly happy, I am sure, in acquaintance with many of our fair countrywomen, whose graceful appearance is the external index of -cultivated minds. The pleasure of hearing their remarks in conversation, the elegance of language in which their conversation is clothed, the ingenuity of their observations, combined with the simplicity of their man*ners; never could be surpassed, not even by those to whom antiquity paid worship as heavenly powers.

But there are agreeablenesses, not to call them virtues, in which our living Graces greatly surpass those of which ancient ages boasted: for, to digress a little, not only the Graces, but the Muses, would sometimes give into excess of wine according to Horace. Öluerunt which is the term he uses, will by no means agree with the delicacy or the practice of the ladies of a mouth smelling of yesterour age: day's wine would hardly be credited or suffered in these sober days, either as to the fact, of the expression; whatever might have been the practice of the Graces and the Muses of ancient times. The passage of Horace, is, obin ferè dulces gluerunt mane Camana. le che gentle Muses, ev'n those nymphs divine,

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I must even give honour to our ladies for more delicate attention to decorum, than those of ages past in our own island: for when the lusty diet of our ancestors is considered, we shall find a difficulty in believing that it was always free from consequences, that now are seen only among the vulgar.Witness the Maids of Honour, or Ladies of the Bedchamber, belonging to the court of Henry VIII; as appears by an order, signed by that king's hand and directed to the officers of his household, in favor of the Lady Lucye the original is preserved among the records in Westminster; a copy of which may not be unentertaining to your readers; But, may we suppose that the morning beef and ale was intended, not for Lady Lucye, but for her domestics?

Henry VIII. King, &c.

We wol and commaunde you, to allow dailly from hensforth unto our right dere and wellbilouede the Lady Lucye, into her chainbre, the dyat and fare herafter ensuying. Furst every mornyng at brekefast oon chyne of beyf, at our kechyn, oon chete loff and oon maunchet at our panatrye barr, and a gallone of ale at our buttrye barr. Item, at de ner a pese of beyf, a stroke of roste and a rewarde at our said kechyn, a cast of chete brede at our panatrye barr, and a galone of ale at our buttrye barr. Item, at afternone a maunchet at our panatrye barr, and half a ga lone of ale at our buttrye barr. Item, mo supper, a messe of porage a pese of mutton and a rewarde at our said kechyn, a cast of chete brede at our panatrye, and a galone of ale at our buttrye. Item, at supper a chete loff and a maunchet at our panatrye barr, a galone of ale at our buttrye barr, and half a galone of wine at our seller barr. Item, every morning at our woodeyarde four tanhyds and twoo fagots. Item, at our chaundrye bar in Wynter euery night oon preken and four syses of wax, with eight candells white lights, and oon torche. Item, at our picherhouse wokely six white cuppes. Itemat every tyme of our remoeving oon hole carte And these our for the cariage of her stuff. lettres shal be your sufficient warrant and discharge in this behalf at all tymes herafter. Geuen under our signet at our manour of Est Hampstede the xvith day of July the xiiijth yere of our reigne."

To the Lord Steward of our Housholde, the Treasourer, Comptroller, Cofferer, or Clerks of our Grene Clothe, and of our Kechyn,

I shall not deny that this order indicates a hearty stomach in the Ladye Lucye: but I shall adhere to my opinion in favour of the manners of the present day, when brought into comparison, until cogent reasons to the contrary ry be adduced by some of your corres pondents. I am, Sir, &c.Hoмo.

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OBSERVANDA INTERNA.

LIFE ANNUITIES.

Abstract of such of the Provisions of the Act (48 Geo. III. c. 142.) enabling the Commissioners for the Reduction of the national Debt, to grant Life Annuities as may be necessary or proper for the Information and Guidance of Persons desirous of purchasing Annuities under that Act.

The consideration must be either in three per-centum Consolidated or Reduced bank Annuities, to be transferred to the commissioners for reduction of national debt.

be produced an affidavit of his age, name, surname, occupation (if any), usual place of abode and place of Birth, names of parents or reputed parents, and that the person named is the nominee on whose Life the Annuity is to be granted; this affidavit must be made by the nominee, or by some other person having knowledge of the circumstances; in which latter case there must also be an affidavit by the person on whose behalf the Annuity is purchased, that the contents of the last mentioned affidavit are, to the best of his or her knowledge, true. These affidavits must be made before one or more of the judges of the courts at Westminster if in England, or if in Scotland or Ireland before one of the barons of the exchequer there respectively; and if the person named is a native of Great Britain or Ireland, the affidavit must state the cause why a certificate of the copy of the register cannot be produced.

Annuities may be purchased, either on the Lives of the parties themselves, or on the Lives of any other person whom they nominate, not under the age of 35 years; native of and resident in Great Britain or Ireland. But any person, although not a native of or resident in Great Britain or Ireland, may pur-will chase an Annuity on his or her own Life, or on the Life of any person born and resident in Great Britain or Ireland.

The officer appointed by the commissioners then calculate the amount of the Annuity, and grant his certificate.

And on production and delivery of this cer tificate at the bank of England, and on trans

tional debt of the stock mentioned therein, the purchaser, or person producing the certificate, will receive a certificate of the cashier of the bank, acknowledging such transfer, and which receipt will be a discharge for the stock transferred. No certificate however will be valid to enable the transfer of stock, unless produced at the bank within five days from the date thereof.

Every Annuity must be accepted at the bank by the purchaser, or some other person for him.

No less a sum than £100 stock, and no fraction of stock less than £1 can be transfered; and no fraction of an Annuity less than 6d.

No Annuity can be granted on the continuance of a single Life exceeding £1,000 per annum; nor on the continuance of two Lives and the Life of the longer Liver of them exceeding £1500

-A declaration must be delivered to the offi-fer to the commissioners for reduction of nacer appointed by the commissioners for reduction of national debt, of intention to purchase. It is necessary to produce a copy of the register of the Birth or Baptism of the person named as the Life upon which the Annuity is purchased, with a certificate of the minister of the parish, or in his absence (which absence must be specified in the certificate) of any two of the churchwardens or overseers (to be attested by two witnesses) certifying, that the copy of the register is a true copy; to which certificate must be annexed an affidavit, by one of the witnesses, made before a justice of the peace or magistrate of the county, city, &c. within which the place of the Birth or Baptism of the nominee may be, if in England or Scotland, or if in Ireland, then before one of the barons of the exchequer there, that the witness examined and compared the copy of the register with the register, and saw the minister or churchwardens or Overseers sign the certificate; and the certificate must also be accompanied by an affidavit of the purchaser of the Annuity, or by some person on his behalf, (to be made and taken in like manner as the last-mentioned affidavit,) that the person named in the certificate of the register of the Birth or Baptism is the same person who is named as the Life on which the Annuity is to be granted. Should the copy of the register purport to be a copy of the register of the Baptism and not of the Birth, the age of the Life will be calculated from the date of the Baptism.

In case the Birth or Baptism of such person shall not appear in the register of the parish where born or baptized, then there must

Upon the death of any single nominee or the survivor of any two joint nominees, a sum equal to one fourth part of the Annuity will be payable on the half yearly day of payment next succeeding the death of the single or surviving nominee, provided the sanie be claimed within two years after his or her death.

Persons receiving Annuities, after the same ought to cease by virtue of the act (knowing the nominees to be dead), will forfeit treble the value of the money so received, and £500.

Copies of registers of Birth or Baptism, certificates, affidavits or affirmations, transfers, acceptances, and receipts for the payment of Life Annuities at the bank of England, are exempted from stamp duties.

No fees are to be taken by the officer, for any thing to be done in pursuance of the act.

thereof, and the Age of the Nominee at the Time of the Transfer.

TABLE, shewing the ANNUAL AMOUNT of LIFE ANNUITIES granted on the Continuance of SINGLE LIVES, which will be payable for every £100 of STOCK transferred according to the Average Price

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"Tables," calculated to shew the Proceeds of £100, on single and joint Lives, &c. For the Guidance of Purchasers, Mr. FORTUNE, Stock-broker, has published “Additional

Middlesex Meeting-In consequence of a requisition signed by several freeholders of the county, a meeting was held, August 30, at the Mermaid Tavern, Hackney, to vote certain resolutions in favour of the Spanish cause. The Sheriff having opened the business of the meeting, Major Cartwright said: It was his intention to move certain resolutions, expressive of the sentiments of the freeholders, with respect to the Spanish cause, and also to submit a petition to parliament, and move an address to his majesty, on the subject of a reform in parliament. He concluded with reading his resolutions, the petition, and the address.

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The first resolution" that for aiding the cause of the Spanish Patriots, the king was entitled to the gratitude of mankind, passed unanimously; as was also the second, that a people who were ready to fight for their liberties were alone worthy of the alliance of a free nation. "The third resolution, "that to find such allies as the Spanish nation left us little reason to regret the allies we had lost," produced some discussion. On the third being put, Mr. Mellish, M. P. for the county, observed, that he was sorry to be compelled to make a complaint on the part of the freeholders, that more publicity had not been given to the meeting by the sheriff. He could attribute the thinness of the meeting to no other cause. He happened to be 150 miles from town, and by accident saw it in the papers, and immediately posted up. The Hon. Member suggested an amendinent to the resolution, which was adopted and passed. The fourth resolution went to suggest to the people of Spain, that reform in representation, and arming the population, were the only means by which they could secure their liber ties.

Some difficulty was started to adopting this resolution.

Mr. Mellish observed, that it was not a proper compliment to the Spanish people, to interfere in their own internal arrangement, and recommended that it be withdrawn. He thought that as the meeting was so thin, it would be better to adjourn, and call another meeting, which might be more numerously attended, if duly advertised.

The resolution was negatived-the question of adjournment was then proposed by Mr. Mellish, on the ground that the nieeting ought to be more fully attended, and that the subjects which the mover introduced were distinct from the main object of the meeeing. This produced a long discussion, which at length was terminated by agreeing that the resolutions passed should be published, and another meeting called. Thanks having been voted to the Sheriffs, the meeting adjourned.

The freeholders of Middlesex have been

charged with apathy in not attending this meeting in greater numbers, only 46 real freeholders being present; but we have no doubt the great majority of that body thought it unnecessary to come forward, on account of their persuasion that the ministers were acting with that energy and attention towards the Spaniards, which the people of England wished, and therefore needed not to be prompted by similar meetings; it was this idea that forcibly struck us in the outset, when the good intentions of Colonel Greville and the gentlemen who acted with him were in some measure frustrated, although we still wish there had been a subscription set afloat for the wires and children of those brave Spaniards who might be killed or wounded in the war. [Vide Panorama, Vol. IV p. 984, for the address and resolutions intended to have been moved at the Argyle Rooms].—But we are at a loss to conceive what a petition to parliament, and an address to his majesty on a reform in parliament, had to do with our assisting the Spaniards; and in a meeting too when the first division consisted only of 21 to 19, and the second of 26 to 20 freeholders.

Auction Mart.-The Lord Mayor, attended by the sheriffs and several aldermen, the directors, and a numerous company of proprietors, assembled at the London Tavern, and proceeded from thence, about three o'clock, on Tuesday, September 20, in the following order :-Four streetmen to clear the way-band of music-banner of the city of London-100 labourers and artificers, with various tools and implements-eight bricklayers-foreman bricklayer-eight masons-The first stone; on which was inscribed Auction Mart, drawn by four horseseight masons-foreman mason-eight carpenters-foreman carpenter-The foreman and the clerk of the works-The builder, Alexander Copland, Esq.-The architect, Mr John Walters-the model of the intended building, borne on the shoulders of artificers-city marshal, on horseback—The proprietors-The secretary-The 12 directors -The lord mayor-aldermen-sheriffsConstables. When the procession arrived on the ground, it was greeted with the acclamations of the surrounding multitude, and subsequently by an assemblage of several hundred ladies, for whose accommodation seats had been prepared on the scite of the building. Mr. Shuttleworth, the projector, next advanced, and deposited coins of every description that had been issued during the present reign, with medals of distinguished senators, and naval and military heroes. The lord mayor was now presented with the silver trowel, and, at the same moment, the stone, weighing three tons, was slowly lowered, the band striking up God save the King. After the ceremony was concluded, the ladies partook

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of a cold collation, and the rest of the compa- Iron Coffin, Tomb, and Pyramid.-Lancasny proceeded to dine at the London Tavern, ter, August. The iron coffin, to hold the rewhere every delicacy of the season was provi-mains of the late Mr. Wilkinson, the great ded. The lord mayor, in the chair, was iron-master, arrived at Ulverston, in a sloop, supported on the right and left by the county from his foundery, at Braidley, in Wales, and city members, the aldermen and the together with an iron tomb and pyramid, with directors-A variety of patriotic toasts were iron letters, gilt, for the inscription, which given, and several analogous to the occasion, he had composed previous to his death. The among which was distinguished the following: whole of them was removed to his house, on May an Auction Mart be established in Castle Head. The rock, in which the pile France, and Buonaparte be knocked down is to be placed, fronts the house, and is comfor the first lot.” pletely exposed to view.-He has left to Mrs. Wilkinson the celebrated place called Castle Head; great part of which has been recovered from the sea, presenting some of the finest fields of corn, where a few years since there were only peat and moss.

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Visit of the Prince of Wales to Louis XVIII.-Friday, August the 19th, the Duke of Cumberland reviewed his own and several other regiments, on Wanstead common. His Royal Highnes the Prince of Wales, and all the royal Dukes, were present, except the Duke of Sussex. It having long been the wish of his Koya Highness the Prince of Wales to pay a visit to the Conte de Lille. (Louis XVIII) this occasion presented the most favourable opportunity of giving to the meeting a due degree of éclat. After the review, the Prince and his royal brothers proceeded to Wanstead House, where they were introduced to his Majesty Louis XVIII. and partook of a breakfast remarkable for the elegance and taste with which it was served up. His Highness the Prince had a long confereace with Louis XVIII. and conversed with hin the whole time in French. The Prince seemed highly picased with the interview.

Royal Family of France.-The Queen of France and Duchess of Augoulême have been at Gossfield, for some time past, where they receive but little company. The meeting between the Duchess and her father-in-law, Monsieur, was one of the most affecting scenes that can possibly be imagined: he had not seen her for nearly 20 years, during which period she had experienced almost every misery: they held each other long in their embraces, but could not speak, and even now they dare not trust themselves to converse together, but upon common topics. The Duchess's favourite maid of honour is Mademoiselle Clery, daughter of Monsieur Clery, who attended the unfortunate Louis XVI. to the last hour of his life, and who gave the affecting narrative of the transactions in the Temple. The Duchess often employs herself in working embroidery, in which she very much excels: she had worked four beautiful chairs, which were very much admired by her father-in-law; she therefore sent them to London, and had them made up in the best manner possible; and when he came on a visit to London, she had them placed in his dressing-room. This mark of attention was very sensibly felt by her father-in-law, as her mind does not often dwell upon worldly trifles. The interesting Monsieur Clery is now at Vienna.

Ashes of Offa.-A curious piece of antiquity has lately been discovered in the churchyard of Hemel Hemstead, in Hertfordshire. In digging a vault for a young lady of the name of Warren, the sexton, when he had excavated the earth about four feet below the surface of the ground, felt his spade to strike against something solid, which, upon inspection, he found was a large wrought stone, which proved to be the lid of a coffin, and under it the coffin entire, which was afterwards taken up in perfect condition; but the bones contained therein, on being exposed to the air, crumbled to dust. Ou the lid of the coffin is an inscription, partly effaced by time, but still sufficiently legible, decidedly to prove it contained the ashes of the celebrated Offa, King of the Mercians, who rebuilt the Abbey of St. Alban's, and died in the eighth century. The coffin is about 6 feet long, and contains a niche or resting place for the head, and also a groove on each side for the arms, likewise for the legs; it is curiously carved, and altogether unique of the kind. The curate of the parish, the Rev. Mr. Binghani, has deposited it in a house adjacent to the church-vard, where the curious are flocking daily and hourly to see it, on whom he levies a contribution of one shilling each, for such indulgence. The church was built in the seventh century. The Watling-street road runs within a mile of this place, and many Roman coins have lately been found in the vicinity, particularly while digging for the Grand Junction Canal.

New Canal-At the first meeting of the Tees Navigation Company, held at the Townhall, Stockton, to put in execution the act of parliament for making a navigable cut through the neck of land near Portrach, a committee was chosen for carrying the measure into effect. This when executed, will be of the greatest advantage to the port and neighbourhood of Stockton, as a circui ons and dangerous navigation will be entirely avoided, and a facility given to vessels navigating the river.

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