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TOWN LETTERS.—Ko. 59. ♦ THE memory of the statesman whose loss last week we deplored is still fresh in the land. In Parliament and out his character and his worth are still the theme of eulogy, sincere and true. On Tuesday his mortal remains were de- posited in the dark dwelling that awaits us all; amidst universal grief did the grave close over them. As early as seven o'clock every line of road and bye-way converging towards Drayton was alive with peasantry, clothed in their best attire, and bearing upon their persons such symbols of mourning as their humble means afforded. As the morning ad vancedy a superior class of the inhabitants prepared to take part in the coming observance by hastening to Tamworth, Z5 Z5 from the ancient keep of whose eelebrated castle there floated heavily in the wind the royal standard, half-mast high—an emblem of regret visible over a vast sweep of country, across which might be heard the boom of the muffled bells in the tower of the parish church. For once atast the stately burial service of the Church of Diglandelprtsst-d3 htsman griefs and hopes. At the appointed moment, the coffin having been lowered into the vault, the Bishop of Gibraltar left the pulpit and advanced to the head of the grave for the purpose of completing the ritual. Here the feelings, hitherto with difficulty restrained alike by the exigencies of the occa- sion and of his position, yielded to the impulses of over- powering emotion. At the enuiuiation of the impressive and all-significant words, Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust," the broken utterance became wholly choked, and stifling sobs denied all further articulation, save that which awakened responsive echoes in the bosom of every hearer. Duty, however, soon reasserting her supremacy, the bishop, recovering himself, resumed the routine pie- Z, scribed, and concluded the service in a I i-lily impressive 0 manner. While thus solemn were the funeral rites in the obscure church of Drayton Manor all England was pervaded by a common grief. In our great marks of industry it was felt that a friend was gone. In London most of the trades- men at the west end and in the city testified their respect for the deceased statesman by partially closing their places of business. On the river, also, there was scarcely a craft in the numerous tiers but what displayed its flags in mourn- ing." The flags on the different pier-heads of St. Katherine's, t, Z!1 London, East and West India Docks, were lowered, as also the colours of the numerous ships moored in those great depots. At Gravesend the day was observed with much respect. In the Mcdway the shipping joined the feeling so strongly manifested in the pool. At Wolverhampton, at Birmingham, at Bristol, at Manchester, at Liverpool, the outward signs of sorrow were very visible; the shutters were IS I up in most of the shops, and the bells tolled heavily for the dead. At Manchester more than £1000 has been collected to erct a monument of the late Sir l'obert Peel. In Parlia- ment we find, from the motion of Lord John Ilussell, a similar idea is entertained; but it is purposed to erect a monument which will better tell in what light Sir Robert was considered, not by parties in St Stephen's—not by an aristocracy who could ill brook the supremacy of the cotton- spinner's son—but by the people whose humble homes it was his lofty aim to make the abode of plenty and peace. The design is to erect a working man's monument to Sir Robert Peel. The sum for which is to be raised by penny subscrip- tions. Such a monument to the outward eye may be mean and meagre, but it is one to which the noblest of earth's sons might aspire. Parliament this- week is now making up for lost time. The Palmerston affair made a sad encroachment on the busy end of the session, and senatorial wisdom is now in a state of the utmost vigilance and activity. The debate on Mr. Cayley's motion, on Friday night, for the Repeal of the Malt-tax, drew from Lord J. Russell an intimation of his intention to stand by Free-tiade, which will stop the rumours that have been afloat of Ministers being faint- hearted in the work. On Tuesday there was an important debate on Mr. Locke King's motion, for extension of the suffrage, the result of which tells well for the people. Progress evidently has been made—100 votei s is more strength than lias before been exhibited; and even the T'tnes admits that (he extension of the franchise is desirable. The opposition was very poor by way of reply. Every- thing looks well for progress. Let the people determine to have their rights, and not even the House of Corfl- mons can resist them. Even the Lords must give way, when the people will they should. With their old tradi- tions they are impotent—when barriers have to be broken down—when sectarian divisions have to be destroyed— when the cause of civil and religious liberty has to be subserved. 0 Very little else notable has occurred this week. One of the most popular of royal Dukes has been called to exchange his palace for his grave. Two Parliamentary papers have been issued, relative to the exhibition of 1851. One con- sists of a letter addressed by the Commissioners of the Exhibition of 1851 to the Lords of the Treasury, enclosing a memorandum as to the site of the exhibition-building in Hyde-park. In this letter the Ctmmissioners gave their reasons for selecting Hyde-park, and state that the building to be erected will be removed by the 1st of November. The area of Hyde-park is 387 acres; Kensington Gar- dens, 290 Regent's-park, 403 St. James's-park, 83 Green-park, 71 Victoria-park, 160 Greenwich-park, 174: making a total of 1,568 acres; while only twenty acres are proposed to be taken for the purposes of this exhibition. The Commissioners add, that the possibility that the bringing the exhibition into Hyde Park should be considered as an interference with the enjoyment of that 7== park by the public has never entered their minds. They have, on the contrary, always intended it as a means of re creation and intellectual enjoyment for the greatestportion of her Majesty's subjects, and they have hitherto had reason to believe that it has been so regarded by the country hi general. The apprehension that the park will be injured is groundless. A small clump of ten trees has been allowed to be removed, in compensaiion for which, it is proposed by the Commissioners of Woods arid Forests to plant another clump elsewhere. It is not intended to cut down any more. The surface, of the ground will ultimately be materially improved, by being drained and freshly sown with grass seed. It will be a strict condition with the contractors for the building that they shall, dli its rfcmoval, restore the ground to its present condition. The second paper is a letter from the Commissioners of Woods and Forests to the Lords of the Treasury, on the subject of the ground appropriated for the site of the exhibition. Foreign news call for no particular comment. The ap" proaching Peace Congress at Frankfort-on-tlie-Maine if creating some little stir. The Nonconformist says: The arrangements for this great meeting are now definitely settled. The German Senate has, in the most courteous manner, given in writing their full authorisation for holding the Congress. An active committee has also been formed at Frankfort, for making arrangements both for the meetings of the Congress and the hotel accommodation of the delegates and visitors who will attend it. Some of the most eminent men in Frankfort, including a member of the Senate, are on the committee, and have engaged to do their utmost to promote the success of the great gathering. From various parts of Germany and the continent adhesions to the Con- gress have been sent in, and the interest felt in the under- taking is widely spreading. This Congress, judging from present appearances, will be the most important one yet held, and it is to be hoped that England will supply, as she has hitherto done, the largest amount of support on an occasion so interesting. The sittings of the Congress will commence August 22nd, and careful arrangements are making to con- vey the English delegates and visitors from London on the 19th August. The movement has already secured a large amount of attention, and the friends of peace throughout the country are manifesting a deep interest in the enterprise. These gatherings, independently of the object at which they aim, cannot but do good. They rub off national animosities— they create mutual friendships, and thus hasten the advent of the reign of peace on earth. WIDE AWAKE.