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FASHIONABLES, LITERATURE, &c. At the party given by their Majesties on Fri- day evening, in honour of the Princess Augusta's birth-day, several Gentlemen made their appear- ance in black silk handkerchiefs; but they were politely told that coloured handkerchiefs at Court were contrary to the usual observance, and they re- tired to etfeet a change. A GREAT BotiNcr.His Majesty is reported to have said, when the petition of the Marylebone find other associations were presented to him by Lord Melbourne, I do not like to hear this some- t iing must be done the people must not be subject to such oppression and I am determined to see my- self that the grievances they complain of are taken into consideration immediately." The Duke of Devonshire, it is said, his tuice tendered his resisnationas Lord Chamberlain, which the King has declined; and therefore during his Grace's absence on the Continent for the improve- ment of his health, his official duties will devolve on Lord Belfast, the Vice Chamberlain. The Duke is stated to be suffering under confirmed white swelling" of the knee. Lord Francis Egerton has dropped the surname of Leveson Gower, in compliance with the will of the late Duke of Bridgewater, and assumed that of Egerton only. His Lordship returns to England to take possession of the vast canal property be- queathed to him by the duke, which is estimated to exceed £100,000 per annum. MI'MFICENT CoNDf'CT.—Tt has been stated in some of the papers, that the Duke of Newcastle is about to dispose of his property at Aldborough and Borotighbridge. The Vicar of the former borough has for some time resided in Aldborough Old Hail, at a low rent, and has expended considerable sums in the necessary repairs. As the loss would have been seriously felt by the Reverend gentleman, if the property were sold, and he was owiged to leave his residence, he visited the Duke at ('Itjiyiber,in com- pany with a friend, with a view to obtain a lease of the premises at an equitable rent. When the Duke had heard the statement of the Reverend Gentleman, his Grace told him that he had not been unmindful of the improvements he had effected, or of the money he had expended and that he might go home perfectly comfortable, for whatever became of the Aldborough property, he would take care that the Hall and a small garth attached to it should be made over to the Vicar and his successors for ever; and that, moreover, he would be at the expense of the conveyance. This is another instance of the way in which the Noble Duke doth what he likes with his own. It would he well if his Grace had imita- tions amongst the herd who so basely calumniate him. It is very generally credited that both Earl Grey and Lord Althorp are desirous of resigning their respective offices before the next meeting of Parliament. On the part of the Premier it is also said a negotiation is on foot to restore that sweet- tempered Radical Aristocrat, his yellow-faced son- i n-law, Lord Durham; an event that we fervently hope will occur, as it will be a shell thrown into the enemy's camp, and one too that is certain of creating a tremendous explosion. We are not. however, so well pleased with the proposed retirement of Lord A I tliorp for although that poor gentleman is guilty of great blunders, we believe him to mean honestly, and we have no desire to see his place occupied by such visionary political adventurers as Bab Macauley or Poulett Thomson.—Age. SALE OF UNSTAMPED PAPERS—THE REAL REMEDY.—We are, as may be imagined, no friends to frauds on the fair trade. We do not therefore justify the conduct of certain individuals who have placed themselves under the penalties of the law for selling vnstamped publications. We do not desire the incarceration of the poor devils (who in nine cases out of ten are driven by distress to the trade of hawking the illegal prints); but in sup- porting the supremacy of the law we are desirous that it should be fairly administered. Instead of filling our prisons with pauper hawkers of this kind, we are convinced that the offence would be diminished by the punishment being shifted-let the buyer be mulcted in double penalty, and suffer double punishment to the seller and Tower-street to a China orange" but the evil would be remedied. Ibid. YORK ELECTION.—We stated in our last, on the authority of a respectable contemporary, that Mr. Lowther had been elected for the city of York. We find this to be erroneous, Mr. Dundas having been returned by a majority of 494. been returned by a majority of 494. POPULARITY OF THF. WHIGS.—On Saturday afternoon, when the carriages of several west-end guests of the new Lord Mayor joined the Civic pro- cession at the end of Bridge Street, Blackfriars, a certain vehicle was pointed out by some persons in the crowd as the carriage of Lord Melbourne, and it was stated that it contained the noble Lord himself. A tremendous row commenced. Cries of Down with the Whigs, No Assessed Taxes," "Remember the Cold-bath fields bludgeoning," and Who em- ployed Police Spies V' were mingled with hisses groans, and other unequivocal manifestations of popular regard. A rush was made at the carriage but the City Police promptly interfered, and the crowd being, moreover, assured that the carriage was not that of Lord Melbourne, no mischief was done. A rather droll instance of the gallant Captain Ross's leaping at conclusions occurs in his letter of the vagueness of which we complain. He there tlls us, that, "to crown all, we have had the honour of placing the illustrious name of our most gracious Sovereign, William IV.on the true position of the magnetic po, le Now, seeing as how our gracious Sovereign was only proclaimed in June, 1^30, more than twelve months after the voyagers had left Geo. IV. on the throne, and lost all trace of home news, we fancy the Captain must have be- stowed this name on the magnetic pole by instinct I or perhaps at a later period, when he had dined with his Majesty on Sunday week—an ex postfacto sort of christening, inspired by the royal champagne just o.it of the ICQ.—Lit,vary Gazette. THE NATIONAL DEBT.—Tt is well-known that there is a party in this country unprincipled enough to urge the application of "The Spunge" to this public debt, as the spring and source of all national distress. Setting aside the argument that it is a debt owing among ourselves, the interest of which is immediately circulated and spent among ourselves, let us look to what class of persons would be the most extensively injured and daringly robbed by such a proceeding. An authentic Parliamentary Document shews that in the year 1830 there were 27 4,823 persons receiving half-yearly payments on dividends as fundholders of these 83,609 were en- titled to dividends not exceeding 5/ 42,227 to divi- dends not exceeding 101. 97,307 not exceeding 50/ 24,314 not exceeding 1001.; 15,209 under 2001.; 4912 under 300! 3077 under 500/ and 2,116 ex- ceeding 5001. Thus it will appear that a quarter of a million of people, who are public fundholders, receive each an annual sum not exceeding 1001. per annum from these funds, while not more than 25,000 persons are entitled to dividends above that sum. Besides this there are depositors in the savings' banks throughout the kingdom, amounting to not less than half a million of persons, wholly belonging to the humbler classes, who have about seventeen millions invested in the public funds. Then again there are the friendly societies, who have their funds invested in Government securities to the amount of 500,OOOT. All these depositors, therefore, have a direct interest in upholding public credit. The Committee of the British and Foreign Bible Society have unanimously appointed the Rev, G. Browne, of Claphain, to be their secretary, in the room of the late Rev. Joseph Hughes. COWERSION TO THE CHURCH—The Rev. J. T. Witty, formerly pastor of the Independent Church at Rook-lane, Frome, was, at a recent ordination held by the Lord Bishop of Salisbury, admitted to full priests' orders in the Church of Eugland. AVACE OF RELIGIOUS K,oli'LFDGE.-A t Bradford, on the 1st inst. the accounts for the past year, of the district committee of the Societies for liorTof "thp. f'T1S,ia.n Knowledge, and for the propaga- it nr.no;JSi.P 1H Foreign Parts, were audited. pp rs a m each of the three years since this committee was formed, its circulation of the H„ly Scriptures, common prayer bo,ks, and other religious publications has been doubled; and thr.t handsome donations have been made in each of the two last years to tue Parent Societies, sijl, having the com- ait tee s funds in a prosperous state.—Journal.

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