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REMINISCENCES OF HOLBORN.

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REMINISCENCES OF HOLBORN. In view of the late ceremony at the Holborn Via. duct, the following historical facts will be of interest: —Holborn was in old times famed for its gardens. On the right of the new viaduct is Ely-place, where stood the town mansion of the Bishops of Ely. It had its vineyard and orchard, as well as its kitchen and flower gardens, the bishops being famous for their choice fruit. Here, in Ely House, died old John O'Gaunt, time-honoured Lancaster." Shakes- peare makes it the scene of Lancaster's last interview with Richard II. Henry VII. was present at a feast here with his queen. Henry VIII. and Queen Katherine were banqueted here. Queen Elizabeth made Cox, Bishop of Ely, lease the greater portion of the demesne to her Chancellor, Sir Chris- topher Hatton, at a nominal rent, the bishop only reserving to himself the right of walking in the gardens and gathering twenty bushels of roses yearly. Hatton afterwards moved the Queen to require the bishop to make over to him the whole property. The bishop remonstrated, whereupon the Tudor Queen got into a towering rage, and threatened to unfrock Jaim. Hatton got the entire property, and Elizabeth was so angry at having been thwarted by the bishop that she kept the see of Ely vacant for 13 years after the death of Cox. Hatton now lived in great state in Hatton House, having changed the name from Ely-place; but Elizabeth, who seldom gave loans and never forgave due debts," insisted on the payment of some X40,000 arrears. The Chancellor could not meet the demand, so it went to his heart, and he died." The Bishops of Ely ia vain endeavoured to recover this ancient property. In the reign of Jame3 I. the last performance of a religious mystery in England took place at Ely House, in the presence of Gondomar, the Spanish Ambassador. From Ely IlouFe, too, proceeded the grand masque given by the four Inns of Court to Charles I. and Queen Henrietta, when the great lawyers, Whitelocke, Clarendon, and Selden, went in a procession of masquers and horsemen from Ely House to White- hall. Milton lived in Holborn-row, and Dr. Johnson at Holborn-bars, where two allegorical statues marked on Saturday last the City boundaries.

LIME HOUSE AND NEWGATE.

MISCELLANEOUS. --

"DIVINELY LED."

I BURNING; A CAT.

THE LAST TRIBUTE.

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----A BRAVE: LITTLE BRIDE.

PETROLEUM AGAIN.

DISARMING PRUSSIA.

BRINGING HOME THE "DOCTOR"

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--AMERICAN ITEMS.

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