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LONDON LETTER. SVECIAWY WIRED. j r 3Y OUR GAHFir.Y CORRESPONDENT. ] IÚXDo, Sunday Night. The unpropftioivs weather rendered the Bishop of London's funeral a cheerless cere- mony. A strong wind, heavy with rain, was borne across Fulhaiu Churchyard as the las: tribute of respect was being paid, to the memory of the deceased prelate. Notwith- stajxhr.g the unfavourable atmospheric con- ditions, however, a numerous assoinblatre gathered at tbv. grave sides, including the Bishops of Manchester, Lichiieid, and Sipon, sceral colonial pre- lates. The burial service v. a-s con- ducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury and tilt; Bishop of Bedford, who is really the suilVagan iiishop for/East London, to w,iioiii i)i-. a of the routine episcopal work in that populous part of the capital. Falham Valace, the late bishopresidence, "adjoins the church- yard, so t hat the mournful procession was a walking one. Happily for the comfort of those who had come to witness the obsequies, the service was not unduly prolonged, and they were nor called upon to protract t il("ir stay on tile saturated earth, in the face of a bitterly cold wind. One of the members to disappear from pe. the House of Commons it the of the present Parliament will be Alderman Sir Robert Card en, who is eighty-three. Barn- staple, which returned the venerable city knight, is to cease to have an inJependcllt political existence, and S 1 r Robert's Liberal colleague. Ixml Lymington, 111 1,0 South Molron division of Devon. The Earl of Portsmouth, his lord-hips fat.ser, i: one of the most popular noblemen in that pleasant uhire, audits been far more stcd&at to his political prin- ciples than the noble owner of Castle Hill, Earl Fortesc:ie, the Radical Lord Ebringten of a generation ago, and the very attenuated Liberal of to-day. iVlr Charles Pel ham Vdhers is a fortunate ir. a He has had :t statue erected to him in his lifetime, and has witnessed the com- pletion of tiic 50th year of his represent* tion of the samo constituency. Air Bis- :•ae-H once describe;! his membership for the county of Buckingham aa having extended over a period marked by the passing away of a generation of men, while Mr Villiers has beaten this by twenty years. The subject mentioned by Sir Edmund Hay Currie in the letter which he sent yes- terday to Mr Nathan Robinson, who, like himself, is a member of the Metropolitan Asyiunid i>>arct, wtii occupy the attention of that i;o:ty at. its next meeting. TI alleged ill-treatment of small-pox patients the convalescent camp at Darenth has tecn denied, or, at all events, the statements have been explained away, and Sir Edmund Carrie new objects to Mr Robinson as a member of the Darenth Committee, making public as a vestryman charges against a board of which he is a member, and which, If they existed, would render him liable to public censure. With such matters as this, however, the public have nothing to do, but is jittio doubt that a much more searching inquiry will yet be made. On Tuesday, according to present arrange- ment. the technical point raised on behalf of Mr E iflllild "lutes will come on for hear- hi will l.o remembered that some mon in the case of Lonsdale versus the ?i ,-u Mr Yates was convicted of libel, •ryo very savage speech sentenced by Coleridge to four months' imprison- ment. The conviction was at once chal- lenged upon a, point of law. Tn the News- paper ibei Act the good work of lr i'luicliinson, late member for Halifax, it was stipulated that no action of the kind levelled against Mr Yates could be taken, unless the assent of the Attorney General were first obtained. This war, obviously designed to frustrate those iussy and malicious actions with which newspapers are constantly pestered. The act was overlooked by Lord Lonsdale's ad- viseti, and the necessaiy consent was not obtained prm? to the nctiorf"being heard. It seems an extraordinary thing that with a dictum thus peremptorily laid down within narrow lines, the case could, in the circuinsfances, have been heard at ail. But everybody, including the judge. seems to have forgotten it. I-«ow that it has been recalled, there appears no alternative but that the conviction should be quashed. It is said that of the five judges two are distinctly in favour of taking that course, and the other three are doubt- less open to conviction. The sentence and the speech in which it was conveyed were rugavJul ;c the time as not altogether free from vinJ.ictiveness, and every one will be glad if the whole <>n<* •>*•••. falls through. Miss For; L.eue lias confirmed the estimate formed of hov character by all that was made known in court in the breach of pro- mise case. She might have retired from the stage on the £ 10,000 awarded her by the jury, but she preferred to earn her living as before. Of her fortune she settled £ 6,000 upon her mother, and went back to the stage. After her provincial tour she will return to London, acting here during the season. In September she sails for the Cnited States, intending to remain there playing in all the principal cities over a term of six or eight months. One singular result of the Winter Exhibi- tion of the old masters is that it very fre- qtiemiy prepares great surprises for the owners of pictures. Most of the old col- lections were made a hundred or a hundred and fifty years ago..Neither art nor artists were then fashionable. Noblemen laid in ci- ti i-ei just as they laid in wine, only they were pretty good judges of what tilled their hilars, but they tilled their galleries with less certainty. The portraits were always genuine, but most V ennses were by Titian and most, white horses wero by Wouvermans. The canvases hung undisturbed upon the walls, ■md when ampler knowledge came, it was neither good taste nor good policy to be wiser than one's ancestors. But the modern art critic is very learned indeed, and has d mots upon most things, except his own capability. He has seen galleries, read books, and is not to be imposed upon. The result a uiat many poor picture owners have got rude surprises. On critics' day the critics have it all their own way in the gallery. They hold inquests on certain of the pic- tures, hear the evidence of one another, and come out then with wonderfully unani- mous verdicts. There is no one to con- tradict them, and once a thing appears in print there is no one. who can contradict them. The Lippi is certainly a Botticelli, the Vinci a Luino, the Luino a Cesede da Sesto, and the general tendency of the critics is I to reduce rents,"

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