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day to Mr Tiffaney, the haberdasher Mr Tiffaney, I want a new bottom.Very well, Ma'am happy to supply your Ladyship-proud to say my b- s have been much approved of, and given satisfaction.-Not so fast, Mr Tiffaney-the last I had is worn out already.-Why, Ma'am, you very well know that no lady of fashion has been at rest five minutes in a place for some time past-What with races-morning and evening concerts-dinner parties-squeezing and mobbing to get into the playhousefits and fainting soon after-tossing and tumbling to get out again-then assemblies, or fireworks, with the delicate assistance of a young fellow's arm-late suppers, and all that sort of thing-why really, Ma'am, the best bottoms cannot support such tear and wear any length of time-Your Ladyship looks thinner since last furnishing Here now is a b―m, Ma'am -Your Ladyship's back, if you please-ay, this gets well up behind -quite Ladyship's size.-Rather flat, Mr Tiffaney.-Plump as can be, your Ladyship. But I must have my old bottom repaired, Mr Tiffaney.-We'll do the best we can, my Lady.-Your Ladyship must allow that the artificial b-m is the most fundamental improvement of modern times. There was but t'other day, Miss Plausible, accompanied by her friend Miss Crop, bought a b-m here, and being to cross the water, the poor soul slipt her foot in stepping into the boat, and went souce into the sea-the tide going three knots an hour-but, my Lady, she sat as snug and composed on the face of the water, as Queen Mab on the Gossamer.-With her bosom frame, gauzes, and flounces, she looked, by all the world, like a swan on a cruize in a pond.-Your Ladyship means to go north soon, diversions now over, presume? Wish your Ladyship good weather to cross the ferries.-Thank you, Mr Tiffaney, -You may as well send two b-ms.

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Your Ladyship's right—it is best to be provided, in case of accidentLadyship's right-Ladyship's most humble servant.

'You may also inform your country readers, that the male dress has undergone some change, though in general, puppyism has remained in statu quo for these some months.

'Some few distinguished spirits have endeavoured to new model the beard, by making it half Jewish, half Christian, and have thought it an ornament to come into company with a tuft of hair like a whin-bush on each cheek. But this savage fashion has not been much followed.

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after school, by turning the broad cock of the hat foremost, and the but. ton behind-assuming a knowing look, with a gait like Filch in the Beggar's Opera-carrying a short bludgeon in the hand, and endeavouring to swear (poor things!) most dreadfully.

'The having half-a-dozen large buttons under the pocket lids, might do very well for security in these pickpocket times, but unfortunately, it is not the fashion to have button holes.

'The rumpled boot about the ancle, to give air to the calf in the whitesilk stocking, has still been thought tonish by a few; and

'Boots in the forenoon, with persons who have no horses to ride, is thought very fashionable.'

At the time of the fermentation occasioned by the French revolution in 1792, Mr Creech, who was a very loyal subject, wrote a series of professional declarations in favour of government. A few of these we shall endeavour to find room for.

The Tanners declared, that it appeared to them that some people were hide-bound on the present occasion; but for their part they would allow no association (not even of the cowfeeders *) to stroke them against the hair. It was true that some people were disposed to bark at false alarms, but they would curry favour with no such pickles. . too lively colours the blessings they enjoyed as men and citizens. They viewed with abhorrence the outlines

The Painters could not draw in

of a system which would deface the fairest picture of liberty which mankind had ever framed. The prominent features of the constitution should be made to stand forth from the canvas on the present occasion, for the reformers were but daubers, from the

The Cow-feeders had published violent resolutions for a reform in government.

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'The Gardeners were nettled at the exotic notions that had sprung up in some people's minds. A few sprigs of disloyalty had shot out, but they were not for this climate. The Fleur de lis, the indigenous plant of France, had been blasted by severe storms, and they advised the cultivators of the new weeds to try the climate of Botany Bay. These planters might live to rue their sage reform by delving in new ground in this country.They considered our present constitution as a Noli me tangere. The new improvers had mistaken the poisonous foxglove for penny-royal, and celery, which it was well known they

were in search of.

The Shoemakers were ready to pledge their awl for the support of the constitution, and they were resolved to stick to the last.

The Printers received daily proofs of the excellence of the constitution. An impression had been made on their minds that it was superior to the arbitrary measures (after the trial of a republic) in the last century, for not


one of their number had yet lost his on a too prevalent disorder of fashionears on the pillory.

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'Thou man of mode and gallantry! thou plumest thyself upon thy nice honour, virtue, humanity!-words always in thy mouth: How opposite to these principles is thy practice! Wouldst thou hesitate to rob a friend, or beggar his family! Let me thunder it in your ears-you do so in fact! By a thousand vile arts, you insinuate yourself into his family and confidence; you, like a thief under trust, basely steal from him what he holds most dear, the affections of the wife of his bosom! You deprive, till then an honest woman, of her morals, her virtue, her religion! and consign her to infamy. You deprive a race of helpless infants of a tender parent, and reduce a whole family to ruin! The loss of money may be repaired; but to rob a husband of his wife, to have the fountain polluted from whence every stream of domestic happiness is derived, is of all miseries the most bitter and complicated. Deprived of the happiness which he enjoyed at home, the reward of his toil and virtuous labour, his industry flags, and gives way to carelessness and dissipation; despair not unfrequently takes place, and murder completes the catastrophe!

And thou, infatuated woman! once the respected wife of a virtuous husband! the sharer of his fortune, the delight of his heart, the mother of his infants! how art thou fallen!-Seduced from the path of virtue, what misery attends your steps!-Your short career of folly is run!-Torn from your helpless babes, on whose innocent heads your infamy descends; thrown out by your husband from the house where once you was mistress! the hospitable door now shut against you! despised by your friends, deserted by your vile seducer, and at last abandoned to want, misery, and remorse!'


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A GREAT literary prize was decided at Aberdeen on the 4th instant: -Mr Burnett, a merchant in that city, bequeathed by his will a sum to be allowed to accumulate until it should amount to £.1600 sterling, when it was to be given in two prizes, the first of £.1200 and the second of £.400, to two writers who should, in the opinion of three judges, chosen by the members of the King's and Marischall Colleges, the established clergy of Aberdeen, and his own trustees, produce the best dissertations on "The Evidence that there is a Being allpowerful, wise, and good, by whom every thing exists; and particularly to obviate difficulties regarding the wisdom and goodness of the Deity; and this, in the first place, from considerations independent of written Revelation; and, in the second place, from the Revelation of the Lord Jesus; and from the whole, to point out

the inferences most necessary and useful to mankind." It was required that all the Essays should be lodged with a gentleman at Aberdeen, by the 1st of January, 1814.


years were allowed to candidates to prepare the dissertations; repeated notices were given in the newspapers of the amount of the prizes, the subject, and the conditions. The judges appointed and sworn were, Gilbert Gerard, D. P. professor of divinity in King's College; the Rev. George Glennie, professor of moral philoso phy in Marischall College; and Robert Hamilton, L.L. D. professor of mathematics in the same college. At a meeting in Marischall College. the three judges reported that they had unanimously decreed the prizes to two dissertations; and, on opening the sealed letters accompanying the dissertations, which contained the name and address of the writers, it was discovered that the twelve hundred pounds prize was due to W. L. Brown, D. D. principal of Marischall College, &c. &c. and that of four bundred pounds to T. B. Sumner, Esq. of Eton College.

Lieut.-Colonel C. W. Pasley, author of the Essay on Military Policy, 8vo. is about to publish Elementary Fortification, illustrated by upwards of five hundred diagrams in wood.

The Rev. Thomas Frognall Dibdin, is preparing a third volume of Typographical Antiquities of Great Britain; begun by the late Joseph Ames, augmented by William Herbert, and now greatly enlarged, with curious notes, and illustrated with numerous portraits, wood-cuts, and other appropriate engravings.

Mr Evans, printer, in Bristol, has invited all authors and publishers whose works, though still in print, are not named in the last-published 'London Catalogue,' to furnish him (postage paid) with the necessary parti culars for a similar publication, under the title of The British Provincial Cata


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tuation, though not quite in an equal The result of the whole degree. was, an average of Sa. Rs. 2,651 11 10 per chest for the Patna, and Sa. Rs. 2 73 7 1 for the Benares opium: yielding a total produce to the Company of Sa. Rs. 47, 78, 425, or above 7 lacs of rupees more than the whole gross receipts at the first sale of 1813-14, when the quantity of opium put up exceeded that brought into the present sale by no less than 594 chests. These unprecedented prices are the more unaccountable, as the stock on hand, at the date of the last advices from Macao, amounted to 1,900 chests, being considerably in excess of the usual proportion at the same season of the year.

The bye-laws of the East India Company, which prevented them from investing their capital in shipping, having been rescinded at the last general court of proprietors, they are now at liberty to become ship-owners, and of course enabled to give effect to their great ship-building-establishments in Asia. This change in the system of the East India Company is evidently in contemplation of the advantages they are to derive under the bill in favour of East India shipping. It however now becomes a most important question how this new system of the East India Company is to be carried on; for unless they are obliged to navigate the India built ships they own, or employ, with British seamen, according to the existing law of the country, it will be impossible to keep manned the King's ships on the India station.

Mr Wardrop is printing a second volume of his Essays on the Morbid Anatomy of the Human Eye.

A second volume is printing, of Discourses on the Principles of Religious Belief, as connected with Human Happiness and Improvement; by the Rev. Robert Morehead.


THE first sale of the East India Company's opium for this year, took place at the opium warehouse, Calcutta, on the 26th December, 1814, pursuant to advertisement.The first 4 lots of Patna opium were sold at Sa. Rs. 2,025 per chest; after which the price rose gradually until it reached Sa. Rs. ,900, and then again declined towards the close of the sale. The prices of the Benares opium experienced a similar fluc



LOUD howls the blast o'er Etterick Pen,
The sna' is drifting i' my e'e,
Oh rise an' let an auld man in,

I've far to gaung, I'm laith to dee.

The water-wraith is loudly heard,
Frae fell an' flude wi' dulefu' soun',
The grey cock craws, the howlet screams,
An' I am far frae grange or toun.

I dare

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