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SPORTING EXTRAORDINARY.

April 11, 1815. WE understand that the most distinguished Members of Opposition, weary of exertions so little successful as their parliamentary labours, and mutually dissatisfied with politics and each other, have, in imitation of Sir F. BURDETT, taken to rural sports, and have subscribed for a Sweepstakes, to be run for next month at Holkham.* The following is a list of

the horses at present entered:

Mr. WHITBREAD's Rant-away, by Arrogant out of

Quassia.

Mr. TIERNEY'S Silvertail, by Jack-o'both-sides out of Slyboots.

Mr. PONSONBY's Leader, by Flounderer out of No-Conjuror.

* The seat of Tho. Coke, Esq. in Norfolk, where there are generally annual meetings of the Members of the Opposition who are fond of sporting or agriculture. -E.

Sir S. ROMILLY's Scorpion, by Watchmaker out of

Hypocrite.

Mr. MARTIN'S Goldfinder, by Attorney out of Le

gacy.

Mr. GORDON's Bumpkin, by Bumfiddle out of

Breechiana.

Mr. BENNET'S Froth, by Drummer-boy out of Bay

*

wig.

Mr. GRANT'S Patch, by My Eyes! out of Betty

Martin.

Mr. LAMBTON's Conceit, by Memory out of Looking-glass.

Sir J. NEWPORT'S Wasp, by Saucy Jack out of Kate Karney.

Mr. HORNER'S Reformer, by Presbyterian, out of Jacobin.

Sir F. FLOOD's Looney Mactwolter, by the Podereen Maret out of Potatoes.

* See p. 45.

There appears to be a mistake of the sexes of the horses, or at least an inversion of their names; but we copy the list as given in by the worthy owner.

POLITICAL BOTANY.

1815.

WE have been favoured with a specimen of an ingenious attempt to improve the arrangement of the Red Book on scientific principles, and to introduce the Linnean System into the Parliamentary register.

The following Botanical Classification of certain eminent political characters, who frequent Kew's Chop-room in the House of Commons, will be acceptable, we presume, both to politicians and botanists.

HORTUS KEWENSIS.

CLASSIS.-Polyandria Monogynia.
GENUS.-Alopecurus-FoX-TAIL.

SPECIES.-Communis-the Commons.

Individuals.

1. Vulgaris

2. Trivialis

Whitbread.

Ponsonby.

3. Spinosissimus

4. Monopticon

5. Tauricum

6. Arachnoides

7. Americanus

8. Tortuosus

9. Rubicundus

10. Somnifer

11. Nanus Grandiflorus

12. Crista-galli

13. Anserinus

Newport.

Grant.

Flood.

Freemantle.

Baring.

Tierney.

Barham.

Hippisley.

Taylor.

Lambton.

Martin.

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THE CHOICE OF A LEADER.

THE COUNTESS OF JERSEY'S

MASQUERADE.

April 22, 1815. ON Wednesday evening the above distinguished Lady opened her magnificent residence in Berkeleysquare, to the fashionable world. The entertainment consisted of a Masqued Ball followed by a Supper, and was attended by the whole of that exalted circle in which her Ladyship moves. The superb suite of apartments were brilliantly illuminated, and the richest wines, and most costly viands, did the greatest credit to the care of Mr. Gunter. We never witnessed a richer display of wit and humour than the Masquerade afforded, and we have only to regret that our limits will permit us to take notice of a few only of the principal guests.

His Royal Highness the Duke of Sussex, as Pat

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