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Established by Royal Charter of King George the First, A.D. 1720,
For ASSURANCE upon LIFE, against FIRE, and for MARINE INSURANCES.

Offices-7, Royal Exchange, Cornhill; and 10, Regent Street.

Governor-Lestock Peach Wilson, Esq. Sub-Governor-William King, Esq.

Deputy-Governor -Robert Cotesworth, Esq.

And Twenty-four Directors, viz.:
Robert Allen, Esq.

Aaron Chapman, Esq. John Alexander Hankey, Esq.
John Alves Arbuthnot, Esq. Charles Crawley, Esq. Edward Harnage, Esq.
Richard Baggallay, Esq. William Dallas, Esq. Charles Kerr, Esq.
George Barnes, Esq. Bonamy Dobree, jun., Esq. John Ord, Esq.
Henry Blanshard, Esq. James Dowie, Esq. George Probyn, Esq.
John Watson Borradaile, Esq. John Furse, Ésq.

John Rees, Esq.
Edward Burmester, Esq. Samuel Gregson, Esq. Patrick Francis Robertson, Esq
Henry Cayley, Esq. David Charles Guthrie, Esq. Thomas Weeding, Esq.

The Corporation has effected Life Assurances for a period of more than 125 years, its
first policy having been issued on the 7th of June, 1721.

The extent of its business and connections, the security afforded by its large capital, its
long standing, its advantages to assurers, and the liberality of its transactions, strongly
recommend it to the public.

Two-thirds of the gross profits are awarded to the assured, and the expences of manag-
ing the Life Department are not, as is usual, taken from the Premium Fund, but are de-
frayed by the Corporation out of their one-third share of the profits; thus giving to the
Assured all the advantages of Mutual Assurance, without liability of partnership, and the
security of an ancient and opulent Corporation.

Its Tables have been formed on the lowest scale, to meet the varied views of Assurers,
by affording to them the option of the following several advantages : -Firstly, of partici-
pating in the profits of the Corporation, by abatements from annual premiums; or, se-
condly, by making additions to the sums assured, by way of bonus payable at death; or,
thirdly, by a money payment at the division of profits in every fifth year; whilst from
those who desire to limit their assurances to a given sum, without participation in profits,
the lowest possible rate of premium is required, as will be evinced by Tables expressly
prepared for the Corporation, which may be had on application at their offices, and which
have been constructed for meeting the various wants of Assurers, and every risk to which
protection by assurance can be extended.

The bonuses made to Assurers have, at some of the periods of division, been upwards
of 50 per cent., and for three of the lowest years the average bonus has been equal to from
241 to 28 per cent., or from 3 to 31 per cent. per annum, on the sum assured, varying ac-
cording to the age of the life.

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FIRE INSURANCES on every description of Property at Moderate Rates, and

MARINE INSURANCES at the Current Premiums.
Attendance daily, from Ten till Four, at both the Offices, and Prospectuses sent free on
a written application.

JOHN LAURENCE, SECRETARY.

THE

METROPOLITAN.

MARCH, 1849.

CONTENTS.

PAGE

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Swissiana. Chap VII.

241 The Faithless Wife. By Mrs. Crawford

253 Rambles. By Walter R. Castelli

255 Havre versus Boulogne. By Francis Lloyd, Esq.

261 The Summer Landscape. By Mrs. Abdy

272 The Storm and the Conflict. A Tale of the First Rebellion. By Mrs. Charles Tinsley. Part II. Chap. VI.–VIII.

273 The Hart's Bell. By Mrs. Charles Tinsley

300 Cigars and Tobacco. By the Editor

301 The Mystic Chimes of Hallow-E'en. By C A. M. W.

312 The Returned Picture. By Mrs. Edward Thomas

313 The Secretary. A Novel. By the Author of “ The Rock,” etc. 315 The Bard's Lament for Kathleen and Dermot. By Mrs. Crawford 334 The Life and Writings of J. E. R.

346 There is Gold in California. By Mrs. Abdy

347 The Furniture-Broker's Shop. By Cornelius Colville

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THE

METROPOLITAN MAGAZINE.

LETTERS FROM PARIS, IN 1843.

BY ROBERT M. HOVENDEN, ESQ.

[France, and its revolutions, more or less concern every thinking man. Possibly-yet it were most melancholy were such the case—the antagonism of races is irreconcileable, and the expe. rience of one may but little affect the other. Nevertheless, every great crisis should be profoundly studied,-more especially such crises as occur when a nation's wrath is kindled, --when its kings are hunted into foreign lands,—when old forms and institutions are trampled under foot. We have lately witnessed the downfall of him most renowned in our time for kingcraft and cunning. The reactionary policy he had carefully carried out for seventeen years, has at length ended in his overthrow. A French revolution has again occurred, and the nephew. of my uncle, the defeated of Boulogne, the prisoner of Ham, by the almost unanimous consent of France, has become the head of that great people. We speculate not now as to the results; we fain would hope that they may be such as to aid the onward march of man, that Europe may not again weep the vulgar glories of the empire. The revolution may now be considered as ceased, -it has settled,—it has now passed into a memory, it will soon form the subject-matter of the historian's pen. It will be analysed by the advocates of respective creeds, who will gather from it such arguments as they desire; for, like all human actions, it may be considered from two points of view. It had, as other revolutions, its leaders, more or less pure--its heroes, good or bad—its enemies, its friends, and its dupes. But the revolution has peacefully gone, One act in the drama has been played. We have been favoured with letters written by an eye-witness during the time of its existence, and have gladly transferred them to our pages. At the present time, they may be read with profit and pleasure, containing, as they do, sketches of men and manners during the whirlwiud of a French Revolution. They are not its history, but they are part of the materials from which its history will eventually be evolved. No further introduction is needed. Our writer can speak for himself.]-Editor,

January, 1849.-VOL. LIV.

---NO. CCXIII.

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