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I confess that the only thing I thought of after twelve years old, was dress, and getting married; I confess the only object I had in marriage was to become a lady of fashion, and to have my own way. I therefore made up my mind to take the first man of the highest title and estate who should propose for me; but regard or affection for the individual never formed a component part of the proposed transaction. Marriage first, love after ; for thus I saw it in those around me, who were most highly

courted, flattered, and commended. I confess

(for I was a very sensible girl) that I considered an establishment on the first scale was necessary, a lover only an adjunct—besides, who ever saw a lover in a husband I heard mamma declare a thousand times that was quite impossible. I confess, therefore, that the moment I found a person who possessed the necessary requisites for marriage—namely, title and fortune—I hesitated not a moment to say ‘Yes;' and I directly commenced my career of diversion and dissipation. I confess, however, that I began a little too soon, that is, before the knot was indissolubly tied, to put me in possession of an etat; for, thinking I had secured that sine qua non, I listened to the fleurettes of every idler who had marked me out (since my marriage was declared) as a safe object for paying their attentions to; but I confess I had nearly been caught, by giving too much encouragement to one who, poor fool, thought I should jilt the Marquis for him 1 Au reste, he was very young and raw, and new on the world of fashion; so much so, that he was quite sentimentally furious on discovering that I was engaged, and threatened to blow out the brains of my father, and all sorts of vulgar violences. But mamma, I confess, managed that matter very cleverly for me, and declared she never dreamt of his attaching such consequence to the manners of an innocent child like myself. Well, I confess, nevertheless, that the innocent child was in a great fright, lest she should have marred a real good situation for half an hour's 'amusement; but I confess I never thought that Mr Fitzallen could be so weak as to suppose that, although he dressed well, and looked well, and talked well, I should think of bartering such a parti as the Marquis, for his poverty. I confess it would have been very entertaining, however, to witness his extravagancies—complaining here, and complaining there—was it not that Iwas considerably alarmed lest the Marquis should hear it—and he did hear it, and was very near breaking off our engagement. I confess that I had nothing for it, but becoming very sick, and getting mamma to carry me off to the country, where I was bored to death till she got the Marquis to come and see how ill I was. I confess I never was more puzzled than to try to look ill and well at the same time, but I darkened the room, and let my hair hang about out of curl, which gave a melancholy length to my face, and I wore a very deep-coloured gown that my complexion might appear pale, and I laughed in my sleeve when I saw I succeeded : and I was obliged to turn my head away when I heard mamma whisper him that I was dying for

him—lest I should have laughed outright; and,

finally, I confess I did laugh openly the moment we were actually married.

I confess I was monstrously astonished when my Lord began to comment on my dress and demeanour, very soon indeed after the knot was tied, which unties all the loves and graces, and still more when he complained of my conduct— and actually forbade my going where I chose, or seeing whom I chose. I confess I was troubled for a moment to know what to do;-I tried several ways—sulks, smiles, commands—all were I confess I never had an idea how much a husband has it in his power to torment a wife;—but I confess too that I think my Lord met with his match.

unavailing.

In despite of frowns and threats, and oaths, and all the horrors of a matrimonial couch every night, or rather morning, I went on my own way, and compensated to myself for all his brutal behaviour, by flirting right and left, and affichéing love I never felt. At last, I confess, he grew too bad even for my master spirit, and I determined to leave him, for I had previously secured a handsome income, come what might. Nevertheless, I should not, I knew, be able to enjoy so much state, and this was the only thing that troubled me. I confess, when I did leave him on trial, I was exceedingly disappointed at finding my means not adequate to my habits and tastes of life. I confess, therefore, I used every artifice to get back to him, and perjured myself fifty times over, to convince him there was no truth in what he suspected. I confess that, for fourteen days, I wore no rouge, and practised sighing and bringing tears into my eyes, and tremours over my frame. But I confess myself most obliged to my eldest sister for playing the bully in my behalf: she had recourse again to ‘country quarters,' and, I believe, after all, I never should have succeeded in being reinstated in my former position, but for my sister's spirit in making the man fix the day for taking me home again, alleging that a longer delay might blow the affair to the public, and that then he would be laughed at. This succeeded. I was reinstated, and began the same game over again. I confess I was very glad to observe that my Lord had taken his parti, and frequented the society of actresses and other women of doubtful character, because it gave me power to recriminate, if he should be foolish enough to remark what I did myself. I played this game with great success, and succeeded in quarrelling with all my relations and 'friends who might have taken upon them to lecture me. I confess, also, that I had also what the stupid part of the world called an excellent example in some of them; but I would rather have died than have lived so dull a life. I confess I had no pleasure in anything but dress, admiration, amusement, and éclat. I confess that I at last succeeded perfectly in forming a matrimonial ménage, that goes on quite happily. I soon discovered, by vigilance, and also by occasional accident, that my Lord had various interests which he would not wish me to be aware of. One of the latter was as follows:–A jeweller sent me in my bill one Christmas (I wonder he did, for I never paid him), and in it I saw various

strange articles, amongst which was certain chil-
drens' toys and other gewgaws, with which I knew
I had nothing to do. With a triumphant smile,
I very quictly placed it before my Lord Mar-
quis's nose, just as he had swallowed his first
cup of tea, asking him, in the sweetest tones
imaginable, if he knew anything of these charges.
His air and answer, though the latter was, of
course, a negative, sufficiently informed me of that
which I wished to know ; and ever since, we have
lived like turtle doves together.
I confess, that if I live long enough to go on
with my confessions, I shall give the most learned
history of all the secrets of conjugal felicity that
has ever yet been given to the public.

SHADOW HUNTING.

* The bubble reputation :

There is scarcely a fable of Esop, or any other Apologuist of the olden time, which has lost its force of application in the transmission of ages. The dog which, crossing the brook with a dainty morsel in his mouth, snapped at the reflection in the water, and lost the substance, is a hound as familiar to modern experience as Dandie Din- . mont's terriers, or ladybird and Rattler, of the Pytchley pack. Ourselves and all our neighbours are graspers at shadows; with more or less success every dog of us stoops into the stream to fill his mouth with viands which prove as cold and unsubstantial as moonshine. The Sovereign, for instance.—two years ago, and what unprecedented popularity did the favour and affection of the mob shower down the golden opinions of all sorts of men on an illustrious individual who has since been libelled, lampooned, and lapidated 1–LoRD BRough AM, the scoffer at office, whose ambition it was to pass to posterity as a besom of purification, an extinguisher of sinecures, and exterminator of perquisites, has he not been reviled as a featherer of his own nest, and spoliator of those of other people?—Lokn Durham, the liberal, who snapt at the fame of a Paladin, a redresser of injuries, and advocate of the oppressed,—stands he not accused of havin g minced compliments with Nicholas, the slaughterer of the Poles?—The FitzcLARENces, who, in the apprehension of provoking ill-will, have aspired to nothing since the accession of their Royal father, but empty and onerous titles, are they not insulted by the press as digesters of the public loaves and fishes, after the fashion of the Dragon of Wantley —Lond GREY, who has courted through life the designation of ‘the noblest Roman of them all,'—is he not furnished Sunday after Sunday with a list of his extensive family, their places, pensions, and benefices?—The PRiMATE of all England,-whose life has been an exercise of piety, disinterestedness, and dignity, has he not been upbraided by a furious populace as a Court hireling—a devourer of the ‘children's bread 2' MookE,-the lyrist of independence (than who a no poet since Smollett more loudly invocates that

Lord of the lion port, and eagle eye,
Whose steps he follows with his bosom bare,
Nor heeds the storm that howls along the sky),

has been cursed with a curse like that of Scandinavian Hela, emanating from the grave; whispering to the astonished world, in Byron's voice, that “Tommy loves a lord!'

Bros.-himself the fastidious fashioner of his physical as well as his intellectual reputation, who pared no pains in order that a few might do homage to his high forehead, attenuated figure, and athletic prowess;–has he not been damned to everlesting fame by the scribblers he assembled round him to hymn his praises, as a man who would have been obese as Dr Johnson, but for his diet of vinegar and mashed potatoes;—as one who rode ill and timidly, and swam like a frog.

Scort, the worshipper of independence, the noble factor of his own fortunes, has he not been insulted, ere cold in his grave, by officious offers of patronage, and ‘benefits’ from managers of theatres and other small deer of literature ?'

TURNER, who fancies himself privileged to dip his brush in the hues of the rainbow, and depict the beauties of Nature with pigments stolen from her own palette;—do not the critics of the Royal Academy, exhibition after exhibition, set him forth as having chosen as his standard of colour the arcenet glories of some milliner's tawdry patchwork?

Are not we all, in short, from the throne to the

tounter-stool, either busied, open-mouthed, in flyatching;-or wagging our tails at the goodly shew of the meat reflected in the stream, which we long to make our own 2. But the time for show-snatching is past. It is time that we, who are ourselves but immaterial things, should ting to realities. Nothing can be too substantial, bothing too palpably tangible, for those who live in a world of fleeting shows; when every day beholds some time-honoured institution melt into airy nothing,

And like the baseless fabric of a vision

Leave not a wreck behind.

A PEEP AT PASSING EVENTS.

The bow which public events have lately strung with such close tension, is relaxed again; and the orrows of the witlings glance aside without aim * object.—The elections are over; their pro** far outshone in the event, and with less *mperance of party violence than might have * anticipated.—Antwerp has capitulated with* Worming a mole of human corses in the *d. The mystical curtain of the Pantomimes *tien, and given to view the miracles of the Motley. Our winter's wonders in short are over: * nothing but a tame monotony (to be varied Perhaps by a bitter frost or an overwhelming **) awaits us till the meeting of Parliament. * the vast variety of excitement we have *ly experienced, this uneventful frame of *ings comes sorely amiss;–and we would not * *mething be the next detected burglar or onvicted poacher whose misdemeanors shall afford

a the mefor the superfluous superlatives of the newspapers!

Were it not, indeed, for the Christmas festivities at a few country mansions of our leading magnats, and for the re-vivification of Brighton, the beau monde might take a fortnight's nap or so, and be little missed. But they are making splendid preparations for the Duke of Rutland's birth-day at Belvoir Castle, and for the Conservative triumph at Hatfield,—including balls, banquets, and private theatricals; and two princely fetes are already announced at the Pavilion. By a remarkable coincidence, however, nearly one hundred families of the highest nobility have been recently placed in family mourning ; and several noble residences, usually open at this festive season, are accordingly closed.

In the metropolis, very little is going on. A few dolorous attempts at soirées have been made in a certain whist-playing coterie in the neighbourhood of Grosvenor square; but the only real gaieties going on, are juvenile Christmas balls in the opulent parish of St Pancras, the inhabitants of which are not too fashionable to be hospitable. Covent Garden is looking up,-and Drury, down. —The opera will open in three weeks time, with at least as much éclat as it ever exhibits in the month of January; and, long before Easter, the little Haymarket will hastem to take its share in the theatrical failures of the season. — It is rumoured in Hertfordshire that Lord Abercorn intends disposing of the Priory: and it is rumoured in Italy that, should the marriage between Lord Lowther and Miss Strachan really take place, Lord Hertford will not return to England next spring.—A collection of poems by the Hon. Miss Law (printed for private circulation), contains several elegant compositions.—Mrs Sullivan's clever “Reminiscences of a Chaperon’ are no less spirited than true to (fashionable) nature; and Slade's graphic pictures, whether true or false, are replete with originality.—The marriage of Miss Manners Sutton will take place early in February; and her father's retirement from office, we trust, not for many Februaries to come. Some of Praed's sweetest verses (married to immortal melody by one of the sweetest minstrels of the day), are on the eve of publication;–and the (glory to the amended taste of the times), are in process of

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= CHRISTMAS SCENES AT MILAN.

If you cannot stop to see the Carnival, says a Milan correspondent, you must at least find time to spend your Christmas here; especially if such another mild and lovely winter as the present should enliven your sojourn. The whole hive of dealers and shopmen are busy, tempting the eye and purse-strings with their choicest finery; but none may vie with the Italian lord paramount in the mysteries of the confectionary art; his myriads of sweet temptations really look magnificently seductive in front of his gorgeous mirrors, when seen under the advantage of the glow of artificial light which evening brings with it. Next in order stand the cervelleri or cascolini, with their hundred varieties of cheeses and sausages, set off by pillars of gigantic Bolognas, reaching to the very cieling, and intermingled with delicately arranged capriccios in fresh and smoked meats, festoons of anchovies, &c.; and last, but not least, enormous and splendid Gorgongola, Lodi, and Parmesan cheeses,—those better than mines of gold to the thriving graziers of Lombardy. These substantial delicacies, however, are not allowed to owe their attraction to their mere intrinsic recommendations; for they are disposed in a brilliant array of artificial and natural nosegays and garlands, and sometimes whimsically besprinkled with parti-coloured lamps. Every shop, throughout the entire length of the ‘Corso' to the ‘Piazza del Duomo' is thus redolent with dainties; forming a species of ante-saloon to the gay theatre of Christmas-tide on the latter spot, where humour and idleness lounge hand-in-hand beneath the arcades of the Merceria, or the azure canopy of heaven. Here are vehicles, loaded high with laurels and evergreens for the hallowing of the Nativity; and, beside them, beautiful pyramids of citrons, oranges, and lemons, fresh from the gleaner's fingers: whilst, ever and anon, some vender of sugared tithits, bon-bons, graven images, and such-like ware, comes treading along, harmessed to his travelling bazaar. This is the crowded mart, into which the whole neighbourhood for miles and miles away empties its thousands. I have seldom cast eyes on a healthierlooking, handsomer, or sturdier race of mortals; their national costume sets off these noble models of the human form to admirable effect; and the peasant girl, with her long silver needles, set in congregated rays in her ebony tresses, comes tripping like a rural divinity to bless the scene. It may be wanting in the fiery tone and animation which is so peculiarly the characteristic of the Roman and Neapolitan orgies, and nothing may flit across it, like the spirit-stirring ballad of the shepherds and mountaineers, who crowd the streets of Rome and Naples on Christmas-eve, and wind from house to house with their rustic harmonies;–yet, even here, there is enough of originality in the life and character of the pantomime to fascinate an unaccustomed eye. Makin your escape from the noisy crowd to the polish throng beneath the Arcades, the contrast, which here presents itself, is singularly striking; you have stepped, in a twinkling, out of the province of nature into the region of art; the whole prospect, before and around you, sparkles with jewels, gold and silver, and every gay and glittering adornment, which luxury can covet, or the inge. nuity offickle fashion contrive, G,

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The court. At BRIGHTON.

The close of the week offered a splendid example of Royal hospitality at the Pavilion, in the form of a dinner and an evening party, at which his Highness Namiek Pacha, the new Turkish Ambassador, was present. His Highness arrived at the Albion Hotel in the afternoon of Friday, when a carriage was sent to convey him to the Pavilion sometime previous to the dinner hour, as he was to be honoured with a private audience of the King. During his attendance in the anti-chamber, a ra

ther ludicrous circumstance occurred. The weather being cold, when the Lord and Groom in Waiting came into the anti-chamber to conduct the Ambassador, and his secretary and interpreter, to their Majesties, they found the whole party squatted down in a half-circle before the fire The whole of the State Rooms were splendidly lighted on the occasion of the Dinner, which took place in the Banquetting Room. The following distinguished persons formed the

DiNNER PARTY.

The Turkish Ambassador and his Secretary, the Duke of Richmond, Lord Palmerston, Count Danneskiold Samsoe, Colonel Sir T. Downman, Major Hadden, Earl Howe, iieutenant-colonel Drummond, Lieutenant-Colonel Montague, Duke of Devonshire, Earl of Chatham, Hon. Captain Poulett, R.N., Earl of Belfast, Captain H. Hope, Sir R. Otway, Sir A. Dalrymple, Sir J. Whatley, Captain Pechell, Lord W. Lennox, Mr and Mrs J. Douglas, Earl and Countess of Chichester, Earl and Countess of Sheffield, Viscount and Viscountess Gage, Earl and Countess of Albemarle, and Mr Sturt.

The whole of the rooms were subsequently thrown open to a brilliant party of about two hundred persons, forming The evening party.

Duchess of Cannizzaro, Dowager Marchioness of Cholmondeley and Miss Bentinck, Marquis and Marchioness of Cholmondeley, the Marchioness and Ladies Cornwallis, Earl of Waldegrave, the Countess of Newburgh and Ladies Eyre, Lord Howard of Effingham, Lord Carnwath, Lord Dalzell, Capt. and lady Dalzell, Admiral Sir T. and Lady Rodd, Hon. Mrs Pechell, Dowager Lady Clanricarde and Miss Kingston, Lord and Lady lyndhurst, Lady B. Bouverie, Lord P. Galloway, Major, Mr, and the Misses Galloway, Lady and Miss Palk, Lord De Roos and the Hon. Olivia and Miss De floo, Lord and Lady Dover, Lord Alvanley, Mrs and Miss Cavendish, Lady and Miss Downman, Lady C. and Miss Dundas, the Earl and Countess of Listowell and Miss Bushe the Earl and Countess of Beverley, the Earl and Countess of Chesterfield, the Countess of Belfast, lord Berehaven, Lord louvain and Ladies Percie, Lord and Lady Kenmare, Lord Lake, Lady Whatley, Colonel and Mrs Anson, Dr Price, Rev. #. M. Wagner, Sir A. and Lady Clifford, Captain and Mrs Townshend, Sir J. and Lady Berkeley, Miss Byng, Sir A. Clifton, the Hon. Wo. Mrs Bochem, Mr and Lady R. Dickens, Mr and Lady Jane Peel, Mrs Colonel Montague, Officers of the Scotch Fusi. leer and 3d Dragoon Guards, Sir J. Stratton, Sir J. and Lady Cham e, Sir G., Lady, and Miss Anson Sir W. and o: Sir James, Lady, an Miss Lloyd, Misses Carr, Sir J. and Lady Graham, lady Dalrymple, Sir T., Lady, and Misses M*Mahon, Sir H. and Lady Neale, Lady and the Misses Otway, Lieut.-Colonel and Lady G. De Roos, Mrs G. Daw. son, Sir P. and Lady Maitland, the Hon. Mrs Pelham and Miss Bouwens, Mrs Morris and Mr D. Damer, Mr. Lady, and Miss Bailey, Sir M., Lady M., and Miss Tierney, Dr Everard, Mrs G. Ramsden, Lieut.-Colonel and Mrs Barnard, Captain and Mrs §§ and Miss Meynell, Lord Ernest Bruce, Mr H.Graville, Mr C. Greville, Hon. Miss Powis, Sir Francis, Lady, and Miss Burdett, Hon. W. Pe. ones, Mrs H. Followes, Mr and Mocoon, coin. Des: Voeux, *. Wilmot, Sir Ralph, and Lady "Grace Gore, Colonel Gurwood, Colonel and Mrs

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Brighton.—Their Majesties entertained at dinner the Duke of Devonshire, the Earl and Countess of Albemarle, Lady C. Keppel, Sir Sandford and Lady Graham, Sir A. and Lady Dalrymple, &c. London—The Turkish Am or arrived in town, from Brighton. – Viscount Melbourne left town on a visit to their Majesties, at Brighton. — Prince Talleyrand gave a d dinner to a distinguished party, at his residence in Hanover square. sun DAY. Brighton. — Divine Service was performed this morning at the Palace, Chapel, in the presence of the King and Queen, the Princess Augusta, Prince George, the Duke of Gloucester, and the Lord Chamberlain. The Bishop of Worcester and the Rev. Mr Wagner officiated. — In the afternoon the Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Gloucester, the Bishop of Worcester, and the Hon. Miss Bagot, proceeded to St George's Chapel, New Kemp Town. — The Princess Augusta and Miss Wynyard took a carriage airing. – The Duke of Devonshire, the Earl and Countess of Albemarle, Lord A. Beauclerk, Viscount Melbourne, and Lady C. Keppel, had the honour of dining with their Majesties. London.—The Duchess of Kent and the Princess Victoria attended Church Service at . Kensington Palace. The Dean of Chester officiated.

MONDAY.

Brighton.—The King gave audience to Viscount Melbourne, Sir J. Whalley, and Sir R. Otway. — The Queen, accompanied by Prince George, the Earl of Albemarle, Lady Caroline Keppel, Hon. Miss Bagot, Sir Andrew Barnard, and the Rev. Mr Wood, rode out on horseback over the Downs, and returned by Kemp Town to the Palace. — Mr and Mrs Craven gave a juvenile ball. – Their Majesties entertained at dinner the Princess Augusta, Duke , of Gloucester, Prince George, Duke of Devonshire, Earl and Countess of Errol, Viscount Melbourne, Earl and Countess of Albemarle, Lady Caroline o Earl Howe, Lieut.-Col. Horaee Seymour, Lady Caroline Dundas, Mr and the Misses Dundas, Captain Yorke, Lady Mary Taylor, Rev. Mr Wood, and the suite and rincipal officers of the household. Her Majesty's d attended in the evening.

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Brighton–The King gave audience to Sir Wathen Waller, Sir Peregrine Maitland, and Sir Robert Otway.

- The Princess Augusta and Lady Mary Taylor took a carriage airing.

– The Earl of "Érol, and Lords Adolphus and Frederick Fitzclarence, enjoyed the sports of the field to-day with the East . fox-hounds.

— The remains of Captain Wethered, of the 3rd Dragoon Guards, were removed from the Cavalry Barracks this morning, for interment in the family vault at Great Marlow.

— The Royal dinner party this evening included the Princess Augusta, %. of Gloucester, Earl and Countess of Chichester, Earl and Countess of Errol, Earl and Countess Howe, Lord and Lady Frederick Fitzclarence, Lord A. Beauclerk, Colonel Wemyss, Sir F. and Lady Wheatley, Sir George Rose, Mr Sturt, Capt. Yorke, R.N., Mademoiselle d'Este, Hon. Miss Bagot, and Sir A. Barnard.

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Lady Frederick Fitzclarence, Baron d'Ompteda, Marchioness Wellesley, Gen. Wetherall, Lieut.-Col. H. Seymour, Lieut.-Gen. Sir G. Walker, Earl and Countess of Chesterfield, Col. and the Hon. G. Anson, Lord and Lady Lyndhurst, le Ministre Resident de #. Capt. Yorke, R.N., Dr Kupar, and Sir Herbert avior. w The Duke of Gloucester took leave of their Majesties this morning, and proceeded to Bagshot. Condon-Prince Pozzo di Borgo arrived at the Clarendon Hotel. His Excellency dined with Prince Lieven, at Ashburnham House. – The Duke and Duchess of St Albans entertained a select party at dinner, in Piccadilly. — Lord and Lady Cowley returned to town from Hatfield House. – Viscount Howick arrived in Whitehall place, from the North. – The Earl of Rosslyn left Sr James's square, on a visit to the Earl and Countess of Jersey, at Middleton Park. — The Lord and Lady Mayoress entertained a large party at dinner, at the Mansion House.

THURSDAY.

Brighton.—Their Majesties entertained a select party at dinner.

– The Earl and Countess of Listowell took their departure this morning for Kingston House.

— Mrs Orr gave a quadrille party at her residence in Regency square.

— Mrs Ricardo gave a ball and supper.

London.—The Duchess of Kent othe Princess Victoria visited Covent Garden Theatre.

— Prince and Princess Lieven entertained Prince Pozzo di Borgo and a select party at dinner, at Ashburnham House.

Friday. Brighton.—The Princess Augusta took a drive in a close carri Their Majesties entertained a select party at dinner. London-Prince Talleyrand visited Viscount Palmerston.

THE ROYAL FAMILY. – The King and Queen, and the Princess Augusta, continue in the enjoyment of good health. Their Majesties are expected to leave the Pavilion about the 28th inst.

Prince George of Cumberland has had a severe cold in the early part of the present week, and was, in consequence, for some days confined to his room. His Royal father has also been confined within doors from indisposition; but both, we are happy to say, are now in a state of recovery. The Duchess, however, has been in most excellent health during the whole of her sojourn at Hastings. The Royal party will, it is believed, continue there until the end of February.

— The health of the Duchess of Gloucester has materially improved of late. Her Royal Highness has derived considerable benefit from her visit to Brighton.

— The Duke and Duchess of Cumberland and Prince George, are expected to remain at Hastings till the beginning of March.

— The Duke of Sussex has been rather seriously indisposed since his return to town. His Royal Highness was considered somewhat better yesterday.

M. Pozzo di Borgo, the Russian Ambassador at the Court of Paris, arrived here on Wednesday, and on Thursday, at an early hour, waited upon nearly all the members of the diplomatic corps, with whom he was in earnest conference. His chief object, however, appeared to be to obtain the concurrence of Baron Bulow, the Prussian Ambassador, to the remonstrances of the Russian Court, for he remained with him twice as long as with any other diplomatist, until he visited Prince Talleyrand, which he did in coupany with Prince Lieven, at about one o'clock in the day. The conference lasted until after two o'clock, and, if we are to believe report, was of a most interesting nature. From the residence of M. de Talleyrand the Prince proceeded to the Foreign Office to visit Lord Palmerston, with whom he had also a long conference, and not a very satisfactory one; for, although his Lordship is supposed to be anxious to withdraw as much as possible from the alliance with France on the Belgian question, it was necessary to be very guarded with M. Pozzo di Borgo, lest any incautious observation should be so represented as to give umbrage to the French Government. Earl Grey is understood to have expressed great indignation against the Russian Government, particularly on account of having ascertained that secret negociations have been pending for some time between the Russian and Dutch Cabinets. Up to the present time the professions of Prussia have been of a nature to lull suspicion; but it would appear, from some observations of M. Pozzo di Borgo to one of the diplomatic corps here, that Lord Palmerston and Earl Grey have been reckoning without their host.

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M. Pozzo di Borgo, is a portly man of nearly sixty-five years of age. He was a Member of the Chambre Constituante in Paris, as deputy for Corsica, of which he is a native. It is rather singular that both M. Pozzo di Borgo and Baron Wessenberg, the Austrian Minister at our Court, are supposed to be liberals * fond du caur. They are, however, both skilful diplomatists, and being faithful servants to their respective employers, their principles, whatever they may be, do not affect their duties. The friends of M. Pozzo di Borgo say that he is a match for M. de Talleyrand. This, however, is a mere boast—M. Pozzo di Borgo is very inferior to M. de Talleyrand in point of temper, or rather in the mode of managing it. He is subject to fits of irritability, and cannot conceal it. M. de Talorand does not allow a muscle of his countenance to inform the spectator of what is passing within. M. Powo di Borgo resents with haste and impetuosity any observation which implies a doubt of his honour, or disrespect for his talents; M. de

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— Lord Burghersh and Mr Hanbury are expected to becomecandidates to represent the county of Northampton in the event of a vacancy by the accession of Lord Milton to the House of Peers, the health of his Lordship's Father, the Earl Fitzwilliam, being in a precarious state.

– Viscount Falkland, to whom allusion was made in a former number, as the only son-in-law of His Majesty without any appointment, is one of the Lords in waiting on the King, which office he has held for some time.

— Considerable improvements have been effected at St James's Palace during the absence of their Majesties. The Throne Room, and the whole of the State Rooms, have been renovated; and the Canopy of the Throne regilded and embellished. The private apartments of the King and Queen have also been put into complete repair for the reception of their Majesties at the commencement of the season.

The Earl and Countess Howe, after a lengthened visit to the Court at Brighton, are returned to their seat in Leicestershire, for the purpose of receiving the Duke of Gloucester and a select party of distinguished friends, who are invited to meet his Royal Highness. The Earl and Countess Howe will return to Pope's Villa, at Twickenham, before Parliament assembles, or by the period their Majesties return from Brighton to Windsor.

— The Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch will not return to town until after Parliament assembles. As we have previously stated, his Grace has been making vast improvements in Dalkeith Palace and its beautiful grounds. The capacious gardens have been extended, and a new conservatory, upon a perfectly original plan, erected. The most choice plants, shrubs, and flowers, both native and exotic, even at this season of the year, are in a state of high cultivation and beauty, in the conservatory at Dalkeith. The Duchess of Buccleuch is one of the most scientific horticulturalists and florists in high life.

— The Earl of Munster is expected to visit Paris shortly. Sir S. Smith's son-in-law, Capt. Arabin, is commissioned to fix upon a suitable residence for the Earl, the Countess, and suite. Twenty-six rooms are required for the noble family's use, exclusively of those for domestics.

— The Dowager Marchioness of Salisbury, arrived yesterday in Arlington street, from Hatfield.

— Baron Stockman arrived yesterday at Marlborough House, from Claremont.

— The Hon. Baron and Baroness Dimsdale arrived yesterday at Crawley's Hotel, Albemarle street, from their seat Camfield Place.

— The Earl and Countess Gower left Hamilton Place yesterday, for Brighton.

— We are happy to learn that the venerable Earl Fitzwilliam, although upwards of eighty-four years of age, has not been more indisposed latterly than is usual to persons who have reached that period of life.

— The Duke of Norfolk has always considered his delightful seat at St Genevieve, near Bury St Edmunds, his favourite residence. Lord Surrey, the Duke's son, prefers Arundel Castle, because of its internal comforts and convenience, the late Duke having expended two hundred thousand pounds in ‘putting the house in order, and building additional apartments, by which fifty visitors and their servants can be received at the same time.

— Lord John Russell, returned from Devonshire, rather indisposed in consequence of his great exertions during the Election, which after all was not so “hollow a thing,' as his friends anticipated. His Lordship continued a few days at the Pay Office, and is now enjoying the Christmas festivities with the Marquis of Tavistock and his family, at Wooburn Abbey.

— Lord and Lady Cavendish at present occupy the Duke of Devonshire's venerable mansion at Hardwick, where the noble Lord is in his retirement, pursuing his literary and scientific studies, by which he was eminently distinguished when at Cambridge.

— The venerable Earl of Derby, now in his eighty-first year, intends, we hear, to take the Chair at a Reform Dinner, at Preston, for which borough one of his Grandsons has recently been elected. Thirty-five years ago, the Earl of Derby was a prominent political character, a leading member of the Whig Club, and an undeviating supporter of the political opinions of Charles Fox and his party. Soon after his marriage to Miss Farren, in 1797, the Noble Earl became enamoured of domestic life, and was caricatured by Gillray, under the title of “Darby and Joan.' Since the death of the late Countess, he has generally resided at Knowsley Hall in Lancashire.

— The health of Mrs Fitzherbert, we are glad to be informed, is much improved by her residence at Brighton. Considerable anxiety is still felt for this excellent lady by the King and Queen, who are unremitting in their daily enquiries at Mrs Fitzherbert's house, on the old Steine. The severe shock occasioned by the unexpected death of her friend and brother, Mr Smith, for a time aggravated the complaint under which this lady was at the time labouring.

Lord Fitzclarence, Lord Morpeth, Lord W. Lennox, and a party from the Pavilion at Brighton, are now on a visit to the Earl and Countess of Surrey at Arundel Castle, for the purpose of enjoying the sports of the field, and Christmas festivities.

— The illness of the Countess of Belfast was at one time so serious, that her life was considered in danger; her Ladyship, indeed, has for some time past been so indisposed, that the Earl has not been able to leave her for a day. Indeed, his return for Antrim county was placed in jeopardy in consequence,—as he was unable to attend, either to canvass the electors, or appear on the hustings at Carrickfergus, during the election itself. The representative on the occasion was his uncle, Sir Stephen May,

– The venerable Earl of Westmoreland is at his seat Apthorp, in Northamptonshire, which has been a scene of great festivity during the Christmas holidays. The Duke of Wellington, Mr and Mrs Charles Arbuthnot, and Colonel Arbuthnot, were his Lordship's guests, until the Noble Duke took his departure for the Duke of Rutland's, at Belvoir Castle; where at present there is a large party. — Bifrons, near Canterbury, a large estate, purchased a few years ago by the Marquis of Conyngham, is intended to be the cemetery of that Noble family for the future. The remains of the late Marquis were deposited there on Friday; the funeral was private, and quite unostentatious. The present Marquis, and his younger and only brother, Albert Denison Conyngham, late Secretary of Legation at the Court of Berlin, and Mr Denison, the worthy Member for Surrey, were the chief mourners. Lord Strathaven, who is married to the beautiful Lady Elizabeth Conyngham, eldest sister of the present Marquis, is now, together with his Lady, in the south of France.

The Count Woronzows.—In a recent number, there is a little mistake respecting this noble family. It is there said that the present Count was 23 years resident Ambassador in this country before the arrival of Prince Lieven : but the present Count is the son of the venerable old Russian nobleman who so worthily executed the diplomatic duty alluded to. This Count Michell Woronzow was the celebrated young general of the name who so signalized himself against the invasions of Russia, under Napoleon: his only sister is the Dowager Countess of Pembroke.

— A series of brilliant private theatricals, similar to those of last winter, is to enliven Wynyard during the holidays. It is considered that the little company collected on these occasions, by the Marchioness of Londonderry, includes all the most talented amateurs in this favourite and fashionable art.

- It is quite true that M. de Talleyrand does not intend to remain very long in this country as Ambassador from the French Court. He does not, however, wish to leave before next Summer, and he is anxious to have a voice in choosing his successor. The King of the French would probably, if left to himself, appoint General Count Flahaut, who is a great friend and favourite of the Duke of Orleans, and an excellent diplomatist— the husband of the Baroness Keith, and himself educated in England; but this appointment will be opposed by a party in the French Court who are jealous of M. de Flahaut. It has been said that General Sebastiani, who is a man of large fortune, and therefore able to maintain the dignity of the station, will come here as Ambassador, but that is not probable, as his state of health would hardly stand a London atmosphere. Gencral Baudrand, who came here some time ago as Ambassador Extraordinary, has also been mentioned; but he is too much of an imperialist to please the independent party in France. At present everything seems to indicate that M. de

Flahaut will be M. de Talleyrand's successor.

— The apartments in the Clarendon Hotel in Old Bond street, which were occupied by Don Pedro previous to his expedition to Portugal, are assigned to Pozzo di Borgo. Mr Chaplin, the master of this magnificent hotel, has recently embellished the interior of his house at great cost.

— All is definitively settled for the Speaker's continuance in office;—and we learn with pleasure that letters of the most flattering description have been addressed to the Honourable Gentleman on the subject, by his Majesty's Ministers.

— A considerable ‘dispersion' has lately taken place, of the effects of one of the most popular and brilliant of the noble Crockfordians.

— Mr Long Wellesley's town residence was fitted up by his son, who has also undertaken to make great sacrifices on his father's behalf, on the attainment of his own majority.

— Notwithstanding the multiplicity of Clubs at the West End, there are nearly a thousand candidates on the list at the Union, and twelve hundred at the Athenaeum. Probably there will be an “Appendix' institution to these popular associations, after the fashion of the “Junior United Service."

— There never was known so little money stirring in the fashionable world, (or rather the roué world) as at the present moment. Crockford's hardly pays its expenses. There has been no play there of any importance this season.

— Prince Pozzo di Borgo is expected to leave town in a few days, on a visit to their Majesties, at Brighton.

— The properties of the late Lord de Clifford, both in this country and in Ireland, where he possessed large hereditary estates, both in the county of Down and in the vicinity of Kinsale, in the county of Cork, the nomination to which borough he possessed previously to the passing of the Reform Bill, are about to be sold, we hear, with the intention of distribution among his Lordship's daughters.

Lord Munster.—The Globe, we perceive, has been induced to contradict the explanation we were led, by a sense of justice, and upon competent information, to offer respecting the private emoluments alleged, with an ignorant and ungenerous pertinacity, to have been heaped upon Lord Munster under the present reign. We positively repeat our assertion, for the truth of which we vouch—namely, that the only increase of income derived from the same source as the dignity his Lordship is bound to sustain, falls far short of 300l. a year, and that his official salary does not cover the loss of the domestic advantages to which we alluded. But even supposing that the statements of the Globe were correct, they would simply prove that Lord Munster had been preposterously provided with the shell, without the substance, of a suitable establishment. We believe we may add, that the statement in the Times of yesterday, that Lord Munster has declined the appointment of Constable of Windsor Castle, is not correct.

— Sir William Meredyth Somerville, Bart. and his youthful bride, Lady Maria Somerville, remain in town in consequence of the death of her Noble father, the Marquis of Conyngham. The young bride and bridegroom intend taking their departure for the seat of the latter in Meathshire, within a few weeks.

— The entertainments at Hatfield House, will be of the most brilliant description. Among other novelties and preparations, is a series of Tableaux, from the works of Scott, similar to those brought forward at the Court of Berlin three Carnivals ago. In these groups Lady Emily Grimston, the lovely daughter of Lady Cowper, besides several of Lady Salisbury's most distinguished guests, will perform.

— The Christmas party at Warwick Castle, that ancient relic of baronial splendour, and in which the ancient spirit of baronial munificence and hospitality still takes up its abode, was this year one of the most splendid it has for a considerable time had assembled within its walls. The Earl and Countess of Warwick entertained a very large assemblage of noble and other distinguished guests, including Lord and Lady Monson, Lord Brooke, Sir Charles Greville, &c. The tenantry of the noble Earl everywhere received him with testimonies of deep-seated attachment and respect.

— Much discussion has been called forth in the circles of the great world by the publication of Lady Emmeline Stuart Wortley's exquisite poem, entitled ‘Antwerp.' We say little in its favour in stating that Byron, at her Ladyship's age, had produced nothing so indicative of genius; and those who have hitherto objected in her style to a redundancy of epithet and metaphor, are forced to admit, in the present instance, that the error is amply atoned.

Office of the Vice-Chamberlain to the Queen, Queen's-House, St James's, January 1, 1833.- The Queen has been graciously pleased to appoint the Rev. James Stuart Murray Anderson, M.A., and Perpetual Curate of St George's Chapel, Brighton,

to be her Majesty's Chaplain in Ordinary at Brighton. St James's Palace, December 3, 1832. —The King was this day pleased to confer the honour vf Knighthood upon John Campbell, Esq. his Majesty's Solicitor-General.

CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES OF 1832.

It has been quite impossible for us to notice in detail, during their progress, the numerous festivities of this season,--which have been surpassed in extent and splendour by none which have preceded them for several years past. But now that they are concluded we may glance briefly at the whole of them, as offering a record not inconsistent with the character of our pages. In many of the instances enumerated below, the locality has been fixed by the elections. Our limits forbid of our doing more than merely naming the place of meeting and the family under whose auspices the festivities were held:– The Duke of Norfolk, the Earl of Surrey, and a

large party of guests at Arundel Castle, Sussex.

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