The Marquis of Douro, eldest BOO of the Duke of
Wellington, and having title from the locality of one of his father's most celebrated exploits, passed through here on Friday last, having come from London on board the Dundee steamer. The Marquis is a man of perfectly plain and unassuming manners; and in the short time permitted by our steamers for the formation of friendships, made himself a very great favourite with all his fellow-passengers. He was seen coming up with the bluff jolly Captain of the Dundee, as familiarly as if they had been old messmates. The Marquis was only a few hours in town ; but the rumour of his arrival having spread rapidly, he was seen by a good many of our citizens, and recognized by the prominent resemblance of his nasal organ to that of his father. He set off for Braemar a little after mid-day. Some gentle. men (?) were looking most anxiously in at the carriage-windows just as he was about to start, and thought they had got a glance of him. A slight mistake this : the Marquis had put his servant and dogs inside, and, like a soldier's son, took up his own post beside the driver, to look around him and see the country.—Dundee Guardian.
Kings and princes are lauded to the skies by sycophants for ex- ercising the common feelings of humanity, and lords and dukes are praised for deporting themselves as gentlemen. One would be led to suppose from this parapraph, that sprigs of nobility were generally ill-mannered coxcombs, assuming silly and impertinent airs. Is it so wonderful a condescension for a Marquis to speak familiarly with the captain of a steam-boat? Would the para- graph-writer have had the captain stand bareheaded or kneel before a son of the Duke of WELLINGTON? Then, a Marquis's nose must not be called a nose, but a " nasal organ ;" and be can- not mount the box of his carriage, in preference to riding inside, without the act being worthy of " a soldier's son." Only think, too, of his being a great favourite with all the passengers ! His valet, who was mistaken for him by the people whose silly curi- osity made them rude enough to stare in at the carriage-windows, would have been equally a favourite had he passed for the Mar- quis in the steamer, and in as short a time, too, as the steamers allow for the " formation of friendships."