24 DECEMBER 1831, Page 12


The largest of the Boroughmongers is occupied in barricading his house in Pall Mall. The window-shutters are very formidable. His -Grace may spire his pains ; the public have no wish to pelt him into CODSequence. The Marquis of CaraNnos is respectfully informed that his visits- to Brighton will in future be dispensed with. It is hoped that the Refuge Committee at 10, Charles Street, have paid the post-horses.

Mr. HOLMES carried down from the Refuge, to Dorchester, a green bag and twelve thousand pounds ; Lord ASHLEY'S bills amount to fifteen thousand more. The Refuge Committee demur to a second subscription; and if it be not speedily forthcoming, it is understood that his Lordship will save their thousands and his own by accepting of the Hundreds.

A ludicrous mistake happened to Sir.HENnv HALFORD on the re- jection of the Reform 'BM Sir HENRY is or was Court physician, and a courtier, and anxious, as a courtier should be to stand well with all parties. The morning after the decision of the House of Lords, he wrote to the Marquis of TAVISTOCK, in .a tone of mingled grief and anger, to condole with his Lordship on the temporary defeat of a measure which promised blessings to the country. The same morn- ing was witness to an epistle on the same subject from the complaisant Knight to the Earl of WESTMORELAND. The contents of the second letter were somewhat different from those of the first. Sir Henry had ad- dressed Lord TAVISTOCK as friend addresses friend on the occasion of some lamented bereavement ; he spoke to Lord WESTMORELAND as friend speaks to friend at a marriage or. a christening,—" he was over- joyed, and, no doubt, his Lordship. would be, at the final rejection of a bill which was pregnant with revolution, anarchy, and every thing that was bad." The letters werefolded and enclosed ; but, alas ! some one of those tiny mocking' spiritsthat love to make game of good intentions, slipped Lord WESTMORELAND'S note into Lord TAVISTOCK's envelope, _ and Lord TAVISTOCK'S into Lord WESTMORELAND'S. The heir of the house of Rtissid read and pondered, pondered and read, and had just arrived at the charitable conclusion that poor Sir HENRY was in a fair way to pay a visit to his brother Dr. Buanows, when, from certain family queries he contrived to.puzzle out the mistake ; and his an- nouncement of reached Lord WESTMORELAND at the moment when the Earl was searching, but in vain, for a clue to the meaning of the lugubrious phrases in which Sir HENRY lamented the success of a vic- tory to which the noble Earl had so heartily contributed. Both the letters are in the possession of Lord BROUGHAM. What Sir HENRY said, or how Sir HENRY looked, when the blunder was explained to him, we leave GEORGE CRUIKSHANK to tell.

By the by, had the mistake of the letters any thing to do with the breaking up of the late Board of Health? Sir HENRY HALFORD was at the head of that Board ; of the present he is not a member.