TFIE Cower—The King; on Thursday, gave a grand dress dinner
party, at his Palace, St. James's. The dinner was in the banqueting-room, which was splen- didly fitted up for the occasion ; and the other preparations for the reception of the favoured guests, were the same as on court days. Among the company were the Duke of Cumberland. the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Orleans. the Duke de Chartres, the Lord Chancellor, and Lady Lyndhurst. the Duke uf Wellington, the Duke of Rutland, the Duke of Devonshire, the Duke of Leeds. the Marchioness of Cnnyngham, Earl Dudley, Earl and Countess Bathurst, Earl and Countess of Aberdeen, Earl and Countess of Carlisle, Earl of Mount- aeries, Earl of Chesterfield, Earl of Fife, Viscount Melvelle, Viscount Beresford. Viscount and Viscountess Granville, Lord and Lady Maryborough, Lord Hill, Lord St. Helens, Lord Farnborough, Lord and Lady Strathaven, Sir George Mur- ray, Mr. Secretary and Mrs. Peel, Sir Andrew Barnard. In the evening the King gave a ball to the juvenile branches of the nobility and gentry.
The young Queen of Portugal was at the juvenile ball, and was particularly noticed by the King. While dancing, her foot slipped, and she fell: her face was slightly hurt.
Next Tuesday is the day fixed upon by his Majesty to leave town for the Royal Cottage ; there have however, been so many changes made in the Royal deter- mination, that it would excite very little surprise if the period for the departure of the King were to be deferred for a few days longer.—Morning Chronicle. The Morning Journal says that the Duke of Clarence " is afflicted by a com- bination of disorders. which require rest. seclusion, and severe abstinence." The Morning Chronicle observes, that his Royal Highness has had a slight attack of gout in one of his feet—the first to which he was ever subject—which has con- fined him to his residence.
The Princess Victoria began her tenth year on Sunday last. The King and the Royal Family presented the Princess with birth-day presents and congratulations. The young Queen of Portug.al visited her at Kensington Palace. Prince George of Cumberland began his eleventh year on Wednesday. Cabinet Councils were held on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. The House of Commons. it is supposed, will adjourn on Friday. to enable the Lords to pass the bills then before them, soon after which both Houses will be prorogued. In a Committee of Privileges, on Wednesday, the Lord Chancellor announced his opinion that Viscount Bagnor had made out his claim to vote for the repre- sentative Peers of Ireland.
The Earl of Darnley has presented a petition to the King, claiming the "Dukedom of Lennox.'' His Majesty sent it to the House of Lords, and their Lordships have referred it to a Committee of Privileges.
The law changes consequent on the dismissal of Sir Charles Wetherell. and so long the subject of speculation, are now nearly settled. Lord Chief Justice Best becomes a peer, with the title of Baron Winferd ; and is to be Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords. He is to be succeeded in the Common Pleas by Sir N.C. Tyndal ; and Sir James Scarlett is to reassume the office of Attorney-Ge- neral. Mr. Sugden has been very generally pointed at as the new Solicitor-General.
By Sir N. C. Tynclal's advancement, a vacancy occurs in the representation of the University of Cambridge. Among the gentlemen said to be anxious to fill the vacant seat, Mr. Bankes, M.P. for Corfe Castle, is already in the field. Messrs. R. F. Jameson, Michael Josh. Quin, Thomas Comyn, and Joseph Egan. have been gazetted Commissioners for the examination and settlement of the claims of British subjects on Spain, agreeably to the late conventions.
Lord Lynedoch is to be the new Governor of Dunbarton Castle, in the room of the late Lord Harris.
It is rumoured that Sir Edward Codrington has refused a pension of 8001. per annum tendered to him by the Duke of Wellington. Lieutenant-General Sir Thomas Sidney Beckwith, K.C.B., has been appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Company's Forces at Bombay. A report which prevailed of the death of Lord William Bentinck, Governor- General of India, has been explicitly contradicted from the India House. In January, his Lordship was at Moorshedabad ; and his health, which bad been weakly, was improving. The King has sent daily to inquire after the health of the Marquis of Abercorn. This young nobleman is recovering. The Queen of Portugal has this week visited the King's Theatre, Covent Gar- den, and Astley's. The anniversary of the Restoration of Charles the Second was yesterday cele- brated with the usual rejoicings and solemnities. The Park guns were not silent on the occasion, as on the day when his Majesty's birth was celebrated.
The Standard says that the current quarter's revenue already shows a decrease of 380,0001. as compared with the corresponding quarter of last year.
We have authority to state, that a Company is forming for the purpose of sup- plying the ships leaving the river Thames with pure and wholesome water, and that prospectuses will be issued in a few days.
MI LITARY SPECTACLE.—There was a grand review on Wednesday in Hyde Park, in honour of the Duke of Orleans and the Duke de Chartres. The troops
on the ground were the 2d regiment of Life Guards, the Blues, the 10th and 15th regiments of Hussars, and the 1st and 3d regiments of Foot Guards, amounting to two thousand five hundred men, under the command of General Lord Hill.
About twenty thousand spectators were present, many of them ladies. The Duke of Wellington passed in review at the head of the Grenadier Guards, and the Duke of Cumberland at the head of the Oxford Blues. By some accident, the Duke of Wellington was unseated, and touched the ground; but he immediately remounted the same horse without injury. After the review was over, and as the Duke was returning to Downing Street, he was cheered and received many boisterous manifestations of the attachment of the people. A gentleman rode up and partly relieved his Grace from the oppressive kindness of the mob, who crowded round him in order to shake him by the hand; and he was finally re- lieved by a party of the Bow-street patrol, who escorted him to the back.gate of the Treasury.
There was another grand review, at Hounslow Heath, yesterday morning.
PITT Cum.—The triennial commemoration of the birth of Mr. Pitt was cele- brated on Thursday at Merchant Tailors' Hall, Threadneedle Street, by nearly three hundred persons ; among whom were six lords, three honourables, eleven baronets, thirteen members of the House of Commons, two aldermen, and one sheriff. The Earl of Harewood was in the chair. The Chairman made five speeches, and Lord Eldon spoke once—in praise of his own consistency, and his zeal for the Club. It appears the ex-Chancellor has never missed a meeting since it was instituted in' 1802, and he now pledged himself never to be absent so long as he has life. Both these noblemen slightly alluded to the Catholic Relief Act, and enjoined obedience to it as the law of the land; but they also desired that the friends of the " Protestant ascendancy" should not relax their vigilance in guarding against future dangers. None of his Majesty's Ministers were pre-
sent. The Duke of Wellington and Lord Bathurst excused themselves on the ground that they had to dine with the King: moreover, the Duke had seen a letter (supposed to be forged) notifying that there would be no meeting this year. The .1 Morning Journal insinuates that there was no such letter, and b that the King's ! party was got up in opposition to the Club. The " health of his Majesty's Ministers" was received with few plaudits and many hisses; trot " the Earl of Eldon" was received with loud hinnaing, and cries of " one cheer more"—which was duly complied with. The Times describes the meeting as having been "ex- tremely tame," remarkable fir nothing but its " insiwrificance," and " altogether a failure." The Morning Chronicle says that Lord Eldon's friends " were very active in getting up the thing, in orden, it possible, to the a fillip to the testi- .1-. monial which some old politicians are about to erect to his honour."
WF.STNIINRTER ELECTION DINNER —The twenty-second anniversary of the • election of Sir Francis Burdett for the city of %Westminster, was celebrated on Monday, in the Crown and Anchor Tavern. by about two hundred and fifty per- • sons,—inchaling Mr. D. W. Harvey, Alfas Mr. Otway Cave, M.P., Mr. A. Daw- son, 'M.P., Mr. Monck, M.P., Lord _Nugent, Mr. O'Connell. Mr. Cobbett. and Mr, :' Henry Hunt. Mr. Hohhouse was in the chair, Sir Francis Burdett being unable to atter d through severe indisposition. The eating passed of as quietly as eating is wont to pass. When the health of Sir Francis Burdett was given, some few hisses were heard. One of the stewards walked down the roan to tile dissentients, and called one of them a " scoundrel " This produced a complaint to and a rebuke from the Chairman. Mr. Hunt then rose, amid much outcry, to put some ques- !- lions to Mr. 14 obhou:e, and through him to his colleague. touching their conduct in Parliament. ' I will state first," said Mr. Hunt, " that the House of Com- mons have, within the last five years, passed votes of public money amounting to little short of 2.000,000/. for the building of palaces and other sach purposes. Did Sir Francis Bartlett or Mr. floblionse oppose any of these votes ? The same House has passed a bill to disfranchise the forty-shilling freeholders of Ireland, Did Sir Francis Burdett or "%Ir. llobhouse oppose that bill ? The same House,, has passed a hill to authorize merseers, hospital-keepers, and keepers of debtor prisons, to sell the dead bodies of the most unfortunate of the poor. Did Sir
luctance !- to hear him was manifested; and it took the united efforts of the Chair.
an, Lord Nugent, and Mr. O'Connell, to obtain even a temporary calm. "As the charge of cheating somebody out of money," said Cohbett, "I have only say that Mr. Hobhouse dare not say whom I have cheated ; no, nor the mighty on, his master. (A voice, ' Why you bamboozled him.') That is one of the ost barefaced and impudent lies that was ever stated by man, or retailed by the
dirty rump of Westminster. Let the letters come into a court of justice, and I'll
rove the charge against me a base falsehood. Fine words, Cobbell, butwhere are your proofs? ') As to starving the poor, I have had great delight during all the course of my life in being beneficial to the poor. (A loud laugh mingled tith hisses.) 1 have, I say, with my slender means done more for the poor than urdett with all his thousands. Then as to the bones. (Cries of Now for the bones,' mingled with kughter.) A dead body sold to be cut up. (' Cries of ' What's become of your rings with Tom l'aine's hair ?') Yes, there's a mighty difference between selling a dead body to be cut up by surgeons, and bringing the bones of a great man home, which were lying in neglected obscurity, for the pur- pose of burying them in his native land. (' Where have you buried them, you old resurrectionist ?') Who blames me for doing that, which the very Govern- Ment of this country was then doing? At that very time, I say, the Government was sending for the bones of an officer, who perished in the American war, for the purpose of burying them in Westminster Abbey. (Immense uproar.) Well; I see there is no such thing as getting a fair hearing in this place, and therefore I shall conclude." (Loud hisses.) Mr. Cobbett soon after took an opportunity to leavi the room as quietly as he could. Mr. O'Connell next made a confession of his political faith as a reformer of all manner of abuses ; and Lord Nugent and Mr. Monck also spoke. Mr. Hunt, and Mr. French, the barrister, essayed to be heard, but they were not tolerated. The meeting terminated in " most admired disorder."