30 MAY 1829, Page 7



THE Times closes its report of the meeting of the Pitt Club by re- marking that it appears to be in a superannuated state. The Courier, sympathy for the superannuated which is extremely amiable, pts a denial of the Leading Journal's assertion, but we think nsuccessfully. The Pitt Club will never Meet again. We admit that there are symptoms in the times that, were there any vigour or spirit remaining in the—we shall not call them Pittites, but Antiists—might well summon it forth and give it direction. What, for instance, do they say to the fire in Oxford Street ? So determined are the Jesuits to destroy York Minster, that they will not spare even a picture of it. It is said that the spark was kindled by an accident of the machinery !—We admire the simplicity of those who are gulled by such a penny-a-line hypothesis. Then look to St. Paul's Cathedral— cracked from top to bottom, its fundamental principles undermined, and its crown tottering to a fall ! If it should fall—and now that the Romanists and Radicals have succeeded in shaking it, is it to be sup- posed it can continue to stand—will it ever be built up again ? St. Peter's may, but no St. Paul's will. That was settled at the last meet- ing of Cardinals. 13ad is come, and worse remains behind. The Duke tumbled from his horse on Wednesday, and many a Protestant heart hailed the omen with gladness ; but what was the fact? He fell— where ? in the royal domain of Hyde Park ; dressed not in the peaceful garb of First Lord of the Treasury, but in that of Colonel of his own regiment! And how fell he ? It was a trick altogether, a mere make-believe fall. He only wished, like another great general, an ambitious rogue like him- self, to take possession of the soil! This is the secret of the soiled pantaloons. The crowd pressed round and cheered him, we are told. Who, gentle reader, do you think made up that crowd? A regiment • of Catholic priests, whom he keeps under the disguise of bricklayers and hodmen at Apsley House !—If my Lord ELDON or the Earl of HAREWOOD and his friends are really sincere in their wishes to protect the constitution, here are occasions for all their zeal.

It is whispered that the Duke has lately ordered (we do not mention the tradesman's name—we have reason to believe he is not aware of what he is doing) a round table !—yes, a round table, capable of sitting forty-eight guests! We have all heard of the round table and twenty- four knights of ARTHUR the First ; here is the round table of ARTHUR the Second—will the knights be long wanting? The Princess VICTORIA was at Court on Wednesday night; so was the Duke!! Earl BOTHWELL was only six-and-fifty when he ran away with Queen MARY ; and he divorced his wife for the purpose !--We could tell some strange secrets ; but more of this anon.