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JOHNSON'S RESIDENCE IN INNER TEMPLE LANE. smiled, and with great good humour agreed to their
proposal. What! is it you, you dogs? I'll have a Dr. Johnson's three last residences in the metropolis frisk with you!' He was soon dressed, and they sallied were No. 1, Inner Temple Lane, No.7, Johnson's Court, together into Covent Garden, where the green-grocers and No. 8, Bolt Court, Fleet Street, where he died. The and fruiterers were beginning to arrange their hampers, last has gone ; and the former will soon pass. The just come in from the country. Johnson made some whole of the building materials of the houses on the l'attempts to help them, but the honest gardeners stared west side of Inner Temple Lane are advertised for sale so at his figure and manner, and his odd interference, on October 1, immediate demolition to follow, and that he soon saw his services were not relished. They among them the house in which Johnson resided for then repaired to one of the neighbouring taverns, and some years. Sir John Hawkins observes-Johnson was made a bowl of Bishop, a liquor so called, which Johnnow become so well known, and had by the Rambler, son had always liked ; and he, while in joyous contempt and other of his writings, given such evidences, not only of sleep, from which he had been roused, repeated the of great abilities, and of his skill in human life and festive lines manners, but of a sociable and benevolent disposition,
Short, O short then be thy reign, that many became desirous of his acquaintance, and to
And give us to the world again.* this they were further tempted by the character he had acquired of delighting in conversation, and being free
They did not stay long, but walked down to the and communicative in his discourse. He had removed
Thames, took a boat, and rowed to Billingsgate. Beau[from Gray's Inn) about the beginning of the year
clerk and Johnson were so well pleased with their 1760, to chambers two doors down the Inner Temple
amusement, that they resolved to persevere in dissipalane, and I have been told by his neighbour at the Cop
tion for the rest of the day ; but Langton being engaged posite) corner, that during the time he dwelt there, more
to breakfast with some ladies, deserted them. Johr.son enquiries were made at his shop for Mr. Johnson, than
scolded him for • leaving his social friends, to go and sit
Garrick being for all the inhabitants put together of both the Inner with a set of wretched un-idea'd girls! and Middle Temple. But it would seem, Johnson was
| told of this ramble, said to him smartly, 'I heard of resident there in 1759. Francis Barber, Johnson's
nice your frolick t'other night. You'll be in the Chronicle.' former black servant, but had left his service, had been
Upon which Johnson observed-He would not do such taken by a press-gang, and sent on board the Stag
a thing, his wife would not let him !t frigate ; Johnson on hearing this was greatly distressed,
The Rev. Dr. Maxwell of Falkland, Ireland, later and Smollett, by letter to Wilkes, dated Chelsea, March relating the circumstances of his acquaintance with 16, 1759, implored his aid to set him free. Wilkes in
Johnson, which commenced in 1754, and was continued stantly applied to his friend, Sir George Hay, then one
many years, has stated, Johnson was much attached to of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, and
London ; he observed that a man stored his mind better Francis Barber, without any wish of his own, was dis
there, than any where else; and that in remote situacharged. He found his old master, Johnson, in chambers in the Inner Temple, and returned to his service. * Boswell evidently had the recital of this story from Boswell relates an amusing incident.-One night,
Langton, and he fancied the latter had not recollected, or when Beauclerk and Langton had supped at a Tavern,
that Johnson had repeated the passage wrong, the lines in and sat there till about three in the morning, it came
Lord Lansdowne's Drinking Song to Sleep, being
Short, very short be then thy reign, into their heads to go and knock up Johnson, and see if
For I'm in haste to laugh and drink again. they could prevail on him to join them in a ramble.
But the fault must have been with Langton; Johnson was They rapped violently at the door of his chambers in the
| not so drunk, or so forgetful in memory, as to make nonTemple, till at last he appeared in his shirt, with his
sense of his couplets. little black wig on the top of his head instead of a night + Garrick's threat, . You'll be in the Chronicle,' was alcap, and a poker in his hand, imagining, probably, that lusive to the possibility of Steevens, then Johnson's neighsome ruffians were coming to attack him. When he bour in the Temple, or himself lampooning him in the Unidiscovered who they were, and was told their errand, he versal Chronicle, a weekly paper, in which' the Idler'
commenced on Saturday, April 15, 1758, and continued on the Saturday in every week for nearly two years following.
Davy in all matters rendered obsequious deference to the * Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D., 1787, 8vo. p. 383.
mandates of Mrs. Garrick; and under her ægis Johnson + Boswell's Life of Johnson, 1807, 8vo. Vol. I. p. 329.
was safe. VOL. VII.
tions a man's body might be feasted, but his mind was oracle, whom everybody thought they had a right to visit starved, and his faculties apt to degenerate from want and consult; and doubtless they were well rewarded. of exercise and competition. No place, said he, cured I never could discover how Johnson found time a man's vanity or arrogance so well as London; for as for his compositions. He declaimed all the morning, no man was either great or good per se, but as compared then went to dinner at a tavern where he commonly with others not so good or great, he was sure to find in staid late, and then drank his tea at some friend's the metropolis many his equals, and some bis superiors. house, over which he loitered a great while, but seldom He told me, that he had frequently been offered country took supper. I fancy he must have read and wrote preferments, if he would consent to take orders; but he chiefly in the night, for I can scarcely recollect that he could not leave the improved society of the capital, or ever refused going with me to a tavern, and he often consent to exchange the exhilarating joys and splendid | went to Ranelagh, which he deemed a place of innocent decorations of public life, for the obscurity, insipidity, and uniformity of remote situations.
He frequently gave all the silver in his pocket to the His general miode of life during my acquaintance | poor, who watched him between his house and the taseemed to be pretty uniform. About twelve o'clock I vern where he dined. He walked the streets at all commonly visited him, and frequently found him in bed, hours, and said he was never robbed,* for the rogues or declaiming over his tea, which he drank very plenti- | knew he had little money, nor had the appearance of fully. He generally had a levee of morning visitors, | having much. chiefly men of letters : Hawkesworth, Goldsmith, Mur- Boswell, who like many others sought an introduction phy, Langton, Steevens, Beauclerk, and others; and to Johnson, obtained it in the back parlour of Tom . sometimes learned ladies, particularly I remember a Davies' the bookseller's shop, No. 8, Great Russell French lady of wit and fashion doing him the honour Street, Covent Garden, on the evening of Monday, of a visit.* Two young women from Staffordshire visited May 16, 1763, and in a few days after, induced by him when I was present, to consult him on the subject of Davies' stating that Johnson would certainly take his Methodism, to which they were inclined. Come,' said calling upon him as a compliment, Boswell so deterhe, 'you pretty fools, dine with Maxwell and me at the mined. So, upon Tuesday, the 24th of May, after Mitre, and we'll talk over that subject;' which they did, having been enlivened by the witty sallies of Messrs. and after dinner he took one of them upon his knee, and Thornton, Wilkes, Churchill, and Lloyd, with whom I fondled her for half an hour together.
had passed the morning, I boldly repaired to Johnson. Though the most accessible and communicative man His chambers were on the first floor of No. 1, Inner alive, yet when he suspected he was invited to be ex- | Temple Lane, and I entered them with an impression hibited, he constantly spurned the invitation.
given me by the Rev. Dr. Blair, of Edinburgh, who had He seemed to me to be considered as a kind of public been introduced by him not long before, and described
his having · found the Giant in his den. He received
me very courteously. Some gentlemen, whom I do not * Madame de Boufflers, in April, 1763. Boswell subse- recollect, were sitting with him ; but it must be conquently learned the particulars of this visit from Beauclerk. fessed that his apartment, and furniture, and morning -When Madame de Boufflers was first in England, said dress were sufficiently uncouth. His brown suit of Beauclerk, she was desirous to see Johnson. I accordingly I cloaths looked very rusty: he had on a little, old, shriv. went with her to his chambers in the Temple, where she
elled, unpowdered wig, which was too small for his
led was entertained with his conversation for some time. When
head, his shirt-neck and knees of his breeches were our visit was over, shc and I left him, and were got into Inner Temple-lane, when all at once I heard a noise like
loose; his black worsted stockings ill drawn up; and he thunder. This was occasioned by Johnson, who it seems,
had a pair of unbuckled shoes by way of slippers ; but upon a little recollection, had taken it into his head that he all these slovenly particularities were forgotten the moought to have done the honours of his literary residence to a foreign lady of quality, and eager to shew himself a man of gallantry, was hurrying down the staircase in violent * In this respect Johnson was very similar to Professor agitation. He overtook us before we reached the Temple Porson, who usually passed his evenings in social hilarity gate, and brushing in between me and Madame de Bouf- at the Cyder Cellar, in Maiden-lane, Covent Garden, flors, seized her hand, and conducted her to her coach. His whence, after midnight, and at all hours in the morning, dress was a rusty brown morning suit, a pair of old shoes often lumpily inebriated, he was wont to pass on his way by way of slippers, a little shrivelled wig sticking on the homeward through Fleet Street, to the London Institution, top of his head, while the sleeves of his shirt, and the knees in Finsbury Circus; his pockets crammed with rare volumes of his breeches were hanging loose. A considerable crowd of classic lore, manuscripts or printers' proofs, irreparable of people gathered round, and were not a little struck by if lost, but he' was never robbed.' Well known to the his singular appearance. Well might Beauclerk, on John- | girls of our town,' no one dared to molest him, and if too son's obtaining in July, 1762, the grant of his pension of far gone to remember the axiom that 'strait is the path,' three hundred per annum, utter the admonition, though in two would unhesitatingly escort him, and by linking their Falstaff's phraseology-I hope you'll now purge and live | arms with bis, endeavour to rectify the Sage in his aptitude cleanly like a gentleman!
to deviate on his course.
ment that he began to talk.. Boswell details further The place seemed to be very favourable for retirement particulars of this his first interview.
and ineditation. Johnson told me, that he went up On Monday, June 13, Boswell records that he again thither without mentioning it to Francis Barber] his called on Johnson, and told him he had been to see Johnson servant when he wanted to study, secure from interrupride upon Three horses, behind the Three Hats at Isling- tion, for he would not allow his servant to say he was ton. He adds — I had learned that his place of frequent not at home, when he really was. Boswell at this timo resort was the Mitre Tavern in Fleet-street, where he occupied the chambers of his friend Temple, in ‘Farrar's loved to sit up late, and I begged I might be allowed to Building,' the house now. No. 10, at the bottom of Inner pass the evening with him there soon, which he promised I Temple-lane. should. A few days afterward, I met him near Temple- | Johnson, who always felt an inclination to do nothing, bar, about one o'clock in the morning, and asked him if he was abetted in the indulgence of that disposition by his would then go to the Mitre. Sir, said he, it is too late ; pension, and appears at this time to have busied himself they won't let us in, but I'll go with you another night, in little beyond preparing his edition of Shakespeare, with all my heart.
for which he had long since received subscriptions, and On Saturday, June 25, Boswell relates some droll | had subsisted upon them. The work was probably particulars of an altercation between Johnson and an finished in Inner Temple-lane, which it would seem he Irish gentleman, at Cliston's eating-house in Butcher. quitted about Midsummer, 1765, or before. He then row, the dispute arising from the cause why some part became • Johnson of that Ilk,' by going to reside at No. of mankind were black ; Johnson, overborne by the 7, Johnson's Court, Fleet Street; and the honorary title intemperate expressions of his opponent, gave up of Doctor of Civil Law, by which we recognize him as the argument and quietly walked away; when, being Dr. Johnson, was not conferred upon him by Trinity Colgone, his antagonist took his revenge, as he thought, by lege, Dublin, till July 23, 1765. His Shakespeare was saying— He has a most ungainly figure, and an affec- first published on Oct. 9, in that year, tation of pomposity unworthy of a man of genius.' Boswell, who had been unobserved by Johnson, followed him, and they arranged to meet that evening at the
Gresham College, and would sometimes give us descriptions Mitre,* 'I called on him, and we went thither at nine. of processes as were very entertaining, particularly to JohnWe had a good supper and port wine, of which he thenson, who would listen to them attentively. We may supsometimes drank a bottle.'
pose, that in the course of his reading, he had acquired Tuesday, July 18, Mr. Levet this day shewed me some knowledge of the theory of the art, and that he Johnson's library which was contained in two garrets wished for an opportunity of reducing that knowledge into over his chambers. i found a number of good books, practice; he thought the time now come, and though he but very dusty, and in great confusion. The floor was
had no fitter an apartment for a laboratory than the gurret strewed with manuscript leaves in Johnson's own hand- over his chambers in the Inner Temple, he furnished that writing, which I beheld with a degree of veneration,
Contorntion with an alembic, with retorts, receivers and other vessels supposing they might contain portions of the Rambler,
adapted to the cheapest and least operose processes. What or of Rasselas. I observed an apparatus for chemical
his aims were, at first, I know not, having forgotten the
account he once gave me of the earliest of his chemical experiments of which Johnson was all his life very fond. | operations ; but, I have since learned, that they dwindled
down to mere distillation, and that from substances of the
simplest and coarsest sort, namely, peppermint, and the The Mitre Tavern, No. 39 in Fleet Street, it was after-dregs of strong beer ; from the latter whereof, he was able ward Macklin's Poets' Gallery, and lastly Saunders' Auc. to extract a strong but very nauseous spirit, which all might tion Rooms. In 1829, the house was demolished, and smell, but few chose to taste. Hoare's banking house extended over its site. The Mitre Johnson possibly never told Hawkins or any one else, to Tavern now opposite Fetter-lane end, erroneously held as what purpose his chemical operations were really directed, the scene of many incidents in literary history, was then and Time only has elicited the fact. The improvement of simply known as 'Joe's Coffee-house.' The Mitre Tavern the manufacture of china-ware or porcelain was at this is a more recent assumption.
period an object of sedulous enquiry even with the most † Hawkins observes — The history of learning furnishes distinguished chemists, Johnson imbibed the same predilec. us with many examples of men who have desiated from the tion and fancied he had discovered all that was required. study of polite literature to that of the hermetic science, or until his repeated failures in the ovens of the Chelsea china in plainer English, to that sublime chemistry which leads works convinced him he knew nothing of its manufacture, to the transmutation of metals ; and those who may bave and that his theories were nought. These abortive attempts heard that Johnson exercised himself in chemical processes were probably late in 1762, or early in 1763, as at the close may perhaps think, that his view therein was suddenly to of that year the Chelsea works were altogether disconbecome the possessor of immense riches, but I am able to tinued ; yet where-ever porcelain was made, Johnson obviate this suspicion, and assure them, that his motive subsequently invariably visited the manufactory, his invewas only curiosity, and his end mere amusement. At the terate longing tended to that course, in which he had time he frequented the club in Ivy Lane, Dyer was going signally failed, and his visits to Worcester in 1774, to through a course of chemistry under Dr. Pemberton, of Sèvres in 1775, and to Derby in 1777, are all recorded facts.
Miss Ann Williams, his blind protegee, who had been
UWINS, R, A., AND WALKER'S CLASSICS. an inmate with him in Gough Square, on his occupying The late Thomas Uwins, R. A., recently the keeper the chambers in Inner Temple-lane lodged in Bolt- of the National Gallery, but who died on August 25th court, and continued there till his moval to Johnson's last, at Staines, in his seventy-fifth year, with the very Court, when he again invited her to reside in his
questionable and unmeaning designation of Surveyor of house. The house in Johnson's Court is now part of Pictures to the Queen, &c., obtained no little celebrity Anderton's Hotel.
from the pleasing manner of his designs or illustrations The buildings about to be demolished bear an inscribed
to Walker's Series of English Classics, in their day stone over the first story of No. 3; dated 1657. The
highly popular, and supposed to be remunerative, but as words Dr. JoAnson's STAIRCASE, painted over the door
in most literary adventures, frequently involving the at No. 1, were first placed there in December 1814. proprietors in difficulties, so in this; after being some Serjeant Atkinson is the out-going tenant of the cham
years before the public, a change of proprietary was bers formerly occupied by Johnson.
indispensable, the change was effected, and Uwins' A civil word to Mrs. Massey, the housekeeper there letter to John Walker, the ostensible director and pubfor the last twenty-five years, will lead the inquirer to | lisher, in Paternoster Row, may possibly at this time a view of the rooms once occupied by England's most be deserving of note; it is here transcribed from the distinguished Lexicographer.
| autograph. Elia, or Charles Lamb, once occupied at No. 4, two
Thavies Inn, Ap. 29, 1818. rooms on the third floor, with a separate staircase to the
Sir, I have long thought of raising my price for the
Sir I have long th five rooms above. They are doomed with the rest.
drawings of the Classics, equal to what I have from other
connections and for other things, but I have hitherto been Junto.-In the History of Queen Anne's period fre- withheld from it by a feeling of attachment which I have quent mention is made of the Junto, a political associa always had for this work, as I was the original and almost tion, that appears to have maintained no little dominance the only artist employed on it. As the mode of conducting over the political destinies of the country. Who were it bas however entirely changed its character, I think this they?
the best time to do what I ought in justice to myself to have Reform Club, Sept. 16.
done long ago. As the artists [the engravers), whose
talents I know, and with whom I have been accustomed to The Junto consisted of the following six leading Whigs | act, are now I find to be dismissed, and as Jack Nokes and -The Duke of Devonshire, Lord Halifax, Lord Somers, Tom Styles are sent to me for drawings-people whose Lord Wharton, Lord Sunderland, and Lord Orford. Laird
works I have never seen, and of whose talents I am entirely in his History of Worcestershire, 1813, p. 195, states their ignorant, I can of course no longer feel any pleasure in the portraits, as constituting the Junto, are at Ombersley.
work, and must therefore contrive to make it a little more
profitable. In future then my prices will be as follows — WARDIAN Cases. What is the reason that when For Frontispiece and Vignette . 6 6 0 there are no plants in a Wardian case, no moisture is
Vignette alone . . . . 3 3 0 condensed on the glass, although there may be plenty Frontispiece alone ..
5 0 of damp earth?
S. O. You will have the goodness to inform the committee as
soon as possible of my determination, as the drawings for The Chinese have adopted the principle of Lycurgus,
Chesterfield, and have issued a coinage of iron-money, for payment
Locke, and Mason and of public servants for their services, and for the purchase
Milton, not being done I can give them immediately of corn ; but the taxes from the public at large are
into other hands—the Quixoht and Gill Blas being under
| stood as the last at the old prices. required to be paid in silver.
In conclusion, Sir, permit me to express to you, to all who
have had any share in the management of the works, and Dr. Rae's schooner, the Iceberg, with which, in the to the gentlemen of the committee, the very great obligaensuing spring, he purposed proceeding in search of tions I feel for all the attentions I have received during a Sir John Franklin's remains, has it is feared been lost connection of ten or twelve years—through all which time on lake Ontario with all on board.
no single circumstance has ever occurred to occasion the
smallest difference or disagreement between us, and if this The Fourth Volume of Mr. C. R, Smith's Collectanea
letter should be the cause of our separation (as my deter.
mination is unalterable), permit me to hope that my name Antiqua being completed, he announces the Fifth
and my connection with this concern may be recollected Volume will commence with Notes of a Tour to Rome
with the same feelings of respect that I entertain for all the through the South of France, with illustrations by Mr. | parties interested in it. Fairholt.' The work is · Printed for Subscribers only, I am Sir, your obliged humble servant, and not Published.'
The first brick of the New Theatre Royal, Covent! SHAKESPEARE. Ayscough received for his Index Garden, laid by Mr. Lucas, the builder, on Sept. 23, at to Shakespeare, printed as a third volume to Stockdale's 4 p.m.
edition, in 1790, two hundred guincas.
GENTLEMEN CONNOISSEURS IN PAINTING. Joshua was disposed to part with it, but promised to Over the fire-place in the dining-parlour, the room on
write and sound him as to any purpose he might have the right hand, on entering the hall of the house for
respecting it. Mr. Desenfans was delighted, but begged merly Sir Joshua Reynolds's, 47, Leicester Square;
Sir Joshua should not be then told that he was the party Claude's finely painted landscape, a view near the Castle
desirous of becoming the purchaser. My father then of Gondolfo, unquestionably one of his most capital and wrote, that a certain gentleman had seen the landscape, finished pictures, long held a prominent but justly admired it, and was very desirous of knowing the price. deserved situation ; it excited general admiration, and
It had been previously arranged by Sir Joshua, that if occasioned a somewhat interesting incident in the bio
my father wrote, no answer would be sent for at least graphy of the once distinguished President of the Royal, a week, in order to sharpen the appetite of the would-be Academy.
possessor, Mr. Desenfans, who however called every day There are many instances of erroneous judgment in for a week or more, anxiously inquisitive as to the Gentlemen Connoisseurs, some of whom, in position from
result, and on each occasion warmly scrutinizing the circumstances, have biassed and controlled public opinion, picture, makin
picture, making no further observation than that it when in fact they were wholly deficient in the essentials wanted a care
wanted a careful cleaning. The reply at length arrived, to qualify them as Directors of the public taste. Had
of the public taste Had and my father was directed to inform the gentleman, Mr. Payne Knight's dictum been followed, the Elgin
whoever he was, that Sir Joshua was in no way desirous marbles would have been lost to the Country, but the of selling the picture, but
of selling the picture, but that as the letter had stated strong remonstrance in their favour from the Royal (the gentleman very much wished for it, he would sell it Academicians, induced the Government to reconsider
to reconsider for two hundred pounds, but no less. The letter was in and reject that respected virtuoso's veto.
due course shewn to Mr. Desenfans, who immediately Mr. Noel Desenfans was considered a Collector of no
closed on these terms, and drew on his banker a cheque common discernment, and his capabilities were unques
for that amount. The draft was forwarded to Sir Joshua, tioned ; the Collection of Paintings at Dulwich, formerly
who then affected to have only then learned who was belonging to him, fully corroborates the popular estimate
the purchaser, and wrote a letter to Mr. Desenfans, in of his judgment, but in his opinions he was not infallible,
which he returned him the cheque, and expressed his as was evinced by the following anecdote.
surprise that a gentleman of Mr. Desenfans' consumMuch to the vexation of Sir Joshua, Mr. Desenfans
mate judgment should have been so completely taken constantly eulogized the old masters, and deprecated all | in, that it was a copy by Marchi, which he had been productions of modern art: the former therefore deter- desired to paint for practice, not supposing for a moment mined to expose the illiberality of this opinion. The
that so excellent a judge of the old masters, as Mr. Claude above mentioned was constantly the theme of
Desenfans had proved himself on all occasions, could be Mr. Desenfans' praise, and by this picture he resolved
so deceived. Sir Joshua spoke of this affair pretty freely, to effect his purpose ; he therefore directed his pupil, and of course much to the
and of course much to the annoyance of Mr. Desenfans, Marchi to make a facsimile of it, which he finished and it caused an estrangement between them. I have under the continued superintendence of Sir Joshua.
often heard my father, who died in 1827, relate the Marchi's copy was then dried and smoked according to particulars, buit Mr. Desentans never knew he was at the most modern improved system, ard substituted implicated. in place of the original in the frame over the fire-place.
The original Claude was sold in the fourth day's sale, My father, who had been Sir Joshua's frame maker
No. 84, of Sir Joshua's collection of paintings by the for some years, was at this period apprised by him of
old Masters, in the Great Room next to Cumberland the trick he proposed playing Mr. Desenfans, and in
House, Pall Mall, on Saturday, March 14, 1795, for furtherance of his scheme, wrote to my father, desiring
one hundred and forty-five guineas; but what became him to go to Leicester Square, and take away the
of Marchi's copy, it has escaped me, if I ever knew, but landscape now hanging over the fire-place, and new line
in 1845, all the circumstances here related were again it, but on no account to touch the picture, or allow any
brought to my recollection, by a picture cleaner telling one to do so.' The picture was accordingly put on a
me, he had a Claude to clean, that was formerly in the new lining, and was visible at the back part of my possession
possession of Sir Joshua Reynolds. I remember I father's shop, No. 288, High Holborn. Some days laughed heartit
| laughed heartily, and bid him call in again another day, after, Mr. Desenfans called in as he was used to do, and
and I would tell him an amusing story about the picture; espying the picture, exclaimed, Oh! what have you got
he however failed to do so, and possibly the possessor, the Claude from Sir Joshua ? My father replied “No,'
whoever he may be, may for the first time learn, from a i but as had been previously arranged by the painter. he | perusal of Current Notes, that there are two Richards shewed him Sir Joshua's letter of instructions as to the
in the Field !-two pictures, one painted by a master new lining of the landscape then before him. Mr. | whose genius is recognized by the world ; a second, Desenfans admired the picture, examined it again and
accredited as the original, but is only a resemblance of again, observed it looked rather dirty, but notwithstand
the other, painted by the assistant of a modern artist,
the other, painted by the a ing expressed a strong desire to become its possessor. whose excellence is also universally acknowledged. My father replied that he was not aware that Sir King Street, Covent Garden. WILLIAM CRIBB.