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The name of the poor man, recently crushed to death, by a fall of an over-hanging part of the cliff, while picking up Aints and pebbles at Blackrock, was Thomas Holmes. He was 78 years of age.

John Fentham, and Henry Comber, for rescuing a prisoner from the custody of the civil power, in default of bail, have been committed for trial.

The Drove hounds, (Col. Wyndham's) whose kennel is midway between Chichester and Midhurst, commence their hunting season this week.

The following reduction in tithes, exceeds for liberality, all that has come to our knowledge. The Rev. H. Hodges, Rector of Beckley, Sussex, has lately lowered them no less than 50 per cent.

It is a fact, that during the last year, no less than thirteen National Schools have ceased to be carried on, of which six are in suffolk, six in Dorsetshire, and one in Westmoreland. This, the Committee of the National Education Society attribute, principally, if not solely, to the prevailing difficulties of the times.

Sir Charles Blunt, of Heathfield Park, lately shot a large woodcock. The presence in England of this bird, at so early a season, is said to prognosticate a severe winter.

There are now running between Brighton and London 42 coaches daily. There are also 4 coaches to Worthing, 5 to Southampton and Portsmouth, 1 to hastings, 2 to Lewes, 1 to Oxford, and 5 light vans and 2 waggons for the conveyance of luggage to London.

On Tuesday, the election of the Mayor of the borough of Arundel, took place at the Court House, when two gentlemen were put in nomination by the jury, for the choice of the town, viz. -Robert Watkins and Richard Parker, Esqrs.-A strong contest was anticipated, but on the shew of hands, the number appeared to be so decidedly in favour of the former, that the advocates for the opposition declined risking a poll. R. Watkins, Esq. was, therefore, duly elected, and took the customary oaths. The other officers elected for the borough were -Constables, Mr. W. Parlet, and Mr. Redman ;-Port-reeves, Mr. John Wimble, and Mr. Monck.- Aleconers, Mr. Dawes, and Mr. C. Parker.-Leather Searchers, Mr. Field, and Mr. Perkins.-Afferors, Mr. T. Shaft, and Mr. Byass.-Serjeants at Mace, Mr. Toogood, and Mr. Christopher. A dinner was given on the occasion at the Norfolk Arms Hotel, and served up by Mr. Newman, with true civic splendour.

Two young hares, about a month old, and perfectly white, were found in a field at Bosham, last week. They are now in the possession of a gentleman, who is indeavouring to rear them,

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(Continued from page 442, Vol. I.)

The LIBRARIES.—The first library here was instituted by Mr. Woodgate, at the southern extremity of the Steyne, where Mr. Phillips', and the shop adjoining, at present stand ; Mr. W. was succeeded by a lady of the name of Widget, who resigned it to Mr. Bowen, after whom came Mr. Crawford, and, lastly, Mr. F. G. Fisher, who, for a succession of years, was the master, also, of the principal circulating library at East, or, rather, South Bourne.

The principal Libraries, at this time, are Tuppen's, on the Marine-parade ; Lucombe's, and Donaldson's, on

the Steyne ; Loder's, and Wright's, in North-street ; Cordwell's, in East-street; and Bradley's, in the King's-road, all of which are well-stocked, well-managed, and owe their chief support to the fashionable visitants of the place.

STEYNE LIBRARIES.-Lucombe's, the second library that was opened in Brighton, has had several successors, but none more deservedly popular than the present. It retains its original situation, but, certainly, not its original appearance. The former building was of that dwarfish description not to admit of suitable improvements by additions ; therefore, the whole of it was cleared away, and the existing edifice erected, the dimensions and beauty of which are an ornament to the Steyne, and not to be surpassed by any structure, devoted to a similar purpose, in any watering place in the United Kingdom. The library of Donaldson, jun. is divided from the above by St. James's-street, which opens between them, and of which each forms an angle. It is not so large as Lucombe's, but is fitted up with peculiar elegance and taste. The patronage bestowed upon it, though, as yet, but of recent origin, has already lifted it to the same level of importance that distinguishes its before mentioned contemporaries, and of which, its situation, literary provisions, and mangement, are every way deserving. The interest and bustle, excited by loo and musical divertisements, have gained no settlement here at present, nor do we believe it is intended that they ever should-readers, therefore, who court comparative retirement, will here find it, when shut out, by the gaiety of occurring circumstances, at the other places.

MARINE LIBRARY.–Tuppen's, though not immediately situated on the Steyne, is but a very few paces from it; and here, such a disadvantage, if such it may be termed, is most amply compensated by its open, salubrious, and agreeably commanding marine views.

Lucombe's and Donaldson's may boast of the splendour of their Steyne situation, and its envied proximity to the palace and grounds of his Majesty ; but the attractive diversities of ocean are Tuppen's, including the whole sweep from Beachyhead, to the east, to Selsea-bill, to the west ; and now and then, at particular tides and seasons, the Isle of Wight is interestingly visible.

Not a floating object of any description, within sight of the town, can pass up or down channel, therefore, but the Marine Library includes it in the extensive beauties of its prospects; and sometimes the scene there, incessantly varying, and subject to momentary changes, in its multitudinous variety presenting ships of heaviest tonnage, warlike and commercial, down to the humble scull and punt, with all the gradations from the meaner to the higher in dimensions and power, is impossible accurately to be described ; and must, indeed, be seen, to he properly comprehended.

As may be imagined, the telescopes, under such inducements to employ them, are seldom out of hand here—and to this requisite and agreeable species of accommodation, particular attention is paid.

LODER'S LIBRARY, though more confined in site, and deprived of sea views, is admirably situated in one of the most popular streets for business. It is supported by the first families and persons resorting hither, in the same degree of liberality as the former; but, unlike two of the former, the gravity of its plan is never broken in upon by the lighter amusements-music, song, &c. but news, literature, politics, &c. are its distinguishing characteristics.

The other Libraries, Bradley's, Cordwell's, &c. have their full share of notice, and have no reason to complain of the distribution of fashionable favours.

L00.-When Mr. Vansittart's Little-go Bill was. passed some years ago, which did away the raffling at the places of public resort, it proved a sad drawback to the profits of the librarians at the watering-places generally, and at none more so, perhaps, than this. To remedy this deficiency, trinket auctions were had recourse to; but the novelty of those soon wore off, and another pastime, under the name of Loo, was introduced ; which, being considered more amusing by the fashionable throng, it has retained its attractive influence ever since, with the lively and enchanting addition of music, vocal and instrumental. The

game at loo, if such it may be termed, is diverting in its progress, and often gives rise to agreeable sallies of wit, according to the talent of the conductor of it, and the disposition to replications of those about him. The loo sweepstakes, as they are termed, are limited to eight subscribers, and the individual stake is one shilling. The full number being obtained, a certain quantity of cards, among which is the Knave of Clubs, or Pam, are shuffled, cut, and separately dealt and turned ; the numbers are called in rotation during the process, and that against which Pam appears, is invariably pronounced the winner.

(To be continued.)


(Continued from page 445, Vol. I.) After this followed the taking of Shrewsbury, a place of very great importance to the king, as the gate which opened into Wales, situate on a rising ground, and almost encompassed round about by the river Severn; that part which is not environed by water, being wholly taken up and made good by a very strong castle. By the loss of which town, the king's former entercourse with his loyal subjects of North-Wales, was not only hindered, but a present stop was given to an association, which was then upon the point of concluding between the counties of Salop, Flint, Chester, Worcester, &c, to the great prejudice of the king's affairs in those parts of the kingdome. Then comes the lamentable death of the Archbishop of Canterbury, kept for four years á prisoner in the tower of London, as before was said, but reserved onely as a bait to bring in the Scots, whensoever the houses should have oecasion for their second coming; as formerly, on the like temptation, they had drawn them in, with reference to the Earl of Strafford. The Scots being come, and doing good service in the north, it was thought fit they should be gratified with that bloode which they so greedily thirsted after. And, thereupon, the Archbishop being voted guilty of high treason by the House of Commons, was condemned to die by such a slender House of Lords, that only seven, viz.-the Earls of Kent, Pembroke, Salisbury, and Bollingbrook; the Lords North, Gray, and Brewes, were present at the passing of the sentence of his condemnation ; which being past, he was brought unto the scaffold, on Tower-hill, on the loth of January, where he ended his life with such a modest confidence, and so much piety, that his greatest enemies then present, who came to behold his execution with hearts full of joy, returned with eyes as full of tears. Last of all comes another treaty, solicited by the king, consented to by the Houses with no swall difficulty, and that upon condition to have the treaty held at Uxbridge, a town about fifteen miles from London, and more than twice as much from Oxford ; according unto which appointment, the commissioners met on the 30th of January, accompanied with some divines, for debating the point of church government, when it came into question. But this treaty proved as unsuccessful as that at Oxford had done before; the commissioners for the Houses offering no expedient for an accommodation, nor hearkening unto such as were entered to them in the name of the king : so that there being no hope of bringing the warre unto an end this way, both parties were resolved to proceed in the other.

The King having wintered his army at Oxford and the towns adjoining, it was thought fit to send the Prince into the west to perfect the association which had been begun in the end of the last summer ; and in those counties to advance such further forces as might not onely serve for the defence of themselves, but give some reasonable increase to his majesty's army.

In the beginning of April he set forwards towards Bristol, accompanied with Lord Culpeper and Sir Edward Hide, as his principal counsellours, and some of the chief gentry of the west, who were of most authority in their several counties. But before he had made himself master of any considerable strength, news came of the unfortunate successe of the battle of Nasby, which much retarded his proceedings; and hearing afterwards, that Sir Thomas Fairfax, with his victorious army, was marching towards him, he quitted Somersetshire, and drew more westward into the middle of Devonshire.

Bristol being taken, and his Majesty's affairs growing worse and worse, both there and elsewhere, he sent a message unto Fairfax, desiring a safe conduct for the Lords Hopton and Culpeper to go to the King and mediate with him for a treaty with the Parliament. To which, after a fortnight's deliberation, he receives an answer the 8th of November, to this effect, “ That if he would disband his army, and apply himself unto the Parliament, the general himself, in person, would conduct him thither. No hopes of doing good this way, and less the other, Exeter being besieged, and Barnstaple taken by the enemy's forces, he leaves his army to Lord Hopton, and withdraws into the dukedome of Cornwall. But finding that country unable to protect him long, he passeth into the Isle of Scilly, and from thence unto the Queen, his mother, whom he found at Paris, not doubting but to receive such entertainment in that court, as might be justly looked for by the eldest son of a daughter of France.

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