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And what his valet would despise, His lordship praises to the skies; But such the ton is, such the case, You'll see the first of rank or place, With star and riband, all profuse, Duck at his doorway like a goose: The humble beam was placed so low, Perhaps to teach some clown to bow. The air is pure as pure can be, And such an aspect o f the sea ! As you, perhaps, ne'er saw before, From off the side of any shore: On one hand Ceres spreads her plain, And on the other, o'er the main, Many a bark Majestic laves Upon the salt and buoyant waves; The hills all mantl'd o'er with green, A friendly shelter to the Steyne, Whene'er the rugged Boreas blows, Bemingled with unwelcome snows: Such is the place and situation, Such is the reigning seat of fashion.
Sea-hathing became more general, especially for persons afflicted with scrofulous diseases and glandu­lar complaints, and, consequently, from the influx of visitors, Brighton began to flourish. Dr. Eussell may, with justice, be called the founder of its pros­perity (although it was destined for the Prince of Wales, afterwards, still further to develop its resources). He was born in the parish of St. Michael's, Lewes, and was the son of Mr Nathaniel Russell, a respectable surgeon there ; was educated at St. Anne's Grammar School in that town, and joined his father as assistant. Afterwards went to Leyden, the most celebrated University in Europe for medical knowledge, and on his recurn to England was elected Fellow of the Royal Society and Doctor of Physic. He died in
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