at the time, wrote the following lines on the incident :—
"'ON JULIA, PEEPING
" ' In the Music Room of the Pavilion, at Brighton, on the 1st of January, 1822, and discovered in the fact by His Most Gracious Majesty George the Fourth; who, with his never-failing kindness of heart and condescension, seized the little culprit in his arms, kissed and caressed her, and bore her in triumph, before the brilliant assembly, to her nearest and dearest friend, Michael Kelly, then present.
" 'Behind the lofty organ's screen, One gala eve, sly Julia lay, Intent to peep, at whiles, unseen, And all the glorious pomp survey.
" ' 0, little didst thou dream that eye
Which wakes to guard Britannia's crown, Would there thy tiny form espy, And give thee, Julia, to renown.'
" For many seasons past, upon my annual night, I
have been regularly honoured with a munificent donation
from my Sovereign; but, valuable to me as is that bounty
in itself, the gift has scarcely been so gratifying to the
feelings of his dutiful servant, as the manner of presenting
" ' A delicacy, which anticipated wishes—
A generosity, which exceeded hopes.'
" Were I to indulge my feelings, I should be diffuse upon this subject; but I check myself, lest I should offend in a quarter where displeasure would afflict me most.
" I therefore shall merely venture to add, that whenever my malady casts me upon a bed of suffering, I do not forget that the most august hand in the empire has condescended to place around it additional comforts; and that no sooner does my relenting star restore me to society than my benefactor's name blesses the first glass I carry to my