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refreshment; and, at half-past three, they returned to Brighton. Thus ended this busy scene.
The above-named "crack" horse, Pavilion, at the Brighton Races on July 28th, a week afterwards, won the Gold Cup given by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, added to a subscription of ten guineas each, beating Mr Mellish's Headley and two others. Headley having bolted and ran towards the sea. At the conclusion of the race Mr Mellish came up to the Prince and said he was never so vexed at losing money as on this occasion, and it could not be called a race. He had lost £2,000 upon it, but observed that he had won £2,600 the preceding night. The race day, &c, is [thus described:—
" The morning was very fine, and the race-ground, at twelve o'clock, crowded. His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales was in his barouche, with six bays, his postilion in a new livery, black velvet sleeves, covered with gold lace, and scarlet body, with gold stripes. At a quarter to one the Prince arrived. The Duke and Duchess of St. Albans were in a curricle and pair. Sir John Lade in his barouche and four. Mrs Fitzherbert in her barouche with three ladies. His Royal Highness left the race-ground at five o'clock. A grand cricket match was to have taken place after the race, between some of the Brighton gentlemen and some of the sporting visitors, but the rain prevented it, to the great disappoint­ment of three thousand spectators.
" The Ball, at the Castle Assembly Rooms, last night, was numerously attended. His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales was present. The Countess of Jersey looked divinely. Her Ladyship wore a point dress. The Earl and Countess of Barrymore, Mrs Fitzherbert, and the whole of the Prince's party were present. The Prince left the Ball Room at one o'clock. The Duchess
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