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have now dawned on our continental neighbours, that the intercourse between the two nations will be greatly augmented, and bonds of amity and friendship will be cemented by such means for a very long period to come.
It will be seen, from the following very interesting description of the manner of celebrating the Prince of Wales'birth-day; August 12th, 1809, with what enthusiasm all classes participated in the enjoyments of the day:—
Half-past Eight p.m.
His Royal Highness the Duke of Sussex has just arrived at the Pavilion—the bells are ringing for the arrival of the Royal Dukes—bands of music are heard in every direction—the Steyne is crowded with company — the front of the Pavilion is surrounded with ladies and gentlemen. Mrs Heseltine has a concert at her house on the Steyne—her melodious notes attract numerous groups round the house, who are very liberal of their bravos and encores. In addition to the numerous party at the Pavilion are Sir R. and Lady Cunningham, Count Palfy, Mrs Orby Hunter, Mr Sheridan, Mr A. Davison, and Mr W. Porter.
The morning was ushered in by the ringing of bells, and the flag was hoisted upon the Church ; since five o'clock the town has been all in motion ; at ten the Otter and Gallant fired a salute; at eleven o'clock the Eclipse came in, and also fired a salute—the Otter, Gallant, Eclipse, and Griffin, had all the national colours flying. The flag was also hoisted on the west batteries, and every demonstration of joy appeared—two oxen were roasted; at nine o'clock they were put down to the fire ; in a
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