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The Masters Fitz-Clarence were on the box of the Prince's landau. Mr Sheridan was on the box of the Prince's barouche (there being two of the Prince's carriages), and Miss Seymour was in the inside. The Marchioness of Downshire and all the surrounding nobility were present.
At three o'clock the Lord Chancellor arrived on the ground, and, alighting from his carriage, went up to the Prince, who, the moment he espied his Lordship, went forward to meet him ; and, taking him by the hand, said, " My good Lord, how do you do ?" It is allowed to have been one of the grandest sights ever witnessed. The only disappointment was the absence of Lord Keith, whom the wind would not permit to come round.
His Royal Highness the Duke of York will, to­morrow morning, review, at the Devil's Dyke, the Royal Horse Artillery, the King's Dragoon Guards, the 6th Dragoon Guards, the 4th Dragoons, and the 17th Light Dragoons.
Eight o'Clock p.m.
Nearly five thousand people are assembled near the camp, scrambling for the roast beef, which flies in every direction. Eight hogsheads of ale are on the ground. "Long live the Prince !" echoes from every quarter. A proportionate quantity of bread is also distributed to the multitude. The Pavilion is surrounded with gentlemen and ladies; the Masters Fitz-Clarence are at Mrs Fitz-herbert's, where they have a juvenile party; they are lovely boys, and, for their age, highly accomplished; the Prince is extremely fond of them.
The Steyne is crowded, and a refreshing shower we have had this afternoon, has added to the pleasure of the scene. Several tar barrels are just brought to the front of the Pavilion, for a bonfire. The illuminations are very splendid; among the most conspicuous are—Mr Donaldson's Library: over the Colonnade, in variegated lamps, is the Prince's plume with the star underneath,
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