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Brighton, August 8, 1806.
Such was the fury of the wind and tide last night that three of the bathing machines that were lashed to the Marine Parade have been carried out to sea, and the boats that were sent in search of them have returned unsuccessful. Mr Mellish's establishment went to London this morning; the absence of this gentleman will be much regretted. The Countess of Sefton is expected, in a few days, to honour Brighton with her presence.
The 2nd battalion of the 40th Regiment of Foot marched into this town last night, from Bexhill barracks, and paraded this morning at the top of North Street; they are to be joined, next Tuesday, by the 1st battalion, which are now on their march from Bexhill; then the whole will proceed to Portsmouth, where they are under orders for embarkation. Mr Bradford left the Castle this morning, at half past twelve, in his barouche and four, for Petworth, the seat of the Earl of Egremont. Earl Berkeley attended divine service on the parade this morning, at eleven o'clock, which was read by the Chaplain of the South Gloucester Militia. An excellent sermon was preached at the Chapel Royal, by the Rev. Dr. Portis, from St. Luke vi. 46 ; the congregation was numerous; Lady Lade, Mr and Mrs Potts, Dr. and Mrs Wilgrasse, the Misses Metcalf, and the Misses Walpole were present.
At four o'clock the Steyne was most brilliant. The Prince, dressed in a plum-coloured coat and a brown hat, accompanied by Colonel Bloomfield, the Countess of Jersey, elegantly dressed in white, on her head, a gold bandeau, from which was suspended a most beautiful veil, the Earl and Countess Berkeley, the Misses Walpole, and many other Nobility honoured it with their presence. Now that the Races are over, we expect the Nobility will crowd to this delightful place. It is said His Royal Highness the Duke of Clarence is expected this or the
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