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12th February 1842

Anniversary of Her Majesty's Marriage

Thursday was the anniversary of the Queen's marriage with his Royal Highness Prince Albert, which took place February 10, 1840. The bells of New Windsor Church rang at intervals throughout the day , and at twelve o'clock a royal salute was fired from the Corporation artillery in the Acre. The day was also commemorated by the assemblage of a large and respectable party at the New Inn, where they partook of a most excellent dinner provided by the worthy host. The usual loyal and patriotic toasts were given and most loyally drank, and the harmony of the evening was kept up to a late hour.

Prince Albert's Stud

On Wednesday last her Majesty and his Royal Highness [Prince] Albert, his Serene Highness Prince Ferdinand and the Princes Augustus and Leopold, attended by Lord Morton and Col.Wylde, drove to Cumberland Lodge and inspected his Royal Highness Prince Albert's hunters and breeding stud, which are under the care of Mr.Quarton; and the royal party seemed highly pleased with the appearance of the animals.

Christening of the Prince of Wales

By reference to our advertising columns it will be seen that, the committee appointed to receive subscriptions in Windsor and its neighbourhood to supply the poor with coals (her Majesty's munificent donation having been ordered to be expended in provisions), have published a statement of their receipts and expenditure, from which it appears the amount of the subscriptions was 233 10s 6d, and that after the distribution of coals and payment of the incidental expenses, a balance of 5 11s 8d remained, which the committee have, with great propriety, presented to the Provident Institution, which was established to provide , at a low rate, a supply of coals to the poor during the winter season.

On Monday afternoon their Serene Highnesses the Prince Augustus and Leopold of Saxe Coburg arrived at the cavalry barracks at Spittal, in one of the royal carriages, attended by le Captain Comte Degenfield Schomberg, le Captain de Zaitack, and Colonel Wyld. Their highnesses were received by Colonel Bouverie, and several officers of the royal guards, and conducted to the riding school, where they witnessed, with astonishment and delight, what is termed a first class ride, and afterwards the divisions of sword exercise. These illustrious personages expressed to Colonel Bouverie their unqualified approbation of the discipline of the men, and the beautiful precision and neatness with which they performed the various evolutions. The royal party then returned to the castle.

The Countess of Dalhousie, who has been appointed lady in waiting to her Majesty the Queen, in the room of the Countess of Sandwich, resigned, will enter upon her duties at court at the close of the ensuing month.

Lieutenant Beecham Proctor narrowly escaped a serious accident on Monday afternoon; as that gentleman was leaving the cavalry barracks with his servant in a gig, on turning out of the barrack-gate into the road leading to Windsor, his horse took fright, and ran the chaise up a steep bank. Mr.Procter and her servant instantly threw themselves out, and the horse started off towards the town , at a tremendous rate, and the most fearful consequences were apprehended. He was not stopped until he reached the middle of Peascod-street, when, fortunately, it was ascertained that, although he had passed through a crowded neighbourhood at full gallop, no injury had occurred to any one. The horse was unhurt, and the vehicle but slightly damaged.

Literary and Scientific Institution

On Wednesday evening Mr.W.Jones, from London, delivered his first lecture on "Animal Mechanics," in the Town Hall. The lecturer entered into an elaborate and exceedingly interesting detail of the wonderful mechanism developed in the disposition of the bones, muscles, tendons, nerves, &c., their power, action, and movements, and illustrated his remarks by numerous drawings, diagrams, &c. The hall was very respectably attended.

Eton College

A few days after the visit of the King of Prussia to Eton College, the Rev.Dr.Hawtrey, the head master, offered a handsome prize for competition for the best Latin verses to be presented to his Majesty, commemorative of his Majesty's standing sponsor to the Prince of Wales. Several candidates entered the lists, and the productions were highly creditable to them. The prize, which was a splendid edition of Molliere's works, was awarded to Johnson, K.S., the captain of the school, who has just been elected to the scholarship of King's College, Cambridge, (vacated by the marriage of the Rev.John Chapman), who also gained the Newcastle scholarship at Eton College this year. The ode of Mr.Johnson's was forwarded to Chevalier Bunsen for presentation to his Majesty, and the verses of the second best competitor, Joynes, K.S., were likewise deemed worthy of that honour. The King of Prussia on receipt of the two odes, very handsomely conveyed to Dr.Hawtrey, through the chaplain to the embassy, his sense of the compliment paid him by the head master of the school. The Rev.Doctor has also presented Joynes, K.S., the author of the second ode, with a handsome prize in books.

Sheep Stealing

On the night of the 5th or 6th inst., a fat wether sheep was stolen from the farm of Miss Ferard, of Ascot Place, Winkfield. A reward of twenty guineas has been offered for the apprehension and conviction of the offenders.

Sparrow Shooting

On Tuesday last a second match was shot at Burnham, by Messrs.J.Howard and W.Williams, at five sparrows each, eighteen yards rise. At the commencement the former was much the favourite, but the knowing ones were greatly taken in, by Williams killing all his birds and Howard only two.

Pigeon Shooting

On Monday a fat hog was shot for at Surly Hall, by ten members at nine birds each, which was won by Mr.Duckett, the landlord, who had put it up for competition, and who killed eight of his birds. A sweepstakes was afterwards shot for, which was divided by Messrs. Bacon and Lee; Mr.Parkins next won a match of Mr.Morley, and Mr.Jilks won a march of Mr.Murrell. A good party, at the conclusion of the sport, mustered at Surly Hall at dinner.

The Queen's Hounds

On Saturday last the deer "Percy" was unfortunately killed by jumping off the Railway bridge near the Farnborough station; he had been uncarted on Woking Common, and had run to Purbright, by Henley Park towards Farnham, across the open country there, then back to Henley Park, and being headed on the Railway bridge, he leaped over the wall and fell a depth of full 100 feet, by which means his neck was broken, and thus an unfortunate accident no doubt spoilt a good day's sport.

On Monday, notwithstanding the weather was very unfit for hunting, a good muster had assembled for that purpose at Salthill, the different localities from which most of the gentlemen had come, not being favoured with such weather - a dense fog, coupled with frost, &c. The deer, however, was turned out, the noble master (Lord Rosslyn) being desirous not to cause disappointment (to those gentlemen in particular who had come from a distance) having yielded his own opinion and will, gave way to the wishes of the majority of the "field." The deer was uncarted in the Farnham-lane, beyond the Railroad-bridge, and, as is almost invariably the case in foggy weather, declined going "a-head," and taking a turn round he made for the Mill Pond, close by, and after taking a bath there for about an hour, he landed on terra firma again. As soon as he had made off, the hounds were laid on, and then ensued a very pretty thing for about twenty minutes, crossing the Bath-road to Slough Turnpike-gate, then away to the right, by Chalvey ditch, and over it; and many, indeed, as usual, in their attempts to cross it had a downfall. Thence to Eton Wick, Dorney Common, and to the Thames near Monkey Island, when the chase terminated, and fully compensated for the bad beginning. The deer, "Paddy," was nor secured until nearly dark, having after swimming about in the Thames, taken up a position for a long time on one of the eyots, upon which he was safe from the approach of his pursuers, even with boats. At length, under the superintendence of his namesake "Paddy," some men secured him. Bartlett, the whipper-in, had for a long time given it up as a hopeless case for that night.

On Wednesday these hounds hunted in Surrey, the meeting being at Ashtead; the "field" was not very numerous, there not being more than a hundred present. The uncarting was at Bookham Scrubs, and the hounds soon came upon the deer in a wood, and after making him "break cover" a most splendid burst of about fifty minutes ensued, at a tremendous pace, finishing at Effingham, where the deer, the well known "Sailor," was safely taken. Had it not been for such a tremendous burst at starting, "Sailor" would have on this occasion , there is little doubt, afforded a long day's sport for his followers; as it was, the chosen few who were well up were highly delighted with the chase, while those who scarcely saw the deer run were of course dissatisfied. The hounds returned to their kennel the same night, and did not stop at Hampton-court, whither they had been quartered the previous night.

Yesterday there was no fixture advertised, but there was a bye day for the purpose of visiting the Harrow country, so well calculated for hunting. Considering the secrecy of this "meet" there was a full field, being about fifty out, and all worthy of the name "sportsman." The meeting was at Ickenham, and the celebrated "Hampden" deer was turned out on the marsh, from whence he took over a beautiful line of country, leaving Northolt on the right, away to Greenford-green, leaving Harrow immediately on the left, thence by Twyford Abbey, and left Wembley on the right; under the Birmingham Railroad, leaving Neasden and Willesden Greens on the right hand, thence to Hendon church, across the Edgeware-road at the Windmill; over the delightful country to the West End, Kilburn, where the deer was taken, quite unhurt, within an hour and a half, after one of the finest runs ever seen, even over this delightful country. As proof of the severity of the run, we only have to state that with such a field only six were in at the finish, and these were Capt.Vyse, Mr.Wankling, Mr.James, Mr.Pigou, and Mr.Davis the huntsman, and Freeman, one of the "whips." The hounds arrived at the kennel the same night before eight o'clock , and having left it at half-past eight in the morning, may be said to have been at work nearly 12 hours, and travelled full sixty miles, out and home, to say nothing of the distance of the chase.

This day the deer "Mistake" was uncarted near Winkfield church, the fixture being at Fern-hill-gate; on being set at liberty the deer passed over the Winkfield country and made for the Thames, which he crossed, and the hounds were taken over Maidenhead bridge, but as they could not hit upon the scent again they returned to the kennel, leaving him at large.

Departure of the Court from Windsor Castle to Brighton.

On Thursday morning, at 25 minutes past eight o'clock, her Majesty, Prince Albert, with the Prince of Wales, the Princess Royal, and the Royal suites in seven carriages, and under an escort of the Royal Horse Guards, left the Castle for the Pavilion at Brighton, there to sojourn for a few weeks. The royal cortege passed through the town, and as the infant Prince and Princess were held in their nurses arms, many persons were gratified with an excellent view of them, the Prince of Wales being, of course, the greatest attraction. As the royal party proceeded on their journey, they were anxiously looked after in the different towns and villages by numbers of persons desirous of testifying their loyalty and regard for the Queen and her illustrious Consort, and to be gratified with a sight of the Prince of Wales and his Royal sister.

The high constable of Brighton summoned the inhabitants to meet him on Thursday at the Town-hall, to keep the line of the road from the Pavilion to the Hare and Hounds, at the north entrance of the town. In pursuance of the notice upwards of one thousand inhabitants met the high constable at the Town-hall, and were furnished with white wands. They then proceeded to the northern parts of the town, where barriers had been erected across the streets to the entrance of the Pavilion. The whole line of the road had been newly gravelled. Every balcony and spot that commanded a view was crowded to excess, in addition to which several galleries were erected for the accommodation of the anxious spectators, and the whole line presented a most animated appearance. In order that the inhabitants might have every opportunity of demonstrating their loyalty, a number of the tradesmen waited upon the high constable, and suggested that he should issue a notice for the shopkeepers to close at twelve o'clock, in consequence of which almost every shop was closed; and from the immense number that had poured in from the neighbouring villages, to witness the arrival of her Majesty, Brighton presented all the appearance of metropolitan gaiety. Between one and two o'clock Capt.Pechell and J.N.Wigney, Esq., the borough members, several of the clergy, Major Allen, George Basevi, Esq., and Captain Heavisides, magistrates of the town, a number of the commissioners and their clerks, Thomas Fuller, Esq., the high constable, and other authorities of the town, assembled at the north gate of the Pavilion, and took up their stations to welcome her Majesty and her royal consort. The royal standard and the town colours were also brought to the spot. Shortly afterwards a detachment of the 2d Scots Greys accompanied by their band, under the command of General Grant, arrived, and lined the road from the Palace, the band taking up their station at the entrance, and playing several airs.

About half-past two one of the royal carriages arrived, containing part of the royal household, and in about half an hour a flag was hoisted at St.Peter's Church, announcing that the royal cortege, was in view. On getting in sight of the town the horses slackened their speed to a gentle trot, and on entering the boundary of the parish fell into a walking pace. The cheers were now enthusiastic, and the thousands that thronged the line greeted the royal party by the waving of hats and handkerchiefs. Her Majesty and Prince Albert, repeatedly bowed to the multitude. Her Majesty was observed to notice particularly a number of bathing women, who had assembled at the entrance of the town, bearing blue and white flags and dressed in their woollen jackets and white aprons. The numerous spectators were highly gratified with a sight of the Princess Royal and the Prince of Wales, as their nurses held them up to the windows of the carriage as they passed up the line. This favour was greeted with loud cheers. Detachments of the 11th Hussars escorted the party part of the distance, and the portion that entered Brighton was under the command of the Earl of Cardigan. As the Royal party approached the Pavilion the band of the 2d Scots Greys struck up the national anthem, and the guns both at the royal battery and the chain pier fired a salute. The royal party having entered the palace the immense multitude separated. The whole of the Brighton police, under the command of the chief officer, Mr.Solomons, sided by Messrs.Superintendents Maynard and Elms, were on the ground, but the greatest decorum prevailed and no accident was heard of.

The illumination in the evening was very general, and on a scale of grant magnificence, and the fireworks on the north steine were most splendid. A ball numerously attended was also held in the town-hall to commemorate the auspicious arrival of her Majesty and Prince Albert at the Pavilion.

On Monday 200 of the Coldstream Guards, under the command of Colonel Charles Bentinck, arrived at Brighton by the railway, to do duty at the Pavilion.

Windsor Police - Monday
[Before John Clode, Esq. (Mayor), and W.Legh, Esq.]

Some time ago a person named Patch laid an information against Robert Brown, beer-shop keeper at Spital, for having a stolen his pointer dog in his possession, which dog was found by the officer on his (Brown's) premises, and Brown himself was subjected to two or three examinations, but neither Patch nor any one else attended before the magistrates to claim the dog nor to prosecute the complaint. Brown stated that the dog had been left at his house by a person who owed him some money. The magistrates ordered the dog to be taken care of by Mr.Gillman, superintendent of police; and Brown was allowed to go at large on recognizances to appear when required. However, no owner could be found for the dog, and to-day Brown attended with a person named Perry to claim him, when they produced a letter from Captain Burt, who lives in the neighbourhood of Paddington, stating that the dog was his, and that he intrusted him to Perry to sell. The Mayor said he had received a similar letter from the captain.

Certain expenses had been incurred for the keep of the dog all this time, but both Brown and Perry refused to pay them and demanded the dog be delivered up free of charge.

Eventually the expenses were forgiven, and the dog, which had been well kept at the station-house, was given up to the applicants.


To-day the only business transacted consisted of applications for the transfer of licences, this being transfer day, all of which were granted. They were as follow:-
The Sun, in Peascod-street, from the name of James Brant to that of Thomas Sharratt, the younger; The Duke's Head, in the same street, from the name of James Hester, deceased. To that of Anne Hester, his widow and sole executrix; the Red Lion, in Thames-street, from the Official Assignee of Benjamin Paice, to William Darling; and the Royal Oak, in Datchet-lane, from William Darling to Richard Fowler.

Eton Police
[Before J.B.Sharpe, Esq.]

Thomas West and James Friday were charged, one day last week, with stealing two horse-cloths belonging to the 13th regiment of Light Dragoons.

It appeared that the night preceding the christening of the Prince of Wales, two privates of the 13th light dragoons were billetted at the house of Mr.Grantham, the sign of the Cricketers, at Chalvey, together with their horses, from which the cloths were stolen during that night. From circumstances of suspicion against the prisoners, they were apprehended of the charge of stealing the cloths, which were subsequently found secreted in a ditch by Mr.Grantham's son; but the evidence failed to prove their guilt, and Mr.Sharpe discharged them.

[Before the Rev.Thomas Carter]

On the same day Mary Ketterick, who stated herself to be a widow, was charged with stealing a silk umbrella from the dwelling house of William Bonsey, Esq., of Slough.

It appeared in this case that, on the evening of the 2nd inst., the prisoner went to Mr.Bonsey's house , and on seeing the servant delivered a letter craving relief, and contained a tale of distress. The servant left her at the door while she went up stairs with the letter to her master. In the servant's absence the prisoner took the umbrella from the passage and hid it outside the house, and when the servant delivered her master's answer, the prisoner left, taking with her the umbrella, which she immediately brought to Windsor, and pawned it at the shop of Mr.Radnor, pawnbroker, where it was found by the constable.

She was fully committed for trial at the assizes.

[Before G.J.Penn, Esq.]

On Tuesday last William Stannitt was brought before the magistrate, in custody, on a charge of having broken and done material damage to various articles in the Dog and Pot public-house, at Stoke - to wit, tables, chairs, glasses and windows.

The mischief was done in the course of the preceding evening, when the defendant was both in liquor and in a rage, and he thought fit to vent his fury on everything that came, or that he fancied came, in his way. The landlord was not willing to press for anything severe against the defendant, provided he undertook to pay for the damage he had done. This the defendant expressed himself willing to do, and the case was dismissed, he first being ordered to pay the legal fees, amounting to 9s 6d.

Staines, Saturday, February 12.
Rejoicings on the Christening of the Prince of Wales

The ladies of this town and vicinity, on learning that the gentlemen intended to commemorate the christening of the Prince of Wales, determined on adopting some means by which they also would do honour to the day; and with that view a few were formed into a committee to collect subscriptions. By their exertions a sum of 34 12s 6d was raised (including 5 from Lady Caroline Wood), which was most judiciously expended in giving a shilling ticket to every adult poor person, and a sixpenny ticket for every poor child, to be laid out in either grocery, bread, or butcher's meat, as the recipient chose. This liberality and the mode of dispensing the fund gave general satisfaction, and called forth the hearty thanks of the poor for the kindness of the ladies. The public dinner in commemoration of the national joyful event, took place on the day after the royal christening, at the Angel and Crown Inn, that day being fixed upon because of the number of gentlemen of this vircinity being at Windsor on the day of the christening.

Nearly seventy sat down , Sir John Gibbons in the chair. Among the company were, Col.Wood, M.P., Captain Wood, Captain Cole, R.N., R.Sullivan, Esq., C.Finch, Esq., the Rev.R.Reyroux, &c. The dining-room was fitted up very tastefully with evergreens, and the letters P.W were conspicuously placed at each end of the room. Among the dainties on the table there was an abundance of game, which had been presented by Sir John Gibbons and Colonel Wood, and the dinner, dessert, and wines did great credit to the worthy host. After the cloth was removed the usual loyal and other toasts were given, prefaced and succeeded by excellent speeches, and received with loud applause, Some excellent songs were sung by the professional gentlemen engaged, and the evening passed off in the most cordial and harmonious manner.

Literary Institution

On Tuesday last, the Rev.R.Reyroux, delivered, at this institution, the first of three lectures on the "Roman Capital," comprising its history in its foundation, building, deduction, various conflagations, and rebuildings; the Temple of Jupiter and other sacred edifices, statues, altars, and other curiosities. Owing, however, to the inclemency of the weather the attendance was very thin, which we regret, the rev. gentleman having taken great pains to make the lecture instructive and useful.

Mr.Field has announced concerts to take place next week at Chertsey and in this town, as will be seen by advertisement.

Farewell Dinner at Ankerwycke House

On Thursday last George Simon Harcourt, Esq., of Ankerwycke, gave at his house a parting dinner to a number of his late supporters and tradespeople of the neighbouring towns, that gentleman being about to proceed to the Continent for a few years. The invitations were not exclusively confined to tories, but the guests on the liberal side were very limited. The Tory Duke (of Buckingham) was invited to meet them, and he, of course, was the "lion" of the day. All allusions to politics were strictly prohibited, and even any observations on the subject of the corn-laws were not permitted to be made. It is generally believed that the enormous expense incurred by Mr.Harcourt in placing himself under the wing of the Duke, and contesting the county of Buckingham, which, we understand, amounted to 18,000 , rendered it necessary for him to go abroad to recruit his finances. So much for the Duke of Buckingham's support of his friends!


Yesterday week J.Langridge, Esq., for many years surgeon, &c., in this town, destroyed himself by taking poison. The deceased, it appears, took the fatal dose at noon on that day, and expired at one o'clock the next morning. On discovery being made that the deceased was suffering from the effects of poison, medical assistance was rendered, but it was unavailing. An inquest was held on the body on Monday last, at the Angel and Crown Inn, before T.Wakley, Esq., and a verdict returned that, the deceased had destroyed himself in a fit of insanity.

Sudden Death

On the same day as the above, and at the same place, an inquest was held on the body of Mrs.Herrell, of this town, who had been found dead in her bed on the Friday morning previous. The deceased had been unwell for a long time, and the verdict returned was, died by the visitation of God.

Chertsey, Saturday, February 12.
Literary Institution

Our institution was favoured on Thursday evening by one of the most talented lectures ever given within its walls, by T.Morris, Esq., of Kensington, upon Geology, having reference chiefly to the geological history of coal. The lecture was kindly given gratuitously, and illustrated by some beautifully executed diagrams and specimens of fossil organic remains. Among the many useful observations which the detail of the science furnished were those which relate to the dangers which arise to men employed to procure this useful article.

Uxbridge, Saturday, February 12.

A meeting of the inhabitants, rate-payers of the township of Uxbridge, was, by public announcement, held in the vestry-room of the church, but, on account of the numbers of those present, was adjourned to a spacious room over the market-place, for the purpose of taking into consideration the expenses occasioned by the introduction of the metropolitan police force into the township, and to adopt measures for the relief of the rate-payers. After a few necessary remarks , a committee of five gentlemen were appointed to receive information, and to draw up memorials to be presented to the Secretary of State and the Commissioners of the Metropolitan Police. It is earnestly recommended that all other parishes in the district adopt similar measures.

Marlow, Saturday, February 12.

The body of the unfortunate Thomas Lacey, of Cookham, who fell out of a boat near Great Marlow about six week ago, and was drowned, was found in an upright position, with his arms grasping the stump of a tree, near Cliefden, on Saturday last.

T.P.Williams, the member for Marlow, had a serious accident with firearms on Tuesday last, by which he lost part of the forefinger of his right hand, and was otherwise much hurt, but, under the judicious treatment of Mr.George Hickman, his surgeon, we understand that he is now fast recovering.

The reform association, for this borough, progresses rapidly, to the great mortification of the domineering tories of the town and neighbourhood.


On the 7th inst., at High Wycombe, Mrs.Wm.Rose, of a daughter.

Lately, at Aylesbury, Jane wife of Daniel Jaycock, shoemaker, of twin daughters. This is the fifth time Mrs.Jaycock has given birth to twins, besides having six other children, making 16 in all. She has been married but 14 years.


On the 29th ult., at St George's Hanover-square, the Rev.William Henry Biederman, Vicar of Egham, Surrey, to Jemima, only daughter of Rear Admiral Carden.
On the 6th inst., at High Wycombe, Mr.Geo.Gouge, harness maker, to Miss Susannah Scott, both of High Wycombe.


On the 31st ult., at Lambeth, Surrey, Elizabeth, the wife of John Chantry, Esq., of Gerrard's Cross, Bucks, late of Layham, Suffolk.
On the 5th inst., at Beaconsfield, Kitty, relict of the late Harry Baker, Esq., aged 94[?].
On the 8th inst., much respected, at Leominster, Mr.Edward Coleman, aged 73 years, father of Mrs.J.Morris, of High Wycombe.
Same day, at West Bedfont, Mr.John Pott, farmer, aged 71, highly respected.
Lately, at Loxborough-house, Bledlow-ridge, near High Wycombe, Philip Gibbons, Esq., aged 63 years.