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gentlemen on horseback, and an astonishing throng of spectators, not an accident happened. All was joy and gladness, without a single burst of unruly tumult and uproar. The approving eye of Heaven shed its auspicious beams, and blessed this happy day with more than common splendour.
The company was so numerous as scarcely to be accommodated at the three principal inns. It would be a piece of injustice not to mention the dinner at the Castle, which was served in a style of unusual elegance.
The following toasts were afterwards given:
1. The KiNGf.
2. The glorious and immortal Memory of King William the Hid.
3. The Memory of the Glorious Revolution.
4. The Memory of those Friends to their Country, who, at the risk of their lives and fortunes, were instrumental in effecting the Glorious Revolution in 1688.
5. The Law of the Land.
6. The Prince of Wales.
7. The Queen, and the rest of the Royal Family.
8. Prosperity to the British Empire.
9. The Duke of Leeds, and prosperity to the House of Osborne.
10. The Duke of Devonshire, and prosperity to the House of Cavendish.
11. The Earl of Stamford, and prosperity to the united House of Boothe and Grey.
12. The Earl of Danby, and prosperity to the united House of Osborne and Darcy.
13. All the Friends of the Revolution met this year to commemorate that glorious Event.
14. The Duke of Portland.
15. Prosperity to the County of Derby.
16. The Members for the County.
17. The Members for the Borough of Derby.
18. The Duchess of Devonshire, &c.
In the evening a brilliant exhibition of fireworks was played off, under the direction of Signor Pietro; during which the populace were regaled with a proper distribution of liquor. The day concluded with a ball, at which were present near 300 gentlemen and ladies; amongst whom were many persons of distinction. The Duchess of Devonshire, surrounded by the bloom of the Derbyshire hills, is a picture not to be pourtrayed. Near 250 ball-tickets were received at the door. .
The warm expression of gratitude and affection sparkling in every eye, must have excited in the breasts of those noble personages, whose ancestors were the source of this felicity, a sensation which Monarchs in all their glory might envy. The utmost harmony and felicity prevailed throughout the whole meeting. An hogshead of ale was given to the populace at Whittington, and three hogsheads at Chesterfield; where the Duke of Devonshire gave also three guineas to each of the eight clubs.
It was not the least pleasing circumstance attending this meeting, that all party distinctions were forgotten. Persons of all ranks and denominations wore orange and blue, in memory of our glorious Deliverer. And the most respectable Roman Catholic families, satisfied with the mild toleration of government in the exercise of their Religion, vied in their endeavours to shew how just a sense they had of the value of Civil Liberty.
Letter from the Rev. P. Cunningham to Mr. Pegge.
'r, „ 0,„ Eyam, near Tideswal,
Rev. And Dear Sir, ^ Nov. 2, nss.
You will please to accept of the inclosed Stanzas, and the Ode for the Jubilee, as a little testimony of the Author's respectful remembrance of regard; and of his congratulations, that it has pleased Divine Providence to prolong your days, to take a distinguished part in the happy commemoration of the approaching Fifth of November.
Having accidentally heard yesterday the Text you proposed for your Discourse on Wednesday, I thought the adoption of it, as an additional truth to the one I had chosen, would be regarded as an additional token of implied respect. In that light I flatter myself you will consider it.
I shall be happy if these poetic effusions should be considered by you as a proof of the sincere respect and esteem with which I subscribe myself, Dear Sir, your faithful humble servant,
Stanzas, by the Rev. P. Cunningham, occasioned by the Revolution Jubilee, at Whittington and Chesterfield, Nov. 5, 1788. Inscribed to the Rev. Samuel Pegge, Rector of Whittington.
** This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoico and be glad in it." Psalms.
"Esto perpetua!" F. P. Sarpi da Venez.
Round the starr'd Zodiack, now the golden Sun
Eventful Time a Century hath led;
Smiling, to grace her long-loved Nation's head.
Welcome again, the fair auspicious Morn!
To Freedom, first and fairest of the year; When from her ashes, like a Phoenix born,
Reviving Britain rose in Glory's sphere.
When, starting from their mournful death-like trance,
Her venerable Laws their fasces rais'd.
And pure Religion's trembling altars blaz'd.
For then, from Belgia, through the billowy storm.
Anil, heaven-directed in an happy hour, Britain's good Genius, bearing William's form,
Broke the dire Sceptre of Despotic Power.
Ev'n now, to Fancy's retrospective eyes,
Fix'd on the triumphs of his Patriot-Reign; Majestic seems the Hero's shade to rise,
With Commerce, Wealth, and Empire, in his train.
Undimm'd his * Eagle-eye, serene his air,
Of Soul heroic, as in Fields of Death; See ! Britain's Weal employs his latest care, ^
Her Liberty and Laws his latest breath.
"Visions of Glory! crouding on his sight,"
With your still-growing lustre gild the day, When Britons, worthy of their Sires, unite
Their Orisons at Freedom's Shrine to pay.
To eternize the delegated hand,
That seal'd their great forefathers' fields their own; Rais'd ev'ry art that decks a smiling land,
And Laws that guard the Cottage as the Throne.
That to the free, unconquerable mind
Secur'd the sacred Rights of Conscience, given
To Man, when tender Mercy first design'd
And hark! the solemn Paeans grateful rise
From rural Whittington's o'erflowing fane; And, with the heart's pure incense to the skies,
Its venerable Shepherd's f hallov^d strain.
See! pointing to the memorable scene,
He bids that Heath % to latest times be known,
Whence her three Champions §, Freedom, heaven-born Queen, Led with fresh glories to the British Throne.
* Sir John Dalryraple's "Continuation of Memoirs of Great Britain." + Samuel Pegge. \ Whittington Moor. § Earl of Devon, Earl of Danby, and Mr. John D'Arcy.
Oh, Friend ! upon whose natal morn * 'tis given,
To lead the Hymn of Gratitude to Heav'n,
And blend the Christian's with the Briton's praise.
Like hoary Sarpis f, patiiot Sage, thy pray'r
"As on this day, may Freedom, ever fair,
Eyam, Derbyshire. P. C.
Ode for the Revolution Jubilee, 178S.
When lawless Power his iron hand,
O'er Albion's Island wav'd;
Her fav'rite Realm enslav'd.
Distrest she wander'd :—when afar
Stream through the stormy air:
And deathless glory share.
Her cause their dauntless hearts inspir'd,
They plough'd the surging main;
And Freedom crown'd his Reign.
With equal warmth her spirit glows,
New silver o'er her fame.
On William's glorious name.
* Birth-day of the Rev. Samuel Peggc, 1704. t Father Paul.