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Grand*, at the foot of Bull and Mouth-street, near
St. Paul's. There you will get a comfortable bedroom for a shilling a-night-a clean well-warmed coffee-room up stairs, to amuse yourself in over the newspapers during the day-your breakfast for eightpence, and a sufficient dinner for one shilling and fourpence, without any charge for servants. This suitable place for gentlemen of small means is entitled "The City of London Coffee and Refreshment-rooms." There are some other houses on the same scale; but here you will not only be wellused as long as you can pay, but meet with others, like yourself, who have wisdom to be independent, by living within their income.
* In order to make the above observation as generally useful as possible, I beg leave to mention, that Mr. Thomas Nesbit, the proprietor of the coffee and refreshment rooms alluded to, has it in contemplation to extend his plan for the accommodation of respectable classes of society who may, either from limited circumstances or duty to large families, make economy an object on coming to London. His terms for ladies and gentlemen are as follow:
A comfortable single-bedded room
A regular breakfast, consisting of either tea or coffee, with
toast, roll, or muffins
The gentleman publisher, at whose desire I travelled, was not in town on my arrival; but two days after, I saw him, and received a most favourable impression of his spirit and generosity. Amongst other instances of polite and kind attention, he honoured me with an invitation for the next day to dinner.
N. B. There is no demand made by servants, but as the attendants receive no wages, it is expected that 5d. per diem will not deemed too heavy a remuneration for their services. Port beer, wine, &c. are sent up as ordered, from an adjoining Nearly all the papers, and some of the periodicals, are tal
Meanwhile, Sunday having intervened, I had attended divine service at St. Paul's, and wondered that so few were inclined to worship God in the most magnificent cathedral in Britain. I may say there was no congregation; and the choir and clergyman, feeling no excitement, hurried over the service with obvious inattention and neglect. I presume it is on account of the coldness produced by the vast extent of the edifice, that it is almost deserted in winter. Thus magnificence may be carried to a useless extent. St. Paul's is out of proportion to human nature; in it I looked upon myself as a pigmy. It is a curious fact, that the sublime in art makes man feel little, while that in nature elevates us, and raises the mind to the great Architect of heaven and earth. The use that St. Paul's is to the living, then, seems only to be, the inspiring influence which its monuments have on the rising generation. His heart must be a cold one that does not beat warm before the trophies of well-earned fame, and utter a wish for such a perpetuation as the ornaments of that fabric have secured. It would be too common-place, however, to say much more on this well-thrashed subject.
At half-past five next day, I was as punctual to the time as a man not much accustomed for some years to great society is, but it was six before the company all arrived. Eleven of us, all gentlemen, sat down to a sumptuous table, which in four courses exhibited the variety of the season, and the taste of our host. We had rich soup and fishexcellent mutton, fowl, tongue, and patties-pies, tarts, jellies-grapes, oranges, apples, &c.-champagne, hock, sherry, madeira, port, and claret, so capital in every respect that you might drink till you were drowned, and feel no pang in dying. Then the conversation was of course all about books, philosophy, and divinity; love and poetry to be sure came in for a share, and Moore, though absent, was made to contribute to harmony. We had three reverend gentlemen, whose faces indicated that abstraction which literature impresses on the aspect of her votaries; and several names, I believe, who have contributed to enlighten the age; besides a rattling young Templar, who, to my great satisfaction, left me not an opening to get in a word; so that I enjoyed that unmarked taciturnity for which I am reproachable, till familiarity wears
away, in large parties. The way to please some is to let them talk themselves into good humour, and in the course of the evening, my learned friend called me a devilish good fellow, which must have been on account of my silence.
Several toasts were given, all highly honourable to the head and heart of our justly-esteemed president and croupier. At length I was aroused to a thought respecting myself, by hearing the warmsouled publisher introduce a panegyric on Ireland, coupled with so humble an individual as I consider Jack Malony.
My friends," said he, in a far more elegant and animated strain than I can reach, without a bottle of sparkling champagne to brighten my intellect as it had done his-" you have honoured me this evening by drinking several bumper toasts. I call upon you again to fill up to the brim, and join me in pledging a gentleman present, who belongs to a sister country, the Emerald Isle, whose natural beauty, and great fertility of talent and genius, have long commanded our most affectionate admiration, and unqualified esteem. Be it perpetual !—I shall not trespass further upon you, by a faint attempt