The letter-box is closed every evening from five to a quarter before six ; but letters will be forwarded by that evening's mail, on paying 1d. if brought before a quarter past five ; from that time till the arrival of the Bristol mail 6d. is charged, after which no letter can be received to be forwarded by

that post.

BATH HARMONIC SOCIETY.-This musical institution, which is held every Friday evening, from December to March, at the White Hart Inn, in Stall-Street, is of the most respectable description, and was founded in 1795, by the Rev. M. BOWEN, a gentleman of acknowledged great musical taste. The singing consists principally of glees, catches, &c. Nothing that can offend the most refined ear is suffered to be sung. The members are admitted by ballot. Three guineas for the first season. Their Royal Highnesses the Prince Regent, the Dukes of York and Gloucester, are members; and his Royal Highness has conferred the dignity upon the Society of wearing garter-blue ribands. In the season a superb concert and ball is given to the ladies, at Kingston-Rooms. Strangers are admitted twice in the year; but noblemen, gentlemen, and professional men only, are elected as members. Of the kind, it is the first society in England.

BATH has the honour to boast of not only being the temporary residence of numerous princes and crowned heads at distant periods, but also of the visits of royalty in more modern times, more frequently than any other city of its size in England. Osric, Offa, Edgar, and most of the princes of the Saxon line; Rufus, the Norman; Henry I. and II. Edward I. II. and III. Henry IV. and VII. Edward VI. and Elizabeth; James I, and Charles I. Richard

Cromwell and Charles II. James II, and his queen; Frederick, Prince of Wales, and his consort; the Princess Amelia ; his Royal Highness the Prince Regent visited Bath in 1796, and accepted tbe freedom of the City; and, in 1795, his Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester, and their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of York, made a temporary residence of Bath; and also in November, 1817, her late Majesty the Queen honoured Bath with her presence; but was suddenly called away by the lamented death of the Princess Charlotte of Wales; but, in the course of three weeks her Majesty returned to this elegant City for a short period, and received an address of condolence from the Mayor and Corporation, upon the great loss the nation had sustained in the death of her Royal Highness.

In the season, which may be said to be at its height from Christmas to April, it is the opinion of every person who has visited this elegant City, that Bath rises superior to every other place in England, in affording so extensive a circle of polite and well-bred company. The entertainments are also regulated with great propriety; and the variety of them, added to the numerous delightful interesting walks with which it abounds, prevents that degree of sameness which pervades most other public places of resort. In the morning from the Pump-Room to the Paradesthe Crescents—a stroll alongside the Avon ;-or, a walk in Sydney-Gardensthe inviting level path to the village of Westonvisiting the shops-libraries-exhibitions, &c. A peep at Pryor-Park, Claverton-Down, and


Lansdowo-Hill, &c. &c. After dinner, the Theatre becomes attractive; or to dash off to the Rooms, where dancing and the card-table tend to finish and fully occupy (almost as numerously as Caleb Quotem's variety of callings) the time of a fashionable visitor at Bath.

'Tis amazing they find such a number of ways
Of employing his thoughts all the time that he stays !


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From the York Hotel to Edgar-Buildings, through

Milsom-Street, (Octagon-CHAPEL,) Bond-Street
and Bond - Street - Buildings, Burton-Street, and
Union-Street (the GENERAL HOSPITAL) to Stall-
Street into Abbey-Place (the ABBEY and Great
Pump-Room). Return to Stall-Street (the King's,
Queen's, and New Private Baths) through
Bath-Street. (Cross and Hot-Baths and the
EYE INFIRMARY,) Hetling-Court, (St. Joun's
CHAPEL and HOSPITAL,) Westgate - Buildings,
Parade,(QUAKERS' MEETING-House,)Corn-Street,
(Bath and Bath FORUM FREE-School,) Horse-
Street, (the OLD BRIDGE). Back to Weymouth-
Street, (St. James's Church,) Abbey-Gate-Street,
Street, (Kingston Baths and Bath LITERARY
Society). Kingston-Buildings, (the Post-OFFICE).
Returning through Milsom-Street to the York-

Of all the gay places the world can afford,
By gentle and simple for pastime ador'd,
Fine balls and fine concerts, fine buildings and springs,
Fine walks and fine views, and a thousand fine things,
In manners, in dress, in politeness to shine,
O BATH! let the art, let the glory be thine.

The dejeuné is scarcely finished, when the first place of attraction that claims the immediate attention of the visitor is the GREAT PUMP.

Room; not only, as it were, to announce himself to the good people of Bath, but in order to recognize some intimate friend or acquaintance from the Metropolis, or other parts of the kingdom, in this general place of resort or showing promenade. The GREAT PUMP-Room is completely open for the reception of the public, no etiquette of rank being required to obtain an admission; and the only qualification necessary to join the gay throng, without ceremony, is that of a clean decent appearance. On quitting the hotel, on the left, Edgar-Buildings, an elevated respectable terrace, is perceived opposite to Milsom-Street ; and what the west end of the metropolis presents to the inhabitants of London, the same elegant appearance of this part of the city operates upon the minds of the visitors of Bath. The similarity of feature is obvious. In the height of the season, MilsomStreet is the promenade of the gentlemen, and the shopping of the ladies : this latter circumstance gives it a splendid variety:

The streets begin to fill, the motley throng
To see and to be seen now trip along;
Some lounge in the bazars, while others meet
To take a turn or two in Milsom-Street;
Some eight or ten round Mirvan's shop remain,
To stare at those who gladly stare again!

It is the very centre of attraction, and till the hour of dinner-time it is the peculiar resort of the beau monde ; and the familiar nod, and the how do you do ?” are repeated fifty times in the course of a morning. The street itself, from its ascent, is elegant and imposing; and,

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