Volume 5, No. 33 For April, 1809
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If in some few short words, one were asked to describe the last Month of Fashion, one could not do better than by saying as the title of Shakespear's play says, `Much Ado about Nothing!' With all the Assemblages of Nobility, Supscrition and Non-subscription Concerts, Whip Clubs, Ministerial Carousings, Desperate Duellists, Adulteries, and Exhibitions, Civic Treats, &c. &c. &c.--still it is, even with her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales in the "entre box" of our Argyle Institutions, the heretofore `Much Ado about Nothing.'
The Whip-Club, however, are about to treat us with a coup d'oeil exhibition of their driving dexterity: and Anacreon Moore, according to the Newspapers, is scampering to London in order to superintend some new literary publication.
To the loss of Drury-Lane Theatre, which deprives us of many excellent theatrical entertainments; and the Season of Lent, which ought to prohibit every thing but Salt Fish and Oratorios; and the late long Parliamentary Investigation, which prevented so many gentlemen from attending to any thing except Mrs. Clarke, we may mainly attribute the paucity of our recent fashionable relaxations. Hyde-Park still wears a most sombre aspect. Either most of our dashing fair-ones are not yet suited by the numerous purveyors of dashing attire, or else, in the words of the poety, they are mindful of the country whose: "Spring is but the child/Of Churlish Winter, in her froward moods/Discovering much the temper of her sire!"
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