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1 erthygl ar y dudalen hon

SATURDAY, SEPT. 5, 1840.


year, while Aberystwith would be much more central and convenient. In fact, we have been assured that at the last Assizes for this County, no less than four causes at nisi prius were withdrawn, in this neighbourhood, the parties preferring to make a sacrifice rather than take them to Cardigan. Aberystwith, too, it is ad- mitted on all hands, offers far superior accom- modation, both for the Judges and the Bar, than the Town of Cardigan possesses and, in truth, there appears to be but one reason why the necessary application should not immedi- ately be made, to the Queen in Council, for an Order, that the Spring Assizes for the County of Cardigan be for the future holden at Aber- ystwith. This one reason, however, it may be urged, is rather a weighty one we admit it but it is one which, nevertheless, may be re- moved. Of course, before such an order as we have mentioned could be made, it must be cer- tified that not only sufficient accommodation for the Judges, &c. is provided, but also, that proper and convenient Assize Courts have been erected, as well as a County Gaol. The first step, therefore, appears to be, the selection of a proper site for the intended erections, which, together with such erections when completed, should, we believe, be conveyed to the Magis- trates for the use of the County as the County Stock would, thereafter, be liable to the keeping up of such erections. As to the expence of the new Courts and Gaol, purchase of the sites, &c., the Magistrates, having first satisfied themselves of the great convenience and ultimate saving to the County, by the re- moval of the Spring Assizes from Cardigan to Aberystwith, would, doubtless, make an Order of Sessions for the estimated amount of the cost. In some instances we believe the ex- pences of new Assize Courts, &c. have been defrayed partly from the County Stock, and in other part by subscriptions of the Landed Proprietors of the neighbourhood and other in- terested individuals. Be this as it may, how- ever, we have little fear, knowing the quarter in which this very important matter is occupy- ing attention, that we shall shortly be able to congratulate our Townsmen and Neighbours in the Country on the necessary preliminaries being in progress. On Saturday Evening last, His Grace the Duke of Newcastle, accompanied by his two sons Lords Wil- liam and Robert Clinton, met with an accident on their return from Mr Williams's Concert, at Aberyst- with, which they had been attending with the Ladies Clinton, on the previous evening. His Grace was driving his favouritefast ponies; the night excessively dark and foggy, and being without lights, he diverged a little out of the road and was upset near the Devil's Bridge, where prompt assistance was at hand, and we are happy to say that a bruise on his Grace's knee and side was the extent of the injury. Their Lordships escaped unhurt. After raising the Phaeton and re- attaching the Ponies, His Grace drove off to Hafod accompanied by his family, and intelligence has reach- ed us that the accident is not of a serious nature, but may confine the Noble Duke for some days. Mr. Williams's second and Farewell Concert. This Concert, which took place on Tuesday evening, was not only very fashionably attended, but certainly the performances went off better, if possible, than those of Friday last. This is, perhaps, mainly attributable to the superior arrangement of the Orchestra, and, indeed, of the Concert-room generally. The folding doors at the extremity of the room, which had been thrown open on the previous occasion,—for the pur- pose, we suppose, of facilitating the ingress and egress of the company, and which was rather detri- mental to the general effect-were, on the present occasion, kept closed, and the evil, consequently, re- medied. The Orchestra, too, was elevated some- what higher than on Friday. About eight o'clock, the Lord Lieutenant Col. Powell, M. P. with a party, and also the family of our respected Member, Pryse Pryse, Esq. entered the room immediately after which, the Concert commenced with Weber's charm- ing Quartette, from Oberon, "Over the dark blue waters," by the Misses A. and M. Williams, Mr. Hopkins, and Mr. Williams; which was given in a very spirited and effective manner: it formed a most excellent commencement, and was very warmly ap- plauded. Rossini's celebrated Cavatina, Elena oh tu chio chiamo," was delivered by Miss M. Williams, in a manner which perfectly astonished us. This song requires great compass of voice, and a smooth, yet florid, style of execution. Miss M. Williams's voice is eminently calculated to give full effect to compositions of this character, and she did ample justice to the Composer. Mr. Hayward per- formed a Grand Fantasia Sentimentale, of his own Composition, on the Violin. So much has been spoken of this gentleman's extraordinary abilities, that we can only repeat what has so often been said of his peculiarly beautiful playing: his introduction of the harmonics produced the same enthusiastic effect on the present occasion, which it has hitherto invariably done, and that part of the Composition was most deservedly encored. Mozart's Duet, "The Parting," was next given by Miss A. and Miss M. Williams, in a very chaste and appropriate manner. Mr. Harding, an Amateur, sang "The Rose of Cashmere," in a very pleasing style, though we do not think he was in so good voice as when we heard him on Friday. A Duet of Tolou, for the Flute and Piano Forte, was played by an Amateur, and Miss A. Williams:—the execution of this duet was admi- rable, though we think the beauty of the performance was a little marred by the flute being too sharp. Weber's magnificent Scena, "Softly sighs," was given by Miss A. Williams, in a style that we think could not be excelled; she appeared fully to enter into the feeling of the Composer, and was vehemently en- cored. The first part of the Concert concluded with Thalbevg's Piano Forte Fantasia, on airs from Mose in Egito. Mr. Hopkins, in the performance of this piece, shewed that he not only could execute the difficulties with which Tlialberg's music abounds, with apparent ease,—but he entered into the various beauties of this well-known composition, with such vigour and soul, that we were forcibly reminded of the Composer's own recital of the piece. Indeed, we augur of this talented young artist that, e're long' we shall see him take a conspicuous part amongst the Pianists of the day. The second part of the Concert opened with Spohr's Trio, "Night's lingering shades," from the Opera of Azov and Zemira. It was sung by the Misses Williams, in their usual effective manner. Mr. Hayward next played PaganinVs celebrated variations on Nel cor piu." The effect which this performance produced on the audience, was strikingly apparent. Balfe's charming Ballad, They tell me thou'rt the favored Guest;" and Benedict's Song, Scenes of my youth," were each sweetly sung by Miss M. Williams, and drew down deafening plaud- its—but the Duet of Gabussi, La piu pura," was, as indeed it always is, rapturously encored. It was sung by Miss A. and Miss M. Williams, in a manner that left nothing to be desired. Mr. Hayward next delighted the audience with his own arrangement of "God save the Queen," as a Quartette for ONE Violin; finished by a Rondo, also composed by him- self. The Concert concluded with that old favorite of the public, Bishop's Glee, The chough and crow;" which terminated one of the most delightful musical treats we have ever, as yet, had the good fortune to be present at. We sincerely hope that Mr. Williams will be induced to alter his determination of this being his FAREWELL Concert; and that we may see him muster the same parties for many succeeding seasons. Aberystwith Infirmary—We beg again to call the attention of our friends to this invaluable Institution; an appeal in its behalf will be made in St. Michael's to morrow, and we trust we may be enabled to report very favorably of the collection to be made after the Sermon. It has often struck us that the collections made after appeals to large congregations are seldom proportionate to the numbers appealed to, and if all would contribute according to their means the re- sults would be very different. In contributing to the funds of our Infirmary the Charitable will have this powerful reason for giving their donations, viz:—the consciousness of their being judiciously applied in the relief of the sick poor: remembering the words of Him who said—aForasmuch as ye did it unto the least of these my brethren ye did it unto me. Archery.-On Tuesday last, the Members of the Archery Society were favoured with a very beautiful day, which enabled them to meet on the field for the purpose of shooting at the usual hour. The meeting was not a large one, but the shooting was excellent. Amongst the Members present, we noticed the Patron Col. Powell, J. G. Walker, Esq. Jas. Hughes Jun. Esq. &c. &c. Aberdovey Regatta and Races We refer such of our Readers as have any taste for aquatic excursions or the sports of the turf, to the Advertisement of the regatta and races, which are to come off at Aberdovey, on the 9th instant, under the able direction of Messrs. W. W. E. Wynne, and Alfred Stephens, Esquires; William Lloyd, Esq. officiating as Treasurer. Inde- pendently of four boat races, and several races for half-bred horses, ponies, galloways, and donkeys, with other rural sports, we find that on the following day, a handsome silver snuff box, the gift of Mr. Lionel Lemon, will be run for by ponies not exceeding 13 J hands high—besides other races for hacks, ponies, &c. In the evening of Wednesday, a ball will take place at the Corbet Arms, under the patronage of Mrs. Wynne, and Mrs. Alfred Stephens, which, it is expected, will be more fashionably attended than any previous Ball at Aberdovey. Sir John Guest, Bart. has given the munificent donation of X250 towards building a new Church at Merthyr; and the lIon. Robert H. Clive, M. P. has subscribed the liberal sum of J1100 in furtherance of that desirable object Times.