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A GRACIOUS Benevolence of The SoVEREIGN prevails in the City of London, and in other places, to a large extent, under the appellation of “ The King's Bounty."
A portion of this Royal donation, to the amount of 10001. is paid into the hands of The Chamberlain of London,in consequence of this a Letter of Exhortation is addressed by the Bishop of the Diocese every year, recommending a subscription in aid of it. A collection is accordingly made, and paid to The Chamberlain, who apportions the total to the several Parishes according to their size, at his discretion.1 Other sums,
in furtherance of the King's benevolent measures, are also paid at The Exchequer, for the Charity School in New
· Rep. iv. p. 142.
Windsor,—and for the Poor of St. Margaret's in Westminster, for the Green Coat Hospital in Tothill-fields, and to the Churchwardens for their general expenses.
RESTORATION OF KING CHARLES
The effects produced by the memorable event of THE RESTORATION of King CHARLES the Second, are depicted with energetic force and beauty by our elegant Historian Mr. HUME,
“ The people, freed from the state of “ suspense in which they had so long been “ holden, now changed their anxious hope “ for the unmixed effusions of joy; and
displayed a social triumph and exulta
tion, which no private prosperity, even “the greatest, is ever able fully to inspire. - Traditions remain of men, particularly “ of OUGHTRED, the Mathematician, who “ died of pleasure, when informed of this
happy and surprising event.—The ra
pidity with which the whole of the pro“ ceedings were conducted, was marvel“ lous, and discovered the passionate zeal, "and entire unanimity of the Nation.
“ The King himself said, that it must
surely have been his own fault that he “ had not sooner taken possession of the “ Throne,-since he found every body so “ zealous in promoting his happy Restora« tion.'
In accordance with this glad feeling we find The Rev. JOSEPH BENTHAM establishing two Charities for the relief of the Poor, in remembrance of that happy change, and in testimony of his joy and thankfulness for the return of his Sovereign to his Crown and Dignity.
* Hume's Hist. of England, vol. vi. p. 327. 8vo. edit.. 1823.
· Rep. x. p. 15.-Rep. XII. p. 39.
No Country in the known world abounds so much in Charitable endowments, as Great Britain,-and no City can vie or be compared with London, for the number and variety of it's establishments of this description. A stranger can neither enter nor depart out of the Metropolis, by any road, but his eye is attracted by some humane Institution. Almshouses, Hospitals, and Public Schools present themselves in every direction,--and the means of Education for the poorer Classes have of late years so much increased throughout the kingdom, that there is scarcely a village which has not an establishment for this truly commendable purpose.
It was a great part of the policy of the Legislature, at the time of THE REFORMATION, that Schools should be instituted, both to dispel ignorance, and to breed up