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the dry soup-meat, which a Grosvenor-Square cat would not touch with his whiskers! but which is nevertheless rendered quite palatable by a highly.seasoned gravy; then, cutlets, omelets, and messes of various soris; followed by poultry, wild fowls, beef, etc.; fifthly, pudding, which with us is a sign that the meat is disposed of; but lo! sixthly and lastly' comes a huge quarter of veal, roast chickens, young lobsters, sallad, etc.; seventhly, tarts and confectionary; and to conclude,' a desert of prunes, grapes, peaches, cakes, etc., the whole capped by sundry nibbles at a fair, round cheese, or peradventure, as to-day, with coffee, in Lilliputian cups, which looked like baby's play-things. Verily, one has a chance of finding something to his taste in this variety.

After dinner, Mr. Tauchnitz ordered his barouche, with two beautiful bays, and a footman in livery, (Mr. T. is a book-seller,) and we rode out to the field of the memorable battle of 1813, about a mile from the town. The whole vicinity of Leipsic, for several miles, is one vast plain, which has always been, and probably will continue to be, the theatre of battles, when the nations of Europe see fit to fight at all. We walked to a slight elevation, where Napoleon had his head-quarters during the battle. The French had garrisoned the town for six years previ. ous; consequently they had their choice of position. Na. poleon had made a mouvement retrograde from Dresden, after giving up his second expedition to Russia ; he was followed by the allied army, and here they met. Three

Mr. Tauchnitz's establishment is one of the most extensive in the trade. He showed me the stereotype plates of his well-known editions of the Greek and Latin classics, of which he publishes a complete series, in an economical, pure text form, one set filling a box twenty inches square. So you may easily ascertain the exact bulk of all the intellect of antiquity!

The Leipsic University, which is one of the oldest in Germany, is also about to occupy a neat and extensive edi. fice just completed. The ancient fortifications of Leipsic, like those of Frankfort, have been removed, and the space they occupied is laid out in gardens and public promenades ; a change decidedly for the better, as every peaceable man will say.* As to beauty of architecture, this city has little remarkable; the buildings are mostly antique and uncouth, and the streets narrow, and without side-walks.

At dinner to-day, at Mr. —, the second dish consisted of thin slices of two sorts of fish, literally raw. It seemed to be regarded as a rare delicacy, but I could not stretch my politeness enough to do justice to it. The dinner, otherwise, was excellent. You know the old man who made the Bubbles from the Brunnens, feelingly scribes his consternation at the never-ending course German public table he does not mention tw of the dishes I hav

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days' hard fighting, and the slaughter o! twenty thousand men was the consequence. The French were routed ; but their possession of the town enabled them to proceed in their retrograde toward Frankfort, (the same route I had come,) and on the fourth day the allies entered Leipsic. Mr. T. was on the field during the fight, and he gave me a graphic description of it. Here stood Blucher, with his Prussians; there, Prince Schwartzenberg and the Austrians. What a scene of horror must that field have been, when twenty thousand human beings lay there, bloody corpses, and half as many more had fallen, wound. ed and mangled, sighing for death as a relief from their misery !

Oth, the young king of Greece, is now in Leipsic on a visit. He is shortly to be married to a German princess, whose name I have forgotten.

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Mayence, Sept. 13.—At six, P. M., on the tenth, I was again in the diligence. There were but three passengers ; one of them asked me in German to sit with him in the in. terior, but having persuaded him in English into a coupé seat, he complacently remarked that he was pretty sure, from the first, that I was English. I declined the honor, with equal good nature. • Scotch ? No. Irish ? No. He looked puzzled. You must have spoken English from childhood ?' Yes. I never spoke any other lan. guage.' 'Perhaps you have resided some time in Eng. land ?' • Never was there but three months.' Curious whether he would discover me, I left him room to guess.

• From the East Indies ? No. • But you are a Brit. ish subject ?' Oh, no. I acknowledge no king whatever.

• South America ?' (!) No.

And strange to say, I was the first, after all, to hint that there was a republic usually called the United States of America. It did not occur to him, at the moment, that

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