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NOLLEKENS'S CONTEMPORARIES.

by the liberality of Mrs. Benjamin West, presented to me.

The following anecdote of Hayman was related to me by the late venerable President West, who received it from Mr. Hayman himself. Quin and Hayman were inseparable friends, and so convivial, that they seldom parted till daylight. One night, after "beating the rounds," and making themselves gloriously drunk, they attempted, arm in arm, to cross a kennel, into which they both fell, and when they had remained there a minute or two, Hayman, sprawling out his shambling legs, kicked Quin. "Hollo! what are you at now?" stuttered Quin. "At? why endeavouring to get up, to be sure," replied the Painter, "for this don't suit my palate." "Poh!" replied Quin, "remain where you are, the watchman will come by shortly, and he will take us both up!"

The following is a copy of the undertaker's invitation to his funeral, the original of which was kindly presented to me by Raphael and Benjamin West, Esqrs.

To Benjamin West, Esq. R. A.

"SIR,

"The favour of your company is desired to attend the corpse of Francis Hayman, Esq. from his late dwelling- house, in Dean-street, St. Anne's, Soho, to the parish church of the same, on Wednesday next, the 7th instant, at half-past six o'clock in the evening."