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new chain of witticisms. At length, however, the party broke up, and retired to their rooms; where, after a short time, Lord was surprised by the intrusion of his friend Lord Lyttelton, who, with a countenance of horror and consternation, requested that he might be allowed to sleep in the same room with him, as he had been frightened by the creaking of the floors when he first entered the house, and was not able to conquer the alarm which the noise had excited in his mind!

In our way to Stourbridge, the noble charity of Thomas Foley, esq; ancestor of the present lord, lying a little out of the road to the left hand, attracted our notice. An estate devised by this philanthropic character, now netting about eight hundred pounds per ann. supports the establishment; which educates, clothes, and feeds, sixty poor children belonging to the parish of Old Swinford, wherein it is situated, and the neighbouring parishes, and at a certain age places them in the world as apprentices to different callings. Their dress is similar to that of Christ's-Hospital, and the regulationsof the college in a great measure the same.

The glass manufactories are the only objects of curiosity at Stourbridge; great quantities of white glass are made at them, but there is nothing particular in their process or produce. Shortly after