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?49 _- George S1rret.l THE ASSEMBLY ROOMS. ducted in Europe; but the regulations as issued for them a century ago may amuse their frequenters in the present day, and we copy them verbatim. ?(NEW ASSEMBLY ROOMS, GEORGE STREET. (? THE proprietors finding that the mode they proposed for subscribing to the assemblies this winter has not met with general approbation, did, at a general meeting, held 12th January, come to the following resolutions as to the mode of admission in future :- ?* Subscription books are open at the house of the Mastez of the Ceremonies, Wlliam Graham, Esq., No. 66, Princes Street, and Mr. William Sanderson, merchant, in the Luckenbooths, to either of whom the nobility and gentry intending to subscribe are requested to send their names and subscription money, when they will receive their tickets. The first assembly (of the season) to be on Thursday, the 29th January, 1789.? Prior to the erection of the adjoining music hall many great banquets and public meetings OLD PHYSICIANS? HALL, GEORGE STREET, 1829. (Aftr Shrpkml.) ((1. That the ladies? subscription shall be one guinea. ? 11. That subscriptions for gentlemen who are proprietors of the rooms shall be one guinea ? 111. That the subscription for gentlemen who are nut, proprietors of the rooms shall be two guineas. ? IV. That each subscriber shall have twenty-four admission tickets. ? V. Subscribers when absent to have the power of granting two of these tickets for each assembly, either to a lady or gentleman, and no more ; when present, only one ; and no ticket will procure admittance unless dated and signed by the granter ; and the tickets thus granted are not transferable. ?VI. Each non-subscriber to pay 3s. at the door on presenting his ticket. ? VII. Each director is allowed two additional tickets extraordinary for each asseably, m-hich he may transfer, addmg the word Dirccfiw to his signature. ?VIII. No admission wit/rout a fkkd on any arcounl Yriractw. took place in the great ball-room. One of the most interesting of these was the second ovation bestowed on the famous Black Watch in 1816. There had been a grand reception of the regiment in 1802, on its return from Egypt, when a new set of colours, decorated with the Sphinx, after a prayer by Principal Baird, were bestowed upon the war-worn Highland battalion on the Castle Hill by General Vyse, amid a vast concourse of enthsiastic spectators ; but a still greater ovstion and a banquet awaited the regiment on its return to Edinburgh Castle in the year after Waterloo. It entered the city in two divisions on the 19th and 20th March, 1816. Colonel Dick of Tullybole, who afterwards fell in India, rode at the head
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