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PRELIMINARY NOTES FOR THE YEAR.

Golden Number .........
Dominical Letters ....
Cycle of the Sun .....
Epact..
Roman Indiction ......
Julian Period .

. .. 14 Septuagesima Sunday ...... Jan. 20

FE Shrove Tuesday ........ .... Feb. 5 17 Easter Sunday.....

Mar. 23 .. 23 Whit Sunday

May 11 14 Trinity Sunday ....

May 18 ... 6569 Advent Sunday ............

Nov.
The Year 1856 is Leap Year.

ECLIPSES IN 1856. April 3. SUN. A total eclipse, invisible generally at lh. 29.7m. A.M., mean

at Greenwich. Begins on the earth time at Greenwich, in longitude 700 37' generally at 3h. 44.9m. A.M., mean E., and latitude 65° 56' N.; ends on time at Greenwich, in longitude the earth generally at 6h. 28.0m, A.M., 44° 39' E, and latitude 580 51' S.; in longitude 1700 15' E., and latitude ends on the earth generally at 8h. 16.5m. 70 54' N. Central eclipse begins geA.M., in longitude 1460 17' E., and nerally at 3h. 19.jm. A.M., in longilatitude 20 42' S. Central eclipse at tude 156° 20' W., and latitude 90° 6' 5h. 16.9m. A.M., in longitude 1010 28' N.; ends generally at 4h. 38.2m. A.M., E., and latitude 57° 53' S.

in longitude 1640 8' W., and latitude April 20. MOON partially eclipsed, in 41° 44' N.

visible at Greenwich ; first contact with Oct. 13. MOON partially eclipsed, visible the Penumbra at 6h, 15.3m. A.M. mean at Greenwich. First contact with the time at Greenwich: first contact with Penumbra at Sh. 22.6m. P.M., mean the shadow at 7h.34.1m. A.M.; middle time at Greenwich; first contact with of the eclipse at 9h. 6.4m. A.M. ; last the shadow at Sh. 21./m.; middle of contact with the shadow at 10h. 38.7m. the eclipse 10h. 54:1; last contact with A.M.; last contact with the Penumbra the shadow, 14th, at Oh. 27: Im, A.M.: at Ilh. 57.5m. A.M. Magnitude of the last contact with the Penumbra at eclipse, (moon's diameter =1) 0.706 on lh. 25.6m. Magnitude of the eclipse the northern limb.

(moon's diameter = 1) 0.994 on the Sept. 29. SUN. Annular eclipse, invisible southern limb.

at Greenwich. Begins on the earth

THE FOUR QUARTERS OF THE YEAR.
SPRING Quarter begins March 20 9h 49m morning.
SUMMER

June 216 38 morning.
AUTUMNAL

Sept. 22 8 53 afternoon.
WINTER

Dec. 212 39 afternoon.

TERMS AND RETURNS.
HILARY TERM begins 11th January-Ends 31st January.

EASTER TERM begins 15th April --Ends 8th May.

TRINITY TERM begins 22nd May-Ends 12th June,
MICHAELMAS TERM begins 2nd Nov.--Ends 25th Nov.
OXFORD TERMS.

| Mich. .... Oct. 10 .Nov. 12 midn. Dec. 16 Begins.

Ends. I The Commencement will be July 1. . Lent Term ........Jan. 14 .....Mar. 15

TERMS IN ENGLAND Easter Term ...... Apr. 2 ..... May 10

Usually taken in Leases. Trinity Term ...... May 14...... July 5 25 March Lady Day | 29 Sept.. Mich. Day Michaelmas Term.. Oct. 10...... Dec. 17 24 June.. Midsum. | 25 Dec... Christmas. The Act will be July 1.

IN SCOTLAND.

Candlemas...Feb. 2 Lammas .. Aug. 1 CAMBRIDGE TERMS.

Whitsunday* May 15 Martinmas.. Nov. 11 Begins. Divides. Ends.

# This term in Scotch leases does not depend Lent.... Jan. 13. Feb. 12 midn... Mar. 14

| upon the moveable Feast of Whitsuntide, but is Easter.. Apr. 2.. May 18 midn...July 4 permanent,

TRANSFER DAYS.. The Transfer Days are now Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Divi. dends are due at the following dates after an interval of three days, or if a Sunday intervenes of four days. AT THE BANK.

no Transfer can be made after 1 o'clock Bank Stock ............ Apr. 5, Oct. 10

on Saturdays.

Transfer at the Bank must be made by 3 per Cent. Cons. ......2 Ion "*"}Jan. 5, July 5

July 5'half

half-past 2 o'clock; at the India House 3 per Cent. 1726....... 3 per Cent. Reduc. ...... Apr. 5. Oct. 10

by 3. New 33 per Cent. Annuit. Apr. 5. Oct. 10 New 5 per Cent. Annuit. Jan. 5. July 5

Expense of Transfer in Annuities for Terms of

Bk. Stock, 251. & under, 5s.; above that sum, 128. Years, ending 10th Oct.

Inuia Stock, il. 10$. ; non-transfer days, 28. 6d. ; 1859, pursuant to 10th

extra, Geo. IV. ............ Apr. 5, Oct. 10 Powers of Attorney for the Sale or Annuities for Terms of

Transfer of Stock must be deposited at Years, ending 5th Jan.

the Bank, &c. for examination, one day : 1860, pursuant to 10th

before they can be acted upon; if for reGeo. IV. ............ Jan. 5, July 5 | ceiving Dividends, it is sufficient to preLong Ann. ending 1860.. Apr. 5, Oct. 10 sent them at the time the first Dividend Old 3 per Cent. Ann..... Apr. 5, Oct. 10 becomes payable. 3 per Cent. 1751 ........ Jan 5, July 5 The expense of a Power of Attorney is

11. ls. 6d. for each Stock separately, but AT THE EAST INDIA HOUSE. for Bank and India Stock, 11. lls. 6d.;

and when required to be made out on the Stock .................. Jan. 5, July 5 Interest on India Bonds,

same day, half-past Twelve o'clock is the

latest time for receiving orders. The boxes due ................ Mar. 31, Sep. 30

for receiving Powers of Attorney for Sale Tickets for preparing Transfer of Stock must be given in at each Office before 1

close at Two o'clock. o'clock. At the East India House before 2.

All Probates of Wills, Letters of Admi.

nistration, and other proofs of decease, are Private Transfers may be made at other

required to be left at the Bank, &c., for times than as above, the Books not being

Registration from two to three clear days, shut, by paying at the Bank and India

exclusive of holidays. House, 2s.6d. extra for each Transfer ; but

HOLIDAYS KEPT AT THE PUBLIC OFFICES IN 1856. By an Act of Parliament passed in 1834, much of the money business of the Exchequer is removed to the Bank of England. At the Exchequer all holidays are abolished except Christmas Day and Good Friday.

Excise, Stamps, And Taxes Offices. Good Friday, March 21. Day appointed to be kept as the Queen's Birth-day. Coronation

Day, June 28. Prince of Wales's Birth-day, Nov. 9. Christmas Day, Dec. 25. All the above days are also ordered to be kept as holidays by the officers and servants

of the Custom House and the Dock Companies of the United Kingdom, except the Prince of Walez's birthday and the Coronation day. At the Stamps and Taxes Office, the Restoration of Charles II., May 29; Whit Monday and Tuesday (May 12 and 13), are kept in addition,

INDIA House.
Good Friday, March 21. I Christmas Day, December 25.

Bank or ENGLAND.
Good Friday, March 21. I Christmas Day, December 25.

And in the Transfer Offices, Ist May and 1st November in addition. N.B.Whenever the 1st May or 1st November falls on a Sunday the holiday will be kept on the Monday following.

British MUSEUM. The Public are admitted on Mondays. Wednesdays, and Fridays, between the hours of

Ten and Four during the months of November December, January, and February ; between Ten and Five during the months of September, October, March, and April ; and between Ten and Six during the months of May, June, July, and August. The Reading Room is open every day, except holidays, an hour earlier, but closes at the

same times. The Museum is closed between the 1st and 7th January, the 1st and 7th May, and the

Ist and 7th September, and on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and Christmas day. Any Special Fast or Thanksgiving Days ordered by Authority are kept in addition by

all the above establishments.

ICS,

QUARTER-SESSIONS (1856)

IN THE SEVERAL COUNTIES OF ENGLAND AND WALES. By the Act 1 Will. IV. c. 70, it is enacted that in the year 1831, and afterwards. the justices of the peace in every county, riding, or division, for which Quarter-Sessions of the Peace by law ought to be held, shall hold their general Quarter-Sessions of the Peace in the first week after the 11th of October, in the first week after the 28th of December, in the first week after the 31st of March, and in the first week after the 24th of June.” The following list has been computed according to this rule.

The Act 4 and 5 Will, IV. cap. 47, allows a discretionary power to the Justices of Peace as to the time of holding the Spring Quarter-Sessions, and empowers them to alter the day for holding the Sessions, so as not to be earlier than the 7th of March, nor later than the 22d of April. BEDFORD_W. Jan. 2, April 9, July 2,' as Sussex, West Div. Peterborough, W. Oct. 15.

as Bedford. Berks—Tu. Abingdon, Jan. 1, April 8, NoTTINGHAMSHIREJuly 1, and Oct. 14.

Nottingham, M. as Cheshire. BUCKS- Aylesbury, Tu. same as Berks. Newark, F. as Cambridge. CAMBRIDGE-Cambridge County, F. Jan. 4, East Retford, M. after Newark.

April 11, July 4, Oct. 17. For the Town, Town of Nottingham-Two days after the Monday before.

the County Sessions. CHESHIRE-Chester, M. Dec. 3

NORTHUMBERLAND--The County Sessions Apr. 7, June 30, Oct. 13.

are held alternately at Newcastle-onCORNWALL-Bodmin, Tu, same as Berks. Tyne, Morpeth, Hexham, and Alnwick. CUMBERLAND-Tu. as Berks, Jan. and June Th. same as Northampton Town of

at Carlisle, April & Oct. at Cockermouth. Newcastle, W. previous. DERBYSHIRE - April Sessions at Chester - OXFORDSHIRE-Oxford, County and City,

field, the others at Derby, Tu. same as M. as Cheshire. Banbury, the preceding Berks.

Saturday. DEVONSHIRE- Exeter, Tu. same as Berks. | RUTLANDSHIRE-Oakham, Tu. as Berks.

Exeter City, on preceding Monday. | SHROPSHIRE-Shrewsbury, Tu. as Berks. DORSETSHIRE -Dorchester, Tu. as Berks. For the Town, the Monday preceding. DURHAM-M, same as Cheshire.

SOMERSETSHIRE-Taunton, Tues. Jan. 1, ELY, Isle of_W. as Bedford, at Wisbeach, July 1. Wells, Apr. 8, Oct. 14. Bath or Ely.

on the following Fridays. Essex-Colchester and Harwich, M. same STAFFORDSHIRE-Stafford, W. as Bedford.

as Cheshire. Chelmsford, Tu. as Berks. | SUFFOLK-Beccles, M. as Cheshire, WoodGLOUCESTERSHIRE-Gloster. Tu, as Berks. I bridge. W. as Bedford. Ipswich E. as HAMPSHIRE-Winchester, Tu. as Berks. Cambridge; and Bury, M. following. HEREFORDSHIRE-Hereford, M. as Cheshire. | SURREY-New Sessions House, Newington, HERTFORDSRIRE – Hertford, M. same as Tu. Jan. 1. Reigate, April 8. Guild.

Cheshire. St. Alban's, the same week. ford, July 1. Kingston, Oct. 14. HUNTINGDONSHIRE -M. same as Cheshire. Sussex -- Eastern Division: Lewes, M. KENT_Canterbury, Tu. Jan. I, Fr. Apr. same as Cheshire. Western Division :

11, Tu. July 1, Fr. Oct. 14. Maid. Petworth, Th. Jan. 3, and April 10. Hor. stone, Th. Jan. 3, Tu. Apr. 8, Th, July 3, sham, July 3. Chichester, Oct. 16. Tu. Oct. 14.

| WARWICKSHIRE-Warwick, M. as Cheshire. LANCASHIRE - Lancaster, M. same as Coventry, on the following Wednesday.

Cheshire. Adjournments are held at | WESTMINSTER-City, are generally held on

Preston, at Salford, and at Kirkdale. the Thursday preceding the Quarter-SesLEICESTERSHIRE-Leicester as Cheshire. sions for Middlesex. LINCOLNSHIRE

WESTMORLAND-Appleby, W. as Bedfd., Lincoln city / Sat. Jan.5 Apr. 12 July 5 Oct. 18 and by adjournment at Kendal. Parts of Lindsey.

WILTSHIRE-Tu. Devizes, Jan. 1. SalisKirton ....Fr. Jan. 4 April 11 July 4 Oct. 17 Louth .... | Tu. - April 15 - Oct. 21

bury, April 8. Warminster, July 1. Spilsby... | Tu. Jan.8 — July 8 - Marlborough, Oct. 14. Bourn and Boston, Tu. as Berks; Sleaford,

WORCESTERSHIRE-Worcester, M. same as and Spalding, Th. Jan. 3, April 10, July

Cheshire. Worcester City the day following. 3, Oct, 16.

YORKSHIRE-York City, M. as Cheshire. Middlesex-General or 'adiourned Ses

EAST RIDING: Beverley, Tu. as Berks. sions are held at least twice a month at

West RIDING: Knaresborough, M. Dec. the Sessions House, Clerkenwell, usually

31. Wakefield, Tu. Jan. 1. Sheffield, F. on the alternate Tuesdays; and ad.

Jan. 4. Pontefract, M. April 7. Skipjourned Sessions are also held at West.

ton, M. June 30. Bradford, Tu. July 1. minster (Broad Sanctuary). The LON Rotherham, F. July 4. Knaresborough, Don Sessions are held four times a year

M. Oct. 13. Leeds, Tu. Oct. 14. Dona at the Guildhall. The Tower Liberty

caster, F. Oct. 17. NORTH RIDING : Sessions are held eight times a year at

Northallerton, Tu. as Berks. the Sessions House, Wellclose-square. MONMOUTHSHIRE-Usk, M. as Cheshire. The Quarter Sessions through North and NORFOLK Shire House, Norwich, W. South Wales are held by the same rule

same as Bedford; City of Norwich the as the foregoing, the magistrates deterday before.

mining the day of the week on which NORTHAMPTONSHIRE -- Northampton, Th. I the Sessions shall commence.

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THERMOMETRICAL REGISTER.

THE MOON'S CHANGES.
New ........ 7th day, Ilh. 17m. aftern.
First Quart... 14th day, 3h. 42m. aftern.
Full ........22nd day. 3h. 29m. morn.
Last Quart...30th day, 8h. 35m, morn.

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