A Grand Soiree to be Given.—A New York correspondent of the Springfield Republican makes the following announcement in regard to the intentions of our old friend, Thomas Downing, Esq.:—
Downing, the great oyster man, (and who has not heard of him?) retires from business in the spring, he having accumulated a $100,000 fortune in the oyster trade. He has kept an oyster cellar in Broad street for near twenty years and as his lease is about expiring, the owner of the property has decided to pull down and rebuild, thus ousting the oyster dealer from his popular eating house. Downing is a gentleman of color, and is greatly esteemed by the business men of Wall street and vicinity, and his loss will be seriously felt. Before he winds up, he intends giving a grand “blow out” at one of the hotels, to which entertainment his old customers are to be invited.