Skip to main content

Full text of "Sporting Magazine"

See other formats


This is a digital copy of a book that was preserved for generations on library shelves before it was carefully scanned by Google as part of a project 

to make the world's books discoverable online. 

It has survived long enough for the copyright to expire and the book to enter the public domain. A public domain book is one that was never subject 

to copyright or whose legal copyright term has expired. Whether a book is in the public domain may vary country to country. Public domain books 

are our gateways to the past, representing a wealth of history, culture and knowledge that's often difficult to discover. 

Marks, notations and other maiginalia present in the original volume will appear in this file - a reminder of this book's long journey from the 

publisher to a library and finally to you. 

Usage guidelines 

Google is proud to partner with libraries to digitize public domain materials and make them widely accessible. Public domain books belong to the 
public and we are merely their custodians. Nevertheless, this work is expensive, so in order to keep providing tliis resource, we liave taken steps to 
prevent abuse by commercial parties, including placing technical restrictions on automated querying. 
We also ask that you: 

+ Make non-commercial use of the files We designed Google Book Search for use by individuals, and we request that you use these files for 
personal, non-commercial purposes. 

+ Refrain fivm automated querying Do not send automated queries of any sort to Google's system: If you are conducting research on machine 
translation, optical character recognition or other areas where access to a large amount of text is helpful, please contact us. We encourage the 
use of public domain materials for these purposes and may be able to help. 

+ Maintain attributionTht GoogXt "watermark" you see on each file is essential for in forming people about this project and helping them find 
additional materials through Google Book Search. Please do not remove it. 

+ Keep it legal Whatever your use, remember that you are responsible for ensuring that what you are doing is legal. Do not assume that just 
because we believe a book is in the public domain for users in the United States, that the work is also in the public domain for users in other 
countries. Whether a book is still in copyright varies from country to country, and we can't offer guidance on whether any specific use of 
any specific book is allowed. Please do not assume that a book's appearance in Google Book Search means it can be used in any manner 
anywhere in the world. Copyright infringement liabili^ can be quite severe. 

About Google Book Search 

Google's mission is to organize the world's information and to make it universally accessible and useful. Google Book Search helps readers 
discover the world's books while helping authors and publishers reach new audiences. You can search through the full text of this book on the web 

at |http: //books .google .com/I 




< * 






» t 

• t 


^ JhteriMtinafy th^ 

rbvot .la.NEW SEBiE scr^ 
or VoL63 . Old Seaiea. 

I ^^:^'':^^'^ 

• • 

• • 

• • ■ • 

• • 

• • 

• • • a 

* a 

• • 


• •• • 

• a 

a • 

*• • 


•• •• 





• • 

a •• 


• •• • 


• •• • • 

. • • 

• • 


• • • , 

I • 

• • 


•••• I 

• a 

• • • 


- •• • 


• • 

• • • 

* • • • • 




• •• ••• 

• • • • 

• • •• • 

• • 

• • 

• • 

■ • • 

• • • • 

• ■ • 


• • •• 

* • a 1 

• • • • • • • • • • •_ 

• ••• ••..•• 

• • •••• •• '•• 

• •• •• • - . • • 

«•• •• • ••• 

•• • • ••« • 

• i« • • • • 

•• • • ••• • 

• • 



• • • ' 

• • •-" •• 



voL.xm.i^.s. OCTOBER, 1823. ko. lxxjii. 


BMto (with an £iigrariii«:) m 1 

On getting Hunters Into Condition^ by 

Nimrod 1 

The late Hon.' Mr. Trevor 8 

Hounds kUUng each other 8 

Meltonlans of the past and present Day 9 

CMeof Hyttoophobia 9 

The Cricket Question 10 

AFishingTour 11 

Shooting Query 13 

Scrape from my Portfolio- • 13 

On the Use of the Gin to take Foxes ••••15 

Od Breaking Horses ^continued) 15 

Dog killed by Snakes 19 

Strange, yet True : a Tale of Yore 19 

New Modeof Catching Salmon 23 

Manorial Rights 83 

Sporting Trespasses 23 

litqairy on Pedestrianism answered 
American Eclipse (with a Portrait)' • 
Pheasants (with an Engraving) •••• 

Holywell Hunt 

Foreign Horses 



Newmarket First and Second Oetober 
Meetings * 

Kite and Weasel 

On the necessary Protection of Fishe* 
rie» »... 





The Wedding Ring • 

On an old Silver Pen : Impromptu* • 









I. Portrait of Basto, a JHutsian Setter, 

II. Portrait of the celebrated Racer AhXBicait ECLIPSE. 

III. An JEngraving of Pueasakts. 


PaiKted and engraved by W. Smith. 

1) ASTO is of Russian parents^ 
•which were highly valued in 
this country, and their offspring 
has in no way disgraced the cha- 
racter of these setters ! He is dis« 
^tinguidied in the lower parts of 
Suney and in Sussex, as an excel* 
leat Jmder, and of very delicate 


Basto brings his game, and has 
scarcely ever been known to lose a 
wounded bird, in either com, 
fnrze, or water, which he takes 
and hunts with the same ease as a 
moUh-haired pointer hunts a 
stubble ! 

Basto, like all sporting dogs of 
Russian blood, is shm, but he often 

picks up birds, hares, and phea^ 
sants, that a fE»t-hunting pointer 
has passed in the field. 

He is about eight years old, and 
the property of T. OilUland, Esq. 

(Continued from VoL XII. N. S. p. 249.) 

To the Editor of the Sporting Magazine, 

^HE avocations of the preceding 
^ month prevented my continu- 
ing my remarks on conmtian ; but 
I hope soon to be able to bring 
them to a conclusion, as also my 
description of Warwickshire ; aflber 
which I shall eive ftn account of 
scmie other hunting countries with 
which I have been acquainted. 



Title 4o nqr tnt^ I entsr iato no 
further discussion with the Bit 
OF A JocKBY. Indeed, were I in- 
clined to renew the attack, his 
temperance would disarm me. 
He tells me, my letter was a dic- 
tionary of quotations. Having 
lent the Number to a neighbour, I 
am unable to enumerate them 
now, but if my memory serves me, 
they were aptly applied. I always 
hold it good to avail myself of ano- 
ther man's l^guage^ if more to 
ti^ purpose than my own ; and I 
studiously avoid imposing upon 
your reaaers the wearisome task 
of reading that which has no 
meaning at all. If the Bit op a 
JooKBY can prove me wrong, let 
him bring me at once to book ; 
iMit let us hear no more of his 
doubts and suppositions, of old 
Betty Bloss, or his great uncle, and 
his " what-nots." 1 am now come 
to that part of the subject (the 
foot of the horse), on which I must 
claim some indulgence, as having 
puzzled much wiser heads than 
mine. Indeed, I must be careful 
how I enter upon lit at aU ; for, 
Ti^ere I to advance any thing which 
I could not ^bfltantiate, I should 
Oppose myself to a body of science, 
ngw concentrated in veterinary 
practice, against which I should 
have no chance to contend. 

JE^zperimental j^osophy has 
been hard put to it m its researches 
^ntb the foot of the horse. Indeed, 
Nature herse]f seems tohaveexert- 
ed her very nicest art before die 
eould form aay thing in the shape 
of animate substance, capable of 
being hammered with the force 
of a «ledge^hammer — and all thia 
with impunity, for twenty years in 
sjoccessioh. To accomplish this, she 
kas had recourse to till the art and 
poweKofaiechaziism^^^to ^nringsand 
cushio]se(>ipulleyB Boid levers, abdto 

every contrimnee to prevent cop'- 
cussion in the internal parts of it, 
whilst the outward part is com- 
poied of a 8id)6tance, of all others, 
the most suited to its purpose, 
being firm enough to bear the 
wei^tof the horse andhisburthens, 
and admirably adapted tothe adhe- 
sicm <^ nails, by which shoes are affix- 
ed to it for its protection. Notwith- 
standing, however, the unrivalled 
excellence of the workmanship, it 
is too often imequal to the purposes 
to which we apply it; and the 
diseases and injuries of the feet 
of horses, form a bane for which 
no antitode has hitherto been dis.- 
covered, and which so frequently 
blast the hopes and expectations m 
the sportsman, who goes to bed at 
night in the belief mat he has a 
horse in his stable worth five hun* 
dred guineas, and when he gets up 
in the morning, finds him not worth 
as many shillings. What I have to 
say on this subject is the result of 
experience, never having seen a 
proper dissection and injection of 
the foot of a horse; and perhaps it 
is well for me that I have not — ^for 
I remember hearing my Lord 
Maynard declare, that he had ne^ 
ver had a happy moment since he 
hadwitnessedtibat operation; '' for 
now," siaid his Loraship, *' 1 ex^ 
pect my horses to be ruined eveiy 
time they step over the sill of 'their 
stable ;dooar." From the numerous 
horses, however, that I have seen 
cut lip in the boiling house, adAed 
to the great attention I have paid 
to the subject, 1 have, I thinK, a 
pretty correct idea of the form asA 
construction of the horse's fbot,and 
the causes oi t^e diseases that at- 
tack it. I wish I' could add, that 
I wereiable to point out the cure. 

It is, perhaps, presumptuous *!» 
say ^vbat may have been^the in- 
teations of tibe Oteater. 'Might 

TSB srowmm MAOjmsm. 


Iff be aOowed to oonjectinfe^ wh»* 
ther it weve intended that the foot 
of a horse should be shod with iron, 
and that ike ho^se should be drireii^ 
or ridden^ on hard roads? From 
tiie adafM^tion c£ the parts>. mj 
iMunble ftu^ulty supposes both; and 
yet we most express our surprise^ 
why so BoaBy ages should have 
paseed over before such ends should 
We been effected; as, £rom what 
I have heard and read on the snb- 
vsQt, there is no proof of shoeing 
Wses^ as we shoe them, being prac- 
tised, until the ninth century of the 
Christian aera; and we must ad- 
But^ that he was a bold man who 
first y^atured to drive nails into 
the foot of a living horse^ I may 
be told that we have only negative 
poof ci this — ^inasmuch as there 
IS BO mention of horses being shod 
witk iron by any of the ancient 
writers on husbandry, horseman- 
ship, or the veterinary art ; neither 
is there any representation of horse- 
shoes in any of the remains of an- 
cient sculpture, although the art- 
ists of antiquity were so minute 
in their designs, as even not to 
omit a nail in the wheel of a 
carriage. N^o mention is made by 
their historians of shoeing-smiths, 
or horse-shoes, forming part of the 
materiel of an army; but we have 
mmeroos instances oi their car* 
vaby b^ng obliged to halt onl^eir' 
march, on account of their horses' 
hoofs being worn down, and spdled. 
Ob this aocoxint it was that they 
80 much esteemed horses with hard 
feet The Bible speaks oi those 
whose hoofSs were ^^ counted like 
%t;" and H<»ner and others, of 
''iron and brazen-footed horses^ 
with loud sounding feet" — all 
ii4iich, with the egm sonipides of 
the Roman poet, we may consider 
V poetieal ornaments. That the 
ancieiita had a contriTanee to pro* 

teet their horse*)? feet, by a Mnd of 
sock, festened on them, is certain; 
and to Ihis day, in some eastern 
countries, these socks are used and 
sohl to tniveUers, by persons sta- 
tioned for that purpose, on their 
roads. We all remember — as a po- 
litical event of some interest was 
attached to it— Vespasian's coach- 
man stopping on the road to put 
elioes on his mules, which, no doubt<» 
were shoes of this description. In- 
deed, socks are now sold, very si- 
milar to what we may conclude 
these to have been, by a person who 
has obtained a patent for them, to 
be used when a hunter loses a shoe 
in the field. They are made to 
&sten under the flap of the saddle^ 
till wanted; and, but for the weight 
of them (about Tibs.), they would 
be a desirable appendage to a sports- 
man. They buckle around the fet- 
lock joint, and the bottom of them 
is shod with iron. 

I^oeing horses is not now uni- 
versally practised, as in many of 
the eastern countries they are 
still ridden barefooted. It is 
most probable, that the practice of 
shoeing became more general, as 
gravel was used fer roads; for, al- 
though paved roads were in use in 
very eaiiy times, they were not so 
injurious to feet, as shara flinty 
gravel. I have read that William 
me Conqueror introduced horse- 
shoes into England, and that 
Henry de Ferrers, who came over 
with him, got that surname, be- 
cause he Was entrusted with the 
inspection of the farriers, and that 
his descendants still bear six 
horse-shoes in their arms. It is 
further added, that that Sovereign 
gave the city of Northampton to 
some person, as a fief, in conside- 
ration of his paying a stated sum 
yearly for the shoeing of horses. 

Nature is seldom defective in 


her work; but without proper 
coneideration^ we might be induced 
to think that she had been so with 
respect to the hoofs of horses^ and 
the teeth <^ human beings. Be- 
fore^ however^ we can substantiate, 
this charge, we must prore that 
it were intended th&t horses should 
carry heavy weights on their 
backsj or be driven at the rate we 
drive them, on hard roads; or 
that human beings should eat 
and drink boiling hot food ; for I 
believe that the teeth of savages, 
in a state oi nature, are said to 
last to the latest period of their 
lives. With regard to Europeans, 
it is certain, that their teeth, ge- 
nerally speaking, do not endure 
half tneir natural existence; and 
were it customary to ascertain the 
age of a man, as we do that of a 
horse, by looking into his mouth, 
we should generaUy find, at the age 
of forty, as great a lack of grind- 
ers, as Sancho did in the jaws of 
his master, after one of his re- 
nowned battles. 

It cannot be denied, that the 
treatment and diseases of horses' 
feet, embrace a subject of the 
highest importance, not only to a 
sportsman, but to all who possess 
valuable studs, for the common 
purposes of life. It ' is a subject 
on which I could write a volume 
—-the result of observation and 
practice ; but it is neither within 
my province, nor limits, to do so 
here. Indeed, it may be said, that 
enough has been written upon it 
already; and we must also admit, 
that no small quantum of quackery 
and book-makmg has been the re- 
milt. We have had shoes of aQ 
descriptions, some of which must 
excite a smile, and the short reign 
they had proved their inutility 
and folly. My experience, how- 
ever, has led me to the following 

bold condusions^-^rst, that the 
original form of a horsei's foot has 
notiiinff to do with his soundness ; 
second^, that contraction of the 
hoof is the effect, and not the 
cause, of disease; thirdly, that 
unless nature has done her part 
effectually , by forming the foot of 
good materials, all the art of Mr. 
Coleman, and the whole body of 
veterinary science, is of no avail ; 
and, lastly, when disease has once 
thoroughly taken possession of this 
delicately-formed organ, the boiler 
is the only remedy. 
- With respect to my first asser- 
tion, it would be as preposterous to 
say, that, because a man may have 
a neat leg and foot, or an elegantly- 
turned hand, he were never to be 
attacked with gout, or rheuma- 
tism, in either of them, as to sup- 
pose, that because a horse may 
have a perfectly-formed foot, he is 
never to be subject to disease- 
Much as I am an advocate for good 
shoeing, it would be equally pre- 
posterous to assert, that unless a 
horse be shod, agreeably to one or 
two particular systems, he is to 
become a cripple. When we con- 
sider how many various methods 
of shoeing are practised in diffe- 
rent countries, we must be well 
aware that they cannot all be 
agreeable to nature ; therefore we 
must conclude, that shoeing is not 
the chitf consideration, as, m spite 
of its very worst application, some 
horses continue sound in their feet 
for a great number of years, whilst 
others, shod by the first practition- 
ers of the art, are irrecoverably 
lame before they have worn out a 
dozen sets of their orthodox shoes. 
The Sieur La Fosse enumerated 
no less than six diseases, incident 
to the foot of the horse ; and yet, 
compared with present knowledge, 
he seems to have been ignorant of 

¥fiE aPORTme MAQAZmS. 

the true anatomy of the pairts he 
treats ci^ though we must give him 
credit for opening the way to fu- 
ture science. When, however, we 
consider the delicacy and intricacy 
of the structure, with all its vari- 
ous articulations, we cannot won- 
der at its not being perfectly com- 
prehended at first sight. I am 
aware I must not speak of niy great 
uncle, or the Bit of a Jockby 
will be ab(&t me; but as under the 
roof of ourparents we imbibe our 
first notion of things, it may be 
allowable to go back to such data. 
In^y father's stable, although — 
from his principle of treating them, 
working them with a belly-fiill 
of grass in the summer, ^nd of 
hay, good or bad, in the winter, 
with '^ abhorrence of physic"— 
every other horse in it was broken- 
winaed, yet (and I was a close 
observer) I' only remember one at 
all tender in his feet, though they 
were shod by a blacksmith who 
never heard of the principles of 
nature in his life — ^who never knew 
there were such things as bars in 
the foot of a horse, but who took 
his buttress, and pared hoof and 
frog, tiU he was tired, and then 
made a red hot shoe* do the rest 
of the business ! Let not the reader 
imagine that this was a system I 
approved of, for I think the good 
old gentleman had much luck on 
his side, and only mention it to 
shew, that some horses attain their 
twentieth year — ^which several of 
his did— perfectly sound in their 
feet, though dioa by a smith who 

violated all the prindples of na- 
ture, save one— that is, he suffered 
the shoe to rest on the crust, which 
is the chief natural bearing of the 

However lightly I may have now 
spoken on this subject, no man 
holds good shoeing to be more es« 
sential than mysdf ; and to prove 
what I assert, I some years since 
made myself acquainted with the 
operative part of preparing a 
horse's foot for his shoe, with the 
drawing knife, under the tuition 
of a first-rate performer from the 
College. Having done so, I was 
ever afterwards enabled to direct 
those who shod my horses, and 
found the best effects from my in- 
structions. In one instance, in 
particular, I found them of infinite 
advantage. I went to spend tibe 
summer months, a few years since, 
with a friend who resided in the 
interior of the principality of 
Wales ; and conceiving that gentle 
exercise at that period would be 
serviceable to two valuable hunters 
I then possessed, I took them with 
me. Dreading the uncontrolled 
operation of the buttress, in the 
hands of a Welch blacksmith, I 
took my drawing knife with me, 
and the first time my horses wanted 
shoeing, I prepared their feet my- 
self. Contrary to my expectation, 
the Welchman approved of, and 
profited by, the example I set him, 
and, in a very few lessons, became 
a shoeron the principles of nature, 
which was also of no small import- 
ance to my friend, who had eight 

* When the l&te celebrated Colonel Thornton kept fox-bounds in Yorkshve, he was 
eztiemely particular about the shoeing of his horses. Taking up one of their feet one 
da:^, he observed that a hot shoe had been applied to it. ^^ Tell that rascal of a black- 
smith,*' said he to his groom, ^' if he ever dares to apply a hot shoe to a horse's foot of 

mine again, I wiQ apply one to his .** (Your readers must guess the rest) A 

short time luterwsids, as the Colonel was returning from hunting, he caught poor Vul- 
can in the fatal act, when galloping up to him, wim the ^sistance of two of his whip- 
pers-in, he made good his promise, and stamped him a posteriori^ with the insignia of 
nis profession. It is unnecessary to add, that the actual cautery was, in this case, a 
sovereign remedy. 


cmah hoMes (seven greys and % 
fiMjM) im Mb stable at the timei 
^hicb Messrs* Tattersail altem 
warcbsold fov lam, for aS' many 
hundred pounds. 

Although^ in a fiitta<e Number, 
I shall attempt to enter more fuUy 
into Ihe natore and cause of dis- 
eaae in die foot of the horse, toge- 
ther with some remarks on a late 
moit ihiportend ducoverv, my limits 
wiU now confine me to a mere de- 
tail of wme experienoe I hare had 
on the subject m my own stahle. 

Were I to purchase a horse at a 
hurge price, I should certainly likie 
to see nim with a fine circular foot, 
sound and elastic frogs, uid 
strongly-defined b^rs. I should 
like to see the hoof full in the 
&ent, free from rib» or seams, and 
of a dark shining colour. But 
m^en I have seen all this, am I 
^ imagine that I h«ve got a horn 
whose feet aire secure from disease ? 
Am I to imagine, that so long as 
I contrive to preserve this circular 
foot, these sound and elastic frogs, 
and these well-defined bars, I am 
to have a sound horse ? Let me 
not take such " flattering unction" 
to my soul! No: this horse is 
liable to disease in his feet as well 
as another, whose hoofs are nar*. 
row—- whose heels are high — ^whose 
frogs never touch the ground — 
provided Nature formed them in 
sttch a mouldy and also provided 
she fti»rmed them of good materials. 
If this were not the case, what 
would become of the mule, the 
donkey, and the Arabian ? I could 
bring an hundred proofs of the 
truth of what I am now advancing, 
but will only state one or two at 
present : — 

Five years ago, I heard of a very 
clever, well-bred young horse, the 
property ,of a clergyman in Bed- 
lorashire, that had gone well one 

day> for half an hour, witii the 
Oakley hounds, when the country 
waB very deep, and was to be sold 
finr one hundred and thirty gui- 
neas. I went to see him ror the 
furpose oi purchasing him. But 
must here enter a little into de- 
tail, for the sake of establishing 
one point. 

On my arrival at this gentle- 
man's residence, he was on a visit 
to a friend, so that I only saw his 
horse in the stahle, but as he was 
expected at home early the next 
morning, I gave him the meeting 
at an appointed hour. On exa- 
mining tnis horse's feet, previous 
to takinff hm\ out of his stall, I 
fbund them perfect. I had him 
trotted at the end of the bridle, 
down hill, upon pavement, when 
he went perfectly at his ease ; and 
after riding him a short time, I 
purchased him at the price stated^ 
and had him led by a careful ser- 
vant of my own into Leicester- 
shire, at three easy days' journey, of 
twenty miles eacn. The fifth day 
after he arrived, I got on his back 
to ride him to covert, and found he 
was lame. Immediately mounting^ 
another horse, I ordered my groom 
to get his shoe ofi*, and to put his 
foot into warm water, supposing 
his lameness to proceed from some 
trifling cause. My horse, however,, 
was never sound again, and because 
I could not prove that ke fvas lame, 
before I became possessed qfUtm, I 
never saw a shilling of my money 

Now I must here observe^ that 
when I saw this horse on the morn- 
ing previous to my purchasing him^ 
I thought he did not stand quite 
square on his fore-legs, but that 
he seemed to have one of them-^ 
the faulty one — a little more for- 
ward than the other. I observed 
it again, when I saw him the next 


JBf , mi tnentioiied it to hhcramery 
who assured me that it was only 
csused by his loddng over the sidB 
of his stall at another horse — add- 
ing, that^ as he had bred him^ he 
could answer for his never having 
been lame in his life. All this was 
fery true. The liorse never had 
been lame ; hut at the time I am 
speaking of^ incipient* disease ex« 
isted in his foot^ and the travelling 
into Leicestershire produced in- 
flammation and lameness. The 
veterinary surgeon who attended 
him declared^ that if he wanted to 
make a drawing of the foot of the 
horse^ he should have been fflad to 
have taken his for a mo&l^ so 
perfectly was It formed in all its 
parts and features. On dissection^ 
two years afterwards^ all this fine 
fffHA was obliterated^ and a total 
derangement of the necessary or- 
gans of action presented itself. 
Neither all the skill of the col-* 
lege> nor all the art of the sheer, 
wcNold have been of any avail here^ 
80 rapid was the progress of ttke 

fbund him^ ju^ as he had ^been de- 
scribed to me^ with small feet^high 
heels^ and frogs not within an inch 
of the ground; but^ convinced of 
his soundness^ I bought him for 
1501. and sent him part of the 
ro^, that evening, into Warwick- 
shire, with orders to my groom to 
give him a dose of physic, previ- 
ous to my riding him with the 
hounds. He, however, very soon 
attracted the eye of a celebrated 
sporting character in that country, 
Ivho rides heavy, and who gave me 
the price of another good horse for 
him, in addition to what he cost 
me, and does me the honour to 
call him "Nimrod." ^ He has ne- 
ver been at all lame, or even ten- 
der in his feet, nor would his 
owner take 500 guineas for him at 
this moment, if such a price were 
offered for him. I may here add, 
that Hermit, who, as I have be- 
fore stated, was sold for so large a 
price in Leicestershire, had very 
narrow heels, with very .smau 
frogs, but was never lame from 
sudi causes in his life, and was 
' most particularly good on the road* 
On talking over these matters 
lately with a friend of mine, who 
has been a great breeder of rac© 
horses, and nas had much expels 
rience in others, he observed, 'TTott 
remember my Curryconlb colt. 1 
never took such pains with any 
horse's feet in my life, as I did 
with his, to make them perfect, 
but he was never sound after four 
years old. My Zodiac horse, that 
X rode so many seasons, had very 
narrow feet, with scarcely any 
frogs at all, and never was lame in 
his life." NiMROD. 

The next is an instance S contra* 
Three years ago, I heard of a horse, 
tke property of a farmer nearOlou- 
oester, titat had been going parti- 
tularfy well 'witii Colonel Berkeley's 
md Mr. Homyold^ hounds, and 
^r^is for «ale J 'but,*though :he was, 
▼hat we fall, ^^ all over a hunter," 
no one would purchase hiin, be- 
cause he had " small, contracted 
feet," as tkey were denominated, 
and was ^^ certain tobelame." Hk 
price was 150 guineas. Being at 
this time on a visit to Mr. Homy- 
old, I got cttl my had: the next 
morning, and ro& to see him. I 

* One of yxmr correspondents — I have not time now to «scertam which — denominBtes 
this wozd, ^* ihe canting phrase of the day.*' Cavilling about words is, at best, apoor 
Mime ; -bot surdv tlus is, of all othos, correctly applied, and classically denved. 
Might he not as w^ assert, that the n^d of man is not the r^icnt ibr J»owledgey 
oroe block of marble for the staliue ?. 




nPHE atud of the late Hon. C. 
■"• TreYor was sold on Saturday, 
the 25th October, by Mr. Beards- 
worth, at his Repository, at Bir- 
mingham, amongst which was the 
horse which . occasioned his death. 
We much lament the fatal accident 
which befel this young gentleman, 
as he was a promising sportsman, 
and of affable and obligmg manners. 
He was, we understand, the darling 
child of his noble parents, whose 
affliction on the occasion has been 
very great. 

A correspondent observes, that 
in riding a race, the head should 
never be turned out at all, yrhen 
within less than twenty yards of a 
post, and then only half around, by 
wbich a sufficient glance i of the 
horses may be obtained. 

We remember, some years since, 
a bad accident of this nature taking 
place at Worcester. A celebrated 
one-eyed jockey was riding a horse 
of Mr. Homyold's, for 3ie Gold 
Cup, and was winning his race in 
a canter; but, not content with 
being some lengths before his 
borses, and turning his head quite 
around to have a fiSl view of them, 
he ran against a post, a short way 
ifrom. home, and had a tremendous 
fall, by which the horse was spoiled, 
and hunself severely injured. We 
also recollect a celebrated little 
gentleman jockey (the late' Mr. 
Ferdinando Bullock) doing the 
same thing, by which his leg and 
thiffh were broken. On being car- 
ried up to bed in this dreadful 
state, he cracked his joke, by spur- 
ring one of those who helped to 
carry him with his other heel. 

In the same advertisement with 
Mr.Trevor's horses, were two racers, 
the property of Mr. Beardsworth 
himself— viz. Rossini, aparticularly 
well-bred horse, and Paradigm, by 

Pkirtisan, out of Bizarre, both four 
years old. Mr. Beardsworth is 
getting on on the turf, on which he 
shews as much enterprise and spirit, 
as he did in the construction of hia 
Repository in Birmingham, where 
certainly the public have the ad- 
vantage' of a good choice of hcvses 
and carriages, if they want to pur- 
chase, and a good chance of getting 
fair prices for them when they want 
to sell. 



To the Editor of the Sporting Magazine. 

rpAKING up a paper 4iii8 
"■• morning, I observed the fol- 
lowing account of a hound being 
killed by his own pack: — ^''On 
Saturday last, at Scriven, near 
Knaresborough, one of the best 
harriers in the pack belonging to 
Charles Slingsbv, Esq. having done 
something to offend his associates, 
a general canine conspiracy was 
formed against him, and they sud- 
denly with one consent attacked 
and worried him before the hunts- 
man had time to rescue him." 
. This is too comihon an occur- 
rence with fox-hounds, when they 
are much above their work and 
become quarrelsome. About two 
months ago, a hound of Mr. Chute'9> 
called ^' Capper," was not only 
killed in his kennel in the night, 
bitt was eaten by the rest of the 
pack! Capper was a £iTourite 
hound, not only with his worthy 
master, but with, the field in gene- 
ral — ^for his tongue being at least 
twonotes A^Aerthan that of hounds 
in general, it was easily distinguish- 
ed from the rest, and it never de- 
scended so low as to tell a lie. He 
might be said to have been a real' 
killing hound, and very nearly 
without a fault. 
October 37> 1833. 



T^iheJSditor tf the Sporting Magazine* 

yOUR correspondent Nimbod 
has £iTOtired the ' r^eris 6f 
yoor exc^etit Magasine^^fh suii- 
dry anecdotes of Warwickshire 
sttortsmeiei ; hut he has not giyeti 
laem^ ^at I -should- like much to 
iBee^ some comparative account of 
Ihm and Leicestershire gentlemen ; 
or, if he tnll call such compaHsons 
odioiis, I should wish htm, or sbme 
other gentleman, to gire us his dpi- 
nion of the'Meltonians ten or t^relye 
■yttrs ago, and what they are now^— 
ihat is, whether they are improved 
fir not in ridiiig ; or, rather, if the 
getiildmen of 1810 or 1812 were to 
ci»iie,tliere'agaiAjin all their vigour, 
whether Ithclyxi^ldd outdo their suc- 
oesBors. For mjrp^i^t, I rather tiiiidc 
would; for, thoiigfrl w^nerer 
iki'Lei6esterSim'1m two seasons 
inyBdf^whichwerehilBll andl&12, 
I sanno^ibiit sayi that a gentlehian 
whom I then oon^dered Terr second 
fate, is novr, I am toM, nearly at the 
(dp c€ ihe tree. Whether he is im- 
proved or not, I do not know, and 
•this it » I want some of your corre- 
'qiottdents tb determines. ' ', 
-' miememhets of the old club then 
wm-^fbriiie new one was scarcely 
m existence — ^Lord Alvanley, Mr. 
Vansittarty Mr. Berkeley Craven, 
Mr. Charlton, Sir Henry Mildmay, 
and.Mr.JSeylei', Lord Alvanley 
and Mr. Chiurlton were what you 
nay call vety hustling riders, but 
the flower ot the flock vras Mr. 
Bmitli. Now supposing these three 
gentlemen, with Mr. Vansittart, 
who was not, perhaps, so quick:, but 
men in the front at the end 'of. a 
kiigish run, were to return there 
in all their youth and vigour, I 
want some of your correspondents 
Vol. XIII. N. S^Ho. 73. 

to inibrm me, who have seen them 
idl, whether they WQould be libove or 
below par wi^h the avant omtietM 
of <lie present diiy ?— ^Your humble 
servant, ^ 

London, October 4, 1821 


To pie Editor of the Sporting MagfUiine. 

StK, ' ■ ' r ... • . 

PyVERY thing relating to hy- 
M^ drophobia must be interesiing, 
particularly to sportsmen. Th«f<3- 
lowing, as a feet, cannot, in my opt" 
nioii, be too widely circulated ^** 
Mr. Springett, erf Linton, near 
Maidstone, in Kent, a grocer, had 
a sniall terrier bitch, which used to 

' lie behind the counter in his' "shop, 
and was in- the habit, when any dog 

' intruded Ix^yond a cettain l}ne, to 
fly odt at Ihm^ and punii^ him'fbr 

'Suclr iiitnisipii; n^uch to liiede- 

vlight ,^f'*the shdpmen and ftppren- 

^tices. ' Nearly ^tiiree w^ki^ \mA, 
^e bitdi #ad db^lrved to dbthifcj jba 

-A more ferocious mdnnerthati cofli- 
moh, and had; atnon^ others, bitten 

' * P^"?!^ ^ ^^^ bfewnging' tb hfer 
i^i^ter. Ittiras.obserfeii at the same 
i;ime that ebe ^d not' quit them as 
usual; but the lads in the shop wete 
obliged sevefal times in the day to 
take her off by force, and, in dcdng 
this, three ot them were bitten.^ 
two lads of the name of Aiichin, 

'and one of the name of Springett, a 
relation of* the' owner of the nitch. 
No further notice was taken of this 
till the next morning, when the 
bitch was missing; and the next 
day, or the day after, it was reported 
a mad dog had Wb killed at Hsid- 
low, near Tonbridge. As soon as 
Mr. -Springett heard this, he went 
to HaaloM^, and htid the dog, which 
had been buned, tdken up, and it 
proved to be his own. ITie two 
Allchins, muldi alarmed; wentim^ 




mediately to a person of the name 
of Chapman^ living at Birling, near 
Rochester, and took a m^dne 
which the man has sold for some 
years, as a remedy for the bite of a 
mad dog. Springett, the other one 
bitten, disregard^ the thing alto- 

S ether, and thought, as many others 
think, it was all nonsense, and 
that madness was only in apprehen- 
sion. So the matter rested for a 
few days, and all were well : how- 
ever, in little more than a week, 
Springett had some ugly sensations, 
and Mr. Whatman, a surgeon, at 
Maidstone, was sent for, who im- 
mediately saw symptoms of hydro- 
phobia — a great thirst, uneven 
pulse, and spasmodic affection of 
the throat at the sight of liquids. 
He advised him immediately to go 
to Birling, telling the young man's 
friends, at the same time, if Chap- 
man's medicine did take effect, 
. it was invaluable— <for he had no 
hesitation in saying that he had 
but a few days to live, if it did not. 
Mr. Springett directly went to 
Chapman, and took the medicine 
when there, and has siAce taken it, 
and till this time, which is a week 
since, continues well : how long he 
may continue so, God only knows. 
Mr. Whatman has, I understand, 
written to Sir Astley Cooper on the 
subject, as a very extraordinary 
circumstance. I should mention, 
t^at the other two, who took the 
medicine from the first, have con- 
tinued well. 

For ifty own part, I will candidly 
own, I had always supposed that 
madness in the human species had 
been occasioned by the horrors at 
the thought of the bite of a mad 
dog ; but this fact, part of which I 
have been an eye-witness to, stag- 
gers me. That the dog was mad, 
there is no doubt, for several dogs 
\ IJhat were l^itten by her have since 

»)ne mad. The particularsi, and 
tke truth of this, may be known, by 
application to the parties — Mr. 
Springett, of Linton, and JVdr* 
Whatman, surgeon, of Maidstone. 

It may not be improper to men- 
tion here, that Mr. Whatman, when 
walking the hospital, saw a case or 
two of hydrophobia, where the poor 
creatures haa died, or most litely 
had been bled to death, under thie 
immediate attention of such men 
as Cooper, Cline, Abemethy, and 
others, who could do nothing for 
the sufferers but look on and pity 

There is also a woman of the 
name of Peton, some relation I 
suppose of this Chapman, who sells 
the medicine, and who lives near 
Wrotham, in Kent. ' I have heaid 
of the cures made by these people 
for years past, and have thought of 
them, as people generally think of 
quack medicines; but, really, this 
happening where I know the par- 
ties, and the circumstances 0*001 
the first, has made a very serious 
impression on me ; and if this me- 
dicine (and Mr. Whatman thinks 
it by no means impossible) should 
be a remedy for this most dreadful 
of all dreadful disorders, the bless- 
ing will be incalculable— By the 
insertion of this, you will much 
oblifi:e A T> 


October 11, 1823. 



To Hie Editor of the Sporting Maga^ntfe* 

N Old Nottinohambhibe 
Cbicket Player, and my- 
self, appear to be at issue on a 
" Disputed Point in Cricketing." 
I do not. see why we should be. so, 
for both, of us arrive a.t one con- 
clusion, oxily by diiferent roiUe^-*- 

THE SPORTING magazh^e: 


muatky, that ** the umpires are the 
judges of the game." In the pre- 
sent instance^ we may fairly con- 
dude their decision to hare been in 
fitvoor of my hypothesis ; as it ap- 
pears, reasoning on your Stpqn" 
nam correspondent's letter^ that uie 
stalker did not, in the game cited; 
continue his innings. I know very 
veil that as long as a striker^' is 
in his ground/' and the game is 
being regularly played, and pro- 
vided it is " not alive" that he 
cannot be out. But here the game 
was alive : " plai^ " has been called, 
the ball has been struck out, and 
Ihe striker's fellow batsman is, as 
we are justified in supposing, en- 
gaged in running his game, at this 
moment ; and whilst it is in full 
actirity the striker commits an 
act ofjelo de se, and surely should 
sufler the penalty " of his bond." 
I offer these suggestions as riders 
to my former opinions, which 
(backed by the opinions of greater 
judges here) I still venture to 
think impervious to a contrary 
shaft of judgment. At the same 
time, I trust it will be believed that 
I have neither wish nor design to 
arouse reprehension, or mre-draw 
differences. I leave such to Nim- 
BOD, and his equally perturbable 
opponents. I would in the present 
case^ for it is a curious one, solicit 
suffrages, and purchase opinions, 
but neither my habits nor my incli- 
nation lead me to encourage con- 
troversy, or to irritate anti^nists. 
— -I am, Sir,^ your obedient ser- 


WBtBhiro, October 9, 1823. 



To the Editor of the Sporting Magassine. 

¥F a few observations on fish and 
"^ fishing, during my peregrina- 

tions, are worthy of insertion in 
the Sporting Magazine, I may pos- 
sibly trouble you agaiii on the same 
subject I or it may stimulate those 
more capable, and who have better 
opportunities than myself of de^ 
scribing the different rivers they 
sport in. 

Most of us are glad to escape 
from the smoke of London some 
part of the year or other. Then 
the angler seeks the stream, the' 
fowler the mountain, the fox- 
hunter the monotonous plains of 
Leicest^ and Gloucester. Those 
scenes that delight the fisherman 
have few charms for the boisterous 
sons o/ Nimrod. It is different 
with the shooter ; for, while he is 
grousing up to his middle in heath 
on the mountain, the angler is fre- 
quently struggling with a salmon, 
or trout, in the river below. They 
both enjoy the most romantic sce- 
nery, and always have something 
to delight the fancy, even if there 
be a lack of sport. 

I arrived at Shrewsbury the day 
the Judge entered, and on the fol- 
lowing day strolled into Court. I 
found the parties there assembled 
very busy ^fishing, some for fees, 
and some for favours-^many white 
rods sported on the occasion^-^-^nd 
the Judge left the town without 
bestowing a Une on any one. Those 
who travel into North Wales will 
most likely st^y a day or two in 
this town. It is famous for cakes, 
and was once for female beauty 
Csee Farquhar^s dramatic works J ^ 
and if the traveller likes to wet a 
line in the Severn, he will meet 
with sport in March, April, and 
May. The salmon fry are then nu- 
merous, and now and then trout 
and grayling are taken at the same 
time. Samlets, or skeggers, are 
to be caught mostly in July and 
August: uiey rise very free. I 

B b 



to)k Bwrn-, few whji a«nall dul' 
bsckle. IV fen}$^ <Mr dudloiT. 
piuts of Ae jfiver^ ane* b^t for 

r^ wbf^B the. wfi^r 10 loir and 
tZ Ihie ift cpiM^i!9Jry. to lhe«ge«t 
neral-i^ al '' wh^.ihe waiUr t« 
« mUe uohur^'^ \m I immA it 
wan really as I have deflcribed^ 
r Salmof ia fteldoBi tnHa in Iftiis 

Ct of the Severn, ^tlh angUnff. 
tfiis.riter are: fike!«dse jae^ 
c^rpx. psFCJb^ i'oadi> d^oe^i ehub, 
Ueak^'^Vttff, floDBider>'and the fittest 
fttdgeon I ev^r saw. The water 
rvm 80 jflffidlf over a stooy bot« 
tomj and i9 ^nerallj^ s^ deary ea>. 
e^t M'hen land fl!Hid9 affect k» th^ 
A^ fiih aie eaccellait^ It is said 
tbe reliise of gas ha9 been ^ 
ftruiitiiire^iapd tbit the ftih are not 
aa namett»U8 ^nce it has 4avc4 
iilto tilierivar;fbut the small meshed 
set8 are- eqiBsdlf soi 
. . 'V the'^iM^er sboidd h^re fiM;^ 

e\^&ik atty part c^his tadde cot 
liiig tows^ he may be Ainndied 
in Shrewsbury with eirery re^ui4 
8tl6> at Mr. Shaw's^ .who is al3D a 
pp^ctiealr a>ig^r> and can give 
9aniA' useful information on the 
$al^jeet» — . . 

^^ :Ia Shrewsbury wte bom Bar* 
tte^j wbor wvote a tmeatise on aiii» 
Ifling, paUiabed 1651> fnm which 
W^altoit adcn^wfec^geshe borrowed 
aomj^ .useful bio^ A neat reprist 
fi this woi% a^pearod in 1821* 
33)^rer mrevmaoy vgood, [iam-^fA^ 
{«(^^beiriitbot»thcBBveii,&« The 
^ad;F<awijrBM>niing:<. Ix^Kk asifitr 
aar tfaefdebghtfid vale-of Lisnigoilen 
9fitii ita bmtijbd Dee murmuring 
iM^ieariBflfitsretittnmit Thesnde 
-tlie^aqijMdtteiaiOPoiitry^y^ not 
it has amacjicalfeffiact^itadiaRnng 
imer winding. tlurou^ the valley^ 
l^ncompassed by moumtains; wfaidi 

gnriiUHt^ untm titohorbon itafana 
with the clouds* 

. Many visit UangpOen d»riii|p 
the su«Hner and autumn. Fidtbg^ 
parttea are seen en the margin « 
dte stream wjth pliant rode^whtslf-f 
ing a fly UPidf^* the alders tiMt grcMT 
qbitahovdera; while others^' who 
have waded in> are trying a fish to 
some shallow part of the river inr 
shore^ with their, angle over iJienc 
shoulder, the fish following: tioe 
se^ms necessary to secure their 
prize^ for the bottom being uneven, 
^iod in pools^ lihe' fishennan would 
frequj^tly fall Inr walking baelt* 
waras. Ask a- Welehman if it In 
Ukely you will have sport? he witt 
atiswer^ ^' ITes^ if youhav« the lieht 
eolouf /' It is an opinion of mmcj 
from experiene^ that colour in 
move attractive than form. I ham 
frequently found an iH-made fly irf 
a. right colour morekilling, thail 
the neatest of a coionr not fre« 
quendv seen on the water. > 
c In toese rivers^ small flies will 
be found to have superior dbdin, 
the water is mo^y so very clear ; 
but they may be used larger^ if th^ 
river is cloudy^ or in dark weather. 
The flies i^uld be made on the 
finest gut^ and the hooks not too 
faufge and heavy. Haddeaof ^A» 
ferent odours^ the bodies of each 
varied in tint, areylihndc, besty fo» 
a hadde always fedls %ht iw the 
wate*> anddocs not create siii^eiutti 
- He who attends to the catan 
les of flies^ published in most 
books, wjii, 4nd himself per^ 
pieced and confounded; and wiU 
frequently see a homely fisherman, 
with a hazel wand, and an extra 
fly or two in reserve twisted round 
the band of his hat, filling his ham- 
per, while hOi so fiistidioua in his 
choice, is selecting, from his book 
bf ready-made Lcmdon flies, one i(sr 
the month; nay, ev^ ike hour of 

THK sPCHMmnr ffAtOAsant: 


lein^ to lem'tJre'Caiiiltfse citttiMS 
ten aifed ItigiMg^ as fifth by tecfltt^' 
enthm^ed and eftta^riMl nitJr « 
noitMidlT of flieik 1 MB nmck 
ttintajkai if be dde& ntH^mm fini; 
br expcrittio^y tliiCt tbeec dies im^ 
Mftf quadc tueificiiiefr^iwMb t(y 

An Anolbr. 

Po theSdHorqfffte Sporting Magaaike* 

Y^U wiH oblige al oondtant rea- 
-^ der of ^oUl* exttenalnmg mid 
Qsefri] Magidsine^byinfbniimgbittk 
what is th« ujltutl cliarge of ^H^- 
der and shot, atdiimted by tboi^ ee^ 
ktoited pigeoii uiootei«> audi an 
AiTowsmif^; OfiibaldefiCon; &(^ &>e.; 
the d^ of the bore, aind tensth of 
kiirel; a&d wheHiiei* ^riCUs&B oi^ 
dint ffkn^ ; and^ lastly > by whom 
miide? — ^Yoiur's, ^ « « 

A* B* V* 



«« A King of Bfarcda addpi«Bbfli.** 


TotheBdkorqf the Sfporikig Magdakte* 

WIMKOD Ms told yoti dne 
-^^ aA^dote cotili^e^ted with the 
irolrthy> Snd^ to the last, heai1>- 
#hole Ck^lielSlfeMdii. I will teQ 
yOQ anotitey^^s piMrtit, taOcen 
wh^n he Waii Coti^taAiidefr of Uie 
Cht!f<»ed ViliiAUs^ Re^meht, is 
evtiln<^mi^liiigin1ia8^ tne 
fyr the thmig^ He Used to r^ 
lite it with Millie jgustO; and was 
ereritttttti^of a grtttiB^ audieiiee. 
Col(D»sl Johitsoii; M^ho seiv^ (I 
lelfeve) tbider the Ihjike of Yo^k 
ii the N^hertkiiMd, wiseelefitoted 
ftd kii as a g^dtkAUUd than as an 

dAoer: he Was every ibch^ tf M^ 
dlekv «)ad had res^ ghtty attd 
scare m the btftilire nui. m WW 
an ttDseUent ewbi^^^l«lfe]b aod hh^ 
eittfenie hei^f of fenctity liHd 
leiig<& of aivi> tendered h&ft' li 
daiMBreatfaatagettdit^ ereta-Mfntontf 
sljikd ofifioineiita. 'tr^reXSntt on 
the GottJinetiti Affeom^aiiied If i 
siiwle gro6tt; hi^ on (Mie oecasioiil 
halted at a siiiidl hm, gted to moA 
atfywhere r^it and- i^roslriilett for 
him^lf> fai^ serVaxit, anid th^ jaded 
steeds^ The only decihit^ nftuM^ 
nient in the hotise was pteuoo6cN 
pied by a pftrty of i^rencM dA^i&r^ : 
aD the p^iffibns tfic^ house afr 
forded theyhddbefetpoiieii; mi tiki 
Cblonel was tD^nhed that tlol» a 
ragout 01^ to omelet Was to be hid 
for love or ncmi^y. A s^ld^s 
edueatibh seidditi deserts hkb od ait 
emergency: it inis hut a nnBtite's 
emj^ojrment to dictate^ a&dahoth^ 
to sendy a p(£te request to Vh^ 
party^ that a Brithih officer migM 
be permitted to tSart iii th^ tsm 
tiotis of their mess^^oaid. The 
envy fArejpnbHcim FirahK^ oveneame 
itis pdfitenees> and his idessengiiiif 
Mm sent bciek with mden^ and 
deilial. O^oUd Jit^uson poiMssed^ 
under utttt^eriC^d rtisMilt^ the eo<d« 
n^ss iitA the iirerepidi^ of hilt 
CMtitttry* He dolmmanded that €h4» 
joint Aien being ^^shed up sfaoiili 
be laid before hitli : he and bis ser<b 
mint foiled ^umptuotuffly ; and^ witK 
foar and trembung, *^ mine host of 
the<3ifft^" carrKd the mutilated 
remains to (he impaitient ahd rod* 
forating euests of the narlonr. 
Appmnttnent and chagrin were soon 
eonrerted into impotent ralHug^aivd 
breathiiu^s of revengie. At tlutt 
period; the transmission of a watch, 
a gic^re, a ring, or any artide <^ 
which the transmitter stood po6« 
sesM; was consisted the gi^of 



dfiflaooe; Und our ColaAelisoon 
fomid hiB table in the kitch^ ^iU 
tmng wiiii meiuentOB vi GkiUic 
dariOig*; He allowed tlie challen-. 
fBF9 to finish their abbremated 
i^p^j calmly tpol^ his modicum 
oif ^ioe, and then, followed by his 
qervant^ stirode ii^j^ the apartment. 
Prawittghisswordj ^d placing on 
its blade the first article of defiance^ 
a,% the > same moment raising hia 
fine person to its utmost height, 
9&d aarting. an eye of indigination 
around^ as if singlinff out his vic- 
tim, he coolly desired Its proprietor 
to redeem it. Tl^e effect was pro- 
digious* There was a pause denot- 
ing hesitation--<t buz, but nothing 
palpable ; and after a full minute 
had elapsed, tlie watch was handed 
over to his bowing lacquey, and a 
ring dangled on the stUl extended 
w^pon : that too became the un- 
disputed property of the domestic ; 
and so with the rest. ** Men but 
in appearance-*- soldiers but in 
oamel" exclaimed Colonel John- 
son,' as he drew his hand- across 
his blade, ere he deposited it in its 
sheath-*-^' learn &om hencefor-- 
ward how to resp^t, the rights <4 
hospitality* I have been told thatj 
gpwardice is ever the companion of 
junfLaeiXy; and that those who know 
how to convey an insult, have 
rarely the courage to redeem it: I 
regret that it snould have been 
my fortune to wijbness, beneath the 
uniform of France, tke combina^ 
tion of these degraded^alliances." * 

The other occurrence which, at 
present, I shall borrow from my 
Portfolio, happened to an old ac- 
quaintance of mine ; and, although 
pf a different interest, is for a 
time singular enough. 

At a period when the .Heaths of 
Hounslow , and . Bagshot were the 
scenes of constant robberies,' and 
the Bolters and Turpins of the age 

bide the traveller ''Stitild, ana 
deiirer 1" almoat with impunitT^*^ 
and when a journey to London, 
BOW a mere walk across a garden, 
was considered .of the utmost 
seriousness andhazard— ^^Mr. £. was 
constrained, by the cloak of even- 
ing coming fast upon him, to put 
in at the town of Hounslow for the 
night ; and he accordingly, after 
stabling his horse, ordei^ a sup- 
pr and a bed at the principal inn. 
The room into which he was ushered 
was of large and lofty dimdisions, 
and a crowded display of burnished 
plate, preparatory to a public 
dinner the next day, decorated the 
ampHe sideboard. Mr. £. retired 
earlv to his chamber, and fatigue 
made him neglectful of adopting 
his usual precautions of securing 
the door, and burning a light. 
About the first hour of the morn- 
ing, as he imagined it to be, he ^ 
was conscious of a movement at his 
chamber door, succeeded, after a 
second or two, by a footfall on the 
floor. To move mx the instant 
Yf ould have been to run iiito uncer- 
tain danger, ai^ he awaited in si- 
lence the approach of die intruder. 
It y^tL8 preened by a voice, stifling 
its - natural compass, demanding, 
\f tienrj, is that you ?" ajid then 
again directly, '' Are you awake ? 
It is time." No answer being re* 
turned to diese mysterioq^. interro- 

rries, the speaker began to han« 
thOf curtains and bed eloaths. 
At that moment, and when Mr^ £. 
heard the rustle above his head, 
and in the direction where he had 
deposited his watch, with a rapid 
movement he tore aside the cur* 
tains, leaped from the ' bed, and 
was immediately in the grap]^e of 
a person whose hair, thick and 
matted, was saturated with wet, 
and whose garments sufficiently i n- acquaintance with the 



slorm thftt- ^mus p^tine wiihoui 
The straggle was but or short du- 
ration s 'his opponent^ the 'inoxie 
agik of *the'two> succeeded in ex- 
tricating himseJf, and fled. A hue 
and cry was soon raised^ the af- 
frighted household roused> and a 
muster called. Host^ guests^ ser- 
Tanta, helpers, all appeared-*— none 
were found wanting; but the dis- 
play of the sideboara plate had va- 
nished — ^not a spoon remained, and 
its splendour ^^ was not.^" 

Mr. E. left early the same morn- 
ing. Whether the nocturnal in- 
truders sought hi^ chamber (in 
error), as that of an accomplice, 
or whedier from an appetite of 
further plunder, has never been 
divulged. The purloiners up to 
this period have escaped detection, 
and were their hiding places now 
invaded, my kind-heailed friend 
could not now witness their expo- 
sure ; for, full of years and honour, 
he departed, a few brief mohth& 
since, to that rest where '* thieves 
do not break through and steal." 

J. a 


to the leelings to think that gen- 
tlemen should be so unfeeling as t^ 
countenance their keepers in such 
cruelty. If gentlemen will destrby 
foxes, let them take the animai 
alive, by setting a large hutch 'on a 
down,' or in a nde in a covert, and 
bait the hutdh with cheese. 



(Contiaued from Vol. XII. N. S. p. 256.) 




TV the EiHiyr ofihe Sporting Magazine* 

Have frequently seen foxes that 
have been caught in gins, and 
which have remained therein two 
or three days, with a broken leg in 
a state of mortification, their teeth, 
fran biting the ^n, worn into the 
gums; at other times I have seen 
them, when they have broken the 
chain of the gm, walking about, 
dragging the gin after them, in a 
state of starvation. I have before 
read in your Magazine a letter on 
the cruelty of catching rabbits in 
gios. When one reflects on what 
these animals suffer^ it is revolting 

To the Editor of the Sporting Magazine, 

"C^RE I proceed, let me note some 
of ttie typographical errata 
which, owing^ to the indistinctriess 
of my holograph, appeared in my last 
letter. Inpage 252,for **throUgh- 
out," read, " throw out"— 255, for 
If his forehand is too long," read, 
too low"— same page, for " pull- 
ing a colt now," read, "pulling a 
colt's nose," &c 

Now let me return thanks, in a 
few observations, for the notice with 
which NimAod has honoured mj 
first letter. I had there stated it 
as my opinion, that the horses used 
for hunters were, in general, very 
ill broke. How is this answered? 
Unluckily, it seems I had made 
some quotation, and this unfortu- 
nate line is drawn from its lurking 
place — ^like a traitor, made to ex- 
piate the fault of the company in 
which it is found. Tortured *on 
the rack of Nim'bod's imagination, 
it is forced into the exposition of an 
intent which never existed. With 
the simple words — ^^ To witch tlfe 
world with noble horsemanship," 
NiMROD is off with the greatest an- 
tiquarian eagerness to the era of our 
Fifth Harry, and hawking; but in 
this flight he has soared above his 
pitch. Piano vi, prega, Nimrqd! 
You are soaring m the clouds '(tf 
your own creation: Ncc sat rationis 

IB THE sp&sansm MmAZDOi. 

mmwfii. iAt ikatSTB, hft dBawB I wteia time caparuigt of Clw 

JMMfiesnggeiiKMmagedjHnd w«eyod viaiiii^) to nmob •£ it aa woaU 

itmmA hwatar6:f(»ihB matt bk mmtt in enwBaiting wkm ddhetSy 

whim they w«re used, as taey had 4ir improving those qnalMes Omj 

tteself topruMse and4»per mnd^ natin»ll|rlMm* In apiie of the jfisl 

with their >igdttn; wfaife die M- ^f the ''too tender" Nihbqd, the 

ooB aadUs ^pnrrjr doiwly ddnmed ne fius Mttra ef honealen, as^he 

above. J^^osr^reaUy^ NivBODahoidd jmuld. have va bdieve> I fcat stiR 

hase made ^himself in some mea« .«f .(^man, .that edncation vdU 

sore acqutto.ted4vith4»e.natweiif emnetimee improve nature, and 

havrldnff^^b^fore riBkiiig thjs. 9Mer- .^t, too^ jrithoat a cruel outrage 

tion, andhe wouldbaye fpund fhat jsgainst her ;. and that a h<Mr8e, % 

in this sport.tfier^ wfMkitter need for gentle means, may be made tofarii^ 

all the viHUty of modern huptersr- his hind Jegs . a little more under 

the dwaffO(^ ras ivfafisig^ Oneof the him, or sol£ited to hold his head a 

ddest apd. most ci^tcieiiiied authors .Uttle higher, irithoat using ioo 

(on this sidijeGt* has to tjiis. Qfiect: mupA H^rty.mtk nature. ^'Qmeert 

^ Jbete ti^e^steedebe saift of foote ^s .wh]rmakeJhQ jg^rbanded man use a 

the roe ^i:e, .ForeWvfe^Pgisa jswiJBriialas right? Or why enlist 

imorlof nogentlene^se. d^l^re^pe- ^thestomngmechanic? Axid,doidily 

5i;vnei|te,y^wiUsayein]|ocountrie oniel! why extend the misery of 

is there^ever sttphneede for jqjieede*' his sufferings, hy drilling him up- 

ji^eain thel^i^Kfcer;" and,so pn.he !righli» <xr .marching him with his 

SiestO/Comin^Bd giPQatMJUly to -toes tamed out? Xeam,Bir,itin8 

e horseman. 80 h.wojii^m^, js.ftaking 'toQ.mucK Ehert]^ with 

^li||f noD, t^is-Q^ i^A^o ^^ x^cmting nature.* " . Nivaon's result i^that 

^i^F^^'* 'jButI .b0g,no Ala^iks .udem a horse has his eveiy point 

^ p$itj^gj[ptt,rig^t:. 'ILis ccwHQon so jfanned that tibe nieest LODserver 

5^ii|i:ity to ^c^Pipne whp li^s.^^ be- .(aumot find adefect,hei8 notfitfor 

iniji4dM;,hiniiaelfT^/o(r b? piQTJng a hunter. This is, with a v^n- 

.^t the, Ikors^ of ; ^e . olden time ^geanpe,the ^^po^a nftsdtur nmJUr 

«W8. ^t for JA^V work, jfgu have ^ the faultless monster . which the 

.^Hawjt^gly p)^ed,^that,.injmite world ne'er saw.^ ..Sfttwhy pursue 

.of their !Ciy[iering edni^jtipn, duiy .thisi|rtfier,.apjwchpf sis,Jnfp 

.^01114 have, hflfen fi^t for that of the of all, may still continue, as Gatul- 

j^Ee9^i^y. S^s is going Wtiber lu6 terma it, ^'/bii^ norfmF'' 
ihan I wc^d h^ve dreamt of. When you mve the colt so fer 

Inridic^Ii^g,hpwever,thema^^ge advancedjas to. trot smoothly, and 

rufiing ^^her 4^rsji he has either without £retting on a drde with 

,not understood, or .misrepresented'oss,. you holding arein^f 'the 

.me. . Now th]3 is.not well. For I bridle in hand, lead him intb your 

^i^tiaetly stated . that, the manage ridinghouse. ThecrosBbeingpn,and 

s^a^ and tiie. dressed. hoirse, are. not the reins.rath^ loose, buckle to the 

^r ih^ fi^ld. , JMo,.. they fip^l heavy ,in«ide eyeofthe snaffle asoft twisted 

4>n,the eyo;, and are ^^ out of keep- rope rem of eight yards in length, 

,ing." Inevcar meant or 8ta.tjBd that and pass it through a ring in the 

himters should undergo so tedious upper part of ^e surcingle on 

aneducatipn: J only reconyn^ed which .tne cross is fixed: pass it 

(though raasiter of ap^ of hounds, through tins ring to the hand. Let 

^ Bs Hubert Duneombe) VoL L p. 23. 

THE SPOintNO MAeA2ai7B. 


» t 

ne^Kj^aSa that wiien a horse in 
working in a cirde or square^ that 
side (^ him next the centre is the 
inside^ and the other the outside. 
Cml the rope rein in your right 
hand^ and take hdd of the snaffle 
with the left, leading the colt along 
the ade wall of the house^ while an 
assistant with . a long whip (the 
thong about seven feet long, thick 
and hearv, but softly plaited) gently 
urges hnn forward, by throwing 
tiie lash on the ground. As he adr 
vances, gradually let the rope slip 
through your hand, and remove 
your left from the snaffle, stepping 
i»ck till you are in the centre of 
the figure you wish him to describe 
round you. Let the assistant fol- 
low the colt, keeping a^bout half way 
betwixt you and him ; and his eye 
should be constantly fixed on him^ 
for he will sometimes in playfulness 
torn round: the assistant should 
be ready to prevent tibis, by forcing 
him forward. If . the colt inqlixie 
to contract the size of the figure, 
and come' near to the assiBtant, let 
him point the end of his whip ^ 
him. You will also find that in this 
lesson he is anxious to avoid going 
into the corners of the house. This 
is of no consequence at presetxt: let 
your object be merely to majoe the 
circle well. Whfen he is steady in 
it, you may then t^ink of taking 
him a little more into the comers, 
by attaching another rope rein to 
m outside eye of the snsdSle, passed 
through a ring, on the surcingle to 
Ae hand^ as beforo. Thus you 
have the two long reins, one 
fixed to each side m the snaffl'e, 
the outside one leading him into 
tiie comers^ and the inside one 
assisting him out of them, at first. 
In commencing this lesson^ the 
mns of the cross, as I remarked 
before, sboiild be 90 loose as just to 
/ttjthe eolt's mouth; for unless 
Vol- XIII. N.S.^So. 73. 


you have had practice in this in^ 
thod of working, the aids from the 
reins in your hand, and those Srcm 
the springs of the cross^ might not 
correspond — ^might fret and irri- 
tate the tempet. If this is kept 
in mind, the lesson may be proceeded 
in with safety. Let the colt move 
round you, the assistant following^ 
and keeping him out— you aiding 
him gently by feeling the outside 
long rein^ especially as he ap- 
proaches tii6 Qomers. Your ob- 
ject at present is to get him to trot 
more into them; but as the yet 
istififness of his body prevents him 
easily turning out of. them, do not 
urge him too boldly into them at 
£rst, and assist him out with the 
inside long reins. By and by, let 
him conduct AeTwe/f out, which 
jrou will find extremely beneficial, 
m giving him pliability in hia 
shoulders and limns. Practise thii^ 
lie^^son . often, gradually jputting 
more and more constraint, by 
lightening the outside cross rein, 
llbe consequences will be, his h^ad 
and neck \^11 be somewhat b6nt 
outward : in abtion, he will retain 
the outside shoulder, and advance 
the indde one. Now of bourse 
he will go easier into his comer, 
but wiU h^ve more difficulty in 
getting out. This you will assist 
him in, with the inside long rein. 
This lesson should be persevered 
in till he can work it freely, with 
his head turned at least half rotmd 
to the. outside wall, observing 
that you work as often to the one 
side as the other ; unless one side 
is stiflfer, or more difficult tobend^ 
than the other, which is often the 
case, then you may work oftenest 
to it. My plan is, to begin work- 
ing to the stifiT side, stop, work the 
other side, then finish with the 
StifiT side-*say the duration of each 
five minutes, repeated several timet 



a day. Should the ^It require 
more exercise, let him trot round 
you, the cross so placed as to keep 
nis head in a good position, and 
urge him forwara to his best pace 
in the trot without requiring any 
more bend from him than he finds 
necessary for himself in the circle. 
Indeed, I recommend to finish even 
the uniting lessons with extended 
and quick action iii the trot, then 
there can be no danger (of what 
many people are so alarmed at 
when you talk of a horse being well 
imited) that the speed of any of his 
paces will be afiected. Nay, I 
maintain that some of them will be 
improred by it, especially his walk, 
and none injured. If a pedestrian 
were to undergo the education of a 
tumbler or stage dancer, at the 
same time he practised his yralking 
or running, no one would suppose 
that by the union of his powers his 
8peed would be injured for either 
ox these exercises. So is it with 
the horse. To be able to give him- 
self occasionally extreme union, is 
not only often required for his own 
ease, but also for nis and the rider's 
safety ; and if he is not by art pre- 
pared to do it easily, the conse- 
quences are serious, and often strain 
every joint and muscle of his body. 
The nature of a hunter's work ren- 
ders him much exposed to these 
violent shocks and strsdns. I urge 
the necessity of being prepared ror 
them. In uniting the colt, you 
lighten his forehand, place the 
haunches more under him, improve 
the figure and carriage by his 
weight being mor^ equally distri- 
buted on his legs, whereby you 
enable him to bend and turn him- 
self quickly, a|kd with ease, in any 
direction. This, too, is the true 
manner of teaching a horse to leap 
with safety, by enabling him to rest 
jon, and then spring from, his 

haunches : you learn him to Judge 
of the leap required, and measure 
his force accordingly ; and when he 
is enabled to do the standing leap, 
little practice is required to make 
the fiying one as well. 

Then let us proceed to the lesson 
of the utiion* Already we have the 
colt moving in the trot with the 
one shoulder more extended than 
the other, and consequently the one 
hind leg more brought under him 
than the other. Endeavour to bring 
both hind legs under at the same 
time. Let the colt be made to trot, 
the reins of the cross equal in 
length : if the forehand is low, ele- 
vate the springs, keeping the long 
rope reins in your hand, as before : 
the assistant urges his speed, while 
you gradually and almost imper- 
ceptibly draw him into himself, by 
the reins, using both equally. The 
consequence is, the assistant forces 
the hmd legs under — your reten- 
tion elevates the forehand as the 
hind quarters sink down, by the 
hind legs getting more under the 
belly, and out of the perpendicular. 
Thai support is, in fact, shortened, 
so he pitches himself now more 
strongly from behind. As, when 
a man leaps, he first sinks down to 
acquire more force, thus the horse 
darts his fore legs freer and more 
forcibly out from him. Take care 
that your aids by the long reins are 
given smartly, finely, and true, 
otherwise he will break into a can- 
ter, if you should ease your hand to 
him. Do not require too much at 
a time :- this lesson must be worked 
praduaHy, and time allowed for 
improvement. The cross here is 
to elevate the forehand : it is the 
rein in your hand which is to ex- 
tend or luiite the action. In a day 
or two you will find no use for an 
assistant in this or any of the pre- 
ceding lessons, which should always 




be put in practioe once a day: they 
will soon become so familiar ana 
easy, that the extra exercise you 
may judge necessary for him may 
be siven by them. When you take 
tbe whip in your own £.and, in 
using it^ be careful that you do not 
jerk or irritate the mouth by the 
ong reins ; for now^ if your nand 
is true^ you will find> as the colt 
improves in union^ so does the de- 
licacy of his mouth. Your great 
difficulty will he, to keep your hand 
of an eoual and corresponding fine- 
ness. When united^ a thread of 
silk wiU be almost sufficient to 
command him^ in his greatest ex- 
ertions ; and^ by means of the cross 
and long reins, we have arrived at 
this peitection, and the colt, stUl 
unmounted, causing neither risk to 
himself or breaker. Than this iron 
man, the Man of Ross had not a 
more gentle temper, or Job more 
patience ! Here, however, if you 
please, the colt may be backed, 
though I think it unnecessary. 
The cross is sufficient for all our 
purpose, even to dressing the high- 
est airs of the manage, which is far 
beyond the union necessary for a 
hunter, the remaining part of whose 
education will form uie subject of 
my next letter^Yours, p^^^^^^ 

October 13, 1823. 



To \ht EdUor of the Sporting Magazine* 

Y the insertion of the follow- 
ing, you will mujch oblige a 
constant reader of your interesting 
work : — 

Having had an invitation to 
Bramshili Park, the seat of Sir J. 
Cope, I arrived there on the even- 
iagof the 9th of September, where 
they commenced shooting next 

da;^. The morning was v«ry pro* 
pitious, and we looked forward to 
good sport; but scarcely had we 
killed a brace, before we heard our 
best dog moaning, as if in pain. On 
ffoing up to him, we found two 
large snakes curled round each of- 
his fore legs. We, of course, soon 
dispatched them, and the dog was 
taken all possible care of; but I 
lament to say, he survived only the 
next day. Should you know any 
remedy in case of such accidents, 
you will much oblige an admirer of 
your Magazine. 
PoriUmd Place, Sept 23, 1823. 

%* A circumstance similar to the 
above occurred about three weeks 
since to a gentleman of our ao 
quaintance, when shooting in 
Essex. In getting through a 
strong fence, his dog stepped 
upon a viper, which immedi- 
ately fastened upon his upper^ 
lip, and kept its hold until struck 
off with a stick. A person was 
instantly dispatched to the near- 
est town (two miles off), for a 
bottle of sweet oil, about half a 
pint of which was poured down 
the dog's throat on the spot, 
and the dose repeated when he 
got home. Although considerable 
swelling was. produced, with evi- 
dent signs of pain, no spasmodic 
affection took place, ana in three 
days the dog was quite recovered, 
and able to take the field again.— 



To the Editor of the Sporting Magazine. 
SIB, * 

YOUR pages being open to 
whatever tends to amuse, I 
beg to lay before you the following 
narrative. Be its nature what it 



lights Intt fotmykte p^nwal of an 
article m the oparHttg Magazine, 
(tf 4iata»t da^ entittod, «' ^^pwrl* 

Many ]feftra ago> wlien I was 
to Oxford lad, or; more praperly, 
a etttdent at that tTniveraty, I be« 
^nke a gun of coe OolUa^ a malcer 
ci ipme oeleMty> and ^oae name 
ie wdl kiiovn> as I heaT> at the 
prcaeiit day. Calling at kia ma- 
mrfactnry widn a frigid one momo 
ingV to see how matters were^ 
ing on, a boy popped xa by the side 
of me, aad^ after slipping a paper 
into the gunsmith's hand, he de- 
parted without uttering a syllabic, 
and was out of sight in a moment. 
** Heyday f" said CoHis, on open- 
ing ttie paper: "What have we 
here ? Two tickets to a play at 
Blenheim, I declare f**.* 

Blenheim theatricals being at 
that time the rage> from the re- 
ports of the choice few CoKegians 
utrho had witnessed them, many 
a Tijn wish was uttered on 
die occasion ^ and happy was the 
aiCademic who could obtain admis- 
sion io snch precious entertain- 
ment. Aware of this — " Gfentle- 
men," said Collis, '* these tickets 
are j)eifectly at your service, if you 
wiQ accept of them ; and I wish 
I could .pay you a better compli- 
ment ; for nowever thankful I shall 
hold myself to his Grace,i on the 
occasion, I am quite clear that nei- 
ther myself nor any one in my fa- 
mily would wish to arail ofurseljes 
of theip." IbA myself' and my 
• friend obtain^ed e^ch a University 
prize, more jay could not have ap- 
peared cm our couiit»>anGe9 than 
on our obtaining these tickets, nor 
wds there an iiidividiial amongst 
o«r associates but envied us our 
good fortunew 

* Tickets were iStteliMes sent to certidn 

t The Duke of 

Vreamiang that all on tike seene 
of action was to be in the highest 
akyle imaginable (not an idea 
oecurrod to us of our occupying 
l^e room of mechanics), our dresses 
forsooth were to be in perfect 
unison with this gorgeous dis* 
play; and to '' tprmg a tick" of 
Qomsequence on the occasion, was 
not only pardonable, but-^pshaw ! 
— 4t was praiseworthy. 

The day, or rather the evening 
of the exhibition arrived, we set 
off from the '^ Mitre" Inn, in a neat 
post chaise, having taken only a 
sober pint of Port each, and, after 
a halt at Woodstock, we arrived 
late, and not until the commence- 
ment of the piece, entitled, ^^ The 
Maid of the Oaks.*' On our en- 
trance, we found the house a bum- 
per, and on taking our seata, to 
whatever part of the ^^ panorama" 
we turned our eyes, all was briV» 
liant, and all was fasdinating. In 
the des^n of the theatre there was 
a gran&ur not often observable 
in one of its dimen^ons: in the 
fitting-up, as weU as in the scenery 
and decoiufcionsy mudi taste was 
exhilHted; and the performaaoe, 
conducted by those only of high rank 
and foshien, was seldom equalled*— 
never, in the (pinion <^ a certain 
amateur of acknowledged judg- 
ment, surpassed on private boards. 
Whether the invitation tickets, as 
given out to those of the order of 
our gunsmith, did not suit, or, as in 
the case with us, were exchanged^ 
but few of that class attended. 
Amonestthe spectators were many 
of high rank. The beauty of the 
neighbourhood seemed concentrated 
as to a focus ; and hilarity sat on 
the countenance of every indiri- 

Refreshments and the most deli- 
cate wines being every ^ now ami 

mechaEnica^*^ GoHtt** had a city vote. 



liieii iMofdod rontdul tke dropjiing 
of the curlaio, my frieiid would he 
sipping^ 9oA after a whilo be 
beoime so very poHte to aome 
hweios, ikat be attracted the no* 
tioe of tbe house. At lengtb he 
80 far forgot himself^ and the re- 
spect due to those around him> aa 
to *^ chuck a ^fMing ladtf under the 
chin/' and to call her " hU hoe." 
The brother of the damael> roused 
vithindigimtioii^wouldhaYe sprung 
QD the delinquent, but he was 
withheld by certain remonstrances^ 
and the consideration of the pecu- 
liarity of the place and occasion. 
During the momentary pause^ how- 
ever, and when my friend seeaoed 
much embarrassed, a tall lady, ap- 
parently.about thirty, and who had 
a<«iewhat of the maaculiae in her 
oottntenanoe, adTanced towards 
him, and of sudi effect was the ex- 
^on of her interest^ that the acale 
quickly turned in his favour, imd 
peace was soon restored. 

To this lady, who, from her 
being beribboined witili red, we 
caUed the '* Coqudkat Lady/* we 
took every op|)ortunity, as may be 
naturally supposed, of evincing 
our ^titude^ and paying her every 
possible attention. After the ter- 
ndnation of the performance, which 
went ojfF not without such reite- 
rated plaudits as shodk the edifice, 
according to some, to its very foun- 
dation, my friend handed the Co- 
quelicot^ Liady> and I another fe- 
male who accompanied her, to a 
smart chariot, the driver of which, 
mudi bedissened with livery orna- 
ments^ appeared by ihe ligM of the 
iambeaux to be in a rtate of intoxi- 
cation. Our vehicle being next 
theirs, we brought up the rear of 
a cavalcade, if I may so call it, of 
about a hundred and twenty car- 
riages in a line. Just before clear- 
iBg the Parky the ladies' coachman 

fUlfinna his seat t jai^lentteresBiM 
ing ensued from the carriage ; and 
such acknowledgments for our ser- 
vices escaped the fair ones, as save 
a romantic character to the indt 
doit and its cunseauences. Durinir 
om- amngingiDatten., and pr<»i£ 
ing for the ssoe conveyance of our 
charge, by an exchange of drivers, 
the rest of the cavalcade had got 
far ahead of us, and, in sudi 
an increased dilemma, we flat- 
tered ourselves our assidmties were 
proportionably appreciated. Ar<« 
rived at an inn at " Woodstock," 
we again ofiiciated, and handed the 
ladies from their carriage^ the bla- 
aoning on which could not but at- 
tract attention. We supped with, 
these fsmales by invitation; nor did 
we part from them without a sti- 
pulatton to iM^akfast with them oa 
the morrow. 

The morrow arrived, the ooadi- 
raan, who had been pumped over- 
night to no purpose, was again 
found proof against bribery, and, 
strange as it may appear, neither 
from the landlord, nor any other 
source of intelligence, cofiM we 
find out who these ladies were- 
Nor did our curiosity by any mtons. 
abate, when, on their resuming 
their seats in the carriage, the 
comnanioa of the Coqoelicot Lady 
wU^red into mf^end's ear, 
that '* they may be heard of at a 
small cottage at the extremity of 
■ ■■'■ " ■ ■ Green." 

On our return to CdUege, this 
adventure took up more of our 
thoughts than was consistent with 
the discipline enjoined on us. After 
no small pains, we defined the 
^^ Green" and even the et^tage adja^ 
cent, and we looked forward with ea- 
gerness to the next short vacation, 
when we might visit the spot, and 
learn more of the fair ones who had 
engrossed so much oi our atten< 



tion. How it happened I never 
could ascertain^ unless from the 
hopes of being reinstated in the 
favour of an offended rich uncle^ 
who had vouchsafed to write hini> 
but all of a sudden my friend ap- 
peared lukewarm in this project^ 
and one morning I found him 
packing up some game^ which^ he 
told me^ he meant to present per- 
son^y to his uncle^ as a peace- 
offering ; and thus^ as the vacation 
was to commence on the morrow^ 
the scheme^ pregnant with high 
hopes and expectations^ was aban- 
doned altogetner. 

' Many years had rolled on a^r 
this adventure^ and both myself 
and my friend had long taken an 
active part in our respective pro- 
fessions; further^ the latter had 
felt the good effects of reconcilia- 
tion with his rich uncle, when I 

chanced to meet a Mr. J and 

family, from Oxfordshire, at a 
small watering place in the county 
of Dorset. An intimacy taking 
place between us, at length the 
adventure before mentioned came 
on the carpet, when, together with 
the identifying the ladies to a cer- 
tainty, a strange piece of informa- 
tion came to light — ^the " Coqueli- 
cot Lady" proved a lady of fortune ; 
the other her humble companion ; 
and as she moved only as in perfect 
subservience to her mistress, my 
new acquaintance gave the history ' 
of the latter strange personage, to 
the following effect : — 

'' Up to the period you speak of, 
and indeed some years after, this 
lady, who has a villa, as I told you, 
not far from my general residence, 
however noted for her singularities 
and eccentricity, was universally 
respected. The only and darling 
child of a penurious being, who, as 
I have heard, amassed together an 
immense property as a Govern- 

ment contractor, by the death of 
her mother she became her own 
mistress, at a very early age ; not- 
witstanding which, she confined 
herself to such strict attention, un- 
der able masters, that eventually 
she became highly accomplished. 
Many eligible offers she refused ; 
and it was a saying of hers, that the 
man who could please her must be 
moulded by the combined exer- 
tions of nature and art for the pur- 
pose. After the death of her fa- 
ther, by which event she acceded 
to all his immense wealth, she ex- 
hibited symptoms of apostacy from 
most of the customs of society. 
At length she seemed regardless 
of decorum ; and eventually she 
spurned at aJl rules and ordinances, 
but those of her own prescription. 
Her house became the seat of riot 
and confusion, not such as proceed 
from intemperance, but such as 
were in direct opposition to order 
and consistency. One while she 
was an advocate for early hours, 
and her dress, in which she indulged 
to boundless extravagance, was ir- 
recoverably impaired by the morn- 
ing dew: at another time, she 
would turn night into day, break- 
fasting at evening, and dining at 
midnight. Neither mare nor geld- 
ing would she have in her posses- 
sion : nothing but entire horses 
would she ride or suffer in her car- 
riage, and she rode with an intre- 
pidity rarely witnessed in any one 
of her sex. She consorted a long 
time with an army officer much 
younger then herself, who was at 
length taken into the house. In 
process of time, he was obliged to 
give place to one who had become 
a greater favourite: for the latter, 
the lady kept hounds and horses; 
and, on his account, her house be- 
came a scene of confusion and ex- 
travagance rarely equalled. Ban- 



aueting and revelry now iiucceeded 
tne sports of the dsLj, in all and 
each of which the lamr bore a dis- 
tinguished part; and their mid- 
ni^t orgies reminded one of those 
of Anthony and Cleopatra. Such 
was the high tone of the proceed- 
ings at this establishment; till an 
attachment was found out between 
the favoured youth and a beautiful 
daughter of the clergyman of the 
next village, when, lo ! a wonderftil 
and memorable change took place. 
The lady assuming a simple sable 
garb> commenced the determined 
recluse. He who was once so 
rooted in her affections, and had 
&red so sumptuously, solicited 
charity, as an outcast, from door 
to door; and the beautiful young 
creature, who was the innocent 
cause of this sudden and awful re- 
verse of things, by what hand ad- 
ministered was never known, died 
by poison." 

October, 21, 1823. 

rent, and distending an oblong net 
by means of a long slender pole, 
which partly floats on the surface 
of the water. A slender cord is 
fixed to the lower angle of the net, 
at its farthest end, and is held by 
the fisherman in readiness to hie 
pulled tight the .moment a fish 
strikes against the net. By this 
simple contrivance, he is enabled to 
take very fine salmon. He scrapes 
a hole in the sand, and covers up 
the fish, to be kept fresh till the 
fishing time is over ; for this pro- 
cess is unsuccessful when the cur- 
rent is running strong." — Captain 
Baud's " Campaign ^ 1813-14 in 
the Western Pyrenees and South of 



To the Editor of the Sporting Magazine, 

T Beg to enclose you an extract 
from a work lately published by 
Captain Batty, on the Peninsular 
war, in which he gives a way the 
natives of France have of catching 
salmon. Perhaps it may prove a 
useful hint to some of our own 
coimtrynien in Scotland or Wales, 
if published in your Sporting Ma^ 
gazine. — ^I am. Sir, yours, &c. 

J. B. 

London, Oct. 2, 1823. 

To the Editor of the Sporting Magazine, 

Senbx. Y ^^^^ ^^^ ^^^^ & great deal of 
pleasure, and have obtained a 
, . . great deal of information from, the 
letter of your correspondent Neos 
(in August Magazine), on '^ Mano- 
rial Rights," and who is afirkid that 
few of your readers will follow him 
as far as he has gone. But I hope 
he will favour us with the remain- 
der of the information which he 
appears to be in possession of on the 
above head. — By inserting this in 
your valuable Magazine, you will 
greatly obHge, ^ SroiiTsiiAK. 

Streatham, Oct 8, 1823. 


" At the mputh of the Adour, we 
noticed a simple and very success- 
fbl mode of catching salmon. The 
fisherman walks along the beach, 
kOxming the direction of the cur- 

To the Editor qftfie Sporting Magazine* 

T Some time ago read in some 
paper, a clause of the Act lately 
passea, for punishing trespassers 
when sporting. An attempt was 
made at the time to extend it to 



alt permit Ktmtltig i Vat ttds tra6, 
as 1 thought, completely over- 
ruled, until, to my great surprise, 
I see that it only extends to those 
qualified, and taking out a licence. 
A little dme previous to the Bill 
being brought into Parliament, I 
happened to hear two gentlemen, 
who are vulpecides and great 
eame preservers, speak ' of this 
Bill, and the one begged the other 
to use his endeavours to get it 
supported ; for if they could carry 
it, it rmmld he a great pointy as tt 
fdas meant to fiel their way how 
ihey could eventu(Uly stop hunting. 
Tlie promoters of the Bill have 
80 fer ingeniously enough sue* 
ceededj for, by excluding quali- 
fied persons taking out a licence, 
from the penalties of the Act, 
they for the time, as I conceive, 
.Uinded the liberaUminded from 
watching the different danses, 
and tfot this odious Bill through 
the Hotffie. Now, as I rent a large 
£irm, and am not qualified, and 
.ner^'Bhoot> I am -almost vfraid 
4do venture out hmrtiiig, lest a 
aiaghbour «3ioukL be compelled by 
hid landlord to poll me up before 
the! jufitiees,. for riding over his 
4aiid ; usdiBr a t^reat> that if he 
dt)GA not proseciits his friend 
«nd lieishboHr to fieafee them, he 
shall no longer hold his fiurm. My 
land is rode across by fox-hunters 
and hare-hunters, about twice a* 
week. It is a light, dry, healthy 
soil. I have never found that it 
has hurt my wheat — nay, I think 
it has been better for it: and 
as to turnips, gentlemen who are 
ml sportsmen will nev^r wan- 
tonly ride over them: and as to 
a gap or two i« a hedge, I have 
always found the master of the 
hounds, or some gentlemen I hare 
known, who regulaily hunts witii 
them, kind «nGagh> on my telli&g 

them, that on such a day they 
made a few gaps iii the hedges, or 
left open a hurdle or two, to give 
me a shilling or two for the shep- 
herd or hedger; and therefore I 
have no complaint to make against 
hunting, and shall always be glad 
to see the hounds out. 

But 1 have another* serious 
grievance to state, which is, that 
those gentlemen, the promoters of 
the Act, should not have got a 
clause introduced to protect on^ 
from noxious trespassers, not 
harmless ones: I mean tres- 
passers that do me heavy damage 
all the year through, namely^ 
those gentlemen's hares, rabbits^ 
and other game. Who is to pay 
me, I want to know, for my young 
hedges that are yearly eaten up 
by the rabbits, xtnd which I am 
continually re-planting ? beside 
the quantity of com and turnips 
eaten? When these gentlemen 
deprive me of hunting, I «ay they 
should have protected my property 
against the injuries they tiiiem- 
selves do it. 

Let the BiU, «t ^ next meet- 
ing of Parliament, be kicked out 
of the House, and let me see no 
sinister means used to stop hunt- 
ing, and the gentlemen's game 
shall eat me up, ad it luthetto has 
done, without my murmuring; 
and am, ISir, yours. 

Although unqualified, a LUeral^ 
rmnded One* 


■ t r',i^.|,f a: 



To the Editor of the Sporting Mzgazine. 

¥N the last Number of your va- 
'^ luable Magaiine, I remarked 
the wi^ of A Bit op a Rt7NNB», 
that some one would cive an an« 
sw^ to his isMiuiry into pede»* 

ws» mainmtMmjiaosm. 

Befogs ^Snieii,ibffitt 
4i^ hofify t9ii%jaBtmfflt 


'' wbopK 

die slowe^l^ |)erlv4p« U: i»a|rlii6 
40Bie. ioi^p^Maoii ,to tell jbun ^li«l 
I h^ve 4Qi^i mKd <hc)iiee b^ nmy 
jnler wbali 4^ iu .:^0 pQirer of want 

jwiifiya^A 1 hvve never. ;r«ii'«ibe 
Hmurter^xndfei 440 yard% bsit^ <Me% 
aod tbie .y^ done ojf Aoiidj nm«ytf 

This p^t^bIv tooik me. l<«iger, to 
accomplish^ by two eecoods^ Uuui 
tbe rodebratea A. Woodi Aough^ 
per|iapsj we may account, for it by 
tbejpepuliarity of the courae* 

Tke IQO yaids^ I bare deiie, 
more than once^ in tlie apace of 
m^e seconds and a half , and this 
^without i^y pr^paratioin j but 
as the ndiatanoe is sbovt, and ^eed 
moie required than ym^ muitli 
training might Ji^ be necie«6ai^. .^ 

From aec^m&plishing ei^^t^ipqiles 
in an hour whe^ a bor aft sebdot 
and in toleraUe cosuitioa .firmki 
frequent phyii^g at foolirtbajl^ add; 
fd to my performi^ces sini^e^i ^^ 
baps i may with s<»ne cenfideiM 
Qt^ my oi^b^oq^ that it is in the 
pilfer pf ipan to accoippUsh $hd 
dOO yards ill the qiecified time^ 
Byins^rtiug thi% vou will ebUge» 

A Yoniuiiiiiii»(Aar« 

•I^eeds, Oet9b»l7« W23L - 

j^8. PoerfUyitmaybfeaa^ 
ta-addy thatwnen I rantb^raiBd 
ef IDD.yards innins seconds 'iniel:& 
half, ifte ground was properly 
BMMir^^ and thexie were s(q$ 
miieketj^wo tbiit no mistake cmmhcI 
efifw. . 


1^ lAtf Mdiior of the SpottUig Magatdne^ 

WfY frknd, Mr. S. Hawes^ jun. 
of Coltishall> hi^ving just ju*« 
llfed frooB New York^ fiber inak* 

Vol. Xin. jY. iS^—JNTo. 73. 

i«CH UmM »fni monOlft is the 

Unil^ fitM^ bsui beciiiio kind aa 
to gi^ me a jMrnnhkiy deUQinff 
the; sueeesiM cl a nuaoiis jnacer tf 
that esmCi^, stvtod the Amcricati 
E^pse. AslliaTanodiMdrf^yoil 
9fiU feel j^kasim in tiveulaibng 
tbe turf unjoBorements and snot 
Dessof our American breihren^JB 
jmix Magasine> viddi has toag 
been & perindioid traveller^ thi 
world erer* 1:8^ you the pam* 
phleti tomakean¥extcactsyoa may 
think prcqiier;. also a few remarlBS 
trhich hav« <ticeun«d to me in the 

J^*'"***** . John Iiawbbncb. 
Octobor 1^,- IfllS. 

■ / % 

HoBSB Rjtcii^i} is of high anti« 
f\vitf, ai^d to be traced lia the 
bistoii^es .^ iaticient Greece and 
^m,e: biitinmddem times^ and 
i|nt£f ^ihin about half a. century,' 
it has b^ti ' ip^^diHar to JBuj^land. 
hipABc&aaittt^ ba^ b^en psta^ 
bli^ed 1>e^it^een ^6 'and' threcl 
centuries/ and pursu^ ,lfitii . a 
pemvering jwdipiur if improve^ 
m^t. T& resiilt has he&a, \ i 
race of conrs^, J(ioraes fijit Hii 
road and field, aiid qidck draught^i 
not .to b^ paneled in any o^iet^ 
pajrt of the glb^; ITie excellency 
of i^^ prpvender, ana maturity of 
ddn in. our panagementi ane ^0^ 
stnUngly apparent, in the fact^ 
that/ aUhough the courser, or rac^ 
b^xrse, be not indigenous here, bi^ 
mustf oyage hither, irom the bunin 
ing- de9ert, from the shores of 8]^- 
ria, Egypt, and Persia, in order tb' 
acquire perfection; and it has ue- 
yer yet napp^ed, that a forei^ 
has come wiuiin a distatiqe of an 
English racer, in his own country.' 
Further, the English horse ex-i 
ported, being in health and coiidi- 
tion, is inyanably superior to those 
of ev&j other country, even in 
the native countries of Uieeourser. 


«rdr^ Asiatic Udi AfHesm Mbotf, tatit^'hl I i^iml-K. boqu lifter, 

jgoU'tmYtederaiid ttiaofiige^ Irbm^ w joi^ccy; thit-k to say^ a 

mrer'itoe eMential^i' and lanll ihh>l Mtrn'tSmmt hisvat^B^apoii tJie 

tbceBraoehondsj itid:fVatteeMul^ tMiMtoj and de<ftarad' th^ ,litn« t^ 

fiur^ liblf » eentcuylsfaibBe, 4d ,th«S[ ]ie;< ia • *^The lioi«e .did: ^ot nm 

liaktithe^braedfaig ttttd aitdbnitihtt liMimit tinA^^liad €hat liteeti; the 

noa ibarse^ Anmoi has ^ai^ eaMytkeift is little 'doubt bdt; h4 

fnade far greater' afcrldea^-^indaed; would liare bejaten eig&l mikiatea: 

ti^^ ebnnderabl J ' earlier than Mattoii must not be dasde^l next 

Fnmoe^' altboui[ii' upon a small to Childors aiid fidi^ise; - When 

scale. To wrtte fAm'i mmmf, Ba^ tfattcm first ran at;'||^iwiiiai^« 

radng stslHons' and brood mai^s kw,^ 1 w9B at'school^ il#|i'ihaiiy 

WiBte imported into:. 'Virg[tplk, as miles ttofm thenee^ b^ dll^ic^ slee 

early as> 175& SuiwM|uei^y; I (He wb^. I faaye/4ow^ei%ndis« 

f^pneir w^plj to A^^Mfrijca* -^^ey wt jr^Metf^ wei^ bis^jjraid dlstine-r 
yrere bo^ cpvered wtti an Wpr tiohs'; and h^ 'w)[>u)ff'bl^ ^lid^g 

^ _^ ^ ^yer pot t^iu^if^ £tie. :m^ f hiiiNi %forci said sdine^b&i^ . os 

f^ib^bited .ii^ !i^ifi..(;oTijB^ llinA|^> and ha5>« bee^ as»tuMby a 

9ame snayV)^, isai^ c^^i^eir irqpfers, jiik^y ih&t tb«n^ ^vias ho M^hen^ 

iir^tb the N^isa^tmpg^ ,of,/4i^^ tkyjtiiHittg of Hambletonfan and 

being tenners. ; ]|^§rbai)» they sifj^ SiiaUiad^' nor we^ .'they irst-rate 

sitfU in w:ani , of ^., more es[teiii|i(^4 ^'^^c^'^.'' ^ ^ also staled Ij^e probalfi* 

is^bort^s^ £i^9Ki<# ^ ^^^^ CfaiUfers> iii'i&e rae^ i^ 

^dJbrealcers. i^ ,; J';,; .J. ? . ? ,» t/ » fcnred to> icailieid tipwtords cf {niiilf 

; Tkhd j^T^^ stoiie'yiirUeh': granted, ^ooMmaJce 

i^9at>Ies nttber \ i^ English racf^pr fov tbei 6tt^eri^r%( ' of ^ovar -Attire 

^!a.^Qimf^jiB;nd:^ Ed^pses^astd Heni^s, I caiinot* 

^•^f' gresent 4ay. ' Jie 13. good fnisirert;i bat^ could- -tllie^ ^schtitf 

m^: ^'^. . j^bje paf^nal .jK^t^^ baie been traeSe^ked itt^^Hieir 

i^:^,jnofit ^dyaq^M^fOou^' 8i;n|. . , priise, tod> withoiit> ^he slijHitiiest 

ijfd .fT^.[i Kiw;^iTQES of ajge* . detriment to their health ana ^qii« 

nfsra}^)^^uijei^ the pamphlet^ ^i4 dition^.to the plains of Neirmar* 

4^yif|,|im}^ . j^om .t English t^ ket> ^ej^ would there have found 

pbras^pgj^/JMiaj^yEng^hjfaorse^ play-MloWs^ Am^i^citic^roiumie^ 

DOtli .lol^tofe, I and ; ; sinqe 3abram^ ter. proo^l Yet, so &r as I . am able 

baye raced, after servingj in the to judge, we have not yet equalled 

stud. ttUhot^'weUauthe^ticft^/^ th^rraoers and trotters of tiie ket 

that Eclipsp ran oyer the co^ centipry. >i- .^ 

at York, in eight minuter, cany-* . ; Much haying been said of IW 

\( i 

TBB sBoivnife MMuunn. 

eompMntf Ttt merit pi fhe raom 
of omerent frnxm, anil of the 
utilify of its a^rtainnMaty witb 
file new of iwffr&reaieiDt, and le 
«md ^e risk ^ degieDeralioBi m 
ihto ttritish torf^ t htg leave to 
impose the foilowii^^pllMi:«-iAji 
anniiai race at the Grayen Meet* 
iiub Newmarket, to he ^sd file 
** ^ume iWse/* for reputed speedy 
Boufii country horses; three only 
to start, a single milej &t. Mch* 
A sunilar Purse^ in the First Oe- 
toherMeetii^ B.p. 8M;. 71b. each. 
The time-peoes to be held and 
managed by persons properiy qua» 
lified^ and worthy oi d^endeneOi 
Sfimilar annual Time^uraei^ to be 
run for by north country horssSi 
at York or Doncaster. in gene- 
ral^^ gentlemen certainly neitbsr 
deare to distress their horses un« 
neoessarilyj nor find it fiieirinte* 
rest to have their utmost speed or 
goodness knowni In stated races 
fike the abore^ tliete irould be a 
motire for fiur «iertion> and the 
measure might be rendered oom* 
patible with racing interests. 

'^ A» atUkentic tiukfrj[ ^ the cA* 
irqted Itarse, AmerwBm EcUpaei 
coiUaimng on Acctmni ^ Ms 
Pedigree and PeHhrmancee^wkh 
some general I^ormaHion on the 
Subfed €f the Turf^ and the 
Means ampted at tmrums Times 
to inwrove the Breed qf Horses : 
embuUshed with a correct lAhe* 
this jfhmous Horse, e»» 
on wood, in the best j^il^ 
Dr. if. Anderson. ''■mNem 
^ork : printed^ bjf £. Conrad, 
4, Frankfort-Street, VSSR. 


'' Tbx great interest that has 
prevaOed respecting the animal 
wUdi is the sulject of tUa nam« 
phfet, and A desiie to dispel the 

ladMd to dl iteMers mhoA 
srOss gsMiral ailtsiktiol^ have iv» 
wesd the pabKshT te JpNsnt ia 
Mihentie Moont of aH tlM iNWtfe 
imlaia connected with tUe crii* 

^' M osl <if th« dedHHeBlli tirifik 
nte iiv svidi an undertaldig eMd 
necessarily be derived tmj ftenl 
the plropnetor ; atid it ti an Ml^ 
justM to Ml*. YsHk Rtnrtp tod^ 
setTe> fiiat the piMisher has na* 
ceived ftoln him erery fiKihtiF hs 
tiiefitfthcraaeeofthedrrigw iW 

4liA tfa^^WI 111 Mill ■■ifiihni ^ l&a 
WO gnNTal %nmmmWmSmOm VI HN 

w^hi er its amngtoment^ fiMift 
^ntlenail is in lie wise lest iiai 
sible; but lor the vefaci^ er tbe. 
sereral statements lespeeting 
omk AniiftSl, he is willing to m 
countable: and^ in order to lemeve 
all doubts wifii the.ieader, he has 
politely furnished the publisher 
wifii ike comnMinicatimi wUch 
win be ftmnd on the su c ee M fcly 
peffe» For the accurate print ef 
Edipse, he has bien indebted te 
Dr. Andetwm j and it nay safel y 
be asserted, that it u the iMst eh* 
gant specimen of- wood^etmiav iujg * 
that ever iqppsared in this oourtry* 

« 2\i M# JPtfUtrAsn 
gister in fills ceunlry^ in whidi the 
pedigree and peiformanoes of asy 
hoMe, Aaaeifcan Bdipse^ooiddlMVPii 
been pi-eserved, it has been deemed 
ad^risaUe to pfMnttiiem tofiiepttb<> 
lijBl, li4io have manifested so hvely 
an int^vest in his history, in a dis« 
tinctfiikmt The utmost paitas have 
been taken to give these as coitedt 
asposrifale: I therefore vondi fer 
theur aufiientf city. For the geae* 
ral information on the adbject of 
the torf^ and the means adopted to 
in^elnre the bned of homiSi tlM 
moA s ta n dir d hwIm havi iesn 

yram momtiM MmAztHE. 

kvreUiiWiitMilliertlio f(A)i^ 
|Hig«iriu[iAit& t^te'iieped Hiil 
tUb nay UmA waim mim ^fi^mik 
and lekttre to dtmiammoB^w 4bA 
defotod to dw apoirta of tiiS'tiilf 
and the diaae. That nialboriili 
night ba loind U tli« United 
Slataa for » wv mpeetaMe to* 
lmie> ytariy^ t&ere can be no 
doiibt The wA^ekixanB of our 
eiterpriaiiig fdloiir«citiieB6, in our 
wMdy-exteiided country^ in tlie 
aporta of theforesty woiud then ber 
ftmemei, aa nonumenta of hunian 
akai and intoepidit^. Thmt ym 
any be anply femunerated in the 
pibUcstion of the fblloving pages; 
la' the ainoere wish of yours re- 

•• New York, July 26^ 1821 . 

^'^ To M^.M.Conrady printer J 
4i FratUifbrimitreet.^^ 


.' ^ Ammbioas EciiiFaB'is a sdr-' 
rel herae^ with a atar^ and the ntar' 
hind foot white^ fifteen hands 
three jnches high^ possessing a 
latve iGdiare of toie'and ntisele^ 
and exeelling all the racers of this 
day in the three great esseiitiahi' 
o£ speed, Hcutne&9 or lasrtingneai,^ 
and abiUsty to- carty weight. 

'' He was foaled May1)5di, 1814, 
at Dbsoris, in Queen's County/ <m 
Long filand> mi, from a memo^ 
rancram, in the hand>-iiirtiting of' 
Qen. I^aihaniel Coles, ihe breeder, ' 
it appears that he was reared in the 
fbUowing manner :-—The colt i^^- 
weaned on the 10th of NoFembel*. 
At the bornmenoeinent of winter, 
fed with four quarts of shorts, 
idiich were increased daring Ute 
winter to eijht quarts pir day: 
liay«-K»0Ter dampened. * 

^'Second year> in' the spring, 
turned to grass with iio erain— « - 
Nmf. 10tfa> mit upMM with ei{^ht 
quaatfi skms p^ day-Mltiring win^ 

ter^' ihorta tkicreafldd ih /m!q^arU 
-^-hay, th^ 8%ine as first wint^r« 
"''T%M yeai*^ tunied to mm, 
nVth four quarts shorts W Sty- 
Sept ist; ^n^henced bi^g-. 
ftied;' eight quarts oats— ^throu^ 
tlie winter, hay as formerly^— grain 
•>*^>-ground corn and oats, eaual to 
deven quarts oats-^Marcn Ist^ 
commenced and trained for nine 
wedcs, tilien gate a trial of ttvo 
miles, and found the colt very 

*' Fourth year, . in summer^ 
turned to gras»— ^fed with ground 
oats and corn, equal to nine quarts 
oats— ^in winter, hay as formerly, 
with nine quarts oats per day, tm 
the tst dTMarch, 1818, when com** 
nenced training-- ^feed, oats and 
cracked corn, equal to twelve quarts 

^ Pifft year, late in May, 1818, 
n^ the three mile heats at New- 
maricet, on Lbng lisiland, and won 
the' first day's purse with ease, 
beating Black-lSyed Susan, and 
Sea GKill,'then called the best three- 
mile horse of ^e day— turned to 
grass 1st Jime, with about Ax. 
quarts of oats a day — ^in . winterj 
ted with hi^ as before, with ground 
6ottt and oats.— March 15, 1819, 
sold Edyinse to Mr. Van Ranst. 

''At nre months old, while a 
stickling, he gave his owper such 
a sample of atride, strength, and 
speed, that he was at that time 
named ^ American Eclipse.' 

*' While a colt, he was not con- 
fined, b^t during the winter sea- 
sem turned out every fair day* 
He Was first shod in the spring, 
when three years old. 

'' American Eclipse was sired by 
Duroc; his dam/Jut/iferV Damsel, 
by Messenger; his grandam, the 
i^iglish mare Po^V, imported in 
17NI# fiien three years old, by Wil- 



Kaai Genttabfei ll0q.-ind'fared by 
*;Iwrd Ghromnor,' mdi by PMtft, 
woAPoiSo'Sy by tbecelebratedborfle 
Edipie; his great grandam by 
Gimcrai^; Gmcrack, by Crnjple; 
viACfippkhj the Arabum otLord 

^ Durocy a Vknnia horse, vaa 

'riredby Diomed; nis dam, Amirn- 

di, the property of Mr. Mosely, 

was aired by Grey Diomed; her 

dam, by Virginia Cade. 

'* Messenger, the sire of Miller^ 
Dsmsel^ was an- Enelish horse, 
bred by Johii Pratt, Esq4 of New* 
maricet, and died the pn^ieri^ of 
Mr. Van Ranst, January 2Sth^ 
1806, aged tirenlj^idit years; 
vas^red byMambnno; Mambrino^ 
by Engineer; Engineer, by Sam»> 
son (the aire of Bay Malton), who 
was g^ bv Bhice,' who Vas got l^ 
F^ing Childers, a son of the Baav 
ley Arabian; Messenger's dam 
{(Sam of lieyiathan), by*. Turf; his 
grandam, by Kegiilas, a son a( the 
Uodc^phin Arabian; his great 
grandam^ hf the Bolton Stariing, 
sut of th^ Fox mare, dam ci Snany 
&e.; hiJB nandam was sister to Fi- 
gurante, akm of Revenge, 6ie* The 
performances of Messenger on the 
toff^ previous to his importation^ 
were soperior to any horse of4ds 
day. In 1783^ and 5, he won 
deven parses and a Idng's.phite, 
and was ne^er beaten. 

** Diomed, sire of Diiroe, 'was 
m/t by Florizelx who wias^otby 
&ing Hert)d^ out (^ the ^gnet 
mare; his dam, the Spectator mare 
(dam of Pastorella, &c.); her dam^ 
Horatia,gotbyBhmk; herffrandam, 
b^ Chflders, out. of Miss Beliroire, 
WGrantibam, the dam of Fleece'm, 
£(teady, &c Diomed, a. chesnut 
horse, waaibaled in 1777> and, after 
nmning several years, he stood to 
mares, and befasme. the sire of 
■any first-rate horses, {n 1796 

V was {m{ioKU into Vbginia, aad 
covcvett wiui foB -fonner success 
:wtfl his dealtJi, at die age of 
twenty-nkie jtarm In Virginhi 
hi^ became the sireof Ftoiii^, Du* 
toc^ Bit- Archie, Haii^toli, Grae- 
•ohus^^Hephfistion, Bttu * 

eaN BoiiiFBir. * . * ' 
- ^^ IdMay, 1818, whenfinir yews 
old, at Ife'wniarkel^ Lonff Idaad, 
Ibe first time staittag, Eimpse won 
the Jotokey Oub's pursfr m dSOO, 
feit three mile heats, beating with 
ea^ Mr. Van Materia hone, €leli 
GuD, by Expedition; and Mr. 
Correl's mare, Bhiek«f yed SusaA, 
by Sir Archie. 

'' In J«ne^ 1819, he won ths 
Jockey Club's purse of dS60, ran* 
nin^ tiie four mile heats orer the 
-Bath Course, beating Mr. Purdy^a 
horse. Little Jaikn, by the Virgi* 
ma Potomac; Mr. Rmd's horse, 
&Mp6e, by First Consul; and Mr. 
Potter's horse, James -Fits James, 
by Sir Anchie. 

'' In October, 1819, he again ran 
the four mile heats at Ba3i, win^ 
ttiag the pune of d500, beating 
Mr. Puidy's horse Littiie John, 
Mr. Schenek's horse Fear Nought, 
and Mr. Bond's c(dt»— the twomt- 
ter being withdnMm the second 
heat. . 

'^ The Bath Come Bueasuved 
fifteen liidts orer a adUe: the first 
heat of thisrace was run in eight 
mumtes and tMrteen seconds, and 
the secomd in eight minutes and 
eight seconds. 

'' In the s^sruig of 1820, Eclipse 
stood to mares on Long Xsland, at 
dl3:50 the season. 

'' In the spring of 1831, he 
again covered as a common staiyon, 
at dl3:60 the seascm, and covered 
eighty-seven mai«a: mHr was it oeii« 
templated to bring Urn i^n upon 
the turf; batthe l^psktnre of die 

»i8: SIMimifO MMAZDfl. 

8»od«Ued4«law"i«s|mstiiig«Mi]ifj jnfeNBeet ^w«i ^ftciteil by 4iii8 fiie 

1911 the ttmot petition m many i& the fliMrtiiig waild, m weE hy 

hundreds ^ the most tespeelAUe tbecelefarity eCthe nuure^ she har- 

citucQ^ wk^ disploped thi» gn^ iiig biiherto ima tekmphaiitly^ as 

&Uug off in our breed of horses, by the .pecoKar cir ciitwrti a iic ea im* 

from the wjMl 9t ei¥WHWgemept der whidi Eclipse wasplaoed* The 

W ow breedess bjr c^wme fawg; betsat starting were two to one on 

and a society being re-organiaed .the mare. Iwmaoe led until the 

iqpaciatty for the imwrvreaaent of last quarter of the first heat, when 

imr breed of horsey ||ibr«^yaiiBAiMlt EcUpee passed h^ with mat ease, 

was induced agam to pnt Eclipse coming m two leneths ahead. In 

in trailing for the four mile heats the second heat, Edipse passed her 

to be run oy^v the New Union m running the third mile, and 

^Course, eight mUes froiii Brooldyii, from that time left her alone. 1%e 

.and near uie Jamaica Turnpike, in time was, first heat^ eight mimites 

.October^f that year. and four seconds; tiie second heat, 

" The friends of Eclipee quea- eight minutes and two seconds; 

tinned the ix>)icy of a«aiUi running and the course measurcd tbai^ 

hi«^ believing that he miMt be ieet over a mile, 

.beaten, from the long-cherished ^' In the following week, Edipse 

^(^inioBs of sportsmen on the sub» was «diibited at the anntial euii- 

Moh and the works of iihpse wlu> bition dT the New York County 

had written hurgely cm the eco- Agricultural Sodety; and receiyefl 

jiopay qf the horse, ti^kt oov^riog tiie Society's first premium for the 

rendiored him unfit to contepd in best stalliim, d50. 

the race. Indeed, the pvactioe «a ^^In May> 1823, Edipse wsft 

En^hind has'beea, wm^ to run a the purse ai d700, for fouiwmili^ 

l^arse that has covei^j nor e^ heats at the Union Oourse,beatim^ 

#e find m instance to ijie c^- Mr. Badgor^s five-y«uff*old horsey 

tiasy, ^ecyt that of BalHram, n Sir Walter, by Hickory. * A 

Hon of the Godolphin Arabian, bet <»f oonsidarable amoimt was the years 1/47 and Bs won made by the owners of the 'tw4> 

per^ial pbt^,.after haFinig stood a hctrses on the first heat, which, 

season to mares. The event prcy?ed« with the seoond heat, waa won hf 

bow«Y«r, that so &r as Eclipse was Eclipse. Time, first heat, aento 

coBcernedy there was not mui^ minutes and 54 seconds; aecond 

groimd for the oiwoion. heat, eight minutes. 

^' The rs£^s commenced the 16th ''In October, 1829, he agaiii 

ftf October, 1810, whs)i four hors^ rso the four-idUe heats at the 

started for the purse of d$00, to Union Course, for the dlOM 

run tiie four-mi}e heatsv— viz. purse, which he w<m, beating a se« 

Ammcan Eclipse; Mr* fiUeepei's cond time, Mr. Badger^s horaB^ 

Inrown mare. Lady Xii^tfei^t, by Sir Sir Walter; ]ifr. Sleraer^s b»f 

Archie; MriShen^k's horse, Flagof mare, the Duchess ofMarHio* 

Trace, by Sir 8olom<m; i^ Mr« roimh, by S^ Archie; and Mr: 

Sdiomp's horse. Heart of Oak. Ja(£son's mare. Slow and Easf, 

The two last-nsAied horses weie by Duroc llie first heat was 

A»wn aH^r the fiifst heat, and run in seyen minutes and 68 

I«idy 2^^^>lfoet wM diltaiieed in eonds, when the two marss 

tan SP&BftmO MA6A2tNR 


wididmm, and Sir Walter stop* 
^ng short in the seccmd heat^ 
Ecfipse came in at his leisure. A 
day or two preViotis to this raoe^ 
the following challenge appeared in 
the New York papers :— 

[To give the correspondence would swell 
tinsartiele to toogreat alengfth i irte tbert- 
fut pfoooed to iu retult, the] 


« *C. W- Vwi Ranst, of New 
York^ agrees to ran bis horse Ame* 
rican Eclipse against Sir Charles^ 
owned by James J. Harrison, of 
Virginia, the four-mile heats over 
the Washington Course, agree- 
ably to the rules of that Course, 
on the — — day of November next, 
for the sum of 10^000 dollars etu:h* 

"'Janties J. Harrison, of Vir- 
ginia, agrees to run Sir Charles 
against Sit American Eclipse, upon 
the above conditions. 

'^ ' It is further agreed between 
said parties, that the usual num- 
ber of judges shall be chosen by 
then, to consist of respectable gen>« 
tkmen; each party diooaing one> 
and the p^rsodns so chosen tochoose 
a third person; that the money 
flhaU be deposited with the Cashier 
of the Braiieh Bank at Washing- 
toB, hy the Ist of November nei^t, 
and in the event of either revising 
to compl V with this a^reemenl^^ the 
party remsing complumce, to for- 
feit te» the other one half of Ae 
smn d^poMted."' 

'' In poreaance of t^e above 
agreement^ a friend of Mr. Van 
Ranst proceeded to Washington, 
and on the firtt of November met 
Mr. HarFiflKxi' The forf<^t money, 
d5009 each, was deposited, esoA the 
tine for numiihg fixed for the 20th 
of &at mlonth^ 

« November 20th, ISSS2, at the 
hour ef atarting, the horses were 
Wought ottt, and the riders mount- 
ed; hitt iM^e Mr. Harrison gmv# 

Vol,- XIII. N. 5— No. 73. 

noHoe that he would pay ^ htm 
ieit, a^ his horse had met with an 
accident^ and was unahle to run 
more than one heat; at the sam« 
time proposed to run aeingle fbu^ 
mile heat, for dl500 each. This 
was instantly agreed Ki> and acv. 
cordinglv the horites started ^^ 
Edipse leading f^m the eoore tn 
fine style. At tiie distitoce of 100 
rods from tbe winning post, on the 
last round, Sir Charles hitcke do#n. 
Eclipse at this moment having 
passed the goal. l*he first round 
was run in one minute and fifty- 
five seconds, and the heat in eight 
minutes and four seconds. It may 
be proper to remark, that in this 
race Sir Charles carried ISOlbs. 
EcHbse 126Ib8. 

'^In the evening of the same 
day, William B. Jminson; Esq. of 
Petersburgh, Va. offered to pro- 
duce a horse, on the last Tuesday 
in May, 18123, to run the four-mye 
heats against Eclipse, over the 
Union Course on Long Island, 
agreeably to the rules of that 
course, for d20,000 a side, d3000 
forfeit. This was agreed to, lite- 
lutly Snaking it ' S^pse against 
the world r*' 

(To he eimlUmed*) 


'^HE subject of this embellish- 
ment cannot, we presume, 
require any explanatory remark. 
The engraving is from a painting 
by Mr. Barenger, whose prod^ctiona 
have often illustrated the pages of 
diis work. 



17'OR our next Number, we aije 

promised some account of thiir 

imeient and higUy-remcCaM* 




meetings whidbi^ as most (ji our 
readers know^ is the favourite re- 
sort of many of our first sporting 
characters^ in addition to those in- 
dividual gentlemen who compose 
the club. Sir Thomas Mostyn^ it 
appears^ has had a continuation of 
his success for the last year^ hav- 
ings with the exception of the Hal- 
kin Stakes^ which were won by 
Lord Grosvenor^ carried off almost 
every thing worth winning. Hal* 
kin being the name of the moun- 
tain from the mines of which the 
above Noble Earl has derived such 
immense wealthy it is no wonder 
that he should make it a point^/br 
Etiquette to win this stake^ which 
he did with a filly of that name. 
Sir Thomas also^ equally jealous of 
his honourable name^ won the Mos- 
tyn Stakes again this year^ with 
his celebrated mare Princess Royal^ 
by Castrel, rode by Wm. Scott, and 
beating seven others. 


to be returned. It is to be lamented 
that the importation of mares from 
Flanders is prohibited^ as otherwise 
our breed of cart horses for quick 
work might be improved, by crosses 
from some of the same kind as I 
have now been speaking of. The 
carter amused me by saying he had 
had some trouble to break m these 
horses, as they did not understand 
English, and he did not understand 
French. — I am. Sir, &c. 

A Breeder of Horses. 

Lcmdon, October 24, 1823. 

...... ■ - ^ ■ . . _ _■ — _ 





To the Editor of the Sporting Magazine. 

8 I was walking yesterdHy, in 
' the neighbourhood of Blooms- 
bury Square, my notice was at- 
tracted to two chesnut horses in a 
brewer's dray, the first of which 
had a peculiarity of action rarely 
met with in horsey of his descrip- 
tion-~carrying himself in a very 
majestic manner, and stepping out 
in his walk with extreme ease, and 
even gracefulness. 

On inquiry from the carter, I 
found they were Flanders horses, 
the property of Mr. Meux, who, 
his servant said, was a great fancier 
of such animals. He told me he 
had purchased them from a Mr. 
Cox, m Blackfriar's Road, together 
with another, an entire horse, but 
which was so vicious as to be obliged 

To the Editor of the Sporting Magazine^ 

F you and your numerous rea- 
ders still think my remarks on 
the Newmarket Meetings worthy 
of' a place in your work, I shall 
continue sending them as long as 
I have an opportunity, and am 
flattered by finding they are per- 
mitted to form a part of your 
amusing andlong-establishediS|por^- 
ing Magazine, 

On my arrival at this metropolis 
of horses, grooms, jockies, and sup^ 
posed knowledge, I was surprised 
to find so thin an attendance, con- 
sidering how many other attrac 
tions the place at mese times pos- 
sesses in a high degree. Whether 
Doncaster, with unusual attrac- 
tions, so immediately preceding it, 
lessened the novelty of such exhi- 
bitions, or whether the bungling 
mismanagement there, making one 
set of men mad with joy, sinking 
another into the deepest despair^ 
and at the end of a few minutes 
(just as some began to think what 
they should do with their money, 
and the others what they should 
do without it) reversing them, 
might not be shocks too great for 



the human mind to bear-^be this 
as it may, Nevhaakbt Fiubv 
OcTOBBft Mbsting has not been 
80 thinly attended for at least 
thirty years past. 

The Trial Stabu was a ^irited 
thing for so small a fields and Au^ 
gusta lost some of her well-earned 
fiime. Her old admirers and back- 
ers^ by way of excuse, thought she 
was not in her '* form," nor for«p 
mer condition; but those who 
oufht to be the best and only 
judges, backed her ^^ heartily." 
Others said> that the whole stable 
was oat of trim; bat why one 
horse losing its running (when 
there is no disease), shoSd affect 
the rest, is a Secret'! hare yet to 
learn. " Nevertheless, it is a doc- 
trine well supported as to numbers^^ 
and these stables seem to give a 
plausiUe pretext for harbouring 
such opinions. But the &ct is^ 
Marcellus, the winner, when^ to 
run, or rather when his uiifortu-* 
Hate leg ^11 let him, is a most 
brilliant racer and formidable op- 
ponent; and neither Augusta, nor 
the fleetest on the turf, would be 
disgraced by being beat occasion- 
ally by such a horse. Chifney, 
. too, was on his back, who knows, 
if ever man did, how to take care 
of a good one, and how to make 
the best use of a bad one. There 
is a report also (but report is a 
liar) about private trials, which 
ought never to be listened to— - 
that Ajax beat Augusta, Sultan, 
and the whole stud; which subse- 
quent public running flatly and 
sufficiently denies, or those who 
were concerned in it must be as 
much in the dark as if the trial 
had never taken place. 

The second race was for the 
Grand Duke Michael Stakes, the 
first of which was made in that 
Prince's presence when in England, 

and has been honoured by his name 
ever since. There were twenty. 
^ye nominations this year ; but m 
consequence of such a horse as 
Emilius being in it, only six 
started. Zinc seemed, to those 
who do not know Emilius, to be 
nearl}r as good, but those whQ ar^ 
acquaintea with his idle habits 
say, he is Hke a lawyer — ^won't d<^ 
any thing without papng for it; 
but, unlike a lawyer, he will, if you 
do, and do his best— proportioning 
the fee to the cause. 
. On the second day, Hampden, 
four years old, *beat Athenian, six 
years old, giving him 41bs. on 
Athenian's fiavourite course, which 
makes Hampden a very speedy 
horse, if the other was any thing 
like himself, about which there 
seems considerable doubt. 

On the Wednesday, Centaur, 
Ave, beat Bay Burton, four years 
old, over the Beacon Course, giv-* 
ing him 151bs. This must be 
bcurne in mind by those who wish 
to see how it has a reference to his 
race with Hampden the next day, 
where he is made to give a four- 
year-old 161bs. at high weights, 
and of course got beat. This re- 
mark is made to prove that it can- 
not be done in the autumn, sup- 
posing the horses equally good; 
and that 141bs. is much easier 
given at%A<than at Aeat|y weights. 
Centaur has travelled the country 
the whole summer, and Hampden 
has had every indulgence at home.' 
Nevertheless, this last race has 
brought him into ^preat repute as 
a racer, added to his being one of 
the flnest-looking animus ' ever- 

Lord Verulaift's winning the 
Newmarket St. Leger seemed to 
excite a good deal of joy; as people 
began to fear aU the great stiuces of 
the year would go to onelBtable; 

E 2 

m» isptaetnm WMAZotE. 

W6a4lier were very dull. 

«•••••— ^•w 


The 8b^n]> Oqtobbb Msirh- 
nfo began witk madk more glee. 
Altlnmgli tlie eompaBy was hr 
§Njm muaerffan^ still it consisted of 
Many of the #nt eharact^^s in ^ht 
kingdom; and the weather and the 
■port altogctlier were much better. 

There were six races the first 
dny : tftie three and most attraetive 
were won by horses all out of (me 
■tahfe'— the first by Einc^ the win- 
aer of the Oaks this year^, beating 
rix others who iSJt seemed to tal^e 
thdr places as in the epiin^, eii'^ 
^eft Nicoh, who thes seenied a 
hone of great promise fbr a flat 
eoi»se^ but is now evidently gtme 

H^e Pesi SMe^ of ^ty sove- 
rdisms each^ was won in ffoed style 
by jPastMIe (the winner mike 0$kt 
last year). This wae ]^tcfa-*In^ 
»ad is onW extra(»dinary on ao- 
connt of Ajax^ the second herse^ 
meetXE^ with three worse than 
himselC The sweepstakes of 406 
gainea^eaeh, fiTe8ubscribers(|>Tetty 
l^cking)^ was w<m witj^out nsk by 
fimilius, Ct9u2er second. 
wished, that this Cinder had had 
a little more gas left in him, by 
whose %A^ we might hare seen 
what maimer of horse Bmilios 
leally is. 

Ia^ wen the first race on 
Toesd^i with little diffi< 
Jane Shor», who had mne poonas 
aQowed on account of ha* JraiUiee 
and weakness^ was second. The 
rest f ornie^ a miseraUe team in- 
deed, with an Apparition in tte 
reaa: loddng worse' thim any ghost. 

The Fifty Pound Plate for two- 
jear-filds, won by the Duke of 
Kutland's QiiadnBl» illy, caused 
sad dismay amott^t^ose who do so 

«Mf Ms because ethers de it f great 
sonie of meneyMnc lost at odds ia 
badiing the Mrictos c(4t eat of 
Advanee, against a field of eight; 
and for no other reason, ^an be- 
cause tiie ownerimearedtadoso; 
and> if one misht judge ^m the 
event, on a Ibundation e^^aHy al^li 
8<» much 1^ these termed ** the 
knowinff enes,^ whe on this oeea- 
sionjMid smardy fortl^eir radhncaaf 

The First Class of the OathndB 
was a beautlMi sight, and wttte by 
Mr. Wyndham^s lEHfM, by red 
true honest running. Mirandokr, 
the fiivourite^ was rode by Buddte, 
and it is thought by some, that had 
mere running been made eariy in 
tdke race, ^e would have won. 

The dead heat between Cinder 
and Eden was a ^arjr contest Okie 
ttarty asserts, that tf Eden had 
Kept straight, he could haff« wen ; 
tiie other say, '^ Ak, hut if Cinder 
had not slipped when in deep run- 
ning, he would not kse." So, to 
set these |/v and bttts at rest, tiiey 
hare come to the wise resoluti<» of 
matching them again, to run the 
last week. 

The Seeond Clasfi of the OaOand 
Stakes was tiie most severe race of 
tke whd» week. Ganymede, Pki- 
wite, «id Electress> were reduced 
t(^ a mere crawl by the po6t|> In 
which crawl, two etnere— AjaxMd 
Whizgig, once, itt high fHfoitr-^^ 
eouM net take a part« 

GahrieUe beat Mystie the bst 
race*— Mystic the fkirourite. CSilff 
rode the winner, in his own true 
original style. Tins wae tfie first 
time this stable of nearly thtrty 
horses wm, in two whole Maetiiigsi 

The other racea not notiesd 
Were tolerably easy. The Buke 
of Wellington was on ike Heath 
every day, and seemed to take a 
geoa deal of interesli in the raees^ 
parti^arly weM-contested enes^ 



Duke of RutlaiidaiidtheDiiW^r 

There were safely two er tkiee 
monuiigB during the week, of 
horses and does, by Mr.TattemB. 
Mr. Crockford sold 17 of his stud 
out oiSi, «fe what they themselves 
thoqght pretty good prices. 


Noi^nlk, Oelober 18, I823L 


To the E^mr of the Sporting Magazinek 

npHE foUowiBg may be refied 
ujxm as fact, and n worthy of 
insertion in the Sporting Magazine 
wiBeU^ A Subscriber. 

Orletcnt, Oct!ober34, 1828. 

On the 12th of September last^ 
whilst waDdng across the grounds 
of a friend in the neighbourhood 
of Presteigne, I saw- a kite pounce 
upon and rise with a weasel aUas 
stoat The struggle for victory 
ms great : at length, to all ap- 
pearance, tha kite had proved 
the GonqueroaF, sailing througk the 
air ]i{KMi tiiiuiipbant wuigs* But 
how short wa& the kour of victory ! 
In about two minutes he fell with 
the greateflt velod^ to. the ground. 
I went and pidkea him up> when^ 
to my^ gK9at astomshmen^ his kb- 
tended prey had eaten away part 
of his throat, and bit his wiiidpipe 
in two. T made a diligent search 
fer the weasel, but comd not find 
him. The bird was one of the 
common species, by some called 
the Bossard Kite. 

'■■'■■■ .- ■ ■ I .. I . .1 ■ . ■.■~> 





Am aaest passionately fond of 
aagMng) and refer those who 

d6Bot (Miter a^oHO^hrtd'mfMK 

Sf, amuntglMV to Ikftal: W^hMH 
y uswd resort Inr lUtqperty U 
th^ wate!r» #f the Thames'; but in 
Irhich lam much limited, in point 
of tiBw, d^ough I do not care 
what distance I ffo between Shep* 
pertoo and Ste^ey^ ui <&. 
ways prepared to encounter the vi- 
cissitudes of wkd and weather^ as 
well as bad sport from the water 
being too high or too low, too clear 
or too mud^; but what I have to 
complain of most grievously, iw, 
that in the best of seasons, diere 
IS now such a lack of fish, that I 
meet with many blajok davs. 1 
Consider this Uy be principally ow*^ 
lag to two causes-^first, netting 
which to the angler is eoually pr&« 
judicial, whether lawful or umaw- 
ful; secondly, to the destruction 
of the broodC by the taking offish 
out of 8ea8on.!«-<}n tliia latter point 
I will first dilate. 

The conservancy ''of the city of 
London have an establi^ed law, by 
which all angHng is prohibited b^ 
fore the 1st June; but this extends 
no higher than Staines, and I fear 
is not eRfbrced below that plac& in 
the manner the preservadoit of the 
brood requires. I would therefore 
suggest, that re^ar fence months 
Should be estabhshed by legislative 
enactment Game is constantly 
ihs subject of Parliamentary care. 
Deer are protected by the iHrohil»* 
tion of ingress dunuff the. fence 
month,intheR^al Parks; andoys^ 
ters are prevented being taken from 
period to period. Now why should 
not the angler, and the objects of 
his sport, receive equal protection? 
and I can undertake to say, that the 
next Session of Parliament need 
not be passed o^r without a law 
beinff enaeted to this efifect What 
i»to be guarded against is, ^e MIT* 
ing of fish in their spawning sea- 



Mm (from Fehmarj to May/ both 
inclusive)^ when fish will tike any 
bait offered them, and when all the 
idle vagabonds on the bankaof the 

river 'ieBVtoj millions and tens of 
milliont«*-Vour8, &c 


Loedofi, O0tDbcr9, 10SS» 

■ .■/ ■ 


¥T so happened that a short time 
since^ tnree gentlemen and their 
respective wives met at table to- 
getner^ whose united children 
amounted to thirty-nine. " We 
mieht call them the thirty-nine 
artides^" said one of the gentle- 
men. '' You might so/' said a 
lady who was present, ''but I sup- 
pose no one fvould subscribe to them 
hut yourselves.' 


▲ frenchman's receipt^ given 
to an englishman^ as to the 
best mode of killing a flea. 

Dat your meaning meet no shade. 
Put larsh shain aMut his neck ; 
Den of neighbours get one host^ 
Aaddrag hun vid mam strengt to post ; 
Put one twish upon his snout^ 
Vid pondrose levre ope his mout, 
Maugre all his kicks and flounces : 
Put Run poudre two tree ounces 
Into nis treat, he cry no louder. 
Den put fiar poker to de poudre : 
So blow him, for his mad caprices. 
Into— Ha, ha ! — ten tousan pieces. 

" Pray," said a clergyman to a 
boy, who applied to him for a con- 
firmation ticket, " do you know 
who is your ghostly enemy?" — 

" Ees, ees," replied the boy, '' 'tis 
Tom Zommers as I do plough wee, 
he'es always a leathering o'me." 

As an Irish dragoon was riding 
along the road^ his horse picked up 
a stone in his foot. On getting 
down to take it out, the animal 
knocked him down with his hind 
leg; on which the dragoon returned 
the compliment by a severe kick 
with his boot under the belly, and 
mounting him, exclaimed, ^' 'By 
Jasus, my dear fellow, there's kicK 
for kick for you, and a stone in 
your foot in the bargain !" 

On reading ** that Sherwood was 
shut out when running for the 
Leger, about 200 yards from 
home, Und Scott wa* compelled 
to pull round the horses injroni, 
which threw away at least two 

Honest Lancashire sportsmen, he 

can't go the pace 
That was wanting to win th« Great 

St. Leger race : 
Though your geese may be swans—* 

your ducks as a spare boot. 
Poor Sherwood was on^ a second to 
* Barefoot. 


^ BAciNO. run for annually at Manchester ^to 

T^JGTICE is given in the London commence ih the year 1824), oy 

•^^ Gasseite, thitt his Majesty has horses, mares, or geldings, carrying 

been graciously nleased to give the the following weighta«-viz. four years 

sum of One Hundred Guineas, to be old, lOst «lb. ; five, list ; six, list. 



a&k; and aged, llsL 7lb. Heats, 
three miles, and a distance ; subject, 
in all other respects, to the rules and 
regulations that relate to the sums 
annually given by bis Majesty to be 
mn for at Newmarket, &c. 

Eptom, 1824— Ixirf J>ay. — Mr. 
Cooper'8cb.f. Elizabeth, by Sertorius, 
out of Ajax's dam, againn Mr. Mel* 
lish's di. f. Bianca, by Waterloo, out 
of Psyche, Sst 3lb. each, Woodcot 
Course, 50 sots. h. ft. 

Aicot, 1824— jLo*/ Day. — Mr. 
Cooper's ch. f. Elizabeth, by Serto- 
rius, out of Max's dam, 88t. 4lb 
agamst Mr. Mellisb's b. f. Hippolita, 
by Seymour (bought of Mr. Gardiner, 
ot Oak Farm, Chertsey), 8st. 2lb. 
last half mile, 25 sovs. 

York Spring Meeting, lS24f^First 
-Dflgf.— Lord^ Kelbume's gr. h. Jodc 
the Laird's Brother, 6 yrs old, 9st. 
against Colonel Yates's ch. c. Men- 
dax, 4 yrs old, 8st. the last mile, 200 


Dr, Syntax* — ^When this celebrated 
horse feU at the late Richmond Meet- 
ing, the greatest anxiety was felt both 
for man and horse ; but such is the 
estimation in which he is held in that 
country, even by the fair, that Jhe 
feeling was little for the former, com- 
pared with that for the good old Doc- 
tor. We have, however, the pleasure 
of stating that both are recovering, 
and the Doctor, it is said, is to spend 
the remaindex of his days in clover, 

Hampden, the winner of die King's 
I'late at Newnoarket, ran the distance 
of three miles, five ftirlongs, and 187 
V^9 in seven minutes four seconds, 
carrying lOst. 4Ib. 

The^ St Leger, — In the late race 
for this grand stakes. Earl Grosvenor's 
Etiquette could not be pushed to 
atart, although she had been tolerably 
ten^perate a day or two before. Her 
sped is great. 

The Members for Wilts, Sir F. 
Bordett, Mr. Pitt, M.P. Mr. Gordon, 
M.P. and another gentleman, have 
expressed their intention of support- 
ing Burderop races for the next six 
3[eai8, by successively taldng the sta* 
turn of stewards. 

A subscription has been recently 
entered into at Hastings^ for the pur« 

pose of defraying the expetioes attend- 
ant on the establishment of annual 
races there. 

Gamble, whose death was caused 
by an accident at Oswestry races, waa 
formerly trainer to Sir W. W. Wynn, 
Bart, He was buried on Saturday 
last, in a very respectable manner, at 
the joint expence of Mr. Edwards, 
Clerk of the Course, and Mr. Smith, 
of the Fighting Cocks Inn, Oswestry. 
Acorrespondent remarks,it is singular, 
that in 1821 the Hon. Charles Trevor, 
. with Dunn and Gamble, rode for the 
Codked'Hat Stakes at Oswestry, and 
that they have each severally met 
their deatns by accident, in rimng.—- 
Chester Chronicle, 

The line of the Leeds race course 
is now chosen, and staked out as it 
will be run upon. 

A match tor lOOgs. was run on 
Monday, October 13, over Leicester 
race course, between Mr. Sunmer'a 
bl. g. Woodeock (winner of the Ca* 
valry Plate at the last Leicester races), 
and Mr. Heap's bl. m. Juliana (win- 
ner of the Farmers' Plate at the same 
races), nfhich was won by the former. 
Considerable sums of money ex^ 
changed owners on the cccasi9n. 

A bad accident latelv occurred at 
Kelso, through one of the stable boys 
who loobi alter Mr. Hudson's ch. f. 
White Rose, carelessly leaving a burn- 
ing candle stuck against the wall when 
he went to his br^ikfast The candle 
dropp^ and set the stable on fire, in 
whidi Sir Henry and White Rose 
stood : the former, by breaking his 
collar, caused a noise, which gave the 
alarm, and the stable was broken open 
when actually in a blaze. Sir Henij 
Was immediately released from hia 
perilous situation ; but Wbite Rose 
was less fortunate, her skin being 
much burnt. The stable was burnt 

The Hon. R. H. Cliye, and J. R. 
Kynaston,Esq. are appointed stewards 
for Walsall Meeting, 1824. 

Doncaster St, Leger. — In conse- 
quence of the great mfficulty of start- 
11^ the horses for the Doncaster St. 
L^er, we imderstand it is in control- 
plation in future to start them at the 
sound of the trumpet ; and in case 


the start is not a fair on^^ they are to 5 eadi^ by Mx. Lamhton'a Jeraiy 

be brought back by a second sound of Homer. 

the same. Fourteen Matches were also run. 

The limits of our racing depart- . 

raent would not permit the insertion huntimo. 

^is month of the full particulars of His Majesty s stag-hounds turned 

the Lambton and Holywell Hunt out on Monday^ October 13, for the 

Meetings. The winners of the various first time this season^ near Wingfleld 

Stakes at HolyweU Jffuni were as Plain. Lord Man[borou^, the new 

under:*-' Master of the lung's stag-hounds, 

TuesAiy, — ^The Chieftun Stakes, attended for the first time since his 
by Sir T. Mostyn's Colchicum.— appointment. Several ladies in car- 
Sweepstakes of 50 each, by Lord nages, together with a great concourse 
Grosvenor's br. f. Alarm. — TaflP^ of people, were present to see the deer 
Stakes, by Sir T. Mostyn's Colchi- tum^ out, and the field was nume- 
cum.--Sweep8takes of 85 each, by rously attended to witness the day's 
Mr. Myttoir s Brotiier to Falcon. — sport. 

MoBtyn Stakes, by Sir T. Mostyn's Cfumtillif, October 6. — ^An accident 

Princess Royal. has just happened to his Royal High- 

Thursday, — The Halkin Stakes of ness tiie Duke of Bourbon. A horse 

200 each, by Lord Grosvenor's br. f. fdl under him, and broke his left 

Etiquette, by Orville. — Handicap thigh. The fracture is a simple one. 

Sweepstakes of 90 each^, by Sur T. The Duke is doing well. 

Stanley's b. c Falcon. — Cobourg A few days ago, as tiie harriers of 

Stakes of 50 each, by Sir T. Mos- King Sampson, Esq. were in pursuit 

tyn's Mercandotti. — Handicap Stakes of a hare, she, .to avoid them, took 

of 10 each, by Sir T. Mostyn's Ma- over the cliff^at Beachy Head, and was 

doc. — Princess Itoyal walked over for killed. Some of the hounds followed, 

the Hawarden Oastle Stakes. — Mr. when one shared the fate of poor puss, 

R. B. Williams's Mrs. Sugs beat Mr. and another was much injured. 

Mytton's The Devil, 2S sovs. ' Newport, October 17.— The annual 

At the Lambton Meeting', Wednes^ ball given by the Members of die 
day, October 15, tiie Sweepstakes of Hunting Club, was held on the 16tii 
10 each were won by Mr. Hudson's instant, at the Town Hall, in New- 
Sir Henry. — Sweepstakes of 25 each, port ; and tiie invitations, which had 
by Mr. tvy vill's Dairy Maid. — ^The been issued on tiie most extended and 
dold Cup, oy Lord Normanby's Why liberal scale, were almost universally 
Not. accepted throughout tiie island, so 

Thursday. — ^SweepstakesofSOeach, . numerous and respectable was tiie 

by Mr. Harrison's ro. c. by Don Juan, company assemble. At eight o'clock, 

— ^Welter Stakes of 10 each, by Mr. the Lady Patroness, Miss Shedden, 

Lambton's Fortuna.-— First Class of daughter of George Shedden, Esq. of 

the Normanbj Stakes, by Mr. Hop- Spnng Hill, was led into tiie room by 

kinson's CoUma.^— The Farmers' Su- Charles Lambert, Bsra. the comptroller 

ver Cup, by Mr. Harrison's ro. c by for tiie evening. The visitors were 

Don Juan. nearly 400 in number. The arrange- 

Friday. — Sweepstakes of 50 each, ments were tastefully made, and tne 

by MJr. Loraine s Charles. — Second refreshments of the best description ; 

C&ss of tiie Normanby Stakes, by Mr. and tiie pleasing afilibility of the Lady 

Laonbton's Pecunia. — ^Lambton Hunt Patroness, united to the polite atten- 

Stakes of 5 each, by Mr. Mason's ch. tion of the Comptroller and the Mem- 

c. by Hgremont — Palatine Stakes of bers of tiie Club, afibrded the utmost 

30 each, by Mr. Lambton's Fortuna. satisfaction. The Chib ball is now 

Saturdcm, — Handicap Stakes of 3 upwards of 100 years* standing ; and 

each, by Lord Normanby's Comet — should it be kept up witii as mudi 

Sweepstakes of 20 each, by Mr. Rus- spirit and Kbcrality m future years aa 

sell's Leperello.— ^Bfilbank Stakes of on tiie present oeeasiott, its fSunr will 



frobably be recorded during another 

Mr. Standen's deep-toned Sussex 
harriers have had seyeral good days' 
^ort since they began hunting. 

The Dorsetshire roebuck-hounds 
commence roebuck-hunting about the 
first week in November. 

Mr. Jenkins's harriers^ at Castle^ 
near WiveKscombe, Somersetshire^ 
have killed a number of hares^ and 
have had several very good days' sport. 

The New Forest hounds nave al- 
ready had some good days^ and have 
a very fine entry of young hounds. 

Mr. Vibart's harriers^ near Taunton^ 
have been tolerably successful^ consi- 
dering the enclosea country they have 
to hunt. 

Last winter, a gentleman, now in 
his 85th year, in the neighbourhood 
of Odey, rode out hunting one morn- 
ing soon after seven o'clock, and con- 
tinued the chase till after sun-set the 
same evening. This keen s]portsman 
18 still in high health and spuits, and 
is ready to resume his field sports. 

We are informed that Lord Mid- 
dleton has transferred his celebrated 
fox-hounds to Lancelot Rolleston> 
Baq. of Wathall, who is buildhig 
large kennels, and making extensive 
preparations, to commence the ap- 
proaching season with great edat^^ 
Nottingham Review. 

C&^|Mtoii;^«nf.— This annual meet* 
ing was hdd on Tuesday and Wed* 
nesday the 14th and I5th of October ; 
bat in consequence of sickness and 
death in the families of several coun- 
try gentlemen, who are, members, 
preventii^ them and their connections 
Dom attending, there was a very thin 
assemblage of sportsmen in the field. 
The ball was, nowever, numerously 
attended, and exhibited a very gay 
appearance, and the enlivening dance 
was kept up with spirit until a late 

The Devon Fox-hunters' Club, pre- 
Doratory to their meeting, which is 
nxed for the 3d Novemb^, met on the 
6th of October, at Chulmleiffh, for a 
week, in order to scatter tne foxes 
which abound there, and with the 
Hon. Newton Fellowes's and Dr. 
Troyte's fine packs of dogs, threw off 

Vol. XIIL N. 5.— No. TS. 

five days— foxes plenty, and fine run-, 
ning, but a bad scenting week. The 
field was each day numerously at^ 
tended. Among the company were, 
the Hon. Newton Fellowes, Sir J. 
Rogers, Cant. Trelawney, Dr. THovte, 
Henry FcJlowes, George TempW, 

— Barbar, and Chichester- 

On the Saturday the party separated, 
well satisfied that the abfmaance dT 
foxes is likely to affi>rd a good win* 
ter's diversion. 

Stag Hunt.'^A remarkably fine 
stag hunt took place in the New Fo- 
rest, this month. A great concourse 
of sportsmen inet at Markway Bot- 
tom, five miles from Lyndhurst, on 
the Christchurch road, with the 
keepers of the New Forest in their 
liveries, andr^eir hounds, to hunt a 
fine st^g, well known by the fanners 
in the neighbourhood or Hurley as a 
trespasser. He was roused from his 
hidmg place at Viney Ridge, and, af- 
ter traversing a great extent of ground, 
he crowed the Salisbury road to* 
wards Whiteparish, turned back 
through Landmrd, took to Landford 
Water, and ran up to Hampworth, 
when {he hounds came up to nim in 
grand style, after runmng three houiB 
without a check. Finding he could 
not get away from them, he beat and 
drove diem all before him. Not hay- 
ing a gun at hand to shoot him, some 
farmen broi^ht a fine lurcher dog^ 
with the greatest confidence that he 
would pml him down : the dog ran 
at him as if he had been bred to such 
business, but the stag soon laid him 
bleeding at his feet From thence he 
took renige in a ecmpice, and a gun 
was produced, loadea with large snot, 
which had Hke to have cost Mr. 
Gale, jun. one of the keepers, his life : 
he shot at the deer at about 15 paces, 
going from liim, but it immediately 
turned roimd and sprang right at 
him. He had scarce time to stoop, as 
the stag went over him, and owing to 
the cover being thick, he did not re- 
turn on him again. From thence he 
took his course into North Common, 
where he was shot, in the presence of 
twelve well-known horsemen in the 
neighbourhood of Lyndhuiist, out of 
about eighty. 




Mr. Faiquharson's Dorsetshire 
hounds are a^n at their hunting 
Jkennel at Cattistock^ and have killed 
a good many foxes already^ in addi- 
.tion to what they killed previous to 
their arrival* The improvements 
which are rapidly jpresenting them- 
selves^ hoth at Cattistock and Maiden 
Newton^ for the accommodation of 
gentlemen who fi;o there for the sea- 
son^ confer on mose places a gratify- 
ing aspect. Maiden Newton is nearly 
one mile from the kennel. Maiden 
Newton is likewise one of the best 
situations in the county for those who 
are fond of coursing and trout-fish- 
ing. The Cattistock kennel produces 
as fine an entry of young hounds this 
year, as ever were beheld. 

Mr. Shard has commenced hunting 
the Hambledon country, with great 
success. The hounds have been out 
seven times only, five days of which 
they killed their fox, and ran to 
ground one day besides. On Friday, 
Oct. 10, they found an old dog fox at 
Btoke Park, and killed him at Exton, 
being not less than ten miles, as the 
crow flies. 

Mr. Ayshford Sandford's harriers 
havebeen staying at Linton, hunting 
on the Forest of Exmoor, in tie 
north of Devon. The old hares have 

E roved unoommonly stout, and they 
ave had some good nms. 


Malton Coursing Meeting is an- 
nounced to commence on Monday, 
November 3. 


Notwithstanding the quantity of 
averts, there are few coi^tries that 
have so few birds of all descriptions 
as Sussex. 


Ms^or Cunningham, of Heaves 
Lodge, near Kendal, has purchased 
the above celebrated stallion for the 
purpose of serving mares in that 
county. He is .a son of Rockingham, 
his dam by Hue and Cry. Wben in 
Scotland, he trotted sixteen miles 
(carrying ISst.) in fifty-seven minutes. 
He pof^esses ^eat bone, and his pro- 
duce are very valuable. 

napoleon's charger. 

Lately has arrived froiA France^ in 

the possession of a gentleman who has 
long had the object of obtaining him 
in view, a charger, formerly belong- 
ing to, and a favourite of, the Emperor 
Napoleon. His colour is a pure wnite : 
he. 18 upwards of fourteen hands in 
height, exceedingly strong, and finely 
formed. He is judged b^ a gentle- 
man conversant in the roeaes ofnorses 
appropriated to the turf, to be a Barb, 
and a true-bred courser. There are 
no less than five bullet wounds in his 
hinder quarters, and one still remains 
unextracted in his tail. His likeness 
is taking, and -we hear that he will be 
shortly exhibited, with the saddle 
and bridle used by his former impe- 
rial master. 


A bet between Lord Kennedy and 
Mr. William Coke, was recently 
made for 200 sovereigns, who should 
kill and ba^ the greatest number of 
partridges m two days — Lord Ken- 
nedy to sport upon any manor in 
Scotland, and Mr. Coke upon his un- 
cle's manors in Norfolk : both parties 
to shoot on the same days, the 26th 
of SCT)tember, and 4th of October. 
Mr. Cfoke, on 'the former day, with 
one dog, shot upon the Warham and 
Wighton Manors, adjoining to Holk-^ 
ham Park. He killed and bagged 
86 and a l^lf] brace of birds. On 
Saturday, October 4, ]S&. Coke took 
the field soon after six in the morning. 
He was accompanied by his unde^ 
Thomas Wm. Cfoke, Esq. M. P. and 
by the two umpires (Colonel Dixon 
for Mr. Coke, and F. S. Blunt, Esq. 
for Lord K^snnedy ), also by two ot 
his friends. Sir Henry doodriche^ 
Bart, and F. Hollyhocke, Esq. He 
was attended by several gamekeepers^ 
with one dog otdy, to pick up the 
game. Several respectable neigh-* 
bcmring yeomen ^ volunteered their 
services in assisting to beat for game^ 
and rendered Mr. Wm. Coke essen- 
tial service throughout the day. Mr. 
Coke sported over part of the Wigh- 
ton and Egmere Manors. The morn- 
ing was fo^gy, and the turnips so wet^ 
that the burds would not lay amons 
them: Mr. Coke consequently, did 
very little execution in. the early part 
of tae day. In the first two hours he 



only bagged fix brace of birds. The 
day cleared up after e^ht o'clock, 
and Mr. Coke amply mBae up for his 
preTious lost time. He concluded 
nis day's sport soon after six in ^e 
evening, and had then bagged 88 
brace of birds and fiye pheasants ; but 
a dispute having arisen about one 
bird, the number was ultimately de* 
dared to be 87 brace and a half of 
birds bagged^\jihe8SBints and other 
game not counted in the matchH 
—so that Mr. Wm. Coke's number «t 
birdis ba^ed in the two days' shoot- 
ing Stan£^ 173 brace. He had much 
fewer shots in the second than in the 
fint day ; but he shot better. On the 
Saturday he ba^ed 180 birds and 
pheasants from 327 shots, which was 
considered good shooting in a match 
of this nature, when a chance, how- 
ever desperate it may appear, is not 
to be thrown away. — His unde, T. 
W, Coke, Esq. M. P. loaded a great 
part of the suns on Saturday, and, as 
tijinale to we day's sport, snot at and 
iolled the last bird, which his ne- 
phew had previously shot at and 
missed. Lady Anne Coke was in {he 
field a great part of the day. Her 
Ladyship carried refreshments for the 
roortsmen in her poney gig. Lord 
Kennedy chose Monteith for the 
scene oi h^ sporting exploit. The 
first day his Lordship bagged 50 ; 
and on the 4th ult. 82 Drace/being in 
all 182 brace.— Thus Mr. Coke nas 
won the wager, beating Lord Ken- 
nedy by 4/2 brace and a half in the 
two days. 


A steeple chase for twenty sove- 
reigns a side, bfvween Messrs. Cox, 
Bouverie, and Captain Morrison, took 
place Saturday, October 11. — The 
rtart was between Virginia Water and 
Sfcrubs Hill, to go to Renfield Church, 
ind from thence to Anbury Cottage, 
near Wargrave, Berks. Mr. Cox was 
HHmnted on the celebrated hunter 
Qoiz, Captain Morrison on his fast 
bay mare, and Mr. Bouverie on a 
lengthy Ainerican horse. The three 
staned • off together through Mr. 
Horn's enclosures on to the Forest to 
the left of Ascot Heath race course, 
making for Bracknel, through part of - 

which town Captain Morrison passed, 
and pursued the road, while one of 
his opponents left the town on the 
left and the other on the right The 
Captain was first at the church, and 
he stiU kept the road. Mr. Cox in- 
clined to the left, and skirted Lord 
'Braybroke's park, and Mr. Bouverie 
got into part of the park and lost his 
course. Mr. Cox crossed the country 
with the Oxfordshire hills as his bear 
con, keeping Shiplake Church in view, 
and he crossed the Bath road at the 
thirty-second mile stone. Captain 
Morrison got too much to the right, 
and crossed the road to Hare Hatcn, 
near the thirty-third mile stone. 
Both were in view of each other mak- 
ing for the cottage. Mr. Cox won by 
three minutes, having performed the 
^und, computed at fourteen miles, 
m fifty-three minutes. Mr. Bouverie 
arrived a quarter of an hour after 
Mr. Cox. Captain Morrison was best 
mounted, but ne lost the race in strik- 
ing out too much to the right in the 
last five miles from the church. 


It is calculated that no less than 
15,000 persons were attracted to the 
Carlisle race course to witness this 
manl^r and yery ancient exercise. Mr. 
W. Litt, author of Wrestliana, was 
umpire. For the chief prize of eight 
guineas to the best, and one to the se- 
cond best man, ninety-four competi- 
tors entered the lists, and the first 
prize was won by John Weightman, 
who threw seven opponents : the se- 
cond was John Robson. On the se- 
cond day, the forty-dght men who 
had first thrown their antagonists, 
contended for a prize of four guineas, 
which, after six bouts, was decided by 
William Sands throwing John RolA 
ley. In a match between two noted ^ 
players, named Graham and LiddeD, 
for one guinea, Graham won, throw- 
ing his man thrice out of five times. 
The prize for youlhful wrestlers was 
spiritedly contended for, and the sport 
continued till dark. 


The single-stiftk playing at Marl- 
borough, on Tki^ay, the 30th of 
September and day following, termi- 
nated in favour of the / Somersetshire 

• F 2 



menu There wasexoellent play on both 
days. The head prize of 25 Bovereigns 
was won by the Somerset men^ on 
Tuesday; and the second prize of five 
sovereigns^ on Wednesday ; but the 
contest was much harder on the se- 
cond day than on the first. George 
Wall and Stone particularly distin- 
guished themselves ; and on the 
Wiltshire side, Charles Wheeler (who 
is a Hampshire man) exhibited a d^ 
gree of skiU and bravery that did him 
great credit, bavins sustained a con- 
test with George Wall, which lasted 
on Tuesday upwards of one hour and 
a half. Nothwithstanding the wea- 
ther proved very unfavourable, there 
was an immense concourse of spec^ 
tors both days; and it is but justice 
to add, that every thing relating to the 
play was conducted with fairness and 
unpartiality. The utmost satisfaction 
was consequently experienced by all 


The annual match of skittles was 
played by ^e gentlemen of Salisbury, 
at the Wilton Arms> on Thursday, 
October 9, when the silver cup was 
awarded to Mr.Samuel Collins, of the 
Canal, who also won half of the first 
sweepstakes, and the whole of the 
aeoond. Thi^gentleman is, considered < 
the best player in the county. The 
dub were afterwards r^aled oy him, 
and a bumper of good old Port sea- 
soned the prize. 


As Johnson, Big Ben, Ryan, Bel- 
cher, the Game Chicken, and many 
others of the fistic heroes, were not 
suffered to go to their graves without 
some of Uieir great achievements be- 
ing put upon public record, so, neither 
wul it be right that a man equally as 
celebrated as any of the above wor- 
thies, as a forestler, should go out of 
the world without some pubuc testi- 
monial of his great enterprizes : we 
allude to the late Mr. Isaac Newton 
(a truly great name), who died at 
Rempstone, a village about eight 
miles south of Nottingham, on the 
fid of September, at ^he great age of 
ninety-one. Mr. Neijton was a smith 
by trade, a respectable freeholder, and, 
in his day, a most athletic man, re- 

markably powerful in the nripeof hia 
hands ; so much so, that whatever he 
got hold of, was as safely held as if 
It had been in a vice. Isaac thretv all 
his competitors ; and for many years 
when he entered a wrestling prize- 
ring, all the candidates for fame 
withdrew their names; so that, to 
make use of a technical horse-radng 
phrase, he many times " walked over 
the course." More than sixty years 
ago, after having tripped up the 
heels of the champions of Lincoln- . 
shire, Leicestershire, &c. &c he was 
matched against the then reckoned 
invincible Bob Askew, the pride of 
the county of Derby. This great trial 
of strength and prowess, on the event 
of which many hundreds were de- 
pending, was decided on a stage 
erected in the centre of the market- 
place at Bingham, Notts, on Easter 
Monday, 1762. A vast concourse of 
people were present, many of whom 
travelled from thirty to forty miles. 
The set-to was at four o'clock in the 
afternoon, and after a most fearful 
tug of sic hours (the last two by 
torch-light), Newton laid the pride 
of Derbyshire prostrate, for the first 
time, on the boards. The next morn- 
ing they again met, but poor Askew 
had been so dreadfully nandled the 
day before, that he was thrown a le- 
cond time Hke a child, and the Not- 
tinghamshire veteran bore away the 
laurel, which was never torn from 
his maidy brow. Askew died shortlj 
aftarwaras, . ftom the effects of this 
memorable contest.— The writer of 
this paragraph, who wdl remembers 
seeing the conflict, called upon New- 
ton vmen he was 85>4ind was pleased 
to hear him make use of the follow- 
ing expression, in a very serious and 
becoming manner: — " Althourfi I 
have never been thrown on my oack 
by any man, yet I am well aware, 
that a Chamjnon is coming whfli wiU 
by and by trip up my heels." This 
prediction was verifiea on the 2d ult. 
as above stated. 

TaOTTINO, &c. 

The match for 100 sovereigns, be- 
tween Mr. Jones's poney mare, and 
Mr. Davis's Welch poney, to trot 20 
miles, took place October 8, on the 


Lea-bridge xoad^ from the thiid to round Ashton came in fronts but 

the 14th mile-stone^ and back again Halton regained the lead. The third 

to the fifth mile-stone. All the trot- time round, from the steward's stand 

ting fancy at the east end of the town to the hill, each passed the other al- 

were present. At the 14th mile-stone temately, and the race was admira- 

ihe ponies were toother, but on the bly cont^ted. Even betting. Ash* 

return the mare gamed a little, and ton then took the decisive lead, and 

her jockey, £rom superior speed, was won by about SO yitrds. 

enabled to ease her. He did not let ». ^ ^ j *S^ ^ 

her loose till near the end of the race, s^^^tS!!!!t":'::':: 10 16 

and she won it by about 100 yards. Third ditto !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 11 81 

The time occupied by the winner in -, 

performii^ the match was one hour Total 30 42 

and 15 minutes. Sixteen miles an The distance (three times round) is 

hoy for ponies is a masterpiece of gjg ^^ ^y^^^ of six miles. 

^?^™!f?^; fn-A * Tx . On the 9th Oct. a Mr. Henderson, 

Mr. Abbot, of Bndgetown, Hunt- ^ ^^^^ ^^ Cumberland, completed 

uigdon^e, started on a match to the Barclay match of 1000 miles in 

^p 60 mJ^es m three houM, looo hour/, at Allerton Park, Hants, 

J^'^y* ^^^ ?' I* *^''y"^''^' for a considerable wager. Thegreat^ 

for 200 soT^ on fflx horses. The at mconvenience MiTH. felt, ^ in 

ndex weighed 88t, 91b. mounted, and the fifth week, when his legs swelled, 

bettmg WM 5 to 4 on time. T^ but it went off; and he won cleverly, 

equestrian started «£<>»* fine blood q^ Mondaymoming, October isfat 

naie, betonging to Serb«;t Pearson, twelve mmutes past sS o'clock, John 

Esq. at Alconbury, and did 11 miles Bullock, a nativW Sheffield, started 

ui 32 mmutes. He rode the next to walk fifty mUes m ten hoiis. He 

horse, B^. 12 miles m 34 nu- completed 4e task at 25 minutes to 

nutes, and did the first 30 nules in ft^/j^ ^^ afternoon, having suo- 

an hour and a half. The fourth ^^^^^ j^ YiIb undertaking, ^th 37 

horse permed 11 miles m 33 nu- ^^^^ ^ ^ ^^^ ^^ ^f this 

nutea. The fifth did mne nules m ^^^^ ^^ ^^^ ^^ refreshment. 

26 minutes; and the last horse, b&. ^he pedestrian di/this featupon the 

lonang to the nder, won the n^teh Hunfiet road, and was rewarded by 

with four nunutes to roare, and the ^^ gubscriplion of his friends at 

only distress expenenced was bv the jj^^ 

rider. Thw matdi Muals Mpion's AtUiedoseofAtherton Park races, 

nee agamst tune to Stamford m five ^ Saturdav, October 11, Bartholo- 

™'°'** mew, a celebrated runner from Not- 

RAT KiLLiNO. tinghamshire, was matched for 601. 

^ The »«>«pam/ rat-killer, JW/^, 18 ^oTun six times round the two miles 

backed for 100 soverei^s, for the ^.^^ -^ ^^ ^^^ ^^ thirteen mi- 

last time, to kiU 100 rate, m eight ^^^^^ jhe pedestrian ran naked, 

nunutes, at the original WeBtmmrter ^^^^ dnyren excepted, and he did 

Pit, on Thursday, the 13th of No- ^^ ^^^d as foUows :— 

▼ember. Mtn. See, 

FEDESTKIANISM. Fiist two miles in 11 40 

The mateh between Halton, the S,^^^?^'*® }} IS 

Yorkshireman, and Ashton, the Lan- f^ dSo*"" 11 63 

cashireman, for lOOgs. each, three Fifth ditto !"!!!"!!!!"'.*." 12 17 

times round, was run upon Doncaster gixth ditto 12 40 

race course, on Wednesday, Octo- -....—. 

ber 1. They arrived on the ground 72 7 

about one o'clock, and both appeared Betting 6 to 4 on lime. 

in good condition. At starting, 20 Defoe has ofiered todo three things 

to 12 on Halton, who took the lead, with any man in England for lOOl. a 

In front of the stand, the first time side — ^namely, to run iOO yards, or a 



quarter of a mile ; to throw a cricket 
ball die greatest distance; and to 
fight any man under eleven stone. 
He can be backed at odds to win 
two of the events out of three^ and 
no great odds are required that Defoe 
wins the whole of them. 

A match between Salter^ a pedes- 
trian from the Staffordshire Potteries, 
and Newton, the Oxfordshire man, 
took place Saturday, Oct. 4, at Ascot 
Heath race course, to run round it, 
the two miles. It was for 100 sovs. 
and Salter was backed at 6 and 6 to 
4 to win. The race, till within 500 
yards of home, was famously con- 
tested. Salter won the race oy five 
yards, going the two miles in 10 mi- 
nutes and 15 seconds. 

Mother race took place over the 
course for 50 sovs. a gentleman of the 
name of Arrowsmith having under- 
taken |to gallop his horse over the two 
miles in four minutes and a half. The 
horse (Bluster^ is considered one of 
the fastest in tne Surrey Hunts, and 
in this instance he carried 9st. lOlb. 
The eround was^ done at full speed 
the wnole distance, and the horse won 
cleverly, having six seconds to spare. 

Thursday, August 2, James, elder 
brother or Wm. M^Mullen, who 
some time ago walked on our ram- 
parts 102 miles in 24 successive hours, 
undertook to walk on the same place, 
and within the same space of time, 
106 miles. He started at six minutes 
past two o'clock, 'P. M. and yesterday 
completed his arduous self-imposed 
task, 22 minutes within the time.— 
Berwick Advertiser, Aug. 4. 


QThe English and Irish Fistic Cham' 
pions, — ^A correspondence, of rather 
an elegant descnption, recently took 
place between Spnng, and Langan the 
Irish Champion. The latter wished 
to fight Spring, who, it seems, was 
not willing to accommodate him for 
a less stake than 5001. a side. Langan 
replied to this, that by naming so high 
a sum. Spring meant any thin^ but 
fighting. On tne 23d of October, now- 
ever, matters were brought to a point, 
by Spring signing artides to the fol- 
lowing effect, at the Castle Tavern, 
Holborn, Tom Belcher signing on the 

part of Lan^ :— *' Thomas Winter 
Spring to fight John Langan for 300L 
aside — a mr stand-up 4ght: half- 
minute time to be allowed between 
each and every round, in a 24-foot 
ring. The fight to take place on the 
seventh day of January next, 1824, 
half way between London and Man- 
chester. Mr. Jackson to hold stakes." 
Fifty pounds a side were deposited. 
Langan is unknown to the London 
ring, but is described as a very hand- 
some and fine young man. He U a na- 
tive of that Dublin suburb which bears 
the classic name oiMvd Island, The 
odds, at present, are on Spring. 

The following fights are now agreed 
on, to take place as follows :-~Jo8h 
Hudson ana Ward, on Nov. 11 ; 
Aaron and Lenny, in the same ring ; 
Bishop Sharp and Gypsey Cooper^, 
Nov. 18 ; Aby. Belasco ana O'Neale, 
Dec. SO ; Spring and Langan, Jan. 7, 
1824. — ^A match is also oonduded be- 
tween Matt. Vipond (commonly called 
Wlieeping), and Limgan, the Irish 
Champion, for 100 sovereigns a side, 
to fight within 30 miles of Man- 

Monday, October 20, a fight tbok 

Elace on Chatham Lines, for 20 sov». 
etween a man from Chelsea, named 
Bead, and a man from Strood, called 
Underbill, which was won by die for- 
mer with ease. The contest lasted \9 
minutes. — ^There was a second turn- 
up between a person of the name of 
Lamb, and an Irishman, and after a 
severe contest of upwards of half an 
hour, it was won by the Irishman. 
A numerous assemblage of the fancy 
was collected to witness this display 
of the pugilistic art. 

The Manchester Mercury says, 
**0n Tuesday last, the vicar of 
Ormskirk committed James Pilkin- 
ton to the House of Correction for 
twelve months, for committing an. 
assault, or fighting with another 
young man." 


There is nothing more false than 
the general notion entertained that 
increase of charge will give propor- 
tionate increase of distance. That 
a greater charge of powder will expel 
the shot to a greater distance cannot 



be denied, but not at all in propw- 
tion, as double the cha^ of powder 
would only throw the shot one-sixti^ 
further, wnilstthe danger of bursting 
is increased in a ten-fold degree. Those 
who wi^ a greater than the cus- 
tomary distance, must do it bv keep- 
ing the weight of the charge, both of 
powder and shot, the same as 
usual, and increasing the size of 
the shot, by which means it will 
be thrown much further than the 
smaller shot. The weight of a dou- 
ble-barrelled gun is from six pounds 
three quarters to seven and eight 
pounds, and will carry two drachms 
of powder, and one ounce and a half 
of shot. A single gun wiU weigh from 
five pounds and a half to six pounds, 
and will bear a charge of two orachms 
and a half of powder, and two ounces 
and a quarter of shot. 


Monday, Citober 27. — Mr. Gre- 
▼ille's Jane Shore, 3 yrs old, 9st. beat 
General Grosvenor's Virgilius, 2 yrs 
old, 7st. D. M. 100 sovs. h. ft. Two 
to 1 agst Jane Shore. — Lord Dun- 
wich's Swap, 4 yrs old, beat Mr. Tyr. 
Jones's Prosody, 6 yrs old, 8st. 41b. 
each, A. F. 100 sovs. h. ft.— -Five to 2 
on Swap. — ^Duke of Grafton's Cinder, 
8st. 41b. beat Mr. Powlett's Eden, 
8st Sib. D. M. 200 sovs. h. ft. £leven 
to 10 affBt Cinder.— Duke of Grafton's 
Hampden, 8st. Tib. beat Lord Dar- 
lington's Marcellus, 8st ^b. both 4 
yrs old, R. M. 200 sovs. h. ft Four 
to 1 on Hampden. — Mr. Rogers's 
Scratch, 3 yrs old, 98t. beat General 
Grosvenor's Flaccus, 2 yrs old, 6st 

8lb. D. M. 100 sovs. h. ft Two to 1 
on Scratch.*— Mr. Udn/s Mirandola, 
88t. 9lb. beat Mr. Hunter's c. Gany- 
mede, by Orville, 7st 8lb. D. M. 100 
sovs. h. ft. Six to 5 agst Mirandola. 

One^third of a SuSicripHan of 25 
sovs, each, forjive'^ear-olds, 8s/. Sib. ; 
six, 9st.; and aged, 9st. 326. B. C. — 
Lord Egremont s b. h. Centaur, 5 yrs 
old, wa&ed over. 

Mr. Greville's Aaron, 4 yrs old, 
rec. ft. from Lord Exeter's Fanatic, 
3 yrs old, 8st. 6lb. each, A. F. 100 
*80VS. h. ft. 


Dr. Henderson's '' History of An- 
cient and Modem Wines" is nearly 
ready for publication. 

A jiew veterinary work, entitled, 
" A Guide to practical Farriery; con- 
taining Hints on the Diseases of 
Horses and Neat Cattle, with many 
valuable and original Recipes, &c. ' 
by Mr. Pursglove, sen. will appear 
v^ shortly. 



5 to 
11 to 
18 to 

13 to 
15 to 

14 to 
14 to 
aO to 
20 to 

6 to 

20 to 


2 agst Reformer. 
2 agst Don Carlos. 
2 agst Quadrille. 


2 agst Swiss. 
2 agst Reformer. 
1 agst Cydnus. 
1 agst Cressida. 
1 agst Vesta. 
1 agst Don Carlos. 


1 agst Pmdence. 
1 agst Lymessa. 
1 agst Specie. 

At TattertaWi. 


Trk lines on the BiQesdon Coplow Day, wiU most probably be re-inserted ia some 
fiitiire letter (^ our correspondent Nimrod. 

The hmt of ^^ A Constant Reader," is accepted with thanks. 

^ A Rural Ride*'-^Mr. Lawrence, in reply to an *^ Amateur of the Cock-mt**.— 
^* Wrestliana,*' and other fovours, are defeired till liezt Number, from pressure of other 

A CoRRESPOKDEKT cofrects the assertion in a late Number, that the Doncaster St. 
Leger b^fan in 1779 ; it commenced in 1776, the first stakes being won by Lord 
Bocking£uA's filly, by Sampson. We shall be obliged to this Correspondent for any 
sporting information applicable to the present day. 

Ths psnon named in the Obituary, page 308, of last Number, should hars ben 
tfr. Wiuiam Buxstone^ not Bnxstow. 




For the Sporting Magazine, 


On reading ttie Account in the '^ Gfoftt?,*' 
qft^ 22d iuetant^ of a Mrt, Wood^ the 
WtfeofMr, Wood^ of NorthaUerton^ 
Gardener^ losing her ' Wedding Ring 

. from her Firmer whilst weeding in her 
Hn hand's Garden^ two Years after 
Marriage^ and finding it again Ten 
Years afterwards, enclosed in the Heart 
qfd Turnip. 

THE wedding ring is said to be 
An emblem of eternitv ; 
To shew that love will still abound. 
Though time and ages circle round ; 
The type of all that^s worth enjoying, 
Never ending — ^never cloying ; 
But, strengthened by mechanic art. 
More firmty linking heart with heart 
Who, th^i,. would think a ring like thii» 
The symbol of eternal bliss. 
Should in a turnip'* s heart be found. 
The coldest produce of the ground I 

Perchance it was, that heart was cold 
That dropped it in its native mould.^ 
That, blignted in its early bloom. 
It sank beneath its hated doom, 
. And, heedless of its wonted charms. 
Had rashly sought a stranger's arms ! 
** Oh, no I*' my Muse replies : ^^ that 

Was lately pierced by Cupid's dait, 
Nor yet the wound was healed. That 

mould t 

In which was dropped this pledge •£ gold. 
Was to its lord a certain imne. 
From whence, by aid of power divine. 
His riches sprang — from whence he gleaned 
Domestic happiness ; that weaned 
His soul from all, save her who bore 
Tlus long lost treasure ; and who swore 
To bear it, till time's stem decree 
Should doom her to mortality." 

But, ah I how Uttle do we know 
The fete that waits us here below I 
The mom the brightest prospect wears^- 
The evening often sets in tears. 
The bells that ring the biidal peal. 
Next toll the dismal fun'ral knell ; 
And he who soars on pleasure's wing, 
Too often feels th'envenomed sting. 
This ring was lost ! the pledge was gone, 
But love remained ; and love alone 
Gould tell, that, though 'twere lost, the 

Had never beam'd in others' eyes. 
But, hid beneath its mother earth. 
Had waited for a second birth ; 

And, at the end of ten lone years 
(When some have drownM their love in 

This ring appeared I wrapped in that part 
Which tenaer lovers call *•'' the heart i" 
By which it shewed, it ne'er had strayed 
Far from the bosom, where it made 
Its nest of love ; nor could the cold 
Of ten long winters wrest its hold 
From this soft spot, where still it clung. 
As when — amidst softest transports hung — 
On bridal night it first did spread 
Its sanction o'er the bridal bed. 

Oh, then, ye wives in splendid life. 
Think on this humble gara'ner's wife — 
Think, that though time has tried to prove 
That absence is a cure for love. 
She shewed that love would ever be 
An emblem of etemity I 


For the Sporting Magaseine* 



A RT made for show, or nse ? I fidn 
'^*- would know 

Whether thy silver nib can write, or no t 
Let's see : Faith I it answers remarkably 

'Twere better to keep it than try it to sell : 
'Twill be useful some day when quills are 

And perhaps mend my fortune by writing 

a farce. 

But stay, fnend : a pen without talenta 

to aid! 
'* A love letter write to some wealthy young 

Your fortune to make.'* ^^ My friend, 

thou art right ; 
I'll think of thy counsel from morning till • 


And should, silver pen ! thou my for- 

tune e'er mend, 
111 call thee my best, and most sincere 

, fnend ; 
No new-fiuigled pen, made of ruby and 

gold, • 
Of Bramah's invention, shall dare call 

thee old 
In fiuihion, or beauty ; I'll preserve thee 

for ever ; 
Could I eui such a good friend ? Never, 

oh, never ! 



* . " * ■ . ' ■ ■ ? ■ ■'■ ■ ■ '■ — ^ ' ■ '■ ■■ ■ ■ ■! I ^1 III «i ■! 

ro£.x7//.7vr.j. ^OVEMBER, 1823. Aro.Ljrjr/r. 


-Grey Jem twith an Engraving) 49 

Instance' of singular Success on the Irisli 

Topf 49 

Hints' on Breeding and Crossing of Fox- 

hoimda fiO 

On the alleged Cruelty of certain Sports 50 

Piscatory Chit Chat—Letter I. • • • ; 61 

Reply to an Amateur of the Cock-pit • • • • 53 

1*edestrlan Inquiry 65 

On the Sagaeity and Patriotism of the 

Horsfr • 66 

Account of the celebrated Horse, Ameri- 
can Eclipse • • . 67 

A rural Ride through Staines and 'V^Tlnd- 

sor to Reading- • • • • • 60 

Singular Sporting Adventure In Bucks • . 62 
Inquiry into the Eifeets of Climate upon 

Dogs 6S 

Asbdoifu Park Coursing Meeting, 1823 . • 66 
A Hint to Forward Riders 66 

Luck Alive and Luck Dead—Vicissitudes 

of the Racer 6T 

The Cry of Hounds 67 

Nimrod on Condition of Hunters, inelo* 
ding the imporkmt DUcovery of the Seat 

qf Founder in the Foot (ffffie Horse 68 

Mr. Standen's Sussex Harriers 76 

A few Lines from Nimrod, in Reply to 

PoUux 75 

Malton Coursing Meeting, 1 823 • • 78 

Dumfriesshire Coursing Club Meeting • • 80 

Juno (with an Engraving) ••••« 81 

S waif ham Coursing Meeting, 1823 81 

Sport at the Newmarket Houghton Meet- 
ing 82 

Feeding of Hounds 84 





I. A Portrait of Grey Jxm, toeU known in the Hatfield ffuni. 

II. JuKO, a Pointer, 


Pnnted by A. Coopeii, R.A. and en-» 
graved by Webb. 

QREY JEM, aged twenty-one, 
_ has been well known for the 
last fifteen years in the Hatfield 
Hunt. He was got by Del{>ini; 
dam by Partner'; grandam by High- 
flyer,* out of a cast filly /Of Sir 
Charles Bunbury's — ^pedigree lost : 
Ined at Barton in the Clay^ Lin- 



N instance of singular success 
on the turf has been lately 

comnmnicated to us from the sister 
kingdom :— 

llie Marqius of Sligo is now 
holder of the Northumberland Gold 
Cup, the Peel Cup, the Wlnp, the 
Sltgo Whip, and the Kin^s Whjp 
—the first time they have ever 
been in the possession of one person 
at the same time. 

The Northumberland Gold Cup 
was given by the Earl of Northum- 
berland, when Lord Lieutenant of 
Ireland, and is a four-mile weight 
fbr age race, challengeable each 
April and September Meeting, to 
run on the next Meeting but one 
after it has been challenged. It is 
challenged with SOOgs., p. p., and 
accepted with the like sum and the 




The Peel Cup was presented by 
the pnesent Secretary of State for' 
the Homief Department^ while he 
was at the head of the Irish Go- 
vernment : it is also a weight for 
age> but the distance is only about 
two miles^ and the Stake lOOgs.^ 
p. p., and the times of challenging 
June and October, to run the 
Allowing October and June. 

The Whip was added many years 
ago by the Turf Club of Ireland, to 
a Sweepstakes of lOOgs., p. p., 8st. 
71b. each, for all horses,' as a mark 
of the best horse in Ireland. 

The Sligo Whip was presented 
by the Noble Marquis to the So- 
ciety, to be run for with a smaller 
Stake— namely, 25gs. each, p. p. — 
weight for age, about one mile and 
three quarters. It is run for on 
the Monday of each April and Sep- 
tember Meeting. 

The King's Whip is also a weight 
for age, with very heavy weights, 
and was presented by his Majesty, 
together with lOOgs. annually, to 
be run for at each October Meeting. 
This prize has been three times 
run for, and won the first and third 
year by the Noble Marquis's ches- 
nut horse Langar, who was amiss 
last year, and could not therefore 
start for it. 
I ■ 


To ihe Editor of the S^ortin^ Magazine^ 

TTT is too frequently the case in 
breeders of fox-hounds, that 
they breed from their fastest hounds. 
It does not always happen that the 
fastest hounds are the best in the 
pack: in general, the fast hounds, 
and which are usually at the top of 
the pack, become jealous of other 
hounds getting up to them, and, 
rather than lose the lead, will fre- 

quently,!in trying to maintain it, fly 
over the scent. I therefore prefer 
breeding irom nose, instead of pace. 
A good line hunter, with a tender 
nose, in a bad scenting day, or 
where your fox is a long way before 
you, is of more essential use than 
five couple of avant couriers. 

I have heard it said, that to pre- 
vent your pack from dwindling in 
size, you should frequently cross 
the breed with those of other ken- 
nels. I used to hunt, some years 
ago, with a pack of harriers, and 
the gentleman to whom they be- 
longed hunted them himself, and 
was an excellent sportsman : he 
assured me that he was so bigotted 
to his own sort of hound, that he 
had not crossed them for thirty 
years. I never saw finer hounds in 
my life — ^handsome, bony, and well 
proportioned, they were too fast 
and too powerful for a hare ; and 
the last year but one that the gen- 
tleman had them, I saw them one 
day wind up a fox in 26 minutes, 
as handsomely as I ever saw a pack 
of fox-hounds. They afterwards 
kUled three hares. In the year 
1802, in the month of November^ 
after killing two brace of hares, 
they found an outlying deer ' (a 
four-year-old buck), which they 
ran two hours and a quarter, and 
killed. These hounds were never 
fed on any thing but raw flesh. 
The pack never exceeded eleven or 
twelve couple. — ^I am. Sir, yours. 

Nov. 3, 1823. 

J. W. 


7Vi the Editor of the Sportifig Magazinfim 

TN your Magazine for May last^ 
I was exceedingly pleased in 
the perusal of a conufiunication 



signed Fergus. It has (as he 
justly observes) of late years been 
very much the fashion to run down 
all sports which give amusement to 
the lower classes ; and a champion 
in their defence is assailed with the 
epithets of " unfeeling," " barba- 
rous creature." 

I am a plain country gentleman 
myself: I hunt my own hounds (a 
few couple, bred of a size and 
strength to keep on terms with a 
fox ; but as that animal is a rarity 
in my part of the world, I chiefly 
pursue the hare). Now, Mr. Edi- 
tor, I think honestly that hare- 
hunting is one of the most cruel of 
amusements; and there is more 
real ferocity in worrying a poor, 
flying, harmless, panting little 
creature, than in pitting any two 
cocks. I perfectly agree with Fer- 
gus in condemning the Welsh 
main: it is barbarous and disgrace- 
ful, and what I ever have^ and 
always shall strenuously oppose. 
With respect to bull-baiting, I ne- 
ver saw it encompassed with those 
horrors that have been so ably yet 
falsely painted, as attendant on the 
sport. Refinement is the order of 
the day : let us be cautious, that 
in purging away the dross, we do 
not also sufler some of the gold to 

All sports are cruel : they will 
not bear too close a scrutiny. How 
can the fisherman, or the hare- 
bunter, condemn the cocker or the 
bull-baiter? Let him reflect on 
the nature of his own hobby, and 
see what difference there is, in the 
scale of humanity. Wanton cruelty 
I abhor : the unfeeling villain who 
bruises, wounds, and kills the un- 
fortunate cock, gasping at the 
stake, on Shrove Tuesday, deserves 
to be scouted from his fellow men. 

I mentioned before, that I am a 
plain country gentleman, hunting 

my own hounds, and sometimes 
pitting my own cocks. Although 
confessedly the latter amusement is 
the least noble of all sports, yet, as 
a sportsman, I do not decline the 
pit, but think it well enough in its 
way, when properly conducted. 

1 hope Fergus will favour us 
frequently with his honest senti- 
ments: there is an openness and 
plainness about him, so free from 
nonsensical humbug, which creates 
our respect; and the more so in 
these times, as it unfortunately is 
most rare. 

With an apoloiry for troubling 
vou with deciphei^ng my scrawl,! 
have the honour to remain your 
frequent reader and obedient ser- 

' A Country Gentleman. 



To the Editor of the Sporting Mzgazine* 

[ELIEVING, as I do, that a 
little desultory gossip on pis- 
catory matters would not be un- 
pleasant to many of your readers, 
1 propose, as an old angler, to drop 
you an occasional letter on such 
subjects ; but, m so doing, I do not 
intend to cramp myself with any 
thing like a plan: my communica- 
tions will never soar above my title 
of chit chat — that sort of thing 
which would amuse a group <n 
anglers when surrounding the fire 
at night, after having enjoyed a 
day's sport. I have no ambition 
to be the author of a /ten;- treatise 
on angling, in which every thing 
worth knowing is borrowed from 
poor old Izaak ^a/ifo;}-— conse- 
quently, I do not propose to inflict 
upon your readers any such pu« 
nishment; neither shall I confine 
myself to any precise number of 

G 2 



letto^, but shall^ without connec- 
tion^ give you my thoughts on 
some matters — facts which I have 
met with^ or heard from good au- 
thority, even quotation or criti- 
cism, to which must be added an 
et cetera (that useful though unde- 
fined word), which may cover all 
sorts of wanderings. 

To begin, then, with a thought. 
I think there is much of imposi- 
tion, in almost every respect, about 
%he punting system on the river 
Thames — ^uiat principal scene of 
Cockney anglin? ; not that I mean 
to depreciate the abOities of very 
many Cockney anglers, for, begin- 
ning with Walton, and descen£nff 
to the present day, it will be found 
that the neatest and best handlers 
of a rod and line, and the greatest 
destroyers of fish, let them fish 
where they will, have been London- 
ers. But to return to the punting 
system :— It is well known, that for 
many miles above the metropolis, 
when angKng in the river Thames, 
it is neceisary to have a punt to 
fish from, beginning at Battersea 
Bridge, and extending above Chert- 
sey, and the first imposition anglers 
have to complain of is^ the exorbitant 
charge of about 7s* or 7s* 6d. per 
day for the punt, besides having to 
keep the attendant in victuals and' 
drink; and a very pretty twist 
these gentlemen generaUy have. 
For my own part, I dislike punt 
fishing exceedingly: nothing but 
very good sport could at sUl re- 
concile me to the confinement and 
restraint of such a situation ; and 
I consequently endeavour, for the 
most part, in my angling excur- 
sions, to get 50, 60, 70, or 80 miles 
from town, where I can ramble by 
some secluded mill stream, with lots 
of fish in it, and where, if one hole 
does not please me, I can walk off 
to another, without troubling Jack, 

or BiH, or Bob, to shove me there 
in a punt. And when, by any 
chance, I am,staying at any of the 
fishing villages on the banks of the 
Thames,Ipreferhiring apunt or boat 
by the week or monl£, to the usual 
mode ; and would rather have any 
clodhopper I can meet with to assist 
me, than the too-knowing-by-half 
gentry belonging to the Jlat-iol- 
tomed boats — ^for that forms the 
next complaint. The fomishers of 
these things persuade (or endea* 
vour to persuauie) the young aspi- • 
rants to the noble art of angling, 
that they know every thing, when 
it too frequently happens they 
know nothing. One would almost 
think they were clerks of the wea^ 
iher, for though a man has staid 
two or three days in the wet with- 
out sport, they are sure the next 
day will be fine, from something 
or other which they have observed; 
and so they contrive to keep the 
good gentleman '^another and ano- 
ther day," to touch his pockets a 
little more, that he may help to 
keep them. How could they live, 
poor things, if they did not ao so ? 
As to a conjecture about the 
weather or so, one can hardly blame 
them : the angler himself is as cre- 
dulous a being as possible in such 
cases. Who, that has been much 
out for th§ purpose of fishing, 
when confined to an inn by a heavy 
rain, but can remember himself, or 
his companions, constantly peeping 
out,and then ejaculating, ^^ It looks 
a little lighter ! It will hold up 
presently ! It does not come down 
quite so fsist, and we may have sport 
yet !" Hope, as was the case in 
randora's box, is at the bottom of 
this, as of every other misery in 
life. But these punters are noto- 
rious for lies that are any thing but 
whUe. A young gentleman or two 
trudge down to Richmond, or 



Hampton^ i^y peep of day Bome. 
fine summer morning: the punt is 
hired for the day; the ground-bait 
and graves prepared : they get an 
early lu'eak&st^ and off they glide^ 
and are made fixtures for the day^ 
or tiiereabouts. They begin^ all 
hope and expectation^ but the fi^ 
wfl] not bite: they use all their 
ground-bait^ and send Bob ashore 
for more^ but all in vain— the bar- 
bel are not to be had. Bob takes. 
his hub ajudgrtUff as the sailors say^ 
very kindly^ but his employers 
take no fish. He is very sorry«— 
can't think how it is: takes them to 
another place^ a. capital hole, where 
Messieurs A. B. and C. killed ^zm^A 
whoppers. Oh, nine, ten, twelve 
pounds apiece!!! Still no luck 
attends Bob's present cargo, and so 
he takes his siesta, as the Spaniards 
would say, or, in plain English, his 
afternoon's nap, at the end of the 
punt, sure of nibbling seven shil- 
lings at sunset, and leaves the flats 
to finish the day as they like. 
Many such a pair may be seen 
trudging from the water side, with 
rods on shoulder, and baskets swing- 
ing at the end, perfectly innocent 
of containing fish, except indeed 
some half dozen bleak, and two or 
three small dace or roach. But 
Bob convinces them, before they 
mount the coach to return to town, 
that the day has been too bright 
and too Ao^— only let them come 
down some dull, cool day, and see 
what sport they'll have, that's all; 
and so the poor souls go home, con- 
soling themselves, and taking all 
Bob's stories for gospel. 

But I see I have got nearly to the 
end of my^paper, and therefore, for 
the present, must quit the subject; 
but as I have more to say respect- 
ing punts, and those who are em- 
ployed about them, I shall return 
to die subject in my next.*— I am. 
Sir, yours, &c. J. M. Lacey. 

For 1h$ Sporting Magaxku, 



OR the sake of the cause. Sir, 
I generally waive the punc« 
tilio of refusing to answer anony- 
mous writings. In the present 
case, my object is to point out se- 
veral errors into which you have 
&llen, and to appeal to your more 
mature reflection; after which, I 
feel confident you and I should 
stand on better terias oi agree- 

It is incorrect to supposie me 
led astray by Mr. Martin's system. 
i had adopted, indeed published 
mine, years before either that of 
Mr. Martin or of Lord £r8kine 
was knowni Mr. Martin, an ho^ 
nour to his age and country, and 
enthusiastically engaged in prac- 
tical exertions, has already &« 
chieved more than any other man 
could pretend to; and, what .is 
fortunate, both for the cause and 
himself, has incurred no odium or 
dislike with the lower classes, but 
is actually popular among them. 

My ^^mdignation has doubtless 
been excited by particular acts of 
cruelty," but those springing, as I 
have all aiong proved, from the 
general systematic cruelty of our 
sports, and the defective education 
of our youth, who, in fact, are 
trained rather to expect to reap 
pleasure from the miseries of the 
brute creation, than to compas- 
sionate their feelings, and to act 
with justice and ^irness towards 
them. Your " pains and care" 
seem to have produced a most sin- 
gular result, and in total opposi- 
tion to the reports I have % heard 
from all with whom I have con- 
versed through a long life. Have 
you never been in Smithfield, in 
the knackers' and catgut makers' 


yards, at the Westminster Pit, ders of society/' tlie perpetual t6ii« 

and the various torture-shops in of my arguments has been in di- 

town, or at a bull-bait in one of rect opposition to any such senti- 

the provincial towns famous for ment In proof, I refer you to my 

that sport? For my part — and my late letter in the Magisizine, to 

experience has been long, various, Mr. Brougham. We need no nice 

and painful — I have found too discriminations on the quantum 

many instances in which the de- or score of suffering : our object is 

scription, even of the most power- to prevent, as far as is practicable, 

iul pen, came infinitely short of all that which is wantonly and 

the reality of horror. Your de- unnecessarily inflicted. The pre- 

fiance of proof is singularly unfor- sumption that Martin's Bill might 

tunate, as to cutting and cauter- go to prevent our destroying foxes 

izing the tame bull, and throwing and wasps, and the introduction of 

his quivering limbs and carcase, Darwin's poetics, are quite in the 

after he had been run and worried style of special pleading. When 

to death, over the bridge. You you call yourself a sportsman of 

might equally well demand proof the old school, I am glad to find 

of the existence of the towns where it is with a bar. I knew that 

bull-baiting is practised, or even school well: it was one of infist- 

of the practice itself. There are mous barbarity, both in principle 

thousands of living witnesses, to and practice. Mr. Martin, if I 

the very letter, of all those hor- am not misinformed, is, in one re- 

rors ; and to them particularly, spect, of the old school, as he can 

and to the concomitant dangers to swear a tolerable good round hand, 

the townsmen, we owe the general You would recommend to him, 

dis^st at bull-baiting, and desire then, to correct in the lower or- 

for Its suppression. Omy " one dog ders the abominable vice of swear- 

at a time, ' and as many, in succes- ing, and leave them to go on and 

sion, as are sufficient to worry the prosper in their cruelties. You 

bull to death, must surely exhibit may, perhaps, be a subscriber to a 

torture enough for the most vora* Bible Society. Swearing is ob- 

dous glutton in that way. In viously, in your view, a greater 

justice, the dog ought to be the crime than cruelty to animals. It 

greater sufferer ; but why, or for is, no doubt, an improper and un- 

what sane purpose, expose either seemly habit ; but words are but 

animal to such suffering? wind, and harmless to man or 

Your mild sort of l».iting, and beast — blows heavy, and may break 

which you wish to see revived, to bones. The man who damns my 

prevent imposition! reminds one eyes, does them no injury; but he 

of West India slavery. " Oh," who tips me a closer, may do me 

say its advocates, ^^ the slaves are a substantial one, more especially 

well used !" Slavery, then, is no- should he serve me as a certain 

thin^ : baiting the bull, I suppose, dealer lately did his horse— 4)eat 

nothing to him, where he also is so my eye out of the socket. In the 

well used. name of wonder. Sir, where can 

Far from having ever asserted you have made your observations ? 

that " the cruelty which requires Never have the lower oilers, or 

legislative interference is exer- indeed any orders, of the people of 

cised exclusively by the lower or- England, been so little addicted to 



the habit of profane swearings as 
within the Isist quarter of a cen- 
tury. They seem to hare ex- 
changed that for vices of a more 
substantial nature ; and were old 
Toby* Smollett now living and 
lodang^ and in want to bring out 
a new novel, he would be puzzled 
to £nd examples of his favourite 
swearing characters, even among 
sailors and prostitutes. 

You are " An Amateur of the 
Cock-pit." Many yearshave passed 
since I was at the Pit, but never 
did I write or say a worcl in my 
life against eock-fighting. And 
why ? Because it is their business 
more than mine, and they are vo- 
lunteers. Against dog-fighting I 
shcmld be equally silent, for the 
same reason ; but that is attended 
with peculiar barbarity, and has 
the most debasing effects on the 
morals of those who practise it 
It seems to inculcate and stimulate 
all kinds oi crueltj. It is the rage 
and moral bane of too many of our 
ymiih of jproperty. Instead of a 
cowardly noting in the outraged 
lec^gs of miserable and defence- 
lea9 animals, these ought to be the 
spprts ;of the lower oraers (and the 
upper dasses might afford good 
encouragement to them, and yet 
find sufficient leisure for the glo- 
rious and soul-stirring diversion 
«f psalm-singing)-— all the ath- 


WBxsTLiNG, FOWLING (uudor local 
circumstances), skittles, danc- 
TACLES, convebsation among 
themselves, which might prov^ a 
substitute for, and an antidote to, 
the infernal English habit of eter- 
nal GUZZLING and tax promot- 
ing— -in fine, any innocent, re- 

laxing, and health-inspiring di- 
, I thus rehearse the articles oS 

my belief. John Lawbbncb. 


To the Editor of the Sporting Magazine* 

tf AVING requested informa- 
tion, in your Magazine of Sep- 
tember, on a pedestrian match, I 
perceived in your last a letter 
signed Yobkshibeman, which, I 
am sorry to say, is by no means sa^ 

I have done the 100 yards in 
ten seconds, and the 200 yards un* 
der twenty^one seconds, but still I 
am very doubtful of the 400 yards 
having ever been accomplished in 
Jbrty^seven seconds; and uie failure 
of Lieut. Fairman, in a late match, 
to do 400 yards in^i^-eigA/, con- 
firms my opinion. I will, howr 
ever, state the shortest times in 
which certain distances have been 
done ; and I trust your correspon- 
dent Yobkshibeman, or somie 
other of your readers, will say if 
shorter times have ever come under 
their notice. 

In George the Second's reign, an. 
Italian Jew and an Engli^n^m. 
ran 100 yards, which was won by 
thie latter, who did the ground in 
ten seconds. Your Magazine . of 
1805 says this is the shortest time 
on record. Chirling, the Brighton, 
shepherd, and Grindley, the boot*-, 
closer, ran 120 yards in ttveilve sen 
conds anda ha^. Leach andShaWy 
the fastestmen of their da^ (18l6i)>: 
did the 150 yards in sixteen . se- 
conds. Wantlmg sa^d Beddoei in 
their late match at Walsall, did the 
200 yards under^ ttventv^one «?- 
conds. I never heard of the 300 
yards bein^tim^. The400yard4) 



was stated' in the papers to hare 
been done m forty-seven seconds, by 
Wantling ; but, from the circum- 
stance of the quarter mile, 440 
yards/ haying been done with dif- 
ficulty in fifty 'Siv seconds by Abra- 
ham Wood, I am inclined to sup- 
pose the time was mis-stated in tne 

Your inserting this letter will 
much oblige 

A Bit op a Runner. 

London, Not. 8, T823. 



To the Editor of the Sporting Magazifte, 

N old friend, a merchant^ 
lately returned from the Con- 
tinent, gaye me the following cxt* 
rious anecdote of English horses 
in Italy :— The Duchess of Parma, 
some years since, had a present 
made her, by a person of high rank 
here, of a number - of English 
horses. They had, in consequence^ 
ihie stables, and considerable ap- 
]^)atments made for them; but 
partly, as it was said, from the 
heat of this Italian cHmate, and 
for other reasons, they haye neyer 
b^n ptit to any labour or use, but 
httye remained constantly sta^ 
tidnary and as fixtures in their 
^tltbles. It ma^ be presumed they 
hftye ne^r been yery comfortable 
in their lot, or banishment from 
^heir own country and its skil-< 
fill management of their species, 
frOm the report .of the Italian 
grt)oms, whitih states, that the in«< 
staht an Englishman enters these 
stEtbles, the'hdrses, by a natural 
instibet, as if through the medium 
ti the olfefctoiy neryes, and by the 
power of scent, recognise a coun- 
tryman, and begin neighing and 
ftLinng, «nd are not quiet until 

the stranger approach their h^sA^ 

and bestows on them the gratefiil 

caress of the hand, which they 

return in their most pleasing man-* 

ner — the salute between these coun" 

trymeHy meeting in a strange land> 

much resembling^ and being the 

substitute for, the cordial English 

shake of the hand. At other 

times, and in general, the poor 

aliens are dull enough, lliey are 

yisited by all foreign traveDers, 

but neyer notice any but En^isfa. 

It does not appear, howevej^ but 

that these horses haye the- best 

proyender and treatment which tbe 

country affords. But our Country 

horses are extremely tender abroad, 

and seldom thriye under the conti-^ 

nental management. They seen 

to pine after the English hay, and 

seldom to look well, or do credit to 

foreign grooming. The iamm^ 

Duke of Orleans (EgdUi6), in hfs 

early rage for English tkee^ and 

hunters, had a yast number killed 

<Kf the best and highcist pi-iced 

which this country prmluoed^ until 

lie eneraeed a number <>f fiifigli^ 

groomriad > was theneefor^ 

improying highly in his studs, tout- 

til the Reyolution broke oi^ At 

present, the French make but ari 

awkward hand, especially in their 

running stables, where they haTe 

no English grooms; and, in all 

probability, it is the same case in 

Germany, where racing has latel^f* 

commenced. T. A# C 

Cofibe«boiue, Newmarket. 

P. S. The late accident, by which 
a worthy and amiable young man 
of distinction (Mr. Trevor) 'has 
been lost to his fHends and the 
public, has occasioned a consMer- 
able sensation in the sporting 
world. It brought up a conversa- 
tion here, respecting an accident 
nearly similar, by which a fkyouritc 
jockey boy^ a feather, who belong^ 


to the 8table« of the then Earl of bitha inai«, got by Trentham, out 
Clermont, was killed. It was said of- the Bosphorus mare, 
that Lord Clermont cried like a '^ The day was fine: at an early 
child at the accident. Previously hour the roads leading to the course 
to that occurrence, it seems that were covered by carriages and 
the posts at Newmarket were horsemen in an unbroken chain^ 
large, and strongly fixed in the until the very moment of starting, 
earth : subsequently, by order of About half-past twelve, Henry en- 
Ac Jockey Club, these were re- tered the field, followed by Eclipse, 
moved, and replaced by small ones and the champions were thus fairly 
slightly fixed, that Would give way before thepublic — ^the principals in 
on any considerable shock. I note the match on each side confident of 
Aese circumstances by way of cau- success. The •^ horses uncovered 
lion, in case a similar improvement well, and shewed that ereat sciencd 
should have been omitted, and may had been used in training. The 
be necessary elsewhere. The nick- track was well cleared, and at the 
■ame of Lord Clermonfs boy was signal to saddle we took the oppor- 
** Little Wicked.** tunity to look along the course. 
■ ■ The whole track on the inside, of 

AMERICAN.ECLIFSE. ^?^?^^ distance, was completely 

** lined by a mass of carnages, horse- 

KCoDdadedfiompageSS^IaitNiimber.) men, and pedestrians. The stages 

'' at the starting post were crowded, 
^ ^UESDAY, May 27th, 1823, and a great many ladies were ob-' 
a day that will everbememo^ servabte in the rooms and stand of 
rable in the racing annals of Ame-« the club house. The throng of 
lica. Col. Johnson brought upon men on foot was immense, and every 
the course a four-year-old colt, tree in the field, or near it, was 
called Henry, whose performance eroanins with the weight of its 
in the race entitles him to our par- bad of human beings. The hour 
ticular notice, and we will there- for starting now arrived, and the 
fore give his pedigree, as related confidence of the sportsmen seemed 
by tiie breeder. Henry is a sor- to be unimpaired m their favourite 
lel colt, and about 15 hands and horses. Bets were offered and ac- 
one inch high; was bred by Mr. cepted to the last moment. At the 
Lemuel Long, near Halifax, in the word ' Gro,' the horseslefb the stand 
State of North Carolina. He was like the wind — ^Eclipse rode by 
sired by Sir Archie; his dam by Wm. Crafts; Henry by a lad whose 
Diomed ; her dam by Bellair ; her name we did not hear. In the first 
dam by Plilgam; her dam by Va- quarter Henry took the lead, and 
Uant; her dam by Janus; her dam maintained it through the heat, 
by Jolly Roger — ^imported horses, the distance between them varying 
Sir Archie was sired by Diomed from 20 to 40 feet. The rounds 
(whose pedigree is before given), were run in an astonishingly short 
and bred by Archibald Randolph, time, and it was apparent to every 
Esq. of Virginia. His dam was practised eye, that it was such run- 
foaled in 17y6, sired by Rocking- ning as was never before witnessed 
ham, and imported by Col. Tayloe, in our country. As the horses 
of Washington, from the stud of turned up the straight side of the 
Lord Egremont; her dam theTa- last, round, the rider of EcUpte, 
Vol. XIIL N. S.^So. 74. H 



for the first time, urged his horse 
to the utmost The noble beast 
strove with all his powers to pass 
his antagonists but m ysAti, Henry 
beating him by half a length. 

" The result of this heat was so 
different from what the northern 
sportsmen had anticipated^ that 
tnere was a profound silence ob« 
served by the. multitude for some 
minutes. Bets were offered and ac- 
cepted^ with odds against him^ audit 
was rumoured that he was injured 
in the race. It was undeniably the 
fEustest running in weU-authenti- 
cated record. The opinion we 
formed of the heat was^ that if 
Eclipse had been pushed a little 
sooner, he would have won it ; for 
he was gaining to the last jump^ 
and^ of course, we were not among 
I the desponding. But all fears 
were dispelled on the appearance of 
Mr. Purdy,* coming forth from the 
weighing house m his scarlet 
dress> the signal that he was to 
ride Eclipse, and upon which the 
crowd rent the air with long reit^ 
rated acclamations^ The moment 
for starting the second heat at 
lenffth arrived, and, at the word, 
both went off. Henry took the 
lead, and kept it until the last 
quarter of the third mile, when 
Purdy made his push, and save 
the amateurs a fine treat, in view- 
ing the trial ci speed and bot- 
tom. Eclipse passed his rival at 
the commencement of the fourth 
mile. On reaching the straight 
race, Henry made a desperate run 
^n his turn, and, for a few rods, he 

gained, but it avaSed him nothiogr 
Furdy brought out of his horse, what 
those gentlemen who asserted that 
he was '' not a racer," never till 
that moment believed was in him. 
He beat Henry by about thirty 
feet On Eclipse's passing Henry, 
the multitude a^ain made the wel- 
kin ring with their shouts, which 
continued without intermission ta 
the close of the heat. Confidence 
was again completely restored to 
the friends of Eclipse, while a cor- 
responding dejection awaited the 
abettors of Henry .« 

" Third heat— When the horsest 
were brought up for this heat, a 
rider named Taylor, known for 
many years on the southern courses 
for nis ^reat success, and whose 
skill was inferior to that of no other, 
made his so^pearance, and it was 
announced that he wot^ ride Henry 
the third heat, instead of the boy 
who had rode him the two former./ 
The course being once more cleared, 
they started. Purdy taking the 
lead^ and keeping it to the end of 
the race, came in about three 
lengths ahead of his antagonist 
Throughout the whole oi this heaty 
Eclipse led so far, that Henry ne^ 
ver came within reach of him, thutf 
winning for his supporters the itti« 
mense sums risked upon his speed 
and bottom, and for himself anever- 
fEiding fame, and an enduring page 
in the annals of the sporting world. 

'* The time of running the three 
heats, as given by the judges, Gk« 
neral Ridgely, of Baltimore, Cap- 
tain Cox, of Washington, and Johii 

^' * Mr. Stfmnel Pnrdy, trho, on this occasion, so mainly contributed to develop the 
mighty enei^es of Eclipse, is a native of Westchester County, and now carries mk ex- 
tensively, in this city, the business of a house builder. He has fbr several yean been 
elected, without opposition, an assessor of the ward in which he lives, ana is at this 
moment a director of several monied institutions. His skill and degaace in riding have 
long been the theme df admiration.*' 

'^ f T he acti(m of Eclipse, when brought up for the third heat, has foimed a topic of 
conversation for all who witnessed it. Instead of shewing distretis from his previous 
exertions, he stood pawing the ground, and champing the bit, with aQ tbe animatimi 
«^ vigoiu of a horse frtfib from the stable ! ! •' 



AUes; Esq. of Philadelphia, was 
is follows^ — 

First heat, 7 min. 37 sec. 

Second • . 7 inin. 49 sec. 

Third ... 8 min. 24 seC. 

Twelve miles in 23 min. 50 sec. 

** We believe, as we said before, 
that Eclipse might have decided 
the race in two heats ; but, at the 
same time, we cheerfully state, 
that we consider Henry as one of 
the finest horses that ever trod the 
turf, and that the selection of him 
did great credit to the sagacity of 
the southern gentlemen. 

" As for Eclipse, we know not 
how to speak of him. He appears 
always to rise with the occasion. 
He has now proved himself, beyond 
all cavil, to be a horse of speed and 
bottom unequalled in this country, 
and, to say the least, is one of the 
first htnrses in the world. 

** It was to be expected that the 
victors wouldrejoicein the triumph 
-cf their favourite. We are glad 
to say that they were moderate, 
and that the southern gentlemen 
jnust have been convinced that 
their fedings of exultation were 
mixed with no ill-wilL 

'^ On the other hand, the losers 
sustained their defeat with admi- 
rable composure; and it is pleasing 
to reflect, that the whole business 
was conducted in the most fair and 
lionourable manner. 

*' It is judged that there were 
upwards of sixty thousand specta- 
tors on the field, and it is with 
great satisfaction that we add, that, 
as far as was ascertained, no acci- 
dent of moment occurred to mar 
the j^leasures of the day. 

'* The weights carried by each 
horse were — Eclipse, IxGlbs. ; 
Henry, 1061bs. It may be p*dper 
to ada, that by English sportsmen, 
who have regulated the weights 

with such precision asid accnracfr, 
Tibs, extra weight is considered 
equal to a distance of 40 rods ^i 
the four miles: thus Henry, in this 
race, had an advantage of ISlbs. or 
505 yards, on the score of his 

*^ As we have remarked in iSliene 
pages that the Union Course mea- 
sured thirtv feet over a mile, it is 
proper to inform the reader, that a 
few days previous to the race with 
Henrvj a number cf gentiemen 
visited the course with a surveyor, 
and had it reduced as nearly to a 
mile as could conveniently be done. 
On going over the course after the 
reduction, they found it 18 inches 
over'& mile, and coming so near 
to their object, it was left. 

^' As a matter connected wi^ 
the event, we shall now insert the 
following correspondence, whidi 
took place immediately after tlie 
race :— 

«< « Long Island, May 28th, 1823. 
*' 'to JOHN C. STEVENS, KSQ. ' 

*^ 'Sir — I will run the horse 
Henry against the horse Eclipse, 
at Washington City, the next fall, 
the day before the Jockey dvlb 
Purse IS run for, for any sum from 
20 to 50,000 dollars, forfeit 
10,000 dollars. ^ The forfeit and 
stake to be deposited in the Branch 
Bank of the United States at 
Washington, at any nameaUe tune 
to be appointed by you. 

" ' Although this is addressed 
to you individuatly, it is intended 
for all the betters on Eclipse; and, 
if agreeable to you and then\, yoti 
may have the Hberty of substitut- 
ing at the starting post, in the 
place of Eclipse, any horse, mar e^ 
or gelding, foaled and owned' on 
the northern and eastern side . of 
the North River, provided I have 
the liberty of substituting in the 

If 2 


plow rf Henry, at th«^ rtarting that, so long as he owns htei^ h^ 

post, any horse, mare, or gelding, shall never run again, but that 

foaled and owned on the south side his energies shall be directed to 

of the Potomac. As we propose the improvement of. his species: 

running at Washington City, the the last hope, therefore, respecting 

rules of that Jockey Qub must him is (in the language of one of 

Svem, of course— I am, respect- his friends), that he may beconM 

Uy, yours, the ' founder of a stock which 

*' ^ William R. Johnson.' " shall never disgrace their sire.' " 

*' ANSWER. = 

« ' Dbab Sir— The bet just ^ RURAL RIDE. 

decided was made under circum-i — 

stances of excitement^ which might To the Editor of the Sporting Magaxing, 

in some measure apologize for its sir, 

jashness, but would scarcely juSf- T Am a sporting tradesman of Ac 
tify it as an example; and I trust "■■ city ofWestminster,and a great 
the part I took in it will not be con- admirer of your sporting chronicle, 
sidered as a proof of my intention but I never before ventured to cen- 
to become a patron of sporting on so tribute to its pages. Allow me to 
extensive a scale. For myself, then, offer you a few remarks upon a lit- 

1 must dedine the offer. Fop the tie excursion I took the other day 

fntlemen who, with me, backed into Berkshire* 
dipse, their confidence in his su- I mounted my horse at eight 
periority, I may safely say, is not o'clock in the morning of the. 10th 
the least impaired; but even they of October, and rode to Staines to 
&o not hesitate to believe, that old breakBast. The morning was re- 
age and hard service may one day markably fine, and numerous re«- 
accomplish, what strength and flections came across me. *' What 
fleetness, directed by consummate a mercenaiy wretch," said I, ^^must 
skill, have hitherto felled to accom* I be, to be still grovelling in my 
plish. For Mr. Van Ranst, I an- shop in London, when I have the 
8wer, that he owes it to the asso- means of passing the rest of my 
dation who have so confidently days in fresh air, and in the amuse- 
^upported him — ^to the state at ments of the country ! I, who am 
large, who have felt and expressed so fond of fishing, shooting, an4 
so much interest in his success^ hunting, to be deprived of them, 
and to himself as a man not to- and never to get a day's sport in 
tally divested of feeling — ^never, on either, but, as it were, by stealth ! 
any consideration, to risk the life I will, however, make up mj mind 
or reputation of the noble animal, to alter this in 'future, and, in de- 
whose generous and almost incre- fiance of all my wife my say to the 
dible exertions have gained for the contrary, I will cut the shop, and 
North so sisnal a victory, and for turn country gentleman/' 
himself such weU-eamed and ne- Pursuing my story as well as my 
ver-feding renown.— I remain. Sir, journey, I entered the Park on my 
your most obedient servant, road to Reading. I call it ^^ tro 
" ' John C. Stevens.' " Park," Mr. Editor, because I think 
" • Wm. R. Johnson, Esq.' " there is none other to equal Wind* 
" EcliTOe is now off the turf, sor, or that so well deserves the 
Mr. Van JRanst having determined name. The grandeur of the tim- 


hear, and the tnagnifioenoe of the upon Tefreshing myself and my 

scenery^ are abpre all praise. When horse^ as there was a neat public 

I pulled up my horse at the top of house by the water side. I might 

the Long Wsuk, and viewed the haye delved this operation until I 

matchless structure at the end of reached Readings had it not been 

it> I could not help thinking that that I saw two gentlemen going off 

it was a palace really worthy of a in a boat to fish^ and was anxious 

British King. £xclusiye of its to learn the history of the water, 

^:randeur^ there is a solidity about being a little in the punting line 

It which is much in character with myself. I soon founds by the pio- 

the English people, and, like the ture of one in the parlour (weigh- 

Goyemment of the country, it ing 28 pounds, which had been 

looks as if it would last. Being a killed here), that the Lodden was 

loyal man, the recollection of its famous for jack ; and the party 

being once more the seat of Royal- who went out soon returned with 

S, much enhanced the pleasure of seyen of moderate size. Thisriyer 

e^ landscape, and a merry peal is also £unous for roach, which are 

which was then ringing on the taken with the gewffe in Noyember, 

Windsor bells, the sound of which and the first part of December, 

wafted in melodious tones through They are of good size, shew much 

the distant air, hkd, at that mo« Sport on the hook, and of yery su- 

ment,.the most pleasing effect. perior flayour when dressed, which 

The road from hence to Reading is not the general character of the 

is through a yery fine country, and fish. One of the gentlemen who 

particularly suited to the eques* Were in the boat imormed me that 

trian trayeller, he being but little some time since he hooked a jack 

interrupted with dust or carriages, of at least twenty pounds in this 

He has also another advantage, and water. He judged of his weight, 

which is not suificiently attended x^ot only by his ooapping some 

to on roads in general, and tliat is^ strong wire at the shank of his 

at every turn Tand there are nume- hook, but by his breaking through 

rous ones) he nasa finger-post to above fifty yards of very strong 

.direct him to every place to which hop-weed m which he was basking, 

it leads. This not only saves tra* and which no fish of smaller size 

Tellers a great deal or trouble in could have done. This river, I 

asking,, bat also- others equally as understand, empties itself into the 

umfih in answering their inquiries; Thames at a place called ShipHck, 

and perhaps it is not generally near Henley, after passing through 

known, that actions at law will lie a considerable portion of the richest 

against trustees of roads for neg^ parts of Hampshire and Surrey, 

lecting to put direction^posts m and feeding some very valuable 

those phioes where they are want-i mills in its course. 

in^^ On my arrival at Reading, I put 

When I got within four miles of up at one of the smaller inns in the 

Reading, I came to the river Lod- town, as more becoming a man in 

den, over which there is a handsome my situation in life, man those 

brid^, and the stream at this part where you are su]>posed to feed at 

is still and deep, and of considera* the rate of a guinea a moutkfiil, 

ble width. Here I found the good which is rather too much for these 

•fiectofcountryair/and determined cheap times. Here I was much 


THE sposmra UAaAzaa. 

amiuM^ bjr • ptcture I ww ia the 
parlour in wtiicli I aaXe, qiiite in 
the character of the Sporting Mu^ 

faadne* It represents a group of 
gures on the race-course at New- 
marketycontaining the famous Duke 
of Cumberland^ of sporting celcH 
brity ; a good-looking irell-fed par- 
%on, in his cauliflower wig and cas- 
sock ; one of his Royal Higfaness's 
jockies^ prepared to ride; and a 
Tery fine ^ey horse^ also saddled 
to start. His rev^erence is in the 
act of informing his Grace that Ms 
race is sold, bft^ingj bv accident^ 
got possession of & &ct, whilst 
the jojckey is as much in earnest in 
the protestations oi his innocence. 
The sequel is^ the Duke mounts 
his horse himself^ and wins tl^ 
race which his Jaithfid jockey was 
pledged to lose. 

I could not help being particu* 
larly struck with the form of the 
racmg saddle of this distant day, 
as represented in this interesting 
picture. It merely ccmsisted of a 
tree to fit the horse's back, corered 
with dark brown leather, and fiiH 
as long in the mat as our present 
hunting saddles. There appear to 
have been no flaps to the sides of i% 
but merely a bolster on each sid^ 
wherewith to support the knee. In 
short, it seemed, on the wkole, to 
be a most comfortless tlnng to ride 
upon. — The costume of the jockey 
diiers little from that generaJily re- 
presented as in use at that period, 
the chief peculiarities of which are, 
the interregnum between the boots 
and the breeches, with the former 
tied by the garter i^ove the knee, 
and the large bow to the waistband 
of the breeches, and the cap, with 
ihe guard on the spur leather simi-* 
lar to that worn by our country 

On taking up the Reading paper, 
I WW struck by the fdlowing adU 

vertisemoit ef tim 6th ultimo^ hat 
which was not replied to in two 
subsequent pi^rs ^— 

<« October «, 18S8. 
'^ Ma. EniTOB^--*All(iw me to 
ask, through the medium of your 

Saper, if it is true ihat foxes are 
estroyed at SnMetf Park, by every 
unsportsmanlike method that can 
be adopted? I need not remind 
your readers, that Swinley Park is 
even ^ill considered as the head- 
quarters of theHoyal hunting esta- 
blishment..— I am yours, 

(Signed) ** wnc-HOnrwB." 

There was one other article in 
tibis paper which took my fancy 
tnuch. It was to inform tiie pub- 
lic, that one John Adams hadgained 
a triumph over the monopolising 
lirewers of that town and neigh- 
bourhood, and was selling good 
strong beer at pence per pot! 

I have the honour to be. Sir, 
yours, &C. 

A Spobtino Ttadbsmak* 

.y.,.....j I ..I .. i,M\. - .1.1 I. ■ ' 



To <fttf Eiitot of the gportkig Magagine. 

Do not know whether you have 
observed a ouriom account 
which appeared in some of the 
newspapers about three weelcs 
ago, of an adventure which hap« 
pened to Mr. Isaac King, of West 
Wycombe, a gentlemaa well known 
in the sporting civcle of that 
county, when returning from shoot* 
ing in the early part of this season. 
The JBMst was as follows >-«- 

As Mr. King was retomin^ 
home, after hb di^s ^qwrt, his 
dogs made a point in a thick dou<« 
ble hedge. Mr. Kin^ vent up^ 
when^ to his surpnse, a huge 


braim bear brited, and made off externa! diferenee inconsiderable^ 

across the field. The gentleman I was desirous to try whether they 

^ot^ but the sight of the monster would produce together. For this 

mac^ so strong an impression on ^wirpose I had a she-wolf reared, 

his nerves, that, "although in ge- which was taken in the woods at 

send a very good shot, he un- two or three months old, with a 

luckily missed bruin, who only mastiff of the same age. They 

quicken^ his paces, and was, soon were shut up together, and alone, 

a^r caught, and found to have Neither was acquainted with any 

escaped from a collection then individual of its species, nor 

trareUing about the country. with any man but him who was 

A Constant Rbadbb. ^J^^g^ V^\ *^ ^"^ "^ ^TS°^ 
them their daily food ; and they 

■ were kept constantly for three 

SFFSCT OF CLIMATE UPON years with the same attention, and 

noes. without constraint, or chaining 

•■ them up. During the first year, 

T»theSdiiorofiheSporHiigMag&»Uu, these young animals played per- 

*^*» petuall'^ together, and seemed ex- 

pROM the great interest which tremely fond of each other : the 

has been created in the fete of second year they fell out about 

the dogs lately brought over to this their food, though they had more 

country, from the Northern re- given them than they could eat. 

gions, by Captain Parry (one of ITie quarrel was always begun by 

which, I find, has paid the debt of the wolf. The dog was stronger 

nature, and the others are said to than the wolf; but being less fe- 

soffisr much from the heat of the rocious, I was afraid his life was 

weaikerjy the foUowing anecdotes, in danger, so had a cdlar put 

transfaited frpm the French of M. round his neck. After the second 

Bofifon, may not be unacceptaMe year, their quarrels were more fre- 

to your readers, as rektmg, parti- quent, so that the wolf had a col- 

calarlj, to the clianges mroduced lar— the dog beginning to shew 

ea the canine suedes hj the efifect much less regard for her than at 

ofdimate; as also establishhig the any time before. During all this 

fret, that natuve will not admit of time there was no sign of desire in 

aa union between the dog and fox, either, and at the end of the third 

or the dog and wolf, aa erroneously year the dog killed the wolf; and 

supposed by many to be the ease^ some days afterwards the dog was 

—Yours, ^ jj^ obliged to be killed, as he was be- 

Kottmgham, Noyember 8, 1823. * co^^^ so savage, that' no one could 
■ approach him. 

••Iw our dimate,'' says M. Buf- " I had at the same time three 

foD^ "the wild animals that come foxes, two males and afemale, which 

■earcflt ta the dog (and especially had been taken in snares, and which 

the dog with erect ears, and the I had kept at a distance from each 

ihcplMird's dog, which I consider other, in separate places. I had 

aa the ttock akd type of the spe- one of these foxes tied up by a light 

ciea), am tibefox and the wolf; chain, but long enough; and a small 

and aathe inteirnal confonhation is hut was built f()r him, where he 

almost entirely the same^ and the might retire when he liked. At a 



certain period, a terrier bitch was. 
presented to him: he neither bit 
nor ill treated her, nor was there 
the least quarrel between them by 
day or by night, 'but no sign of 
desire was exhibited by him. Three 
more bitches were put to him> 
which he treated with the same in- 
difference ; and, in order to shew 
whether it was a natural repug- 
nance, or the state of constraint he 
was in, that prevented an inter- 
course between them, I had a vixen 
fox put in to him^ with which he 
was well pleased; and we found, on 
dissecting her, some weeks after, 
that she was pregnant, and would 
have produced four cubs. Several 
terrier bitches were presented suc«^ 
cessively to the other fox, but there 
was neither hatred, nor love^ nor 
battle, nor caresses, between them; 
and this fox, in some months after> 
died of discontent. 

'* These proofs teach us^ at least, 
that the wolf and fox are not of 
the same nature with the dog; that 
these species are not only different, 
but separate and remote enough 
for not approaching each other; 
that consequently the dog has not 
his origin from the fox or wolf." 

M. Buffon enumerates no less 
than 30 .varieties of the dog, 17 of 
which he attributes to the influ- 
ence of climate: viz. — the shep- 
herd's dog, the wolf-dog, the dog 
of Siberia, the dog of Iceland, the 
dog of Lapland, the mastiff, the 
greyhound, the great Dane dog, 
the hound, the terriers, the spaniels, 
the barbet or shagged dog, the small 
Dane dog, the Turk dog, and bull- 
dog. The rest are mongrels, that 
come from £i commixture of the 
former. He classes the shepherd's 
dog, wolf-dog, dog of Siberia, the 
dog of Lapland, and that of Iceland, 

• 'I 

The iMurbet is the water spmiiel-^-'^ 
** Canis aviariui'terrettrU*^* 

because they alone have erect eats, 
and whose instinct carries them to 
follow and guard flocks. . The mas- 
tiff, the greyhound, the great pane 
dog, and the dog of Iceland, have 
likewise a resemblance of form, and 
long snout, with the same natural 
disposition: they love to run after 
ana follow horses and carriages: 
have a small nose, and hunt by 
sight rather than by smell. The 
true hunting dftgs are, the hound, 
the terrier, the spaniel, and the 
barbet.* Though they differ in 
bodily form, all of them nave a larse 
snout, and their instinct is the 
same. It appears that the fineness 
of smellin dogs depends more on 
the thickness man the length of the 
snout, because the greyhound, the 
mastiff, and the great Dane dog, 
whose snout is very long, have a 
much worse nose than hounds and 
spaniels. M. Buffon seems at a 
loss to account for the English 
bun^og,^icl. ^pea« peculiar to 
this country, and forms a variety 
different from all others in form, as 
well as in instinct. {lis breed is 
with difficulty preserved -in France, 
which country is more congenial to 
the mastiff and the pug dog. It 
appears also by M. Buffon, that the 
shepherd's dog is the parent stock. 
*' This dog," says he, *' transported 
into the most rigorous climates of 
the north, grows ugly and small, as 
among the Laplanders^ but pre- 
serves his perfection in Russia and 
Siberia, where the climate is less 
rigorous. The same shepherd's dog, 
transported into temperate dimates, 
such as England France, and Grer- 
many, loses his savage Jiir, erect 
ears, rough, thick, and long hair, 
and will Income a bull-dog, hound, 
and mastiff, by the sole influence of 
those climates. The mastiff, trans- 
Canit aviariui aqwtikus.^* Th« spuid— 



parted to the north, becomes the 

rl Dane dog ; and to the south, 
greyhound The ffreat Dane 
iog transported into j&eland, be- 
comes the aoff of Ireland, and is the 
greatest of au dogs. The bull-dcg 
transported from England into 
Denmark becomes the small Dane 
dog; and the Turk dog> is the 
Dane dog thajb has lost its hair. 
He spaniel and small Dane dog 
produce the lion dog, and the 
pug-dog is bred from the English 
buO-dog, and the small Dane dog. 
" The life ci a dog well fed, is 
nearly spent in eating and sleeping. 
Their sleep is accompanied by 
dreams, so that it may be said to 
be a sweet manner of existing. 
They can, however, do without fo^ 
for a long time, but water is neces- 
sary to their existence. The dura- 
tion of life in this animal is pro- 
portional to the time of his growth. 
He is two years grpwing, and lives 
seven or eight times as long. His 
age is known by his teeth, as also 
by his hair, which grows white 
about his snout, forehead, and 

MEETING, 1823. 



^R the Cup, — Mr. Heathcote's 
yel. and w. b. Harebell, beat 
Mr. Capel's blk. d. Jester ; Mr. 
Goodlake's blk. b. Ghiwrey, beat 
Mr. E. Cripps's blk. b. Elizabeth ; 
Mr. Pettatt's blk. and w. b. Poll, 
beat Mr. Palmer's blk. and w. b. 
Abigail ; Mr. 0. Long's blk. d. 
Leicester, beatMr. Briscall's yel. 
and w. b. The Bitter ; Lord Ura- 
ven's blk. b. Capability, beat Col. 
Newport's blk. and w. d. Nerval ; 
Mr. Hoakins's blk. and w. b. Har- 
riot, beat Dr. Meyrick's l^. and 
Vol. XIII. N. ^.— Na 74. 

w. b. Mabel; Mr. Baskenrille'e 
bl. d. Moses, beat Mr. Cripps's 
brin. b. Capsicum ; Mr. Browne's 
blk. d. Baron, beat Mr. C. Pfae- 
lips's blk. d. Rajah. 

Crtwen ^toiE^wii^Jtlr. BriscalPs 
blk. and w. b. Breese, beat Mr. 
BaskerviUe's yel. and w. d. Mar- 
mion; Mr. Heathcote's Uk. b. 
Hoyden, beat Mr. £. Cripps's Mk. 
and w. b. Etna; Mr. Cripp^^uim 
b. Clio, beat Mr. Capers red d» 
Joe ; Mr. C. Long's biL b. Lufra„ 
beat Mr. Goodlake's blk. b. Girl 

Lambom Stakes^ — Mr. Browne's 
blk. d^ Briton, beat Mr. C. Long's 
blk. and w. d. Leopard ; Mr. Hos* 
kins's fawn d. Highlander, beat 
Mr. Pettatt's blk. d. Pantaloon; 
Dr. Meyrick's yel. and w. d. Ma^ 
nus Troll, beat Mr. Palmer's \&. 
and w. b. Araehne (winner of the 
Pebruary Cup); Mr. Goodlake's 
yel. b. Groldemocks, beat Mr. Ca* 
pel's yel. b. Jewel. 

Owing to the rain, no matches 
were run. 


First ties for the Cup. — Gawrey 
beat Leicester— Moses beat Capa- 
bility— .Poll beat Baron— <HarebeU 
beat Harriot. 

The ties for the stakes and 
matches were postponed to the 
following day, owing to the rain. 


Second ties for the Cup^'—XxaW" 
rey beat Poll — Harebell beat Moses. 

First ties for the Craven Stakes* 
— ^Breeze beat Clio— -Lufra beat 

First ties for the Lambom Stakes. 
— ^Highlander beat Briton—- Mag^ 
nus beat Xjoldenlocks.. 

Matches. — Mr. Palmer's blk. 
and w. d. Atlas, beat Mr. Capel's 
blk. d. Job; Mr. E. Cripps's bl. b. 
JSve, and Dr. Meyrick's blk. b. Mi- 
nikin — ^no course; Mr. Basker- 
viUe's yel. and w. b. Moonlight^ 



"beat Mr. Cripps's blk. and w. b. 
Careless; Mr. Briscall's blk. and 
TT. b. Britannia, and Mr. Pettatt's 
blk. b. Pickle — ^two hares; Mr. 
Browne's blk. b. Bess, beat Mr. C. 
Lonff's blk. and w. b. Leda; Mr. 
Goodlake's fawn* d. Glowworm, 
beat Mr. Hoskins's blk. and w. d. 
Horatio; Mr. Goodlake's bit. b. 
Gadfly, beat Mr. Pettatt's blk. b. 
Peach ; Mr. E. Cripps's blk. d. 
Ebony, beat Mr. Briscall's w. d. 
Black Cap; Mr. Hoskins's fawn 
d. Hildebrand, and Mr. Browne's 
blk. d. Bumper — ^undecided; Dr. 
Meyrick's brin. d. Mameluke, beat 
Mr. Baskerville's w. b. Minna; 
Mr. Capel's blk. b. Jet, beat Mr. 
Cripps's w. b. Christal ; Mr. 
Browne's w. d. Boxer, beat Mr. 
Goodlake's blk. d. Glum; Mr. 
Pettatt's blk. d. Pantaloon, beat 
Mr. Heathcote's red d. Holbein ; 
Mr. C. Phelips's blk. d. Rover, 
beat Mr. Blathwayt's blk. and w. 
d. Swap ; Mr. Capel's red d. Joe, 
beat Mr. C. Long's blk. d. Latti- 
tat ; Mr. Cripps's bl. d. Charon, 
beat Mr. Briscall's red d. Bow- 
man ; Mr. Palmer's blk. and w. b. 
Abigail, and Mr. Hoskins's blk. d. 
Hamlet — ^undecided; Mr. Capel's 
blk. b. Jenny, beat Mr. Goodlake's 
blk. b. Girl ; Mr. C. Long's blk. 
and w. d. Leopold, beat Mr. E. 
Cripps's blk. d. Ermine; Mr. 
Hoskins's blk. and w. b. Heiress, 
beat Mr. Baskerville's blk. b. 
Mirth; Mr. Baskerville's blk. and 
w. b. Mignionette, beat Mr. 
Browne's w. b. Belle ; Mr. Bris- 
call's yel. b. Brenda, beat Mr. 
Pettatt's blk. b. >layfull ; Mr. 
Goodlake's blk. b. Gondola, beat 
Mr. Hoskins'« blk. and w. d. 


Mr. Heathcote's yel. and w. b. 
Harebell, beat Mr. Goodlake's 
Gawrey, and won the Cup-i-Gair- 

rey won the Guineas. Harebell 
and Gawrey are descended from 
the celebrated dog Champion, who 
was the sire and grandsire of more 
winners of cups than any grey- 
hound stallion in England. Mr. 
Long's Lufira, beat Mr. Briscall's 
Breeze, and won the Craven 
Stakes; Mr. Hoskins's HtgA2aftcfer, 
beat Dr. Meyrick's Magnus, and 
won the Lambom Stakes — a bad 
slip; Magnus never saw the hare 
until she was going into cover. 

Matches. — Dr. Meyrick's blk. 
and w. b. Mabel, beat Mr. Capel's 
blk. b. Joan ; Mr. Goodlake's blk. 
b. Gadfly, beat Dr. Meyrick's 
blk. b. Minikin; Mr. Robert's 
bl. b. Rhea, beat Mr. Capel's red 
b. Jewel; Mr. Roberta's bl. and 
w. b. Rampion, beat Mr. Capel's 
blk. d. Jester; Mr. Phelips's blk. 
d. Racer, beat Lord Craven's bl. 
d. Clarence ; Lord Craven's blk. b. 
Capella, beat Mr. Phelips's blk. 
ana w. b. Plaister. 



To the Editor of the Sporting Magazint, 

Went out hare-hunting the 
other day. After the hounds 
had run a hare about twenty mi<* 
nutes, they came to a check. A 
young man not pulling up as hh 
should have done, went slap into 
the body of the pack: his horse 
trod on one, and broke its leg short 
ofl^ Being alarmed at the cry of 
the hound, and annoyed by the 
poor animal being under his feet, 
the horse set to racking, and broke 
two ribs of another hound. The 
master of the pack thinking that 
the forward riaers had had quite 
diversion enough for one day, or- 
dered his servant to take the hounds 
home.-— Yours, T T. 



WiX. Al.irE ANU LUCK D£AI>. 


To the Editor of the Sportitig Maguzine, 


I HE gist of my text is this— 
some racing stallions have heen 
destroyed as useless^ or sold for a 
trifle^ which either might hare^ or 
really did prore^ useful- and pro- 
fitable in an eminent degree : these> 
«t any rate, were better aUve. Some 
hare been sold for a few pounds to 
the most slavish and murderous la- 
bour: these, beyond a doubt, had 
been better detid. Now to apply — 

Squirt, a son of Bartlet's Chil- 
ders, after running several seasons, 
with good repute, became a stal- 
lion in Sir Harry Harpur's stud ; 
but being a smsdl horse, indeed a 
give and taker, there was, after a 
time, little hope of him as a st&l- 
lion; and Sir Harry, rather than 
sell the little horse into drudgery, 
mercifully ordered him to be shot. 
But the stud groom being a soft- 
hearted man, and attached to the 
old horse, beside having a sly opi- 
nion in his own proper knowledge 
box, begged his hfe, whilst he was 
actually on his way to the dog 
kenneL Squirt's future life proved 
really lucky, and he died auietly, 
at a good old age. After nis re- 
m-ieve, he got Marsk, the sire of 
Eclipse; Syphon; Pratt's famous 
mare that bred Pumpkin, Maiden, 
Purity, and others. Squirt got se- 
veral other racers, and Syphon got 
Sweetbriar, Sweetwilliam, Tan- 
dem, Daisy, and others. The late 
posterity of Squirt was numerous 
and eminently successful. 

Being at Tattersall's last week, 
in company with a sporting gen- 
tleman of Essex, he declaimed with 
much feeling and justice, against 
that pitiful, scalt-miserable, black- 
guard piece of economy, selling 
lor a few pounds the poor worn- 

out racer and stallion, on account 
of his success falling off in his 
latter days ; no regard being had 
to his former labours and earnings, 
nor any commiserating reflections 
on the tortures that his poor car- 
case, delicate from nature and habit, 
must endure, in the lowest drud- 
gery, and amidst starvation, so de- 
bilitating and disheartening to an 
animal accustomed to the highest 
and most nourishing provender. A 
true sportsman, finding it inconve< 
nient to keep, will always put such 
an unfortunate animal out of life, 
by the easiest possible method. 
Such is real humanity and sporting 
furness. As to the enormity of 
selling a horse under such circum- 
stances, it is really disreputable, 
and has the appearance of the sel- 
ler being in need of a few pounds; 
and, in the old coachman's phrase, 
that ^^ he has set up for a gentle- 
man without the tools." 

I have lived to see too many sales 
of this kind, in former and latter 
days; but shall only mention two 
or three of the former. I saw a 
winner of thousands sold for three 

?ounds — <)ld blind Bosphorus, at 
'attersall's, for four guineas, to a 
Quaker, to labour in a drug-mill— 
Sweet William or Briar, I forget 
which, for nine pounds, at the same 

Til ace 

^ ' A Bit of a Jockey. 


To the Editor of the Magazine* 

¥T seldom occurs in a pack of 
fox-hounds, that there are more 
than seven or eight couple of hounds 
whose notes the huntsman can dis- 
tinguish, when finding, or running 
in covert. It is certainly essential 
that a huntsman should be ac- 
quainted with as many of his hounds' 

I 2 



notes as possible. A cross with a of art, m* I may be cdnipared t» 
large deep-toned soutliem hounds the man who set about learning 
would no doubt get rid of this mo- animal economy by dissecting a 

notony.— -I am, sir, yours, 

A coNSTANf Reader. 


(Continued from pagfe 7*) 

*^ It tt absurd to suppose there are no finid 
causes, because we do not see the effi- 
cient cause. The equalitj of three angles, 

of a triangle with two right angles, can- 
not be made to be, thougn there ma^ 
some other thing prior to it, wit! 

lay be 

statue. Nevertheless, as all know* 
ledge is progressire, few practical 
sciences arrive at perfection until 
they become the objects of getteral 
inquiry; and therefore I may be 
allowed to contribute mv mite to 
^e fund. Experience often points 
out guides more certain than any 
theory, and one triumphant c»- 
tainty is worth a thousand doubts. 
At all events, evidence cannot cheat 
us, but, on the contrary, has that 
sovereign dominion over our niiinds^ 
against which argument has no 

which It cannot be. My horse, which is 
lame, (»nnot be made lame, though there 
may be a cause for his being so : — ^there 

Although It IS wen that every 

To the Editor of the Sporting Magazine. 

"^IX^E attempt in vain to account 

" for some of the dispensations 

of Providence, but to suffer seems 

the natural attribute of mortality. 

man should have some idea of the 
operations of nature, few have maxh. 
knowledge of anatomy, unless in- 
tended for the medical or veterinary 
profession ; but without its demon- 
strative evidence, all is doubt and 

file natural diseases, however, of uncertainty, and we go on, aocount- 
hdrses are but few; and, in justice ingf^r one thing by supposing ano- 

to humanity, it must be admitted, 
that they, ss Well as others Which 
^we their existence to man, have 
occupied their share of attention; 
imd we cannot, without impeach- 
ing the mercy of the Creator, for a 
moment imagine, that there are 
many diseases without their reme- 
dies.^ It is, however, a maxim in 
physic, that to find out the disease 
ana its cause, is half the cure; 
though it often happens that the 
former is the more difficult point 
to accomplish. 

t concluded my last letter on 
** condition of hunters" with some 
obs^rationson thefoot of the horse, 
with a prcnnise of contiiming them 
in this. '' When the ploughman took 
the helm," says the fable, ^^ the gods 
'left him to himself;" and I must be 
•cautious how I enter into this field 

ther, until we exhaust every spe- 
cies of error. FHnd out the cause 
and remove it, and the effect ceases ! 
Remove the film, and the sight ia 
clear ! 

In searching for truth, it is use- 
less to expose former mistakes and 
errors : we should only look to 
well-estabKshed fistcts, and to tfae 
unexpected discoveries which pr^ 
sent themselves. In my last letter 
on this subject, I ventured to op- 
pose the long-received (pinion — an 
opinion emanating from the high- 
est* authority — that contractaop 
of the foot was a cause of lameness, 
and, that unless the frog received 
pressure, £sease, and consequently 
lameness, were the certain efiects. 
Now, the natural consequence «f 
this opinion has been, the stumbling 
blodc I alhided to in shoeing, pving 

The Vetednary GoUege. 

f At; l^f^BftmS KAQA&NE. 


biHlh to t&e eJCfMOisioii «hoe, the 
-thin-heeled shee^ and the artifieial 
Ito^> which hare^ in 'thdr tums^ 
Toiml many thousand horses. 
Yottirraadersmafobserve^ ^'Surelv 
iMn 18 hbid language !" It hiaj^ I 
tSkfw, appear ^e^umptuoufi in an 
humhie individual like myself to 
state my o|)tnion^ in opposition to 
that of such a man as Mr. Cole- 
man^ to whom ire are^ after all^ 
indebted for laying down the first 
real princfii^es of reterlnary science 
in this country; by whose means 
they have been conveyed to all 
parts of the kingdom; knd to 
whom may he traced that light, 
which hasbe^i recently> and ge- 
nei^, thnMn on the art which he 
professes. We are all, h o wever, wise 
after eiq)erienee ; and my experi- 
ence has fully demonstrated, that 
ihick toes* and thin he^ls will 
lame the soundest hbrse that was 
ever foaled, when put to severe work, 
and that pressure on the ^^ is by 
nomeans^essentialto, orewii 
circuliu' hoof by no means a proof 
elf, the soundness of the foot. 

With rei^)ect to the first of 
these positioiis, I have often expe- 
riencea a converse efi^t. I have 
more than once had a horse in 
traking, whose sinews shewed 
some symptoms of giving way; 
when, on lowering the toe and 
raising ^e heel, those sinews have 
been relaxed, and the horse has 
^one <»i Weil in his^trork. 
- With regard to the frog, I am 
Mly ftWaie that Nature never fur- 
niflhed an aainial with such an or- 

gan, without appropriatii^ to it 
some useful function; but, on li 
nicer examination of the fi)ot of 
a horse than that which a liv- 
ing subject presents us with, it is 
very evident that the heels, and 
not the frog, foim the first natu- 
ral bearing for his weight; and, in 
a state of nature, the latter will 
not toudb the ground on a level 
and hard surface, until the crust 
of the former is worn down, as I 
have an hundred times witnessed 
in colts which have travelled a long 
distance barefooted. Add to this^ 
that however well adapted the 
froff may be to act by second causes^ 
-and also to prevent injury to the 
parts beneath it, yet (speaking 
plainly), from the stuff it is made 
of, BO highly elastic — when consi- 
dered as a preventive of contraction 
—its powers of opposing horn and 
iron must be very feeble indeed. ' 
As I shall, at a future oppor« 
tunity, offer some remarks on pre- 
paring the foot for the shoe, in 
which attention to the frog and its 
prop^ties will not be overlooked^ 
I shall now proceed to the impor- 
tant Ascovery to whidi I alluded 
in my last, relatiing to the nature 
and seat of the disease caHed 
" founder, or groggy lameness" 
•-—a discovery which has hitherto 
never been noticed by veterinary 
writera, with the exception of one 
or two, who have lately touched 
upon it. Your readers will ob- 
serve, that it is a disease strictly 
confined to the fore feet, so that 
the last-mentioned organ^ the frog> 

'^ J9r.€7o]an«nneoiDxn«BdBsiioestlinet^^ Infidr 

pkiv, however^ to bfan and his ibllowen, this dispioportioii has not been persSsted in. 
Aflttding to these shoes, Mr. Peall, professor to Ae Dublin Society, thus expresses him* 
teV t— .^* fispCTieiioe-of many yean has oonvtnoed me that no other principles of shoemg 
than those wmcfa Mr* Gokman haslaid down, «n capable of jpfesorting the ibot of the 
horse from disease ;** but attheend of the same chapter he informs us, th«t *■*■ the thin- 
heded shoes recommended by the professor, had been had aside for some time at the 
Ijondm Voterinavv OoDege, from tne expeiienoe of their inutifity.*' We are indebted to 
Mr. Goodwin lor this amiuiiig extna; but, us it tometfrom Dublin^ we must eiuaie all 



cpm have no pecuUar relation to it^ 
as that organ exercises its func- 
tions equaUy in all the feet. 
. Now the following is the man* 
ner in which I stumbled upon this 
(to me) new light in the reteri- 
nary horizon^ in which lam much 
inclined to think there is still some 
twilight remaining^ which the 
bright sunshine of Knowledge and 

hand, I have heard a good spi^ti^ 
man declare h6 wouhl give a hun*. 
dred guineas if he could get a good 
running thrush into one of a fa^ 
Tourite horse's fore feet, to make 
it as sound as the other, whidi 
had a thrush. I was myself con- 
vinced that contraction^ or pre»- 
sure on frogs^ had no more to do 
with lameness or soundness of the 

meeting has 

experience has yet got to dispel :— foot, than a 

Happening^ to go to London the to do with religion ; but I haH ne- 

latter end of September, I was re- ver heard of me '' naviculai* dis« 

quested by afriend in the country to 
purchase a hunter for him, for which 
purpose I went to the Bazaar. 
There I got into conversation with 
Mr. Turner, the veterinary sur- 
geon to this splendid establisninent, 
and who also so well perform&T his 
part in the rostrum on the auction 
days. On my lool^ing at the feet 
of some horses, and making some 
observations on them which were 
in unison with his ideas and prac- 
tice, he entered freely into the 
subject, and at last spoke of ^' the 
navicular disease" Now it so 
happened (and here I must expose 
my ignorance), that though I 


Being all for demonstration^ 
when I can get it, and ccmvinced 
that there are are but two ways of 
obtaining knowledge— one from 
our own experience, and the other 
from the experience of others— I 
obtained from his brother an intro- 
duction to Mr. Turner, and waited 
on him, at his residence at Croy-^ 
don, where I found he was the son 
of an eminent practitioner of his 
art, and a highly-respectable cha- 
racter, and was himself, though a 
young man, in full possession of all 
the veterinary practice of that po-i 
pulous and sporting country. 

On my arrival at Croydon, Mr. 

knew there was such a joint m the 

foot as this, yet I was ignorant of Turner was prepared witli one dis* 
its technical appellation;* and section of the leg of a horse just 
therefore was obliged to ask for an killed, to shew me the original 
explanation, which, in the most 
obliging and scientific manner, he 
instantly furnished me with ; at 
the same time informing me, that 
. the discovery of this disease, as ike 
seat qffounder,was due to a brother 
of his, who practised the veterinary 
art at Croydon, in Surrey. 

Now I have heard and read a 
great deal about diseases of the 
root. I have heard some attribute 
them to ossification of the carti- 
lages; whilst I have heard others 
attribute them to contracted hoofs, 
or diseased frogs.- On the other 

structure of the interior of the 
foot; and witiii another, denuded 
of hair and flesh, so as to enable 
him to point out to me the situa« 
tion and office of the navicular 
bone and joint, wherein, he con.* 
tends, the ses^t of the disease 
called '^ founder, or groggy lame- 
ness," is invariably to be seen; 
and, by the very dear and able 
manner — suited to my capacity 
on such subjecta^-in which he un- 
folded the evidence necessary to 
establish the fact, I shall be able to 
detail it to your readers in such 

* I knew this bone by the name of 'the nut, or shuttle bone, and was also awaie of 
the joint H formed with the flexor. 



language as mi^ Im intelligible to 
them, being sunilar to that to 
wbich it was conveyed to me. 

The navicular bone has its dei^i* 
Ttttion irom the Latin word '^ na^ 
W9," being supposed to resemble a 
boat ; but, in my opinion, the iM 
appdQation of '* shuttle bone- need 
not have been disturbed, as the re- 
semblance here is the stronger of 
the twa By that wonderful organ 
— the great jlexor tendon of the l^-—' 
passing immediately under this 
bone, and articulated with it, the 
joint called the " navicular joint " 
is formed. Immediately under 
this joint is the fatty, or elastic 
frog, also one of the greatest ca« 
riosities in^ nature ; and under that 
is the horny, or elastic frog. It ia 
also worthy of remark, that the 
navicular bone passes across the 
foot, from one side to the other, just 
above the centre. of the frog, form- 
ing, as it welre, a double jomt with 
the pastern bone and the flexor ten- 
don ; thereby acting as an auxiliary 
simporter to the coffin bone, in re- 
ceiving the weight from above. On 
this weight bemg received from 
the pastern, the navicular bone 
descends with the pressure, in- 
clining backwards, conveying the 
weight to the htty frog, and 
thereby acting as a powerful spring 
to all tbat portion of the foot which 
apoiterior to the coffin bone. On 
inspection of this joint, in its 
healthy state, the navicular bone 
(which forms the joint with the 
flexor tendon, by a corresponding 
convexity in the centre of the bope) 
jMiesents an exquisitely polishea 
surfiftce, resembling a shell, though^ 
at the same time, it is highly vas- 
cular, and has the power of secret- 
ing ^at phenomenon in animal 
economy, synovia, or joint oil, by 
which the parts are lubricated 
when in action. 

Now it appears most clearly, 
that there are two distinct causes 
for the disease of the navicular 
joint—one, from any effectual <m. 
podticm it may meet with in Hs 
descent, as above described (and 
which descent, as it receives the 
weight perpendicularly, and not 
obliquely, as with the coffin bone, 
is essential to prevent concussion) ; 
and the other, by inflammation, 
which attacks the synovial mem<: 
brane which lines the joint, and 
which may proceed from various 
causes; though I should imagine 
concussion, or jar to the. foot, to 
be the principal one; notwithn 
standing, to oppose concussion, to 
a certain extetU, seems to be the 
principal intention of the parts in 

From the information Mr. Tur- 
ner was so kind as to afford me, and 
from the specimens he presented 
me with, I am enabled to form the 
following notions of the disease of 
the navicular joint: — First, in- 
flammation attacks the membrane 
lining the joint, su(;ceeded by a di- 
minution of the synovia, and a ge- 
neral stoppage to the healthy se- 
cretion of the parts. The conse- 
quence of this is, increased friction, 
succeeded by abrasion of the deli- 
cate and highly-sensible membranes 
of which they are composed. Se- 
condly, absorption frt>m the centre 
of the bone takes place, causing a 
hole in it very similar to that which 
we see in a carious tooth; and, 
lastly, a strong adhesion of the tep- 
don to this hme, forming a disease 
the most prevalent, and at the same 
time the most formidable to which 
the horse is liable. In slight cases, 
I found there had only been 
an absorption of the cartilage 
which covers the bone, without 
any loss of, or hole in, the bone 
itself, and then there was little or 




ao aAemn «f tike (endim to the 

Nowj to all tho6# who hwt ex* 
j^enoed the paiyul and dutms* 
uw efiect of a small bone qwriD in 
a Bom> it BMiat at once be tMum^ 
that to create action in a joint in 
the state above described, must be 
the cause of exceasiFe su0mng to 
the animal ; jret such is the case 
with all groggy horses. 

Of the extreme sensibility of 
joints^ we need no further proof> 
than to be tdd that the most tri* 
fling exposure of their cavities very 
often terminates &tally, by ex** 
cessiye irritation. Eren nones can- 
not rest or more upon each other 
with impunity, but are prote^ed 
by^ ligaments which surround their 
joints, and by a fine rascular mem<« 
brane which lines their different 

Whatevw mi^ be the credit due 
to Mr. Turner for hi9 aUe and b^ 
tisfactcny researchesinto this dread- 
fid disease, it is but just to observe, 
that it has not aiiogethar escaped 
the notice of others. Mr. Coleman, 
in all his publications, has never 
reverted to tliis disease; though I 
understand, that since his atteiv* 
tion has been directed to it by 
Mr. Turner, he has admitted it. 
Mr. Goodwin did mention one in»* 
stance <tf it in a late publication^ 
in the case of a gentleman's hun- 
ter whose foot he dissected; but 
to Mr. Turner alone is the merit 
of estaUishing the incontrovntible 
fact of its being the general seat 
qfjmmder in the foot of the horse. 
Tnese gentlemen, however, speak 
of it as an individual instance ; and 
it must be highly gratifying to 
Mr. Turner, to find that eminent 
practitioner Mr. Goodwin (veteri* 
nary surgeon to his Majesty, and 
whose book I have perused with 
the greatest pleasure) stating, that 

'< altheugh thiadiifme mi|^tiuM 
been previousty known to exist in 
particular cases" (onl^one of which 
i^mars in his iiraetuae), '' it was 
not uiidsrstood to be the gene* 
xal4Mie, belm Mr.Tuvner mviaf 
tinted the lubjeet.*' 

Fopm^r own sart, I hate a ho* 
verio^ ftith» ana would at any tiiae 
nde an hunibed miles^ ralhev than 
remain in doubt mi a subiect of 
this interestinff nature. Un my 
viewing Mr* Turner's specimens, 
all scepticism vanished ; but some 
curiiMia reflectkms came across my 
mind* '' Why," said I to i^yBelr^ 
^' do we take so many opinions 
upon trust, when we have ears to 
hear, and eyes to see, for ourselves? 
If this fact be established, what 
must alter ages think of those vo- 
lumes of error that have gone forth 
to the world on a subject surely of 
no such in^netrable difficulty; 
^ thftt one humble individual 
should have it in his power to say^ 
that, after all the exertions <tf the 
veterinary body, not only baa 
no cure been yet discovered^ but 
no real cause dem<mstrated, for 6y 
far the most common disease in-» 
cident to the theme and subject of 
their inquiries and labours ? " Aa 
for contracted hoofs, I have already 
stated my opinion of them, in terms 
which cannot be mistaken. They 
have no more to do iiith the cause 
gf lameness, thsn the pen I now 
hsM . in my hand. Among Mr. 
Tumor's specimens, is the most 
contracted mot I ever saw ; for the 
heels fiiirly over-lap each other, 
^th no appearance of frog. It, 
however, carried an old hiHrse quite 
sound to his dying day; but the 
navicular bone and joint are aa 
sound as adamant. Had it been in 
the power of mere outward com- 
pression to have lanied a horse, this 
horse must have been lame; but 



tids I do not bdieve to be tfie oaae^ 
«nd I will state my reasons why. 

Etoit part of the internal ca- 
vity of we foot which ceuld be af- 
fected by pressure, being (^ an elas- 
tic nature, and no joint being within 
its immediate influence, contno* 
tion, from whatever cause it may 
pooeed, cannot come on so rapidly, 
but that the parts would adapt 
themselves to the change. How 
frequently are hind fret contract- 
ed, but when have we heard of 
lameness * as the consequence 1 
Should contraction arise from the 
mechanical effect of shoeing, which 
mtui be progressive, there is a still 
digfater tdianoe, from the reason 
ju^ stated, ot disease being pro- 
duced by it. 

Were any thinff wanting to con- 
vince me uiat uie seat of foot 
lameness is in the navicular joint, 
I should take my stand in the 
hinder hoof. This, it aj^iears, 
never founders. But why, may I 
ask, does it not? The answer is— 
it does not receive concussion suf- 
ficient to injure the navicular 
joint. It conies obttqnely, and not 
perpendicularly, to uie ground, as 
does the fore foot; neither does it 
support 1^ thing like the sam« 
quantity of weight. 

Now, for the sake of argument, 
it may be asserted, that as from 
the form of the animal, it was ne- 
cessary that the fore legs diould 
carry a greater jj^roportion of the 
animal (say nothing of the rider), 
dian tlie hmder ones. Nature has 
been deficient in not providing ac- 
cordingly. To this I answer, that 
for all natural purposes she has 
provided; but not against going at 
the rate of 20 mfles inihehour,with 
additional weight, and opposed to 
two of the hanlest substances we 
have— iron and stone. It is '^ the 
pace that kills" here, as well as in 

Vol. XIII. N. 5.— No. 74. 

other easee;andtdthem(odenitepa0e 
at which horses in foroign countries 
are ridden (a foct universally al- 
lowed), is to be attributed the 
more general absence of foot lam^ 
ness, and not to their clumsy me- 
thod oi shoeing, which I shall al- 
lude to hereafter. Wemayaddto 
this, that the horses on the Conti- 
nent are, for the most part, a dif- 
ferent sort of horse to those used 
for the common purposes of lifo in 
this country; not tibat I mean to 
say the navicular disease is not 
sometimes found in our cart horsefly 
as well as those of a superior breed, 
as has been demonstrated by Mr« 

A groggy hiwse cannot be mis- 
taken. From having been so 
much on '' the road," my eye is 
quite familiar to them; and I 
know them when I see them stand* 
ing in the stable. They stand in 
a position pecul&r to taemsdLvefl^ 
leaning obhquely backiiraids, as H 
were, to ease tiie fore foet, amd 
trying to rest their weight more 
on the toe, than on die heel* 
This would not be the case, were 
tiie lameness produced hj i»ta« 
sure on the cartilages, as tnen tike 
impression would £ general* 

When some of my acquaintance, . 
who may be said to nave been great: 
.^lotoien, ae weD as great horsemen, 
all their lives, come to read what I 
have now written, they will, I think, 
be convinced, that they have had a 
good deal of their trouble fornothing 
-Hiot but what I highly appreciate 
the vidue of an open and wide 
foot in a hunter, in keejniig hun 
above ground over a deep country, 
as I would draw out manare on 
tender land in a broad, and not a 
narrow-wheel, cart; but I allude 
to those whose anxiety has been so 
great to preserve open feet, as a ' 
preventive of disease. To one 



!Me^«f mitte, tbkparticakriy ap» C]iaiitotii»r ukrgeprioe^that ^tat- 
:^e6. He had a ^6iy valuable gig ried me from the liirtJier end cf 
•norse, winch he never drove in the Witcfawood Forest^ in Oxfordshire^ 
^liter^ hecauie, he • said^ he had -to Bourton on the Hill^ inGlouoev- 
•tfnch* naiT^w feet^ that he would ter^ise, a distance of at lewt 18 
e^ainly be a cripple^ unless he miles^ in two hoiffs^ without afore 
fKisyed the winter montiis in screw shoe^ and without the smallest i]»- 
«hdes;, by means of which^ I admits jury to hia^foot^ which was a nam 
tiis feet did appear to be somewhat row one. Your readers will know 
wider at the heels^ when he came that this is not a sofb country to go 
iip^ in the springs though they soon over, and the shoe was off wh^ot we 
resumed their old shape. These fint^ed a capital run, so that I 
nknrow feet, however, never failed know (not what^ distance my horse 
him, for the navicular bone was may have gone barefooted, 
doitndv I must now bring this letter to a 
/ Now I have no doubt but this conclusion, but shaU resume the 
vtai the- disease which ** the an« subject, it being, in my opinion^ 
cients" (amongst which I include one of ^ most interesting , .iJiaaX 
^e 'common fkrriers of the last ever occupied the attentkni of a 
century) tcfrnied '^ coffin lameness." sportsman, as far as the stable isooiif- 
ilis inost of them are, iortunatel? eemed. in. the mean time, it may 
^or h^ses), now in their own cc^- notbe amiss to observe> that as con* 
llns, it is no harm to say^ that they cussion appears' likely to- produce 
Oliiild not have given a mucn foot lameness^ by peculiarly afSacting 
ate^ger proof of their igno^rance i thepart I have been treating id^ it 
^, l^m the oblique direction of shoidd be avoided as much -sm m 
^kaJt bene, added to its being sur- eonsiatent with absolute neqessity 
vMittded by, and einbedded in, for it, and valuable hunters sheuld 
^rhigs; its itrpiry must be of rare be kept off hard roads as niuch as 
occurrence. ' it is possible to do so.* Thisap« 
' When I sai^ thaft injury to the plies merely to concussion, 
nav^iaular joint proceeds from ccm*^ Inflammation of tiie synovial 
cussion, are we not surprised that foembrane which lines the joints 
nlischief is net done every time a may arise from other.causes, whidb 
itoKl> leaps his horse into a hard itmay be more difficult to descxibe. 
stonyt road P O^eneral rulies, how- it maybe weU toob6erfe> thatsuB^ 
djrery^ il0v€fr apply to individual fering horses to go a long time 
calk^^ aftid hy no pfirt (ff animal without being shod> or removed, 
eOont(>my is* there more variety than ■ and thereby su^ring the sole to 
ift/the foot of the horse, not only becomie morbidly thick, may be one- 
air tb its shapej but as to what it is cause of inflammation, as offierixi|^ 
ma^e^ol. I have had horses whose too much resistance to the descent 
ffeeib have-been very perfectly formed, of the navicular joint. Standings 
who eduM not go at al! witliout long in the stable, and then sud- 
tlieir fore shoes; and I had one, denly called into action, is also very 
ithich I' ^Id to Mr. Letchmeie likely to derange these highly- 

'* Not v^rrlohg ginc^ I wa» returning home fionihttntmg withaMeodof mine who 
HQS ndind^ a horse, he bad purcftutsed from me, and was trotong him at the rate of nine 
utiles an hour pu the highroad, whilst 1 was riding by the side of it " Why," said I, 

"^^ do you knock your horse*s feet about in that way, when ypn can avoid it ?*• His 
answer was — '^ If they wiS not stand what he is now doing, he is not worth what J gav« 
you for him." This w^s bad logic ! 




sensible parts^ as^ indeed^ it is tlie 
eause ef Tsrious bodily oomplaint&u 
I have now oilly to obaeire^ that 
were I to have a horsie struck with 
foot-lameneds^ I would send that 
hoFSe to Mr^ Turner> and say to 
him/ '^ Here^ Sir^ is a patient for 
you: as you know his^disease^ you 
are the most likely man to cure 
him«" I should then take my 
leave^ wishing him all possible suc- 
cess in his profession^ to which he 
appears eminently entitled. If 
he succeeds in his labours^ and 
finds out the cure, as lie has found 
out the disease, he will then have 
found ^^ tiie basis for the repose of 
his ^ofesaion," which a brother 
member of it rather piematurdy 
boasted of. Let him^ however^ 
persevere in his eK^eavotirs, and he 
will be sure of his reward. Hie 
words of the poet apply to us all : 
we knbw not what we can do tiU 
we try:— 

— t Quid ferrereoment, 

Quid Tftlea&t huxoeri, 


p. S.' From the very liberal con* 
duct of Mr. Turner to me — a peiw 
fect stranger ta him--^it would have 
been highly improper to have at- 
tempted to dive into his treatment 
of the navicular disease; but I 
have reason to think the public will 
soon reap ther benefit of his labours. 


For " Buttress," rmci " Butteriss." 


To the Editor of the Sporting Magazine. 

QN Wednesday, October 29, Mr. 
Standen's harriers met at Beau 
Port, and, after running and killing 
a brace of hares (or rather walking 
and talking^hem to death), they 
returned to theirkennel. Although 

the day was as mild and fifie^a^^jM 
as ever man went out in, ^U if, 
proved the worst scentins aay by 
hx they have experienced uiis yea^ 

The pack consists of fburte^ 
couple, very large hounds, and very 
deep toned-— handsome in their 
stems, fine large ears, and broa^ 
open nostrils, and very large in 
their bones. They seldom, mise ^ 
hare, and they will frequently carry 
the hunted hare through a coy;er|: 
of 200 or 300 acres, without 
changing. '7 

Mr. Standen is a most inde^ti- 
gaUe sportsman, and pays great 
attention to his Hounds whenr^n 
kennel ; and his good humour aiid 
universal civility make him agrea|; 
favourite with every one. . ^ 
' ■ ■■ ' ■ ' ■ ' ■ , I, ,. .it I . .J- 


To the Editor of the Sporting Magazine. 

eEBINGthe word " Nimro^^' 
mixed up in your last Nuo^ 
ber with directions for colt-break^ 
ing—- which, in my opinion, a map 
should be nearly as well paid .U> 
read as to practise — ^I was induced 
to run my eye over them, and 
found they were from the ppn of 
your correspondent Pollux. : 
To keep a just mean, is as difi^ 
cult in writmg as in life; for, 
though style is infinite, as Plgio 
considers pleasure in the Philebus, 
yet such is the tyranny of mao, 
that be must be a witch who can 
please, all palates. Good writing, 
however,* has. been compared to 
good breeding-^-^ot to that sort qf 
.good breeding which induces a man 
sometimes to say, ^' black is whifee,^' 
rather than contradict a woman ; nor 
to that of Terence's amiable young 
gentleman in the Andria, who was 
too polite to say no — ^but to thait 
which proceeds without delibera^ 

K 2 



Hon (T redectkm, like the natund 
depoc^ment of a gentleman. To 
have right ideas of things, and to 
communicate those ideas to others, 
is the part \f e hare to perform ; 
and as Pollux is a Grecian, he 
will remember how two great g^ 
niuses of that nation managed these 
matters ,%-Hme l^ amusing stories, 
*-«the other trp deep reasoning; 
hut each finishing lr|r telling us we 
know nothing. This is not polite; 
but it is the only way to inspire us 
with a desire of Knowledge. 

Enthusiasm, says the Edif^rgh 
Revienf, is necessary to those who 
(like us) write on tnfies, andtobe a 
htde angry now and then^is among 
the admitted impulses of our na- 
ture; and,for aught Iknow, neither 
forhi4dira by law norGo^Ml. Now 
it is evident that Pollux is anary 
with me, so I must try and put nim 
into ffood humour agpftin* I will do 
any t£in^ to obli|;e Umbutpnmiise 
toreadhisdirectionsforcdt-break- recreation for the indolent clergy 
ing, because they are beyond my of olden times, thonrii at last for- 
comprehension. Pulling c<dts by bidden by the church, perhaps on 
their noses, and ^^soUcUm^ horses account of the lacUes. One thing 
to h<^d up their heads, is tul new to respecting it is remarkable : one 

ixtf.t Practically I do nst, as^ 
with few exceptions, it was obso* 
lete before I was bom, and, fziDm 
all I hare heard of it, it would hare 
been no great loss had it nerer been; 
for, with the exc^ion of nov and 
then givinff a lift to the aerial flight 
of a poet (which even the king of 
tods has availed himself (^, axML 
fuDTDishing him with a beauti- 
ful figure; to use a homely phrase, 
there must have been more j^Uigue 
than profit in it As connected, 
howevCT, with our days of diivalry, 
I ^ould be a^amed to own that I 
were quite igiMM'ant of every* thing 
that has been said or sung on the 
subject It was, I have lieud, 
the fitvonrite pastime with the la- 
dies, who, no doubt, lodced to ad< 
vantage with a hawk on their arm, 
and then I suppose it was that Paj«<- 
LUx's '^ virilityit of modem hun- 
ters" was so necessary to ^rt It 
also considered awholesonw 


me ; andas to '' uniting a horse/' 
unless it be with a mare, that is 
all Hebrew to my humble faculty. 
I have heard of the union of nature^ 
the union of body and soul, the 
Irish Union, the Union Fire Office, 
the Union Club, the Union Hounds, 
and the Union Coach ; but I never 
heard of the union of the horse 
nfiih hmsdff tUI now. Perhaps 
this is from ignorance*— <a com- 
plaint, it seems, to which we are 
all subject For instance-— Pol- 
lux says, I know nothing of hawk- 

Demetrius, who wrote a Greek 
treatise upon it, in the year 1613, 
desires all men who go out hawk- 
ing, to say their prayers {** T«v inof 
tvutaM0'»vn^") b^re they go to 
the field; which, indeed, they 
would have many other opportuni- 
ties of doing in the course of their 
sport, when looking up to the 
higher world. 

I must confess I have no idea of 
hawking, and riding over a oountiy 
at the same time ; for let us pio- 
ture to ourselves the rider hawk- 

* The tphereof my imagination is shallow, hut I conceive Pollux means the vnion 
of the powers of the hone, with which nature has more to do than the riding master. 

"t* It is a curious coincidence of drcumttances, hnt this verv day (the 20th November), 
two hooded hawks were met by a friend of mine in the Breton road, and had I been a 
Kttle sooner I should have seen them. I have also had an opportunity of conversiiig witli 
a person who often witnessed hawking with the late Colonel Thornton, and he inramnol 
m# that sometimes they had a gallop of a mile and a half, over an open country, 
, Z This word must aUude to men, and not to horseeu 



log, tad- his horse 8tttr«igariiig, 
what aceideiits must oocur^ if there 
were any blind ditches in the way! 
As to the *' speedeness " of Sir Hu- 
bert Puncombe's hunter^ I canonly 
obs^re, that all horses go fast by 
a bu^ ; and the being *' swift m 
ibote as the roe bucke/' is a simile 
eren (4der than Sir Hubert him- 

A quotstioii,' it seems, has done 
the mischief between us. PoLLtrx 
says, I flew away with evie of his 
to the era of our fifth Harry, and 
hawking, whereas I merely new to 
my own reodlecti<m of the text of 
■Shakspeare;— ^ the very page to 
which he had flown before me. I 
always think old Socrates was a 
good judge not to put pen to pa- 
, per. Juyenal admitted tnat it was 
difficult to be good natured when 
he had a pen in his hand; and ex- 
perience nas ^ewn us, that well- 
rounded periods, and apt quota- 
tions, are <^n our greatest en^ 
raies. But for that ratal line— 

** Gcdant anna toga; oencedst laniea 

Pompey had nerer set about Cicero ! 
Now, (m further consideration, 
were I to say what has made me 
incur the censure of Poiii<irx, I 
should attribute it to a remark I 
made on one of his first produc- 
tions, in which, if my recdlection 
serves me,' he appealed to me. I 
ventured to tell mm that nothing 
was to be learned by a sportsman, 
by riding ladies' pads upon saw- 
dust, wmdi is an opinion I cannot 
retract. I also think Poli«ux re- 
e(mimended me to put my horses, 
if not myself, through some of 
. these harlequin-like manoBuyres, in 
the summer; but I must inform 
him, that, as fiir as regards myself, 
I haye other employment for my 
time; nor can I guess what my 
old half-worn out horses would 

think of me, were I to cut such 
capers with them, and ''- solicit" 
ihem to hold up their h^bds in 
their old age. Poi#x<T7X says, I 
ventured to compare a hunter to 
a poet^-yiz. that he must be bom 
(me. I did not go quite so far as 
this ; but I intended to imply, that 
if a horse W4»e foaled with short, 
upright shoulders, and straight 
hind legs, not ^* the union" of 
Pollux and Castor could ever make 
him fit to carry a gentleman over 
a country; andxertainly not with 
the '^thr^ of silk," which PoL« 
I4UX talks of, after th^ ^* union" 
has been accomplished. 

PoLi^ux talks of the cross 
(his '' iron man of Ross"), as if it 
were something new. It is older 
than the man of Ross himself, for 
the purpose (^ breaking cdts; and 
it was only two days aeo that I 
met a Tery fine yei^linl colt, I7 
Rubens, belonging to Mr. Mab^v 
ley, wearing the cross, with a li- 
nen rubber flying on one side of it, 
and an old woman's doak on the 
other. For my own part, I had 
seven thorough-bred colts broke, 
two years ago, by a one-eyed 
Welcnman, Drao did the job f<H* 
ten shillings a week and his keep, 
and he crossed them all in his way, 
in six days after he handled them, 
giving them as good mouths as I 
ever touched; and one of them 
has lately been beating some ci the 
best country horses w the year. 

Pollux goes from horses to 
men ; but I think his illustration 
of the manage by the soldier is a 
bad one. The Duke of Wellington 
will tell him that Britieh solcQers 
are cbilled to stand, and not to run ; 
and he would also tell him, that 
those who do run, carry themselves 
in any way but that of a soldier. 
They don't turn out their toes and 
hold up their heads, upon those 



occasions; neither do our speedy 
mnners against time. 

Wlien leaking of the human 
faoe/aome writer hasolbserved^ that 
when natiHpe has completed her 
work> the dafidng-master is nece»^ 
sary to put it in motion. This is 
in farour oi Poli<ux; but there 
are exceptions even to liiis rule. 
It is UAa of an English Noblemaa 
ci the last century^ that be nerer 
could approach the graces^ though 
long in the hands m a celebrated 
French dandng-master. Happen- 
ings at a later period of his life^ to 
go to Paris^ he met his old precep- 
tor^ and spake to him ; but Mon.* 
deur would not acknowledge him. 
Turning short upon him^ however, 
some days afterwards, he addressed 
him in the following words:-— 
" Halloo, you d— d French rascal ! 
I did you the honour to speak to 
you the other day, but you did not 
return the compUment." " Ah, by 
Oar! me Lor/* said the French- 
man, *^ I hare van grand re- 
speC for you ; but if they know in 
Paris I teach you to dance, by Gar 
I lose all my custom!" 

To return to the brute. Pol- 
hvx tells us, that though a master 
of hounds, he retains the ^'cater- 
ings of the manage." So dialer 
Roger de Coverley, upon his white 
gelding, when his pack ran over 
fte country in ike month of July, 
as told in one of the Spectators ; 
and we may judge of " the pace" 
by the huntsman running before 
ine houndsy and stopping them with 
his pole, to save the life of the hare. 
Mr. Tickell, however, the writer 
of the paper, was no sportsman ; 
but he expiated all faults, in the 
elegance of his language, and by 
telhng us, at the finiiSi, in the words 
of Mt. Dryden, that, with the old 
Knight's beagles, 
■■■■ 11. . ■ ■■ ^^ a cry matt tuneable ' 
Was never hallooed to, nor cheer'd with 

r have now nothing left but to 
oier my thanks to Poi^lux for 
lifting me out of the mud, and to 
advise lumi to tdce care that he 
himself does not get into the mire. 
Let me also recommend him to 
write a plains hand, and not sub* 
ject himself to such mistakes of the 
press. For instance; After speaks- 
m^ of pulling colts by their noses, 
on^ suppose (and not unlikely) his 
**fixw nosiris" should bave been 
made **jums nosts," what a laugh 
it would have occasioned, and what 
would Catullus have said I Worse 
mistakes, indeed, than this might 
occur ; for let me remind Mr. Pol- 
liUX, that tliere is a word or two in 
the English language, to whidi 
even the alteration of a letter would 

^^^- . NlMBOD. 



TUS819AY, NOVBiniBB 4. 

JpOB. the Cup — First Class, — ^Mr- 
Lowther's dun d. Harold, beat 
Major Bower's bl. d. Blackcock ; 
Mr. Fox's bl. b. Elizabeth, beat 
Sir J. Johnstone's blk. and w. b. 
Fly ; Mr. Vansittaft's r. b, Jesse, 
beat Mr. Lowther's blk. d. Pilot ; 
Mr. Vansittart's blk. b. Julia, 
beat Sir J. Johnstone's blk. and 
w. b. Snfoker; Dr. Blomberg's 
dun d.' Blucher, beat Mr. Best's 
blk. and w. d. Tartar; General 
Bosville's blk. and w. d. Rivers, 
beat Dr. Blomberg's blk. d. Snap ; 
Mr. Lumley's dun d. Catton, beat 
General Bosville's r. and w. d. p. 
Hesel ; Mr. Best's r. d. Streamer, 
beat Mr. Lumley's Wk. d. Cler- 

Sweepstakes of Jive sovs. each, to 
he run tn classes on Tuesday and 
Thursday, b. f. — First Ctass.'^ 
Mr. Lumley's bl. b. Jessy, beat 
General Bosville's bl. b. Bluebell ; 

tVLE SPaKtma MAOAfflNS. 


Mr. Vaiisit|»r1f8 bl. b. Nimble, 
beat Mr. Best's bl. and w. b. 

SrtfeepstakeS' qf^fote akw. eack, to 
be run m ciasse9 on Tuesdaif tmd 
ThursdaUy 6. f, for puppies-^^ 
First Clks9.^mx. Best's Uk. b. 
Gazelle^ beat Mr. Vansittajrf s 
bl. b. Nike; Mr. Lumky's dan d. 
Doctor, beat General BosviUe's 
brin. b. Laurel, 

.. 'Matches. — Mr. Fox's blk. and 
V. b. p. Tbetis, beat Dr. Blom'- 
berg'sblk. aUd w. d. Anvil; Mr. 
Best's bik. and vr. b. Tulip, beat 
(xieneral Bosville's 1^* d. Villager; 
Mn Bfest's blk. d. pt Gelert, beat 
Mr. Lundey's bL d. Cald^fdl ; 
Dr.: Biomber^'s M. andw. b. Ring, 
ibt^ aJB^t Mr. F^s- r. and w. bi 
Trinket— undecided ; Mr. Low<- 
ther's blk. b. Hoyden, beat Sir J. 
MAistotw'sblk. d. p. 8ultaii; Mr.. 
Vatti^ttarlfs r; d. Nectar, best 
Major Bonder's Mk. b. Bella; Ge- 
aerai Bos^e^s brin. b. Maiden^ 
beat Mr. Befl^s bUc and w. d. 

- Maikhe^^-^-^iT J. Johnstone's 
bflc and W". b. p. Cavoline, beat Mr. 
Fox's blk. d. p. Timothy; Mr. 
fiesfb p. d. The M9kihans beat 
Mt. V^isittai^t's blk. d. Nero; Mr. 
Lumley^$ d«n b. Ceres, beat Gene- 
ni BosvilkV blk;d. Blackeodc; 
General BosnIle'< r. apd xW. d. 
Hclsel; agst Sir J. Johnstone's blk. 
a&d iTb U Fly^^iiadecided; Mrl 
Lowlher's blk. d. p. Pun, agst 
Mr. Biest's blk. and w. d. p. 
Tomboys.*-Miiid6(jded ; Mr. Lum- 
ky's bl. d. p. Romulus, beat Mr. 
Lowther'« bft:. d. p. Pilot; Mn 
Vansittart's bL b. Violet, beat 
Dr. JKomberg's bl.andw. b. Vesta; 
Mr. Vansittart's Uk. d. Playmate, 
beat Dr. Blomberg's bl. anrd w. b. 
Ruth ; Mr. Best's blk. d. p. Tick- 
ler, beat Sir J. J^ohnstone's bl. and 


w. b. Patbh ; Mr. Best's r. d. p. 
Striver, beat Sir J. Johnstones 
bL b. Lucy. 


For the Cup — Second Class*"^ 
Blucherbeat Jelia— Streamer beat 
Rivers — Jessy beat Catton — ^Eli- 
zabeth Jbeat Harold. 

Sweepstakes of Jive sovs. each, 
to be run in classes on Tuesday 
and Thursday, b.f. — Second Class. 
— Mr. Lumley's bl. b. Jessy, beat 
Mr. Vansittart's bl. b. Nimble, 
and i^on the Srveepstakes* 

Sweepstakes of Jive sovs. each, to 
be run tn classes on Tuesday and 
Thursday, b.f.Jhr puppies — Som 
cond Class. — ^Mr. liumley's dun d. 
Doctor, beat Mr. Best's blk. b. G^ 
zelle, and won the Sweepstakes'. 

Sweepstakes of Jive sovs. each, 
for puppies, to he run in classes on 
Thursday andFriday^^FirstCtasts. 
—Mr. Best's blk. d. Gelert, beat 
General Bosville's bl. d. Villager ; 
Mr. Vansittart's bl. b. Nike, beai 
Mr. Lowther's bl. b. Playful. 

Sweepstakes of Jive sovs. each, to 
be run tn classes on Thursday and 
Friday — First Ctdss. — ^Mr. Xium- 
ley's blk. d. Clermont, beat Sir J.' 
Johnstone's blk. and w. d. Smoker; 
Mr. Best's r.d. The Milkman> beat 
Mr. Lowther's r. d. Wavertey. 

FBmAT, N0V1}^BBR 7* 

No coursing, on account of thd 
rainy weather. ' \ 


For the Cup-^Third Class.-^ 
Blucher beat Streamer; and Jessy 
beat Elizabeth. • 

For the Cup-^Foarth dass^-^ 
Blucher beat Jessy, and won die 

Sweepstakes cf^ve sovs. each, 

Jor puppies, to be run in classes on 

Thursday and Friday, b. f. — Se^ 

cottd Ciass^^Mr. Besf s blk. d. 



GOeri, beat Mr. Vansittart's bl. b. 
Nike, and won the Sweepstakes. 

Sweepstakes cf Jwe sovs. each, 
to be run in classes on Thursday 
and Friday, b.f.-'^econd Class.^^ 
Mr. Best^ r. d. The Milkman^ 
beat Mr. Lumley's bile. d. Cler* 
mont, and won the Sweepstakes. 

Matches. — ^Major Bower's blk. 
b. p. Bella, beat Mr. Vansittart's 
blk. d. p. Playmate; Mr. Barnard's 
dun d. Keginald, beat Mr. Vansit- 
tart's U. b. Pledge; Mr.Lowther's 
blk. d. p. Pilot, beat Major Bower's 
blk. d. Blackcock; Dr. Blomberg's 
bl. and w. b. p. Ruth, beat Sir J. 
Johnstone's blk. d. p. Sultan; Mr. 
Lowther's blk. d. p. Pan, beat Mr. 
Best's blk. and w. d. p. Tomboy; 
Major Bower's r. b. Bloom, beat 
Dr. Blomberg's bl. and w. b. Vesta; 
Gen. Bosville's blk. and w. d. Ri- 
yers, agst Major Bower's r. b. 
Blossom— undecided; Mr. Vansit- 
tart's U. b. Violet, beat Gen. Bos- 
ville's brin. b. Maiden; Mr. Best's 
bl. and w. b. Vanity, beat Mr. Van- 
sittart's blk. d. Nero; Mr. Low- 
ther's dun d. Harold, agst Mr. 
Best's bl. and w. b. Muslin — ^unde- 
cided; Gen. BosyiUe's r. and w. d. 
Hesel, beat Sir J. Johnstone's blk. 
and w. b. Caroline; Mr. Best's 
blk. d. p. Tickler, beat Sir J. John- 
stone's blk. and w. b. Ply; Mr. 
Vansittart's bl. b. Nimble, beat Sir 
J. Johnstone's yel. and w. d. p. 
Yellowboy; Mr. Pox's yel. and w. 
b. p. Trinket, beat Dr. Blomberg's 
bl. and w. b. p. Ringlet; Mr. Lum- 
ley's dun b. Ceres, beat Major 
Bower's r. b. Bird; Mr. Lumley's 
bl. b. Jessy, beat Gen. Bosville's 
blk> and w. d. Rivers; Mr. Best's 
r. d. p. Striver, beat Sir J. John- 
stone's bl. b. Lucy; Major Bower's 
brin. d. Bowler, beat Sir J. John- 
stone's blk. and w. b. Fly; Mr. 
Lumley's bl. d^p. Romulus, beat 
Mr. Fox's bl. and w. b. p. Thetis. 



piRST Ties Jbr the Cup^^^Mr. 
^ Grichton's Flora Mac Ivor, 
beat CaptaiiL Graham's The Cud- 
die; Mr. Murray's Spell, beat 
Lord Queensberry's Spider; Mr. 
Babington's Homer, beat Mr. 
Younger's Venus; Sir John He- 
ron Maxwell's Hoptop, beat Mr. 
Taylor's Fl^; Mr. Stuart Men- 
teath's Spnng, beat Mr. Leny's 
Vich Ian Vohr ; Sir William Jar- 
dine's Nimble, beat Mr. Malt- 
land's Blue Beard ; Mr. Beattie's 
Bronti, beat Mr. Staig's Snap. 

Second Ties.'^Flon Mac Ivor 
beat Spell— Homer beat Hoptop 
—Spring beatNimble-— Brontirun 
a We. 

Third 7te#«— Flora Mac Ivor 
beat Homer---Spring beat Brcmti. 

DecieUng Course. — Flora Mac 
Ivor beat Spring, and won the Cup. 
novjbubbb 12. 

Members' Stakes — First Ties,/--^ 
Mr. Stai^ Blue Bonnet, beat Mr. 
Beattie's Blue Bell ; Lord Queens- 
berry's Fox, beat Mr. Maitland's 
Blue Beard; Mr. Young's Va- 
liant, beat Mr Babington's Bess. 

Second Tte;.— Fox beat Blue 
Botmet— Valiant run a by^e. 

Deciding Course^r^Vabani beat 
Fox, and won the Stakes. 

lliere was also another Stake, 
firee for strangers as well as mem- 
bers, which was won by liord 

The weather, both days, was 
highly &vourable, the company 
numerous and respectable, ana the 
sport most excellent. The Club 
dined together on Tuesday, twen- 
ty-three in number, besides stran- 
gers, when several stakes and 
matches were made, to be run for 
at the Spring Meeting in Fe« 



bruaiy. The match which at pre- 
sent excites the greatest interest 
is between Flora Mac Ivor (the 
winner of the Cup) and Spell — 
the former named by Lord Queens* 
berryj the latter j^ Mr. Wynd- 
ham — ^for twenty guineas each^ 
p. p. 

, JUNO. 


¥ UNO is a pointer, the property 
^ of Mr. R. H. Easum, of Step- 
ney^ Middlesex, and is descended 
from a bitch in possession of a fa- 
mily in Essex, so excellent in breed, 
that 50gs. have been refused for 
one of her progeny. 

The extraordinary tact often 
evinced by Juno . in finding her 
game, together with various other 
rare qualities, among which may 
be mentioned that of pointing to a 
bird whilst returning with one al- 
ready killed in her mouth, renders 
her well worthy of being thus ce- 
lebrated in the Sporting Magazine. [ 

ING, 1823. 

»pHE meeting this year was very 
thinly attended by the mem- 
bers. The fineness of the weather,, 
however, attracted large companies 
of strangers in the several fields. 
From the quality and strength of 
the hares, and the excellent state of 
the greyhounds, many courses were 
nm in the finest style, and nume-. 
rous bets were lost and won on the 
results.' The general success. which 
attends liord Kivers's matches (he 
having won 'five cups during the 
eleven meetings he has been a 
member) must be acknowledged to 

Sroceed.from the superiority of his 
ogs, his Lordship being allowed 
Voi,. XIII. N. S.—No. 74. 

to possess the best breed of grey- 
hounds in the kingdom. 

J. Carter, Esq. Sir John Fal« 
mer, and $ir Greorge Crewe, were 
admitted as new members. 

The balls -on Wednesday and 
Friday evenings were attended by 
upwards of two hundred persons 
of the first fashion and respectabi- 
lityin the kingdom. 

The following is an account of 
each day's sport:— 


First Westacre Field — For the 
Cup, — ^Mr. Wilkinson's blk. d. 
Cogniac, beat Lord Stradbroke's 
blk. .and w. d. Equator; Lord Ri« 
vers's bl. d. Rex, beat Mr. Budc- 
worth's r. d. Bribery; Mr. R. 
Hamond's bl. d. Ferdinand, beat 
Mr. Ayton's blk. d. Pluto; Mr. 
Redhead's bl. and w. b. Lapwing, 
beat Mr. Gumey's r. b. p. Artless. 

Matches. — Mr. Hamond's Quiz, 
and Mr. Ayton's Pilot — two hares, 
no course; Mr. Scott's Inkle, beat. 
Lord Rivers's Robin Hood; Mr.; 
Young's Venus, beat Mr. R. Ha* 
mond's Farintosk; Mr. Iledhead's' 
Lively; and Mr. Scott's Imogens- 

Sweepstakes. — Lord Rivers's 
Rantipole, be>t Mr. Wilkinson's. 
Cowslip; Lord' Bunwich's Merit,; 
beat Mr. Redhead's Lovely. 

Mutches continued. — ^Mr. Gur-' 
ney's Alfred, beat Mr. Buckworth's 
Billy ; Lord Dunwich's Moorcock, 
beat Mr. Wilkinson's Count; Mr.. 
Ayton's Pallas, beat Lord Rivers's; 
Rivulet; Mr. Gurney's Abbess,- 
beat Mr. Buckworth's Beauty. 

Second Class. —^ Mr. Young's > 
Valentine, beat Lord Rivers's Iw- 
rity; Lord Rivers's Royal, beat; 
Mr. Gurney's Aiiy ; Mr. pumey's 
Agnes, beat Mr. Young's Vision. ; 


Cley Field — Matches. — Mr. 
Buckworth's Bacchus, beat Lord 




Dunwicb'fi Mitre; Mr. Ayton's 
Pearl, beat Mr. Wilkinson's Cob- 
bea; Mr. Wilkinson's Clipper, 
beat Mr. Redhead's Lass; Lord 
Rivers's Reuben, beat Mr. Wil- 
kinson's Calliope; Mr. Redhead's 
Leveret, beat Mr. Gurney's Anna; 
Lord Rirers's Red Rose, beat Mr. 
Gurney's Addy ; Lord Stradbroke's 
Egbert, beat Mr. Scott's Indus; 
Lord Rivers's Riddle, beat Mr. 
Scott's lo ; Mr. Buckworth's Bar- 
bara, beat Mr. Ayton's Puss; Lord 
Dunwich's Mum, and Mr. Red- 
head's Leman — ^no course; Lord 
Bunwich's Medlar, beat Mr. Gur- 
ney's ArchefT 

Second Class, — ^Lord Rivers's 
Ruby^ beat Mr. Young's Villager; 
Lordi Rivers's Ronald, beat Mr. 
Scott's Intruder; Mr. Gurney's 
Abbess, beat Mr. Buckworth's 


Narborough Field — For the Cup. 
— Cogniac beat Ferdinand; Rex 
beat Lapwing. 

Matches. — ^Mr. Wilkinson's Cal- 
K<5pe, beat Mr. Young's Vizier; 
Lord Rivers's Rosamond, beat Mr. 
Bedhead's Lovely; Mr. Buck- 
wcwth's Ben, beat Lord Dunwich's 
Medlar; Mr. Scott's Inkle, beat 
Lord Rivers's Riiigouzle; Mr. 
Gurney's Alfred, beat Mr. Red- 
head's Logic ; Mr. Ayton's Pilot, 
bfeat Lord Dunwich's Moorcock ; 
Lord Dunwich's Mum, and Mr. 
Ayton's Pliito — ^no course; Mr. 
• Scott's Intruder, beat Lord Strad- 
bfioke's Eaiiator; Mr. Young's 
Vampire, oeat Mr. Wilkinson's 

Second Class. — ^Lord Rivers's 
Romulus, beat Mr. Ayton's Pal- 
las; Mr. Gurney's Agnes, beat 
Lord Rivers's Ready; Lord Ri- 
vers's Robin Hood, beat Mr. Red- 
head's Lively ; Mr. Gurney's Art- 
Itosj beat Lord Rivers's Rechia. 


Second Westacre Fteldr*^For the 
Cup. — ^Lord Rivers's IJea?, beat 
Mr. Wilkinson's Cogniac, and won 
the Cup. 

Matches. — ^Mr. Young's Venusi, 
beat Mr. Hamond's Quicksilver; 
Mr. Redhead's Leveret, and Mr. 
Gurney's Archer— undecided; Mr. 
Buckworth's Barbara, beat Mr. 
Ayton's Phillis; Lord Rivers'* 
Rosamond, beat Mr. Ayton's Plu- 
to ; Mr. Redhead's Las^, beat Mr. 
Scott's Imogen; Mr. Redhead's 
Leman, beat Mr. Hamond's Quiz; 
Mr. Ayton's Puss, beat Mr. 
Young's Vampire. 

Sweepstakes. — Lord Rivers's 

Matches continued. — ^Mr. Buck- 
worth's Bacchus, beat Mr. Young's 

Second dass^^^ltord Rivers's 
Ruby, beat Mr. Gume/s Alfired ; 
Lord Rivers's RoyaJ^ beat Mr. 
Gurney's Agnes; Lord Rivcars^s 
Ready, and Mr. Gurney's Addy — 
undecided; Lord Rivers's Rarity, 
beat Mr. Buckworth's Billy; Mr. 
Wilkinson's Cowslip,/ beat Lord 
Rivers's Ronald. 

■ ■ * . ^ ' ' ' ' ■ 


To the Editor of the Sporting Magazhui* 

TyEWMARKET Third Octo.. 
"*" ber, or Houghton Meeting, 
watf very respectably and rather 
numerously attended, with a list, 
as to matches, something like old 
times. The turf, for the first three 
days, was in the most beautiful 
state possible ; not so dry as to be 
dusty, nor so damp as to shew any 
thing more than just the marks of 
the plates, with elasticity exactly 
suited to a horse giving weight; 
and it is not a little extraordiiiary> 



that all those doing so the first 
daywere winners. 

The haU was opened by Vir- 
gilius and Jane Shore; but though 
the swain had youths activity^ a 
willing mind> and two stone weight 
in his favour^ he cut a poor fiexire 
in the sprightly dance. Jane her* 
fldf, with such a foil — ^with^l her 
beauty— caressed Kad. protected hj 
royalty itself as she is — still her 
ckarcicter stands very low, and her 
reputation sneered at by those who 
pretend to be judges of these ele- 
gant accomplishments. It must 
be allowed she has too often been 
daooveredin unjhrtunate situations; 
neFertheless, she is too often con- 
demned by those who are not half 
80 honest as herself. 

I should not have dwelt so long 
on this insignificant event, only as 
it afiecta Reformer, who, for some 
time, was the first favourite for next 
ear's Derb)c^ In the opinion of 

any, Virgilius ran well up to 
Refomier, m the July Stakes : if 
so. Reformer cannot be any thing 
very superior; for to be very eoo^ 
he ought to beat Virgilius, giving 
him two stone, and Jane Shore at 
something like equal weights. 

Swap beat Prosody rauier easy; 
and, had the run eiided in Abing- 
don's Mile Bottom, very gallantiyi 
giving a year away. The striae 
of Swap on level ground, or down 
hill, is immense, which evidently 
gave him this race; but if any 
uiing can catch him in difficulties, 
or again^ a hill, it is soon over— - 
his head is thrown up, and his ap- 
parent strength and great size of 
no avail. 

Cinder and Eden were brought 
oat again, to decjide the dead heat 
ran the last Meeting. Cinder won 

Hampden beat Marcellus easy ; 
agoo4 betting race; but it ought 


to be remembeiied, that Martellua 
is an infirm horse, and the match ^ 
was studiously made to exclude 
Chifney, his favourite rider. This, 
however, with the total £a.llinff off 
of Sultan, Augusta, Grodol^iin, 
&c. &c., has left Hampden at the 
'' head of affairs." 

The two other matches were tri- 
fling in themselves. Mirandoli^ 
who had hitherto been considered 
a slow, little honest creature, proved 
to Mr. Hunter, and Ganymede, 
that she has some speed also. The 
Houghton Oatlands Stakes was 
won, really in first-rate. style, by 
Scarborough, giving, it may lie 
said, weight 4x) every thing, and to 
Pedrillo (a bad one certainly) 
eleven pounds. Posthuma, ofice 9. 
first rater, could not give him 
fourteen pounds for the year; thus 
proving, if proof were wanting, 
that practice does not always make 

The greatest treat of the Meet- 
ing was, to see what a winner of 
the North St. Leger could do at 
Newmarket : none but losers were 
disappointed. ' He gave, it will be 
seen, three pounds and a year away, 
to Tressilian, at one time a &ir 
horse; two years to Vanloo; a year 
imd eight pounds to Aaron; and 
great weights to the rest. Nothing 
in the south, except Emilius, seems 
to have any chance of putting a 
stop to this son of Tramp. 

liO^c won a fifty-pound plate on 
the Wednesday, agayist a large 
field, the winner to be sold for 
350g8. which was claimed by Lord 
George Cavendish, for the Duke 
of York. He ran again the same 
day, and ^on for his new master, 
proving himself a good trial horse, 
and a cheap bargain.' 

Mr. Powlett's Eden won a stakes 
of ten sovereigns each, eight sub- 
scribers; a very poor affair^ con* 



tindng the owners of the old ones^ 
that a sale might have taken place 
some time ago> evidently to their 

The weather was so distressing 
on Thursday and Friday^ with 
wind and rain to so great a de- 
me^ that no opinion could he 
rormed which was the hest horse : 
it seemed altogether to depend on 
strength or accident. Indepen- 
dent of this^ the Meetings^ it must 
be said^ went off altogether with 
improvements^ except in horses-^ 
thev never were tvorse. 

Nov. 1. Obsbrvator. 


N. B. Fox-hounds running in 
covert, if they cross another scent, 
generally change; but if any of 
these hounds should afterwards be 
converted into buck-hounds, when 
running a deer, if they pass a large 
herd, they never quit the hunted 



To the Editor of the Sporting Magazine. 

¥T is the general opinion of hunts- 
men, that hounds, fed on raw 
flesh, are not in such good wind as 
others, and that it is prejudicial to 
the nasal faculties. I hunted for 
many years with a pack of harriers 
fed on nothing else but raw flesh : 
I never saw hounds in better wind, 
or more tender nosecT; and of this 
I am quite sure, that a pack fed on 
flesh is stouter at the end of a long 
day . Foxes live on raw flesh. 
What animals are better winded ? 
So much so, that if the scent does 
not serve a padc of hounds so as 
to press a stout fox, and blow him 
at some period of the chase, they 
will never get up to him. A eood 
fox is not to jbe walked to death by 
cold hunting, or killed by a mode-* 
rate scent. A ioix. generally keeps 
going, and never stops ; therefore, 
with an indifferent scent, he goes 
five miles whilst the pack are run- 
ning three. No animal has a finer 
nose than the fex — ^therefore the 
c^inion that raw flesh is prejudi- 
aal to wind, or noses; must be an 
erroneous one. P. P. 

To the Editor of the Sporting Magazine. 

'HIS is a sporting subject, with 
a witness to it ! from its uni- 
versality, affecting sportsmen, as 
well as all other good people who 
can afford a place within or with- 
outside a stage coach; not one of 
whom, I humbly apprehend, would 
willingly, or with his own free 
consent, either orally given or 
M. S. S. have a leg, an arm, or a 
neck broken. Yet, strange as it 
may seem, this truth appears such, 
rather in supposition quam in actu, 
from the small re^trd which is 
paid by our English community 
to the super-muUipUcity (if the 
enormity of the subject will justify 
a new and rather uncouth coinage) 
of accidents which, weekly, an- 
nually, and regularly, occur on our 
beautifully-formed high roads. 

My attention was lately refreshed 
oil this every-day subject, by a 
short but very useful letter in the 
County Herald, signed '^ Viator,** 
on the frequency of an axle-tree 
giving way, or a wheel flying ofl^ 
in our stage coaches; accompanied 
by the sound advice to the guard, 
in whose department it lies, to ex- 
amine the axle-tree every time it 
is fresh greased; farther, that 
the axle-tree should be removed 
once in ten days, a string put 
through the bolt that receives the 
linch-pin, then hung up and 
cleansed; finally, the axle to be> 



stricken with a hammer^ wbich^ if 
uncracked and sounds will ring like 
a bell — the coachman attending^ 
to take especial care that the axle- 
tree be again properiy screwed on. 

As-a closer to this sound advice^ 
I give yoii a quotation from a book 
written by an old and well-known 
correspondent of your Magazine. 

" Previously to saying a few 
words on the obvious particular 
defects of our travelling system^ 
and after having dealt so unre- 
servedly with the coachmen and 
proprietors, impartiality demands 
that we ntoe another party, and 
that i of the highest consideration, 
which must unavoidably come in 
ibr a share, if not the greatest 
share, in the premises— -we mean 
the Public. The superiority in 
the modem form of our public ve- 
hicles, and the celerity with which 
they whirl along the roads, are, 
no doubt, highly contributory to 
general ccmvenience, and to the 
rartheranoe of commercial views; 
but we seem to be all ultras in the 
affairs of travelling, and to set no 
limits to our desires, as if uncon- 
scious that there must necessarily 
he a point beyond which we can- 
not with safety proceed. Do we 
travel one hundred miles in twelve 
hours ? Well — ^but not sufficiently 
well — an opposition coach starts 
up — a new candidate in the break- 
neck-line, who offers to run the 
same distance in ten hours! All 
the passengers who can find places 
now crowd to the new diligence; 
for what's the object of broken 
bones, or a broken neck, to the 
pleasure of arriving at one's jour- 
ney's end, or dinner, a full hour 
and half sooner than usual? Be- 
sides, every Englishman is a true 
Mussulman in this case, and well 
convinced, before starting, that if 
it shall have been recor^d in the 

' book of fate that he is to escape 
all accidents upon the road, tne 
^•ourney must needs be j^rformed 
in safety ; but if otherwise, there 
is no remedy, but patiently to 
await and submit to his fortune, 
whatever that may be. Senti- 
ments of this kind have actually 
appeared in print, and much sur- 
prise has been expressed, that ti- 
mid and ^Eistidious people should 
make such fuss on a matter so tri- 
vial, and that they should be so 
irrational as to expect fewer acci- 
dents, the immense number of our 
stage coaches considered. These 
accidents are made a subject of 
mirth, even lof doubt; and over- 
throws, and breaking of axle-trees, 
succeed each other with a rapidity 
which quite overpowers the public 
apprehension of them, as too great 
a glare of light serves to obscure 
all distinct vision. 

'' Various meritorious attempts 
have been made by the legislature 
to remedy these defects^ with a 
view to public safety; but what 
can be efficiently done for a public 
absolutely striving to counteract 
every measure which can possibly 
be devised in its favour? No coach«« 
man can be more eager than the 
passengers themselves, to increase 
the number beyond its lawful rate! 
The keenest whip has not more 
delight in a race along the road, 
than the major part of mose whom 
he drives! What jolly and uncon- 
cerned parties do we daily behold 
upon the roads, both withinside 
and without of a light and tot- 
tering vehicle, so heavily and 
highly laden, and so nicely ba- 
lanced, that the slightest eminence 
in the way is sufficient for an up- 
set! We feel too well aware, in 
this case, of climbing up labour- 
in-vain-hill, and of the thankless 
nature of the task we iindertake-«« 



that of girngflpratuitous and un- 
asked advice. Indeed, why should 
a fiee-bom Englishman he denied 
the liberty and pleasure of break- 
ing his own necKj in his own way? 
We must neverUielcfSS satisfy our 

" A strict attention of Policb 
— suppose an unexpenslTe board 
established on pirpoee — ^to th^ fol- 
lowing regulations, might be at- 
tended with salutary etkci», and at 
least preventive of a part of those 
aecidents which at present are of 
so frequent oqewrence :— 

" In case of the overthrow or 
breaking down of a pubUc stage 
coach, we conductor of it — ^name- 
ly, the coachman--*«hould be liable 
to a criminal prosecution, the re- 
sponsibiUty of the proprietors, with 
respect to pecuniary damages, re^ 
maming in sUUu quo» Th& pu- 
nishment of the coachman, leg^y 
convicted of breach of duty, to 
consist of imprisonment, and in- 
capacity to dnve during a certain 
term, or for ever^ accormng to the 
merits of, the case. Actions also 
to lie against proprietors, for inca- 

pable or vicious horses, or for car- 
riages out of repair, and not road- 
worthy, or for loa4s too hiffh or too 
heavy to be conveyed to the jour- 
ney's end with safety. Grimiiial 
prosecutions also, in certain cases, 
to lie. against proprietors." 

Various other especial regula- 
tions are proposed— -such as a pe- 
nalty on the coachman for neglect 
of inspecting the state of the har- 
ness, the horses, coach, &c- pre- 
viously to the set off« I thoroughly 
a^ee in the rationality and tfa^ 
real necessity of all the above, with 
«;vencertain addition$,butwith wy 
faint hopeSj fnmk the general af»- 
thy' and wron^ headcnness, tfcat 
any of them will ever be adopted; 
and this sense ei the matter was 
noit slightly confirmed by that 
which I saw in the New lUwd isfllt 
year. It wa$ as true a.crostii^ 
and jostling race as I had formerly 
see& at Newmarket, between two 
Paddin^p stages; and the people 
within vi^w seemedhigUy ddigjited 
at the amusement ! 

Narrow Escaf^. 


AN elderly widow and her 
•'^ daughter, travelling in a stage 
coach, would pop out their heads 
on passing any gentleman's seat, 
and ask the coadiman " Who.Uv'd 
there;* adding, on being satisfied 
on this heafi, " is he married or 
single?" Coachee having repeat- 
edly answered "married" " What- 
all married!" quoth the widow: 
*' Heigh ho !" « Ah me !" replied 
the daughter, « f/'^owj, mother y 
say heigh ho, what must / say?" 

A BUToiER, residing in a vil- 
lage in the immediate vicinity of 

the metropolis, had an amazingly 
fast trotting gsdloway, which Mr. 

M^ y a gentleman of fortune in 

the neighbourhood, who prided 
himself on possessing a superior 
stud, and fiiiding himself often 
outdone by the butcher's boy, waa 
most anxious to purchase. Thei 
bargain was eventually struck^, 
the purchase money paid, and the 
horse warranted sound, wind and. 
limb. The head groom had him 
under his immediate care. I{e 
was trimmed, trained, and got up 
in the highest style for action- 
gay in all nis points, -^o sooner. 



however, was the sadiOe put on 
for his new. master, than it was 
found he would not budge an inch 
-—unless in a retrograde position : 
neither his whip nor spiu* had any 
effect; and on nmresentii^g the 
circumstance to the butcher, he 
said he was aware the horse would 
not go— without the tray. — ^'^Not 
go without the tray!'^ exclaimed 
ike purchaser with astonishment : 
''How am I tomanage?" — ^"That's 
not my business/' replied the but- 
cher : '' he is a sound horse, and 
as such I warranted him; but I 
knew he would neyer trot, unless 
he had the tray on his back ; in- 
deed, that's the only good trait in 
his diaracter." — '' 6euce take the 

tray !" ftroisj, said Mr. M . 

"No, Sir, no; I don't know at 
what game that occurs ; for even 
at PUT the trots is the best card in 
the pack."— « Well, that's very 

well," replied Mr. M ; '' but 

since you have tra^duced the horse, 
you may have him back at two-- 

thirds my purchase. — " Be it so," 
said the butcher, laughing in his 
sleeve. The proposal was acceded 
to, and the butcher's horse now 
*' trots along the road" as gail^ as 
ever, wiih the tray on his back, 
the butcher chuckling over the 
joke, and adding, that the tray 
(trois) had, as usual, won the 


Here lies BiU Wright, as queer a 
As rests these tombs amone. 
Who, strange to say, thoofp always 
Was always acting wrongs 

November, 1828. 

QuiN used to say, that '' of all 
the bans of mairiage he ever 
heard, none gave him half so much 
pleasure as the union of delicate 
-4«%-chovy with good JbAii-dory." 
The wit and the sentiment are 
equally worthy of the disciple of 



HIS Majesty's Plates. — We 
understand that a «mersl regu- 
lation is about to take macef with re- 
spect to weights, &c. whereof an of- 
ffdal notiee. wiU shordy appear in 
tiie JLondcm Gazette. — ^Tne Newmar- 
ket Spring Hates, and the Mares' 
Plate, run for alternately at York and 
Bidunond, to remain as heretofore. 
The Mandiester as in our last. > The 
Lincoln as this year. The Ipswich 
to be in fdture four-mile neats : 
four-year-olds to carry lOst. 7lb. ; five, 
list. 7lb.; six, list ISlb. ; aged, 12st. 
Salisbury, Guildford, Nottingham, 
Wmdiester, Lewe5,Canterbury, lich- 
fidd, Carlisle, and Warwick, to be 
also four-mile heats, and the same 
wdghts as at Ipswich. The like 

weights to be carried fbr the Annual 
Plate at York, as also for the New- 
market October FUte, and the Plates . 
at Ascot Heath, Newcastle, and 
Doncaster, but only a single heat as 
usual. The Chennsford is to be 
confined to mares and two-mile heats, 
as formerly : three-year-olds to carry 
7st Sib. ; four, 8st. 5lb. ; five> 
. Sst 13lb« : six, and aged, Sst ^.— 
The regoation does not extend to 
Chester or Edinburgh. 


^ Monday* — Sir J. Byng's br. c. fid- 
ward, by Comus, out of Camilla, 
8st. 71b. agst the Duke of Portland's 
b. f. by Phantom, out of Duenna, 
8st. 4lb- D. M. 100 sovs. h. ft. 
7\Kjd^;y«— Mr. Powlett's Eden, 



86t 5lb. agst Lord Dunwich's Dan* 
dizette, 8st. 3lb. B.M.SOO/b. ft 

Friday. — Sir J. Byne's Morisco^ 
Sfitl 7lb. agst tbe Duke <n Portland's 
Gabrielle, 8st. lib. A.F. 100 sovs. b. ft. 


Monday. — Mr. Goddard's Wise- 
acve^ 88t. 7lb. agst Mr. Ramsbot- 
tom's Cepbalus, Sst 4lb. A F. 
100, h. ft. 


Wednesday. — Sir J. Sbelley's c. by 
Phantom, dam by Stride, g-andam 
by DtDUe, 8st. 7lb. agst Mr. Prender* 
mt^s •• by the Cole Arabian, out of 
Jannette, Tst. 9lb. both then two 
yelars old, T. Y. C. SOOsovs. 


Tuesday. — Lord Verulam's f. by 
Selim, out- of Tredrille, 88t. 7lb. i^t 
Mr. Prendergast's c. by the Cole 
Arabian, out of Jannette, Sst. D. M. 
100, b. ft. 

On the last day of the Craven 
Meeting, 1825, will be run for, the 
Wdlington Stakes of 200 sovs. each, 
for colts rising three years old, and 
the like Stakes for fiHies. For the 
colt stakes there are seven, and for 
the fillies, six subscribers. 


These races are now in a flourish- 
ing state, through the exertions and 
activity of the well-experienced pre- 
sent clerk of the course, Mr. George 
Wickes, well known by Sir Charles 
Bunbury in his days, and who stood 
very highly in his fiivour on the turf. 
The next year's sport (1824) will 
be— on the- first day, a Silver Cup, 
value 60 sovs. with 20 added: six 
ijubscribers, or no race — ^the Magna 
Charta, of 10 sovs. each, with 20 
added — ^the Ride Stakes of 20 sovs. 
each, for two-year-olds — Sweepstakes 
of 10 sovs. each, with 10. added. — 
Third day, the Ritchinge Park Stakes 
of 10 sovs., each, for hunters : present 
subscriber,^ Mr. RoDs.— J. A. SuUi- 
ran, Esq. is appointed steward. 

sittings on the riddlesworth, 
derby, oaks, and st. leger. 

TattertaWtj Nov IJ. 


4 and 5 to 1 agst Reformer. 

5 to 1 agst LymesMu 

5 to 

6 to 

7 to 
10 to 
10 to 

6 to 

8 to 

18 to 

14 to 

14 to 

15 to 
15 to 
18 to 
18 to 
20 to 
25 to 
25 to 
25 to 
30 to 
40 to 
60 to 

5 to 

6 to 
8 to 

n to 

13 to 

10 to 
12 to 
12 to 
14 to 
20 to 
20 to 
90 to 
22 to 
25 to 
25 to 
30 to 
SO to. 
30 to 
30 to 
30 to 
30 to 
80 to 
35 to 
40 to< 
40 to 
40 to 
50 to 

agst Don Carlos* 
agst Prudence, 
agst QiiadnUe. 
agst OreMida* 
agst Reserve. 


agst Swiss, 
agst Jtefoimcr. 
agst Cydnus. 
agst Rieticule. 
agst Don Carlos.- 
agst Cressida. 
agst Agnes, 
agst Corinna. 
agst Interpreter, 
agst Reserve. 
agst Vesta, 
agst Bess, 
agst filacklock. 
agst c. by Comus. 
agst Mony Musk, 
agst Mr. Mytton. 


agst Lymessa* 
agst Prudence, 
agst Pope Joan. / 
agst Sister to Sailor. 
i^;8t Spede. 


agst Altisidoia. 

agst Miller of Mansfield. 

agst Swiss. 

agst Reformer. 

agst Biadem. 

agst Mandane. 

agst Canteen. 

agst Streatham. 

agst Confederate. 

agst Rosanne. 

agst Ruler Filly. 

agst Ringlet. 

agst Miss Cranfidd. 

agst Lisette. 

agst Helenus. 

agst Maid of Lom« 

agst Woodpecker Laii. 

agst Alfred. 

agst E^en^s dam. 

agst Dolly. 

agst Mr. Powlett's Ebor t, 

agst Caifacaratadadenu 

The following case occurred at the 
Northern Meeting Races (Inverness), 
and is now before the Jockey Club, 
on a reference from the stewards and 
parties concerned : — ^A large stake was 
neld out '* for Donies not exceeding 
thirteen hands^ and all the ponies 
entered for it stood under the standard^ 
according to the only mode of meft» 

9«nt ftmMnMo nAOAzmfi. 

Micnieiit knowii upm ^be Puef-^ 
mmdr^ by beoiff pkeed (wtdi phteB« 
or wimut sIiom) on* iimee «f lh« 
ftet long I17 two and half wide. B^ 
Ibre ataning, bowevor, tbe usval mode 
of nieaaitreineiit waa oli|jocted to hj 
sootta of tiie partiea, and one of tba 
poniea bdns above ihe bdj^t (some^ 
tbing less tnaa half an inch) in bia 
oidinary standing ^Kxdtion, tbe face 
was run tmder proteat. It was won 
by tbe ^ney ot^Jeeted to^ «nd tbe 
case has in oonsequehoe come before 
tbe Jodcev €M>. The point to be 
detennined jnst is^ wbelber poney 
races fidl to be r^;nlated by the roks 
anplicable to aB other raoes^ where no 
omer rales are laid down ? 

Lord Dtarlington has cballa^g;ed 
fbe owner of S&linato run Barefoot 
against bim formoogk wbidb wasnot 

Ifr. Kirby baa pordbaaed of Lord 
fisceter^ Fanatic^ by 8ootbsayer> out 
of FoUy^ and Portrait, by Comns^ ont 
of Miniatnre; of Lord Foky^ tbe 
fflly^ by Blii€ber> oitt of CAivera, 
two years old; and of Mr. Newten^ 
Ifinna^ by Wofdl^out of I>iana (tftrter 
to Emily), by Stamford. 


Lord BGddkton having given «p 
his fts-bounds^ bis vidiiaDle Stod m 
btmters was seM by auction^ at Lei* 
oester, on ibt 90th of November. A 
mnneroas assemblage of sporting gen* 
tiemen were attracted to tile sak> and 
tiie boraes were knodked down at good 

FneesrftheHcraeSySec. iMm Saturn 
dagf, Odober 95, by Mn Beardi* 
wSrik^ iht propniy of the late Hon. 
C. H. Trevor:-^ 
Lot 1. Peverfl^ a bay eoky 9 Tia old, 
by Selim, oiH of Fiscatsr s dam, 
8. Macready, a cheanut gddfiM^ 
7 yrs old, at 13dL 1^ to Mr. 
S. Hanmer, ft bay gelding, rising 
6 yrs old, at lOoL to Captain 

4. Bobby, a cbesnut gelding, 8 yrs 
dd, at 190L 15s. to Mr. Fawke. 

5, Lady Jane;, a bay mare, 7 yrsoM, 
at 1471. to Mr. Jebb. 

€. flhfopabireLass,abayintre,8yrB 

old, at 11^1. to Mr. Fa^o. 
Vol. XIIL N* 5.-i-No. 74. 

7. (hr«BGIeiM3bw«r,«dieMMltfed0* 
8 yn aU, at ML laia. to Ifr. 

8. Ledoirica. a bladi mare, ifalng 

< yrs oM, at 70L Ite. to IK 

t. Woodman, ft cbfisrtut edit, fising 

A yta (M, «t «a. to Mr. wmdns. 

10. A Brown Geldiiu^ 8 jn M, at 
SSI. 19s. to Mr. Mattbews. 

U. ABay€olt,SyrBold,atSld.lli. 
to Mr. Badger. 

The foUowiag is tbe result of the 
sale of Mr. Mytton's bonea, at Mr. 
Beardswortb's Rqwaitory, Bizming>» 
bam, on Saturday, November 15 >— 
Sir William, a br. b. 147L ; Liberdni^ 
b. e. 6Sl.; Caanamui, b. c. 58L 10s. ; 
Anti-Radioal, br. g. 84L 10s. ; chea* 
nut colt, by Rubctt, 88L 5a. ; diea* 
nut gel^n^ by Alexander, 40s. 7a. ; 
Sylvanus, ch. g. SSL ISs.; bay geld* 
ing (a buggy borse), 04L 10s.; grey 
marei, bv Cotiolanus, S51. 14b.; nay 
geldinff ^a capitalbunter), 20^ 10s. ; 
bay gdding (ditto), 178LlOs.; dies* 
nut gelding (ditto), 1S)L 5b. ; chaa* 
nut gelding, laauig five yn q14» 

Tbe Didce of Beattfort's te4iottnda 
met at Sarsgrowg, on Fiiday, Novem* 

»14. Tb^ fomid immediafeelT, 
, alter nmnbigin covert forty no* 
ttutes, a fox went away In gallant 
style §» Clnpmng Ncnton Common* 
Being beaded, be turned sbmt, and 
eroBsed tbe Burfotd road for lidstott 
vUlaoe, where die bounds came to g 
diecjc for a few minutes. They^en 
bit it off, and crossed the Binningbam 
and London road, near Enstone, f ot 
Heydurop. He went over the park, 
ran ^lallantly through die ooverta, di#» 
daining all tbe earths, and then foced 
ft fine open grass country, maldng bli 
point for Sandford village. He tbeA 
turned to the left, leaving Great Tew 
Park on the right, and endeavoured 
to reach die esrlbs at Grove Ash, but 
in diat attempt, being completdy 
beaten, be couM not succeed, and m 
gallant padc ran in to bim in opeb 
sround, after a brilbant run of one 
Sour and iive minutes from the time 
he left tbe covert. The distanee of 
grocmd over which die fox ran can* 
notbeeomputedat Icbb duui twdve 




thirtera miles. • The fidd in the 
mommg was numerous^ but few heard 
the cry of whoo Who9p. 

One day last week Mr. Jenldos's 
harriers^ of Wivelificombe^ ran a hare 
eight miles straiffht an end, and killed 
her within the nour. A gentleman 
jpresentsays it was equal to a fox- 
chase. — Somersetshire, Nov. 7. 

The Bexhill harriers have had some 
flood days' sport in the Pevensey 

Mr. Sandford's harriers^ of Nyne- 
head Courts Somersetshire^ still main- 
tain their excellence. Notwithstand- 
ing a part Sf their country is a diffi- 
cult one^ they seldom let a hare once 
found escape them. 

On Tuesday, November 11, Mr. 
Thorpe's harriers had an exceeding 
good day, near Guestling, Sussex, the 
scent lying breast hign aU the day. 
The last hare proved a very stout one : 
after running her a long time, the 
hounds changed from scent to view, 
and ran in to ner in the open. 

^ Tatton Sykes's fox-nounds met 
iBif ^iillington Spring, on Saturdav, 
November 8. After drawing the 
cover without success, they went to 
Grimthorpe Wood and found imme-i 
diately, when they had a smart burst 
of a quarter of an hour, and ran to 
ground in Givendale Warren. Be* 
»>re a minute had elapsed, a seccmd 
fox was viewed crossii^ it, and in a 
short time began their laborious un- 
dertakiiug;. His first point was to try 
the earths at Millington S]^ring, but 
Wing disappointed, madema^ect 
line for Mr. Dennison's plantations ; 
afterwards bendinff his course towards 
Warter, was heacued and turned in. a 
jdirection for Highdiff Earths, and 
lihen straight for Huggate ; but not 
^daring to venture any further across 
the open Wold, made for Garraby 
l^antation, over the valley for Bishop 
Wilton, but the hounds pressing him 
so verv hard, he durst not attempt to 
gain toe earths there, but took south- 
ward, past Blanch, across the hu^ 
foad for Pocklington: the hou^b, 
then nearly in view, ran up and killed 
him in the centre of Millington vil- 
lage, well deserving him for their 
.staunch pursuit, alter runniitf^ him 
tvf ope Bour«and twenty mmutes^ 

without the least check. From M 
lar^e field that started, twoonly were 
noticed to be up at die death — ^the 
huntsman, on a mare by Whitelock, 
and Mr. Healey, on his brown horse 
Hardbargain, who were both carried 
in a most masterly style. It was the 
opinion of many of the experienced 
sportsmen to be one of the most bril- 
liant runs, and the best fox that has 
been met with on the Yorkshire 
Wolds for a length of time past 

On Thursday, the 6th November, 
a vixen fox was turned down, near 
Portmd, in order to being hunted by 
the Chobham harriers, Surrey. She 
had given symptoms of being nothing 
but a good one, about a fortnight be- 
fore, when this Uttle pack had run 
in to and taken her alive, after a chase 
of fifteen computed miles. On beinff 
unbsjg^ed, she went off at score, ana 
on rising the first hill, gave a glance 
at the surrounding country, which 
seemed to imply ^^ Adieu." After a 
lapse of seven minutes, the hounds 
were drawn over the scent, which was 
instantly acbiowledged, through the 
grounds of S. Thornton, Esa. and the 
b^gy enclosures of Chobnam^ and 
Wmdlesham. Here the scent got 
bad, and the line was kept with muf^ 
difficulty : and now the cry was, '^ It 
is all up ! ' but, on making a knowing 
cast, on the heath, after emerging 
£:om the vale, by most arduous per- 
severance on the part of thegentle* 
men of. the Hunt, aided oy the 
staunchness of the pack, it was at last 
hit off once more, among the bold and 
heathy steeps, known as Frimley 
Ridges. They now chattered on im- 
provmgly, until they entared the, fir 
covers of Mr. Laurel, where (though 
not viewed) the fox had evidently 
waited; and here the run became 
fine indeed. They conveyed her over 
the canal at PrimleY Wharf, to Pur- 
bright, by Mr. Halsey's, to Mitchet 
Ash, and from thence to near Fam- 
ham turnpike, where the fox was 
viewed swiniming a aheet of water, 
and taken unhurt oni reaching the 
shore. The last burst, computed' at 
fourteen miles, was run without a 
check, in the space of one hour. 
There « were only nine in, some .of 
whom had eighteen jodiles to reach 



luMne. Good Jadges pronoimoe this 
tim may be e^^alled^ out nev^ ex- 

TnaibftheFfKt'hounds.'— On MoOf- 
di7, October 26, Sir Jacob Astley's 
newjpack of foit-hoonds met at Swan- 
ton Wood, Norfolk, previons to the 
public dm. They found in quick 
time a dog fbx, which broke cover 
immediately with the hounds at Ida 
heels, and was run over a fine woody 
eonntry, about ekdit miles, when 
they killed hhn in fine style. 

The Halston harriers met at Tho- 
mas Uoyd, £so.'s of Osbaston, on 
Mondfty, NoTember 17, where a nu- 
ineEoas-field of sportsmen assembled. 
About twelte o'clock, a beautifol stag 
was turned out : the hounds were 
laid on, and run him, after a smart 
diase of an hour and a half, without 
a check. Mr. Mytton rode his fa- 
vourite hofse Baronet. 

Camanron Hunt was celebrated 
flus month, with its usual glee and 
hilarity. The polite attention of the 
Lady ratroness. Miss Warren; the 
Comptrdkr, M^or Burrows ; and his 
Deputy, W. Lloyd Caldecott, Esq. 
hnparted the greatest sociality and 
i^eerfulness. Excellent dinners, with 
hishly-flavoured wines, were pro- 
vided at Mr. Fury's HoteL BaUs 
and elegant private parties made the 
scene gay and festive. The officers 
lior the oisuing year are— Comptrol- 
ler, W. Lloyd Caldecott, Esq. ; 
Lady Patroness, Miss A. Jones, Ty- 
ooch ; Deputy Comptroller, Lord 

Anglesey Hunt has concluded with 
ibe spirit of similar meetings in 
'^ olden time." A grand procession 
was formed, which jenterea Beauma- 
ris in the following order :— " The 
hounds, attended by the huntsman 
and whipper-in, blowing their horns, 
followea by twdve private carriages, 
omtaininK a number of females of 
die chief families of Anglesey and 
'Carnarvon. Upwards of fortj gentle- 
men followed mounted. A most 
sumptuous banquet was prepared at 
the Bull's Head Inn, each gentleman 
introducing a lady. Amoi^t the 
eomrany were. Lord Kirkwall; Sir 
R. Williams, Bart, and Lady, his 

son and dauriiter - ' ^hr J.* Staidevj 
Bart Lady and family ; the Hon. W. 
Iroy and Lacty; Sir D. Erskine, 
Bart and Lady; T. Williams, Esci. 
of Craig-y-don, ^c. &c. Miss Wii-. 
liams, of Friars, is nominated Lady 
P^tnmess fbr the next year ; Thomas 
Williams, Esq. of Criu^-y-don, Comp- 
troller ; and Sir David Erskine, Bart. 
Deputy Comptroller. 

The annual dinner given to the 
farmers by the sentlmen of the 
H. H. took place mis month, at the 
Swan Inn, Alresford, when nearly 
1^ gentlemen and farmers sat down 
'to an excellent dinner, served up 
with great taste by Mrs. F. Hudson, 
consisting of all the choice viands 
and luxuries of the season. The 
chair was most ably filled by J. T, 
YiUelxns, Esq. and the evening was 
spent in the most perfect harmony 
and good humour. In consequence 
of there being but two horses en- 
tered this year for the H. H. Cup, 
there was no race. 

Cheshire Fox-hottJtds. — On Friday, 
November 7, the Cheshire fox- 
hounds, under the superintendence of 
Sir Harry Mainwaring, met at Dud-^ 
don Heath. The field displayed a 
rare assemblage of rank ana fashion, 
mounted on horses in the highest con* 
dition, and of the most penect sym<« 
metry. Amongst many odierprime 
sportsmen were the Earl of Vndton, 
Lord Delamere, Lord Molyneaux, Sic 
W. W. Wynn, Sir Richard Brooke, the 
Hon. Mr. Stanley, Messrs. Tomkin- 
sons, L^cester, Egerton, Olegg, 
Massey, Hesketh, Asnley, Aspii^l, 
Clarke, ShakcEpear, Blackbume, Sud** 
worth, Dixon, Chrton, Oldershaw, 
Swetenham, &c. &c. After running 
through the plantations and covm^ Q^^r 
Dudden, witnout finding, thehovBSbl — ^^Jl, 
proceeded to Wharton Goss, where, in 
a few minutes, these nrime dogs spoke 
to their game, and tne usual scene of 
vivacity ensued; but some anxious 
sportsmen pressing too much on the ^^ 
Go|B. reynard declined making his f/ T > , 
ffliTand was consequently worried in / «v '.* 
cover. The presence of tnoscelqrant - 
•horsewomen, the Countess of Wuton 
and Lady Elizabeth Belgrave, 
an additional interest. to the 

M 2 




THii arawroNi iiAfmziHB 

«» Stqjlffind .Qm, i« ihe tmhA It 
brook joancb aureUed by the ' 

Feooding night 

we aAoired the oool comia^ «b4 
^tdj moati of tbe noble ladio^ ne^ 
thuig dwngyed. while tbe wstor 
huBhed a|;aiB8t theiv bones vp te the 
Wddle girths; end delia^iled warewe 
fo-see tfiem Kneh tbe otaer side wijfcb* 
outaod^bnt. Tbe lediee were esoorted 
to some bigb ground opposite to the 
Staplefwdcover^ wbicb eomwended 
the surrounding country, and soon 
adOter the bounds' were tlwown in the 
keen^eof fioghnd's best ^ottsoMB^ 
Mfd Debonere sew old Beywdstesl* 
fifgeC TaDj^-hol The^(flgsw«e4ei 
bim in a moment and went awajr at 
bast pace towasds Stopleford HaQ, 
liear wbidi be was beaded«and altered 
Jus course across the oountrj^ in a cir« 
mteus direction, tewsrds Husky 
Closs, wbich^ boweniri be ^d net 
takiubB^hspt tbe open eountrr lo% 
wards titkinton; anCafterabri&iattt 
run of an hour and fire B>WMitwi> was 
raj^ in to and killed in thedeldsbe^ 
mnd I dde n s h aw Hatt ; bui owina to 
nisbaddng in this early pact ef the 
^ leer andT die swollen Btat» of the 
m, notaWe a doien riders w»i 
t the deatbj and some of tbepsnaaest 
sportsBsea and hardest riden wete 
9^7 wmck thrown out. Sevc^ 
benea^^otintoavile breok^ and iiut 
pden, including a wortby Wdsb B^. 
ronel^;met with more watsr thui their 
boots would bold. 

On Monday, the lOtb NoTendbei> 
the Bergh Apton beagles had a dee 
iomedeff benve thein» in the above 
mujsh, wbidi went through the £bU 
Iswing parishes^ in prime style :•-«- 
Alrangton, YelTerten, Framingbamj 
Hohwrtoi^ Bamerton, and Kirby 
Bedon. Li the latter parish die was 
tski*nj afiter a crsok run of one hoiw 
and five-minntesy and a distanee of 
not less than tea or twelve miks^ 
without a cheek, the bontttnatf's 
Ikvourite (Channer) always takuig 
ibeleads and all that was beaid dan* 
inff *™ dMse was ^'eieent the masie 
^M 4^» Bork ^ Chatmu-I^ 

Qkanmi^hmiiigotimig! T hat wwe rf 
only Ave eonple of do^ 

The Quom bounds bare hadeeve* 
ral wtfWK runs dnring the last fert- 
sigbt» aeveral a^btemen and mah 
tkmen baveafaeadyaniTedaa Md* 
ten ]l4owbnky, to ei^ the spovtaef 
tbe field> and many others aee eobf 
peefeed. The qwrt was never knoww 
sagaodaltheeomnicneeiaentef the 

Tbe Somerset subsoriptioK fi»« 
bounds oommenoed tbe seasoot l?tb 
Q0tobcK> wiien tbe^ threw- oflT. at 
Gombe Sydenbam* tbe Best ef OeoB^e 
Notlevi Bli|. Tbe field was not:d»^ 
tilined leas m tbe anthnpatisa of 
spevt^ ae afox soon bEoke'«oi«t, Hb 
stood a (^ase of two bours and a 
faarte^y and tiMU bessase tbe wdU 
earned spoil of thk esnUent pasib 
Shortly wter a second fea was ma^ 
which took a eoimtr^, sad waaraa 
bi te hi gaUana atyle, in one boor and 
half. Botb'fMiMtobeoiddegfoiiea padc ef slw4iounds is. aet 
up in Hertaby Lm Gbnnnis, sad 
tere bad seme 9led runs. Tbey 
Imaed out ad#er on Thursday, Noi^ 
vemberaoy in tka^aeigMwurlModof 
St. AHianX wbidi afibrded great 
spert; bat we are sorry to bear tbe 
bimtanaa gDt a bad fall at ^e flmt 
leap betook ladyOlamnus waaea 
the momd, in her poaey phaetom 
Her fadyship isone of the mostbean* 
tilttl woDsea of tbe day* 
. Weunderstaad that Ceknel J<^- 
Uak'a and tbe Surrey beunds: baee 
bad a very good week's sport, tiiia 
ai«>tb,'aM scarcely missed a to* 
On Satorday, Ne^reesber 9S> tbeUnum 
met witb a singular eoeamfltaaoa 
Tber rem a fox teareund, end, ia 
diggmg the eartl^ tareemeie wsre 
diseoTeted, one ei wbieb was sheejk 
be£H« the p«^ aad, after a Lci oeai 
lenfate bmoit of half an boar, was 

On Mendayi Nercmbep % Iftw 
JMtemer'e bouadi^of Sallsoombej lianid 
aluvenearJBattle* Alter drimff bar 
twke Uwongb Battle Great Woe^ 
she set off Ibr Oer and Fabrl^t^ bai& 
throui^ Oer Woods, and they killed 
b«r a« WeaMeldt after a veiy gaod 
I9WI of two bown^ Itwaaaranadli 



rt^ vofltt^fliie dftjr^ snd st one tiiilf 
these w«re nuuung ihiee pftdcft in 
kuulujg of eieb otneiv— min^?^ Bfr. 

Ife, TborpeV Mr.StaiidenV»d^« 
Meioer'9> and eadi had a good da^r'a 
q^. Mk Sta&deBjft and Ms. ]lkr- 
to'a Komidv went BUktasag dsc^hwu^ 
and lb. ThuKpe's. treble. 

The breed o£^pbeaaaato in wuBOf 
parts of tbe wcBUm ooontiea^ tiiit 
year^ is very bad: in many manors, 
W yevuig buds are te bemmd^ 

In oianydistrieia hares are so searoe^^ 
tiMtf theee aM barely avficieiit f(xr the 
ycar'ft faiifitiBtt. It' is generally v»« 
■Mrkcd that toe hates axe^very iweai 
dds yeavy ewnDgtto se ifvt asmnnMr. 

Whete SD oid bare baa ymof^ she 
ivfll beat off a stoat, i£ he daies «|^ 
■voacb bee yoHDg onea. AeenesiKn^ 
dent says Ifte bap enee or twice seen all 
old faaieknoek a stoat over milb her 
feet aeveral times fellomig, and that 
be has also se^i a-steat bimt a rabbit 
lor ball anJiOiir at a time betoe be 
has caBgbt it, and (moeknoelBed the 
Stoat dwn whilst bewas devoniing 
tfae'fole of the rabbit. 

HI«TS roa THX aaifiiEL. 

. When a dog is stung by a vipOE^ 
give him immeoiatdy half a pint of 
sweet oil, mb bis body all orer twiee 
a.dav with sweet oil, and the day af* 
tea bek stHBg^ give bim sevea e» 
ci|^ grains of ealomeL 
. To prevent hoiuids killing eadi 
athsr in JcemidLy winch i& the summer 
moxkiim. freqneBtly baj»pens> . from 
weir being above- Ibeir wwk, the 
feeder sfaonld' have a bed^ixMin ov«f 
ihe fceuiel^ and a large beU^eboald be 
ixed l^ wires ill ea(£ of the>boands' 
lod^nngxrecKEna: if rthey. quarrel in the 
JM^^ and the feeder rings die YxSk, 
ifaeV'WiU ksttuiUy ceasew 
l^ JL. eo n a ca p o ndeitt 'reaaarbBi that a 
^c^bofuid d(% and fox-bound btteh^ 
«r Nefrfsiindland dog andfodl^hoand 
bkchyfuodMeagbodaoBtof lardier 
fo takmg'Ofttlyii^ deer. 

cousanra itirreH* 
Oa Eriday, the I4th November, 
tha Jp^jp^bBc atusl omrsing meeib- 

WhlAvead, Is^whettlft^i^owint 
match wtt ran between Mr. TaksA 
w4iite deg, an^a Mile dog bifloiigiiig 
•d CbBS&a &bi9rt, Bsq. The dogs 
wtere iftipped bito an o^n field, called 
Hanowven HiU, when tbebare, after 
a most gallant ebase, in attexnptinff 
to take a mouse upon a bank, wa 
down and instlmtty exj^ktd: the 
Mnedogiinme^tely ran in and laid 
en her, Mtt so diitressed, that be had 
net "p^ywer to month her, whole die 
wiiHe doff dropped short neatly iikirtT 
l«fdabemndthem. Tbeoo^urselasted 
in the yAnle about twdve mintrtes. 

spaiKo otrKS* 
" The feli»vi4ng eiraimstanee may 
be nslied on as a Iket : — On Sotnrday 
jTivning^ November «S, shortly afto 
liie setvants-of Mr. Ai^i^er, of Bar* 
ton Pkee, bad eharged and set tlm 
spring gnas aansnal', to protect the 
aame in bia piaKt4tiMi9 ad^flii^g bli 
Koase> one or the guns went off with 
a^very* lond expioskm, bat it being 
aiNUt five o'de^ only in the after^ 
Booi^ it was eoDsideiM tob early fat 
poadoem, asi no partieolar notice 
was trisen-of it^ AMutdeven</cloclE 
as night a iecimd was fired, andi^odt 
half an ho«Qp afterwaitte a third, tad 
tiie watdanea and sen^nts were at 
flist i^ppebenrive a gang of poaehen 
badenteiad the plantations, but bear^ 
big aa Bofae or any description f^ 
lowing the reports of iibe guns, lliey 
weie soon saosfied that tmir-coiri^ 
tores were wMiottt fdundifttion.' lEJNt 
gding round ito smLt morning, {hey 
$mna that the firM gtti\ find bad 
kSled a cock pheasant, evidently as 
%]ng up to pereh, and ibat each of 
^e othem had laUedabare, ril of 
wbfoh were foimd dead wi^n aftw 
yaadsof tbemusalesof thegui^ 


fio much talked of, and wbicbbas bees 
inspeoted by sevtwal of the noldHty 
ana gentry, is now exhiMting at ^ 
Wateiioo Rooms, No. 94, Vm MtS. 
The saddle, bridle, and boots, Ba% 
Ihe'identicflJ ones the late Emperor 
wore, which are very siiperb. The 
bolsters and furniture are made hf» 
•Mr« Youngs of the Horse Basaar^.t# 
the dnpUcate of these w^ieb aeoonw 



paaiodthe Middle, and moit magnlfl^ 
eently embroidered with ffold. The 
nenon who exhibits the hone knew 
nim wh^ in battle, and can give a 
conect and interesting aceonnt of 
most of ,the late Jkn^eror'a move* 
ments, he having been m fifteen en<- 
pgementB himself. Sereral artists 
haye taken his portrait. 


In Sussex, moles are oaught in 
traps of earthenware. It is a good 
mveation, as it saves the mol&> 
catchers a deal of trouble in making 
the wooden traps fdrmerly used. 


(From a Correspondents J-^-'Ano^ 
Iher convincing proof has lately pre- 
sented itself to our attention, which 
can leave but little doubt, in the 
minds of true believers, of the exist* 
ence of a world before th^ deluge. It 
is exemplified in the' existence of a 
head and horns of a deer foimd in a 
marl pit fifteen feet below the sur£sce 
of the earth; in the Isle of Man ; and 
whaTmore strongly convinces us of 
the possibility is^ we have not been 
able to discover from any source ibat 
an animal of the deer species has 
ever existed or bera found upon the 
island. The natural curiosity now 
opoken of, is in the possession of Mr; 
]/eadi,reeadinginAldgate, and which 
is considered and become a great ott« 
ijosity in the sporting work^ as well 
as to naturalists and zoographers, in 
oonseguence of its aiormous size. 
ThTlead and horns weigh neaily 
lOOlbs. ; the extent from tip to tip, 
ten feet ; the length of each horn, up- 
wards of six feet, and the body <kme 
horn in s(Hne^art8, from which i^ve 
other horns |>rancb out, thirteen 
inches wide; and the eye of the ani- 
mal is protected by brow antlers. 
It is in a fine state of preservation, 
considering the extent of time it has 
been buried, and many of the teetiii 
are preserva^ in the nead, and, as 
well as parts of the horn, are |ui hard 
as iron. 

Mr. John Curtis haa in the frma the FirM 
Knmber of his *' Illustrations of English In> 
Mcts." We understand the intention ef the 
author is to publish highly-finished figures of 
miefa speciek of insects (with the plants upon 

whieh they are fannA) m esmtltate Clis 
British genera, with accurate representa- 
tions of the parts on which the cltoraetenr 
as* founded) and desoriptiye letter-press to 
tech plate, giving, as fax as possible, the hsr 
bits and economy of the subjects elected. 
The work will be published monthly* to 
commence the Ist January, 1884. 
- Pierce Egan (Author of " Llfis in Lon- 
don") is onployed ill getting up a new work, 
entitled, "The Life of an Actor," to be 

eublished in Eight monthly Numbers, em* 
ellished with 34 coloured plates; also en- 
ric)[ied with numerous woocteutSa iUusCr»- 
tfve of the vlcisritudes of a theatrical life, 
designed And etehed by Mr. Theodore Lane.' 
No. L will be published Portly. 


On Friday, November 81, the fol« 
lowing singular piece of swindlmg 
was developed at tne Mansion House, 
London: — ^A gentleman applied to the 
Lord Mayor ror a search warrant for 
some very valuable race horses, whidi 
had been fraudulently obtained a short 
thne ago from a man of fortune in 
Yorkshire. The applicant stated that 
the fraud had been committed by a 
gaiig of dashing London swindlers, 
who laid their plans with great inge- 
nuity. The studof horses having been 
advertised, amian of highly-respectable 
ajppearance drove from fiie metropo- 
hs down to Yorkshire in a curricle an<f 
pair, and looked at the stud. Then 
went down another character of the 
same description, and with the ap« 
pearance of Deing a man of fortune. 
One of those gentlemen offered the 
sum demanded, 18001. for the horses, 
one of which had been valued at 3001. 
wid proposed his acceptances to the 
owner. The refarences were of the 
party of swindle, and the biHs were 
taken, and the race horses delivered. 
It was soon, however, ascertained that 
the bills were not worth a farthing ; 
that the drawerand acceptor had been 
at the time of committing the fraud 
insolvent debtors, in the rules of the 
Bench, from which it was believed 
they h^d been lately released under 
Ihe Act; and that the curricle and ap« 
paratus had been hired for the pur- 
pose of carrying on the system of 
^und( i;f on which those swindlers 
(one oi Vhom contracted debts to the 
enormous amount of 36,0001.) lived. 
The swindlers of course kept out of 
the way ; but the horses were, it was 
believed, within the jurisdiction of the 
Ix>rd Mayor-r«t least four of then 


w«Ke kuwm at livery in the 

a; and a search warrant was the 
r means the api^cant could think 
of for recoreriiur any part of so yalua* 
lie a stad.r-l%e Iiord Mayor ex- 
pressed his fear . that a Mi^^trate 
could not interfere for the benefit of 
the loser of the horses^ under such cir- 
cumstances* — ^The City Solicitor re- 
commended a prosecution for the con- 
spiracy which had been certainly 
made oetween the parties to defraua 
the owner of the horses, but said the 
Lord Mayor could not assist in pu- 
nishing the sharpers^ — The L<»:d 
Mayor regretted that proper inauiries 
had not been made into the cnarac- 
.ters of the persons who went to make 
60 large a purchase — an oversight 
which was indeed rather peculiar in 
a gentleman from Yorksmre. — ^The 
applicant said, his friend was a man 
of very lar^e fortune, and was com- 
pletely imposed upon by ihe off-hand 
and candid manners of the two swin- 
dlers, whom any body might mistake 
for gentlemen oi honour and opulence^ 
He then asked the Lord Mayor, whe- 
ther he could seize the horses wher- 
eyerhe should see them ? — ^The Lord 
Mayor advised him, if he saw the 
horses in the possession of either of 
the persons who had a hand in the 
hills, to seize them without ceremony; 
but said that if the horses had been 
purchased from them, and were in 
the possession of others, it would be 
very unsafe to take them away from 
that possession, and needless to dis- 
pute it. — ^The applicant said he should 
follow this advice to the letter, iind 
thanked his Lordship, . who wished 
that the swindlers were under his 
power. CWe have not heard, how^ 
.ever, that they yet are so]]. 


At Fariey> Oxon, on the 29th of 
October, line annual revfl and distri- 
bation of prizes for gymnastic sports 
took ^laoe, and some of the best men 
exhibited in trials of strength. It is 
a charter^ by which the innmtor of 
Farley estate holds it by tenure, on 
paying lOL per annum to promote the 
sports, and m which the patrician, as 
well as the i>easant, joins, and they 
9ni8<b the day in hospitable chea^ The 

fint fnttf of for^' sMlUiigB, wa« 
awarded to. Harrison, a Somers^shirc 
mm, for his skill in breaking six 
heads at backnsword or single-stide 
playing; and Thorpe, a Berkshire 

man^ received twenty shillings, 
second best. The next award was 
for^ shillings, to Robinson, from 
Wilti^iire, as the best wresder, at 
what is termed ooUar and elbow ; and 
tweatj shillings to Scot, from Ox- 
f ordsmre. The boys next had their 
fun, in catching oranges with thdi 
mouths out of tubs of water, without 
the use of hands. The iMt enter- 
taioment was a race of a quarter of a 
mile, between damsels bom in the 
hundred, for a chemise decorated with 
yellow ribbons. Miss Nelly Simp- 
son won the prize, and Miss Naney 
Jarratt received IjHI shillings, as se* 
cond. The day closed with regalinff 
the rustic peasantry with good old 
English fare. 


On Friday, November 7, a man who 
travels round the country with a 
dandng bear took up his lodgings for 
the nignt at a house in the Saltisfw^ 
and the servant who accompanied him 
was put to sleep near the outhouse in 
whicn the bear was confined. Between 
nine and t^ o'clock two othar men 
arrived at the lodging house, and, un» 
conscious of danger, entered the out- 
house, when Brum, on one of them 
approaching, saluted him with a moat 
ardent embrace. The fellow seared 
ovt vehemently, and Bruin as vehe<* 
mently hugged, till at length the 
keeper andnis locum tenens being 
alanned, rescued the man from the 
animal's grasp. Had not the bear 
been muzzled, the fellow must have 
fallen a victnn to his voradousaesa. 
Ihiring the parley. Bruin slipped out 
unpercdved, and, tempted hy the 
beauty of the night, walked up the 
Saltisrord and down Oil-mill Lane^ 
where he claimed acquaintance with 
an old woman, whom, after embracing 
her with more warmth than was agree* 
able, he threw down and broke her 
china mug. The old woman imme- 
diately alarmed the watchmen, to 
whom she piteously related the liber- 
ties whidi a man, at least six feet 


MA, vad drened in blick dofhea, 
hSi Just tatoi with Imt. Bruin in 
Ae niMD time had prooeeded to iSb^ 
bottom of the li&e> with all iSbe gn^ 
irkf of a ^dpe. On Kochhig liie 
bottom of chmthHrtreely howwer^ bo 
bonn to Aew tbe versatility of his 
tmnt^ one minute waitnng on his 
hind k^ and then running on fbur. 
He ultimately todc his post near the 
bveok^ where he very adroitly ]^;h- 
tened every passenger of his 1oad> who 
shortly put the Borough p<4ioe in mo- 
tion : the latter, however, soon get- 
ting scent of what sort of game was 
up, left the field to some newly- 
fledged Nimiods, who followed me 
ohase till two o'doek in the morning. 
The bear ehmbed over the sate near 
the Navigation inn, upwards of six 
feet iof^, with spikes at the top, and 
then led his pursoevs over hedge and 
£tch, rivulet and river, till he reached 
Emsoote bridj;e: here he paced Ihe 
bank of the nver till he got opposite 
ihe Rock-mUl, where he crossed tiie 
•treailia. His pursuers then lost sceiit 
of him for a time, but on getli^ to 
itkt opposite bank they foimd him 
taking a nap in «a osier bed, and Ik 
4og which msturfoed Inm had nearly 
beoi drowned fer his temerity. Bruin 
tiien crossed the river a second time, 
«nd, after a dbase of focur hours, in 
wh]kii he was by tunis the porsuer 
and pursued, he was taken by his 
keepers near Emsoote mill, but not 
heme he had g^ven one of his pup> 
fUers ibe kug fr&temai^^Wnn^kk 


On Weteesday, November 19, afl 
the streets and avenues leadk» to 
the Westminster Pit, Dttck-£uEie, 
wwe crowded by vehldes ef every 
description, from llie gentleman^i 
earriage to the costermon^r^s cart, in 
consequence ef previous notice beiiu; 
^ven that the celebrated dog *^Wlj- 
was again matched to perform theui»- 
preeedented feat of kilHn^ 100 Inge 
vats within tiae extraordmary shcnt 
time of eight minutes and a half. At 
^ o'clodc, Minshun, the rat-catcher, 
arrived with the above quantity of 
rats, which were let loose into the pit 
In die usual manner. Soon after. 

Charkt Hew, ihe proprietor of Biny> 
nwde his appearanoe. He wore on 
Us breast a fllver star, whidiwaa^m 
ihott time abee, presented to him by 
some flaentiemen of the Jockey Club* 
The plienomenon Billy was adorned 
wi A a sHver collar round his node, 
andseveral bowsof diffisrent-ooioorad 
ribbratt at rarions parta of his body. 
The pit, at this time, was crowded to 
ezoess, and above 800 persons were 
in Ibe vidnity of the door, all amdous 
to gain admittance, but witiiottt ei^e^ 
the aceommodatioB not bdng large 
enough. Precisely at eif^t o'ckm 
Billy was let loose into the pit by his 
master, and tiie scene of blood be^an. 
Billy appeared in prime cenditioii, 
which he evinced by actually seizing 
two or tiiree rats at a time, and 
tiutivnng tiiem at a great distance 
from him liftless. The animals eoil* 
iected in a body, whidi made it diffi^ 
euH for the dog to grasp them in his 
jan^ Some otthe rats, in the act of 
jumbling, were literally caught by the 
doff in ms month, and fi^om 'thence 
f^ to the ground dead. Eacactiyct 
six minutes and twenty-five aeccmdB 
after BiUy entered the pit, to ^e in- 
oonceivalHe astonidmient of every 
one present, tiiere was not a dng^ rat 
out of tl» hundred which was not 
extended on the ground lilidess. The 
dog appeared litde or nothing injured: 
his head and jaws were covered witih 
the blood of tiie slai^htered vermin. 
Billy wastaken home by hie master; 
the caresses of his backers were lac 
▼tshed upon him; and great bets 
were won and lost upon Uie occasian. 


A nttgular swan was latdy shot \sj 
a {^timan near Carlisle, whia 
weighed nineteen pounds and a hal£ 
It measured across the wings eispht 
feet six indies, and in height aix feet 
one inch. It is of a remarkrfftde eo- 
lour, and is supposed to be the largest 
ever seen in Cumberland. 

Harwich, Nov. 18.— -A fine voung 
male elk, an anhnal very rare m this 
country, has arrived at Harwich ftom 
Gottenbnrg, intended, it is said, aa % 
present ftom Consul-Oeneral Wiae, 
to his Majesty. Althov^h not two 
years old, he stands full 16 haeda 



Idgrh, and will continiie td mcreAsein 
sue for «ome|years. lie is ranark- 
My tame, will carry a light weight, 
haaheen taii^t to draw a sledge with 
perfect steadineM^ and is nearly equal 
in speed to the rein-deer. 

A fine partridge^ supposed to be 
dosely pursued by a bird of prey, on 
Wednesday, the 12th Noyember, flew 
against the front part of Mr. Phil- 
pot's house, in Castle-street, Can-^ 
terbury, with such. force as to fall 
into the street, and liras unable again 
to use its wings. 

Ijewes, Nov, 3. — It would appear, 
from what follows, that the oider of 
nature, as it regards the feathered 
race, has been a little altered :•— A pair 
of rooks, in defiance of the late heavy 
gales of wind, built their nest in the' 
topmost branches of a lofty elm, 
fronting Ringmer Park House, near 
this town, wherein the female bird is 
now performing the work of incuba* 
tion on four eggs, and so closely, that 
she has not been seen to quit her nest 
even for food, that beii^ r^ularly 
Inrought to her by the male bird; 
and on Saturday three weeks aoo, 
Mr. 6. Watts, oiicklayerj of tnis 
town, discovered imder the eves of 
a house, a martin's nest iuU of 
livinff young ones, which had been 
hatched onfy a few days, and some 
little time after the mass of these 
birds had congregated, and taken 
their departure. 

The following are the dimensions 
of a bear, killed in Hudson's Straits, 

a^ the crew of the discovery ships, 
eda and Fury, under the command 
of Captaip Parry, R. N. 20th July, 
1821:— Length of body, 8ft. 7iin. 
Length of hmd leg, 4ft. 8^m. Cir- 
cmnlerenoe of the upper part, Sfr. 
3in. Ditto lower, lA 9in. Length 
of fore 1^ 4ft. 9m. Circumference 
of lower part, 1ft. llin. Circumfe- 
venoe of lM>dy, 7ft. llin. Length of 
head, Ifr. 6in. Circumference round 
the mouth, O^in. Breadth of hind 
paw^ lO^in. Length of ditto, IfL 
lin. Breadth of fore paw, lOin. 
Length of ditto, 7iin. Length of 
middle, hind daw, ^in. Ditto fore 
ditto, l4in. Lengih of tu8k,.2^in. 
Bound we head, ^t. lin. From nose 
Vol. XIU. N. iS^.— No. 74. 

to the eyes, S^in. . Eye to ear, lOin. 
Length of ear, 4^in. Breadth of 
jaw, between the tusks. Sin. Length 
of taU, 5m. Wdght, 14cwt. Sqrs. 
SSb&.'^opied from Journal of the 
Hecia, at Defiford, 94dh Oc$^ 182S. 

A dog beloiLjing to the Whit8> 
Hart Inn, at Sainbury, daily takes its 
walk up and down the Canal, which 
surrounds die Close, in seardi of 
minnows j and the avidity wi£h whidi 
he sdzes on his prey is truly won- 
derful. When few or none are to be 
seen, he s^^tdies up the gravd for a 
considerable extent, and then pa* 
tienUy takes his station until some 
unfortunate gudgeon appears in si^^^ 
when he pounces upon it with all the 
ferodty of a hawk seooie of its prey* 


The fight between Josh ffudson 
and Ward, for 200 guineas, took pliioe 
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 1823, at Moulsey 
Hurst A motley multitude was as- 
sembled on the occasion. The se- 
conds were. Spring and Bdaiioo for 
Ward, and Randall and Peter Craw- 
ley foor Hudson. Average bettings 
6 to 4 on Ward. 

Bound 1. After shaking hands. In. 
die finest condition, an amateur ob- 
served truly, that Ward, when his 
arm was doubled up for first hit, was 
oomderably the heaviest man. He 
was all bone and musde. Hudson> 
on the contrary, who looked more like 
an Alderman after feasting, diewed 
neither bone nor musde. Both l^oru, 
but Josh made the play by a lett- 
handed hit, which told as slightly as 
the one returned upon him. A hasty 
exchange of hits without any harm. 
Fastness was the order, and Josh waa 
thrown from a dose. * > 

2. Ward's neck was scarified by 
the ropes in the struggle for the falL 
Josh made the jplay, and his adver- 
sary retreated mto the comer, dia 
BandcJL Josh followed up to make 
fight, but Ward evaded him, got 
awav and made a rally> and f^oH tne 
head of Josh in the grasp of his left 
hand^ and wewoed with the nffht.. 
Josh was undermost in the fall from 
the dose, and Ward smiled with con* 
fidenoe. Two to 1 on Ward. 

a. A real fighting round, both hav« 


mg the rust offtheio. Joah advanced 
up to his adversary's head^ as a game 
bufibr would at a tMill^ and a terrlMe 
hittmg rally at the nob followed. 
Wkrd shewed himself the best at 
tactics^ and hit and got away willi 
aunirising dexterity. In the grapple^ 
Josh was ^ain worsted and floored. 
The blow caused the fall^ but it was 
not considered a knock down. The 
flght was considered half over^ al» 
though Ward shewed first claret from 
iSie nose. 

• %• Jo«^' made the play^ aiid< Ward^ 
beet upon his legs, tried to avoid him. 
When they met^ i^e most manly 
eourage was diftplayed, and the hit- 
ting was heavy. After rallying at 
%tifik otiier's n<^ until the Cnancery 
suit was doubtfal, Josh had a turn, 
and Ward was thrown weak> with 
his feet between the lower ropes. 
Theoddskeptupat^to I on Ward. 

- 5. J0sh made pky^ and Ward 
timied to with equal gaiety. Heavy 
Idcyws, and another rally^ the Black 
Dtemond haviag the best. Hudson 
was much distrened, but Ward neg- 
lected to take advantage of it. After 
apause, Hudson, who was almost at a 
stand still, received a clean knock 

' &, HiidiK)n made the play agaiii 
most undauntedly, but Ward hit and 
{^away, and had tlie'best of fight- 
mg. mdsoa ran in wild, and not^ 
wif^Btatiding the word ^ Steady/' 
dom one of his seconds, he shewed 
as mudi boldness as a gallant tar 
would in bvarding tat enemy ; but 
after exchanging b&ws in and out of 
lalttes^ Josh was floored. 

• 7^ Ward placed a good hit unon his 
adversary's throat, and hrok& Ms 
groiuid to an parts of the ring. — (An 
attMtoar sung out, ** Don't break out 

,of the ring!") — M a rally, it was 
oaual flghting, but Josh threw his 

8. Hudson went to work. Ward 
%htlBg and retreating, till he was 
against the ropes. Here the combat- 
ants closed, and the Black Diamond 
^dieavoured to fib his adversary, un- 
til Josh, extricating himself from the 
gripe 01 his antagonist, found himself 
otfifiide of the ring^ivhen lie put in a 

blow across the ropes, which floored 
the Black Diamond. — Loud shouting 
in favour of Hudson. 

9. Hudson followed Ward aU over 
the rii^, until the latter was in a 
situation that he was compelled to 
fight. A slaughtering rally took 
pErce, hit for hit, till both of the men 
went down. 

10. A severe but short rally oc- 
curred, till the combatants separated 
firom disfress. Hudson was deter- 
mined to put his opponent to the test, 
and the exchange of blows waa 
truly severe, till they were compelled 
to make a pause. " To lick or be 
licked," says Josh, "here goes!'* 
when hit for hit occurred till both of 
the men went down, amidst the most 
uproarious shouts of applause. 

11. The efifects of this round led to 
the decision of the battle. Josh put 
in a tremendous blow under Ward's 
left eye, which closed it up in an in- 
stant. Black Diamond was wild, 
and quite abroad from its severity. 
It was now blow for btow, till Ward 

!«. This was another severely- 
fought round. In a struggle at tne 
comer of the ring. Ward was sent out 
of the ropes^ ana Httdson fell ficom 

13. On setting-to, Hudson planted 
a nobber wYdeh sent Ward sta^erix^. 
Somel)lbws were exdianged> wh«n, 
in closing. Josh fell on Ward witb 
afl his weight. 

14. Ward did what hecould toob* 
tain a turn, and in closing at the. 
ropes, endeavoured to fib his adfver- 
sary ; but Hudson mnnmeSed Ward 
so severely behind mB,nob, that in a 
confused manner he let go his* hold. 
A few bbws were tfeen exchanged, 
when the John Bull gave Ward a 
coup de grace ^at sent mm down flart' 
on his back. 

15. When time was calted. Spring 
brought his man to the scratch, but 
Ward was in so tottering a state, 
that Hudson merely pugbed hk ojK 
ponent down, when the battle was «# 
an end. 

-Remark s.r-Ward's most conspi'* 
cuous fault in Ihe above battle dp* 
peared to be in riot J^ing impT, 

TI^ »PQ&Siasr6 MAGAZmB. 


and ako ^viocing too p*efti m aiul' 
iety- to tmd the Vlows of his oppo- 

Aaron the Jew. beat X'^wz^ af ter- 
wavd8.*-^Fiye to 4 on h&mvy, who> 
however^ had no cbasuQet 

Bishop SkarVfi tmd Gip»ejf Cooper* 
— ^These mem nad £oiight b^or^, and 
Cooper bei]^ the lo8er> itwa» deter- 
noned to give him ai3j0tb^r chance. 
By eleven o'clock, on Tiiesday^ the 
imh Not^mber^ I8a3» the chief 
m^nbars of ^^e P. C. had assembled 
at I>Eirtford> Before the ring oould 
be formed^ however^ a Magistrate in- 
tofered^ and the fight it was re- 
solved should take ^aee on Black- 
heath. At half-past one, 8000 per- 
sons had assembled on this ^t, and 
the cpipbfitants entered the ring, 
Josh Htidscrti and Sampson for Coo- 
per^ and W^d'and Figgottfor Sharpe. 

Round 1. On setting-to, there waa 
much caution on both sides. A mi- 
nute elapsed, iii which considerable 
skill was displA^ei to obtain the hit j 
but no blow given. Sharpe tried to 
mske flay with his lefl; hand, when 
^ t^ Gipsey VjO^ied iir, and plaiited an 
effective blow on Sharpe's right eye. 
Sharpe ' returned very smartly : a 
ittfi^feUowe^ w&en. the Gimey re- 
ceived ^wo body blows,, micl at the 
dose he was grassed. 

2. Both cautious — the Givpsey try- 
ing his right-handed rush at lus op- 
ponent's pippin. Give and take, and 
Cooper the advasitagew He^ adopts 
die weaving system — ^rushes up to 
the body of Sharpe, his elbows tiKe a 
weaver's shuttie—a struggle for the 
tlurdw, >tnd down they go. Both, 
pipings Cooper worst for wear. 

3. ^arpe received several, body 
hits, which he did not relish; and 
Cooper's iniiff tasted meat that he 
could not mgest. In this round 
Sharpe was the favoudte.— rSix to ; 4 
was offered and taken at the eiid of 
this round. 

4h Some" gooSE fighting. Cooper 
displaved great bravery ; but in the 
close ne got high-spiced pepper, and 
affcSr a iSUy, m which he had the 
worst, he was thrown,,and 7 to 4 was 
offered against him. 

Fifth to test rounds which occupkd 

jiiat twenty minutes^ were all in fa- 
vour of the Bishim^ when sootier in.* 
terference of theMagiatvaey took place, 
and one of the seconds, who shewed 
opposition, was taken into custody, 
but afterwards liberated. Cooper's 
backers were not a little dated at the 

Had the above combat beendecidedk 
a fresh difficulty would have arisen, as 
the greater part of tlie stake of 90O 
sovereigns was miraculously conveyed 
from the pocket of the stake-holder, 
nolens volens, into that of some other, 
and it cannot be found. The oontey* 
oncers are known, and they have had 
notice to make a return of it. 

Johnson and CrosUy. — ^The battle 
for 100 sovereigns, between Johnson, 
the Black, and Thil. Crosley, the hero 
of Hampshire, took place on the 13th 
November, at Mattingly ]^k, tix 
miles from Strathfieldsaye, in an en* 
closure of tweoty-four feet, and it 
produced plenty of slaughter-work. 
^ the twentyrfifth louad^ Crosfey 
. gave in, much punished. 

King, the Andover Champion, and 
€rip8ey Leigh* — One day this mondi 
abatUe was fought at ^aringbot- 
tom, the place whereNeate rellbeneatli 
the prowess of Sfwrisg. The match was 
between the dianq[uoEb of Andover, 
King, and the hero of the gipsey 
trijb^ known hi the prize riag> liamed 
Leigh. It was for lOOl. a side. At 
one o'clock they set-to, and a manly 
fifflH of forty-flve^ rounds ensued, 
WJiich occupied one hour and thirty- 
one minutes, when the Gipsey gave 
up, dreadfully punished. 

A sul^scription is on footto ptirdbtase 
Josh Hudson a silver cup, value lOOl. 
as a reward for his bravery. 

Spring and 2^ng-a».— On Monday, 
the 1st of December, a further depo- 
sit of 1501. aside is to be made good 
over a «^)Qrting dinner at Belcher's. 
Langan, at present, is only kiiown to 
the sporting world by name, which 
renders betting rather shi/; but, in 
QXier to give an opportunity of view- 
ing his person and tactics, the Irish 
champion, assisted by Tom Reynolds, 
intends taking a benefit at the Fives* 
Court. The odds are 2 to 1 and 7 
to 4 in £»your of Sprijqg. 



Spring* Silver CWp.— A piece of 
plate is about tobenresented to Springs 
at Hereford, on which is the follow- 
ing inscription : — 



Of Founhope, in the county dT Hereford, 

Tbu Gup was presented 
By his Countrymen of the Land of Cyder, 
In token of their esteem for the mannness 


Which, in many severe Contests in the Pa- 


Under the name of 


Raised him to the proud distinction of 

The CHAMProK or £kgla21I)> 

ThiB inscription is surrounded by 
a handsome device of apples, &c. 
at the bottom of which is the r^re« 
sentation of two game cocks at ^e 
dose of a battle, one standing o?er 
the other. On the other side of the 
cup is a view of the P. R. with two 
pugilists in attitudes. Upon the top, 
orlid of die cup, is a cyder-barrd 
placed on a stand, the inside of 
which is gilt, and large enough to 
hold a gallon of " Nectar divine." It 
has also two elegandy-chased handles, 
and a fluted pedestaL It has a very 
handsome appearance. 


It must be obvious to our Readers, from our recent Notices to various 
Correspondents, that we have frequently been under the necessity of sup* 
pressing the insertion of valuable and interesting matter, for tvdnt of the 
necessary space. This difficulty, unless some remedy be appUed, is Ukdy 
to increase on us rather than otherwise, having redoubled our exertions to 
obtain an additional quantity ^original information, such as we pledge 
ourselves will be interesting to the Sporting World. To enable us to put 
our intentions into effect, we have resolved on increasing the number of our 
pages: for this we shall be under the necessity of raising the Sporting 
Magazine to Half'-a-'Crown, and we doubt not that when the next Number 
is seen, the alteration will be cheerfully acquiesced in. 

A full description of a cdebnited Hunt, by NiMEoi^—R^inarks on the Sports of the 
Pidd on the Continent, by Vagus— On the Diet of the Pointer-nOn the Nature of 
Game Preserves— Scraps from my Portfolio, No. II.— Winning Horses in 1823 — will 
appear next Month. 

We be^^ to inform our correspondent Citriositas, that Nimaod has promised to 
comply with his wishes, as he proceeds in his Letters on Leicestershire. 

Obsebvea is under consideration. 

We wish ^^4'*, the gentleman to whom we were indebted for so good an account of 
the concluding disy's sport with Lord Derby's hounds, last season, would favour us again 
with his correspondence, his last artide having given so much pleasure to numeroua 

Further communicaBons from Viator wfll be very acceptsble. 

We cannot comply with the wish of Speculator. 

Two or three Racing Meetings remain to be given, to complete the Calendar of 
the present year. 

tlie First EmbelHshment of our next Number will be a Portrait of the DARLE Y 
ARABIAN, taken from the original picture in the possession of H. Darley, Esq. of 
Aldby Park, Yorkshire. For the convenience of such of our finends as collect portraits 
of celebrated horses, a few Proofs are taken, on India paper, of this great progenitor of 
our best racing Uood: they may be had of the Publisner. 


._ j._.' 

irf I "*" 




roL.xiu.N.8. DECEMBER, 1823. 

No. LXXr. 


Hunting in stJRRftV, by Nhntod^ 

The Surrey Hotmdso. 101 

TheSandersteadtlarHen «.%....... ..ill 

Mr. Meago's Harriers ••••>. ^ollS 

Mr. Morton's Stables ^ 113 

Semarlcs on tbe Sports ef the Field on the 

Continent ••••» »<114 

Amesbury Coursing Meeting. 1823 .*••.. 117 
Asbdown Park Coursing Meeting— Mag- 
nus Troil and Arachne 119 

IMogoe between a Sportsman and a 

GsBi^eeper > • • » 119 

Piscatory Chit Chat— Letter II. 120 

HI Effects of Sererity to Hounds • 124 

Account oif the DARLEY ARABIAN 

(with a Portrait) •%• ..».......* 124 

Analogy between Chivalry and Pugilism* • 127 
Alphabetical I^t of the Winning Horses 
in England, Scotland, and Wales, In 

1823.... 128| 

I. A Portrait of the celebrated Darlet Arabian. 
II. Hare and Stoat. 

Continuation of the Estniy on RIDINQ to 

HOtTNDS, hyNimrod ....145 

The Hon. Frederick Berkly *-^ 146 

Mr. Stanhope and Sir Bellingham Gra. 

ham 147 

Mxv My tton and his hcnrse Baronet * • • • 149 
How to make a good Brook-jumper* . > • IM 

Epitaph on Sir Ralph Abercromby's 
Charger 153 

Improper Disposal of Game 153 

Newmarket Coursing Meeting, 1823 > • • '154 

Grand Handicap at Doncaster, 1624 . 'hB6 

Newmarket Oatlands • • v 156 

Bettings at Tattersall's ••.•.... 

Sporting Anecdotes • • • * • 



List of Winners of Royal Purses and 
Gold Cups in 1823 ? 31 




To the Editor of the Sporting Magaxine. 

¥T has so happened^ that^ with 
■■; the exception of three days 
with the late King's stag-hounds^ 
and two or three withthe Oakley, 
five years ago, I never hunted 
within forty miles of London in my 
life. Accident, however, hringing 
me into Surrey, in the beginning 
of the present month,. I lost no 
opportunity of seeing the different 
packs of hounds which it con- 
tains ; and shall offer your readers 
a fiihojit account of each in their 
turns. ' 

I confess it excited no small de« 
gree of interest to satisfy myself 
how the system of fox-hunting was 
carried on within a dozen miles 
of the metropolis, where, in gene- 
ral, the country is so thickly in- 
habited ; where there are so many 
gentlemen'splantations, and where, 
calculating by the points of the 
compass, it is not three to one that 
the chase do not lead into London. 
A few days' experience, however, 
dispelled all such apprehension, as 
there is a chain of woodlands 
through all that part called ^' the 
Hills/' too invitmg for a fox to 



quit for a country of which he asastenoe of Preen(Um> t^eir oiily 

OBBL hare little knowled^^ and whipper-in. Theywere mounted on 

where he would not be likely to strong useful horses> one of which 

be yery well received. was in remarkably good eondition. 

The fixture for the Surrey sub* and the hounds seemed handy and 

acription pack being most conve- quiet. 

nient for me on the day after my Before I proceed^ I must inform 

arrival in this country^ I met them such of your readers as are at a 

on the 10th of November^ at Lock's distance^ that these are the hounds 

Bott»m^ on the Tonbridse Wells which were kept for seven orei^t 

road, about thirteen miles from years in very great style by Mr. 

town. Previous to seeing them^ Maberley^ whose seat is within 

my mind was strongly preju- two miles of Croydon; and who, 

diced against these hounds, and in the handsomest manner, made 9k 

every thing that related to their present of them to the gentlemea 

establishment. I was told there who took to the country, at the 

was not a good sportsman among same time affording them the um 

the subscribers to them ; that their of his kennel ; but, for reasons to 

men knew nothing about hunting ; which, of course^ I am a stranger^ ^ 

that being Lord Mayor^s day, all he never hunts with them now— « 

London would be tnere ; and, in going out, when in Surrey, chiefly 

short, I be^an to think, from all with Lord Derby and Mr. JoUift. 

I heard, uat nodiing but my Tom Hills^ who hmte liiem, bb 

Lord Mayor's coach would be well as Freeman, who whips in to 

wanting to complete the raree him, also lived with Mr. Maberley, 

show. and know the country well, as, in- 

Whether this were a true or deed, do 'several of tlie gentlemen 

&lse representation of the facts, it who subscribe to them, having 

was not in my power to determine, hunted it for many years. Tom 

and nothing but experience could Hills was brought up in Mr. 

prove it. I knew nothmg of the mem« Maberley's service, and proceeded 

bersof the Hunt,andaslittleof their by regular steps to the place he 

men ; but on my road to covert, I now holds ; but Freeman spent 

overtook the pack, with which, at some of his years in the service of 

first sight, I could perceive no fault. Mr. JoUiffe as whipper-in, and, ae 

I had seen hounds looking brighter I was very soon able to discern^ 

in their skins ; but their condition, knows his businesa welL 
as to flesh, was pretty good, and On the day I allude to (the 10th 

they seemed of a size weU adapted of November), we soon found oar 

to a rough country. They ap- fox, and ran him, at a fisdr himtaii^ 

peared not remarkable for being paoBi for six or seven miles over 

what is called " sizeable," some of the country, when we came to n^ 

the bitches being small, but gene- ther a tedious check. It was a 

rally full of power, and shewing trying scent for hounds, being one 

much good breeding. Their hunts- of those greasy momines afWr a 

man was absent from illness, bav- slight hoar frost, when uie ground 

ing just recovered from a danger* invariably carries, and more parti<- 

qus attack of typhus, so they were cularly on ploughed land, over 

hunted by a brother of his, of ra^ which we principally hunte^ The 

t^r plebeian appearance, with the hounds, however, stuck well ^'wha^ 



Mnt Aey had^ than wbicb nothing 
more can be expected ; and jump- 
ing UD from a hedge-row in which 
fie had waited^ our fox was ran in 
to, in view. We found another in 
Spring Park, a large covert of Mr. 
Mabeniejr's,. whidi we could make 
nothing of; but drawing on late in 
the day, we found a good old fox 
in Farleigh Park, and killed him 
at the end of an hour and half^ at 
a wry good pace. In the first of 
these runs, a gentleman got a very 
bad Ml, at three-parts speed, in 
one of the flinty lanes, wim which 
thiscoontry abounds, and had a nar- 
row escape for his life. His horse, 
I understand, was miserably cut, 
■nd himself yery seriously in- 

In one of my former letters on 
some hunting country, I mentioned 
the evils of a licentious Jield, and 
here I was prepared to witness 
them ; but I was agreeably sur- 
prised to see every thing so quiet, 
particularly when we founa our 
rox; for that is the time when 
nifldiief is too often done ; and I 
have often thought it would be a 
great benefit to sport, if there was 
no such word as *' tallyho" in the 
vocabulary of hunting. A fox is one 
of the shyest animals m nature, and 
particularly avoids the ^* garish eye 
of day ;" and when he is saluted at 
every comer of a covert with a 
halloo of this description, it often 
prevents his gmn^ well away, if it 
does not cause hun to be cnopped 
by the pack. In this instance, 
however^ ne had very &ir play, and 
after turning on^ in the covert, 
having been met accidentally by 
Freeman, he broke in good style, 
with a fiadr chance for his life, and 
the hounds also were allowed to 
Kttle well to the cha$e. I thought 
they tried hard to kill him, and I 
Iftve no hesitation in saying, that 
U a better country, he could not 

have lived so long as he did. Had 
they been able to have held on 
witn him at one time, there would 
have been great distress in the 
field, from Uie circumstance of k 
very ugly stile, at the bottom of a 
steep foot-path in a small coppice^ 
where only one could go at a tune, 
and a steep hill to ascend on the 
other side. 

As may naturally be supposed, 
the greater part of the subscribers 
to the Surrey hounds are gentle- 
men connected with trade m the 
metropolis, though some of them 
reside in the country. TheV are 
distinguished by green collars to 
their scarlet coats, and they meet 
three times a week, when weather 
permits. The principal manager 
of the concern, and whom I heard 
the servants address by the appella- 
tion of '^ master," is a gentleman 
by the name of Haigh, who re- 
sides at Furze-down, near Streat^ 
ham, and also was formerly in 
trade. He has been a sports* 
man, and report says a ffood one, 
for many years of his fife; was 
an intimate friend of Mr. Ma- 
berley's; and appeared to do the 
honours of the field very much 
like agentleman. 

As may also be supposed to be 
the case, where honnos are kept by^ 
subscription from gentlemen not 
chiefiy resident in uie country, a 
good deal of " Ware wheat!'* 
*' Ware seeds!" and " Ware tur- 
nips!" is to be heard; so that, in 
this ploughed country, riding any- 
thing like straight to hounds is 
out of the question, independent 
of other circumstances. Xhe fences 
on the hills are trifling, compared 
with other countries, and are such 
as are generally met with on fight 
land. The hills are troublesome 
and distressing — some of the field 
not liking to go fiist down them, and 
others not being able to go fast up 

o 2 



them. An old aoquaintanoe of in- it, I should preibr'stiflioiift or 
min^* whom I recognised among mares, as they would be of som« 

the crowd, and whom I had seen, 
riding Fery well, when at Oxford, 
informed me that he found the 
better way to cross this country 
was to go a good slapping pace 
donm the hiUs, when toe impetus 
of his horse assisted him in set* 
ting up them. This, however, does 
not do for all nenres; but, per- 
haps, it is not generally known, 
^at horses never fall when going 
straight down steep hills, from the 
circumstance of their haunches be- 
ing so much under them. That 
very celebrated sportsman, Mr. 
Childe, of Kinlett, whose name is 
immortalised in the Billesdon Cop^ 
lon> poem, as '* the first who intro- 
duced the present spirited manner 
of riding to hounds," proved this, 
when he hunted Shropshire. He 
was in the habit of nding down 
the Clee hills (the worst and 
roughest ground in England, being 

use after such an accident had hap- 
pened to them. 

Thorough-bred horses, and 
others with loi^ yielding pasterns, 
are most liable to suffer from the 
flints; whereas short-jointed and 
Btrong^legged ones, with the hair 
suffered to grow on the fetlocks, 
are the most likely to escape. 
Tall horses also are not calculated 
for the Surrey hills, but they must 
be horses of power, and more than 
equal to the weight they car>7^ or 
they cannot get up the hills. They 
should also be strong in their 
loins, and dear-winded, with quick 
use of their hind legs, and with 
large lengthy shouldei^ It is 
my opinion, that the less they 
are interfered with in their na^ 
tural action when galloping;, the 
less is the probability of their be« 
ing cut. It is also my opinion £hat 
no horse that hunts the Surrey hills 

intersected with large pieces of and is ridden hard, should have ei* 
iron,s*one) with a slack rein ; and ther hay or water after four o'clock 
in answer to those who told him theprecedingevening,unless( which 
he would break his neck, he as- should notbe the case) he have been 
Bured them that, from the posi- with hounds two 4ay8 before. Afull 
tion his horse went in, he coula not stomach must be very much against 

him— causing the viscera to press 
against the diaphragm, by which 
means the lungs are impeded in 
their action, and dangerous conse- 
quences ensue. Doubtless to this 
cause is often to be attributed the 
number of horses that have died af- 
ter hard runs in this coimtry ; and 
in one instance that I know of, the 
diaphragm, or what the butchers 
call the midriff, was completely rup- 
tiuW. From this cause also, the 
air vessels of the lungs are injured. 
A double allowance of com then, 
withtwo doublehandfuls of hay-and- 
straw chaff in each feed, should be 
the stint for a Surrey hunter on the 


Th0 most disagreeable circum- 
stance^ attending the Surrey hills 
is the flints, which, in most places, 
exceed in size and quantity those 
jnet with in any other countries. 
They cut both hounds and horses, 
the latter being frequently spoiled 
by them. It not un£requently 
bappens, that they divide the ten- 
don of a horse's leg, so that on his 
rider dismounting him, he flnds 
his toe turning upwards i He is, 
of course, ever after, useless. This 
accounts for no large prices being 
given for hunters inSurrey-«bout 
200 guineas being the top of the 

tree. Were I to hunt constantly evening before hunting ; and if h^ 

* ^r. Dyke, son of Sir Thomai Dyke. 


,18 not omiteiit with thig, he shoold allowed to saj, thnt treiy mlui who 
be set on the muzsle for the night, hunts the Surrey hills mmt be a 
Icannotsaythatlsawmanycle- hard rider, as he is galloping aU 
ver horses with the Surrey hounds; the day upon flints ; but good rid- 
but they are for the most part much ing is too often of little avail here, 
disfigurad by -their saddles and In countries like this, a fox ^ene- 

. bridles, which are of all sorts and rally runs so short, that he is for 
descriptions but the right. None ever turning, so that, accord- 
but those who have paid, attention ing to the old adage, .it often 
to it, know how much a hunter by happens that the first is last, and 
a covert's side is indebted to a the last first. Knowledge of the 
good saddle and bridle for his ap- country, and patience, are thebest 
pearance-— no less so ' than is ms qualifications. In the vale, how- 
rider to good boots and breeches, ever, or what Charles Morton 
Martingides, running reins, and calls ^' in the dirt," ^manqfbtm^ 
rings on the reins, made ^ bone ness is wanting, and then I under- 
(quite new to me), not omitting stand that Mr. Whitmore, Mr. 
some painted fronts, are conspi- Entwisle, Mr. Driver, and Mr. 
cuous among the horses which Simson(who, I hear, has a capital 
come out of London, as are also mare), are generally nearest to the 
straight-cut coats and leather hounds. Mr. Dyke also, though 
breedies amongst their riders. Of not of '^ the Surrey,'* is, as I am 
the use of a ring of this nature, I told, generally in a good place, 
never could satisfy myself, and In one of my letters on War" 
martingales are quite exploded, rvickshire, 1 observed, that in all 
Tom Smith* was asked one day in hunting countries there is a parti- 
Leicestershire, why he did not cular character to be found, which 
ride a certain horse of his in a attracts the notice of strangers, and 
martingale ? '* Oh," said he, ^' my this is the case in Surrey. I allude 
left hand shall be my martingale." to the ^' veteran'* Cochran, who, 
I,, however, ob^rved one gentle- having passed the grandclimacteric, 
man in Surrey with two reins to had this epithet applied to him in 
his snaffle bridle— -K)ne passing the columns of the Sporting Maga^ 
through his martingale, and the ^ne, two winters ago, in an ao 
other through a ring. Perhaps count of a run with Lord Derby's 
he may have been one of ^^ the stag-hounds, wherein he had dis- 
fancy," and was determined to tinguished himself; but which 
beat ''all in the ring.'' I saw epithet, by the want of proper 
nothing^ however, in these gentle- punctuation, attached itself to Mr. 
men at all inclined to do mischief Kichard Tattersall, to the no small 
with hounds, but, on the contrary, amusement of his friends and 
they were very obedient to the old himself. 

wora of command-*'' Hold hard !" Mr. Cochran, however, is a very 

Respecting the riders in the wonderful man. He is supposed 

Surrey Bunt, of course my obser- to be upwards of seventy years of 

vations must be limited, as I have age, and though time has "sil- 

' not had an opportunity of witness- vered o'er his locks," he is still 

ing them; but perhaps I may be fresh and vigorous, possessing ex- 

* I hope 3Ir. Smith wiU excuse the liberty I take with his name ; but as there are so 
jnany JUr. SmtU in the world, and only one <^ Tom Smith<f* I trust he will par* 
don me. 

iM THB sp&sentm maoazinis 

traordhiary nerre^ for the many The doctor focmd the fields and tfe 

etunmers that have rolled over his hurdle; hot the ^veteran/' hy the 

head* He is in a large way of hu« aid of a little cogniac from his side- 

siness in London^ but of what na- pockety had re-mounted his horse^ 

tore I pm ignorant^ and 'has a house and was gone to the hounds again, 

dose to Croydon. What is also Mr. Cochran^ haying a young 

most extraormnary, he never hunt- lady for his wife^ boasts of two new 

ed till he was fifty ; but when on articles every year in his establish* 

his fiivourite old King Bladud ment — an almanack^ and a child, 

horse^ which he has ricuien seven As he is so fond of jumping, it 

seasons, I am told no man in Sur- should always be leap**3rear wilb 

rey can beat him, nor will any him; and for the sake of the breed, 

fence stop him. He sticks to the which should not be lost, Venus 

old costume of the cap, straight^ should be the star for the night, 

eat coat, and the leathers, and and the sun all the year round in 

looks like any thing but a quick Oeminu 

otie. There was another sample <tf' 

The stag-hounds are Mr. Coch- the old costume in the field, who 

ran'B favourite pack> as the follow* attracted my notice ; and that was 

ing anecdote will shew : — ^In one Mr. Percivcd, father to veterinary- 

of his rooms he has got the head of surgeon Percival, ~ of the Royal 

a deer stuffed, supposed to be in Regiment of Artillery, who has 

the act of lo(^ng over some park lately published a very able series 

paling, which, for effect, is also in- of lectures on the veterinary art, 

troduced in the room. When old which afforded me much pleasure 

King Bladud has run his mortal in the perusal. Though redolent 

race, his head in the opposite cor- of the theatre of dissection, they 

ner will complete the amusing may be considered as the best spe- 

soene. cimen of the " fuyiarov fia^ipui* of 

«« Hector is dead, and Dkn is DO mote!** the veterinary art, that has hi- 

The form of this horse militates therto issued from the press, and 

with the |»resent fashion of the must be of essential service to all 

day, being tall, and high on his students of the profession, 

legs ; but he has everv appesaranspe There is one member of the 

"of being a hunter, and I believe is Surrey Hunt who deserves a place 

one of the most perfect timber here, as a character which all true 

leapers in £ngland. sportsmen n^ust admire ; and that 

There is an anecdote or two of Js, Mr. Hohson. A JoUiJfe is 
this veteran sportsman, which known by his hat; hxft in the 
should not be lost to posterity, winter, no man can tell Mr. Hob- 
Getting a bad iaM one day, he was son by his coat ; for, though he 
laid out for dead on a hurdle, and never turns it, he changes it as 
a surgeon immediately sent for. . often as Harlequin in a panto* 
'^ Where shall I find him .V said mime ; for he hunts with three 
the doctor. '* In such a field," packs of hounds, and wears " the 
sauld the messenger, "o««Aflrc^fe.!' livwy" of eadi, never missing a 

* This is a miserable attempt at wit, and onlv justifiable by what 1 am about to «ay. 
At I was returning from hunting a few days smce, after a long and tiresome day. Sir. 
C. rode up to me, and addressed me in the foDowing words : — ^' Sir,'* said he (pointing 

at aome paling which appeared to be about ive feet high), <* if you will ride over ^oae 
paks, I will foUow you.':—" Thauk ycj gir," replied I, « bnt I wnx play lach younj^ 



iof. 'Bhh, however, is not the 
most extnundinary part of the 
story. His house is situated at 
Stamford Hill^ five miles north of 
London, whither he never fails to 
return every ni^ht, after hunting, 
over JLonddh-hrtdge, though cer- 
tain to. be in Surrey again the 
next mornings if there is any hunt* 
ingtohehad. He is a very heavy 
man^ and jiast the prime of life, 
hut has the character of being an 
excellent sportsman^ and one of 
long standing in this country^ hav- 
ing, it is said, been at the first 
tuniing oat of a deer before Lord 
Derb3r'slioonds, twenty-seven years 
aga His horses lie at Croydon ; 
an^ jndging by one or two tibat I 
have seen, I may, perhaps, be al- 
lowed to say that, for once, ^^Hob- 
soil's choice" is a good one. 

Mr. Hobson always comes in his 
carriage to Croydon, where he ge- 
nerally dines after the sport of the 
day, and then gets into it again, 
ready di«8sed for the drawing-room. 
Were it not for this economy of 
personal exertion, he could not go 
through the fatigue, as he never 
quits hounds till he either hears 
ue who^hffon, or till the last glim- 
mering of n<^ has fled. This 
may be called an humble imitation 
of the method which the Earl of 
Darlington adopted^ when he hunt- 
ed his own hounds dx days in the 
meek. His Lordship had a change 
sf clothes kept well aired at all the 
principal inns within his Hunt, to 
the nearest of which he always re- 
pured after his sjiort was over • and 
patting himself into a chaise and 
four, ready dressed for the evening, 
a small field-piece at the lodge of 
his park announced his approach to 
the castle, and by the time he ar- 
rived, dinner (if ready) was upon 
the tiable. 

Them was a Captain Harvey also 

out with these hounds, who must 
not be overlooked; but I under** 
stand he is chiefly a stag-hunter; 
He left one arm at Waterloo ; 
but with the other, I am told, he 
makes a good light over a coun* 
try, and has got two very superior 

A Mr. p^er is also a conspicuous 
character in this Hunt. He has 
a good stud of horses, and gives 
the best prices of any man in it. 

There was one other character 
out with these hounds which I 
must not ' pass over, as, perhaps^ I 
may never see such another. His 
name is H6U. He appeared to 
have arrived at the age of man; 
but there was no appearance of 
" labour or sorrow." He looked still 
sound and heart-whole, and as if 
every muscle in his body were as 
tough as whipcord; and was, I hear^ 
a very handsome fellow in his time. 
The moment a hound challenged 
on a scent, his old pulse quickened, 
his eye sparkled, and I was cer-* 
tain he had been a sportsman in 
his time; and I afterwards leam«- 
ed that he had formerly kept 
hounds. He now keeps a mad«i 
house; and looks as if he had just 
broke - loose from cme himself. 
Reader, mark his dress, and I think 
you will agree with me ! He had 
a light pepper and salt coat, over 
the collar of which hung his vene- 
rable tresses, which, in the language 
of the stable, wanted trimming. 
He wore white jean trowaers, 
which, with apparent difliculty, 
were pushed down into his boots, 
and these were gartered above his 
knees with brown leather straps 
and buckles. Fortunately for de« 
cency, he had breeches under them; 
for, as he went over, or through 
every thing, they were soon made 
an example of. All that we can> 
say to this is, that there is no fic« 



counting for tastes; but^ as sporta- 
men, we must all acbnire that which 
brings a man a hunting at all, at an 
age when half the worid are not 
eTen fit to talk about it. All wine, 
however, we are told, does not 
grow sour with age, neither does 
every man ; and it was a pleasure 
to grow old at Lacediemon. 

I was out again twice with the 
Surrey hounds on the hills, which 
satisfied me that it was not a coun- 
try for sport — ^if not the zero of 
all hunting countries. On one of 
the days I allude to, we hunted 
through an impenetrable fog, yet 
the hounds deserved their first rox, 
and had a very good run with the 
second. On the other day, we 
were in a country which bade defi- 
ance to sport; but in the interme- 
diate time they had a run of two 
hours and a half, and killed their 
fox, and I understand it was alto* 
gether a most satisfactory thing. 
I was out two days with Mr. JoT- 
liffe's hounds; but shall say nothing 
«f them tiU aiwther opportunity. 
The second day I missed a veiy 
good run with them (the first half 
hour, an errant burst, and then 
good hunting till they killed him), 
by a trick that was quite new to 
me, and which I hope I shall ne- 
ver experience again. When I got 
to covert, I found my horse was 
not there; and as it was on the 
high road, and I had written down 
the fixture, I thought nothing less 
than that he had dropped down 
dead on the road. It seems, how- 
ever, that a gentleman from Lon- 
don told a man who kept one of 
the turnpike gates, to tell his ser- 
vant, who was coming on a bay 
horse, to go back again. Itso hap- 
pened that my bay horse made his 
appearance first, and of course 
obeyed the order. 

For some time after Mr. Ma- 

berley presented the hounds to tkd 
Surrey, they had also the use of 
h^ kennel; but they have nnoe 
built one on Worlingham Common^ 
seven mOes from Croydon, in a 
very good situation, bein^ dose to 
good exercising ground, and in the 
centre of the country, and which I 
rode over to see. 

My chief inducement to go to 
the Surrey kennel, was to see the 

E resent year's entry of young 
ounds, consisting of seventeen 
couple, all their own blood ; and I 
will do them the justice to say, that 
I never saw many better entries in 
my life. With the exception of 
one or two that will be too high 
for them, they are of the right size 
for the country, and with excellent 
legs and feet. There is one hound 
in the pack, called Growner, which 
ofiFends the eye; but so lonff as 
they have such hounds in their 
kennel as Matohless, Whimsey, 
Minor, Welter, Guider, Joker, and 
Juniper, and can breed such as 
Solomon and Sorcerer, they will 
have no reason to complain. There 
is also a very clever nound, called 
Rasper, a descendant of the Duke 
of jBeaufort's celebrated Rag- 

. The Surrey is a very young pack, 
not haring, with two or three ex- 
ceptions, any hounds in kennel of 
more than three years' hunting ; 
and they adhere to the laudable 
plan of spaying their smaller 
bitohes, as, by keeping them light, 
they can always run up with the 
packv They teed with biscuit, in- 
stead of hieal, giving as a reason, 
that the Scotch meal they buy in 
London makes their hounds heavy, 
by creating unnatural thirst ; and 
that biscuit makes them more pow- 
erful against the hills. They give 
about fourteen guineas a ton for 
it; and that which they are now 



eftting^ has been a voyage to 

In a former part of this letter^ I 
observed that these hounds did not 
look bright in their skins^ and when 
I got to their kennel^ I accounted 
for it The airing yard is not 
paved or bricked^ so that they cannot 
De expected to' be so ; and it would 
cost an hundred pounds to remedy 
the defect^ on account of its being 
80 large. It would certainly be 
better for the hounds' feet, if it 
were done, even if the yard were 
curtailed one half, to lessen the 
expence. These hounds are much 
exposed to the air by day, lying 
under open sheds ; in consequence 
of which, I am told, they never ' 
droop their sterns in bad weather. 
They have about forty-pfive couples 
of hunting hounds — ^none too many, 
I should imagine, for three days a 
week, in open seasons, over this 
flinty country. 

The stables are behind the ken- 
nel ; and the huntsman's house (a 
very comfortable one), hard by. The 
stables are double, which is all very 
well for quiet horses ; and the stud 
consists of eight hunters, and two 
hacks. They are horses of good 
substance, and of a right stamp to 
carry servants to hounds. Una 
that the huntsman rides is a roarer; 
but he says, now he knows how to 
ride him, it does not stop him. As 
far as I could judge of him in the 
stable, I was much pleased with 
the appearance of a crooked-legged 
horse, called Pigeon; and there 
were two other clever chesnut 
horses, looking very fit to go. 

The huntsman to these hounds 
(as does Mr. Jolliffe's) uses the 
bugle horn, which is new to me in 
the field. There is something 
cither military, coaching, or show- 
man-like about it, which offends 

Vol. XIII. N. S.—No, 75. 

my ear, and has more to do with— ^ 
'^ Now, gentlemen, the coach is; 
ready," or, " Walk in gentlemen, 
and ladies and see the lions," than 
with getting hounds together, or 
making them fly toa scent; though, 
by the bye. Dr. Johnson calls a^ 
hunting horn, "a horn to cheer 
hounds," and no one can dispute, 
such high authority, particularly 
as the Doctor was bnce in his life 
a hunting. There is^ only one whip- 
per-in with this pack ; but Surrey^ 
IS a country, above all others, where 
Mungo has a bad chance of being 
here and there and every where at 
the same time. 

I have no idea what the amount 
of the subscription to these hounds 
is ; but I should imagine their ex- 
pences are not great, though their 
stopping must be heavy, to do it 
well ; and Tom told me their poul- 
try bills were considerable. Here, 
however, there is generally some 
Jbul play, and many a good goose 
gets well stuffed with sage and 
onions, after fl fox has killed her. 
Mischief, however, will occur in a 
country so fidl of foxes as Surrey. 
Wishing to see these hounds m 
the vale, I met them on the 2SM 
at Godstone ; and here they fully 
answered my expectations. We 
were hallooed away to a fox, that 
had not waited to be found, but 
which we soon got upon terms with, . 
and, after half an hour's very diffi- 
cult hunti^, we got up to him, and 
ran him twenty-five minutes with- 
out a check, and killed him. Just 
before they ^* set to" to run, these 
hounds made one of the finest natural 
casts that I ever witnessed in my 
life, and which I observed to some of 
the field at the time. Not finding 
their scent, they returned, with- 
out a word being said, to their 
line, where they immediately re* 



ms iiPOtmuG m aoazinjs. 


c^red their ftft, tthd iieter stopped 
i^itraMi. The country wis ^ent 
dver was very ihiich enclosed; 
feut iiever haring been out of the 
iljiXae field with the holinds^ I had 
a good opportunity of observing 
theto^ And thought they meant to 
Hll him. Thcjy topped their 
fences^ Itnd flew to the head in such 
a manner^ as convinced me that a 
fbx must be a good one that could 
Uve long before them tvith a scent, 
ind had it in this instance enabled 
lis to have gone one tUm fester 
than we did, this Idst quarter of an 
BoUr Would have been feultless. I 
ot a fall two fields before we killed 
ihi, at a brook, by the opposite 
Bank giving way i and had not the 
next man to me '(one bf the Sur- 
i^y) eone into it> his horse would 
have judt landed Upon inine. 

In one of my letters, ieither on 
riding to hounds, or on Leicester- 
iihii^, alluding to the accident I 
llaw hapten to Mr. Osbaldestbn, I 
tehturea tb observe, that ho man 
should ride at a f^ce— -particu- 
liarljr a brook — ^till he ^ees the cne 
whb has gone before him, not only 
Over it, but away frtm it ; for a 
h15rse may fall after he has cleared 
his fence, as mine did in this in- 
stance, from the baiik breaking un- 
der him. Two winters ago, with 
Af r. Mytton's hbnnds, I got jbhree 
falls in one run, two m which 
were after my korise had cleared 
the fibnces I rode at> but (I am 
sorry to confesi^) tvas unable, from 
distress, to suppori himself on the 
d^erside, and of course I declined 
vressin^ him any further. 

In this short, b^t shaip thinff, 
l\mi Hills rode very clo^ to his 
Bounds, iind liVeeman was Bl^^djs 
in his pI4ce. The litter rode K- 
ffeon^ and I could not help crack- 
mg a commandment, by wishSng 
that he were in my staole. This 

Was the flnit day tibAt Tom hUfitei 
them since his illness, and matiy 
thought that he looked lighter and 
better for the typhus. In consi- 
deration of his good conduct, and 
having some young cubs to provide . 
for, a siibscription was made to 
pay the doctor who cured hitli, 
confined. Of course, to the gentle- 
men of the Hunt, and some ^ these 
who constantly attend it. Among 
the latter is a sporting pawnbroker, 
who, I am told, is well horsed ; but 
^1 thikt could be got from him^ 
when applied to for his sovereign, 
was, a pledge that he would take- 
it into consideration. 

On the day alluded to, there 
was a larger and better sort of 
field than I had previously seen 
with these hounds, and I observed 
a few goikig well. Among these 
were Mr.lBntwistle, and Mr. ColeS 
(on a clever brown horse, and look- 
ing like a workman), and one or 
two more whoih I did not know. 
Mr. Haines, also, who keeps livery 
stables in Riding-house-lane, Port- 
land-place, whidi I have frequently 
used, appeared in the front, on a 
quick little chesnut. Having an 
engagettaent that evening at a dis- 
tance, I could not stay for their se- 
cond fox, which I understand they 
killed after some ftlow good hunt- 
ing, and had A very sharj) burst 
with another, whicn jumped Up 
before the hounds out of a hedge- 
row, as they were going home. 

I understand that it is the in- 
tention of the members of the Sur- 
rey hoUnds in future not to ad- 
vertise their fixtures, whidi by 
some is considered as not being a 
popular measure. Their reason 
lor it is, that their being known in 
London, brings down a certain de- 
ScHption of persons whom they do 
not wish to see, tod who commit 
wanton damage to the country. 



Pizturefly howev^r^ tviU be known. 
The Duke of Beaiifort and Sir 
Thomas Mostyn do not advertise 
theirs^ giving^ it is said^as a reason^ 
that they do not wish all the Ox^ 
ford men to know ; but no sooner 
is a fixture made^ than they hear it 
as certain as they hear great Tom. 
I now take my leave of the Sur- 
rey hounds, wishing them good 
sport, to which they would be well 
entitled, if they had a second whip* 
per-in, and a better country. 


^ '^ A wild fox, and a fine morn- 
ing," and '*^the merry harriers," 
afterwards, have long been bum* 
per toasts at Sportsman's Hall; 
and when ^^in the sparkling gob- 
let laughs the wine," have helped 
to make many an old man young, 
and many a young man old. The 
first is a thesis :^r the Epipoeia,' 
and there is something particuc 
larly soothing to the spirits in the 
last. The sentiment is intimately 
associated with a good appetite for 
dinner, and a good digestion after 
it; and, as has been so elegantly 
observed of hare-hunting, '' thiis 
pleasing pastime has the laud- 
able end of preserving health, and 
)cee]4ng all the organs of the soul 
in a condition to execute her or- 
dero." Partly with this impress 
sion, and partly to gratify my eye, 
I went to see two celebrated packv 
of harriers which have long been 
kept in the county of Surrey. 

The first of these packs is known 
by the name of The olue-moUled, or 
SanderHead hounds, and is the one 
which is advertised in the London 
papers as meeting three times a 
week at the kennd. These hounds 
arekept by subscription, but are the 
property of Mr. Samuel Cannons, 
irho has kept and hunted them €nr 

fort^ yeara He if BO«r deeopndr 
ing into the vals of lifj8 $ but i^ the 
picture of health — ^oot appsarins^ 
to have a care in the world--->ana 
has the reputation of being an^exr 
pellent hare-hunter- 

I was much pleased with the 
appearance of this pack, as preserv- 
ing the real character of the har- 
rier. They ate strictly coi^fined to 
colour, ^Ae oluemaUled,ox ^HickecL". 
as it is often called*-^ colour said 
to be characteristic of hunting a 
low scent. They appeared to be 
about seventeen inches high# 
'^ widi ears that |iweep away the 
morning dew," and very weH 
matched in size* By an expres*- 
sion that fell from their himts- 
man, I should also think they were 
equally well matched in chase* 
^^ Your hounds run well together, 
I dare say, Mr. Cannon," said I, in 
the expectation of a good answer* 
" I endeavx>ur tomaJ^ them do so. 
Sir," was his reriy : " I follow the 
advice of the ola £arl of Egmont, 
and Sir John Gresfaam^ I top 
^em, and tail 'em. Some people 
will' say — There is a clever honnd 
for you — he can fiy .' but if all the 
rest can't fly, his wings had better 
be clipped, so I dnSt him as I 
would a slow one." I wanted no- 
thing more to convince me that 
nature had not forgotten to put 
some brains into the old hunts- 
man's head ; for the perfection of 
harrim is, to run well together. 

On the first day that 1 went out 
with these hoimas, we ran a hase 
six miles an end. It was a v^rf 
foggy day, and it so happened thsdb 
oxuy three of us were so fortunate 
as to get away, and in consequence 
of puss putting her head so straight, 
and the thic£aess of the fog, the 
rest of the field never came up 
at all. For want of \old.!Sam, 
however, we did not kill her, 




havinff changed for a firesh one^ in 
a genueman's plantation^ but I do 
not fecollect having ever seen har- 
riers go so straight through a- 
rough country before ; so much so^ 
that at one time I thought we had 
found a fox. 

As every day affords a lesson to 
those who are disposed to leam^ so 
this was no blank to me. I saw 
one more instance of the misery-— 
I may add cruelty— of ridinghorses 
with hounds that are not in condi- 
tion to go. A tradesman from Lon- 
don, on a clever horse, was with 
us ; but so distressed was he with 
this bit of a gallop, that he never 
•recovered his wind till he had got 
several miles on his road home, and 
shewed every symptom of being 
beat. I was amused at his rider 
'telling me he cotdd not think why 
he could not get him over a small 
stile in the run, as he would leap 
the top hole of the bar in the ride, 
«t the stables where he stood. ''Ah, 
Sir!" said I, " but there are no 
Surrey hills in that ride." 
' I was out one other day with 
the "blue mottles," when old Sam 
convinced me that he was some- 
thing, of the same kidney with the 
curner in the faUe, who would 
have it there was '* nothing like 
igather" We had an indifferent 
scent, and could not hunt our hare. 
'' There was a good scent yester- 
day with Lord Derby," said I. 
'' Oh!" replied Sam, '' they have 
always a scent: take all the cur 
dogs in the town, and they will do 
wdl enough for a deer." Little, 
, perhaps, did the old gentleman 
think that, when he ''gave his 
tongue" so freely, his words would 
■m soon be " on the file;" but 
{]>? anecdote is amusing, and I 
^-v >ar the man who speaks his 

. it often happens that large fields 

of horsemen attend these hounddi, 
and in general they have good 
sport. A boy to whip in to them 
would be a great improvement, as 
Ihey are rather inclined to be slack. 
Their kennel is within three miles 
of Croydon. 

There is another pack of har- 
riers kept within a mile of this town, 
which an admirer of hare-hunting 
would ride a long way to see. They 
are kept at the sole expence of their 
owner, Mr. Meager, who has had 
them for twenty years, and turns 
them out in very good style. " He 
hunts them himself, but is assist- 
ed by a whipper-in who knows his 
l)usiness well ; but, if I may hazard 
a pun on the occasion, there is no- 
thing meagre about them — hounds, 
horses, and men, appearing to be 
all well fed, aiid well up to the 

Mr. Meager is an excellent far- 
mer, as well as an excellent sports- 
man, and is said to be the best 
judge of a sheep and a harrier any- 
attention to the breeding of each. 
Although in possession of very con- 
siderable landed property, he classes 
himself with the yeomanry of the 
coimty. Thiswas the man, however, 
whom a monarch envied, as en- 
joying life without being a slave to 
its formalities; and who is often 
happier ^than his more wealthy 
neighbour, who leaves nature be- 
hind him when he dismounts his 
horse, and has his part to act for 
the rest of the day. The former 
calls for his slippers and his <tinner, 
as soon as he comes Jiome, and if 
(which is rare) no one partakes of 
his hospitality for the evening, he 
can snore in his chair, whilst his 
daughter plays, " Those evening 
beDs," or some other of Moore's 
Melodies, on her piano.- He retires 
to rest at an early hour, and » 



called by the crowing of the cock, 
fresh for the occupations of the 
coining day. 

I have no hesitation in saying 
that Mr. Meager's pack is perfect, 
and affords ample proof of the great 
pdns he has bestowed upon it. 
There is no affectation of the fox- 
bound; but, like his sheep, his har- 
riers are of pure blood, and exactly 
Vhat they should he — ^fiill of power, 
fast enough to kill any hare, and in 
beautiful condition; and, I am told, 
are never known to tire with the 
best day's sport of the season. 

Mr. Meager is very sanguine to 
shew sport, and from the nature of 
his fields (so near to London) now 
and then exerts the prerogative of 
major domo, with effect. He once 
or twice reminded me of the Cap- 
tain of a frigate who tried to com- 
mand his crew without the aid of 
swe&ring. *' Put that light out !" 
said the Captain one night to his 
boatswain, but it was not done. 
'* D — li your eyes, you — , douse 
the glim !" said he, and the light 
wasout inamoment. Mr. Meager, 
however, was very polite to me in 
answering a few questions relating 
to his hounds, and mentioned one 
circumstance worthy of notice. He 
shewed me what he considered one 
of the best hounds in his pack, but 
from whom he could never breed 
any thing worth entering, even by 
his very best bitches; whereas from 
his own sister, he never bred a 
bad one. 

A mere retaOer of fsu^ is said 
to be only fit to give evidence on a 
trial, therefore I must be allowed 
an anecdote or two as I proceed. 
Mr. Meager, I observed, is a great 
fiirmer, and having a good eye to 
business as well as to hounds, never 
loses an opportunity of transacting 
it to advantage. Being one day in 
the act of calling a favourite hound^ 

to a very ticklish scent in a roadl, 
and anxious to recover his hare, a 
man stood by him who had some 
manure to sell, when the following 
interlude took place :• — 

" Yo-doit Nancy !"— -« Have you 
sold that dung?" 

« No Sir," said John. 

" Yo-doit Nancy, good bitch!"— 
" What do you ask a load?" 

'* Three shillings. Sir," said John. 

" Yo-doit Nancy — ^have at her, 
good bitch V'^'' VA give you half- 

" I can't take it. Sir." 

" Go and be d— d, then!"— 
"Yo-doitNancy, good bitch! She's 

got it, by GU-dl— Hark to Nancy, 


There is one thing connected with 
Surrey hunting which must not 
pass unnoticed, for the sake of those 
who never heard of it before ; and that 
is, the hunting stables at the Derby 
Arms, in Croydon, kept for years 
by that well-known and vermin 
old sportsman, CharlbsMobton, 
and where, with great truth may 
be said, there is excellent enter- 
tainment for man and horse. The 
stables, all of which were built by 
Mr. C. Morton, contain forty-two 
stalls, and eight boxes, and in which 
some horses have stood for seven or 
eight seasons in succession. This 
is the only place, within my know- 
ledge, where gentlemen can trust 
their horses all the year round 
without their 6wn servants, and 
where they are got into excellent 
Condition under Mr. Morton's own 
eye, as also under the care of a 
groom whom I knew when living 
with a very hard ridfer in Leices- 
tershire, and who knows his bu- 
siness well. Here the gentlemen 
from London who hunt in this 
county, either keep their horses al« 



tic»ether,.or «iid d»ro o wmgii, I enst hadk my miiMl to th0 days 
and themwlves pome down in the <tf earlier youd, when, 'mid eucb 
morning to bi^akfast, which is pre- ^ ,-^ , . ' ' ™" «*cn 

pared for them in the most com- 
fortable style in a room appropri- 
ated to the purpose, and which is 
so appropriate, diat I shall derotc 
a few lines to th§ description of it 
This, however, I must defer to ano- 
ther opportunity, 

N<Mwmber2&, 1628. 


RBMABKS on the SPORTS of tAg 
FlEht) on the CONTINENT. 

J^Pleas'd with that social sweet garruUty, 
Tap poor disbanded veteran's sole de- 

««ht.'? SOMEAVILLE. 

To the Editor of the SporHng Magainn0, 

JT is a fact, Mr. Editor, that we 
^ are occasionally placed in situa- 
tions of " calm contemplation" 
and ^ poetifi ease,*' where we lose, 
in the most delightful reveries, or 
I' waif in| dreains/' almost a know- 
ledge of our own existence ; and 
^t such moments, according to the 
nature of the place where we re- 

Sose, our ideas and fancies fashion 
iemselves. I myself enjoyed this 
blissful trance about six weeks ago, 
in the delightful and magnificent 
forest scenery of the Ardennes. 
The day was one of the finest, for the 
^ason of the year, I ever remem- 
bered. The hanging b^nks of fo- 
rest trees smd stunted copse were 
•till pretty full in leaf, though ex- 
hibiting their chequer^ hues of 
every shade of colour. Nature, inr 
de^, here shon^e out '' all beauteous 
in decay." The sky was sombre, 
but serene: no dark lowering py 
portentous clouds intruded ttem- 
aelves on the modest grey tint tiiat 
pervaded the horizon. The scenery 
around me brought strongly to my 
^e 4e«^ of days of other yearjp." 

scenes, I had, in comppmy with th(B 
youth of my time, enjoyed the 
cheering " cry of the hounds." I 
gave way to imagination: I yielded 
up the reins to my fkncy. The 
^divening scene embodied itself, 
as it were, before me. I pictured; 
[' in mtf mind's eye," that animat- 
ing and inspiring crisis, when the ' 
fox is foundlll I saw groups of 
dashing spj^tsmen appearing on 
the summits of the chequered 
copses. I thoujght I saw the jolly 
hounds, in their various mottled 
hues, dashingthough the kffze, and 
pushing before them their wily 
prev, until he reached the limits 
of his leafy abode, which was now 
no longer safe fw him tp tarry in. 
The triunipbal shout that announces 
his '^ Break" rung now on my earr— 
the glorious crash on leaving the 
cover, resounded through the wood. 
The sound soon died away. 'Twas 
finished ! I awoke from mj dream, 
and exclainwd, with my favourite 
Somerville— .« Hear and attend, 
whilst I those joys reveal :" « for 
the weak too strong" — '' too eostly 
for the poor I" 

To descend from my Pegasus, 
Mr. Editor, which is too lame a 
^ade to carry me any further, and 
indulge in a few remarks I bare 
made on the sports of the field ou 
the Continent— I shall begin bf 
observing, that nothing is morfe 
striking on that head, than ihe er- 
pence of huating on the Conti- 
nent, when compared with the 
like dirersion in old Englai^d. I» 
the Low Countries, or Belgium^, 
where I have been travellinglately, 
I have made it my ol^eot to oon^ 
verse with the amateurs of the 
chasH, whidb are a numerous body 
there. Fades of hounds are kspt, 

but 'tin done by a wmlm of 



gcutleiMti^ ind gentlMiieii filr- 
]]ier8> who eafih have a draft of 
dpgs at th^ir chateau, or hrm ; and 
when a chasse is determined on> 
they meet together at a fixed ren- 
dezT0U8> and club their united 
chiens, ^' pour forcer k Ueifre, le 
gangUer, au le Ump." They have 
another term, which they call 
" tracker :" this is done by having 
out nearly fifty or sixty people,* 
who "drive" the ''woods;" and 
the '' Messieurs tes chasseur^' 
play '^ pang, pang," indiscrimi- 
ntttely at every thing they see. 
The result of all inquiries relative 
to the expence of such an arrange- 
ment is, that they perform to 
their satisfactien here for shiUingSy 
what we don't do in England for 
pounds. How often have I seen, 
from the window of my hotel, ride 
into the J^ard, a shabby, vulgar- 
looking personage^ mounted on a 
thick, stumpy, punch horse, and 
followed by a half-starved - grey- 
hound-looking cur ; holsters at his 
saddle bow, and a large pipe of 
^^ eoom du mer" hanging ftora his 
mouth ; and, on inquiry at the 
" ear^an du tabled' who this comer 
might be, been informed that he 

was tibe Baron de ; that he 

wto a ** tris fort chasseur, et tris 
riche" and that his chateau lay 
in the middle of some monstrous 
forest, ten leagues at least from 
any civilised place I On a nearer 
view of this " mighty hunter,*' I 
perceived he was habited in an old 
threadbare sort of shooting-jacket, 
with plated butt(ms, bearing on 
them impressions of all the diffe- 
rent animals of the chase, and ac- 
coutrements [of the field; on his 
head, an enormous casMjuet, or 
foragir^ cap; and old military 
overalls, and Mack rusty screw 
spurs, forming the tinder part df 
ins costuBne; I haVe gencraHy re« 

marked, that the noMSity imd gen^ 
try go about accoutred ih sohie 
cherished remains of their cam- 
paigns under their Old favourite. 
Napoleon — ^with this difference, 
that theif, like '' the nnglUy Nim-' 
rod," now make war on *' beasts" 

As to the quantity of game in 
this part of the Continent, the 
accounts I have received have dif- 
fered almost with every person I 
have conversed with. In Germany, 
we have often read of the enormous 
slaughter that have been com- 
mitted there; bfit I can only say, 
I have made inquiries bf severtf 
Germans whom I hare Aiet with 
in this country, and from their 
accbililts I could gather nothing 
that could lead me to conclude thatr 

fame existed in the quantity we 
txe read of. The game in this 
country they divide into two 
classes: they nave the ^gros" and 
the " petit gtbier" Hiegrof includes 
the wild boar, the ired deer (which 
are of a very larse siz^e), and the 
chevreuil, which is much the same 
as our roebuck of the Highlands 
of Scotlimd. In addition to these 
there is wdf, which does not come 
under the denomination of "gibier,'* 
no more than does re3mard with U8> 
as they are animals of prey. 

The wild boar, or sanglier, is 
pursued with a sort of dog resem- 
bling the English mastiff; but h^ 
stands higher, he is looser made> 
and his head is enormous. There 
are commonly six or eight of them 
made use of; and though they are 
not possessed of the sterling cou- 
rage and '* vermin" game of our 
bim-dog or mastiff, yet they are, 
by ' their weight and strength 
(when their efforts are united), 
very formidable opponents. The 
grand difference betw^n this breed 
of dogs and our real thorough- 
bred ma^ff is, that, singfy pitted 



against a foirmidaMe vn^gomst, and occasioiial drafts from (rfd Eng^ 

and once sfi^erely handled^ they land of horses^ dogs^ and grooms, 

would ^' turn 4atl" immediately ; brought their equipage to a very 

whilst our mastiff^ on the contrary, superior pitch of excellence. The 

does not know fear, as we have a neighbourhood of Spa, Verviers, 

prominent instance of, in the attack and Aix, teems with sporting young 

made by one C^ sua sponte"J on men, who are equally devoted to 

the lioness which had broke from the delights' of the j^ld and the 

the caravan of wild beasts (I for- course; and whose '^ turn out' 

t in what town), and which dog forms a strong contrast with the 

U a victim immediately to his aboriginal retinue of a Continental 

intrepidity. Nimrod. Next year they are to 

To proceed to another part of have races at Brussels^ Spa, and 

my remarks on the chasse here, I Aix la OhapeUe, and good sport i& 

have to mention, that the different expected. 

proprietors of land, and who are In my walks through the dif- 

amateurs of sport, are in a con-> ferent stables of those sportsmen 

stant warfare with one another, at whom I have slightly hinted, I 

and with the farmers. If, in the have found several thorough-bred 

course of a chase, the dogs of one mares ^ and stallions. This shews, 

hunter pursue their game (in the in a striking manner, the Zi^eroZt^^, 

open arable part of the country) as well as sm^i/ference, of John Bull, 

on the lands of another, they are to whether his neighbours profit 

generally shot by the o>vner. This by him or not; and the contrast is 

produces a law-suit of a double also very striking in favour of the 

nature, being by the one Sot an as- Za^^-mentioned worthy gentleman, 

sault on his dogs, and by theo^Aer, to the discredit of the Mounseers, 

for a trespass on his grounds. who, when they get an English 

Greyhounds are everywhere pro- mare into their country, set their 
scribed : any body may shoot at veto to her leaving it again, 
one that pleases, as they are consi- Ere I close this dull paper, Mr. 
dered as an appendage entirely of Editor, I will give you a laughable 
a braconnier, or poacher. 1 am ac- anecdote regarding the valiie set 
quainted, however, with two or on pot-hunting by the foreigners in 
three Belgian gentlemen, whose general, in preference to the pur- 
studs and dogs are entirely Eng&'^A, suit of those animals which are 
and kept in very good order ; and not eatable after they are taken, 
those gentlemen have greyhounds, I was told by an Englishman, that, 
or *' levriers" (as they are called), when living in the town of Stut- 
andwhen they course, 'tis on ground gard, he occasionallyjoined the chase 
which belongs to themselves and of a neighbouring Baron, who kept, 
their friends ; and in that case the a good pack of English fox-hounds 
poor Umg'tails run no risk of a and an English huntsman, and 
*' coup du fusee" that they had very good runs now 

There are exceptions everywhere; and then. One evening, on his re- 

andalthough here (generally speak- turn from a day's spgrt, he was met 

ing) the chasseurs appear to us to by a French resident of his ac- 

do ** the trick" in a very uncouth quaintance, who asked him what 

and savage manner, still there are he had been hunting? My friend 

those who have, by dint of money, answered, ^^ A fox 1 and we killed 



hha after a ckamdng run of two 
tiours and a quarter." *' Majbi I "* 
exclaimed Monsieur : " be must 
be worth while to catchy when you 
take so much trouble. Est il ban 
pour un preandeau ?" My friend's 
risible faculties being mfuch excited, 
he had nothing for it but to put 
spurs to his horse^ and bade him 
&n soir — as I now do you^ Mr. 
Editor^ and remain^ yours always. 


Brussels, November 10, 1823. 

N. B. I hope to be able, on quit- 
ting this country, to give you a 
description of a boar-chase. 


For the Sporting Magazine* 

ING, 1823. 

npHIS Meeting was numerously 
^ attended, and the sport was 
finer than ever remembered. He 
hares ran very stout, and the dogs 
were very good. Marque^ and 
Blast, the two last in for the Cup, 
are matched to run again, the course 
not being satisfactory tothe parties. 
Mr. Mills is theowtierof Mstrquess, 
and Mr. Biggs^, of Blast. 


For the Puppy Cup. — ^Mr. Nor- 
they's blk. and w^ d. Newcomb, 
beat Mr. S. Heathcote's blk. and w. 
d. Harold; Mr. Mills's blk. d. 
Marquess, beat Mr. Pettatt's blk. 
d. Pantaloon; Mr. Wyndham's 
fawn d. Wrestler, beat Mr. Joties 
Long's bl. d. Lopez ; Mr. Biggs's 
blk. b. Blast, beat Mr. J. H. Vi- 
Tian's bl. d. Valentine ; M^. Bris- 
call's red b. Branda, beat Sir H. 
Vivian's blk. b. Vapour; Mr. Alex. 
Wyndham's blk. b. Winifred, beat 
Mr. Bayley's blk. d. Bonassus ; 
Mr. Pettatt's w. b. Poll, beat Mr. 
Briscall's red d. Burgundy; Mr. 
Jones Long's yel. b. Leriaa, beat 
Mr. Bayley's blk. and w. b. Boiuity . 

Voii. Xin. K ^.— No. 76. 

tatt's blk. d. Pillager, b^t Mf. 
Northey'sfaWB b. Nankeen; Mr. J. 
H. Vivian's red d* Yifu beat Mr. 
S. Heathcote's blk. and w. d. Hs«w 
thorn ; Mr. BriscftH's Uk« itnd m 
b. Breeze, beat Mr. Bayley's blk 
and w. d. Rubins ; Mr. Binsili 
blk b. BrazQ, beat Sir H. Vtma't 
bl. and w. d. Veto. 

Maickes^-Mv. Fettatf s PhA- 
der, beat Mr. J. H. Vivian'^ VanH- 
pyre; Mr. Northey's Nathan^ beat 
Mr. Biggs's Bertha ; Mr. Biggs's 
Burleigh, beat Mr. S. Heathcote't 
Holbein; Mr. Pettatt's Pickle, 
beat Mr. Mills's Match ; Mr. Bris- 
call's Barsac, beat Mr. Mills'0 
Major; Mr. Briscall's Belinda, 
and Mr. Mills's Myrtle — und^ 
cided ; Mr. Briscall's Black C», 
beat Sir H. Vivian's Velox ; Kr 
H. Vivian's Vanguard, beat Mr% 
Northey's Nisus. 


First Ties for the Cup. — ^Brendu 
beat Lerida — Blast beat Poll- 
Marquess beat Wrestler— Wew- 
comb beat Winifred. 

First Ties for the Stonehenge 
Stakes. — ^Pillager beat Brazil; two 
hares — Breeze beat Vig. 

Figheldean Stakes. — ^Mr. Pet- 
tatt's blk. b. Pigeon, beat Mr. 
Briscall's red and w. b. Belinda ; 
Mr. S. Heathcote's blk. b. Hoy« 
den, beat Sir H. Vivian's blk. 4* 

Tidivorth Stakes.-^-^ir H. Vi- 
vian's Vanguard, beat Mr. & 
Heathcote's blk. and w. d. Haw- 
thorn; Mr. Jones Long's blk. i. 
Lancer, beat Mr. Wyn&am's blk. 
b. Wildfire. 

Matches.'^Mt. J. H. Vttian> 
Vaulter, beat Mr. Bayley's Bod&tr ; 
Mr. Biggs's Bertram, beat Mr. 
Northey's Nectar; Mr. PHtatt's 
Prattle, to^t. Mr. Joner Lom^ 
Jmte; Mr* JonH Jiions^Innm- 




tiHo, beat Mr. Northey's Needle ; 
Mr. Biggs's Burleigh^ beat Mr. 
Northey's Negro ; Mr. Northey's 
Nisa8> beat Mr. Jones Long's 
Loadstone ; Mr. Bayley's Rubens^ 
iuid Mr. J. H. Vivian's Valiant — 
^mdecided; Mr. J. H. Vivian's 
Vampyre^ beat Mr. Ba^le/s Bo- 
nassos; Mr. Pettatt's readi^ beat 
Lord Arundell's Alfred; Lord 
Anmdell's Arthur, beat Mr. Bay- 
ley's Bounty. 


Second Ties for the Cup. — Blast 
beat Newcomb — ^Marquess beat 

Breeze beat Pillager, and won 
the Stonekenge Stakes. 

Piseon beat Mr. S. Heathcote's 
Hoyaen, and won the Figkeldean 

Vanguard beat Lancer, and won 
the Tmmorth Stakes. 

Matches. — Sir H. Vivian's Vite, 
)>eat Mr. Mills's Myrtle; Mr. 
Jones Long's Lounger, beat Mr. 
Briscall's Black Cap; 6ir Hus- 
sey Vivian's Vapour, beat Mr. 
Pettatt's Pickle; Mr. Pettatt's 
Hunder, beat Sir H. Vivian's Ve- 
locipede; Sir H. Vivian's Vul- 
,ture, beat Mr. Mills's Major; Mr. 
"Mills's Mary, beat Sir H. Vivian's 
Volage; Mr. Jones Long's Lax, 
beat Sir H. Vivian's Velox ; Mr. 
Tettatt's Pantaloon, beat Mr. 
Jones Long's LopeiK ; Mr. Mills's 
Match, and Mr. Northey's Na- 
thans—undecided ; Mr. Northey's 
Novice, beat Mr. Jones Long's 
Locust ; Mr. Jones Long's Load- 
stone, beat Mr. Northey's Nisus. 


Mr Biggs's Blast, beat Mr. 
Millfi's Marquess, and won the 

.Cup — Marquess, the Guineas. 

. ifo«jAe#^— Sir H. Vivian's Vo- 
laM, beat Mr. J. H. Vivian's 
Vampyra; Sir H. Vivian's Velo- 

cipede, beat Mr. J. H. Vivian's 
Vaulter ; Mr. J. H. Vivian's Va- 
lentine, beat Mr. Bayley's Ranter; 
Sir H. Vivian's Vaunter, beat Mr. 
Northey's Newport ; Mr. Mills's 
Mary, beat Mr. Northey's Nim- 
ble ; Mr. Northey's Noodle, beat 
Mr. Mills's Major; Nr. Northey's 
Nerissa, beat Mr. Biggs's Blue 
Bell; Mr. Briscall's Bourdeaux, 
beat Mr. S. Heathcote's Hawthorn. 
Post Matches. — Mr. Mills's 
Myrtle, beat Mr. Phelips's Swap; 
Mr. Northey's Nectar, beat Mr. 
Phelips's Playful ; Mr. Northey's 
Negro, beat Mr. Phelips's Rock- 
et; Mr. Phelips's Pelter, beat Mr. 
J. H. Vivian's Vig ; Mr. Biggs's 
Brazil, beat Mr. Phelips's Plaster. 

N. B. The next Meeting will 
be the 16th of February. 


Lord Rivers. 
Lord Maynard. 
Lord Arundell. 
Lord Lisle. 
Sir John Hawkins. 
Sir Henry Lippincott. 
Sir HussEY Vivian. 
Mr. NoRTHEY, M. p. 
Mr. Wadham Wyndham, M.P. 
Mr.BAKER, M. P. 
Mr. Wyndham. 
Mr. S. Heathcotb. 
Mr. Biggs. 
. Mr. Brisgall. 
Mr. Jones Long; 
Mr. Dyson. 
Mr. MoppAT* Mills. 
Mr. J. H. Vivian. 
Mr. Capel. 
Mr. Pettatt. 
Mr. Alex. Wyndham. 
Mr. Buck. 
Mr. Bayley. 
Mr. Tyntb, jun. 


Mr. As^T0N Smith, and 
.Mr* Dtkb Poor. 




To ihe Editor of the SparHng Magazine. 

JJ AVING been for many years 
m the habit of attending the 
sereral coursing meetings in this 
and. the neighbouring counties, 
more particularly that at Ashdowu 
Park, I was a little surprised, in 
reading the account of the last 
November Meeting in your Ma- 
fi^ne, to obserre a comment on 
the circumstance of Dr. JVfcrrick's 

ifeeper. Ees. 

Sport. Then I must go no fkr* 
ther this way ? 

Keeper. No one, gentle or sim- 
ple, is allowed to pass this fence; 
so keep off, if you please. 

Sport. I have had poor sport 
this morning. 

Keeper. You have had shots 
enow, then: I have pretty goo^ 
ears upon occasion. 

Sport. His Lordship is not in 
the country, I understand ? 

Keeper. His Lordship is in his 
skin, I suppose : no disprecise.* 

Sport. And have you the sole 

Magnus Troil having beaten Mr. -/^'.^. -^x«»* ^ayc ^uu me soie 

Palmer's Arachne, " the winner of management And care of the game 

ihe last February Cup." here ? 

This remark, I think, might as . Keeper. I have had the care of 

" ^ ^ ... i^^ ^^Y^ ^^^ lj^^^ ^^^ ^^ ^^ 

ipell have been spared, for the cre- 
dit of Magnus Troil, who must 
have been a bad one indeed, had 
he not beaten her under existing 
circumstances. The bitch was at 
heat early in September, and would, 
had she been warded, have pro- 
duced puppies at the very time of 
the coursing meeting; and I be- 
lieve coursers of much less expe- 
rience than myself are well aware, 
that, under those circumstances, a 

early and late, any how, twenty 
years come Candlemas. 

Sport. (Aside.) And without 
taking a shilling above your wages, 
I suppose? Is there much game 
in this cover ? 

Keeper. That is as may bc.-^ 
(Aside. He do look like a gen- 
tleman — ^he may be one of the 
right sort.) — Hares are pretty 
plenty ; as to pheasants, my Lora> 

..«»■/, uuu^i I'uuse circumsumces, a jf**'"*'/ , €*o w j^ucobouu), mj uora 

good sheep-dog will beat the best "®f ®5 J^^d so many in this, and the 

greyhound. I presume the fact of adjoining covers, ever since this 

her having been at heat was not ^^ ^^^ manor. 

known to her owner, or I am sure Sport. I would give something 

even for a sight only of some of 
these birds. {-Advancing.) There's 
no treason, I suppose, in getting 
o>ver this hedge ? 
_ ^ Keeper. The thorns. Sir, will 

For th e Sporting Ma gazine. find their way through your kg- 

DlAhOOXTE between a SFORTSMAHf ^^' there's a Stile just below 

nnd a A AMIT.imirPVD VOU.' 

she would not have made her ap- 
peasrance at the meeting.-^! remain. 
Sir, An Old Courseb. 

Hungerfbrd, December 6, 1823. 



Sport. (Gives the Keeper fno» 

^eene, a Cover on the OutskirU of ney.J Well, suppose we couple up 

^_^ ^ Manor, the dogs, and try to find a pheasant 

gPORTSMAN. His Lordship's sitting? ^ P ««i^ 

property commences at this Keeper. I don't see any harm in 

coppice, I pradune ? that. Sir : so this way, if you please^ 



!te9 9P9RTIMO MMAZUat. 

it, and I will lead your d<^ 
Tuni to four left hand^ Sir^ down 
that sl(n)e^ till you come to a patch 
of hazel ooy«r taller than the rest : 
no lees than ten pheasants did I 
there reckon on the perch, in the 
^zzling of the morning. 

Sport. (Returning. J Well, there 
is A flight indeed!— (^Givef the 
Keqper more money.) 

Keeper. (Bowing.) In the lower 

Srt (^ the other coppices, your 
onour, these birds are as plenty 
pi here. Can your Honour be 

S leased to tell me the hour of the 

Sport* (Taking out his watch. ) 
Why, it is about twelve. Yes» a^ 
f),ear mid-d»r as possible* 

Keeper. Odsol I ought to be 
miles nenoe— quite on the other 
side of the manor — by this time. 
I have told your Honour his Lord- 
ship's orders. His Lordship is 
]fery strict; and poor sarvant^ 
your Honour, must do their duty, 
and take care of their places. 
Good morning. Sir : good morning, 
your Honour. 

Sj^t, (Looting in the Keeper^ s 
face at parting,) Ah ! what scar 
IS that over your left eye ? I did 
not notice it before. 

Keeper. A scratch, a scratchy 
jour Honour I 

Sport. A scratch do you call it ! 
Why it looks like a fuU-swoop 
mit of a sabre. What, havie the 
poachers been mauling you ? 

Keeper. No, your Honour ; only 
a cut m love and friendship, as a 
hody may say, in a bout at " single 
stick," or " backsword," as you 
geptry calls it. 

SpQrL With whom, pray ? 

Kxeper. Why, spme m those 
'' Somershir^* gamesters, as " WaU*' 
'* Stone;' and " Bur$^" your Ho- 
nour. I played wiUi all of th«»ii, 
at a grand matdi, not loqginii^. 

and I got fo best sAwut the hfiii 

notwithstanding I told you "J had 
pretty good ears on occasMnJ* that 
I can hear nothing at any distance; 
neither would the. report of your 

fun reach my ears once in fifty 
rings, at a hundred paces from 
me; and so good morning, your 

Spmi. (Aside. And so, ha! haJ 
ha!) Gow morning, '^Keeper;'' 
and now I may say ^ace as soon 
as I please. AMANUENsra. 





To the Editor of the Sporting Mxgattkic 

SIR, ^ 

N concluding my last letter, { 
promised to return to the sub- 
ject of punts, and their managers; 
ut in so doing, it is really not my 
wish to do any injury to a class of 
men who are certainly v^ry indus- 
trious, in their tvay ; and it is very 
true, that, for the money they re- 
ceive of the gullible cockney, they 
do all his dirty work — they save 
him the trouble of kneading clay, 
and bran, and graves, and what 
not, together into lumjis, for the 
purpose of enticing the barbel and 
other finny folks to the hole whens 
they have fixed their customer; 
and for the pretenders to the art 
—your true, lazy, clean-fin^ed 
fishermen — ^they will even bait the 
hook, and take off the fish, when 
they get any. You may now and 
then see these dandy anglers in 
their black kid glovcis, white trow- 
sers, and all that sort of thing; but 
to a keen sportsman it is a hateful 
sight, and he would feel half in- 
^chned to throw him in along wSft^ 
4he other hmps, for ground bait. 

But to return to the punt-pio- 
fgnififiiph wad their semuita. Aa 


geeot on.objiaclion to 4^se men b« 
any, arises' from a certain talent 
•tliey possess — hereditary, one would 
tbink^-^f embellishing, or drawing 
the long bow, or, as it suits my 
subject better, throwing a long line. 
They have ev^n earned for their 
vespective towns and villages, from 
this quality, a name. For instance : 
romancing Richmond ; twanging 
Teddington ; deceiving Ditton ; 
sharping Shepperton; lying Lale- 
ham ; bragging Bren^ord ; ,/?6- 
hing Fulham; and so on. Not, 
. indeed, that the townspeople in 
geaeral of those places would per- 
hj^s immediately recognise them 
by such names; and it must there- 
fore be understood, that these are 
the names given them by divers 
disappmnted fishers, who doubtless 
have good reasons^ in their own 
estimtation, for so christening them. 
Indeed, this habit is very apt to 
extend itself to the publicans and 
innkeepers also, who are not unfre- 
quently in Co. With the owners of 
die purUfie^t ; for if any traveller 
should ask if they have good fish- 
ing thereabouts, the reply is, inva- 
rSkA^y ^^ Oh> captall" though 
their visitors frequently go away 
^AfiMesk at night as they arrived 
t&ere in the morning. 

Your true Jeremy Diddler of a 
punter is a complete adept in the 
renowned science of humbugging : 
they can discover lots of fish in the 
deeps, and under the weeds, which 
no eye but Idieirs can see, and this, 
indeed, at periods of the year when 
it is notorious that the fish are not 
tikely to be there ; and as for pity 
and commiseriation, they are fiill of 
ikem, as in duty bound, when an 
angler has bad sport. And with 
these' qualities they possess another 
delightAil one — ^that of consolation. 
Who can console a eoekney so well 
nn^fmnierf -Ndone^ i^id'tkeB, 

too, -he is'irhfe most frflr«mfl§2p'inan 
in the world. At all events, he is 
never without Sigood reason for bad 
sport : the water is either too high 
or too low, too thick or too fine ; 
the stream too strong, or not strojig 
enough ; it is not the right time at 
tide; the wind is in this or that 

?uarter, when the fish never bite 
and this is curious, too — ^for the 
cold wind,, which give? all the rest 
of the world an appetite, takes 
away that of the finny tribes en- 
tirely.) Thus^ then, your punter 
is the most reasonable man alive^ 
except in his charges, and his too 
frequent dissatisfaction. This last 
quality belongs more especially to 
the journeymen punters: your 
boiled beef is never so good, to 
their thinking, as some they have 
corned themselves, and they will 
not scruple to tell you so ; your 
porter or ale, if brought from Lon- 
don, has got flat with shaking about 
in the stone bottle, and is not fit 
to hold a candle to that at the 
Bell, or the King's Head ; your 
bread and cheese may be passable^ 
but it is dried by the sun and 
winds; and thus they eat, and 
drink, and grumble, till the sun 43 
civil enough to set, and relieve 
them from their toil, when, if you 
do not stand tip^ besides your regu- 
lar charge for the punt, &c. they 
will hardly condescend to hand 
your rods and baskets out for you, 
and look as black as the Bear, in 
Piccadilly; and if by great good 
luck you have had decent sport, 
they will (as if it was through 
theii* means) growl something, as 
you walk away, about seeing you 
blest another time, before they will 
put you in so good a place. 

Another excellent joke of these 
men is, that of endeavouring to 
persuade the disappointed angler, 
m summer time, that the fish <Aef» 



lire uponnotliiiil^ bat weeds. That 
same mh, in some seasons, eztsome 
sort of weeds^ may be true ; but 
when it suits them^ they insist that 
they eat nothing else> and that you 
may as well offer them haif-a-crown 
tobite> as a brandling, a gentle, or 
a bit of paste. Like a horse in 
spring, green meat is their farourite 
repast But, although they will 
assert this thing, I never remem- 
ber to have heard of their advising 
an angler to bait his hook with any 
of the various sorts of weeds to be 
found in the river. 

So much for punters! I certainly 
neither admire them nor their fiat- 
bottomed boats ; and yet, as there 
is no rule without an exception 
(except, indeed, that of the U fol- 
lowing the Q invariably), there 
are £>ubtless some amongst the 
fraternity who are many shades 
lighter than such as I have been 
speaking of. 

I had intended to say. something 
in this letter respecting the sear- 
city of fish in the river Thames, 
but I shall postpone it, as I have 
had some youthful recollections 
awakened by a letter in your last 
Number, signed, A Spobtino 
Tbadesman, relative to the river 
Loddon — that Simon Pure of wa- 
ters; though I have been more 
used to it on the direct road from 
London to Reading, at and about 
the village of Twyford, than at the 
spot he mentions, which (though 
he does not say so) must be on 
what is called the Forest road to 
Reading, and is, as he very pro- 
perly says, the pleasantest road for 
an equestrian traveller. 1 think 
he is misinformed, as to its '' pass- 
ing through a considerable portion 
of the ri(£est parts of Hampshire 
and Surrey;" but as to its '^feed- 
•ing some very valuable mills in its 
eourse/' I oan bear ample testi* 

mony. I have alwavs been given 
to understand that the Loddon had 
its rise somewhere near Oaking- 
ham, orWokingham> in Berkshire; 
and I never in my reading found it 
mentioned as one of the rivers of 
either Surrey or Hampshire : but 
this is not very material, any n^ore 
than its emptying itself near Hen- 
ley> which is on tne opposite shore 
of the Thames, in Oxfordshire, 
and, as far as I remember, consi- 
derably lower down that stream 
than where the Loddon is disem« 
bogued, which I always thought to 
be near Sunning, and between that 
place and Wargrave. I do not re- 
collect Shiplick by name ; but as 
I never was at the spot where it 
enters the Thames, though I have 
fished down the Loddon till I have 
been pretty near it, still I do not 
mean to say there is no such place, 
but only that it cannot be very 
near Henley. 

Some twenty years ago I had a 
particular friend at Hare Hatch, 
now no more, whom I frequently 
visited, and of course never with- 
out my rods, &c* ; and scarcely a 
day passed over my head during 
these visits, without my trudging 
to the Loddon, which was £>at 
two miles distant. At Twyford, 
if I remember right, there are five 
bridges, over different branches 
(large and small) of this stream ; 
some of them being very narrow, 
and principally contrived for the 
purpose or irrigating the osier 
grounds, of which there are seve* 
ral, the old trcuie of basket'-mak' 
ing being the principal manufiio- 
tory of Twyford. There was also, 
at the time I speak of, a valuable 
silk-mill, belon^ng to a Mr. Bill- 
ings. About a mile and half abov« 
this place the water is exceedin^y 
de^, and oovered with watar lilies, 
and basr I beiiev<s, 6m carp m 



it tliere« though I never couldcet 

hold of one of the sly roeues. This 
is near a mansion called^ I thinks 
Hurst Lodge; but I speak only 
from memory. Between this and 
the silk-mill^ is a small paper-mill, 
in an outer shed of which I very 
well remember taking shelter once 
from a tremendous thunder-storm, 
amongst a quantity of woollen 
rags, from whence I was invited by 
the proprietor into the mill itself— 
" For/' said he, "you will be 
covered with fleas, if you stand 
amongst those Londan^gathered 
raps!" I of course accepted his 
o£^r, and was amused witti part of 
the process of paper-making, as 
well as sheltered from the storm. 

Four correspondent has only 
mentioned jack and roach ; but, of 
this river. Pope's lines may be 

2 noted, which were written, in- 
eed, as applving to the neighbour- 
hood of Windsor Forest, excepting, 
indeed, the trout, for I am not 
aware of its being a tenant of the 
Loddon: — 

**" Our plenteous streams a vanous race 

supply ; 
The brigbt^yM pereh^ wkh Aim of Tyrian 

The silver ed, in shining yoluines roird; 
The ydWw carp, with scales bedropp*d 

iritb gold ; 
Swift trottts, diversified with crimson stains; 
And pikes, the tyrants of the wat*ry 


Bat in this eBnmeration lie ham 
fwgetten bis namesake, the pope, 
as also the dace, the gudgeon, the 
bleak, that variety Si the roach, 
the rudd, jand the chub, the latter 
of which are taken of gr^ size 
in the Loddon: I have caught 
very large ones in the back water 
of the paper-mill before mentioned, 
with paste, even as late as the 
month of March. Indeed, I do not 
know another river, within the 
same distance of London, that affords 
so jBuch ^oft to a roviskg angler 

(for jponts are not very comnum on 
the Loddon) as this ; especially in 
that part of it where the mills are 
situated — ^for there you have a 
greater force of stream, and a' 
greater variety of depths, &c. &c. ; 
and in the summer months a man 
may have excellent sport in fishing 
for aU sorts, with that good genend 
bait, a red worm->delighted, at 
the same time, as he wanders along 
the river's side, with some of the 
sweetest scenery in England. I 
will quote a few lines, in proof of 
my feelings on this subject, from a 
poetical epistle, which I wrote from 
Hare Hatch, in the year 1807» to 
a particular friend in London: it 
is part of a description of my mode 
of spending a day:— - 

At nine we breakfast, and our time amuse 
In conning over London's last day's news* 
This over, if the day is warm and fine, 
I mostly take my fishing.rod and line. 
And to the Twjffird streanUet bend mj 

With charming views to cheer me as I 

Most sweet commixture here is ever found- 
Hill, vale, wood, river, fill the glowing 

There the white mansion on the hill ii 


Half viewed, half hid, within a grove of 

green t 
Here the hind's cottage,tnthe vale beneath. 
Sends up its smoke in blue, fantastic 

wreath ; 
While o'er yon field of com the fimn- 

house stands, 
A home of plen^, 'mid its plenteous lands. 

Tfaflpe is one little dsawbadr to 
icbie fishing here, I believe, whidi 
is, that some of the manorial gen« 
tlemen are not over and above dvU, 
if an angler has not something 
like an introduction : at least, this 
applies to some parts of the Loddon* 

By the bye, a word with respect 
to the custom of making drawings 
of certain large fish, to be.hung up 
at the public-houses and inns used 
by anglers, as alluded to by A 
Spobting TRAPKftMAN, who men* 
tions the drawing of a jack, weiglh> 



ing 28Ib8. being hung up in tke 
parlour. I do not mean to say 
that these things are impositions^ 
or that the fish did not weigh the 
Weights described, though there 
is ^equently some management in 
weighing with steelyards; but I 
mean to say that they are a sort of 
decoy, intended to make good for 
the house, and seem to say to an in- 
experienced angler, " Come thou 
here, and do likewise :" for it must 
be remembered, that the takings 
6f such remarkably large fish are 
something like what the visits of 
angels are said to be, '^ few, and 
far between;" as they are often 
brought down into waters where 
they are taken by floods, having 
escaped from canals and other pro- 
tected waters. 

Between the paper and silk- 
mills already spoken of, the IluS'- 
comb Lakes, as they are imposingl jr 
ealled, enter the Loddon; but the 
supply of water is exceedingly 
small, except in times of heavy 
rain, as they are principally, if not 
Entirely, fed by land drains, and 
in summer time present nothing 
•but a chain of rather insignificant 
boles, but in which I have caught 
trkahj good perch, roach, rudd, 
carp, knd eels. There is one ra- 
4fher handsome spread of water op- 
posite to the house of Sir Natha- 
Yiiel Dukinfield, or at least what 
yg^s his house at the time I visited 
^Ihat neighbourhood ; but as he was 
tbeh an old man, I presume he has 
before this time paid th^ universal 
debt, and been gathered to his fa- 
thers. Whether the house is 6till 
in the same ^mily, I am not 

I aiw ftfi-aid my chit-chat will 
this time be tiresome tb some of 
your readers ; but they must really 
excuse me, for I have got upon a 
~sc«Mt that I cbuld Mow ot^l' ano- 

ther Aeet or twa of paper. But for 
this time I make my bow, and 
subscribe myself, yours, &c. 

J. M. Lacbt. 



To the Editor of the Sporting Magazine, 

Have for a great many years re- 
marked, that where hounds are 
wantonly and barbarously flogged 
in kennel, even into fits and out 
again, that in the course of a sea- 
son they kill very few foxes, and 
that frequently, when they ought 
to be killing their fox, they give 
him up. I know one or two ken- 
nels, and I trust that there are 
many others in the kingdom, 
where young hounds are broke, 
year after year, without ever being 
struck in the kennel, and very 
rarely in the field — I am. Sir, 


P. S. When I hear of hounds 
having had for a fortnight or 
three weeks together many good 
runs, but no blood, the first ques- 
tion I always ask is, if they have 
not been flogged a good deal in 
kennel, and if they are not in ge- 
neral treated with seveHty? 




Engraved hy M''ebb, from a Copyof the 
original Painting by Chalon, K. A. 

C HOULD the portrait of the Dar- 
ley Arabian impart satisfactioli 
to our readers, ii^a degree equal to 
the anxiety wfe have felt to obtain 
it, we should bd greatly successfol. 
Full twenty years have passed 
since we endeavoured to procure a 
copy of the figure of this illustrious 
progenitoi* of our winners, which 
nad not been, during an int^vd tf 


many yeara, before the sporting ported^ Aralm were, and bad long 
MTorld. From the late Colond been^ oat of repute iir the £Dgli«£ 
ThorntOD we first receired the m« racing studs ; but this gentleman, 
formation, that the portrait which a private bi^eeder, and on no rery 
we had in request was hanging im« extensiYe or business scale, did not 
mediately over one of the doSrs of adopt the mode then in practice, 
the Hbarary at Buttercramb; and of assigning another country origin 
at leagdi, through the intervene t» the horse, orch^ging mm into 
41011 of some friends, and the p<v a Barb or a Turk : yet no doubt the 
liteness of the highly-respectod old stigma was thoroughly washed 
owiier of the |>icture, Mr. Dariey^ from the Arabian blood, and that 
who permitted Mr, Chalon to take Arab stallions became inst^tly the 
acopy of it, behold, gentle and crack of the turf, so soon as the pro- 
roorttng reader, a correct^c^'mt^ duce of lliis Arabian was known, 
of the immortal Dabx<ey Arabiai^I The world always hades a winner, a« 
We ai9e not informed of the name it must have a crack of every sort, 
of the artist who painted tJie and is sometimes tight, 
original (which is ISO years old) ; This newly-ado^ied predilect»Mi 
nevertheless, we need entertain no for Arabian bhK)d has continued in 
^knkt t&at, in all tike ess^t^s ci England as Ions as any foreign 
fofm and figure, we haveasuffi<- Mo^ has been viduied ; and twenty 
ciently correct likeness of this re-i years afterwards, when Lord Go* 
Bowned Arab. The truth is, he dolphin's horse wa» introduced 
was a horse of good siae and sub* into the stud, it was either acci* 
stance, and of a %ure, in a sport* dentally or purposely thought pro* 
ing view, far more calculated for per to dubhim an Arabian, netwith* 
re^ use, as a turf stallion, than standing he was known tohave been 
for show; although we have lately imported from Barbaxy, snd wore 
sem htm represented in a different all the ciiaracteristicsoi form pecu* 
li|^t>«**fii ml the gorgeous array liartothehorseofthatcountry. We 
a»l finery of t^ modern s(^o<d— ^ have seen an early portrait of tins 
in a figoi^ which would serve won* hearse, by an inferior artist* it 
deifdlly and equally weH for High* bore^ in degree, the prominent 
flyer. We proceed to a history of traits which so much distinguish it 
the Darley Arabian :-^ • in Stubbs's copy of the original by 
A&.Darley,asporting gentleman, a French artist, which was painted 
and proprietor of Buttercramb, by Lord Townshend's order, when 
within a short distance of tiie tbe horse was in the highest con- 
city of York, had a brother en- dition, and his ^srest at de utmost 
gaged in mercantile pursuits in the height. These were, the tapering 
east, as it has been generally under* of the extremity of the neck, the 
stood, at Aleppo, where he was a full and lofty crest, the swell of the 
nemher of a hunting club. He fillets, and height of the hinder 
there purchased the Arabian which quarters. 

was destined to do so much honour The Darley Arabian had few 

tohisfamily name, from the neigh- mares beside those of his owner; 

bouring desert of Palmyra. Ac- and the fooowing produce only of 

cording to the History and Delinea- him has been recorded :— tJie Db- 

tkm erf the Horse, at the period in vonshire, or Flying ChiIiDbrs ; 

which Mr. Darley's horse was im- BLBEniNG, also afterwai'ds named 

Vol. Xm. N. 5.~No. 75. R 



Young, or Babtlbt's Chilubbb ; 
Almanzob, the speediest horse of 
his year; Whitblegs, fall Bro- 
ther to Almanzor ; DiBDALUs, the 
^»eediest of his year; Cupid, 
^BisK, Skipjack, Manica, A- 


JACKET, Dabt — all good, and 
some of them capital plate horses ; 
and Whimsby,- a good plate mare. 
Some of these proved successful 
stallions. Bartlet's Childers and 
Whitelegs were never trained, al- 
though the latter was judged 
equally good as his brother, Alman- 
zor, but he was early lamed. The 
two Childerses proved the successful 
stallions, through which the blood 
and fame of their sire were univer« 
sally circulated. This blood has 
produced our largest and speediest 
racing stock, among which stand 
prominent, Childers, Blaze, Snip, 
Snap, Sampson, Eclipse, Gold- 
finder, and a multitude of others. 

It is certainly matter of curious 
speculation, why miracles ceased 
on the death of tne Godolphin Ara- 
bian. For it would indeed be a 
miracle now, were any foreign 
stallion, Arab, Barb, Turk, Sy- 
rian, Egyptian, or Persian, how- 
ever well bred, or well chosen, to 
get from the best-bred English, or 
any mare, a racer equal to the 
best produce of the foreign horses 
of former days. Nor can it be al- 
leged, that the capital racers of old 
were inferior to those of the pre- 
sent day, as Childers, Basto, the 
True Blues, Bloody Buttocks, Old 
Crab, Almanzor, Regulus, and 
others, remain on rec(H*d in evi- 
dence. There is yet, in other re- 
spects, no proof that the foreign 
stock has degenerated; nor has 
their price. Shall we deem it, then, 
a mere fortuitous matter or fair risk 
— and, in truth, like producing like 
from an English racer, stands, in 

degree, under the same predict* 
ment — ^that the importer of an 
Arab or Baurb into England, for 
the stud, has yet a chance in that 
lottery to draw a capital prize? 
The confiding importers certainly 
seem - to hope so much, or they 
would not be almost continuall? 
bringing over these horses^ at such 
enormous expence. We once, with* 
in these few years, put up, at Tat- 
tersall's, for an absent Mend, a 
large-sized Arab, so called, £roiQ 
Inma, which had cost the importer 
upwards of one thousand pounds, 
but for which we were unable to 
obtain fifty at the hammer ! Nor 
was ' it possible to induce any 
breeder to send a mare to him. On 
this occasion. Sir Charles Bunbury 
observed, that turf breeders knew 
better what to do with their money, 
than to lay it out on the specula- 
tion of obtaining a racer, at the 
third or fourth generation. Ano- 
ther remarkable, and, with respect 
to imported horses, unfortunate^ 
fact is, the ill success of such 
within the last thirty or forty 
years, compared with tnose whicn 
immediately succeeded the Godol* 
phin Arabian ; for many of those 
did really get a winning racer or 
two, and a few of them some tole- 
rably good plate horses. The 
names of the chief of them here- 
after follow : — The Compton Barb, 
or Sedley Arabian; one or two 
other Barbs— -but the blood of the 
" Turcoman and Barb," it seems, 
was then, and has been ever since, 
unfashionable ; the Cullen, Coomb, 
Gibson, Bell, Damascus, Northum- 
berland, Vernon, Oxlade, New- 
combe, and several other Arabians 
and foreign horses. This was 
styled the " new blood," and we 
recollect a son of the above, called 
Methodist, a good country plate 




The infinite superioi'ity of tM 
'* M blood"— that is^ of the Go« 
dolphin Arabian^ his contempora- 
ries and predecessors— -cannot be 
better exemplified than in Lord 
Oodolphin's^ afterwards Scuta's 
Diamsu^ foaled in 1733^, andlni&d 
entirely from forragn stock. He 
was got by the Godolphin Arabian^ 
dam by the Alcock Arabian^ gran- 
dam by the Curwen Bay Barb^ 
oat of a natural Barb mare. Dis- 
mal beat Blaze^ Careless^ ^'^gg> 
and all the best horses of his day> 
at Newmarket^ and won several 
King's Plates. He was also sire of 
a number of racers and brood 
mares. We should be happy to 
have the opportunity of felicitating 
some importer of the present day, 
on the acquisition of a racer like 
Dismal from the netv blood, 
' We conclude this article, by in- 
serting the following certificate of 
the accuracy of the copy taken by 
Mr. Chalon, which was most hand- 
somely given to hiih by Mr. 
Darley :— 


" An exact Cofy (on a small scaU) 
rf the original Picture of the 
barley's Ardbian, now in the 
Possession of Henry Darley , 
Esq, ofAldby Park, near York, 

" I have carefully examined and 
compared this little picture of the 
Dasley's Arabian (taken by Mr. 
Chalon, from the original picture ndw 
' in mV possession), and do pronounce 
it a raithful representation and true 
copy thereof, on a small scale. 

" H. Darley, 
•' Aldby Park, near Vork." 
«« July 25, 1823." ^ • 

■ ■ ■ ■ . I III ■ »»« H »l.l ■«— — i»«^». 


To.the Editor of the Sporting Magazine, 

rjONCEIVING that there is a 
striking analogy between the 

spirit of boxings now so general in 
t^is country^ and that of chivalry 
of (Men times^ I offer you the foi'* 
lowing obserrations:-— * 

When improvements with re- 
spect to the state of society^ and 
the administration of justice^ gra- 
dually made progress in Europe^ 
sentiments more liberal and gene- 
rous began to animate the higher 
ranks of the people. They were 
inspired by the spirit of chivalry, 
which^ though considered as a wild 
and extravagant institution, had, 
in its effect^ a very serious influence 
in refining and rectifying their 
manners. The feudal state was one 
of perpetual war, plunder, and con- 
fusion, during which the weak and 
powerless were every moment ex- 
posed to insults and injuries. ' The 
powers of the sovereign were un- 
able to prevent these wrongs; and 
the administration of justice was 
too feeble to redress them. There 
was scarcely any protection against 
idolence and oppression, but what 
the valour and generosity of pri- 
vate persons afforded. The same 
spirit which prompted gentlemen 
to take up arms in defence of the 
oppressed in foreign countries, in- 
cited others to declare themselves 
the patrons and avengers of in- 
juries at home. To check the in- 
solence of power; to succour the 
distressed; to rescue the helpless 
from captivity :toprotect or avenge 
insults offered to women, orphans, 
or ecclesiastics, who could not fight 
for themselves; to redress wrongs,, 
and to remove grievances— were 
deemed acts of the highest prowess 
and merit: in short, valour, hu- 
manity, courtesy, justice, and ho- 
nour, were the distinguished and 
^ characteristic qualities of chivalry. 
. As in these early ages (as, indeed, 
unfortunately, is the case in the 
present age) religion mingled with 

B 2 



9bM»9i evtvf uMtitution imd ey^ery 
jj^aMidii jof the dstf, jan^ ^a^re them 
aa,al«LOSt pretenintufal forcfi, Wa 
cannot be surprised that ^eat and 
romaiitic excesaeB were scnnetimes 
1k^ cope^ufiiood. Gentlemen ir«re 
txiained to kni^tbood by a long 
previotia disciphne; thejjr were ad* 
mitted into we ord^.by fi!ole0ini>f 
ties no leas derout than imposing; 
•rery Nobleman courted . the* hf)t 
nour; and finally it goit to such 
a pitch, aa to be considered superior 
i» royalty, and kings were proud 
to receive it from the hands oi prit* 
Ta4;e gentlemen. 

This lingular institution, is 
which yaloor, gallantry, aad reli« 
^jm, were 86 blended together, 
was wonderfully adapted to the 
taste aad genius of the English 
iH^ility ; and its effects weare soon 
irifiible in their ma&ners. War 
was carried on with less ferocity, 
wheoi humanity came to be deemed 
an ornament, Jks well as a traoH 
aeendjuit woii£ of courage. More 
oentle and pc^sfaed maBAers were 
introduced, when courtesy was res 
eomn^ended as ihe most amiable of 
knightly virtues. Violence and 
oppressKm decreased, when it was 
deemed meritorious to punish them. 
Ascnipulous adherence to truth, 
with the most religious attention 
to fulfil every engageiment, be- 
came die distinguishing character- 
istic of a gentlem^, because chi- 
Talry was considered to be the 
school of honour* 

The best instituttons, however, 
are subject to a{^use« Theadmini- 
tion wmch these qualitiea excited, 
in addition to the high distiactioBs 
and prerogatives which were con- 
ferred on knighthood in every pa^ 
of Europe, ini^ired many with a 
i^deiB of military fanaticism, 
which led them to tne most extra* 
vagaat enterprises. However k^" 

f^ jthese exeeases have bieen lidi-' 
cv£ed, .we must allow them their 
f«|}] eieetk They imprinled deeply 
in the miuds: of those who were 
infiilual^d, the .{oiiiciples of gene^ 
rosity and honour, in the private 
translictiojas of life; neither were 
their .political ejects kss worthy 
of notice. We hare every reaam 
to believe thtut the hiunanity which 
accompanies the modem operatioii 
of war, the refinement of gallantry, 
and the point ^ Aonovr-t— tiiat sheet 
anchor to society, and the dbief 
circumstance which distinguishes 
modem firom ancient ma^era-- 
may be, in great meagre, ascribed 
to this whimsical institution. 
Hence, then, we may conclude, that 
as the influence of chivalry ope- 
rated so powerfully on the higher 
ranks dT the people, the wesent 
^rit of legitimate prize-nghting 
may not be without ite efifecte on 
f^e lower. ^^^^ 


[The figure at the b^;iniimff of the para« 
graph denotes the SLge of the horse— that 
at toe end, the Bumber of frizes won.] 


4 QLIV£KSBape^r.Hi]^es'8^ 
a Silver Cupvaloewl. at 

4. Transilenee> Mr. Ouseland'a, 
aHaadicap Stakesat Bromyard — 1 • 


5. Chesnut filly (Sister to 
Louison), Mr. Greville's, 1001. at 
Newmarket— .1 . 

3. Premium, Duke* of York's, 
the Hampton Court Stud Stakes 
of lOOOgs. 1001. and 5(H. at New- 


5. Begtrotter, Mr. Platell's, the 



Nod S«dm <](f:45g8. at Bxtoh 
Park; 501. at Buxton; atd the 
Belveir ^SjUdces ii 49gB* iit JLoices- 
ter— 3. 
a Jerry, Mr. T. Bvtokie^s, «01. 

6. Toiieham Lass, Mr. Pifttell'd, 
Si^ lit -Stam^wd, lUkd «OgB.:at 
XiiaoQfeii— 4!. 

sr AMBO, soir op mvraon ob dia« 


S. Oogii^yit, 8ir W. Wynne's, 
d» Kreriroiod Stakes of 85gs. at 


2. Presentiment, Mr.Goddard's, 
SOgs. at Stockforidge-^1. 


3. Bay Pflly (^ by Black 
Sr Charles), Mr. Wyriirs,60L at 
Morpeth — ^1. 

3. Clansman, Mr. J. Spott's, 501. 
at Chester— 1. 

4 Little Driver, Mr. Wirfall's, 
0Ogs. at Chesterfield, and the 
King's Purse of lOOgs. at Son- 
caster — 2. 

4. May Day, Lord Kilburne's, 
I50I. ana the Fitzwilliam Stakes 
of lOOgs. at Donca9ter-*2. 


4. Haddon Lad, Mr. Sibray's, 
47L at Chesterfield~l. 


4. Flibbertigibbet,Mr.Ru86eU's, 
twice 501. at Bath— 2. 


5. Pison, Mr. Sprigg's, 501. at 
ExtoB Park— 1. 


7* North Briton (now Robin 
Adair), Mr. Bretherton's> 50gs. at 
Preston — ^1. 


6. Don Juan, Lord Normanby's, 
60g8. 10(^ and 25gs. at Staple- 
ton Park, and SOgs. at Lambton 
Park— 4. 

' BY BICNDT, SON 09 steCEBBtt. * 

' 3. Landtord, Mr. Hutehinso«i'«|, 
001. at Manchester-^!.- 

BY BtAt9KL0C«, fM>N OT WXJTSi!* 


3^ Oiesniit Filly (dam byBuler), 
Mr.HouldswortJi's, 15^ at Cheek 
ter, and OOgs. at Manchedter-^. 

^ Chesnut Fiily (out of Altisi- 
doro), Mr. Want's, 12figB. at Ybrk 
%>ring Meeting^^l. 


3. Bay Filly, Mr. Patrick's, Ae 
Foley Stakes of 401 at Here- 

3. Bella Doana, Mr. Browii'^, 
fid. atLiBOoln— 1. 

3. Cephaliis, Mr.Bamsbottiom's, 
J^^ stakes of 65L.tB^ 

4. The Smoker, Mr. LuriuB^^ 
ton's, 120g6. at Canterbnry— *L 


4. Creeping Jane, Mr.Foumifls's, 
a Silver Cup yalue 50gs. at Pon- 
■4aehaet Spriag Meetaag--^1, 


3; Bfturdeaux, 'Lord Fitzwil- 
itani's, 180gB. «id tiia CdtSap- 
lii^ Stakes of IfiOgs. at York 
fipriBg^ Meeting, ani fiOC^ at 
Doncaster' — 3. 

3^ Comte d'Artois, Mr. Rid- 
ddU's, the Craren Stakes of OOgs. 
at Middldiam; the XYZ Stakes 
of 12%s. and 50gs. at Newcas- 
tle— 3. 

4. Princess, Mr. Watson's^ twice 
:5(M. at Canterbury — 2. 


6. Chance, Mr. A. Thacker's, 
a SflverOap tihie 90|n. and 30gs. 
in specie, at Meynell Hunt-~1. 

6. Speculation, Mr. Caldwell's, 
a Oold Cup value 701. at York 
Craven Meeting; and Mr. Dun- 
combe's, 25gs. and 50gs. at Sta- 
pleton Park— <3. 


a. Hariequin^Sir D.Moncrieffe's, 



aOOgs. and 1(M>^ at Caledonian 
Hunt and Aberaeen, and 1001. at 
Fife Hunt— 3. 


a. Barbara^ Mr. Trda^mey's, 
501. at Bodmin, and 601. at TavL- 
stock*— S. 


2. Brown Colt (out of Fetro* 
nilla)^ Mr* Mytton's^ 40gs. at 
Oswestry^ and 501. at Holywell 
Hun1>— 2. 

3. Falcon, SirT.Stanley'8420g8. 
at Chester; 250fi;s. at Preston; and 
701. at Holywell Hunt--^. 

3. Ostrich, Mr. Mvtton's, 75g8. 
at Knutrford, and IISL at War- 

2. Pheasant, Major O. Gore's, 
351. at Worcester — 1. 

a PloTer, Mr. C. Da/s, 711. at 
Abingdon, and the Herefordshire 
Stakes of 65L and 50L at Her^ 
ford— ^. 


a General Mina, Sir T. Stan- 
ley's, the Dee Stakes of 275gs. at 
Cnester; the St. Leger Stabss of 
225g8. at Manchester; OOgs. at 
Burton-upon-Trent ; 250gs. at 
Knutsford; and the St. Leger 
Stakes of 1201. at l^rewsbury-^. 
' ■ 3. Minna, Mr. H^worth's, a 
Silver Cup value 60gs. with 36gs. 
in specie, at Newcastle — 1. 


5. Centaur, Mr. Wyndham's, 
501. the King's Purse of lOOgs. 
and the Jockey Club Purse of 50gs. 
at Newmarket ; the King's <Pun3e 
of lOOgs. at Ascot Heath; 501. at 
Newmarket ; the King's Purse of 
lOOgs. at Lewes; the King's Purse 
of lOOgs. at Canterbury; 50gs. 
and 581. 6s. 8d. at Newmarket-^. 


2. Bay Colt,, out of Folly, 

Lord Exeter's, 251. at Newmar- 
ket — 1. 


a. Cardinal, Captain Allan's, 
the Yeomanry Stakes of 40gs. at 
Durham— L 


2. Chesnut Colt (out of Dimity), 
Mr. Williamson's, 351. at New- 
market-— 1. 

6. Princess Royal, Sir T. Mos- 
tyn's, the Gold Cup, value lOOgs. 
with lOOgs. in specie, at Chester ; 
the Gold Cup, value lOOgs. with 
lOgs. in specie, at Derby; the 
Grold Cup, value lOOgs. at Knuts- 
ford ; the Mostvn Stakes of 1701. 
and the Hawarden Castle Stakes 
of 301. at Holywell— 5. 


2. Diadem, Cord Scarbrough's, 
SOOgs. atDoncaster-— 1. 

4. Fair Charlotte, Lord Scar- 
brough's, 240gs. at Doncaater, 
and the Kiii]2|B Tiirse of lOOgs. 
for mares, at Lincoln — 2. 

3* Panmure, Mr. Maule's, the 
Scotch St. Leger Stakes of 125gs. 
at Edinburgh ; Sir A. Bamsay's, 
125gs. At Montrose; the Grold 
Cup, value lOOgs. at Aberdeen ; 
and twice 50L at Fife Hunt— ^. 

.4. Regsdia, Lord Scarbrough's, 
250gs. and 1001. at DoncaiBter — S. 

5. Sandbeck, Lord Fitzwilliam's, 
the Club Stakes of lOOgs. at Don- 
caster — 1. 

* 3. Scarborough, Duke of Hut- 
land's, the Craven Stakes of 1601. 
801. and 501. at Newmarket ; the 
Gold Cup, value lOOgs. with XQg^ 
in specie, at Leicester; and uie 
Houghton Oatland Stakes of 150L 
at Newmarltet---5. 

4. Swap, I>uke of Richmond's^ 
the Brighton Stakes of 801. at 
Brighton; 1001. at Lewes; 1701. 
and 651. at Southampton ; and 1001. 
at Newmarket — 5. 




5. Cataline, Mr. Hooldswoith^s, 
the King^s Purse of lOOgs. at Not- 
tingliain^ and 70L at Pontefract 

4. Dupore^ JVIr. Watfs, the 
Gold Cap, value lOOgs. with ISOgs. 
in specie^ at York Spring Meet« 
ing; the Qold Cvcp, value lOOgs. 
at Beverley; and two of the Great 
Subscription Purses of 2071* 10s. 
at York August Meetingw^. * 


4 Adventurer, Mr. Yates's^ the 
Knutsford Stakes of 1031. at 
Kn^tsford, and 60gs. at Lichfield 

4. LeoneUa, Lord Fitzwilliam*8, 
45g8. and 601. at Chesterfield, and 
50^ at Doncaster — 3. 

4. Miss Wentworth, Mr. Gib* 
he8on*s, 501. at Bevwley— -1. 


3. Colchicum, Sir T. Mostyn's, 
50L at Nantwich ; 70g8. at New- 
castle-under-Lyme ; the Chieftain 
Stakes of 27oLv and the Taffy 
Stakes of 125L at HoUywell Hunt 


a. Single Peeper, Major Phil- 
lips's^ 501. at Hampton — 1. 


5. Escape, Mr. Fellowes*s, the^ 
Wiltshire Stakes of BOl. at Salis- 
bury; and 70gs. and 501. at Bridge- 
water-— 3. 


3. Apparition, Lord Exeter*8, 
150g8. at Newmarket — 1. 

5. Bacchanal, Mr. Amull*8, 501. 
at Ascot . Heath ; Mr. Glew's, 
501. at Guildfoid; and 601. at 
Brighton-— 3. 

4. Bacchante, Mr.Mills*8, lOOgs. 
and 50gs. at Lambton Park — ^2. 

3. Balance, Mr. Ferguson's, 501. 
. at Northallerton — 1 . 

2. Bay Filly, Sister to Sir Henry, 
Mr. I^ater*s, 501. at Carlisle— 1. 

3. Bay Filly, Mr. Edwards's, 
291. 143. at Lancaster*—!. 

3. Brown Colt, out of Rosanne, 
Mr. Peirse*s, the Produce Stakes 
of 500gs. at York August Meet- 
ing — 1. 

3. Brown Colt, out of Wan- 
ton's dam. Sir P. Musgrave's, 501. 
at In^ewood Hunt— -1. 

3. Brown PiUy (Maid of Mi- 
lan), Sir T. Stanley's, SOOgs. at 
Chester — 1. 

3. Che^nut Colt, out of' Gad- 
about, Sir J. Byng's, 511. at Man- 
chester, and 251. at Lincoln*— 2. 

3. Chesnut Colt (Blunderer), 
Lord Jersey's, the Albany Stakes 
of lOOcs .at Ascot Heath, and dOL 
at Guildfovd-^2. 

4. Condorus, Mr. Kay*8, 341. 14s. 
and 1001. at Kendal, and the Silver 
Cup value GOgs. at RiGhmond*-3. 
' 3. Confederate, Lord Milton's, 
the Stapleton Stakes of 250ff8. at 
Yi»rk August Meeting; ^Ogs. 
and 50gs. at Donca8ter«--d. 

4. Corinthian, Mr. jLambton's, 
the Gold Cup value lOOgs. at 
Newcastle; tne Q<M Cup value 
10(H. at York August Meeting; 
and 50gs. and 1001. at Stapleton 
Park— 4. 

2. Dolly, Mr. Gascoigne's, the 
Tyro Stidtes of OOgs. at Newcas- 
tle— 1. 

3. Eden, Mr. J. Rogers's, 550g8* 
and 701. at Newmarket-— 2. 

' 3. Fearnought, Mr. Wilson'i^ 
300gs. and lOOgs. at Newmarket, 
and the Foal Stakes of 350gs. at 
Doncaster — 3. 

5. Fortuna, Mr. Iiambton's, the 
Fitzwilliam Stakes of 180^. one 
of the Great Subscription Furses 
of 2071. lOs. at York August 
Meeting; 831. at Pontefract ; the 
Kings Purse of lOOgs. for mares 
at Richmond; the Welter Stakes 
of 40g8. t^e Palatine Stakes of 
lOOgs. and SOgs. at Lambton 
Park— 7. 



4 Gf«y Colt (Profifcssor), Mr. 
Gascoigne'Sj 501. at Catterick ; and 
Mr. Raiiisdeii% 50g& at Stapleton 
Pario— 2. 

5. Orey Miue, out of Litette> 
Mr.Hessletine's^ 501. at Inglewood 
Hunt— 1. 

3. laabeQa^ Mr. Gascoiene's, the 
FiUy Sapling Stakes oi^OOgB. at 
York Spring Meeting — 1. 

3. Madoc, Sir T. Mostjn^SSL 
at Mostyn Hunt — 1. 

3. Princess, Mr. Salvin'S, QOgs. 
^ Middlehaxn, and 140|g8. at York 
Spring Meeting — 2. 

3. Reveller, Mr. Peirse's, the 
Gdd C^ value lOOgs. with 200g8. 
ia specie, at |Vestai»— L 

3. Sir Roger, Mr. Hutchinscm's, 
eon. at Morpetb*-!. 

4 Sir Henry, Mr. Hudson's, 
the ]>urha]n Stakes of 401. 158. 
and 501. at Durham; the Chanter 
Stakes of 30gs. and 501. at Nev- 
castie; 701* and 45gs. at Kendal; 
the King's Purse of lOOgs. and 
twice 50L at Carlisle ; thrice 501. 
gt Kelso ; and 20g8. at Lambton 

0. The Duke, Major O. Gore*8, 
50L at ^rewsbunr-— 1. 

3. The Pirate, Liord Kelbume's> 
aSOgs. at E£nburgh--1. 

4 White Rose, Mr. Hudson's, 
twice 501. at Kendal — 2. 


4. Netherfidd, Mr. C. Day's, 
the Gold Cup, value lOOgs. and 
50gB. in specie, at Oxford-^1. 

5. Sea^ Mr. Thomhiirs, 461. 
at Bath; 621. 12s. at Abingdon; 
and 50L at Oxford*^. 


5. Broomstidc, Mr. Morgan's, 
twice 501. at Swansea, and a Stakes 
at Glamorganshire— 3. 


5. Dairy-maid, Mr. WyviU's, 
50g8. at Lambton Park— 1. 
1^ Tipple Cyder, Mr. Webb's, 

the WoMestershire Stakes of 70t. 
at Stourbridge^ — 1. 


a. Thurlby, Mr. Platell's, 50g8. 
at'Warwick-— 1. 


3. Bay Colt (Repeater), Mr. 
Udney's, 6ffl. at Newmarket; and 
Mr. Ijushington's, 70gs. at Canter- 
bury — ^2. 

5. Charming Molly, Mr.aWal- 
ker's, a Purse of Sovereigns at 
Tenbury— 1. 

3. Encore, Mr. Dundas's,5i00gs. 
and lOOgs. at Newmarket— -2:. 

3. Hero,Mr.Beardsworth's,5M. 
at Wenlock; 501. ait Burton^upon- 
Trent ; and BOgB, at Lichfield<— 3. 

5. Potemkin, Mik Foliambe'% 
the Macaroni Stakes of oOgs. at 
Nottingham— 1. 

a. Sir William, Mr. lyeson's, the 
City Bowl, with SOgs. in it, atSar- 
Hsbury ; and Mr. Hawkins's, 511. 
5s. at Wells— S. 


4. Lampedo, Mr. Forster's, a 
Cup value 1(^ with 40es. in 
specie, at M ostjrn Hunt ; and Lord 
Anson's, a Cup value 251. with 40L 
in specie, at Worcester November 
Meeting— 2. 

5. Prosody, Mr. D. Pace's, ?. 
Gold Cup value 801. and the Co- 
bourg Stakes of 451. at Hampton ; 
thrice 501. at Rodiester and Chat- 
ham; Gk)odwood; tiheWo- 
burn Stakes of 80gs. and 501. at 
Bedford; the Margate Purse of 
501. and the Ladies' Purse of 501. 
at Isle of Thanet— 10. 

5. Surprise, Mr. Farquharson's, 
501. at Winchester— 1. 


4. Leporello, Mr. Harrison's, 
501. lOOgs. a Silver Cup, and 40gs, 
at Lambton Park-^. 




4. Uofbrtunate, Mr. D. Falk- 
oer's^ 50 at Oxford — !• 


0. Bay horse, Mr. Stewart's, 601. 
at Malton — 1. 


3. The Agent, Mr. .Houlds- 
worth's, 1301. at Chester, and 601. 
at Nottingham — 2. 

2. The Miller of Mansfield, Mr. 
Houldsworth's,200gs. at York Au- 
gust Meeting — ]. 

3. Whittington, Mr. Mytton's, 

3. Bay Filly (out of Marigold's 75gs. at Chester ; 501. at Shrews- 
dam), Mr. Powlett's, 176gs. at hury; 50gs. at Walsall; and 60gs. 
Newcastle — 1. at Stafford— 4. 


i 4. Chesnut Colt, Mr. Mason's, 
the Lambton Hunt Stakes of 20gs. 
at Lambton Park — 1. 


4. Aaron, Mr. Greville's, 1001. 
and ]501. at Newmarket— -2. 

2. Don Carlos, Mr. GreviUe's, 
the Prendergast Stakes of SOOgs. 
at Newmarket— 1. 

4. Electress, Mr. Greville's, 501. 
at Newmarket — 1. 

9. Leah, Mr. Williams's, 551. at 
Worcester, and 501. and 451. at 
Hereford— 3. 


3^ Brown Colt (out of Venus de 
Medicis), Mr. Richardson's, the 
Champion Stakes of 140g8. and 
TOgs. at Lincoln — 2. 

3. Brown Colt (out of Glorvina), 
Mr. Fisher's, OOgs. at Derby — 1. 

3. Brown Fiffy (out of Mrs. 
Qlarke), Mr. Hawthorn's, 1001. at 
Dumfries — 1. 

2. Farnsfield,Mr.Houldsworth's, 
QOgs. at Nottingham, and 80gs. at 
Derby— 2. 

2. Fille de Joie, Colonel Yates's, 
501. at Lichfield; 50gs. at Walsall; 
and 50gs. at Stafford — 3. 

3. Palatine, Mr. Houldsworth's, 
the Palatine Stakes of 300gs. at 
Chester ; 601. at Manchester ; 
140gs. at Pontefract ; ^nd the Gold 
Cup value lOOgs. with 80gs. in 
^cie, at Lincoln — 4. 

3. Sherwood, Mr.Houldsworth's, 
the Gascoigne Stakes of 270gsl 
and 200gs. at Doncaster — 2» 

Vol. XIIL N. S.^No. 15. 


6. Dick, Mr. Petre's, 501. at the 
Pontefract Spring Meeting — 1. 


5. Coxcomb, Mr. Painter's, 711- 
at Nantwicb, and 551. at Ten- 
bury — 2. 

4. Ynysymaengwyn, Mr. Mas- 
s^'s, 501. at Walsall; 601. at Stour- 
bridge; and 681. 18s. at Staf-« 
ford— 3. 


3. Chesnut Colt (dam by Hya- 
cinthus), Mr. Bell's, 501. at Be- 
Yerley, and 501. at Rotherham — 2* 


4. Sir Edward, Mr. Rogers's, 
60gs. at Chester; twice 501. at 
Bridgenorth; 401. at Wenlock; 
70gs. at Newcastle-under-Lyne.; 
the Gold Cup value 1001. and 501. 
at Oswestry; and 501. at Wrex- 
ham— 8. 


4. Wanton, Mr. Wyndham's,. 
501. at Newmarket — 1. 


4. Angelica, Mr. West's, the 
Worcestershire Stakes of 901. at 
Worcester ; the Gloucestershire 
Stakes of 635gs. and the Gold Cup 
value lOOgs. with lOOgs. in specie, 
at Cheltenham — 3. 

4. Gas, Lord Harley's, the Gold 
Cup value lOOgs. with 80gs. in 
specie, at Hereiord — 1. » 

5. Pastorella, Mr. Nayler's, the 
Bristol Stakes of 921. at Bath— 1. 

3. Triumph^ Mr. Nayler's, the 



Abingdon Stakes of llSgs. and 
95gs. at Abingdon; 62|gs. at 
Worcester; and the Leamington 
Stakes of 801. at Warwick— C 


6. Savernake^ Lord Ailesbury's^ 
the Qold Cup vsJue lOOgs. at Bur- 
derop — 1. 

9. Jenny Horner^ Mr. Lamb- 
ton's^ twice 50gs. and the Mil- 
bank Stakes of 55gs. at Lambton 
Park— 3. 


7. Comett, Lord Normanby's, 
twice lOOgs. at Stapleton Park^ 
and 24gs. at Lambton Park — 3. 

6. Governor, Mr. W.M'Grant's, 
50gs. at Inverness — 1. 


5. Undine, Mr. Pryse's, the 
liyrham Stakes of 511. 5s. at 
Bath— 1. 


a. Mercury, Mr. Bretherton's, 
tiie Hunters' Stakes of 15gs. at 
Middleham, and 40gs. at Lan». 
caster — 2. 


3. !^rmingham, Mr. Beards- 
Wwth's, 501. at Tenbury, and 501. 
at Burton-upon-Trent — 2. 

3. Chesnut-roan Colt (out of 
Rivulet), Major Wilson's, 501. at 
Newmarket; 701. and 601. at 
Huntingdon ; and 50g8. at North- 
ampton — 4. 

o. Cuyp, Major O. Gore's, 60g». 
at Chester, and the Bibury Stakes 
of 130gs. at Bibury — 2. 

3. Eoina, Sir A. Ramsay's, 50g8. 
at Montrose, and 90gs. at CdJedo- 
nian Hunt — 2» 

4 Figaro, Mr. T. O. Powlett's, 
the Oatland Stakes of 3751. at 
Newmarket; a Subscription Purse 
of 225g8. at York August Meet- 
ing; the Doncaster Stakes of 250gs. 
and Mr. A. Farquharson's, me 
Gold Cup at Doncaster; and 1001. 
and 461. at Kelso-^. 

6. Mirandola,Mr. Udn/s, 100!. 
at Newmarket; lOOgs. at Ascot 
Heath; and 1001. at Newmar- 

5. Spinetta, Mr. Farquharson's, 
501. at Salisbury — 1. 

7. Tarragon, Sir T. Stanley's, 
the Gold Cup value 1001. with ^1. 
in specie, at Lichfield — 1. 

6. The ,Main, Mr. Painter's, 
451. at Nantwich ; 451. at Tenbury ; 
and 931. 10s. at Ludlow — 3. 

7- Victorine, Mr. C. Day's, 
50gs. at Glamorganshire, and 501. 
at Monmouth — ^2. 


5. Atlas, Mr. Sadler's, the So- 
mersetshire Stakes of 505g8. at 
Bath, and the Cup Stakes of 
130gs. at Abingdon — 2. 

5. Luss, Mr. Molony^s, the 
King's Purse of lOOgs. at New- 
market; 501. at Warwick; and 
521. Is. at Glamorganshire — 3. 

5. Monk, Lord G. Lennox's, 
501. at Lewes — *1. 

4. Mystic, Mr. Batson's, twice 
501. at Newmarket— 2. 


a. Bay Gelding (dam by Old 
Quibbler), Mr. Gibson's, 50gs. at 
Anson Hunt — 1. 


3i Hengist, Mr. Howard's, 60L 
at Nottingham — 1. 


5. Chesnut Mare, Lord Hunt- 
ley's, 50gs. at Inverness — 1. 


3. Black Filly (out of Spotless), 
Major Wilson's, 601. at Beccles; 
501. at Yarmouth; and 501. at 
Swaffham — 3. 

3. Brown Colt (dam by Oscar), 
Major Wilson's, the King's Purse 
of lOOgs. and 7OI. at Ipswich — 2. 

5 Brown Horse (dam by Os- 
car), Major Wilson's, 601. and 201. 
at Newmarket, and 6(^s. at Bed<^ 




5. Charles^ Mr. Lorraine's^ 
lOOgs. and 50g8. at Lambton Park ; 
and Mr. T. Kidson's^ 55g8. at In- 
glewood Hunt— 3. 


6. Langtonian^ Colonel La-, 
tour's^ the Hampshire Stakes of 
•lyOgs. and the Gold Cup value 
lOOgs. at Winchester ; 501. and a 
Handicap Stakes at Blandford; 
the Qola Cup value lOO^s. at 
Weymouth'; and the Hackwood 
Stances of 611. 10s. at Basing- 
stoke — 6. 


3. Crab> Mr. Jaques's^ the 
Produce Stakes of 237|gs. at Cat- 
terick^ and the Old StaJces of 40g8. 
at Durham — 2. * 

4. Lorenzo, Mr. Lambton's> the 
Knavesmire Stakes of 150gs. and 
451. at York August Meeting; 
501. at Pontefract; and the Fitz- 
william Stakes of lOOgs. at Staple- 
ton Park — 4. 

3. Manuel, Mr. Lambton's^ 501. 
at Richmond — 1« 


7. Swindon, Mr. C. Day's, 45g8. 
at Mostyn Hunt; llOgs. at Abing- 
don; and liord George Lennox s, 
the Cocked Hat Stakes of 481. at 
Goodwood — 3. 


a. Brown Mare, Mr. Walmd- 
Icy's, 451. at Wenloch — 1. 


4. Macduff, Mr. G. Fox's, 200g6. 
and 2501. at Newmarket — 2. 

4. Marauder, Mr. Reed's, 601. 
at Durham; and Lord Derby's, 
501. at Oswestry — 2. 

6. Mrs. Siddons, Mr. Lamb- 
ton's, lOOgs. 50g8. 25g8. lOOgs. 
50!gs. and a Silver Cup with 6gs. 
in specie, at Stapleton Park, and 
lOOgs. at Lambton Park— 7* 


3. Prince Le Boo, Mr. Mills's, 
501. at Morpeth— 1. 


6. Mrs. Clarke, Mr. Wrighf s, 
501. at Buxton— 1. 


4. Recorder, Mr. Smith's, 5(M. 
at Carlisle-^1. 


4. Trooper, Mr. Benbow's, 701. 
at Stourbridge — 1. 


3. Brown Colt, Mr. Hutton's, 
5(fl. at Ludlow-r-1. 

3. Brown Filly (outofMadryna), 
Mr. Seel's, 50gs. at Chester, anid 
50gs. at Preston — ^2. 


5. Silverheels, Mr. Gibbeson's, 
the Macaroni Stakes of 40g8. at 
Lincoln — 1. 


4. Bay Colt (dam by Dick An- 
drews), Duke of Leeds's, 601. at 
York August Meeting — 1. 


5. Friar Bacon, Sir J. Byng's, 
1001. at Newmarket — 1.. 

5. Huntress, Mr. Wame's, 451. 
at Becdes, and 40gs. at Yar- 
mouth — 2. 

3. Mercandotti, Sir T. Mos- 
tyn's, the Cobourg Stakes of 1751. 
at Holywell Hunt — 1. 

3* Neil Gow, Mr. Farquhar* 
son's, 2001. at Caledonian Hunt 
— 1. 


Bay Horse (dam by HamUeto- 
nian), Mr. Buckle's, 50g8. at Pon- 
tefract — 1. 


6. Scrambler, Mr. Massey's, the 
Ranksborough Stakes of 501. at 
Exton Park— 1. 


6. Scrambler, Mr. Massey's, the 
Melton Handicap Stakes at Crox- 
ton Park — 1. 


4. Bay Colt (Brother to Anto- 
nio), Mr. Chifne/s, 50g». at Ips- 

s 2 



inch; Mr. Whiteside's, 701. at 
Chelmsford ; the Sussex Stakes of 
601. and the Waterloo Stakes of 
701. at Goodwood ; and the Wel- 
lington Stakes of 1651. 10s. at Ba- 
singstoke — 5. 

5. Jonathan, Mr. Ferguson's, 
the Craven Stakes of 70gs. at Cat- 
terick — 1. 

3. North Star, Mr. Ferguson's, 
the Old Stakes of 60gs. at Catte- 
rick, and 501. at Northallerton — 2. 

a. Pecunia, Mr. Stewart's, 501. 
at York Craven Meeting; 56g8. at 
Beverley; Mr. Lamhton's, lOOgs. 
atStapleton Park; and the Second 
Class of the Normanby Stakes of 
50gs. at Lambton Park — 4. 

3. Sir Anthony, Mr. Ferguson's, 
twice 501. at Lancaster — 2. 


5. Little Mab, Mr. A. Berke- 
ley's, the Purbrook Stakes at Good- 
wood — 1. 

6. Robin Hood, Mr. Wynd- 
ham's, 1001. at Newmarket — 1. 

4. Sharper, Mr. West's, 401. at 
Cheltenham, and 651. 15s. and 701* 
at Worcester — 3. 

5. Sir Huldibrand, Mr. Percy's, 
451. at Egham — 1. 

3. St. Leger, Mr. Dimconibe's, 
twice 25gs. at Lambton Park — 2. 


5. Amiable, Mr. Houldsworth's, 
901. at Chester, and the Wilton 
Stakes of 1131. at Manchester — 2. 

3. Bay Filly (dam by Walton), 
Mr. Doddington*s, 50gs. at North- 
ampton — 1. 

3. Brown Colt (Bizarre), Lord 
G. H. Cavendish's, 501. and the 
Audley End Stakes of 2201. at 
Newmarket^ — 2. 

3. Emilius, Mr. Udny's, the 
Colt Riddlesworth Stakes of 2400gs. 
the Dinner Stakes of 1500gs. and 
lOOgs. at Newmarket; the Derby 
Stakes of 1 725^. at Epsom ; 500gs. 
at Ascot Heath; the Grand Diuce 

Michael Stakes of 130(^. and 
lOOOgs. at Newmarket — 7» 

3. Etiquette, Lord Grosvenor's, 
the Halkin Stakes of 5001. at Holy^ 
well Hunt — 1. 

5. Flaxtonian, Mr. J. Leaf's, the 
Welham Stakes (in dispute) of 
63gs. atMalton— 1. 

3. Ganymede, Mr. Hunter's, the 
Second Class of the Oatland Stakes 
of ISOgs. at Newmarket — 1. 

4. Gulliver, Mr. Chariton's, 501. 
at Newmarket — 1. 

4. Lytham, Mr. Clifton's, 1251. 
and 1001. at Manchester, and 601. 
at Knutsford — 3. 

3. Mina, Lord G. H. Caven^ 
dish's, 601. atNe^vmarket — 1. 

4. Posthuma, Duke of Grafton's, 
1001. at Newmarket — 1. 

5. Tressilian, Mr. Hunter s, 501. 
at Newmarket — 1. 


8. Whynot, Lord Normanby's, 
the Gold Cup value lOOgs. with 
120gs. in specie, at Lambton 
Pai'k— 1. 


3. Active, Sir G. Pigott's, 50gs. 
at Bridgenorth ; 60gs. at Ludlow ; 
70gs. at Derby ; 501. at Knutsford; 
the Gold Cup value lOOgs. with 
20gs. in specie, at Shrewsbury; 
and 40gs. at Walsall — 6. 

3. Bay Colt, out of Trimbush, 
Major Wilson's, 501. and lOOgs. at 
Newmarket — 2. 

3. Bay Filly (Sister to Magnus 
Troil), Mr. Forth's, 501. at Hamp- 
ton — 1. 

3. Brenda, Mr. Field's, 50gs. at 
TheHoo— 1. 

3. Gabrielle, Duke of Port- 
land's, 1001. 140ff8. 1001. and 501. 
at Newmarket — I. 

3. Grey Filly (out of Jest), Mr. 
Walker's, 651. and 30gs. at Win- 
chester — 2. 

2. Miss Jigg, Mr. Forth's, the 
Woodcot Stakes of 2251. at £p- 
- som— ^1. 




12. Dr. Syntax, Mr. Riddell's, 
the Gosforth Stakes of 140gs. at 
Newcastle; the Gold Cup value 
lOOgs. at Pontefract; and the Gold 
Cup value lOOgs. at Richmond — 3. 

15. Marksman, Mr. Brown's, 
501. at Lewes ; the Vine Stakes of 
561. IDs. at iEbsingstoke ; and the 
Visitor's Purse at the Isle of Tha- 
net — 3. 


6. Athenian, Lord Exeter's, 401. 
and 1001. at Newmarket — 2. 

4. Harriet, Mr. Williamson's, 
301. at Newmarket — 1. 

3. Ultimas, Mr. Platell's, 501. at 
Stamford — 1. 


4. Ascot, Mr. Northey's, 501. at 
Canterbury — 1 . 

3. Bay Filly (out of Miranda), 
Mr. Pearce's, 501. at Woolwich — 1. 

3. Cardinal Puff, Lord War- 
wick's, 250gs. at Newmarket ; the 
Guy Stakes of 500gs. llOgs. and 
the Gold Cup value lOOgs. with 
90g6. in specie, at Warwick — 4. 

3. Mum, Mr. Mellish's, 501. at 
Brighton — 1. 

4. Sprite, Mr. Northey's, the 
Durdain Stakes of 401. at Epsom, 
and the Wokingham Stakes of 
55gs. at Ascot Heath— 2. 

2. Virgilius, General Gxosve- 
nor's, lOOgs. at Stamford — 1. 


3. Bay Filly (out of Reserve), 
Mr. Rush's, 650gs. at Newmar- 
ket — 1. 

3. Bay Filly (out of Ridicule), 
Lord G. H. Cavendish's, 1001. at 
Newmarket — 1 . 

3. Bay Filly (out of Discord), 
Mr. Rush's, 601. and 501. at 
Chelmsford; 801. and 601. at Hun- 
tingdon; and 501. at Swaffham — 5. 

3. Brown Colt (Vedette), Mr. 
Wyndham's, 250gs. 1001. and 501. 
at Newmarket— -3. 

3. Brown Filly, Mr. West's, 
iOl. at Bridgewater — 1. 


6. Deputy, ]NJr. Lockley's, 70gs. 
at Cheltenham, and 1001. at Wor- 
cester — 2. 


4. Meeta, Mr. Farquharson's, 
the Oatland Stakes of 85gs. and 
50gs. at Aberdeen, and 501. and 
120gs. at Inverness — 4. 

5. Minister, Mr. Woollett's, 501: 
at Canterbury — 1. 

4. Negociator, Sir D. Mon- 
crieffe*s, the Gold Cup value lOOgs. 
at Edinburgh; the Gold C^p 
value 1001, at Montrose ; 1001. the 
Convivial Stakes of 450gs. the 
Welter Stakes of 120gs. and the 
Macaroni Stakes of 70gs. at the 
Caledonian Hunt; the Gold Cup 
value lOOgs. at Fife Hunt; the 
Gold Cup value lOOgs. at Perth ; 
and the Gold Cup value lOOgs. at 
Kelso — ^9. 

4. Orator, Mr. Kirby's, the 
Craven Stakes of 50gs. at Malton ; 
the Constitution Stakes of llOgs. 
at York Spring Meeting ; 45gs. at 
Beverley ; 601. at Rotherham ; and 
85gs. at Doncaster — 5. 

3. Prosody, Lord Queensberry's, 
1001. at Newcastle, and 1001. and 
50gs. at Doncaster — 3. 

5. Tom Paine, Mr. D. Rowla's, 
the Craven Stakes of 651. and 501. 
at York Craven Meeting; the 
Second Class of the Welbeck 
Stakes of 50gs. at Stapleton Park ; 
the Broomfield Stakes of 126gs. at 
Northallerton; and 70gs. at In- 
glewood Hunt — 5. 


5. Knickerbocker, Mr. T. C. 
Higgins s, 801. at Bedford — 1. 


3. Caroline, Mr. Jones's, 50gs. 
at Bath, and 300gs. at Chelten- 
hami— 2. 



621. 12s. at Weymouth^ and 7^gs« 
at Warwick — 2. 

3. Jesse, Mr. HiU's, lOOgs. at 
Glamoreanshire — 1. 

6. '\^eiitine, Mr. Bradley*8» 
SSL at' Swansea; Mr. Davies's, 
60gs. 501. and 50g8. at Glamor- 
ffanshire; and dSl. at Wc»t;ester 
November Meeting — 5. 


3. Chesnut Colt, Mr. Fellowes's, 
47gs« and 501. at Exeter — ^2. 

y. Euphrates, Mr. Mytton's^ 
ibe Kinjg^s Purse of lOOgs. at Ches- 
ter; andthe Gold Cup value lOOgs. 
wiUi 40gs. in specie, at Worcester 

3. Phaais, Lord Stradbroke*8, 
501. at Bedford— 1. 


3. Grey Colt (out of Gipsey), 
Mr. Fielae*s, the County Stakes <d 
4Qgs. at The Hoo— 1. 


4. Biondetta,LordPalmerston*s, 
the Chawton Stakes of 50g8. at 
Winchester, and the King*s Purse 
of lOOgs. at Salisbury— 2. 


3. Grey Robin, Mr. Dundas*8, 
125g8. at Bibury, and 501. at 
Southampton — 2. 


4. Bay Filly (Venom), Lord 
Verulam*s, 601. at Newmarket — 1. 

. 3. Bay FiUy (Helena), Mr. 
Hunter's:, 501. and 1001. at New- 
market — 2. 

7- Chef d'CBuvre,Mr. Dundas's, 
501. and the Welter Stakes of 201. 
at Bibury — 2. 

5. Chew Bacon, Mr. Fielde's, 
35gs. at The Hoo— 1. 

7. Doctor Eady, Mr. Pn^se's, 
50gs. at Burderop, and 501. at 
Monmouth — 2. 

4. Hampden, Duke of Grafton's, 
1001. 3001. 2001. the King s Purse 

ef lOOgs. aOM. 531. 6s. 8d. and 
2001. at Newmarket— 7- 

4. Holbein, Lord Exeter's, the 
Gold Cup value lOOgs. with 50g8. 
in specie, and 501. at Stamfora; 
the King's Purse of lOOgs. at 
Warwick; the King's Purse of 
lOOgs. at Lichfield; and thrice 
£01. at Newmarket — 7* 

5. Lawrence, Major Wilson's, 
501. at Beccles, and 501. at Yar- 
mouth — ^2. 

4. Pastille, Duke of Grafton's, 
the Post Stakes of 2751. at New- 
market — 1. 

5. Peter Lely, Mr. ClifUm's, 
701. and 501. at Chester; 701. at 
Preston; and the Peover Stakes of 
120gs. at Knutsford — 4. 

2. Sir Gray, Mr. Tomes' s,225gs. 
at Burton-upon-Trent, and 120g8. 
at Warwick — 2. 

6. Vanloo, Mr. Braithwaite*8, 
lOOLat Brighton— 1. 

3. Veil, Duke of Grafton's, the 
King's Purse of lOOgs. (for mares) 
at Cheltenham — 1. 

4 Whizgig, Duke of Grafton's, 
501. at Newmarket — 1. 

3. Wiseacre, Mr. Goddard's, the 
Coronation Stakes of 40gs. at 
Stockbridge ; the Gold Cup value 
lOQgs. with lOgs. in specie, at 
Salisbury ; 501. at Blandford ; and 
the Savemake Forest Stakes of 
SOgs. and 50gs. at Burderop— 5. 

8. Wouvermans, Mr. White- 
side's, the Gold Cup value 1001. 
with 101. in specie, and 501. at Ep- 
som; 501. at Ascot Heath; and 
the King's Purse of lOOgs. at 
Guildford— 4. 


6. Lounger, Mr. Wane's, 40g8. 
and 45g8. at Swaffham — ^2. 

2. Specie, Mr. Thomhill'8,300g8. 
at Newmarket — 1. 


3. Achmet, Major O. Gore's, 
45gs. at Oswestry— 1. 



3. Bay RUy, Mr. Crockford's, 
801. at Newmarket — ^1. 

5. Brown Horse (out of Palma)^ 
Mr. Crockford's, 501. and 401. at 
Newmarket— 2. 

3. Logic, Duke of Grafton's, 
twice 4m. 501. and 701. at New- 
market — 4. 

3. Marcellus, Lord Darlington's, 
50L at Newmarket; the Swinley 
Stakes of 50gs. and the G^>ld Cup 
value lOOgs. with 20gs. in specie, 
at Ascot Heath; and the Trial 
Stakes of 601. at Newmarket— 4. 

3. Morea, Mr. Platell's, 501. at 
Stamford — 1. 

3. Nicolo, Mr. Rogers's, the 
2000gs. Stakes of 2100gs. and the 
Newmarket Stakes of 625gs. at 

4. KossiQi, Mr. Beardsworth's, 
40ffs. at Chester ; 401. at Buxton ; 
and 60gs. at Derby — 3. 

2. Scold, Mr. Molony's, 301. at 
Newmarket — 1. 

3. Scratch, Mr. Rogers's, 501. 
1001. 401. and 1001. at Newmarket 

7. Sultan, Mr. Crockford's, 6001. 
twice 2501. 1001. and the Whip, at 

BT shuttlbcocb;, son of sche- 


8. Habberley, Mr.Mytton's,the 
Billesdon Coplow Stakes, and a 
Handicap Stakes, at Croxton Park ; 
and the Bosworth Stakes of 225gs. 
at Anson Hunt — 3. 

7. Spot, Lord Anson's, 701. at 
Anson Hunt-~1. 


a. Random, Mr. Alderson's, the 
Gold Cup value 50gs. at Poritefract 
Spring Meeting — 1. 


3. Bay Colt (Brother to Tar- 
quin). Lord Anson's, 501. at Wal- 
sall, and 401. at Stourbridge — 2. 

3. Bay Filly, Mr. Deveraiix's, 
501. at Bromyard, and 751. at Wor- 
cester November Meeting — 2* 

6. Doge of Venice, Sir T. Stan- 
ley's, the Grosrenor Stakes of 40g8. 
at Chester; the Gold Cup value 
lOOgs. with 110^. in specie, at 
Manchester ; and 501. at Shrews* 
bury — 3.. 


7. Parchment, Mr. Hill's, the 
Powel Stakes of 7^1. 6s. at Isle ^ 
Thanetr— 1. 


5. Albany, Lord Kelbume's, 501. 
at Aberdeen — 1. 

3. Augustin, Mr. Fleming's, 
451. 15s. at Basingstoke, and the 
Magna Charta Stakes of 551. at 
Egfaam — 2. 

7. Banker, Mr. Mytton's, 60/1. 
at Buxton— 1. 

3. Bertram, Mr. J. Dilly's/the 
Winkfield Stakes of 400gs. and 
50gs. at Ascot Heath ; the Kelston 
Staices of 200g:8. at Bath ; and the 
St. Leger Stakes of 70gs. at Win- 
chester — 4. 

3. Codicil, Mr. Shard's, 40gs. 
. and 501. at Blandford, and 501. and 

the Gold Cup value lOOgs. at Bod- 
min— 4. 

2. Hannah, Mr. Scaife's, 701* at 
Rotherham — 1. 

2. Izenoff, Mr. Petre's, lOOgs. 
at Pontefract — 1. 

2. Margravine, Mr. Lambton'Sy 
501. at York Spring Meeting-^1. 

4. Picton, Mr. Benson^s, 401. at 
Shrewsbury; 501. at Oswestry; 
and 501. at Wrexham — 3. 

5. Pluto, Mr. Loftus's, 5(H. at 
Rotherham, and 501. ^t Doncaster 

5. Rein Deer, Mr. Heathcote's, 
501. at Ascot Heath; the Gold 
Cup value lOOgs. with 30g8. in 
specie, at Nottmgham; and the 
Gold Cup value lOOgs. with lOgs- 
in specie, and 501. at Northampton 
— 4. 

3. Volomer, Mr. West's, the St. 
Leger Stakes of 50gs. at Chelten*. 
ham — 1. 




3. Chesnut Colt (out of Tippity- 
witchet). Major Wilson's, lOOgs. 
at Newmarket — 1. 

2. Chesnut Filly (out of Quad- 
rille), Duke of Rutland's, 501. at 
Newmarket — 1 . 

. 2. Chesnut Filly (out of Tippi- 
tywitchet). Major Wilson's, lOOgs. 
at Newmarket — I. 

3. Fanatic,LordExeter's,100gs. 
at Newmarket — I. 

3. Fortune-teller, Mr.Coleman's, 
the Denbies Stakes of 401. at Ep- 
iom; and Mr. Wright's, 451. at 
Feversham — -2. 

2. Helenus, Mr. C. Day's, 250gs. 
at Ascot Heath ; 45gs. at Chelten- 
ham ; and 45gs. at Abingdon — 3. 

, 3. Joseph, Duke of Portland's, 
400gs. at Newmarket — 1. 

3. Melampus, Mr. Day s, 1341. 
at Bath, and 501. at Glamorgan- 
shire — 2. 

3. Mendax, Mr. Yates's, 501. at 
Warwick; and 401. and the Hal- 
ston Stakes of 751* at Shrewsbury 

3. Squib, Mr. Yates's, 400gs. at 
Preston— -1. 

3. Talisman, Duke of Grafton*s, 
lOOgs. at Newmarket — 1. 


4. The Stag>LordStradbroke's, 
1001. and 30gs. at Newmarket-^2. 


5. Maid of the MiU, Mr. Jopp's, 
a Silver Cup value 30gs. with 12gs. 
in specie, at Carlisle — 1. 


3. Benevento, Mr. R. Pettit's, 
451. at Huntingdon — 1. 

3. Caledonian, Lord Kelbume's, 
lOOgs. at Irvine — 1. 

5. Champion, Lord Tweedale's, 
the Irvine Stakes of 85gs. and 501. 
at Irvine; the King's Purse of 
lOOgs. at Edinburgh ; lOOgs. the 
Gold Clip value lOOgs. with 40gs. 
in specie, and 50gs% at Caledonian 
Hunt— 6. 

7«. Chance, Lord Kelbume% 
lOOgs. at Irvine — 1. 

9. Eglinton, Lord Kennedy's^ 
150gs. at Irvine— 1. 

6. Lancer, Mr. Kennedy's, a 
Gold Cup at Ayr — 1. 

4. Newbyth, Mr. Baird's, 60gs. 
at Kelso — l. 

4. The Pirate, Mr. Baird's, 
50gs. at Edinburgh, and the King's 
Purse of lOOgs. oOgs. and 50gs. at 
Caledonian Hunt-^. 


6. Grey Gilding (Grimace), 
Mr. Biggs's, the Laogston Stakes 
of 55gs. at Blandfordj Colonel 
Tynte's, 501. at Bridgewater ; and 
Mr. King's, a Sweepstakes at Ta- 
vistock— -3. 


3. Adroit, Lord Grosvenor s, 
250gs. at Newmarket, and the St. 
Leger Stakes of OOgs. at Warwick 


5. Adolphus, Mr. Thomhill's, 
601. at Newmarket — 1. 

3. Alarm, Lord Grosvenor s, 
325gs. at Knutsford, and 
Holywell Hunt— 2. 

4. Belmont, Sir W. Wynne's, 
50gs. at Newcastle-under-Lyne, 
and the Cup Stakes of 130gs. and 
90gs. at Burton-upon-Trent — 3. 

3. Hymetus, Lord Grosvenor's, 
325gs. at Chester; the Weaver 
Stakes of 30gs. atNantwich; 50gs. 
at Newcastle-under-Lyne; 701. at 
Lichfield; and80gs at Stafford— 5. 

4. Midsummer, Duke of Graf- 
ton' s^ 500gs. at Newmarket — 1 . 

5. Monarch, Captain Peel's, the 
Witherley Stakes of 601. at Anson 
Hunt — 1. 

a. Truth, Mr. Applethwaite*s, 
the Atherstone Stakes of 45 sovs, 
at Anson Hunt — 1. 


3. Barefoot, Mr. Watt's, the St 



Leger Stakes- of 125gs. at York 
Spring Meetings 240gs. at York 
August Meeting, llOgs. at Ponte- 
firact^ the St. Leger Stakes of 
2075gs.atDoncaster; andLd.Dar- 
lington's^ 501. at Newmarket-—^. 

4. Bay Burton, Mr. Ramsbot- 
tom's, the Oatland Stakes of 32^. 
at Ascot Heath — 1. 

4. Bay Colt (Sir Tatton), Major 
Bower's^ 501. at Malton — 1. 

2. Bay Colt (dam by Bening- 
brough), Mr. Petre'8,50^ at York 
Atifiust Meeting— 1. 

4. Muta, Mr. Watt'^, 350g8. 
at York August Meeting, and 
OOOgs. at Doncaster — 2. 


4 Brilliant, Mr. Nayler's, 401. 
at Epsom — 1. 


5. Mas8aJenkin,CaptainPrice's, 
the Cocked Hat Stakes of 481. at 
Hampton— 1. 


3. Ben Ledi, Sir W. Maxwell's, 
60gB. at Catterick, and 1001. at 

a Brifliante, Sir W.Maxwell's, 
70gs. at Newcastle, and 220gs. at 
Doncaster — 2. 

6. Fair Ellen, Sir J. H. Max- 
well's, the Gold Cup value lOOgs. 
i^ith lOgs. in specie, at Carlisle; 
and the Gold Cup value lOOgs. and 
50gs. at Dumfries — 3. 

5. Jock the Laird's Brother, 
Lord Kelbume's, 2001. at Kelso— 1. 

3. La Grizette, Mr. Alexander's, 
75gs. at Lrvine, and 75gs. and 501. 
at Ayr — 3. 


4. Angler, Sir W. Milner's, 501. 
at Malton ; 140gs. at York Spring 
Meeting ; and the Gold Cup value 
lOOgs. and 501. at Northallerton-4. 

2. Bay Colt (out of Orange Bo- 
▼en),Mr.Baird's, Kelso — 1. 
Vol. Xm. N. 5.— No. 75. 

2. Bay FQIy (dam hy Governor), 
Mr. Jaques's, th« Trial Stakes of 
40gs. at Durham — ^1. 

§. Brown Colt (Marshal Blu^ 
cher), Mr. J. Smith'9, 601. at New- 
castle ; Sir A. Kamsay's, 50gs. at 
Montrose ; and 501. at Inverness— 3b 

4. Grey Filly (Sister to Ar- 
butus), Mr. Peirse's, 701. at Rich- 
mond — 1. 

3. Lady Pulford, Mr. Ellis's, 
the Barton Stakes of lOOgs. at 
Malton, and 511. 10s. at Notting- 
ham — 2. 

7. Liberty, Mr. Pearce's, 60L 
at Egham — 1. 

2. Rebecca, Sir W. Wynne's, 
601. at Shrewsbury — 1. 

4. Shuffler, Mr. Benson's, 70L 
at Preston — 1. 


3. Elfiid, Mr. Wvndham's, the 
Windsor Forest Stakes of 175gs. 
at Ascot Heath; the Gold Cup 
value lOOgs. with 40gs. in specie, 
at Brighton ; the Ladies' Purse of 
901. at Lewes ; the old Groodwood 
Club Stakes of 1 151. and 551. at 
Goodwood j and the FirstClass of the 
Oatland Stakes of ISOgs. at New- 

3. Evergreen, Mr. Friend's, 501. 
at Winchester ; 50gs. at Salisbury; 
and 501. at Weymouth — 3. 


3. Brown or Black FiUy (out of 
Goodisson*s Rose\ Mr. W. West's, 
501. at Stockbndge ; 561. 10s. at 
Winchester; 601. at Weymouth; 
501. and 401. 5s. at Wells ; 50gs. 
at Burderop ; and 120gs. and 501. at 
Monmouth— 8. 


8. Inferior, Mr. Braithwaite's, 
the Clarence Stakes of 451. at 
Hampton ; and Mr. T. Jones's, 501. 
at Egham — 2, 


5. Mallard, Mr. Weaver's, 501. 
(in dispute) at Ludlow — 1. 




6. Mary, Mr. Thomas's, 451. at 
Bromyard — 1. 


3. Bay FUly (Spermaceti), Mr. 
Wyndham's, the PiUy Riddles- 
worth Stalces of IGOOgs. at New- 
market ; 450g8. at Ascot Heath ; 
and 811. 10s. at Newmarket — 3. 

3. Dandizette, Duke of Rich- 
mond's, 451. at Lewes ; the (Good- 
wood Stakes of 401. and 501. 
at Goodwood; the Southampton 
Stakes of 1001. 701. and 901. at 
Southampton ; and twice 1001. at 

3. Miss Julia, Mr. Braithwaite's, 
301. at Newmarket— 1. 

4. Moses, Duke of York's, the 
Claret Stakes of lOOOgs. and lOOgs. 
at Newmarket — 2. 

5. Noma, Mr. Pielde's,the Gold 
Cup value 1001. with 201. in spe- 
cie, at The Hoo— 1. 

4. Peter Pin, Mr. Jones's, 501. 
at Epsom — 1. 

3. Pinwire, Mr. Wyndham's, 
400gs. at Newmarket — I. 

6. Tom Tough, Mr. Coleman*s, a 
Handicap Stakes at Woolwich — 1. 

3. Vaurien, Lord Verulam's,the 
Maiden Stakes of 40gs. at The 
Hoo;.the Gold Cup value 'lOOgs. 
at Chelmsford; the Gold Cup va- 
lue lOOgs. at .Yarmouth; and the 
StLeger Stakes of 250gs. at New- 
market — 4. 

3. Worthy, Mr. Howard's, 451. 
at Peversham — 1. 


3. Ahron, Mr. Watt*s, the 
Shorts of 150gs. at York Spring 
Meeting; lOOes. at Beverley; 
and 200gs. at York August Meet- 
ing — 3. 

2 Reformer, Mr. Wilson's, the 
July Stakes of 960gs. at Newmar- — 1. 

2. Ringlet, Mr. Jaques's, the 
Yearling Stakes of lOOgs. at Cat- 
terick ; the Yearling Stakes of 
40g8. at Middleham; 40gs. at 

Richmond ; and OOgs. at Northal- 
lerton — 4. 

3. Ringlet, Sir M. W. Ridley's, 
the Bolton Stakes of 165gs. at 
Middleham — 1. 

3. Stratheme, Sir D. Mon- 
crieffe's, 225gs, at Irvine ; 50gs. at 
Montrose ; SOOh and the St. Le- 
ger Stakes of 2831. 158. at Caledo- 
nian Hunt ; 40^. at Pife Hunt ; 
and 501. at Perth-^. 

2. Swiss, Colonel Cradock's, 
lOOgs. at York Spring Meeting, 
and the Champagne Stakes of 
625g8. at Doncaster — 2. 


5. Moss Rose, Mr. King's, 50U 
at Exeter — 1. 


7* Sir Thomas, Mr. Johnston's, 
lOOgs. at Kelso Spring Meeting 
— !• 


a. Hopeful, Mr. Duncombe's, 
5^s. at Stapleton Park ; and Mr. 
White's, 1001. at Doncaster— 2. 


5. Augusta, Lord £xeter*8, 
300g8. and 2001. at Newmarket— 2. 

4. Baron Bowes, Mr^ W. Peirse's, 
501. at Middleham ; Sir D. Mon- 
crieffe's, twice 50gs. at Edinburgh; 
and Mr. Dowbiggin's, 50g8. at 
Perth— 4. 

3. Cinder, Duke of Grafton's^ 
the Didlin^^n Stakes of 450g8. 
and twice 2001. at Newmarket — 3. 

3. Jane Shore,, Duke of York's^ 
twice 501. 1001. and 601. at New- 

4. Momentous, Mr. Bridge's^ 
the King's Purse of lOOgs. at Win- 
chester — 1. 

4. Pilgarlick, Lord Queens- 
berry's, l^gs. at Newcastle — 1. 

4. Pity-me, Mr. Riddell's, the 
King's Purse of lOOgs. at New- 
castle^ and the King's Purse of 



lOOgs. at York August Meet* 
ing— 2. 

4. Wanton, Mr. Ferguson's, a 
Silver Cup value 50gs. with 20gs. 
in specie^ at Durham; 511. IDs. 
and 701* at Lancaster; 701* at 
Preston ; and the Qold Cup value 
lOOgs. at Kendall — 5. 

3. Zinc, Duke of Grafton's, the 
lOOOgs. Stakes of 550gs. at New- 
market; the Oaks Stakes of 1275gs. 
at Epsom; and 881. 68. 8d. at 
Newmarket— 3. . 


5. Gbndola, Sir A. Don's, 601. 
at Caledonian Hunt — 1. 

3. Zerbino, Sir A. Don's, 225gs. 
at Newcastle; and 501. at Kel- 
so— 2. 


5. Gift, Mr. Brown's, 501. at 
Rochester and Chatham — 1. 


a. Bay Gelding, Mr. White- 
head's, 501. at Leicester — 1. 


5. Black Horse, Mr. J. Lewis's, 
511. at Shrewsbury — 1. 

4. Collina, Mr. Hopkinson's, a 
Gold Cup with 210gs. in specie, 
and the first Class of the Welbeck 
Stakes of 55gs. at Stapleton Park ; 
70gs. at Northallerton ; and 50gs. 
and the First Class of the Norman- 
by Stakes of 55gs. at Lambton 
Park— 5. 


5. Fencer, Mr. Benson's, the 
Bicton Stakes of 601. at Shrews- 
bury — 1. 


4. Verona, Mr. Lairibton% 501. 
at York August Meeting, and 501. 
at Pontefract — 2. 


3. Rinaldo, Mr. Farrall's, 501. 
at Rochester and Chatham — 1. 


5. Ledstone, Mr. Maule's, 501. 
at Montrose ; the Trial Stakes of 
OOgs. at Csdedonian Hunt; and 
50L at Perth— 3. 

5. Packman, Mr. Armstrong's,' 
501. atBeverley-^1. 


2. Bay Filly (out of Lady So- 
nhia), Mr. Osbaldeston's, 501. at 
Newmarket — 1. 


3. Alecto, Mr. Houldsworth'sj 
lOOgs. at Manchester; the Qiatjs- 
worth Stakes of 501. at Buxton;, 
and 501. at Nottingham — 3. 


3. Pincushion, Duke of Rich-i 
mond's, 501. at Newmarket; and 
Mr. G. J. Milles's, 751. and 501. aV 
Canterbury— 3. 


2. Tarandus, Mr. Udny's, thrice 
1001. at Newmarket— 2. 


0. Alpha, Mr. Russell's, 50gs. at. 
Lambton Park — 1. 

a. Amy, Lieutenant Pearson's, 
the Waterloo Stakes of 451. at 
Woolwich— 1. 

0. Amy, Mr. Mills's, 25gs. at 
Stapleton Park — 1. 

0. Bagatelle, Mr. Buncombe's, 
25gs. and lOOgs. at Stapleton 
Park— 2. 

6. Balloon, Mr. Griffin's, the' 
Berkshire Cavalry Stakes (in dis- 
pute) at Abingdon — 1. 

5. Black Mare, Mr. Priddle's, 
the Yeomanry Cup at Southamp-i 
ton— 1. 

5. Black Princc,Mr. U^derhill's, 
the Cocked Hat Stakes ^f 45gs. at 
Shrewsbury — 1. 

0. Bolahi, Mr. Milbank's, 20gs. 
at Stapleton Park — 1. 

0. Brown Horse, Mr. Forster's, 
T 2 

tb^ JParmers' Purse at Croxton 0, Mostyn^Lord Huutin^eld^ 

Park— 1. 1001. at Newmarket— 1, 

0. Brown Gelding, Mr.Hooper'ai, 0. Mrs. Sug's, Mr. R. B. Wil- 

a Silver Cup at Soatliainpton — 1. lianis's> 251. at Holywell Hunt— 1. 

0. Caliph,LordKemieay'6>50gs. 6, Nimrod, Mr. Bayle/s, ^501. 

at Irvine — 1. ^ at Bath — 1. 

0. Cardinal, Mr. Trelawny'8>5Ql. 0. Opposition^ Mr. Carnegie's, 

at Bodmin, and the Endsleigh ISOgs. at Montrose-^1. 

Stakes of 50gs. at Tavistock— 2. 6. Pat, Mr. A, Braithwaite's , 

0. Chambermaid, Mr. Buchan- 45L at Rochester and Chatham — 1. 

nan's, 501. at Pontefract Spring a. Playful, Mr. Howard's, 451. 

Meeting — 1. at Rochester and Chatham-rl* 

4. Chance, Mr. Coleman's, 451. 0. Polecat, Mr. Tombs's,251. at 
at Feversham — 1. Swansea— 1. 

a. Chesnut Gelding, Mr. T. 5. Poster, Mr. Leigh*s, 501. at 

Jones's, 501. at Egham — 1. Oswestry — ^1. 

a. Chesnut Horse, Mr. Walker's, 6. Quentin Durward, Captain 

^ the Meyndl Hunt Stakes of 45g8. Wvlde's, 3?!. and 331. at Woolwich 

at M&vnell Hunt — 1. -^2. 

fi. Clapham, Mr. Wood's, the 5. Quietus, Mr. Tench's, the 

Cavahy Cup v^ue 50g8. at Knut&- Cavalry Stakes at Ludlow — 1. 

ford — 1. 0. Robin Gray, Captain Baird's, 

7. Edgcott, Sir H. Peyton's, 25gs. at Ayr— 1. 

^)g9. at Mostyn Hunt — 1. a. Shamrock, Mr.Ryegate's, 451. 

0. Eglantine, Mr.Day's, a Stakes at Rochester and Qhatham — 1. 

at Bodmin — ^1. a. Shaw, Mr. Judd's, a Cup at 

Q. GeorgetheFourthJiffr.Rigg's, Stockbridger-l* 

501. at Fife Hunt— 1. 0. Shepherdess, Mr. Fnoer's, 

5. Haidee, Mr. T. Walton's, the 501. at Inverness-*!. 

Harrold Yeomanry Cup of 201. 5. Stickler, Mr. Margerum's, a 

tpith 201. added, at Bedford — 1. Silver Cup with 28gs. in specie, at 

0. Isabella, Mr* J. Bailey's, a Wells — 1. 

Handicap Stakes at Tavistock — 1. 5. Tenbury Lass, Mr, J. Wal- . 

0. Ivanhoe,Mr J^ambton's, 50g8. ker's, the Cavalry Stakes of 34g8. 

at Stapleton Park — I. at Hereford — L 

0. Jane, Mr. Flintham's, 50L at a. Theodolite, Mr. Margetson'a^ 

Exton Park — 1. the Yeomanry Cup at Inglewood 

5. Jovial, Mr.Ow;en's,theCocked Hunt — 1. 

Hat Stakes of 461. 15s. at Oswestry 0. Volunteer,Mr.Coke's,a Stakes 

•7-I. * at Croxton Park — 1. 

6. Juliana, Mr. Heap's, 501. at 0. Usquebaugh, Mr. Carnegie's, 
Leicester — 1. 20gs. at Montrose — 1. 

3. Little Driver, Mr, Smith's, , 8. Wellington, Mr. Stanton's, a 

451. at Stourbridge — 1. Hunters' Stakes at Northampton 

a. Luck's All, Mr. Hughes's, a -^1. 

Silver Qnp value 501. at Wrexham 5. Woodcock, Mr. Sumner's, the 

—1. Yeomanry Purse of 50gs. at Lei- 

a. Meteorina, Mr. Williams's, cester — 1. 

55gs. at Swansea — 1. 0. Woodman, Mr. Cay*s, 45gs. 

6. Misery, Mr. Hill's„ 551 158. at Yarmouth— 1, 

. at Isle of Thanet-«-^l. a. Woodpecker, Mr. Brown's, 



iiie Caralry Stakes of 46L and the 
Broomhill St^akes of 451 at Ro* 
therham — 2. 

(Continued from page 834, V6L XL) 

I have dogs, my Lord, 

WSl rouse ttie proudest panther in the 

And dimb the highest promontory top. 

Titm, ] And I have a horse will foUow 
where the game 
Makea way, and run lilce swallows o*er the 



TV the Editor of the Sporting Maga»i»§> 

npHE way to heaven was once so 
easy^ that, if I reepUect right>' 
Juvenal makes Atlas complain that 
his shoulders ached with the load 
of gods he had to cany; and if 
this were the case now, he who 
could beat every man in Leicester- 
shire for a season, would in time 
have a ^nug birth amongst them. 
There was, however, says Cicero, 
rather too dose a resemblance be- 
tween gods and men in those dajs 
to please him, and we will not dis- 
pute this point. Nevertheless, 
we may venture to assert, that, 
amongst us sportsmen, '^ the lau- 
rels uiat Caesar won" would be 
weeds, compared with those which 
we should wreath around his brow. 
In what way the sons of Adam 

'were to have passed their lives, had 
not Paradise been too ^ood for 
them, I leave others to decide ; but 
to me a covert's side, in a good 
country, is an Elysium. Solo- 
mon satiated himself with women, 
wine, and palaces; fine horses, goldj 
and silver ; good eating, drinCmg, 
and music, and then grumbled at 
them all; but he nevei* tried fox- 

' kuntiftg, or I think he would have 
been m hetter humour. It is 

amoBg the scenes of natum ih$t 
generous emotions are excited, and, ; 
Eke the veteran Cochran, or the 
great Johp Warde, if We live- 
amongst them^i^ we shall enjoy them 
to the last, and leave to others to 
indulge in softness and effeminaoy, 
whicrnot only deprive tlieiii H 
all fence against disc<M*d or age, 
but leave thefm with Mattered 
nerves and exhausted senses, and 
a pampered appetite for wh^t they 
cannot enjoy. Of such men as. 
these, we may justly exclaim-— 
^' Non his juyentis orta ptrentii*. 
bus !" It is not from such sires, 
that the race of English gentle- 
men is to be propagated* 

In fair play, .however, there 4i. 
one reason why King Solomon, 
could not have tried fox-hunting,, 
and that is, the company he must 
have mixed with when riding to. 
hounds; for certainly the best 
performer we have ever heard of, 
has been one with whom this royal 
Israelite could not, withproprieiy^ 
have entered the field, after naving 
preached so much against him; 
and that is, the devUf Reader, be 
not surprised or alarmed ! but ask 
a Meltonian how such an one, who 
has been distinguishing himself 
with hounds, gete on, and it is ten 
to one that he answers, '^ Oh, he . 
rides like the devUV* Now as this 
simile is really become proverbial, . 
it is only fair to conclude, that the 
devil has been a very good perfor- 
mer in his time. As to the colour- 
he rode in, it may be difficult at 
this moment to determine, but we 
have the best authority for believ- 
ing he was< never so black as he is 
painted. In his own country, we 
should imagine he rode in red. 

Though Solomon may never 
have tried it, hunting has been a 
favourite sport with ICings since 
the days of the princely Cynis. 



Our second Hen]7--4u;ktiowledged 
to be one of oar greateat Kings-* 
was such a determined sportsman^ 
Aat I shall ffive a little sketch of 
him in that diaracter^ in the words 
of one of his historians. 

'^ Heneglected his hands/' says 
this pleasine writer, '' nerer wear« 
ing gloves but in hawking. His 
dothes were short, calculated for 
expedition; his boots plain, and 
his bonnet unadorned. His feet 
and legs were generally in a bruised 
and livid state, from the repeated 
blows of his horses, yet he never, 
sat down unless when unavoidable. 
His diief amusements were those 
of the field, which he pursued with 
immoderate ardour. He was on 
horseback before the sun was up-~ 
often fatigued the most robust 
sportsman in the chase ; and re«- 
turning sometimes late, sat down 
to a frugal meal, which was soon 
dispatched, and he was again ' on 
his feet tUl an early hour called 
him to his couch, liius, by exer- 
cise and abstemiousness, lie op- 
posed a di8|K)6ition to corpulency, 
which indulgence would soon have 
rendered troublesome and un- 
wieldy. His hawks were brought 
from Norway, and some from 
Wales; but he was particularly 
curious in his hounds, that they 
i^uld be fleet, well-tongued, and 
consonous. His vices were the 
vices of the man, and his virtues 
were the virtues of a Prince. He 
wished to make his people happy, 
by easing their burthens ; and mi- 
tigated the severity of the forest 
laws, in the eye of his ruling pas- 
sion. Notwithstanding this," adds 
bis biographer (but perhaps his 
subjects were unreasonable!), " he 
was little loved, and died unre- 

. The character I have now tran- 
scribed is the character of a man. 

as well as that of a Prince ; amd 
we might find some parallels to it 
in modem da^s. In one of my 
other letters on this subject, I 
mentioned the opinion of a sport- 
ing Baronet in Northampton^ire, 
that it was the moral duty of evary 
man to take care of his health, for 
the sake of riding to hounds — an 
opinion in which I heartily con- 
cur ; and as to the bruised and li- 
vid state of his Majesty's legs, we 
might also find a comparison here; 
for it is said <^ Frederick Berkely, 
that at the .end of one season 
in Leicestershire, his body was 
'^ black and bltie," as it is termed, 
from the banes and blows he had 
encountered m riding to hounds. 
These, however, are the men to 
breed from: " for who," says a 
very old writer on hunting, '' is 
so likely to gain a rampart, or 
mount an entrenchment, as he 
whose long practice hath been, 
scaling the fortifications of mea- 
dows and inclosures? Who so pro- 
per to manage his horse with ad- . 
dress and intrepidity, in time of 
action, as he whose trade and oc- 
cupation are leaping over five-bar 
gates, hedges, and stone walls? 
Habit and experience qualify the 
fox-honter foir the sap, or for the 
storm, to unkennel, or to pursue : 
long custom hath made him ac- 
quainted with all sorts of ground, 
with hills and vallies, morasses and 
deserts, streights and precipices ; 
hath enaUed him to excel in march 
or forage, in ambush or surprise, in 
attack or retreat. How common 
was it for champions like these to 
give terror to a squadron, or to 
make lanes among legions of 
Frenchmen! With what health 
and vigour did they then return 
home to the arms of their consorts ! 
What hopeful, rosy, jolly branches 
were seen round their tables I 



What martial heroee^ inheritors of 
their virtues and their valour^ did 
they leaye to their country I" 

As the gallant sportsman to 
whom I hare now ventured to al- 
lude has just entered into the 
holy state of wedlock^ some part of 
the above extract rather apUy app 
plies. And as he has selected a 
daughter of the late Duke of 
Richmond for his wife, I may be 
allowed to observe, in' the language 
of Nimrod, that the cross must be 
a good one. 

Says the author of Rassela^— 
" Age looks with anger on the te« 
merity of youth, and youth with 
contempt on the scrupulosity of 
^e !" Nothing can be more true 
than this, and f once saw it exem* 
plified. An ol^ lady of my ac- 
quaintance was taking an airing 
one day in her carriage, and, as 
the song says, '' the hounds came 
by in view." " You were in luck. 
Madam," said I to her in the even- 
ing, " Yes," she replied, " I 
saw you all daring Providence" 
I could not help being struck with 
the remark, but ventured to teU 
her Ladyship, - that I was in hopes 
that ^^ a Providence sat up aloft" 
to keep watch for the life of a 
sportsman, as well as for that of 
jwor Jack. When a man, how- 
ever, is in the act of riding to 
hounds, and determined to be with 
them, being hurt by a fall is only 
a secondary consideration-*-4;he 
first being, whether he may not 
lose his horse ; for, as Tom Smith 
says, exclusive of being done for 
the day, there is nothing so low as 
to be running after one's horse, 
•crying out-—'' Catch my horse I 
Pray catch my horse !" 

When we come to reflect, how- 
ever, it is astonishing how few per- 
sons out of the number that ride 
over a country, are hurt by falls. 

A good Btmj is told on this sub- 
. ject of a hard-riding whipper-in, 
who had had ^ great many falls in 
his time, but was never hurt in 
any of tibem. One unlucky day, 
however, his horse fell with him, 
and, rolling him as a cook would a 
pie-crust, nearly flattened all the 
promii^ences of his body. Getting 
up, ana limping after him, he was 
heard muttering to himself — ^Well, 
now I be hurt I There is a picture 
at Mr. Corbet's, of Sundom, of the 
famous Tom Moody, when whipi 
per-in to Mr. Childe. He is re- 
presented in the act of Bsdling over 
some high park-palings, and at the 
same time giving a view-halloo to 
a fox that was sinking before his 
hounds. This, most of your read- 
ers are aware, is the man who, 
when he was run to ground himr* 
self, was carried to the churchy- 
yard by six earth-stoppers, who, by 
nis request, gave three *' rattling 
view-halloos" over his grave. 

If I were asked who it was that 
had shewn the greatest contempt 
for the consequence of a bad fau, 
that ever came under my observa- 
tion, I should have no hesitation 
in saying, it was a gentleman by 
the name of Stanhope, who was on 
a visit to Sir Bellingham Graham, 
when he hunted the Atherstone 
country. , On the Friday, his horse 
fell with him, and hurt his shoul- 
der, but nothing was broken or 
displaced. The consequence was, 
he came out on the following Mon<« 
day with his arm in a sling. We 
found a fox in the finest part of 
Sir Bellingham's Leicestershire 
country, and killed him in fifteen 
minutes> during which Mr. Stan- ' 
hope was in a very good phice. 
Having had the pleasure of meet- 
ing him, a few evenings before, at 
Sir Bellingham's, I asked him if 
he did not find it very awkw^ 



to ride with only one band^ wheb 
he assured me he found little diffi- 
culty^ with the horse he was then 
ridings as he was so very tempe- 
rate^ and had never given him a 
fall. *^ That is dangerous to boast 
of/ said I to him ; and here the 
conversation ended. We found 
another fox^ and had a fine run of 
an hour and ten minutes with him^ 
and killed him. About the middle 
of it, we came to a brook, which we 
all got well over, with the excep- 
tion of Stanhope, who, unfortu- 
nately pitching on a turn in the 
bank, anddis&ining to look, did 
not clear it, and his horse threw 
him with great violence on the op- 
posite side. I saw him lying on 
the ground, apparently as dead as 
if he had been shot at Waterloo; 
but also observing a particular 
-friend of his, as well as the hunts- 
man, with him, and being aware^ 
that I could render him no &rther 
assistanee, I did not pull up my 
horse; but I understood it was 
upwards of five minutes before he 
shewed any fflgns of i^tummgani. 

On getting back to Sir Belling- 
ham's house— having been blooded 
at Bosworth-^-all necessary mea- 
sures were taken, and the doctor 
would feign have persuaded Mr. 
Stanhope that some ribs were 
broken. He had a short husky 
cough, and two or three other di- 
recting symptoms, which seldom 
mislead a skilful apothecary ; but 
he resisted all sudi insinuations, 
and assured him he should be well 
in a few days; and the Quorn 
hounds coming within reach on the 
following Thursday, he went to 
me^t them, still ha-ving his arm in 
a sling. 

In the course of this day's sport, 
some of the party, among whom 
was Mr. Stanhope, got into a cor- 

ner of a field, and were pounded. 
What is not very usual in this 
country, one of the hardest riiers 
in England had dismount^ his 
horae, and was trying to puD down 
the top bar of a flight of rails, 
which did not otherwise appear 
practicable. '* Let' me try," said 
Air. Stanhope : '^ I am on a good 
one." The sequel w^, he rode at 
it, and got a tremendous fall. On 
seeing him lying cm the ground. 
Sir JJ^Uingham rode up to mm, and 
said, " Now 111 tell you what. 
Stanhope, you are a good one, but 
by G-d you shall ride no more to- 
day! Go to Leicester and put 
yourself into your carriage, and get 
to town as quick as you can, and 
get cured!" He took his friend's 
advice; and when he arrived there, 
Mr. Heaviside found out that he 
had two ribs broken, and his 
breast-bone beaten in!! This^ 
we may also say, is not a bad sort 
of a man to breed from. 

Use is said to be next to nature; 
and no doubt there is a great deal 
in being used to tuinbling, or 
Grimaldi would have broken every 
bone in his body lon^ ago. Mr. 
Mytton assured me he nad up< 
wards ot an hundred falls in one 
season ; and when I was last at his 
house, he had a gig in his coach<- 
house which had been over three 
five-barred gates. The history 
of his escapes out of car- 
riages would make a most enter- 
taining volume, and it is only 
astonishing that he is alive to relate 
them. A turnpike-gate will scarcely 
stop him on the road; and over 
a country, the man should have a 
patent for the fence that willpound 
him — ^particularly after a Frendi 

The most difficult part of riding 
to hounds is, " facing a brook ; 
but before I proceed to say any 



tiling on that subject generally^ I 
dkall mention pne which the gal- 
lant rider I hare just been speak* 
ing of leaped^ in cool blood, on his 
i«tam frmn hunting with his own 
hounds in Shropshire. It mei^ 
sored a little more than seven yards 
in the dear; but the space covered 
in the leap was nine yards and a 
miarter^ m>m one hind footstep to 
uie other. Beiiq^ at his house at 
the tkne^ I saw it measured the 
next mcNrning^ in the piesence of 
tevend other sporting men* This 
extraordinary leap (as I observed 
Wore> without the presence of 
hoonds) was taken by that extras- 
ordinary horse Baronet, whose 
name must be familiar to your 
readers, from his exploits having 
been so often recordled in print 
Some years since> Mytton lacked 
him to clear nine yards over hur- 
dles placed at some distance from 
each odier ; but he performed the 
task 80 often with him before the 
amxnnted time, that he refused it 
tnen> and lost his master^s money. 

Baronet is a mean-looking horse, 
with only one eye; but rfature 
has inade amends for that, by giv- 
ing him more than one life, or he 
would have never survived the last 
seven years which he has been in 
Hr. Mytton's possession. He may 
be said to be as stout as steel ; and 
if there was rank among brutes, 
tku Baronet should have been 
raised to the peerage. 

Mr. Mytton has, no doubt, put 
the powers of the horse to the test, 
as much as any man in £nffland, 
or in any other country; and it is 
a common answer to the question 
whether such a fence is practicable, 
that " it would do for Mytton." In 
Lord Bradford's Park, when he 
hunted the Shiffnal country, he 
deared one of his Lordship's deer- 

* ' * AH hunters are horses, but 

Vol. XIII. N. 5— No. 75. 

hurdleei, upwards of six feet high ; 
and, what is more surprising, he>co« 
vered the space of eight ys^rds in 
length at the same time. This was 
acoomi^shed on ahdvecaUed'' The 
Hero, which he purchased of me 
for 500 guineas, and was the same 
that Icmd the gate with him ia 
Mr. Jeuioo's grounds in Shrop- 
shire, the heiffht of which was 
■even feet. I hasve posseted 
better brook-jumpers tluui ** The 
Heio,^ as he would alwayv make a 
trifling stop at them ; but he was 
the highest leaner I ever was mas- 
ter of in my life. 

I am sorry to hear that Mr. 
Mytton forgets the eood advice of 
the hard-ri£ng NorSiamptonshire 
Baronet, and is getting out of form 
to ride, and not so keen about hunt- 
ing as he has hitherto been. In the 
language of the stable, he throws 
up flesh so fast, that he will be soon 
too heavy ; and, in the language <^ 
the Bible, he has " married a wife, 
and cannot come." 

In my experience of riding to 
hounds, I have observed, that no* 
thing tends so much to make a field 
select, as a good raspine brook. In 
the first place, many horses will 
not lace it, and in the next, many 
men will not ride at it; and to be 
good at water, is one of the first 
and most essential qualifications in 
each. Even a hrookUng, with soft 
banks, and horses a little abroad, 
often creates no small confusion 
among those who are not mounted 
on hunters,* A fall at a brook is, 
generally, an awkward one, both to 
tiie rider and to his horse'. The lat- 
ter is very liable to strain himself; 
and the former, if not hurt, is sure 
to be spoiled for the day, exclusive 
of affoixling some amusement to his 
friends. When the femous Dicfc 
Knight hunted Northampton8hir^> 

all horses are not hunteis. 




he rp^e over a wi^e and deep brook 
oit'the same time VSat a' reveirend 
^ntleman was floating down it. 
Saving been landed in tbe middle 
of It. ** The gentleman swims like 
ii'cork,** said Dick, without ever 
thinking of assisting him. This 
tumbling into deep brooks, how- 
iVer, IS no joldne matter ; fpr when 
*& man comes to fall backwards with 
his hotse into deep water, and, as 
ft often happens, gets under him> 
uid reniains there till his horse 
recover his legs, he may be toid to 
be anywhere but' in clover y and 
maiiy narrow escapes, to my know« 
le^ge, have been encountered. 
' ' Several wagers have been made 
about leaping brooks in cool bloods 
One was between Lord Alvanley 
and Mr. Maher, some years since, 
in Leicestershire, for 100 guineas. 
It was, that each did not nde over 
a brook ihat measured six yards in 
the clear, without disturbing the 
water. They both cleared it hand- 
somely, but a bit of dirt being 
thrown back into it by Lord Al- 
vanley's horse, after he ni^d landed^ 
it was of course decided s^gainst his 

Among the accidents that hap* 
pen from brook-jumping, over* 
reaching horses is the most com- 
mon. To guard against this, the 
inside eoge of the hinder shoes 
should be bevilled down with the 
blacksmith's haminer, so as to make 
H quite harmless, as recommended 
in one of my former letters, as the 
best preventive of over^reaching. 

A horse cannot be odled a, hun- 
ter, unless he is a good brool^- 
jumper; but to be a very good 
one IS a rare qualificatioQ. ft is 
not that almost every horse has not 
the power of extending himself 
over six or seven yards of water ; 
but a great many of them appear 
t8 have a more natural dislike to it 

than to any other species of fence; 
and to get over a wide brook, re- 
quires as much resolution in a horse, 
as in his rider ; and in no part of 
riding to hounds, does a man dis* 
tinguish himself more. When I 
was in the habit of making young 
horses into hunters,! found the best 
effect from the following plan of 
education : — X used to pitcn upon 
rather a soft meadow, through 
which ran a small rivukt, or 
''brookling," as it is termed, with 
shelving banks on each side, so 
that there was no possibility of 
getting a fall, by a young one 
putting his feet into it, at taking 
off. 1 then accustomed him to g^ 
three-parts speed at it — ^taking it 
in his stroke, which he generally 
appeared to do with increased con- 
fidence, every time he was ridden 
at it. I never rode him over it 
more than three times in one day^ 
taking care that he did not see it 
till he came close to it. I have ft'e- 
quently seen six or seven yards^ 
nom side to side, cleared in this 
way, without apparent difficulty. 
The advantage of this method is» 
that it gives confidence to a young 
one, as, from the nature of the 
ground^ a mistaike cannot happen; 
and I have no doubt but that many 
horses are prevented from ever b^ 
ing good farook-jumper^by getting 
into brooks before they know honf 
to get over them. I had a very sa- 
tisKictory proof of the , efiicacy of 
this pkua three years ago^ with 
a thorough-bred horse which I 
bought, just out of training; and 
who, lichen. I first had him, stopped 
and snorted, even at a deep cart rut. 
A(f)jer a few of these lessons, he 
would, leap a very fair brx)ok>— 
merely the result of confidence in 

There is sonpetbing poetically 
plaintive in the sight of the weep- 



ing willow; and 1 confess^ tfcat 
when not on a brilliant brook- 
jumper^ I hare now and then 
heaved a sigh when these trees 
have presented themselves to my 
laew. *^ D— n those willow-trees !'* 
B^d I once to Sir Henry Peyton, 
in the middle of a good run in 
Oxfordshire, as I saw them bend- 
ing over a still and d^p brook, in a 
deep and muddy country, and the 
hoimds just hittmg off the scent on 
the other side. " Go along!" said 
Sir Henry : ^^ never stop to look at 
it !** We got well over it, and he 
bought the horse I rode, and had 
him many years afterwards. 

Amongst other countries, I 
hunted one season in Ireland ; and 
there I found out the reason of the 
horses of that country being such 
good drain-leapers, as they are 
called, which is to be attributed 
solely to their education. If an 
irismnan has got 'a clever young 
horse^ which he means to make a 
hunter, he puts a fellow more than 
half drunk oh his back, with a pair 
of sharp spurs, and sl cutting whip 
(Anglice— a handwhip), and he 
gallops bim at all sorts of fences, 
regardless whether he goes into 
them, or over them-— though with 
die help of tbe instruments just 
mentioned, and a good '^Horough! 
Bv Jasus, the de^ a balk you're 
going to make nOw !" the latter is 
^nerally accomplisbed.* In our 
own country, however, I am sorry to 
flay, a little punishment is wanting,. 
io persuade most horses to extend^ 
themselves over large brooks ; and 
'* the persuaders," as they are 
termed, as well as a stroke or two 
of the whip down tbe shoulders., 
are of the greatest use. It should 


here be observed, that ^oug^ the 
spurs should be applied when in 
the act of charging a brook, the 
rider's knees should be straightened 
before he comes to the bank, or, in 
case of a refusal, a ducking must be. 
the consequence. 

Most people know what a num- 
ber of brooks there are in the Quori^ 
and Bel voir countries; and most, 
sportsmen have heard what a rare, 
hand Tom Smith is at getting 
over them. The Styx itself would 
scarcely stop him, when a fox ist 
sinking. This is to be attributc^^ 
to his resolute way of riding to 
hounds, by which his horses know 
it is in vain to refuse whatever he 
may put them at. WEat I hav^ 
now said, was strongly exemplificid 
when he hunted the Q^orn hounds.. 
He was galloping at three-parts 
speed down one of those large 
fields in the Harborough country^ 
in the act of bringing his hounds 
to a scent, and was lomdng back to 
see iJF they were coming. In the 
middle of this field, ai^cl exactly inj 
the course in which his horse was, 
going, was a pond of JfSkiet^ inta 
whid he leaped, thinking it use^ 
less, to refuse, and of course not 
knoTfiii^ that he. were not intend* 
ed to dp so. lliis hbrs^, would^ 
no doubt, have jumped into tne 
Thames, »r the Severn. . 

Milton (not Milton the horse-^ 
dealer) gives reason to brutes; and^ 
undoubtedly some hunters t|ia|;. 
have been ridden manv seasox^i in 
enclosed countries, an4 are of do^ 
cile tempers, ne^Iy beaf hixn out. 
in his hypothesis-— for it is vroi^ 
derfiil witV wbat care and cau- 
tion many of them avoid ^anger^, 
and at the same time ease them- 

* A short time; nnde, I wrote a little dialo^e in the Sporting Magazine^ aii tup« 
pcHed to have taken. place betweok an Irish gentljemaa, and an Insh lEmner who had a' 
nona to sell, and which was nearly verlatim what I had heard, when in that ooiintiy. 




selres of labour in a run^ by tak- 
ing every advantage of picking 
their ffronnd. A horse of this de- 
^ acription can scarcely be made to go 
on tne top of a deep-ploughed land^ 
as he knows he snail tread much 
more firmly in the furrow; and he 
will make many attempts to get on 
Head-lands^ ana other sound ground. 
I once saw a particular instance of 
sagacity in a hunter of my own^ 
which I shall never forget : I ,was 
riding him at a small fence in 
Northamptonshire^ having my eye 
intent on the hounds, and did not 
see a row of live stakes, the re- 
mains of another fence which had 
been cut up, as is common in that 
country, and on which he would 
have alighted; but he stopped 
short, and refused it. Whet^ef 
this was or was not reason, I leave 
others to determine; but it was 
something *' sui generis" which 
saved me a good horse, and I am 
satisfied. As for the story in your 
last Number, of the horses in Italy 
knowing an Englishman by the 
smell, I conceive that to be intend- 
ed for the junior branches of your 
readers, wbo expect to be amused 
with some nursery tales at this 
season of the year. 

Having mentioned what I have 
found to be the best method of get- 
ting horses over brooks, I now come 
to point out the best way ^f getting 
them out of them, when they are so 
unfortunate as to eet in; and which 
is always a troublesome, and often 
a difficult, task. When a horse of 
my own was pulled out of the river 
CherweU, which I mentioned in 
t>ne <^ my letters on Oxfordshire, 
the cheelc of the snaffle bit was 
forced throiu^ his under jaw, so 
that he oouldonly eat bruise^oom 
f(Hr t|ie rest of the season. This 
was for want of better manage- 

ment. Two seasons' back I got a 
horse into a brook in Stafford^ire, 
the bottom of which was so bad, 
that he was unable to keep on his 
feet. His head was the only part 
above water, and one m<M« strug- 
gle would have drowned him. By 
the direction, however, of some old 
sportsmen who were present, a 
quantity of stirrup-leathers were 
buckled together, one of which was 
secured around his neck, and he 
was pulled out by his head, and 
thus his life was preserved. 

In leaping a wide brook, a horse 
must spring a certain height, or 
the joint weight of himself and his 
rider, would bring him too soon 
to the ground. The momentum, 
however, has a good deal to do with 
it ; for which reason, a man should 
always ride at a brook at a quick 
pace, holding his horse fast ^ the 
head, sticking the needles well into 
his sides, and nc^ver letting him see 
it till he comes to it. 

Standing leapers — that is, horses 
which will only leap standing — ^are 
now almost exploded, and are very 
unfit for brook-jumping. It must, 
indeed, require no smfuS degree ^ 
nerve to ride one &f this descrip- 
tion over a good deep brook, with 
hollow banks. Some years dince 
Mr. Robert Canning bought a very 
magnificent h(A*se, called Famassus, 
from the present Earl of Stamford, 
who, though he leaped a fence or 
two flying, on the day he bought 
him, would always stand at them 
afterwards ;— -prtbably to be ac- 
counted for, by his not liking seven- 
teen stone on his back; and also, 
perhaps, the result of a little of 
that reasoning fiabculty which the 
poet I aittuded* to, has all^bwed to 
these noble anim^. It waa asto- 
nishing, however, whatbrooiks^Mr. 
Canning could get this horaaowr; 



kit the world -is not peopled with 
such riders as him, and standing 
jumpers are, generally speaking, 
bad articles for fox-hunters. 

When we lo<^ at the riders of 
the present oentiuy, and contrast 
tiiem with what they are repre- 
sented to hare been in some part 
of the last, we cannot fail to be 
amused with the change. In one 
of the earliest volumes of the Sport" 
tag Mitgazine are some directions 
for riding to hounds, in which we 
are told to ride on the Une cf them, 
and if we don't like the Jence, to 
dismounL Were a man to obey 
these instru^ions in Leicester- 
shire, he would be in no small dan- 
§er oi his life, f<»r he would be rid- 
en over to a certainty. There is 
no time for peeping and craning; 
but toleap first, and Took afterward, 
is the order of the day. Nimbod. 


GROimra charger. 

AsBEcaoMBY, who was killed at the 
memorable battle of Alexandria, Slat 
March, 1801, where this noble animal 
recttv^ on that dorioos day seven 
miuket balls and two sabre eats, 
when he afterwards became the pro- 
perty of John Watson, of Malta, who 
placed this stone over his remains, in 
token of his rare services, pecidiar 
qualities, high spirit, and good temper. 

This esteemed horse departed this life 

of miseries September 13th, 188S, 

Aged 36 years. 

** Sua caique Toluptui.'* 

To the Editor qf the S^^wting Magazine. 

AN old sportsman, and a sub* 
scriher to your monthly Maga- 
zine, requests Uiatyou will insert in 
your first production alter its re- 
ceipt the annexed epitaph of a fii^ 
vourite horse, and you'll oblige a 
constant reader. j ^^^^ 

Malta, October 23) 1823. 

N.B. This horse is buried in the 
garden under the south-west bat- 
tery at the Marsa., near Floriand, 
ishuid of Malta. 



Thy tsQs* and bcoOS) aad leensi of war 

AhH, llioa ikep'si to waka no mote f '* 

Hsms fies the celebrated charger of 
thelate Lieutenant-General Sir RAirn 

To the EdUor of the Sporting Magazine. 

T Am sorry to hear it said that 
some sentlemen swap their game 
with theu: fishmonger for fish. If 
they have more game than they 
can consume, let them send it to 
their friends, neighbours, and te- 
nants, and the different people 
whose lands they sport over. I 
don't mean a hare and a phea^ani 
once a if ear to a farmer, but a good 
basket every no]f and then, so that 
the fisirmer may have an opportu- 
nity of maldng a present to hie 
friends also. This is the way to 
keep up a good stock of game, and 
to keep the persons who Dreed and 
f%ed it in good humour ; and no 
more, by the bje, than what they 
are justly entitled to expect. I 
have heard of people who, m cours- 
ing, have killed seventeen, eigh- 
teen, and twenty hares a day, and 
yet were never known to give one 
away ;■ and, what is the more ex- 
traordinary, that they have not 
had an incn of land belonging to 
them, and that these hares went 
for cods* heads and oysters^ I have 
certunly never seen the packages 

go off for London, and therefore I 
ope the tale is untrue. 



I like also to see fair play in 
courang^ sucH as> when a set of 
greyhounds aie tired^ they should 

fo nome— -not^ if an unfortunate 
are is found sittings for orders to 
be given that an omnium gatherum 
be mustered^ consisting of all the 
tired dogs^ and^ lest she should 
beat them^ for the finder to be told 
to put her out sharp, or^ in other 
words^ to hit her a crack over the 
back with a sticky prior to starting; 
or^ if the omnium gatherum he not 
considered up to a hare^ to send 
the finder home for a gun to shoot 
her—Yours, Faibplay. 

P.S. As you have at different 
times so ably exposed the various 
impositions practiF^d in the charge 
of carriage of game^ should any 
regulation tal^e place^ wherein the 
carriage of a small basket travel- 
ling 100 miles does not amount to 
more than the value of tihe game^ 
t hope some of your constant 
readers^ and who have preserves^ 
and are liberal-minded eentlemen^ 
and who do not swap uieir game 
for fish> will bear in mind^ that the 
first fortnight or three weeks after 
Christmas you always devote to 
the entertainment of your firiends^ 
■ I '» " I ■ . I ■ III 1 1 1 I. « 

ING, 1823. 


pfRST CheoelirField^For the 
•* Cup — Mr. Wriffhfs blk. p. 
Wowski, beat Lord Rivers's blk; 
dl Romulus; Mr. Palmer's blk. b. 
Puss, beat Mr. Mure's w. d. Fid- 
dler ; . Mr. Wilkinson's^ blk. p. 
eiara, beat Mr. Gooch's blk. d. 
Giiido; Mr. Scott's blk. and w. 
d. Inkle, beat Lord Mayhard's blk. 
d, KiIIigre\<^; Lord Dunwich's br. 

b. Ed, beat Marqnis of Huntly^» 
blk. d. Velocipede ; Mr. Rust's y. 
b. Belinda, beat Mr. Syer's r. d. 
Merlin; Mr. Redhead's blk. b. 
Lady, beat Admiral Wilson's fawn 
d. Uxbridge; Mr. Hoskin's r. d. 
Horatio, beat Mr. Gent's blk. d> 

Matches, — Mr. Hoskin's Herds« 
man, ieat Lord Dunwich*s Mum ; 
Mr. Syer's Miss, beat Mr. Denn*s 
Dewdrop ; Admiral Wilson's Un- 
derweign, beat Mr. Scott's In- 
truder ; Mr. Mure's Ply, beat Mr. 
Wright's Whiskey; Lord Rivers's 
Rubicon, beat Mr. Hoskin's High- 
flyer; Mr. Redhead's Lottery, 
beat Mr. Hoskin's Hannibal; 
Mr. Wilkinson's Cesta, beat Mr. 
Wright's Wasp ; Mr. Denn's Doe, 
a^inst Mr. Rust's Baby — unde- 
aded; Mr. Rust's Blossom, beat 
Mr. Denii's' Daphne ; Mr. Mure's 
Flint, beat Admiral Wilson's Up- 
start; Mr. Syer's Martha, beat 
Mr. Redhead's Lass; Lord Rivers's 
Ruffneck, beat Lord Maynard's 
Khan; Mr. Scott*8 loj beat Mr* 
Wilkinson's Calliope. 

Second Class. — Lord Dunwich's 
Jl^edlar, beat Mr. HosMn's He- 
cuba ; Lord Rivers's Roxana, beat 
Lord Maynard's Kerseymere ; Mr. 
Rust's Betsy, beat Lora Maynard's 
Kiss; Lord Rivers's Rust, beat 
Lord Maynard's Kingfisher ; Mr. 
Hoskin's Highlander, beat Lord" 
Maynard's Kell. 


Chippenham Field — For the Cup. 
— Horatio beat Lady — Belinoa 
beat Inkle — Eel beat Wowski— 
Clara beat Puss. 

Matches.'^Jjord Dunwich's Eg- 
bert, beat Lord Rivers's Racer; 
Mr. Syer's Matchem, beat Mr. 
Scott's Indus; Lord Rivers's ito- 
samoiid, beat * Lord Maynard's 
Kelly; Mr. Might's Wellington; 



beat Mr. Scott's Isaac; JjordSi>- 
vers's Rushmore^ Beat Lord May*- 
nard's Kressy ; Mr. Denn's Dinah/' 
beat Mr. Mure's FcMster; Mr. 
Goocfa's Gelert> agst Mr. Wilkin* 
wm'a Cogniac-*^no course; Mr. 
Denn's Dandy, beat Mr, (roocli's 
Gannet ; Admiral Wilson's Unity, 
agst Mr. Rust's Bonus-^iipde* 
cided ; Lord Dunwich's Moorcock, 
beat Mr. Palmer's Pelter; Mr. 
Wilkinson's Clipper, beat Mr. 
Wright's Wood^r}c;,Mr. JRust's 
Blossom, beat Lord Majnard's 
blk. b. p. ; Mr, Bodcinf s Hoyden, 
beat Mr. Gooch's Grondola ; Admi- 
-ral Wilson's Una, agst Mr. Mure's 
Fane— no course; ]\Ir. Syer*s Mid- 
ler, beat Mr. Gent's Sail; Admir 
ral Wilson-s Ulysses, beat Mr. 
Syer*s March* 

Second Clan. — Lord Dunwich's 

auator, beat Mr. Mure*s Farmer; 
mirai Wilson's Undaunted, beat 
Lord Riyers*s Ringouzle; Lord 
Kivei:3*8 Riddle, beat Mr. Gooch's 
Goblet ; Lord Riversls Ruben^ « 
beat Mr. Gooch's Gerrard; Mr. 
Rust's Beatrice, beat Mr. Denn's 


BoUishflm Field. — For the Cup. 
—Clara beat Eel: — Horatio beat 

Matches. — Admiral Wilson's 
Upstart, beat Lord Dunwich's 
Medlar; Admir^ Wilson's Ux^ 
bridge, beat Mr. iSooch's JGruido ; 
Mr. Wright's Woodhead, beat 
Mr. Wilkinson's Calliope; Mr. 
Scott's lo, agst Mp. Hoskin's 
Herdsman — no coiur^; Mr. Syer s 
Martha, beat Mv. Rust's Baby; 
liord Rivers's Robin Hood, beat 
Mr. Wrights Witchcraft;; Mr. 
Denn's Ifephne, beat Mr. Syer'^ 
Miss ; Mr. Redhead's Lene^n, beat 
]M[r. ' Gooch's Gambol; Mr. R^st'* 
Betsy, beat Mr^Dem^'^iD^wiirQpj 

Admiral Wil/son's Underweigh, beat 
Mr. Wilkinson's Cogniac; Lord 
Dunwich's Merit, beat Lord Ri- 
vers's Rattle ; Mr. Gooch's Gar« 
rick, beat Mr. Riedhead's h^ 
wipg J Mr. (Jent's Stopper, beat 
Mr. joskin's Horace. 

Second Cla^s. — ^Lord Rivers*s 
Redrose, bieat Mr. IJoi^in's Heir- 
ess; Mr. Gooch's Gannet> beat Mr. 
Hoskin's Highlander; LomI Dun« 
wich's Mitre, agst Mr. Usbome's 
Quiz — off: Mr. Gooch's Gelert, 
beat Mr. Deng's Doe; Mr. Wil- 
kinson's Cobbea, beat Mr* U^ 
borne's Quaker ; Lord Dunwich's 
Hum, b^at l40vd Rivers's Ro* 


Second Chippenham Field. — For 
the Cup. — Mr. Hoskin's Horatio, 
beat Mr. Wilkinson's Clara, and 
won the Cup. 

Matches. — Mr. Hoskin's Hai»* 
let, beat Mr. De Bergh's.Tom; 
Mt. Hoskin's Hoyden, beat Bjtf . 
!Bark«r.'§..Ogre.; Mr.. Denu'^ Dan- 
dy, beat Mr. Rust's Baby ; Mi;;. 
Syer*s Martha, beat Mr, Red- 
head's. Lively i.IiOrdRivers's Roi- 
nald, beat Mr. Rust's Belinda.; 
X<ord Rirers's Rantipole, s^X Mij. 
Bust's Blossoiti— .undecided; Mv. 
De Bergh's Logic, beat Mr. Wiii 
kinson's Cesta ; Admiral Wilson's 
Una, beat. Mr. Redhead's Leveiet; 
Admiral Wilson's Uxbricfcge, beat 
Lord Dunwich's Equator; Mi^ 
Redhead's Lottery, beat Mr. Bar- 
ker's Oscar; Lord Dunwich's ^ 
Medlar, rec ft. from Mr. Syer s 
Match'em ; Mr. Barker's Omelet, 
agst Mr. Wright's Wasp— unde^ 
cided; Lord Rivers's Rubens, 
beat Mr. Wright's Wellington. 

j^econd Class. 7— Lord Kiver^'s 
Royal, beat Mr. Palmer's Peter; 
Mn Hoddn's Hannitad, agst Ad* 
miral Wilson's Usquebaugh— K)ft 





GRAND Htmdiai^ at Domeaster, 
ISSi.— The flportiiig world are 
all anxiety as to wnat bones will a^ 
oept for the new handicap at Doncas- 
ter St Lexer Coune, tooemn for on 
the Satiuday before the next meeting, 
jfor 500 SOTS, each^ h. ft. as advertised 
ia ihi6 York Herald, and to dose on 
New-jear^sDty. Atpresentloiirof the 
besthoffsesinlMand aienamed; and 
itappean thai linker and Barefoot 

SveSlba. to Kmilius^ Sherwood— 
le weights hdog 86t 9lb. for the two 
first, and fist 6lb. for the two last. 
Than is supposed to be a challenge 
from the north, and is eiroected to be 
a inpst sportinff race. Sherwood is 
tafted of as likdy to beafaTooxite. 


The Jockey Clnib met this month, 
and handicapped the horses for the 
Oatlakd. Stakes at Newmarket of 
next year :•— 


fu^KTl yn . 8 11 

Whugig, 4yn ^•.......•.......•....•... 8 9 

Mmiii<W|^ 4 yif •M........................... 8 8 

Hoferili , 4 yis................. 8 6 

IBotuQi, 4 yn.......«MM.....»............ 8 2 

AwtTsI, 4 yt» .1. 8 

Binrre, 3 yrs 

Gompte d^Aitois, 8 yn.... 

Cinder, 3 yn •••. 

JPremimn, 3 yn •..••....•.•• 

Oanymede. 3yn............. 

Jumper c. ay Oscar, Syn 


Vldette, 3 yn 





Cardinal FuiT, 3 yn m c , 

Isabella, 3 rn 7 1 

gmwhine, 3 yn ..^............... 7 

Ccphahis, 3 yn 7 

RMeive iuly, 3 yn 7 

6cud c out of Rump^ dam, 33m 7 
In the above nomination our rea- 
ders will observe that Hampden sives 
any other four-year-old Tms. wnich 
justifies the remark made upon this 
celebrated horse^ in our last Number, 
by our valuable correspondeut Ob* 


r We understand that Colonel Un- 
Nsv's Derby oolt for next year^is 

training on quite to the satisfiiction 
of her owner. It appears by the list 
of winning horses, that the amount of 
Smilins's winnings last year waa dght 
thousand two hundred guineas 1 1 


Although there has been no stop 
to htmdng as vet, it has not been 
generally conaiaered good scenting 

We hear that llie Duke of Bbau- 
yoa.T's and Sir Thomas Mostyn's 
hounds haw had a particularly good 
season's a^ort up to the present ttme. 

We ue informed that Sir JfoLUKo*- 
HAM Graham and Lord Akson are 
mving great satisfaction in Stafibrd* 
shire, and are attended by very nu- 
merous fields. Sir Bellingnam nunta 
his own hounds, and is wnippedinto 
by ihe same whimpers-in that were in 
that country when Mr. Homyold 
had it They are particularly weU 

The Union fox-hounds, Essex^ 
the property of Messrs. Nunn, had 
one of the severest runs this monUi^ 
that has been known in the eastern 
part of die county in many years. 
These hounds met on Tuesday, the 
9di December, at Gifford's Hall^ in 
their Sufiblk country ; but not find- 
ing at Mark Wood, they drew on to 
Mr. Cook's Gorse, at Polstedj where a 
fox had been seen in the morning: 
every one present was now on the tip- 
toe of expectation, when> to their 
great surprise and mortification, they 
found the covert beset with traps and 
guns, which neither the persuasions 
of Mr. Nunn, nor the presence of a 
numerous fidd of sportsmen, could 
induce the owner to remove. Thus 
disappointed, the huntsman trotted 
away to Langham Lod^ Wood, in 
Essex, a distance of eight or nine 
miles. It was nearly half-past one 
o'clock, when Tartar's well-known 
tongue infused joy into every counte- 
nance. Reynard nad taken the hint, 
and was gone nearly ten minutes be- 
fore the hounds, leaving the gallant 



][>ac]r to bold on upon a hunting 
scetitj in a direct line for Colchester. 
Passing the High Woods^ through 
Mile £nd^ he crossed the Ipswich and 
Harwich turnpike roads^ and disdain- 
ing the large coverts in that neigh- 
bourhood^ he turned through Gnm- 
stead^ Elmsted, Wivenhoe, Alsford, 
to Tborington, where reynard, ten 
miles from home^ making a-head for 
the first time, seemed inclined to re- 
gain the coverts he had so boldly left ; 
and now, going up wind, the hounds 
aet»to at the b^t pace, through Frat- 
in|^, Bentlev, Great Biromley, and 
Little Bromley. Here passing within 
one field of the kennel, Waggoner 
would £un have stopped at his well- 
knowih crib; but, urged on by his 
^ndlant rider, he reluctantly passed 
the stable door, the hounds running 
hard for their fox through Lawford, 
Ardley, Dedham, and again crossing 
the Ips¥dch turnpike road to Lang- 
ham Lodge Wood. Reynard was 
viewed a short distance before the 
hounds, completely beaten; but, game 
to the last, ne had just strength to 
reach the covert in which he baa been 
found three hours before, and thus 
saved his life, as it was thought pru- 
dent to stop the hounds, at half-past 
four o'clock, affcer a run of three hours 
and some few'minutes, over twenty- 
eight or thirty miles of enclosed coun- 
trj, through fourteen parishes, and 
widiout scarcely a single check. — The 
same honnds met on Tuesday, the 
16th December, at Ravdon, in Suf- 
folk, but not finding arox, Uiey drew 
on to Hintlesham, where they found 
immediately, and^ after a run of two 
hoars and thirty minutes, he was 
kOled in fine style, the hounds run- 
ning him in view a considerable dis- 
tance before he was pulled down. 
These hounds are now m the highest 

The QuoRNDON hounds have had 
some of the severest runs this month 
that the oldest sportsman can ever re- 
member ; particularlv Thursday and 
Fridav, the lllh ana 12th — the for- 
mer oay from Walton Thorns, and 
the latter day firom Cream Gorse. The 
horses each day were completely done, 
and distress wa^ strongly pictured in 

Vol. XIIL fi. 5.— No. T5. 

every countenance. There is scarcely 
a stall to be had at Melton, and many 
of the neighbouring villages have the 
stables fiiu of the finest horses* 

On Tuesday Decembers, the Scab^ 
BOROUGH ana Mr^ Harrison's har- 
riers met at Snainton, and afibrded a 
most excellent day's sport, during 
which Mr. J. Harrison and Mr. 
Thornton distinguished themselves in 
riding. A large party of {;entlemen 
sat down to an excellent dinner and 
wines, which were provided at the 
inn, and the hilarity of the evening 
was kept up to a late hour. Sir Cu 
Cayley, Baru was in the chair, sap- 
portea by R. Lyihe, Esq. as Vice. 

The buck-hounds of the Hon. E. 
G. Littleton, M.P. for Staffixrd- 
shire, met on Monday, the 8th inst. 
at Bushbury Hill, the residence of — - 
Phillips, Esq. when a number of gen- 
tlemen were regaled at his hospitable 
table, with an elegant and substantia 
cold collation and wines. A little 
before twelve o'clock a very fine deer, 
which had been sent down from Ted- 
desley, was turned out amidst a nu- 
merous field of sportsmen and an im« 
mense concourse of spectators on foot. 
The noble animal, after viewing the 
scene around him, bounded over the 
hedge and made for the covers at Old 
Falnngs, when he laid down, and was 
passed by the hounds, which were a 
short time at fkult, re-entered the 
cover, ran him from his place of se- 
crecy, and pursued him back to Bush- 
bury, over the enclosures to the Staf- 
ford road, which he crossed, and made 
in a direct line for Autherly. Here 
being closely pressed, he turned to 
the right, and, skirthig Pendeford, 
returned to the high road, nressed 
through Oxley and Gorsbrook, and 
then entering the enclosures on the 
left, made across the country to £s- 
sdngton Sneyd, where he was taken 
alive, after a fine run of nearly three 

Mr. Meynell's hounds had a most 
gallant run on the 6th inst. with a 
fox found in the covers of Radboume. 
He took the durection of Burnaston, 
Etwall, crossed the turnpike road for 
High Fields and the Ash, then crossed 
the Sutton road, makmg his point for 



Hilton Cominon, where the hounds 
came to a check for a few minutes ; 
then hit him off, crossed again the 
Sutton road for Radhoume : he ran 
past the covers there, and again faced 
the open country, taking a similar 
direction, but extending his line some 
miles farther, making his point for 
Foston : he there tum^ to rignt about, 
and again made his play for IUd« 
bourne, where he was killed after a 
most severe chase of three hours from 
the time he left the cover. The dis- 
tance of ground he ran over cannot 
be computed at less than twenty-five 
miles, and for the last ten miles the 
hounds ran at him at a most uncom- 
mon pace. Out of a field of sixty 
sportsmen, not more than twelve, in- 
cluding the huntsman and whipper- 
in, were up at the death ; and, consi- 
dering the heavy state of the ground, 
the brooks and fences, it was no dis- 
grace to those who were so unfortunate 
as to be left behind. 

On Wednesday, December 3, the 
Cheshire hounds came near Ches- 
ter, Waverton village being ap- 
pointed as the place of meeting. Sir 
M. H. Mainwaring was absent, owing, 
'we understood, to the death of a near 
rektion. The morning was very fa. 
vourable, although the preceding nLzht 
had been occasionidly stormy. Ex- 
actly at the timeappointed, thenounds, 
attended by their knowing huntsman, 
Mr. Read, and two whippers-in, pro- 
ceeded to Saighton Gorse. We nave 
seldomwitnessed alar^er field of sports- 
men than presented memselves at this 
time. The barouche and four of Earl 
Grosvenor, attendedby two out-riders, 
drove up to the cover-side. In it was 
recognized Lady Delam^e, Lady Eli- 
zabeth Belgrave, Lady Brooke, and a 
Lady whom we did not recollect hav- 
ing preidously had the honour of see- 
ins, out whom we understood to be a 
rektive of the Countess Grosvenor: 
on the barouche-box sat Mrs. Tom- 
kinson, heedless of the flying shower. 
The field of amateurs was too exten- 
sive for us to embrace the whole, but 
we recognized Messrs. Sudworth, 
Hesketh, Massev, Bagnall, Ashley, 
Bromfield, Nicolls, Shakespear, John- 
son, Dixon, Campbell, Currie, Bras- 

sey. Collier, Clemeson, Baldwin, Or« 
ton, Hamilton, andmany others whose 
quick transit scarce gave us time to 
recognise. In about ten minutes after 
throwing into cover, a favourite hound 
gave tongue, and the knowing ones 
were conduced aU was right, ani soon 
after a very fine fox broke cover in the 
direction of Saighton, but, instead of 
making for the village, he ran for 
Rowton : near Rowton Hall he faced 
the keen wind, and bent away back 
for Saighton, in a circuitous direction, 
to near the cover again, but boldly 
kept the open country, and went at a 
killing ]Mce over the meadows, by 
Hatton Heath, and Calvely Hall, 
crossed the brooks to Aldersey, and 
thence in a direct line to Cowley, and 

Cntly took the high ground to 
ihill, from thence to Bolesworth, 
Hanthill, Borwardsley, and Peckfor- 
ton, on the high rocks and almost im- 
penetrable fastnesses of which rey- 
nard ultimately escaped, after afford- 
ing a brilliant run of nearly an hour 
and a half, over a very difficult coun- 
try, which caused many a gallant 
knight to sob out, ^' HolcC enough !" 
On Monday,. December 8, Sir Ja- 
cob Astley's fox-hounds met at 
Wighton. At a quarter b^ore eleven 
they were thrown into an osier car 
towards Walsingham-street. In a 
moment an old hound spoke to his 
jgame ; and no sooner haa the whole 
pack sworn to it, than the view halloo 
was ^ven by one of the whips. Upon 
hearing tally-ho, reynard went off 
up wind at the best pace, and on rising 
the hill, gave one glance at the fiel^ 
who were on the wron^ side of the 
river. Bidding them adieu, he made 
the best of his way apparently for. 
Houghton ; but, upon neing closely 
pressed by the hounds, altered his 
scheme, and ran down wind for the 
Wighton Thorns. Hereheevidentiy 
had halted, to take advantage t)f what 
few moments were to spare ; but the 
hounds, attended by one whip, beinff 
close at. his bush, he again pushed 
forward, over Wells Heath, for Holk- 
ham Park, upon entering which the 
whole field came up, having been 
thrown out by the river. The hounds 
soon pressed him through the belt 



into the ^ove^ from which he was 
viewed, evidently very much beaten; 
and, in endeavouring to gain the Obe- 
lisk Wood, the whole pack ran in to 
him and imbuttoned his jacket, after 
a very sharpburst of four-and-twenty 
minutes. To witness r^ynard's last 
endeavours appeared Mr. Coke (ac- 
companied by his old huntsman, 
Jones), who received the due thanks 
of the whole field for the handsome 
manner in which he had come for- 
ward to assist Sir Jacob in establish- 
ing his fox-hounds in Norfolk. 

On Thursday, December 11, Sir 
Jacob Astley s hounds threw off at 
Hempnall Wood, which was drawn 
without finding. They then pro- 
ceeded to Shottisham Wood, out of 
which they presently unkenneled a 
fine fox^ which, however, well knew 
his ground, and stole away for Brooke 
Wood, without shewing any sport. 
Here reynard was again found, but 
80 loth to leave, that it was not till 
after nearly an hour's beatmg about 
that he would break cover. At length 
he started, and gave the field a pretty 
good run as far as Woodton Springs, 
where he completely foiled the hun- 
ters. The day was by this time far 
spent, and further pursuit was given 
up.^ The weather was remarkably 
fin^ and the field presented a most 
brilliant sight, not less than three 
hundred horsemen being present; 
among whom were Sir Jacob Astley, 
Bart, Richard H Gumey, Esq.M.P., 
E. Wodehouse, Eso. M.P., P. Ham- 
mond, Esq., H. N. Burroughes, Esq., 
R. Pratt, jiui. Esq. &c. &c.. 

Brighton, Dec, 9. — A brilliant 
field, including upwards of eighty 
sportsmep, attended our subscription 
pack of harriers yesterday, which 
threw ofl5^ as usual on the Monday, 
at PatchiMn, at half-past ten in the 
morning. Nearly thi^ tedious hours 
w^e passed before a hare could be 
started, but which at length was 
effected, near Stanmer. Puss was 
sturdy and fleet : she flew over Hol- 
lingbury Hill toWithdean, and thence 
skimmed the smrface of the Henfield 
road to Streeter's Mill, and measured 
Coldstone Bottom toBlatchington and 
Angleton, the dogs often running 

with their object in view. After tL 
burst of about eight miles, in twenty- 
eight minutes, the pack ran in to her 
in the centre of a deep pond near the 
latter place. 

Extraordiruiry jRitn. — The crack 
pack of harriers belonging to John 
Barling, Esq. of Nouds, linsted, 
Kent, had a most extraordinaryrun 
on Friday, the 5th instant. They 
found on Rushet's Farm, when the 
hare took a half circular direction, 
with various doublings, keeping the 
hounds in lead for nearly one hour, 
and was at last killed at Baptchild, 
near Sittingboume, a distance of five 
miles in a direct line; though the 
actual run was computed as one of 
the hardest day's sport ever remem- 
bered by the most expeHenced Nim- 
rod of the county. 

Llanewst Hunt was celebrated 
on the 19th, 20th, and 21st Novem- 
ber. A numerous party of gentle- 
men assembled at the Eagles Inn, in 
order to meet the comptroller, Geo. 
Griffith, Esq. of Gam. At ten o'clock 
on the mornings of Thursday and 
Friday, the Comptroller, and a 
lar^e party of gentlemen, admirably 
equipped for the chase, proceeded to 
Belmont, the residence of die Rev. 
J. Nunney, to whose generosity they 
are indebted for the hounds. The 
ball of Thursday went off with the 
greatest spirit; and on Friday, the 
ordinary was graced by the presence 
of the Lady Patroness, Miss Price, of 
Bodnod, and a numerous party <^ li^ 
dies. The Town Hall was tastefully 
hung with festoons of laurel and other 
evergreens, by the kindness of Mr. 
Kennedy, agent to Lord Gwydir. 
The Rev. J. Nanney, of Belmont, is 
comptroller for the ensuing year ; 
and Miss Margaret Hughes, of 'Den- 
bigh, the lady patroness. 

Sir Charl^ Morgan, with his usual 
liberality, lately presented two fine 
deer to the members of the Brecon 
Hunt, before whose excellent pack of 
harriers one of these, a doe, was 
turned off on Monday, December 15. 
In addition to a good field of horse- 
men, much beauty and fashion were 
attracted to the spot, and the fineness 
of the weather acting in conjunction, 

X 2 



it formed allogetlier a most interest- 
ing scene. The deer^ however^ did 
not afford all the sport that was hoped 
for^ or^ indeed^ expected^ as it was 
taken^ completdy eodiausted^ after a 
Tery short run. The sportsmen after- 
wards dined together^ at the Old Lion 
Inn, Brecon, where there was a hall 
in the evening. 

Itecollectum, in Answer to an Inquiry 
relative to the Fox-hunt in Leicester- 
shire f in the time of the late Mr. Mey- 
neU, — ^When the Duke of York was 
on avisit to Althorpe, it was proposed 
that Earl Spencer's hounds should 
throw off at Gumley , hut as the agree- 
ment then stood that Mr. Meyhell 
was to hunt from those coverts, and 
Earl Spencer to them, the parties for 
that day met there, and hunted toge^ 
ther, and it was prohal>ly about that 
time that the Duke of Orleans had a 
▼ery dangerous fall, and was taken 
MB by some of the farmers, one of 
wncnn is stUl living. The Earl of 
Carlisle then occupied Lai^ton Hall; 
and the Quomdon Hunt, as it was 
termed, fiom Mr. Meyndj^ residing 
th«[% was at the height Of its glory, 
being attended not only by most of 
ibe prindpid Noblemen ana Gentle^ 
men that were fox-hunters,' but like- 
wise by the Duchess of Devonshire, 
and many ether ladies of the first 
distinction. The late Duke de Biron, 
formerly Duke de Lauzun, was for a 
abort tune to have had the use of 
Gumley Hall, from his intimacy with 
Mr. Meynell, the owner of that 
mansion ; and it will be recollected, 
perhaps, that within these few years 
part of the Duke's effects have been 
sold by auction, at Stoney Stanton, on 
the death of Mr. Franks, who for 
more than twenty years was steward 
to the Duke, at Montrouge, near Pa- 
ris. The late Mr. Meynell was not 
merely a foi^-honter, but one pf the 
BUNrt aoeomplished gentlemen in Eng- 
land, in the drawing-room : he was 
the intimate friend and companion of 
ihe late Duke of Grafton, first Lord 
of the Treasury ; and as party at that 
time ran very nigh, though all sorts 
of newspapers were received^ no pcti- 
tics, by agreement, were admitted, as 
the subject of discussion. The par- 

ties in general, in the summer, fre* 
quented the horse races just establish- 
ed in Whittlebury Forest, and par- 
took of the festivities at the Duke of 
Grafton's seat there, called Wakefield 
Lodge. Marshal Biron was fUnde to 
the Duke of Lauzun ; and Prince 
.TaUeyrand, when Bishop of Autun, 
was tne Duke's preceptor : they were 
all well acquainted with England^ 
Should any part of this hasty recol- 
lection be erroneous, there still r^ 
mains some celebiated sportsman 
of the old school, who can readily sup- 
ply a cksirer ajccoxxnU'-^LeieesterJour, 
. On Tuesday, the 9th instant, the 


Jhounds met at St. Audries, at ten 
o'clock. The hounds soon found in 
Dunniford Brake. Reynard made for 
the difl^ over the Bristdl Channel. 
Having been turned by a man on the 
beach, who observed mm desceaoding 
the difis, reynard turned for St. Au- 
dries, through the Deer Park, and 
then took gallantly over the Quai^ 
tock hills, from point to point, to 
Overstowey. Thence he went to 
Heally Green, over Radniddie Com- 
mon, Hawkridge Hill, over Bladbsell 
Earth, andaway toWindown, through 
Mr. Mayo's plantations, down to 
Kingston, back to Westwood, where 
the whole field were done up, except- 
ing Mr. Reed (the huntsman), Mr. 
Woodland, and Mr. NichoUs. Thence 
they pursued to Hestercombe, Bar- 
lindi, and Coombe. At this latter 
place the huti^sman alighted, to cast 
the hounds round the farm-house, 
and gave his hotse in charge to a per- 
son' to hold* On his return, the 
horse and man to whom he had en- 
trusted it were both missing and, as 
no time was to be lost. Reed pursued 
on foot across the Bridgewater turn- 
Dike road to Hedgeborough, leaving 
Newton to the left, across the road 
from Taunton to Boroughbri^ge, 
thence to Creech Heathfield, to Lan- 
goller Heathfield, and Challiton. 
Here Reed, after the reoorded exam- 
ple of the celelnrated Didk Knight, of 
the Pytchly Hunt, mounted behind 
a boy on a cart-horse, with nothing 
but a blind halter on him, and made 
the best of his way to Creech. When 



Reed came up on foot with the hounds 
at LangoUer^ Mr. Nicholls obligingly 
caTe up his horse to him, reynard 
being tnen so far ahead, and the 
scent bad, Mr. Woodland and Mr. 
Nicholls, thinking the chase oyer, 
had made up their minds to desist 
from further pursuit ; but Reed, with 
the fine smrit which has always dis- 
tinguished him, declared that he 
would not give up his fox while there 
was a hound would mark his wa^ ; 
and observed that he had one pomt 
more to make. '^ Wait, Gendemen,** 
said he, 'f and pee the event of that." 
niey ddd so ; and Reed had not pro- 
ceeded a hundred yards, before the 
hounds pushed reynard out of a 
hedge, wnefe he had lurked. Here 
the soent of course mended, and the 
hounds pressed dose on him through 
the enclosures at Creech ; and the old 
bounds, finding him sinki]^ were 
seen striving with the yotmg ones for 
thel^id. Reynard then made towards 
Ham, where ne swam the river Tone, 
Kod got into a deserted bam, where 
the hounds bayed him; and some 
persons near the spot, hearing the 
nonnds in the bam, went there, and 
found reynard concealed under some 
loose timoer, whence they took him 
up alive. Thus terminated a chase 
of not less than thirty-five miles. 
At one period the hounds were 
within a quarter of a mile of 
their kenneL At Burlinch the fox 
was so tired, that some little boys 
csme up to lum and endeavoured to 
kid: hinif but he turned upon them, 
and ^ shewed fight," which made 
them desist On going through 8t 
Audries Park, Burcher, the keeper, 
observed to the gentlemen, " that the 
fox was an old omsher, for he was 
gre)r> and had no tip to his brush ;'* 
whidh proved to be the case when he' 
was taken. — On referring to some of 
our oldest numbers of the Sporting' 
MageBsmtf we find no diases, or 
names of huntsmen, recorded (with 
the exception of Dick Knight, xsaac 
Rogers, and two or three famous 
duuRs some years past, in Devon- 
shire), where a huntsman has proved 
Kima<*lf more vermin than Mr. Reed 
did, during this most extraordinary 

run.^-We understand Reed fdr many 
years hunted the late Lord Rtulett s 
harriers; also those of Mr. Bragge, of 
Sadborough; and afterwards Vii. 
Dolphin's, in Gloucestershire. They 
were aU fine packs of harriers, mi 
remarkable for the beautifiil oondl^ 
tion in which Reed brought them 
into the fields— Dee. 2S, 1893. 


Rrom the mildness of the season 
but few woodcocks have made their 
appearance in Scotland. The breed 
of pheasants is greatly incSreasing 
throughout Aberdeenshire. Thepar- 
tridge-tibooting in Scotland has proved 
very good this yesr. Grouse have 
been so wild since October, that it is 
very difficult to get a shot 'at one. 
Mr. Gordon, of Cheny, Aberdeen- 
shire, has established a pack of har- 
riers, which promise smother year to 
be very gooa.— 2M?. 8. 


To ihe Editor of the Sporting Magazine. 
Sir— -I have sent you a statiancwt 
of the bettings in aU the great laoos, 
which I ple&e mysdf to be correct 
—Betting is dull, and whatever odds 
are offered are tiJcen merely to ref- 
late the book; and until the ensmng 
spring, when gentlemen begin to try 
their horses, we shall have but few 
alterations. — ^Yours, Z. B. 

, TattermtFt^ Dec, VJ. 

3 to 1 and 7 to 2 agst Reforaier. 
9 to 2 agst Ptadenee; 
6 to 1 agst Don Cark». 
6 to 1 agst Quadrille. 

8 to 1 agst Oressida. 

9 to 1 agst JL^measa. 
10 to 1 agst Reserve. 

16 to I agst Sister to Sailor. 


6 to 1 ant Swiss, by Whisker, 
agst AeraTmer, by Gomut. 
agst c by Waterloo-^/lgnes. 
agst Reticule, by Interiweter. 
agst Don Carlos, by Election, 
agst c by Phantom— Cressida. 
agst c bv Fflho— Banshee, 
agst Cyonus, by Quiz; 
agst c by GastreL-Coruine. 
agst c. vj Soothsayer^-Beis. 
agst c. by Gomus— Vesta, 
agst c. by Pioneer— Reserve, 
agst Sfar vray, by Rubens, 
agst c by wacklock. 

4 and 


26 to I 
26 to 1 
26 to 1 
26to 1 
30 to 1 
35 to 1 


9 to 

12 to 

16 to 

17 to 
20 to 




86 to 1 
36 to 1 
40 to I 

46 to 1 

60 to 1 
60 to 1 

6 to 1 
9 tol 

11 to 1 

12 to 1 
16 to 1 
16 to 1 

20 to 1 

9 to 1 
11 tol 
11 tol 

]« to 1 
18 to 1 
20 to 1 
20 to 1 
26 tol 
26 tol 

26 to 1 
30 to 1 
30 to 1 

30 to 1 
30 toll 
30 tol 
36 to 1 

36 to 1 
36 to 1 
35 to 1 
40 to 1 

40 tol 

60 to 1 
60 tol 

agBt L3micna, by The Fl/er. 
agst Horly Burly, by Quiz, 
acst cby'Filho, Sister to Shuttle 

agst c 

by Whisker — Meny- 

agst c. by Captain Candid, 
agst Mr. Mytton*a c by Bustacdb 


agst f. bySoothsayer-^Prudeitee. 
agst Lyrhesaa, by The Flyer, 
agst 3itter to SaiIorM)y Scud, 
agst Miss Jigg, by Partisan, 
agst f. by CastreUlPope Joan, 
agst Specie, by Scud, 
agst Mr. Frendei^gaat?a f. by 

agst Fille de Joie, by FUho. 


agst f.byBlacklock— Altisidora. 

agst Swiss, by Whisker. 

agst Miller of Mansfield, by 


agst Reformer, by Comus. 

agst Young Tinker^Mandane. 

agst c. by Walton — RosanQe.. 

agst Diadem, by Catton^ 

agst Streatham, by BlacUoek. 

agst Canteen, by The SKgo 

agst Rmglet, by Whisker, 
agst Helenus, by Soothsayer.' 
agst c by Blacklock^MoU in 

the Wad. 

agst Alfred, by Filho. 
agstEquity~.£ven*8 dam. 
agst c. out of Woodpecker Lass. 
agst c by Rubens -» Maid of 

agst Confederate, by Comus* 
agst c. out of Miss Cranfidd. 
agst c outof Lisette. 
a^ f. by Blacklock — Rukr 

agst c by Smolensko — Shep« 

agst Dolly, by Cumus. 
arat cbyComufr— Carfacaratad- 

60 to 1 agst f. by Ebor-- Swinton'sdam. 
Even betting, the Field agst Altisidora, 
Swiss, The Miller, Young Tinker, Dia. 
dem, and Ringlet. 


Maltfjn Craven Meeting, .1824. — 
Mr. Bayard's br. -m. Corridor^ s^t 
Mr. John Wormald's b. m. by Vic- 
tor^ both 5 yrs old^ to be rode by 
jodceys. — Plate weights^ two miles^ 
50 80VS. each^ h. ft. 

Mr. Painter has purchased the 
Hon. W. Howard's c. c. Hencist^ by 
Henderskelf, dam by HafmazarcC 

3 yra old; and Mr. Peachy of Lane 
End, has purchased Mr. Painter's br. 
h. The Main, which has won four- 
teen times^including two Royal FLates. 


Rex, the winner of the Cup at the 
late Swafiham Meeting, also won 
the Newmarket Cup, November, 
1823 : he has run nine times in pub- 
lic, and was never beaten. - 

The following matches, &c« were 
decided at Eaglesham, on the pro- 
perty of the Earl of £gUnton, on 

'fuESDAY, November 18. — Match 
for SOL h. ft, first turn, — Mr. Hamil- 
ton Dundas named Mr. Graham's fof 
Limekilns) hrin. d. CapiQy, aest Mr. 
Carnie's brin. b. Fly, named by Mr. 
Cunningham, of Craigends. — -Ca- 
pilly beat Fly : hare kiUed. 

Match for 10/. best of the rM».— Mr. 
Itamilton Dundas named Mr. We- 
therspoon's bl. d. Sultan, agst Mr. 
Carme's y. b. Nettle, named oy Mr. 
Oswald, of Shield Hall.— Sultan beat 
Nettle: hare killed. 

Match for 51. best of the run. — 
Mr. Hamilton Dundas named Mr. 
Aitcheson's bl. d. Zanga, agst Mr. 
Crum's bl. b. Jessie, named by Bfr. 
Oswald. — 2Sanga beat Jessie: hare 

Tuesday, November 25. — A 
Main, the best of nine dogs, bonajide 
the property of Mr, H, Ihindas, agst 
{my nine dogs the property of Men^ 
bers of the Lanark and Renfrewshire 
Coursing Club ^ barring those the pro*' 
perty of Mr* GrahamJ^for 61, each 
run, and 20/. the main, A. J?.-— Mr. 
M^Nair's r. d. Moses^ beat Mr. H. 
Dundas's bl. d. Nimiod; Mr. H. 
Dundas's bl. b. Bluebell, beat Mr. 
M'Nair's y. b. Nettle— hare kiUed ; 
Mr. Aitcheson's bl. b. Swallow, beat 
Mr. H. Dundas's bl. b. Racket- 
hare killed; Mr. H. Dundaa's y- b. 
Nettle, beat Mr. Hoare's r, d. ^ver 
—hare killed; Mr. H. Dundas's bl. 
and w. d. Dandy, beat Mr. Cardie's 
bL b. Speed; Mr. Dundas's y. b. 
Beauty, beat Mr. Pollock's bl. d. 
Tickler — hare killed; Mr. H. Dun- 
das's w. b. Fly, beat Mr. Carnie's 
brin. b. Fly, and won the main — ^hare 
killed; Mi, Wetherspoon's bl. d. 



Seroeiit> beat Mr. H. Dimdas's bl. 
and w. d. Norman; Mr. H. Dun- 
das's bL b. Milliner^ beat Mr. Car- 
nie's r. b. Susan — hare killed. 

Match for iOL first turn, and lOL 
best of the run, each. — Mr. H. Dun- 
das's y. b. Nettle, agst Mr. Tbom- 
son's bl. and w. d. Wellington, 
named by Mr. Oswald. — ^Nettle beat 
Wellington (botb events) : hare 

Mr. George Inglis, fjfom Mid Lo« 
thian, tryer. 

Hareis ran uncommonly strong oh 
the 25th, in several instances beating 
the best dogs. 


Captain Mansfield's brown mare, 
and Mr. Babbington's American, this 
month trotted the great match for 
400 sovereigns, over a three-miles 
piece of road at Ferry Heath, Essex, 
carrying Set. 4lb. each. The horses 
started at separate ends of the ground, 
and made an excellent run. Betting 
even, and 5 to 4 that the winner did 
not do the match (nine miles) in^ 30 
minutes. It was done as follows:-;- 


Mhu Sec. Bttn. See. 

First ihree miles 9 57 9 M 

Second ditto^.... 10 2 ^.... .10 4 
Thiid ditto 11 1 11 20 

31 31 20 

The horse broke into a gallop upon 
the fret in the last mile, was turned 
qnicBy, and, but for that circum- 
stance, it would have been the nearest 
thing poadble. 

A steeple chase, between Mr. Han- 
sod's Rambler, Captain Salter's Ellen, 
and Mr. Hudson s Pedigree, for 45 
sovereigns, took place on Wednesday, 
December 10, from the Brixton Mill 
to Maidenhead Thicket, about ten 
miles. The view across the heath 
over the encampment ground, on 
Windsor Forest, was grand, from the 
number of horsemen on full stretch. 
At Winkfield, the competitors were 
lost in the narrow defiles, where they 
all separated, and encountered some 
daring leaps in a stra^ht direction. 
Mr. Hanson got too much to the right, 
and was thrown out. Mr. Hudson 
entered the thicket in the south-west 

comer, followed closely by Captain 
Salter. The race was to a selected 
half mile on the Bath road, crossing 
the thicket, and Pedigree won it by 
three minutes, foUowm by Captain 
Salter. It was done in 43 minutes. 

A bay horse, the projierty of a gen- 
tleman in the Borough, on Wednes- 
day, December 10, started to ti:ot in 
harness twelve miles in 59 minutes, 
for 200 sovereigns, and won cleverly 
bj a minute and a half. The Ame- 
rican roan started on the same ground, 
to do one mile in three minutes and 
six seconds, upon the trot; for 50 sovs. 
and won with two seconds to spare. 


A trial of skill and strength took 
place this month, for fifty sovereigns 
^ — Messrs.. Sandhurst and Leicester 
against Messrs. Radstock and Green- 
wood — ^to row from the Tower to the 
Nore. There was another bet of ten , 
sovereigQs, which passed Tilbury Fort 
first The boats kept together to 
Greenwich, when Radstock's boat 
took the lead and kept it, until a short 
distance, when each exerted his sldll 
and strength to reach Tilbury Fort, 
and the ten sovereigns were won by 
Sandhurst's boat by about 100 yards. 
This distance was performed in four 
hours and twenty minutes. Although 
Sandhurst's boat won the match by 
more thaii a mile, his opponent once 
passed him ; but they had not eq\ial 
skill with die winners when out of 
the Blver. The distance was cdled 
sixty miles, and it was done in eleven 


On Saturday morning, December 
13, William Tnomhill, a Devonshire 
yeoman, started at nine o'clock from 
Hyde Park gate to go on foot 178 
mues and return in six days, and not 
to do less than 45 miles in any one 
day. This kind of match was under- 
taken three years ago by a pedestrian 
of the name of Uimard, from Chel- 
sea, who had five hours more to do it 
in, but he resigned at Overton, on his 
return. Mr.Thomhill's match was for 
500 guineas, and, considering the bad 
roads, time of year, &c. it was a sur- 
prising undertaking. He arrived at 
HydemkComer on FViday the 19th, 


%t half-pfut twelve o'clock, half an Eathorpe, Warwickshire. Thid gen-* 

hour within the time spedfied by the tleman was out shooting on the pre-* 

terms of his wager. ceding day, and while getting through 

Ashton has accepted Hahon's chal- a hedge, the trigger ofnis gun caugQt 

lenge, to run, any time (within one against a branch of it, when the piece 

month's notice), two miles, or more, imfortunatelj went off, and lodged its 

over Knutsford race-course, in Che- contents in his body. The distressing 

shire, for lOOL a side. Provided this accident happened about twelve o'clock 

be ndt accepted, he will meet him at In the day, and he lingered in great 

Doncaster any time after the 1st of agony until six o'clock on the foUow- 

April, 1824 {&ve weeks' notice being iim morning. Mr. Vyner served the 

g'ven), and run him two laps (that omce of High SherifiT for the comity 

, twice round the course), for the of Warwick in the year 1818. 

above sum. The acceptance of one John Balguj", jun. Esq. barrister 

of the above propositions, he sajs, at law, met with a serious accident 

will perhaps declare to the sportm^ this month. While on his way to 

world who is a coward, or 'which is join the Quomdon hounds, his horse 

the best man. ' fell with him, within about a mile of 

POACHING. Long Clawton, by which he had the 

Agan^ofpoachers have lately been mistortune to have one of his legs 

bommitting depredations upon the broken. 

Cheshire manors of the Right Hon. sfrino guns. 

Earl GrosVenor. On Thurs&y nighty A man of Slingsby, we are in- 

December 11, between twelve and one formed, of the name of George Wil- 

o'deck, the watchman at Eaton Hall don, a shoemaker, having occasion 

waa alarmed by hearing several guns lately to pass through one of the Earl 

fo off at no great distance from him. of Cfarlisle's woods to a farm house to 
le roused some of the men servants deliver out some work, where he stay- 
in the Hall, who set out in search of ed until the night came, was induced 
the midnight depredators. After a by the farmer's men to take a foot- 
short seared they came up with ten path on his return, whidi is a little 
armed men, evidentlY in pursuit of shorter than the public road on which 
saaxxe^ who warned tnem to go off; he had come. Owin^ to the dark, he 
but they, by a sudden rush, secured wandered into the thick of the wood, 
two of their number, who have been and coming in contact with a spring 
•committed to Chester Casde. What gan, set tnere for the protection of 
adds to the atrocity of the transaction the game, was, from it, slightly 
is, that the people so employing them- wounded, but is now nearly reco- 
sdves in ihe destruction of Earl Gros- vered. We are glad to learn, at Uie 
tenor's property by night, have been same time, that as soon as his Lord- 
to some time past employed hy his ship was informed of the disaster, 
Loidahipthroughouttheday,ath]gher he, with the most humane attention, 
wa«;es, we understand, than are gene- caused it to be signified to the suf- 
ral^ given in the neighbourhood, ferer, that a remission of rent on the 
Sucn actions as these are surely not premises (consisting of a cottage, a 
calculated to encourage the liberalitY large garden, and tnree acres of good 
5>f those who would be liberal ; and if ground), wluch he and his widowed 
gentlemen find their services thus re- mother hold under his Lordship, 
qnited by those who receive favours should be granted for both their livea. 
iSrom them, let not the lower orders of — Carlisle Journal. 
people blame any but themselves, for spoeting '^ house warming." 
diecking the generosity of those who, A liberal and gratifying expression 
were it not for such ungrateful treat- of esteem and ofwarm wishes for the 
ment, would be their benefactors. future prosperity of Mr. Jobson, of 
sporting accidents. the Talbot Inn, Shrewsbury, was cvi- 
On the dd instant died, in the 59th denced by an assemblage or upwards 
year of his age, Robert Vyner, Esq. of of 160 persons (including many gen« 



tkmen of rmk)^ at the ^' home warm- 
ing^ <m TiMeday. The^ pi^eparatioBs^ 
taste^ and judgment, diapl^y^by die 
hostess were worthy of the gnests. 
The presidents u^n the occasion 
were, the Hon. Ceed Jenkinson, pro- 
prietor of the house, the Hon. Tho- 
mas Eenyon, Panton Corbett, Esa. 
M.P., John Mytt(m, £s^., Ral{4i 
Benson, Esq., and Wm. Lloyd, Esq. 
Among the toasts drank on the ooca* 
sion was that <^ " Mr. Mytton, and 
snocess to his pack." Mr. Benson, in 
mopofiing this toast, regretted diat 
Nuro^diire should be wimout a pack 
6f fox-hounds ; and expressed a hope 
tihat a pack of subscription fox-* 
honnda would be placed under the 
simerintendence of Afr. Mytton, on 
whatever terms Mr. Mytton should 
illiink proper. Mr. My tto^, in return- 
ing thanks for the manner in which 
his health had been proposed and 
diank^ said, he came to coyer this 
monung wiUi a pack of whidi he did 
not know die name of one: his hunts- 
man, he belieyed, did know die name 
of one only. Should a subscription 
pack be placed under his direction, 
ne would use eyery exertion to afibrd 
that sport to the county which eyery 
well-wisher to that national amuse- 
ment must BO much desire. Another 
toast giyen was, ^' The manory of 
the late John Corbet, Esq. of Sun- 
dome, and the blood of Old Trojan." 
To thia, after au interyal, succeed 
" Mr. Corbet, of Sundome, and may 
he be as Inilliant a sportsman, and 
at good a man, as that Old TYojan 
wSi liyed there before him I" 


Th§ late ^rting Colonel Thorn- 
ton, by his will bequeathed nearly all 
the property he had remaining at his 
deatn to an ill^timate daughter 
hy PrisdUa Duilis, leaying his wife, 
Mrs. Thomton> npthing, and his son 
bjr her only XOOl. The will has been 
disputed by the lawyers both in 
France and England. In our Prero- 
ntiye Court it was decided that the 
Colonel had neyer ceased 'to be an 
English subject, and that therefore 
the will must be yalid. The French 
Court, passing a contrary judgment. 

Vol. XIII. N. 5f.— No. 75. 

decreed, that the Cdonel had peti-^ 
tioned in 1817, and obtained a com- 
jdete naturaUzation ; that his real 
domicile being tiierefore in France, 
the will must be decided by its laws j^ 
and that the property haying been 
willed to a duld Iknii in adultery, and 
otherwise contrary to the laws of 
France^ the will was null and yoid ; 
and they adjudged accordingly, with 
costs in fayour of Mrs. Thornton, the 
lawful wife. The Colonel's real pro- 
perty appeared to be yery little. He 
inhabited the Chateau ae Chambord 
only as a tenant, but he had purchased 
iSbe domain of Pcmt le Roi, for the 
purchase money of which hi9l^;ate(e8 
are now at law with the yendors. 


Friday, December 19, this singular 
animal again displayed his wonder" 
ful powers at the pit In Dude- 
lane, Westminster, killing a hundred 
fuU-fi^own rats in the short space of 
six minutes and thu-teen seconds I 
Billy reoeiyed little or no injury. He 
was taken from the pit, his jaws and 
head completely drenched with the 
blood of the slaudbitered yermin. 
Billy was conyeyed nome amid the 
caresses of his backer, who won large 
sums of money on the occasion. Su(£, 
indeed, was the interest excited by 
the exhibition, that numbers of |;enr« 
tlemen of the highest respectability 
were present, among whom were ae- 
yeral sporting (^laracters ci great 


In building a kenioel, the sle^^ig 
room fcNT the hounds returning from 
hunting should always be attached 
to the boiling-house, as hounds lying 
warm recoyer from tiie fatigue ot a 
hard day much sooner, and are not so 
stiff the next morning. 


Louth Coursing Meeting com- 
menced on Tuesday, the 16th instant, 
and the weather oa the first two days 
proying yery fayourable, some fine 
coursing was witnessed. The thihl 
day (Saturday^ being rery wet and 
stoWy, no oUier^^ses than those 
for the 4[]lups and ISweepstakes were 



nm. The principle prize (an eleuint 
Silver Cup) was won by a dog of Mr. 
Ha86aU% pom Derbysnire ; and the 
smaller prize (a Silver Groblet) by a 
bitch of Mr. Chaplin's, of Tathwell. 
Sir H. Vivian won the Cup at 
Beacon Hill, Berks. 

Sjprtn^ and Langan, — The great 
battle for the chamnionship will be 
decided, one himdrea miles from the 
metropolis, on the 7th of January. 
Spring is said to be in high condition, 
and his friends assert this contest will 
prove like a gift to him, and he is 
iwcked 2 to i. Paddy Langan is 
quite, in the back ground at present, 
none of the amateurs having the 
slightest knowledge of his person or 
his abilities. Langan, in point of 
make, is said to be as well propor- 
tioned a man as Tom Oliver, but of 
larger dimensions. He stands ex- 
tremely erect, from military habits ; 
and Langan is characterisea as being 
a tremendous hitter with his left 
hand. It is thought that Langan will 
turn out a better man than the Lon- 
don ring expects. The betting is 
steady at 2 to 1 on Spring. Even bet- 
ting Spring does not win in thirty 
minutes. The place of fighting wlQ 
not be known until the remainder of 
the stakes is made good on New- 
Year's-Day. Spring has commenced 
dose training. Lan^n has written 
to his friends to say ne cannot spare 
time to appear in London until after 
the battle on the 7th of January, in 
which he has the greatest confidence. 

Oh Thursday^ the 3d, December, a 
select party of respectable gentlemen 
and tradesmen ^ave the Champion an 
invitation to dine with them at the 
Wellington Arms Inn, Hereford. 
Mr. WiUiam Lane, a most respecta- 
ble citizen, presided, '.and presented 
the Champion with the Silver Cup, 
value 601. remarking at the same 
time how much all his friends es- 
teemed him for his manly conduct 
and demeanour upon every occasion ; 
to which Spring replied to the follow- 
ing effect : — 

*\ Mr. IVepident and Gentlemen— 

I am at a loss for words to expresiEi 
my feelings for the honour you nave 
just conferred upon me, by present^ 
ing me with so valuable a Cup. The 
pnde I feel in the acceptance of the 
siune, as coming from a body of gen- 
tlemen of my native county, wiU be 
remembered with the proudest ^ti- 
tude to the latest period of my life. 

" Mr. President and Gentlemen—^ 
You are all aware that I am matched 
the ensuing month to fight again; 
and feeling as I do that I snail conti- 
nually be Harassed, if I survive the 
contest, it shall be the last battle I 
will ever fight, being determined to 
retire from the prize-ring altogether, 
with the sincerest thanks to all my 
friends in this county, and the king-, 
dom at large, for the kindness they 
have at all times exhibited towards 
me." — QFor a description of the Cup 
see our last Number.] 

A Silver Cup, value lOOgs. is about 
to be presented to Josh Hudson, for 
his gallant conduct in the prize-ring. 
The subscription is nearly complete. 
— Belasco's friends intend giving him 
also a Silver Cup. 

Stockman and Cavannugh, — These 
" gay little boxers" are matched for 
the tnird.time, for SOl. aside, the bat- 
tle to take place on January the 15th. 

Barney Aaron and Redman.^'^The 
whole of the stakes are made good 
between Bamy and his adversary. 

A. Belasco and Neale fight the 30th 

At Wimbledon Common, Decem- 
ber 9, a battle was fought between 
Thomas Geary and John Hyde — the 
former a cooper in the Borough, and 
the latter a Spitalfielder,hoth. of whom 
had often entered the ring. The bat- 
tle was for 90 sovereigns. It was a 
determined fight of ten rounds, in 
which Geary shewed superiority 
throughout, and his opponent was 
obliged to be taken away by his se- 
conds. Geary is a promising youth 
of list, and upwards. 

Maynardy the tinman, and Cart (a 
descendant of the Cart who fought 
the Game Chicken), entered the nng 
December 16, for 50 sovereigns, in 
the park of Maynard's backer (Mr» 

I I 



Jeifery), at Harlgton> between Wy^ 
oomb and Abingdon. As was antici- 
pated^ it was as gallant a combat be- 
tween twelve-stone men as ever was 
seen : wbat was deficient in science 
was made up in courage. Eleven 
heavy rounds were fought. Cart 
made most courageous efforts^ and he 
was as manfully met He got exche' 
quered at the first attempt at mischief, 
by a ne^tive hit in the throat. He 
made other fruitless attempts, but he 
was thrown heavily ; and in the last 
round his adversary only avoided him 
widiout striking. Maynard won in 
twenty-seven mmutes. 


Sir — ^I observe in the Courier that 
poachers are frequently in the habit 
of obtaining this kind of game by 
introducing arsenic, or some other ac- 
tive mineral poison, into beans bored 
for that purpose-rthat the food thus 
prenared Lb placed where the birds 
feed, and the following morning they 
are taken up dead under the trees in 
which they roosted. I can hardly 
believe that arsenic is introduced into 
the beans ; for if it was, the birds on 
being picked would be found to 
have turned quite black; conse- 
quently no poidterer would buy diem, 
fieans or corn steeped in gin or whis- 
key, will kill pheasants, and it is a 
practice which has been adopted by 
poachers in Northumberland for some 
years past. A Correspondent 


The destructiveness of the stoat to 
hare8,rabbits, and the smaller animals" 
in general, is within the knowledge of 
every snortsman. The manner in 
whidh this vermin seize on their prey 
is remarkable. They pounce upon 
a hare in her form, fixing their teeth 
in her neck, and she dies almost in- 
stantaneously, from loss of blood. 
They are also very destructive to 
poultry, and all sorts of feathered 
game, bjr either devouring their eggs, 
or carrying away their young. Keep- 
as catch them by the 1^ in steel 
traps, which are laid at night in their 
Y^ms, or at the mouth of rabbit bur- 

rows which they £reqaent. They 
make rareat resistance when releasee 
from tne traps for the purpose of 
being killed. 


Comnianlcatlona for this Department of ou^ 
Work iM?e respectfiiUy solicited. 

To the Editor. — Sir — A drcum- 
cumstance, shewing the vcnradu of 
the . hawk, and the timidity of the 
partridge when pursued by him, hav- 
mg occurred within this neighbour- 
hood in rather a singular manner, 
perhaps you may think proper to 
give tne relation of it a space in your 
Magazine. A friend of mine, farm- 
ing an estate at Walton Cardiff, near 
Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, was, 
one day last week, giving some in- 
structions to a man and a boy em- 
ployed in lopping a tree, whennis at- 
tention was suddenly arrested by a 
singular whizzing noise, and imme- 
diately two brace of partridges, closely 
pursued by a large dark brown hawk, 
settled on the ground within six 
yards of the spot where he wasstand- 
mg. The hawk had seized one of 
the birds, and would doubtless very 
soon have borne it aloft ; but on my 
friend's running up to him, he thought 
proper to effect a retreat, leaving the 
Dira, which was nearly dead, in bet-, 
ter hands. The man engaged in lop- 

eing the tree was up at tne top of it, 
ut the boy took up one of the three 
remaining oirds, wnich was so terri- 
fied as to make no attempt to fly 
away. The others recovering them- 
selves a little, and my friend s atten- 
tion being engrossed Dy the rescue of 
the one seized by* the hawk, they 
made their escape. The hawk re- 
turned again to took after his prey, 
in about ^ve minutes. — ^By inserting 
the above, you will oblige 

A Constant Reader. 
Tewkesbury, Dec. 8, 1823. 

A Fact — A set-to at fisticufis hav- 
ing taken place in a certain country 
town, between two young limbs of 
the law, one of whom had a valua- 
ble diamond ring on a finger of the 
ri^ht hand, various were the opinions 
of thebye-standers as to which would 




eoaie off oonqoeror. Victory at length 
fachnng in Hrefot of the one who 
wore theripg> hut who had lost the 
diamond therefrom in the struf^le, 
but little search was made for the 
jewel by the owner, tba conquest 
bein^ looked on as a compensation 
fbr Its loss. At length a wound in 
the nose of his anti^onist having been 
probed, alter many fruitless eflRnrts 
towards a cure, out dropped the dia- 
mond,' which the yanquuhed lawyer 
retains, as no mean indemnity for a 
soond thrashing. 

A diort lime ago, a youn^ man, 
the son of a resectable inhabitant of 
the naridi of darew, Pembrokeshire, 
while going about the fields with his 
fathers do^, started a hare; and 
after a^otmuderable course, puss, in 
order to escape from her pursuers, 
took refuge in a cottage, vrhictk she en- 
tered through a hole in the door. The 
vetreat being disooYcred, every pre- 
caution was taken to secure the object 
of pursuit, when, afber a long and 
a^[»arently vain search, it was disco- 
vded that puss, for her better secu- 
rity, had entered a large jug^ which 
the poor woman of the cot had for 
the purpose of carrying water. 

■■■- --^'^ 


Friday, — ^A free handicap for hunt- 
ers, racers admitted, 35, ISft.^— ^igo 

Po8t.-*.Frlday in April.— ^ SISgo 
Post, a §tfw yards longer toan the Rod 
Post.)-— FVmr to accept, or no race. 
Acceptances to be declared to the 
keeper of the match-book on or be- 
fore the Ist of January, or the hoiwa 

Yean old.« 
lisnttaF..*..«.M«MM* V ••• 8 D 
Roller .............. Med ... 8 

Friday ^ ... 8 18 

Staidi 4 ... d 18 

Moble ....M......... acBQ ... o o 

MuBfller ............ « ... 8 8 

Thetis 8 ... 8 8^ 

Welcome 4 ... 8 8 

Chanter m.......... 8 ... 8 3 

IrishmaD 3 ... 8 3 

Johntty Raw aged ... 8 3 

liomber 5 ... 8 3 

Bob Roy aged ... 8 2 

Bcrganu ............ aged ... 8 8 

Rose d'iUnoor .;• 8 ... 8 8 
Petworth 8 ... 8 8 

UUeS ............... 4 ... / Mr 

Penguin 3 ... 7 9 

Gulnare aged ... 7 9 

Tipsy 5 ... 7 9 

Meteor .•...••• 6 ... 7 8 

Dunkellin 4 ... 7 8 

Hohenlohe ....m... 3 .m 7 8 

Roteden 6 ... 7 ft 

Nestor 5 ... 7 8 

Mary Ann 3 ... 7 8 

Sardanapalus 3 ... 7 8 

Penitence 4 ... 7 7 

Encbantreas ...... 3. ... 7 ^ 

Gasket 4 ... 7 ^ 

Haidee 4 ...73 

Bridget Fumeau.. 5 ... f 


articles on ^^Game 
and several 



The pressure of temporary matter has obliged us to postpone the artad 
Preserves," the '< Diet of the Pointer," «^ Scraps from my Poztfplio, 
Other articles, including some Poetry, till next month. 

Our friends will oblige by transmitting communications as early in the, mouth as 
possible, as'the Number requires to be completed about the 25th. 

Abmokitob writes us as follows :— ^* If you could give us a little detailor narra- 
«« tive of the aicumstances of the Coursing Meetings, as weU as a mere list oif the run- 
*< nin^ dogs— aomewhat in the manner of the genUeman who does the Newmarket 
*^ racmg meetings so admirably — it would be a ddightful addition to myself and othe» 
'< who fue devoted to the ^ long do;^* and their, feats.**— The Editor would be most 
ha,]ffpy it the friends to whom he is mdebted for the particulars at present given of the 
vanous Meetings, would put it in his power to comply with this request. Relative to 
the other parts of Admomito&^s letter, he is requested to say where a reply wQl reach 

ERRATUM. — At page 88, last Number, the paragra^ stating the sport expected at 
BoHAK Races, 1824, was by mistake headed < Bptom.* 



^oL. xni. N. s. J ANU A R Y, 1824. 

No. LXXVt. 


Conttnoaticia of tbe Af tiele on RIDINO 

to HOUNDS, \>y mmrod •» ;..«.169 

Good effects of screwing and creeping' . * . 169 

Precautions in riding at timber 170 

Hr. Lindow > I74 

Management of horses in yvhtet •••... 176 

Biographjr of a celebrated Sportsman in 
Dorsetshire (wttA a Porfrai^) 179 

On the Nature of Game Preserves, their 
Extent, and Quantitjr of Game 160 

Diet of the Pointer, and best Mode of 
bringing him into the Field 181 

Thames Angling '. 182 

The late Mr. Smith Barry's Blueeap 183 

Breeding of Racers, by an intimate friend 
of the late Earl Grosvenor « 184 

Horse-raeing in England, and its Pro- 
gress in other Countries 188 

Wrestliana, by W. Litt •< 190 

Anecdote of a Bull Bitch 195 


On the Prices of Race Horses »..19<I 

Pedigree and Performances of Reveller* •197 

Keutish Hunting ••••• 199 

The Night Heron {wUh an Engraving) • • • • 200 

Singular Accident witii a Gig 200 

Tlie Pugilistic Ring.. ^ 201 

Hints to Nimrod • .»-»— 21O 

New Year's Day •.•211 

Brook Leaping' . • « 7 £14 

HUNTING IN SURREY, \fy mmrod- • "Z16 

Hunting a benefit to farmers 218 

The Union Hounds 220 

Christopher Atkins, late huntsman to 

theW6rcesterahire**>> 221 

FEAST OF WIT .....221 


The TURF 222 

Prospects of the racing year 22Sl 

TattersalTs and the Horse Bazaar . . . -224 

h A Portrait of MR. William Butler. 
II. The Night Herov. 

1 1 1 - I w I m < I — 

•.^♦~»«'*^*— <»*'»«'^»»OT»T"~^*'— —*■ 


To the Editor <ifihe Sporting Magtuint. 


^HERE is one metliod of riding 
to hounds most essential to 
getting across enclosed countries^ 
which the Melton men call " screw- 
ing." This consists in forcing a 
horse through rough places^ with- 
out suffering him to jump.— at 
leasts not more than sufficient to 
clear the ditdi> if there be one. 
Two things are reauisite here—a 
floe hand in the rider ; and a dis-^ 
legard of h&ng pricked in the 
horse. It is on the latter account^ 
^at thorough-lH'ed horses so often 
&]] in making good hunters, as not 
one in twenty will hear pressing 

against strcmg thorns, in conse* 
quence of their skins being so thin. 
With men in the habit of riding to 
hounds, being thrown off a horse, 
unless the horse &I1, is the last 
thing they dream of; but I was 
nerer so near it in my life, as I was 
the other day, in trying to screw a 
thorough*bred me through a thick 
place, out of a covert in Surrey. 
Ue took a sudden spring in the 
air, from the place where ne stood 
' — ^trying to clear the highest twig 
in the fence ; and being very pow- 
erful in his hips, the lash (^his 
hind legs all but unhorsed me. It 
accounted for my haying seen him 
throw a gnnmi over his head a km 



days before^ at two trifling fences^ 
in succession. 

Without screwing and creep- 
ing> however^ no man cam be sure 
of getting over all kinds of coun* 
tries. l%e former is most parti- 
cularly useful in Leicestershire^ 
Northamptonshire^ and Warwick- 
Bhire> where the quick is not 
plashed down ; and creeping is a 
sine qud nariy in Stanordshire, 
Shropshire/Cheshire^ and all those 
'Countries where the hedge is put on 
the bank^ or cop. Were horses to 
^take these fences flyings it is next 
to impossible that they coidd live 
very Idnjj with hounds. Creeping 
udds also very much to the Bsiety 
4>{ the rider ; for if a horse take 
time to get on the bank> and will 
stick his hinder feet firmly into it 
before he springs/he will have it in 
liis power to clear a ditch> however 
broad; and I understand this is the 
way in which the Essex hunters are 
trained to get across that «deeply- 
'ditched country- 
It may be said^ that when a 
horse is <»peepinff^ hounds are get- 
ting away from him. This^ I ad- 
•mity would be the ca8e> were he to 
creep at all sorts of fences ; but it 
is only at -such as are not to be 
leaped flyings without distress to 
Mmself, and danger to his rider, 
that such a method of fencing is to 
be recommended. It must be re- 
collected, that when a horse is 
creeping, he is getting a puff at the 
«ame time, which wiU enaUe his 
rider to take a liberty with him, 
which he could not otherwise have 
done, by puttine him along merrily 
over the next field. 

When, horses are perfect at their 
business, and time will allow, they 
cannot be ridden too slow at most 
sorts of fences, as the shock to the 
frame in alighting on the gr<Mind, 
iDiutbe, in great measure, propor- 

tioned to the velocity with which 
they go at them. There is, how- 
ever, a just mean to be observed, 
and a good deal of judgment to be 
used at some fences. For instance, 
when riding at stiks, little more 
is to be done than givine a hunter 
to understand that he is to go at 
them, and if " the puff" is not out 
of him, and he is a good timber 
leaper, they are nearly as safe as any 
other stiff fences that a man rides 
at— provided, I should observe^ 
there are no awkwaard foot-bridges, 
or planks, on either side of them. 
At gates, a different method of 
riding is necessary. A horse should 
always be put briskly 4it a gate, for 
two reasons— -one, because it d»- 
tinguishes between riding at ft 
wiUi the intention of leading it, 
and going up to it to open it; ana 
the other, because, if he do not 
clear it, he is more likely to hwA 
it. I remember seeing a celebrated 
hard rider, who hunts his own 
liounds, have -a Ml over one gate« 
and break two more in the course 
of the same run, and I was con- 
vinced that all the mistakes were 
to be attributed to the quiet man* 
ner in which he rode at them. His 
horse did not appear to be satiiiliM 
whether he were to so at them or 
not, till he came dose to tikem> 
and then he could not oomnand 
them, with more than fourteen 
stone on Ids back. When ricBng 
at park paUnff, or any other fence 
that is not nimiliar to him, and 
therefore in some degree. appalUng, 
a considerable share of resolution 
should be displayed by the rider, 
to induce his horse to face it. He 
should take ^t hdd of his head, 
ramming his spurs well into liim, 
at the smtne time ^ring him a 
stroke or two down the woulders 
with his whip, as much as to say, 
'* It is no use to refuse." 



I am an advocate for riding ra- 
ther fast at most timber fences^ as 
being less daneerous to the rider 
in case of a faU. As to myself^ I 
have^of course^ had many falls orer 
timber^ but I never had a horse 
fall on me, which I attribute to 
generally riding bri^y at it In 
doing so, if a horse hit it, so as to 
bring, kira down, his rider gets 
what is called " a purl," but nine 
times out of ten he is thrown clear 
of his horse. On the other hand, 
when riding slow at it, if the horse 
is suffered to stop, and half refuse 
it (if I may be ailowed such an 
expression), the odds are much in 
fiEivour oi his quietly landing his 
rider on the other side, and then 
quietly falling upon him, and per- 
haps giving him his quietus for 

Taking the aggregate of coun- 
tries, I ^nll be ImkL to assert, that 
one half Ae accidents in ridinff to 
hounds, are to be attributed to 
some awkwardness in the rider ; 
and in some particular ones which 
I could name, it is next to mira- 
culous tibat they do not more fre- 
quently occur. A short time since 
I heard that a well-known owner 
of a horse-repository in the Me- 
tropolis had had a dreadful fall over 
a stile with the Hatfield hounds, 
and there was little hope of his re- 
covery. '* My life for it," said I, 
''that was some awkward trick or 
other !" Upon inquiry, I found it 
was occasioned thus : — ^Forgetting 
old IMck Elnight's advice to my 
Lord Spencer, ne rode up to the 
stile to see how he liked it, and in 
the act of '^ craning" to peep at 
the other ade of it, his spurs ran 
into his horse. The horse made a 
spring, chucked his rider over the 
^e, and then tumbled on the top 
of him. Ye gods, protect us ! But 
it is a repository for horses, and 

not of the art of riding, that Mr.^ 
is celebrated for. 

^ Now, Mr. Editor, had this good 
citizen lost his life by this panto- 
mimic exhibition, and I haa been 
the foreman of his inquest, do not 
for a moment imagine^ that to ei- 
ther hcM'ses, hounds, or hunting, 
should this melancholy catastrophe 
have been attributed^ No, Sir, 
there should have been no ^' Acci- 
dental Death"- — ^no deodand on the 
horse — ^for I should have depicted 
it as one of the clearest and^ best- 
defined cases of FeZb £^ ^e." Had 
he ridden his horse like a workman 
at the stile, all, no doubt, would 
have been well, and he might have 
amused himself with looking at it 
some other time. 

My experience has taught me 
that many fa&s over timber arise 
from horses not having a catch 
to their shoes. I have for many 
years insisted on the necessity 
of the outer heel of the fore, as 
well as the hinder shoes, being 
turned up, for hunters that are to 
be ridden over a country ; for if a 
horse stops at a fence c^ this de- 
scription, and his legs all get to- 
gether under his fore parts, his 
power of springing from tne ^ound 
IS destroyed. As to the injury 
which many people apprehend from 
the fore feet not having, in this 
case, an equal bearing on the 
ground, I confess I was never able 
to tra''^ any to this cause, with 
horses that have been properly shod 
in other respects ; for during the 
winter months, when either on the 
road or in the field, the '^ turned- 
up" heel, as it is called, will always 
sufficiently indent the ground to 
produce an equal bearing to the 
foot. With respect to the danger 
of a horse over-reaching^ and catch- 
ing the heel of the fore shoe in 
the inner edge of the hinder one, it 

Z 2 2 



is entirely to b^ obHated by having 
that edge bevilled down^ and made 
blunts as directed in my last letter. 
Without this precaution^ accidents 
of this nature have occurred; and 
in a particidar instance in Surrey^ 
a few years ago> the shoes were 
obliged to be talcen off the horse 
of a gentleman's huntsman^ by a 
blacksmith, before he could be re- 
leased from his perilous situation. 
Fortunately^ his rider escaped in- 
jury ; but such ^8 must be dou- 
bly hazardous^ from the suddenness 
with which the animal must o<Hne 

The advanta^ of what is called 
'' a catch" to the outside heel is 
very great in riding at timber, and 
most particularly so at stiles on 

Sreasy footpaths-— sometimes ren- 
ered doubly so by a frosty morn- 
ingy succeeaed by a mid-day sun. 
Horses will often make a pause at 
common stiles ; but if there happen 
to be a foot-bridge on either side of 
them, they are still more apt to do 
so, and, for the reasons I have be- 
fore given, falls are too often the 

Putting leaping out of the ques- 
tion, with some horses a catch to 
all the four shoes is of great ad- 
vantage in galloping across a wet 
country. None but those who, like 
myself, have been accustomed to 
rjiae all sorts of horses with hounds, 
know what difference there is in 
the firmness with which s^me of 
them take hold of the ground, in 
all their paces, when compared with 
others. Some have what grooms 
call '^ a slathering way of going," 
which is tiresome to themselves, as 
well as most unpleasant to their 
rider ; and to them such a catch 
to the shoe is almost necessary, to 
make them either safe or agreeable, 
setting fencing, as I observed, quite 
out of the question. I remember 

. a few years SiHoe goiiiff^ to looik at 
a hoete inW<»x»tter8hire,that had 
been winning some hunters' stakes 
in a canter, and which was re«om> 
mended to me as likely to make 
a first-rate Leicestershire hmiter. 
On trying hkn, I found he slipped 
about in his 4pw paces to such a 
degree> that 1 immediately dis- 
mounted him, and > gKv^^M^ all 
thought of purohasinff hira!^ l^iis 
partly arose from too lomg a stride, 
and partly from a peculiar method 
of putting down the foot, from the 

Prejudice has operated upon me 
as well as upon the rest of the 
world, and i confess I have been 
prejudiced against most of the pa- 
tent shoes which I have seen and 
read of. It is my intention, how- 
ever, to try Mr. Goodwin's patent 
seated shoes, which, from their con- 
cave ground-surflice, and the groove 
in the heel, he assures me wul pre- 
vent hunters from slipping — at the 
same time doing away entirely mth 
the tumed-up heel of the fore shoe, 
. and thereby oisuring, on all kiiids 
of ground, aaeven bearing £ar/the 
f<y>t. In a second edition of Mt« 
Goodwin's book, now in the press^ 
a full description of these shoes will 
be given, so that I shall defifcr giviiig 
my opinion upon them for the pre- 
sent — partly on that account, and 
partly that I may first have an 
opportunity of trying them. They 
are made oi cast iron, afterwards 
rendered malleable by a process, 
and can be fitted by country black- 
smiths to any foot Being what 
is called '^ seated," for the crost to 
bear upon, they have the peculiar 
advantage of being concave on the 
foot, as well as on the ground-sur* 
face; and to remedy the efilect 
of weakening them, which this 
form might produce, a strong pro* 
jecting rim is raised on the inner 


edge of tiie aboe. This rim will> is another sort of feii(>e tfaatshotdd 
in some measure, oppose slipping ; be ridden at quickly, and tliat is, a 
bi4. the chief security against it, is bushy or '' blackbird" fence, as it is 
to be found in a deep groove in the called, being a live white-thorn 
heel of the shoe. The French me* hedge, not plashed, but with a 
thod of nailing with the counter- strong suspicion of a wide ditch on 
sink head is adopted ; and if (as the other side, and '' no time id- 
Mr. Goodwin assures me) it will lowed," as the coachmen say, for 
sasist the force of suction, or other looking at it. This is termed 
violence, by which shoes are pulled '* swishing id a rasper;" and the 
ofi; better than that generally in <mly chance a man has of getting 
use in England, a great point is a horse to extend himself suift- 
pained, as, with ihe former, there ciently orer it all, and to '^ come 
IS no possibililT of a horse being well into the next field,*' is to put 
pricked in shoeing, neither of op- him three-parts-speed at it, and 
posing the natural growth of the trust to the momeniMtn for getting 
horse, nor of injury being done over it. Itwasprecisely at a fence 
to the foot by the nails pressing of this description that I witnessed 
upon the lamina. ' the accident two years ago to Mr. 

Experience is my test, when I Osbaldeston, in Leicestershire. The 

can get it ; but there is certainly horse he rode (Cervantes) was a 

much force in the following argu- particularly high leaper, but apt 

ment : — " Take the lid of a box," to drop short on the other side, 

says Mr* Goodwin, ^^ and nail it which was the case in this instance, 

down, with nails driven perpendi- and where the momentum was more 

cularfy, or nearly so, as is the particularly rendered necessary. 

case with many of the nails driven I never see the word '^ moment 

into a horse's foot by the English turn" but it brings to my recol- 

smith. Take another lid," says lection an anecdote of an old friend 

Mr. G. ^^ and nsal it down with of mine — a fellow of a college, and 

nails driven ebliquely outward, and a good fellow too — who was used 

then apply the lever to the lid, and to amuse me much, by talking phi- 

see- which nails will be pulled out losophically and mathematically on 

again with most difficulty. No riding to hounds — the words mo^ 

doubt, those which are driven most mentum, vis vivida, and impetus, 

obliquely outward, as yielding being for ever on his tongue. With 

more natural resistance." the nerves of a buU-dog, and no 

For horses that only go on the mean opinion of his prowess, he 

road, or on pavement, I have no was in the habit of purchasing 

hesitation in preferring the seated horses, which, from natural or ac- 

shoe, with the French nailing; quired defects, had failed in mak- 

fait I will give no opinion of it for ing hunters in the hatids of others, 

a hunter, until I have tried it ; His idea was, that if Nature had 

when I will also make a few re- unfortunately intended such brutea 

marks on the different casts taken to carry themselves in all forms 

of horses' feet in his Majesty's sta- but the right, that intention could 

Ues, which Mr. Goodwin was so be obviated by the means of me- 

kind as to shew me. chanical force. To effect this, all 

To return to my subject. Ex- sorts of trappings were resorted 

dttsive of brooks and timber, there to; and it was really alarming to 



men with aiiy nerves at all, to see 
him sailing across a country with 
the momentum, visvivida, and impe- 
tusy all in full operation, on horses 
with mouths like the heart of oak, 
but with their heads confined wi^ 
a strong cavesson-martingale. On 
one occasion, a most ludicrous ac- 
cident occurred. This gentleman 
was out with the Duke of Beau- 
fort's hounds, in Oxfordshire, on 
a horse thus accoutred, when the 
cavesson he was riding in, unfor- 
tunately gave way. As may be 
expect^, having no further power 
over the brute, away went the 
philosopher, like a ship at sea 
without a rudder, and, as ill luck 
would have it, the momentum, the 
vis vivida, and the impetus, all 
formed their nucleus in the person 
of an unfortunate butcher on his 
poney, who was going quietly 
along a road; and the two riders 
and their horses were laid prostrate 
on the grounds The breath, as 
may be supposed, was knocked out 
of each; but the butcher first 
came to himself, and, looking at 
his opponent, whom he had not 
previously seen, was heard to sigh 
out, in the true language of the 
slaughter-house, " D— n your eyes 
—but youVe kill'd me, by G-d !" 

During my visit to Surrey, I 
saw some horses tackled in cunous 
ways — in ways which I had never 
before seen, and which would pre- 
clude the possibility of their get- 
ting across a country, taking all 
kinds of fences as they come. In 
two instances, I observed the head 
confined to the saddle by bearing- 
reins, in the same manner as a gen- 
tleman's postillion sometimes bears 
up the horse he rides, to save him- 
self the trouble of holding up his 
head. One of these gentlemen I 
had never seen before; but the 

other was the . well-known Mr* 
Dickenson, a sportsman of some 
standing in Surrey, and an occa- 
sional performer in Leicestershire. 
In other parts of my subject, 
when speaking of bits and bri- 
I dies, I shall have a good deal to 

Jiy on the position of a horse's 
ead, on which so much of the 
pleasure and safety of his rider de- 
pends. I have gooa reason to think, 
that the great importance of the 
head being at liberty in enabling a 
horse to struggle out of a scrape, is 
not sufiicienUy known, or conn, 
dered of; but it is obvious to any 
one who will bestow upon it a 
fow minutes' reflection, or who 
will watch the motions of the ani- 
mal in a state of nature. A plank 
placed in equilibrium cannot rise 
at one end till it sinks at the 
other ; neither can a horse get his 
hinder parts over a very high fence, 
when his head is in th« air. If he 
carries it too low, he is equally 
unpleasant, but less dangerous. 
To carry it where it should be, 
must depend on the mould he is 
cast in. 

What has been said of good 
writing, may be applied to good 
riding. '^ It is a fine art, and 

known only to few" — 

*' The chosen few alone the sport enjoy.** 

Did this assertion require proof, 
it would soon be found in the 
sporting world, not only on the 
race-course, but in the field. Look 
at the smaJl number of first-rate 
riders of a race, and the compara- 
tively small list of the elit^, when 
hounds run hard ! " How are you, 
Bnien?" said Lindow one morn- 
ing in my presence, before three 
hundred sportsmen, assembled at 
a favourite covert in Leicester- 
shire. '' Never better!" replied 
Bruen:* "A very large fiela to- 

* Ck)lonel Bruen, M. P. for Garlow, one of the hardest riders of his day, and one of the 

leading characters on the Irish turf. 



dayr-r.«So much the better!" 
saidLindow: «^ Only let 'em go^ and 
it will soon be small enough !" These 
words savoured a littfe of that 
" saucy passion" to which Field- 
ing has given a name ; but which 
generally accompanies a conscious 
|Nre-eminence over other men ; and, 
if ever to be allowed in the field, 
must be excusable in such riders as 
Mr. Lindow. 

Having mentioned the name of 
Lindow, the seat on the horse 
presents itself to my mind. Most 
of your readers are acquainted 
with . his ; for if they have not 
seen him ride over a country in 
the morning, they have seen him 
" going a slapping pace" on a 
snuff-box, in the evening. The 
artist has hit him off to a nicety ; 
and every man who is a judge must 
allow, that he looks like a work-' 
man. He has got his horse fast by 
the head with a firm and steady 
hand, and, at the pace he is sup- 
posed to be going, he must receive 
no small advantage from the as- 
sistance he is giving him, by stand- 
ing up in his stirrups, and thereby 
throwing his weight on that part 
of his horse's body most able to 
bear \t, and to which I shall i^st^ 
sently more particularly allude. 

It Jbas been requested by several 
<^ your correspondents that I 
would give to the sporting world 
some interesting particulars of 
this celebrated horseman, in the 
days of '* the Clipper," and which 
it IS my intention to do, as I pro- 
ceed with my remarks on Lei- 
cestershire—conceiving that the 
iporting biogra^^y of sudi conspi- 
cuous characters is the peculiar 
province of the Sporting magazine, 
and to which its pages shomd fre« 
ouently be devoted. Having gone 
tnrou^ one of our great public 
schools in the same form with this 

gentleman, I may commence with 
im in early life ; for the character 
of the boy generally denotes the 
man, as morning shews the day. 

But I must hark back. With 
respect to the general propriety 
of standing up in the stirrups 
when hounds run hard, circum- 
stances must be consulted. With 
men like Lindow — bom to ride — ^no 
doubt can arise as to the advan^ 
tage of it ; but with heavy, long- 
legged riders, it is better to sit 
quietly down in the saddle, parti- 
cularly over ridge and furrow, 
when it would be next to impossi^^ 
ble for them to be quite steady 
in their stirrups. It is my deddea 
opinion, however, that a hunter's 
head should never be loose, but 
that, overall sorts of ground, when 
going a good pace, he should have 
some support from the hand. 

No one but those who have had 
much experiencein riding tohounds> 
know how much a horse is "to be 
recovered, in the middle of a run, 
by a little good management. Let 
a hunter be never so fit to go, it is 
possible to blow him ; and when he 
has been going for some time in 
deep ground, his wind naturaUy 
iails him to a greater or lesser de- 
gree, and he becomes weak. If his 
rider can get him out of this deep 
ground, even if he goes a little out 
of his line for it, on to some that is 
quite sound, and, standing up in 
his stirrups, will take a good pull 
at his head, he will recover himself 
wonderfully, in a fewhundred yards, 
although he may not be allowed to 
slacken his pace at all. This also 
proves, beyond all doubt, the good 
effect of holding a horse together 
with a firm and steady hand. 

The most masterly instance of 
the use of a good head in assisting 
a horse over a country, in the way 
which I have been describing, that 



ever came under my observation^ 
was in thatacccnnpHshed horseman. 
Sir Henry Pe3rton. We were run- 
ning a fox very hard with Sir Tho- 
mas Mostyn's hounds, and we had 
a deep fallow field to encounter. 
Sir Henry espied a dry ditch, run- 
ning parallel with it; and not re- 
flarding a few thorns and bramhles, 
he rode up it, and when he came to 
the top of the field, his horse had 
an evident advantage over the rest. 
This might be called a second 
'^ trick." 

I think I observed, in a former 
letter on this subject, that the 
greatest trial of nerve, next to be- 
ing shot at, is putting a horse that 
is blown, at stiff and hish timber. 
His rider is not only likely to get a 
fiedl, but a fsiHl of the worst descrip- 
tion, as it is ten to one but the 
horse not only tumbles upon him, 
from not having the power to rise 
(perhaps, half the height of the 
fence), but that he lies upon him 
when he is down. I remember 
once askiuff a gentleman's hunts- 
man how his horse carried him*— 
suspecting him to be one of the 
wrong sort — when he answered, 
that he tvas a dunghill brute, and 
not content with tumbling him 
down, " but," added he, '^he lies 
on me for half an hour when he is 

A little management, however, 
is useful in all these matters. Every 
one who has driven coaches on the 
road, knows how very soon a coach- 
horse recovers his wind, when he is 
distressed. It has often happened 
to me, when driving night-work, 
with horses I did not know, that 
the coachman has said, ^' Be so good 
to pull up at the top of this hill, 
for we have got a bit of a high- 
Uower, at wheel.". . . " That will do. 
Sir," he would say, before the 
coach had stopped one minute. 

The mere act of turning a kutt« 
ter around, if he appears much dia< 
tressed for wind, before we put him 
at a fence, will relieve him greatly, 
and generally enable him to dear 
it, if be is of the right sort to coma 

Large fences take a great deal 
out of a hunto*, and conseauently 
tend to stop him ; but ^' it is the pace 
that kills." A celebrated Melto- 
nian wrote to his father a few days 
since, and this was part of his epis^ 
tie : — '' We had a quick thing last 
week. Eight mileSy point blank, 
in twenty-^six minutes! If I had 
not had a second horse posted 
(luckily) half way, I could not 
have seen it." So much for pace ! 
Concluding that the run was not 
quite straight, it was at the rate 
of twenty miles in the hour ! This 
reminds me of an amusing anec 

A great man in Leicestershive 
sold a horse to a little man, assur- 
ing him that he was a very good 
hunter. The little man, however^ 
soon found out that he was a very 
bad hunter, and remonstrated with 
thegreat man on the subject. '* You 
assured me," said he, " this was m 
good a horse as you ever possessed 
in your Ufe." " Did I ?" replied the 
great mant " I think. Sir, you 
must be mistaken." On his being 
re-assured that those were his pre- 
cise words, he exclaimed, ^* Oh ! 
now. Sir, I recollect all about it. I 
told you he was a very good hun- 
ter ; and so he is, if you let him go 
kisownpace; but, when I wanted 
him to go mine, he did not exactly 
suit me." This, Mr. Editor, is a 
common case. Depend upon it, 
though time is slow, it is the pace 
thatldUs. jj^^^^ 

P. S. Since writing the above, 
accounts of no less than three di& 


hittat persons* karinff met with ger there is no gloiy* Nererths* 

their deaths in hunting, M in fess, much as I may he an advocate 

cne da^y have heen presented to for making every possible effort to 

the puUic view — ^the first witJi get to hounds, yet we should not 

the Oaldey; the second with Lord altogether despise the old saving 

Darlington's ; and the third with clause— that, somdimeSy discretiwa 

the Hurworth fox-hounds, in is the better part of valour; for, 

Yorkshire; and, what is as sin- to say nothins of the individual 

gular as it is lamentable, each who loses his life, the heart-rend^ 

is occasioned by a noble effort to ing bewailings of those who hav<e 

get to hounds, r^ardless of the to lament the loss of it, in a parent^ 

appalling obfitacie of a dangerous husband, brother, or son, are much 

and devouring element, in which too great to be thusrashly hasarded 

' these galiant sportsmen all found for the mere gratification of a pas- 

a watery srave. To such ^ pitch, aon, however noble it may be^, 

however, has the system of riding when attended with such (prolflip 

to hounds now arrived, that the ble) fearful consequences. In one 

chances of life and death are but a case now alluded to, a father p^ 

feather in the scale, when opposed rishes in the presence of his son ; 

to the determination of a modern in another, a husband leaves a 

fox-hunter '^ to see the thing,** and widow widi eisfat children, and 

^ to be in a good place." pregnant with the ninth ; and the 

It is too true, that without dan- thi^ appears to have been an only 

* ** A most tndanch(dv accident faanpened to John Edwatds, Esq. of Silsoe, m dUi 
county, on Friday the 2oth of Decenujcr last, by which h« unfortunately loat bis life. 
It appears that Mr. Edwards was out with the Oakley hounds, when, in attempting to 
cross a ford at a place called Newton, in Buckinghamshire, nearly oj^posite to Brayfldd 
House, the seat of Major Farrer, and which had previously been passed by many of 
the sportsmen in perfect safety, he, with several other gentlemen, who weie not ae« 
quainted with the proper course they ought to haye followed, took a wrong direction, 
when all of them flounced headlong into deep water. Mr. £. who was on a very spirited 
hone, unhappily kst his seat, but still kept fast hold of the bridle, and it is suppoeed 
in hia exertion to save himself, that the animal, whilst struggling and plumpSff m the 
water, struck him on the head with its fore feet, which stunnM hmi, through which ac« 
ddent he sunk, and was drowned. His companions with great difficulty escaped wiih 
their lives, and all the horses were rescued. Mr. Edwards was a moat respeetaole man, 
and possessed very considerable property in the county. He has left a widow and eight 
children to deplore his lamentable fate, and Mrs. Edwards is now fitr advanced in a state 
of pregnancy."— j9e4/brd Gazette, 

*( Intimation has reached us of a dreadful accident in the neighbourhood of Ripon^ on 
Friday last (26th ult) Mr. Walbnim, of Baidersby, was crossing tiie river Ure, with 
Lord Darlington*s hounds, near Stainley, when, unable to stem the fiHce of tfaecuneat, 
he was carried out of his depth and drowned. His son had nearly shared the same fote 
in endeavouring to save his rather." — Donccster Gazette, 

^ On Friday, the 26th ultimo, a melancholy accident happened, while the Hurwoitfa 
foK-hounds were out. The Rev. Marmadnke Theakston, m the ardour of the chase, 
was tempted to cross the river Tees, at a ford near WorsalL The water was deeper 
than usual, owing to previous rains, and he unfortunatelv mistook the ford. His hone, 
a powerful and spirited animal, swam with him into tne middle of the river, when, 
gkdng impatient, he reared, and threw his rider backward. Mr. Theakston was then 
observed to swim (apparently strong and wdh, and several gentlemen, who watched him 
with extreme anxiety, had hopes he would reach the shore ; but all at once, when 
within five yards of it, he sunk and never rose a^ain. — Mr. Tr was son of the Rev. 
Mr. Theakston, Rector of Hurwoith, an only chud, and heir to a very ample fortune. 
—This melancholy event has plunged his parents and friends in the deepeit di g t t w i . 
The body had not been found on the 30th uItmio."<«-^«l/ Advertiser. 

Vol. XIII. N. 5— No. 76. A a 



chfld^ born to all the pleasures of 
hfe, and highly qualified for the 
enjoyment of them. 

Much^ I repeat^ as I admire the 
man who rides gallantly across a 
country^ yet it is useless to at- 
tempt impossibilities ; and among 
these I have no hesitation in gene- 
raUy classing the getting across 
deep and rapid streams^ with a 
horse^ perhaps^ blown at the time^ 
unless the rider be not only an ex- 
pert swimmer> but also^ unless he 
be in the habit of swimming 
horses^ and swimming with his 
*<dothes on. Mr. Theakston^ it is 
evident^ was a swimmer ; but there 
is every reason to believe that the 
weight of his clothes sank him at 
last ; and in the moment of alarm^ 
he had not the presence of mind to 
relieve himself, by floating on his 
baok^ or by any of those expe- 
dients which expert swimmers 
have recourse Xjo, when they find 
themselves exhausted. Perhaps^ 
however^ situated as he was^ these 
expedients would not have availed 
him; for^ taking into considera^ 
tion that the clothes a man wears 
when hunting, cannot be esti- 
mated at less than ten pounds when 
dry, it may be feirly concluded 
that, when wet, with the addition 
of water in the boots, pockets, &c 
this weight must be more than 
doubled. Conceive, then, a man 
swimming, perhaps in dead water, 
with more than twenty-four pounds 
dead weight hanging about him, 
all verging to the bottom, and op- 
posing his efforts to sustain him- 
self on the sur^u^ ! 

On reading this calamitous ac- 
count over again, I see much rea- 
son to suppose, that the free use of 
the horse's head, when in diflSiculty, 
and which I have so much dwelt 
upon in the foregoing letter, was 
denied to him inUiis fatal instance ; 

and to it> perhaps, may the melan- 
choly catastropne be attributed. 
" His horse," says the writer <rf 
the paragraph in the HvU Adver- 
tiser, " a spirited and powerful 
animal, swam with him into the 
middle of the river, when, getting 
impatient, he reared, and threw 
his rider backward" Now there 
is every reason to believe, that had 
Mr. Theakston left the horse to 
himself, holding on by the mane, 
and only directing his course, when 
necessary, with tibe snaffle rein, he 
would have borne him in safety 
across the stream. 

I speak from practical observa- 
tion on this subject. When at a 
watering place in Wales, I was in 

in the sea, by a man who was in the 
constant practice of swimming 
them for a very trifling considera- 
tion. He was himself a very expert 
swimmer, and regularly attended 
the bathing machines. From this 
man I leamt, that there were only 
three things to be observed in 
swimming a horse-— first, to give 
him free use of his head ; secondly, 
to hold on by the mane; and, lastly, 
taking the feet out of the stirrups, 
to lean the body obliquely forward 
as much as possible, which will 
cause the water to get under it and 
float it, and thereby diminish the 
weight of it on the horse. It was 
the opinion of this person, that a 
horse would swim nearly as fsar 
with a man on his back, wV was 
thus expert at the management of 
him, as he would without him. 

There is a small arm of the sea, 
about a mile wide at high water, 
which divides the northern and 
southern pricipalities of Wales, and 
over which is a horse ferry. A Mr. 
Evans, a gentleman of some pro- 
perty in mat neighbourhood, was 
crossing it, a few years ago, as the 


W. ,1:!, TTiL .K. K . 



tkkwas running out with great 
rapidity^ when his horse leaped 
overboard^ and was carried out to 
sea, over the bar. Mr. E. never 
expected to see him again ; but he 
recovered the shore between that 
place and the village of Towyn in 
Merionethshire^ after swimming 
more than two miles. Another gen- 
tleman swam asmallWelsh galloway 
across this ferry with perfect safety ; 
andhc^pening^tobe inthatcountry 
at the time^ I saw him in half an 
hoar after he had done it. So much 
for the power of horses in water ! 

When I was about eighteen years 
of age, I had a narrow escape from 
being drowned, with Mr. Leech's 
hounds. The hounds crossed t^^e 
river Dee — ^naturally a very rapid 
river, but then increased, by the 
rains* Sir Watkin Wynn, who 
j(a8wdlas his two brothers) is like 
adudk. in the water, went first, 
audi was followed by about six out 
«| tib^ field. ^' Half venturing, 
Juitf shrinking,"^ I went a little 
W9Bf into the stream, and came 
.Ini^ again. Seeing the hounds hit- 
.I^Bg off their fox on the other side, 
J made a second attempt; and be- 
ing mounted on a mare called The- 
iUy which Sir Watkin had lent me 
for the day, and trusting to her 
genu to preserve me, I made a se- 
cond attempt, and was carried down 
the stream, amongst some huge 
stones. Not being, at that time, 
able to swim, I gave myself up for 
lost; but the resolution of the 
mare, and my holding on by the 
mane, enabled her tg regain the 
opposite bank, and I have never 
tried such an aquatic excursion 
since. A man may attempt the 
Hellespont for a woman; but, on 
cooler reflection, he is scarcely jus- 
tified in running such risks of his 
life for a fox. 

(To be continued*) 


With a Portrait^ engraved by Fry* 

]|rR. BUTLER was bom at 
Okeford Fitzpaine, in the 
Vale of Blackmoor, in the county 
of Dorset. At an early age he went 
to Abbey Milton school, and from 
thence to Oxford. As soon as he 
left school, he began to hunt regu- 
larly, and, from being so partial to 
fox-hunting, he became a great fa- 
vourite of the late Peter Beckford, 
Esq. and the Rev. William Chaffin, 
both of whom kept fox-hoimds. 

At the time his Majesty resided 
at Moor Critchill, when trince of 
Wales, and hunted the eastern part 
/)f the county of Dorset, Mr. But- 
ler was frequently commanded to 
join the Royal Party, staying in 
the house. Whenever his Majesty 
has since met him, he has always 
recognised him in the most friendly 
manner, recalling to his recollec- 
tion some of the good runs they 
had, and the pleasant days his Ma- 
jesty passed at Moor Critchill. 

Mr. Butler, when a young man, 
had a small pack of rabbit beagles, 
and so small were they, that the 
seven couple were always carried 
in panniers on a horse to the place 
of hunting. He once refused 100 
guineas for them. Of late years, 
Mr. Butler has had a superior 
breed of terriers. For forty years 
past he has regularly passed the 
April month in the New Forest. 
Li all parties he is the life of the 
company, being replete with anec- 
dote and wit. He is a great natu- 
ralist, a good shot, and knows more 
of fox-hunting than most men. 

Mr. Butler, although in his 63d 
year, has never had an hour's ill- 
ness in his life. He is the only 
member remaining of the late Mr. 
PheHps's " True Blue Hunt," ca- * 
pahk (^ taking the field. 





'' Bryanfitone/' and other scites 
almoet too numerous to mention^ 
have each their respective pre- 
serves. At Abbey Milton, the seat 
of Lady Caroline Damer, there 
was a time when the keepers com- 
plained that the pheasants were so 
very numerous, that they did not 
now to their ^1 and proper size. 
In a line from the splendid nian- 
sion between two hills, wooded 
nearly to the foot of each, towards 
a farm called " Tuflony" about a 

To tht Editor qf the Sporting Magazine. 

^HE depositions* made in con- 
•^ sequence ctf the late Bill for 
Legidizing the Sale of Game hav- 
ing tonished matter of surprise to 
many who live where game is 
•carce, it may afford entertainment 
to this pc^ion of the community^ 
the untravelled part of it at leasts 

to hear s^nnewhat of the nature of mile distant, the whole perspectire 
game preserves. has been often viewed of a sum- 

That in all situations the hand mer's evening so thickly peopled 
«f power is necessary to their pro- by pheasants^ hares, and rabbits^ 
lection^ is obvious; but the soil as to excite astonishment in the 
must be congenial to the nature of spectator; and to count them, from 
garne^ otherwise what was meant their maze-like motions, was im- 

as the parent stock will migrate, m 
spite of every effort to detain them. 
It is a mystery which probably will 
never be unraveUed, that some, 
places apparently particularly suit- 
ed to them, whether winged or 
quadruped, they will not frequent, 
however plenty they may be m the 
sorroundmg neighbourhood; and 
it has been observed, that where, 
according to tradition, they thrived 
formerly, there, for reasons inde- 
pendent of food, they continue to 
thrive, if attended to, though 
not to sudi a d^^xee, generally 


Taking the lands more suited to 
the propagation of same, through- 
out the kingdom, mto considera- 
tion, there is evidently a diminu- 
tion, in comparison with former 
times ; yet arc there exceptions to 
this position. A wood of ten acres 
only, near the seat of Lord Glas- 
tonbury, Somerset, has, by com- 
putation, contained at once, and 
yery lately, more than an hundred 
brace of hares. Another, on the 
Bridgewater road, about twenty 
acres, two hundred brace. Nearly 
an hundred brace of hares have 

For me breed alike of all sorts of been seen feeding together, in an 
game, few counties equal Norfolk enclosure of only five acres, on an 

and Suffolk; whilst, in comparison 
with most of the northern counties, 
the west of England claims atten- 
tion, as the shires of Gloucester, 
WUts, Somerset, and particularly 
Dorset. In the last-named county, 
as appendages to opulence, ^' Crit- 
chiU," "Grange," "Rempstone," 
"Hi^ Hall,'' « Charborough/' 

estate of Lord Dorchester's, at 
Sherborne, Gloucestershire; and 
as many, on a similar space, at Far- 
mington, in that neighbourhood. 
But for pheasants in particular, at 
the present day, in a comparatively 
open country (open at least near 
the puUic road), '* Corsham," the 
seat <^ Paul Methuen, Esq. late 

* On one of these occasions, amongst other dandestine imports of such quantities of 
game into the metropolis as could oot but exeite astonidiment, two ^ousand brace of 
partridges Wtteiaid to have been thrown away by a certam poulterer, as unfit for uae. 



Member for Wilts, is as celebrated 
as most places in the kingdom. 
Journeying from the eastward to 
Bath, early in the morning, in the 
month of April last, on the roof of 
a coach, I could not but join my 
fellow travellers, as we approached 
the place, in exclamations of sur- 
prise at the quantities of these 
fine birds, from within a few yards, 
at times, of the carriage, to half a 
mile, and further, indeed, on either 
side of us. In a field, about thirty 
acres, we counted sixty-three 
pheasants, as not exceeding half of 
what the said field contained ; and 
when coachee told his charge that 
more in proportion would be seen 
as we proceeded, we could not but 
think him romancing. Just be- 
fore entering " Cor sham,*' how- 
ever, roused by a sailor's expres- 
sion, " My eyes. Jack, look there .'" 
(he had stood upas on the look-out), 
our attention was drawn to where 
his finger directed. There, in a 
spot about twice the circumference 
of a common cast net, and within, 
as we advanced, half a gun-shot of 
the carriage, thirteen, five of which 
only were hens, were feeding to- 
gether ; nor did they in the least 
notice the united halloos of our 
whole company. In all, and within 
a space of three miles, we must 
have seen upwards of 180 brace ; 
and as such was the population in 
so exposed a part of these domains 
too (it is not to be supposed that 
the coverts had poured out the 
**»whjole" of their treasures for our 
inspection), what must be the con- 
tents of the woods and plantations 
contiguous to the noble mansion of 
" Corsham !" 

From the proved inefficacy of 
arbitrary means, and inability on 
the part of those worthies called 
''deeper*" to preserve nunc al- 
ways in so exposed and open a 

fiituationas has been described, may 
be inferred the high esteem in 
which the owner of these princely 
domains is held by the* surrouna- 
ing neighbourhood. 



To the Editor of the Sporting Magazine. 

A BRUPTLY to enter on the 
"^ subject — If condition be ne- 
cessary in the fox-hound fmd others 
of the canine species, whose ser- 
vices are required in the cooler 
months, and no dog can be in real 
condition without regard to diet^ 
is it not indispensably so in an ani- 
mal called on for the utmost exertion 
of its power, commonly under a 
burping sun, and often when even 
the leaf of the aspen tree is void of 
motion ? Yet how frequent the case 
of the pointer being taken into the 
field, even at the commencement of 
the season, either too low; and too 
weak for work, or, as is, I think, 
more frequently the case, so full of 
fleshy as to be incapable of action 
without visible distress !' Servants 
are apt to think that they recom- 
mend themselves by keeping poin- 
ters, as well as other dogs entrusted 
solely to their care and manage- 
ment, plump and sleelf., so that, re- 
versing the adage, as applied to the 
horse, " it is (ofien) the master's eye 
that makes a dog thin" Indepen- 
dent, however, of the season of the 
year, and the effects of the atmo- 
sphere, to call forth the best powers 
of the animal, more attention is re- 
quired to the feeding of pointers than 
most other sporting dogs. These 
creatures are particularly, nay pro- 
verbially, ravenous; and as they re- 
quire indeed more nourishment than 
most other does of their size^ it is 
sometimes a difficult matter to re- 



gulate Uiem in this respect. Qor^ 
mandisers as nine out often of them 
are^ there is nevertheless a great 
constitutional difference in mem. 
Giving to some no more food than 
may have been ascertained as qam." 
ducive to condition^ to a by-stan« 
der, unacquainted with the cases 
respectively^ would appear cruelty^ 
nay downnglit starvation. Look- 
ing to the result of things^ " under^ 
feeding," however^ as is the case 
with other dogs also^ is much more 
advisable than ^'over-feeding'' 

No pointer can carry too little 
fleshy in the hotter part of the sea-^ 
son especially^ provided he retains 
his strength and spirits ; and in or- 
der that he may have that little 
flesh Arm and good^ the due nou- 
rishment given him should be in as 
small a compass as possible; and to 
** complete'* him as to wind^ as far 
as affected by feedings that golden 
rule should be observed, ^^ a little 
and often*' From the sole consi- 
deration of their tendency to cre- 
ate heat, horse-flesh for the greater 
part, or barley-meal as a chief in- 
gredient, however advisable in 
more modified proportions in the 
cooler months, constitutes the worst 
possible food for a pointer in Sep- 
tember, and the beginning of Oc- 
tober. Milk and bread, whether 
regarding nose or continuance, ap- 
pear, from experience, not of myself 
only, but of many of the keenest 
shots, to be the best diet, at the 
commencement of the season. Pota- 
toes make the best succedseneum 
for bread, and are inferior to it only 
from the nourishment they afford 
being less condensed, or, m other 
words, occupying more room in the 

Having thus advised as to diet, 
I have to recommend, in order to the 
further promotion of the best exer- 
tions of the animal, that a month 

before the commencement, and dur- 
ing the earlier part of the season 
at all other periods than during his 
exercise, the pointer be invariably 
tied to a moveable box, in an airy 
situation. The range of a pointer 
loosed from confinement, is com- 
monly far above that of one which 
is a stranger to restraint. 

Considering the ardourof shoot- 
ers,'' and especially in the earlier 
period for sporting— considering 
also the care taken as to '^ breeding" 
and breaking— it x% surprising that 
so little notice is taken of what 
mainly conduces to their grand ob- 
ject, inattention to feeding being 
a chief reason, why, of fifty poin- 
ters brought into uie field, at the 
commencement of the season espe- 
cially, scarcely one in an hundred 
is exactly what he ought to be. 




To the Editor of the Sporting Magazime. 


Was very much pleased with 
the communication of your cor- 
respondent J. M. Lacey; and I am 
confident, from experience, that he 
is perfectly correct with regard to 
the impositions practised by some 
of the fishermen on the Thames. 

Wishing for a little recreation, I 
left London by the coach, and ar- 
rived at Hampton about eleven 
o'clock, and put up at the Bell 
Inn, as I have been accustomed to 
do for some years past. Upon in^ 
quiring of the lanolord if the fish* 
erman was out that I usually cup 
gaged, he told me he was, but sai^ 
there was one inhis tap-room diseop* 
gaged. While we were talking, ( 
saw a fellow come to the door and 
peep at me, and then drew back, 
ana I heard him say to some with 
him, " I'll see him d^dbefore I go 



mt with him !" and when the land- 
lord went to ask him, he said he 
was engaged. I then walked down 
to the water side, and saw two gen- 
tlemen, who yery politely asked 
me if I wished to go out fishing? 
and I told them that I could not 
set a man. They said that they 
knew there were two not engaged, 
whom they designated as (Jhaw 
Bacon and Essence of Idleness, as 
well as the man who refused me, 
whom they called Impiident Jack, 
While we were talking,the man they 
called Chaw Bacon came to his punt 
dose by, and I immediately engaged 
him. The man was very rough in 
appearance, jet civil and intelli- 
gent; but, like those that " Chit 
Chat** speaks of. Chaw took his grub 
and bub very kindly, as the sai- 
lors say. However, I had a famous 
day's sport, and caught many do- 
sens of the finest roach and dace. 

I have fished from Richmond to 
Staines, and I never could catch half 
the fish at any other place that I 
could at Hampton. There is the 
finest barbie deep on the river — it 
adj(Hiis the lawn where the famous 
Shakspeare's temple is situated, in 
the late Mr. Gamck's premises. 

I should advise gentlemen who 
wish for sport to go to Hampton, 
notwithstanding the punting fra- 
ternity, and not to ask for any man 
by name — foi if there is half a 
dozen disengaged, they will all re- 
fuse you, if you prefer another. 
But I must say, that, generally 
speaking, I have met with very 
civil treatment there ; and the ac- 
commodation at the inns is excellent, 
and very moderate. Besides, if 
joxL do not like punt-fishing, there 
18 very good bsmk-fishing on the 
meadows leading to Sunbury. 

By inserting this in your next 
Number, you will oblige 

An Old Fisherman, and 

Constant Reader, 


To the Editor of the Sporting Magazine, 

TN looking the other evening 
through some of your old Ma- 
gazines, I observed, in the number 
published for May, 1801, the por- 
trait of a fox-hound called Blue- 
cap, that is stated to have nm 
over Newmarket, against three 
other hounds, for a sweepstakes of 
lOOOgs. each, and beat them. I 
shall be obliged to you, or any of 
your readers, to inform me now 
this race was managed, and how 
the dogs were trained to run over 
the course against each other ? — I 
am. Sir, your humble servant, 

Vbnatob, Jcn. 
December 29, 1823. 

%* • In answer to the above, we 
beg leave to transcribe the follow- 
ing authentic and entertaining^ ac- 
count of the above celebrated ^fox- 
hound, firom Daniets Rural Spdrts : 

" llie speed of the fox-hound 
was well ascertained by the trial 
at Newmarket, betwixt Mr. Mey- 
nell and Mr. Barry; and this ac- 
count of the training and feeding 
the two victorious hounds is from 
the person who had the manage- 
ment of them. Will. Crane was 
applied to, after the match was 
made (which was for 500 guineas), 
to train Mr. Barry's hounds,, of 
which Bluecap was four, and Wan- 
ton three years old. Crane ob- 
jected to their being hounds that 
had been entered some seasons, and 
wished for young hounds, who 
would with more certainty be 
taught to run a drag. However, 
the hounds were sent to Rivenhall, 
in Essex ; and, as Crane suggested, 
at the first trials to induce them to 
run the drag, they took no notice : 
at length, by dragging a fox along 
the ground, and then crossing the 



houBdaupou tbe scent^ and taking 
care to let them kill him^ they be- 
came more handy to a drag> and 
had their exercise reffularly three 
times a week upon Tiptree Heath. 
The ground chosen was turf, and 
the distance over which the drag 
was taken was from eight to ten 
miles. The training commenced 
the first of August, and continued 
until the twenty-eighth of Septem- 
ber (the thirtieth the match was 
ran) : their food was oatmeal and 
milk, and sheep's trotters. Upon 
the thirtieth September, the drag 
was drawn (on account of running 
up the wind, which happened to 
be brisk) from the rubbing house 
at Newmarket Town End, to the 
rubbing house at the starting post 
of the Beacon Course* The four 
hounds were then laid on the scent: 
Mr. Barry's Bluecap came in first; 
Wanton (very close to Bluecap) 
second ; Mr. Meynell's Richmond 
was beat by upwards of an hun- 
dred yards ; and the bitch never 
run in at all. The ground was 
crossed in a few seconds more than 
eight minutes. Three score horses 
started with the hounds. Cooper, 
Mr. Barry's huntsman, was the 
first up, but the mare that carried 
him was rode quite blind at the 
conclusion. There were only twelve 
horses up out of the sixty, and Will. 
Crane, who was mounted upon a 
King's plate horse, called Rib, was 
in the twelfth. The odds before 
running were seven to four in fa- 
vour of Mr. Meynell, whose hounds 
it was said were fed during the 
time of training entirely with legs 
of mutton." — ^p. 155, vol. i. 

We have one other remark to 
make. It is asserted, that on 
Bluecap seeing some furze on the 
Heath, and supposing he was run- 
ning a fox, he rather leaned to- 
wards it, but Crane capped him 
on the drag again> when, by beat- 

ing the other hounds afterwardd^ 
he shewed his superior powers. 


rpHE fcHowinsletter, dated Sep' 
tember, 179 1 was written by 
an eminent breeder of race-horses, 
an intimate_friend of the late Earl 
of Grosvenor, and found among his 
papers, a few days since, by his 
executors, who have jfolitely hand- 
ed it to us. From the following lines, 
indorsed at the back of the letter, 
it appears to have been originally 
intended for this Magazine : — 

^' Sir — If you think the inclosed 
" observations worthy a place in 
^' your neto Sporting Magazine^ 
" insert them, with your own correc- 
" tions, as they were hastily put 
*' down ; but they were intended for 
" instruction only, in the extensive 
'' Bcienoe of breeding, without preju- 
'* dice or partiality, and time and 
" experience can only justify the va- 
^' limty of them — ^ii not, put them 

upon the fire." 



" Candid Observations upon the 
present Breed of Running Horses 
and ikeir Ancestors, from Chil^ 
ders, and his Brother, Bartletfs 
ChUders; Old Fox, and his 
Brother, Fox Cubs; Basio, 
Crabs, Partner, and Others. 

'^ These the most eminent (ex- 
cept Partner, and he from the By- 
erley Turk) were all of one and tie 
same stock. Lord Fairfax's Mo- 
rocco Barb got one mare out of 
Old Ball'd Peg, who was got by an 
Arabian, out of a Barb mare. 

^'All the authorities and records 
of the turf coincide, and derive the 
pedigrees of the most famous and 
remarkable horses from Lord Fair- 
fax's Morocco Barb, the D'Arcy 
yellow and white Turks, the Strad- 
ling or Lister Turk, Williams' or 
Turner's Turk, the Byerley Turk, 



and Darley's Arabian. These were 
the foundation of all pre-eminence 
the English horse has been entitled 
to. Crossed and bred most inces- 
taously^ they produced Spanker, 
the Wharton Careless^ and Clum- 
sey. By an Arabian of Mr. 
Leedes'smtroduction^whogot Bay 
Peg and Betty Leedes^ the Chil- 
derses^ Foxes^ and Basto^ were bred, 
and they beat all other horses, at 
any weights or distance. 

''The Curwen Bay Barb suc- 
ceeded in the most extraordi- 
nary small animals (called gal- 
loways), the Mixburys, and others 
got by him. The Marshall, or 
Selaby Turk, got few horses about 
this period, but they were excel- 
lent. These horses, produced as 
aboye, ran rather equally ; but the 
last cross of the Curwen Bay Barb 
prevailed, until the Godolphin 
Arabian, with his sons, put all con- 
test at defiance, and to this day 

"From the year 1753, when Wil- 
liam Duke of Cumberland came 
upon the turf, and expanded every 
branch of it, breeders, trainers, and 
jockies increased in every quarter 
of the kingdom; and to this hour 
mares and stallions have, been 
sought, with an avidity . and en- 
terprize, with an eagerness and 
contempt of all expenc^, that beg- 
gars all description* About that 
period, or soon after, stallions 
were advertised at ten guineas a 
mare, and increased to fifty ; and 
Old Marsk covered at one hundr^4 
guineas, at Lord Abingdon's, wh^n 
it was thought certain he was 
the father of the unparalleled 
Eclipse. To enumerate the stal- 
lions in repute from 1747, the year 
Old Partner died, to the present 
day, would be tedious and unneces- 
sary; but at all times, in every 
kind of cross or experiment. Old 

Vol. XUI. N. ^.— No. 76. 

Partner's blood has succeeded ml^ 
raculousjy, and ^arcely ever failed. 
The (Jodolphin Arabian's, Chil- 
ders's, and Partner's blood, was only 
resorted to by the most scientific and 
accurate breeders, and. continued 
most indisputably prevalent until 
the august appearance of Eclipse. 
Every atom of his pedigree was 
overhauled, and every relation 
brought forward; Marsk was found 
to be his sire; and the sons, 
grandsons, and universal stock of 
Childers, investigated at all ha- 
zards. Snip, Snap, Blaze, and 
Syphon, Sampson and Goliah, and 
every relative of Marsk and Squirt, 
were, raised beyond any propor- 
tionate value, and continue to this 

*' The Psalmist's observation upon 
the human species, that ' we are 
fearfully and wonderfully made,' 
will confirm every meditating mind 
in the opinion of difficulty ever 
attendant upon animal perfection. 
But though neither mechanical 
rectitude nor problematical proofs 
can be obtained, superiority may 
be expected, from close observa- 
tion upon shape and construction, 
and a fixed attention to the blood 
least subject to failure and imper- 

'^ Mr. Jennison Shafto's success at 
Newmarket, during a short period, 
with Squirrel, Apollo, Snap, Gold- 
finder, Faggergill, Angelica, and 
Gnatrpest, attracted universal at- 
tention; and from Snip, Snap, Re- 
gulus, and Bartlett's Childers, every 
perfection was expected — not as 
hazardous, but certain. Either 
Thomas Jackson trained and rode 
in a very superior style, or Mr. 
Shafto*s competitors bred unfortu- 
nately ; but it is clear in the event, 
that, after Thomas Jackson's de- 
cease^ neither the blood nor the 
stables could insure the success he 




nniformly poaseflsed in his life- 

'^To look critically (and criticism 
is best employed in breeding for 
the turf^ to ascertain the truth)^ 
the best blood ever connected in 
this kingdom has failed unaccount- 
ably. In the Basto mare> Sister 
to Soreheels Cp^S^ .^> ^^ Towers's 
Introduction)^ except Old Crab, 
few of her sons have been eminent. 
Snip is allowed toha,ve been an uiv- 
successful racer, in Pick's volume 
Cp^c 103); and the monstrous 
diffusion of Snap's blood (except in 
very few instances) has produced 
nothing either of value or conse- 
quence, to this time. 

" Inspect the annals of horse- 
raping, and it is evident a 8<.>u of 
Snap's never got an animal of va- 
lue. Fleacatcher, the best, had 
many of her year in superior form. 
The prodigiously wonderful num^- 
ber of Snap mares, except the 
dams of Shark, Postmaster, R^ 
rity. Sir Peter Teazle, Alfred, and 
Pantaloon, never produced a horse 
worth attention: nor could Shark, 
Postmastei^ Justice, or Pantaloon, 
ever get so general a winning plate 
horse as Buffer; and some particle 
of perfection may reasonably be 
assigned to Buffer's dam by Her 
rod, out of Mr. Comforth's Old 
Cade Mare, the dam of Sweet- 

^' To condemn Match'em seems 
arduous ; and to combat upon the 
imperfections of his stock, is to 
combat many various settled opi- 
nions. But, to be fair and canoid 
—Is there from Match'em one 
horse or mare, at this time, capital 
as a stallion, or to be coveted as a 
brood mare ? Maiden and Purity 
will be started as objections ; but 
Challenger is not established, nor 
has Walnut appeared upon the 
Beacon Course. Kockingham ran 

well, very well ; but Rockingham^ 
dam has produced nothing since. 
For twenty years,* Match'em co- 
vered all the best-bred and most- 
approved mares in England, not 
excepting Cypron. Cypron (King 
Herod's dam) produced Protector 
by Match'em, the meanest racer, 
Jor his size, and most contemptible 
stallion^ she ever suckled. Rarity, 
above mentioned, was covered by 
Eclipse, Herod, Justice, Maih- 
brino, Sweetbriar, Sweetwilliam, 
and PotSo's ; but nothing exceed- 
ing mediocrity has been the con- 
sequence. Her produce by Herod 
(Maid of the Oaks) could win 
from Phenomenon at York, and the 
Oaks Stakes at Epsom ; but was 
beat far by colts never heard of 
before nor since. Pumpkin, Mai- 
dsUj and Purity, and all from Mr. 
Pratt's Squirt mare, could run ca- 
pitally ; but the numbers produced 
n-om those sons and daughters of 
Match'em were very few indeed. 
Had the Squirt mare been covered 
by other stallions, her fame would 
not be so near expiring as^ I fear^ 

It IS. 

" Among these observations (cri- 
tical, I repeat, as they may appear), 
the sons and daughters of Herod 
have imperfections about the fore 
legs very evident. The thorax is 
large and expanded, and in con- 
sequence they run well upon wind, 
vulgarly called game or honesty. 
Every animal of capacious thorax 
must have stronger respiration 
than one confined ; and though the 
Herods are formed well there, their 
fore legs are weak and tottering ; 
and though Highflyer may be an 
exception, an observation of a most 
approved rider and trainer, < that 
he got the most bad horses he ever 
knew,' was founded in truth, and 
verified in experience, from High- 
flyer's being a certain foal-getter 


-^nrotti Rockingham^ Escape^ and a winner (and those now stallions 

Toby — and, indeed, from very few in great repute. Woodpecker, 

besides, though he has repeat- PotSo's, Fortitude, Drone, Anvil, 

edly covered most, if not all, the Crop, Laburnum, Boxer, Fortu* 

best mares in England, and pro- nio. King William, Shag, Ulysses, 

duced more entrances of his get at Diadem, Volatile, ana Diomed), 

the post than any other. It is bespeak no imperfections, and must 

most certain his stock have the call forth great powers/in so small 

lead among the first-rate horses — an animal. But every horse and 

but in too few instances. The mare, his brothers and sisters, had 

length of his legs is dispro- the same situation, were equal uni- 

portionate ; the shortness of his form racers ; and- inexperienced as 

back is acknowledged; his loins his owner must be, compared to the 

are broad, well raised, and indi- other members of the turf world, 

cate great powers; his quarters as it is now become, it is wonderful, 

ample,lengthy, and finely furnished; that out of Mercury's dam he pro« 

and his superiority of action too duced generally tne first, if not 

lately and too generally exhibited the second-best horse in every year 

to be ever forgotten. Yet in every at Newiuarket. 
year, at every place, and in all '^ On looking at the first exhibi'- 

contcsts. Highflyer is not suffi- tionis of the turf, Aleppo (got by 

ciently often — ^too seldom — ^the sire Darley's Arabian, out of a daugh- 

of the winning horse. All studs, ter of the Wharton Careless, and 

from north to south, from east to most closely related to Flying 

west, ffreat and small, have sent ChUders), except Hobgoblin, got 

to Hi^flyer; but where is the veiytNid horses; and many of equal 

efiTect of that confidence ? Sir pedigree, shape, and performances^ 

Peter Teazle is indisputably a fine m tnese days, never get a good 

horse-of gnat powers mi speed, one. A very prevailing Lhion a^d 

extraordinary fore parts, and good inclination to size now pervert all 

substance, without weight, not former experience, and will (if mo- 

higfa upon his legs, nor too short in derate success attend the prospect) 

his frame, except from the coupling annihilate all symmetry and mvo- 

of his loins to Uie tail. The hind- portion in this noble animal. The 

quarters not sufficiently lengthy Ancaster Starling, and Grizewood's 

nor copious, will induce any cau- Teazer, carried twelve stone with 

tious breeder (besides being out of success, and neither of them was 

Papillon, who never bred another fourteen hands three inches high, 

good one) to wait the event of his Highflyer, King Fergus, and Pha- 

covering, whether or not he proves ramona, blazon their altitude in 

a first-rate stallion. capitals, as perfections, and are re* 

' " In Mercury, you give up, at commended as progenitors of speedy 

first sight, every idea of imperfec- fashion, and excellence. Javelin 

tion : his shape, length, strength^ has had very few mares to recom« 

actions, shoulders, loins, legs, quar- mend him; but Chance, Lance, 

ters, and thorax, all present an uni- Spear, Halbert, and Mendoza, are 

formity. His stock introduced not of great size, but possess powers 

(not with paragraph and perform- equiv^ent to some of the tallest 

anoes) by liord Egremont's mares horses and prime favourites <^ the 

alone have always taken the lead—- present day. 
his owB races among the b^t, often " Thebloodef Chtlders^ Regulus, 




Partner^ and of the Old Vintner 
mare^ seems to be more clear and bet- 
ter (when joined) than any other, 
and to better effect, than by any 
other channel upon the turf. 
Squirt, from Mardt, Eclipse, and 
all his descendants, was the best 
aon of the two brothers Flying and 
Bartlett's Childers ; Regulus and 
Blank of the Godolphin Arabian ; 
and Tartar of the immaculate Old 
Partner ; and this blood (with the 
most precise and accurate atten^ 
tion to shape) is most likely to 
continue success, and secure the 
first place in the contests upon the 
turf. — I am. Sir, your humble ser- 

Choak Jade. 

Ben. Beacox. 



To the Editor of the Sporting Magazine, 

Head with much interest, in 
your late Numbers, an account 
of tne races in America. Any one 
who will take the trouble to draw 
a comparison between England and 
the United States, or (if I may be 
allowed the expression) the trans- 
Atlantic England, must, in almost 
every instance, obserre a strong 
similarity between them. The laws 
of England and of that country 
are the Only ones that can in any 
light be called free. The maritime 
force is the chief power of both ; 
find they carry on commerce with 
much greater spirit than any other 
nations. In short, they nearly 
tally with each other in manners, 
customs, language, and religion*; 
neither is there much variation in 
the climates. From these causes 
there is just ground for thfe sup- 
position, that their lighter matters 
will also correspond. In refutation 
of what I have said, it may be 
aiSted, Why was not racing, so con- 
genial to the JSngUsh d^arsccter. 

•r .r 

heretofore introduced into the 
United States ? The following an- 
swer will,I believe, be conclusive:— 
The first inhabitants of the latter 
country were, as described in the 
eloquent language of Junius, '^a 
set of people who had left every 
thing to seek for freedom, and they 
foimd it in a desert." How, there- 
fore, could men so devoid of wealth 
be expected, in the first instance, 
to seek after pleasure, however de- 
sirable it might be to them.^ As 
was natural to be supposed, their 
first efforts were directed exclusive- 
ly towards their profit ; and ever 
to their credit be it spoken, from 
being a poor colony, they have 
faised themselves, by their indefa- 
tigable perseverance and prudent 
conduct, to a flourishing and pow- 
erful state, and that too in a space 
of time 60 short, that it stands un- 
paralleled in the history of the 
world. It is now, then, that the 
natural inclinations of its people^ 
no longer hampered in by poverty, 
will begin to appear ; wia I will 
predict, that the late races are 
merely an emblem of what is to 
come, and that the i^ioble sport (^ 
horse-racing, once broke forth, will, 

^' As a little snow, tumbled about, 
Anon becomes a mvuntain," > 

rapidly gain ground, and keep pace 
with the nsmg greatness of that 
country. ItisamodeX)f diversion b^ 
gun in the earliest ages, and which 
will be carried down to the laiteBt* 
As yet, however; with the horse, 
old England keeps the lead in a 
canter, and there is evfery po'oba- 
bility of her still continuing to do 
so. The perfection t6 which «he 
has brought that animal is won* 
derful j but it has not caused the 
slightest relaxation, or the desire 
of fresh improvements to abate. 
The second ]^ace, I think, cannot 
be denied to America. In trotting 
horses Bhe has for some timestrovt 




to be pre-eminent, and has sent 
several very good trotterls over to 
this country, but where they have 
all very soon received their quie- 
tus, as also would the American 
" Eclipse" have done, on the plains 
of Newmarket or Doncaster. She 
has also got a good strong breed of 
hunters, but in no way able to 
contend with the English ones, 
which was exemplified in your Octo- 
ber Number, by the steeple race be- 
tween Messrs. Cox ana Bouverie 
and Captain Morrison. Mr. Cox 
and the Captain, on English horses, 
contested the thing well ; but Mr. 
B. on his long-backed Yankee, was 
quickly left in the lurch. 

As appeared from the account of 
Calcutta races, the resident Eng- 
lish seem to have estaWshed horse- 
racing in that country in a spi- 
rited manner, and no doubt let die 
cash fly. The result of .these races 
hitherto has added new laurels to 
the English stud, wh5, in spite of a 
five moutbs' voyage, and about a 
stone additional weight, beat 
the native horses, with greht ease, 
in ever^^ I'ace * into Vi^hich they 
trere admitted. In France, the 
attempt to institute racing was 
truly ridi(ruloUs, as described by 
your corre^ndent VAgus. In 
" O'Medra's Vmce from St. He- 
lena,'* the late Emperor Napoleon, 
on observing the races, in that 
island^ said that he was much 

(leased ndth them, and that h^ 
ad doiie every thing in his power 
to encourage the same in France. 
K he cotild not, whb else could ? 
In Grermany there certainly ' ap- 
pears a little morie racing spirit 
tiian ill France,' whith seems to 
meet with the sanction of the 
pritices and nobility 'of that coun- 
tiy — a sine qua non. The sports 
of the field, from the earliest re- 
co!rds,have always been much pur- 
sued by the German Nobility, who 

entirely monopolized that right for 
themselves and ladies, who, it is 
said, enter with much interest into 
the diversion. But hunting in 
€fermany and hunting in England 
agree in nami only — ^in reality, they 
widely differ. In the former, the 
field is composed of a large group, 
all entirely under the controul of one 
great man. In the latter, a butcher, 
if he is better mounted, and has 
better nerve, frequently kicks the 
dirt in the face of nobility. Op- 
position is the sharpest spur to 
improvement ; and consequently a 
considerable number of horses are 
annually exported from England 
to Germany, as well as to other 
.countries — ^no very trifling national 
benefit to the former. 

I have puzzled my brains for 
som^ minutes, in endeavouring to 
hit upon an appropriate simile be- 
tween the race-course and the gam- 
bling-table, but can find none. 
The good eflects of the one are 
continually appearing; while the 
shameful actions and depraved 
frequenters of the other, are daily 
emerging from the obscure veil 
under which they were concealed, 
to disgust^ and, it is to be hoped, 
forewarn, the public. It is a very 
old maxim, that good sometimes 
comes out of evil ; and from the 
evidence that has already trans- 
pired, it seems more than proba- 
ble that, when all comes to be 
known, the late horrid murder of 
Mr. Weare will strike a more fatal 
blow to the numerous (properly so 
called) ''hells" with which the 
Metropolis swarms, than has been 
struck for some time; and that 
such a series of iniquitous, prac- 
tices will come to light, as to pre- 
vent the ruin, and perhaps un- 
timely death, of many who would 
otherwise have become their unfor« 
tunate victims. Fbhgxtb. 

Dec. 20. 





By W. LiTT. ' 


E always hilil with pleasure 
any thing which tends to 
uphold the mamy character of the 
country — ^particularly so, when the 
means resorted to are productire 
of neither cruelty nor vice. With 
these feelings, we have perused a 
treatise just publishea, called, 
" Wrestliana; or, an Historical. 
Account of Ancient and Modem 
Wrestling," by W. Litt, who, it 
appea^, was himself a " practical 
man" in the art he writes upon. 
He also touches on the well-known 
subjects of hunting, racing, and 
cocking ; and although, he says, he 
cannot find that the characters of 
those numerous noblemen and 
gentlemen who openly profess and 
practise these diversions in a le- 
gal manner, were ever called in 
question, yet he evidently gives a 
preference to his favourite sport 
of wrestling, which, whilst it in- 
structs men to cope with men, 
gives them both power and confi- 
dence to do so effectually. 

Our author chiefly confines 
himself to the North of England 
for his present heroes, though he 
gives us an account of the profi- 
cients of his art, from the angel 
that wrestled with Jacob, dowii to 
the celebrated professors of the 
present day— not omitting Abra^ 
\am Brown, the curate of Egre- 
mont, who acquired the accom- 
plishment when at Bamptoh 
school, in the county of Cumber- 
land, and whose character is given 
in the following simple narrative. 
It appears he was a most dexte- 
rous cross-buttocker ; and, if we 
may be allowed a bit of wit on the 
subject^ if he did not preach, he 

may be said to have given hU 
** bampton lectures" 

" Bampton school, on the bor- 
ders of Westmorland, was perhaps 
the most celebrated seminary in 
England for turning out good 
wrestlers. It was usual at that 
period for those designed for the 
church, or any learned profession, 
to frequent school when grown up 
to manhood; and if a young man 
was known to be a Bampton scho- 
lar, it was considered conclusive of 
his being a good wrestler. Among 
those educated at this instructive 
seminary^ whose genius led them 
to acquire a competent knowledge 
of the bodily powers of man, before 
they were honoured with the charge 
of his more important requisites, 
was the Reverend and celebrated 
Abraham Brown, whom we have 
before alluded to. This gentleman 
was the first of whom we have any 
authentic records of excelling as a 
buttocker. Having lost no time in 
perfecting himself in this manly 
exercise when a scholar, he fully 
maintained the character of a very 
^rst rate, when acting in the more 
exalted situation of usher and 
schoolmaster in different places; 
and, occasionally, after he became 
a curate. When a very young man^ 
he acquired great renown in carry- 
ing away a silver cup of considera- 
ble value ft*om Eamont Bridge, 
which divides the counties of Cum- 
berland and Westmorland, and 
which was consequently in the very 
centre of the most noted wrestling 
country in England. After his 
establishment at Egremont, Mr. 
Brown had no objection, in the spi- 
rit of good fellowship, to oblige any 
man who felt extremely anxious 
for a trial of skill with him; and in 
these casual turn-ups it is said he 
was never vanquished. Abraham 
being a man of considerable ha-* 



mour and good nature^ palmed 
himself, more than once^ as a friend 
of Parson Brown's, on men who, 
hearing of his celebrity, expressed 
a strong desire to try a faU with 
him. On such occasions he pre- 
tended to be well acquainted with 
the Parson, and assured them that 
if they could throw him easily, 
they would prove a match for 
Brown, wh^n they met with him. 
This of course caused a contest— 
and Master Abraham, after giving 
them full satisfaction^ would advise 
them to go home, as he could as- 
sure them that they were not able 
to vanquish the Parson. We have 
heard him assert, that when nine- 
teen years of age, he did not weigh 
more than twelve stones, but a 
stranger to him in his younger 
days would have judged of him 
Tery differently. He could not be 
less than six feet high, and when at 
a proper age for entering the church, 
must have weighed fifteen stones 
at least. This well-known charac- 
ter died within the last twelve 
months, and it is but justice to his 
memory to observe, that though 
occasionally addicted to the botlJe, 
he preserved through life, both in 
his public and private character, 
the regard and esteem, not only of 
his parishioners in general, but of 
nearly all who were acquainted 
with him." 

We were no^ aware that wrest- 
ling had such attraction as it ap- 
pears to have. '' At Carlisle," 
says Mr. Litt, " where the King's 
Hundred is given, independent of 
large subscriptions, there was not 
last year, except in one solitary 
instance, any amusement expected, 
as many of the knowing ones were 
certain of every other result. With 
such a drawback upon the ostensi- 
ble cause of the meeting, a very 
circumscribed attendance might 

have been anticipated. But on 
the morning of the wrestling, the 
many thousands flocking ,to the 
scene of action sufficiently testi- 
fied the interest that amusement 
excited, without any other induce- 
ment whatever; and so far will 
those, who will, without making 
any invidious distinction, fairly 
compare these amusements, and 
the feelings they may naturally 
excite, be from wondering at this 
decided preference, that Uiej will 
rejoice at it." 

It also appears, that in this 
country wrestling is still patro- 
nised by gentlemen of rank and 

" Carlisle Wbestlino. — On 
the first day of the races, twenty 
guineas were wrestled for on the 
Swifts, in a roped ring, sixty yards 
diameter. We never witnessed so 
fine an exhibition of agility and 
nerve, or a diversion that gave 
such universal satisfaction. The 
peaceable deportment of the dif- 
ferent combatants cannot be too 
highly praised, as they submitted 
in all dubious falls, in the most 
implicit manner, to the decision of 
the umpire. — ^The wrestling was 
most severely contested, in the 
presence of nearly 12,000 people, 
by some of the most sinewy and ac- 
tive youths that we ever saw en- 
ter a ring. We observed amongst 
the spectators, the Marquis of 
Queensberry, the Earl of Lonsdale^ 
Lord Lowther, Sir James Graham, 
(of Netherly), Sir James Graham 
(of Kirkstone), Henry Fawcett, 
Esq. of Portland Place, together 
with a great concourse of other 
gentlemen. We understand the 
Lord Lieutenant expressed his 
most unqualified approbation of 
the diversion, and will annually 
eive it his support, as long as there 
IS not any riot or confusion, which 



we .may renture to pkdge our- 
aelrea will never be the case. 

*' In science only/* says our au- 
tlior, " will boxing afld wrestling 
admit of any comparison ;" but as 
throwing by the cross buttock is 
much resorted to in the pugilistic 
ring^ and one of the great merits of 
our present champion^ we give Mr. 
Litt sdirectionsfor it at fuU length : 
—In buttocking^ or cros&-buttock- 
ing^ '^ the breast and side are often- 
times, though not always, as much 
used as the hip, or, what is the most 
general appellation, the buttock. A* 
man skilled in this metiiod of 
wrestling generally strives for a 
loose hold, and it is the left side 
which is mostly used for effecting 
the desired object. By stepping 
partly in and crossways with the 
left foot, twining the body in, and 
throwing the buttock underneath 
ihe belly, the defendant is, by the 
assailant's arms being kept tight 
round his neck, or shoulders, 
hoisted on, and thrown off or 
over, the side or buttock. As the 
latter is by the act of stepping 
thrown farthest in, it has acquired 
the name of buttoddng ; and when 
the leg or foot gets qmte across the 
defendant's body, of cross-buttock- 
ing ; though even then it is evident;^ 
unless the effort was seconded by 
the arms and higher part of the 
body, the act of throwing the legs 
across would be fatal to the ag- 
gressor. Sometimes, when the as^ 
sailant perceives or feels his man 
staggered, or balanced upon his 
side or buttock, he is so circum- 
stanced as tebe able to strike with 
one of his feet across the shins: 
when this is done, the fall is often 
clean and effective. At other 
times the situation admits of get- 
ting the leg, or foot, behind both 
the defendant's: when this hap- 
pens, it is in some places called 

grandvstepping. It sometimes hap* 
pens that the assailant, by turning • 
m quickly with very loose hold8> 
gets into a position exactly before, 
or with his back to, his opponent r 
in that case, if he do not, by keep- 
ing his hands fast, and stooping^ 
forward, throw him over his head 
and shoulders, his situation is a 
dan^rous one for losing the fall. 
In »iort, the modes of assault and 
defence iti this most manly of all 
exercises, are so diversifiea, that 
a volume might be filled by illus- 
trating that part of our subject 
only. The act of buttocking, slip- 
ping from the side or breast, and, 
in fact, of every thins that con- 
stitutes the science of wrestling, 
depends much upon the different 
situations which may occur in a 
contest ; and the judgment formed 
by feeling with the chest, and 
breast, what kind of assault is most 
likely to prove effective, and, ge- 
nerally speaking, quickness in as- 
sault, and promptitude in judi- 
ciously availing himself of any cir- 
cumstance that may arise during 
the struggle, may be called the 
distinguishing characteristics of a 
good and scientific wrestier. 

^' Opinions respecting the best 
mode of standing, when tmcinghold, * 
are no doubt various ; and the par- 
ticular method of wrestling usu- 
ally, adopted by the antagonist to 
be encountered, in order to coun- 
teract his intention, as well as 
keeping in view the method he 
himself excels in, will always have 
some influence on every judicious 
wrestler. In the rule solely de- 
voted to the purpose of obliging 
those to take hold who cannot 
themselves agree about it^, we 
found it absolutely necessary to fix 
some standard for regulating the 
hold. Any wrestler need not be 
told that the subject is the most 



difficult one that could arise; and 
tbat one certain standard only was 
iiidispensable. Making proper al- 
lowance for any man's mode of 
wrestling, except it be in an ex- 
treme of tight (the usual epithet 
for a close or ikst hold) or slack, 
we are fully prepared to maintain 
that the standard we haye fixed on, 
18 the best and most judicious that 
can be adopted. It is usual for 
men wishing to take more than a 
fkir hold, to shrink their own 
breast underneath their opponent's, 
and pin his arm to his side, dose 
to the elbow. The- merest novice 
in the art Vitl not permit this, and 
yet the shorter man will sometimes 
argue they ought to stand straight 
up: knee to knee is sometimes 
with equal absurdity proposcfd; 
for unless the men are of exaody 
1^ same dimensions upwards, it 
does not in the least alter the sub- 
ject of dispute. A hat, or a stick, 
is often laid' down, and the men 
are required to bring their toes up 
to the mark. The monstrous ab- 
surdity of the ridiculous position 
this will place men of different 
sizes in, with their feet close tog^ 
filer, and what is sometimes jo* 
oosely termed the seat of honour of 
Hbte taller man himg back, needs no 
comment* No certain distance be- 
tween the toes can be equally ap- 
Slicable to all ; and therefore the 
istance which will admit of both 
feeHng themselves at ease, and firmly 
<m the ground, may soon be set- 
tled between them with the assist- 
ance of the umpire, as breast to 
breast is the only mode of placing 
them on an equal footing. Many 
wrestlers are fond of leaning to 
the left side — a habit acquired whil^ 
in their novitiate, by the desire of 
seeing their opponent's feet; or at 
least his right foot. This latter 
drcumstance is of no material ad* 
Vol. XIII. N. S^I^o. 76. 

vantage of itself, as it is the/^el, 
and not the sight, which generally 
regulates the movements of a good 
wrestler, especially at the com- 
mencement of a contest, as is suffi- 
ciently evident from the feet, that 
one man decidedly the master of 
another, will throw him blind- 
folded. This lean to the left, as 
with many it is a supposed advan- 
tage, and therefore citen a consi« 
derable obstacle to their getting 
holdi is vorthy of some considera- 
tion, in regard to its utility, both 
in assaulting and defending; and 
therefore, t£ough a dry and com« 
plex subject to some of our readers, 
jet as many wrestlers will deem 
it both important and interesting, 
it is our duty to attempt some elu« 
ddation of the Isubject. 

*^>Itmust be sufficiently evident 
to all, that leaning to either side is 
a deviation from the natural and 
true centre of balance; and of 
course will lay some stress upon, 
or partly brace, the muscles of the 
opposite side. Thus, if the lean be 
to the left side, the muscles of the 
rights from the neck to the foot 
downwards, vrUl be proportionably 
braced, as those on the left are con- 
tracted in with the body ; and part 
of the weight of the body, by being 
thrown upon the right arm of the 
opponent, will detract in a corre- 
sponding degree from the weight 
upon, or firmness of, the feet upon 
the ground. Now it is certain, 
that the easier and firmer any 
wrestler feels himself upon the 
ground, the less stress there will 
be upon the arms and breast ; and 
that when all the powers of the 
frame can at once be brought effec- 
tively into action, the more vigo- 
rous will be the attack. It is to be 
remarked, that these obstacles ap- 
y even to an attack with the \m 
eg ; while the lean being from the 
C c 


m THE 9f(mum ^a^aj^emr 

i-i^t» mu8t of ponm gr^y div* ipg any ofim^ye dfort wiiich fci 

tract from the force cf any in- likely to ^cceed. The only thiii^ 

tended effort to Ij^row m ppj^iieAt he can d<^ is to attempt to get his 

to that side ; and the position it- side in> and try to huttocK ; but 

self totally preclude^ the idea of an the other^ perfectly aware of hi/i 

effective buttock ; because> instead moTements^ will probably catch hjuooi 

of facilitating the act of getting under the ribs^ and often dispose 

the foot partly across^ or the breast of him with ease and safety. If 

underneath> it acts in the very re- both parties have lost hold of the 

verse, by contributing to place the back, oe who has the lean is much 

body on the outside — ^n unavoid- more advantageously situated than 

able consequence of the lean.-— As his opponent: he stands freer witb 

for buttocking with the right side^ his neck> and easier with his body; 

there are very few who ever at- and is consequently more at Uberi^ 

tempt it, except it is after aj^ (axU to assault o? defend, with a much 

side stroke with the left hg; b^ greater prospect of fiuooess. A» 

cause, in taking hold, the left arm vie two moat important objects 

i9 idways above the rieht ; and coja* in wrestlings— oiamely, hold^ and 

sequently, when the h(dd is loose, feeling with thebreast-*«re,inthat 

there b no material obstacle to ffltuation, of comparativdy little 

prevent that side from beiog consequence, a view of the right 

thrown in ; whereas, the right arm l^e becomes an object of some oon- 

being underneath the p^ter, pre- sioeration, as it imji^es th^ &ct of 

vents that side from being brought the right arm being more up, an4 

into action with equal fr^om and the left more down, dian his an* 

facility. No]t;withstanding this, tagonie^s (if the men have any 

there are ^onfo ^w who contrive hdfd) can possibly be; as the left 

to throw in the right side with buttock i» then the only attadc 

consideraUe effect; yet againsit » that his opponent can make, and 

good wrestler, it must always be ^hich he cannot Jx^ake ^ihout 

considered a losing chanop. moving the right leg. Qn th« 

; '^ Itis observable, that these re* other band, the person possessing 

marks apply to the acf; of taking the lean is by no ipeiMis in so Qon« 

hold before the cont^t is begun, fined a situation. By standing 

The lean to the left acquired after, fsirfecih at ease, he can choose hif 

or during a struggle, is quitea dif- time of assault, or is ftilly m^ 

ferent thing. It is then a certain par^ to avail himself of any effort 

sign, either that the opponent has his antagonist can make ; and if 

lost all command of the hold, or he be a good striker with the 1^ 

that both parties have their ar^is leg across the shin, be hfts every 

round each other's neck. If the diaace of doing so with success; 

former be the case, it necessarily which he ought not to defer douigy 

implies that the party who has the lest his antagonist should wre^S 

lean, has broke his opponent's hold his head loose, and thus oblige 

— ^has himself got a commanding him to forfeit his advantage by 

one-^s standing perfectly at ease taking a fresh hold. 
— and is nearly sure of the fall ; — f Saving thus prov^ that leftn- 

while his adversary, scarcely aUe ing to one side when the men ^re 

to preserve an upright positiop,^d supposed to bo on equal termor 

without hold, is iii^pable of mak- nsi^ acquiring a commanding l^sn 



aAor fhe oontait isf begtm> m tiro oiM9f^> aari wotddtelSff/k^/rMt A^^^ 

veiy different tilings, it remaiittffi)!' hgoAy th(i fi^^^;v[f of »niali is so' 

fiflto dmsider the airsiitage^ or dbh fiur fiom being equal to his ^^g^^^ 

aSvantape, of the lean to the I^ that if n€»iiiipedWntwere thrown 

side;, as it mgsrds the efficacy of re^ in the wi^ by lifting tfgainst> or 

p^fing or guanling anattadc. As bearing forward withtdliHd anus and 

thia 1^^ which implies k^j^ng- on breast^ a man of ten stone weight 

additional weight upon an (^po- would easily lift one of twenty. 

nenfs rig^ arm at the commence- When Ufted^ the lean is an evident 

nent of a contest^ when Uie holds disadvantage: as it ttods to throw 

sre, or ought to be, equally low him from &e exact front of his op- 

roond tiiearra'tttid body, cannot be pbnent, it nmst of course be a con-» 

done widiout detracting fhon th& sid^srable im;ped[ment to dappiiig 

firaness of die feet upon the the knees or legs closer lipon him; 

gnmnd, it must apparently impedi^ to prevent his striking out^ and 

file act of guarding either a jiidi- feelmrm what manner and with* 

cidos strcdee or buttock : fbr «ll- what leg he intends to do it.*' 

though it may be a pr^entive to^ Mr^ Litt considers wrestGng a 

biB being turned to the fight side healthy and strengthening amuse- 

by an outside strokt^ with the left^ ment; and where, says he, ^' can we 

leg, yet it mast proportionably fa- find a younger or healthier -looking 

' 'tate his being turned to the leflt man of hisage than William Rich- 


nde, by the left leg inside, or by ardson, who has won more prizes 

tlieri^t outside; and hanging his duiti aoymaniii^dstenoe?" He 

weight to the left side, so rar from ^so reoommtods it on another score 

Uie centre <^ baknoe, is certainly —on that Of humanity ; ^' for,'* 

Ute very thing a good btittoeker, idda he, ** in wrestling, the man 

or sli]^r from the breast, would' ''^ho is titrown is ready for another 

denre. It hkewiseisnot, assome trial the next minttt^; in fighting. 

Imagine, any obstacle to his being the beaten nian haa often more oc- 

lifted fi^ the grotmd; because;, caudon for a chaise to convey him 

by htti^g his i^ia^U downwards, home,adoeCor to prescribe for him, 

lie has not an immolate oomonand and a nurse for a week." A wrests 

of hiA length ti> douilteract thc^ lisr, hOn^ev^, he hnmonrously in- 

lift <^hb opponent; andiiistoidof hrmM\iA,fituanot^ im apology Jbr 

fieoWli^hiinfbrwafd with his ftfotvf aikan. 

sndariii^, hehatSroittA^ryiigfS^ The al^ins contents of this 

Mat, and the other ckMelv uxuced' volume would have tempted us to 

round him. Hisantagofni8t,86^ have made fbrther remarks, did 

from having an ittUi^Joiuilfri^^tb not the length of the preceding 

V^ hM omy the 9aMe nfisighi it ts extract prevwit us. We, however, 

nH»^Ji»Hmri^k po9i0h» forUl^li^' Stttmgly recommend the penaal of 

it; bocatide, haviiig the greifttei^ it to oiir sporting readers. 

pm alretadv^ h^ had only that part' > ^ ■ ■ •- — 

tonuaehigt^T,andthe'6^^cpm€li^ ANECDOTB OF A BULL BITCH. 

hf di^eei upon him, and the' 

weight hcf has td sustun is clos^ to HPHE following anecdote is men- 

liha ; t^ereas^ were his zHtA^atddt ^ tioned by Mr. Pratt, in the 

liidng^ o¥ bearing agsdnst Mm, the notes to his poem of ^^ The Lower 

#eig^4 vfwM eome ttp<m him at World.'* 

c c 2 


'' A btt^oher brought a bitch to « wasleftdingaff the course at Kev^*' 

bull bait^ accompanied by a litter, markets to be .taken out of trains 

of her puppies. On letting loose ing. It was reported that O'Kelly 

the bitchy he exclaimed, ' Now renised nearly double that sum for 

Gentlemen, I will say nothing of Eclipse, replyii]^ to the offer, 

the goodness of this breed : you ' that *^ all Be<uord level would not 

shall see!' The bitch immedi**i purchase Edipse." Togo half a 

ately pinned the bull, although century farther back, a report has 

she had scarcely a tooth in her been handed down from father to 

head. The butcher then cut her son, thata Welsh sportsman offered 

to pieces with a hedge bill, and the Duke of Devonshire for Flying 

ahe only quitted her hdd with Ghilders the horse's weight in 

her breath. There was instantly crowns and half-crowns, which the 

a great demand for her puppiea, Noble Duke refused. It is sub- 

and he sold them f<H* fire guineas mitted to calculators how many 

apiece." pounds, in present money, such 

. weight of alrer would amount to. 

On the PRICES of RACE HORSES, on due comparison of each time's 

Mh QUERIES ; and ON THE P"^ ""^ ^^f^ 'f ^ on Ji guess of 

POINTER. weight m the horse, taking him 

^ at fifteen hands one half high, mas- 

To the Editor of ih0 Sporting Magazine, ter of fourteen stone, and in train- 
8i »^ ing ? These items sufficiently es- 
Tl^HEN a rery considerable tablish the great value of the Eng- 
price is offered or paid for a lish race-horse. — ^In the mean tim^ 
race horse, the amount generally what is the amount of capitsd at 
gets abroad. This renders it easy present put in activity by the cen- 
to make a comparison between cerns of the English turf? 
former and present timea Within To get without side the pale of 
the few last years, perhaps ecwne^. the turf, the following newspaper 
where about two thousaiul pounds record at no rate diminishes the 
has been the maximum for the consequ^ice of the breeding stud : 
reputed best colt of his year. Five — ^' lately died (about August, 
thousand guineas were offered and 1812), Regulus, the sire of three 
refused for the celebrated Smo- thousand colts, that. produced up- 
lensko, before he went to J^psom. wards of eighty thousand pounds." 
In the Newmarket. October Meet- I suppose this Regulus must have 
ing, 1805, a bay colt by Pipator been some half-bred staUion, which 
sold for 1600 guineas. Also a covered for dealers' hors^ ; and as 
chesnut two-yearrold colt hj Be- such a valuable horse must have 
ningbrouffh, a bay two-year-old been'well known, I request of some 
colt by Volunteer, and the brown correspondent of the Magazine, 
three-year-old filly, Orange Girl, which travels through. every Eng^ 
by Sir Peter, each for a like sum. lish county, an account of this Re- 
Lord Fitzwilliam refused 3000 gulugf, where he covered, and who 
guineas for Sir Paul, by Sir Peter, was his proprietor ? — ^I further re- 
out of Pearl, by Tandem. About quest of your turf readers some in- 
half a century since. Lord Gros- formation respecting Colonel Gil- 
venor offered Mr. Piggot 10,000 bert Ironside's " Dissertation ont 
guineas for Shark, as the horse Horses," a book of which I have 



heard, and have seen quoted^ but 
on which I could never lay my 
hands^ or, in fact^ obtain any intel- 
ligence when it was published, or 
where it is to be sought. — ^Lastly, 
and to wind up my bottom of que- 
ries for the present— Some years 
dnce, being at Tuxford in the 
Clays, Notts^ an old man, having the 
appearance of a gamekeeper or 
poacher^ who said he lived in the 
Forest, attracted my attention. 
He might have been upwards of 
fourscore years of age, by his ap- 
pearance. His converse was full 
of information on sporting sub- 
jects, and of anecdote relative to 
the chief families of that shire and 
its vicinity, some of which I should 
not choose to repeat. Among se- 
veral things which bordered on the 
marvellous, or on hoaxing, the old 
man assured me, that in his young 
time, many gentlemen had their 
pointers trained to stand the game 
on three legs, the off fore leg being 
extended straight, and at full 
lengthy towards the mark! Had 
llielate Colonel Thornton's famous 
pointer been trained to such a po- 
ration, he would scarcely have 
stood out the stated time; or the 
Colonel's long bow would have re- 
quired additional lengths. 

A WOULD-BE Knowing One. 

Bury St. Edmund's. 


"OEVELLER is a bay horse, 
^^ foaled in 1815, bred by and 
the property of H. Peirse, Esq. of 
Bedale^ Yorkshire. He was got 
by Comus ; his dam, Rosette (Ro- 
sanne's dam)^ by Beningbrough ; 
grandam^ Rosamond (Ferguson^ 
Delusion^ Florival, and Florette's 
dam)^ by Tandem ; great grandam^ 
Tuberose (Rosina^ YoungTuberose^ 

Piercer, Enchanter, ContesBiiui:^ 
Tat, and Rosalie's dam), by King 
Herod ; great great grandam. Grey 
Starling, by Starling ; great great 
^eat granaam. Coughing Pc^ly, by 
jBartlett's Childers; great great 
great great grandam (Sister to 
Luggs, Davill's Old Woodcock, 

&C. &C. 


At York August Meeting, 1818, 
Reveller won the Produce 
Stakes of lOOgs. each, for three- 
year-old colts, 8st. 51b., fillies, 8st. 
21b. (31b. allowed, &c.), two miles 
(14 subscribers), beating Sir M. 
M. Sykes's Cambyses, Duke of 
Leeds's Monitor, Lord Fitzwil- 
liam's Belianis, Mr. Gascoigne's 
Althea, and Duke of Hamilton's 
bay colt by Thunderbolt, out of 
Margsu^t: — Even betting and 6 
to 5 on Reveller, and 2 to 1 agst 
Cambyses. Won easy.— At Don- 
caster, September 21, he won the 
St. Leger Stakes of 25gs. each, for 
three-year-old colts, 8st. 21b., fil- 
lies, 8st., St. Leger Course (51 
subscribers), beatmg Mr. Peirse's 
Ranter, Mr. Powlett's The Mar- 
shal, Lord Fitzwilliam's Belianis, 
Lord Milton's Cardenio, Mr. Paul- 
den's Wonder, Mr. Petre's Masker, 
Mr. Lambton's Lochinvar, Lord 
Surrey's Newton, Lord Derby's 
Corregio, Duke of Leeds's Octa- 
viana. Lord Scarbrough's Awful, 
Duke of Hamilton's Lord Lieute- 
nant, Duke of Hamilton's Eleanor> 
Mr. Gascoigne's Trulla, Mr. Watt's 
Beggar Girl, Mr. Watt's bay colt 
by Cerberus out of Tamborine, 
Colonel King's Master Beverly, 
Mr. Chilton's Lightning, Mr. Her- 
rick's Sir WilUam, and Mr. BeU's 
Oracle : — 3 to 1 agst Beggar Girl, 
7 to 2 agst Reveller, 6 to 1 agst 
Octaviana, 9 to 1 agst Lightning, 
13 to 1 agst Masker, 100 to 5 agst 



{Elaaaor^ 100 to 4 agtC Corr^io^ 
100 to3 agBt Ranter, and 100 to3 
agst The Marshal. Won very 
easy*-— In tlie same Meeting, hd 
waliced orer for tlie Oaso^gne 
Stakes of lOOgs. each, dOgs. ft. 
Icrtr oohs, dst 51b., fillies, Sst. 
31b., St Leger Course (nine sub- 

At York August Meeting, 1819, 
RbtblIiBB woa the noduce 
Stakes of lOOga. each, for folir- 
year-old oc^ts, 8st. t^b., fillies, 
8st. 41b. (31b. allowed &c.), four 
miles (13 subscribers), beating Sir 
M. M. Sykes's Gambjses» and Lord 
FitzwiUiam's Belianis :---6 to 2 atid 
3 ta 1 on Reseller. Won easy. — 
In the same Meeting, he won one 
of ^e Great Subscription Purses 
of 2071. 10s. for four-year-old colts, 
8st. 71b>, fillies, 8st. ^b., four miles 
(18 subscribers), beating Mr. Dun- 
combe's Mozart, Mr. Houlds- 
worth's J^eanor, and Mr. Watt's 
Biffottini:— ^ to 4 on Reyeller. 
Won yery easy.— At Doncaster, 
Sieptember 20, ne won the Produce 
Stakes of lOOgs. each, for four- 
year*<old colts, ost. 71b., fillies, 8st. 
4b. (31b. allowed &&), fouri^iks 
(lOsubscribers), beatingMr JTones's 
Fanny, and Sir M. M. Sykes's 
Cambysiss:— ^ to 1 on Reyeller. 
Won yery easy. — ^In the sam^ 
Meetiiig, at 78t. 71b*, he Won the 
Doncaster Stakes of lOgs. eadi, 
with20gs. added, for all ages, four 
miles (14 subscribers), beating 
Mr. Powlett's The Marshal, 4 
yn old, 76t. 71b., and Mr. Dun-" 
combe's Handel, afterwards- Theo- 
doftB Majocchi, 3 yrs old, Ost. : — 
3 to 1 on Reveller. Won easy. 

At York Augui^t Meeting, 
1620, Rbvbllsb won oneof tbe 
Great Subscription Purses of 
2071. iOs. for fiye^vearwMs, 8st. 
Tib*, four miles (18 subscribers), 
bMtbg Mr. Qiftdi's Adyance, 

5 yrs (dd;-»A to 1 on ReyeBer.. 
Won yeryeasy* 

At Lancaster, Jidy 3, 1821,. 
Rbvbllbb, 8st 121b. won the 
Gold Cup, yalue lOOgs. added toa 
Sweepstidces of lOffs. each, for att 
ages, three mOes (11 subteribers), 
beating Mr. Riddell's Doctor Syn-^ 
tax :— ^ to 2 on Doctor Syntax.. 
Won easy.*-*-At York, August 22, 
he won one of the Ghr^ Subscrip- 
tion Purses of 2071* 10s. for" fiye« 
year^ld% 8st. 71b., six, 8st. 121b.,, 
and aged, 9st., four miles, beating 
Lord FitatwiUiam's Pahnerin, 5 
yrs old, Mr. Powlett's The Jug- 
gler,^ 6 yrs dd, and Lord Scar- 
brou|^'s The Black Prince, 5 yrs 
old:— 6 to 5 oil ReyeUer, 3 to 1 
agst Pahnerin, and 4 to 1 agst 
Ae Juggler. Won easy. Run in 
7 min. ^ sec— At Lincoln, Sep-> 
tember 28, at 8st. 111b. he won 
the Gold Gup, yalue lOOgs. for all 
ages, beating Mr. S. Reid's The' 
Marshal, 6 yrs old, 88t. 111b. : — 3 
to 1 on Remler* Won very easy. 

At LancastOT, July 3, 1822, 
Rbvbllbb, 8st. 121b., won th^ 
Corporation Gold Cup, added to a 
Sweepstakes oi lOgs. each, for all 
ages, three miles (10 subsoibers), 
bolting Mr. Riddell's Doctor Syn* 
tax, aged, 8st. 121b. :-^ll to 8 on 
ReyeUer. Won easy. — ^At Pres» 
ton Guild Meeting, Sejptember 6, 
at 9st. he won the Qola Cup, ya- 
lue lOOgs. added to a Sweepstakea 
of lOgs. eadi, for all ages, three 
miles and a distance (22 sub- 
scribers), beating Mr^ RiddcfD's 
Doctor Sfrntax, a^,98l^, and Mr. 
Powlett's Jack l^^tt, 4 yrs old, 
8st :-^ to 4 on .^dt Spigoti^ 6 
to 2 agst Reyeller, and 3 to 1 Mrt' 
Doctor Syntax. Reyellet'tookm 
lead, was neyer headed, mA' wm* 


At Preston, July 0, 1829^ Ite^ 
vBiiLBB, 9Bt, wanted orerfor tli* 




CMd C«p, nJue lOQgs. added to a 
Sweepstakes of lOgs* each, for all 
agie^ (21 si]})dcrib^)> throe miles 
and a distaiioe, 

Rs¥BiiiiBB was only beat three 
tijDie9 througfaont his career of rae<* 
iog : ws«^At York August Mee^ 
ing, 1890^ for one of the Great 
Sttbsoiption Parses, bv Mr. Pow« 
letf 8 The Juggler, four miles^ 
88t 111b- each :--wl and 6 to 1 on 
BeveUer. Won by only half a 
bead.— At Preston, July 11, 1821, 
at Sst mb. hr the Gold Cup, 
three miles and a distance, by Im*. 
Baddell's Doctor Syntax, aged, 
89tl9b»,batbeatin the same race 
Sbr J. H. Maxwell's Fair Helen, 
4yr8 old, 78t. 121b.:- — 6 to 5 on 
ReFeUer, 7 to 4 agst Doctor Syn- 
tax, and 7 to 4 agst Fair Helen. 
A good race. — ^And at Doncaster, 
in the same year, at 8st. 101b. for 
the Doncaster Stakes, four miles, 
birMr. Lambton's BPTPdins^ 4yr8 
m, 7st. 71b. : — 6 to 2 i>n Reveller. 
A smart raqe, but won easy at last. 

These were the whole of his per- 
formances. He is now advertised 
as a stallion, at his owner*B seat, 
Bedale, Yorkshire, at 15gs. and Ig. 


T9U»eBdUor of the Siting Ma^foeine. 

|||JIMROD, it appears, has been 

in Surrey, and does not think 

the part of Surrey that he was in 

a good hunting country. Whether 

it be so or not is matter of opinion. 

He speaks handsomely of their 

hounds, and their style of hunt- 

i^; and they are the main thinffs. 

They bad nothing to do in Uke 

formation of the country ; but the 

latter depends entirely on their 

spirit atSd exertion. I mention 

NiioiaD's opinion, because it waa 

said, last year, Kent was not a 
good hunting country, whidi was 
contradicted ; but if Nihsod would 
ride from the Surrey country to 
Rochester, and from thence toCfail-i 
ham, he would find, in my opinion^ 
but very littie difference between 
the two countries. If he went into 
the East Kent, he would undoubt- 
edly find it better. I wish he could 
see the East Kent houndsi for if 
finding and killing are proofs of 
goodness (and for my own part I 
know no better), eood ones they 
must be. I should like him to see 
Mr. Oxenden, Mr. Palmer, and 
some others in the Hunt, ride to 
hounds : I think he would say they 
were not much amiss. The amor 
/Mi^ruFhas been commended throng 
ages; and a fondness for one'a 
country in general, and apartiality 
for the parish one was bom in, are 
much the same things. Now you 
may as well speak treason in the 
presence of a courtier, as say any- 
thing against an East Kent horse, 
hound, or man, in the presence of 
an East Kent man. If there's any. 
Tanity or prejudice in tUs feeUng^ 
it is of the noble kind. 

The miniature pack <^ Messrs. 
Whitaker and Wills deserves no- 
tice. They are to me as an Elzevir 
edition of a fox-hound pack: there's 
a something about them which 
seems to say, ^^ Don't laugh at us 
because we are littie, but come 
along and try us" — ^like Tydeus oi 
old, small in stature, but great in 
heart. They had what ^ihbod 
would call a hard run, a few days 
back, from Hollingboume to GK)d- 
mersham, through Mr. ICnight's 
Park, to Chilham, a distance littie 
short of twenty miles, ride it as 
you can, and from thence home to 
Kennel, thirty miles, I suppose. I 
was told— but hunters, like travel- 
lers, sometimes tell stawk§pe tales in 




that a horse died in the hunt. 
They certainly are hot bad ones. 

The Harriers in Kent will bear 
comparison^ in my opinion^ with 
hamers in any county-^-such as 
are Messrs. Barling's, jBlaxland's^ 
Wilkes's, and many others. 

An Old Subscriber. 

January 7, 1824. 



(Ardeanycticorax^ Lin, — Le Bihoreau^ 


^HE length of this bird is abont 
twenty inches; the bill is 
three inches and three quarters 
long, slightly arched, strong, and 
black, inclining to yellow at the 
base ; the skin Irom me beak round 
the eyes is bare, and of a greenish 
colour; irides, yellow; a white 
line is extended from the beak 
over each eye; a black patch, 
glossed with green, covers the 
crown of the head and nape of the 
neck, from which three long nar- 
row white feathers, tipped with 
brown, hang loose and waving; 
the hinder part of the neck, co- 
verts of the wings, sides, and tail, 
are ash-coloured ; throat white, fore 
part of the neck, breast, and belly, 
yellowish white or buff; the back 
black, the legs a greenish yellow. 
---The female is nearly the same 
size as the male, but she differs 
considerably in her plumage, which 
is less bright and distinct, being 
more blended with clay or dirty 
white, brown, grey, and rusty ash 
colour, and she has not the delicate 
plumes which flow from the head 
of the male.— -The Night Heron fre- 
quents the sea shores, rivers, and 
inland marshes, and lives upon 
crickets, slugs, frogs, reptiles, and 

fish. It remains concealed during 
the day, and does not roam abrogiid 
until tne approach of night, when 
it is heard and known by its roueh, 
harsh, and disagreeable cry, which 
is by some compared to the noise 
made by a person straining to vo- 
mit. Some ornithologists affirm, 
that the female builds her nest on 
trees, others that she builds it on 
rocky cliffs.; probably both accounts 
are right. She lays three or four 
white eggs.-— This bird was shot 
near London, in the year 1816, 
and is now in the British Museum. 
It is very rare in this country, and 
on that account we have deemed it 
a fit subject for the embellishment 
of our Magazine. 

For the Sporting Magazine. 

^HB following extraordinary 
occurrence took place at 
Belford, on the 22d of Novem- 
ber last. A gentleman who had 
come for the purpose of hunting 
with the Mellerstain fox-hounds» 
while in the neighbourhood of Sir 
Oamaby Haggerston's, in North- 
umberland, stopped at the inn at 
Belford, and oraered a very fine 
horse which he had in his gig to 
have a pail of oatmeal and water. 
The ostler took off the bridle^ and 
no Sooner did the horse perceive 
the gig behind him, than he set off 
at full gallop with it, and leaped a 
stone-and-lime wall five feet nine 
inches high, and alighted on the 
roof of a pigsty, on the other side 
of the wall, the shafts of the gig 
resting on the wall. He was got 
down with some difficulty, but very 
little hurt. The gig was not at afl 
injured. A double-barrelled gun, 
loaded, was chucked out of the 
carriage, and stuck in the ground 



with the miusBle downwards, but to beaheavyhitterJnLancadurt- 
did not go off; and every thing and he has also taken the " shine'" 
fceing soon put to rights, the gen- out of a number of his country- 
tlenian proceeded on his journey. men in Shamrockshire ; but their 
Although in this remarkable in- qualities as boxers aie unknown ; 
stance no liarm was done, yet the and although Langan was strongly 
nractioe of taking the bridles off badced by some of his country- 
horses while in harness is so gene- men, and by Mr. S. of Liver* 
rally followed by mischief, that the pool, still the bets were two, three, 
mwrtion of the above in your and four to one against his beating 
widely-arculated Magazine may Spring. The money (3001. a side) 
be an additional warning a^nst was made good at Cfribb's, on New 
this too common custom, and will Year's Day, and betting at the 
at the same time much oblige your sporting houses became very brisk 
humble servant, Admonitor. i^I'iverpool and Manchester, as 

well as in the Metropolis. In the 

mrrw «tt^tt *r.r..T^ «*^t.^ articlcs, tho fight was to take place 

THE P UGILISTIC RING. half-way betw^nLondon andMan- 

FIGHT BETWEEN SPRING AND ^«8*«%f on a spot as new as pos- 

LANGAN. «>¥e. It was supposed that Bir- 

mmgham Heath would have been 

npHE very intense interest ex- the scene of actiim; and Whitting- 
cited by this event, through- ham Heath, two miles from Litch- 
out England and the Sister King- field, was the next spot which was 
dom, the termination of which was named; but all efforts to complete 
to decide to whom the enviable dis- the contract upon suitable terms 
tinction of ^' Champion of Eng- fiuled : and then Melton Mowbray, 
land" and of " Ireland" was to in that fine sporting country. Lei- 
belong, took place Wednesday, Ja- cestershire, it was supposed would 
nuary 7> 1824, on Worcester race- have had the honour ci being the 
course, opposite the Grand Stand, selected spot for deciding tibe 
which is within less than half a '' wager of battle ;'* but the beaks 
mfle of the city. could not be quiet, and then War* 

The manner in which this con- wick race-course was thought of. 

test originated, and the epistolary The Warwick folks were " eager 

correspondence of these literary for the fray" to be decided close to 

professors of pugilism, have been that town; but they would only 

already laid before the public. come down 401. though they would 

Langan was a man almost un- have been benefited above 20001. 
known to the London ring : he and therefore the commissary re- 
sprung up like Donnelly, and, like fused to accede to the shabby pro- 
him, was to thresh every member position. A more liberal offer was 
of the pugilistic corps, till he got subsequently made, but a decided 
at '^ the top of the tree." He was negative was given to it, and a treaty 
brought into notice more by the was entered into with the Woroes- 
number of his battles, than from ter folks, to have the contest de- 
the goodness of the men he van- dded on Worcester race-course, 
quished: he beat Pat Halton with- much to the chagrin and mortifi- 
out much difiiculty; also a man cation of the ''mmvickshire lads." 
named Vipond, who was supposed The Worcestershire Justices afr« 

Vol. XIII. N. 5.— No; 76. D n 


•BmUed to 4i8Qiw '^tbe rnHmrifltv rapidity. Chaises, ootch^, gigB^ 
ofaUowingtibefight to taKepUoe/' boiroucheft, earts, and vehicles of 
aBd here, also, there was an oppo- every description, entered in sue- 
s^tion; but a sporting Nobleman ceswon, heavily loaded, from every 
iNsing urged ta use his influence, part of the country, 60 and 100 
^e result was, that '' no interfer- miles round. From Liverpool and 
ence would take place." The race- Iiondon, hundreds of persons came 
course was instantly fitted up, by to see the fight, ana not a few 
placing waggons and carts round from Ireland. On the Tuesday 
an immense ring. The clei^k of night, the Iiondon c^>nB± pug^" 
tlie course, Mr. Share, issued tick- tiquewere nearly all in Worcester, 
ets for the Grand Stand; and the and every tavern was crowded to 
following bill was circulated at all excess. BeAs, at scmie of the prin- 
the booksellers, libraries, and chief cipal inns, were oommonly charged 
shops in the city:— ^^ Tickets of one guinea the night, and ha£a« 
admission to Worcester Grand guinea at inferior places. 
Stand, to see the English and Irish The London men who are em- 
Champions fight, on the 7th Ja- ployed to convey the ropes, stakes, 
nuary, 1824, may be had at * * *, &c. from the Metropolis to the 
at half-a-suinea a ticket/* At the field of battle, claimed an al- 
l^ter end of the previous wedk, lowance for their trouble ; and 
Iiangan arrived in Birmingham, as 2001. had been given by the 
from the neighbourhood of Buxton, good citizens of Worcester to the 
where he had been training. His agents of the combatants, the 
condition was fine. Josh Hudson J^ndon m^ expressed their opi- 
9aid, he was '^ as hard as iroa" nion that 1001. ought to be pre- 
He is not quite so taU as Spring, sented to them to pay their ex- 
Hi^ height js the same to the pences. After several speeches 
shoulders, but Sprmg is longer in pro and con, a compromise took 
the neck ; nor is his form so sym- place. 

metrical as the person of his oppo- During the whole of Monday 
nent; yet his frame exhibits very and Tue^ay, carpenters were em* 
strong muscle. His shoulders are ployed in erecting temporary hus- 
broad, his arms long, his face well tings; and an outer ring of one 
covered by the projection of his hundred yards in diameter was 
as Jrontis, and altogether he ap- formed. Under the direction of 
peared to be a most powerful ath- Mr. Share, the clerk of the course, 
tetic man, and ^^ a dan^rous cus- an inner ring of twenty-four 
tomer." Xiangan left Birmingham feet square was also raised, about 
for Droitwich, which is within six two feet from the level. It was 
miles of Worcester, where he con- found necessary to elevate the 
tinued till the morning of the fight, inner ring, in consequence of the 
Spring had been at the seat of his flow of water over the grass, 
chief backer^ Captain Barrett, near which was raised upon posts co- 
Cheltenham, vered with planks, and the planks 
PBELiMiNARiES TO THE FIGHT, wcrc afterwards covered with turf 
On the Tuesday morning, and six inches in thickness, upon 
during the whole of the day, till a which saw-dust was laid. It is 
late hour at night, the city of impossible to give a description 
Worcester filled with astonidbixi^ of the outer ring ; in many parts 



b^ it the ground was half a foot 
deep in mud and ^ush^ and many 
u Johnny Raw was in a pretty 
plight^ in consequence of slipping 
Lnee-deep into holes which had 
been made on various parts of the 
ground to draw off the water. 
Every disaster of the kind drew 
from the spectators loud bursts of 
laughter. Iiie Grand Stand and the 
hustings adjoining were crowded 
to excess^ at half-a^guinea a faead^ 
and the numbers who paid were 
computed at not less than four or 
five thousand. The chief Nobi- 
lity and gentry of Worcester- 
shire and the adjoining counties 
were on the eround^ and many 
Noblemen and gentlemen from 
dfstant parts of the kingdom came 
to view the trial of strength and 
science between these pugilistic 
champions. We observed Lord 
Deerhurst^ Lord Anson^ Hon* Tho- 
mas Coventry^ Sir James Mus- 
grave> Colonel Berkeley^ 1^ An- 
thony Lechmere^ Bart.^ Sir G. 
Webster, Lord Molyneux, Mr. G. 
Osbaldeston, Mr. E. Peel, Mr. 
John Mills, Mr. Compton, Mr. 
James Smith Barry, &c. On no . 
former occasion wittiin our recol- 
lection, not excepting the memo- 
rable fight between Gully and 
Gregson, in Sir John Sebright'S 
Park, were so many first-rate 
sporting characters assembled. 
Two hours before the fight com- 
m^iced, almost every seat 'was oc- 
cupied, and the craft upon the 
river Severn, which meanders by 
the fiide of the race-course, were 
filled with spectators, even to the 
top of the sails and rigging, and 
the appearance altogether was re- 
markably effective and imposing, 
which was considerably heightened 
by the masts of the vessels being 
hung with fi9M, and the sails 
ad<nmed with ribbons. 

At ten minutes before one, Nttf 
Painter arrived, attired in his flan- 
nel jacket, with ^fl^U round each 
knee, denoting his character as 
second. He and Gribb had en- 
gaged to pick up Tom Sprinff. At 
Uy^ minutes before one^ luring 
arrived at the ring, in a carriage 
and pair, belonging to and attend- 
ed by Captain Barrett, his chief 
backer, accompanied by Cribb, and 
several sporting characters. He 
expressed the utmost confidence in 
^e result of the contest, and his 
coolness wa« remarkable. He took 
out his watcli, and 8aid> ''It i6 
near one," and we observed that 
there was not the slightest tremor 
or shake of the hand. At one 
o'clock. Josh Hudson took off his 
coat, and appeared in his white 
suit, as Langan*8 second. There 
were cries in everr part of the ring 
forLangan. '' Where is Laogan ? 
was resounded from every part of 
the arena. ** Why don't ybb go 
it. Spring?* Sprmg replied, *' I 
can't fight without him."—'' Note 
that down, Mr. Re|)orter,'" cried 
Lord Molyneux.^— Viscount I)eer- 
hurst was umpire for Spring, and 
Sir Henry Goodriche for'Xiiuigan, 
and Colonel Berkeley Yeferee. * 
^ Tenminutespa8tonearrived,aAd 
Cribb and Ned Painter cried out 
most lustily for Langan, and Cribb 
said, "Ifyoudon'tcome,Mr.Paddy 
from Cork, the stakes will be given 
up to Cribbw"— " He's commgl" 
resounded from Langan^s frien£. 

At eighteen minutes past one 
o'clock, an extensive hustings 
erected on the right of the Great 
Stand, which contained not less 
than" 1500 or 2000 persons, came 
.down, with a tremendous cntsh; 
Every eye was directed towards 
the spot: a general shriek was 
heard, and the greatest terror pre- 
vailed. Th6 confusion created by 




this alarming acddent t>eggared 
an ^iescription^ but the conse- 
quences were not by any means 
60 extensive as was anticipated* 
We saw many persons who had 
been wounded and lacerated, and 
several had broken limbs* Sir T. 
Salisburv was cut about the face 
and heaa, and bled profusely, but 
the injury was inconsiderable. 
Half-past one arrived, andLangan 
not appearing, bets were offered 
Chat he did not come at all. On 
referring to the articles of the 
fight, drawn up at Manchester, it 
was discovered thatno«peci/£c time 
of the day for the fignt to com- 
mence ha!a been Inserted therein. 
There was great murmuring. At 
twenty minutes to two Lanean ar- 
rived, and entered the ring, kaning 
on the arms of his seconds, Hudson 
and Reynolds. {Huzzas loud and 

!• On placing themselveB in atti* 
tude, the advantages in |ioint c£^fet» 
son were dedslvdUr manifest on the 
side of Spring. The combatants kept 
at a respectable distance from each 
other, yet both on the look-out for 
an opening. Spring at length made a 
hit, which Langanstoppedwith eldlL 
Hie Champion slowly advanoedl, and 
Langankept retreating backwards till 
near the comer of the xins . Sprint 
let fly right and left, and Languid 
left <^^ received aslighttoach. Spring 
sot away firom a heavy body dIow. 
An exchange, but no mischief done. 
Langan a{;un in the comer smilmg, 
in a position armed at all points^ 
Langan endeavoured to {dant a body 
blow with his left hand, when Spring 
jumped away as light as a cork. Here 
jLangan put nis thumb to his nose, by 
wa)r of derision as to the powers of 
Spring. The latter stopped Langan's 
lejft'hand. '' Fight away. Jack r said 
Josh Hudson : ^' he can't hurt no- 
body !" Some blows were exchanged 
ratiber sharply. A long pause. Lan- 
gan made a good stop with his right 

hand. Some hits p a s sed . They dosed? 
after a severe struggle both down, but 
Langan uppermost. Eight minutes 

S. Along fight already anticipated. 
Sprinff very cautious, and appeared 
as if aetermined not to receive any of 
Paddy's chimsy thumps. Langan hit 
Spring on the body. The latter 
planted a tremendous facer on the top 
of Langan's nose, which produced the 
claret. Good science on both sides. 
After a long Pftuse Spring put down 
his hands. The English Champion 
appeared to have maoe up his mind 
not to be hUf but to be liberal in the 
extreme to ^W, and not to take, Lan- 
gan again displayed great skill in stop- 
ping. (At this juncture the left wing, 
or temporary ecaffiild, erected for the 
accommodation of the spectators, gave 
way with a tremendous crash, andup- 
wards of one thousand persons, from 
the height of thirty feet, were pred- 

S'tated one upon the other in one 
'eadftil confused mass. The coun- 
tenance of Spring changed, and he 
put up his huids, as if doubting whe- 
ther he should quit the ring or pro* 
oeed. Langan received a heavy blow 
on his left eye, and both went dowa 
in a dose. 
8y i, 5, ^ Li the latter round Lan* 

Sn's right eye was nearly dosed. In 
e throw Spring went oown heavily 
on his head. 

7 to 14. In all the above rounds, 
though Langan had received several 
nobbers, he was not in the slu^test 
degree reduced as to eourage. C& the 
contrary, he was as gaif as a lark. 
Langan observed to Spring, '^ My boy, 
I can fight for a week." '' Yes,*' said 
Josh, ^'for a month, if you get no 
heavier blows than you have received 

15 to 21. In the last round Lan- 
gan threw Spring out of the ropes ; 
and with much jocularity and gooa 
nature observe^ laying hold of 
Springs arm, '^ IJf I sent you down, 
I have a right to pick you up !" 
" Bravo r 

SStoSS. In several of these rounds 
^ring planted somefiicers ; but they 
were not heavy enough to ttike the 
pluck out of Langan. ^' How bad 



l^^rio^ fl^ts tOi<Uiy !" was the ob- 
servation of an old backer of the Eng- 
lish Champion. 

33 to 36. Spring did not please the 
multitude by his smashing qualities, 
but his backers expressed themselves 
well pleased with the caution he dis- 
played. In the 34th rounds Spring 
put in a tremendous blow on Paddv s 
mvLg, as he was coming in, so that ne 
went downquickly. 

379 38. These were two excellent 
fighting rounds. Langan laughed at 
Spring, saying, ^' You have done no- 
thing yet.' " All in good time," re- 
ei Spring: ^^ I shul do it at last" 
gan planted two heavy blows on 
the side of Spring's head; but the 
Irishman w^ted length to do severe 
mischief. Both of the combatants 
fell down, and Cribb in the bustle 
likewise was on the ^ound. 

39 to 45. Spring m these rounds 
continued cautious, and Lankan full 
of spirits. Most of the fightmg men 
exclaimed, " He is the best Irisnman 
ever seen in the ring! He is the 
gamest man alive !'' 

46 to 50. The lEaoe of Spring did 
not exhibit the slightest mark of pu^ 
niskment, but Uie left hand of Langan 
had told now and then upon his body. 
The Englijsh Champion appeared set- 
ting weSk, from the siruggleshe nad 
had with Langan, and al^ from seve- 
ral heavy falls. 

51 to 56. The outer roped ring 
had been for the last hour in the 
greatest disorder. The constables' 
JODgpoles were useless ; the whips of 
the fiffhting men were of no avail ; 
and toe mob was now close up to the 
ring. It was now like a tum^^p in the 
streets of London: the combatants 
had not three yards either way to ex- 
hibit their tactics. Spring put in the 
most hits on the nob of his opponent, 
bat the strength of Langan m get- 
ting Spring down surprised every one 

57, 58, 59, 60. ^' What a prime fel- 
low this Langan has proved himself 
to be!" was a general remark. The 
ring was so much reduced, that the 
combatants were in danger of recdv- 
io^ blows from whips and sticks. 
Cnbb was so pressed upon, that^ in a 

violent rage, he threatened to floor 
any person who stood in his way. One 
of the umpires was hit with a shillal- 
lee by a rough Fatlander who was at- 
tempting to get a little space foi; 
Langan, and when informed that he 
was behaving rude to a Nobleman, 
" Devil may care !" says Pat : " All 
I want is fair play for Jack Langan 1" 
61 to 64. '^ Go to work I Spring 
has no hits left in him!" Langan 
followed this advice, and some sharp 
work was the result. Spring could 
not retreat. 

65. By the advice of his second. 
Josh Hudson, Langan rushed in with 
his right hand, but instead of alight- 
ing on the nose of Spring, it toudied 
slightlv on the side of his head. The 
struggle to obtain the throw was vio- 
lent, but Langan got it : Spring came 
down on his back, and Langan on 
him, and the breath of the Champion 
was nearly shaken out of his body. 
Spring was picked up in a weak state, 
and looked extremely pale. 

66. In this round the English 
Champion put in a tremendous nob- 
ber, and also Jibbed Langan down. 
'^ That's a settler !" said a by-stander» 
'* Indeed it is not !" replied Paddy : 
'^Spring will not settle his account 
this time. By the powers, I have 
got a good balance to give him vet V*. . 

67 to 70. Langan's face looked 
the worse for the battle. One peeper 
had nearly been darkened for an hour 
and a half. Both of the men were 
getting weak, but Langan always got 
up when time was called, saying, " I 
am readv !" 

71. The rinff was now in one com- 
plete jostle, ana the rank of the swell 
was lost siffht of, opposed to the har- 
dihood and strength of the commoners 
with whips and sticks in their hands. 
Yet some of the sharpest rounds were 
now fought. Spring received ano- 
ther severe fall, and was undermost. 

73. The general opinion appeared 
to be, that Spring would win. He 
had no room to get away. There was 
no ring left : all was cnaos, and Co- 
lonel Berkeley, the referee, said, ** I 
am so disgusted with the treatment 
I have experienced, that I will give 
up the watch. Here is no ring. It 



18 impossible to stand still half a se- 
cond^ without being assailed with a 
cut from a whip^ or a blow from a 
stick ; and no good done either/' In 
no fight whatever was there such a 
scene of confusion in the space allot- 
ted for the men to fight The battle 
was little more than pulling and 
hauling ; and in closing, both down. 
Nothing foul appeared to be attempt- 
ed^ but Doth the fighting men were 
hoarse widi calling out^ '' Clear the 
ring !" and decul beat from the exer- 
tions they had made. 

73. Langan left his second's knee 
rather weak. In dosing^ he was 
Jibbed severely by Spring, who, well 

assured he had not a mmute to lose, 
was cool, and, from his knowledge and 
experience in the prize-ring, had the 
advantage, when the nicetif of the 
thing was required. 

74. On Ltmgan placing himself in 
attitude, the Champion went to work 
without delay, and Lankan received 
a heavy blow in the imddle of his 
head, and went down. 

75. Spring again commenced the 
attack, when Langan returned with 
great spirit; but Spring had decid- 
edly the best, and Langan was Jibbed 
down, his face covered with claret. 
'^ Take the brave fellow away !" — 
'^ I will not be taken away ! Who 
dares to say so ?" urged Langan. 

76. Sprmg again went to work ; 
but Langan shewed fight, and strug- 
gled to obtain the throw : both down. 
*' Take him away !" Langan's head 
rested on his second's shoulder till 
time was called. ^^ Ten pounds to a 
crown the battle is over in five mi- 
nutes !" 

77. and last. Spring administered 
heavy punishment with both of his 
hands, and Langan fell down quite 
exhausted. Reynolds had great dif- 
ficulty in getting him off the ground. 
Langan was in a state of stupor, and 
his eye closed. Calls to take bun away. 
When time was called, Lan^n was 
insensible to it, and Josh Hudson 
gave in for him. In about half a 
minute Langan opened his eyes, still 
sitting on ue knee of his second, 
when ne was told the fight was over. 
He said " his second had no right to 

give in for him. He could fis^t tdt 
more than forty rounds." The um- 
pire was asked for his decision, who 
said, " Langan did not come to fisht 
when thne was called ; and thererore 
he had lost the battle, according to 
the rules of puj^sm." Upon this 
answer, and decision of the umpire, 
Spring left the ring, amidst the 
snouts of the pq^mlace, Langan roar- 
ing out, "I am not beaten ! Clear out 
the ring — I can fight for four hours !'* 
In the course of a few minutes he 
left the ring; and as he approach^ 
the Grand Stand, he was received 
with thunders of applause, and jumped 
over some ropes in his way with great 
agility. The battle lasted two hours 
and twenty-nine minutes. 

The evening was so fiir ad* 
yanced, that the battle between 
Belasco and O'Neale was, bynia- 
tual consent, deferred till a more 
coAvenient opportunity. 

The following letters hare been 
published since the battle. They 
speak for themselves, and thei?e- 
fore require no preface :-— 


^' Gentlemen — Conscious of the 
humble situation I hold in society, I 
still feel that even a pugilist has a 
character to lose. Under this im- 
pression, I think it a duty I owe to 
myself and the sporting part of the 
world, to state some facts relative to 
the late battle, which will make the 
lovers of fair play blush at the con- 
duct of some in the ring. 

'^ We had only one friend on the 
ground that I personally knew to offi- 
ciate as time-xeeper for us, but he 
was a tradesman, and Cribb insisted 
none but a gendeman should hold 
the watch. Thus situated, we were 
obliged to submit to have a time- 
keeper appointed by Spring's friend. 
This was not exactly fair ; but I do 
not wish to insinuate that the um- 
pires did wrong: on the contrary. 
Spring's umpire kept his post to the 
last in the most gallant style; but 



Liogan's and the referee were obliged 
to quit the ring. In fact^ inside the 
twenty-four foot^ in whidi oidy the 
combatants and the seconds ougnt to 
have been^ was crowded to excess for 
llie last hour^ pushing, kicking, and 
striking with whips and stidks, of 
which Langan recmed more than his 
flhaxe. Five minutes was enough to 
sfiAiaf y any time-keeper in the world, 
if he Kept the combatants in sight. 

'' I feel incompetent to the task of 
describii^Langan's ill-treatment: he 
was kicked on the back and head 
8eTa*al times ; and towards the latter 
part, when the ring was full, when- 
ever Langan attempted to throw 
^ring, the rascals mat were within 
t£e ropes gave Langan every obstruc- 
tion in their power, by placing their 
knees in such a manner, that, instead 
of Spring being under, he was turned 
on tae top of Langan. Both Cribb 
and Painter practised this tiick ; and 
the blow thiEit Langan received on 
the left eye, was caused by Painter's 
knee. Cm one occasion, when both 
men had fallen. Spring under, Cribb 
said Langan was biting ; and in the 
act of stooping to pick up his man, 
he struck Langan, and I struck him. 
Before the men went to the scratch, 
Lisngan, in justi$eation of himself, 
asked Spriuja; if what Cpbb said was 
tjue? ^ring, by a snake of the 
liead, answered in the n^ative. And 
here let me state, that I wish particu- 
larly to be imderstood, that 1 do not 
charge Spring with foul play: I 
never wish to see a more honourable 
fighter. One time, by the pressure 
ofme crowd, I was thrown out of the 
rinfi^ Langan on me. Spring on him : 
in this situation, a cowardly ruffian, 
that I should know if I was to see 
him twenty years hence, deliberately 
aimed a kick at Langan's side, but 
fortonatdy for him it fell on my 
Isg, and severely cut it. There was 
scarcely a puginst down at the fight 
hut at one tune or other paid attention 
to Spring by little kind cSfices — bring- 
ing water, fanning the air in his face 
with their hats, and keeping the whips 
and sticks from him; but a poor 
Irishman that attempted to fan Lan- 
gan with hia batj while Josh was 

flogdng out the ring, was told by a 
pu^list if he did not desist he would 
floor him. The last seven or eight 
rounds, I had another difficulty to 
encounter, by Hudson wantix^me to 
give in for Langan ; and every round 
of the last three or four, he swore ' 
bitterly he would not second him 
another round, for fear, as he said, 
of Langan being killed, and himself 
lagged. If this was pure humanity^ 
I very much praise his feeliiups : but 
it was a feeling he never displayed ii^ 
any other fight in which he was ^se* 
cond ; and I am told that Hudson, 
although he swore bitterlv to me 
he had not a farthing on the fi^ht, 
had bet considerable sums w;amst 
Langan. One of those bets I can 
prove, of 50L to 90L on ^ing: the 
money was put into the luoids of Mr* 
Martm, of the George Inn, Birming- 
ham, uid by him pjutcedin the faanida 
of the bar-maid of the Rein Deer, 
Worcester, who paid it to Hudscm af- 
ter the fight Previous to this, no man 
more hi^ily respected Hudson than 
I did, and shall feel proud if he can 
explain, in a satisfactory manner, his 
conduct in this affiiir. I was confi- 
dent of victory, for Springes hands 
were spoUed put giving any punish- 
ment: Langan's hands were good, his 
strength superior, and he could al- 
ways throw Spring when the rascals 
in the ring did not interfere. In the 
last round the men had scarcely room 
to put themselves in attitude; and 
finoinff every new comer an antago- 
nist, Isaid publicly, as the ring wot 
not kept, Langan sHouldJight no more. 
Langan heard me say this while yet 
on the ground, and most earnestly 
said he would not give in, but would 
fight for a, week, under every disad- 
vantage, sooner than resign. I must 
admit I now used every argument I 
coidd think of to induce him to re- 
sign, for my heart bled to see the 
brave fellow good-humouredly fight- 
ing against so manv, but all my ar- 
guments were useless; and on Josh 
saying he would not second him any 
longer, 'Leave me, then!' was his re- 
ply : ' I will manage with Reynolds.* 
1 believe it was told to Cribb that 
Langan had given in. He came and 



Miked him the question, but both I 
and Langan contradicted this, and 
told him we yrere ready to fiffht. 
Spring's umpire then came and asLed 
the question, and received the same 
answer. At this time fighting in the 
ring was impossible: there was not a 
dear square jfoot of ground to stand on, 
and I repeatedly requested those that 
ought to have kept the ring, to flog it 
out; but no attempt was made to do 
any thing of the kind, and shortly af- 
ter Spring was taken out of the ring. 
I then threw up my hat for Lanjgan. 
After the battle I called on Spring's 
umpire, as the only person that could 

S've a decision on the subject, and 
lese were his words, in the presence 
of the gentleman that bled Spring, 
after the battle :— ' I know little of 
the regulations of the ring, but what 
I do know I will state. I was told 
that Langan's second had nven in. 
I instantly went to Reynolds, and 
asked him the Question. Reynolds 
said Langan would not gire in, and 
was ready to fight I then looked to 
the watch, and when the second-hand 
]x>inted to the half minute, I called 
time, but neither of the men got to 
the scratch, I aeain called time at 
the minute, and tne minute and half, 
but neither of the men got up to the 
mark. This is all I know of the sub- 
ject When Mr. Jackson is applied to 
he will be able to tell you the la w on 
the subject; but if the men hadgotup, 
fighting would have been impossible, 
as the ring was completely filled.' 

'^ The gentleman that Died Spring 
said that Spring told him, if he (Mr. 
Spring) had been fighting in Ireland, 
and was treated in the same way 
Langan had been l^t day, he woiQd 
have declared that he had received 
foul play. 

^^ WhenShelton and Hudson fought, 
both men were hit nearly senseless, 
but by Shelton being brought up to 
the scratch, although he instantly 
dropped, vet he was unanimously de- 
clared to nave won the battle. How 
then is it possible Spring can be a 
winner? He did not eet up, any more 
than Langan. If Helton had not 
been brought to the scratch, which 
could have claimed the battle-money ? 

But Langan was not on the^flofh side 
of the question. Is this the fair play 
of which Englishmen so much boast r 
It was this land oi fair plav which 
was shewn to Molineux, m nis first 
battle with Cribb ; but he was a black : 
^at, most likely, was sufficient reason. 
Langan is not a black, but unfortu* 
natdv he is an Irishman, and Ihat ia 
a fault which has decided the battle 
against him. I can say this for Lan- 
ffan, though he is not within one hun- 
dred miles of me at the present mo- 
ment, that his only wish is to fight 
Spring, but on a stage ; and the tast 
words we had at parting were, ' If 
the money is awarded to me, wMch I 
think I have a just right to have, tell 
Spring, that, if he pleases, he shall 
have another chance for the same 
stakes, by fighting over again, and the 
winner shaU take them.' 

" Gentlemen — I am sorry I have 
had occasion to take up so much of 
your viduable time, but I cannot take 
leave of you without alluding to an 
observation in one of the newspapers, 
which stated that Langan was badly 
advised to fi^ht Spring, and that he 
was over trained, mth respect to 
his over training, the long fiehtproves 
a direct contramction : wim respect 
to beinff badly advised, if he had fair 
play, wnere was the bad advice ? He 
certainly did not fight so well aa I 
expected; but that may be attributed 
to a diffidence that always accompa- 
nies a pugilist on his first appearance 
in a London ring ; but I am owite 
confident he will satisfy the world as 
much about his giving' qualifications, 
as he has done with his taking abili- 
ties. With respect to Spring, if we 
were to admit that he did win the 
. battle, what honour would he gain, 

r'nst a man two inches shorter, and 
It a stone less in weight ? 
^^ It is a singular fact, that Langan 
and Belcher have received several fet- 
ters, stating, that if ever Spring had 
the worst of the battle, the rmg would 
be broken; and in Birmin^iam it 
was current that the Irishman would 
not be allowed to win. — I am. Gen- 
tlemen, your v^ humble servant, 

" Thomas Reynolds." 
'' Gaatle Tavern, Holborn, Jan. 14,1824.*' 




- '^ Sir — I trotible you for the last 
time with a fe^v hnes, which I trust 
you will insert in your paper, as the 
constant inquiry from every friend I 
meet is, ' How could you oe so long 
winning your fight?* My reply to 
them, and to those gentlemen who 
may have taken any inta^est in it, is 
this :— In the fifth round, it is w^U 
known not only to my own seconds, 
but to Josh Hudson, who was natu- 
rally using e,very possible exertion to 
ensure the success of Langan, that 
my left hand had flown like glass, 
added to which, from the shamefrd 
state of the ring, th«£ space we fought 
in was ollten limited to six feet, and 
at times ; we absolutely mingled with 
the Rotators. These are facts. 
What w;as the consequence? With 
literally but one hand, and no room 
to exercise the superior science which 
it is admittied I possess, I had to con- 
tend with a man as game, as good a 
thrower, and in as h^b condition, as 
entered the ting. I wish my 


opponent's conduct out of the rii^ 
had been equal to his conduct in it ; 
but I have now to inform you, that in 
consequence of his' demurrine to my 
receiving the stake-monfey, tne Um- 
pires have been applied to, whoimme- 
diately sent their written decision^ by 
which the money is now placed, in my 
possession. Und^ the head 'Ol>- 
servations/ you rather harshly state,, 
that this figi\thasnot raised me in 
the opinion of the amateurs. Per- 
haps not. For myself I have only to 
say, that under all the circumstances 
I consider myself fortunate in win- 
ning at all ; and that had my hand 
remained soimd, and the ring kept 
properly, a third of the time would 
nave decided the business. To my 
friends, ^ patrons, an4 the sporting 
world in general, I return my most 
grateful thanks; and permit me. Sir, 
mrough you, to assure them, that my 
conduct in private life shall never 
make them regret the kind and ge- 
nerous assistance they have ever af- 
forded me in my public one. — I am. 
Sir, your obedient servant, 

" T. Spwno." 

Vot, XIIL N. 5.--N0. r«. 

" P. S. I have just received a long 
leiteu from Tmn Reynolds I thank 
him f<nr his compnment> but am 
compelled to say, tnat what he states 
are principally rank falsehoods, and 
he knows it. Why keep up the invi- 
dious distinction netween English- 
fnen and Irishinen ? kxe we not all 


" White Horse, Silver-street, Wor- 
cester, Jan. 8, 1824. 
" Mb. Belcher — ^Dear Sir— -Un- 
acquainted with the laws of English 
ring-fighting, I look up to you, as the 
person that made the match, to see 
me riffhted. The last hour of the 
fight tne ring was nearlj filled with 
persons that treated me m a manner 
that will throw disgrace on the £m^- 
lish ring. At the conclusion of the 
last round my seconds tho\ight pro- 
. per tq say I should fight no more. 
This I objected to; and on Cribb 
asking me if I would fight any more, 
I told him repeatedly I was ready 
and willing. Spring then wanted to 
shdce hands, but I tdd him not till 
I was better satisfied. Cribb then 
thought pn^r to take his man out of 
the ring. I remained in it and 
claimed the battle^ which I think ia 
mine by the laws of fighting. I was 
ready to fight ; the time wa« not ex:- 
pired; and I acknowledge no person's 
right to give in the battle for me. I 
had as much the beet of it as lie had, 
for, admitting that I was most pu- 
nished about the head, he was worse 
in the body. I could have continued 
the battle half an hour longer, and 
in that time would have agreed to re- 
ceive half a dozen more kicks from 
his partisans. Molineaux's treatment 
was fair play» in mine ; 
but I cannot believe that the gentle- 
men of the Pugilistic Club will allow 
this infamous action to pass without 
redress. I make no apology for ask- 
ing you to call on Mr. Jackson to 
see justice done, for I am a stranger 
very ill used; and that, I am confi- 
dent, is sufficient apoloffv with you 
for this trouble. You will oblige by 
answering this as soon as possible.— 
I am, your humble servant, 

*' JoHir tiAyoJur." 



The above letters are in that 
style of mutual reciiininatkm^that. 
Without entirely refusing our be- 
lief to one side or the otner^ it is 
difficult to determine between 
them. A rejoinder from Re3aiol4s 
has been published^ a mere repeti- 
tion of his former charges, but 
which leares the matter much 
where it was. 

That Spring beat his man is suf- 
ficient for the purposes of paying 
and receivings as also of his retain- 
ing the championships for the pre- 
sent; but that he was so louff 
about its has given rise to sereru 
observatioiis and opinions. Some 
say he is not a hard hitter, and 
that Langaus in the hands of Gul- 
ley, the Chicken^ or Jem Belcher, 
would have been ranquished in 
half the time; whilst others as- 
sert, that Spring beat a very good 
man with tne use of only one arm, 
after the first five or six rounds, 
and that he is the safest man to 
back that ever entered the ring. 
These are points wliich we Inust 
leave others, better judges than 
ourselves, to determine. We can 
only speak to the general character 
of die man, as a candidate for pu- 
gilistic fiune, and we have no hesi- 
tation in saving, that his conduct 
in the ring has ever been that of a 
man, and an Englishman ; and if 
he adheres to his resolution of ne- 
ver fighting again, he wUl carry 
with him into his retirement, the 
good wishes of all unprejudiced 
persons. His last battle, it must 
be remembered, was forced upon 
him. Indeed, to use somewnat 
technical language, he may be said 
to have been bullied into it ; and 
he has publicly declared that he 
will not enter the ring again, un- 
less he be once more fbroed to do 
so. Should he, however, come to 
the scratch again, we are confident 
he will be backed to win^ as we are 

not aware of any man fit to ooa-' 
tend with him. With respect to 
Langan, although he may oe en- 
title to the Irish shamrock, he 
must not aspire to the British lau- 
rel, for notwithstanding he appears 
to be one of the ^'bravest of the 
brave," and to be a glutton for 
Uack eyes and bloody noses, yet we 
are assured he is but a second-rate 
boxer, and science will prevail over 
all. Report says, he nas been a 
long time getting ready for his late 

There still remains much difiler- 
ence of opinion as to the good mr 
ill arising to the community, frmn 
public prize fights. For ourselves;, 
we cannot help thinking that the 
good prevails ; and those who think 
otherwise, would do well to reflect 
upon the mutual exchanges of 
gallantry which took place in this 
bst battle. When fighting for 
such a stake, and such an honour 
as the championship, it was afanoat 
more than could be expected from 
men in their situati(»i, that they 
should give away achanoe; butsa 
it was. A sense of honour prevailed 
over the love of gain, and thooflfa 
Spring set the example, the Irim* 
man md not fail to follow it. Tlie 
public dissemination of such prin- 
ciples must tend to national good. 


To the SdUorttfike Sfporting Magaatkm. 

'M'ONE of your subscribers have 
^ reaped more pleasure from 
reading Nimrod's letters than I 
have— those on hunting countries, 
riding to hounds, and condition of 
huntersyin particular— as affording 
amusement as well as instruction 
to us would-be sportsmen. Not 
subscribinff to fox-hounds in Sur^ 
rey, I seldom hunt^with them, a 
gallop with Lord Derby bebg moit 



C(mv«iiieAt to me, as a reaident in 
the eiiTirotis of London. I have^ 
however^ read his (Nimbod's) ao- 
coiint of the Surrey hounds^ which^ 
with a few trifling exeeptions^ he 
has given correctly. I am told it is 
his intention to give us most of the 
principal hunting establishments 
IB England^ whi(£ will amuse^ and 
for which he is well qualified by 
experience and ability. Perhaps 
he will pardon a hint from one who 
imhiQS nim well^ though (unless 
nersonidljiLX^pite unknown to him. 
It is^ not to dwell on trifles. Sad- 
dles^ lM*idles^ boots and breeches^ 
and such things^ are beneath his 
pen. ' I^et' him take his former 
letters oa Leicestershire^ Oxford- 
sihire^ and Warwick^ for his pat- 
tern : they are written in a gen- 
tiemaidy, a sort of Beckfoi^an 
style^ always agreeable and pa- 

Had I never seen Nimbod in the 
fields I should have thought him 
a little self-sufficient (I beg his 
nurdon)^ when he enpeaks of the 
Sofi^v having performed well^ 
'' had tksf. gone (me turn faster," 
Some say> though he rode bril« 
liantly^ they went fast enough fer 
his horse that day ; for at the end 
of it he r^sed a brook the first 
time^ and fell at it afterwards. 
When I saw him first with Lord 
Derby^ he was a stranger to every 
one, but soon attracted notice. At 
the second stop or cheeky it^ was 
asked who that was on ihe ches- 
nut horse. " We know not,'* said 
several; " but whoever he is^ he is 
not used to Surrey/' alludine to his 
riding straight up the hills wilh 
the hounds. We mtat conclude^ 
hofwever^ he knew his horse; for 
bis leaping Sir Lucas Pepy's Park 
pales^ at the top of Juniper Hill, 
was a dangerous effort, and such 
au no one else attempted. His 

afterwards riding at PHnct Co- 
bourg's palings or ckevaux de 
Jrize, as it may almost be termed, 
after Jonathan the huntsman tell-* 
ing him he would kill his horse, 
was — whatever you may please te 
caU it. 

The horse Nimbod rode, also, 
was the subject of some observa- 
tion, though at that time I believe 
it was scarcely known to any one 
that he was *^ the man." It was a 
strong horse, not shewing too much 
blood, but possessing great speed. 
Indeed, I snould say he was rather 
a vulear-looking animal than not, 
thouj^ with noble shoulders, and 
much bone. I have since heard it 
observed, that he is considered the 
most peifect-leapt horse ever seen 
in Surrey. We must conclude, 
as Nimbod's horse, he has been 
treated on his plan as to condition ; 
but he is full of scores from the 
iron and other disasters. Nimbod> 
I know, tells us, that it is not ne- 
cessary that hunters should be 
sound ; and I hear it is his opinion 
that good wind, ffood condition, 
and good pluck, will always carry 
them through. Should he return 
in the Sprmg, when awr game 
improve in speed, and Mr. Clag- 
gett, CSaptaan Standon, and a few 
others, come amonff us, he may 
see good sport and nard riding in 
Surrey.-^Iremain, Sir, reauesting 
you will find room for this, your 
obedient servant, ^ SvBaoRanR. 

January 12, 1824. 


To the Editor of the Sporting Magazine. 

nnHE old year expired like a 
flame, with a blaze at the last, 
for yesterday was, in my 'opinion, 
the finest of the year. The sun 
shone bright for seven hours, with* 

Be 2 



oQt a ok>ud to zxiolest it, and tlie 
birds sang and frolicked^ as in the 
revelry of spring. Having occa- 
sion to ride about forty miles across 
the country on that day^ I had a 
good opportunity of enjoying it, 
and wisned my great coat and 
mud boots anywhere but where 
they were. 

As the old year concluded so fa^ 
T0urably> may we not hope that 
the new one will commence to our 
wishes? Every thing betokens as 
much. The season is open^ the 
country fit to ride over, and the 
scent improves. The King is well, 
the Duke of York has not been ill. 
Gobbet is doing good, and Orator 
Hunt getting rich. Osbaldeston 
is getting on well in Leicestershire, 
and Sir Bellingham in Stafford- 
shire. Melton full: George Fo- 
rester rides as well as his father 
did, and Mytton* hunts hounds 
without knowing their names. 
Drinking is on the decline, hounds 
increasing, and dandies (thank 
God!) decreasing. Lots of good 
two-year-olds coming out, and the 
greatest Leger ever known at Don- 
caster. Thurtell is hanged > hells 
likely to be shut up ; and the devil 
said to have had a bad fall in hunt- 
uxg-rno hopes of his recovery. 
Markets are rising ; the -Funds are 
rising ; and the Sporting Magazine 
is m.t Englishmen are returning 
from France, to eat English roast 
beef; and Spring has well basted 
the Irishman with one hand. 

What more, Mr. Editor, could 
we wish for? But we arc never 
satisfied. One desideratum yet re- 
mains, which is — that some of , your 
sporting readers will take the trou- 
ble of now and then putting pen 
to paper^and letting us know what 

16 going on in the sporting worldr 
An hour thus employed might help 
to pass away a wet morning, and . 
the fruits of it would be invaluable 
to the Sporting Magazine* We do 
not want the remimscences of past 
ages, nor the dreams of philosophi- 
cal sportsmen; but we wish to 
know what was done yesterday, 
and what is to be done to-morrow. 
Thus it was, that I was much 
pleased with the account sent you 
of the " last day with Lord Der- 
by," last season. It was written 
with much spirit, and it is infor- 
mation of this nature that we are 
in want of. It must,, indeed, be 
highly interesting to sportsmen to 
hear what is going on in other 
countries. How agreeable would 
it be, if a man, sitting down in one 
hunting country, co^ld be informed 
at the end of every month what 
sport there had been in others! 
Instead of this being. the case, how 
many are there . now who never 
know what has. been doing with 
hounds in any country but their 
own, unless by chance they see an 
account of a run or two in the pa- 
pers! Could you, Mr. Editor, 
persuade some of . your readers to 
favour you with this kind of in- 
formation, and you could also ob- 
tain a little more private racing 
intelligence, after the manner of 
Observatob, the Sporting Maga^ 
zine would soon be neck-and-neck 
with the EvangeUcalfX and I will 
answer for it there shall be as much 
sound morality in the one as in the 

Gentlemen sportsmen, you will 
tell me, are idle, and will not take 
the trouble to write. It may be 
so; and what is to be done then? 
Why, Mr. Editor, you must coax. 

• See his speech at Sbrewsbuiy dinner. 

•I; See Mrs. Hij^ffinbottom's excellent letter tti last «/oA» BulL 

X It it said that 27»000 Numbers of this work are published monthly 1 



their huntamen to gire you a line 
sometimes^ when they have had 
any thinff good. They would give 
it m goca fox-hunting lingo ; and 
should a word or two be mis-spelt, 
it matters not, if the meaning be 
clear and comprehensible. For my 
own part, I would rather read a 
huntsman's list of his hounds and 
their pedigrees, without two words 
being spelled rightly, than I would 
wade through the best-written 
letter on sporting, from one who 
knows nothing about it. There is 
only one difficulty in this, and we 
must try to obviate it. 

When sitting down to write (the 
simile being somewhat in my way), 
I have often compared myself to a 
jib coach-horse — awkward at start- 
ing, but, when once off, nothing 
more the matter : the shoulder gets 
warm, and all is well. I well re- 
member this difficulty the first half 
year I went to school. When my 
^sisters \«Tote to me they had al- 
ways the same beginning — " Hav- 
ing got a frank, I embrace the op- 
portunity ;" but having no frank, 
I had no opportunity to embrace, 
so always waited till I could start 
with sajing, " it is only a month to 
the holidays, so hope my pony is in 

Now the following " start" and 
a very good one it is, was invaria- 
bly aulopted by a huntsman to a 
pack of fox-hounds belonging to an 
old friend of mine, when writing to 
his master once a month, in his ab- 
sence from England: — *' Honoured 
Sir, I writes to inform you how the 
hounds and horses is, as it is my 
duty so to do."* In one of these 
letters he proceeds thus — " On 
Wednesday w^ had a very fine run 
of an hour and forty- three minutes, 
and killed a fi ne old dog fox. I hope. 
Sir, you will soon come home, as I 
am sure you would like the young 

hounds, and I very much wishes 
you to see them." Penelope could 
nave said no more to Ulysses. 

As in all matters relating to hunt- 
ing, we must begin with Leicester<- 
shire as the metropolis, I can only 
say, I can answer for Mr. Goosey, 
who hunts the Duke's houndCs, 
writing as good a hand, and as ^ood 
a letter, as any man would wi^ to 
read; but, since Seabright left him^ 
I know not who is thehead man in 
Mr.Osbaldeston's kennel. Whoev^ 
he may be, I can give him or any 
other huntsman, a form of a letter to 
be written on such occasions, truly 
classical, and yet not containing 
any word of more than one syllable. 
It is as follows : — 
To t/te Editor of the Sporting Magazine, 

'^ Sia — ^We had a right good day 
last week with the Quorn hounc(s 
from Cole's Gate. We found in the 
gorse, and he went off well. I saw 
him come out with two or three 
hounds close at his brush. He had 
a rare tag at the end on't, and look't 
like a good one. Hold hard! my 
Lord, said I — pray give 'em time ;-~ 
let 'em get on the scent, for God's 
sake! Now, says I, you may catch 
'em if you can, for we d a rare scent, 
and a n — ^11 of a pace they did go, to 
be sure. The thing was, no one could 
o'er ride 'em, though Mr. Tom Smith 
tried hard, and would have done it if 
he could, but, thank God, his horse 
was a bit short of work since the 
frost. We run him one hour, from 
scent to view, and caught him at the 
top of a large grass field, just by a 
wind mill, ancl but one mile from 
some strong earths, which was not 
put to. There was lots of falls, but 
no necks broke ; and lots of horses in 
brooks, but none was drown'd, as 
they could all swim. I give you the 
names of those that went best on the 
next sheet. The hounds stuck well 
to their fox, and did not come to a 
check but once, and I wish they had 
not done that, for it let some of the 
slow ones in. There was no need to 
cry '* hold hard." I rode twogood ones. 



but they were both dead bett^ and so 
was moat all of the rest of 'em. It 
was a fine day's sport, Sir, and wiU 
read well in your oook.*' 

Now, Mr. Editor, for those who 
are not wticular about a syUable 
or two, 1 will give you anothor 
form for the description of a run;— • 
one which took place the beginning 
of this season in Ireland, ana is thus 
reportediii the Cork Southern Re^ 
porter: — 

•' Desperate Fox Chase! U^A 
fox was found, a few days since, 
tnr Captain Hedge's hounds, at 
oirmount: he ran off to the eaei* 
wards opposite Mr. Beresford's 
house: ne there chanced his 
course, and went off to the west, 
ran through Scronager, Castle- 
chincy; firom thence to Hawk- 
mount, through Knockanemore, 
and tried the Oven's earth, the 
hounds pressing him deqierately. 
Finding that wut against him, 
he crowed the river for Intscarra- 
wood> from thence^ soiUh, through 
Goolroe, Greenfield, and Ballicol- 
lig, where the old earth was also 
shut: he again changed his course 
to the eastward, through Bally- 
burden, Ballyburden-glen, Ballin- 
guilla. Grange-glen, to Milane, 
and on theBafiygroman, where the 
old earth was also shut against 
him, the hounds running rank at 
km : he then ran for die Ovens 
again, and through Sirmount : he 
then tried a new course, running 
direct west, through Sreelane, 
Gasanure, Springville, Fareen, 
and to A^lis, where every hound 
in the field, at finding, was brought 
to a walk, some not able to move. 
Thus ended a chase of full twen^ 
miles, which left three Nimrods 
to deplore the loss of three good 

Now, to all who read the ac- 
count of this run it is evident^ 

that this gallant Irish fox not onlf 
tried every earth in the country 
for his life, but nearly every point 
on the compass ; and, like tne sun^ 
finished his course in the west, all 
alive and well. It is also dear 
that the Captain (R. N. no doubt), 
when he sent this account to the 
Cork Southern Reporter, was not 
aware, at the moment, that he was 
not writing in his log-book. Irish- 
men, however, have a peculiar me- 
thod of speaking ana writing on 
the sports of the field. The ani- 
mated language thcry make use of 
in descril»ng a good run, bears a 
strong contrast to the phlegmatic 
tone of an Englishman on such 
occasions ; and is most amusing to 
those who hear it. I shall never 
foreet an account that a youne 
Lrish recruiting officer, quartered 
in Shropshire, gave me, a few years 
ago, of a plu;k of fox-hounds which 
were kept in his fother^sneighbour- 
hood, m that ill-fated country, 
Ireland. I asked him how many 
couples they generally took into 
the field ? '* Never less than rixty/ 
replied he; ''and you can tell 
whether there is a fox in a covert, 
when they get within two miles of 
it ; for by Jasus," added he, '' if 
there is, thdr eyes fiash fire, and 
all the whips in the country- would 
never stop them^** Notwithstand- 
ing this, I am of Doctor Johnson's 
opinion, that though '' a sentle- 
man from Ireland is a terrible fel- 
low, an Irish gentleman is as good 
as any other gentleman.'* 

New ITen*! Day. 


r« the XdHorqftheSptfrthicMagmaths. 

npHE letters on riding tohoondst, 
*'' which have lately occupied 



your {Mkces^ oatarally gire rise t0 
obMrvations from sportsmen^ when 
talking over the events of the day. 
I nerfectly agree with the author 
tttHtLtokf that brook-leaping is the 
meet difficult part of nding after 
hounds. Sur^y, however^ there 
must be some mistake in the fol- 
lowing account of a wager which 
was decided a short time since in 
the Northj and which lately ap- 
peared in the public papers; for, 
as it now rem, the mole-hill 
flSems to hat« been magnified into 

'' A Mr. Coninj^am, for a 
. wager ci twenty guineas, rode his 
luMrse over the canal, between Pais- 
I^ and Ohsgow, which canal, be- 
inff eleven feet wide, and the horse 
going four feet further, made the 
extent of llie leap fifteen feet." 

fihirely. Sir, tlbis is not worth 
recording. By the comparative 
statement, given in one of your 
Numbers last year, of the stride 
and speed of hares and greyhounds. 

it appears that a greyhound in 
his course covered fifteen feet two 
inches in his stride, and that the 
hare covered eleven feet two inches 
in her's-^he latter beinff two 
inches above the exact width of 
the Paisley Canal, and the former, 
two inch^ more space than Mr. 
Ooningham's horse covered in 
the leap. I need not refer to the 
computed speed of some of our 
English race-horses, to convert 
tins leap into a hop; neither is it 
necessary for Mr. Coningham to go 
amongst the Meltonians to con- 
vince himself, that he has either 
under-rated the powers of his 
horse, or that he had met. with 
a fttU ; for let him get on any 
horse that can leap at all, and gal- 
lop him at a quick-set hedge, and 
he will find he will generally dear 
more feet than the width of the 
Paisley Canal. Perhaps some of 
your correspondents in the North 
will clear up diis matter^— Your 
obedient servant, S. B. 


Tq tke Editor tfihe Sporting Magasine. 

^HE room which I spoke of in 
'"' my last, appropriated to the 
use of those gentlemen who keep 
tiieir hunters at the Derby Arms, 
in Croydon, as well as others who 
come there oocasionallv to hunt, 
is fitted up quite i% tne style oJF 
sportsman's hall. Over the fire- 
plaoe is a picture of '' a favourite 
8tag"belonginff to his late Majesty, 
wmch afforded an extraordinary 
iufs mort in the year 1812, which 
I shidf allude to nresently. On 
one side of it is the well-known 
print of Tom Oldacre, uoon his 
nvourite horse Brush ; ana on the 
other is Mr. Lambton, mounted 

on his black horse Undertaker, in 
the act of drawing a covert with 
his own hounds, which, by the 
horn at his saddle, it appears he 
hunts himself. There are six 
other hunting pictures in the room, 
as also the two well-known prints 
of Hambletonian and Diamond, by 
Sartorius— one representing the 
start, and the other the commg-in 
of these two capital race-horses. 
There are several prints of horses 
of former days, by Stubbs and Oil- 
pin, most of whico are deformities; 
and, by the former artist, is the 
equally well-known picture of the 
late Sam Chifiiey, on Baronet, in 
which this celebrated jockey is 
made to sit in a way in which no 



left. He ran over Beech Hill, through 
the paridi of Strathfield-say aad 
Mortiiuer, when, nohly taking the 
ridge of hills, gained Pamber Forest, 
through whose woods he quickly 
flew, leaving Mr. Chute's Koinel 
about half a mile on the left. Again 
facing the open country, he was fairly 
run into view, lust as the sun was 
setting, under Kinesdear Hills, in 
Hampshire^ after tne extraordinary 
chase of eight hours and a quarter. 

'^ To this day's sport, several gen^- 
tlemen of Lora Derby's Hunt were, 
by his Majesty's servants, invited, of 
whom the following attended, And 
were all up at the taKtoe of the stag, 
except Mr. James Kida, on his fa^ 
vourite horse Cornet^ who, having cast 
a shoe early in the day^ could never 
again recover them. It is proper to 
remark, that the horses of tne Surrey 
gentlemen were all from* Mr. Mor- 
ton's stables." 

Here follow the names, to the 
amount (if my memory be correct) 
of about twenty, umongst which is 
Mr. Morton himself. Being my- 
self well acquainted with this 
county, I cannot compute the 
ground these houiid'» ran • ovisr on 
this day, at less than from thirty to 
thirty ^five miles, and had they per- 
formed it in half the time, it would 
have been better worth recording. 
As it was, it might have been 
termed " a long £raggling day," 
without much satisfaction to any 
one but the innkeepers who took 
in the tired sportsmen at night. 
There is another circumstance 
that '^ damns its fame.". Amongst 
the number up, when the sun was 
setting, wy Master Gosdeif-pnfais 
poney. Now, though we all know 
that this Master Gosden was a 
well-bred one, yet, with all the 
early promise of this " young 
lulus," it is too. much to suppose 
he could have got to the end of 
such a run as this, had the pace 

jockey ever sat yet, whilst the 
norse is going in a form in which 
no horse ever did, or ever will go.* 
There is also a good portrait of a 
• hunter, which Mr. Morton rode- 
for nine seasons, and a print of Mr. 
Rounding and his harriers. The 
latter is mounted on his favourite 
iiunter Spankaway, in his 29th 
year, ana all are looking most 
comfortably slow. A stan&rd for 
measuring horses, by Rowning, of 
Newmarket, occupies one comer 
of this room ; and, in another, is 
Marriott's patent chair for weigh- 
ing, with a book to accompany it, 
in which gentlemen's names and 
weights are annually entered. Be- 
ing '^ at all in the nng," there is a 
very good picture of Turner and 
Randall, on the stage, in the act 
of setting-to, and some portraits 
of favourite terriers, for the breed 
of which Mr. Morton is well 

The following is the inscription 
to the picture of Young Hendon: — 

'' A favourite stas belonging to his 
late Majesty, called Young Hendon, 
was turned out for a day's sport, on 
Saturday, the 18th of April, 1812, at 
Bracknell Common, Windsor Forest, 
and took his course through the parish 
of Binfield, over the new enclosures 
of the Ashbridge Manor, leaving Bill 
Hill to the right; then through the 
parish of Hurst, turning back through 
Oakingham, he went in gallant style 
over Beerwood Forest, when making 
to the left, he passed through Sir 
Harry Mildmay's park, leaving Finch- 
harapsted to the left. Turning to the 
right, by New Mills, he left Brams- 
hulPark ^Sir John Cope's) a little on 
the left, tnen taking over Farley HiU 
to Mr. Eales's, at Swallowfield, where 
he took soil. Then crossing the river 
Loddon, boldly faced the enclosures, 
andnextoverRaileyCommon,at Heck- 
field Heath, leaving Lord Rivers's (now 
Duke of Wellington's) park to the 

* It is ray intention, at some future time, to offer a few remarks on the different 
sporting prints with which this country abounds. 



been decently good, particularly as 
some part of the country which 
these hounds ran over on that me- 
morable d^^ is as close and severe 
as any in England. 

Young Master being where he 
was, brings to my rocoUection an 
account related to me a few years 
back, of a long run through a 
dreadful country, with a subscrip- 
tion pack of fox-hounds, with 
which I have occasionally hunted, 
and of which I may give some ac- 
count at a future time. The de- 
scription of this run was given to 
me by an old sportsman, many 
years master of harriers, and well 
accustomed to that partof the coun- 
try. After listening attentively to 
every twist and turn in the chase, 
from the hound that found the fox, 
to the fvho-hoop when he died> I 
naturally asked my friend, who 
went best in the run ? After tak- 
ing some time to consider, he 
gravely replied, " Why, I think 
the boy on the mule was about as 
near them as any body." Now the 
fact was, that the boy who whip- 
ped into these hounds rode one of 
these animals fpr several seasons; 
and as he could creep through, or 
over, most places, and was stout 
i^inst the hills, he generally made 
as good a fight in that rough coun- 
try, as if an ass had formed no 
part of his nature. 

I before observed that Mr. Mor- 
ton's stables are particularly good; 
and as he has served more than 
thirty years' apprenticeship to his 
profession, he may be supposed to 
he a good judge of the condition of 
hunters; and I believe it is al- 
lowed among the Surrey sports- 
men, that the horses from his sta- 
bles are generally fit to go.. Ex- 
clusive of a small paddock, close at 
home, in which they have their 
walking exercise, tney have the 

VoL.xni. iyr.6'.— No.76. 

advantage of being galloped on 
Mitcham Common, which is within 
a mile of his house, and is a good 
place for the purpose. Justice, 
however, compels me to observe, 
that there are other stables in 
Croydon, Carshalton, Beddington, 
&c. where hunters are taken in, 
and, for any thing that I know to 
the contrary, are taken good care 
of. It is, indeed, reported, that 
there are upwards of two hundred 
hunters kept in, and in the neigh- 
bourhood of, the town of Croyifon. 
In early life Mr. Morton had a 
situation with hounds, therefore 
he is looked up to as a judge, and 
is employed to purchase consider- 
able numbers in the course of the 
year, for some distinguished* fo- 
reigners. For this purpose, he has 
built a kennel in his yard at Croy- 
don, and either himself or his 
son goes to most of the principal 
establishments in this country, 
in pursuit of drafts, at two diffe- 
rent periods of the year. His 
best customers are, his Highness 
the Prince Esterhazy, and the 
Prince de Conde. To the former 
of these high Personages, he sent 
out forty couples of hounds and 
eight hunters, at one time; and 
to the latter, he has sent several 
large lots. It may not, perhaps, 
be unamusing to your readers, to 
hear some account of these two 
distinguished Nimrods. 

Prince Esterhazy should have 
been an Englishman, as, by what 
we have seen of him in this coun- 
try, there is every reason to be- 
lieve he would have been a good 
sportsman. In his own country, 
however, he has made the attempt, 
and has got a complete establish- 
ment of hounds and horses, all of 
English breed. His coimtry is 
good, and he has plenty of fuxes ; 
but the climate wiU not, generallyj, 




allow of mora than two months' 
hunting in the year. The springs 
are much more severe thaij the 
winters are here, so that but little 
Bport can be expected. This, I 
understand, is very much the case 
in Mr. Maule's (brother to the 
Earl of Dalhousie) country in 
Scotland, where he keeps a pack 
of fox-hounds, and does every thing 
ebe on the most magnificent scale 
of Scotch hospitality, at his seat at 
Panmure, in Forfarshire. With 
him, however, the weather in the 
spring often bids defiance to hunt- 
ing, until the bitch foxes are all 
heavy in ^help. 

The Prince de Conde's hunting 
establishment is on a very large 
scale, having no less than three 
packs of hounds— one for stag, one 
for wild boar, and another for roe- 
buck ; all which are fed upon 
baked barley-meal. His Royal 
Highness has also a very large stud 
of horses atChantilly, about twenty 
leagues from Paris, where his 
hounds are kept ; but I understand 

food hunters are not necessary in 
is country, where the ^ame sel- 
dom breaks covert, and flie bullet 
does the most execution. What 
seems extraordinary to us, they 
do not hunt foxes, which are most 
plentiful in the neighbourhood of 
Chantilly. Some time since, Mr. 
Morton sent his son over to that 
country with some hounds, and he 
brought back with him no less 
than sixty brace of foxes, almost all 
of which arrived safe and well in 
Ebgland, and were, of course, turn- 
ed out in different hunting coun- 
tries. He travelled with them on 
the top of a French Diligence, to 
the no small amusement of the 

The Prince de Conde has had 
the misfortune to break his thigh 
by a fkll from his horse, which pre- 

vents his hunting the present sea;- 
son. Had it not been for this, as 
their consumption of canine flesh 
by wild boars, bullets, &c. is con- 
siderable, Mr. Tharratt, an En- 
flishman in the service of his 
loyal Highness, would have been 
over here before tKs time, to pur- 
chase hounds, and be generally 
takes back with him some horses 

I seem to forget that I am writ- 
ing on Surrey, and beg pardon for 
this digression. Although Sur- 
rey cannot be called a good hunt- 
ing country, yet it is a country 
well preserved, and full of foxes. 
On the first view of things, also, 
much credit is due to Surrey far- 
mers, for the patience with which 
they witness their ground ridden 
over by persons, the greater part 
of whom are strangers to them. 
No farmers, however, who know 
their own interest, will ever dis- 
courage hunting, for, without it, 
their farms would be of little value 
to them. When I speak of there 
being two hundred hunters kept 
in (Sroydon and its vicinity, that 
number, provided it be correct, is 
trifling, whcin compared to the 
amount in some other hunting 
countries ; and the consumption oi 
hay, oats, and beans, in one part of 
England, makes a regular impres* 
sion on the markets in all others^ 
however distant they may be. It 
is my firm belief, that, but for 
hunting, oats would not, at this 
moment, be Worth eighteen pence 
a bushel— a price at which no far- 
mer could afford to grow them, 
even supposing him to have no rent 
to pay; for it is not only by hunters 
that oats are eaten, but it must 
be recollected that by far the greater 
part of hounds live chiefly on oats. 
To the barley grower, also, is hunt» 
iiig a good friend; for let him con-* 


Ttt£ J»K>fiT»m UAGAZlttlS.. 


r the ^mnmy of teer that is 
dnmk by grooms attending horses^ 
whidi grooms would otherwise — 
more uian one half of them at 
least — be obliged to be maintained 
by the fiumers themselres out of 
the poor rates, as it would be im- 
possible to find work for them all. 
Witii resect to fhe injury done to 
a country by riding over it, I shall 
toudi upon that suljject at another 
time, and give you the result of my 
experience and observation, accom* 
panied by well-attested facts of 
some experiments which have been 
tried, in consequence of complaints 
tibat have been made to masters of 
hounds and others, I am induced 
to do this, in consequence of hear- 
ing, when in Surrey, that a far- 
mer who occupies a very large farm 
near Croydon, had warned Mr. 
Meager and his harriers off his 
land, and had threatened to do the 
same by Lord Derby. I was also in- 
formed that Mr. has not only 

been a sportsman himself for many 
years of his life^ and, consequently, 
nad ridden over other people's land, 
but that he was the tenant of a lady 
who was herself, for many years, 
themistress of hounds. I beg leave, 
therefore, to present your readers 
with the copy of a letter from a 
Nobleman to his agent in Leices- 
tershire, on this subject, in the 
year 1792, which I hope Mr. — — 
will read : — 

'* Si»r— On the 2d instant I re- 
turned you, in a parcel by the mail, 
the notices you sent me to sign. I 
hope you received them early 
enough to serve them on my te- 
nants in due time. I must desire 
that all those who have shewn 
themselves friends to the several 
fox-hunts in your neighbouring 
counties — ^viz. Lord Spencer's, the 
Duke of Butland's, Mr. Meynell's, 
and Lord Stamford's — may have 

the iiffer ajad refusal of 4A»eir farms 
upon easy and moderate terms; and, 
on the other hand, that you will 
take care and make very particular 
inquiry into the conduct of those 
tenants who shall have shewn a 
contrary disposition, by destroying 
foxes, or encouragingothers todoso, 
or otherwise interrupting gentle- 
men's diversion; and will transmit 
me Uieir names and jdaces of abode, 
as it is my absolute determination 
that sudi persons shall not be treat- 
ed with in future upon any terms 
or consideration whatever. I am 
conrinced that land-owners, as 
well as farmers and labourers of 
every description, if they knew 
their own interest, would perceive, 
that they owe much of their 
prosperity to those popular Hunts, 
by the great influx of money 
that is generally brought into 
the country. ,1 shall, therefore, 
use my utmost endeavours to in- 
duce all persons of my acquaintance 
to adopt similar measures; and I 
am happy already to find that tiiree 
geDtl<^iu of very considerable 
landed property ir^ Leicestershire 
have positively sent, within these 
few days, similardirections to their 
stewards, which their tenants wHl 
be apprised of before they re-take 
their farms at next Lady-day. 
My sole object is, having the good 
of my country at heart; as you 
and all my tenants know, that my 
hunting aays have been over some 
time ago, so that you are at liberty 
to make my determination on this 
subject as public as you think 

Here, then, is the undisguised 
opinion of a large landed proprietor 
on the good arising from hunting, 
in which, as he admits that his 
sporting days were gone by, no bias 
towards a favourite amusement 
can be supposed to operate. As 

F f 2 



ftr as my experience^ howerer, 
has gone, I think fiurmers in gene- 
ral are aware^ that hunting is a 
good friend to them, ana they 
should not put lesser evils into the 
scale against greater benefits. Xt 
will be observed^ I have said no- 
thing of the hay consumed by hun- 
ters> nor of the advantage gained 
by breeding them. Tlese are^ 
however^ two very material consi- 
derations. With respect to trade, 
also^ with which the prosperity of 
the farmer is intimately connected^ 
the benefit derived from hunting 
is incalculable ; for^ including sad- 
dlery, the wear and tear of a sports- 
man who hunts three or four times 
a week, and turns out like a gentle- 
man, in his wardrobe and his saddle 
room, make a great hole in one 
hundred, pounds per annum. 

During my visit to Surrey, I, 
of course, took the opportunity of 
seeing all the different hounds that 
hunt in it^ consisting of no less 
than three packs of fox-hounds, 
and one of sta^-hounds, besides 
several packs of liarriers, sothat^ 
if my argument be good, that 
hunting is beneficial to farmers, 
they have no lack of it in ^' that 
sporting county," as I once before 
termed it. 

The Union is a very old-esta- 
blished subscription pack of fox- 
hounds in the county of Surrey, 
and were for many years under the 
management of Mr. Bolton, of 
Gibbins Court, near Leatherhead, 
whose son now holds that honourable 
post. Their kennel is at Fetcham, 
one mile from Leatherhead, on 
the Guildford road, and contains 
about fifty couples of hunting 
hounds. Their country on the 
right hand of this road is tolerably 
ffood; but on the left, hilly and 
flinty. Their fields are not laree — 
seldom exceeding fifty or sixty 

persons; but they are, fbr the 
most part, of that description of 
men which one is in the nahtt of 
seeine by a covert's side in better 
sporting countries. They are weil 
mountcMi, well appointed, and look 
like gentiemen. 

Of the Union hounds I cannot 
at present say so much as I wish, 
having been only out with them a 
few times. Like many other packs 
from the same cause, they have 
suffered of late years for want of a 
good huntsman->«M> particularly 
necessary in such a country as 
Surrey— -and were getting some- 
what into disrepute. This defect, 
however, was remedied when the 
Worcestershire hounds were given 
up, by Mr. Bolton hiring Christo- 
pher Atkins, who hunted that pack 
for three seasons after he left Sir 
Bellingham, and who, no doubt, 
will soon restore the Union to their 
former celebrity. He only came 
to them in the month of June last ; 
but all those who know anything 
of hunting, are aware how much 
may be done with hounds by what 
is called '^summer work," and two 
good months' cub-hunting in the 

As every situation in life serves 
for formation of character, so the 
biography of a good huntsman is 
as interesting to a sportsman^ as 
that of Sir Isaac Newton to a phi- 
losopher. When a great Personage 
introduced a oelebnited sportsman 
some years since, on the race-course 
at Bibury, in my hearing, to the 
late Lord (then Gener^) Lake^ 
he added these words to the intro- 
duction : — *' Two such great men, 
in their way, as Mr and Ge- 
neral Lake, should be known to 
each other." A little sketchy then, 
of Christopher Atkins, whom 
I have known fbr many years> 
may not be unamusing to the 




readers of the Sporting Maga-* 

KiTT (for that is the name by 
which he is best known amongst 
ns) first started in life — and no 1^ 
start either — ^with riding exercise 
in LordStrathmore's racing stables; 
and when that Nojbleman died^ was 
transferred to Sir Bellingham Gra- 
ham^ in the same capacity. Sir 
Bellingham was also at that time 
making his debui in the sporting 
world with a pack of harriers^ to 
which Kitt was appointed whipper- 
in. At this period the greatest 
intimacy subsisted between Sir 
Godfrey Webster and Sir Belling- 
ham. The harriers were taken into 
Sussex^ where the woods of Battle 
Abbey resounded to their cry. 
Hares^ however, were thought to 
be too humble game, and a stag 
was sometimes turned out for the 
day's diversion. 

Soon after this. Sir Bellingham 
took to the Badsworth hounds, in 
the Ferrybridge country, which he 
kept at his own expence for three 
years, and to which Kitt was se- 
cond whipper-in — Jack being first; 
who^ as well as Kitt, remained with 
Sir Bellingham till he took the 
Qaom country, when the former 
went as huntsman to the Badsworth, 
where he now is ; and the latter 
to the Worcestershire, which he 
hunted three seasons, and which, as 
most of your readers know, were 
given up at the end of last winter. 

From the WorceStilrfthire — with 
which pack he gave unbounded sa- 
tisfaction — Kittcariie to the Union. 
Kitt only weighs nine stone. He 
is a particularly good horseman, 
and,whenwithSirBellingham, had 
generally the office of making his 
young horses into hunters, and he 
was (I think) nine years in his 
service. I once saw his nerve put 
to a good test, when Sir BelUpg- 
ham had the Atherstone coimf^. 
He was upon a mare that Sir B. 
had bred, and whieh, until she was 
seven or eight years old, had proved 
very unwilling to make a hunter, 
and had given him a great many 
falls. He was, however, deter- 
mined to set the better of her, 
declaring that she was ^' sur& to 
make a good one some day" The 
hounds got into Annesley Deer 
Park, in that country, and Sir 
Bellingham and Kitt came up 
to the pales (which were very 
high) at the same moment. '^ Now, 
Kitt," says Sir Bellingham, ^^ ei- 
ther you or I must get to them. 
Come ! you talk a great deal about 
your m^Lre — ^let us see what she 
can do.*' Kitt immediately put 
the mare at the pales, and cleared 
them. Sir Bellingham cheered him 
when over, and immediately fol- 

*°^*^- NiMBOD. 

[In consequence of our correspondent*! 
communication coming late, we are under 
the necessity of dosing abruptly, without 
giving the whole of his letter.-.£DiToii,] 


GOME time ago, a farmer in 
the North was transacting 
some business with a drover, in 
which a bill stamp was required. 
Nobody beins at hand to dispatch 
for it but John, the cowbailie, he 
was deputed in haste for the arti- 

cle. Arrived at the place, he 
asked, '^ Hae ye ony twa shillings 
stamps?'* On its being present^ 
to him, he expressed surprise, and 
said, " Preserve us ! I thought it 
was a thing for catching roUens" 
" It will catch men" said flie vender. 



day when Sir Isai^c Heard was with 
Us late Majesty, it was anaounced 
diat his M^esty'shorse was ready 
for hunting. — " Sir Isaac/' said 
the King, ^* are you a judge of 
horses?" — " In my younger days, 
fileaie your Majesty," was the re- 
ply, '* 1 was a great deal among 
them."—" What do you think of 
diis, then ?" said the Kin^, who 
was by this titne preparing to 
moiuit his farourite ; and without 
waiting for an answer, added, 
« We can him Perfection."'^" A 
most a.ppropriaite name," replied 
the courtly herald, bowing as his 
Majesty reached the saddle, " for 
he bears tibe best of characters." 

Thb following is an exact copy 
of a letter from the farming ser- 
vant of a London Baronet: — " Sir 
Thos the number of ship 300 — ^6 
(366) all well horses, pigs and 
cows all well Sir Thos my por wife 
18 no mor Tuesday nite haf pas 
eleven o'clock." 




The Miser feasts, when soma kind 
friend will pay ; 

The Poor JVlan feasts, when fortone 
shews the way ; 

The Rich Mflti feasts, when some 
new dainty's found ; 

Hie Glutton feasts, to try each lux- 
ury round ; 

The Hypocrite will feast^ when left 

And e'en the Righteous feast, when 
Lent is gone. 

DuBiNo a late tempestuous day, 
'a professed punster was caught m 
the rain, without an umbrella, in 
the neighbourhood of a friend's 
house. Taking the liberty of old 
acquaintanceship, he popped in, 
and found his mend and another 
seated over a good bottle of black 
strap. Thinking he was bound to 
say something good, he exclaimed, 
on entering the room, pointing at 
the same time to the bottle, -^^ I 
take anif port in a storm t" 


THE present year bids fair to rival 
aUTOrmer celebrity in the annals 
of racing. Not only are the nomina- 
tions fbr the grand stakes at New- 
maricet, Epsom, and other places near 
home, unusually large, but at all 
eountiry meetings a grand display of 
horses is exhibited. At Doncaster 
no less llum eighty are named for the 
St. Leger, amongst which is the un- 
precedented number of six belonging 
to one gentleman — Mr. J. Ferguson. 
It is reported in the betting circles, 
that Mr. F. took some long odds as to 
a certain number being named for this 
stake, which induced him to add a 
fiw o£ his own. Mr. Powlett's colt, 
oy fiMdock, out of Altifiidora, is first 
mourite, at present, and Swiss se- 

coimL Lord Darlin^n is said to be 
backing Swiss for both Derby and 
the Leger ; and he is backed at only 
4 to 1 for the latter, provided he 
wins the former, for which^ our rea^* 
ders are aware, he is ^ist favourite. 
He is also second favourite for the 
Leger. Reformer is first for the Rid- 
dlesworth, and second for the Derby. 
Banshee is also thought much of for 
the latter great race. All the horses 
in the first class of the Oatlands this 
year at Newmarket are three-year- 
olds,at thehead of whidi is Mr.Udjiey's 
Count D'Artois, at Tst. lOlb. We are 
sorry to hear that Barefoot met with 
an accident lately at Newmarket. He 
was just going to take his gallop, 
when, in crossing some ruts, the boy 
struck him, and he fell, and broke 



both his knees. With this 0m& ei^ 
oeption^ the season has been uncom<^ 
monly favourable to the raoe^horses. 
The heath has been m the finest pos- 
sible order for their legs, and mey 
have been doing some good trork. 
Indeed, report adds, that some trials 
have been the consequence. 

Id the country, a£so, much sport is 
looked for, as some of the best covn- 
try horses are expected to meet in 
more pilaces than one. At Preston, 
for the cup, are Fi^o, Sherwood, 
Princess Royal, Sir Peter Lely, &c 
Thirty-five horses are named for the 
Fitzwilliara Stakes, at York Sprint 
Meeting — Figaro first favourite, and 
Minroellus second. For the Knaves- 
more Stakes, at same place. Barefoot 
is handicapped, at Sst^lSlb.; Sher- 
wood, 8st. 8lb.; Tinker, 8st. 6lb.; 
General Mina,8st«8lb.; Ro^mnecolt, 
8st. 81b. The Jockey Chib has also 
not been unmindfiol of other meet- 
ings. There are two sreat handicaps 
at Chester — Sherwood at the head of 
one ; and the Princess, and the Doge 
of Venice, of the other. 

In the North, Reveller is becoming 
a very favourite stallion ; as is also 
Whisker, the sire of Swiss and Re- 
former, and will cover at 30 sovereigns 
a mare. Walton, we hear, is to be 
sold, or let for the season. 

To the Editor qfthe Sporting Magazine. 

Si a—Betting still continues very 
flat, with the exception of the Don- 
caster St. Leger, which now appears 
to take the attention of the betters 
more than either of the other races> 
as immense sums have already been 
betted a^inst several of the outside 
Aor*«.— -Yours, Z. B. 

TattersaWs^ Jan. 19, 1824. 


2 and 4 to 1 agst Reformer. 

1 agst Prudence. 

1 agst Quadrille. 

1 agst iJon Carlos* 

1 agst Cressida. 

I agst Lymessa. 

1 agst Sister to Sailor. 

Iji^ Resenre. 


5 to 1 agst Swiss. 
7^ le I agst RdoMMit. 


6 to 

6 to 

8 to 

10 to 

12 to 

1ft to 

10 to 

12 to 
14 to 

16 to 

17 to 
20 to 
20 to 
2i to 
38 to 
80 to 
90 to 
90 to 
80 to 

10 to 
85 to 
40 to 
40 to 
40 to 
45 to 
50 to 
50 to 

9 to 

7 to 

8 to 
8 to 

11 to 

12 to 
14 to 

18 to 
20 to 
25 to 

agst AgaM. 

agst Osmond (Banshee), 

agst Reticule. 

agst Bon Carlotf. 

agst Cressida. 

agst Bess. 

agst Jesse. 

agst Hurly-Burly. 

agst Corinne. 

agst C^dnufe. 

a^t Sir Gray. 

agst Pantina. 

agst Vesta. 

agst c. by Bladdock* 

agst Reserve. 

agst LoDgwaist. 

agst Lymessa. 

agst c by Captain Candid. 

agst Elephant 

agst Mony Musk; 

agst Mr. MyttDD's. 


agst Prudence. 

agst Lymessa. 

agst Barossa. 

agst SistCT to SailMR. 

agst Miss Jigg« 

agst Pope Joan. 

agst Mr. Prendergast. 

agst FiUe de Joie. 

agst Specie. 

agst Miss Forester. 


11 to 1 agst Altuidonu 

12 to 1 agst Swiss. 

16 to 1 agst The MiHer. 

17 to I agst Rosanne. 

18 to 1 agst Rinjg^let. 
18 to 1 agst Reformer. 
20 to 1 agst Diadem. 

25 to 1 agst Miss CranfieUL 

25 to 1 agst Bratandorf. 

25 to 1 agst Osmond. 

30 to 1 agst lisette. 

30 to 1 agst Streatham* 

30 to 1 agst Canteen. 

30 to 1 agst Confederate, 

35 to 1 agst Helenus. 

35 to 1 agst Young Catton. 

35 to 1 agst MoU in the Wad. 

35 to 1 agst Equity. 

35 to 1 agst Alfred. 

40 to 1 agst Famsfield. 

40 to 1 agst Mr. Jaques*s f. by Walton* 

45 to 1 agst Shepherdess. 

50 to 1 agst Elephant. 

50 to 1 agst Dolly. 

50 to 1 agst Izennoff. 

50 to 1 agst Robin Hood. 
100 to 3 agst Bess and Advaneei. 
The Field iu;st anv six, 10 to 1 agst Mr. 
Peirse^s tbree,' 10 to 1 agst Mr. Ferga* 
son's stable, 12 to 1 a^ Mr. Watt*8 
three, 12 to 1 agst Mr. Houldswerth'a 
three, 25 to 1 M;st Lord Exeter's three, 
and 100 to 90 Aldsidora beats Swte^ 




Newmarket First Spring Meeiitiff, 
1894. — ^Wednesday .-^100 sots, eachj 
h. ft. T.Y.C.— All three-year-olds. 

St lb. 

Logic 8 10 

Gomte d*Artois 8 

Palais fimral 8 

Colt by Whisker, out of Castrella... 8 

Nioolo 7 10 

Pinwire 7 10 

Colt by PhaDtomi» out of Web 7 7 

Thursday. — 100 sovs. each, h. ft.— 
A. F. — ^All three-year olds. 

St. lb. 

Bizarre 8 

Ganymede 7 9 

CiDder 7 9 

Premium 7 9 

Zealot 7 6 

Cardinal Puff 7 4 

Joseph 7 8 

Bryn-y-orkjm 6 12 

Filly by Pioneer, out of Reserve ... 6 12 
Those for the older horses did not filL 

A Shrewsbury Spring Meetii^ is 
fixed for the 13th of April. Five 
Stakes are opened^ all of which, as 
they fill, we wiU give hereafter. 
Our readers will also see that Mr. 
Benson challenges all England to 
fi^ht a main of cocks for 500 sove- 
reigns, or any other sum that may be 
agreed upon. It will he remembered 
that Mr. Benson was confederate 
with Mr. Mytton, in the celebrated 
main fought last year at Chester, for 
lOOOgs. a side, which they won. 

Chester races continue to increase 
yearly in the number of prizes, and 
m general attraction. There are now 
no less than seven Plates annually 
hm for here— viz.— 
The Tradesmen's Cup, lOOgs. with a 

The Stand Cup, lOOgs. with a Han- 
' dicap. 

The Maiden Plate, 50gs. 
The King's Plate, lOOgs. 
The Members' Plate, 60gs. 
The City Plate, 80gs. 
The Earl Grosvenor's Plate, 70gs. 

In addition to these,, there are — 
The Produce Stakes, 25gs. each. 
The Dee Stakes, 50g8. each. 
The Two-year-old Filly Stakes, 25g8. 


The Palatine Stakes, 50g8. each. 

Monday's 15g8. Stakes. 

The Three-year-old Colt Stakes. 

Friday's 20^. Stakes. 

Friday's Handicap. 

The Free Handicap on Tuesday. 

The Free Handicap on Thursday. 

The whole giving an average total 
in money of at least two thousand 
six hundred guineas! The entry 
this year is expected to be unusually 
great, and several of the first horses 
m the country are already nominated. 

Doncaster (Shrmd Stand. — ^In con- 
sequence of the great increase of 
company of late years, the Corpora- 
tion have fixed upon a plan of en- 
largement of the Grand Stand, which 
wiU increase its capacity to accommo- 
date one thousand additional persons. 
The enlargement will be made by 
altering and increasing the numb^ 
of stents unon the top ; by the addi- 
tion or an elegant and substantial cast 
metal viranda, on whish rising steps 
will be formed, covered with lead; 
and by the addition of circular ends 
to the colonnade. The present wood 
staircase will he removed, and two 
more spacious staircases erected, to 
the right and left of the vestibule. 
A conunittee room wiU be made at 
the west, and other conveniences at 
the east end of the building. The 
space now occupied by the staircase 
will he thrown into the vestibule, and 
the space above added to the great 
room. A settling room will be made 
at the east end, where the betting men 
usually congregate, opening imme- 
diately into the great room by a spa^ 
cious archway ; and a correspondinfi; 
room will be made at the west en^ 
for the use of the ladies. The access 
to the top of the stand, the viranda, 
and the ^eat room, will be improved 
by additional staircases, contrived so 
as to prevent the usual pressure, when 
the company retire after the heats. 
The whole of the improvements are 
to be begun immediately. 

Pottery JZocej.— Upwards of 440L 
are already collected for these races. 
The Committee have decided on tak- 
ing, for the present year, Thursday 
and Friday, as the race days. On th6 
first day, a pUte of 100 i^ovs. will be 


siren ; and 60 mpn, mi the plaW for 
tli£ second day. Sweepstakes will "be 
immediately qpened^ andmade known^ 
for tbye cavalry^ &c. to which thesnm 
«f 20L willbe added. 

At Colombo^ island of Ceylon^ a 
Tntf Club has been fonned, which 
had its first racing meeting in Mardb 
last. A Gup and Sweepstakes were 
run for^ mile anda quarter bests, and 
the course was attexided by all the so- 
ciety of Cdambo^ and many from the 
interior. The Cud was removed in 
grand style from tne Commandtfit'a 
hewse to the race-course^ being pre- 
ceded byfour bugles of the 45th loot 


Monday^ the ISth ult. was a grand 
field day at this celebraied emporium 
of horses and hounds, and every 
thing interesting and useful to a 
sportsman. Amongst the dons, the 
cnief attraction was Lord Ranclifie's^ 
Lord Ljndoch's, and Lerd Glammis's 
studs ot hunters*-the two first well 
Imown in Leicestershire; and the 
latter, the property^ of a young No- 
bleman who has ^ust given up his 
stag-hounds. Besides several other 
first-rate hunters^ there were also two 
odebrated trotting horses, late the 
property of 'Mi, W^iDiam HaU, de- 
ceased^ a gentleman well known in 
allmporting circles. None of Lord 
Lyndoch% nor Lord Glammis's stud, 
was disposed pf ; but the following 
are the names of the purchasers fwitn 
the prices giv^i) of Lord Randiffe's 
and Mr. Hall's : — 

x^OBS bahcliffe's stud. 

Haphaaani...Mr. Justice £105 

Tmffle LoidMiuicaster 162 6 

The Ardst ...Sir J. Mortimer 147 

Cottager Mr. Thomas 231 

Litfle John...LordMunGMter 920 10 

Smor (Not soldy 

A^gaane Mr. Woimaid... 267 15 0, 

Total for nix horses told...£] ,123 10 

The above horses are nearly all 
thorcHigh bred, and three of them 
have been considerable winners in 
TOiblic Cottager, Lijktle John, and 
Al^erine, were purticularly admired, 
asoeing short on the lea, and well 
adapted^ by breeding and power, for 
Leicestershire hunters. The Earl of 

Vol* XIU. N. &-tNo. 76. 

Plymoutih was fion»rkr!m piyrhaaff 
of Little Jcim, at we wp price d 
seven hundred.guineas! Seis^tWy 
Orville, and looks like a poney mjlua 
stalL Oi^ of Mr* Hall's trotters was 
knocked down to Mr. Aveling^ at 
two hundred j^uineas* He was de^. 
scribed as foIlSws >^*^ A bay geld^ 
ing, master of 17 stone, supposed to 
be the fastest trotter in JSngumd, hav« 
ing won several matches, beating 
Young Fireaway, &&: has trotted 
^re nmea in sixteen minutes. He is 
also a particularly fast and pleasant 
walker. * The other was sold to Mr. 
Thomasuifor 6dL 6t. 


Alterations and improvements, as 
stated in our former Numbers, are 
proceeding at the Bazaar, on an im« 
mense sciue ; and when the whole is 
completed, according to expectatiopi 
in the ensuing spring, it will assured- 
ly prove an establishm^; which^ fSm; 
4^ndour, extent, and convenience of 
every possible description, must stand 
unrivalled. It will he in unison with 
our otiier late, vast^ and magnificent 
improvements, and will help Mr. GoIh 
bett to demonstrate, in Go. with thtf 
modem " Upholsterer, or What 
News?" — how we are ruined by thb 
win/ Our East India visitors of the 
Hcatee Baaaars in Persia, will, on 
their return home^ perceive some 
difl^nce between anJBngUah anda 
Persian Bazaar, 


The ^iropshire Hunt ball was 
given this month at the Lion Rooms,. 
Shrewsbury, by Bachelors, Members' 
of the Hunt— Ae Hon; .George For- 
rester, President; Robert PigDt,£sq. 
V. P. ; and Rowland Hill, Esq. Se- 
cretary. — We catinot help noticing, 
the great assemblage of old and re-, 
spectable families which every year 
attends this long-establishedhunt oall ; 
and we ane auo truly glad to hear 
that Sir Bellingham Graham haa ex- 
tended his hunt to the covers lately 
drawn by Sir Edmund Smythe or Mr. 
Mytton, in the neighbourhood of 
Shrewsbury ; for, as a correspondent 
observes, *' every inch of so sporting 
au. Country aa ^opshire fhould be 



nOOtBdr flv RksMira PnleBtoiit m 
our readM «re tLwnre, hunts the 
Drajton side of it^ great part of which 
is very good. 

TA&POKLrr HUNT, 1823. 

Ncvember 4^A.— Ph)duce Match 
for dOOgB.----L.Antt8tead'8Esa. hjB[. hy 
Young Alexander, beat Mr. C. Wick- 
stead'p g. m. Dido.— The Hunters' 
Stakes was won bv J. F. France's, 
Esq. c g. Mercury, by Hambletonian, 
beatine three others.-*-«The Farmers' 
Cup— -No horse entering against Mr. 
Acton's colt, by Friend Ned, he was 
paid expences. 

Mr. Ediior. — ^By the ins^on of 
the following (the veracity of which 
you need not doubt), you will much 
obli^ a constant reader of your inte- 
resting work :-^Mr. CrundeU, residing 
in the neighbourhood of Tunbrid^e 
Wells, a tanner, who keeps hounds 
for the ei^oyment of the (reouenters 
of that fashidhable place, on Monday 
last, hearing that a lox had been seen 
in a small copse, he, with scTeral gen- 
tlemen, proceeded with the ten best 
eouple of his harriers. As soon as 
they got into the wood, they were 
heard to challenge, and in a l^w mi* 
nutes reynard was observed to steal 
away : he took his duection towards 
the Wells, but, being headed, he 
turned and directed his course towards 
Seyenoaks. The scent continued breast 
high, and he passed through Knowle 
Park, the seat of the Duchess of Dor- 
set. Leaving Sevenoaks on the left, he 
directed his cowse up Madams Court 
Hill, and continued nearly widiin a 
mile of the London road, till the 
hounds ran in and killed him, witiiin a 
mile of Bromley, being a distance of 
twenty miles as the crow flies. What 
tnakes this chase so wonderful is, 
that these hounds have hardly ever 
run more than ten miles ; and, being 
so small a pack, and not kept in the 
first order, it may be considered as 
one of the finest runs this season. 
Out of twenty equestrians, only three 
were at the death ; but pedestrians, 
who joined from the neighbouring 
villages, might be estimate at more 
than a hundred. 
Bromley, January 3, 1824. 

In the last week but one of ]>ecera<« 
ber, Mr. Farquharson'i hounds had & 

very good day from firoadley, shd 
another from Ashley Wood; and a 
very excellent day's sport from Beie 
Wood, which enaed in death, after a 
huntins run of three hours and a half. 

The New Forest hounds have had 
several good days. Between the 1st 
October and the last day of the year, 
thev killed twenty brace of foxes. 

Sir Jacob Astley's fox-hounds had 
a good run lately. They drew Hoc- 
kering Wood, firom whence a fox 
was soon started, but the hounds 
were as speedily whipped off, as rey- 
nard tooK the wrong ground. The 
cover was a second time drawn, and, 
after leading the field thrice round 
the wood, the fox broke cover, and 
took the country for MattishalL At 
first starting his pace was very slow ; 
and, from his appearance, he nad evi- 
dently been paying his respects to 
some of his neighbours' fowls. After 
passing the place above mentioned, 
oe changed nis course, again bore 
back, and ran for Honinghajn Hall. 
He passed through the park ingal- 
lant style, and made for Morton Hall; 
iVom thence through the reeds at 
Easton, over Cossey Hills, entering 
the preserves of Sir George Jeming- 
ham. The greater part of the field 
were here at fault. At length rey- 
nard, breaking from the cover (though 
in dreadfully jaded condition'), made a 
rush at the park gate, crossed the road, 
passed asrapidlyashiscendition would 
allow him throug[h the wet meadows, 
and entered the nver at a ford. Here 
his cunning was put to a inost amus- 
ing test Just as ne plunged into the 
water, up came the hounds, on the 
side he intended to land, and his pur- 
suers, consisting of Mr. Bond, Sir 
George Jemingnam's steward, the 
whipper-in, and one or two more 
horsemen, were close to him on the 
side he entered. For a few moments 
all eyes were stretched in vain to view 
him. He was no where to be seen i 
till at length a small black substance, 
of about two inches loii^ was ob- 
served to be floating quietly down 
stream, which proved to be the nose 
of poor reynard. Mr. Bond, know- 
ing the depth of the ford, imme- 
diatdy rode in, and put the thong of 
his wA^ round the exhausted fox's 



neck, to iSnAsm him to tU« thoore. 
The fak gtnu^«cl and hit the hone, 
whidi canaeamm to pltuiKe, and thus 
for a minute he escaped. Hewas^how- 
ever, shordy after taken and killed. 
Sir Jaooh Astley and some of the 

rtlemen were uivited to the Hall 
Mr. Jemindiamy to jpertake of 
refreshment. This run is said to 
hare heen ihe heat during the season^ 
and the distance is supposed to have 
been no less than twenty-one miles 
in less dian two hours. 

Mr. P. Hamcnd's staff-hounds 
(Norfolk) had a capital hurst on 
Thursday^ January 1. A fine red 
deer was turned off at Hillhorough^ 
whidi^ after a gallant chase of two 
hours and forty minutes^ was taken 
aliye, near a farm in the occupation of 
Ifr. llionie^ in Hackford^near Ring- 
ham. The run is calculated to have 
beoi ahout twenty-five miles^ and 
both horses and dogs were mudi dia* 

January % the hounda of R. Mar- 
sham^ Esq- Norfolk, met at Scottow, 
and had a most extraordinarv run : 
found a hare near Scottow Hall, at 
hslf-past two o'clock; ran to Lam- 
mas; £rom thence to Skeyton, where 
she ran two or ihree times across that 
parish; from thence to Hauthoya, 
over Mayton Bridges to Horstead, 
ihen to Frettenham. Here she 
headed hack throi^ the plantation 
and kwn of T. ILBatcheler, Esq. 
across ihe Mayton Hall Farm, near 
the Buxton workhouse, hack to Hor- 
stead again, where she was ran in to 
sad killed in good style at four o'clock, 
about five mues in a direct line from 
where ^e waa found, almost without 

The Brighton harriers had a fine 
run thia month of one hour and forty- 
five minutes, without a check. The 
stoutness of tilie hare may he imagined, 
when it is stated, that she is computed 
to have cnnsed fiill twenty mues of 
nound. Sir Robert Wilson, Mr. 
George Blaker,of Patcham, the hunta- 
man, and two or three other sports- 
men, were the only parties, out of a 
field of seventy, tlutt could get in at 
the death- One h<»rse waa kuled, 

rLOooiNo or HOVHDa^ 
To the JE'dtW.— iSVr— Theotherdav 
I hunted with a small pack of fokP^ 
hounda, whidi have heen a good deil 
flogged, under a supposition that in 
drawing they sometnnea ran hare : 
the eonsequencewas, (hat, when draw- 
ing a eovert where there were many 
hares, the hounds were ao cowed, that 
half of them would not quit tho 
huntsman's horse's heels. — ^lam. Sir, 
yours, A. B. . 

Januaiy 20, 1824. 


His Grace the Duke of Wellington, 
at Strathfield-say, Hanta ; £a^l V^ 
rulam, at Gorhamhury, Herta; Lord 
Granville, at Wherstead, Sussex ; a|id 
other Nohlemen, &c. have had grand 
shooting parties this month, at their 
several country seats. His Royid 
Highness the Duke of York has heen 
one of the hest shots at these partiea. 
The follo^nng was the return of 
game killed at Wherstead :--On the 
first day (with five guns), 2 par- 
tridges, 151 pheasants, 6 wood-^ 
cocks, 70 hares, and 36 rahbits— to- 
tal, 965, On the second day (with 
12 guns), 4 partridges, 433 phea- 
sants, 4 woodcocks, 390 hares, and 
6% rabbita— total, 61»--Grand total, 
1804. The foUowinff ia aaid to have 
been the number kifled by each of 
the party on the Mondaj, including 
the wounded game, whidi waa not 
picked up tall tne following day :-— 

Mr. Montague... 7^ 
Mr. Ponsonby... M 
Mr.ATbuthiioC 96 

Rev. Mr. Cappqr 41 


Duke of York...l28 
liOidGfantflle 48 

Hon. U. Anson 88 
0011. O. Ijamb 78 

couasiifo. I 

Louth Meetmg.^Thia meeting 
commenced on Tuesday, Decern* 
her 16, and the weather on the first 
two days psoving very favourabU, 
some fine cotitsing waa witnesa^di^ 
The thhrd day (Saturday^bemg rerf 
wet and stormy, no other coursea 
than those for tne Cups and Sweep- 
stakea were run. The principal pnze 
(an elegant Silver Cup) was won by 
a dog Of Mr. Hassall's, of Hartshorn,^ 
a g « 

!BaX »mmwa UABAZMMB. 

Derb ydbte ; md ibA ■nudler prize 
(iimRcr Go51et) by s bitch of Mr. 
iaiapla/s> of Tidiwell^ Linooliuhlre. 
Berezal maldieB were not riin^ in 
coniequenoe «f the unfkYOondile 
Btateof ih&weatlier. 
At Stofcenhall Coiming Meeting) 
. Goddard's Cfaanoe won the Cup. 
Courshifr Match^-^Oii Wedneeday ^ 
December Sl> a matdi was nm m 
Westacre Field, N^vfolk, betwe&a 
the gentlemen, of the Walsixidiam 
Club and the gentlemen of AiarBh- 
land^ wbidi was decided in favour of 
jdie insmer. Several other matches 
were run^ which gave great pkasuKe 
to a numerous fieu. 


A four^year-old mare^ got by Vuk 
t»unt^ now under the management 
of Mr. Martin, Biding Sdiool, York- 
street, with the breaking apparatus 
on, la»ed over the bar on Saturday 
last, when between three and four 
fset high, twenty-four fioet nine 
•inches. This was performed in the 
•presence of several gentlemen, who 
saw her Inrought out for the first 
iaasSLr-^^Uug&w Ckronick. 
POULTRY saow. 
L4 List cf T&ulby shewn at. Lord AU 

thorp s Farm, ai, Bramfiony on ^ 

l^h of Becendkr, 1823. 

2 Capons^ Smrey breed, dead, 
wei^t ITlbs. ;.2 pullets, ditto, ditto, 
lllmu ; 1 capon> ditto, dive, Sjdbs. ; 
1 ditto, ditto, Olbs. ; 1 pullet, dittq, 
.ditto, 5lbs. — ^Earl Spencer. 

I Capon, Sussex breed, alive, Slhs. ; 
1 pullet, ditto^ ditto, a^Ibs.— Earl 

1 Cock, Bedfordshire breed, 4lb8. ; 
1 pullet, ditto, 3lbs.— Earl Spencer. 

1 Pullet, Normandy breed, ilbs. ; 
1 ditto, ditto, 3|lbs. — ^Earl Spencer. 

1 Cock, Althoip breed, 3|lbs. ; 1 
-pullet, dittOi Slbs. — ^Barl -Spencer. 

1 Pullet, S^ibs. ; 1 ditto, S^lbs. ; 
1 ditto, Slbs. — Mrs. H«wgotid, Bring* 

1 Capon, 8^1bs. ; 1 ditto, Slbs. ; 1 
nnne cock, S^iba. — Mr. Allibone, 
£ast HaddOn. 

1 Cock, 'Ubs.; 1 pullet, ^foe.— 
Mrs. Eyre, Chapel Brampton, 

1 Coek,41bs. nacre. — mn, Banrin- 
ger, Brampton. 

51 FuUto, 6lba. ;^9 oatla. tfim 
r— 'Mr. Bryen, BEatttpUm. 

8 Pnilets, 6^bs.; d ditto, 4i&B.<-* 
John Barfoot, East Haddmu 

I Co^, 4ilb6. ; 1 pullet, aUhs. ; 
1 ditto, 3|lba. base.— Mr. Groae, 

1 Turkey, 19lbB. ; 1 ditto, l^lba* 
«— Earl l^enoer. 

I Turkey, Id^lba. ; 1 ditto, 9ibs. 
bare. — Mr. Grose, Harleston. 

1 Goose, IS^lbs. ; 1 ditto, ISUx. 
bare. — ^Earl Spencer. 

1 Goose, 14llMu*--Mrs. Clarriage, 
East HaddoB. 

2 Ducks, 1 If lbs.— Mrs. Emery, 

2 Ducks, lO^lbs. — Mrs. Vials, 

2 Ducks, lOJibs.-— Earl g^pencer. 

2 Dueks, 12pb6.— Mr. Gxoae, 

Awards. — Best tui^ey, weight 
ISlbs. prize 2l. Earl Spencer.-^ 
ditto, weiffht 12flb8. prize IL Mt. 
Grose, Haneston. — ^Best capon,weight 
^Ibs. prize 11. lOs. Mr. AllibcHoe, 
'lost H addon.-— 2d ditto, no compe* 
tition.*--Best puUet, wdght S^ibs. 
■pvize 11. 10s.— Mrs. Mawgood,Biing^ 
ton. — 2d ditto, weight sUbs. 7oz. pnae 
iL Mr. Grose, Harleston. — JBest 
ooose, wei^ 14ib8. raize IL lOa. 
Mr& Clarjoage, East jEiadd(«,^-0d 
ditto, weight IS^lbs. nrize 11. Eari 
Spencer. — Best couple of duaks, 
weight I2^1b8. prize IL lOs. Mv. 
Grose, Haneston.*— 2d ditto, wei|^t 
Ilfilbs. prize ll. Mrs. Emery, 


Died, on Wednesday the Slst D^- 
cember, saeA 90i ftfr. Kidiard- ftnna- 
ton, of MToitwell, Rutland, mudi re- 
spected by all who knew him. He 
was groom to the late Earl of Gate- 
borough ^r upwards of for^ years, 
and duringthat time was a noted fox- 
hunter with the Cottesmore hounds, 
then belonging to Thomas Noel, Esq. 
and the EaH of GainsbaMmgh. 

By 8 stronffjpack of fleetest years run dowO| 
ne lesTds ois wtup, where MonavdM ksve 


Afr. Guiiey met with a serious ac- 
cident by a fall> when hunting in 


XiioaiiexBhii€«boHt ike 

test BKmlk, by which one of his 

wjsaKidi injioiied. 


SStoekmtm and CavanagJu'^Thonf* 
dsy> January 92, Msnkey Hunt pi«i- 
sented one of those scenes of mor- 
lifioition and d&gaat which havfi of 
kte- years toided to faring into disr^- 
fHite tlie pvize-ring^ and to strengthen 
those slKon^ prejudices which are 
known to exist against all puhlic ex* 
hibitionsof the art of boxing. The 
ettncdon was a fight between Stock- 
man uid Cavaiiagh, two little men 
under the weight <^ ten stone^ who 
liDught twiee bef ore^ C»vanadbi haying 
won- die first battle^ and Stockman 
the second. The odds on the present 
betde weve in favour of Stockman^ 
and- he was freely backed at 6 and 6 
10*4. As the day of meeting appoadi* 
ed^ some suspicions were excited to- 
wards the eonduct of persons who 
weie eonsidffl'edgood jud^es^and who 
were discovered to be taking the odds 
in pounds ; while^ as a cobur to their 
supposed opinions in favour of Stock- 
man^ they were betting the other way 
in shillings and half-crowns. Stiu> 
however^ nothing decisive was said 
tin ^e morning of the fi^ht^ when 

Srii^^ who had by this time heard 
atStockman was not to win, felt 
indignant at such infamous treachery^ 
and with becoming spirit went to him 
and remonstrated agniust so base an 
intention. He told nim he knew he 
could win it ; and declared his resolu- 
tion to watch the fighting, and if he 
found any thing wrong, to take care 
that he snould never enter the prize- 
ring a^in. Stockman said^ ^^ he 
should do as he knowed" At twenty 
minutes afte^ one the men entered 
the ring. Randall and Josh Hudson 
aeoonded Cavanagh ; and Crouch, the 
resurrection-man, and Callas, waited 
on Stockman. From the first to the 

gilli rounds Stoekman did as he 
ed wilh^e Irishman, and die odds 
were 10 to 1 on him. Had he chosen^ 
he might have finished the battle in 
another round. In the following set- 
to, however. Stockman, who had not 
reeei*red a Uow worth recording, 
eeretched hi» head, and looked round 

to his eeoonds, amonently esq^&t&xts 
to receive some intelligible hint. Both 
fell after a ek)se, and Stockman pulled 
Cavanagh on top of him. Frcm the 
10th to the I6th, Stockman continued 
to make shew of fighting <>nly. The 
17di sound was an active bustun^ one> 
during which something was whispeiw 
ed to Steekman. In a close. Cava- 
tatijOL fibbed slightly, and Stockman 
went down, Cavanagh oiwr him. It 
was at this crisis a guinea to a fi- 
ling on Stockman, but in his opinien 
the proper time had arrived, and 
when his friend Crouch went to 
" snatch his body" from the ground, 
he was to all appearance sensdess* 
Here there was a general laugh, but 
Stockman was not to be laughed into 
time : he could not be got to the 
scratchy and Cavanagh, '' nothing 
loth," was declared the conqueror. 
Confusion followed for some time^ and 
the word cross was bandied (^ut 
from mouth to mouth with great free- 
dom, while some of the cognoscenti 
were forced to confess that me thmg 
was very badly done. Every honomv 
able man was indignant, and most of 
those on the ground very properijr 
declared that they would not pay ^eir 
bets. A naturid inouiry was nuide as 
to the state of Stockman, and it was 
soon ascertained that 
*'*' Be came, when he flmnd it cimvcniflBt, 

and then walked off the ground ; h«t 
as for punishment, that was idl on 
the side of poor Cavanagh> who 
gained no glory by his vicUnry, and 
was seen sitting in a tent, alone, over 
a charcoal fire, without a single friend 
to congratulate him on his suoeess, 
or to compliment him on his prowesaw 
— ^The fight was prolonged fcr one 
hour, durinff the whole of which 
time it rained incessantly. 


Blchmondthe Black had a benefit 
at the Fives' Court this month ; when 
Josh Hudson mounted the sti^, and 
challenged to fight Spring, or any 
body else, for 900 sovereigns. S^ing 
soon followed, with one arm in a 
sling, a black eye, and some other 
marks of warfare. He said he had 
intended to leave off fighting before 



he entered the ring with Neate; but 
that combat was pressed uoon him. 
He then again declared off fighting ; 
but he was taunted^ vilifieid^ and 
abused so^ that he was bound to fight 
Langan ; after which he was deter- 
mineid to leave off. He asked a SOOL 
stake upon that occasion. He did 
not wish to fight again; but if any 
one would fight him. it must be upon 
his own terms— 5001. a side; and he 
was ready, to put down lOOl. then to 
make it, and to fight within three 
mtmths. Hudson again got on the 
boards, and said, he . did not under- 
stand about beinff backed for 5001. : 
he knew he coukl raise 2001. not for 
Spring in particular, but for any man 
in the world, to try how they could 
like him. Spring said he wished to 
leave off fighting, if the people would 
let him. 


Match from Worcester to Lojidon. 
—A match was made off hand on 
Friday, January 9, at Worcester, by 
Captam Shaw, that he would produce 
a man to start at four o'clock on Sa- 
turday morning, to go on foot from 
Worcester turnpike gate to the end 
of Park-lane, London, for a. bet of 
900 sovereigns. It was more than a 
horse could do, and the match was 
made. The distance is 112 miles, 
and the man had thirty-seven hours 
to do it in. The pedestrian's name is 
Steer, a Shropshire man, who lately 
performed 100 miles in 24 hours. His 
first halt was at Pershore, nine miles 
in two hours, wheie he changed his 
wet clothes, and proceeded on to 
Broadway, and was half an hour 
mounting the tremendous hill, a mile 
and a quarter up. He reached More- 
ton in the Marsn, twenty-eight miles, 
at half-past eleven o'clock, and ate a 
fowl ravenoudy. His next halt was 
at Chipping Norton, thirty-five miles, 
at hall-past one o'clock, having per- 
formed at the rate of four noiles 
an hour, including stoppaoes. He 
reached Yarston, about naif way, in 
sixteen hours, and was fresh and well. 
The pedestrian mended his paoe at 
Oxford, and did twenty miles in four 
hours, as if just getting at his work. 
Ha halted at Wy comb at eight o'clock 

the next morning, living himiaeff 
ten hours to do the remaining twenty* 
nine miles. He reached his deatina* 
tion soon after four o'clock Sunday 
afternoon, with much ease, winning 
by nearly an hour. 


A most beautiful silver eel, alive, 
was exhibited this month at Chelms- 
ford. It was caught in Maldon Bi- 
ver, and wdghed SSlbs., measured 
six feet one inch in length, twenty- 
two inches in circumference, and, 
from being caught in the fireshes, 
proved of very superior flavour. 

A hare, whose colour is more 
white than brown, was shot lately by 
John Cotes, Esq. of Woodoote, 
Shropshire. And in the same county, 
' during the heavy rains in the last 
week of the old year, were cauffht in 
the Wills at Caynton Oil-mill, two 
enormous eds. The largest was 3ft. 
llin. long, and in girth 9in. The 
skin is preserved by W.Brisooe, Baq. 


To the Editor of the Sporting Ma^ 
gazine, — Sir—BcoMg now a subscriber 
to your Magazine, and looking over the 
number for December, under ihe title 
of ** Winning Horses, &c. whose 
Ages are at present unknown," which, 
I suppose, was intended to have been 
winning horses, &c whose sires are 
at present unknown, I find a gelding 
of my breeding in two places. He 
was got by Ambo. He fint started as 
Mr. Underbill's Black Prince, for the 
Cocked Hat Stakes, at Shrewsbury ; 
next as Mr. Owen's Jovial, at Oswes- 
try. He next ran a match as Mr. 
Pugh's, for 140 sovereigns, at Mont- 
gomery, over the Welch Pool Course. 
The next day he ran another match 
for 50 guineas, as Mr. Pugh's Grouse, 
all of which he has won very easy. — 
I subscribe myself, Apflsby. 


*«* The fbUowinff letter, fiNsn a valuable 
eorrespondent, Vagus, chiefly in reply 
ipo some requests of a friend, privately 
communicated, we inseit, as shewing 
that our readers may expect some inte- 
resting information from the other side 
of the ChanneL 

Parity Jan. 17, 18Si^ 
Ma. EniToa-^In reply to youn 


eontaining the flattering denuoids 
made on me hj your anonymous cor- 
respondent^ I commence my answer 
by returning Igkotus my thanks for 
the encomiums he bestowed on my 
humble endeayours to swell the jMtge 
of tiie Sporiing MagOTsine. 1 am 
afraid that I cannot pKdge myself to 
hhn, to convey to' your readers any 
systematic arrangement of remarks 
on the various heads of information 
he enumerates—he '^ flies at all in 
the nngj" *' tdf ovo usaue ad mail- 
um /" tor^ as he demands information 
on '* charioteering here," I may ven- 
ture on a wretched pun to help me 

out Driving, Shoeing, Breeding, 

&C. I admit tliat in this prejudiced 
pays (where^ even while they ixntow 
from us daily^ they insist on their 
superiority in every thing)^ '*much 
vet remains unsung' that may amuse 
Dy its comparison with us. It is be- 
yond dii^ute^ that their intercourse 
with the English nation since 1814 
has enabled them to derive many ad- 
vantages ; and I am read]^ to acknow- 
ledge^ that I have met with repeated 
instances^ where they have admitted 

our superiority^ and owned the benefit 
they have derived from taking exan^ 

fie by us. In recaUing this remark^ 
allude to those improvements that 
fall under tl)e notice of " the man of 
pleasure^ enterprise, and spirit." As 
a scribe for the Sporting Magaadne, 
I hold as my motto, '' ive sutor ultra 
eremdam." To return to the request 
of loKOTus (I hope he will excuse 
my christening him), I bes leave to 
assure him, tnat when, in me course, 
of my rambles, I have consolidated 
any number of notanda, on any given 
head, which are, either from their pos- 
sessing interestor novelty, worthy to be 
admitted into the New Series, I shall 
be happy to present my cleanings; 
and all the harvest I look for, is the 
satisfiiction of contributing to the 
amusement of its readers.—* Will you 
excuse my " correcting the press, as 
r^ards a mistake in my Belgic Chasse, 
For preandeau, please readfricandeau, 
in tne last sentence but one of the 
paper. I will trespass no longer, but 
conclude with being— 

Yours always, 



Wx must request the indulgence of several Gorrefpondents, particularly *' A 
GmssN CoiiAR," " AucEPs,** " 8. R." and " J. M. L." whose favours we are 
ocBupelled to defer till next month. 

Erratum. — ^In the ** Manning Horses,** laat Number, Reveller is, by mistake of a 
figure, called three, instead of eight years old. 




PAIN would I tell you a pathetic story, 
'■ Which I Smelt out about a man and 

Maid — 
She Patty Pike was calVd, and he John 

And both were in the Sprat and MackWel 

fie loT*d her mudi as some love Shrimps 

and Salmon, 
But she was queer and tcaly — quite a 

She made believe to love him, but *twas 


He sought her Sole, but only got a Dab ! 
He had no Plaice to Perch on m her 
Her-ring she would not have— the sUp- 
p'ry eeL 
'Twas thought, if he had senses, he would 
Torpedo like she made poor Dory feel ! 
He moum*d, poor Sole, that ever he had 

found her. 
And died as feat, nay, fester, than a 




ja>]»XMEI> TO TH1[ SOFT 


amuM odMrik— I am jmiK, 


WHAT limile c»n we discover 
That will fit 
A humble, tame, and married lover ? 

Thii is it- 
He is Hke an instrument 

His wife's keen fingers strayM on^ 
Pasave and obedient. 
Only to be playM on. 

Be she cross, or be sbe kind. 

He still bears 
CFor ^Hi useless not to mind) 

All her airs. 
He must ever be m tune 

When the lady takes him : 
If he*s fhfiTjf — ah I very soon 
Flat enough she makes him. 

What instrument ? Piano Forte 9 

He ? Ah, no ! 
He muatidways be, in short, 

¥or that simile still worse 
if withal he meddles, 
She soon ffiano will enforce, 
By treading on his pedait» 

Then « Harp does he resemble. 

Sweet and soft? 
*Tis true she makes his htaxi-Hrings trem- 

Much too oft : 
But in her arms her harp still stands. 

When she plays so clever ; 
While he oft comes too near her hands^ 
But near her arms — Oh, never ! 

Then like a Fluie to sooth and oheer her ? 

No ! — *ti8 hard. 
But to her lips he ne*er comes nearer 

Than a yard. 
Flutes are chiefly ftox, we see ; 

And we, with far more fitness, 
May say sheU made of hox^ not he^ 
As both his eais can witness. 

Then is he like a Violin 

In tones and shapes ? 
That is it!^)ie% often in 

Horrid scrapes* 
He's sure as empty ^ too, to win 

A wife thai is love's riddle ; 
("or oft, alas I she'll make him grin 
Like head of an oldjiddle. 

January 2, 1824. 



IF the foUowing song of Ben Jonson's m 
'- worthy of s place in your valuable Ma- 
oaane, it is at your service. I by chance 
round It in a curious old work a short time 
smce, after a day's hunting; and it so 

Ttims Oberon, in fairy hud. 

The king of ghosts and shadowa there, 
Mad Robu, L athis oomrnaod. 
Am sent to view the ni|^it«^p»rta Acres 
What revel rout 
Is kept about, 
• In ev'ry cortier where I go, 
1 will o'er see. 
And meny be, 
And make good qiort, with ha, ho, hOb. 

More swift than ligfat'&ing can I fly 

About this aSry wdhin soon. 
And, in a minute's space, desoy 
Bach thing that's done below the moon» 
There's not a hag 
Or ghost ithall wag. 
Or cry " Goblins P* whe*e I go. 
But Robin, I, 
Theit feats will spy. 
And see them home, with ho, ho, liOb 

Whene'er such wandercrs I meet. 
As from their night-sports th^ trddge 
With counterfdting roice I grtet 
And call them on, with me to roam 
Thro* woods, thro* lakes. 
Thro' bogs, tfaio' brakes; 
Or else, unseen, with them I go 
AU in the nick. 
To play some trick. 
And frolic it, with ho, ho, ho. 

When lads and lasses merry be. 

With possets and with juncates fine, 
Unseen of all the company 
I eat their oakes ana dnnk their wine; 
And, to make sport, 
I ...... and snort. 

And out the candles I do blow : 
The maids I kiss: 
They shriek, " Who's this?" 
I answer nought but — ^ho, ho, ho. 

Vet now and then, the maids to please, 

At midnight I card up their wool ; 
And, while tney sleep, snort, — , and feaze. 
With wheel to threds their flax 1 pull. 
Igrind at mill 
Their malt up still : 
I dress thdr hemp, and spin their towe : 
If any wake. 
And would me take. 
I wend me laughing ho, ho, no. 

From haig<*bred Merlin's time have I 

Thus timely revell'd to and fto. 
And for my pranks men call me by 
The name of Robin Goodfellow. 

Friends, ghosts, and sprites, 
Who haunt the nigbtsL 
The hags and ooblins do me knowi 
And beldames old 
My feats have told. 
So Vale, Vale, ho, ho, ho. 





!■ > ■ 





I'oi. jr///. AT. J. FEBRUARY, 1824. m. lxxvil 

■ •Til 




.T. ! UmU 


AblyWeUHuHt v» 233 

■tints «D Breeder! of RaMHorsM S86 

RemarlM on the PiUbrmaniees of Re- 

veUer 236 

Ctation to Yountf Betters on tbe Turf • '236 

Winning Greyhounds in Berkshire ? 837 

A Letter from. Mr. Corcoran, in reply to 

Nimrod v fisg 

Colonel Berkeley's Hounds ^ »S39 

Magpie, a Cowrt Hask (wUkmtMtiigratfbig) 240 
History and Peeiillaritie»<tf the Rabbit* •241 
On the Errors and Pn^dices of the Day 

respecting Pugilism • • • • • 245 

ASpecimcnof the "Larned*' 2fi2 

The Shootei^ Guide • 258 

Piscatory Chit Chat— Lettef IIL S64 

Goodwin's Shoe * 8!66 

Prctiadiee a^Unst the Squirrel 257 

The New Royal Mews at Pimlico 258 

Riding to Hounds 900 

Rtin with Sir Jacob Astleys 264 

Mr. Peafsnew Stlrmp Lantern* 265 

Suecessftil Method of treating GlaadtfrS' '206 
Extraordinary licap with the Duke of 

Beaulbrirs Hounds 266 

New Calculations of the Game of Hazard 267 
miNTING IN St^RREY, by Niairoif.---270 

Union Hounds 272 

Stag-hunting 273 

Capital run with his Majesty's pack, 

and death of the deer • 274 

Capital run with the Earl of Derby • • • • 276 
Description of his Majesty's kennel, and 
his finvourite hound JHbMi ••• •277 

Bfbo,aSetter(«0ttAaPor«ni<O 880 



The TURP • • 281 

Bettings on the Riddlesworth, &c. • • • •281 


I. Btfeo, the Propertp ofCoUmei Teetdaie. 
IL Maopie, a cefebfOfed Covert Hack in LeUesUrthire, 



npHIS highly-respectable meet- 
ing was established in the year 
1767> ftod was chiefly promoted 
by the late Earl of Grosvenor^ then 
in the zenith of racing celebrity. 
Although under the denomination 
of a Himt^ racing was its principal 
object^ and Holywell was one of 
the first places where ^entlemen^ 
jookies displayed themselyes. The 
number of members has always 
been confined to fifty-— each bai- 
lotted for by the club^ two black 
bidls being an exclusion. 

Tlie dress uniform of this Hunt 
is a scarlet coat with a plain gold 
embroidered TeUiirn button-hole> 

and gold button: a white cloth 
waistcoat^ with the same button 
and hole^ with doth breeched of 
the same. The undress is a plain 
scarlet coat^ with the button of the 
Hunt^ and a red velvet collar. The 
rules of the club ^re extremely 
strict^ and rigidly enforced : as a 
proof of which> any gentleman be- 
ing in office (on the committee^ for 
instance)^ and absenting himself 
without such an excuse as shall be 
approved by the Hunt> shall be fined 
25 guineas each year. Neither 
can any member leave the Hunt be- 
fore the week is expired^ without, 
the leave of the president^ under 



fodeitiire of tliree giifoliBs. The 
committee has long consisted of the 
following centlemeii—^z. Edward 
Morgan^ Esq. (father of the Hunt)^ 
'Sir. Thomas Most^, and Sir Ed- 
ward Ftyse Lloyd, Barts. A ball 
is given to the ladies on the Wed- 
Besday : the <;lub find their own 
wines ; and the conviviality of the 
meeting is proverbial. If any 
member marry after his election, 
he pays 20 guineas to the fitnd. 

The meeting of the year 1817 
was a jubilee^ the club having been 
established fifty years. A cup, 
called /*,the Jubilee Cup/' was given 
to be run for, and was won by Sir 
^^ Watkin Williams Wynn's ch. filly 
Fctmi* by Ditto, beating Lord Gros- 
venor's Passamacjjuoddy, and two 
others. As a specimen of the re- 
spectability of the members, we 
cannot do better than give a list of 
. them in the jubilee year : — 

1782 Edward Morgan, Esq. 
1787 Earl Grosvenor. 

1789 Rev. Dr. Wynne. 

1790 Sir Edw. Pryce Lloyd, Bart 
Bell Lloyd, Esq. 

1793 GriffithHowelVaughan,E8q. 
Edward Lloyd Lloyd, Esq. 

1794 Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, 


1795 Sir Thomas Mostyn, Bart. 
1798 Rev. William Cotton. 

1802 Rev. Thomas Pennant 
Richard Parry, Esq. 
Thomas Fitzhud^, Esq. 

1803 Richard Butler Clough, Esq. 
Sir John Grey Egerton, Bart. 

1804 Cjrnric Lloyd, Esq. 

Sir Henry M. Mainwaring, 

1805 Francis Richard Price, Esq. 
Thomas Hanmer, Esq. 

1806 John Madocks, Esq. 
Edward Lloyd, Esq. ' 

1807 Sir Richard Brooke, Bart. 
^ John Heaton, Esq. 

1808 UoydBamfordlfeflketh^Bd^. 
John Wynn6 Eyton, Esq. 

1810 Thomas Wfaitmore, Esq. 
Sir Thomas S. M. Stanley^ 

Pryse P>T8ey Esq. 

1811 General Grosvenor. 
William EdwardPoweU,E8q. 

1812 Martin Williams, Esq. 
Vincent Corbet, Esq. 
John Wynne, Esq. 

J. B. Glegg, Esq. 

1813 John Cresset Petham, Esq. 

1814 Richard Miles Wynne, Esq. 
Fred. C. Philips, Esq. 
Thomas Lloyd^ Esq. 

1815 Viscount Belgrave. 
Edward Mostyn Lloyd, Esq. 

. John Mytton, Esq. 

John. Douglas, Esq. 
1816. Lord Grey. 
1817 Smith Owen, Esq. 

J. V. Lovett, Esq. 
In the year 1819, nis Royal 
Highness tne Prince Cobourg no- 
nouied this meeting with his pre- 
sence, in his tour through Wales, 
and in the following year the Co- 
boure Stakes of 50gs. each was 
run tor, and walked over for by the 
Earl of Grosvenor's Belvidere, by 
Thunderbolt. There are also, the 
Chieftain Stakes of 50 sots, each, 
for three-year-old colts, 88t 51b. ; 
fillies, 8st31b. A Produce Stakes 
of 50 sovs. each. The Taffy Stakes 
of 25 sovs. each, for three-year-olds. 
A Sweepstakes of 25 sovs. each, 
for two-year-olds. The Mostyn 
Stakes or 10 sovs. each, for all ages. 
The Halkin Stakes of 200 sovs. 
each, for three-year-olds : colts^ 
88t 51b. ; fillies, Sst 21b* The Co* 
bourg Stakes of 50 sovs. each, for 
three-year-old colts, 8st. 51b. ; fiUieSj 
8st The Hawaiden Caistle Stakes 
of 10 sovs. each, for all age8> two 
miles ; and two Handicaps. 

As a proof of the increasing 
prosperity of the turf> we have 'to 



dbservey that in ibe year 180S> 
there were only tiro stakes and 
one phtte to be run for at this 

The McsHfn Stakes (generaUy 
a Tery betting race) are so caUed 
in honour of Sir Thomas Moslyn; 
the Hawarden CaiHe, of the late 
Sir Steyen Glymie ; - and the Ch^f- 
taim were proposed ' by the late 
Cynric Lloyd^ Eso. in honour of a 
gentleman well Jcnown in that 
county^ by the chivalrous appella- 
tion of the *^ Mountain Chief." 
Wednesday^ in this meetings is de- 
moted to coursing: a cup, &c. are 
given, and the best dogs of the 
country attend. 



To the Editor qfthe Sporting Magazine. 

T TsJce the liberty of enclosing 
you an extract of the number 
of winning races by horses bred 
from the following stallions in the 
course of the last seven years, by 
which it will appear that Rubens 
claims285; Orvme,203; Walton, 
195 ; and Comus, 1 62. In the course 
of the preceding year, Comus claims 
65 ; Rubens, 43 ; Orville, 22 — 
Your obedient servant. 

An Owner qf Race Horses, 


Camillus 38 

Dick Andrews • . . • 38 

Gbhanna • 22 

OrviUe 25 

Rubens 29 

Selim 24 

Sir David 34 

Sorcerer • • • 25 

Walton 28 

Waxy 24 

Camillus 21 

Dick Andrews • . • • 29 

Orville .^m0Mm*»*m A 

Rubens ••••••••••- 34 

Selim 21 

Sir David 21 

Sctttserer.*** 25 

Walton 4S^ 

Castrel ............ 19 

Rem^iabrapcer .... IB 

1818, . 
Camillus ..^.*... 21 
Dick Andrews .... 22 

Orville 33 

Rubens .......... 37 

Sorcerer 22 

Thunderbolt 24 

Walton 29 

Waxy 26 

SeUm.. 19 

Stamford 18 


Haphazard.. 28 

Orvifle 20 

Rubens 33 

Selim 22 

Thunderbolt 26 

Walton 2d 

Soothsayclr 1& 

Sorcerer . • . • « 18 

Camillus ;... 17 

Comus •• 16 


Comus 29 

Haphazard 33 

OrviUe 22 

Phantom 21 

Rubens 48 

Selim... 29 

Smolensko . • 20 

Stamford 26 

Thunderbolt 28 

Walton 30 


Comus 24 

Haphazard 42 

Orville 23 

Rubens 48 

SeKm 26 

Smolensko 27 

Stamford 31 

Walton 22 

H h2 


Octavius 18 (» llevvller^ slid R. J^obon on 

Thunderbolt 17 lAMDeetor. Abeut a distance Irom 

1832. the end them is a tarn in the 

Gerrantes 24 course : the near side is roped m, 

Comus •• 28 and a -orovvd it cdtosled on the 

Don Cossack • 21 outer to see the play made round 

Haphasard 40 the oamev. At tins points the 

Orville 89 Doctor ^^9a on the whip hand of 

Rubens • • 56 Reveller^ who was alone to the 

Walton • • .« 90 ropes^ and Fair Helen was seine 

Whalebone. • 20 way behind. Jensen saw Soot 

Wofiil \ 28 was passin? him^ and bored him 

Partisan. 19 towards the rones. Scot peiceiT. 

. ing this^ puUea up, and relying 

DVM A nzro ^-^T m*« .^ «^«^^..,. wi the speed of his horse, intended 

REMARKS ON THE PERFORM. ^^ ^^ ♦!« rw^»* «« ik^ ^U^^ 

To the JSdUor of the SporHng Magazime. <5eeded, when Johnson crossed the 

SIR, course, and drove Reveller into the 

XX AVING read in your ^jwrfing crowd. Both the horses were 

*-■■ Magazifte oi this month the stopped, and several people in the 

pedigree and performances of Re- crowd knocked down. Fair He- 

veller, in justice to the candid state- ^^ came up and passed them both, 

ment of the owner, Mr. Pierse, ^c Doctor, who was nearest the 

who informs us where, and by course* got in, and beat Pair He- 

whom, his horse was beat, I solicit ^»- Reveller lost 50 yards, but 

the insertion of the following par- ^^ i^ second. The Doctor and 

ticulars :— Reveller have met four times, and 

Reveller, it -appears, was beat this was the only race in which the 

by the Juggler, at York, in 1^0, I>octor was successful, 

in a four-mile race; by Doctor In the race over Doncaster, when 

Syntax, at Preston ; and by Mr. . Borodino beat Reveller, Reveller 

Lambton's Borodino, at Doncas- carried Sst. 121b. and Borodino 

ter. only 78t. 71b. — ^I am. Sir, your's, &c. 

In the first of these races, Shep- Eborbnsis. 
herd was on Reveller, and winning \* Our Correspondent has ai 
easy: when about 100 yards from postscript to this letter, which, 
the end, the Juggler made severe from the personal allusions it con- 
play, and came up. Shepherd tains, we must decline publishing, 
was not aware that the Juggler —En. 
was so near him, and began flog- ^ 
ging and spurring : by the sudden " 

exertionReveUeriiade, he sprained CAUTION TO YOUNG BETTERS 

hiship,andwaslamefor fourmonths O N THE TUR F, 

afterwards. The Juggler won TotheEdiiorof the SporHng Magazine. 

the race by a head. Shepherd is sir, 

an honest lockey, but an old one, A S a subscriber to your Maga- 

being nearly 00 years of age. -^^ zine from its very commence- 

With regard to the second race, ment, I can no longer withhold 

over the Preston Course, Scot was my acknowledgments to that de* 



NiMROD, for Ids truly practical 
Letters on Condition^ mad Hiding 
to HoundB. His canuniinicatioiis 
on the himting countries ore abo 
botli bi^ly instmctive and amns* 
ing ; and I^ in common with many 
a brother (qiortsnian, sincerely hope 
he will long continue his nsenil 
labours^'— The racing part of your 
Kaders are ako much indebted to 
Obsbbtator for his early commu- 
mcations and remarks on the events 
at Newmarket. May he also stea^ 
dily pursue his course^ it being 
most amusing to your subscribers ! 
and the joint efforts of two such 
oonlsibutors must in the end nrove 
highly ben^cial to yovt, Mr. £ditor. 
At the instance of a young turf 
friend^ I am about to solicit a £^ 
TOUT of Obsbrvator. It is well 
known 4Jie legB bet round (with 
that no fiuilt is to be found)^ and 
ifoung ones are induced to throw 
away their fire or ten (as the phrase 
goes)> on outside horses, m the 
nope of scNue dav or other get- 
ting a fitand pull : indeed, many 
adopt «iis foolish and desperate 
nlan to a very considerable extent. 
Now we, who have had some sum- 
mers' ezperi^ioe in racing matters, 
well know, that before the Graven 
and First Spring Meetings, most, 
if not all the young horses that 
are named in the Derby and Oaks, 
have been tried in all ways, and at 
all weights; and many of their 
owners determine, at an early pe- 
riod, not to send them for either of 
those Stakes : this gets wind in a 
certain quarter, from whence it is ' 
instantly communicated to the legs» 
who fttnn that moment are most ^ 
indeiatigable in prowling about to 
catdi the youngHerti who are 
known to lay out their five, as I 
have described, by oaring tempt* 
ing odds against the very horses 

ther well know aie neicr intended 
to leave Newmaiket Whm in 
my novitiate Z remember the los- 
ing a pretty stake in this manner. 
Now the request made tsf 
Obssrtatoir is, that he, m some 
one else, will use his endeavours to 
obtain early informatiop on this 
head (as he appears to be capable 
of accomplishing such an oifaject) ; 
and by apprising the young asj^- 
rants to turf fame in the Marah 
or April number of thisMagaaiBe 
of the horses that it is presumed 
are never intended to come to 
Epsom, he will not only oblige the 
^OMiig ones, but disappoint the legs 
of great part of their plunder, and 
render tne turf an essential ser- 
vice, by rescuing it from a part of 
the unmerited censure that is too 
unsparingly heaped upon it. 

If your sheets will allow the in- 
sertion of this, you will oblige 
your^, OiiP.TuRP. 


Tq the EdUor qf the Sportkig Magaxime. 

I^OR some time past I have ob- 
~^ served that the success of the 
winning greyhounds in Berkshire 
has been umo&t entirely ascribed 
to the portion of Champum blood 
which may form a part oi their com- 
position, and in no instance more 
whimaiadly than in that of Hare" 
bdL, the winner of the cup at Ash- 
down, in November last. It is true, 
Hard>M was got' by Hogartii, 
whose dam was by Chafmnan, but 
she wasbred by Edward Lloyd, Esq. 
of Racat, North Wales, and out 
of a bme Utch of his called He- 
roine, whose pedigree had no more 
affinity with Ghampicw's than the 
Man in the Moon's. 
Now, though I do not profess to 


eBtortain b siiiiilar opiBion to that oUioed to jdoaffli and harrow for 

said to be expresseaby a certain Us uring, and mi^t then hare been 

Noble Lord; <n ooimdng oekbritjr^ bought for eighteen goineasy at 

TelatiFe to Champion-— vis. that whidi price a gentleman at Bed- 

^'he has been theprogenitorof more dington might have bought him. 

bad greyhounds than any doff in Times are altered—^ Lombard' 

Englana" (for I think ms blood str^ cannai bu^ km now! !! 

<eromd with a more fiery sort mubt I wish Nucbod had said nothing 

be Taluable in any kennel)— it is about the new almanack^ &c. Al* 

impossible Icanapprove of the prao- though I have often joked about 

tice^ which has gained so much such matters^ when with a jovial 

ffround> «f tracing all the excel- friend or two^ 1 never had any idea 

fence which the fierkshite grey- of its being put forth to the woiid : 

hounds may be supposed to possess boweyer> having said it, let it pass 

« to this individual animaL—- Yours -—I care not. I miffht perhaps nave 

•truly, Pairplay some pretensions, havmgsometime 

Oxford, Feb. 17, 1824. ' ^^ fi^« children alive under aix 

years of age. But all this is not 

■ ■ my boast : no, my boast is, keeping 

A Ii£TT£& FROM MR. CORCO- ^ g^ jj^ce in the hunt, wS af- 

RAN, IN REPLY TO NIMROD. .terwardBTmy best endeavours to 

To theBdUor 9/ the Sporting Magazine. »▼« ^^ •*»?• Amongst the many 

siR^ of such endeavours, peibaps Ray 

VOUR corr^pondent Nimbod Common may be remembered: I 

^ having brought my horse and i^m sure it ie by . Charles Morton, 

self before his brother sportsmen as ako many other such times. I 

and the public, is the reason of considered it a duty. 

Bay troubling you with this scrawl. The story of the hurdle and the 

He has said enough of me, but no^ doctor needs no correcting; and 

half enough of my hone. I am the challen&e about the five-feet 

anxious that his good deeds shall fence may also be correct. From 

accompany his name to posterity — what I know of myself, there is no 

a faithful servant, who never de- man more likely to say so ; but then, 

ceived me, nor turned from any it must have been provoked by some 

fence that I had courage to feoe observation. His information a- 

him to ; nor on my part, did I bout the time I began to hunt is 

ever dismount from him, or turn pretty correct; and at the present 

him over a leap of any description I have just stepped into my 73d 

— always ready, and no day too year; but what of that, so long as 

long for him. Nimrod has got I don't feel it? Miller and I are 

his pedigree, but not his name, as young as ever. 

He IB known in Surrey, as well as Now, Mr. Editor, giving Nm- 

to Mr. TattersaJl, by the name of »od credit for his very superior 

Miller, having bought him from a abilities, it appears to me he has 

miller. Neither is Mr. Nimrod come into Surrey on purpose to i]|uia 

exactly correct in my name. How- us, and I ehall call hint " Quia," 

ever, in my horse is strongly ve- unless he pays me a visit, at my 

rified the old adage — viz. ** When cottage on Croydon Common. Ffi 

down, down wi^ him." He was have a sporting frietad to meet him. 

once^^ so low in the world, as to be We*ll talk o'er the chace, point out 

• y 


the best place for tbe old horse*8 rent kennels in the counties of 

head, and he shall see the chiUren Worcester, Warwick, lieicester, 

{the almanacks I have not pre- Oxford, Wilts, and Gloucester. 

served). We'll be merry. Aoieu. TheBerkeley hounds are kept at the 

Mr. Editor, pray excuse this — '- sole expence of Colonel ^rkele;^. 

Yours respectrally, whose sportsmanlike conduct is 

Brtan Cohcoran. highly esteemed. The other mem- 

Croydon Common, Feb. 2, 1834. bers of this establishment are 

_ mostly gentlemen resident in the 

^ .r o .. >^ surrounding country, and who are 

,. For ihc SpamngMa ga.tnc. connected by the ties of friendship, 

COL. BERKELEY'S HOUNDS. dcFOtion to the chase, and the con- 

— : viviality of their meetings over 

^I^HIS crack pack of fox-hounds, the bowl. They give a ball an- 

* whose weU-eamed celebrity is nually, which generally occurs in 

generally acknowledged through- the month of February, and is 

out the kingdom, usually hunts in always thronged with an assem?- 

the neighbourhood of Cheltenham, blage of rank, beauty, and feshion. 

iM the months of November, Janua- The present huntsman has gained 

ry, March, and partof April. Thus much credit for the excellent con- 

the winter season is much enli- dition of the pack; and hounds 

vened by the arrival of the mem- more fit for their worjc are not to 

bers of this celebrated Hunt, and be found in the kingdom, 
various other eminent sportsmen. The Hunt meet at the fpUowii^ 

who are attracted by the excellence places. Affixed are the number 

of the field recreations in the imme- of miles they are distant from the 

diate vicinity, and the central situa- kennel at Cheltenham, and direc* 

tion of Cheltenham, from the difiTe- tions for finding the covers. 

Coverts, &c Miles. Dixections. 

Queen Wood 3 Up the Winchcomb road. 

i Up the Winchcomb road, four miles 
Dixon Wood 7 -? then to the left, over Nottingham 

I Hill. 

rThrough Cleeve to Beckford Inn. 
Dumbleton Wood 11 < Here turn to the right to Dum« 

(^ bleton. 

Greet Grove 8 Through Winchcomb. 

Broadway Kennel ......... 18 Through Winchcomb, a direct road. 

M r» Canning's, of Foscote 26 Through Broadway. 

Weston Pa»: 21 Through Broadway. 

Buddand Wood 12 Through Winchcomb and Stanway. 

{Through Winchcomb, up Stanway 
HiU, tihen leave Snowshill dose on 
the left, and by Spring HiU to the. 
Lady Northwick's Park ... 22 Through Bourton-on-the-Hill. 

i Throu^ Shacklespike, up the hill by 

West Wood 6 •< Mr. Agg's, then turn to the left 

I for the covert. 



Ouiting Woods 10 

Pass West Wood, and leave Charlton 
Abbott's dose on the left, then 
through Roel Gate to the Wood. 

Wyniatfs Brakes 12 { ^^the left!^'' '"^^ the covert lies on 

Dowdetwell Wood 3 

Haselton Grove 9 

Chcdworth Wood 12 

ChatcombWood 4^ 

Cowley Wood 6 

CoombeEnd 9 

Moor Wood... 11 

Short Wood 4 

Side Bottom 11 

Down Hatherly 5 

Higfanam Park 12 

Corse Grove 12 

XJp the London road. 

Up the London road eight miles, 

then turn to the left. 
Up the London road 5^ miles, then 

through Withington for Ched-* 

worth Park. 
Through Charlton, up the Windlass 

Through Charlton, up the Windlass 

Through Charlton, bv Chatoomb 

Wood, and through dolesboume. 
Through Colesboume, leaving Rend- 

combePark on the leftforthe cover. 
Up the Bath road. 
Up the Cirencesiter road nine miles, 

then turn to the right, about two.^ 
On the Gloucester road ^ miles, 

then to the right, about half a mile. 
Through Gloucester, and two miles 

on the Ross road. 
^Up the Tewkesbury road six miles, 

then to the left, through Apperly, 

and over the Haw Passage. A 

shorter road from the Horse Shoes 

along by the Canal, when the water 

is not out. 


There are two excellent packs of harriers kept in the vicinity ly Dr. 
Townsend, of Cleeve, and Mr. Barnard, of Whitefield. 


Painted ly Lakpoete, and engravedhy 

llfAGPIB, a piebald nuure, got 
•*■ -^ by Vivaldi, is a well-known 
covert-nack in Leicestershire. 
She is a. remarkMy high kaper, 
and, without excenition, one of the 
best-actioned little mares ever 

known. It is to be recorded, that 
she has many times leaped over 
Melton turnpike-gate; and will 
now, when loose, go over a bar so 
high, that in relSming she can 
run under it. Thesequalificationsi, 
combined widi her singular c(^our, 
make her worthy (tf insertion in the 
Sporting Magazine. She is new 
the property of Mr. Adam Elmore.. 




To the Editor of the Sporting Magazine* 

f\P all the animals accounted as 
objects of the chase^ low as it is 
often held in the scale of sporting 
estimation^ few^ on investigation 
of its habits and propensities^ 
seem to interest more than the 
rabbit. What though the higher 
orders of sportsmen eye it with 
disdain^ as affording pastime^ for- 
soothj for children, or, at the best, 
for such striplings as occupy the 
awkward medium between the 
boy and the man, there are, ne- 
rertheless, in the history of this 
little agile creature, many traits 
calculated to amuse a contempla- 
tive mind, independent of the im- 
proved entertainment it is capa- 
ble of affording, when justify appre- 
ciated as an object of pursuit. 

The rabbit may be deemed a 
general citizen, inhabiting most 
parts of the world, those cheerless 
regions alone excepted possibly, en- 
ticed hyperborean. When in large 
societies, they commonly prefer up- 
land or risine ground, as best cal- 
culated for vigilance, exclusive of 
other considerations relating to 
themasabody. I have known tnem, 
though in the neighbourhood of a 
rich champaign, prefer burrowing 
in sand-hills, by which many of 
them eventually became blind, 
moist situations being unfriendly 
to their constitutions. I am of 
opinion, that most of the rabbit- 
skins lately imported from Hol- 
land, to such amount as to lower 
the price in the market, were ori- 
ginally brought from Germany. 

Prom the ease with which co- 
lonies of rabbits may be planted, 
some may express wonder as to 
why more encouragement is not 
given them. This, however, will 

Vol. XIII. N.S.^^o.n. 

cease, when we reflect on the mis- 
chief at times occasioned by them> 
where numerously assembled: — 
plants, shrubs, and undergrowth 
of every description, within their 
reach, experience injury; cattle 
will not feed after them ; and vain 
are the hopes and efforts of the 
husbandman, where they abound. 
On these accounts, smail islands, 
of an irregular surface, on which 
they can experience the protection 
of man, seem the best places for 
their reception — ^if we look to pro- 

Of their multiplying in situa* 
tions of this description, even 
without such protection, so as to 
excite surprise, did not our coun- 
try give proof, it would be amply 
furnishea from what took place 
formerly at Saldanha Bay, near 
the Cape of Good Hope. Here, 
about the year 1796, the very nu- 
merous sick of a Dutch fleet, un- 
der Admiral Lucas, of nine^sair 
(some of the KneJ, were disem- 
barked on a small sloping island^ 
about a mile and half in circum- 
ference, where the rabbits were so 
numerous as to afford fresh pi^ovi- 
sions, not to the sick only, but a 
great part also of the armament 
on board, for many days ; notwith- 
standing which, such numbers of 
them were there foimd by the Eng- 
lish who subsequently arrived, as 
called forth expressions of wonder 
and astonishment. 

In none of Hheferas natures, con- 
stituting the objects of the chase, 
are promptitude and readiness of 
resource more conspicuous than in 
the rabbit. A community of them 
having been long established in a 
certain coppice in the county of 
Devon, a party of badgers attacked 
their hold, with the view of turn- 
ing them out, and peopling their 
abode with their own expected 

I I 



progeny. On tkis intrusion^ and 
Sy such superior fbrce^ one would 
hare tliougnt tlie legitimate inha- 
bitants would have been so panic- 
struck as to be without help or re- 
medy. Not so: on the badgers 
commencing to widen the holes for 
their admission^ the rabbits one 
and all began digging also^ as ap- 
peared from theu" having, in the 
course of very few days^ completed 
a new mansicm, further up on the 
ascent, after throwing behind them 
8Q much earth and dirt, literally 
in the face of their enemies, as 
caused them to> desist from their 
attempt, and to look out for quar- 
ters elsewhere^ 

Manifold, however, as are the 
resources of the rabbit, in what- 
ever country situated, they do not 
surpass the conforming qualities 
of its disposition. Few creatures 
can find subsistence on such a va- 
riety of 8(h1s: no one under the 
8un,l{K)6sibly, can accommodate it- 
self with such ease and address, 
to circumstances of complicated 
hardship and distress. The follow- 
ing account may serve to illustrate 
the latter position: — ^A couple of 
young rabbits were taken out of 
their native earth, some years 
since, by some sailors, who put 
them, in the hurry of re-embark- 
ing, into the stem sheets, so called, 
of a man of war's pinnace. In 
this circumscribed compartment, 
destined, with the addition of a few 
boards, as their future residence 
till arriving, at fiiU growth, they 
were hoisted on the deck prepara- 
tory to the ship*s sailing. The 
bustle over, usual on putting to 
sea after a long detention in port, 
these little creatures excited much 
interest amongst the crew, who 
vied with each other in placing 
before them whatever it was in 
tlieir power to procure, as suited 

to their palates. Universal, how-' 
ever, as bad been the esteem for 
them, their versatility, on the fall- 
ing off of all vegetable resources, 
when long at sea, drew forth the 
enthusiastic admiration of the sai<^ 
lors, accompanied at times with 
some of the most sounding oaths 
in their whole vocabulary. ^^ I 
say, Davy," said one of them on 
a certain occasion, peeping to his 
messmate, who was under the deck. 
'^ Here, boy> come up quickly. Mt/ 
eyes and oad joints, Davy, if here 
an't one of tiie bunnies sitting on 
the boatswain's shoulder picking a 
bone !" A supply of drift sea-weed, 
casually procured for them, and on 
which they had feasted a long 
time, beinff exhausted, ^and their 
accustomed portion of hard bis- 
cuit, peas, and oatmeal, failing, 
from an apprehension of all hands 
being to be put on short aQow- 
ance, they had been offered, it 
seems, as a dernier resorty the re- 
mains of a boiled fowl, whence this 
bone was taken, as the offals from 
a dinner in the wardroom. To 
say that they partook of these 
would be using language but 
faintly expressive of their perform- 
ance: they devoured the eatable 
parts thereof with avidity, to the 
astonishment of a crowd collected 
on the deck to witness so strange 
a spectacle. 

From such an accommodating 
trait in their character, added to 
the consideration of their har- 
diness, and such fecundity as is 
proverbial, one would suppose that 
few countries are so sterile as to 
deny them support, and that, with 
the exception of '^ coaihing" — a 
malady contracted on certain 
moist soils, and which, like a 
scourge, carries off thousands on 
thousands of them annually—* 
they would multif^y anywhere and 

V^^rfwh^re. It must be lulmit- as questioniBg ereii tfae air it 

ted, he^verer, that in very many breatkes, whilst the red flesh mi 

places, whatever be the nature of the cartilage of the noee^visiUe at 

«eil in the neighbourhood <^ their times from the high state of udie« 

haunts, however calculated to pro* lation, from its contrast, gives a 

mote their increase, these little beautiful and animating tint to 

creatures have enemies to encouft- the picture, 
ter, which, collectively considered. One or two proofs I shall men^ 

aj^^ear asahost. In addition to their tion, as illustrative of this intenat 

being plagued and teazed, when susceptibility of smell in tMs crea* 

above ground, by dogs of almost ture. 

every description — for every dog In my younger days, I was help- 

that will hunt vermin will hunt a ing a gamekeeper in destroying 

rabbit (one reason, probably, why eome rabbits which had injured a 

they are so lightly esteemed young plantation, when a coal-bladk 

by first-rate sportsmen) — hawks, one, as constantly as found, duded 

gleads, and other birds of prey, our dogs and guns, by taking to a 

meditating an unerring dart, hover string of earus in an adjoining 

over the young during the hours hedge-row. After having in vain 

of feeding ; whilst both <^d and endeavoured to compass uiis sable 

young are watched and waylaid specimen by &ir means, we ex« 

by foxes as a choice food, or are plored %very avenue to the bur- 

gradually tormented to death, even row, and prepared a wire for the 

in their subterranean retreats, by mouth of each, without exception^ 

the polecat, the martin, or that as we thought, which wires, con^* 

relentless little blood-sucker, the trary to the advice of tiie keeper^ 

stoat or weasel. Guns, gins, and were carried to the scene of action 

various engines of human device, in the pocket. Arrived on the 

in addition to nets of various web spot, and our snares laid with the 

and woof, not forgetting the fatal utmost care and precision, we be- 

bay-net, fill up the measure of what gan beating, when our black friend 

tends to their destruction. once more popped out of a brake in 

Surrounded as these fittle ani« which it had been often found, and 

mals are, in many places, by snares made off in the usual directioa at 

and enemies, yet is the period of full speed, from the shouts and 

their extermination, if it ever take halloos attending him. In the 

place, probaMr remote indeed, very nick, however, of his bolting, 

in acbiitton to tlieir amazing fecun- as we hoped, into the eartii, to 

^ty before mentioned, whence it stopped short, tiien jumped up the 

rarely happens but that some sur- bank, and after trying a second 

rive all hazard, they are instinc- hole, and pausing for a moment, 

tively gifted with a sreat degree of he set off at foil stretch for a di»« 

subtlety, heightened surprizingly tant cover. Two oth» rabbits, 

by an auxiliary not simdentiy afterwards driven to the same 

dwelt on by naturalists. lucre- earths, refused to enter one of tiiem 

dible, if not satisfiictorily proved, twice, and at different holes. 

wouM appear the keenness of the Further, I once saw a rabbit, 

el&ctory organs of the rabbit. Its whflst on bolting from a ferret, 

npstrHs, when pausing, as beset stop suddenly, run his nose all 

ud doubting which course to ttdce, roiuid tiie planted wire, wfaidibad 

tnaybeteenwoiidng tipanddown, been inadvertently carried in t3» 




pockety and afterwards^ by as nice 
and cautious manoeuvring as could 
not but challenge admiration^ actu- 
ally creep through the wire to the 
ejecting his escape above ground. 

Here it may not be improper to 
introduce another instinctive trait^ 
worthy of note in these animals^ as 
•exemplified by the mode in which 
they commonly order a certain aper« 
ture in each set of earths, for the 
sole purpose of escape in the event of 
Biegebeinglaid to their underground 
ab^es. No mound whatever appear- 
ing before this postern^ warrants the 
supposition as to all the earthy mat- 
ter loosened in the formation of it> 
havingbeen conveyed quite through 
the habitation, however complex 
and winding, to the outer avenues 
which constitute the common en- 
trance. This postern, to^, whilst 
in being dug " itUemally," is con- 
certed with such a subtle view to 
concealment, as equals manv an 
admired specimen of human inge- 
nuity. Thus, when every appa- 
rent hole is carefully netted, the 
shivering ferret entered, and the 
subterranean thunder causes the 
youthful breast to throb with ex- 
pectation, how common the case, 
that the wily little creature pops 
out where least expected, possibly 
from beneath three or four ivy 
leaves crossing each other, or a 
cobweb covering of moss, or a tuft 
of flaxen grass, issuing apparently 
from one root only, the upper part 
of which, as fiivouring the deceit, 
wantons in the wind like the fore- 
lock of a horse's mane ! 

To this may be added, what re- 
sults from such nice conveyance as 
is occasioned by the fine formation 
of the ear, in no instance more dis- 
'eemible than in covers, during 
feeding time of a summer's even- 
ing. Does the crackling of the 
smallest spray under foot, or the 
distant scream of the jay, or chat- 

tering of the magpie, intruding on 
the stillness of tibe scene, indicate 
the approach of an enemy, the 
well-known ''/op" of thefoot,given 
by some sentinel, summons all to 
tneir retreat. Useless then is the 
gun of the fowler, who may £edn 
solace himself in his disappoint- 
ment by listening to the soothing 
coo of the wood-dove, or the lull- 
ing tinkling of the distant folds. 
The signal once given, not a rabbit 
will stir from its hiding place till 
the sun, after streakins the sky 
with gold, is merged rar in the 
west, and the droning of the beetle 
proclaims approaching darkness. 

As endeavouring to rescue this 
little creature— whose endowments, 
when compared with its fiiiUngs, are 
of such preponderance — ^from the 
obloquy at times assailing it, Iwould 
state, as before hinted, that it is 
capable of afiTordine much hieher 
gi^ification than is generallfex- 
perienced from the pursuit of it. 
With a cry of dogs, duly bred 
and trained for the purpose, and 
with such only as are so bred and 
trained, delectable is the sport in 
fairly hunting them where thinly 
scattered, having also but few 
earths, and those previously stop- 
ped. Of several packs of rabbit 
'^ hounds/' if I may be allowed the 
expression, which could be enume- 
rated, one kept in the highest state 
of discipline some years since, by a 
gentleman in the county of Dor* 
set, is well worthy of description. 
This pack consisted of seven cou- 
ple of the most diminutive of the 
blended blood of the beagle and the 
harrier, as prima facie exemplified 
in the round pencQng ear, generous 
dark spots, edged with a finish of 
tan colour, a feathered tail arched 
over the back when the animal was 
in motion, and abo\e all, in such 
assumed consequence in the gait 
and carriage of the senior part of 



tltem, at leasts as failed not to 
attract observation and interest. 
Their general size may be conjec- 
tured, from a prevaUing report as 
to the whole pack having often 
received a fidl meal from a com- 
mon wash-hand basin once filled. 
One^ however, as an inch or so 
taller than the rest, and which 
would have been drafted but for 
his inestimable qualities, was loaded 
with a shot collar of two or three 
ounces weight, to prevent his be- 
ing too forward when in chase. 
Upwards of four hundred couple 
of rabbits, I have been told, thej 
kiUed in one year, and tibat one 
hundred pounds were once offered 
for the pack, and refused. Whe- 
ther so or not, the feats performed 
by tbese tiny chiders, for several 
successive seasons, drew forth re- 
sounding plaudits from sporting 
spectators of the first rank in the 
kingdom, together with many a 
justly-merited eulogium on their 
proprietor, by whosesole skill, judg- 
ment, and perseverance, they were 
brought to a state of unrivalled 
perfection. . 



To the Editor of the SporHn/^ Magazine. 

^l^HE late deliberate and atro- 
^ cious murder of Weare, a 
crime rather of Italian or Spanish, 
than of English character, has 
been eagerly laid hold on, in order 
to decry and rundown indiscrimi- 
nately, our ancient national prac- 
tice of boxing, by those who, how- 
ever well-intentioned, are rather 
actuated by prejudice and false 
delicacy, than by any well-ground- 
ed and distinct knowledge of the 

subject. The practice is con- 
demned without reserve, as vicious 
in principle, unproductive of any 
moral benefit; its patrons» and 
the actors in it, stigmatised as the 
most vicious and contaminating of 
the human race ; and loud and ur- 
gent calls are made upon the Iie- 
gislature, for a legal prohibition 
and putting down of the pugilistic 

One of our weekly newspapers 
has lately attempted to edify its 
readers with a grave lecture to 
this effect, in which lofty mo- 
ral pretensions and stimulating 
diatribes alternately make a con- 
spicuous figure. ISut the most 
ostentatious display of this kind, 
as all formerexperience has demon- 
strated, unless attended by a calm 
and discriminating appeal to the 
reasoning faculties of men, can have 
no other possible effect than to 
lead them astray, to nourish thdr 
prejudices,confirm their ignorance, 
and, in fine, to leave things in their 
old course, however objectionable 
and vicious that may be. Ssljb the 
writer, perhaps Mr. Editor him- 
self, '' Whenuiis folly (boxing) will 
end, or to what pitches of madness 
it wiU carry the nation, it would be 
idle and bootless to inquire ; but, 
if Mr. Justice Park, who seems so 
much afraid of the encroachments 
of the press, would transfer his 
vigilance to the gentlemen of the 
fsLucy, he would go fiur, in bur opi- 
nion, to do the state some service. 
The ring, unquestionably, is the 
great nursery of blacksxuu^: 
uiere the thieves assemble in such 
numbers, and do so much execu- 
tion, that they are seriouriy be- 
lieved to tamper with the boxers 
to get up a set-to when their trade 
is dack."../^ The transition from 
a bruiser to a pickpocket, or from 
a pickpocket to an assassin, is not 

dtf TH£ SPOETnfl) MAOAZtNE. 

tmtr msy, but almost 'natural; arelbmu The Ii<mg Pailiamttil^ 

maa hundreds who hare bemn indeed, in former dajrs^ really eU 

their career as betters at the nng, fected s(Mietliing like this; but it 

or brawlers in a pot-house^ hare soon bred disgust and hatred in 

tended with a trial at the Old Bai«- the great body of the people^ aad 

ley."../^ The oomnKm, and the was naturally succeeded by the 

omy argument advanced in fitvour extreme of licentiousness. Owr 

of professed boxing — ^namely^ that modem ^uiatics — fiinatics truly of 

it tends to keep up the €m Sng- % different description^ and acta- 

lish character, and serves as a atedby very different views — ^have 

protection against brute strength been for many years playing a 

«— -when properly viewed^ is no argu- similar game^ with exactiy the 

ment at all." same success. 

Well--*I shall not dispute the Within the last Uiirty years has 
truth of much> perhaps the greater commenced the renewed aominioQ 
part of the above; but a man who of the Saints, in Britain. The 
aas lived long in the world, disco- grand object of this spiritual oU^ 
vers in the end, that a successLcoi garchy, unreservedly accredited by 
e£ naked truths may be artificially Government, and in which neither 
or scientifically strung together, infiuenoe, exertion, nor expence 
lad yety on a nir logical analysis, has been spared, appears to be an 
prove to be mere naked nothings, entire change in tne national ch»* 
It is undoubtedly true, that an racter — ^to contract the freedom 
excess in the attendance on sports, and openness of the English heart, 
to the prejudice and ne^ect of the that they may the more easily te* 
snious and bounden duties of life, duce it to, and retain it in subjec- 
must necessarily have the effect (k tion — ^to repress all ideas ci relax- 
rdaxing the human mind, and re- ation from sportive enjoyment, so 
plenishm^ it with inclinations and congenial with the national cba- 
desires auogether alien to serious racter, this more espedally with 
occupation or moral utility*--- the lower classes; and by mere 
equally so, that play, formerly force of law, espionage, a brow- 
styled gambling, the nne, and the beating, all-pervading influence, 
course, may have proved prepara^ and a standing army of police, to 
tory schools to many, for the Old compel men to assume a sanctified 
BaiJey and the gallows. So have exterior in mien, in words, and in 
the theatres, the alehouses, the conduct; and to adopt a system, 
feirs, and every place or spedes of in which religious recreations are 
recreation and amusement, which not only to take precedence (their 
can be named. Ought, in conse- due), but to supersede every other, 
qjuence, and as the only remedy. These reformers seem entirely to 
ml sports and recreations to be put have overlodced the ancient, weU« 
an end to, and, in aridh, populous, known, and proved truism, that 
and luxurious country like this, forced praters are not good for 
man to be arbitrarily doomed to ike souL Their system has in- 
findhis only recreation in his most troduced a compuMve sabbatical 
serious duties ? But no Govern- observation of the Christian Sun^ 
ment of England, in the present day, by virtue of which, thoujgii, 
itate of society, could possibly be seemingly to their regret, t£ey 
^ with powers equal to Sttdi cannot make esen Jb0t> theyhftW, 



at any ate, contrired to compel 
them to make their doors fast, and 
thereby to give np more of th^ir 
rights and their freedom of action^ 
than EngHshmen^ in former and 
more social times, were wont wil- 
lingly to part with. A reluctant 
compliance has certainly been given 
to all this ; and the externals, the 
least essential parts of religion, have 
been universally promoted: but, 
in a commensurate proportion, has 
been engendered an interested and 
time-serving hypocrisy, affectedly 
rigorous in all the non-essentials, 
but woefully deficient in all the 
essentials of moral and civic virtue. 
The result, warranted by all for- 
mer experience in systems of hy- 
pocrisy, durins the above-men- 
tioned period 01 unexampled light 
and intelligence, and with the pub- 
lic mind under the guidance and 
tuition of the dominant societies, 
has been a series of the most horri- 
ble eitormities and crimes that ever 
stained the British annals ; and a 
too general and increasing corrup- 
tion and laxity of principle seems 
to have taken deep root in the 
country. The only remedy con- 
templated for this, now chronic 
dis^ise in the body politic, appears 
to be legal compulsion and exter- 
nal rdigious observance. It seems 
not yet to be comprehended that 
the freedom, not the slavery of the 
human mind, is best calculated to 
capacitate it for the reception of the 
most beneficial instructions; and 
that with the vulgar, more espe- 
cially, the mind is too narrow, at once 
to retain and make use of, both 
fiictitious and genuine rules of mo- 
rality. But me new drop, and its 
never-ceasing activity, will afford 
the best illustration of all which 
has been said — indeed, render all 
other illustration unnecessary. A 
criminal of the deepest dye is 

brought to justice. He has savedj 

or is furnished with, the means of 
providing an advocate. He pleads 
"NotGuilty," has the benefit of all 
the ouirks and quibbles and techni- 
calities of the law, which he sup- 
ports with the most solemn asse- 
verations of his innocence, invok- 
ing his God, and implicating his 
religion in their truth. He fails, 
and his guilt is clearly proved. He 
is then committed to nis cell, taken 
into great favour, coaxed, caressed, 
and invited to commit a fresh per- 
jury, by a confession of his siulU 
(The chief view, in this place, is the 
relation of simple facts.) He is then 
absdived of all nis guilt by his Pro- 
testant confessor, and freed from all 
those dismal apprehensions he was 
formerly taught to entertain ; and, 
buoyed up by present assurances 
of future nappiness, he boldly takes 
the leap, a saint of the first water ! 
Then comes abroad a bulletin of 
his confession, or non-confession, 
but generally of his sighs and tears 
and sensibility^-of the sincerity of 
his contrition, and the undoubted 
reality of his religious conviction. 
Now all this must make a certain 
very obvious impression on the 
minds of those engaged in guilty 
courses. It also serves to announce 
to the people, and to remind them 
of the immense and important in- 
fluence possessed by a certain body 
in both worlds. 

Speaking through the pages of 
a publication, which, during such 
a long course of years, has been the 
unwearied advocate of the moral 
fitness and the decorum of sports, 
as well as of the sports themselves — 
I trust I shall not, whUst defending 
the cause of pugilism, be suspected 
of favouring the blackguard, dissi- 
pated, and barbarous practices with 
which,always in old times, and too 
often in latter, it has been usually 



accompanied. No : my intention-^ 
not a noreltyj notwithstanding the 
necessity of re^tition — is to assert 
tiie public utihty and benefit of the 
pug;distic system; and to insist 
that its concomitant disadvantaces 
are in about an equal ratio with 
those> which unavoidably attend 
every other good ; that tne^ arise 
rather from misconception^ injudi- 
cious meddlings vacillatiBg and 
uncertain law> and inefficient po- 
lice^ than from any radical vice in 
the nature of the thing itself. 

It may be well wondered at 
that the term pugilism has been 
adopted so lately in our language^ 
and that it was not introduced in 
the classical days of the virgin 
Queen and her learned and chaste 
successor, when every thing was 
latinized, and when the literary 
page, on whatever subject, was 
amply larded with latin phrase 
and quotation. The ancient Ro- 
mans were great pugiUsts, and we 
find the word, with them, was 
much in use, together with nume- 
rous derivatives^ The old boxers, 
Tony Jones, Slack, Broughton, 
Hugh Wright, Auger or Ripshaw, 
would have stared at the appella- 
tion of pugilists. The arsfisticay 
or the fistic art, is, no doubt, of 
Roman origin, and has been, dur- 
ing centuries past, so mixed up 
with the manners and habits of the 
English people, that it has become 
one of those national prejudices, 
which submit the latest to either 
force or adverse instruction. It 
has been long since refined, in this 
country, from the grossness and 
cruelty of ancient barbarism. No 
lacerating or stunning additions 
have been allowed to the naked 
fists, these being held the only law- 
ful weapons. Foul blows have been 
particularised and interdicted, and 
an unimpeachable system oi fair 

flay established, too universally^ 
Known to need repetition. If any 
objectionable noint of usuage yet 
remains, it is kicking the lees; but 
is that practice yet retained ? We 
have nationally and universally 
imbibed this principle. It has 
proved a grana moral lesson, not 
only in its peculiar practical appli- 
cation, but, from the necessary ap^ 
proximation of c(Higenitive ideas, 
the necessity or propriety ^Jair 
play comes uppermost, in even the 
otherwise untutored mind, through 
the various concerns of life. Hence> 
personal safety has been generally 
more certain m this country, than 
in any other. The Scots were for- 
merly far behind their southern 
countrymen, in the fairness of their 
fistic combats, allowing blows to be 
heaped upon the fidlto combatants ; 
and the Anglo-Americans, even 
yet, in some parts of their country, 
disgrace pugilism by the mos( bar- 
barous and detestable practices, a 
description of which, already too 
well known, would soil the page. 
The Sporting Magazine, graduiSly 
making its way through the United 
States, I trust will prove an anti- 
dote to this moral poison. 

Individuals, like bodies of men, 
or states, must have their disputes, 
their quarrels, and their battles : 
it is the sad, but natural and una- 
voidable condition on which hu- 
man, indeed all animal life is held. 
There must, then, be some mode 
through which the infuriate pas- 
sions, when roused, from whatever 
cause, may he assuaged and put to 
rest. And surely in this case, the 
fists, as most natural and harmless, 
are also the preferable instruments 
to the knife and the stiletto. There 
can be no objection to restrict this 
position to the vulgar and inferior 
classes of society, where sensibili- 
ties and resentments cannot be sup*- 



pfined so refined^ so rational^ and ' 
80 permanent^ as those of their 
high-bom and educated superiors. 
With respect to these last, we sub- 
missively give our assent to the in- 
dispensable use of the pistol and 
small sword, and to the unquestion- 
able rationality of affording to that 
man who has injured another in the 
highest degree, the opportunity of 
conferring on him the inferior in- 
jury of depriving him of life. But 
our business is only with the pu- 
gilistic classes, and the natural 
weapons; and in order to form a 
correct judgment in the premises, 
it is necessary for travellers, and 
those who read books of travels, to 
reflect on the different modes of 
assuaging the revengeful passions, 
adopted by the lower orders on the 
continent, and in this country and 
its dependencies. The fist and the 
stiletto tell different tales. 

It will doubtless be urged, that 
pugilism^ as a national practice, 
and an occasional occurrence, may 
be tacitly allowed, discretionally 
prohibited, or punished, as occasion 
may require; but that gvmnastic 
schools; and pitched battles^ from 
their experienced ill effects on the 
habits and. morals of the people, 
ought tobe immediately suppressed. 
Granting the necesse, it will not be 
quite so easy to effect thepo^^e of the 
case. And could the latter be com- 
passed, in apresumed choice of evils, 
I fear we should not have chosen 
the least. To pugilistic schools, 
and regular combats, we owe the 
whole of that noble system of ethics, 
or fhir play, which distinguishes 
and elevates our commonalty, and 
which stern, impartial, and cold- 
blooded reason herself, must hail 
as one of the glories of Britain. I 
will not answer for the purity of 
the congregation at a gymnasvumy 
or Fives Court ; but I am bold to 

Vol. XIII. N. j^.—No. 77- 

risk the opinion, that a blackguard 
is more probable to acquire a sense 
of justice and fairness there, than 
at a love-feast in the recesses of 
Methodism. Agriculture, com- 
merce, manufacture, the arts and 
sciences, constitute the real value 
of human life ; and yet a nation ex- 
clusively devoted to those, such i^ 
the flaw in the magna charta of , 
humanity, must exist in an un- 
certain, dependent, and slavish 
state. Among the inhabitants of 
such a country, a portion must be 
selected, whose profession and duty 
it must be to defend and secure the 
liberties and property of the whole. 
Here we have the military and 
naval professions. But in order 
to fit the people for these, and to 
prevent the too general indulgence 
of effeminacy and dread of enter- 
prize, or the contagion of fanatical 
quietism, it is necessary to encou- 
rage the manly and athletic sports 
and Contests, which invigorate the 
human frame, inspire contempt of 
personal suffering, and enable men 
to defend, as well as to enjoy. 
Englishmen have learned regular 
an/ Mr boxing, as they Ve 
learned other arts; and were the 
puristic schools to be shut up, 
and the practice discouraged, at the 
fiat of the communion of our mo- 
dem ^nts, the manly spirit of fair 
Slay in our combats might soon 
egenerate, and the English people 
lose entirely one of their fairest cha- 
racteristics. A retrospect of the 
last twenty years will prove that 
these are not the times to incur 
such a risk. How much soever we 
have had of the fist, we have in- 
deed had too much of the bludgeon 
and the steel. 

Pugilistic exhibitions are said 
to harden the heart, to induce a 
ferocity of character and conduct, 
and generally to be attended by the 



most abiuid^ned, fthe very acum of ofdiooent and goo4roputatioii9 from 

society. It caanot> and need not^ the pugilistic ring, 

be denied^ that hitherto such has I propose the rollowing plan :— 

been the case. The principle only An unrestricted allowance to pugi* 

and its utility^ perhaps necessity^ listic schods and regular iM^tles. 

not the former or even the existing No battle to be fowht without gir- 

meliorated practice^ it is the pur« ing notice thereof to the Ma^pb- 

pose of these lines to defend. JBut tracv of the district All riotuig 

at any rate^ since suppression ap* on these occasion^, breaches of the 

pears to be an unattupable object, peace> or unla\iAd conduct in the 

an unreserved acknowledgment d ring> to be punished with exem* 

the rights npt the present see-saw^ plary severity. A^ strict sufveilU 

uncertain, and ridiculous tolerar ance from the police^ of notori- 

t).on^ and a reform of the practice^ ous characters. The regulation 

are the things needful. Thegallo^s^ and management of the national 

it is said^ has been supplied from pugilism would naturally devolve 

tlie ring> which means nothing on that portion of the Corinlthiaa' 

ujiore^ in substance, than that those orders who are amateurs of the 

two venerable institutions are con^ science ; and a PuQiiiisnc Ci<ub, 

temporaneous. Pugilism include9 on the plan of the Jockey Club, 

toothing essentially vicious or im* might be instituted, with much 

moral; and if we must reason and propriety, or rather would he 

decide from a1^u$ie, mercy on i|s, nighly expedient. From this Club 

where are we to halt ? and what is all orders of regulation might is* 

to become of the bench of Bish<m9 ? sue, and thither all disputes ijuglit 

M^ ^re not to be cured of their be referred. A grand pugilistic 

evil habits an^ propensities by the theatre, in a centrical situation, 

mere arbitrary forpe of law, and by would prove a useful ^d needful 

beii^gyilifiedan{d|Contemne4* Qoi^-. ornament to^the metropolis i an^ 

tempt and rigour will rather ef- the spirit at pri?ate adventiune 

cite in jbhem a passion of revenge^ would soon add to the number of 

confinning those irregular and ob. such, in various provincial tow^ 

noxious inclinations, which a con* The modem retbrmed piigpist>f 

ciliatqry treatment might subdpe* system should he entirely disse* 

T^hmentQriQspect themselvesr-* Tered,and Icept sacred from the 

th^ first ^teptothe respect of others* detestable and infamous adjuii^ 

Xjet thi9 be applied to the ring, an of the old Brou^htoman school^ 

;pdisne|iisable natiox^al i^^titutjpii, namely, the baiting or torture of 

whicn, and we hav^ the warrsmt brute anim^shT^a practice equally 

of long e:^per^e?}ce{ may becqn^ degrading to mai^9 as an indulgence 

worthy of motional sfipport ^d pt^ in ''the classical taste of antiquity*" 

troni^ge, under thfigeners^l supenn* The enjqyment derived from wii-j 

tendsinoet of the^ respectable M^jr- nessing Uie yoluntary cont^ntioiu^ 

Ja^son. It isf with mupl^ pleasure and gaolant self-exposure to inteiuif 

that I qiiote from pi(hlic report, sufferingsi, whetheii^ of men or ani« 

the fkir and honest chartH^ter (^ m^> compared with that whidii^ 

.THpMAsWiNTSR,Dfhoha9a89umea experienced from behoi4ing the 

the name oi Spring ; ipd there !# sloiv and lingering tortures, and 

nq dpuht, that a conqderable ad- liatii^ni^g to the 90^ and sighs and 

diticm might be m^ide in the Hue dying groans^ which wretched 



fceaats are staked down to endure^ old Full-bottom (L^rdMantifierd.)" 

in tbe view of rHason^ common We knowing cores of ihepreisent 

senscj and the common feeling of day^ are under infinite obligation 

men and animals, is beaten com- to Pierce Egan, for numerous ad- 

pared witii bell. 
^ (yvatg^muia, on tbe presump- 
tion ofsucb necessity, migbt be 
licensed, as a Government pos- 
sesses a power of expedient regu- 
lation^ where it may not have the 
right absolutely to interdict. But 
98 pditicaT economy and free tmde 
are now the order of the day, why 
not free boxing, and leaving ge- 
mdne pugilistic morality to find 
Its natural and proper level? Box- 
ing, and boxing schools, as free 
Bntons, we must have. liet us, 
then, found them on the nearest 
possible approach to genuine and 
Bberal morality. There is an ad- 
juncti however, which we cannot 
dissever. There will, and there 
must be, plat. It is to interest 
in human nature, which no prin- 
ciple frx>m the beginning of the 
worid (to make use of a solecism), 
to this hour, has eveif been able to 
neutralise or expel ; and our well- 
intentioned conjurors, who are at 
present making the hopeful at- 
tempt, vi ei armis, as their prede- 
cessors have periodically done, are 
simply re-actinff the rarce of old 
Tonimy Goss, •♦••♦♦• against the 
moon. Talk of play, indeed, at 
this day! The times are gone by 
and forgotten, but I, as a looker- 
on, have not forgotten them, when 
litde Cauty's Pharaoh table in 
P^-mall was opposite to that 
heldbyLordR.— *— ,and theRight 
Hon. C. J. F. I cannot dismiss 
lliis subject without sportins a few 
Words on the slang, or .flash lan- 
guage, appropriate, by custom, to 
the concerns of the ring — ^that 
^ little mm toungue vich ve calls 
slang," wherewith the trap, or prig, 
I have forgotten which, ^ queered 

£tions to, and emendations of, the 
old vocabulary, which, it must be 
acknowledged, was grounded on 
that of another ring; and hence 
the affinity, or cousin-germanship, 
which the sly ones are so ready to 
affirm between the two. 

On the whole, I see no reason to 
question the practicability of esta- 
blishing an unexceptionable sys- 
tem of nattonal gymnastic exercise 
<Nr putfilism. It is absurd to as- 
sert that such must necessarily be 
a school of profligates and thieves. 
As to the latta*, it is with shame 
and regret I repeat, that long ha- 
bits of observation and reflection 
have convinced me that we have a 
regular national nursery for them. 
I can tell a story that may obviate 
the necessity of further explana^ 
tion. Many of my ^ readers will 
recollect the name of '' Young 
Morgan," perhaps our last ^' roysS 
scamp," and his fiirewell dittyw. 
^^ Memouriit I heard the people sa^, at I 

puflCd through the City^ 
That such a dever youth asl to die it w«k 

a pity." 

When Morgan w^ in bloom, but 
not quite ripe, I had occasion to 
send a servant, who kne^ him 
personally, to Smithfield. Frmil 
thence> as' he afberwards told me, 
he went on his own occasions to 
(as I recollect) the Windmill, in 
TummiU-sti^et, in those days- a 
flash house. There he sitw Moii- 
gan drinking with two police offi- 
cers. He wlaited, listening to their 
discourse until they parted, when, 
shaking hands with Morgan, they 
bade him adieu with significant 
looks, and " Good luck to you, my 
boy I" to which he replied, " Aye, 
aye, I understand you: I know 
you'U have me when I weigh my 




weight!" Such was then our 
police. ^ 3j^ ^y ^ JocKKY. 


To the Editor of the Sporting Magazine. 

T Have sent the enclosed literal 
copy of a letter lately received, 
being well worth insertion in your 
next. — I am, &c. 

A Constant Reader. 
February 3, 1824. 

Sib — ^I am inform by your be- 
loved friend Mr. Thos. Jenkins at 
Tynewidd Cwystwith to acquaint 
you that we both desire to obtain 
the goodness of you to persuade 
John the post huntsman at or near 
Llanbeder particular to come here 
immediately with his hounds for to 
kill the savage Foxes — We shall 
want him here for two or three 
weeks and as this provance being 
a very mistical land wel want his 
Tamers I nope that your mo- 
deration and constitution being 
proportionable to our offence in 
Serving our Intrest of persuad 
the said Huntsman that two shil- 
lings for Each day will be sefiscent 
wages and free him here off from 
all expence for provitions and 
free him here from the cost of 
feed his dogs — Please of bein^ 
appunctual in persuad the said 
Huntsman to come here as soon as 
possible to the house Called Dderw 
or to Mr. Jenkins house called 
Tynewidd — Yet in consequence 
believe that I have all dominion of 
Mrs. Jenkins your beloved Sister 
to beg you will with the first op- 
portunity direct the said hunts- 
man to come here immediately. — 
Your most obedient servant 

Thos. Jones of Deirw 
n' Hafood Cwmystwith. 

Fw the Sporting Magazine^ 

JTpHE art of shooting, and every 
thing relating to dogs, guns, 
and game, have undergone such 
wonderful changes within the last 
twenty years, that were a sports- 
man of the middle of the last cen- 
tury to rise from his grave, he 
would be all astonishment and 
wonder. Instead of Ir-eing pretty 
well contented with his day's sport 
if he found three or four covies of 
birds, a leash of hares, and one or 
two brace of pheasants, he would 
now see them walked up by scores 
in almost every field or brsuke, and 
the help of aogs, in many in- 
stances, useless. Extremes of all 
sorts are bad; and, speaking as 
sportsmen, we think the vast 
quantity of game which modern pre- 
serves give birth to, is aconsidentble 
drawback from the otherwise inte- 
resting pleasure of shooting. 

Fresn publications, however, 
still issue from the ^ press (m the 
above subjects ; and we have just 
noticed the seventh edition^ Mr. 
Thomas's Shooter's Guide, or Com' 
plete Sportsman's Companion, in 
which every thing relating to the 
gun and its appurtenances is fully 
and ably treated of. He com- 
mences with instructions to the 
tyros in the art; and we think his 
remarks are good, particularly as 
relating to the hare, which, he pro- 
perly says, should never be shot at 
at a greater distance than twenty- 
five or thii^ty yards, as there is no 
certainty of their being killed, 
even presuming the aim to have 
been taken correctly. Supposing 
none of her legs to have been 
broken, a hare will carry away a 
vast quantity of shot in her hinder 
parts; and even if the wound be 
eventually mortal, she will be aUie 



to get quite out of tbe reach of 
• the shooter^ before she is obliged 
to stop^ so that he is none the bet- 
ter for the attempt, and the feel- 
ii^ of humanity are violated for 
nothing* < Mr. Thomas recom- 
mends aiming at the head, as one 
or two shots will stop an old hare 
in that vital part. 

Mr. Thomas has a long chapter 
upon dogs, their different sorts, 
and their diseases, as also on the 
. various ways of breaking them, 
partly compiled from various au- 
thors, and partly from the SmrU 
ing Magazine. The matter, now- 
ever, is weir selected, and most of 
the recipes are good. That for 
the bite of a viper is similar to the 
one recommended by us in our Num* 
her for October last, p« IQ-^^vis. an 
immediate application of olive, or 
(if not to be had) sweet oil, taken 
internally, as also bathing the af- 
fected parts with the same. 

The following observation is wor- 
thy of remark: — " Partridges lie 
much better to dogs that wind 
them, than to those thatfoUow them 
by the track — (we should have said 
foot.) The dog that winds the 
scent, approaches the birds by de- 
grees, and with more or less cau- 
tion, as he finds them tame or 
shy, which he is enabled to disco* 
ver by the scent which they emit 
when they are uneasy; besides, 
when tliey see him hunting round 
them, they are not so much aJarmed, 
because they do not perceive that 
he is following them. Nothing 
disturbs birds more than for them 
to see a dog tracing their footsteps. 
When a dog follows them in this 
manner down wind, he generally 
springs them ; for he is not aUe to 
take the scent properly till he is 
upon them, and then, they will not 
' lie. J^^^ that carry their heads 
high, will always find the most 

game."— -(^iSeep. 75 and 6.>-~The 
above just remarks shew the ad- 
vantage of giving pointers the 
wind, a point not sufficiendy 
attended to by sportsmen in ge- 

Among the recipes, which are 
•numerous, we extract the follow- 
ing, as new to Tis :-«* 

'^ To recover the sense qfsmdling. 
^Two drachms of agaric, one 
scfuple of salgammie: beat these 
into powder, and mix them well 
with simple oxymel, making a pill 
•as big as a nut. Cover it .with 
butter, and force it down the dog's 
throat, if he will not take it wi&- 
ottt." The balls to be given a few 
weeks before shooting, ane good. 
»^'' One pound ci antimony, four 
ounces of sulphur, and a sufficient 
quantity of syrup of buck-thorn to 
nve it a proper consistence : divide 
into balls, each weighing seven 
drachms, and give one every se- 
cond or third day." 

The admirer (Xf ffrouse-sbooting 
will find some usefm information in 
this vdume, together with a refer- 
ence to t)ie laws of Scotland^ to 
which every sportsman become 
subject, who eoes so far north iov 
his sport. It appears that the 
only means by which strangers can 
lawfully sport in Scotland, is by 
obtaining the permission of persons 
who are qualified by the laws' of 
Scotland, and such permission only 
extends to the lands of the party 
granting it. The certificate is 
equally necessary in any part of 
the united kingdom. 

As might be expected in a work 
of this sort, Mr. Thomas goes 
deeply into the subject of guns, 
with all the varieties of locks, 8a% 
but whither our limits will not 
allow us to follow him. He then 
gives some long extracts fi'om the 
game laws, which are highly use- 



0il M weU as intereettDg to the 

We conclude our remarks with. 
one obierratioD. Mr. Thomas is 
4if an opinion that a chimney- 
sweeper^ with money in his pockety 
Imb as good a title to shoot a par* 
^dgeasany otilter man. Here wo 
must diffier from hinu So long as 
the had supports the game> to the 
had should the game belong. It 
is well known tibat Hm Earl of Co« 
Teatry (as well as some other no- 
MeoMn) allows someof hia tenants 
KXM* per annum f<Mr damage done 
by his gaaM. Could this game in 
any wajjr be called the properthr of 
tiie Ghimney.«swteeper? Hr. iW- 
asaamay sar, they tare f eras naiurd : 
vm contena they are^mr e/ftu^-*- 
tbe property of the man who rears 
and preserves them. We are fkr^ 
however, from thinking that the 
game laws should be strietly, or 
««xiitiottsly« resorted to ; and are 
quite of Mr. Serjeant Gockell's 
omnion, who told the Jury at 
xmk, '^ that he hoped there was 
not a Magistrate in the kingdom 
«dia would put the mialties in 
liaroe against a gendeman who 
aported honouraUy." 

M i .t" 

LKTTsa in. 


To'&it MdUorpfthe Sporting MagtHeiHe* 

Am afraid I riiall be ratiiier late 
with my ChU Chat this month, 
but the interventiQn dP Christmas 
must form my excuse. Christmas 
of itself is such a source of c^it chat 
of another sort, such a getter-to** 
gether of song^singers, conundrum- 
ciaekers (not to say nut>-crackers), 
together with friends, relations, and 
good fellows of all sorts ; and tiien, 
there is so much plum*pudding 
and roast beef, so many boued tur^ 

hies, neats' tongvecKr minee piM 
and' other pies (not forgetting the 
beautiful paitys), to be discussed 
and enjojed ; so many fttir friends 
to be kissed under the mialetoe : 
in shorty theite are so many good 
ami kind things to be eaten and 
4one, thai a man can hardly be 
blamed who should a little neglect 
other matters. Tbeeit thines uien. 
Sir, I plead to you in justification 
of being smnewhat later in my 
communication ; and to your rea- 
ders I plead them (hopinff and 
trastin^ they have been wdl em- 
ployed in tiie same way), as an ex- 
cuse for its being rather short ; for 
be it known, tlmt, although some 
foHcs say that Chrtstnas is over, I 
am' this very night mgaged to join 
a many jparty, and as I shall have 
to furbish up a song for the occa- 
sion, I really have but little time 
to write. 

Now, then, to the pA)posed con- 
tinuation of piscatory matters;^ and 
particulaiiy the great and very 
just complaint there is of the 
scarcity <» fish in the river Thames. 
That fish are scarce in that noble 
stream, is allowed on all hand»-^ 
eveiy body is agreed in that par* 
ticiiiarf but as to the cause of 
scarcity very few argue aKke, aiMl 
I by iM> means premise that any 
opinion of mine may be m<»e ixa^ 
rect than that of another man. It 
is thought by some that the esta« 
blishment of locks upon the riv^r, 
far the purpose of fi^ilitating the 
navigation, has assisted in makidg 
the fish fewer, by interrupting the 
strength of the stream, and thnt, 
in consequence, it wOl become, or 
has become, i^aliower. Others, 
again, think the steam-boats do in- 
jury to the fishery ; and some com- 
j^u of the deleterious efitects of 
the discharge of water, through 
whidi the gas has be^ passedi 



into the Thames. These are the 
most usual topics of complaint; 
a&d^ vith regard to the last^ I think 
tha!e can be little doubt of very 
serious iDJury having been done by 
the allowing of such a horrible 
liquid to flow into the rive]r> not 
omy in l^e destruction of the fish^ 
a^a the driving of tiieni away> but 
also in the bad effect it must have 
upon the water, which is after-, 
irards used for domestic purposes. 
It may be said, where is the proof 
of the latter? Perhaps it would 
be very difficult to shew any imme* 
diate evil result having been known 
to proceed from it^ but it may have 
aafqw and undermining effect upon 
the constitutions of many, which 
may even ultimately tend to shorten 
life. My opinion, as an humble inf 
diridual, may be of little weight^, 
but it is, that it ought not to b^ 
suffered. With respect to its iuf 
juring the fish, a case has come to 
my knowledge within a few weeks, 
decidedly in point, except that it 
was not m a tide river, or indeed a 
mining strteam at all, but still 
qqite sufficient to shew the pcHson* 
ous natui^ of the gas water* In 
what were formerly known as the 
Qackneyjt or Cat a^o Mutton-field^j 
i|ow covered with houses and other 
hiuldings^ a large gasometer haa 
b^en built;, on groiuad purchased 
of Mr. Rhodes, the great bricktr 
matter. I need not teUmany hmi^ 
don ai^lera^ that in those fiel4s 
there were, and still are, several 
Terjr fine deep ponds, siq>plied by 
8pni|g8, in widen were many roach, 
perch, eels, and some other fish. 
One of these ponds is situated near 
thifrgasometer, and the refuse water 
from it, whether by permission or 
iiot, I cannot say, has been con<* 
▼eyed to the pond spoken of; and 
the consequence was, a short time 
hack, that the fish were taken at 

the sides of the ponds, by the boya 
and men of the neighbourhood. In 
a side and dyii^ state. Whether 
they were afterwards eaten I dm- 
not say ; but I confess I would not 
have ventured to partake of them* 
I merely introduce the circum« 
stance, to shew the bad effects of 
this impoi* water being suifeied 
to flow into wholesome water. 

As to the injury done to the 
fishing in the river Thames, by 
the passing to and fro oi the steam- 
boats, I take it to be an idle com- 
plaint: the fish may be frightened 
for the moment, but no more. Nei- 
ther do they travel sufficiently 
a]|)ove Jjondon, to injure the sport 
in the part now spoken of. Tha 
other comjdaint, of the injury dons 
by the construction of locks, I 
think almost as idle : it is pretend^ 
ed that the parts confined between 
the locks can be more easily fished*- 
and that they prevent the sealy 
people from roving about as nature 
mtended thev should. I really can^ 
no^ see the force of this reasowigy 
as applying to the diminution' of 
the quantity of fish : indeed^ I know 
several small niivigable streams 
that aro good for neSiing ei^c^t i^tr 
the de^p holes about the loeks^ 
which are upon them, smd the back 
waters near them ; and as to ita 
having any influence upon their in- 
stinctSi there is b«it little fear <^ 
their not following the law of na-^ 
ture— -they will ^'incieaaeandmu^. 
tiply," like other beings. 

It has always been my opinies 
that fresh-water fish have be«L 
fewer ev4nr since the time of scar- 
dty, some five-and-twenty yearst 
back. Bread, meat, and every poft*' 
sible article necessary for the sttp« 
povt of man, were then so dear, that 
many poor persons could hardly 
obtain any food beyond potatoes : 
tiie conse^enoe wasy Uiat all the 



men and boys of tbis description^ 
who lived m the neighbourhood 
of a stream or pond^ where there 
were any fish^ immediately became 
poachers of the waters^ to answer 
the pressure of the times, and their 
necessities. Night-work of all sorts 
was resorted to for the entrapping 
of fish. Tliese people finding they 
awn consumption, became deale^, 
in the article ; for, although before 
this time even poor folks would 
have turned up their noses at a 
dish oifHmy fresh-water fish, their 
betters now became willing to buy, 
at a reasonable rate, any thing, 
however small, that would «ave 
meat. I have seen the operation 
of this in many inland counties, 
and I have no sort of doubt that 
the same thing first originated 
the scarcity in the Thames ; and 
it is to be observed, that men who 
have once acquired a habit of this 
sort, never leave it off: like all 
other habits, good or bad, it sticks 
dose to them for the rest of their 
lives. The fellows who fish with 
improper nets in the river Thames, 
may be seen perpetually at their 
nefarious avocation, and taking 
and carrying away the smallest 
possiMe bleiS:, dace, or gudeeon, 
that a fair angler would throw 
in again. This is the root of the 
evil, unauestionably. The gas-wa- 
ter has done injury in the imme- 
diate vididty of London; the 
Bteam-boats may, by possiMlity^ do 
some mischief to the spawn ; but 
the practice of improper netting, 
in all its multifarious branches, 
has done the mischief; and I am 
•afraid that all the water-bailiffs, 
lords of manors, gamekeepers, and 
their deputies, in this game-keep- 
ing country, will never be aWe 
. now to prevent it entirely. If it 
is ever cured, it will be by the 

cheapness of articles of the first 
necessity, which has had this effect 
already in parts remote from Lon- 
don; but while our fishmongers en- 
courage persons in the taking of 
small fish, it cannot be expected to 
cease with us ; and that they do so, 
is pretty certain. How else could 
they have for sale the poor little 
perch, pike, roach, &c. which may 
be continually seen at this time of 
the year on tneir stalls ? Some of 
these gentlemen treat the cock- 
neys now and then with a sight of 
live fish in their leaden troughs. I 
saw some of these a few days back 
at a shop in a court near Red 
Lion-street, Holborn; and amongst 
them were two little pickerells, 
about eight inches long, or not 
quite so much, and which perhaps 
weighed as many ounces, certainly 
not more: with them, too, were 
roach, about the length of mine, or 
the reader's middle finger, all of 
which were dying by inches in 
this notable trough, of about six 
inches deep. 

I find that after all my a|K)lo- 
gies at the beginning of this bit of 
Chit Chat, it has nevertheless ex- 
tended itself, in some unaccount- 
able way, to a tolerably ^tV length, 
in speaking of foul water, KxuSifml 
fishing. How fiftr it may be es- 
teem^ tolerable by your readers, 
or yourself, is another matter; but 
as I began with ah apology, I will 
e'en finish in the same tone, and 
beg you all to take the will for the 
deed. — I am, &c. 

J. M. Lacbt. 
' January 24, 1824. 

r — a,v ' ■ ■ ■' : 


To the Editor of the Sporting Magazine, 

T Am rather surprised that none 
of your correspondents have 



brought under the notice of your 
readers^ Goodwin's malleable cast- 
iron shoe^ or, more properly, shoes, 
since he makes them of various 
patterns, and of small gradations in 
size, from the poney to the largest 
cart horse. I nave now used them 
for several months, with an increa»- 
ing degree of satis&ction; and so 
much pains has been taken with the 
pattems,that agreat majority of feet 
maybe fitted without any alteration 
of the shoe ; and when alteration 
to fit is necessary, it may be effected 
at a very low temperature, quite 
as easily as with forged iron. 

When I was last in London, I 
saw at the Bazaar, and one or two 
other places, a sort of prospectus, 
but this don't ^ve the mformation 
one would wish for, and I should 
therefore recommend every sports- 
man, mindful of his horse's feet— 
and what sporting man is not? — 
to do as I have done, try them, 
and judge for himself. 

Since I commenced their use, 
€k>odwin has very judiciously 

2>ened a forge in I)uck-lane, off 
road-street. Golden-square, where 
any failures by previous misafplx- 
CATION (and accidents of this kind 
will every now and then occur to 
every good thing), may be put to 
rights.— I am, Mr. Editor, vours, 

Samy Hills, Jan. SO, 1824. 


To the EdUor of the Sporty Magazine. 

TT is an unfortunate thing to have 
'*' a bad name, and prejudice once 
imbibed, it is difficult to eradicate 
it. This detraction is not confined 
toman alone, but alights with death- 
like vengeance on many inoffensive 
animals* The beautitial squirrel, 

Vol. XIII. -y.iS.--N0.77. 

whose presence gives an additional 
charm to our groves and woodland 
bowers, is at present singled out as 
one of the unfortunate. Wherever 
seen, the " thundering tube" is 
leveUedatits life. And why? Be- 
cause it is said they suck the eggs 
of game. Now allowing this, for 
the sake of argument, are they not 
more likely to destroy those found 
in trees and high bushes, such aa 
crows and magpies, since the squir- 
rel inhabits trees, and could there 
destroy with impunity? If the 
imputation against them be even 
well founded, tiie balance is in their 
favour, and they should be pre- 
served instead of destroyed, for it 
is well known that the magpie and 
crow are particularly destructive, 
both to the eggs and the young 
broods of game. 

The squirrel is seldom on the 
ground, except in nutting time, 
when " bright from their cups the 
rattling acorns fall." It is then 
they lay in their winter store, such 
as beech-nuts, hazle, &;c., and when 
those are exhausted, they feed on 
the cones of the firs. I will brine 
further evidence in their favour, if 
aUence can be evidence:-~Birds of 
prey are never clamorous at the pre- 
sence €i the squirrel ; but if a stoat 
or polecat make its appearance, the 
cry of these birds is vehement. 

It is very easy to trace the origin 
of this persecution. Keepers are 
usually paid so much per head for 
all destructive animals,which is very 
proper. To increase their list> and 
adda few sixpences to the account, 
they persuade their employers the 
squirrel destroys the eggs of phea- 
sants, &c.-»they " caught them in 
the hct," That is enough— de- 
struction follows. This is not the 
only innocent animal that has suf^ 
fered by bhod money. "-^ Yours, &c. 



For the SfoHkng Mugtukte. 


AMONG the numerous good 
•*^ qualities which our present 
Majesty inheritsfrom his late Royal 
Father^ is his regard for that noble 
animal the horse^ and which con- 
tinues unabated to the present 
hour. The vast expence ne has 
incurred in erecting stables so emi- 
nently adapted to weir health and 
comfort, fully bears us out in the 
sentiments we hare expressed on 
the subject. A little sketchy then^ 
of his various equestrian establish- 
ments, may not, perhaps, be altoge- 
ther uninterestinir to our readers. 

Of the saperb Vol Mews now 
building at rimlico, we can at pre- 
sent omj give an outline, but pro- 
mise to furnish our readers with 
a correct account, when further ad^ 
▼luiced towards completion. This 
grand edifice, which presents so 
]|uignificent a feature in the neigh- 
bourhood where it stands^ is built 
on part of the Queen's gardens (as 
ihey are called^, and ai^oining the 
Queen's oLd nding-house at Pim- 
^co. It forms a splendid quadrant 
gle of 200 feet, and contains stalls 
K»r 150 horses. Tosecure itagainst 
fire, the utmost precautions which 
ingenuity could invent have been 
i^dopted. Not only are the pillars, 
racks, beams^ and rafters, all made 
ckf cast iron, but *the fioors of the 
numerous roomsabove are laid witii 
a patent composition, haviiLz the 
exact appearance of stone. These 
rooms are all intended for the ac- 
coipmodation of the R<^al servants 
belonging to this part of the esta- 
blishment, and are admirably adapt- 
ed to deaaUness and comfort. 
There was one circumstance which 
particularly attracted our notice; 
md that was— a window in one of 
the groom's bedrrooms looking into 

each of the stables, so that he will 
be able to see every horse in it, as 
he lies in his bed. This, we con- 
clude, is to guard against accidents, 
by horses being cast in their stalls, 
or getting into any other difficulty* 
At the suggestion of Mr. Roberts, 
state coachman to his Majesty, the 
stalls in the stable in which the 
state horses are kept, are made suf- 
ficiently low to enable them to see 
each other, as, being all stallions, 
they are by that means rendered 
more quiet, and less disposed to be 
sava^ towards each other. It is 
well Icnown that, on the Continent, 
the greater part of the post and 
coach horses are entire horses, but 
they seldom molest each other, be- 
cause they generally stand together. 

There are three very good houses 
detached from the Royal Mews — 
One for Colonel Quentin, equerry 
to the Crown stables; one for Mr. 
William Goodwin, veterinary sur- 
geon to the Kinc; and another for 
Mr. Parker, dene d the stables to 
his Majesty. There are also sta- 
bles for from forty to fifty horses, 
for the use of his Royal Highness 
the Duke of York, which are also 
detached firom the Royal Mews; 
but we did not perceive any apart- 
ments for domestics belonging to 
this es^bliahment. 

The stables for the state horses 
at Pimlico are not so high as those 
at Carlton Palace, from which an 
inconvenience arises. The win- 
dows, being just over the horses' 
heads, cannot be kept open with- 
out lidc of their catching cold, in 
addition to which, the light strikes 
toe directly on tibeir eyes, whidi 
must be injurious to them. These 
stables are also double^ which pre- 
vents proper ventilation, as air, 
from li^low, should be admitted, 
where one row of horses must now 
stand. We also think these staUes 
are too large, as there are no less 



than ttrentyofour stalls in one^ and 
thirty-two in the other. In all, 
there are standings for about 150 
horses, Tdth nine excellent loose- 
houses. The single stables are, 
certainly, on a most comfortable 
and superior scale. 

Of the coach houses we cannot 
speak so highly as we could wish. 
In the first place, they firont the 
south, which will prove injurious 
to the carriages, by their being 
exposed to the sun. Secondly, 
that side of the building is too 
shallow to admit of their being a 
proper depth ; for there ouffht to 
hare been room for a coach and 
four horses to stand under cover, in 
case of their having to wait for his 
Majesty in bad weather. The 
house for the state coach is also too 
small, there not being suifident 
room for the servants to clean it 
conveniently. The doors of the 
coach houses are also single, which 
will, of course, occasion difficulty 
in getting in a second carriage. 
We wonder if these objections es- 
caped the observation of so good a 
judge as the present Master of the 
Horse, or whether they may be 
attributed to some of those nash- 
ional errors which we have now 
and then heard of. The composi- 
tion with which the floors are laid 
is at present most offensive to the 
smell ; and we confess we are not 
without our doubts as to that nui- 
sance being removed. 

Our readers, most probably, are 
aware, that the Royal Mews at 
PimKco is built with a viev to 
the Palace at Buckingham Grate 
being hereafter the chief residence 
of his Majesty, in the first place ; 
and in the second, in consequence 
of the old Royal Mews being about 
to be pulled down, to form the 
new line of streets in the neigh- 
bourhood of St. Martin's Church, 

by which that elegant and classic 
cally-constructed building will be 
more open to the public view. As 
we understand this plan was de- 
tennined upon eleven years ago, 
we are somewhat surprised that 
the new stables are not in a more 
advanced state. We cannot also 
help lamenting that so noble an 
edifice should be buried in sudi a 
low situation as Pimlioo ; and that 
it had not been erected somewhere 
in the neighbourhood of Messrs* 
Tattersall's, where it would have 
formed a grand feature in the 
entrance to that part of the Me- 

For the size of the establish*- 
ment, we despair of ever seeing 
stables, and all appendages belmi^ 
ing to them, so complete as those 
of Carlton Palace, which consist 
of only about fifty stalls, and seven 
or eight loose boxes; but when 
the advantages of size, light, wa^ 
ter, cleanliness, and wholesome 
atmosphere, are duly appreciated^ 
they stand unrivalled in his Ma- 
jesty^s dominions. Being on an 
inclined plain, they are so well 
drained, tnat no unwholesome air 
can arise, as the urine runs into a 
gutter which is swilled down every 
morning by a large flow of water, 
forming what is oalled '^ a stink 
trap." The thirteen-stall stable, 
built in the form of a crescent, is, 
without any exception, the moat 
elegant and convenient we ever wit- 
nessed, as a person standing in any 
part of it can see the entire form 
of any individual horse in it. The 
coach houses and harness rooms 
are also on the best construction, 
and admirably adapted to their 
intended purposes. The latter is 
a sight well worth seeing. The 
splendid brass harness used by his 
Majesty on all occasions short of 
going in state, is kept in one of 

^1 2 




these rooms, and^ from the profu- 
sion of its ornaments, has a daz* 
zling appearance. It is twenty 
^ears ola, but in the highest state 

of preservation. 


, I T ■ ■ ■ ~ ~^~ 

I • ■ ___^.^— . 


To the Editor of the Sporting Magazine. 

TP ycM think the following ob- 
servations on riding to hounds 
worth inserting in your very ex- 
cellent Miscellany (to which I am 
lan old subscriber), they are at 
your service. If not, just put 
them behind the fire, and, as I 
have paid the postage, all you will 
lose will be the time thrown away 
in the reading my lucubrations.-— 
I am. Sir, your very obedient 



I HAVE been very much amused, 
as well as instructed, by your cor- 
respondent Nimrod's very excel- 
lent description of the countries 
in which he has hunted, and his 
directions in riding to hounds. 
NiMROD, without exception (in 
my humble opinion), is the best 
writer in your Magazine, and I 
shall be very sorry when he ceases 
to be a contributor to it; and I 
hope that no attack that may be 
made upon him for his opinions 
will induce him to withdraw from 
the arena, where he shines " the 
foremost and the best." 

Although I cannot hope to reach 
the powers of his pen, yet, having 
always been enthusiastically at- 
tached to fox-hunting, and having 
had some little experience in that 
line, I have endeavoured to throw 
a few hints together, that may be 
useful to a beginner. I must first 
premise, that the country I have 
principally hunted in is as different 

from j^ioestershire as poeiiUe-^ 
deep clay ground mostlyploujriieaf 
large double fences, generafly to 
be taken at twice, seldom a flier 
except at stone walls, and not many 
brooks, but sometimes very lar^ 
drains, with boggy ground on each 
side-*by the way, 3ie worst thing 
you can ride at. 

I shall not attempt any method 
in my observations, but write them 
down as they happen to suggest 

It is certainly a great point to 
get a ^ood start, but, instead^ of 
ffalloppmg about the cover, taking 
It out of your horse before his 
time, in nine covers out of ten there 
is some place where the fox gene- 
rally breaks, or that the whole 
cover can be commanded from, and 
to which you will see the knowing 
ones resort If you are a stranger 
to the country, inquire who is the 
best man out, and attach yourself 
to him till you get fairly off. In- 
deed, in some countries that are 
full of ravines and bogs, or if jaa 

fet upon hills where you csumot 
eep with the hounds, it is the 
safest plan to stick to some good 
one who knows the country ; but 
avoid pressing too hard on him, or 
you may possibly get a similar 
salute to a gentleman who selected 
Lord D. as a leader, who, after 
endeavouring for some time in 
vain to shake him off, at last turned 
round in a pet, and said, " One 
would think, from the way you are 
riding, that you were trying to 
catch me, and be d — d to you !** 
When I mentioned there is a place 
in most covers where the fox often 
breaks, I do not mean you to place 
yourse^ there, as by that means 
you will head him back into cover, 
and most probably spoil your day's 
sport ; but put yours^f where 
you can command it; and as close 



into the ooFer as joa cua, as the 
fox will be less bkely to observe 
you in that position than if you 
stand at some distance from it. 
When you see the fox breaks do 
not begin bellowing '' Tally-fho V 
as if you were out of your wits> as 
you will head him back if you do ; 
but wait till he gets ^Airly off, then, 
if the hounds are not at him, you 
may halloo till you are »ck. "Ne^ 
ver speak to a hound, either to 
rate or cheer (unless you see him 
running riot close to you, when, of 
course, you will be doing a service 
to stop him), as there is nothing 
a huntsman dislikes so much as to 
hear strangers interfering with his 
hounds. Do not ride too close on 
the tail of the hounds ; and if a 
hound is getting through afence, do 
not jump on the top of him, as I 
have seen some do. Avoid riding too 
fiir forward at first, as you will 
most likely press the hounds be- 
yond the scent, and get a heartv 
d — ning for your pains. Wait tiU 
they get steadily settled to their 
fox, and then, if it is any thing of 
a scenting day, there will be little 
danger of your over-riding theYn. 
When you ride at a place that has 
the appearance of being boggy, if 
it- is not wider than you can get 
through at a couple of strides, the 
sharper you go at it the better (at 
the same time keeping your horse 
well in hand, as you wul have to 
hold him up), and the impetus will 
get you over ; but if it is a wide 
place, and you must be through, 
jump off, and get him across as 
quick as you can, as the less time 
Tou are about it> the less liable will 
he be to stick. I have^ indeed, 
seen some horBes that would wade 
through a bog like a cow; but 
they belonged to people who lived 
upon the hills, and, in ail probabi- 
lity, were in a bog every time they 

went out. When joa get into a 
bog, wait till the norse has done 
plunging (which he will do vio- 
fently at first), before you jump 
off, as^ by throwing yourself off 
while he is plunging, you will most 
likely get trod upon and hurt. 
You need not be afraid of a place, 
however hoggish it may look, pro- 
vided there are green rushes or 
stones in it; but ifitiscovered with 
a sort of green fog, and lumpish at 
the top, you may be certain it will 
not carry. 

In the northern part of North- 
umberland, you very often, at the 
end of a run, find yourself at the 
•foot of the Cheviot hills, and have 
to climb them when your horse is 
half done. It is the most killing 
work I ever saw : in fact, none but 
a real good horse can do it. In 
riding on the hills, the best plan 
(if not too much out of the line 
of the hounds) is, to ride round 
them ; but if you hare to follow 
the dogs over them, in climbing 
you must hold your horse very 
tight in hand, and do not press 
him too much until you have got 
to the top : then give him his head, 
still, however, lightly feeling his 
mouth, and let him go straight 
down asquick as he chooses. There 
is little danger of his falling, unless 
by his hind legs slipping on one 
side from under him, which most 
likely will happen if you attempt 
to take him slanting, or check him 
by taking too hard hold of his 
head. Never ride upon a sheep 
track on the hills: they are not 
wide enough for a horse, and he 
is either continuaUy slipping off 
them, or, if they are worn into a 
rut, are very apt to catch a horse's 
foot, and dislocate the fetlock joint, 
as happened lately to a valuaMe 
mare, belonging to Mr. Baillie, of 
Mdlerstain, when his hounds were 


OB die hilk. Wimi yo» 
are riduig on tliie dde of a faill^ be 
prepared, aadtbe moment yea feel 
TOUT horse goings doable up tbe 
leg that is towso^ the hill, by 
which you will fiill clear of hiifei* 
You need not be afraid how much 
yeur horse skates in going down 
the hill> provided you fceep him 
moving, ioA straight down. It 
certainly reqmres'a little nerve to 
do this ; but a little practice will 
aotm get you up to it. 

In our country it is seldom pos* 
siUe to take the gates in stroke. 
The ground is mostly so deep, and 
cat up cm each side, that a horse 
cannot sprint. In general, how- 
ever, if yon Took shaxp before you 
come at it, there will be a place 
witihin a few yards either to the 
light or Idit of the gate, whidi will 
be practicaUe, and you will lose 
much less time by going a little out 
of your line than by pulling up to 
open the gate. Sometimes, in old 
gates, the top rail is broken off 
about half way across^ in this 


which will 

tempt you to ride at it. If your 
horse ahould go too near the post 
on either side, do not throw your 
teg back to avoid it, as you will 
ii&llibly come off if you do, but 
lift it forward on his shoulder, 
which will dear your leg as effec- 
tually, and the motion throws you 
back into the saddle, instead of over 
the bows. 

Never endeavour to ride fast 
through a gate that is swinging 
to, as most likely you will be caught 
between it and the post, and tlie 
least thing that can happen is to 
knock the horse's stifle out of joint. 
Never ride at a gate that another 
man is in the act of opening. I 
recoUect goiog at one that a friend 

of mnne swung open just as the 
mare I wal riding rose at it. She 
luckily todced up her hind legs 
and cleared it, but it was a very 
nervous operation. When riding 
in company, and it is absdutely ne- 
cessary that you must go through 
a gate, do not ride forward to open 
it yourself, but let your eomi^e 
doit, as you can step throudi when 
the lead, and at the same time it 
gives your nag a pull. In order to 
open a gate witn expedition (al- 
though I cannot too often repeat 
that yon should never try to do so, 
if it can be leaped, or the fence is 
any way practicable on either side), 
and to prevent any body taking 
advantage of your opening it te 
step through before you, you must 
observe the following directions : — 
If it opens towards you, the hinges 
being on the right-hand side, ride 
up to it with your horse's left shoul- 
der to the fastening, the shoulder 
being just clear of the gate, so that 
when it opens you are the first 
person that can get through. If 
it opens from you (the hinges to 
the right), then your right shoul- 
der mui^ be to the fisustening. If 
the hinges are to the left hand, re- 
verse the above directions. In fsict, 
a9 you have to avoid is, having to 
pull your horse back, which few 
norses are willing to do, particu- 
larly when the blood is up with the 
heat of the chase. 

Two of the main points in fox- 
hunting are — dedsion and perse- 
verance. NiMROD has said enough 
about dedsion — ^therefore I shall 
only mention perseverance. If you 
get a bad start, or lose your place, 
or even the hounds, by a fall or any 
other acddent, never be discou- 
raged, but get in as quick as pos- 
sible without blowing your horse, 
and it is a hundred to one that 

TJSB »P09ff^im 4f AO^fNfS. 


there will be a cbeck or a turn 
that wiU let you in ; and if ever 
you lose your place> or get pounded^ 
througb your not doine the trick 
as you think you ought to have 
done^ after the run is over recal the 
circumstances to your mind^ and 
profit by the lesson^ not to make 
the same mistake again. 

In galloppin^ along a road> which 
is to be avoic^ as much as pos- 
sible^ get upon the side of it^ as it 
is generally much softer there ; but 
in going home after dusk, always 
keep the middle^ as there are fre- 
quently heaps of broken stones laid 
upon the side for the repair of the 
road, and which, from being of the 
same colour, will not easily be 
distinguished, and whidi will bring 
you down to a certainty. Ditto in 
travelling in a gig at night. In 
going at fences that are to be taken 
at twice, do not take him at it too 
hard, or you will, most likely, land 
in the ditch on the other side ; and 
if there should be any person be- 
fore you, and it is an awkward 
place, give him time to get over 
and away, as it is not quite so 
agreeable to be rode over. 

When there is a rail run on one 
side of a fence and ditch, you must 
cram him at it as hard as you can 
rattle, or he will not dear it In 
eging at a double post and rail, it 
depends a food deal upon the horse 
you are riding, and the width be- 
tween the rails, whether you should 
take it at twice, or fly it altogether. 
If I was riding a very high-cou- 
raged horse, I would prefer the lat- 
ter, and spin him at it ; but, on a 
steady quiet one, which was a good 
stancung jumper (notwithstand- 
ing Nimrod's sneer, a very useful 
Uung in some countries), 1 would 
take it at twice. 

In going at flyers, brooks, &c. I 
have always, when within forty or 

fifty yards of them, pii|l«d ny hor^e . 
rather off his speed, and then given 
him the persuaders, and let hijn 
go at them freely. This depends a 
good deal upon the horse you are 
riding. I have a horse at this 
time that can jump any thing; 
and yet, if you touch him with the 
spur, he will draw up his back and 
8tm> immediately. 

In Berkwicksnire and East Iio- 
thian, there are a great number of 
fences that have a hedge and ditch 
on one side, and are fiaced up with 
stone on the other, so as to be sonie* 
thing like a sunk fence. When 
going at them on the faced side, 
you must not be in too gr^t a 
nurry, and the horse wiU soon 
get the method of just touching 
them and going away again* You 
lose little or no time in doing this, 
and you are quite certain of clear^ 
ing the ditch on the other side^ 
and landing safe in the next field. 
When you get half-way across a 
field, fix your eye on the next fence, 
and determine the place you intend 
to take, and never change your 
mind, without some very good rea- 
son, and be as quick as possible in 
getting over and away. 

In some parts of the country the 
ditches are made with sods cut 
from the moor-land, which very 
soon get rotten. When you sus- 
pect this, do not (if you can avoid 
it) go. at the same place where 
another has gone before you, as^ 
though they will carry the first 
horse over, yet the next man often 
comes neck and crop over. Where 
the fence is thick strong thorns, ffo 
at it as hard as you can, as, the 
more impetus, the more chance you 
have of getting through. You 
should dismount to lead over as hU 
tie as posable, as you lose an im- 
mensity of time in so doing ; but» 
if it is actually «uch a place as you 



can get over by leadings and it is 
not practicable any other way> why 
my idea is (if I may be allowed a 
bad pun), if you can get on by 
getting off, you had better do that, 
than lose time by seeking another 
place, or jumping your horse into 
a place wnich he may possibly get 
out of by your not beins on nis 
back, but in which he wo\ud idM- 
libly stick if you were. This may 
be unintelligible to the Melton flyers 
(although^ from Nihrod's last let- 
ter, I see that even there they 
sometimes dismount to pull down a 
TBil), but any man who has hunt- 
ed m the sort of country I am de- 
scribing, will know what 1 mean. 
When you get a fall, endeavour to 
keep hold of the reins, as there is 
no part of the huntinc vocabulary 
that sounds worse than, *' Pray 
stop my horse !" which few people 
will be goodnatured enough to do; 
although, if the hounds are not 

foing very hard, if another man's 
orse should happen to get away 
from him and come up to you, it 
will be just as kind, if you will 
take hold of his reins; and if there 
is a gate or rail near you, to throw 
them over the post, which will 
keep him till his owner comes up. 
I say this if the hounds are not go- 
ing fast, and that you will not lose 
your place by so doing. 

When you see the hounds sud- 
denly turn down a hill which they 
seemed to be climbing, or that the 
scent first lies on one side of a fence 
and then on the other, and that two 
or three times in a field, you may de- 
pend upon it the fox is just done. In 
the first case he finds himself blown, 
and therefore dares not continue to 
take the hill, and in the last he is 
endeavouring as much as possible 
to foil the hounds by threading the 
fence. You will see the old doffS 
get forward, and all the hounds 

run nearly, if not entirely, mute, 
and instead of the lobbing slingipff 
sort of way in which they seemed 
to be going, they will change their 
pace into a vicious determined 
eagerness, with their stems bent 
down and their bristles staring like 
boars. When you notice any of 
these symptoms, however much 
your horse may be done, endeavour 
to keep on, as you may be certain 
they are running in to him, and that 
the run is near at an end, to which 
I shall also bring my epistle, which 
has grown, under my hands, into a 
most unconscionable length, 
Feb. 3, 1824. Nim North. 



To the Editor of the Sporting Magazine. 


|N Friday last, February 6, we 
had a right good day with Sir 
Jacob Astley's hounds, from Sno- 
ring €k>rse. The hounds killed 
their fox at a quarter past twelve, 
in the Swanton Forty Acres- 
found again directly, ran for thirty 
minutes, and lost. The houn<k 
were then thrown into the Swant(m 
Great Wood, and unkennelled their 
fox at fifteen minutes before two. 
Reynard broke in an easterly di- 
rection, with the hounds dose at 
his brush, looking healthy and 
ready for work, luey ran him ten 
minutes, and came to a check, 
where the wily animal's cunning 
had nigh baffled his enemies, when, 
by a skilful cast, the scent again 
was owned, though faint and cold. 
The hounds feamered up to 6ib« 
bon's Wood. Here the music 
became general, and improved 
much o'er Stockheath, where we 
witnessed some very pr6f/y hunt- 
ing, which, combined with the 
romantic scenery of the Bayfi^d 


Hills^ was truly delightful. He Quarter^ affording an excellent 
then crossed over to Briney Wood^ aa/s sport to a numerous and 
where he was viewed away by Sir well-mounted field. I have vnU 
Jacob, and — after " Holahard!" nessed many good runs in other 
&C. '' Praj give 'em time : let 'em counties^ but I must say I was as 
settle to it!" from an old sjtorts- well pleased with this day in Nor- 
man— -we went away at a killing ftXk, as with many ti^at I nave seen 
rate ; for we'd a rare scent, and a in the shires with Icmg-established 
" hell of a pace they did go^ to be packs. Ohe great improvement I 
sure," by the Thursford coverts, observed in Sir Jacob's turn out— 
where he tried the earths, but find- '' a civil, particular^ civil, hunts- 
ing them shut against him, and man." He rode well up to his 
the hounds pressing him despe- hounds, and had two good' horses, 
rately, made the best of his way He is a Yorkshireman, and has 
through Kettlestone, and by Bn- been years , in a kennel. There 
ney Plough, to the Swanton Great were two whips, neat, civil, well- 
Wood. The country was heavy, mounted, ana good riders, well- 
and the running very sharp. Here bred, and nine stone six pounds 
the hounds stuck well to their fox, near their weight. Sir Jacob rode 
and carried the scent through three a fine chesnut horse, who under- 
hundred acres of wood without a stood his business well, and as did 
check, in a style which highly gra^ many horses in the field. The 
tified the field, and proved them turn out, in a word, is good, and 
to be in correct hands. He was the whole thing fvdl done, and de- 
then viewed awav, taking a south- serving of encouragement from the 
erly direction tor Hindolveston neighbouring genUemen, to whom 
Wood, but was headed back, by the principu woods belong. Sir 
some travellers on the road, into Jacob has got a good stock of foxes, 
Fulmondeston Severals. He tar- consequenSy, I should judse, but 
ried not a moment, but passed over few enemies; and I heart^ wish 
to Stibbard's Ghrove, where the him and the country joy-— tine for- 
hounds running rank at him, he mer as the promoter of a noble 
broke away, having started a new sport, the latter as deriving both 
course, steering direct west, and, advantage and amusement, 
after running for twenty-five mi- Tali#y Ho. 
nates, over a fine hunting country, 
towards Langor Bridge, by Kettle- . 

stone Gibbet, where he was viewed, mr^pbaT'S NEW STIRRUP IJIN- 

in apparent good tnm, twenty mi- tern 

nates before us, making Homing- ' 

toft Wood, and (to take a hint To ihe Editor of ike Sporting Magtuine* 

from your valuable correspondent,. sib, 

NimkodJ, this gallant fox, like the ]%TY saddler, Mr. Peat, of Picca- 

sun, having commenced Ids course dilly, having lately invented a 

in ihe east, finished in the west ; Stirrup Lantern, from which I 

for, from the approach of night, it have experienced much comfort 

was thought expedient to tiJce the and convenience, I am desirous of 

hounds ofiT the scent, having ran, recommending it to the notice of 

with only two checks, and at times travellers generally, through the 

hard, for three hours and a medium of your Magazine. 

Yoh. XIII. N. &— No. 77. Mm 



The Stirrup Lantern is a small 

Muare lantern^ fixed at the bottom 

01 a stirrup by means of two screw 

rings on eadk side. They serre 

also to unscrew it;, whenever it 

jnay be required to detach it 

from the stirrup. The lamp part 

is so contrived that no oil can be 

•pilt^ nor the shady lights which 

is thrown across the road before 

the horse's feet> be at all impaired 

by any motion of the horse. The 

front part is of glass^ through 

which are seen the lamp^ burner, and 

wick : behind these is placed a re« 

Rector, for transmitting the light 

to the front. It is supplied with 

n constant current of air by means 

of apertures, in a sort of double 

casing, which are so disposed as to 

prevent any gust of wind from af- 

zecting the light. 

Conceiving this invention, Mr. 
JEditor^ to be one of some merit, 
and of great utility to all noctur- 
nal travellers, I am desirous of re- 
commending it to my brethren' of 
the stirrup, through the means of 
your intelligent Mi^azine. 

By giving publicity to this, you 
will much oblige your constant 
reader. Viator. 


consists in the exhibition of the 
sulphate of copper internally, in 
very large doses, and in the intro- 
duction of setons adjacent to the 
parts affected. 

The sooner that Mr. Sewell 
shall lay before the jpublic a de- 
tailed account of bis novel and 
promising plan of treatment, the 
more advantageous will it be in 
securing to himself the credit due 
for so important a discovery; 
whilst it wul enable others to give 
the practice a fair and decided 
trial; When Mr. Sewell first 
pointed out to the world the great 
benefit to be derived from the nerve 
operation, several ineffectual at- 
tempts were made to rob him of 
the merit he so justly deserved for 
that discovery ; and 1 am sorry to 
learn, that on this occasion some 
individuals, high in the veteri- 
nary profession, have, without the 
least foundation, made unjust en- 
deavours to claim that which so 
decidedly belongs to Mr. SewelL 
— Such cpnduct cannot be too 
strongly reprobated. Vebitas. \ 

Lon^OQ, feb. 11824. 

Fior the Sporting Magazine, 

To ike Editor of the Sporting Magazine, 

^HIS formidable disease, which 
has hitherto baffled every at- 
tempt of cure, and been so destruc- 
tive amongst all classes of horses, 
particularly those of the cavalry, 
ordnance, and, indeed, in all situa- 
tions where horses are kept in great 
numbers, has, I am happy to state, 
been very successfully treated, in 
a yet limited number of cases, by 
Mr. Sewell, Assistant Professor at 
the Veterinary College. 
Mr. Sewell's i^ode of treatment 

Y)N Friday, Jsinuary 2, MK>ney, 
the property of Mr. Francis 
Grace, of^the Crown Inn, Charl- 
bury, Oxon, whUe carrying his 
son, a youth of 9st. 51b. wiUi ihe 
Duke of Beaufort's fox-hounds, 
cleared a brook nearly six yards in 
width; but, owing to the banks 
being rotten, the space he covered 
proved, by actual admeasurement, 
to be upwards of eight yards. 
What renders this leap more re- 
markable is, the fact of the poney 
having been with the hounds, in a 
«)od place, for one hour and 
twenty minutes, at their best pace. 



^I^HB Editor has receiftd tlie following calculatioaa of tlie chances of 
the Game of Haiard, firotn &; Correspondent, who coneidera them aa 
mwe acourate than those published in Hoi/U'» Games. 













Iff '|f'i:'';i['vi 


I k 



! = 





lilgSslassEEs I il sssKKEKsax lill..sKȣ 







o » 






1^ en lU. 4k lU. 1^ 

•««>4eiM 01.01 

«• ^ <« «» '«• J"" 

bS t-rf tarf Nrf M Mri 
A O O <D O 





en •! oi a« e« o« 




• " - - 





l§ll ssssii I il s:5;ssss;j;j8 | §| 








HUNTING IN SURREY— -rCow/witted /row jp. 179-) 


To the Editor of the Sporting Metgazine, 

I EFORE I proceed in my ac- 

^ count of hunting in Surrey, I 
most make my acknowledgments 
to your correspondent in your last 
Number, for his " Hints to Nim-' 
BOD.'' Advice well intended should 
ever be well received; and no 
man diould reject a friendly hint. 
*' Ferbum satis," is my motto here ; 
but it would ill become me to add, 
*' sapienti" 

Your correspondent thinks I 
have descended in my style, and 
have dwelt on trifles unworthy of 
my pen. It may be so: we all run 
riot now and then, and perhaps my 
stard are more to blame than my« 
self. I may be like Fielding^s tur 
cetious, but not over-discreet Par^ 
tridge, who, having conceived a 
joke> was sure to be delivered of 
it, let the consequences be what 
ihey may. But what is life with- 
out a joke ? '^ and a pretty sirl, 
too,*' says Horace. Ftmcy will be 
busy, and ever since the day that 
Jdin kissed Nancy, the little 
sprite has hovered aoout our path,' 
and about our bed, and has brought 
many a brave man upon his knees. 
Even a philosopher of old confessed 
its power-; for when he sat down 
to write, he addressed it thus :-*- 
''You arec6me,0 Fancy! accord- 
ing to your usual custom. Angry 
with yon I am not: only be gone !"* 

Youi' correspondent refers me to 
my former letters, as my model for 
tlie future, and honours them hv a 
comparison with the great Mr. 

Beckford. The style of one gen- 
tleman generally resembles the 
style of anoAer -t- each being 
formed on what was whipped into 
him at school: but I nave one 
reason why I must disown Mr. 
Beckford as my pattern ; and that 
is, because it is now above twelve 
years since I have even looked into 
nis book; and since I have attempt- 
ed to write on subjects similar to 
his own, I have carefully avoided 
doing so, and for this reason-* 
Whenever it has happened that 
my eye hai^ been attracted to any 
observations on hounds, or hunt- 
ing, which have lately issued from 
the press, I have invariably found 
them to be copied verbaHm et Ute^ 
ratim from Mr. Beckford's Letters, 
which, when onoe read, cannot be 
forgotten. When, therefore, I 
may presume to offer any remarks 
to the public on this difficult sub- 
ject, those remarks shall be ge- 
nuine, whether right or wrong. 
They shall be " bwidjtde the pro- 
perty of the subscriber at the time 
of naming,'* as we say upon the 
turf, and not copied from Mr. 
Beckford. The ground may be 
difficult, but I wiU go till I faU. 

When on the sui^ect of "cab- 
baging," as we called it at school^ 
I have a word or two to say. On 
talking up a certain sporting publi- 
cation for the last month, my no- 
tice was drawn to an ajrticle on 
driving, by Tom Whipcord; when, 
to my surprise, I found a page and 
half on coupling together coax^b 
horses, copied, word for word, from 

* Fancy exerts her influence over all descriptions of persons, and not eveif sportsmen 
are exempt A worthy fHend of mine, who has kept fox-hounds these ihirty yean, and 
^^ will gallop as fast as any one, Uius accounts for his not being able to ride ofer 
fences :~.^' I do not helieve^"^ says he, ^' that my horses would put their feet into the 
ditches, but I cannot help j^fic^ifi^ so, which is all the same thing." 



one of my letters on '' The Road." 
Now, ever willing to give a bro- 
ther sportsman a lift, I said, ^'Ne- 
ver mind, it*s all right;" but, on 
maturer reflection, I cannot help 
thinking that the editor of this 
work might as well have said. 
Fide Nimroits Letters^ as, in case 
these letters should be published, 
which most probably they will, a 
reader of this part might exclaim^ 
"Where now, Mr. Nimrod? This 

f round has been worked over 

What I have now mentioned^ 
puts me in mind of a story when 
«t schools The exercises of the 
£fth form being too numerous for 
one master to correct, they were 
parcelled out amongst them all. 
It so happe&ed that the river be- 
ing in good order for fishing, one 
of the boys had preferred an even- 
ing's sport among the gay scenes 
of nature, to making a dull theme 
in his study, and had copied that 
of his friend. It unludiily fell 
out, in consequence of the sudden 
illness of one of the masters, that 
an extra number got into the 
hands of the rest, and the unfortu- 
nate duplicates were submitted to 
the same critical eye. *' How is 
this?" said the pedagogue, on 
tending for the boys whose 
names yf&re subscribed to them: 
*' Here are two themes exactly 
alike; and I must punish you 
both, unless you tell me which is 
the original." The guilty plagiary 
of course came forward, and said— • 
" This is my theme. Sir: it is 
very Hke the other, I confess ; but 
you know. Sir, the subject is a com- 
mon one, and authors rviU sometimes 
dash," The master was tickled 
with the joke, and only commanded 
that it should not be repeated. 

Now as nothing can be more 
common than the King's high road. 

I conceive the editor of the work I 
alluded to thought there was no 
harm in following another, if he 
could not go first; but in fixture I 
shall expect he keeps his own side, 
as there is plenty of room for us all, 
without working double. 

However, to be serious-— I have 
had a hint or two from another 
quarter, and I shall take^it. Colo- 
nel JolUffe, with that manly good- 
nature for which he is so distin- 
guished, told me, that, though his 
hat was fair same, he thought I 
had been a little hard on some gen- 
tlemen who rode out with hounds 
for their health; ^^for," said the Co- 
lonel, "there must be masters of 
madhouses as well as masters of fox- 
hounds, particularly as there are so 
many mad people in the world; 
and if a man likes to ride a hunt- 
ing in white trowsers, there is no 
law against it." Another gentle- 
man, I am told, is a little angry at 
my comparing him, who weighs 
17 stone, to Harlequin ; but I am 
sure he will forgive me, as it is im- 
possible that I could have the least 
intention of offending a good sports- 
man. As to the veteran Corcoran, 
/ know he has forgiven me from 
the very bottom of his soul, though 
he says he wishes I had left out the 
story of the child and the almanack, 
and 1 wish so too. All that I can 
now say is, 
<^ I did not mean to touch so nice a wound;*' 

Pleasure, and not pain, bein^ 
the object I have in view, I wifl 
promise to restrain my pen; and 
should it ever forget, that, however 
tempting it may be to explore the 
regions of fancy^ it cannot soar too 
high without danger of a fall, I 
will strip it still closer of its 

A harmless joke^ however, must 
not be denied me ; for fancy will 
sometimes tickle us till we laugh 



when we should not do so ; but the 
laughing philosopher lived to a 
great age. Man is not born a 
sportsman^ thousfa he may a poet, 
but if he ^des himself either one 
or the other, it is all the same 
thing; and had not one of the best 
poets of his day fallen asleep as he 
was tending his father's flock^ and 
dreamed that he was a poet^ the 
world would have lost much beau- 
tiful poetry. Thus it is with 
sportsmen. There must be a be- 
guming to every thing ; and no- 
thing but the pleasing iUusions of 
a dream could have sent some of 
those into the field whom I saw on 
my first arrival in Surrey, but 
whom, I suppose, I shall never see 
again. " What a beautiful buzzum 
she has !" said a gentleman one day 
to his friend in my hearing, by the 
covert's side. Conoeivins, of course, 
that he was speaking of a woman, 
I listened, witn the hope of finding 
out who this Venus was ; but guess 
my surprise, when I found it was 
a wealthy ship carpenter descant- 
ing on the beauties of a dun mare, 
with long white tail and mane, on 
which he was mounted, and which 
was caparisoned fit for the Great 

Now I have ever been of opinion, 
that the word bosom should never 
be applied to a horse, a mare, or a 
man, but that it belongs exclusively 
to a woman. It is one of the softest 
and most sympathetic words in the 
English language, when properly 
pronounced; but when distorted 
and metamorphosed into buzzum, 
we might as well make a besom of 
it at once. 

The fixtures of the Union hounds 
being generally wide for me when 
I was in Surrey, I was only out 
with them twice— each time at 
Fairmile, between Kingston and 
Cobham. The first was a very 

rough day ; but the hounds brought 
their fox well away from Prince 
Cobourg^'scoverts,where they found 
him, over Leatherhead Common to 
Newton Wood, in which he hung 
for some time, but at last went 
away at a very good pace over the 
open, about two miles to the right 
or Epsom race-course^ and we lost 
him m a large covert called the 
Nore. The scent over the country 
was indilSerent ; but in covert it 
was as bad as it could be. The 
next time I saw the Union was at 
the same place, when, after draw- 
ing some of the Prince's coverts 
without finding, we were hallooed 
to a fox that was viewed away over 
Bookham Common, and we soon 

fot on terms with bim. Kitt (the 
untsman) having been iU, the 
hounds had not been out for some 
days, and were at first a little wild 
and blown. They, however, soon 

fot their heads down, and ran very 
ard for an hour, with only one 
check, when their fox got to ground, 
just in tame to save his life. The 
scent on this day was very good, 
and the country very severe. The 
ditches, I thinlc, were as deep as 
any I ever rode over in my life, 
and the fields, for the most part, 
small. In short, this part of the 
country can only . be crossed with 
comfort or safety by a hunter who 
can leap when wanted, but who 
will also creep, and look well under 
his feet. 

The gentlemen who subscribe to 
these hounds are almost all stran- 
gers to me, and I have not seen 
enough of them to speak of their 
individual merits over a country. 
From what I saw of Mr. Hankey 
and Mr. Henry Kingscote, I have 
no hesitation in setting them down 
as first-rate performers, and the 
latter is well bred to ride. Mr. 
Bolland, I thought, seemed well 



incfiiied to get to hounds ; and Mr. 
firay^ who was not out, but is a 
subscriber to this padc^ I am told^ 
rides hard. Mr. Bolton is got 
heavy, and has slackened his pace, 
but I understand that he was at 
one time a very forward rider. He 
carries a horn to his saddle, so, of 
course, takes an active part when 
wanted, and is considered a good 
judge of hunting. 

On the first day of my being 
out with these hoimds, I ha^L a good 
opportunity of seeing tliem hunt — 
the scent, as I before mentioned, 
being indifferent. Our fox made 
much work for them in Newton 
Wood, but they appeared to be a 
match for him. I was particularly 
struck with a hound called Galloper 
< — a nine-years' hunter — as also 
with a beautiful bitch called Virgin, 
now in hereighth season. What is 
remarkable, these hounds seem to 
combine the (nudities of old age and 
youth ; for when nose and perse- 
verance were wanting they dis- 
played them to admiration, yet still 
appeared not to lose their places in 
chase. If my memory serves me, 
Gralloper was got by the (then) 
Prince Regent's GhJloper, and is 
the sire of many of -the Union 
hounds, amongst which were two 
veiy clever ones — Orosvenor and 
Grainsborough — both out on that 
day. Virgin, asl before observed, is 
a remarkably handsome bitch, and 
all over a fox-hound. She was bred 
by Mr. Villebois, and got by his 
V exer. She has bred, but none of 
her produce have yet been entered, 
though her own sister (whose name 
I have forgotten) is the dam of se- 
veral eood hounds in the pack. 
Tliey have also got some oi the 
blood of the Duke of Beaufort's ce- 
lebrated Hermit in their kennel, 
out of their Hoyden, who was by 
New Forest Justice, a near relation 

Vol. XIII. N. S.—No. 77- 

of the famous Jason^ which Shaw 
pronounced to be the best hound 
in England of his day. 

From the conversation I had with 
my old acquaintance Kitt, I have 
every reason to believe he will soon 
get the Union hounds to his 
wishes. He has, however, always 
been accustomed to be well assisted 
in the field, without which, little 
good can be done. I was glad to 
hear him say he set his face against 
buying foxes, as one of the worst 
methods of stocking and preserv- 
ing a country ; ^' for," says he, 
'' though we may purchase them 
as foreigners, it is not improbable 
but they may come out of our own 
country at last". .." If they live to 
breed," added he, " they maybe of 
some use, but they are fit for little 
else, and there is no credit in kill* 
ing a Piccadilly fox." 

I saw some clever horses with the 
Union hounds — ^particularly aches* 
nut of Mr. Hankey's, and a bay 
horse of Mr. Ladbroke's, which I 
afterwards saw him ride with Lord 
Derby's stag-hounds. The latter 
may be caUed a model to carry 
weight, having the appearance of 
being put together as if he had 
been screwed up in a vice. This 
horse I understand was purchased 
by Mr. Ladbroke from a Mr. Man- 
mng, a farmer and salesman, re- 
siding in Northamptonshire. Mr. 
Manning is generally in possession 
of a gooa hunter, and sells for very 
large prices. A few years ago, the 
late Sir Charles Mordaunt gave 
him 450 guineas for a very clever 
bay horse, which he was so unfor- 
tunate as to kill with Lord Middle- 
ton's hounds, the famous Ditchley 
day, of which I shall give an ac« 
count at another time. 

"Stag-hunting," says the author 
of the Sporting Dictionary, " is 
one of the most rapturous and en^ 




chanting pursuits within the pri- 
vilege or power of the human frame 
and mind to enjoy!" This comes 
y^ry well from a good London apo- 
thecary, but it would not do for 
NiMROD. Were he to prefer stae- 
hunting to fox-hunting, he would 
lose all his credit with his brother 
fox-hunters, and what little rei)U- 
t^ation he may have gained with 
them, would be no more. Each is 
very wdl in its way ; but the for- 
mer has few such encomiasts, or 
the latter few such defamers, as the 
Ij^te Mr. Taplin, the writer of the 
work I have alluded to. Though he 
unfortunately touches on the most 
vulnerable jwl of his subject, his 
enthusiasm on stag-hunting is most 
amusing. " When the chase," 
says he, " is suspended, and the 
Tiounds are at bay, the exhilarating 
sound of the horns, and the impa- 
tience of the hounds to proceed,, 
constitute a scene so truly rich and 
f xtatic, that the tear of excessive 
joy and grateful sensibility may 
De frequently observed in almost 
^very eye." Now, with the deer 
sobbing, and the sportsmen crying, 
what a piteous scene must this 
haire been ! 

-p.'^ ThCr big Eouiid tears 

CoursM one another down his innocentnose 
In piteous close.*' 

In {Proportion to this gentieman's 
admiration of stag-huntings is his 
dispraise of fox-hunting, which he 

Sronoimces not fit for a King. In- 
ependent of the horrors of " a long 
ana dreary day through the gloomy 
coverts of a dirty country, without 
* a single, challenge, or one consols/- 
"tory chop (he might as well have 
said steak) of drag," it was, in 
his opinion, '^ a degradation of Ma- 
jestic dignity to be making its way 
through the bushi/ brambles of a 
beecken wood" The last idea Is 
truly poetical; but unfortunately 

there are few brambles in beechen 

Until I came into Surrey I had 
seen but little of stag-hunting — 
three days (one of them a very 
good one) with the late King's 
hounds, having been the extent of 
my experience in that department 
of sporting. Having lately seen 
several runs with Lord Derby, I 
am now able to form some opinion 
of its merits, which I shall reserve 
to another opportunity. In the 
mean time, I will give your readers 
an account of a run which I saw 
with his present Majesty's stag- 
hounds, on Friday the 6th in- 
stant, from the Magpies, on Houn- 
slow Heath. 

' The time of meeting was half-past 
ten, and Lord Maryborough arrir- 
ing soon after, the deer was turned 
out with notmore thanjten minutes' 
law, before the hounds were lard on 
him, in the presence of, at least, 
an hundred and fifty horsemen. A 
Melti»nian or two, as usual, press- 
ing them a little at first, thev did 
Uot settle immediately to the cliase, 
and it was, perbaps, fuH tweirty mi- 
nutes before the bounds began to 
run hard. To this, perhaps, were 
we indebted for the fine run this 

fallant deer shewed us, as he 
ad time to get well away from 
the crowd, and make Mb point to a 
country before the hounds could 
get up to him to alarm him. At 
one tune we thought^ we were gbtng 
over that fine grazing country be- 
tween Uxbridge and Harrow, but 
when within half a mile of the for- 
mer place, he made a turn to the 
left, pointing to Oerrard's Cross, 
when, after a run of one hour and 
three quarters, with only one check 
after they once set to to run, and no 
*'stop," as it is termed, he was fiiiriy 
run in to in a small covert, close to 
Stoke Common; and, what is very 



UBUsnalj died a Awt time after he 
was taken. Beiwa perfect stranger 
to the country^ I am unable to de- 
scribe it ; but the greater part of it 
might be termed *^ a fair sporting 
country/' and the latter haif^ very 
severe. What is also extraordi- 
nary> this gallant deer ran for some 
miles in si^t of water in different 
parts of the nur^ but never offered 
to take soil. He was^ I understand^ 
a havier from Richmond Park. 

It is scarcely necessary to ob- 
serve^ that I had never before seen 
my Lord Maryborough in the 
field ; but his ^Noble Brother was 
his Lordship was on that memora- 
ble day. He was polite to a degree 
towards every one who came into 
contact with him in the run, and 
rode well up to the bounds. I wa6 
sorry to see him get an awkward 
fidl over a stile^ and, being close 
behind him at the time, I saw his 
mare put her foot on his breast. I 
said to him, ^.' My Lord^ I am 
afraid you are hurt."^-" Not the 
least," was the reply. — " Your 
mare put her foot <m your breast/' 
added I — ''Oh, no!*' said his 
Lordship, ''she did not." The 
fact was — as these nobl^ animab 
always avoid hurting us, if it b0 
possible— «he had trodden as lightly 
as she could, but the mark of h^ 
foot was yisible, and I heard that 
his Lordship feH something from it 

hotd Miuryborottgh^ I nnder^ 
stand, hunted in Leicestershire in 
early life, and I wanted nothing to 
convince me that he is a suortamaji 
tU heart. Whe» the deer was 
taken^ there wag not mc^e thtm 
one-third c^ the horsemen who 
started with iSoie hounds^ .the rest 
having been defeated by the seve- 
rity of the country^ and ^e p^iee. 
XkxM Maryborough addb^esed ltim«> 

self to the Meltonians^ and told 
them they had no occasion to 00 
into Leicestershire^ if he couU 
shew them such sport as they had 
seen on that day, and he app^red 
much pleased with the finisli. 
" On Monday next, Gentlem^n^'* 
said his Lordship, "we meet at 
Iver Heathy when I hope to hav^ 
a good deer for you, and no »to^ 
PINO ov HOUKiis. If the deer will 
not run, they are of no use to ^$, 
and we will kill them, if they do 
not afford us sport." 

Either the speed of the hoand jkt 
increased, or that of the deer di- 
minished, since the d^ys of Virgil; 
or iEneas pursuing Tumus, and 
not able to overtake him^ would niKlt 
have been compared to a hound purr 
suing adeer, and " catching at the 
empty air.*' Of the comparative 
speed of the de^*, the fox, and tibe 
hound, I shall speak at another timfi^; 
but certainly the ^eer which af^ 
forded us this day's diveraioni went 
more in the style of a fox than any 
that I had hitherto seen, havingbeen 
only viewed twice during this long 
run j and the finish, with the e)ir 
ception <^ the who-hoop^ was quite 
that of a fox-chase. He ran up 
and down the covert in which be 
was taken> with the hounds dos^ 
to his haunches, and sank beftiwr 
th^m at last, from distress. 

Not having huoted i^ this putt 
of the country, most of the fieU 
w^r6 strangers to mc; but I re* 
cognised a few whom: I had ^aeeft 
b^ore. Among these w^re,Mes$pai 
Frederick Berkeley, Douglas Ktnr 
niurd, and Captain Montague, who 
are always in a good plsfoe whta 
hounds run straight At t)ie ^(L 
of this run, however, I fancied 
Mi^ Douglas Kinn^rd had the be^t 
cf it, alid I saw him take a ver^ 
good- fence Just at the last; when 
the gtealer part of the horses thai 




wero up were become too weak to 
leap. In passing through Chal« 
font Park, the pace was a killing 
one. There was sad destruction 
of the hurdles, and numbers kissed 
their mother earth. 

It being the object of these let- 
ters to mention any thing that 
may occur worth^ of observation or 
remark — any thing that may 
amuse or instruct — ^I go a little out 
•of my way to state the following 
circumstance. It is not for the sake 
of introducingmyself^but to submit 
it to the judgment of your readers. 

In the course of this run, about 
eight or nine of us followed the 
hounds into some gentleman's park. 
When we came to the gate at the 
opposite end of it, which was about 
eight feet high, Mr. Frederick 
Berkeley said, '^ Now if this is lock- 
ed, we are done." It was locked, and 
the question was — " What is to be 
done ?*' We rode up to the pales, 
but we did not like them. They 
were new and strong, and we were 
turning from them to see for an 
easierplace, when there was a cry 
of '^ Charge !" from about a do- 
zen of the field, who were gaUop- 
ping along the turnpike-road. 
Ilavin^been a dragoon ^Aien I was 
\ a boy, I naturally obeyed the word, 
and got oyer, though not without a 
scramble for it, as my horse rather 
hung towards the others who were 
going away. There was then a 
cry of ''WeU doner from the 
same jparty ; but with deference I 
«ubmit, whether these gentlemen, 
who were gallopping at their ease 
down a grayelled walk, ought tohave 
jgiyen the " word of command ?" 
Sut, as FaUtaff says, " 'Tis no 
matter: honour pricks us on;" 
yet, as the Knight observes, " If 
nonour pricks us off (which was 
nearly my case), can honour set a 
leg? No. Or an arm? No." 

I hope to see these hounds aiHv 
ther time, and indeed it was my 
intention to have seen them the 
following Friday, when I hear they 
had another capital run; but 1 
must not lament it, as Lord Derby's 
founds shewed me " a trimmer^' 
on that day. The only observa- 
tion I am now enabled to make is, 
that I think his Majesty's hounds 
carry a very good head, with a 
beautiful cry. Davis, the hunts- 
man (who was mounted on a mag- 
nificent mare), appears to give 
great satisfoction ; but I did not 
think his whippers-in were where 
they should be. With staff-hounds 
they form a most essentia part of 
the establishment. There is none 
of that trumpeting which we used 
to hear witii the late King's 
hounds, as Davis only carries a 
straight horn to his sadue ; and mo- 
thing on this day, save once vierw- 
ing the deer at a check in a village, 
alMUt half an hour before he was 
taken, could have reminded the 
most bigotted fox-hunter that he 
had not a gallant fox before him. 
There were no flourishes on the 
trumpets; no swimming in fish- 
ponds ; no hauling with ropes ; no 
running into pantries ; no break- 
ing of crockery; no knocking down 
old women ; whidi too generally 
mar the finish to an (otherwise) ex- 
cellent run. That little ^^toho-noop" 
will never be equalled! 

Having occasion to cross As- 
cot Heath, on my hack, the 
Monday after this run, I took the 
liberty of looking at his Majesty's 
kennel, which I had never seen. I 
was fortunate in meeting Mr. 
Sharp just coming out of it, and he 
was kind enough to shew me eveij 
part of it. It would hold a regi- 
ment of soldiers ; and, in point oi 
conveniences, exceeds any that I 
have ever been in, but it is very an- 



' betdthy for hounds. This is ac- 
oounted for by itd being built on 
ground whose subsoil is a bog^ and^ 
ci course^ the damp is exhaled. 
Sharp told me that hounds which 
had been so lame in this kennel as 
to be obliged to be wheeled out of 
it, recovered soon after being re- 
moved to another. On the Surrey 
hills, for instance, hounds might 
lie any where. 

It may be piesomptuous in me 
• to offer a remedy here, but if I were 
the manager of these hounds, I 
would try the following plan : — ^I 
would have a space of ground ad- 
joining the lodging rooms boarded, 
and raised a small distance from the 
ground, and the boards should be 
dose. The hounds should go into 
the grass yard (which is the finest 
I ever saw) for two or three hours 
in the day, if the weather be fine, 
but they should always be accom- 
panied by a feeder or whipper-in, 
and kept gently moving; tnat is, 
so as not to suffer them to lie 
down. They should never set their 
feet on a brick or stone in that 
kennel, if I could help it ; and I 

\ have good reason to believe that 
forty couples of hounds thus ma- 
naged, would do the work of fifty- 
five, as the case now stands. They 
have a very short kennel at this 
time — not exceeding thirty-eight 
couples of hunting hounds. 

After taking my leave of Mr. 
Sharp, thankinghim for his civility, 
and wishing him a speedy return 
of the blessing of healui, I mounted 
my hack, and, bent on being a 
stag-hunter, pursued my course to- 
wards the Surrey hills, to be ready 
for Lord Derby on the following day. 
As I rode through the park, I 
saw two red-coats at a distance, 
from which I concluded the sport 
of that morning with the King's 
hounds was at an end ; and I had 

scarpely passed the gate, when I 
saw them returnihgover Englefield 
Green. Though Davis and my- 
self were strangers to each other, I 
turned my horse's head aroUnd, and 
rode about two miles up the park 
with him, to hear what sport he 
had had, and also to treat myself 
with a sight of his hounds, but 
which I must not dwell on now. 
*' Youhave a beauty there," said I, 
pointing to a bitch called Famous, 
" Yes, Sir," said Davis : " Old 
Grant says that is the handsomest 
hound that ever was whelped." I 
need not tell the greater part of 
T^ur readers that Grant was the 
late t)ukt of Richmond's hunts- 
man, from whose kennel this pack 
came, about ten years ago. ^^ I 
will shew you the King's favourite 
hound," said Mr. Davis : '' Yon- 
der he goes across the road" — ^point- 
ing to a light-colouredhound called 
mtnos. On trotting up to look at 
him, I found him a hound of great 
power, and length where it should 
be, with every appearance of a high- 
bred fox-hound. From his manner 
of carrying his stem, he comes un- 
der the denomination of ^' a gal- 
lant-looking hound," and, with the 
exception of colour, put me much 
in mind of Lord Middleton's cele- 
brated Vanguard. 1 forgot to ask 
his pedigree, but, of course, he is 
got by somebody*s Jupiter. 

'* His Majesty is a good judge 
of hounds, I dare say," said I to 
Mr. Davis. *' The King knows 
a hound well," was his reply; 
'' but," added he, " I think his 
Majesty has the quickest eye to a 
horse of any man in England." 
'' Very likely," said I : " they 
who see the best of every thing, 
generally have a good model be- 
fore them." 

" I see you are like the rest 
of your neighbours, Mr. Davis," 



said l» " f<xr yon hare a hound or 
two too &»t for you."— '' Which 
ue they?" answered he.-—'' I 
know them not/' said I; ''but I 
saw two light-coloured hounds 
runniaf away from the rest> two or 
tibree tunes^onFriday/*— " Why,it 
is very eittoraordinary/' replied he^ 
'' but an old homnd, called Spanker, 
did get forward in a very wonderful 
Planner on that day> but it was 
merely owinff to luck : every turn 
was in his mvour, and being al- 
ways at work^ he made the moyt 
of his cbanoes."-«^'' Ah T said I, 
'' there is not more luck in 
purchasing a good lottery.-ticket 
at Mr. Kah'Sy wan in all descrip- 
tions of fauntLDg." 

Recollecting the circumstance 
of his Majesty s hounds having 
been aU destroyed a few years 
aince^ on account of the hydro- 
phobia in their kennel^ I asked 
Davis how he had contrived to 
preserve so nnich of the Goodwood 
blood? wheQ : he told me that he 
was indebted for it to about ten 
couples of young hounds which 
had ^scaped this dreadful malady. 
When we met in the Park^ as I be- 
fote observed^ Mr. Davis andNm- 
Bon were unknown to each other; 
. but I hope they will be better: ac- 
quainted, as I mean to see his 
hounds again before the season is 

I have before observed, that his 
Majesty's hounds had another su- 
perior run on the Friday following 
the day of wbich I have just been 
sneaking, but which I had no occa- 
sion to lament, as the Earl of 
Derby shewed us a trimmer on 
that day, the consequenee9 of 
whic^ more than one who was 
. out, had no small reason to rue. 

Our place of meeting was Piir- 
ley Down, about two miles from 
Croydon, where a large field of 

aportsmen wer^ aasenMed. The 
deer went off in gallant style, and 
in twenty imnutes the hounds were 
laid on l^ Jtinathaa, on his Irish 
horse Paddy, and went off, a»' 
usual, with a burning scent over 
Kiddlesdown, where he crossed the 
Oodstone voad. From henoe he 
went through Foxley, to Ninwood;. 
over Coulsden Green to Farthing 
Downs ; where, fortunatidy fiNT the 
horses, there was a check, as the 
pace had be^i 8evere> and tbe^ 
country kiUing. Here, after mak^ 
ing some work for the hounds, he 
bent hifl course to the left, crossing 
the Brighton road at Hooley, by 
Chipstead Church ; bearing to the 
right, for Stagbofougb* uirough 
Chipstead Bottom, and away to 
the old Warren, near Widton 
Heath. Here he was headed ; 
and, beariuff rather to the right, 
he went bade again to Chipstead 
Bottom, from thence to Fanshaws, 
where he made a turn to the right 
for High Hurst Fairm, and was 
taken, in the building,- after a run 
of ftfty-five minutes. 

In a better country this would 
have been considered a pretty good 
thing; but not satisfying such de- 
cided Nimrods as those who hunt 
the Surrey bills, Iiord Stanley 
was applied to for a sec<md deer, 
which, imfortunately for many of 
them (myself amongst the num- 
ber), he immediately obtained, and 
he was turned out at the gate of 
his paddock. 

This gallant deer did not, at first, 
appear like a runner-r-the hounds 
having got up to him near Kwell, 
just as we thought he was about 
to face the Kingston coilhtry, after 
having given us a very sharp ring 
by Woodmanstone, Biiastead, and 
Potter's Lane £nd. Here, after 
being viewed near the hand-post on 
the Cheom and Ewell roed; he be- 



gan to think he must mend his 
pace, and, taking the enclosures 
close to Cheam, he again re-crossed 
the Downs to Banstead — ^from 
thence to the park hy Chiphouse, 
Highhurst, Mugs Hole, to the 
Duke of St. Alban's prk at Upper 
Gratton, where a stile in going in, 
and the pales in getting out, made 
the field select, not more than four 
or five approving of them, at that 
hour of the day. 

From hence the hounds ran hard 
by Lower Gatton park, and over 
the deep meadows at Merstham, 
bearing away for Bletchingley, 
where he was headed back to Mers- 
tham windmill ; from thence, to 
the right near to Pendhifl, under 
the chalk-pit, where he gallantly 
feced the hill. Finding this too se- 
vere (and fortunately for what few 
horses were left), he again descend- 
ed into the flat, and was taken near 
Blackbush Shaws, after a most se- 
vere run of two hours and three 

Not more than eight of the field 
were present at the taking of this 
gallant deer. The two whippers- 
la never came up ait all ; but Jona- 
than — after trying all expedients, 
on foot and on horseback; after 
finishing a half tired one of Mr. 
Maherley's, and returning to his 
own, which was quite tired; and 
after running some way on his feet, 
and begging for either a poney or a 
donkey— did contrive to get in by 
the time the deer was taken. Poor 
Paddy carried him home; but, 
alas ! nature had said " Enough,^ 
though he was too good to own it, 
and he died on the following day. 

I have before observed that there 
were only eight in the field whose 
horses carried them to the end of 
this terrible run. These were, the 
gallant Captain Harvey (who with 

only one handcan beat nineoiit of ten 
of those who have two) ; Air. Wil- 
liams (brother to General Williams, 
who was once the hardest rider of 
his day); Mr. Williams, iunior; 
Mr. Young, Mr: Penfold, Mr. 
Tapley, Mr. Aljcins, and Jonathan. 
My horse broke down just after the 
check at the handpost, and I had 
an agreeable walk home. Captain 
Harvey's horse fell down immedi- 
ately on getting into his stable, 
and was indebted to me for his 
life, by taking preventive measures 
with him the next day, as inflam- 
mation was making rapid progress. 
Mr. Maberley lived almost to the 
l?ist, but his three horses ' were 
planted, and left at Merstham for 
the night. 

Were I to hunt regularly in 
Surrey, I should not be ansjj^ous 
for a second deer, after such a run, 
over suck a country, as we had had 
with our first ; and particularly so— 
as was the case with almost all in 
the field — ^if I were to ride the same 
horse. This, however, was not my 
case : I had a second horse, hut all 
would not do. Surrey hills, and 
. the pace, ill agree with a doubtful 
1'^. I know not how often the 
NobleEari indulgeshis friends with 
a second deer ; but if he makes a 
practice of it, it would be well if 
his groom would keep some tser- 
vants* horses without their water 
till two o'clock; for it must be re- 
membered that servants* horses 
are at work, when those of gentle- 
men are getting a puff. Condition, 
however, that sine qui non, is too 
often wanting in second runs, 
some lamentable instances of which 
have presented themselves to my 
observation, since I have been in 
Surrey. — ^Thus e^id the " Divert 
sums of Purley" 




We can only state^ that Bibo, fof 
his excellent qualities^ both in find- 
ing and bringing his &me, was 
Engraved by ScoJT^fiom a PaiuHttg by highly oelebrated^ and deemed 


TlM Pr op erty of Colonel Teeadale. 



worthy of a portrait by his pos- 
sessor; and for the same reasons it 
HE account tryismitted'^us of has been transferred to the pages 
this dog is a very limited one. of this Magaadne. 


'PVERY one that has attended 
• the Bath harmonic meetings 
will vouch for the life and plea- 
sure they afforded. It was the 
rule of the club to retire at a cer- 
tain hour ; and on no account was 
this regulation . to be infringed. 
One evening, a gentleman, not a 
member, who had been introduced 
by the late Sir Charles Bamfield, 
entered so warmly into the hilarity 
of the scene, as most earnestly to 
beg for half an hour*s extension of 
time ; and so warmly did he plead, 
that the voices of many of the com- 
pany were won to his cause, and it 
only depended upon the chairman 
to give a longer loose to mirth. 
Assured now ai success, since Sir 
Charles was his particular and bo- 
som friend, he appealed with per- 
fect confidence to nim. '' Grentle- 
men," said the inflexible Baronet, 
" all that the gentleman has said, 
aU that you wish, is quite natural 
and pleasant enough ; and I think 
it a pity we, and the good things 
about us, should so soon part; but 
there is one, only one, very good 
reason, why it must so be ordered. 
We are an harmonic society ; and 
upon my word. Gentlemen, I dmnot 
see how harmony can be anywhere, 
without we keep time** The an- 
swer was complete, and the law 
triumphed. ^ 

A LADY, known as well for her 

good nature as her large fEunily,- ' 
was expatiating to a worthy bib« 
liopole, m the West of England, on 
the comparative ease enjoyed by 
those of her acquaintance who had 
but a i&if olive branches to twine 
and prune up in *' the way they 
shouM go,." '' For mine own part," 
she concluded, " and I hope I am 
not very sinM in doing it, there 
is not a night arrives but I ear* 
nestly pray that I may have no 
more." *' Ah, madam," responded 
the joking bookseller, '^ prayers 
will be of little arail, unless you 

It was more witty than dis- 
courteous of a young lady, when to 
a pert coxcomb who was pester- 
ing her withimmeaning attentions, 
to his question of " What then 
shall I call your face, if you will 
allow me constantly to gase upon 
it?" £lie replied, ^' a looking glins 
— ^for then will it reflect plainness 
and effrontery." 

The late R. B. Sheridan being 
once on a Parliamentary Commit- 
tee, happened to enter the room ' 
whcQi most of the Members of die 
Committee were present and seated^ 
though business had not coni« 
men^; when, perceiving there 
was not another seat in the room, 
he, with his usual readiness, said, 
'^ Will any gentleman move, that I 
may lake the chair ?*' 




fllHE time is fast approaching^ 
-^ when the knowing speculations of 
those who have been making up their 
books on the different great events of 
the turf will be put to die test. The 
favourites still keep their places ; but 
on account of the indisposition of 
Lord Clarendon^ in whose name 
Svriss stands for the Derby> some 
alarm is created in the betting ring^ 
as^ in case of a fatal termination^ all 
bets on that first-rate horse will be 
VMd. Mr. Pierce, for instance^ who 
bred Swiss, stands heavy upon him, 
in the way of a double event — having 
taken 4000 to 100 on his winning the 
Champaigne at the last Doncaster 
Meeting (which he did in a canter), 
and thel)erbv at Epsom. The bet- 
ting against Aim, taking all chances, 
is 9 to 2 ; but only 3 to 1 if he starts 
for the D^by. He has no engagement 
between Epsom and Doncaster. Gre- 
nadier and Osmond are also creeping 
up as favourites for the Derby, and 
the Duke of Grafton stands first for 
the Oaks. Betting has proceeded but 
slowly as ^et, between the owners and 
the pubhc — the former, either not 
having arrived, in town, or waiting to 
see that all goes well in their sta- 
bles. Colonel Cradock left town last 
week for Newmarket, for the purpose 
of seeing Barefoot, who, though an 
enlargement still remains on one of 
his knees, is nearly recovered from 
his accident. It is supposed he will 
be able to start at Ascot, after which, 
being in a stake at Doncaster, it is 
probable he will travel north, as com- 
pany for Swiss. — Feb. 23, 1824. 


To the Editor of the Sporting Magazine 

SIR, ^ 

Several trifling altenltions have oc- 
curred since the publication of your 
last Number ; and as the Newmarket 
Meetings are fast approaching, we 
shall have still greater changes ; but 
on the whole the betting ring remains 
in ^e same dull state as it aid at the 

Vol. XIII. y. -y.— No. 77. 

commencement of the season. — ^Vours, 
&c. Z. B. 

TattertaWs, Feb. 16, 1824« 


agst Reformer. 
agst Rebecca, 
agst Katherine. 
agst Don Carlos, 
agst Lyrnessa. 
agst Cressida. 
agst Sister to Sailor» 
agst Reserve. 


5 to 1 agst Swiss. 

agst Reformer. 

agst Grenadier. 

agst Osmond. 

agst c. out of Jesse. 

agst Reticule. 

agst Don Carlos. 

agst Hurly-Burly. 

agst Cydnus. 

agst c. out of Bess. 

agst c. out of Pantina. 

agst c. by Skim. 

agst c. out of Cressida. 

agst Dactyle. 

agst Myrmidon. 

agst Lymessa. 

agst Silkworm. 

agst Elephant. 

agst c out of Reserve. 

agst Sir Gray. 

agst Sister to Arbutus. 

agst c. out of Petronilla. 

agst Vesta. 

agst Longwaist. 

agst c by Captain Candid. 

agst Mony Musk. 

agst c. out of CharcoaL 

agst Edward. 

agst c out of Miranda. 
200 to 3 each was betted agst Myrmidon, 
Idle fioy, Miranda, Sister to Prince 
Le^old, and the Brother to Cafdinal 

3 to 1 

4 to 1 

5 to 1 

7 to 1 

9 to 1 

10 to 1 

11 to 1 

20 to 1 

4 and 

6 to 1 

10 to 1 

13 to 1 

14 to 1 

15 to 1 

18 to 1 

20 to 1 

2d to 1 

25 to 1 

25 to i 

25 to I 

28 to 1 

30 to 1 

30 to 1 

35 to 1 

35 to 1 

35 to 1 

40 to 1 

40 to 1 

40 to 1 

40 to 1 

40 to 1 

45 to 1 

45 to 1 

45 to i 

50 to 1 

50 to 1 

50 to 1 

3 and 

H to 
9 to 
11 to 
13 to 
16 to 
20 to 


4 to 1 agst Rebecca. 

agst Sister to Sailor. 

agst Lymessa. 

agst Barossa. 

agst Miss Jigg 

agst Tiara. 

agst Mr. Prendergast. 

agst Specie. 

agst Miss Forester. 


10 to 1 agst Altisidora. 
10 to 1 agst Swiss. 

15 to I agst Rosanne. 

16 to 1 agst Reformer. 

^ Oo 



igit The Miller. 

Mfft RingleC. 

agst Miss Gianfield. 

agst Brutandorf. 

agst Equity. 

agst Osmond. 

agst Streatham. 

agst lisette. 

agst Oswestry. 

agst Elephant. 

agst Diadem. 

agst Alfred. 

agtt Young Cattoo. 

agst Sister to Sulor. 

agst Confederate. 

agst Uelenus. 

agst Canteen. 

agst Victress. 

agst MoU in the Wad. 

agst Sbepheidew. 

agst Bess. 

agst Trulla. 

agst Robin Hood. 

agst Famafield. 

agtt liennoffl 

agit Dactyle. 

i on The Field aoit Altisidora, 

17 to 

90 to 

S3 to 

26 to 

86 to 

^ to 

SO to 

30 to 

80 to 

80 to 

80 to 

80 to 

30 to 

80 to 

30 to 

30 to 

86 to 

86 to 

88 to 

40 to 

40 to 

40 to 

40 to 

46 to 

30 to 

30 to 

Six to 
Swiss, Rosanne, The Miller^ Miss Cranl 
field, Ringlet, Young Tinker, and 
Equity ; 100 to a The Field agst Alfred, 
Streatham, and Canteen; 9 to 1 agst 
Mr. Houldsworth*s stud; 9 to I agst 
Mr. Watfs stud; 9 to 1 agst Mr. 
Peirse*8 stud ; shillings for guineas given 
for choise, Swiss agst Altismora. 

ING^ 1894. 
Thursday. — Extra. — Sweepgtakes 
cf 900 sovs, each, h. p. D.3f.— The 
Duke of Grafton's Po6thuma^88t.6lb.; 
the Duke of Rutkind's Scarborough^ 
7st. lOlb. ; and the Duke of Grafton's 
Cinder^ Tst. 9lb. 


F%r$t Day. — ^Lord Kelbume's Jock 
the Laird's Brother^ 6 yrs old^ 98t. 
agst Colonel Yates's Mendax^ by 
Soothsayer^ 4 yrs old^ 9st. one mile, 
900 SOYS, each, h. ft. 

Third Day.— Lord Kelbume's 
Jock the Laird's Brother, 6 yrs old, 
8st. 7lb. agst Lord Kennedy's Nego- 
ciat<nr, 7st. l^b. one mile, 1000 soys. 
«ach, h. ft. 

The Hambledon Hunt races take 
place Tuesday, Amil 90, on Sober- 
ton Down. H. P. Delme and G. 
Morant, Esqrs. are the stewards. 

It is now finally arransed, that in 
all times coming tne Edinburgh races 
are to commence upon the third Mon- 

day of June. The stewttds i^ the 
present year are. Lord £lcho. Lord 
Strathayen, Sir James Baird, Sir 
James Suttie, and Mr. Johnstone, of 

Oroxton Park races haye been 
fixed for Wednesday, the 7th April. 

Aplanhflus been made for a new 
race course at Cheltenham. The 
ground selected is in Prestbury Park; 
and the course, if adopted, is to be 
one mile and a half in length, and 
thirty yards in width. 

York Craven Meeting. — We ob- 
■erye with pleasure that the Stakes 
for this Meetinff haye already been 
announced ; and from the number of 
horses in training, the loyers of the 
turf are likely to be gratified with an 
exceUent day's spmrt We trust that 
thestand directors will not persist in 
their refusal of the stand on this oc- 
casion, and thus depriye the ladies of 
the accommodations which this build- 
ing would afford. The races will 
take place on Monday, the B\h of 
April next, when the following Stakes 
wul be run for: — The Crayen (Han- 
dicap) of 6 soYerdgns each ; the 
Hunters' Stakes of 5 soyereigns eac^ ; 
and the Liberty Stakes of 3 guineas 
each; and also a Gold Cup, yalue 
100 soYereigns. — York Chronicle. 


Good horses continue extremely 
thinH9own in the metropolis, and, ac« 
cording to the concurring accounts of 
the dealers, equally so in the coun* 
try : prices, in course, yery higfa.-^ 
At Tattersall's, on the 16th this 
month, seyeral hunters and thoroi^^ 
bred horses were sold at high prices. 

Sir J. Malcolm's Arabian, SuUem, 
and Sir William Keir Grant's Ar»* 
bian, Itnaum, are adYertised to coyer 
at the Bazaar, at the usual rate of 
ten guineas, and half-a-guinea the 
groom. His Grace the Duke of Graf- 
ton has an Arabian to coyer the en- 
suinff season* 

The proprietor of the White Bath, 
at present exhibiting in PaU-MaQ, 
proposes, if a subscription can be ob- 
tained for a certain number of maresy 
that the horse shall coyer during Che 
present season, either at Newmarkci^ 
or within a few miles of London. . 


The Duke of Bs aufort's hounds 
have had an unusually fine season's 
sport up to the present time. Wa- 
are sorry to hear that their huntsman 
(Philip Payne) has heen disahled from 
hunting tnem^ hy an accident^ and 
that will Long^ tne first whipper-in^ 
has heen officiating in his place. 
Philip was in the act oi leading his 
horse over a fenoe^ when a person rode 

X'nst him^ and hroke three of his 
. This is not the first time he has 
heen thus roughly handled. Payne 
is reckoned one of the first kennel 
huntsmen in England. 

Sir Thomas Mostyn's hounds 
haye heen attended hy very nume- 
rous fields this season, and their 
sport has heen excellent. There were 
lately upwards of seyenty horses 
from Oxiord, in the town of Bices- 
ter, in one night, to he ready for Uie 
ensuing day. 

The W ARwicKSHiaE are doing the 
thing in cajj^tal style, and Wood (the 
huntsman) giyes uniyersal satii^ao- 
tion. In consequence of Lord Mid- 
dleton having no further occasion for 
his services, they have got Zac for 
their first whipper-in, whose first- 
rate ahilities in that situation are too 
well known to dwell upon here. Mr. 
Shirley, who has the management of 
this pack, does ample justice to his 
fine Gotmtry ; and, from his gentle- 
man-like deportment in the fidd, is 
most deservedly popular among all 
classes ofpersons. 

Mr. Iym. Grove's harriers, of 
Melbury, nesr Shaftesbury, have had 
some good runs of late in me Iweme 
V^e. It was Mr. Grove who, for 
three years, kept the Cranborne 
Chaoe fox-hounds, and had such a 
series of good runs from the Great 
Chace. It is much to be regretted 
^ that he gave them m 

Mr. Y SATMAN^s haniera, of Stock 
House, Dorset, we learn, are as prime 
as ever. Report says, he has refused 
iOOgs. for twenty couple of them. 

Mr. Stakden's harriers, of Silver 
HiH, near Hastings, have had some 
fjooA days withm the last month. 
Tliese hounds have frequently large 
0elds, and are attended sometimes by 

the ladies as well as gentlemen of 

We are sorry to hear that &6 
North Somerset Fox-hounbs are 
not likely to be continued after the 
pesent season, unless the subscriptioD 
mcreases, which we wish it may. 

From a Correspondent.— fi^tr— 
In riding through the New Forest 
the other day, 1 happened to mee^ 
the fox-hounds. I had previously 
heard much said in praise of thiK 
pack, and I must say they exceeded 
my most sanguine expectations, for I 
never behelaa finer pack' of hounds 
in my life. They had but an indif-* 
ferent scent, but they appeared to be 
working well for their fox. — I am. 
Sir, yours. Viator. 

Feb. 7, 1834. 

On the 33d of January, Sir B. Gra- 
ham's hounds had a famous run 
from High Onn Wood, Stafford- 
shire, into'SSu^pshire. They found 
immediately, and went off with a 
high scent, at the very best j>ace, in 
a tolerably straight direction, for 
forty-five minutes, without a check. 
Very few persons were with them till 
they came to a check by some men 
hallooing the fox near Woodcote man- 
Bian : afrer a little confusion they 
went off again to the Rough Pa^l^ 
and ran hard through all the Sheriff 
Hales Woods, round by the Canal, 
bade to Woodcote, from thence cold 
huntingtowards Chethell, Heath Hill, 
and to the old Park, near Sheriff 
Hales, over the WaUing-street road, 
near Wellington, running hard to- 
wards Prior's Lee, back to Horton 
Plantations, crossed the Shrewsbury 
road, towards Peter's Finger, ana 
back to Inning Paper Mills, where he 
was viewed, and ran in to on Brimi- 
tree Hill, after a chase of two hours 
and forty minutes. 

Chase Extraordinary.'^On the S8d 
of January, Mr. Horlock's hounds 
started a fox at Box Pits, which they 
ran through CoUett's Bottom to the 
village of Corsham, where reynard, 
being hard p: sssed, took refuge on the 
ihatdi of a blacksmith's shop, where 
he grinned defiance to his foes* On6 
of &e dogs beii^ hcisttd to hisplaoo 
of refbge, reynard bolted down the 

o o2 



chimney into » bed-cbamber^ where 
he was taken^ and afterwards afforded 
a good run for a considerable time, to 
w gratification of a numerous field 
of sportsmen. 

Cm Monday^ February 2, Colonel 
Smith's harriers had an abnost un- 
precedented run. They found a hare 
near Hales Owen, and after crossinff 
Tronkley Hills, made for Korthfield, 
leaving the church to the left. They 
then went in the direction for Har- 
borne, but shortly turned to the left 
for i^g's Norton, which they left 
about a mile on the left, and took the 
direction of Weatherick Hill, where 
they killed, after a severe run of one 
hour and twenty minutes. The dis- 
tance in a straight line from the place 
where the hare was found to the 

Slace where it was killed was more 
lian eight miles, and a great part of 
the country they crossed was very 
heavy. The hare was a remarkably 
small one. 

The Thohndon Hounds, Essex, 
on Saturday the 7th of February, so 
pressed then: fox, as to induce him to 
seek refuge in the cottage of Mrs. 
Freeman, at Heron Gate, by dashing 
through a glazed door. Reynard made 
his way to the parlour, from whence, 
however, he was soon ejected by his 
followers, who drove him through a 
window into an orchard, where they 
ran in to him, and he paid dearly for 
the trespass which he had from ne- 
cessity committed. 

Mr. Editor. — ^As Nimrod wishes 
to hear something from far distant 
counties of their hunting, and as he 
deserves every thing from us who are 
fond of the most noble diversion of 
fox-hunting, I take the liberty to send 
you an account of a chase which was 
run yesterday in this our far-di^stant- 
from-Leicestershire county, Devon- 
shire. — Mr, Pode's fox-hounds un- 
kennelled a fox from Stall Moor, near 
HiUson's house : the chase went over 
Metherell Hill, crossed the Yealm ri- 
ver, broke over the wall by Dendall's 
Comer, up the hill and over the par- 
tition wall into Hawns; broke over 
the wall by Highhouse Corner on to 
Penmoor, by Penbeacon ; up the val- 
ley to Trowlesworthy rocks; then 

turned over Rakestein^ and the whole 
length of Tolchmoor; crossed the Ta- 
vistock road into Whitehill, over To- 
ryoomb Tor, Torycomb Wood, crossed 
me Tory Brook, through Colland, 
over a part of Crownhill, down into 
Hookspray, through Femhill Wood, 
Newimam Park, EHfordleiffh, Heath, 
into Cann Woods, where he made a 
great deal of work ; then ran by the 
side of the Plym river# through a 
^eat part of Shaugh Wood ; crossed 
mto Bishley Wood, through Fancy, 
to Buckland Down. Reynard here 
made a turn back, having gone far 
enough for his convenience, through 
Common Wood, crossed the river Plym 
by Cann Quarry, and retraced nis 
steps through Cann Woods, Heath, 
Fernhill Wood, went through Bude, 
over part of Crownhill Down, through 
Smallhanger, over Headon, through 
Brimmage Wood, Cholwichtown 
Marsh, Rook Wood, Rook Tor, Pen- 
moor, Hawns and Dendalls, Stall 
Moor, to Pyles, where lie went to 
earth, after running a circle of twenty- 
six miles in three hours and twtnty- 
four minutes. Captain Pode, Mr. 
King, Captain Lempriere, and Mr. 
Derry, were the only ones whose 
horses lived all the way with the 
hounds. Mr. PhiUipps ana the hunts- 
man had fresh horses during the run^ 
and saw the finish. — I have the honour 
to be, the mighty Nim rod's great 
admirer, A Peep of Day Boy. 

Plymouth, Feb.21, ifezH 

Lord Anson's hounds had a severe 
run on Wednesday, February 17, 
from Narborough Bogs. They met 
at Whetstone, and did not find. The 
hounds were afterwards thrown into a 
small osier bed, when reynard made 
his appearance almostinstantaneously, 
and faced the whole field : he was not 
to be stopped or headed, but brushed 
along witn a full determination to 
make no joke of it, and traversed over 
Enderby Warren, through Tooley 
Brake, nearly to Kirkby ; then turned 
about, ran through Peckleton villa^Cj 
nearly up to Newhold ; turned to me 
right by Mr. Grundy's almost to Tooley 
Park, bending his course still further 
to the right, skirtingPeckleton a second 
time to Newbold Plantation, leaving 



Desford to the left^ through Lend- 
ridge Wood^ and was run in to in fine 
style in Osbaston Field. The run 
lasted one hour and twenty minutes. 
There were but few up at the death. 
It was calculated there were 800 
horsemen present^ 250 of them in 
scarlet^ which is supposed to he the 
largest field since the days of MeyneU. 

The CoTTESMERE hounds on one 
day this month threw off at Burley, 
near Oakham^ and soon started into 
chase^ held on for an uninterrupted 
burst of an hour^ until they killed in 
the town of Stamford^ about one 
o'clock^ the fox having taken shelter 
in a stable of Mr. Smithy farmer, in 
Scotgate, where the hounds ran in to 
him. The brush was presented to 
the Countess of Lonsdale, who was up 
at the death, after a severe run of 
ten miles. 

Crailant Chase with the Badsworth 
Fox-hounds, — On Monday, the 9th 
instant, the hounds met at Stapleton 
Park, the seat of the Hon. E. R. Pe* 
tre, and after trying the covers with- 
out success, they proceeded to the old 
celebrated cover at Went-hill, but 
still did not find, to the great disap- 
pointment of a numerous field and 
several ladies that were present. The 
hounds then drew Grove, Wake 
Wood, Cridling Park Woods, blank, 
much to the surprise of all present. 
About one o'clock, at Shackleton 
^P^^^ A fox broke gallantly away, 
and made his first point at Grand 
^ring,ov«r Womersley Gale, leaving 
the village on the left, and then 
pointing for Stapleton Park, where he 
was headed by some people coursing. 
He then made for Grove Wood, tried 
ike drains, but finding himself disap- 
pointed, he then crossed the high 
north road towards the town of Pon- 
tefract, from thence to Cobler-lane 
Quarry, where the earths were open : 
reynard peeped down the Quarry, 
with the hounds close at his brusn, 
and finding some men working, he 
bent his course to Knottingley Quarry. 
At this period they unluckily changed 
ibxes, which was immediately ob- 
served by several gentlemen forward 
in the run : the huntsman, who had 
l>een up with the hoimds previously. 

at this period unfortunately had a se- 
vere fall, which prevented nim from 
being present at the critical moment, 
or otherwise the original fox woiJd 
have been pursued. The hounds 
persevered in their staunch pursuit 
over Bain Moor, turned to the south, 
leaving Womersley Covers to ^e 
right, bearing up to Stubs Wal- 
den, and the Grange, by Smeaton 
village, when they ran him to ground 
at Bamsdale. When at Womersley 
village, two old sportsmen found the 
bottom of one of those drains that all 
are anxious to avoid, and re-appeared 
in the field with an outer coat of black 
upon the scarlet. Every gentleman 
that knows the country from Shackle- 
ton Spring to Pontefract, must be 
aware that it tried much the mettle of 
the horses. The hounds were at this 
moment running breast high, when a 
desperate leap was taken by Mr. F. 
Leatham,who was then leading (upon 
hisbay horse by Firelock), measunn^^ 
from Deating to lighting, eight yards 
and a half. One or two horses that 
attempted to follow were seriously in- 
jured, and being near, could not be 
pulled up, and the intention of their 
riders was frustrated. The hounds 
hunted their fox to William Bridge 
beautifully, and had it not been for 
gentlemen being too forward on the 
ro^^ as usual, there is no doubt but 
r<^'ynard must have fallen a prey. Out 
of a numerous field, the following 
only were up— John Richards, the 
huntsman, the Hon. E. Petre, Mr. F. 
Leatham, Mr. Sackville Fox, Mr. 
Pascoe, Mr. Carter, Major Wood, 
Mr. Watkins, Captain Ramsden, and 
Mr. Vansittart, who rode very hard 
during the run, which lasted two 
hours and a half. We are sorry to 
say that Jack's horse died in the field, 
and many of the remaining horses 
that were up required the lancet.— 
Doncaster Gazette. 


A meeting of gentlemen desirous- 
to establish by subscription a jpack of 
fox-hounds in Shropshire, took place 
this month, at the Lion Inn, Shrews- 
bury. From twenty to thirty sports- 
men of eminence were present. Wm. 
Lloyd, of Aston, Esq. was requested 


to take the chair; and he read a list 
of snlwcriptioiig amounting to ISdOl. 
R. Benson^ Esq. recited a conversa^ 
tion between Sir BelHngham Graham 
and himself^ on ^e sumect of hunt- 
fa^ {tie county^ in whicn the Baronet 
expressed his assent to undertake the 
management of a subscription pack of 
fox-hounds^ if a sufficient suoscrip- 
tion were obtained. Mr. Benson eu- 
logised Sir Bellingham's character as 
a sportsman. *' No man/' he said. 
" will more earnestly devote himself 
to forward the object of the subscri- 
bers, nor pay less regard to any trou- 
ble or fati^e that may devolve on 
himself." Sir £. Sinythe, Bart., J. 
A. Lloyd, Esq.j J. ll^tton, Esq., J. 
Wingfield, Em., R. ^aney, Esq., J. 
Emery, Esc^, JC Eaton, jun. Esq., and 
T. Harries, Esq., took part in the con- 
versation; and it was ultimately 
agreed that the Chairman should wait 
on Sir Bellingham Graham, to learn 
on what terms he would undertake to 
hunt the county. 




For the Cup and Goblet, — Mr. C. 
Long's*b]k. d.'Xeicester, beat Mr. Pal- 
mer^ w. d. Adonis, late Lord Rivera's 
Regent; Mr. Briscall's br. and w. d. 
Bronti, beat Colonel Newport's blk. 
and w. d. Nonpareil ; Mr. Biggs's 
blk. b. Blast, Deat Lord Craven's 
(Lord MoUineux's) r. and w. d. Med- 
ley ; Mr. Goodlake s f . d. Glowworm, 
beat Mr. Heathcote's blk. and w. d. 
Harold ; Mr. Phelipps's brin. b. Ra- 
chael, beat Br. Meyrick's blk. b. 
Miss ; Mr. £. Cripps's blk. b. Ever- 
lasting, beat Mr. Pettatt's blk. d. 
Vkntjuoon; Sir H. Vivian's bl. and 
w. d. Van^fWd, beat Mr. Capel's blk. 
ind w. d. Junior; Mr. J. Long's 
blk. andw. d.Xomenti]lo, beat Mr. 
Cripps's brin. b. Capsicum. 

Jror the Craven Stakes. — Mr. Good- 
lake's y. b. Golden Locks, beat Sir fiL 
Vivian's blk. d. Vulcan: Mr. Capel's 
blk. b. Joan, beat Mr. Palmer's w. b.^ 
Arachne; Mr. Briscall's blk. and w.' 
b. Breeze, beat Mr. C. Long's blk. b. 
Ijofni Mr. Heathcote's r.d. Hubert, 
beat Mr. E. Cr^'s blk, d. £bony. 

Zjomboum Stakes. — Mr. Cripps's 
brin. d. Consul, beat Dr. Meyrick ^j. 
and w. d. Magnus; Mr. Pettatt's blk. 
b. Pigeon, beat Mr. Biggs's blkr'b. 
Becky, late Lord Rivers's Kebecca. 

Jlfa/<?Aei.— Sir H. Vivian's Vite, 
beat Mr. Capel's Jessica ; Mr. Pet- 
tatt's I%antom, beat Mr. J* Long's 
Lopes; Mr. Biggs's Burleigh, beat 
Mr. Palmer's Alonzo, late hord Ri- 
ver's Romulus ; Mr. £. Cripps's Ea- 
gle, beat Mr. Briscall's Banac ; Mr. 
Cripps's Careless, agst Mr. Heath- 
cote's Harper — ^undecided; Mr. Bris- 
call's Brenda, beat Mr. Chipps's Ca^ 
¥ra; Mr. C. Long's Leda, beat Mr. 
^ettatt's Prattle, late Lord Rivers's 
Rattle ; Dr. Meyrick's Mabell, asst 
Mr. E. Cripp's Elegant— undecided. 


First Ties for the Cup and Ooh^ 
let. — Rachael oeat Vanguard — Glow- 
worm beat Bronti — ^Bli^t beat Ever- 
lasting — Lomentillo beat Leicester. 

First Ties for the Craven Stakes.^ 
Breeze beat Joan— Xxolden Locks beat 

Main ofLamboum Stakes. — Pigeon 
beat Consul. 

Matches. — Lord Craven's (Lord 
Mollineux's) Medley, beat Mr. Phe- 
lipps's Racer; Mr. Goodlake's Gawrey, 
beat Mr. Capel's Jessy; Lord Cra- 
ven's (Lord Mollineux's) Mary, beat 
Mr. Capel's Jet; Mr. C. Long^s 
Lais, beat Mr. J. Long's Lapwing; 
Mr. Goodlake's Glum, beat Sir H. 
Vivian's Vulture ; Mr. Cripps's Clio, 
beat Mr. Phelipps's Rattle; Mr. 
Bij^'s Becky, heat Mr. Briscall's 
Belinda; Mr. Heathcote's Harold, 
beat Sir H. Vivian's Vampire ; Mr. 
Cripps's Czar, agst Mr. J. Long's 
Lash — ^Undecided; Mr. C» Long's 
Lancaster, beat Mr. £. Cripps's 


Second Ties j^ the Cup, — ^Blast 
beat Rachael — Glowworm neat Lo» 

Main of Craven Stakes.-'^OoUen 
Locks beat Breeze, and won the 

Matches.'— Mr. Biggs's Bertram,, 
beat Mr. C. Long's Lattitat; Mr. Good-^ 
lake's Gondola, beat Mr. Pettatt's 
Pearl ; Mr. PetUtt's Pet, beat Sir H. 



Vitian'ii Vapour; Mr. J. Lon^t Lc«d^ 
Btone, best Mr. Gavel's Juggler; 
Colonel Newport's Nonpareil, beat 
Mr. Cripps's CapeUa; Mr. Cripps's 
Gapsicum, beat Mr. Capel's Joanna; 
Mr. J. Long^B Lanoer, beat Mr. 
Cripps's Consul; Mr. Briscall'sBe* 
linos, b«at Mr. £. Gripns's Everlast- 
ing; Mr. C. Long^s Lesoia, beat Mr. 
Pettatt's Prattle; Sir H. Vivian's 
Vite, agst Mr. Pettatt's Puzzle — un^* 
dedded ; Mr. Pettatt's Pleasure, beat 
Mr. Cripps's Capra ; Sir H. Vivian's 
Vulcan, beat Mr. Bigsrs's Berghem, 
late hitd Rivers's Rubens; Mr. C. 
Lang's Leopold, beat Mr. J. Long's 
Locust; Mr. £. Cripps's Eagle, beat 
ifir. C Long^s Lenox; Mr. Good- 
lake's Glum, beat Sir H. Vivian's 
Valiant; IMbr. Goodlske's Gawrey, 
beat ^fr. £. Grippe's Elegant 


Glowworm and Blast ran two well- 
oontested, but undecided, courses; 
wben the owners M;reed to toss up 
for the Cup and Goblet Mr. Biggs 
Won the toss. 

(Remarks by a Correspondent,) 

Glowworm and Blast were so nearly 
e^ual in speed, that both courses were 
given ludedded. The first was short, 
and the last a very long severe one, so 
much 80, that it would have been 
cruel to have run them a third time. 
It was proposed, by the umpires and 
stewards, to Mr. Bign and Mr. Good- 
lake, to toss up for the cup, when the 
latter gentleman, with the greatest 
condescension, said he would agree 
to whatever arrangement they thought 
proper. Glowworm certainly ran the 
courses from the b^;inning to the end 
in a very superior honest style, although 
he was a year older than Blast: they 
were botn got by Mr. Pettatt's cele- 
brated staSlion dog, Platoff. We 
now must look upon Mr. Goodlake as 
having the best kennel of greyhounds 
in England, having been challenged 
by the Wiltshire confederate puty 
three times, and beat them twice out 
of the three, which now proves the 
oU saving, that the Berksnire mrey- 
bomndls are superior to the Wiltsnire. 
It was likewise so thirty years ago, in 
ihe day of the eelenrated courser 
CaptaiaHattf whose breed of grey- 

hounds was far superior to all the 
neyhonnds brought to Ashdown Paric 
from almost every oounty in the 
united kingdom. The renowned 
Snowball was out of PhilEs, a Berk- 
shire bitch. 

It^pears very singular that sport- 
ing men should purchase draft grey-i 
hounds, from a certain Lord's kennel, 
with an idea that they are to win at 
Ashdown Park, against some of the 
best^bred greylumnds in Europe: 
their eyes must now be opened, as not 
one of the drafts won a course. 

Great credit is due to Mr. Wmn^m 
a young eouner, for his meuod «f 
training, feeding and the fine oondi* 
tk>n he tarings his dogs into the field, 
which has been the cause of his win- 
ning so many cups, sweepstakes, &e» 


nuMvaiEs, MoiTDAr, FEB. 9, 1824. 

First Ties for the C^.— -Mr. G. 
Young's bL wh. d. Valiant, beat Mr. 
Bcott Elliot's brin. wh. b. Sylph; 
Mr. Len/s hi. d. Vich Ian Vohr, 
beat Mr. Crichton's yel. wh. 4. 
Souther: Sir J. H. Maxwell's brin. 
b. Swallow, beat Mr. D. Murray's 
dun d. Scud ; Mr. Beattie's brin. d. 
Bronti, beat Lord Queensberry's bL 
b. Phantom; Mr. Curil's bik. b. 
Swallow, beat Mr. James Menteath's 
yd. wh. d. Spring; Mr. Riddidl's 
blk. wh. d. Stafibld, beat Mr. Ba« 
bington's br. b. Bess; Captain Gra- 
ham's brin. d. Grimaldi, beat Shr 
William Jardine's r. wh. b. Swallow ; 
Mr. Staig's bl. wh. d. Blue Bonnet, 
beat Mr. R. Taylor's r. b. Fly, 

Match for 90 sovs. each, p, p.^-M.T» 
D. Murray's blk. b. Spell, named bv 
Mr. Windham, beat Mr. Crichton s 
yel. wh. b. Flora Mac Ivor, named 
oy Lord Queensberry. 


Second Ties fir the Cup, — Mn Le«i 
ny's bl. d. Vich Ian Vonr, beat Mr. 
G. Young^s bl. wh. d. Valiant ; Sir 
J. H. Maxwell's brin. b. Swallow, 
beat Mr. Beattie's brin. d. Bronti; 
Mr. RiddaU's blk. wh. d. Sta(R>M, 
beat Mr. Curil's Uk. b. SwaUow; 
Capt (jrraham's brin. d. Grimaldi, 
beat Mr. Staig's bl. w. d. Blue BonlMt. 




Third Ties fir the Ctm.— Mr. Le» 

'% bl. d. Vich Ian Vohr, beat Sir 
Jl H. Maxwell's brin. b. Swallow ; 
Mr. Riddairsbl. wb. d. Stafibld, beat 
Capt. Gnbam's brin. d. Grimaldi. 

bedding Course* — Vich Ian Vohr 
beat Staffed, and won tbe Cup. 

For. the Members Stakes, — First 
TVef.— Mr. Beattie's din. d. Buff, 
bcAt Sir W. Jardine's bl. b. Nimble ; 
Mr. D. Murray's bik. b. Spells beat 
Mr. Crichton'sbrin. wh. b. swallow ; 
Mr. James Menteath's yeL wh. d. 
Springy beat Mr. G. Young's bl. wh. 
d. Vfuiant; Sir John Heron Max- 
well's yel. b. Countess^ beat Lord 
Queensberry's din. d. Fox. 

Second Ttef.— Mr. D. Murray's 
blk. b. Spell, beat Mr. Beattie's din. ' 
d. Buff; Sir J. H. Maxwell's yeL b. 
Countess^ beat Mr. James Menteath's 
yd. wh. d. Spring. 

Deciding Ckmrse^^—SpeUheBi Coun- 
tessj and won the StaJces, 


For the Open Stakes — First Ties. 
—Mr. H. Fergusson's blk. wh. d. 
Jumper, beat Mr. Staig's br. b. Bess ; 
Lieutenant-Col. B. M'Murdo's blk. 
d. Trailflat, beat Capt. Graham's blk. 
d. Glory; Lieutenant-Colonel C. 
Maxwell's brin. d. Star, beat Mr. 
Hunter's blk. b. Janet ; Mr. Crich- 
ton's brin. wh. b. Swallow, beat Lord 
Queensberry's din. d. Fox ; Mr. Le- 
ny's brin. b. Guess, beat Mr. D. 
Young's blk. d. Dart; Sir J. H. 
Maxwell's blk. d. Marshall, beat Mr. 
James Menteath's yel. wh. b. Nell ; 
Mr. Beattie's bl. b. Bluebell, beat 
Sir W. Jardine's blk. wh. d. Royal ; 
Mr. Alex. Carruthers's r. d. Crust, 
beat Sir John Gordon's brin. d. 

Second Ties. — Lieutenant-Colonel 
B. M'Murdo's blk. d. Trailflat, beat 
Mr. H. Fergusson's blk. wh. d. 
Jumper ; Mr. Crichton's brin. wh. b. 
Swallow, beat Lieutenant-Colonel C. 
Maxwell's brin. d. Star; Sir J. H. 
Maxwell's blk. d. Marshal, beat Mr. 
Leny's brin. b. Guess ; Mr. Beattie's 
bl. b. Bluebell, beat Mr. Alexander 
Carruthers's r. d. Crust. 

Third Ties. — Mr. Crichton's brin. 
wh. b. Swallow, beat Lieutenant-Co- 
lonel B. M'Murdo's blk. d. Trailflat; 

8h: J. H. MaxweU's blk. d. Mar^att, 
beat Mr. Beattie's bl. b. Bluebell. 

Deciding^ Course, — Marshall beat 
Swallow, and. won the Stakes, 

Several matches were run upon the 
last day of the meeting, and the runs 
throughout were extremely good. 
The Club dined together on Monday^ 
eighteen in numb^, besides several 
strangers, when Members' Stakes 
•were formed to be run for at the Au- 
tumn Meeting in November next; 
and several matches will also be de- 
cided at the said meeting in autumn. 

John Newall, Esq. and Fratieis 
Hunter, £sq. of Baijarg, were ad- 
mitted as new Members. 

The Stewards appointed for next 
season are — ^Alexaneter Murray, ^aa. 
of Broughton, Presses ; G. Scott El- 
liott, Esq. of Lariston, V. P. ; and 
John Riddall, Esq. of Kinhervy, 





First Chevely Field — For the CVw- 
iles. — Mr. Wilkinson's Cogniac, beat 
Vf r. Redhead's Lapwing ; Lord Hunt- 
ly's Viscount, beat Mr. De Burgh's 
Quome ; Lord Rivers's Ronald, beat 
Mr. Scott's Ino; Admiral Wilson's 
Uxbridge, beat Lord Dunwich'a 


Chippenham Field — For the Cou^ 
pies. — Lord Huntly's Viscount, beat 
Mr. Wilkinson's Cogniac; Lord Ri- 
vers's Ronald, beat Admiral Wilson's 


Bottisham Field — For the Couples. 
— Lord Huntly's Viscount, beat Lord 
Rivers's Ronald, and won the Couples. 

This meeting took place too late in 
the month to permit us to give the 
matches, of which 69 were run. 



For the Cup— First Class.-^Mr, 
Lumley's dun a. Catton, beat General 
Bosville's bl. b. Bluebell; Mr. Low- ^ 
ther's blk. d. Pan, beat Sir J. John^ 
stone's brin. d. Rufus; Mr. LmnleVs 
dun d. Doctor, beat General Bosvflk's 
r. d. Hesel; Mr. Lumley's blk. d. 
Clermont, beat Sir J. Johnstone's 



V. d. (pup) Ebor; Mr. Lowther't 
U. d. p. Paris, beat Mr. Vanaittart's 
U. b. Violet; Mr. Best's red d. 
fkretmet, beat Migor Bower's blk. d. 
Blackcock; Mr. Best's blk. and w. b. 
T^, beat Mr. Fox's blk. and w. b. 
p. Tbetis ; Mmor Bower's blk. d. Bal- 
loak, beat A£r. Vansittart's bL b. 

Sweepgtakes of Jive sovs. to be run in 
Clones on Tuesday and Thursday, 
B.F.'-^First Class.-^MT. Lowther's 
blk. d. p. PHot^ beat Mr. Vansittart's 
bl. b. p. Namesake ; Mr. Fox's bl. d. 
p. Toaster^ beat Mr. Lumley's bl. d. p. 

Sweepstakes of, five sovs. each, to be 
run in Classes on Tuesdc^ and Thurs- 
day, B. F.-^-First Class.-— Mr. Best's 
bL d. p. Guy, beat Mr. Lowther's blk. 
d. p. Fluto ; Mr. Lumley's dun d. p. 
Corsair, beat Mr. Vansittart's bl. b. p. 


Twelve matches were run this day. 


For the Cup — Second Class. — Catton 
beat Tulip--Ba]loak beat Pan— Doc- 
toor beat Paris-^^treamer beat Cler- 

Sweepstakes of five sovs. each, to be 
run in Classes on Tuesday and Thurs' 
day, B. F. — Second Class. — Toaster 
beat Pilot, and won the Sweepstakes. 

Sweepstakes of Jive sovs. each,—Se'. 
eond Clou. — ^hiy beat Corsair, and 
won the Sweepstakes. 

Sweepstakes of Jive sovs. each, to be 
run ffi Classes on Thursday and Fri* 
day, B. F. — First Class. — Sir J. John- 
stone's brin. d. Rufus, beat Mr. Lum- 
ley's dun b. Ceres ; Mr. Best's blk. 
and w. d. Tartar, beat Mr. Fox's blk. 
and w. p. Thetis. 

Friday. — Mr. Best's r. d. Streamer 
w<m the Cup. 



There was a strong muster at this 
Meetings and some excellent runs 
took place. The Silver Cup was won 
at wree runs br Mr. Hammond's 
Brush ; and the Cover was adjudged 
to Migor Andrews's Fly. The Pftrk 
Bowl was won by Mr. Forrester's 
Tulip, at two runs. 

Vol. XIU. N. 5.— No. 7T. 

Matches for 10 sws* eaeh.'^Mt, 
Owen's Blossom, beat Mr, Webb's 
Sline; Major Howard's Juno, beat 
Mr. Roden's gr. b. ; Mr. Roberts's 
Anno, beat Mr. Lawrence's w. d. 

There were several other matches 
for minor runs, which completed 4 
fine day's sport. 

A Coursing Meetings which had 
excited very considerable interest, 
took place recently at Fisherton 
Downs, near Deptford, Wilts, to de- 
termine a match made at the late 
Deptford Coursing Meeting^ between 
Harry Biggs and — GoodliUce, Esqrs. 
for 10 sovs. each, and 20 the mam. 
The company was most respectable 
and very nimierous, the hares stout 
runners, and the dogs in high condi- 
tion — ^Mr. Biggs's rather the fa- 
vourites. Mr. Biggs's Blast, beat Mr. 
Goodlake's Gawrey ; Mr. Goodlake's 
Gondola, beat Mr. Biggs's Brazil; 
Mr. Bi^'s Burki^h, and Mr. Good- 
lake's ulrl — undecided; Mr. Good- 
lake's Glowworm, beat Mr. Biffss's 
Bertram; Mr. Goodlake's Gmden 
Locks, beat Mr. Biggs's Bolivar; 
Mr. Bimi's Burleigh, beat Mr. Good- 
lake's Girl. — Some difference of opi- 
nion arose from Brazil having made 
a momentary stop in one part of the 
course, owing, as it was generally be- 
lieved, to her having lost sight of the 
hare at the turn of the mil. The 
umpires were not satisfied of this 
circumstance, and of course decided 
against her. She was decidedly su- 
perior to Gondola, and, but for this 
accident, Mr. Biggs would have won 
the main. 

A hare was lately found at, Hor- 
say, near Eastbourne, Sussex, when 
two dogs belonging to Davies Gil-« 
bert, &i. and a lamous bitch the 
property of Mr. Jones, were taken to 
the spot. Good law being allowed, 
the hare was started. The ground 
ran over was heavy, and computed to 
be at least three miles, ana during 
the course puss and her staunch pur- 
suers might have been frequently co- 
vered wiUi a sheet. Just, however^ 
as the hare was entering the planta- 
tions of Inigo Thomas, Esb. the 
greyhounds still laying hard at nef , a 

P p 


fourth dog Qnfortonaldy nm in and 
kilkdher. SoMTere was this cocme, 
that ^. Jones's celebrated bitch fell 
dead at its conclusion^ and it was for 
some time doubtful whether Mr. Gil- 
bert's younger dog would not have 
experienced a similar fate. The hare 
U to be preserved and stuffed. 


. A main of cocks^ between the 
gentlemen of Kent and Cambridge^ 
was fought at Canterburr^ Tuesday^ 
February 10^ and two following day s^ 
and decided in fayour of Kent^ as 
follows • — 


K. B. X. a. 

n«t D?y 3 4 1 

Beeond Day ... 6 2 2 

Thiid Dsy ... 8 1 6 

If » 

6 1 

One bye battle was drawn on the 
first day. 

For Kent — Chapman^ feeder; R. 
Flemings setter. — For Cambridge- 
shke— Hall^ feeder; Porter^ setter. 


On Monday, a wager of one hun- 
dred soyereigns was decided in the 
neighbourhood of this dty, which 
■hewed the oomparatiye swiftness of 
a man to a horse. One gentleman 
undertook to run seventy yards before 
the other could gallop a hundred on 
the best hunter that could be got. 
The grotmd was railed off. A gen- 
tleman at the end of the course save 
the signal, the parties started, and the 
^ntleman beat the horse by about 
Sye yards.— OZurgt)!!; Journal. — [^Sin- 
gular as this may appear, it is easily 
accounted for, by the motion of a 
biped being so much sooner called 
into swift action than that of a 
quadruped.— Ed.;] 


The suliject of the game laws is 
again before Parliament. On the 17th 
February, Mr. 8. Wortley obtained 
leave to bring into the CSimmons a 
Aill, the principle of which went to 
bring game as near to property as the 
nature of it would aUow; to place the 
law respecting qualifications as nearly 

on the footing of tlulfc of 
Scotland; to permit any man to Uhe 
game upon his own land; to givo pnn 
prietors poeaessed citt certain qntntity 
of kndthe right to appoint aamaliy 
gamekeepers to kill game as ihe^ 
pleased; and to modify wtf law aplnat 
poachers. Game would by this law 
be a species of property predaely si- 
milar to that of fresh-water fish. — Sir 
John Shelley said, such a law wotdd 
destroy the neld sporta of the coiiAtry, 
and particularly fox-hunting. — 1^ 
Bill has been brought in. 


The first match of the season took 

flace die 2d February, on Bagshot 
leath, between eleven picked men 
from the Ashton, against eleven from 
the Midgham Club, at fifteen birds 
each, twenty-one yards from the trap* 


Mr. Pearson...... 13 

Mr. Jones 13 

Mr. Armitage... 12 

Mr. Rogers 11 

Mr. Sterens 10 

Mr. Norrit 10 

Mr. Wells 9 

Mr. Kemp .»... 9 

Mr. Fielder 8 

Mr.Oiblett 8 

Mr. Marsden ... 8 



Captain Hornby 14 

Mr. Welsh 12 

Mr.Colboume..« 12 
Mr. Codirane ... 12 
Mr. Theobald ... 11 

Mr. Wood 10 

Mr. Fenwick ... 9 
Mr. R. Rogers... 8 
Mr. Stevenson ... 8 
Mr.Caldecot ... 8 
Mr. Frost 7 


After the tie it waa i^preed that the 
match should be decided at three 
birds each. The Ashton men killed 
twenty-nine, and won the match, by 
those of Midg^m killing twenty.4e- 
yen only. 


A match is again made between 
JohnHalton, the Yorkshire champion, 
and John Ashton, the well-known 
Lancashire pedestrian, to run twice 
round Knutsford Course on the 17th 
of March next, for lOOl. between the 
hours of twelve and two o'dock. 

A young York8hiremsn,named Bul- 
lodc, appeared at Stamford this month, 
and tasKed himself to walk forty roaHei 
in' eight hours and half (including 
time for refreshment), from the Hone 
Shoe Inn, in Red Lion-square, to 
N«watcd ToU^bar (on thelJffingtoa 
road), and back. Aa thefeat waa be* 



gfeat crowds attended him. Hit 
pftoe was odnfihed to wuMitg; but 
atiH lie performed ^e first ifix miles 
in 55 minutes^ andthewboUdiitatiee 
WIS completed with great ease one 
iMmr witbin time. 

Lawoan and Spkimto.— -Langan^ 
benefit on Thursday, February 19> 
at the Royal Tennis Courts wind« 
millHBtreet, was well attended; and 
the sparring between B. Aaron and 
Redbum, Belcher and Ben Bum, 
Harmer and Cy Davisy eQcited thut^- 
ders of applause. Stockman and Ma- 
son ascended the stage, but the indig- 
nation of the amateurs against the 
tomer was so great, that he was not 
permitted to spar more than a few 
minutes, amidst a tumultuous roar of 
disapprobation, cries Of ^^ Off, off," 
&c, when T. Belcher, after apolo- 
gpsiUff- for Stockman's appearaUce, de- 
sirednim to quit the stage. Stoclanan 
observed, ** If they had all been in 
iStke ROisBtRY, no fiiult would have 
been fouhd with him V* The prind- 
nal novelty of the darrwas the set-to 
Mtween Lisngan and Belcher. Lan- 
nn was welcomed with the most oh 
tiniudastic applause; and after stating 
that he was sorry he could not exert 
lomself so much as he wished, in con- 
Sequence of an injury received in his 
foot^ he put on the gloves, and con- 
vinced the amateurs he was no con- 
temptible boxer. The excellence of 
Belcher is well known, and Langan 
received several of Tom's sdennfic 
f^t and left facers: however, Pat 
suide his right hand tell once or 
twice, and, after a short spar, came 
forwttrd and addressed the spectators. 
** Gentlemen," said he, '' for the ho- 
nour you have this day done me, I 
return you my warmest thanks ; and 
should I again appear in the ring, 
I pledge my honour, as an Irishman, 
to exert my efforts to make it a more 
nleasant and agreeable niill than the 
last one in wnidi I was engaged." 
And soon after he gjive the following 
diaDei^ :— ''^ For my part, I have 

no animosity iwainstany man breath- 
mg ; but I will fight any man who 
culs himself Champion of England, 
on a sta^ like this, for SOO or 1000 
guineas. ' f Bravo ! 'well done, Lan^ 
|wi/J The appearance of the Irish 
Chaon^on is much in his favour, and 
he was warmly applauded. There 
was a strons muster of Corinthians. 

The following letter has been in- 
serted in the public papers : — 

Sir — ^Your paper, and others of 
the piiblic journals, have of late 
teemed with idle correspondence on 
dife subiect of my fight with Lan- 
gan. Of Langan I have nothing to 
sav, b^it that I consider him a brave 
fellow in the ring, and a good fellow 
out of it; but in order to put an end^ 
to all further chaffing, and to bring'' 
our matters to a clear imderstanding, 
I have only this to observe : Langan 
at his own benefit publicly stated, 
that " he was ready to fight any 
man who called himself Champion 
of England, on a stage, for fi-om 
SOOl. to lOOOl." Now I have been, 
pronounced the character he de- 
scribes, and I am ready to fight 
Langan, or any other man^ for 5001. 
in a roped ring on the turf, or' for 
lOOOl. m any way that himself or his 
friends may thinx proper to suggest 
—on an iron pavement if they choose. 
This is my final answer to all chauntsj 
and I i^ail be at the Fives' Court to-, 
morrow, at Turner's benefit, and 
come to the scratch if called. — I am. 
Sir, your's, most respectfully, 

Thomas W. Spring. 
Feb. 34, 1824. 

Marten and Defoe fight on the 16th 
March : S51. a side are deposited. 

Hares and Richard Curtis fight on 
Tuesday, 13th April : 10 1. a side is 

A third battle, between Josh Hud- 
son and Sampson, for lOOl. a side, is 
to take l^ftce on the 90th of April. 
. Ned Turner is matched to fight 

A most severely-contested and sal- 
lant fight took place at Mouisey 
Hurst on the 11th February, between 
Maurite Deloff .and Baldwin aM|s^ 



WhUe^heodid B^. Josh Hudson and 
^e Streaiham Youth seconded Belay, 
and Bob was attended by Richmond 
and Paddington Jones. The battle