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found myself in a Gentleman's tailor. Into this place of refuge park, where a number of men and rest I entered, and as soon as were at work repairing drains, ever the saddle was off down lay and in the far end of which were
my mare. the gallant runaways and the Thrown thus through mutual chosen few. Puggy had deserv- misfortune into one another’scomedly made his point good. The pany, being men moreover about whole of this park was sub- the same age and of similar purdrained, the cuts connecting with suits, it was not much wonder one another, and to get him out that a day's intimacy did the work was impracticable. For my part of many, and it led to a long and I was glad of it, for a more unbroken friendship until his gallant or gamer fox never stood death, poor fellow ! a few years a day before hounds. This was
back. He was a Lincolnshire Malvern Park, near the town of Squire, who had been staying at Solihull in Warwickshire ; so, if Malvern for the health of one of a man will look at the map, the his children, and I subsequently distance from Kidderminster to spent many happy days with him Solihull, over the Lickey, will at his residence in the moist give him some idea of this noble county. The hounds, with Mr. day's play.
Newnham and his party, got to No man that I ever saw in any Bromsgrove about dusk : here country rode with greater nerve, they left the hounds, horses, &c., truth, and decision than did Mr. and taking chaises, reached HenEdmund Probyn, who all in all wick at night. did certainly play first fiddle; and It is a very singular thing that he was as well carried by Judg- in all this run this gallant fox ment, a low, lean, strong-boned should have never been seen but light-bay horse, but with extraor- momentarily, and that in the dinary muscle; barely behind was covert immediately after being Mr. Newnham, Col. Raikes, Green, found, when (as I have before and another or two, at least as mentioned) he was tally'd by Col. well as memory serves me. Raikes. It was the opinion that
As it became imperative for me he was a Warwickshire fox, who to stable as soon as possible, I had been rambling in the breeding inquired my way to Solihull, but season ; but I do not think it, as turned wrong, and coming to a he passed more than one strong bettermost and very neat looking covert, which it was natural to road-side public house, entered suppose he would have at least the yard. I called in vain, but tried: but perhaps he was too hot, there was a great stir in the barn, and had made up his mind, and and there I found him of the “pondered refuge" in the cool white horse, attended by all the and inaccessible drains of Malvern household administering to his Park. Be that as it may, I for nag, who was prostrate, and nearly one shall never forget him, for I smothered in straw. That he was never was so regularly gruelled ; a man of despatch was evident, which being the case, it is high for he had already mounted a pair time to “ cut my stick,” and haul of the landlord's breeches, and out of the line.-Yours, &c. sent his own of course to the
BY THE HERMIT IN LONDON.
Tue Stag from the forest has broken away;
MELTON MOWBRAY-THE FINISH !
SIR, BEFORE getting into the what we have done in Leicester
vortex of London life, and shire since I last wrote to you. having my nerves unstrung at Political excitement has had a Crockford's, either by taking too most kindly influence on the large draughts of 'sillery, or Sporting World ; and the tradesgiving less palatable ones on the men of Melton may now be conDuchess's far-famed house in the sidered competent judges of the Strand, I am in duty bound to blessed effects of the Reform Bill. consume a little midnight oil in Not only has the number of visisending you a continuation of tors been diminished, but nothing else is now talked of, in addition the “ Invisibles;" and nothing to the alluring topics of a “cheap used to delight him more, than if Government,” a “cheap King,
cheap King," he had been thrown out in the and a “cheap Church,” but a first run, near the end of the day “cheap Stud !!"
to find a fresh fox, and, when the Horses have certainly decreased rest of the field were riding considerably in value, and few beaten horses, to sail away alongindeed have been actually sold at side his hounds, and leave the large prices, however highly some rest of the field to their fate. ot' them may have been estimated Then with what zest over the by their masters.
mahogany of the "Old Club" did Provisions also, both for man the "gallant Valentine" dilate on and beast, have followed the every yard of the run, and dwell example, and fallen in price; and on every hound and every hit the high rents which have been which none but himself had the extorted by the citizens of Mel- felicity to witness ; thus filling his ton for stabling have most de- hearers' hearts with disappointservedly caused several of the ment and sorrow,and their mouths regular Sportsmen to build sta- with water instead of the juice of bling for themselves.
the grape! Granting even that there may Maher was an excellent Sportsnot have been any very sensible man ; he understood the business diminution in the number of visi- of hunting perfectly ; had an extors, there has still been a great cellent eye to a country, and want of gaiety and life among the knew every field, and fence, and Meltonians throughout the sea- gap, and lane, in Leicestershire. son, and I regret to say that He was a horseman, too, of the of our old Sportsmen are not very first class, never “ trashing" likely to return to us again. Mr. or knocking his horse about, and Maher has bid Melton a last always bringing him to his fences adieu, after a continual sojourn in a quiet but determined manin Leicestershire during the season ner, and going ever as straight as for nearly twenty years! Well an arrow to his houds. He rode do I recollect him making his every borse, I should also say, in debut in it, with some excellent a snaffe bridle, and was extremely horses, which he had brought powerful in his saddle, more parwith him from his native isle; ticularly in his arms. In the and it may be truly said that no choice of his horses he was not man ever crossed this fine coun- generally so happy; but so exceltry in a more sportsmanlike man- lently did he handle them, that is ner when he was in the days of he was fortunate enough to get his youth. For some years past, away well with hounds, he could however, like the game he pur- keep a good place with a bad sued, he has got old and cunning; nag. He placed more value on and unless he had a good start, jumpers" than "flyers," and and could get cleverly away hence his “ fond hopes" were with his hounds, he never even easier supplied among the low attempted to go on. The prin- than the high-bred horses; and ciple that he acted on was either though he always had an unto be in the front rank or one of bounded supply of omnium, he Vol. VII. Second SERIES.-No. 39.
seldom bought a horse at a large manship. “The Daily Press" figure, though he occasionally was so inundated with the “ roysold one to a select friend. Cer- age” of Count D'Orsay that it is tainly the general appearance of perhaps unworthy of farther nohis stud was seldom, if ever, very tice. I only wish that I was imposing : he had horses of all blessed with the pencil of a sorts, and sizes, and shapes ; and I Hogarth, and I would have sent remember well, that when I hap- you a series of sketches of the pened to be at Melton with the Count's plunge into and exit late George the Fourth, then from the river, and of his streamPrince Regent, who came over ing away full sail with a fine from Belvoir Castle on purpose to breeze before the wind over the have a look at some of the far- green sod; one of his boots being famed studs, His Royal Highness torn to pieces, and his "inexpres. expressed his astonishment, after sibles” lacerated in such a manner casting his quick piercing eye as to expose the limbs of an Adoover Mr. Maher's horses, that nis! Short as his visit was, Le such looking animals could go Bean D'Orsay and the Protoco! the “pace” in Leicestershire! I were justly considered the cannot conclude these cursory ob- trumps” of the season. servations on this distinguished I never
could witness the Sportsman without expressing a Cossack grin of Matuschevitz hope, that at some leisure hour when he came to a fence, that I commit to paper
did not sigh for the talents of a account of his “ Melton Life.” Cruikshank, that I might also By so doing he would confer have sent you a sketch of the on the Sporting World an inesti- physiognomical twitches of this mable favor, by presenting it with Siberian Sportsman to illuminate a most interesting and extraordi- your journal. He has now renary document.
turned amongst the Barbarians Lord Francis Thynne is also on of his native clime, the laudable the list of final departures; and objects of his “special mission" his stud, which is both very nu- having been no doubt fulfilled; merous and very good, is con- but he has left his stud in this demned to the hammer. His country, publishing in all our “resignation,” however, is not to newspapers that “ His Excelbe attributed to advanced age, or a lency” has gone to supplicate the want of pluck; but the on dit is that great “Autocrat of all the Rushorned cattle are at a discount ! sias” for leave to return here next
Seldom has there been a season season-not to manufacture more when the country was so com- Protocols, but to enjoy himself at pletely inundated as during the Melton. last Spring months; and the Time will shew whether or not depth of the fields, whether pas- this be another piece of “ Russian ture or plough, has given ample Diplomacy,” or, to use his own proofs of the value both of condi- more emphatic language, when tion and of blood, and has afforded commenting one morning at the repeated opportunities to the am- covert side to Lord Wilton (if I bitious of shewing their skill in recollect right) on some parts of “ navigation" as well as in horse- my last communication to the
Sporting Magazine, whether or these quadrupeds what the dealers not it turns out to be “ a domna call a “ blood appearance," he tion lie !”
allowed their tails to grow in On the whole the last month this, to my mind, most unbecom(April) has afforded better sporting manner; and, strange to say, than any of the season with Sir and no doubt to his own astonishHenry Goodricke's hounds. The ment, was directly imitated! Baronet having been displeased Some of our bright Meltonians, with some of my former observa. too, in imitation of what they tions on his pack-which, I must must have seen in the Cockney admit, were not all intended to be Hunts round London, have endeacomplimentary-gave a sullen vored to make a change in the look to every one he suspected to costume of the field, by the subbe a contributor to the Sporting stitution of a common coat for the Magazine ; and I was amused to old and sportsmanlike “red rig.” hear him halloo to a suspected It is to be sincerely hoped, howauthor, “ Hold hard !” adding in ever, to use the language of the the same “Almack" tone, " put effeminate Doctor Clark,
« their that in your book, and be d- to labours will prove abortive !"
Wonders will never cease ; and The Cottesmore Hounds have it is a miracle of no little magnion the whole considered this sea- tude that Mr. Neville's first of son an inferior one; and it is first-rate horses, “Old Grey," generally admitted that Lord should be now eclipsed in everyForester has had some of the best thing that is miraculous by his days during the last weeks of it. new horse, the “Grey Knight,"
Though horses, as I have without “the old-'un” having already stated, have suffered a lost one fraction, or even particle, decrease in price, there has been, of his virtues. To behold 'Squire to balance it, in many studs a Neville sailing along a deep field, most unaccountable increase in and taking a line of gates, on this the longitude of their tails—a most extraordinary animal, is inwhim, in my opinion, only calcu- deed a spectacle worth looking lated to vulgarise the ugly, and to at; and the “Grey Knight” is destroy the beauty even of the universally allowed to be the most beautiful in creation : and Premier of Leicestershire. It when you are told the history of was well observed, the other day, this new mode (of which a speci- by an accomplished and excellent men is to be seen in Ferneley's judge, in his enthusiastic admilate pictures, and in the stables of ration of the Knight's figure and most hackney-coachmasters), you performance, “that he reminded will smile, I think, at the ease him in grace and gesture more with which the fashion is set at of Taglioni than of any other Melton. The plain fact is, that living being; and that there was Mr. Maxse, who has been for a poetry in his movements only to some time on the “superannuated be seen at a Divertissement of the Meltonian list," and whose pace Opera !” The Grey Knight, I diminished as his years increased, should add, is a thorough-bred at last got together a stud of horse, by Sir Harry Dimsdale out coach-horses, and, in order to give of Lady Georgina, is full of sym