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hear he had the ill luck to lose very deep, with fences very blind,
more than half a dozen most capital good sportsman and hounds who try; the remainder hard rider, also a most entertain- keep at the huntsman's heels, ing person at the covert side. following down the rides in file. Mr. Lukin appears very often; 16th.-Met the Hambledon at and it always made me enjoy a Hare House, near Titchfield, a run the more when I saw him tolerable large field, though congoing along, standing up in his sidered a bad fixture. Went to stirrups, and screeching with de- the small covert near St. Marlight, which is his custom when garet's, and in about ten minutes hounds are running hard. a fox was halloo'd away over
The following are some ex- the Common towards Hook. It tracts from a journal written after was a very pretty find, and they each day's sport; and though notran him at a good pace over the containing many very good runs, heath to the farm-house, near a as some of the best were from the gully, where they checked ; hit Horndean side of the country, him again into the Park, through yet perhaps they may be accept- the small plantations, across the able.
lawn close to the house, then, Nov. 12th.—Met the Hamble- after a check, across the inclosures don at West-End, about three towards Titchfield, but turned miles from Southampton, a large short to the left, and we finally field out. Found instanter in lost him from getting among the Allington ; he went out at the fallows, where the scent lower end, crossed the road into wretched. the large covert, through it into Found a second fox in Botley the meadows, right down to the Woods, but could not do anywater, thence to the right, point- thing, there not being an atom ing as if for Stoke Park, but of scent out of eovert. The Hon. turned short towards Durley, Mr. Pery, of the 7th, got a bad crossed the brook, then making a fall into a lane, his horse rolling ring, was killed in a field close to over him, with our second fox. the brook, where he had crossed Nov. 23d.-Met the Hamble. fifty-two minutes, over a country don at Holywell House ; found
in the wood close by, and, after a check, and over the most long time, and his being headed strongly-fenced country in Hamptwo or three times, he got away shire, and proverbial for dirt and by the back of the house; then to good scent. Of course, as is usual the left through the Forest part in very quick things, very few of the Chase towards Wickham, men were with the hounds; and and taking a ring in the open at Durley, when they crossed the Chase, brought us back to where bottom, owing to it being only we found, and right down to the practicable at one or two places, brook, but did not cross, luckily they got away from every one, and for the field, for it was quite im- it was not till they checked on practicable except at à ford; Stroud Common, that Messrs. went back through the wood a Stretton, Delme, King, and one second time, and killed him in a or two others, could get up. lane about a mile on the other Thence to Rough-haye was not side :-one hour and fifteen mi- so fast; and at the latter place, nutes.
where they were delayed in Found a second fox at Close covert
time, the field Wood, who went away at once by came up. It was during the Chidfield, and crossing the high first part of this run that Square road, seemed to point for Durley, rode so admirably, as mentioned but turned back towards Holy- in the beginning of this letter. I well and Close Wood, where they was surprised to see horses so finally killed him also : a good fresh at the end of this run, after hunting day, and very trying to coming over such a severe coun- . hounds, being very indifferent try ; but the fact is, that inclosed scent except under the trees, countries do not take so much out where they ran a very fair pace: of horses as open ones with fences on the whole a tolerable good which you fly; and certain it is day's sport, not much fencing, that banks, ditches, and fences but a few queer places. Mr. are crossed with less distress to a Burford, of the 7th, got a nasty horse than any other description. fall in a boggy ditch.
The very act of pulling him up Nov. 30th. Met the Hamble- for these fences, which you must don at Botley Gate; drew one do, and perhaps being obliged to covert blank, and then tried Bot- wait a moment for some one to ley Grange, and found a capital get over--(for I generally observe fox, who, after one ring in covert, there are not more than one or went away in the direction of two who go at fresh places)-give Fair Oak, where he tried the him time to catch his wind. I earths, but finding them stopped, am quite sure that forty minutes, went straight for Durley, cross- at the pace we went this day, over ing the brook, through Stroud Northamptonshire, would have Wood, and over the Common, up made the nags look very different. to Rough-haye, where we changed Dec. 3d.-Met the Hambledon foxes unfortunately; and, after at Wintershell Common-a very taking our fresh fox to Black- windy and stormy day. Found down and back, we were obliged two foxes, but could not run to give him up, raining hard, them, such a wretched scent, with a thick fog—from Botley An unlucky circumstance occurto Stroud Common there was not red this day. Mr. King, jun, was crossing a meadow where there breaking. Found a second fox was a narrow rivulet, or brook; at Ashurst ; ran him to ground and though the horse could have in ten minutes. almost stepped across, yet he
Found again in a low swampy made a spring over; the ground plantation, and had a capital on the other side giving way, he burst over the Forest for twentyfell on his chest against a small five minutes, but in a circle, and stake, about as thick as your finally ran him into the plantation finger, which entered his head near Pond-head, and lost him. and killed him on the spot-a The Forest hunting is certainly very favorite hunter.
very pretty, and you see hounds Talking of accidents, I remem- work in perfection ; though to a ber one day last season being out stranger it is nervous work, galwith Sir H. Mainwaring's hounds lopping over the ruts, and the in Cheshire, when two splendid idea of bogs always present to hunters met with accidents . One your imagination.
Horses are was a magnificent horse, belong- also very apt to lame themselves. ing to Lord Molyneux, who Mr. Timson is reckoned one of during the first run rode him at their best performers, and is cera brook, with a fence on the far- tainly very quick in getting to ther side on a bank. The horse hounds. I believe he knows fell back, and a thick stake en- every track in the Forest. tered his sheath, coming out 9th.-Met the Hambledon at close under his tail. There ap- Burleybury Down; found immepeared about two inches of it diately, and had a burst of twenty behind, and nearly a foot and a minutes, very fast, across the half under his belly; strange to Warren,lowards Beaworth, where say, it had not touched any vital they checked, thence to the right, part, and I believe the horse re- and back to Exton Woods, where covered. The other horse was a they killed-one hour and a very fine young one, which a quarter. For thirty-five minutes farmer had out for sale. We the pace was capital, and the first were standing close to a bit of twenty minutes was as fast as I gorse the hounds were drawing, ever remember-all overthe open, and Sir Harry was asking the with firm ground : had it been price of the horse (which was deep no horse could have lived 1601.), and saying he should like with them. to have him, when we found, and Dec. 17th.-Met the Hamblewent away. The horse had not don at Corhampton. Found in gone a hundred yards over the Mr. Windham's covert, went field, which was ridge and fur- away directly at a famous good row, with slight drains for carry- pace for twenty-five minutes toing off the water, when he left his wards Preshaw,and thence to Lord hind-legs behind him in one of Northesk's, where they checked, these and fell, having broke his which enabled those who had a back, dying on the spot.
bad start to get up. Thence on Dee. 8th.-Met the New Forest across the Warren to the Punch at Pond-head. Found a fox in Bowl, where another check the inclosure, and killed him took place, and a good deal of in twenty-five minutes without time was lost; owing to a bad gave us such
cast, however, he waited in some jumped the fence into a wheat plantations, being nearly beat. field, while the body of the field They got on him again, and kept the lane on account of the thought he was dying, when he Master of the Hounds making a again gallantly and desperately fuss about riding over wheat: broke, and went back over part of the consequence was, that, with theWarren to a small covert, where the exception of the above four, they killed. Had it not been for not a soul saw a hound for forty the unlucky cast, we should have minutes, as they went at their forced him forward, and most best pace straight through Durlikely killed him in the open, for ley, Stroud, on to Babridge, and there was no covert within miles. thence to Marwell, where they
On Wednesday these hounds lost him, fortunately, for he was had a capital run, with a kill; and a most gallant fox, and is no on Friday killed a brace of foxes. doubt the same that - The H. H. also have had
good run from the same place capital sport within this fort- before, and the hounds have had night.
plenty of blood, having killed a Dec. 241h.—Met the Forest at fox every day for the last nine Veimy Ridge. Found instanter, days. At Stroud Wood the field and, without hanging a single who had ridden the road got instant, went away across
There was some very severe Forest at their very best pace fencing for those who came the straight for Manor House, where line, being over the stiffest part of they checked—about twenty-five Hampshire. minutes up to the check. Lord Jan. 14th.-Met the HambleLisle, Timson, and one or two don at Fair Oak House. Drew others were well with them. Mr. the coverts there blank; went to Windham was beat by the pace, a plantation near Durley, and having a good start. The rest of found instanter, and went away the field, who had not been quite straight, without a check, to Botso quick in getting away,could ne- ley Grange, where he went to ver catch them till at the check. ground. This burst was twentyWe hunted him on to the Park, eight minutes, over a very severe but somehow or other he beat us. country. The youngest Mr. Mr. Windham, however, pursued Delme and another were first, after him, and after an hour and but I believe no one could be a quarter got on him again— said to be fairly with the hounds. ground very deep in some parts, Mr. G. Butler got a bad fall and and two or three half-bogs to lost his nag. Mr. Taylor had scramble through.
two falls, and Mr. Beresford one, 28th. - Met the Hambledon besides two or three being bogged at Botley Gate. Found in the in one of the bottoms. covert to the left, took one ring, Found a second fox near Aland then went away at the farther lington, who took us towards end; crossed the lane, and through Botley, then inclining to the left the small covert straight for Dur- took a ring, and crossed the West ley. After crossing the Botley End road, over the new inclosure and Winchester road, Square and up to the Telegraph above BitMr. Delnie, jun., and two others, tern, thence down into the valley,
through Mr. Story's plantations, the Mr. Moody's was on his head and back to his former point above three times. The three Messrs. Bittern, through the valley again, Delme all had falls, and both the and plantations, to the top of Messrs. King. Square, the whip, Lord Ashtown's hill, where they got his horse nearly buried in killed him. The first part of the ditch :-a very severe day for run was good, but over a most horses, our second fox being distressing country, very deep, nearly two hours a-foot : the and immense banks and ditches; first part of the run good, the the consequence was that almost latter bad, owing to frequent every man who came the line had turns, and too many halloos. a tall. I reckoned seventeen men Adieu, dear ONE FUS. I am down at different times, besides on my way to see what they are many farmers, &c. whose names doing in the North. I did not know; and horses were Yours, truly, MILES, loose in all directions. One of April 8, 1833.
SPORT WITH THE DUKE OF BUCCLEUCH'S HOUNDS,
SIR, AFTER a sojourn of several rounded by a grass field, always
months in my native southern desirable as a place of meeting county, I have been induced from both for horses and hounds, several circumstances to return Shortly after half-past ten the to this northern metropolis--a fair hounds were thrown into a deep city certainly, although perhaps glen with some wood and a great its inhabitants assume too much deal of brush-wood: a fox was soon in the appellation of Modern found, and run with no sport into Athens. My two trusty horses a crevice of a rock forming one being all right, I have ordered side of the glen. England is acone of them occasionally to the knowledged a changeableclimate, covert side, and I shall endeavour but Scotland appears to be much to give some account of part of more so. When I mounted my the sport we have had since the black at nine, the weather was frost with the Duke of Buc- mild, and not unpromising as cleuch's hounds. They hunt an a hunting morning : before I extended country, which is divided reached Roseberry, which stands into districts, and hunted periodi- high, snow was falling heavily, cally from different kennels: the with every appearance of an aphounds are now at Dalkeith ken- proaching storm. Before our fox nel, and are hunting the country was many minutes in safety, from in this immediate neighbourhood, the power of the Duke's staunch the most distant covert being hounds, the snow was melting, about fourteen miles from my and the sky such that Somervile three six-foot stalls.
would not have disapproved of On Friday last Roseberry was our drawing again, which we did, the fixture, the property of the and soon found near Arniston. Earl of Roseberry, a house which This fox was killed with little had evidently been larger, sur- sport, and, melancholy to tell, reVol. VII. - SECOND SERIES.-No. 37.