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now engaged in the service of his from what cause, (whether a want country, fighting those battles of personal enjoyment), it is uncerthat every

humane mind is in- tain, his R. H. hunted but little terested in, and every good heart himlelf; when at length, entering anxiously wishes fuccess to. The into that scene of connubial comentre of his H. upon the TURF, fort, that contracts the rays of was made under the wing of an pleasure to a domestic focus, orders elder brother, to, whose wishes, were immediately given for a dis(more from fraternal affection, posal of hounds, borjes, and reducthan personal gratification) he tion of retinue, that has enabled became obedient, and entered his his R. H. to give a brilliancy to name to a variety of sweepstakes his former establishment, even in and subscriptions, at the de- the moment of its annihilation, cisions of which he was seldom by mott honourably discharging epresent, or more engaged than to very demand upon his purse as a deposit his stakes, the taking up MAN, and his LIBERALITY as a or return of which, was a matter PRINCE. that is well known to (seldom or ever) have given him the least

NO. VII. personal trouble or concern. Seem THE portrait before us, is ing to be but little delighted with certainly one of the oldest and the perpetual sameness of hunt- least fluctuating members of a ing with the stag hounds of his fa- certain club at Newmarket;' he ther, he adopted the more noble has had the most numerous and pursuit of the rox, and purchased successful ftud in training for a pack of hounds, that, had they upwards of thirty years, of any, continued under the same patron- subject in the kingdom; and has age and superintendance, would fulfilled every engagement to an have ranked with the first in the immense annual amount, with a kingdom. His district, though punctuality' unaccused, and large, (extended from Chertley consistency of character the moit and Guildford, in Surrey, to Far- unsullied. And it inust ley Hill, and the banks of the stitute no trifling gratification of Thames, in Berks), was not the personal ambition, that a line of best calculated for the sport; but between forty and fifty of his that no one thing might be wanting horses in training at one time, with to constitute a certainty, thirty-five the uniformity of the CLOATHS, brace of foreign foxes were turned LADS and LIVERIES, has difout in one week, upon every part played one of the richest scenes of the district; the good effects of in SPLENDOR and OPULENCE this which will be evident for years to kingdom has ever been known to such of the neighbouring pack as produce. Report, and those idle hunt fox when they find them, chroniclers--the party-coloured proHis hunters and retinue were like-itituted prints of diurnal produce wise in the highest stile of magni- tion, have, from temporary events, ficence, the FARMERS to the a- and momentary effects, ranked mount of HUNDREDS, were ele- him a considerable loser by his gantly entertained ANNUALLY in erigagements upon

the 'Turf; their different neighbourhoods, and while those, who have more acthe sport continued for two seasons curately analized “ The RACING in a singular state of celebrity; but CALENDAR” for the last twenty

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years, will observe his winnings to readily ascertained ; that having have been no less, upon a standing been compleated, it must suffice to average, than four, five, or fix add, that in the very zenith of thousand per annum;, estimating equestrian competition, when the the emolument as they arole only Turf teemed with a superflux of from the stAKES, without advert- adventurers, he was the MAINing to what in general (the bet- SPRING that gave action to the ting) becomes much more confi- whole : in the lefs fertile and less derable.

glorious meetings of the last few When we contemplate the vi- years, his endeavours have not ciffitudes so frequently arising been less strenuous, and to him from a constant attendance upon alone may be fairly, and justly the Turf; when we take even a attributed the emerging prospect tranfient survey of the variegated of renovation in the sweepstakes, adventures of its numerous vo-Jubscriptions, and matches of the taries ; 'but particularly when we present year, without whole perform the contrast between a life Ional exertions every sporting deof disinterested liberality on one partment, except in the North, a fide, and the most abandoned vil- very few months fince, held forth a lainy, the most invincible pro- most unpromising sterility. fligacy and diffipation on

the other, we but admire the

NO. VIII. lights, fhades and reliefs of this IS a most correct and beautiful piece, as a model for imitation. representation of one of the greatYet, amidst all the splendid Icenes est, most glorious, distinguished and of sublunary brilliancies to which independent characters this kingdom the original was born, his career has ever had to boast. Whether of domestic comfort was totally we advert to his abilities as destroyed, by the interposition of SENATOR, his perseverance as a ROYAL PREROGATIVE, and so re- PATRIOT, his punctuality as cent is the sublimity of the cor- SPORTSMAN, or his support of respondence and the infamy fo dignity in the scale of society, that feduction in every memory, we shall find him equally entitled that there is hardly a father or to our refpect and admiration.

HUSBAND existing, who cannot Like his predecessors in the powith the most impressive sensa- litical hemisphere of former tions of sympathy, readily con- æras, he has been subject to ceive the almost annihilated state the vicissitudes of popular fuche stood in, when (invoking tuations; but amidst such chanHeaven to grant him patience), ges (so vifibly dependent upon with uplifted hands he exclaimed, times, seafons, fashion, and in the most agonizing despon- price), he has ever been dency - 65 Behold me here a man fidered the staunch friend of more finned against than finning." the people, and an invariable To enlarge upon transactions, supporter of the constitution, that can only serve to renew

a However fcene of dilquietude, is not the may vary, respecting the purity purport of this retrospection; it of his principles, no man living is introduced only as an enliven- will presume to declare he has ing ray of light, to relieve a ever attempted pecuniary deprefeature from the canvass, by dations upon

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103 purse of the public on the other.mined villainy; in habitual sub. An ORATOR from his infancy, servience to which, a very conand a SPORTSMAN by the effect of liderable

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tointuition, or the prevalence of tally appropriate.

His engage. falion, it can creale no surprize ments upon the IURF were not that we find him a blazing comet the most numerous, but, of the moto of the senate, and a member of HONOURABLE kind; his the JOCKEY CLUB, immediately federacy was with his most inafter his emancipation from the timate friend the late Lord F-y, dreary diétátes of the more dreary and so ftrictly just and EQUITAdrudgery of collegiate tyranny, Ble were they in the most miand scholastic subordination. In nute and trifling, part of their his initiation to the “ music of concerns, that neither envy, prethe bones," or the pleasures of the judice, or the spirit of opposition turf, eternal lofles paved his way, has ever presumed to arraign their as is the custom with all noviciates conduct in either point of view. at their introduction. To de- Upon the TURF he has been alpredations of the first magnitude, ways accustomed to animadvert he opposed the most unfullied with jocularity upon

his own philosophy, and sustained the in- losses, and repeatedly observed juries that were so lavishly heap 66 his horses had as much bottom ed upon him with the greatest pa- as other peoples, but they were tience, as they unfolded a variety such how good ones, that they never of the mysteries contained in the went fast enough to tire them, immense volume of human de- selves." He had, however, the pravity.-So great and diversified inexpressible gratification to ex

the infinite' resources of perience some few exceptions to genius and intellect, that in the this imaginary rule, for in the very zenith of his popular at- year 1790, his horse Seagul won traction, when surprizing the the OATLAND STAKES, at Afcot, SENATE with the utmost force of 100 guineas each, (nineteen and power of rhetorical fascina- subscribers) beating the P. OF tion, and his PATRIOTIC ex- Wales's Escape, SERPENT, and ertions resounded through the several of the first horses of that remotest corners of the kingdom; year, to the very great mortificawe have seen him an invariable tion and vociferous disappointnoclurnal devotee at the court of ment of his R. H. who immediateComus, and know him take in ly matched Magpie against him, alternate succession the SENATE to run four days after, 8ft. 7lb. and the subscription bouse without each, two miles for 500 guineas, the intervening asliftance of the upon which immense fums were pillow, for the renovation, or re- depending, and won by Seagull itoration of either body or mind. with eale. That

year,

he and Thus possessed of such an immense his confederate had thirty horses store of mental energy and per- in training, upon the majority of sonal experience, it is natural to which, FAME has not much to suppose he became proof against introduce; fuffice it to say, that every attack of the family; on the the winning of Seagull alone in contrary,

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field-betting must exceed the prin- stronger than that of almost any cipal. The loss of his friend, whofe dog, its jaws and teeth larger, judgment he most confided in, and its hair thicker and coarier. conliderably relaxed his ardour in The internal structure of these ania parsuit, that feems, in more re- mals is perfectly fimilar. The wolf spects than one, to be deprived of couples in the fame manner as the the former fervency of fashion. dog, and its immediate feparation To sum up his personal excellen- is prevented by the same cause : cies would be to go over a great the time of gestation is also nearly deal of ground, and expose us per- the same ; and, from a variety of haps to the cavil and critique of successful experiments related by more cynical biographers; we Dr. Hunter, there is no longer any shall, therefore, only presume to reason to doubt that the wolf and observe, that his time at present the dog will copulate together, and is equally divided between Par- produce an intermediate species LLAMENTARY DUTY and domestic capable of subsequent propagation. comfort; when he relaxes from the For every kind of animal foud, severity of the former, it is only the appetite of the wolf is exto enjoy the sweets of society ceffively voracious; and though with his female friend, at St. nature has furnished it with every, Anne's Hill, in the neighbourhood requisite for pursuing and fubof Chertsey, where they may be duing its prey, it is often refrequently seen indulging in scenes duced to the last extremity, and of rustication and tranquillity, that sometimes even perishes for want many more diftinguished (and per- of food. So great is the general haps more honourable) pairs would detestation of this destructive feel themselves happy to equalize creature, that all the wild animals or imitate.

endeavour to avoid it, and generally escape by their superior

fwiftness. NATURAL HISTORY of the WOLF;

When pressed with hunger from including an account of the various repeated disappointments, the Methods which have been taken

wolf becomes courageous from to rid the World of fo rapacious neceffity: it than braves an Invader.

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Whole droves fectly to agree in placing of them fometimes join in the the wolf and the dog in the same cruel work of general devastation, class; and, from the flightest in- roam through the villages, and fpection of only its external form, attack the iheep-folds : they dig it is apparent that a wolf is in the earth under the doors, enter every respect a dog in its state of with dreadful ferocity, and denatural freedom. The shape of stroy every living creature before its head, indeed, is different; and they depart. its eyes, being fixed in a

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IOS vi&tim to their rapacity; and, itis hunger for a long time; and, to said that when they have once tasted allay it, will sometimes fill their of human blood, they prefer it to stomachs with mud. They have that of any other

been known to follow armies, Hence many superstitious stories and assemble in troops upon the have originated respecting the field of battle; tearing up such

and hence the Saxons sup- bodies as have been carelessly posed that it was possessed by interred, and devouring them Tome evil spirit, and called it the with insatiable avidity. were wulf:' and the French The wolf has, in all

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been peasants, for the same reason, considered as the most savage call it the loup-garou.

enemy of mankind, and rewards The poet thus beautifully ex have always been offered for his patiates on the insatiable fury of head. Various methods have this animal :

been adopted to rid the the world

of this rapacious invader; pit“ By wintry famine rous’d, from all the falls, traps and poison, have all “ Of horrid mountains, which the shining been employed against him; and, Alps

happily for these islands, the “ And wavy Appenine, and Pyrenees, whole race has here been long ex“ Branch out, Itupendous, into distant tirpated. To effect this purpose

lands, “ Cruel as death! and hungry as the grave! in England, king Edgar remitted 6. Burning for blood! bony, and ghaunt, the punishment of certain crimes, and grim!

on producing a certain number 56 Assembling wolyes, in raging troops of wolves' tongues; and, in Wales, defcend;

the tax of gold and silver was “ And, pouring o'er the country, bear

commuted for an annual tribute along " Keen as the north wind sweeps the glossy of wolves' heads. snow:

Some centuries after, they in« All is their prize."

creased to such an alarming deThe wolf is particularly strong gree, as to become a particular in the muscles of his neck and object of royal attention and,

considerable rewards were given jaws, and can easily carry off a

Camden Teep in his mouth. His bite is for destroying them. keen and cruel when he meets relates, that certain persons held

their lands on condition of hunt. with little resistance; but, when opposed, he is cautious and cir. ing and destroying the wolves cumfpeét , and feldom fights but which infested the country;

whence they were called the from neceflity: he is less sensible than the dog, but more hardy and / -volf.hunt. In the reign of Athelrobust. He almost inceffantly Itan, wolves abounded so much prowls about for prey, and, of in Yorkthire, that a retreat was

built at Flixton, to defend pas. all animals, is the most difficult to conquer

in the chafe. His sengers from their attacks. As sense of smelling is so perfect, the ravages of these animals were that he scents the track of greatest during winter, parti. animals, and follows it with cularly in January, when the aftonishing perseverance: - the

cold was severest, our Saxon anodour of carrion strikes him at

distinguished that month the distance of almost a league.

by the title of wolf-moneth. There animals endure

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