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Biographical Sketch of Pope the Ufurer. er barked for America, was For the SPOR TING MAGAZINE.. years in the northern part, and 3 more in South America, travel

BIOGRAPHY. ling as a Spaniard, which he was enabled to do from the extreme

Pope the USURER. facility he had in that language. HE end of last month died The climate, prospect, and some

Fleet . other circumstances of Peru, en: min Pope, Esq. in the 67th yeat chanted him so much, that he of his age, after suffering an im. hired a farm, and refided near a prisonment of eleven years and year in it. His next tour was to about three months. the east; be passed succeflively Mr. Pope was nearly as rethro: all the territories in Africa markable a character as that of to the south of the Mediterranean, old Elwes, of ufurious and penu. Egypt, Syria, &c. and all the

rious memory:

He was origi. dominions of the Grand Signior; nally a tanner in Southwark, and went twice through Perfia, once dealt so largely and exteofively in through the northern, and once this branch, that his stock in through the southern provinces; trade was for many years fuppo. over India, Indoftan, and part of fed to be worth 60 or 70 thousand Siani and Pegu; and made several pounds. excursions to the boundaries of In the latter part of his time China, for several nionths each in this, trade, and when he was time. He afterwards, on his re. well known to be worth a plumb, turo, stopped at the Cape of Good

he took to the lending of money, Hope, penetrated far into Africa, discounting, and buying annui. and on his return to the Capeties, mortgages, &c. In this took the opportunity of a thip branch of bufiness, it appears that went to Batavia, and from Mr. Pope was not so successful thence viewed most of the islands as in his former trade; for the in the Great Indian Archipelago. name of Pope the ufurer every now Returning to Europe, he landed and then appears in the proceedat Cadiz, and passed in a straight fings of our Courts of Law, when fine from that place to Moscow, our fages in the law commonly in his way to Kamschatka. He differed widely from Mr. Pope in was in correspondence with se- their opinion of his practices in veral Cornish gentlemen, with this branch of business. The whom he was at college, fo late most remarkable, and the last ina as the year 1983, when he was ítance of this fort was, when he fupposed to be preparing for Si. was cast in 10,000l. damages for beria. A gentleman who saw some usurious or illegal practices, him at Mofcow in that year, re in some money transactions with presented him as healthy, vigor.. Sir Alexander Leith.' ous, and in all respects as hearty This was generally thought a as other people at 46, though he Smart sentence, and perhaps the was then in the 66th year. His well known, and well scouted friends have not yet ceased to character of the man, contribu. hope, although 11 years bave ted not a little towards it. Mr. elapsed, that he may have fettled Pope himself thought it fo op .' in fome Yemote part of the world, preffive and unjuft, that he never from which the difficulty of con in all his life afterwards left off veyance prevents their hearing. coinplaining loudly of it, and. VOL. IV, No. XXIII.

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even printed a case, setting forth ways bought by weight, that is, the hardship and great loss he had the heaviest of lix, eight, or suffered. -At first, Mr. Pope, to ten for his money. be up with his plaintiff, went In all this time, near twelve abroad to France with all his ef.

years, he has never had a joint of fects and property, where a man ineat on his table ; his greatest in his advanced years, ample for. luxury was a groat plate from the tune, and without any family but cook's thop, and that served him his wife, a moft worthy and well for two meals generally; but in respected woman, might certain. thefe points he was not much at jy have lived very comfortably ; a loss; for his family, though live but Mr. Pope abroad, was remo ing at a great distance, knowing ved from his friends and custom- of his penurious disposition, sent ers; and his money being idle, to him frequently a very comwhich was always considered by fortable and proper supply; and him as a great misfortune, he re on these occasions, he has even folved to come home;, and to been known, fometimes, to give thew his resentment (as he said to some leavings to his errand girl, all this oppreffion) submitted to or some distressed object. imprisonment rather than pay the To do justice to so eccentrica money. . This he did most hero. character as Mr. Pope, it is proically, and has suffered the long per to ftate, that, while in trade, imprisonment of eleven years and he had early begun the benevothree months.

leat practice of giving away, In the course of this time, every week, a stone, and better, Mr. Pope's affairs wore very dif of meat among his workmen and ferent complexions, and at one poor neighbours; and this prac. time he might have got his listice she never left off, not even berty for a thousand pounds; but when he was every day weighing be remained inflexible, and sent his candle, or looking after the them word, That this would be measure of his small beer. acknowledging the juftness of their In many transactions Mr. Pope debt, which he would die fooner than suffered many frauds and impodo, and he kept his word. Mr. Gtions in prisou; as he had not Pope, in prison, had many op that scope of customers in his portunities of indulging those corfined state, and always bent propenfities he had all his life upon making the most of his mo. been remarkable for; he looked ney, he was more easily imposed always at the pint pot of small upon; so that he is supposed to beer before he paid for it, to see have lost by such means, more. that it was full; a measure that money than would have paid his in him was somewhat excusable, debt and costs, large as they as the pint lafted him generally two days, water being his common drink; and as to strong beer, it used to be a note of ad

To the EDITORS of the SPORTING miration, among his fellow pri.

MAGAZINE. foners, when he drank any with them at their apartments : but as

GENTLEMEN, for his sending for any for him. FRIEND who was tra. Celf of that he never was guilty. ling last year, between His three-farthing candle he al. Bradford, in Yorkiire, and Ken

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dal, was witness to a scene received on condition of mutu. of mirth and festivity which ally drinking healths, and our ac. took place in one of the delight-cepting a ribbon a-piece. I got ful villages with which that upon the top of the coach'to look. country abounds, in consequence at them as long as I could. Mare of the nuptials of two villagers. l'ow bones and clevers could not

What induces me more parti exprefs half the hilarity which cularly to send it you is, that it we witnefsed : and when the will introduce to the notice of coach fet off, they gave us your Sporting readers, a race which breafts full of huzzas.

We 'anI much doubt whether they ever Iwered them with such fincerity, before heard of: it is called I shall have a twift in my hat as

long as it lasts; and for some time THE RACE OF KISSES.

after we left them, we heard As my friends descriptive ta. bursts of noise. Jents far exceed mine, I fhall give I am an admirer of your inhis own words,

defatigable zeal for the promo" Rustic happiness was afloat; tion of Sporting knowledge, and the girls faces were tinged be- hall therefore deem myself yond their native bloom, and the bound to collect fuch materials maidens' bluth enlivened the li as I think worthy of notice, and lies i around them.

The mens

become an occañonal legs and arms were as busy as if

CORRESPONDENT. they had' hung on wires, In an instant i half a dozen youths pulled off their shoes and ftockings, For the Sporting Magazine. when I noticed their legs had been previously girt with party. Decisions on the GAME Laws at coloured ribbons.

On being the HAMPSHIRE SUMMER As, started by the bride, they spanked SIZES, 1794 off as, hard as they could, amidst the whoops of the young and The King v. BLUNDELL, old. Thisz. I understand, is, a

PROSECUTION was preface of kifles : and he who first

ferred against Mr. Blundell, reaches the bride's house, is re

tor shooting at, and destroying warded with a kiss and a ribbon.

game without licence or certifin If they were to have been rewarded by a bag of gold, they rate; but is was proved that this

man went out with a party for could not have looked more ea

the purpose of shooting rabbits ger; they took different roads, only, but that the dogs started a without heeding the rough ftones bare, at which one of the party they had to encounter; and which thot'; but at the same time it was we were told, were previoufly proved, that this Blundell had no agreed upon, in proportion 10

gun whatever, nor did any one the known swiftness of the can

of the dogs belong to him, where. didates. We regretted that we fore the jury gave their verdict could not stay to see the result of 1 for the defendent. this hymencal race; and left them in the midst of their mirth,

The KING a, Grove. after a donation which would not take from it, but.which was only commissioners of Stamps against

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Female Jockey Club.. Mr. Grove, a butcher, at Hart- , author finding nothing further to ley low, for the recovery of two bespatter with his venom, had penalties, one of sl. for using a turned his attention to the fe. gun and dogs for the purpose of male part of society. The fe, deftroying game, and not being male Jockey Club was written qualified; the other of 2ol. for for the ovowed purpose of wound, not having taken out a certificate. ing the feelings, and hurting the The only witness in support of reputation of several of the moft the prosecution, was Sir H. P. virtuous, most amiable, and moft St. John Mildmay, who not being refpectable women in the coun able to prove that the defendant try. bad killed any game, or that he Among these Lady Elixabeth was really in pursut of game, Luttrell had been selected as and it being contended that he worthy of becoming, in a pecu. had a right to use his dogs and liar degree, an object for the engup for the purpose of killing venomed (hafts .of malignant rap rabbits, woodcocks, &e. the jury

But Lady Elizabeth had found a verdict for the defendent, not alone to complain of hiin acquitting him of all the penal- the greatest and most amiable ries, and of every expence.

females in the nation, capid not by their virtues be shielded from

his virulence The Queen her FEMALE JOCKEY CLUB,

self, the august comfort of our It's PUBLISHER prosecuted for moft gracious Sovereign, could

LIBEL Lady ELIZABETH not find herself by her rank, or LUTTRELL.

the well-deferved love of the N TUESDAY, July the Eoglif people, fecured frota

29th, was tried at Guild, falfhood and wifrepresentation, hall, an action, brought by Mr. Gue nex, as counsel for Lady Elizabeth Luttrel), (lifter the defendent, addiellid the jury to the Duchess of Cumberland) in a speech at fome length, and against D. Eaton, bookfeller, for endeavoured to draw a dittinction publishing a libel on her cha between the defendant, who was racter, in a pamphlet entitled the publisher only, and a Mr. * The Female Jockey Club." Charles Pigott, who, he said, waa

Mr. Erskine, as counsel for the author. the crown, prefaced his speech As the indictment, however, with observing that the whole charges bim with publishing it compofition, of which the ai. with a malicious inte paion, he tack on the character of Lady conceived that it was not proyed, Elizabeth Luttrell composed a It was imposible for a bookseller part, was the most virulent, the to read over every line of each most abusive, and the most scan work he pubiiched with a lawyer's dalous, the present, or perhaps, eye. li that were imposed on any age, had ever produced. It shem, it would lock up the huwas a sequel to another infamous

man faculties, and feience would work by the same author, which be fhorn of its brizhtett beams. by it only could be excelled, Lord Kenyon was cleady of by infamy and scandal. The opinion, that this was a gross lic “ Jockey Club” had ransacked bel; bui he desired the jury ta the male world, and after abu. orm their own opinion upda fing every thing valuable, the he subje et,

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of the Race and Antiquity of Hounds. 263 The jury retired, and were out Of the RACE and ANTIQUITIR of above an hour and an half, and HÓUUNDS, and vuko forf brought returned their verdict Guilty theme into FRAUNCE. of publishing this book, which is a libel."

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HAVE thought good dili. Lord Kenyon * Take the gently to lookė, (as well in to yerdiet--Guilty,"2" Gentlemen the works of antiquitie as also in of the jury: really upon this evi: those of our tyme) from whence deuce, it would bave been a re the first race of hounds did come proach to the administration of into France, and I never found justice, if the verdict in this case chronicle nor biftorie that seem. bad not been guilty. No map eth to 1peake of greater continu. living, feeling the obligation of ance than one which I saw in en oath, could poflibly entertain Bryttaine, wrytten by one whose a doubt of it."

namme war John of Monmouth, It is only neceffary to add, that an Englishman; the which doth the libel suggested that her lady-treat, how after the piteous and fhip had lived a wicked and scan. dreadfull deftruction of Troy, dalous life, and had indulged Æneus arrived in Italie with his herself in a criminal intercourse fonne Ascanius, (which was af. with different med, &c.

terwards king of the Latincs) and begatte a sonne named Silvius, of

whome Brutus descended, which To the Editors of the SPORTING

loved hunting exceedingly. Now MAGAZINE.

it came to passe, that Sylvius and mi GENTLEMEN,

Brutus beyng, one day in a forest, *HE old book from which i bunting a harte, they were over: HE old book from which I taken with night, and seeing the

have copied the under der. Eription of the various kinds of spente by the hounds, they went

harte pais before them, almofte hounds, fell into my hands some

towards him, to kill him, but time back. It is entitled * " The

fortune was suche to Brutus, (as Noble Art of Venerie, or Hunting."

God woulde) that whilefte lie

meante to kill the barte by glaun. not attempted to modernize the

cing of his arrowe, he killed his language, thinking, if it is deem

father Silvius, which thing cau. ed worthy of insertion in your

sed the people to be moved and entertaining performance, the original will be most approved that he had done it of malice and

to mutiné againft. him, thinkin of. One matter only, I beg fur

desire to reygne, and to have the ther to mention, and that is, it wilt, in my opinion, clear up fuch forte, that to avoyde their

governmente of the realme, la many doubts that have arisen re. (peating the origin, and who firf great furie and indignation, Bro.

tus was confirained to go out of brought hounds into England.

the countries, and undertook a 1.C. A.B. voyage

to Greece, to delyver cer1

tayne . Trojans, his companions Dublin,

and allyes, whiche were vet there July 26th, 1,794.

detayned in captivitye fince the Wė rather think this is the work destruction of Troye; which mentioned by our correspondent OB*I* vayage he accomplidhed by force VATOR, fee page ao6 of our last. of armes; and when bac had deli

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