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moon shone also, but I think that and so perfectly free from ill hufair planet of the night could not mour, and he has such a store of but choose to smile on such ardent fun and anecdote, that the misevotaries.
ries of a blank day are forgotten This pack unquestionably per. in the charms of his conversation, formed well, and if it had been a and deportment. The elite out fair scenting day, or the fox had were, Messrs. Charles Trelawney, taken to the moor, which at one W. Coryton, the Devonian, Geo. time he seemed inclined to do, we Leach, Pode, and Lane. should have had a brilliant finish. Mr. C. Trelawney rode a slapThese hounds have the same ping thorough-bred nag of great fault I have observed in so many power and substance, one that kennels : they are too large; and, can do the thing if called upon. being so high bred, they lop He purchased him of Sir Walter along at such a spanking pace Carew for a cool two hundred, that the varmint must go at score, which, though a pretty stiff with anything like scent, to get figure, I consider le is well out of their way; and as for the worth. His riding on this day nags, 'faith they must be regu convinced me I was right in saylar Meltonians to see anything. ing he is one of the most stylish Their music is good, and they riders in the West. The way in stoop well for such high bred which he clears his fences pleased ones; the generality of them are me excessively, and his seat, as I firmly knit together, and shew observed before, is graceful to a externally their high descent, and degree. In fact, he is a clipper, altogether they may be pro and he who can keep neck and nounced a killing pack.
neck with him will never be far The Squire rode a well-shaped from the post. chesnut, which seemed to be Although personally a stranger aware that spin he must, or he to Mr. W. Coryton, his fame as a was no horse for his stable. This bruiser was not unknown to me; gentleman is as persevering a and I took care to take notes of his huntsman as I ever saw, and ap doings. He is considerably bepears perfectly au fait to the mi- low a welter, and thus affords a nutiæ of the sport, though I great advantage to his horse, thought he pressed a little too which is generally a brilliant. on his hounds
On the present occasion he rode liteness and good humour—that Pencil by Rubens, a horse with virtue so difficult for a hunter at lots of strength and blood, and all times to practise—he is a pat- equal to a much higher weight tern to Masters of Hounds. On than Mr. Coryton's. He has a the day I mention, though he was remarkably close seat, sticking to evidently much disappointed at his saddle like bird-lime, a the issue of the day's business, straight eye, is always to be seen yet he bore it with the most per in the foremost ranks, and rides fect good humour, and imparted like a devil. He is a pleasant the same cheerful feeling to all companion and an ardent sportshis followers: and I learned after
man, up to the points of a hound, wards that his conduct on all and down to the pedigree of a occasions is so affable and kind, horse ; and, though last not least,
heir to Pentillie Castle, one of provincial, I have no doubt will the loveliest places in the county prove a good help-mate to his of Cornwall.
present master. The other has a Mr. George Leach rode a horse devilish close seat on his nag, but that has seen much service, but is much too forward with hounds. is nevertheless a finely shaped It struck me he considered it a animal, and has still pluck enough point of duty to take as much out in him to do the brilliant.
of his horse as he could ; for, inMr. Leach is brother to Colonel stead of hanging back and enLeach of the late 95th Rifles, couraging the laggers, he chose distinguished for their bravery in to figure off, when he had an opthe Peninsula. He himself has portunity, at the head of his the honour of belonging to the hounds. Let me advise him to Devil's Own, a corps, by the bye, follow the example of his brother which has been basely slandered, whip, and he will by and bye be a but which nevertheless comprises chap wot knows his business. men of birth, talent, and un The country the Lyneham pack stained honour, and who are orna hunt appears a good scenting one, ments to society. Those who particularly on Dartmoor, where know Mr. Leach will not accuse on a favorable day the sport must me of flattery, in saying he is one be glorious. Here Charley must of these. He rides up to fourteen go at his best bat for many a mile stone, is an old hand in the field, ere he reaches the hospitable and a very successful breeder. shelter afforded him by the huge
Captain Pode is a light weight, masses of granite, which, rising and well up in his stirrups; and in this lonely and immense tract as gallant in a fox-chase as he has of forest till they seem to touch proved himself in the field of the sky, give an idea, if not of the Mars.
beautiful in nature, certainly of Of Mr. Lane, it would be pre- the sublime. A native poet thus sumption in me to say anything, describes these piles :after the just tribute paid him by
" Devonia lifts your very able Correspondent Her rocks sublimely..... ONEOFUS. I had looked forward Amid this region of enchantment stands to the pleasure of seeing the latter
A pile stupendous, rising abruptly, and
though Nature gentleman in the field, but regret to Has flung her leafage round its base, yet say his extreme indisposition pre
its sides are scathed, vented my anticipations being
And verdureless, and shivered.” realised. I have not, however, I galloped home after the fray, ceased to tiope that a future sea well pleased with my day's work; son will afford me that happiness. spent one of those delightful
There were many other scarlets evenings, which, alas! are few, out, whose names I could not and far between;" slept as a hunlearn, consequently can only say ter can sleep after a fox-chase; they all laboured well in their and the next morning at an early vocation.
hour was deep in the mysteries There were two whips out, one of Mr. Bulteel's kennel. The new to this establishment-a ci- morning was delicious-one of vil, active fellow, whose proceed those sweet balmy mornings we ings I liked, and who, though a sometimes enjoy in the early
apring, when Nature is in her a munificent proof of his Lordkindest mood, and all her charms ship’s public spirit, as very little and blandishments are called up of it, I should imagine, will ever to form a combination of beau- find its way back into his pocket. ties: and what in Nature is more He is a liberal patron of the Probeautiful than a sunny morning?vincial Meetings, and I much reThe dew-crops, those gems of gret I had not an opportunity of heaven, glowing on each flower seeing the inside of Saltram, and blade of grass with a lustre where I understand, amongst nothing earthly can surpass; the other beauties, are many fine picair, so fresh, so perfined with tures relative to sporting subthe young blossoms; and the jects. birds, warbling their thanks Lyveham, Mr. Bulteel's resigiving on every bush and every dence, is a roomy and substantial branch, while Heaven shines forth house, with nothing particular in in unclouded brightness to sanc the building itself, but with such tify the whole-I never felt so an approach to it as is not often completely the force of that line seen. “ An avenue of oaks or of Cowper,
elms," the Squire observes, " is “ God made the country.” the true colonnade that should The neighbourhood of Ply- lead to a gentleman's house. As mouth is peculiarly calculated to to stone and marble, any one can excite the notice and admiration read them at once; they are the of the traveller, from the fine view work of the day: but commend of sea and land, its cultivated ap me to the colonnades that have pearance, and the noble man. grown old and great with the sions which rise around it. Sal- family, and tell by their grantram, the seat of Lord Morley, deur how long the family have and one of the lions of the county, endured.” Geoffrey Crayon.here rears its stately head amidst This is precisely what I admire at magnificent groves of venerable Lyneham. Your road to the house oak, elm, and every other forest lies through woods of noble oak, beauty, with the sweet river whose enormous trunks, mossy Lairy flowing at its feet, and and grey with age, prove that bearing on its kind bosom many though they still flourish, the a small white sail to the great hand that planted them has long ocean which receives its tributary mouldered in the grave. waters: and on the opposite side, For the same reason I have a Mount Edgecumbe, the Eden of great affection for Fonthill, whose England, as it is or might well Babel-like erection can only be be called, stands alone in its reached through those magnifigrandeur, seeming to scorn the cent woods. How fine a lesson approach of anything less lovely does that perishable building afthan itself; while all that sea and ford of the frailty of Art in comland can produce of richness and petition with Nature ! Those beauty seem collected together woods have endured for ages, to do it homage.
while the palace, upon which all Over the Lairy an elegant that ingenuity and wealth can bridge has been erected by Lord devise has been lavished, is alMorley at an expense of 40,0001., ready crumbling into decay.
Whilst waiting in the drawing It is said the wisest man has a room Mr. Bulteel's arrival, I weak point : now I am not a amused myself with contempla- wise man, and I plead guilty to ting two superbly-executed pic. having many; and the most protures-one, a portrait of Ladyminent is a bitter regret for all Elizabeth Bulteel, daughter of that may be reckoned in the past. the Premier-a Lady whose high It is a perfect disease with me; station and feminine accomplish- for I am not a very old man, and ments do not prevent her ap- may therefore reasonably expect pearing in the field with her a few more happy years. Besides, Lord, where she is celebrated as I felt it when I was twentya courageous and graceful rider. nay at sixteen, when I can well I was extremely sorry to find ille remember, after having sighed ness prevented my seeing her for a long coat for two previous out. The other picture contained years, I at length felt myself in the portraits of Mr. Bulteel's two one, I took a sudden affection children-a boy and girl in the for the jacket, and thought, after fresh beauty of smiling infancy, all, I had been happier in it than and so placed that they appear to in my much-desired coat of the be watching their mamma, who most fashionable E-— build ; for answers their look by a smile. I it seemed to have converted me sighed as I viewed those guileless into a complete non-descript, too faces (on which neither time nor old and mannish to play with the sorrow have yet set their wither young girls, and too young and ing seal), to think of the trials bashful to aspire to a flirtation which await them, and from which with the elder ones : so that, bethe tenderest parents, the most tween the two parties, I was comluxurious home, nor the happiest pletely thrown into the shade ; state can save them. I always and, entre nous, would most gladly pity little children: they are so have cut the long coat and the innocent, so confiding, and so drawing-room, and returned to happy, and fancy, poor things, the delights of bird's-nesting and that happiness is to last! I have the jacket. myself a little boy, who is at once And now let me hark back to my torment and delight. He Mr. Bulteel's kennel, which I climbs like a monkey, and is perceive has been some time every bit as mischievous, but so waiting for me. I think it too intelligent and full of affection, far from the house; for, as rebelthat when I have been provoked lions and riots will occur in a beyond endurance, and am about kennel as well as in other domi. to give him some practical evi- nions, think it prudent to have dence of my displeasure, my an- it near their governor's. It is a ger is arrested by the idea that he small, neat crib, with a slated is but a child, and that enough court adjoining: the sleepingof misery is in store for him room is large enough for twenty without clouding the bright hours couple, and I am no advocate for of infancy. My wrath evapo- having this apartment larger than rates in a sigh, and the urchin there are hounds to fill it, as they escapes to perpetrate some new sleep warmer by being housed piece of mischief.
together. The feeding room is close,
amere removefrom their beds, and ward, and was a specimen of Mr. under cover, and when kept clean Ralph Lambton's favorite blood, and wholesome, as it is here, which for cold scenting, and every is very convenient and proper. other valuable property, is cerThe yard is very small, but I did tainly the most killing blood in not see a grass one, which sur- England at the present period:prised me, as it is so necessary and Little Jessamnine, by Grafton an appendage to a kennel. Were (Mr. Fellowes' stock) out of JesI the Squire--(I should do as sica, having Mr. Lambton on both he does most likely)-I would sides. This little bitch I do not build a new kennel on a more consider a model, being too foxy extensive scale : the present one in her head; but on the other is too low, and neither air nor hand, she is so symmetrical, airy, water-proof ; but as Fleet, the and light, and goes the pace so old family mansion of the Bul. well, that she must strike the eye teels, will one day be his, I dare of every lover of hounds. say he feels quite satisfied to wait The puppies are very handfor that. I must do his men the some, and not so large as many justice to say, a sweeter or more of the old ones, which I was glad wholesome kennel cannot be seen. to see; as I am certain, if Mr.
The pack, which was turned Bulteel will breed a little downout for my inspection, looked re. ward in this respect, he will not markably well and healthy after regret the change. Were I a their recent skirmish. They are master of hounds, I would have very big-boned, lengthy, and of no dog in my kennel above various colours, and one or two twenty-two inches in height; and in every respect similar to the if all that is above that standard old North Devon staggers, which were thrown into the bulk of the are grand animals. Those I most body, it would be
seen that admired were, Dairymaid, by Lord hounds could clip along quite as Fitzwilliam's Nonsuch out of Dr. well :--a little short, big-bodied Troyte's Dora, a blood which hound, say I, both for music and cannot be surpassed, and which work; such, for instance, originally came from the Noble Priam. Earl's kennel, when Will Dean I noticed several of the Fitzhad brought that crack pack to william red pies, which are very its highest state of perfection : racy and powerful. Poor Chal. -Filter, by Lord Fitzwilliam's lenger, Mr. Bulteel informed me, Joiner out of Damsel, also from had once a very narrow chance Dr. Troyte's Scorpion by Sir T. for his life. They were running Mostyn's Epicure, a dam of fa
a fox very quickly towards the mous Irish extraction, imported sea, when the impetuosity of the from the Meath, and forwarded good dog, who was leading, overto Mr. Bulteel by a gentleman of stepped his caution, and he found the Hunt for the purpose of himself on the brink of a tremenbreeding :-Priam, by that crack dous cliff, and over it too, before hound Pantaloon out of Lord he could say Jack Robinson. He Fitzwilliam's Nelly : (Pantaloon must have fallen a height of a may be said to be one of the best hundred and fifty feet. Mr. B. hounds that ever travelled west, saw him roll completely round