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aware that he has any competitor, truly grand—the Castle in a sheet he trusts that his election will be of flame, the roof giving way, the carried unanimously. The high molten lead streaming down into honour to which he aspires is to the fire--the dark rock belowbe Historiographer to Sir Harry the silver Trent had a red and Goodricke, late the Quorn Hunt. fiery hue, while the green meaFully aware of the arduous duties dows over which I was galloping attached to this office, he is con- seemed scorched, and the country scious that far superior abilities round was illuminated as if by a are requisite for their proper dis- noon-day sun. charge; but he hopes to atone for My horse was no sooner in the any deficiency in this respect by stable than I proceeded to the fidelity, zeal, and attention: and scene of action. The mob had should he receive an intimation made their entrance by forcing that he is unequal to the task he the gates; they then entered the has undertaken, or should any Castle, setting fire to it story by Gentleman better qualified come story, from above downwards. forward, he pledges himself to At this time, 9 o'clock, any atresign instanter-provided always tempt to stop the conflagration that the said Gentleman be not would have been useless. The a Gentleman by Act of Parlia- castle-yard was crowded with ment. Flattering himself that spectators, inclucling many of he is by no means a second- 'the most respectable inhabitants, rater on pig-skin, he hopes with whose regrets, though not loud, practice to become a first-rate on were deep at this untoward event. paper.
Such feelings, I am sorry to say, Thus far had I written when did not pervade the great mamy servant came to inform me jority of the assembled multitude: that he had heard there was a many of the windows were still mob out at Nottingham, and that entire, and when one broke, or a half the town was on fire. Now bright flash of flame burst forth, a fire is an event to us chaw- it was hailed with loud huzzas, bacons (though the Cockneys as if applauding a purposed dismust be so used to them as to play. A staid old fellow, dressed ? care nothing at being burnt alive in decent black, long-visaged, -I have been in London a week, and lank-haired, looking a good and there has been a fire every deal like a Methodist parson, night); so jumping on my hack, hearing me observe to a friend spite of a tremendous rain, I can- that it was a most magnificent tered off quite ready for a row; sight, turned round to me, and, and an hour and a quarter – after a preliminary hem, gravely I love to be exact—brought me said, “I think, Sir, this business to Nottingham. Before arriving seems to give very general satisfacthere I perceived that the Castle, tion.” I could not forbear smiling, not the town, was on fire; and and therefore did not treat him kpowing it to be uninhabited with the rebuke he merited. The except by rats, my admiration of Duke of Newcastle's name was in the spectacle was unalloyed by everybody's mouth; and I heard a any fear for its inmates. I have fellow remark, as if he thought seen many fires, but never one so he was uttering an indisputable
truism, “The Duke's ears must meeting can never recompense tingle finely to-night!"
him for the loss of his valuable The whole of the roof had time, I trust he will allow the fallen in a little after eleven, and county Gentlemen to give up when I left, shortly after, few their annual pretence of being people remained.
Turf-men. On passing out of the gate I Being heartily sick of conmet a party of the King's Hus- temptible mobs and imbecile Masars, the utility of whose presence gistrates, I turned my horse's I could not perceive. Indeed I head to Widmerpool, and arrived recommended them to get to bed, there just as one pack was going as much
more profitable than home and another turning out riding up
and down empty streets for the afternoon's diversion. The in a rain which had sent all the coverts there are so full of foxes mobocracy home. They did not that they will require a good deal follow my good councils, and look- more working to induce pug to ed terribly jaded next morning, go well away. A fox was killed, having then been out two nights. and we had two or three skurries, Nothing could be more exem- but none of any length. I am, plary than the patience both men however, getting on too fast, as I and officers displayed: not a have a description to give of the shot was fired until Tuesday new establishment-an establishafternoon; when a crowd press- ment which there is little doubt ing on them as they were escort- will eclipse even the glory of the ing some prisoners down a narrow Quorn. street, and at the same time pelt- Sir Harry Goodricke, our new ing them with stones, a single master, is too well known as a pistol was discharged: two men Gentleman and a sportsman to were wounded; and what then?- need
adulation of mine; and the valiant mob vanished. Groups were I only to write what I think of ten or a dozen might be found of him, those to whom he is talking big of what they would unknown would suspect me of do at night; but before dusk they gross flattery—he has the good slunk away, and the next morn- wishes of every Leicestershire ing the whole town could do freeholder. The principal landed nothing but express their wonder proprietors, upon Lord Southat their own folly in ever having ampton's resignation, held allowed such a rabble to congre- meeting at Leicester, at which gate for a single hour.
the Marquis of Hastings Tuesday was the first race day, Chairman, and offered the counbut in consequence of these dis- try to Sir Harry; and the farturbances the races were adjourn- mers and freeholders had a dinner ed sine die--a most praiseworthy at Melton, very numerously atresolution, and one which I trust tended, to celebrate his accession. will not be altered, unless better Leicestershire formerly had its sport can be shewn than has been fox-destroyers, and I purposed of late years. I am not aware sketching one from the life; but that
any one would miss Notting- on looking round for a sitter, I ham races except the Clerk of found the race had disappeared, the Course; and as so paltry a and that the whole Squirearchy
were strict preservers of foxes, stables, you come to a covered and as proud of a litter of cubs ride, round a place for manure. as if battues had never existed. Further on is a hack stable, conIn addition to these favorable taining six stalls and four boxes, auspices, may be mentioned the a blacksmith's shop, house, &c. circumstance that Sir Harry is The granaries and hay-chambers absolute ruler-a very desirable
the different stables. thing in the good government of Several of the boxes are fitted up fox-hunters, a lawless set, whose with stone troughs, four inches liberty degenerates into licen- thick, so that a crib-biter cannot tiousness when they have a chief get hold. I saw several sorts of with constituents in the form of straps and muzzles used to presubscribers.
vent this practice, but understood The new establishment is not they did not answer.
The venquite completed, the houses for tilation of the stables is extremely the servants rot being yet built: good. it is situate at Thrussington, a To the left are the kennels, small village about eight miles which I certainly admire more N.N.E. from Leicester, and about than any I have ever seen. They six in an opposite direction from form a circle, having a rotunda Melton, where Sir Harry still in the centre, to which a passage resides. Upon entering the field leads north and south. Entering in which this little town is erected, this passage from the south, you you come first upon the hunting have on either hand three kennels stables, an oblong building with with their corresponding yards. a passage through the middle, Every kennel has a door opening having a stable right and left at into the rotunda, which is the feedboth ends, each containing three ing place, and has a thatched roof boxes and five stalls, making or dome raised upon pillars some room for thirty-two horses : there feet above that of the kennels : are besides saddle and servants' the space between the pillars is rooms. This stable was full when left open, so that a current of air I was there, but the horses were is constantly insured. Leaving not recovered from their journey, the rotunda through the northern and, in addition, were suffering passage, there is a kennel on each from the smell of paint and from side with proper compartments the dampness of the walls. I have for brood bitches. The rest of heard that this inconvenience is the building is taken up with yet existing: indeed I never had huntsman and whips' rooms, a worse head-ache than making boilers, &c. their tour brought on. The archi
To the left of the kennel is anotect has spoiled the stables by an ther building, containing forcing ill-judged economy; they are pump, boiling-house, and fleshnot deep enough to allow you to room.
The huntsman's house is walk behind the horses in safety, to be built facing the south enand the stalls are too narrow; trance to the kennel, but he will, the boxes small, and the one at during the present season, reside the entrance of the stable dark as in the village. The expense of a dungeon.
the whole will be under 30001. Passing directly through the And here I am sorry to ob
serve that Mountford is so unwell Cub-hunting commenced Av. that he will not be able to un
The weather was far dergo the fatigue of hunting from propitious. The first mornduring the present winter : he ing meeting was near Markfield, will remain in Sir Harry's ser- where there was a good litter: a vice; and I trust in the spring, if cub ran a pretty ring of twenty he takes care of himself, will minutes, and succeeded in getting be able to resume his station to ground. The second morning, as huntsman. Will Derry, the on the Forest, only a brace of first whip, at present hunts the old foxes was found, and we hounds.
were apprehensive that there Thrussington is well worth a would be a scarcity of foxes on visit, and any Gentleman build- the Charnwood hills. Such is not ing or altering kennels may here the case, there being good litters get many a wrinkle. The hounds in most of the woods. The third are now at Thrussington: I am morning was also on the Forest, fcarful of their becoming lame and a brace of cubs was killed. from the newness of the kennels
. Monday, August 29, the hounds When I saw them at Quorn met at Widmerpool at day-light, Lodge they were looking ex- and by nine o'clock the slaughter tremely well, not too fleshy, but of three cubs satisfied our appetite quite up to work, with very little for blood. lameness among them, though During the continuance of the the ground for the first month of dry weather long runs were not cub-hunting was as hard as iron. desirable ; but it my memory fail There were then eighty-seven and me not, one morning, after killing a half couples, of which a dozen a cub at Braunston, an old fox was or more were to be draughted, unkennelled, who got to ground when there will remain three after a fast thing over the open packs one of dogs, another of of nearly an hour. When the bitches, and the third a mixed rain fell, the wholesome practice
These have been selected of meeting at daylight was abanfrom Lord Southampton's pack, doned, and the hour of nine suband from draughts bought of the stituted. We have had some Duke of Rutland, Mr. Saville, runs which would have done and Lord Petre. There are also honour to December, particularly a few hounds which came from from the Nottinghamshire counLord Yarborough. Those from try, where I am happy to say the Duke were, as usual, both there is a greater number of foxes good and handsome; Mr. Sa- than has been for many years, ville's entry was not so good as The only place where foxes used usual this year, and the draught to breed, void of a litter, is Gobut so-so ; Lord Petre's are not tham, the property of Earl Howe. handsome, but have turned out Wednesday, October 12, met very good hunters. I am not at Barton, Notts; found a fox, sure that more than a stallion or who took a turn round Clifton two came from Lord Yarborough. gardens, down to the Trent, along The iottle of the whole it would the meadows up to Thrumpton, be difficult to equal, impossible over Red Hill, crossed the Soar to surpass.
at Ratcliffe, went nearly to KegVol. IV.SECOND SERIES.No. 20.
worth wind-mill, turned to the very fast, and then ran to ground right, and was killed between between Barkby and South CroxLockington and Hemington, in ton. Afterwards drew Thorpe an hour and thirty-five minutes Thrussels; found a bad fox; ran
- present, Sir Harry Goodricke, him for a mile and a half; could Lord Rancliffe, Mr. F. Foljambe, do no good, and gave over. and two or three other Gentle- As there are severa seceders
from Melton, and as it is desiraOctober 17, met at Braunston; ble that vacancies should be filled found between there and En- up as speedily as possible by derby; ran an hour and forty young Gentlemen of from five to minutes; killed between Eving- fifty thousand a-year, I subjoin ton and Staughton, having crossed a few rules for their guidance; the Soar and three turnpike- and, as they say lookers on see roads.
most of the game, they may perUp to the regular season ten brace haps be as useful as if from a of foxes were killed. During the Meltonian. It being morally imweek immediately preceding, two possible that any man can make packs were frequently out. the slightest pretensions to fa
It was usual for the Quorn shion without spending at least hounds to commence hunting the one year
in Leicestershire, I first Monday in November, either trust to be the humble means at Kirby or Brookesby. Inobedi- of causing an influx of full ence to this custom, Sir H. Good- pockets and empty heads into ricke's hounds met at Brookesby, my native county ; as I shall Monday, November 7th. There shortly shew that to be a diswas a brilliant muster of scarlet tinguished fox-hunter, the only coats, among whom I noticed requisite is Lord Plymouth, Lord Kinnaird,
“ Almighty gold, whose magic charms Lord Gardner, Lord Rokeby, Sir dispense James Boswell, Sir James Mus
Worth to the worthless, to the graceless grave, Sir John Lister Kaye, To cowards valour, and to blockheads
: Messrs. Moore, Maher, Gilmour, Stanley, Dixons, Ewart, Cradock,
And to the withered maid a Hebe's Farnham, Close, two Mr. Taylors from Oakham, Col. Cheny
Without this essential requisite and his sons, &c. &c.; there were
it is useless to come; as even a besides many respectable farmers. winter at Melton will be dearly The morning was not propitious, purchased by sacrificing your own being rough and stormy. Plenty character, and procuring that of of foxes were found at Cream- a blackleg and horse-dealer.gorse, but they would not leave Stay at home if you cannot conthe covert, one of the largest and veniently spend four or five thoumost difficult to work in Leices- sand pounds during the season. hire. After being there above an
Do not be so absurd as to hour, the hounds moved on to imagine horses can be bought Ashby pasture; found a leash of in Leicestershire. How should foxes; one went away by Thorpe they
Gentlemen won't part Satchville, bore to the right for with good ones; and as for farAshby Folville for ten minutes mers, in these bad times, a man