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SPORTING LITIGATION,

had won,

ritable purposes.

HORSES PURCHASED TO GO ABROAD.

Goshawk, ch. g. by Merlin out of In the Court of King's Bench in Coquette; to Baron Lowenberg, at Michaelmas Term, Sir J. Scarlett Florence.

moved for a Rule to shew cause why Paradox, 4 yrs old, by Merlin out a criminal information should not be of Pawn; to Count de Demidoff, filed against Mr. Henry Jadis, for Florence.

sending a challenge to the Marquis Bay colt, 2 yrs old, by Emilius out of Blandford. It appeared that the Bartonia, and ch. f. 2 yrs old, by Mer- Marquis of Blandford made a bet lin, out of Elizabeth, by Rainbow; to with the defendant at Doncaster Mr. Palmer, Florence.

races, which he contended that he

and the defendant disputed. The members of the Royal Cale The dispute was submitted to the donian Hunt, before leaving Kelso, Jockey Club (of which they were placed 50l. in the hands of the Baillie both members), who decided that of that town to be applied to cha- the Marquis had won; and he there

fore wrote to the defendant, stating Lord Chesterfield has purchased that he was entitled to receive. Mr. Non Compos, by Bedlamite out of Weatherby, Clerk to the Stewards, Zora by Selim, of Colonel Peel, for also wrote to the defendant, inti2000gs.

mating their decision, and stating The veteran jockey Buckle has de- that if he refused to pay, it would be clared his intention not to ride after submitted to the whole of the Club the present season.

He has served to decide whether his name should be an apprenticeship to the turf of nearly allowed to continue on the list. The fifty years.

defendant, on the 9th of October, THE SPORTSMAN'S CYCLOPEDIA. wrote to the Marquis, to the effect Mr. Johnson, of Liverpool, has that he had received a letter from the just published a valuable and useful Stewards, to whom the Marquis had work, intitled “ The Sportsman's written for the purpose of getting his Cyclopedia, being an Elucidation of (Mr. Jadis's) name struck off the the Science and Practice of the Field, list that such conduct divested the the Turf, and the Sod.” Mr. John- Marquis of any pretensions to the son is well known in the sporting conduct of a Gentleman-that, nothemisphere, not only as a writer, but withstanding his having resorted to as an ardent follower of the Chase in so base a method of extorting money, Lancashire and Cheshire. From such by representing him as a defaulter, he a man, therefore, the reader expects should wave every consideration, and real information; nor will he be dis- require satisfaction. The Marquis, appointed, as the Sportsman's Cy- on receiving this letter, wrote to reclopedia developes much practical in- move the erroneous impression under telligence of paramount consequence which Mr. Jadis appeared to labour, to the Sportsman, the Naturalist, and and stated that he had not written to the Country Gentleman. The sub- the Stewards to have his name erased jects, alphabetically arranged, are from the list, nor had he stated that treated in a pleasing and familiar he was a defaulter. Since then he manner: the work contains copious had heard nothing from Mr. Jadis. essays upon the principles and prac- The only communication upon the tice of all field sports, together with subject which the Marquis had rethe natural history of those animals ceived was from Mr. Weatherby, in which are more particularly the ob- which he intimated that Mr. Jadis ject of the British Sportsman. The had withdrawn from the Club, and volume contains nearly one thousand that the Stewards therefore could have closely printed pages, and is embel- no power over him.---Lord Tenter lished with numerous well-executed den said the letter was a direct chalengravings and wood-cuts illustrative lenge, and immediately granted the of its diversified contents.

Rule.

TO CORRESPONDENTS.

The favours of our Correspondents have so increased, that, though this is the Double Number of the Volume, we have been obliged to give an additional half sheet, as well as to print some articles in smaller type in the hope of clearing our table. We are, however, still under the necessity of apologising for the omission of several communications, many of which, indeed (particularly some Coursing Meetings), came too late to insure their insertion in the current Number.

We have also received several letters requesting information on various subjects. Instead of inserting these, we take leave to reply to them, for two reasons: the first, that the questions would have occupied a considerable portion of our pages, for which we could not find room in the present Number ; and the second, that our Correspondents may be furnished with immediate answers (where in our power to give them), instead of waiting, as they otherwise would do, at least two months for their solution.

In justice to Mr. Wilkinson, of Pall Mall, and following up our universal maxini, of Audi alteram partem, we insert a letter from that Gentleman, in reply to the communication in our last from A MEMBER OF THE BURTON HUNT.

“SIR-Permit me to assure A MEMBER OF THE BURTON Hunt, that, so far from feeling injured by his observations, I have already derived some advantage from them, in consequence of Gentlemen having called who might not otherwise ; and as I fortunately am enabled to shew many letters from sportsmen who have used the breeching in question more than one season, whose opinions are in direct opposition to those of your Correspondent, the effect has always been beneficial. Even this Gentleman may, perhaps, admit that those who have tried any new invention are as capable of judging as one who has not ; but I fear he may be offended that a gun maker should presume to answer what he no doubt considered unanswerable. If, however, he wishes any person to imagine he understands the subject he attempts to criticise, he should not assert, that with this breeching you are absolutely compelled to shoot always at the same distance, and without increasing or diminishing the charge ; nor insinuate that there is any probability of bursting-both being so void of all foundation that it is perfectly astonishing how he should so far misconceive the nature of the invention, whether old or new. An absence of his former courtesy being the only novelty I can discover in this Gentleman's last composition, I shall content myself with merely requesting those who may feel sufficiently interested to read the original letter, and reply, in your Numbers for July and September. I will not again trouble your readers on this subject, but leave the MEMBER OF THE BURTON Hunt in undisturbed possession of the field, should he favour you with a continuation ; by doing which he will confer additional obligation on, Sir, &c.-HENRY WILKINSON.

Immediately on receiving the above letter, we forwarded it to our valued Correspondent, who requests us to say, that “notwithstanding what is therein contained, his opinion, which was not expressed without some thought, remains fixed. Once more, he begs to assure Mr. W. his intention in thus openly expressing his opinion was very far from the wish of doing that gentleman an injury ; and he is excessively sorry it should have been taken in that light."

“ J. S.” is informed, that Chateau Margaux ran a dead heat with Lamplighter for the King's Plate at Newmarket in October 1827. After the dead heat Col. Wilson and the Hon. Chas. Wyndham compromised.

In reply to “ W. D.”-Sultan is the first produce of his dam : he was foaled in 1816Centaur and Godolphin were both of the same year, 1818.-Godolphin, 8st. 101b. beat Centaur, &st. 3lb. in a Sweepstakes at Newmarket First Spring Meeting 1822, Across the Flat.--Sultan beat Godolphin, Craven Meeting 1823, Across the Flat, a Match, even weights, 8st. 4lb. each.--Centaur, 9st., beat Sultan, 9st. 3lb. over the B. C. Nov. Ist, 1824: 7 to 4 on Sultan.

In answer to a Correspondent in Norfolk respecting the Quagga, or Wild Horse, announced for Sale on the 21st at the "Corner," we can only say, it was not sold, though money was bid for it. We may add, a “right good 'un” said, there were but two fools in earnest about the animal the one, who offered to purchase, and the other, for refusing to touch the penny..The Quagga is thus described in the London Ency

cart.

clopedia :-" The Quagga, or Quacha, is striped like the Zebra on the head and body, but with fewer lines. The Hanks are spotted ; the rump is plain ; the ground colour of the head, neck, body, and rump, a bright bay: the belly, thighs, and legs are white, free from all marks. This species, till latterly, was supposed to be the female of the Zebra ; but recent observations prove that the male and female Zebra are marked alike. The Quagga differs likewise in being thicker and stronger made, and in being more tractable, one having been broken in by a Dutch Colonist at the Cape to draw in a

The Hottentots also distinguish them from the former by the names of Quagga and Opeasha."

We have made inquiries on the subject of INVESTIGATOR's letter, and we find, on looking into Prate's " Supplementary Gleanings," that Bury-farm, in the neighbourhood of Southampton, was formerly the property of Sir Charles Mill, Bart. The manor is held by an ancient grant of the Crown, on condition of its possessor's presenting to the reigning Monarch, on his entering New Forest, a pair of white greyhounds. This custom was observed when His Majesty Gieo. III. visited the New Forest in 1789, and the late Rev. Sir Charles Mill presented them to him on the King's alighting from his carriage at Lyndhurst. The family, it is said, still preserve a brood of these animals for this purpose.

We cannot undertake precisely to answer A Young Sportsman's queries ; but we have heard Fawsley Park, in Northamptonshire, named as possessing the heaviest deer of any Park in England. Stanstead" Park is celebrated for small deer and the finest-flavored venison, which is ascribed to the excellent quality of the herbage. Another cause also contributes to this reputation: the animals are in the habit of feeding much upon wild thyme, which abounds there. Forest deer, at seven years old, will weigh from 9 to 10 stone—the skin about 9lbs. The rutting season generally commences about the middle of October, and lasts three weeks or a month.

The letter of a TRAINING GROOM contains little that is not familiar to every lover of field sports ; and while we thank him for his communication, we may be permitted to differ from him in his mode of treating Craving Horses. Water should never be given to craving horses in training, immediately before their food, nor imme. diately after : for this reason, that they are known to eat a great quantity of food ; and that water given to them directly after, occasions the grain to swell : this produces a distension of the stomach, weakens its contracting powers, and consequently retards the process of digestion.

To “ T. S.”—The Lammergeyer is a species of Vulture: these destructive birds abound in Switzerland, near the Lakes.

We thank AX ANTIQUARIAN for his many interesting anecdotes touching the sporting localities of former times. Our readers in Lincoloshire will be pleased to read the following notice (from Camden) of that county, written more than two centuries ago :-" At certain seasons of the year, not to mention tish, amazing flights of fowl are found all over this part of the country: not the common ones, which are in great esteem in other places, such as teal, quails, woodcocks, pheasants, partridges, &c.,

but such as have na Latin names--the delicacies of tables, and the food of heroes, fit for the palates of the Great; Puittes, Godwittes, Knots, which I take to mean Canute's birds, for they are supposed to come hither from Denmark; Dotterells, so called from their extravagant doatishness, which occasions these imitative birds to be caught by the fowler's gestures by candle-light : if he only puts out his arm, they put out a wing; and if his leg, they do the same : in short, whatever the fowler does, the bird does the same till the net is drawn over it."

ONE OF THE LINE AND Rod desires information on the Antiquity of Angling. There can be little doubt that it was coeval with the earliest periods. It has been asserted by some writers that it was first found out by Deucalion and Pyrrha (his wife) after the Flood : others state that it was the invention of Saturn, after the peace concluded between him and his brother Titan : others again, that it came from Belus, the son of Nimrod, who first invented all holy and virtuous recreations. And all these, though they savour of fiction, yet are not materially at variance with truth; for it is certain that Deucalion, Saturn, and Belus, are taken for figures of Noah, and his family; and the invention of the Art of Angling is truly said to come from the sons of Seth, of whom Noah was the principal.

“ T. S.” is informed that the River Lea was first made navigable in the reign of Henry V.

We have to apologise to “X. Y. Z.” for having mislaid his communication. There was nothing new in his “ Hints ;” and we must repeat that when letters are once laid aside we cannot undertake to be responsible for their recovery.

THE

VOL. IV. SECOND SERIES.

JANUARY, 1832.

No. XXI.

CONTENTS. Pedigree of Smaragdine ........181 “ Entre Nous"--a Bagatelle

......212 A Dorsetian Sketch, No. X. by A Native.. 182

Coursing Meetings :-Chesterford, Alt. Notice Extraordinary from Somerset....187

car, North Meols, Swatham, Hare. Bettings at Tattersall's

wood, Drayton, Ashdown Park, Low.......188

ther, Morfe, Louth, Ilsley, Bowers, EpAlphabetical List of the Winning Horses

som, Deptford, Cockney, Aberystwith, in England, Scotland, and Wales, con

Newmarket, Lanarkshire, Sutherland..213 cluded, with Winners of Royal Purses,

Clipping the Hunter..

.225 Gold and Silver Cups, and Two-year

The Lambton Hounds..

227 old Stakes

..............189

Symptoms of Cholera Morbus... .227 Commencement of Cock-Shooting ......199

Fox-hunting versus Waltzing

.228 New Subscription Rooms, Newmarket.. 201

The Italian Boy

.228 King of Oude, and Indian Wild Beast

Anacreon, Ode XIII.

.220 Fights

.......203

Inscription near a Waterfall, dedicated Hunting in Shropshire......... .......204

to the Memory of Lord Byron ........229 Reminiscences of an Old Sportsman, in

GILBERT FORESTER'S TOUR IN THE terspersed with Anecdotes-Plains of WEST, continued ..........

229 Roscommon-Dismounted Sportsman Snipe-Shooting Excursion...

..238 -Translation of a very old French Mr. Mure's Hounds and the Suffolk Coun. Hunting Song-Anecdotes of George

try

.......241 the Third and George the Fourth, by SPORTING INTELLIGENCE.

247 The Ile rmit in London

205 NOTICES TO CORRESPONDENTS.... 252

Embellished toith, I. PORTRAIT OF SMARAGDINE. II. JOCKEY CLUB New SUBSCRIPTION

ROOMS AT NEWMARKET.

SMARAGDINE,
Engraved by ROMNEY, from a Painting by MARSHALI, Jun.

SMARAGDINE, a bay mare, engraver, as rather too large ac

thirteen hands high, with un- cording to the above statement of common strength and symmetry, measure and challenge, were we is the property of William Ram- not well acquainted with it, and say, Esq. of Barnton, M.P. She therefore fully competent to speak is by the Arabian Borack (late as to the likeness, which we have Pet), out of Blinker, a blood mare no hesitation in pronouncing as that was never beat by anything quite perfect. MARSHALL, the of her size. Smaragdine, a short father of this promising young while ago, challenged any pony of artist, assures us, that

" of all her size

in Scotland for 100 sovs. animals in the creation the most November, 1831.

difficult to describe on canvas is

a little horse ; for (says he) every We should have considered pony is a little horse, but every this beautiful pony, which does so little horse is not a pony : a horse much credit to both painter and in miniature, he ought to be

called, as he has all the just pro- plied, “ If I had the aid of that portions of a horse of fifteen dog (a large one running about at hands; whereas a real pony has the time, and the picture only not one of them.” Marshall fur- half done), I could make it plain ther says, that he once met with

to every eye, and understood by one of these difficult rarities at

every capacity.” The Prince, Carlton Palace, in a little beauti- with his usual good nature, said, ful creature named Sancho, and “ Use him as you like; only rewas employed to paint him for member he is a great favorite:” His Royal Highness the Prince and on his return was astonished of Wales, as a present to Miss to find Sancho and Comus in the Seymour. It was a small pic- picture, side by side, the dog ture : but whether the picture making the little horse a pony, be twenty inches or twenty feet and the little horse making the high, it has no effect, and is no dog a great beast; at which His assistance in describing the dif- Royal Highness was pleased to ference between a large and a say it was now decidedly perfect, small horse ; i. e. if the propor- and that he thought nothing short tions are perfect, like Smaragdine, of magic could have wrought so the one before us. When His great a change. Royal Highness first saw his pic- This hint is kindly intended

pronounced it very like, for those young artists who may but thought it might be taken for one day or other meet the difliSancho the Great, or Sancho the culty. Little; to which the painter re

ture, he

A DORSETIAN SKETCH.-No. X.

" Veni, Vidi, vici !"
"I too can hunt at would-be Critic down!"

an

MR. EDITOR,
ON first taking up

of Vipi and his witticisms, with “My gray goose quill, the least possible delay, coupled Slave of my thoughts, obedient to my

at the same time with the

greatest will,”

possible placidity: and should he, as a contributor to your Maga- during the run, by chance enzine, it was with the intention of counter “A Roland for

Oliver,” taking no notice of any attempt at (lamenting, as I do, that there critical comment that might cross should be no Maria Darlington my epistolary path, simply deem- with “

wakening harmony" and ing it not worth the trouble. The bewitching smile” to act the morning, however, proving a wet part of peace-maker to the conone, and having nothing better tending parties,) he will, I am just now to occupy my attention, quite sure, have the candour (the I am induced, pour passer le organ of which is so strongly detemps, to make an exception to my veloped throughout his letter) to rule, by proceeding without far- bear in mind that it was entirely ther ceremony to the dissection of his own seeking; and, as such,

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