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fore scven, some few casualties suit......but hares, or any other simple but detaining, either "the game ! and as coursing is a sport buckle or the buckle's tongue," much enjoyed by the proprietors and such like.
and occupiers of these marshes, Merrily we journeyed-passed it is to be expected they are a litseveral gates without any inci- tle tenacious and anxious about dent worth mentioning, paid that animal the chase of which four-pence halfpenny toll, and gives them so much pleasure. were admitted into the village of No honorable man, particularly Snodland-a name within a let- one fond of wild-fowl shooting, ter of being filthy. Snodland is would abuse any leave or liberty situated on the Medway, and is he may get to pursue his delightmidway between Maidstone and ful sport. I have never found it Stroud. At the first catch of a difficult to get snipe-shooting on frost 'tis noted for good snipe this condition-not to kill hares ; shooting, and looks well from the and, I can safely say, I never road. Inquired of the landlord abused it. of the Inn......at this time but After bedding at Stoke, moved few found. After passing Stroud, on to Grain, and eagerly coma few miles brought us into the menced sport. The rains had hundred of Hoo. The road is on not been sufficient to fill the fleets the margin of the marshes nearly they were hard, and on the all the way to Stoke. In this margin covered with a green part grounds appear very teinpt- crust, an appearance snipes do ing, particularly about the last- not like, and of course were not named place --- looking brown, numerous. This day saw a flight rushy, and reedy; and, had not pass over our heads to the wind, the day been far advanced, should which was south. have tried them. At Stoke fell Our sport increased with our in with a snipe-shooter, looking acquaintance with the Isle and keen and sharp, as if few would Islanders, the King of which escape
paid us a visit on the third day. to Steel. He gave us some useful Though it was our duty on our information respecting the object first arrival on the Island to have of our journey, was very will- presented to him our letter of ining to join us, fancied we came troduction, we neglected to do so; from London, and a bag was our entirely owing to some wrong inprincipal aim......we unclouded formation from a person our first him on this point, and refused his letter was delivered to. proffered kindness.
much regretted, as we lost three I have always found, in all days of this Gentleman's kindsnipe countries, a man that either ness, and should have avoided is or has the reputation of being the little unpleasantness that oca deadly shot; and although they curred on the first of his visit, may guide one to some of the which the production of the letbest places, and through the in- ter named soon turned into mirth, tricacies of marsh-ditches, they and a cheerful and social compaare often an eye-sore to those nion. He directed us to the best who farm the land, as snipe and places on the Isle, and a kind inwild-fowl are not their only pura vitation to partake of his hospi
tality, which we only refused ever met with. The bright yelfor the sake of pursuing our low appearance of the legs is sport. This Gentleman weighs entirely new to me, as all the eighteen stone, and is worthy to snipes I had previously killed be a King. I never could fancy (and they are not a few) have a little man possessing Majesty invariably had light slaty-green ......even Pope, with all his in- shanks. tellect, would have been lost in During our short stay in Grain, robes. Some nations choose all the snipes and various wildtheir Kings from their great fowl we saw were journeying men...... wise for a nation that southward, their heads to the depends on manual prowess for wind. One flight of snipes (and its defence for emulation pro- we saw several) had at least from duces a robust race of people. one to two hundred in it. None The old maids and bachelors of of them seemed inclined to desuch a country, I suppose, must scend, but steadily pursued their be of the lesser class.
journey. Grain possesses many As our sport increased, un- fleets, which once were creeks, fortunately so did the size of our previous to a wall being raised to shot, which rose from No. 7 to encompass most of its marsh No. 3—not very favorable to kill lands. These fleets are stored with any certainty so small a bird with very large and delicious eels, as the snipe: in consequence we
which during the month of May did not make a very brilliant seek ingress to them from the wind-up to our few days' sport. Thames and Medway. At this I am no advocate for large shot, time they are very small. In the andam from experience convinced autumn they are desirous to return that No. 7 will kill most of our to salt water, and, when heavy game birds forty yards from the rains set in, are taken in nets gun, for what is lost in strength placed near the sluices. Grain is gained in quantity. This dis- a few years ago made a successappointment has fixed on my ful stand against the assumed mind never to trust to remote rights of the City of London ; villages to supply any deficiency the City demolished Grain-bridge, of ammunition which I can con- for which act it had to pay a few veniently carry with me. Setting thousand pounds! The cause aside this mishap, our sport was was tried at Guildford. rather successful.
Grain has likewise a niche in The best time for Grain and the history of art, that inimitable neighbouring marshes is after painter Hogarth having once paid heavy rains with strong winds it a visit in an intended tour from blowing E. or N.E. The snipes Black wall to Dover. Major, in seldom tarry long, as most of the his edition of Walpole's Lives of water in the fleets is a little brack- the Painters, alludes to this as folish, and not what snipes gene- lows :-" It was a party of plearally like. Amongst the snipes sure down the River into Kent, we killed were three whose legs undertaken by Mr. Hogarth, Mr. were of a bright lemon colour, Scott, and three of their friends, and much thicker and shorter in which they intended to have than those of any other snipes I more humour than they accom
plished, as is commonly the case excellent glass of Port. And now, in such meditated attempts. The Mr. Editor, I am safe home: and tour was described in verse by if this will give variety to your one of the company, and draw- entertaining and instructive Maings made by the two painters, gazine, it is much at your serbut with little merit, except in
vice: and should I ever be a conthe views taken by Mr. Scott.” nubial advertiser after
Previously to our journey, the pretty, placid, and kind qualificaague and cholera morbus were tions, I should wish the lady to prophesied to be our associates, have a snipe-bog in her own and quinine and a load of other right. medicines were recommended. The compliments of the season This advice we did not take ; to you, and all lovers of the neither did we regret its absence: trigger !-Yours, small shot we did. On the Isle
PEREGRINE MARSHMAN. we found an obliging landlord, dry beds, comfortable fire, and an December 24, 1831.
MR. MURE'S HOUNDS, AND THE SUFFOLK COUNTRY.
contrived to live, and escape the mise, I send you such an ac- vigilance of the gamekeepers, count of Suffolk hunting and they knew no more of fox-hunthounds as I have been able to ing than Polar bears; and every pick up during my short so- man of experience must agree journ in the county, and without with the opinion of the celebrated farther preface shall proceed to Meynell, that well-trained foxes business.
are as necessary to sport as good The Suffolk (or, perhaps, more hounds. Added to this, Suffolk properly speaking, Mr. Mure's) was, and still is, a great preserve fox-hounds have now been esta- for game ; and the prejudices in blished about four seasons, and favour of battueing were strong at covert-side the turn-out of amongst many of the Aristocracy, the men, hounds, and horses and which (until this feeling may vie with any pack in could in some measure be reEngland denominated provincial. moved) would set at defiance the Few men could have effected attempts of the wisest to hunt the more than Mr. Mure has in the country. But it has in a great same period of time; for the dif
measure been subdued by the ficulties that presented themselves popularity of Mr. Mure and the in the outset were many, and re- vox populi in favour of fox-huntquired great patience and perse- ing. Foxes have bred and inverance to subdue and remove. creased, and in most parts are In the first place, the country had now preser ved ; and with regard not been hunted for ten or twelve to extent of country, there is years ; the foxes had all been quite enough to employ hounds destroyed; or if two or three three or four days a-week.
The kennel is situated at Her- of reading it, I should say, vide ringswell, between Bury St. Ed- Daniel's Rural Sports.
What munds and Newmarket, and per- matters it to the thousands who haps not quite so central as might read the Magazine to know whebe wished; but by occasionally ther a good hound was from the sleeping out one night, this difti- blood or kennel of the Duke of culty is overcome. To those who this, my Lord that, or Mr. suchknow something of the locality of a-one? If we walk into twenty the country, I shall state that different kennels of fox-hounds their draw extends from Red- of any note, and begin to search grave Hall, the seat of George into pedigree, we shall find that, Wilson, Esq., to Balsham Wood, like race-horses, they are all bred on the borders, or in the county well enough, and vary one from of Cambridge, East and West a another very little in essentials. distance of about thirty miles ; In fact, the thorough-bred foxand from Snare Hill, by Thet- hound blood has been dissemiford in Norfolk, to Long Melford nated through every part of the in Suffolk, North and South a kingdom, and is as common as distance of about twenty-six vaccine inoculation-shape, size, miles.
and condition shewing the judgThe pack consists of about ment and tact of the proprietor. fifty couples of hunting hounds, As it is my intention at some fifteen of which were purchased future period to offer some reat the commencement of this sea- marks on hounds and hunting in son of Sir Richard Sutton, and the present day, I shall now leave were esteemed the élite of those this part of the subject, and give which Sir Richard had purchased you the result of three days' sport of Lord Middleton. They are that I have just witnessed. mostly divided into a dog and The first time I met these bitch pack, but occasionally hounds this season was on Satur(very properly) the ladies and day the 10th of December, at gentlemen have their fun toge- Tuddenham village, close to their ther. Will Rose, bred by his kennel. At the time of meeting Grace the late Duke of Grafton, the rain came down in torrents, got by his famous Ould Tom, but they were to their appointhunts them. Sam Hibbs, from ment to a moment: there was no the kennel of Sir George Sitwell, flinching; and after a thorough a clever ferreting chap, is the soaking, and drawing one covert first whip; and a young one, train- blank, the clouds dispersed, and ing up * in the way he should became, what is usually thought go" by these artists, is as handy to be a real hunting day, warm and active as any mischievous boy and muggy.
A fox was soon can be, and occasionally assists found: the scent made the pace them.
awful, and the rabbit-holes that I would not, if I could, give abound in this part of the counthe pedigree of all the leading try made the riding dangerous ; hounds of this pack; nothing ap- but there was no fencing, nor pears to me to be so uninteresting checking, and “bellows to mend” as a catalogue of canine appella- was the order of the day. Pug tions : but if any one is desirous stood this sort of usage for about
twenty minutes, describing a large the scent of another that had been circle, and wisely sheltering at seen to steal away about five milast in the family mansion—a nutes previously. After being large earth in which he and many lifted over a little difficulty that generations of foxes had first presented itself in the shape of a tasted mother's milk. This earth long wooden-bridge that divides was old-fashioned and strong, and Canham and Tuddenham, over was considered, as an English- which the fox had escaped, and man's house used to be, his castle; some few yards up a hard road, the sanctity of his home was not they dropped their sterns, and violated, and he lives, it is to be started off due north at a good hoped, to“ fight another day." St.Leger pace......all in the open
As soon as faces were wiped, again—not a fence of any sort to horses' girths loosened and tight- stop a fat duck to be met with : ened, the merits of the run dis- but those infernal rabbit-burrows cussed over a few pinches of invisible in many places from the snuff, the order was again sounded heather that grows over them) to horse, and we trolled on to were every minute to be dreaded, find another of the family : when and in many instances separated lo and behold we lighted on horse and rider.
The fox, as enough to form a board of health, good as ever was littered, kept his and from what followed we may head as straight as one of Manfairly conclude this was the ob- ton's particulars for about nine ject of their concentrating. How- miles, and beat us shamefully in ever, our unceremonious visit dis- the parish of Elden. It was in persed the committee, and the a large open field of turnips where varmints were scampering in the hounds first came to a check; all directions. For some time and, although the fox was viewed there was a sort of running fight but a few minutes before them between hounds, foxes, whippers, going into some young gorse, and assistant volunteer-whips, and they were immediately put amongst the high gorse bushes, upon the line, they would not endeavoring to restore order and own it, and there, in point of fact, bring the attention of the pack ended (but for this mishap) a to a single individual. After most splendid run. Rose perse
trouble this was partly vered forward for another mile or effected, and an unfortunate fox so; but all his efforts were fruitbecame an easy prey, being in less, and we came to a halt. “ 'Tis the last stages of cholera morbus. all over!”-very few remarks beA year ago, we should perhaps yond good morning, extra handhave said he was mangy; but it kerchiefs tied round the neck, will not do to go against fashion, cigars lighted, exeunt in fumo. or the stream, and there is but There was a strong muster of one disease now-a-days recog- the Newmarket lads on this day, nized by the faculty as a scourge who of course were at home at for man or beast......and this is racing pace in an open country. the cholera.
Amongst these, Arthur Pavis, on The hounds, without being Miss Craven (late the Duke of suffered to taste the ill-favored Richmond's), was one of the most animal, were now halloo'd on to conspicuous. Sam Day, who I was