Графични страници
PDF файл

well suited for the country, which topping the opposite hill, when is hilly, stiff, and heavy, with Mr. Smith, who has a regular large thick coverty; and few hares hawk's eye, caught a glimpse as can stand twenty minutes before she passed, and in the hurry of them with anything like a scent. the moment, forgetting what he

On the day on which I met was hunting, took off his cap and them, the 29th December, we gave a Tally-ho, which made threw off at Quarley Mount, a the whole country echo. few miles below the seat of the It would be unfair to pass an worthy Master, who hunts them opinion upon the performance of himself, assisted by two lads (his a pack with so slight an acquaintfirst whip having been made ken- ance; but the condition of the nel huntsman). The morning dogs was too admirable, as were was frosty, and after waiting half the horses, particularly the one an hour or so, we commenced rode by Mr. Smith. operations; but, though we found As it seems the fashion among four or five hares in succession, the writers of the present day to the scent was so bad that we particularize, I


add that the could scarcely hunt them a yard. dress of the Hunt is green

with a A laughable occurrence took scarlet collar and black cap. place on finding our second Wishing as long a life to Mr. hare, strongly shewing the force Smith as your excellent Magazine of habit: the hounds were drawe is sure to have, I am, Mr. Editor, ing a small copse, from which the yours,

FLASHMAN. hare stole away, and was just Titley, near Kington.


SIR, IT T is a long time since I have through Caddaford Farm, crossed

been among your pages, and the Plym river below Caddaford it is not now with the light pen Bridge, through Lilliver, over of joy that I write: no, it is to Shaugh Moor by Suddle Barrow; relieve for a moment the heavi- a check, however. The master ness of sorrow; and what is a made one of the quickest and more delicious luxury to mind best casts I ever saw. Forward, ill at ease than to praise that forward! We lost not a minute, which we love to praise—that but rather gained by this good which we can praise with truth! forward cast. Well, go on.

They hit it away by Torycomb The Lyneham fox-hounds for Tor, crossed the Tory Brook, ever, huzza! These hounds are through Knole Wood,

! as fine, as noble a pack as gallops Headon, through the village of over the earth: Mr. Bulteel leads Lutton-some confusion amidst them on.

On Tuesday the 13th the variety of animals biped and they unkennelled in Dewerston, quadruped, squalling variis linor Deerstone. After a round in guarum voicks ! Through it all the covert, he went away

like we went; were halloo'd on to good one over Whigford Down, Slade, down the valley, Marks,

Here goes.



Lucas Wood, Spurham, crossed cellent hounds! would that ye the river Yealm, through Beech had no roads, no lanes (except Wood, crossed the Ivy Bridge Mr. Thomas Lane and his broturnpike roads, through Beech, thers) in your hunting country! Stretchley, Swineson, crossed the NoMacAdamising horse-tirers to river Yealm, through South meet you, who clog your sensiWood, Laverton Wood, Treby's tive noses with their steam ; who Haws, Treby Wood, where they never see you, except when by killed after a most superior run. some unlucky chance they rush Everything right-no roadsters in into your presence, on their fathe way; they were all abroad, vorite topics of converse, the as they always should be: so the roads ; and who compel you to hounds killed their fox well, as lose your fox! No noisy, screamexcellent hounds always will do ing, crazy Gentlemen, who aswhen they get out of the way of tonish you, and make you turn but so-so sportsmen. This run back your eyes with horror, and from Dewersden to Treby Wood stop you with trembling to know is nine miles at least as the crow whence the thunder comes ! No fieth, and the fox went about appetite seekers !

No coffeefourteen. Mr. Thomas Lane and house men, no wind-sinkers, no two others saw the whole of this whistlers! Let not any voice be

The remainder of the jolly heard except your own, and the party-some took their recreation manly cheer of your Master ! on the roads to Wind sor, perhaps May your followers be sportsto seek for the smiles of Royalty men, and nothing but sports--others voyaged toward New men !"

The scarlet-clad" ones England ; all as fast as they laughed loud. Like Cassandra, could sail, light and heavy, slap his judgment was treated with away from the hounds. Those ridicule, his truth with scorn. of Windsor did come in time Well, well, he has done his best. for a bit of fox. As for the voy- His hunting-day, his almost only ageurs to New England, it is sup- day of gladness, is fast sinking posed they were cast away, as no into the night of oblivion; the one saw more of them. Thus darkness comes rushing on-and ended a delicate chase.

Ha, ha, ha !-Finis to There was one there who cried

ONEOFUS. with a loud voice, “ Oh, ye ex- January 21, 1832.





SIR, W HEN a character celebrated in I trust, accurate notice of a sports

the annals of Sportive History man, who has just given us another leaves this course, and makes a tour to illustration of mortality, and has the regions below the sod, it would be fallen or dropped amongst us, an omission, if not a crime against the

“ Like leaves in wintry weather." cause of sporting, were the event suffered to pass unnoticed in the columns The subject of my scrawl is Mr. of your Journal. I therefore give William Flint, a Gentleman who by you this slight, though nevertheless, one single exhibition on the Turf has VOL. IV.SECONJ SERIES.No. 22.


almost immortalized his name, and has sent the sound of it far beyond that of all the Gentlemen Jockeys of the present day. Who has not heard of the celebrated and never-to-beforgotten Match, run at York in August 1804, between the subject of these lines and the Lady of the late Col. Thornton, of sporting memory, and the first instance, I believe, on record in the racing calendars of a female's jockeyship on the turf? No sportsman but has read (if he did not witness) every particular that attended the occurrence: indeed all grades, from the itinerant ballad-singer to the coroneted Peer, have heard of Mrs. Thornton and Mr. Flint's Match. The event was at the time celebrated by the Muses in some poetic effusions on the occasion, and the pencil of the caricaturist was also at home in picturing the feat; and last, though not least, the pages of your Magazine gave us not only a print of the race, but a portrait of the Lady.

The Match was made between Mr. Flint and the late Col. Thornton for 500gs. and 1000gs. bye, four milesMr. Flint to ride his weight against the Lady's-and was won, as all know, by Mr. Flint; and as it would be a waste of time and your columns to again call forth any reminiscences of the race, I would refer all curious inquirers to consult the pages of your Sporting Miscellany for August 1804, where ample details will be found*.

Prior to the event, Mr. Flint was not engaged on the Turf as an owner of race-horses; but about this period he started several horses at York, Pontefract, Lincoln, &c. the principal horses of his stud being-Brown Thornville, which he afterwards named Black Strap, got by Volunteer, upon which he rode his match above alluded to, and afterwards sold him to Mr. Hewitt; a mare called Miss Acomb; Scampston, by Screveton out of Henrietta by Saltram, which mare I believe was also his property; and Spit

fire, by Beningbrough out of Quilter's dam by Young Sir Peter. However, he did not enjoy the gratification of proving the victor in any other contest save the one against female exertion, and appears to have soon left the fascinations of the Turf.

As a rider to hounds I believe he was nonovice, and has, I am informed, during his career distinguished himself

"In flood and field."

He was also a passionate and enthusiastic disciple of Old Izaak Walton, delighting to lure the finny tribe with tempting bait and steady line, in which pursuit he gained himself deserved celebrity.

A predilection for those pleasures in which that noble creature, the horse, is engaged, led him many years ago to publish a treatise of the management of that animal. The volume, if I mistake not, was published in London, and each copy had the signature of the author inscribed on the title. However, his knowledge and ability on the subject did not meet with adequate remuneration, and, like many other authors, he long after found a greater plenitude of his books than of the needful he had anticipated them to produce.

Some time after he commenced author, and when the splendour and sunshine attendant on his prosperity had been dissipated and dispersed by the clouds produced by lavish expenditure, he felt himself compelled to retire from the habitations of plenty, to which he had been accustomed, and seek a refuge in one of his Majesty's chateaux at the suit of his publisher. Liberty being regained, he, his wife, and family retired to Driffield in the county of York, where the troutstreams which flow in that neighbourhood would doubtless give an additional impetus to his natural passion for angling. Here he lived in seclusion for many years, until the summer of last year, when he visited York, (with one of his sons, a youth about four

*For a detailed account of the race, see Sporting Magazine, vol. xxiv. p. 227; the etching, same vol. p. 282; and a Song on the occasion, p. 319. The Lady's portrait was given in vol. xxv. p. 171.

teen years of age,) leaving his wife and family at Driffield, to undertake the superintendance of the establishment of a horse-bazaar, which is about to be commenced by Messrs. Wilkinson and Watts, of London, at Dringhouses, adjoining the Race-course near that city. Here he remained until the period of his dissolution, which took place at his lodging in Castlegate, on Saturday morning, January the 7th, under the following circumstances:-For years he had addicted himself to the use of spiritous liquors in some degree of excess, and used to complain of attacks of the spasmodic asthma, for which he took tincture of opium, and occasionally (as he himself stated) twelve drops of prussic acid. On the night previous to his death he retired with his son to rest, much under the influence of the Rosy God. About nine the following morning he told the youth to get up, give him a glass, and then


fetch him a cup of coffee. His son, as
desired, gave him a glass, and fetched
the coffee up stairs, when on his re-
turn, having been absent only a few
minutes, he found him
pale and
lifeless.' A neighbouring surgeon
was instantly called in, who found in
the deceased's pocket a small phial
labelled "poison," which had con-
tained prussic acid; and on the con-
tents of the deceased's stomach being
submitted to a chemical test, it ap-
peared clear that prussic acid had been
taken that morning. The opinion of
twelve individuals, headed by the Co-
roner, was shortly after taken on the
subject, when a verdict of "Died
from having taken too large a dose of
prussic acid as a medicine" was re-


Now, Mr. Editor, I beg to subscribe myself, yours, &c.


January 20, 1832.



9 to 1 agst Spencer.

9 to 1 agst Margrave.

10 to 1 agst Beiram.
12 to 1 agst Non Compos.
15 to 1 agst Byzantium.

17 to 1 agst Minster.
17 to 1 agst Darioletta.
20 to 1 agst Emiliana.

TH HE Room was but thinly attended yesterday, and scarcely any business done: indeed nothing of any importance has occurred since our last publication, the four then favorites still continuing at the top of the list for the DERBY, with some trifling variation. The Dulcinea colt has been named Spencer, and the Folly colt Byzantium. The quotations on the 16th varied very little, but on that day Spencer was brought to even betting with Beiram, and on the 23d had the call. Yesterday Spencer gained half a point, and so did Margrave; consequently these two now stand at the head, and Beiram third. In the OAKS and LEGER there is, really nothing doing.-Fang is in great force both in the North and the South for the York Derby, to which there are 31 subscribers, and no other mentioned.

Of the double events we may quote that a bona fide bet was made, 600 to 500 Margrave and Beiram agst Spencer and Non Compos.

At the close yesterday the odds may be quoted as follow:


22 to 1 agst Pastille colt.

30 to 1 agst Bugle.

30 to 1 agst Ernest.

40 to 1 agst Count Robert.

50 to 1 agst Count Robinson.


7 to 1 agst Emiliana.
10 to 1 agst Dryad.
13 to 1 agst Ruth.


The Turf.


NEWMARKET Craven Meeting. -Eight subscribers having declared to pay 10 sovs. ft. to the Oatlands Stakes of 50 sovs. each, D. I. viz. Lord Exeter's Mahmoud, Mr. E. Peel's Cadland, Mr. W. Jackson's Walter, Mr. S. Stonehewer's Variation, Sir M. Wood's Camarine, Mr. Flintham's Anti-Catholic, Mr. Chifney's Emilianus, and Mr. Henry's Agreeable-and there being less than 24 subs. to the Stakes, Two Classes have been formed, according with the notice in our last, and the 10 sovs. ft. go to the second horse in each Class. The First Class, to be run on Tuesday :

Col. Wilson's br. c. by Comus, 4 yrs, 9st. Sir M. Wood's Captain Arthur, 4 yrs, 8st. 10lb.

Mr. Watts's Mazeppa, 4 yrs, 8st. 4lb.
Mr. Chifney's Snarl, 4 yrs, 7st. 131b.
Mr. Greatrex's Zucharelli, 4 yrs, 7st. 131b,
Duke of Grafton's Oxygen, 3 yrs, 7st. 9lb.
Gen. Grosvenor's Sarpedon, 3 yrs, 7st. 91b.
Lord Exeter's Anthony, 3 yrs, 7st. 61b.
Mr. M. Stanley's br. c. by Whalebone,
3 yrs, 6st. 10lb.

The Second Class, to be run on Wednesday:→→→

Mr. Chifney's Rowton, 5 yrs, 9st. 7lb.
Sir M. Wood's Lucetta, 5 yrs, 9st. 5lb.
Mr. Gully's Tranby, 5 yrs, 8st. 9lb.
Mr. Greatrex's Schumla, 4 yrs, 8st. 61b.
Ld. Tavistock's Gondolier, 4 yrs, 7st. 13lb.
Mr. J. Scott's Rodolph, 3 yrs, 7st, 91b.
Lord Wilton's The Chancellor, 3 yrs,
7st. 91b.

Lord Lowther's Spaniel, 3 yrs, 7st. 6lb. Lord Exeter's Bohemian, 3 yrs, 6st. 131b.

[blocks in formation]

8st. 2lb.-3lb. allowed, &c. T.Y.C. -3 subs.

Sweepstakes of 200 sovs, each, h. ft. for three-year-olds: colts, 8st. 5lb.; fillies, 8st. 2lb. One mile and threequarters-10 subs.

The Filly Sapling Stakes of 50 sovs. each, h. ft. for three-year-old fillies, 8st. 3lb. each. Last mile and a half -17 subs.

Sweepstakes of 20 sovs. each, for three-year-olds: colts, 8st. 5lb.; fillies, 8st. 2lb. Last mile and threequarters-7 subs.

Tuesday:-The Claret Stakes of 200 sovs. each, h. ft. for four-yearolds colts, 8st. 7lb., and fillies, 8st. 2lb. Two miles-3 subs.

The Spring St. Leger of 25 sovs. each, for three-year-olds: colts, 8st. 5lb.; fillies, 8st. 2lb. and three-quarters-5 subs.

Last mile

Sweepstakes of 20 sovs. each, for three-year-old fillies, 8st. 3lb. mile and a half-8 subs.


Two-year-old Stakes of 30 sovs. each, 10 ft., for colts, 8st. 5lb.; fillies, 8st. 2lb. T.Y.C.--23 subs.

The Shorts-Sweepstakes of 50 sovs. each, h. ft., for three-year-olds : colts, 8st. 5lb.; fillies, 8st. 2lb. One mile-4 subs.

The Gold Cup, value 100 sovs, (given by the Fund), added to a Handicap Stakes of 25 sovs. each, 15 ft., and 5 only if declared by the 1st of March. Two miles-11 subs.

Wednesday:The Colt Sapling Stakes of 50 sovs. each, h. ft., for three-year-olds colts, 8st. 5lb.; 3lb. allowed, &c. Last mile and threequarters-6 subs.

The Convivial Stakes of 50 sovs. each, 30 ft., for two-year-olds : colts, 8st. 5lb. ; fillies, 8st. 2lb. T.Y.C.6 subs.

The Second Year of the Constitution Stakes of 20 sovs. each, h. ft.: three-year-olds, 5st. 10lb.; four, 8st.; five, 8st. 9lb. ; six, 9st. 1lb.; and aged, 9st. 5lb. One mile and a quarter-9 subs.

Doncaster-The Races will com

« ПредишнаНапред »