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result was a complete failure, and the balance of profit was considerably on the wrong side of the “ Book ;” or, as Joseph Hume would say, the “tottle of the whole” was a beggarly account of empty pockets. Still it was a liberal opponent, and, as such, we ever treated it as a fair competitor for public favour.

Among the ephemeral productions of the day one has recently appeared under the title of the New Sporting Magazine, which, if self-praise be a criterion of merit, must be “ incomparable!” But if gross misrepresentations, palpable plagiarisms, stale jokes, feeble attempts at wit, calumny, and powerless malignity are claims upon public support, then we admit this scurrilous bantling is pre-eminent. The paltry allusions to “the slip-slop trash dished up monthly by an aged and degenerate cotemporary,” are too contemptible to notice --they "pass by like the idle wind which we regard not:" but when we are told, that the proprietors of the New Sporting Magazine « commenced their work with the benefit of nearly twenty years' experience derived from the Old one, and with an acquaintance with all its contributors," we may be excused for replying in the words of the late Lord Ellenborough, “ 'tis as false as H-11:" and when they explain “ why certain writers of celebrity are not found among their contributors,” that “ one is no more, and another may be considered dead to the Sporting World,” we can positively affirm that they knew neither the one nor the other. These palpable untruths, however, would be beneath our contempt were it not for what follows--viz. “ that Nimrod is prohibited, for a certain time, from writing on Sporting Subjects save in the Old Magazine". adding, this he will never do again ;” but that he is their friend, and whatever service he can be of short of the violation of his contract, they can command.”

Even this assertion would not have induced us to explain the reasons why communications from Nimrod have not lately appeared in our pages, did we not know that he has addressed several influential friends, stating that he has withdrawn from our service “ in disgust,” and that he has in numerous instances endeavored to do an injury to his former benefactors. This, added to the shameless and degrading character in which he has lately appeared, on our re-publication of his “Letters on the Condition of Hunters,” impose on us the painful necessity of laying before our readers

• A plain unvarnish'd tale," as to the real cause of this writer having deserted us, and Aled his country.

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When Nimrod commenced writing for the SPORTING MAGAZINE he was in difficulties, and the late Mr. Pittman's purse relieved him from his embarrassments. He was then engaged to furnish monthly articles on most liberal terms, and all his expenses paid-hunters, hacks, grooms, travelling, &c. &c.—and we can prove that in six years he drew from the Magazine the enormous sum of Nine Thousand Pounds. It should be observed, however, that Nimrod did not actually earn this sum by his writings; for he was continually in want of the “ needful,” and frequently drawing ad libitum for money, which Mr. Pittman answered with that easy good nature which ever marked his conduct towards him.

This, however, could not last long, and Mr. Pittman, in the July previous to his death, in 1827, rejected the payment of various bills of exchange presented on the faith of former compliance. A new account was opened, leaving no less than 4001. unliquidated, in addition to the sum of Two Thousand Pounds, which had been lent him on the security of his farm at Beaurepaire, and on his undertaking to insure his life for that amount, but of which insurance he never paid more than one year's premium.

On the death of his benefactor, he applied to the executor for an advance of money, which was accorded him, and he continued to write for some months, receiving the same remuneration as heretofore. This continued till he went to Germany, in July 1828, the expense of which he calculated not to exceed 301. Indeed he asked no more: but this was liberally made 501. exclusively of the sum to be paid for his communications; and on his return, when it was ascertained that Mr. Tattersall, who accompanied him, had advanced him 401., this was also discharged by the present proprietor. Notwithstanding this, he demanded the loan of a large sum of money before he would furnish the materiel, and some months elapsed before he delivered the MS. into our hands, and which he only did at last on being paid down its full amount, calculating the probable quantity it would make in our pages.

To raise the specific sum he then wanted, much of the MS. was delivered in unconnected scraps. After the “ Tour” was printed in successive Numbers, these “ odds and ends” required to be arranged for the press: they were therefore sent back to him for that purpose he returned them in their original state, refusing to have anything to do with them.

In August 1829, Nimrod having declined to furnish any farther communications to the Magazine, in consequence of a refusal to comply with his exorbitant demands, the account of the money due from him to the proprietors—including the insurance money which he promised but neglected to pay--was forwarded to him, with a request that he would say how and when it would be convenient to discharge the same. After considerable delay, an arrangement was made that he was to continue his “ Letters on the Condition of Hunters," the proprietors deducting two-thirds of the amount he was entitled to in liquidation of his debt: but when these were completed, he declined all farther intercourse with the Magazine, leaving a debt, which, with farther insurance paid to last July, now amounts to upwards of Twelve Hundred Pounds!

The proprietors had no other alternative for the recovery or liquidation of their claim than to take legal proceedings against him: and when he found that they were in earnest, he solicited Mr. Tattersall to interfere to prevent the consequences. This Gentleman, with that kindness which has ever distinguished him, appointed an interview in the hope of reconciling both parties; and the proposal, which had previously been acted upon--viz. of his apportioning twothirds of whatever sum he might be entitled to receive monthly for his writings—was again agreed to; and Nimrod promised to pay

the insurance in future, Mr. Tattersall very justly remarking, " that it was quite enough for the executrix of the late Mr. Pittman to lose interest of the 20001. without having to pay 931. 10s.

per annum (the amount of the insurance) to secure the principal at his death.”

Nimrod's immediate purpose was answered—the proceedings were stopped, and he agreed to pay the costs incurred; but when the draft of the deed was forwarded for his inspection, he objected to the sum actually paid for insurance, as well as to the costs, and refused to acknowledge the agreement, though drawn up in his presence by Mr. Tattersall himself.

Again the proceedings against him were renewed, and again did he manæuvre to defeat them. When the writ was sent down to arrest him, he got intimation of it, and left his home in time to evade the officer : but as his absence from his farm was not convenient to him, he induced Colonel Standen and Captain Ross--whose honour stands unimpeached, and who can vouch for the truth of this statement-to endeavour to effect a compromise; and these Gentlemen accordingly called in Warwick-square, stating that a mistake had arisen, owing to the sum claimed on the unliquidated amount on the books previously to Mr. Pittman's death, Nimrod asserting that the executor had cancelled that debt. Tạis was not true ; neither had he any authority for so doing: but to shew the feeling of the execu


trix towards him--that no animosity subsisted on her part-she agreed to forego that claim, on condition that he would resume his pen, those Gentlemen pledging themselves that “ Nimrod should conform to the former agreement, allowing two-thirds of the proceeds of his writings towards her claim, and pay the insurance :" adding, “that if a deed were again drawn up to this effect, Nimrod would sign and conform to it.” Both Gentlemen expressed their high satisfaction at the liberality of the executrix, and departed.

That this was only another device of Nimrod to obtain time for his own purposes, is evident by the result; but, be it remembered, we entirely exonerate Colonel Standen and Captain Ross from even a suspicion of his baseness. The deed was sent to him, deducting the amount of the old debt so liberally conceded to him, but with the addition (as agreed to by his friends) of one year's insurance then paid, and the additional expenses incurred. To these he demurred, and again procrastinated a final settlement according with his own terms, till he got in his harvest, sold the stock, pocketed the cash, and then crossed the water where he now is to avoid the penalty of his dishonesty.

In December 1830, a letter was received from Mr. Tattersall, saying that he understood from Nimrod that the debt had been increased from the balance agreed to by Captain Ross and Çolonel Standen, which was the cause of his refusing to execute the deed. To this we subjoin the executrix's reply, as the best elucidation of her opinion of his character, and shewing that she was no longer to be made a dupe to his pretended offers of negociation.


December 20, 1830. “ In acknowledging the kindness with which you have interfered to bring about an arrangement with Mr. Apperley, I only wish now to justify myself to you from the appearance of vacillating from the proposal which I was induced, though I confess reluctantly, to accede to, and to shew that my statement to Mr. Boland was justified. Mr. Apperley is indebted to me in the amount stated, as fully appears from the books, in which every item is entered. When Captain Ross and Colonel Standen called in Warwick-square I satisfied them of my claim, but at the same time said, if Mr. Apperley would keep up his future deductions, and pay the insurance, I would not press the balance due previously to the new account. But this I wished to be understood as coming from myself, and not from any arrangement made by the executor. If I was to give up

so large a sum, I of course expected that I should have the credit of making the sacrifice. You know how that arrangement has been complied with on his part. He tried every experiment to procrastinate the business-at one moment acceding to everything, and the next making objections, only for the purpose of delay, and to enable him to dispose of his stock, and then flee the country, setting every principle of justice at defiance. I would have said honour, but he has so polluted the word that I should be sorry to use it in application to his conduct.

“ He knew that a writ was out against him : he induced you to use your influence with me to hold it back, and he would come to terms. I did so: he returned to his home, disposed of his property, and ran away. He then sent an insulting letter to my Attorney, setting him at defiance.

“ Previously to this he had circulated through the Sporting World a begging letter, soliciting subscriptions to indemnify him for losses sustained in his Tours! You know how liberally I paid him for his German excursion; and a clear statement, shewing that he drew from the Magazine to the tune of 15001. per year, will best evince the losses he suffered! This, however irrelevant to the point at issue, must convince every rational mind of the honour of the man! Could I then, when his friend (Mr. Boland) called to know if I was willing to enter into an arrangement-could I refrain from speaking to facts ? Could I


he only indebted to me in 6501. when he refused to conform to his own proposal, and I only conditionally admitted that I would not press an old-standing debt? Could I trust to the word of an individual whose only object was to aggrandise himself at my expense? I referred Mr. Boland to my Attorney. I could not even speak of future arrangements, when I felt confident he would not keep them, and that he only tried to induce me to withhold proceedings to enable him to return to England, and settle some of his own private business, when he would again have broken faith by some similar paltry excuse to that he had previously adopted. I spoke the truth; and Mr. Boland admitted that he could not stand forward as the advocate of conduct so disgraceful.

“ I only wish to add, that if I had followed my own judgment, he would not have been able to talk so high. I was persuaded to show him lenity : you see how he has requited me, and falsified the opinion of those who thought they could rely on his promises.

“Having detailed the leading facts, I will not take up more of


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