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A LETTER TO “ ONEOFUS” FROM LEICESTERSHIRE.

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AT last my dreams are realized, would have been required. Curse

and I old in these beautiful regions. For 'Squire's pack, are they still in many a day I have sighed for one existence Answer me, thou season among these crack packs, rough and ready one. And now I and at length Fortune favours will tell you of these parts; and, me; and truly I am not disap- though I cannot give you names pointed. All other countries are of places and coverts, being a infamous compared to this, and yet stranger in the land, yet, if thou this is considered about the worst wilt let me have my own way, I part of the Quorn, though Paradise will endeavor to amuse you for to what I have been accustomed a time. to; for I came from a three-years' And first as to the country. That sojourn with Oneofus in that part which Sir Harry Goodricke most vile of fox-hunting coun- hunts is generally very deep, and tries where fate hath destined the fences mostly have a ditch; him to spend his days. Oh that but on the whole they are not thou wert here, thou most en- difficult, excepting the brooks. thusiastic of enthusiasts ! I love The famous Smite runs through thee, because thy whole heart and most it, and is generally to be soul are in the chase. By day crossed; and when that this is the and night (during the season) I case, a few always find the bottom believe thy thoughts are on the of it, though in some places it is sport; and I would have thee nothing of a jump; but you have with me to behold thy delight seldom time for choosing, for, once why thou found thyself stream- behind, with anything of a scent, ing over these beautiful fields; it is almost impossible to catch or that I had thy pen to relate again. Speaking of brooks, I some of the runs: for thy rela- have often heard of men jumping tion of a run is almost as full of 18ft. or 20ft.-brooks with hounds, spirit as the thing itself. I pity but I suspect few men ever saw thy lot, doomed to such a coun- eighteen feet of water jumped. try! yet, if ought can reconcile It is a very wide place indeed ; thee, it is to have such gallant and, when you consider a horse companions in thy exile as some must have at least a yard on each I once did know. Charles and side to take off and land upon, it Salusbury T. are an honour to brings the jump to twenty-four any country. I hope to see the feet. The average breadth of former some day among the crack brooks leaped is seldom more packs. With his means, nothing than nine feet water; and, if the should prevent him paying them ground is bad, it is a good jump. a visit for at least one season.- I saw a place a man charged one And thou, good excellent George day, and measured it; and, though S. of Newnham, art thou still the horse slipped in from the opgoing as bravely as when we last posite bank, he must have jumped did meet? I shall not forget it in very near twenty feet (for it was a hurry: I thought the Coroner fourteen feet water) ; but then it

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is the widest place I have seen the horse's name) has been at his ridden at.

old tricks again : he has been eleThe pace these hounds

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is ven times on his head to-day.'” tremendous; and there is sad Now, when you consider this riot at times among the riders if gallant horseman may have the the scent is bad; but the hunts- pick of the best horses, money man and whips are such hardy being no object, it seems strange looking fellows, and as quick as his continuing to ride such a vilightning, never giving a chance cious brute ; but he has nerve for away, and doing their utmost to anything. This very horse was get near their fox, riding like a most capital hunter when he devils* !

was in the humour. I saw them one day after ra- When I first saw these hounds ther a quick thing from Widmer- I naturally inquired the names of pool; and it would have puzzled some of the most distinguisheda stranger to know the colour of looking men ; but I was particutheir coats, they were so com- larly struck with the appearance pletely bedaubed from the num- of Sir Harry. Fancy a handsome ber of falls; but I never saw fel- man about five feet ten inches, lows mind them so little. I and I should think about thirteen suspect they take example from stone, in the prime of life (about their master in that respect, of thirty-six), nothing of the dandy, whom I will give you a story, but still everything about him

A friend of mine was standing and his horse in the very best orone day in the yard at Melton der, and looking hardy and ready when Sir Harry's horse came in for service. I may be prejuwith his groom on him. He was diced from hearsay, but to my a great big thorough-bred one, but eye he is the very beau ideal of a something sulky-looking about his fox-hunter of modern times; and head. Sir H. had ridden him in to see him go along when in the the first part of the day, and his humour (for he will not always appearance was such as to make take the trouble to get a place) is my friend inquire if his horses beautiful. The man who pleased often came home in such a state. me most after him was young A person who was by said, “not Lord Gardiner; and, judging often quite so bad :--but, I re- from what little I have seen, he member,” continued he, being bids fair to become the best perone day in the yard when Sir H. former across a country; but his rode this same horse in much in the weight is in his favour. He has same state, and, on my remarking got such a knack of sticking to it, he said, “Yes, old (I forget his horse, that unless they come

* I remember one day finding a fox, but there was very little scent: hounds were at fault, when one of the whips viewed the fox going a field or two a-head: he halloo'd and rode forward cap in hand, but the hounds were a long time coming to him. In the mean time he kept going along, keeping pug in view, and the field after him, some before the hounds, some after them, but all galloping at a good pace and taking the fences. I should think the whip and about a dozen, in spite of “hold hard ! hold hard !” went nearly a mile in this manner before the other whip (the huntsman was not out) could get the hounds up, which he accomplished at last, giving a few hearty damns to those Gents who had ridden on ; which occasioned a certain Noble Lord, who had been one, to say quietly to some of the party,“ Curse those infernal dogs, they al. ways spoil sport! What a capital hunt we should have had if it had not been for them !”

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heels over head he will not part have only seen them twice, but company. They tumble over and nothing could be better than the get up again as if they were the appearance of the whole. We same animal, and he will go at had one capital run of fifty mianything. This reminds me of a nutes, with hardly a check, over a lark at which I was amused. very fine country; and, fortu

I had heard of Melton men nately for the nags, the larking, and the other day I saw was light, or no horse could have it for the first time. They had lived with them. Among the met at Melton, and had a long riders I remarked a black coat on tiresome day, killing two foxes, a black horse as among the very but without shewing a run. At best. I believe his name is Becher. last some of the field got tired of The other pack is Mr. Dansey's, drawing, and so about half a who hunts Lord Middleton's dozen started to find their way country. He is a stranger, and home across country. LordGardihas many difficulties to encounter; ner took the lead, and at one place but, from what I have seen of got a tremendous summerset, and him, he wants that quickness lost his horse: however, to my which is absolutely necessary to surprise, instead of attempting to shew sport : and, after hunting catch him, he waited very coolly with Sir Harry and Mr. Saville, till the next man, Lord Wilton, the contrast is too great. I cancame up, who, after getting over not bear to see a man poke from the fence, pulled up, when Lord one covert to another at a walk, Gardiner jumped on behind him, as if he only wanted to kill the and away they sailed together, day; and I have heard men comtill at length somebody caught plain sadly of him in this respect. the horse and brought him up. I think he has a capital ear for

There are some most excellent hounds, and understands the riders among the

yeomen ; science of hunting ; but he is not farmer named Butler particularly decided, or quick enough: added struck me in a very quick thing to which, a fence in the way often from near Widmerpool. He rode a makes him alter his cast, which his grey mare very much blemished, judgment thinks is the right one. for which, I believe, he gave I must now say adieu ; my twenty pounds, but she is the very place of abode is among

the ruins best hunter I ever saw; and this of the old Castle of the Duke of day Lord Rancliffe (also on a very N.......e, from which I gaze clear grey) and him had the lead

upon a most beautiful

expanse

of alternately as the hounds turned.

country, and wish that fate would I hope to see these hounds allow me to remain for many some day in the Harborough years; but I fear I must again country, when I may be able to soon wander forth to some other give some better account of them region. However, if not, perhaps and their performance.

you may hear again from me, if There are two other packs in this is deemed worth receiving. the neighbourhood of Notting. In the mean time, believe me, my ham. Mr. Saville's, of Rufford, trusty ONEOFUS, your most sin, is most excellent, and, I believe, cere well-wisher, have had most splendid sport. Į

MILES. February 17, 1832.

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BARTON COURSING MEETING.

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AT this. Meeting, which was held on out of Twist, beat Mr. Richardson's blk.

the 7th, 8th, and 10th of February, and wh. b. Trippet, by Humphrey Clinker there was

a numerous and respectable out of Pledge. attendance of the Members and their Ancholme Stakes of two sovs. each.friends. From the unusual fineness of Mr. Healey's f. b. Fan, Dancer out of the weather, together with the good con- Fly, beat Mr. Loft's f. b. Magic, by Mr. dition of the ground, and the extraordi. Best's Monarch out of his Marcia; Mr. nary stoutness of the hares, the contests in E. W. Smith's bl. d. Match'em, by Blue the respective runs for the Cup and Cap out of Red Tail, beat Mr. Chaplin's Sweepstakes were most excellent and satis- f. and wh. d. Wonder, by Dancer out of factory. For the Grand Prize, Mr. W. Fly; Mr. Healey's blk. b. Poll, by Major Loft's Mantle (the winner of the Louth out of Fly, beat Mr. Richardson's bik. St. Leger Stakes) and Mack, own brother and wh. b. Trinke., by Humphrey Clinto her, being left alone in the last tie, the ker out of Pledge; Mr. Richardson's blk. Cup, value 40 sovs., together with 10 sovs. and wh. d. Actæon, by Cliff out of Lady, for the second best dog, were both won by beat Mr. Kennington's blk. b. Fly. them in gallant style, but not run out.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8. Mantle and Mack are by Mr. Best's Monarch, and out of Mr. W. Loft's Marcia ;

FIRST TIES FOR THE CUP. and it is but justice to say that their style

Bess beat Louisa. of running, and beautiful condition, ob

Mantle Barefoot. tained the general admiration of the field.

Minx Lion. The Society are much indebted to the

Mack Minna. kindness of C. Winn, Esq. of Appleby,

TIES FOR APPLEBY CARR STAKES. for furnishing such good hares and excellent ground for their diversion.-J. Terry,

Bugle beat Surprise. Esq. of Leyburn, near Bedale, gave uni.

Faith

Caroline. versal satisfaction as Tryer, by his impar- TIES FOR THE ANCHOLME STAKES. tial decisions and the superior knowledge evinced by him in the Laws of Coursing.

Actæon beat Fan.

Match'em Poll. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 1832. Consolation Stakes of two sovs. each. For the Cup. Mr. E. W. Smith's bl.

Mr. Benson's blk. b. Sal beat Mr. Rich. b. Minx beat Mr. W. Richardson's wh.

ardson's wh. d. Racer; Mr. B. Nichold. Racer, by Stretcher out of Blue Bell;

son's bi. b. Adelaide agst Mr. Healey's Mr. Kennington's brin. and wh. b. Minna,

blk. b. Mary Jane-undecided : won by a out of Fly, beat Mr. J. Marshall's red b.

toss by Adelaide. Smallhopes, by Blue Ruin out of Vesta ; First Bye Stakes of two sovs. each.Mr. S. Egginton's blk. d. Lion beat Mr. Mr. Healey's brin. d. Fred beat Mr. W.Richardson's red d. Brutus, by Roman Richardson's b. Wowski; Mr. Nicholout of Cora; Mr. Chaplin's blk. d. Bare- son's blk. b. Minna beat Mr. Hayes's foot, by. Regent out of Fly, beat Mr. blk. d. Gimcrack. Espener’s red d. Effort (lame); Mr. Loft's Second Bye Stakes of one sov. each. fawn ticked d. Mack, by Mr. Best's Mr. Kennington's blk. b. Fly beat Mr. Monarch out of his Marcia, beat Mr. West's blk. b. Frolic; Mr. E. W. Smith's B. Nicholson's blue b. Adelaide, by blk. d. Squib beat Mr. Healey's brin. b. Stretcher out of Violet; Mr. Loft's wh. Tet. and t. b. Mantle, by Mr. Best's Mo.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10. narch out of his Marcia, beat Mr.

THE CUP. Healey's blk. b. Mary Jane, by Major

SECOND

Mack out of Fly; Mr. Winn's blk. b. Louisa,

beat Bess.

Mantle Minx. by Major out of Fly, beat Col. Elmhirst's fawn d. Victor, by Blue Ruin out of Decision for the Cup. Mack and Vesta ; Mr. Benson's brin. b. Bess, by Mantle being both the property of Mr. Major, beat Mr. West's blk. b. Frolic, by Loft, the Cup and Sovereigns were won Major out of Chance.

by them, but not run out. Appleby Carr Stakes of two sovs. Deciding Course for the Appleby Carr each.-Mr. E. W. Smith's brin. and wh. Stakes.-Bugle beat Faith, and won the b. Faith, out of Sister to Nelson, beat Mr. Stakes. Healey's r. d. Bob; Mr. S. Egginton's Deciding Course for the Ancholme r. d. Surprise beat Mr. Healey's r. d. Stakes.Actoon beat Match'em, and won Tom; Mr. Healey's bl. b. Caroline, by the Stakes. Belton out of The Queen, beat Mr. Ben- Deciding Course for the Consolation son's blk. b. Sal, by Major; Colonel Elm- Stakes.-Adelaide beat Sal, and won the hirst's blk. ticked' d. Bugle, by Balloon Stakes.

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MUSCAT ran three times at Calcutta in 1829, and his performances there were quite creditable to him as a racer, having won two out of the three engagements, and he came in second for the third, carrying 11st. 7lb., when eight of their best horses started. His first prize was the Gold Cup, given by the Royal Club, two-mile heats, 9st. each.

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E have the honor to present to our numerous, constant, and classical readers, in this our March Number, an exact Portrait of the Arab horse MUSCAT, which all must allow is at once creditable to the masterly hand and correct eye of the Younger MARSHALL, as well as to the beautifully scientific graver of Mr. ROMNEY; but, above all, to the Honorable Colonel FINCH, for a display of his superior judgmentin procuring such a subject: and we have no hesitation in saying, being backed up by judges from whom there is no appeal, that MUSCAT is the only Arabian imported in the present generation calculated to improve, or rather renovate, the English Race-horse, being of good size, perfect symmetry, fine temper, and the purest blood: besides there is in him bone, muscle, strength, and action to improve the breed of horses of every grade.

He also won the Little Welter
Stakes, carrying 10st., the Round
Course (one mile and three-
quarters), six subscribers.

We say thus much for MusCAT, or otherwise he could, though a stranger to our language, speak for himself: but there has been such bouncing, such puff upon puff about a print of another Árabian published about a month ago, called Orelio, that we could not refrain from saying something about both, being desired to "look upon this, and look upon that.” Poor Orelio! and art thou brought here to be thus degraded! thy "bright bay" to be turned into dirty white muslin! and thy "black legs and feet" into legs of parchment !! Oh! what a "mount" for the renowned Don Quixote ! Only dock him, and what a soliloquy we should have from the Learned Syntax......"My dear, dear Grizzle!!! how proud I am to find a grateful world still doing honor to thy extraordinary worth, and the Arts Sublime exerted to hand down to posterity thy matchless beauty!". Poor Orelio, why wert thou imported !-and why was not the man who put forth thy caricature exported-and, for his libel on the state of the Fine Arts in England, at the expense of Government?

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