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such a toast had subsided, Mr. George Marriott, junior, rose and gratified the company by a song written for the occasion. This effusion, combining as it did the merits of a speech with the charms of music-reminding too many of
those present of the noble spirits that had once gladdened them, but were now passed away like the leaves of autumn-deserves to have honorable mention: I shall therefore make no apology for introducing it verbatim.
That Sire of the Chase-our crack Nimrod, old Meynell-
Should cease when the sun ceased to gladden the morn."
Then round with the bottle, and let it not tarry,
While we hail, while we honour, the man of our choice;
Other masters we've had, in the days of our glory
Osbaldeston and Sefton, Tom Smith, and The Græme-
Giving Melton its mainspring, and Le'stershire fame.
A day like the present's too happy for pain:
The Coplow again shall be famous in story,
And high be the deeds we shall do from Seg's Hill;
Under Goodricke shall flourish, under Goodricke shall fill.
Again shall our "Field Days" boast many a Star:
Thynne, Forester, Kinnaird, Moore, Maxse, and Maher.
And Alvanley, too-shall Meltonia forget thee?
Oh! never, while wit and wine have a charm-
And with joke, fun, and glee still old Sorrow disarm.
With Plymouth and Stanley, shall come in the train;
An unanimous encore was Mr. Marriott's reward for the delightful manner in which he executed
this song; when a toast was given, which was drunk with the greatest enthusiasm and respect
"Lady Goodricke:" and, when we consider what a son she has given to the world, we cannot feel surprised at her being thus honored. She has reason, like the Roman Dame, to think the brightest jewel she possesses is a Sir Harry.
The Duke of Rutland, and the Belvoir Hunt; Lord Forester, and the Ladies of Leicestershire; and many other noble names were then halloo'd in bumpers of sparkling wine; nor was the immortal memory of Meynell, the founder of the Hunt, forgotten. Indeed, most respectable libations were made to all who deserved to be so distinguished; and hilarity and joy beamed on every countenance. Jokes were cracked as well as bottles on that memorable evening; and, to complete the enchantment, there was music-"Music, O! how faint, how weak,
Language fades before thy spell; Why should feeling ever speak,
When thou canst breathe her tones so well!"
One word for Sir Harry, and I have done. He is a man (without
HANKS to the Picts, we live once more to congratulate our Readers on the coming season of Foxhunting! Again we anticipate high deeds to be recorded in our pages; and our blood thrills with a portion of its youthful fire at the thoughts of the dear sounds that will echo over the hills and through the dales--alas ! not to be heard by us. Well, every dog must have his day: we have had ours; we, therefore, must not repine, but hope to receive from onr trusty and well-beloved Brethren, such accounts as shall renew our recollections of "auld lang syne." -Up, up, Reynard! rouse thy
flattery it may be said) calculated to please all parties-he is of Patrician descent, and will therefore do for those who think Rank, like Charity, covereth a multitude of sins. His honour and integrity are unimpeachable, and he will therefore please those who (more wisely) make such qualities the standard of a Gentleman. He is condescending and affable, and will, par consequence, be beloved by his inferiors: and being a sportsman, from the crown of his head to the sole of his foot, he will be the very man for all. Marvel not then at my predicting, that, under his guidance, Melton will erect her head higher than in days" lang syne;" that she will be a very Queen of hunting establishments; and that every hunter of Leicestershire will with all his soul and all his strength drink
Success to Sir Harry Goodricke !
Lydford, Oct. 16, 1831.
self, and make ready for battle; for know, ere many revolving suns have shed their beams, thy sleep will be broken by the loud notes of the hunter's bugle. No longer wilt thou be suffered to remain in humble obscurity, feeding thyself and progeny with geese fattened for thy masters; " eat, drink, and be merry, for to-morrow you die."
We hear all our crack kennels and stables are on the qui vive for the ensuing campaign, which we sincerely hope will be a good one; and if the weather continues such as it now is, what more could a sportsman desire? We trust that enemy to the chase, General Frost, has received orders to
proceed to some other country, for truly his presence is not desirable here. For ourselves, we care not were he transported beyond the Poles. Never, we believe, did things wear a more smiling aspect for the hunter than at present. Weather, with every appearance of continuing fine-foxes and hares in abundance-nags in tiptop condition. Melton, the focus of all that is recherché in this way, promises (as will be seen by our notice of the dinner given in honour of that Prince of good fellows, Sir Harry Goodricke) the highest attractions for the sportsman. The music of the harrier has been heard for some time past, and some good runs have been had, with the scent of good quality, although the country has been deep and the hedges blind. We cannot detail many grand doings with Reynard, because few hounds have yet commenced their work. The Hon. Grantley Berkeley has begun the season in bang-up style, having killed since the commencement of cub-hunt
ing sixteen brace. Mr. Berkeley has improved his establishment by the addition of George Carter (from the Duke of Grafton's), a man wot knows his business well; and as civil, obliging, and attentive to his work as the most rigid employer would wish. To shew the Honorable Gentleman is in earnest, and means to conduct the thing in a slap-up way, he has had a range of boxes and stalls finished at the Wheat Sheaf, which is within a stone's-throw of the kennel, and in the very heart of the hunting country.
Mr. King's (the Hambledon) hounds have commenced with particularly good sport, having had some good runs, although so early in the year; and as there are plenty of foxes they have every prospect of a brilliant season.
Mr. Phillipps of Landew has also been stirring, and has killed some few varmint in the Tetcott and Pencarrow countries. Himself and his invincible pack are quite ready and willing for fresh attacks, in which we have no doubt they will do great things.
On the 4th inst. Sir Arthur Chi
chester's crack pack of Stag-hounds had a tremendous day in the neighbourhood of Dulverton; and after one of the severest races perhaps ever witnessed (which lasted five hours), through twelve different parishes, succeeded in capturing the antlered monarch. Out of a field of one hundred, seven only (in which number was the worthy Baronet himself) lived to see the closing scene of the drama.-We hear the Red Deer are numerous, and promise this season to cut out pretty sharp work for all parties.
horse was led from the post before the stakes of 10 sovs. each, two miles, bridle was taken off and put into the and was well contested, Mr. Smith's scale. In consequence Mr. Robin- Speculation fully supporting the odds son claimed the Stake for his b. f. of 3 to 1 in his favour, winning Steam (second); and the case was by beating Mr. King's b.c. Chancelreferred to the Jockey Club, who lor by Catton, Lord Elcho's br. h. decided that the bridle was called for Brunswick, and Lord Eglinton's in time, and that the owner of Rough Queen Bathsheba.-A Maiden Plate Robin was entitled to the Stakes. of 50 sovs. given by the Caledonian Wrexham. — The Gold Cup was
Hunt for horses, &c. which never won won by Mr. Nanney's Penrhos ; but a before the day of entry, one mile and dispute arose on the ground that he a half, produced four excellent heats. ought to have carried 5lb. extra. On The first was dead between Mr. reference, however, to the Stewards of Ramsay's b. f. Miss Dulwich and the Jockey Club, they decided that Mr. Quarton's b. c. The Flea: the he ought not to have carried the 5lb. second heat was won by The Flea by extra, and
consequently that Mr. half a neck; the third by Miss DulNanney was entitled to the Cup. wich by half a head, who also did
The Royal Caledonian and Kelso the trick in the fourth by a neck.-A Races took place on the 11th and 12th Plate of 50 sovs. given by the Nobleof the month, with an anticipation of men and Gentlemen of Roxburghsport which was more than realised. shire and Berwickshire, for horses of The first race was the Caledonian St. all ages, one mile and a half, was won Leger Stakes of 25 sovs. each, P.F., in two heats by Mr. Peacock's b. g. with 100 sovs. added by the Cale- Brown Stout beating Mr. King's br. h. donian Hunt, one mile and a half, Cistercian. Thelatter was the favorite which was won by Mr. Smith's br. c. at starting; and after winning the first Speculation by Whisker, rode by heat the odds got up to 2 to 1 in Tommy Lye, beating Mr. Quarton's favour of Brown Stout, which was b. c. The Flea by Waxy Pope, Mr. fully borne out by his winning Peacock's b. f. by Whisker, and Lord rather easy by a length. The last Elcho's b. f. Fair Witherington. race of the Meeting was a Plate of Speculation was the favorite at even, 50 sovs. given by the Duke of Bucand won easily. --The Caledonian cleuch, for horses, &c. the property Cup, value 100gs. for Scotch-bred of farmers occupying not less than horses, three miles, was carried off 100 acres of arable land, or their sons without difficulty by Lord Elcho's following that profession, within the b. h. Gondolier beating Lord Eglin- limits of His Grace's Hunt, rode by ton's b. m. Queen Bathsheba and Mr. farmers, two miles. It produced two Kay's b. g. Major. Her Majesty was heats, both won by Mr. Robb's ch. h. the favorite at 5 to 4, with 5 to 4 agst Conjuror, aged, beating Mr. Wilthe winner, and 50 to 1 agst the son's ch. g. Private by Ardrossan, Major. T. Nicholson was the fortu- Mr. Smith's br. g. De Wilton, and nate steersman.-A Plate of 50 sovs. Mr. W. Brodie's Heathfiower by given by the Duke of Buccleuch's Champignon. Private was the favo Hunt, two miles, heats, was won rite at starting ; 2 to 1 agst Conjuror : by Mr. Dick's b. g. Charley, aged, after the first heat 5 to 4 on Conjuror, beating Lord Elcho's b. m. Leda, who won rather easy. aged, and Sir James Boswell's ch. f. Epsom October Meeting.-Much Silk Sleeves; the latter drawn after was expected from the programme of the first heat. Charley had the pull this Meeting; but the unfavorable at even against the field, and after state of the weather on the first day winning the first heat to 1 went threw a wet blanket on the sport. begging.-- On the second day the first Everything was dull — the course
race was a Purse of 50 sovs. given by heavy, the company thin, and the the Caledonian Hunt,added to a Sweep Grand Stand was a shocking bad
These two went along the prospect held out: it was of at a rattling pace, the former maina very inferior character.—The first taining his advantage to the disrace, the Epsom Stakes of 10 sovs. tance, when the latter challenged: a each, with 15 added, for twoand three- short push between these two was year-olds, three quarters of a mile, 7 decided in favour of Nannette by three subs. was won by Mr. Gardnor's bl. f. quarters of a length; Mr. Thompby Whalebone out of Thalestris son's b. f. Chastity by Champignon, coming in by half a length before third ; Mr. Gray's Yorkshire Lizzy, Mr. Yates's gr. c. Gab; followed by fourth ; Sir G. Heathcote's OroonoMr. Lumley's b. c. Spectre by Parti- ko, fifth; and Mr. Shard's Mayfly san, Mr. Gates's b. f. Runnymede by in the rear.-The last race of the Little John, Sir G. Heathcote's b. m. Meeting, a Sweepstakes of 10 sovs. Penance, Mr. Waugh's b. f. Fancy, each, with 10 added, the winner to be and Mr. Clarke's b. c. Borodino, all at sold for 80 sovs., heats, one mile, 10 respectful distances.— The Metropo- subs. produced three heats, and was litan Stakes of 10 sovs. each, and 15 eventually won by Mr. Smith's ch. f. added, the winner to be sold for 200, Zarina by a head, beating Mr. GardDerby Course, was won by the Hon. nor's King William, Mr. Lumley's Mr. Ongley's b. m. Pandora, without ch. f. by Woful, and Hon. Mr. Ongthe slightest difficulty, beating Lawn ley's Foxcote :- Mr. Watson's ArSleeves, Runnymede, Ardelia, and delia (second in the first heat), Mr. Augur.-A Sweepstakes of 20 sovs. Lumley's Snacks, Mr. Dockeray's for three-year-olds, a mile, was an b.g. by Manfred, Mr. Ongley's ch. exception to the stigma which was m. by Nicolo, and Capt. Angerstein's with justice attached to the preceding Marathon not placed.The attenraces. For this Mr. Lumley's b. f. dance to-day was rather more numeFarer, Sir G. Heathcote's Shrine, and rous, but still very meagre. Mr. Gardnor's Thalestris filly came to We are glad to hear there is a prothe post, the latter making the running spect of the Bodmin Races (which to the distance, where the other two formerly afforded a rich treat to the got abreast of her, and one of the natives of the West Countree, but finest races ensued, the last stride have, from the absence of a consideronly giving Farce the advantage of able portion of the Aristocracy of the Shrine by a headl, and the Thalestris county, and various other causes, for filly not more than the third of a some years slumbered in oblivion) length in the rear.-Mr. Coulston's being revived. That gallant Nimbl. m. 7st. beat Mr. King's b. m. rod, Captain Edmund Gilbert, is the Naoini, 7st. 131h., 50 sovs., two spirited individual who has undermiles, by a length; and Mr. Gard- taken to restore an amusement which nor's Thalestris filly rec. from Mr. ought never to have ceased ; and his Martin's Minetta, 50, h. ft. - The exertions have met with tolerable Second day's sport commenced with success, several iniluential persons a Free Handicap of 15 sovs. each, having joined in the affair. These 10 ft., a mile, for which two paid, Raees, or Diversions as they are and two only appeared at the post; styled by the Bodminites, took place viz. Mr. Weatherill's ch. f. Taglioni on the 6th inst. on the Down, and and Mr. Maberly's Farce. The were very respectably attended. The former made the running, and won running, which we have not space to in a canter. This was followed by a mention more fully, was very good. Sweepstakes of 20 sovs. each, for two- There was an excellent ordinary proyear-olds, which brought out six nags. vided at the King's Arms Hotel, and a Mr. Dockeray's Runnymede started ball in the evening that could boast of off in front, Mr. Maberly's ch.f. Nan- company perfectly admissible at the nette, by Partisan out of Nanine (a strait and narrow gate of Almack's, bad starter), getting second at the if fashion and beauty are criterions at