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ROYAL YACHT SQUADRON, On Saturday the 11th of May a Meeting of the Members took place at the Thatched House Tavern, St. James's Street, the chair being filled by John Moore, Esq. in the absence of the Noble Commodore, when the owners of the following vessels were balloted for and declared Members of the Squadron :
70 tons .... J. C. Ewart, Esq.
A. Macdonald, Esq.
Joseph Jekyll, Esq.
H. Oglander, Esq.
Colonel John Petre.
W. S. Boyd, Esq.
Lord H. Cholmondeley. The following Commanders R. N. were also elected Honorary Members :- H. Bagot, G. H. Halstead, F. Hutton, John M'Donnell, and James Hamilton Ward, Esqrs.-Also Captain Sir John Hill, R. N. ; and Commodore Ridgeley, of the United States, for the facility and courtesy afforded by him to Lieut.-Colonel the Hon. R. F. Greville, when his brig Anonyma, of 417 tons, was refitting in the Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York.
The annual dinner was fixed for the 18th of August. The Club unanimously agreed to contribute 100 gs. towards the subscription for erecting a monument to the memory of Lord Nelson : and also an annual donation of £50 to the Société Generale des Naufrages.
ROYAL THAMES YACHT CLUB. The first Match for the Season, for first-class yachts and for a 50-guinea Cup, took place on Thursday the 23rd of May, in honor of the birth-day of their Illustrious Patron, the Queen, to sail, according with a new regulation, from Greenwich to Cole House Point, upwards of two miles below Gravesend, and back to the Hospital.- The Royal Sovereign steamer had been engaged to accompany the Match, in order to convey the Members of the Club and their friends, and at a little after ten o'clock she left her moorings off Fresh Wharf, and proceeded to Greenwich, where the following vessels had taken their stations
1. Widgeon.......... 20 tons...... Messrs. Snook and Cassell.
22.......... Mr. R. Hope,
Fortuna ........., 20.......... Mr. W. Pegg. The Widgeon was the favorite.-At 32 minutes past 11 the signal was given for starting, and the Fortuna walked away in first-rate style, closely followed by the Success and Queen, the Widgeon bringing up the rear rather tardily.
The Fortuna first mounted her topsail, but on approaching Blackwall Point. the Success went by her ; and in Bugsby's Hole she was also passed by the Queen, who took the second place. On entering the Galleons, the Widgeon weathered both the Queen and Fortuna, and went right up to the leading boat. Off Erith_the Success and Widgeon were nearly abreast, while the Queen and Fortuna were in the saine position, about a quarter of a mile astern. In Long Reach the Widgeon dropped off, but still retained the second place, the Queen also keeping her position as third. In rounding the point at Greenhithe the Widgeon took the lead, but off Gravesend Pier Success put herself to windward, and regained her station. No alteration took place prior to their arrival at Cole House Point, where they rounded the flag-boat in the following order :-Success, 22 min. to 3; Widgeon, 10 sec. after her ; Queen, 17 min. 20 sec. to 3; and Fortuna a quarter of a minute astern.- They all went over to the north shore, the wind blowing violently from the W. N. W. Before they reached Gravesend the Queen had weathered the Widgeon, and Success had gone nearly a quarter of a
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mile a-head. Queen Victoria, however, did not long keep her way, and the boats retook their former order. The Fortuna lost her topmast, but continued the Match gallantly bearing her colors on the mainmast.
Two or three unimportant changes took place, but Success still maintained the lead, and arrived first at Greenwich at 12 min. to 8; the Widgeon at 9 min. to 8; the Fortuna at 5 min. to 8; and lastly the Queen at about 10 sec. past 8.After the Cup had been presented to the winner, the health of Her Majesty was proposed by Commodore Harrison, and drunk with loud cheers. Sir Thomas Hardy's name was also received with commensurate applause. The weather in the early part of the day was very propitious, but after the boats had rounded the buoy it became cloudy and cold. The evening turned out rather wet.
The second Match for second-class yachts, including vessels from 10 to 18 tons, and for a Cup of similar value, is fixed for the 20th of June.
The first Below-bridge Match of the ARUNDEL YACHT CLUB is fixed for Thursday the 13th of June.
Cricket. The anniversary dinner of the MARYLEBONE Club was held in the Pavilion, Lord's Ground, on the 9th of May, the Marquis of Exeter in the chair. As Mr. James Dark was the purveyor on the occasion, it is needless to say that the spread was in unison with his established reputation. Among the Members present were, the Earl of Thanet, Hon. Colonel Lowther, Hon. G. Ponsonby, Hon. Captain Spencer, Captain Cheslyn, B. Aislabie (the Hon. Secretary), C. J. and E. Barnett, N. Bland, jun., J. Bayley, T. Burgogne, T. Nicoll, C. Romilly, and H. Whitmore, Esgrs.-After the customary loyal toasts, and “ Prosperity to the manly Game of Cricket,” had been duly honored, the Club proceeded to business, when thirty-five new Members, including the Earl of Shelburne, Viscount Boyle, and the Hon. J. C. Dundas, were elected.
The Laws 15 and 25 were altered, in accordance with notice previously given, into the following form :
No. 15. At the beginning of each innings the umpire shall call “ Play:" from that time to the end of each innings no trial-ball shall be allowed to
No. 25.--Or if with any part of his person he stop the ball, which, in the opinion of the umpire at the bowler's wicket, shall have been pitched straight in a line from it to the striker's wicket, and would have hit it.
The following new Law was also passed :
No. 48.-When one of the strikers shall have been put out, the use of the bat shall not be allowed to any person until the next striker shall come in.
MATCHES. The following Matches for the season were then agreed to :May 20, at Lord's.-The Marylebone Club against the Percy Club. May 23, at Cambridge.-Marylebone against Undergraduates of Cambridge. May 27, at Lord's.--Marylebone against the Percy Club. May 31, at Lord's.-Marylebone against Royal Artillery Club. June 3, at Lord's.-Marylebone against the Lansdown Club. June 6, at Oxford. Marylebone against Undergraduates of Oxford. June 10, at Lord's.-Marylebone Club and Ground, with Pilch and Wenman, against County of
Sussex.-C. G. Taylor, Esq. and Sayers, Esq. play on the side of the County. June 13, at Lord's.--Marylebone Club and Ground against Gown and Town of Cambridge. June 17, at Lord's.-University of Oxford against University of Cambridge. June 20, at Lord's.--Marylebone against Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. June 24, at Lord's.-Marylebone against Undergraduates of Oxford. July 1, at Lord's.-Marylebone against Gentlemen of Hants. July 4, at Eton.--Marylebone against the Present Etonians. July 8, at Lord's.--Marylebone Club and Ground, with Pilch and Wenman, against the Players
July 11, at Vincent Square.-Marylebone against the Present Westminsters.
Players of England.
Players of Kent.
The Match with the Percy Club did not take place on the 20th. That with the Undergraduates of Cambridge commenced on the 23d, Marylebone in their first innings scoring 65, and Cambridge 70 In the second in-go, Marylebone scored 76, with eight wickets down, when the stumps were struck. Cobbett in each innings scored 12, and Wenman only 9 in the two. Owing to the very unfavorable state of the weather the whole of Friday (the 24th), the play could not be resumed, and from the probability of its continuance it was agreed to give up the Match.
Hints on Horsemanship.--As we are giving a Series of Letters on the important subject “ How to buy a Horse,” it must be an acquisition to know “ how to ride him," and here we have pat to the purpose
á Hints on Horsemanship,” addressed “to a Nephew and Niece, or Common Sense and Common Errors in Common Riding, by an Officer of the Household Brigade of Cavalry.” – Now, although every Cavalry Officer may be presumed to have sufficient tactics in military equitation, we believe very few are capable of giving instructions to the fairer portion of the community, or, if they possess the ability, there are still fewer who will condescend to “teach the young idea how to ride.” The author of these “ Hints," whom we understand to be Colonel Greenwood, of the Second Life Guards, following the axiom of our great Lexicographer, who deemed anything worth doing worthy of being done well, says,
«'I have no feeling to prevent me descending to what may be called trifles : in fact, that never shall be too trifling for me which can in the smallest degree contribute to pleasure or safety. Good riding, as a whole, is indeed no trifle, and it is worth acquiring by those whose pleasure or business it is to ride ; because it is soon and easily acquired, and, when acquired, it becomes habitual
, and is as easy, nay much more easy, and infinitely more safe, than bad riding. The whole thing is a matter of detail--a collection of trifles ; and its principles are so simple in theory, and so easy in practice, they are not to be despised. Because I would divest horsemanship of the bombastic mysticism of its foreign eulogists, do not fall into the contrary extreme, and despise the whole because its parts are insignificant. If you do, for the same reason you may despise all arts, all sciences—I may say all greatness whatever : for what are these but a knowledge-a collection--a multiplicity of trifles !
The arch, the palace, the pyramid, would never have been built, if their architects had quarrelled with each particle of their material on the score of its individual want of importance."--The real science of the art” is here clearly detailed, divested of all technical allusions ; and the small volume, whilst it is an ornament to the boudoir, places commen sense” most prominently in opposition to the vulgar errors and mechanical impossibilities so generally recommended. The “ Hints” are those of a Gentleman wel! conversant with his subject, and will be po less pleasing than useful,
On the 3rd of May, Mr. W. Peirse, of Richmond, Yorkshire, whose reputation once stood in the front rank as both a successful trainer and an excellent jockey. The old man, for he was in his 74th year, was long a martyr to the gout, and in order to ward off an incipient attack, instead of his usual dose of sixty drops of colchicum, nearly an ounce and a half was accidentally administered, and this producing inflammation, carried him off in a few days.
BETTINGS AT TATTERSALL'S.
May 27, 1839. The dispute respecting Bloomsbury's pedigree had a marked effect upon the Derby Settling. Several who had betted the odds against the horse refused to pay at all, and others paid with the understanding that their money should be returned if Deception got the Stakes.-One Noble Lord, an oracle in Turf affairs, adopted the latter mode. Messrs. Yandell and Hill, two second-rate speculators, but “good men and true” in the Ring, won something like £20,000 between them: the former hedged off upwards of £3000 with a Gallant Colonel on the morning of the race. Messrs. Y. and H. paid Bloomsbury's forfeits in advance about three weeks since. Three or four speculators were absent “ without leave," and altogether it was the worst " settling ” I have ever attended. Although it is not generally politic to judge on ex-parte evidence, yet Mr. W. Ridsdale's case seems so clear, and the statements made by the persons he has brought forward so conclusive (as regards Arcot Lass being only covered by Mulatto in 1835), that nineteen-twentieths of the subscribers are in his favor. It is to be hoped the affair will be settled without the aid of the lawyers.—The St. Leger promises to be a good betting race. Bloomsbury is at the head of the poll, anything above 4 to 1 being eagerly caught at..The Derby for 1840 has been introduced, Lord Jersey, as usual, the favorite. The average betting was as follows imm
4 to 1 agst Mr. W. Ridsdale's Bloomsbury (t.) 15 to 1 agst Sir T. Stanley's The Apothecary. 8 to 1 agst D. of Cleveland's The Commodore (t.) 20 to 1 agst Mr. Bowes's Hetman Platoff. 12 to 1 agst Colonel Cradock's The Provost. 30 to 1 agst Mr. Painter's Ernest the First,
DERBY 1840. (For the Nominations for this Race, see Number for August 1838, p. 319.) 8 to 1 agst Lord Jersey's two colts (t. freely). 35 to 1 agst D. of Cleveland's Bro. to Euclid (t.) 12 to 1 agst Lord Jersey's Glenarchy.
35 to 1 agst Duke of Cleveland's Brother to Mel18 to 1 agst Mr. Sadler's Defendant (taken).
bourne (taken). 25 to 1 agst Lord Exeter's colt out of Lucetta (t.) | 35 to 1 agst Mr. Thornhill's Emetic (taken). 35 to 1 agst Duke of Grafton's Ottoman (taken). | 35 to 1 agst Mr. Greville's Perseus (taken),
RACES FOR JUNE AND JULY. Newton ............... June 5 Newcastle-on-Tyne ... June 24 Stamford ............. July 17 Hampton
................... 26 Dudley, Tipton, &c. ....... 22 12 Cheltenham ............ July 2 Winchester
......... 23 Knighton 18 Newmarket July
9 Glamorganshire ........... 24 Bibury Club .... 19 Tenbury.
31 Ştockbridge 20 Liverpool July
NOTICES TO CORRESPONDENTS.
Our next Number will be embellished with faithful Portraits of BLOOMSBURY and DECEPTION, the Winners of the Derby and Oaks, engraved by J. R. Scott and J. H. Engleheart, after Wombill.
We have again to acknowledge the receipt of many favors, for which it was impossible to find room in the present Number,