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introduced a Spanish stallion into To the Editor of the Sporting Mabis estate in Powisland, from which

gazine. that part of Wales was celebrated for a swift and generous breed of

SIR, horses.-Giraldis Cambrensis, who THE above paragraph I read in lived in the reign of Henry 11, takes

one of the Morning Papers in notice of it, and Michael Drayton, town, on the Monday immediately contemporary with Shakespeare, after the Second Newmarket Meetsings their excellence in the sixth ing. Deeply chagrined that the part of bis Polyolbion. This kind turf, to the rational pleasures of was destined to mount the Nobility which I have ever been so much and Knights for feats of activity in attached, should be disgraced by cbivalry in the contests in the T'ilt such an enormity, I bastened to Yard. From these sprung, to my sporting friends, who, I supspeak the lauguage of the times, posed, had been present at the disthe flower of coursers, whose ex

treşsing scene, in order to obtain cellent form added cbarms to the

an authentic account of the parrider, and whose activity and ma

ticulars. Judge of my surprize, naged dexterity, gained him tbe my old friend, and of my hearty palm in the field of romantic ho- satisfaction, in wbich I know you

Afterwards the gentlemen will share from the best motives, began, aniongst other feats of to be informed, that there was not sporting, to try the fleetness of one single atom of truth in the their horses against one another, story, but that it was purely a but rode themselves without mea

fabrication; and that the two suring the horses, as is the custom

colts, wbich so suffered, are withof the present day, or even weigli out proprietors, pedigree, sire, or ing. That this was the chief oh clam, age, or qualification, for ject of cultivating the mixed breed, they are yet to he foaled, it ever seems to be very probable, till two colts are to be foaled for such James I.'s reign, when we find a horrid purpose, which I trust horse races at Croydon, in the will never happen. However, this South, and at Gatberly Common*,

is somewhat a more current story a little north of Richmond, in than that of the horse eating up Yorkshire, which were then famous the grindstone, since the fabricators for horse courses.

had certain facts, not much to the

purpose indeed, as a groundwork FABRICATED CRUELTY. for their hoax. They were as fol

lows A race, at the Newmarket Meeting, is In running for a sweepstakes of said to have exhibited most disgrace. ful scene, by the running of two beau

one hundred guineas each, over the tiful blood colts at premature age,

B.C. Mr. Terret's Bluster, a speedy beyond their natural strength, so that horse, hest fitted for a short race, one of the poor animals fell dead with- and I believe another of the same in a few yards of the winning-post, description, were catched, accordand the other was so broken down in ing to the old style, coming over spirit and strength, that Buckle, the rider, was obliged to dismount, and chouk-jade, and run to a stand lead him in."

still; in plain English, were run * See a curious old Racing Song in the Songs of the Chace, page 451, beginning with, “ You heard how Gatherly race was run", &c. &c. Vol. XLVI.-No. 272. L


out of their wind and beyond their racter, as well as a novelty. As a powers, by their more able com- carriage, its external appearance petitors, and could get on no fur. indicates it to be a mixed species, iher with racing speed. In con- formed by the union of a waggon sequence, Buckle, who rode Blus- with a stage.coach; but let me ter, pulled up, and walked bim in, confess that, however unpreposand I suppose the other horse was sessing its look may be, its qualitreated in the same rational and ties realize many of those advan. proper way. It does not appear tages whicb are found to result that these horses were at all cruel- from crossing breeds. It certainly ly or foolishly treated, as has for- is not so strong as a waggon, por so merly too often been the case, lightsome, or swift, as one of our since, no doubt, they made a wait. Higbfliers; but to much of the seing race, from their known cha- curity and roominess of the forracter for speed, and that the joc- mer, it adds a' very considerable kies must have beld them fast proportion of the celerity of the through the course, rather than latter. There is, to be sure, a great urged them forward. The race want of arrangement, of suitablewas won by Slender Billy, a stout ness, completeness, and nicety, yi. and lasting runner, who made tbe sible aboạt itself and all its appurplay, and took his antagonists over tenances; but this, after the first the long course at such a deep and disgust it occasions is over, excites even rate, as was truly enough to admiration of the dexterity of the choak all those, which had not people who contrive to get on, in wind and pluck equal to his. A every thing, with the most awksimilar occurrence took place in ward and insufficient means in the running for the Claret Stakes; a world, very nearly as well as they colt jaded at the turn of the Lands. do who are tbe most exact and

Such is all the information I scrupulous in their preparations. have been able to obtain from Business in England is conducted those who passed the whole week on a system, formed of a regular at Newmarket, and witnessed every division of labour, and an acci

I am thence inclined to at rate calculation of what means tribute tbis ingenious piece of news are required to produce certain to the respectable squad of Gen- ends: in France much is left to intlemen Newsmongers, who have dividual adroitness, to shifts, to acso often killed Bonaparte, and cident, and to putting the best face have at last, by way of giving on whatever may happen. Care is novelty to news, made him 'kill taken in England to prepare well : himself. I am, &c. &c.

the French tbink little of this, A BIT OF A JOCKEY,

. trusting to their quickness and

cleverness when emergencies ocDESCRIPTION OF A FRENCH An English coacbman conDILIGENCE, AND THE MAN- siders himself as a part of a reguiNERS AND HABITS OF ITS Jar establishment, called upon to CONDUCTOR.

fill only bis own place, and disBy a recent Traveller.

charge his own duties. He ac

cordingly conducts himself with A French Diligence merits parți- appropriate precision and self-concular notice as a trait of cha- sequence; be arranges his great




coat, and handles his handsome same insufficient and coarse sort of whip; with the air of an official tackle. The whole set, except the person, who has certain ways of one within the shafts, are this free doing certain things, which he to curvet, and prance, and zigdeems as important as the things zag: and they make a great show themselves; and if any serious ac of availing themselves of this li. cident happens to his harness or berty. In truth, bowever, they are horses, he curses those of his hrom very tractable; they get along at a ther functionaries in whose de- good pace, and readily obey the partment the neglect has been com- driver's whip (which be employs mitted. A French postilion is more than his reins), notwithmore universal in his capacities, in standing the impatience they preproportion as his administration is tend to shew by rampant pawings, less defined, and his means less vehement snortings, and deviating complete. He is off and on his plunges. The horse in France horse's back twenty times in the generally displays the native course of one stage, without ever and natural appearance of that stopping the vehicle. As ropes fine animal, which is seldom seen are likely to break, be is not sur in England. The particular breed prised or dismayed, if called upon of each province is kept distinct, to mend those by wbich bis and in its pure state, and it achorses are tied rather than bar- cordingly evinces that original spinessed ; and this he does with rit and peculiarity of disposition packthread, if he happens to have which constitute wbat is called any in his pocket, and with his character, and wbich, putting utigarters if he have not. If a pas. lity out of the question, is infinitely senger call, he dismounts, and pops more interesting than combined bis head into the window as be runs qualities, and made-up perfections. by its side, leaving the animals that A conductor is attached to each draw the coach to their own gui- Diligence, wbose duties, if they dance; a freedom which they are were properly laid down, would accustomed to, and therefore sel. answer to those of our guards ; dom abuse. You scarcely ever but bis chief husiness, according look at bim but you find him re to his practice, is to sleep, closely pairing an accident-knotting bis shut up in the Cabriolet (wbicb is whip, or mending his saddle, or a covered seat in front), and to joining a bridle, or knocking some take bis place at the head of the part of the machinery with a stone table, with the passengers, at picked up from the road. The their meals. This nsed to be casprogress of the travellers does not tomary in England; the stagestop while these repairs are mak- coachmen in our country, fifty ing; no embarrassment is disco- years ago, wore large laced cocked verable ; neither disconcertion nor hats, and held it their province to anger takes place.

The horses are carve for their living charge. Proarranged in a strange order : a few bably they considered themselves ropes loosely bind three of them

as standing in a sort of paternal abreast as leaders-one behind runs relationship towards those who between heavy sbafts, and carries were entrusted to their superintenthe postilion, and a 6ftb is attached dance for the journey whicb, if to the side of the latter, by the it happened to be one of any great

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length, was then a very serious French Government, shot himself;
matter. There is something very with respect to the 2000!. bill, he
primitive and simple in this cus knew that Mr. Eastwick, an officer
tom: it proves that people were in the navy, had lost 10,0001., and
not then so much in the habit, as was threatened with close confine.
they are now, of regarding every ment, unless be procured good se-
thing as triling, and of looking curity ; and that to pay a part of
with indifference at the skill wbich these debts, Sir F. Morshead gave
they do not possess.

one of these bills for 2000). ; with
respect to the other bills he knew

ACTION TO RECOVER MONEY Mr. Serjeant Best, in reply for

LOST BY GAMING, the plaintiff, considered it a most Tried in the Court of Common Pleas, May 12, mischievous defence. Monsieur before Mr. Justice Gibbs.

Antoine, be said, stood in the situ

atiou of an innocent holder, and the Antoine v. Morshead, Bart.

Jury would not tell a man, who THIS was an action brought by had liberally assisted the subjects

Mons. Antoine, a banker in of this country wbile prisoners of France, agaiost Sir Frederick war, that he might return to France, Morshead, legal representative of and inform his countrymen there Sir George Morshead, to recover was no justice in England, 31271. the amount of five bills of Sir Vicary Gibbs having stated exchange, accepted by Sir G. Mors- the law with respect to the quesbead at the time he was a pri- tion, observed that it onght not to soner at Verdun, in 1805. The be supposed that this country could plaintiff represented, that he ad- withhold its gratitude for humane vanced the money for the laudable assistance afforded bis fellow-subpurpose of supplying the necessi- jects by foreigners in France of ties of Sir G. Morsbead, and other elsewbere, yet a Judge and British gentlemen, while they were pri- Jury were not to shut their eyes soners of war. Among the bills against an illegal transaction. If there was one for 2000l. indorsed the Jury believed the evidence of by Sir George Morshead.

Mr. Prescott, viz. that the bill was The defence to this action was given to Balby for a gaming debt, established on the 9th of Anne, it was void by the law of England, which renders void all securities and could not be enforced. If they given for money lost at gaming. believed it was not given under To bring the case within the sta- such circumstances, they would tute, Mr. Serjeant Vangban called find for the plaintiff-The learned a Mr. Prescott, who'stated tbat he Judge did not see that the objecwas a detenu for eleven years at tion to the 2000l. bill applied to Verdun, that a gaming house was the others. kept there by one Balby, and that The Jury found a verdict for the . the General of the Depot, Vic plaintiff, damages, including intedion, was supposed to share ; that rest, 15501.-Counsel have liberty Vidion extorted large sums from to move to set aside the verdict, on the English ; and an enquiry be. "points of law arising out of the ing ordered into his conduct by the



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