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Hounds in the Morning

Hounds in the Morning: Sundry Sports of Merry England

EDITED BY Carl B. Cone
Copyright Date: 1981
Pages: 224
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    Hounds in the Morning
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    Across the rolling countryside of Regency England sound the call of the horn and the chorus of hounds, as huntsmen, hounds, and horses tear across fields and leap fencerows in ardent pursuit of Reynard.

    In a field outside London, two brawny men strip to the waist and prepare to batter each other to a pulp for the pleasure of the Fancy -- the hundreds of boxing fans who have ridden from all over England to see and bet on the illegal match.

    And through the streets of a country town, the lads rough-and-tumble in a wildly joyous game of football, while the populace cheers and the shopkeepers board up their windows.

    Such were the sights and sounds of the sporting life of England a hundred and fifty years ago. This sparkling collection of articles from theSporting Magazine, dating from 1792 to 1836, attests to the vigor and variety of English sports in that era. The equestrian sports of fox and stag hunting, thoroughbred racing, and coaching were largely the passion of the landed classes, while all ranks of the populace relished bloody contests that set man against man or animal against animal -- boxing, cock fighting, bull baiting, rat killing. Throughout the land, team sports such as football and cricket, along with such individual activities as pedestrianism, shooting, archery, and skating, allowed men and women of all walks of life to test their muscles, their endurance, and their nerve.

    All these people and events filled the pages of theSporting Magazine, the first periodical devoted exclusively to sports. Carl Cone provides a historical framework for these lively accounts by the first sport journalists. In addition, more than fifty engravings from the heyday of sporting art illustrate the exuberance of the time.

    eISBN: 978-0-8131-6253-9
    Subjects: History

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. [i]-[vi])
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. [vii]-[vii])
  3. [Illustration]
    (pp. [viii]-[viii])
  4. Introduction
    (pp. 1-26)

    During the first half of the nineteenth century, indubitably, and thereafter for a period of arguable length, England was the world’s leading sporting nation. This book is concerned with English sports of the period up to about 1835 when, for reasons explained here and in the conclusion, important changes affecting sports manifested themselves in English life. I call this period the youth of modern sports. During these years many sports that were spontaneous, ritualistic, or traditionallocal activities or recreations—some that King James I referred to approvingly in 1618 in his famous “Declaration of Sports,” or that Joseph Strutt described...


    • Sporting Intelligence
      (pp. 29-50)

      Royal Hunt—on Friday, March 29, a fine deer was uncarted at Langley Broom, for the day’s diversion. The day was very fine, and the field numerous. The deer at first took towards Iver, then to the left through the inclosures between Stoke and Stowe, where he crossed the Bath road near Salt Hill, and ran with great speed down to the right of Darvy, towards the Thames, which he crossed. The sportsmen went by Maidenhead Bridge and Bray, and renewed the chase in the woods situate by St. Leonard’s Hill and Hinckfield Plain, at which place the deer passed,...


    • Riding to Hounds
      (pp. 53-58)

      From the days of the young Ascanius to the present hour, riding to hounds has formed one of the chief amusements of men of all ages, and in all situations in life…. What figure these ancient Nimrods would have cut by the side of a good Meltonian of the present day, it is not in my power to conjecture. The best Kings and Emperors, however, encouraged all such manly exercises; and Horace wrote hisCarmen Secularein their praise. The pursuits of the field, in particular, being more or less attended with risk, have a tendency to increase natural courage;...

    • On the Letters of Nimrod
      (pp. 59-60)

      Looking over the columns of the “Morning Post,” a few days since, I saw a paragraph noticing the communications of our friend “Nimrod,” in words to this effect, “that a sensation had been created in the sporting world by the letters of a gentleman in theSporting Magazine,who appeared to have passed half his life among hounds, horses, and coachmen; and that his style was so excellent, it was a pity it had not been more worthily directed.” I cannot help noticing to you my belief, that it would be well if some of the readers of the “Post”...

    • Nim South’s Southern Tour
      (pp. 60-71)

      The season which has just drawn to a close has been one of the most unpropitious to sportsmen in general, and to myself in particular, that I remember. As a body we were laid up in ordinary for several weeks during the very heart of it; and, individually, I was prevented making a sporting tour into the midland and northern counties, for which I was all prepared, the particulars whereof (with your permission) I intended to have inflicted upon the public through the medium of your valuable pages; therefore though I sustained a loss, the public, perhaps,gained one.


    • Fox-Hunting
      (pp. 71-83)

      As I know you are always anxious to present your readers with authentic and original information of what is going on in the hunting districts, I have sent you a few remarks, founded on my own personal observation, beginning with Leicestershire; and if acceptable, will hereafter furnish you with some particulars relating to other counties.


      It being twenty years since I first hunted in this celebrated country, it may not be unpleasant to many of your readers to hear a little of its “history,” and the different changes which have taken place in its establishments, during the period I...

    • Sporting Trifles
      (pp. 83-83)

      The Hertfordshire hunt had what they call a most gallant day last week: having run a burst of more than an hour, they crossed upon a fresh fox at Branfield, and clattered him two hours and a half more, when he was run toearthnearBaldock. The two chaces, which admitted of no interruption from hard running were full forty miles in extent! Out of a field of fourscore, onlyninewere in at the earth, at the head of whom was Lady Salisbury.⁴ After giving honest Daniel, the old huntsman, the go by, she pressed Mr. Haleneck...

    • His Majesty’s Stag-Hounds
      (pp. 84-86)

      On taking up the County Chronicle of the 12th inst. I saw an account of a run with his Majesty’s hounds, when the deer was turned out at Salt-hill; and crossing the country by Farnhamchurch—over Stoke common, &c. &c. he was takennearto the Earl of Essex’s park, at Cashiobury, in Hertforshire—adding, that this is the course which this deer always takes.

      Many years ago, with the late King’s hounds, I witnessed a beautiful run over this identical country; but which, for the lapse of time, would not be worth mentioning now, were it not for two...

    • Lord Derby’s Stag-Hounds
      (pp. 87-87)

      On Tuesday, the second of April, Lord Derby’s stag-hounds met at Wickham Cross for the last time this season; and, as usual, the field was numerous, but the morning was cold, and apparently unfavourable for sport. At eleven o’clock, his Lordship arrived, accompanied by Lords Grosvenor, Belgrave, Stanley, Wilton, and Palmerston, as also Prince Esterhazy. A beautiful deer, calledAlexander,was then uncarted for the day’s sport: and after short law being given him, the hounds were laid on, but the scent being light, they went at a moderate pace towards Barrows; then turned for Goodham Lodge, through the covers...

    • A Brief Review of the Racing Season of 1828
      (pp. 88-92)

      Want of leisure has prevented my having the pleasure of addressing you for some months past; but I now resume my pen for that purpose. It is my intention at present to review the proceedings of the past racing season, and therefore proceed to headquarters at once.

      The Craven Stakes at Newmarket, which used formerly to be considered as an index to the betting book for the young ones, and mustered a strong field, and generally included some of the flyers, has, the last two or three years, sadly “fallen from its high estate,” having given place to the Abingdon...

    • Eclipse
      (pp. 93-94)

      This paragon of running horses, as in his actions, so in his fame, stands proudly aloof from almost the possibility of competition. Nature, we fear, her favourite labour completed, threw away the precious mould in which she had formed Eclipse. Flying Childers, indeed, stands before him in chronology, but must submit to follow him in posthumous reputation, and that on the ground of actual performance. Eclipse excelled all other racers, previous, or contemporary, in a union of the three great essentials of speed, stoutness, or lastingness, and ability to carry weight. The name bestowed upon him, appears to have been,...

    • Guy Stakes at Warwick
      (pp. 95-96)

      If there is one thing more absolutely requisite than another in a letter which is intended for the public eye, it is accuracy; or, to speak more plainly, Truth—a qualification that your Correspondent The Young Forester has in your Magazine of this month (February) unhappily overlooked.

      In page 247 he says, “The Stake at Warwick has been awarded to the owner of Cetus, who was second, in consequence of the present owner of Birmingham having refused to pay some paltry 25 £. forfeit for a Stake at Winchester, where the horse was engaged in the name of the person...


    • Pedestrianism With a Sketch of the Life of Mr. Forster Powell
      (pp. 99-101)

      This being an exercise which with others of an athletic stamp, has lately risen into much notice, it is our intention to collect an account of every extraordinary performance of this kind, whether ancient or modern. Our resources, and the diligence we have made use of in obtaining many rare instances that are scarcely known, (through a lapse of time, or the obscurity or locality of their first relators) with others which have occurred within the circle of our own memory and observation will, we presume, supply our curious readers with a gratification never before exhibited. But with respect to...

    • Pedestrianism
      (pp. 103-104)

      On Monday, Oct. 14, at Sheffield, the pedestrian, Townsend, performed another surprising task, by gathering with his mouth one hundred stones placed at the distance of one [hundred?] yard, and walking four miles backward, and running eight, making in the whole eighteen miles, which he performed in three hours and fifty-six minutes, being four minutes under the time specified. He gathered the one hundred stones in forty-seven minutes, equal to a distance of nearly six miles.²

      Skipper, the pedestrian, finished his arduous undertaking at Newmarket on the Wednesday at four o’clock, p.m. in high style, having walked 1000 miles in...

    • The Game at Golf
      (pp. 104-107)

      In theAnnals of Sporting,No. 28, there is an attempt at the description of the Scottish game of Golf, by Mr. C. Curlewis, which does not convey a proper idea of the game, either in the manner of playing it, or the instruments used. The proper spelling isgolf,although pronouncedgoufin the North. The club, the figure of which is as follows, is from three to four feet in length, according to the height and length of arm of the player:—

      At No. 1 it is covered round with list [strips of cloth], as far down from...

    • Skating
      (pp. 108-109)

      On Tuesday, January 14, a grand skating match took place, on Portyfoot river, near Carter’s Bridge, Chatteris, Isle of Ely, for a prize of 10 sovereigns. It is customary for eight persons only to enter; but on this occasion sixteen were allowed to start: the half of a measured mile, twice round, for a heat. The spectators were 10 and 12 deep on each bank of the river, and there could not have been less than 7000 or 8000 persons present. The racing continued, without intermission, from one till past four o’clock, and the Chatteris band played favourite airs. One...

    • Fish and Fishing
      (pp. 109-112)

      … All nature, indeed, is a scene of wonder, and the study of it is one of the most pleasing amusements that can engage the mind of man; and as it appears beyond all doubt that this lower world was intended for our use and amusement, he pays a bad compliment to the Maker of it, who goes blundering through it, without stopping to inquire into the wonderful works it contains. Nature is liberal to those who cultivate her; and by no one are her inmost recesses more minutely explored, than by the scientific fisherman, who may be said to...

    • Billiards – The Dutch Baron
      (pp. 113-115)

      The gentlemen of the green cloth have been put out ofqueue,by a hero of ahazard tableimported from the Continent, within a few weeks, by one of the squad, who, while he pretended to be playing thelosing game,is shrewdly suspected of going snacks in all that rolls into thepocket.

      The Dutch Baron was introduced to the billiard-table at Bath, a few weeks ago by his friend, whohappenedto have known him at Hamburgh. He played in a crowd of billiard amateurs and professors, many of whom are rich, and lost about one hundred...

    • Pistol and Rifle Shooting
      (pp. 115-119)

      Having observed, in No. 5 ofThe Naval and Military Magazine,some remarks by Colonel Maceroni on pistol and rifle shooting, and having been present several times when my friend Colonel M. has been practising, I think it may, perhaps, be interesting to some of your readers—amateurs of this description of shooting—to be informed what may be done by an expert marksman provided with good weapons.

      I therefore send you the copy of a memorandum which I made at the time, and which you can, if you think proper, insert in your next Number.

      T. W.


    • Archery
      (pp. 119-120)

      The second meeting of the Herefordshire Bowmen took place last month at Oakley Park, near Ludlow, the seat of the Hon. Robert Clive, M.P. The company was numerous, and the shooting was at a target sixty-one yards distant. The skill displayed, particularly by the ladies, was excellent, and excited the surprise of all who witnessed it, considering the distance. On the conclusion of the “pastime,” the company sat down to dinner, where mirth and wit enlivened the board. A ball concluded the festivities of the day.

      A grand field day of the Tottenham archers took place on the 22d August...

    • Royal Kentish Bowmen
      (pp. 120-121)

      On Saturday, July 31, the above Society met at their elegant Lodge, on Dartford Heath, to shoot at a target, placed at the distance of an hundred yards, for an elegant inlaid Indian bow, quiver, and twelve arrows, valued at fifty guineas. The shooting commenced at two o’clock; much skill was displayed by all who entered the lists. Several of the first bowmen in England were present. The prize was won by Mr. John Mattock, who pierced the bull’s eye. A gentleman of the name of Wright gave the prize. The shooting lasted two hours. At five o’clock, the company,...

    • A Town Besieged in Time of Peace: Kingston Taken by Storm
      (pp. 121-124)

      We were greatly surprised in proceeding through a part of Surrey on Tuesday last, on arriving at the town of Kingston, to observe that the whole place—whether inn, public-house, shop, factory, publicbuilding, or private dwelling—was closely shut up, and to all appearance bore the semblance of a Sabbath-day, or some General Fast. Curiosity led us to inquire into the cause; and the answer that we obtained induced us to remain and witness the result of so strange an event. Most of our readers—whether juvenile or adult—are no doubt well aware of a certain fable, and as...

    • The Laws of Cricket As revised by the Cricket Club at St. Mary-le-Bone
      (pp. 124-126)

      The Ball:Must weigh not less than five ounces and a half, nor more than five ounces and three quarters [still the weight]. It cannot be changed during the game, but with the consent of both parties.

      The Bat:Must not exceed four inches and one quarter in the widest part [still the maximum].

      The Stumps:Must be twenty-two inches out of the ground, the bail six inches in length.⁸

      The Bowling Crease:Must be in a line with the stumps, three feet in length, with a return crease.

      The Popping Crease:⁹ Must be three feet ten inches from the...

    • Amazonian Cricket Match
      (pp. 127-129)

      This extraordinary performance, between the Hampshire and Surrey heroines, commenced on Wednesday, the 2d instant, in a field belonging to Mr. Strong, at the back of Newington-green, near Ball’s Pond, Middlesex. The wickets were pitched [stuck in the ground] at eleven o’clock. It was made by two Noblemen, for five hundred guineas. This grand match was to have taken place at Clapham a few weeks back, but, owing to some unforeseen misunderstanding, it was put off till the time mentioned. The ground, which is spacious, was enlivened with marquees and booths, well supplied with gin, beer, and gingerbread. The performers...

    • On Throwing the Cricket Ball
      (pp. 129-130)

      The event of the bet of one hundred guineas, between Lord Kennedy and Captain Barclay, whereby the latter was to produce a man before Christmas Day, to throw a cricket ball one hundred yards (who failed in the performance), has by no means surprised me. It has recalled a few circumstances of a similar nature to my recollection; and the following observations, if you think proper to give place to them in theSport. Magazine,are much at your service.13

      I beg to premise that I am an ardent admirer of the game of cricket, though my affinity to “three...

    • Cricket
      (pp. 131-134)

      The fine summer we have experienced has not been lost to the amateurs of cricket. Never was this manly sport pursued with more ardour than during the present season; but as it is impossible for us to find room for a detail of the numerous matches which have taken place, we select the following as the most interesting one that has lately come before us.—The account is extracted from theNorwich Mercury.

      An extraordinary match at cricket, which from the circumstance of the best players of three counties having to contend in it, had excited intense interest, began on...


    • Billy, the Rat-Killer
      (pp. 137-137)

      Thursday night, Oct. 24, at a quarter before eight o’clock, the lovers of rat-killing enjoyed a feast of delight in a prodigiousraticide at the Cockpit, Westminster. The place was crowded. The famous dogBilly,of rat-killing notoriety, 26 lbs. weight, was wagered, for twenty sovereigns, to kill one hundred rats in twelve minutes. The rats were turned out loose at once in a 12-feet square, and the floor whitened, so that the rats might be visible to all. The set-to began, andBillyexerted himself to the utmost. At four minutes and three quarters, as the hero’s head was...

    • Bull-Baiting at Bristol
      (pp. 138-142)

      Some of the fifty thousand readers of theSport. Mag. have doubtless cantered over the bright green sward of peerless Durdham Downs…. It is the finest spot in the universe for a bull-bait.

      The bull was led into the ring and tied to the plug a few minutes after our arrival, at this choice and delicious little vale; he walked coolly round the circle, at the full length of his rope, for some time, and then contracting his revolutions by degrees, at length took up his station in the center of the ring, ever and anon lashing his finely rounded...

    • Vindication of Cocking
      (pp. 142-144)

      I am a sportsman of the old school, and have always considered cockfighting as one of those rural sports which our ancestors have handed down to us, and which we are legitimately entitled to enjoy, provided we have a taste that way. The display of the courage of the noble, the gallant cock, must surely tend to keep alive the ancient john Bull spirit, which I lament to see is sinking fast into dandyism and insignificance.

      A cry has been raised against our ancient sports—the Methodists call out “Shame,” the ignorant have taken the alarm, and a late Act...

    • Fight between Crib and Molineux
      (pp. 144-151)

      Tuesday, December 18, 1810. Notwithstanding the numerous pugilistic contests which have occurred during the last twenty years, I may say with more propriety from the time of Big Ben and Johnson⁴ to the present (the most of which I have attended), I do not remember so great an interest having been excited amongst the amateurs of boxing, as appears to have been occasioned by the contest that took place between Molineux, the black, (a new candidate for pugilistic fame) and Tom Crib,⁵ of fighting celebrity, at Copthall Common, in the vicinity of East Grinstead [Sussex], distant from London about thirty...

    • A Fresh Challenge
      (pp. 151-152)

      “ToMr. Thomas Crib

      “St. Martin’s-street, Leicester square

      Dec. 21, 1810

      “Sir—My friends think, that had the weather on last Tuesday, the day upon which I contended with you, not been so unfavourable, I should have won the battle; I therefore challenge you to a second meeting, at any time within two months, for such sum as those gentlemen who place confidence in me may be pleased to arrange.

      “As it is possible this letter may meet the public eye, I cannot omit the opportunity of expressing a confident hope, that the circumstance of my being of a different...

    • The [Second] Battle between Crib, Champion of England, and Molineux, the Baltimore Man of Colour
      (pp. 152-157)

      The battle took place, as we announced it would, on Saturday last [September 28, 1811]; and the spot chosen for the scene of action was near where we intimated, being Crown-Point, a short distance from Thistleton-Gap, and about twelve miles from Stamford, a place of doubtful county-ship, being situated at the conflux of three counties, Lincoln, Rutland, and Leicester. This circumstance, no doubt, occasioned its selection, with a view to avoiding the authority of any interfering magistrate. Here, in a large stubble-field, a stage was erected, twenty-five feet square, for the combatants, which was again surrounded by a rope ring...

    • Sparring
      (pp. 158-158)

      Molineux had a benefit at the Fives Court,17on Thursday, the 19th instant, and from the assemblage present, it was evident that he was not entirely deserted, as the Court was completely filled at an early hour, and the performances were superior to any thing before exhibited in the Court on any similar occasion; although the sets-to were but few, yet the amateurs had a treat in specimens ofreal milling. The first set-to was betwixt Molineux and Power,18which displayed the science in its full extent, and was managed with courage on both sides, not unlike fighting for a...

    • Pugilism – between Owen and Mendoza
      (pp. 158-163)

      Banstead Downs, fourteen miles and a half from London, was the spot selected to decide thisrivalry of fame—thispoint of honour—thisdarling of reputationso allied to the hearts of all brave men!

      The contest, it seems, originated in what is termed “an old grudge;” being of three years standing; and so jealous were these heroes of their “tow’ring fame,” that Mendoza and Owen19have offered to fight each other for a glass ofmax[neat spirit], merely to ascertain which deserved the appellation of being the “best man!” so far was any thing like mercenary ideas...

    • Wrestling
      (pp. 163-164)

      The Okehampton Grand Match commenced on the 16th of August. The light weights shewed excellent play, and a youngster, called Isaac Yeo, gave promise of much future usefulness in the ring. The Thursday morning brought a shoal of players from North and West Devon, and both spectators and actors in the scene were in the highest spirits. The admirably-fenced ring was completely crowded; and among the wrestlers it was who should play first. The double play brought with it some of the crackest turns ever witnessed; the men, all fresh from their native hills, displayed a strength and vigour almost...

    • Shooting Parties
      (pp. 164-165)

      His Grace the Duke of Wellington, at Strathfield-say, Hants; Earl Verulam, at Gorhambury, Herts; Lord Granville, at Wherstead, Suffolk; and other Noblemen, &c. have had grand shooting parties this month, at their several country seats. His Royal Highness the Duke of York [brother of George IV] has been one of the best shots at these parties. The following was the return of game killed at Wherstead:—On the first day (with five guns), 2 partridges, 151 pheasants, 6 woodcocks, 70 hares, and 36 rabbits—total, 265. On the second day (with 12 guns), 4 partridges, 433 pheasants, 4 woodcocks, 320...

    • Shooting
      (pp. 165-166)

      There was a shooting day on Wednesday, January 1, at Fryston, the residence of R. Milnes, Esq. The party consisted of Lord Pollington, Mr. Wyvill, the Hon. E. Petre, T. S. Duncombe, Esq.—Gossip, Esq. Sir P. Musgrave, F. Lumley, Esq. and G. Bland, Esq. when 272 pheasants, 143 hares, 114 rabbits, and 2 woodcocks, were bagged.

      Three Days Shooting.—The following is an accurate account of the game killed upon the Hon. Mr. Pelham’s estate, at Manby, near Brigg, in Lincolnshire:—Dec. 5, 4 guns, 59 pheasants, 2 partridges, 2 woodcocks, 36 hares; total, 99—Dec. 6, 6 guns,...

    • Dreadful Accident on Chester Race Course
      (pp. 166-169)

      The sad catastrophe that befel William Dunn, when riding Mr. Mytton’s Aladdin colt, for the Produce Stakes at Chester, is one which, unfortunately is, and will ever be, in a great measure, inseparable from the lot of those who follow the occupation of a jockey. If, in the present instance, the unhappy man met with his death merely from Sir Watkin’s filly not being able to keep on her legs, in consequence of a slip, which is common to all horses when extended, or turning a corner, in a race, nothing farther can be said on the subject, than to...

    • Sporting Accidents
      (pp. 169-170)

      The town of Melton Mowbray was thrown into the greatest alarm on Friday, Dec. 27, by a report that Lord Robert Manners was drowned. It seems that his Lordship, with Mr. Richard and Mr. James Norman, went to a pond, distant about three miles from Melton, to skate; on rapidly sweeping by some ash trees, he was suddenly plunged into a very deep water. Lord Robert Manners is a strong muscular man, and with the confidence of a good swimmer he made several attempts to gain the surface of the ice, but unfortunately it only broke to sink him in...

    • On Due Discrimination between Barbarous and Fair Sporting
      (pp. 171-173)

      We most feelingly regret to have received accounts from various quarters, and from friends and subscribers, on whose information and veracity we can depend, of the great increase, within the last four or five years, of the savage and barbarous sports. We had flattered ourselves with the hope, that the increase of light and knowledge, and the gradual dispersion of prejudice among the upper ranks, and more especially the universal attention shewn of late to the education and instruction of the lower classes, could not fail to be attended with the most striking and important effects on the side of...

    • On Mr. Martin’s Bill for Animal Protection and on the Subject Generally
      (pp. 174-178)

      In working this Bill27through the House, I had almost saidsmugglingit, a phrase sanctioned not only by the general and well known apathy there towards the subject, but by the equally well known and formerly well proven decided hostility of many persons of high consequence—Mr. Martin has earned immortal honour; with a distinction of the noblest kind, as having opened his heart and extended succour to beings endowed with feelings perfectly similar to our own, but void of all possible means of self defence. His reiterated personal, and practical exertions in attending to the execution of the...


    • May in London
      (pp. 181-181)

      The passing month is that which is most distinguished in the metropolis for the variety and gaiety of its amusements. Whoever has passed his days in distant retirement, and wishes to know what London can produce, must visit it in the month of May. Whoever would know the full tide of the happiness of town life, of all that fashion prescribes, and all that crowds follow, must come to London in May. London is the world, and May the sun that cheers, enlightens, and invigorates, all that can make life tolerable.—Sorrow is not banished by universal consent.—Time flies...

    • Horse-Dealing in London Or, An Expose of the Tricks and Technicalities of the Metropolitan Jockies
      (pp. 182-191)

      In these days of sporting and equestrian delights, when every man whose means will allow him, keeps a nag for his gratification, it is deemed equally unpardonable to impugn a gentleman’s knowledge in horseflesh, as to cast an aspersion on his honour or courage. This being avowedly the case, we who have been admitted among the initiated, consider ourselves as conferring no trifling favour on our country friends in letting them into some of the secrets, and tipping them the proper signication, of a few of the cant terms, patronized by and inflicted upon the equestrians of the metropolis….


    • Poachers
      (pp. 191-192)

      A desperate affray took place in the coverts of Sir Henry Bunbury, Bart. at Mildenhall, on Saturday night, Nov. 23. The gamekeepers being alarmed by the discharge of guns, went out in a party of seven, and were attacked by a body of 15 or 20 poachers, who beat them very severely, and fired upon them with the muzzles of the guns so close as to set fire to the clothes of two of them; but fortunately none of them were dangerously injured, though one was shot in the arm, another in the hand, and a third was also wounded....

    • A Specimen of Some Modern Gamekeepers
      (pp. 193-194)

      Honourable mention having been made some months since in theSporting Magazineof John Jenkins, a gamekeeper of the old school, singularly qualified for the office, and inflexibly true to his trust, I have to solicit your insertion in your next number, Mr. Editor, of what goes to the composition of many a gamekeeper of the present day.

      An Observer

      A young fellow, of an enterprising spirit, the son of some farmer whose returns have enabled him but ill to requite those who laboured for him, disgusted with the poverty of the prospect at home, longs to be more acquainted...


    • Death of the Dowager Marchioness of Salisbury
      (pp. 197-200)

      A much greater sensation has been occasioned by the manner in which the late Dowager Marchioness of Salisbury came by her death, than if her decease has followed the common course of nature; for she was full of years, and her earthly pilgrimage had extended far beyond the period allotted to man: and though regret might have mingled with the announcement that she had been “gathered to her fathers,” we should have been spared the pain of recording the horrible catastrophe which put a period to her existence.

      In pursuance of her usual custom of passing the Christmas with her...

  11. Conclusion
    (pp. 201-205)

    Lady Salisbury’s death in 1835 not only marked the end of a spectacular sporting life but symbolized the end of the youth of English sporting life in general—the end of an era rather than the death of sports. Her life of eighty-five years almost exactly spanned the first period in the history of modern sports. She saw fox-hunting take on a new form and character, and that was the sport with which she became identified. She also saw Thoroughbred racing, the team sport of cricket, and the cruel sport of pugilism become disciplined by authoritative rules as popular national...

  12. Sources of Selections
    (pp. 206-207)
  13. A Note on the Illustrations
    (pp. 208-211)
  14. Notes
    (pp. 212-216)