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noble science;" and (as I believe then hunted by John Monk, as fine ninety out of a hundred Univer- a horseman and as good a judge of sity men, aut Oxford aut Cam- hunting as ever crossed a saddle ; bridge, will allow, if they speak and whipped in by G. Barwick and candidly their feelings at that time) Will Church. John found his own a clipping gallop, with, during it, horses; and, in consequence, it was as many large jumps to be covered hardly to be expected that two as possible, was chiefly the object hundred guineas' worth of horse in view. The rasping rider was flesh was to be shoved through held in higher estimation than the every wood, with hounds in their sportsman-like one; and at our draft: there was therefore too conversaciones in Lichfield's, over a much of “ yoax, yoax !" on the basin of soup upon our return to outside, and too much of sending Cambridge, “ he who rode over whippers-in to do huntsman's work such and such a gate” was the hero within the covert. All disputes of the day.
were ended by the secession of I must en passant say, that at John Monk; and G. Barwick was this shop, the “ Tattersall’s” of placed at the head of the cabinet. Cambridge, there was a man more John has now a large farm at utterly impenetrable to the effects Throcking, and frequently shews at of liquor than any person I ever covert side in a brown, and on the before or since beheld : he came best nag in the field. His horses one evening, to set on our dessert fetch long prices in London, where at the — Club, and (kar' edos) he generally disposes of them Barnes was helped to bis modicum "ready made ;" and moreover, if of wine (a finger glass full of good John asks two hundred, he seldom stiff Port), which was bolted at a intends to take a hundred and pull-ditto-and DITTO REPEAT- ninety. Ed! The President then asked him Mr. Hanbury himself was exif he would have any more? but he traordinarily well mounted for so begged that he might be excused, heavy a man, as well as past the as he was going to several other prime of life: he had a most splenparties, and was afraid he might did grey, which I have seen go get a drop too much !-N. B. a faster (between Will Church's finger glass holds a bottle.—This boots) than I should have conman still proceeds in the same way; ceived possible for so large a but one day or other a coroner's horse; and by complete knowledge jury will return a verdict of “man of the country, a little M‘Adamslaughter" against some similar izing, and a most excellent head party of wiseacres for encouraging (unless the fox was a very straightsuch an exhibition.
necked one indeed), Mr. Hanbury I frequently hunted with the saw a good deal of sport; and I Puckeridge hounds (Mr. Han- can assert, that no one ever thought bury's), while at Cambridge: but a moment thrown away in giving your notice has been so often die so popular a master of hounds a rected to them of late, that remis little assistance. niscences of six or seven years
The celebrated Mr. Richard back would be nothing better than Gurney, a brother-in-law of Mr. hitting off the heel of your more Hanbury, was a pretty regular atrecent Correspondent. They were tendant. Mr. Gurney rode (I only guess at his weight, but I do not from Surrey (I think from Colonel think I am very far from right) Jolliffe), and a youngster, the twenty stone, and for as many mi. son of one of the best whippers-in nutes nothing could beat him. England ever produced-requiescat Beyond that time, of course, no in pace !-I mean Jim Farr, who horse could go with him when finished his career in the service of hounds were running their best Mr. C. Nunn (then hunting the pace. His stud was most magni. borders of Essex and Suffolk), and ficent: no money was grudged for who had whipped in to nearly all horses likely to carry him; and he the crack Southern packs. They never hunts a horse until he ar- say, aquila non generat columbam; rives at his full powers-eight I am sceptical upon that point. years old. Sober Robin and his
were always well master were prodigies in any coun. mounted. Barwick had a famous try. Indeed all his horses were of horse called Patch (from a certain a most superior caste*, as they well estraordinary white mark), which needed to be. He had a remark- was a present from Mr. Gurneyß ; ably clever lad, who rode his se- and one which will rode, quite a cond horse: he was always forth- pony, was not to be beaten. All coming at the instant required, were neatly dressed--tops, breeches, and Mr. G. was very quick in his gloves, &c. ad unguem, (I do not exchange. He is one of those de- mean to pun,) and all were exceedcided men at his fences that I de- ingly good riders, and in general light to see. If he comes into a clever with hounds. field, and steers for a certain point The kennel is very airy and as bis exit from it, it must be some. roomy-built, on a rising ground on thing very queer or unforeseen the left-hand side (coming from that will induce him to change his London) of the town of Puckemind.
ridge, and was always kept most The two Messrs. Campbell, Mr. delicately clean. George is an exParry (another excellent we!ter cellent kennel huntsman; and a weight), and Sir Peter Soame, farrier very seldom enters the stawho bought an old horse (Hyder ble, which is entirely under his Alit), which, formerly, Butler (Sir managemeut.
The hounds are G. Leeds's huntsman) used to ride, bred strong and bony, and their and was, without exception, the blood undeniable; the best proof cleverest hunter I ever saw., were of which is, crack bitches from all some of the principal performers countries are continually sent to whom I recollect. On the promo- their kennel. tion of George Barwick, he was I would here enumerate some of assisted by George Henessy, com- our best performers over a country ; monly surnamed “ Pop," who came but so many follow hunting for the
• Mr. Gurney bought a good deal from Heskin, the original dealer, of whom it is said that his recommendation of a horse's paces was "he walks like anything ; trots like nothing at all; and as for galloping—why, den his eyes !” An excellent specimen of αποσιωπησις. .
☆ It was an old saying, that Hyder Ali was misnamed. His proper appellation was Gehazi, for he was a leper as white as snow.'
Butler used to say, that “old Hyder could jump into a quart pot on one side, and out of it on the other.
$ A friend of mine had one of the same sort, which he called, more classically, * Wheatear.”Vide Buffon,
amusement, not for the éclat re. day's journey, putting the hunting sulting from it, that, in so doing, I out of the account. might possibly annoy some old Of all hard-working, hard-riding friend, whose pursuits, circum- (the latter of which we seldom see) stances, or notions may have much masters of hounds, none worked or altered, since,
rode harder than Charles Newman. “ On our little blood hacks, dirt and dan. The fixtures of his hounds which ger defying,
we used most frequently to attend To covert we rattled in hopes of a run;" were Western Colville-(where by and who may not wish to be trotted the way a certain gate sorely of out for inspection in the pages of fended the mare of a certain very the Sporting Magazine. Suffice it good friend of mine; he will reto say, generally, that, after the member the day, as I know he two large Colleges, Peter House,
cons your pages)—Dear NewmarTrinity Hall, and Downing saw ket, Burton Wood, Borley, Bolmost of hounds, shewed the best sham, and Sturmer Hall. I rememnags out of their stables, rode the ber one morning meeting him longest distances to covert, and, I there, and having a capital day's believe I may add, shewed them- sport. We found our fox in a coselves the best men when they got vert near Haverill, and killed him there.
a short distance from Saffron WalThe character of the Oakley for den. These hounds had capital sport did not stand so high when I sport, but that was easily accountwas at Cainbridge as it has since; ed for-Charles Newman hunted and the present would be a fairer them himself. He was always time at which to give an account with his hounds on a capital style of these now celebrated hounds, of horse, and his head and heart than if we were to fix the date of were both in the right place. On our memoranda in 1821-22. I, a moderate scenting day he ashowever, have not seen them since sisted his hounds with more judgthen ; when their spirited master ment than almost any man I ever (Lord Tavistock) was unwell, and saw, and would kill his fox their huntsman, an elderly man of when others would have given all the name of Wells, was considered up for lost. The work he did was slow. Shortly after this, an im- something out of the common way. provement took place in the health He had two kennels, one at Thurof his Lordship, and consequently low, the other more towards the in the management of affairs. The centre of Essex ; and frequently, first whip, who has since proved when the day's sport was over in himself a good huntsman, was the Thurlow country, has he had promoted, and the whole establish- to ride thirty miles to give recesment was enlarged. Their sportsary directions at the other kennel continued improving, and has for the next day's hunting. This, , since been very good indeed. The however, he seemed to think light part of their country within the of. He hunted four days in the reach of a Cambridge man is prin- week, and his country reached cipally woodland. Mr. Leeds, whom from Linton to Colchester, where I have before mentioned, was their he was met by Mr. C. Nunn. He best man; and to see him ride to was bounded by Mr. Conyers on hounds was at any time worth a the Dunmow side, and by my Lord VOL. XXII. N.S.-No. 128.
Petre near Chelmsford. North- Presently crack went a fence, and ward, he reached Bury, and God bang came a horse and a mar over knows where the German ocean, one another into the field where I believe. A story was current our shooter was standing. On reabout him at Cambridge, which I mounting his horse, which bis can readily give credit to. An in- friend had caught, the first and timate friend (whom he had not only question put by Mr. N. was, seen for years) happened to be out “ Have
you seen the fox ?" shooting in the direction in which the E. E. hounds were running.
(To be continued.)
THE HERTFORDSHIRE HUNT.
SIR, I Have for this last month been indigenous, and over which I had
endeavoring to discover in the for a great number also, not only field of Mr. Hanbury's Hunt, by cast a fox-hunting eye, but in dint of physiognomical study, the which I had passed many, many face of a pleasant Correspondent of happy ones, in the cultivation of yours, who has amused me, as warm-hearted friendships and inwell as many of my friends, with a timacics. few thoughts on driving, and a These are local attachments, and profile of the famous Joe Walton; they give birth naturally to local but hitherto I have not been able descriptions. Therefore, to geneto ken him. I wish we were ac. ral readers, I fear all my details quainted, that I might, in a cour- will serve no other turn than many teous manner, excuse myself to of such-like complexion have done him for this intrusion upon his with me—just to warm the blood intentions, expressed in that let- of a sporting taste, without identiter, to offer you an account of the fying. To the natives, and my old Hunt, in which it seems we both companions, I hope my history and participate the pleasure of sport- tale of knowledge will be more ining. It is not to him, however, teresting. that I am indebted for the thought There is an extravagant prejuof venturing myself upon a general dice against most of the hunting track so much trodden; nor is it establishments and countries within to the example of a far-famed fifty miles of London, desperately
tinctured with wormwood, in the So long ago, indeed, as last minds of all cigar-bucks and year, having read in your work dandy wights, closing their satire several flitting touches adverting and yellow-faced humour with the to the Hertfordshire hounds, and galling word Cockney! To such I a few of their feats, I felt a sort of write with forlorn hope of pleasing kindling desire to poortray, in their daintiness. From friends I black-letter record, something like expect better fellowship; and I an historical account of an esta- somehow feel assured they will be blishment which had existed a gratified by old matters, oldgreat many years, in a soil of fashionedly treated perhaps, in their which I considered myself nearly own sphere.
friend of yours.
I hare said, at the end of last map of the Hunt, I should name season this occupied my thoughts: Hitchin as one boundary, and the but other calls arose : fishing in neighbourhood of Saffron Walden the spring, racing in the summer, as the other--thirty miles apart. and shooting in the autumn, kept The extreme width I consider crowding their pleasing avocations thus:- From East-End Wood, so much upon me, and the fancy near Dunmow in Essex, to Boxthat the subject was becoming Wood, near Stevenage in Hertswearisome, I almost forgot the im- both neutrals, in junction with Mr. pulse; indeed rather flung it from Conyers on the East, and the my thoughts : but the continued Hatfield hunt West. If I were to fine diversion I have enjoyed, and draw a circle, and give the four the capital management of the points of division, they would thus hounds throughout the whole of appear :-North, Bygrave; South, this season, have brought with Hoddesdon ; East, Dunmow (at them such exciting effects, that I the extreme); West, Stevenage could no longer resist the inclina. a circumference of one hundred and tion for an attempt to rescue my thirty to one hundred and forty (almost) native country from the miles. vulgar odium--hoping to give her All the country on the left of the the soaring wings of a phoenix to road as far as Puckeridge, where it arise out of the text with. divides, to Barkway and Cam
It is well known that Sampsou bridge on the right, and BuntHanbury, Esq. living at Poles, near ingford and Royston (the old-highWare, is now the manager of the north) to the left, is generally a pack of fox-hounds kept at Pucke gravelly clay soil, and far from ridge, having been the sole con- good scenting; intersected with ductor since 1826, upon the se- large commons, all under the ceding of the Messrs. Calvert, as- plough; more than undulating, and sisted, to a certain extent, by a re- always deep; abounding with spectable subscription. The coun- small woods and stony lanes ; formtry he occupies, or rather which the ing together a peculiar district, hounds have inherited for a century, known to Aborigines as the Munis of considerable extent, embracing den Country, and which, with all much variety of soil, and having very natural penchants in my heart, I different characteristics. It may be cannot forbear saying I wish was said to commence at Hoddesdon, out of the map, or out of my known seventeen miles from London- ledge. (indeed it is not many years ago
The foxes are devils to shift, that its beginning might have been and notorious for being lovers of reckoned at Cheshunt Common, as thread-the-needle--few instances all the Hoddesdon Woods were in. being on record of their quitting cluded in the Hunt: they are now the twisting eyes when once a foot. occupied by the Hatfield establish- In this year they have outstripped ment)--and to end Northerly at all their ancestors; and many cirabout the result of forty miles dis- cles have been galloped round, till tance from town-running nearly the horses became giddy with deep in a parallel line from the edge of ground and severe running; while Bedfordshire to some ten miles into not a few were jogged over an inner the county of Essex. Taking the one, with the riders crying at four