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ble. The list will shew how little was done this hero was caught out the third ball with a bad hit, having only 4 to his name. The rest certainly exhibited a good style of play; and two of them remained a long time against Lillywhite and Jem, with admirable patience; but it was utterly impossible to hit Lilly's balls away. Sixty runs only were got, leaving a heavy debt to wipe off.

England's second innings was again great, reaching 156. In this Pilch again displayed fine play, carrying away the majority of numbers. Saunders got 47 in high style, recovering his credit, which had been a trifle suspended in some of the late matches: but this is nothing more than all the famed performers have suffered. He is therefore not singular in this: nor ought his just fame to fade away. He is a beautiful hitter, and a perfect master of the general game. If there be a fault in him, we should say he refines his science too much. On tracing the score, it will be found several were again of little service-Beagley without a run, and so on. In short, the aggregate of both innings emanated from two or three-proving, that if all those who were likely had their usual success, not less than 400 runs would have been marked.

When the Connties for the second time took up their bats, there were 274 standing against them; and when the bowling of England was fairly estimated, it appeared not a chance of success was left. Marsden played worse than before, and was as near as possible out the first ball-at the point. The hit he was caught, from was similar to the one in the first innings, but much harder, and a more difficult catch. This

affected the whole of the listthey tumbled down in a disgraceful manner; and with all the talk, and all their accomplishments, could only reach 32 runs, leaving the result against them a majority of 242.

The folly of depending upon the skill of one man, and the utter hopelessness of contending against eleven of the old standards, the elèves of Marylebone, by any men of the country north of London, simply in the habit of playing against parish bowling, were never more exemplified, nor was ever a more triumphant thrashing exhibited.

To do Marsden justice-the only man deserving our praise-he made every possible exertion, and did more in the match than any four other men. His hitting might be said to be rash; but the game was desperate-therefore there may be some excuse. He is, however, a very superior player, and very little inferior to the best of his opponents. "Steady, steady," as seamen say, is all he wants; but he has an enthusiastic disposition, and a long education is required to controul in proper focus his spirited ardour."

The great engine of effect was the bowling; which so completely tied up the lashing powers of these rising men, that they appeared absolutely helpless. Lillywhite and Broadbridge were alone at work-the steadiness of the first and the manoeuvres of our Jem, were enchanting to a judge. Suppose they had been even a little beat away, there were still left Howard and Matthews-even Pilch for a change: so that when these advantages are taken into quiet consideration, we feel that no undue estimation is made when we

say, from the first it was a clear 4 to 1 in favour of the South.

Mr. Parry had a friend with him who must have been useful as a companion; for, to his great surprise, there were but few gentlemen attended. The circle was numerously filled, even to several thousands; but they were the true ruffs of Sheffield-neither courteous nor understandable dreadfully chop-fallen at the failure of their favorite Tom-and not over-burthened with civility to his masters.

Mr. Woolhouse, we are quite justified in saying, felt the true motive of Mr. Parry in making the match-that of giving him a valuable lift in his heavy speculation; and if he could prevail upon the gentlemen of Doncaster to back him and his dashing compeers next season, we are quite sure he will be met liberally by that gentleman.

We take this opportunity, of correcting an error in the letter of our correspondent CATTON, from Bury, in our last Number. He says, "Pilch received his cricket education at Sheffield." Now we are told by a friend this is not the true case: Pilch never left his native soil, Norfolk.

We have omitted a just call upon our candour towards a deserving man-Caldecot; who played remarkably well, and got more than 40 runs in the match. We hope never to hear of a match next season without him.

September 15, 1828.


TURNING over some old papers the other day, I found, not a fox, Sir, but an account of the following brilliant fox chase, which was run by the Duke of

Grafton's hounds (I believe the father of the present Noble Sportsman) some years since in the county of Suffolk. Knowing, as I do, that your valuable Magazine is widely circulated iu the neighbourhood of the "S. H.," I think probably it may prove interesting to some of the Scarlet Gentlemen of the present day in that county, should you think it worth inserting in your next Number.


Billingford, September 1828.

UNKENNELLED at half-past nine at Zack's Carr, near the decoy in Euston, and thence came away over the heath to the Marl-pit, through Honington, and by Sapiston Carr; thence to Bangrove Bridge; came away to Mrs. Read's Carr, and crossed the road by Back Bridge; then away for Stanton Chair over the Dale, and passed Stanton Earths; then through the coursing grounds on the back part of Hepworth Common to Searces Hole, where we turned to the right; came through Walshamle-Willows, then for Langham Common and Thicks, and down to Stowlangtoft; crossed the river between Bailey Pool and Stow Bridge: then to Pakenham Wood; on on to the kiln ground on the back part of Thurston Common; thence to Beyton Groves, and on to Drinkstone and Hessett Groves, near Monk Wood; past Drinkstone Hall, and thence to Rattlesden, between the Great Wood and the Street; on through Hazle Grove to Wood Hall, where the hounds came to a check for two or three minutes (which was the only one during the whole chase). The huntsman took a half-cast, set it off, came away across Buxhall

Fen-street; thence to Norton Wood, and by Lott Hill Grove, in Haughly; then across the Stowmarket road to Dagworth Hills, and through Old Newton and near Gipping Wood; then away for Stowupland; thence to West Creeting, over the Green by Roydon Hall; turned to the right, came down to Combs, and crossed the two rivers by the water mill; then across the road between Combs Ford and Stowmarket Wind-mills, through the Cherry Grounds, to the sign of the Shep herd and Dog at Onehouse; and killed by some hop grounds near W. Woolaston's, Esq. at four o'clock in the afternoon. Ran through twenty-eight parishes."

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ber 19, 1751, and succeeded his father George, the late Lord, in 1803.

To allow such a man, such a keen sportsman, such an admirer and encourager of British field sports, and, above all, such a distinguished patron and supporter of coursing, to pass unnoticed, would be deemed little short of treason against those invigorating pursuits, of which the conductors of the Sporting Magazine are justly deemed the sturdy advocates. No man, probably, ever bred more largely, brought more capital greyhounds into the field, or was more successful in his various contests at Newmarket, Swaffham, &c. &c. This opinion is backed by the Author of A Treatise on Greyhounds, published 1819, who says, at page 9, "On the superior breed of greyhounds, there has been a variety of opinions: the blood of the late Lord Orford's used to

stand very high, if not the first, in the public estimation. Perhaps there has not been any person who took more pains to arrive at the utmost state of perfection in his object; and it is a circumstance generally believed, that he even had recourse to a cross with the English bull-dog, in order to acquire a courage and resolution till then unknown. After seven descents, it is said, he obtained the object for which he had been so solicitous, without any diminution of speed, or the beauties of shape and symmetry. Lord Rivers's stock is now allowed to be one of the first in England, and its superiority may be owing to a judicious

cross of the Dorsetshire and Newmarket blood." During the Noble Lord's career, he won fourteen cups, five of which were gained at Swaffham-Rodney, Rhoda, Rose,

bud, Rosemary, and Rex, obtaining

one each.

Stratfieldsay (purchased by Government for the Duke of Wellington) was formerly the favorite seat of Lord Rivers; and here his kennels, training grounds, &c. &c. were kept: during the coursing season he generally sojourned at Hare Park, near Newmarket. When constrained by age and infirmity to retire from a pursuit which had yielded him such ample satisfaction and amusement, it was announced by advertisements in the public papers, that "Lord Rivers's state of health has determined him to give up coursing, and the whole of his greyhounds have been presented to his people: they will be sold by Messrs. Tattersall, at Hyde Park Corner, on Thursday, May 12th, 1825." Although the inducement to this step was deeply regretted at the time, yet all concurred in admiration of the liberality of presenting " to his people" that stud which for so many years had occupied his attention in bringing to perfection, and had for a like period contributed to his pleasure. On the day appointed the leading members of all the principal clubs congregated. The anxiety evinced by those who came pre-determined to introduce the blood into their own kennels afforded a source of amusement to the lookers-on-the scene may perhaps be conceived, but cannot be accurately described: notwithstanding the incessant rain, the yard was filled. The reader may form a tolerably accurate idea of the extent to which competition was carried, when told, that Red Rose with two puppies by Rector sold for fifty-six guineas; that Roy's Wife, a two-year-old bitch, was knocked down at thirty-seven guineas; Rob Roy, at thirty gui

neas; Rosetta, at twenty-seven guineas; Rochester and Ranger, at twenty-five guineas each; and that Rufus, a red dog, also two years old, was transferred to a new master at the price of forty-one guineas. Rush, a brood bitch, got by Old Rodney, with four puppies by Rex, realised twenty-seven guineas: she was sold under the condition of being delivered at Hare Park, at the purchaser's expense. The stud comprised sixtytwo lots, and sold for 1129 guineas. At the same time, six horses and two dog-carts, also belonging to his Lordship, were sold-price 2104 guineas-giving a grand total of 1339 guineas. His Lordship retained his grand favorite, Rex, who was never beaten, and also a bitch as a companion to the nonpareil.

Cranbourne Chase, comprising a vast tract of land and ground, and extending over divers manors in the counties of Dorset and Wilts, on which Lord Rivers, as owner of the franchise, claimed and exercised, among other important and valuable rights, the privilege of feeding and preserving deer-" a privilege not only extremely injurious to the owners of lands within the limits of the Chase, the number ranging over the property of the different proprietors amounting by computation to upwards of twelve thousand; but also prejudicial to cultivation, and tending to demoralize the habits of the labouring classes:"-the landlords and farmers, therefore, were unceasing in their endeavours to rid themselves of an evil, which too frequently involved them in expensive litiga tion: and Lord Rivers, though justly tenacious of his inherited rights, was not disinclined to sur. render them on receiving a reas

sonable equivalent, particularly when those rights were found to militate against the interests of others. With this mutual understanding, negociations were entered into, and an Act of Parliament obtained for disfranchising Cranbourne Chase, which received the Royal Assent May 23d, 1828. The passing of this Act, however, his Lordship did not survive two months. As a compensation for the extinguishment of the franchise, the clear annual sum of one thousand eight hundred pounds, from the lands within the limits of the Chase, is secured, by the Act, to Lord Rivers and his heirs for ever, payable half yearly-the first half-yearly payment to be made October 10th, 1829. The right of feed and range for the deer, with all other privileges pertaining to the Chase, are to continue till October 10th, 1830.

In private life this good man's character shone with peculiar lusre: he was the friend of the poor and friendless: to him the distressed never appealed in vain: like Goldsmith's Village Preacher, "His pity gave ere charity began." "To relieve the wretched was his pride."

Blest with both means and inclination, he waited not to be asked, but sought those whom he considered to stand in need of re

lief. The following letter, unfortunately without a date, places the character of his Lordship in so amiable a point of view, that the writer of this inadequate tribute to the memory of such a man could not refrain from giving it publicity:

"Stratfieldsay, January. "SIR-Your father is here, well and at work. On mentioning to him this mo

ment a statement I had just read in the

paper (Observer) of the lamentable situation of the poor Irishman, named Fox,

and his wretched family, whose cause some worthy Barrister is going to undertake, I expressed my regret at not being in town to learn the truth of it, that I might afford them some relief: and as your father assured me you would be happy to undertake it for me, I shall be obliged if you can discover from Mr. Audley, fruiterer, Seymour-street, Euston-square, New Road,

the truth of these statements: and although I have no doubt ere this many others must have been inclined to offer their assistance; lest that should not be so, and that this poor family are still in want, you will much oblige me by affording them pecuniary relief on my account, by which you will much oblige, my dear Sir, yours faithfully, RIVERS."

His Lordship's remains were interred at Stratfieldsay, on Tuesday, July 29th, on which day Bramham Park House, the ancient and beautiful mansion of George Lane Fox, Esq. was destroyed by fire, with many valuable paintings and works of art: the portrait, however, of Lord Rivers, whose funeral Mr. Fox (his Lordship's nephew) was attending, was saved from the devouring clement; but a large picture, placed in the entrance hall, of Old Jack, a favorite horse, which Mr. F. rode from Doncaster to Bramham Park, a distance of twenty-eight miles, in one hour and twenty-eight minutes, consumed.

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