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can exist in the same country, and A FEW LINES FROM NIMROD. I am convinced they can without detriment to either, I do not see SIR, why one man should give up all SINCE I wrote last under this to
head, I have perceived there of another, or else incur the dis- has been such an overflow of matpleasure of a surrounding neigh, ter for these pages, that it would bourhood, and be termed selfish. I be presumptuous in me to attempt therefore say again, that applying to usurp more of them than might the epithet 'selfish towards shoot fall to my share, though perhaps now ing or shooters (all the same), is a
one of your oldest contributors; most illiberal and undue calumny. therefore shall at present do little Although, Mr. Editor, I have
more than notice the different apabove quoted the words of a late peals which have been made to Member of Christ Church with myself in the two last Numbers. reference to this point, let me not First--with respect to the Game be supposed to be attacking any Laws. Here I beg leave to obopinion of his in particular, or find serve, that as this subject is now fault with him. On the contrary, under discussion in the two I may say that the introduction Houses of Parliament, and it is of his highly amusing letters adds the universal opinion that some greater interest to your publica- change will be effected, it will be tion; and I must congratulate time enough for me to touch on it yourself and your numerous sub- again, if required, when that change scribers on the acquisition of so be determined upon. I here, howvaluable contributor. The plea- ever, beg to acknowledge one error. sure I have received from the pe. In my letters on the Game Laws rusal of these letters makes me I reprobated the use of the spring hope that he may keep his promise, gun“ in preserves. I have been and let us hear from him again*. since convinced it was the means of
To conclude: My mind is at preventing much bloodshed; for ease: my feeble hand has pennedthat the relinquishing it has embolwhich I could have wished some dened the poacher, who now thinks abler person had attempted. No he has the feeling of Parliament doubt I shall be overwhelmed by and the people on his side, and a volley of replies, which, let me jojns a phalanx, which, from its say, so far from having any effect numbers, it isimpossible for keepers upon me, so as to induce me to to contend with. alter my opinion, may perchance Whatever be the result of the be forgotten as soon as read. I various speculations on the Game do not wish to fill up your pages Laws, I see plainly I was a with replies and rejoinders, which I true prophet when I 'foretold the have neither time nor wish to
not very distant dissolution of make.
English fox-hunting - the bane I am, Sir, yours, &c.
of which has been the unbound. A Well-wisher to all Sports. ed preservation of pheasants. The April 12, 1828.
letter, from which the following * Alas! that is impossible, as he is no more. It would ill become us to mention names, or even make allusions to persons, without express sanction-or, be assured, the many well-merited compliments, justly paid to his deserved memory, should not have been withheld from our pages.
is an extract, I received yes- take he has fallen into with reterday; and though, with the ex- spect to Leicestershire hunting. ception of the master of the pack, He clearly insinuates, it is all plain I know none of the parties alluded sailing there, and that “working to, I will pledge myself to the strict for a scent is quite out of the quesveracity of the writer.
tion.” (p. 359.) He is little aware “I was out on Saturday with that no county in England brings Sir John Cope. He has the finest hounds to hunting more frequently pack of hounds I ever saw; and I than Leicestershire, from the conthink, if you saw them, you would tinual stain of cattle and sheep. say the same. I do not say they This accounts for better runs bea are the largest, but I never saw so ing oftener seen in the neighboureven a pack. They are fast, and hood of Charnwood Forest--where will hunt the coldest scent. We the quality of the land is very had a pretty run, after drawing inferior-than over the cream of some hundreds of acres of wood, but the Market Harborough country, we did not kill, although I think where there is not a plougled we might have done so ; but it field. Near the Forest there are looked as if Sir John was indifferent neither cattle nor sheep; at least as to that point, the country being very few. very thin of foxes. We drew the PRESERVES of a young man of large Although I have nothing to say fortune, but no sportsman. We at present on the Game Laws, yet tere attended by the keeper, who I take this opportunity—the first was candid enough to tell me that I have had of presenting my reathe last fox he had seen was about ders with some very sensible reten days before, and he had since marks on this important subtaken him in a rabbit trap!! There ject, and they will not be less ac. is only one thing that can save this ceptable for the subject being now country (Sir J. Č.'s) as to fox-hunt- under discussion. They are from ing; and that is, by adopting the the pen of a gentleman of high plan of a young man of large fortune rank, a considerable game preand equally extensive estate, adjoin- server, and although only sent to ing the above described gentleman, me at Christmas last, I have reawho is devoted to fox-hunting, and son to believe they were written in whose best coverts, where we whilst Lord Wharncliffe's last Bill found our fox, I did not see one phea- was before the House. sant. I shall meet these hounds again “ Entirely doing away the preto-morrow and Thursday, when Sir sent qualification necessary to kill John concludes the season." game, is not only a blow of the
greatest magnitude to the game As a set-off against what I have preserver, but must be the cause said, a new pack of fox-hounds are, of endless petty squabbles, ill blood, I find, established in Suffolk, and and mischief, to all concerned in long may they continne to hunt it! landed property. It will be the We are indebted to Ring mood for greatest annoyance to the occupier, a very able description of them; as well as the owner of the soil. and as a brother sportsman-which Every apprentice, every idle disI am sure he is--I shall take this orderly person, will have fresh exopportunity of correcting one mis- citement : all will go armed with a gun, taking the chance of detec- assistants; one who can ensure tion--so easily avoided, either by a himself a constant and continual light pair of heels, or a companion watch; and from whom a trespasser to watch and warn the approach may have some difficulty to escape. of any one likely to interfere. But the man of small fortune, who
“ Trespassers will spring up cannot afford to keep more than like mushrooms; the farmers' fences one keeper ; who is, equally with will be destroyed ; and every nui- the great proprietor, doing all the sance and annoyance multiply upon good he can, by looking to the the unfortunate occupier of a farm, management of the poor, and who may be supposed to have a endeavouring to keep the pafew pheasants or partridges, bred rish in which he resides in upon and belonging to the land. good order and regulation; and
“ The experiment of summary who, although so much, may not punishment fortrespass has already be in his power, still would be a been tried with very little effect. great loss to his neighbourhood The farmer's loss of time; difficulty (there are many such), both as a of proof of actual damage; the Magistrate and a person spending trifle that is awarded when fences his income on the spot: he will are broken and destroyed; make have no chance to detect the nuit little worth his while to take the merous trespassers that these new offender before a Magistrate, who laws will inevitably bring upon probably puts him off till Bench him, whilst his only keeper may day, and causes him to lose two be gone miles to look for the neardays' labour or attention on his est Magistrate—probably not find farm, for the sake of sixpence him; or be put off till the meetor one shilling damages (awarde ing of the Bench, causing his abed), when the mischief is ten times sence several times, giving the the amount: and since this sum- armed trespassers time and oppormary mode of dealing with a tres- tunity to destroy all the game he passer has been in force, what may have. A wrong vame given, ĥas been the consequence? Those, or a wrong place of abode, may be who before came singly in search found out, may be traced by the of nuts or any other pursuits, now man of large property and many assemble in numbers, and set the keepers; but how is it to be done law at defiance by resistance. What by the other? The expense enthen will be the consequence (es- tailed upon him would be endless, pecially to those whose property and his keeper rendered perfectly happens to be near a populous useless. Four or five have only to town), when they will have a right agree to trespass, and allow one to each to arm with a gun, and a mar- be taken and conveyed to the Maket open for the sale of game, gistrate; the others, by their day's which it appears is also proposed diversion, could well afford to pay in the alteration of the present the trifle that the Magistrate Game Laws ?
would inflict. " The Bill, as at present re
“ Still worse will this new reported in the newspapers, is evi- gulation affect the now qualified dently the production of a large farmer, who keeps no regular landed proprietor; one who can af- keeper, but who, farming his own ford to keep a host of keepers and land, enjoys the diversion it af
fords, by preserving the game. theirs, could destroy all their What chance would lie have to de- amusement, and would reap the tect these wilful and constant tres- whole benefit and profit, to which passers ? His occupations, his time he can in no way be entitled, not would not allow it. All who live assisting in the least towards the much in the country are well aware, preservation of that which would that if a trespass is committed by yield him a greater harvest than a gentlemen, he endeavours to do the produce of his land; and which as little mischief as possible to the land he would, in future, cultivate occupier of the soil; whilst the so as to ensure a constant endless nutter, the bird's-nester (an occu- drain on the preserve of his neighpation not confined to children), bours. In many instances, the the idle apprentice, and unquali- proposed alterations will be a most fied trespasser, never in the least decided attack upon private proconsider the occupier of the soil, perty. Many are the manors his loss, or his annoyance. Surely which can now be let or sold to the drawbacks are great already on great advantage, for the sake of landed property! The inducements, sporting. Under the meditated in these times of pauperism and Game Laws, the whole system will poor laws, are very few to make be changed: the amusements, the gentlemen reside on their property. hospitality, the social intercourse Deprive them of their amusement of the country gentlemen, will re(which amusement is now a pro- ceive a blow that the change cantection, a guard to the occupier not compensate : the idle and in every sense of the word), and disorderly will have greater induceyou will completely sever the land- ments to continue so, and will have ford and the tenant, and thorough- a market open for their plunder. ly break up what remains of the “In the proposed Bill, there is English country gentleman. no punishment for marking or dis
* If game must be made a sale- guising by blacking or otherwise. able article, strong restrictions A protection against poison would should be made as to those who be no bad introduction. have the power to sell; and all
“A Shooter, and a Fox-hunter." who buy, should buy of a licensed person. Yet, in this, great evils will arise: the man who has one Our American friend Septentrior two acres close to a preserve (I onalis, in his rery interesting lete am not speaking of the many pre- ter on the various breeds of horses, serves of the great landowner) and the method of treating them in would be enabled to destroy all his country (Transatlantic coachthe game; and, without being at ing, &c.), has done me the honour any expense or trouble, would reap to express a wish that I should rethe whole benefit.
sume my remarks upon the con“ If, as is often the case, three dition and diseases of these noble or four farmers club together to animals. He particularly alludes preserve their game, their lands to foot-lameness, which he very adjoining each other, another per- justly designates " the curse upon son residing in the town, having good horse Aesh.” I beg to inform an acre or two of land intersecting him, I shall resume the subject in VOL. XXII. N. S.-No. 128.
the June Number, and continue it Tom Hodgson, a Lord? Or is Will to its conclusion.
Danby a Lord? No man cares less No Vulpecide calls for a word for a Lord than I do, merely befrom me.
I agree with him in cause he is a Lord; but if he be a every line he has written on the good sportsman, and a good fellow subject which he treats of, and withal, I like him the better for more particularly so in his proposed being a Lord: and where is the method of remunerating keepers. man who does not ? Why make a The system of payment would be man a lord if he is not to be exalted an equitable one to all parties. ! by the title you give him? and was not aware that a hundred surely his rank gives eclat to his brace of foxes had been stolen from actions, and strengthens the force the Quorn and Pytchley countries, of his example, if a good one. (surely Samson must have been This, however, is not all. Our amongst them!) neither is it in zealous fox-preserver has amused my power to gainsay it; but this himself with applying a taunting I will assert, that so long as sport- and sarcastic quotation tome, which ing of almost all descriptions is I not only do not relish, but which, carried on in the artificial way in I am put to the pain of telling him, which we now see it, fox-steal- does not fit. It is as much as to say, ing will always flourish. What that, if not a stranger, I am somewould have been the fox-hunt- thing like an intruder in good ing of my own neighbourhood at society. To rebut this
which this present time, had it not been my nature shrinks from-I will for the purchase of foxes, from give him my passport. My only somewhere? Most likely a score title, it is true, is NIMROD; but I blank days in the season; for seven- claim a fifth Viscount for my an. teen would be no novelty.
cestor; a Baronet for my uncle ; I should have liked this article I married the grandaughter of a better had it not been for the con- Viscountess, and the great grancluding part of it. “I (NIMROD) daughter of an old Welsh Baronet, give too much of my noble friends, once Speaker of the House of Comsays the writer, “and not enough of mons. the noble animal the fox.” Now this reminds me of a remark a brother- Turning now to pleasanter subsportsman-since gone to his fa- jects, I am happy to have it in my thers--made to me about four years power to send you an account of a ago. “ I like your letters much,” gallant Irish steeple chase, which I said he, “ but you had better received from one of my
" noble stick entirely to matter of fact, friends" in that country, accompaas regards pure sporting matters." nied by a most kind invitation to
“ You think so, do you ?” ob- visit him next winter, and have served I; “ then, I do not," was one more season's hunting in Iremy reply. But pray let me ask, land, before I go hence and be no when speaking of sportsmen, con
“ Be assured,” adds spicuous as such, have I been lavish he, “ you will find plenty for the only on my noble friends ? Is John book, as well as plenty of every Warde a Lord ? Is Ralph Lambton thing else, in this land of good fel. a Lord? Is Sam Nicoll a Lord? Is lowship and fun.” Of this I entera