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Finding the Hare.
275 angry man, or whether they were
stances as would entitle you to the words in consequence of what had happened at Afcot; or whe
least indulgence from the court.
You went into the field to meet were the words of a
your fellow subject, and the manman who was deliberate upon his
ner in which you conducted yourpurpose. In that case they would
self, shews that yon were cool and weigh against him ; but if they considered them as the words of
in poffeílion of your faculties. You
fled from the laws of your country an angry man, they would be in
for twelve years, and you did not his favour; because then he could
return till four of the witnesses not have power to know how he
were no more, whose depositions ought to act. On the other hand, they had the declaration against roner's inquest. By this means
were taken against you on the cothe prisoner, that instead of af. fisting Rowles when he had shot
you deprived your country of that him, he said, he should not have
full information which might, and
would have been obtained, had you shot him, had he behaved like a
remained upon the spot. gentleman. The jury would conSider this thewed mature delibe
“ Under these circumstances, it ration and coolness; if so, the
is incumbent on the court to exlaw would not declare it man
ert the whole extent of its autho
rity, and afford in your person flaughter, but murder. If the jury thought he was cool in the
a warning to others, that even the duel, the law was strict in that
crime of manslaughter is not to be
committed with impunity. Your case, and he should be conviéted of murder. If the Jury thought
sentence is, that you pay a fine they met with particular provo
of one filling, and be confined cation that deprived them of rea
in prison for twelve calendar
months. fon (although that did not appear), the law would allow the jury, with the utmost steadiness and com,
Mr. England deported himself consistently with their oaths, to bring him in guilty of
manslaughter posure, was powdered, and dressed only. He left the whole cale to
in a genteel suit of black. the jury,--who withdrew for about half an hour, and returned with a verdict of not guilty as to the FINDING the HARE. murder, but guilty of manslaughter.
(See the annexed plate.) Mr. Justice Rook then addreffed the prisoner to the following ef
F the merits of this our third
engraving on the subject of “ Richard England, after ha Hare-hunting, we forbear to comving been indicted of murder, you ment; being fully assured that the stand now, by the merciful verdict wonted liberality and discernment of the jury, convicted of the crime
numerous subscribers of manslaughter. What the mo have at all times shewn in favour of tives were which induced them to so our earnest endeavours and unre. much lenity, it becomes not the mitting perseverance to please, tocourt to enquire. · Your offence, tally precludes the necessity of however, does not come before us any further observation on our under any such favourable circum
276 The late Duel. Sporting Intelligence. THE LATE DUEL,
happen that I took away the life
of my friend, because a lady in To the Editors of the SPORTING company with him should happen MAGAZINE
to think herself incommoded by the GENTLEMEN,
feather worn by a lady in company
with me! I T may perhaps appear cruel to add any thing to what are
The truth is, gentlemen, that
no one gives balf-a-guinea at the likely to be the feelings of the
Opera-house to be posted all night Lady, the decorations of whose head produced such fatal conie
behind a bunch of feathers, which
however light and airy in their quences, between two such brave and cftimable inen as Major Sweet - motions, are not so delightful to man and Captain Wation: B. the fight as the no less airy mothe glaring impropriety of wear
tions of the light-heeled Hilligf
berg. ing such
enormous plumes of feathers at public spectacles, as
A cynical fellow once told me, muft interrupt the view of many
that feathers in a lady's head were others, required not this calamity
designed as emblemetical of its to induce ladies of sense to aban, levity. The plumage of peacocks don it.
and other gaudy birds is most Our swords, Gentlemen, are
beautiful on the tail. Nature, I always ready at the call of beau
believe, is never guilty of improty; but, mechinks, the ladies would priety; and I am sure this do well, to reterve those proofs of
rangement would be peculiary our courage to inore worthy occa
proper, if peacocks frequented fions, when virtue is traduced, or
FERDINAND weakness insulted. We have long been told that
Haymarket. there are classes of gay and moit
Feb. 16, 1796. good-natured fair ones, where higheft vanity is indulged when men fhali fight about tuem. Certainly,
SPORTING INTELLIGENCE. it is no small proof of superior loveliness, when valuable
BOXING. are ready to risk and sacrifice their lives in hopes to obtain some fa
FEMALE boxing match But is it just, or is it gene took place on Monday, near rous that our attachment to the the Elm Tree leading from fair should have no better reward Chelmsford to the Barracks: the than alienating our hearts by ad battle having been agreed upon hering to such follies as are alivays for several days previous, it besnares for our lives?
generally known, and LADIES ! All this may be sport number of persons, among whom for you, but let me entreat you to
several well-known amaconsider that it is at the same time teurs, attended. The combatants
met, and after several well-dealt A coquette may perhaps exclaim
blows, the eyes of one of them here What: a foldier and were closed. By this time the afraid! Yes, I confess very freely officers of juftice being apprised that I fear the torments of my of the matter, arrived; and so own reflections, if it fhould ever quick' were they in their ex
death to us.
277 ertions, that although one of them
OCCURRENCES. was endowed with the nimble
Jan. I. ness of a Bird, yet they secured.
At St. Michael's Collany, Norand caged her. The other by wich, was rung by a select comfome mysterious means made her pany, one thousand feven hunescape. The Bird has been fince dred and ninety-six changes of taken before a magiftrate, and that ingenious peal, called Norcommitted to the house of cor
wich Court Bob. rection, there to fing till the next
striking, the ingenuity of the quarter feflion.
peal, and, being the date of the
year, gave great satisfaction to all DUELLING.
judicious hearers who delight in A few days fince a duel was
that ingenious art. fought in a field near Redbridge, Hants, between Lieutenant Tho.
Jan. 22. mas Burgess, of the 12th regi
As Mr. Briggs, landlord of the ment and Lieutenant Kearnes of
Boatswain and Call, public house, the Soth.-Mr. B, received a pis.
between tol shot in his hip, and languished drawing the charge of a fowling
Chatham and Sheerness, was in the greatest pain for fome days, when he expired. An inquest
-An inquest piece, having placed one hand was taken on the body before
incautiously on the muzzle end, Mr. Corbin, coroner, when a
and the lock being on the half respectable jury at Redbridge,
cock, the piece unfortunately went after a very minute and particu
off, and shattered his left hand in lar investigation of the circum a terrible manner, rendering imftance, returned a verdict of wil.
mediate amputation unavoidable, ful murder against M. Kearnes.
which was performed fome little above the wrist.
Chathan, Feb. 1. The following fingular occurrence happened on Tuesday laft: as Mr. Shove, Surgeon, and Mr. Chalk, Grazier, of Queensborough, in the Isle of Sheppey, were returning home in a postchaise, when they arrived at the King's ferry, the horses were ta. ken out, while they were waiting to be taken into the large boat, the wind blowing very hard, a violent blast, on a sudden, forced the chaise into the itream, with the two gentlemen in it; they were carried away by the strength of the current, and would have been drowned, but for the waterman, who jumped into the small boat, went after them, and got to the chaife juft time enough to save their lives; he took them
Sporting Intelligence. our, but the chaise was carried away Capt. Snell, aid-de-camp to by the water, and has since been Prince William of Gloucester, found drove on shore.
put a period to his existence in the following manner :- This un
happy gentleman, 'who resided at
Feb. 6. Kensington, ordered his servant A 'butcher, of the name of to get his horse in readiness, as
of Tasburgh, his five he intended to take an airing, children, and a fervant, were bit which' being accomplished, as ten by a nad dog. No symptoms foon as he was mounted, he rode of wfection have yet appeared : into Hyde-Park, where he got off but the feelings and apprehenfion his horse, and told the servant to of the poor people are most me lead him towards Kensington; and lancholy. Several cats, pigs, &c. when the attendant left him, he were worried before the dog was sat down against the garden wall, killed.
and deliberately took from his
pocket a brace of pistols, and shor Feb. 16.
himself through the head. This One John Bottomley, a watch rash action is attributed to Capt. maker, at the Merry Carpenter, Snell's lofing a few hundreds at in Old street; eat twelve pounds a faro table the night before : of cod-fish for his dinner, with others say, it proceeded from a out any thing to help it down secret, though violent, affection but a pint of vinegar.
for the Princess Sophia of Glouallowed twenty minutes, but fi cefter. nilhed it in seventeen; and the bargain was, that if he did the
Feb. 21. deed, the company should
As Mr. Wigley, of Wellsfor the fish, if not, he should pay
ftreet, Oxford - street, and Mr. for it himself It is remarkable Manton, of Davies-street, Berke. his appetite, in general, is very ley-square, were coming to town moderate ; but his craving for in a post chaise, and having been fish (faid to be occcafioned by the out an a shooting party, had their longings of his mother when with fowling-pieces loaded; they were child with him) is so great, that attacked on Hounslow Heath by foon after he had eat the above, five footpads, dressed like soldiers, he affirmed he could eat as much who presented pistols, and de
manded their money, when the gentlemen instantly discharged
their . pieces at the robbers, who As Walter Spencer, Esq. of fired leven pistols in return, but Brookead, Wilts, was with some without doing any injury, and other gentlemen following the then robbed the gentlemen of a hounds, his horse, in crossing watch, some money, and the two some ruts in full speed, fell, and fowling-pieces. rolled over him, by which unfortunate accident both his wrift A sparrow hawk lately struck a and ancle were dislocated, and sparrow in a gentleman's garden, his leg broken, but having im and was beginning to pluck the mediate and able assistance, feathers, but being disturbed, and hear he is in a fair way of reco
attempting to escape with his very
prey, flew into the summer-house: