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My huntsman is very exact ; , quently, I think, be traced to he carries always a list of his another cause, namely, their being hounds in his pocket, and when out of blood; nor can there be any in a distant country, he looks it other reason assigned why hounds, over to see if any of them be which we know to be good, milling. He has also a buok, in should remain, so long, as they which he keeps a regular account sometimes do, without killing a where every fox is found, 'and where he is killed,

66 A pack of hounds,” says Mr. Your huntsinan, knowing per

Beckford in his thoughts upon featly the country he has to hunt, hunting, “that had been let him the acquire as perfect a month without killing a fox, at knowledge of his hounds; good last ran one to ground, which sense and observation will do the they dug_and killed upon the rest, at least, they will do as much earth. The next seven days as you seem to require of him; they hunted, they killed a fox for it is better to depend upon the each day." goodness of your hounds for Large packs are least subject fport, than the genius of your to this inconvenience

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hounds huntsman. It is believe me, a that are quite fresh, and in high much surer dependance.

spirits, least feel the want of Let vot your expectations Þe blood. The imallest packs, there. too fanguine, when you' think fore, should be able to leave at you

shall have occasion least ten or twelve couple of for bag-foxes, to keep your hounds behind them, to be fresh hounds in blood the first season. against the next hunting day. If It may be as well, perhaps not your hounds be much out of to turn them all out, till you can blood, give them reft : take this be more certain that your young opportunity to hunt with oth:r, pack will keep good and steady hounds; to see how they are without them. When blood is managed; to observe what stalmuch wanted, and they are tired lion hounds they have, and to with a hard day, one of these judge yourself, whether they be foxes will put them into fpirits, such as it is fit for you to breed and give them as it were, new from. If what I have now re. strength and vigour,

commended should not fucceed ; What I call being out of blood, if a little rest and a fine morning is, that no fox-hound, in my do not put your hounds into opinion, can fail of killing more tlood again, I know of nothing than three or four times follow-l else that will. ing, without being vilbly the

In my next, I Mall have fome, worfe for it. When hounds are thing further to say on the blood, out of blood, there is a kind of necesary for a pack of fox.hounds, evil genius attending all they do ; which I shall take the first opand though they may seem to portunity of transmitting; and, hunt as well as ever, they do not in the mean time, with every. get forward; whilft a pack of good wish for the future success fox-hounds, well in blood, like of your pleasing performance, I. troops flushed with conquest, are remain, Gentlemen, not easily withstrod.

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Your fincere friend, call ill luck, day after day, when hounds kill' no foxes, may fre 04t.9, 1795. ACASTUS. VOL. VII, No. XXXVII.

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A Brace of Singu’ar Sportsmen.
A BRACE of SINGULAR tain the precise time of his jour.
SPORTSMEN.

ney, which may be found in tea
veral maps ; bilt paffing over the

Alps, he was struck with what the To the EDITORS of the Sporting French call un coup de foleil, the Magazine.

rays of the son being so intense GENTLEMEN,

they literally addled his brain,

and he fell a martyr to vis perfeHAVE frequently observed in verance in walking over Eu

your entertaining Miscellany, 1 rope. many eccentric characters pourtrayed, permit me, for the en Whig Middleton was the boher tertainment of your readers to de extrancois being. He was a fine, lineate a sketch of (wo defunét tall, handsome mai), portefed a oddities, who were, during their

genteel fortune, but being one Jife, perhaps, as remarkable, and

night at Arthur's, and having a engaged the attention, of the

run of ill luck, he loft about 3 sporting world as much as any thousand guineas at play. He other characters on record.

was greatly chagrined and the Yours, &c.

late Lord Montford rallying him An ODDITY HUNTER.

upon it, asked him, jocularly, in the gaming phrale, “What would

he do, or what would be not do I SHALL begin with Walking

to get hoine."

" By G-d, my, Webb.-This gentleman pere- lord,” said he, "prescribe your grinated on foot to Rome, (after owo terms." Why, resumed Lord croffiog the channel) and returned Montford, “I don't know a in the same manner. He was a

greater mortification to you than man of an easy fortune, and lived to compel you to dress directly up to it, but in a very extraor- opposite to all fashion for ren dinary manner. He was a bon rears, will you agree to it for vivant, though he was neither an a thousand guineas ?" epicure nor a bacchanalian.

iny lord."-Whig Middieron reHe resided at Windsor, and ceived the money down upon the every day walked to town without nail, and pocketed the affront. a waistcoat or great coat, attended But what was far more extraordi. by two livery servants, to whom nary, and ine least expected, he, he

allowed any livery to the great astonishment of all waiftcoats, nor did they dare ap his acquaintance, (Whig) being pear in any before him. He

one of the greatest maccaronies would frequently remain at of the day, fulfilled his engageWhite's playing at whist, his fer ment, and nine years afterwards vants constantly waiting for him, li died in the most un fashionable state without allowing them any din imaginable, that is he did not owe ner, or even refreshment, until one farthing to a trade finan, left three or four in the morning; he some play debis unattended, and would himself feed upon raisins his coat and wig were of the cut and almonds. Not satisfied with of

queen Anne's reign.' Lord his first itinerant tour to Italy, Montford, it is said, died in a very he returned a second time, in the different, but quite fashionable same manner, in order to ascer manner.

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ON W IT.
THERE has not, perhaps; been greater variety of opinions, upod any subject, thani

respecting the ingredients that constitute real wit ; nor any definitions more numerous
than those of this faculty. One author afferts, that it results from novelty
and surprise of the idea, independent of its cloathing; and that what is wit in one
Kyle or language, will consequently be fo in any other. By another writer, it is
declared to conlilt, not so much in the originality or point of the thought, as in the
apiness or felicity of its expression ; that it is

'Nature to advantage dress'd;

What oft' was thought, but ne'er so well expressid: whilft a third, whose productions are fertile in acknowledged specimens of wit, maintains that punning is a real and excellent species of it; and that those only decry. and under-rate puns who are deficient in the pleasurable talent of making them —For our own part, we are so much the votaries of mirth, and the lovers of sport, good humour, spirit, and hilarity, in which ever of these shapes they appear, that we shall les we have before promised) never hesitate to introduce to our fporting, friends, whatever applies to the risible faculties, and excites mirth; nor shall we lo closely examine under what class of wit our pleasantries rank, as the degree of amusement they are capable of producing: but it still shall be our study, as it ever has been, to servé up such dishes as may be most palatable to the lovers of mirth and harmony.

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ANECDOTE.

he is a rascal that repeats it "REDERICK, the late King again." The king, who was at

of Prussia, had given out in the time in a niask, was pleased general orders, that

no officer

with, a reply so much in characshould be absent from quarters ter, took no further notice of ic

particular masquerade at that iimne ; but a few days afnight :-A Lieutenant, who was ter when he saw the lieutenant, Very fond of that amusement, ordered him to be called, and had nade a party to go to it pre. told him, he was appointed a vious to this order; and sup. caprain, but added, at the same pofing, as he went in the charac-time, “ You are a rafcal if you ter of a German boor, he could repeat it again.” not be known. The king had been but a very fuort rime at the The following very curious masquerade, before he knew this advertisement is copied from the officer, and went up to him in a Bahama Gazette, of June the very easy manner, saying, “ who 30th : are you, countıyman The " Whereas the subscriber, officer immediately observing the through a pernicious habit of king, knew him, was rather dif- drinking for many years, .bas composed at the question, but greatly hurt himself in purfe and recollecting himself, whifpered perfon, and rendered himself to him, “ I am a lieutenant-butodious to all his acquaintance ;

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The Feast of Wit ; or, Sportsman's Hall. finding there is no possibility of for his employments. The old breaking off from the said prac. General, who comprehended their tice, but through impoffibility to motives for being so folicitous find the liquor, he therefore ear about him, gave them the follownestly begs and prays, that, in ing apfwei :- Gentlemen, I future, no person will sell him know your reason for inquiring either for money or on trust, any about my health. I have but sort of spirituous liquors, as he two things worth any one's have will not in future pay it, but will ing--my regin.ent and my girl, prosecute any one for an adtion neither of which will fall to your of damage against the tesiporal lot: I'll tell you how they will and eternal interest of the pub. be disposed ofấa Scotchman will lic's humble, serious, fober,'fer- get the one, and an Irishman the vant,

other," James CHALMERE. WILLIAM ANDREWS, Witness ? When the Earl of Harrington to the ligning.

was on his death-bed, many of Naljnu, June 28, 1795.

his mistresses called to see him:

some were admitted, and others Mrs. Piozzi relates a whimsi

denied-among the rest, one becal circumstance, which may be ing extremely solicitous for adinstructive to foreigners in the

mittance, she was told as a reason attention to be paid to accuracy

for the denial, that his Lordship of expression. These are her

had just received the sacrament, words :

to which the answered, suppoäng 66 When Prince Conzago di

it some kind of physic, that she Castiglione was in England, he

would wait patiently till it had dined in company with Doctor

worked off Johnson, at the house of a com. mon friend, and thinking it was a polite, as well as a gay thing to drink the Doctor's health, with

During the late war, the cap.

tain and cook of a man of war, some proof that he had read his works, called out from the top of being accused of certain high

crimes and misdemeanours, were the table to the bottom (that ta.

ordered to be tried for their lives, ble filled with company )--to your

The cook appeared extremely good health, Mr. Vaz abond!It is almost unnecessary to

terrified, the captain in very

high spirits, asked him, " what mention, that the Prince meant

he was afraid of? I am

not a compliment to the celebrated work of the Rambler, but niftook

afraid,” added he, “and as both

of us shall be tried by the same the phrase from inattention to

court-martial, why should you ?" synonimy.

66 I should be as courageous as

your honour," replied the fellow, ANECDOTE.

• if I were to be tried by a jury Lord Tyrawley, little before of cooks.” his death, was visited by several Englishmen, who came with a

BILLET DOUX. pretence of asking him how he did, but in reality, to see if he A noble Lord in a billet donx was dying, that they might apply which he lately sent to his mif.

tress

A COURT-MARTIAL ANECDOTE.

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The Feast of Wit; or Sportsman's Hall. 37 tress, assured her that if the whole strated even before his guests, and globe was his, he would lay it at ila

added, among other complaints, her feet.

66.that he never saw a gonje at the

bottom of his table, but on Mi. Voltaire, speaking of the gene.

chaelmas day." "Nay, gentlerality of modern orators, says, men,” replied the lady, “ that

What they want in depth, they you can deny--for you will see give us in length."

one there every day he dines at home."

Ai Tinlerden, in Kent, a dan. A French conftitutional priest, cing master advertises to teach who had usually a very small young gentleman soldier's the art audience, was one day preaching of walking to quick time, with at the church in his village, when the addition of rendering them the doors being open, a gander capable, in three lessons, if ever and several geese came talking so inactive, to make good their up

the

middle aille. The retreat.

preacher, availing himself of the

circumstance, observed, he could Of a man who was stuffed full

no longer find fault with his difof puritanism, a person expressed triet for non-attendance, because, a doubt whether he had any reli- though they did not come themgion in his heart. How can it, felves, they had sent their reprebe in his heart, says another, Sentatives. when it's always in his mouth ?

A provincial paper, in the Jack-Ketch, in his late address agricultural report, makes the to the court at the Old Bailey, following pithy remark, viz. that in which he very pathetically " the small feed crops, this year, pourtrayed his situation in confe

are not large;" which reininds quence of the badness of the us of the curious observation an times, was asked by a friend why | Hibernian once made to his tayhe did

not employ counsel. lor, that is his great coat was a “ Counsel !" cried Jack, " they little too big." are the very fellows that ruin my business, many a good customer In Faulkner's Dublin Tournal, they cheat me out of.

an apartmeni is advertised to be

let in Cut Purje Row, to which is The Covent Garden gentry, added, by way of nota bene, " very who contrived to burn down St. convenient for an attorney." Paul's Church, Covent Garden, have the modesty to expect that Prophets are a very plentiful his grace of Bedford, will rebuild article in an English market, at them a fine new Church, upon the present day. A Mr. George fire-proof principles.

Turner, of Leeds, as bad the

lanihorn of his inspiration lightA certain deputy's wife, well ed up, and is now offering known for her economy, exhi. peep into the dark corners of fun bited her usual scantiness a few turity, in a two-penny pamphlet, days ago, at a common-council

“by command of the Lord.. dinner. Her husband remon.

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