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being president. After many debates, it was unanimously resolved, That major Blunder, a most ex. pert officer, should be detached for Birmingham, to buy arms, and to prove his firelocks on the spot, as well to prevent expense as disappointment in the day of battle. The major, being a person of consummate experience, was invested with a discretionary power. He knew from ancient story, that securing the rear, and making a glorious retreat, was the most celebrated piece of conduct. Accordingly such measures were taken to prevent surprize in the rear of his arms, that even Pallas herself, in the shape of rust, could not invade them. They were drawn into close order, firmly embodied, and arrived securely without touch-holes. Great and national actions deserve popular applause; and as praise is no expense to the public, therefore, dearest kinsman, I communicate this to you, as well to oblige this nursery of heroes, as to do justice to my native country,
I am, your most affectionate kinsman, London, Aug. 26, Artillery Ground.
• OFFSPRING TWIG.
***A war-horse, belonging to one of the colonels of the artillery, to be let or sold. He may be seen adorned with ribands, and set forth to the best advantage, the next training day.'
+++ The following letter seems to have been occasioned by Mr. Povey's project, see p. 48:
SIR, • You are desired to meet us, and other members of the Company of Stationers, at Stationers' Hall, on Tuesday the 13th of this instant March, at eight in the morning, to consider of an instrument ready drawn up, and perused by counsel, for discountenancing the abuse of hawkers, and for the improvement of the trade; whereof you are not to fail. Thomas Drudge, William Crooke, Charles Harper, Samuel Sprint, Matthew Gilliflower, Brab. Aylmer, John Place, Samuel Keble, Daniel Brown, William Rogers, Timothy Goodwin, Isaac Cleve, Henry Bonwick, John Walthoe, Matthew Walton, Robert Vincent.'-Harl. MSS. Bagford's Coll. 5979.
No. 62. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 1709. *
Quicquid agunt homines
Juv. Sat. i. 85, 86.
WHITE'S CHOCOLATE-HOUSE, AUGUST 31. This place being frequented by persons of condition, I am desired to recommend a dog-kennel to any who shall want a pack'. It lies not far from Suffolk
* STEELE's. i It is both disagreeable and unnecessary to be very particular in remarking on this number. Of the dogs that underwent the severe chastisement of this paper, many were hanged soon after the date of it; and several saved the hangman the exercise of his office. Some got off with only the loss of their ears; they even devoured one another; and of the whole pack there is not one alive at this day. Such as have any curiosity to know more of their alias names, their mischievous pranks, or their miserable ends, may consult the “ Memoirs of Gamesters, and the records of the OldBailey. Vain is the wish that they had all died without issue. It being equally impossible to extirpate the breed, or terminate its diversity, all that wisdum can wish is, to discipline them properly, to curb their evil propensities, to assign their various talents to suitable employments, to look after them when mangy, to muzzle them when mischievous, and to prevent their running mad. This being the case, blessed be the patriotic individuals and societies who superintend the improvement and execution of the game laws; and who by their vigilance and spirit compel the whippers-in to see to it, that ungovernable curs do not worry the game before the keepers can come in.
It was great in our author, and an eminent proof of his philanthropy, to devote himself pro bono publico, to brave the fury of the whole pack, to drive the blood-hounds from their harbours with the lash of ridicule; and to mark the most dangerous with the never-closing wounds which the hand of genius only can inflict.
Steele, as a man of wit, as a man of fashion, and as a man of war, was not ill-qualified for this arduous service; but he did not venture upon it single and unsupported. Major-general Davenport, brigadier Bisset, and lord Forbes, to their immortal honour, came forward on the occasion, to share the danger. More will be said of these honourable men in a subse
street", and is kept by two who were formerly dragoons in the French service, but left plundering for the more orderly life of keeping dogs : besides that, according to their expectation, they find it more profitable, as well as more conducing to the safety of their skin, to follow this trade than the beat of drum. Their residence is very convenient for the dogs to whelp in, and bring up a right breed to follow the scent. The most eminent of the kennel are bloodhounds, which lead the van, and are as follow :
A LIST OF THE DOGS.
Rockwood, of French race, with long hair, by the courtesy of England, called also Captain.
Pompey, a tall hound, kennelled in a convent in France, and knows a rich soil.
These two last hunt in couple, and are followed by
Ringwood, a French black whelp of the same breed, a fine open-mouthed dog ; and an old sick
hound, koolso Captain, hair, by the
quent paper, where the author publicly thanks them for their good offices. See Tatler, No. 271.
'k L'auteur peint ici sous l'image d'une meute, les maisons de bassette, et d'academie, qui commençoient alors à se multiplier beaucoup. Ce qui contribuoit et partie à cette multiplication, étoit le grand nombre d'avanturiers et de gens sans aveu, qui se rassembloient de toutes parts pour servir d'emissaires à la France, et pour allumer dans le sein de la capitale le grand feu qui y éclata bientot après. Le plûpart de ces joueurs et chevaliers étoient des etrangers catholiques Romains, ou des Anglois que la faim et le vice rendoient capables de tout. Suffolk-street est une ruë dans laquelle il y eut toujours des maisons fort frequentées des etrangers. Les Dragons furent employés pour persecuter les protestants de France, avant et après la revocation de l'Edit. Comme il auroit été contradictoire qu'un protestant eut été Dragon, l'auteur ainsi veut insinuer qu'ils étoient catholiques. Romains, ou de religion ou de commission. Je laisse aux lecteurs penetrans le soin de démêler içi certaines idées fines que l'auteur a repanduës dans ces articles, tant contre les joueurs et le jeu, que contre les sourdes pratiques que la France faisoit alors pour corrompre, et pour brouiller la nation Angloise.'-Le Nouvelliste Philosophe.
hound, always in kennel, but of the true blood, with a good nose, French breed.
There is also an Italian greyhound, with good legs, and knows perfectly the ground from Ghent to Paris.
Ten setting-dogs, right English.
These curs are so extremely hungry, that they are too keen at the sport, and worry their game before the keepers can come in. The other day a wild boar from the north rushed into the kennel, and at first, indeed, defended himself against the whole pack ; but they proved at last too many for him, and tore twenty-five pounds of flesh from off his back, with which they filled their bellies, and made so great a noise in the neighbourhood, that the keepers are obliged to hasten the sale. That quarter of the town where they are kennelled is generally inhabited by strangers, whose blood the hounds have often sucked in such a manner, that many a German count, and other virtuosi, who came from the continent, have lost the intention of their travels, and been unable to proceed on their journey.
If these hounds are not very soon disposed of to some good purchaser, as also those at the kennels nearer St. James's, it is humbly proposed that they may be altogether transported to America, where the dogs are few, and the wild beasts many: or that, during their stay in these parts, some eminent justice of the peace may have it in particular direction to visit their harbours; and that the sheriff of Middlesex may allow.'him the assistance of the common hangman to cut off their ears, or part of them, for distinction-sake, that we may know the blood-hounds
from the mongrels and setters. Until these things are regulated, you may inquire at an house belonging to Paris, at the upper-end of Suffolk-street, or an house belonging to Ghent, opposite to the lower end of Pall-mall, and know farther.
It were to be wished that the curs were disposed of; for it is a very great nuisance to have them tolerated in cities. That of London takes care, that the · Common Hunt',' assisted by the serjeants and bailiffs, expel them wherever they are found within the walls; though it is said some private families keep them to the destruction of their neighbours : but it is desired, that all who know of any of these curs, or have been bit by them, would send me their marks, and the houses where they are harboured"; and I do not doubt but I shall alarm the people so well, as to have them used like mad dogs wherever they appear. In the mean time, I advise all such as entertain this kind of vermin, that if they give me timely notice that their dogs are dismissed, I shall let them go unregarded; otherwise am obliged to admonish my fellow-subjects in this behalf, and instruct them how to avoid being worried, when they are going about their lawful professions and callings. There was lately a young gentleman bit to the bone; who has now indeed recovered his health, but is as lean as a skeleton. It grieved my heart to see a
16 La ville de Londres a un veneur, et le veneur est en droit de chasser tous les chiens qu'il rencontre. C'est au moins ce que j'ai oui dire; car je n'ai pu trouver dans la · Description de Londres' par Stow, pas un seul mot de cet emploi, si ce n'est que celui qui l'exerce s'appelle en Anglois The Common Hunt, ou The Common Huntsman.'-Le Nouvelliste Philosophe.
m • Toute la populace étoient encore pleine d'animosité contre le Pretendant et contre la France. Les choses changerent bien de face l'année suivante, grace aux Sacheverells, et à leurs semblables.'-Le Nouvelliste Philosophe.