Imagens das páginas

(which God forbid should at present take

HANDLEY-CROSS. place!) shall once more introduce him into

From the Quarterly Review--April. the arena of official life? Or will he look Handley-Cross; or the Spa-Hunt. London. out for the first favorable opening which

1843. 3 vols. 12mo. may take place,-for the first propitious gale From the days of John Gilpin down to which may blow, holding that the means those of John Jorrocks the doings of our are consecrated by the end, and that “all's citizens have had interest for country as well well that ends well ?" I think this will be as for town. The furthest removed, whe. his line of policy. It is in perfect accor.ther in station or location, like to know how dance with his past; and I should not be the Londoners proper live-how and where astonished to find him buckling his little they ride, fish, shoot-above all, whereabody to the triumphal car of the Count bouts, and after what fashion, they hunt. Molé or the Duke de Broglie. In fact, “all Still there has always been an unworthy by myself, and for myself,is the phrase leaning to disparage and ridicule the pow. that will best explain his policy and his life. ers of the East; as if it were not hard Whether that policy will eventually place enough in all conscience for people to be him in the ranks of statesmen time only cooped up in bricks and mortar all the

year, can decide ; but I have a sincere conviction without having the slow pointing finger of that the contrary will be the result of his scorn proclaiming them cockneys whenever multitudinous and incongruous courses. they venture forth for a breath of fresh air.

But there he is, little man, there he is, “ The unkindest cut of all” is, that city rushing to the Chamber of Deputies. He sportsmen are mainly indebted to city penhas a roll of paper in his hand, and Jollivet, cils and city pens for this unenviable noto. the deputy, is almost galloping by his side. riety. The ex-minister is in a passion. What is it The late Mr. Seymour, for instance, (a about ? He is still ferocious against England; thorough-bred cockney), published as many but he has another ground of fury now,- sketches as filled hall-a-dozen volumes, of either real or assumed. There he goes, there which the field-sports of Londoners formed he goes; he enters the chamber, takes his the staple, and which will outlive his more seat, looks sardonically around him, screws elaborate productions. Nobody can resist up his little mouth, and bites his little lips; the fun of some of these delineations—esyou may be sure that something is brew- pecially in the fishing and shooting departing Oh, yes!-he ascends the tribune, and ments. At one page we have a country declares himself once more "a man of the practitioner (a jolly-looking clown in a centres !". He denounces the opposition ! smock-frock) about “to serve an eject. they are incompetent,—they know not how ment;" that is to say, shove a smart fisher. to rule,—they are weak and wishy-washy; man into a river in which he is poaching ; and he bids them adieu in the face of France and hard by we have a City swell, with shot. and of the world. But for how long? I belt and gun, pointing to a dead sparrow cannot tell; since M. Thiers will always be across a piece of water, and exclaiming to regarded as the very condensed essence of a plethoric pugdog—"Fetch it, Prim; fetch weathercockism. Alas! alas! he is not the it: vy, vot a perverse dog you are !" We only Girouette in France, as we shall un- have two urchins with one gun, tugging happily see in an early sketch of De LAMAR- along a poodle pup with a great heavy TINE!

chain; the puller observing to the shooter M. Thiers !-farewell!

"Vot vith buying powder and shot, and

keeping that 'ere sporting dog, shooting 's ZODIAC OF DENDERAH.— The discussion relating

verry expensive!” A few Numbers fur!o the zodiac of Denderah has chiefly occupied the ther on, we have a sportsman taking a delate meetings of the Académie des Inscriptions et liberate aim at a Billy-goat on a bank by a Belles Lettres. As an episode of his essay on the cottage; while his companion, as he opens zodiac, M. Biot read some observations on certain dates in the Rosetta inscription, in the explanation a sack, exclaims—“Make sure of him, Bob; of which he differs from M. Leironne, to which M. I'm told it's as good as wenison.”

Then Letronne made a brief answer. M. Lenormaut comes a tattered ruffian seizing a commonproposes to read, al a subsequent meeting, some ob- councilman just about to fire—“Vot the servations in support of M. Biot's opinions on this divil are you shooting at through the subject. M. de Sauley has succeeded in deciphering the whole of the Demotic text of the Rosetta hedge ?” “'Ares!" " Them 'ere brown inscription, which he explains directly by means of things arn't hares—them's gipsy babbies !!” the Coptic. It was stated to the Académie by M. Strype enumerates respectfully among Letronne, that a complete explanation of this inscription had formerly been made by Champollion, the recreations of the Londoners in his own but not published - Lilerary Gazette.

day (the reign of George I.) “riding on VOL. II. No. I. 9



horseback and hunting with my Lord May. is a street-lounging, leather plating idiot, who or's hounds when the common hunt goes feels quite unhappy“ off the stones.” If railout.” We need hardly say, indeed, that the roads had effected no greater good, they had maintenance of a pack of hounds formed a yet earned our eternal gratitude for diminishpart of the expenses of many of the corpora-ing, if not annihilating, that most disgusting tions in former times, just as the donation of of all disgusting animals, the would-be stage purses or pieces of plate to the race meet- coachman. Not that we object to gentlemen ings does at present. But even in Strype's driving four in hand—if well

, so much the day the joking had begun—witness Tom better for their own necks—but we groan D'Urfey on the Lord Mayor’s field-day : over those benighted youths who, while fol“Once a year into Essex a hunting they do go;

lowing the occupation, think it incumbent to To see 'em pass along O'tis a most pretiy slow :

descend to the manners, the gestures, and Through Cheapside and Fenchurch streei and so to the articulation of the “regulars," who touch Aldgate pump

their hats to ladies, and turn their toes and Each man with 's spurs in 's horse's sides, and his backsword cross bis rump

jerk out an elbow to their male friends. My Lord he takes a staff in haud to beat the bush. There was a smart paper in a recent number es o'er;

of that justly popular miscellany, the New I must confess it was a work he ne'er bad done be. Sporting Magazine, wherein this “Sporting A creature bounceth from the bush, which made Tiger” is well portrayed :

them all to laugh ; My lord he cried. A hare, a hare! but it proved an in judging of him by his skin may be in taking

"The only possible mistake that may be made Essex calf.''

hirn for an opulent book-keeper at a coach-office, We like the Londoners—their joyous en- or for an omnibus cad who has inherited largely. thusiasm is like the hearty gaiety of a girl He usually wears a broadish-brimmed hal, turat her first ball, while the listlessness of nished with a loop and string to secure it to his many of what are called regular sportsmen

head in tempestuous weather, and a long-waistresembles the inertness of the belle of many lar, and with astoundingly wide-apart bind but

ed dark coat, with a widish hem in lieu of a colColonel Cook, who hunted what tons, but very loose and ample in the skirts; his may be called a cockney country-part of neck-cloth is generally white, and tied so as to Essex-bears testimony to the excellence display as much of bis poll as possible; his waistof their characters :

coat is easy, long, and groomish in cut, whilst

his trousers are close-fitting, short, and secured “Should you happen to keep hounds," says he, under a thick, round-toed, well-cleaned boot, by at no great distance from London, you will find a long narrow strap. His great coat, wrapper, many of the inhabitants of that capital (cockneys, coatoon, pea-jacket, or whatever he may please if you please) good sportsmen, well mounted, and to call it, is indescribably bepatched, bestiched, riding well to hounds: they never interfere with and bepocketed-constructed on the plan besi the management of them in the field, contribute calculated to afford extraordinary facilities liberally to the expense, and pay their subscrip; for getting at halfpence to pay turnpikes tions regularly.... Whenever I went to town! with rapidity, and for withstanding unusual inreceived the greatest kindness and hospitality clemency of weather in an exposed situation. from these gentlemen ; capital dinners, and the He saunters about with a sort of jaunty swagger, choicest wines. We occasionally went the best twitching his head on one side about thrice in a pace over the mahogany, often ran the Portuguese minute; he carries a slight switch in his band,

sharp burst, and whoo-whooped many a long with which he deliberately rehearses, as he corked Frenchman!+

strolls along, the outline of a severe doubleBe it observed, that there is a wide differ- thonging with which he means to surprise his ence between the London sportsman and the team-when he sets up one. What appears to

interest him above all things in this sublunary London sporting-man. The former loves the

scene are the family affairs of stage-coachmen, country, and rushes eagerly at early dawn to and the success or failure of the coaches commitenjoy a long day's diversion, while the latter ted to their charge. He would rather be accost

ed familiarly_before witnesses by Brighton Bill • Pills to purge Melancholy-1719.

than by the Duke of Wellington." + Observations on Fox-Hunting, p. 148. The derivation of cockney bas gravelled our philologists.

Such figures as this used to be very familMeric Casaubon is clear for oixoyevns--not a bad bit iar to all who saw the arrival or the departure of pedantry ;-but we have liule doubt it is a dimin. of“ The Age” or “ The Times ;" but they are tive of coke, i. e, cook; and from the same root

There survives, however, another probably are the French coquin and coquette : for the levities and vices of the townsfolk are all associated and a still lower grade of London sportingin the primitive rustic mind with the one over- men—lower in rank-lower in every thing whelining idea of devotion to delicate fare. Dr. Richardson's earliest example is from Chau- our citizens into disrepute. We allude to

who tend materially to bring the fair fame of cer's Reeve's Tale : " And when this jape is tald another day,

the steeple-chase and hurdle-race riders. We I shall be halden a daffe (fool) or a Cokenay.".

denounce the whole system. It is bad in every

now rare.

point of view-cruel, dangerous, and useless We know not if Tom Rounding felt the cruel to horses, dangerous to riders, and use- contempt that most old fox-hunters do for less in all its results except, indeed, the fre- stag-hunting-but certainly, the day we had quent riddance it makes of fools. What can the honor of attending, there was not much be more cruel than rewarding a noble ani- energy in the out-of-doors department. A mal who has carried his rider gallantly stupid-looking hind, its head garnished with throughout the winter, when his legs want dingy ribbons, was uncarted before a dozen rest and refreshment, by a butchering race yelping unsizeable hounds, whom no exeracross country, without the wonted stimu- tions or persuasions of a blowsy whipper-in lus in the cry of hounds—and all for a few clad in green, with the peak of his cap sovereigns sweepstake? What can be more turned behind to conduct the rain down his dangerous than the pranks of a set of hot-back, could induce to pack together; and headed youths, roused perhaps with the false after a circuitous struggle of a mile or so, courage of brandy, setting off to gallop hind, hounds, and horsemen found them. straight across an artificially-fenced country, selves at the back of the Horse and Groomagainst captains who don their titles with with the real business of the day yet to their jackets, and retire after the race into commence. the privacy of grooms or stable-men? If it But Surrey was the great scene of action. is the speed of the horse that the owner wish- Ten years ago, in that county, there were es to ascertain, the smooth race-course is the three packs of fox-hounds, one of stagplace for that; and as to saying that hunters hounds, and innumerable packs of barriers. must be able “ to go the pace,” we answer, When Mr. Jorrocks, whose exploits we are that hounds must go even faster than they do now approaching, wanted to astonish his to require the pace that steeple-chases are friend the Yorkshireman with the brilliancy ridden at. Every day sees the hunting coun- of Surrey doings, and mounted him for a day tries becoming more inclosed; and it is sup- with "them 'ounds,” they overtook near posing that the hedges are no impediment to Croydon a gentleman reading a long list the fox and hounds to say it is necessary decorated with a stag.hunt at the top, to ride a horse" full tilt,” and“ at score” while choosing which pack he should go to, just they are running. No doubt there are bursts, as one reads the play-bills during a but there are few without some breathing Temperance Corner" dinner, to see which time-and at any rate the excitement of the theatre is best worth patronizing. hounds lends an impetus to the horse, which We cannot allude to those days without the spur of the steeple-chaser can never sup- giving a word to the late “Parson Harvey ply.

of Pimlico," as he was generally called. An amusing book might be written on Many of our readers will remember a tall, the "geouine sportsmen" of this our great eccentric, horse-breaker-looking individual, city; and we heartily wish Mr. Surtees of dressed in an old black coat, with drab Hemsterly Hall, Northumberland, to whom breeches and gaiters, lounging up and down we are indebted for the volumes named at the Park on a thorough-bred and frequently the head of this paper, would undertake the hooded horse: that was the Rev. Mr. job.

Harvey, an enthusiastic lover of the animal, We believe the Epping Hunt was taken and the owner of many valuable horses. He up after the downfall of the city pack by was an amiable, inoffensive man, and an Tom Rounding and his brother Dick. Dick oracle in horse-flesh, particularly where died in 1813, leaving Tom, who, though now, racing matters were concerned. His last alas! dead too, will never die in the annals appearance in public was on Newmarket of the chase. He has been celebrated by Heath, whither he was drawn in a bed-car. Hood—but the greatest compliment perhaps riage, his feeble head propped up with pilthat could be paid him was that the Epping lows, to see the produce of some favorite Hunt died with him. Happy we are to win his race. But let it not be supposed that think that with our editorial ubiquity we Mr. Harvey had no regard for religious duonce joined the Epping Hunt. Though ties : far from it. Though without prefersomewhat shorn of its glory-still Tom ment, and long before the Tracts were heard Rounding was there—the living likeness of of, he was a daily attendant at Church : George III.- the courteous host of the morning-service at Westminster Abbey inHorse and Groom at Woodford Wells :- variably included him among its congrega

tion. His style of doing this, however, had " A snow-white head, a merry eye,

something of peculiarity about it. DisdainA cheek of jolly blush, A claret tint laid on by Health

ing to walk, and being, moreover, an econ.. With Master Reynard's brush !"

omist, he hit upon an expedient for provid

ing shelter for bis horse without the ex- Many hasty critics accused the author pense of a livery-stable. His long eques of "Jorrocks's Jaunts and Jollities" (1838) trian exercises wearing out much iron, he of plagiarizing Pickwick and Co., regardalways rode that horse to the Abbey which less of the preface, which stated that the most wanted shoeing, and so got standing chapters “were reprinted from the New room at a neighboring smithy; but as a set Sporting Magazine, wherein they had apof shoes a-day would more than supply his peared between the years 1831 and 1834," stud, the worthy parson had only one shoe long before Mr. Dickens emerged into pubput on at a time, so that each horse got lic notice. We will venture to say thai the four turns!

sire of Jorrocks would no more think of Mr. Daniel (in his “Rural Sports”) relates such a thing as filching another man's style a singular instance of London keenness and than would the more prolific “Boz.” How management, which may be placed in con- far the popularity of " The Jaunts” may trast with the extravagance of modern es have induced certain publishers to wish for tablishments :

a Cockney sportsman of their own is an“Mr. Osbaldeston, clerk to an attorney [a con- other matter : but the dialect of Jorrocks nexion, no doubt, of the modern“ squire”) cup- was and is his own; and we must equally ported' himself,' with half-a-dozen children, disclaim on the part of our independent as many couple of hounds, and two hunters, friend, as respects character, all clanship or upon sixty pounds per annum. This also was effected in London, without running in debt, and sympathy with the soft Mr. Pickwick. Jorwith always a good coat on his back. To ex

rocks is a sportsman to the backbone. plain this seeming impossibility, it should be ob- Pickwick's real merits are many and great: served that, after the expiration of office hours, but thorough ignorance of all appertaining Mr. Osbaldeston acted as an acountant for the to sporting was his prime qualification for butchers in Clare-market, who paid him in offal

. the chairmanship of the club-a true cockself and family, and with the rest he fed his ney according to Skinner's definition, " Vir hounds, which were kept in the garret. His urbanus, rerum rusticarum prorsus ignahorses were lodged in his cellar, and fed on rus;" nor need Hickes's addition be omitgrains from a neighboring brewhouse, and on ted, “Gulæ et ventri deditus." damaged corn, with which he was supplied by In these volumes the character of the a cornchandler, whose books he kept in order. sporting grocer is brought out in still more Once or twice a week in the season he hunted; perfect developement than in the produc, and by giving a hare now and then to the farm. tion of 1838 ; but they embrace a view of their good will and permission;' and several the history of Handley Cross, both as a gentlemen (struck with the extraordinary eco- watering place and a rival to Melton Mow. nomical mode of his hunting arrangements, bray, previous to his advent in the locality which were generally known) winked at his go- of his new adventures. We are willing to ing over their manors. Mr. Osbaldeston was quote freely from this preliminary part, as the younger son of a gentleman of good family many of our readers may know and care but small fortune in the north of England; and, little about hunts, but few or none of them having imprudently married one of his father's servants, was turned out of doors, with no other can have avoided some acquaintance with fortune than a southern hound big with pup, spas ; and we wish to show them that our and whose offspring from that time became a author, though a crack sportsman, is quite source of amusement to him."

awake upon a variety of subjects besides. We have already alluded to one change For example, we believe the following acthat railroads have effected in the sporting count of the medical worthies who first department of London life ; but that was a made the Handley waters famous will be trifle. All England has been contracted, allowed to equal in accuracy and far sur as it were, withiu the span of our metropolis. pass in spirit any parallel record that could Sportsmen who rose by candlelight, and be cited from the pages of Granville : with difficulty accomplished a Croydon or Barnet meet by eleven, can now start, horse roundabout apothecary, who had somewhat in

"One Roger Swizzle, a roistering, red-faced, and all, by the early train, and take the paired his constitution by his jolly performances cream of Leicestershire for their day! while walking the hospiials in London, had setThe Yorkshire hills resound to the guns tled at Appledove, a small market-town in the that formerly alarmed only Hampstead and vale, where he enjoyed a considerable want of Highgate ; and the lazy Lea is deserted for practice in common with two or three other forthe rushing Tweed or sparkling Teviot. tunate brethren. Hearing of a mineral spring No wonder, therefore, that we should now country tradition, was capable of curing every

at Handley, Cross, which, according to usual find our old friend Mr. Jorrocks on a new thing, he tried it on himself, and either the waand comparatively distant field of action.

ter or the exercise in walking to and fro bad a

[ocr errors]

very beneficial effect on his digestive powers. fruit after. Turtle-soup is very wholesome, so He analyzed its contents, and, finding the ingre- is venison. Don't let the punch be too acid dients he expected, he set himself to work to turn though. Drink the waters, live on a regimen, it to his own advantage. Having secured a lease and you'll be well in no time.' of the spring, he took the late Stephen Dump- “We beg pardon for not having drawn a more ling's house on the green, where, at one or other elaborate sketch of Mr. Swizzle before. In of its four front windows, a numerous tribe of height he was exactly five feet eight, and forty little Swizzles might be seen fattening their years of age. He had a long, fat, red face, with noses against the panes. Roger possessed eve- little twinkling black eyes, set high in his forery requisite for a great experimental practition head, surmounted by fullish eyebrows and short er-assurance, a wife and large family, and bristly iron-gray hair, brushed up like a hedgescarcely any thing to keep them on.

hog's back. His nose was snub, and he rejoiced - Being a shrewd sort of fellow, he knew there in an ample double chin, rendered more conwas nothing like striking out a new light for at spicuous by the tightness of an ill-tied white tracting notice, and the more that light was in neckcloth, and the absence of all whisker or hair accordance with the wishes of the world, the from his face. A country-made snuff-colored more likely was it to turn to his own advantage. coat, black waistcoat, and short greenish-drab Half the complaints of the upper classes he knew trousers, with high-lows, were the adjuncts of arose from over-eating and indolence, so he his short ungainly figuré. A peculiarly goodthought, if he could originate a doctrine that natured smile hovered round the dimples of his with the use of Handley Cross waters people lat cheeks, which set a patient at ease on the might eat and drink what they pleased, his for instant. This, with his unaffected, cherry, free tune would be as good as made. Aided by the and easy manner, and the comfortable nature of local press, he succeeded in drawing a certain his prescriptions, gained him innumerable paattention to the water, the benefit of which soon tients. That to some he did good there is no began to be felt by the villagers of the place; doubt. The mere early rising and exercise he and the landlord of the Fox and Grapes had his insisted upon would renovate a constitution imstable constantly filled with gigs and horses of paired by too close application to business and the visitors. Presently lodgings were sought bad air; while the gourmands, among whom his after, and carpeting began to cover the before principal practice lay, would be benefitted by sanded staircases of the cottages. These were abstinence and regular hours. The water, no soon found insufficient; and an enterprising doubt, had its merits, but, as usual, was greaily bricklayer got up a building society for the erec- aided by early rising, pure air, the absence of tion of a row of four-roomed cottages, called the cares, regular habits, and the other advantages Grand Esplanade. Others quickly followed, which mineral waters invariably claim as their the last undertaking always eclipsing its prede- own. One thing the Doctor never wanted—a cessor.

reason why it did not cure. If a patient went 56 Ah, I see how it is,' he would say, as a back on his hands, he soon hit off an excusegouty alderman slowly disclosed the symptoms. you surely didn't dine off goose on MichaelmasSoon set you on your legs again. Was far day? or · Hadn't you some filberts for dessert ?' worse myself. All stomach sir-all stomach-- &c.-all which information he got from the serthree-fourths of our complaints arise from stom-vants or shopkeepers of the place. When a ach; stroking his corpulent protuberancy with patient died on his hands, he would say, 'He one hand, and twisting his patient's button with was as good as dead when he came.'”-vol. i. the other. Clean you well out, and then p. 23. strengthen the system. Dine with me at five, and we will talk it all over.'

It is an old adage, that wherever there is "To the great and dignified he was more room for one great doctor there must be an ceremonious. You see, Šir Harry,' he would opening for a second. Accordingly, the say, 'il's all done by eating! More people dig hearty John Bull of the faculty is soon their graves with their teeth than we imagine. elbowed by an interesting foreigner : Not that I would deny you the good things of this world, but I would recommend a few at a “Determined to be Swizzle's opposite in every time, and no miring. No side dishes. No particular, he was studiously attentive to his liqueurs-only two or three wines. Whatever dress. Not that he indulged in gay colors, but your stomach fancies, give it! Begin now, to his black suit fitted without a wrinkle, and his niorrow, with the waters. A pint before break- thin dress boots shone with patent polish; turnedfast-half an hour after, tea, fried ham and eggs, back cambric wristbands displayed the snowy brown bread, and a walk. Luncheon-another whiteness of his hand, and set off a massive anpint-a roast pigeon and fried potatoes, then a tique ring or two. He had four small frills to his ride. Dinner at eix, nol later, minil; gravy soup, shirt, and an auburn-hair chain crossed his broad glass of sherry, nice fresh turbot and lobster- roll-collared waistcoal, and passed a most dimisauce-wouldn't recommend salmon-another nutive Geneva watch into his pocket. He was a glass of sherry—then a good cut out of the mid- widower. Mystery being his object, he avoided dle of a well-browned suddle of multon-wash the public gaze. Unlike Roger Swizzle, who it over with a few glasses of iced champagne- either trudged from patient to patient, or whisked and if you like a little light pastry to wind up about in a gig, Dr. Sebastian Mello drove to and with, well and good. A pint of old port and a fro in a claret-colored fly, drawn by dun ponies. deviled biscuit can hurt no man. Mind, no Through the windows a glimpse of salads, or cucumbers, or celery, at dinner, or his reclining figure might be caught, lolling lux

« AnteriorContinuar »