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tain not one atom of doubt, for I events, he looks like a thorough, have already experienced it. bred horse, and his performance “ French Park, County Roscommon, here is corroborative of the sup, March 20, 1828.
position. - Highflyer, who ran “ DEAR NIMROD-According to second, is the property of A. promise I send you a rough sketch French, M. P. for this county, of the Rathcroghan Steeple Chase; and is a very fine promising brown of which the following is the pro- colt, up to high weights. He is gramme :
got by Norfolk (a Son of Cham. * COUNTY OF ROSCOMMON.
pion, who, I believe, won both “ A Sweepstakes of 10l. each, half Derby and St. Leger), and, as forfeit, to which A. French, Esq. M.P. horse dealers say, is sure to grow adds 30 sovereigns, to be run for on into a fine horse, and a deal of the 18th of March, over the Rathcro-money-at present, I think, he ghan Course (nearly five miles in ex has not quite come to his strength. tent). During the run six stone walls, The latter part of the race lay five feet high, and eighteen, inches between Tiger, Barony Boy, and broad at top, are to be leaped, independent of other obstacles-twenty. Highflyer, who was leading, until six subscribers :-four-year-olds to they came to the last wall but one, carry 10st. 10lb. ; five, 11st. 8lb.; six which Highflyer and Tiger took and aged, 12st.
in fine style; but Barony Boy “X. French, Esq. M.P. and Fitz- struck it with his knees, and gave stephen French, Esq.acted as Stewards. himself and rider the most fright
« The following horses only started: ful fall I ever witnessed. The Charles French's Tiger, aged. | horse charged at it gallantly, and Hon. R. King's, M.P. Highflyer, 5
from the force with which he D. Corr's Sportsman, aged...
3 struck it, he performed a complete T. D. Hearne's Cigar, aged.
somerset in the air, landing on the Fitzstephen French's Cliffe, aged......... 5 A. French, Esq.'s M.P. Cock Robin, 5 opposite side on the top of his
o head, and then rolling over his J. Irwin's Bergami, 5 yrs old. J. M. French's b. m. by Pygmalion,
rider, who, I am happy to say, aged....
was not much hurt, though at the T. Nolan's Dick Dawson....
inoment I thought both horse and Robert French's Hotspur, aged... F. Hassard's Barony Boy, aged...
man were really kilt. I believe T. Moreton's O'Connell, aged... o this was the only fall that took J. Balfe's Bolivar, 5 yrs old.......... 0 place in the race, which speaks
“I will now attempt to describe well for the Roscommon hunters, some of the finest of the horses ; as the course is nearly five miles in and as to the rest, perhaps, you length, with a great deal of strong may agree with me in thinking running ground in it, not to menthe least said about them the bet- tion the deep and rising parts of ter. Tiger, the winner, is the it-all good receipts for stopping praperty of Capt. Charles French; a Carthaginian, near the bellows is a flea-bitten grey horse, of great mender's. After the fall poor
Ba. power, and equal to carry fourteen rony Boy,' was no more seen,' and stone with hounds; his dam is the remaining part of the race was supposed to have been thorough- stoutly contested by Tiger and bred, and he got by Tiger, who Highflyer, who both scarcely touchwas brought to this country, from ed the last wall in jumping it. HowEngland, by Mr. Bruen. At all ever Higlıflyer could not pass his
feline majesty, but has proved him- rarely witnessed at the finale of self an out-and-outer for his age, a steeple chase; and some good and next year, no doubt, will be a judges say that Highflyer would trump. Cigar, who came in the have won, had he not been jostled fourth, I should have told you, was by a horseman just after he leaped the decided favorite before start the last wall. The race was scarcely ing, being backed against any one over ere it began to rain in torrents, stable, and almost against the field. an event not unexpected by me, as, He has distinguished himself in from the lowering appearance of former fields as a steeple-chaser, the morning, and my former exand, on that account, certainly perience of the usage of this counjustified his party — all the ways ty, I fully looked forward to a from Galway * -in backing him. mighty wet night-and faith! I I was not so fond of him, as he is was not disappointed; for here hosnearly sixteen hands high, rather pitality holds sway! long on his legs, and too light “ I have nothing farther now to over his kidneys, as I thought, to say; and shall conclude by apolobe likely to last to the end of five gizing for troubling your honour's miles, going the best pace from the honour with so long a letter, and, post. His condition did great till we meet, remain your humble credit to his groom, and the same servant, remarks apply to Tiger and High
“ One of the Boys of the flyer. The second favorite was a
Redmond's." bay mare, by Pygmalion ; but, in my humble opinion, she had too much of the Dutch build behind, I have just received from a gen
I now transcribe another letter that would fit a pillion well. She is a good 'jumper, and was the life, and which, as it is addressed
tleman whom I knew well in early only horse that took the first wall without a baulk ; however, she
to me in my public capacity, I wanted a turn of speed, or she ought to the public eye. I shuuld think
have no hesitation in submitting to have been there or there about, the plan not only feasible, but defrom the lead she got by her cou. rage ; but perfection is seldom, if sirable ; and shall only add, that
the writer was a very agreeable ever, to be met with. This mare bears a good character in her hunt.
companion when I saw him last,
and I think I can answer for his Tiger, Cock Robin, Cigar, Highflyer, and Sportsman are Leicester
not having turned Saint. shire horses, and would do credit “ Condie Bridge of Earne, N. B. to any stud there, however good.
“ MY DEAR SIR-Many years The rest of the horses were of the have now elapsed since I had the rough and ready kivd, and may be pleasure of meeting you at Erbetter than they looked. The thigt. By accident I heard from horses were all well ridden. These my friend, Colonel Roberts, that kind of races require great pluck, you were connected with the as well as judgment. Tiger won Sporting Magazine, and as such I the race by a head only, a thing take the liberty of addressing you
• The name of a favorite jig tune.-En.
+ The beautiful seat of Mr. Yorke, near Wrexham ; and before noticed by me for the unusual appearance of the pightingale in its woods, so far north of Frent.
on a subject, which I think, if house can be taken. I have menrightly set about, would be highly tioned my plan to several of my beneficial to those sportsmen who friends, who, I doubt not, would would like to enjoy prime shooting be glad to join the party. I should, at an easy (comparatively) expense. for the sake of society, like marThe moor and shooting places in ried men, who would bring their this country are now gone to enor. wives, better than single men. mous prices, and not come-at-able . To any persons wishing to see but by people of very large for. Scotland and its curiosities, such tunes. Now as clubs are the order a place would be a nice resting of the day, why not have a Grouse place. Excuse the liberty I have Shooting, or rather Highland taken in troubling you on the Shooting Club? I am of opinion subject; and should you think it a that such an establishment would plan likely to succeed, I shall be answer well, as a Highland place happy to put my fifty pounds; and, would also give excellent shooting as I am in the country, to render and fishing, the two affording sport any service in my power by looknearly all the year round. Col. ing out a proper place. Col. RoRoberts and myself were talking of berts, who has the prospectus I such a club, and I drew out a pro- drew, as also a Mr. Barnwell
, may spectus, which Col. R. now has. be heard of at No. 23, Dover. About fourteen members, at fifty street, Piccadilly. I remain, very pounds each, would do the thing truly, yours,
J. V." in very good style ; would obtain a good furnished house, and thirty I now conclude for this month, thousand acres of ground to sport but have an excellent letter from over ; pay keepers and the neces France for next Number. I hope you sary out-fit. A person might be have found room for my finish to found, who could, with the help of the Tour, or it will be quite “the part of the game and fish taken, day after the fair." It is in vain keep an excellent table at two to apologize for what had no alterpounds per head weekly. Each native; but my readers must be Member would have his room, and aware, that, on my visit to the the table would be kept all the North, I was very unfortanate in year round for those who liked to weather, having been prevented be there—the board only to be hunting upwards of two months by paid for when there ; so that the frost. Add to this, I was unwell, only actual expense would be fifty and therefore not up to the mark. pounds per annum. I know at When noticing the hard riders this moment, a house that is ex in the Raby Hunt, I cannot well cellently well furnished ; coble imagine how I overlooked my old fishing of a river twenty miles; friend, Mr. Wharton (the welltwo or three locks; and twenty- known Jerry Wharton), who is alfive thousand acres of shoot- most altogether on a visit to Lord ing, with all sorts of game now to Cleveland in the hunting season. be let, and think it might be had He is a very good workman, and worth the money. To put this generally well mounted, having plan in execution, the money– this year a horse Mr. Holyoake namely, seven hundred pounds, at offered him 400 guineas for. fifty each must be had before the
THE GAME LAWS.
( Continued from our last Volume, page 425.
country, brought the subject of the Game Laws, with him the same fondness for I aimed at proving that there might those sports in which he had been be a qualified property in game, educated. even whilst living and wild. Ien Feeling an utter indifference, deavored, and I trust not unsuc- heightened probably by the very cessfully, to deduce the existence principles of the feudal system, for of such a principle from the laws the rights of individuals, where of nature and of reason; and I they interfered with his will, he shewed that the qualified property hesitated not to depopulate whole which I have described was re tracks of country, in order to add cognised by the laws of this coun them to the existing royal forests. try as far back as in the days of The harshest measures were adoptCanute.
ed without scruple, in order that Up to the period of the Norman the game might be increased and Conquest, there does not appear preserved; and every species of opto have been any alteration in the pression was practised, under the principle, or in the law which colour of Forest Law. Succeed. sanctioned it. From that time a ing Kings pursued the same course pew scene opens upon the view. of tyranny; and King John, carry,
Ancient writers agree in de- ing the principle even farther than scribing the Barbarians of the his predecessors, when he was at North as dividing their time be- Bristol in 1209, laid a total intertween wars, and hunting, and idle- dict upon the pursuit and destrucness; or, in the language of Tacitus, tion of all game, and, in the lan“quoties bella non ineunt multum guage of Matthew Paris,“ Capvenatibus, plus per otium transigen- turam avium per totam Angliam intes.". When, therefore, their mi- terdixit.”—Page 227, edit. 1640. grating hordes overran the Wes The oppressions thus originating tern Empire, and laid the founda- with William, and increased by his tion of most of the modern king- successors, at length called forth doms of Europe on its ruins, they the zealous exertions of our ancesnaturally brought with them all tors, who strove, and strove sucthat ardour for the sports of the cessfully, for the restoration of country for which they had before their rights, and added to the great been celebrated. The same period Charter of our liberties, what they witnessed the establishment of the deemed scarcely less important, feudal system, by which the sove- the Carta de Foresta. reign is looked up to as the ulti This Act, the Charter of Forests, mate proprietor of all the lands of unwillingly as it was extorted his kingdom.
from King John, “has been," Sir Flushed with conquest, and care Edward Coke informs us, (4 Inst. less of the feelings of a people 303,) “ above thirty times conwhom he had subdued, the Nore firmed, and enacted, and comman Conqueror, when he establisha manded to be put in execution."
He farther tells us, that it was universal soil to enter thereon, “ a declaratory law, restoring the and to chase and take such creasubject to his former rights." tures at his pleasure: as also upon
However, therefore, the princi- another maxim of the common ples which have been before laid law, which we have frequently down with respect to a right of cited and illustrated, that these property in game may have been animals are bona vacantia, and, affected by the oppressive courses having no other owner, belong to pursued either by King John or the King by his prerogative. As, his predecessors after the Conquest, therefore, the former reason was it is clear that they were restored held to vest in the King a right to by the Act of that King, thus re- pursue and take them any where, peatedly confirmed, to all their the latter was supposed to give the former force. And indeed every King, and such as he should authointerference by King John and rise, a sole and exclusive right." his predecessors with the law as But though it be granted, that, it existed in the days of Canute, upon the principles of the feudal as they found it, is rather to law, the King is the ultimate probe viewed in the light of wanton prietor of all lands in the kingdom ; and arbitrary encroachment upon and though it be even conceded, the rights of the people, than as that he has power, as such, to enlegitimate alteration of that law. ter upon the lands the private pro
Thus then have we this quali- perty of any individual, at his fied property in game still existing pleasure, may it not fairly be in the beginning of the thirteenth asked, How does this confer any century.
farther right in him to take the It is true, that an able and en game that may be found there? lightened writer, whose well-earned No declared law, or positive enactfame calls for much diffideuce and ment, is produced as giving this hesitation before one ventures to right; and we have seen, that, by differ from the opinions which he the laws of nature and of reason, has expressed, has viewed this as sanctioned by the laws of this matter in another light. Sir Wm. country at an earlier period than Blackstone, in treating of this sub- that of which we are speaking, the ject, (2 Bl. Com. 415,) has said, private individual had a species of “Upon the Norman Conquest a property in the game so found on his new doctrine took place; and the own lands. Does then this ultimate right of pursuing and taking all feudal proprietorship in the King beasts of chase or venary, and such confer a right to take the property other animals as were accounted of an individual? Could the King, game, was then held to belong to when he had so entered upon these the King, or to such only as were private lands, cut down and sell authorised under him: and this, the timber growing thereon ? as well upon the principles of the could he mow the grass; gather feudal law, that the King is the in the ripening corn; or carry off ultimate proprietor of all the lands the live stock? Why then should in the kingdom, they being all held he be privileged to take the game ? of him as the chief lord, or lord Even if be granted that the paramount of the fee; and that, King has this power, how does it therefore, he has the right of the appear that the private individual