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the said General Assembly cry out country's honour in the champion,
oratory, oratory," and will an im- Tom. mediate supply follow the demand ? Alas! there will haply be a small
“ Johnson's first set-to, in 1783, was voice heard crying from the synod of with a fighting Carman, of the name of
Jarvis ; and though Tom was looked upon Moray, or a gruff one heard growling
as as a mere novice in the art, yet he dis. from the presbytery of Dumbarton, played so much superiority over the Carman, but the ladies in the galleries will not that his fame was soon made known. Jarbe satisfied, and will all look weeping vis had milled a few good men himself—but towards the bar, with many a sigh for in the hands of Johnson he got most dread. Mr Jeffrey and Mr Cockburn. "Truefully beaten, that he was scarcely able to it is that there is a demand for elo walk out of Lock's Fields, where the conquence, but there are no commission- test was decided, ers of supply. The futility of this
“ The Croydon drover, a man of pugilistic
notoriety, now fought Johnson upon Kenprinciple is equally obvious when ap- nington Common; but Johnson finished plied to pugilism.' Search the records him in a very short period. of the ring. There was a loud cry “ Steevy Oliver, the noted death, although for a champion, during several years growing old fast, and who had been fightbefore the apparition of Tom Johnson ing ever since the days of Broughton, en but no champion came forth from tered the lists with Tom Johnson,
and proved our boxing population. True it is, himself a good bit of stuff—but his day was that the growth of genius is not, in gone by—and Johnson was not long in get
ting the victory. Some thousands of spec. any department, caused by the same principles as the growth of corn. Pol- display of science.
tators were upon Blackheath to witness this lux and Belcher-Phidias and Chaun
* Bill Love, a butcher, challenged Johnson try-Homer and Walter Scott—did for fifty guineas, which was decided at Barnot come into the world, because the net ; but the knight of the cleaver was, in a world demanded them. On the con- few minutes so completely cut up, as to trary, they brought a supply—and leave Johnson in possession of the ground. then a demand arose. The ring was
“ Jack Towers, who had overcome death, formed by the champions—the cham- thought he had little more to fear, and pions were not begotten by the ring.
therefore, without hesitation, agreed to The character of a people is to be had likewise got the better of death, and, in
fight Johnson at the above place ; but Tom sought for and found in their amuse
a very short time, Towers was completely ments. It is melancholy, therefore, to satisfied that he stood no chance with Johnreflect on that of Englishmen, during son, and so gave in. the period that elapsed between the “ A man of the name of Fry, offered to defeat of Slack, and the first peeling fight Johnson for fifty guineas, at Kingsof Tom Johuson, alias Jackling.
ton, which Tom cheerfully agreed to; but, There was no principle in the ring; - broiled, as to be very glad to put an end to
in less than half an hour, Fry got so much Honour had fled to heaven from fight- the contest, and Tom walked off the ground ing men. No dependence could be
not even pinked. placed on the favourite at stripping or “ Johnson about this period (1787)punishsetting-to-and betting was little short ed so many of the minor coves, that it was of an act of insanity. Bolting was the deemed necessary, by the sporting world, to order of the day, and it seemed as if look out for a customer who might be able pluck were rooted out from the soil of to stand something like a mill with him. England. This is not the place to As the metropolis could produce no such enter into a review of the government bed for pugilists,) when Bill Ward was se
character, Bristol was searched, (the hotof the country during that disastrous lected, as a decent article that could be deera of our history. No doubt, the ad- pended upon; and accordingly he was backministration must have been most cor- ed to fight Johnson for two hundred guineas, rupt, and a reform wanted in every at Oakingham, in Berkshire. In the first department of the state, before the round, Ward found out that he had got a spirit of pugilism could have sunk so trump to deal with, by receiving near a low among the most boxing people in doubler from Johnson, and immediately
In fact, it was the universe. But this inquiry would acted upon the defensive
. lead us beyond our limits, nor, we
scarcely worthy of being called a fight; and confess, does it ever please us to dwell but much displeased. Ward was convinced
the amateurs were not only disappointed, on the prospect of national degrada- that he could not beat Johnson by standing tion. So let us hail the restorer of his up to him, and therefore, determined to try
whiether he could not tire him out! And conflict, Johnson was challenged by generally when Tom attempted to put in a Isaac Perrins of Birmingham, supposed good blow, Ward was down on his knees.
to be the most powerful man in Eng, This humbugging lasted for nearly an hour
land, and against whom no pugilist had and a half-Johnson's intentions being con-, tinually frustrated by Ward's dropping on
ever been able to stand up five minutes. his knees : At length, a prime blow made
He was six feet two inches high, and out foul," " and he instantly
weighed seventeen stone,-three stone bolted ; notwithstanding the remonstrances more than the champion. of his second, to come back and finish the “ On stripping, Perrins looked, in com. fight. Johnson was now firmly established parison, like a Hercules, and Johnson, who, as the champion—his fame ran before him, in other fights, appeared as a big man, by and it was some months before any person the side of Perrins, now looked as could be found hardy enough to dispute his boy; the spectators were struck with the well-earned title.”
difference, and even Johnson's friends began Johnson was next matched against to shake. The awful set-to at length comRyan, an Irishman of surpassing menced, and anxiety was upon the utmost strength, skill, and bravery,--and the stretch-Johnson stedfastly viewing his battle, which was one of the most des- mighty opponent, and considerable skill
was manifested by both the combatants for perate ever witnessed, terminated in favour of the champion. In conse
nearly five minutes, Perrins then made a
blow, which, in all probability, had he not quence, however, of a supposed foul have missed his aim, must have decided the blow by Tom, the men contended again contest, and Johnson been killed, from its for six hundred guineas.
dreadful force ; but Tom was awake to the “ It was a contest of great anxiety, and intent, and eluded it; and in return, put in the whole of the bruising world were there ; a hit, which could be of no trifling nature, from the Corinthian Pillar, to the Coster- to knock a man doron of seventeen stone ? Monger! Johnson, with his second, [Great applause ; bravo Tom ! well done, Humphries, and Jackson as his bottle. Tom !] Johnson followed up this advanholder, mounted the stage at three o'clock; tage for three more rounds with success, and and were immediately followed by Ryan, his science was of great service, in puzzling who was seconded by a Mr Rolfe, a baker, his antagonist-Perrins now went into Johnand Noulan as bottle-holder. The set-to son, regardless of all danger, and knocked was one of the finest ever witnessed in the him down without ceremony, and continued annals of pugilism : the science was display- punishing for several more rounds; Tom, ed in all its perfection; and the parryings finding he was over-matched, was obliged, and faints were as well executed, as if they for the first time in his life, to have recourse had been fencing-masters of the first repu- to shifting, to prevent his being beat straight tation : the silence and anxiety were so forward; which conduct, occasioned some great among the spectators, that a pin al. murmuring from the spectators, and Perrins most might have been heard to fall
. At began to treat him with contempt, by exlength, Ryan put in a severe blow upon claiming, “ Why, what have you brought Johnson's chest, that brought him to the me here! this is not the valiant Johnson, the ground. The second round, which con- champion of England, you have imposed tinued above two minutes, was terrible be- upon me with a mere boy.”—Tom's manly yond description ; science seemed forgotten, heart felt most bitterly this keen sarcasm, and they appeared like two blacksmiths at and, bursting with indignation, instantly an anvil, when Ryan received a knock-down cried out, “ By G~! you shall soon blow. The battle was well sustained on know that Tom Johnson is here ! and diboth sides for some time ; but Ryan's pas. rectly made a spring at Perrins, and put in sion getting the better of him, and which a lunge over the left eye, that closed it up was much increased by the irritation of in a twinkling ; and his wind likewise getJohnson's second, in reflecting upon his ting bad, Johnson's friends took the hint, country, that he began to lose ground. and began to sport their money upon the Ryan's head and eyes made a inost dreadful champion's head. Perrins, like a brilliant appearance ; and Johnson was severely pu- of the first water, appeared not the least nished. The contest lasted for thirty-three dull or dismayed by this loss, but rallied in minutes, when Ryan gave in.
A hat or
fine style, and went into Johnson, and namented with blue ribbons, was placed closed his right eye in return.
The odds upon the conqueror's head ; and Johnson began to waver immediately, and the Birgained a considerable sum of money, inde- mingham men offered to lay it on thick. pendent of twenty pounds per annum, which Forty rounds and upwards had now taken was settled upon him by his master, wiro place, and the combatants still game ; won some thousands in backing Tom ; the Johnson began to be extremely careful, door money, amounting to upwards of five and to make the best use of his one eyė, hundred pounds, was divided between the finding that it was still up-hill work; and combatants."
gave Perrins a desperate blow upon the In a few months after this terrible nose, which slit it down so completely, as VOL VI.
to have the appearance of being done with phere rolled in between Tom and the a knife,--Odds, ten to one upon Tom. The sun of glory, intercepted the glad manly fortitude of Perrins astonished all beams, and eclipsed the champion. present-his bottom was still sound, and This orb is known in the astronomy of undismayed; he went into Johnson, and endeavoured, by a terrible hit, to close his pugilism by the name of Big Ben. other eye. Perrins' friends began to revive, “ Brain was of an athletic make, but not and in a few more rounds, claimed the particularly so as to merit the appellation of victory, as Johnson fell without a blow! Big, scarcely exceeding the size of JohnBut the empires allowed it fair, as the ar- He was born in 1753; and in the ticles of agreement did not mention early part of his life was employed as a colfalling. Perrins' frame now began to fail lier in his native place. It was here that him, but his mind was still cool and collect
Ben first distinguished himself as a pugilist, ed, and he had recourse to another method with Clayton, the Shropshire man, by the of attacking his antagonist; and which science and game that was observed in the proved rather successful, till Tom became fight. A good battle also took place bedown to it. Johnson's knowledge of the tween Ben and a collier belonging to Kingsscience was here displayed in fine style in wood, of the name of Harris. They were warding off the chopper, and back-handed both compelled to acknowledge the supestrokes of his adversary ; by which means riority of Ben's pugilistic powers. He now Tom recruited his strength; every round bent his way towards the metropolis, now Perrins appeared much the worse for and arrived about the year 1774, where, it, and fell repeatedly from his exhausted
at the Adelphi wharf, he was employed state. Johnson had it nearly his own way ;
many years as a coal-porter.
He was a hit where he liked ; and put in several tre, good-looking man, and when out of his mendous facers, that Perrins' head had business always appeared clean and respectscarcely the traces left of a human being able ; mild and sociable in his demeanour, Still his courage never forsook him,ếand and never, ridiculously, presumed upon his had not his friends interfered, and prevent qualities as a boxer. ed Isaac from fighting any longer, it was “ Ben's first set-to in London was with the general opinion, that Perrins would the fighting Grenadier, in the Long fields, have continued the contest till he had died ! in which, had it not have been for the assistPerrins positively refused to give out ; and ance of a medical man, who was witnessing was literally forced from the stage; sixty-two the contest, Ben must have been defeated. such rounds of fighting for an hour and a The Lobster had most powerful claws, and quarter, were scarcely, if ever, before wit- was a first-rate punisher, and by the tremennessed in the annals of pugilism. The dis- dous hits which he put in under Ben's eyes, paragement was spoken of as much too they were so swelled up, that he could not great between the combatants; and, notwith- see out of them : when just at this juncture standing Johnson performed prodigies of (whether from design, or not, we cannot asvalour, by beating so uncommonly large a certain), the ring was broken. During man, and entitled to every praise ; yet still which circumstance the swellings were skilthere were parts of the fight, that the ama- fully lanced by the surgeon, the blood disteur could not approve off, and the specta- charged, and Ben restored to perfect sight. tors dissatisfied. It was reported among A fresh ring by this time was made, and the the sporting men, that Mr Bullock made combat renewed; but in the course of a few Johnson a present of one thousand pounds, minutes the fighting Grenadier was glad to and that he had gained, by the vast odds he call for quarter. had betted upon Tom, twenty thousand Corbally, an Irish chairman, fought Ben, pounds! The door-money amounted to upon a stage twenty-five feet square, at nearly £800, out of which Johnson received Knavestock, in Essex, on December 31, £533. Tom called upon Perrins, and left 1788. Notwithstanding the weather was a guinea to drink Isaac's health, previous to extremely severe, the combatants stripped his quitting Banbury.'
with the most perfect indifference, and the It seems scarcely possible that
fight was carried on with determined cou
any man can die in possession of the chain- rage on both sides ; but Corbally, at length,
was compelled to give in. pionship, unless he die young. Pe- “ Ben, in 1789, forfeited one hundred riodical rattling on the ribs is apt to pounds to Johnson, which sum was dersaffect the health and injure the sta- sited in part of one thousand pound stakes, mina, and thus may the champion, on Brain being in a bad state of health. some dark day, fall beneath a hither- " Ben received a challenge from Jacombs, to inglorious arm. It is a hard thing
a Birmingham pugilist, which was accepted, to fight a fresh man four times per an
and the battle took place at Banbury, in Oxnum, and thus to be as it were the stage, railed in, on October 23, 1789. Ja
fordshire, upon a twenty-four feet square principal conductor of the Quarterly combs was a stout-made man, plenty of Review. The day was at hand when pluck, and not without some science. a new orb in the pugilistic hemis, the set-to Jacombs pourtrayed his deter
mined resolution, and went in to Brain in more to be contended for at Wrotham fine style; but whether Ben felt any doubt in Kent, upon a stage twenty feet about the fight, he did not conduct himself after his accustomed method of boxing, but square. It was Tom Johnson and Big
Ben-Hannibal and Scipio-Cæsar was on the retreat, shifting often, to avoid Jacombs
' blows, and fell frequently without and Pompey—and prospectively, Wela touch. Jacombs, on the contrary, receive lington and Napoleon-Zama--Phared Ben's attacks undaunted. Considerable salia-Wrotham—Waterloo ! disapprobation being expressed by the “Johnson, attended by Joe Ward for his spectators, particularly the Warwickshire second, and his bottle-holder Mendoza, men, who were getting outrageous at Ben's mounted the stage at one o'clock, with firm manæuvring, when at lengtă Brain stood and decent composure; and, almost at the up to his adversary, and shewed what he was same instant, Ben followed with a cheerful capable of performing, by putting in a tre- countenance, accompanied by Bill Ward mendous leveller, and soon convinced the and Humphries, as his second and bottleauditors that he was a prime bit of stuff. holder. The set-to was more furious than The contest was now worth looking at, and usual upon these occasions; and Johnson, heroism was displayed upon both sides from a desperate blow on the face, fell upon when, after a most dreadful battle of one his nose, which completely stupified him. hour and twenty-six minutes, the brave Ja. The effects appeared evident in the second combs was conquered. The Birmingham round, when Ben put in another leveller. men lost considerable sums upon Jacombs. Johnson plucked up, and in the next set-to
“ Hooper, the tinman, was now backed laid Ben upon his back. Well, as these puto fight Ben ; but a more ridiculous match gilists knew the science, they now appeared never took place in the annals of pugilism- to lay it aside, and ferocity was the order of a fight it could not be called : and, in fact, the day. The blows were dreadful in the it was little more than making fun of pugi- extreme, and given and taken reciprocally. lism. Hooper was over-matched, and Ben At length Johnson, in missing his aim at treated him with the most sovereign con- Ben, struck the stage with his hand, and tempt. The first round was well contested; broke his middle finger. Tom soon afterbut Ben put in such a doubler, that Hooper wards became desperate, and, with the agocould never be induced to put it in his nizing idea that his proud fame was fast expower to do so again. Hooper fell every piring, completely lost himself, and caught round without a blow; run all over the hold of the hair of Ben's head; several times stage ; squirted water in Ben's face ; and shifted ; and had recourse to these maneucalled him by the most opprobrious epi. vres, so unlike his former conduct, that disthets, thinking, that by such acts Ben approbation was publicly expressed by the might be provoked, and put off his guard, spectators. Ben, after milling away for and fall an easy prey to his disgusting man. twenty minutes, decided the battle, by put
Ben received several severe facers ting in a most tremendous hit upon Johnfrom the activity of Hooper, and had no son's ribs, and by another cutting his lip means of returning a blow, as his antagonist nearly in half. Thus was the valiant and after striking was upon the ground. How- truly renowned Tom Johnson deprived of ever, Ben adopted a plan that all the strata- the championship, which he had so nobly gems of the tinman could not divert him maintained for several years unsullied.” from-Brain stood up like a rock in the Neither Johnson nor Ben ever middle of the stage, and there waited till fought more. The Ex-champion scornHooper thought proper to come up to him. ed again to mount the stage shorn of This piece of diversion took place upon his beams, and the successor to the August the 30th, 1790, at Chapel-row-revel, near Newbury, in Berkshire, and continued
crown never recovered from the effects for three hours and a half ; the night coming
of such tremendous punishment. It is on fast, several of the amateurs asked quite refreshing to the mind of a true Ben if he should be able to finish the battle pugilist to think on such things. that day? When Brain jocularly replied, Upon his body being opened, it was “ that it entirely depended upon his anta- found that his liver was considerably injured, gonist;" and, laughing, observed, “ they in consequenee of the many desperate bathad better begin the next morning at six tles which he had fought. On the 11th his o'clock, and have the whole day before funeral was conducted with decent solemnithem.” The fancy in general were com- ty; and Tom Johnson, forgetting all past pletely disgusted at such treatment; and, differences, was foremost among the mourn. after what was termed one hundred and ers, to shew his respect to the deceased ; eighty rounds having taken place, and it Ward, Wood, &c. &c. attended to see the being nearly dark, it was declared a draron remains of the champion respectably interbattle! and Ben walked off without receiv- red in St. Sepulchre's church-yard.” ing any particular hurt.”
We beg leave (with permission of Such heroes as Johnson and Big Ben our Editor) humbly to suggest to the seemed made for each other; and the people of England, the propriety-not championship of England was once to say the necessity, of erecting a Grand
National Monument, in whfch may be at whose houses subscriptions will be placed busts of all her prime pugilists. received, and by whom any commuWe have indeed sketched a plan of nications (post paid), on the archisuch an edifice, of which we intend to tectural design will, we dare say, be send a copy to our friend Mr Egan- cheerfully transmitted to the publisher one to Mr Jackson, and one to Mr of our MAGNUM OPUS. Crib-the Tria Lumina Anglorum
In his Specimens of English poetry, bowse, with no worse a man than good Mr Campbell makes some quotations Master Mayor—and as far as we refrom Cotton's Voyage to Ireland in collect, the following passage concludes Burlesque," and remarks, that it pro- with a new and good reason for wearbably furnished the hint of the pecu- ing a nightcap. liar style, spirit, and manner of the With his Staff of Command, yet the man was not " Bath Guide.' There is occasional lame,
But he needed it more when he went, than he coarseness in this liveliest composition of a very lively writer, as, indeed,
After three or four hours of friendly potation
We took leave each of other in courteous fashion. there is in all Charles Cotton's writ- When each one to keep his Brains fast in his head, ings, except a few of his angling songs,
Put on a good Night-cap, and streight-way to bed. and two or three poems of a serious Next morning he takes a kind leave cast-but we think that we can pre- of his hostess, and of her alone, for he sent our readers with most of the spirit- facetiously remarks, ed passages, without any offence to a That her king, as 'twas rumoured, by late pouring
down, rational delicacy, and that they will This morning had got a foul flaw in his crown, be greatly amused with its good-hu- and joggs on about three miles to moured absurdity, and temporary for. Holmes chapel, where feeling himself getfulness of every thing sober and so- exceedingly thirsty, as he well might, lemn in this world. He commences after so long a ride without any rewith some jocularities on that some- freshment, he pulls up, and determines what indefinite principle of our nature,
on a cheerer. that
A Hay! quoth the foremost, Ho! who keeps the Sets folk so a madding,
house? And makes men and women so eager of gadding;
Which said, out an Host comes as brisk as a Louse, Truth is, in my youth I was one of those people His hair comb'd as slick, as a Barber he'd bin, Would have gone a great way to have seen an high A Cravat with black Ribbon ti'd under his chin, Steeple,
Though by what I saw in him, I streight'gan to fear And though I was bred 'mong the Wonders o' the That knot would be one day slip'd under his ear: Peak,
Quoth he, (with low Congy) what lack you my Lord? Would have thrown away Money, and ventur'd my The best Liquor, quoth I, that the House will afneck
ford ? To have seen a great Hill, or a Rock, or a Cave, You shall streight, quoth he, and then calls out, And thought there was nothing so pleasant and Mary, brave.
Come quickly, and bring us a quart of Canary: He then gives us an agreeable pic- Hold, barld, my spruce Host, for i' th’ Morning so ture of himself on starting.
I never drink Liquor but what's made of Barley;
Which words were scarce out, but which made me 'Twas now the most beautiful time of the year,
admire, The days were now long, and the Sky was now
My Lordship was presently turn'd into Squire;
Ale, Squire, you mean, quoth he, nimbly again, And May, that fair Lady of splendid renown, What, must it be purl'd! no, I love it best plain; Had dress'd herself fine, in her flowrid Tabby Why, if you'll drink Ale, Sir, pray take my advice, Gown,
Here's the best Ale i’ th' Land, if you'll go to the When about some two hours and a half after Noon,
price, When it grew something late, though I thought it
Better, I sure am, ne'er blew out a stopple,
But then, in plain truth, it is sixpence a Bottle: With a pitiful voice, and a most heavy heart,
Why, Faith, quoth 1, Friend, if your Liquor besuch, I tun'd up my Pipes to sing loth to depart,
For the best Ale in England, it is not too much ; The Ditty concluded, I call'd for my Horse, Let's have it, and quickly; o Sir! you may stay, And with a good pack did the Jument endorse,
A Pot in your pate is a mile in your way: Till he groan'd and he snorted under the burthen,
Come, bring out a Bottle here presently, Wife, For sorrow had made me a cumbersome Lurden:
Of the best Cheshire Hum hee'er drank in his life. And now farewell Dove, where I've caught such
Streightoutcomes the Mistress in Waistcoat of Silk, brave Dishes
As clear as a Milk-maid, and white as her Milk, Of over-grown, golden, and silver-scald Fishes :
With Visage as oval and slick as an Egg, Thy Trout and thy Grailing may now feed se- As streight as an Arrow, as right as my Leg; curely,
A court'sie she made, as demure as a Sister, I've left none behind me can take 'em so surely; I could not forbear, but alighted and kiss'd her, Feed on then, and breed on, until the next year,
Then ducking another with most modest meen, But if I return I expect my arrear.
The first word she said, was, wilt please you walk
in ? First night he sleeps at Congerton,
I thank'd her, but told her, I then could not stay, and tells us that he had a comfortable For the haste of my bus’ness did call me away;