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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 col. falling, 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,_and 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. tots 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 quartır. 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 Corbaly, at length,

was compelled to give in. pionship, unless he die young.


“ 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 fordshire, upon a twenty-four feet square

stage, railed in, on October 23, 1789. Ja. 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.

On a new orb in the pugilistic hemis, the sct-to Jacombs pourtrayed his determined 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 square. It was Tom Johnson and Big after his accustomed method of boxing, but 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 maneuvring, when at ength 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 Jolinson, forgetting all past pletely disgusted at such treatment; and, differences, was foremost among the mournafter 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 drawn 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 which 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

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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 tid 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,

Come quickly, and bring us a quart of Canary: He then gives us an agreeable pic- Hold, carla, 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; clear, And May, that fair Lady of splendid renown,

Ale, Squire, you mean, quoth he, nimbly again,

What, must it be purld ? no, I love it best plain; Had dress’d herself fine, in her flowr'd 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 callid 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;


too soon.

She said she was sorry it fell out so odd,

last ventures, on repeated solicitations
But if, when again I should travel that Road,
I would stay there a night, she assurd me the Na- from the captain, to sit down on a chair

by his side. But of all this we are
Should no where afford better accommodation :
Mean while, my spruce Landlord has broken the told nothing, so suppose Charlie to

have passed a good night, and
And callid for a Bodkin, though he had a Fork;
But I shew him a Skrew, which I told my brisk Guli After seven hours sleep, to commute for pains taken,
A Trepane was for Bottles had broken their skull; A man of himself, one would think, might awaken,
Which, as it was true, he believ'd without doubt, But riding, and drinking hard, were two such spells,
But 'twas I that applied it, and pulld the Cork out: I doubt I'd slept on, but for jangling of Bells,
Bounce, quoth the Bottle, the work being done, Which, ringing to Mattens all over the Town,
It roar'd, and it smoak'd like a new fir'd Gun; Made me leap out of Bed, and put on my Gown,
But the shot miss'd us all, or else we'd been routed, With intent (so God mend me) I have gone to the
Which yet was a wonder, we were so about it;

Choire, Mine Host pour'd and filld, till he could fill no When streight I perceived myself all on a fire; fuller,

For the two fore-named things had so heated my Look here, Sir, quoth he, both for Nap and for co

bloud, .lour,

That a little Phlebotomy would doe me good; Sans bragging, I hate it, nor will I e'er do't,

I sent for Chirurgeon, who came in a trice, I defie Leek, and Lambith, and Sandwich to boot: And swift, to shed bloud, needed not be calls twice, By my troth he said true, for I speak it with tears, But tilted Steeletto quite thorough the Vein, Though I have been a Toss-pot these twenty good

From whence issued out the ill humours amain; years,

When having twelve Ounces he bound up my arme, And have drank so much Liquor has made me a And I gave him two Georges, which did him no Debtor,

harm; In my days, that I know of, I never drank better; But after my bleeding I soon understood We found it so good, and we drank so profoundly,

It had coold my Devotion as well as my Bloud, That four good round Shillings were whipt away

For I had no more mind to look on my Psalter roundly;

Than (saving your presence) I had to a Halter; And then I conceiv'd it was time to be jogging,

But like a most wicked and obstinate Sinner, For our work had been done, had we staid t'other Then sate in my Chamber till Folks came to dinner: Noggin.

I din'd with good stomach, and very good chear, Cotton and his servant reach “ Ches- With a very fine Woman, and good Ale and Beer;

When my self having stuff'd than a Bag-pipe more ter in the West” about two in the after

full, noon, and nothing can be more divert

I fell to my smoaking untill I grew dull;

And therefore to take a fine nap thought it best. ing than the important air with which

Having thus been cheated out of the he dismounts, as if he had performed morning service, he determined, on a most formidable journey—and the

no account whatever, to miss that of comfortable and self-satisfied good hu- the afternoon, so, mour with which he takes possession with that starting up, for my man did I whistle, of his quarters, Our friend Cotton

And comb'd out and powder'd my locks that were

grizle, has no notion this day of being shook Had my clothes neatly brush'd, and then put on in his seat after dinner, so he sends

my Sword,

Resolv'd now to go and attend on the word. his nag to the stable for the night, and We are sorry to be obliged to say, begins to reflect on his own situation. that we cannot think Mr Cotton was a

And now in high time 'twas to call for some Meat, Though drinking does well, yet some time we must

very devout person this day in church, eat;

but we shall charitably suppose that And l'faith we had Vict'als both plenty and good, he had a bad headach, and that, we Where we all laid about us as if we were wood: Go thy ways, Mistress Anderton, for a good Wo- all know, is a sad enemy to attenwan,

tion. We are led to conjecture, that Thy Guests shall by thee ne'er be turn'd to a Com.

he yawned much during the service, And here I must stop the Career of my Muse,

from the extreme alacrity with which The poor Jade is weary, lass ! how should she chuse, he quitted the cathedral. The service And if I should farther here spur on my Course,

No sooner was ended, but whir and away, I should, questionless, tire both my Wits and Horse. Like Boys in a School when they've leave got to How he spent the time after an ear


All save Master Mayor, who still gravely stays ly dinner, and before going to bed, we Till the rest had left room for his Worship and's are not told, but, somehow or other,


Then he and his Brethren in order appear, the silence speaks of pipes and malt I out of my stall and fell into his rear; liquor, and the reader feels that the

For why, 'tis much safer appearing, no doubt,

In Authority's Tail, than the head of a Rout. bard retired to the downs, somewhat In this rev'rend order we marched from Pray'r; the better of his tankard, at rather a

The Mace before me borne as well as the May'r;

Who looking behind him, and seeing most plain late hour. We think we see him sit- A glorious Gold Belt in the rear of his Train,

Made such a low Congey, forgetting his place, ting in a little snug parlour, a three

I was never so honour'd before in my days; legged table, with a circular top, at his But then off went my scalp-case, and down went my

Fist, elbow-covered, but not crowded

Till the Pavement, too hard, by my knuckles was and, as he puffs away in solitary bliss, kiss'd, a gentle mist just dimming the bright- By which, though thick-sculld, he must understand ness of the fire and candle light. Mrs That I was a most humble Servant of his;

Which also so wonderfull kindly he took, Anderton perhaps comes smiling and (As I well perceiv'd both b' his gesture and look,) courtseying in, to ask if he finds That to have me dogg'd home, he streightway apevery thing quite comfortable ; and at Resolving, it seems, to be better acquainted;



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But that Arms

I was scarce in my Quarters, and set down on Crup- After supper the Mayor's curiosity

per, But his man was there too, to invite me to Supper. begins to awaken ; and certainly, after

After many excuses offered in vain, giving his guest a capital supper, he the poet finds that to the mayor's hé is entitled to know something of his must go, and really we, who have

birth and parentage.

supa ped with many mayors,

cannot see

Wherefore making me draw something nearer his

Chair, that he was at all to be pitied.-- He will’d and requir'd me there to declare

My Countrey, my Birth, my Estate, and my Parts, We never, in a borough, decline a

And whether I was not a Master of Arts; meal with one of the council--but re- And eke what the bus'ness was had brought me

thither, joice to breakfast with a Convener, to

With what I was going about now, and whither : dine with a Provost, and sup with a Giving me caution, no lye should escape me,

For if I should trip, he should certainly trap me, Dean of Guild. No respectable Scots

I answer'd, my Country was fam'd Stufford-shire'; man would act otherwise. At this That in Deeds, Bills, and Bonds, I was ever writ

Squire; time the Mayor of Chester was a prime That of Land, i had both sorts, some good, and magistrate indeed.

some evil,

But that a great part on't was pawn'd to the Devil; As he sate in his Chair, he did not much vary, That as for my Parts, they were such as he saw ; In stat, nor in face, from our Eighth English Har- That indeed I had a small smatt'ring of Law, ry;

Which I lately had got more by than readBut whether his face was swell’d up with fat,

ing, Or puft''d with Glory, I cannot tell that:

By sitting o'th' Bench, whilst others were pleading; Being enter'd the Chamber half length of a Pike,

had ever more studi'd than Arts, And cutting of faces exceedingly like

And was now to a Captain rais'd by my deserts ; One of those little Gentlemen brought from the That 'twas business which led me through Palatine Indies,

ground And skrewing myself into Congeys and Cringes, Into Ireland, whither now I was bound; By then I was half way advanc'd in the Room Where his Worship's great favour 1 loud will proHis Worship most rev'rendly rose from his Bum,

claim, And with the more Honour to grace and to greet And in all other places where ever I came. me,

He said, as to that, I might doe what I list, Advanc'd a whole step and an half for to meet me; But that I was wellcome, and gave me his fist; Where leisurely doffing a Hat worth a Tester, When having my Fingers made crack with his He bade me most heartily wellcome to Chester ;

gripes, I thank'd him in Language the best I was able, He callid to his man for some Bottles and Pipes. And so we forthwith sate us all down to Table.

We believe that the conversation During supper a slight altercation with men of authority after supper, occurs between Mistress May’ress and would not, in general, make very pretty her Lord-for

poetry, and so Cotton opined. Straight with the look and the tone of a Scold,

To trouble you here with a longer Narration Mistress May’ress coinplained that the Pottage was Of the several parts of our Confabulation, cold,

Perhaps would be tedious, I'll therefore remit ye And all long of your fiddle-faddle, quoth shc, Ev'n to the most rev'rend Records of the City, Why, what then, Goody Two-shoes, what if it be?

Where doubtless the Acts of the May’rs are record. Hold you, if you can, your tittle tattle, quoth he.

ed, Charles is at a loss to know certainly, And if not more truly, yet much better worded. what conclusions to draw from this About one in the morning he takes ·little connubial dialogue, as to the leave of the Mayor, but not without quarter in which authority is lodged making him the present of in the mansion-house of Chester. And

A certain fantastical box and a stopper, we can understand his perplexity. It gifts being, to his certain knowledge, is no uncommon thing, we are con- and to ours, always most acceptable vinced, (we speak as bachelors) for to great men. man and wife to arrange before-hand,

Next morning he procures a guide little argumentations and seeming bick- to conduct him over the Welsh mounerings, before company, in which each tains, who rides upon the following party behaves with so much self-pos- horse. session, and disregard of each other'sopi- it certainly was the most ugly of Jades, nion or feelings, that it is quite impossi- His sides were two Ladders, well spur-gall’d withall; ble for a spectator to say whether or not His neck was a Helve, and his head was a Mall;

For his colour, my pains and your trouble I'll spare, the Lady be a Hen-pecker, and taps For the Creature was wholly denuded of hair, the hollow beech-tree. Mr Cotton And,

except for two things, as bare as my nail,

A tuft of a Mane, and a sprig of a Tail; makes the following judicious reflections on this incident.

Now such as the Beast was, even such was the

Rider, I was glad she was snapp'd thus, and guess'd by th' With a head like a Nutmeg and legs like a Spider; discourse,

A voice like a Cricket, a look like a Rat, The May'r, not the gray Mare, was the better Horse; The brains of a Goose, and the heart of a Cat; And yet for all that, there is reason to fear,

Even such was Guide, and his Beast, let them She submitted but out of respect to his year ;

pass, However, 'twas well she had now so much grace,

The one for a Horse, and the other an Ass.
Though not to the Man, to submit to his place;
For had she proceeded, 1 verily thought

At Flint, Mister Cotton stops to get
My turn would the next be, for I was in fault;
But this brush being past we fell to our Diet,

a“ jug of sommat,” and then canters And e'ery one there filld his Belly in quiet, on to Holly-well.

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