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to his decisions and his military move- the liberal party in the event of the demise ments.
of his royal father. Besides which the There is a third passage in the life of this duke had heard in his opening life so much extraordinary personage which is quite as about “liberty” and progress” at the remarkable as those which I have already Palais Royal, and at Neuilly, when his father noticed ; I mean his violence against the was surrounded by the Benjamin Constants, English government, in relation to the Sy. Lamarques, Lafayettes Periers, Foys, and rian question, after years of apparent ap- Laffittes of those days, that when he came proval of a close alliance between France to be a king's son he had not forgotten and Great Britain. When I say extraordi- what had passed when he was simply the nary, I mean inconsistent, absurd, ludicrous. young Duke of Chartres. When, then, the For according to one meaning of the word royal family of France was suddenly deextraordinary, his conduct was in perfect prived of the heir apparent to the throne, harmony with his innate selfishness, since M. Thiers, feeling that not only he had his object in exaggerating the importance no present grandeur, but that even the of the Eastern question was in order to se- future offered no brilliant hopes or expectasure to himself a return to power. He tions, he expressed himself everywhere in hoped to overthrow a cabinet ; to accede to the strongest terms as to the measures which
; office; to take the helm of the state vessel, ought to be adopted. That the Duke de by means of raising a cry against England; Nemours was no admirer of him, M. Thiers joining thus his voice and his authority to was quite assured. So he turned to the the rebels and rioters of all factions who Duchess of Orleans as the regent for the loved war and anarchy, because by them Count of Paris, and would have raised such they hoped personally to profit. Never a clamor, such confusion, and such a violent were such tremendous efforts made as at outbreak in the nations as had not been that period by M. Thiers, and by his many- heard of since the insurrection of 1834, but headed confederates, to force the king and that Louis Philippe sent for him, consulted the government to war, by exciting public him, flattered him, and all we know is, opinion, and even intimidating the consti- wholly subdued him. But how was this tutional Chambers. All that could be ef- change effected? What new light so sudfected by the journals, the schools, the stu- denly broke in upon his mind ? He passed dents, the demagogues, the secret societies, from south to north with an unaccountable was set in motion to increase the agitation, rapidity, and that fact will undoubtedly and to drive even the populace to fury. never be forgotten. Why was all this? Why did M. Thiers at “Other times, other conduct,” M. Thiers that time receive at his residence political would reply ; but even this answer will agitators from whom he had separated in break down, and be wholly untenable, when 1831, and whom he had not only attacked, it is remembered that between the time of but even persecuted? Was France in dan- his threatened opposition and of his ready ger from secret or avowed, from internal assent, no adequate period had passed, no or from external enemies ? Or had any new events had taken place, nothing but an organized conspiracy been discovered interview with royalty had occurred. And against her dignity and importance ? De was M. Thiers the man who had coalesced cidedly not! The whole secret lay in this; against the personal government of the king, Lord Palmerston had at last discovered what and who had defeated his sovereign's will others had found out years before, that M. and policy at the general elections, and in Thiers was not to be trusted; and as the the face of the whole nation; was he a perlatter knew too well that that discovery had son who had so much, deference for royal been made, he became the bitterest foe of authority as at once to acquiesce in his monthe English alliance.
arch's views, without some weightier ar. The last passage in the life of M. Thiers gument than words being used in his favor ? upon which I shall especially remark, was This passage in his life will remain unexhis conduct at the death of the late Duke plained and unexplainable. of Orleans with respect to the REGENCY Perhaps I shall be asked, What will be his Bill. It is not, perhaps, generally known destinies? Will he settle down into the in England that the late young duke had a character of an historian ? Will his now good deal of friendship for M. Thiers. His preparing History of the Empire be succeed. royal highness was much more warlike ed by one, more colossal and general, of the in his propensities than the king, and in French monarchy and nation ? Or, will he M. Thiers he thought he saw a sort of stop. “abide his time," and wait in comparative gap in case of need, which would satisfy seclusion until the death of Louis Philippe
(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 Jobn 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, whehis 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 bis 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 half-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 LANAR- 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
werry 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. Lenormaui comes a tattered ruffian seizing a common. proposes to read, at 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 --Literary Gazette,
day (the reiga 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 stagepurses 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 bad 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 pretty slow : descend to the manners, the gestures, and Through Cheapside and Fenchurch street 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 his rump
jerk out an elbow to their male friends. My Lord he takes a staff in hand 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 had done be- Sporting Magazine, wherein this “Sporting
fore. A creature bounceth from the bush, which made Tiger” is well portrayed :
them all to laugh ; My lord lie 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.''*
him 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 hat, furat her first ball, while the listlessness of nished with a loop and string to secure it to his
head in tempestuous weather, and a long-waistmany of what are called regular sportsmen
ed dark coat, with a widish hem in lieu of a colresembles the inertness of the belle of many lar, and with astoundingly wide-apart bind but
Colonel 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-loed, well-cleaned boot, by " at no great dietance 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. I 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 hand, a sharp burst, and whoo-whooped many a long- with which he deliberately rehearses, as he corked Frenchman !"f
strolls along, the outline of a severe doubleBe it observed, that there is a wide differ- thonging, with which he means to surprise his
What appears to ence between the London sportsman and the team-when he sets up one.
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 has 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 little doubt it is a dimin. of“ The Age” or “ The Times;" but they are tive of coke, i. c. 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 sporting, in the primitive rustic mind with the one over- men-lower in rank-lower in every thing whelming idea of devotion to delicate fare.
who tend materially to bring the fair fame of Dr. Richardson's earliest example is from Chau
our citizens into disrepute. We allude to 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
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 bind, 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 privaty 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 stag. place for that; and as to saying that hunters hounds, and innumerable packs of harriers. 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 “genuine 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. Hé 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-carHood—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 Charch: George III. -- the courteous host of the morning-service at Westminster Abbey in. Horse 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. Disdain
A cheek of jolly blush,
ing to walk, and being, moreover, an econWith 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 that 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") sup- 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 greai: 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 ihe club-a true cockThe choicest morsels of this he selected for himself 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 produce and by giving a hare now and then to the farm- tion of 1838; but they embrace a view of ers over whose ground he sported, he secured 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 Mownomical mode of his hunting arrangemenis, bray, previous to his advent in the locality which were generally known) winked at his go- of his new adventures. We are willing 10 ing over their manors. Mr. Osbaldeston was quote freely from this preliminary part, as the younger son of a gentleman of good family but small fortune in the north of England; and, little about hunts, but few or none of them
many of our readers may know and care 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 å made the Handley waters famous will be trifle. All England has been contracted, allowed to equal in accuracy and far suras it were, within 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. ler or the exercise in walking to and fro had a