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He grew unto his seat ;
And to such wond'rous doing brought his horse,
As he had been incorps'd and demy-natur’d
With the brave beast.

Hamlet, Act iv Scene 7.

LONDON:

JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET.

1860.

The right of Translation is reserved.

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LONDON : PRINTED BY W. CLOWES AND SONS, STAMFORD STREET,

AND CHARING CROSS.

PREFACE.

The writer of this little volume deems it only fair to forewarn his 'readers that he is not, and never has been, an inhabitant of that variegated region in creation commonly called “ the sporting world.”

He has never bred, raced, steeple-chased, nor betted sixpence on any colt, filly, horse, or mare. He has never seen, nor been seen by, the Jockey-Club. He has never been on the turf. He does not belong to “ the ring.”

Nevertheless, sometimes in the performance of public duties, --sometimes from private inclination, sometimes for the benefit of his health, sometimes for recreation, -sometimes for rumination, sometimes to risk his life, -and more than once to save it, he has, throughout a long and chequered career, had to do an amount of rough

a little larger than has fallen to the lot of many

riding, men.

His observations and reflections on horses and horsemen he

now ventures to submit to that portion only of the community who, like himself, preferring a long tether to a short one, take exercise on four legs, instead of

on two.

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