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class of enjoyments, under the names of Sports, Games, and Erercises; and if they should superadd the Domestic Amusements of rural retirement, they will consider the country as completely set upon its legs again :- propose, therefore, that we should devote a great part of the remaining period of our absence from the metropolis to a practical examination of as many of these expected pleas for the country as may fall within our reach. We are, happily, each, tolerably skilled, both in active and sedentary recreations; and by applying to them, for our present purpose, with unusual alacrity, we shall be competent judges of their real value in the scale of enjoyment.---Are you agreed?

Tes. Yes, yes; don't fear me:-Rogues ! they are ridden by prejudices !--but we will beat them, not only out of the field, but out of the house, too; and, in truth, I find myself so impatient to be at work, that I shall leave you without further ceremony.




Testy Senior and Junior.--Sensitive.

Testy. Well, Sir, we meet still inore in heart, I hope, than we parted: as we have taken in a great part both of summer and winter for our Amusements, we shall hardly fail to find, on comparing notes, that our cause has realized a great deal of strength, both in and out of doors.

Sen. Yes, truly, my dear friend; I, for my part, have been sporting, and dancing, and singing, with tears in my eyes, ever since we. parted; and have brought you a pocket full of pains, composed entirely of pleasures.

Test. I will match you, depend upon 't:but you shall judge for yourself :-you may be prepared, indeed, for my first groan by my limping gait, and this bewitching swathe about my head ; it is but three days since it happened; and thus it goes--the D-I go with it!

GROAN 1. (T.) In skaiting-slipping in such a manner that your legs start off into this unaccommodating posture


from which, however, you are soon relieved, by tumbling forwards on your nose, or backwards on your skull.–Also, learning to cut the outside edge, on skaits that have no edge to cut with :ice very rugged.

2. (T.) Angling for twelve or fourteen hours, alone, without oné bite, tho' perpetually tantalized with bobs ;-or,


have hooked a fine large jack, seeing him take French leave, at the moment when you are courteously shewing him his nearest way to the bank.

3. (T.) On springing, at the right distance, the only covey you have seen, at the end of a long day's fag-flash in the pan.

4. (T.) In hunting-While you are leading the field, and just running in upon the fox, with the brush full in your hopes,-being suddenly left in the lurch, or in other words,-in the ditch.

Sen. Tremendous, indeed !- This is ac. according to Gilray's method of representing a man as in at the death."

Tes. I should like to see that ;>"How far is't hence to Fores?"-Macb.

Sen. To Fores?

Tes. Yes the caricature-seller in Piccadilly; I want the print.

Sen. Too far for a man of your impatient lemper :- I will give you mine.

5. (T.) In archery-the string of your bow snapping, at the moment when you have made sure of your aim.

Sen. Almost as bad :- this is the “ deovn. xhalyn Gocco” in a new sense.But here, Mr. Testy, if you please, we will have done with what are vulgarly called “out-door amusements;"-one Groan for every principal fieldsport may serve for a sample :-sportsmen could produce a thousand more; but all men are not sportsmen; and we, you know, have to do only with general Miseries—the common currency of human existence.

Tes. Common, do you call it! Humph — if this is the common currency, I can only say, that, from some plaguy twist in our horoscope, you and I seem to have pocketed all the basest pieces.-By the bye, I have not yet done with the open air, and its amusements.

You must know that my youngest

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