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COTHERSTONE," WINNER OF THE DERBY, 1843. ENGRAVED
DEER IN WINDSOR FOREST, ENGRAVED BY WESTLEY, AFTER
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Many communications stand over for consideration. Some that have been approved of shall appear shortly. The collated edition of Beckford, and other articles for continuation, will be given in our next number.
We shall be happy to hear from Salmo Ferox, Edinburgh, at his convenience.
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The two most important racing lotteries are those drawn by Evans of Covent Garden, and Bake of Manchester.
The index to the Coursing and Turf Registers in our last volume will be given with our next number.
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OR, RECOLLECTIONS OF A SPORTSMAN'S LIFE.
BY THE EDITOR.
CHAPTER THE THIRTIETH.-MARRIED OR SINGLE?
"The greatest object in the universe, says a certain philosopher, is a good man struggling with adversity : yet there is still a greater, which is, the good man that comes to relieve it."
GOLDSMITH. “My wife, my liege? I shall beseech your highness,
In such a business, give me leave to use
All's WELL THAT ENDS WELL.
The men about town are wiser in their generation than were those of the species when George the Fourth was king. A few, perhaps, took common sense naturally, but the greater portion were inoculated for it by the hand of Fashion, who, in her turn, was compelled to it by the force of Club law. A statue of virgin gold, reaching unto the stars
, deserveth that philanthropist who, by the magic of a word, erected and endowed palaces for the seedy out of the superfluities of the well breeched. Let no one henceforth speak disparagingly of the nineteenth century. In what other epoch since the world escaped from chaos do we find such an anticipation of paradise, as that permitted mankind to taste by the institution of clubs? By mankind, of course I intend that portion of it alone worthy to rank above their fellow-animals, the philosophic circles of great cities, who live upon their wits-that is, upon their immortalities. Is it
hath brought it to pass that those who, a score of years ago, were fain to drag on existence by the aid of cow-heel and tripe, now lead ambrosial lives upon French cookery, German wines, and Austrian liqueurs ? Hath it falleu out, through necromancy, that the knight of modern chivalry "lives very well upon ninepence a day?" and sallying from his garret to some tapestried saloon in Waterloo Place, or Pali Mall, whispereth to his spirit, while extended on a silken ottoman'Quis deus hæc otia fecit?" Was it natural magic, or the wand of an enchanter, that thus levelled all social distinction, and elevated "Simmery Ax” to St. James's ? No; it was the most wonderful of civil revolutions—the establishment of Clubs. According to this system, five thousand persons are elected members of a society which supplies accommodation for fifty. The consequence is, the select half hundred are provided for nine thousand per cent. under cost price in the items of board and lodging. Thus members of this or that United Service Club, quartered by half-pay within easy distance of their respective flesh-pots, sit down to a mess towards which other members, whom the Horse Guards have quartered at Botany Bay, or Connemara, contribute ninety-nine hundreths. Here and there, indeed, are said to be details in the housekeeping which the Sybarites of former days would hardly have relished; for in