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piece of bacon which is placed on the top. This affords very great amusement, as it is a difficult thing to be accomplished. The climber, perhaps, may get near the top of the pole, and has it in his power to hold himself up by both hands, but the moment he raises one hand to unhook the prize, he is almost sure to slide down again with great rapidity, beariug all below him who are so foolish as to climb after him.
3d. Old women drinking hot tea for muff. Whoever can drink it the quickest and hottest gains the prize.
4th. Grinning through horic-collart. Several Hodges stand in a row, each holding a coiiar; whoever can make the ugliest face through it gains the prize. This feat is also performed by old women, and certainly the latter are the most amusing.
5th. Racing between twenty and thirty old women for a pound of tea. This occasions much merriment, and it is sometimes astonishing to see with what agility the old dames run in order to obtain their favourite.
6th. Hunting a pig with a soaped tail. This amusement creates much mirth, and in my opinion is the most laughable.— Grunter with his tail well soaped is set off at the foot of a hill, and is quickly pursued; but the person who can lay any claim to him must first catch him by the tail, and fairly detain him with one hand. This is an almost impossible feat, for the pig finding himself pulled back, tries to run forward, and the tail slips from the grasp of the holder. It is pretty well known that such is the obstinate nature of a pig, that on being pulled one way he will stnve all he can to go a contrary. In illustration of this circumstance, though known perhaps to some of your readers, I may mention a curious wager a few years ago between a pork butcher and a waterman. The butcher betted the waterman that he would make a pig run over one of the bridges, (I forget which,) quicker than the waterman would row across the river. The auditors thought it impossible; the bet was eagerly accepted, and the next day was appointed for the performance. When the signal for starting was given, the waterman began to row with all his might and main, and the butcher catching hold of the tail of the pig endeavoured to pull him back, upon which the pig pulled forward, and with great rapidity ran over the bridge, pvUin; the butcher after him,
who arrived on the opposite side before his opponent.
7th. Jumping in tackt for a cheeie An excellent caricature of jumping ip sacks, published by Hunt, in Tavistockstreet, conveys a true idea of the mannei in which this amusement is carried on: it is truly laughable. Ten or eleven candidates are chosen; they are tied in sacks up to their necks, and have to jump about five hundred yards. Sometimes one will out-jump himself and fall; this accident generally occasions the fall of three or four others, but some one, being more expert, gets on first, and claims the prize.
About ten years ago, before Cannon the prize-fighter was publicly known, as a native of Wiltshire he naturally visited the Hungerford revel. There was a man there celebrated over the county for boxing; it was said that with a blow from his fist he could break the jaw-bone of an ox; upon the whole he was a desperate fellow, and no one dared challenge him to fight. Cannon, however, challenged him to jump in sacks. It was agreed that they should jump three times the distance of about five hundred yards. The first time Cannon fell, and accordingly his opponent won; the second time, Cannon's opponent fell, and the third time they kept a pretty even pace for about four hundred yards, when they bounced against each other and both fell, so that there was a dispute who had won. Cannon's opponent was for dividing the cheese, but he would not submit to that, and proposed jumping again; the man would not, but got out of the sack,and during the time that Cannon was consulting some friends on the course to be pursued, ran off with the cheese. Cannon, however, pursued, and after a considerable time succeeded in finding him. He then challenged him to fight: the battle lasted two hours, and Cannon was victor. This circumstance introduced him to the sporting world.
You must allow me, dear sir, to assure you, that it is not my wish to make your interesting work a " sporting calendar," by naming " sporting characters." I tell you this lest you should not incline to read further, especially when you see
8th. Donkey Racing. I will certainly defy any one to witness these races, without being almost convulsed with laughter Each candidate rides his neighbour's dinkey, and he who arrives first a« the appointed place claims the prize, which is generally a smock-frock, a waistcoat, a hat, &c. &c.
0th. Duck Hunting. This sport generally concludes the whole : it is a very laughable, but certainly a very cruel amusement. They tie a poor unfortunate owl in an upright position, to the back of a still more unfortunate duck, and then turn them loose. The owl presuming that his inconvenient captivity is the work of the duck, very unceremoniously commences an attack on the head of the latter, who natuially takes to its own means of defence, the water: the duck dives with the owl on his back; as soon as he rises, the astonished owl opens wide his eyes, turns about his head in a very solemn manner, and suddenly recommences his attack on the oppressed duck, who dives as before. The poor animals generally destroy each other, unless some humane person rescues them.
Like all other Wiltshire amusements, the Hungerford revel always closes with good humour and conviviality; the ale flowing plentifully, and the song echoing loud and gaily from the rustic revellers. Although the revel is meant to last only one day, the very numerous attendants keep up the minor sports sometimes to the fourth day, when all depart, and Hungerford is once more a scene of tranquility.
The revel takes place about this time of the year, but I really cannot call to my recollection the precise day. Hoping, however, that this is of no material consequence, I beg to remain,
Dear Sir, fxc.
Earl Of Warwick, The Kino Maker.
This nobleman, who at one time is said to have entertained thirty thousand people at the boards of his different manors and estates in England, and who, when he travelled or lodged in any town, was accompanied by four or five hundred retainers, wrote on AH Souls' day :he following remarkable letter for the loan of a smail sum. It is divested of its ancient spelling.
"To our right trusty and wcU-beloved Friend, Sir Thomas Toddenhau. "Right trusty and well beloved friend, we greet you well, heartily desiring to
hear of your welfare; and if it please you to hear of our welfare, we were in good health at the making of this letter, entreating you heartily, that ye will consider our message, which our chaplain Master Robert Hopton shall inform you of; for we have great business daily and have had here before this time, wherefore we entreat you to consider the purchase, that we have made with one John Swyffham (Southcote) an esquire of Lincolnshire, of 88J. by the year, whereupon we must pay the last payment, the Monday next after St. Martin's day, which sum is 4.58/. Wherefore we entreat you with all our heart, that ye will lend us ten, or twenty pounds, or what the said Master Robert wants of his payment, as we may do for you in time for to come, and we will send it you again afore new year's day, as we are a true knight. For there is none in your country, that we might write to for trust, so well as unto you, for as we be informed, ye be our well wilier, and so we entreat you, that ye consider our intent of this money, as ye will that we do for you in time to come. . Written at London, on All Soul's Day, within our lodging in the Grey Friars, within Newgate.
« Ric. E*le Warwvki." This letter is not dated, as to the year, hut is known from circumstances to have been written before 1455. Sir Thomas Toddingham was a wealthy knight of Norfolk, who had an unfortunate marriage with one of the Wodehouses. The epistle shows the importance of ten, or twenty pounds, when rents were chiefly received in kind, and the difference between one degree of wealth and another, was exemplified by the number of a baron's retainers. "Now," says Burke, " we have a ton of ancient pomp in a vial of modern luxury."*
Their bill-mi-cue carts slowly
Like a funeral
Not mourn'd at all,
Clerks smiled, and whisper'd lowly I
"This is the time or never There mutt be a riseBuy, and be wise,
Or your chance is gone for ever."
Yet, of the shares and tickets,
There were more unsold
Than dare be told;
And so, worn out with rickets.
And then there were cries—
"We've gained a prize By the lou we've so long desired:
"The lott'ry drew the humble Often aside from his labour,
To build in the air,
And, dwelling there, Ha beggar'd himself and neiglilxwr.
"If the scheme-makers tum'jle Down to their proper station.
They must starve, or work.
Turn thief, or Turk, Or hang, for the good o' th' nation."
What's tire odds ?—while I am floundering here the gold fish will be gone; and as I always was a dab at hooking the right Numbers, I must cast for a Share of the SIX £30,000 on the 18th July, for it is but "giving a Sprat to catch a Herring" as a body may say, and it is the last chance we shall have in England.
The above engraving is copied from this may be looked on with interest as a
one of the same size to a lottery bill of specimen of the means to whirl, the lo«
18^6: its inscription is verbatim the same tery schemers were reduced, in order to
as that below the original. In after days, attract attention to " the last"
Dr. Rawlinson, a distinguished antiquary, produced to the Antiquarian society, in 1748, "A Proposal for a very rich Lottery, general without any Blankes, contayning a great N° of good prices, as well of redy money as of Plate and certain sorts of Merchandires, having been valued and prised by the Commandment of the
Queenes most excellent Majesties order to the entent that such Commodities as may chance to arise thereof, after the charges borne, may be converted towards the reparations of the Havens and Strength of the realme, and towards such other public good workes. The N° of iotts shall be foure hundred thousand, and no more; and every lott shall be the summo of tenne shillings sterling only, and no