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T'E SWELL DRAGSMAN OF “ THE AGE."
With spirits gay we mount the box, the tits up to the traces,
Well couple up, my leaders there ! Ya! hip! we bowl away. It may, perhaps, be necessary to observe, in may be enabled to get over the ground like commencing the “ BOOK of SPORTS,” nothing else but a good one,” and also b at to “ start well” is one of the greatest to arrive at the winning-post with ease, objects in life; in fact, a good start, as the in style, and to a certainty: 5; Stewards assert, backed by the knowing or
Hark forward, my boys, see the game it's in view : Yexperienced sort of folks at Epsom, Ascot, Sand Doncaster races, is half-way towards we, therefore, hope that our vehicle on the winning the gold cup; therefore, the Editor Road of Life will be found compact, firm, and imf the Book of Sports is most anxious to “all right,” and composed of the best oblain the start; or, in other words, that he materials ; that our cattle will prove them
selves to be thorough-bred, and that our cha with the jaw bone of an ass, nor so romantio rioteer will not be found wanting to render a chevalier as Don Quixotte, who attacked the journey, at all times, pleasant, full of in wind-mills; yet, nevertheless, we mean to terest, and of importance to the traveller. Book all the wit that crosses our path-to
But, as the Editor has always been, and note down all the TALENT we meet with in our always will be, fond of “A BIT OF GOOD pursuits through life; and to make use of our TRUTH,” he does not want the courage to eyes towards keeping a good look out upon assert, that it is far from his intention to be as all occasions, to increase our stores of amuse. prim as a Puritan, or as low and saucy as a ments; that is to say, to be alive to all the donkey boy in his travels; yet, perhaps, a tiny movements of the Sporting World ; to bit of the Paul-Pry may be seen attached to
Chant the pleasures of sporting, the charms of a race his efforts, in order to procure information ;
And ne'er be at fault at a mill or the chace. but nevertheless, he trusts that nothing of To be awake at the Theatres, in order to per “the Marplot” will be discovered in his petuate the doctrine of our immortal Bard character. To resemble the busy bee, if pos
“ to hold, as it were, the mirror up to Na sible, by “sipping sweets from every flower," ture;” and be able to show our passport, i but without leaving any of the sting behind required, at the turnpike-gate of Knowledge him, will be one of the Editor's most de
as to an acquaintance with society in generalcided points in the Book of Sports, i. e.
FORTUNE in men has some small difference made, “ Nothing extenuate, or set down aught in
One flaunts in rags, one flutters in brocade; malice.” In short, “ Variety is our motto The cobler apron'd, and the par son gown'd,
The friar hooded, and the MONARCH crown'd. every thing by fits and starts—and nothing
“What differ more (you cry), than crown and cowl long, dull, or prosing, to occupy our columns;” I'll tell you, friend, a wise man and a fool! indeed, to make it a “ BOOK FOR EVERY
If then, in the recital of our ANECDOTES, W Body;" in which, topics will be introduced to
cannot prove ourselves as funny as Jai interest the Duke and attract the Commoner, Reere, we will endeavour to keep him to please the Rich Man and afford amusement
our eye, as an excellent model to produc and information to the Poor One; but never mirth and laughter: also, if it is not with: to give the slightest offence, by “o'erstep
our grasp to tell our stories like Liston, ping the modesty of NATURE !” A book to
keep our readers continually on the broe be found welcome at all tables—a cheerful
grin; nevertheless, we will put as comical fire-side companion; and an interesting fellow face upon the subject as our capabilities wi traveller, either in a post-chaise, or a stage
allow us to do; and lastly, though n coach. Under the Poet's idea, that “the the least, in the Court of Momus, if we shoul proper study of mankind is man;" and to
not be able to give that sort of pith an catch the manners living as they rise : strength of humour by way of illustratia
to our Tales, like the much-admired, irresis “ One negro say one ting, you take no offence, BLACK and white be one colour a hundred year ible comedian, Charles Mathews, we sha
hence; And when Massa DEATH kick him into a grave,
exert ourselves to be as near AT HOME," a He no spare negro, buckra, nor massa, nor slave:
possible; or, in other words, no exertion He dance, and he sing, and a banger thrum, thruin, He foolish to tink what TO-MORROW may come.
shall be wanting on our part (if we canno Lily laugh and be fat, de best ting you can do, 1'ime enough to be sad when you kickura-boo."
command it), to deserve success.
start for the winning-post, with a sketch So says the Editor; therefore he wishes that
real life :sadness may always be a day's march behind us; and to follow the excellent advice, given
THE SWELL DRAGSMAN OF “THE gratis by the late Lord Chancellor Erskine,
“ AGE!” “ that a little mirth in this melancholy life is
Or, in plain English, a well-dressed Stag a good thing.” Therefore, it is our intention
Coachman; but the character of the thing to be merry and wise; and although we do
must be preserved-and a driver of fou not puff ourselves off as an Atlas, capable of 'good uns' ought not to be described with carrying the world upon our shoulders, neither
any thing like the gravity of a parson, whose
“good ones” are of another guess sort; there a strong as a Samson, who slew thousands fore, if a 'tiny bit of slang, now and ther
should pop out, it must only be considered for upwards of the last fisty years for srst-rate in keeping with the picture.
coachmen; indeed commoners, mere whipsHis late Majesty, King George the Fourth ters, would not have been able to have kept wben Prince of Wales, could push along, their seats, but have been voted, by the keep moving, with his four nonesuches,' and visitors of this splendid watering place, of give the 'go-by' to all his nobles lihe fun; no use,' and compelled to retire from the indeed, the Prince was the delight of all the stage. jockies and coachmen in the kingdom ; but The late George Simcock, as the term goes amongst the grooms, huntsmen, and whippers- now-a-days, was a “rum one to look at, but in, at Brighton, Windsor, Newmarket, &c., a 'good one' to get over the heavy ground on he was their idol. His late Majesty had the Forest as light as he could, by keeping always a taste for driving, and very much at his leaders to their work, and also making tached to the turf. Not very long before he the wheelers do their duty; indeed, George died, he asked one of his grooms, with whom was admitted to be a sound, practical coachhe was conversing on the subject of his man, and the lives of bis passengers were racing stud—“Well," said the King, and considered safe under his protection ; and a what do they say of me at Newmarket ?”. truly facelious fellow into the bargain. He "What do they say of your Majesty,” replied had a tale for every body on the coach, and the groom,
why they say that you are the one or two to spare for his friends in the nost rarmint of 'em all, and they wish that evening, when he left his coach to blow a They had you back again at Newmarket.” cloud, take his glass, and keep the game The phrase“ varmint" was a cant term in the alive,' until the hand of the clock pointed days of the merry monarch Charles II., and out to him it was time to rack up' for the was frequently used when speaking of him. night, and also that coachmen, like other
The late high-minded, splendid, Duke of folks who have business to look after, must Bedford, who never stood still at trifes, but go to roost. George had a great many merry got over the ground with all the ease of a little 'dodges' belonging to his character bowling-green, with a turn-out worthy of and was a great favorite both up and down the one of the highest rank in the peerage, was road. The gentlemen passengers he caused also considered a first-rate coachman; and to laugh heartily at bis comical jokes; and likewise the never-to-be-forgotten Squire Mel. the fair ones to smile, but not to blush ; his lish in the sporting world—who would not wit was always so well wrapped up; George be second to any body, or at any thing—a being a family man, and fully aware of the first-rate charioteer, and nothing else, upon necessity of ‘keeping the line.' But it was all occasions—with neck or nothing for his a perfect treat to hear him get the JOHNY motto-galloping up and down the Brighton Raws 'in a string,' by telling them to have hills, with all the playfulness of style and a care of the phantasmagoria sort of sights, ease of manners, like the best bred gentleman which would stare them full in the face at in a ball-room. I think I see him now on a every turn in the metropolis. “The London Race Course, surrounded by characters of ghosts are a queer set of chaps,' said George, the first rank' in society, communicating life and very likely to make your teeth chatter and spirits to the circle ; indeed, he was a again, if you only look at them; but, if you
magnificent fellow on horseback ; a com touch them, it is all up with you; therefore, I plete hero on the box ; and an “out-and-outer' say, be on your guard. Why, you would in every other point of view upon the Turf, scarcely believe it, that a friend of mine, a and all the et ceteras belonging to it; and, very rong countryman, who had the hardi"take him for all in all,' I have seen nothing hood to tackle one of those nothing sort of like the late Squire Mellish since that foe to the things, as he thought, to his great surprise, human race, Death, placed him under it. And during the struggle for victory, every háir of last, though not least in the "Scale of Merit his head became as thick as a broomstick.' in the whip line, the present venerable Sir The passengers, in general, were laughing John Lade, bart., the father of the driving from the beginning of their journey to the school for gentlemen. The ease and elegance end of it; and the whole of them felt sorry displayed by Sir John in handling the reins, when George touched his castor, and said, was quite a picture to the admirers of good “The coachman!”—“Remember the coach coachmanship his eye was precision itself, man!” said a gentleman one day, “dến the and he was distinguished for driving to an fellow! I shall never forget him. I shan't inch. Sir John's memorable wager of driving get my jaws right again for some time, they through a gate only wide enough to admit his have been so widely extended with laughing carriage, almost with the rapidity of light during the journey.' ning, two-and-twenty times in succession, “ Why," said George, to a country fellow and scarcely allowing himself room to turn who expressed his astonishment at Simcock's Jound, sets this matter of fact at rest : lingo, “when you have been as long upon such a superiority of command had the the stage as I have, you then, perhaps, may once gay, dashing, baronet over his high-bred see as many strange sights as í have scen. cattle. This will account, in some degree, “ Lord ! Measter Simcock,” replied the Johny for the Brighton road having been conspicuous Raw, What, have you ever been upon the