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piece of bacon which is placed on the who arrived on the opposite side before iop. This affords very great amusement, his opponent. as it is a difficult thing to be accomplished. 7th. Jumping in sacks for a cheese. The climber, perhaps, may get near the An excellent caricature of jumping in top of the poie, and has it in his power to sacks, published by Hunt, in Tavistockhold himself up by both hands, but the street, conveys a true idea of the manner moment he raises one hand to unhook the in which this amusement is carried on: prize, he is almost sure to slide down it is truly laughable. Ten or eleven canagain with great rapidity, bearing all be- didates are chosen ; they are tied in sacks low him who are so foolish as to climb up to their necks, and have to jump about after him.

five hundred yards. Sometimes one will 3d. Old women drinking hot tea for out-jump himself and fall; this accident snuff. Whoever can drink it the quickest generally occasions the fall of three or and hottest gains the prize.

four others, but some one, being more 4th. Grinning through horse-collars. expert, gets on first, and claims the prize. Several Hodges stand in a row, each hold About ten years ago, before Cannon ing a coliar; whoever can make the ugliest the prize-fighter was publicly known, as face through it gains the prize. This feat a native of Wiltshire he naturally visited is also performed by old women, and cer- the Hungerford revel. There was a man tainly the latter are the most amusing. there celebrated over the county for box

5th. Racing between twenty and thirty ing; it was said that with a blow from old women for a pound of tea. This oc- his fist he could break the jaw-bone of an casions much merriment, and it is some- ox; upon the whole he was a desperate times astonishing to see with what agility fellow, and no one dared challenge him to the old dames run in order to obtain their fight. Cannon, however, challenged him favourite.

to jump in sacks. It was agreed that 6th. Hunting a pig with a soaped tail. they should jump three times the distance This amusement creates much mirth, and of about five hundred yards. The first in my opinion is the most laughable.- time Cannon fell, and accordingly his Grunter with his tail well soaped is set opponent won; the second time, Cannon's off at the foot of a hill, and is quickly opponent fell, and the third time they pursued; but the person who can lay any kept a pretty even pace for about four claim to him must first catch him by the hundred yards, when they bounced tail, and fairly detain him with one hand. against each other and both fell, so that This is an almost impossible feat, for the there was a dispute who had won. Canpig finding himself pulled back, tries to non's opponent was for dividing the run forward, and the tail slips from the cheese, but he would not submit to that, grasp of the holder.

It is pretty well and proposed jumping again ; the man known that such is the obstinate nature would not, but got out of the sack,and durof a pig, that on being pulled one way te ing the time that Cannon was consulting will strive all he can to go a contrary. In some friends on the course to be pursued, illustration of this circumstance, thongh ran off with the cheese. Cannon, howknown perhaps to some of your readers, I ever, pursued, and after a considerable may mention a curious wager a few years time succeeded in finding him. He then ago between a pork butcher and a water- challenged him to fight : the battle lasted

The butcher betted the waterman two hours, and Cannon was victor. This that he would make a pig run over one of circumstance introduced him to the sportthe bridges, (I forget which,) quicker than ing world. the waterman would row across the river. You must allow me, dear sir, to assure The auditors thought it impossible; the you, that it is not my wish to make your bet was eagerly accepted, and the next interesting work a sporting calendar," day was appointed for the performance. by naming “ sporting characters." I tell When the signal for starting was given, you this lest you should not incline to the waterman began to row with all his read further, especially when you see might and main, and the butcher catching 8th. Donkey Racing. I will certainly hold of the tail of the pig endeavoured to defy any one to witness these races, with. pull him back, upon which the pig pulled out being almost convulsed with laughter. forward, and with great rapidity ran over Each candidate rides his neighbour's donthe bridge, pulling the butcher after him, key, and he who arrives first at the ap


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pointed place claims the prize, which is hear of your welfare; and if it please generally a smock-frock, a waistcoat, a you to hear of our welfare, we were in hat, &c. &c.

good health at the making of this letter, 9th. Duck Hunting. This sport ge- entreating you heartily, that ye will connerally concludes the whole: it is a very sider our message, which our chaplain laughable, but certainly a very cruel Master Robert Hopton shall inform you amusement. They tie a poor unfortunate of; for we have great business daily and owl in an upright position, to the back of have had here before this time, wherefore a still more unfortunate duck, and then we entreat you to consider the purchase, turn them loose. The owl presuming that we have made with one John Swyffthat his inconvenient captivity is the ham (Southcote) an esquire of Lincoldwork of the duck, very unceremoniously shire, of 88l. by the year, whereupon we commences an attack on the head of the must pay the last payment, the Monday latter, who naturally takes to its own next after St. Martin's day, which sum is means of defence, the water: the duck 458l. Wherefore we entreat you with all dives with the owl on his back; as soon our heart, that ye will lend us ten, or as he rises, the astonished owl opens wide twenty pounds, or what the said Master his eyes, turns about his head in a very Robert wants of his payment, as we may solemn manner, and suddenly recom- do for you in time for to come, and we mences his attack on the oppressed duck, will send it you again afore new year's who dives as before. The poor animals day, as we are a true knight. For there generally destroy each other, unless some is none in your country, that we might humane person rescues them.

write to for trust, so well as unto you, Like all other Wiltshire amusements, for as we be informed, ye be our welí the Hungerford revel always closes with willer, and so we entreat you, that ye good humour and conviviality; the ale consider our intent of this money, as je flowing plentifully, and the song echoing will that we do for you in time to come... loud and gaily from the rustic revellers. Written at London, on All Soul's Day, Although the revel is meant to last only within our lodging in the Grey Friars, one day, the very numerous attendants within Newgate. keep up the minor sports sometimes to

“ Ric. ERLE WARWYKE.” the fourth day, when all depart, and Hun This letter is not dated, as to the year, gerford is once more a scene of tran- but is known from circumstances to have quility.

been written before 1455. Sir Thomas The revel takes place about this time Toddingham was a wealthy knight of of the year, but I really cannot call to my Norfolk, who had an unfortunate marriage recollection the precise day. Hoping, how- with one of the Wodehouses. The epistle ever, that this is of no material conse- shows the importance of ten, or twenty quence, I beg to remain, Dear Sir, &c.

pounds, when rents were chiefly received

in kind, and the difference between one C. T

degree of wealth and another, was ex

emplified by the number of a baron's EARL OF WARWICK, THE KING MAKER.

retainers. Now," says Burke, "we have

a ton of ancient pomp in a vial of modem This nobleman, who at one time is said luxury."* 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

“ DEATH OF THE LOTTERY." accompanied by four or five hundred re

Introductory to particulars respecting tainers, wrote on All Souls' day the fol. Lotteries, two engravings are inserted, lowing remarkable letter for the loan of a small sum. It is divested of its ancient the streets of the metropolis, with the

representing exhibitions that appeared in spelling.

intent to excite adventure in the last “ To our right_trusty and well-beloved state lottery that will ever be drawn in

Friend, Sir THOMAS TODDENHAM. England.”

Right trusty and well beloved friend, we greet you well, heartily desiring to

• Morning Herald, Sept. 8, 1817.

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The last Stage of the last State Lottery.

A BALLAD, 1826.
A lazy sot grew sober
By looking at his troubles,
For he found out how

He work'd his woe,
By playing with Lott'ry bubbles.
And just before October,
The grand contractors, zealous

To share their last ills,

With puffs and bills,
Drove all the quack-doctors jealous.

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What's the 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 which the lot1826: 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."

COLLECTIONS RESPECTING LOTTERIES 1569.—THE FIRST LOTTERY. Queenes most excellent Majesties order,

to the entent that such Commodities as Dr. Rawlinson, a distinguished anti- may chance to arise thereof, after the quary, produced to the Antiquarian so- charges borne, may be converted towards ciety, in 1748, “ A Proposal for a very the reparations of the Havens and Strength rich Lottery, general without any Blankes, of the realme, and towards such other contayning a great No of good prices, as public good workes. The No of lotts well of redy money as of Plate and certain shall be foure hundred thousand, and no sorts of Merchandizes, having been valued more; and every lott shall be the summe and prised by the Commandment of the of tenne shillings sterling only, and no

VOL. II.-97.

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