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selves to be thorough-bred, and that our cha- with the jaw bone of an ass, nor so romantic 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 amuseprim 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 Nasible, by “sipping sweets from every flower,” ture;” and be able to show our passport, if 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 tlaunts in rags, one flutters in brocade ; malice.” In short, “ VARIETY is our motto- The cobler apron'd, and the parson 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 ?” Jong, 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, we Body;” in which, topics will be introduced to

cannot prove ourselves as funny as Jack interest the Duke and attract the Commoner,

Reeve, we will endeavour to keep him in to please the Rich Man and afford amusement

our eye, as an excellent model to produce and information to the Poor One; but never mirth and laughter: also, if it is not within to give the slightest offence, by o'erstep- our grasp to tell our stories like Liston, to ping the modesty of Nature!” A book to

keep our readers continually on the broad be found welcome at all tables—a cheerful grin; nevertheless, we will put as comical a fire-side companion; and an interesting fellow- face upon the subject as our capabilities will traveller, either in a post-chaise, or a stage

allow us

to do; and lastly, though not coach. Under the Poet's idea, that “the the least, in the Court of Momus, if we should proper study of mankind is man;" and to

not be able to give that sort of pith and catch the manners living as they rise :- strength of humour by way of illustration

to our TALES, like the much-admired, irresistOne negro say one ting, you take no offence, BLACK and white be one colour a hundred year ible comedian, Charles Mathews, we shall

hence; And when Massa Death kick him into a grave,

exert ourselves to be as near AT HOME,” as He no spare negro, buckra, nor massa, nor slave :

possible; or, in other words, no exertions He dance, and he sing, and a banger thrum, thrum, He foolish to tink what TO-MORROW may come.

shall be wanting on our part (if we cannot Lily laugh and be fat, de best ting you can do,

command it), to deserve success.

We now Time enough to be sad when you kickura-boo !

start for the winning-post, with a sketch of 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 Stage 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 four 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. as strong as a SAMSON, who slew thousands fore, if a "tiny biť of slang now and then

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should pop out, it must only be considered for upwards of the last fifty years for first-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 when 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 like 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 Simcosk, 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 his passengers were racing stud—“Well," said the King, considered safe under his protection; and a what do they say of me at Newmarket ?”- truly facetious fellow into the bargain. He “What do they say of your Majesty,” replied had a tale for every body on the coach, and

why they say that you are the one or two to spare for his friends in the most rarmint of 'em all, and they wish that evening, when he left his coach to blow a Chey 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 trifles, but go to roost. George had a great many merry got over the ground with all the ease of a little dndges' belonging to his character bowling-green, with a turn-ouť 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 beartily at his 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 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 the et ceteras belonging to it; and, very strong countryman, who had the hardi'take him for all in all,' I have seen nothing hood to tackle one of those nothing sort of . Jike 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 hair 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, “d-n 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 wbo expressed his astonishment at Simcock's round, 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 I 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

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stage; one of those strolling player sort of don; and, in spite of a hot burning sun at chaps that go about the country living by times, and during the melting moments of their wits? I never heard of it before, I de- summer, yet Snow was always to be seen as clare.”—“ Yes,” answered George, to be a fixture upon his box, completely unchanged sure I have; and performed a great many in his duty towards his passengers and his parts ir my time : don't you see I am on the horses. The obstacles thus thrown in the stage now.' Lord, so you, be Mcaster way of StevENSON to deter him from the at. Simcock," said the yokel, “ how droll !- tempt of starting a new coach at Brighton well, I never thought of that before. You had not the desired effect; he thought otherreally are such a funny fellow, it is worth all wise, and therefore with the advice of his the fare only to keep you company up to

friends-he “ took the road." London.” It is well known that poor George Stevenson, it appears, had received his Simcock was the delight of that stage on education at Cambridge ; but, notwithstandwhich he exercised his talents; but, like ing the degrees he had taken at that celeother great actors, with all his knowledge brated seat of learning, prudence and economy and care, he suffered “Old Death' to get the were not amongst them. He soon got rid of whip-hand of him, and who compelled George his patrimony in mixing with society, and to quit his box against his will, and also to “ keeping it up,” as other suells of his aclaugh on the other side of bis mouth. It is quaintance were wont to do. Harry Stevenalso true that his place has been supplied ; son was ultimately “ told out.”. The treasury but his box has never since been filled by became empty; and it was with hin,“ pockets any of his successors like the original to let, unfurnished." “ He could not beg," one.' No, indeed ; 'no more like my father and “to dig he was ashamed;" to become a than I am to Hercules.'- Peace to his manes! clerk, or to stand behind a counter, were

Sum Goodman and the Snows' were well ideas too groveling to be adapted to the taste known on the Brighton road as first-rate of a ci-derant gentleman! Yet something coachmen-safe drivers--prime cattle-with must be done to make the pot boil : breakfast elegant turn-outs, and gentlemanly behaved was absolutely necessary to keep up an apmen in every point of view, long, very long, pearance in life; dinner he could not dispense before the late Harry Stevenson had ever with ; a cup of tuankey, and a muffin, were entertained the slightest notion of mounting equally essential to prevent the human frame the box as a coachman for hire, and becoming from decay; and supper, by way of winding a competitor with the above experienced up the day, a most important feature in the dragsmen. In fact, it might almost have been history of man's career. A glass of grog also observed that the road, which they had passed wanting to keep up the spirits—a cigar to over so many years with credit to themselves cogitate over as to future events-or a bottle and satisfaction to their passengers, exclu. of wine to make the “ wisit pleasant,” if the sively belonged to them; they were so punc- funds and numbs could procure it. The stage tual to their time, did their business like then was the only thing that struck his fancy clock-work, and civil and attentive to all as the readiest road to preferment and riches; their patrons, that nothing, it was thought, or, pernaps, a more humnble phrase might better would have had any chance with them, they elucidate the matter, namely, “ to keep the played their parts so well upon the stage. wolf from the door.” In this dilemma- this For months together were Goodman and Sriow state of nothingness—Stevenson was too highseen driving up to London and down again minded to perform the character of Sponge, to Brighton every day, actually performing although a living must be procured for him .six hundred and twenty-four miles in the some how or other. He was considered a course of every week, regardless of wind and crack gentleman driver--the hero of the taleweather, and in opposition to clouds of dust, amongst all his pals who could “ tuol a jervy," storms of hail and rain, and violent tempests and also voted by them" a proper marvelof thunder and lightning. Indeed, it was lous man” to appear before the public in the the general opinion of the inhabitants of personification of a regular dragsman. The Brighton that any thing like an opening for a practicability of the thing was canvassed by new coach was entirely out of the question ; all his immediate friends—the points well that Sam Goodman, as the punsters had it, considered—and the result—that Harry Stewas nothing else but a 'good' man ; indeed, venson should make his debut not in a box at his points were all good. He was lively in the opera, with an eye-glass to stare his way conversation-full of anecdote-anxious to into elegant society amongst the Corinthians, give satisfaction to all parties; and Sam but upon the box of a stage-coach, with a could handle subjects in general with as whip in his hand, to persuade the horses that much ease and freedom as he handleil his they had a master behind them ; and likewise reins. And although the quotation of Shaks- to obtain the good opinion of (whom, all in peare might be made use or against his op- public or in private worship) the Town? ponent Snow-“Wert thou as chaste as ice, His noble pals, fellow-collegians, and or as pure as snow, thou shalt not escapé sprigs of nobility, were fully acquainted with calumny,” yet, nevertheless, hè stood equally the doctrine and advantages laid duwn by the in favor with the visitors to and from Lon. late Lord Chesterfield, that a prepossessing

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appearance is every thing in Society-there- hostesses always greeted him with a kindly fore, in order to heighten the debut of Steven- welcome ; and the dashing bar maids looked son upon the stage, directions were given for “unutterable things,” in favor of the gentlea new drag to be made by the best workmen, man drugsman. The“ fine women” from the calculated to “take the shine” out of every metropolis' would always go with Stevenson, thing on the road. His lits, as fine as stars, he was such a nice, kind, genteel, obliging, possessing the qualities of race horses for coachman ; and the Corinthians, and better speed, blood, and bone, with harness tasteful sort of folks, would always book with him for in the extreme, and placed on the prads with the sake of being in “ good company.” as much studied attention and care as the But, notwithstanding the above high fights diamond necklace round the lovely alabaster of patronage of the «

young swells,” who neck of a beautiful duchess, or the gold chain were always upon the tout for him, united upon the most handsome countess in the world, with the smiles and interest of some of the to attract admirers ; and then the coachman, best dressed and most attractive females of to correspond, or rather to harmonize, with the day, yet Harry Stevenson, nevertheless, the whole, a complete PELHAM in his walk of had his “ workto do; it was an Herculean life ; his dress was good, and his address of task to attempt to get the best of such bang up the same quality : his manners mild and in- drivers—" old stagers on the road from boys teresting; his figure slight, but carrying with to manhood.” It was true—he had pictured it the air of a gentleman, and his “pickers to himself the accomplishment of “ great and stealers,” as the classic might call them; things,” but it was scarcely possible to achieve his fingers and hands, as the sober sort of any thing like improvement in the Coach Defolks would term them; or, as the sporting partment, every portion of which was so well men would have it, his “bunch of fives, done on all sides. STEVENSON, however, was were protected from the inclemency of the resolved upon making a dash-to try the quesrude elements by " white kid gloves.”

tion, at all events, he was determined ; when No “pettedrace horse was ever brought he was immediately viewed as a dangerous to the starting post in better Trim than the rival by the “old uns ;' his exertions to prolate Henry Stevenson ; indeed, he was duce novelty were scanned with jealousy ; ushered upon the stage under patronage of and all his movements were watched with the very first quality, a young honorable, the the most scrutinizing eyes by his knowing son of a very eloquent nobleman in the House opponents. Sam, the pleasant, much of Loids, placing himself by his side on the spected Sam Goodman, was always a fast box, the roof of the coach also covered with coachman ; Snow (the good-natured, jolly several young gentlemen connected with some fellow, fond of life and all the good things of the highest families in the kingdom. The attached to it, in his business) was equally stare of the crowd was completely gratified ; on the alert to keep “his time,” nay, to get in his cad (or assistant) also better attired than before the appointed minute : indeed, all the usual, to keep the unison of things perfect, dragsmen were on the look out to be placed who placed the boxes, and handed up the any where on the list by the proprietors, passengers. STEVENSON paying no other at

except the last ! They were all “ quick tention but to his horses, and when the signal chaps,” and every one of them endeavoured to was given “ all right,” his start was a first make their pruds put their best legs foremost rate thing altogether—a Taglioni movement: to get over the ground with all the celerity of and he handled the ribbons with as much ten miles an hour. There was nothing like case and confidence as Paganini when playing dlozing to be witnessed on the boxes, nay, on one of his favorite solos on the violin; he the contrary, they were compelled to be likewise held up his prads compact, firm, and wide awake,in order that they might not coachman-like, and he left Castle Square, give half-a-chance away likely to be turned Brighton, triumphantly; he turned the corner to good account by their learned, accomof North Street like a charioteer ; he was plished, and leary rival, who was anxious to upon the London Road in a twinkling, and stand very high in the opinion of the public. aiinost out of sight before you could utter Although it should seem that Stevenson's “ Jack Robinson!” The spectators crying box was not exact!y a “bed of roses” to his cut, in the words of Goldfinch, “That's your feelings, but rather a difficult place to be

firmly seated upon ; yet there was a certain He had scarcely made his appearance on sort of style” about his conduct that caused the stage, as an actor, before he became a him to be attractive in his line:-_“ the Gex. great favourite with “the Town:" in fact, he TLEMAN COACHMAN!” The most perfect was immediately patronized by all the beaus stranger could not view Stevenson with in. and belles as one of the “ great creatures ” of difference, either when standing by the sides the age in which he lived, when the capabili. of his horses, or seated upon his “box :" inties of a stage-coachman became the theme of deed, the appellation of “the gentleman discussion, Stevenson was quite a feature coachman," is such that few men can obtain up and down the road; “mine hosts

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in hand to hiru when he pulled up at degree to their personal requisites as to stamp their doors; and the good-nature, smiling the character: gentility of denicanour is uit

sort."

one of those common-place sort of things to “Our hero now mounted the box, along be assumed at will by every body; neither is with BuL PUT-'EM-ALONG, who was every it to be put on with as much ease and indif. thing but a dummy; in fact, originally, he ference as the stage coachman puts on his had been intended by his relatives to sustain upper tog when the rude elements assail his the sacred functions of a clergyman; and acoutward man. The “smart fellow” is another cordingly he had received his education at sort of appearance in the eye of the critic; one of the colleges at Cambridge. What “the good-looking man

a different caste al. progress he had made in his studies during together, to the common observer of men and his novitiate to obtain the character of a manners; and the “dashing, knowing sort of learned Pundit,' had never been a subject of driver,” who has crept up by degrees to ob- argument amongst his fellow-collegians; but tain a seat upon the box, and a good suit of for a trotting match, as a good shot, and as an clothes into the bargain, is considered to amateur whip, they would back him to 'push partake more of the swaggering qualities of along, keep moving, and to get over the human nature, in the mind's eye of the painter, ground, against most of the stage coachmen than any thing like the idea of conveying the of the day. His papa and mamma had long portrait of “ a gentleman.”

been called to that 'bourne from whence no The remarks which took place as STEVENSON traveller returns;' and he was left wholly to passed up and down the road from London to the guardianship of a rich old uncle. A Brighton, were often extremely amusing to 'good living' was also in store for him, when the passengers, of which the following well- he arrived at a proper period of his life to known anecdote, perhaps, will suffice: two conduct it with propriety and rectitude. The London costard mongers, with their donkeys, least thing Bill partook of at College was who were selling their turnips and greens at learning, it being the most troublesome. He the door of a gentleman's house at Streatham, could much sooner dispose of a bottle or two when “ the Age” stage coach passed by of Champagne, than descant upon the Elethem, gave birth to the under-mentioned dia. ments of Euclid; mount his tit with greater logue. My eyes, Jem," said one of them to celerity than quote a passage from Virgil; his pal, “ only look out, did you ever see sich and make use of the gloves with more tact a heavy load of swells in your natural life than expatiate on the beauties of Paley. time before ? I never did.” “ Vy," answered Bill never expected preferment in the Church the other dealer in apples, &c., “that ere is -to become a Dean never entered his nothing new to him; his drag is always thoughts—to be made a Bishop, quite out of crammed both inside and out with the tip-top the question; and as to filling the high situasort of customers; and as to the beautiful fe- tion of an Archbishop of Canterbury, it was male vomen he brings along with him, lord visionary in the extreme. Therefore, secerily hless their pretty faces, it does one good to of study did not belong to his book--he look at them, I never saw sich pictures of turned over the leaves of the RACING CA flesh and blood since I was out of my egg- LENDER with pleasure and profit; and normal shell! I should like to know as how where down the ODDS at Tattersall’s several times they grows sich handsome things. That ere with an interesting account: and in the true STEVENSON is a lucky sort of chap. He has spirit of the thing, Bill often used to give it got all the top sawyers in a string ! I should as a matter of taste amongst his brethren of like to take a leaf out of his Book-it would the gown, when enjoying the “gaily circling be vorth having at any price, that's vot it , glass,' during the hours of relaxation at Colvoud.” “ Vy, Jem, I will tell you to a lege. 'For my money,' said he, “I'll have nicely how he does it; you might come over Doncaster for Book-ing against Cambridge ; the folks i' the same sort of vay if you voud’n't for Nob-work, I'll bet odds Epsom in prebe (so independant-vell then, listen to me, ference to Oxford ; and for Readers, Newyou see ciwility costs nothing, and he has got MARKET 50 to 1 against both the schools of St. a bag full of it, and which he always takes Paul's and Westminster. Ten Ponies on with him every journey that he goes; and he York, for the production of scholars, as to pulls it out as he vants it; he gives a handfull knowledge and calculation, against all the deep of ciwility to some of his customers, and a hat studies acquired at Eron; and Ascot, defull to others, just as they will stand it; lightful splendid Ascot, for pedigree, bottom therefore, do you see as how if you will play bone, and blood, all to nothing against the your cards with as much judgement as the training' at the Charter-house! swell dragsman does, you are sure to vin the PUT-'EM-ALONG, it was soon discovered game, and no mistake.'

preferred the range of the world, to the con The following outline of STEVENSON, written fined state of the closet, and he was deler by ourselves, under the designation of “ Bill mined to risk his fortune upon the Grand Put-'EM-ALONG,” in the “ Finish to the Ad- Theatre of Life, rather than stick to the old ventures of Tom, Jerry, AND Logic;" and musty, fusty rules of College.' He soon ran which appeared during the lifetime of Ste- through his patrimony; the advice of his VENSON : we therefore extract it towards the uncle had not been attended to, and Bill completion of his character, and for the felt quite satisfied that the 'good living was amusement of our readers :

completely out of sight; something must be

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