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STATE OF THE ODDS, &c.

Mr. Clark has sold the Baron, Miles's Boy, and seven yearlings to Mr. Mytton, and they have joined Wadlow's lot at Stanton ; and Mr. Merry has become the owner of Hope for 410 guineas, paid under the hammer at Liverpool.

Sir Charles Monck's horses have left Dawson's and joined John Scott's string under circumstances, as the following order and answer will show, anything but pleasant :

FROM SIR CHARLES MONCK TO MESSRS. DAWSON. Messrs. G. And T. Dawson : This letter, to be delivered to you to-morrow morning by my servant, Henry Dean, is to require you to deliver forthwith to him my four race-horses, Glossy, Flattery, Vanish, and Touchstone filly, together with their clothes, and all other things belonging to me, to be brought by him away.

I think that my own just interest and fair character with the public, who have also a just interest in the events of the Turf, impose upon me the necessity of this change to be made in this manner.

Your obedient servant, Belsay, July 8, 1846.

CHARLES Monck. FROM MESSRS. DAWSON TO SIR CHARLES MONCK. SiR CHARLES : Agreeable to the order contained in the letter I have received through Henry Dean, I have delivered up to him your four horses, and beg to say, had you confined yourself to a simple order for delivery, it would not have become me to question its propriety, but when you speak of being influenced in the summary step you have taken by what you say was "only due to your just interest and fair character," I feel called upon to demand of you an explanation of the unjust imputation your language is calculated to convey; and I therefore demand of you, as a gentleman, to reduce your charge against me, if you have any, to writing, in order that I may at once refute it; and in the event of your failing to do so, I think it right to give you notice that I will send your letter to me, and this my answer to it, for publication in Bell's Life, as I will not permit you, or any other man, be his rank what it may, to take the slightest liberty with my character. I am, Sir Charles, your most obedient servant,

Thomas Dawson. The Earl of Eglinton succeeds the Marquis of Exeter as Steward of the Jockey Club; the Stewards now are Hon. Col. Anson, Lord George Bentinck, and the Earl of Eglinton. At the same meeting in which the latter was elected, it was determined, in imitation of Ascot, to pay over all the fines imposed upon jockeys at Newmarket to the Bentinck Benevolent and Provident Fund. This resolution includes the penalties of last season.

DEATH OF ATTILA.—This celebrated race-horse died early in the past month at Tattersall’s, Hyde Park Corner, from the effects of a rough passage from Boulogne to London. IIe had been covering this season in France, having been let for that purpose to Monsieur Lupin.

Nominations for 'FORTY-EIGHT.—The Derby has closed with 217 subscribers, and the Oaks with 153. The Derby is still some twenty nominations or so on the advance, while for the Oaks the number of subscriptions are “no more and no less” than those for next year.

DEATH OF LE COMTE A. DE VAUBLANC.—This amiable man and good sportsman-the Bentinck, in fact, of the French turf-died recently at the baths of Coutteret, whither he had repaired with the view of benefiting his health. The Comte's decease is supposed to be mainly attributable to the great exertion he underwent and the nervous excitement he experienced in getting up the late Grand Paris Steeple Chase ; a labour of love in which we fear he received from his countrymen far moro opposition than assistance.

Samuel Barnard, the celebrated jockey, died suddenly at Newmarket on Monday, the 29th of June : he was in his 70th year, and had long lost his sight.

At the Royal Agricultural Society's Meeting at Newcastle the prize of 30 sovs. for the best thorough-bred stallion was won by Mr. George Holmes's Newsmonger, by Voltaire, out of Cyprian, beating Bay President, Phænix, Perion, Freedom, Ferneley, A British Yeoman, and others.

The month's betting, as far as we have to speak of it, has been, on the whole, but indifferent. As the salt of the Goodwood speculation will have lost its savour on the very day our magazine is published, we decline entering on any of the suppositions of what, by then, will be wellestablished facts. For the Leger an apathy as to one and all has been the most remarkable feature ; Pyrrhus gradually attaining the first, as much by the chapter of accident as any spirited support. Of the “knock'em-downs,” however, Fancy Boy appears to be coming again ; while Sir Tatton (or, to be thoroughly explicit) Sir Tatton Sykes is just at these presents palpably in trouble. Brocardo, too, it will be observed, looks a little less formidable than of late ; while Dolo, notwithstanding his consecutive triumphs, and the great force the stable is in, has not yet improved on the 20 to 1 we left him at last month.

Our Derby Table will demonstrate the strength we allude to by the position Van Tromp holds on it: a worthy witness to his Liverpool running, that we are inclined to believe his Goodwood performances will do much to confirm. Whether or no, we can now deservedly quote him as first favourite for the Derby, while Miles's Boy, Cossack, and such like pretenders to the throne, have been sent “ bock agin” into their native obscurity. Of the other young ones honoured with a place in our pages, Epirote, Crozier, and Halo are the most in request.

July 6. July 13. July 20. July 27.
ST. LEGER.
Pyrrhus the First

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Sir Tatton Sykes.
Brocardo
Fancy Boy
Grimston

10
Dolo
Joanna colt
Vanish
The Wrestler
Cawroush
Tom Tulloch
Woodpecker

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Van Tromp

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Epirote
Planet
Old Port
The Reiver
Red Hart
Crozier

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Bingham
Cossandra colt
Halo

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Full Moon, 5 day, at 16 min. past 1 afternvon.
Last Quar., 12 day, at 42 min. past 11 morning.
New Moon, 20 day, at 34 min. past 3 afternoon.
First Quar., 28 day, at 26 min. past 7 afternoon.

Sun

Moon High WATER D.D. OCCURRENCES.

rises and rises & London Bridge. sets.

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h. m. d. h. m. h. m. h. m. 1 T Partridge-shooting beg. Jersey r 5 13 11 sets. 9 13 9 56 2 W WARWICK RACES. [REG. s 6 4412 im.6 10 3711 20 3 T WESTERN Meeting.

r 5 16 13 2 2311 54 4 F Nenbury Fair.

s 6 4014 3 44 0 25 0 54 5 S Northallerton & Stamford Fairs.r 5 20 15 5 9 1 21 1 43 6 Thirteenth Sunday aft. Trin.'s 6 35 16 rises ' 2 8 2 31 7 M RADCLIFFE BRIDGE Races. r 5 23 17 7 17 2 51 3 15 8 T ABINGDON R. Stourbridge F. s 6 2918 7 47 3 37 3 57 9 W WEYMOUTH R. LEICESTER R. r 5 26 19 8 22 4 20 4 40 10 T CRICK.: M.C.C. v. Norf.at Swaff. s 6 25 20 9 0 5 0 5 23 11 F Holbeach Fair. Sudbury Fair. r 5 2921 9 44 5 436 4 12s Wilton Fair.

s 6 20 22 10 33 6 30 6 53 135 Fourteenth Sunday aft. Trin.r 5 32 2311 27 7 20 7 50 14M Maldon Fair.

s 6 16 24 morn. 8 28 9 10 15 T DONCASTER Races. Durham F. r 5 35 25 0 23 9 5110 31 16 W THE GREAT ST. LEGER DAY. Is 6 12 26 1 2311 911 46 17 T HASTINGS Races. Redditch For 5 38 27 2 25 0 15 18 F Bury (Lancashire) Fair. s 6 728 3 26 0 38 1 0 19 S Worcester and Abingdon Fairs. ir 5 42 29 4 29 1 18 1 38 20 Fifteenth Sunday af. Trinity. s 6 21 5 34 1 55 2 10 21 M St. Matt. REDDITCH RACES. r 5 45 ] sets 2 25 2 42 22 T OSWESTRY RACES. Headon F. s 5 58 2 6 28 2 55 3 11 23 W BEDFORD Races. Swindon For 5 48 3 6 57 3 26 3 42 24 T Haverfordwest Fair.

s 5 54 4 7 28 3 57 4 13 25 F Spalding F. UPTON-ON-Severnr 5 51 5 8 7 4 29 4 47 26 S Grassingen and Lampeter F. [R. s 5 50 6 8 53 5 3 5 24 27 S Sixteenth Sunday af. Trinity. r 5 55 7 9 48 5 44 6 6 28 M Brewood Races. Derby Fair. s 5 45 8 10 50 6 32 6 59 29 T Michaelmas Day. NEWMAR-r 5 58 9 morn.' 7 32 8 10 30 W Bourn F. (KET First Oct. M.8 5 41 10 0 1 8 54 9 38

RACES IN SEPTEMBER.

Darlington........
Bungay
East Surrey
Winslow
Warwick
Beccles
Taunton
Western Meeting.
Newport (Monmouth)
Radcliffe Bridge
Cheadle (Stafford)
Bernet
Lichfield
Yarmouth

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10 3 Aberdeen

lo 8 Sudbury

11 7 Doncaster

15 7 Tuam (Ireland)

15 Hastings

17 8 Redditch

21 8 Oswestry

22

Permoy (Ireland)

22 Ballinrobe (Ireland)

22 Richmond

23 Walsall....

23 Bedford

23 Lincoln

23 Monmouth

23 Upton-on-Severn..

25 Brewood...

28 Cashel (Ireland)

28 Newmarket First October.. 29 Wrexham ......

29 30

Kelso .....

THE HANDBOOK OF THE CHASE,

BY THE EDITOR.

(Continued from page 140.)

Melton is the acknowledged capital of fox-hunting—the high place wherein the virgin goddess is worshipped with an idolatry of which her disciples at Ephesus had no idea, and with an orthodoxy that will hardly be understood by after-ages. The progress of that elixir of all sports was indeed but slow at first ; but, of a verity, it was sure.

In the reign of the mighty Meynell it was thought good work to take the field three times a week; while in the autocracy of his great successor, Osbaldeston, what with the contrivance of a second pack of hounds for afternoon foxes, and other devices of a similar character, distilled from the imaginations of the “ fast,” it may be set down that, on occasion, the Quorn country was hunted at the rate of twelve days a week. To be sure, Meynell had but a couple of subscribers to his hounds ; while, of those that came after him, some have had a couple of thousand followers of them—though, perhaps, they might have overlooked the precaution of subscribing. According to modern authorities, the crack countries consist of the Melton, the Belvoir, the Cottesmore, and the Pytchley. We will deal with the former of these in the present chapter.

Leicestershire is the metropolitan country ; I don't mean in the Cockney interpretation of the term, but as the rendezvous of the élite of hunting men. Northamptonshire has been declared, by the best judges that ever adjudicated in the chase, the most perfect in the world for hounds; it is, moreover, especially remarkable, for the provincial characteristics of its fields. The Quorn and the Pytchley hunts, then, may be regarded as the Lords and Commons of the Parliament of Diana ; they are the two chief public countries, and we will so deal with them. The local revolution brought about by the institution of railways as modes of transit has of course materially affected the economy of the chase, as well as everything else. Now-adays people of all tastes and pursuits make London their head quarters during the winter months, to the threatened annihilation of the race of squires. Your lord of the manor now sets up some preterfect lord mayor in his stead, and himself in Hyde Park Gardens. Should he desire a day's shooting, he's in the heart of his Norfolk preserves a couple of hours after his breakfast in St. James's ; or if he would hunt, the space of time necessary for conning over his morning paper carries him from May Fair to Melton Spinny. No doubt the epicurean epoch at Melton has passed away ; the days in which open house was declared by every man with a roof over his head (having first collapsed into a short era of exclusive hospitality and aristocratic cotericism) are no more. The

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