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E L L 1 N G T O N,

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ENGRAVED BY HACKER, AFTER A PAINTING BY HARRY HALL, or NEWMARKET.

CONTENTS.

Page.

Idi ARY FOR JULY.

sIR CHARLEs KNIGHTLEY, BART., FAWSLEY PARK, NoFTHAMP-

Tonshire - - - - - - - ... 1

THE ONINIBUS - - - - - - - - ... 7

cHARLEY scuPPER's RACING YAcht - - - - . 17

THE SPORTS OF THE PEOPLE.-BY CECIL. - - - . 26

THE wolf HUNTER ; or, who'LL BELL THE wolf? . . 33

SKFTCHES OF LIFE AND CHARACTER IN THE WEST INDIEo.—

coxsm UNICATED To, AND EDITED BY, Lord willIAM

Lennox . - - - - - - - - . 40

SCREWS.-BY CHRISTOPHER CLEARFLIGHT - - - . 43

THE THAMES SAILING-MATCHES - - - - . 54

ELLINGTon, win NER of THE DERBY - - - - . 59

THE MENAGERIE : A TRUE ANEcDoTE.—BY HARRY HIEover . 61

Literature . - - - - - - - - . 70

Public AMUSEMENTS OF THE METROPOLIS . - - . 71

sTATE of THE odds, etc. - - - - - - . 72

TURF REGISTER :-CURRAGH APRIL MEETING-CHESTER SPRING

MEEting – TAVISTOCK–CARTMEL-REDDITCH-sh REWS-

BURY—MANCHESTER—How TH AND BALDoy LE (IRELAND)

—southwell (Notts)—ULvenston—BATH AND someR-

sET county MEETING. . . . . . . . . . . 33–48

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SIR CHARLES KNIGHTLEY, BART.,
FAwsLEY PARK, NorthAMPTonshire.

The country-life, the country-homes, and, above all, the countrygentlemen of England, have long been to foreigners objects of envy and admiration, which they strive to imitate in vain. They are as well aware as we can be ourselves that our institutions owe much of their stability to these peculiar features of English society; but with all their anxiety to adopt the same habits and reap the same advantages, there is some ingredient wanting in the corresponding class of every other nation, which makes the English country gentleman standalone, like one of the oaks in his own park, a rare specimen of native vigour, judicious cultivation, and advantageous position,

We should much like to walk one of our least enthusiastic foreign friends through the park, at Fawsley, the picturesque seat of Sir Charles Knightley, whose likeness so appropriately adorns the present number of our magazine. We should like to show him the magnificent old oaks, rich with the accumulated growth of centuries, and in this glorious summer-time spreading upwards in the sunlight into a perfect fairly-land of beauty—the undulating park dotted with deer, now clustering under some giant of the forest, now filing leisurely down to the calm bright water, only disturbed by the dip of a swallow, or the lazy plash of a half-gorged pike—the distant meadows rippled with new-mown hay, melting into the haze of a July noon, and the trim gardens and pleasure-grounds dark with evergreens or bright with flowers. If he be a poet or a painter (and nine men out of ten are one or other in their hearts, although, heaven be praised' the faculty seldom develops itself into colours or verse), he may drink in beauty till his eyes are dazzled and his brain swims—if he be an antiquarian and a historian, we will bring him to the fine old house, and fill him full of romantic records and soul-stirring memorials of the olden time. He has read of the Gunpowder Plot; he has heard of Catesby and his comrades; nor is Guido Fawkes necessarily connected in his mind with a dislocated figure carried to and fro by a troop of shouting urchins on the fifth of November. These bold conspirators used to meet at Fawsley, and the room is still in existence which enclosed that council of dark, desperate men. He is acquainted with the cause and progress of our great Rebellion, and Cavalier and Roundhead are no empty nicknames in his ear. The Knightleys of the Seventeenth Century were then stout partizans of liberty, as they have since been staunch supporters of the throne. The history of the family would fill a volume—the stock has always been good—its scions sans peur et sans reproche, and the present baronet is no unworthy representative of his race. o

B. Z.

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