The Sporting Repository; Containing Horse-Racing, Hunting, Coursing, Shooting, Archery, Trotting and Tandem, Matches, Cocking, Pedestrianism, and a Pu

The Sporting Repository; Containing Horse-Racing, Hunting, Coursing, Shooting, Archery, Trotting and Tandem, Matches, Cocking, Pedestrianism, and a Pu

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...busily engaged in discussing my supper, I felt the full force of these observations. I was clear of all ties, and (thanks to the landlord) nearly clear of money, and owed nothing but the score of the evening. The night was wild, as leaving Newbury at some distance behind, we, oh Marlborough! bowled along thine uncivilized heath. Our coachman, for we had a fresh one, was as savage as the night, with a hard-featured face as rough as a country cross-road. His nose, which almost served in lieu of a lamp, was a mountainous chaos of carbuncles, and gave manifest tokens of not being fed upon water. It seemed, indeed, in close conversation with his upper-lip, debating most probably upon the goodness of the draught that had been last swallowed. Its owner, meantime, stood behind this goodly proboscis like a footman behind the chair of an alderman, and in reply to a hint I threw out respecting his potations, informed me that he had always loved a drop ever since he was the height of a beer-barrel. As I found that he was more inclined to drink than to talk, and the wildness of the night afforded sufficient plea, I bargained for an inside fare and turned in without further ceremony. My fellowpassengers were the fat gentleman I have previously mentioned, a spare-ribbed officer of militia, and a methodistical wight in black, who was going to preach the word at Chippenham, and let fly the thunders of Evangelism at the incorrigible disciples of the pumproom. The last-mentioned personage was the most singular fellow I ever yet encountered. He was as thin as a thread-paper, and could never be accused of mortifying the sins of the flesh, inasmuch as he had scarcely an ounce of it on his bones. His long legs projected to an inconvenient length, and taken in...show more

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  • Paperback | 188 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 345g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236561694
  • 9781236561695