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Mr Egan, our good friend, what can waist, and thus to whirl her about you possibly mean by publishing no for a quarter of an hour in his arms, fewer than three several sporting till both parties are blind, and that works, without sending us presenta- too in presence of three hundred spection copies? Have we offended you in tators. A waltzing match is, we any way? If so, believe that it was humbly suggested, a more indecent unintentionally, and see that you exhibition than a boxing match. What transmit to Messrs Cadell and Davies, can be more so, than to step, ready on or before the 8th of April-in time stripped, into the ring, and hug in for our Coach parcel-your book upon succession a long series of military Bath-that inimitable panoramic view men, occasionally relieved by civilians? of “ Going to a Fight”—and your The

dismisses from her Magnum Opus on Gymnastics. We embrace captain, and colonel, and shall make an amusing. Article on knight at arms, all panting and per. each of them ;-and be pleased to re- spiring and reeling-while she stands collect, that we are the only Editor of victorious and unexhausted in the a literary journal who has yet sported ring. And who compose the ring ? his canvass in the ring.

Judges, senators, soldiers, grand-moWe have extreme pleasure in writ- thers, matrons, maids, and among ing the series “ Boxiana"-and we them our own shrivelled corresponda know that it is excessively popular ! ent. Go, Tabitha, to Moulsey Hurst, It is true, that one elderly maiden when Turner fights young Cabbage, lady has written us an expostulatory and then, on your conscience, tell the epistle on the subject, and expressed Editor of Blackwood's Magazine, that herself shocked by the indecency their conduct is as indecent as that of of the spectacle of two enormous por. Cornet Sabretache and Miss Julia ters, (such were her very words)

ex. Dyaway. hibiting themselves stripped before Well, well Mr North,, no more twenty thousand spectators. We an about indecency, but think of the swered that letter privately—and as- cruelty of boxing, Mr Leigh Hunt sured the nun that Pugilists fight in thinks it cruel-brutal--and unworflannel drawers and that they are thy of the pages of the Examiner. No very little more exposed than young doubt, Mr Leigh Hunt would be enladies in a ball-room. We also ven titled to complain of the cruelty of tured to state it as our opinion, that it is boxing, were Little Puss to tip him a less indelicate in such a man as Tom stomacher while meditating a crisp Belcher to give Cropley a cross but- sonnet in some farmy field, in front tock, than an officer of Hussars to put of Hampstead. But who would talk one hand on the bare neck of a virgin of the cruelty of giving a facer to the of eighteen years, another round her champion of England ? It would be Vol. VI.

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to the last degree cruel to force Mr ed than an assemblage of Englishmen Leigh Hunt out of his study into a at a fight. No seditious banners—B0 smithy-and insist upon his beating 'orators--no occasion afterwards for the on an anvil for an hour, with a prodi- grand inquest of the nation to intę gious sledge-hammer, instead of fing- fere every thing is left to the wa ering away on the piano-forte. This pires and no Pope was ever so inta would be converting Apollo into Vul. lible as Mr John Jackson. How nobis can. But Elias Spray, the copper- was this illustrated in the late dispatsmith, who fought the Chicken, work- ed question respecting Belasco and the ed at his profession, without exciting Birmingham Youth ! The Whigs morthe pity of the tender-hearted. That 'ed for a reference to the Jockey Club, game-pugilists enjoy intense pleasure for an inquiry into the behavi vt of in knocking and being knocked down, the Jew. But Egan, Kent, Cri...), is obvious to the most careless obser- and Jackson, supported the minisia; ver--and there is not a sentiment of and, considering it altogether as a more universally acknowledged hu- party question, by which the oppos: manity, than “ pleasure in the way tion expected to get a turn out, we like it.”

all the most sound pugilists of the day Boxing, therefore, being both de- rallied round the established authoricent and humane, why call it brutal? ties, and by their firmness, and deafNo brute animal of our acquaintance ness to popular clamour, vindicated ' is a pugilist. Dogs do not box- and sustained the character of the Bricocks do not box-a bear is good at a tish ring all over the world. close-but he is a round hitter, and The last objection urged against pu· too much of a ruffian for the ring. gilism is, that it is dangerous--the se Man, is in fact, distinguished from the gument of a coward. But, dangerous brute creation by nothing so much as as it may be, is it not true, that any othe being a boxing animal. He shares doctor that ever administered a prethe faculty of speech with the bull- scription, has killed more men the finch, the starling, the magpie, and all the pugilists that ever fought, e the parrot-and in the art of cookery ther with cestus or naked fist? The he was excelled by Maculloch of the destruction of human life in the pris Royal Hotel-extinguish in his bosom ring has been trifling. You may write the love of pugilism, and you reduce all their names with a single drop out him to a level with the beasts that ink. Neither Jem Belcher, nor the perish.

Chicken, nor Crib, ever made a w The philosophic observer of human dow—but when the two former died nature perceives the connecting prin. But supposing that a dozen pugilis ciples by which that human nature, were killed per annum, would suchs multiform and multitudinous as it is, allowance prove fatal to this country is yet blended into one grand and har. Has not the population of Britain 6 monious whole. There is a necessury creased greatly these last twenty years connerion between all the fine arts. even in spite of the daily operation c Richmond, the black, gives lessons in many hundred stage-coaches? dancing every time he fights-Randal, This, we find, is likely to be a seat as a statuary, is superior to Chantrey, of rambling article, quite chitty-chat Canova, and Thorvalsden. Crib is an and off-hand-the best sort of leadi: almirable artist in body colours.-- article, perhaps, after all, now that

there Pollux was in his day a Painter. The are so many magazines at work all over society for the suppression of vice has the island. One bates to see scores done but little harm—but we do not editors all hammering away at one and like the idea of a society for the sup- the same thing—Living Authors

, N pression of virtue — and, therefore, I. Scott-No II. Wordsworth—On the hope, that the magistracy of England Cockney School of Poetry, 1, 2, 3, 4 will at all times allow Bill Gibbons to 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,-Letters from the form the ring undisturbed. We are Lakes Comparison between Kemb persuaded that the Manchester Magis- and Kean, &c. &c. There is real; trates did their duty on the 16th of something quite shocking in this ever August—but may Pugilism flourish, lasting ringing of bells, and this tariand radicalism decay-s0 “ Let Dares beat Entellus black and blue.” has one editor started a subject the

tantararaing of trumpets. No soone Nothing can be more good-humoure some secret covert, than fifty others

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ed than an enterit join full cry, with all their pack of of Broughton, and of Big Ben. We at a fight Novetat i contributors, in pursuit ; and no won. are now about to make them acquaintorators no oraz der that the game is run down and ed with a new school that of Mengrand inquest af te vat hausted at last

, though often not doza--a school whose fame is in some fere every thing a bir orth the bagging, so wofully torn measure gone by, but a school that pires=and no pp vo? and mangled. It is a puzzling matter will ever continue to be admired by ible as Me John Jas! to know how to act at present; one every lover of correct taste, sound **as this illustrata in ki request we have to make of our fa- judgment, elegant execution, and good 1 question reporter de cetious friends, Bon-mots, and Janus bottom. This was, indeed, the Aurmingham You I Weathercock, that they do not seduce gustan age of pugilism, though forfor a referent bzhi Mr P. Egan from our service, and that tunately it did not precede the decline an inquiry in ere the leave us in possession of the and fall of the art. There was induJew. But la l x g. The truth is

, that the world is bitably a finished and perfect beauty Jackson

, seperti al nut wide enough for all the present in the finest performances of Menconsidering to the magazines, and some of them must be doza, for which we may now look in question , og ett blown up. Our own private opinion vain. He was the Virgilor, perhaps,

is, (though it might be dangerous to the Addison of his time. His battle most sounds express it) that three magazines are with Humphries was perhaps superior round the cut sufficient for Great Britain and Ire- to any thing in the Æneid. It was a d by their bries, land-Baldwin, Blackwood, and Col. most elaborate performance; yet art

was so blended with nature, that its To return to Boxiana. It is a book striking merits were visible to the eyes all over the as that we never tire of --take it up when even of the unscientific, and the name

we will it puts us into immediate spi- of Mendoza now rises up in our mehetitie Bergen rits. It is a sufficient justification of mory when we think of all that was 2 COPIL B pugilism to say, that Mr Egan is its most graceful in attitude, and correct

in distance. He was indeed the great gentlemanly person, never wore a glove. founder of the Jewish school, nor HH 2 On a former occasion we ventured to has either Dutch Sam, Belasco, or so that we suggest a resemblance between Mr Iky Pig, eclipsed the fame of their

o P. Egan and Mr Thomas Campbell, master.
e as the historians of pugilism and Dan has fought upwards of thirty
s poetry. But, in truth, highly as we pitched battles, but of these eight only

admire the abilities of the author of are on record-one with Martin, the
the Pleasures of Hope and the Speci- celebrated Bath Butcher, three with
mens, we cannot affirm, that he has Humphries, two with Ward, one with
yet produced any such work as Box- Jackson, and one with Lee. In his
iana. Mr Egan combines within him- first contest with Humphries, he was
self, as the historian of British pugi- beaten; but in his two others his su-
lism, all the qualifications possessed periority was immeasureable. The
by all the historians of British poetry. first fight is thus described by Mr
He has all the elegance and feeling of Egan :-
a Percy-all the classical grace and in Humphries, upon ascending the stage,
ventive ingenuity of a Warton--all was received with loud and repeated cheers,
the enthusiasm and zeal of a Headley which he gratefully acknowledged by his
-all the acuteness and vigour of a Rit- genteel deportment, when Tom Johnson
son—all the learning and wit of an appeared as his second, the athletic Tring

as his bottle-holder, and Mr Allen as umEllis-all the delicacy and discern- pire. Mendoza, almost instantly following, ment of a Campbell ; and at the same

was greeted with the most flattering marks time, his style is perfectly his own, of attention and respect from the surroundand likely to remain so, for it is as ing spectators ; a Mr Moravia acted as his inimitable as it is excellent. The man umpire, David Benjamin was his second, who has not read “ Boxiana” is igno- and Jacobs his bottle-holder, and the whole ant of the power of the English lan- of them were Jews. Humphries' appear.

ance, when stripped for the fight, was pecuguage.

Qur readers have already studied liarly attractive, and his fine manly form ith us the history of two Eras of Bri- of fine fannel drawers, white silk stockings,

was seen to great advantage; he had on a pair sh pugilism. They have been ini- the clocks of which were spangled with gold, ated into the mysteries of the schools and pumps tied with ribbon. The dress of

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Mendoza was plain and neat. About his ancle, and was reluctantly compelled to
twenty minutes after one, every thing be acknowledge the superiority of the Christian
ing ready, the usual salutations took place, Mendoza almost immediately afterwarda
when the display of the science was infinite fainted, and was taken from the stage. Thus
ly finemuch was expected from two such ended this truly celebrated contest, in twen-
skilfiul artists, and the feints made by each ty-eight minutes, Afty-four seconds, in
party were elegant and scientific-Men. which, perhaps, there never was so much
doza felt no terrors from the proud fame of skill and dexterity ever witnessed ; nor more
his antagonist, and Humphries viewed the money depending upon its termination.
admirable skill displayed by his opponent The Jews were severe sufferers and al
with firmness and composure the parry. though Mendoza was defeated, his fame
ings were long and various, and the ama. and character as a pugilist were considera
teur experienced one of the richest treats ably increased —his style of fighting was
ever exhibited in this noble and manly art highly spoken of by the scientific amateur ;
at length, Mendoza put in the first blow, and that in close fighting, and as a quick
and recoiling from its effects slipped and fell hitter, he was evidently superior to his
upon his back, in consequence of the stage antagonist. The advantage was also upon
being slippery from the rain which had fell the side of Mendoza in point of strength of
previous to the battle, yet was of no mate arm, and when struggling to obtain the
rial effect against Humphries, as he warded throw, he punished his adversary consider.
it off and retreated. In the second round ably by keeping down his head. His guard
Mendoza, full of vigour, went into his anta was excellent, and displayed a thorough
gonist and knocked him down ; and in close knowledge of the art, by keeping it closer
ing in the next, the Jew threw Humphries. to his body than that of his adversary, by
The odds which had been much in favour which means his blows were given with
of Humphries, were now changing rapidly more force when he struck out his arms,
upon Mendoza. The Jew, fushed with and with respect to stopping, he was not
his success, found his game all alive, and deficient to Humphries ;- but for elegance :
showed himself off to the best advantage, of position-cool and prompt judgment
with all the heroism of a most experienced fortitude of manner-mand force of blow, he
pugilist., Humphries appeared to make no Was materially inferior. He wanted also
way against Mendoza, who had now knock that personal courage, which was 80, apa,
ed Dick down six times in succession. The parent in Humphries, and whose confidence.
Jews sported their cash freely, as the Chris. rendered him so indifferent of himself-buat
tian, it was supposed, must soon be van- in point of throwing, Mendoza, though
quished ; but the friends of Humphries not expected, had the complete advantage,
were not to be dismayed, and took the odds and the activity he displayed throughout
greedily. At one time the contest was near the fight was considerable. Mendoza con-
ly coming to a premature termination, from tended for victory with all the style and a
the cry of foul, foul !” by the friends of valour of a true Hero.
Mendoza, who, in the early part of the
fight, had drove Humphries upon the rail

of the stage, and while the latter was upon Humphries, attended by Tom Johnson ,
the balance, aimed a blow at his ribs which as his second, entered between one and two
must have finished the battle, but Johnson o'clock, followed by Butcher, as his bottle-
caught it. The umpires considered it a holder, and Harvey Christian Coombe, Esq.
knock-down blow, and that Johnson was as his umpire; and Mendoza immediately
correct. The stage was so slippery that afterwards made his appearance, attended
Humphries could scarcely stand upon his by Captain Brown and Michael Ryan, as
legs, and soon discharged the finery from his second and

bottle-holder, having for his his legs, for the more substantial service of umpire, Sir Thomas Appreece. The se worsted hoseDick now felt his feet, went conds, according to an agreement, retired to in with his usual confidence, and the bets separate corners on the setting-to of the became even.' Humphries was now him. combatants : :- The moment became interself, and fast recovering in wind and esting, and anxiety was upon the utmost strength, the amateurs were delighted with stretch-the opinions of the amateurs had his undaunted courage and neatness of exe-undergone various changes since the last cution. Mendoza was thrown, and in fall. combat; and the issue of the contest was ing pitched upon his face, his forehead was extremely doubtful-Mendoza was consi. dreadfully cut just above the right eye, dered a formidable rival, and he had rather and his nose assumed a different shape ; rose into estimation than otherwise since the but the Jew's pluck was good, and in the first battle, and the betting

had no stability next round gave Humphries a prime facer, about it. Humphries appeared strong and < that the bets were still alive. Humphries was elegant in his position, and endeavoured to gaining ground fast, and soon put in a put in a facer ; but Dan, on the alert, stop, doubler upon the loins of Mendoza, one of ped it with great neatness, and returned a the Jewsnost vulnerable parts; which was fol- sharp blow, that levelled his opponent. lowed up by one in the neck, the Jew reel. Mendoza, elated with the attempt, coning fell with his leg under him, sprained cluded the second and third rounds in the

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