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The Diplomatic Background of the War

Charles Seymour


Vanity Fair

William Thackery


Novalis Including Hymns to the Night

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The Bhagavad Gita

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Boxiana; or, Sketches of modern pugilism, containing all the transactions of note, connected with the prize ring, during the years, 1821, 1822, 1823

by John Badcock

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In dedicating the fourth volume of " Boxiana" to Colonel Berkeley, all those who take any interest in the preservation of the National Character, and the promotion of that personal Courage, which has ever been the distinguishing feature in the natives of the United Kingdom, will readily understand why that respected name has been selected to receive the just tribute of our humble dedication. To those who are not yet enlightened, or, as the sporting phrase has it, are not alive to the amusements of the Fancy, or the passing events of the Ring, it would be a waste of words to attempt to inform. The exercises of the Pale and the Pancratium, and the lists of Pythia and Olympia have employed the noblest pens of antiquity:

" Happy he whose glorious brow
Pisa's honoured chaplets crown."

Thus sang the Grecian bard : in after times our great predecessors, the Romans, honoured with statues and public tribute all those of her sons who distinguished themselves in feats of personal activity and courage. Modern refinement has rendered such exhibitions less frequent; and, in proportion as those robust and healthful exercises have declined, and the manly trials of personal skill and courage have been almost discontinued, succeeding ages have suffered in that vigorous boldness of outline and Herculean nerve, which was wont to be the peculiar characteristic of Britons—for Luxury begets Indolence, and Indolence every minor vice. Thence it follows that the national sports of a people cannot be too sacredly guarded, by those who wish to preserve to the country its proverbial character for real generosity, manly feeling, and true courage. To you, Sir, who have on all occasions patronised and promoted those truly English exhibitions it has fallen to my share to illustrate, and who has led the way in the most distinguished circles, among the country gentlemen of England, in the encouragement of British Sports, I have presumed to dedicate this Volume; satisfied that, while I enwreath your name in my work, I am securing to myself the according approbation of every admirer of the Race, the Chase, the Field, and the Ring. That you may long continue to preside over the

ADVERTISEMENT

TO VOL. IV.

ON the publication of a New Volume of Boxiana, the Proprietors take occasion to allude to the change which it has been necessary to make in the Editorship, since the publication of the preceding Volumes. In making this change, they have been induced to avail themselves of the assistance of a gentleman of good practical knowledge and judgement on all points of the subject, whereby they have been enabled to introduce much improvement, both in the plan and execution of the work. With regard to such preceding parts of it as required reprinting, they have not /ailed to correct (by the same Iiand) the errors which had crept in; and this, with similar improvements in the style of elucidation, discernible in the present Volume, must contribute to render the whole work still more acceptable to

BOXIANA,

THE ART OF TRAINING.

INTRODUCTION.

Its Importance In Athletic Contests. Mo-
Ral EFFECTS CONDUCE TO vICTORY. JOCKEYS,
PEDESTRIANS, WRESTLERS, HOW DIFFERING
FROM PUGILISTIC TRAINING. Or THE OLD-
SCHOOL TRAINING AND WRITTEN TREATISES;
COMMON ERROR OF ALl. TRAINING DOWN FAT
AND FLESH; THICK BLOOD AND SLOW. ScUR-
vICAL HABITS, GENERAL OBSERvANCES. Of
TRAINING UPWARDS. CAPTAIN BARCLAY.

A Surject of so much importance as enabling a man
to use his best exertions in any affair that requires
the employment of his greatest capabilities, yet pre-
viously impaired by irregularity, can be of no mean
consideration to the pugilist, who has to contend
against another, possibly more wary and circumspect
than himself in this species of preparation for the
strife. He sees his antagonist stripped, showing the
muscle distinctly, and reflects with despondency at first


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