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mischief; be brought on, in spite of all TIERNEY and I could do, the question of Peace or War last night, and after two rambling, rumbling speeches, had the question decided against the EMPEROR by a majority of four to one. Some of what are called here the most respectable of the Opposition, such as ELLIOT, GRATTAN, CALVERT, FRANKLAND LEWIS, &c. &c. voted against us. Our respectable men are all damn'd obstinate blockheads; we had, however, on the other hand, Sir HENRY MONTGOMERY, a new hand, and Mr. SwAN, an old one. I should mention to you that Mr. DOUGLAS, who visited the EMPEROR at Elba, has had the audacity to say, that the more he knew of the EMPEROR the less he was inclined to trust him. We thought we had him sure; but you see you must not reckon on any Englishman who has the least understanding. Mother Wit is always sure to go astray with us. Lord ALTHORPE, who spoke last night, is quite another sort of man, very thick and steady. Once more, adieu-and once more I embrace Madame.”
April 20, 1815. THE annals of pugilism have rarely recorded a more interesting combat than that which was fought near Westminster-bridge, on Monday, the 10th inst. between those noted candidates for pugilistic fame, Bob Stewart, otherwise Bit of Blue, and Sam the brewer. The challenge was sent by Sam, and as he had given notice of the fight some days before, the fancy mustered very strong.-Tom Wood+ was second to Bob; bottle-holder, Brother Hiley. Will Martin officiated for Sam; bottle-holder, Joe Barham.
The combatants fought in an oval ring, about 30
* See parliamentary debates of this date for a sharp discussion between Lord Castlereagh and Mr. Whitbread.-E.
+ Tho. Wood, Esq. M. P. for Brecon, Lord Castlereagh's brother-in-law.
The Right Honourable Hiley Addingt on, M. P. for Ipswich. § J. Barham, Esq. M.P. for Stockbridge.
feet by 10, which was surrounded by six or seven rows of seats, rising one above the other, and filled with amateurs of the first distinction. The battle lasted five hours and three quarters-but the combatants were in such excellent wind and training, that they never waited to take breath; and it can hardly be said that there were more than three or at the most four rounds. Odds at setting-to four and five to one in favour of the Irishman.
Commenced at a quarter before five. The ring having been cleared by Serjeant Seymour.*
1st Round. No sparring-Sam set-to without much ceremony. He made three or four lounging hits at Bob's head; but it was evident that he misjudged his distance terribly. Sam acted in this round quite on the offensive, though he shifted his
H. Seymour, Esq. Serjeant at Arms.
ground constantly, and
away to the right and left. round, he lost his temper, tried a cross-buttock, but failed-and after an irregular struggle, was thrown on his back against the ropes.
2d Round. In this round the Irishman shewed himself a flash man, and as cool and determined a pugilist as was ever pitted: he sparred cautiously at first, parried all Sam's hits with much dexterity, and punished him about the head and body with the greatest good humour.-Sam seemed uneasy at this treatment: and at length Bob took compassion on him, and planted a left-handed facer on Sam's jaw, which floored him, and put an end to the round. -Lombard-street to a China-orange against Sam.
3d Round. Sam rallied, and sprang on his legs with much gaiety; his wind seemed untouched, and his jaw stronger than ever: he affected to make play, but the Irishman smiled with confidence. Sam tried to pink him below the waist: loud cries
threw a good many hits Towards the end of the
of" foul, foul," which Sam disregarded, and the battle went on, until the Irishman fibbed him severely, and Sam's friends took him out of the ring.
It was evident throughout the whole of the battle to the cognoscenti that Sam had no chance. He hit at random, and more than once pinked Brother Hiley the Bottle-holder, instead of aiming his blows right at the Irishman. Sam is a glutton, but has no more science than Ikey Pig. He has gained an easy victory over some provincial novices at the fairs at Bedford, and thinks he can contend with tip-top Professors. Immediately after the battle, Bob threw a summerset, and appeared as gay as ever. It is about sixteen years since Bob first appeared on the stage in his own country, and he was then thought a very promising plant.