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with a rifle Extraordinary performances after
LIST OF THE PLATES
TITLE. 1.-" Well done, Neck or Nothing; you
5.-"I wonder whether he is a good timber-
8.- Tally ho! Tally ho!" a new hunter.
11.-On Baronet clears nine yards of water
12. "D-n this hiccup!".
13.-A h-ll of a row in a hell. Mytton
14.-Swims the Severn at Uppington Ferry.
16.-Heron shooting: a cooler after a big
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TITLE. 17.-"A Squire trap, by Jove! A little
18.. -"Now for the honour of Shropshire."
The Shavington Day; a trial of
LIFE AND DEATH
OF THE LATE
JOHN MYTTON, Esq.
OF HALSTON, SHROPSHIRE
FORMERLY M.P. FOR SHREWSBURY; HIGH SHERIFF FOR THE COUNTIES OF SALOP AND MERIONETH, AND MAJOR OF THE NORTH SHROPSHIRE YEOMANRY CAVALRY
"Ubi plura nitent."—HOR.
IT may be unnecessary, perhaps, to go beyond five centuries back for the pedigree of John Mytton. No one, I believe, ever doubted his being quite thoroughbred. In fact, no half-bred one could have done much more than half what he did in the space of his short life; but, as I have before said of him, “nil violentum est perpetuum”—“'tis the pace that kills," and he was no exception to the rule. It having, however, been stated in the newspaper accounts of his decease, that he had represented the ancient borough of Shrewsbury in Par
liament, I shall merely show that, if the ancient relation of his family to a town of which their ancestors had been inhabitants and burgesses upwards of five centuries—in addition to their ample estates in its immediate neighbourhood-still goes for any thing, who had a better right to the honour than he had? Looking back into the history of Shrewsbury, we find the borough to have been thus represented :
A. D. 1373 (reign of Edward III.). Reginold de Mutton (Mutton was the original ame) and Richard de Pontesbury,
1377. Reginold de Mutton and William de Longenolne, members.
1472. Thomas Mutton and John Hord, members. 1491. William Mutton and Lawrence Hosyer,
1520. Edmund Cole and Adam Mutton, members. 1529. Adam Mutton and Robert Dudley, members. 1554. Thomas Mytton (now first so called) and Nicholas Purcell, members.
1690. Richard Mytton and Hon. Andrew Newport, members.
1698. Richard Mytton and John Kynaston, members.