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[377] ten, and which has been commemorated in a most classical way, was that of Chantrey, the sculptor. He killed two woodcocks at one shot,—a thing not known in the memory of man in these parts; and Lord Leicester was so delighted that he vowed that Chantrey must make a monument of his own achievement. A beautiful marble tablet adorns the library, on which are two woodcocks falling together,—the offering of the sportsman and the sculptor to his noble host. Inscriptions for this tablet came in from various quarters, and I have derived so much pleasure from them that I send you some which I have copied on the spot. From these you may catch an idea of the ‘diversions’ of Holkham. The idea that was sought to be expressed was that the sculptor and the sportsman were one and the same, and Chantrey further wished that his name should appear in the inscriptions. Several, you will see, are faulty in this last respect. As none seemed to satisfy the sculptor entirely, he finally put on the tablet a simple prose inscription, which is quite well expressed: ‘Two woodcocks killed at Holkham, Novr: 1830, by Francis Chantrey, sculptor, at one shot; presented to Thos. Wm. Coke, Esq.r 1834.’ There is a space, however, on the marble for the addition of an inscription, if they should ever get one that suited. If you and Felton will write inscriptions, I will most gladly send them to Lord Leicester; indeed, I should like to make such a contribution. I was asked to offer some of my own; but I never wrote Greek or English verses, and my Latin would not flow very smoothly now.1

Vixerunt, vivunt, O vis quanta entis! eadem
Ad vitam reduces qua periere manu!

Mr. Children, F. R.S.

This last is quite epigrammatic.

We fled from Norway o'er the German wave,
And pilgrims here we found an early grave;
Hard fate was ours; for here, at Holkham farm,
We deem'd the stranger had been safe from harm.
But Heav'n consol'd us with our victor's name,
And he that slew us gave us deathless fame!

W. G. Cookesley, a Master at Eton.

I like the versification of these very much.

Let passing sportsmen hail the favor'd spot
Where fell two woodcocks at a single shot;
Fell by a hand for different deeds more known,
Imparting grace and breath to shapeless stone.
Once more he bids them die, and once again
Start into life, demanding to be slain.
Master of either art, this vase to fame,
Chantrey! shall give thy chisel and thine aim.

Very good.


1 The inscriptions have been printed in ‘Winged Words on Chantrey's Woodcocks,’ edited by James Patrick Muirhead, M. A., with etchings. London: John Murray. 1857. A copy of the volume is in the Boston Public Library. Only a few of the seventeen, as copied by Sumner, are given here; in some instances they differ from Mr. Muirhead's version.

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