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Bay or red horses occur most frequently on Egyptian painted monuments, this being the colour of the Arabian stock; but white horses are also common, and in a few instances black-the last possibly only to relieve the paler colour of the one beside it in the picture. There is also said to be an instance of a spotted pair, tending to show that the valley of the Nile was originally supplied with horses (probably painted), from foreign sources and distinct regions, as, indeed, the tribute pictures further attests.
Russell tells us that already in his time Aleppo, famous for horses in former times, was no longer so, the breed having degenerated through neglect. There were still, however, some valuable horses to be found in the possession of the wealthy classes. The Turkman horses being of a larger size and a stronger make, are preferred by the Osmanlis to the Arab horses. The Arab horses are of a more slender make, beautifully limbed, more hardy, and reckoned much fleeter. The Arabs, Russell adds, are no more to be trusted in matters of horses than the horse dealers of other countries. Niebuhr has given some account of the celebrated Kohlani race of horses, and Arabs may be found to swear in the Teskar, or attestation, of the genealogy obtained at the Mahkamy, to an immaculate descent from any particular race that may be desired.
It is well known that the Turkish regular cavalry is daily degenerating throughout the empire. The Turkish government has unwisely neglected a branch of their national armies, to which they owed most of their victories, and at one time, their superiority over all their neighbours. The abolition of the Spahilikis and other military tenures, has contributed much to this result, and has led to the deterioration of that excellent breed of horses which once distinguished the Ottoman light cavalry. No effort is now made by the government to keep up the race, and as to the Bashi Buzuks and other irregular cavalry, their scanty pay is not sufficient to allow them to procure even second-rate animals.
The Bedwins divide their thorough-breds into five races, descended, as some declare, from the favourite mares of the Prophet. The names, however, of these breeds vary amongst different tribes. According to Burckhardt the five are, the Taneyse, Manokia, Koheyleh, Saklawi, and Julfa. He probably received these names from the Arabs of the Hedjaz, who are not less acquainted with the breeds of horses, than the Shanmar or Mesopotamian, and the Anezeh or Aneyza or Syrian Bed wins.
It appears, however, from Mr. Layard's account, that Suttum, Sheikh of the Boraij, one of the principal branchers of the Shammar, or Mesopotamian Arabs, and who, he says, was better acquainted with the history and traditions of the Bedwins than almost any
Arab he ever met, described them as all derived from one original stock, the Koheyleh, which in course of time was divided, after the names of celebrated mares into the following five branches: Obeyan, Sherakh, Hedba Zayhi, Manekia Hedrehji, Shouaymah, Sablah, and Margúrb. These from the Kamse, or the five breeds, from which alone entire horses are selected to propagate the race.
From the Kamse bave sprung a number of families, no less noble, perhaps, than the original five, but they do not stand in the same high repute. The same writer enters at length into details concerning the Arab horses, in his Nin. and Babyl. p. 527 et seq.
THE LATEST FACTS ABOUT BACON.
THERE are some records also of Bacon's career outside the Star Chamber. He did real service to his sovereign and his country by his endeavour to promote the union of England and Scotland; and Hume has compared the speeches of the monarch and his minister with a show of that favour with which he was wont to look upon James the First. In Lord Mostyn's valuable collection there is the speech of Sir Francis Bacon "concerning the generall naturalizacon of the Scottish nation, anno 5 Jacobi," which Mr. Spedding has printed, together with other documents relating to this period, in his tenth volume.
But the political actions of Bacon were not always of a beneficial nature, any more than his official. It seems perfectly consis. tent to read in his history of Henry that "enclosures at that time began to be more frequent and this bred a decay of people, and, by consequence, a decay of towns, churches, tithes and the like," and that "in remedying of this incovenience the king's wisdom was admirable, and the parliament's at that time "--that is to say, by the promulgation of an ordinance by which lands devoted to husbandry should be maintained and kept up for ever-and then to turn to an earlier portion of his career, where he introduced two bills against enclosures in Elizabeth's parliament of 1597-8, and spoke warmly in their favour.* But what becomes of this consistency when we hear that he was appointed by letters patent, dated 19th May, 1615, with Sir Henry Yelverton and others, a commissioner "for contracting and compounding with lords of manors for grants of license to enclose and empark lands, and for liberty of free warren." It seems, indeed, that he constantly hid himself behind his duty to his sovereign, and it is to some such acts as these concerning the occupation of land, when the dissolution of the monasteries brought about such a revolution in the system of landholding, that we are now approaching so nearly a grave political question which has called forth from the Govern. ment Statistical Department our modern Doomsday Book.
What the nature of this "contracting and compounding" was the reports do not tell us, but it seems to point without much difficulty to the raising of money. James had parted with his ParliaMr. Spedding has published his speech: vol. ix., page 82. House of Lords Papers, 3rd report, page 15.
ment in June of the preceding year with great indignation, and with no supplies. It was therefore a matter of importance to introduce every means to raise money; and patents and benevolences were vigorously used. At a former period of his reign, when the same difficulty as to money had arisen, we have a document from the Duke of Northumberland's collection which illustrates another
mode of putting funds in the Exchequer. "Sir Francis Bacon, the Solicitor General, signified to the Lords that the commissioners for causes ecclesiastical in the time of Elizabeth imposed two several fines to her Majesty's use, amounting in all to £150, upon John Bisse, of Pegledge, for his notorious adultery: statement of further proceedings in the matter . . . . . the lords of the council, after mature advisement, had, and for a perpetual settling of his Majesty's jurisdiction, authorities, superiorities, and pre-eminences, spiritual and ecclesiastical, decreed that the plea in question shall be cessated and pronounced void in law, and the parties thereunto against the king shall be condemned in costs, and the same fines levied with all convenient speed; and that Sir Francis Bacon shall, nevertheless, make a general argument for his Highness's jurisdiction in all cases ecclesiastical whatsoever."*
We get an insight, by such documents as these, into the manner that Bacon took up the cudgels for the court in its fight for divine right. In 1610 the Commons had striven ineffectually to obtain some of the advantages of the abolition of the Papal power which they felt was, under the show of religion. gradually making advances to usurp the whole civil power (Hume). But Henry VIII., in overthrowing the Pope's authority in England, had appropriated it to himself; Elizabeth regained it from her Romish sister; and James was not the man to let such an arm of his power pass away unheedingly. The Lords defended the barrier of the throne, and twice rejected the bill of the Commons. Closely following upon these transactions is the case against William Talbot in the Star Chamber.† Bacon's charge in this matter is to be found among the collections of the Duke of Devonshire (III. 43), and Lieut.-Col. Carew (IV. 374), but his speech seems little in accordance with the spirit of his pamphlet on church matters, written towards the end of 1603.
Among the documents referring to Bacon, which it is convenient to mention now, is one which will show his action during that memorable episode of Irish history, known as "the plantation of Ulster," and the subsequent calling together of the Irish Parliament, after a recess of twenty-five years. No wonder that the
* This bears date, Feb., 28, 1612-3, vide, iii. 61.
† Mr. Spedding, vol. xii.
meeting was tumultuous, and that James's first Irish Parliament was prorogued without transacting any business whatever! The document referring to this is among the Carew manuscripts. It is the "Charge of the Partie Parliament in Ireland which brake and receded from Parliament then assembled, and after came over to justify and excuse the same, by Sir Francis Bacon, S.G., before his Majesty in Council, when the delinquents were convented."*
There are also the following papers which do not call for any particular placement, but are noticed with reference to Mr. Spedding's splendid collection. "The cause of the Marches of Wales: argument of Sir F. Bacon in maintaining the council of the marches over the four shires. The effect of the argument of Serjeants Hutton and Harris in opposition and reply to Sir F. Bacon. Andthe third and last argument of Bacon."† A breviate of Sir F. Bacon's information of intrusion against Walter Myers and others for cottages built upon Pickering, Nash, and Sampthore in Redrith, Surrey, dated October, 1666. The judgment of Sir Francis Bacon, Lord Verulam, ocncerning the manor of Cranborne dated May 22, 1617.§ A letter from Francis Verulam, Chancellor, to Dr. Corbett, Master of Trinity Hall, Cambridge dated July 12, 1620, as to a lease of lands in Moulton. Letter to Buckingham, dated 1619, Nov. 13,-news, Lord and Lady Suffolk fined £40,000 and imprisoned-Bingely fined £2000 and sent to the Fleet - Sir Edward Cook did his best and he (Bacon) never heard him do better. T
We now have to refer more especially to the time when he was sworn a member of the Privy Council in 1666, became Lord Keeper in the following year, and in 1618 Lord Chancellor. Among the documents relating to this period is a council letter, signed Fr. Bacon and dated 1617, directing inquiries about the decay of cloth manufactures in Somersetshire." ** Another case, which bears reference to the trade of this period, is from a letter of Bacon's dated Nov. 24, 1617, in the collection of the Honourable G. M. Fortescue of Dropmore, Maidenhead, recommending "the king to buy up Sir R. Houghton's alum works, but not to use them." This letter of itself is almost unexplai nable, but in conjunction with a later one of the same collection it tends to show the position of Bacon in the matter. On July 20 1620,++ Lord Suffield writing to the Marquis of Buckingham, complains of harsh treatment from the
+ Marquis of Westminster's Mss., iii. 214. Spedding, vol. vii. See also the Carlisle Cathedral Mss., ii. 122, on "The Laws of Marches."
Marquis of Salisbury's Mss., iii. 179. $ Ibid. ii. 122. ¶ iii. 196. ** Phelip's Mss., i. 57. Vide "Craik's British Commerce Book," ii., ++ The reporter queries this year.
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