Excerpt from The Fox-Hunters Guide: Containing the Places of Meeting of Seventy of the Principal Hunts in England and Wales
The Editor was induced to undertake the compilation of the following work from upwards of twenty-five years experience of the difficulty that besets a S... portsman in finding the exact locality of, and nearest route to, the Fixtures, when inclined to visit a Hunt in which he is a. Stranger, and for the convenience also of those who are only partially acquainted with the country in which they may be sojourning. The temptation to try the pace of other Hounds than those we have been accustomed to has not been diminished by the development of Railways. On the contrary, the facilities they offer to forward horses into the heart of the best Hunting Countries are readily accepted, and to Railways is in some measure to be charged the necessity of a Work of this nature.
Imagine a lover of the Noble Science from the North established at his Inn in some term incognita of the West. He finds the Fixture of the day, and applies to those about him for a description of the locality. Perhaps he gets it, perhaps he does not, or he may succeed in realising only a certain amount of information. With that he goes on his way, but the description is so bad, and the directions so devious and uncertain, that he soon doubts whether he is pursuing the nearest route, and lost time, and lest temper.
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