01 – Frontispiece 1819
Description‘Family Annals by Road and Rail, By Flood and Field’ By Samuel Tuke Richardson Of Darlington c.1890 ‘The horse George who frequently figures in these pages must have been altogether a very remarkable animal, also an extremely diabolical character & the marvel is that my father never fell a victim to his little peculiarities. His beginning & end as far as my father had to do with him were a little curious. He was bought at a fair by the coachman of Edward Backhouse of Sunderland, but in coming home fell down & marked both his knees which when E.B. saw he declined to have anything to do with the animal my father being present had taken a great fancy to the horse & offered £15 for him which was accepted & as his knees soon got all right he had decidedly the best of the bargain. He was an immensely powerful horse standing about 15 hands high on very short legs with an immense neck & very small head, a stamp of horse you never meet with in the present day, added to which he was very fast & a very big jumper & terribly fond of hunting insomuch that if he heard the hounds whilst in the stable he would sweat profusely & entirely decline to eat. He was not to be trusted in the stable or out of it for that matter many men dare not go near him as they said he grinned at them, no doubt meant grimaced. His end was as equivocal as his life had been after keeping him for about 10 years my father meant him to be sold & whilst he was away from home he was taken to a fair perhaps Durham, but somehow my father never got anything for him or could hear anything about him & it was generally rumoured that a certain black gentleman had stepped forward or claimed his own’.
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