Letters of Marque
Notes by Brigadier A. Mason, M.C., R.E. for the ORG, with minor additions and amendments by David Page.
[Oct 11 2011]
Shows the Charm of Rajputana and of Jeypore, the City of the Globe-trotter. Of its Founder and its Embellishment. Explains the Use and Destiny of the Stud-bred, and fails to explain Many More Important Matters
The animals most liked [on State occasions] are the stallions of Marwar or Kathiawar. White horses with pink points, and leopard spotted beasts are much admired, especially when they have pink Roman noses and light coloured eyes with an uncanny expression. Their crippled, highly arched necks, curby hocks, rocking gait, and paralytic prancing often proclaim them as triumphs of training.
Elaborately-ordered curvettings, side movements like those of Western riding-schools, and progress by slow springs or bounds, are also practised. From old pictures it is evident that the last was an admired action of the European manège.[Page 15, line 20] Tartarin of Tarascon Tartarin was the hero of a novel by Alphonse Daudet (1840-1897). The town of Tarascon is about 12 miles south-west of Avignon in the Bouches du Rhone Department of Southern France. (See also Chapter V, page 35, line 23).
If you go to the house of an Indian gentleman now, he does not say, “Bring more curricles,” like the famous Nabob of Stanstead Park.Then in Chapter LII:
"A few of the Indians were in society in my time, my dear," says Lady Kew, musingly. "My father has often talked to me about Barwell of Stanstead, and his house in St. James's Square; the man who ordered more curricles when there were not carriages enough for his guests."The original remark has been attributed to Richard Barwell (1741-1804), an East India Company employee and friend of Warren Hastings (1732-1818), who bought Stansted House in west Sussex in 1781.