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A WAGER
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to the Earl of Anglesey), once lived at Haremere Hall, near by. As we have seen, the First Gentleman in Europe visited him there, and it was there one day, that, in default of other quarry, Sir John's gamekeeper only being able to produce a solitary pheasant, the Prince and his host shot ten geese as they swam across a pond, and laid them at the feet of Lady Lade. Sir
Shoyswell, near Ticehurst.
John was the hero of the following exploit, recorded in the press in October, 1795 :"A curious circumstance occurred at Brighton on Monday se'nnight. Sir John Lade, for a trifling wager, undertook to carry Lord Cholmondeley on his back, from opposite the Pavilion twice round the Steine. Several ladies attended to be spectators of this extraordinary feat of the dwarf carrying the giant. When His Lordship declared himself ready, Sir John desired him to strip. ' Strip !' exclaimed the other ; ' why surely you promised to carry me in my clothes !' 1 By no means,' replied the Baronet; ' I engaged to carry you, but not an inch of clothes. So, therefore, My Lord, make
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