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386                                A STRATEGIC DUELLIST                           chaP
And here and there intoxication too
Concludes the race. Who wins the hat, gets drunk.
Who wins a laurel, mitre, cap, or crown,
Is drunk as he. So Alexander fell,
So Haman, Coesar, Spenser, Wolsey, James.
I find in the Sussex paper for 1792 the following contribution to the history of Burwash : " A Hint to Great and Little Men — Last Thursday morning a butcher and a shopkeeper of Bur-wash, in this County, went into a field near that town, with pistols, to decide a quarrel of long standing between them. The lusty Knight of the Cleaver having made it a practice to insult his antagonist, who is a very little man, the great dis­parity between them in size rendered this the only eligible alternative for the latter. The butcher took care to inform his wife of the intended meeting, in hopes that she would give the Constables timely notice thereof. But the good woman not having felt so deeply interested in his fate as he expected, to make sure, he sent to the Constable himself, and then marched reluctantly to the field, where the little, spirited shopkeeper wras parading with a considerable reserve of ammunition, lest his first fire should not take place. Now the affrighted butcher pro­ceeded slowly to charge his pistols, alternately looking towards the town and his impatient adversary. This man of blood, all pale and trembling, at last began to despair of any friendly interference, wrhen the Constable very seasonably appeared and forbade the duel, to his great joy, and the disappointment of the spectators."
Burwash had another great man of whom it is not very proud. Fuller shall describe him:—" Henry Burwash, so named, saith my AuthorJ (which is enough for my discharge) from Burwash, a Town in this County. He was one of Noble Alliance. And when this is said, all is said to his commendation, being otherwise neither good for Church nor State, Soveraign nor Subjects ; Covetous, Ambitious, Rebellious, Injurious. 1 Weever's Funeral Monuments.
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