Baiting, a practice derived from the barbarous ages, and one of those amusements which degrade the human character. Thus we hear of the baiting of bulls, or bears, by mastiffs, or bull-dogs with short' noses, that they may . take a firmer hold of their opponents.

Whatever may be urged in jus-tification of lull-lailing, this criminal species of game deserves to be equally condemned, both qn account of its moral and physical tendency. • It was first introduced in England as an amusement, in the reign of King John, about the year 1209, and has been continued to the present day, though the spirit of barbarism has apparently been succeeded by that of refinement.

Scarcely an animal is now killed without being previously baited ; because it is pretended, that the chasing and exercise of the poor brutes, render their flesh more tender and digestible. Although this assertion be partly true, yet, on the other hand, such meat is much disposed to putrefaction, and unless consumed in time, cannot fail to be hurtful to those who possess a weak and indolent stomach. Independently of this consideration, the inhuman practice of bull-baiting ought not to be connived at by magistrates, especially about the metropolis, where butchers are suffered to sport with our lives, by furiously driving cattle in the open day through crowded streets, and particularly in what is called the City Road, where no person on foot can pass and re-pass with safety.