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Thomas Assheton Smith (1776-1858) was one of the best known Master of Hounds of his day, continuing to hunt until the end of his long life. He was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford and on leaving the latter was able to devote his energies to fox-hunting. In 1806 he succeeded Lord Foley as Master of the Quorn in Leicestershire over which he reigned until 1816 and from 1816-23 was Master of the Burton Hounds in Lincolnshire. He then hunted with the Craven and New Forest and in 1826 returned to his native Hampshire where he established a pack and began hunting in the country vicinity of Andover. Following the death of his father in 1828 he became squire of Tedworth, taking over Tedworth Hall which he restored and enlarged, and from that date the future of the Tedworth Hunt was assured. Upon his death his widow presented his hounds to the country. This book was first published in 1843 and is reprinted from an edition of 1920. Illustrated throughout.