Royston, ONE, Both Day discussed on Harvard Classics

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When he was taken from them i should take much pains and yet reap but small credit wherefore it shall suffice to have said thus much thereof some of our mastiffs will rage only in the night some are to be tied up both day and night such also as our suffered to go loose about the house and yard are so gentle in the daytime that children may ride on their backs and play with them at their pleasures divers of them likewise are of such jealousy over their master and whosoever of his household that if a stranger to embrace or touch any of them they will fall fiercely upon them onto their extreme mischief. If their fury be not prevented such a one was the dog of nicomedes king. Sometime of boothia who seeing consign the queen to embrace and kiss her husband as they walked together in a garden did tear her all to pieces mauger his resistance and the present aid of such as attended on them. Some of them were over will suffer a stranger to come in and walk about the house or yard where he listed without giving over to follow him but if he put forth his hands to touch anything then will they fly upon them and kill them if they may. I had one myself once which would not suffer any man to bring in his weapon further than my gate. Neither those that were of my house to be touched in his presence. Or if i had beaten any of my children he would gently have essay to catch the rod in his teeth. And take it out of my hand or else plucked down their clothes to save them from the stripes which in my opinion is not unworthy to be noted. The last sort of dogs consisted of the courage kind meat for many toys of which the wep it or procured kerr is one. Some men call them warner's because they are good for nothing else but to bark and give warning when anybody dumpster or lie in wait about the house in the night season surtees. It is impossible to describe these kerr's in any order because they have no one kind proper unto themselves but are confused company mixed of all the rest the second sort of them are called targets. Whose office is not unknown to any and as these are only reserved for this purpose so in many places are mastiffs beside the use which tinkers have of them in carrying their heavy budgets are made to draw water in great wheels of deep wells going much like unto those which are framed for our turn spits as is to be seen at royston where this feat is often practiced.

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