16th April 1825

Took a walk in the field a birds nesting & botanizing & had like to have been taken up as a poacher in Hilly wood by a meddlesome conseited keeper belonging to Sir John Trollop he swore that he had seen me in act more than once of shooting game when I never shot even so much as a sparrow in my life — what terrifying rascals these woodkeepers & game-keepers are they make a prison of the forrests & are its gaolers

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