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<p>The game of "Base Ball" is itemized among a footnoted list of additional amusements for young children in a book devoted to their education: "A few others, old-fashioned, it is true, but ever interesting to childhood, may be added. Blind man's buff; Puss in the corner; Questions and Commands; Forfeits; My Lady's Toilette; Hunt the Slipper; Prison Bars; Base Ball; Hide and Seek; Cross Questions; and Riddles; but these last should be selected with great care for tender and innocent minds.”</p>  +
<p>"Base ball" again was one of the attractions advertised to take place at the Knowl-hill (sic) (Berkshire) recreations: "The Knowl-hill Yearly Recreations will take place on Whit Tuesday, when the lovers of sport will find ample amusement. To commence with a Cricket Match, at 9 o'clock, for ribbons; Base Ball for ditto; Donkey Racing, Running in Sacks, Gingling (sic), Dipping for Eels, Climbing for a Hat, Bowling for a Cheese; a Female Race for a new Gown-piece, and a variety of other Amusements."</p>  +
<p>Reference to a game of "Base-Ball" in the satirical novel The Card, written by John Kidgell, a clergyman, but published anonymously: "…the younger Part of the Family…retired to an interrupted Party at Base-Ball, (an infant Game, which as it advances in its Teens, improves into Fives, and in its State of Manhood, is called Tennis.)"</p>  +
<p>"Base-Ball" is the title of a page in a children's book that also bears an illustration showing three youths (one holding a ball), and two bases. No bat is shown. A short poem follows: "The Ball once struck off, Away flies the Boy, To the next destin'd Post, And then Home with Joy."</p>  +
<p>Use of the term "base-ball" in a physics text tailored toward female students. In the book, a student named Emily offers an example to explain the principle of inertia: "In playing at base-ball I am obliged to use my strength to give a rapid motion to the ball; and when I have to catch it, I am sure I feel the resistance it makes to being stopped."</p>  +
<p>"Base-ball" is mentioned in a story entitled "Robert Wilmot" published as part of a book of similar juvenile stories: "After this they were rather at a loss for a game. They had played at base-ball and leap-frog; and rival coaches, with six horses at full speed, and had been driven several times around the garden, to the imminent risk of box-edgings and the corners of flowerbeds: what were they to do next?"</p>  +
<p>A letter from Mary Lepel (Lady Hervey) of Ickworth Hall, Suffolk, to Rev. Edmund Morris of Hampshire mentions "base-ball" being played in London by the family of Frederick, Prince of Wales: "…in a large room they divert themselves at Base-ball, a play all who are or have been schoolboys are well acquainted with; the Ladys (sic) as well as Gentlemen join in this amusement..."</p>  +
<p>"Baste Balling" was listed in a newspaper notice as one of the diversions to be offered at the annual celebration of Whitsuntide in the village of Knowl Hill in Berkshire: "Whitsuntide Amusements...There will be a Cricket Match, at the Seven Stars, Knowl Hill, on Whit-Tuesday; wickets to be pitched at eleven o'clock.--Donkey Racing, Baste Balling for Ribbons, and a great variety of other amusements."</p>  +
<p>Seven-page description of a game called "Ball mit Freystäten (oder das englische Base-ball)" in a German book on games and sports. This is the earliest description of a game called baseball and it details the familiar elements of pitching batting, base running and fielding.</p>  +
<p>A glossary of "lingual localisms" used in the English county of Suffolk names "Base-ball" among a long list of local games: "We have…a great variety of games, active and sedentary…Omitting games so universal as Cricket, Leap-frog, Marbles, etc., we have...Bandy, Bandy-wicket, Base-ball, Bandy-ball, Bubble-hole...Foot ball, Hocky (sic)..." and so on.</p>  +
<p>“Ball bias” was played at a treat for children belonging to the Hastings Juvenile Temple of Good Templars of Hastings, East Sussex. “They mustered at the Temperance Hall, Castle-road, in the afternoon, and forming in order of procession, marched with banners flying to their destination, which being reached the children amused themselves with various sports, such as running, swinging, ball bias, &c.”</p>  +
<p>“Ball bias” was one of the amusements offered at an outing to nearby Fairlight Glen for high school students and friends of the St. Leonards School, of St. Leonards, East Sussex. “On arriving at their journey's end, various amusements, such as croquet, ball bias, and &c., were indulged in, and the refreshments, which had been taken in a van, were done full justice to.”</p>  +
<p>Following an unusual incident, the game “ball bias” was played at the annual outing to the nearby town of Battle (where the Battle of Hastings was fought) by children attending the St. Leonards Congregational Sunday Schools of St. Leonards, East Sussex. “We soon arrive...and the youngsters make a rush for the meadows. In one of these the hay has only just been cut, and here a large number of adults, as well as juveniles, amuse themselves for the space of two hours, when two gentlemen in blue make their appearance, and the party is requested—of course, in the politest manner possible—to adjourn to the next field. Why the police should be sent to do this we cannot imagine; but, surely, as the request of any other person would have been acceeded (sic) to with as much cordiality, it would have been better not to have brought the police into the question. Other games were then resorted to—cricket, 'tagger,' swinging, and ball bias.”</p>  +
<p>“Ball-bias” was among the games enjoyed by members of the Band of Hope of the town of Wadhurst, East Sussex, on their annual treat. A newspaper reported that after a rainstorm had passed the children began their organized amusements. “The boys' races were exceedingly well contested, and the three-legged races, sack races, and obstacle races caused a great deal of merriment. The visitors and elder children appeared to enjoy themselves immensely with French tag, ball-bias, the jolly miller, and other games, while many swings and see-saws were in constant requisition.”</p>  +
<p>“Ball bias” was among the games enjoyed at the annual treat for children attending the Sunday School of the Robertson-street Congregational Chapel of Hastings, East Sussex. The scholars, to the number of about 500, assembled at the schools early in the afternoon, and marched to the valley under the guidance of the teachers. On their arrival they were dismissed and indulged in a variety of games, such as cricket, ball bias, swinging, racing, &c., till four o'clock when they were summoned for tea.”</p>  +
<p>A newspaper reported that “ball bias” was among the games played at the annual excursion of the Young Men's Christian Institute affiliated with the Congregational Chapel of Hastings, East Sussex. The members of the society choose the small village of Sedlescombe for their outing, traveling by train or by waggonette. “When the party arrived at their rendezvous, cricket, ball bias, and other games were immediately entered into with great spirit, and carried on up till five o'clock, when tea was partaken of in a large marquee in a field.”</p>  +
<p>A newspaper described that ”ball-bias” was played as part of a huge festival staged in Hastings, East Sussex, celebrating the end of the Crimean War: "There were scrambling for nuts, marbles, &c., and racing amongst the girls as well as boys for toys, footballs were bounding all over the hill, blindman's buff engaged one circle, and drop-handkerchief excited some interest in others, while ball-bias (see note) and other games engaged the attention of the rest."</p>  +
<p>“Ball bias” was one of the games played at the annual festival of the Wesleyan Sunday School of Tunbridge Wells, Kent: “The children to the number of 120 assembled with their teachers at the school, and thence proceeded straight to the play grounds just mentioned, the procession being adorned by a goodly number of beautiful banners. Cricket, ball bias, racing, &c. were engaged in till about five, when the scholars were assembled in the booth, and had tea, cake, &c., after which they resumed play till dusk.”</p>  +
<p>“Ball-bias” was one of the games enjoyed by 200 children at the annual treat for students of the Wesleyan Chapel Sunday Schools of Goudhurst, a village in Kent near the Sussex border. A newspaper reported that “the amusements provided for the children included swinging, cricket, the tug of war, ball-bias, bat, trap and ball, and some of the children of a larger growth amused themselves and the bystanders by playing French tag, &c.”</p>  +
<p>A game of “ball bias” was among the entertainments offered to a gathering of as many as 500 people at the annual Church Festival in West Malling, Kent. Following a church service and the consumption of a lavish meal, a newspaper reported that “amusements of various kinds, the Rifle Band (39th Kent), singing, croquet, trap bat, ball bias, promenading, &c., were enjoyed and carried on by various parties with much spirit until dusk.”</p>  +