Anthony Trollope (1815-1882), The American Senator
, Part III, Chapter X:
"I can't understand," said Glomax, "how any man can be considered a good fellow as a country gentleman who does not care for sport. Just look at it all round. Suppose others were like him what would become of us all?"
"Yes indeed, what would become of us?" asked the two Botseys in a breath.
"Ho'd 'ire our 'orses, Runciman?" suggested Harry Stubbings with a laugh.
"Think what England would be!" said the Captain. "When I hear of a country gentleman sticking to books and all that, I feel that the glory is departing from the land."
"Sport" here is fox hunting.