A Residence in the West Indies and America; With a Narrative of the Expedition to the Island of Walcheren

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 162 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1834. Excerpt: ... Embarkation of the Troops--Meeting with a Schoolfellow--Effects of Drinking--The Fleet ascends the Scheldt--Dangerous Situation of the Carron Brig--View of Antwerp--Quarters at West Capell--Duck Shooting--Comparison between the Females of England and those of the Continent--Recall of the Earl of Chatham, and Investigation--Sir George Don's Plan of Defence--Ludicrous Sbam Fight--Invitation from the Earl of Dalhousie--Dutch Waggon--Duties with Lord Dalhousie--Town of Middelburg--Mortality among the Troops--Destruction of the Dockyard of Flushing--Evacuation of Walcheren--Lord Dalhousie's Residence near Hastings--Conclusion. On the 21st of August we marched to a place at a short distance from the town, called Ramakin, where Captain Rowan's and my company embarked on board the Carron transport, and were doomed to lie four days at anchor in this miserable collier brig, which hardly allowed space sufficient to move on her crowded deck. We found a wonderful difference in point of comfort between this vessel and the Revenge. Only half of our officers and men could be permitted to go below at the same time, as there was not space sufficient to breathe in. One morning, whilst pacing the deck of our miserable brig, I observed another equally uncomfortable-looking transport lying close to us, with some cavalry on board. A young man in the uniform of the 12th Light Dragoons, who was walking his own deck, now struck me as bearing a strong resemblance to an old and dearly esteemed friend and schoolfellow. It was he himself, and I immediately hailed him. My. call attracted his attention, and in a few moments he inquired, "Who the devil are you?" in answer to which I mentioned my name. In an instant his boat was pulled up alongside, and almost as quick as thought I saw hi...

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