Memoirs of Mr. Matthias D'Amour [By P. Rodgers], Volume 1

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 118 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. 1836. Excerpt: ... CHAP. XVII. I Airivj! in London--Interview with th Dmhess.--Meeting with fellow-servants at Gordon Castle.--Black swine.--My wife becomes town housekeeper.--Cause of final separation from the Duchess's establishment Settlement at Retford Commence the coal trade.--My success.--Cause of my giving it up after following it seven years.--Removal to Sheffield--Open an eating house.--Finally give up allbusiness.--Concluding reflections on my history. ""Tis midnight, Charles, Pary thee to bed" Henry Vim. In a few days I took coach for London. When I arrived at St. James's Square, the family were on the eve of departure for the north. The morning after my arrival, I was about to present myself to the Duchess; Lady Susan first saw me, and exclaimed, (her Grace being in an adjoining room) Mamma, Mr. D'Amour! The Duchess immediately came in, but I was so much affected, that I could not utter one word; and after repeated efforts, I was actually under the necessity of withdrawing, merely making my obedience to her Grace. The next tima I appeared before her I was little better; standing, however, for a few moments, I rallied ray spirits by a great effort, and managed to say, --" I feel myself highly honoured, in being deemed worthy once again to wait upon your Grace." Her Grace, I will take the liberty of saying, was not unmoved herself, and her answer was, --" D'Amour, it seems now as though you had never been absent; things appear just as they used to be!" Most of the servants had already set off for Gordon Castle. We soon followed, and the morning after we got there they all crowded around me, with kind looks and hearty welcomes. One of the first questions I was asked was, --" What have you done with your black swine?' I was prepared for the question. I told them ...

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