Eyre's Acquittal Volume 1

Eyre's Acquittal Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ...only of a partial kind. The writer said her son had joined the--th Foot (against her most urgent entreaties) in the thick of the Crimean War, that his name had never appeared among the list of killed or wounded, nor had his effects been forwarded to her; though on inquiry at the War Office, she elicited the fact that he had returned to England invalided at the close of the war. But home he had never come, and she feared some brain-injury had kept him apart from her, or that he had fallen into bad hands, for he was said to have had a large sum of ready money in his possession when he sailed. The mother went on to say that having seen in a newspaper an allusion to Mr. Eyre's return with the body of the late Lord Lovel, who had joined the regiment about the same time "as her son (she was able to fix the date by a letter from her boy), she ventured to write and ask if Mr. Eyre had seen or knew anything of him, the Colonel and more than half the officers being dead, and the remainder now in India. She added that he was twenty-six years of age, tall, fair, and blue-eyed--her only son, and she a widow. His Christian name was Francis. Mr.Eyre's memory was accurate, and he remembered Colonel Lindsay's mentioning young Methuen, and also some odd words that had escaped him in dying; but these he did not think worth repeating to the poor lady when he wrote to tell her that he had no knowledge of her son. He received a more memorable letter some weeks later, perhaps the longest one that bluff sailor Captain Pye ever wrote. He said he had stopped two days on his outward passage at the port Mr. Eyre would have visited, and had spent his whole time in making inquiries about Hester Clarke. Several people remembered her landing, as...
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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236794141
  • 9781236794147