The Fireside Book; A Miscellany Volume 2

The Fireside Book; A Miscellany Volume 2

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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. 1837 edition. Excerpt: ...to Segovia." I left the unfortunate father of a family (for such he evidently was) to make the best bargain he could with honest Jose Gonsalez, and transport his children far from the supposed locus of pestilence at a ruinous expense, only to encounter it on some less hospitable ground. The fugitives, who thought to leave their misfortunes behind them at the gates of Madrid, found themselves sadly out in their reckoning. Nearly 200 Camili s, flying precipitately from their homes, were stopped at the entrances of some of the villages, already alarmed for themselves, and obliged either to return, or seek the means of farther progress through cross roads and other outlets. Many, the great majority, journeyed without provisions, and suffered all the consequences of their imprudence. Others, again, in the attempt to reach Segovia, were detained by the troops posted there. The fonda de San Rafael, at the other side of the Guadarrama, could not accommodate all its visiters; many were of the most distinguished class. They and their servants passed the nights in their carriages, or under awnings clumsily got together. The more venturous effected their passage, through a thousand difficulties, to Leon, or some such remote spot; while others returned to Madrid, despairing to better themselves, and ashamed of the panic which had caused their flight. During the next two days, the appearance of several propios (private couriers) arriving in Madrid excited some surprise, and set the quidnunes of the place guessing their business, which was, at first, supposed to involve some dreadful consequences to the state. The mystery, however, was soon cleared. These messengers had been despatched by the luckless emigrant to their friends or connections whom they had...show more

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  • Paperback | 802 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 40mm | 1,406g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236618505
  • 9781236618504