Excerpt from Jones of the 64th: A Tale of the Battles of Assaye and Laswaree
IT was late in the afternoon Of a lovely summer's day in the year of grace 1798, and all the world and his wife were abroad, taking advantage of the brilliant 'weather, for it had rained heavily for a week past, and the country side had been ﬂooded. But another cause had brought the people from their homes to the town of Winchester, for it was market day, the weekly day for sales, when farmers gathered at the square, having driven in their sheep or cattle from miles around, while the horse breeders had come in with their droves of animals, many of them having spent the previous night on the road. And in consequence the pleasant town of Winchester wore a gay appearance. The market square was thronged to overﬂowing, while within the space of a few yards one could see such a medley of beings that the caused any stranger to pause and wonder. Standing perhaps in some retired corner watching the crowd.
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