Miscellaneous Tales, Original and Select, in Prose and Verse

Miscellaneous Tales, Original and Select, in Prose and Verse

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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. 1833 edition. Excerpt: ...English surgeon, to be near the spot, should his valuable professional services be required. " Having/' said I, "a full hour to spare before the terrible meeting, suppose we take a tiffen and bottle of cool claret;" for I thought it not unlikely we should require it before we reached that tremendous height--the " Old Fort, '--in mid-day, under the influence of a broiling hot sun, as well as to cool the choler of Master Humphries, which I foresaw would be not a little ruffled when he discovered the trick I had played upon him. While partaking our repast, Captain Mackintosh was announced, to whom the challenge was shown. " O it is some mistake," he observed; " it must be, depend upon it." " Mistake!" reiterated Humphries; " a queer sort of a mistake, I guess--why there is his Commandantship's letter--mistake, and be d d to him!' Mackintosh expressed his regret matters had gone so far; and bidding us farewell, took his departure--to go, not to his hotel, as I presumed, but to the Government house, as the sequel of my story will explain. Having consumed between us some quantity of kid-chops, and dispatched two bottles of claret, off we started to attend the fatal meeting. I could not but help laughing to see my gallant friend fully equipped in his hussar dress, " booted and spurred, and ready for the fight.' We had just obtained the opposite shore of the bay, when our ears were saluted with cries issuing from the Government-house of " Monsieur Humphries--Monsieur Gray,"--and at the same moment a servant approached, politely informing us that his Excellency the Governor requested to speak with us. " Now," thought I, " the game is up, and what the devil am I to do?"--To use the phrase of a German cousin, " mine heart vas in mine breeches." I had no time...show more

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  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123665661X
  • 9781236656612