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Military Memoirs Of Capt. George Carleton - Part 6 Military Memoirs Of Capt. George Carleton - Part 6

Military Memoirs Of Capt. George Carleton - Part 6
Scarce a Day pass'd but we had some visits of the like kind attended sometimes with Rencounters of this Nature; in so much that there was hardly any stirring out in Safety for small Parties, tho' never so little away. There was within a little Mile of the Town, an old Vineyard, environed with a loose stone Wall: An Officer and I made an Agreement to ride thither for an Airing. We did so, and after a little riding, it came into my Head to put a Fright upon the Officer. And very lucky for us both was that unlucky Thought... Nonfictions - Post by : maxrijen - Date : May 2012 - Author : Daniel Defoe - Read : 3458

Military Memoirs Of Capt. George Carleton - Part 5 Military Memoirs Of Capt. George Carleton - Part 5

Military Memoirs Of Capt. George Carleton - Part 5
The Nunnery stood upon a small rising Hill within the Town; and to obtain the View, the Earl had presently in his Head this Stratagem; he sends for me, as Engineer, to have my Advice, how to raise a proper Fortification upon that Hill out of the Nunnery. I waited upon his Lordship to the Place declaring the Intent of our coming, and giving plausible Reasons for it, the Train took, and immediately the Lady Abbess, and the fair Lady, came out to make Intercession, That his Lordship would be pleas'd to lay aside that Design. The divine Oratory of... Nonfictions - Post by : maxrijen - Date : May 2012 - Author : Daniel Defoe - Read : 2470

Military Memoirs Of Capt. George Carleton - Part 4 Military Memoirs Of Capt. George Carleton - Part 4

Military Memoirs Of Capt. George Carleton - Part 4
The News of the taking of _Nules soon overtook the flying Enemy; and so increas'd the Apprehensions of their Danger, that they renew'd their March, the same Day; though what they had taken before would have satisfy'd them much better without it. On the other hand, the Earl was so well pleas'd with his Success, that leaving the Enemy to fly before their Fears, he made a short Turn towards _Castillon de la Plana_, a considerable, but open Town his Lordship furnish'd himself with four hundred Horses more; and all this under the Assurance that his Troops were driving the... Nonfictions - Post by : maxrijen - Date : May 2012 - Author : Daniel Defoe - Read : 1554

Military Memoirs Of Capt. George Carleton - Part 3 Military Memoirs Of Capt. George Carleton - Part 3

Military Memoirs Of Capt. George Carleton - Part 3
The repeated Refusals of the Councils of War for undertaking the Siege of so strong a Place, with a Garrison so numerous, and those Refusals grounded upon such solid Reasons, against a Design so rash, reduc'd the General to the utmost Perplexity. The Court of King _Charles was immerg'd in complaint; all belonging to him lamenting the hard Fate of that Prince, to be brought into _Catalonia only to return again, without the Offer of any one Effort in his Favour. On the other Hand, our own Officers and Soldiers were highly dissatisfy'd, that they were reproach'd, because not dispos'd to... Nonfictions - Post by : maxrijen - Date : May 2012 - Author : Daniel Defoe - Read : 1289

Military Memoirs Of Capt. George Carleton - Part 2 Military Memoirs Of Capt. George Carleton - Part 2

Military Memoirs Of Capt. George Carleton - Part 2
The next Day, towards Evening, several other Expresses arriv'd, one after another, all agreeing in the Defeat of the _French Fleet, and in the Particulars of the burning their _Rising Sun_, together with many other of their Men of War, at _la Hogue_. All which Expresses were immediately forwarded to Court by Mr. _Gibson_, our Governor. About two Months after this, our Regiment, among many others, was, according to Order, shipp'd off on a Secret Expedition, under the Command of the Duke of _Leinster_, no Man knowing to what Place we were going, or on what Design; no, not the Commander... Nonfictions - Post by : maxrijen - Date : May 2012 - Author : Daniel Defoe - Read : 3548

Military Memoirs Of Capt. George Carleton - Part 1 Military Memoirs Of Capt. George Carleton - Part 1

Military Memoirs Of Capt. George Carleton - Part 1
In the year one Thousand six Hundred seventy two, War being proclaimed with _Holland_, it was looked upon among Nobility and Gentry, as a Blemish, not to attend the Duke of _York aboard the Fleet, who was then declared Admiral. With many others, I, at that Time about twenty Years of Age, enter'd my self a Voluntier on board the _London_, commanded by Sir _Edward Sprage_, Vice-Admiral of the _Red_. The Fleet set Sail from the _Buoy of the Nore about the beginning of _May_, in order to join the _French Fleet, then at Anchor in St. _Hellen's Road_, under the... Nonfictions - Post by : maxrijen - Date : May 2012 - Author : Daniel Defoe - Read : 3307

Military Memoirs Of Capt. George Carleton - Preface Military Memoirs Of Capt. George Carleton - Preface

Military Memoirs Of Capt. George Carleton - Preface
THE Military MemoirsOFCapt. _George Carleton_FROM THEDUTCH WAR, 1672.In which he Serv'd, to theConclusion of the Peace atUTRECHT, 1713.Some of the most Remarkable TRANSACTIONS, both by Seaand Land, during the Reigns of King _Charles and King_James II_. hitherto unobserved by all the Writers of those times.Together with An exact Series of the War in _Spain_; and a particular Description of the several Places of the Author's Residence in many Cities, Towns, and Countries; their Customs, Manners, _&c_. Also Observations on the Genius of the _Spaniards (among whom he continued some Years a Prisoner) their Monasteries and Nunneries (especially that fine one at... Nonfictions - Post by : maxrijen - Date : May 2012 - Author : Daniel Defoe - Read : 2278

Memoirs Of Major Alexander Ramkins (1718) - Part 3 Memoirs Of Major Alexander Ramkins (1718) - Part 3

Memoirs Of Major Alexander Ramkins (1718) - Part 3
The Scene of Affairs in _Ireland was very much alter'd upon raising the Siege of _London-derry_; Men and Arms were imported from _England on all Sides to make Head against King _James_, and several bloody Skirmishes happen'd in several Parts of the Kingdom. It wou'd make a Volume to account the Marches and Counter-marches both Parties made in that irregular Country to attack and avoid one another. But where ever it was my Lot to engage, the general Complaint was a want of Money, Ammunition and Arms; this (as it cou'd not be otherwise) made us unsuccessful under many promising Advantages.... Long Stories - Post by : maxrijen - Date : May 2012 - Author : Daniel Defoe - Read : 639

Memoirs Of Major Alexander Ramkins (1718) - Part 2 Memoirs Of Major Alexander Ramkins (1718) - Part 2

Memoirs Of Major Alexander Ramkins (1718) - Part 2
I remember an Antient Marquis who had a Superintendency over this Academy, entertaining us one Day with the Motives of the present War, and running up the Cause to its Original, laid it before us in this manner: _That the Monarchs of France wou'd look upon themselves as injur'd by the rest of the Princes of Europe, _till the imperial Diadem was restor'd to France, who were _first Possessors of it in the Person of Charles the Great; _that they had made several pushes in all Ages to recover it, but without Effect; that while the English _had footing in France,... Long Stories - Post by : jtl10023 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Daniel Defoe - Read : 598

Memoirs Of Major Alexander Ramkins (1718) - Part 1 Memoirs Of Major Alexander Ramkins (1718) - Part 1

Memoirs Of Major Alexander Ramkins (1718) - Part 1
I was not above Seventeen Years of Age when the Battle of _Gillycranky was fought between the Two Highland Generals, the Lord Viscount _Dundee and _Mackay_. And being then a Stripling at the University of _Aberdeen and understanding that several Clans were gathering into a Body in defence of King _James III sold my Books and Furniture of my Lodgings, and equipp'd my self to observe the Martial Call, I found my self prompted with. I arriv'd in a few Days near the Field of Battle, and joyn'd my self with a broken Body of Men who were making up towards... Long Stories - Post by : leman28 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Daniel Defoe - Read : 3049

Memoirs Of Major Alexander Ramkins (1718) - Preface Memoirs Of Major Alexander Ramkins (1718) - Preface

Memoirs Of Major Alexander Ramkins (1718) - Preface
THE MEMOIRS OFMajr. _Alexander Ramkins_, A HIGHLAND OFFICER, Now in Prison at _AVIGNON_. BEING An Account of several remarkable Adventures during about Twenty Eight Years Service in _Scotland, Germany, Italy, Flanders and _Ireland_; exhibiting a very agreeable and instructive Lesson of Human Life, both in a Publick and Private Capacity, in several pleasant Instances of his Amours, Gallantry, Oeconomy, &_c. THE PUBLISHER TO THE READER I Think it proper to inform the Reader that these Papers were deliver'd into my Hands by a near Kinsman of the Authors, who lately came from the Southern Parts of France. _His Design in imparting... Long Stories - Post by : leman28 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Daniel Defoe - Read : 2631

Memoirs Of A Cavalier - Notes Memoirs Of A Cavalier - Notes

Memoirs Of A Cavalier - Notes
p. 1. The preface to the first edition, which appeared in 1720, was written by Defoe as "Editor" of the manuscript. The second edition appeared between 1740 and 1750, after the death of Defoe. (He was probably born in 1671 and he died in 1731.) In the preface to that edition it was argued that the Cavalier was certainly a real person. p. 2, l. 35. "Nicely" is here used in the stricter and more uncommon sense of "minutely." This use of words in a slightly different sense from their common modern significance will be noticed frequently; cf. p. 8, l.... Long Stories - Post by : leman28 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Daniel Defoe - Read : 1019

Memoirs Of A Cavalier - Part 2.6 Memoirs Of A Cavalier - Part 2.6

Memoirs Of A Cavalier - Part 2.6
The history of the times will supply the particulars which I omit, being willing to confine myself to my own accounts and observations. I was now no more an actor, but a melancholy observator of the misfortunes of the times. I had given my parole not to take up arms against the Parliament, and I saw nothing to invite me to engage on their side. I saw a world of confusion in all their counsels, and I always expected that in a chain of distractions, as it generally falls out, the last link would be destruction; and though I pretended to... Long Stories - Post by : leman28 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Daniel Defoe - Read : 3005

Memoirs Of A Cavalier - Part 2.5 Memoirs Of A Cavalier - Part 2.5

Memoirs Of A Cavalier - Part 2.5
The king resolving to leave Oxford, marches from thence with all his forces, the garrison excepted, with design to have gone to Bristol; but the plague was in Bristol, which altered the measures, and changed the course of the king's designs, so he marched for Worcester about the beginning of June 1645. The foot, with a train of forty pieces of cannon, marching into Worcester, the horse stayed behind some time in Gloucestershire. The first action our army did, was to raise the siege of Chester; Sir William Brereton had besieged it, or rather blocked it up, and when his Majesty... Long Stories - Post by : wotan - Date : May 2012 - Author : Daniel Defoe - Read : 1454

Memoirs Of A Cavalier - Part 2.1 Memoirs Of A Cavalier - Part 2.1

Memoirs Of A Cavalier - Part 2.1
I confess, when I went into arms at the beginning of this war, I never troubled myself to examine sides: I was glad to hear the drums beat for soldiers, as if I had been a mere Swiss, that had not cared which side went up or down, so I had my pay. I went as eagerly and blindly about my business, as the meanest wretch that 'listed in the army; nor had I the least compassionate thought for the miseries of my native country, till after the fight at Edgehill. I had known as much, and perhaps more than most... Long Stories - Post by : wotan - Date : May 2012 - Author : Daniel Defoe - Read : 1317

Memoirs Of A Cavalier - Part 1.5 Memoirs Of A Cavalier - Part 1.5

Memoirs Of A Cavalier - Part 1.5
The King of Sweden was at the heels of the Imperialists, for finding Wallenstein resolved to ruin the Elector of Saxony, the king had re-collected as much of his divided army as he could, and came upon him just as he was going to besiege Torgau. As it is not my design to write a history of any more of these wars than I was actually concerned in, so I shall only note that, upon the king's approach, Wallenstein halted, and likewise called all his troops together, for he apprehended the king would fall on him, and we that were prisoners... Long Stories - Post by : wotan - Date : May 2012 - Author : Daniel Defoe - Read : 930

Memoirs Of A Cavalier - Part 1.4 Memoirs Of A Cavalier - Part 1.4

Memoirs Of A Cavalier - Part 1.4
At night, April 4th, the king commanded about 2000 men to march to the point, and to throw up a trench on either side, and quite round it with a battery of six pieces of cannon at each end, besides three small mounts, one at the point and one of each side, which had each of them two pieces upon them. This work was begun so briskly and so well carried on, the king firing all the night from the other parts of the river, that by daylight all the batteries at the new work were mounted, the trench lined with... Long Stories - Post by : wotan - Date : May 2012 - Author : Daniel Defoe - Read : 2685

Memoirs Of A Cavalier - Part 1.3 Memoirs Of A Cavalier - Part 1.3

Memoirs Of A Cavalier - Part 1.3
There was a regiment of cuirassiers which stood whole to the last, and fought like lions; they went ranging over the field when all their army was broken, and nobody cared for charging them; they were commanded by Baron Kronenburg, and at last went off from the battle whole. These were armed in black armour from head to foot, and they carried off their general. About six o'clock the field was cleared of the enemy, except at one place on the king's side some of them rallied, and though they knew all was lost would take no quarter, but fought... Long Stories - Post by : wotan - Date : May 2012 - Author : Daniel Defoe - Read : 430

Memoirs Of A Cavalier - Part 1.2 Memoirs Of A Cavalier - Part 1.2

Memoirs Of A Cavalier - Part 1.2
About the middle of January I left Milan and came to Genoa, from thence by sea to Leghorn, then to Naples, Rome, and Venice, but saw nothing in Italy that gave me any diversion. As for what is modern, I saw nothing but lewdness, private murders, stabbing men at the corner of a street, or in the dark, hiring of bravos, and the like. These were to me the modern excellencies of Italy; and I had no gust to antiquities. 'Twas pleasant indeed when I was at Rome to say here stood the Capitol, there the Colossus of Nero, here was... Long Stories - Post by : wotan - Date : May 2012 - Author : Daniel Defoe - Read : 3167

Memoirs Of A Cavalier - Part 1.1 Memoirs Of A Cavalier - Part 1.1

Memoirs Of A Cavalier - Part 1.1
It may suffice the reader, without being very inquisitive after my name, that I was born in the county of Salop, in the year 1608, under the government of what star I was never astrologer enough to examine; but the consequences of my life may allow me to suppose some extraordinary influence affected my birth. My father was a gentleman of a very plentiful fortune, having an estate of above L5000 per annum, of a family nearly allied to several of the principal nobility, and lived about six miles from the town; and my mother being at ---- on some particular... Long Stories - Post by : wotan - Date : May 2012 - Author : Daniel Defoe - Read : 2379