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original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1853. Not
illustrated. Excerpt: ... PIECE OF ILL-LUCK. 83 CHAPTER IV. THE
AUTHOR TAKEN PRISONER--KIND TREATMENT BY THE FRENCH GENERAL--LIFE
OF A PRISONER--RELEA8E--DETAILS OF THE AUTHOR'S CAPTIVITY--CURIOUS
SCENE AT GENERAL PAKENHAM'S--A BASQUE SQUIRE. Bayonne, September 5,
1813. My Deab M, When you told me, some time since, that you
expected to hear from me from this place, I never expected to have
realised in this way your prediction. But as the French all tell me
with a shrug, "c'est le sort de la guerre, Monsieur." I must submit
to as great a piece of ill luck as generally falls to a poor man, "
dans le meilleur de mmde possible." On the evening of the 30th
August I was, as I mentioned to you in my last, stopped from going
over to see the storming of St. Sebastian the next morning by the
general report that the French were in motion; that an attack was
expected on 84 THE AUTHOR our line at daylight, to relieve that
place if possible, and that therefore head-quarters would probably
move. So it turned out; at six we heard that the French had all
crossed the Bidassoa, and were moving on. The baggage was all
ordered half a league up the mountain Yangi, there to wait orders
either to proceed further for security if we were pressed, or to
return if we repulsed the attack. At seven, Lord Wellington, &c
were off By nine the town was nearly cleared, and every one in
motion. Nothing can be more stupid than thus waiting a whole day
standing with the mules and baggage, to hear the result, without a
creature to talk to, and knowing nothing that is passing. One of
the officers advised me to go up the hill just above Lezaca, to
observe a little what was doing near, assuring me that it was quite
safe. Just afterwards Major Canning returned from Lord Wellington
with orders, and said he would show us ...
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