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Under the Mendips A Tale by Emma Marshall

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UNDER THE MENDIPS.

Under the Mendips

A TALE

By EMMA MARSHALL

Author of IN COLSTON'S DAYS, LIFE'S AFTERMATH, IN THE EAST COUNTRY, &c.

SIXTH THOUSAND

[Illustration: Bristol Harbour.]

LONDON SEELEY AND CO., LIMITED, ESSEX STREET, STRAND 1892

PREFACE

I am greatly indebted to that very interesting book, "Bristol Past and Present," for the details of the Bristol Riots, in the autumn of 1831, which are introduced into this story. It closes with the birth of the new year, 1832; and therefore the special commission appointed to try the prisoners does not come within its limits.

But anyone who may be interested in the fate of Colonel Brereton, may, by referring to "Bristol Past and Present," and other contemporary records, learn his sad and most lamentable end.

Feeling the evidence of the Court Martial was entirely against him, he forestalled his sentence with his own hand, and shot himself through the heart, on Thursday night, January the 14th, 1832.

With all the many complications of Colonel Brereton's position it is not for us to deal, nor judge him harshly for apparent failure in duty at a time when the hearts of many brave men sank within them, for looking on these things which were coming on their ancient city. But this, his last act, must ever awaken one of the saddest memories of those sad times, casting a shadow over the name of an English officer, and presenting the most painful and pathetic picture of what a man may do, who, in a moment of despair and helplessness, cannot cry to the strong for strength.

WOODSIDE, LEIGH WOODS, CLIFTON, BRISTOL Nov. 1, 1885.

CONTENTS.

PART I.

CHAP. PAGE

I. FAIR ACRES 1

II. THE CITY OF THE DEEP SPRINGS 31

III. THE PALACE 59

IV. THE LADY OF BARLEY WOOD 83

V. SUNDAY AT FAIR ACRES 108

VI. AMONGST THE HEATHER 126

VII. ON SION HILL, CLIFTON 150

VIII. BARLEY WOOD 176

IX. A DARK CLOUD OVER FAIR ACRES 200

X. THE FIFTH OF NOVEMBER 226

XI. MEETING 260

PART II.

XII. ON THE ROAD TO BRISTOL 285

XIII. A LULL IN THE STORM 314

XIV. THE STORM BURSTS 332

XV. TUMULT 358

XVI. "FIRE SEVEN TIMES HEATED" 372

PART III.

CHAPTER THE LAST. AT ABBOT'S LEIGH 405

PART I.

An English Home: grey twilight poured On dewy pastures, dewy trees, Softer than sleep: all things in order stored; A haunt of ancient Peace.

TENNYSON.

CHAPTER I.

FAIR ACRES.

It was a fair morning of early summer, when the low beams of the eastern sun, threw flickering shadows across the lawn, which lay before Fair Acres Manor, nestling under the shelter of the Mendip Hills, somewhere between Wells and Cheddar.

Truth compels me to say, that the lawn was covered with daisies, and that their bright eyes looked fearlessly up into the blue sky; for mowing machines were unknown, and the old gardener, coachman, and universal out of door servant sharpened his scythe, only at long intervals, to lay the heads of the flowers low, so that the daisies grew and flourished, and had a good time of it.

I know that daisy speckled turf is considered an offence in the eyes of the modern gardener... Continue reading book >>




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