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OF NOTTINGHAM;

His Adventures and Exploits :

A TALE OF THE TIMES

OF WILLIAM OF ORANGE AND QUEEN ANNE.

BY WILLIAM H. G. KINGSTON,
AUTHOR OF PETER THE WHALER, MARK SEAWORTH," TRUE BLUE,"

ETC.

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LONDON:

GILBERT AND RIVINGTON, PRINTERS,

St. John's SQUARE.

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PREFACE.

OHN DEANE was a real person, and I

hope that the readers of this my book

about him will be as much pleased with it as I was with the history of his adventures, placed in my hands by a friend who long resided at Nottingham. He was born at that town A.D. 1679. Though of gentle parentage, in his early days he followed the occupation of a drover. He then went to sea, and became a Captain in the Navy ; after that he was a Merchant Adventurer. He next took service under Peter the Great, and commanded a Russian ship-of-war. On leaving Russia, he obtained the post of British Consul at Ostend, held by him for many years.

Returning home, he was made a Burgess of his native town, and took up his abode at the neighbouring village of Wilford, where, in 1760, he died. In the quiet churchyard of that sweet spot, his tomb and that of his beloved wife Elizabeth are to

be seen

“His age, fourscore years and one."

“After life's fitful fever, he sleeps well.”

THE AUTHOR.

BRENTWOOD, 1869.

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