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Removal to Courtray—Description thereof,Annexation of

Belgium with Holland, not likely to last-Cheapness of

Spirits-Produces Drunkenness-Severe Punishment-

Disgust of the Inhabitants Other Modes of Punishment

adopted-Jealous Husband, Faithless Wives-Departure
from Courtray—Extraordinary March-Storm of Hail-
The Fortune Teller-Another Long March- No Billets
-Old Quarters—Welcome Reception-Sudden Departure
– The City of Ath-News of Buonaparte-His Landing

in France-His Progress--His enthusiastic Reception-

His address to the Nation

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CHAPTER X.

The Route for England-Bad Weather-New Adjutant-

Embarkation-Land at Ramsgate, and proceed to Col-
chester-Reception there—Leave of Absence--Sudden
Recal-Route for Nottingham-Breaking up of Frost-
Kindness of the People— Wolverhampton—The Welcome

- The Deserter-Journey to Isle of Wight-Boat Race-
Prison Ship—An Old Acquaintance-Return-Celebration
of First Anniversary of Waterloo at Birmingham-Riot-
The Colonel at a Discount-Yarmouth-Meet Smugglers
-Tumble over a Keg-Return of the Guard—The In-
trigue-Route for Chelmsford-Reduction of 2nd Battalion
-The Recruiting Service—The Return—The Discharge
-The Farewell.

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RECOLLECTIONS.

CHAPTER I.

“ The meanest soldier, fired by glory's rage,

Believes his name enroll’d in history's page ;
O! dear deceit—the statesman's firmest friend,
By which the rabble crowd promote their end."

In the year 1812, though then only sixteen, I had the honour to belong to the Loyal Volunteers of St. George's, Middlesex. The object of most of my comrades, in joining that gallant corps, was to avail themselves of the exemption thereby secured to themfrom being compelled to serve in the Militia. Such, however, was not my motive in joining them, as I was not old enough to have any fear about being drawn. But various were the stratagems practised by persons to escape

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serving. One young man I knew well, who was just married, when he received a summons to attend at the Court-house in Wellclose Square, to shew cause, if he had any, why he should not be sworn in ; and, as he had very considerable objections to serving His Majesty in the Tower Hamlets' Militia, he hit upon the following expedient to avoid it. He went home, and feigned to be extremely ill; sent for the doctor, and made a variety of complaints; took all the physic that was sent him, laid in bed, and let his beard grow until the time came for his appearance, when, borrowing a pair of crutches, he hobbled along to the Court-house; and on presenting himself before the magistrate, his reply to the usual question, as to what objection he had to serve, was, that he had been very ill, and was very poor, but if they would give him a ticket for the hospital, as soon as he was recovered he would be at their service. The fellow's appearance was altogether so emaciated and miserable, that the worthy and sagacious functionary at once

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