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SERVICE IN THE GUARDS AND THE LINE

DURING

ENGLAND'S LONG PEACE AND LITTLE WARS.

BY

COLONEL ELERS NAPIER,

AUTHOR OF “PROPOSED ALTERATIONS IN OUR MILITARY ARMS, DRESS, AND
EQUIPMENTS, ," "GLEANINGS FROM BRITISH BATTLE-FIELDS,"

LETTERS FROM DUSSELDORF," ETC.

“The whole organization of our army is corrupt; nepotism, partiality, and
private influence rule supreme, and are indulged without any restraint of patriotism,
honest feeling, or even common decency.”- The Times, January 29, 1855.

“The man who attacks a flourishing establishment writes with a halter round
his neck,"PALEY.

IN THREE VOLUMES.

VOL. III.

LONDON:
GEORGE W. HYDE, PUBLISHER, 13 PATERNOSTER ROW.

1856.

249.w. 334.

LONDON: Printed by G. BARCLAY, Castle St. Leicester Sq.

THE LINESMAN.

CHAPTER I.

RETURN TO INDIA.

Sooner shall earth resolve itself to sea,
Than I resign thine image, oh, my fair !

Or think of anything excepting thee; A mind diseased no remedy can physic(Here the ship gave a lurch, and he grew sea-sick.”)

BYRON.

I REMAINED at the Senior Department during the allotted period of eighteen months, spending part of the vacations sometimes at Brock Hall and sometimes at home. While with my family, our usually quiet and retired mode of life was interrupted by two very unexpected and pleasurable occurrences. The first was the expected arrival of Mr. Talbot and Louisa ; he

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