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Old Foye Days, Vol. 2
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Excerpt from Old Foye Days, Vol. 2: An Authentic Account of the Exploits of the Smugglers in and Around the Port of Fowey The story of an outrage - A great book-burning - Where are the records? - A human document- The Custom's staff - Principal inhabitants - Lieutenant Bray of the Hinde - The Lottery of Polperro - Where were the Magistrates? - Busy free-traders - A tobacco voyage - Sources of inspiration - Explanatory. Some time during the third quarter of the 19th century - the precise date is immaterial - an outrage of a very heinous nature was perpetrated, all unknown to the world, in the ancient port of Fowey. Nay, if tradition is to* be relied on, the first, and indeed the only intimation conveyed to the inhabitants of what was happening in their midst, reached them through the olfactory organs: - though, alas! without exciting the least suspicion as to the cause. It all came about in this wise. Her Majesty's advisers, in their wisdom, and zeal for economy, having seen fit to effect certain reductions in the Custom's department, singled out, amongst other place, the port of Fowey - famed in song and story - as a field for their enterprise; and despatched a pair of sprightly gentlemen from London to give effect to their resolution. Now, the reception that would have been accorded these emissaries in the good old times, when red-hot zeal for the honour of their town was a marked trait of all good Foyens, may be urmised from the ear-cropping exploits that figure in the civic annals. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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