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Tour Through Eastern Counties of England

Daniel Defoe

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. . .Essex, then at their new works, on the south of the town; a third party sallying at the east bridge, brought in some booty from the Suffolk troops, having killed several of their stragglers on the Harwich road.  They also took a lieutenant of horse prisoner, and brought him into the town.

19th.  This day we had the unwelcome news that our friends at Linton were defeated by the enemy, and Major Muschamp, a loyal gentleman, killed.

The same night, our men gave the enemy alarm at their new Essex fort, and thereby drew them out as if they would fight, till they brought them within reach of the cannon of St. Mary’s, and then our men retiring, the great guns let fly among them, and made them run.  Our men shouted after them.  Several of them were killed on this occasion, one shot having killed three horsemen in our fight.

20th.  We now found the enemy, in order to a perfect blockade, resolved to draw a line of circumvallation. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Worth reading for occasional extraordinary insights into 18th century England, but disappointing in some respects -- too much information on the herring trade but almost no personal accounts of Defoe's journey or what he actually thought about the places he visited.

Easy to read. Very interesting informations about old days in UK.