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Unformatted text preview: WHEN LONDON BURNED (c. 1666 ; published in 1868) By G. A. Henty PREFACE We are accustomed to regard the Reign of Charles II. as one of the most inglorious periods of English History; but this was far from being the case. It is true that the extravagance and profligacy of the Court were carried to a point unknown before or since, forming,--by the indignation they excited among the people at large,--the main cause of the overthrow of the House of Stuart. But, on the other hand, the nation made extraordinary advances in commerce and wealth, while the valour of our sailors was as conspicuous under the Dukes of York and Albemarle, Prince Rupert and the Earl of Sandwich, as it had been under Blake himself, and their victories resulted in transferring the commercial as well as the naval supremacy of Holland to this country. In spite of the cruel blows inflicted on the well-being of the country, alike by the extravagance of the Court, the badness of the Government, the Great Plague, and the destruction of London by fire, an extraordinary extension of our trade occurred during the reign of Charles II. Such a period, therefore, although its brilliancy was marred by dark shadows, cannot be considered as an inglorious epoch. It was ennobled by the bravery of our sailors, by the fearlessness with which the coalition of France with Holland was faced, and by the spirit of enterprise with which our merchants and traders seized the opportunity, and, in spite of national misfortunes, raised England in the course of a few years to the rank of the greatest commercial power in the world. G. A. HENTY. CONTENTS I. FATHERLESS II. A CHANGE FOR THE BETTER III. A THIEF SOMEWHERE IV. CAPTURED V. KIDNAPPED VI. A NARROW ESCAPE VII. SAVED FROM A VILLAIN VIII. THE CAPTAINS YARN IX. THE FIRE IN THE SAVOY X. HOW JOHN WILKES FOUGHT THE DUTCH XI. PRINCE RUPERT XII. NEW FRIENDS XIII. THE BATTLE OF LOWESTOFT XIV. HONOURABLE SCARS XV. THE PLAGUE XVI. FATHER AND SON XVII. SMITTEN DOWN XVIII. A STROKE OF GOOD FORTUNE XIX. TAKING POSSESSION XX. THE FIGHT OFF DUNKIRK XXI. LONDON IN FLAMES XXII. AFTER THE FIRE CHAPTER I FATHERLESS Lad stood looking out of the dormer window in a scantily furnished attic in the high-pitched roof of a house in Holborn, in September 1664. Numbers of persons were traversing the street below, many of them going out through the bars, fifty yards away, into the fields beyond, where some sports were being held that morning, while country people were coming in with their baskets from the villages of Highgate and Hampstead, Tyburn and Bayswater. But the lad noted nothing that was going on; his eyes were filled with tears, and his thoughts were in the little room behind him; for here, coffined in readiness for burial, lay the body of his father....
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