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TIIE

SPANISH CONSCRIPT AND HIS FAMILY.

A TALE.

THE

SPANISH CONSCRIPT

AND HIS FAMILY.

A Tale

OF NAPOLEON'S CAMPAIGN IN RUSSIA.

BY

MISS JANE STRICKLAND.

“ Not always fall of leaf, nor ever spring,

No endless night, nor yet eternal day,
The saddest birds, a season tind to sing,

The roughest storm, a calm may soon allay.
Thus with succeeding turns, God tempers all,
That man may hope to rise, yet fear to fall."

LONDON:

H. G. CLARKE AND CO., 66, OLD BAILEY.

1846.

/ 1527

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INTRODUCTION.

The incidents upon which the following narrative is founded, are to be found in MR. JAMES's travels in Russia, where they are thus related :—“We were interested extremely, by the appearance of two Spanish children among those we saw at the Foundling Hospital, at Moscow. Their father was supposed to be a chaplain, accompanying the Spanish forces employed in the French service, during the late invasion of Russia. He died at Moscow; and their mother, who had been delivered of an infant during their stay, fearing to hazard the vengeance of the inhabitants in their return to the city, endeavoured, with her little family, to accompany the retreating army. Her strength seems to have been very unequal to the attempt; and when they last saw her, she was lying on the road-side, unable to proceed—her body quite exhausted, and her mind, (as might be gathered from their description,) in a complete state of delirium. The daughter, though only eleven years of age, took charge of her brother, and also of her infant sister, whom she carried upon her back for many leagues. This little party followed the troops during all the severity of the weather, without any other provisions than the scraps of offal, or horse-flesh,

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