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120 men were about to attack the empire of Charles the Fifth: 120 men, every one of whom was already condemned to the scaffold. [24 October] But the governor of Algeçiras had caught wind of unusual developments and put all his troops on high alert just before the arranged landing, rendering a 22 John Kemble’s Gibraltar Journal mutiny impossible. ” Disputes arise among the leaders of the Constitutionalist troops in the various regions. Will Mina or Valdes or Minuisir or Torrijos be in command? Another aborted landing in mid-November results in Kemble spending several nights on shipboard in the bay.
Introduction 13 When Fanny Kemble discovered that her brother was not studying theology with W. B. Donne but was instead orchestrating a revolution in Gibraltar, she was shocked. [August-September 1830] A very serious cause for depression had added itself to the weariness of spirit with which my distaste for my profession often affected me. While at Liverpool, I received a letter from my brother John which filled me with surprise and vexation. After his return from Germany he had expressed his determination to go into the Church; and we all supposed him to be in the country, zealously engaged in the necessary preparatory studies.
From the vivid descriptions he gives elsewhere of her, such a disguise might have had a hard time convincing anyone. On 2 March Kemble divulges his suspicion that she is with child by him, and she pleads with him to bring her back to England. ” Two months later his affair is disrupted when he discovers that Francisca has also been making advances to Robert Boyd. Boyd received a notice from a certain bawd, saying that a young and beautifull woman had taken a fancy for him, and wished to meet him that very night at her house of accommodation.