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Mr. Carlyon's Christmas

by Randolph Caldecott

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21st December. - Invitation from Squire Wood to spend Christmas at Marley Hall.
Sent for hackney coach and started at once.

Found a seat on the Red Chester coach.

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23rd December. - Delayed by deep snow on roads in Shropshire.  Had to push behind.

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At Dodington Side-bar met by old family servant with gig.  Little way up lane stopped by two highwaymen.

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Overthrew the highwaymen, captured them, and dragged them before a neighbouring justice of the peace.

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Arrived at Marley Hall late.  Hearty welcome from Squire.  Noticed that one of the guests, who seems a sort of country buck, took an instant aversion to me.  Overheard him say that he hates town fops.

(For the rest of the story, click on Carlyon2 at the foot of this page.)

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