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Title: Oddsfish! Author: Robert Hugh Benson Release Date: July 13, 2005 [EBook #16288] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1 *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK ODDSFISH! *** Produced by Geoff Horton and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at http:--www.pgdp.net ODDSFISH! BY ROBERT HUGH BENSON Author of -Come Rack! Come Rope!-, -Lord of the World,- -Initiation,- etc. NEW YORK DODD, MEAD AND COMPANY 1914 AUTHOR’S NOTE. I wish to express my gratitude for great help received in the writing of this book to Miss MacDermot, Miss Stearne and others, as well as to three friends who submitted to hearing it read aloud in manuscript, and who assisted me by their criticisms and suggestions. Further, I think it worth saying that in all historical episodes in this book I have taken pains to be as accurate as possible.
The various plots, the political movements, and the closing scenes of Charles II’s life are here described with as much fidelity to truth as is compatible with historical romance.
In particular, I do not think that the King himself is represented as doing or saying anything--except of course to my fictitious personages--to which sound history does not testify.
I have also taken considerable pains in the topographical descriptions of Whitehall. PROLOGUE Sat Apr 01 00:31:25 2017 2 The day from which I reckon the beginning of all those adventures which occupied me in the Courts of England and France and elsewhere, was the first day of May in the year sixteen hundred and seventy-eight--the day, that is, on which my Lord Abbot carried me from St.
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