By Allan Mallinson
1817 and 1818 haven't been solid years for Matthew Hervey. His loved spouse Henrietta is useless and he's now not within the 6th regiment. Now he's kicking his heels in a corrupt and unruly England a long way faraway from its as soon as wonderful earlier. 1819 sees Hervey in Rome together with his sister Elizabeth the place an opportunity assembly with guy of letters Percy Bysshe Shelley leads him to reconsider his destiny. figuring out simply how a lot he misses the buzz of army motion and the camaraderie of his regiment, Hervey hurriedly purchases a brand new fee and is refitted for the uniform of the sixth mild Dragoons. Hervey’s such a lot quick activity is to elevate a brand new troop and to arrange delivery, for his males and horses are to set sail for India with instant effect.What Hervey and his greenhorn infantrymen can't recognize is that during India they're going to face certainly one of their hardest trials. various Burmese warboats are being assembled close to the headwaters of the river resulting in Chittagong, and the single solution to thwart their improve contains an onerous and dangerous march via jungle territory. What starts off as a comparatively basic operation turns into a trip into the center of darkness, as Hervey and his troop locate themselves in the middle of scorching and bloody motion as soon as more.From the Hardcover version.
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He shrugged. He wished he had at least read some of Shelley’s poetry. It would surely tell him more of the man than mere gossip could. But his own tastes in that direction had advanced only slowly, so that hitherto he had remained devoted above all to the Milton of his schoolroom. Through Henrietta he had read Coleridge, and with her Keats, but Shelley had not so far engaged him. Elizabeth had not objected to suppering with the Shelleys, however. Elizabeth’s pleasure was her journal, and it had often been her lament that its pages were full of things that no one could have the least interest in but herself.
And if it is true that, for the most part, all these distant imperial commitments were those of, in the Duke of Wellington’s words, ‘the best of all instruments, British infantry’ (in the 1820s and 30s up to seventy-five per cent of the British infantry were stationed abroad or were in transit), nowhere was the mounted arm more valuable than in the presidencies of Bombay, Madras and Bengal, where speed of response could pay dividends out of all proportion. I commend the essay on soldiery in this period by Professor Peter Burroughs, co-editor of the Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, in the Oxford Illustrated History of the British Army.
Yes, but later. I came to see how you were. ’ ‘I am very well. You know it. ’ ‘I had not accounted it, Matthew. We are here on indefinite vacation, as you have said. ’ Hervey sat and contemplated his sister as she attended to her familial duties. Her defiant good spirits had been his support for so many years, unsung, unrecognized even, that he marvelled at her constancy. And not only that. Henrietta had been her companion long before she had been his. Elizabeth’s only companion. Her society since then had been the aged, the sick, the poor and the infirm.