After Waterloo: Reminiscences of European Travel 1815-1819

William Edward Frye After Waterloo: Reminiscences of European Travel 1815-1819
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William Edward Frye
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The knowledge of Major Frye's manuscript and the privilege of publishing it for the first time I owe to the kindness of two French ladies, the Misses G—. Their father, a well known artist and critic, used to spend the summer months at Saint Germain-en-Laye together with his wife, who was an English woman by birth. They had been for a long time intimately acquainted with Major Frye, who lived and ended his life in that quiet town. The Major's hostess, Mme. de W—, after his death in 1858, brought the manuscript to Mrs. G— and gave it to her in memory of her friend. It was duly preserved in the G—family, but remained unnoticed. The Misses G— rediscovered it in 1907, when it had been lying in a cupboard for upwards of half a century. On their showing it to me I thought it was interesting for many reasons, and worthy of introduction to the public. I hope the reader will share my opinion, which is also that of several English scholars and men of letters, to whom I communicated extracts from the manuscript.

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