The Profligate Son: 2 of 4: Or, A True Story of Family Conflict, Fashionable Vice, and Financial Ruin in Regency Britain Kindle Edition by Nicola Phillips (Author)

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Title: The military history of the Madras engineers and pioneers, from 1743 up to the present time

Year: 1881 (1880s)

Authors: Vibart, Henry Meredith, 1839-1917

Subjects: India. Army. Engineers. Queen's Own Sappers and Miners

Publisher: London : W.H. Allen & co.

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SKETCH PLAN ^ y/A/d^a&t^ e?/ i/t^ OperaiteriBRTTISH FORCES 1852.J MADEAS ENGINEERS. 217 serim, and the Pluto, under the command of CommodoreLambert. They iiad to make for Negrais, and then proceed upthe Bassein river. Bassein, about sixty miles above Negrais,was reached on the 19th. At lialf-past 4, a signal was made for the troops to land. Thewhole had not landed when the enemy opened fire. Our troopsat once advanced, the stockade was surmounted, the pagodagained, and the enemy driven in every direction within fiftyminutes. A fortified position to the south of the town had still to betaken. A company of H.Al.s 6lst, two of Madras Native In-fantry, a few seamen and marines, a party of Madras Sapperswith ladders, under Lieutenant Ford, and a sub-division of 9thNative Infantry were selected for this work. A route was taken which brought us in rear of the stockade.A small party was detached to attack the north-east side. Ourprogress was impeded by water and thick jungle ; this oblige

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The Profligate Son: 2 of 4: Or, A True Story of Family Conflict, Fashionable Vice, and Financial Ruin in Regency Britain Kindle Edition by Nicola Phillips (Author)

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Foppish, impulsive, and philandering: William Jackson was every Georgian parent's worst nightmare. Gentlemen were expected to be honorable and virtuous, but William was the opposite, much to the dismay of his father, a well-to-do representative of the East India Company in Madras. In The Profligate Son, historian Nicola Phillips meticulously reconstructs William's life from a recently discovered family archive, describing how his youthful misbehavior reduced his family to ruin. At first, William seemed destined for a life of great fortune, but before long, he was indulging regularly in pornography and brothels and using his father's abundant credit to swindle tradesmen. Eventually, William found himself in debtor's prison and then on a long, typhus-ridden voyage to an Australian penal colony. He spent the rest of his days there, dying a pauper at the age of thirty-seven.

A masterpiece of literary nonfiction as dramatic as any Dickens novel, The Profligate Son transports readers from the steamy streets of India, to London's elegant squares and seedy brothels, to the sunbaked shores of Australia, tracing the arc of a life long buried in history.

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