The Profligate Son: 3 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: Discoveries in Australia;

Identifier: discoveriesinaus02stok

Year: 1846 (1840s)

Authors: Stokes, John Lort, 1811-1885

Subjects: Natural history

Publisher: London : T. and W. Boone

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84 WICKHAM HEIGHTS. most of those I killed were does, with young ones of different ages, which afforded Mr. Bynoe the means of making some interesting observations on the manner in which they are brought forth, which will be found further on in the part of the work relating to Houtman's Abrolhos, where more opportunities occurred of arriving at a satisfactory result. Mr. Bynoe added here to his collection of birds, to which also, I was so fortunate as to be able to contribute a beautiful specimen of a rifle-green glossy ibis, com- mon in Europe. I tried the water with a very roughly manufactured fly : the fish rose repeatedly at it, though there was scarcely a ripple, and not- withstanding my own want of success under these unpropitious circumstances, I feel perfectly satisfied that with proper tackle, and on a favourable day, this prince of sports might be enjoyed on the Victoria. I availed myself of the opportunity of our halt at this place to wash my only suit, piece by piece, and afterwards made a sketch of the north- eastern part of Wickham Heights from the dry flat 4' ''â ' ,wA/V-^ C^^

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Wickham Heights from Tortoise Reach,

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The Profligate Son: 3 of 4: Or, A True Story of Family Conflict, Fashionable Vice, and Financial Ruin in Regency Britain Kindle Edition by Nicola Phillips (Author)

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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