John Ayscough's Letters to His Mother During 1914, 1915, and 1916 (1919)

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byJohn Ayscough

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...like a wide sea. Then we came to St. Germain, a sort of ancient Windsor, all clustered round the splendid chateau, much older of course than the chateau here, dating in fact from Francois I: one side right on the town, the other on the park with immense views.... In the church (of the town, just opposite the castle, not the castle chapel) I visited the original tomb of James II, who died in the chateau. Afterwards his body was removed to the chapel of the Irish College in Paris. Then we drove home by another road, by the Seine, very pretty, but less country and empty than the way we went by. So home here to tea. I should never have been happy without seeing St. Germain, and it is hard to get at from here by train. So I saw it very pleasantly, in a comfortable motor, and on a lovely day of sun and breeze. You know that Louis XIII and Louis XIV had always made St. Germain their country-house, till the latter built Versailles; he never went back there, and gave it to the English royal family with a very noble pension sufficient to enable them to maintain their court there. Louis XIV never neglected them, but treated them always with affectionate attention and respect, never during all those years omitting to go and visit them twice each week. I am no fervent admirer of the Roi Soleil, but he was really a gentleman in his treatment of his brother king in adversity. Well, my dear, there is no more to tell you. It has been a pleasant, happy day; but very simple and quiet. I wished that I had a camera, there were so many picturesque groups of French soldiers along the road, such as no one ever dreams of photographing. Ah, dear! You ask me when I shall come home? Perhaps you think, sometimes, that I am so comfortable here that I do not much mind...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...like a wide sea. Then we came to St. Germain, a sort of ancient Windsor, all clustered round the splendid chate...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:122 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.26 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217496563

ISBN - 13:9780217496568

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