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« on: March 01, 2017, 16:11:26 PM »

On Sunday week, a return post-chaise was stopped near the Star Inn, Canterbury, on its way to Deal, by a private soldier of the 52d regiment, and a party of the Glamorgan regiment, and who took out of it a well dressed person, apparently a sailor, who has been since; identified to be a French naval officer, who had escaped from one of the prison ships in the river Medway, where he had been confined nine years.

The Cambrian 20/11/1813

A singular and unexpected occurrence took place last week among the French prisoners ef war confined on board the Sampson prison ship, in the Medway. Two parties have arisen, one of whom assert the propriety and legality of placing the Bourbons on the throne of their ancestors, whilst the others contend for the dynasty of Bonaparte. From argument they proceeded to threats and menaces, and, at last, the two parties arranged themselves in order of battle, and last week commenced a desperate conflict, which terminated in the defeat of Bonaparte's adherents. Nearly 600 men and officers who took part in the affray have been put in close confinement.

The Cambrian 25/12/1813
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