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Lionel Lincoln; Or, The Leaguer of Boston, Vol. 2

By Cooper, James Fenimore

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Title: Lionel Lincoln; Or, The Leaguer of Boston, Vol. 2  
Author: Cooper, James Fenimore
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Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
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Cooper, J. F. (n.d.). Lionel Lincoln; Or, The Leaguer of Boston, Vol. 2. Retrieved from http://worldlibrary.in/


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Although the battle of Bunker-hill was fought while the grass yet lay on the meadows, the heats of summer had been followed by the nipping frosts of November; the leaf had fallen in its hour, and the tempests and biting colds of February had succeeded, before Major Lincoln left that couch where he had been laid, when carried, in total helplessness, from the fatal heights of the peninsula. Throughout the whole of that long period, the hidden bullet had defied the utmost skill of the British surgeons; nor could all their science and experience embolden them to risk cutting certain arteries and tendons in the body of the heir of Lincoln, which were thought to obstruct the passage to that obstinate lead, which, all agreed, alone impeded the recovery of the unfortunate sufferer. This indecision was one of the penalties that poor Lionel paid for his greatness; for had it been Meriton who lingered, instead of his master, it is quite probable the case would have been determined at a much earlier hour. At length a young and enterprising leech, with the world before him, arrived from Europe, who, possessing greater skill or more effrontery (the effects are sometimes the same) than his fellows, did not hesitate to decide at once on the expediency of an operation. The medical staff of the army sneered at this bold innovator, and at first were content with such silent testimonials of their contempt. But when the friends of the patient, listening, as usual, to the whisperings of hope, consented that the confident man of probes should use his instruments, the voices of his contemporaries became not only loud, but clamorous. There was a day or two when even the watchworn and jaded subalterns of the army forgot the dangers and hardships of the siege, to attend with demure and instructed countenances to the unintelligible jargon of the Medici of their camp; and men grew pale, as they listened, who had never been known to exhibit any symptoms of the disgraceful passion before their more acknowledged enemies. But when it became known that the ball was safely extracted, and the patient was pronounced convalescent, a calm succeeded that was much more portentous to the human race than the preceding tempest; and in a short time the daring practitioner was universally acknowledged to be the founder of a new theory. The degrees of M. D. were showered upon his honoured head from half the learned bodies in Christendom, while many of his enthusiastic admirers and imitators became justly entitled to the use of the same magical symbols, as annexments to their patrony micks, with the addition of the first letter in the alphabet. The ancient reasoning was altered to suit the modern facts, and before the war was ended, some thousands of the servants of the crown, and not a few of the patriotic colonists, were thought to have died, scientifically, under the favour of this important discovery.

Table of Contents
· CHAPTER I. · CHAPTER II. · CHAPTER III. · CHAPTER IV. · CHAPTER V. · CHAPTER VI. · CHAPTER VII. · CHAPTER VIII. · CHAPTER IX. · CHAPTER X. · CHAPTER XI. · CHAPTER XII. · CHAPTER XIII. · CHAPTER XIV. · CHAPTER XV. · CHAPTER XVI. · CHAPTER XVII. · CHAPTER XVIII.

 

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