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A HISTORY

OF

THE FOUR GEORGES

SECOND VOLUME

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SPOTTISWOODE AND CO., NEW-STREET SQUARE

LONDON

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NOTE.

WHILE this volume was passing through the press, ' The English Historical Review' published an interesting article by Professor J. K. Laughton on the subject of Jenkins's Ear. Professor Laughton, while lately making some researches in the Admiralty records, came on certain correspondence which appears to have escaped notice up to that time, and he regards it as incidentally confirming the story of Jenkins's Ear, 'which for certainly more than a hundred

years has generally been believed to be a fable.' The correspondence, in my opinion, leaves the story exactly as it found it. We only learn from it that Jenkins made a complaint about his ear to the English naval commander at Port Royal, who received the tale with a certain incredulity, but nevertheless sent formal report of it to the Admiralty and addressed a remonstrance to the Spanish authorities. But as Jenkins told his story to everyone he met, it is not very surprising that he should have told it to

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