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(1889) [MARC] Author: Mary Wollstonecraft With: Henry Morley
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and draws suitable inferences. This train of reflections
might have led me further, in every sense of the
word; but I could not escape from the detestable
evaporation of the herrings, which poisoned all my
pleasure.

After making a tolerable supper — for it is not easy
to get fresh provisions on the road — I retired, to be
lulled to sleep by the murmuring of a stream, of which
I with great difficulty obtained sufficient to perform
my daily ablutions.

The last battle between the Danes and Swedes,
which gave new life to their ancient enmity, was fought
at this place 1788; only seventeen or eighteen were
killed, for the great superiority of the Danes and
Norwegians obliged the Swedes to submit; but sickness,
and a scarcity of provision, proved very fatal to
their opponents on their return.

It would be very easy to search for the particulars
of this engagement in the publications of the day; but
as this manner of filling my pages does not come
within my plan, I probably should not have remarked
that the battle was fought here, were it not to relate
an anecdote which I had from good authority.

I noticed, when I first mentioned this place to you,
that we descended a steep before we came to the inn;
an immense ridge of rocks stretching out on one side.
The inn was sheltered under them; and about a
hundred yards from it was a bridge that crossed the
river, the murmurs of which I have celebrated; it was
not fordable. The Swedish general received orders to
stop at the bridge and dispute the passage — a most

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