Cape of Good Hope, November 1841. Seated in his cabin, Surgeon James Paton opened his journal, dipped his quill in ink and wrote. ‘Marianne Masters, deceased, aged 7, probably cause, teething’. The child’s death brought the number of dead so far to eight. By the time...
Many years later, as he lay shivering on his deathbed in the hot, dry Peruvian sun, Frank Galvin must have thought back to the demise of his own father. The death of James Galvin thirty years earlier had almost destroyed the family. The old man’s demise was attributed...
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