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364                             DENIS DUVAL'S BOYHOOD                          chap.
to France and Ostend, supplied the French Ministers with accounts of the movements of the English fleets and troops. His go-between was Liitterloh, a Brunswicker, who had been a crimping-agent, then a servant, who was a spy of France and Mr. Franklin, and who turned king's evidence on La Motte, and hanged him.
" This Liitterloh, who had been a crimping-agent for German troops during the American war, then a servant in London during the Gordon riots, then an agent for a spy, then a spy over a spy, I suspect to have been a consummate scoundrel, and doubly odious from speaking English with a German accent.
"What if he wanted to marry that charming girl, who lived with Mr. Weston at Winchelsea ? Ha ! I see a mystery here.
" What if this scoundrel, going to receive his pay from the English Admiral, with whom he was in communication at Portsmouth, happened to go on board the Royal George the day she went down ?
"As for George and Joseph Weston, of the Priory, I am sorry to say they were rascals too. They were tried for robbing the Bristol mail in 1780; and being acquitted for want of evidence, were tried immediately after on another indictment for forgery—Joseph was acquitted, but George was capitally convicted. But this did not help poor Joseph. Before their trials, they and some others broke out of Newgate, and Joseph fired at, and wounded, a porter who tried to stop him, on Snow Hill. For this he was tried and found guilty on the Black Act, and hung along with his brother.
" Now, if I was an innocent participator in De la Motte's treasons, and the Westons' forgeries and robberies, what pretty scrapes I must have been in.
" I married the young woman, whom the brutal Liitterloh would have had for himself, and lived happy ever after."
And again :— ,
" My grandfather's name was Duval ; he was a barber and perruquier by trade, and elder of the French Protestant church at Winchelsea. I was sent to board with his correspondent, a Methodist grocer, at Rye.
" These two kept a fishing-boat, but the fish they caught was many and many a barrel of Nantz brandy, which we landed—never mind where— at a place to us well known. In the innocence of my heart, I—a child— got leave to go out fishing. We used to go out at night and meet ships from the French coast.
" I learned to scuttle a marlinspike, reef a lee-scupper, keelhaul a bowsprit
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