Farewell to the French

This is again from Highways & Byways on the Border:

In connection with the time when Peace was proclaimed and the prisoners were sent back to France, it is pleasant to have to record an incident greatly to the credit of Selkirk. The pockets of the Frenchmen were naturally, in their situation, not very well filled; indeed amongst the 190 they could raise no more than £60, a sum not nearly sufficient to provide transport to the sea-port of Berwick for the entire party. They resolved, therefore, to march on foot, using what money they had to hire carriages of the few among them who were in bad health. After an excited night (spent by most of the ex-prisoners in the Market-place, where they shouted and sang till daylight, like a pack  of schoolboys), just as they were preparing to set out on their long tramp to Berwick, “an altogether unexpected and pleasant sight met our view,” writes M. Doisy. “Vehicles of all kinds came pouring in by the streets converging on the centre of the town, carriages, gigs, tilbury, carts, and a few saddle-horses, all of which had been sent by the inhabitants of the surrounding parts to convey us are of expense as far as Kelso, about half-way to Berwick. this delicate attention had been so wee calculated, and so neatly accomplished that we could not do otherwise than avail ourselves of it with many thanks. We therefore separated from our Selkirk friends without crying away on the one part or the other any particle of grudge that might previously have existed between us.

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