30th July (1917)

Saw some very old cottages in Middleton on route march and an old Inn at which Dick Turpin is said to have stayed, the masonry trellised with oak beams.  It was the shop’s half holiday and the female population gaped and grinned at us in thousands and at the schools the kiddies were let out in droves to look at us.

2 thoughts on “30th July (1917)”

    1. Thanks. You are the second to pick that up – the typo was in the original typescript, and it seemed odd when I transcribed it. I see from Wikipedia that Turpin was a highway robber in the 1730s, whose life was romanticised in the nineteenth century by the Victorian novelist William Ainsworth. It seems Lincoln was familiar with the story.

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