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Oxford. Town & Gown Riots.) [CASEY (George Edwards Comerford, Rev.)]
Manuscript, drop-title:] 'Town & Gown, a reminiscence of by-gone days at Oxford'.
n.d. circa, 1900. written in black ink on rectos only (excepting note to one verso), one page edited via excision (the text continuous), pp. [21], crown 8vo, stapled self wrappers, a little spotted to covers with an ink-spot to front, later related clipping to inside front cover, good. 'When the short English summer is over, and autumn comes round again, I sometimes think of an adventure that happened to me one gloomy November day between thirty & forty years ago'. The adventure in question took place during the 'Town and Gown rows' of 1867 in Oxford, an annual hostility on November 5th (during which, Casey describes, 'no women were out of doors' and 'the shops [.] were mostly shut') that was only eradicated by reforms some thirty years later; two undergraduates died in the riots recollected here, and Casey himself was in the thick of the action – perhaps lucky to escape without serious injury. His participation is in tandem with a friend, Flanagan, of the same Southern Irish extraction as himself. Whilst the two were walking together towards College, Casey 'drew his attention to a pool of blood on the pavement' along the Turl – which draws the blasé response '"Yes [.] the fifth today"'. Shortly after, the pair are assailed by a group of townsmen. Flanagan is credited as an able fighter, though never an aggressor – for himself, 'I do not regard fighting as a pleasant recreation, but rather as a necessary evil'. Both meet the present provocation with a counter-attack – Casey as a means of saving face among his peers, for 'did not Apollo drive from the sacred precincts of his … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Blackwell's Rare Books ABA ILAB BA [Oxford, United Kingdom]
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