Chapter Nineteen – The Death And Life Of John Johnson (3)
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how to accept such a compliment.


Over the following two months the British troops fought the sickness, poor conditions and boredom, but Wellesley’s men did not have the chance to fight their enemies until the spring arrived. The dry season was upon Mysore and the British soldiers struggled to withstand the heat. Some had fought in the last war here, and remarked upon the ease of this campaign compared with the last, but all were ready for the commencement of combat when they reached Seringapatam in April.

During the month long siege that readied the army for its final assault on the city, Fotherby had little to do. He was returned to the insignificance of being the third surgeon in an often empty tent. There were always enough people to ensure that he could not leave the scorchin...

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